COMMENTARY: Gregor Nassief’s response to Sean Douglas

from left: Sean Douglas and Gregor Nassief

On December 30th on Q95’s Talk on the Block, Sean Douglas hosting the program for the first time, managed to get five things wrong in just 22 seconds.  That works out to a misstatement of fact every 4.4 seconds.

“You have Secret Bay in Portsmouth…. A number of villas have been built…. We are now hearing that they want to build…. Mr. Nassief wants to build an extra 42 villas at a cost of some 60 million…. We are hearing that villas are going for 7 million US dollars. Again, the need for transparency with respect to that because its our….. it’s the taxpayers money that are being expended here.”

 

Misstatement #1

The most egregious statement is “it’s the tax payers money that are being expended here.”  So Mr. Douglas is essentially saying that monies to be spent on building the villas is tax payers money.  It is perplexing to me that after almost 8 years since the Real Estate option was introduced under the CBI program, such misconception still persists.  Secret Bay has not received or spent $1 from the Government or $1 of Tax Payers money.  I suggest Mr. Douglas refer to “Part II: The Business of Real Estate” in a DNO article written more than 2 years ago in an attempt to correct similar misstatements: An Open Response to Lennox Linton; and to refer to the Government website and legislation as it relates to the Real Estate option under the CBI program.  In simple terms, an investor transaction with Secret Bay is for the purchase of a fraction of a villa or a whole villa along with a parcel of land that the villa is on, which is separate from the same investor’s transaction with the Government for Citizenship.  The first transaction qualifies the investor to proceed with the second transaction but is separate.  Monies from the first transaction belong to Secret Bay (as we are transferring title in property to the investor) while monies from the second transaction belong to the Government.  No monies that belong to the Government are held by Secret Bay.  This is the identical framework that exists for the real estate option under the CBI programs of St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Kitts and Antigua.

 

Misstatement #2 & #3

Mr. Douglas says we are “now hearing” that “Mr. Nassief wants to build an extra 42 villas”….  Refer to DNO article published February 19th, 2019: Govt and Secret Bay Residences sign contract for development of Secret Bay.  From the outset, Secret Bay’s plan was to build a total of 42 villas, as outlined in the referred DNO article published almost 3 years ago, and the existing villas which we built in 2010/11, 2013, 2016, 2018 (post Maria) and most recently 2020/2021 are included in the 42.

 

Misstatement #4

Mr. Douglas says “that villas are going for 7 million US dollars”.  The us$7m sale to which he refers comprised 4 villas, 3 pools and various other amenities, information also in the public domain and readily accessible on DNO: Secret Bay records vacation home estate sale of US$7 million.  So 4 villas for us$7m is an average price of us$1.75m per villa, an unremarkable price in terms of villa sales in the region, but a first for Dominica.  And as expressed in the DNO article, this sale is unrelated to Dominica’s Citizenship program.

 

Misstatement #5

Mr. Douglas says that these “extra 42 villas” will be built “at a cost of some $60 million”.   Mr. Douglas does not say whether this figure is US$ or EC$, but either would be significantly off.

 

Some background facts

Some facts that may be useful to consider when speaking about Secret Bay and its real estate program:

  • Secret Bay began operations in 2011 with 8 employees and 4 villas, and the resort now employees just under 90 persons (excluding construction workforce) and has 12 villas
  • It was not until 2019 that Secret Bay received approval from the Government of Dominica as a real estate project under the CBI program, a full 8 years after Secret Bay was a fully operating resort
  • Secret Bay’s resort is also a luxury real estate development meaning its villas are for sale to luxury vacation home buyers (non-CBI buyers) as well as to CBI buyers
  • Secret Bay investors own outright the villas that they purchase and Secret Bay manages the villas on their behalf and they earn a return from the on-going rental of their villas
  • Secret Bay has built 12 of its planned 42 villas, with several more currently under construction, and attempts to keep its “construction cycle” as closely aligned to its “sales cycle” as possible (meaning we cannot afford to build what we are not able to sell)
  • Secret Bay’s first phase pre-Maria comprised 8 villas on 5 acres of land, with a density of built structures to land of just under 10%; our 42 villas will sit on approximately 40 acres of land, and our density will drop to less than 7%, meaning less than 7% of the land will have built structures on it when we complete the development

