PM Skerrit defends inclusion on nine-member delegation to Dubai

The Prime Minister poses with the Dominican delegation and others during the trip
The Prime Minister poses with the Dominican delegation and others during the trip. Photo: Facebook

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has responded to criticisms by some members of the public following a recent trip to Dubai where he was accompanied by a nine-member delegation, which included three popular local artistes to promote Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Program.

The government is being accused of paying the artistes Chester “Daddy Chess” Letang, Michele Henderson and Deryck “Hunter” St Rose, an ‘astronomical amount’ of money to perform in Dubai.

However, Skerrit said during a press conference held at the Financial Center on Friday, that he totally reject this notion of large sums being spent on airline tickets and accommodation.

The Prime Minister further argued that he finds it “seriously offensive, anyone in our midst would grudge Michele Henderson, Daddy Chess and Hunter, three highly acclaimed and celebrated Dominican entertainers for the very small token of appreciation that they received for journeying all the way to Dubai to promote Dominica.”

“Indeed I can tell you, honestly I was somewhat ashamed when it was confirmed to me just how much each received for what I can assure you were some spectacular performances, all in tribute to and benefiting Dominica,” Skerrit remarked. “The government is being criticized for purchasing a grand total of nine airline tickets to fly a delegation to Dubai to promote Dominica, in a market from which Dominica derives hundreds of millions of dollars each year.”

Skerrit argued that it cannot be fair that Michele Henderson, who he described as one of the most accomplished entertainers Dominica has produced, is, “publicly ridiculed”.

“The same applies to Hunter and Daddy Chess,” he said. “One Thousand dollars is what they were paid and for this, they are being ridiculed by opposition politicians in this country, and being portrayed as having benefited from hundreds of thousands of dollars from the public purse.”

To those asked who why these three were chosen, Skerrit responded, “My simple answer to you…why not these three?”

He said airline tickets had to be purchased for the Dubai trip.

 “If you are going to Dubai how else will you get there if you do not purchase an airline ticket?” he asked. “There is no bus route between Dominica and Dubai, and when you reach Dubai, where the members of the delegations are suppose to sleep? On the streets?”

Skerrit revealed that the only first class airline ticket paid for by the state was that of the Prime Minister.

He also spoke of an event in Dubai which was also criticized on social media.

“This was Dominica’s national day, these are Dominicans we are meeting with for the purpose of celebrating Dominica,” Skerrit stated. “Our guests were persons who helped to raise in excess of $200 million for Dominica last year, as well as potential investors for whom we are seeking to raise in excess of $300 million this year.”

He said several Independence related activities were hosted in Dubai at which direct marketing was done to promote Dominica Citizenship By Investment (CBI) Programe.

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126 Comments

  1. SADDEN
    November 22, 2016

    But what Skerrit’s wife doing there?

    • Dawn
      November 23, 2016

      Is this even a serious question!?

  2. 1978
    November 22, 2016

    LMAO the biggest kix eh……..the man who has won the most crowns in Dominica cannot be asked to come and sing for alms with….LMFAO boy this place real AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA………So how he winning so many crowns and LMAOOOOOooooooo woyyyyy the truth hurts boi it hurts soooooo bad….. Is good for one of them to ask the PM why he didn’t bring Dice ??

    Delegate: ” But where is this dice that i’ve heard so much about???”

    Prime Mistake: ” Well despite the FACT that his calypso’s resonate the popular sentiments of the general population we could not bring him because…the truth he sings so EMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMBBBBARASSESS ME” ….

    the truth is offensive at times…but speaking it is NOT a crime….” well maybe in Dominica is it” yes …but not in Dubai… pull down allu petticoat the truth in your ovaries are showing..

  3. November 22, 2016

    Take a chill pill people how else are we going to move forward if we are not showing our people the outside world and the best way to do this is with delegation the mayor of Houston just went to Mexico with 100
    delegates no comments and Dominican complaining about 9 every were in the world leaders travel with delegates we are just a winding nation why don’t we wait for the report and see what comes out of it.

  4. Anthony P. Ismael
    November 21, 2016

    Nothing new here. The inside members of the cabal eat and drink well, while everyone else sucking salt. Typical Labor behavior. It’s good for Dominicans. You all voted for it, so suck your salt in peace. No crying.

  5. Brutally Honest
    November 21, 2016

    In the meantime, nurse Gracia Robin of the PMH who was electrocuted on the job over six years ago and had lost movement of the entire right side of her body, is yet to be compensated? The lady has been to court with the government and won, government appealed, again she won and you all are just giving her the run around, not even her salary you all want to pay after she has returned to work after six years of being able to help herself???? While some are being bullshitted, others are rolling in the same money that government claimed not to have. I believe in karma even if its on your last days, you will cry out and “depalay” my boy.

  6. Arte El Labore
    November 21, 2016

    My Prime minister Skerrit, is pushing all the right buttons doing all the best things for the people of Dominica,thank you Mr Skerrit you are the man, this is why you have the opposition party and them clowns at Q95 Radio station jumping about like lougawoo and wild dogs.

    • 1978
      November 22, 2016

      man go shake your bag where you will get a few likes…try facebook and quit trying to paddle up a river ur JA..

  7. truthman
    November 21, 2016

    When you big you large. When you large you big. Yes I Dominica.

