PM and Peltier resolve court matter

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit (centre) and Mat Peltier (right). * Photo credit: thedominican.net

An amicable solution has been reached between journalist Matthias Peltier Jr. and Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit as it relates to a court matter between them.

The prime minister had taken legal action against Peltier for an article posted in his Times Newspaper entitled “Million Dollar Assets, $5,000 Salary” in 2007, for which the prime minister argued was defamatory and malicious.

According to a DBS news report this morning, the two teams have found resolve and the matter is over. Those involved have been advised not to disclose the terms and conditions of their agreement, the report stated.

The parties were scheduled to appear in court for mediation yesterday.

The newspaper article was posted on the front page of the August 29, 2007 issue and  had raised questions about what it said was $1 million worth of lands that the prime minister had acquired within a four-week period  in 2005.

Skerrit took legal action against Times Publishing’s management after they refused to retract the story.

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118 Comments

  1. ..........
    November 22, 2011

    matt we still wanna know what was agreed up by you and PM…..please tell us…..

  2. jj
    November 21, 2010

    sheeple!!!! I luv that

  3. Anonymous
    November 13, 2010

    I do not trust Matt peltier.It is alleged tht he is being offered the position as press secretary.It is greed and money.just notice his mellow tongue.he has lost his firing power.

  4. nes
    November 11, 2010

    IT WAS TIME THE LENNOX GIVE OUR P,M A BREAK AND STOP TRYING TO LEAVE IN HIS SHADOW

  5. INTELLECTUAL GANSTA!!!
    November 11, 2010

    Looks to me like a lose,lose situation…PM still has not cleared his “good” name, and Matt caved in.
    Both men,had a chance to either salvage,or solidify their credibility,honor,and integrity, and in my humble opinion,both failed……Instead,there was compromise.
    If your (ok,our) “dearest” PM,wanted to save his “good name”, put all his doubters, and skeptics, and the dark cloud of rumors that has been dogging him for quite sometime now, to rest once and for all, he would not have withdrawn.
    In the best interest,and to protect and maintain the ‘Integrity of the Office of the PRIME MINISTER of The Commonwealth of DOMINICA,he should have proceeded with his lawsuit…It would have been the right thing to do…..He has an obligation to the Dominican People.

    And if Matt had any integrity and “intestinal fortitude”,and knows what he printed,and the things that he said, about the PM were true……Then he, should have stuck to his story, by saying….”You know what Mr.PM?,if you want to drop the Lawsuit that’s fine, go on. But I am sticking to my story”…And if he had any “balls”,he should have added insult to injury, and said…”Multimillion dollar assets,$12,000.00 a month salary ?????(Updated version.L.O.L.)…..Because that’s the cool-aid he is pouring out there on a daily basis,through his radio show, right?,He has an obligation to his listeners,his supporters,and to those who believed him and contributed to his defense fund…..no?…OK, I digress…..

    But no, he took the bone that was thrown to him and ran with it.Thereby compromising any ounce of credibility,and integrity that he had left…….Could he have proven any of the things that he printed,or said?…Remember,he never filed a counterclaim.So he made it easier for the Plaintiff to prove his case……..
    What ever happens to “standing up for ”truths”, and the things that one “believes” in?……There is an old saying..”He who stands for nothing,will fall for anything”……
    People must be willing,and able to stand up for the things they believe in.They must have principle.
    If you cannot prove and back up what are talking about with logics and facts, you might as well just keep your mouth shut.

    Let us all keep in mind that in any civil lawsuit, the plaintiff is the one who has to prove his/her case.The burden of proof is on the plaintiff…And it is all about the “Preponderance of Evidence”.It is a standard of proof that must be met by the plaintiff if he or she is to win a civil action.(1). He or she must present,through testimony and exhibits,enough evidence to support that claim…And(2), It must be”Clear and convincing evidence”…..
    Could the PM have met those standards,and prove his case?…..Well,i guess we will never know…..
    And oh yes!…I wonder if Mr,L.L.,is shaking his head in disbelief ?…..
    We shall wait, and we will keep listening…….

    Anyway,..All the best to all….and…
    Profound Peace!!

    • claudius Anthony
      November 22, 2011

      Hey Matt you and your ilk are always harping about MOU, lets hear about your MOU with Skerrit,after all is said and done,all might not have been in your favor.Be a man and bring out the truth.

  6. No suspicious mind
    November 10, 2010

    @King ghetto:Nice one KG

  7. No suspicious mind
    November 10, 2010

    @FORTUNE TELLER: No wonder the plates begin to move and landslides are onthe increase Tsunami is on be it political or natural sodom and gomara must be destroyed to many silly peopleDumbs-in- cans.Foolish women and enuchs living on 365 sq miles

  8. mewnlar
    November 10, 2010

    eben zore kar parlay. what lennox have to do with that? matt do wat he wanted. lennox shoes always dirty. hahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa waiiiiiiiiiii to much dam roro..

  9. VBD basher
    November 10, 2010

    @VALDA BRUNO DURAND: I often wonder if you are for real amicably is the word VBD that sounds like VD to many of us.You can’t think now you cannot spell either.Peeps like you spell like you hear.VBD you question a guy who wrote about how long he can sex for and made ur husband shame .Now you doing it in your spelling who was your teacher in primary school and where did you attendschool?

  10. careful
    November 10, 2010

    i am surprised at Matt i expect Matt to proceeed with the Angelo and Lennox are our heroes in DA but i am beginiing to believe Skerrit has a hold on allllllllll Dominicans. His advisor Astaphan is a real good advisor to Get Matt to squash that case . I say Hats off to Tony and Skerrit.

    But i am sure they are working a strategy to prevent Lennox from proceeding but Knowing Lennox that will not take him. Lennox if you need assistance to proceed with bubbles we will pledge , there is where we will know who owns the villas. Lennox GO FOR IT .Dont bow down.

  11. Anonymous
    November 10, 2010

    If Matt had concrete evidence against the Prime Minister as he was saying, how could an amicable solution be reached. If the prime minister argued that the information was defamatory and malicious how could the the two teams have found resolve and the matter is over? It is either the evidence was true or untrue.

    Matt this was not a matter between you and the Prime Minister only, you made it a national matter when you as a journalist chose to air the story in the newspaper and the radio. It became the civic responsibility of every Dominican Citizen to speak against the wrongs that Prime Minister Skerritt was committing because we expect better from the office of Prime Minister.

    Matt I am very troubled about the way you misled the people of Dominica, they stood by you, some of them were even willing to give their hard earned money for your defense.

    THIS OUTCOME shows that you are a GREAT LIAR, you misled the Dominican people for greedy gain. Matt you owe the Prime Minister a PUBLIC APOLOGY and most of all you owe Dominicans worldwide a PUBLIC APOLOGY.

    Matt you have lost all your credibility as a journalist.

  12. Anonymous
    November 10, 2010

    MATT NOW…………………….LENNOX TOMORROW. ……… ME DABBAR WO YO YOL ME TIOSCA

  13. concern
    November 10, 2010

    @PING PONG: I fully agree with you because the result did not make me trust the PM of the office any more but I guess we will never know the out come, on the other hand I didnt ecpect Matt to allow himself to be boxed into a corner I am sure Lennox would not fall for any hush hush verdit.

  14. truth 2 power
    November 10, 2010

    @truth 2 power:

    hahahahhhhhhhhh

  15. ZERO
    November 10, 2010

    Matt we know that you were paid tens of thousands of dollars,because you had the evidence,as Lennox has pertaining to the villas,but i am still dissapointed with you…If you are settling a matter like this,you should demand at least a million dollars…THAT WHY I LOVE LENNOX SO MUCH…CORRUPTION IN GOVERNMENT STINKS IN THIS COUNTRY..

