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'We are wasting alot of time'- Hon Vanterpool on VI recovery

- says territory should take UK deal amidst efforts to re-negotiate loan guarantee stipulations
Fourth District Representative in the Virgin Islands (VI), House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Mark H. Vanterpool says it is concerning that two years has elapsed since the passage Hurricane Irma and Maria of 2017, yet the territory is still short of executing its full recovery efforts. Photo: Facebook
Premier Andrew A. Fahie has since reported that he has had productive meetings with the UK, while calling it 'positive' with regards to advancing the cause of the Virgin Islands. Photo: GIS/File
Premier Andrew A. Fahie has since reported that he has had productive meetings with the UK, while calling it 'positive' with regards to advancing the cause of the Virgin Islands. Photo: GIS/File
The Virgin Islands was devastated by Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2019. Photo: VINO/File
The Virgin Islands was devastated by Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2019. Photo: VINO/File
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - Fourth District Representative Hon Mark H. Vanterpool says it is concerning that two years has elapsed since the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria, yet the territory is still short of executing its full recovery efforts.

At last night's September 12, 2019, third in a series of opposition-led community outreaches on the VI/UK relationship and other topics; this time at the Valarie O. Thomas Community Centre in Sea Cows Bay on Tortola, Hon Vanterpool said he remains concerned about what impediments are preventing the territory from proceeding with its recovery. 

'Proceed with recovery' - Hon Vanterpool 

"Whatever [it is] taking us to not proceed with the full recovery that we should proceed with, I have concerns about it... I am not going to object to the Premier [Hon Andrew A. Fahie] and his team going to London to negotiate, I am not going to object to whatever changes they are attempting to make," he said.

However, while Mr Vanterpool raised no objections to Premier Fahie seeking to re-negotiate the stipulations of the UK Loan Guarantee for recovery funds, in conflicting views, he called the exercise a waste of time.

"I personally think we are wasting a lot of time, we should be getting on with the country's recovery but that is their prerogative," he said in reference to the 7 month old Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government.  

Premier Fahie has since reported that he has had productive meetings with the UK while calling it 'positive' with regards to advancing the cause of the Virgin Islands.

“Our constructive engagement with the United Kingdom will continue as we work to get the best for our Territory and the people of the Virgin Islands,” the Premier said in a statement. 

Assessing the situation 

Meanwhile, Hon Vanterpool questioned the position of the territory with regards to how resilient it is, if faced with another hurricane. "I would be very worried,' he said, especially for residents of low-lying areas while recounting the situation in the Bahamas. 

"Stop the fussing and fighting, stop the re-negotiating and get on with fixing the country," he admonished the administration. 

Hon Fahie in his drive to re-negotiate the stipulations of the UK Loan Guarantee had said the ratios in the 2012 Protocols for Effective Financial Management were set in different times, “since then we have had two catastrophic storms, as opposed to being offered grants, the territory is being offered Loan Guarantees.”

“I cannot as the leader of this country in good conscience, just sign off because I’m being bullied to sign off, knowing that the language is vague and it’s not precise,” the Premier said.

21 Responses to “'We are wasting alot of time'- Hon Vanterpool on VI recovery”

  • spanish man (13/09/2019, 14:46) Like (42) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hear who talking
    • Really (13/09/2019, 16:28) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
  • Mark (13/09/2019, 15:22) Like (18) Dislike (5) Reply
    go sit you ___ in you store and mind your tomato sauce, it done, just like your done.
  • Rick (13/09/2019, 15:28) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    They want the dirty deal to go through because ndp is trying to save their members from going jail. The doc must be negotiated to keep them out of jail.
  • Wait a minute (13/09/2019, 15:33) Like (28) Dislike (3) Reply
    Mark was in GOVERNMENT for 2 years since Irma and did not do a single recovery project now come talking piss.
  • agreed (13/09/2019, 15:42) Like (21) Dislike (5) Reply
    You and the 2 others could retire and let us put in a full VIP Government
  • lol come again? (13/09/2019, 15:43) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    2 years Mr man. your gov was in power during the one year gap. So what you really saying now? Mr V your gov has been apart of many controversial matters which the current gov is trying to sort out. maybe even to save face they are still trying to cover the lack of response by the ndp gov on many matters which are of public interest to this day. For you to now come as part of the opposition and question matters that your own gov/ you caused is being highly disrespectful. Sir majority of us urge you to take a seat and just sit quietly in the back/ or until you yourself comes forward with the actual information we have bee waiting these many years to hear.
    • love for country (13/09/2019, 22:35) Like (6) Dislike (11) Reply
      It seems that we the people continue to be one sided in our views and comments. The same way NDP left tits mess behind so too did the VIP leave its mess behind before NDP was elected. That is the norm for Governments! VIP had certain mandates from the UK Government when it was in power. It failed to address them so they were left for the NDP to do. Now VIP finds itself in the reverse position.
      • Unfair... (16/09/2019, 04:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I agree with your comment. I honestly do. What everyone has a problem with is Mark. Not as a member of the opposition, not at all, but Mark as a person. He is not questioning and challenging left and right, as he should based on his current position, but he was part of the problem that created and/or contributed to most of the issues the current government are facing. So he has lost all credibility in that regard and that is why when he comes out saying certain things, the comments look the way they look. We want an active Opposition. We need an active Opposition...but when a former high ranking member of the past administration criticizes things he had the power to fix, people get angry because we see the hypocrisy in his actions.

