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Hon Turnbull racked up a whopping $8,000 internet bill while in Egypt!

- The funds were paid by taxpayers
Information just obtained from senior sources in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour is that Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2), while on an official trip to Egypt last year to attend the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), ran up an internet bill of some eight thousand dollars ($8000.00). Photo: Facebook/File
The funds for the whopping $8000.00 internet bill were re-paid from the public purse and regularised in a Supplementary Appropriation Provision (SAP). Photo: Team of Reporters
The funds for the whopping $8000.00 internet bill were re-paid from the public purse and regularised in a Supplementary Appropriation Provision (SAP). Photo: Team of Reporters
CANE GARDEN BAY, Tortola, VI- The man who claims he has integrity and he spends Government's funds in a frugal way seems to be selling us fables. His political party, a breakaway group known as Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM), has claimed they are the ones to best manage the territory's finances.

However, information just obtained from senior sources in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour is that Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2), while on an official trip to Egypt last year to attend the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), ran up an internet bill of some eight thousand dollars ($8000.00).

The funds were re-paid from the public purse and regularised in a Supplementary Appropriation Provision (SAP). The notes in the SAP for the $8000.00 stated: 'To supplement subhead for payment for internet charges for the Minister while traveling to Portugal and Egypt to attend 2022 UNC and COP27'.

'Roaming charges were extremely high'- Hon Turnbull

Hon Turnbull told our news centre; however, he is not aware of the whopping internet bill but knows roaming charges would have been high.

"I’m not certain of the amount and have not been notified of the charges. I do know that the roaming charges are extremely high on that side of the earth, and I had to be in constant communication with the Ministry team while at the conference over that two weeks," Hon Turnbull stated.

The Minister promised to look into the matter and provide feedback to our newsroom.

What was his ticket cost?

There have also been mixed information and controversy over Hon Turnbull’s ticket cost to Egypt, with some claiming the cost was as high as twenty-six thousand dollars ($26,000.00); however, the Minister told the public his ticket cost was just about eleven thousand dollars ($11,000.00).

Our news centre cannot confirm the cost of his ticket, but Ministers of Government usually are allowed to travel (fly) first class on official business.

On the campaign trail, Hon Turnbull has accused the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) of mismanagement of public funds and wasting the social security monies; however, he has not given any examples to support his claim.

90 Responses to “Hon Turnbull racked up a whopping $8,000 internet bill while in Egypt!”

  • What? (18/04/2023, 09:49) Like (109) Dislike (4) Reply
    Not Mr. Integrity!
  • Youth (18/04/2023, 09:51) Like (144) Dislike (4) Reply
    Well what he was doing on the internet to cost that amount of money? Didn't they have wifi where he was?
    • Suga (18/04/2023, 11:15) Like (31) Dislike (4) Reply
      He mussa was calling the man in Senegal....
      • to Suga (18/04/2023, 11:58) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
        His people are in Detroit, and they are good people so are the people in Senegal so stop believing foolishness.
        • Truth (19/04/2023, 09:10) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
          Stfu if u no not what u talk n. There's something name wifi why the hell yall love take people 4 fool!!!!!!
    • ? (18/04/2023, 15:00) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ok $11,000 plane ticket, $8,000 internet bill and food, accommodations, ground transportation etc.???
  • Gov Employee (18/04/2023, 09:52) Like (88) Dislike (11) Reply
    and yet, we civil servants can't get our lil increment.
    • @Gov employee (18/04/2023, 12:01) Like (50) Dislike (7) Reply
      Let us get this straight. The NDP is who refused to pay increments owed to public officers. The VIP paid some of the back log owed and committed to paying the rest so keep off of VIP in this respect.
    • We will get it! (18/04/2023, 13:42) Like (56) Dislike (6) Reply
      Our increment is coming!!!!left up to the NDP we would not have getting it!!!!!
  • WOW (18/04/2023, 09:54) Like (65) Dislike (37) Reply
    Noting that comes out of mitch mouth I believe. I was never fooled by his fibes. You say what you want to gain power right?? I urge the people to leave VIP in power. These other party will not deliver. They just on a mission to get Wheatley out and will do whatever it takes to do so. This is a perfect example.
    • Lue (18/04/2023, 10:24) Like (15) Dislike (38) Reply
      @Wow you got to be dam crazy not the VIP out they got go. Kye yes but Premier got to go.
      • To Lue (18/04/2023, 12:10) Like (30) Dislike (7) Reply
        But what you are saying makes no sense. Whatever Kye got done was because of the VIP. He did not accomplish it on his own.
    • @wow (18/04/2023, 13:37) Like (36) Dislike (7) Reply
      Ask Kedrick about some deals he did with cays and land s when he was in Council..He does not care about our black people!!!!!!!

