James wants more damage control in international media

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Leader of the United Workers Party Edison James says the Roosevelt Skerrit-led administration should do more damage control in the international media after two gay men were arrested and charged last week for reportedly participating in homosexual activities.

James says Dominica has been receiving bad publicity in the international media and government should do something about it.

“Last week a cruise ship docked at our shores. Two passengers from that ship were charged with the offence of indecent exposure. They were convicted at the magistrate’s court and fined in accordance with the provisions of the laws of Dominica.  Unfortunately sections of the media, particularly the foreign media have distorted the true position and presenting Dominica and its people homophobic and hostile to the gay people. There are even efforts to persuade potential tourists and others to avoid visiting our country,” he said.

James said this has the potential to damage the nation’s economy.

He said it is also disturbing and disappointing “that up till now there have been no efforts by government and relevant authorities to correct this unwarranted and unfair attack on Dominica”.

He said the Government should immediately address this issue, reiterating our commitment to uphold and apply the law, “debunking any notion that the cruise ship passengers were targeted based on sexual orientation and reiterating that Dominica welcomes all visitors genuine tourist and persons who wish to do business here”.

He said to do or say nothing will result in the continued undermining of the interest of Dominica by those who seek to affect the tourism sector and the economy as whole.

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104 Comments

  1. April 4, 2012

    The problem with becoming dependent on tourism is that you also become subject to fluctuations in tourism. When a scandal takes place that could affect tourism, like the one the two gay passengers instigated through their inappropriate behavior, it is natural to have some apprehension regarding the future. However, it will not have as big an impact on tourism as some may have you believe. Homosexuals represent a MUCH smaller segment of cruise ship travelers than do heterosexual cruisers. In fact, gay cruisers represent less than 10% of cruise ship passengers. Cruise lines are a profit-oriented business and their primary interest is making money. Beautiful and exotic ports of call are necessary to entice cruisers; Dominica is a beautiful and exotic port of call. As long as Dominica protects its natural environment and ensures a safe, friendly climate for visiting guests, cruise lines will continue to visit. In the end, the cruise lines only care about making money, and their largest segment of customers happen to be heterosexual. This isn’t likely to change, since heterosexuals reproduce at a faster rate. Concentrate on them along with the Christian sub-demographic, and barring worldwide economic collapse tourism should continue to grow!

  2. lovmetender
    March 31, 2012

    he was not the one either that made them come edison james is not better than him things happened when he was there also tell him 2 get of the man back

  3. Anonymous
    March 31, 2012

    Ohh Myy Godd…Has Edison James clicked on the link provided by ‘Dominican Ras’ below. Is that what he wants to score political points for Skeritt to apologize about or do damage control? That’s damaging to whom? Just Edison. Sick, Sick, Sick!

  4. March 31, 2012

    You all “destroying” your own country with blah, blah, blah about this. These men were NOT on Dominican soil when this so called, incident occurred. They were in the privacy of their own rented “hotel room” space aboard a ship. Why were people peeping upon them anyway? Mind your own business and stop looking for reasons to be angry and then blither on for weeks about how insulted and pissed off you are – until the next incident that angers you and the blah, blah, blah starts all over again on another topic. This habit is what is destroying Dominica – you all would rather be pissed off than anything else! Who wants to visit and spend money in a place full of angry people? Nobody. Being poor really sucks, but being poor and angry enough to fight at the drop of a hat is just ugly. You all have it pretty good compared to anywhere else in the world, even if you are poor. Lighten up, for God’s sake. Being cheerful and kind is good for everyone. You all take yourselves WAY TOO seriously!

    • Anonymous
      April 1, 2012

      Carol, please scroll down to video link by ‘Dominican Ras’ below. You see we don’t condone the act of sodomy here. In fact we have laws to protect our citizens from such public health hazzards as this and pedophiles, incest mongers etc., without hating. If you don’t in America it’s your rights not to. So you instead have laws that protect your citizens against a woman breast feeding her baby in public and such but not against this act. That’s your prerogative in the U.S!

    • April 4, 2012

      The ship was moored in port, well within Dominica’s legal jurisdiction. Both men were outside their cabin on the balcony within full public view. No one needed to peep; the spectacle was forced on eyewitnesses. Dominica is not being destroyed, but its laws were clearly ignored and disrespected. Stop lying and attempting to be manipulative.

  5. Dominican Ras
    March 30, 2012

    LOOK A BLOG POSTED A PIC OF THEM, THE PIC SPEAKS FOR ITSELF!….DNO NEEDS TO UPDATE THEIR STORY….http://www.queerty.com/update-incriminating-photo-of-couple-arrested-on-gay-cruise-surfaces-20120330/

  6. March 30, 2012

    “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone”
    Most of the world doesn’t even know Dominica exists! So, stop taking your homophobic selves so seriously. Your reputation is not damaged because you barely have a reputation atal. Dominica is a beautiful place, but most people have never heard of it outside of the Caribbean. Except maybe NOW in the California gay community, because of the hysterical way you reacted to this incident. Was it really worse than 5 year olds wukking up on each other’s backsides during carnival? Same action, but strangely this is alright with Dominicans! Come on, people.

    • April 4, 2012

      The words ‘homophobic’ or, ‘homophobia’, are coercive labels intended to intimidate, manipulate and silence opposition to homosexuality. A phobia is an irrational fear of something. No one wants to be considered afraid of something, or consider him or herself afraid of something, let alone be considered irrational. As the social effect of stigmatizing someone with these labels is potentially long lasting, it constitutes a particularly insidious form of psychological abuse. In an ironic twist, people show genuine fear and cowardice every time they are bullied by those attempting to silence rational opposition to irrational behavior through the application of stigmatizing psuedo-psychological labels such as these.

