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Fmr. Premier Ralph T. O’Neal knew about ‘Global’ contract

- Global terminated contract through direct communication to then Premier O’ Neal
This news site has been informed that the Global Water Associates contract was brought to the full knowledge of the then Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Cabinet and in fact Global Water Associates itself had terminated its contract through direct communication to the then Premier Ralph T. O’Neal. Photo: VINO/File
Former Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Julian Fraser RA, has clarified there were no infringements on Global Water Associates’ contract with Government during his time in office and is also resting the blame on the confusion surrounding the BiWater Agreement at the feet of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) administration, which he said continues to pretend that the Agreement and BiWater does not exist. Photo: VINO/File
Former Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Julian Fraser RA, has clarified there were no infringements on Global Water Associates’ contract with Government during his time in office and is also resting the blame on the confusion surrounding the BiWater Agreement at the feet of the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) administration, which he said continues to pretend that the Agreement and BiWater does not exist. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Global Water Associates contract, which seems to be at the helm of public discussion, was brought to the full knowledge of the then Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Cabinet and in fact Global Water Associates itself had terminated its contract through direct communication to the then Premier Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE.

This was revealed in an exclusive interview with the former Minister for Communications and Works Hon Julian Fraser, RA regarding the Global Water Contract and who knew what and when. 

Global Water Associates has reportedly threatened to seek legal action to recover approximately $22.9M, claiming that Government failed to honour two agreements.

Recently, an online news site claimed that Opposition Leader Hon. Ralph T. O'Neal said he never investigated the matter because it was never brought to his attention by the then Minister for Communications and Works. The headline of the article suggested that Hon. O’Neal said he was not aware of the contract although his alleged comment inside the article seemed to suggest Hon. O’Neal saying he was not aware of any problems with the Global Water Associates contract. Hon. O’Neal declined to comment when asked for clarification.

In addition, First District Representative Hon. Andrew A. Fahie recently stated that since 2007 during the National Democratic Party (NDP) administration to present and even during the Virgin Islands Party’s (VIP) term in office, he had been raising concerns about the two Global Water Associates contracts. He also said as recent as the last Sitting of the House of Assembly he had asked Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark Vanterpool about the contract but he reportedly used sections of the Standing Order to refrain from answering the questions.

According to Hon. Fraser, at the insistence of the then Minister for Education Hon. Fahie, Cabinet requested a Report on the matter, and in April 2009 he presented the Cabinet with the complete history and up to date status of the relationship with Global Water Associates.

Hon. Fraser pointed out that the report submitted to Cabinet stated that on September 19, 2006, Government contracted Global Water Associates Limited to design, build and install a 250,000 US gallon per day Sewage Treatment Plant for a lump sum amount of Two Million Six Hundred and Eighty Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty Six Dollars ($2,680,846.00). The contract time for the delivery of the plant was one hundred and eighty (180) days.

He said  the Report indicated on February 12, 2007, Global Water Associates wrote to Government expressing concerns over the project delays and on February 15, 2007 the Ministry responded and outlined a revised work schedule, with a projected November 20, 2007 completion date. Global Water subsequently agreed to an extension of time to November 2007.

The former Minister for Communications and Works added the Report also showed that on July 19, 2007, Global claimed an increase in cost of Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars ($800,000.00) due to increased construction costs reportedly caused by the NDP Government’s delay in delivering the site.

And further, that on August 31, 2007 the Financial Secretary issued instructions for Global Water Associates to “cease any additional work on the project”, and that the Project Manager's Report had indicated that the project was already 22 weeks delayed.

The report according to him, noted that on October 31, 2007 the Ministry for Communications and Works, responded to Global’s claim for increased cost, indicating that the claim was without merit and in November, 2007, the Ministry requested that Global ship the plant to the Virgin Islands and that Global was also claiming storage charges to hold the plant in the U.S. at Government’s request due to the incomplete site.

He said the report stated that in order to avoid further exasperating this claim, and considering that Two Million One Hundred Forty-Four Thousand Six Hundred and Seventy Six Dollars and Eighty cents ($2,144,676.80) ( essentially the cost of the plant) of the contract sum had already been paid, the decision was made to have the plant shipped. And on November 28, 2007 Global wrote to confirm Government’s intentions and proposed some shipping arrangements for the plant.

On November 29, 2007 the Ministry wrote to Global requesting the final shipping arrangements and Global advised that the plant was delivered to the Greenland storage site in January 2008 and that in the absence of Global’s detailed design, it was impossible to confirm the presence of all components.

