PM Skerrit clarifies ‘military aid’ agreement with China

Foreign Affairs Minister Francine Baron shakes hand with Chinese Ambassador Lu Kun after the agreement was signed

Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has sought to clarify an agreement of military aid signed between Dominica and China last week saying there was “some misunderstanding by some sections of the population” on the issue.

The US$3-million agreement was among three signed by the two governments on November 29 but some had questioned the military agreement and what it involved.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday morning, Skerrit relayed that Dominica does not have a military but has military cooperation with many countries, including the United States, and this includes the training of police officers.

“They provide us with assets, vehicles, communication equipment and so forth,” he stated.

He explained that the Government of Dominica will determine what it wants from the US$3-million agreement.

“So it will be in form of equipment and it does not necessarily have to be specifically for the police,” he remarked. “It could be for public works in terms of heavy equipment, it could be ambulances, it could be a fire truck for the Douglas Charles Airport or for Roseau.”

He said a list of equipment is being finalized with advice from various public servants.

“We expect by next week to submit that list to the Government of China,” Skerrit noted.

 

 

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74 Comments

  1. UDOHREADYET
    December 8, 2017

    The man is doing everything he can to build a foundation for the future but the devil is so strong in peoples minds they want things to stay the same or worst and constantly condemn, complain, and point the finger at people making positive changes.

    You can see this clear as day… a positive effort is spoken of but their focus is on attacking the person making the effort.
    The idea and benefit is completely lost on them… they cannot accept that a Dominican is doing these great things.

    Its not the man allu fighting its that thing that eating allu up inside… that thing allu have to fight!
    He already win…

    ALLUDOHREADYET

  2. Ibo France
    December 7, 2017

    When Mr. Skerrit demits office, he would leave a legacy of mendicancy. He spends most of his time circumnavigating the globe with tin cup in hand even before Maria. Almost every major development or project in the country is done by some donor agency or foreign country. This gives the outside world the impression that Dominicans are just mendicants. Given the opportunity, Dominicans can prove themselves to be creative, innovative, skillful and industrious.

    • Roger Burnett
      December 8, 2017

      “Given the opportunity, Dominicans can prove themselves innovative, skillful and industrious.”

      I totally agree!

  3. viewsexpressed
    December 7, 2017

    . “It could be for public works in terms of heavy equipment, it could be ambulances, it could be a fire truck for the Douglas Charles Airport or for Roseau.” Everytime this inept novice open his mouth in politics as the worse DA PM, he contradicts himself. This man moans and runs all over getting money, not for development but for everything sexy in politics and nothing towards the development and recovery of Dominica. Military assistance for example the US my Foot??. Dominica is not a priority to go anywhere and assist, we have our dirty corrupt backyard to clean up first and to build. This man PM creates distractions, diversions and fools the poor people of our Dominica.
    Skerrit Must Go.

  4. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    December 7, 2017

    “The Chinese have long term plans for the natural harbour in Portsmouth. I understand it is connected with the rival canal they are building in Central America to compete with the Panama Canal. Obviously they will want to protect their”(UKDominican).

    Such hypothesis makes absolutely no sense at all; Do you know why the Panama Canal was built? Since I see you are ignorant of what you are talking about let me give you a hint it was built to shorten the distance of sailing ships. It is a short-cut , nothing can compete with the Panama Canal.

    Let this serve as an education to you exclusively, prior to the Panama Canal: a ship left San Francisco or Los Angeles where I reside heading to Dominica, it would have to travel all around South America which would take months to get to Dominica, with the advent of the Panama Canal, takes getting to Dominica in days rather than months. Stop talking nonsense. Learn some geography and review what I taught you.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      December 7, 2017

      And for your information, there are no natural harbor in Dominica, or anyplace I know. Simply because a ship can drop anchor, does not mean the place have a natural harbor. The waters around Dominica is deep, that makes it very difficult for a boat to anchor. I can tell you about that.

      We had a ship, a cargo ship going to Dominica, our anchor chains were never long to touch bottom, there is something called dragging anchor, that happened often in Dominica, as a result of that an oil tanker run aground in Found collie in 1958. And if you do not believe me do some research, harbors, and ports are built, they do not come natural, except in Dominica where you all believe everything is perfect and natural.

      That is a fallacy! 

