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7th District under economic depression- Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard

- says present representative, Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering, has abandoned his duties
“We cannot let this administration, this NDP Government, get away with putting the needs of our people last and their needs first. Here in the Seventh [District] we see the results when an elected representative puts himself above the people he claims to represent,” said Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard. Photo: VINO
The cat-o’-nine tails was unleashed across the back of Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering, who is also the Seventh District Representative, as he was extensively lambasted for neglecting the district. Photo: VINO
The cat-o’-nine tails was unleashed across the back of Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering, who is also the Seventh District Representative, as he was extensively lambasted for neglecting the district. Photo: VINO
Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard's son who introduced her told the gathering that she is a woman that puts others before self. Photo: VINO
Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard's son who introduced her told the gathering that she is a woman that puts others before self. Photo: VINO
Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard interacts with supporters following last night's, May 18, 2015 meeting. Photo: VINO
Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard interacts with supporters following last night's, May 18, 2015 meeting. Photo: VINO
Rytical entertaining the audience at the VIP public meeting held on May 18, 2015. Photo: VINO
Rytical entertaining the audience at the VIP public meeting held on May 18, 2015. Photo: VINO
“Reclaim your community, demand better representation, choose the Government you deserve. Don’t stand for inactivity and empty promises from disconnected and disinterested representatives. Vote Team VIP, taking you Forward.” Photo: VINO
“Reclaim your community, demand better representation, choose the Government you deserve. Don’t stand for inactivity and empty promises from disconnected and disinterested representatives. Vote Team VIP, taking you Forward.” Photo: VINO
Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard interacts with fellow candidates following last night's, May 18, 2015 meeting. Photo: VINO
Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard interacts with fellow candidates following last night's, May 18, 2015 meeting. Photo: VINO
Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard interacts with fellow candidates following last night's, May 18, 2015 meeting. Photo: VINO
Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard interacts with fellow candidates following last night's, May 18, 2015 meeting. Photo: VINO
Elvis 'Juggy' Harrigan and a senior citizen at the VIP public meeting on May 18, 2015 which was held at The Stickett in Long Look, East End. Photo: VINO
Elvis 'Juggy' Harrigan and a senior citizen at the VIP public meeting on May 18, 2015 which was held at The Stickett in Long Look, East End. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islands Party candidate for the Second District Rajah A. Smith (centre) with supporters in Long Look on May 18, 2015. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islands Party candidate for the Second District Rajah A. Smith (centre) with supporters in Long Look on May 18, 2015. Photo: VINO
Members of the VIP 'Ready Team' members. Photo: VINO
Members of the VIP 'Ready Team' members. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Fifth District candidate Zoe J. Walcott-McMillan and President of VIP Carvin Malone in company of a VIP supporter. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Fifth District candidate Zoe J. Walcott-McMillan and President of VIP Carvin Malone in company of a VIP supporter. Photo: VINO
LONG LOOK, Tortola, VI – The cat-o’-nine tails was unleashed across the back of Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering, who is also the Seventh District Representative, as he was extensively lambasted for neglecting the district.

It was not a whipping that came only from the mouth of Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Seventh District candidate Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard but several others who spoke last night, May 18, 2015 at Pickering-Maynard's campaign launch at The Stickett in Long Look.

But it was Pickering-Maynard who took full control of the whip as she asked, “Why is it that almost every other district can claim a growing financial or commercial sector but the 7th District cannot?” and further said, “This district is under economic oppression and no one has done anything to remedy this situation.”

A District of inactivity & neglect

“We cannot let this administration, this NDP Government, get away with putting the needs of our people last and their needs first. Here in the Seventh [District] we see the results when an elected representative puts himself above the people he claims to represent,” she further stated.

But she said that for this election, don’t let, bribery and trickery dictate. “Reclaim your community, demand better representation, choose the Government you deserve. Don’t stand for inactivity and empty promises from disconnected and disinterested representatives. Vote Team VIP, taking you Forward.”

“The 7th District, of which I have called home since I was born, has been neglected for years. In fact, it seems that our elected representative has forgotten that he was elected to represent us, not himself,” said Pickering-Maynard in her address to the district people.

Where is the District Representative?

Pointing to the many challenges that the NDP has failed to address in the interest of the people she alluded to the claims that there are no incentives for entrepreneurship, educational and vocational training for youth of the district. “How can the representative of this district and the sitting Minister of Labour be satisfied with having the highest rate of unemployment in the district he is supposed to represent?” she asked

She said the district still battles societal ills such as youth imprisonment, early motherhood, teenage pregnancy, and unemployment as she proposed organising workshops for youth to be exposed to information as a possible solution.

“But where is our representative when we, the ordinary people, are hurting?”

Multi-purpose facility & mentorship programme proposed

The former Labour Commissioner proposed building a Civic Centre with a multi-sport court, an enclosed area to host indoor basketball and volleyball games, dance and music classes, after-school tutoring programmes, among others.

