Mountains to get new names

A view of Morne Diablotin

Dominicans who are used to the names of two mountains on the island will soon have to change their perception of them as the government has accepted a recommendation to have these names changed.

Morne Diablotin will receive the new name of Morne Santé (Mountain of Health) while Morne aux Diable will recieve Morne Lapé (Mountain of Peace).

Speaking on the state-owned DBS Radio on Tuesday principle advisor in the office of the prime minister, Eddie Lambert, said the changes reflect a quest to develop a national identity.

In explaining the rationale Lambert said something is not right when Dominica was named after the Lord and two of the island’s prominent peaks were named after the devil. “We felt really this was not a bright and positive signal being sent out,” he said.

He pointed out the name changes could be the first steps into shrugging off what he described as ‘negativity’ in the Dominican society. “We think perhaps in a subliminal manner will contribute to a beginning of the eradication of the negativity that is building in our society,” he said.

The name change was suggested to the government by the special committee consisting of Eddie Lambert, the late Charles Maynard, Emmanuel Nathan, Reverend William Watty, Evangelist Peter R. Augustine and Clementina Monroe.

Morne Diablotin is Dominica’s tallest mountain standing at a height of 4,747 feet while Morne aux Diable stands at 2,826 feet.

Lambert said changes in the names of streets and sites on the island are possible in the future.

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343 Comments

  1. Really man!
    August 20, 2018

    If the chief advisor is concerned about negativity in the country he should advise the prime minister to stop the corruption and he and his ministers, including advisors should account for their assets which must be supported by lawfully earnings, or return to a State Fund!

  2. clauds
    September 22, 2015

    I cannot believe what I am hearing, seriously a name change what is the rush when the country has just gone through it’s worst crisis.
    Is the God’s talking to the government? the name change will not make a difference.Rhw country nèed prayer and faith and love and respect for humanity a love of country and its people. Thus is not need for change there are better things to change .

  3. Anonymous
    November 2, 2013

    people are going to call them by their original names anyway

  4. nicky
    January 6, 2013

    Bless the most high God for this name change. A name is very important and speaks volume. We cannot take things (names and titles) for granted especially those two significant land marks. Mountain of Health and Mountain of Peace – Praise God!!!! To Him be all honour, glory and power and dominion forever and ever. May the people and island of Dominica be blessed indeed. God is certainly doing a new thing – He is making a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Trust in him and you will see the breakthrough that many people have been earnestly praying for. God bless Dominica!!!!!

  5. dicky
    December 17, 2012

    I see no reason for a change in the names of the mountain but i do see a reason for a change in the government.

  6. law and Order
    December 13, 2012

    This is ridiculous,have the government lost is mind. There are so many importnt things to be done in Dominica and they are thinking of changing our mountain names on the advice of a witch doctor from Africa. Where is Dominica going in ignorance. We are not Africans, thre is no such thing s an African,frica is no homogenious, it is a continent of many different people.We are the descendants of French, Kalinago and English and Spanish and black people from the African continent,or Neg maron. So thefrench name of Diablotin after the birds is relevant to our history. Why would the PM want to change that aspect of our history based on superstition.Tell he PM what Dominica needs is honesty in the courts, fairness in business deaings. Impartiality in government.Maybe it is time for the people to remove the government. The government is losing it.

    • shawn
      December 13, 2012

      You are so right!

    • cyrique
      December 22, 2012

      Oh I don’t think the Government is losing it at all – on the contrary, I think they’ve cracked it – they’ve got it spot on.

      I actually feel a sense of peace with the name change. Perhaps the name change will bring us some blessing! I hope that The Catholic Church was consulted!!!

      The only sad feeling is the amount of times I’ve had to remember the names of those mountains when I was a little girl in Nun School!!!

      God bless Dominica!!!!

      Well done Skerro!!!

  7. south city
    December 12, 2012

    Who really named these mountains and the birds that they were named after? Times are changing my people and it is also time for us to be more enlightened than being closed-minded. We have accepted whatever names were given to us and never realised the power of words. We have spanish, English French and all other names that don’t pertain to us as a people. I admire those of us who name our children African names because that’s who we are. We have allowed all these European names and think that that’s really who we are but what needs to be realised is that these were slave masters’ names. Africans who were brought to Dominica could not keep their names. They were forced to accept these names. When are we going to awake out of sleep and come to terms of who we really are? We are Africans living in the Caribbean. We are not Asians, Caucasians, Indians or Hispanics. We are Africans by race even though we were not born on the continent. The people that I mentioned identify with their land of origin except us. We have been totally brainwashed like no other race. As a result, we have been taught to hate our race. Many of you may not like my style of writing because you can’t tolerate the truth. We have been lied to for so long that the truth has become a lie and the lie, the truth.
    I am in favour of changing the mountains’ names and all the other oppressive names in Dominica.
    Peace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous
      December 13, 2012

      My lady or good man. We are not Africans, Africans are born in Africa. We are Black people living in the Caribbean. Just as there are black people all our the world, including Europe, Africa, America and everywhere else.

    • Rebel
      December 13, 2012

      since you are in favour of changing names i think you should start with yours. ” South City” implies that you are below, undertdeath, a lesser person.going south gives the impression that you are regressing lower and lower. think about it.
      silly isnt it ?

    • sj
      December 13, 2012

      So called ‘black people’ existed all over the world and spoke every single major language that existed until this so called colour line was made up in Europe in the mid 1800’s by Scientist that discoverd that the first human was from Africa. Read Cheikh Anta Diop, he is a Senagales Doctor of Science, too much to get into. We are brainwashed with modern history that does not tell the real facts that some European royality are what people call ‘black’, they just where powder on their faces, today it is bleach! Dominica’s history is not the same as Jamaicas, plus slaves as dark as Africans where taken from as far as Canada and sent to the larger islands in the Caribean or even Europe during the so called ‘trans-atlantic’ slave trade, which was really global. What is called Africa is not the recent home of all ‘black’ and brown skined. Even the word Africa is from the European General Scipio Aemilianus Africanus of Rome. While the new names do sound nice, the historical names should stay!

  8. December 12, 2012

    I would like to know what has the mountains done to require a name change? What is the name change going to accomplish? What will the new names do to restore the Island? In my opinion, and I am sure in the opinion of the majority of the citizens of Dominica, the mountains will always be MORNE DIABLOTIN and MORNE AU DIABLE. There are so many changes that need implementing for anyone to consider name changes for mountains. What is WRONG with you people? Clean the drains, sidewalks, pot holes, repair the bridges, old houses that needs demolishing and rebuild. There is too much repair required on the Island and its inhabitants to worry about mountain name change.

    WHAT ELSE?

  9. :-(
    December 12, 2012

    The DLP cabal more demonic than those mountains… at least when we want peace of mind we can go take a hike up those mountains for some fresh air instead of going to Red Clinic to scratch our bor tete.

  10. waitukubuli-original
    December 12, 2012

    Morne Diablotin and Morne Au Diables, from henceforth yuou shall be called the mountain of health and the mountain of peace. For you were created by the most high God- for His pleasure you are and were created!

    Morne tois pitons should be renamed also – Holy Trinity – one peak each for the Father, one for the Son and one for the Holy Ghost.

    Oh and all the soukoyah in Dominica you all will find another mountain top to do allu makakwi.

    Somebody bite me, for saying that.

  11. December 12, 2012

    You need a majority of D/ca votes 4 dat,we ar Democratic & d same way mtn names can b removed so can U

  12. Observer
    December 12, 2012

    I am NOT a supporter of Skerrit’s government, but I surely support that move to change the names. What are you all talking about changing history crap?! The history will remain. The only thing is that it was once Morne Diablotin and now Morne Santé. I welcome the change. Why would you people have some of the tallest peaks named after the devil? I hated symbology – the devil and his followers do not like that change.

    • yes i
      December 12, 2012

      somebody tell you the mountains were named after the devil? Get your facts straight before you talk @observer

    • .
      December 12, 2012

      I think the devil must be you and the devilish way you think. It cannot be any of the two blessed mountains.

    • Try again
      December 12, 2012

      How comes you are so familier with the thinking patterns of the devil and his followers?

  13. stehen
    December 12, 2012

    if you were to ask ten people in europe where is DOMINICA they will reply its next to HAITI please change the nameDominica to somthing else
    we are overshadow by the DOMINICAN republic,more if you were to coogle DOMINICA you will not just DOMINICA but DOMINICAN repbulic will come up just try it for yourslef

    • shawn
      December 13, 2012

      you are SO right! Waitukubuli, that will stand out more!

    • sj
      December 13, 2012

      waitukubuli

    • Holiday Island Boy
      December 15, 2012

      That just shows the ignorance in the so-called First World. Ask Americans where Birmingham is and probably 100 % will reply in Alabama. But the city if Birmingham in the UK will not change its name because of that.

    • peaceandlove
      March 22, 2019

      Our island was named Dominica because it was discovered on a Sunday, the day of the Lord. No other name can be superior to this one.

  14. Anonymous
    December 12, 2012

    I am a supporter of labour to awa wi all u going to far leave the mountains alone pls it not troubling u it not troubling me skerrit its like u trying to rewrite history u troubling everything

  15. pas in out
    December 12, 2012

    well you all have a whole sets of book to change how is this going to happen done think dont think we should, change anythink about our history

    • waitukubuli-original
      December 12, 2012

      Since we now live in an electronic age they can burn all the books and create an online historical database. Isn’t this the direction everyone embraces? electronic age?

      So many logawoos that is part of our history. Voodoo and the likes. History my butt! Wasn’t it just recently a group of mere human beings decided to come together and declard that PLUTO was no longer a planet? so what happened to all the books in where pluto is listed as a planet?

      You people never cease to amaze me with your political agendas

  16. Voice from the North
    December 12, 2012

    This is a very sad state of affairs for Dominica. People are being placed into advisory committees and what they come up with is change of name for two mountains? They are really being paid for nothing.
    There are so many other more important and more critical issues for change in Dominica and they come up with something that is of very little significance to the development of the country.
    Why didn’t they suggest a change of the name for the island; something that Dominicans have been advocating for so long.
    The very persons advocating for the change of name for the mountain and linking the name to the Devil, are the very ones who by their lifestyles and what they tolerate shows that they cooperate with the devil.

  17. waitukubuli-Original
    December 12, 2012

    Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any political party. I all for Dominica.

    With that said, it is sooooo obvious that the lava that is being spewed on DNO is a mere “political eruption”. People hate Skerrit so much that they will NEVER agree to any decision made by his administration.

    It is also very obvious that you people don’t really care about a name change- please- you guys are just demonstrating your partiality. You can’t even express your opinions without hatred and anger. Maybe I should consider openning a “pressure pills” shop in Roseau,as an alternative to the PMH as they may run out of those. I can be a millionnaire in a few weeks because all that resentment, insolence and rage must have your pressures sky high! phew!

    • Strait Talk
      December 12, 2012

      If you want to become rich on people with your pressure pills you will remain poor because no body will take you stupid pills. It will be good only for you

  18. lost
    December 12, 2012

    when grown men and women leave child’s play alone…D/ca will be a better place…work that committee they put together didn’t have to do? i swear these are the people who have God knows how many degrees and distinctions to their names yet they wasting time about changing the names of mountains. even saying the name change “We think perhaps in a subliminal manner will contribute to a beginning of the eradication of the negativity that is building in our society”. boy look a load of crap…let me tell u, when all those criminals committing their crimes whoever tell those so called educated people those criminals thinking about mountains…

    honestly much their time could have better been spent helping to develop much needed social programs for the youth…that would be a more tangible way to aid our society rather than changing the names of mountains…none of them didn’t think of that…

    anyways i hope these people were not paid to do that…cuz tax payers money should not be wasted as such

  19. Sofie
    December 12, 2012

    If you support Skerrit and wear red – then adopt the new names—–Otherwise cleaning the police force and wiping out corruption is a better use of big time consulants’ time. This is a joke—–

  20. Susan
    December 12, 2012

    This is the most idiotic thing I have heard. Lambert receives thousands to advise on a name change for a mountain….God help us…

  21. possie
    December 12, 2012

    Well the Environment Department must now step in to rename Morne Watt, maybe that will drive away the rats and eradicate Leptospirois…. what you think? is diabloten and morne au diable according to Lambert attracts the deveil then Morne Watt is attracting the rats; and maybe they will find something on Trois Pitons just now

  22. Eggleston
    December 12, 2012

    I cannot believe the Dominica cabinet is wasting time on changing mountains names. Why should they do that? It is just unbelievable.

