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VINO STATEMENT: Mark Vanterpool a desperate disgrace

- VINO hits back at Minister's rant against news site in the HoA last evening
Mark H. Vanterool on July 29, 2014 launched a blistering attack on Virgin Islands News Online and its staff while debating the House of Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee Report on the Cruise Ship Development Project. Many ordinary residents, readers and advertisers have overwhelmed us with telephone calls, texts, emails, and Facebook inbox messages saying this type of childish conduct by an elected official is unbecoming and brings him and the House of Assembly into disrepute as the public have further lost faith in the highest law marking body in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO/File
Ladies and Gentlemen it was brought to our attention that Mr. Mark H. Vanterool on July 29, 2014 launched a blistering attack on Virgin Islands News Online and its staff while debating the House of Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee Report on the Cruise Ship Development Project.

Many ordinary residents, readers and advertisers have overwhelmed us with telephone calls, texts, emails, and Facebook inbox messages saying this type of childish conduct by an elected official is unbecoming  and brings him and the House of Assembly  into disrepute as the public have further lost faith in the highest law making body in the Virgin Islands.

What is even more ironic and the perfect example of high level hypocrisy is that moments before one of his colleagues [Hon. Myron V. Walwyn] in his own presentation spoke about members of the House of Assembly using the space to call people’s name when in fact they only can do it under the protection of being immune from being sued.

The public was happy to hear this new and surprising  approach from Hon. Walwyn but now could only conclude it was just more of the same saying what needed to be said at the moment but doing the opposite another legacy of the National Democratic Party regime.

Mr. Vanterpool has never met our Marketing Manager Mr. John E. Leonard who has been with the company now for three years and operates from overseas.  Therefore, it was sad and most unfortunate for Mr. Vanterpool to attack Mr. Leonard without due cause. 

Mr. Leonard has never met the Chairman of any political party in the Virgin Islands, therefore he is not an advisor to any as stated by desperate Mark Vanterpool!

Many have suggested that perhaps the Fourth District Representative in his kindergarten like desperate attempt to change the subject from the reported corruption, conflict of interest and breaking of laws now on public record and in the public domain both in the Auditor General and the Public Accounts Committee Reports had a temporary loss of his mental capacity.

While we at Advance Marketing and Professional Services the parent company of Virgin Islands News Online are no experts on mental health issues perhaps those who feel strongly about Mr. Vanterpool’s alleged mental issues can take that up in another forum as it is our understanding that the election laws speak to how a member is disqualified from public office.

Others have suggested that Mr. Vanterpool’s attack on VINO and the staff is a smoke screen to get at our esteemed Chairman of the Board Mr. Julian Willock. We at this news site will not speculate as to whether this was the case.

It has long been established that Mr. Willock has no editorial control of the news site, does not write for the news site as there are some four reporters on staff which includes an acting Editor in Chief.

Therefore, we call on Mr. Vanterpool to apologize firstly to the people of the Territory for using the House of Assembly to attack innocent people in some cases persons whom he has never even met, and apologize to the people of the Virgin Islands for his blatant lies about VINO.

Throughout all our stories on the Ports Development scandal we cannot find one in which we had ever called or labeled Mr. Vanterpool as corrupt and demand that he brings forward the evidence to support his libelous and slanderous claim seeing that all of a sudden he is an advocate for “evidence”.

Our stories on the Ports Project simply lifted what is on public record and have been reported by other media houses after two investigative reports (Auditor General and PAC) that the process carried out in the project demonstrated conflict of interest, breaking of laws, corruption and no one looking out for the interest of tax payers.

If Mr. Vanterpool wants a fight with our news site or his eyes are on someone in particular we humbly and politely request that he reconsiders to avoid public embarrassment to himself, his family and his young child. Our esteemed Chairman Mr. Willock’s record while at the Ministry of Communications and Works is above reproach morally, ethically and otherwise...just ask the staff!

41 Responses to “VINO STATEMENT: Mark Vanterpool a desperate disgrace”

  • tt (30/07/2014, 12:26) Like (19) Dislike (16) Reply

    Ha ha let he tek that!
  • JACK BE STILL (30/07/2014, 12:44) Like (32) Dislike (40) Reply
    Very strong but good ststement vino
  • watcher (30/07/2014, 12:47) Like (44) Dislike (20) Reply
    if mark had talk to me like how he shout at andrew last night i would've forgotten i was a minister and tried to confront him, he embarrassed himself and his party
  • afri (30/07/2014, 13:05) Like (42) Dislike (21) Reply
    shame on you, shame on the minister of communication and works
  • Well Well (30/07/2014, 13:06) Like (33) Dislike (55) Reply
    Willock put a lawyer on he sue he backside in the house screaming.... lord have mercy and he say his grandchildren watching what examples are he setting for the younger generation .....
  • T (30/07/2014, 13:24) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    Well sah!!!
  • Mr B (30/07/2014, 13:28) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
  • james (30/07/2014, 13:36) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
    Okkkkkk. Things in the kitchen heating up now....
  • foxy (30/07/2014, 13:59) Like (18) Dislike (24) Reply
    Mark its a loosing fight give it up
  • voter (30/07/2014, 14:12) Like (16) Dislike (18) Reply
    "had a temporary loss of his mental capacity."

