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Update: Miss BVI blasts Platinum News for 'inaccuracy' in article about her

- Says position on prizes was not an expression of a lack of gratitude
Although not getting into specifics, Miss BVI 2012/2013 Sharie deCastro issued a written statement yesterday, November 29, 2012 in which she stated that a recent publication had inaccurately characterized her position on prizes awarded to her by the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&F). Photo: VINO/File
Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festivals and Fairs Committee, Mr. Marvin Blyden is upset that an online news site reportedly ran with a story on information that was given off the record and is now stirring controversy in the public domain. Photo: VINO/File
Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festivals and Fairs Committee, Mr. Marvin Blyden is upset that an online news site reportedly ran with a story on information that was given off the record and is now stirring controversy in the public domain. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Although not getting into specifics, Miss BVI 2012/2013 Sharie deCastro issued a written statement yesterday, November 29, 2012 in which she stated that a recent publication had inaccurately characterized her position on prizes awarded to her by the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&F).

She also made it clear that her “position on prizes awarded to me” was not an expression of a lack of gratitude.

The site in question is reportedly the pro-government BVI Platinum News and the article was reportedly about the reigning Miss BVI Sharie deCastro allegedly being “unhappy with car”, a prize that was offered to her for winning the Miss BVI crown on August 5, 2012.

Virgin Islands News Online was made to understand that persons within the Miss BVI circle are outraged at the article, which they said seems to be an attempt to portrait the queen in a negative light.

Among deCastro's prizes for winning the pageant was a car, which she had allegedly requested be changed as it did not have the capacity to climb steep hills and also parts for the maintenance of the vehicle would have been difficult to source in the VI. The queen had also reportedly requested to pay the difference if exchanging the vehicle would have been at an additional cost to the VIF&F Committee.

The Committee had agreed to reach Ms deCastro’s request, however, a source close to the deCastro family said the writer of the article did not even seek to contact the queen before publishing the article, which seems to suggest that the queen is ‘ungrateful’.

“Be advised that a mutual understanding was reached with myself and the BVI Festival and Fairs Committee, which was not forced or in any way, on my part, an expression of a lack of gratitude,” Ms deCastro said in the statement.

Additionally, she said, at no time was consent given to any media, camp-member or committee member to speak on her behalf.  “Please note that I am fully capable of providing a public statement or voicing my own opinion on any issue if the need arises,”

When contacted for clarification on portions of the statement issued, however, Ms deCastro said she was currently in discussion with the VIF&F Committee and would not have been able to say anything in addition to the statement issued.

In her statement, Ms deCastro had also said that she remained completely dedicated to any cause that created and maintained a positive environment for VIslanders, residents and visitors alike, however, this reality “is daily challenged by the pessimistic views and actions of some and we should all stand in solidarity against such.”  

“As such, I feel obligated to remind us all including our local media of our moral responsibility to ensure that information being disseminated to the public is balanced, unbiased and newsworthy.  In fact, this should be the personal goal of all, but especially the influential voices within our community.”

In closing, Ms deCastro said her commitment to maintaining a professional and respectable relationship with the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committees has been consistent and looks forward to a continued collaborative partnership to ensure that the Virgin Islands is well represented and at the highest levels possible.

 See previous story posted on subject:

The media has put a bitter taste in people’s mouth- Marvin Blyden

-          Accuses pro-government site BVI Platinum News of reporting information given off record

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festivals and Fairs Committee, Mr. Marvin Blyden is upset that an online news site reportedly ran with a story on information that was given off the record and is now stirring controversy in the public domain.

The site in question is reportedly the pro-government BVI Platinum News and the article was reportedly about the reigning Miss BVI Sharie deCastro allegedly being “unhappy with car”, a prize that was offered to her for winning the Miss BVI crown on August 5, 2012.

Virgin Islands News Online was made to understand that persons within the Miss BVI circle are outraged at the article, which they said seems to be an attempt to portrait the queen in a negative light.

Among deCastro's prizes for winning the pageant was a car, which she had allegedly requested be changed as it did not have the capacity to climb steep hills and also parts for the maintenance of the vehicle would have been difficult to source in the VI. The queen had also reportedly requested to pay the difference if exchanging the vehicle would have been at an additional cost to the VIF&F Committee.

The Committee had agreed to reach Ms deCastro’s request, however, a source close to the deCastro family said the writer of the article did not even seek to contact the queen before publishing the article, which seems to suggest that the queen is ‘ungrateful’.