  16. eddie
    November 10, 2010

    so long u want a ride i think u must stay another two years before u buy one my advice to you is drive your buggie if u buy one now is skero money because i knw u need a ride more than mondo need a foot incase u wondering because u like roro mondo is a mahaut man with no feet (no had feeling im your friend im just speaking my mind)

  17. Trevor Johnson
    November 10, 2010

    @Way W: What is the message? Didn’t I say that mediation would have been good for Roosevelt Skerrit? So Matt had no money to pay Skerrit and nothing to apologise for, right?

  18. MANCHAT!!!!
    November 10, 2010

    Why do i have a gut feeling, that Lennox, as well as some Dominicans feels very betrayed by Matt?….Then again, maybe it’s just me………
    We can speculate all we want, but only the parties involve and those who were present in that room, know what was said, or what transpired.
    Who really is the biggest looser here, is it Matt, the PM,or The Dominican People?.Or maybe, I should reverse that, and ask,….who is the biggest winner?…..I will let you judge for yourselves…..
    But wait a minute,how about “credibility”, or “intestinal fortitude”?..No?..OK,….Not even accountability?…Oh well, I guess not.
    How about if we all came to the assumption,that it boiled down to,..”letting bygones be bygones”?…. Agreed, yes?, then again,..maybe not…….Who paid for all legal fees of both parties?,…and,……why?……..All part of the “deal”,or “agreement”,to use a better word…(L.O.L.).

    You know what?, “Belief”, is a subjective personal basis for individual behavior,while “truth” is an objective state,independent of individual, i.e., a fact.

    There is an old Indian saying…..”Fool me once,shame on you.Fool me twice,shame on me…….

    Anyway…..All the best to all, and……..
    Peace Profound!!
    MANCHAT!!!

  19. Sheldon
    November 10, 2010

    @Just asking questions:

    I suspect the real reason the Judge or Master of the Court did that was to set up Matt and his allies for a stiff jail sentence if that information goes public.

    You see the government of the Commonwealth of Dominica is made up of three departments: The Judiciary, the Parliament or legislative arm of the Government, and the Cabinet or what is referred to as the Executive Branch.

    The Judiciary gives the impression that is matters less about the political dimension of the two other arms of Government. Fact is these people who make up the judiciary are human; they have their political preferences and can have a significant level of fun on the job and laugh their head out at their decisions. They can be like a Frankenstein – create any monster they wish for the society and enjoy the reactions they get from the society which is usually bewildered by the functions of the Judiciary.

    Now just think of it – a Man like Matt (who was President of the Media Workers Association of Dominica) that was once described by former PM James as the Third Force in Dominica. This man once had to be cautioned by Mr. Edward Alexander , an Advisor to former Prime Minister James on Television – ” Mr. Peltier ,you are speaking to the Prime Minister of Dominica” , ” That is not the way you address the Prime Minister!!!” This journalist was later fired from Marpin (the Old Marpin) and subsequently joined Kairi FM, was fired, and hired by Q-95.

    Between being fired from Kairi and joining Q , Matt and a few other people formed The Times News Paper and the Times became a force to be reckoned with.

    But between 2000 to 2010 Dominica saw the following newspapers ( it does not include political Newspapers like Workers Voice then) seeking readership and Adds: The Chronicle, The Sun News Paper, The Independent News Paper, Tropical Star News Paper, and The Times News Paper. Today in 2010 we have only the Chronicle and the Sun Newspaper.

    Matt undoubtedly has worked for all these Newspapers at one time in his journalistic carrier. The young man has work in Radio, TV, and Newspaper and may even have his own Internet Radio Station and Online News Paper and TV outlets in the not too distant future.

    To say that Matt has made a number of public figures nervous would be an understatement of the century. The man is good at his job and is Dearing most of the time.

    Well public figures in Dominica of whatever segment have had enough of Matt’s blose and have decided to shackle his impetuousness, his daringness, his boldness, his loud mouth, his writing sting, his scalding tongue, and his blogging muscles. In other words, Matt should go get another job, another life!!!

    Matt has been castrated as a journalist and there may never be a statute of limitation ever allowing him to reveal the contents of this mediation. Not even in his autobiography or a Biography published by our leading writers in the Diaspora.

    One can now understand why Tony, SC, can take pot shots at Matt at this very moment. Oh boy, they are tempting Matt to break his silence.

    It would be interesting to see if Tony and The PM Skerrit would exchange e-mails of the substantial matter to each other and see if these e-mails will be hacked and made public on a radio talk show say on a Sunday, between a Monday to a Friday and even a Saturday!!!!

    Boys I dare u.

    That reminds me of Destra song, I dare u!!!

  20. truth 2 power
    November 10, 2010

    Matt did win the case………….. if someone has 2 speak out, is the P.M. think of that, if things had gone on d pm side, would tony asstaphan be quiet? i know he would demand from matt an apology. and, they would come down hard on lennox back…so think my people think.

  21. lol
    November 10, 2010

    Well… it’s not everybody that can write offishall letter with big letter head to big people and stand firm with their guns.

    So who spitting all year round should have their big handkerchief when the wind blows back all the spit.

    But don’t worry people, LL Simon Bolivar will stand up for the cause of the country. Two and more years of spit is a lot of kwashah. I know that hankie is a biiigg one.

    So relax on poor Mr. MP Simon Bolivar junior. Is just that some of us like to continue taking photos even though we know we barely have two films left.

  22. Patat
    November 10, 2010

    @just facts:

    All that is forgiven now!!!!!!!!!!

    Matt has come back home to Labor . Let the Heavens Rejoice!!!!!

    He was once lost in a sea of Blue by accident when Krazy became mad.

    He has voluntarily taken a triple dose of the RED CoolAid and will be Skerrit’s new Government Press Secretary replacing Sean Douglas and Chief Editor of the Dominica Labor Party News Paper.

    Welcome back brother Matt. It is over ten (10) , yes 10 years you last visited China. You are due for a trip my brother.

  23. Patat
    November 10, 2010

    @timbok 2:

    I hear that too!!!! He even have to go up for Labor Party in Marigot of all places. Look is now UWP going and say Matt was always a crook.

  24. Journalist
    November 10, 2010

    Excerpts of a speech from the UN General Secretary for World Press Freedom Day this year. Quite informative and interesting for all Dominicans.

    Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, enshrined in article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But around the world, there are Governments and those wielding power who find many ways to obstruct it.

    Independent radio and television stations are forced off the air if they criticize Government policy. The censors are also active in cyberspace, restricting the use of the Internet and new media.

    Some journalists risk intimidation, detention and even their lives, simply for exercising their right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas, through any media, and regardless of frontiers.

    Last year, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) condemned the killing of 77 journalists. These were not high-profile war correspondents, killed in the heat of battle. Most of them worked for small, local publications in peacetime. They were killed for attempting to expose wrongdoing or corruption.

    I condemn these murders and insist that the perpetrators are brought to justice. All Governments have a duty to protect those who work in the media. This protection must include investigating and prosecuting those who commit crimes against journalists.

    Impunity gives the green light to criminals and murderers, and empowers those who have something to hide. Over the long term, it has a corrosive and corrupting effect on society as a whole.

    This year’s theme is freedom of information: the right to know. I welcome the global trend towards new laws which recognize the universal right to publicly held information.

    Unfortunately, these new laws do not always translate into action. Requests for official information are often refused, or delayed, sometimes for years. At times, poor information management is to blame. But all too often, this happens because of a culture of secrecy and a lack of accountability.

    We must work to change attitudes and to raise awareness. People have a right to information that affects their lives, and States have a duty to provide this information. Such transparency is essential to good government.

    The United Nations stands with persecuted journalists and media professionals everywhere. Today, as every day, I call on Governments, civil society and people around the world to recognize the important work of the media, and to stand up for freedom of information.

  25. ''SB
    November 10, 2010

    @FORTUNE TELLER: Who (or whatever) you are, STOP CALLING DOWN YOUR CURSES ON MY COUNTRY!! Ok? Your crystal ball is ‘not pretty’ for who? For Dominicans?! or for YOU!! Hell you off to wi mam.. soou-cou-yah!

