Jefferson James to take on Portsmouth for UWP

Jefferson James hopes to turn the tide against the DLP in Portsmouth
Jefferson James is hoping to turn the tide against the DLP in Portsmouth

Jefferson James, a Cuban trained engineer, has been confirmed as the United Workers Party (UWP) candidate for the Dominica Labour Party (DLP) stronghold of Portsmouth at the next general elections.

Speaking at a meeting in the town last night James, 34, said he is willing to sacrifice even his life to bring change to the area.

“I am willing and ready to sacrifice myself, sacrifice my time, my talent, my intelligence and even my life, if it may, to bring forward that change that we need here in Portsmouth,” he said. “It is high time that we stand up and take the bull by the horn and not follow the deeds of our forefathers when they say we born ‘laybar’ we die ‘laybar’.”

James has a tough mountain to climb. The DLP has dominated Portsmouth for the past fifty years and the town is home to the Douglas’, one of Dominica’s long serving political families. The constituency is presently being served by Ian Douglas for the DLP. Prior to that, the persons who served in that capacity were Michael Douglas (Ian’s father) and Roosevelt (Rosie) Douglas (Ian’s uncle). At the time of his death Rosie was prime minister of Dominica.

But at the UWP’s meeting on Tuesday night, James appeared undaunted.

“It is too long that we have been neglected,” he stated. “We have been neglected in education, there have been only two secondary schools in Portsmouth and thank God for the Catholic secondary school at present. PSS (Portsmouth Secondary School) has to been over populated and because of that overpopulation we have the restlessness of the children. I am standing here before you, a servant to bring forth that change .”

He lamented that students from Portsmouth have to travel every day to attend the state college, which he said is causing them to fall short of their academic performance. “Their parents cannot afford to pay their fees,” he noted. “We need another state college here in Portsmouth and with this servant that stands before you today and with the Dominica A Team behind me, I can assure you this change will come to Portsmouth.”

The meeting formed part of the UWP’s ‘Coast to Coast in 25’ campaign.

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224 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    December 1, 2013

    Nothing is impossible with God. Go with faith my boy and u can move mountains. remember story the of David and Goliath!

  2. zandolli
    November 23, 2013

    JJ will bring a fresh air of change in possie,

  3. Anonymous
    November 22, 2013

    Your life, your intelligence you say? You are not very intelligent.

    • D'can in Antigua
      December 12, 2013

      You Portsmouth people just so stupid, ignorant and backward! Is people like allyou why I never tell anybody that I am from Dominica. You all make the world think that all Dominicans illiterate and behind God’s back. What has Labour done fou allyou after 50 years? You know what, let me just stop worrying about Dominican people cause first of all, allyou love too much obeah and allyou ‘twet’, jalousie and envieys. That’s why Portsmouth so backward…is de obeah…all the crime is from generational urses left by those wicked ole people who does love to pyaye people…that’s why I will never go back to allyou stupid country…Allyou not betta dan Haiti…just watch it…more badness will happen cause allyou EVIL!

  4. Anonymous
    November 22, 2013

    He’s cute! Is he married? :-D

  5. Tumble back kick
    November 21, 2013

    Well my padna I wish you well, and that your people vote for you. You already know the saying ” A man has has no honour in his land”

    On another note Workers was the first party that really began to cement roads in Glanvillia, Zickack and Portsmouth and they are still there today. They also did the first extension of PSS and did the Michael Douglas Boulevard. They also worked on the Indian River and craft shop/store. Yes I know we forgot all that already.
    So they began something. As far as I know the only thing that happened with Ian was that he removed the boats from the shore, what else??

  6. honesty
    November 21, 2013

    The young guy is bright enough to see that porthmouth needs a college.People like “charles saveren” and the old school of douglases could not see that. Dominicans put politics aside and see the common good for our people.All the children from carib reserved, wesley, marigot will be happy to go to portsmouth for college. As a dominican leaving overseas and many other dominicans we are waiting for a change of positive government to invest in our country “Dominica”. So dominicans rally behind Lennox Linton and his group of representatives and lets build a better Dominica. May God bless Dominica.

    • Anonymous
      November 22, 2013

      More like waiting to suck the blood of Dominica.

  7. Truth Offends
    November 21, 2013

    UWP is my party of choice come next election but alas! They need to learn from their past mistakes if they want to win an election in Dominica again.
    If it was not for their stupidity they would be the government of today and based on their record, Dominica would be much better. Although their cliche’ of “Nou ca fe kashoy toopatoo” sounded good, like “21 in 25”, it cost them the 2000 elections as they went into constituencies like Portsmouth, Grandbay, Soufriere and others to fe kayshoy, while failed to cement their base in areas they won like Viellecase, Carib Reserve, and St. Joe which all voted them out in 2000.
    As a labourite in the 2000 elections, I remember having a conversation with Rosie Douglas and he told me that based on performance nobody can win beat UWP; but we sure can beat them on strategy.
    Mr. Linton, it’s good to have this young man from Possie on board and I know there are many more to follow. However, please do not waste time and money where you don’t stand a chance of winning. Visit them periodically but don’t waste time in Paix Bouche, Portsmouth, Cottage, Grandbay, and Pitete Savan. You cannot win them now. You already announced candidates for Grandbay and Possie but up to this day we don’t know who is going up in areas you once held like La Plaine, Roseau Valley, Colihault that is there for the taking and Vielle case. No I don’t believe we have a good shot at Viellecase but with a good and ready candidate we can dent a serious blow to Skerrit. The people CANNOT vote him because of performance because the facts there to see his lack of performance. Is just that he has a lot of money giving out and if we can prove to people that we will win the next election, they will come back because they know very well that even if Skerrit wins his seat and loses the election, he will no longer give them money but instead will maypwesay them and run out of DA. So please be smart guys.

  8. Jay
    November 21, 2013

    Roosevelt Skerrit is a smart guy. He put his seal of approval back on Ian Douglas in an attempt to stop other members of the family splitting the DLP vote by setting up their own alternative party, which would have improved the chances of the UWP of winning this seat. Who knows what deals have been made behind closed doors. Let’s see how it pans out and if the family is now united behind Ian. Who said that politics is a dirty game and that power corrupts?

    • Ashamd
      November 22, 2013

      Trust me Jay, the family is not united behind Ian. Ian and Skerrit will get a shock of their lives this next election season. All the have to do is keep doing just what they are doing and they will continue proving the people of Portsmouth right. They do not like us, they only use us. Wait and see.

  9. challenge
    November 21, 2013

    Soo DNO what was wrong with my previous comment, i see comments enrolled that farr less balance or objective, wowwww

  10. picard massive
    November 21, 2013

    Ian for possie no if not buts no maybe. uwp needs to top wasting taxpayers money and g represent the people n the house which s what they’re getting paid for. Labour in the house and guess where allu in will stay??? outside in the white coaster allu patrolling d\ca on….. hahahahahahahaha….

  11. possie girl
    November 21, 2013

    change must come but that change has to begin with the UWP, you guys need to change your attitude, the campaign style of bashing on my PM, you guys need to show that from since you lost the elections in 2000 that you have improved and when you have shown then then maybe we may consider you….. until then we voting ian again in possie :-P

    • looking
      November 21, 2013

      Any gov’t has the nations resources at their disposal i.e taxes to push their respective agendas.

    • the blackheart man
      November 21, 2013

      Isn’t what you a stating the exact thing the opposition is doing now…..pay attention

  12. possie girl
    November 21, 2013

    change must come but that change has to begin with the UWP, you guys need to change your attitude, the campaign style of bashing on my PM, you guys need to show that from since you lost the elections in 2000 that you have improved and when you have shown then maybe we may consider you….. until then we voting ian again in possie :-P

  13. IT SE LASSIE I
    November 21, 2013

    The Portsmouth Constituency need a revival. something Big has to happen to effect a solid change in the mind of Portsmouth people. A young man from possie has stepped up to take on the mantle to bring change in Portsmouth because the present parlrep is not doing the job he suppose to do, only to sit down and continue the legacy or one serving Douglas deserve another yet we still complain of Mal-representation in the community, yet we still vote them in. Look at the crimes in the community, look at the infrastructure, look at the unemployed, just loooook at how possie is today. JJ i firmly believe in you.

  14. la locura
    November 21, 2013

    te apoyamos estamos contigo ,y workers ganara

  15. Tell it like it is
    November 20, 2013

    What is really the problem with Dominica? I think people have a misconception of what politics is. Here I would like to quote two (2) definitions of the term “politics” from the Free Dictionary online. It states that politics is:
    a) The art or science of government or governing, especially the governing of a political entity, such as a nation, and the administration and control of its internal and external affairs.
    b) The often internally conflicting interrelationships among people in a society.