  23. ZANDOLI
    December 12, 2012

    GREAT MOVE… THIS ADMINISTRATION IS DOING SOMETHINGS RIGHT… PRAISES AND THANKS TO THE ALMIGHTY GOD FOR THIS CHANGE!!!

    • Reader
      December 12, 2012

      Doh worry Zandoli … they coming after you next!!

    • Jay
      December 12, 2012

      No wonder you calling yourself zandoli!

  24. detimeguy
    December 12, 2012

    A well written and well thought out counter to this whole renaming debacle. Give it a read, no matter what side of the fence you fall on this issue.

  25. December 12, 2012

    This must really be a good thing seeing that men without God are sooooo enraged!!!

    • Real Dominican Diva
      December 12, 2012

      I don’t think the assumption that you’re making about “people/men without God are enraged” is accurate. The reason why most people are enraged over the name change is the fact that the money used to pay this consultant could have been used in a more effective way. There are many other fund deserving projects that the government could have used that money for. Also, if no money was paid to this consultant (which I highly doubt) the time they invested into coming up with new names could have been utilized more wisely. Honestly, when you think of meaning of the old and the new names, then it’s not a bad idea. I just feel that now is not the time, considering so much is going on.

  26. TOMBAS
    December 12, 2012

    Boy look pappyshow in Dominica… it have so things to be changed in dominica and is mountain name we changing instead… i mean unemployment rampant, children hungry, health care in crisis, no tourists coming but we renaming mountain. crime rate increasing, illegal drugs rampant but is mountain name we changing… look pappyshow in my land lord jesus :lol: :lol: :lol: we are really the caribbean laughing stalk

  27. Nkrumah Kwame
    December 12, 2012

    Never before in my life have I encountered such STUPIDITY!!! This is absolutely laughable. The KALINAGO have been pleading for soooo long to have their dignity restored; all to no avail, yet we have time to attempt to get rid of the “negativity” that these two PEACEFUL mountains are purported to generate. Let me suggest that this so-called “negativity” is actually in our MINDS and ATTITUDES.

    There is a scarcity of medicine and personnel at the PMH, both the pharmacy and laboratory are closed on weekends; the attitude of some (a minority)health officials is squalid; we still have UNTRAINED teachers in the classrooms; the restaurant at Melville Hall Airport does poor catering and YET we prefer to place our attention on such TRIVIAL matters as the names of Dominica’s two beautiful mountains!!
    Since we do not want to face reality as it seems better to live in this dream world, let’s also change these:

    The name of the community of “Massacre” where one of the most horrendous crimes against humanity was committed.

    The name of “Paix Bouche”, Fond St Jean, and all the other “negative” names :lol: :lol: :lol:

  28. non-resident
    December 12, 2012

    what a stupid and complete brainless approach to change the names of the mountains instead of doing something useful for the society…how about putting numbers on all buildings or implementing indexing system for all houses on the island….

  29. PONG
    December 12, 2012

    devil vs jesus is like
    mountain vs skerrit

  30. Annon
    December 12, 2012

    Get the Kalinagos involved in the naming! Duh

  31. CHRISTIAN ALWAYS
    December 12, 2012

    well since we changing name lets just change DOMINICA name to “ISLE DE MON SORT”.

    • Real Dominican Diva
      December 12, 2012

      :lol: wow, funny but so true.

      • HEAVENLY
        December 13, 2012

        So true… why?…because you stupid….STUPID!!

  32. CHRISTIAN ALWAYS
    December 12, 2012

    they are bankrupt of ideas and have no vision, the country is falling apart and the government is making time to change a mountain name that was given to it hundreds of years ago… well allu have time on allu hands to waste.

    just now allu will change roseau name… idea, lets call it blarecut, not blaircourt

  33. Zor
    December 12, 2012

    Just wondering, isn’t that what public consultation is all about? How is it that we are only now hearing of these changes; at the last moment? Shouldn’t we the Dominican public be aware that this was coming up and thereby give out input?

    Yes sah gouvelment

  34. Kubuli Kountry
    December 12, 2012

    Why didn’t they call a referendum for this?? It’s time We the People start demanding referendum on issues of national interest.

  35. Affection8
    December 12, 2012

    Dominicans if you don’t understand something it is best to stay quiet Some things are spiritual and the natural man cannot understand spiritual things. I think it is a good move to change the names of the mountains. None of you who have an issue with the name change would name your children with Diab.. in their name. Congrats to the committee and the Government for the name change.

    • Anti hypocrit
      December 12, 2012

      U are attempting to personify a mountain which is wrong. How dare you compare a mountain with children of humans?

      Since there is a mountain called morne macaque. Would you called your child macaque? Definitely not! So don’t go comparing mountains and people in the same breath!

    • Papa Dom
      December 12, 2012

      sorry to say but your s called spirituality has cut you off from reality and common sense. You are so spiritual that you don’t take time out to learn the history of your country. You are so spiritual yet have no time to speak out against the wrong doings of the government of your country but most importantly you are so spiritual yet you have chosen to make a god out of a mortal beig and worship at his alter of corruption. Shame on you I say, shame on you.

    • Real Dominican Diva
      December 12, 2012

      Well since you were there in the beginning with Jesus, and you know the reason behind the names, then please continue. Otherwise, if I have you mistaken with someone else, then please be quiet. The original names of the mountains is being taken out of context. I quite certain that the “devil” that the names suggest is not in the literal sense of the word, but in the fact that while these mountains are beautiful, the terrain makes them difficult, dangerous and for lack of a better word, a “devilish” course to navigate.

  36. Little BIG
    December 12, 2012

    The right wing evangelists have presented their ugly face in social politics. Now they are lobbying the Government to effect change. The fine feathered Diablotin, now extinct, will have one less national monument to preserve their legacy in Dominican folklore and history.

    Now in the spirit of Christmas… annou chantez, chantez, chantez nouelle. Diablotin pwes mort… Allez couyez compere Disho pour malfaytay lenfer.

  37. 767/246
    December 12, 2012

    This makes absolutely no sense. You want to take away from the negativity in our society fine i’m down with that, but changing the names of our mountains isnt the way to go about it. Build a school, a health centre, a rehabilitation centre, a bridge or something and name it bridge of peace of whatever french way ya’ll want to put it… but leave the mountain names alone. please and thank you

  38. Choice - X
    December 12, 2012

    The Kalinago(aka Carib) people who have been leaving in Dominica for hundreds of years – before the arrival of Columbus and the hoards of brutal European colonizers who followed – has petitioned the government to REVERT their name back to KALINAGO officially.

    Up to this day, this government is stonewalling them.Ensuring the dig the wound deeper by creating a portfolio called CARIB affairs. CARIB being a DEROGATORY name given by the European invaders to belittle/conquer the indigenous folks by stigmatising them as CANNIBALS(a myth that has been debunked several times)

    So if these government “name benders” were genuine, they would have started with those living breathing people, who have feelings and are also the poorest inhabitants on their ‘own’ land, still weighed down by the vicious legacy of colonialism and recently, neo-colonialism.

    Instead of dealing with the long-suffering Kalinago people, they opted to chose a paganistic approach, and dealt with two inanimate mountain sites, which have made no such demands on them(as they obviously can’t).

    If only that government had the wisdom and foresight to start this name game by 1st restoring DIGNITY to the KALINAGO people, then it would have paved the ways for other changes on a needs be basis. In the absence of this , this unilateral and misconceived motion, will remain just a MOCKERY to the people of Dominica and a testament of the patently SUPERSTITIOUS nature of those entrusted to lead this fragile nation.

  39. Emil Ti Kwen
    December 11, 2012

    Morne Diablotin was not named after the devil. The name was taken from a pelagic bird whose calls sounded devilish. Thus the name Diablotin was given to the bird. Because the birds nested on the mountain, it was named Diablotin after the name of the bird. The mountain was named in the mid nineteeth century. Dominica was quiet and peaceful then up to the 50s, The name Diablotin had no influence to cause the people to be devilish. Name change would have no effect on the attitudes and inclinations of Dominicans. What is most awful in name change is the effect it has on Cartographers and map-makers. These changes could drive cartographers crazy when they have to make all these changes on their stock of maps. Changing the name of these mountains will not change Dominicans one iota. There must be better ways and means to try to remedy the ills of Dominicans. Who was the originator of this idea?

  40. out of south city
    December 11, 2012

    We, black or African people, have accepted the Europeans names for TOO long. Why should we keep these names for the mountains when all they mean is DEVIL? We, as a people MUST cease the power to define things. We are supposed to be an independent nation and therefore we need to get rid of all the slave-oriented names and manner of life and return to what and who we rightfully were and are, which is an African race.

  41. PC
    December 11, 2012

    So it take 5 big man and a grown woman how long to come up with those names? : :-D I hope its a voluntary committee and not one funds are allocated for. smh…

    In my opinion, if the change of the historic names of the island has to be done, attach it to the voting ballot and let the people of the country decide. Not 6 people drinking black label and coconut water having a discussion behind closed doors. :twisted:

  42. Creola
    December 11, 2012

    Well honestly this morning when I hear Eddie talking about the name change for the two mountains I had to run and ask somebody why we naming mountain after brer rabbit??? I mean I like the meat and all but it was a copeh lape that came to mind and all those crazy people walking in Roseau begging tourist for money as the name for the other, until they tell me that “sante” does not translate to sanity…

    Slowly I’m losing my grasp of the Creole and so I’m hoping that my children will always understand the names given to these mountains and that one day the true meaning will not be so lost to them for them to put together a committee to change the names again…

  43. Ros
    December 11, 2012

    Don’t they have better things to think about changing right now?

  44. paul
    December 11, 2012

    OMG i cant believe that my people are so shallow, change the name of the mountains for what? Changing the name of a mountain going to let us be more Godly? It is going to provide employment? is it going to let come together as one, without the interference of party colors? The Mountains were named for a reason. The names of the mountains is our history, why change history? I am hurt and deeply disgusted. ITS JUST A NAME PEOPLE!!!! SMH

  45. >>>>>>>>>>>>>
    December 11, 2012

    Call the mountains (1) “Go to Hell” and (2) “NO Law No Constitution Will Stop Me”.

  46. oh lawd
    December 11, 2012

    all the moutains has history behind them..morne diablotin was named after a bird that once resided in Dominica many years ago(it was believed that the bird sounded like the devil) my goodness,let us please learn our history before we make any changes we have to regret and plus the name attract eco tourist and researchers considering the fact that the diablotin” bird once or still lives there smh..what they need to change is cock street,virgin lane…Gutter and tarsih pit..please and thank you

    • December 11, 2012

      @oh lawd

      You have a good point here! But sometimes it is good to put the pass behind and to move on.

      I mean who wants to accept that a bird who sounded like the “Devil” once lived on our beautiful mountain? What good has the devil done in our lives, that we should provoke the minds of our children to think about him?

