PM responds to critics

PM Skerrit

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has sought to address would-be critics who have blasted his decision to ask Dominicans to stay home on Wednesday as Tropical Storm Isaac threatened the island.

Speaking on independently owned Q95 on Wednesday morning the Prime Minister said the decision, which called for a shut down of the country, except for essential services, was taken after careful consideration.

He said a meeting was held late Tuesday night with disaster and weather officials and the decision was made after consulting with them. “There was a strong view among the advisers that as a precautionary measure we ask residents to stay home because we do not want to have a situation whereby you bring them all the way into town … from the countryside and we have difficulties as we have had in the past…where people were stranded for long hours,” he said.

According to Skerrit heavy rainfall is taking an increasing toll on Dominica due to many factors. “Ten years ago it would rain heavily and the water would run into the sea,” he stated. “Today this is not the case in large measure due to climate change and also because of the practices of human beings: building in rivers, building in ravines, building on slopes and dumping of dry goods in the ravines and rivers.”

He also said that the authorities took into consideration that Dominica has been lashed continuously by rains in recent weeks. “Mindful of the fact over the past three week we have had heavy rainfalls, we know the topography of Dominica, we know its history of mudslides, landslides and erosions in the recent times in the country,” he argued. “And also we have flash flooding in an increasing numbers of communities.”

And so the Prime Minister said the decision was taken to allow people to stay home so that they could prepare for the storm. “The decision was taken after careful consideration,” he reiterated.

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225 Comments

  1. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    August 23, 2012

    Can you imagine a PM going on a propaganda talk show to inform a nation of an impending natural disaster? SHAME ON YOU PM and your dirty political work. When the country is looking up to you for leadership, you are abandoning the masses. But again you cannot give what you do not have.
    Any president like the one who will be leaving soon will be a waste of time.!

  2. Free Thinker
    August 23, 2012

    I think that this whole conversation should have been put into context by DNO before publishing. I think that the decision to allow persons to remain at home was a necessary precautionary measure – remember September 28, 2011 on the West Coast. I support that decision by the PM. I think that such an announcement should have been made on the on the Nation Station DBS via a simultaneous broadcast.
    What does the DAIC have to say about that? We have to look at our workforce as persons with families, etc. and not merely factors of production.

  3. j
    August 23, 2012

    chronicle news paper blaming pm with there notice on front page please holiday or not they hardly have news so know news is good news. some of us not learning look at the rain we got the last time in mahaut and layour and all u stil complaning give me a break.

  4. Anonymous
    August 23, 2012

    I don’t listen to Q95 or Kairi but Lime and Digicel sent text messages concerning the day off from 12 midnight.
    Q95 staff never attended the workshop held for disaster preparedness although they werd written to.

  5. j
    August 23, 2012

    please give me a break the man was only taken precussion based on the information he was givin why every thing have to be political.He could have gone up in a helicopter and give the message but we got it.And if bad things had happen they would still blame him? pPraise God nothing bad happen and stop talking about the pm.

    • *
      August 24, 2012

      He made it political by going to his political radio station to break the news that the country would be shut down. HE DID IT, NOT ANYONE ELSE. He is incompetent.

  6. Secretary
    August 23, 2012

    Instead we fall on our knees and THANK GOD FOR KEEPING US SAFE…. some of you SICK PEOPLE taking this opportunity to make an ass out of y’all selves with those IDIOTIC comments…

    • _______________
      August 24, 2012

      If you are such a stupid secretary, you should be dismissed. You are stupid. The issue is the method used by this so called PM to disseminate the news. He went on his political radio station to do so, which is wrong, all the ststions should be carrying the message together..Hope this helps you to be a better secretary.

  7. Secretary
    August 23, 2012

    Am I reading correctly………… I know I heard the news broadcast myself the said morning………. and I know I heard that the experts advised the Prime Minister on such matter…… the nerve of some persons to make this a political rara……….. I know we have all heard this phrase “Precaution is better than cure”….

  8. Setup
    August 23, 2012

    We are in the peak of the hurricane season, let us stop this criticizing, and thank God for sparing us from this storm. When those storms pass us, and fo to other countries, lives are lost, and much damage happens. Let us ask God to continue to have mercy on us, and thank Him for his many blessings.

  9. G Henry Williams
    August 23, 2012

    Why do some persons always have to find reasons to criticize.

    • ..
      August 23, 2012

      Because they are not a dummy like you.When peoples lives are at risk the leader of a country should not be playing politics with thet. He needed to inform all the people of his plans, and not a few…. You have problems with that?

  10. Toosense
    August 23, 2012

    what is the matter with Dominicans on a whole. Where is your dignity and pride? If someone stranger came on DNO and see these things that people are putting on there just because the PM decided to ask people to stay home due to a natural disaster, they would be appalled. I am so ashamed of some of you blasting the man because he put the message on one station and did not put it on another.Even asking for apology; come on people; the man was concerned about your welfare not his post in office. politics have to come in everything. stupes

    • *
      August 23, 2012

      That is your spin on the matter, but remember that you are too stupid to spin.
      What most Dominicans are vex about is the fact that the PM went on his propaganda talk show to inform Dominicans that the country would be closed down. Dirty political work, and shame on you to be supporting this rubbish.

      • Toosense
        August 24, 2012

        shame on you for putting politics before your welfare. Damn it. I cannot believe the nerve of you people.

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  11. LCM
    August 23, 2012

    I would like to imagine it is only a few idiots that would object to such decision.

    “Today this is not the case in large measure due to climate change and also because of the practices of human beings: building in rivers, building in ravines, building on slopes and dumping of dry goods in the ravines and rivers”.

    Who is approving the building permits and plans. Hope something is done about it since the problem has been identified.

    I just had to point that out.

  12. Morihei Ueshiba
    August 23, 2012

    Biggest political blunder of the year mister called a holiday and we had no rain till 8:00pm, how can people support this nonsense, first time in Dominica history i see a pm calling a holiday for a storm, mamo, Leblanc & Rosie must be turning in there graves! :oops:

    • true dominican
      August 24, 2012

      woaw. what stupidity. don’t know how to pleas please

  13. Come on people
    August 23, 2012

    PM next time let everybody head to work.

  14. Blue Ray
    August 23, 2012

    Well done PM,if you did not,theses same person;s would still have lots to say.Better Safe than sorry

  15. Jude Nicholas
    August 23, 2012

    It is evident that the folks on Q95FM are haters of Dominica. The Prime Minister called in to a LIVE CALL IN programme to make the announcement. This programme is monitored and recorded in full by Q95. If the were interested in notifying their listeners all they had to do was to rebroadcast the recording. They did not do that.

    That very same night DNO has it posted moments later after the PM made the announcement on Kairi FM. the PM was live on DBS the next morning.

    dem fellars on de other side will always find something to criticise.

  16. En Ba La
    August 23, 2012

    This is one area that the government and disaster preparedness should work on.

    How they go about issuing warnings in time of an emergency. The most important disseminating information to the GENERAL populace.

    Information should be sent to all media houses.

    Admit you all’s error fix it and move on. Again our lack of taking responsibilities for our actions it is playing out.

  17. August 23, 2012

    Dominicans have no problem with the PM giving holydays but it should come with tax breaks. Tax payers pay civil servants , the PM and all Ministers, they have to pay domlec, pay for water. So everybody should sacrifice. You should give all businesses tax break on that day.

