PM leads delegation to China for international airport talks

The international airport was one of many project announced by the PM at the DLP rally
The international airport was one of many projects announced by the PM at the DLP rally

Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Foreign Affairs and ICT, Roosevelt Skerrit is heading a three-member delegation to the People’s Republic of China.

The visit is to advance discussions on the construction of an international airport and other development projects.

The prime minister announced at a Dominica Labour Party Rally on May 5, 2014, that his government was actively pursuing several project including the construction of an international airport through the BOOT – Build, Own, Operate and Transfer – option, with a team of private developers from China.

Skerrit is accompanied by Secretary to the Cabinet, Steve Ferrol and Chairman of the AID Bank, Martin Charles.

Minister for Information, Telecommunications and Constituency Empowerment, Ambrose George, is performing the functions of Head of Government in the absence of Prime Minister Skerrit.

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154 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    May 15, 2014

    The blue supports have gotten more scared since the massive red tsunami hit St. Joe on may Day. They have intensified their posts on DNO and other friendly social media sites. But, woe on to them because if they haven’t learnt, then they may never, since it is clear that no amount of negative posts here or anywhere for that matter will win UWP votes. It’s the support on the ground that counts, and it is clear that the DLP is way ahead in this area.

    • The Following
      May 15, 2014

      oh you sang All of Me to the PM too :wink:

    • Granbarian Born
      May 16, 2014

      I know for a fact that a few supporters did not come for DLP…. Because I know me and my gurls only came for KKK…. #UWP

  2. Need to Know More
    May 15, 2014

    BOOT… Build, Own, Operate, Transfer… What will the MOU for this one contain? Lord we will all be dead by the time the BOOT end… trust me, them fellas selling us for a few pieces of silver

  3. RastarMarn
    May 15, 2014

    Ok Skerrow Go China stay as Long as you and your Misfits want to stay overdere yeh, but for going overdere as soon as allyou come back can we know because we want to know when you calling election, Please???

    Because based on d recent poll DNO did and wiff d general connotations from de-masses who post stuff on here Marn believe people ready to Vote again yeh,,,

    So go do what you doing den come back and let set up a vibes where d inhabitants on Dominica can just fix dis mess before someting haffi happen like what happen to PJ,,,

  4. Gabriel St Jean
    May 14, 2014

    The “F” on the forehead of forward thinking Dominicans may mean a lot of other things but certainly not “Foolish”. Where are the “TECHNOCRATS”. Instead three blind MICE leave on a campaign funding trip; under the pretense that they looking for Airport. Garcon nous really sot wee.

  5. Koshoni
    May 14, 2014

    Campaign moneyyyyyyy!!!!! :lol: :mrgreen:

  6. DRASTIC
    May 14, 2014

    I recall from since the seventies ALL political parties have promised international airport. I also recall that the late Edward O Leblanc said publicly that Dominicans have fowl brains. He was so right.

  7. Anonymous
    May 14, 2014

    Running scared much?

  8. Change is a must
    May 14, 2014

    In any other country the PM would be labelled a joker and forced to resign…This government came into office and met plans well advanced for an International Airport…Instead of continuing the project they got support from PM Gonzales and proclaimed that the country did not need one. Well Gonzales proceeded to build one in St. Vincent and Labour proceeded to dump millions of dollars into the sea at Melville Hall to upgrade an airport which can only accommodate LIAT….
    Now UWP led by Lennox has stated forcefully that an airport will be built, Skerrit is running around like a ‘Chicken Without a Head’ trying to get a sponsor…

    How can anyone vote someone like that who is so inconsistent in his thoughts..Dominica can never progress under such “Lack of Leadership and Foresight”…Any strong leader woluld have grabbed the opportunity presented and continue with the airport plans..

    .When are we in Dominica going to take our future and that our children seriously…No leader of a country should be allowed to play around with our development…We need to kick out these jokers and take back our country.

    Change is a Must ..Not an Option.

  9. Shaka Zulu
    May 14, 2014

    It is well known that some people study psychology to understand why they are who they are. Our PM must be suffering from OCD. If this guy has not lost his mind yet he darn near it. Was it not last year he signed deal with chinese company for airport. If it so important why waste time and funds on melvillehall. One thing more dangerous than an unstable mind is the people lead by an unstable mind. Never heard more lies and deceit in 12 months than what i hear from El supremo

    • Anonymous
      May 14, 2014

      The man has so many positions he can’t keep track of whose who and what’s what. He is saying to himself these fools don’t remember what I said a year ago, he thinks no one is paying attention.

  10. DOM
    May 14, 2014

    Looking back, the DLP always uses this election gimmick re provision of an international airport, however, it NEVER materializes. This time around is it a cover-up to really seek campaign finances? Just wondering…

  11. Ex Labourite
    May 14, 2014

    The question that must be asked is what has changed?? This visionless, inept, dishonest and corrupt government has been saying all along that an international airport was not important, so what has changed?? The UWP purchased land paying millions of dollars to farmers to secure a location – ASK TONNY ASTAPHAN, only to find out that, because of Skerrit’s cheap and ill-conceived political posturing, the land was given back to most of the original owners and a few squatters. Also, Skerrit has not told us where this pie-in –the –sky airport is going to be built. Skerrit takes along Steve Ferrol and Martin Charles, more reason to believe that this is just one of his political JOKES. Take note that these jokers are going to a private company and not to the government of China, which would give them the latitude to say anything to the unsuspecting and ill-informed supporters.

    • Not a herd follower
      May 14, 2014

      ”Skerrit has not told us where this pie-in –the –sky airport is going to be built. … Take note that these jokers are going to a private company and not to the government of China, which would give them the latitude to say anything to the unsuspecting and ill-informed supporters.”

      Good observation

  12. Jayson
    May 14, 2014

    I’ve listened to Lennox Linton and I see that the prime minister and his party have very little defense against the many of the accusations except hurling back many insignificant rebuttals and ‘school yard’ insults.