  26. UNBELIEVABLE
    November 10, 2010

    Mart you keep on playing that tract on your program: Silent is betrayal…. was that reveresed on you? just asking. Lennox I hope you and angelo Arlene don’t disappoint us. last men standing.

  27. CaribbeanMAn
    November 10, 2010

    I hear you Ping Pong, but does it matter that those were the judges orders. Whty would the judge want the outcome to be left secret. How does that benifit the court or the PM office or the public for that matter. Like you, I’m still puzzled.

  28. MASTER CHIEF
    November 10, 2010

    DOES THINGS NEED TOO STOP

  29. Shallo
    November 10, 2010

    Shut mout no ketch fly!

  30. Deoborah
    November 10, 2010

    “Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
    Is the immediate jewel of their souls.
    Who steals my purse steals trash; ’tis something, nothing;
    ‘Twas mine, ’tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
    But he that filches from me my good name
    Robs me of that which not enriches him,
    And makes me poor indeed.”
    Mr. PM I have little resources and I would defend my good name. Why are you with infinite resources not defending your good name in public.

  31. fam beth
    November 10, 2010

    Matt you always breaking everyone elses story on your show…now is your chance to disclose your own story and salvage your credibility….I waiting…

  32. Anonymous
    November 10, 2010

    Matt u always breaking everyone story on your show (even making husband and wife break up…lol). Now is your chance to disclose your own story and salvage your credibility….I waiting…

  33. Big Toe Lee
    November 10, 2010

    Here we go again Dumminican – Matt and the Times haven’t apologize or retracted their statement. that means they did no lose, they just cut their financial losses
    Understand the Legal Game. The Republicans in American, buried opposition with lawsuits after lawsuits, it works.
    If Skerrit had won, Matt and the Times would have had a front page apology kissing Skerrit behind. Skerrit just scarce the shit out of them by putting lawyers on their payroll and empting their wallet.. Matt will think twice before messing with Baby Dick Skerrit – our new Dictator.
    On behalf of true Dominicans, Matt Peltier we are sorry for your financial loss. Please set up some sort of Reporters Defense Fund to pay lawyer fees in the future, because you can’t give up the fight. We in the Diaspora will send money. Dominica needs Checks and Balances. Think about it!

  34. watching
    November 10, 2010

    The pm knew he could never win the case against matt. First the land was said to be a gift, then we found out he had to pay. When will ppl stop being political and open to eyes to whats happening. These politicians are here getting rich on our tax dollars. Matt should never have agreed to settle. Let the law decide.

  35. Way W
    November 10, 2010

    This is a personal message for Trevor Johnson.

  36. dominican always
    November 10, 2010

    the way i see this is if the pm won he should demand a public apology because as the head of govermnent you office which is a public offic has been called into question you being a servant of the people and appointed to serve the public intrest should seek to clear the name of your office if matt won as a journalist who claim to to have the intrest of dominica at heart should not be accepting and compromise if you are a man of integrity the you should stand by you words /statments /accusations if you are the right then it is you duty as a journalist to to let the truth be known in the intrest of commonwealth of dominica

  37. lol
    November 10, 2010

    @psychology major: I think you are giving too much credence to VBruno’s spelling. I dont think she meant all that.

    I think she just cannot spell.

  38. The Right to know
    November 10, 2010

    Below are excerpts of a speech by the UN general Scretary on ‘World Press Freedom Day observed in May 2010.

    Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, enshrined in article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But around the world, there are Governments and those wielding power who find many ways to obstruct it.

    Independent radio and television stations are forced off the air if they criticize Government policy. The censors are also active in cyberspace, restricting the use of the Internet and news media.

    Some journalists risk intimidation, detention and even their lives, simply for exercising their right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas, through any media, and regardless of frontiers.

    Last year, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) condemned the killing of 77 journalists. These were not high-profile war correspondents, killed in the heat of battle. Most of them worked for small, local publications in peacetime. They were killed for attempting to expose wrongdoing or corruption.

    I condemn these murders and insist that the perpetrators are brought to justice. All Governments have a duty to protect those who work in the media. This protection must include investigating and prosecuting those who commit crimes against journalists.

    Impunity gives the green light to criminals and murderers, and empowers those who have something to hide. Over the long term, it has a corrosive and corrupting effect on society as a whole.

    This year’s theme is freedom of information: the right to know. I welcome the global trend towards new laws which recognize the universal right to publicly held information.

    Unfortunately, these new laws do not always translate into action. Requests for official information are often refused, or delayed, sometimes for years. At times, poor information management is to blame. But all too often, this happens because of a culture of secrecy and a lack of accountability.

    We must work to change attitudes and to raise awareness. People have a right to information that affects their lives, and States have a duty to provide this information. Such transparency is essential to good government.

    The United Nations stands with persecuted journalists and media professionals everywhere. Today, as every day, I call on Governments, civil society and people around the world to recognize the important work of the media, and to stand up for freedom of information.

  39. PING PONG
    November 10, 2010

    If I am challenging someone for false accusation and defamation of my character the least I would demand is a public apology. I am no scholar but simple logic would dictate that somebody issue a “mi culpa” The PM in the interest of national pride and integrity of office should demand an apology from Matt. The silence is sickening or rather deafening.
    Let us assume that Matt was at fault the natural human tendency would be to engage in damage control. Mr. Skerrit should simply request an apology bearing in mind that there are a number of allegations of malfeasance- The Villas and other Properties. A request for an apology would serve Skerrit well by actually raising the level of doubt on all the other accusations.

    I am not in a position to accuse Matt of selling out or taking any money. I am inclined to believe that the compromise was done to save other faces or individuals-public figures as well as private citizens. If I must express my emotion I would just say one thing. The office of the PM is the people’s office and like FORTUNE TELLER said we the people have a right to know the outcome off this accusation. If the people must continue to trust our PM then we ought to know whether the PM was falsely accused. Likewise can we trust one of our premier media personalities Mr. Matt Peltier? It seems like Dominicans are the looser in this soap opera. The situation stinks

  40. PING PONG
    November 10, 2010

    If I am challenging someone for for false accusation and deformation of my character the least I would demand is a public apology. I am no scholar but simple logic would dictate that somebody issue a “mi culpa” The PM in the interest of national pride and integrity of office should demand an apology from Matt. The silence is sickening or rather deafening.
    Let us assume that Matt was at fault the natural human tendency would be to engage in damage control. Mr Skerrit should simply request an apology bearing in mind that there are a number of allegations of malfeasance- The Villas and other Properties. A request for an apology would serve Skerrit well by actually raising the level of doubt on all the other accusations.

    I am not in a position to accuse Matt of selling out or taking any money. I am inclined to believe that the compromise was done to save other faces or individuals-public figures as well as private citizens. If I must express my emotion I would just say one thing. The office of the PM is the peoples office and like FORTUNE TELLER said we the people have a right to know the outcome off this accusation. If the people must continue to trust our PM then we ought to know whether the PM was falsely accused. Likewise can we trust one of our premier media personality Mr Matt Peltier. It seems like Dominicans are the looser in this soap opera. The situation stinks

  41. BROKE
    November 10, 2010

    Everyone knows that Matt is broke to the bone. The Times newspaper went bankrupt and the banks reposessed his little assets he had. So the PM obviously felt sorry for the poor fellow. If the matter had to continue to Court Matt would end up in jail because he is unable to pay his “lapo bonda”. The PM is the hero here, showing his caring and sensitive nature.

  42. Muslim_Always
    November 10, 2010

    In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

    I pray this article will open the eyes of Dominicans. Hopefully they will see through the corruption and deceit before it is too late. All praises be to Allah, I have never registered to vote and I will never support a post-colonial secular state. Now, do not be silly and add that since I do not vote I do not have a say in country affairs; rubbish, I do have a say because I am a Dominican born and a holder of a Dominican passport. I do not hold dual citizenship of any country. Foreigners rights are protected here thus my rights must be protected as well. Thank you! May Allah quickly destroy capitalism and secularism very soon Ameen. May Allah curse the agents of cruelty and wickedness in this country. Ameen.