  8. Lessons
    November 21, 2016

    Always be mindful that these comments don’t just stay here in DA. With Social Media we are now part of this vast global village. Lets not bash people unnecessarily. We may not be happy with the PM’s actions but write him anonymously or put your name, he may just call you in for an audience. We are killing our little country with criticism, a country that’s the envy to many.

    Come on people we can certainly do better with these comments. Whether we love PM or not we should control what is going out globally.

    • viewsexpressed
      November 21, 2016

      it is necessarily prudent to bash this inept PM day and night as he brings our beloved country ore to the gutter. This is a soap Opera government we running with the PM head of the game and bind loyalists\’ follow blindly. These comments are worth going viral to expose what is going on. I hope you advised the \”Baroness of Souce cell\”, all now so she may be sucking salt and I understood the UK Pm has asks her to account for some funds. That went virile on social media. You see the difference between Dominica and UK. It is called Transparency and accountability. In Dominica it is called Bool and we love our inept PM, and he nice. …and he destroying our Dominica. Poverty is on a high

      • Gary
        November 22, 2016

        Why would you think that the PM is inept and bringing Dominica to the gutter.such description can only come from someone who is without or deprived of normal mental clarity or sound judgment in other words you are irrational. Why is it that the PM is well respected by his other peers in region, he is now the chairman of Caricom. Why would a leading university in India acknowledge his achievements giving him an honorary Doctorate, are such things the treat of someone who is inept. According to the CDB, Dominica will be one of the top economic performers in region 2016 3.9%, this despite Tropical storm Erika. Through the CBI program The PM has brought the first five-star resort hotel to Dominica, the Kempinski hotel, are these signs Dominica is being dragged to the gutter.You suggestion about Transparency and accountability in The UK vs Dominica is somewhat laughable and it shows how naive and uninformed you are regarding such matter.

      • 1978
        November 22, 2016

        MATIRE!!!! gel malaise…. inept, arrogant… useless that’s what I think of this brown nosing Prime Mistake….and even if you pour every ounce of venomous spit into your asinine comments this will sway NO ONE….so better luck somewhere else.. Ever gary I know going to fall in it with me for your sake…..every Dominican I know that supports this rubbish government better not stand in my doorway for a teaspoon of water to save their life…

  9. Ron Abraham.
    November 21, 2016

    The PM is entitled to do what he considers to be in the best interest of the nation.

    I congratulate him on raising 200 million US or almost 600 million EC last year. Please sir give the nation a breakdown of how this money was used to benefit Dominica.

    • viewsexpressed
      November 21, 2016

      Rubbish………blind loyalty…….

  10. Reasoning
    November 20, 2016

    :? Where’s all the investors that the prime mistake has been talking about since he started selling passports :?: We are yet to see any investments and investors :?: How many people have been employed by those investors :?: Just a few questions to those who are in defense of the prime mistake :?:

  11. MILITANT DOMINICAN
    November 20, 2016

    All U Boom Boom MUST Hurt All U Wen SKERO Done With All U!

  12. MILITANT DOMINICAN
    November 20, 2016

    But If Is 1 Thing I Know About My Fellow DOM-IN-ICANS Is That Allu LOVE MYSERY!

  13. MILITANT DOMINICAN
    November 20, 2016

    I Could Honestly Give A Damm Less About U people Who Put This BIG FACE CLOWN Back In Power 2 Keep DIGGING Out The Eyes Of Our Poor. The GREATEST Thing That Happened In My Life Was NEVER Being Part Of This Circus That U People Call A Government.

  14. It's MissAlie
    November 20, 2016

    I hope their visit brings economic opportunities, and Dubai sees Dominica as a potential partner. Dubai is a rich nation that is rooted in culture and religion as Dominica is. Skerrit is a well-rounded guy and has to promote the island in different ways.

  15. Arte El Labore
    November 20, 2016

    WHEN block heads supporters of that so called Workers piss pot party calling for that idiot Dice to travel with Pm Skerrit delegates to Dubai- one could tell how brainless Q95, supporters, and that useless workers piss pot party really are.

  16. Tenner Contur
    November 20, 2016

    Michelle is good. But to pay her $1 million for the trip is not OK.

  17. Doc. Love
    November 20, 2016

    Skeritt is no farmer, why does he always want to “cherrypick”. :lol: A year ago , Angello of Q95, reported and produced a picture of a woman which appeared to look like Francine Baron, Minister to Foreign Affairs, dressed in her national wear, holding a check in the amount of US $10, 000. According to the report, the check was supposed to handed over to a charitable organization in Dominica. Months have passed and to this day neither Skeritt or Francine has denied that the picture was a fraud. No charitable organization has reported receiving the check. Today, because of criticisms by the same Allen and others of a big fete in Dubai, he comes on radio and for twenty three minutes tried to give Dominicans a reason for the bond tante. What about all the other meetings he attended in the name of Dominica. Sometimes, we were never told when he was leaving the country or where he was going to land, so, Mr. Farmer, the cherry you have just picked is tasteless.

    • Doc. Love
      November 20, 2016

      Correction: neither Skeritt or Francine denied receiving the check , therefore it was a fraud.

    • Doc. Love
      November 20, 2016

      Correction: neither Skerrit or Francine denied receiving the check, therefore it was a fraud.

