Gov’t makes moves toward construction of an international airport

PM Skerrit said his government has always entertained the construction of an international airport
PM Skerrit said his government has always entertained the construction of an international airport

Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has said that his government has always entertained the idea of building an international airport in Dominica but insisted that the island cannot borrow money to build it.

Speaking on Kairi’s Heng Program on Wednesday the prime minister revealed that experts from a Chinese firm are in Dominica to visit the proposed construction site of the facility, in Compton Point near Calibishie, and to offer advice to the government.

“So they are bringing experts to look at it and to advise us and based on the advice that we have gotten from other independent sources, whether this site is in fact appropriate for the construction of an international airport,” he said. “And once they are satisfied, based on their independent assessment by the experts, then we shall move with the design phase of the airport.”

The prime minister made it clear that the airport has to be financed through grants because Dominica is in no position to borrow money for such huge undertaking. “Anything outside of that is a fictitious project,” he said. “So our approach to financing this airport has not changed because we know for a fact that Dominica will not get a loan to build this airport; none whatsoever.”

He pointed out that if anybody says they can get loans to build an international airport in Dominica, “you have to question that source of the money, it cannot come from a legitimate bank.”

The prime minister noted that his government has already engaged ‘benefactors,’ partners and countries for financing for the project.

“Once we get the design we will know exactly and precisely how much this airport will cost and then we shall go to the benefactors who we have been speaking to for many years,” he said.

Skerrit stated that he has a draft MOU relating to the design of the airport to review and he will be taking it to cabinet next week.

The prime minister also defended his decision to a keep a US$300-million agreement with a Chinese company under wraps.

The deal includes the ‘reconstruction’ of an international airport and the building of a hotel in Roseau and a hospital.

Skerrit said he wanted to make sure everything was in place before going public.

He said he wanted the Chinese team to visit the site of the proposed international airport “and then once we get this written advice to say yes it can be done, we can prepare a conceptual drawing for your consideration, here is the draft MOU between yourselves and ourselves, and once we get to this point of signing the MOU on the international airport then we can engage the public and then say, look this is the progress we have made in respect to the international airport.”

Skerrit signed the agreement with Chinese company, ASCG on November 8 but it came to light only after the company published a release on its website on December 2, 2013.

According to ASCG, the Chinese government will provide preferential loan funds to support the projects outlined in the agreement.

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205 Comments

  1. Long Dist. Observer
    December 30, 2013

    Indeed the opportunities that may arise as a result of the construction of an International Airport in Dominica are numerous.
    Looking at this topic, the first question that someone might ask is, will there be opportunities for new businesses? Simply put, the answer is yes. And the opportunities are tremendous.

    Another question is, who should be putting strategies in place to capitalize on these endless opportunities? In this respect, both the government and the private sector must work together. Government must help to set the stage – as it is doing partly by building the airport – for private businesses to grow and develop. Once the stage is set though, private interests should seize the opportunities that are going to become available.

    Efforts should be made to reach out to say an Organization such as the IADC to play a role in all of this? the IADC should be given the mandate is to arrange for additional financing and construction of a Dominica International Airport, and thereafter to Assist/manage it effectively and efficiently. In the future, after its completion Dominicans should therefore be invited to submit bids/proposals for space for concession stands within the airport terminal building and invited to submit proposals for rental of land space on, or near the airport site to set up airport related businesses.

    This organization such as (IADC) in St. Vincent should also be involved in some collaborative efforts: Especially with the Tourism Industry, Invest in Dominica, and the Director of Airports, to implement some marketing plan to attract potential passenger and cargo airlines, as well as other related services to assist the country to move ahead economically; and the other with the Planning Division, to develop a land use plan, to guide development within the airport zone.

    Dominicans who are interested in doing business at the new Airport should be encouraged to put on their business professionalism caps and to become first movers, so that they become the first choice for concession space and the other business opportunities within the airport compound.

    Let us face it, in many respects, Dominica is what I termed virgin territory for business and investment, and with the construction of International Airport, the country would become far more accessible and attractive to potential foreigner investors for investment in businesses of all sorts.

    Perhaps two of the most obvious areas for development are the services industry, particularly tourism, and as a natural extension, the agricultural industry. But with increased air traffic, the manufacturing industry may see a boost as well.
    We have the examples of this throughout the Caribbean, one of which is The Buccament Bay Resorts in next door Saint Vincent, which was started with the understanding that along with that development would come improved airport facilities. We should research the positive effects this had on employment,and how many jobs that were created by this project during its construction phase. We have also to see the effects on other businesses which were set up in that area and how undoubtedly there can be more.

    With the international airport development and the marketing of this facility, we would expect to see a significant increase in stay over tourist arrivals. And Obviously not all of these tourists would be going to Fort Young. I am certain that other hotels would established themselves here in Dominica, and would benefit from the enhance airport facilities as well. There are also opportunities for other investors, similar to those throughout the Caribbean, to set up new businesses within the hospitality industry.

    With the increase in hotel rooms and stay over tourists and the resulting increased demand for food, there will be enhanced opportunities for farmers to sell their products locally. Careful and well targeted investment in agriculture must now be foremost in the minds of our farmers and other investors. The opportunities to make money in agriculture results not only from selling locally, but also with the new airport, freight charges for airlifting goods to foreign markets is likely to be less than it is now. This means that far more of the farmers’ money will remain in their pockets. How about for example, planting more flowers, so that we can export more cut flowers.

    Regarding the communities around the airport: What sort of business opportunities might be available to them? Here are a few suggestions: Set up businesses that would attract tourists into the rural villages. For example, at present when tourists come to Dominica they go up to Water Falls, They want to view the “Boiling Lake” They want to see “The Valley of Desolation”. And from all accounts, they are “blown away” by the breath-taking beauty of the Greenery, Naturalness, and Especially The Ecosystem of DA. But really, what are in these Sites to attract them (the tourists) to come Back to spend money? We have rivers in the valleys; and there is the BotanicalGardens. Let us think about how we can capitalize on these and other natural resources of our communities, as the tourists travel through our country.

    How about setting up a restaurant that sells local foods done in a variety of attractive ways? This way, taxi operators will have choices when considering where to take visitors for a taste of St. Vincent. How about setting up Bed and Breakfast establishments in our villages?

    Finally, the construction and operation of the International Airport, means that the we would at least two airports Melville Hall Airport

  2. Santa
    December 8, 2013

    Given our small population(scattered communities),lack of viable tourist attractions(white sandy beaches,casinos,pubhouses,marinas)and the rugged terrain and vast vegetation of the Island(Dominica)and sorry high cost of living—having an int`l airport not going do much.

    • New York Observer
      January 1, 2014

      Response is Ignocratic at least, It tells the local, and International Community that you are uninformed, about Business, Economies, Marketing, etc. and it appears to me that you do not care one iota about Dominica’s Economic Health, and Development. You see some people should stand back and let progress through, if you have nothing Progressive, positive to add just stand back on the sidelines and let positive progress take its course.

      Thanks

  3. Anonymous
    December 6, 2013

    Skerritt, you are the man.

  4. Anonymous
    December 6, 2013

    well …well well..where has trust and honesty gone in public life

  5. MA
    December 6, 2013

    Dominicans are a bunch of fools. Dominica is the only country in the Eastern Caribbean without an international airport. EVERYtime there is a talk of progress, politics ruins it all. Look at the development of Dominica compared to other islands. It is shameful. This is not about Skerrit or the Labour Party. An international airport is needed. Full stop. Stop arguing about where we will get the hotel rooms to accommodate blah blah. Build the thing first then that will be dealt with after. You cannot be arguing about a shoe until you get the proper foot size. Why are we so silly? Blinded by politics.

  6. NicE n NaughtY
    December 6, 2013

    Two tongue p.m so one time we do not need and cannot maintain an international airport and now we do and can, who changed your mind? de chinese?? i want to hear the supporters change their talk now.

  7. Anonymous
    December 6, 2013

    Before spending all this money , dont you think it wouldbe a good idea to find out whether any airlines are interested in flying into Do minica. airlines a
    Are all about money and think dont think this is a very profitable.

  8. wow
    December 6, 2013

    ummm how a prime minister negotiating in secrets for such an important matter.tax payers must know how much we have to pay. is this a crooked deal.

    • New York Observer
      January 11, 2014

      Response is Ignocratic at least, It tells the local, and International Community that you are uninformed, about Business, Economies, Marketing, etc. and it appears to me that you do not care one iota about Dominica’s Economic Health, and Development. You see some people should stand back and let progress through, if you have nothing Progressive, positive to add just stand back on the sidelines and let positive progress take its course.

      Thanks

  9. 4CARS
    December 6, 2013

    Skerro fooled them once, then he fooled them twice – do you think he’ll fool them thrice?

  10. MeCamem
    December 6, 2013

    Who gives a darn about debt. Did Ronald Reagan dig up the airport in Grenada. Man build the darn thing and if we cannot pay for then let the Chinese nationalize Dominica, and turn it into the Western Taiwan.

  11. Mamizoo
    December 5, 2013

    I really didn’t want ti comment on this gimmick so much so as to dignify Skerrits action of disrespecting the people of Dominica.