    • show me the money
      April 25, 2012

      you this carol you are such an idiot . you sound like a child molester and will not care if you father brothers uncle screw one another much less people children u sick and nasty hog. that is why the u.s.a.stinks

  7. Way Out There
    March 30, 2012

    I have said many times the Opposition needs to do much better if they are to be taken seriously. I think this is a first step. My fellow Dominicans, our country has been unjustly attacked and ridiculed. We have been labelled as backwater, a banana republic and much more. Party or not, we are Dominicans period. Mr. James is standing as a man, a Dominican and not a party member. You don’t have to like or support the messanger, but we need to stand behind the message. The importance of this is if someone were to do an internet search for Dominica, this will come up. Points for trying Mr. James.
    I cannot claim to know what the authorities have or have not done, but I peronsally haven’t seen anything that says they have. The problem is the time has long left passed inorder for us to respond positively. To spin it in our favor. This was alot of easy free press, coupled with chance to clear the air and set the record straight. Once again, the ball may have been dropped by little to no effort. Looks like thats the story of our lives.

    • Seasonal
      March 31, 2012

      Everything has a season as the oldie goldie song “Everything turns turns” song of the 70’s.UWP had it’s moment( flup or not)
      Now Eddie et Al are a thing of the pass that lasted 4 1/2 yrs. (DNR) Do NOT Resusitate) should be the national political debate. As for the current regime, It’s just a matter of time. Another oldie goldie by Brooke Benton. My advise to Eddie is go sit by the bay at Craine the bay in Marigot and send stones into the sea.You et UWP are over.Even your northerner former supporter now supporting his almost cousin lol! FET is opposed to you et Al.

  8. concerned
    March 30, 2012

    I’m becoming more and more worried every day when I see a news article on DNO that reflects the attitude of Dominicans – love to jump to conclusions. This article reminds me of the one on the young lady that recently passed away where the government was lambasted for not providing support.

    Again, how do we know that the government of Dominica did nothing to reach out to the international media?

    It’s not because we haven’t heard anything that we shoud assume. I’d be hard pressed to believe hat after such an event, the government,, or perhaps the PM, failed to personally reach out and try to handle this situation with the powers that be.

    We all know the international media…look at the Trayvon Martin case and how different media spins it differently…that’s the media – they’ll do whatever it takes to sell articles.

    we need to be more open minded and less accepting of everything we read as gospel…

    it’s always a case for this government – damned if they do and damned if they don’t

  9. SiangUK
    March 30, 2012

    I would ask Mr James, to publish his press cuttings/email links of this bad press for Dominica.
    I am more surprised that this even made the international news/press.
    Me for one, believe if you have anti-buggary laws you should not be encouraging Gay-Cruises.

    • Way Out There
      March 30, 2012

      There was ALOT of int’l media coverage reporting on one side of the story….LA Times, Facebook, Huffington Post, ABC, CBS, KTLA etc etc etc.

      • Anonymous
        March 31, 2012

        And all reacted negatively about the public bogaring, not Dominica. You check too much gay isht, nasty no good.

  10. Pan African Muslim
    March 30, 2012

    What is wrong with Dominicans and their inferiority complex? Some faggots choose not to come to our country to spend their money, who cares? The president of Atlantis cleared the air, passengers on the gay cruise cleared the air. They admitted to the error and I compliment our police officers for a judge well done.

    Our island has welcomed gay tourists to our shores before. Americans who research into us know this. What they have quoted is what’s on our law books. This is the crux of the matter. We need to review our laws on buggery. We have to either choose to make buggery, adultery, fornication and polygyny legal or all should be illegal. We have to decide as a people our path as a people.

    • Anonymous
      March 31, 2012

      welcome to sordom and gormorah

  11. Papa Dom
    March 30, 2012

    DNO, I am not want to complain when you don’t publish my comments but I find it odd that you allow comments from Mr. Dodds-Telemacque and those who launch personal attacks on him. I also believe that in some cases you should seek to correct contributors when the message you are trying to convey by printing a story is taken why out of context, as in the instance case.

  12. Francisco Telemaque
    March 30, 2012

    DNO, please do not entertain the game; you are carrying two messages that were not written by me with my name above; it is illegal for people to imitate, or impersonate another, writing under their name in any forum on the Internet.

    It is a felony, and people has gone to jail for that you see!

    I responded to the person who is playing this game in a serious way, unfortunately you removed my responses!

    I don’t mind the nonsense someone wrote about me, nonetheless I believe whereas people read it and has called me drawing to my attention that they suspect someone is pretending to be me apologizing for some crap, I should have the right to deny that I wrote any such crap.

    I mean really I do not care about the clown, I can handle that person if I have to do so: that which they wrote is documented and if I want to deal with the person who think they are fooling with an idiot, I can prove to them that there is a system which can trace the author of that crap. As long as they went through a computer to upload on your site, a hundred years from now the culprit can be caught!

    Be fair, they can say anything they want to say about; all I ask is to allow me to defend, for certainly I am not afraid of any Dominican alive, nor any not yet born!

    As I said nobody in Dominica can hurt me, and I don’t care how mighty they believe they are.

    ADMIN: There is no way we can know or prove who is writing what. The only thing we can so is note the poster’s ISP and if it is not the same ISP you normally post from, we can assume it is not you. However, you could be traveling and posting from a different ISP from the one you normally post on and we are back to square one.