    These are just two of many definitions. In a society, there is a culture that many people don´t seem to understand. We live in a democracy so people are free to affiliate to, associate with, or accept whatever political philosophy they deem to be in their best interest. But, we must be mindful that freedom comes with responsibility. What I don´t understand is why some people want to force others to affiliate to, associate with, or accept their philosophy and reject another. If this young man thinks he can challenge the Douglas dynasty in Portsmouth, that is his choice. If he sees it as a sacrifice, that is his point of view. Why all the fuss?

    My people, no political party can change the dynamics in Dominica. We have had all three parties in power, and we know the track record of each one of them. Unless Dominicans decide to change the political culture, we will have the same results, all the time, every time. We are putting too much confidence in politicians and political parties. Most of these men and women who put themselves up for elections, have no knowledge of political principles or concepts. None of them are trained in Political Science, and so they have absolutely no clue as to how this dynamic process works. So, how are they supposed to contribute to the social development of the country? It really doesn´t matter which party is in power, we will see no change, even from those who are claiming change is a must.

    The problem of job creation in a stagnant economy like Dominica is no easy task. Look at the size of our population. What are we producing and who wants what we produce? Look at our topography, are we competitive? What can we offer investors that they can´t get elsewhere? People, this debate is bigger that any political party. It is so sad that people spend their time fighting over trivialities when the real issues are swept under the carpet. I would like to ask the parties to tell us where they are going to get the money from to deliver on all the promises they are making. The incumbent party has the edge because it already has all these links with foreign governments and international agencies. Where will the UWP find money to finance all the changes they are promising? These are just a few of the issues I would like people to be mindful of in the coming months.

    Life is a series of changes. The only thing constant is change itself. Dominica has changed over the past 14 years, as it had changed from 1980 to 2000. But because people are so biased to their political leanings, they may refuse to see the changes. So using the slogan “change is a must” is really not a big deal. How are we going to turn the economy around is what needs to be highlighted. How are we going to increase Dominica´s population, stop the migration of talented individuals, and create a climate that is favourable for economic growth and stability… and stop the devastating effects of the illicit drug trade on the youth of the country. That is what needs to be addresses.

    • 100% Proud Dominican
      November 21, 2013

      Great commentary…wish more ppl think like u!

    • LCM
      November 21, 2013

      @tell it like it is. You raise some very good and interesting points. However two things i will share a different point of view.

      One you do not need to be trained in political science to be an effective politician. What you need is an effective leader who can look at his/her cabinet and the skill set and experince they have and place them where that skill set is most effective. You failed to look at values and individual ambitions

      Secondly any diplomatic relationship set up by a ruling party is about the people and the governmental system. So whether or not labour win there will be a government and these relationship will continue. If any country breaks relationship with Dominica if labour loses the election then that is a passive form of medelling in the affairs of the people and a disrespect to the decision of the people of dominica. As intelligent as you sound you shoul be aware of that.

      • Tell it like it is
        November 22, 2013

        @ LCM: we can agree to disagree. Thanks for the observations. I did think of these two points while writing. They are both academic points. Personalities are different and while I may see your point on the question of knowledge in Political Science, history has shown that the vast majority of people who put themselves up for elections have no clue whatsoever as to what political culture is and what their political philosophy is.
        With regards to relationship with other countries, my point is, the incumbent always has the advantage since they have already built credibility. The opposition has the daunting task of having to build credibility with these nations afresh. And don´t tell me you don´t know that.
        But thanks for your comment. I wish more of us would try to be as objective in dealing with issues affecting out beloved country.

  16. Flying Dog
    November 20, 2013

    How does the outward appearance affects the chances of candidates running for public office? These young people these days do not have that class about themselves. Why do your hair like that? would you go over-seas in some conference to represent Dominica with your head in that state? So many Jokers, it’s not even funny.

    • November 21, 2013

      Flying Dog.

      Hello and good afternoon to you. I agree with your post because first impression is a lasting one.

      • Legup
        November 21, 2013

        True Tony….They are not ready.

  17. John Paul
    November 20, 2013

    Ian must go!He making makadam under Skeritt foot!We need Men who can stand against this wanabee Dictator.Men who can stand on their own 2 feet and who are able to bind as a Team to oust this Socio-Communist Party and get down to the business of good democratic progress without fear or favour.
    Mr. Douglas was on Marpin saying that He was going to get drug users and pushe
    Papa Bon Dieu is sending us some !

  18. MeCamem
    November 20, 2013

    Growing up in Possie, I have never seen a viable candidate who challenged Labour in the constituency. I have always been left with the impression, that the place was abandoned by the other political parties because they feared Labour. This is a very good beginning.

    Many years ago I was listening to Charles Stanley of Intouch Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia… He said: ” If you do not take chances, you are not giving God to perform miracles in your life.”

  19. President
    November 20, 2013

    Good luck bro i support you. we need a change , however i don’t think building a new college in possie is necessary. building a new college wont put money in peoples pocket , because they still have to pay tuition. i strongly believe that employment is the key to survival. parent then would have a job . and can afford to send there children to school in Roseau , Ross, Trinidad , Jamaica any where. employment is they key to survival.

  20. Thor
    November 20, 2013

    Dimples & Dependency more important than GDP.

  21. listener
    November 20, 2013

    Workers I hear you making all kinds of promises to try to win but I know for sure if you promise a big long bridge from earth to heaven then you must hold them :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: .

  22. met yo
    November 20, 2013

    JJ you are so smart and so educated how can you have a State College in Portsmouth, Dominica is only one State, one city, and one town. Building another college it will be a white elephant, you will be removing bread from the bus chauffeurs. A A so you do see medical school students coming Roseau to do their training?Your leader have no schoolship is schoolargoat, no qualifications but diploma in fornication, so follow you leader, bathomie :mrgreen:

  23. November 20, 2013

    Possie as the 2nd town is without a washroom for the past 3years

    • Tyre hit de road
      November 21, 2013

      What???? Unbelievable….Shame on de Pal Rep
      ….Marigot too!! Where else Every village needs that man Non of them man ready!

  24. yes I moderator
    November 20, 2013

    Possie, grandbay, paibouche and petite savane ppl don’t want change.the want labar. They born labar they will die labar. The mentality of those ppl.they do not vote for the more capable candidate just labar. U cud send up yellow girl in any of the 4 constituencies and she wud win handsomely because a vote for yellow is a vote for skerrit.

    • petite savanne
      November 20, 2013

      am from petite savanne…and thats how stupid some petite savanne people are…just give them $200 when election is nearing and you win a vote…but i making them know when they enter their missery, i will not face it with them…ill be long gone…

    • Tyre hit de road
      November 21, 2013

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

    • boss
      November 21, 2013

      hmm am from one a dem u mention we will not change not for money nothing but we will accept from any other party and we will never change never never hahahaha kill me nuh haha workass hahaha labour to the mother loving world yow and the only thing some of alu can do is dislike and nothing nah go change

    • Change
      November 21, 2013

      Your statement is baseless and without facts. When last had you seen a viable candidate from the other political parties? What were the other political parties offering better that the Labour party? Do you know that Freedom once held the seat in Paix Bouche and Petite Savanne? Change must come with you guys mentality. The people have a choice to vote who they want to represent them and they have chosen labour. If they were that backward why did the country follow them and voted Labour 18-3? Think before speaking.

      • yes I moderator
        November 22, 2013

        I’m from the paixbouche constituency so I know what I speak about. This lockhart guy was clearly a better candidate the waltersyet still he list because ppl was of tue veiw he went up for the wrong party. Let me educate u with some history.paixbouche was always in a labour constituency because the voted with dosdane and bense. In a bid to keep rosie out of parliament mamo changed the boundry putting dosdane with possi and calibishie with bense and paixbouche. Before then calibishie wasbin tue wesley constitiency which was labour until 1990.calibishie was a freedom stronghold and had a greater population than bense and paixbouche so what ever votes Labour got between bense and paixbouche calibishie wud offset it. And it worked jenner armour defeated rossie. Take ur head out of the sand labourites vot for a colour not the candidate.

  25. a few rich men
    November 20, 2013

    what a breath of fresh air.a young man willing to effect change in possie.

    I wonder how glanvillia people will respond to their own.

    • Anonymous
      November 21, 2013

      wait and you will see how we will respond…he will lose his deposit for sure!!

  26. True Patriot
    November 20, 2013

    Maybe your speech would have sounded better in SPANISH,WAS NOT IMPRESSED …SO YOU WANT a state college in possi after that spectacular modern building at Stockm Farm,alas take your time bro and get your thoughts/ideas in synch with you Engineering training logical thinking—-Fidel would not be impressed at you going up for a Party with no Ideology,very short on Principle and UNPATRIOTIC -CALLING FOR BOYCOTT OF INDEPENDENCE,,alas ,,,we still awaiting 2009 Manifesto

    • Shameless
      November 21, 2013

      No need for him to impress Fidel. He is thankful for the education he got from Cuba but does not have to be part of a corrupt regime that seems hell bent on destroying the country. If Fidel is happy with the cabal then more power to him but here in Dominica we say; HELL TO THE NO! And therefore, Change Must Come soon.