  18. Godchild
    August 23, 2012

    as dominicans i believe we taking things too much at a next level how ever the PM did it on which ever radio at least the adress was out what if the storm was stronger and it was not issued right now it would be a different talk i think we need to unite and put all politics on a side build the country not break it the PM is a good one and we pray for u skerro

  19. LATITUDED810
    August 23, 2012

    The pm was correct on shuting down the country knowing for a fact that there was an impending storm.Just this morning on nbc news the governor of puerto rico has issused a state of emergency,close schools and government business because issac is 265 miles off that country, but we have some q-95 haters that wold strike at any thing

  20. i miss my baby
    August 23, 2012

    Be strong the Lord will give you peace. We are prayin for u,we love u

    • T
      August 23, 2012

      Your prayer is in vain. You believe that he prays?
      Can you believe that a real PM would go on a private radio station to inform a nation of an impending storm?

  21. rc assive
    August 23, 2012

    The P/M started that hold stunt without a doubt he know that he cannot make a public announcement on a private radio station.The message was a very important one but was just not sent out properly. where have the national radio station DBS goneeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

    • Kicks
      August 23, 2012

      well he know everybody listening to Q. :lol: :lol:

      • sorsort
        August 23, 2012

        may zor sort? he said it on both q and dbs

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  22. SWAG
    August 23, 2012

    It is not about a decision to have the country shut down (have the people stay home) it is about informing the people’s radio station DBS or calling all the radio stations informing them of the decision which you have taken.
    The same way we all have freedom of speech we have freedom to choice which radio station we want to listen to.

  23. SWAG
    August 23, 2012

    OH Mr. PM stop complaining about every little thing. When you hold a position such as yours it comes with a lot of critics. Do you want to hold Mr. Obama’s position? He does not complain about everything, he takes the punches. That’s what makes you a strong politician and a strong man.
    Jesus Christ had it worst and he still did not complain. Who told you, you can make every one happy and that every thing that you say or do every one will accept your decisions. Family disagrees, friends disagrees and politicians disagrees. So just lift your shoulders and move on build the country…..jobs and more jobs!!!
    Freedom of speech, freedom of options!

  24. Wow
    August 23, 2012

    Moving on, move on, move forward, progress, advance, get on with it, NEXT → → → → is not in our vocab.

    Isaac did but not us, funny eh? even the hurricane moved on!

  25. believer
    August 23, 2012

    wasn`t the pm on DBS radio on the interview segment with curtis Mathew on wednesday morning or am I making a mistake. if I am wrong somebody correct me please.

    • lol
      August 23, 2012

      You are very very right. But no one is saying so right? We are all stuck on the night before.

    • August 23, 2012

      yes I heard the Prime Minister on DBS Radio during the 6.45am news on the interview section with Curtis Matthew when he said after consultations all night with the management at the OEM he have decided that there will be no work or school and that persons are to stay home and be on the alert in the light of the passing of tropical Isaac. It was clearly stated that he will go on all radio stations if he have to or asked to. There was a laugh at the end of the conversation. Dominicans must stop being negative. I live in New York and I must tell you I only listens to DBS Radio. If there is an announcement on the other radio stations I will not know for I am only intuned to DBS radio.

  26. dissident
    August 23, 2012

    De PM had his discussions and he decided to shut down de country. However no announcement was made on locations of shelters and de arrangements or announcement to evacuate if necessary. No telephone # for emergency. Not fire, ambulance, Red Cross.

    What medal u want me to give OUR PM for such a blunder. Complete lack of foresight and total sidelining of de authorities with responsibilities.

    All de man do was to go on Kairi and announce now work. That is not enuff. If I can’t get Kairi where I live where else would I get de info before I head out to work.

    • ah ha
      August 23, 2012

      Notice of hurricane shelters and their locations, wardens etc have been placed in your local newspaper since before June…

      Why is it that we are so uninformed? Oh yeah…ALWAYS waiting for someone else to inform us!

    • Kicks
      August 23, 2012

      But i sure u didn’t report to work though…so u get de message. :lol:

    • Kubuli Kountry
      August 23, 2012

      I don’t think you live in D’ca nuh…newspapers have been printing locations of shelters for WEEKS!…Shermain Green Brown lose her voice last month saying the locations of shelters and shelter managers/assistant managers on DBS radio. If you living in Dominica and you living in a community and you don’t know where the shelter for your area located, then that means your head must be up your @$$.

    • Observer
      August 23, 2012

      Tell me why he has to give u that…for months now the list of shelters are on the graphic channels and news papers…if u dont know the emergency #s find a lime directory…just now allu will want him to come wipe all u …. after allu use the bathroom…Grow up ppl…the man did wat has to be done based on advise given by the experts…see wat happen in Martinique and Guadeloupe, instead for allu to give Jah thanks and praise all u read to crucify the man….fey neg bien say toojour mal!

  27. Conscience
    August 23, 2012

    I feel sorry for my people. All we do in this country is promote evil & negativity; justifying that we are really crabs in a barrel. People let us change our attitude before God put his hand on us. What if we were hit by the storm? Who would we blame? We are not learning. This is the crap our professionals cannot take, this is why all of them resigning to take up better jobs overseas.

  28. *
    August 23, 2012

    The method he used to inform the people showed his gross incompetence as a national leader.

    • Nkrumah Kwame
      August 23, 2012

      And what method would you have used??

    • true dominican
      August 24, 2012

      SHUT UP!!!!!!! :twisted:

  29. Dominica I Love
    August 23, 2012

    The man has a kind heart. He knows the country would lose money, but he placed the people of Dominica ahead of country.
    What a man! You truly deserve another term.

  30. D S I
    August 23, 2012

    Work or no work ! At end of the month I still getting pay anyways . Y make noise . Stupes .

  31. waitukubuli-original
    August 23, 2012

    Awa Dominicans, you guys complain tooo much. Too much nagging – nothing is ever enough.

  32. dont
    August 23, 2012

    we need to relax as a nation and let the man do what he thinks best for the country. If God is master and don’t know how to please us how can the PM please everybody. he is just human. Good job PM. God bless you.

  33. GR
    August 23, 2012

    All this bickering simple says one thing never try to please people only do what is right.

  34. I'mWondering
    August 23, 2012

    Dear PM Skerritt

    Perhaps next time you should have said – there’ll be a blocko so no work today. That wold have gotten the masses satisfied because afterall, give Dominicans a sewo and they are good to go.

    Can’t believe the gall of these people…all over facebook making an issue about the PM giving a day off..in the hopes of protecting Dominicans.

    That’s why i’ll never vote for a stupid and blind man.

    A smart man gives due when it’s warranted.

    And for thos who say he could have gone on another radio station to please the UWP masses – it was news – NORTH, East, West, SOuth – t would have been known all over because it’s the job of other stations to pick up on the breakng stories.

    You do not see other heads of states going to all stations – what you would have gotten is a press release..which was lacking in this case. But should we hold tht against him when we know that everyone in Dominica would have heard about the closure because of the way our news travels? Did it matter where he said it or that he said it knowing that it would spread like wild fire…?

    • En Ba La
      August 23, 2012

      @I’m wondering: I disagree with you on one point the way the information was sent out. ANY information ESPECIALLY disaster r emergency related SHOULD be made to reach EVERYONE.

      This is not political you are talking about a country there are in their garden etc

      It is the government information service’s duty to to have info sent to the media houses. When I worked in the public service back in the day this is how it worked.