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  13. Justice and Truth
    March 30, 2012

    Edison James, what damage control? Whose side are you on? God or the devil? Godliness or abomination practices?
    Who insulted whom? Who disrespected Dominica? If they had conducted themselves appropriately, this would never have happened to them.
    If I were the PM I would write a scathing letter to all those international Media and the homosexual organization about the attitude of those men and their disrespect for Dominica and its nationals, advising them that if they are to return to Dominica it is expected that they should conduct themselves appropriately. They should keep their carousing and sexual behaviour to themselves, in private.
    The PM should emphasize that Dominica is a Christian country and they must also respect the religious beliefs of nationals.
    I know the PM will not do this for “Silence is Golden.” It is better for him to say nothing. The Police authorities took excellent care of the situation and as the Proverb, “Let sleeping dogs lie.”
    It is a good thing that children were at school and that they did not observe such an unbecoming, scandalous behaviour. Those men got what they deserved.

  14. DANZIGER
    March 29, 2012

    Logos and dugos

  15. O_O
    March 29, 2012

    You know what, I AM SICK AND TIRED OF ALL THIS BULL!!!!!!

    Edison James right for asking the Government to say something and help DOMINICA… but ITS A PERCENTAGE IN THE POPULATION THAT CAUSE THIS TO HAPPEN!! WHY ON EARTH ALL YOU ON THE DAMN PORT shouting and protesting like is witches all u looking for with pitch forks and torches and when the people’s sexual preference didn’t did no harm to all you. WELL PAY FOR ALL YOU TONGUES AND HATRED NOW!!!! Think before you act!!!! Of course this would have taken a toll on the Island’s economy, Gays have a right to bash now, because they were bashed at! Some Dominicans TOO DAMN HYPOCRITE when it comes to things that are underneath their own door mats! TREAT PEOPLE NICELY AND THEY WILL TREAT YOU NICELY!…. .

    In addition, positive or not, the Government will have to play a roll in this one and try to do their best to shed some light, because this time THE PEOPLE KILL THEIR OWN ISLAND!! SPEAK THE TRUTH!! FACT IS FACT!!!!

    • Justice and truth
      March 30, 2012

      0_0

      It is your views which do not represent that of others. I do know that they are the majority.

      • O_O
        March 31, 2012

        who said yours represented that of others as well?? Get a life, everyone is entitled to their views and opinions! All may not agree and So I DO NOT CARE!!! But there are those who may agree. I Didn’t remember saying I posting my views for someone named “justice and truth” …. next time comment something else, because dummy not all views are 100% agreed upon!… stueps

  16. poe-ki-toe
    March 29, 2012

    Never thought I’d say this but I AGREE WITH EDDISON JAMES lol

  17. Choice
    March 29, 2012

    Gays are out there destroying the name of Dominica and dominicans are more interested in destroying Edison than protecting the image of thier own country.

    With that level of silliness is no wonder these gays feel justified in taking Dominica for a ride. People listen to the message. Truth is truth no matter who says it.

  18. March 29, 2012

    TRUE DAT, TRUE DAT I AGREE WITH MR EDISON ONE HUNDRED PERCENT.SO MR SKERRIT STEP UP CAUSE WE DOMINICIANS WHO LEAVES ABROAD LOVES OUR COUNTRY AND WILL DEFEND IT NO MATTER WHERE WE GO.DOMINIQUE KE DU,DU COU SEWO SAK KIE YO PA EME DOMINIQUE YO POKOR JAM ME BWE SEWO DOMINIQUE,DOMINIQUE.

    • lovmetender
      March 31, 2012

      he was not the one either that made them come edison james is not better than him things happened when he was there also

  19. Peterboe
    March 29, 2012

    Anything for a dollar? And this for a vote?
    I can’t believe grown men, politicians on both sides would stoop so low as to support that stuff for a tourist dollar that is non-existent.

    Skeritt needs to take the high road as James couldn’t help the temptation of using this cheap shot, he just ran out of armor. I was rooting for him but this could cost him the next election too!

    Ask the vendors they will tell you how much these tourists don’t spend. It’s a numbers game. This lowly 2000 all-men on men ship does nothing for the economy. No economy needs that kind of money, it’s really dirty money.

    • faceup
      March 30, 2012

      Cocaine money not dirty money? so then why —– ?

    • Papa Dom
      March 30, 2012

      You lie! you were never going to give him your vote. All the man is saying, is that the Gov’t should seek to correct the false impression given by the foreign media that the men were arrested for being gay. Why would you call this a cheap political shot? is it because you do not understand that this slur on Dominica can have negative impact not only on gay tourists but also on those who believe that everyone has “rights”

  20. Observer
    March 29, 2012

    Mr. James is very correct.

  21. Roseau
    March 29, 2012

    I am on the net alot, And yes our country is taking a bashing for this incident.. The sad thing is it’s not Dominica’s fault. It’s our fault but the country’s good name has to be tattered…. It’s us of today that have to build and stand up for D/A.

  22. Servant
    March 29, 2012

    I am baffled by the reluctance of responsible Dominicans to see the value in Mr James’opinion. If we must take our country to a different level surely we must begin to think on a different level. We cannot sit back and think that the outcry from the gay community will only be restricted to the gay community; some are even prepared to be nonchalant and carefree whether or not Dominica get more of these gay cruises. I need not mention that the influence of the gay community is bigger than our little island mentality. Are we to naïve to not think that when the gay people present Dominica as hostile to gays that others(straight or “narrow) would not have second thoughts about Dominica. In simple terms gay people have families and friends of all sexual orientations. How can the people in authority take this negative publicity so lightly.

