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Virgin Islands News Online stands by its hospital story!

- Ms. Yvonne James, source of article also re-affirmed what she told this news site
Virgin Islands News Online now the number one news site is known for being fair, objective, none partisan and factual, stands by its hospital story. Many readers and advertisers have called the news site to reaffirm their support and commitment to the online news site.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Virgin Islands News Online, the number 1 news site in the Territory known for being fair, none partisan, balanced and accurate, posted a story on March 7, 2012, entitled ‘Sick baby reportedly ignored by doctor at Peebles Hospital’.

This article was published after our own investigative reporting and the grandmother of the baby Ms. Yvonne James came forward to us with the information.

Following a call from the hospital services to one of our reporters after the story was posted to express concerns, this news site up until today March 9, 2012, spoke yet again to Ms. James and she again reaffirmed that the incident took place just as reported by this news site. So, therefore, we find the statement of March 9, 2012 by the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA) interesting, self-serving and in contrast to the experience of Ms. James as to her reported experience on the day in question.

John E. Leonard, the General Manager of Virgin Islands News Online, in reacting to the BVIHSA’s statement said, “We are now used to many individuals, politicians and organizations working overtime to discredit our news site, however, the attempts have failed in the past and we have no doubt that this erroneous attempt by the BVI Health Services Authority will also fail.”

Mr. Leonard reiterated that, “I stand by the integrity of all the reporters of this news site as well as our well established reputation of high standards, integrity and reporting facts….the more they come after us, the more popular we become and the more fearless we stand by the facts,” he said with a smile.

While Virgin Islands News Online is fully aware that some politically run and controlled media and online news sites are happy again to post and air false, politically motivated, outrageous and deliberate attacks on this news site to try hard to undermine our well cemented good and solid character, our word of caution to them is, that an attack on one media house is an attack on all the media!

Virgin Islands News Online will continue to up-hold all standard of ethics in the news business, as well as respect the rights of all citizens. We continue to be guided by the rule of law, professional integrity and are keenly aware of the serious responsibilities of a free press in a modern Virgin Islands.

Our record over the two-year life of Virgin Islands News Online has already clearly demonstrated that we have no agenda, we are extremely fair in our reporting and we have no scores to settle.

We continue to thank our more than seven thousand readers per day and many advertisers for their continued support. We also thank the many persons who have called within minutes after the BVI Health Services Authority statement, to register their renewed support and continued business.

Our only objective is to bring the news impartially and factually, and that remains the commitment of Virgin Islands News Online’s very professional team of reporters.