    Secondly, let me share with Dominicans what is really going on with their country in a global context. Please ponder those Allah/God has given insight. Dominica was a friend of Taiwan for many years, however, it crossed over to China. The true question is what are the benefits for the politicans who took this initiative? No one disputes the benefits of the infrastructural developments that has taken place over the years. May I ask, are these smoke screens whilst politicans from both China and Dominica benefit under the table with crooked deals? What are these deals and what are the implications for Dominica? What were the terms in the memorandum of understanding between Dominica and China? Why wasn’t the public informed seeing that the relations between Chinese and Dominica have great global implications? How will these dealings affect us in the future on the international stage?

    Firstly, since we do not know what the memorandum of understanding entails, when we look around we can see the happenings in our land with Dominica and China. Firstly, China wants control of Taiwan’s resources, thus she needs our vote in the UN. This fight has been between China and Taiwan for a very long time. Dr. Ku Ming Tao, a Taiwanese medical professor at Ross University admits this in an informal discussion with me many years ago. This is the overall goal, thus China is doing projects in many developing countries. Dominicans must not be fooled! Where is China getting these millions of dollars to give us? Hahaha, from yours and other developing countries pockets you fools! How? When Chinese get free concessions on our ports to establish their stores with their cheap products then we buy their stuff, where does the money goes to? It goes back to China dummy to buy more products so who makes the money? The government of China because China is a communist state! This is where the money is coming from. Why do you think hardly any Dominicans are employed on these projects? So that China cuts it’s expenses by employing Dominicans dummy hahaha! Their workers get a stipend! How much do chinese contribute to our economy by shopping etc? Do you see chinese buying KFC, pizza hut or name brand clothes? Hahaha, I don’t see that, do you? These clothes were mainly made in China anyway at cheap labour so why would they waste their money buying that? So China has effectively placed its human resource in many countries to set up businesses so that’s how they make money off their economies. Do not fool yourselves Dominica, China is only out there to benefit greatly, it is a superpower and they are all the same. China is exploiting South Africans worse than ever in their mining for gold. Common Dominicans, do you think China loves us so much it will simply grant us handouts? Hahaha, we are really silly in Dominica. China according to BBC report has a 20-30 yr plan in it’s massive build of it’s economy and any smart business person knows that he has to invest/spend in order to gain profits and that’s how China is milking Dominica. Know that China does not treat it’s people very well, thus don’t expect China to treat us with love! Look into China’s history. No free speech up to this day!

    How does this paragraph relate to what is going on between Matt and Skerrit? Part of the deal with China and Skerrit is that China has to keep Skerrit in power to accomplish it’s objectives. If the United Workers Party comes into power it may destabilise China’s aims and objectives. China has taught Skerrit well the art of concealing evidence and how to maintain political power. Skerrit will get away with corruption under the table. China has to protect Skerrit, it’s in it’s interest! Dominica will feel the corruption but will never be able to prove it in a court of law. How can we expect anything from our judicial system regarding a just outcome between the Prime Minister and Matt? This same judicial system cannot even protect or administer justice to murderers! Matt has a post colonial capitalist mind and must succum to Skerrit’s ‘amicable’ deal. Skerrit knows he cannot sue Matt. He knows what Matt said is true thus they had to strike a deal. Every hypocrite has a price thus Skerrit knew Matt has a price. The Prime Minister of Dominica had insight into his opponent thus exploited his weakness. This is not just mere talk, this is simple commonsense and this has been done to historical figures past and present! The bible and Islamic Historical accounts are filled with this! The problem is many christians do not read their scriptures with deep insight so I wonder if they will relate to the things I am saying. Matt will never be able to disclose the terms and agreements. Matt is too much in a deep hole. His credibility will forever be lost with the Dominican people. It’s clear and simple, Matt’s materialistic ambitions are fullfilled by Skerrit and China to soften the blow against Skerrit. Once the people lose confidence in the mouth piece of the United Workers Party, we as Dominicans will be operating in what is called a capitalist communist state like China. Lennox Linton will fall into the same trap soon, watch it Dominicans! After it is done you will give more thumbs up to this article. The scholarships China gives to our students are geared into doing just that! In the study of Education, a cirruculum has what is called the hidden cirruculum. Part of the hidden cirruculum for our students studying in China is that they develop a communist mind. It is a subconscious behaviour that permeates the thinking of a university graduate of China. Their benefits from China will make it difficult to see the true colours of China and Skerrit. For any effective communist government to operate, it must have control of the press! It has to shut it’s opponents mouth. The shut your mouth bill in enacted in a different way hahaha Dominicans, history repeats itself. Allah says in the Quran, ‘Their hearts are alike.’

    How does that affect us globally? Firstly, since we are a dependant state because our ‘mother’ country is China, we are still to this day in a trade deficit, we will continue to be given visa restrictions to other countries. Did you see what happened between Dominica and Canada? We could go to Canada without a visa! Chinese criminals who have close ties to it’s government will buy our passports. Don’t you think the Chinese governement want to keep influential criminals in it’s lands? Nah, once a chinese mafia can get into western countries to help build China economy, the chinese government will never refuse the offer! Do you know how many chinese hookers and heroin traffickers are in Afghanistan? They had to kick the taliban out to accomplish those objectives hahaha! Dominican passports will be sold to Chinese criminals thus England will soon impose visa restrictions on Dominica.

    Dominicans should benefit from the Chinese in this way. Gain knowledge of manufacturing things so that Dominica can increase it’s exports to other countries thus Dominica can reduce it’s debts and become truly independent. Infrustructure is not enough! If China pulls off Dominica is finished! Let China pass on it’s knowledge of herbal medicine as an alternative to pharmaceutical drugs which has dangerous side effects to our people! Our people must learn the art of storing millions of gallons of water because after the war for oil it will be war for water. Let China pass on it’s knowledge of geothermal energy. Our island is ripe for that! It is time for a revolution in this country. Let China have a silk factory in Dominica and teach our young people how to make silk clothing and plant and import cotton so we can make our own clothing. We need to manufacture our own stuff including our medicine! We need to seriously upgrade our hospitals, we are in the 21st century! It is time to stop allowing Dominicans to spend millions of dollars for treatment in racist french countries. When will we wake up people? I heard talks about improving the Dominica State College, I hope soon we will offer the Bachelor, Masters and Phd so that we can spend that money in our country. Education is very expensive and tuitions in other countries are extremely high especially for foreign students! Our banks are suffering as a result of these unpaid debts, you see what has happened to AID bank? If we had our own institutions and enough jobs for our people this would have been reduced! Our manufacturing industry (secondary production) will create serious jobs for our people. Allah has blessed this land with many resources, will Chinese and Haitians own it? Our forefathers have fought hard for this land. It is time for the Caribs and Negroes to take back their country from corrupt rulers or work with them to build it.

  43. whatever
    November 10, 2010

    They’re all in bed together!!!!

    We the sheeple are the only ones left in the dark and do not know the truth about anything!

    They settled and kept their terms and conditions private. Look for Matt to build his mansion shortly on the same salary.

    Obviously he has been bought!

    Money talks sheeple!

  44. Nov3rd
    November 10, 2010

    Dominicans, you all beating up yourself for nothing…just a note for my sour uwp fans…Roosevelt Skerrit has never lost a case and nothing will change that. No wonder the uwp will be crying now…alas uwp

  45. Lance Bokit
    November 10, 2010

    Skerrit should never be respected as an individual or creature. Now Dr. Gonsalves, that’s a whole different creature. He took my boy Junior Bacchus to court and CLEARED HIS NAME. Skerrit’s name on the other hand remains muddied in a sticky, gooey mud.

    You’re going to need more than water and soap and Disiclean to wash your name Dominica Prime Minister.. but then again with all your “assets”, who needs a good/clean name?

  46. Lance Bokit
    November 10, 2010

    Disturbingly dissapointing… that’s what this story is. Who won? Definitely not justice or the public interest. Then you wonder why people stop praying for Dominica?