      And also, who knows what the devil sounds like–he who is spirit, and uses the mind and physical body of any living thing to do his destructive works against God’s chosen people?

      So all of this is the attitude of superstition of the past–history or not, we do not need to preserve those kinds of ideas. I still wish they had called “Morne Diablotin”, “Morne de Lavie”. It is much better and easier to think about Life that the death of the devil.

      • Distured
        December 11, 2012

        Don’t be foolish, That’s the dangerous thinking that allows gays to be “some what” accpeted in our current society.

        You can’t move forward unless u accept the past for what it is.

      • CHRISTIAN ALWAYS
        December 12, 2012

        what did you have to say when skerrit was consider to be like jesus by mathew walters….
        nothing.
        we have to be fair and righteous and not agree to anything without reason.

  47. December 11, 2012

    “Devils mountain in the English language is not the cause of a lack of prosperity in the country, if anything; I suggest it is the domination of the “natural devil” in the hearts and mind of our people which caused the country to be so backward and lacking so much” Francisco Etienne Telemaque

    Nice going FETe in your comment below. But what is a “natural devil” nuh?

    Natural has a body, but the devil is “spirit”, just as God Almighty is “Spirit” that is the reason the Battle for Life is taking place on the ground of our mind. The fight is between “conscience” and our “human senses”.

    God is sowing the seeds of Life to us, by the Power of Holy Spirit, from conscience; Satan is sowing the seeds of death to us, by the rule of our human senses.

    Hence Jesus tells us: “You will know them by their fruits”. That is why fleshly fear is one the biggest sword that Satan hands to us, as he influences us to destroy our own self through our carnal state of mind–this mind has to be flourished with the weapons of Holy Spirit, if we are going to have the victory of Life.

    Anyway since they have already changed the names of those mountains, I would have preferred “Morne de Lavie”–meaning “Mountain of Life”–instead of Mountain of Health, because health can be in the physical body, but that person is still dead–meaning separated from God Almighty, who is our Life through Jesus Christ.

    In my own thoughts, I truly believe that our God of Spirit in Love, Truth, and Holiness, walks on our mountain tops, especially Morne Diablotin (don’t care too much about the name either) even if it is now Mountain of Health.

    Otherwise that mass number of stubborn and carnal minded people, who walk the land of our Dominica, would not be in existence today—because the God of Love protects and guides all–until He is ready to execute His wrath, once and for all. I am still hoping He will show mercy for some of us.

    • December 11, 2012

      How do we define the word natural, and the word real?

      Close examination revels they actually means the same, so my contention is that the real, the physical devil dwells in the mind and heart of many of our people okay.

      That is the real problem, and not the name of the mountains; there are people born in Dominica who have never heard the names of the two, and if you ask then even this day the debate is ongoing thy may ask what are we talking about.

      You know in our country the essentials, and very important issues are left unattended, while the insignificant are labored on.

      If we want to do something, perhaps it would be more important to re-introduce Dominica to the world as ” The Commonwealth of Dominica, which was adapted on attaining our independence.

      As recently as 1:00 P.M. today I went to a place to wire some money to Dominica to someone for the holidays in filling out the form: that part which asks ” Destination ” or ” Receive Country” I wrote The Commonwealth of Dominica, I was told that there is no such place in the Caribbean, however when I spelt out ” Dominica” here we go Dominica popped up.

      Now when I insisted that the recipients is in the village of Wesley, I was told the destination they have is Dominica, and any place in that Dominica they where Nix operate the recipients will receive the money.

      Truth is our country is still a very backward place, and we should be doing everything within our nation power to eliminate the obstructions which keep our country unknown and unrecognized rather than people talking crap about naming some mountain, as if it will lift the curs off Dominica if there is one!

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  48. with evil eyes
    December 11, 2012

    Hypocrites all. Blame the demise of the economy on incompetent Govt., including some of the cabal on that Agagway Committee. Just check who on that Committee changing mountain names to make us think is those mountains with “devilish” names that causing the country to be in that miserable state of affairs. DA More backward than all its neighbours in the region.

    Those same advisers have failed to acknowledge the importance of our Flaura and fauna, our agriculture, our forests, our mountains, our abundant water, our rich soil, our hard-working people. Their new role is re-naming mountains to drive out the devils in the land.

    The real devils are found in human beings right among us. Let those who want to fool Dominicans about name change of Mountains continue. That is the least of our problems in Dominica. Quick enrichment, disregard for the Laws and Constitution, breakdown of Law and order, influence of ‘independent” institutions by political operatives, increase in drugs, violence, corruption, name it, those are the problems we face.

    They aim to get rid of the “devil” in the name of the mountains, but engage in and support “devilish” “corrupt” acts. Their Cabal’s secret deals are revealed and cannot be refuted. They seem not to want to change from secrecy to transparency. But are troubled by the mountains’ names. Are some people being hunted by the devil for their evil deeds?

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      …And you have evil eyes! What about you? Look to yourself and blame yourself. If you reside in DA, what are you doing to enhance Dominica? There is a lot of talk and no action on your part.

  49. k.d
    December 11, 2012

    UWP WILL CHANGE THE NAME BACK

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      Once changed it cannot be changed again. It would be foolhardy for another elected government, whenever that is, to change the names. :twisted: :mrgreen:

    • Malgraysa
      December 12, 2012

      Not necessary. People will simple ignore this daft initiative and keep referring to these two peaks by their original names. Just disregard the committee.

  50. 60
    December 11, 2012

    Ha, Ha, ha ha, ha, ha, if this is the mentatlty of the leaders of this nation no wonder we are 30 years behind everyone else. Ha Ha, ha, ha, ha.

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      Behind whom? :twisted: :mrgreen:

      • CHRISTIAN ALWAYS
        December 12, 2012

        our immediate neighbours

  51. anonymous2
    December 11, 2012

    Obviously they don’t have the time or desire to concentrate on real problems and their solutions.

  52. Anonymous
    December 11, 2012

    little by little dominica is becoming a a kinda place that i have no desire to return to. How can the gov want to change history really…

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      Be broadminded. If you reside abroad you should know that from time to time certain names are changed likewise streets, places and parks.

    • Gangnam Style
      December 12, 2012

      Would changing the name Windsor Park be changing history …would you approve? Who is Windsor.

      • Malgraysa
        December 12, 2012

        Gangnam, you obviously did not study your history in school. You don’t know Windsor? never heard of Windsor Palace, the residence of the Queen. It happens to be her family name. I’m sure that when the P.M puts on a tie he tries to do so with a “Windsor knot”. We may not care or want to dismiss it but that too is part of our history and shaped our country. Why, it is the very reason we use English as our daily language today.

  53. babymamma
    December 11, 2012

    While we are at it, how about a name change to The Commonwealth of Dominica, for the following reasons:
    1. Unlike other former British colonies in the
    region, Dominica was never a Commonwealth
    realm, instead becoming a republic on
    independence.(Source: Wikipedia)
    2. It was always alleged that airmail destined to
    the island would make an intrusive stop in The
    Dominican Republic. (Source: Etelle)
    (Grammar note:If I use …has been alleged…,
    then the situation has not been resolved)
    To all Dominican expats: how many liars have you caught feigning knowledge of our island country when they mistakenly thought you meant you came from the Dominican Republic? (“…is that the Dominican Republic?” ; “No, Dominica, you know!!”. “Oh, I see, yes. Hmm”. Some of these idiots even have the audacity to blandly ask if we speak Spanish.

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      Why the name-change to C of D? I really do not know why that previous government changed it to Commonwealth of Dominica and the necessity for it. There are a lot of words to pronounce. It makes it more difficult for the post offices abroad. This is the reason why the mail still goes to Dominican Republic.
      It should have remained Dominica, West Indies even though it is mistaken for D.R. Whenever I am asked where I am originally from I respond Dominica, West Indies. Since I am aware that oftentimes DA is mistaken for D.R., I add, “It is not to be mistaken for Dominican Republic”. Dominica is in the West Indies. I will always say that is where I am from, not Commonwealth of Dominica. It is mouthful.

      • Justice and Truth
        December 12, 2012

        :oops: ‘a mouthful’

  54. bee
    December 11, 2012

    Guys please leave the mountains alone change names
    for what? They are at peace don’t get them upset
    and start acting up.

  55. lee
    December 11, 2012

    The mountains names have nothing to do with the bad things that a happening in DA. Thes names were
    there for donkey years why change it now. We the
    people have to change our nasty ways and tons of
    blessings will flow on the island. I hope you all
    are not heading for the worst. Why can’t you
    people leave let alone.

  56. goldie
    December 11, 2012

    now all history books have to change. So tell me according to the previous comment. If morne diablotin and morne diables was named after devils,and have to change. After what was cock street and virgin lane named? Are we going to change them also, to Purity Lane and Birds Avenue

    • Jay
      December 11, 2012

      Goldie, it is Cork street, not Cock street. Don’t let your imagination run away with you.

      • Justice and Truth
        December 12, 2012

        And also in capitals.

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      Oh please. Why all that? :twisted: :twisted:

  57. TOMA
    December 11, 2012

    nothing wrong about change and i am all for change.but of all the things in DA tat need change, you talk about the (NAMED AFTER THE DEVIL) THATS A LAUGH RIGHT?
    Because i know that in the heart of more than 80 percent of the people in DA is the dwelling place of the Devil.
    So skeritt should call on the people to change the way they think,act,treat other people.
    I mean of what significance is changing the names of the mountains? eh? explain that to me.
    So many things like road condition,norrow bridges,the way government operates,those are the things that are of wholesome significance.
    Mountain named after the Devil my foot.
    The person who suggested that sure have time on his hand and must be blind to all the crap that needs change on the island. Foolish nonsense.
    And DNO I KNOW YOU MAY NOT POST THIS BUT THIS WHY THEY HAVE FACEBOOK. BIAS.

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      Be broadminded and know that during our lifetime names of places and streets are liable to be changed for whatever reason.

  58. Dom
    December 11, 2012

    Why not change the name of the country while you at it. Look nonsense. You know when useless people are in politics when priorities are all over the place.

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      It takes common sense, intelligence and maturity to comprehend the reason for the name-change.

  59. 1979
    December 11, 2012

    STUPES.. name it morne labour.. and morne mourn sot…..a waste of a click…. next article please!

  60. awa wi
    December 11, 2012

    Labour is a negative word wi (implies hard work for small returns or as punishment) should change dat to workers(progressive educated workforce) lol lol

  61. watching the future
    December 11, 2012

    How can two VOLCANOES be called Peace and Health? Anyone else find that kinda ironic?

    • Peeping Tom
      December 11, 2012

      How can a volcano be named after a bird?

      • Malgraysa
        December 12, 2012

        The same way a man can be named after a field of beautiful flowers (…with thorns!).

    • my way
      December 11, 2012

      u haffi remember that this is the next level!

    • Zor
      December 12, 2012

      Ironic until the mountains become sick and start acting up.

  62. why tea
    December 11, 2012

    Not too long ago, I saw the name Morne aux Diable, I was very surprised about that ugly name. I am very happy about the name change. The French gave the names to those places. Morne Diablotin=Little devil hill. Morne aux diable=The devil hill. The French has given so funny and silly names to places.It’s inimaginable!! I think the names were given to these mountains because of the vapeur on the top. They might have said, that the devil is doing his cooking.In the Middle Ages names were given to people because of thier work. And now many of their descendants ask for a name change. The Gouvernment should consult the people and choose names together. Here is mine. Morne diablotin = Glory Mountain, Morne aux diable = Peace Mountain. La Paix is written this way.

    • .
      December 11, 2012

      Keep those names in your pocket, and leave the names of the mountains as they are. Your Devil!

