Ross University axes workers in Dominica

Ross University’s campus in Portsmouth

Ross University in Portsmouth has begun the process of making workers redundant in Dominica.

DNO has been informed that over 100 workers received redundancy letters on Thursday. The number has not been confirmed by the school.

More than 1,400 students, faculty and staff from the school relocated temporarily to Knoxville, Tenn. to continue their program of study due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria on Dominica in September last year.

In December 2017, the school wrote to members of staff informing them of its intention to lay off some employees due to changes being made to the operations of the school after the hurricane.

Dean of Ross University, Dr. William .F. Owen Jr. said that the school would maintain what he described as a “core staff” in Dominica.

“We will no longer be able to continue to employ our entire Dominican Campus as we have since Hurricane Maria,” he wrote in December.

At a press conference on December 19, 2017, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said he hopes Ross University returns to Dominica by May 2018. He said a committee was appointed to study the Ross situation and to work with the school in its recommencement of classes.

The redundancies could have a great impact on Dominica and the second town of Portsmouth where it is located.

Ross University has been in operation in Dominica since 1978.

DNO is following this developing story and will publish more information as it becomes available.

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94 Comments

  1. Krish
    February 6, 2018

    I sincerely wish Govt of Dominica does all what is necessary to bring Ross Uni back. The Govt should help in improving the roads and other conditions in the area around Ross. It will come back if there is proper housing and security for the students.

    Please Govt do something fast.
    Thanks, 8) 8) :cry: :cry:

  2. I often wonder Barbs
    January 8, 2018

    Happy new year too! Very proud of my inclinations as I do not allow hatred to colour my every thought and action.
    Thx Barbs , however U went off at a tangent like U are(a tangent) I can’t colour U blue of Green hence I’ll choose bad Barbs. U are au current so U’ve heard of colour me bad.I did not mention Sam I did Barbs okay! The Tangenter so from now on U’ll be known as The Barbs the Tangenter. Do U love it? Can we plan a date for ur baptism? Who do U want to carry out the sacrament?God is dead so are Marx ,Engels, Bishop Bogart, Fr.Jolly,Alexander & am not feeling well myself .Those left are all opportunists with human faces. Take ur pic Eddie ,Ugg and a few more are lay peachers but are blue lol( sticking to colouring Barbs )

  3. Pelo Ponneso
    January 7, 2018

    bootleg university in a banana republic; will come back

    • Pas toutes D'cen aveg
      January 8, 2018

      Which one Ross or Alex’s Alma Mata? Please clarify.

      • Pelo Ponneso
        January 9, 2018

        both. the former will come back, the latter never left

  4. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    January 7, 2018

    How you want him to deal with it Dods? You that not a God, why you doh help him. ? (Happy).
     

    You mean me; Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque help Roosevelt M. Skerrit?

    It would be against my conscience and morality to help someone like him. In the event I find Roosevelt in a situation where he needs blood to save his life, if his blood group is B-positive, I would gladly give him my blood which is B-positive, in order to save his life; and that is only because he is human; not so much out of love eh; although he is Me Almost Nearly Cousin. 

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

    However, to give Roosevelt any assistance pertain to Dominica, would be helping him to continue in his destructive  ways, and incompetence in destroying our country! If I could; literally run him out of power tomorrow with a whip, I would do so, and it has nothing to do with hate or dislike!

    The man is simply bad for our country!

  5. January 5, 2018

    God would have sent a hurricane to destroy the fabric,–Telemaque

    You simply like to speak negatively especially against my messages, but the truth is that you know d*mn well that I am right–the mind of one who is plagued with darkness, can never see the Light–you are one of those

    That quote above os like a broken record–you always start your contention that way because you have nothing else to say. And yes, God has to be in everything, as far as my Life is concerned, I will have it no other way. I embrace the relationship which we share together

    Or else I would be like those so-called Christians, claiming to believe but have nothing to tell others why they believe, for they are not worthy of a Testimony from God

    So then you are simply a phonnie one, claiming to believe in God, Claiming Christianity, but Jesus has cautioned us, His chosen people, to stay intact- so as to know them by their fruits and by their words. I am watching you!

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      January 7, 2018

      I am feeling sorry for you, so I have no comments; except to say I hope you enjoy the video of the movie produced, and directed by Dr. Punjab Sir Knight & Mrs. Dr. Punjab Sir Knight.

