PM Skerrit warns against mass evacuation to Dominica from Irma-affected countries

Skerrit thinks it is a badly conceived idea for Dominicans to move to the island from Irma affected countries

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has advised Dominicans against mass evacuation to Dominica from Irma-affected islands in which they are residing.

He said at a press conference on Monday that the idea is a badly conceived one that should not be encouraged.

“On the question of the mass evacuation of Dominicans from these islands, I think it is a badly conceived idea and it is something that should not be encouraged,” he said. “Our Dominicans in these islands are part of the community, in St Maarten and the BVI and we believe that they have a responsibility to remain there and assist with the rebuilding of these countries.”

Skerrit stated that Dominicans play a very critical role in the economic and social development of these countries and if they were to leave these islands, it will be even more difficult for them to recover from the disaster.

“As a matter of fact when I was in the BVI the Minister for Public Works, Mr. Vanterpool, was thanking me for the presence of Dominicans in the BVI because they have had the experience of Hurricane David, so they know of the challenges; they know of the difficulties we had in hurricane David and they are playing a critical role,” he stated.

According to Skerrit, a number of Dominicans form part of the National Emergency Management Organization of the BVI and they have been helping coordinating relief efforts.

“So you can imagine Dominicans who were police officers, who were nurses, who were Doctors, who were engineers, who were builders there, who were business people there…,” he stated. “When I look at St Maarten even from my own constituency there are people who are there. If we go to remove these people, extract them I think it would be a bad signal from the part of the government to want to do this to a sister country that has been exceptionally helpful to Dominica.”

Meantime, Skerrit said his government is committed to assisting with the education of children who reside in the countries affected.

“What we are doing, and what we will do as a government is that persons who for one reason or the other, because of their vulnerabilities, you may have also children in school who want to continue school, we will assist in transporting them to Dominica,” he explained.

Skerrit continued, “As a matter of fact we have gotten a commitment from the President of the Regional Council of Martinique. He is making a ferry available of over 150 seats.”

He also said the told Dominicans in Anguilla that if they have children who they really want to get into schools, “we would assist in transporting those children back and ensuring that spaces at the schools are made available for them and providing them with all the logistical support to attend any school of their choice in Dominica.”

 

 

Disclaimer: The comments on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of DominicaNewsOnline.com/Duravision Inc. All comments are approved by DominicaNewsOnline.com before they are posted. We never censor based on political or ideological points of view, but we do try to maintain a sensible balance between free speech and responsible moderating.

We will delete comments that:

  • violate or infringe the rights of any person, are defamatory or harassing or include personal attacks
  • are abusive, profane or offensive
  • contain material which violates or encourages others to violate any applicable law
  • promote hatred of any kind
  • refer to people arrested or charged with a crime as though they had been found guilty
  • contain links to "chain letters", pornographic or obscene movies or graphic images
  • are excessively long and off-message

See our full comment/user policy/agreement.

199 Comments

  1. I'm lost
    September 14, 2017

    Really….

    France sending their pple out Holland sending their people out and Mr. Advising his people to stay?…
    Who should be first in line to rebuild they shipping out, I take this to mean you still sleeping it’s impossible You know what’s really happening. Wake up pander!

  2. Wathesay
    September 14, 2017

    Well Mr. Skearat, why don’t you start building a WALL? I’m so damn ashamed to tell people who Dominica AM is. What a Joe-car! :twisted:

    • Nora
      September 19, 2017

      Maybe telling Dominicans to stay put was not the worse idea, considering the pounding the island just received. We don’t have the infrastructure to handle a sudden influx of people in these circumstances.

  3. Let The Truth Be Known - Original
    September 14, 2017

    D/ca has all sorts of people, those who utilize their common sense and those who do not. Furthermore, there are those who support a Party and others, another. Those who are pro UWP are the ones who consistently criticize the PM. It is as if it satisfies them.
    Those who comprehend what the PM stated are not uneducated and foolish. We have common sense and can reason out what he stated. We are not negative and quick to criticize. We think!
    The following:
    PM Skerrit “warns” against mass evacuation. . .
    Then Prime Minister “has advised” D/cans against mass evacuation. . .
    Did he warn and advise anyone against coming to D/ca?
    Think! If they did, would he refuse to admit them? I am certain the answer is, “NO”!
    “Speaking” about it, “advising and warning”, three different words.

    Oh journalists, reporters, media! It is not what you state but how you stated it. This is what caused some to misconstrue what the PM stated with also their innuendos. It is not fair!

    • Dyci
      September 15, 2017

      Wow…

      I was always taught it is better to be thought of as a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. I won’t say more, as I think this is pretty self explanatory

      • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
        September 17, 2017

        You are the fool because it is evident you are a hater. You do not have it in you to be kind. Too bad for you. Sad for you isn’t it? Envy will take you nowhere. Some of you think you are smarter than others. You can never be respectful. I suppose you also do not have it in you as you project. Miserable as you are, capable of and what you excel in, keep on insulting people who have more common sense and are more intelligent than you,see how far it will take you and what will happen to you and soon enough. What goes around comes around and two-fold. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :twisted: :mrgreen:

    • Lmao
      September 16, 2017

      Are you retarded lol

  4. Let The Truth Be Known - Original
    September 14, 2017

    I do believe it is the format of the words in this article. The PM did “not warn” anyone.
    Some people comment without thinking.
    Let us be realistic. We must always think beyond. Everything is temporary; nothing lasts forever. There is still hope in their country. It is not as if the country is under water and everything is flattened.
    Now, we must ask ourselves, if there was “mass evacuation” from several islands, Could D/ca accommodate all of them? Where would they stay? Would they all have relatives in D/ca? They would have to be housed and fed. They would be in D/ca doing absolutely nothing. Consider, eventually they would be bored. Could state more about what boredom and idleness could cause.

  5. Let The Truth Be Known - Original
    September 14, 2017

    The PM donated funds. Likewise other countries. They could receive more than they hoped for. It is just a matter of time and they will all receive plentiful help, water, food, clothing and some sort of accommodation. When they do, they will be better off where they are than if they had evacuated to D/ca.
    Who would also transport them to D/ca? Consider the cost.
    Some had jobs, property, personal/household and business insurance. Who will take care of their property while they are away?
    They must apply for insurance. If they are able to work, they will be expected to report for work once the building is repaired/re-built.
    The government will assist them. Those who had personal and household insurance will eventually receive what they qualify for. I am informing you, they could be better off than they were previously. When they return to normal their experience of Hurricane Irene would merely be a bad memory.
    For these reasons would they want to re-locate?

    • Man Hold Your
      September 14, 2017

      No wonder you are talking crapping… clearly you are out of touch with things…. Hurricane Irma not Hurricane Irene you Skerrit worshipper! You keep on posting all kind of foolishness trying to support what Skerrit is saying… even have the guts to try explain! Get off your computer and go educate yourself about what is happening in these islands … talking foolishness about they will be better off smh

      • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
        September 17, 2017

        I have the right to support him and to explain. You do not have the right to criticize me for doing that. You are out of place and also to be disrespectful to the PM. All of you who do, God is taking note. Wait, see and experience. You are the one who writes foolishness. Note your comment. This is what you use the internet for; nothing good. No one can learn anything from your comment except how to be cantankerous which you are and how to harass others. This is your trait. Those who do are not happy and peaceful people.
        It pays to be kind which is something you still have to learn.

      • Nora
        September 19, 2017

        What “Let The Truth Be Known” said makes a lot of sense and you KNOW it. That’s why you jumped on the name of the Hurricane instead of the logic of what they said. As to whether the people will be able to get back to work is debatable. But to make insurance claims and secure their property or business is still a responsibility to be handled. Besides Dominica is in a fragile state after Erica and now Maria. Before you attack someone’s character, assess the information presented. Stop shooting the messenger, hear him/her out.

  6. Well I never!!
    September 13, 2017

    I’m trying my hardest to understand why prime minister skerrit has said what he said. But is it’s not coming together for me.
    After hurricane, earthquake, floods, terrorist attacks etc. America and other countries air lift their people out of harm way.
    There are always people who will stay no matter what.
    Why didn’t the prime minister say those of you who want to come back home are more than welcome to do so, we will assist you the best we can.
    This is the same prime minister who fly plane loads of Dominicans to Dominica ?? from all over to come vote for him. But he won’t encourage Dominicans to come back home.

