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‘Some of the noise makers will catch it later’- Ayana S. Hull

- praises Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) for work to preserve environment
Chairperson of the National Parks Trust (NPT), Ayana S. Hull believes the Virgin Islands has become a society that only believes in concrete solutions and its people do not understand progress unless it comes at the cost of blocks and cement. Photo: VINO
Governor John S. Duncan OBE, right, has praised Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), left, for his work to preserve the environment, calling him internationally respected. Photo: VINO
Governor John S. Duncan OBE, right, has praised Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), left, for his work to preserve the environment, calling him internationally respected. Photo: VINO
Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour, Mr Joseph Smith-Abbott, right, has been described as an unsung hero by Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7). Photo: VINO
Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour, Mr Joseph Smith-Abbott, right, has been described as an unsung hero by Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7). Photo: VINO
THE SETTLEMENT, Anegada, VI- “Your portfolio sir is not flashy, it is not sexy, it does not attract a lot of media attention but the work your ministry does will speak for generations after the cameras have found new things to magnify.”

These were some of the words expressed to Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour, Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7), by Chairperson of the National Parks Trust (NPT), Ayana S. Hull during the commissioning ceremony of the Anegada Rock Iguana Headstart Facility Visitor Centre on June 22, 2017.

Dr Pickering’s critics have often highlighted his frequent trips overseas on matters of the environment and some of the policies he has fought for, such as making the Virgin Islands a sanctuary for sharks while wiping out stray fowls and feral cats and dogs on the islands.

Thanking Dr Pickering for his “tenacity in seeking to preserve these islands for generations to come,” Ms Hull said she was happy to have served under Dr Pickering’s type of leadership.

“I would like to say to you sir, publicly, do not mind the noise…Some of the noise makers will catch it later, and if they don’t catch it we pray that their children and their children’s children will catch why you remain resolute to preserve the ecological and environmental integrity of our beautiful Virgin Islands.”

Ms Hull continued that she often says to her friends that the Virgin Islands has become a society that only believes in concrete solutions and its people do not understand progress unless it comes at the cost of blocks and cement.

“So I think it is only ignorance that we hear but we have to persevere to change that culture. God gave us this land free of cost and he expects in return for us to increase its intrinsic value with care and wisdom…”

Dr Joseph Smith-Abbott ‘an unsung hero’

Dr Pickering, during his remarks, thanked Ms Hull publically for the service she provides to the country and pointed out to the Anegada primary school students present at the ceremony that it was Ms Hull and her brother who wrote the Territorial Song.

Rather than taking all of the glory of the moment; however, Dr Pickering chose instead to honour Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour, Mr Joseph Smith-Abbott, describing him as an unsung hero.

“I happened to have served in the National Parks Trust back in the 90s when we recruited Joseph to be the Director and then I recruited him from the National Parks Trust to come and work in the Ministry…he is an unsung hero, because most of the work that I do on the international stage, Joseph has travelled far and wide with me writing speech after speech so I could look good, but it is his hard work,” Dr Pickering disclosed.

Internationally respected

Earlier, Governor John S. Duncan OBE too had praises for Dr Pickering, calling him internationally respected.

“The Deputy Premier and I are often in, let us say, not confrontational, but we do have our disagreements. It is his role to represent the people, it is my role to represent Her Majesty, so we don’t always agree, but I have to admit I have great respect for his work…in the environmental sector, protecting the environment, protecting the heritage of these islands. I salute you for that work.”

Governor Duncan added that he was happy to see that the press had picked up on some of the activities that Dr Pickering carries out on the international stage.

“It is often forgotten that he is one of your best advocates internationally, internationally respected member of our community.”

53 Responses to “‘Some of the noise makers will catch it later’- Ayana S. Hull”

  • Gaining points (07/07/2017, 13:14) Like (41) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dr Joseph Smith-Abbott is indeed a quiet and productive unsung hero.
  • well masa (07/07/2017, 13:23) Like (37) Dislike (6) Reply

    Those $100,000 book deals given to she from the funny one got she singing praises from the hill tops. 

