PM saddened over Paris terrorist attack

Shoes and a bloody shirt lie outside Bataclan concert hall in Paris where most of the fatalities occured. Photo: CNN
Shoes and a bloody shirt lie outside Bataclan concert hall in Paris where most of the fatalities occured. Photo: CNN

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has added his voice of sadness and sympathy with France in relation to the recent terrorist attacks against innocent civilians in Paris.

At least 129 people were reported dead and more than 350 wounded in the attacks across several parts of the French capital on Friday which have now been claimed by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Speaking at the opening ceremony of a Development Partner’s Conference at the Fort Young Hotel on Monday 16th November 2015, the Prime Minister said he was saddened by the entire matter.

“Today, I express my sadness and sympathy to the Government and people of France and assure them that they remain in the prayers and good wishes of all Dominicans, living at home and abroad, especially in the neighboring French Departments of Guadeloupe and Martinique,” he stated.

The Prime Minister said France was one of the first countries to respond to Dominica’s cries for help following the havoc of Tropical Storm Erika in late August.

“Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen…it is good to be in the company of friends! I say this against the backdrop of the uncertain and most unfortunate state of affairs in the French capital of Paris…” he said. “France is a long standing and reliable friend and ally of Dominica. We therefore felt the pain and outrage of the government and people of that beautiful country, as a result of the unprovoked and barbaric killing of scores of innocent people last Friday evening.”

He added, “When on the morning of August 28th, 2015, Dominicans woke to assess the damage and destruction wrought by Tropical Storm Erika, the Government of France was one of the first partners to respond in that hour of urgent need.”

In a new video, ISIS has warned of further Paris-style attacks on countries taking part in the bombing of its stronghold in Syria.

In the footage, the terror group also specifically threatens to ‘strike’ Washington DC due to America’s central role in the airstrikes.

And it warns European countries that Islamic State terrorists are ‘coming with booby traps and explosives’.

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  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    November 18, 2015

    Admin, for some reason or the other your site seems to be generating these back slashes; with those slashes inserted into comments diminishes the intelligence of some people, it makes the writers appear as if they are using these slashes as punctuation.

    Slashes are intended virgule, and are not supposed to be used randomly.

  2. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    November 18, 2015

    \”You know what? I am proud to be of a mixed race, so-called white and so-called black.
    I have stated more than once on this Website that Dominicans are not full-fledged Africans. I am not! It shows on my pigmentation and looks.\”(The Facts).

    Lady Facts, I pity you okay, because what we have here is that I am dealing with someone who is uninformed! You see when people do not know better, they believe any pile of rubbish which originates even in their own mind!

    For your information; every human in Europe dating back prior to the common era (CE) are of African descendants; Black people of Africa are the ones who went from Africa, into Europe, hence Europe is populated, that took place thousands of years ago. You and many will laugh at this bit of information, but if you are familiar with the term \”survival of the fittest,\” and the term \”mutation\” perhaps you might beginning to understand the facts of the matter!

    You can talk about your complexion as much as…

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      November 18, 2015

      You can talk about your complexion as much as you wish, however dark, fair, or white all people are the same in complexion; to the knowledgeable. There is no such thing as a black or white person genetically; you might be disappointed to learn everybody is the same, we appear different in complexion due to the contents of melanin in the epidermis (skin). The contents of melanin in the skin dictates, the complexion of the individual: the less melanin the lighter the complexion, the higher the contents of melanin the darker the individual; and the Sun does the rest!

      When I lived in Europe, my complexion became lighter, the same has occurred in Los Angeles; however, when I lived in Dominica, and Antigua, especially, I was as dark as they come, so how do you account for that? I can tell you but what would it matter, since you are not scientifically educated to a level that would cause you to understand the fact; and reality of how the human body is structured!

