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VINO stands firm against challenges to two articles!

-Accuses National Democratic Party (NDP) Administration of using GIS to score political points and misrepresent the truth
Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith (left) told the House of Assembly, hence the public, last month that Winston C. Wilson dba Indigo Engineering Group Caribbean Ltd., rakes in some $405, 000.00 in two contracts. This is indeed close to half a million dollars, do the math! It is not clear what the GIS statement was clarifying as the public now is more confused. Photo: VINO/File
Virgin Islands News Online, now in its 3rd year of operation, has long cemented its reputation for factual and a high standards of reporting. Some politicians from the National Democratic Party (NDP) have engaged in unprofessional attacks on the news site. This news site has always proven to be accurate about what it reports. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islands News Online, now in its 3rd year of operation, has long cemented its reputation for factual and a high standards of reporting. Some politicians from the National Democratic Party (NDP) have engaged in unprofessional attacks on the news site. This news site has always proven to be accurate about what it reports. Photo: VINO
Director of Communications Ms Arliene T. Penn released two statements over the weekend that had the public confused in regards to two articles done by Virgin Islands News Online. The first was on the rule change on the Primary V Exams and claiming the rule change was decided upon since a meeting of July 2012. Most Principals of Primary Public Schools have said her statement was misleading. The other was to clarify Mr Winston Wilson's half a million dollar consultancy contract, which made the Minister of Finance appear to many that he was misleading the House of Assembly. Photo: VINO/File
Director of Communications Ms Arliene T. Penn released two statements over the weekend that had the public confused in regards to two articles done by Virgin Islands News Online. The first was on the rule change on the Primary V Exams and claiming the rule change was decided upon since a meeting of July 2012. Most Principals of Primary Public Schools have said her statement was misleading. The other was to clarify Mr Winston Wilson's half a million dollar consultancy contract, which made the Minister of Finance appear to many that he was misleading the House of Assembly. Photo: VINO/File
Statement by Virgin Islands News Online to Government Information Services' response to articles on Winston C. Wilson & Issue of Rules for Primary V Exams

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It is yet another sad day in the Virgin Islands as the current Government’s credibility and trust by the people seems to be on a continued decline.

It’s unfortunate that a Minister of Government could go to our House of Assembly, answer a question, then for weak unprofessional political reasons, try to back track on what was made public in a deceitful attempt to cast aspersions that media houses were misrepresenting what was said. 

In a story written by Virgin Islands News Online dated April 29, 2013 on Winton C. Wilson and his close to half a million dollars consultancy contract on the Airport Runway Expansion Project though his company Indigo Engineering Group Caribbean Ltd., information was lifted verbatim from what the Minister of Finance Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith made public at the House of Assembly sitting on April 25, 2013.

It’s now confusing what the Government’s Director of Communications Mrs. Arliene T. Penn seeks to clarify. Is she now saying that the Minister of Finance told the public a lie in the House of Assembly?

If that is the case, it will be even more disturbing. We humbly and politely request that the public have a look at her statement and the story posted by this news site as attached at the bottom. One contract is for $45,000 for less than two months, then another for $360,000 for two years with the two contracts totaling $405,000.00 for Mr. Wilson dba Indigo Engineering Group Caribbean Ltd. Yes do the math, it’s close to half a million dollars! 

VINO’s response to GIS statement on ‘Principals Outraged’ article

We trust the Government Information Service (GIS) is not being used for political reasons and to carry out a particular Minister’s political agenda or unwise jealous hate against any media house. The days of bullying are on its way out in our modern political discourse.

This news site had over the weekend published an article after three Primary School Principals came forward to discuss (unsolicited) their outrage with a circular sent to them by the Ag. Chief Education Officer Jillian Douglas-Phillip on the start of the Primary V Exam on May 2, 2013 about rule changes. 

They all made clear, as was accurately reported in our article of May 4, 2013, that some of the rules were not new, but the circular was a reminder, while others were new and in particular, the allocation of marks for the Primary V now being; Primary V Examinations 70% and Continuous Assessments 30% were not decided upon at the meeting in July 2012.