  • ccc (07/07/2017, 13:30) Like (7) Dislike (14) Reply
    Tell um girl friend
    • Who she kidding (07/07/2017, 14:20) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
      This is the best we get out of done deal compare to the cost of racking up all that frequent flying miles on we taxpayers. Present his full portfolio compare to results, please.
      • focus (07/07/2017, 15:37) Like (6) Dislike (8) Reply
        She said nothing about his full portfolio. If you read the article, her comment was limited to his work to protect the environment.
      • ha (11/07/2017, 06:33) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        Who she kidding, Can they take the chance to take you in a trip. In essence what do you have to contribute besides criticism which is not constructive?
  • Zone 6 (07/07/2017, 13:50) Like (7) Dislike (27) Reply
    She should run she will do a better job than alvera
  • Go sitdung (07/07/2017, 13:58) Like (19) Dislike (4) Reply

    For God in heaven sake go sitdung Ayana you sickening go preach to your preacher m..... Two of ayo the same darn thing. You cant see wrong from right?

    • haters (07/07/2017, 19:52) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Look like they their your white fowl. Or does hate and jealousy got you. I feel for you.
    • Stand up for truth (08/07/2017, 08:23) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      And still they rise!
      • Rise by another name (08/07/2017, 09:16) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
        Cronyism, Selectism, and Favourtism in Our BVI, NO MORE. And we will see who rise.
  • Wake up dreamer (07/07/2017, 13:59) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wow. That's our country problem. Those think they so bright knows it all people, lives in boxes..They don't understand the modern day style leadership... Sad so sad she be talking like that..
    • @wake up dreamer (07/07/2017, 15:34) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
      Doctor Pickering is wide awake. He may not be as good a district representative as you want him to be but he is a great steward of the environment in this country and that deserves to be recognised. Separate the two issues and you should be ok. We have to protect the social side of our living also, and I do agree that not everything government does that gets glory should have to do with erecting buildings and roads. Someone has to protect our natural space and he is at least doing that!
      • BlindNicodemius (07/07/2017, 17:03) Like (15) Dislike (6) Reply
        I wonder if they seeing how he aiding some to ensure that brown people do not go close to some of those private islands to fish anymore in the name of protecting environment. The drive not to kill sharks is so that they could grow in numbers and bite up our men. Kill them blasted Sharks and drink their oil. Them want our waters to be infested with sharks so tourists don't come here anymore and we lose our livelihood, then they come in and conquer. You think you know those 'rich pale friends'? Wake up, Virgin Islanders!
        • chad (07/07/2017, 18:24) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
          are you stupid nothing you said makes sense sharks are natural predators and im not sure what school you went to but if you remove a natural predator form the food cycle dangerous thing can happen in the Caribbean especially in the bvi we dont have much man eating sharks but we have a lot of nurse sharks who will literally swim pass you like a dolphin removing sharks from the equation will affect the natural balance
      • tash (10/07/2017, 01:28) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply

        So why is dr pickring destroying the seabed at brandywine bay, and what about the silly road to the mangrove in fat hogs bay? What is that road for?
        Dr pickering only does what white guys tell him to do?

  • My say (07/07/2017, 14:30) Like (21) Dislike (5) Reply
    I can't 100% agree that Dr. Pickering has visibly produce the kind of returns for all the years in office, but I rather him over funnyman to lead the NDP for premiership anyday. He has a more calm and international appeal than the bulldog, always on the attack, approach.
    • @My say (07/07/2017, 14:52) Like (23) Dislike (6) Reply
      You mean if NDP gang ever come close to being reelected again in our bvi. They turn out to be a bs set of downright shame.
  • Ms H words (07/07/2017, 15:09) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
    "Some of the noise makers will catch it later, and if they don’t catch it we pray that their children and their children’s children will catch..." Pe'O Wickedness in high places. True leaderships rise above this and connect/relate with the people they serve at the human level. This is sad.
    • wow (07/07/2017, 15:31) Like (2) Dislike (9) Reply
      True leadership does not always do that. It also has to recognise when the people don't know what is best for their own long term survival and move to suit. If Hariette Tubman has listened to the slaves who had your mentality during those days, we might still be in slavery! She even had to knock out some people for our own good! I agree that preserving the environment is necessary and those who can't see that should not make the most noise!
      • you making no sense (07/07/2017, 18:38) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
        @SMH. I agree with Ms H words. Mother nature does not need men to improve on it or redesign it. It has its own eco-system if men were not so da#n destructive. However, it holds the trump card, because it eventually cleans and digests itself of all artificial agents, just like yourself and others, whenever it had enough of such venoms through its 4 elements (look it up).

