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Hon. Walwyn: I born here should not be an excuse!

The Education and Culture Ministry has implemented the Youth Unemployment Register (YUR), which allowed students to register and attend work readiness seminars aimed at matching youths with best suited jobs based on their aspirations and personalities, promote good work ethic and understand appropriate work behaviour. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The notion that being a Virgin Islander will automatically ensure one gets a job should not be used as a reason or excuse, declared Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn at the 2012 Graduation ceremony of the Bregado Flax Educational Centre Secondary Division on July 5, 2012.

“Being born here should never be used as an excuse or reason to wait for opportunities to fall in our laps. Being born here should give us all the energy and motivation to go out and work hard, find opportunities to develop our talents in order to become stakeholders in the industries and affairs that run this great territory,” he emphasized.

He also pointed to the many lucrative job opportunities that are largely untouched by locals, especially in the charter industry.

“Our sailing waters are known throughout the world. Very few destinations can boast our pristine waters and the opportunity to touch down on so many islands in one day. Yet tourists pay upwards of $2000 for a 10-day sailing excursion and the captains and crew on those yachts come from as far as New Zealand, England and South Africa,” Hon. Walwyn said.

He added, “Who knows these waters more than the young men and women that have swam, dived and sailed our seas from the time of their birth? Who can give tourists a truly unique experience of the history and people of our islands?”

18 Responses to “Hon. Walwyn: I born here should not be an excuse!”

  • one eye (10/07/2012, 07:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    All things being equal, if the BVI is not for BVIslanders then who is it for? It means something to be an American so how come Myron do not want us to be proud to say, “ah born here”?
    • WOW (10/07/2012, 08:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      He is not saying that he doesn't want us to be proud to say "ah born here", He is simply say =ing that for tooooooooooo long BVIslanders have been sitting on their A double S's and say that "oh ah born here so I HAVE TO get this job/position!" It's about time that we as BVIslanders WORK for what we want and go for it. Now I'm saying that all BVIslanders are not working hard for what they have and want but there are alot of persons that depend on that "ah born here" saying. Come on man! Time to wake up and WORK for what we want!!!!!!
      • Patient (10/07/2012, 09:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I've never been one to toot the "ah born here" phrase but ah born here and am proud. I find the minister is over emphasizing the issue of people believing they are entitled because they born here. Move on to more pressing matters. If someone comes to you for a job based on the premis that "ah born here" simply tell them that is not a qualification. Move the heck on.
      • Confucius (10/07/2012, 09:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        To Wow: Amen to that! ;)
      • So Loving It (10/07/2012, 14:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        It's like you took the words right out of my mouth. People need to wake up and smell the guava berry. For too long B.V.Islanders have been relying on 'I born here'. I was born here and I went away for 5 years; never once anyone abroad told me that 'they born here'. They worked hard like I did for what they wanted and we as B.V.Islander need to get that out of our heads. There is nothing wrong in being proud of where you come from, however, resting on your morals and expecting the best is not gonna cut it anymore.
  • Fat Head (10/07/2012, 08:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    See another example of how Myron and the NDP has no use for locals, everything much be for the expats and foreign interest but we locals must not say we born here or should not expect nothing for being born here eh? So the island man and whites must have all the entitled to everything and when they get our jobs dem don't know jack squat and we the locals who must not have any entitlement still have to turn around and teach and train them!!! I who born here cannot go in another man’s country-Jamaica, St. Vincent, UK, South African, St. Kitts and claim rights. We locals must work for next to nothing an according to Myron start anywhere on the food chain wid he hogwash while foreigners s can be paid in full up to 30 thousand dollars a month, for uncompleted jobs then they want to pay a local next to nothing to finish the botched job. And when locals speak up they face victimization and told, being born here means nothing!!!!
    • jtv (10/07/2012, 11:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well said fat head!!! I second the motion
    • WOW (10/07/2012, 11:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are really missing the whole point of the man's statement...Take the yampie out your eyes and open your mind to the true meaning behind the statement!!! There are alot of BVIslanders in other countries such as the ones you listed that I'm sure has high positions in those countries...NOT because they "born here" but because they WORKED for and EARNED that job or position. WAKE UP!!! JAH!!! This ignorance is overbearing now!!!!
      • just saying (10/07/2012, 17:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        no number of NDP blogs will change our minds that Myron and the NDP hate locals and have no use for them....and if they are indigenous then they better hide until 2016
  • dude (10/07/2012, 09:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    As I local I rarely hear other locals talk about being born here, doesn't seem liek something indigenous residents have to emphasize......i wonder who's issue this really is
  • True (10/07/2012, 10:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Entitlement leads to mediocrity- reason why we have such a limited public service- it has got to be about competence- not entitlement- put any fool in position because he barn here- and you get foolishness and incompetence as a result- and that is a norm in this country
  • pops (10/07/2012, 10:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You all island people want all the rights and we locals must be second class citizen… hell no we learn our lessons now… never again would we vote for people who have no regards for indigenous people of a country NEVER!!!
  • Real Talk (10/07/2012, 10:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If this was said to our youth 10yrs ago we would be in a good position, but they were always taught the opposite! H.L. Stoutt pushed this, yes BVIslanders first but hard work is the only thing that will get you there. Mr. Elmore Stoutt when he was principal taught us to "Can as much as you can while you can!" Thereafter, we were told "Don't worry bout nothing, you from here boss, we got your back, Government money is your money, you deserve this, you deserve that, just come to us and in the end, make sure vote us back in and we gone again!" Now monies dried up, people looking around wondering what happened. While some were being babied by Govt. others were out there reaping benefits of starting new businesses and training themselves for new jobs. Now we can't be babied anymore, we never set up ourselves to succeed without Government so we are disgruntled at those who are now doing well because of planning and not sucking on Govt. breast. Now we telling them send home all expats and not issue or renew permits because we want jobs. lol The man is right, work work work!!!!!
  • hey mon (10/07/2012, 11:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Myron needs a speech writer from always up and down chatting.
  • house arresst (10/07/2012, 15:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where was myron born? These damm island man who got lucky to get elected so ungrateful!! Does myron know how much locals voted for him?
  • OK boo (10/07/2012, 16:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ok boo I now understand why every minute you blah blah blahing your mouth. You take our tax dollars and paying the same speech writer that you used during the campaign and we paying your campaign bill so you can be in the news every minute chating piss! Time will tell. Corruption galoure.
  • enough (10/07/2012, 16:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Right about now I had enough of hearing Myron saying one thing and doing another. He allowed the secondary students to do the supplementary test twice then bawling out that Fahie is sinful with the 98% pass. Check yourself first Myron and stop playing politics with the children and education system whether born here or not.


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