DLP candidate promises 1,500 new jobs for St James Central

A virtual latecomer to the race for the general election is promising to create 1,500 new jobs for the people of St James Central should he be elected.

Democratic Labour Party (DLP) candidate George Connolly, who is seeking to unseat Kerrie Symmonds of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP), has promised to use his expertise in information technology (IT) to train 1,000 constituents in the field, preparing them for the world of work.

“We have several persons in this constituency who are not at work and we are creating a database right now with all those persons who are either underemployed or unemployed and with the IT background that I have and a cadre of peers, we are going to train 1,000 persons in IT skills, from animation to coding to building applications,” Connolly said at the official opening of his constituency office in Sunset Crest, St James.

Stressing that this was no lofty promise, the businessman said he would get the trainees employed locally at international firms, and if this were not possible he would create a new industry for them.

He also pledged to create employment opportunities for another 500 people in the area of elderly care, which he said was in great demand.

“In our research we have found that there is a great need for persons providing elderly care and right here we are going to develop programmes to train individuals in elderly care. Over the next five years we are committed to train at least 500 persons in that area and place them either locally or internationally,” Connolly said.

Connolly was a late entrant into the race, having been named in January, along with newcomer Kim Tudor, the chief executive officer of the Barbados National Initiative for Service Excellence who is challenging the BLP’s Ronald Toppin in St Michael North, and veteran Patrick Todd, who was replaced in The City, but later added to the list and will take on BLP leader Mia Mottley in St Michael North East.

After the announcement in late January, political scientist Peter Wickham described the three as political fodder for the BLP, arguing that with the election mere months away it would be difficult for the electorate to take the three candidates seriously, having thrown their hats in the ring at the eleventh hour.

Connolly, was an early favourite of the DLP St James Central branch, but  two days after his apparent coronation in March last year, he had told Barbados TODAY he no longer planned to contest the election.

22 Responses to DLP candidate promises 1,500 new jobs for St James Central

  1. Ossie Moore March 14, 2018 at 1:17 am

    another crap talker.

    • Jennifer March 14, 2018 at 9:56 am

      OK. I hope the electorate don’t take these people seriously.

  2. Ossie Moore March 14, 2018 at 1:18 am

    . . . already talking out of his rear end instead of his mouth.

  3. andy g March 14, 2018 at 2:15 am

    you don’t have to be a mp to do that.if you really meant this you would have started it already. don’t fall for this crap people.

  4. Roverp March 14, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Smoke and Mirrors!! The DLP promises are highly suspect especially when one slip out that we have 4 weeks FX reserves.

  5. chris hill March 14, 2018 at 7:26 am

    This is again a massive attempt to fool the electorate. of course many who are desperate for work will fall for this crap. if Sandals could only do 300 how the hell is he going to do 1500. should have said a IT school this would have been more believable.

  6. hcalndre March 14, 2018 at 7:28 am

    Where internationally are you`re going to send these Barbados-trained Home-care workers? just like that! You make it sound so easy, it`s just another DLP election promise. Let`s hear some more, what about building some houses in the sky with on time transportation.

  7. harry turnover March 14, 2018 at 7:52 am

    DEM people got a habit of saying one thing BEFORE and doing something COMPLETELY different AFTER by using their favorite phrase.. “AS THE .LAST RESORT ” …even his yard fowls aren’t taking him seriously.
    People about to get rid of all a DEM and he telling himself that people will elect another one…..
    Like DEM can’t get somebody to run in St.John …but according to some leaks emanating from a street name after one of the hopefuls ,the REAL problem appears to be coming from within the precincts of the rising sun
    George Pilgrim,I gine stay tuned to that one too.The DON says that the BEES still got problems….every body got their problems ,right DON. ?

  8. JasonC March 14, 2018 at 9:07 am

    He could promise 50, 000 jobs, the people aint want wanna !!!!!

  9. Rev. Winston S. Jones March 14, 2018 at 10:55 am

    They had two terms to do this when things turned desperately brown. Now with the Parliament dissolved, FX reserves at an all time dangerous low, the IMF breathing down our necks, our Dollar being looked at for devaluation, the many ratings agencies’ downgrades and with elections due, he suddenly come literally out of the blue to offer 1500 jobs…….if he gets elected. I was born at night, but I wasn’t born last night, and an elephant certainly didn’t birth me out big. It is this kind of disrespect of my intelligence that angers me. For this reason, he and the whole rest of DEM shouldn’t get a single seat.

