Got TIPS or BREAKING NEWS? Please call 1-284-442-8000 or Email ALL news; ads call 1-284-440-6666

Update: Local O’Neal-Morton Out! Jamaican Potter in! as PS

- Dr. Marcia Potter is now appointed PS in Ministry of Education and Culture with the strong backing and support of Minister Walwyn and Deputy Governor Archibald
Dr Marcia Potter, a Jamaican national, has been confirmed to the post of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture. She has replaced Mrs Carolyn O'Neal-Morton as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry. It is reported that she had the support of the Minister Myron V. Walwyn and Deputy Governor V. Inez Archibald, a close ally. Photo: VINO/File
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture, Mrs Carolyn O'Neal-Morton has been forced out of the civil service by the current Government. She was reassigned to special projects with the Governor’s Office in 2011 and is now asked to retire from the service effective April 2013. However, there are many in the civil service with more years than her and much older, including the controversial Deputy Governor V. Inez Archibald. Photo: Facebook
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture, Mrs Carolyn O'Neal-Morton has been forced out of the civil service by the current Government. She was reassigned to special projects with the Governor’s Office in 2011 and is now asked to retire from the service effective April 2013. However, there are many in the civil service with more years than her and much older, including the controversial Deputy Governor V. Inez Archibald. Photo: Facebook
Controversial Minister for Education and Culture Myron V. Walwyn reportedly supported Dr. Marcia Potter in becoming his Permanent Secretary. Hon. Walwyn fired his Private Secretary, Karen Vanterpool last year. A Private Secretary or a Permanent Secretary cannot be appointed without the expressed approval of a sitting Minister. Photo: VINO/File
Controversial Minister for Education and Culture Myron V. Walwyn reportedly supported Dr. Marcia Potter in becoming his Permanent Secretary. Hon. Walwyn fired his Private Secretary, Karen Vanterpool last year. A Private Secretary or a Permanent Secretary cannot be appointed without the expressed approval of a sitting Minister. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Just as was first and accurately reported by this news site on 27, February 2013 it is now official. Indigenous Virgin Islander Mrs. Carolyn O’Neal-Morton, has been forced to retire from the civil service from her post as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Taking her place is Jamaican national Dr. Marcia Potter who has been appointed and confirmed in the post replacing Mrs. O’Neal-Morton.

In a May 22, 2013 press release from the Government Information Service (GIS) they confirmed Virgin Islands News Online's story of 4 months ago. The press release stated that “Governor, Boyd McCleary, after consultation with the Public Service Commission, has confirmed Dr. Marcia Potter’s appointment as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture”.

The confirmation is effective April 18, 2013, according to Government.

This appointed also came years after former Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry Mrs. O’Neal-Morton was sent on leave in 2011 under former Education and Culture Minister Hon. Andrew A. Fahie, however when the new Minister Hon. Myron V. Walwyn took office in late 2011 it was reported that he backed the Jamaican national who has belonger status via the marriage to Dr. Irad Potter, Chief Medical Officer, over the return of Mrs. O’Neal-Morton.

Under the Virgin Islands Constitutional Order, Ministers have a say in whom their PS is and none can be appointed, if opposed by the subject Minister.

A senior civil servant when called about this appointment told this news site, “I have nothing against Marcia as we work well together and she is competent, but nowhere in the region can a BVIslander go and hold such a post even if they have equal status in that country…they would not even look at you for such senior post unless you are a natural born…the BVI is the home for all…”

When told that under the laws of the Virgin Islands there is no difference between a Belonger and a Virgin Islander by birth the senior officer said, “I agree but what about the spirit of the law, was there any natural born persons qualified for the job? and the answer is yes…”

It is unclear who else was interviewed for the post as it may have not made much of a difference if Dr. Potter enjoyed the support of the subject Minister. It is also reported that Dr. Potter's confirmation to the post of Permanent Secretary had the strong backing of the Deputy Governor V. Inez Archibald who has passed the civil service retirement age.

According to the GIS press release, Dr. Potter holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (General) (Upper Second Class Honours) from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica, Master of Arts Degree (Distinction) from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados where she majored in Curriculum Theory, Planning and Practice and minored in Educational Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy in education from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.

The Permanent Secretary serves as the chief advisor to the Minister of Education and Culture and is responsible for the overall planning, management and coordination of the ministry.

See previous story posted February 27, 2013:

Another local! PS Carolyn O’Neal-Morton forced out by Govt!

- Two years after being appointed as Permanent Secretary, Officer forced to retire from service

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While claiming for who will believe them that they have nothing to do with the civil service, the history of victimization, double standards and displacement of indigenous Virgin Islanders continues unabated in the Public Sector under the National Democratic Party (NDP) Government.

Word just reaching this news site is that Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture Mrs Carolyn O’Neal-Morton, who was reassigned to special projects with the Governor’s Office in 2011, is now asked to retire from the service effective April 2013.

It is this news site’s understanding that she is being forced to retire based on years of service. Many in the civil service have blasted this as yet another case of political victimization, double standards and discrimination against the local minority as there are others in the service with more years of service than Mrs. O’Neal-Morton who are not being asked to retire.

One example many civil servants point to is the controversial and unpopular Deputy Governor V. Inez Archibald, who is way over the retirement age of 60, but was last year given an extension on her tenure as Deputy Governor.

Mrs Archibald  has also come under fire for her alleged interference in the work of the Public Service Commission and has been criticized for allegedly making the civil service political.

Mrs O’Neal-Morton, the sister of the former Cabinet Secretary Otto O’Neal, has already received her letter retiring her as the matter went to the Public Service Commission (PSC) and was signed off and agreed to by the United Kingdom appointed Governor, William B. McCleary.