    It seems that our government does not have it’s priority in order. So often we see and hear Tony Astaphan untruths and cover ups to dissuade public opinion and to dampen accusations from the opposition. Now that the country truly need a mouth piece to counteract the bashing that we have received from the gay community ,the government and it’s officials are mute. To the laborites defending the administration at any cost there is nothing wrong in chastising the people you voted for to take care of your affairs. Are you Dominican ?

    Our administrators have missed a perfect opportunity to not only neutralize the negative publicity but also lost an opportunity to get free promotion for Dominica. Based on the nature of the situation it seems like any attempt now or in the near future to respond to this bad publicity may be futile and very likely labeled as insincere and arrogant- added insult to injury.

  23. March 29, 2012

    HE IS THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION PARTY,ALL HE HAS TO DO IS DO THE SAME HE ASKING THE GOVERNMENT TO DO ..CASE CLOSED

  24. Speak on
    March 29, 2012

    Dominicans seem to be a special breed of people. All James is saying is that authorities, in the Tourism Industry, Minister of Tourism, Ministry of Tourism, Discover Dominica, could use that opportunity to conduct extensive, worldwide PR as regards our Tourism, safeguard our ‘Nature Isle’ brand, respect for all visitors, respect for our laws, as well as working to improve security on island for locals as well as visitors.

    Is James that attacking, stealing or harming tourists? Increase in crimes, lawless acts or gays exposing themselves in public is because of James or Q95? The sales of our diplomatic immunity to all and sundry is due to James? Did James receive funds from CLICO for election campaign? And I could go on and on. As time is going on, more and more people are flocking to the devil’s fold.

    It seems honesty is a crime in Dominica. To speak the truth is an abomination, it would seem. If James says that CLICO bosses were wrong to squander people’s money; Dominicans will lose most of the millions of dollars invested, he would be ridiculed. Try as you all may, James, Q95 and patriotic Dominicans cannot be shut up. Our tongues do not have bones.

    • show me the money
      April 25, 2012

      GOD dont like ugly. wrong is wrong,Edison and all the people that think those men had a right to do their nasty degrading thing for every one to see is just as bad as the devil him self

  25. Me
    March 29, 2012

    When are Dominicans going raise their heads out of out of politics and see beyond political parties? When people? When?!!! When are Dominicans going to see the message and stop attacking the messenger? It is a fact that the gay couple continues to spread distorted message about the incident in Dominica, and it is a fact that they are putting Dominica in a negative light. It is a fact that if Dominica is viewed negatively that this could hurt the tourism industry. It is a fact that the government of Dominica did not come with a significant counter-balance to the international media to nullify the misleading information being disseminated by that gay couple. It is a fact that if ‘straight people’ believe what that couple are saying that some of them who would otherwise visit Dominica may not. Stop protecting a man or party, look out for the good of Dominica! Not because you support a party that it cannot be wrong! I love my children and when they are wrong I correct them. And I appreciate any friend of mine who correct or inform me when they see I am going off track. Grow up people. Grow up Dominicans!! Care less about political parties; care more for Dominica.

  26. Horseman
    March 29, 2012

    I am baffled by the reluctance of responsible Dominicans to see the value in Mr James’. If we must take our country to a different level surely we must begin to think on a different level. We cannot sit back and think that the outcry from the gay community will only be restricted to the gay community; to some are even prepared to be nonchalant and carefree whether or not Dominica get more of these gay cruises. I need not mention that the influence of the gay community is bigger than our little island mentality. Are we to naïve to not think that when the gay people present Dominica as hostile to gays that others(straight or “narrow) would not have second thoughts about Dominica. In simple terms gay peochple have families and friends of all sexual orientations. How can the people in authority take this negative publicity so lightly.

    It seems that our government does not have it’s priority in order. So often we see and hear Tony Astaphan disseminating lies and cover ups to dissuade public opinion and to dampen accusations from the opposition. Now that the country truly need a mouth piece to counteract the bashing that we have received from the gay community ,the government and it’s officials are mute. To the laborites defending the administration at any cost there is nothing wrong in chastising the people you voted for to take care of your affairs. Are you Dominican ?

    Our administrators have missed a perfect opportunity to not only neutralize the negative publicity but also lost an opportunity to get free promotion for Dominica. Based on the nature of the situation it seems like any attempt now or in the near future to respond to this bad publicity may be futile and very likely labeled as insincere and arrogant- added insult to injury.

  27. LATITUDED810
    March 29, 2012

    mr james is allways on q and when you listen to them you know its all about negativity,he must first condem q and the gang and then only then will he be able to ask the government any question

    • Look It
      March 29, 2012

      but what Q do allu nuh? 8-O

      condem Q for what?

    • miranda
      March 29, 2012

      u sound sooooooooo silly! smh

  28. sandy
    March 29, 2012

    Guys, this is not about Edison, Skerrit or q95. This about Dominica…we must stop being so dammmmm ignorant of the facts. What Edison said is the truth. I have been on so many sites, and our brand is so heavily criticized.many people claimed that they wont come to Dominica just because of all the attacks on tourists, the gay situation and more.

    • Joe
      March 29, 2012

      The internet is infested with gay stuff and gay groups. You act so surprised and discombobulated that some internet gay sites, and many at that, took offence to Dominica upholding her laws against boggaring.

  29. Anonymous
    March 29, 2012

    Eddo, why not you and Hector call these foriegn media and put out a statement? It will be seen as an official statement you know, and besides as a citizen of this country you have every right to defend it… Plus it will show that we are a united nation that will not allow ANYONE and i mean ANYONE to break our laws, however they are all welcome to to visit us and share with our many picturisque scenaries!!!

    Go ahead eddo do show us you care, call via Q95 Magic Jack and put them straight we the patriots will cover your back!!!

