First aircraft lands at Douglas-Charles since T.S. Erika

A Venezuelan C130 plane which landed at Douglas Charles airport this evening
The Venezuelan C130 plane on the runway at Douglas-Charles airport
An aircraft has landed at Douglas-Charles Airport. Venezuela’s C130 military plane landed at Douglas-Charles Airport late Tuesday afternoon.
It is the first aircraft to land at Douglas-Charles Airport since the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika on August 26, 2015.

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57 Comments

  1. James A. Evans
    September 3, 2015

    SOME ONE WHO CARES we need care for all Dominicans D.A is a free Country and when things are going wrong one must view their opinions. These words of your should be directed to All Media Houses. I am not Red I am not Blue I am a born Dominican and see the face of Jesus Christ in Everyone.

  2. Tourism Specialist
    September 2, 2015

    gemcare….it is a C130 …and the song // “C130 rolling down the strip,… Airborne Rangers going on a one way trip”….point being …down the strip…C130’s built by USA defense company Lockheed…now known as Lockheed Martin…

    Venezuela got that C130 from the USA.

    wonder why the USA isn’t there? Look at wikileaks and the treatment of the PM towards the USA…Dominica was lucky the hospital ship even made a stop.

    don’t you think if the relations with the USA were good, tons of supplies and help would have poured in?

    Yes a few dollars and some equipment from the comrades….not enough however.

    Perhaps the PM should do an OJ…not OJ dollars but as I know he will…go around the world seeking funds…the country must be rebuilt and accountability would be too much too ask. But any dollar that finally filters down helps.

  3. Happy
    September 2, 2015

    To God be the glory gr8 things he has done!!! Thank u uncle skerit for being friendly

  4. udohreadyet
    September 2, 2015

    that is an incredible feat! It took years and years after hurricane David for Dominica to recover. This Prime Minister is truly a statesman. If it were another individual you’d be hearing excuses and lies and more excuses why everything is broken and this and that. Now we truly have a leader… thank God!

  5. Tout Twele
    September 2, 2015

    Barbara Saunders: With all due respect to you, highlighting the negativity of others should not be on the Agenda now. If you are like me and you give 100% to the Prime Minister with regard to his leadership of the Erika situation, you should not remind the public of other people’s negativity. It does exist ….. but I think it would be best left if ignored. There is negativity on both side. Those who think Red and those who think Blue. The official leaders Hon. Skerrit and Linton, have led the way and are thinking Grey.(lol). Let us all try to put on the cloak of love and move forward.

  6. September 2, 2015

    Dominica is a joke this is testament that dominica will never get anywhere but stay backwards build to day destroy tomorrow the people in dominica are really wicked sobs

  7. Just a thought...
    September 2, 2015

    I am wondering at this very moment, are Dominicans more in need than the countless Venezuelans living in cardboard shacks with no running water or sanitary facilities? This is like stealing from the man living under the Roseau bridge.

  8. grell
    September 2, 2015

    So sad to see politics is still embeded in the skin of some people,God sent this storm to teach us a lesson that he is control.This is not about Skerrit,people stop the negative.Learn to work together,i knew and kept on saying a disaster was due in Dominica and we are not getting the message,come toghether pole and love and work with each other.Our lovely peaceful Dominica will return again by the grace of God.Love you all Dominicans.

  9. Anthony P. Ismael
    September 2, 2015

    Great news indeed! Commercial flights next.

  10. BACK A YARD
    September 2, 2015

    DNO,
    You’ll must give proper information to the public. The C130 is a military aircraft is assisting with Aid.
    well see who is the head.
    TIM DURAND. SMH

  11. Someone who cares
    September 2, 2015

    It’s very important for us as Dominicans to remember that our fellow Dominicans are hurting. It is imperative that we respect and thank all the countries that sent resources and their citizens to assist us during this time. Each of their Citizens has also put their selves in harm’s way through dangerous situations to help and we need to respect and appreciate that. I’ve listen to a particular radio station, and all I heard for four consecutive days was pure criticism, and negativity. It’s very easy to criticize and judge; but I could not imagine the impossible decisions that the Government might have had to make; so I think we need to be open-minded. We tend to judge many situations without getting facts and this creates all kind of chaos. To those members who are part of the Media, your job is to be fair and impartial and report accurate information and find it in your hearts to give this people encouragement and words to wisdom and hope. What we say defines who we are!!!!

  12. Pondera
    September 2, 2015

    Excellent

  13. Barbara Saunders
    September 2, 2015

    Hats off Mr. Bardouille and all the persons who have volunteered and helped at the Airport and other areas of the Marigot constituency.

    From the comments from certain quarters it was an impossible task but anything the mind conceives can be achieved particularly if the Lordship and supremacy of the Most High is given control.

    Good show Dominicans! Abandon them one by one in their pit of negativity!

    I also take the opportunity to salute DBS and its consummate professionals such as Shermaine Brown for their commitment to God and country. To the other radio stations hats off too WITH ONE EXCEPTION FOR WHICH IT IS NEGATIVE BUSINESS AS USUAL! I know that one or two of the staff of that latter station tried but a lifestyle of negativity is hard to change.