    Peeps this is all cow down and this is coming from a man who is desperate and desperate and cornered rat will do anything

  12. clavvie
    December 5, 2013

    Wake up time! Seems to me that the sleeping government is now awake. Now the PM is promising Dominicans the world of goodies! He is on a role due to pressure by the new look opposition… Look at the following drama:
    1) Why was so much money and time spent of the melville hall airport? How come the Venezuelans- Uncle Chavez – did not just build an international airport? How come the international airport was never considered by this government – remember they were all shouting Dominica cant maintain such airport? It was this same Government who damned the idea of uwp international airport and it was this same government who gave back the land – to their supporters- bought by the uwp administration for the international airport.
    Its this same government who said night landing and melville hall airport would be like international, now they saying something else..
    Its it very strange that they are into action for international airport. This Government is just into the business of fooling Dominicans left right and center.
    2) High way from portmouth to roseau. where is the high way with the three lanes ? what Dominicans got is just the same road with lots of improvement but certainly not a highway… This government is just fooling Dominicans… They said high way: high way with some chinese dogs – oh gosh….. and …. Look at the roads in Dominica, they are all beyond repair , Dominicans deserve better road ways….. stop patching roads
    3) Oh cheaper gasoline… Dominicans just jumped for this lie and believe that Petro Caribes would easi the pressure… Next thing: Gas even more expensive in Dominica .. The only thing petro cariabes selling is cooking gas …….. does one drive cars with coooking gasssssss….
    The list could go on… but for sanity sake, lets stop there for the while…….
    Now that uncle Chavez is dead and veneuzuala is not pumping money like before PM has turned to China and other friendly governments .. PM whats the pay back for all these goodies? Could you openly tell Dominicans what’s the pay back for all these gooodies cause santa claus is being good to ya government in season and out of season?
    Time to catch ya all self and get back to reality.. You all have lost direction…… Dominica is like a sinking ship…

  13. Fitzroy W. Lawrence
    December 5, 2013

    On behalf of Several Dominicans, this good step in the right direction. Now we hope to see it come to Fruition. We are long overdue in this direction. The it stands now, we are considered a joke when we are traveling to Dominica, and using other people’s airport. Once they understand that you are Dominican, all kinds of Obstacles begin emerge to get frustrated, and delay you so you can a lot of finances overnighting in their contries.

  14. tooeasy
    December 5, 2013

    PM you just win my vote ..call elections soon before i change my mind

  15. HIM
    December 5, 2013

    Alas skerrit is coming mad. Everything Linton say that he AND HIS TEAM will do,Skerrit passing later saying he will do the same thing. POOR PITY. HEADLESS CHICKEN SYNDROME?

  16. Ted Lewis (posie)
    December 5, 2013

    I haven’t been on DNO for a while due to my work obligations. when I heard these news I decided you check and read comments from the regular bloggers who used to be against the ideas of the international airport. To my surprise , It seems that they are all gone or blogging under different names. I wonder why.

    Anyway I must say that I welcome the news of these new project and I am sure that we stand to benefit significantly if these project come true.

    I am still disappointed that we arguing about cost and ability to repay. Again people these investment will expand the gdp of Dominica. As the gdp grows in a buoyant tax system the government will collect more from its existing taxes. This increase revenue could then be used to service the debt. All we need to know is the cost of the airport and how much phases and the expected disbursement schedule . From this information you project the expected impact on GDP. Then using the existing tax elasticity’s( that should be available at ministry of finance) you grow taxes by the elasticity’s multiply by the growth of gdp. then we are able to see the impact of this investment on government taxes which will indicate if we could generate enough revenue to service the debt .

    on another note ,For the pm to state that Dominica cannot get a loan for an international airport is very misleading without performing the necessary modelling. I suspect he knew that his supporters that were fooled and brain wash ( saying that we don’t need or cannot afford all these years ) will loose trust in his words. Therefore he trying put his spin by he not shane for sure.

    Also to all the UWP supporters and neutrals who for years call for the international airport lets just be happy that’s its coming . Lets put country first . It don’t matter from who or by whom but its coming to Dominica to benefit all of us. Let’s just hope that we get it.
    Yes its may be an election ploy but we all know is that time of the cycle where we actually get stuff that benefit the nation. that’s the Caribbean way . the good thing is we stood our ground that if Dominica has to move then among other things an international airport is a precondition for take off.
    In all this the uwp and people like me is the winner because we have been articulating the need for it and finally the DLP has seen the light.
    Mr. Prime Minister better late then never and I thank you for finally paying attention to the people. Job well done but I still believe change is a must and not an option. Unless if you shake up the party we new and competent parl reps that is transparent, competent and has integrity.

  17. FIRE........FIRE....
    December 5, 2013

    Skeritt u can give me that little airport in Melville hall eh…I have two little hot wheels I will see if I can modify them, put two wings, some low profile tires good to go..and go to Antigua to get those stranded passengers.. I mean if you don’t want it any more..

  18. Calypso 2014
    December 5, 2013

    Is history repeating itself in song?

    When will it end x 2
    When will the ignorance of my country come to an end?
    When will Dominicans try and understand that we control the mandate in this land
    Only then I will agree that we have a positive country, then brothers we rise , sisters will rise to higher heights.

    Politicians not easy they really think they can fool we in this country

    Now elections are approaching they promising all kind of tings …. all of a sudden an International Airport is magically feasible and beneficial for Dominica!! I told you all so

  19. Blessed
    December 5, 2013

    Truth be told as I see it….Dominica CANNOT contain,maintain nor sustain an international airport. We don’t need one

  20. FAST N FURIOUS
    December 5, 2013

    Hey!You want news? I’ll give you news.
    You want news? I’ll give you some interesting news.
    Skerrit say he gonna build an International Airport for Dominica and that have dem UWPass going mad.Check DNO and you will read their comments.They campaigning like is election.Them desparadoes realise that is it.Check their plan for the Airport,you will notice they had already build a coffin for the party.

  21. Amen
    December 5, 2013

    When ARE the Labourites going to give us back our country?
    When?

    • anonymous
      December 5, 2013

      Us who? is our country to.

    • December 5, 2013

      Labourites never take ur country is not what ur country can do for u is what u can do for ur country

  22. dominican people
    December 5, 2013

    Fool dem skerro, fool dem.

  23. fouchette
    December 5, 2013

    first all i very dissapointed with govt in the sense we had to learn second hand knowledge from a website that a Deal is signed without the approval of cabinet i not opposing but i am finance person i would like how is Dominica going to pay back this debt where is the revenue going to come from to service this debt.we must not forget the budget where the economy did not grew but recided by -0.5% and we are nearly a billon dollar in debt so i would to know how are we going the pay the debt. We dominica must be careful cause blame the uwp the huge debt which they put dominica in throught their regin. Please that the project of this matter is higher than all debt all the previous governments I am quoting the prime minister who said we need the international airport but cant afford so how can we afford it after 6 month when your economy shrink to negative growth please any rightful dominica give an answer and please stick to the issues

  24. CB BOSS
    December 5, 2013

    Great job Prime Minister Skerrit!

    I strongly believe that your dedication is for the improvement in the lives of all Dominicans.

    May God guide you and keep you strong.

    • December 6, 2013

      Now, if DNO,printed it. right, you read “reconstruction of an International Air Port. Does Dominica have One ? :-| :-| :-| :-|

  25. wow
    December 5, 2013

    for 14 years all this government been doing is begging and and making its citizens beg.

    now skeritt acting as a desperate man.everything lennox (the man without degree) say he gonna do skerrit saying he gonna do it.
    so lennox leading and skerritt following

    • December 5, 2013

      All country in the world beg for help what you him to do

  26. Eagle eye
    December 5, 2013

    Put the airport in cabrits….flatern that cabrits mountain that have no value…zorr Paka tan

    • December 5, 2013

      You are not flattening the mountain jackass there is a flat piece of valley to the side of the mountain straight up to bell hall from Purple Turkle

    • CB BOSS
      December 6, 2013

      Eagle eye,

      You mentioned the cabrits and gave me an idea. I’m not an engineer, but it appears to me that this area where the present ‘Moroccan’ hotel is being built would have been a good location for an international airport.

      In my opinion, this looks feasible with a little extension into the sea at both ends (towards tantan and towards Portsmouth bay), of course.

  27. Tumble , back kick
    December 5, 2013

    For 14 years you guys resisted the idea of an international airport. You spent so much millions on lengthening Mellvillehall under the mountain waste so much millions, now all of a sudden you in with international airport idea. So it is valid when it fits your agenda. And we believe you hook, line and sinker. Dominicans pas febe.

  28. Skerrits Airport
    December 5, 2013

    Skerrit are you a HEADLESS CHICKEN BROTHER?
    JUMP! JUMP! JUMP! JUMP! JUMP! JUMP! The tamarind whip Linton has skinning you tail there, is really making you scamper boy.

    • Shameless
      December 5, 2013

      :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: ! But, Change Must Come!

      Assertive, NOT Agressive!

    • Blue ribbon
      December 5, 2013

      This headless chicken is taking Dominica down a vey dangeous, slippery slope. I think he better hike up the highest mountain in China, take a sniff of ganja; look below him, then take another sniff.

  29. UDOHREADYET
    December 5, 2013

    Skerrit you are doing a fantastic job!! those jealous do nothings that want power are spewing all kinds of venom because dey fraid!! dey fraid because you are succeeding in the endeavors and promises made to the Dominican people dey fraid because they doh have a legitimate plan and still think lying will put them in office dey fraid because dey will be staying the hotel and flying on the planes from this grant! yes fraid dey fraid!

  30. Anonymous
    December 5, 2013

    Isn’t this an open forum where people can agree to disagree? Yet, when one voices his/her opinions they are being called names, such as stupid, dumb, and unintelligent. Come on now ppl is time we grow up and move away from all these name calling

    • Papa Dom
      December 6, 2013

      If persons make stupid and unintelligent comments, why shouldn’t they be called that. People come here talking about jealousy and hatred even when they are presented with well reasoned arguments, why then shouldn’t they be called by the attributes they display?

