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UPDATE: Alfred ‘Al’ Henley on the Job @ BVIPA!

Businessman Mr Alfred ‘Al’ Henley took up his appointment as Deputy Managing Director of the BVIPA yesterday March 4, 2014. Photo: GIS
Managing Director of the BVIPA, Mr Claude Skelton-Cline reportedly led lobbying efforts to have Mr Henley as his Deputy since he reportedly needed the help at the Authority. Photo: VINO/File
Managing Director of the BVIPA, Mr Claude Skelton-Cline reportedly led lobbying efforts to have Mr Henley as his Deputy since he reportedly needed the help at the Authority. Photo: VINO/File
The BVI Ports Authority has been under fire since the appointment in December 2012 of its Managing Director Pastor Claude Skelton-Cline. It was last year that VINO broke the news of the Auditor General Report authored by Ms. Sonia M. Webster on the ports project. She cited in her report a web of corruption, violations of the law and blatant conflicts of interest. Photo: VINO/File
The BVI Ports Authority has been under fire since the appointment in December 2012 of its Managing Director Pastor Claude Skelton-Cline. It was last year that VINO broke the news of the Auditor General Report authored by Ms. Sonia M. Webster on the ports project. She cited in her report a web of corruption, violations of the law and blatant conflicts of interest. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI: Just as was firstly and accurately reported by Virgin Islands News Online last week Businessman Alfred ‘Al’ Henley is the new Deputy Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA).

The Officer who was trained in the hospitality industry reported to work on 4, March 2014. He replaces former Deputy Managing Director Mr. Gene Creque, who is now expected to be a consultant to the organization.

According to our news room’s National Democratic Party source Mr. Henley is occupying the physical office space of Mr. Creque designated for the Deputy, while Mr. Creque has be placed in a trailer.

When Virgin Islands News Online called Public Relations Officer of the BVIPA April Glasgow today March 5, 2015, she confirmed the appointment of Henley in the position of Deputy Managing Director at the BVIPA and that he took up the position from March 4, 2014. Efforts to reach Henley or Managing Director Skelton-Cline proved futile up to post time.

Money going down!

Another issue that is emerging at the BVI PA is the matter of the organization’s finances. It is this news sites’ understanding that in 2012 there were between $10 to $12 million dollars on the Authority’s Account.

Today, that has allegedly dipped below $5 million dollars. This has gotten the attention of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) the Committee in the House of Assembly Chaired by the Leader of the Opposition, Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE.

As of post time Hon. O’Neal could not be reached for comment. The PAC also is still investigating the Auditor General Ms. Sonia M. Webster report on the ports development project. They are expected to issue a report by the end of this month.

The Auditor General Report on the Ports Development Project leaked to the local media last year unearthed a web of corruption, conflict of interest and blatant violations of the Ports Act.

See previous story posted February 27, 2014:

Al Henley in as Deputy Director of BVIPA!

-Restaurant and Bar Owner is to start his new job on 4 March, 2014 

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - After the news of his pending appointment as Deputy Managing Director of the British Virgin Islands Ports Authority (BVIPA) was accurately broken on Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) but was placed on hold due to legal troubles, it seems like Alfred ‘Al’ Henley is back in again.

Sources within the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) regime have told our newsroom that those who were fighting on the inside for Mr. Henley to be appointed to the post were consistent with their lobbying efforts to move the process forward.

It is this news site’s understanding that the lobbying efforts were led by Managing Director of the BVIPA Claude Skelton-Cline as, according to the source, he needed the help at the Authority.

Mr. Henley is expected to take up his post as Deputy to Mr. Skelton-Cline on Tuesday 4, March 2014 according to the same NDP source.

The future of Gene Creque is unknown at this time but the NDP source told us he may remain on the job as a consultant and is expected to provide some training to Mr. Henley.

Legal woes

Mr. Henley would have long been appointed from last year as Deputy Managing Director for the BVIPA if it were not for his legal troubles.