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      The French could be superstitious. Dominicans are somewhat affiliated with the French. After all, some of our ancestors were French. Of course, Dominica once belonged to the French. This is our origin.
      Note some negative comments which also spew narrowmindedness and suspicion. It is in their blood, i.e., some of them. Some people do not like change. A change is sometimes good and worth it.

    • CHRISTIAN ALWAYS
      December 12, 2012

      thats not all the things that are ugly in dominica, when you going to church you dont say i am going to worship, you say i going to mass.. lake a carnival type meaning..
      that is ugly.
      these politicans have no, absolutly no means and ability to focus on our developement, be it mentally, spiritually, physically, financially.. they only there to enrich themselves and focus on petty things like mountain change

  63. Chris
    December 11, 2012

    You Start changing mountain names and then what else are you going to change? This is the beginning of rubbish!!

  64. Distured
    December 11, 2012

    GAY~!!!!!

    Allu serious? What about all the children who failed a test because they spelled it wrong?

    Mount peace n health ehh… Keep dreaming. You want peace, crawl in a coffin. U want health, keep an item of protection near u always. That’s what we dealing with today. Step back into reality.

    Change the names to something better. Peace n Health is a cliche~ choice of naming.

    Mind you, i really n truly couldn’t care. But these names bother me. In good names do u find the most destruction… :twisted: :evil:

  65. ?????????????
    December 11, 2012

    This regime must start concentrating on matters of importance to the country. Not those nonsensical things.How much is a gallon of gasolene? Were we not told that Petro Caribe would help us re: lower energy bills and price at the pump? Is Morne Diablotin that cause that? or Morne Corruption at the Ministry? NONSENSE!

  66. waitukubuli-original
    December 11, 2012

    It’s rather embarrassing that majority of Dominicans on here can’t address another blogger’s comments without insults or ridicule. So much display of anger and hatred. This is unhealthy at both the individual and national level. A different opinion should not be a springboard for insults, name calling and the likes. Too much hate, too much anger, too much envy, too much jealousy, too much selfishness. This is what kills a nation.

    There is a great outcry for the government to fix things, but what really needs to be fixed is the attitudes of the people. Dominicans need to renew their minds and mollify their hearts. Only then will you be able to operate effectively in the realm of humanity and start treating each other with respect. Until then, even if you are given a palace, you will still reduce it to a sty.

    Prove me wrong.

    • Heart4 DA
      December 12, 2012

      Such a very important point that needs to be addressed. DNO comments from fellow Dominicans have made me realize how much hatred and anger and bitterness in the hearts of Dominicans. It is a terrible state for a country’s people to be. Who else will can bring change to a country for good if the people are killing each other with such vicious words???

    • December 12, 2012

      “What we really need to be fixed is the attitudes of the people. Dominicans need to renew their minds and mollify their hearts”

      @Waitukubuli-original December 11, 2012

      You know that I completely agree with your sentiment and your lament above–but first of all, no human being can fix the heart and mind of another human being–we can pray until our tongues drop off, on the behalf of each other, but only Holy Spirit can do that job in us, individually–what we need to do is to call out to the Living God for His anointing of Love, by our wisdom and words of faith, of which He has given everyone a measure.

      Our people desperately need the Life of Love, which happens in us by our channel of faith and the Spiritual Blood of Jesus Christ; for it is known that blood is the Lifeline–both physically and spiritually. We are wandering without the “Spiritual” blood of Life—claiming Life in us, which we do not have at all!

      As one my face book friends suggested, we simply exist because we have the “physical” breath in our lungs—everyone can hear each other breathing—as that physical blood flows through our physical body. But that is not evidence that we are alive–according the words of Jesus Christ, who said the “the flesh profits nothing, including His own; Jesus tell us it is the Spirit who gives Life” and His words are the source of this Life, when we have it in us.

      This “Spiritual” breath of Life belongs in our soul, which is then quickened to revival, from its sleep of spiritual death, by the Light of Jesus Christ, which happens through the Power of Holy Spirit from conscience.

      And so, with a state of mind which cannot respond to the things of Life, the majority of us are enemies of God Almighty–for the carnal mind is enmity against God, and so it cannot be subjected to the things of God Almighty–He who has to be Life in us, by our faith in the Blood of Jesus Christ.

      All we can do now is to remain in hope, that the Living God, who roams among us by the Power of Holy Spirit, to save lost souls, will hear our lament for the sake of so many people who are now existing, in a state of lost, in our Dominica, but their human pride will not acknowledge this truth in them.

      Also, thumbs down, all who desire to do so, but God knows you have received His message–you will not be able to tell Him: I did not know! But He will sure say to you “I do not know you”

      • Anonymous
        December 12, 2012

        Hi LIZ,
        Thanks for your constructive feedback. No doubt the Holy Spirit will do the work in us, humans. Nevertheless, the decision to renew the mind and mollify the heart first starts with the individual from a position of humility. Father God has asked us to “be transformed by the renewing of our mind” and also to be humble. Unless we are willing to do that the Holy Spirit will not “force” himself on us.

        Thanks again and be blessed.

      • waitukubuli-Original
        December 12, 2012

        That’s was my post, Liz – in response to you. My alias (waitu….) does not show.

    • shy
      December 12, 2012

      when a leader have no vision the perish, and when you asking for these thing please ask our leaders to start it first bcause when i have to listen to bg old grown men like charles sarvien insaulting people in the house even Skerrit doing it how can we respect each others, also if they want to change names in this country ask them to change every Gov’t man on the backs of our people.

  67. White Plains Rd
    December 11, 2012

    Name change or none wont have any effect on Dominica

    The island is already cursed by the majority of Citizens upholding evil deeds for many a year.

    The writing is on the wall Dominica repent of your Personal sins that’s the Issue don’t pass the Blame Bucket on Nature!

  68. KoKo Naughts
    December 11, 2012

    Wayyyy, people taking their morne serious in Dca papa. Ok, lets just call them Mountain 1 and Mountain 2. How u checking dat?

    • Peeping Tom
      December 11, 2012

      I concur!

  69. Truth
    December 11, 2012

    :) I don’t support this present illegal government of Roosevelt Medard Skerrit,but i must admit that this is a positive move.Recently my brethren and friend were talking about Waitukubuli,this is one of the things we were saying about all these evil names on the island.Those names should have been changed from independence,but again the so called leaders at the time were probably not so spiritually inclined.The next move which should not take too long is the return of the name Waitukubuli to the island.Good decision,even if i think all these guys holding authority should be gotten rid of. :?: :?:

  70. look ting
    December 11, 2012

    them say that they are in the world.and not of this world.why should they worry with the names of the mountains? pass say yoca pass say pouchie pou yo malie

  71. Candominican
    December 11, 2012

    I heard that the same committee might be considering a name change for the passport” Chinese overseas territory”

    May be a good thing to boost an already vibrant passport sale business in south east Asia.

    • Distured
      December 11, 2012

      LOL! Give up your travel possibilities…

  72. HELASNOUSOT!!!
    December 11, 2012

    BOOOOO!!!! please preserve our precious heritage! this is sacrilege! destruction of culture and history! and de saddest thing about it is de reason dey give…like de name of a mountain can have any impact on negativity. what crap.

  73. Trolol
    December 11, 2012

    I don’t really care about this tbh, but if I had to have a say. I would be against it, why change something that doesn’t need changing?

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      Who said it does not need changing? This is your opinion which does not represent some other people’s opinion.

  74. The Deanvoy
    December 11, 2012

    I have problem with the name change, but the mountains have nothing to do with our dysfunctional society. Whether we give them the names Jesus Christ and Holy spirit that will not curb the moral decay of our society. Because whether we give them christian names and then we use them for all kinds of evil practices nothing won’t change. But, rather what we need is a change of mind and heart. Then stop all those dark practices in society, then there will be a change in human behaviour.

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      Moral decay? So do you think that you, too, do not contribute to the moral decay in Dominica? Examine your actions in thoughts, words and deeds; also what you write when you put your fingers to the keyboard.

      • Anonymous
        December 12, 2012

        J @ T Man you are a bias fool….

  75. Gaza
    December 11, 2012

    yeah and remove WOOD bridge bay and put CAT bridge river

  76. FED UP DOMINICAN
    December 11, 2012

    Utter waste of time.

    If we have to start changing names, lets start with renaming the Streets of Roseau.

    I’m sure there are many famous/renowned Dominicans we could name the streets after.

  77. ()
    December 11, 2012

    It’s good to beat these lazy men (with nothing to do), with a soaked tamarind whip form Scottshead to Capauchin.
    Find something worthwhile to do. Dominica is in crisis and these ghosts and phantoms are frittering away time, getting paid for nothing and doing nothing but foolishness.
    THIS IS A USELESS EXERCISE.
    Address respect for the Constitution and the rule of law,cocaine trafficking, unemployment, high energy bills, high telecommunication bills, a rehab for paros in Roseay/Dominica, air lift into Dominica,an international airport for Dominica,etc..
    NOT THAT KOSH ON YEE!

    • .
      December 11, 2012

      That’s the best comment here! These advisers are PAROS or what?… Beat their tails with a rubber belt that was soaked in salt water. The more thy run, the more you chase them and blast their butt, backs, heads, feet, face with the soaked and salted strap.Too much foolishness from these lazy men.GO FIND WORK TO DO!

  78. eyes to see
    December 11, 2012

    t think that the name of the mountain is after this vine.. is it .? someone please tell me….

    bob marley say doe let them take your history from you.

    leave our mountains alone and i think that the opposition or some group should protest that befor the keep fighting for power…

    lennox honeychurch havented comented?

  79. look it
    December 11, 2012

    nou toute sa les sot. The names of the mountains have nothing to do with the ugliness in our hearts and our minds.
    Lets deal with that fist.

  80. December 11, 2012

    While you are it please change the names of Gutta and Tarish Pit!!!!!

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      Do you mean ‘Gutter’? There must be a reason for those names. Find out who gave them that name and what was the reason.

  81. Pangirl
    December 11, 2012

    Sometimes I think DNO puts certain articles just to see the ignorance of Dominicans. OMG it is just a name. It is not like the Govt decided to sell the mountains or tear them down, all they are doing is changing the names, whats so bad in that. Yes people will take time to adjust but very soon it will become second nature. The names are not bad and do give a good reflection on the island. thumbs up to the people who made the suggestion.

    • En Ba La
      December 11, 2012

      This is a big deal. The ignorance is not knowing our history and why the name therefore we try to erase our past

      A PEOPLE WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF OUR HISTORY.

      • Justice and Truth
        December 12, 2012

        Do not tell us that you blame the government for lack of knowledge of Dominica’s history.
        You should know how you could know your history, by reading your history books. Today with the Internet you could do a search or Google ‘Dominica’ and I am certain you will see a wealth of information about Dominica’s history. This is not difficult to do.

    • Anonymous
      December 11, 2012

      My dear please stop spewing your ignorance. Any such decisions should involve public consultation before anything is set in stone. They should have consulted historians, elderly folk, the forestry division. The Forestry division of Dominica is the unit in charge of care-taking these protected areas. So now, you change the names and all legal documents and policies whihc named the Morne Diablotin National Park as a protected area will now have to be changed, just wasting tax payers money. I just can’t understand why these people don’t find some hard work for them to do. Who the hell is Peter R. augustine and the rest to want to change our country’s history without consulting us. Eddie Lambert, i expected better from you. these people are just making big dollars and doing nothing of significance. One day Dominica will wake up!!!!!

    • D Fender
      December 11, 2012

      Hey Pangirl 8-O …leave DNO outta your ignorance..O.K.? Nice article DNO…wonderful comments…DA style…I love it. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

      • Justice and Truth
        December 12, 2012

        @ D. Fender

        Why is it that when people write intelligently that some of you criticize them and give thumbs down? You are only projecting your true color.
        You are the one who is ignorant. Who are you to object to the name-change of the mountains?
        What pangirl stated about the name-change makes excellent sense. I agree that, after all is said and done, Dominicans will get accustomed to the names. It will be then like ‘water flowing under the bridge.’ They will soon forget about it. Life goes on.