Permanent Secretary (PS)  O’Neal-Morton was removed from the Ministry of Education and Culture in 2011 after a fall out with then Education and Culture Minister, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie.

After the 2011 elections, current Minister for Education and Culture Myron V. Walwyn had no interest in her return to the Ministry, according to an NDP source.

Instead Minister Walwyn, himself controversial, went to the House of Assembly and called for all who were acting in a post under his Ministry to be confirmed and has showered praises on his acting PS Dr. Marcia Potter, a Jamaican national who is married to a local. She is the only non-indigenous Virgin Islander serving in a PS post.

The post of Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Education and Culture has been advertised and a Ministry source told this news site that Dr. Potter has already applied for the job and allegedly has the backing of both the Minister and the Deputy Governor.

This news site was unable to obtain a copy of her application for verification as the Human Resources Department insisted that these matters are confidential and not open to the public.

A Permanent Secretary or Deputy Secretary, as well as Heads of Departments, cannot be appointed within a Ministry without the expressed approval of a Minister. The Premier is always consulted for senior posts in the civil service and the heads of many statutory bodies must go to Cabinet for their appointments.  

Mrs O’Neal-Morton could not be reached at press time for comments, however, a source close to the situation told this news site that the officer had no intentions of leaving the service at this time and felt that it was yet another attempt to displace a local qualified Virgin Islander.

History of shake ups since NDP took office in 2011

Thus far, the Labour Commissioner Oleanvine Maynard has been removed from office, and replaced by Janice Rymer, who was recently given a one year acting appointment extension.

Her removal came days after the sacking of Ray George from the Ministry of Communications and Works, the reassignment of Accountant General Kharid Fraser, and the denial of a contract renewal to Otto O’Neal, the former Cabinet Secretary. Mr O’Neal’s last day on the job was December 15, 2011. He was replaced by Sandra Ward.

Mr. O’Neal was forced to retire when others in the service are still on the job with more years than him and much older.  His brother Vincent O’Neal has also been denied a contract renewal as Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority and reports suggested that he was treated in an unprofessional and undignified way two days before he demitted office.

Last year, the esteemed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communications and Works Julian Willock was illegally terminated by the UK appointed Governor McCleary with the blessings of the NDP Government.

The PSC had ruled unanimously that Mr Willock must return to work after being cleared by the Labour Department when a local tabloid claimed that he had a person working for one of his group of companies without a work permit.

Also, acting PS in the Ministry of Communications and Works Arlene Smith-Thompson, who replaced Willock, was reportedly forced out after a rocky relationship with her Minister and the Deputy Governor. She is now on study leave.

Further, there was the reassignment of Dr. Drexel Glasgow from his post at the Public Works Department and his replacement by Jeffrey Skelton, the brother of the Health and Social Development Minister, Ronnie W. Skelton and the non-renewal of the contract of Ms Sherri L. Ortiz for the post of Executive Director of International Finance Centre.

She was replaced by Elise Donovan, who was the head of International Affairs at the Premier’s Office.

Last year, Sylvia Moses was removed as Commissioner of the Inland Revenue Department and transferred to the Premier’s Office, as was Hadassah Ward from the post of Director of the BVI Tourist Board to the same office.

Mrs Rosalie Adams, who retired over a leaked Foreign and Commonwealth Office letter on Biwater, was returned as Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office following the November 2011 elections. Janis Braithwaite, a former Director of Tourism, was brought back and named City Manager, a story first and accurately broken by this news site.

Mrs Prudence Mathavious, a former Acting Chief Education Officer, has now taken up the post of Acting Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture.  She is the wife of Robert Mathavious the CEO of the Financial Services Commission.  It has resulted in Ms Tasha Bertie, who was acting in the post, to be reverted to her post as Assistant Secretary.

Last year the Private Secretary to Hon. Myron V. Walwyn, Karen Vanterpool, a local, was sacked with the blessing and directive of Minister Walwyn.

In addition, the NDP has seemingly given its supporters, friends and family lucrative consultancy contracts and jobs while telling the public the country was left “broke” by the now opposition Virgin Islands Party of Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE.

152 Responses to “Update: Local O’Neal-Morton Out! Jamaican Potter in! as PS”

  • bvi (27/02/2013, 09:07) Like (27) Dislike (573) Reply
    • mask man (27/02/2013, 10:54) Like (15) Dislike (16) Reply
      Fairness should mean people get what they deserve...where is the Governor in all this victimization and political interference?
    • SUSS (27/02/2013, 11:26) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      what they do again
      • people power (02/03/2013, 10:26) Like (3) Dislike (22) Reply
        Desperate measures for desperate times...sad but true what the NDP is doing to the people
      • SUSS (23/05/2013, 07:30) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        they don't do notting again they just fit for the post .argument done.
    • student (28/02/2013, 08:11) Like (36) Dislike (2) Reply
      Shut ur dumb backside this lady teaches well in high school, nobody had know in my classmate time that she was a jamaican, so what is you point.