The three Primary School Principals, who called us after reading the GIS response over the weekend on Virgin Islands News Online, said the Department of Education was being untruthful when they claimed that the new 70/30 rule was agreed to since July 2012.

What the Principals told this news site is that it was a proposal and in meetings this year the 70/30 rule was to come into effect commencing from Fall 2013 not from the Exams of May 2013.

Therefore, this news site stands by its story and will never compromise our many sources. We urge that the GIS be used in a more constructive way to explain government policies, programmes, and the services provided to the people by its Government.

When GIS starts crossing the line in terms of being forced to play politics at the demand of any particular Minister of Government then the politicalization of Departments in government can only leave us all worse off.

Virgin Islands News Online has long cemented its reputation for factual and high standards of reporting, which all have agreed continues to be objective, fair and balanced. We will not be distracted by the usual small minded, unprofessional and cheap political attacks!

See the stories below that are being challenged by the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government but which VINO stands firmly by:

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/winston-c-wilson-rakes-in-close-to-half-a-million-through-indigo

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/principals-outraged-over-primary-v-rules-change-1-day-before-exam

GIS' Response to VINO Article: WINSTON C. WILSON RAKES IN CLOSE TO HALF A
MILLION $$$ THROUGH INDIGO 

The Government of the Virgin Islands is pleased to make a point of clarification with regards to its contracts signed with Indigo Engineering Group Caribbean Limited.

As Government continues to make preparation for the physical commencement of the works at the TB Lettsome International Airport to complete the intermodal transportation centre, which includes the runway extension works
and upgrade of 10 components of the project, the services of Mr Winston Wilson were employed, and he began to work on the project on May 6, 2012.

According to Premier of the Virgin Islands Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, Mr. Wilson was initially employed under a petty contract No. MNR&L/07P/2012 valued at $45,000, which was signed on July 17, 2012 to get the project started.

Then, on November 15, 2012, Government of the Virgin Islands and Indigo Engineering Group Caribbean Ltd.(Mr Wilson's company) signed Contract No. MNR&L/01M/2012, for continuation of services for two years commencing on
September 1, 2012. The two year contract sum is three hundred sixty thousand dollars ($360,000.00), which is $180,000 to be paid per year and includes telephone, travel, housing and all other cost of living expenses.