      Closing the country I support. The speed at which the storm was travelling was increasing from 17 to 21 MPH in less than 24 hrs

      • En Ba La
        August 23, 2012

        That should read: there are people in their gardens and elsewhere.

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  35. dominican canadain
    August 23, 2012

    pm did wat was best for his country precaution is better than cure

  36. gwada
    August 23, 2012

    domicain time like this forget politic because he take the right decision i love my contry but happy i change nationality some of to stupid

    • Joey
      August 23, 2012

      This comment makes absolutely no sense. Seriously, did you take an English class?

  37. Ok then!
    August 23, 2012

    Mr. Prime Minister, unpolitically speaking, we are ALL Dominican citizens and YOU are responsible for us whether or not we blue or red, green, yellow or purple…. YOU are responsible for ALL of us. I agree that precaution is better than cure, so even if there was nothing seriously happening, i applaud you for giving the day off to prepare BUT i honestly think you should apologize (if you are a real leader) for the way you communicated the message. By right, you should have made a National announcement! Maybe your intention was not to have it broadcasted on one station but after you made the announcement there you should have done it for all the stations. Most people do not have cell phones so they would not have gotten the text messages. I feel sorry for the people who still got prepared for work and had to leave their houses that morning. Please make an apology. Thank you.

    • August 23, 2012

      Well said that is the point those die hard people find it hard to grasp

    • Kubuli Kountry
      August 23, 2012

      “Most people do not have cell phones??” ok, you lying right there.

      • Ok then!
        August 23, 2012

        That is what i said: “Most people do not have cell phones”. Contrary to your belief there are many people who do nto own cell phones, there are some with two or three but there are many who do not own one. you are rude to say that i am lying, i bet YOU can name atleast 3 people you know without one. i do not work in the statistics office so i cannot give a figure but if you want to make a point, come good.

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  38. Pondera
    August 23, 2012

    No one can blame the PM for his decision to shut down the country. His decision was based on careful consideration and advise from his technicians. He showed leadership in this regard and I wish to commend him.

    • JIM
      August 23, 2012

      I also wish to blame him for going on a propaganda radio station to informn the nation. In this light he needs to grow up.

  39. Tom
    August 23, 2012

    PM should have just said ‘who want to go work go, who want to stay home stay, which business want to open, open, who want to close, close’.

  40. D'can By Marriage
    August 23, 2012

    To me it don’t matter wether he drove around DA on a loud speaker or make the announcement on a radio station. He made the correct decision. and thats the bottom line. I dont care which party u back.. SAFETY is the overrules everything else.. We should be glad he made that call. In terms of revenues for buisnesses I wonder how much of them were prepared if their employees came into work got trapped and their familes were left exposed to the elements and not able to help them. Nuff said..

  41. August 23, 2012

    better be safe than sorry PM.
    precaution is better than cure

  42. look at dat eh
    August 23, 2012

    What a shame to see how my people would allow their political views to cloud their judgement when it comes to the welfare of their fellow country men.I have my Children and relatives and friends in Dominica and I must tell you that I felt a great relief knowing that they were at their homes and not obligated to go to their jobs.I am not either for or against any government but I am for the welfare of my fellow Domincans.

    • Nac Vibes
      August 23, 2012

      People are not complaining about the message, but the way it was delivered. What would happen to your relatives and friends if they did not listen ti kairi, they may not have received the message thus putting them selves in danger.
      The pm should have broadcasted on multiple platforms to ensure that all citizens had the information to keep them safe.

      • TW
        August 23, 2012

        Then they would have gotten it on their cellphones or from their neighbour who got it from their cellphone, or from a friend but when the message pass over 8 hours in advance it is sensible to think that the VAST majority of people will get it in time.

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    • joan
      August 23, 2012

      which domjnjcans?only those that listen to kairi? get a life

    • T
      August 23, 2012

      Skerrit’s incompetence and party political biasness is unprecedented.He went to a political show to inform a NATION of an impending natural disaster. SHAME ON HIM! INCOMPETENCE GALORE!

    • ßmh
      August 23, 2012

      Well said….we love you PM. You cared enough about your people….Q95 got a political agenda and they are anti government whonare truinv to destabilize the country…imagine if things had gone the other way then the cabal would have blamed the PM for loss of life. Property etc

  43. D
    August 23, 2012

    Now this is a real joke, I can not believe the haters, for so long you all no getting smarter, you all expected to score political points on bashing the PM for putting the safety of the people first? Lord help our people please open up our minds and eyes let us think rationally. Let us see what is right when it’s right and keep quiet if we don’t have the guts to say it is right. Thanks for sparing sweet Dominica lord.

  44. Morihei Ueshiba
    August 23, 2012

    Skerrit showing his incompetence everyday.

    • Nac Vibes
      August 23, 2012

      t is not any kind of incompetence he is displaying, he knows exactly what he is doing, what he is saying and who he is saying it to.
      People complained about the method used to convey the message, but he obviously sees an opportunity to play to his supporters by not addressing the concern that he informed some and not all with his usual devide and rule response.

    • Milly
      August 23, 2012

      and u show ur incompetence by making this statement under this topic.

    • Anonymous
      August 23, 2012

      And you doh have a choice but to take what you get every day and yearly for the next 20 years.Once god keeps him alive.GOOD RATIONAL P.M.

  45. Nac Vibes
    August 23, 2012

    As usual the people who stand by this man no matter what are writing their usual rubbish without giving thought to what they are responding to or what is being said.
    No one is saying that he was wrong to ask the country to stay at home and be careful, indeed it was good advice, the angst was merely about his inability to grasp the simple truth that when a national message has to be given to the nation, then it should be in a manner that all can benefit from, not just those who support him and his gang. Is this that difficult to understand?.

    • Elsa
      August 23, 2012

      And who exactly did not benefit? Would you have made the same comment if the storm had really hit? I guess its darn if you do and darn if you don’t.

      • TW
        August 23, 2012

        I don’t agree with him but by your response you don’t grasp what he has said. He is saying that the message was delivered poorly and some may not have received it due to the chosen method of delivery. I personally don’t listen to the radio that much but my mobile was handy and I got the message via and official text message from digicel not to mention a few friends as well. It is not only 1 method of delivery that took place…

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  46. SWAG
    August 23, 2012

    OH Mr. PM stop complaining about every little thing. When you hold a position such as yours it comes with a lot of critics. Do you want to hold Mr. Obama’s position? He does not complain about everything, he takes the punches. That’s what makes you a strong politician and a strong man.
    Jesus Christ had it worst and he still did not complain. Who told you, you can make every one happy and that every thing that you say or do every one will accept your decisions. Family disagrees, friends disagrees and politicians disagrees. So just lift your shoulders and move on build the country…..jobs and more jobs!!!
    Freedom of speech, freedom of options!

  47. Anonymous
    August 23, 2012

    Sometimes I wish I could change my nationality, omg what low minded people, mr PM keep focus do what is best for your people, there will always b critics no matter what you do, God bless Dominica and Dominicans.

    • ...................
      August 23, 2012

      Tell him when the lives of Dominicans are at risk, address everyone on the national radio station,or on all radio station simultaneously not on a station which carries his political rubbish.!

      • sad
        August 23, 2012

        But some of you don’t listen to D.B.S RADIO, SO JUST LEAVE THE P.M alone please, everything is a problem in D/A.

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  48. Soon Come.
    August 23, 2012

    The man is the Prime Minister and he did what real intelligent men would have done.
    Any government in office who would not have done the same thing would be dumb.
    He is the commander in chief and he did it well.