Virgin Islands News Online was told the Report indicated that in March 2008 Government engaged CBE Engineering to examine the feasibility of the siting of the Plant among other things and that report was submitted to the Ministry of Communications and Works during June 2008.  It was also stated that in March 2008 the Government engaged HTA to conduct an Engineering Review and Assessments of the works completed. This review was submitted to the Ministry in June 2008.

Global Water Associates raises “crucial issues” regarding project

According to the former Minister, the Report stated that on July 10, 2008, Global wrote to the Ministry of Communications and works highlighting their dissatisfaction with some of the contents of a July, 3, 2008 BVI Beacon article. In this correspondence, Global Water raised five (5) items that they termed “crucial issues”.

And on July 18, 2008, the Ministry invited Global to submit a proposal to resume and complete the Plant works, however, on August 25, 2008, Global responded highlighting a number of issues to be discussed, including Design issues including headworks and effluent pumping; Completion of the site preparation works; Installation of power, telephone and piping requirements; Defects liability and equipment warranties affected by the projects suspension; Construction costs (highlighted as a major item); and additional engineering costs.

The former minister said the Report informed that the Ministry subsequently met with Global on two occasions to discuss these matters. Global Water priorities were construction costs and additional engineering costs. Global also contended that their claim for the increase in construction costs was still unsettled to their satisfaction, and that resuming the project works was accompanied by additional engineering costs.

The Ministry made clear: “Our position on these matters was that although our position of our October 31, 2007 correspondence appended remained the same, considering the additional delay this matter would be once again tabled and considered; however it should not prevent the resumption of the project. Regarding the engineering costs, we were of the view that since we neither agreed nor requested any design changes, there should be no engineering charges to incur.”

The former minister said the report informed that it was agreed at the time to examine and confirm the status of site preparation works and the installation of power, telephone and piping requirements and that the Ministry was of the view that the issues of design and defects liability and equipment warranties reportedly affected by the projects suspension, although warranted, could be discussed and resolved once the project resumed. “Global was generally not in agreement with most of our views.”

Global informs Hon. O’Neal of termination of contract

The former Minister revealed that in the report, it was stated that on September 19, 2008, Maples and Calder (Global's Lawyers) issued a notice of termination addressed to the Premier requiring Government to remedy the breaches listed and deliver the site and on October 1, 2008, the Ministry responded to Global and confirmed the status of the critical items necessary for the project to resume.

It also stated that on October 1, 2008, the Ministry wrote to the Premier’s Office to update the Permanent Secretary on the Ministry’s position and querying the existence of correspondence to the Premier and that The Ministry later found out that the correspondence in question was Global’s September 19, 2008 termination notice.

He said the report stated that On October 2, 2008 after considering the CBE and HTA reports, Cabinet appointed a select committee, of which he was not a Member, to investigate the contracts for the project and report back to Cabinet.  “As of the date I left office no further instructions or directive has been received in this regard.”

It was further stated that on October 27, 2008, Maples and Calder terminated the contract on behalf of Global and that the correspondence was again addressed to the Premier.

This was prior to the December 2008 negotiations with Biwater.

The Report also noted that on December 4, 2008, the Ministry wrote to the Permanent Secretary, Premier’s Office attempting to confirm that the issue of Global Water Associates was being addressed and that on February 2, 2009, the Permanent Secretary and Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry met with the Permanent Secretary, Premier’s Office to among other things; seek clarifications on the action taken or directive given by the Premier on this matter. The Permanent Secretary, Premier’s Office was reportedly given a verbal brief on the matters leading up to the current events, and the Ministry’s views on the matter.

And also that on February 9, 2009, the Attorney General wrote to the Permanent Secretary, Premier’s Office requesting further information on the Global issue and that the Permanent Secretary, Premier’s Office on February 10, 2009, wrote to the Ministry of Communications and Works seeking clarification in accordance with the Attorney General’s request. The Ministry confirmed that the documentation had been supplied previously. However, on April14, 2009 the Ministry again forwarded the information reflecting the current status and our position.

Confusion regarding Biwater to be blamed on NDP administration

On February 18, 2010 the then Premier Ralph T. O’Neal signed a contract with BiWater following a cabinet decision.   This decision seems to have raised concerns among persons in the community, however, given the accounts outlined above it is clear that the Biwater Agreement which includes a provision for the "erection and installation of the sewage treatment plant (supplied by others) at Paraquita Bay", has no conflict with Global's contract which had long been terminated.