It was in May of 2012 that Mr. Henley a local businessman in the hospitality sector was accused of beating a female tourist at his establishment, Big Banana located in Cane Garden Bay on the main Island of Tortola.

Days following the incident Mr. Henley was charged by the crown with assault occasioning actual bodily harm against a Ms. Maya Riether of the United States of America.

Ms. Riether left; VI’s case collapsed

However, in November 2013 the lead Persecutor on the case Senior Crown Counsel Sarah Benjamin informed the Magistrate’s Court that due to the continued difficulties faced by the Crown to locate the complainant, the Crown is forced to offer no evidence against Henley.

The Magistrate then dismissed the charges for want of prosecution. Mr. Henley who was at the time out on bail was represented by Attorney at Law Richard Rowe.

The legal trouble had placed a hold on his appointment according to the same NDP sources once it reached to Cabinet. However he declined to indicate who was objecting to the matter moving forward.

The BVI Ports Authority has been under fire since the appointment in December 2012 of its Managing Director Pastor Claude Skelton-Cline. It was last year that VINO broke the news of the Auditor General Report authored by Ms. Sonia M. Webster on the ports project. She cited in her report a web of corruption, violations of the law and blatant conflicts of interest.

The report is now before the Public Accounts Committee. A few weeks ago under pressure from the media the Ports Berthing agreements signed on 17 January 2014 between the BVIPA and Norwegian and Disney Cruise Lines were released to the public.

The Berthing agreements show that the local Taxi and Tour Operations are shut out and all legal matters or conflict can only be settled in the USA.

The agreements also confirmed that both NCL and DCL will not be putting up a cent of their own money to help finance the project but the BVI Ports Authority will be left holding the financial bag in building the new port facility.

57 Responses to “UPDATE: Alfred ‘Al’ Henley on the Job @ BVIPA! ”

  • DON Q (27/02/2014, 08:16) Like (17) Dislike (7) Reply
    Ndp must go
  • WTF! (27/02/2014, 08:18) Like (23) Dislike (2) Reply
    If any body mess wid he in there, he will surely tump dem down, lol.
  • Winston (27/02/2014, 08:18) Like (36) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is good because two clowns are better than one.
  • straight talk (27/02/2014, 08:21) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    oh boy look trouble NDP taking care of dem own
  • ooooo (27/02/2014, 09:15) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    lets hope that he dont poke another tourist a slap while he is at it?
  • Well Sah (27/02/2014, 09:22) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
    Robin has finally reunited with batman.
  • Only in the BVI (27/02/2014, 09:23) Like (30) Dislike (1) Reply
    Crime pays!!!!
  • open (27/02/2014, 09:38) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply

    All of them is c....s, this country going straight to the ground with these corrupt people ayo putting in

  • You cannot be serious (27/02/2014, 10:21) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is an absolute joke!!! You now have two idiots with absolutely no experience running the BVIPA.
    Who makes these decisions?
  • deeds (27/02/2014, 10:23) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    where is the integrity, this man should not have been appointed, the matter only dismiss because they could not locate the complainant in time, it really burns my heart, i wonder if there was some political interference in this case, i wouldn't be surprised at all.
  • Observer (27/02/2014, 10:30) Like (11) Dislike (26) Reply
    Its a shame to see how we talk about our own B V I landers when they get a job with govervnment.Mr Henley i'm quite sure went through a process and won his battle.As a BVI lander i'm very happy for him and ask the lord to keep him strong and give him the wisdom to keep the port moving.All who is running there mouth should have apply for the post it was advertised.
    • Konly (05/03/2014, 23:30) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree with you 100 percent. We have all types of crooks from all over the world living and working in the BbVI, but we are always ready to join with others to call down our own. Henley, like everyone else deserves a chance. Are we saying that a BVI belongers with skills who served time in prison should never get a job in the BVI again. Should we continue to grant work permits to imported criminals.
  • ABC (27/02/2014, 10:33) Like (21) Dislike (2) Reply
    The last bastion of decency and integrity has been forced out of the Port. Well, we have seen this before. They did it to the former head of PWD and the same can be said about Water and Sewage. Having appointed Claud Cline as Managing Director of the Port after receiving his training in Detroit, they feel comfortable appointing Al, with training in hospitality as his Deputy.
  • Well Sah (27/02/2014, 10:49) Like (37) Dislike (3) Reply
    It have well deserving hard working BVIslander here begging for opportunities. If you aint them friend you will never get a chance. Premier- I shame to say I vote for you! This is disgusting!!!!!!!
  • Deplorable. (27/02/2014, 11:10) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply

    This is absolutely deplorable. This man has a history of v.....ce and he is now in an official governmental position. This culture is failing fast.