  31. dafriend
    December 5, 2013

    Hold on…I am confused. Skerrit says the international airport has to be, and I quote “financed by grants”. My question now: what about the chinese agreement. The website of ASCG clearly states and I quote: “the works for this cooperation include an international tourism hotel, reconstruction of an international airport, building a hospital newly and the total investment is about USD300 million. So, if the international airport is to be financed only by grants what was he planning to do with the USD 300 million because a hotel and a new hospital do not cost USD 300 million. Was the remainder of at least USD 190 million to be used for something else? Fellow readers, I leave this one to your imagination…
    One thing is clear either he is trying to sell us a dummy again or the chinese website is telling lies. I tend to believe the chinese website, after all what motivation do they have to make incorrect statements on their own website.
    Skerrit, what did you plan with the remainder of the chinese money? Perhaps early retirement with almost USD 200 million in your suitcase? Explain yourself!! Tell us!! Or have you gone crazy and got the math wrong?

  32. OMG
    December 5, 2013

    Mr. Skeritt, why the waste of money?

    when you all came in the UWP even though you all do not like the blue party, but they had already spent a lot of money for the international airport. Because it was not the labour party plan, you all just push it aside, waste that money and now talking about? you think we are stupid?

    How you all sleep @ nights when you waste the struggling tax payers of Dominica money, travel hundreds of times in a year just to get extra money from the tax payers that have no right to know on what mission you go on for Dominica.

    Mr. PM would like it, if you are paying someone to work for you and you cannot get from them what they are doing?

    • Anonymous
      December 6, 2013

      One question. Why did the uwp not use the Freedom Party plan which, as far as I can see was a much better plan?

  33. _________________
    December 5, 2013

    Skerrit cannot build no airport. Fraid he fraid. He knows that he will be out soon. I for sure will vote against him.

  34. December 5, 2013

    % you are just a copy cat, you cant see you cannot match any thing to linton name, he is just a norvis

  35. shaka zulu
    December 5, 2013

    I must give that to the PM. If your skills in economics and finance was 1/2 as manipulative as your psychology on display Dominica would be the envy of the caribbean.

    I must note since the opposition has been mobilizing and bringing out ideas you are rebuting them on after the other with rushed actions and policies. I say that is all good for the people of Dominica.
    however the fact remains that for 14 yrs you and your friends have accumulated wealth beyond the capacity of your salary, violent crimes in dominica sky rocketed, cost of living gone up pay checks no where, multiple infrastructure built by foreigners with little to no impact to the financial lives of dominicans. Additionaly, civil servants working for 20 plus years and cannot afford to buy a piece of land. 80% of our people own less than 5 acres of land. How much do you own? And for those who do it takes 5 yrs plus to get registered.
    instead of creating environment for private sector growth tax payers are now owning hotels, abatoir, and more.

    Millions being spent on liat and geothermal and now 1.2 billio in loans and grants and most likely election funds that was not part of any parlimentary budget presentation. If that is not irresponsibility and lack of accountability i do not know what is.
    You are trying your best to silence to opposition by doing everything they talk about. You had 14 yrs. Good psychology. Sorry financial and fiscal responsibility and lack of suatainable vision for Dominica

    Your time will one day expire

  36. Listening!!!
    December 5, 2013

    Skeritt how do you ask for set dollar figure for an INTL airport without a proper feasibility study of the location and a architectural design to obtain costing?

    Something is not right.

  37. Anonymous
    December 5, 2013

    Yea yea, election gimmick

  38. Doc. Love
    December 5, 2013

    I consider myself to be a very intelligent person. You mess with my intelligence you mess with me. Fourteen years are to time to mess with Dominican’s intelligence. If Skeritt continues to fool Dominicans, he will suffer the consequences when General Elections are called.

  39. December 5, 2013

    you all uwp soporters, shame all shame. edison james stay four and a half years in office and did not build the airport,and all their talk is clean voters list, electoral reform, access to dbs radio station. 18 to 3 and still complaining all you to late for the party and will always be. thats why linton start with isidore, it have more tp come grand bay next with paul alexander,,,,, he that ears let him hear

    • .
      December 5, 2013

      As I said some time ago, I know they built GRANDBAY SECONDARY SCHOOL. I attended this school from Form 1 to Form 5.I had some good teachers there. Now I am a third year medical student in the USA. As I said before “I WISH THEM (UWP) WELL!

    • December 5, 2013

      Skeritt all the way no body can beat him they will not do any better than skeritt

  40. December 5, 2013

    Mr dosent tired lie to us Dominicans. Don’t worry those lies are catching up with him now.mr Skerrit you can’t fool us no more get a a new trick.

  41. %
    December 5, 2013

    The pressure is on Skerro. It is making the hair recede more and more.HA! hA! hA! You thought Linton was a run over? Well believe it or not, if God grants him life, he will be one to sit on that PM chair you once called yours.
    I LOVE LINTON!
    HE IS BRILLIANT!
    HE IS HONEST!
    HE IS A PATRIOT!
    HE UNDERSTANDS THE NEEDS OF THE COUNTRY, AND THE POOR MAN!
    HE KNOWS HOW TO GET THESE NEEDS!
    HE IS NOT INSULTIVE!
    HE HATES CORRUPTION IN GOVERNMENT!
    HE HAS THE MOST SOLID TEAM YOU COULD DREAM OF!
    HE WILL NOT BE A PUPPET PM!
    THE PLANS OF HIS PARTY ARE CREDIBLE!
    HE IS A TEAM PLAYER, NOT A DICTATOR!
    HE UNDERSTANDS THE PLIGHT OF HIS PEOPLE, you remember 21 in 25?
    HE KNOWS WHAT DOMINICA NEEDS, TO MAKE IT THE GEM OF THE CARIBBEAN!
    Wish I could end with “ssssss” at the end of WORKERS, but DNO, refuses to publish my bloggs with those “sssss”. This I consider to be a threat to my constitutional right of association. OK DNO ‘Workers’ is now my party, not Labour, so don’t punish me, because I will never change..

  42. Jude Nicholas
    December 5, 2013

    Since Lennox Linton became leader of the UWP here are some of the promises made.

    Establish national airline
    Establish Dominica’s ferry service
    build international airport
    Build five star eco hotel in carib territoty
    build water park in botanical gardens
    create 5000 jobs in three years
    Build youth enterprise center on high street Roseau
    Provide cash subsidies to farmers
    Provide free education at all levels
    Provide playing fields and sport facilities.

    And the list goes on. All these promises require significant investments way beyond US$300M. Yet not of the bloggers who support UWP have questioned what is the source of funding for these promises.

    All of a sudden Those UWP are now concern of the national debt. What is significant here Skerrit is saying how he intend to finance all his projects whether is by grants or preferential loans. The UWP is yet to indicate how it intends to finance not one project and what is the source of its funding.

    • long tongue
      December 5, 2013

      WELL SAID JUDE NICHOLS……

    • %
      December 5, 2013

      @ Jude Nicolas Good afternoon Mr Jude. Long I have not seen your face man. Hope I meet up with you soon. Mr Jude if only you had just half a brain, you would realize that all thesepromises by the Linton led UWP Party, need serious attention, which cannot,and will not be obtained or be given by this lazy and incompetent team led by Skerrit. That’s why Linton is such a brilliant guy, AND TRUST ME, HE AND HIS TEAM CAN ACCOMPLISH ALL AND MORE.I am convinced having listened to the Job and Economic forum, that at least 7000-1000 jobs or more can be created in three years. Trust me these guys spelt out exactly how the jobs will ariseJude.Stop listening to nonsense on radio,put your radio on Q95, even if you have to TURN DOWN THE VOLUME. Before I left Labour Party that’s what I used to do, because they use to tell us not to listen to Q. but thanks God I was smart. Can you Jude tell us how Labour Party can create 5000 jobs in 15 years? I sure you can’t, but you are so used to a government who cannot deliver that you find a party that can deliver is not real. COME ON JUDE I THOUGHT YOU WERE SMARTER THAN THAT MAN.
      So my friend stop associating with them Labar fellas.What they will teach you is how to feather your nest, and at your age now,you are not interested in that.Where you ever hear GREEDY PEOPLE CAN GOVERN WELL?

      • %
        December 5, 2013

        OOPS 7000-10000 jobs.

      • Jude Nocholas
        December 5, 2013

        Bro you are yet to say how the funds are going to come about. Is it going to be grant then from whom? loans? what is the source? local funds, how more taxes?

      • LAW
        December 6, 2013

        Man you have said nothing there that made sense. Please counter what the man has said. Is there truth to what he has said? If not point to the truth of funding the projects.

    • UDOHREADYET
      December 5, 2013

      fraid dey fraid dats why UWP making so much noise!
      next thing they’ll promise free toilet paper to wipe the mouths of all UWP supporters. :lol: :mrgreen:

      • December 6, 2013

        That’s the Level of your Mentality”..

    • soursop
      December 5, 2013

      crab in a barrel you are.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      December 6, 2013

      Jude, most of us are able to recognize nonsense when we read it. If one should ask Lennox, or any member of the UWP where is the source of the money to build an International Airport, and the other proposed that you mentioned.

      I believe the same question can be posed to the ruling Labor Party, since we do not have that sort of resources in our government treasury to do anything such as the government is now proposing.

      It works both ways sir, anything that the Labor Party can accomplish in Dominica, any other party with a different crew can accomplish the same thing!

      Look at it this way; the Labor Party shut down an International Airport, in doing so, they told us the one that was about to commenced was too expensive, and they the coalition government in power; and ultimately five years later the Labor party told us they could get an International Airport build for a fraction of what the UWP was about to spend.

      I ask you sir, what fraction of a whole number they hope borrow, and from where in comparison to what the UWP had already secured to construct the International Airport.

      Very intriguing question; do you care to answer that for me?

      Ask the government where the resources are going to come from to fulfil all the promises they are making right now.

      So you see how idiotic your comments are; why can we trust the promises of the ruling party, and not trust the promises of the hopeful.

      How come they had almost twenty years to do all they are promising now, and did not rise one finger to do it, and all of a sudden ” we’ll do it.

      Nonsense!

