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Claude O. Skelton-Cline going public! To hold press conference!

- The former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority plans to answer questions & tell it all @ an April 12, 2016 Press Conference
Former Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Claude O. Skelton-Cline is scheduled to hold a 'live' press conference in the CBN Channel 51 studio at 7:00 PM Tuesday April 12, 2016 in the Chevelle Centre Building across from the Sunday Morning Well, in Road Town on the main island of Tortola. The press conference is regarding his issues over his contract not being renewed and his decision to take the NDP Government to court. Photo: VINO
There has been a split in the NDP Administration over Claude O. Skelton-Cline’s contract issue. At the recent 2016 Budget debate, two members of the House of Assembly came to Skelton-Cline’s defense, praising him for his good work and publicly stating that he was treated unfairly and not given the credit for his service at the controversial Ports Project. His uncle, Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (right)- a Territorial At Large Representative- and the Second District Representative Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (left) came to his defense and praised him for his good work while serving as Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority. Photo: VINO/File
There has been a split in the NDP Administration over Claude O. Skelton-Cline’s contract issue. At the recent 2016 Budget debate, two members of the House of Assembly came to Skelton-Cline’s defense, praising him for his good work and publicly stating that he was treated unfairly and not given the credit for his service at the controversial Ports Project. His uncle, Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (right)- a Territorial At Large Representative- and the Second District Representative Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (left) came to his defense and praised him for his good work while serving as Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As the plot thickens over the fall-out regarding the non-renewal of contract of the former Managing Director (MD) of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA), Claude O. Skelton-Cline, things are getting hotter as Mr Skelton-Cline is scheduled to hold a 'tell it all' press conference on the matter.

It was this news site that first and accurately broke the story that Mr Skelton-Cline had taken the government of the Virgin Islands to court seeking a Judicial Review over the non-renewal of his contract after the BVI Ports Authority Board had recommended to Cabinet a renewal with a higher salary since early 2015.

The former MD was reportedly told by some Ministers of Government to wait until after the June 2015 general elections, as once his National Democratic Party (NDP) won his contract would have been renewed.

His NDP party won in a landslide, however, his contract was not renewed after the election and to date the reasons are unknown.

NDP split over Skelton-Cline

There has been a split in the NDP Administration over Skelton-Cline’s contract issue. At the recent 2016 Budget debate, two members of the House of Assembly came to Skelton-Cline’s defense, praising him for his good work and publicly stating that he was treated unfairly and not given the credit for his service at the controversial Ports Project.

His uncle, Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton- a Territorial At Large Representative- and the Second District Representative Hon Melvin M. Turnbull came to his defense and praised him for his good work while serving as Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority.

Skelton-Cline not treated right by NDP

Both legislators said Mr Skelton-Cline was treated unfairly and never given the credit for his good works in bringing the Tortola Pier Project to where is it today. The fall out has caused serious tension within the ruling government, according to our senior NDP source, “that could have long term effects over the survival and stability of the Administration,” the same source told our newsroom yesterday, April 10, 2016.

Live press conference

The press conference is scheduled to take place ‘live’ in the CBN Channel 51 studio at 7:00 PM Tuesday April 12, 2016 in the Chevelle Centre Building across from the Sunday Morning Well, in Road Town on the main island of Tortola.

It will also be broadcast live on 90.9FM.

It appears that Skelton-Cline is expected to drop some bombshells and the public will be waiting to see what information he comes with, as well as the Dr D. Orlando Smith led Administration’s response.

The subject Minister of the BVI Ports Authority, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) told reporters earlier this year that Skelton-Cline did a good job on the Ports Project but “it was time to move on.” It is unclear if some of Skelton-Cline’s fire at the April 12, 2016 press conference will be targeted at Hon Vanterpool.

Our newsroom will be the first to bring our readers all the accurate details on this ongoing controversy.