  • Julian Fraser (27/02/2014, 11:15) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mark Vanterpool is behind this.
  • Laugh (27/02/2014, 11:36) Like (33) Dislike (0) Reply

    This is when you have a fluff Chairman and Board. The Minister wants who he wants so he can push his agenda. Now his agenda might end up being good in the end, but this is not how things should work. How with all that's happening with Ports we haven't heard one, NOT ONE statement from the Chairman of the Board! Even in photos he's seen in his phone while the Minister and Director pushes ahead with what they want. This is so embarrassing. I have nothing against Al but really, honestly, he would've better served the Tourist Board or something along his line of expertise. Why Ports? What happened to all others working there for years, couldn't they have been offered a 2yr secondment to Mr. Creque and take over after? Surely we have some locals there that would be up to the task? What about the guy Shawn and the other youngster, Akeem Pickering? They know the inner workings and would add some value no? We have now a Director and Deputy that never worked at Ports in their lives, or never worked anywhere similar in their lives but they're now in charge? How? So we have a Banker/Supermarket owner as Minister, an Architect/Broker as Chairman, a Pastor as Director and a Hospitality Professional/Restaurant Owner as Deputy. None of them together had even a year of Ports experience prior to being put in these positions. Now people can understand why things are the way they are. Nobody to tell the Minister and others "Listen, based on what we have here, this thing cannot work, we need to do this, that or the other!". I support NDP, but after 2yrs, it's obvious why you cannot get these things off the ground. Even if you want to make political appointments to positions, you must have enough QUALIFIED and CAPABLE people in your camp to push things. Always a set of lame ducks who don't know their elbow from a..crack.

    • Shaun (28/02/2014, 09:06) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Only in the BVI. Does the BVI Government do any type of back ground checks before hiring people in these senior positions?
  • karma (27/02/2014, 11:40) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is the job description for the Deputy Director of Ports? What are the required qualifications? Mr. Henley is no idiot but what qualifications does he meet to successfully fill this role? Are there not persons better qualified for the job? Persons educated in the areas necessary to do the job properly? I have no problem with his appointment if he is qualified but if this is just case of friends looking out for friends to pad their wallets then I have a problem. Isn't it true he lost his business for not paying his bills? It may or may not be relevant to the role of Deputy Director but we have so many problems because the BVI is run poorly, shouldn't we be focusing on bringing in the right people to do the job rather than making it a political pat on the back?
  • SHAME (27/02/2014, 12:22) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    The NDP playing politics with the Port,the bald head minister and the TT man just send the unemployed and the unemployable for jobs where there are none. The staff has grown 80% in less than one year in this bitter hard time, doing absolutely nothing. The whole of Cane Garden Bay will soon be at the Port, but the arrogant man still will not win and his crony in Finance era will come to and end.
  • tell (27/02/2014, 13:59) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    what a ting to tell the king
  • COWBIRD (27/02/2014, 14:04) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
  • THE ACCOUNTANT (27/02/2014, 15:30) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mark my word, before the turn of this year the Port will be on the Central Government's nipple. I am soo ashamed of Dr. Smith who like Ralph, sits and allows POW, his Minister and that bunch at the Port to plunge this country further and further in debt. This is a shame. Nero fiddled while Rome burn to ashes. A day of reckoning will come.
  • Observer (27/02/2014, 15:37) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply

    Vip let all there supporters build buildings in town for years and in turn rent the buildings for government office.. noboby talking about that it seems like we have alsimers when it comes to the vip they did everything right,count the money government pays out for rent because of the vip no body talking about that I'm sick and tired of the vip and ndp s..t .