      Keep Kedrick out of our HOA ¡!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Public Officer (18/04/2023, 09:54) Like (55) Dislike (1) Reply
    Most public Officers are being quite out of fear but if you sit with most of them they will tell you that Mitch and Shereen are the two worse Ministers they ever had to deal with as both are rude, arrogant, disrespectful, and would through you under the bus in a heartbeat through lies especially if you do not do the questionable things they instruct to be done.
  • hold on (18/04/2023, 09:55) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ayo ain't hear anything yet...hold on.
    • Takingaswitch (18/04/2023, 11:10) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
      Tell us quickly. We have to vote in District 2. That preacher man son getting out of order and heard his preacher behind him and brother benefiting too. What treble in the choir of three.
      • @Takingaswitch (18/04/2023, 12:06) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
        The NDP wanted peace from the malicious boy, so they gave his preacher brother a major multimillion dollar contract to keep him quiet and all now he has it where both of them feeding. This is what they use their bullying tactics to do, rape the treasury.
  • Well Sahhh (18/04/2023, 09:56) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ting to tell deh King!
  • People (18/04/2023, 09:59) Like (35) Dislike (3) Reply
    All Mitch want is power. He is worse than all those he condemns put together. The guy has loss his way. This is nothing compared to his half a million-dollar bathroom which he is publicly defending.
  • Well Sah (18/04/2023, 10:00) Like (44) Dislike (0) Reply
    Soooo there's no WiFi on that side of the earth either??? The hotel didn't have WiFi? The venue didn't have WiFi?
  • d2 (18/04/2023, 10:03) Like (38) Dislike (1) Reply
    This fragment of the Cline family seems to have a lust and passion for power and money while using others and bad talking others to get it. Same for his main supporting family Pops, Johnny and CSC. All milked the government and now him.
  • D2: CHECK FAMILY & FRIENDS (18/04/2023, 10:04) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    If you want to see real thing, then go through his district vote. Then is when the "i" will come out of integrity.
  • Wait for it (18/04/2023, 10:06) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    The lying bully who feels no one should oppose him is coming with a press release to try to justify his actions...wait for it.
  • facts (18/04/2023, 10:09) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
    When I post the Egypt trip was a waste of time and money on the other news site that is bias, they ridiculed my post. Any way like Kermit the frog I will now sit and sip my tea as I watch on.
  • Strupes (18/04/2023, 10:12) Like (8) Dislike (37) Reply
    He did nothing wrong… plz stop the nonsense. Stop trying to deter us from the real matter at hand with the fast track VIP did.
    • To Strupes (18/04/2023, 12:13) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
      After all the bad talking Mitch did of the VIP Fast Track he still went and voted for it so what is your point.
  • ohhhh (18/04/2023, 10:14) Like (39) Dislike (1) Reply
    Sooooo he knew that roaming is expensive,but he never checked the Bill??? Yeah partna,that makes a lot of sense.
  • NDP supporter (18/04/2023, 10:24) Like (51) Dislike (1) Reply
    I loss respect for this guy from the time he publicly cursed out an Honorable man like Honorable Dr. D. Orlando Smith. It was not what he did but where he did it and how. This guy cannot be trusted and is a very dangerous person.
  • NO NOT HEADLEY (18/04/2023, 10:29) Like (10) Dislike (45) Reply
    • Popps (19/04/2023, 08:35) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Them not going to beat him, them will Shame him. He better tell people why he made TEACHER Lyra move out ger house in CGBay.
  • It will get out (18/04/2023, 10:30) Like (33) Dislike (3) Reply
    When you all hear about what all he had his dad and other close family members and others close to all of them were doing behind the scenes to destroy others by having secret meetings with the Governor carrying lies so he could get power is when most people will hold their heads. They put a target on tall boy, VW, AF, CM, and a few public officers who they feel were not with them. Time will reveal all. What a evil set.
  • Horse path iam (18/04/2023, 10:34) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hey “hold on” if we ain’t hear anything yet, now is the time to help us make the right choice when we vote. If you know something say something. Now is not the time to bite your tongue. You might have the key to better representation.
  • dual sim (18/04/2023, 10:40) Like (30) Dislike (1) Reply
    these people squander our money.
    buy a local sim iat the airpoet for penuts. get a dual sim phone..job done..internet covered by your "local " sim. all comms can be done using whatsap. this should be policy.