      I will drop this in…

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        November 18, 2015

        I will drop this in your ear; you claim to be a Christian, if that is the case you may have heard of Adam and Eve.
        Indeed the DNA found in the oldest exoskeleton found; proved to be that of Eve, and that DNA traces are found in every human alive today. If you take a class in human biology, and Human Anatomy, and Physiology you will find the name Eve mentioned, so there goes your theory on your obsession with race: what did the Bible teach, or advised you about genetics?

  3. truththe
    November 17, 2015

    Labour of love, please stop this nonsense the only supreme leader is God Almighty. Please stop bring course on Dominica. ” Put no other god before me ” Its a warning. I am sorry if you do not know better.

    • The Real Facts
      November 17, 2015

      Did you mean “curse?”
      I think Labouroflove is joking. I do believe the reason for that, some of you lambaste the PM and are never satisfied at what he does Labouroflove is simply trying to get back at them to show he is in charge.
      On occasion there are some who also use some names which are blasphemy to the Lord. For instance, one is using the name “Jesus is a Capitalist.” This is blasphemy to Our God. I wonder who is this person? I thought, if I see this name again I will inform the person.
      If I recall, sometime last year one kept using the name “Priest”, a name to that effect. I knew a Priest would not have done that. I wrote against it and informed DNO. The response was, “It will not be prohibited.” again, words to that effect. I suppose that is freedom of speech.
      So if Labouroflove wishes to use those words, as long as it does not harm anyone, he/ she is free to use it. I do not think it places a curse on Dominica or anyone for that matter.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        November 19, 2015

        Lady The Facts, I do not understand why you think of me as disrespecting you or anyone else. That is not my purpose, nevertheless do not anticipate to read me minimizing my comments, or write what I believe you and others would like to hear.

        If you are going to touch on my character, that sort of whish-washy-ness, you will not find in my Characteristics, I am a realist, I do not have the time nor courage to make belief, I am not looking to be loved, so if you consider my comments to be disrespectful because I do not support Skerrit and his Labor Party crap, while they screw up Dominica, that is a matter for you!

        If you write something worthwhile supporting, I will support you, however, if you wish I will help you support a corrupt Skerrit, and his Labor Party Facts, that day will never come! If you expect me to support your idea that your ancestors originate in France, I would have wasted my time educating myself, my academics would have served me no purpose!

      • November 19, 2015

        “Lady The Facts, I do not understand why you think of me as disrespecting you or anyone else. That is not my purpose”—–Telemaque

        You “Black Lagoon Parasite” are you a small child that you do not how badly you speak to or against people?

        When you said to me that “my sins have tormented me and I will die in misery etcetera”, just 2 days ago, are you claiming you did not know what you were saying and your reason to do so? I give you no reason to speak to, or about me. they way you do here–you damn hypocritical parasite!

        You do not have a character, or if you do, it belong with your family of rats, mice, cockroaches lizards, snakes, and the rest of them.

        In other words you do not have the character which belongs to the human species; because you are not one of us; I am saying that you are not human and I have all the reasons to think so.

        That is why you would not know the difference between respect and disrespect; class and nonclass; need I say more?

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        November 22, 2015

        Mss Elizabeth, you see my issue was with Fats, all of a sudden you took over Facts fight, and called me a parasite, and how all my family are no more than reptiles, and rodents.

        Well, he who fight and runaway will live to fight another day. I will deal with you in the future!

        What goes around, comes around, like a boomerang

  4. Jesus_Was_A_Captalist
    November 17, 2015

    If u want to help France, STOP SELLING OUR PASSPORT! One day we will hear passport found after suicide bomber is Dominican. 8)

    • The Real Facts
      November 17, 2015

      Just as I said. Here is the person. Why are you using the Name of the Lord in this? I am assuming that you must be a muslim, a rasta, an atheist or an agnostic. Otherwise you would know better not to use this name.
      Do you realize that you keep blaspheming against Our Lord Jesus Christ and there is price to pay for that? Thou Shalt Not Take The Name of The Lord, thy God in vain.
      Someone as you may have been a baptized Christian who turned away from the faith.
      Our Lord Jesus Christ is not a Capitalist. Do you know his story from birth, born in a manger to show the world that we do not need to be materially and capitalistic rich? It is obvious you know nothing about that. Your ignorance and wickedness against our God are projecting themselves.
      Our Lord never lived in a palace. He said, “Foxes have dens but the son of man has nowhere to lay his head.”
      I suggest that you read/study Holy Scriptures especially the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