  49. SWAG
    August 23, 2012

    It is not about a decision to have the country shut down (have the people stay home) it is about informing the people’s radio station DBS or calling all the radio stations informing them of the decision which you have taken.
    The same way we all have freedom of speech we have freedom to choice which radio station we want to listen to.

  50. Really?
    August 23, 2012

    I’m With The PM On This…..Caution in Hazardous situations is always the right choice! Might I propose That A System Be Implemented For When We Next Miss A Day Of Work Like Yesterday. That For The Next Two Weeks Everyone Works Till 5 Everyday…..To Make Up For The Time That Ppl Have To Get Paid For Staying Home!!!

  51. Ashley
    August 23, 2012

    I will never understand some Dominicans. If skerrit had not allowed ppl to stay home yesterday, these same ppl would be complaining skerrit doh care. Isaac has a mind of its own; we saw what happened last September yet some of us still decide we will keep on braying and playing politics with people’s lives.

    • hmmmm
      August 23, 2012

      ashley i woulda shake your big toe.. some dominicans too like to complain and let politics get in the way of everything. damn it!

    • August 23, 2012

      please do. go buy a chinese passport

  52. Anonymous
    August 23, 2012

    In the fullness of time we will find out who gave de advice to close de country down. A kinder,gentler side to fool those who still are not convinced, brilliant!

    • Helas!
      August 23, 2012

      This is one of the very first educated comments I have seen or heard so far about this matter!!

  53. August 23, 2012

    dominicans be thankfull and dont be so hatefull

  54. FED UP DOMINICAN
    August 22, 2012

    A storm is heading our way, and after consultation the PM advised the nation to stay at home, and there are some bashing him for making the right decision.

    If the PM had said nothing, we all know that the critics would have something to say.

    We all know that Dominica needs to stay productive, but at times like these, safety is more important.

  55. Anonymous
    August 22, 2012

    I am a Dominican leaving overseas, but when I read some of the ridiculous comments that are made against the PM makes me sad; I think the PM’s decision was the proper one. Some Dominicans behave the same way Republicans treat President Obama. The man can do no right. PM, you made a right and sound decision by taking care of your people. Thumbs up to you!!!

  56. Anonymous
    August 22, 2012

    Yes he should make them come work and be stranded like during Ophelia when people sleep all on road and children were separated from families. One day will not kill the country precaution is better

  57. DominicaFirst
    August 22, 2012

    The PM Blamed everything and everyone except the govt. I Can’t chat for all of Dominica. The Area in which I have seen flooding is in the Bath Estate/ Elmshall area. The reason is because of the low lying bridge thats been constructed several yrs ago, when it overflows trees, rocks and debris get stuck and creates a dam which retains the water then floods that area. So in that case i would blame the govt for poor construction.

  58. Help us Father
    August 22, 2012

    Why is the Prime Minister subjecting himself to such nonsense. My advise would be don’t waste your breathe sir.

  59. Help us Father
    August 22, 2012

    Can’t understand what is wrong with us as Dominicans. As the saying goes damned if you do, damned if you don’t. A call had to be made and the Prime Minister made it in the interest of the citizens of Dominica. Now! what is there to argue about? Must everything in Dominica be rendered political. This is worrying and tiresome. It has to stop but how?

  60. Dominicanpearl2
    August 22, 2012

    My people our leaders do their best for the most part to keep us safe. Please let’s follow the PM’s advice to lessen the loss of life. We’ve been through this drill before. It’s not a blue, red or black deal. We are Dominican’s first and every life is a precious gift. Stay home, prepare and if nothing happens, give God the glory.

  61. Justice and Truth
    August 22, 2012

    Some of you criticized the PM for informing you to stay home and secure your home in the event that the hurricane hits Dominica. This was for your own good. You should know better than that since Dominica is prone to storms, hurricanes and floods specifically in the past few years.
    You are being skeptical that Dominica will not experience the hurricane. Are you asleep? You are in the minority. Even the Toronto Media broadcasted that the hurricane is approaching Dominica. Other islands were mentioned.
    Thanks be to God if the hurricane changes its course. You know sometimes it may not be headed for Dominica but it veers and hit Dominica. Recall what happened to Barbados some years ago. They were not expecting the hurricane. It changed its course and B/dos was badly damaged with deaths.
    Some of you critics must learn to be broadminded. You need a change of heart, mind and higher intelligence. When others near and far read your type of comments and criticisms, they will think that you lack intelligence. This is no compliment for you.

  62. positive mind
    August 22, 2012

    All these people that are against the prime minister and making all these negative comments don’t even live in Dominica. Just because they have to go and slave for the white man in the states wether snow storm, hurricane or earth quake, while all the big managers and owners stay home with their families. At least he did not stay home and let people go to work. He allowed people to stay home and prepare with their families. If he didn’t do that, alyou would have had worse things to say. Alyou just JEALOUS of the man.

  63. ideal
    August 22, 2012

    i am glad the people obeyed the PM, that was the wisest thing he has done this year, better safe than sorry

  64. Dominica
    August 22, 2012

    I think in this case…it was better judgement and I think it is better to be safe than sorry. The safety and well being of Dominicans is more important….We will live to work another day.
    Lets try to be rational despite of our political preferences.

  65. Colour Gray
    August 22, 2012

    RED-BLUE-GREEN and all in between,Lend me your ears,i come to bury ignorance not to praise him.
    POLITICS is a dirty state of mind,and in it hatread,lies,poor thinking,decitfulness you will find.
    Politics have never satisfy all the people at the same time,IT is a decitful practice for personal gains, that’s why there are those for and those against,
    All the circus a side,anyone in charge have to do what they should do and that is to manage their responsiblity, all may not agree but so it is.
    Now that this ‘weather situation’ have brought you all closer fighting and screaming,but focus on the same thing for once, this could be a begining for concious people to regain their conciousness and work with earness.
    The PM should try to reach more people by making more contributions on Q95,he may take some heat but he should be able to handle it.
    From what i can see there are a lot of people who are tired with this constance verbal wars that not solving anything who would cut the PM some slack,but he must be more transparent and respect the constitution and the people,eventhough some doe like him,he just have to give them more LOVE and he may conquer more.ONE LOVE.
    WISH ALL a SAFE STORMPASSING.

  66. Grand Bay Girl
    August 22, 2012

    Alas!Papa Bon Dieu please help us as a people as a Nation and most of all help us as your children
    Prime Minister continue to do all u can do for our
    country.and let the Almighty be our guide.Protect
    your people Lord!

  67. custom
    August 22, 2012

    i agree with skerro when he right he right but when he wrong he wrong that was a good one because when we stranded in vielle roseau where we going to sleep huh?

  68. Anonymous
    August 22, 2012

    I see many of you jump onto the band wagon to cry foul on persons who would be bold enough to challenge the PM’s cavalier style decision, labelling such persons as political and giving kudos to the PM.

    Consider this: Is the Prime Minister sincere about concern for people’s safety and preventing persons in the countryside from coming into town and being stranded, when He only made an official statement at about 5 minutes to 7am by the intiation of the STATE OWNED DBS and that when people from the countryside would have already been on their way to town if not there by then?

    Does the Prime Minister not know that such a statement, and that without prior notice,on a political program is not OFFICIAL.

    Is he assuming that the entire or the majority of the nation is listening to a political program?

    And then he speaks of others policizing everything.

    Careful folks, be objective and see things for what they are.