  18. Mahaut man
    November 19, 2016

    Stop the crying people skiroo , sold the island already, don’t you see where I take his wife to make his kids… not at home but away.they are not Dominicans can’t u see.

  19. “Our guests were persons who helped to raise in excess of $200 million for Dominica last year, as well as potential investors for whom we are seeking to raise in excess of $300 million this year.”

    He said several Independence related activities were hosted in Dubai at which direct marketing was done to promote Dominica Citizenship By Investment (CBI) Program.”(Roosevelt Skerrit).

    Roosevelt, I read all your lies from the to the bottom where I found what is in the quote above. ……………. Tell us where in Dubai these activities were held so that I in particular can check it out to ensure you are telling the truth, I know people at least one Dominican in Dubai who is not a puppet of yours, who will tell me the truth.

    On the other hand everything in the first line in the quote above I will not comment on them individually, except to note everything stated their is a blatant lie, boy you are just a pathetic liar! Say your aim is to make $300, 000.00 for yourself…

  20. November 19, 2016

    The guy studied a little psychology some where and the way he speaks you would think that he received his Indian PhD in that subject. Whenever leaders of the real world travel they are accompanied by TECHNOCRATS; looking at the photograph it sure looks like you sure found a whole bunch of them to accompany you on your trip. Whenever the intelligent people of this country criticize or question your “coco-marcaque” you always tend to put a spin on it; no one criticized the integrity of our local artists and you darned well know that.

  21. November 19, 2016

    It is the peoples right to know. All this money spending and some people hungry. Please feed the people.

  22. Zammy
    November 19, 2016

    Plain and Simple, the pm is aware of his grip on Dominicans, therefore he fools them always.
    Millions of Dollars, but no signs of progress in Dominica.
    By the way, Mrs Lauren Bannis is now UN ambassador, what about the vacant possition of the diaspora affairs in the USVI?
    Is someone from the USVi gonna get that position or more money us gonna be wasted on sending someone from Dominica?
    Just asking cause with PM Skerritt anytbing is possible…
    It’s very sad, that the very government does not support artist, except if the labourite, but can Papyshow artist for political gains…
    These folks just went to have a nice time….. Yet poverty continues

  23. johnjay
    November 18, 2016

    Well I guess He want Daddy Chess to go up in Roseau central so he started butter his mouth.

  24. Mac
    November 18, 2016

    Before you promote your country you got to have decent Air access, not only for government and their friends but for everyone

  25. objective
    November 18, 2016

    Dominicans relax give Skerrit a. Chance to do his job so far so good under his administration the little boy from vieille case well he has grown a big man and doing great things for the country PM we love and appreciate u. Who vexing lost

    • viewsexpressed
      November 20, 2016

      You damn right, the little boy from Vielle Case has not grown and mature to the decency of politics and good governance. He needs to get out, we are suffering enough under his corrupt rule.

  26. The Truth Be Told
    November 18, 2016

    Beautiful picture. Handsome and beautiful well-dressed people.

  27. The Truth Be Told
    November 18, 2016

    Do not bother about them PM. They are envious. You know what those consistent critiques are like. I also call it wickedness of the heart. They do not want what is good for Dominica. If they did, their attitude/comments would be different. Someone put them up to it.
    I am certain that those in Dubai who were entertained by the calypsonians and other D/cans in the Wob Duyet were impressed and pleased. Dominican music is different, the likes of which some of them never heard.
    I am also certain that they were impressed by the ladies dressed in national costume who performed to them.
    It is not only drumming up sales but also bringing nations together in love, peace and unity. Friends with other nations, leaders of nations, mean no war between them.
    I wish the critiques would view it as that. However, they do not have that type of mind. They need to cultivate it, look beyond and appreciate what is being done for Dominica. Patriotic Dominicans would do just that.

    • viewsexpressed
      November 20, 2016

      The truth will be told and reveal itself one day. You are right. We need the truth of all the bobols, bin, fertiliser, passports money etc….etc….etc. The truth please.

    • jonathan st jean
      November 20, 2016

      How come we only found out about it on social media.The Prime Minister is the chief civil servant,but he operates as is he is the boss of his plantation

    • Freelance
      November 20, 2016

      Meanwhile public workers can’t get paid and garbage all over the place can’t be picked up on time. D country nice boy!

  28. Dan is d Man in de Van
    November 18, 2016

    It’s just appalling that this skerit is always making a spectacle of himself and always defending… you should be called Defence Minister from mow on… Sacray blay. Dominicans are seeing clearly the ills you are doing yet still they are doing nothing about it… Mais mi des ban sot……… take the bucket to the well one day it Battam gonna fall… your honor I was inside me salon minding I an I own bizness. It was a wicked and awful lie. Me hand them was occupied. me shirt in the left and the arm in the right…

  29. I like Trump wee
    November 18, 2016

    Skerrit must STOP mascarading things. Who he thinks he can fool with that $1000.00 each musician was paid thingy? Yes, I guess for the record the man had them to be paid $1000 dollars, but off the books $10,000.00. Skerro went to penville and gave his farmers group $100, 000, and he paying talented musicians $1000 each to go Dubai? Sort I I sort like that then Skerrit to believe that?
    The other thing, if these three musicians are so talented (and no doubt they are) to be carried to Dubai, why were they not paid the big box to help Skerrit win the 2014 election? Why did he pay so much money to foreign artist instead of them? Skerrit all I can say is, keep lying, keep deceiving but one day that too will come to an end

    • The Truth Be Told
      November 19, 2016

      I suppose you would like to see him sit behind his desk from morning till night, Monday to Friday. Know that this is not what leaders of their country only do. If he did that, you would criticize him for being lazy and use other demeaning words for sitting day in and day out in his office. They attend meetings, other gathering abroad and travel to obtain investment for their country.
      If you were intelligent you would know that and there would be no reason for you to make this comment. I feel sad and sorry for you that you think so low and lack appreciation of what the PM has done so far with more to come. Nothing can ever please you non-supporters. Broaden your narrow, wicked mind.