      Assertive NOT Agressive!

    • Papa Dom
      November 21, 2013

      Am I seeing right? Which party are we talking about here? The description you gave suits skerritt’s Labour Party perfectly. I happen to believe that Castro would be proud of anyone who stands up against a corrupt government, afterall isn’t that what the Cuban revolution was all about?

  27. Hot-Head
    November 20, 2013

    Its not sensible to say someone is ‘SOT’or “Stupid” simply because he or she supports a different party from you. Too many comments include this.
    I suppose an overnight change of party affiliation would be enough to convert someone from Fool to Genius! or vice-versa.
    How can we say that we respect Democracy if we can’t respect others choices . . whatever the reason/s for their choice.
    Party leaders need to take a stand against this debilitating division, which is crippling my country . . But Alas, I know that their desire for power won’t allow them to.

    • John Paul
      November 20, 2013

      The Dominica labour Party is not interested in Democracy.The refrain from the Leader and His Cabinet Ministers is “Once and for all we will get rid of the Opposition”Mr. Scary said “I am jealous”He wants all the seats .
      I cant wait to see Him as Leader of the Opposition .I am hoping that the Party in Power Shows Him respect in that position and rub His nose in it.

  28. November 20, 2013

    possie people are old fashion

  29. Watchers
    November 20, 2013

    So,
    Students shouldn’t travel for higher education?
    Instead of a State-of-the-art college to serve our small Dominica population, we should have colleges every where we have a secondary school?
    Bullocks!

    • John Paul
      November 20, 2013

      So what ! Reginald Austrie was in Lagon Roseau and In His anger said that He wanted to flush someone who apposed the DLP down the Pit toilet!

      I never knew that there was a variation of the Pit toilet that flushed
      Now Skeritt want to get rid of Pit toilets.If You dont have pipe borne water You cannot have a flush toilet .If I give You a flush toilet You need to be connected to a main sewerage line or have a septic tank and a septic field.Mr Skeritt giving LPO for flush toilet but where is the money for water and septic tank and the septic field or soak-away?

    • Change
      November 21, 2013

      I think he made a mistake. Someone should have read that speech before. Linton may have been right and just wanted to make a point. Education is not all:lol:.

  30. %
    November 20, 2013

    But why Skerrit’s new candidates are still in the forest hiding nah? Are they ashamed of showing the public their faces? Are Dominicans finally ashamed of associating with this Labour Powder Party now? These GREEDY MEN/WOMEN, are so inept,insultive incompetent,arrogant, dumb and outright DUNCE, that after 14 years of poverty they are hoping to be reelected by telling the populace THEIR BULL CRAP about Global Financial Crisis. This same crisis has not affected their pockets, but they are hoping that their fools will listen to them. I DON’T.
    KICK THEM OUT. THEY DESERVE IT!

  31. john bess
    November 20, 2013

    Goood move,i just felt so determined,i ready to vote for uwp in portsmouth,too long we’ve been keep down by that labour grabberment

  32. CHARMER
    November 20, 2013

    Probably my expectations were too high, but I became disappointed listening to the candidate. It is apparent there there is no real plan for Portsmouth.
    Does Portsmouth really need a state college? Where is the population for that? There are so many basic things needed like decentralising other services, a proper hospital, a government building to house the post office, treasury, Doctors, Inspector, etc. in order to reduce the amount of rent. To establish one-way streets to reduce traffic congestion, a proper bus stop for the shuttle buses. Tell how the jobs will come about, that you all will transform the coffee plant to maybe a fruit processing plant. Just some ideas for your manifesto if there will be one.

  33. Glanvillia man
    November 20, 2013

    We Glanvillia people, we’re not foolish as you think. De iron lady said do not vote for de workers. Now we still put them in and they turn back and they fail de poor people. I see pregnant women with tears in their eyes because they could not afford de hospital bills. And to my boy that running up, his grandparents would turn in their grave to see you doing that. I know is de money take de money and you know just finish with that. We Portsmouth people will rise up with labour and will fall with labour. Workers doh do jack for de country, they put de country back in a hole. De country move five steps backwards under de workers, so right now skerrit trying to do something now and they mad, when they was there before. Rise again!

  34. neither
    November 20, 2013

    I am glad that some one wants to change how Portsmouth is, but change cannot come without the people willing to accept that change. Furthermore, I personally will not sacrifice myself for any political party for that matter. Possie people will go forward while going in reverse. Ian is just a man that will sit and talk rubbish while he doesn’t do his job and look as confused as.. me self don’t know. Mr James, brother man do your thing eh. But why sacrifice yourself for Portsmouth people, when they are the ones that keeping themselves back. You must accept change for it to be implemented.

    • Change
      November 21, 2013

      To build a college there must be a sacrifice. What about one in Marigot?

      • CHARMER
        November 21, 2013

        Very funny

  35. jah know star.
    November 20, 2013

    Dominicans. A whole bunch of ignorant people. Putting party b4 country. Skerrit have dominicans on strings like puppets. Is reason like this dominica is so slow and backward. One man can make a change and if jj is that one man so shall it be. Change will come mayb just maybe not next election but in time to come. Country b4 party.

  36. Toomatoe Tomato
    November 20, 2013

    If the main thing UWP can see needed in the Town of Portsmouth is a College, he is not serious. He would make more sense if he said a college in all of the 21 constituencies. That is how bad it sounds in this day and age.

    This is exactly the same as the 5000 jobs when I am hearing from the people in the know that 5000 jobs are more jobs than people out of work. How did they do their homework? Who are their advisers? So the jobs have to put on legs and go out people seeking to feel all the openings instead of the normal way of people looking for jobs.

    Are we are going to have babies and toddlers and the elderly over 90 and those incapable of working with all the jobs falling from the sky.

    5000 jobs. Since it is when they would be in government so I take it that would be government jobs. Someone tell me what the rate is. They should be good paying jobs and lasting employment. 5000 jobs x $1000 a month x 36 months (3 Years) = $$$$$$$$$ anyone care to do the maths? My calculator broke with all the zeros. Also can someone ask them where the money will come from to pay the newly employed?

    I listened to the Heng this morning with interest and decided to do my own maths, when I heard the figures. Alas Bondieu look promise.

    Plus and international airport, plus a seaport, a Marina, plus a ferry, plus, plus, plus …

    They forgot a trip to the moon for every man, woman and child. But I expect that promise will come soon plenty more constituencies to visit in 25 days.

    What Clinic will we call these? Not red or blue must be the pipe dream clinic. Now you see it, now you don’t.

    • yes I moderator
      November 21, 2013

      While u at it tell us about the 300 jobs austrie have in his back pocket or the 500 jobs skerrit promised by the monthend of september gone or the 400 jobs he mentioned during independence.always ready to question the opposition but can’t show the testicular fortitude to ask the same of this incompetent government who kseeps making promises out of thin air that they Cannot fulfill.

    • SMH
      November 21, 2013

      A college in all 21 constituencies? Maybe you going to defecate those children to fill them up and the $ to maintain and build?

  37. Nyabingy
    November 20, 2013

    ian where my money
    so long you say u have money for me reggie give me a wooden house

  38. November 20, 2013

    good luck jj people dont want to leave labour but we are leaving it in grandbay all the way with james alexander i will be making the first cross

  39. Track lover
    November 20, 2013

    @Luciandominican.
    You must be a fool.It was the UWP that send twenty students to Cuba in one academic year to be trained as medical doctors the Uwp trained the most professionals during their tenure I know I am one of them.Get your facts straight Dr.Kenneth Darroux is one of the doctors from the twenty ask him.

  40. Anonymous
    November 20, 2013

    This is not a judgement of who this young man is but I believe he could have presented himself in a more professional manner.

  41. Good-to-go
    November 20, 2013

    Th Douglases ruled at a time when the fortune amassed by RBD gave them a certain status in Portsmouth.

    Now they are just Douglases in name only with no economic clout to back up their once mighty name.

    In fact, the Portsmoth guys who made their fortune off Guest land by providing housing to Ross University students are in a better situation in society today that the decendants of RBD who up to now still have the Hamsted Estate in a state of abandonment.

    Good luck to you brother!!! Anybody but Ian is a better choice for the people of Portsmouth.

    After his “Cold Water” statement, instead of standing by his word, he became the chief song-raiser for Skerrit and the Labour Party at Lindo PArk and again at Point Michel. If Mike was still around Ian would get a good calot behind his head for this disgraceful action.