  69. watch dog
    August 22, 2012

    we need to understand if you are uneducated it will be difficult to tell the usual from the unusual. The PM made this decision based on the recommendation from the experts who are qualified in that field. We have seen in the pass how devastating it can be when it rains ordinarily. But again due to the lack of vision some of the uneducated ones cant seem to understand that. Therefore someone would have to explain it to them. In my view the PM had not explaination to give to anyone. In the US Virgins Islands not just the country shuts down but by 6pm besides law enforce, medical, electrical and other important entities, everyone else stays home.

    • watch dog
      August 22, 2012

      what the PM need to say to these fools is SPOON you all if you know what I mean.

  70. Political Observer
    August 22, 2012

    Mr.PM you shpould not defend your decision to people who have sworn to get you out of office even if it means destroying Dominica to do so. They have found everything wrong about you – yes even your smile and love of people. They cannot fathom your popularity amomng the masses despite their daily bashing of your character. Your decision was right. Sometimes you are criticized for not listening to your technicians. This tiem you acted on advice of the technicians and you get this. Do what you have to do and let the people of Dominica be your judge. Lennox et al can choke on yet another masterful stroke of good leadership. Lennox shopld haev told th enation whathe or his party would have doen with all the information and advice of the technicians. What s striking is that the technicians themselves confirmed that their advice to the PM was that he act as he did. In what field of human endeavour does Lennox have any qualifications for anyway except a sterling hatred of the PM. Eat your heart out Lennox. PM Skerit is ahead of you anyway by many light years.

  71. tie toe
    August 22, 2012

    pm.you dont owe no apology to no body
    if u didnt say nothing some other people would complain.god himself cannot please people far less a poor sinner like u

  72. August 22, 2012

    yah pm really makes sense for the first time

  73. speaking logic
    August 22, 2012

    persons lives cannot be replaced, we all know what the outcome of these storms can bring,,,pesons have to remain home to look after their family and property, it is a natural decision…prevention is better than cure..

  74. law and Order
    August 22, 2012

    “In the pst ten years people re building in rvines and river beds,and all sorts of things are happening impeding the flow of waters to the sea,”
    Hve the deparment of plnning been closed for the past ten years, law and order, people can be removed if they have built in the wrong place.yes.
    Wht is the purpose of governent if not to exercise safety of all the people. Good call to let the people stay home becasuse o the impnding storm.

  75. Looking in
    August 22, 2012

    The issue is not that the Country was shut down you know, it is how the PM come out and pass his message. He has to realize it wasn’t a matter of life or death at that very moment where one would have had to make a bold decision, it is the fact that he said HE made a decision to shut the Country down…He did not even say he met with cabinet or with the president or with ,,,whoever and WE decided to shut the country down after much dialogue..IS like is his decision and no man should question it. Dictators alone that does behave so….look out..election campaign on the horizon.
    Anyway people,,stay safe and I hope HE makes the decision to shut the country down tomorrow so people can stay home to clean up the mess.

  76. Eggbot
    August 22, 2012

    If ALL the stations had just announced…”we interrupt our regular programming to bring you a very important message from the P.M.”…or something like that, and he came on, that would be heavy… but Skeritt is unfortunately in the Flyweight division of politics.

  77. Boo
    August 22, 2012

    When did adults need a PM to do their thinking/make their minds up for them? Blatant popularism backfired.

  78. cool running
    August 22, 2012

    Mr. Pm, I agree that shutting down the country due to an impending storm. Protecting our people was the right thing to do. However, I have a few problems with your address:
    1. Why do you choose to address the nation via an independent Kairi FM radio instead of DBS? Do you or the government have shares with Kairi? I heard already that you have shares in the restaurant owned by the owner of Kairi; is that the case withe radio station?

    2. With your own mouth you said ten years ago it would rain heavily and the waters would go in the sea, but that’s not the case now. You went on to blame it on climate change,people building on slopes, rivers and ravine as the key reasons why mother nature seems to be against us. You are very correct about ten years ago but you left the key reason. It was ten years ago you changed the office of the PM with alegations of curruption and immorality and mother nature might just be trying to speak to you just as the donkey was used to speak to that ungodly leader by the name of Balam. Hope you listening sir!

  79. truedominican
    August 22, 2012

    Its funny how we all hate Mondays because its time to get back to work. Other days we all hate being at work. But now because its PM who says no work today, all Dominicans want to be at work today. Please people its for your own safety.

  80. D/CAN CITIZEN
    August 22, 2012

    I totally endorse the PM’s decision and pleased to note that he acted responsibly in addressing the matter of being critized for the decision. I am one person who does not critize what i DO NOT understand (you should too).

    It is clear that the decision was sound and in the BEST interest of the citizenry and ofcourse one based on EXPERT ADVICE. As as caring government, the safety and wellfare of the people is paramount…..

    It is unfair, shameful and unstatesmanly for people to velify and chide the PM for this decision. Let’s be glad that the good Lord has spared us thus far and trust that he continues to watch over us as this threat persists. Heaven knows that the country can ill afford the looming disaster should we face the brunt of this storm.

    We still have not fully recovered from the ravages of successive natural disasters. Let’s continue to pray for the country and our leaders as we come together as ONE PEOPLE to confront what CONFRONTS us at this time and that is, “Tropical Storm Isaac”!

    As a God fearing people I urge us to pay a lil more respect to our leaders. Being able to submit to authority is very important, today is Roosevelt Skerrit, tomorrow it MIGHT BE YOU! If we do not recognize God given authority, how do we expect our children to accept and respect our authority over them? Trust your leader, SKERRIT CARES!!

  81. mrs skerro
    August 22, 2012

    jesus go smite you all bashers…..the pm got an advise to shut down d country 4 safty matters you all bashing.it the same on lucia last month pm ask to shut down lucia and that was the same bashing of some off the people.i dont know what some of us want

  82. him
    August 22, 2012

    This PM needs to grow up. Was DBS off air last night? It’s only people who were listening to the dirty and dangerous politics on the Animal Show Programme lastnight who herrd your announcement.
    Grow UP Man!

  83. Puzzled
    August 22, 2012

    The PM was correct to take the action he did.However his comments regarding rainfall leaves the question What has his goverment been doing for the past ten years to ensure drains and culverts are fit for purpose???

    • one
      August 22, 2012

      all u does depend on the Government too much …that is the problem….some Dominicans have some ignorant mentality…. u have to do things for yourself ..u expect ONE man to solve all problems…superman he be man? aa…

    • August 22, 2012

      The PM knows that the buzz is not about shutting down the Town or to stay home he is not truthful with the folks and it’s time that he takes responsibility for his action he made the decision to make the announcement on a none National Radio station instead he used a station where he knew a lot of folks do not listen too his action is what causing people to vent therefore he was the one who created that atmosphere
      We cannot dictate to the public nop to react these are serious times and he’s the PM thus far if he had gone and make the announcement on DBS we wouldntbe having these outbust , so stop blaming the critics the lives of D’cans are very important and storms and hurricans are no joking matter,
      It haven got to do with shutting down or staying home that’s justified is the manner in which he did it he must know that his is the PM for the whole of Dominica untill we are told otherwise..