Virgin Islands News Online was made to understand that Ms deCastro plans to make a statement in response to the article, which has allegedly caused her much embarrassment.

When contacted for clarification on the issue, Mr. Blyden said he was not going to speak to any media as he was already disappointed that a reporter from BVI Platinum News had ran with a story from information given “off the record”.

“The media has put a bitter taste in people’s mouth,” Mr Blyden said.

105 Responses to “Update: Miss BVI blasts Platinum News for 'inaccuracy' in article about her”

  • Well (29/11/2012, 08:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Platinum is a very honorable site, if they reported something in haste i am sure they will issue a public apology
    • yellow (29/11/2012, 09:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Wow this is utterly ridiculous ..... i just read the article on platinum..they should be sued
      • AC-360 (29/11/2012, 09:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I see now why judge Redhead band the media from the court rape cases...with site like BVI Platinum what the hick can one expect?
        • en why yu (29/11/2012, 14:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Right? The article didn't even report anything. Not even a quote from Sharie herself nor did it say what was wrong with the car. It was just an over generalization trying to stir up some drama
    • all for one (29/11/2012, 10:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Platinum you are really destroyin yourself and the rest of the media
    • LALALA (29/11/2012, 19:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      WHAT IS HONOURABLE ABOUT PLATINUM SITE. PLEASE
      • job well done! (29/11/2012, 23:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        many of Platinum articles are coming under alot a heat these days. Makes one believe if what they be posting is every true. That's not a good thing at all. I must stay VINO keep your good works up and I love your reputation for accurate reporting.
        • for life (01/12/2012, 11:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          I guarantee not!..Platinum will continue their bad reporting!!1

  • LNB (29/11/2012, 08:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    MB knows how to blame everyone else! The golden child can do no wrong I guess!
    • SPeak up (29/11/2012, 09:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The fact is MR Blyden is the child who has his own and cannot easily be muffled by government. Too many of us have to hide because government will blackball you and make it hard to take care of your family. Speak up my brother we are hearing you load and clear.

      We will speak at the elections
      • persia (29/11/2012, 10:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        FREE AT LAST THANK GOD WE ARE FREE AT LAST
        • money buy land (29/11/2012, 13:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Ms. De castro you need to figure out a way to get a payday out of this...hit them hard shut them down!!!.
          • facts man (29/11/2012, 18:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            As always Platinum DID NOT check before publishing the story on her YAAAWN
  • qc (29/11/2012, 08:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    there the NDP propaganda site platinum goes again..shameful that site should be shut down always with some lies…the people need to boycott platinum
    • jtv (29/11/2012, 09:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      well Platinum gettin licks all around, editor sleeping again...me feel bad form dem
      • fool me once (29/11/2012, 13:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        ..but nobody believes this latest stories away.
        • never will we forget (29/11/2012, 23:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          The day we forget that bvi Platinum news has destroyed many people reputation in this little country, is the day we might as well just put our heads on the chopping block and say chop away.
  • Jud (29/11/2012, 08:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    What does she wants a BMW ? The calypso king accepted his prize.

  • Sick (29/11/2012, 09:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Im so sick of all these media houses. Everyone wants to break news and they dont even try to find out if the info is true. I had to curse a platinum reporter couple days ago about wrong info they posted. Get your facts before you post.....
  • weed (29/11/2012, 09:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    She remains the best Ms BVI ever a women of class and standards Platinum out of order!
  • rattie (29/11/2012, 09:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is so foolish to imagine people still go on that Platinum site with their usual rubbish
    • high hope (29/11/2012, 20:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      GOD BLESS YOU Sharie deCastro
      • you hear lies (29/11/2012, 23:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Dear Platinum:

        You cannot publish LIES about people in the public domain then further allow strangers to put defaming language against you again in the public domain behind a computer calling it blogs. What kind of journalists (you can only find them on Platinum) publish a story without even consulting with the sources involved and even when confronted with the truth?, refused to correct it!!!,
  • Really?.... (29/11/2012, 09:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Blyden, you should know better than that, when conducting an interview, there is no such thing as " off the records" Always assume the tape recorder is on at all time...
    • UNDER THE BUS (29/11/2012, 09:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Platinum is a monster!
      • jesus does not sleep (29/11/2012, 10:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        What goes around comes around... The Bible says whatever a man plants, in due time he will harvest the same thing! See they always up and down writing lies about VINO & had the balls to send bvi hot press a letter over a photo...and here they go with the lies on the Miss BVI...Boycott them backside we need to hit them where it hurts!
      • x factor (29/11/2012, 20:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I feel just so ashamed
  • talk girl talk (29/11/2012, 09:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It was just an attempt by that disgraceful site to put Ms. Decastro in a bad light…they do not like local people and plus she is indigenous...
    • 2 sides (29/11/2012, 09:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      We need to get rid of the Platinum or else all the media will go down hill!!!..thank god for VINO we can get the other side and the truth!!!
      • pie (29/11/2012, 10:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Platinum and their reporters and owners, need to go to your favorite bakery and order a slice of HUMBLE PIE!!!
      • HELLO!! (29/11/2012, 14:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Oh pleasseeeee!!!! give me a break...the color black can only be black.
  • Black boy (29/11/2012, 09:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now let's see just how platinum reports this on their government site. Let's see what they have to say about MB who is another NDP!!
    • every day (30/11/2012, 10:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      everyone will be big losers here if Platinum aint stop this nonsense of false reporting and character assassination!
  • GOOOOD (29/11/2012, 09:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I knew it was to good to be true. There are ALWAYS two sides to a story and even when others were commenting I remained silent. Why? Deep down I knew it had to be more to the story, and for sure she's not that type of person. Thanks for clearing this up.
    • one eye (29/11/2012, 13:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Platinum news, if you can not see the writing on the wall YOU NEVER WILL.
      • 103 (30/11/2012, 08:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        VINO your good name is intact do not get into any fight with the BVI enquirer platinum news...Please do not let it die!
  • Janet Williams (29/11/2012, 09:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dear Virgin Islands News Online

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention, and I am so proud that we still have a news site we can depend on for accurate reporting...I guess that is why they hate you all so much.

    You must guard against compromising your high standards and I say please do not stoop to Platinum tabloid (they are the enquirer of the BVI) level and get involved in a mud-slinging match. You still have your reputation for professionalism, getting it first and right. Just ignore them and continue to report the facts only.

    I have watched you grown over the last two years and everybody on the street talks good about you VINO. Keep up the good work. BVI Platinum news has lost their reputation years ago, but that is no reason for you to ever sink to their level. Keep on your path of high lever and proper research before you post an article!

    The site was used by the NDP to get the VIP out of office; you have remained objective and have not took site. Platinum do not ever have the professionalism to post my blogs that does not support there NDP, where as VINO post blogs from both site. Leave them alone VINO do not go to their level...You have already showed you are above the childish petty things.
  • long road (29/11/2012, 10:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    About time somebody speak out against Platinum, the reporting on that site is unbelievable and does not even meet high school standards, let alone the issue of facts!!, I am amazed it has taken this long for even their own NDP people to be left with a bad taste!!! More to come
  • RON ROCK (29/11/2012, 11:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    .. BOTH mb & PLATINUM get lost!!!!!
    • ... (29/11/2012, 13:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Where is myron in all this??? See like he got evil for only one news site
  • none (29/11/2012, 13:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ....BVI Platinum you have no credibility at this stage
  • Shara Parlin (29/11/2012, 13:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The best and most sophisticated Miss BVI we have had in a long time and see how they trying to tarnish her good name and image with lies and normal NDP/Platinum propaganda..shame on you Platinum shame on you..people need to march over this and advertisers need to pull out in protest to this character assassination and the blogs under the story on that site is equally distasteful!
    • suck (29/11/2012, 16:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Miss Decastro, I'm with you. You deserve something great...let platinum go suck and egg
      • speaker (30/11/2012, 11:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I hope BVI Platinum gets the message.
        • car jack (03/12/2012, 07:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          What platinum and their bloggers trying to do to our indigenous Miss BVI is a high form of spiritual wickedness
  • sherry (29/11/2012, 14:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    platium news only had guts for willock and vino butiglad that they find other things to attack
    them playing smart looking fame they envey Vino bam sock it to them mr Blyden put platium in them place
    what a long it too for platium to get shut up ha ha
    • speak out bvi (29/11/2012, 23:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Only a heartless beast like Platinum would allow this young lady our Miss BVI good name and reputation to be dragged through the mud like that. Girl you right to response to the wolf pack lies!
  • wood man (29/11/2012, 17:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Platinum News should have checked before posting their rubbish– or tried to check their nasty infor
    • band dem (29/11/2012, 20:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      If the question who I believe Sherrie or Platinum there is no competition Sherrie hands down!
  • BREAKING NEWS (29/11/2012, 20:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why must a country suffer through this when for the first time in a long time, we have a Miss BVI we can celebrate and be proud of??? Come on platinum I am one of your fans but on this you made me sick to my stomach!
  • Miss piggie (29/11/2012, 23:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    why is every one going on like this is a big surprise that platinum is a biased news media? they have been out of control with a deliberate and unmistakable agenda.