    BUT…

    I also remember the UWP running their mouth about ‘JURASSIC PARK’ (carnival city) and the road from Roseau to ‘Port’ and other major projects that seemed unfeasible at the time but DID get ACCOMPLISHED!

    Skerrit has a way of getting things done. How the projects are managed during and upon completion is another story. The road network in this country is far better that it has ever been at anytime in Dominica’s history, but people still doubted that it could or would be done, but it was DONE under Skerrit’s watch.

    Skerrit can get that airport built. I don’t know if we probably have to give a pound of flesh in exchange, but I know he and his team can get it done.

    • LOVE
      May 14, 2014

      fada, thats stadium was never seemingly impossible, skerrit as min of sports along with the DLP stopped the building of a complete facility complete with indoor gymnasium. the pulled up foundation and framework and dumped it in the sea. the rest of the material in still on the port under the watch of Mr. Bardouille so i dont get it. what project has been deemed near impossible that the DLP has done. the Delice and Warner roads on the other had were apparently impossible to build and today they have changed the dynamics of travel and land ownership and land use in Dominica without any of the fan fair. quiet sensible encouragement of productivity

    • FORKIT
      May 15, 2014

      you mean the road from Roseau to Portsmouth… and the road to his house

  13. May 14, 2014

    Wonder why DARYL TITRE who spent so much time in China could not go on the trip with the delegation to translate for them. You mean because Martin Charles is Chairman of Bank he travelling. He can understand when the Chinese speaking secrets to their friends. What a waste!

    • barbecue
      May 14, 2014

      Martin Charles maybe better than Reggie – Reggie does fall asleep and leave the PM alone to negotiate hahahaha

  14. Shameless
    May 14, 2014

    Oh the lengths people will go to deceive others. Mark my words, this is all a farce. After election we will all find out that this was part of the massive trick because they will loose and we will have access to all documents. Then he will come out and say the Chinese no longer interested in financing these projects because of Thompson and Lennox and Joshua and Issac and ALL Dominicans. But Change Must Come..
    “I AM FOR CHANGE; ARE U?”
    Assertive, NOT Agressive!

  15. Efficatious
    May 14, 2014

    It’s about time we welcome the Chines to our shores and treat them like one of us . T

    • Simply the Truth
      May 15, 2014

      Granted, they have not been receiving the due appreciation, gratitude and respect which should be accorded to them. Dominica is more beautiful because of them, roads, highways, stadium and state of the art buildings and more to come.
      Only yesterday, I had a conversation with someone who told me that when D/cans who visit Dominica, upon their return they state they are surprised that quite a lot has been done in D/ca compared to the last time they visited and the place is changed. There is not one who has spoken ill of D/ca and the present government. They are pleased with the progress. The Chinese have immensely helped in this transformation. They should be thanked.
      Visitors can see the difference but some resident D/cans, the critics, are blind to it because they chose to be blind. They are too busy criticizing the government that the beauty of Dominica is veiled over their eyes.

  16. grell
    May 14, 2014

    Clowns on a trip to fool the people,empty barrels makes the most noise,china is not building no airport for dominica,dont be fooled people.

    • Cyrique
      May 14, 2014

      I bet you didn’t think they’d build a stadium. Think positively. It’s almost as if you’re wishing that it won’t happen. We are like ka ka rat in the Caribbean. Let’s support the PM in his endeavours.

      • LOVE
        May 14, 2014

        14 yrs of Layba, 10 yrs of Skerrit and u admit we still kakarat? smh, what does that say. and stop this crap about people thought the Stadium would not b built. that was an easy project. its also a lesser product that we deserve both in terms of its quality and facility.

    • Simply the Truth
      May 15, 2014

      I suppose you can say, “I have a dream.” :lol: :lol: :lol:
      If only. Do not be negative. Let everything take its course. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  17. barbecue
    May 14, 2014

    You know another thing if the PM was smart he should have offered one of the opposition members to be part of his delegation to China to seek funding for an international airport – I guess he would not have choosen Lennox Linton but he could have gone with Hector John and or Ronnie Isidore – who knows that would have been a better strategy as he would now have Salisbury since on Spraggs return he would jump ship. Ha Skerro you missed an opportunity to grab Spraggs knowing that you already have Ronnie half way in the bag; I hear you just waiting on him to put his other leg inside the bag to tiel it hahaha.

  18. real madman
    May 14, 2014

    Hah he telling people where he going now :lol: :lol: :lol: . He use to move around like cancer and people doeno. Now he going in his toilet and people know :lol: well Linton they say u doe go school but u have the man that go school like as if he doe go preschool. The man going right China to talk about an international airport .14 years now he going China back and forth to talk talk talk.just now a plane of chineys going to come to Dominica to work and Dominican going to watch them.we happy the chineys building up Dominica but all what they build has no benefit to dominicans it’s benefit to them self. They build state house and the state house doe employ not more than 6 people.2.they build stadium how much people that employed? 3. They build road and all u swing is shapopye on the side of the road . So tell me how much employment did sterile produce for young people in the past 14 years??????????? Somebody on Dno tell me????????

  19. barbecue
    May 14, 2014

    The PM going to China for an international Airport is a fake. I think he realizes his mistake when he mentioned the signing of a loan to upgrade our so called international airport and is now trying give some legitimacy to that by bringing Charles and Ferrol with him I wonder to do what? But not wwithstanding what I just said the question remains what did he sign in regards to the International Airport upgrade – does it mean that we are taking a loan to upgrade one airport and now seeking another arrangement for some company to Build another international airport for us separate from the upgrade. – it is really confusing to say the least. And finally where is parliament in all this? Is just so crazy!

  20. Koshoni
    May 14, 2014

    So you guys propose changing Canefield airport into a cruise ship birth, however just the other day they paid a consultant to say that the Canefield airport needs to be restructured to improve air access. I don’t understand what these guys are really doing. So they just wasting money on consultants then…

    https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/economy-development/resuscitate-canefield-airport-access-consultant/

  21. Nanny
    May 14, 2014

    Garry Esprit are you considering another article on the international airport issue. I am curious .

