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‘We have to stop this runaway train’- Stephanie I. Faulkner-Williams

Dr Rawle R. Hannibal and Stephanie I. Faulkner-Williams have teamed up to contest the June 8, 2015 General Election. Mrs Faulkner-Williams recently rolled out her plans for the Ninth District and the territory. Photo: VINO
Several residents of Virgin Gorda seized the opportunity to voice their concerns on issues affecting them when Independent candidate for the Ninth electoral district Mrs Stephanie I. Faulkner-Williams held a meeting at the Catholic Community Centre on May 14, 2015. Photo: VINO
Several residents of Virgin Gorda seized the opportunity to voice their concerns on issues affecting them when Independent candidate for the Ninth electoral district Mrs Stephanie I. Faulkner-Williams held a meeting at the Catholic Community Centre on May 14, 2015. Photo: VINO
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI – “As your representatives in the House of Assembly, we will ensure that resources are evenly distributed and allocated to assist persons desiring to set-up and run their own companies. We need to stop this runaway train where the rich continue to become unseemly richer while the poor become destitute.”

This is the view of Stephanie I. Faulkner-Williams who is contesting for the Ninth District and has teamed up with Territorial At Large candidate Dr Rawle R. Hannnibal.

“We firmly believe that empowering residents to become business owners will see a marked growth of the middle class…. greater prosperity for all on a whole,” Stephanie I. Faulkner-Williams shared.

Dr Hannibal and Faulkner-Williams said their decision to come together is in recognising that the Ninth District is in need of effective representation and they feel as a collective body they can address this issue if elected on June 8, 2015.

According to Mrs Faulkner-Williams, after sitting down in a meeting to discuss the issues of the district they, herself and Dr Hannibal, realised their goals for the community were similar and felt that having more than one person representing the district could work.

As a way forward it has been agreed that Stephanie I. Faulkner-Williams will run as District Representative and Dr Rawle R. Hannibal as an At-Large Representative. Mrs Faulkner-Williams presented a six-point plan for the Ninth District.

Plans

The two are of the view that, apart from defining and proudly celebrating the culture of the Virgin Islands, opening the gateway to tourism development, such as the ports of entry at St Thomas Bay jetty, Virgin Gorda airport, Gun Greek harbour and Anegada port and airport, are critical to developing and sustaining the Ninth District.

The two also propose training and development for locals working in the tourism sector by creating a hospitality training institute.

The issue of health is also big on the agenda and the coalition would ensure that the clinics on Anegada and Virgin Gorda are staffed with doctors, technical staff and pharmaceuticals and that medivac services to Anegada, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke are readily available.

Agriculture & fishery

It is never wise “to put all your eggs in one basket,” said Mrs Faulkner-Williams as she explained that while tourism will continue to be the main revenue driver, agriculture and fisheries can also provide the ultimate symbiotic relationship. “A greater focus on agriculture and fisheries will assist in weaning us off of our total dependence on expensive imports thereby keeping more money within our own economy.”

Alternatives/Green Energy

Sourcing alternative energy is also high on the agenda for the team. “In fact, where as it was a sign of prestige in the formative years, it is now seen as a basic necessity. The typical fossil fuels used for energy production is dirty and expensive. We need to stand up now and make that hard decision to move our reliance from being totally on fossil fuels to alternative green sources,” Faulkner-Williams said.

Creating a desalination plant that would ensure an adequate and constant supply of potable water throughout the Ninth District and solar energy panels are two other items on their agenda.

Social Development

This issue is one that is very dear to the heart of Mrs Faulkner-Williams as she said a perfect Ninth District is one that pays homage to the elderly and provides resources for the development of the youth.

“We will ensure that our elderly citizens have adequate facilities for both day care and living situations. Since the future success of the district is locked in the potential of the youth, we will ensure that they are exposed to positive mentoring and have access to talent and skills-building resources,” she said.

Other plans include building and maintenance of senior citizens’ homes, creating programmes of interaction within the society, creating a center of excellence, mentoring programmes; after school programmes; talent training; skills building programmes, courtesy and ethics programmes, sports and culture development.