Hon. Fraser has lashed out at the NDP administration, which he says pretends that the agreement with Biwater does not exist.

“The confusion surrounding this whole Biwater Agreement lies at the feet of this NDP administration which continues to pretend that the Agreement and Biwater does not exist.  This disregard for the Terms of the Agreement was highlighted in the House of Assembly when the Minister (Hon. Mark Vanterpool) told the House that his Ministry had done no expert verification of the drawings and specifications for compliance with both the American Water Works Association, and the American Society for Testing and Materials standards as required by the Agreement.  And neither did they issue any certificates of completion, nor do they make regular construction inspections, as required.”

The Third District Representative, known as the Liberator, concluded that most importantly, the Ministry of Communications and Works has elected to fire the Biwater Project Coordinator, a person who sat at the negotiations table with Biwater on the Agreement, and knew the terms of the Agreement inside out, and also knew the obligations of government with intimacy, and would most definitely have known when and if negotiations were to kick in. 

“The Ministry even undertook to remove the technical expert appointed as Employer's Representative and replace them with the Permanent Secretary, who made no secret of their lack of familiarity with the project.”

NDP’s reckless actions created emergence of Biwater

Previously, First District Representative, Hon. Andrew A. Fahie had stated that the reckless actions by the current National Democratic Party (NDP) administration was the reason why the Biwater deal emerged in the first place and why Government is now allegedly being threatened with a lawsuit by Global Water Associates.

77 Responses to “Fmr. Premier Ralph T. O’Neal knew about ‘Global’ contract”

  • egg face (30/10/2012, 08:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Uncle Ralph is home laughing at Fraser for getting him worked up over nothing!
  • rat tail (30/10/2012, 08:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good information Mr. Frazer.
    • ccc (30/10/2012, 11:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      It is amazing that big men like Mr. O’Neal and Mr. Fraser fell for the NDP-Platinum bate…this is indeed so misguided to be seeking to have this public fight started by those folks who just looking to remain in power!!!
      • flood (30/10/2012, 11:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Yea I am very disappointed in both men
        • Fair is fair (30/10/2012, 15:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Sure you are, because you are a hyprocrite. What you wanted Fraser to do, sit and keep his mouth shut knowing that something totally different happened? That is why people can't trust us.
      • bias (01/11/2012, 12:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        ccc tis true Platinum bias makes them less of a real news paper and more of another site on the street with an opinion
  • talk girl talk (30/10/2012, 08:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well sah tis seems like ah fight between Fraser and Ralph like how Dr. Smith and Mark was fighting publicly… come on children be good boys!
  • AC-360 (30/10/2012, 08:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The bellicose opposition leader and the uproarious, blusterous former Minister of CW are reasons why being partisan is useless... it's important to support great policies and ideas as both sides in any political configuration has it's share of the inane.....
    • care (30/10/2012, 15:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      At least the VIP who have built this country actually cares about its citizens
  • yellow (30/10/2012, 08:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ayo keep off Tiford de Fadda of de Nation, after HLS ...hope he get better quick, we need yuh Uncle
  • under the bus (30/10/2012, 08:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the truth shall prevail.
  • Ah saw (30/10/2012, 08:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ralph this ain't looking good for you at ALL. It is obvious that Ralph told us a lie just to try to make Fahie & Fraser look bad. The facts are too compelling. Also it is obvious that the NDP give us a bad deal with Global Water that opened the door for biwater. Like it or not all this article does is prove Hon. Fahie is correct in what he has been saying & is saying about the careless & wreckless act of the NDP in these matters relating to water matters & sewage matters that has & is costing tax payers millions of dollars.
    • new (30/10/2012, 23:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You can't make silk out of a sow's ear. VIP need to get serious and get a new leader, maybe Fraser, or Gerry Farara????
  • Hmmmm (30/10/2012, 08:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I always knew that NDP is who destroyed the local investment group BVI Investment by signing with Global Water & then got a herd of people to beleive that it was Fraser & VIP who did it with biwater. The NDP's decption is slowly being revealed. What a thing meh boy!
    • Man Down (30/10/2012, 09:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      Now it's public knowledge that there's a big set of jockeying for power within the VIP. NDP destroyed the investment club? That's your new angle? I thought NDP were infact the Investment Club? Which is it? You need to stick to one line of argument. Regardless of what Fraser says and Ralph says, they were both a part of the same Cabinet and responsible for this debacle. I blame NDP for not putting out more information on the Global Water issue and for being 9u$$ies and not renewing OC contract and instead letting it go to court. They only did that because it would 'look bad' if they gave OC back the contract given that some of them were shareholders. NONSENSE!! Nobody elected 9u$$ies to run the country and NDp is now regretting that.

