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UPDATE: ‘BVI House Asia staff in Hong Kong safe’ – Elise Donovan

-said BVI House Asia minimally impacted by Occupy Central Protests in Hong Kong & there are no issues of safety for the personnel
Director of the BVI House Asia Elise Donovan told this news site that there are no issues with safety for the staff in light of ongoing protests in Hong Kong and that the impact has been minimal. Photo: Provided
Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) and Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) called on Premier Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith to make a statement on the status of BVI Asia House staff in the wake of protests in Hong Kong. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) and Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) called on Premier Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith to make a statement on the status of BVI Asia House staff in the wake of protests in Hong Kong. Photo: VINO/File
Despite numerous attempts today September 30, 2014, Virgin Islands News Online was unable to reach Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith for an update on the status of the staff of the BVI Asia House, given that pro-democracy protesters have been stepping up the pace over the last few days. Photo: VINO/File
Despite numerous attempts today September 30, 2014, Virgin Islands News Online was unable to reach Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith for an update on the status of the staff of the BVI Asia House, given that pro-democracy protesters have been stepping up the pace over the last few days. Photo: VINO/File
Heavy rain in Hong Kong late on Tuesday failed to dampen the protesters' enthusiasm. Photo: BBC
Heavy rain in Hong Kong late on Tuesday failed to dampen the protesters' enthusiasm. Photo: BBC
The BVI Asia House in Hong Kong. Photo: GIS/File
The BVI Asia House in Hong Kong. Photo: GIS/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – After hearing nothing from Premier and Minister of International Affairs Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith who seems to have gone AWOL (absent without leave) on the issues and concerns raised by the Opposition Members Hons. Julian Fraser (R3) and Andrew A. Fahie (R1) amidst the protest in Hong Kong, finally we have heard something about the safety of Virgin Islands staff at the BVI House Asia in Hong Kong.

Director of the BVI House Asia Elise Donovan told this news site that there are no issues with safety for the staff in light of ongoing protests in Hong Kong and that the impact has been minimal.

In responding to queries by this news site, Donovan said that BVI House Asia has been keeping Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith updated on the situation.

Smith was unavailable for comment when approached by this news site on September 30, 2014 for an update on the safety of the BVI House Asia staff.

“We continue to keep him fully updated on the current situation in Hong Kong (HK) and any implications for BVIHA and personnel,” said Donovan to this news site yesterday October 1, 2014.

“BVI House Asia (BVIHA) has been minimally impacted by the Occupy Central Protests and there are no issues of safety for BVIHA personnel,” she said.

She said that while the protests do intersect with the Wan Chai district, Central Plaza which houses BVIHA is somewhat on the periphery of the focal points.

“The shuttle bus from Central Plaza to Central HK has been suspended as some of the main streets are closed and taxis are also a challenge. The MTR (train) is still functioning regularly (with delays) with some exits being closed, but it is still possible to get to and from Wan Chai via the MTR,” she said.

“BVIHA personnel who live inside and outside Wan Chai have been able to safely make their normal commute to the office as they do regularly. Of course some businesses in proximity to the protests have been closed, events cancelled and meetings postponed, but generally business activities continue, although at a cautioned pace,” said Donovan.

“The protesters are considered peaceful and other than navigating through larger than normal crowds, there are relatively minimal concerns regarding safety,” she said.

See previous story published on September 30, 2014:

Hons Fraser & Fahie raised safety of VI staff in Asia House amidst HK unrest

-Opposition calls on Premier Smith to update the public on safety issues however Dr Smith is unavailable

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Despite numerous attempts today September 30, 2014, Virgin Islands News Online was unable to reach Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith for an update on the status of the staff of the BVI Asia House in Hong Kong (HK), given that pro-democracy protesters have been stepping up the pace over the last few days.

This news site also made several valiant attempts to reach acting Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office Broderick Penn which all proved futile today.

Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) and Third District Representative Honourable Julian Fraser RA expressed concern for the safety of the BVI Asia House staff in Hong Kong and called on the Premier to assure the Territory of their wellbeing as he fears the protest is growing.

“I am concerned because I haven’t heard anything [from the Premier]. The protest is growing and it is gaining momentum. Thank God as of now there has not been any violence. But I think that the Premier should give us here in Tortola some assurance that the staff, who have been a very dedicated staff are all safe and not in harm’s way,” said Hon Fraser.