  5. RastarMarn
    December 6, 2017

    A picture speaks a thousand words, there is soh much subliminal messages in that picture Marn will just point out three:

    ChinaMan mind is not on no military contract, look at where his eyes watching,,, Follow his eyes!!!

    The expression on Skerrit face does not look like one of assurance and satisfaction of a well made decision,,,

    Mamzelle is the only one in that image posing for the photo op,,,

    So DNO if this was really a press conference where is the journalistic aspect of the process where is the question and answer session,,,

    You mean to tell Marn the best allyou can do is come with this 206 word dictation???

    According to the experts: Military aid is aid which is used to assist a country or its people in its defense efforts, or to assist a poor country in maintaining control over its own territory. Many countries receive military aid to help with counter-insurgency efforts. Military aid can also be given to a rebellion to help fight another country.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      December 7, 2017

      And look at Francine face, and take a good look at Roosevelt face!

      Him angry oui!

      And that’s all the kid have to say eh!

      • June
        December 9, 2017

        True dat :lol: check his face. Ok na man he was holding back a belch and the photographer took a shot :lol:

  6. Han
    December 6, 2017

    OMG- this guy must stop with his ‘mamaguy’. Skerrit military aid is what? Now you are dialing back what military aid means– Well for anyone who can say their ABC Skerrit military aid is military aid- weapons and assets to kill and to keep bad guys and bad governments in power–
    ‘So it will be in form of equipment and it does not necessarily have to be specifically for the police,” he remarked. “It could be for public works in terms of heavy equipment, it could be ambulances, it could be a fire truck for the Douglas Charles Airport or for Roseau.”- One fire truck for the airport— I will be vey happy when this guy is no longer calling the shots in our homeland -this guy is incompetent to the core.

  7. My name
    December 6, 2017

    Fix the roads. Strong Shelters for all the island. Give persons materials to rebuild. Everyone. Temporary shelters should be built right away so the schools can reopen and take persons out of the schools to place them there. So much to be done but hardly anything is being done.

  8. Trying to help
    December 6, 2017

    If this is the best efforts of the PM on CLARITY ,he needs to go lay down in a darkened room.

  9. Trying to help
    December 6, 2017

    If this is the best efforts of the PM ON CLARITY he really needs to go lay down in a darkened room.

  10. Possie Direct
    December 6, 2017

    I must admit that China has Skerrit where they want him and right now they even to have gotten Skerrit to will Dominica to them. No wonder Ross University is running out because they know very well that everything has to start at the mouth of the port and it has been rumored for a while now that the Chinese have a secret deal in place with Skerrit for Possie.

  11. Dominican Passports
    December 6, 2017

    Skerrit n them tired shake hand with likkle chine man, weren’t they already building everything here anyway before the storm, the stadium, friendship bridge, expansions of the main roads, and installing solar lights ect. :lol: Guess they’ll continue where they left off.

  12. Andrew
    December 6, 2017

    Using the words Military Aid Assistance is probably the wrong terminology to use, However we need to protect our people from natural disasters so some assistance will be required, Call it what you like. We require Helicopters, Communication equipment Heavy Machinery, Trucks & amphibious vehicles to assist us if a Maria or Erika every happens again. If we haven’t got those tools on Island more of our people will loose their lives in the future. Let’s all try to stay positive & help the Government of Dominica make the right decisions for all Dominicans.

    • Shaka Zulu
      December 6, 2017

      All these things require man power and fuel and maintenance. Are we going to beg to run these also and owe Venezuela another 200 mil US dollars. Meanwhile we have policies hell bent on keeping people poor, laws in place that aee not being enforced, police that run and hide, people living in river beds and landslide prone areas, building standards that are not enforced, a planning and community development head that knows nothing. We keep running for external powers ro fix our problems while the real catalysts are our weak institutions that are supposed to do oversight and a society tbat does not k ow how to progress and advance collectively. How often do we get cat 5 storms? We get hurricane every year with varying intensities and effects. What we have here is a knee nerk reaction to a systematic problems. Skerrit need to let Dominicans who know Dominica best do thier darn jobs and respect the constitution that mandate them do so. All i see is photo up with no vision.

    • Anonymous
      December 6, 2017

      Another apologist for Skerrit!

    • Polster
      December 6, 2017

      Thank you for your comment. People should post more comments like yours. I cannot stand all these by the road experts, playing smart and not being clever. Let us forget about party and start thinking about building, and if we get assistance from anyone we should be grateful for no one owes a darn thing.
      It is about time we accentuate the positive.
      We can do it it is just a matter of practice.