      How can Fraser say NDP is acting like biwater doesn't exist when if you go up at Pari now, you will see that the construction of the plant is taking shape? Works haven't stopped, they're still working, which means the Government is involved somehow. The issue now is they want to get water through our mangroves at Pari and Govt. wants to approve it. It seems Fraser thinks that because Biwater has a contract Government is obligated to simply approve their requests. If Biwater is this big international reputable company, why the @#$% they couldn't tell that Pari had no water? OC checked there years ago which is why they end up with a plant at Bar Bay East. Our locals are smarter than Biwater? Seems so to me. More to come on this. NDP needs to get Audits done on ALL these things and publish each one let the chips fall where they may.

      • same (30/10/2012, 10:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        but its the same in the NDP even funny man want to be chief
        • the rock (31/10/2012, 06:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          that would be an excellent move Hon. Walyn..will be the best chief for these times to come..bam..bam...bam!
      • Get Real (30/10/2012, 10:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        What the hell kind of question you asking about how can Fraser say that NDP. Pretends that Biwater and the Agreement dosent exist? Can't you see for yourself? Has the NDP provided electricity for the plant? Has the NDP make provision to receive and distribute the 2.3 million gallons of water Biwater will be producing? Has the NDP seen to Biwater getting approval for access to raw water?

        Answer those questions and you get the answer.
        • Man Down (30/10/2012, 11:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

          So you have no problem with our Government, meaning US, paying for Biwater electricity regardless of the cost? That's madness! Didn't they promise us some 'free' sewerage treatment plants as well? Turns out, that was a LIE! Why you harping on one side of the issue and not the other? It was a poor and onesided agreement that we signed and you know it. I'm not defending NDP here, I'm pointing out your bull$h!t! Both are to be blamed for this problem but you act is if king fraser and VIP could do no wrong. VIP ruled the country for 40yrs, NDP is now in their 5th year of being the Government, you do the math!

          • Get Real (30/10/2012, 12:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            Who say anything about paying for electricity for Biwater? We talking about bringing in the service. Electricity bring service to your house, you pay for it. Why you changing the subject. And if you want to know, every water company bill the government for the electricity they use to make water.

            Then all the foolishness about how long VIP ruled and how long NDP ruled. Tell the NDP to live up to the terms of the Biwater Agreement, cause if the don't, you tink the Global $22 million is money? You will hear money then.

            Just some friendly advice.
            • go back to your room (03/11/2012, 09:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
              Tell it like it is. Finally, someone putting Man Down in your place. What was that you said again?
      • zzzzzzzzzzzzz (30/10/2012, 10:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        It's not fair with this VIP NDP debate we the people don't want any of those options...
        • bay yute (30/10/2012, 11:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          the time has come for a serious third party.... as that's where we are going next time, I can't see any of the two options NDP/VIP viable and I know I can speak for a strong amount of people that want fresh blood....
      • connection (30/10/2012, 23:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        ah dont know when we will realise that NDP and VIP is the same story?
    • To man down (30/10/2012, 09:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The NDP is the BVI Investment Club so you are right but in 2007 when this issue first arose it was election time & the NDP had to make a choice which turn out to be through the BVI Investment Club under the bus so the people could think that they the NDP cared about the people more than they cared about their investments. However this was with the hope that they would have return to power & then go fix up the BVI Investment Club properly which is themselves. Well as you know they lost & they lost. Hence now their sins are being revealed.
    • more (31/10/2012, 10:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      And both parties have the arrogance to ask us for more vote in 2015
  • Shame (30/10/2012, 08:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I like Ralph O'Neal. He has done well for this country but he is now behaving like "King Saul" in the Bible in his last days, just trying to destroy anyone who he feels is the future because he thinks he will be there forever. We all know what happen to him so I advise Ralph to stop trying to destroy Fraser & Fahie & the Virgin ISlands Party. Or his end will be the same.
    • truck (30/10/2012, 11:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      God Bless Ralph T. O'Neal I love the man but he just did not have the backbone to run this country and I blame him every day for allowing the NDP to win the last elections and run the BVI into the mess that B V Isladers is in for the last 11 months for which we are still suffering with no $$$$$ in our pockets!!!
  • in the news (30/10/2012, 08:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is why the VIP will remain a bunch of losers….before they unite to get rid of the NDP and their bad polices for the lil man they are on here fighting each other about who knew what when.