        What we are actually witnessing here, is how the "dark veil of hypocrisy" is being lifted off the church(es) on what some are considering "holy prayers" on the noise coming from the same taxpayers who were part of their support system in their career path, schooling, and up to this very day. Some have forgotten from whence they came and now pray harm on taxpayers' children without truly assessing the noise.

        No wonder crime is on the rise, the veil of hypocrisy has been clearly lifted.

        "If only they knew that they were slaves, I could have saved a thousand more." Dickson Igwe wrote countless articles about the "Pitchfork Effect." Keep reading.
        • @Making no sense (07/07/2017, 19:58) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
          Really? So you think nothing needs to be done to protect our environment and that it will take care of itself? And you assume this because people should not be destructive? Wow? So is everybody else around the world a fool for the initiatives being taken to protect their eco systems etc? I'm done then. May be you should run for Jesus then because you have all the answers that everyone else is getting wrong.
          • last word (07/07/2017, 23:12) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
            Game of the puppet masters in generating alternative currency for their bloodthirsty appetites. Dig deeper, the answers are there.
          • RasAllah (07/07/2017, 23:54) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
            If you're a bible believer, just one NOAH FLOOD will bring everything into perspective. Look to the SUN of The Most High. As above, So below.
          • @@Making no sense (08/07/2017, 00:59) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
            You honestly think the environment/nature truly needs permission or protection from you. Nature will do whatever it wants to do, whenever it wants to do it, and no man, child, invention, or creature can do a da#n thing about it. All we can do is continue playing along trying to create what we perceive as a collective utopia here on earth. And that we can't even get it right because we refuse to live within the balance of nature. Look at us today - we are as artificial as the weaves in so many black females hair. We can't even accept our own natural beauty.
            • SMH @@@Making no sense (08/07/2017, 08:36) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
              There is too much evidence around the world indicating how man has destroyed the natural environment to agree with what you say. Even here at home we have been irresponsible in development at the expense of our beaches for example. CGB beach for example no longer has a coral habitat and pure mud runs into the beach when it rains. There green areas that require protection from development like Sandy Cay and Sandy Spit, wetlands like Sage Mountain. If no one is doing this work, our BVI would have gone further off track. They are now trying to fix the CGB situation. I agree that we need to live in balance with nature but it's obvious we haven't done it and someone has to take that charge. Picko is doing that so he should be encouraged. As to the weaves, well to each his own but you should not always judge how any one feel about themselves based on how they look on the outside. Man looks at the outside but God looks at the heart.
        • Misunderstood (08/07/2017, 15:43) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
          Are you reading the same article. How was harm wished on tax payers children? To pray that you or your children understand the Minister's effort is to wish harm on them and to be hypocritical. Read the article again with an open mind. I tell you sometimes...
  • pat (07/07/2017, 15:24) Like (14) Dislike (14) Reply
    Ms Hull you good people donot mind the haters they wish they had your talent
  • Agriculture Minister (07/07/2017, 15:29) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    We get Nada from agriculture.. He kill it..Maybe he should put those guys under the sticket in a farm to work make a little money..They won't have time to get high and kill each other....Leadership.. Talk about that.
  • one eye rooster (07/07/2017, 15:39) Like (12) Dislike (7) Reply
    Is that gold eyeliner she have on there???????