    • viewsexpressed
      December 7, 2017

      The most dangerous thing to happen again in Dominica is to have Skerrit and his bunch of hopeless people in Government killing our poor island with innuendoes, promises and nothing is happening. they are the distraction, the damagers, political hurricanes. They are inexperienced, deceitful, clueless to development and perform like in a theatre getting false applauds from a crowd like in a circus not sure what the trick is all about. Skerrit and is gang must go. they are hopeless and have failed us/

  13. marie-claire R Skerrit
    December 6, 2017

    Let the communist state of Dominica begin..

  14. Hear my cry
    December 6, 2017

    please help me believe the PM this time without having to take my prescription because you know it’s not easy to believe him, even if I am one of his own and is easily fooled

    • Outsideview
      December 6, 2017

      So „military aid“ is the new term for ambulance or fire truck – seriously???

    • viewsexpressed
      December 7, 2017

      Run away from this man as far as you can. He is dangerous.

  15. Jonathan Y St Jean
    December 6, 2017

    Liar liar your pants are on fire.Why use the term military assistance for things like ambulance and fire truck,I guess the term military assistance could have been used for assistance in building the hospital too.Skerritt must have thought that this would whiz past the ears and eyes of Dominians but now serious question are being asked,he just threw out some response.He must have been told that serious questions are being raised by citizens and others so he sees the need to try and clarify the issue but it doesn’t sit well with me. I don’t believe that this was his original intent.He wants to be a strong man style leader who wants to reintroduce the legalization of treating legislation and as such is trying to bolster the capacity of the police.We will be watching your every move and you better come clean

    • Original Mahaut Man
      December 6, 2017

      Do you ever believe what the PM say’s.So what are you talking about you are already a hatter that’s why you will always think of the worst.God bless Dominica .

      • Jonathan Y St Jean
        December 7, 2017

        @Original Mahaut Man,I oppose Skerritt’s leadership style,failed policies and lack of open and respectful governance of Dominica.Where have you been,man.Like you let me repeat “God bless Dominica”

      • viewsexpressed
        December 8, 2017

        No we do not believe , never believe the nonsense your inept PM Skerrit says. His reputation is already tarnished.
        Did you believe your PM on the Bin Bobol and The Fertilizer Bobol after Hon Linton exposed them. All of all you stuck to defend Skerrit and went after Hon Linton. when the evidence if thievery in the bin and Ferlizer Bobol case out, what did you all clown said. “It was a mistake”. To this day we are convinced that the States stolen monies has not been repaid.

        Go do your homework or shut up and read and learn. Skerrit must Go

    • pues toutes D'cien aveg
      December 7, 2017

      Hi Jonathan Y Joker St.Jean! Good GM from the misty woods of PA right? How’s the green grocery store job going? Y don’t U return to DA and begin some hard work for a change. Lots of opportunity in Agri here on island. Come home and do the hard work. Hiding and shooting from the misty woods of PA( as the former Duport employee doc would say) maybe you’d opt 4 for JA instead.Y not ur hamlet in the east? Smoke or chewon that joker

      • Jonathan Y St Jean
        December 7, 2017

        Whatever you call yourself,you continue to demonstrate that you lack the ability to raise the level of discussion.

      • Cheers old chap
        December 8, 2017

        St Jean, you are proving the person right.
        Come back home, open up a farm produce U are a trained agriculturist. Why work in a green grocery outlet in Phili. waste of ur training.
        U just shooting blanks. I guess the individual is right come show what u can do on the land.
        Then only then can the level of discuss be raised.

    • viewsexpressed
      December 8, 2017

      Well said Jonathan St. Jean. a very educated, committed man of the soil. od Bless You sir.

  16. Standford and Sons
    December 6, 2017

    hahahahahahahha sleritt either gone mad or dottish. You expect us to believe a crack & bull story like this?
    After all the police training in China an over staff embassy t quote a former Chairman of the commission who went to china. These hypocrits are not easy.
    That’s what U get when progressives (once upon a time sell out lol! cadres/communists /socialits turn farcisits,opportunists with human faces they become, economists, dentists,lawyers, doctors,agriculturists and turn on their own as the former UNrepDLP turn UWP all of them is one comes.