Mr. Douglas’s assertion that our development is using Government or Tax Payer money is absolutely false and highly inflammatory and the many other misstatements combine with this to support a particular narrative about Secret Bay which is far from the truth.  As such, I expect a clarifying statement from Mr. Douglas.

In closing, when I heard Mr. Douglas as host for the first time on Talk on the Block, I hoped for objectivity, journalistic integrity and constructive discussion.  God only knows how desperately Dominica needs objective and constructive debate, instead of everyone preaching to their own choir.  What disappointed me is that Mr. Douglas is an acquaintance who I always greet with a smile, and enjoy speaking to, and he knows where to reach me to ask any question or discuss any subject.  I fully support calls for more transparency and accountability in Government, as well as for freedom of information, and I can only hope that Mr. Douglas does a better job in being an accountable journalist and talk show host, and has the discipline to seek truth and accurate information before making such public statements in the future.

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68 Comments

  1. peaceandlove
    January 7, 2022

    Dominica needs more peace and more love, and people need to understand each other. We are blessed with common sense, yet these comments are all over the place and lack common sense. If I say something about you that is untrue, and I say it publicly, do you not have a right to correct me, and ask me to retract or clarify my statements? And if I say nothing, it means the statements are either true or I do not care about my reputation. Seems like people are so full of hate and bias that they just talking to themselves, making no sense. You want to appeal to people, then appeal to their common sense! Speak sense, not nonsense! We all smarter than that. Peace and love brothers and sisters, peace and love…… and common sense!

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    • Marlie
      January 12, 2022

      Dominica needs that rogue PM to go and take with him all the corruption and all members of the cabal. Peace, love, prosperity and togetherness will automatically return to our country.

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  2. Derek
    January 7, 2022

    I cannot say good or bad about Nassief and for sure Skerrit is in power too long and we need change. I do know however that Secret Bay’s contribution to Dominica and tourism is outstanding, and Nassief only speaks out when misinformed talkers talk nonsense about him and his business, and he sets the record straight as he should. You ever notice that none of the other developers or CBI people ever challenge the talk about them? Interesting….. If Sean is as smart as he seems, he will humble himself, correct his statements, and move on the much needed business of effecting change. That will be a step in the right direction.

  3. Tt
    January 7, 2022

    What a messy country to conduct business in. Imagine being a potential investor or thinking of considering dominica for anything. All these talking heads keeping the place from progressing. For God sake please get facts right all of you guys need to put the nonsense a side. Our nation is falling behind!!

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    • Gary
      January 8, 2022

      You are so right, there is a group of vindictive mischievous people who put their political agenda before the interest of the Country. Their method is a constant narrative of distorting facts. Dominicans must not sit back and let their narrative go unchallenged, but what makes it worse, they do not have the “testicular fortitude” to be candidates in the election process to face the Dominican electorate with a plan to develop the Country instead hide behind Phantom organizations and radio programs spewing their endless misinformation.

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  4. REAL!!!!!
    January 7, 2022

    The little black boy speaks …..MASSA is here to put him in his place!!!!

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  5. January 6, 2022

    Nassief, you have so much to write but all the writing doesn’t mean that you are loyal and truthful. Publish all documents. You hear me? Publish ALL DOCUMENTS and then you’ll call your case loyal. And secondly Mr. Douglas who is very smart states, (for the record) “We are hearing” (hear say).

