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VINO responds to Dean Greenaway’s Letter!

- Statement by Advance Marketing and Professional Services to Mr. Dean Greenaway’s letter attacking Virgin Islands News Online
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Dean ‘The Sportsman’ Greenaway has attacked Virgin Islands News Online in a letter published on two online news sites claiming that he never stated that Government needs to better fund athletes. However, the evidence presented by Virgin Islands News Online shows that he did. The news site has stood by its story, in line with its history of accurate reporting. Photo: VINO/File
Dean ‘The Sportsman’ Greenaway has attacked Virgin Islands News Online in a letter published on two online news sites claiming that he never stated that Government needs to better fund athletes. However, the evidence presented by Virgin Islands News Online shows that he did. The news site has stood by its story, in line with its history of accurate reporting. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Firstly, Virgin Islands News Online stands by its article published on our news site on July 19, 2013 titled; ‘Government needs to better fund athletes’- attributed to Dean Greenaway.

Many of our readers and even persons who were at the ceremony have called the news room to confirm what they heard Mr. Greenaway say at the ceremony on July 18, 2013 to welcome home the delegation from the 8th IAAF World Youth Championships.

While we are well aware that as a civil servant he must be careful in what he says about the government of the day and our understanding of the pressures and fear civil servants have on the issues of victimisation and discipline, we find it curious that Mr. Greenaway will deny what he has told the public.

In fact, after reading his letter published on July 22, 2013 on two other online news sites, many persons in the sporting community also called our news room to confirm that Mr. Greenway held that position about lack of adequate government funding for athletes for many years, not only with the current Government but previous Administrations. 

So it came as a surprise why a person who has dedicated his life to sports and the youth will at this stage in his career try to undermine his own credibility.

Many have made suggestions as to the reasons, however, it’s not prudent to speculate or to believe all that we are told.

In fact in a recent exclusive interview with Virgin Islands News Online, Mr. Greenaway [audio clip attached] again raised the issue of the need for proper funding to provide the necessary support for Virgin Islands’ athletes. He mentioned in the interview the need for an athletic trainer, along with medical support and the likes, which will go a far way in helping Virgin Islands’ teams travelling overseas to be successful.

He said in the interview that this would be at an additional cost, making the point yet again that his funding is not adequate, the same premise he repeated in his speech at the welcome home ceremony on July 18, 2013.

Mr.  Greenaway also made allegations against our news site that we failed to publish many of his press releases because they are positive!

He will know, as the journalist he claims to be, that all news organisations in the Virgin Islands receive upwards of 10 to 15 press releases per day from local, regional and international public relations firms, private organisations and both Governments and Oppositions.

Therefore, it is the job of our editorial team to decide what is to be posted. Furthermore, on our staff we have a sports reporter. This is the only online news site in the Virgin Islands with such a staff member. Our sports reporter most often would cover Mr. Greenaway’s sporting events thus reducing the need to post his press releases.

The Sports Desk at Virgin Islands News Online has always worked with Mr. Greenaway and continues to do so. On occasions when there are challenges, he would even often call our esteemed Founder and Chairman Mr. Julian Willock.

It has been long cemented within the community that Virgin Islands News Online has no axe to grind with any one, nothing to prove, but just to report the news objectively, professionally, and to remain fair and balanced. 

This is why we can boast about being number one in the online news market and having a reputation for accuracy, which is unmatched by any other media house.

As for Mr. Greenaway’s new found praises for the Minister for Education and Culture, we will leave that for others to debate. However, we will continue to work with Mr. Greenaway to get his sports messages out and thank him for his support, thus far and commitment to sports in the Virgin Islands.

Finally, we continue to thank our many readers, staff, advertisers, along with our team of reporters and the many persons who continue to call and offer their wise counsel, information and helpful suggestions. We remain humbled.

