E.g., 23 Mar 2023
E.g., 23 Mar 2023

Statement by Honourable Marlon Penn - Update on Joe's Hill Housing Development

Friday, 18 November 2022 - 12:29pm

Madam Speaker, I would like at this time to provide an update on the Joe’s Hill Housing Development project being undertaken by the Social Security Board.

Statement by Honourable Marlon Penn - Tourism and Health Programme

Friday, 18 November 2022 - 12:02pm

Madam Speaker, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic we are even more keenly aware of the significant linkages between the health and tourism sectors, and the importance of both sectors to our economy and society. For the tourism industry to be sustainable, it is important to effectively manage any negative health impacts on the Territory, in order to protect both the local population and the industry.  Ensuring sustainability is also an essential component of economic development and maintaining and improving the quality of life in small islands.

Statement by Honourable Marlon Penn - Roadside Cutting And Cleaning By The Department Of Waste Management

Friday, 18 November 2022 - 11:41am

Madam Speaker I am pleased to inform this Honourable House that the Department of Waste Management has resumed clearing roadside overgrowth and removing litter along the main roads on Tortola.

Statement by Honourable Marlon Penn - COVID-19 and other Infectious Diseases

Friday, 18 November 2022 - 11:19am

Madam Speaker, the Ministry of Health and Social Development continues to monitor regional and global health trends that could impact the Virgin Islands, and is pleased to note that current statistics show a significant reduction in the transmission and impact of COVID-19 worldwide.  Recent reports from the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicate considerably lower rates of COVID-19 cases and deaths compared to 2021 and the beginning of 2022.  However, there have been increasing numbers of new COVID-19 infections and deaths observed in specific countries – namely, the United States of America, Russia, and Brazil.  Regionally, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has reported very marginal increases in COVID-19 related deaths and cases among its member states. However, it is important interpret the current trends cautiously, as most countries have seen an overall decrease in testing.  After almost two years of strict public health measures, most countries have returned to normal operations and pre-pandemic behaviours and activities. 

Responses Given By The Minister For Health And Social Development, Honourable Marlon Penn, To Questions Asked By Territorial Member, Honourable Carvin Malone

Friday, 18 November 2022 - 10:52am

Question 1
Madam Speaker, would the Honourable Minister for Health and Social Development please provide a complete listing of capital projects approved and undertaken by the BVI Health Authority during the period 2015 through 2022, inclusive of contractors, contract sums, scope of works, commencement, and completion dates?

Statement By Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull On The University Of Southampton Deepens Partnership With The BVI Government

Thursday, 17 November 2022 - 3:17pm

The advocacy continues at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt.

As Minister, I continue to seek to solidify the BVI’s partnerships across various sectors.

Statement by Premier Wheatley - Update on Requirements for Foreign Based Charter Vessels

Wednesday, 16 November 2022 - 5:42pm

Madam Speaker, over the weekend, I made an announcement pertaining to the change in some of the requirements for foreign based charter vessels.

Statement By Honourable Sharie B. de Castro - Professional Development Of Educators

Wednesday, 16 November 2022 - 2:00pm

Madam Speaker, I thank you for the opportunity to update this Honourable House and the entire territory about the Ministry’s commitment to continuous professional development for educators to support the development of skills, the expansion of knowledge and the efficacy of instruction. The theme for the 2022-2023 school year is “Virgin Islands Education: Moving Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead.”

Statement By Honourable Sharie B. de Castro - Powerschool Student Information System

Wednesday, 16 November 2022 - 1:54pm

Madam Speaker, PowerSchool is the Student Information System used by the Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports to digitize and store students’ data. PowerSchool is an internet-based student information system that is used in our public schools.  It functions either independently or with other computer applications to provide educators with robust tools for viewing, storing, and retrieving students’ data.

Statement By Honourable Sharie B. de Castro On Innovation Week

Wednesday, 16 November 2022 - 1:47pm

Madam Speaker, I thank you for the opportunity to update this Honourable House and this Community on Innovation Week 2022.  The Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs, and Sports is committed to redesigning and reimagining the concept of education to meet the needs of diverse students in our classrooms and schools.