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

      (I doh calling no name eh) cause if I do everybody  will know what ah talking bout eh.

      So since dem doh  is in we forum: DNO readers will not know what ah talking about.

      But you know what ah talking bout eh!

      So, curse  me as much as you like, I do not care; because you cant’ remove any skin from my tooth oui!

  6. Dan Tanner
    January 5, 2018

    Anyone who thinks Ross will return to Dominica is kidding himself. Likewise, anyone who thinks All Saints can fill the void is also a fool. Hurricane Maria gave Ross the excuse it needed to find a better place to be.

  7. I often wonder Barbs!
    January 5, 2018

    us cool
    Agree with your intelligent and objective comment. It would be naive of anyone to expect Ross to keep all their staff here while operations have moved elsewhere even temporarily. I too hope that they come back because at the end of the day it is our brothers and sisters who are out of jobs and it is our society which will feel the effects of the job losses.
    Bards, do you passports too? Then at the end of the day it ain’t gonna affect Barbs unlike we the people who are not into passports or the pretending we the peoplein our society who are in the drug trade as they are not in the passport distribution business and want/need to be above the fray and have no desire or work hard. How about that. About my asking if U are in the passport bziness too if just to bring about the in ability of certain folk taking sides.

    • I often wonder Barbs!
      January 8, 2018

      Tangenter hahaahahahaha barbs Pas toutes putting U on the spot girl.
      I love it. Real nice one go read it

  8. I often wonder Barbs!
    January 5, 2018

    D/ca’s Barbs,
    In response to ur shot at Fl D
    “I suppose you are not aware that never in the history of Dominica has a natural disaster of the magnitude of Maria occurred?” What about political man made disaster since Nov 1978 ?
    Sen Saunders would be ashamed maybe Trump’s spoke person a Saunders too but by marriage are you too ? That would explain the dif in inclinations. Happy new years Barbs.

    • Barbara Saunders
      January 5, 2018

      Hello I often wonder barbs

      No I don’t do passports but speak to Sam Raphael. He could tell you a thing or two with supporting evidence about those who do or did.

      I do not need to be in the selling passport business to defend my country and to detest the malicious and hate-filled rhetoric which is spewed every day.

      Happy new year too! Very proud of my inclinations as I do not allow hatred to colour my every thought and action.

      • I often wonder Barbs!
        January 8, 2018

        GM Tangenter.
        Just testing b4 the sacrament is administered.
        FYI Sam is feverishly rebuilding /refurbishing Jungle bay just to host the after party.
        I asked him as you mentioned him without his permission even if i truly believe there’s no need to ask anyone in such a corruption matter.

      • Pas toutes D'cen avei
        January 8, 2018

        Barbie you are tickling me girl. I hold you in high esteem despite your hypocrisy.
        I don’t count sheep so no sleep loss.
        I said initially I held you in high esteem but now am like the other person you addressed if I can re-check it’s( I often wonder Barbs) something to that. I am beginning to wonder also.
        Reason: “One of the BS…… I know I will certainly not support blindly or otherwise because that one is unabashedly real with his “BS….”.” not easily influenced by “BS….” no matter how eloquently couched.” Barbara Saunders Barbara Saunders What is the colour of your Green car? hahahahaah any deaf ,blind red ,blue, green or PPOD person know you are referencing Linton I don’t like him either but I could deal with him as opposed to a Crook. At least I know what am dealing with. I know him well and every truant/ entertainment seeker would love him. I don’t.

      • Barbara Saunders
        January 8, 2018

        I often wonder and the other names. That’s it for me. This conversation is beginning to deteriorate and become a distraction. Thanks for fitting the caps, Bob Marley would be proud of you.

        You have advanced to the stage where you want to determine my likes and dislikes? That’s just the problem. We like somebody and they can say and do whatever they like and get away with it. We hate somebody and they can do nothing right.

        That’s my last word on this as I see I am a hypocrite too for not getting on the hate train. Go look for someone else to entertain you.

      • I often wonder Barbs!
        January 9, 2018

        BREAKING NEWS: Barbara Saunders surrenders 2 I often wonder barbs over colourings , passports, hotel financing, hypocrisy “That’s my last word on this as I see I am a hypocrite too for not getting on the hate train.” Go look for someone else to entertain you -(surrender.) etc she hustled out of the kitchen shouting. now playing The Darkest in hour a film of Sir Winston who said-“Never surrender” Barbara Saunders did.