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  43. De Marine
    December 5, 2013

    Now…All along the people of Dominica and the United Workers Party have been calling for an international airport and all take over twenty million dollars and waste it on night landing at marigot…now you coming out and demonstrate your incompetence in such an unapologetic and distateful way….we should vote all you out asap.

  44. Jonathan St.Jean
    December 5, 2013

    The PM has already inked a deal worth $300 million with the Chinese on bahalf of Dominica meaning the contract is in effect and he now says he does not want to reveal the details to us yet.
    I must be missing something.We are in the hook for $300m and we don’t know what for.When will this PM start treating inteligent Dominicans with respect we deserve and and we demand in a democarcy?.
    The news talks about “reconstruction” of an airport, for there to be re-construction there has to be an existing facility, tell me this is s typo.Mr. Skerritt would you put your wife in debt to the tune of &$3m or even $30m without telling her the details of what is going on, or better yet wouldn’t you discuss the details with her before you sign that document and impose such a big liability on her.Man Dominica is not your private estate.
    b

  45. %
    December 5, 2013

    We are confused.I really thought the US$300 000 000.00 was partly towards the airport we.
    Can’t you all wise people see, is Linton and his team that have Skerrit going loco?
    PUT MORE PRESSURE ON HIM LINTON!
    THE MORE YOU PUT ON HIM THE MORE LOCO HE WILL BECOME!
    DR Benjamin is still on island! HE WILL TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS! how long?
    not long!
    SO SKERRIT FOOLED HIS gullible Labourites again. I heard one saying that the airport construction is going to begin next week. Can you all imagine?
    Skerrit go on “Matt in the Morning” to clear the air. This is the station most Dominicans listen to.

  46. Lewis Carroll
    December 5, 2013

    This may sound like madness but you do not need to search out flat ground to build a runway.
    A runway is a deep concrete slab and it will span between columns.
    Look at Funchal airport in Portugal or Madeira airport.
    Then you can build it in the South.
    Google it.
    Exactly what are the Chinese international experts on?

  47. 2cents
    December 5, 2013

    There’s nothing this pm could do to please any Dominicans anymore, that’s the reason why he had his son born in the US, which is a personal NOT political decision, 30 yrs from now, maybe the will be dead god forbid , or enjoying what’s left of his pension, his son will be living his own life making his own decision and being the son of an old x pm or late pm won’t have any positive impact on his life, so when Dominicans refuse him because he is the son of skerrit, he could always run to USA to live his life. The man had a long term vision and he facilitate his son future, cause he is pm now and won’t be later,

    • December 5, 2013

      No, you are wrong. He won’t die, he wants to be PM for 50years. Don’t you think that his son will be the next PM after him? Because he thinks Dominica is his inheritance, so his son will be the next prime minister. How you mean if you all don’t want him? Sure, he will automatically hand it over to him.

    • ()
      December 5, 2013

      @ 2cents I would not pay you 2cents for this piece of pure crap that you wrote there. SKERRIT IS A BAD PM, he needs to be voted out. As simple as that. You see how Linton making him jump like a HEADLESS CHICKEN?

    • Nac Vibes
      December 5, 2013

      Yeah he loves his country and people so much that he cannot trust them with the birth of his son.
      He doesn’t intend to live here any time soon that he is not in power. like he said he has no intention of leaving politics poor. All Dominica means to him is a means to accumulate wealth and lemmings like you allow him to take it all while you grovel in poverty, so hip hip hooray for you when you catching hell and he is sipping pina calada on beach with the millions you so graciously gave him. enjoy.

  48. December 5, 2013

    election comin you can do what you want we still rollin with lennox. de country too hard change is a must

    • Kervel Raym
      December 5, 2013

      Like really shallow minded Dominicanas yall would not see if the sky was falling right before yall eyes linton will come is there going to be a change hell no if u look at America did it changed a hold lot with Obama heck no u fools read yall bible the time is a hand its not going to get better there is only worst to come turn yall lifes around before it’s too late

    • looking on
      December 5, 2013

      With lennox it will only get harder, know one knows lennox because he to arrogant.

  49. 2cents
    December 5, 2013

    Dominican living abroad , according to dno post n comments , the blue team wins the next election , I also notice that LEnnox is a high school drop out, what am I to tell my kids when they decide to drop out of school, since anyone can become a pm, education is no longer the key, I also notice that people tend to focus on the messenger n not the message, stop taking politics personal, this people are friends to each other. I have no problem with a pm building a house , I would too I was in his place , and Lennox also will build a huge house when he become pm, there’s so such thing call clean politics, it’s a combination of lies , empty promises, corruption , don’t do it let me do it etc, freedom was in, was the same if not worst, the people thought dlp had all the answers,,nope they didn’t so now we are looking up utopia the uwp for answers they don’t have cus they were already in power,there first term in office will be all about excuses , such as we met the country in a terrible state and there’s notin we cud do except try to clean, second term still won’t be 5000 jobs created,E J realize that his party will never gain power if he is the head, so he put a famous uneducated man untop , at the end E J’s policies is what will be implemented, remember Obama 08, the world loved Obama n thought he would be the one to fix everything in USA , now those same folks is singing a different song,

    • kingman
      December 5, 2013

      hmmmm. remember it is not only the few who comment here who votes, it is the ALL Dominicans, and this is why the UWP supporters always have headaches after the elections; they think is they alone who have to vote.

    • December 5, 2013

      Come on, you know better than that.You are in America. I am sure you know American history about some of those who became president. You also know that some of the greatest business men in America, including Steve Jobs, if my memory serves me right, was not a college graduate.

  50. Da.
    December 5, 2013

    If I`m not mistaken, every time election is about to take place, we always hear about international airport, when who ever gets in power matter close. Think of up grade ding Canefield. 2min,from my home.

  51. faceup
    December 5, 2013

    Airport or no airport LABOUR MUST GO !

  52. December 5, 2013

    so what is the big talk mr pm we cannot be fool with dimples eney more u trying something i vote for u last election i was hoping my life and my children life would be better but no you make me and my children poor i cannot send my children to school some times sir do you know how this fills my children father trying he best he work but yet still it very had thing are hard and you coming with your trick again but this time it will not work by enjoy all u can it ill come to and end

  53. Marcus Hill
    December 5, 2013

    Since it seems you have now waken up and while you are at it why don’t you continue to promise us the following:

    1. You will pay Dominicans light bill for a year if you win the elections.

    2. You will provide free groceries to all Dominicans from now until the next general elections.

    3. The streets of Roseau will be paved in gold if you win the elections!!

    4. Milk and honey will flow from people’s pipe, upon request, for the next year until elections.

    5. You will print money and build an international airport in 6 months if you win the next elections.

    6. There will be no crime, no unemployment, no paros within a month if you win the elections!

    What else ? Oh yes, you will walk on water as a tourist attraction if you win the next elections!!

    • FAST N FURIOUS
      December 5, 2013

      Are you proposing that to your master Lennox?

      • December 5, 2013

        no, he is proposing that to your god, Skerrit.

    • mac
      December 5, 2013

      make lennox do it for you

    • Anonymous
      December 5, 2013

      SOT!

  54. Rule
    December 5, 2013

    The desperation is so obvious. During the creole fest celebration, Skeritt told a an audience of visiting Dominicans that we don’t need an International Airport. How is it that three weeks later, on Nov 8th, he signs for a loan to build the same Airport he said we don’t need. Is this just a coincidence or an election gimmick.

    • Anonymous
      December 5, 2013

      Well said Rule!!!

  55. Maria
    December 5, 2013

    UWP needs to tell us how they are going to finance their ideas. They have no diplomatic relationships and have said so many negative things about China and Venezuela. Trust me countries are just not sitting there waiting to give our little island money. Having ideas is great, but how are you going to fund them is the bigger question.

    • Malgraysa
      December 5, 2013

      We shall pray “Ave Maria”!

    • Abovethefold
      December 5, 2013

      Fool diplomatic relation are from government to government, country to country… Is the UWP in Government? … How long not long.. … Change is a Must and Not an Option!

      • Belle Bouge
        December 6, 2013

        You right about that!! FOOL DIPLOMATIC RELATION!! hahahahhaaha

    • %
      December 5, 2013

      Make sure that UWP has a more comprehensive way of doing this, because of the brains and brilliance of the team that they have to offer to the electorate. I DON’T BELIEVE ANYTHING THAT SKERRIT SAYS.The election heat has him like a HEADLESS CHICKEN, as I blogged yesterday.
      HE WILL SOON TELL FOOLS LIKE YOU that he will pave all the streets of Roseau in Gold. He will buy you your three meals, pay Domlec bills for you, DOWASCO, MARPIN, SAT TELECOMS ,LIME, etc,etc,. HE HAS “DEFAY” chasing him from Linton and the honest team,he will promise to take you to heaven now, if he believes that one exists.
      AFTER 15 long years:
      STOP THE PROMISES. STOP THE PROMISES!
      STOP THE PROMISES!
      YOU HAVE FAILED THE COUNTRY!
      HOW LONG?
      NOT LONG!

    • 1,2,3
      December 5, 2013

      Since when you know the opposition can make diplomatic relationships? That’s the government’s sphere of influence my dear. The opposition can only state their intentions

    • Anonymous
      December 5, 2013

      Don’t be fooled if the united workers party win the the General election china will work with the new government.Skerrit is not Dominica, We are Dominica one people one nation

    • Channel 1
      December 5, 2013

      @Maria – Please try to educate yourself a bit more before typing utter rubbish on DNO alright.

      Thanks.

      P.S. – Go and ask the UWP how it funded those numerous projects it undertook when it was in power.

      By the way, since when does a political party establish diplomatic relations with a sovereign state? I thought it was the government of a nation that establishes diplomatic relations with another country.

      In the process of educating yourself, could you also find out from the UWP if it as a government had any diplomatic relations with any country? They go tell you.