    • Standford and Sons
      December 6, 2017

      as the forer UN rep said to us lately DLP has a tendency to turn on it’s own. He forgot he appeared on DFP conference and then accompanied the jokers and turn coats to china.
      So we come? We are so screwed. Even if we recover from Maria our mind set has ben destroyed long b4 Maria. In a country of 365 rivers we

      • Standford and Sons
        December 6, 2017

        Cont’d our peeps interllectuals /studiated not always educated think they have arriven/arrived building swimmingpools in their yards lol that’s a manifestation of emptiness some looking to rope in lure in chicks male or female.I can go on but you can extraplot in ur minds readers.
        DA is long screwed long b4 Erica,Maria david,long b4 29th may 1979. Gov’t is a play ask Alwin the opposition is a………………………………. ur choice hahahaahahah I not calling names as FET would say. The opoulation is full of it. So we can conclude we are screwed

  17. lightbulb
    December 6, 2017

    That is a silly point. When the US military went into Iraq they also build infrastructure. (army corps of engineers) In fact the army corp of engineers were instrumental in rebuilding the levies in New Orleans after Katrina.

    • Anonymous
      December 6, 2017

      New Orleans is in the USA! No good having a lightbulb if you don’t switch it on!

  18. Is me and I alone
    December 6, 2017

    Honestly speaking, it’s easier for me to believe a lie of the devil than to believe one thing that comes out from the mouth of PM Skerrit. But how is that is Francine Barron that’s in picture with him and not national Security Minister Blackmore? In fact I even took Ms. Baron for Melissa. Is when I read the note I saw DNO says in foreign affairs Minister Francine Baron

    • Shameless
      December 6, 2017

      “In fact I even took Ms. Baron for Melissa. Is when I read the note I saw DNO says in foreign affairs Minister Francine Baron”…you make me laugh in patois :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: . but I hear you loud and clear 8) 8) .

      Assertive like LL! :twisted:

      • Is me and I alone
        December 6, 2017

        @Shameless you too smart lol. You have me laughing

      • Anonymous
        December 6, 2017

        Are Melissa and her children in the country ? Or are they enjoying the protection of Uncle Sam?

  19. As I see It
    December 6, 2017

    Here he goes again. Says one thing when the Chinese Ambassador Lu Kun was present but another thing when Lu Kun is not there. Did he run into questions by the UN? This Skerrit just cannot be trusted for one minute.

  20. John
    December 6, 2017

    As long as it dos not include armored personnel carriers, tanks and machine guns everything should. be fine. Dominica can rely on Great Britain for defense since the island is a former British Colony. The only country that may invade Dominica may be China so that they can construct a Navy Base in Portsmouth. This comment will not get posted.

    • UKDominican
      December 6, 2017

      John, this strikes a chord with me. The Chinese have long term plans for the natural harbour in Portsmouth. I understand it is connected with the rival canal they are building in Central America to compete with the Panama Canal. Obviously they will want to protect their
      investment but also bring more Chinese nationals to come and live in Dominica to manage and control that business. The hospital is also part of that plan. Call me a fantasist if you like but I firmly believe these are China’s intentions and they would not want anyone to ruffle the feathers whether it is a Skerrit, the opposition or anyone else as long as they keep the locals under control and do their bidding. They don’t trust Skerrit though and that’s why they brought the opposition into play earlier this year. The Chinese are not stupid.

  21. dissident
    December 6, 2017

    My boy you should understand de citizens curiosity…… you are a stranger to the truth!

    I must admit that this is a first…… cause there are a lot of other issues that deserve clarification…. but you ignoring us.

    You can’t play with De Chinese…..we know that….. especially because while you clarify military aid….. you have never made a public declaration of the MOU with China!

    We watching you….we know you does listen….. you cannot play with your Masters!

  22. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    December 6, 2017

    Roosevelt I doubt any first year elementary student would not know the difference between military assistance, and giving  motor vehicles, and training of police. Don’t talk any nonsense about Dominica police force and the United States: we know better than that. 

    When the term military is used we are talking about soldiers, even when the term military police is used it is talking about a branch of the military, which is different to a local police force.

    A police force is defined as a body of trained officers entrusted by a government with the maintenance of public peace, and order, enforcement of laws, and prevention and detection  of crimes. So, it matters not how you try to simplify or polish the rhetoric, in my mind you are accumulating military weapons of war supported by the Chines to be used against our civilian population!