He noted that China is making it clear to the world that it is a Chinese problem and that outsiders should not get involved.

“That says enough to you outside to stay out,” he said. “And I am not too sure that America will get involved in it given their relationship with China,” said Hon Fraser.

First District Representative Honourable Andrew A. Fahie also expressed the view that the Premier should have by now already come out with a statement given that the protest is a few days old.

“My concern is to make sure that the staff over there are safe. The Premier needs to come out and make a statement that the people over there are ok. The sooner he does that and keeps us informed is for the best. This would transcend politics, to make sure our people are safe. So I would encourage the Premier to come out with a statement letting us know how they are doing,” said Hon Fahie.

According to a report on BBC NEWS today September 30, 2014, thousands more people have been joining pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, ahead of what organisers hope will be the largest day of protests so far.

“Tens of thousands of people have been blocking parts of the city for days,” the article stated today.

According to the BBC report, protesters are demanding that China withdraw plans to vet candidates for the next leadership election in 2017.

Current leader CY Leung has urged the protesters to go home, and Chinese President Xi Jinping has reaffirmed Beijing's influence on the territory, the article said.

 

38 Responses to “UPDATE: ‘BVI House Asia staff in Hong Kong safe’ – Elise Donovan”

  • Bvi man (30/09/2014, 16:52) Like (15) Dislike (54) Reply
    its clear the NDP does not care about our ppl here or anywhere
    • A Fahie (05/10/2014, 19:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is what the people get when they vote with their outstretched hand instead of their intelligence.
  • bbc (30/09/2014, 16:53) Like (33) Dislike (15) Reply
    poor doc smith have not a clue on what is going on internationally
  • Concern Citizen (30/09/2014, 16:58) Like (16) Dislike (37) Reply
    How do you expect the Premier is going to give us a report when he can't even speak the Chinese language. The Government is under pressure with so much corruption over here and over there and neither him nor the first lady can communicate with on a one to one with the Chinese or understand the nature of the Chinese business much less the magnitude. There will always be a third party person involve and you are placing all of your confidence in this person to lead you down the right or wrong path.

    This begs for some serious advice to the Premier on not to do business especially with people that you don't understand and you don't have the local resources to put confidence in to communicate with them. For all you know BVIslanders could be held hostage God forbid that something extremely bad happen over there.

    The NDP priority was not right for the people of this country during this period. No major accomplishment what so ever but a major waste of spending. BELIVE THAT!
    • The watchman (02/10/2014, 15:12) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are not for real, wake up man! We would not open an office in a foreign country and not have someone there who cannot speak the language. Stop the ignorant propaganda.
  • wize up (30/09/2014, 17:17) Like (1) Dislike (19) Reply
    whatever!!!!
  • idk (30/09/2014, 17:37) Like (59) Dislike (32) Reply
    Why those two Judas dont go sit down!! Tired of them now man...tell me about your plans for the country IF you do get elected and win the government next time? Stop criticizing every and anything man.
    • @idk (30/09/2014, 18:02) Like (13) Dislike (50) Reply
      You sound so foolish. As elected officials I am glad that they are doing their jobs. Safety of our people comes first. This has nothing to do with the next general elections. Obviously you on every site trying to programme the public that they do not have plans for the future of the Territory but time will tell. For sure they cannot be any worse than these questionable NDP characters.
    • @ idk (30/09/2014, 18:24) Like (16) Dislike (39) Reply
      Myron go sit down your desperate rass
    • polo (01/10/2014, 00:03) Like (9) Dislike (13) Reply
      who more judas then the balled headed minister his endless and often incorrect mouthings-off tend to confuse the issue....
  • one eye (30/09/2014, 17:45) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    Do not expect anything from them besides a trip first class?
  • Yes (30/09/2014, 17:53) Like (7) Dislike (10) Reply
    The ndp only look out for the sharks.
    • Wh*te (30/09/2014, 19:37) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      And W.....
    • The watchman (02/10/2014, 15:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      In favor of real new blood with a hint of wisdom with a few experienced folks, but with NDP, there not waiting till the fourth year to portray works being done........ think about it. We can see a little here a little there if you would just get off your computer and drive around.
  • me (30/09/2014, 17:53) Like (22) Dislike (11) Reply
    By now the Premier should have said something to we the public. At least the concerns for our people's safety are being expressed by some of our elected officials. I hope our people are safe.
  • Alarmists (30/09/2014, 19:16) Like (18) Dislike (9) Reply
    @wow
    Tell me how this will affect our people's safety? You like too much confusion.