    • sleep (30/11/2012, 18:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      hopefully the NDP propaganda machine wake up and see the sunrise!!!!
  • the real tabliod (29/11/2012, 23:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    but why the fuss Platinum is not considered by the elite class in the BVI as mainstream media
  • run when you see them (29/11/2012, 23:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Uhuh Ms deCastro we the people of the BVI loves you as you are simply the best...very top rated..avoid BVI platinum at all cost!!!
  • NDP (29/11/2012, 23:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    stay strong Sharie deCastro...this too shall pass
  • cbs (30/11/2012, 00:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sharie deCastro the wicked jelious haters are after you again...but stand tall
  • Well well (30/11/2012, 07:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If I got the box she got I would refuse it too. My dog house bigger than that matchbox. If they couldn't give a gift that was worthy of a gift don't give any. Geez man why give the queen or for that matter anyone a rejest.
  • Prophet (30/11/2012, 07:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Platinum seems to envy this talented young lady but no matter what they do they can't keep her down. She will sit in the House of Assembly soon. Honourable Sharie de Castro.
  • Prophet (30/11/2012, 07:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Platinum seems to envy this talented young lady but no matter what they do they can't keep her down. She will sit in the House of Assembly soon. Honourable Sharie de Castro.
  • Observer (30/11/2012, 07:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Most stories that came out on Miss BVI were reported on VINO. They just hating on the young lady. Platinum needs to get a life. Platinum go write a story on yourself and your poor journalist ethics. The businesses needs to boycott Platinum by not advertising with them. Which ever Minister is responsible for the media needs to take a long look at the laws and make sure that the media is not stepping over their boundaries. I will make a special effort to source the law on the media and police them to ensure that they are adhering. If the laws need to be updated I will advocate for it.
  • Enquirer (30/11/2012, 07:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If Platinum hard up for stories why don't they write one on their family inmate up Balo
  • good to great (30/11/2012, 08:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well done Miss Decasto clear your name
  • w hotel (30/11/2012, 09:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have always admires Shrie her professionalism even in her statement must be commended
  • in (30/11/2012, 10:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ...Next Time on The Young & The Restless.....
  • power to the people (30/11/2012, 10:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    pro gov site is a joke i stop loging on from last year. peace
  • ESHS (30/11/2012, 11:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes Miss BVI Sharie deCastro, We believe you.... If no one else does, WE DO!!!!
  • youth (30/11/2012, 18:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    hang them high Miss BVI
  • bvi platinum (30/11/2012, 18:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    See how platinum although they are wrong still tired to manipulate the girls press statement…it is so clear they have their own agenda and not a creditable news site!
  • morning Joe (01/12/2012, 05:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The end of the dinosaur era of Platinum news is near!
  • for ever (01/12/2012, 16:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So it is a clear case of HYPOCRISY and DOUBLE STANDARDS by p;atinum they do not report the trtuh about locals..I am sticking wid vino for lefe!!!!
  • over and out! (02/12/2012, 00:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sharie deCastro thanks for the statment keep meking the bvi proud!
    • give back (02/12/2012, 09:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I think she was so right to speak up she is Miss BVI she should not just settle for anything!!..
    • care (02/12/2012, 11:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      our ms bvi is not that type of person like platinum trying to protry her... She just deserves better
  • playin smart (02/12/2012, 09:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Have to laugh at all the comments on Platinum bashing our beloved Miss BVI Sherri...it’s sad when you have to get your own staff to write blogs to run up fake numbers when in fact no one logging on to Platinum…just a big joke!!
    • in the bank (02/12/2012, 14:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Lol this is so true as I thought I was the only one who observed that!!!
  • letter (02/12/2012, 18:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    for goodness sake keep off platinum!

  • rock (03/12/2012, 02:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    to Platinum news; You can fool some of the people, but surely not the majority.
  • 75 (03/12/2012, 07:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I really feel that as adults Platinum must be more circumspect in what they write.
  • speed (03/12/2012, 11:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with most of the comments Platinum article is very divisive and shameless
    • @ speed (04/12/2012, 08:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Great post!! I've been saying the same thing for a long time now.



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