  22. SiangUK
    May 14, 2014

    At this point time in Doiminca’s development, another Airport is a waste of time and somebodies money.

    Let us not follow St Vincent over a financial cliff.

    What Dominica needs to build on access with Airlines that currently serves Dominica.

    IE
    get LIAT or whoever to introduce a Hewanorra to Melville Hall service.

    Get an airline to provide a jet service into Melville Hall.

    We had one before…….CaribExpress used BAE146 jets from 1996 to 1998.

    When frequency and supply of airline services, has built up and volume and quality of Hotel bedspace has improved………then think about building another airport.

    Building one now and they will come, will not work and by the time they do come, cost of maintenance of such an airport would have crippled Dominica Financially.

    Even with Geothermal income.

    • Anonymous
      May 14, 2014

      I agree what airline is going to fly to dominica , tbey are into making money not losing it .

  23. PrincessintheCastle
    May 14, 2014

    line 6 the word is got and further down CAPITAL

    Thanks

  24. PrincessintheCastle
    May 14, 2014

    Dominicans, an International Airport in any part of the world must get World Attention,Federal Avaition Admin FAA/ Airport Civil Rights Programs etc. It would be wise to understand a bit of global politics/economics in all of this. We are central in the Caribbean Chain therefore we are strategically placed. However, none of our neighbours welcome us to have such except Barbados. There are battles to be fought and won,(do some research furthermore, basic politics-talking is not all. Being member of the Banana Regime, the EU ensured that we god a four-pillar project part of which was to improve/refurbish the Melvill Hall Airport, and the Melville Hall Rd to pd/casse. Through which door does the PM tel Europe part of whose Kids (Guadeloupe/Martnique) are sandwich with us, Keep your AID.?Obviously not! Prudence must be exercised until it is exhausted. Now we have reached the meniscus, there is none to stop us.(no matter which govt was in power at this time.) This is the way forward. It was just a matter of time. I knew deep down in my heart, we will emback on such a venture one day. Though some BIG PEOPLE here still fighting for this not to happen and the govt of the day has to deal with them. It is really not easy when our own people fight down CAPTITAL PROJECTS. Dominicans, do not only think of business/vacation-travel only. Think Climate Change, Global Warming, Managing all types of disaster. Think possible Volcanic eruption. Think possible evacuation. Think Medical Tourism. Just Think and give THANKS.

  25. Francisco Telemaque
    May 13, 2014

    Just another election gimmick, another ploy, what happened to all the years which has passed since the China government advised this same administration, that the only time Dominica will begin to make some progress is when they build an International Airport!

    That was the time they should have zeroed in on the China government as ask for assistance, and a loan to construct the International Airport, however, because they were so brainwashed by Ralph Gonzales they were powerless to even use simply commonsense to embrace an opportunity that was presented to them by China, on a silver platter; I suppose they were anticipating that the Chines would offer an Airport to them for free; it does not work that way anywhere on earth, it is all about profit!

    The Chines government; the government of the PRC will remember they had already contributed free money to be invested in the International Airport the UWP was build, the same one which this same Labor Party shut down, and chase the contractors from Trinidad out of the country. The heat is on, so they are pulling all the stops out, no stones unturned; this is their only hope.

    Nevertheless, I predict when they return, they will claim that they have secured a loan, for the purpose, all they need is another chance to get elected, and after the election they will get to work. That is going to be the dangling carrot in the face of Dominicans next year, he/she who falls for this will be disappointed, for if they win the election, after they get in they will revert to square one!

    I am open for the attacks, from the idiots such as those who write under their fictitious names such as anonymous, and dogs, and little wet rats.

    Bring it one!

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

  26. Nun
    May 13, 2014

    Why are you guys still referring to Skerrit as the PM? Please say the man who occupies the office of the PM. This guy is just not a leader at all.

  27. Dominica First
    May 13, 2014

    what? since when we know where skerrit go?

  28. Mamiez
    May 13, 2014

    All of a sudden you busy to develop Dominica, Didn’t you and your ministers say that Dominica does not need an International Airport, …”all we need is night landing” you said….
    You know I am really tired of you guys stealing UWP plans, and calling it your… it shows your laziness as a government. I mean… Really PM??? Do you really think we are that foolish? seriously???? really PM???

  29. 100% truthful
    May 13, 2014

    Maybe we just not understanding. Doesn’t somewhere in the bible says one day with the Lord is like thousand? Well according to Matthew Walter, Skerrit is jesus and maybe 15 years for us is like one week with lord Skerrit. In other words what we know the man could not do in 15 years, he can do in one week. According to the out going candidate of the Salybia constituency, Eradicating Pit latrine was the best thing that he ever heard in a decade. So in 14 years, according to them, the best they could talk about was pit toilet; but in one week they building everything from airport to transforming Roseau and Portmouth. Even Mega Ships we have. So with all these brilliant ideas for 14 years? Were they hiding in the pit toilete?

  30. Bod
    May 13, 2014

    How exciting. Airplanes big enough for my mother-in-law’s luggage.

  31. Anti lies&corruption
    May 13, 2014

    El Desparado.! Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Neither China nor Venuzuela nor America will grant you politcal assylum. Instead they will be helping with all the corrupt and robbery charges against you. Forget about the sunami pump, continue the drilling, to secure your tunnel of escape by night.

  32. All Fools Day jokers
    May 13, 2014

    I have two questions here and DNO please don’t delete.
    1.Since when Roosevelt Skerrit informing Dominicans when he going out? For 1o years the man would just disappear without telling us and now he telling us ? Election really coming so he is a very good boy.
    2. Will the three-man-team be joined in Barbados or some other part of the world by a BAJAN? According to DNO of Dec. 3,2013, “Skerrit was accompanied to China to sign the deal by Hartley Henry, who was referred to as a ‘political advisor’ to Dominica, and Martin Charles (Chairman of the AID Bank.” so I just want to know if that same Hartley Henry, who is a bagan, will be part of this trip. Nothing to hide

    • 2Cute
      May 14, 2014

      Nothing happens before it time..Same way UWP promising all kinda things. I guess its really political strategies.