    This is a demonstration about elections in Hong Kong. As foreigners, I think our people will have the good sense to stay away from these demonstrations. If it was a civil war or a terrorist situation like in the middle east, where violence will come to you, then that would be a reason for concern.
    • Researcher (01/10/2014, 00:03) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      You obviously pay no attention to what's happening outside of your comfort zone. In 2012 in Benghazi there were similar demonstrations which turned into an attack on the US embassy which resulted in the deaths of innocent US ambassadors.
    • @ Alarmists (01/10/2014, 00:19) Like (16) Dislike (7) Reply
      Lord Nelson sang the calypso Liar. And this is what happening with the NDP they lie.
  • @ alarmist (30/09/2014, 20:35) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
    Only you in your sick fight to stay in power are making confusion up and down the place
  • cay (30/09/2014, 21:30) Like (11) Dislike (10) Reply
    Fraser and Fahie love our people
  • bad leader (01/10/2014, 00:27) Like (28) Dislike (16) Reply
    I am so sick and tired of reading about these incompetent man Orlando!!! When will it end????
  • Yes (01/10/2014, 09:02) Like (13) Dislike (8) Reply
    What an absolute load of nonsense. So had the Premier 2 days ago said the staff are safe they would be happy? This is a non violent protest, protests happen in major cities all the time, granted this is larger than most. These buffoons just trying to make themselves look good.
  • time will tell (01/10/2014, 18:40) Like (11) Dislike (17) Reply
    I suggest you dumb fools go and read the international media reports about that Hong Kong protest and get the real truth from listen to these two scaring people and making the people of the BVI believe the government doing nonsense. Nothing like what they on here crying is the case. Stop trying to shift attention off Sea Cows Bay report man. Dem need to go back and dig up the one on Carrot Bay land fill and then we gwine have ting to talk. Andrew dem thing everybody does forget!!!
    • For Real? (02/10/2014, 07:58) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      What you said is besides the point! Get it right.
    • @time will tell (03/10/2014, 09:05) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
      You are the one taking the focuss off of the corrupt Cruise Pier Project so try go sit down from talking piddle.
  • up with the win (01/10/2014, 21:20) Like (7) Dislike (9) Reply
    Fraser will make a good premier he is for the people
    • The watchman (02/10/2014, 15:16) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply

      LOL....LOL....! LOL! He is so arrogant that if he is Premier he would p..s the wrong person off and England would take over fully! LOL! you are so funny ifall on the floor laughing and typing, LOL!

    • Hmm (03/10/2014, 05:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      who ............people sea cow bay............
  • Bandit (02/10/2014, 14:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    waste of money
  • Matthew (02/10/2014, 14:34) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
    It's so sad that people are sp petty. Do anyone honestly believe this territory would be better of if VIP was in power? I sit back, read, and listen to all that is said. Could the masses be so ignorant and uninformed to believe the VIP can lead this country? I prefer to take my chances under an NDP Government.
    • @ Matthew (02/10/2014, 23:07) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      mvw has a good point here but the NDP has failed the people and puitting us backwards
  • sand man (02/10/2014, 15:26) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    The sad part is up to now not ah word from Orlando.. is this man for real…can’t wait for the government to change
  • Desperation (02/10/2014, 15:39) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    listen for some over seas written script from Dr. Smith trying to hoodwink and Bamboozle the people
  • AC 360 (03/10/2014, 18:24) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    So the BVI House is basically deceiving potential investors so as to prevent cancellations. How disingenuous.
  • yes we can (05/10/2014, 19:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The current Primer is an abysmal failure that we all know! However, we need the opposition to reorganize and become more active and if needs be, put personal ambitions aside, and for the good of the country, attract the movers and shakers who can actually do the job in the VIP !


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