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  6. Laurent .k
    January 5, 2022

    The time have come to stop the bleeding of Dominica’s economy ,for too long the benefit of Dominica’s economy is profited by just a handful of people, in Dominica . Or whosoever believeth that the African
    descendants , children of former slaves must continue to provide for the well established businesses, whether through CBI, Government assistance or whatever mediums used. It is concerning to know who are getting the most of the CBI monies while the children of former slaves gets nothing . while Nassif’s always gets the big benefits to propell Their wealth ten folds at the cost of the less unfortunate Dominicans.the time is right to reset the emergency button via revolution.

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    • Gary
      January 6, 2022

      Why such a misdirected and arrogant comment, when you read this commentary, why is the first thing that comes to your mind making such nonsensical assumption quote, “The time have come to stop the bleeding of Dominica’s economy” wow, is such statement accurate and relevant to this Commentary, is Gregor Nassief really doing or participating in what you have said. Ignorance has many appearances, and you have just displayed one such manner with your comment. I wonder when people like you write such a comment if you really like the land of your birth, if you are really Dominican, and what you have done lately for your Country. Do you know the amount of people who are employed simply because of the entrepreneurship of Gregor Nassief. Do you know the amount of people who visited Dominica because of the brand that Gregor Nassief have built and now have to defend. Where would Dominica be today without The CBI program, THINK. Be content with your pathetic ignorance, so long.

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  7. Ibo France
    January 5, 2022

    The dog that gets hit hollers. Mr. Nassief’s ego was hit and bruised by the truth so he’s hollering.

    Why Mr. Nassief can’t you holler for the tens of thousands of hungry babies and children whose parents are unemployed?

    What about the small business owners who had to permanently close their shops? The missing billions from the consolidated fund that could have gone to the most vulnerable among us in the form of a stimulus package?

    You are nothing more than a super sensitive, egotistical, ultra-selfish, voracious charlatan with a heart of cast iron.

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  8. The Calabash
    January 5, 2022

    Appreciate Mr. Nassief’s clarification. We are too loose with our language. We must also have deference to business ventures in the interest of Dominican development.
    There is too much conflating of activities with the politics of the day.

    Too much lavoie’ and mapuis !

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  9. Lin clown
    January 5, 2022

    A Dominican you are wrong.At CAUTION on the Dominican passport it says.This passport REMAINS the property of the GOVERNMEMT of Dominica and may be withdrawn at anytime.

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  10. Vanguard
    January 5, 2022

    It would be useful if you indicated how many of those who purchased your Villas had previously obtained an Aliens Land Holding License. This is a requirement of the Law.

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    • Calibishie Warrior
      January 5, 2022

      no its not … go back and read the laws involved

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  11. Jey Jey
    January 5, 2022

    Up to now we don’t know who burned down the old registry in Roseau. The arsonists weren’t “true Dominicans.” Rather, they were people who were involved in fraudulent dealings involving lands and other properties in Dominica. Even my birth certificate got burned in this historical building which was the registry. It was situated above the old library. Dominica and Dominicans have suffered extensively from the hands of “so-called” Dominicans. We need to push back hard against what Skerrit is doing to our country. He Skerrit is not worthy to be called a Dominican – He is neither worthy to even live here amongst us. Chinese will not replace us and buyout our entire country; which they have enough money to do. Our own business people are in cahoots with Skerrit for free duty, while charging us (the tax payers) arm and a leg for their inferior China made crap. Let’s keep our eyes on our local business people and call them out for their DISHONESTY.

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  12. RastarMarn
    January 5, 2022

    But Gregor you BowlFacee wi,,, You doing it Sam in South doing it, and it’s not really legal that you guys have manipulated a scheme to Sell shares in your investment scheme for the investors to have a Piece of Dominica,,,

    Where in the world can you go make an investment in a company and your reward is to be part of the citizenry???

    That concept is totally Madness, because there is a major conflict of interest, because of Allyou Greed and Self Enrichment,,,

    Good Statesmen focus on uplifting their fellow men and women, not taking advantage of their natural resources for self enrichment!!!

