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Virgin Islands News Online fires back @ Patsy C. Lake’s misinformation

- No article on VINO about horse track starting gate not working
Patsy C. Lake (left), President of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners Association, has falsely accused Virgin Islands News Online of misinformation. Photo: VINO/File
The starting gate which Virgin Islands News Online's cartoon poked fun at. Photo: VINO
The starting gate which Virgin Islands News Online's cartoon poked fun at. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Our newsroom was flooded with calls within the last 24 hours requesting to see the article in which the President of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners Association, our National Hero Mrs Patsy C. Lake, falsely accused Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) of publishing a report about a malfunctioned horse track gate.

Lake misled public

In fact we call on Mrs Lake to apologise for misleading the public as there is no such article that appeared on VINO after the 2016 August Tuesday Races. The Virgin Islands Horse Owners Association has enjoyed a 5-year strong relationship with VINO where we are the only media house that is a sponsor of horse racing in the VI, along with carrying frequent articles and advertisements on horse races free of cost.

We strongly suggest that before Mrs Lake goes public her political advisers should properly brief her with facts and not try to score political points. It could only lead to her extraordinary legacy in this country being eroded.

That is something we will never want to see, as Mrs Lake has fought long and hard for this country. In addition, everyone will agree that in her short 6 months plus at the helm of horse racing in the VI she has brought so much excellent changes and positive energy, excitement and greater participation in the sport.

Mrs Lake has sacrificed personal resources

We are also aware of Mrs Lake’s personal sacrifices, to keep the sport alive and her commitment of time and resources in an era when both government and the private sector may not be in a position to offer help.

Our Chairman of our parent company, Advance Marketing and Professional Services Mr Julian Willock, had also served for many years on the VI Horse Owners Association and knows first-hand the struggles to keep the sport alive, along with the time commitment and most often the unwarranted criticism.

Mr Willock, along with the VINO sports reporter, was at the races on August Tuesday 2, 2016 and witnessed NO malfunctioning of the gate.

We also note that the company that sold the VI Horse Owners Association the new gate had representatives at the August Tuesday Races and were even introduced to the public.

Poor advice for Mrs Lake

So we are saddened that Mrs Lake was misled and used such an opportunity after a successful August Tuesday Races to go after our news site, which steadfastly supports horse racing and covered all of her events, like the honouree lunches, when no other media house has even attended.

In looking for the article, which does not exist on VINO, what was found was a cartoon in which fun was poked at the gate, as cartoons are used for laughter and to bring humour to topical issues. We trust next time that someone will explain to our National Hero the difference between an article and a cartoon used throughout the media world to generate social commentary, satire and humour.

Virgin Islands News Online will continue to support horse racing in the Greater Virgin Islands and we consider Mrs Lake a friend and ally in this effort and honour her for her ongoing contributions to the territory and the Sport of Kings.