    My Gosh!!!! Look what make up come to!
  • keep off (07/07/2017, 16:48) Like (7) Dislike (10) Reply
    Just keep off the young lady. Stay positive think positive and live positive. Think outside the box every one has a place in society. She is a great contributer how about you. You and I don't have to be in the lime light to contribute just give of your best. As the media puts it She rightfully said one of these days hopefully all will catch it and the generations to come. Ayana keep pressing on Girl.
  • Ok now (07/07/2017, 17:12) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    It look like funny man on here blogging against dr pico but he still will never be premier
  • chad (07/07/2017, 18:25) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    some of these comments are toxic
    • Merit (08/07/2017, 08:46) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
      Who to Blame? We have to blame the NDP for making our environment this toxic. NDP got to go; they are the problem and people see anyone associated with them as supporting their alleged corruption.
      • @who to blame (08/07/2017, 09:52) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
        NDP is an sixyear old Government, ten at most if you count the first trial term which was interrupted. The environmental issues in this territory are way older than that. This is not a political party issue. It's really a national issue and we should not divide this debate along personal lines based on who you like or along political lines based on who we want to vote for. We need to rise above this and address issues at a national level and forget all the side shows.
  • Leaders of we bee wee eye (07/07/2017, 18:58) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    "B-HUMBLE", like Joseph Smith-Abbott at times; in fact, most times; it will do y'll a whole lot a good.
  • @Ms H words (07/07/2017, 20:05) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    It begs to wonder- what god(s) some of them praying to in some of these churches if they think like that?
    • Think Up! (07/07/2017, 21:30) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      I just re-read the article. Exactly what was ungodly about the thoughts? Sometimes we get blinded by other emotions running. Dr. Pickering does do well with the environment. Yet we judge it as if he is doing something wrong. She speaks truth. Think future and for your children! Next project, the Library!!!
  • madam (07/07/2017, 21:07) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
    Why y'all bvislanders always hating on y'all own? Are you guys Ayana has money and is successful. If she get a book deal she get a book deal. She deserved it and worked for her hilltop house.
  • HAHA (07/07/2017, 21:09) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply

    Ayo hate when ayo own people say anything, that's why the ex cutting ayo a&&e$.

    Can't you all see the so call bigshots kids failing. let the grass roots have a say.

    You go girl you born here. Hope ayo see proper English written.

  • chad (07/07/2017, 21:33) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    I just can't believe some bloggers actually sit down, lie down or stand up and write such hateful comments. Mehn the hatred is thick in some of those comments. Some of you all need to let go and let God seriously! Why attack the lady for what she said. Keep doing your part Ms Hull and pay no mind to some of these jealous souls.
  • Symbolic (07/07/2017, 23:45) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Truth needs to be told. Not all of us of similar ethnicity in high places are looking out for the people. All shall rise and not those chosen by a particular party to succeed. It just has reached its climate and needs to be reset properly. One for all and all for one should be the way, or the system will eventually fail.
  • YOLO! (08/07/2017, 01:50) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    There's a hot debate going on between SMH and making no sense. Lot's of truths spitting. My piece- is that we have become so disconnected from nature that we even had a committee against domestic violence who wanted men to walk in stilettos heels instead of walking together barefoot and grounded back to how we were all born for a more humbling experience of our true vulnerability as being human.
  • Lawd-O (08/07/2017, 07:11) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look to me like men/women need saving more than the natural environment in we bvi. welsah, hear ting.
  • The Judge (08/07/2017, 13:15) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    VINO's spin aside, do you get the impression that some people just do not want to see locals make it! I do!!! SET OF OPPRESSORS.

  • musa (09/07/2017, 15:12) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    dr pickering u have done well so far try your best to do more we know u can ... that y we put u in power//,,,,;; hehe
  • Youths for fahie (09/07/2017, 17:52) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    After funny man give her a book deal she on vino campaiging for dr pickering well sah
  • ausar (10/07/2017, 18:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Continue to enthrall us all with your brilliance, Ayanna!

    Truly, only the preservation of our natural ecosystems will outlast us all long after our voices have been permanently silenced.

    Sadly, too many of us will never realize the beauty of our natural environment because of overdevelopment.

    Concrete on beaches......ahhhh

    Too late for so many of us..

    Sadly, too late..

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