    lol. Time for a psychiatry review lol
  • David (30/07/2014, 14:16) Like (23) Dislike (29) Reply
    Never pick a fight with the press. They always get the last word. Would be better for everyone if all elected officials, NDP and VIP, spent their time actually getting something done for the people instead of wasting their time with more rhetoric.
  • shaw (30/07/2014, 14:39) Like (15) Dislike (18) Reply
    the hotter the deal the more yelling and defensiveness. He hasn't taken any responsibility for ANYTHING and blames others for leaks, false statements (including the AG), and the more is found out, the faster he talks. Can't hit a moving target. This is a leader?
  • no communication (30/07/2014, 14:39) Like (10) Dislike (15) Reply
    the Minister of communication don't have any sort of communication. There forth he's not worthy to be the Minister of communication because the whole point is communicating.

    you lose communication you lose trust- you lose trust because you lost communication communication is the ke.
  • all out (30/07/2014, 14:49) Like (13) Dislike (27) Reply
    Mark this is not a fight you can win
  • I Tell you (30/07/2014, 15:11) Like (15) Dislike (16) Reply
    At one point I thought the man was on some sort of mad drug. Why he was screaming like that?
  • ABC (30/07/2014, 15:13) Like (14) Dislike (28) Reply
    Even the Speaker had to ask him if he was not going to stop. She must have detected something.
  • Yes (30/07/2014, 15:23) Like (6) Dislike (34) Reply
    Well said VINO!
  • mustgrave (30/07/2014, 15:46) Like (10) Dislike (25) Reply
    lord mr willock i know you could handle all of them
  • Watching on... (30/07/2014, 15:52) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    LOL. VINO ahyo bell that cat! lol. Mark them let it go on you in this article... On another note, keep dem sale at One Mart coming Mark. Dem case of water coming in Cleannn LOL.
  • yellow (30/07/2014, 17:10) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Well saw the young child ayo leave me alone
  • egg face (30/07/2014, 19:09) Like (5) Dislike (9) Reply
    Hon. Vanterpool stop while you ahead
  • OH WOW (30/07/2014, 19:38) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
    This is disgraceful for real. Mark I hope you learn a valuable lesson from this. This is bad form your part. Screaming????? This is it. Yall supposed to be honourable men in the society and look what you've come to.
  • Hmmmm (30/07/2014, 19:56) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    smoke smoke smoke
  • House of Assembly (30/07/2014, 20:44) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
    Mr. Minister, I am very sad to say this; but you embarrassed yourself and your party.
    Your paid statement over last weekend didn't help you either.

    Mistake may have been made, things may have been done perhaps not in the best manner possible. Simply pause and reflect. Now is not the time for ranting and raging.
  • in the news (30/07/2014, 21:48) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    I like both mark and Willock
  • disgusted citizen (30/07/2014, 22:28) Like (36) Dislike (27) Reply
    Mark's performance is one of the many reasons why I have lost faith in any party in government, they spend their time in the council arguing about things that don't make a difference in the lives of the ordinary british virgin islander. I want my elected officials to fight for improved wages, price controls for food, utilities and health care and alternative energy sources. There are real issues that need to be addressed and shouting at the opposition isn't going to get them to help you address it, we need real mature leadership for our real issues
  • Adri (30/07/2014, 22:38) Like (12) Dislike (10) Reply
    I want to know why the minister was shouting, shame on him, shame on him
  • ann (31/07/2014, 00:09) Like (13) Dislike (8) Reply
    Mark like he fighting for air.
  • VG (31/07/2014, 07:55) Like (5) Dislike (9) Reply
    People all over the world read and listen to the media of this country. Honestly speaking anyone think this is the way for a minister of government to be acting? NDP your days are numbered. Shame on you minister. VINO you continue to put them in the light, them too dark..
  • BuzzBvi (31/07/2014, 09:20) Like (19) Dislike (20) Reply
    My belly was just busting with laugh to see how funny man is blogging on this story on BVI news and the Blue site...Good thing nobody is being fooled!!! ole wicked jealous child.. poor fella HE WILL DROP DOWN AFTER ELECTION!!!
  • OnVacation (31/07/2014, 12:02) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    I am grateful for online news site in the BVI. For years we were blinded and plenty things done in private that we the voters don't know. As much as some of us afraid the online news there much to appreciate. BVI Beacon and Island Sun didn't give transparency like what we have today in online news. Keep up the good work. These politricktian accustom to nasty ways, they just upset they expose. So come next election I'm coming home to vote for the right peeple.
  • word of advise (31/07/2014, 22:56) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    He worries about john leanord he better worry about Mr foot
  • MCW (01/08/2014, 10:10) Like (10) Dislike (26) Reply
    and who is the tt minister? eh tell me!!! on our mark get set GOOOOOO!
  • no win (01/08/2014, 20:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a very dangerous proposal for the NDP to fight the press or even go after JW
  • cnn (02/08/2014, 18:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • paul (03/08/2014, 07:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ok we had enough of this next

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