    We do not need military assistance from the Chines or Americans; the help we need in our country is ‘industrial help.’ Ask your Chines friends…

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      December 6, 2017

      Continue:

      Ask your Chines friends to invest in fifty or more industries in Dominica, that might help resolve our unemployment situation. If only they could help to create fifty thousand jobs in the country, we will not have to depend on the sale of diplomatic passports to get money to run the country.

      Pay as we earn taxes are much better than depending on the sale of passports. After all the Chines have invested billions in many different place, outside of China, including the United States, providing jobs to the local natives. Such is the type of help we need from China, and not stock piling weapons and ammunition of war; unless Roosevelt anticipates a revolution, or civil war as that of 1979!

  23. Shaka Zulu
    December 6, 2017

    Communications equipment to maco citizens. Military aid do not solve world problems be it From USA, England, China, Russia. Dominica need non military aid i do not care how you guys look or want to look at it. You start involving military or using the word military aid and thats a water we should not cross. Its like telling phillip Morris and all the cigarette manufacturers to develop facilities for lung cancer patients. These military folks only care about one thing how they can defend thier own country. That means spreading Chinese philosophy and dominance over others is high time we find solutions dor our own freaking problems and stop sitting around like helpless fools playing into the narrative that black people are dumb helpless and lessbof human. Maria is a time for carribbean people to show the word that they to are smart, creative and talented. Its from slavery to independence to dependent then soon back to slavery.

    • Shaka Zulu
      December 6, 2017

      Skerrit has spent 17 years telling lies and deceiving the Dominica public and think its wisdom. Hurricane season is 7 months away and i am yet to hear from the government the plans to be implemented. Two years ago was Erika i gurantee we will be caught off guard again soon.

    • sylvester Cadette
      December 6, 2017

      Your opening comment suggests that the Communications equipment is intended to ”maco” citizens. :) :)
      But look at a scenario – we need emergency telecommunications equipment so that we do not have to wait on the French to contact the outside world in the aftermath of disasters such as Hurricane Maria. That wait can be very costly in saving lives, medical evacuations, coordination with first responders and affected/destroyed communities, logistics, search and rescue, aid distribution, health and wellness, security, etc.

      Three days after the hurricane I came in with telecommunications equipment and realized how much we need to have such equipment in Dominica. So apart from the SAT Phones and BGANs we (ITU) donated two (2) VSATs that will remain on island as a gift. Our EOC needs dedicated Emergency Telecoms equipment. so to the Police/SSU, Amateur Radio Operators, Hospitals/health centres. Key Government Disaster and logistics coordinating agencies etc. We need to consider…

      • sylvester Cadette
        December 6, 2017

        we need to consider this.
        An Emergency Operations Center (EOC), need these minimum Telecommunications equipment:
        • 1 HF radio
        • 1 VHF radio
        • 1 dipole Multiband antenna
        • 1 VHF Antenna
        • 1 Automatic Tunner Antenna
        • 1 SCS PACTOR IV Dragon DR-7800 Modem
        • Coaxial cable required for the height that the antenna is installed
        • 1 computer battery holder in case the AC power is interrupted
        • 1 PC computer with keyboard and mouse
        • 1 software for the server administrator.

        I am actually writing two projects to address this very issue and only paused to ease my mind and read a bit on DNO to keep abreast of the progress back home (if any) and Lo and behold I saw your comment :-D. :-D I HAVE A FEELING I MAY BE PREACHING TO THE CHOIR but today the Choir distorted this thing about Communications equipment intended to ”maco” citizens. :) :)

        A knife, jus as a Telecoms equipment is very important but it can be used with lethal intentions LET US JUST FOCUS ON NATION BUILDING. LOVE…

      • sylvester Cadette
        December 6, 2017

        We also need at least
        10 SAT Phones
        5 BGANS and VSATS
        Solar Chargers
        Solar lanterns etc

      • Shaka Zulu
        December 6, 2017

        Silvester you and i know we dont need military agreement with china or any other country to get communication equipment during hurricanes. Or disasters. First of all it technologies that will require maintainace and inspections. We will keep military personnel there to do that. In this day and age there are many more resources. We wasted millions on opening ceremonies for crap and fire officers dont have a chainsaw to clear road. They have axes and told to work with what tbey have. Military is a front for Somthing else and after 17 years i dont trust Skerrit or tbe Chinese. There are tonnes of NGOs out there.