  47. READ
    November 9, 2010

    matt and i are extremely close and it saddens me what ppl must say now. if persons know MAtt not him wud accpet any shit from the PM. no money i choose not to saay the rest. but bear this is mind. The Pm infact respects Matt. think of it why wud something be done and the pm ask that it not be disclosed. Even the pm knows MATT heart is with the ppl and the ppl dont know it.

  48. Magua
    November 9, 2010

    “Well, my position is if the accusation is that the Prime Minister unlawfully and corruptly acquired a million dollars worth of assets on a salary of five thousand dollars and that he did so corruptly, I don’t know how that can be mediated. I mean if that is going to be the position of the Times and Matt Peltier, then it looks like mediation may not succeed. And that is something that may need to be settled in the court”.

    Tony Astaphan before the Masters Court.

  49. Magua
    November 9, 2010

    @Cummess: @Cummess:

    Guys let’s not be too harsh on Matt. Gag orders places restrictions on both parties. But reliable sources seem to suggest that the PM was in no win situation and had to cave in. Matt is the victor. Given what has happened to Matt the PM will not sue Lenox. Matt will continue to pound the PM with “It is time to break the silence”.

    It is ironic though that Tony Astaphan who claimed that this accusation could not be mediated outside the courtroom was not even at the mediation meeting. It only confirms that Tony woould have had a weak defense in court. It is now time for Skerrit to disclose to the public that he owns the villas. If he does he will be in violation of the IPO Act, and he could be in plenty trouble.

  50. Mannie
    November 9, 2010

    Why waste my time listening to Matt If he can’t prove, to me what he is saying is true??. Too bad we do not know whom to trust.

  51. lisad
    November 9, 2010

    Wait a minute
    1)who was suing who?Skerrit —- Matt.

    2)who would have to pay who if the suit was successful? Matt—–Skerrit

    3)So then why is it that we are saying Skerrit paid Matt to resolve the matter? To me it would be matt who would have to pay Skerrit.
    think of it people, its the defendant (matt) who would be seeking a resolution. Afterall, skerrit was suing him.

  52. DISAPPOINTED
    November 9, 2010

    AM VERY DISAPPOINTED IN MATT HE SHOULD NEVER GIVE IN TO SKERRIT HE SHOULD LET THE TRUTH COME OUT AND THEN HIS SO CALL SURPORTERS THEM WOULD HIDE IN SHAME I THINK MATT WANTED THE TRUTH SO MY WORD TO MATT PLEASE STOP PLAYING MARTIN LURTHER KING SPEECH ABOUT NO LIE CAN LAST FORVER OR WE WILL BE FREE AT LAST BECAUSE YOU MATT HAD THE OPPERTUNITY TO DO IT AND YOU LET US DOWN BIG TIME, AGAIN YOU GIVE SKERRIT THE OPEN DOORS SO PEOPLE WILL NEVER SEE WHAT HE REALLY IS

  53. shows
    November 9, 2010

    Matt…..is still too soft as a journalist in my book,,,he hasnt got the guts like his co partner Lennox,if a public and national issue what the hidden objective of being secret…

    Matt you let the vibes down bro you and your team have fallen into the arms of the government
    your side should be blunt enough to make the judgements public….

    thats why the US system is free fair and open…and thats why the caribbean will never never be together as we lack the abilty and foresight to be open and visionary in our modules..

  54. Charmer
    November 9, 2010

    @L: Don’t you think Matt would go public if the P.M. suggested to pay him off? Where did you get your info from

  55. Charmer
    November 9, 2010

    @Theatrics: Put sense in their head

  56. jbfox.
    November 9, 2010

    The PM is a man of class he doesn’t want the guys’ money,he felt sorry for the poor guy so he decide to let him off the hook.

  57. MAD
    November 9, 2010

    Please let it be told the PM is the one that took Matt to court. If there is any agreement it means that Mr.Matt has to be one to get some form of salvage from it.

    One has to understand the power to prove that the PM had done wrong was on Mr.Matt.

    He was looking down the barrel of paying the court and libel fees to the PM. I take it that he walk away with a sorry letter which was accepted my the PM.

    The PM had nothing to lose in this case. Anyone that understand court matter will know for a fact the the Plantiff (PM) has like to lose in a libel case but just court cost.

    When i see all these writing about the PM did not want the case to go thru i guess they are just saying what they want.

    I hope alot of you so know the newspaper Establishment was also going to face huge fines.

    Please do not support people blindly get the facts first.

  58. RM
    November 9, 2010

    i wipe my dirty feet on the matt

  59. ZERO
    November 9, 2010

    Matt,break your silence on the issue….We knew money was involved like fire.We knew throughout that you had the evidence,we knew that the plan was to silence you,we knew that Dominica is being raped by these men on a daily basis,we know now even as i type that “the country is going down slowly”..As a concerned citizen,you owe it to us…Tell someone so that the secret will get out of the bag,and Dominicans will see even more clearly the state of corruption which runs supreme in their country…Did he pay you for the extended period of time that the Times Newspaper was out of circulation???? BOY WE HAVE REACHED A STAGE IN DOMINICA WE……TRUST ME WE ARE LIKE SOME OF THE AFRICAN COUNTRIES THAT IS SADDLED WITH CORRUPTION!!!! ALAS BONDIE!!!!

  60. Theatrics
    November 9, 2010

    According to a DBS news report this morning, the two teams have found resolve and the matter is over. Those involved have been advised not to disclose the terms and conditions of their agreement, the report stated.

    but where in this article did you people see who paid what or who owes what…or whose legal fees were paid by who? typical dominicans can make speculation turn into fact so easily eh…

    Siince Matt is not the one who took the matter to court you assume he had the upper hand and demanded/ negotiation of his legal fees being paid… (thats what some of you derive from this? how?)

    how does matt still be a champion in this case when we do not know/ not allowed to know what he settled with or for? Skerrit too meme… while it doesn’t prove guilt does cast doubt on innocence…but that just too petty to go to court for anyways…

    Anyways, just want to know how you people got your information about who paid what because clearly its not in the above article…I suspect is by de bar in Pte Mitchel de news break!!!! Will find out later!

  61. psychology major
    November 9, 2010

    @Valda Bruno: Seems like you are playing with words for an obvious reason. “AMEAKABLY”??? Turn the M in tht word upside-down and you get “WEAKLY”. Ms. Bruno you are a genius, damn right! Both individuals are WEAK. Cowards! Let trial go to court. Stand by what you believe. If you have nothing to hide or lose then heck with it!

  62. Scandalous
    November 9, 2010

    All the allegations regarding PM Skerrritt, Susan Olde and US $400,000.00, SECRET controversial LAND DEALS in Trafalgar, RUBBISH BIN Scandal, Questionable contracts with National Projects, VILLAS and OWNERSHIP, ASSETS, ASSETS, ASSETS galore and APLENTY, and others too numerous to mention, are all proving to make sense. Those allegations cannot be defended or refuted by PM Skerritt and his cohorts.

    They argue, make noise ghoulishly, rant and rave, threaten with LAW SUITS, but at the end of the day, when TIME REVEALS the TRUTH, they go with their tails between their legs. That MEDIATION BUSINESS is a CLASSIC Example. The matter of the VILLAS is another. PM Skerritt will not dare take Linton to court about OWNERSHIP of the VILLAS because of the fear that the TRUTH will COME OUT again through the COURT process.

    PM Skeritt is making HISTORY in Dominican POLITICS as the WORSE POLITICIAN and LEADER, embroiled in so much ROWROW. LIES, SECRET DEALS, MANIPULATIONS, TRICKERY are the order of the day in our beautiful Dominica. PM Skerritt has surrounded himself with all kinds of protectors and defenders. Professionals (Lawyers, doctors, teachers, priests, pastors, civil servants), people in Institutions, the hierarchy of churches, our judicial system, as well as ordinary, poor people are BAMBOOZLED, FREAKED OUT, MANIPULATED and OVERTLY and COVERTLY supports all kinds of BAD GOVERNANCE, controversial SECRET DEALS, MISUSE of Public FUNDS, quick enrichment of a FEW persons especially in Public Office.