    • Positive
      September 2, 2015

      Hi barbara saunders

      Alas it takes one who is negative to identify that trait in anotger so you must be included in the negative gang.

    • Views Expressed
      September 3, 2015

      What you refer to as negative we see it as positive feedback that we stay focus. I am listening to all stations and Q 95 is diverse, open to everyone, every view, every party and all party leaders.
      Lets hail up all media houses.

      Well done Q 95

  14. So So sad
    September 2, 2015

    This is all political. Skerrit is putting geopolitical interests ahead of the lives and health of the people of Dominica.

    • the fly
      September 2, 2015

      So So sad , this is what you are and always will be i feel sorry for people like you :oops:

    • The Real Facts
      September 2, 2015

      I do not know you but under the circumstances I did not expect a D/can to make such an inconsiderate and lowly comment. Furthermore Venezuela is not so far away from Dominica and the Venezuelan government is an ally of Dominica. This aircraft looks (to me) as a fighter plane. Does this friendly and generous gesture of the Venezuelan government bother you?
      It appears you are envious because it is the Venezuela aircraft. What other reason? Envy is one of the deadly sins. It will only eat at your heart and get you nowhere. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted:

    • Francisco Telemaque
      September 2, 2015

      And you are correct, why not LIAT bringing stranded passengers who were on their way to Dominica, and were hindered by the storm.

      The fact that the Venezuelan military are the first to land an aircraft with the head of dictator affix to the tail wing, with the word ALBA, displayed is nothing more than political. Skerrit ploy is to convince our nation that ALBA is Dominica’s backbone and future.

      Our people should take notice, that all the financial donations received thus far from the United States China, and the nations in Europe, it has not yet amounted to a million dollars U.S., has anyone wondered why? I have my suspicions, I’ll only say this; it is either because they have no keen interest in Dominica, or they are not prepared to give away money to a regime, known to be corrupt, and vindictive, and wasteful.

      IF you keep your country primitive, and allow your people to live a primitive lifestyle prior to the disaster; donors will only give you peanut change, simply to…

      • Francisco Telemaque
        September 2, 2015

        Indeed they will give you a handout of peanut change simply to say they know you exist; however they will not give you any significant amount enough to get you into a better state than you were prior to the storm!

        The peanut change, the crumb the devil leaves that they are giving us, cannot do very much, that is a an insult, a slap in the face of our people. Now all who wish to give me thumbs down because of my views can go right ahead; I know some are suggesting to themselves, if he speaks that way “they will not want to help us. Earlier this year a black gospel singer (not a government) decided he wanted to help the government of Jamaica.

        He did it by handing over a cheque of sixty (US$60,000,000.00) million US dollars to the government of Jamaica. I reiterate he is a Black gospel singer, not a government!

        Food for thought!

  15. Titiwi
    September 2, 2015

    For a moment I believed Roosevelt Skerrit when he asked for politics to be kept out of our disaster. How wrong can one be….? Monday evening a gaggle of labour party hacks were observed at Canefield with their red shirts, entering the Venezuelan helicopter, presumably for a tour or entertainment on their ship. You truly can not change the spots on a dog, can you?

    • Abby
      September 2, 2015

      Did you confirm that is what they were doing? 8-O

    • udohreadyet
      September 2, 2015

      Haters never take a day off! You are truly a titiwi and you kind of backward ignorance is no longer in season and will never be again. If this disaster hasn’t prompted people like you to change your negative ignorant ways then you are doomed. The future will definitely move on without you [email protected]@$$

    • The Real Facts
      September 2, 2015

      What is your problem? Were you spying on them?
      Did you expect them to appear with no clothes on or no shirts? :lol: :lol: :lol:
      They wore what they felt comfortable with. It is their trademark – of the Labor Party. You should not be surprised or critical. It has nothing to do with politics per se. It was a casual visit and not a cocktail party. Your comment is ridiculous. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

    • Francisco Telemaque
      September 3, 2015

      That is why the help he is getting thus far is the crumb from the bread the devil leaves!

      If I may draw to your attention many years ago, all of the paved road around the island needed resurfacing, I think it was soon after we attained our independence. The British and the Americans decided to help.

      I believe the British undertook the North, North East section of the island, while the American took the Southern part of the island, they did it for free, since then they have not done any to that magnitude in our country. That that gives you an idea that our government in recent years, form the days of the coalition government days, to all of Skerrit’s has done nothing more than offend the governments of the world who can truly help us.

      As long as Skerrit is at the head of a government in Dominica, our nation will continue to struggle in poverty. Our association with ALBA will be our crippling downfall!

      Skerrit needs to go, either by his own will or the will of the people by…

  16. September 2, 2015

    Amen amen blessings and glory

  17. Blogg
    September 2, 2015

    ALBA not USAID – I wonder why?????????.
    however It does not matter how and where it comes from as long as it reaches the people who needs it must at this time. The pm must be clear open and transparent the with the people of Dominica.