63 Responses to “Claude O. Skelton-Cline going public! To hold press conference!”

  • one eye (11/04/2016, 11:59) Like (31) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well mey bouy the ting start
  • Concerned (11/04/2016, 12:03) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    can't wait
  • pat (11/04/2016, 12:08) Like (44) Dislike (3) Reply
    I'd say move on. Your contract expired and you should be grateful that you got the job in the first place considering you are not qualified. But if you can shed light on how NDP actually works, that could be valuable too. Since all we get is silence. It is a club of good ol' boys that run the country.
  • The Observer (11/04/2016, 12:26) Like (30) Dislike (5) Reply
    If my memory serves me right his former boss got a twenty five year prison sentence in Detroit. Only time will tell.
  • King Edom (11/04/2016, 12:27) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    "Dem BwoySay" the administration already told him he can more than live off the "over run" of the TPP. Scat nothing to see here.
  • wize up (11/04/2016, 12:30) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    this should be fun
  • WTF (11/04/2016, 12:32) Like (76) Dislike (0) Reply
    Every firm or company reserves the right at the end of a contract, to renew it or end it. I don't have anything against Claude, but why he thinks that his contract had to be renewed? We all are equal, so nothing special about Claude.
  • Prevention (11/04/2016, 12:40) Like (31) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just hopes he tell the full story and not half of it….people who should have been working on the ports project diverted to some body house t work and the ton of money M & M made off the project
    • De truth (12/04/2016, 07:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      No way will he speak fully. If that happens he will be burying himself in a whole heap of legal problems. Still be interesting to see what he does own up to today!! Reckon there will be hush money paid today.
  • dude (11/04/2016, 12:46) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    What a pathetic set of people.
  • think he smart (11/04/2016, 12:56) Like (33) Dislike (0) Reply
    Will he spill the beans or is it that he is looking for hush money?
    • wize up (11/04/2016, 13:20) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ think he smart: hush money!!!
      • Judas (11/04/2016, 18:47) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
        If it is the “30 pieces of silver” he is pushing so hard for, you must admit that he has good timing. With the world watching us for any excuse to strengthen their case, his timing is on point. It looks like he can teach Doc a thing or two. They had him in the wrong position all along, because it seems like he is very good at this political game. He needs to be their strategist; they obviously need one just about now. His strategy maybe just to give the public alittle bit to send a message and force the govt to react and put up; or he can become the local wikiLeaks and spill the beans, causing pandemonium in the land, putting everyone involved in crisis mode, allowing them all to defend their own roles in this matter. If that is the case, this will certainly be one bold gamble and can diminish any future career he maybe looking at in the territory, except for family businesses. Regardless of the outcome, “we shall not be fooled” any longer. Just like a game of chess, in the end, the King and the Pawn are tightly paced right back into the same box, to be played again. If anything he sure have our attention on this one. Pandora Box has been lifted and problems are popping up everywhere now. All eyes glued to CBN Channel 51 studio on Tuesday at 7:00 PM, and all ears to the broadcast on 90.9FM. The world is watching.
  • fepup (11/04/2016, 13:13) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    gosh..Claude sit down nah..every week you on the news....strupessss
  • Attention Seeker (11/04/2016, 13:14) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I hope 2 people show up
  • SOUTH WIND BLOWING (11/04/2016, 13:20) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lord look melee can't wait.
  • welcome to the club (11/04/2016, 13:24) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The NDP is treating all ah we bad.
  • true christian (11/04/2016, 13:26) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END
  • Wow! (11/04/2016, 13:37) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply

    He better don't disappoint! But make sure you select your words wisely so as not to possibly incriminate yourself, even if that means throwing someone else under the bus to secure your reputation, as well as for you and your family future survival. Do what you have to do brother! Help the MCW fast-track the NDP Government into the History Books. May the Forces be with you.
    • Revelations (11/04/2016, 15:08) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Wow. He needs to throw all who have a hand in this entire fiasco under the bus. We don’t want any waterdown explanations. “We want the Truth and Nothing but the truth.” It’s time to clean-up the ongoing negative reputation of our country that has been fueling our gradual destruction.
      • Jill (11/04/2016, 16:50) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
        How are we going to know what is the "truth" and what is a lie? Whatever he says we will judge as not the truth especially if he does not say what we want him to say because we already know what we want the "truth" to be.
  • Guest (11/04/2016, 13:41) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    Wow he is more straight forward than the government he already holding a press conference to explain and for the life of the people of the BVI the government still has even yet to announce the firm that will audit their venture months later still waiting...
  • wize up (11/04/2016, 14:01) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    it will be good if the general public can call in and ask questions during Claude's national update.....
  • Welsa (11/04/2016, 15:55) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Somebody cash low. Time to re-up
  • rio (11/04/2016, 16:17) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    This should be a test of ths Guilty knowledge of the Premier and his political gang.
  • shark (11/04/2016, 16:30) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    boss man you need to go sit down,school children say so.
  • wize up (11/04/2016, 16:39) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    just a question: will there be a snap election follow this great revelation by cline or will direct rule come quicker than we think...."Panama Papers and NOW Skeleton Papers"
    • LOL (11/04/2016, 20:35) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      Geeze wise up, you gave me a good laugh @ skeleton papers. Where do you bloggers come up with these sayings?
  • Mark (11/04/2016, 17:19) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    I will bet this will be cancelled by the time it tomorrow, I think he looking hush money him
  • The EU (11/04/2016, 19:07) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    That press conference will not come to pass. Just wait and see!!!
  • ta ta (11/04/2016, 19:50) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well sad dead man tell no tails
  • Boo (11/04/2016, 19:52) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wellsa. Get the popcorn popped and ready. NDP vs NDP
  • lodger (11/04/2016, 19:55) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Isnt it unwise to hold a press conference when you have a court case pending?
    • ..... (11/04/2016, 23:30) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yeah, it's just a stunt in my opinion. Have your day in court and relax dude.. He's getting greedy and desperate if you ask me.. A good ole Pastor. This is what happens when you feed wild animals...YOU CAN'T GET THEM OFF YOUR PROPERTY..
  • Whoa (11/04/2016, 20:32) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    The demons showing themselves, but Fraud will take care of dem!
  • oh father (11/04/2016, 20:44) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    he is a wise man so you may be disappointed what you are seeking to hear wisdom will rule. remember still a court matter so there is a rude awakening. he just need to clear the air way and i know he will use wisdom and let sleeping dogs lie as to the 7th district rep.
    • It is said... (11/04/2016, 23:09) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      Their self-absorbed unbridled EGOs will destroy them ALL. Let’s see what spirit he intends to unleash tomorrow night.
    • It is said... (12/04/2016, 00:54) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      Their self-absorbed/unbridled EGOs will destroy them ALL. Some think that the world is theirs. The world owes you nothing. Let’s see what spirit(s) he intends to unleash on the public tonight, after praying without ceasing until that appointed time. The wisest of men have tumbled over the simplest of things. Humble thyself my son.
  • dude (11/04/2016, 22:09) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    Dude go sit down...Even if you ain't guilty of stealing the pier park money you done get more than your share of money out of our Govt...go sit down.