      • viewsexpressed
        November 22, 2016

        \”……………If he did that, you would criticize him for being lazy and use other demeaning words for sitting day in and day out in his office…………\” He should not be in office in the first place, never fit to be PM. It now shows. If you don`t believe me, Go ask the Late Pierro and the Ayatollah, the so called last choice sitting President Savarin.

  30. Lena
    November 18, 2016

    They’re wrong if they sold themselves short for a thousand dollars to go all the way to Dubai ticket or no ticket. I’m all for promotion but Skerrit pump your goddamn brakes .. which opposition, since people question and don’t agree with you and the way you go about doing things it’s Opposition party and it’s operatives. Negro take a chill pill, I didn’t vote UWP, don’t support them, can’t stand a bone in Lennox.. I’ve found him high handed and all knowing but I DON’T AGREE WITH YOU ON THIS TRIP AND THE WAY YOU WENT ABOUT IT! what was your wife doing there, OH ok Obama sometimes have Michelle so you want her there too, or is it lack of trust between you all and the state have to fork over money for her to see the world? Then people talk about jealous instead of accountability? Listen Dominica is NOT YOURS, you are elected to do a job and public purse needs public accountability. People shouldn’t slander the artist but I have reservations on account of how much you LIE all…

    • The Truth Be Told
      November 19, 2016

      Either your ignorance and/or your wickedness is showing. There are times it is necessary and important that a wife travel with her husband. What is wrong with that? You are also unrealistic.
      Under normal conditions how many wives would not like to be with their husbands? How many husbands would not like their wives to be with them especially on certain occasions to attend an important gathering? If you have a husband/wife, would you not?

    • Dante Jones
      November 20, 2016

      Well said. People have to understand that just because you criticise the government doesn’t mean you are opposition and just because you support the government doesn’t mean you can’t criticise them.

  31. Massacre
    November 18, 2016

    Where are the business men in the picture who are supposed to sell Dominica ? If you claim you are going to sell Dominica, then you should bring the men and women who sell Dominica everyday since they already have the means to deliver on what they will advertise in Dubai. Hotel owners, restaurateurs, NDF leaders, and people like that.
    So did Hunter and daddy Chess promise the people to sing for them if they come to Dominica? How much will Da get form that ? You spent more than US$150,000, on this trip , how is Dominica going to recover this money? How many investors promise to come to Dominica and guarantee investment in Da?
    These are the questions concerned Dominicans should be asking.

    This is so stupid the way this guy is throwing our money in the garbage dump.

  32. possie direct
    November 18, 2016

    “Indeed I can tell you, honestly I was somewhat ashamed when it was confirmed to me just how much each received for what I can assure you were some spectacular performances, all in tribute to and benefiting Dominica,” Skerrit remarked.
    Ok Skerrit was ashamed when he was told how much each received. Well Mr. Skerrit, are you not the minister of finance and did you not negotiate their payment? Are we to believe that what they received was from the Dubai group or those that organized the trip?
    I do not have a problem with the three musician he carried because they are all very talented. But my question is, why is 8 time King not one of them, since it was to display our talent? why not three of the best, if there was nothing to cover? I conclude it was to promote skerrit so he carried his loyal friends

    • Dominican
      November 21, 2016

      And which songs will the ten times king Dice sing in Dubai?

  33. Mahaut man
    November 18, 2016

    Skiroo skiroo even papillon in cane field know how to put people at work but skiroo believe in begging for dominica.oppp he begging for his pocket not the people. The man can’t say or show any job creation in the island

  34. The truth
    November 18, 2016

    This PM is sick and out of control we in Dominica are not his children

    • The Truth Be Told
      November 19, 2016

      Your comment is senseless, putting it mildly. How did he treat you or any other Dominican as a child? He is also not your child! You are not more important than he is.
      For God’s sake! He is the Prime Minister of Dominica! You are out of place! Know your place and have respect! Did you ever learn that?
      He does not have to answer to you. Much more could be stated. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

      • 1978
        November 22, 2016

        Boy what I would tell you there eh. DNO will not post it…
        if i could bend over and take a dump on the PM desk would show you how much of nothing “this title” holds….OUR Prime Mistake has brought the distinguished office to a level that not even a dog would piss on….did your STUPID PARENTS teach you respect for respect… your his little gimp on a leash so you just have to take what you get….but MY HAND put him there when he was coming in office so you can bet your AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA he answers to me…OR WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOEEEEEEEEEEEEE be on to him come next elections.. so keep braying like a JA that you are…. i can’t believe a party I supported have so many IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDDDDDDDDDIIIOTTS

  35. GOD IS Watching
    November 18, 2016

    what this people who are following skerrit and getting money MUST realized that skerritt WiLL NOT GO DOWN ALONG he will MOST certainly bring others down with him…….so he just making all u fill good by giving all u his crumbs from the table.I KNOW MY GOD IS NOT ASLEEP……..HE WILL bring all this to a stop one of those good days. WE WILL continue to cry OUT to him daily for his deliverance for our country.