      Just letting you know that while the UWP was in power, diplomatic relations between Dominica and Venezuela existed alright. Now go find out who else had diplomatic relations with Dominica during the UWP’s time in government.

      • Belle Bouge
        December 6, 2013

        Which projects UWP undertook when they were in power?? You mean those ugly signs edisson go and put in marigot as soon as you come out from Melville Hall?? PUH-LEASE!!

        Also the $10,000 phone bill they leave in Ministry after Labor win?

        Allu does just come here and talk nonsense. UWP never do nothing for Dominica but blajay blajay and more blajay.

    • Moi
      December 5, 2013

      A political party does not have Diplomatic relations with another country, is a country that has Diplomatic relations, so DOMINICA and CHINA has Diplomatic relations and that relationship would continue, regardless of which party is the government. We need to stop thinking that the diplomatic relations Dominica has with other countries is relations with SKerrrit or the DLP. Dominica and the people of Dominica does not belong to the ruling Party.

    • December 5, 2013

      When the PM was not in government, he had no diplomatic passport. Wait till he gets in government and you will see how many diplomatic passport he will have. And do you know, that the Chinese diplomats were present at the workers delegation? Yes, he was present. So Chinese and others are ready to talk to any government. Also, stop speaking untruth, they were never speaking against the Chinese and Venezuelans. Listen to other radio station and other sides to know the truth. Don’t take information from one set;listen to both sides of the story to discover the truth for yourself.

      • profiler.
        December 5, 2013

        Don’t forget, that during the campaign in 2005 it was the UWP and its supporters that were waiving.Tiwanese flags.A nation that we no longer had diplomatic relations with.

  56. Anonymous
    December 5, 2013

    DNO……stop the politics. Is the one before the last paragraph necessary??? SMFH

    • Kokay There
      December 5, 2013

      When they putting all workers pictures they doesn’t be playing politics. Let DNO do and write as they please, is not your damn website!! GTFOH and shut your

    • yout man
      December 5, 2013

      yes its necessary!!!!

    • Moi
      December 5, 2013

      Yes, that paragraph is very necessary, since that’s how Dominicans found out, because the HONEST and Transparent PM DID NOT inform DOMINICANS, the same ones who put him in office, about all this. Lies and lies will always catch up with you. God knows all and sees all and we can only run for so long.

  57. Papa Dom
    December 5, 2013

    There are still questions which need to be answered and answered immediately.
    I note that the article says that the proposed site is at Crompton point.
    Mr Skerritt.
    1) Who proposed that site?
    2) did the cabinet have any input in agreeing that location? If not why hot?
    3) I am quoting Dr Honychurch here “A 1988 report by UK consultants Alexander Gibbs rejected possible jet airport sites at Canefield, Grand Savannah, Portsmouth, Brantridge, and La Plaine and had reservations about Crompton Point. But in a restudy of Crompton Point in 1989, plans and recommendations were made for a new alignment.”
    So, have we looked at those plans and recommendation to formulate new ones seeing that those are quite outdated now? However they can be useful in developing new plans if this is the preferred location of the Airport.
    4) Quoting Dr Honychurch again.
    “In 1998 plans were unveiled and preliminary money spent on studies, designs and land purchase for a jet airport inland of Wesley. In January 2000 an IMF/World Bank report did not support the project on technical and financial grounds.”
    Was the IMF/World Bank report examined again to find out exactly what those technical grounds were which led to them not supporting the project?
    5) Did you just dismiss the 1998 plans out of spite because it was a UWP idea, in the same way that the plans for the Windsor park stadium were dismissed and millions of dollars wasted?
    6) The Chinese company website states that the loan agreement includes a sum for the “reconstruction of an International airport”. Can you tell us please, what exactly do they mean by that statement? Is it that more money is going to be spent on M/H while we still have plans to build an airport at a new location?
    Those are just a few questions no doubt there are many, many more to come.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      December 6, 2013

      I (doh) trying to contradict we prime minister eh. However, the most suitable site for the construction of an International Airport In Dominica, is precisely the site where the UWP was about to build it.

      Talk about Compton, came about when the late Elford Henry objected to the site where the Trinidadian’s were commencing construction; because some of his land was about to become public domain in order to accommodate the building of the Airport.

      I would only hope we are not about to reject the site agreed to by the UWP, simply to prove that the Labor Party is correct, and the UWP was wrong.

      I am not going to get into details, nevertheless, anybody in the business of Aviation, and the building of Airports, and especially International Airports will agree that there must be a certain amount extra approach and take of space.

      In shot assuming on approach you need ten miles before touch down, and you have seventeen miles, that means you will have an extra seven miles on approach to play with; safety is paramount the site where it was about to be constructed by the UWP has that advantage at both ends.

      If they chose Compton or any other place besides where the UWP was about to build it, we might find ourselves wasting plenty of money once again, which upon completion might simply become a red and green Elephant!

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  58. Karen
    December 5, 2013

    Can somebody who has access to Roosevelt Skerrit tell himthat Dominica does not belong to him and his father? Also tell him that he is playing with fire as well in his bid to be relected by all any and all means possible.

    Thanks in advance.

  59. Francisco Telemaque
    December 5, 2013

    Let us not forget, that an International Airport was in its first stage of development. The project was already finance, the Engineers, and workers from Trinidad was in Dominica; part of the project was the Secondary School in Wesley.

    We are certain that eighty (80%) per cent of the money to finance the project came via a loan from the Government of Trinidad & Tobago, contributions came from the Peoples Republic of China, and also Taiwan. The government of Taiwan gave us ten million free as a grant, and ten million as a loan to be repaid at an interest rate of four (4%) percent.

    When the coalition government lead by Rosie Douglas, and the rest of the invincible’s; and the untouchables siege power they decided to case the people from Trinidad out of Dominica, and shut the project down, Athie also demanded that the contractors from Trinidad omit the Sixth Form college from the secondary school of Wesley; when he was ask what is the reason he is demanding the removal of the sixth Form, his answer was ” there is one in Roseau already!”

    We must remember also that the Peoples Republic of China, and the government of China also gave the same amount of money to the government and people of St. Vincent to be used in the construction of an International Airport also. We know that the St. Vincent International Airport will be operational soon, if it is not yet in operation.

    Nonetheless, Gonsalves has advised our present government not to build an International Airport, since all we need is an refurbish Terminal, and the installation of Landing Lights on the runway, hence Dominica will be set for life.

    We followed his advise, and all the money we had to build the International Airport was wasted on that old outdated Melville Hall municipal airport.

    The problem with our people is that we allow outsiders to think for us, anything the foreigner dictates to our leaders they follow not realizing that these foreign advisers such as Gonzalez
    are enemy of our country, and will do anything to place obstacles in the way of any sound development in our country.

    The Labor Party used one single word “corruption” to confused the mind of the people and turn them against the UWP, causing them to say “we doh” want no International Airport, cause it too expensive, one labor party government official contended that Edison James only want an International Airport so that he can import more cocaine into the country.

    Whereas we do not have all of the financial resources to pay for the construction, intelligence would dictate that the building of an International Airport is imperative and highly essential in the development of our infrastructure, and if we do not have the money, our only alternative is to borrow that money from some foreign government, such as China,or Venezuela, who we claim to be our friends.

    How about ALBA?

    I done cause, cause cause, I doh want to get shot oui!

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Kokay There
      December 5, 2013

      You that Francisco there. I don’t think you work at all. First time I see that. As DNO make a post you on top of things. But don’t worry, I’m not ready for you at yet.

      • Kokay There
        December 5, 2013

        @Anonymous. When lennox was passing all you like dogs on the road all you wasn’t a nobody. Shut your face!! Now he in politics he wants to be everybody friend. I hope YOU are somebody your female chien.

      • Francisco Telemaque
        December 6, 2013

        Oh, how much you humor me; anytime you ready to tango the kid is willing and able to dance with you!

        And by the way I do work even if I do not punch a time clock; I work for me, and I only: I just get home from repairing an Heater for one of my tenants, now, that winter is fast setting in, they are calling me about there some with broken thermostats, or burnt out thermocouples. Some idiot went into one of my laundry room, and shot the water off, and turn the one of the washing machine on.

        Whoever the idiot, they cause me some damage, so tomorrow that will keep me busy part of the day whiles I repair it. In any event I like DNO, they keep people like me in the Diaspora informed of the day to day happenings in our country.

        Indeed I do have the time since I am retired from the job market; I retire at age 47, a while back, I only engage in the work I do on my properties.

        I live a relax life, and DNO has helped me to enjoy that life even better, at leas when I read you guys, and I write something it helps to keep my mind and brain oscillating.

        America is a place when you are retired you had better find something to do with your time otherwise you will simply make you exit into oblivion; you go into the grave before God is ready for you.

        I am not ready to go there yet.

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

        Later.

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Gary
      December 5, 2013

      Why are you so reckless on your facts.What is it with all that fairy tail spin.Why are you making things out of your imagination as you always do.I guess that’s what you like doing.

      • Anonymous
        December 5, 2013

        Gary you again brother. Gary Skerrit does not know you Gary. Gary in Skerrit’s eyes you are a nobody Gary. Gary stop trying in your clumsy and surreptitious way to give solace to Skerrit and his dismal failure in the governance of Dominiaca’s affairs. Gary I will have to conclude Gary that you are nothing more than one of the Red Clinic goers Gary.

    • long tongue
      December 5, 2013

      YOU FRANCISCO TELEMAQUE YOU MUST THINK YOU ARE THE MOST BRILLIAND ON DNO,WITH ALL YOUR HIGH LANGUAGE AND FIGURES.WELL I NOT SMART LIKE YOU…HOWEVER SINCE YOU GAVE THE INTEREST RATE ON THE LOAN FROM TAIWAN..WHY NOT GIVE US INFORMATION ON THE ONE FROM TRINIDAD..GUESS YOU ARE HIDING SOME RELEVANT INFORMATION…DON’T GIVE US PIECES OF FACTS,GIVE US ALL THE FACTS SHATE…..WE SHALL NOT BE FOOLED BY DNO POLITICAL SCIENTIST FRANCISCO TELEMAQUE..