  7. Holiday Island Boy
    September 13, 2017

    Like the English Highwaymen., the PM is asking Dominicans in these affected countries to “Stand and Deliver”. Deliver help in rebuilding the community which they have adopted as their home.

  8. Man Hold Your
    September 13, 2017

    Here we go …. so skerro tell us to stay but BVI tell us to go! Many of us will have no choice BUT TO RETURN HOME! So Skerro what story you telling on them people saying how we have experience with Hurricane David blah blah blah…. at least 15 Dominicans including myself have no choice but to find our a$$ back in DA.

    You afraid we come because we will start to put pressure on you since we know what progress and development is like, so we can compare to what is going on in DA. Prepare your dam self fella.

    https://caribbeannewsservice.com/now/british-virgin-islands-senior-official-suggests-non-nationals-leave/

  9. Malgraysa
    September 13, 2017

    “The President of the Commonwealth of Dominica requests and requires in the name of the Commonwealth of Dominica all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance and afford the bearer such assistance and protection as may be necessary”.

    The above is printed, boldly on the frontispiece of every Dominican passport. I would like to remind our Prime Minister of these Presidential requests, especially with regard to assistance and protection and trust he will do his utmost in the execution of the same, particularly where it concerns his own citizens.

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      September 17, 2017

      What country again did prisoners escape from during Hurricane Irma?
      You appear to overlook that there are those who committed crimes in those countries. They will not be able to return. Their passports are invalid. The governments of those countries know who they are.
      Criminals, those who were charged with a crime and imprisoned, forfeited their right to travel and to own a passport.
      It would be something for them to return and create havoc in Dominica. How happy would you be about that?

  10. Humble one
    September 13, 2017

    The prime minister knows that any time these people come back home he might lose the next general election so I believe that he’s worried but you kind of tell Dominicans to stay out from their own country that is the height of Madness if the people what to come home let them come SMH

  11. Vellie Nicholas-benta
    September 13, 2017

    Such poor taste as a Prime Minister! Actually, that speech was assinine! Some of these Dominicans were rallying efforts and packing trailers, barrels, boxes in 2015 to send home to relieve the hurricane victims…SMH

  12. KiD ON THE BLOCK
    September 13, 2017

    DNO, Let’s drift a little. Why haven’t you said anything about the latest developments on the matter involving Lennox and Pinned Burns? Isn’t that considered as NEWS to you?

    • Me
      September 13, 2017

      KId, DNO does not give commentary, not even an editorial. All it does is publish the opinions of its readers, including yours.

    • viewsexpressed
      September 14, 2017

      When you put Kids on the block without a parent or an adult they say thongs without thinking and in absence of analysis and knowledge of the subject at hand. Blind loyalists say anything and at anytime, that is the nature of the beasts.
      Hon Linton is an honourable gentleman who has served Dominica well both as a private citizen and as leader of the Opposition. He exposed the Bin Bobol and Fertlizer Bobol and aso the CBI passport scheme of your leader you so support blindly. Young kid, wake up to the truth and stay focus, rise above from the level of bobol and political madness of this corrupt Labour government. Stand up strong for a change in government. Dominica and its people needs it.
      Join the rally that Skerrit Must Go…..Skerrit must Go, He must go, he has to go. He has been a big failure and disappointment, and the worse Prime Mininister since independence

  13. Affa
    September 13, 2017

    I think he was taken out of context. First, the headline is misleading and reads ‘he warns’, then the article says ‘he advised’, preety much against an exodus evacuation or deportation? Although he needs to be clear that’s what any leader would do and WELCOME anyone who comes. But exodus or not he is aware that they are citizens of this country and can come back any time they want, especially now, and monitor progress on the other side. I would do just that, till relief comes for everyone.

    • Me
      September 13, 2017

      Words, once spoken can not be taken back. As the Americans say, it is what it is!

  14. P.I.
    September 13, 2017

    Sadly! we all cannot be leaders, only a chosen few. A leader invites people to a country. You must supply accommodation, pay all bills until the person can stand on their own two feet. Dodd invites another Dominican to stay with him until his country is restored. Don’t do it but let him do it.Where has your love gone to?. What is so wrong with empathy?. You left on your own accord and you are free to come back on your own accord.

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      September 17, 2017

      Including those who committed crimes and are or were imprisoned in those countries?

  15. Music Producer
    September 13, 2017
  16. Gouti
    September 13, 2017

    DNO is like animal farm. All Dominicans have rights, but some Dominicans have more rights than other Dominicans to post on DNO and have their comments accepted. DNO has brought an disastrous level of reasoning that feeds of the ignorance and wickedness of evil people..

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      September 17, 2017

      I suppose you are not evil; and wicked; do not have an ounce of them in you. You are holy of hollies and as perfect as ever. The pot always calls the kettle black and is also rude and disrespectful about it.

  17. The Tongue
    September 13, 2017

    The wise book said..”He who holdeth his tongue, holdeth his life”. It is better not to speak but to listen and observe. Remember time heals. DA and David..some people just heard about it but can’t tell that we were devastated just like the other island and we struggled but survived. HELP IN ON THE WAY..material stuff gone but lives speared.

    Be wise

  18. My Little take
    September 13, 2017

    I wonder what Mr. Skerrit would have said to these Dominicans if elections in Dominica were September 14,2017? But then again I will not blame the PM because this is a common sense approach because let’s face reality, when Dominicans residing abroad come down for WCMF, Christmas or carnival, for 2 weeks see some lights on the streets and plenty cars on the road, especially if they left 25 years ago, they feel DA is a paradise and feel the government is working and as a result are encouraged to come down to vote. However, PM knows very well that if these people are to remain in Dominica for 2 months and their $US finish, they have to buy a can of Sardine for $5.00, a box of cereal they buy abroad for $1.99 is $30.00 here, coffee they buy for $5.00 abroad is $60.00 here and so on, and they not working, they will see and feel the struggles of the people, there is no way these people will vote for Skerrit. So to keep them voting blindly for him it is to his advantage they stay abroad

    • sadformycountry
      September 14, 2017

      Truer words have never been spoken.

  19. Truth Be Told
    September 13, 2017

    Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit if you were a man of vision you would have seen this in the opposite light as I did. Whether it is in Barbuda, the USVI, BVI, Texas or Florida, Dominicans affected by the hurricanes in those places who may be considering returning to Dominica, should be seen as an opportunity for Dominica! They return with improved skills, knowledge, and other assets which could benefit Dominica. So I would have welcomed all Dominicans who are thinking of moving back home to come on down to their home country. We are a country with a very small population that suffers from brain drain! So here is an opportunity for Dominica, welcome Dominicans who are considering returning home. After almost forty years of independence if we cannot embrace these affected Dominicans, how and when then do we build our nation for all Dominicans? Seriously, let us forget all politics and think Dominica first!

    • Truth Be Told
      September 13, 2017

      Interestingly, the French, the Dutch, the British, the Americans are all looking out for their people and flying them out to places of safety. Why can’t these people stay and build their own countries? Dominicans are French, the Dutch, the British, the Americans for you to tell them to stay and build back these people Virgin Islands for them? Seriously? Oh yes, the slaves should stay and do the dirty work in the unhealthy environment!

      • Anonymous
        September 13, 2017

        As far as I know our Dominicans went to these countries voluntarily and were not forced. What has slavery got to do with this? There are plenty Dutch, French , Birtish, U.S. citizens of African decent living in these islands also but their governments look after their citizens perhaps better than our own?. Please think before you speak.

  20. Vernon
    September 13, 2017

    Dominicans who have experienced Hurricane Irma have suffered so much emotionally and psychologically and would like / need some relief from their condition and trauma but are being told that they should not come back to their home country- Dominica.

    I believe the decision should be left to those people and not the Government to tell them that they should not come back to their homeland.

    What is interesting is that other governments in the region are helping their citizens to come back home and our government is telling its citizen don’t come back home using the pretence of “stay and build” the country where you live.

    At this stage no one can build, it’s survival time and these Dominicans need a break to catch themselves. When things have settled and get back to near normalcy, then they can return and help build the country.

    These Dominicans should ask themselves a question. Are we only good for one thing to come and vote a government in office every five years?