    VIP remember that story was stated on the NDP site Platinum so do not fall for it Ralph and Fraser...leave it dey!
  • look at ths man (30/10/2012, 08:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ralph was the Minister of Finance so when the NDP hitting how poor the finances were don't Ralph understand that they trying to destroy him & his legagcy without calling his name? So the NDP making him feel good so what Ralph does in return...try to belittle & lie on Fraser & Fahie in the House of Assembly & in the media so that the people can turn against them. Imagine that...two of his men that has been faithfull to him from day one he turning on them for no valid reason. That is when a leader goes from good to bad. Ralph go out on top & stop this stupidy game you playing with the future of the VIP & a few of the members.
    • hot air (30/10/2012, 11:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I think both Fraser and Ralph is full of hot air, just wait until the child's safety valve blows off.....
  • Nonsense (30/10/2012, 09:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Show us the proof!!! We don't want lip service, what else we expect Fraser to say? He didn't even apologize for the stupid stoplights that were his fault, Ralph had to do it. Now we must believe him? Now people will see the VIP infighting in public eye, let the games begin. Thank GOD they're not in power!!
    • Common Sense (30/10/2012, 10:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      There is no convincing you of anything you do not believe. Your ignorance is consistent, what would you consider as proof?
  • enough (30/10/2012, 09:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ralph has contributed a lot to this Territory but his time is up & he needs to bow out graciously & allow whatever & whoever is the future to be ushered in but that doesn't happen with Carribbean leaders who have been in power for years. What a sad state of affairs that Ralph O'Neal has put himself in just to hold on to power because he feels only he can lead. Tell him live forever.
  • open wide (30/10/2012, 09:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    is this the VIP October surprise? I thought we were through this issue already!
    • Mary J (30/10/2012, 11:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      If nothing else, both VIP and NDP have proved that they are losing support, not gaining it.
  • Not easy (30/10/2012, 09:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ralph ain't going to step down so easily because he is addicted to power as is most leaders that were leaders for a while.
  • Not easy (30/10/2012, 09:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ralph ain't going to step down so easily because he is addicted to power as is most leaders that were leaders for a while.
  • ----------------- (30/10/2012, 09:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    While I don't support the VIP, I quite like both Fraser and Mr. O'Neal...
    • Apple pie (30/10/2012, 11:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You think things are bad now. God help us if the NDP gets another 4 years!!!
  • Confused (30/10/2012, 09:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The VIP lost the 2011 elections & I have & continue to hear them blaming Fraser, Fahie, Omar, & the list goes on & on but I never heard one person blame Ralph. Well I think that that is foolishness. Every government will have issues but the leader must lead. Ralph is a poor leader & the lost of his party from power with an 11 to 2 majority, can only be laid at his (Ralph O'Neal's)feet. From my view he leads by making no decisions & by keeping his members busy against each other that he could intervene & avoid but wouldn't because its not in his best interest. Sadly enough Orlando ain't much better. Slightly better but not much better.
  • @@@@@ (30/10/2012, 09:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If the VIP ever take back power it will be a sad day if this kind of in fighting contiunes...
  • Shara Parlin (30/10/2012, 09:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I must say telling it like it is remains one of the most redeeming qualities of the VIP. I don't and never will support or vote for the NDP, but the VIP has a long way to go in getting its act together and providing its supporters and voters some great comfort that they are ready to lead and support those who hold different political views!!!
  • Don't worry (30/10/2012, 09:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    NDP-VIP what's the difference when it comes to infighting? The VIP own gets out public because of its childlike leader & the NDP own stays private because of their deceptive leader
  • x factor (30/10/2012, 10:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • BREAKING NEWS (30/10/2012, 10:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    LMAO! GOD don't sleep! Where oooo, hog city, critic, vip, vip loyalist etc ????????????

    This is why we voted out these set of lying, under-minding, bad minded.......from running our country!!!!!!

    VIP will never sit in the Admin Complex again!!!