      • long tongue
        December 5, 2013

        CORRECTION…..brilliant

      • Francisco Telemaque
        December 6, 2013

        Well, if you believe what I wrote is not true; I believe if you ask Cousin Edison James or any former member of his cabinet, they might confirm what I said. I cannot elaborate nor comment on the interest rate they arranged to pay to the government of Trinidad & Tobago, because I don’t no.

        What I do know is that the Coalition Labor Party, DFP, Athie Martin, and all involved claimed that whatever we were borrowing, and no matter how small, or low the interest, it was too much.

        Even the only man in Dominica who is capable of only reading and writing from right to left said the UWP was about to spend too much money, on loans, however, what he Ian Douglas knows we can get to build the International Airport is a soft loan.

        Unfortunately baby, I do not have the definition of a soft loan, and I do not know any lending institutions which hands out soft loans. I am surprise that they knew where to find these soft loans while they were out of power, and in opposition, however, since they siege, confiscate, or capture the country they cannot find one of these institutions to make a soft to them to be used in the construction of the International Airport.

        All the soft loan banks properly closes their doors when the see them coming oui!

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

        I will remind you even when certain players found out that we would only be paying and interest rate of only 4% they said that would be economic slavery. I am not as smart as you believe, however, history, and physical history in particular are two of my favorite subjects, I have a long memory, I may not remember what I eat for breakfast this morning, however, my long term memory takes me back to events prior to the age of two years old!

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • Hmmm
      December 6, 2013

      Thanks for this post Francisco! For those who say it is misleading, why not attempt to find and report back whatever was left out. THIS is the type of conversation we need to have and not this back and forth nonesense attacking each other when it is all of us that will suffer the consequences of whatever decisions are made.

    • December 6, 2013

      Francisco Telemaque since when you visit Dominica? you dont have a clue of what is going on in your village and Dominica.It had any Trinidadian here to build airport? My friend take a trip to Dominica and you will see for yourself what is going on in your country and village and i hope you will find your way to your mother’s house,and by the way the road to her house is paved and if you need assistance i will give it too you.

  60. Anthony Ismael
    December 5, 2013

    I may need to improve my reading and comprehension skills, based on statements made by the DLP Administration.
    I initially thought that the US$300 million deal from China included provisions for the reconstruction of an international airport. The word “Reconstruction” means that an international airport already existed in Dominica. I was unaware that we had one, but then again I stand to be corrected.
    Maybe I didn’t search diligently enough on my 298.9 square mile island called Dominica to find said airport. Maybe the last time I transferred in San Juan Puerto Rico and flew home on a much smaller aircraft compared to the one that left the States, it was all a figment of my imagination. Maybe I did land at an international airport in Dominica, but I was not of sound mind and judgment to recognize that fact.
    According to the Prime Minister’s latest statement, a Chinese technical team will be evaluating the proposed airport-site and they will make recommendations to the government i.e., feasibility assessment survey, environmental impact assessment survey, costing etc.
    Additionally, the government will be seeking grant funds to build the said airport because we cannot afford a loan from a “Reputable bank” to build one. If the US$300 million deal from China included provisions for that statement again, “Reconstruction of an international airport,” then why would the DLP Administration need grant funds from friendly governments or friendly donors to construct the said airport?
    Alas, I hope the local psych ward at home have extra beds. They should prepare one for me just in case I land at the international airport in Dominica next time, and I fail to realize that I actually landed at one.
    I am so confused by this administration. Maybe it’s because of the constant and incessant lies and propaganda that they spew.
    “You can fool some people some time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.” Carry on my kindred spirit.

    • long tongue
      December 5, 2013

      Anthony i think you really need to improve your reading,because that statement came from the company’s website and not from the DLP.Why is it you all twist information like that?

      • Anthony Ismael
        December 5, 2013

        Did you not read the Prime Minister’s statement on GIS?
        Maybe you’re correct. The DLP Madness is affecting me too. Papamet! They need to look for a bed for me in de Mad House!

  61. Original Observer
    December 5, 2013

    An international airport for Dominica is and has been a flagship project for the UWP ever since. Recently elected Political leader of the UWP has adopted that project as has spoken in glowing terms of achieving the same to include as well a Dominica based airline, a fast ferry service etc. There was absolutley no indication of how, where and when the funding for the project would be sought and becoem available. Absolutely no details on how such a project wouyld becoem a reality, except that it remains real in the psyche of the UWP. It was envisaged to be a game changing project.

    PM Skerrit has also announced his government’s intention to go after such a project and he went further to indicate how and where he intends to get if not all but a substantial part of the funding.

    Sudenly all hel broke loose and the UWP seeminglyis ocncerned about increasing the national debt. That too is fine. There was no such outrage and denounciation when the UWP declared its intention to build an International Airpor. No questions were asked about the funding mechanism. Noone expressed concerns over the national debt. But with Skerrit’s announcement, al hell has broke looe decrying and denouncing the project.

    • Papa Dom
      December 5, 2013

      You seem to be the real high school drop out and there are a few more like you who comment on here. The English language always elude you guys and have you talking utterrubbish all the time.

  62. island man
    December 5, 2013

    enough with all the damn talks and start building.

    • coyote
      December 5, 2013

      Island man i support you 100%.

  63. bias dca
    December 5, 2013

    I am an undecided voter ..but if this go through I will definitely be a labour supporter…its about time

  64. concerned
    December 5, 2013

    thks daddy skerrit

  65. St.Joe
    December 5, 2013

    This is surely an election ploy ,( after 13 yrs is now you seeing we need one?) but we the people of Dominica have heard this so many times when elections are close. WE WILL NOT FALL FOR IT.
    Thus far, the UWP is the only party that have serious plans to build and International airport.So I will go with them to build Dominica and let it compete with other islands.

  66. Anonymous
    December 5, 2013

    Mumbo Jumbo, More Jim Jones cool-aid.

  67. Massacre
    December 5, 2013

    This Skeerit is such a follower. All the time an international airport was off He and Tony radar and according to them! was not economically viable for Da.
    Now all of a sudden the UWP has gathered such a huge following and have announced their plans when elected , it is now good for Da to have an international airport.
    Me and the wise people of Dominica want to tell DLP and it’s weak regime that we will not be fooled any more and it is time to move aside and let development come to Dominica.
    From this knee jerk reaction, it is clear to see that Skerrit has not plans for Dominica and does a day by day checking of how the winds blows and make a decesion. So I will wait to see if Dominicans will open their eyes next elction.

  68. Wesleyman
    December 5, 2013

    Forgive me but I am wondering how gullable these politicians think that Dominicans can be.
    1) The prime minister indicated that if anyone tells you that they can secure loans to build the airport that will not be with a reputable bank… the source of his funds says that this is a (favorable) loan.
    2)The land is already bought… if you remember the freedom party was going to build the airport in woodfordhill, the uwp bought land in Wesley, and now we are moving to compton calibishie.
    3) If the Chinese company is in the business of building airports, how comes politicians are the ones telling them where is the best place to build it.. a fisability study would be done to determine the most suitable place to build an international airport.
    4)Taking advantage of God’s children will get you elected but will cause you to lose your soul.

    You have succeeded in destroying the the economic viability and will of the Wesley people and now you intend to do the same in Calibishie in order to win an election.
    All you laborites in Wesley, tell me what positive impact has the land sitting in joe had on your community.
    Ms. Shillingford, are you proud of the agricultural production out of your farming community? Remember that is what sent all of us to school, and now we are willing to have the children of the generation after us eat the food of charity rather gain the work ethic that comes with watching your parents work hard for what they want.
    Rual communities can only survive on argriculture, if you destroy that sector, you have destroyed the the economic viability of that community, so to replace it with hand outs is madness.
    Gloria, history will judge you rightly as the person who stood idly by and watched your party destroy Wesley to satisfy their egos.
    So now after all of this, even if the airport was built, will the Government give the people in Wesley back the land, and considering the expectations of benefits from the airport that Wesley people have been waiting for have now been taken away, Gloria do you really feel good about about destroying your village?

    • Anonymous
      December 5, 2013

      Are you really a Wesleyman?? If you really are you would know the Compton Point in between Wesley and Woodfordhill the same location proposed by the Dominica Freedom Party. That is why DNO should put the correct information. If you look at the map provided by Dr. Honeychurch is location is clear as day.

    • Anonymous
      December 5, 2013

      You probably living outside of Wesley for too long because you don’t know your own history. UWP destroyed Wesley by purchasing the most productive agricultural land on the island of Dominica to build the proposed airport. That was a killer to the communities of Wesley and Marigot. Gloria had nothing to do with it.

      The UWP with their proposal cut directly in the heart of the agricultural sector of Wesley which would live the remaining farmers stranded to get to their farms in areas like Burton and Hermon. Please know what you’re talking about.

      • .
        December 5, 2013

        @Anonymous UWP is all about building, not destroying. So Shut the Hell Up if you have nothing to say. You are one of the gullibles Skerrit is taking for his slaves. wish one day you realize that.

      • Anonymous
        December 5, 2013

        December why so much hate. Take it easy no need to get so blue vex.

    • December 6, 2013

      Wesleyman Gloria didn’t destroy Wesley,Wesley was already destroyed by the UWP when they took the farmer’s livelihood away from them,their “land”They cannot even take a loan in the bank because they have no land paper,that’s what we did in the past to build our house,to send our children to university, from since they took our lands we became poor. wesleyman you know that is the truth if not you are from marigot.