39 Responses to “Virgin Islands News Online stands by its hospital story!”

  • oops (09/03/2012, 16:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not because you call yourself No 1 that means you're the best
    • One eye (09/03/2012, 19:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      oops sorry but VINO is the best and that is why they trying to kill it!!! if the woman said he sticking by her story then so be the hospital give their side some where in the middle is the truth> Now I have been around a long time bro let's be for real do you think the hospital would admit it that they are wrong?..come on people wake up and stop trying to blame the media
      • jazz (10/03/2012, 09:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Dem people at the hospital will never admit to any wrong doing, i was there some years ago and they give me something that they wasnt suppose to give me when i ask for a report this one woman in records started to skin up her face against me and started to gossip things about me, I told dem if they continue some one would sue them. Now the truth is now coming out, dem still want to sweep it under their rug, under there must be real duty and thick with dirt
        • ------------------------- (10/03/2012, 19:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          that is why its vital that we protect the free press so we will hear the things that they will normaly hide from us.
          • observer (10/03/2012, 22:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            True, but we need responsibility in journalism as well, otherwise the courts will decide the damages to be paid out.
          • on the ball (11/03/2012, 15:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            i agree with responsible journalism that is why i trust VINO and not the hospital services, as virgin islands news is usually on the ball with their information.
  • ndp attack dog (09/03/2012, 17:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Aaah bouy suck it to dem vino but when the dust settles ayo story always on the money!
  • observer (09/03/2012, 17:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope allyu have court clothes!
    • move on . com (09/03/2012, 18:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree take the bhsa to court vino they damm out of place. Look up they trying to send out libelous statement on your company when they very well know what ms james say was so..
    • jazz (10/03/2012, 10:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I wish VIN can find me so i can tell dem my story lets see if the deny my story too i have 3yr to decide if i
      • mask man (12/03/2012, 09:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        But there is so many people coming forward with a bad experience at the hospital…what else is new????
  • fan (09/03/2012, 18:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ha ha I saw the ndp site was happy to post that statement from the bvihsa.... hardly any body read dem these days and their jealous comments keep your eye on them vino for libel
  • we sa (09/03/2012, 18:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    keep up the good work they need to clean up their act
    • daddy friday (09/03/2012, 19:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Vino we the people will always be there for you as we trust you much more that the others. All jokes aside your record on facts and objective reporting is second to none!
  • TELL THE TRUTH (09/03/2012, 18:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We have been through this before with VINO reporting a story and somebody claiming it’s not so, then when the facts are check vino is ALWAYS RIGHT! I remember sometime ago Mark jump up in our house of assembly saying vino was wrong about dr. Glasgow moving from PWD to he Ministry…. see weeks after the boy move and the story was accurate, and Mark ended up with egg on his face. If the choice for me is to believe VINO and Ms. James who I know well, I sorry but I believe Ms. James telling the truth because many people have similar experience with that hospital...long long long waiting time and poor attitude by hospital; staff.
    • terry (09/03/2012, 19:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      What a ting to tell the king! When the noise is done vino will come out again with its head up and good name for reporting facts in tack. The trick of blaming the media does not work in the bvi we not fool fool we did not all eat our school fees or went to night school
  • its a bad site and needs to be shut down (09/03/2012, 19:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am now convinced that Platinum remains the undisputed NDP propaganda machine and has lost all their creditability and I will never go back on that site. I send three positive comments about VINO on it relating to the hospital statement and they have not posted none. NOT ONE! How bias. But I am not surprise of Platinum….that is why I heard the school children say nobody hardly go on that anymore as their biasness is so obvious. They were the only media house today that posted the Hospital press release…things that mek you go hummmmmmm. I am not sure if it’s true, but the school children say they even write their own blogs but me not going there. Outside of me checking the movie schedule Platinum will fall and you heard it first form me? If you want real news and informative that is accurate and up-to date people just keep checking VINO! BAM hit the right spot.
    • dog meat (10/03/2012, 00:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      i second the motion Platinum is the pits and I even heard AC Frett said it on his show how political they are and that is why they do not carry his articles...but I am also not surprised.
      • help us (10/03/2012, 23:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        We all know that platinum is the NDP propaganda machine....when the VIP was in office they never posted one positive comment/blog about the for the hospital lord send help its who know know just ask the staff down they.
        • old man (12/03/2012, 09:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Blah blah blah blah blah blah
          • insider staff (12/03/2012, 23:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            I know first hand the hospital is short staff and the poor people are over work plus this weekend things so bad dem have no bed as my son had to sleep in the emergency room for three days!
  • dead duck (09/03/2012, 20:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is much to do about nothing. VINO has a history of always beeing right so I want to see how the hospital will get out of this one!
  • Plain (09/03/2012, 20:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh and VINO, it's not good journalism to publish what someone said without first verifying it. If I come to you now and tell you that a Government Official just stole from an establishment, will you just publish it or would you call the establishment first? Your own response is contradictory. You never said anywhere in your story or your response where you called BVIHSA or Hospital for their side of the story. How can that be labelled as unbiased? When Dancia was Minister of Health under VIP and we had the cremated baby saga, you all never did an investigative piece. You never interviewed the parents. You never went in to depth. But now it's NDP, all guns are drawn, fair and balanced my left seed!
    • egg face (09/03/2012, 23:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      for god sake when compared to the rest for fairness I still give vino the edge. so scatter your NDP backside with your pi$$..that dog is not running that pig is still in the bag "plain"
  • shaggy (09/03/2012, 23:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The health service authority has a lot of issues need addressing. Just recently, a mentally challenge patient beat up a Nurse. No Joke. These kind issues need addressing by our government before someone get hurt seriously. These mentally chalenge patients should not be put in the same hospital as a regular patient.
