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Hon. Skelton: Fraser ran away from KATS “like hot potato”

The KATS programme has taught many children in the VI about sea safety.
Hon. Skelton (left) remembered at one time Hon. Fraser did not want to be associated with the programme.
Hon. Skelton (left) remembered at one time Hon. Fraser did not want to be associated with the programme.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon. Ronnie Skelton found it ironic that one of his colleagues in the House of Assembly (HOA) was dishing out advice on the BVI Water Sports programme when at one time he claimed the district representative “was running away from it [KATS sailing programme) like a hot potato”.

At the recent HOA sitting on May 10, 2012, Third District Representative Hon. Julian Fraser, RA mentioned that the BVI Water Sports programme in Sea Cows Bay, if continued, would see a major shift in the sailing industry. At the moment, most of the Captain positions are taken up by expatriates.

The District Representative told the House that he sees the validity and potential in the programme, and supported the initiative from its inception.

To this end, he encouraged Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron Walwyn to “recognise the importance and continue to support it”.

“As the new Minister you may want to take a close look at how it works, make whatever adjustments where the case may be...but it is vital, it is needed and it is something we must continue to have,” Hon. Fraser pointed out.

However, Hon. Skelton stated that Government has recognised the importance of such an initiative, which is based in Sea Cows Bay, and said he recalled the District Representative did not want to be associated with the programme.

“...he run away from the programme like if it was a hot potato,” the Health and Social Development Minister claimed.

“I did not think he wanted it and it’s a good programme...anything to help out young men and women from getting off the streets and making them more responsible. The Director of the programme is doing a fantastic job. He has total connection with the kids,” Hon. Skelton added.

Furthermore, the Minister said he did not want the public to get the impression that the District Representative was putting the Government in its place because “the next time you will see it on VINO and Platinum that we are put in our place for these things, no man no, no, no.”

A brief overview of KATS
The KATS watersports programme has many types of classes offered to any child between ages of five and 18. According to its website, it has some parameters that must be met before a child can move on from one programme to the next.

Number one is that the child must first take the swimming course, pass successfully, and then can move to other programme that KATS offers.

The second programme is the Sea Skills class. The next available programme that a student can move onto is Sailing, of which there are three levels.

Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of the Virgin Islands and currently run by the Rotaract Club of Tortola, the KATS programme has graduated almost 600 students.

