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Jost Van Dyke continues to be overlooked – Rajah Smith

- Smith who grew up on JVD calls for the island to have its own District
Rajah Smith feels that persons and their issues on Jost Van Dyke are being overlooked. Photo:VINO/File
Smith expressed a need for improved social services in Jost Van Dyke. Photo: VINO/file
Smith expressed a need for improved social services in Jost Van Dyke. Photo: VINO/file
GREAT HABOUR, Jost Van Dyke, VI – Resident of Jost Van Dyke, Rajah Smith felt that the island was continually being overlooked with regard to having its concerns being addressed.

Smith, speaking with this news site on September 10, 2012, reiterated concerns that were to this day still not addressed on the island.

One of the main concerns he pointed out was the collapse of the road which runs from Great Harbour to Little Harbour that was damaged some time ago through bad weather.

The current Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark Vanterpool, Smith noted, had expressed to residents that repairs were on the cards for the community’s roadways. He however, said he was not sure if it had been a matter of urgency for the Ministry to have the repairs done.

Expressing a need also for improved social services at Jost Van Dyke, the resident also stated that there may also be need for a central government complex to be added to the agenda of the government as well. This he said should offer more accessible services to the people of the island.

He also related that at a boat for Virgin Gorda was being procured, but one is needed for Jost Van Dyke and Anegada as well when it comes to the provision of emergency medical services. “We have situations where people have to be brought over by private boat or by or ferry [also].”

Smith felt that Jost Van Dyke has one of the fastest growing populations among the islands at the moment in spite of the fact that many may believe that there may be need for special attention and perhaps even its own district. “I find it to be ridiculous… because there are issues over at [Jost Van Dyke].”

Smith was one of the residents who had previously made a call for Jost Van Dyke to have its own District Representative in order for issues to be more centrally addressed.

38 Responses to “Jost Van Dyke continues to be overlooked – Rajah Smith”

  • jvd (11/09/2012, 07:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    sounds like he wants to run for office....gerald heard this?
    • qc (11/09/2012, 13:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Most of you haters just jealous of rogger because he got thing and some of ayo anit got a dam thing but a lab top to blog
      • Biggs (11/09/2012, 16:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        What Raja has besides stress like everybody else? I beg you please lmao lolol jealous? lolol
  • Mitt Romney (11/09/2012, 08:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    but the NDP say do one will be left behind but again pur talk!!!
  • Anegada residents (11/09/2012, 08:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    no surpirse here all the outer isalnds are beein left behind they up in virgin gorda just giving out contracts and looking vote but the NDP does not care about wee on the outer islands
  • REAL TALK (11/09/2012, 08:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tortola is the BVI.... the other islands is step children. thats why i aint voting again. empty promises from selfish and carless ministers. all the tax money is being spent in tortola. i voted NDP and i am not getting my worth for my vote or tax money. very disappointed in the neglect of virgin gorda as well as the other small islands
  • SCB (11/09/2012, 08:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Roger i am surprise all of a sudden you have great concern for JVD, Fraser aint dishing cheque in SCB no more?? You finially understanding how it feel to work?
    • SCB GIRL (11/09/2012, 12:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You cant be from scb bay and not know how to spell Rajah's name. fake a$$
      • SCB (12/09/2012, 16:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        SCB Girl i am not from Sea Cow's Bay for you information my name SCB means Social Club Books. Matter of a fact i think you should join us because you are so shallow minded! I dont want to be from Sea Cow's Bay you people down there brain wash!
    • love child (12/09/2012, 15:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      to: scb; I could tell who some of these personal attach in these blogs come from but some of you will never reach where roger reach so stay in the studio trying!!!!
  • Eagle and Buffalo (11/09/2012, 09:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    No disrespect intended for Rajah Smith desire for JVD having its own district. But JVD's population is too small to justify its own district at this time. In fact the already has too many districts given its small geographical area and small population; it is approximately 57 sqm with an~population of 30K(eagerly awaiting census results) and 13 representatives. What JVD, along with other outlying islands, need is better representation from at large representatives and district representative. Moreover, they need a fair allocation of available resources. Districts are entitled to a fair allocation of available resources regardless of whom the reprmesentative is. The people have exercise their democratic right and vote their preference and should not be penalize for it. I know that elections have

    consequences and to the victor go the spoils. But smart politicians work to increase their level of support
  • Crank Shaft (11/09/2012, 09:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rajah, you had the Minister of Works and Cabinet Member ears for over 10yrs and nothing was done. Where were you 4yrs ago? This new Government was just elected, give them a chance to work. Did you whisper any of this to Fraser 2,3,4yrs ago when he had the power to deal with it? All of a sudden we have a set of patriots caring about their country. lmao!
    • long time (11/09/2012, 22:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      ayo better back the hell up off the liberator as he will be around for a long long time!!
      • the rock (12/09/2012, 05:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        u missed the point dummy!
      • GAVE ME A BREAK (12/09/2012, 14:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Gave me a break bout "back the hell up off the liberator as he will be around for a long long time", your damn liberator bearly made it back in office by the skin of his damn talking piss. Even his very family turning against him now. OJ all the way come next election!!!!!
        • Piece of work (12/09/2012, 21:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          You got your break alright, "a cut ass in the last election" come 2016 you will be back, and another cut ass will await you, only this time worst. You had your hatchet men (one dead) walking the line on election day bribing voters. You brought in people from outside the District to vote for you, but now we know how low you are. We will be waiting for you with an assign.