  21. Dcan living in St. Thomas
    September 13, 2017

    But why on earth you all twisting the Prime Minister words around like that? He is not saying that Dcans cannot or should not come back home. All he is saying at that present moment, the affected countries need all Dcans to help rebuild the island. We as Dcans always stand together as one to make things work, we would cook food by road side, bring rum and all men hands on deck making sure things happen. I am living in St. Thomas, and i am encouraging all Dcans to work together to clean up and build back. We cannot just run from a country we have been living most of our life, invest in, have children , save our money, & just ran back to Dca. All who saying run back home to families, have families to take care of. All you will rescue us for a year or two, but when things start getting hard, knowing you have all my 5 children and plus me maybe the man to feed everyday, i am sure you will get tired. We just there not working can’t contribute to meals & bills. Jobs are also limited here.

    • Tjebe fort
      September 13, 2017

      Bro you can twist it whichever way you like but the message is clear that he does not want malaway Dominicans coming back to their own country to be a burden on his CBI budget. But if you spend U.$.$200,000 to buy a passport is ok., even if can not speak our language or have no ties whatsoever.
      If my eyes were not fully open before they are definitely now .You can vote for this man next time but I will not, even though I am an original labour supporter.

      • Gary
        September 13, 2017

        Wow, your eyes are open, well, what about your intelligence and other dimensions of knowing and understanding, is this how you live and make decisions or understand things you read.

      • Tjebe fort
        September 13, 2017

        Yes Gary, and my vote has the same value as yours!

  22. Me my Dog and I
    September 13, 2017

    I truly want to believe that the PM did not mean what he said the way it came out. I am not his supporter but i cannot believe he would say and mean something like that . I think he should came and explain himself better .

  23. Well Well Well
    September 13, 2017

    This might be old new. But have you heard that the French government has already began transporting nationals to other French countries? Have you heard of a medical school which has evacuated faculty and students from the island? Both nationals and non nationals are leaving. This is also encouraged by the country’s government. What do you think?

  24. September 13, 2017

    I don’t think what the PMsaid was in good taste at all. When hurricane David devastated Dominica in 1979, he was 7 years old. I was sixteen, so i am sure i can remember how things were for us better than him. There were whole families that left Dominica and went wherever they could. As a Dominican, they have a right to come back to Dominica if they are destitute. At least we had looting but not the kind of things I am hearing about. There is no urgency with the relief effort as far as I understand in those islands it is an absolute shame what he said. He is not a dictator and has no right to say that. I could go on. But I will let Skerritt and his supporters deal with their conscience if they have one.

    It a bloody slap in the face. The headline should read,

    DESTITUTE DOMINICANS NOT WELCOMED IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE DEVASTATION IN LEEWARD ISLANDS.

    This really pisses me off!

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      September 13, 2017

      Albert, I was one of those people who at one time supported everything, and anything Skerrit did pertaining Dominica, I thought as a young man when he took over the country he would have the vision to do what is correct to bring some development, and progress along.

      I stop supporting him when I found out he is an idiot! This guy cannot even use commonsense. Each time he opens his mouth, he creates chaos, and confusion, and entropy. If Roosevelt was in a right frame of mind he would not have talk the nonsense he spoke.

      I question the mans sanity: In his mind he believes he is so damn important, that anything he say even people who are suffering will listen to his crap. All of us Dominicans are not inebriated on Roosevelt’s cool aid!

      When I was a little boy getting ready to leave Dominica I was advised by my grandmother, never to forget home. When I first came here, I decided to save pennies, (one cents) nickel and dimes. I cannot lift the bag in which I have them. The…

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      September 13, 2017

      Cont:

      The purpose however, is if life get difficult for me here in America, my passage back to Dominica is saved in left over change.

      I am a citizen of the United States, but I leave nothing to chance, Dominica is my place of birth, if the situation arises where I see I will ever suffer here than in Dominica, I going home to eat what I ate to the very day I left at 14 years old.

      Roosevelt said Dominica is much better off, and is doing better than the rest of the Caribbean region, he claimed better than the United States of America, unless he was lying when he made such stupid comments, he should not worry about the return of our people!

    • Vellie Nicholas-benta
      September 13, 2017

      Such poor taste as a Prime Minister! Actually, that speech was assinine! Some of these Dominicans were rallying efforts and packing trailers, barrels, boxes in 2015 to send home to relieve the hurricane victims…SMH

  25. Ny boss
    September 13, 2017

    I saw a comment frm a person who didnt go to school before the PM spoke and she was thinking and saying the same thing and to tell me these people being so negative prtending not to understand what the PM is implying u guys r real p!!!!gsss

  26. John_Locke
    September 13, 2017

    OMG what kind of prime minister is this? The US evacuated it citizens, Dominica tells it’s Own.. DOH COME HOME to their own country of birth.. :twisted:

  27. September 13, 2017

    Don’t rush into bad judgement as you always do. Read properly and try to understand the mans point.
    He never said that people are not welcome to come back home. He is just saying people should not rush to abandon the countries that helped them over the years to build a better life now that the countries need them most.

  28. jihan
    September 13, 2017

    Skerrit my friend,Erika now Irma,man God is in control,this is a wake up call for all these islands.The corruption unsolved murders,no love for each other anymore,if the people feel they want to come back you cant stop them.When its time for election dont you fill the planes up and bring them in to vote,while the poor have nothing to eat,man am telling you this is a wake up call for us,and every year its going to get worst,You are on this pedestal that you will rule Dominica forever but in due time Skerrit.God created and he destroys,but we live in a world of hate jealosy,and corruption.this is his revenge on all of us.

  29. P.I.
    September 13, 2017

    We don’t go back in life.forward we go. You just have to take the rough with the smooth. A person reside in a country and have his/her commitments and responsibilities. Hurricane or no hurricane do we really expect a leader to harbour them away from their debts?

    • Me
      September 13, 2017

      Sorry, but I find this blog incomprehensible.

  30. SHM
    September 13, 2017

    After someone has witnessed any catastrophe, the best thing for their mind is peace in a loving and comforting environment. That usually means in the arms of their families and friends.

    The prudent thing to say, in consideration of the persons who many have lost every one of their world possession – is come home and relax and when you are strong enough, remember your adopted country.

    The mental well being of citizens should be paramount right now, not who was there in good time and certainly not guilt tripping people to remain in a painful (maybe life threatening) situation.

  31. UDOHREADYET
    September 13, 2017

    Dominicans in Houston where it just got flooded are not moving back to Dominica, so why would the move back to DA from BVI when that country needs them.
    What the Prime Minister is saying is absolutely correct on many levels that most people would not understand nor care to understand because of their short sightedness. He is thinking of now and the future as well as the right of people living in a country to be there in good and bad as citizens should be.

    • September 13, 2017

      The Dominicans in Houston would not entertain the possibility because they would be allowing themselves up for other under handed motives which is how Skerrit operates , plus there are other cities in the USA we can move too .

  32. Let The Truth Be Known - Original
    September 12, 2017

    I do believe the critics are those who are non-DLP supporters and, as usual, are against everything the PM states, always twisting and turning his words with their warped minds. They project that they have no common sense to be rationale and think before they comment.
    For God’s sake! Do you have any common sense? You project to the world that you have none. Your adverse comments are uncalled for. Based on the article they make no sense.
    Those who are sensible and realistic know better than you. Learn from them. They fully comprehend what the PM stated and what he meant.

  33. dhestini
    September 12, 2017

    Hahahaa. Because if all those diasporas decide to return then they’d truly feel the pressure called Dominica. They’d really see first hand how underdeveloped and and how misplaced resources are rather than buying the bs their so called pm keeps selling them. So then how are they gonna keep kissing his a** when they’d be right here and see truly that he really has nothing to offer them. Hahaha. Allu pm is a politician after all. Anything to keep his sheep on his side. Smh

  34. Nan
    September 12, 2017

    Why would he discourage Dominicans from returning to their country, yet invite foreigners with open arms!

    Surely these Doctors, Nurses, Engineers would be a welcome addition in the rebuilding of Dominica.

    Also, I am not sure what ages the children he is willing to provide schooling for will be, but is he prepared to provide homes etc, for these children? Would they not have be accompanied by their parent(s) to Dominica? The psychological affect of the hurricane? Or is he looking at ferry them to and from school?

    Not all Dominicans would want to return, but the ones who do should not be made to feel like they are abandoning a sinking ship.

  35. Affa
    September 12, 2017

    I don’t need to make any negative comments on this, but I think it’s premature. The headline didn’t help Skeritt’s message when the writer states he ‘warns’ and in the body of the piece the writer states he ‘” ..has advised”. In this sad time, it comes out like the writer is looking to create controversy making Skeritt sound insensitive. Technical 101 writing anyone??