      She is a lady that do not stand for nonsense when it comes to getting the job done. All the best Mrs. Potter, let them talk about who born here or not...............because i born here and parents aint even from here in the end they aint doing nothing wrong to say they need to go back home. So let them take that up them pipe.
    • jamgirl (28/02/2013, 19:17) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
      Oonuu giwe the jamicans a break ,wha yuh all saying now d mrs gordon get judgement in har favor . A high school diploma and years a experince nah cut it no moe. Bs MS and PHD.a do it check dem jamdown educational background
    • Be Fair (23/05/2013, 04:27) Like (33) Dislike (2) Reply
      What does it take to be accepted in this country. The lady been married to an "indigenous" BVIslander for over 2 decades and living here for just as long. What does it take BVI??? You continue to oppress foreigners with your mentality; but you too are a foreigner in this land.
    • vip to da bone (23/05/2013, 10:34) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      what the hell is going on in this place
  • "What a ting" (27/02/2013, 09:15) Like (23) Dislike (11) Reply
    I don't know what is going on with this constant removal or reassignment of Bvislanders in these high positions, but as a proud BVIslander what I can say is that the devil is a liar, God don't sleep he knows all, and whatever is done in the dark will sooner or later come to Light. We will eventually find out, and I hope it wouldn't be to the embarrassment or disgrace of some people.
    • ... (27/02/2013, 14:40) Like (11) Dislike (6) Reply
      How the hell can you be forcing out BVIslanders when other BVIslanders are getting the same positions??? You all really falling for this nonsense?
      • clear the air (27/02/2013, 17:57) Like (9) Dislike (87) Reply
        To .....
        Lets be real. Do you see who they have been replaced with? BVIslanders who they can wrap around their fingers, those who they can manipulate and control and do the threat and intimidation tactic on. Let me tell you young man; there are some of us who will not stand for that and by the way a LOCAL and a BELONGER in MY book is NOT the same.We all know that some of the belongers only marry so that they can get status. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
        • small head (28/02/2013, 04:30) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
          JUSTICE for the LOCALS for crying out loud carolyn has to eat too

  • former student (27/02/2013, 09:26) Like (25) Dislike (28) Reply
    Not to worry teacher Carolyn every dog has his day!!!
  • jack (27/02/2013, 09:34) Like (26) Dislike (11) Reply
    The clueless and useless NDP going run all locals out of office by the time of the next elections
    • voter (23/05/2013, 14:25) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Don't worry my people. Mron and the lot will be voted out of office come 2015. VIP was bad by the NDP is worst by far. We want a clean sweep. The Minister of Education will be the first to go. These people are sick
  • Fraunces (27/02/2013, 09:39) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wow, stay strong Carrie.
    • egg face (27/02/2013, 12:27) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      i haved heard about this for months... i have not heard one reasonable reason why anyone would want to work under this government....
  • drake (27/02/2013, 09:40) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great summary!!!! It need a government who is gonna be about the country and not family and friends. This place is sickening...
    • same old (27/02/2013, 10:48) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
      As far as i can see , this government neither love the poor, locals, expats or the middle class and are intent on chasing out the middle class and locals out of the country.
  • ooooo (27/02/2013, 09:45) Like (7) Dislike (36) Reply
    this is systematic extermination by the ndp of the oneal family...1st it was otto, then old father now carolyn...oh! dinky's contract with the baths bathroon in limbo...who's next, ralph???
    • Payback (25/05/2013, 12:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      Ralph also did as lot of wic**dness- the world is a cycle boss- not that I agree with revenge

  • voter (27/02/2013, 09:48) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    The bodies piling up high!
    • text (27/02/2013, 10:34) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      There is no free lunch anymore...if you did not vote for the NDP croper smoke you pipe
  • long road (27/02/2013, 10:00) Like (19) Dislike (1) Reply
    Myron he self form the island so what the hick ayo expect he to support a local…hell no he would not!!!
    • blah blah blah blah (27/02/2013, 10:26) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      The bitter medicine of the NDP is across the board on locals
  • Head Above High Water (27/02/2013, 10:00) Like (17) Dislike (11) Reply
    Carie, don't you worry God looks high and He looks low. The most important thing right now is for you and all the others who were thrown out and/or displaced is to continue to keep your hands clean and your heart pure then stand back and see the salvation of the Lord. "Every unjust debt will be repaid" You can take that to the bank because that saying is worth a million dollars.
    • with (27/02/2013, 10:52) Like (29) Dislike (5) Reply
      BVI No Problem when VIP in power.

      • under the bus (27/02/2013, 12:36) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
        The Governor has the ultimate responsiblity over our civil service
        • Where you hear that (27/02/2013, 16:24) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
          "Under the bus" you better go and sit down from talking what you don't know. The Governor is in charge in name only and on paper. All else is determined by the the Government of this day. He is giving them their every wish so that we can kill one another and them inform the FCO. Go and read your history. Same kind of tatics being played all over again.
          We needed to have some of the blood flowing in our veins from those slaves at Josiah's Bay but instead they shipped them out before they had time to be fruitful and multiply. Ah bet their a$$es would have been grass.
      • in the news (27/02/2013, 12:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        to with; They are ALL to blame!!

  • Shara Parlin (27/02/2013, 10:08) Like (16) Dislike (18) Reply
    Look how an island man party call NDP engaging in ethnic cleansing of locals in the BVI…I going call Obama boss
  • . (27/02/2013, 10:19) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just more collateral damage
    • voter (27/02/2013, 17:48) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
      That's a shame whatb they did to this lady. NDO just lost all my votes and those of the 7 others I control in East end
      • I agree (25/05/2013, 16:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        I agree we aint voting for NDO this election we voting NDP ALL DEH WAY.
  • Time for change (27/02/2013, 10:19) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply
    We need to stop playing the posting game and let's get vocal, we in Tortola tend to take stuff and lap our tales, and when time come we telling John and Peter what they did to us. My tola family if you don't stand for something you Gona constantly fall for anything it's time we show those NDP folks its either or way or the high way cause we taking to much
  • steel man (27/02/2013, 10:23) Like (4) Dislike (13) Reply
    Remember the Arab spring, it was the students who took to the streets when they couldn't bear it anymore!
    • daddy (27/02/2013, 11:00) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      Dont think that "arab spring" cant happen here!!!!! TUN UP DO TING!