    This is why O'Neal will never retire because he cannot trust himself, Fahie or Fraser to lead VIP. Them man tagging up on O'Neal to throw him out!

    O'Neal let Irene Penn take over! That is a woman with integrity, morals and who can't be bought!!
    • help help help @ breaking news (30/10/2012, 11:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      LAWWWWWWWWWD help us if the VIP fighting allows the NDP to return to power. That will result in every single B V Islander sent into excile in our country and the expats and whites ruling....they will be also placed in EVERY SINGLE position held by locals (whether they know how to do the job or NOT!), and our country will slide down into the beautiful Caribbean sea.
      • BREAKING NEWS (30/10/2012, 11:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ help help help

        You're saying that we will lose our country to the white people if we let NDP get back in power, which colour people will we lose out country too if we let VIP get back in power ? If VIP had get back in power, the UK would of done take over this place.

        Why you think they came to monitor the elections ? They heard the people's cry.

        NDP is no GOD sent Gov't but they are 5 times better than VIP!

        When HL Stoutt passed away, we lost the VIP and this country!

        That is one of the questions I have to ask GOD when I reach Heaven, "Why he took HL Stoutt so soon" ?
    • Virgin Gorda (30/10/2012, 11:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      BREAKING NEWS It is astonishing that poor you still belive that the BVI people and voters might still stick with the NDP who is not for the people just look at the last 11 months which shows all evidence to the contrary. But your misgiuded loyalty is noted.
      • Nonsense (30/10/2012, 12:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Virgin Gorda

        A Government, only in 11 months and have already:

        - Rebuild ESHS library from dirty dump room to comfortable state of the art library
        - Introduce mandatory CXC exams for school leavers so that we can better measure our performances regionally and internationally
        - Introduction of National Song and Dress - FIRST IN HISTORY!
        - Introduction of raising/lowering of flags to instill a sense of national pride in the youth
        - YUR program which assisted in many unemployed youth with needed skills and job opportunities
        - Revamping the Techincal and Vocational Institute which is currently under construction
        - Rebuilt Crafts Alive and getting rid of tent city
        - Introduction of first ever Autism Center (note: It was started by VIP)
        - Ground breaking for new modern home for the elderly
        - Completion of phase 1 and reopening of Greenland field
        - Completion of phases with respect to sewerage treatment
        - Fixing disastrous retaining walls and roads that were damaged since 2010 (i.e. Ballast Bay, Carrot Bay, Country etc.)
        - Accessed the CDB monies to address infrastructure damaged by storms years ago
        - Negotiated the protocols to ensure that once we meet the requirements we can be on firm footing financially again
        - Engaging the Cruise Industry once again for the first time in years to ensure that our people continue to benefit from this crucial piece of the pie

        Many more that can be listed. These guys are working for the people and it shows. So you look at all they have done and are still trying to do and tell me they're not working for the people? You my friend are in denial!
        • Virgin Gorda (30/10/2012, 13:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          "Nonsense" your blog sounds like you have been taken some lessons from BIG Bird. Gosh man get ah life nah. All those projects are simply VIP projects that you did!!! not one new idea after 11 months. Deal with the substance of my comments and not the usual NDP hogwash and propaganda if you are able to appreciate that. "Put up or shut up!"

          Trust we the people "nonsense" come 2016 this country will never again end up in the hands of the NDP! The past 11 months is not the kind of governance the nation demands. I cannot help but laugh at this same ranting and raving you do from online news site to online news sites deman.

          Go sit down with your marketing campaign with the same old, dull, tired, boring spin…the people will speak!
          • Nonsense (30/10/2012, 13:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            HAHAHA!! You sounding like Romney, attack without substance. So if I say "I will build that house!" and sit back and do nothing for 4yrs and you come along and say "I will build that house!" Then, you make the necessary plans, take the necessary steps and get the house built, I stole your idea? LMAO!!! I love my country, I don't love NDP, get that straight. You know better as well, but we both understand why you have to come on here speaking the contrary. NDP will win election again 2016 that's a fact.
          • BREAKING NEWS (30/10/2012, 15:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            @ Virgin Gorda

            Which one of the projects that Nonsense named VIP completed ???

            New ideas ???????

            When a new idea drop, you all shutting it down and say finish the hospital, sewage etc.

            We trying to finish them then you say where the new ideas ?????????

