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Hon Vanterpool campaigns at shipping conference

- tells participants he expected them to clap for the NDP Government’s achievements
Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) took the opportunity of the opening of the three day Caribbean Shipping Association's 14 Annual Conference to tout the achievements of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government during its latest term in office, demanding that they acknowledge those achievements by clapping. Photo: VINO
The headtable of the Caribbean Shipping Association's 14th Annual Conference held at UPs Cineplex. Photo: VINO/File
The headtable of the Caribbean Shipping Association's 14th Annual Conference held at UPs Cineplex. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Vanterpool mingling with some of the delegates and officials prior to the start of the opening ceremony. Photo: VINO
Hon Vanterpool mingling with some of the delegates and officials prior to the start of the opening ceremony. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) took the opportunity of the opening of the three day Caribbean Shipping Association's 14th Annual Conference to tout the achievements of the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government during its latest term in office, demanding that the participants present acknowledge those achievements by clapping.

The opening ceremony took place in the ballroom of Up's Cineplex yesterday May 11, 2015.

He noted that the Caribbean has had a history of inter-regional cooperation and it is commendable to see the Caribbean Shipping Association doing its part to ensure the development of the vital shipping industry.

However, he went on to speak of the achievements of the Government not only to do with shipping but generally, to a group of executives and personnel from the shipping fraternity of the Caribbean and North America.

“Here in the British Virgin Islands we are at a critical juncture in our development even though we are less than one month away from general elections to be held on June 8, 2015,” he said.

'I need your votes'

Hon Vanterpool said Government has worked very hard over the years to improve the infrastructure of this territory for all its residents and visitors in areas such as tourism, financial services, our road networks, utilities and transport, recreational facilities and social development.

He spoke of the road network upgrades on the four main islands of the territory – Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada and Jost Van Dyke. He also spoke of the upgrades being made to the BVI Electricity Corporation and the new Peebles Hospital as well as intentions the Government has for the upgrade of the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport.

Hon Vanterpool also spoke of achievements in the area of education with regards to building of the technical school and upgrades to educational facilities and also spoke of Government’s focus on historical sites.

“Like I said last night I need your vote so I expect you to clap for those achievements. I hope you would tell everyone of our achievements today,” he said.

Transhipment opportunities

Meanwhile, President of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) Grantley St. J. Stephenson CD, JP, stated that shipping in the region stands to benefit from a number of major events such as the opening of once frozen relations between the United States and Cuba, the expansion of the Panama Canal and a $600 million investment by French shipping company CGM-CMA.

He said the easing of some of the sanctions that have been in place for nearly 55 years have effectively opened up a new port, a new trade partner for the entire world- Cuba. “Last year, perhaps in anticipation of the spending change, the Cuban Government with the assistance of Brazil opened their new mega-port. This is a $900 million signal to the world that Cuba is ready, willing and able to become a regional hub for transhipments,” said Stephenson.

The CSA president reasoned that this development will certainly spike competition in some areas with the lifting of sanctions and conditions specific to travel, but it will also provide trading opportunities that were missing because of the embargo by the US.

21 Responses to “Hon Vanterpool campaigns at shipping conference”

  • Realist (12/05/2015, 08:06) Like (44) Dislike (10) Reply
    These people can leave politics out of events like these. Time and place for everything Mark.
    • Astonished (12/05/2015, 09:13) Like (27) Dislike (3) Reply
      it's amazing he would do this when a majority of the participants cannot vote in the BVI. Ministers should know how to separate things in the performance of their duties. This was remarks not a slot for campaigning. Totally deplorable and distasteful on his part. Sometimes doing something out of turn can make voters walk away instead of coming to you when they relize that one cannot differentiate on the hows, the wheres and the whens. There is a time and place for everything. One must be prudent enough to know this.
  • Concern 1 (12/05/2015, 08:28) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    Campaigning everywhere is crucial at this moment even in the church as God answers all our prayers.In less than a month there gonna be a change in the BVI as politicians should be changed often thus limiting a stagnant state of affairs but the thing is we still can't stop them from putting their hands into the cookie jar
  • ccc (12/05/2015, 08:39) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
    Mark have insulted the people again
  • Deebo (12/05/2015, 08:42) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    That third photo says it all! The look of lack of enthusiasm and 'fish-outta-water' demeanor sums it up. I thought that since the HOA dissolved that the Perm. Secs. would be running the show; however it appears that these reps. still calling shots.
  • Jane (12/05/2015, 09:11) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
  • no way (12/05/2015, 09:31) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    Nope! Not-my-vote -ever!
  • thelma (12/05/2015, 10:03) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    people of the fourth give rosie your vote see what she can do mark iss thwre and was there but has he really done any thing for the district more than help a few and the gyo people of the british virgin islands open your eyes and see what is happening you will be sold as slaves in egypt dr, smith is not telling the truth as to why what was done was done he hiding a lot but it is go ing to come out Some of them may soon go up the ghut with their hands betweeen their legs and asking where is the coffee As for the dock from the seventh he needs toask himself a few questions such as do NDP really want me Should I leave now or wait after election Dr. Please come out do not let your pride kill you come out and tell te people the truth even though it may hurt you stop staying in the NDp and continuing with the cover up you know it is wrong and if you donot come out Oil Nut may be the thing to make you come out, People of the virgin Islands do not be afraid of the big noise VOTE OUT NDP Because you day of gloom will come. Dr.Pick again for your best istrest come our from amoung Dr, Jekel and Dr, Hyde and the rest skeletons in the closet.
  • The Wow Moment (12/05/2015, 10:05) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    Did I read this correctly or am I missing something here? Did they say it was the shipping conference? What??? This man lost it!! He was giving a statement about their achievements and the road works over the years which just started this year?