    • @WELL
      August 23, 2012

      You want him and his ministers to actually go in the drains and clean it when you are the negligent ***ty ones just throwing things out your vehicle windows, leaving you gabbage pile up and through it by the ravine in hope that the same rain will wash it away. I am not a politician or into politics but some of you people really are stupid. Have you heard of community service..don’t litter and then wait for November or whenever community day of service is to pretend you have community spirit. Clean up your environment and that will help alleviate the excess rubbish that piles up. Gosh man

  84. magwaysa
    August 22, 2012

    You know what struck me, if it was to stay home for another holiday or a fete we would be all happy,but to safe guard and prepare our own selves n family we still wanna play it political. it’s a big deal.omg.That’s dominicans for you. Alas.it’s a disaster people not a convention.get real and let’s move on.

    • watch dog
      August 22, 2012

      Thats why I dont feel sorry for none of them. Dominica is a beautiful country but the people are idiots. Dam fools. Thats why the educated ones are leaving. Politics politics politics. what kills me the ones that are playing politics cannot present a high school diploma. Simion

  85. "O" STRESS!
    August 22, 2012

    Agree 1ooooooooo% with our pm` s decision to allow Dominicans to stay home and prepare for the impending storm. A Stitch in time saves lives” With Dummies IN-A-Can. He is dammed cause he made the right call and would be Dammed if he did not make the necessary decision. Who vex get lost. We going no where God help us.

    • T
      August 22, 2012

      You are a dummy, and a puppet on a string.. If he tells you that the sea is not blue it’s red, you will also agree.Go get a brain of your own, then come and contribute.

  86. mre skerro
    August 22, 2012

    :lol:

  87. him
    August 22, 2012

    PM you are 1000 000 000 000 000% wrong to go on you Koper Lapen and Kopeh Tig show to make an announcement like that last night.You know fully well many many many people do not listen to such low quality politiking. You have to learn to accept the millions of errors you are making as a leader and to stop them. Only in Dominica!!!!!!!!!
    THE PEOPLE BLAMING YOU ARE DEAD RIGHT.

  88. paparazzie
    August 22, 2012

    thanks for the holiday today… now should the people of the north stay home tomorrow to clean up after the passage of storm nath ISAAC :lol: :lol: ,

  89. Name
    August 22, 2012

    right decision on the no work (although i wuda allowed work up until 10 to secure offices)

    wrong decision to use the animal program to inform people.

    DBS shud have been first choice

  90. tiny
    August 22, 2012

    i running for pm position next election……

  91. joan
    August 22, 2012

    once again he pulled the wool over your closed eyes.why did he not inform q95? are they the devil?you idiots.no questioned the closing.he should inform all domininicans and not kairi only.go to school you red communists.

  92. safe
    August 22, 2012

    all of d critics y all u didnt go to work to secure all u work place and stay till 4 instead of criticizing?

  93. A Voice
    August 22, 2012

    I agree with the PM 100% in deciding to shut down the country in preparation for the incoming storm.

    I disagree with the PM 100% for making his decision known to only one radio station. This was an anouncement of national importance and he should have made his decision available to all media houses so all Dominicans can be informed.

    Otherwise, GOD bless Dominica and please be prepared and take precautions.

  94. Jacky Chan
    August 22, 2012

    Did the PM seek Q95 or Q sort him. I have no objection to the decision taken by PM SKERRIT. It was the right thing to do.

    On a different note did the PM throw himself and his administration under the bus hear by saying that within the last ten years there have been a total disregard for the laws governing physical planning, the environment. Does that mean that there is a total breakdown in the system. Mr PM from your mouth to my ears people are building on rivers, in ravines and the authorities are sleeping. Can we attribute that to ” everything is upside down” or ” no law no constitution” syndrome.
    Politicians are really programmed Nintendos. The moment they are left on their own they worthless. If I was the minister responsible for physical planning I would feel slighted.
    Just my observation

    • Walnut
      August 22, 2012

      I was thinking the same thing. He is actually admitting that under his watch there has been lawlessness and recklessness.

    • watch dog
      August 22, 2012

      go learn to spell idiot, its here not HEAR

      • JACKY CHAN
        August 23, 2012

        JACKY CHAN can spell the word idiot. I have a problem with the words “don’t here, hair, hear, hare and even yeh” Thanks for teaching me how to spell the word idiot.

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    • Justice and Truth
      August 22, 2012

      @ Jacky Chan

      Who are you and where did you resurrect from? :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: Consistent criticism will get you nowhere. :twisted: :twisted: It is a dead end, a cul-de-sac.

      • JACKY CHAN
        August 23, 2012

        Guess what i said cannot be disputed so fools come rushing in. A imbecile ask me to correct the word here then this hypocrite so called catholic christian is calling my observation a crticism even when i clearly stated that i support the PM’s decision. But alas they could not challenge the fact that the government PM put his foot in his mouth by stating that within his tenure those lawlessness and wanton disregard for the environment has been happening.

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  95. 1979
    August 22, 2012

    PM this is one time I am on your side….Kudos!!!

  96. El Presidente
    August 22, 2012

    PM, there are are always going to be politcal animals out there no matter what…so please ignore the vexacious lennox and the uwp…they are insignificant to the rest of we Dominica.

    As long as (WE) Dominicans (every citizen of Dominca) I would ignore ignore ignore those uwp and vaxacious and angry uwp/q95 callers.

    Be safe all

    • *
      August 22, 2012

      @ El Presidente This is a mad’s man comment,that even a kindergarten child would not write.Are you stupid enoughto say that the PM should ignore one man or woman or boy or girl in Dominica, when he is required to answer to them? YOur sick brain needs attention.
      Fact is this PM needs to grow up, and need to know when dirty politics should be left out of the picture…I believe that all radio station should be informed of what the PM shared last night on Kairi, since more people listen to the other stations (Q95 in particular)than Kairi. A PM who ignores that is not ready yet.

    • *
      August 22, 2012

      @El Presidente Lennox is a thorn in all you spine and i know it’s hurting you all. Go to the theatre at PMH nah, to get rid of that thorn.

    • joan
      August 23, 2012

      you lazy communist must be collecting every wednesday morning

  97. oceanus
    August 22, 2012

    Best advise ever Mr P.M
    We must all pray at this time.

  98. Spectacles needed
    August 22, 2012

    The only thing is PM should have gone to all the radio stations this is a national cisis not a laba crisis so the only thing i pulling his ears for is not going to all the media

    • Anonymous
      August 22, 2012

      true story.is not everyone that listen to Kairi FM.A lot of people listen to Q95 as well! that is the only mistake in relation to the decision u made!

    • ML
      August 22, 2012

      I am in agreement with that! Is not everyone that listen to kairi Fm. A lot of people listen to q95fm. the decision shud be given to all radio and other media at the same time!that is the only faux pas.The decision taken to keep the non-essential wrkers home was an excellent one

      • Anonymous
        August 22, 2012

        disliking what? well continue to dislike….!I do not care!

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      • No Sides
        August 22, 2012

        I think that is what the people were critical about. Not the decision to stay home. I support my PM but he really did faux pas there wii.

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      • Justice and Truth
        August 22, 2012

        @ ML

        Q95FM should also have been listening. What is the excuse?

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      • hmmmm
        August 23, 2012

        then kairi as a media personel should at least sedn the message across to the other medias. one get help d other. Alas Dominicans allu need to bullet to think man….