            • Gimme Di Herbs (30/10/2012, 19:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
              LMAOOOO @ abc

              But "Virgin Gorda" you seem to be biased. You and everyone else know that NDP is doing a great job. Some of their decision might make you scratch your head, but they're doing their job. If you compare the performance of VIP in their last four years to eleven months that NDP has been in, there's a big difference! A good difference too. I'd elaborate on how it's a good difference but it's evident. You're either biased, in denial or both.
              • @ Gimme Di Herbs (30/10/2012, 23:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
                you sound full of hate, go visit your church and find some inner peace
        • bam (30/10/2012, 18:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          only an idiot will buy what 'Nonsense' selling. fool me once, shame on me.
          fool me twice, shame on you.
          fool all the bvi, over and over again. the bvi deserves NDP BAM.
        • Stop! (31/10/2012, 06:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Wait a minute: (note: It was started by VIP) missing more of your mentions.
    • 9 inches (30/10/2012, 11:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      @ BREAKING NEWS; God! We will not have a NDP gov pass 2016 as we are sick of the special interest! If that happens we will turn out like Turks and Caicos? A UK takeover!!! You ought to be out of your mind breaking news so keep dreaming about who will see the admin complex..hope before your four years is up someone aint pull you out by your ball head for the $h!t you doing to people!

    • supporter (01/11/2012, 12:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I am an independent voter and I really must laugh at the irony of 'breaking news' talking about being blinded by party loyalty, when all his/her comments clearly indicates that, just on the other end of the spectrum he is a NDP supporter
  • my two cents (30/10/2012, 11:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Come to think of it if this is a choice for leadership between Tiford and Julain I would choose Julain a thousand times over Ralph whoes time has long pass. Julain might not be as smooth as Ralph but he has more political sense than Ralph....
  • $$$$$$ (30/10/2012, 11:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. O'Neal just need to admitt that he made a mistake on this and misspoke, one of the essential qualitites of a true leader and more than Dr. Smith has ever done. Fact of the matter, while the VIP was in office they should have listened more to their own people and suppoters than to the Financial Secretary and thoes NDP in sheep clothing.

    • all of dem do (31/10/2012, 10:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      i don't know why Ralph T getting thumbs down....all poltitians lie now and again
  • Nonsense (30/10/2012, 11:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    Oh shut the @#$ up with your nonsense. How many locals have lost their jobs since NDP took power a year ago? You and your backward Government had the place at a stand still, nobody wanted to invest. We already have new Trust Companies and Law Firms on Island since last elections and many more things to come. Look and learn how a country is run. Why would a political party treat the locals bad when they're the ones that voted them in, in the first place? You sound so stupid about "whites and expats taking over". They don't need Government for that, just idiots like you who are too small minded to benefit in their own country!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Global (30/10/2012, 12:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well well well, two amazing pieces of information revealed in this story: 1) that Mr O'Neal knew about the Global Water Contracts, and 2) that Global Water terminated the very Contract with government on Oct 27th 2008, and not a single soul has commented on this very important development.

    Global Water only now raising their head because they know they have their friends in office. That's why the question "WHO OWNS GLOBAL" needs to be answered.
    • facts man (30/10/2012, 15:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      It`s going to get worse, because of the morons and idiots that are running this country, and I am talking about both political parties- NDP/VIP, are harboring and protecting there own power, and they are always trying to fool the public, and this is the results. BVI is on the edge of becoming a failed state, it is no better than Zimbabwae .
  • !!!!! (30/10/2012, 14:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sometimes I wonder if some people blogging their opinions really think before they speak
  • hate speech (30/10/2012, 23:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This forum is overrun by NDP haters today... Dang
    • not fair (31/10/2012, 11:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      for true don't pretend that they are fair, when we know that you are pro VIP or NDP.
  • Sad Days (31/10/2012, 09:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    There were two contracts and this Government made a huge mistake re-engaging Global in discussions! Shame on them! The Investment Club and all of them cronies has to be behind this because none of it makes sense! In the end it costs all of us people and they run with the money while preaching fiscal dicipline. :(
  • daddy L (31/10/2012, 10:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The current breed of politicians will not want change
  • VIP girl to the born (31/10/2012, 15:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Whenever I think the VIP cant sink any lower, along come some jack@ss to prove me wrong.

    What the he!! is wrong with my VIP..too much in fighting...i would have prefer in breading!!!
    • Pot & Kettle (01/11/2012, 17:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      A jackass is one which allows others to ride him and keeps his mouth shut. Now who is the jackass?

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