  36. For the love of Dominica
    November 18, 2016

    PM, it really isn’t much to ask, is it… stop the high level of secrecy in governing D/ca’s affairs. Practice being fair, open and transparent for once in your life – nur.

  37. fedup
    November 18, 2016

    This sickens me to the core…..Where are all these money that we are supposedly getting from the passports money going? I myself just give up, Skeritt, you could take 100 people with you and spend all the Dominicans money. Our roads are crap, health center crap. No Sporting facilities on the island. The country wants to host simple games like Interschool games, you have to monitor the weather. I just fed up with this crap. No progress in this country and he just keep on giving no accountability of the country funds whatsoever. So be it, cause the people will still say labor katravay and vote him again and again

  38. Sad state
    November 18, 2016

    I’m appalled that this is his defense. This is inexcusable. I suggest that for Christmas, all born Dominicans get their cut of the money. It cannot be that a select few keep benefitting while others live from paycheck to paycheck. It is unethical. Please Mr. Pm, do what’s write. I suggest 10 000 per Born Dominican on island for longer than 4 months.

    • Sad state
      November 18, 2016

      **right

  39. These artists are outdated
    November 18, 2016

    Why wasn’t King Dice invited Mr. Skeritt? Hunter? Really? 

    • Dominican
      November 21, 2016

      Which songs would kind Dice sing to promote Dominica? Which which which, cant wait for the answer. But oh he could sing one of Hunter…stupes why not just bring Hunter? Oh stupes they did :mrgreen:

  40. Lang Mama
    November 18, 2016

    Dominicans hush all you mowt is not all you money is Skerrit’s passport money . Is not all darn business Skerrit is the Ultimate leader. Hush all you mowt else I will call Tony Astaphan to insult all you you know.
    Hush all you kakador mowt Skerrit has every right to lie cause he can and some of the priests , Pastors bless the lies. Toneh

  41. Arte El Labore
    November 18, 2016

    IT makes me sick to see just how stupid and brainless some supporters of that wet …..workers Socall party could let block heads guys like Linton, talk ……..in their heads and not one of those people still can’t tell right from worng ,I can remember when Dominica was the joke of the carriddean not to long ago and now we have a man and labour administration working hard for Dominica, and all you get is Linton,Fontaine and that nasty lots at Q95 Radio station spreading crap all over the world to destroy Dominica name, then turn around and say i love Dominica,………….

    • 1978
      November 22, 2016

      DOMINICA IIIIIIISSSS the JOKE of the caribbean and you are the last kakarat SMA kicked out….did you even graduate??? I refuse to believe that SMA produced DAT!

  42. shamless
    November 18, 2016

    prostituting that is how I will describe the action

  43. Roseau
    November 18, 2016

    Dominicans , you all are allowing Skeritt to pull a sheet over your faces and tell all you it is night time! When will we learn that this guy is taking Dominica down into the abyss of poverty?
    The money spent could do s much good for the people who actually needs it.
    Two bridges and all the land slides are still needing to be replaced , so how Dominicans allowing this man to abuse them so often. That money is yours demand to know ho wit is used.

  44. Da
    November 18, 2016

    So Skerro needed all these people to carry passports to Dubai ? What was Vince role?

    • Dominican
      November 21, 2016

      Very, very good question. He is our ambassador to the U.S.A. and OAS and was supposed to be in Morocco at that time, although I even question the need for his presence there . Maybe he still has a finger in Skerrit’s pie?

  45. DominicaNice
    November 18, 2016

    so daddy chess couldn’t get a black suit… He looks very unprofessional… like he is going to a beach wedding he was not invited to

  46. Observer
    November 18, 2016

    Is that fat fella in the left corner Duncan Stowe? He used to be slimmer when he was with Edison James. :(

  47. Delvin Castro
    November 18, 2016

    Our roads need repair, our airport need fixing, our tourists dying because ambulance is slow to respond, our teachers need an increase in salary, our policemen need an increase in salary, our pwc workers not getting paid, Roseau is full of paros begging everyday, people need jobs and u see nothing wrong in wasting our limited resources on a trip to Dubai if u cared about the poor u would use skype from Dominica, Dominica is a poor country, u are the only rich Dominica so u not feeling it, SHAME ON YOU ROOSEVELT SKERRIT, SHAME ON YOU.

  48. Here is the true and precise definition of the term economic citizenship; if anyone is convinced what Skerrit has in our country is an economic citizenship program, then something is totally wrong with all of us!

    The sale of passports has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with economic citizenship.

    Definition of Economic citizenship in English:

    Origin!

    Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.

    1. The right or ability to participate fully in a country’s economic life.

    2. Citizenship awarded on the basis of a person’s (usually substantial) financial investment in a country.

  49. LifeandDeath
    November 18, 2016

    boy oh Boy…More scandal for which the PM have to defend like a footballer…Skerrit is not a straight shooter, he leaves a lot of room for rumor and skepticism.

    The reason is he thinks he’s too big now and should not report to the people of Dominica. Pride goes before a fall always..