    • my way
      December 11, 2012

      if it is just a name then leave the ones that are already there or are they not just names to! sort

  82. Cynthia/UK
    December 11, 2012

    This is ridiculous only in Dominica such thing will take place, yes as the old saying goes time changes so do men, by changing the mountain’s original names saying that the name refer to the devil is outrageous, these historical names should remain as is period

    Skerrit you and your administration need to go back to the history books, what is Dr Honeychurch saying about that? only in Dominica, the government need to consult with it’s people/the people of the nation both in Dominica and abroad, keep information sessions, inform Dominicans of the pros and corns, what will the nation achieve by changing the names etc as far as i can see this administration keep throwing things down our throats and is lacking respect for Dominicans in and out of the island this is sad

    • BiGmE
      December 11, 2012

      you sound so ignorant listen to yourself the names do mean devils go research it then come back names carry a lot of power stop being ignorant

    • Distured
      December 11, 2012

      i smell a femnist~

    • Distured
      December 11, 2012

      Ohh and please inform us about these “corns” u speak of. I would really like to know about those.

      NOTE: I value your main point, your methodology just sux.

      • Justice and Truth
        December 12, 2012

        UK has poor English and few punctuation marks. It is ‘pro and con’ (or pros and cons) – for and against. So much also for her negativity and criticism.

    • Papa Dom
      December 11, 2012

      Sorry my friend but don’t expect to hear anything from Lennox Hornychurch any time sone so long as this gov’t is in POWER.

      • Papa Dom
        December 11, 2012

        that should be soon

      • Anonymous
        December 11, 2012

        Lennox honnychurch did comment either on MARPIN OR GIS news a few weeks ago –

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      You reside in the UK. Should you not be broadminded and comprehend that names of places and streets are occasionally changed? Or do you still have that type of Dominican mentality? I am surprised that you who reside abroad would remain in this ignorance.
      If I resided in Dominica I would not object to the name-change. I would accept it. Of course, people are not one and the same and they do not possess the identical manner of thinking. It is all in the mind.

  83. sayodityodit
    December 11, 2012

    This is just plain RIDICULOUS these mountains have been there forever with these names why suddenly the mountains are the things are having a negative impact on Dominica? Changing a name of a mountain won’t change a thing people just have to change their mentality and ways then the country will move forward. People will still refer to these mountains as Morne Diablotin and Morne au diables. You cannot change history>

  84. Formula 1
    December 11, 2012

    Dominicans has got to be the most difficult and most unreasonable set of people I have ever came across. The names are bad.

    If we were a wise set of people we would know that names means alot and whatever the implications are, that’s what it attracts. Have you ever consider why Africans tend to name their children? The names have a lot to do with the proclamation of your child. The same thing is said if we continue to call our children stupid and bad, that’s exactly how they will behave.

    We Dominicans are so unique that we fail to listen to sensible reasoning. So what is the big deal that is changed. Are you guys so attached to the Diablotins names that you are offended? Lets move on to the next matter at hand. Good going to the team who suggested and ensure that those names were changed. And if it was not such a big deal why bother.

    • ....................
      December 11, 2012

      people like you are the problem/devils. Not the names.Leave the names. Concentrate on making life easier for the poor people.

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      Ignorance is something else; showing their ignorance. It gives them something to write about, to vent their frustration, temper and anger. I hope they are satisfied.

  85. FED UP
    December 11, 2012

    This is so ridiculous!

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      What is? :twisted:

  86. SUGGESTION BOX
    December 11, 2012

    DNO RUN A POLL ON THIS

    • Peeping Tom
      December 11, 2012

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      For what purpose? :mrgreen: :twisted:

  87. No Probs
    December 11, 2012

    A complete waste of time. How is that going to promote health and peace? The trees are already producing enough oxygen. Invest the idea of health and peace in the people. Have you all thought of the historical significance of these names?

  88. zor toe sot
    December 11, 2012

    But wait a minute Mr. Lambert. Were those name not in existance when Ma Pampo and others lived very long, healthy, and peaceful lives? So the problem is not with the mountains but rather with the administration. We were always peaceful until our evil and corrupt leaders took over which brought in crimes. So don’t blame the mountains!

    • Distured
      December 11, 2012

      LOL. Just so you know. As a people, “You” all voted them. Yes they may or may not be evil and corrupt, but at the end of the day, its just you running your mouth about what your thoughts are on our present day leader’s bad choices.

      ALL Leader’s make bad choices. Good ones learn from theirs and others. Bad ones keep doing the same sht.

      NOTE: I am in no way affiliated to any government, if any, i wave a black flag with a jolly roger on it. Government is a failed system.

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      The problem is in your head. :twisted:

  89. Rastafari
    December 11, 2012

    There’s more to a name than we think. Great move!

    • Anonymous
      December 11, 2012

      Fool! What for them to change they not changing like that bloody good for nothing government who just eating tax payers money!That would be a GREAT MOVE FOOL! Stupes

    • Distured
      December 11, 2012

      ok mr. ras. So if u a guy, and one day ppl checking u have too much hair. Dem should change your name from Jack to Jill? Similiar concept.

      With your same notion of words. What if is dere ppl was seeing real diab or is dere dem diab trap? You never know ehh. History is based on what a couple people’s view or take is at the time it happened. NOT all the views.

    • Formula 1
      December 11, 2012

      DOh bother with them, is the forces of the mountains that have them so blinded that they reject things that makes sense.

  90. queen bee
    December 11, 2012

    This is so wrong and misleading on so many levels I do not know where to begin. Hypocrisy at its best. Changing names will make no difference.
    We need to stop fooling our selves and our children. We live in a society where every thing that happens we blame some one else; that is why we do not progress.
    When we reach a level where we begin to blame the mountains, now this is serious. All our mountains are volcanoes, all our mountains are on fire. Does this mean we are in hell???

    Please begin teaching the young ones what is right. All little children has BB phones and face book. In my eyes that’s the killer. Adults preying on young kids (male and female) for material possessions, top-up and fast food is our growing epidemic, not the name of a mountain.
    Let us identify the real problems in our society, drugs, violence, abuse, poverty, hunger (yes people are hungry here too), unemployment, bad parenting, teenage pregnancy, laziness, greed and that’s just to mention a few.
    Unless we do not recognize that these are the real problems we face, we can change our clothes, we can change our vehicle, we can change our dog name, our cat name, even Dominica name , the situation will never , ever, change.

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      Stick to the issue, the subject article. There is nothing wrong with changing the names of the mountains. It makes good sense.

  91. investigater
    December 11, 2012

    how ignorant can u get.please do away with lajabless and soucounan and all those african folklores.there should be no COCK street and no VIRGIN lane.

    • Distured
      December 11, 2012

      LOL~!!! I agree. Both dem roads really need to meet~!!.

    • Anonymous
      December 11, 2012

      cork street, tebe

    • Peeping Tom
      December 11, 2012

      Actually, the street is not «cock street» but «cork street.» Get your mind out of the bedroom!

      • Distured
        December 11, 2012

        It’s gutter…

    • my way
      December 11, 2012

      i guess that ya ancestors were not from africa…. take ya white doctrine and like skerrit said GO TO HELL!!!!!

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      @ investigater

      Do you mean, “investigator”? Some investigator you are.
      Virgin has different meanings. There is also Virgin Flights, Virgin Mobile, Virgin Media, flights from the UK/Virgin Atlantic. The Virgin experience, Flying Club. All these mean “First”.
      I suggest that you conduct a research on Virgin Lane, Roseau to find out why this street was named “Virgin Lane”. There is a reason for everything. This is why I take the time to write, to hopefully correct some of you who are presently living in ignorance and have no intention of changing even though you are probably adults. You are far from being matured adults, being negative and as you criticize whatever is worthwhile. People as you must change your attitude. May you not grow older and die in that state.

  92. Jazz
    December 11, 2012

    I think it’s a GREAT idea!

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      I have noted that those who agree to the change of names for the mountains got many thumbs down and those who do not agree got many thumbs up. I know the reason for that. It depends on which political party they support.
      Those who disagree have a major mental comprehension problem. Your views and disagreement do not benefit Dominica whatsoever.

      • Anonymous
        December 12, 2012

        “it depends on which political party they support”. My sentiments exactly! people’s opposition to the name change has nothing to do with whether they care or not, it is all politically motivated.

  93. 500 years behind
    December 11, 2012

    Changing names of mountains makes absolutely no sense. We need to try to change the mentality of the people. If any name needs to be changed it has to be the name of our country because we really act like DUMMIES as pronounced in DOM-IN-ICA. But then again if we make the mental adjustment and behave as wise people the name of our country might not even be a factor.
    We cannot blame mourn Diablotin and morne aux Diable for bringing the PM of ST Vincent and the former PM of Antigua to Dominica to tell us we don’t need an international airport, while they both have theirs and we applauded them.

    • BiGmE
      December 11, 2012

      You are saying something good but you are not trying to act it out. changing the name of the mountain is good and and u say we need to change our mentality why don’t u start? u still come here with nothing positive. u calling yourself and follow members of the country stupid (DUMMIES) and u want mentality to change start with yourself.

      • Justice and Truth
        December 12, 2012

        Amen to that! If there is one thing I detest is ignorant people who are also consistently negative. I would think also quarrelsome and cantankerous. Nothing is correct for them and nothing pleases them. How sad for them to live such a life. I view it as an unhappy life which also lacks peace – in their heart.

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      To you who lack such knowledge it makes no sense. :twisted: :mrgreen: Keep up your criticism and see how far you will get. :twisted: :mrgreen:

  94. Malatete
    December 11, 2012

    In one word:”PATHETIC”!
    A committee of wise men no less was assembled to confer and deliberate on this. The religious P.C. brigade has well and truly arrived!No doubt this was a matter of utmost importance for the salvation of the nation. A case for merriment if it was not so sad. Haven’t we really got better things to do than meddle with our history. Why wrap something up in a different cloak to create a new perception of unbridled optimism, meme bete, meme pwel. I think our people would be far more impressed if the Govt. had decided to cut the VAT rate on our electricity bills. Morne aux Diables and Morne Diablotin are still the same and I will continue referring to them by these names regardlessly.
    If historic names are so suggestive of things people may take offence to why not give everything a rose-tinted hue? I’m sure it will go a great way of reducing the pangs of hunger. How about changing the following existing local names to cheer us up for Christmas:
    Point de fous – Pointe de Savants
    La Sorciere – Point bonne Femme
    Jalousie – Largesse
    Bois Diable – Bois de Dieu
    Morne Macaque – Morne President
    Malaise – Bon Sante
    Gutter – Vale
    Trou Couchon – yes there is such a place in Dominica and surely nobody should be expected to live in a spot like that but what alternative name should be bestowed on that location I leave to the counsel of the “Committee of Wise Men”.

    • En Ba La
      December 11, 2012

      :lol: did these guys not see you to help them out more done they are still looking at renaming the streets in the FUTURE

      • Justice and Truth
        December 12, 2012

        They do not need help from ignorant people who make no sense. When educated and experienced people need advice they turn to educated and experienced people as themselves. From some of your responses, I am certain they will never look to you for sensible advice.

    • Distured
      December 11, 2012

      Well said. :-P

  95. bigmack
    December 11, 2012

    Since we r in the name changing thing, lets change the word fork(use for eating) to eating tool. is name we changing lets have a list, maybe it might bring some economic stability to the country and lessen the crime rate. In the same breath let me go and change my name.