      You all said change is a must..The man change, he telling allu his where abouts now and allu still complaining.How do we plz dominicans ? like really ? lol geez

  33. Anonymous
    May 13, 2014

    The only thing UWP. Going to do. Is empty our treasury

    • .
      May 13, 2014

      @Anonymous You are a lazy young Dominican not contributing a cent to our treasury, so Shut the Hell Up . Go grovel to Skerrit at the Red Clinic. LAZY!
      CHANGE IS A MUST!

      • Non partisan
        May 14, 2014

        you are very ignorant to respond to ignorance… where are we going omg… :?:

      • D/can to De Bone(F)
        May 14, 2014

        What change ..?You do not decides ..Its the people who decides

      • MY 2 CENTS
        May 14, 2014

        I don’t think you are a Dominican to speak of our young people in such a derogatory manner. I am a young person and I can acclaim that I am not lazy……… you sound like some one who haven’t visited Dominica in ages. We the young people Dominica are working our butts out to be the leaders of tomorrow.

      • toufe
        May 14, 2014

        u will toufe when uwp lose the elections eh

      • Reader
        May 14, 2014

        Typical attack by the opposition. All those who don’t share your views are lazy and unproductive. smh …

    • stupes
      May 14, 2014

      bt labour doin the same 8-O 8-O 8-O 8-O

    • listening
      May 15, 2014

      The treasury empty already…we paying salaries on loans

  34. Anonymous
    May 13, 2014

    Don’t matter what the prime minister does you guys will never be happy. … What will the unemployed team Dominica going to do for us,,,,.?…. Empty the treasury again

    • E
      May 13, 2014

      @Anonymous, let me remind you that the current government is the reason why anyone in Dominica is unemployed. You must be a very blind person or one of those with a red towel over your face, or one who is singing to his/her super. An advise for to you; regardless of who you support, wrong is wrong and right is right. We have to do things the right way.

      What ever Skerrit is doing is not coming from his pocket, it is all funds and our tax money. Please stop sounding like someone who is singing for your super when all the wrong doings are in front of you.

    • stupes
      May 14, 2014

      bt labour doin the same……ask ur pm if the tresury have money???

  35. All Fools Day jokers
    May 13, 2014

    According to DNO here, the international airport is through the BOOT – Build, Own, Operate and Transfer – option, with a team of private developers from China. However, the team of developers is not given. point #2
    According to DNO news posted on Dec. 3, 2013, Skerrit signed US$300-million deal with Chinese company ASCG when he visited China on November 8, 2013. ASCG’s mentions that part of the money is for reconstruction of an international airport. Ok. the airport is through BOOT but however he signed a deal for that same airport? Point # 3.
    According to DNO on Dec 5, 2013, “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.” So now its a grant. Can you see the lies and confusion?

    • ....
      May 14, 2014

      Can anyone trust this man…he is so transparent in his lies..

  36. .
    May 13, 2014

    Is that the same Skerrit who gave blows to TEAM DOMINICA (UWP) when they said to Dominicans that they would build an International airport?. Skerrit can you tell us why this turn around in your thinking?. ELECTION COMING SKERRIT!
    That’s why i love TEAM DOMINICA so much. These bright men/women can think.
    NO WONDER THEY ARE SOON TO TAKE OVER THE GOVERNANCE OF THE ISLAND.

    • Mem Pwel
      May 13, 2014

      In your dreams

    • reds
      May 14, 2014

      You all hear but don’t listen skerrit never said he not building airport he said he not going take loan to do that. That would burden our children and grand children for many years.That’s exactly what the uwp would have done we not dumb and we don’t want to put our country into the hands of a novice (s) yo bring down our country.

  37. Erasmus B. Black
    May 13, 2014

    One could use both abductive and deductive reasoning to conclude that after 10 years at the helm, the Dear Leader’s record should speak for itself and his win at the polls should be guaranteed. In fact, to hear him, his ministers and their cronies tell it, they have built schools, roads, hospitals, clinics, houses, created jobs, reduced corruption, honoured the constitution and most importantly they have turned the ailing economy around and taken Dominica to “the next level.”

    That the Dear leader now has to fall back on our all too-familiar election year strategy of “international airport building” smacks of desperation and almost pathologically so. This is the same strategy used by Dame Eugenia in election year 1990. PM James used it in 1999 and vowed that that Dominicans would be landing in it for Y2K reunion. This recurring election year theme has become almost satirical.

  38. Ras
    May 13, 2014

    All of a sudden Skerrit Transperent :-D telling us where he going and what he going to do. well sah

  39. Laplee
    May 13, 2014

    To undergo major capital projects like that, questions have to be asked.
    1. Where is the money gonna come from?
    2. Who is going to pay for it?
    3. Can the present state of the economy handle such MASSIVE projects at the same time?.
    In the last year or so, the amount of projects that have been promised is amazing. I didn’t know that Dominican treasury is leaking money. Again change is a must, not an option.

  40. Mind your Mind
    May 13, 2014

    A state mansion was negotiated, planned and built well before election season – no positive effect on the economy. An int’l airport sorely needed to advance darn near every sector of the economy…and we wait until the 11th hour to start negotiations? Clearly a political tactic with no regards for the Dominican idiots that love their PM more than their children, country, and future.

    Though, I wonder what the ultimate self-serving result is supposed to be here:

    a) negotiations go well, so please vote us in to execute the project?

    b) we may lose the election, so let the UWP inherit a shoddy deal. The economy will downturn, folks will blame UWP for their “new-found” suffering and oh please lets vote the DLP back in!

    c) UWP rejects the shoddy deal much to the frustration of Dominicans. Lets vote the DLP back in to finally get the airport once and for all!

    d) Any of the above, because ultimately, the DLP has no real plan for economic progress, so lets talk about something, do anything that sounds like we are hard at work.

