UWP to visit communities most affected by Erika

Coulibistrie, hit hard by Erika, will be visited by the UWP. Photo credit: GIS
Coulibistrie the morning after Erika. The community will be visited by the UWP. Photo credit: GIS

The Parliamentary Opposition, the United Workers Party (UWP), led by the Leader of the Opposition, Honourable Lennox Linton has scheduled a number of visits to Communities most affected by the destruction wrought on the island due to the passage of Tropical Storm Ericka.

The UWP Team intends to meet with residents who were most affected by the ravages of the Storm, to commiserate with them and to find out how they were coping almost a month since the Storm impacted them.

The visits come about despite the fact that these communities had been visited, numerous times, immediately following the Storm’s passage by Parliamentary Representatives, Senators and Caretakers of the UWP.

It is well recorded the comfort brought to residents by the UWP TEAM Dominica throughout their previous visits.

UWP TEAM Dominica schedule of visits are as follows:-
• Coulibistrie, Colihaut, Bioche and Dublanc on Thursday 24th September, 2015 from 10:00 a.m.
• Boetica and Delices on Saturday 26th September, 2015
• Good Hope, San Sauveur and Petitte Soufrierre on Tuesday 28th September, 2015

Each visit will commence at 10:00 a.m.

Additional visits are planned for the residents of other impacted communities.

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  1. a true dominican.
    September 24, 2015

    it is quite sad that even after what hapen during storm erica you people are still trying to cause trouble. we are all brothers and sister and i think it is time we put that shit they call politics aside and start with the the nation building. i commend the uwp team dominica for going around at this time. it will do the people good to know that people still care about them. in dominica nothing pleases us. if they were not going to visit you guys would say that they dont care. now they are going you all say they do it for political points. what is wrong with dominicans. everyone was doing their part in cleaning their constituency. i know Mr Joshua Francis has been working tirelessly to bring normalcy to Roseau South. Relax and just love each other and accept the love and concern that others bring to u. you people need to grow up

  2. al
    September 24, 2015

    Too little too late I hope there don’t walk with their hands swinging

    • Francisco Telemaque
      September 24, 2015

      Why, don’t you learn how to speak and write English before you talk rubbish!


      Read back your comment, and see if you could have done any bette!

      • Francisco Telemaque
        September 24, 2015

        And that ‘bette’ was intended to read “better” just need to let you know I error!

  3. William Mc Lawrence
    September 23, 2015

    I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate and encourage the parliamentary Opposition United Workers Party UWP-Team Dominica and its leader, Honourable Lennox Linton on your plans to visit the communities most affected by the passage of Tropical Storm Erika… This is a very good and strategic gesture and I wish you all well as you bring your message of hope to the affected people.

    Everyone has a role to play in the rebuilding process and the Parliamentary Opposition’s role is very important in the process. I trust that you continue to play an effective role as part of the Parliamentarian Advisory Caucus/ Group and hope that your many suggestions and recommendations will be given due consideration by the Government side… I want to also encourage you to continue the work you have started… :wink:

    • Loud Voice
      September 24, 2015

      Why does it need to be strategic gesture? Should be born out of their good hearts not an ulterior motive.

      • William Mc Lawrence
        September 24, 2015

        It is a good and strategic decision if you prefer that tone instead… These honourable men had to take a strategic decision to decide to visit those communities most affected rather than visit every where… and I am sure that their decision is born out of their good heart to serve the people… and I do not think that they have any ulterior motives with their decision to visit these communities… I am very proud of them for deciding to do this… it shows that they have a heart, and there is responsibility, leadership, and commitment to serve the people… :wink: :wink:

  4. Leve Dubout
    September 23, 2015

    Too many haters, unable, unwilling to take the point “communities visited numerous times” in initial days and weeks by UWP Parl Reps, Senators, Caretakers now doing a follow-up visit to assess progress. Do they even follow the news? Paid any attention to the Constituency Reports on Radio by UWP Parliamentarians?? Too bad. Very sad. This is the pattern of haters, who only end up embarrassing themselves.
    If they open their minds the haters will realize the Opposition has made an unprecedented contribution to Dominica in the post Ericka period both independently and in cooperation with the useful formation by PM Skerritt of a Parliamentary Ctee involving the Opposition. If ‘all hands on deck’ and ‘unity’ is to be meaningful in the Reconstruction period the PM must be serious about such inclusive structures, and minimize partisan business-as-usual actions.