    • Distured
      December 11, 2012

      wut? to smallmack?

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      While you are at it you also change your face. :twisted: :mrgreen:

  96. bigmack
    December 11, 2012

    Since we r in the name changing thing, lets change the word fork(use for eating) to eating tool.

  97. In US. Soon come.
    December 11, 2012

    Neutral let’s remain neutral and let the new names shower blessings upon us.
    We must at least try. Nothing is so funny about the new names.

    • Distured
      December 11, 2012

      You sound like the French back in the days of War…

      Neutral is similar to giving up…

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      God knows this too. He must be pleased that the name of his enemy and that of our soul will no longer be called specifically officially and will be erased from the geography and history books forever. This may be God’s doing who inspired the authorities to change those names. Everything happens in God’s time.

  98. %
    December 11, 2012

    Address the lawlessness in the country instead, and obedience to the Constitution. Leave the names of the mountains as they are.This is a non issue.

  99. Good Change
    December 11, 2012

    Finally.. thank you Jesus… Praise the Lord… also continue the trend and change places name like “Massacre” to something positive and good. Further on, let it trickle down to the schools, such as in ensuring every school have a professional guidance counselor operating every day… It is highly important as many of the young children are emotionally and psychologically deprived of proper mental health, thus resulting in disturbing violent behaviours.

  100. Anonymous
    December 11, 2012

    Isn’t there also a “Devil’s Gate” at the west end of Calibishie Bay? that too needs to be renamed. satan doesn’t need any gates in Dominica, we need to shut every door that has been opened to the devil. Open your gates, O Dominica, and allow the King of Glory to enter.

    One of them should be called the mountain of the Lord of Hosts. Father God would accept that invitation with no signal (according to yellow) and His presence would rest on that mountain and put fire in d devil’s bottom. He would flee like lightning!

    Where the Spirit of God is there is liberty and in His presence is joy forevermore.

    Criminal activities, poverty, sicknesses/diseases and many other ills are driven by demons, and unless children of God take a stand IN THE SPIRIT and drive out these demonic forces, things will get worse. Our weapons of warfare are not carnal- remember that always, children of God.

    • waitukubuli-original
      December 11, 2012

      This piece belongs to me. I forgot to enter my name, the one and only “Waitukubuli-Original”. Yep, I notarize this. (Signed, sealed and delivered to DNO).

    • Distured
      December 11, 2012

      I do wish it were that simple… Just changing the name off a mountain.

      Question: Waht if such a thing did happen and knowing the nasty peoples in society, some decides to throw rubbish there or have some good ole blaowing done? Names have meanings. To believe in the use of a name is to sign its contract.

      This is how people’s souls are captured daily. Just so you all know. Then allu will cry exorcist later…

    • Justice and Truth
      December 12, 2012

      Make a list of the names that you feel should be changed and present it to the proper authorities. Allow them to review the names and decide whether they should be changed.

  101. kod cappy
    December 11, 2012

    ‘you fraid de devil…you fraid him bad.well look the devil right in you yard,”-remember that calypso…the words are so true.all that hypocricy and waste of time and state resources to make insignificant and meaningless changes to mountains’ names…the devils know them selves and they are right there in our midst…we doh have to look far to see them and who they are!!!

  102. Macaquee
    December 11, 2012

    great idea! thumbs up to whoever came up with such wonderful names. it was time we got rid of those demonic names. satan defeated :lol:

    • Distured
      December 11, 2012

      That’s not how u defeat evil retard… must b wanna dem hypocryts, who bad mouth people all in church, thus causing them to leave and go astray. Some time later that person does u an evil or sells ur child drugs and u vex.

      Don’t go creating your monsters and blaming “society” u dam fools.

      The power of suggestion is so great over Dominica, that it startles me sometimes. Always ready for that 1 day of all out war. Good luck maggots~

      • Justice and Truth
        December 12, 2012

        Did you consider that the same power that caused some people to form their own religion and infiltrate Dominica, build their churches and falsely indoctrinate Catholics to leave their faith and follow them? This is the power of the devil that knows which Church Our Lord Jesus Christ established on earth and which one is The One and Only True Church. The devil and his corteges are out to divide and destroy. I bet some of you, if not all of you never gave this a thought. This is mortal and spiritual food for thought.

  103. Time wasting
    December 11, 2012

    give me a friggin break with this religiosity. What is the history behind Morne lape and morne sante…really…there is a history with those names…Dr Honychurch, Dr Helen Seaman and all History phD save our ppl. I guess they forgot some: Gutter, Morne pi-i, Massacre, Paix Bouche, Monkey Hill or plz if u start the job complete, bt that is breaking history. It’s our hearts that need name change! Geez!

    • Time wasting
      December 11, 2012

      Yes, I’m furious.

      • Peeping Tom
        December 11, 2012

        Why would a story like this make you infuriate you? This is a matter that does not hurt or cost u but actually could be uplifting to some. Take a chill pill. My word!!!

        I am sure that the committee is confused by the reaction of many bloggers here. I know that i am.

  104. Reader
    December 11, 2012

    Does Dominica have something akin to a Freedom of Information Act? I would like to know:
    1. The nature of the problem that compelled the need for a name change
    2. What consulation (if any) was done with the Dominican public on the old/new names
    3. The level of resources ($$ and time) expended on this project (who got paid and how much)
    4. What tangible results are to be expected as a result and when can we expect to see these materialized.

    If anyone knows where I can send this questions, please let me … because I would really, really like to know.

    • En Ba La
      December 11, 2012

      our rights as citizens we do not know. This government thrives on peoples ignorance. Until such time people are willing to take their responsibilities as citizens these are the things which are going to continue. form unnecessary committed and take action on behalf of EVERYONE.

      This is OUR country it does not belong to a committee or a certain group with naming rights. This is notthese peoples private property.

      • Justice and Truth
        December 12, 2012

        They projected their ignorance by their comments as always. They have done a good job of it. Small minds.

  105. foufou
    December 11, 2012

    lolol so is the name of the mountain that sending out bad signals? Ehbeh look it. We worried about our good image papa.

  106. Child of God
    December 11, 2012

    Some Dominica are so ridiculous. Name represents a lot and your name says a lot about you. For too long the devil had held the name of our highest peaks that said a lot. We are saying our country is a God fearing nation so why should we allow the devil to hold the name of our mountains. Wake up people Now is the right name and God bless the government of Dominica for giving heed to an important request. My prayer is that as we have changed the names of our mountains we would experience a change in every area of our lives where we need a change. God bless Dominica with health and peace. We also need to change the “gates of hell” in Calibishie and the “street of fear” in soufriere.

    • En Ba La
      December 11, 2012

      We are worse off today what happen back then the names were different then

      child of God FAITH IN GOD this is what is lacking in you and the so called preachers who seem to think the name change will do it.

      They have no FAITH this is why they have to be searching because they do not believe that their prayers are enough.

      People should beware of these false people

      • Justice and Truth
        December 12, 2012

        And you are one of them, false people.

    • Anonymous
      December 11, 2012

      Just a load of bull crap. The name of the mountains has nothing nothing to do with Dominica’s present state. We always wear our ignorance as a badge of honor in this country. Why they cannot advise the government to stop having a hospital always running out of medication, and school children reaching 3rd form and still cannot read and do maths. Why they cannot come up with more ways to stimulate the economy so young people may become gainfully employed. Jeez, these people may be laughing at us all now, trying to distract us from some other crime the government wants to commit right under our noses…smh

    • Formula 1
      December 12, 2012

      Amen. IS the effect of the mountains that have them like that. Too blind to see.

  107. Concern citizen
    December 11, 2012

    What is wrong with the Dominica government, changing the name does not change anything on Dominica. Dominicans needs to change their attitudes and help develop their country. The two mountain names are alright as they are. Growing up in Dominica and knowing the names of the mountains was very interested and knowing why it was called, that is history, why change it. I do think there are other things in Dominica that needs changing rather than the names of two iconic mountains for example roads, families homes, educating the young people for the future of the country and developing the country infrastructure. Stop wasting time on minor things rather focus on the important issues that is really important for the country.

  108. T
    December 11, 2012

    Find work to do. Lazy set of people.

  109. wicked world
    December 11, 2012

    as matter of fact Christians have no right in the business of naming this mountain. it;s time Christians go back to the spiritual aspect of Christianity and stop focusing on worldly agendas.

  110. wicked world
    December 11, 2012

    is dem kinds foolishness ppl concerned about this will not change anything about this country. the change we need right now is a change of governement if anything is to happen for this country.

  111. ????????????
    December 11, 2012

    Why can’t these people posing as leaders cannot sit down and think of concrete steps that will help to alleviate the burden that’s on the back of the poor and working class people on island.
    Is this nonsense going to cause me to pay lower electricity bills? Will it cause me to pay less to get to town? Will it cause the price of a pound of flower to be lower.
    You all must find work to do. 17 Ministers and 1000 000 advisers, and that’s what they can do?…
    The devil mentioned is in the arrogance, laziness, ineptness, short sightedness, lawlessness of our leaders. NOT THE POOR MOUNTAINS!

    • ??????????
      December 11, 2012

      flour

  112. December 11, 2012

    What difference, or what change will come to Dominica by changing the names of the two mountains?

    When someone visits a country, and sees a mountain in the distance I doubt they ask “what is the name of that mountain!

    Who cares?

    Morne Diablotin!

    Devils mountain in the English language is not the cause of a lack of prosperity in the country, if anything; I suggest it is the domination of the natural devil in the hearts and mind of our people which caused the country to be so backward and lacking so much!

    If changing the name of places for whatever suspicious reason could change the inevitable, there would not have been so much turmoil in places such as Iraq.

    Iraq: the modern day Iraq is indeed Babylon spoken of in the Bible; we know that there are , I believe four demons hidden in the Euphrates River, still existing today, the biblical prophecy of those demons will come true; who knows if what happened in Iraq over the past ten years is not part of the evil demons doings.

    Where is Persia?

    Well Iran is actually Persia, everything which happened in modern times in Iran seems prophetic, so if there is something in the name of those two mountains in Dominica which maintains a curse on our country, changing their names will not make one bit of a difference.

    Rather than changing the name of some place we should be working to industrialize the country; eliminating poverty among the less than seventy thousand people residing in Dominica. In every country of the world you go we find some place with some sort of satanic name or similar: i. e. between Los Angeles, and Las Vegas there is a place called Death Valley, quite a few movies were filmed their over the years.

    Long before I came here I saw that place in the movies in Dominica, however driving through the desert, and going through Death Valley, the kid have never seen a single accident, or any dead people there. So, I say our worry should not be about changing the name of some dumb mountain; what it is it is!

    The problem is not the name of the mountains, it is what is in the mind of the people, our wicked demonic ways is the cause of all of our problem in our country!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • red
      December 11, 2012

      EVER heard of TWEETING??? God!! keep it short and sweet!!

      • December 11, 2012

        I doh have that ability oui!

        Haahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

  113. December 11, 2012

    Good!! Very good!!
    Now the people need to change their hearts towards God. They need to repent and accept that Christ has come as The Deliverer from the kingdom of The Diable to the Kingdom of God.
    God bless Dominica. May Dominica be truly the Land of the Lord!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Distured
      December 11, 2012

      With the name change of a mountain?

      You truly believe this? I question your faith. Yes,
      im saying it~!!

      It’s your conception of the lives around you that needs to change.

  114. Bereal
    December 11, 2012

    As someone who have climbed these peaks it is bitter sweet. Now I have to climb them again :), but I don’t mind. I will tell my friends I got to the top of Good Health and I mastered Peace. Though it was also great to say that I conquered the Devil’s mountain. All in all I think it is a good change. It is more in keeping with our eco/natural health tourism that we are moving towards. It makes for better marketing of our tourism product. Now all we need to do is Change the country name so people stop mixing us up with Dominican Republic..