  9. Jonathan Y St Jean
    January 5, 2018

    I’m waiting to hear what Skerritt,Austrie and other Labour Party bull horns have to say to Ross University.They came down hard on the local business sector

    • Out of the South East too
      January 5, 2018

      Hi WHY St. Jean! Still continuing shooting from the misty woods of PA eh? To quote Dr Clayton. Shillingford.
      Come home man even if is to attempt Macaroni hahahahahahahaha bring the seeds with you.

      • Out of the South East too
        January 5, 2018

        Come home man even if is to attempt planting Macaroni hahahahahahahaha bring the seeds with you. B4 U land on island Pass up ah yard northern Caribbean and bring down some Ackee seeds too lol. Still have BBC connections? or a new Cheese stake connection? If you’ve change bring those seeds to lets get into bziness. Suggestion to transform the south’s economy Y not>

    • Pas toutes D'cen aveg
      January 5, 2018

      Hi Y St.J,
      Let me remind you that this is not the DLP this is Neo-DLP and the opportunists who were taken onboard or who larched on. Surprise you did not cross. lol! Knowing how unstable you are.

      • Anonymous
        January 6, 2018

        No, not all Dominicans are blind but some of them are definitely myopic.

  10. Ibo France
    January 5, 2018

    Some corporate citizens genuinely care about the wellbeing of their employees but most are strictly motivated by profit. Ross University is presently not generating any income, therefore, it is logically expected that it would have to make many of its workers redundant. This should come at no surprise. What is really abhorrent to me is the PM giving false hope to the local employees of Ross by issuing this deliberately erroneous statement that the university would be reopened in May of this year. This gives me excruciating pain. In a time like this, when many local business entities have closed down, unemployment has skyrocketed, yet Mr. Skerrit has outsourced construction jobs to foreign construction entities. For misleading the working class of Dominicans, for putting foreign workers first, for throwing common sense through the window, Mr. Skerrit deserves our collective scorn.

    • Pas toutes D'cen aveg
      January 5, 2018

      I trust my bon jean Barbs read ur piece Ibo France. Ihave been trying to explain a few things to her. One cannot just support a BShitter blindly just because(Anita Baker). One has to be fair she is not. The hypo gene is in full display in her pieces/responses & suttle attacks.

      • Me
        January 6, 2018

        The word is subtle.

      • Barbara Saunders
        January 8, 2018

        Hi Pas toutes D’cen aveg

        I have no problem with Ibo France’s piece. That is his analysis. He gives reasons for his issue with Mr. Skerrit whether factual or not. for example, I do not know that a deliberately erroneous statement was made by Mr. Skerrit. He would be most irresponsible if he made that statement without any reference to Ross officials. Ibo France is entitled to his opinion on that and the other allegations as well.

        I’m not sure which BS…… you are referring to who is being supported blindly, as I make a point of not doing anything in life “blindly”. One of the BS…… I know I will certainly not support blindly or otherwise because that one is unabashedly real with his “BS….”.

        Please don’t lose sleep over who you think I support blindly because you will certainly bring health issues upon yourself. I am just that way, not a crowd follower, not easily influenced by “BS…” no matter how eloquently couched.

  11. Jane Lawrence
    January 5, 2018

    Well, let us pray to our God, whoever that may be…… (Skerritt or other) for the return of Ross to Dominica. While we are in prayer, Let us also remember that President Trump said he would be taking names on that famous Jerusalem UN vote and that America will NOT forget it. If Ross University needs the co-operation of the US Government to return offshore to Dominica, then our goose is well cooked. I cannot believe that a Leadership, knowing that the country has so much at stake would so boldly bite the hand that help feed the nation. Or did this Labour Leadership even understand the implications of their irresponsible actions at that UN vote???
    Keep praying my people, keep praying; simply because Prayer changes things!!!

  12. Frank
    January 5, 2018

    We finish in that country!!!

  13. Mother
    January 5, 2018

    It’s not only Ross, is it. How about Whitchurch, who set up that supermarket with a lot of loan I understand. Their main clientele came from Ross. Will they now close down as well with the loss of more jobs? And what about that Silversands hotel development. How are you going to attract that kind of wealthy tourist to a place that appears to be reverting to a swamp, dotted with ill planned buildings and unemployed people? I don’t want to be negative but I am very worried.