    But don’t worry No Service Industry is self sustaining, even Las Vegas, which was thought to be the entertainment capital of the world is now being put in the shade by what the Arabs offering in Dubai,,,

    Just like your father’s entrepreneurial skills so too in the end yours will be left with Naught for the greed that you possess shall be your downfall!!!

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    • Jey Jey
      January 6, 2022

      @RastarMarn…Well said. There is a time and season for every purpose under heaven. All these so-called “villas” will one day be left empty and deserted. God gave us this blessed land and the dictator is selling it out as though it’s his private property. Skerrit will pay for his multiple Sins. It’s just a matter of time.

      Hey DNO, I have been having some difficulty in pressing the appropriate like and dislike keys because they are so close to each other. I wanted to dislike Lin Clown stupid comment, but I ended up pressing like. Is there a way you could put a little more distance between these two keys?

      Thank you
      P.S. Lin De Clown doesn’t deserve any thumbs up from me.

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      • Gary
        January 7, 2022

        What is in this comment that is well said. The time for every season in heaven is not concern about villas and whom you think is a dictator. The mind given to us, use it, to be creative that is what heaven is more concern about. When we die, are we going to take the land of Dominica with us to the grave. As to your question, ‘Is there a way you could put a little more distance between these two keys? ” Get yourself reading glasses, enlarge the view of your monitor, and do not be in a haste to dislike Lin Clown.

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    • Gary
      January 7, 2022

      What is it that motivates you to write such comment, oh boy. I was not going to reply to your comment making an argument to show how silly you are, it is not necessary, the reality is, your belief cannot change nor has it any effect on the development of the Country, facts cannot be ignored. The persons whom you choose to demonize for using their entrepreneurial skills providing employment for Dominicans, and the other trickled down economic benefits for the Country, are not at all disturbed by your ignorance. What you are doing is not new, there were always people with like minds as you in the midst of some of the greatest developments and achievements, thanks God such minds are few not in the majority.

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  13. Lin clown
    January 5, 2022

    The Truth will set you free,you could not have said it better.The truth will make you enemy #1 in the eyes of IBO,Bwa Banday,Viewsexpressed,RandyX and worst of all Francisco-DOGS.Recently the Nassiefs gave a piece of land to the Mahaut boys scout free of charge,to build their scout house.A large number of the beautiful concrete buildings in Jimmit were built by people who worked at DCP.When DCP sold over to Colgate-Palmolive the employees received hundreds of thousands of dollars,with a guarantee of reemployment by Colgate.When Colgate closed some of the same employees AGAIN received hundreds of thousands of dollars.Today DCP is back in operation and,after the Skerrit led administration the NASSIEFS are the biggest employers in Dominica,employing hundreds and impacting the lives of thousands.Ungrateful UWP,most of the UWP candidate for the Mahaut constituency family worked at DCP.Lennox Linton was an uneducated shipping manager at DCP.He was fired when Colgate bought DCP.

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  14. Excuse me
    January 4, 2022

    Your word against his words Mr. Nassief. Clarify with Documents please. Show us the paper.

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    • Rob Douglas
      January 5, 2022

      Hold on … you are saying that the man’s character and company get besmirched without evidence… he denies the allegations …but it is he who has to come up with documentation for redress?.. You saying that is fair?

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      • Lagahoo
        January 6, 2022

        Wicked Rob Douglas… You will punish your cousin Sean Douglas for an Local alien… Lol. But i know why, we all know why.

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  15. A Dominican
    January 4, 2022

    Most of the so-called « Investors » would not buy properties in Dominica if they were not given Dominican citizenship and more specifically our passports to allow them to travel to Europe visa free. And the passports belong to all Dominicans, mot just to Dominican CBI agents.

    The article gives the impression that the writer used his own funds to build his villas and he does not even acknowledge any assistance from the Government or the CBI prigramme.

