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‘Lack of funds stalled my basketball court project’- Hon Delores Christopher

- Hon Hubert O’Neal claims things are turning around for Virgin Gorda & he is a champion of young people!
Fifth District Representative Hon Delores Christopher (left) said lack of funds stalled one of her projects while Ninth District Representative Dr The Honourable Hubert O’Neal (right) said things are ‘turning around for Virgin Gorda’. Photo: VINO/File
Many of the hotels in Virgin Gorda, according to Ninth District Representative Dr The Hon Hubert O’Neal, have promised, including Little Dix Bay Resort, to reopen ‘later this year’. Photo: VINO/File
Many of the hotels in Virgin Gorda, according to Ninth District Representative Dr The Hon Hubert O’Neal, have promised, including Little Dix Bay Resort, to reopen ‘later this year’. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Critics have said she has done little to move her Fifth District forward, now in her second term [2011-current] as the Representative; however, Hon Delores Christopher said lack of funds stalled one of her projects.

Hon Christopher, who many said was marginalised when she was not given the portfolio of Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotion, was at the time, May 1, 2017, speaking on NDP Radio on ZBVI 780 AM Radio Station.

The Fifth District Representative, who is one of two females in the House of Assembly, said the Huntums Ghut Basketball Court is an ongoing project in her district. According to her, she was happy that the project got started; however “lack of funds caused a delay, but we are ready to go again…”

Hon Christopher also mentioned that Caribbean Development Bank Projects were on going in Horse Path and she wanted to ensure that other projects slated for her district move “fast.”  

However, in a stunning move, Hon Christopher said she was “waiting for the Budget to pass” but it was unclear which Budget she was referring to as the 2017 Appropriation Act of her Government already passed months ago.

Hon O’Neal: Champion of young people?

Meanwhile, another Representative, Dr The Honourable Hubert O’Neal of District Nine, who continues to be under heavy fire for lack of action, claimed he campaigned as a “champion of the young people.”

He also said he has been working to help Virgin Gordians who had been put out of work because of the many hotel closures when he took office, some “400 persons, according to my count”.

He said things are “turning around for Virgin Gorda” as many of the hotels have promised, including Little Dix Bay Resort, to reopen “later this year,” according to Hon O’Neal.

The show was hosted by former Legislator and National Democratic (NDP) Party Spokeswoman Mrs Eleene L. Parsons OBE. She hit the news last year after she wrote a letter to the NDP eleven elected Members, saying that the government was sexist as it was a “man thing” and that the portfolio of Finance should be removed from Premier Dr D. Orlando Smith (AL) and given to Health and Social Development Minister Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL), who was also absent from the show last night.

Other 'no shows' were Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotion Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8), and Hon Alvera-Maduro-Caines from District Six.