    • jazz (10/03/2012, 10:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      where is the so called doctor for that position, she harassing everybody and not doing here work Hon Skelton should look into this matter
    • fat hen (10/03/2012, 11:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree wid you 'Shaggy', I heard about the mentally challenge patient beat up a Nurse thing!!! I guest if VINO had reproted dat dem would have gotten Tammy to release a statment and say, "not so"...I read the statement form Tammy dem and I regard it as a big the the hospital staff privetly and dem will tell ayo what realy going on!
  • farmer brown (10/03/2012, 00:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Gill should be ashamed of allowing herself to be used for the hospital political agenda and attempts at a cover up..but trust we the truth will come out. VINO I like what you manager Mr. Leonard said, this attempt against you all will failed as the bible says, no weapon formed against me will propsper!..Keep praying to the great Jehovah.
    • ok (10/03/2012, 09:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree with you. The press release coming from the BVIHSA is the same as the Tammy Live Show. CHEESEY and pointless.
    • victory in Jesus (10/03/2012, 11:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      come on back of Ms. Gill..she is just doing what she was told, you know how it is when you working for the have to do what you got to do..but they all know Ms. James story is truthful.
  • daddy saturday (10/03/2012, 00:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I mean come on hospital who u all trying to fool u all does lost babys with out any one knowing then days after try to cover it up. Well same thing here u all need to do better and thts that.
  • Bout Time (10/03/2012, 02:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don’t always agree with VINO, but it’s no use for the BVIHSA to deny the story, when so many of us have similar stories to tell. Honestly, I’m with VINO on this one, and I’m sure there’s no shortage of people with similar incidents to report (as can be seen by the number of blogs in response). Also, why on earth would Ms. James allow VINO to use her name in an article if it wasn’t true? To VINO: you have an important role to play … keep exposing the dirty laundry, maybe then those in charge will be embarrassed into taking action.
  • Tolian (10/03/2012, 11:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh....Please, we all know about peebles hospital. I was on complete bed rest for a couple of weeks in that very same hospital, so you know everything had to be done in that bed. It would be practically a whole day sometimes before I see a nurse, I was forced to go against doctor's advise and get up out of bed, so that I wouldn't mess myself, because when u called the nurses They either didn't hear me or was ignoring me. I guess the semi private room was too far out of reach. Thank god for cct I called the hospital on my cellphone and asked the switchboard to transfer me to the ward that I was in so that I could ask the nurses to please come and assist me. This happen almost on a daily basis, u think they would have gotten the picture from the first time. My iv even had to be re-routed because of the constant attempts to assist myself when I couldn't get a nurse to assist me. I wouldn't even speak about my experience in emergency ward.
  • Confucius (10/03/2012, 14:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    There are always two sides to a story and GOOD reporting includes both perspectives within in the same article. If someone declines to comment, then the reporter should include the name of that person and the reason given for declining to comment. Personally, I find it ridiculous that anyone would decline to comment as that is giving the reporter license to write a story that is one-sided and puts whoever declined to comment in a very bad light from the reader's perspective. The media is at the forefront of any free society and there are those (mainly politicians) within our little community who would love to take away the freedom of the press and our freedom of speech. That simply won't happen unless somebody decides to take away our voting privileges and declare him or herself supreme dictator. ANY attack on the media by ANY government agency or individual should be considered an affront to all of us as individuals. Of course, with freedom of the press comes the heavy burden of responsible, accurate and COMPLETE reporting. Not telling the both sides of a story is sometimes just as bad as telling a lie or covering up any mitigating circumstances. A one sided story can't be anything other than lopsided, making it ultimately appear to be biased. So far, I have not seen both sides of this particular story from ANY of the media houses. Unfortunately, that is all too often the case for ALL online and hard copy newspapers in the BVI. Unfortunately, when you are the son, nephew, niece, uncle, brother, sister, cousin, mother, father or friend of a politician ~ it is difficult to keep your own political leanings out of any articles that may appear. We can't throw a stone in the BVI without hitting a friend or relative, so we have to give the media a little latitude from time to time when they seem unable to hide their biases.
  • hospital staff (10/03/2012, 23:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the hosipital will get caught up in its lies and will get a serious law suite that the persons bringing the sue will nto want to settle out of court. this issues with Ms. james happens all the time. Three weeks ago I witness a mother brought in her two year old and after a three hour wait she why are they up and down making statements and claiming that they investigated the matter...pure and simple they are now in the business of propaganda...VINO or no VINO...its sad. Then you have the issue of that Dr. S who just is not ready for that post and no one can get along with her, talk to some overseas doctors they will give you people the real low down! but I will not talk all....
  • ausar (11/03/2012, 07:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm not surprised at this story. I've heard alot of horror stories about Peobles. This is why so many Virgin Islanders(British) come to St. Thomas to birth their children. Were it not for the neonatology unit here, many Belonger children would have died. I just don't understand why this Health Care things can't seems to come to a point where our people can feel comfortable STAYING AT HOME for proper health care. We have to get this health care thing to a point where the leaders themselves would stay home for health care. Do you see the Windsors leaving the Kingdom for health care. They are comfortable that their schools have trained excellent physicians that are properly staffed at their hospitals. This is where we need to get to here. Get to a point where we are confident that the people we have at our hospitals can take care of our needs. Now as for the Platinum, well, get used to them not publishing all comments. They tend to go where the tide goes.They tend to bend very easily from the pressure of legal and/or political heavy hitters!! I've had my shares over the years. Having websites shuttered for days after writing a comment, having articles not posted at all. I'm used to that. I'm still writing though,...LOL
  • Davis F Home (12/03/2012, 09:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    wah tis melee on dey streets bout some drug called "paralgin" is it true dat tis mekin pll sick???? dats sometin dey hospital people dem need to look into yall.
  • a call for help (12/03/2012, 23:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    All I have to say is Hon Ronnie Skelton and that new Board need to get things together at that hospital...they need to take the bull by the horn and get good doctors and nurses and stop this silly back and forth with this statement trying to pick a fight with the people who complain., To much nonsense is happening at this hospital issues, service issue, staff over worked so they have attitudes and I could go on and on!
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