      • Shaka Zulu
        December 6, 2017

        Hurricane david was in 79 i was less than a year old we needed SAT phones. Three days after maria in 2017 you realize how bad such equipment in Dominica? Hurricane season last 6 montths in the year. We are a reactive society. Dominica in hurricane alley in tbe Caribbean. We had erika two years ago. What has our disaster preparedness folks been doing. Do you realize btw 2015 and 2017 we have lost about 100 people due to lack of preparation and even more may have been lost from the trauma. In any civilization this would be a massive failure twice by the government and the disaster management team tbat is currently putting stuff that is not really the solutions to the real problem. You are an intelligent guy this forum dies not alloq for proper dialogue so i rest here.

      • Shaka Zulu
        December 6, 2017

        I am glad i got you attention. I agree we need these and yes you preaching to the choir. Our police force has trade wind excersise with RSS, i remember the days of operation lava flow. These equipment you mentioned should already have been in use by our police force in thier daily operations and communication within stations. During hurricane season they could serve dual purposes. Every community meeds a CERT community emergency response team comprised of two nurses two police and fire officers, village council chair and a few community leaders. These folks need basic equipment in a set location so after a storm in 24 hrs you can get a report from each community. All fire officers an police in station and road block. Tbey cannot get around. My problem is what you are pointing out is not new technology after david and all the other hurricane we should have our crap straight. The bottom line is those incharge have failed us. >100 dead and people need to be held accountable.

      • Dominican
        December 6, 2017

        OK Sylvester, you have told us how clever and knowledgable you are but are you doing this pro deo, without any reward for yourself? That stuff costs big time money my friend and requires Skerrit’s approval. Any nice commission in there for someone perhaps?

      • Observernot the Antigua news media
        December 7, 2017

        sylvester Cadette : Some, most D/cans talk to much. Moreso when U make a round of drinks lol
        Even ur” super educated”- morons .
        Ask the alcoholic super brain who over drinks & foaming at the mouth eating blood pudding and crab backs( not like the opposition leader trying to smuggle them according to the Gov’t agents lol stated. Over drinks(a big D/can problem) It stated it does not comprehend why the Chinese embassy staff is so large.It went to China as part of a Gov’t delegation and obviously has visited the embassy on countless occasions. These crooks turn coats are the major problems. Not Skrit as groovy bat calls him. Skrit is just a middle man. Do we know who is the real P.M? Another quiet condescending individual.

    • sylvester Cadette
      December 6, 2017

      :-D :-D Come on SHAKA ZULU. YOU ARE FAR FAR BETTER THAN THAT. Of Course this is not now I have been talking about SAT Phones or realizing its importance. You forgot that is y field. Do not latch unto this trivial argument because you know what I am talking about.

      I noticed someone else asked me if the project is for some reward. .The answer is NO :-D and oh it is not an exercise in showing how much I know. there are others who know the same thing and more
      Why can’t we address issue without playing games.

      After screaming ones throat out about telecoms and ICT for years you come to realize that your people do not listen or they insult you for trying – so to keep your sanity you quietly find other ways.
      Interestingly you Welcomed across the Americas from Mexico to Chile or fro Bahamas to Suriname.

      What keeps us down is not even so much a lack of resources than the sad eating up of each other for nothing. SURE WE CAN DO SO MUCH BETTER THAN THAT.

      I believe SHAKA ZULU…

      • Shaka Zulu
        December 6, 2017

        What keeps us down is not even so much a lack of resources than the sad eating up of each other for nothing. SURE WE CAN DO SO MUCH BETTER THAN THAT. I agree
        I will also add trusting a fellow citizen knowledge and experience. We make ourselves believe we are incapable when we have the tools and do not know how to use. I left Dominica to study Geology because of the nature of my country. I thought it would be useful. Aid bank was willing to give loans for psychology which is ok, but not Geology. I understand stream dynamics, i understand weather and climate, i understand landslide dynamics, working 13 yrs with a fortune 500 consulting firm that does hurricane preparedness, experience in emergency response, basically educated, trained and experience to help in exactly what is happening in Dominica. I sometimes wonder why we get educated. I would help free of charge. However you and I know your own folks could care less if we give advice. In the abundance of H2O the fool is thirsty