    • The Following
      May 13, 2014

      THIS IS AN AMAZING ANALYSIS OF WHAT THIS ADMINISTRATION IS DOING

  41. Oh No
    May 13, 2014

    My comments may sound cliche’ but it is never fair and moral whenever politicians maliciously seek to sway voters by te lling untruths and giving false hope. The PM ridiculed the idea of an international airport for the country because it was unaffordable….the genuine effort came from another source, that is, the UWP. All of a sudden to quell the long running goals of the opposition an international airport now becomes necessary and plausible. Come on, Mr. Prime Minister your desperation to hold on to power is ever so visible.

  42. Mind your Mind
    May 13, 2014

    If only we could have an election every year!

    Dominicans, wake up. The DLP continues to make a fool of the electorate. Laborites don’t seem to know what they support or not, the position of the party on critical issues can change 10 times over and each time party supporters will support the move, no questions asked.

    How can we expect a country to progress when citizens think they are dealing a blow to the opposition by playing around with issues pertinent to collective economic development?

  43. All Fools Day jokers
    May 13, 2014

    DNO, you really seem to be on a mission to help Skerrit sell and spread false information. You mean to tell me all you could report is: (1) Skerrit is leading a three man delegation to China 2). The names of those accompanying him 3). The purpose of the trip and 4). Who will be acting as PM in his absence.
    DNO, I am not a journalist but here are two very important things this article is missing: 1. No date? You seem to know so much about the trip and yet you did not tell us when they intend to leave the country. Is this just an error or part of the propaganda? 2. DNO, Not one quotation mark? who are you quoting? You are not Skerrit, not Darrel Tete to say you know what is happening and somehow you sound like the information passed unto us is accurate and you did not quote anyone? Is DNO an extension of the Ministry of Skerrit Affairs? We don’t need to know your source but at list if this is here say news you need to say so,

    ADMIN: If you read carefully the byline says ‘original script office of the prime minister.’ Read and observe.

    • All Fools Day jokers
      May 13, 2014

      OK DNO, my bad. I did not see this small print above

      • Reader
        May 14, 2014

        I’m giving you a thumbs up for acknowledging your mistake. More people should do that

  44. Anonymous
    May 13, 2014

    When the Labour Party was saying the country does not need an international airport all of their supporters were saying the same thing. Now they realize the country needs an international airport, listen to them now.

    Just so you know that was UWP idea from the start.

  45. wesley
    May 13, 2014

    This is a delegation or tripadation. This does not not seem right not even blackmore the road minister? waste of time and money.

  46. Anonymous
    May 13, 2014

    Boy look deception. All these years the man against International Airport and his supporters in agreement with him all of a sudden he for it. Its rather interesting to hear those same supporters point of view. Lord have mercy!! so empty and blind. My My My

  47. 007
    May 13, 2014

    It look like to me that the DLP has high jack the UP plans and presenting them as there own

  48. ##Dominica.#
    May 13, 2014

    OH Domnic sa ka fe, Domnic? ou mayshantay! Ou malaway. I am calling on all Dominican to learn to speak Chines. Labor Power. We are moving Dominica to the next level. Thanks for the vision.

  49. Mamizoo
    May 13, 2014

    SMFH. Within a two year period night landing was all we required now desperately need an international airport. One thing for sure a country cannot developers by reckless behavior nor can a petulant and seemingly unstable leader be allowed to further run this country into the ground.
    Clearly this guy Roosevelt Skerrit is unsettled and it is not unreasonable to deduce that our country is under the control of a lunatic. (Free speech is not a privilege but an entitlement.) I am sure people like Fast N FURIOUS, Canada’s Truth And Justice, Peeping Tom , Lennox Lawrence; Simeone all must be shaking their heads. As for Tony he must be cooking up a lie with a twist of vinegar – something to discard the lies and propaganda that was spewed on K airi about we not deserving of an international airport

  50. All Fools Day jokers
    May 13, 2014

    DNO, Here is what you posted on December 3, 2013. ASCG’s website mentions “reconstruction of an international airport…”
    DNO since you seem to be playing such an important part in selling what Skerrit has to sell, why don’t you have a session with him so you could ask questions? I know and respect Tim Durand as a balance journalist and I believe you need to ask the man questions before selling everything he says in the dark. For example, you need to ask him if we are getting a brand new International Airport or reconstruction of the current airport as ASCG’s website alluded to. Then you need to ask him where will the airport be built? You need to ask him how much money will it cost since the $300 million he signed in 2013 has other projects attached to it. DNO you need to help the citizens of this country and if you cannot get the man to answer questions, then you are to let us know.

    • .
      May 13, 2014

      It’s election time and Skerrit is on the back foot. He is reverting to TRICKS as usual.

  51. CASSIE
    May 13, 2014

    Dominican the best thing that ever happen Dominica is our PM is rocking the boat left right and center. whether you like him or not he is the best PM of all time. I am sure Lennox ,Fountain is shaking in there boots and pee pee in their pants and wetting their bed when they slept because they cannot touch or even come close to this man call MY PM SKERITT. Some of the negative talk that DNO continue post is not really helping anything at so please get out of the way and let my PM do what he have to do for D/CA and take the country to the next level.

    • The Following
      May 13, 2014

      clearly you are not of age to vote….go do your homework

  52. May 13, 2014

    :-D :lol: :-P :oops: :twisted: :mrgreen: 8-O

  53. All Fools Day jokers
    May 13, 2014

    Sweet Jesus help us because we are truly flying by night and cannot see the run way we supposed to land on. Not even the pilot knows where he landing.
    With the magnitude of what the man telling us he wants to do, where are the professionals to advise him? Steve Ferrol is a cabinet secretary with no background in law, Finance or Aviation. Why he? Why not Ian Douglas, who is a lawyer by profession, current Tourism Minister and former Legal Affairs Minister? We all know he is a puppet but at least it would sound more convincing. Why Martin Charles since it is not going to be a loan? I just find we are being blind folded once again

    • Anonymous
      May 14, 2014

      Ferrol does have a law background.

  54. UWP?
    May 13, 2014

    I am all for an international airport. The approach to getting it is a good one. We are all talking the talk, let us now walk the walk. If China building it then lets have it. Good move.