Audio clip below of Virgin Islands News Online's recent exclusive interview with Dean Greenaway

Audio clip

32 Responses to “VINO responds to Dean Greenaway’s Letter!”

  • xxxxxxxx (24/07/2013, 09:26) Like (9) Dislike (13) Reply
    one thing I love about VINO..they hit right back…good Job in setting the record straight!
  • Mitt Romney (24/07/2013, 09:36) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
    VINO do not mind the chatter you run things and we got your back!!!
  • . (24/07/2013, 09:50) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    he's backing up like a lobster because he fraid victimization
  • The real sportsman (24/07/2013, 09:57) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    The Sportsman being a bad sport. Seems like he playing without balls!!! You have to have BALLS to play the sport Dean.
    • Guest (24/07/2013, 10:03) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
      Only one person I know that uses that line
      • women power (24/07/2013, 10:44) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
        So what would the women play with if they don't have balls? Come on our side Dean.
    • Cutty Wise (24/07/2013, 10:52) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Why we have to emphasize "BALLS" though son?
      • mother hen (24/07/2013, 12:14) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        While a good many will agree, I think there is a time and place for everything. Why not congratulate VINO on always being right
  • Tyso (24/07/2013, 10:12) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    "However, we will continue to work with Mr. Greenaway to get his sports messages out and thank him for his support, thus far and commitment to sports in the Virgin Islands."

    DAS Klass, nuff said
    • Village Girl (24/07/2013, 12:20) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply

      Dean and Myron go sit down we want to play and hear our own music and be left in peace and quiet in our country!

  • Do the maths (24/07/2013, 10:14) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    THIS will open a can of worms Dean keep off attacking VINO ask Myron how it killed his political career!!!
    • Missing Link (24/07/2013, 12:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes, Dean you are allowed to play games and retract what you have said for years but not at the expense of others!
      • cell 5 (24/07/2013, 23:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I will be the first to say that Mr. Greenaway continues to contribute allot to sports but in his ranting against VINO in his letter the public has agreed that too bad he was writing stupidness..
  • WOWO (24/07/2013, 10:38) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    G....... bites the hand that feeds him. He is too busy trying to dig in every hole and not getting things done that he is being paid for.

    • the rock (25/07/2013, 07:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      want is he being paid for the bvi will like to know..thats a million dollar question!
  • Reynold (24/07/2013, 10:55) Like (3) Dislike (15) Reply
    Dean boy you lost a lot of your fans and your integrity and credibility.
  • VINO 4 Lyfe (24/07/2013, 11:23) Like (14) Dislike (14) Reply
    We need to change VINO to FACTS NEWS ONLINE
    • one eye (24/07/2013, 12:26) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      I feel your pain Mr. Greenway…you do not want to lose your job and be victimized because your letter against VINO I found to be so uncouth!
  • egg face (24/07/2013, 11:27) Like (16) Dislike (21) Reply
    Very professionaly written statement vino you all got brain power
    • . (24/07/2013, 16:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I’m glad that Virgin ISlands news had the testicular fortitude to call out Deal on his silly pointless letter
  • Hmmm (24/07/2013, 12:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

    give Dean a break vino the man must have had a lil smoke

    • DADDY FRIDAY (24/07/2013, 18:25) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Rebuilding trust is crucial for an improved relationship with parents dean
  • george w touch (24/07/2013, 15:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with vino
  • JACK BE STILL (24/07/2013, 18:14) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Sports is in the worse state that they have ever been in.

  • bay yute (24/07/2013, 18:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dean, quit dancing that jig.

  • nanny cay (24/07/2013, 23:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    hats off again for VINO aint playing
  • joe biden (24/07/2013, 23:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this man has foot-in-mouth disease.
  • JVD (24/07/2013, 23:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah vino i just love it when you start playing the tapes
  • GoonSquad (24/07/2013, 23:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    MOST OF YOU WILL KNOW i AM NO FAN OF VINO HOWEVER, I MUST GIVE IT TO THEM THEY HIT THIS ONE OUT OF THE BALL PARK
  • the rock (25/07/2013, 07:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    does dean works for the government..inquiring minds wants to know..he holds an office upstairs youth affairs and sports..but does he work for the government!
  • teacher john (25/07/2013, 16:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope he learn his lessons of not to attack the media
  • AC 360 (25/07/2013, 18:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I dedicate the Bob Marley Three Little Birds song to you VINO - "Don't worry bout a thing, cause every little thing is gonna be alright".


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