  • Amazed (27/02/2013, 11:05) Like (23) Dislike (5) Reply
    Another nail in the NDP coffin. Why is the NDP so hell bent on loosing the next election? This must remember that these are our people and we should be careful and thread lightly before making such decisions that could potentially come back to haunt them.
  • links (27/02/2013, 11:24) Like (24) Dislike (49) Reply
    Andrew and VIP throw her out in 2011 but somehow it's NDP's fault? LMAO! Obviously there is/was an issue with her performance or otherwise. Why we didn't have this hoopla when Andrew removed her from his Ministry? LOl! Can people be any more biased in this place? WOW! It seems a local is only a local and indigenous when NDP does something. Otherwise, they are just a local or an 'ndp' as they call it. Wow the ignorance is too funny.
    • @ links (27/02/2013, 12:32) Like (10) Dislike (21) Reply
      oh please...all emotion and no logic in your comment
      • sam the man (27/02/2013, 17:07) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
        to @ links, u dont want to see. check to see some who posting on the blogs how many locals they infranchise for expats. u will be suprise to see what u find
        • poor people (27/02/2013, 17:37) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
          Anyone is better than the NDP self interest seeking greedy waste like the current mobsters.

          • Boo...Yah! (27/02/2013, 19:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
            Let me tell you all something...90% of the PS and Deputy Secretaries and Head of Departments are NDP so please that is why they are behaving so because there party is in now so they are doing what the always want to do. How is it that when wade was being sent on leave the Head huncho said that he did know. The devil is a that he didn't realized that Wade had so much people in the public behind him. I bit they had to change that Sh$T in the end. When you want thing to about that.
    • Many questions (27/02/2013, 13:20) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Perhaps it was what was disallowed during her tenure. All those rules that were broken, all that wickedness! All that unfair behavior; All that nastiness; all that backbiting; If there was a major issue why did not the letter state what it was. That it was an official document is supposed to do. Not even a hearing before the PSC. Well, if the hard belly one thinks that God is sleeping, she lie!
      • Worried (27/02/2013, 17:38) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
        People, a storm is brewing so great that none of these petty politics will matter any more
    • Well Ma Boy (27/02/2013, 15:08) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Being reassigned and retired is a whole different ball game.
    • @links (27/02/2013, 18:38) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Was it really performance or Andrew wanted to do things his way and not by the books?
  • HELLO!! (27/02/2013, 11:32) Like (19) Dislike (15) Reply
    To all of you: Show me a government that will please everyone? I thought so..that will never happen. When the VIP was in power and all the switching and force retirements were put into place against the non-VIP supporters, I aint see no negative blogs. So tell me, that's all you all see the government doing? So you trying to tell me NDP did nothing good at all for this country? Time we loose this crab in a barrel thinking and start looking at what is good for the country and take self out of the picture.
    • qc (27/02/2013, 12:24) Like (10) Dislike (16) Reply
      Focus all this energy towards something that you can actually change and quit whining, vote next elections and vote NDP out.
    • truth be told (27/02/2013, 13:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      The bad is outweighing the good so far....
  • concern (27/02/2013, 12:06) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
    Well sa this seems to be happening all over this world. My sister from the islands told me she has 2 children just leave college and dey home sitting down watching each other and go into many of the high schools all ya seeing are guyanese, africans, etc. The truth is most of the time they use false documents to obtain jobs. She even draw reference to a guyanese that took the gov't money stating he can build a bust of the late premier and up to this moment they can't find him. I am not saying these outsiders can't be employed here but our people must come first. Let the money stay in the country to build the country. What happens as a result of high level of unemployment - theft, drug trafficking,prostitution,you name it. My advice is remember evry minister must christen dem own first then anybody else afterwards.
  • Uneasy will be the head of him who wears the crown (27/02/2013, 13:24) Like (4) Dislike (26) Reply
    Uneasy lies the head of him who wears the crown
    Yes, Miss Dr. You may take the position, but it was never really yours and it will never be really yours. You wanted what was not yours so badly but trust me - you will never enjoy it;you will never be effective. God is high but he looks low!
  • Foolish (27/02/2013, 14:10) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    Tell me let's be fair, I want to know if you we're a Minister can or couldvyou work with some one who don't see eye to eye with you. Who you know supports a mother party agenda. Come on man. You all making things sound like this is something new. That's what happens to these type of positions. They are political. All over the world.

    May I remind you that it was one of our own. The minister ground bummer under the VIP who first put her out say she was underminining he. So if she did that to him what will she do to my boy. Come on man you all are sickening.
    • fair and balance (27/02/2013, 14:27) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
      and the article say she got move under least i got to give it to vino for beening fair in there reporting
  • Lb (27/02/2013, 14:44) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Can we also get a breakdown of all the firings, forced retirements, reshuffling etc that took place during the VIP's term in office?