  5. forreal
    September 23, 2015

    is this a special type of visit or another political unwined,the UWP team visit,this more sound like a campaign than an affectionate gesture,anyway god judges all actions,it’s all good,just don’t bring them promises,bring them some relief,just remember OJ was great after hurricane david,but Dominicans who are a typical people,did not vote him in as primeminister

  6. the fly
    September 23, 2015

    I Feel sorry for Lennox and his ………it’s all political points nothing more than that ,they think we mad it’s them that is raving mad………. 8-O

    September 23, 2015

    Shame, shame, shame on you Linton and your team, great embarassment, I came to Dominica, from the US brought stuff to help family and other people ,came back. to the US and is still helping my Dominican. people. instead you guys on the radio Q95. attacking the PM and. baroness Scotland.. we dont need to know you going to see the people. You guys are heartless, NOW?

    • mujahardin
      September 23, 2015

      what stuff did you bring to DA? Was it your illegal vote for which you were treated? Did you say that after you made your delivery you went back? Happy that you enjoyed your vacation in DA. God bless.

  8. dominica new york
    September 23, 2015

    boss now u coming ? papa god lara come from t&t he went back and now u coming ? boss now where were u all all the time?

  9. roads are opening now
    September 23, 2015

    have we forgotten that uwp is not running the island?

    • the fly
      September 23, 2015

      NO but they could help like some of us, as for running the country this jokers came out of a comic book they could not run a water tap,Linton and his desperate desperado’s no place for you all apart for hell :twisted:

  10. JOE
    September 23, 2015

    I cannot stop LMFAO :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: aye bondieu, anyway uwp all you forget Fond St. Jean was badly hit too man??? True say Petit Savanne is gone but from Dubique to Bagatelle was equally damaged eh!!!!!!

    YOU GUYS NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE ME!!!!!! Lennox just came from St. Lucia running his mouth and only now he going on the ground to do his assessment, after he gave a whole long story on St. Lucia TV and Radio?? LMAO….. I wonder if they really know where all the displaced people are??

  11. September 23, 2015

    What a shame and disgrace that a month after one of the most devastating disaster in our history the opposition leader decides to get out of the Q95 studio to find out why it is that the hon.prime minister has been working non stop from the day of the disaster up to the present day. Most Dominicans would have got down on their knees and prayed that the Labour party were re elected in 2014 and not the unelected UWP.

  12. A Doubting Thomas In Solidarity
    September 23, 2015

    Are you telling me the President of Venezuela have actually come to Dominica before the Official Opposition have found it necessary to go around to see the devastation of TS Erika round Dominica? When we have heard of some many of our international and new friends have visited Dominica since the Wake of Erika. What should we think or make about that?

    And the same day the Venezuela President is due to arrive in Dominica we learn the UWP to visit affected Communities. Am I the only one who notices this is no mere coincidence?

    Welcome Mr. President to our country and we Thank God for your friendship.

  13. gemcare
    September 23, 2015

    The catholic Church World Wide…………..Please, help. The silence is too much and too long.

  14. DNOE
    September 23, 2015

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  15. Love
    September 23, 2015

    DNO, the moral of your story is? Hip, hippie hooray! Please give us some new. It’s shameful and regrettable that UWP has to politicize their work. If you want to go on a rally just say that.

  16. September 23, 2015

    read carefully

  17. Passing cloud
    September 23, 2015

    You talk about negativity? Read all the above comments. However the negative commentators failed to see this part of the article:
    “The visits come about despite the fact that these communities had been visited, numerous times, immediately following the Storm’s passage by Parliamentary Representatives, Senators and Caretakers of the UWP. It is well recorded the comfort brought to residents by the UWP TEAM Dominica throughout their previous visits.”