          Each time there is an election, you NDP always going to beat the Liberator, as soon as he cot your ass it's one excuse after the other, after the other. First it used to be the St. Thomas people who elected him, I wonder who elected him now? Oh, I forgot, it was his family, but now you said they have deserted him so you going to beat him. YOU FOOL.

          Third District is "LIBERATOR" town.
    • Well Sah! (13/09/2012, 07:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      crank shaft so hit the nail on the head....We have to be certain that Tortola, the main island where everything and the bulk of the citizens live is at the level it has to be to function properly. For goodness sack he dont have a proper port or airport. Prime infurstruture had to take precedence b4 working on sister island projects...the NDp only benn in 9 months!!!!!! Rome was not build in a day....the most u can do now is enquire as to what is in the pipeline for the sister reasonable...or u just out to cause trouble!
  • simple (11/09/2012, 09:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just an idea, why dont the government just put back the revenew they make back in to the developement, and maintances of the outter islands, atlease 60%....
  • BREAKING NEWS (11/09/2012, 09:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Go to Alvin. That is who you all voted for years upon years. You think JVD got so in 10 months since NDP got it ???
    • time for he to go (11/09/2012, 23:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Myron you are such a hypocrite, in one face you staying the at large people should represent all the people, and now you on here wid your piss about go to Alvin..that is why we getting rid of your self centered self next time around deman
  • JVD (11/09/2012, 09:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I really feel for Jost Van Dyke and other outer islands, being treated like stepchildren. JVD was in the first electoral district then got switched to the second district. Ever since Lavity HL Stoutt passed away they been forgotten over there.
  • bvi (11/09/2012, 10:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ayo voted for who you all wanted, so put dat in your pipe and smoke it.
  • ... (11/09/2012, 10:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who can identify the needs of the island better than the residents that live there? No politician that's for sure. I agree that the representative should be a resident of the island who can identify with the needs of the community.
  • mother hen (11/09/2012, 12:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yea rojer tell it like tis is
  • JVD Please (11/09/2012, 13:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rajah I know JVD people would come crying just like how they did for the past 16 years. $500 can only last for a day and a half. Examine the ratio - 1/12 days v. 4 years. Taxation without representation. Leadership matters!
    • Biggs (11/09/2012, 15:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Exactly! They want to behave like a set of crackheads doing things for petty nonsense then complain in the end. You elect Alvin for 16yrs, 8 of those years if I'm not mistaken he was in Cabinet. 4 of those years he was Minister of Works yet nothing. And as another poster say above Raja had Mr Fraser's ear when he was in Cabinet as well, yet nothing. But now he know bout JVD. I guess he scooping some contracts over there since SCBay is a dead zone. lol I just got to laugh. Now we know bout loving our country. But when they had their little cartel spending millions on nonsense nobody didn't know about JVD. Talk about opportunist.
  • please (11/09/2012, 14:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rajah please, All those years your master " Farser" was minister for communications and works; you didn't know JVD needed repairs. All ov a sudden VIP out and NDP in your attempting to pressure the newly elected minister.

    This harly seems like your own doing, tell fraser give it a rest. Probably next 4 years if VIP gets in that can be his main priority " To fix up JVD" . Since it is of such high importance all of a sudden.

    • Jealous (13/09/2012, 20:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Cant believe it, can you? Yes this is Rajah and Rajah alone. When people like you resort to jealousy, tne only think you can do is get nasty. You in your small mind, cannot believe that Rajah has advanced to th point where he can get an article on such an important issue published.

      Fraser did have something to do with it, but not what you think. Fraser helped Rajah to mature into th man he is today, just like h has helped many many others, but you won't know that, because you are too buisy hating. Enjoy your miserable life.
  • Sugarapple (11/09/2012, 15:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Since when Rajah is a resident of JVD??? Not because he has close family over there means he is a resident...unless he considers himself a resident of Sea Cows Bay and JVD at the same time. None the less, what is the basis to this interview with Rajah...What Rajah need to tell the people of JVD is when they can expect the start and completion of the clinic that his party had big ground breaking ceremonies for.
  • JVD Massive (11/09/2012, 23:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    very good article VINO and I admire young Mr. Smith for his thoughtfulness and always fighting for people and Jost van Dyke. All the best do not give up young man..charge must come.
  • toush (12/09/2012, 09:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    very good point rojah....
  • $$$$$$ (12/09/2012, 13:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    They are not paying attention to Tortola, I can only feel sad for the other islands in the BVI!

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