      • viewsexpressed
        December 7, 2017

        Cadette, there is nothing wrong in having these equipment, The issue for us is this hopeless corrupt illiterate labour government. They are the disaster and until understand and get rid of them no amount of equipment can save us because we do not have our resources within the government in a preparedness mood and all the government has is a bunch of people talking niceties to we the people of Dominica. There is no socio-economic development plan this corrupt labour government follows, you don’t believe me, get the hell off your high horse and go travel around Dominica and see how backward we are with the level of poverty forever growing. Are you with us?
        Our institutions are weak and even if you get all of those nice equipment, I a telling you we are not organised, we are no prepared. We need to build our people resources and to a level of good human resource but first Cadette, you,, Me, family, decent Dominicans must get rid of this hopeless government, with it inept Prime Minister.

      • sylvester Cadette
        December 7, 2017

        I believe SHAKA ZULU would agree

  24. Grayson Fichards
    December 6, 2017

    So we are not sure yet of the list of things we want, but we already know the cost is 3M. I believe you sir

  25. proud combat engineer
    December 6, 2017

    hmmm and we believe him? wow as one being in the military, how does a firetruck or an ambulance come as military assistance?

    • Concerned Dominican
      December 6, 2017

      proud combat engineer
      Based on your statement who should we believe you that sit behind your computer making allegations with no facts except your feelings and assumptions or the man who is privy to the conversation.
      Please give us facts or else you are just like all those fake experts with no credentials and knowledge.
      Please sound educated that is what we need right now

      • proud combat engineer
        December 7, 2017

        let me guess you are a regular at red clinic or u received somethign from the gov to keep u biased

    • sylvester Cadette
      December 6, 2017

      National Security also includes first response to anything that threatens national stability It could be natural disasters that require equipment for civil works or ambulances etc. a case in point was the Ebola crisis in West Africa that created a crisis of National Security proportions. In that case it became an imperative for additional equipment as Ambulances and engaged the Armed Forces .

      It is good that the PM clarified although really to me the concern was “MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING” :-D :-D

      I will agree though that for those who do not know or are not aware of the nature of how these agreements work, then the Headline of Military Aid was misleading. In writing the press release it likely would have been more prudent to emphasize National Security rather than military aid to avoid such “MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING”

      • viewsexpressed
        December 7, 2017

        Cadette you are a resource person in government, and like others like you, you mean well as a technical person. There are many like within the system like you who wish this clown m Skerrit must go, he and his government are not socially and developmentally focussed. They, that corrupt Labour government have not taken Dominica anywhere but to hell. It is not working, there is no development taking place in Dominica and many of u sit in Roseau not knowing of the life and suffering of our people outside Roseau. It is sad, very sad. We have to clean up our houses and backyard first before we talk of sophisticated equipment to confuse the people more. Skerrit must Go.

        We thank you for your service Sir. We all know what it is like in there. Fr example the incompetent ministers holding some of these ministries. No creativity, no mission, no vision, it is all about Skerrit, we love our PM. We need help to get this man out.
        Well Skerrit must Go

  26. dee
    December 6, 2017

    Garcon when Mister going to stop giving us all dat bull shate nah .
    if what he saying is true , how come he take so long to reveal that?
    you mean that is the best spin his advisers could come up with ?
    Re-boot sir and come again .
    I have a scoop and you don’t want it in the open I’m sure.

    • Dominican
      December 6, 2017

      What is the scoop you have I bet it the same as your comment. You are not in Skerrit circle and have no knowledge. Stop playing important because based on your comment you are against the administration so you are definitely someone that the government would not trust.
      If you had a scoop you would share it because your goal is not to protect Skerrit it is to take him down.
      You are on the same page like us all just making comments based on passion and emotion
      Be real

      • Me
        December 6, 2017

        Are you in Skerrit’s circle and if you are do you trust him?

      • dee
        December 6, 2017

        I PLEAD

        Not First, not Second , third or fourth but the next one .
        Amen.

      • Cheers old chap
        December 7, 2017

        The scoop is in the photo related to the mistake made in Id-ing the female lol and those mentioned and mistaken lol he seem to be a gossiper like U are a fan of corruption. & the corrupt.

  27. Pioneer
    December 6, 2017

    The only military intervention that Dominica can afford is an intervention against its own populace.

    • Dominican
      December 6, 2017

      Pioneer
      Reading is fundamental.
      You need to read the article again, ask someone to interpret then post a comment

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