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    • Justice and Truth
      August 22, 2012

      @ Spectacles needed

      I do believe that you really need spectacles. All the Media should have been listening and also reading DNO’s Website. The Media knows whatever the PM states be it over the radio for the benefit of Dominicans, what makes you think that the other Media were not aware of it?
      The Media is a competitive business with each one trying to get first hand News, to be the first to report it.
      Media usually have all TV and Radio Stations on in their establishment so that they do not miss out on News as they happen and are broadcasted by other Media. Is this not the case in all Media establishments in Dominica? If not, it is time for an upgrade of such. Furthermore their curiosity should lead them to other Media Websites to be apprized of current events. I doubt that the other Media outlets were not aware of the PM’s Radio broadcast. What are they, the Media for? Then they are not fulfilling their obligation to the public.
      You took it upon yourself to make such a statement. Some of you just love to criticize any and everything. You are too negative. Your constant criticism and negativity are boring. They do not contribute to pleasant reading. There are times the criticisms are uncalled for and out-of-place in certain articles. This is not the mark of happy and satisfied people and those who will never be satisfied.

    • I'mWondering
      August 23, 2012

      that’s ridiculous – it’s news…say it on one station – it wil get on others…it will get to the public.

      the differnce is that he should have had a press release to all stations as opposed to a personal visit…but in this case – he has to be excused. it was an emergency situation and a quick decision was needed.

      to say he should have gone on all radio stations is just ridiculous. To say he should have gone on another- te same thing ridiculous…at the end of the day the argument can be made that whichever station he went on – some pll wouldn’t have heard.

      but the fact that it is NEWS…it would have been reiterated by other stations so there was always the guarantee that the masses would know.

      this is Dominica afterall

  99. Spicy
    August 22, 2012

    We not going to get anything thankful to Jah for that good move pm

    • Anonymous
      August 22, 2012

      Spicy!Does that mean that the pm stopped the storm from affecting us? This man is really Jesus. Dumb people

      • trolol
        August 22, 2012

        No, it just means that he made the wrong move.

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      • watch dog
        August 22, 2012

        thats why you will rot in dominica

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  100. Citizen Kane
    August 22, 2012

    Pure B.S if you ask me!!!
    This decision could have been delayed till the 8am Wednesday advisory and then a more “educated” or informed decision could have been taken.

    My two cents

    • ML
      August 22, 2012

      OKAY.. WELL THAT IS YOUR TWO CENTS! The faster and ealier the information get out the better. you wanted to go wrk.. well you should have gone!
      that’s my two cents!

      Met Officials and Disaster Official great job!keep being proactive!
      G.O.E!

    • Jacketer
      August 22, 2012

      Give Jack his jacket. The decision to tell residents to stay home was timely and a good one at that. Had he waited for the 08:00 am Wednesday advisory , don’t you think every one would have already been at their work place or on their way?

      Even it was not a total wash out today, but I think the decision was a very considerate one.

      By the way , I had to report to work today. And for the record, i am not a supporter of the the PM and his policies.

    • Homeboy
      August 22, 2012

      yeah wait till the 8 am advisory
      When people would Have left to come to the city for work!!! And then if something would have developed people like you would then turn around and speak rubbish.!! You Dominicans!!! An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.
      Mr PM great decision. You can’t have everybody on your side.. Good job Met. Office and ODM

    • Big Rich
      August 22, 2012

      Unfortunately I don’t agree with you cause storms are unpredictable, if you have followed weather in the past, the slightest change in atmosphere could affect, direction, speed or even intensity of a storm. It was indeed a wise decision, precaution is better than cure and no I’m not a supporter of the party.

    • kingman
      August 22, 2012

      smart!!! at 8am people would have been at work already, how then would you tell them to stay home.

    • August 22, 2012

      if u think ur thing funny or what ever the hell trying to say aint make no dammmmmmmm sense so go and pack ur self in a corner please child

    • watch dog
      August 22, 2012

      who are you to say what time the decision should have been made. you cant even control your house hold more so for a country. damn fool

    • Justice and Truth
      August 22, 2012

      @ Citizen Kane

      If you were in the PM’s position what would you have said? I guess we will never know because you will never be in his position.
      Do you know the saying, “Time waits for no one” and “Make the most of the opportunity when you get it. Make hay while the sun shines” and “Do what you have to do while there is still time, what is important?” This entails preparing, in the event the hurricane hits Dominica.
      One day some of you will be punished for you are too ungrateful and love to find faults.
      If God spares Dominica it will be because of those who are genuinely prayerful and loving people. You will never be able to discern that for you lack godly spiritual enlightenment.

    • BiGmE
      August 23, 2012

      LOL delay till 8 when over 80% of people are at work at-least 7:45 what effect would it have had if something happened? people from country leave home 6:30 or earlier. Think before you talk

  101. Spicy
    August 22, 2012

    That is Dominicans for you. They just so bad and low minded in their thinking. I doh always support pm but this is one deicision where I would shake his bigtoe. He made the decision to keep people safe and for them to do their preparations Hats off to you in this one PM

  102. Anonymous
    August 22, 2012

    we do not always see eye to eye but PM agree with you. precaution is better than cure!

  103. Rise Up
    August 22, 2012

    I agree with the PM completely….stay home secure your family and property and get yourselves ready. Wise move by the PM and his consultants. Give Jack his Jacket!

  104. no mercy
    August 22, 2012

    I will never understand dominicians.I think my so call ppl are to much in a box.they need to get out of that box. I cannot belive ppl making this so much of a big issue.for heaven sake supposing everyone had gone to work and the worst happened? What you they would say? Plz the man did what is best.Im not a blue,nor red I’m just being real about things.

    • Anonymous
      August 22, 2012

      It’s amazing. When I heard the PM’s advise last night, I said, “I wonder how long it will take for him to begin to get a bashing by the critiques for that decision” and low and behold, the comments are coming in.

      You just don’t know how to please people. If there was no announcement, you would have heard all those loud mouths calling the same radio station asking whether there is work today etc. etc.
      When the PM travelled some years ago during a pending storm it was more trouble.

      WHAT DO YOU PEOPLE WANT?

      I live in Roseau and was caught in the melay with the layou disaster. I was not able to get home till next morning. My employer had to find accommodation for all employees living south. I am happy the PM took that decision today and commend him for it.

      • Anonymous
        August 23, 2012

        I myself ended up with a child I did not know from anywhere at my home – I couldn’t leave her out there – great move by the PM

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  105. bassie
    August 22, 2012

    Good move. St.Lucia would have taken the same decision.

  106. Dangerous Mind
    August 22, 2012

    What would have happened if he had made it mandatory for everyone to be at work regardless of the weather conditions and then the storm hit and things got ugly? The man took a necessary precautionary step to ensure you people’s safety and this is how you react??? Open your minds people!!! Smh.

    • Justice and Truth
      August 22, 2012

      The criticisms would have been numerous. They would hate him for life. Some people cannot be pleased. Unhappy lot.

  107. .
    August 22, 2012

    Mr PM you have to realize by now that no matter what you do you will never please everybody..Someone will always have something to say. some weeks ago there was a storm hitting the Island and you had critics saying why didnt the PM tell people to stay home. now this storm and you advised people to stay home critics saying why you told people to stay home. SMH

    • Justice and Truth
      August 22, 2012

      They do not utilize their common sense. It may be that they do not have none. It is a disgrace that some of them criticized the PM. He was being considerate towards them and they did not appreciate it. Those are not nice people.

  108. june
    August 22, 2012

    Dominican should be thankful,the PM is not God,his only doing what he thinks will keep D/cans safe.please everything for some D/cans is politics.grow up.some of all you to useless and foolish.if he let all you go work and something happen,way here we go again all you will blame him.man de man do good is bad what must he do.even Jesus all you have problem with so may god watch over Dominica.