She said students of the district are not graduating from the high school at the same rate as students from the other parts of the island. Dropout rates are higher, “I propose we fix that! I propose a mentorship programme that will pair our young men and young women with esteemed members of the community.”

She added that the VIP has already set forth plans to lower taxes and to spur the entrepreneurial spirit within the ordinary man. “Within the community, I have heard cries of the disenfranchised youth, who want to own their own business and who want an opportunity to work for themselves. But where is the person who is supposed to represent them?”

Spurring entrepreneurship

Pickering-Maynard also proposed to bring a ‘Saturday Marketplace’ back to the Seventh District. “The Market will allow our local produce growers, fishermen, and craft makers to come to the 7th and make a living for themselves.”

“The Virgin Islands Party has already pledged to work with the banks to help lower interest rates, to encourage the ordinary man to get a loan and start their own businesses. That my friends and family is responsibility,” she said.

She also proposed that they become players in the field of tourism by developing the beaches at Beef Island and Brandywine Bay to become the host of locally-owned businesses, bars and restaurants and to also develop the first waterpark in the VI.

“Does your present representative realise the health hazards of garbage left on our streets and gutters left full in the Long Look area? I propose a ghut cleaning cycle every 3 months,” she said while touching on the issue of health.

The opening of the present clinic to about 10pm and adding a mini pharmacy were also proposed.

According to Pickering-Maynard, the district has no proper lighting on the roadways. “Well, on the eve of elections some work was done on the main road but can we really fall for that?”

‘Stating the facts, not mudslinging’

Other things the VIP Seventh District candidate highlighted as lacking are programmes to stimulate the local economy and support of the Government to revitalise and keep historical sites intact.

“Now my opponent might see these points as attacks especially as there has been a whole lot of mudslinging and name calling this past week, but we are stating the facts and we are simply saying that you deserve a concerned and involved representative who will fight for you, who will identify your needs and will not rest until they are addressed. Somebody who will represent you and represent you well,” she stated.

39 Responses to “7th District under economic depression- Oleanvine Pickering-Maynard”

  • SIDS (19/05/2015, 08:41) Like (16) Dislike (6) Reply
    LAST NIGHT WAS BLAST MISS YOU DROP A BUMB LAST NIGHT IT WAS THE BEST LAUCHING I EVER SEEN FROM ANY OF THE PARTIES.BUT WHAT I DIDNT HEAR THAT THE MEMBER OF THE SEVENTH REFUSE TO NAME THE AIRPORT AFTER T B LETTSOME ONLY WANTS THE BUILDING TO NAME AFER HIM TB . ALL OVER THE WORLD WHEN NAMING ANY AIRPORTS YOU NAME THE ENTIRE AIRPORT AFTER THAT PERSON. SO PLEASE GO AND CHECK THE TAPE AT LEGCO ITS THERE.
  • 911 (19/05/2015, 08:42) Like (19) Dislike (6) Reply
    oh what a night and we aint start yet!
  • Voter Too (19/05/2015, 08:44) Like (22) Dislike (3) Reply
    Please to walk the talk when you all get into power and stop making promises to the people as they are not so easily fooled like before. Please make sure all these things will come to past whether you are elected yes or not. The BVI needs all of us if it is to forward,whether it be government, oppositions, citizens, belongers or not.
  • voter (19/05/2015, 08:50) Like (15) Dislike (16) Reply
    The sixth district is real bad as well. no representative just a name on a seat.
  • dem say (19/05/2015, 09:05) Like (26) Dislike (11) Reply
    What a powerful lady that was well supported. Tell dem you reached!
  • VG Realist (19/05/2015, 09:06) Like (30) Dislike (9) Reply
    I listened to this rally last night and I wished I was there. I really hoped she is elected as the 7th district representative because Kedrick has ignored the district for far too long.
    • Outspoken (19/05/2015, 11:19) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
      People of the 7th, Kedrick still vex with all you for allowing Ronnie Lettsome for almost beating him in the 2007 election
  • Real (19/05/2015, 09:08) Like (34) Dislike (16) Reply
    I watch this woman take care of the youths around her for years she is very nice and will do the right thing vote VIP all the way.......
  • NICK (19/05/2015, 09:19) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    well said
  • black (19/05/2015, 09:20) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    Amen
  • sticket (19/05/2015, 09:20) Like (25) Dislike (7) Reply
    no more we will be left behind while oil nut and scrub are way ahead!
  • Dr. Pickering Escort (19/05/2015, 10:01) Like (16) Dislike (9) Reply
    I hope this lady wins. She really a good person.
  • I FROM THERE (19/05/2015, 10:04) Like (24) Dislike (26) Reply
    She couldn't full the seats under the tent self! LOL!
    • i was there (19/05/2015, 10:46) Like (19) Dislike (5) Reply
      The atmosphere and tempo was to hot for anyone to remain seated. You and your team delivered and has lots of good points to make one think. I must agree this district should have been more advanced than currently is. You just earned your self and team my vote.
    • Hater!! (19/05/2015, 10:57) Like (24) Dislike (2) Reply
      Hater alert ! Hater alert! Not A Man who was there last night could claim she didn't stuff the place! I was there the while night and the tent was full and the streets were filled. Come again!
    • Black starliner (19/05/2015, 11:30) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
      @I from there, hey people were to hype up to sit, but as an i witness to the event, the turn out was massive. I must say that caring for people , is nothing strange to Mrs. Pickering Naynard, that's how the whole family are, they are very caring people
    • Da Rush (19/05/2015, 12:20) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
      Because the ppl are scared of a government like the ndp for victimization just for going to listen to any vip event
  • Truth (19/05/2015, 11:23) Like (20) Dislike (12) Reply
    Let's talk about the Labour Department..........
  • NDP attack dog (19/05/2015, 11:44) Like (8) Dislike (12) Reply
    Same cow birds and horse flies at every VIP event
  • vex (19/05/2015, 12:15) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    Pickering like ndp must go
  • Da Rush (19/05/2015, 12:22) Like (15) Dislike (7) Reply
    D7 - VIP all the way HOrnsssssssssssss