    Many Dominicans have shamefully buried their heads, like the ostrich, in the STATUS QUO. No other leader in Dominica would escape so many times with such irresponsible and in many cases illegal behaviour. Dominicans, do you want to experience a life of DICTATORSHIP and further CORRUPTION in HIGH PLACES? SO BE IT.

    Never read or heard of Haiti under those dictators like the DUVALIERS? Aren’t you hearing now the state of chaos MEXICO is facing? Don’t you all listen to World news? Don’t you all see everyday on TV what bad Governance, corruption, dictatorship is doing in people’s lives? Many have NO LOVE FOR THE YOUTH and CHILDREN TO COME. By their disturbing, unscrupulous actions many Dominicans are carving a LIVING HELL for honest, patriotic, hard-working, peaceful Dominicans and those to come. Hypocritical Prayers will not save anyone if Dominicans continue like that.

  63. Bobby
    November 9, 2010

    Is Matt’s career done as a leading media person in Dominica? He is done in my opinion…….. He is finished….. Has he has cut a devil-like deal? Those are usually bad all around!!!!!

  64. mannn
    November 9, 2010

    LOOL PRIME MINISTER I THINK EVERYONE CAN SEE THROUGH YOU NOW. AN AMICABLE SETTLEMENT????? IF YOU HAD ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO HIDE FROM THE PUBLIC THERE WOULDNT HAVE TO BE ANY AMICABLE SETTLEMENT…

  65. great
    November 9, 2010

    Deos any body know the terms of the mediation? Why r u all accusing mat of taking money. Somebody could have gotten an apology for all we know. Somebody’s probably going to have to give up something that he doesn’t want to give up. U don’t know.
    All i know is that, mat was vindicated quite obviously. Now get off the man’s back. just hope that doesn’t keep him from digging or talking for that matter.

  66. L
    November 9, 2010

    You guys are the best. Any fool can see that Skerrit wanted the case to go away. So he chose to settle AND pay Matts legal fees.

    Matt, on the other hand, would have had no means of getting the cash to pay off any monies to Skerrit so he took the smart way out while REFUSING TO RETRACT. Yet he is the one getting the flack? Unbelievable!

    Go fight all you darn battle at the polls. Is Matt that put Skerrit on all u backs see!

  67. Way Way
    November 9, 2010

    If we as Dominicans study what went on with the Prime Minister and Matt carefully, “million Dollar asset, five thousand dollars salary” Matt could not have lost that case. Matt never lied on the Prie Minister. This was too much in too little time.The P.M. will pay the fines, and I agree the public should know what went on in the court room yesterday.

    Too much humiliation within that Government system. But one day the truth, the whole truth must come out.

    Good luck Matt on your achievement, I hope what the P.M. pays you, you will put it to good use.

  68. "better mus come"
    November 9, 2010

    That man kowns what his talking bout all you can talk all day all night,all you just cannot stop me.matt you let people down big time,you gave the pm a free pass but why,why,why.Dominica is a failed state and matt help to prove my point..better mus come.

  69. no integrity
    November 9, 2010

    Matt you are fake…real fake..I thought u have been advocating for justice, but i know now are full of your own ego. in other words you have been preying on our feelings for your own prestige… On all you claim of responsibity on informing the people you have failed and we will never trust you are again.. Matt the coward, selfish, concieted, greedy, cheat and yes the next time i go to the supermaket shelf I will look for you because you can be bought just like any other product .. just like Crazy T.. no integrirty, no pride.

    You bet Lennox would never never do that… thats a man of class

  70. "better mus come"
    November 9, 2010

    sad story,where do we go from here…the law is for the poor not for the rich…fire

  71. SHocK hORroR
    November 9, 2010

    I am shocked with the knowledge that in 2007 the Prime Minister was only earning a meager monthy salary of $5000 (I can only hope it’s in US dollars and not XCD). I am certain that in the other Eastern Caribbean islands, $5000 is much less that what a Permanent Secretary and other Members of Parliament would receive as their montly income (less perquisites). I can only hope that his salary has increased significantly since or else his duties would seem to be on a voluntary basis.

    I dare not comment on issues surrounding the value of his land ownership. Yes, I accept that accountability is paramont when you are a prominent public figure. On the other hand, isn’t his fixed assets are personal issue.

  72. concern
    November 9, 2010

    Dear Lord just extend your hand of mercy over our nation Dominica,and i will continue to pray for my nation

  73. ...
    November 9, 2010

    Honestly.. Matt had nothing to prove by taking Skeritt to court. Matt already told you what he knew when he posted the article. Matt has done nothing wrong and has absolutely nothing to say! The PMon the other hand was the one who took him to court. By this silence I think we can all figure out that Matt was correct because Matt’s statement to this day is not retracted. Skeritt probably had to pay the man his lawyer fees AND help the man newspaper come back up. That’s not bribery or silencing anyone. MATT YOU HAVE NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF. YOU SAID WHAT YOU SAID, YOU PRINTED WHAT YOU PRINTED, AND TO THIS DAY YOU STAND BY IT.

    THE PM HAS LOST. What a chicken! He can’t even talk about it. I MAINTAIN MILLION DOLLAR ASSETS $5000 SALARY.. TAKE ME TO COURT TOO MR. PRIME MINISTER. LMAO

  74. True
    November 9, 2010

    @FORTUNE TELLER: Matt has debts.. alot of debts with a capital S. He needs money, he does not have money to pay Skerrit for damages. Can you just think for a moment please?

  75. Just asking questions
    November 9, 2010

    The Times newspaper article of August 29, 2007 was correct in raising questions about $1 million worth of lands that the Prime Minister had acquired within a four-week period in 2005. Was the information true? It seems so. The Prime Minister Skerrit now agreed that the article was not malicious or defamatory. Skerritt could not allow the case to take its natural course because of fear that much would be revealed. LIES would be EXPOSED.

    PM Skerritt and Matt Peltier have been advised not to disclose the terms and conditions of their agreement. Who would be defamed if the TERMS and CONDITIONS of the AGREEMENT are disclosed? The matter was a serious public concern since a politician in PUBLIC OFFICE, the Prime Minister, was implicated. So Why shouldn’t the PUBLIC not be informed about the TERMS and CONDITIONS of the AGREEMENT? Is there anything malicious about DISCLOSING the TERMS and CONDITIONS of the AGREEMENT to the PUBLIC? Would it be LIBELOUS to tell the PEOPLE? Is the information in the AGREEMENT a SECURITY THREAT?

    When a young man steals a packet of Crix biscuit from the store, no information is withheld. When the poor, ordinary citizen commits a crime, no INFORMATION is held back. Everything is reported on radio,TV and newspapers. What is the TALK of FREEDOM of INFORMATION, the RIGHT to SEEK, ACCESS and RECEIVE INFORMATION, or accountability or TRANSPARENCY? What about talk of asking questions and seeking answers of our politicians and others in public office who do wrong things or to get clarification of issues in the public domain?

    What a subtle way to shut Matt up and Matt has succumbed to the trickery. Should Matt file a COUNTER-SUIT for DEFAMATION of CHARACTER? When Matt consciously or unconsciously allows his voice to be stifled by any such AGREEMENT, he is allowing himself to be enslaved by the slave masters of the neo-colonial era. Was the TIMES newspaper right on the ball about how those lands were obtained? Matt has allowed his mouth to be PADLOCKED.

    Dominicans try to see some light in that matter. Mediation was the only course of action for PM Skerritt, People would know through the courts if the land was paid for by Skerritt or that the courts would find that lies were made about the land owner giving the land to Skerritt as a gift. Those land assets were obtained through controversial means as the newspaper reported and PM Skerritt is now agreeing to that statement. Dominicans knew that something was wrong with the deals all along. Somebody was not speaking the truth. Somebody in HIGH OFFICE, as the newspaper reported possesses MILLION DOLLAR ASSETS. The ACCUSED, OUR PM, did not have the TESTICULAR FORTITUDE or BRAVE enough to FACE the COURTS to REFUTE the TIMES article.