    • Real truth
      January 5, 2018

      I could not have said it better! I must also add, just ” one dozen roses” planted in Picard could have prevented Ross from leaving……. What I am trying to say people is what you already know, Portsmouth and Roseau look like dumps….. Lets plant some flowers etc. and beautify the towns resurface the main roads, folk will come back… No one likes a dirty living space ,except………… Pray people!

  14. Glory to God
    January 5, 2018

    Same crap happened when minister publicly insulted American ambassador….dcp/Colgate palmolive fired 90 employees

    Dominica voted against jeruzalem being the capital of Israel

    What did they expect?

    Forewarded is forearmed

    Who ever curses Israel will be cursed.

    “Maria went from category 3 to category 5 in 35 minutes “before hitting and turning up along the full
    Length of Dominica

    • Anonymous
      January 5, 2018

      I take your point brother but I don’t believe God would punish all of us like that for the transgressions of one man.

  15. Glory to God
    January 5, 2018
  16. Jazz53
    January 4, 2018

    Ross did not leave because of the Government.Ross left because of Union involvements. And that’s economics!

  17. My little take
    January 4, 2018

    Didn’t Skerrit know Ross was going to release some employees? What did he and the government do to ensure that didn’t happen? How are the people going to survive? Negotiations could be tuff and most times both teams walk out happy. In this case Ross is happy but Dominica is the loser. Do I blame Ross? Absolutely not because they did what they had to do to remain in business. I blame our government for not being able to keep these jobs for it’s citizens. I see this as a failure of the government and for this Skerrit should resign

    • Shameless
      January 4, 2018

      Very well said! Just remember the only thing Skerrit tried to be good at is lying to cover his sorry deriere and that too fails everytime! The man is tired, lost, afraid and just needs to step aside so real people can run the country. Of course, we still need answers re the 100 million forgiven by Maduro. So when he leaves someone will greet him at Douglas-Charles with brand new handcuff before boarding his escape flight :twisted: :twisted: . Somebody have to pay for wooding Ma Dominique mercilessly :twisted:

      Assertive and pissed! :twisted:

    • Not like Liz- fresh juices only,no coolade
      January 4, 2018

      Ya! How? If it was UWP DFP or the PPOD would it make a difference? I don’t know Skrit don’t care about him either personally I’d throw away his key for all his crimes against the state etc But no gov’t can fight the system of profit and me first. Guess the Neo DLP will continue to look 4 new ways to remain in power.
      They will continue to look for & find new schemes & continue their passport sales until there are either more passport holding Denisons than real Dominican. Or China tells us this is the one China policy. It is in the MOU Skerrit never told you all.

    • Happy
      January 4, 2018

      My little take.
      You don’t think skerit as you call him should prevent Maria from coming too. ?? In your opinion. He resigning to put who?? All you Dominicans not easy eh! What do you want the Government to do? Force Ross management to keep people in job when their is a problem? Hurricane came for you hurricane came for Ross, hurricane also came for the Government as well everyone was touched, and everyone will do what they have to do the get back on their feet. And if that means , that Ross have to make some redundant to get back on their feet so be it. I know it’s hurting the prime minister, but what have to be done, must be done. He will not resign just because you want him to. Give my PM a break. He is a hard working man..

      • Shameless
        January 5, 2018

        @Happy; You just don’t get, do you? :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

        Ok then just stay out of serious conversations that require deep thinking and vision beyond what is “plain to see”. I know we have lots of smart people in Dca but boy do we have some serious ah-behh-beehs posing as intellectuals. Tonneh! :twisted: :twisted:

        Always Assertive! :twisted:

    • Anonymous
      January 5, 2018

      I suspect he has not been keeping his eyes on the ball at home, instead concentrating on amassing wealth for himself and his facilitators, coming to believe he is untouchable and everybody must bow to him, including Ross.

    • Barbara Saunders
      January 5, 2018

      My little take

      I’m also sure that he knew Maria was going to develop into a category 5 hurricane. I am just not sure why he did not stop it from coming our way. I am sure with his extra-ordinary powers conferred on him by you he could have negotiated with it not to hit Dominica.

      When I read and discern the mind-set of the several “My little takes” on this site. When I recognise the positive energy and political will required to drive the recovery of this country. When I take a look at the people are who are getting off their behinds and actually doing something other than talking I am sure glad that Maria happened while Skerrit is in office ( in spite of all his alleged corruption, ineptness and lack of capability etc.).