    • dominique
      March 29, 2012

      what is wrong with the people cashing the big tax payers bucks. Isn’t it their job. They are the ones in Government, aren’t they?

  30. mum.
    March 29, 2012

    Please James Please

  31. interesting
    March 29, 2012

    mr james just want to score political points. but le that thing die na. allu forever goi ng on with that issue. there are so many things that needs to be done and we are not speaking about it. gay people make allu popular no. moveon now. the longer we stick to one issude the longer it takes for Dominica to move forward…

  32. Francisco Telemaque
    March 29, 2012

    Edison, you have disappointed many in the past, I would think by now, you would have changed you rhetoric, it would appear these days that every time you decide to talk you damage your character in the process.

    In regards to the homosexuals, let us call them what they are!

    Gay means happy, when the Gaylord’s of Dominica an entertainment singing group, which included Denis, and my friend Greg Barnis called themselves ” The Gaylord’s,” they did not mean they were, or are homosexuals, since Gay means happy.

    The homosexuals call themselves gay to suit their purpose. Now to suggest that Skerrit do more international damage control is simply suggesting that he finds a way to cover up the truth, you are asking him to basically censor the international press; would that be fare?

    Absolutely not!

    I remember not too long ago, it was you Edison James, Ron Green, and Spags, and the rest of the UWP calling to bring back democracy in the country, as if it had left.

    How can one who said democracy is dead in a country, is now calling on the Prime Minister of that same country in which democracy is dead to censor both local and international press?

    Mind you DNO is an online information media, thus if you are going to censor reporters, and news agencies on the ground in Dominica, you would be subjecting DNO to censorship also!

    If you cannot do the time, the best way to evade punishment is not to commit the crime!

    I am surprised that you who claim to be a Lay Preacher would seek to cover up the activities of the homosexual acts committed in the country, what you are asking for is nothing more than a cover up of all the crimes occurring in the country, and that is not right!

    Now I doubt I said anything here which constitute a law suit, however, if you sue me, you ” ain’t” going to get one dime out of me, unless your cousin Hector, come back from the dead and pay for me.

    You see I am harder on biological relatives than those who matters nothing to me. Ask Gloria Dods (Dodds) Shillingford the hell I have given her over the dilapidated school in Wesley, and on other matters!

    I agree by now you are politically bankrupt, but you are just setting yourself up to be defeated by me Almost Nearly Cousin Skerrit again in the next election.

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Look It
      March 29, 2012

      pure none sense you spoke there. absolute garbage

    • Woodfordhill
      March 29, 2012

      Francisico Telemackack what the heck are you talking about. You are smarter than that so act accordingly. With my non electronic engineering degree just an under the woodfordhill mango tree education even I can understand the importance of presenting a regional and international response to the event. What do you care? – you won’t even come to Dominica for family funeral you little twirp and pretentious hypocrite. You about gay people with so much animosity yet you spend time with them in Palm Spring- you’re such a phony.

      Edison is not asking for a cover up or censorship he is simply asking that the government come out and tell the world the truth which by all accounts is opposite to what the gay people are reporting. If you care so much about Dominica why didn’t you call KTLM in southern California and offer our side of the story?

      • Dr luv
        March 29, 2012

        Telemacque have you any response

      • Francisco Telemaque
        March 29, 2012

        I refuse to leave Florida and travel to Dominica to bury my ralative whom I believe were Homosexual in nature, do you have a problem with that? And yes I do believe I know it all. Almost. Francisco-Dodds Telemaque

      • Justice and Truth
        March 29, 2012

        @ Woodfordhill

        I would ask you, what the heck are stating? I agree with Francisco.
        The PM should never pacify the international Media who, themselves support gays. Many of them are ungodly and adulterers.
        Pertaining to tourist cruise ship, I would worry about the crimes committed against tourists in Dominica rather than homosexuals (this is just what they are) cruise ships. Who cares about them anyway?
        We are still Dominicans whether we reside abroad. I am a concerned person and will ensure that DA does not get a bad name by those who commit abominations and who have no respect for our country and its nationals. They wanted to be wrong and strong. If I met any such person and it was addressed to me, will they ever get it from me.
        Dominicans who reside abroad and who heard and read about it should inform the international Media in the area where they reside and put them straight about what truly occurred. This is what I do in the area of the world where I reside. I am not afraid to do that.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        March 30, 2012

        Wood ford Hill, what side of what story can I tell KTLA, different to what happened on that faithful morning in our country?

        The fact is they broke our nation’s sodomy laws, and should have been incarcerated, ultimately, they got away with a slap on their wrist!

        As a result the cruse operators, boasted that the offenders were fined a small amount!

        To those Dominicans who are satisfied with their immoral conduct, and the disrespect they showed to our people, that group of people and (me cousin Edison James) should apologize to our nation for their support of the conduct of those outcast homosexuals.

        There is nothing I can call KTLA and say, except heterosexual, nor homosexual sex is not allowed in public in the continental United States, or any of their overseas territories such as St. Thomas, St. Croix, or Puerto Rico, Gawam , or any other, so why did these low class Americans believe they could display their conduct in public in our country, and get away with it?

        As for me going to Palm Springs, the way this works, is like this, since I can spot a bull-popper, as soon as I see one, I do not have to crowd, nor try to occupy the same space with them.

        I go to Palm Springs, to gamble, and entertain myself, go into one of the most secluded Hotels, and cool out for days, by they way, I travel with a professional nurse, who plays different rolls, so doh get any idea, that ah playing aunti-man eh!

        Thank you very much!