    Betcha not!
    • ask (27/02/2013, 15:35) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      lawdy ah musssy you got to ask glover parks
    • oops (27/02/2013, 15:46) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
  • just asking (27/02/2013, 14:53) Like (20) Dislike (9) Reply

    You say hire locals now you firing them. What is wrong wid you ppls?
  • wise-up (27/02/2013, 15:18) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    next elections; NO more NDP; lets all use the 2013 Grenada elections as an example or people cant get work but contract are given to non BV Islanders......just to 2 more years of NDP !!!!!!!!
    • Realist (27/02/2013, 21:33) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      Two and a half more years with this administration is still too much!!!
  • if i waz you (27/02/2013, 15:50) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    oooooooooooh lawdy girl go st. kitss with your husband and tell the bvi go to hell as this is how they treat their own
  • Real!! (27/02/2013, 16:26) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
    People balling about being college educated and out of a job were duped by the false promise. This thing about "Get educated and you will become rich!" Is just like Religion!! College as a big business and people are falling hook, line and sinker for the nonsense. Stop fooling yourselves. The years you spend at those institutions wasting time trying to get a piece of paper only to return to pure excuses, you could be working hard and moving up the ladder. Bright people are not always or necessarily smart people. Think about it, if you can! :) :)
  • Dem Belly Full (27/02/2013, 16:53) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    It is Otto(Emerson), David,Vincent, Carie, Karen, and Samantha so far who will be next? Ms. Verna and Ms. Melba God rest their souls must be turning over in their graves. If you all left with your integrity intact you have nothing to fear.
    Carie, Andrew got rid of you and Samantha because he wanted you all to engage in unethical behaviours and get his deals work out prior to the elections and you stood your ground. I am proud of you all. Continue to stand for something or you will fall for anything.
    Sis. Karen you have been taught the Word and you have preached it. I know that practicing the Word right now might become hard for you but FORGIVE, PRAY for them, BLESS them, Gosh, "Who then can be Saved?"
  • ................. (27/02/2013, 17:21) Like (12) Dislike (11) Reply
    That Jamaican has been here for almost 30 years, if not more and is married to a Virgin Islander you morons.
    • two way lets see (27/02/2013, 17:59) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
      Hope my friend who moved to Trinidad and has married to a Trini man can get a job as a PS as she been there for 11 years now!!!
    • Dem Belly Full (27/02/2013, 18:49) Like (1) Dislike (11) Reply
      To ..........
      Take a look at the man in the mirror. You are the moron.
  • Supporter (27/02/2013, 17:33) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Our present government must learn from elections pass. It's not about what you do but rather about how you do it. Lastly, it about the perception and right now the perception is that they are the same NDP that was voted out in 2007. I fear that they are repeating the same mistakes all over again.
  • Music (27/02/2013, 17:56) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Surely she is just being retired because she is of the age, and perhaps is not performing well or usefully in the Premiers Office. Nothing to do with politics. While they are at it the civil service should have a succession plan to replace all over retirement age officers and to get rid of all those acting positions which are a disgrace to the service. If those people are capable (and I am not saying they all are) then they should be substantiated. If not, they should fall back to their previous position and salary. This is such a small community that there are bound to be family and political ties, but that does not get us good effective civil servants.
    • @ lodger (27/02/2013, 18:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Surely you have no idea what you are talking about. Your reasoning is far off base, in fact they can't even give a reason for the retirement but perhaps you know something we don't.
    • FYI (27/02/2013, 18:52) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Do you know her age?Do you know the mandatory retirement age for the public servic? Do you have a copy of her evaluation of job performance? Answer these questions.
  • hello? (27/02/2013, 18:33) Like (14) Dislike (15) Reply
    Dr. Potter. I really like you. keep your head up high. You are married to one of us. So as far as I am concerned you are one of us.
  • bad boy (27/02/2013, 18:36) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
    the ndp again they need to get rid of myron he is not from here lol
  • @lodger (27/02/2013, 18:47) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    "Surely she is just being retired because she is of the age", Can't you look around in Govt and see people older than Carrie still in office? Why don't they retire the Deputy Governor she is much older than this lady?
  • This is punishment (27/02/2013, 19:39) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    This lady is far from 60 must less 65. Also if she is being retired because she has 25 years then a whole set of Public Officers needs to be retired.
  • Biggs (27/02/2013, 20:52) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
    So, why when locals like Shaina Smith, OJ Smith, Broderick Penn, Claude Skelton, Dawn Smith, Antony McMaster, Ms Flax (TB Director), Dameon Percival, Roy Barry, Kishma Barronville, Stephanie George, and many others get positions in Government, the first thing you hear is how they making too much money, a political hire etc. You are not satisfied. Now a Belonger who is an expat gets a position over a local you all still upset. So please tell me what will satisfy you people? LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! The stupidity is so thick it's blinding. IT seems we find comfort in nitpicking and complaining, especially when it's NDP doing something. More locals have been appointed to high positions over the past 18months than over the past 4yrs but yet we are acting as if some conspiracy is going on? Let me see if they will post this lol.
    • Rebut Biggs (28/02/2013, 06:58) Like (2) Dislike (16) Reply
      "Biggs" it is obvious that you are not playing with a full deck of cards.
      Go check your sparkplugs because a few of them seems to be malfunctioning. Aren't the above names mentioned not considered NDP supporters and /or cronies?