  115. En Ba La
    December 11, 2012

    Something like this should not be up to a committee to decide this is history and the people should decide. Did you all consult with the citizens? Are you all scared of the name this shows how much influence devil has on you all.

    Why is it necessary to change the names. What do you all expect to accomplish by doing this

    Trying to rewrite history Our history as a people you all are trying to take that away also what else nothing is left

  116. Its Hard
    December 11, 2012

    I love this idea. Morne Sante and Morne Lape. Positive Vibes. These mountains are sooooo majestic!!!! I actually see a beautiful lady laying on her back with her prominent breast peaking in morne Sante. It is really a site to see. Dominica is indeed beautiful!!! Let us keep it clean and green with our actions, not just words. Positive is how we must live. Peace and Health… I love it!!!

  117. DA to d bone
    December 11, 2012

    Morne Diablotin was name after the Diablotin bird that was found mostly on the island of Dominica and had nothing to do with the devil. Its time we separate church from government and stop making decisions solely based on religious ideologies! If that is the case, lets call one of the mountains Jesus and the other christ. Stupppss!!!!

    • Will McPhail
      December 11, 2012

      Exactly! As I understood, Morne Diablotin was dubbed after the local Creole name for a bird: the Black-capped Petrel which used to nest on Diablotin. It’s a seabird which makes crazy calls/noises at night, hence the reference to the devil. The petrels have been extirpated from DA, but the names tells a story and is part of the culture AND national identity. It has nothing to do with negativity. Renaming places on the island with the hopes to modify the national identity should begin with the communities of Tarish Pit and Gutter — not the country’s highest mountain. Mwen pa kompwann sa!

  118. Candominican
    December 11, 2012

    I quess in short time, these two mountain will become a shrine for labourites!!!. Who knows more troiS piton maybe renamed Morne Skerro for thriving on the ignorance of dominicans for three decade!!!!!!. I think that would be more appropriate. Dominicans are the sickest people on the planet for letting a government like that take them for a ride for almost 13 years and have not created a single sustainable job expect political appointments like those of Nanthan, lambert et al. The fundamental question is how many more people got jobs in the last five years becuase the economy grew? Shame on Dominicans.

  119. Irie-I
    December 11, 2012

    Changing the names of these mountains will change nothing about Dominica. The problem is with people of Dominica. The change must begin with them. These mountains have been sleeping quietly for thousands of years and have been no problem to us, what would posses these “brilliant minds” to engage in such madness? We await the results. And while we are in the name changing business, there is an area up in Concord name Jumbie Gutter. Give it a new name too.

    • GeorgeA
      December 11, 2012

      Exactly…. the mind… and that IS part of the mind. The names we give to things around us. Would you name your child Enfant Au Diables? I don’t think so…

      • Princess Osanna
        December 11, 2012

        Are thes really the people who brought about the name change?
        I remember this Sis. Valentine from Portsmouth talking about changing these names a long time ago.
        The Christians were the ones who brought this about.
        render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s
        Give Jack his Jacket.
        Be fair.It is good to change the names but we definitely need to be honest.just.fair.we need an attitude change.

      • Distured
        December 11, 2012

        1st off. Terrible example. This is Dominica, not Africa.

        2nd. If you believe changing the name of 2 mountains will do anything, then you are more foolish than the fools doing this.

        3rd. How can you surrender your history so easily?

        Cowardice in the face of evil, will invoke more unto thyself.

  120. mahaut
    December 11, 2012

    It is time we retract and take a good look at the island on a whole and think of what’s more important. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the name of the mountains. Lets take a look at education for example. Are there adequate extra curricular activities to keep kids out of the streets to avoid them from getting into drugs and trouble.

  121. trivial
    December 11, 2012

    this is trivial. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

  122. Lic. Cartograpgher
    December 11, 2012

    it is very interesting to note that the Government of Dominica put a committee together to change the names of 2 mountians in Dominica; namely, morne aux diables and morne diablotins. i wonder if the government appointed committee consulted the cartogaphic community of the cost that these changes will cost map makers even those who use computer technology in their map making…

    Secondly i wonder what impact will these name chages have on the economy? on people
    s livelihoods? on infrastructural development…

    Dominica going down slowly… tourism is second to the bottom in the caribbean. we only doing beteer than montserrat and every body knows why… last in investments… READ MY LIPS… NO NEW INVESTMENTS… and we know why……

    I have to grapple with people in puerto rico every day who tell me that too many Dominican girls coming to do prostitution iin puerto rico… i have to constantly tell them i am not from the Dominican republic/Santo domingo but that i was from the english speaking DOMINICA but they still seem baffled.

    Why couldn’t you all think of changing the name of Dominica instead of the names of mountains… all you really have time to wastetax payer’s money in this country… A REAL PPAPPY SHOW

  123. interested
    December 11, 2012

    As one who hikes the mountains of Dominica, and have been up Morne Diablotin and Au Diable several times, it is going to be difficult accepting the name change. In my view, 50 years from now, the two mountains will still be referred to as Diablotin and Au Diable.

    • _________________
      December 11, 2012

      More than 1000 years from now we will still call the mountains by the names we knew them. Stuppessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

    • anonymous
      December 11, 2012

      oh please. let me give you an example. who still says marigot government school or laplaine govt every one now says wills strathmore and jones beaupierre. and not to mention isiah thomas secondary. if you say it over and over a few times it will come naturaly. Kalinago territory anyone?

      • .
        December 11, 2012

        @anonymous Stop your crap, and tell the government to address lawlessness,creation of jobs, ways to grow the economy,respect, hopelesness, housing, raise of pay for the ordinary man, etc. This nonsense reflects laziness by a team of incompetent men/women with nothing to do

      • Malgraysa
        December 11, 2012

        And if we replace Anonymous with Nobody and repeat it often enough that will stick too I guess!?

      • Distured
        December 11, 2012

        Sigh…Maybe sum1 shud start call ur child Led-face and let it stick. Similar concept, no?

  124. Anonymous
    December 11, 2012

    Good idea! But with changes like these, school texts and atlases must be updated. So why not make all the possible changes now? The streets with the colonial names should be changed.

    The stigma of colonialism and slavery has had long lasting negative impacts, yet we hold fast to massa mentality. It is understandable that we cannot change every colonial name because of our French and English heritage. We need to honour our local heroes instead of King George the 5th, Queen Mary, Hillsborough, Windsor, Victoria, Marlborough etc. To be rational, Princess Margaret Hospital is ok to honour the British contribution in the funding and establishment of that institution.

    By the way, I love the name Diablotin. There is more to it than the devil. The history of the invincibility of the Kalinagos and their torment of the French colonialists is powerful and uplifting, not negative. We must also beware of those who wish to rewrite the history of the brutality and torture of colonialism and slavery.

  125. Jules Vert
    December 11, 2012

    A great move. While we are at it, we should change our island’s name to Waitukubuli like it was before these Europeans Latinized it. It would also help all the people around the world stop associating us with Dominican Republic.

  126. Anonymous
    December 11, 2012

    The names of the mountains is not the problem. When religious leaders will teach the people the truth and cause them to respect God and his word as it is written in the holy book then we will have less trouble to deal with.

    • Anonymous
      December 11, 2012

      That’s very correct.

  127. fed up
    December 11, 2012

    Such a frigging waste of time. Why change the names of the mountains that were there for generations and generations. Stop wasting time on things that don’t matter. You think our ancestors thought about naming it after the devil? They have their names for a reason so let that be and stop changing history. It is ridiculous how you all think in this country. What does the name have to do with anything. Everywhere you go in the world have something that is given a bad name for a reason. So what Dominica is different? Stupes. Waste of time and energy.

  128. neutral
    December 11, 2012

    Now we have changed the names to Godly names I hope we will receive more blessings. I guess there will be more jobs and less drugs will come in. Investors will flock our shores. Waiting to see!!

    • FED UP
      December 11, 2012

      Godly names??????? What nonsense.

  129. bwa kwaieb
    December 11, 2012

    OMG everyone trying to be all politically correct today. Look at those Dominican officials spending all the time in the world fixing something that doesn’t need to fix. It’s not like they actually have to work hard to get a name change for a mountain so I guess that’s why they doing that. They could be focused on building the hospital, or descent clinics or even the economy, but I guess changing a mountain name will make them think they’re actually doing work and serving the people of this country.

    • Anonymous
      December 11, 2012

      i agree with you completely. well said.

    • Distured
      December 11, 2012

      Soon they will fully “fix” nature. Pour some concrete over the mountains, hills, lakes and plantaitions. THis will be considered an ‘improvement’.

      =_=

  130. Anonymous
    December 11, 2012

    Yes ‘peeping Tom’ go where your PM tell you to go. You know exactly where.

  131. Larwi Deahyeah
    December 11, 2012

    While renaming the mountain adds no value to the current state of affairs in Dominica, the admission by those who seat at the table of the current administration, acknowledging that the country is diseases with corruption and is in turmoil with wrong doings and social degradation is very interesting.
    I firmly believe that this is an appeal to the population to take hid and correct the wrongs of the last decade.

    • Malgraysa
      December 11, 2012

      You are right bro. is because they see the devil in everything. “it takes one to know one”, know what I mean?

    • En Ba La
      December 11, 2012

      The people have to wake up but they do not want to seems like Dominicans are in a COMA.

      Hope one day the so called majority will get out of the comatose stage.

  132. cool bear
    December 11, 2012

    Great! now all Dominica’s problems are solved. Dominica is going to be flowing in milk and honey again, the same way it did after Peter R Augustine and the same crew ‘dedicated’ the map of Dominica to the ‘Lord’ on holy thursday in 2004.

    No more negativity! Now the next move , changing DUMMYnica, to SMARTinica.

    • anon
      December 11, 2012

      lol @ dummynica LMAO to be quite honest u are right I think the only smart ppl left on the island are the politians.. Sad!!

    • Brathwait
      December 11, 2012

      Good one. lol

  133. Anonymous
    December 11, 2012

    While we at it let”s change the whole Island name to Domlectville they gonna be owning the dam Island pretty soon , foriegn company taking over while the politicians turn a blind eye, who feels it knows it.

  134. Realist
    December 11, 2012

    Please note that when santé is said quickly it sounds like santi( to smell, to stink) also it sounds like satan in kweyol. So it just gonna be a game of phonetic semantics.

  135. Evolved
    December 11, 2012

    Boom!!!! – the moment the name change takes effect – massive transformation. I think not – there we go again – focusing energy on the wrong things.

  136. Anonymous
    December 11, 2012

    Let us change roseau to calcutta?.

    • Larwi Deahyeah
      December 11, 2012

      I agree, or moaville. maybe black shanghai..lol and penville to skerittville, mahaut to blacktown….hahaha

    • Reader
      December 11, 2012

      Best comment!!

    • Jay
      December 11, 2012

      You mean the “hole of Calcutta” ?

  137. anon
    December 11, 2012

    how about u’ll start taking care of your ppl and stop exploting them you busy naming moutains.. I have never voted a day in my life.. and had I not naturalise in another country that pm of u’ll would be long gone.. dominicans open ur eyes to awakening rise up, take your country back let the governement know who is the boss.. U guys need to evolve we are waiting the world is waiting the world cant change if we dont change..

    • anonymous
      December 11, 2012

      you are soooo right. is that pm of ours. stay where you are and leave us to build for you. man that is my pet peeve. people who want to stay overseas and have an opinion.

  138. waitukubuli-original
    December 11, 2012

    Finally! those who walk after the flesh will not understand the significance of this. satan is about to get an eviction notice!