    As a team, UWP is the first full team to go to the affected areas. As of now, we have not seen a visit by the government and the DLP. As a matter of fact, Mr. Reginald Austrie, who is the- minister of housing, land and water resource management, is yet to be seen, heard of, or excuse given for his absence, at a time when DA is destroyed and no portfolio was damaged by the storm as his. Yet he disappeared and since the storm we all wondering about his where about. Up to today, the DLP, PM, government is yet to tell us about it…

  18. September 23, 2015

    my fellow Dominicans plead carefully and understand fully what is being stated in the written article before you post your negative comments about the intended visits by team UWP. the article states “The visits come about despite the fact that these communities had been visited numerous times immediately following the storms passage by parliamentary representatives ,senators and caretakers of the UWP” now I could be wrongly interpreting the statement quoted from the article but it clearly states that the UWP had already visited the places in question so to say better late than never is an untruth. weather you are a Labourite or you support the UWP the truth is right there in the article so let us stop this nonsense. this practice of party political division is destroying our country and we are too blind to see it. when will we wake up from this storm of confusion and division and see things for what they are despite of party affiliation. let us give jack his jacket.

    • September 24, 2015

      This can be considered a paid political ad. Therefore anything contained in this article should be looked at through a political lens. The same way that a schedule of of their upcoming visits was published they could also tell us who visited these affected areas immediately after the storm.

  19. Bella
    September 23, 2015

    Stupes. Now. I vex we

  20. gweneth joseph
    September 23, 2015

    Will u negative ppl plz take a vacation. You all don’t seem to have learned anything from the havoc TS Erika unleashed on DA.get a life.

  21. Kid On The Block
    September 23, 2015

    Way PaPa! Politicians on the run, All I know, no one coming to talk to me with their hand in their pocket or swinging in this crucial time. We need action and not talk now.

  22. Smart fool
    September 23, 2015

    Linton joined the PM to advise on relief and reconstruction despite insults and lies from the PM who denied him air-access to Marigot

    Danny Lugay quickly cleaned up Goodwill with many volunteers and is still seeking heavy equipment to help constituents move vehicles in risky positions

    Monelle was on the ground in St. Jo assisting with the massive clean up there;

    Joshua Francis has been out cleaning up his area and supporting families in need

    Fontaine was a one-man force getting mobbed for water and food he brought to “forgotten” communities;

    Spaggs and his team deserve an award for their amazing teamwork getting Bawi in shape quickly;

    The same Ron Charles penned the most inspiring song of this crisis, while on the ground in Bath Estate helping families and keeping the public informed.

    Zeeko cleaned up Roseau, our capital town with crews of volunteers.

    They now travel to learn what more is needed, and it’s a problem b/c they inform the public of the…

  23. September 23, 2015

    This move is 100% political, this plan to visit is almost a month after Erika. The big question is where was the oppossition?

  24. Smart fool
    September 23, 2015

    First off, like everyone else in Dominica, for the past 4 weeks, members of the opposition, in their roles as Parl Reps or regular citizens, have been on the ground working with communities, bringing water, food, medical supplies, etc.

    Let’s not pretend that we didn’t hear ministers from both parties on the radio talking about their work. For once in a long time, DBS actually allowed both sides on. Lets not act like we forgot the last month was about one national reconstruction body working together and was not time for UWP to take actions as a party.

    When the PM and other ministers were working in their communities, it was not as “members of the DLP” but as citizens rolling up their sleeves as they should. In fact, when the Labor Youth members were organized in giving out supplies as an arm of the DLP it was an insult to many as this was NOT the time for political parties to be active, but for relief organizations and groups to be front and center.

  25. Boldface
    September 23, 2015

    Please you ppl are for real,they been doing it individually . Now they are doing it as a team just like the government being doing it individual and not yet as the labour party together. It’s all the same .be positive Dominicans put the political aside for once.