    If you do not want your business model to come under public scrutiny then why are you involved with CBI and our passports?

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    • Beta
      January 5, 2022

      You hit the nail right on the head. Nassief, just like the despot like to use his head on Dominicans with a dose of spin.

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    • The Calabash
      January 5, 2022

      Point…..but it’s a larger context. He specifically rebutted the points made on the radio and further clarified the relationship to the CBI program. I think that he gave context and was transparent enough for you to draw reference.

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  16. Jey Jey
    January 4, 2022

    Nassief owned almost the entire village land in Mahaut. Our so-called “historian” won’t tell us how they were able to amassed such large portion of land in Mahaut, and from whom Elias Nassief bought the land. Since then they have become super wealthy.

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  17. No justice No peace
    January 4, 2022

    I thought the land was given to the developer by the government ?I it is then how can you say that our tax moneys are not involve?
    Secondly , If your Nassim so believes that constructive debates are so essential, Have you ever once encouraged Mr skerit to accept the debate from the opposition leader which he have been requesting for so many years now?

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    • Calibishie Warrior
      January 5, 2022

      You thought wrong … Secret Bay was NOT bought by or from Government … that land was always privately owned. Do your research

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  18. I am not a heard follower
    January 4, 2022

    Hot Debate. But the truth will set us all free. I think that while Journalists like Sean Douglas should ensure that the information they disseminate must be true, public and private sector investors, in this case the Government lead by Prime Minister, Honorable Roosevelt Skerrit and Secret Bay Residences, owned and managed by Gregore Nassief must also be truthful in their disclosures.

    If Sean Douglas said something that was untrue or not factual, he should clarify and apologize publicly for his misstatements

    Likewise if Gregore Nassief is not disclosing the entire truth of his agreement with the Roosevelt Skerrit lead government, he too should clarify and apologize publicly.

    Finally the Roosevelt Skerrit lead government should come clean with the people on not just the Secret Bay Residences agreement but all other agreements that should be of interest to the general public.

    It’s time both sides of the political divide speak truth to the people, as the truth will set us…

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  19. Kay
    January 4, 2022

    Yes it’s at tax payers expense when secret bay has allegedly been enjoying millions in duty free and vat free over the years. That is monies that could have been otherwise invested into the economy. Small local businesses can’t even get duty free much less for vat free when hey apply.

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    • Zandoli
      January 4, 2022

      So what if he gets duty-free concessions on alcohol? If Sandals sets up shop in Dominica, they will demand even more concessions from the government. I am sure if Secret Bay gets duty-free concessions, Kempinski is also enjoying the same concessions.

      US states so it all the time to attract business to their states. That creates employment, stimulates the economy and has all kinds of spinoff benefits. There is no pleasing our people. Once someone is doing well, the jealousy comes out. It’s really sad.

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      • The Calabash
        January 5, 2022

        I agree here. It’s not a zero sum game. Allowing the concessions is to grow business that will free the need for such duties on all. Nothing is being taken from anyone.

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  20. KalingoJustice
    January 4, 2022

    :?: I can’t understand why will the Nassiefs want to be involved in benefitting from the sales of cbi :?: These enslavers are ready to keep the Kalinago People in poverty for ever!!!

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  21. Ibo France
    January 4, 2022

    Sean Douglas is always very measured whenever he speaks. He ensures that he does the requisite research to extract the objective facts on a topic or an issue to be presented.

    Anyone who chooses to get in bed with Mr. Skerrit or his administration, that person’s character should be held in suspicion. Every deal/transaction these Fat Cats make with the government is shrouded in secrecy and darkness. Darkness attracts corruption. The best disinfection for corruption is light.

    Mr. Nassief always comes out with uncommon rage and aggression against those who question his business dealings and land acquisitions with the Skerrit led regime. If he would only voice his condemnation with such passion, forthrightness and vigour, Dominica would be in a much better place.