40 Responses to “Virgin Islands News Online fires back @ Patsy C. Lake’s misinformation”

  • No. 1 (05/08/2016, 18:32) Like (46) Dislike (4) Reply
    You heard it at VINO, firstly and accurately. The cartoon is satire, get over it! I especially like to see Dr. ZZZZZzzz doing what he does best.
  • Exactly (05/08/2016, 18:37) Like (38) Dislike (7) Reply
    And that is what the malicious mouths did,run with the cartoon,and start a whole load of confusion.
  • fish (05/08/2016, 18:47) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well said vino
  • vex (05/08/2016, 18:55) Like (29) Dislike (2) Reply
    So happy vino took the high road
  • horse man (05/08/2016, 19:20) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
    Cant believe ms lake on zbvi over a lil cartoom come on relax every body knows the gate is working very well
  • ..... (05/08/2016, 19:21) Like (10) Dislike (13) Reply
    Come on VINO. You know it's the cartoon they are talking about. Joke or not..
  • Ti ti tiii (05/08/2016, 19:36) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
    The cartoon got them talking lol..
  • Verdict (05/08/2016, 20:51) Like (35) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is laughable. A satirical cartoon has this lady breying and cooing on the mountain top? Ms Lake please retain some touch of dignity and go relax yourself. When are you retiring again? Soon come, it's best for your sanity and health anyway. VINO please continue with the cartoons.
  • myrun (05/08/2016, 21:11) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    How ah cartoon going make good friends fall out?
  • come on... (05/08/2016, 21:42) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    Is the BVI on the Edge, getting sooo upset over a cartoon illustration? What's the underlying problem? Face it and do something about it. If not, stop fussing.
  • welsah! (05/08/2016, 21:47) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    Something touch patsi corn. LOL!
  • Mahson! (05/08/2016, 22:00) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply
    Vino, you know you can't be messing with the "Untouchable." I tell you, Vino, this site is the Best media site throughout the Caribbean. No holds bar. Pure Gumption!
  • It seems (05/08/2016, 22:33) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino, you really touching alot of darkest in our country that needs to be brought to lite, even Fidel Castrol Oil/The Funny Man of the BVI has a hard time pinning you folks down. In jail or not. LOL!
  • +++ (05/08/2016, 22:36) Like (36) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ms. Lake is above the laws, or any criticism because of her cronyism with the government. I take everything she says as political. One should ask what she gains from this including saving face.
  • wize up (05/08/2016, 22:48) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    If it's one thing VI Landers can do in a hurry is fallout!!! Some of us will be best friends for years and just so we fall out.......we too thin skin
  • my yute (05/08/2016, 22:51) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lighten up people its festival
  • Fire Buring Hot! (05/08/2016, 22:54) Like (46) Dislike (1) Reply
    VINO is my media site, they not afraid to tackled the serious issues facing our country. Keep Hope Alive that they would not succeed in putting you under, for this is their ultimate plan. Fire Burning their very Souls for all their Deeds to the under-privileged People of the Virgin Islands (expats included).
    • wize up (06/08/2016, 06:26) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ fire burning hot.....I will always be a supporter of VINO because some of us like to sweep certain things under the rug; some of us keep on teying to telling the people that the six is really a nine; some of us keep trying to fool some of the people most of the time: if you dont have anything to hide then you have nothing to fear......why cant we all just get along????
  • Mr. Bigs (05/08/2016, 23:16) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Someone put a bug in her ear. It is only a cartoon, it is not that serious.
  • Welmaboy (05/08/2016, 23:56) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    This looks like a Hot One brewing here; how are simple cartoon causing so much stored-up melee here?
  • on study leave overseas (06/08/2016, 00:36) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    What is all this going on in the BVI? Do I even have a job when I come back? Why is Patsy tripping like this? This is not the image we want to portray to the outer-world. I am so disappointed in our image right now, I can't even show my classmates any of these festival events.
  • bubble (06/08/2016, 00:38) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    The irony of this is I sure both her and her family enjoy these same cartoons. Its all good and fun to laugh at others but now she's the subject and all hell breaking loose? Pat go sit down for Pete's sake! From embarrassing yourself in your old age. Cause this makes you look really simple and petty.
  • Cartoon Cry Baby (06/08/2016, 01:04) Like (43) Dislike (4) Reply
    Beware VINO you messing with danger here. Take care things don't start to fly in the air and there's no wind! Or worst yet you start walking on your heads! These people ain't easy at all at all!
    • beef island (06/08/2016, 10:41) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Living walking doll. Tha't's all I have to say.
      • Yes (06/08/2016, 15:54) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        @beef island- Ralphie sure knows about this one- back in the days. It was around the election time, I think. You people are the best. Looong memories I say. Lol!!!!
      • JA Slang (06/08/2016, 16:11) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        Duppy walking, plain and simple. Obeah da is.
  • in the UK (06/08/2016, 03:18) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply

    This does not look good. A prominent staple of our society acting like a commoner. There must be trouble on the arising. Are there problems brewing in our country? Vino, please keep us update.
  • Ah, sar (06/08/2016, 03:23) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    Sh*t starting to hit the fan. Jamdown ma from.
  • daley (06/08/2016, 04:35) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    it them two guys who tell her so. the one who make up the august racing card with out permission and they had to change it . them want to be in things .vino have no fear
  • tell all (06/08/2016, 07:00) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Instead of worrying about a cartoon. She need to pay the horse men for putting one 2 races and not getting paid! That's what she need to focus on!
  • greene (06/08/2016, 13:39) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    fix them up vino. remember one out of the two of them had fall down when he finish in the winners circle he is carring a lot of news to her and whats his name too.dont mind them willock ha ha
  • ............. (06/08/2016, 14:21) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    Ms Lake advisor is myrin so there where she gone wrong
  • ............. (06/08/2016, 15:20) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ms Lake advisor is myrin so there where she gone wrong
  • rattie (06/08/2016, 15:28) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
    Much to do about nothing ms lake is a good women
    • church (06/08/2016, 19:26) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
      If you run back and forth between churches and can't find peace, what good can be in you?
  • Whats the fuss.. (06/08/2016, 15:32) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    Machine will malfunction no matter how new they are and how much u service them. Human fall down and die with out notice though we look so healthy.The gate is machine. So what's wrong if it malfunction? What's the F.
  • facts man (06/08/2016, 15:53) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    both lake and Julian are good people they need to stop
  • tell all (06/08/2016, 23:47) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    What lake need to realize is that this is not s dictatorship and she need to stop thinking she above every body. Humble ur self. Self praise is no praise. When u start telling the truth things will be much better.!!!!!!
    • @ tell all (07/08/2016, 16:38) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      keep off our national hero she just got bad advise VINO boss is her big time friend


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