  36. Awah we
    September 12, 2017

    I will come dong and vote UWP… toneh

  37. Awah we
    September 12, 2017

    um….ok… what I reading dere nor. I dream dat man? So the islands were devastated by the hurricane, people hungry, no food, no clothes, all their possessions gone and they are prohibited from coming home? I understand on CNN last night that relief not flowing as it should, and you saying doh come back home.

    Aye let me tell you, when your belly full and you comfortable in your palace it is difficult to feel other peoples pain and misery. Come down from your high horse, and be a little more humane ok. I understand that the countries damaged by Irma needs to be rebuilt, but do you have a plan to feed the Dominicans abroad while they stay and rebuild? Is there something put in place to ensure that they are sustained while they rebuild?

    • September 13, 2017

      The money that Skerrit is donating is going into the system it’s not going directly to Dominicans per say any one who was affected by the hurricane will benefit from the money, one thing he cannot do is tell the U.S.Virgin Islands or the other places where money is going how to distribute the funds. Skerrit thought he could show face so the folks over there would remember his goodness at election time, I just believe as young people it’s a terrible jester on the part of the PM at a time of need and when people are displaced, everything cannot be politic all the time. I’m so happy to hear and know that we didn’t loose any Dominicans .

  38. Kafwane wedgehart
    September 12, 2017

    Build a wall! build a wall! build a wall!

    • Me
      September 13, 2017

      Better still, use your rod and part the sea!

  39. Fantasy 21
    September 12, 2017

    Any school of their choice.That’s interesting

  40. No election without electoral reform
    September 12, 2017

    Dominicans here and abroad should by now understand Skerritt and his machinations of trying everyhting to stay in “power.” He would do anything,to have Dominicans abroad to travel to Dominica to VOTE for him, but will not want Dominicans to return to their country of BIRTH, after a disaster, even if they choose to. What a Man with a heart of stone.

    Take time and read this Dominicans to see how Skerritt is trying too amend the Laws for him to stay in “Power” by all means possible.

    The Electoral Commission as well as the Chief elections Officer must not aid and abet that sinister move? The patriots of Dominica, here and overseas will never allow any moire STEALING of any ELECTION in Dominica. Put that in you pipe and smoke it Skerritt. We deserve FREE and FAIR elections

    Complete re-registration
    Cjeaning the bloated Voter’s List
    Equal access to the State’s media
    Campaign financing laws

    http://www.jamberpress.com/2017/09/electors-act-provides-remedy-for

    • No election without electoral reform
      September 12, 2017

      VOTERS” ID CARDS not National ID CARDS

  41. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    September 12, 2017

    Roosevelt Skerrit is absolutely a mad man! This guy is crazy, how can you tell people in a disaster zone not to return to the place of their birth. Is it not better to for them to return to their home country rather suffer in another country?

    Why should this be a bad idea? You got up playing big man running off you mouth about Dominica ready to help island with three million EC dollars, if our people come home help them with what you do not have to give away, why allow them to be a burden to another person country?

    Some of our people in the United States Virgin islands and Puerto Rico are illegal, they may need Federal assistance for a long time, if they are not documented as a legal immigrant with some documents to prove legality in the country, they cant get any help.

    Would it not be better for them to return home than to be at the mercy of hunger?

  42. Vali
    September 12, 2017

    I have never heard anything like this before. APrime Minister is telling his citizen in crisis do not come to their home land for rescue. They have no water, electricity,food or place to sleep and he is saying do not come to their country .What a shame. I hope the world is listening.

  43. Left-Right-Center
    September 12, 2017

    All I can say is that Dominicans need to stop being so “Bought and Paid for” and stand up for commonsense, Justice and uproot corruption from the government. Skeritt, what provisions are you making to assist Dominicans who return home. OOOOOOh that’s right you told them don’t come home. I hope all their brain washed friends and relatives send you and your goons packing. its best this PM had just be quiet but Common sense just isn’t so common.

  44. Gouti
    September 12, 2017

    So the consensus is now hurricane mash-up de green pastures on the other side that we Dominican used to love to roll in dem, we should all run come back to Dominica and leave de ‘monkey an dem’ to fix-up and weed their worthless pastures that cannot support our rolling. And when de ‘monkey an dem fix up de pastures and they excellent for rolling we will return to roll again. We don’t have to worry, dem is ‘monkeys and stupid enough to accept us with open arms.
    How stupid and illogical we can think at times.

    • sadformycountry
      September 14, 2017

      The places are not safe for people to even live. Do you not understand that part or are you buried so deep in Skerrit backside that you cannot see properly?

  45. Vee
    September 12, 2017

    I do not always support the views of our prime minister. But I agree 100% with this one. It is not fair to run to safety when the country that has been supporting you or helping you to support your family has faced disaster. The honorable thing to do is to stay and lend your hand in the rebuilding process. Now is the time to give back.

  46. Tooley
    September 12, 2017

    I agree with Skerrit. Don’t come back now, it’s not yet election time.

  47. Possie
    September 12, 2017

    I support the Pm on this one. It is right and just that Dominicans was enjoying the money jobs and benefits of our sister countries and now that they are destroyed by hurricane to not stay and assist in the building and even share that moment of hardship with the native of our brother and sister island. Remember it is easy to abandon ship but hard to get back on it. So i believe that PM Skerrit was just putting his two cents in to what we as Dominicans do in a time like now. U are right PM Skerrit. I salute u on this one. Think and think wisely Dominican brothers and sisters

    • Well I never!!
      September 14, 2017

      Shhhh!!
      It is Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt

  48. FBI Agent
    September 12, 2017

    I am not at all surprised by Skerrit’s stern warning to Dominicans affected by Irma against returning to Dominica. I read all the comments posted so far, in this article and though many of you make a lot of sense, but what really struck me is the fact that none seems to remember this sales pitch by Roosevevelt Skerrit, when asked about how he would deal with an influx of Chinese immigrants:
    https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/business/pm-not-worried-over-influx-of-chinese-immigrants/
    Quite certainly with the amount of passports Skerrit has sold, should it ever get to the point where those CBI citizens would find themselves in a position where they must relocate to Dominica, Skerrit would have to take them in, so it is to his benefit if Dominicans living abroad would stay where they are so there properties could be made available to his thousands of CBI citizens.

    • Toto
      September 13, 2017

      Skerrit has made enough money to go and relocate in Monaco when that happens and leave us all in the

  49. Look it
    September 12, 2017

    For all of you foolish Skerrit supporters, let’s attempt to inform you all as to why Skerrit’s speech is sadly humiliating and a disgrace…. telling Dominicans not to return home from BVI.
    1. There are many laws which exist in BVI and Anguilla; these British overseas territories that protect their nationals e.g labour laws which stipulates their nationals are to be hired over foreigners and only in specially vetted circumstances are foreigners to be considers over a local.
    2. To work legally a foreigner is to be granted a work permit, applied for by employer for foreigner every year. Yes every year it expires, job is once again advertised and if a national doesn’t apply “phewwwww” then you are granted the work permit again.

    • Look it
      September 12, 2017

      3. In time of “push comes to shove” such as now where many hotels which employ a number of nationals have been destroyed, putting many out of jobs… then the BVI and Anguillan government will ensure that their nationals are employed over the foreigners. Leaving many Dominicans and othe foreigners unemployed.

      4. Without a work permit a foreigner is now to apply for extension of stay to remain legally on the island. Such are mainly granted if foreigners are awaiting for their work permit to be processed…. they won’t be granted extension of stay if they do not have a valid reason… in Anguilla they are a bit more understanding and you stand a greater chance to be granted stay.

      So please, explain to me how can Skerrit tell Dominicans to stay and help rebuild when this is the circumstances they are to deal with to be able to stay.

      When you are detached from reality and fail to educate yourself of your people’s plights you talk Sh%t!

      • sadformycountry
        September 14, 2017

        And even if they faced none of these, they should still be welcomed with open arms. They are Dominicans first. Other countries are evacuating their citizens from the unsafe conditions, and this man is telling our people “stay and rebuild”. Stay and rebuild in unsafe conditions with no food and clean water? With dangerous looting and fighting like survival of the fittest. Our PM just opens his mouth and ramblings fly out. Even if he thinks it, he should never utter these words. This man is seriously guilt tripping Dominicans to stay in a country where the government has already told non-nationals to leave. Smh!