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    • Ibo France
      January 5, 2022

      …….with such passion, forth rightness and vigour against the illegal other and wrongdoings of the despotic, ruling regime ……..
      ( Should have include that)

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  22. Cruman
    January 4, 2022

    Gregor, have you, your brother and your cousin joined NJAM? In you not joining I take it all you are happy with the status quo in DA. Happy with unfair elections, happy with the stifling corruption, happy with the nepotism, happy with wrong accounting of state funds… to name but a few.

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    • Accountant
      January 7, 2022

      This Nassief clan are the silent enablers of this corrupt and incompetent PM. It’s as simple as that.

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  23. Lawyer
    January 4, 2022

    Nassief, the simple fact that you are jumping up and down like a joyo tells me that Sean hit a nerve. Whatever you are trying to sell us, we are not buying stale fish. The fact remains that you are making big profits because the government of DA is helping you in one form or another to make these profits courtesy of the CBI programme and other ‘initiatives’. It doesn’t matter if or if not cash was involved in these dealings at this moment in time. Do you actually pay taxes to the state coffers for those big profits you are making??

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  24. Kevin
    January 4, 2022

    Seems like its only when dealing with financial matters that family ever speak out in Dominica.The nassiefs have benefitted tremendously financially in Dominica over the last 60 years and have enriched themselves beyond belief.Sadly they never ever comment on issues of national importance such as electoral reform,crime in Dominica and corruption by the current government.The irony is it was their ilk that first rose up against Patrick John in 1979 and called him corrupt. today these money changers in Dominica refuse to call out Roosevelt skerrit and the huge corruption going on.

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    • Marty
      January 4, 2022

      That’s the thing, as long as Skerrit doesn’t interfere with their money making machine they turn a blind eye to all kind of things, be it corruption or unfair elections. Patrick John didn’t like what they were up in our country and when he spoke up against them they accused him of all sort. This family isn’t one bit interested in Dominica, they are only interested in themselves, their businesses and their bank accounts. Full stop!

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    • Gary
      January 4, 2022

      When you read this commentary, is this about Roosevelt Skerrit and the huge corruption going on in Dominica, or about the Nassiefs, wow. Do you think that your political narrative can overshadow the truth as to what this commentary seems to address, why are you deflecting from the truth. What this commentary is addressing and trying to combat is exactly what you are doing right now with your comment. Your partisan political beliefs and perception is on trial, leading you to make statements which are inaccurate and incentive so long.

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      • Ibo France
        January 4, 2022

        What truth are you referring to, Gary? Mr. Nassief and the truth are always at loggerheads. Distortion, deflection and denial are tools they use to fool ……………. like you, Gary.

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        • Lin clown
          January 5, 2022

          Mr.IBO France,LL.B,PhD explain.All revenues or other moneys raised or received by Dominica(not being revenues or other moneys that are payable,by or under law for the time being in force in DOMINICA,into some other fund ESTABLISHED for a SPECIFIC purpose)shall be paid into and from the Consolidated fund.Chapter V.Sec,76.Page 69 of the Constitution of Dominica

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        • Gary
          January 6, 2022

          This is what’s always at loggerheads, with distortion, deflection and denial tools used for the cult followers he fools.

          https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/homepage-carousel/clarifying-statement-of-lennox-linton/

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    • dorian charles
      January 4, 2022

      And they only come out to help poor people vote for a system that enriched them and the people stay poor

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    • The Truth will set you free
      January 4, 2022

      Kevin why they may have done well in the past 60 years too they have shared their wealth with their employees. Go do some research about DCP; look at Mahaut / Belfast where many of the employees have their homes. Go to Mahaut, Belfast, and speak to the past employees of DCP. I can assure you that you cannot hear any negative talk about Nassief. Let us face it they are businessmen, not talkers, jealousers like yourself & negative people. Do you know that Employees were engaged to work, compensated well, encouraged to purchase shares in the Company? Got bonuses at the end of the year or quarter?