  10. Ossie Moore March 14, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Rev. Winston S. Jones says : ” I wasn’t born last night, and an elephant certainly didn’t birth me out big “.

    Ossie : You are very right Hon. Rev Jones but the way in which the very decent and respectable people of Barbados ( especially the 95% ) treat , respect and bow down to the Politicians ( who always lie to them and and fool them ) . . . they have given the said Politicians the imprecision that they were all born last night .

    • Jennifer March 14, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      The churches and the schools lying too. Those leaders/teachers brainwash as hell.

  11. Joyj March 14, 2018 at 11:45 am

    i suppose he’s also going to put bulbs in the street lights along the road leading from the Redman’s Village gas station to the pitch black roundabout that will take you down to Holder’s Hill.

  12. hcalndre March 14, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Just had to get this out, the police have said that any litter that is thrown from a moving vehicle some one will be charged and if that person can`t be identified, the driver would be held responsible, is the driver or operator of a PSV or a transport board bus would be liable for the offence that is committed on their vehicle that has up to 50 passengers on board, Just asking.

    • Jennifer March 14, 2018 at 8:26 pm

      Do u ever see a transport board bus getting report for overloading?? The same blind spot or oversight will be used.

      • Jennifer March 14, 2018 at 8:35 pm

        One time someone threw a bottle through a minibus window and cracked my friend windshield.
        Also saw as recent as last week, a school girl threw a deputy bottle from a minibus window.

  13. George Connolly March 14, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    I know our country is full of non-starters and non-believers because of so many unfulfilled promises. The bottom line is this does not need government to happen, and there is no dependence on government to realize it. There are 17 companies I work with in the US and UK that require high and low skilled ICT workers for data-entry, web development, app development and animation creation. There are more than 10,000 unfilled jobs awaiting talent. You work from home on your PC, and earn your income as a private contractor.

    Not a joke, not a promise – wait and see.

  14. Donild Trimp March 14, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    I suppose the Police will use common sense when dealing with public transportation vehicles.

    Stop trying to make this simple issue a complex one.

    There is a distinction between public passenger vehicles and private use vehicles.

  15. Mark Rosmar March 14, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Its not about one individual creating jobs – its about the Government fostering the climate. That guy is a political amateur.

  16. Cecil Brooks March 14, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Mr Connolly
    I am happy when I see young men, who want to serve hold up their hands, do not let anyone discourage you if you mean good towards your country man. I have given advise to both young men form the BLP and DLP and any other young man from any where in Barbados . Mr Connolly please do not fall into the same pitt, by saying things that seem (party wise) ok , but confuse the public out here. You have decided to speak on the DLP platform, you know the DLP was in power for 10 years, your findings on jobs should have told you the DLP party has failed the people of St James Central on jobs. I don’t then understand that part of your statement, I believed you mean well and it seem to me you have something to offer, right now the media or the DLP party propaganda machinery is not the best vehicle for you. You need to get your team to meet the people in the constituency and deliver your message and hear the needs of the people in person. Your opponent may look like a giant, he is the sitting member, it may seem he has public sentiment behind him, but one thing I know he is a product of a government that had failed, and remember he lost that seat being a pretty boy and all . You must ask yourself why these things happen to him, in other words, do you know if he really has a track record in this constituency, and as the bible say if a man want to be a leader he should demonstrate certain characteristics(1 Timothy 3:1-5) Mr Connolly I hope you can take it from here. God blessings.

  17. Saga Boy March 14, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    What Mr.Connolly as a brand new candidate is proposing is very possible. Cuba makes millions of dollars by exporting medical services so why can’t we train and export employees to care for the elderly? In the area of IT animation is in demand internationally so why can’t we train and export employees? I commend him for some very good ideas. Perhaps those of you who criticise this young man should have a look at his resume. He is not just take but a trail blazer. He represents the future Barbados. This society is not one that encourages such ideas. Unless of course it comes from someone of a fairer complexion.

  18. Darson March 15, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Just My Observation: He did not say all the jobs will be in St James , But I do agree and will advise him that the off shore Hospitality services and financial industry need these kinds of skills mentioned ,If he can get young and old back to the leaning and retraining , then some of the jobs now held by other National can and will be filled by Bajans : I support your efforts and I will call your office and have a chat with you very soon , Go For It Young Man :Get you people back to the ways of Barrow and not Borrow and beg :


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