    Matt Peltier and PM Skerritt owe the Dominican people an explanation and must inform the Dominican public what really transpired in that matter. The full details must be revealed. Do not let people speculate about payment under the table. Who is paying Matt’s legal fees? Is it PM Skerritt? Is the PM paying any other fees to Matt? How much money is involved? Why didn’t PM Skerritt agree for the case to be argued and deliberated on in the courts? Dominicans are asking? What were the TERMS and CONDITIONS of that AGREEMENT? Those information must be REVEALED. WHY the SECRET? Tell us, WHAT IS THE SECRET?

  76. Deoborah
    November 9, 2010

    Everybody has a price. What was Matt’s price. Somebody really has something to hide.

  77. THE GUARD
    November 9, 2010

    People of Dominica, look deep! and think hard! Alas! I suupose we will never know what really went down for sure, but one does not have to be an Enstien to figure this out.. Skeritt in court to examine evidence of corruption?? Not going to happen! this man does not want that!! Look well that Bubbles case is another one that linger and end up that same way.. It is psychology people!! Skeritt is playing a number on all you.. How long will Dominicans continue to be Skeritt’s useful idiots? EH!! How much is enough for you people!! Oh what luck for corrupted rulers when citizens don’t think!!!

  78. citizen
    November 9, 2010

    While i may appreciate the amicable solution between two adults, as a proud citizen of Dominica, I strongly believe that offices such as that of the Prime Minister should be fully protected within the ambits of the law. Where is the dignity and integrity this office is suppose to hold? Im very disappointed in the PM just signing this agreement without standing firm and going all the way to the court to prove to his people that he is a leader of his word. Once again he has proven the opposite. That is SHAMEFUL and is a great cause for concern. For a change prove the journalists wrong mr. PM…

  79. Minding my own.
    November 9, 2010

    Mart we are depending on people like you lennox angelo and others and you are disappointing us. is that the shut your mouth act they spoke about; aben sekro not easy. Money make jumbie dance.

  80. desy
    November 9, 2010

    HMMMM!!!! WHAT NEXT?

  81. crook
    November 9, 2010

    Swallow(Yoland) singing for his supper too.He forget those nasty things he has been saying about the Prime Minister.When people hard up for cash they really can do anything.The dog vomit and eating it back.WOYOYOY!!!!!!

  82. A reader
    November 9, 2010

    the pm whose advise to give up for his party sake because this thing have ploblem`s for him
    and the rest dont blame matt tony astaphan will tell us he can not help it he must talk ok ?.

  83. Tonge and Cheek
    November 9, 2010

    There is so much that can be deduced from the outcome of this matter. Why would Matt even agree for mediation? Why would Skerrit agree for mediation?. Who inititiated the mediation talks anyway? Is it the Master of the court, Skerrit or Matt?. In the end they both agreed to mediation. I recall that Thomson Fontaine wanted to mediate in the matter when it surfaced, but cannot recall now who was on radio saying – no way. No mediation, go to the court. Why didn’t Matt stand by his story an go all the way and prove his statements? Was it as a result of inadequate resources? Did Trevor Johnson honor his monthly pledge (until matter is settled) of $500.00 to the Matt Peltier legal fund?. That would have made it $18,000.00 (36 x $500.00). By the way was it TT dollars, USD or EC.

    There are so many lessons to be learnt and it exposes our local media. Karmala who ran a competiting program with Matt at the time (The Hweng) also had her fair say on the “Million Dollar Asset- $5000.00 Salary”. Where is Kamal today? In the bosom of the ruling party – one may say. Matters of the heart story

    Dominicans must learn to debate issues and not personalities. That issue more than any other served to divide the country in more ways than one. Matt Peltier himself suffered, financially and health wise. Our country is poorer for the article. Nothing came of it. Mr. Skerrit has his land. Matt no longer have a newspaper. We will not know what are the details of the arrangement settlement. I wonder what role Lennox played in that settlement. The law is the law. It is not the airwaves of any radio station that entertain any and every accusatory remark. When you go to court that is a horse not onlyof a different colour but a perplexing breed.

    Matt what is the arrangement? Why are you silent? How did Skerrit arrive at silencing you the second most powerful media voice in the caribeban after lennox? Finally. What is the truth Matt? Rememebr sometime ago you utterd the following words on radio. “I love to be sued”. Remember?

  84. Auctioneer
    November 9, 2010

    Now that Matt is off the market- Let us get down to matters of importance. In the absence of credible journalists I ask- What is the outcome of the PM’s meeting with LIAT Re Night Landing?.

  85. King Pharo
    November 9, 2010

    Bid item #17 SOLD – Matt Peltier
    Price – Hush Hush Money. Job at DBS

    Judas –

  86. kelvin
    November 9, 2010

    know that no one can buy matt and he will tell the dominicans the truth

  87. Ca Mwem, Ca Mwen, Ca Mwen!!!
    November 9, 2010

    If this is how stuff is done in Dominica, I shall not believe anything coming from the journalists or radio stations of Dominica anymore. All the journalists are full of lies and they are just like or worst than the Prime Minister. How can Matt after appealing to our sense of justice stoop so low as to receive payment from the Prime Minister to hush him? Magawsa! Matt you did not care about Dominica nor Dominicans —- it was so that to could lace your own pocket!

    You compromised all the other journalist in Dominica, you are a sell out MAtt! You cried for JUSTICE and we joined in the cry —but you are JUDAS—-YOU BETRAYED THE TRUST OF THE DOMINICAN PEOPLE. TRAITOR! YOU MADE A MOCKERY OF OUR TRUST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NO MORE Q-95 FOR ME! I will not listen to one more Dominican journalist, YOU ALL ARE LIARS!

  88. just facts
    November 9, 2010

    Matt out Lennox in. Mark my word. this case with Bubbles is going to drag on until the villas will be sild just like the land in Beau bois. Then Bubbles will look to strike a deal. The only question is will Lennox cooperate.

  89. follower
    November 9, 2010

    As a result of this, I have no confidence in Matt and will not even listen to any of his shows because I must conclude that his information CANNOT be trusted. On the other hand, the PM and his attorneys realized that the PM has been guilty and could not dear stand to defend himself at an unfair and political court such as the one we have in Dominica now. To me, the only loosers are the nationals of Dominica as the PM continues to do wrong things and knows he can always pay people like Matt to Shut up. Look out for Lenox to follow and then Q95, like he did to Crazy T and his station. These days money buys all things. Money bought Charles Savrin, Pas. BJ, Evangelist Peter R, Father Sharplis, Police Department and the entire Judicial system. So the PM has successfully shut the mouths of all those who could speak out and now he like a rat, feels free to continue on his mission, knowing that tha cats are all asleep. I’m sorry Dominica and Dominicans, we are in real trouble

  90. just facts
    November 9, 2010

    Jus wondering if Matt will continue being bashed by the skerritites now.

  91. just facts
    November 9, 2010

    the fact that a deal was struck means that Matt was not defaming the pm. He just didnt want the real evidence to come out in court. He save some face but he reinforced the belief that indeed he is bleeding the treasury.

  92. just facts
    November 9, 2010

    what do i need to say for u to post my comments

  93. konlabee
    November 9, 2010

    guilty guilty guilty ..actions to save pm face simple

  94. A reader
    November 9, 2010

    this case was dead long ago? transparent, int,have the result on there last report 2008-9, the case was close by the pm ok.you all need to do your resurch`s and be imform? thank you.
    have a day.

  95. Very Disappointed
    November 9, 2010

    So the issue of transparency – one that Matt always seems to trumpet on his radio chat show – is now suppressed in this ultimate decision?
    How ironic and sad for Dominica at the same time.
    I just hope that Lennox will not be brought for a few silver dollars as it seems (I’m just assuming folks) that Matt was.
    *SMH*

  96. T. Winston
    November 9, 2010

    Hmmmmm Interesting
    as it currently stands I have heard no public apologies, seen no retractions and everyone is tight lipped on the matter.