      I beg you hard go PRAY. There will be wailing and nashing of teeth from the storm soon to come. Hope you can still LMAO.
    • @ Biggs (28/02/2013, 07:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Aaaaaaah you made my point you have to be an NDP to get a job…but the world is ah circle!!!! wait god do not sleep
      • Observer (23/05/2013, 12:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        what i realize in this place, whenever one is appointed to a high position is either a political or expatriate issue Ayo need help.
    • ...... (23/05/2013, 13:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Boy Biggs you are so right. The stupidity thick bad messon.
  • one eye roster (28/02/2013, 04:39) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Fahie aint wah she why should Myron wah she eh?
    • wellsa (28/02/2013, 08:00) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      Fahie aint take food out her mouth, she was reassigned. Myron put her out of a job. Who going pay her bank loans, who going pay her daughter school fees..the Govenor and Inez don't care bout now of us but remember they have families, they have children. Watch and see, what goes around comes around its only a matter of time.
  • Observer (28/02/2013, 06:29) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is "crystal clear" in order to confirm Marcia Potter to the post of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture they decided to retire the current Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture, Mrs Carolyn O'Neal-Morton.
    • Wait and see (28/02/2013, 14:48) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      And when she is confirmed"Hell will hear the echo." Antiguan and Jamaican????? Sounds like two congas to me and you know what the elders say. "Two congas can't live in the same hole." LOL LOL
  • ?? (28/02/2013, 06:37) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    If she go back to Jamaica can she get a job as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture, or any other ministry of Government?
    • Hello pls (01/03/2013, 10:13) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
      She has a PHD she can get a higher jo than a PS, suh hush
      • Debbie (01/03/2013, 11:01) Like (1) Dislike (18) Reply
        then why the hell she aint in JAMDOWN with she phd???? BVI the home for all
      • full circle (01/03/2013, 12:18) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
        @Hello pls
        You sound like you need to go back to school. If she can get a higher job with a PHD how come she wasn't selected for the vice president position at the college when she applied? It is SIMPLE: they didn't want her!!!!!! Some thing more in the mortar besides the pestle why the Minister is hanging on to her for dear life. Remember every thing in the dark will come to light no matter how long it takes. She's in but with a cloud hanging over her. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
  • Virgin Talk! (28/02/2013, 10:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ok now we have one more to go! The principal better get ready. We been waiting for this for a VERY long time.
    This is your year girl!
  • oneal (28/02/2013, 21:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I will sevice
  • time will tell (01/03/2013, 00:57) Like (5) Dislike (12) Reply
    All you people commenting are soo stupid.. When VIP was in government the then Minister Andrew Fahie could not work with her. She got a second chance and now being asked to retire. Does this nt tell you ignorant morons that this woman is a problem to the progress of the Ministry? She is a qualified teacher, why are you all not asking why the president of the college don't want her at the college? Why is she not at High School? It is soo much easier to run ayo stupid mouth than analyze the situation and ask the correct questions.. This is why the country is the way it is. All of ayo want the government to fail so yuh have something to say. Such a dam shame. Retirement means she gets her full pension and can start over. She will eat tomorrow and continue to eat. As ayo slogan goes "FORWARD EVER, BACKWARD NEVER!!! Way to go NDP. Couple more to go.
    • @ time will tell (01/03/2013, 08:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Poor you! Second chance? Do you know why they are retiring her? Because she has 25 years of service. How many years of service do those who are applying for the job have? That is the issue. For God's sake, stop trying to blur the issue. Why are they asking her to retire when the alleged replacement has more years of service than her and is in fact older than her.
      For God's sake, you need to ask why she and the former minister could not work together, or maybe you know already. And the "college president don't want her? Is that what you are proudto claim and promote that jobs are personal and one individual. can decide what goes on. I think that you need to re-think your thoughts before you write. Sad!!!!
  • full circle (01/03/2013, 09:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    "Time will tell" You should be answering all of the above questions for yourself. I'll throw this one at you: Under whose purvue does the high school and the college fall? The moron himself of course. Jack a$$ cut back on the college and still he want them to hire her? I am seeing more and more each day that a part of this man's brain is dead. His actions and comments are lacking analysis and raises eyebrows if you ask me.
    Looking at the time you made the above comment it is obvious that you cant even sleep.
  • Gimme Some (01/03/2013, 10:08) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    The VIP was guilty of Nepotism and Victimization. So VIP or NDP they are all the same.
  • Hmmm (22/05/2013, 19:48) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    I know Morton aint from here...wa they dont say something on that. STOP BEING BIAS!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • Check your facts before you post (22/05/2013, 20:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Where is O'Neal from?. She is a local, born in VG. Check your facts. Notice that Morton is her second name, that is, by marriage. And by the way, she cannot get his post in St. Kitts where her husband is from no matter how long she might live there.
      • @ Check your facts before you post (23/05/2013, 00:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Keep up the good work real good points
      • Tired ah Aryo (23/05/2013, 08:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        If the BVI had sign up for full OECS membership she would have gotten a job anywhere in the caribbean with and without marrying a Kittian. So check your OECS facts. Aryo just commenting a set a bull dh*#.
        • A Tired ah Aryo (23/05/2013, 09:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          You try to get a job in any of the participating countries over a born islander.
  • CSA (22/05/2013, 19:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    yeppppp poor locals
  • $VI (22/05/2013, 19:57) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    'I barn here me son' is not a qualification, a doctorate in education is you bigoted idiots.
  • Cuse (22/05/2013, 20:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Classical BVI....
  • chad (22/05/2013, 21:45) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    Mrs. Morton was removed since the VIP. And you all not kicking up about that. DR. Potter been there since VIP, no noise then. All that had happened is she has been confirmed and all this noise. Wow, sad country. You all make everything so political
  • son of the soil (22/05/2013, 22:10) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    One OILO looking out for the next.
  • chad (22/05/2013, 22:46) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am so glad I was able to leave that place NDP going bring the BVI .I will PRAY for you all
  • overseas student (23/05/2013, 00:09) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Even the great BBC, CNN, NY Times and Washington Post use people’s nationalities in headlines..VINO you are spot on
  • Bay Boy (23/05/2013, 00:11) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    I support Dr. Potter! An excellent educator and she is about moving education forward. She taught me in high school!
  • Mr. Gorvey A Henry (23/05/2013, 00:28) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ignorance is evident all around, but intelligence is hard to find. We cast our negative thoughts on persons that made the Virgin Islands their home. But, yet we negligent our own aspirations of moving abroad in search of greater opportunities and when our dreams of opportunities are not realize, we encourage our children to go overseas, to attend colleges and seek employment in key positions.