20 Responses to “‘We have to stop this runaway train’- Stephanie I. Faulkner-Williams”

  • Hail (21/05/2015, 18:45) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    Respect them both
  • lmao (21/05/2015, 19:05) Like (20) Dislike (6) Reply
    She was contesting for a seat at the VIP table and because there were no seats left, all of a sudden she knows what empowerment is. Girl please you and hanibal combined won't get over 200 votes. You all think people were in a coma before campaign time? WE know you.
    • Black Spartan (22/05/2015, 01:22) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
      I cant help but SMH at you. Since you have laughed your@$$ off it is quite clear where your brain was...since it is apparent (based on your asinine rantings) You should always endeavor to seek out the truth rather than make an ASSumption. Yes she did present to the VIP... your point is? It is because she has integrity and was not going to be walked over and pushed around is why she is running as an independent NOT because there weren't any seats at VIP's table. If only VIP would talk the truth about what did happen. All Out wasn't even VIP's first pick... he was to run at large. He was chosen to run district after the fact. As for getting less than 200 votes... their integrity and souls are NOT for sale! I will be one if the 200 for sure. YOU should chose your words wisely...THIS IS SPARTA!
      • voter (22/05/2015, 06:54) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        Streups, neither have a chance. Deposits will be lost
      • island girl (24/05/2015, 08:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Black Sparta I agree with you. Some people just run them mount like diarrhea just because they could speak. She is a woman of integrity, she isn't a push over and as for truth she is a woman who stands for truth.
  • voter (21/05/2015, 19:12) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    Respect but no vote for either
  • cay (21/05/2015, 20:25) Like (20) Dislike (8) Reply
    dead on arrival we going ALL OUT!
  • voter (21/05/2015, 21:54) Like (6) Dislike (16) Reply
    Mr. Wheatley is the most and viable candidate for the job
    Albert all the way.
    • LOL (22/05/2015, 09:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      people so dumb to jus vote for people they know..... just know you aint getting no money from them so is best u watch who could help the country... and stop moving like a DUMBle-dore
  • NORTHSOUNDER (21/05/2015, 22:32) Like (4) Dislike (16) Reply
    HANNIBAL AND STEPHINE HAVE AN ALL INCLUSIVE PLAN FOR THE DISTRICT AND THE TERRITORY....DANCIA WOULD BE A GOOD ADDITION TO THIS TEAM JUST THINKING OUT LOUD
  • Hope (21/05/2015, 23:04) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    Here is two bright BVIslanders wanting to contribute to nation building and what do they get ridicule in the process. Black people have a problem with self. Downgrading their brother and sister makes them feel good about them selves, sad!! In my opinion they aint hiding behind any party...Forward on Hannibal - Williams
  • Too serious (21/05/2015, 23:05) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    Hannibal I like you as a person, I think you are a good man, but I can`t waste my vote on you. This thing getting too serious--got to put like and friendship aside. I have 5 votes---here they are---Olivine.#7--Dr. Smith--Dr. Dawson--Myron and Ms. De Castro.--at-large---this is where my Heart leads me---Sorry.
    • jokes (22/05/2015, 08:24) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
      That represents a sorry future for our country if people think like that. Sharie and Olivene? You not serious
  • Best way (22/05/2015, 06:55) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    If I had my wish--My government would look like this-----Dr. Smith or Mrs. Penn Premier (minister of Finance)--- Dr. Dawson Deputy Premier (Minister of health and SA)---Mark (retained his ministries)-- Myron (Retained his ministries, except culture)--- Fahie (Minister of labor, Nat and Agr) ---A NEW MINISTRY, Zoe or Roxie (Minister of Tourism and Culture). This to me is our "A" team that will lead us successfully into the 21st century---(Party will fail us)....This is just me.-- You have the rights to see things differently...
  • To Black Spartan (22/05/2015, 07:09) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Your comment sounds very foolish. If ALL OUT was not the first pick, how was he then chosen. Pick sense out of nonsense. I heard after Mrs. Faulkner- Williams pledged her support to the party whether she was chosen or not, she then turned around and went Independent. Sore loser. I believe she will also be a bigger loser come June 8. After the election, lots of these so called candidates need to start working on their peoples' skills. Most of them only know you now when they need your vote. That's not how a politician work. You have to come down to the ground and meet the people. Take that tip for now, will give more later.
  • True (22/05/2015, 07:39) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    this pair are a joke can't even turn up on time then glare and growl becuase they can't get their way, wasting their money, but then again it's their money.......or is it?
  • voter (22/05/2015, 10:26) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Two people living in denial, one think she is a people person and every one else know she is not
    and the other think where he work is where he lives, a perfect pair of fools.
    • Boo (22/05/2015, 20:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yup $500 x 2 = $1000 retained by the treasury. Both will lose their deposits
  • Well (22/05/2015, 11:38) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
    The more of them come, the better for Bertie. NDP people don't play with their votes, they will be going all the way because they want the team back. VIPs are divided and make it worst Ralph is no longer in the race.


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