    This is what greed looks like‼️
  • Zan Waiting 4u (12/04/2016, 00:21) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Zan is waiting. Hope Clyne prepare to answer tough questions... I can imaging hear him saying.." I can't answer that question because of the pending court case".. Hope we get answers
  • He has a good case.. (12/04/2016, 00:26) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    The Guy had a renewal contract.." After election we will renew your contract".. Thats a verbal agreement which can be interpreted as a contract.. I think he has a case..
    • Elements (12/04/2016, 08:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The elements to a contract: (1) Offer (2) Acceptance (3) Consideration (4) Intention to Create Legal Relations. The elements must add up and in his case all he had was a promise, if those were the words, used. "Wait till after elections." For what? To talk about contract? We speculating now. Parner, it's the Government's right not to renew. Go siddung. The job is the Cabinet's to give to whomever they choose. Let me hear you and Smalls-Davis in court talking about legitimate expectation.
  • I will be watching.. (12/04/2016, 00:28) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    More bad press for the BVI and the BVI government.. We in trouble here..
  • Opinion (12/04/2016, 00:29) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    It is sad that most B V Islanders are so ignorant about people's rights.
  • musa (12/04/2016, 07:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    trick in d book to keep all of us quite
  • Me (12/04/2016, 08:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is sad when it seems and sounds like "some B V Islanders" believe "ONLY SOME people got rights".
  • O Ye of Little Faith. (12/04/2016, 15:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If there was no contractual agreement then there is no legal action. If the government has something to hide, then there will be some hush hush payoff or contract will be renewed. Otherwise all the extra action is in vein.

    What happened to the battle is the Lord's? Daniel was thrown in a den of lions and what did he do? Pray...and God delivered him. I know sometimes people do things that are seemingly unjustified and you really want to get them for it. You want to let the world know of the injustice. But, when you have faith in God to move mountains, you leave it all in his hands. We are mere human mortals. What can we do that God cannot do for us if we trust him. O ye of little faith. Maybe God saving you from disaster Mr. Cline. Maybe you or your family member did something that you were not supposed to do. Maybe you preached about a man called Job so now you are being tested. Do not take it personal. It's not even about you right now. Examine yourself and move on trusting in God.
  • What a ting to tell the king (12/04/2016, 16:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nothing is going to happen, he cannot set fire a house he lives in!!! Calling a bluff

    I say call his bluff!!!
  • Hope (12/04/2016, 16:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    As a BVIslander I am disappointed in the the above two reps in government for saying that Cline has done a good job. However they are entitled to their oppion and I respect it. As a voter not sure if these are people I really want to represent me in Government. Our grand parents always said the harbourar is worst than the thief. BVIslander wake up we don't these people as much as they need us.
  • turn in (12/04/2016, 18:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hopefully he's going to turn himself in.
  • Oh No (12/04/2016, 19:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Can this mans wife please give him a hug? His name, his reputation...no one spoke badly of him? Reasonable expectation is not the same as Legitimate Expectation. Did the government's action not to renew the contract amount to a breach of contract? No no no! Maybe the government trying to save money? They couldnt even afford a piece of bread for the hungry people who attended the second cruise pier opening. Oh no...
  • Ha Ha (12/04/2016, 21:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Them NDP Nasty Duty People
  • Boo (12/04/2016, 21:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This thing come off? or was it just another smoke screen?
  • sad (13/04/2016, 02:46) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    As someone said we here in the BVI are very and I mean very ignorant to our rights and freedom to express ourselves and what we believe in and stand up for. Many of you don't know this man but yet you come on here with outrageous opinion which you are entitled to. I guarantee if any of us were in his position we would do the same thing. Clear your names but then some of us might just say pay me and I'll keep quiet. Every man or woman has to stand up for themselves.
  • musa (13/04/2016, 12:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    i think this guy pastor permit should be expel until he clear his own name in court


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