    I hope people like Shawn, Washway and Kim will support the dignity of Portmouth this time around!!!

  42. IluvmyPm
    November 20, 2013

    I hear from the inner circle if layba lose the elections they
    will turn on each other like dogs and migrate Ian will not stay
    in opposition, skerrit finish if they lose.

    • concern citizen
      November 20, 2013

      Rubbish

    • Weather Channel
      November 20, 2013

      That will never happen, so no need to worry my boy

    • >>>>>>>>>>>>
      November 20, 2013

      NOT IF THEY LOSE. Rather, it is WHEN THEY LOSE.

  43. Owl
    November 20, 2013

    Young people of Possie get up and take a Stand. Show your parents, grandparents and great grandparents that you have a mind of your own. Let them know that you have individuality and that you have the power to make your own wise decision. Let them know that you are no longer under the rule of the Massa. You have given the Douglasses all the opportunities they needed to rule and to make Portsmouth the envy of all in DA. The Douglasses know that the government has failed Portsmouth and themselves and yet they won’t move away. Now is time for you. You need a change!!! Listen to the voice of young Jefferson James and roll with him. DO NOT LISTEN TO WHAT THESE DEAD BEAT DOUGLASSES HAVE TO SAY ANYMORE. MAKE A CHANGE!!!!

  44. Rastar-Marn
    November 20, 2013

    DNO editors allyou need a rackattack and a lash you know!!!

    Why allyou have to brand deMan as “Cuban-Trained”, Education is education you know wherever one is able to get it!!!

    There are tons of Cuban-Trained Professionals all over the region making changes to the communities for which they represent, as oppose to all dem “US-Trained” professionals who never return to their homeland to give back some of the expertise they were able to achieve while benefitting on that Student Visa which Marn sure someone in Parliament assisted dem wiff,,,

    Give deMan his respect instead of stating he is “Cuban-Trained” why don’t allyou tell people what difference he making with the tools he was able to acquire from his experience from the gift from the Cuban Administration,,,

  45. ghetto voice
    November 20, 2013

    don’t make possi and grandbay vote.give them hard labour without casting a vote.

  46. No Man Is God
    November 20, 2013

    AH JJ thanks for standing up you will be supported.

  47. Santos
    November 20, 2013

    Ashton spoke out and Laborites in Porssie call him Freedomite. Note Skerrit , Charles Saverin are the biggest Freedomite . Now JJ present himself a former Laborite laborites are making all kind of excuses. Oe guy even brought up Mathew Walter as a teacher in Bense. How much more ridiculous can we get in Dominica. no wonder the country went down a crab hole over the last 14 years.
    foolish excuses after foolish excuses . They blame the opposition for not coming to parliament; they blame recession; they even blame young people, farmers, civil servants

  48. Road Inspector
    November 20, 2013

    Alll of you talking were u all there u dont expect DNO to put out the entire address off the Man so is wat dey have they write the story on

  49. Frank Talker
    November 20, 2013

    Personally, I would like to believe that there is much more to Jefferson James than a degree in Engineering from a Cuban learning institution. What is his claim to be qualified to represent such a diverse set of people as those in the Portsmouth constituency? Don’t get me wrong, Mr. Editor; I simply want to believe that the UWP is putting together a team of tested professionals and leaders who the people already know. I never heard of Jefferson James before the release of the article above, but I would like to believe that I am among the exceptions rather than the majority and that most people have heard of his fame. The UWP became a force to contend with because it emboweled tested leaders who the communities could identify with. I really hope that they are not departing from this expectation.

  50. Weather Channel
    November 20, 2013

    The political forecast for Jefferson James is very bleak, dark, no sunlight and patchy fog.

  51. humble_me
    November 20, 2013

    You all are forgetting that UWP was once in POWER! Why in God’s name they did not do so Labour would now be following. They to neglect posse because they were not supporting them.

  52. Reon
    November 20, 2013

    Well what can I say!!!
    If after increased poverty is Skerro y’all want – what can I say!!!

    After spending Millions on an airport with no significant increase in air travel, when the government knew that landing in Melvin hall was already noted a challenge

    Growing increase in crime including white color crimes – no stance by a government who came out guns blazing when a few harmless folks decided to protest the installation of a new president

    Corruption at its peak where a few is becoming millionaires overnight with no substantial legal means, while others a given handouts in a guise that they care.
    Straight from Chevez play book. And before all you start talking about how wonderful Chavez was why don’t you guys move to Venezuela

    Think of the bin bobole, money went missing from the treasury, passport sale that does not match up to the money accounted for and much more!!!

    Extremely high rate of unemployment, where many small business people had to close down their shops because of unfair competition from the Chinese
    Lack of vision in providing via incentives to attract investors
    The Freedom party, UWP and Rosie Douglas labor party protected small businessmen in the north by prohibiting Ross University from building apartments.

    This government has given Ross the green light to build apartments, buy buses and now about to build a food court. Think of the kind of impact this is going to have not only on small business people but the banks.

    The Millions that the students spend in Dominica will now be going straight back to America. But is Skerro all you like!!

    I am not a UWP but I am a Dominican who wants the best for my country. Now if Dominicans want to vote this guy back in power then what can I say!!!

  53. LCM
    November 20, 2013

    JJ you are a good man. People ask if not skerrit who? You have answered the call of our National song come ye forward sond and daughters. People do not like change but what they need to realize is for over 30 yrs douglas have failed to bring the most promising place in Dominica to its full potential.

    I will support you 100%. If you read this comment you will know who LCM is Class of 5-1 1996 PSS

    • Weather Channel
      November 20, 2013

      LCM…lowest common majee…he know you already

    • Anonymous
      November 20, 2013

      LCM= Lowest/Least Common Multiple!!…trust you to support him 100% but not even 200% will be enough!!LOL

    • Anonymous
      November 20, 2013

      Everybody knows that LCM is the lowest or least common multiple…is that what you are? Even if you support him 200% it will not make any difference, you guys will still loose!!!

  54. November 20, 2013

    I beg to differ with the assumption that paix-bouche is just like possie. Presently the people of Paix-bouche are fed up with there pal rep as he has not done anything but give them a cheap road and basketball court which isn’t very popular with the inhabitants. yes, u may find a few potto labourites but the younger generation is frustrated with the present government. run a census and u will c for yourself. They want change!!

    • rescue 911
      November 20, 2013

      a bunch of chatabox that in paixbouche …they will still vote labour

      • Anonymous
        November 21, 2013

        May be the village of Baixbouch, but not Calibishie this time around.

  55. real possie
    November 20, 2013

    Ma Dominica I feel sorry for u when your patriotic son have to feel it’s a sacrifice to serve u.

    • Not a herd follower
      November 20, 2013

      I concur. Why do people who contest elections say they are making a sacrifice? No one is putting a gun to their heads to force them to seek public office. People should refrain from making this claim. It makes them appear to be arrogant.

    • possie man
      November 20, 2013

      When you look at the political history of Portsmouth and for one to go against the status quo it is like a sacrifice. However change is a must and change will come to possie.Portsmouth is lacking solid leadership and the party our forefathers dedicated their support to has now turn their backs on their grand children. Therefore this new generation demands change and no matter how much hush hush money they are circulating in the town by the shadow minister and the corrupt soldiers of labour we will take it and surprise them at the polls. We as young people had enough of those empty promises. Can you imagine Portsmouth has been voting labor for over 50 years as the only town of DA? And there is no major development in the area. We had enough and we will determine change at the polls in possie.

  56. challenge
    November 20, 2013

    Bro, hold up your head high for being bright and bold and whether you win the popular vote to challenge the status quo, to offer an alternate for the people and future of porstmouth is already a win. Lets pray the people of possie wake up and go one step further, elect u as MP.
    Oooh that Ian tooo wake up from that slumber, be true to his conscience, walk out of that broken cabinet that care too hoots about him and possie and join you, to save possie……

    • Ashamd
      November 20, 2013

      JJ has a strong following, JJ is a good man and I have joined JJ’s team to make that change that we deserve here in Portsmouth. We will uproot this labour party that has been the reason why Portsmouth is so backward. We will do what it takes and JJ will win the seat.