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Francisco Telemaque
      March 29, 2012

      DNO Readers I apologize for the ever long long comments that I continue to post on here. It is probably because of Old Age/Alzheimers Disease or just plain self-ishness that I feel the urge to write a page full in order to prove my point. I am sorry. I am not stupid, I know people are not wiling to waste that much of their time just reading my comment. I understand others may have a more valid contribution than I do to on occasion. Again I sincerely apologize.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        March 29, 2012

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

        Poor fool I feel sorry for you, damn idiot!

        Look at you!

        You see, if I was not more important than you; you would not have forged my name, it happens every time, just recently someone infiltrated my AOL account and disseminated thousands of mail in my name soliciting money form people.

        You need to be careful because if I want right now I can have the FBI trace your computer to the address where you are, from where you wrote this crap, and get you for impersonation; how about that?

        Do you wish me to prove to you how senile, and how much alzheimer’s disease has affected my brain, by screwing-up your life right now?

        You want to try me?

        Let me inform you in 2000, someone tried some crap like what you have done here, it took us less than an hour to trace the computer to a house in the village Vielle Case.

        So, be warned, you do not know who you are dealing with: because you are an nobody, a small insignificant nothing, I will leave you of the hook for now.

        But!

        And if you have any doubt in your mind what I wrote here in reference to Edison James, let me tell you; I can pick up my phone right now, and as long as he is in Dominica, I can find him whereever he is, and tell him to his face, anything I have to say about him.

        What can you do about that?

        Your hope is that he will once again become Prime Minister, and he will once again give you a handout!

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque is not looking for anything or any handouts from any politician, so I can critique whichever politician I wish, without fear of reprisals, or victimization!

        None of them can hurt me, neither an idiot like you!

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

      • Hart
        March 29, 2012

        Don’t worry nobody reading your foolishness

      • yep
        March 30, 2012

        nobody reading ur crap. Im surprised you got 12 people to like that diatribe above.

      • Justice and truth
        March 30, 2012

        Francisco:

        A one or two-liner is insufficient to express our thoughts on matters. A few of us do the same. I have previously stated that it is never my intention to make my writing lengthy but it just happens. I do try to shorten it.
        I always say when I plan to write I know what I will state but when I put my fingers and with my thinking cap on :) to the keyboard only God knows what I will state. This includes as I modify the writing.
        Surely everyone should give this a thought, comprehend it and be patient as also we exercise patience with them and their comments. After all, we take the time to write and hopefully what we state will be helpful, if not necessarily to everyone since they view things differently, having a mind of their own but to a few.
        I love reading. I do not mind reading long writings if they especially make sense.
        I do think that there are some who do not have a love for writing, the gift of it and lack a loving heart and patience. These are they who may criticize and object. They would do well to cultivate the gifts and virtues of the Holy Spirit.
        Francisco, people with Alzheimer’s are sick people and do not have this sort of memory. They will never be able to write lengthy writing and sensible ones. If you feel you have that illness, you may be wrong including your doctor if he/she diagnosed it. God bless!

  33. March 29, 2012

    We are not going to sacrifice our children’s future and our nation’s Godliness on the alter of Gay tourism if they cannot uphold the laws they can keep their gay dollars.

  34. JAZZY
    March 29, 2012

    I saw the TV interview. My friends in the international media do not know where the hell is Dominica, when I told them what happened, all they said was “YES” it’s about time a country stands up and say “NO” to this mess. They agreed with the action Dominica took. Not sure what “damage control in the international media” Mr. Edison James is talking about?

    • over seas
      March 29, 2012

      You are right. Ask Mr. James to google Gay tourist arrest in Dominica and read before he take space on DNO

    • Justice and truth
      March 30, 2012

      @ Jazzy

      Edison James, as a politician considered the lack of cruise ships and the almighty dollars that they may generate. He did not consider their immoral mannerisms. As far as I am concerned, Edison is a joker and makes no sense.
      The international Media has a lot to contend with in this era. There is so much news that they may not be able to cope with it. We hear one thing in a few minutes and another in a few more minutes. They will soon forget about what they broadcasted.
      I do feel that some members of the international Media may not support those so-called gay people and their practices but because they are employed in the Media, they have no alternative but to broadcast it. They have to keep their job. They also have to be neutral.
      You know the saying, “damage control my foot.” :lol:

  35. Me
    March 29, 2012

    When are Dominicans going raise their heads out of out of politics and see beyond polical parties? When people? When?!!! When are Dominicans going to see the message and stop attacking the messenger? It is a fact that the gay couple continue to spread distorted message about the incident in Dominica, and it is a fact that they are putting Dominica in a negative light. It is a fact that if Dominica is viewed negatively that this could hurt the tourism industry. It is a fact that the government of Dominica did not come with a significant counter-balance to the international media to nullify the misleading information being disseminated by that gay couple. It is a fact that if ‘straight people’ believe what that couple are saying that some of them who would otherwise visit Dominica may not. Stop protecting a man or party, look out for the good of Dominica! Not because you support a party that it cannot be wrong! I love my children and when they are wrong I correct them. And I appreciate any fried of mine who correct or inform me when they see I am going off track. Grow up people. Grow up Dominicans!! Care less about polical parties; care more for Dominica.

    • chinesenushi
      March 29, 2012

      WELL SAID. You make sooooooo much sense.

  36. chinesenushi
    March 29, 2012

    I must say I do agree with Mr. James for once and my views are non political. He has made some good points here. At least something should come from the top of the hierarchy defending the ‘Dominica brand’. In this volatile tourism industry we must make every effort to promote and protect the good name of our country and not allow others to bring us down in the gutter.

    • Justice and truth
      March 30, 2012

      @ chinesenushi

      Dominica has a good name. Those who disrespect Dominica and its nationals are the ones who give it a bad name. Thank God they are in the minority. Not worthwhile commenting further.