30 Responses to “VINO stands firm against challenges to two articles!”

  • Adonijah (06/05/2013, 07:45) Like (14) Dislike (95) Reply
    vino you are just the best we contiune to support you!!!!
  • black boy (06/05/2013, 07:47) Like (9) Dislike (99) Reply
    I would go to my grave believing virgin islands news online
    • rattie (06/05/2013, 08:59) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Dr. Smith, boss way we roads an lights and water....wilson big contract could have help wid some ah dat!
      • Sewage (06/05/2013, 10:46) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
        What about our sewage? This is a disgrace, they don't have their priorities straight at all. Why is it that Mr.Wilson only is present when NDP is in power? We are paying for paper and more papers. He was surpossed to make a jail with the Panday Goverment over their airport. Please stop the maddens!
  • chad (06/05/2013, 08:06) Like (11) Dislike (16) Reply
    Its amazing that the NDP can defend Wilson & the almost half million they gave him more than they defend their own people.
  • Broken spirit (06/05/2013, 08:11) Like (8) Dislike (70) Reply
    Mrs. Penn be careful doing the NDP political propaganda you are a civil servant child
  • cuba (06/05/2013, 08:57) Like (7) Dislike (37) Reply
    are the NDP people so crippled and 'visionless' that they cannot supply the truth to we the people???
  • hog city (06/05/2013, 09:14) Like (11) Dislike (50) Reply
    Wilson's contract cost more than fraser's wall
  • ABC (06/05/2013, 09:19) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I personally would like to know what the hell is going to happen with Wilson's contract when this project comes to a grinding halt in a few mths time. Are there provisions to have him transferred to the prison or to a similar institution for the remander of his contract?
  • fax (06/05/2013, 09:21) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    NDP like fight with the media they will get a bomp shell one day you wait
  • enough (06/05/2013, 09:23) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    I had enough of this NDP government talking to the people as if we are stupid. A man got two contracts in less than two months for over four hundred thousand dollars and none was tendered or had competitive bidding to ensure value for money & transparency in a time when the NDP telling us that we are broke. The NDP really think that we stupid.
  • chad (06/05/2013, 09:26) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    How come the NDP ain't making any statements about Global Water contract? I heard that they suing government for $30mil but NDP keeping it quite because the NDP signed it in 2007 for the wrong reasons as usual & now we the tax payers have to pay for the NDP's mistakes as well as many more expensive mistakes like the Ronnie's $200mil Santo Hospital Construction eternity project.
  • what (06/05/2013, 09:30) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    What really the NDP trying to say in defense of Wilson? I read it but it doesn't make an ounce of sense. Did Wilson get two contracts? The answer is YES! Is the total of both of them well over four hundred thousand dollars? The answer is YES! Were any of the contracts tendered? The answer is NO! Does the project have UK approval? The answer is NO! Are we the people witnessing corrupted NDP behavior trying to be justified like the $100,000 dinner we King Walwyn? The answer is YES! The NDP cannot continue to play us for fools.
  • Not good (06/05/2013, 09:38) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    I am disappointed that the NDP directed a civil servant to go & try to justify lies for them. It is unfair to the civil service but who can they turn to. ALL the powers to be that should be protecting them are FULL NDP supporters who think that this government can do no wrong so the rules are no longer clearly defined. This is a shame! The D....G is a full supporter, her daughter was the campaign manager for the At Large man down the West & they continue to advise the NDP. How can this be right? God alone have to solve this ongoing dictatorship situation.
  • shaw (06/05/2013, 09:48) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    speaking of the airport- I bring up again the article in Business BVI magazine about its development. It states the relationship between the extension of the runway and the "recent legislation for aircraft-related mortgages which complements the aircraft registration laws... Aircraft owners tend to choose jurisdictions for registration of the aircraft where mortgages can also be registered, and the Mortgaging of Aircrafts and Aircraft Engines Act and Regulations now provide for this.... In addition, plans for an FBO terminal for private jet aircraft and the extension of the airport runway to accommodate larger aircraft, is certain to give a boost to arrivals".
    I would also like to know what the 10 components of the project are.
  • ERIC (06/05/2013, 10:51) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ndp pure lies and propaganda
  • critic (06/05/2013, 11:05) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Did wilson improved PWD while he was there?
    • high hope (07/05/2013, 23:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Absolute nonsense! Who will go to prison for Winston high rate?
  • voter (06/05/2013, 11:22) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Boy I cannot wait for the next general election to come around. I am more disgusted with the NDP leadership of this country everyday. I think the citizens of this country needs to sign a petition and send it directly to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office bypassing the Governor. The NDP is worse than they were before.
    • zoe (06/05/2013, 23:15) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      the BVI has reached such a bad state that they worship anyone who can help them, even a the NDP still; have their supporters, its sad.
  • mission (06/05/2013, 12:19) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    It makes me laugh how everybody talking about voting out NDP. No matter who you vote in power, as long as they have that civil service to deal with, they will be hamstrung. That is a fact. Nobody looking at it from that perspective. NDP is in now, VIP is out, but the people pulling the strings are basically the same ones who have been there for the past 10yrs so that's why you don't see much of a difference. Why elect a new party when we won't allow them to reshuffle the service to suit their agenda. You have people in senior posts that back VIP so they doing everything in power to make NDP look bad. Same happen when VIP was in, they had NDP civil servants hampering progress in the name of politics. When will we learn? The politicians aren't the problem it's the workers that they rely on. That has been proven over and over. So keep changing party like panty and expect things to change.
    • AC 360 (06/05/2013, 15:50) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      something has gone really wrong with the education dept and this government
  • run (06/05/2013, 12:47) Like (1) Dislike (13) Reply
    Leave myron he trying his best
  • ccc (06/05/2013, 16:25) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ah myron behind them statement in disguise. Ah does catch alyuh. And ah see yuh still aint like vino but goes is still alive and he looks down
  • head (06/05/2013, 18:40) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Vino leave myron to go
  • Missing Link (07/05/2013, 06:46) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Government of the Day, the clock's ticking and you'd better come clean about anything that the public should be aware of


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