      You see, just as Maria has laid bare our hills and valleys, she has also actually exposed to those who genuinely want to see, the ones who are really inept and lacking in capacity. Post category 5 was the time for all sides to shine. Did they?

  18. Jus Cool
    January 4, 2018

    This is truly sad for the economic activity of the North n Dominica in a whole. I understand its was a natural disaster however there were certain issues in the area tht needs addressing before they can return in MAY 2018.The areas where the apartments are the is poor lighting with street lights, roads were really bad saw students imagine students with their infants, the grass in areas was very tall n dense & Access to a proper medical facility. If we look at the apartments near the school in St kitts totally different. Ross as an establishment concerned for students well being n safety too. I hope they do come back & operate in Dominica :-| :-|

    • Not like Liz- fresh juices only,no coolade
      January 4, 2018

      Espoire Mal PapaI/wishful thinking. They just gave 100 plus pink slips today. May is only 3 months away.
      does this make sense to you Jus Cool U must have drank the coolade too LMAO & very loud.

    • Barbara Saunders
      January 5, 2018

      Ave Maria
      See my note to “My little take” It also applies to you in response. Happy new year!

    • Barbara Saunders
      January 5, 2018

      Jus cool

      Agree with your intelligent and objective comment. It would be naive of anyone to expect Ross to keep all their staff here while operations have moved elsewhere even temporarily. I too hope that they come back because at the end of the day it is our brothers and sisters who are out of jobs and it is our society which will feel the effects of the job losses.

      For those of us on this site who think that the temporary relocation of the operations of Ross after a category 5 hurricane is something to chalk up as another of Skerrit’s failures, I say, keep up the good work of making it harder for those that they favour to come in to government.

      After all who would want people with that negative mind set to wield power over them?

    • Krish
      February 6, 2018

      I wish Ross come to Dominica sooner than expected.

  19. Ave Maria
    January 4, 2018

    Ross realized we have a very weak government that knows nothing about leadership and negotiations, so they jumped on the cracks of Maria to cut staff. The truth is, Ross knows they need Dominica to succeed and Dominica needs Ross. Sadly our government knows we need rest but they don’t understand that Ross needs us badly! Ross is an offshore school that CANNOT operate in the US for long. Furthermore, they cannot go to anywhere else to start from ground zero. DA is cut for Ross because of our natural beauty, undeveloped, and slow pace really creates an environment that is conducive for study, unlike other islands that have more destruction. Skerrit should realize that and use it as his key weapon of negotiation. But knowing how weak this administration is from the time Ross said they going to release over 100 employees, they were put on the back foot and could do nothing but yield to the pressure. It’s not Maria but POOR leadership

    • anonymous2
      January 4, 2018

      They can get a better deal elsewhere and without the headaches and instability that plaguesDA.

      • Me
        January 5, 2018

        You said it in a nutshell.

      • Anonymous
        January 6, 2018

        It is not just the instability but any investment in Dominica now is tainted with a whiff of illegality and suspicion.
        Our reputation has been severely tarnished.

  20. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    January 4, 2018

    Well, with his big mighty mouth, and small pea brain  intelligence, let’s see how the god Roosevelt Skerrit is going to deal with that!

    Some Dominican wrote on DNO: “when Skerrit speaks the world listens.”  Okay; so let’s see how influential is Mr god Roosevelt Skerrt. Food for thought: From Jamaica in the North to Guyana in South America are geographically in the Caribbean, all of the islands are prone to hurricane. St. Kitts is also vulnerable  to hurricanes too.

    Notice Rose did not move all of the students to Tennessee, but headed to St. Kitts, that is an indication they intended to pull out of Dominica for some good reason, other than potential hurricanes.

    It is so ridiculous, that we have a university operating in Dominica all of these years, however, that which “was part of our infrastructure, an employment provider was not allowed to build dormitories  for the student population which are all foreigners.

    I am sorry for the university decision to leave, but if…

    • Happy
      January 4, 2018

      How you want him to deal with it Dods? You that not a God, why you doh help him. ?

    • January 5, 2018

      Again failure to educate yourself before opening your mouth, the fact is Ross does have dormitories at its facility at picard.

  21. mine
    January 4, 2018

    Where there is a will there is a way. When one door closes by the will of God many more will open. We must keep our faith.