      • Anonymous
        November 21, 2013

        Possie is backward because of people like you that continues to degrade and speak bad about it. it is said that what you confess is that you possess so i guess your confession that portsmouth is backward is because that is actually what and who you are

  57. Observer
    November 20, 2013

    Based on the report here, I think the young man should come out stronger. You are an engineer – a problem solver, an analyst, and have a professional obligation to better society. Look at the trend of the support the Portsmouth people get from DLP over the years. I have been out for 18 years, and the biggest difference I see in Portsmouth is the Road that was constructed by UWP in their short 4+ years – Mike Douglas Blvd. And recently, the hotel at Cabrits that was so poorly planned that they are struggling to get management for it. Come out with a more comprehensive plan to boost the economy of Portsmouth, and bring much needed infrastructure. Portsmouth needs to be the true second town – there should be diversification of government services – all services you get in Roseau, you should be able to get in Portsmouth- with the current volcanic threats that can potentially paralyze Roseau, you have an argument for pushing for that endeavor. I would also help to ease up the traffic headache in Roseau. I don’t know why some people are sold out to any political party. Right now I support the current UWP team, but there is no guarantee that I will support them in the future if they form-the-fool; I am independent! Good luck fellow engineer.

    • Irma Francois
      November 20, 2013

      out 18 years what have you contribute to dominica but words put your money where your mouth is bro

  58. Cacapool
    November 20, 2013

    We Glanvillia people, we’re not foolish as you think. De iron lady said do not vote for de workers. Now we still put them in and they turn back and they fail de poor people. I see pregnant women with tears in their eyes because they could not afford de hospital bills. And to my boy that running up, his grandparents would turn in their grave to see you doing that. I know is de money take de money and you know just finish with that. We Portsmouth people will rise up with labour and will fall with labour. Workers doh do jack for de country, they put de country back in a hole. De country move five steps backwards under de workers, so right now skerrit trying to do something now and they mad, when they was there before. Rise again!

    • Weh, weh
      November 22, 2013

      cacapool, thats what the make you believe: so the Library at PSS is nothing, the michael Douglas Boulivard is nothing,Renovation of the Portsmouth Market, The Hospital is nothing? weh, weh. when you blind you red blind for true, or just hate workers too much….

  59. Anonymous
    November 20, 2013

    A tad bit unrelated. but as the 2nd town, why is Possie so ghetto! The place needs a facelift.

    Good luck candidate.

  60. Reader
    November 20, 2013

    Hmmm … how does one “sacrifice” his/her “talent”, “intelligence” to bring forward that change that we need here in Portsmouth?

  61. ArAb
    November 20, 2013

    I think we need to Develop the college and make it more marketable. We need to promote what we already have.

    If James has studied in Cuba then he knows of the distances which students travel to obtain their education. He needs to find away to get the students there and develop what we already have.

    thanks

  62. grell
    November 20, 2013

    possie people so sot they will still vote labour,while their children suffer for an education and development of the second town.ian continue to sing for your party bro.

    • cheakthem
      November 20, 2013

      possie people so sot, My friend you’re very lucky, but for now sot looks like you and your family.

    • Joe
      November 20, 2013

      Grell why you call people sot when they are exercising their constitutional right? Did they tell you they suffering to educate their children or you heard that from Jefferson??

      You must stop your foolishness, because Jefferson said it doesn’t make it true ok grell, do your own research!!!!

    • tom
      November 20, 2013

      So you really think the JJ and UWP will build another secondary school and a state college in Portsmouth? come in be real, that is just bullshit talk to gain political mileage. JJ we cool, and went to school together but if that is what you are promising me in order to gain my vote, i am sorry, not gonna happen.

    • Ashamd
      November 20, 2013

      Ian is no Mike and he surely is not Rosie. Last election Ian did not campaign in Portsmouth. Look for the signs that the labour party is weakening in Portsmouth by them miraculously spending money and beginning to campaign. Just watch us in Portsmouth.

  63. Doc. Love
    November 20, 2013

    When Mr. Linton was appointed the leader of the UWP, all Tom, Dick, Harry and Aaron in Red took issue with the Party, for having as its leader, a man who they claimed he lacked the educational background to lead. Now the UWP has surrounded that same leader with, so far, four economists, three engineers, two lawyers, one announced and the other to be announced, and a qualified high School Head Master. We must not forget, he will be under the guidance of Mr. Norris Prevost, M. B.A, Mr.Edison James M.Sc. and Mr. Ron Green, Masters in Education. It will be interesting to see whether Skeritt can do better then that. According to Mr. Lennox Linton,” be careful what you Labor supporters asked for.”

    • Political Observer
      November 20, 2013

      Doc.Love I thought that argument was already settled that in a nutshell you guys said that qualifications does not matter just to appease you’lls ‘leader’. I see trouble ahead so many egos to be fed,challenges for leadership,a team of angry qualified men,morally deficient,with all the answers but no track record, led by an unqualified angry man ,all advised by failed arrogant politicians who by their actions ran Dominica bankrupt between 1995-2000. I mean how ironic this new gentleman is even promising to sacrifice his intelligence to join them,even his life!Yes, you guys say change is a must but not change for the worse. Time will tell, be careful what you wish for!Peace and Love.

      • Doc. Love
        November 21, 2013

        Unqualified angry men , failed arrogant politicians, you could not be referring to Mr. Lennox Linton and UWP. We were not the ones who referred to ourselves as a dog. We were not the ones who asked Dominicans to go to hell. We were not the ones who asked a prominent Dominican to put his hands between his legs because he had a difference of opinion. We are not the ones that were involved in the Bin Boreball and the disappearance of an alleged $54 million belonging to a Chinese Gentleman. Finally, we are not responsible for the very poor state of affairs Dominica has found itself in. God bless Mr. Lennox Linton, the deliverer, who will deliver us from a man who acts like Ramases.

  64. Dominica abroad.
    November 20, 2013

    Is he a CUBAN or a DOMINICAN trained in Cuba? Is he going up for or against the DLP? i think his presentation should be more appealing.

    that is my feeling.

    • Political Observer
      November 20, 2013

      I agree. I hope that he is not serious about sacrificing his intelligence or his life cause he will not be of any use to anyone.

    • mama
      November 20, 2013

      Presentation didn’t seem to matter to those who chose him… fire the shots in the right direction.

    • .
      November 20, 2013

      He is a Cuban. Fidel Castro’s brother. SOT!

      • love dominicao
        November 20, 2013

        haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah looooooooooooooooooool

  65. dingdong
    November 20, 2013

    go for it!

  66. Doodoo darling
    November 20, 2013

    The last time Portsmouth people said Ian is no good but they still voting him cause a vote for Ian is a vote for Skerrit. The time before they said that they voting Labor just like that. Just like that no reason poverty ,volerism, unemployment.
    A far as I am concerned Ian Douglas is only good for singing we shall not be moved.

  67. GRIEVED FOR TOO LONG
    November 20, 2013

    second town portsmouth should have a colledge its very strainous on parents here. please which ever Government it is please help us here.

  68. Inside Penville
    November 20, 2013

    alas. is so possie people like it live them in their Margie. you never see you come down possie…. and you have to look for a bus to go back one time…… because is 3 stores and 4 shops that there….. you can not find nothing to do…. but how there is the second town nah? and they stil doh want change…. all you possie people stupid

    • Nyabingy
      November 20, 2013

      hush your mouth inside penville yes thank god for skerrit u have flushing toliet!!!
      eh and dure allu does play part penville people better shut up cuz is bal loo fish alone allu can put in showcase in shop

    • Me Dat
      November 20, 2013

      Inside Penville Make sure you doh pass back. Tea chien.

  69. De Original Met Yo
    November 20, 2013

    :wink:

  70. Truth offends
    November 20, 2013

    UWP can give Portsmouth people what they want and they still will not change because the people are just backward. Charles Savrin and the DFP tried hard in the 80’s and did not succeed and therefore I cannot see anybody succeeding now. In fact it’s no error that Portsmouth is ONLY constituency that has NEVER tried another party! I would not send a UWP candidate to Paix Bouche because they have the same mentality as Portsmouth people as seen in the 2005 elections when UWP had by far the best candidate in Mr. Lockhart go up against a DLP candidate that has never been able to deliver and will never deliver and yet ML almost lost his deposit. How sad because this young man had the potential to deliver but because he was not red he was kicked out. In Vielle case, although Skerrit has failed the people, yet they most likely will vote him because of the money he droping like Santa Claus. So although I would send a candidate there I would not waste too much money to run against Skerrit. I would treat Grandbay like Possie although I would keep an eye on Granbay from my review mirror. Otherwise, 21 in 25 sounds good to the ears but need to have a common sense approach to winning the next election, which I believe is qite possible bearing in mind all the question marks Skerrit and the DLP have left us with.

    • Irma Francois
      November 20, 2013

      what question mark pray tell coming up with all these promises where in god’s name are they going to get the funds to do all they hope to do build international airport with liat dropping off one person a day , build new college in portsmouth , for how many kids, parents will still complain, you all dislike the chinese so who will give fund to you, by the way have you look at whats happening in roseau its not the chinese to blame but the landlords they up the rent so high that dominicans cannot afford to pay rent for the stores so the chinese can afford they move in so don’t blame them check our own greedy landlords they say they have thousands of jobs lets see some of vacancies

    • Labour to the bone
      November 20, 2013

      It’s not studied we Portsmouth people are, I assure you we have created some of the greatest minds in Dominica we are not studied people but we are loyal and change may be a good thing but the UWP is not a good thing and that’s why we will never vote them, the young man may have good intentions but he is on the wrong ticket with the wrong team. Don’t judge US because we are loyal to the Labour party, just like Marigot people is loyal to the UWP.