  50. Man bites Dogs
    September 12, 2017

    Just tippecal of that lots Linton, and his brainless supporters, Asking Dominicans to run away and wait till things gets better then they could run back, what will happen to Dominicans who have their homes on these islands should they wait till someone else built their homes for them to run back too? Here you have it people Linton ,is a champion joker straight out of a comic book, and if for some miracle that guy Linton, becomes prime minister of Dominica i am asking Dominicans last man or woman please turn the lights off !

    • kimon mendes
      September 13, 2017

      but when they come back to vote after not being or residing in the island 5 months prior its no problem..you people are so hypocritical its amazing..

  51. %
    September 12, 2017

    He is not accustomed of having press conferences,so his lack of empathy must show out…Skerrit stop WASHING YOUR COUNTRY’S DIRTY LINEN IN PUBLIC.Are you telling the rest of the world that we are as heartless as you are?I have told Dominicans to prove how dunce and uneducated you are,they can just put a microphone in front of you,and tell you to talk!Then all hell will break loose.These are some of the same imported votes that put you there,VIOLATING OUR ELECTION ACT!!Who is the TRAITOR SKERRIT?
    SKERRIT MUST GO
    SKERRIT MUST GO
    SKERRIT MUST GO NOW!

  52. Monfared friend
    September 12, 2017

    So Skerrit wants us to abandon our country so he can take our property and give to his new CBI Dominicans, like Monfared. You see that Skerrit boy

  53. September 12, 2017

    I don’t always support the P.M. , but on this one I must say he is correct, I think Dominican should stay and help the people of the affected area to rebuild , that will build a reputation, and the native people will remember that the Dominican stayed , and help us, they did not ran away when the going was tough , off course if one choose to come home to Dominica one can always come home, the Dominican tax payers don’t have to pay your passage, but home will always be home , if you have to stay in with your grand mother in her old house which you never send money for her to buy a sheet of galvanize so be it skerro is getting ride of the old pit latrine, so you will be okay , you all ungrateful pigs bring some news paper to wipe yourself. them people go overseas and don’t never send a penny t, let them stay where them are.

  54. Blessingsoverflow
    September 12, 2017

    Once again, this is cheap psychology being used on the masses, in order to secure support from various governments, for future references. When are we as a people are going to realize that politics is a game of chess and humanitarianism is the distinctive characteristics which separates the good for the great, which clearly is NOT being displayed here. Magway ca! How can you not embrace your “Prodigal son,” after devastation has struck? Aren’t you his parent? Were you not made to provide unconditional love? In other words are you kidding me with this press release? I thought the lyrics ” this is the land of my birth was meant for all its citizens but alas, once again you’ve decided to show your true colors to the color blind. So I’ll pray for all of us and hope that if Dominican, no matter how long he has been deem “prodigal” decides to return home because of Unforeseen circumstances, is welcomed with open arms.

  55. Blessingsoverflow
    September 12, 2017

    Once again, this is cheap psychology being used on the masses, in order to secure support from various governments, for future references. When are we as a people are going to realize that politics is a game of chess and humanitarianism is the distinctive characteristics which separates the good for the great, which clearly is NOT being displayed here. Magway ca! How can you not embrace your “Prodigal son,” after devastation has struck? Aren’t you his parent? Were you not made to provide unconditional love? In other words are you kidding me with this press release? I thought the lyrics ” this is the land of my birth was meant for all its citizens but alas, once again you’ve decided to show your true colors to the color blind. So I’ll pray for all of us and hope that if Dominican, no matter how long he has been deem “prodigal” decides to return home because of I foresee circumstances, is welcomed with open arms.

  56. LaPwet Girl
    September 12, 2017

    When will the French Ferry be available since LIAT has not started relief efforts to help its passengers. What about a chartered plane? My Children are stranded since last Tuesday. The US assisted its citizens, the Canadians assisted its citizens, WINAIR started relief of its passengers but LIAT is yet to make an announcement. What is keeping LIAT back from landing in St. Maarten like the other airlines. Did we invest in LIAT? There return ticket from the USA via St. Maarten then LIAT to Dominica.

  57. September 12, 2017

    I cannot believe this

  58. Fun&Frolic
    September 12, 2017

    L’Hivenage II. We fed the allied soldiers in their times of need. We can feed our own in their times of need. Tchwey yo, tchwey yo, pour tout moun mange. I know for a fact Skerrit will offer a room or two in his mansion to those returnees, lol.

  59. September 12, 2017

    So true Mr PM. The people who live in SXM in particular are Dominicans who have been there for 20 and 30 and 40 years. I don’t think they will be moving back home. There may be recent expats who wish to return, and if they are in really tight spots, they should. But those who have managed to make good lives for themselves, stable and steady employment, house and land, they should stay and rebuild. Everything they have is with them. With that said, I wish them all the best as they start their restorative works on their respective communities and countries.

  60. Lang Mama
    September 12, 2017

    For whatever this is worth the PM is right. Dominica has nothing to offer. The NEP.. is already a burden and the Dominicans who paid taxes and worked in the ravages islands should stay and be part of the sousay del there. The same concept should apply to the election process as well.
    Had the PM not been engaged in the fraudulent process of import g voters from the very same islands maybe there would be no need for bickering on the PM’s suggestion. The arguments and objections made are valid. Sometimes less is actually more and although the PM meant well in the circumstances he may want to take back sonr of his utterances. There was really no need for the time he spent telling the Dominicans to remain.

  61. September 12, 2017

    I understand fully what the PM is saying. Very important issue here. If the situation is dire, by all means, come home. But if you are able to stay and rebuild the place you have called home for so long, do just that. We’ve always been a resilient people.

  62. Alice
    September 12, 2017

    If you have family to come to you are welcome but do not expect to come home and the government will support you. Stay where you are we will send fig for you. Send your children to your family we will let them go to school but your family will feed and take care of them. Dominica is not Cuba. Everything cannot be for free.

  63. September 12, 2017

    Wheh, wheh, hurricane subsides, the season of mourvais lang and mud slinging starts up again. All the PM i believe is saying, is Dominicans domicile on those islands should consolidate their positions and be part of the rebuilding process, the benefits could be enormous long term.

  64. Malgraysa
    September 12, 2017

    If anyone had any doubts before now, Mr. Skerrit’s motives are made very clear by this pronouncement. He wants the benefits of Dominican citizens overseas but no the burdens (read: responsibilities). This P.M.’s empathies are hard to discern, if he has any at all.

  65. Astonished
    September 12, 2017

    Never heard so much bs in my life

  66. FORKIT
    September 12, 2017

    lol..hahhaahaahahhhhahahahahah,,, so is during election time you want mass evacuation, it seem that is the only time they are dominicans. but to face the harsh reality of living in dominica u would rather them beg in another mans country… what a mook

  67. KING BASH
    September 12, 2017

    thats right stay where all you be when we ready election time we will send for all you

  68. IamanIdiot
    September 12, 2017

    The country St Marteen is ripe with crime right now. Little food, no facilities, poor shelter, I see no issue in people who have been living there to come home. Every other country is sending for their people. If an individual has his family, wife , grand mother and 3 children. I see no reason with him coming home with his family. HOWEVER I CAN get behind the idea of lets say each country sending a team of individuals to work, be it power, internet, water etc. But I dont think you should tell people not run try to run off the island. If they want to get a packet of oats to cook what do they do? So how can you say that, as far as I know the Island is not that fit to live. I don’t endorse that message, I can however endorse ORGANIZED teams to go to the island and start rebuilding.

  69. Sad
    September 12, 2017

    For those of you who came down to vote, take that in all you skin.

    • September 12, 2017

      Because is labourites alone that come down to vote.

    • Primrosette
      September 12, 2017

      I can tell you went to school making toobak

    • September 12, 2017

      Don’t be a goat

    • JOSH SHAW
      September 12, 2017

      Meanwhile in Dominica the children that obtsined scholarships at the regional common entrance exams have to purchase the majority of their school supplies. This guy is has no heart, no respect and only cares for himself and his circle!

    • Alas
      September 12, 2017

      Fellar go and study your book. Here is for big people who have something to say.

    • Affa
      September 12, 2017

      No it’s not like that at all. In this sad situation all you want to take over running the country, to lay your hands on the CBI money by any means. Just wait your turn, not now.

    • NUWP
      September 13, 2017

      Dats all you all seeing? Vote vote election election?

      Yo it’s all not seeing education and people well being but is only vote all u seeing?

      Dats how u all love Dominica dre nah?