    • The Real Facts
      November 17, 2015

      What is your idea of using this name? Why? By using this name and saying that Jesus was a capitalist, you are placing several curses on yourself for life to eternity and thereafter. For your own good, you will do well to cease using this name. Do not say you are/were not warned.

  5. squeezing me
    November 16, 2015

    Where is the Ghost?

  6. The Real Facts
    November 16, 2015

    Many of us Dominicans have ancestors in France, whatever part of France they may be. Who knows? We may have relatives whom we do not know among the victims. God knows!
    We have reason to be sympathetic with France in general. In addition, as people of the world who treasure democracy and freedom, we are obligated to be in solidarity with France and its sufferings.
    May God be with those who have immensely suffered through injuries and heal them in time.
    May God have mercy on the souls of those who lost their lives.
    May God console their grieving family.
    His peace is flowing like a river, flowing out for you and me. . . .
    Lord, send forth Your Spirit, peace and tranquility upon this earth.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      November 17, 2015

      How the hell you have ancestors in France, when life itself originates in Africa among the Bushman\’s tribes?

      The French participated in the Slave trade also, so anybody who has ancestors in France they came through rape, by an slave master, owner. For your information Facts, every human alive in another color of the skin (epidermis) on this earth owe their life to Black people.

      Without Black people there would be no white people or any other color people. I can prove that to you scientifically, nevertheless, perhaps you have already learnt that from the University (goggle) you attended!


      Anyway if you ever heard the term deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) through that; Science prove that life began in Africa, in Namibia, from the tribe I mentioned, and if you go there today you will find Black people with the phenotype of every, if you wish to say other race on earth; if you do not understand the term phenotype look it up that might help…

      • The Real Facts
        November 17, 2015

        I have ancestors in France by one side of my parents.
        I will not inform you about the Surnames. In fact, one of my ancestors, a white person, has a French name who married a white person and their children have the French surname of their father.
        You know what? I am proud to be of a mixed race, so-called white and so-called black.
        I have stated more than once on this Website that Dominicans are not full-fledged Africans. I am not! It shows on my pigmentation and looks.
        Let me further inform you, for your record, some people who I have interacted with, have remarked about the color of my eyes and the rim around my eyes. I informed them of my ancestors on the French and African side. People cannot hide their ancestry on whatever side. Won’t tell you how beautiful/handsome I am. :lol: :lol: :lol: I will leave it to your imagination.
        So if you are pretending, let what you have ingested digest in your system so that you can come to your senses.

      • The Real Facts
        November 17, 2015

        I am not hiding that fact. I had French ancestors residing in Dominica. I was informed about them by an elderly family member.
        Furthermore, one of my parents were white-skinned. A white great grand father was a slave master. Are you going to eat your heart out over that? You are in no position to deny that for you are you and I am ME!
        Who owned the slaves in Dominica? Need I ask if there were only slaves? You know very well that Dominica has had to this day, white-skinned and dark -skinned people. Why are some Dominicans brown-skinned/light-skinned and white skinned? Has this not been visible to you or have you been walking around blind?
        When the Africans were brought to Dominica, white people from those countries traveled to Dominica and bought slaves and owned them, right in Dominica. So what is your problem understanding that D/cans are of mixed races?