    • ghetto voice
      November 20, 2013

      you are so right. leave those labour alone. concentrate on the more sensible constituencies.

    • >>>>>>>>>>>>
      November 20, 2013

      Grandbay is worse than Portsmouth and PaixBouche combined. A labour government is not bound to do anything in these constituencies as we are seeing, just keep them as they are, and they will vote for you. IT’S BEYOND COMPREHENSION.

      • Change
        November 21, 2013

        It is beyound you because you can’t see further from your nose. The people have a choice in a democracy and they are exercising it. Remember labour won 18 out of 21 seats. The people must have seen something good after two terms in Govt.

  71. .......
    November 20, 2013

    Well my boy…things going to start happening in Possie now…all roads will fix….people will get jobs….

    • Irma Francois
      November 20, 2013

      yea right

  72. Truth offends
    November 20, 2013

    That is where I don’t agree with my UWP. They need to be more thoughtful, strategic, and they must have good winning plan. I am from possie and understand the politics of Portsmouth. I know Bram very well. However, UWP MUST Understand that because we have 21 constituencies in Dominica does not mean we have to have a candidate in every constituency. All we need is do our homework, see where we stand a chance of winning and zero our attention in those areas. We do not stand a chance of getting 20% of votes in possie because the people there are just labor no matter what. Skerrit can curse them, take their land, and even find another way to get to his home in Vielle case and the people will still vote him. No wonder possie is so backward and has been from the time I was born. So to me is a waste of resources to put a candidate there. If anything, UWP should try to identify individuals that can really pose a threat to Skerrit in Possie and encourage them to run as independent candidate or something with labor on it like ‘The true DLP’. My party should concentrate on constituencies like Wesley, Carib Territory, Castlebruce, Grandfond, La plaine, Roseau, Valley, Roseau North, Roseau Central, Roseau South only because of Joshua Francis, St. Joseph, Mahault because they once won it, Colihault, because it is very shaky, and Soufriere. I left out Marigot and Salsbury because they bot start with an ‘S’ which means they are safe.

    • Daddydee
      November 20, 2013

      Bro I am not a supporter of the UWP but I am one individual who always embrace positive comments. I honestly think that UWP should do just that. There are areas that they will never win though matter what as well as constituencies labour will never win. So there ought to be a paradigm shift in the strategies employed so as to shift the balance. Unless that can be done I am of the opinion that the (UWP) will not make any great impact at the polls.

      • Marcus Hill
        November 28, 2013

        If you do not send up 21 candidates Labour will say “UWP want to win election and they can’t even find 21 candidates to contest the elections for them.”

        But yes UWP has to be smart electorally and concentrate their efforts on the seats where they have a good chance of winning.

        It is also not a bad idea to keep Labour on the backfoot in their own back yard like Portsmouth and Grandbay. You can not just bowl gentle full-tosses, you have to mix in a bouncer here and there from time to time and keep them on their toes.

  73. Anonymous
    November 20, 2013

    A rather poor introduction considering the expected intensity of the coming campaign.

  74. Anonymous
    November 20, 2013

    sir you going up for Portsmouth is like Aurellius Gordon(DLP) going up for marigot , you need like a big miracle to win that seat but i like your positive attitude , change can only come when people like you come forward , your success for me is being able to get more votes than your UWP predecessor for that seat. i wish you all the best.

    • Rastar-Marn
      November 21, 2013

      Young Man don’t be fooled,,,

      Every other Candidate running against the Douglas camp never hit the nail on the head cause dey seems like dey were afraid of Glanvillia people,,,

      Garçon all you need to win d seat is to give d proof record of the State in which The House of Douglas is, and make d comparison why should the peoples of Portsmouth Constituency want some people who cannot run deir house to represent someone else’s House,,,

      Dem people father and grand father left them with soh much assets look how many generations it’s gone through and still they cannot manage the “estate” properly,,,

      Wiff all deir degrees and PHDs dey haven’t been able to control the assets that have been handed down to them so what make people think dat dey will change now as for 3 known generations dey have not performed,,,

      And dat goes for all of dem you know not only Ian!!!

  75. Possie
    November 20, 2013

    The time has now come when we tell our parents and grandparents that we are not voting labour just like that no more no more now is young people time and we have our future ahead of us TIME FOR CHANGE. Up with Jefferson Out with labour and their wickedness. Time for all to eat not some eating all and send the rest to fight and kill each other for survival. NO MORE Labour. Time for change.

    • trolol
      November 20, 2013

      After all, It’s our turn to decide. They got their chance and now is ours. :-P

      • November 20, 2013

        agreed. The youths of this island are more than ready to make there vote count. Its time for change!

  76. overseas
    November 20, 2013

    i think dominica has some of the most backwards and outof tune people in the caribbean, they need to wake up and see whats happening, i have been looking at the rulling government for the time they grab power and dominica has been at a standstill, but the people are so bought by that party that hey canteven see that, dominicas GDP per capita is a burning shame, we are down to the bottom in the caribbean, yet those illiterate people cant see that, they are crying blood how things hard but yet labor, poverty is so obvious in that country that you dont have to venture very far to see it, infastructure, dont even want to talk about that, why do they fraid change?, well people who are weak usually does, if i had it my way i would give anybody else a chance to try and better that country.

    • November 20, 2013

      Do we have an alternative, Now UWP for sure, tell them come better than that if they want to get in office.

    • real possie
      November 20, 2013

      u stay oversea to long u need to come back home and lend a hand.

      • afan
        November 20, 2013

        create the welcoming environment and you will see loads of dudes returning….. our leaders have failed we need a new set of dudes/ dames at the helm

    • Anonymous
      November 20, 2013

      It is rather unfortunate when you read the comments that some so-call overseas Dominicans can seat and trash Dominicans like that. I would like to ask (overseas) how long has he or she been away from DA and since then what contribution have you made for upliftment of Dominicans on a whole? While agree that there need to a change in Portsmouth BIG TIME, this is no way to talk down your people. You are one of those who have left the country, and are contributing to the brain drain that the country is now experiencing and more so Portsmouth. I think you need to look at yourself first before trashing those of us that are here and are trying our best to make a change. In my perspective anyone who loves their country tries to foster hope and empowerment they do NOT trash talk their people.

      • Grand Bay Girl
        November 20, 2013

        They think we don’t know how hard they have it
        Overseas? They telling lies and they know that.
        So when they want to bring down Dpminica I pay no attention to them….Mati selment!

      • possi born
        November 20, 2013

        change for what? BAD TO WORSE.you people have short memory..uwp got their first chance and the messed up and it was a call for change. now that dominica is better off you think we want to be on the loosing side again.labor power,labor power.

    • Weather Channel
      November 20, 2013

      Please stay overeas and be the house slave for another mans country that will never be yours…stay there

    • ......
      November 20, 2013

      Hey….is so call overseas Dominicans that came down in droves and tilted the votes towards labour….Just remember that close to 50% of us who live here have neeeeeevereeeeeeever voted labour…

    • Irma Francois
      November 21, 2013

      what are you doing to help change you say dominica is the poorest country in the west Indies where are you when was the last time to came to do anything in dominica to help put food on the poor man’s table young people are walking with $1000.00 phone driving cars I am sure u cannot afford I wonder if you take part in any polics or try to change anything in your adopted country things are hard everywhere so shut the front door

  77. Malgraysa
    November 20, 2013

    You all telling us that Portsmouth belongs to one dynasty? Is that socialist thinking like N. Korea?
    Let’s vote who is best for the people and not family connections.

    • Joe
      November 20, 2013

      What dynasty? That’s gone my friend. Ian killed it. He has no backbone and is nothing but a back bencher. What dynasty? It disappered with Rosie’s dealth

      • Jay
        November 21, 2013

        Why then did Roosevelt Skerrit reverse his decision and back Ian Douglas as candidate instead of Frederica James?
        The admiration of the N. Korean regime by certain members of the Douglas clan is well known. After visiting N. Korea in 1980, Rosie Douglas proclaimed that he had “seen paradise” (Gabrie lChristian on Dominica.net on 6 Nov. 2010)and his son Tyjani extended his congratulations to that nation when as a research student at London University in 1997 he addressed a meeting to celebrate the election of comrade Kim Jong Il as Secretary General of of the Workers Party of N. korea.
        Is this what Skerrit wants to promulgate and assure himself of clan support in the process?