  37. Dayandnightvision
    March 29, 2012

    EH BEHN MR JAMES YOU NOT EASY. YOU DOING AS IF YOU DONT KNOW WHO BLEW THIS OUT OF PROPORTION. I BET YOU LISTEN TO Q95 RELIGIOUSLY. DONT TELL ME YOU DO NOT KNOW THAT MOST OF WHAT Q PROMOTES IS NEGATIVE?
    WHEN SOME PPL RUN THEIR MOUTHS ON Q WE DONT KNOW THE EFFECTS OF THAT? THEIR SOLE PURPOSR IS TOGET AT ONE MAN, THE PM EVEN AT THE COST OF DESTROYING DOMINICA
    COME ON MR JAMES BE HONEST. ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE WELFARE OF DA? SEARCH YOURSELF, EXAMINE YOUR CONSCIENCE. YOU KNOE DISHONESTY IS REALLY YOUR BEST POLICY

  38. Fairplay
    March 29, 2012

    Political opposition elements are doing and have done more harm to Dominica than the pro-gay media.

  39. VIVA 1979!!
    March 29, 2012

    while it would have been nice to hear something from the administration in the initial stage of this fiasco, right now I think everyone needs to just move on from here Mr. James, any more lingering on this issue may just do more harm than good. I think DNO’s poll on the subject is indicative that Dominica is more or less welcoming of gay tourism, I think this should send a clear enough message to the international community, especially we being the victims of this public display of indiscretion.

  40. Arab
    March 29, 2012

    NEVER!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. March 29, 2012

    We spend 2 weeks talking about a little on a boat.Eddo must had been sleeping because Q explain ball by ball for me.Let them talk bout our country..We die Nah..

  42. Satelite
    March 29, 2012

    Thank you Mr. James you have just done what you are requesting from the PM. Is that what opposition means, that you oppose everything, why can’t you as the opposition make a statement as well?

  43. stupes
    March 29, 2012

    what bad name dominica getting? most news report back dominica by saying if the guys knew it was illegal they were right to be arrested. so stop the drama. that was so last week, get with something else man.

    n please mr eddison stop the crap. dominica is homophobic. stupes!!!! the people all over the world are concerned with the crime committed, but dominicans just upset cuz it was a gay cruise

    • Lady love
      March 29, 2012

      Eh,Eh. Unless they doh put the blame on Skerritt they will not be satisfied.
      THE RAIN FALL IS SKERRITT
      THE SUN HOT IS SKERRITT
      THE WIND BLOW IS SKERRITT
      EVERY THING IS SKERRITT.
      I WONDER IF SOME PEOPLE CALL GOD’S NAME AS OFTEN AS THEY CALLING SKERRITT NAME.

      BUT ALL I KNOW PLENTY PEOPLE, YOUNG AND OLD PRAYING FOR SKERRITT.

      • VIVA 1979!!
        March 30, 2012

        praying for, or praying to???

      • Justice and truth
        March 30, 2012

        @ Lady Love

        I am praying for him too. They blame him for everything. There are times to ask him questions but there are times to leave him out of it.
        Ever since I commenced accessing DNO I have noted how some of them have lambasted him and have commented about him and against him. Today, it is not so bad as it were approximately a year ago. We cannot blame the PM for everything that goes wrong in a nation. They even blame the PM for their poverty as if he is responsible for their poverty. Would love to say more…

  44. an observer
    March 29, 2012

    mr james,skerrit did not have it on q as a gift. the president gave his statement already, if that is not enough for u just be one of the good citizens that love his country dearly, and send a statement to cnn, bbc, abc and all the overseas news media, that would give you 1000 thumbs up.

  45. shak
    March 29, 2012

    Mr. James go tell Matt and Angelo about the damage they have caused. The Pm has nothing to do with that.

  46. Kristoff
    March 29, 2012

    Mr. James

    I applaud your effort, but don’t you think it’s a bit to late? Damage have already been done. A number of persons indicating that they will not be spending their monies to come to Dominica especially persons of the LGBTI (lesbian, gays, bi-sexual, transgender, intersex) community.

    We Dominicans are to hypocritical to the issue of Homosexuality. There are a number of homosexuals in Dominica and the level of tolerance is at minimal. We are quick to pick up the bible and read all verse that condemns homosexuality but fail to realize that we are hurting the economy when we parade the bayfront and street with the bible and preaching nonsense to a boat who came to spend some money. Don’t get me wrong, what the guys did was wrong, however, the action of the police and local media personnel did not do justice to the situation.

    Parading the guys on the streets with little protection etc could be chaotic.

    And on another note, why wasn’t immigration involve in the removal of the guys on the cruise ship?? why did the police went on board and remove the guys?? Hmmm.. We are up for a ride trust me, gay people don’t take this level of discrimination lightly especially when their human rights is being infringe on.

    My 2 cents

  47. Anonymous
    March 29, 2012

    who is controlling the cancer thats being spread on Q?

    • miranda
      March 29, 2012

      it is cancerous as you say! WHY DO YOU LISTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. LIMINGLUCY
    March 29, 2012

    WITH ALL DO RESPECT MR. EDDISON, ALL DOMINICAN PLAY A PART IN THE UPKEEP OF OUR REPUTATION, GET OFF SKERRIT BACK, YOU ARE JUST LOOKING FOR EXCUSES TO BLAME SOMETHING ON HIM AS USUAL. LISTEN I LIVE IN AMERICA, THERE IS NOTHING DOMINICA CAN DO OR SAY RIGHT NOW, OTHER THAN TO LET THIS THING DIE….MR. EDDO GET A LIFE.