    • Julie
      December 11, 2012

      AMEN!!!!!

    • Freethinker
      December 11, 2012

      An eviction notice? I see you knew where he lived. Too bad the poor fellow doesn’t exist in the first place.

      • waitukubuli-original
        December 11, 2012

        Yes Sire, an eviction notice! his days of oppressing people are over.

    • MIA
      December 11, 2012

      Eviction notice to where?

      • waitukubuli-original
        December 11, 2012

        Back to where he belongs, sire/ma’am. One day this truth will be manifested to you and you will believe.
        Be blessed

    • FED UP
      December 11, 2012

      Idiot – do you also believe in the easter bunny and Santa Claus?

      • waitukubuli-original
        December 11, 2012

        FED UP, I do my best to refrain from name calling, realizing that everyone has his/her own belief/s and will not always agree with me. I will say that only an “idiot” think another is stupid due to differences in opinions. Further, an idiot is one who cannot agree to disagree; one who thinks that everyone must agree with his/her ideologies and one who must mimic them in looks, sound, feel and taste. With that said, who is the idiot here?

      • Distured
        December 11, 2012

        Guess that’s you… Lots of other idiots are of your opinion. O_O.

        The same opinion that is being slowly pushed onto others.

    • Distured
      December 11, 2012

      How exactly, is Satan getting an eviction notice? This is a very “worldly” concept. Believing that changing the mountain’s historic names will make the country more positive.

      Here is what will happen tho.. Lot’s of people gonna watch the mountain and remember a reason why they vex…

      The belief in something is stronger than the name it has. Do u think an excorcise can oppose evil without his belief and just calling on the Holy Father’s name to purge the demons? I think not…

      You who does not understand what a fated contract is, has no right in saying a change of name will make the people become positive.

      I do thank you for not bring politics in this by the way. That is one way to step forward.

      • Distured
        December 11, 2012

        …exorcist…

  139. Anonymous
    December 11, 2012

    Well that’s just great! All our problems solved!

  140. Guidance
    December 11, 2012

    great…

  141. Piper
    December 11, 2012

    Why don’t they spend more time thinking about ways to increase youth employment than changing the manes of mountains. A total waste of time.

  142. 95 north
    December 11, 2012

    come on now, this tecnique, of shifting the focus of attention,from the matter at hand, to something that just going to engage useless talk, must stop.Who give these guys the reason to say the s-it they saying there?God and the devil is everywhere,and that not the meaning of the names anyway.why don’t they focus on changing the devil’s attitude they have in running the country,to a more Godly manner.ALL FOR EACH AND EACH FOR ALL.stop trying to pull woll over our eyes.

  143. Anonymous
    December 11, 2012

    We as dominicans living abroad in the dutch kingdom are very please andd happy for such a change of these mountains name. Its an answer to our prayer, which we have been praying for years. Now we can say that we are proud dominicans living abroad.

    • Princess Black
      December 11, 2012

      So you telling me you never felt like a proud Dominican because of the names of two of our mountains…Stupes…what ignorance eh.

      • possie
        December 11, 2012

        foolish chile! when u was living here the mountains ever troubled you? were you not proud of your mountains? eh eh, you comout, leave our mountains alone, they not broken… they dont need fixing… what i hearing dere nuh

    • anon
      December 11, 2012

      I leave in europe and what corncens me more is the hungry children the aged the lack of employment not some stupid name change get with it.. U are save I geuss u could care less of the ones living on the island

    • Waitukubuli-original
      December 11, 2012

      Amen to that! Don’t listen to those who ridcule you- they just don’t know how to have a civil discussion without name-calling.

  144. Hate ignorance
    December 11, 2012

    wow, that still wont prevent people in high places from rubbing our country of its moneys, and the lawyers they know themselves from doing bad (malpractice). That’s what we should be focusing on , why don’t they advice the government against corrupt practices and so on . These people major in the minors . How will these name changes help Dominica, Wasn’t mount Diablotin named after a bird that was found in the heights ? Lennox probably could share some light on that. Will changing the name of a rat prevent if from stealing cheese. Do you think people really care about a name change and or come to visit because of a name change i don’t think so . I think its mental change that’s needed in our country, we need to change from culture of silence that’s killing our nation ( because its our brother , friend or party that’s doing the wrong ) to one of patriotism ,justice and equality. We the people have to create the reputation for being honest .hospitable , welcoming and fearless where the truth is concerned and then and only then will we see real progress in Dominica , not by changing names or giving the impression is the name that causing our misfortunes. Seriousle do you think if HItla had a different name he would have been a nice guy ? lol

    • FED UP
      December 11, 2012

      Learn to spell – or maybe try to go to law school like those so called evil lawyers. So silly!

  145. Dominican to d bo
    December 11, 2012

    Morne Diablotin was name after the Diablotin bird that was found mostly on the island of Dominica and had nothing to do with the devil. Its time we separate church from government and stop making decisions solely based on religious ideologies! If that is the case, lets call one of the mountains Jesus and the other christ. Stupppss!!!!

    • Julie
      December 11, 2012

      How much sillier can you be Dominican to d bo..You should stop and think if we leave religion out of government where will our country be heading ? …Hell!!!

      • Candominican
        December 11, 2012

        at a slower rate

      • simone
        December 11, 2012

        UMM religion is out of lots of countries and they’re not in hell you nitwit, what are you so scared of, you have laws right so please. Grow up

      • possie
        December 11, 2012

        I concur!! the mountains have nofing to do with evil, if we do a little research of the naming of our flower and fauna we will appreciate that those mountains are named appropriately. Is that all the St Lucian and the man who had the big brief case dispensing money in Puerto Rico and the US virgin islands last election dere can advise?

    • Anonymous
      December 11, 2012

      Just read that piece of info on Honychurch’s website. Why wasn’t he consulted on this so those idiots could be educated?

      • Anonymous
        December 11, 2012

        whats the link?

  146. Really?
    December 11, 2012

    Why is this a thing? A “Broken Windows” adaptation?….The impact remains to be seen.

  147. Julie
    December 11, 2012

    Good idea the original names were too demonic the new names rings a better tune for the nation …Love it!!!

  148. Anonymous
    December 11, 2012

    Shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic.
    How about healthcare, education, police and fire and roads first!?

  149. December 11, 2012

    A very good step in the right direction.

    • possie
      December 11, 2012

      a stupid statement from a so-called RASTA, i ashamed of you rass, you are expected to preserve nature padna

      • waitukubuli-original
        December 11, 2012

        You people are so —— (can’t find a name). Can’t even respect another’s opinion. Always angry at nothing. You should not be involved in any discussion if you can’t refrain from name calling (that is what stupidity is).

      • Distured
        December 11, 2012

        @ waituk… Where exactly did the name calling take place? Your fear of your statements being proven wrong, is the reason why you may be the angry one.

        Don’t judge others judgments. That is proof of stupidity and arrogance.

    • queen bee
      December 11, 2012

      In what direction. Ok now the name change. Good. Please O please make me understand what do we do differently now

  150. blueblue
    December 11, 2012

    FINALLY, thank you God

  151. December 11, 2012

    I WAS WONDERING WHAT NAME WILL THEY BE CALLED BEFORE READING THEIR NAMES ….
    HONESTLY ;THE A VERY APPROPRIATE NAMES…GOD BLESS DOMINICA…

  152. Anonymous
    December 11, 2012

    Very good. Was about time.

  153. PUSS
    December 11, 2012

    it was about time

  154. Truth be told
    December 11, 2012

    The Kalinago (Carib people) name for Dominica “Waitikubuli” means “tall is her body” how obviously common sense to have named the tallest peak in Dominica after herself, Morne Diablotin should receive the new name of Morne Waitikubuli.
    By the way any public involvement/consultation on this monumental name change to our tallest peak?

    • Peeping Tom
      December 11, 2012

      Not a bad suggestion.

      • Distured
        December 11, 2012

        This is sumthing i can agree to… Good suggestion~!

  155. Anonymous1
    December 11, 2012

    The wrong doing that needs to be gotten rid of….what hell change of mountain names. Eddie get something better to do for the kind of big salary you getting.

  156. Anonymous
    December 11, 2012

    For once I can agree on something these people are doing. Although it will be hard to think of these sites as anything else we welcome the change.

    • Peeping Tom
      December 11, 2012

      You mean, you disagree with the YES We Care programme, the infrastructural works, the universal education programmes that seeks to educate and train persons from birth to death, the subsidized health care, the money in the banks for small business and farmers, the programmes that train young unemployed persons to get off public assistance and into work, the Dominica Youth Business Trust, the work of the National Export Council, the home for the abandoned children at Jimmit, the thrust towards being self-sufficient in energy through the geothermal project….? :?: :?: :?:

  157. ASSUASS
    December 11, 2012

    i totaly agreee POSITIVEEEEE

  158. Dominica_Lover
    December 11, 2012

    Please stop!!! People are hungry and name changes does nothing. Please leave the names as is, these are the names my grandfathers knew and their fathers. Those names bring a mystery to the island.

    Someone is being paid way too much to do nothing!!!!!!!!!

    • Julie
      December 11, 2012

      Learn to deal with and accept change my friend..Moving forward Change is good . These new names speaks volume!!!!

      • Brathwait
        December 11, 2012

        these names speaks nothing, there are better things to look after in this country. total waste of time

      • Distured
        December 11, 2012

        Failed at social studies? They speak volumes of history… leave them as they are me thinks~

  159. Anonymous
    December 11, 2012

    That makes no sense . History names cannot be change. Only in Dominica we don’t respect history.

    • concerned
      December 11, 2012

      To me history should remain as history why change that. u people have got to be kidding me. change is good but changing the names of historical mountains and places make no sense. When people visit dominica what the heck we going to tell them it was once Morne Diablotin but is renamed Morne Santé while Morne aux Diable is renamed Morne Lapé. smh

      • Malgraysa
        December 11, 2012

        Boy, that is good news for the animal show. One mountain named after brer rabbit. More to follow-suggestions invited

  160. FuturePolitician
    December 11, 2012

    Hold up.. Are they serious? The mountains have help these names for years why change it now.. Changing it won’t bring any good karma when our ancestors are the ones who gave them that name. Morne Diablotin was named so after the birds that was found there. Changing the name makes no sense at all!

  161. Skerro
    December 11, 2012

    Why don’t they deal with changing the name of the Island while they are it……
    Changing the names of these mountains in my opinion is very very stupid idea.

  162. Skerro
    December 11, 2012

    Why do they deal with changing the name of the Island while they are it……
    Changing the names of these mountains in my opinion is very very stupid idea.

  163. Candominican
    December 11, 2012

    All you people really have no work to do to sit on a committee discussing nothing!!!!!

    • Larwi Deahyeah
      December 11, 2012

      “When there is no new and grand ideas, leaders resort to talking about small things” A true reflection of the present state of leadership in the country.

  164. Neg Gwanbay
    December 11, 2012

    Makes a lot of sense,i like the idea.

  165. +
    December 11, 2012

    Praises! Glory!!!!!!

  166. Anonymous
    December 11, 2012

    The mountain LABOURED and produced a mouse!The Devil finds work for idle hands to do!

    • yes i
      December 11, 2012

      Ha! Ha! Ha! @anonymous. Such a waste of valuable time. Brilliant minds sitting around bursting with brain power discussing – A CHANGE OF NAME FOR TWO MOUNTAINS – Wow, What a wonderous moment! Mountains names that have no issue and mountains that have been and still are perfectly fine where they are. I have only one word for all of this – UTTER RUBBISH!!! (Let’s hope the mountains doh decide to erupt that moment you give them new names) Ha! Ha! Ha!

      • Distured
        December 11, 2012

        Hmm… Was thinking they shud do that…

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