      Nothing matters to u all but voting. And wat is burning me is not that the people of Dominica want you all you know. More we reject all u more u all in our back-S.

      Now on the flip side all u saying Dominica poor it have no job no money nothing for people to eat. What all I want them to come home for? What they doing an eat? Where they going to get work using all u own argument and impressions about Dominica.
      Day by day all u contradicting all u self dis is y Dominicans don’t take nothing all u say seriously.
      Rather u encourage dem to say and help rebuild BECAUSE IS NOW THEIR GOING TO HAVE WORK TO DO ALL U ASKING DEM TO COM TO DOMINICA AND SIT DOWN IN A COUNTRY ALL U SAY HAVE NOTHING TO OFFER. ????? but UWP REALLY SORT WE GASA. But PM should bring them down and call election one time

      • MonkeyGuy
        September 13, 2017

        It was good enough for them to come and vote since Labour KA Twavia. So it good enough for them to come and stay. Simple. It must be great since you keep voting them same guys in. Dem always saying everybody have two phone and big ride so it must be great.

  70. Well Well Well
    September 12, 2017

    Come one, come all. It is better to struggle in your country than in another mans country. You are not certain how soon rebuilding will take. You are not sure when you will return to your jobs. So instead of wasting time and money, come and feel comfortable with family and friends. When the country is rebuilt you can go back if you want. If you want to stay, its up to you. It should be your personal choice to make. Do what’s best for you, my Dominicans abroad affect by Irma :-| .

    • Primrosette
      September 12, 2017

      You are saying that they are all struggling? Some had nothing but refused to come home, now is the perfect time to do that. But many are well set for years in foreign whats the use of leaving all what they worked for?

      • Anonymous
        September 13, 2017

        You sound like a true little Primrose, know what I mean! Benefits going all one way.

    • Stand firm
      September 12, 2017

      So why cant they stay and help rebuild instead of going back when uts rebuilt? Dont you think they will appreciate it mire if they are part of the rebuilding process? So what you’re saying is when the going gets tough run home, when it gets better pack up and head back?. Give me a break. Talk about only in it for the good time

  71. Well Well Well
    September 12, 2017

    Come one, come all. It is better to struggle in your country than in another mans country. You are not certain how soon rebuilding will take. You are not sure when you will return to your jobs. So instead of wasting time and money, come and feel comfortable with family and friends. When the country is rebuilt you can go back if you want. If you want to stay, its up to you. It should be your personal choice to make. Do what’s best for you, my Dominicans abroad affect by Irma.

  72. DA girl
    September 12, 2017

    Don’t twist the man comments. I agree with him and I have been saying the same thing. When things were bright everybody was happy and basking in the good time. Why when they need the people everybody running away. They should stay and help rebuild. That has been home for many years for many people. Why abandon the countries in their time of need? Some of these people even forgot that there’s a country called Dominica, turned backs on family etc. So why now?!

    • Anonymous
      September 12, 2017

      What is there to twist? He is clear in that he does not want Dominicans in the countries hit by Irma to return to their own country. That is because there is no work for them here and they will be a burden on the public purse, no to mention criminality. I understand that but you can not keep a man or woman away from their own country and at the same time you are selling your countries passports to foreigners for big money What are you going to do? refuse them when they come on the ferry or arrive at the airport? He put his message out there in a very undiplomatic way but it is clear alright. He does not want poor needy Dominicans back in their own country. Well, next time don’t vote for him, that’s all.

    • FORKIT
      September 12, 2017

      really stupid idiot

    • September 12, 2017

      You are so right some block heads cannot think just like their leader

    • Look it
      September 12, 2017

      If you had a clear understanding of how things work in these island especially in BVI you would keep your dumb opinions to yourself. These people have to obtain a work permit to be able to work and reside in these islands… word is already spreading that work permits may not be renewed as BVI nationals are the primary focus and therefore BVI nationals are to be employed first and foremost …. so please tell me after one’s work permit is not renewed, now unemployed and soon if applied for extension of stay is not granted, since there’s not valid reason to be granted one… what should they do, stay illegally?????

      Skerrit should have try to get a clear understanding of what it is like to be a foreigner working on a work permit in another man’s country, where uncertainty hangs like a noose above your head BEFORE HE OPENS HIS ARROGRANT A%S AND MAKE SURE AN UNFORMED SPEECH.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      September 12, 2017

      You know I think you are a very foolish person. Even people living in Tortola, and places like Antigua (Dominicans) will have a hard, very hard time surviving, at least returning to Dominica means eating the Dominica agricultural products, and fish which Skerrit government through Drigo said the world craves.

      As for those illegal in any of the U. S. territories they will catch hell, especially if they were working illegally, and that place of employment no longer exists.

      To get help from the American system:

      Food stamps
      Unemployment
      State disability
      In order to receive any of those, even free medical assistance one have to show some document proving who they are and their immigration status in the country. Right now I am watching a Coast Guard Cutter loaded with supplies going to St. Johns, and St. Thomas. People are being evacuated to Puerto Rico, and St. Croix, some natives are heading to the United States.

      Where are the illegal Dominicans go? You see stupid is…

    • hm
      September 13, 2017

      DA Girl I agree with you…. People don’t read or they just see what they want to see. Reading comprehension is a good thing.. learn to do it.

    • Ny boss
      September 13, 2017

      Boi DA ppl not ezzy and that is just what they doing twisting what the man trying to mk them understand

  73. Vote Money
    September 12, 2017

    That Skerrit really thinks he smart. A storm destroyed countries where many Dominican reside and some of them are not legal, and Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit warning those Dominicans against coming back to Dominica? I mean why not encourage Dominicans in those islands to come back home till things get better? While he trying to discourage Dominicans from returning home, he sending millions of dollars to those so called affected islands though St. Thomas is part of the US and will get all the help they need from the US, the BVI is part of Britain. Who exactly is he giving the money to? Is he giving the monies to the RED Cross or some election agent in St. Thomas or the rest of the islands? Skerrit rest assured that every penny will be investigated and you are NOT going to use Irma to siphon you corruption election money, to keep you in power! Our eyes are wide open boss

    • God bless Dominica
      September 12, 2017

      You are such a ungrateful Person and very bias in your statement didn’t Dominica receive help from all over …I hope u mm ever have to end up in a disaster…shame on you.

    • Larry Grell
      September 12, 2017

      You are smart Vote Money. I asked myself the same question…the money for St.Thomas…who does it go to? My daughter wants to know who to contact for assistance. Should she call Mervin?

      • Anonymous
        September 13, 2017

        And where does the money for St. Kitts go to but they get the biggest handout from P.M.? They had no real damage from Irma. Does it go to a certain account for “beneficiaries” to collect it later, maybe to financĂ© the local labour party campaign, no questions asked?

  74. TheOnlyStupidDominican
    September 12, 2017

    OMG! The level of incompetence in this comment section is unbelievable. Then again, i should prob be use to it by now.

    • FORKIT
      September 12, 2017

      meaning of incompetent is not having or showing the necessary skills to do something successfully.

      trying to use simple words like that should not confuse you, but again you are “TheOnlyStupidDominican”.
      you said it not me

  75. TIna Alexander
    September 12, 2017

    So how do we get folks places on the ferry home being provided by the Regional Council of Martinique? I understand that it is very difficult to care for the vulnerable and infirm in St Martin at present. It is hard to get the information through to those who have no power and little phone and internet access.

  76. mongo tree
    September 12, 2017

    How can you ship Dominican Children back home to attend school without Parents

    • indira Ghandi
      September 12, 2017

      All you think Skerrit mak ing sense?
      I am trying to undersfand what he is saying.
      why is he discouraging Dominicans from coming to their home?
      Does he expect them to live under trees?
      But even the trees are down.
      Should they go in holes?
      When he brings the children without tgeir p arents will he and his wife take care of them or will he expect the teachers at tge schools to take care of them?
      I honestly have difficulty understanding wgat this man is trying to say

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      September 12, 2017

      Smarten up and use your common sense if you have any! For one, children cannot help their country that much, if not at all. However, they are at the stage that they need to attend school. If it is possible to assist them in this respect, it should be done. When their country returns to normal, hopefully and they can attend school, they are free to return.
      Adults can remain to help re-build their country and to assist those who have arrived there to help them re-build it. They can do something about that. It makes good sense. The country is also getting all kinds of help. This is why they are receiving humanitarian help from overseas.
      This is the reason the PM made that statement. Cease twisting and turning his words. He means well.