    • Francisco Telemaque
      December 6, 2013

      Your out speaking out now, but that might be just a little bit too late, nonetheless it is better late than never!

      You know I am out spoken, as a result I get the heat many times, I get plenty of personal E-mail advising me to regard what I say; that however does not fade me because as long as I know I am speaking the truth, I could care less who gets offended. Someone called me recently, and told me I must remember that Gloria is my cousin.

      I remind the person that Gloria is from Wesley, and more than half the people of Wesley are related to her; nevertheless it is like the Village of Wesley does not exists for her. Mind you I believe that Gloria has no say, and plays no part in anything which has taken place in any sector of Dominica including Wesley.

      Every now and then she might be given a script to read, making belief that she is involved, but like I said after politics she will be retiring in the Village of Wesley among the people, and her family who’s trust she has betrayed, wether purposely, or by mere accident.

      Sir Wesley, I can say I feel very comfortable with you have been so out spoken; as long as what one say is not personal, and defamatory, people need to speak and condemn the wrong.

      Again I will say Gloria’s late father Jonathan and my mother Yvonne were brothers and sisters, that’s how closely related we are, however, I cannot sit back and watch her used to destroy our country, Wesley in particular, and say nothing.

      Hector, and Yvonne had their fun and brought me into this world; if they were alive and involved into politics, and I discover they were not doing anything in the interest of our village and the country in general, I would give them the same hell as I have given to my cousin Gloria.

      Politicians are elected to do whatever is necessary to develop the nation, if I like a politician, my love or liking for that person should not blind me to an extent where I allow myself to tolerate their do nothing of interest for the people.

      Finally, I disagree with you that all the rural re destine to be dependent on farming and Agriculture. Industrial development can take place anywhere on the island. It is true that many of us education was supported by farming, and agriculture, even that of Gloria, nevertheless, such eras has passed. We are living in a modern world, hence we have to maintain a certain amount of agriculture in order to sustain the staples we eat; apart from that we need to move beyond that.

      I advise you and the people of Wesley not to vote for Gloria, she is a waste of time! I doubt she will eveeeen vote for herself.

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

      Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  69. Anonymous
    December 5, 2013

    In Skeritt desperation he is willing to ruin the country to stay in power. This $800M loan financing is going to take the debt to GDP ratio in Dominica to over 140%. how can someone be so reckless with the management of the country just to remain in power. Sir Dwight what are you doing about that. After skeritt is done with Dominica it going to take generations to clear the debt that he have put on Dominicans, he already give his child a foreign passport so is the poor that cannot run that is going to suffer. TAKE THEM JOKERS OUT AT ALL COST

  70. December 5, 2013

    well linton is to little to late,he will have to run for all the seats in dominica, workers all you can puff, jump up and down but one thing all you can never win another electoin in dominica

  71. Next level
    December 5, 2013

    Just last week my friend told me labour doing none sense and tells the p m as is BUT will still vote and support labour cause one phone call and we get what we want is that’s what we vote a government for to receive goodies while other people suffering and the country going down like rain in a hand basket This is not fair Dominicans lets wake up it’s not about party it’s about Devlopment and a future for our Children

  72. john bess
    December 5, 2013

    It was skerrit himself who said ” we can’t afford an international airport and it would be reckless of us to build one.A liar always forgets what he says.

  73. Cactus
    December 5, 2013

    Skerrit Bro, the sooner you start working on that Airport, the happier I become for Dominica’s sake. Its well past due. Go for it Sir!!!
    Dominica will be forever grateful to you!

  74. Me again
    December 5, 2013

    In politics, timing is everything, but I wonder how much the past plans and pre-international airport work have cost Dominica over the years? Let’s see what happens here.

  75. December 5, 2013

    the workers song say, i hear a lady say alas papa bondai menea workers veway. i hope they hear is a lady that say, and not the majority of dominicans so workers all better behaves all you self.

  76. December 5, 2013

    Skerrit stop that foolishness , you are too dam childish , grow up . Only a Dam fool will believe that nonsense talk about International Airport . Why the agreement is with a company and not the Government of China ?

    • Shepherd
      December 5, 2013

      Is this the way u address ur PM. No matter yr political preference he is the Prime Minister and demands respect. You are the damn fool!!!

      • Just sayin'
        December 5, 2013

        Sorry…you cannot “demand” respect, you can only earn respect.

    • BobE
      December 5, 2013

      Skerrit will always outsmart you haters…. Sadly for the UWP, he DELIVERS!!!!

    • nothing much
      December 5, 2013

      Obviously you are just another ignorant narrow minded Dominican who have no sense of economics and politics. You need to weigh the good with the bad.

    • anonymous
      December 5, 2013

      Johnnieboy, don’t panic, when the international airport is built it will benifit all so stop getting blue vexxxxx…..

    • Gary
      December 5, 2013

      Before calling people childish,and foolish why don’t
      you read and understand,because if you did you would not be asking such silly question confusing your self.

  77. hey
    December 5, 2013

    the World’s biggest joke and joker

  78. December 5, 2013

    dont be fooled how, all along the uwp talking about taht airport it was not a problem so what you are telling me they were fooling dominican all the time. well sorry we rolling with labour,,,,,,,

    • December 5, 2013

      That is not the problem. The DLP government said that it was not needed and criticized those who supported it. Isn’t that wicked on their part to know that it was needed and to have spend all the hundred millions on Melville Hall Airport? If was needed then why spent that amount of money on Melville hall just a few years ago and then spend another set of money on international airport? Who is going to bear the burden of all those loans? You, your children, my children and the other Dominicans minus the PM and his family. Isn’t mischievous? Please think for yourself.

  79. Jay
    December 5, 2013

    What does this mean for the luxury hotel development, slated for the same location? On 6 June, 2011 Roosevelt Skerrit was quoted on DNO as saying: “construction of a new hotel in Woodford Hill could commence soon”. (on land jointly owned by the Govt. and Geest).
    What happened to that project? Is it dead and buried?

  80. john bess
    December 5, 2013

    Lies and more lies,that is why i am not voting labour again,i was promised too many things which did not materialized.

  81. BigMe
    December 5, 2013

    You do not need to keep track of election date because when you see major talks and development showing up that means election within a year.

  82. December 5, 2013

    You never had an international airport in mind and all of a sudden you have a draft MOU relating to the design. How can that be? A plan for a house takes a while much more for an airport. This is just lies. You do not speak the truth and know how to spin things to your satisfaction. Where is the hospital? No hospital! So many years and hospital is not built is not international airport that will be built now. We have waited for years and no hospital another campaign is on and no hospital still. Mr PM, you know the airport will not be built now but want to fool the people as though the airport is going to be built now. It is all for you to get back in power. If this happens, then you know that you are going to be their for life when you will not be investigated. You are afraid and in desperation so you are coming out with lies and more lies to fool the people. We won’t be fooled. Fourteen year and little has happened. All of a sudden every thing is going to happen. This is just lies and more lies.

  83. Questionable MInd
    December 5, 2013

    Iif Skeritt signed a $300 US million dollar deal/contract with chinese ppl why is he still talking about needing grants to build the so called international airport?
    Is it that this $300 US million dollars that SKERITT is to receive is to RECONSTRUCT the current airport, the hospital and build a hotel but not to contribute to the international airport?
    what is reported as being said does not add up, there are a lot of unanswered questions here, we need some clarity! please…

    • Gary
      December 5, 2013

      Why don’t you stop the foolishness.Your statement quote “there are a lot of unanswered questions here, we need some clarity! please… ” who are you referring to as we. If you cannot understand what you read why are you assuming the rest of us are like you.Partisan Politics can do strange things to the mind.

  84. realness
    December 5, 2013

    This is nothing but another TRICK by skeritt, Dominican’s and their GAMES!. Skeritt is clearly outlining that this airport has to be funded by grants! where is Skeritt going to get grants to build and airport that will cost how many million dollars, he cannot get a loan, clearly he is saying in not so many words that this project will not and never be completed! … poor Dominican’s to believe skeritt and his words of receipt and mind games. May as well vote out skeritt and see what another individual can do for the country, the only thing skeritt and his followers are doing for DA is keeping the country behind all other caribbean islands, he is too busy building his bank account thieving the money that should be invested in building the country. Skeritt really needs to go but then again, we may not be able to get him out, cause on the day the winning party is announced if it’s not skeritt it might be the first time in history is caribbean island is taken over and turn communist, watch yourself Dominicans.

  85. LOL
    December 5, 2013

    This govt is so funny. Weren’t they the ones that brought in Ralph Gonsalves from St. Vincent to convince us during the election campaigns that we do not need an international airport? But now they he singing a different song. But is maybe because he saw how foolish he has been because that same Ralph Gonsalves is now building an international airport for St. Vincent… hahahaha

    • Neg Mawon
      December 6, 2013

      Mi bowdel….Skerro boy u good, God bless u!

  86. Sigh
    December 5, 2013

    Someone, correct me if I am wrong or misunderstand. Earlier in the article, did the Prime Minister not say that Dominica cannot borrow a low for the building of an international airport? However, later on, it is stated that he is receiving a 300M- loan from the Chinese govt for the said international airport??? I’m lost. Please clarify for me. Thanks

  87. A perfect idiot
    December 5, 2013

    Deception! Deception! Deception! When we keep lying we tend to forget what was said previously.
    Let me quote here what was mentioned this week by the Chinese firm as what the US$300 dollar was for: ASCG’s website mentions “reconstruction of an international airport” among projects to be undertaken under the agreement. Other projects include a hotel to be built in Roseau estimated at US$70-million and construction of a new hospital, according to the website. It was for the reconstruction of an international airport. Reconstruction means to repair, restore, renovate something that is already in existence. Is there an airport in Calibishie that needs to be restored? I know I am a perfect idiot and need plenty help here. 2. Here is another disturbing or untruthful statement: “The prime minister revealed that experts from a Chinese firm are in Dominica to visit the proposed construction site of the facility, in Compton Point near Calibishie, and to offer advice to the government.”
    So experts are here to visit the site and to offer advise to the government but yet a loan is already secured? What if those experts say site is not suitable? If I am not mistaken, since I am a perfect idiot, was there not Aid Bank representative present with the PM when the USD$300 million was signed? If yes, then someone needs to tell me if a bank can give a loan without knowing what it is for, how much is the actual cost, place of investment etc. The idea of playing ping pong without loan has me even more disturbed. These guys realize the Wesley seat is in trouble and therefore by showing Woodford Hill voters that they intend to build an airport right in their door step, voters will fall for it. But not even A Perfect Idiot will be deceived by that.