  50. oh boy
    November 18, 2016

    What’s wrong with you people? “There is no bus route between Dominica and Dubai” :)
    “If you are going to Dubai how else will you get there if you do not purchase an airline ticket?” :) Huh? How else?

    • November 18, 2016

      But there is a bus route for those folks in Dominica who cannot take it because they haven received payment from the Government for work done for quite sometime now, so I would say to you and the PM stop your nonsense and start paying the workers. People have a right to speak out to the injustice everyone should be treated equally .And if the PM had to pay for the travelling expenses for these folks it should come from the citizenship funds and not from the tax payers in Dominica, but the people allow PM to do as he pleases and then they cry about what is going on. The people are not against the entertainers it more about if PM cannot get money to pay the workers how did he come up with money for the trip.

    • The Truth Be Told
      November 18, 2016

      What is your comment, fool? Why did you bother to state anything? You did not have an inspiring comment. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

      • The Truth Be Told
        November 19, 2016

        This is strange. Somehow, my comment got sidetracked. It was not meant to be, for this person, where it is presently. What happened?

    • November 18, 2016

      @oh boy November 18, 2016

      I noticed that one as well! :lol: Hehehehehehehehe!

      It is real sarcasm and ridicule coming from PM Skerrit to those people who refuse to GET OFF HIS BACK. He should do that more often; those people do not deserve anything better for their stupidity

    • jonathan st jean
      November 19, 2016

      But these artists were not government employees,they were working for their money,so they should pay their bills like all private people do.When you employ a contractor do you pay his bills and buy him lunch.He is responsible for his expenses from the agreed fee you pay him.Think about that

  51. nonamegal
    November 18, 2016

    I am just ashamed that this is the only economic plan this government has for Dominica. Ashamed. People in the villages are walking like zombies. Lots of young people are refusing to work just waiting for handouts (both here and from their hard working family members overseas) and the masses are just sewoing every weekend to cover the realities of the poverty that is on island.

    Seriously.

    • jerry james
      November 18, 2016

      AMEN

    • eyes wide shut
      November 18, 2016

      so explain to me please. what we the masses using to sewo! stones what? the reality is there’s poverty everywhere in the world. the one plan economic solution can’t work or rather not sustainable. just like referring to us as zombies helps.

    • The Truth Be Told
      November 18, 2016

      If you reside in Dominica, talk to the fishermen and the farmers. Ask them how they are doing and if they contribute to D/ca’s economy and how much.
      Rather than criticize, have a dialogue with them. If matters need to be done differently and better, provide some ideas. To often some people criticize but have no suggestions. You must help your country, be fruitful and set aside your criticisms, the latter which do not help.

    • Gary
      November 18, 2016

      Why condemn something you do not understand.Why do you take the limits of your own field of vision and ignorance to condemn the CBI programme. The gloom description regarding people in villages and young people refusing to work just waiting for handouts cannot be blamed solely on the Government, there are many underlying factors to the situation you describe. It’s easy to satisfy your partisan political beliefs with such a comment rather than trying to understand The CBI programme despite evidence of it’s importance as a means of revenue to the Country.

      • Me
        November 20, 2016

        Oh Gary, and I thought the P.M. was in charge of the country. Apparently not

  52. BEB
    November 18, 2016

    When, in a few years down the road, investors are no longer interested in pursuing our passports, will Dominica be close down to the world?
    I’m not a fan of King Dice but why wasn’t he on the trip to Dubai ?

    • BEB, whereas an economic program is designed to attract investors into places such as Ireland where the idea of economic citizenship was born, what we have in Dominica is only in name, we do not have an economic citizenship in Dominica.

      We also have an economic citizenship in the United States, however, it is not based on the sale of U. S passports, if that was the case everybody who could afford to by a United States passport would buy one and come to the United States to live, and most likely become a burden on the welfare system.

      Even in St. Kitts, their program is based on the recipient buying land in St. Kitts, even if the recipient does not invest into a business, the hope is if they own property in the country, chances are they will invest into business!

      Economic citizenship means people are granted citizenship when they are in the country, after they invest money into some industry, other than a rum shop!

      • Gary
        November 21, 2016

        Why are you so foolish, why demonstrate such lack of understanding regarding the CBI program. When some becomes a citizen of a country whether through an investment programme or other wise they are entitled to apply for a passport. When Rupert Murdoch became a citizen of the US by their the economic investment program is he not entitled to have a US passport, does that mean the US is selling passports to economic investors. All countries with economic investment programs give citizenship to the people who qualify under their programme and these people are entitled to a passport and so Dominica is not doing nothing different with it’s CBI program, pity you for your lack of understanding and you perpetual foolishness.

      • Gary
        November 21, 2016
    • Truth
      November 18, 2016

      Seriously? King Dice??? You mean the same King Dice that sang a song highly critical of the PM and the passport program (even insinuating in song that all those involved are thieves and evil) on a trip to promote the same program?? Get serious dude!!!!

    • Dominican
      November 18, 2016

      KING DICE??? Are you serious???? or intellectually challenged? Do you ever think Dice can follow protocol for such a trip? Jesus you people are too wicked.

    • November 18, 2016

      Dice would never be invited apart from other matters he and his writer composes songs about PM and the Government , Dice is just fine and couldn’t care less.