  109. write positive
    August 22, 2012

    Just can’t please black people!

    • write positive
      August 22, 2012

      Dominicans are very immature in thinking!

      • Justice and Truth
        August 22, 2012

        Immature is putting it mildly.

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    • Justice and Truth
      August 22, 2012

      They give themselves a bad name. By their fruits you will know them.

    • Come on Now!
      August 23, 2012

      Why do you have to say ‘black people?’ To me that sounds a little ignorant.

  110. FREE UP ON THE PM
    August 22, 2012

    the man was looking out for the well being of his people smh Dominicans are something else,all u should have gone work and landslide and flooding soon happen know whats up

  111. Isaac
    August 22, 2012

    Don’t Justify yourself to fools PM. Safety First. They will pick on anything to bash you. But sensible people stand with you, and that’s what matter! Later for the Haters!

  112. Trini
    August 22, 2012

    There is no problem in taking this decision, as a matter of fact it’s the leaders right to protect his people and country.
    Lets say he did not take this decision and we are the worst for it, there would not be sufficient water under the Roseau bridge to was him.
    We Dominicans are people who don’t know what we want. “When it’s hot we want it cold and when it’s cold we want it hot”

  113. August 22, 2012

    i agree with the pm it’s heart breaking when people refuse to evacuate and innocent people risk their lives to go help and they end up dieing and the harden ones survive…so they had a whole day to get themselves organized for the storm…

  114. Anonymous
    August 22, 2012

    Why did he not say it is because of no drains

  115. Anonymous
    August 22, 2012

    Good Job Mr. PM, better safe than sorry. The same critics would have had much more to say if you had done otherwise and the storm did pass as predicted. Don’t let the critics deter you in doing what is best for the nation

  116. one
    August 22, 2012

    Dominica people need to relax….all u always complaining Skerrit put a holiday so that everybody would be safe at home ..Mister tired try to please all u wi…everything the man do all u always their to complain…its hard to please people when they act so stupid an small minded …really? …wat did u all expected him to do?…tell everybody to go work if all u trap dats all u business? ..no instead he made a decision that everyone stay home for your own safety …wat all u complaining for? goshh man

  117. Citizen
    August 22, 2012

    The Met ‘Experts’ are jockers, their advise was poor!!! the centre of rotation of the storm is presently over St.Lucia.Please check ‘intellicast.com. :?:

    • Dorival John
      August 22, 2012

      Unless I am drunk, I went to intellicast.com and their map not showing anything near St. Lucia. U sure u not talking about the storm last week or two weeks ago that went over St. Lucia? Here is the link from intellicast and tell me if this is passing over St. Lucia. SMH

      http://www.intellicast.com/Storm/Hurricane/Active.aspx?storm=1&type=track

      • Anonymous
        August 22, 2012

        that person must be tipsy…need to do back to do social studies/Geography…know where the the countries are in the Lesser Antilles!

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    • Wheninrome
      August 22, 2012

      Regardless of where you think the centre of rotation of the storm was – the fact of the matter is PRECAUTION IS BETTER THAN CURE. If he had done differently and the storm came hit like David did without any preparation or time for citizens to prepare everyone would be doing what you doing now – CRITICIZING. Enough is enough with all the critics in Dominica. You all need to travel more and experience life outside of Dominica. Maybe then you’ll become more sensible and rational to situations.

      • Anonymous
        August 22, 2012

        Friend the call was too early period

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      • ....
        August 23, 2012

        @ Citizen this is exactly why people like you should stay away from things that are beyond your scope of comprehension. Seeing a map and understanding storm movement,charting and calculation while not a precise science is no easy feat. Everybody feels because they can see an image on a computer they are weather experts

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    • ML
      August 22, 2012

      are you serious?!!!!!!!!!!!!awah wi! plzzz i am begging you get informed becuz right now you r…….

    • Homeboy
      August 22, 2012

      Citizen you need to learn to spell first. If you can’t spell how can you interpret meteorological data. Cannot please people Luke you. Weather forecasting at times even with the best of equipment is a hit and miss. Educate yourself then speak intelligently..

      • Homeboy
        August 22, 2012

        Like

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    • Anonymous
      August 22, 2012

      awah wi Citizen go to the right source for information!

    • Justice and Truth
      August 22, 2012

      @ Citizen

      What are you beefing about? One day something will hit you and badly but you will not know what hit you. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  118. one
    August 22, 2012

    Dominica people need to relax….all u always complaining Skerrit put a holiday so that everybody would be safe at home ..Mister tires try to please all u wi…everything the man do all u always their to complain…its hard to please people when they act so stupid an small minded …really? …wat did u all expected him to do?…tell everybody to go work if all u trap dats all u business? ..no instead he made a decision that everyone stay home for your won safety …wat all u complaining for? goshh man

  119. neutral
    August 22, 2012

    PM you should not have even wasted your breath to answer pure nonsense. Dominicans cannot be satisfied. i am sure if you had said come to work the reaction would have been the same. why bother? Dominican grow up and separate real life from everyday politics

  120. GOM
    August 22, 2012

    What was bad and unforgivable was the issuance of the notice on a radio station used to spread labour party propaganda. It is vital to note that Q95 is one of the most listened to radio station on island, and the listeners are also citizens of the Commonwealth of Dominica.
    We expect better from our leaders especially the Head of Government. Leaders cannot afford to marginalise non supporters of their party. Good leaders despise that.
    It’s only after the bashing by Q95 listeners that the PM found it fit to come and save face on Q95.
    THIS WAS TERRIBLY BAD PM! UNFORGIVABLE!POLITICS IN TIMES OF CRISIS!

    • Anonymous
      August 22, 2012

      Well, where did you want him to go? On the other propaganda radio? It’s haters like you who will continue this negative BS against the PM. Nothing he does or says will please you and your gang…
      Wait your turn, when you become leader you will not do what the PM is doing…..

      • ____________
        August 22, 2012

        @Anonymous Your fool…Announce it the go to the National Radio Station… Or better yet link up to all the Stations.If you were not a lazy supporter of Skerrit you would have known that our taxes pay for what going on at the National Radio Station…Hope that you knoe now.

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      • ML
        August 22, 2012

        common that is not being negative. as a Prime Minister of a country no matter all the bashing he gets day and night,every minute, every second he suppose to inform all D/cans ON ALL radio stations about something that is critical as that!

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      • Wheninrome
        August 22, 2012

        GOM, sorry but all I’m reading from your comment is POLITICS likewise. This wasn’t or isn’t the time to be political. This was an urgent matter that needed urgent action hence the PM took action in the best interest of the citizens of DA. How could anyone wrong him for that. If it was any other PM in DA that had taken such action I would have supported them just the same. Are we forgetting hurricane David? How quickly we forget. AGAIN, I SAY PRECAUTION IS BETTER THAN CURE IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS. Now get over yourselves people and put politics aside for this one. This is no political matter – this is people’s life we’re talking about here (whether the storm actually came or NOT)

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  121. goodgirl
    August 22, 2012

    Ignore them please PM

    • T
      August 22, 2012

      He is their PM, can he ignore them.Did some of you all go to school? It’s amazing the level of ignorance that exists in Dominica.
      The PM is everybody’s PM on island,not the PM of labourites, so you should be ashamed of what you have written.

  122. sidney
    August 22, 2012

    Those that running their traps is not responding… ungrateful ingrates

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