  26. lol
    September 23, 2015

    I hope them man bring at lease some water with them to give to the people and do not go with their hands swinging. if they do not have water or can’t buy please ask the PM he will always give them so they do not look bad.

  27. Visionary
    September 23, 2015

    “The UWP Team intends to meet with residents who were most affected by the ravages of the Storm, to commiserate with them and to find out how they were coping almost a month since the Storm impacted them”. LMFAO……. Really UWP? REALLY? How is that suppose to alleviate the plight of these people at this point in their lives? Talk is cheap and unwarranted right now. How about you guys use the little influence you have and put a team together, and go in and physically assist these people, during this crucial time of pain, and suffering. How about you do like the rest of us, and contribute something meaningful, like man power, cleaning supplies, food, building materials etc…etc…..Now is certainly not the time to talk, or score political points dudes, now is time for action and tangible support.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      September 23, 2015

      People like you are so damn stupid, I do not even know how you manage to be alive!

      The UWP are not in power, the members do not have deep pockets like Skerrit; they do not have Petro Carib money in their pocket to give away to supporters. Even the red dedvils who has deep pockets, they are now depending on begging the world community to help the helpless, the helpless in our country, and all you can do is talk crap!

      Had it not been for donations, the damn treasury would be empty by now, you people are so stupid, all you see is politics, and the damn red piece of cloth Skerrit gave to you for free to cover the yellow streak many of you have running down your naked back!

      When are the idiots like you learn that it is better to be united, and live in peace rather than making fools and tools to people like Skerrit, whom you all made rich, while some dogs are better off than you are! I would hope that the money received from donors will not end up in the labor party politicians…

      • Francisco Telemaque
        September 23, 2015

        I would hope that the money received from donors will not end up in the labor party politicians pocket!

        In Dominica that is expected!

      • Observer
        September 23, 2015

        You must be looking at yourself in the mirror.

      • ??????.....
        September 24, 2015

        Francisco arrogant, arrogant. You know they are not in Government… what are you doing to help the party you support??.. Do your own appeal with the other Diaspora who support them like you do and send funds, relief items to your preferred UWP leaders so they can distribute themselves. You are Avery rude highhanded individual. You always amaze me with your rude and self Centred comments. Time to step down from your high horses and humble yourself. Someone has to let you know this.

      • BEB
        September 24, 2015

        One cant expect Francisco to assist anyone who suffered any lost after TS Erika disaster . I don’t even think that he is too bothered about members of his family. For I’m going to coat him verbatim, when he posted a comment here on DNO on June 28th 2015, he was referring to the protest/demonstration action in New York, He said, “I do not feel sorry or have empathy for any suffering soul in Dominica because they brought that suffering on themselves, by electing Skerrit over and over to do the same thing, which is enriching himself and his colleagues in Govt. while the people suffers yet, they love him for his wicked deeds.
        As I mentioned, I coated him verbatim “word for word” When he mentioned these words, there was no TS Erika, so I do not know whether he is going to rethink now.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        September 24, 2015

        Mr./Miss question mark, my name is Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque, whatever I do for someone be it in Dominica or elsewhere, you will never hear about what i did!

        You know why?

        Because I do not jump on the bandwagon simply to get recognition, if I am doing something for someone, it is between yours truly and the individual, as I said more than half of all Dominica will receive in monetary donations, will find its way into the pockets of the ruling Dominica politicians, I am not going to get caught up in that sort of thing.

        A dog which is accustom of sucking eggs try as you may you cannot succeed in preventing that dog from sucking eggs. Corruption has a history in the labor party, they all are corrupt, hence they are not trust worthy, and I will not contribute anything collectively to go to Skerrit’s government! Why do you believe a nation such as the United States has given less than two hundred thousand dollars, when there are nations in the world receiving billions for…

      • BEB
        September 25, 2015

        DNO, where is my comment? I was only coating what the guy said on some previous postings on DNO. I’m seeing worst articles being posted

      • Francisco Telemaque
        September 25, 2015

        BEB, indeed I said I do not feel sorry or any empathy for the suffering of the people who willfully, and brought all of their suffering on themselves. They create the problems by continually voting Skerrit into office, knowing that the man is an obstacle in the way of progress in the country.