    • Thomas
      September 12, 2017

      Perfect Question!!!!

  77. Why Not?
    September 12, 2017

    This is very curious. Obviously, if Dominicans are needed in key positions for rebuilding these counties they should stay. But the others who are now dispossessed and in a terrible homeless situation, why shouldn’t they return home? I don’t understand the reasoning. It’s like saying no to your grown child, you cannot come home after losing your job and home. Makes no sense at all!

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      September 12, 2017

      Know that if they choose to return the PM will not turn them away. Think of the number of Haitians of all in Dominica. He said he will not turn them away. However, let everything take its course.

  78. mongo tree
    September 12, 2017

    What he is telling Dominicans Don’t come home …He scared things get out of control for him he needs to be reminded that Papa God is the one who has Dominica in His hands not him Skerro. All Dominican who want to come home should be welcomed back at any time Storm or not Storm. Even if they coming back to Vote e legally or not regardless of their circumstances. Dominicans Abroad who can help those people suffering from the effects of the storm should help them go back home now ….

    • September 12, 2017

      Oh the blue people singing a different tune now haha politics involved in that now. Shame on you

  79. Hmmmmmm
    September 12, 2017

    I do not agree with you on much, but you do have a point.

  80. LuCClu
    September 12, 2017

    So we’ll take the children but not their parents? Riiiiight!! Who is going to take care of the kids? I read the headline in disbelief, I thought nope , the words were taken out of context. Can we see it as an boon for Dominica? Returning Dominicans, bringing whatever assets which did not get destroyed, including withdrawing their cash assets from the bank; and starting business in Dominica and stimulating economic growth? Can we look at it from that standpoint? But tell these people don’t bother thinking of coming to Dominica? Wow, I’m in shock!!

    • Mother
      September 12, 2017

      Please mr Skerrit, I’m sorry you had to grow up without your parents but please do not visit such misfortune on other children. I firmly believe that this kind of practice leaves children emotionally scarred for life. I believe that the traditional family unit is the best environment for a child’s development, especially in its infancy.

  81. Da4real
    September 12, 2017

    That’s a poorly advised statement by the PM… If these people have nothing left then they have every right to return to their homeland. He should be encouraging them to return home.

  82. Lougawoo Mem
    September 12, 2017

    Here you got it from the man himself! We need your votes at any cost to keep us in corrupted business, but, we are not ready to rescue you in times of need. Very inhumane and heartless by the man himself.

  83. REAL!!!!
    September 12, 2017

    So Dominicans are not encourage to take refuged in their own country that they help to build and maintain their families by sending Money Transfers.

    But they are ONLY good for accepting a ticket to come home to VOTE you in POWER.

    Hope these folks open their eyes. 8-O 8-O 8-O

  84. Boisdiab Militia
    September 12, 2017

    I always knew these Dominicans abroad who only come down to vote on a free ticket would one day have a come to Jesus moment. Here it is. Your beloved prime minister is now telling you that the problem is the solution. In the words of Don Trump Jr…I love it!

  85. Carib
    September 12, 2017

    But Skerit, Melissa will take care of all the children that will be coming without their parents? Just asking.

  86. %
    September 12, 2017

    When is to ILLEGALLY bring them in to vote against our House of Assembly Election Act, you want them in,now is DISASTER, you dont want them!!!WICKED set of MISLEADERS indeal this polluted DLP!!
    SKERRIT MUST GO
    SKERRIT MUST GO
    SKERRIT MUST GO NOW

  87. Man Hold Your
    September 12, 2017

    Alas Skerro so I am to stay in a country that might not renew my work permit…. take for example hotels are closed, some unable to reopen until next year’s season…. so this means 100s of BVI and Anguilla nationals are out of jobs…. you know what is going to happen, the governments of these islands will not renew us foreigner’s work permits, this would allow for their nationals to secure employment via the jobs we foreigners held.

    Now tell me , my PM….these Dominicans now out of jobs are to stay on these islands, jobless and soon homeless since you are unable to pay rent????????

    Man with all due respect HOLD YOUR MODDA….. my naval string tie DA boy, I move from DA because I couldn’t a job… now I dont have one where I living I coming back and eat my fig….cause I can never go hungry in DA.

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      September 12, 2017

      There is work for them to help re-build their country. They will not starve. Who are they leaving it for to re-build? Strangers? If they do not, the country will never be re-built and soon enough.

      • Look it
        September 13, 2017

        You are a capital AS%….. are going to renew their work permits??? And apparently the island was vacant prior to Dominicans getting there….it seems Dominicans were great explorers who discovered the uninhabited BVIs and developed it, making it how it is now.

        If you aren’t in the kitchen you ain’t feeling the heat…. so shut up you fool!!! Learn how things work in these islands and you will understand why so many may just have to make their way back!

  88. The Calabash
    September 12, 2017

    Curious comment in the circumstances. I am straining to interpret this in a positive way.
    Hope he was well intentioned but just got the words wrong.

  89. Angel
    September 12, 2017

    PM this is one time I will not agree with you. The people are without shelter, food, jobs and clothes. They have families here who can assist them. The best and only option is to come home

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      September 12, 2017

      Have you been listening to the news that all countries will be helped? If this help has not yet arrived, it is on its way and will soon arrive. It will not be on a snail-train. Helicopters, planes and boats are transporting this help.

  90. UK Dominican
    September 12, 2017

    Haitians and Santo Domingans are welcome to keep the wages down but our own only to vote? What kind of crap is that?

    • Flabergasted!
      September 12, 2017

      Oh is now allu seeing the light??? 8) Allu well early! :-P

  91. USVI Strong
    September 12, 2017

    I don’t normally agree with you but this time I agree to what you said PM. These islands have the British, Dutch, France and America to take care of them when they come back home what are they going to do?
    Already there isn’t much job creation. The islands will be rebuilt maybe sooner than we think.

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      September 12, 2017

      You are correct!

  92. Faceup
    September 12, 2017

    You telling them stay cause you hVe no work for them it would be mizea if they come back ??

    • FORKIT
      September 12, 2017

      no work but dominicans doing well.. so many projects. one man company yellow green truck have about a million projects. he doh no where to pour concrete again… we importing chinese workers. we have plenty work. please come home

  93. Jonathan St jean
    September 12, 2017

    You hear nonsense,how can a leader speak such nonsense when only recently he was encouraging Dominicas to return home because his government was going to transform the island and have so much work to be done.Now that these people are facing hardships in a strange land what does Skerritt want them to do.He on the other hand has shown his disloyalty to Dominica, firstly he has his children born in another country, and only recently when CBS was putting out damning information on the country he and his surrogates turn moomoo and wouldn’t defend her, Skerritt also took to being the chief spokesperson for one China policy but wouldn’t speak on behalf of Dominica.Therefore I’m not surprised that he’s asking distressed Dominicans to stay away unless they are coming to vote for him.He should encourage them to return with their newly acquired money,talents and world view to contribute to nation building.Skerrit talking nonsense again.

  94. Ibo France
    September 12, 2017

    Dominicans adversely affected by Hurricane Irma in the Diaspora should be the only ones to make the decision whether or not to return to their place of birth or citizenship. Conditions in some of these affected islands are insufferable. Imagine living in a place with no proper shelter, no electricity, no running water for a proper bath or for flushing the toilets, washing of soiled clothes, no food, no jobs, infestation of rodents and insects, no schools, no proper medical facility and I can continue along this path. Other countries are encouraging their citizens to come home while Mr. Skerrit is discouraging his own. There is no real substitute for the love of a parent for his/her child. Who would give these school children the love and care they need in the absence of their parents if the parents were to acquiesce to the PM’s ill-thought out idea about schooling in Dominica for the children. I have learnt as a small boy that no place is better than home no matter how tough it gets

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      September 12, 2017

      People have to bear some inconvenience after a hurricane/storm. Did Dominicans not do so when TS Erika struck? Remember the amount of help Dominica got? How many of you left D/ca?
      This is why other countries come to their rescue to assist them.

      • Ibo France
        September 13, 2017

        Original, who do you think, in these trying and desperate conditions, is in the best position to make that crucial, life-changing decision? The option should be the victims and the victims alone, along with their God.

  95. Gangster
    September 12, 2017

    Wen all the tradesmen who are not citizens of the affected island leaves then who will rebuild them who will develop these islands. Lenox you’re such an ……… think before u speak

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      September 12, 2017

      Some of them have no sense whatsoever. They should be patriotic enough to remain to help re-build the country.