        Again, your comment is spot on, but people have a problem with Mark.
  • Really? (13/09/2019, 15:59) Like (24) Dislike (3) Reply
    So tired of these power-hungry NDP's always looking to divide the country... SITDOWN
  • Jack his Jacket (13/09/2019, 16:09) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    VINO is very bias but their political coverage is outstanding, you don't see these reports on the other news websites... Mark who was in the NDP has no rights to demand the new government to do anything relating to recovery... he needs to be quiet and let Him Fahie do his job.
    • @ jack his jacket (14/09/2019, 08:50) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      I disagree vino continue to be the most fair and balanced now take that to the bank
  • Marlon we need out of sliding (14/09/2019, 03:44) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Getting out of this farces sliding condition in long look YouHad The Money why did it disappeared some hand greasing happened
  • Jack his Pants (14/09/2019, 03:46) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why are you saying that VI online news is bias? We have at least 6 other online news sites. What if all of them would have the same news topics at each publication? That’s like having 6 restaurants and they all selling the exact same food and drinks. Where’s the variety? Each has a specialty and a preference. You like what you like, stick with it and be happy. The rest of us will do the same. Happy reading and kudos to VINO!!
  • This man (14/09/2019, 06:50) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Isn't he supposed to to be telling us about the Pier Park and the airline among other things? We don't need to hear much else from them. These people should be hiding!
  • Charley Rose (14/09/2019, 08:03) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    General Election in the Virgin Islands was held in February 2019 and the Virgin Islands Party came into power as a result of the victory at the poll. However, the hurricanes Irma and Maria destroyed the territory in 2017. I found it very strange that Hon. Vanterpool mentioning that the present government should restore the country in a few months and NDP was in power and did nothing to restore the territory. Maybe Hon. Vanterpool cannot remember mathematics because if you take away six months from twenty four months you will have eighteen months. What NDP did in eighteen months after the hurricanes.

    In six months we had schools rebuilt, police stations and barracks restored, West End Ferry dock opened and more. People got assistance to restore their homes. That is a government in action for the people. Every where you go in the territory things are happening. Despite all the distractions and negative perceptions the country is moving on. I thank Almighty God that the people in the Virgin Islands are intelligent.
  • TT minister (14/09/2019, 08:52) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Another ndp with no credibility mark boss go home
  • Rat (14/09/2019, 12:25) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Go crawl back into the hole you've been hiding in since the storms
  • Quiet Warrior (14/09/2019, 22:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Hon Mark Vanterpool (D-4), former MCW, seems confused and his comments lacks credibility. On one hand, he had no problem with the Hon Premier Andrew A. Fahie (D-1) going to the UK to try to renegotiate the terms and conditions of £300M(~$400M) loan and the RDA, an alternative and non-elected government. However, on the other hand, he is of the opinion that the efforts by the Premier is a waste of time. Silence is golden. Take a seat or two.

    Moreover, hurricanes Irma and Maria occurred in September 2017. The Hon Mark Vanterpool was the MCW from September 2017 through Feb 2019. He was large and in charge for approximately 18 months after the storms hit. What did he that is worthwhile during this 18 months? Nada. The MCW was a key minister in the restoring/rebuilding effort. But the rebuilding effort of the former government was less than impressive. How can the wasting time words rolled off the lips of members of the former government. I have no dog in this fight but take two seats.
  • Hmmm (15/09/2019, 05:18) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    The man has the right just like all of us to speak...He spoke what he thinks. I will agree with him. These renegotiations going into a year. Yet nothing has changed. . The country need to get moving faster... I'm with RDA. Let them go forward with the recovery plan. When government in charge of spending the bills double. The contract cost double still the jobs are unfinished or need more money. RDA send their inspectors out regularly to see how work progressing on their projects unlike government..
  • Go Sit Down Mark (15/09/2019, 17:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mark, you all had 2 years and did not do this. A lot of things needed to be done and you all were there for 8 years. But you want VIP to squeeze blood from stone?! Man, shut up and go sit down. Give the new government a chance to work.

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