        I have some family in the village of Wesley right now whom I no longer care to help, if I must, I do it because as God is my help, I do not wish to refuse helping my older sister, because of fearing God, will punish me. She is one of those who help to keep the country backwards by voting for Skerrit.

        Just prior to the election she called asking for some finically help which gladly accommodated her; at that time I told her do not vote for Athenia: I was informed the morning of voting she was the first person at the pooling boot, what can one do about people like her; and that is why I do not feel sorry for even my sister; they love Skerrit more than themselves!

  28. September 23, 2015

    Here here i agree with the above comment

    • Francisco Telemaque
      September 23, 2015

      You have to agree with the idiot above because both of you share the same amount of ignorance: birds of a feather flocked together.

      Wherever you find one fool, another fool is always close to where the first fool is found, when you walk, you behind each other, and put you foot in the other fool footsteps. When lead fool walks off a precipice, you follow, and both of you end at the bottom of the cliff!

      • island girl
        September 23, 2015

        Your comments are indicative of an intelligent person
        I say this to say when u know better u do better .It is not
        the right thing to do to call one derogative names simply u disagree
        with the persons viewpoint .We should agree to disagree. Did we not learn
        from Erika…what else will unite us…Just saying…God bless us all

  29. who you know
    September 23, 2015

    I voted this government, but I wish it was the opposition that was in power now I believe they would have done a better job in bringing dominican in one.

    • Just my two cents
      September 23, 2015

      @who you know
      HOW would the opposition have done a better job? How? Don’t you remember that during the elections the leader of the opposition openly dissed and insulted almost every country/leader that has good relations with our current government? Had they been voted into office, do you think that those who were dissed would now be giving so generously and cheerfully? If you think the answer is yes, then you are too ungrateful…. point blank.

    • September 23, 2015

      Who you know, are you living on the same planet as the rest of us?

    • the fly
      September 23, 2015

      Who you know, are you kidding :?: wake up and smell the coffee ,you must be blind or tell you what i will be nice too you am in a good mood ,; bringing Dominican in one ,this person having a laugh or raving mad please please stop the world i want too get out!

    • really?
      September 23, 2015

      You lying.

  30. Barbara Saunders
    September 23, 2015


    There have been many calls for the UWP to do something in their own name for the country during this disaster, as thousands of others here and abroad have been doing, so let’s not discourage them even if you may not agree with their method. As the old people used to say “better late than never”, particularly as getting around Dominica is so much easier for them now, thanks to the willing and positive hands which did the work.

    If their motives are less than honourable time will reveal it for those of us who are slower and those of us who are sharper will recognise that immediately.

    Let’s all be positive and also recognise those UWP Parliamentary Representatives who seem to have genuinely co-operated and worked in their constituencies alongside government agencies and others willing to rebuild.

    One country! One people!

    • Passing cloud
      September 23, 2015

      @ Barbara Saunders, Now I can understand why you said you needed to pray harder. I can see you playing your politics very well. You sure need to pray harder because God sees and does not sleep.

      • Barbara Saunders
        September 24, 2015

        Passing cloud

        Did you think that you had a monopoly on that in this our democracy? You don’t you know!

  31. DC
    September 23, 2015

    Better late than never! My dearly beloved PM has weathered the storm, and has proven he is the right man to continue to steer the ship. UWP is about talk and no action, they had the perfect opportunity to demonstrate their worth, they have failed miserably. PM Skeritt, you have solidified your support from many due to your swift action after the storm, you are humble, caring, and these traits have earned you my unwavering support. UWP, please do your part, you must caution those who are guilty of being raving lunatics to refrain from this action. We are one people, however, someone must be at the helm, PM has proven his worth. Hats off to PM Skeritt and Hon. Kenneth Darroux!