    • Weather Channel
      November 20, 2013

      So you Telling me that Marigot and Salisbury should be a dynasty?

  78. Possie
    November 20, 2013

    I love it when a young man can decide to pickup the mantle for change especially in Portsmouth. Good luck and God guidance you have my vote and the rest of my family to.

  79. Jejep
    November 20, 2013

    What have we as a people achieved through our support of this party or family, rather than supporting capable and inovative individuals over the past 50 years? Just asking

  80. anony mouse
    November 20, 2013

    Well unless Portsmouth people want to continue having candlelight vigil they need to change. Portsmouth is getting old and is losing the essence of a second town. Come on young people, time to make the city shine again. You shouldn’t have to go to Roseau for everything if you are the second town.

    • Anonymous
      November 22, 2013

      Some things cannot be avoided. Just a thought; Iwas in Basseterre, Guadeloupe recently and someone had to go to Point-A-Pitre for some documents. Certain things are just unavoidable.

  81. LucianDominican
    November 20, 2013

    if is for UWP there would be any Cuban trained professionals in DA. if you forget where you come from you it is obvious you don’t know where you going. I admire you braveness and ambition Palo, go let Ian eat you! my advice to you is doh use all the campaign funds, put some on your savings account. lol

    • LucianDominican
      November 20, 2013

      correction*
      If it was for the UWP, THERE WOULD BE NO CUBAN TRAINED PROFFESIONALS IN DA.

      • Anonymous
        November 20, 2013

        This is an idiotic statement it was the UWP that started sending students to cuba ofgicially

      • Rastar-Marn
        November 20, 2013

        Garçon if you doh know doh say what you doh know nuh,,,

        Rosie Douglas through his Canadian Connection and with his “Alliance Party” and conncetion with the leftist movement across the Globe with guys like Fidel and Gaddafi that enabled the Students from Dominica and the region to benefit from the Cuban Educational System,,,

        But at that time Rosie wasn’t a laybahright, Rosie was actually from the science of Communism and Socialism,,,

        Get your facts right and if Marn wrong somebody correct Marn but when Edwin Alexis who is now a full fledges prominent Dentist in Roseau went to Cuba among the others who went with him it wasn’t Labah party dat sent him over there to study dentistry,,,

        Rosie and Mike never saw eye to eye politically, or so dey made it seem,,,

      • Asterix
        November 20, 2013

        @Lucian Dominican: Are you really serious? If you had any idea of what you speak of you would never open your mouth. Have you forgotten the fact that the UWP sent 21 young people to Cuba to be schooled and trained as medical doctors; and it is this current labor party who referred to it as madness to train 21 doctors? Let me remind you that the current minister for the environment Mr. Kenneth Darroux is one of them. Further there were a number of engineers trained in Cuba during UWP’s tenure. It is better to be thought of as a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

      • Neg Mawon
        November 20, 2013

        u forget who re introduced ties with Cuba?

      • afan
        November 20, 2013

        while Rosie and them started the programe of sending people to study these returning professionals were not recognised by the state and many never got employed and struggled to get into the system. it wasn’t until 1995 that the UWP change the state’s approach and sent a batch of 20 or so students and paid them an official stipend and in most cases had them bonded to the state for a period of 3 years. i know cause i benefited under this scheme, we received a stipend of $75US a month and by the time i left cuba in the early 2000s Dominica had the most students among the OECS, over 300 hundred students, not sure the total number which graduated, so in fact UWP was the government who took most advantage of the offer by the Commandante and sent many young men and women off to study…. Its a pity though that you could travel the caribbean and find these young professionals in almost every island you visit and not in Dominica contributing to its development. some of us memory too selective and though we know better we cling to the propaganda of old, this government has failed in making us better as a state and people.

      • possi born
        November 20, 2013

        tell them again,they have short memory

      • Santa Claus
        November 20, 2013

        @ Lucian/ Dominican, Please ask Ian Douglas if UWP played any role in his studies. FYI, Ian was viewed by many as a UWP candidate. So stop your trash talk

    • Real Cuban Trained
      November 20, 2013

      LucianDominican, you are a liar!!! Under UWP more Dominican students than ever before were sent to Cuba for to pursue studies, and it was also the first time they were being employed left right and center. Prior to that they were ostracized and forced to leave Dominica, because DFP branded them as communist. Wheel and come again, you all must stop lying!

    • Mamize
      November 20, 2013

      That shows the ignorance of people like you. Shameful.

    • JAH LOVE
      November 20, 2013

      that’s how the UWP supporters are ungrateful. Even the people that put them where they are today they forget.honestly young man know what you about because is people like you all that will never get into power with that attitude

      • trolol
        November 20, 2013

        RASTTAAAA MMAAANNN!!!!!!!!!!! :-|

      • Asterix
        November 20, 2013

        @ JAH LOVE: What are you saying? Are you saying that by the same token that the current minister for the environment Doctor Kenneth Darroux is ungrateful too? Because if you don’t know of what you speak, let me remind you that it was the UWP who sent him to Cuba to study.

      • Neg Mawon
        November 20, 2013

        what about home boy in the T Savann constituency…u forget?

  82. Cool J
    November 20, 2013

    I really think that Possie should be have more services, banks, schools, etc. It can be a pain and cost money having to travel to Roseau from the country side for every little thing. As to who is going to do it.. only God knows. Whoever is fit for the job, regardless of party I say let the best man win

    • trolol
      November 20, 2013

      Possie can’t compete with Roseau though, glad you noticed that. :mrgreen:

    • afan
      November 20, 2013

      Possie should be the natural hob for the North, Northeast and Northwest of the Island, so instead of having to travel to Roseau to get a Drivers license, or a passport or any other government service you should be able to get that in Portsmouth. A period Decentralisation and let business flourish in these parts, Possie has enough land for planed development and even the creation of a free zone with lower taxes and even electricity and water rates to promote the production of goods there. there is even the scope of making use of the timber and so on in places like Dos Dane, and them spot. we need to see a government who is more proactive in providing opportunities to its citizens… we have thousands of youngsters who are engineers in all sorts of fields, give them man/women the atmosphere to grow our economy. the creation something called a business incubator which would provide management guidance as well as the services(accounting, record keeping, marketing) which are needed so that small businesses can focus on producing good products. so those who like to bury their heads in the sand are just anti progress… tell me how many jobs would a dry dock create in Portsmouth both directly and in the opportunities for providing services to that dock???? so don’t say it cant be done, say instead its time to try something cause what we are currently doing is just not working!!!!!

  83. Mang Boy
    November 20, 2013

    Portsmouth people have been so blind that they keep supporting a party that has been hijacked by some Freedomites- Skerrit, Charles Saverin, Charles Maynard, DR Darroux and others who are feeding at the trough. Ian said it recently that many of them were never Laborites.
    In other words the Labor Party has been infiltrated. There is one of them who actually wrote a bad check as a minister of education – literally.
    Portsmouth people need to give Ian and the Labor party a one way ticket.

    • Weather Channel
      November 20, 2013

      Marigot and Saisbury need to give uwp matching papers as well and a low cost one way bus ticket

  84. norman thomas
    November 20, 2013

    Jefferson James your ambitious plan for Portsmouth is worth noting, since you have decided to sacrifice your time, talent ,intelligence etc to get things moving.
    You are lamenting that a state college is badly needed in Portsmouth. Do you and your team have a plan that could finance that education project? These projects take money.

    Based on what I have seen and heard, the Prime Minister is very pro- education and I sincerely believe if funds were readily available, he would have done what you are rightly lamenting about.
    In the interim, I would advise that when possible, drop by at the schools in Portsmouth and lend a helping hand. In so doing the students and the parents (voters) will see you are serious about your intentions.

    NB: DLP Representative Matthew from Morne Park spent many hours in the classrooms at Anse du Mai and Bense much to the delight of parents there. Maybe he could give you some insight as to how this is done.
    Good luck.

    • Grange Raised
      November 20, 2013

      fool so why is crying Mathew minister of agriculture . The ministry considered poisonous by the Skerrit party.

      I will not dispute the fact that Skerrit is pro education but my friend action speaks louder that words and lies. We spent $27 million on a palace – remember that. $22 million in passport proceeds on an election campaign of two months. Need I count the millions spent on vote buying schemes.

      Dude you promoting Mathew Walter – the worse minister ever. Ifyou want to credit Mathew Walter as a teacher you obviously out of timing. But then again you Laborites will find every bit of distraction to avoid the real issues of the day- what is next who have a diploma or school leaving certificate. No wonder why people like you dread seeing intelligent debates between the candidates to include Skerrit.
      Be a real man Thomas and stand for truth not unnecessary distraction and fools gold.

      • Cocotown
        November 20, 2013

        good comment. We in Portsmouth must stand up and say enough is enough

      • Anonymous
        November 20, 2013

        What are those debates you propose going to achieve? More misinformation from the UWP?

