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‘Our District Rep refused to stay with us after hurricanes’- Albert L. Stevens

- Another clip released from the radio talk show Honestly Speaking to air in its entirety on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. on radio station ZBVI 780 AM
Businessman, political activist and social network commentator Mr Albert L. Stevens aka ‘Pop’, right, on the pre-recording set of Honestly Speaking with Mr Claude O. Skelton-Cline, left. The show will be aired on ZBVI 780 AM today, February 6, 2018 from 5:00 P.M. Photo: VINO
Ninth District Representative Dr The Honourable Hubert R. O’Neal has been accused of not wanting to stay on Virgin Gorda following the hurricanes of September 2017, even though he was reportedly offered complimentary accommodation. Photo: Facebook
Ninth District Representative Dr The Honourable Hubert R. O’Neal has been accused of not wanting to stay on Virgin Gorda following the hurricanes of September 2017, even though he was reportedly offered complimentary accommodation. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The popular radio talk show Honestly Speaking hosted by former BVI Ports Authority Managing Director and commentator Claude O. Skelton-Cline is expected to be hot later this evening when it airs.

The show’s host is overseas and had pre-recoded the episode from February 4, 2018, according to the show’s public relations and marketing officer Mr Kareem-Nelson Hull. However, the show will air in its entirety later today from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM on radio station ZBVI 780 AM.

The topic of the show relates to the sister islands of Virgin Gorda, Jost van Dyke and Anegada and how the residents are treated by the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) before and after the Hurricanes of 2017.

Power house panel from sister islands

The show is made of a three member panel, consisting Jerry D. Vanterpool, a businessman, political activist and water plant operator from Anegada, Albert L. Stevens aka ‘Pop’ another businessman, political activist and social network commentator and Jost van Dyke resident, businessman and outspoken voice for that island, Mr Gregory A. Callwood. 

In the second clip released of the pre-recording by Mr Nelson-Hull, it shows Virgin Gorda resident Mr Stevens accusing the Ninth District Representative Dr The Honourable Hubert R. O’Neal of not wanting to stay on Virgin Gorda following the hurricanes, even though he was reportedly offered complimentary accommodation.

Where is Dr O’Neal? Where does he live?

Mr Stevens alleged that houses belonging to expatiates that were not damaged were offered to Dr O’Neal to stay on Virgin Gorda in September following the hurricanes. However, according to Mr. Stevens, his Representative allegedly “refused” the offer to be with his people.

The political and social activist also said that his Representative does not live on Virgin Gorda and “…he should be in our district a few days out of the week even, if he does not live there… we should be able to come to his office and say hey this is what’s going on, this is what we need done, but that does not happen at all...” according to what he told the host, Mr Skelton-Cline.

Meanwhile, the allegations were put to Dr O'Neal; however, he did not provide a response to them up to the time of publication.

See link to video clip of Honestly Speaking to be aired today, February 6, 2018 on ZBVI 780 AM from 5:00 P.M.

23 Responses to “‘Our District Rep refused to stay with us after hurricanes’- Albert L. Stevens”

  • Faithful (06/02/2018, 09:38) Like (27) Dislike (13) Reply
    Did Uncle Ralphy live on Virgin Gorda during his 40 year stint? If I can recall he lived in McNamara on Tortola. Stop trying to make the man look bad. STOP IT
    • me! (06/02/2018, 09:56) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
      The Honorable Ralph T. O'Neal did not live in Virgin Gorda. But be it known that he was never a stranger in his district! Even the children knew him and not just a picture on a list of Representatives! They could even hire a Junior Representative for each 'Sister' islands and stop treating them like they belong to another territory!
    • ha (06/02/2018, 09:58) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
      If I'm not mistaken he has a house there. Even if he doesn't, I remember them staying over from time to time. No comparison anyway
    • @Faithful (06/02/2018, 10:04) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      Uncle Ralphie did stay in Virgin Girda at times and visited regularly. Residents were able to have appointments with him during his visits.
    • Laura (06/02/2018, 10:09) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      Despite your rantings, Mr. Ralph may have had his faults BUT you could always find Him to speak with on any matter. He had a presence which is what is Bertie lacks...He needs to be relateable, go back to the grassroots and meet the people where they are. A natural disaster occurred, people wanted reassurance, it could have been a lie and people wouldn't have cared, they just they wanted someone there that showed compassion. I see nothing wrong in what Albert spoke about on this show.
    • @ Faithful (06/02/2018, 10:11) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      But he was always Virgin Gorda.
    • @ Faithful (06/02/2018, 11:03) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply

      THANK YOU!! These people have their own personal gripes and pretending to give a s#!t about the Territory.