    • Bon Dieu
      September 23, 2015

      The PM once again proved to be incompetent, selfish and lacking in foresight or care.

      Had he listened to suggestions in years past, Dominica would have had a real disaster management plan and could have saved some of Darroux’s families lives in PS. $30 Million he spent to keep his position, but couldn’t invest in a $200K helicopter to ensure that people could be quickly accessed in cases of emergencies like these. Instead he had to have cap and hand out to St. Lucia and others, while he keeps millions of dollars in his personal bank account.

      I guess he was so worried about Hurricane Linton sweeping him away, he forgot Dominica has a real hurricane season each year.

      Those who Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail. And your “beloved” PM didn’t love you enough to plan for you in case of a disaster. He failed you. Accept it.

      • ??????.....
        September 24, 2015

        Pathetic! Same hatred syndrome. Buy a helicopter for the country. You even want to talk about plan for disaster. Eh Ben look it … you need to be appointed ” planner to avert disasters in the Commonwealth od Dominica”. A pity that no one in the International nation have given you a job to advise them on averting Natural Disasters. We are going to have to form this new position just for you.

    • Barbara Saunders
      September 23, 2015

      No argument with that at all. Even the usual haters are getting fewer and fewer with their comments since the excellent progress which is being made and which many thought would never happen, but what I am trying to do is to assist all of us to be positive.

      Behaving in the same negative way that we dislike is not going to get us anywhere.

    • Anonymous
      September 23, 2015

      Did you not hear the PM say he ‘ CANNOT DO IT ALONE’ his parliamentarians CANNOT DO IT ALONE, therefore he asked all elected members to form the Restructuring Committee. Inother words ajoint effort. Why be so bias? Can’t we be civil, did we not learn from that storm? My God people…. A leopard just cannot change its skin.

  32. bigger
    September 23, 2015

    Oh my word they finally respond to their critics as they say better than never

  33. Dominican
    September 23, 2015

    Now!!!!???!!!! But they wake up man? Somebody on facebook wake them up?

    • On Time
      September 23, 2015

      My sentiments exactly. With everything that’s been going on I am yet to see the leader of the opposition in one picture not shaking someone’s hand, post Erika. Alas, look now they wake up they start another showdown.

  34. September 23, 2015

    Politicians, man. Do they really need to publish a schedule and issue a florid press release? It’s good that they want to keep abreast of what’s going on, they’re entirely right to keep an eye on things and talk to people. But this level of self-promotion is a bit much, it’s like saying you’re “planning and executing an exacting journey for commercial purposes with culinary goals” when what you mean is that you’re dropping by Miniya’s to buy some snacks.

    • MY 2cents
      September 23, 2015

      Everything to do with UWP is a big show. That’s what happens when you not doing things from the heart and just doing it to gain points.

    • Bon Dieu
      September 23, 2015

      How is it self-promotion for a public group to give people a schedule of when they are coming to visit certain communities? Shouldn’t people know where/when they are going to be there so that residents can be available if they want to share info?

      This is regular procedure last time I checked.

    • syncronize
      September 23, 2015

      You just give us a break Steve. You do it your way in your country we do it our way in Dominica. You said nothing when Skerrit was promoting all what was going on after the storm. In instances where the Disaster people, the Police, the Rescuers and other persons should have beenspeaking, Skerrit was talking for every body, you did not see it unnecessary. So let the UWP do their do. And for the others, the UWP Team were on the ground from Day one, each man in his constituency and you know it well. Even when the government people paid no attention to some of the plights of the people, the UWP were working. And who was it with their good ideas guiding Skerrit what to do so that after Skerrit suck up all the opposition people ideas he block them out. So please have your facts right. UWI informing of its visits to ravaged areas is a followup as a unified TEAM. BYE. DUMB

      • yampeh
        September 23, 2015

        Butt hurt :mrgreen: :lol:

    • really?
      September 23, 2015

      Lol you’re right Steve!

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