    And now some of you on here have the gumption to act in bitter dissatisfaction because someone got an opportunity? Someone, that made the Virgin Islands their home for the past 20 something years.

    There are locals in Key position that weren't necessarily born in the United States and other countries. I know for a fact there are: Pilots, Lawyers, Engineers, Teachers, et cetera . All living abroad and they are not worker bees. So say one, say two; It's the nature of the world.
    • @ Mr. Gorvey A Henry (23/05/2013, 07:26) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
      Mr. Henry it seems like you are walking on your brains meson
  • VI man (23/05/2013, 02:51) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am a virgin islander and I have personally known mrs. Potter all my life and she is basically a Virgin Islander. How many vi kids she has? And she's been a part of education in the bvi for a long time. At the end of the day does it matter where she's from? As long as she gets the job done correct right?
  • voter (23/05/2013, 07:29) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply

    This is shameful how could he support and none born here over other born here who could do the work. Big Mac wife could do the work she from right here…NDP seems into elimination of all who born here….

  • Princess (23/05/2013, 08:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The woman is doing and has been doing the job (and a good one I must say). She is a belonger and holds a BVI Passport. Some of us need to get out of this back-a-yard thinking. Thought we had long pass that butt I see some of our minds will always remain in the back yard. I feel sorry for us as a people.
  • Real Talk (23/05/2013, 09:05) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    • Real Talk (23/05/2013, 09:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply

      Stop using my screen name to type rubbish. The same locals on here acting like they're passionate and patriotic are the first to be on the street complaining about the service they get from their fellow locals especially in Government so I don't want to hear you. Some of you guys are just disgruntled and would find any excuse to make noise. Nobody's asking what was Oneal-Morton's performance. Nobody's asking if she wanted to work for the Minister. Nobody's asking who all applied and whether they were as qualified as Mrs. Potter. All we care about is that she's not from here. So we should just give BVIslanders all the jobs whether they can do it or not all because it looks good. A set of jAck@$$e$ we got in this place!!!! Give BVIslanders the jobs and the same BVIslanders complain about how their locals are so backwards and have no service. OWOWWW haha

      • @ real talk (23/05/2013, 10:32) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        You precede your post with statements concerning unsatisfactory service from locals and then go on to talk about the former PS's performance. You insinuate about Mrs. O'Neal's performance. Aren't you in fact damaging her reputation with no evidence to back up your claim? You then continue throughout your post to relate about the competency of BVIslanders and them not performing and people rejecting people because they are not from here along with your insinuation about the former PS.
        In fact, you know that she was retired because of her years of service and the urgent need by those in authority to confirm Dr. Potter in the post who has more years in the public service than her and who is also older than her. Is that justifiable then to remove one person for one reason and put in a next who would have the served the same time and more?
        While you may support the current holder of the post, does that give you the right to speculate on the performance of the previous holder? Do you think that that is right? Is it fair to cast doubt about one's person's character and reputation in order to promote another? And you are doing this on the internet. Aren't you in fact putting out doubt about this person on the worldwide web? Totally wrong.
        You ask if she wanted to work with the Minister, maybe you should ask if he wanted her to? I am sure that you will realize that she had no choice in the matter as the Minister himself stated on more than one occasion that he wanted to confirm Dr. Potter when Mrs. O'Neal Morton was still the holder of the post. Do you think that Mrs. O'Neal Morton had a choice in this matter? Really? Let us be honest now!!!
  • FOR THE MINISTERS OF GOVERNMENT (23/05/2013, 10:00) Like (2) Dislike (10) Reply
    Now you get, what you want
    Do you want more

    You think it's the end
    But it's just the beginning
    Go down back-biter, down back-bite, down back-biter (repeat)
    They stab you in the back
    And they claim you're not looking
    But JAH have them in the region
    In the valley of decision
    In the valley of decision

    Go down back-biter, down back-bite, down back-biter (repeat)

    Now you get, want you more
    Do you want more
    You think it's the end
    Do you want more

    Want More By Bob Marley
  • @ real talk (23/05/2013, 10:21) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Stop making assumptions. Ms. O'Neal's retirement was not based on performance and it certainly wasn't based on her not wanting to work for the minister. How are you so sure she did not want to work for the minister? You're making it seem as if she's not qualified and unwilling to do her job when in fact she worked hard for her degrees and worked her way up in the service. Don't assume to make Dr. Potter look good and Ms. O'Neal bad. The facts are she was willing to work with the minister and they couldn't find nothing negative about her performance. Her only grounds for being forced to retire is that she had 25 years. That is the only excuse they could dig up so think before you type.
    • paul (23/05/2013, 11:42) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      You are a person of great thinking and of high intellect. I support your comments 110%.
  • Smells like a lawsuit (23/05/2013, 10:52) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    You make these comments and have no idea what went on behind the scenes. You don't even know what letters or other damaging evidence that Ms. O'Neal has her disposal that can be used to her advantage. In fact, keep going you're probably building her case right now! Not because she has been silent means she's guilty of the lies you blog on here but time will tell.
  • None sense (23/05/2013, 11:10) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Y dis none sense bout jamaican dis woman live tola nearly all her life wuking for the government, she even teach me and i graduate bout 15 yrs. Now she get a lil post all of sudden she is jamaican dis and da. Ayo leave Ms Potter alone set of haters.
  • pat (23/05/2013, 12:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So much for change, wow extremely disappointed
  • Lawyer (23/05/2013, 13:00) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    An Italian lady was president of Guyana - she was the wife of the former president. Nothing new to the caribbean. We have lots of intermarriages and we don't discriminate if you have the right credentials. I do believe she has done all the right things to get her where she is. Dr. Potter should be proud of his wife's accomplishment. Congrats Ms. Potter
  • Please Read the article! (23/05/2013, 13:00) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply

    Permanent Secretary (PS) O’Neal-Morton was REMOVED from the Ministry of Education and Culture in 2011 after a fall out with then Education and Culture Minister

    Dr Potter is a Belonger so she IS A LOCAL.