      I am sick of you people just ranting and raving about things you do not know about.
      DCP was one of the best manufacturing company where good management, good work ethics existed with employees compensated and rewarded for hard work, not like many of those so-called Dominicans who want to use their workers to make money and become rich overnight paying low wages.

      Come take me on this…

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      • Accountant
        January 7, 2022

        Some years ago my company was engaged by one of them to consult in business development. After 3 month it’s became clear to me that we were wasting our time and after 6 month I cancelled our contract. In order for us to advise properly on business dev. we require solid company info backed by facts and figures. None of it was forthcoming, we sometimes thought we were doing work for a secret society. A few senior members of staff seem to run the company on a day to day basis and these people are not really up to that task but produce constant errors and wrong decisions. After us pointing this out to the owners he did absolutely nothing and told us to look in other areas of the business. It’s clear to me now that most of those ‘senior’ members of staff are sons and daughters of the so called elite or government officials, which on a small island makes them un-sackable baring gross misconduct. This is exactly the same way the Skerrit administration is run. I wonder what the connection is?

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  25. Me
    January 4, 2022

    I love Sean Douglas.

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    • Laura
      January 4, 2022

      You want an award?

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    • Gary
      January 4, 2022

      What about the truth, can you stomach it. I will tell you, credibility says a lot about a person.

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  26. Taxpayer
    January 4, 2022

    An article appearing in DNO on the 19th February 2019 states as follows:-
    ‘ The contract was signed during the special ceremony held at TBay in Portsmouth on Monday.
    Quote by the Prime Minister “This is no pie in the sky agreement….this is not a show it is a practical undertaking between the Government of Dominica and Secret Bay Residences.”
    In the absence of a Freedom of Information Act and to encourage ‘healthy debate’ this agreement referred to should be made public. Wasn’t the Government voted to ensure “ALL SHALL EAT?”

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    • Gary
      January 4, 2022

      Wow, understanding, why do you believe that you’re understanding of something is what it is. You see, before we can truly understand something there are certain impediments that must be removed, as in your case your political partisan beliefs. If such impediment is lurking in the background, the chances are your understanding may be incorrect. Do you really believe that the Government has a some sort of business interest in Secret Bay that is hidden from the Dominican Public and there is secret document the Government has somewhere that prove such thing exist, simply by what you understand of the statements made by The PM from a quote you resurrected. The quote you provided, I have not read it first hand, but I trust you that it is accurate. Well, here is my understanding. The pie in the sky agreement is simply about The Government of Dominica and Secret Bay joining together to get investors trust to invest in the project, Secret Bay Residences. To be continued.

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    • Gary
      January 4, 2022

      Do you think that such investment by investors would happen without The Government involvement The Government saw the benefit it would provide for Dominica in the Tourism sector that was the Government interest, fast-forward today can you deny that this was not a practical undertaking between The Government of Dominica joining with Secret Bay making this project worthwhile bringing international recognition to Dominica as a serious destination. Yes indeed, quote by the Prime Minister “This is no pie in the sky agreement….this is not a show, it is a practical undertaking between the Government of Dominica and Secret Bay Residences.”

      If you want to remain in perpetual ignorance regarding how The CBI works to satisfy your partisan political belief, be it, so long for your understanding, if there is any document you believe that exist to suggest otherwise, I will retract my understanding.

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      • Marie
        January 5, 2022

        I’m certain you are a member of that Nassief clan and it’s really interesting to see how you defend, amongst other, the corruption in our country and the people that participate in it.

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        • Gary
          January 6, 2022

          I wonder if you know what corruption is, lol. Do you think corruption exist simply because of your silly perception. It is funny about your certainty about me, lol, so silly. Why are you so concern about who I’m and who I defend, is this relevant to the above commentary. What you have shown is a demonstration of ignorance as to your certainty about me, and it also tells me that it’s just the same as to what you think about the corruption in our country and the people whom you assume that are participators, be content with your conviction.