    • Look It
      March 29, 2012

      If Edison told you the color of blood is red, you will tell him he wrong, it’s purple.

  49. ??
    March 29, 2012

    This is being politicized now. The president or whoever from the cruise company has already made a clear statement of what transpired. The truth is already out there for those seeking the truth so a statement from the government will make no difference. This is just a show of desperation on the part of the UWP and the Q95 cabal.

  50. Political Observer
    March 29, 2012

    Isn’t there a gov’t press secretary?? that should have been their job.

  51. muta
    March 29, 2012

    My Gadd even eddoe in the gay thing too.. why he defending the men for na?

    • Sigh
      March 29, 2012

      Mr. James is not defending the action of the men or saying that was it wrong to prosecute them for breaking the law. He’s simply stating that there should be some damage control re Dominica’s portrayal as a homophobic nation. In other words, Dominica should not be portrayed as being against homosexuals, pansexual, bisexuals, heterosexuals, etc., but rather against lawbreakers. All should know that they are welcome to visit this island without being persecuted because of their sexual orientation (I can still hope). SIGH!

      • Justice and truth
        March 30, 2012

        @ Sigh

        Why do they not go on a general cruise ship, a mixed one? Why do they have a cruise ship for mainly homosexuals? Do you not see what they are up to? Satan is their master and they are so ignorant morally and spiritually that they are not away of it.
        Let me further inform you they are dangerous people who want all writes, even for churches to marry them. As the persecution of the Church will surely reveal its ugly devilish head, tactics and action, the day is coming when they will sue all churches for not marrying them. There is more to come. You better start praying, lest you condemn yourself for all eternity for supporting them in any respect. Stay tuned as the years progress.

  52. Look It
    March 29, 2012

    Excellent Points Mr. James. However, several persons will not take their time, read and understand what you said. According to Tony….it’s “blows time” 8)

  53. Big Bannan
    March 29, 2012

    We need a few more incidents like that so people can have an idea where Dominica is located. lol I’m very proud to see Dominica in the international spotlight, all over youtube for humanitarian/moralistic/and religious beliefs sake. Not a bad job in my opinion. But we have to admit we are quite homophobic.

  54. cuz
    March 29, 2012

    people will view us in a bad spotlight,but you know what? if they were testing us atleast we stoodup for what we believe, if gays want to think we hate them that is all up to them, straight people will still come.
    we should always ensure that people respect the laws of the land no matter who they are

  55. Civil Servant
    March 29, 2012

    Please Please Let that story die. All who are link to this give good and bad comments. Bye Bye to that Gay thing now.

    • crankshalf
      March 29, 2012

      lol, This story may die in Dominica but not in the US…….these people takes things personally to the core. already we are being branded as a homophobic country with sodomy laws. we all should be aware that Americans lie when they reach the home soil in contradiction to the truth that is out there. Lets move on because Damage has already being done and it our duty as citizens living in the Diaspora to eliminate the illments about Our beloved Dominica. Lets us be responsible Dominican and work together to build on the foundation that our fore fathers has left behind. There is a lot of house keeping to be done in our country as it related to the violence acts committed against our visitors. Community policing is the Key!!!!!!

      • Justice and truth
        March 30, 2012

        @ crankshalf

        You are wrong! Not all Americans will agree with you. You appear to forget or have you forgotten that there are millions of genuine practicing Christians in America, just as much as elsewhere in the world who detest homosexuality and lesbian practices and do not support them? Their governments legalized it and this so-called same sex marriage. This does not mean that every one of them approved it. Some politicians are homosexuals and lesbians which is why this abomination was legalized.
        When you vote in the future, ensure that your government Leader or PM is not one. If he/she is, do not vote for that politician. If a politician approaches me this is one of the questions I will ask. If they are as they are quick to admit it, excuse me, I will say to Hell with you. Get out of my life and face. I will not vote you. What they do is always to promote their agenda. I am so angry with this sort of abomination which highly offends God and contaminates the mind of children and the world in general. May I not say anymore.

  56. Me Too
    March 29, 2012

    So it’s not ok for foreigners to destroy our country name but its ok for the opposition. You guys have given Dominica more bad press than anyone. So what is your point Mr. James, trying to use that incident to score political points, that’s why you guys will remain always as the opposition.

    • Justice and truth
      March 30, 2012

      @ Me too

      This is also my conclusion, trying to score political points. He will not win. For the love of God, for morality sake and also for the youths, we must condemn homosexuality and those types of cruise ships. If we do not do this, woe to us as God looks on and takes note.

  57. liddy
    March 29, 2012

    Mr James that is one of the few times I agree with you. The Dominica brand is being heavily criticized. I am not hearing a squeak from the administration. Its like they sweep the problem under the rug and hope it go away. That situation could have been handle better from a PR stand point. If Tourism is the industry we are hoping to developed in our prime industry, we need to safe guard our reputation. I not saying making people break our laws and get away with if. But just being smart about the approach and making the authorities and public aware of the approach.

  58. FAE
    March 29, 2012

    Even Dominicans abroad and in Dominica helps to promote this bad publicity, with their ignorant rants and self righteous BULL! Dominicans have NO idea about Damage control. As soon as something happens they go on the attack, not to the issue, but to Dominica and Dominicans. It’s a blasted shame!

    • Justice and truth
      March 30, 2012

      @ FAE

      Not all of them! :twisted: :twisted:

  59. My2Sense
    March 29, 2012

    Agreed.

  60. ron rainbow
    March 29, 2012

    The pm work here is done. now we are awaiting the arrival of the christians cruise. Amen.

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