    • KID ON THE BLOCK
      November 18, 2016

      Tell Dice to come with material to sell and promote Dominica not those those BS sounds Pat gives him to sing about the Government and Skerrit that will take him anywhere. Dice is just Pats puppet.

      • Freelance
        November 20, 2016

        Having said that he wins the crown every year so he can’t be singing b.s. except you want to tell us Dominicans we are all full of b.s. because elaborates included love the Dice he is king of Carlyle in Dominica and you so can’t change that.

    • The Truth Be Told
      November 18, 2016

      Your mind is working overtime. Let life and everything that we may not be able to change take its course. You do not know if you will be alive then. Why be concerned about it? You are not losing anything. Is anyone else?

    • Just Passing Through
      November 19, 2016

      They are complaining for the three and you are asking that a 4th entertainer be added? The only calypso I have heard him sing is anti-government. Would a government really take him to promote Dominica and the government business overseas? Come on lets be honest with ourselves.

      • The Truth Be Told
        November 19, 2016

        Some of them are so senseless. I wonder if they have any brains. They are non-supporters who are quick to criticize. They make themselves sound foolish.

    • 767 i from
      November 19, 2016

      Had Dice been part of the delegation, i am sure that you would have asked for Di Brakes though a priest now, to have been included. Politics and Religion and Satan.

      • The Truth Be Told
        November 19, 2016

        Satan has infiltrated your heart, mind and soul. Look out for yourself. He is lurking around you. You are not immune from his temptations also of spewing evil as you put your fingers to the keyboard and push the send key. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

    • Preacher
      November 19, 2016

      What was he going to sing
      Dominica.com
      He has been nothing but a critic of the government
      We cannot have wolf in sheep clothing on a trip with people he do not like
      When Lennox becomes PM in 2050 Dice will travel with him
      And we say amen

      • The Truth Be Told
        November 19, 2016

        You are presumptuous. The Holy Bible warns us about being presumptuous for tomorrow belongs to no one.
        When or if? Who can foretell the future? Who knows what the future holds? Who knows if the world will be still functioning? This obviously includes Dominica.
        We have a Hot Water Lake whereby its hot water turned to cold. It is a strange phenomenon. Who knows what will occur next? Only God!

      • Dominican
        November 21, 2016

        AMEN!

    • Dominican
      November 21, 2016

      You not a fan but you want him to go Dubai and sing songs against the country they trying to promote? No credibility in your post just a cliché “I not a fan of” stupes wheel and come again

  53. November 18, 2016

    Skerrit is now hanging his hat too high.

    • JoJo
      November 18, 2016

      Yes, why can’t Roosevelt do something straight for once?

    • Hogwash
      November 18, 2016

      Here’s what as Dominicans am going to suggest that we tape our mouth when we leave home which is analogous to the use on “Pins” being used in the USA. The latter is in protest to the quality of proposed leadership in the US and current leadership in the UK under the Brixit agenda.

    • The Truth Be Told
      November 19, 2016

      As a Prime Minister he is hanging his head too high? Are you for real and/or a joker? For a member of the public, Is your comment not out of place?

  54. jonathan st jean
    November 18, 2016

    Come on Skerritt,stop it please,this spin and deceive strategy is not working.No one is criticizing the artists for accompanying you on your secretive trip.Instead you are being criticized for the way you continue to disrespect the Dominican people.Here in the US once public money is involved the public has a right to know how much and to whom.In Dominica Skerritt believes it’s his private estate hence the veil of secrecy.If we are making hundreds of millions from the CIP in Dubai,we have to know the exact amount and be given proper accounting for the money.Don’t just throw numbers in the air.Stop and ask yourself why are things not better in Dominica and the answer is clear,It’s Rosevelt Skerritt and his failures to govern above board

    • Gary
      November 19, 2016

      Wow, here you go again with your foolishness, sometimes i wonder about the rational used in your comments. You talk about The PM disrespect for the Dominican people,wow. Why ascribe your personal perception as though this was a fact or a truth. Why are you so naive and ignorant regarding the statement quote “Here in the US once public money is involved the public has a right to know how much and to whom.” really, wallow in your ignorance. As to the proper accounting of money received from the CBI programme, that amount has been made public and the money been put into the general revenue.You seem to find comfort in your silly perceptions despite the evidence being thrown right before you.

      • Island empress
        November 20, 2016

        Who the HELL are you, give Jonathan St Jean a break PLEASEEEEE . He will never beg or borrow nothing from this government so let him express himself on matters he believes that are of concern to him. When St.Jean was working hard in government where were you guys?

        You like a bat out of hell anytime the man post his comments. Naïve you say? Go sit your behind in the cold lake maybe it might just boil again.

      • Me
        November 20, 2016

        Gary, and your comments are not YOUR personal perceptions? Are you the mouthpiece of the P.M. perhaps instead?

      • Gary, you do not know anything about America, so shut up; nothing is hidden in the United States, we thrive on public information: i. e. if you purchase a motor vehicle, as simple as that, and I ask you how much you paid for it, an you lie and say it cost a dollar when it cost five cent, I can go into public records and discover exactly how much you paid for that vehicle.

        If you tell me you are five dollars, per day, there are place I can check the records, even if I have to subpoena the records and find out how much you employer pays you. That is in private life.