42 Responses to “‘Lack of funds stalled my basketball court project’- Hon Delores Christopher”

  • cay (02/05/2017, 14:37) Like (49) Dislike (16) Reply
    2 bigest waste talking the most!
  • Really (02/05/2017, 14:43) Like (47) Dislike (11) Reply
    Really Delores, you see that as the most pressing problem in your district? You need to wake up and smell the bush tea.
  • SMH (02/05/2017, 14:43) Like (58) Dislike (7) Reply
    Hon. Christopher with all due respect, you need to put those boys that play basketball on that court in Huntum's Ghut to clean up around there. Too much trash in that area. It's fast becoming a dump. They play there they can clean it up too.
    • hm (03/05/2017, 10:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      almost every morning someone cleans the court...Now they are having all kind of projects that are creating mess around that area
    • Shorty (04/05/2017, 10:57) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      The same young men who has turned the basketball court into a smoke house and the make shift bathroom into their drug house. They have no respect for the community nor the church right across the street. One Sunday I witnessed these young men smoking under the tree in the parking lot while persons were leaving from church. It was sad. It goes to show no matter how much money the government spends on facilities for the community a selected few will degrade and destroy the very thing they asked for.
  • What is her name ? (02/05/2017, 15:26) Like (56) Dislike (10) Reply
    Who is this lady ? As a Huntum's Ghut Resident and Voter, we have not seen this lady since Election Day!
    • wize up (02/05/2017, 18:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ what is her name: you understand this thing!!!
    • Yeah yeah (02/05/2017, 23:10) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    • @What his her name...Never say never. (03/05/2017, 04:19) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      U make me laugh.. Seems like You write her off...Seems like you had enough of the excuses.. Never say never. Coming close to election she is going to be the most popular, visible and caring person in district 5. U may just end up voting for her again.. Never say never
    • What is a 5th District Rep? (04/05/2017, 08:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Who is she? Where did she come from? Was she selected like how Mrs. BVI is selected, because I sure have never seen her around the area? Did she recently awoke from her slumber? Ma'am 5th district roads are horrible... gyms!
  • wize up (02/05/2017, 15:38) Like (28) Dislike (5) Reply
    what is NDP Radio......when dem want my vote dem find my door step; now is must buy a radio just to hear dem
    • Since You Are Online.... (02/05/2017, 16:56) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      @wizeup, no need to buy a radio, since you are online, just tune into zbvi radio online to hear the conversation. You can't say they are not talking, or trying to listen.
    • @wise up (04/05/2017, 16:23) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Oh how un-wise you sound...NDP Radio was around before the party was elected..Talk thing with sense sometimes no man...geezzeeee
  • one eye (02/05/2017, 15:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I thought its only a million dollar rest room she doing not a new court
  • Hmmm (02/05/2017, 17:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Which budget is she referring to? Is this some kind of internal priorities for projects within the party??
  • Fyah Rasta (02/05/2017, 19:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Well (03/05/2017, 02:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    how will u have money when the government that you are sitting with give7 millions dollars to a failing air line
  • Street reporter (03/05/2017, 04:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    If Not Delores who? U search the whole of district 5 all the bright people I see are all greedy and selfish people.. Just the same as what we have in power.. If not Delires. Who?
  • Debra (03/05/2017, 07:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not much to say here. It's like these two don't exist. Carry on.
  • Strupes (03/05/2017, 09:23) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tell her to take back the computers that she took away and as for he....ONE TERM
  • Boo (03/05/2017, 09:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    2 lame horses bringing up the rear
  • Killingussoftly (03/05/2017, 09:36) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Can you ever please constituents? Want, want, want, want, want!! Where they want her to get the money from? You have to know how inside Government works to see whether it is possible to do all the things the constituents want. Perhaps it is best they do away with the District System and elect 13 persons who will be responsible for the entire Territory. When they are elected, then they give them specific assignments. The way we are going, we are going to play ourselves right into the hands of the enemy. I bet you don't understand up to this day who is the real enemy, eh? Where there is no vision, what our forefathers worked hard for will perish with some people's ignorance.
  • The TRUTH (03/05/2017, 09:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Always some damn basketball court. Is that all we can expect from our representatives?
  • Well (03/05/2017, 10:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ask education minister for money he spending all cent, five cent, ten cent, dollar.
  • Ghut Man (03/05/2017, 11:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ SMH While I understand your concerns about the matter of trash on the court, I personally know of a guy who is there bright and early every morning cleaning up the trash. When you go on the court the kids dump their trash next to the bins places there for the trash and if you question them about the matter they will tell you "Daddy they pay people to pick it up" SMH. No if you think this is just up the ghut take a visit to the one in lower estate also and see what's taking place?
  • Plank (03/05/2017, 12:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    They will find away to shut vino up. They can't handle the true press.
  • Really (03/05/2017, 13:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Boo (03/05/2017, 15:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    two political lame ducks. lol
  • Sandbox (04/05/2017, 01:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    She does alot for Sandbox people.
  • Hmmm (04/05/2017, 08:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    5th District. a rat or cockroach would get my vote except this young lady
  • WTF (04/05/2017, 12:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    A basketball court project is the best that Delores had to offer the people in her district? What a waste for a representative. I really will like to see if the people will go to the polls and vote for these set of dead horses.
  • Waste of time! (04/05/2017, 14:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hon Christopher you should be ashamed of yourself! You have done nothing for us since you were elected as our representative! You have yet to show your face in the district! I promise you my vote next election will not be for you! You're a waste of time!
  • ndp (04/05/2017, 20:47) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    What do these folks do? Is that lady Alvera a member too (again) or does she just do her food business? Accountability, value for money, the electoral system here is broken and the problem is the small constituencies. 500 votes and you are in is not a recipe for democracy but for nepotism and cronyism. Cone quick Gus.
  • Yes (05/05/2017, 14:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Two lame ducks
  • NBA Scout (06/05/2017, 13:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    So this means no big NBA contract for the boy!
  • VG (06/05/2017, 14:02) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Powerless who you help find job ? Lol hmmm
  • Concerned (07/05/2017, 07:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Many of these basketball courts, including the one in District 5 , are a drug haven: If you don't believe me and if you are not light-headed take a visit.
  • salgranson (08/05/2017, 06:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes! Yes! Yes! Building a basketball court is good, but it must be cleaned up by the same guys who are there all the time playing , smoking, gamblling and being a nuisance . Now that they have a shed things gone out of control. Where is the supervision?.what kind of usage is be8ing done behind the court? Are these premises out on grants? Who are the users? Where did they get this permission from?. Delores might be trying something but anything done the wrong way, or sptarting out wrong is bound to fail..stop trying to getvotes by doinv nonsense. You are packing worms in a can, wait until its full and urst open, you are breeding a can of worms, and there will be a serious repercussion 9based on this action. May god save our souls.. doing the same thing the same way , results will be the same..not just trying to offend anyone, but the truth must
    Be spoken.
  • Josiahsbay (08/05/2017, 21:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The answer is self generating revenue. Districts must be allow to create or generate their own revenue sources within their district. Under the present system when central government have money deprivation problems every district and Government itself suffers. Its obvious that Government need new and varied sources of revenue generation. Districts need to consult and explore potential revenue sources and capitalise on them.
  • Mr. T (09/05/2017, 07:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    What's up.

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