    • The Following
      May 13, 2014

      yeah and when he said no international airport, you rode that train with your beloved PM, right???!!!! Now is fighting to stay in power looking for projects left right and center to play with people minds’, comes up with yes we need an international airport, you again riding the train with him……sad sad simpletons, when well you all be able to see through Skerrit and his actions…..blind followers, definitely ‘The Following”….a cult mentality

  55. All Fools Day jokers
    May 13, 2014

    I have two questions here and DNO please don’t play partisan politics to negate the truth.
    1.Since when Roosevelt Skerrit informing Dominicans when he going out? For 1o years the man would just disappear without telling us and now he telling us ? Election really coming so he is a very good boy.
    2. Will the three-man-team be joined in Barbados or some other part of the world by a BAJAN?

  56. Anthony Ismael
    May 13, 2014

    I’m still awaiting news about the construction date for the new hospital. All these infrastructural projects will definitely enhance Dominica’s image and economic viability. Access to affordable modern health care is a key component of development.

  57. May 13, 2014

    What’s the rush mr.Pm look like your alarm clock forget to wake you up,So you use the UWP clock to wake you up.Thanks to the UWP guys you putting speed now.I hope if you should win you dnt abandone all these promise.

  58. Graham Chambers
    May 13, 2014

    Dominicans open your minds. BOT is not BOOT..Check the difference!

  59. Ben Dover
    May 13, 2014

    What I find strange is when Linton became leader of the UWP in Castle Bruce and said the party intends to build an international airport, Skerrit ridiculed the idea saying Dominica cannot afford such an airport.

    Now, probably a little over a year, if that much, Skerrit going to build an international airport.

    Hahahahahaha. Woye….I laugh enough for the day. My belly hurting me.

    I bet in the next two years I will be laughing at the tehbehs who believe Skerrit.

    • UWP?
      May 13, 2014

      Well as far as I am concern, it doesn’t matter who builds it, as long as that person gets it done. So if it is DLP so be it. We must understand that Dominica must come first, before politics or our selfish desires.

      • The Following
        May 13, 2014

        saying this with the name UWP?…….u know very well this is the true…dont come with this crap to hide behind the turth…..i have been following your post…all pro DLP in every single thing they do smh

    • ____________________
      May 13, 2014

      @Ben Dover I can clearly remember. Scared he is running scared! He thought he would rule over us, KEEPING US IN POVERTY till he die, and he is realising this is not so at all.

    • Osanna Mowanga
      May 13, 2014

      Skerrit and his boys going on a vacation,free trip, all expence paid plus big pocket change,\. It is a shame that Ambrose is still being placed in the position as head of Govt

  60. GWADAMAN
    May 13, 2014

    He has done good on his promises so far so no fear for this one YAH YAH YAH

    • The Following
      May 13, 2014

      rrrrrrreally, check allllll the promises last election n tell me if your statement is true…..u all coming here to fool ppl eh pal

    • The Following
      May 13, 2014

      go check all he promise last election and see if he really did good on his promise…..gwadaman stay in gwada tan

    • awa wi
      May 14, 2014

      allyu dominicans wicked eh. he has done good on all his promises? u living in space man? d amount of promises this guy has broken its no longer funny. lest u forget let me remind u:
      reduction in vat on certain food necessities
      employment center
      boats for farmers
      hospital
      just to name a few can anyone remember the 100 promises in 100 days from the last election? take a pad and tick out how much of the 100 he actually do then come back n talk that crap on dno be truthful to yourself and dominica man afterall

  61. Anonymous
    May 13, 2014

    These are not the same guys who told us some time aback that Dominica did not need an international airport? Well well more promises and lies!!

    • UWP?
      May 13, 2014

      You want the airport or what?

      • The Following
        May 13, 2014

        We need the international now or what?????

    • ____________________
      May 13, 2014

      Same ones who are trapped now. THEY KNOW IT! To get out of it, they have to promise everything. But they won’t get out!

    • Anonymous
      May 13, 2014

      yes they are the same guys…..
      good thing i listen….

  62. abroad
    May 13, 2014

    Well well, instead they remove Douglas and get someone who can promote this beautiful island of ours to help strengthen the economy through tourism we are once again begging china, when they are done doing favors they will own the country watch. People are in denial so sad.

  63. Dreal1
    May 13, 2014

    Labour Ka Twavay & we love our PM. A leader with a vision!

    • lol
      May 13, 2014

      zorrrrrrrrr……that one sing All of Me to him too lol lol lol

  64. Engineer
    May 13, 2014

    He doe take the minister of tourism man . haha what’s joke

  65. May 13, 2014

    Skerrit are u working for Dominica or are u working for yourself out of fear Lennox Linton will become PM to investigate U. We will still vote u out, u have too PAY! :mrgreen:

    • ?
      May 13, 2014

      There is a saying “You can run but you cannot HIDE!!!!
      ONE GOOD DAY!

  66. Neutral
    May 13, 2014

    He should ask China about Tibet and their treatment of other non-Chinese ethnic people. They do not like black people.

  67. Gee.
    May 13, 2014

    You workers people are sooo desperately negative..Because of you all’s agenda nothing the PM and Government do will satisfy all you.. Why don’t you all put country first and say that you wish the PM well on that move for the sake of the country? A few projects were announced, why don’t you guys say that even if its three that comes through in the next two years that will be good for Dominica and hope that the government will achieve this for our country’s sake?.. Why do you UWP people have to be political about everything?! Why do you all always have to preach so much doom and gloom on our country with ridiculous statements like “Can everyone see this is a man in crisis. so many projects and subjects in a short space of time. this is crazy. PM is going MAD or maybe he is already” and “I can predict how many of these projects going to come to fruition. ZERO. I can bet my last dollar on that.”…I mean what’s up with all this rubbish!..Get serious people and wish the PM and the Government well in achieving the plans and projects for our country, for the sake of our beloved country.. PM, thanks for making that move to China to continue to achieve one of the projects you mentioned only a week ago, that is progress!