    OMG. Did he ask the delegates to clap for Him? What ?? was he in a trance or dream, dreaming he at the market on Wednesday night last week? Oh no!!!! can them people even vote???? What was he saying?? Now did he hear what the president said about competition for the cuban market once those sanctions are lifted????

    Somebody, please go and wake up this action man, some how he was MIA at the conference. Where is John Samuel????? Me boy we in trouble here. Guess the record was stock and could play or go forward. Shame!!!
  • ooooo (12/05/2015, 10:20) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    mark read the wrong speech...glover park sent him the wrong paper
  • Slim Jim (12/05/2015, 10:20) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    I normally don't comment on stories and when I first saw the headline I thought, "Hmmm, VINO is probably exaggerating a bit here..." but then I read the remarks in full and was disappointed and disgusted that our elected officials who definitely know better continue to use under-handed methods like using Government-sponsored public event to do campaign work.

    This was a Regional Shipping forum and the representatives there have nothing to do with our elections so trumpeting the collective "achievements" of the standing government in unrelated areas such as roadworks, completing the hospital, working on the airport, etc. have absolutely no relevance to their business. What's more, although speaking of the cruise pier may have secondary relevance to the world of shipping, the tone of the address was definitely meant for a different audience... us, the voting public.

    Let me be clear... a man is free to campaign when on the campaign trail and say whatever he wants in support of his team. But to use Government resources, time and tax-payer dollars to campaign under the guise of giving official remarks is just plain wrong... and whether VIP, NDP or anybody else does this, it is wrong, and we deserve better than this... no respect!
  • NDP heckler (12/05/2015, 10:23) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    That Romney girl got Mark talking out of his head.
  • The Observer (12/05/2015, 10:54) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ronnie please check to ensure that the Hospital has all the medication that is needed to treat stress related illness. The writing is already on the wall.
  • 1 (12/05/2015, 12:05) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply

    We need to send his "£$% back to angullia joann is one of us

  • Yes (12/05/2015, 12:09) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    Tis frighten Mark frighten lol, but I don't think Romney build for the 4th.
  • l (12/05/2015, 13:21) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    That speech was just tasteless.
  • As I said (12/05/2015, 13:57) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am appall by some of the speeches that I have heard so far. You wonder at time what the is intent or subject of what the personthe person is speaking about. I humble suggest that some of our Politician hire a speech writer to hel them.
  • xxxxxxxx (12/05/2015, 14:40) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    When you desperate for power and you going to lose it on June 8, 2015 you will campaign in church, at an international conference, tell lies in the homes and even spend all day blogging hogwash…the writing remains on the wall the NDP must GO!
  • TRUTH TELLER (12/05/2015, 16:53) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Was Mark Vanterpool elected as Minister of Communications and Works? Pardon my ignorance, I thought he got elected as Representative for the 4th. Mr. Vanterpool, please tell us what you have done for the people of the 4th since November 2011, and, if elected on June 8, 2015, what you going to do for the people in the 4th? Don't see you have done anything. Road Town is the Capital yet still it is very dirty and noisy. Why are there dogs roaming the street during the nighttime and why so many cocks crowing all over the place? Have you seen some people's yards? You have the nerve to talk about the Cruise Ship Pier!. The pier is located in the 4th. If I were a tourist after witnessing the condition of Road Town, I will definitely think that the island is a slum. The candidate (VIP or PEP) who can tell the people exactly how he/she will improve conditions in the 4th should be the person to be voted into office. Mr. Vanterpool it is about time for you to stop telling people what you think you want them to hear. Be for real! You did not run for Minister of anything! And, you make it sound as if the NDP has been the only party involve in these projects. Stop taking credit for everything. Modesty and humility is good medicine. Idle boastfulness is poisonous!

    Exactly why did the NDP start working on all these projects toward the end (determined by the NDP). Tell the people why the NDP started the Home up there in the Hill but not finish it. All that you did was to cut out the land and build a wall. And this was a long time ago. Why you never finished? The fact so many projects were started only toward what you knew to be the end, is proof of lack of planning. I could be wrong, perhaps it is evidence of good planning. Some people might vote for the NDP just because they might feel that some other party, if elected, will ignore what was started under the NDP. I Don't ask the people to question other candidates when the NDP should be questioned.

  • TRUTH PLAYER (12/05/2015, 21:30) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    If the NDP or any political party for that matter is serious about education, it should start with the building block. The problem starts not with middle or secondary level but with primary school. If the primary level is not strong, then concentrating on secondary and tertiary levels is like working backward. Although I agree that the building itself is important, I think that the basics- the 3Rs-are far more important.

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