    I don’t know for a fact who paid who, but anyone choosing to connect the dots can see the image it creates.

  97. Gee
    November 9, 2010

    What a disgrace!!!!!!!!!!

    So now the issue is over and no one is talking about it because a “secret” deal was made!!!! This is not serving the public interest as it should. The only interest this serves are that of the PM and the reporter!! What a WASTE!!!!!!!!!!

  98. King ghetto
    November 9, 2010

    One Big talker on pause..NEXT..blessing,grace mercy and peace..listening.

  99. FORTUNE TELLER
    November 9, 2010

    I came on this site about a month ago and predicted just that. I predicted that Matt was going to be silenced one way or another. The underlying questions are (1) Was Matt paid to shut up- If so then what a shame (2) Was Matt at fault or did he wrongfully accused the PM. If so then why not disclose the outcome in the interest of “ Transparency”. After all if our PM was wrongfully accused we the people need to know the facts so that we can start picking up the fallen /broken pieces and move on. (3) Was Matt’s accusation correct – If so why suppress the details . Matts credibility as a journalist becomes questionable. (3) Does Matt owe the D/can public an apology for either lying about the PM or has he failed as a journalist to stand behind the facts of his investigation. ( Don’t be surprised when Matt start singing a new song. Just like Crazy T).

    In spite of our request for transparency the parties in mediation are not obligated to reveal the details of the proceedings. However we can only assume that our entire political, social and legal system is manipulated by the party in power. The St Vincent PM was confident in his case and took his matter to the court. One would assume that our PM would have done the same.

    Good luck to a new friendship – Matt and Skerrit. Just like I predicted the outcome of this case between Matt and Skerrit so shall I predict that Dominica is heading towards unrest. The count down has begun; I can assure the vibes that is coming from my crystal ball is not pretty at all.

  100. Anonymous
    November 9, 2010

    so true. I smell a rat

  101. helas!
    November 9, 2010

    YOU FOOLISH PEOPLE READ THE FACTS, ON WHO LOST AND DO NOT WANT THE PEOPLE TO KNOW. WHO PAID ALL THE COSTS? FOOLS!

    EVERYTHING IS POLITICS AND MORE POLITICS, NOT THE TRUTH BUT WHO YOU SUPPORT.

    BE LIKE ME BE NON-ALIGNED AND YOU WILL SEE THEM ALL AS THEY ARE. CALL A SPADE A SPADE.

    THERE IS PLENTY OF GOOD BEING DONE AND THE PM AND OTHERS DO A GOOD JOB OF ADVERTISING IT.

    THERE MAY ALSO BE BAD, BECAUSE WE ARE ALL HUMANS AND I WELCOME LENNOX , ANGELO, MATT AND THE REST TO TELL ME. INFACT, I WILL EVEN CONTRIBUTE TO LENNOX LEGAL FUND IF HE ORGANISES ONE, BY AT LEAST! $100.00

    WHEN THEY GO TO COURT I AM HAPPIER YET BECAUSE MORE TRUTH MAY COME OUT.

    LAST BUT NOT LEAST, I WANT THE COURT TO TAKE A HARD LOOK AT PERSONS WHO PERJURE THEMSELVES, BECAUSE SOMEBODY NEEDS TO GO TO JAIL FOR THAT AND SO RESPECT THE COURTS AND THE LAW

    I LOVE MY COUNTRY AND WILLING TO GIVE MY LIFE IF NEEDS BE FOR IT.

  102. DRASTIC
    November 9, 2010

    @tiger.: DONT’ BE AN IDIOT MATT DIDN’T PAY HIM ANYTHING. THE PM, THAT PAID MATT LEGAL FEES

  103. T
    November 9, 2010

    How much money Skerrit paid you Matt?

  104. VALDA BRUNO DURAND
    November 9, 2010

    Does the PM look intoxicated?

  105. following there masters like poodles
    November 9, 2010

    As long as Matt did not have to retract the statement or apologise and also did not have to pay lawyer fees then he won his case it was the PM who sued and i guess it was he was in a position to come to ask for an agreement even while he did not get what he wanted. What we can say on this out come is that THE PM WAS WAS NOT DEFAMED AND THE ARTICLE WAS TRUE… pm had the chance to have his ” good name ” cleared in court instead he ask for an amicable solution the question is: why?

  106. VALDA BRUNO DURAND
    November 9, 2010

    ITS NICE TO SEE THAT MATTERS CAN STILL BE RESOLVED AMEAKABLY BETWEEN GROWN MEN. ALL THE BEST TO BOTH GENTLEMEN IN THEIR FUTURE.

  107. Outrage
    November 9, 2010

    I am disappointed that Matt would settle for this: keep his mouth shut. Matt has been advocating transparency, public disclosure and the public interest. Now, he has given Skerrit an easy victory and, in the political context of Dominica today, the ultimate victory of keeping your mouth shut on important issues of governance.

  108. yout
    November 9, 2010

    $60,0000.00 dollars richer MATTTTTTT!!!!!!!! I WANT

  109. timbok 2
    November 9, 2010

    ebeh…skerrit buy matt man? i cyah believe that.

  110. mouth of the south
    November 9, 2010

    hahaha matt i want my share of the money,,,,,,i mean duh matt would always take the money,,,,,,but is lennox he have to challenge,,,,,the coward that he is,,,,the p.m of st vincent did not ask for mediation,,,he straight out challenged the journalist and won,,,,,,so why our p.m ask for mediation,,,,ok i see,,,u have something to hide n u get it eh,,,,but don’t forget mr linton is on ur tail,,,,,,,,matt is down but lennox to go,,,,,we waiting on u n bubbles,,,,,SKERRIT DOH HIDE BEHIND MEDIATION BUT FIGHT TO THE VERY END LIKE THE P.M OF ST VINCENT!!!!!

  111. tiger.
    November 9, 2010

    sorry mr peltier for all your foolishness over the years the years.u never though u would be in this situation.causing more harm to dominica than promoting the island….pm laughting u now,because u do not have the money to pay him.i would expose you totally

  112. Watcher
    November 9, 2010

    If we follow the commandments of the Father, we will respect others and will not try to slander and defame others and create confusion and strife. Those on the side who love to hear ugly and indulge in ugly, please turn from your ways. Gossip is not good and it plays on the ignorant minds. We the more intelligent ones should empower others who are not as smart as we are. They look up to us and anything we tell them they believe. We need to encourage others to stay away from gossip and if we have a concern then we can confront the person and talk about it. We should not spread lies and stories without having proof. We are quick to spread rumours and there are so many good things happenning around us that we do not talk about. What are we teaching the young persons – to indulge in gossip and we are not examples to them. We always seem to know what happenned ie we know other persons business more than the individuals themselves. It is so disheartening that sometimes one hears things about themselves which even they are surprised about. People stop the gossip, slander, lies, etc. Let us come togehter as one – love one another as the Father has loved us (He gave his son to die for our sins), Lift up one another, Pray for one another (We are each others keeper). Pray for our leaders so peace will reign in our land. Pray, Pray and stop putting curses on our land buy using our mouths idly (Out of our mouths we can spew life and death); Then our Father can open the windows of Heaven and bless our land and all of us.

    I am happy that the parties have come to an agrement. Populace please take note and let us turn form our wicked ways.

  113. natural dominican
    November 9, 2010

    imagine a newspaper refusing to retract…hmmm…newspaper must know what they’re talking about

  114. BLACK HEART
    November 9, 2010

    VENEZUELA PART 1………CAPTAIN CARBON……….VENEZUELA PART 2…….TALK SHOW HOST MATT

  115. celebrity
    November 9, 2010

    I wonder what tht really went down in tht court room…

    **light bulb** Did Matt win the case?!?!?!

  116. chemist
    November 9, 2010

    Hmm interesting…very interesting…

  117. Cummess
    November 9, 2010

    Hmmm… Somebody pay a money in secret wi lol

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