    • Not like Liz- fresh juices only,no coolade
      January 4, 2018

      Mine another Dumb -in -a- can who would drink the coolade just like Liz : provided by Ross just like Koresh, Jim Jones etc all American common factor. Skerrit and a lot of citizen are playing dottish or what.
      Trump told us make America great again Skerrit sys make Medard et Al reach then to hell with them.

    • Me
      January 7, 2018

      Yes, the door to Hades is always open.

  22. Optimistic For Dominica
    January 4, 2018

    I cannot believe, that the PM of this country speaks about ‘hope’. What is the plan for the Ross University campus? What about the private landlords and their loans? Did the PM know of this beforehand? Why the lack of transparency? Why the blatant lies from this PM?
    So many questions to be asked, but none will be answered at his press conference or briefings because he cannot articulate any cohesiveness when it comes to Dominica and what is happening in Dominica post or pre Hurricane Maria

    • January 5, 2018

      What are your suggestions? What lies are you referring to? Has Ross said it is closing its operations in Dominica? How can government prevent Ross from laying off workers. Ross is not the first company to lay off workers as a result of Maria. Whichchurch and Auto Trade have laud off workers, these companies are rebuilding and when that process is completed hopefully many of the laid off workers will be employed. Time to put your petty politics aside.

  23. January 4, 2018

    People of Dominica do not be disheartened, I truly believe that the Authority of our God of Heaven is in the midst of those things which is happening to us today.

    And when He decides to take full control, He will break done; He will pull down, He will tear things apart, and He will throw out unwanted things that is in our Life

    I like to say, that regardless of my difficult issue at the time, God will not allow me to go down like an old dog; and He has never done so. In fact, the more I am able to come out of my difficulties, the stronger my spirit becomes.

    • January 4, 2018

      No one will embrace the difficulties of Life, but we should try to notice the strength, which causes us to desire to go on, not surrendering to state distress and despair, which will definitely bring us defeat That strength which I am referring to is God’s Peace.

      Fellow Dominican, believe that God is looking and preparing us for His next move, whatever that is. But be sure that in Him, through His Son Jesus, there is no defeat.

      But make sure that you are calling onto His name for your freedom from pain and anxiety; in that as human beings, wherever we are, there is going to circumstances which will try to overcome our strength of the body. However, it is no secret; what God can do. What He has done for others, He will do for you.

      Once again my people, let the Peace of our God in Heaven, be the strength which you need to overcome the difficulties of Life, like that which we are facing in Dominica at present time.

      • Anonymous
        January 5, 2018

        Liz, by God I don’t know what this religious stuff is doing to you but I would swear it is orgasmic.

    • Liz coolade consumer by the gallons
      January 4, 2018

      The redundancies could have a great impact on Dominica and the second town of Portsmouth where it is located. WAS LOCATED : DNO.
      Now to missy ElizabethLinaXavier FET once upon a time bon jean/good friend translation 4 FET lol I doh giving nor calling more names as FET would say. People of Dominica do not be disheartened, I truly believe that the Authority of our God of Heaven is in the midst of those things which is happening to us today.
      That’s the opium baby. If You were in Guyana or Waco ,Tx you would join Jim Jones or David Koresh cult.
      So in 2004 you joined Medard’s you like so many drank the coolade .Thought you were into healthy living. Giraudel have fresh citrus for fresh juice. Ross is no more can you visualize the multiplier effect? You are crazy Liz Fet mentioned it long ago. onur next visit home see dr.Benji askPaul 2 set up an apt 4 u
      Paul the D/can Russian

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      January 5, 2018

      Elizabeth, you bring God into everything; do you believe God would have sent a hurricane to destroy the fabric, of our nations Economy putting be one one hundred, or one person out of work, when God said by the sweet of thy face thou shall eat bread?

      God has nothing to Rose leaving Dominica. People invest into places where they see progress, and prosperity. That that one cannot get a direct flight from any place, Canada, Europe, the United States, and elsewhere to Dominica is one of the most disparaging  factor people can only tolerate backwardness for so long!

      Dominica is a very expensive place, if it more economical for a business to operate on another island, they will go to that island. Since Skerrit believe he is skilled in diplomacy, let me see diplomatic skills in bringing Ross to Dominica forever.

      If they are gone forever I am sorry for the people who are out of work, nevertheless if it hurts Roosevelt Skerrit Politics, I am very happy!

  24. Tobby
    January 4, 2018

    Most countries prone to some kind of natural disaster (s) so if they moved for recovery processes why should they not come back.