      • The Real Facts
        November 17, 2015

        Whenever I meet Africans, they easily notice that I am not a full-fledged African. I do inform them about my history. I also show them a picture of my parents.
        You, as a D/can are foolish not to accept that. This is because you love to bring people down especially on this Website. You will not bring me down. I am higher and beyond that.
        If you were smart, you would know and not overlook that the majority of D/cans/West Indians, if not all, have ancestors from France, Britain and Spain of all. For some, on the other side, they are from Africa. I have previously stated that Dominicans in general are not full-fledged African.
        So what is your ancestor with the last name as yours? Where do you think they originated from?
        If you know the history of Dominica you would not make such a stupid comment. You know very well that the white people came to live in Dominica and owned slaves.

      • The Real Facts
        November 17, 2015

        Let me inform you! Everyone has primarily a history, through their ancestors and where they were born. You have to be a foolish person to make such a comment. Do you know me? Do you know my ancestors, my immediate family including my other relatives, as also cousins? If you met us you will know, be surprised and your mouth would remain wide opened. I will not make you wise.
        Those who know me know exactly what I stated and agree with me. I would not have made that comment if, one of my parents’, ancestors were not from France. I have a former family tree in France. I also have one in Africa. How fortunate I am. There are many D/cans whose family tree originated from Europe and Africa.
        People know who they are and where their ancestors originated from. You find that surprising? You have to be foolish to challenge me and debate on it.
        This is where one set of my forefathers/mothers originated from. The others, from Africa.

      • The Real Facts
        November 18, 2015

        Telemaque, you are an extremely disagreeable person, extremely difficult to communicate with and to get along with. You think you are more intelligent than others who comment on DNO. The laugh is on you and always will be for your stupidity. They all know you.
        I am wondering what have you ingested while reading this writing and commenting? You love to debase people. Such is your character and personality traits. I will not be rude to you for I have class and dignity. My parents did not teach me to be lowly and make degrading remarks about others and whom I do not know, especially when they state the truth.
        I do not pretend and make up stories. Rather than tell a lie, I prefer to state nothing. Since you foolishly discredit what I stated, I am putting you straight on this matter.
        I am a descendant of French and African. None of these countries come before the other.
        Life began in Africa is a myth Explain white people in Europe of all and other continents.

  7. November 16, 2015

    We are in a period of time, when human beings have lived without a conscience and a pure mind for such a long time, it is now showing its effect through their attitude and conducts–causing them to now react like hungry wild animals, with no respect for the “human Life”

    What kind of human being would just walk into a public place and to open fire against human beings like themselves–if those individuals had a conscience that was alive in them to control the production of their minds?

    But still, we people, refuse to take heed and desire to change their hearts–just look at the 2 comments from “bumble bee” and “Floridian diaspora” against Prime Minister Skerrit–they do not have the slightest understanding of what they ae contending

    People like are them are just as bad as the ISIS–maybe not with guns and bombs but with their words of mouth–they do not know that their thought production is exactly who they are. “For as man thinks in his heart so is he”

    • The Real Facts
      November 18, 2015

      Change of heart applies to each person. No one is exempt. Some look at others, judge them and not themselves.
      How do you treat others? Their writing also tells a lot about them.
      There are many sins/crimes which people commit on a daily basis, probably every second of the day/night.
      Hatred is a mortal sin/grievous crime. Hatred for one’s preferred religion and devotions as an example. Criticizing and lambasting them for it. Some Christians are quite capable of this which some have projected right on this Website.
      You know what hatred could lead to and cause.
      Some will hate but will not harm the body.
      Others as ISIS hate and will harm the body.
      St. Paul said: “Nothing defiled will (ever) enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
      God will judge everyone according to their actions. This will determine where the soul will end up for all eternity, Heaven or Hell.
      As we live, act and treat others, so shall we be judged for all eternity.

  8. Passports Sales Endanger Dominica and Dominicans
    November 16, 2015

    Everyone in Dominica should ask the government to resign where they don’t stop selling passports. It is clear that the FBI arrested a mobster from Macaw with our diplomatic passport. Magway sah Skerro. You know him too. You cut cake with him and then Erika hit us while you were out there partying with your boys. Now we know for a fact you have strange men selling passport all over the Middle East. What is to stop one of them to come and massacre our medical student on Dominica? We have a police force rhag cannot even protect us from a burglary, or someone who burn a judge home. Three years they cannot so nothing and don’t expect them to protect Dominica. We must stop that nasty passport business with all these Zampoli, Corallo, Rudolph King and other jailbird. When the bomb burst and is a fake Dominican with a Skerro passport that they catch I don’t want anyone to say we were not warned. Scampish government must stop selling out Dominicans with this passport they sell like bakes.