    and why do they travel first class. its no different in business, full bed seats, cofortable, functional. you dont sleep any better in first or in business. same thing, ive travelled both to austrailia and asia. it makes no difference to your body first class or business. government officials have good hotels, long layovers if they fly for more than 8 hours, so first class is not needed. this needs to be audited, travel expences. how gets the advantage air miles when they fly, government or the minister. do they " entorage fly first class also. ??? these ecoenses should be made public. there should be better control over this kind of spending
  • Blind Man (18/04/2023, 10:43) Like (36) Dislike (0) Reply
    8000.00 for what internet bill that was paid for by our tax money and he here trying to condem the premier Mitch go and sit down and keep your mouth shut you no better it's ok for you but wrong for them hypocrite.
  • Mitch (18/04/2023, 10:50) Like (30) Dislike (1) Reply
    Telephone it mash up me life
  • Guest (18/04/2023, 10:57) Like (37) Dislike (1) Reply
    So you know roaming charges high. Then is wilful you wilful.
  • WTF (18/04/2023, 11:13) Like (45) Dislike (2) Reply
    Well Mitch if you knew oaming charges are very high then why did you sit your a** on the internet? That's because you knew you won't be paying the bill. You hyprocrite always preaching honesty and integrity. Pay your own bill Mitch. Be honest and demonstrate that you have integrity by publicly taking responsibility to pay this bill. Donot saddle tax payers with this bill because of your outlandish behaviour. Do the right thing.
  • Mitch the Mistake Minister (18/04/2023, 11:16) Like (39) Dislike (1) Reply
    Another mistake Mitch. First the cost of the bathroom. Now this. You are a mistake Minister! We voting Troy.
    • Vote Troy (18/04/2023, 14:07) Like (12) Dislike (10) Reply
      Troy is,a cute off of good cloth!
      Dolores Christopher's son !An NDP former candidate. A woman of Integrity, who fought for her people. A woman who corrected her team when they were doing wrong. Due to her correction however, they threw her under the bus!
      Troy has the same attributes of his mom! A no nonsense person!!We need serious persons, persons with Integrity persons like Troy Christopher!
      May Hon. Delores RIP.
  • Hmm (18/04/2023, 11:31) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    An our tax money is what going to pay that crap!!!!
  • WOW (18/04/2023, 11:39) Like (15) Dislike (6) Reply
    This is disgraceful!!! Abuse of office!!!
  • Native Tongue (18/04/2023, 11:53) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    The financial rape by the privileged class. It will never stop.
  • VI man (18/04/2023, 11:57) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    That's Small compare to the other minsters. Do a check and see. Mister Tourist Board own was more than that and he aint a minster.
  • Bruh?!? (18/04/2023, 12:01) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    Dats a lot of P***Hub.
  • Alarming (18/04/2023, 12:16) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    If this was not discovered by the media, then we the people would have never known about it as he would not have said a word.
  • Hmm (18/04/2023, 12:17) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    another lie to cover up. How can he say he didn't know inter expensive on the other side?? Mr. Minister its not expensive on the other side its our own companies here that charge so much.
  • nonsense (18/04/2023, 12:20) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is willfulness or stupidity because anywhere you go in this world you can get a phone chip from a local carrier and use the data there while still having your same WhatsApp number.
  • Never my vote (18/04/2023, 12:25) Like (21) Dislike (4) Reply
    Mitch is a fraud it’s clear
  • pay it (18/04/2023, 13:09) Like (12) Dislike (9) Reply
    At least he did not get locked up while travelling and representing the BVI. PAY THE F'ING BILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • I wid you (18/04/2023, 13:47) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hey, now we here on mitch, good thing .. anyone at fault ,lets bring them to the court dock box.
    If the COI did not come ,lots we would not have known.