    • And they want to legalize it???? lol
      January 4, 2018

      Are you NUTS Tobby? What are you smoking? mezzehmari tabac zombie, safetida meneh venir or extefougine?

  25. Mamo's girl
    January 4, 2018

    This is sad, and it is gonna affect every one of us. Ross University created employment, gave the tourism industry a boost and also pumped revenue into the pockets of our locals and apartment owners. I just can’t imagine how the owners of the apartments in Picard are going to keep the apartments going and have revenue coming in.

    Maybe All Saints can decide to move to Portsmouth to fill in the gap.

    Let’s continue to pray for the best.

    • Yo
      January 5, 2018

      What you mean. Skerrit and his friends will get money at only 2% from the aid bank, buy the apartments at distressed prices and let them to the Chinese. of course. Don’t worry, they have their master plan.

  26. Dominican Passport
    January 4, 2018

    The beginning and the end of Possie :oops: :lol: Roseau #1

    • Ian Hennesasy
      January 4, 2018

      Possie will need to ask the Rep to issue more work permits to our namesake country to create and maintain a cash flow. But with the whole country is in dier straights. Sa yow cay fait por $yo will not take off lol

      • Anonymous
        January 5, 2018

        We need people to work, not lay on their backs.

    • pues toutes D'cen aveg
      January 4, 2018

      Autrie alias Peepip must be laughing saying is a good ting I got into politics I use to work there after I returned from Jungle training in Guyana even if I can’t run nor train today.

  27. Filip
    January 4, 2018

    My God how I goin to pay my loan ….. father God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Skerite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Mother
      January 4, 2018

      What about Clear Harbour call centre. I would like to know what their plans are. I’m really getting scared now.

      • pues toutes D'cen aveg
        January 4, 2018

        lol ask him Medard or the information minister.

    • Ian Hennesasy
      January 4, 2018

      John Charles buillay ey pannie travail encore. sa ou cai fait pou $ ou? avec paye loan ou?

  28. zandoli
    January 4, 2018

    Too bad for those who now face an uncertain future.

  29. sylvester Cadette
    January 4, 2018

    100 workers out of employment at this time is quite jolting and disconcerting and I pray for God’s guidance and shepherding at this time.
    If each employee is in a household of four (4) then a minimum of 400 people are affected immediately at households – then the ripple effect on supermarkets, shops, stores, transportation etc.

    What is Ross’s total cadre of Dominicans employed? I do not know the number. If at the end of this process they make redundant more than 75%-85% of its workforce then this would be a head-scratcher that would require some serious contemplation by our economist on the short-term, but more profoundly, the long-term economic implications.

    • Vee
      January 4, 2018

      Some Dominican staff would have traveled with them to St. Kitts and or the US. Chances are that the persons who received layoff letters would be auxiliary staff, whose skills can be easily found elsewhere. It could also mean that they do not intend to pay out money to persons who are home for the next 6 months at least, until their return to Dominica (if they do).

      • sylvester Cadette
        January 5, 2018

        Hi VEE. Thanks so much for this info. on some of the staff ( if it is for a fact). I also love your optimism and that is what we probably should embrace to find solutions to entice them to remain and also to find new investment partners. I really feel for the laid off staff. I just hope that we have counseling mechanisms in place because these compatriots did not lose jobs at a time where they could seek elsewhere in the economy. The whole economy is battered and bruised. What’s more, the majority may have lost property, either partially or totally and there family circle who would normally sympathize in these circumstances with some support, they too are battered and bruised by Hurricane Maria.

        So Dominicans, the best we can do now, is not to waste energy playing “Blame Game”. There will be time enough for that. Right now we must work feverishly to utilize our energy towards finding solutions to our problems instead of wallowing in a pity party.
        DOMINICA WE CAN DO THIS !!

      • DA Chick
        January 5, 2018

        The employees were not laid off with the hopes of Ross returning to DA; the employees were made redundant and their relationship with the company terminated.

        If and when Ross returns to DA, they will have to re-apply like everyone else if they are interested.

        Some staff members will be traveling to St. Kitts and Knoxville, Tennessee to help with the operations there; while the other retained staff will remain on the DA campus to support these operations as well as help with the rebuilding of the DA campus.

