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‘It’s a different ball game’- Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines

- said the NDP Gov’t have disagreements but are not divided where they would ‘fall’
January 3rd, 2018 | Tags: Alvera Maduro-Caines CDB Loan motion divided Abstain
Acting Minister for Education and Culture and Sixth District Representative Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines, has said she does not disagree that the Territory needed the money from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to help in the rebuilding efforts following the devastating effects of hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017; however, ‘things could have been done differently’. Photo: VINO/File
The defiance and division among the NDP Government was played out boldly when Second District Representative Hon Melvin M. Turnbull, left, stated in the House of Assembly on December 13, 2017 that Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), right, lied when he said Government played an active role in the cleaning up of his district following hurricanes Irma and Maria. Photo: VINO/File
The defiance and division among the NDP Government was played out boldly when Second District Representative Hon Melvin M. Turnbull, left, stated in the House of Assembly on December 13, 2017 that Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), right, lied when he said Government played an active role in the cleaning up of his district following hurricanes Irma and Maria. Photo: VINO/File
Acting Minister for Education and Culture and Sixth District Representative Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines wasa guest of the online radio show, Fresh Radio Vybz with Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’ on January 2, 2018. Photo: Faceboook
Acting Minister for Education and Culture and Sixth District Representative Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines wasa guest of the online radio show, Fresh Radio Vybz with Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’ on January 2, 2018. Photo: Faceboook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Although opting to abstain from voting on the Motion in the House of Assembly for approval to be given to Government to borrow money from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Acting Minister for Education and Culture and Sixth District Representative Honourable Alvera Maduro-Caines, has said she does not disagree that the Territory needed the money from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to help in the rebuilding efforts following the devastation of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Hon Maduro-Caines said, however, that “there are certain things” that could have been done differently, again hinting that the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government is divided.

In fact, speaking on the online radio show, Fresh Radio Vybz with Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’ on January 2, 2018, Hon Maduro-Caines said as a party “we are not always going to agree on everything as is the case of any relationship…we will have differences of opinion but that does not mean we are divided where we would fall.”

A different ball game

Hon Maduro-Caines and Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotions, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) abstained from voting on the CDB loan approval on December 20, 2017 in the HoA. This can be considered a vote against the Motion.

“There are certain things that could have been done differently, not that I don’t think we need a loan, we do need monies to help with rebuilding the country but there are some stuff that I wouldn’t really go into on the radio…but its working itself out, we are working it out,” Hon Maduro-Caines stated, but did not say what were the things that should have been done differently.

But, according to her, it is not something Party Members will allow to fester.

“I am not disagreeing with the loan…It’s a different ball game. There are things that persons outside don’t understand but it’s not a matter of disagreeing.”

The defiance and division among the NDP Government was played out boldly on December 13, 2017 when Second District Representative Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) stated in the House of Assembly that Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL) lied when he said Government played an active role in the cleaning up of his district following hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Hon Turnbull had also stated that he and others in the Party believe Dr Smith should give his portfolio of Finance to Minister for Health and Social Development Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL).

Cut the red tapes

Meanwhile, Hon Maduro-Caines said she believes the Territory has come a long way since the hurricanes, especially with "the limited finances," even though even she sometimes becomes impatient.

“It’s a lot of work and it’s not going to take a day to get it done, it’s going to take a while.”

She said while she is aware Premier Smith is giving Hon Skelton some money to assist persons whose homes were damaged and were displaced during the hurricanes more can be done.

“I feel good in my heart but I am a Russian, I like to see things done fast,” noting that in these situations some of the red tapes needed to be cut so the people can be helped in a timely manner.

See links below to radio show, Fresh Radio Vybz with Paul A. Peart aka ‘Gadiethz’:

https://tunein.com/radio/ Freshradiovybz-s297104/ and http://rdo.to/FRV2

22 Responses to “‘It’s a different ball game’- Hon Alvera Maduro-Caines”

  • Hmmm (03/01/2018, 15:54) Like (26) Dislike (3) Reply
    The further away they keep this lady from a microphone, the better it will be for them......
  • Laugh (03/01/2018, 16:29) Like (13) Dislike (29) Reply
    What people need to understand is that NDP will rally and campaign like a well oiled machine no matter what you think might be happening behind the scenes. Flashback to 2014 and we had similar issues and everyone said the NDP were done. Don't take my word for it, go to the online news archives from 2012-2015 before elections and you will see. The NDP will not break up and will win the next election with no less than 9 seats. Frame this post for when the next election results are in.
    • @Laugh. Agree. VIP Sleeping (03/01/2018, 16:54) Like (8) Dislike (10) Reply
      I agree with you. VIP just talk talk talk. They could never get their act together.. All Now 18 months before next election and they can't name 4 confirm members.... Such- a - shame.
      • VIP sleeping (03/01/2018, 21:31) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
        Alot of you will be shocked when you find out that the VIP is far from sleeping. The people will not be bought out nor fooled this time by the NDP. We will not take 4 more years of these corrupt dictators.
    • Well (03/01/2018, 21:18) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      If this woman can get elected and stay elected then anyone can. Wallwin was correct when he said in a bar last year that she isn't the sharpest knife in the draw.
    • To laugh (03/01/2018, 21:20) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      Time will tell. The NDP is the most corrupt government ever and they need to be fully investigated. If not this loan money will suffer the same faith.
  • Good Lady. Much Respect.. (03/01/2018, 16:50) Like (3) Dislike (26) Reply
    One of the things that upset her is that the government didn't get involved early in understanding the layoffs and to find out why and if they are necessary or if they are using the hurricane to victimize some workers....She is so right and has a right to be upset with the Premier and the Minister for failing the people....Don't let them bribe you with no acting position. Continue to be you. Fair and Just..and out spoken on the people's behalf...
  • ... (03/01/2018, 17:29) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
    Speak girl speak
  • £££ (03/01/2018, 17:47) Like (49) Dislike (3) Reply
    They need to stop my run and Mark from killing the party!!!
    • while we're at it (04/01/2018, 05:06) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
      We need to comply with the cinstitution and stop electing non Virgin Islanders to the HoA. The constitution clearly states who is allowed to be elected to the HoA.
  • island man (03/01/2018, 19:48) Like (4) Dislike (9) Reply
    People let's put silly remarks aside. The BVI is in great need of finance for the reconstruction. We need to take that loan from the CBS urgency otherwise 2018 will be a year of hunger if the infrastructure of the territory is not rebuild and jobs are not created. Stop the nonesence and let's go where we haven't been before.

    Changes do comes and we also have to accept the fact that the BVI has been transformed due to the disasters. We do not have what we used to cherish anymore. The youths needs employment, children need their schools reopen.
    Stop being naive and let's make an effort to rebuild asap.
    • @ Island Man (04/01/2018, 05:48) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Sometimes I wonder if this country will ever turn around when the people and politicians are lawless, life is chaotic and the leaders are clueless. What a shame.
  • voter (03/01/2018, 21:18) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    next time I hope she votes against the dam things
  • Not good (03/01/2018, 21:35) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Imagine the people have to pay back this $65mill while watching the NDP have a field day with it using it to try to fool us to try to win the election. Most of the money will be gone but the work will not be completed. Hence we will pay twice for the same loan. We doomed.
  • Charley Rose (04/01/2018, 03:06) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    The state of the territory requires leadership with a vision. The present group of representatives thinks that the electorates are sleeping and are not following the issues that are affecting the country. Gone are the days when one depends on their neighbour to hear the latest news from radio. The dynamics have changed with the latest cell phones and computers to brows the internet.

    Whatever is taking place in the territory, the leader of the opposition has a moral responsibility similar the premier to represent the issues that are affecting the people/. It seems to me that his main focus is in District One. If that is the case then he will be elected at every General Election and remain a representative for District one and would not go any further.

    The VIP needs to oil their machines and start in the various districts in readiness for a snap election because the writing is on the wall for the NDP. If the VIP allow the NDP to be at the starting gate before them, then it will be too much of an advantage. When one is in a battle field, the mission is to win. The VIP seems to lack the knock out punch because they are running round. It is about time the VIP organize all the District Committees to select prospective representatives for the General Election, so that if an election is called they are prepared.


  • Charley Rose (04/01/2018, 03:06) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The state of the territory requires leadership with a vision. The present group of representatives thinks that the electorates are sleeping and are not following the issues that are affecting the country. Gone are the days when one depends on their neighbour to hear the latest news from radio. The dynamics have changed with the latest cell phones and computers to brows the internet.

    Whatever is taking place in the territory, the leader of the opposition has a moral responsibility similar the premier to represent the issues that are affecting the people/. It seems to me that his main focus is in District One. If that is the case then he will be elected at every General Election and remain a representative for District one and would not go any further.

    The VIP needs to oil their machines and start in the various districts in readiness for a snap election because the writing is on the wall for the NDP. If the VIP allow the NDP to be at the starting gate before them, then it will be too much of an advantage. When one is in a battle field, the mission is to win. The VIP seems to lack the knock out punch because they are running round. It is about time the VIP organize all the District Committees to select prospective representatives for the General Election, so that if an election is called they are prepared.


  • Just a thought...... (04/01/2018, 05:36) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    Democracy is supposed to be sweet except when its taken away from you by NDP members who are desperate to remain in power
  • Lord 0 (04/01/2018, 07:37) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    The world is under the influence of the Devil Philosophy. Which is to knock down everything thats good and praise everything that's bad.."This is a good lady and look at the knock down that she is getting" is this knock down Devil philosophy we are teaching our Children instead of the ways of the almighty.." It takes courage and the God in you to praise the good when it seems like you are alone in the praising.. But the Wicked are praised vaguely..
  • z6ne (04/01/2018, 08:01) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    Wa Alevra don't keep her mouth shut .,...

  • Eagle Eye (04/01/2018, 09:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let ndp come election and cant tell us about bvi airways 7mill. Votes going somwhere else
  • Sandman (05/01/2018, 03:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    There are certain things that could have been done differently...
    bullet force


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