    • ATKINSON
      September 2, 2015

      Yea but that C130 airpane was made in america

      • Francisco Telemaque
        September 3, 2015

        It was built in America, and sold to Venezuela for financial gain, so what are you insinuating?

        In the days of in the seventy plus years of communism in the now defunct Soviet Union, the United States conducted business with the communists, they sold agricultural products to the Soviet Union, and bought products from them too!

  18. Natural Isle
    September 2, 2015

    Altogether a very positive Development…Let us pray that a lot more aid arrives quickly and that the recovery process goes in the smoothest possible fashion reaching as urgently as possible those who are most in need at this time…
    Blessings to All!

  19. Natural Isle
    September 2, 2015

    Admin- please note that officially -Tropical storm Erika’s damage was caused on Thursday 27th of August and not the 26th…
    Accuracy in reporting Please.

  20. anonymous2
    September 2, 2015

    And what is the purpose of the plane landing there?

    • the fly
      September 2, 2015

      anonymous2, you don’t know why the plane landed there :?: let me explain it is an airport for planes to land ,please don’t vote ever again .

    • Really
      September 2, 2015

      Do you want an inventory of all that was brought in? Well for your info it came empty no one on board not even pilots came by rdmote znd l

    • Ma Moses
      September 2, 2015

      That should be obvious for all to see. It is a flying billboard for Alba. Is this really necessary?
      I hope that when aid is distributed none of those participating will wear party colours, no blue, no red, no green. If I had my way they would all wear a simple white T-shirt with Dominica written in large letters to get the message home that everyone is affected and that everyone counts equally. Thank you.

    • The Real Facts
      September 2, 2015

      To kidnap you? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  21. Ted Lewis
    September 1, 2015

    Thats all the details . Hmm

  22. Older Man
    September 1, 2015

    Impressive cleanup speed! Respect!

  23. Business Minded
    September 1, 2015

    Just some information with regards to q95 show last night.

    USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) is a seagoing Medical Treatment Facility, not a shore-based MTF (military treatment facilities). It is a Level III facility capable of providing resuscitation and stabilization care; initial wound and basic surgery; and postoperative treatment.

    Look at the primary mission:
    PRIMARY MISSION: To provide rapid, flexible, and mobile acute health service support to Marine Corps, Army and Air Force units deployed ashore, and naval amphibious task and battle forces afloat.

    SECONDARY MISSION: To provide mobile surgical hospital service and acute medical care in disaster or humanitarian relief.

    http://www.med.navy.mil/sites/usnscomfort/Pages/default.aspx

  24. DollFace
    September 1, 2015

    Great news!

  25. The Real Facts
    September 1, 2015

    A friend in need is a friend indeed!
    Hurrah and welcome! The first flight is a Venezuelan one! Venezuela to the rescue. They are daring and braved the conditions. It looks like it is a well-equipped aircraft.
    Thank you Venezuela! God bless the Venezuelan government, its nationals and its generous efforts for helping Dominica and its nationals in its crisis.

    • FMJ
      September 2, 2015

      Do we know why this is the first flight to land? Is it because this is the only country that the officials reached out to, to get this type of assistance? Did the DA government ask for military assistance from any other country?

    • Me
      September 2, 2015

      Yes facts. ,iy is a Hercules C-130, produced in the good old U.S.A.

    • meme
      September 2, 2015

      God’s blessings on their country

  26. Portsmouth Citizen
    September 1, 2015

    I believe we need to change the name of the river from Melville Hall to something else… can some one please suggest a suitable name??? :wink:

    • block 44
      September 2, 2015

      edeson river.

    • Me
      September 2, 2015

      Is that going to solve our problems?

    • Oliver
      September 2, 2015

      Portsmouth Citizen
      What is wrong with you? Are you sedated?

      Dominica is in crisis, and you are advocating such triviality as renaming a river?

      You need to rub your forehead with bay rum and have a lie down!

    • The Real Facts
      September 2, 2015

      You think of one and provide your suggestion. Since you thought of it, start the ball rolling. :lol: :lol: :lol:

  27. Portsmouth Citizen
    September 1, 2015

    Very happy to see that a Venezuelan Military Plane has landed at Douglas Charles Airport at Melville Hall. I am looking forward to the resumption of commercial passenger flights, especially our beloved LIAT :wink:

  28. Concerned citizen
    September 1, 2015

    Uuummmm…….that is good to see!!! That is great news as the terminal looks horrible. I guess that the airport runway was not as badly affected as I thought!! Keep them coming!!!

    • The Real Facts
      September 2, 2015

      If you carefully observe the aircraft, you will note LIAT or any other smaller planes would not have been able to land and take off due to the damage to the airport. This is a special aircraft which probably is accustomed to flying under such conditions.
      Thank God for it and that it was able to fly to Dominica. We should be elated and grateful.

  29. A welcome site. Thank You Venezuela. Much appreciated,

  30. gemcare
    September 1, 2015

    Amen. Glory be to God.
    “C130 Rolling down the street……………………”.
    A friend in the time of need is a friend indeed. Thank you VENEZUELA!
    Corazon!

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