        Anything involving government, there are information held classified, for a number of years, but even at that there comes a time when they become declassified, and people get to know all that was involved, nothing can be hidden deep enough in this country, that if someone wish to find out about that they can’t!

        The person you are calling ignorant is correct, you are the one who are ignorant of the facts!

        The…

      • The way Skerrit treats people with disrespect, if the president of the United States conducted themselves that way, that would be cause for impeachment! If a governor, or Senator, or any council man or woman, a Mayer, of any city in America were to disrespect the people he/she represents that way, that would be a reason for a recall.

        If you are not familiar with the political term “recall”that entails people petitioning to recall that person by returning to the poles and vote to have them thrown out of office.

        One of the worst that would happen is for someone in government service in America to have more wealth than their salary can afford, that is why in almost every case assets are declared prior to even getting involved into politics.

        Case and point every little child in America know Donald Trump is a billionaire plus if we wish to know exactly how rich he is there are ways to tract the source of every dime he owns. In Dominica people who never work in their life and two…

  55. Claude
    November 18, 2016

    Who is that joker in the middle between the two ladies? That is part of an official delegation competing…well boy from now on I am supporting Skerrit and I know I will get a trip to somewhere.
    Dominica is Skerrit’s casino for sure——-

  56. Me
    November 18, 2016

    Yes Sir, the cheapest flight first class return between Antigua and Dubai I can find is Euro 17,000. We are a poor country. I don’t expect our P.M. to slum it but wouldn’t normal business class, or even economy plus have sufficed, if only to set an example?

    • Anonymous
      November 21, 2016

      Did he take his wife with him in first class too and government paying for that also?

  57. ????????
    November 18, 2016

    Chupeeeessss.
    Firstly after 16 years in power this PM still does not get it that the country’s resources are not his to be squandered at his whims and fancies..
    Secondly if the PM has to try so hard to persuade people to buy our passports by carrying Daddy chess, Michelle and Hunter to perform to Arabs and Muslims then something is definitely wrong with that CBI program.
    Man it’s time to stop that nonsense and focus on the people of Dominica and the development sectors . This is just prostituting Dominica for quick bucks just as drug dealers and prostitutes do.
    Dominica can never develop that way!!!!l
    If that was possible we would be the last to join.
    The PM should just stop this madness and admit he cannot do anything else to develop the country.

    • The Truth Be Told
      November 18, 2016

      What are you critiques doing to build up Dominica’s economy and to enhance it? From what I observe, it is your aim that you non supporters love to point a finger, bring down Dominica and demean the PM and all who support him. You depict that you are not patriotic.
      I wonder if you are paid or receive some sort of compensation for it as those who demonstrate against Trump.
      Know that every Political Party has supporters but you do not have to act in this indifferent manner if you are a DLP non-supporter. You annoy those who are DLP supporters. Do not act as if you are Mr., Mrs, Ms. Know-All. People as you show whose side you are on and how bias you are.

    • Concern citizen
      November 19, 2016

      Well I will support SKERRIT now, U see D/ca is always a corrupt country it’s just that D/ca needed a good leader, so they get one in the person of ROOSEVELT SKERRIT so then we all can see how D/ca is performing very skilled in coruption
      Just think of the W.I, Team how badly they are performing, breaking all records, when the team will get a good leader we will all see the difference

  58. cameron
    November 18, 2016

    Skerrit really explain to the public,how they promoted Dominica,through music?So you are selling music now,Dominica is going down to the pits

    • November 18, 2016

      I guess selling Citizenship and Music.. God deliver Dominica from the hands of the PM and his friends.

  59. john doe
    November 18, 2016

    skerrit boy all these hundreds of millions you talking about it does nor get to the people in Dca at all!

  60. Tjebe fort
    November 18, 2016

    So why did he get his press office to put out a statement as if he was leading a delegation to a conference in Morocco that lasted for 10 days, at the same time he was in Hong Kong, Dubai and Bangkok?? You can fool some but not all of us. If this thing in Dubai was to promote Dominica I would have shouted it from the rooftops to attract attention and involved DDA at least. Colin Piper was in London and could have flown straight from there to Dubai. Is not only passport we selling but we want tourist and cruise ships to visit us too. P.M.’s arrogance is just so much B..S.

  61. Hogwash
    November 18, 2016

    This is sick!!! You can come in my home eat my food and slap me on your way out. PWC throwing money in ravines, and Dominica money is being spent with impunity. Stop this nonsense and limit the spending. Our roads are undermining around Bioche and other areas around Dominica. My God this is so sick. Dominica needs value for money and you and your Posse are getting the benefits and the rest of Dominica getting the crumbs.

    • The Truth Be Told
      November 18, 2016

      Some of you lack intelligence and are narrow-minded. All government leaders visit other countries, to promote their country and drum up business. It is a form of advertisement.
      Everything the PM does will never please his non-supporters. You are showing yourself to be. This is why Dominicans should not bother with you or take you on because of your critical and sarcastic comment. You are not genuine.

      • Hogwash
        November 20, 2016

        How much you get this month? Seem like you need to pay your bills and buy food, so be more forceful to secure your monthly stipend.

      • Tjebe fort
        November 21, 2016

        Let me explain to you “Oracle of Toronto”, Skerrit does not even care about you, never mind like you. He is no into superannuated religious freaks, especially if they smell after camphor balls and peppermint. Get a life before it runs out on you.

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