    • ?
      May 13, 2014

      @Gee Why won’t you go dump your garbage elsewhere? .Skerrit seem to have earned your trust, but are you assuming Skerrit and the corrupt, wicked and insultive government that he heads has the trust of everyone? You must be one of the GREEDIES benefiting? Why can’t you leave something for the poor? There are many many many poor and unfortunate ones out there not being able to eat a proper meal.. Voices like mine and others speak on their behalf. They are largely ignored by greedies like you and those in the Labour party. That’s why change is coming, and Skerrit is losing it!

    • Nac Vibes
      May 13, 2014

      It appears that the Roosevelt Skerrit administration is making moves towards the construction of international airport facilities in Dominica.

      The project is part of a US$300-million deal signed by prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit with Chinese company ASCG when he visited China on November 8, 2013.

      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.

      “(The) Chinese government will provide preferential loans to support those projects,” ASCG said.

      Skerrit was accompanied to China to sign the deal by Hartley Henry, who was referred to as a ‘political advisor’ to Dominica, and Martin Charles (Chairman of the AID Bank).

      The signing was also attended by many high ranking Chinese officials.

      During the signing, Zhang Wuyang, Under-Secretary-General of Anhui Provincial People’s Government said since both countries established diplomatic relations, the Chinese government has “paid high attention” to the relationship with Dominica, strengthened the cooperation with, and support to, Dominica and encouraged Chinese enterprises to invest in Dominica. He said it was also the hope of the Chinese government that Chinese nationals would visit Dominica for tourism and sightseeing.

      He pointed to Dominica’s support of the One-China Policy which he said “builds a solid foundation for the cooperation in politics, economy and trade and culture, and made remarkable achievement.”

      For his part, Skerrit expressed his appreciation of the results achieved since China carried out its ‘reform and opening-up policy’ and re-iterated Dominica’s adherence to the One-China policy.

      “The government and people of Commonwealth of Dominica are willing to build (a) partnership of mutual trust and benefit between both countries together with (the) Chinese government and people, and make (a) joint effort to serve both countries’ people,” he said. “The cooperation must drive the communication and development between both countries to (a) deeper level,” the ASCG website reported the prime minister as saying.

      Dominica and the People’s Republic of China established diplomatic relations on March 31st, 2004.

      According to its website, ASCG is “a large comprehensive joint-stock company centralized in general contracting of project construction and integrated in commercial investment, real estate development, hotel & tourism, S&T incubation, and workshop renting.”

      Now he tells us they will Build Own Operate and then Transfer to us. So what was the 300 million loan for.

      Your god is sinking the country into un-payable debt and you sit there rejoicing. So yes we are not lemmings and we will question, because our children’s future is at stake.

    • Anonymous
      May 13, 2014

      Everyone wants good for the country but realise it wasn’t labour party idea…now i guess they are opening their eyes.

      I can remember the labourites saying , ‘oh Dominica doesn’t need an international airport and all that bull. Now hear them now.

      • .
        May 13, 2014

        @Anonymous Skerrit will NOT build any international airport. Election Time.

  68. Too Late
    May 13, 2014

    Dem fellas spend 15 years in office enriching themselves, now they want to do all kinda project before election

  69. Lougaoo Mem
    May 13, 2014

    Stay tuned! Lots of more projects in the pipeline as election draws nearer.

    Ladies & Gentlemen, friends and countrymen. By now you know well what you are dealing with. Are you prepared to go thru another five years allowing your intelligence insulted and written off by a team of politicians who continue to believe that we are fools? What more do you need to confirm that you are dealing with the most desperate of the desperate politicians in the region who will say anything, do anything to secure their grip on power.

  70. Jah kal
    May 13, 2014

    Dominicans don’t let skerrit fool u all with flight by nite promises in one year he want to do every thing what about the feeder roads for the famers all over DOMINICA. Change is a must.

  71. CIA on the Watch
    May 13, 2014

    Look at the composition of the team, thought i would see a technical person and a prominent business person with knowledge and experience with BOOT operations in this so called advance talks

    • ?
      May 13, 2014

      @CIA on the Watch Good Observation. So you know why we are where we are.

  72. ounthedot
    May 13, 2014

    Is it the same Clico man he is rolling with, birds of a feather flock always together. In Dominica all you have to do is wrong and your status is elevated pay me and vex with me I do hope the cap fits the right person, do not let the dead man get up and burst your dam mouth.You should know what I am talking about, who know who don’t know don’t know.

  73. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    May 13, 2014

    The face of a SCARED and EMBATTLED man.
    International airport my foot. One thing i am prepared to do is to vote you out, with or without international airport..

  74. CIA on the Watch
    May 13, 2014

    Looks like every silly season/election period one has to mention international airport and you are a sure winner for upcoming election, is that a sign of how gullible the electorates are in 2014

  75. %
    May 13, 2014

    DESPERATION TIME. Clear signs that HE (Skerrit) KNOWS HE IS LOSING GROUNDS and this is indeed happening fast. They recently destroyed themselves in St Joseph, so its like this Labour Party is cursed.
    Skerrit what did you promise to do in 2009, within your first 100 days after assuming office Sir? Can somebody help me. Skerrit how many of these did you accomplish? Skerrit when are you going to negotiate to TAKE DOMINICANS TO HEAVEN SIR? Can you remember you sent them to Hell 3 times?
    Can you imagine Skerrit who cannot negotiate for a bread or a soft drink or a Johny cake, NEGOTIATING ON BEHALF OF A COUNTRY FOR AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT? Mr Skerrit is Hartley Henry ( your chief handler) in China waiting for you already Sir?
    Skerrit can you show us the MOU you and you alone have entered into with China?
    DO WHAT YOU WANT, when the peoploe tell you they want change, is change they want. MY VOTE AND THAT OF MY FAMILY IS SURELY NOT YOURS (since you are the government).
    HOW LONG?
    NOT LONG!

  76. uwp
    May 13, 2014

    all u fail to realize that we just don’t have a better option right now ,especially not with linton as prime minister of dominica.