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          • Marie
            January 7, 2022

            YOU of course are a capacity when it comes to corruption since you are enabler and profiteer of this phenomenon. The mere fact that you see fit to defend corruption almost 10 times on this particular article alone, tells me all I need to know. Why do you defend the indefensible on an ongoing basis?

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    • Under the radar
      January 4, 2022

      All shall eat what? Did they say what all shall eat? Because people’s cupboards are bare.

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      • TheTruth will set you Free
        January 4, 2022

        The all shall et are sitting on their butt waving a magic wand and the hard workers are making strides whilst their companions (All shall eat) are sleeping high day hoping for manna to drop from the sky. You know what is disheartening. When the product of hard work shows up, it is someone who always gives it to them.

        Apparently, no bank or credit unions exist anymore. No loans are given anymore. Is one person with a big back pocket giving out the money?

        Hey, it is time to get off your butt, stop hating, look for something to do (work plan). Stop looking at the PM and those who are in a business employing persons. Start using your brains to develop a master plan for yourself. Layvay sur la bottom and develop yourself by doing some business plans to generate income for yourself. Try to be prosperous and stop the hate. I mean it. Trop sorte

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        • Underground
          January 7, 2022

          Why do you ask us to stop looking at thiefs, liars, general law breakers and traitors of our beautiful country. All of us, apart from the members of the cabal, are being prevented in one way or another to generate income. The days when you shysters could use your head on all of us is coming to an end. Trust me!

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  27. Laura
    January 4, 2022

    It is important to offer such clarity. Radio talk show hosts and callers must be made to understand that it is NOT okay to randomly say things, which are often blatant misrepresentations, via the media.

    Free speech aside, you do not have the authority to speak mistruths and untruths because you think your support of one party or the other justifies it or shields you.

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    • Ruth
      January 7, 2022

      You should give this advice to el Supremo and his cabal.

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  28. Zandoli
    January 4, 2022

    What I don’t understand is this, we are all quick to criticize the government for lack of serious business activity in the economy and there is every reason to criticize because I think these guys are lazy and lacking ideas on how to move the economy forward.
    However, we also seem to be too happy to destroy whatever little movement there is to move the same economy forward.
    I am no fan of Skerrit, but anything that we can do to create opportunities for creating employment and wealth for Dominica and Dominicans, I will support it 100%.
    Of course it all has to be done legally and without corruption (something this government seem not to be aware of).

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    • The Calabash
      January 5, 2022

      Agreed again.
      We need more businessmen like him, in and of, our country. Let’s cheer then on.
      Export, make money, hire locals, hire locals!!!

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  29. ROSEAU CENTRAL
    January 4, 2022

    Gregor Nassief whats your VIEWS on ELECTORAL REFORM ?

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    • Sparty
      January 4, 2022

      He isn’t allowed to have a view, let alone criticise Skerrit on this or any other matter. After all he needs more favours in the future from Skerrit.

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    • Word!
      January 4, 2022

      Why is it some people love to falsely accuse people but when they are set straight they shift the goal post. Stop being so desperate. As soon as he responds and you do not like the answer it will be something else. These are the traits of losers and we must learn to build country not tear down everything. The Nassifs have created employment for thousands of Dominicans over the past decades but instead of saying thank you some people are looking to tie the family to nefarious dealings. How ungrateful….. Electoral reform will not save UWP and it’s only a fund raising gimmick to remain relevant.

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  30. Lin clown
    January 4, 2022

    This Douglas guy is a waste of time,a UWP BBfly”We are now hearing,we are now hearing”GOSSIP.Sean Douglas was fired as Government press secretary,because he was secretly recorded by a UWP supporter BOASTING of making tens of thousands of dollars on the backs of taxpayers.Sean supported Urban Baron he lost.He supported Sam Raphael he lost.He supported Julius Gabriel(handbag) he lost,Sean is a gossiping liar.

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