    • Anthony Ismael
      December 5, 2013

      Garcon, if I continue to read the DLP statements about that phantom airport any longer, I will be in the MAD HOUSE. :lol:

  88. WICKED PEOPLE
    December 5, 2013

    Way TO GO MY P.M VOTE LABOUR !

  89. Wesley
    December 5, 2013

    Compton point is no where close to Calibishie. It is located between Wesley and Woodfordhill for a matter of fact it is closer to Wesley. Please get your facts clear.

    • Anonymous
      December 5, 2013

      Who cares where its located? That’s not the issue at hand

  90. Joe
    December 5, 2013

    DNO where did the PM confirm or defended he sign off on a $300M loan facility? Judging from the website you relying on the article was translated with the worse of grammar and misleading information…. Eg. It says ‘Dominica is a tourist resort located on the caribbean sea’ I mean really DNO you find that is a credible source to quote from?? Look another example from your own story:

    “According to ASCG, the Chinese government will provide preferential loan funds to support the projects outlined in the agreement.” Right there they said the Chinese Govt will provide… did it say the Chinese govt provided??

    DNO there is NO LOAN AGREEMENT FOR USD$300M signed on Nov. 8 there was a discussion and a draft MOU to be sign pending expert reviews on the projects and that is exactly what the Prime Minister said… carry the news proper boss the world is reading!!!!

  91. Just Blaze
    December 5, 2013

    As if I’m confused. He said that the airport cannot be financed by a loan then he is saying that the loan the Chinese gave us part of it is for the airport. I don’t understand. I hope chinese loan better than the products by shine union.

  92. Dimitri's Cry
    December 5, 2013

    Vote Workerssssss!!!! They lead, others follow.
    Even the unborn are turning in the womb and fighting for liberation. They say we need better days, not beggar days.

    • Kokay There
      December 5, 2013

      Is a good thing i have links in DNO, ill go there and get your computer number and is a good thing i have connections all over because whether is Marpin internet you have or Lime. I am going to make an example out of you. Stop use DMITRY name is your story. I have warned you once, twice the third time you will regret it.

  93. Pedro
    December 5, 2013

    Government has the right to pursue matters of national interest behind close doors and keeping some cards close to its chest. However, good PR is in order. Why didn’t the government call a press conference once matters were brought to light. Why is there some seeming confusion (at least based on what the chinese reported) about a loan facility of $300 million (which included the airport) vs the government’s assertion that it is seeking grant funds? How do you explain that and reconcile the two? Also, numerous studies have been conducted on airport feasibilities over the past 30 years. Why are we trying to re-invent the wheel again on the whole issue of feasibility. Whereas the experts by all means should see physically what is there, there is no talk about simply reviewing the latest studies! Are the Chinese any better in airport feasibility consultancy than the numerous experts who went before them, or are we simply bowing to every condition asked? By no means is the situation handled appropriately. What about the $70M for the hotel? Who is going to pay for that? Is this a loan or a grant? In any event why is government involved in hotel building anyway? Well, actually tax payers are on the hook.. Any political strategist would also indicate that the PM, though seeking political mileage from infrastructural high optical projects is not handling this properly, even with the foreign political consultants he surounds himself with. The chinese are the one giving the breaking news on your visit..Really Mr PM, really? Didn’t you expect the Chinese to blow their horns like they do these days to show the world that they are a force to be reckoned with? Great advice you got going Mr PM.

  94. 4CARS
    December 5, 2013

    Start clearing the land! is long time we wanted a “state of the art” Cricket filled. Cause an International airport talk just before an election is too plain a trick.

    • 4CARS
      December 5, 2013

      Sorry – Cricket field.

  95. Joe
    December 5, 2013

    great move!!!! A realistic plan not a pie in the sky….

  96. gen
    December 5, 2013

    Give me a S Sexy
    Give me a K Kind
    Give me an E Energetic
    Give me a R Romantic
    Give me a R Radiant
    Give me an I Intelligent
    Give me a T Terrific
    Who we love Skerrit and who we voting Skerrit
    All the way with Skerrit

    • A perfect idiot
      December 5, 2013

      @gen, only fools love a person more than themselves and more than country.

    • Yes III
      December 5, 2013

      Not no labourite but i just loved him right there :mrgreen: .Thank you sir.

    • Malgraysa
      December 5, 2013

      Typical stuff of dumb cheerleaders. Not even clever.

      • HA HA
        December 5, 2013

        So right! They are obviously fooled by the looks! Instead of saying Give her a S smart, she saying sexy. Dumb cheerleader. dumb da dumb duh dumb! hahahaha.

      • Kokay There
        December 5, 2013

        Dumb? I hope you smart. Show me something to back up your intelligence since you calling people dumb.

    • Malgraysa
      December 5, 2013

      U.S.$.300 million is E.C.813 million, don’t forget!

    • pc
      December 5, 2013

      All the way with the labour party and skerrit. I cannot wait to put my X by the shoe

    • long tongue
      December 5, 2013

      BOOM I LIKE THAT……….

    • Fact
      December 5, 2013

      sak sort! vote for your RED CLINIC.

  97. D/can2debone
    December 5, 2013

    Election is 2015 so they talking about international airport. Dominicans will not be fooled.

    • Anonymous
      December 5, 2013

      Elections won’t be held at Q95 and DNO only, it will be Island wide. So don’t be to quick to believe UWP is the winner.

      • Malgraysa
        December 5, 2013

        Maybe not but I shall be happy if the DLP majority in the House is reduced to less than 2/3 for a start. I would not want one party to make a clean sweep. We need a credible opposition too because that is good for democracy and keeping the boys & girls on their toes and in check.

      • Nodegree
        December 5, 2013

        Anonymous you right elections wont be held on DNO and Q95 but sure bet we the young people, the nurses, the doctors, the single mothers, the policemen will be out in drones to vote out your GOD. Yes there I said it the man who has brought us Dominicans to our lowest to the point where we have to beg. AH MAGWAH SAH ZOR MAYSHAYSTAY We… But do worry GOD is good all the time and all the time God is good no obeah no haitian no negromancy no black majic gonna keep labor party in power. The walls of JERRICO are tumbling down.

      • December 5, 2013

        Elections won’t be held at DBS and Kairi and DA vibes only, it will be island wide.So don’t be too quick to believe DLP is the winner. Stop being bias. Be balanced. It is the same for all.

    • Antilles Cement
      December 5, 2013

      I think she is talking about UWP plans for an International Airport, National Airline, 7000 jobs, Astronauts landing in Dominca vibes….so she saying UWP cannot fool her

    • Gary
      December 5, 2013

      Do you need to be reminded that Linton first speech after elected Party leader of The UWP called for an International Airport. I would like to ask you what was he doing, speaking the truth.Why we as Dominicans so gullible.Why do we judge Politicians truthfulness as to what they say simply by what party they belong,is this what we have become as a Nation when it comes to knowing who is telling us the truth.This party represent lies and This party represents truth, wow.

  98. Civil Servant
    December 5, 2013

    DNO please correct your statement. The Prime Minister did not sign a loan agreement with the Company. He signed a CO-OPERATION AGREEMENT valued at US$300M. A co-operation agreement is not a loan agreement.

    Countries and companies always signed CO-OPERATION AGREEMENTS. that’s a normal thing.

  99. 2 CuTe
    December 5, 2013

    yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa …good move PM ..You always travel,long you had to do that.Develop the country BOSS ! Next Create more Jobs and we good to go.MONEY need to flow in the country !

    • I Say
      December 5, 2013

      @2 Cu Te, It is everybody business to create jobs. if UWP want to form the government they need to start working on employing people now – start creating jobs because election will not be before 2015. Skerrit is no fool. Progress will be made with the realization of the International airport-either he will get the funding before e sets election date. Most of it will be grant funded too.

      UWP seems to be waiting to get in government to to create jobs or practically in engage economic and community development.

      • Anonymous
        December 6, 2013

        This makes no sense. We just spend how much million for the expansion of Melville Hall arport and night landing facilities. Why do we have to be running like chickens with out heads just doing things without a plan……

        If you knew you wanted an international airport why did you waste all that money on night landing????????

  100. MAMIE
    December 5, 2013

    Skerrit sa la tan. So you sign the loan to build airport and you are not even at the design stage?. That is pure baloney. How is this possible?

    • Joe
      December 5, 2013

      So Mamie you a self not seeing that make no sense?? Is not everything you read is gospel… NO LOAN WAS SIGNED!!!! DNO PLZ CORRECT THAT REPORT THE WORLD IS READING U MAKING US LOOK BAD!!!!SMFH

  101. Pills
    December 5, 2013

    Dominicans, all you drinking pills without wata? So much wata Dominica have ? Joke of the year 2013. Reminds me of the Kopeh Tig joke on kairi. Kopeh hide it for us not to see it. Sot

  102. cc
    December 5, 2013

    All of this is nothing more than an election ploy to get votes.

  103. Neutral
    December 5, 2013

    I am the only one that have a problem with the timing of this arrangement and the fact that was it was kept as a secret from the people?

  104. The Empress
    December 5, 2013

    Great News!

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