    on election day vote Maynard- the Real Pickering

    One direction forward
  • fish (19/05/2015, 12:26) Like (11) Dislike (12) Reply
    Vip u got one seat 7th for sure
  • Good Heart (19/05/2015, 12:31) Like (16) Dislike (11) Reply
    Picko been enjoying an easy ride for all these years with no pressures, so he wasn`t worried--doesn't care, did nothing--It time to try someone else---maybe he will come back next election more purpose and focus driven--olivine is very capable with a good heart.
  • truth be told (19/05/2015, 12:44) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    Dr. Done Deal it was nice having you there for 16 long years I am from the heart of Long Look I came up with a lot of respect for you but you have failed your people in so many ways it hurts. Just imagine we can't even approach you when elected. For 3 long years we have not seen you because you and your party is focused on Oil Nut Bay, Necker Island etc, because of them we can't eat a piece of shark which is our culture now you want to turn our beach into a park and we have no say well change of plans guess what not 4 more years of this Cuban behavior you are out and that's a DONE DEAL.
    • The Facts (19/05/2015, 22:00) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
      So you switching vote for a candidate that's promoting a water park at the brandy wine bay beach. Isn't that the same thing u don't want?
    • Ah true (19/05/2015, 22:33) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      if you want to get a work permit fast apply for a job ah oil nut bay. so think them stupid. they want a place of luxury to rest so oil nut bay i s where their vacation homes are.
    • VG (20/05/2015, 07:12) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      I agree they don't care about us that's the truth it really hurts
  • :( (19/05/2015, 13:08) Like (19) Dislike (4) Reply
    Even the crabs saying to vote them out.
  • old (19/05/2015, 15:26) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    kedrick pickering ongly give thes long look boys job to cut bush and clean street very fo years very fresh man
  • 2cents (19/05/2015, 15:58) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    THE YOUNG PEOPLE GOT NDP THE VIP GOT THE OLDER CROWD WHA AYO THINK?
  • Ooooyaay OooYay (19/05/2015, 16:38) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    My Fellow 7th District representatives how the song go! Oooyaay Oooyaay Oooyaay Oooyaay Oooyaay Oh Yes We Voting for Oleanvine! KEDRICK I tired of you now - You Do nothing for the 7th discrict therefore I can no longer carelessly give you my vote! Oleanvine ALL THE WAY ---- 2015 and thats a DONE DEAL! :D :D
    • Ok Kladius (19/05/2015, 20:36) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
      Okay. You and Feli can take a break from the blogs now. You do realize that you can blog 100 times but only vote once right? lol
  • okay (19/05/2015, 20:35) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    Former Labor Commissioner concerned about local unemployment. Hmm. I won't say anything further *whistling*
    • Hmm (20/05/2015, 06:56) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      Labour Department worst now. who would allow all those fillipinoes in to work in an economy where it has so many people looking work. The now labour department did that and which Ministry that falls under?
  • cay (19/05/2015, 20:50) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    the cuban in the hot seat deman
  • VG (20/05/2015, 07:18) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    @2cents they have the younger people because the younger ones not taking the time to listen and see what's going on they just grabbing them where ever they are and saying vote ndp
  • just talking (20/05/2015, 21:36) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    you think you see work permit issuing wait until you put back the ndp and doc start to issue work permit to develop the airport and golf court we tola people wont see a time card mush less pay stub. let them and does Asian hong kong people tell you what time it I and just just may be doc wont have any say sine Myron want to take over from doc smith just saying check the word on the street


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