    • Mandarin Queen (28/02/2014, 02:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Come on now man... At 3 in the morning, WTF is alsimers?? And I'm sober mind u
  • late for school (27/02/2014, 16:22) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    VINO you late the man done have his office suited out
  • jess (27/02/2014, 17:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Al go to work and do your utmost best. We have a lot of criminals from other parts of the world working in the BVI, but only God knows so it is OK.
  • well right now and so (27/02/2014, 17:48) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Pleas UK, come take over this thing, i believe its time now, suspend the constitution and take over the whole show, i smell something like that heading our way very soon, just watch.
  • What a ting to tell the king (27/02/2014, 18:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Cane Garden Bay meellee
  • Real (27/02/2014, 19:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    One thing I must say them taking care of all the team players, all u gotta do is wear a team jersey and u will be taking care off. One thing i must say with the NDP is that they are loyal,u gotta give um that.
  • mother hen (27/02/2014, 23:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its becoming more and more clear that the NDP play book consist of hire NDP only tactic.
  • cut (28/02/2014, 00:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino how come you got my deputy director going up to the court house eh?
  • Manny (28/02/2014, 09:01) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    This is a big mistake. This is the yoe of thing that happens in the BVI and the Carribean. Cline-Skelton shoul
    enjoy his time at the Port Authority while he can. He will be out once a new government is installed after the general election next year.
  • tears (02/03/2014, 22:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I cry for my country
  • Hmmmm (03/03/2014, 13:40) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Claude hiring all he Cane Garden Bay people......he personal assistant now Henly..i could tell your
  • question (04/03/2014, 11:39) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    vino where is the photos of the man walking in to the work?
  • sad (05/03/2014, 16:16) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    You know what is sad the way we BVI Islanders talk about our own and our country. If you all that are on here blogging negatively think they are doing such a poor job, why don't you all step up to the plate and try to do better. All these negative comments on here and being accessed worldwide. Our own little Island is the laughing stock in some places. Come on people we can do better than this.
    • Full of It (06/03/2014, 09:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Cart your arse, ayo too like to sweep things under the rug and turn a blind eye.
  • boat (05/03/2014, 19:28) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ting to talk
  • Artistpedia (05/03/2014, 23:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Claude you are just a bag of empty promises!
  • more wasteage (06/03/2014, 07:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is henley apart of the inflated deligation to sea trade???
  • one eye (06/03/2014, 18:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    At least they got a better photo of my boy
  • ABC (07/03/2014, 11:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Today the job description for the position of Dept. Ports Manager was read our over ZBVI. Not too long ago the job description for the Post of General Manager for Water and Sewage was also published. Am I to understand that applicants for these positions must satisfy the requirements listed before they can be appointed to the positions? To the best of my knowledge, neither of the recipients of the two appointments have had one day's training in either of the positions which they now fill. We are told that the Public Service Commission approved and back dated the appointment of the General Manager for Water and Sewage, BUT on what basis? EXCO. we are told approved Claud Skelton's appointment without reference to the job discription or his qualificatiion. Again, on what basis. To add insult to injury, the same EXCO approved Al Henley's appointment, knowing full well that this man's ability to function in this position is off the chart. One can only conclude that the tail is now wagging the dog. This is scandalous to say the least. Should we then wonder why the Water and Sewage Dept. is in the mess it is in and why the Port's reserves are where they are today?
    My dear hearts and gentle people, what is happening is no accident, this is by design. Those who have designed this program know exactly what they are doing. Just remember pupits have no say in the way they act but are at the mercy of their manipulators. Our only satisfaction comes from the knowledge that the corrupt seeds which are being sowed WILL sooner than later lead to their own down fall.
  • dcd (07/03/2014, 16:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well saw I am reading nothing but melee. WHAT HAPPEN TO Tola?
  • Glennys (25/01/2018, 10:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

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