    • Open your eyes
      May 14, 2014

      uwp why are you ashame to call yourself a LABOURITE strange

  77. May 13, 2014

    People, Why don’t we wait before assuming, Give the man a chance. It is like he is damned if he do or damned if he does nothing.

  78. hmmm
    May 13, 2014

    I know you want to win sir, but please that your time and do it properly. Let own it ourselves not make the decisions of the operations of our airport belong to a china man.

    • hmmm
      May 13, 2014

      I know you want to win sir, but please take your time and do it properly. Lets own it ourselves and not make the decisions of the operations of our airport belong to a china man.

  79. AA
    May 13, 2014

    allyou fellas just have good jokes. lol lol. And allyou useing my tax money to go and get campaign funds.

  80. hmmm
    May 13, 2014

    am not in favor of our airport being owned by foreigners. Your port is the first line of defense, every aspect should be own, and manage by the state, especially your main airport. National security is priceless.

  81. ounthedot
    May 13, 2014

    The man is really mad since when he is saying his whereabouts. You could go to hell we are not interested. One thing we know you only have ten months to deliver and this is not practical. Fly your kite Skerro hope the string does not get burst.

  82. shortboy
    May 13, 2014

    U all will find he mad but lennox linton say 5000 jobs in 3years and he has no contact at all all u didnt find he was mad ,sick head no good.

  83. KoKo Naughts
    May 13, 2014

    Since around Miss Charles time they leading delegations overseas right around election time for talks on international airport, jik atrellman! #PoliticiansDoesLie

  84. shortboy
    May 13, 2014

    Work for all i in dat

  85. cc
    May 13, 2014

    You can tell elections coming soon

  86. wooshhh
    May 13, 2014

    Earlier this month, Chinese company, ASCG, announced on its website, that Skerrit had inked the deal with its president, Xue Song, when he visited China on November 8, 2013.According to the company, projects to be undertaken under the agreement include the “reconstruction of an international airport,” and construction of a hotel and a new hospital.

    International Airport? don’t you mean the “reconstruction of an international airport,” as is stated by the company in china he loaned the US $300 Million from?

  87. Pedro
    May 13, 2014

    Interesting. I have been advocating this concept for a while and its teh first time I have seen any official acknowledgment that they are thinking in that direction instead of the traditional lets gets funds to build concept. That transfers the risks and financial cost to another entity but at what price. What price will we pay to have the chinese own a piece of Dominica? And why the chinese being invited and not say the Arabs? Do we owe the Chinese some sort of kickbacks to employing their contractors with such a venture? Why can’t we explore the open market and may the best consortium win such a contract? If its their money, we can be open about it. Much the same way as we are open to offers when we put up Government treasury bonds for sale. Yes, its one possible way to get such a project off the ground…Now what is the tie with this sourcing and the previous announcement by the Chinese of a loan arrangement for the International airport. Is it a fait accompli just awaiting a signature? Nothing wrong with a BOOT arrangement but make no mistake about it. It means we will give full rights to the construction and control of this airport, collection of taxes etc to a foreign entity until such time as the property is turned over to the government and people of Dominica. the government has not yet told the public those details.. Ah..here goes a piece of Dominica! Looking forward to the media asking these hard questions!

    • Nac Vibes
      May 13, 2014

      Fair points about the BOOT option and you are also correct about the absence of the intended detail of the contract in my opinion, but alas, I fear the media in Dominica is not yet mature and it appears nor is a sizable portion of the populace.

  88. atr72
    May 13, 2014

    Not one person with an aviation background on the trip? Martin Charles again I tell you them New Breed of Labourites straight from the bossom of Freedom party have genuine laborites completely fooled and bamboozed – just list them Charlo biggest man (President)in the country poto Freedomite; Matin Charles young freedomite executive now more labour than all original laborite put together; ask for Skerrit Freedom he was a champion young freedomit and as soon as he cme in he invited all them Freedomite to take up key position; ; and the list can go on Parry Bellot consultant; Sonia Williams UNSECO Ambassador ; Vanouslt John Charles MET Freedom; Decease harles Maynard -Alix Boyd Knight Ma Charles borjean – boy look comedy – labour party well hijacked- labour powder … Freedom reign again this time wolf in sheep clothing :lol: hahahaha. :lol:

    • ()
      May 13, 2014

      @atr72 Well the real Labourites are leaving and have left. Why do you believe Team Dominica (UWP) is such a force now. It’s because of the same Labourites who have left this corrupt party for Skerrit and his ilks..
      Your observation is so spot on.

    • #labourpowder
      May 14, 2014

      lol #labour powder

  89. labor
    May 13, 2014

    this man is desolate. Can everyone see this is a man in crisis. so many projects and subjects in a short space of time. this is crazy. PM is going MAD or maybe he is already

    • Right on cue
      May 13, 2014

      Jalou all u jalou. Take that in your face

      • The Following
        May 13, 2014

        jalou he taking UWP ideas…..ummm nope……actually very unimpressed……doesnt he like have any ideas of his own tsk tsk tsk

    • >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
      May 13, 2014

      @Labour DESPERATION TIME. Remember their objective in St Joseph was a failure. The rott weiller was on the attack., so now he must promise Heaven of Earth!

    • JIM
      May 13, 2014

      @labor Guess Skerrit is surprised that his dream of ruling forever is slipping from under his feet.

  90. MY 2 CENTS
    May 13, 2014

    Labour…………..Ka………….Twavay…………. we rolling big time

    • pffff
      May 13, 2014

      Thank God for UWP eh cause if it werent for them where would SKERRIT be……THANK YOU UWP FOR MAKING LABOUR TWAVAY

  91. Ben Dover
    May 13, 2014

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahaahaha.

    I’ve never seen so much movement in this government before. Projects here, projects there.

    I can predict how many of these projects going to come to fruition. ZERO. I can bet my last dollar on that.

    I won’t be surprised if Skerrit announce tomorrow that he plans to send a man to the moon. Thing is Labourites would believe him. What a bunch. hehehehehe

  92. Open your eyes
    May 13, 2014

    Birds of a feather fluck together

  93. The BEST to LEAD!
    May 13, 2014

    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

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