      • Grange Raised
        November 20, 2013

        What about more credible information from the government. We know that they are afraid of an objective media anyway. Quack qack chicken nugget

      • norman thomas
        November 20, 2013

        it is rather unfortunate that you failed to see and understand what I said. I was not blowing Matthew’s horn. The voters were the ones who did it at that time. Hence i believe JJ can do the same if he has the spare time and energy. I know the kids and parents alike would embrace him.

    • you must be kidding
      November 20, 2013

      The government just spend so much money on a state of the art college where even persons from other countries can come to go to school, you want to tell me persons in Portsmouth can not go to school in Roseau? So if Portsmouth want one, next thing Grandbay, marigot and other villages will ask for their own too. and not only that but the same Jefferson that went RIGHT Cuba and study will say Cuba too far so they have to bring those Universities in every village in Dominica…..give me a break! Portsmouth doh need any college! people going to countries all over the world, why Dominicans who have a top of the art college can not travel from their village to Roseau to get an education.
      JJ you doh ready yet, if it was not for the labor government you would not have an education and I would even go further to say a wife and kids because is while you were studying in Cuba you find a Cuban to marry. Show some gratitude and don’t bite the hand that feed you

      • November 20, 2013

        Well said. Lol. My laugh for the day.

      • November 20, 2013

        ha ha ha u must be kidding for true this is a blind labourite no matter what you love your shoe even if it squeezing u

      • DANZIGER
        November 20, 2013

        AMEN and AMEN @ you must be kidding.

      • Chris
        November 20, 2013

        Nonsense that wii

      • yes I moderator
        November 20, 2013

        What’s ur point? Are u forgettinv workers sent ian to study and he now represents labour

    • LCM
      November 20, 2013

      @Norman thomas. You have no clue what you talking about. Not sure if you suggesting Walters was teaching in the school or campaigning. I will let you know the only school that was in anse de mai was a pre schoo and he never taught at bense. Not sure you even understand what you talking about.

  85. Shata
    November 20, 2013

    When I graduwait coledge this yeer with my digree my pm promiss me a job in the holtel and hospitaly industrey. So laiter for you and yore emptey promisses. We dont need a coledge in portsmouth becuse we are beeing very well educated in Roseaw.

    • DA abroad
      November 20, 2013

      but Shata are you been funny? or are you really in college with that spelling??

    • Anonymous
      November 20, 2013

      but how u graduate there nuh with all that spelling error…..smfh :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

      • you must be kidding
        November 20, 2013

        is not about the spelling because I am sure we all understood what he is saying and I am sure his teachers did too. He may have failed spelling but obviously did well in the other subjects because he did graduate.lol

    • hmm
      November 20, 2013

      Oh my God, your spelling is ridiculous. what did you do with your tuition money child??

    • November 20, 2013

      build some project to support women and the family network with self help and obtaining finance from sourcing donations.

    • Mamize
      November 20, 2013

      Shata, I like your comment so much, I read it 4 times. I know you are being sarcastic.
      nice pun.

    • possie girl
      November 20, 2013

      #dead. shata you killing me with your spelling skills.

    • 305goon
      November 20, 2013

      That must be the so called shata in Miami. Dramaking. :mrgreen:

    • colt
      November 20, 2013

      LOL LOL

    • Anonymous
      November 20, 2013

      cant see the words were deliberately misspelt ?

    • yout man
      November 20, 2013

      ya wait 4 it..it cumin TEBEHHH

    • Asterix
      November 20, 2013

      @ you must be kidding: If that is how you spell for being well educated then is best people remain fools. A fool would spell better than that

    • tsk!
      November 20, 2013

      i agree with you all you need a college in portsmouth pronto cause you need to go back to school with that kind of spelling apparently the one in roseau isn’t working well with you.

    • Sweg
      November 20, 2013

      Do you even English ?

  86. Blessed
    November 20, 2013

    Go for it. :-D

  87. Student
    November 20, 2013

    K.Try a thing. I would urge you to come with a stronger platform though. Yes education, but what about health( Are the facilities up to par?), the recent surge in crime (What measures do you intend to put in place?), tourism (how can the present sites be improved and what can be offered to attract more visitors?), how do you intend to improve relations with the administrators of Ross University?, what about new infastructure and the availability of more basic services? How do you intend to stimulate economic activity in Portsmouth?

    Please come correct because there are real issues to be addressed, as a first time voter I want to hear your views on most if not all matters in regards to Portsmouth. Don’t just bash persons and don’t just make empty promises. If a promise is made, I want to hear how you intend to fulfil that promise.No one has my vote yet, convince me why I should vote for you.

    Thank you.

    • Possie
      November 20, 2013

      Those questions you are asking have you ask the present parl rep about that yet cause these questions is exactly why you should not even consider voting labour in Portsmouth.

    • Cocotown
      November 20, 2013

      Try a thing. Is that how you view the young man’s effort. Stop making excuses and get rid of the bad soar. What DNO reported is not all that he spoke about. The fact remains that change is required in Portsmouth. You have brought up some very good points but you fail to emphasize that the current representative and administration has failed miserably to address those very same issues.
      Maybe you should join the young man and help him bring about the changes that you so correctly stated is absolutely required. Stop the denial and get off the old broken down bus of next level and catch the vision and renew or help change the old Portsmouth tunnel vision mentality.
      JJ may not have been the dynamic speaker shelling out mepwi as a distraction . The fact is he stepped up to the plate. Stop the silliness and start dealing with reality.the reality that under Ian, Skerrit and the Labor Party Dominica has plummeted to the bottom of the barrel with mass poverty, unemployment, poor medicare, highest deficit ever, corruption, corruption , corruption.
      KIf you don’t know then please be aware that Portsmouth is nothing like what it once was 20-30 years ago. Instead of trying to justify just another reason to vote like your grand parents did start using the education that you have got to effect changes in Portsmouth

    • Sisserou
      November 20, 2013

      Very well said. Specifics, not rhetoric is the basis for an effective campaign.

    • HAHA
      November 20, 2013

      What has the labour party done after 50 years….that should be your question

      • possi born
        November 20, 2013

        better than what uwp can or plan to do.

    • Ashamd
      November 20, 2013

      Ian came to you saying One Good Douglas Deserved Another. Did you ask him to come good? Ian did not campaign in Portsmouth nor asked Portsmouth people for their vote last election. Did you ask him to come better? The same questions and demands you have on JJ, put them on Ian and let’s see if you get anything more than “yah man”.

  88. Dominican for sure
    November 20, 2013

    Is that a secret way of them launching their candidates – they will still lose and lose badly…Change is and option; but certainly not a must!!

  89. APACHE
    November 20, 2013

    i support you full blast

  90. shot dem down
    November 20, 2013

    I wish u luck an are very gud one to

    • you must be kidding
      November 20, 2013

      trust me he needs more than luck, is only if God himself say that workers going to win not only possie but general election, that they will win. If is up to the people there is Jefferson will definitely lose his deposit and there is no way Linton or workers will form the next government.

      Lenox saying he will create 5000 job and all now so he himself doh even have a job…what a story!!

  91. poe-ki-toe
    November 20, 2013

    Bram Bram! Something’s hapening

    • biscuit & ambition
      November 20, 2013

      Every time you see the police van ambition on board. Biscuit & ambition tired support a worthless Labor Party. Every time I see those villas and now I know who actually own them villas I will tell Paulkay, Mawta, rumroy and Jackeyeboss doh vote for those keyonere and scum bags.

  92. idont no u!
    November 20, 2013

    not now that change will come nuh James you may have to wait another 10 years!. Sorry!

    • you must be kidding
      November 20, 2013

      maybe 50 years too!!!

    • What?
      November 20, 2013

      you all not serious to still maintain that kind of mentality.In all that poverty and uncertainty you still want another 10 years for labar? God please help us in this country and open the eye of the heart of these people.They have eyes and cannot see heart but cannot feel and mind but cannot think.A change of thinking is definitely needed.

  93. dembow
    November 20, 2013

    good luck, posse people doh have eyes

    • Labour forever
      November 20, 2013

      We see more than you think but Workers is not one thing we see, we don’t want what they are giving and you know what ! we don’t care what you all think about us we love LABOUR.

    • EH BEH!!!!
      November 20, 2013

      No. I beg to differ… is see they seeing to much big eyes drinking rum with them in rum shop, now the big eyes even blind them all… very good people of Portsmouth keep seeing and looking into the big rumwel eyes of the so called tourim (and only tourism-not poor people.not Dominicans.)minister… shame. CHANGE IS A MUST! AND IT WILL COME. #FROMMOUTHOFTHEYOUNGANDREADYTOVOTELABOUROUT!!!

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