      • UNKNOWN
        January 6, 2018

        Ross did not layoff any employee’s, the terminate there employment, making them redundant, meaning that they will be paid for the years that they were with ROSS.. layoff is that they still have their jobs but wont be getting any income and the company can extend the layoff. with redundancy, they will get paid but have no affiliation with ROSS, however. if/when ROSS comes back, they can reapply for their job. this is just to explain REDUNDANCY and LAYOFF.

  30. Anonymous
    January 4, 2018

    P.M. Did Ross lie to you, did you lie to us or don’t you simply have no clue what goes on?

  31. Florida Diaspora
    January 4, 2018

    Ross was not the first to lay off workers in Dominica and it certainly won’t be the last. Records are meant to be broken and oh my are the labor party good at doing this in a negative way. Never before in the history of Dominica has so many businesses shut down resulting in so many workers laid off; the amount of intrapreneur’s dreams that were murdered because of expenses leadining to foreclosure under this Dominica lazy party is frightening. Who have a little money that could invest scared of trying anything because of what has happened in the past. Only a dear devil would see quick sand and still walk into it. Even laborites leaving the island in great numbers. Soon skeritt’s guardian angels will soon leave him too because this guy is too curupt. What’s next for Dominica? Only God knows

    • Barbara Saunders
      January 5, 2018

      Florida Diaspora
      I suppose you are not aware that never in the history of Dominica has a natural disaster of the magnitude of Maria occurred?

      I suppose you are also not aware that the build up of anger, and resentment against the private sector for supposedly benefitting from CBI money and Skerrit’s corruption erupted into looting never seen in the history of Dominica?

      I would like to tell you to pray that no “never before seen” disaster his Florida so that you can continue to remain on that perch spitting out your unsubstantiated generalisations and obvious negative wishes for our little Dominica the land we love.

      God be with you for 2018 sir/madam.

      • Florida Diaspora
        January 5, 2018

        So you’re saying that there’s been a hurricane Maria since 2000? Because business started shutting downot in great numbers since the early stages of the reign of the Dominica lazy party

      • Barbara Saunders
        January 5, 2018

        Florida
        It would be nice to come out from behind the generalisations and name a few that shut down and while you are at it name those who opened or constructed new facilities. Now that would be nice.

        I read every day about businesses closing down in the US where you are. I just read that Trump’s job numbers in his first year were very good and I have a sneaky feeling that this was a result of some of Obama’s policies bearing fruit but he is taking the credit.

        My brother, I travel to the US very often and the picture you people try to paint is far from reality. So many of our brothers and sisters are living in sub-standard conditions over there, can’t even come home because they are illegal. So my brother/sister I can better tolerate a Dominican here on the ground making comments than some of you.

        We have had our Maria, America just had its snow bomb and God knows what’s next, so just pray for a better world for all of us instead of cursing Dominica.

  32. dada
    January 4, 2018

    Portsmouth should had have they own port to entry dominica ,a communication pole ,a proper hospital every thing should not only located in roseau so when somthing happend it can still run, in this 21 century no perents will want to send they child to study in a place that are not secure, talking about building code in country wheru can hav hurrican eathquck we need to be serious if we dont want to lose what remain it snot too late .

    • Me
      January 4, 2018

      Well intended Dada but first you have to improve your language skills. They are atrocious.

    • Shameless
      January 4, 2018

      The English not strong but you really trying pappy :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: . At least I understand you clearly. God bless you and keep on trying for you will get better.

      Assertive and mad like Maria! :twisted:

  33. B
    January 4, 2018

    Ross U is not coming back

  34. Shameless
    January 4, 2018

    Ebeh Chu-nou-bien-fan…….bonda nou paytay! :cry: :cry: :cry: ! That is sad indeed and I am saddened.

    Though not surprised by this development, it once again has brought to fore the lies, deceit and flat out betrayal by the DLP Cabal who made all sought of promises including Ross will be back in May 2018. These guys knew all along that was a lie but lead people to believe they were in control. Sadly, some of the staff including my niece had the perfect opportunity to leave for a job overseas but the idiot (yes she is an idiot) decided to stay because the PM knows what he is talking about. Now she cursing Labor saying never again. This is getting real frustrating now. God help us under this LOST shepherd Dr. Punj from Enbar, Vielle Casse and his bunch of wisemen sorry foolish men. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    Assertive and pissed off like Kim Jung Un! :twisted: :twisted:

    • Howleen
      January 4, 2018

      what size button U have Quepasa hahahahahahahaha

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