    • *Hmm (08/02/2018, 21:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Us making him look bad? My dear he does a banged up job at doing that to his own damn self
  • wize up (06/02/2018, 09:55) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    all political and a lot of we will fall for it: he need to have commissioner of police as a guest so folk can ask about the millions which were handed down to him(speaking about accountability)
  • BoSang (06/02/2018, 10:11) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    This is not about Ralph.. That's where we miss stuff. Stop comparing what people do. Now is Hubert time, let Hubert be responsible and accountable darn it. Get rid of the Herd mentality.
    • Word!!!! (06/02/2018, 14:37) Like (15) Dislike (9) Reply
      Listen, it is about Ralph because it is him who have VG people the way they are. For 40 years he made them believe he was the best thing since slice bread while selling out heir land and not doing much for VG on a whole. By his ow words, "I didn't want to do too much for VG because Tortola people would have gotten upset"

      Bertie has his faults and made some missteps but I don't think we should crucify the man. Give him a chance to correct his mistake the same way we gave Ralph chance after chance to do the same thing over and over again.
  • Cold water (06/02/2018, 10:14) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who tell he go get in that hot water business called politics?
  • .. (06/02/2018, 10:52) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    What's new? I live on Tortola and up to this moment I have received neither empathy, compassion, moral support or anything else from any elected representative and I was significantly impacted.

    Each man for himself and God for us all - that is the underlying message in the BVI nowadays.
  • lmao (06/02/2018, 11:04) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply

    So nobody knew where Hubert lived all this time and for the last 20 years he has been getting over 500 votes in the 9th?? This is such f#@%$ng bullshit! LOL!

    • wow (07/02/2018, 07:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      The voters were not aware of where the intended Representative was living before they cast their votes. It goes to show we are a society that relies on last name and family ties, who you are program to perceive and not who will be genuinely fit for the job.
  • one eye (06/02/2018, 12:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I want to listen to the whole show in its proper context
  • VG (06/02/2018, 14:10) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The hard cold facts are that HUBERT had not done anything significant before or after the hurricane. He IS NOT a people's person and only got elected on the tails of the party and the fact that the VIP candidate and the Independents were not p to scratch. Virgin Gordians and Anegadians were fooled by the NDP. They were made to feel that they were behind HUBERT all the way when in fact he was only there to make up the numbers. The fact that they won by a landslide and they didn't need him again is evident. He is also not capable of fending for himself.
  • 1 (06/02/2018, 16:37) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Burnie one termer
  • ccc (06/02/2018, 18:02) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    You people will still vote them back in so hush
  • Whats the Fuss (06/02/2018, 18:39) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Comparing Ralph to Hubert is Apple and Oranges. Ralph made things happen. He had the power to.. U can talk to Hubert from storm to storm he will just listen he can't make nothing happen. He doesn't have the power to.
    • Huh? (06/02/2018, 22:04) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      "Ralph made things happen. He had the power to"

      He did not make enough happen for VG although he definitely had the power to. The normal Virgin Gordian can't buy a piece of land from Ralph because of the high cost. So many of our people have to travel to Tortola to find employment. Ralph wasn't all bad but he wasn't the savior that some people portray him to be. Given the power that Ralph had VG should have been far better off than it is. I'm not a big fan of his but Bertie can't and shouldn't be blamed for all VG's woes.
  • YAWN (07/02/2018, 19:57) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lets be fair,Hubert inherit damage of 40+years of rule.where VG was always behind the carts wheel .When it came to development who was the go to man?When it comes to realtors for development who was the go to man?When comes.phony investors for something for something who was the go to man?I can go on
    Hunert yes,needs to be more tough with his camp the guys need to be more supportive of him.Hubert get up and kick some%=÷×€ cause ur camp is not 100%with u.

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