    Emancipate yourselves from this mental slavery!

    • @ Please Read the article (23/05/2013, 16:14) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      And what is your point? Be careful what you post. The English language is a funny thing. A fall out you say?
      • Please read the article (23/05/2013, 23:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Like I said the article. What I wrote is a direct quote from the article.
        I also see that vino edited my comment! For those who did not read the article, the " fall out" was with Andrew Fahie.
        • @ Please Read the article (24/05/2013, 07:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          So are you quoting the article as being correct? Are you sure?
  • former student (23/05/2013, 13:09) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Correction VINO - Jamaican Virgin Islander. She taught me at the then BVI High over 20 years ago and I fully support her appointment. She's a wonderful lady.
  • Ironic (23/05/2013, 13:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    How many of you indigenous BVIslanders have blue passports?
    This is sickening. She is a #$%^ belonger. Set of #$%^ haters.
  • one love (23/05/2013, 14:59) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    can u imagine how dr. potter`s children must b feeling. bear in mind , these children r born bvl landers with no ties to jamaica. can we see the rift and hatred we r creating. ? can we tell these children. to b loyal bvi citizens and love their country when their mother is being so disrespected ? we r pitting not only locals against expats but locals against locals. we r creating another syria.
    • @one love (23/05/2013, 16:12) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Interesting your concern for Dr. Potter's children. How about Mrs. O'Neal Morton's child and family with all these suppositions and assumptions about her performance. The statement about Dr. Potter is a fact. She is from Jamaica. That has been proven. The insinuations about Mrs. O'Neal Morton's performance in some of these posts have not been. Imagine how she and her family might feel! Just imagine!
  • SickCulture (23/05/2013, 16:10) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

    You really brewing up a sick culture here, you blogger hate people.
    It's just prejudice, pure and simple.
    Some idea that a small set of BVIslanders are entitled to anything with no regard whatsoever to other people's human rights, feelings, or needs.
    Foreign, white, non-Christian - you ready to be evil towards EVERYBODY and it is a real sick and sad thing to watch.
    Grow, BVI, don't hold yourself back like whiny little children. What you're doing is making the world a more hateful place and the BVI look like full of a wicked set of people. That's what they say about us and this is why.
    Don't let these media manipulators whip you into a righteous frenzy based on your BVIslander status. Be smarter than that. Be bigger than just a BVIslander. First and foremost you are human beings. Your responsibility is towards other human beings. Heart and soul, not hate.

  • Reality Show (23/05/2013, 18:15) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    A Beast will always be a BEAST. Carolyn just remember this: "What start wrong will end wrong." Hold your head up my Sister you just might have the last laugh.
  • Lets be honest (24/05/2013, 10:09) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

    Dont try to sidetrack what really happened here. A local was allegedly FORCED TO RETIRE from her post in APRIL 2013 not a day/month/year earlier as others are led to believe so that Dr. Potter could be confirmed, why? no answer to this day so don't blog any guesses because they are FALSE. This is the truth and was communicated in so many ways. Stop trying to make it as if Dr. Potter worked oh so hard for this post. It jut pays to have friends in high places.

  • enough is enough (24/05/2013, 10:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I guess that it is alright to destroy one person's reputation in order to justify the confirmation a next. One has a job, one does not. And it seems as if the engineers of these moves and these posts are designed to keep one from having a job. But my people, be careful what plans you devise, they might just backfire.
    Let us remove all of the emotional and unsubstantiated claims put on the internet to damage Mrs. O'Neal Morton and those intended to bolster Dr. Potter.
    Basic facts: one is from one country and has status in another, the VI, therefore can get a job in both places. One is born in the VI, has status nowhere else, has no job because the one with dual possibilities was put in the position. Yet the one that was put out is being further undermined with insinuations about performance etc.when they very well know that was never the issue, and the one with a job is being portrayed as the victim. Wow!! You say that Dr. Potter is one of us, is Mrs. O'Neal-Morton not one of us? Should she be out of a job?If you want to praise and acknowledge Dr. Potter, I do not think that it should be at the expense of another. But I am sure that the engineers must be very pleased about their accomplishments. Hurrah!
  • big fat (24/05/2013, 11:20) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ah doh care what you say, I is VIP till ah dead
  • BVIlander (24/05/2013, 15:31) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrates Dr. Potter I am so happy for you. All the best you deserve it! YOU ARE THE BEST....
  • run things (24/05/2013, 23:44) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    jah you stupid bvi people look how the island people dem ah run things Booooooooooooo on allyu
  • tweetie (25/05/2013, 22:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only in the BVI
  • vote he out (26/05/2013, 12:11) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Myron yet another none smart move for our country ?

Create a comment

Create a comment

Disclaimer: Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) welcomes your thoughts, feedback, views, bloggs and opinions. However, by posting a blogg you are agreeing to post comments or bloggs that are relevant to the topic, and that are not defamatory, liable, obscene, racist, abusive, sexist, anti-Semitic, threatening, hateful or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be excluded permanently from making contributions. Please view our declaimer above this article. We thank you in advance for complying with VINO's policy.


Follow Us On

Disclaimer: All comments posted on Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) are the sole views and opinions of the commentators and or bloggers and do not in anyway represent the views and opinions of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online and its parent company.