    Why didn't their investigation go further back to mount Peebles,and mount savage? That saved CM. More coming.
  • damm (18/04/2023, 13:57) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
    need to vote out this guy - everything he does in terms of finance is 1000 percent markup.
  • Mitch not the David I thought. (18/04/2023, 14:07) Like (26) Dislike (1) Reply
    I always see Mitch as the David, Brave, courageous and fearless...I Bet my Money that Mitch would stand up before the nation in the HOA and call for the repeal of the greedy bill. How wrong was I...We have no Moses, No David..We are lost..Greediness has blinded us..
  • 2023 (18/04/2023, 14:27) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is this the very same politician representing district 2( who stands up during every sitting of house of assembly with so much philosophical chat)

    He knowingly racked up all of those dollars because the tax payers will have to pay: because if that was Hon Turnbull’s personal cell phone account he would not have ran up that bill

    when someone miss use the government pennies Mitch wants them nailed to the cross however when it come to his misappropriation of the tax money(let’s sweep it under the rug, small matter
  • ok (18/04/2023, 14:32) Like (11) Dislike (11) Reply
    We all in with Troy!!
  • wreckless (18/04/2023, 14:33) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is yet another wreckless way in which ALL the politicians just misuse public funds. If it was Turnbull's personal phone, he (and all the others) would be more cautious and would have known the roaming charges and put their phone on airplane mode. But no, the money don't come out their own pocket so what the heck. They are all arrogant and feel they're better than others because they were voted in office. ALL OF THE 13 OF THEM NEEDS TO GO
  • god is watching (18/04/2023, 14:37) Like (26) Dislike (5) Reply
    I read all the comments and all of you missed another vital point. Mr. Turnbull traveled all the way to that so-called Climate Change Conference in the land of Egypt and up to this day he has not reported to the people of these Virgin Islands as to what took place there and what is the benefit of this Climate Change Agenda to these Virgin Islands. It seems like this was just a grand excursion for the Minister. We should demand to see the report before election day!
    • Switch Now (18/04/2023, 15:45) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
      Clearly he was watching NetFlix and touring the pyramids. Tell he lay da report on the table when he go visit the governor AGAIN.
      • 2 grand (18/04/2023, 21:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      • MuzzlleHe (19/04/2023, 11:55) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        What Mitch going to the Enemy Governor for? He moo-moo-ish or what? He getting wayward just like he papa. Them need a muzzle Mitch by showing him we DONE SWITCH. We don’t care how much white envelopes he and Pops bring over here JVD. We taking his money and voting him out. He think we moo moo over here. We done with empty promises …
    • @ god is watching (18/04/2023, 17:09) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      There is no report.. with a cell phone bill like that you think this dude was actually doing the gov work? Useless, wasting our tax payers money.. it is so unfair that this dude have no regard . Just crazy to me… and it actually shows a lot about his character. I do not want someone like mitch representing me in any way. He is a fake and a poser .. a wolf in sheep’s clothing for lack of a better term.
    • 2023 (18/04/2023, 17:56) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ God is Watching
      great point of information simply because Mitch is so full of Drama therefore he should be squeaky clean: did not recalling hearing the young man standing in house of assembly telling the people about that trip and we all know how much he love to talk and talk and point his middle finger at the other members of the house
  • I am telling (18/04/2023, 14:41) Like (9) Dislike (17) Reply
    VIP is the best party to move us forward. I am scared to vote for NDP. Well actually I am not voting for NDP nor that other party. It ain't them for me. I can never forget the hole NDP had us in before we voted in VIP. The country was sell out to the rich and whi***. I love that Wheatley is like Fahie in the sense that he will not sell out the country to the rich or whit**. This is my love for the premier. This is why the governor wants him out. He can't get what he wants and NDP is just desperate for power to continue where they left off.
