WE WANTED IT DONE, AND WE WANTED IT DONE RIGHT
Monday July 29, 2013
- Bishop Cline says love of country &
A section of the audience at the press conference (Patrick O. Harrigan is at right).
Rajah Smith: League Commissioner (R); Hon. Julian Fraser RA: District Rep.; Bishop John I. Cline: Pastor New Life Baptist Church; Mr. Mc Clean; Jacjie; Mr. Potter: Facilities Manager; Julian Willock: Committee Chairman (back)
UPDATE: Hon. Fraser concerned about parents’ input in games
Tuesday July 30th 2013
DUFFS BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – Legislator and Third District Representative Hon. Julian Fraser RA has questioned the motivation needed for parents to participate in some events involving their children.
"What does it take for parents to be there for their children?” Hon. Fraser asked during a press conference held yesterday, July 29, 2013 to launch the Intermediate Basketball League at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duffs Bottom.
Hon. Fraser spoke about the open air conditions at the Sea Cows Bay basketball court and incidences of rain and the absence of parents whenever those situations occurred.
“There isn’t a single excuse in the world for parents not to be here [Save the Seed Energy Centre]; this place is air conditioned; it has all the parking
you need in the world and if you wish you can sneak the Bishop out to have a prayer downstairs,” Hon. Fraser said.
Making a special appeal to parents, Hon. Fraser said children were an investment in their parents’ future and said he was always concerned about the issue of parents attending games. “Start putting that investment to work from now, at least you can take your children home,” he said.
He expressed that the facility has a number of activities for parents to be kept occupied, such as bowling, a gym and cafeteria, while basketball games are being played by their children.
Acting Director of Youth Affairs and Sports, Mr Patrick O. Harrigan, while commending the committee and expressing support for the league, raised concerns about the start times for games and the consideration for children who may sometimes be left stranded in situations where there is a lack of transportation.
Meanwhile, the Third District Representative, Hon. Fraser, said he would be calling on both the government and private sector to seek funding for the league that was launched yesterday and expected to run from August 16 to sometime in October.
According to Hon. Fraser, “This is not a league for Julian Fraser and Bishop Cline, no, this is the Territory, that’s why we expanded to include the entire Territory and whosoever will, as long as they meet the requirements as specified by the league, they are welcomed to be here.”
He said the committee in charge of the league has much work to do after launching the league.
See previous story posted July 29, 2013:
Bishop & 3rd Dist. Rep cut differences for b/ball league
Legislator and Third District Representative Hon. Julian Fraser, RA has questioned the motivation needed for parents to participate in some events involving their children. Photo: VINO
“The Bishop and I are Virgin Islanders, first and foremost, and anything that’s in the best interest of the Virgin Islands, I’m sure I speak for him when I say, we support, we will fight to the death to make sure that it comes to fruition, and this is one of them” aid Third District Representative, Julian Fraser, RA in response to a question about what brought him together with Bishop John I. Cline for the initiative. Photo: VINO