39 Responses to “Hon. Skelton: Fraser ran away from KATS “like hot potato” ”

  • Not2Sure (15/05/2012, 08:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I could be wrong, but didn't the Government withdraw all funding from KATS? So no more free education in sailing for BVI kids, but the Government wants BVIslanders to take a greater role in the chartering industry. Talk about inconsistent messages...
    • Milo (15/05/2012, 09:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Hello! KATS does NOT take a penny from government. KATS has nothing to do with government.
    • Smh (15/05/2012, 11:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      And KATS does not cost children anything, last line says Sponsored I believe
    • Astute (15/05/2012, 16:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Not2Sure, the government does have a program for young people with BVI Water Sports through Youth and Sports Division, where young people participate in summer and winter training. The program cater to people from Tortola, Jos Van Dyke and Virgin Gorda. Unless the NDP Government discontinued the program after elections it is still active. The program is in keeping with the aims of government to prepare its people to fully benefit from the industries in the Virgin Islands. If Myron kills this program it will be a sin, especially in a time like this when our people are in dyer need of economic opportunities.
  • Iron Lion (15/05/2012, 09:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    • go bouy (15/05/2012, 22:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Julian Fraser is the best better than all the rest
      • donna (17/05/2012, 12:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        well they will have to live with Mr. frazer for a long long time as he is not going NO where out of politics any time soon and that is a fact.
  • street man (15/05/2012, 09:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    dem fraid frazer like ra$$$ dats why dem always trying to jump on he is ah strong link....
    • hog city (15/05/2012, 09:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      them ah try to destroy he but we got his back down here....4 more years
      • Welsa (15/05/2012, 14:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Why don't you hush up! You don't speak for everyone in the 3rd. There are many of us who knows better.
  • critic (15/05/2012, 09:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    what are you all trying to do to fraser, make him a hero? this man always in the news
    • blow da mouse (15/05/2012, 15:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      because he is at the top u can't see ronnie sound like a dumb fool when he is in the house off assembly he can't touch fraser
  • ooooo (15/05/2012, 09:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    anything in sea cow's bay falls under fraser's responsibility...when they have problems, they run to him first
  • sage mountain (15/05/2012, 09:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    no matter what them say about fraser or try to do him, we still love and support him
  • Let my people go! (15/05/2012, 09:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hear dem KATS got nothing to do wit Government. Mebbe thats why it work so good and mebbe thats why politicksters tryin take the credit!
  • virgin son (15/05/2012, 09:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ronnie need to hush Fraser has always supported this programme. He has been there for most of those kids, so there the NDP go again always trying to rewrite history with dem pi$$!
    • Say wha (15/05/2012, 11:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      What? KATS is NOT IN Sea Cows Bay! KATS got nothing to do with government.
  • Iron Lion (15/05/2012, 10:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    lol when these people going to understand that 10 people posting under different names using the same bad grammar, no punctuation etc will make it seem like this man really got supporters? you can tell who got job and who dont lmao.
  • Diligence (15/05/2012, 10:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fraser never mentioned KATS once in his debate, his whole purpose was to get Government to concentrate on the already established and fully functional program at BVI Watersports. The Minister just wanted to complicate matters and be controversal by bringing in KATS. Why doesent the Minister for Health Concentrate on Health Matters, like getting the hospital finished. And leave these things to the Youth Affairs Minister.
  • Liane Le Tendre (15/05/2012, 12:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was amongst a handful of volunteers who re-established the KATS sailing programme after it had died out for a couple of years. It was based in West End on the sand spit (courtesy of Mose Malone) in a container that we bought in Florida and brought to Tortola. When I retired as director of the sailing programme several years back, the programme continued for a couple of years on the spit. It was then moved into Road Town near the yacht club ... where it remains today. KATS is a non-profit, volunteer organization which is entirely funded by donations from private sources and Rotary. From time to time, the government has donated monies as well. To my knowledge, Minister Fraser never had much to do with the KATS programme, nor have many other politicians throughout the years ... with the very important exception of the honourable Ralph T. O'Neal. Mr. O'Neal has always been a major supporter of the KATS programme and he rarely missed attending our graduation ceremonies and other major events. Abby O'Neal was a graduate of the programme and went on to become one of our instructors for a while. Unfortunately, the KATS programme does not get the government, community or parental support it really needs and deserves. Running all aspects of the KATS programmes, is a very time consuming endeavour and for that reason, it is always a struggle to find volunteers willing to help keep things ticking along. The intent of the KATS Sailing programme is to teach as many local children as possible to sail while providing wholesome recreation and the knowledge base required to one day join the work force and become part of the yachting industry. Sadly, despite our many years of effort, very few KATS KIDS have chosen to take advantage of their training ... preferring to move on in other career directions. However, some have indeed taken up the banner and are currently captains for various bareboating companies. The privately owned business operating in Sea Cow's Bay has nothing to do with the KATS programme.
    • Iron Lion (15/05/2012, 13:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ronnie obviously mixed up the KATS program with the sailing program down at manuel reef that's all.
      • Astute (15/05/2012, 13:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Ronnie need to take notes instead of getting up in the House and rambling all over the bush about shit that was not said. I heard Fraser talking about the BVI Water Sports Program in Sea Cows Bay, and the YEP Program in Fat Hogs Bay, but his focus was on the BVI Water Sports. Where Ronnie came from with KATS beats the hell in me. What's stupid abou Ronnie is where he is saying that he don't want the bloggers up and down saying that Fraser put the Government in its place. Is that what we elected these clowns for, to be pandering to bloggers?
        • Stuupps (15/05/2012, 22:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          I voted NDP, but i acutally agree with you, he seems more concerned about settling a score and seems entirely angry at the world. To be honest, up closer and personal I am not impressed with him, just seems like a big kid who didnt take it well that he got voted out the last time and came back with a vengeance to punish the people. come on man its the people's choice who they vote for whether good or bad. Move on and be about the ppl's business from chatting piss.
    • Maaaan (15/05/2012, 13:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Mr Fraser was not talking about KATS, it's that Minister for Health who mentioned KATS, whatever his motive was it sure served to confuse the readers. Mr. Fraser was talking about the BVI Water Sports, and in attempting to get the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports to acknowledge the Program for the good it does, pointed out that some day those children that are being trained will get into the much important and lucrative sailing industry, if only the program that is being run in conjunction with Youth Affairs and Sports is continued. It is obvious that this being a matter for the Minister for Youth Affairs, the Minister for Health does not understand the dynamics.
    • don q (15/05/2012, 14:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      If you were truly who you said you were you will know that both Fraser and the VIP supported this programme throughout their time in officer and have made many contributions from the public funds...
    • fish market (15/05/2012, 14:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      just trying to mek Frazer look bad with your crap...stop mixing apple with oranges
    • Not2Sure (15/05/2012, 14:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Thank you for clarifying. Sorry if I had misrepresented the position at all.
    • home boy (15/05/2012, 17:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Liane Le Tendre is an NDP supporter so he has no credibility!!!
  • Alison (15/05/2012, 19:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    To quote a good friend and colleague - "Oh dear."
  • sea cows bay massive (15/05/2012, 22:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    they better keep the hell off the liberator for we bust ayo tail again come 2016
  • tell is why (15/05/2012, 23:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why the ndp always picking on fraser?
    • persia-reasons why (16/05/2012, 15:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Because they see him as the strongest opposition member and future Premier so if they can take down the head then they will get ahead!!!! the game bossman
  • District rep for rent? (01/06/2012, 23:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The BVI water sports center is a not for profit run by sailon which is a profit making enterprise. Kats is a true volunteer programme that has nothing to do with bviwsc. How much do you have to pay your district rep to keep your profit coming in??
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