  • Big Richard (18/04/2023, 14:43) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    All most as much as using a U.S. cellphone to call the BVI
  • Wife problems (18/04/2023, 14:45) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    The man had to sleep on FaceTime. Great white in our waters.
  • flUffy (18/04/2023, 16:35) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    • Boarhog (19/04/2023, 11:59) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Father as Speaker? Not he. We do not want no preaching On Yesterday in the House. Give he church to a wayward Son? Fire bun you Mellie Trumbull.
  • The Reaper (18/04/2023, 16:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The currency please….
  • y (18/04/2023, 18:16) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    U tell me a big man like that don't know how much romping costs that's a lie from the pit of hell
  • scuntus (18/04/2023, 20:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    wfish? when I see partna I giving he a nurgle
  • Head Coach (18/04/2023, 20:48) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    At least he returned.
  • @bruh (19/04/2023, 03:01) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    Yeah, porn. Or on the phone managing brewers bay bathroom build.
  • JJ Dangerous (19/04/2023, 05:48) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ahahahhaa he was streaming Finding Nemo Ahahahha Jokes
  • Mitch has a boss. (19/04/2023, 07:36) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Premier is Mitch boss. Why didn't the Premier ask him for a report of his trip and reasons why the internet bill is so high and make that report public..The boss is not doing his Job..He cannot manage people. Its unfair to give mitch all the blame, Hence, We need Ronnie badly..Our best hope...Ronnie will manage our affairs responsibly and hold members accountable and to high standard..
  • Real Talk (19/04/2023, 11:51) Like (4) Dislike (9) Reply
    So what I rack up a 5000 dollar one in the uk. And I sure he had more important reasons for it being so high. But my thing is. Why is this news.
    • HMMM (22/04/2023, 04:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Mitch just came back from Egypt? Why is this being published a few days before election? If they felt that the internet bill needed justifying why didn’t they request a read out of the bill?
      Ayo act like ayo singer know half of these institutions does increase prices when it comes to government.
  • Rummy (19/04/2023, 12:05) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    All you had seen his pictures in Muslim Garments? He went away for a week and came back saying Allah Akbar !! Insha Allah. Don’t know his arse from his elbow …. He need to take off that white collar before it choke him. Set of rum bubblers.
  • WTH!!!! (19/04/2023, 13:01) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    How can you call yourself a "man of God" and a "man with integrity" and rack up this kinda bill on the Governments dime OUR taxpayers dime. THIS IS BS to the highest and this kind of raping of the country MUST STOPPPPPP!!!!

    We the voting population must put a stop to this NOW!!!!!! I am too vex for words right now. That money could have paid for how many elderly in HIS district medication and buy their food items and pay electricity or water bill. Like really!!!!!
  • Ghost (21/04/2023, 21:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Stories such as this does just hurt me .. it also fuels rage in my spirit . These people have no conscience while professing Christ.. smh.. one thing I’m Soooo Thankful of is that God Sees all; that NOTHING is hidden from Him and as my dear mom would say, His mill does grind slow, but it grinds .. karma will catch up to them all.. God Don’t Sleep.
  • It time for Mitch to be ditched (22/04/2023, 21:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What happen to bank machine in CGB what happen to Community center that feed held the elder food events and more . In the heart of your district your home your back yard it look like shit abandoned that should never be . CgB is the home of BVI touristism . U didn,t care to fix nothing u never spoke with the people to be effective . You wanted to compete with u richer family memebr so u go in and did what you came to do put your family in the race on the beach truth be told. Mitch u not real u stone hearted man . Sad but true BVI we in trouble

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