  96. Dominican Passports
    September 12, 2017

    Skerrit trust me, nobody wants to come to Dominica. Even the Irma affected countries are better off than as even after being crippled. Give them a years time and watch how real men and women rebuild without rampant corruption. :wink: :wink:

    • Dominica I love
      September 12, 2017

      Idiot name a country where there is no corruption

  97. woooy
    September 12, 2017

    Well well well, that Prime Minister not easy!! So if they are now homeless and no longer have a job, they must stay and do what? commit crime to bring Dominica name in more disrepute???? Father help us!! They must come! they came to vote, come now to live to!!!! don’t stay outside and say how sweet Dominica is. Come now and taste the sweetness your right hand put there.
    PM afraid of more beggars on his door step!!!!!!
    Come self.

    • nossa
      September 12, 2017

      You must have failed Comprehension at school because you’ve missed the point entirely. smh

      • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
        September 12, 2017

        And woooy certainly did.

    • True
      September 12, 2017

      I can tell that u didn’t read the article.

    • Flabergasted!
      September 12, 2017

      I knew there would be a day when they would have to come back to experience the hard time they put us in. Papa met! Mon Dieu, doh play with God!

  98. papa
    September 12, 2017

    Pm I think u need to get a life so what u telling us dont come back to our country and u have hatian and jamaican cover the place

  99. Concern Dominica
    September 12, 2017

    is he telling his own people that they cannot come home ? I wonder if they were going to vote would he say the same

    • DA girl
      September 12, 2017

      Don’t twist the man comments. I agree with him and I have been saying the same thing. When things were bright everybody was happy and basking in the good time. Why when they need the people everybody running away. They should stay and help rebuild. That has been home for many years for many people. Why abandon the countries in their time of need? Some of these people even forgot that there’s a country called Dominica, turned backs on family etc. So why now?!

      • Bee
        September 12, 2017

        So those in SXM that sucking salt because of violence and lack of basic necessities should stay and suck the baroness salt?

  100. HAVING AN ANGELO AND ARONDEL GROS PWEL
    September 12, 2017

    but what am i hearing there. listen to the man discouraging born and bread Dominicans from returning to their homeland but the same man want to invite all foreigners to come and enjoy DA. when Haiti had their crisis you asked us to be welcoming now you turning around and tell us encourage our families to stay and see misery no matter what it takes because they belong to where they live. DOMINICANS OPEN ALL YOU EYES…. DOMINICA IS NO LONGER YOURS…..IT IS FOR FOREIGNERS

    • Anonymous
      September 12, 2017

      Yes, please bring back Angelo. Sorry Matt but you are not a patch on that likable rascal who gave us real hot news and nobody challenge him on that. Perhaps that is why Skerrit and them connive to get him off the airwaves. That man was a real rough diamond, a jewel. Whoever connive with Skerrit I trust they get their thirty pieces of silver and choke on it.

  101. stupendous
    September 12, 2017

    A, a, that’s not the same Pm that was asking Dominicans to come back home because there will not be enough people in Dominica to take up the jobs and projects his government is going to deliver. now the opportunity arises for Dominicans to come back home he is saying its a bad idea hahahahahaha.

  102. that is it
    September 12, 2017

    so basically what you are saying is that the economy has been so destroyed by your governments and created a culture of handouts, that if they evacuate to dominica you will not have enough of the hand outs left ………….

  103. Bee
    September 12, 2017

    In order words… we cannot afford to have you, there’s nothing here for you, so even if you homeless stay in a tent eat your fingernails but don’t come home…. ebeh Skerrit ou par azay!

    • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
      September 12, 2017

      In ‘other’ words…
      You have misinterpreted the PM’s words.

  104. hmm
    September 12, 2017

    Guess they not coming in to vote so you don’t want them….smh

  105. Wa Papa
    September 12, 2017

    I don’t usually agree with you but on this one I am with you 100%. God bless Dominica

    • Emile Dominique
      September 12, 2017

      It seems there are naysayers who are just standing by and waiting to misconstrue anything that the PM says. He never said Dominicans cannot come home. No one can stop Dominicans from coming home. Do you know of any Dominicans who have been prevented from coming home. Even those who have been deported from other countries cannot be stopped. That is international practice, even international law.
      “MASS EVACUATION”……We do not have the capacity to support it.
      The PM is being reasonable to admit this. Some may take it as bad news, but we must accept when a spade is a spade and not go overboard with harsh negative criticizen.
      We as individuals could invite our friends and relatives to our homes for shelter, but this will be temporary because they will not be able to rebuild and get back on their feet if the leave.
      The idea of assistance now is to help those affected to rebuild, to get back on their feet and resume a normal life, not to give them refuges status.

      • Emile Dominique
        September 12, 2017

        All these negative comments on DNO and Facebook are coming from opposition forces who have judged, boxed and labled the PM as a bad guy. They are living in a box of unreasonableness, and cannot or refuse to accept anything that is reasonable. They get a feel good mental process when they have someone to attack and vent their hatred , just like gossip mongers and propagandist.

      • %
        September 12, 2017

        @ Emile Zapato Emile you are in no position to interpret to anyone what Skerrit has said. I think that all the bloggers on here understands what Skerrit has stuttered better than you do. To prove Skerrits idiocy, you can just put a mike in front of him,. What is more galling is that he is so shameless, after he utters his foolishness. A REAL SQUARE PEG IN ROUND HOLE.
        SKERRIT MUST GO
        SKERRIT MUST GO
        SKERRIT MUST GO NOW

      • Let The Truth Be Known - Original
        September 12, 2017

        Talk is cheap for the critics. If they came would the critics be cooperative and hospitable and put them up in their homes?

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        September 13, 2017

        Emil stop presenting yourself as a bloody idiot! What is there to misconstrued?

        Roosevelt Skerrit advised Dominicans living in places like St. Johns, St. Thomas, St. Martin, Tortola where even the native Puerto Rico, and even Florida devastated by the hurricane, not to return to their home land Dominica, I suppose even if the existing under extreme hardship.

        Nevertheless, even in St. Thomas, and St. Johns, and Puerto Rico, natives are head to the United States, Thousand of people have left Florida for other states, some even came to the State of California where I live!

        That is nonsense Emil, only a fool would suggest that crap Roosevelt is spewing; knowing that the majority of us might just be illegal immigrants on the islands, we live, and in Florida, and Texas too.

        Guy it is not easy living in a United States Territory illegally. Let me tell you before I became a citizen, I had permanent residency, I got sick, and apply for public assistance. They ask about my…

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        September 13, 2017

        Continue:

        They ask about my immigration status, I president my Green Card then, they checked and double checked to ensure it was legitimately issued to me by the immigration and naturalization services, I did not get one dime in Federal, and local government assistance, until it was proved my residency was legal!

        You don’t get any freeness as most of you and Skerrit believe; you are talking nonsense! Roosevelt told you all that Dominica is much better off than America, so how come he fear the return of our people?

        He opened his bloody mouth talking ready to help islands damaged by the hurricane, how come he is not ready to help all the victims of Erika, and those people who wish to return home!

      • Neverson st jean
        September 13, 2017

        Sir can u name the the leader of any country advising his citizens who are in that situation in a foreign country not to return home. Just name me one

      • Emile Dominique
        September 13, 2017

        Mass evacuation……evacuating everyone, not only Dominicans.
        Helping school kids…..all school kids, not only Dominicans.
        Those people attacking me and calling me names will be ignored.
        I know that no one can prevent a citizen of a country from returning (home) ever.
        Haters of Skerrit will remain haters blinded by their hatred.

  106. Primrosette
    September 12, 2017

    You have a point. Proper coordination is the key.

    • September 12, 2017

      So true, some people read headlines and take no time to properly understand the views. The man has some salient points!

      • Me
        September 13, 2017

        Carlton, I think saline points would be more appropriate in this case.

  107. MonkeyGuy
    September 12, 2017

    So our people only good to come down and vote? I thought voting was supposed to make the country better so you could live in it.

    • September 12, 2017

      You are totally missing the point here bro.

      • MonkeyGuy
        September 13, 2017

        Everyone else seeing it. CBI money and NEP like wow. Things great down here right?

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

:) :-D :wink: :( 8-O :lol: :-| :cry: 8) :-? :-P :-x :?: :oops: :twisted: :mrgreen: more »

 characters available