  9. dissident
    November 16, 2015

    Are you serious?
    That happened on Friday evening!
    Weren’t you a holder of French citizenship at one point in your life?
    That wasn’t on your mind at all.
    Someone alerted you!

    • The Real Facts
      November 18, 2015

      So what? To my knowledge, he resided in Guadeloupe and France. If you resided in another country for a certain amount of time, would you not apply for citizenship and have a passport of that country? One would be foolish not to do so.
      What if he were not the PM? I can tell you, this passport would come in handy for him.
      According to the French government records, he is still a French citizen, be it only on paper. Nothing can erase it. If sometime down the road, his status changed, he can return to France and also go to the US. His wife is a US citizen.
      You better look out for yourself and for your future, legally, and leave the PM alone. While some concern themselves about others, they and their personal affairs are left behind. Take note!

  10. bumble bee
    November 16, 2015

    Stop selling Dominica passport, you making the Caribbean an easy target for terrorists

  11. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    November 16, 2015

    Skerrit had better shut his damn mouth; who cares about Skerrit, If he was anybody they might have invited him to the G 20; or the G 8 meeting. He is sad because his country France to which he pledged allegiance to is under siege; and he has not yet send his ground troops in as yet to capture the criminals.

    I hear the reason why his foot solider\’s are not there yet, is because his Dominica Air Force is already engaged fighting the United States because Obama did not lift \”de embargo soon enough on his communist third country of residence oui!

    So, right now his Air force is on the tale of ISSIS bombing away, I hear him gat five LIAT fighter bombers in action now which may soon fall from the sky cause him doh have de money to pay for the fuel to keep them flying eh!

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah! I feel sorry for that Crapo!

  12. Floridian diaspora
    November 16, 2015

    It’s good to know that you actually have a heart of flesh and blood and not one that is made out of toxic fumes like had I previously thought, and that you actually feel for people. But actions speak louder than words. Show us that you really mean what you say. If you are really sympathetic, then play your part and show us that you care. ……..stop the sale of our passports or this might happen in Roseau one day. Right here in America, I meeting people who are not Dominicans that have our passports. People from all four corners of the earth have our passports. (Including lots of Asians and Muslims). First time I ever know Dominica have all them white people there. Them man selling to whoever, that from wherever, with no consideration whatsoever. So I don’t know why you there pretending like you against it when indirectly you aiding it.

  13. Erasmus B. Black
    November 16, 2015

    At this sad time, France needs the help of all her citizens and friends. Vive la France!

  14. Mr. what if?
    November 16, 2015

    If I once held French Citizenship I would be deeply saddened myself, especially if my mom still lives in France. But as a Dominican I am saddened myself and my sadness has no passed ties to France.

    If Mr. Skerrit is sincerely saddened and I believe he is, then he needs to stop selling our passports to just about anyone in the world because criminals and ISIS members can buy one to get out of places like Syria, Iran, Iraq Vietnam, Egypt or anywhere, and then attack countries like France, England, America or others.

  15. November 16, 2015

    Whenever our beloved and precious Supreme Leader is sad, Labourites are sad :cry: The blessed Dominica Labour Party, it’s members, friends, affiliates and comrades would like to express our profound sadness and our solidarity with the Government and People of France as we condemn the horrific attack on the Citizens of Paris. We pray that this scourge of Terrorism will be removed from the face of the earth and that peace and understanding will triumph over hatred and division. We grieve with the family and friends of those who’ve lost their lives or were injured by these senseless acts of violence. Our minds and hearts are with you at this time.

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