PM Roosevelt Skerrit receives Jose Marti Award; DLP celebrates

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit joined a distinguished list of world leaders when he was awarded the José Martí Award by the Government of the Republic of Cuba on Tuesday evening, according to a release from the Office of the Prime Minister.

José Martí was a renowned national hero of the Republic of Cuba. The Order was established in 1972 and a memorial built in 1978 with the support of former President Fidel Castro. It is the highest decoration given by the Government of Cuba to Cubans and foreign citizens; and Heads of States and Governments, who have distinguished records in the defense of human rights, special contribution to education, culture, governance and the well-being of all peoples.

The ceremony will be attended by His Excellency Miguel Diaz- Canel Bermudez – President of the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Bruno Rodriquez Parrilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, the Minister of Public Health and Cuba’s Ambassador to Dominica among others.

Dominica’s delegation comprises the Honourable Fidel Grant, Minister of the Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture and National Food Security, Honourable Gregory Riviere, Minister of State in the Ministry of the Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture and National Food Security, Honourable Dr. Adis King, Minister of Youth Development and Empowerment, Youth at Risk, Gender Affairs, Seniors Security and Dominicans with Disabilities, Mrs. Barbara Dailey, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Foreign Affairs, International Business and Diaspora Relations and Ambassador Mathew Walter,
Dominica’s Ambassador to Cuba.

The Dominica Labour Party (DLP), in a release, said it is proud of “the accomplishment of our beloved leader and Prime Minister” in receiving Cuba’s highest national recognition.

Noting that he is the first leader in the Eastern Caribbean to receive that award, the DLP goes on to describe the  award as being “very significant for the Dominica Labour Party and for the country.”

According to the release, this is another major international acknowledgement of the “extraordinary attributes and accomplishments” of Roosevelt Skerrit which follows the 2018 conferment of an honorary Doctorate from the Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a Doctor of Letters degree from Lovely Professional University of India.

A growing list of world leaders have been recipients of the José Martí Award, including former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, who was awarded in 1991 and former Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, who was awarded in 1999.
Last evening’s ceremony brought the curtains down on a three-day official visit to the Republic of Cuba by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

Following the ceremony, the President of Cuba hosted a formal dinner in honor of Prime Minister Skerrit to include bilateral talks to further Dominica – Cuba relations on various issues to include technical support for agriculture, disaster mitigation and healthcare.

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49 Comments

  1. Preacher
    April 28, 2022

    All of you just jealous and angry
    If it was Lennox Linton
    I wonder what the critics would be saying
    This few critics just hate the man and it does not matter what he do what he get they still criticise the man
    But let be known from Scott Head to the point in the north
    Lennox Linton and the UWP will never get in power as long as our Doctor is here
    Tell that old man from Westly and IBO
    Go suck salt
    Labour is here for the next 20 years and more

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    • Puzzled
      April 29, 2022

      Please explain to me why lay bore must buy tickets for ppl to come vote them?

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  2. JAH KAL
    April 28, 2022

    Skerrit you receive a personal award from a dictator to another dictator and it’s a big deal what happen Dr Thomson Fontaine destroy your ego you can not take it , coming back to Dominica have no meaning is business as usual, you trying to make a grand entrance man every right thinking person can see right through you keep wasting the country’s money you will pay for it in time to come ,how long not long.

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  3. Truth Be Told
    April 28, 2022

    The irony is that José Martí is the one who so eloquently expressed that one day the rich will have to build gates and walls and live in gated communities to protect themselves and their wealth from the poor and disposed who are excluded from development! He went on to say that we were creating an unequal world of those in development, the haves, and those outside of development, the have nots! The irony is the fact that this is exactly what Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has created in Dominica, and the masses clap for it! Roosevelt Skerrit is the exact opposite living in his mansion, of what José Martí stood for, and I should know because I am a student of José Martí! I wonder if Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has ever read José Martí.

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    • Toto
      April 29, 2022

      Amen , Amen to that. Roosevelt and those goons that bestowed that award on him in Cuba sully the legacy of a man, who was a true freedom fighter that opposed slavery and suppression of people he is dead and can not speak for himself again of course.

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  4. JAH KAL
    April 28, 2022

    Dominicans your athletes and sports men can not get Windsor park to practice and play spots or International games and you accepting skerrit and his B S at the same park you can not use, my my .It’s heart breaking, you mean Dominicans is that brain wash Karma is a B.

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  5. LifeandDeath
    April 28, 2022

    The saying goes, that a Prophet is never honored in his own land. This is one of those rare occasions where the saying matches the deed.
    Unless Skerrit wins the respect and honor of his own people, every other farcical accolade will be just that; a farce and mockery of the sanctity of high office.
    All these attempts to dress up wrong as right will taste like ashes when the evidence of poor management of the country’s resources, talents and people come to light.
    What’s lacking in our leaders nowadays is good conscience!! Only a man truly knows his own heart, even when his deeds are on full display. To betray good conscience is to enter further into the depths of despair. I challenge any Dominican now to name 5 things for which they’re proud to say they’re Dominican. Please don’t say CBI.

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    • lmckoy
      April 29, 2022

      “Unless Skerrit wins the respect and honor of his own people, —” How do you accurately measure ‘respect and honour’. If Dominicans respect the other guys, why don’t they vote for them in the elections?

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      • Ibo France
        April 29, 2022

        The vulgar manipulation of the electoral system resulted in that egregious outcome.

        In Belarus, the current president won the last election by 90+% of the votes although he is the most unpopular person in the country. Ruminate on that. That’s it!!!

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      • DAFriend
        May 1, 2022

        Perhaps it’s true that the elections are rigged? Think about, lots of Dominicans believe that to be the case. UNFAIR AND RIGGED

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      • LifeandDeath
        May 3, 2022

        Great question actually, and it cuts at the core of the idea of Democracy. To understand the manipulation, one has to be open minded and observant.
        Votes are not nearly as important in an election as the integrity of the system within which those votes are cast. In other words, votes by themselves don’t determine election outcomes.
        The other point to bear in mind is that votes do not equate respect or honor. In some cases (in Dominica) those votes for the Doc Doc are more a measure of convenience for the voter rather than respect or honor. A lot of ppl. who vote for the Gov’t don’t even know exactly why they do, probably there is admiration (a sense of heroism) and certainly there is commitment for self preservation. How one would know their ppl respect their leader, is that the leader would make the nation proud among their peers regionally and internationally. Sorry, we can’t say same for this PM.

  6. Magway ca
    April 28, 2022

    That’s ironic. He win the “Marti “ award

    Well he deserve it cause mr
    Pah las martie yuh ( as my granny would say it )

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  7. My little take
    April 28, 2022

    Don’t be surprised to hear Puttin receives an award from one of the communists countries like Venezuela, China, Cuba, Syria or one of the countries this very Evil and corrupt man associates himself with. So Skerrit receiving a reward from Cuba is common. It’s an award with no damn value!

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  8. Mike
    April 28, 2022

    To understand corruption and the incestuous relationship between these to regimes one just needs to drive by the Cuban Embassy and check who is the owner of the property.

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  9. April 28, 2022

    Congratulations mr. Prime Minister. Keep on keeping on.

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  10. Marty
    April 28, 2022

    Just look at this unsavoury character in the photo with his smirk. Nothing more to be added.

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  11. Danziger
    April 28, 2022

    PM, and our Labour party congrates on that great day. We appreciate our PM, you are not alone we’re with you.

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    • Josephine jno Baptise
      April 28, 2022

      As a Dominican first and foremost, I’m embarrassed by this award. I then question why it was given to him, then I check that the elections will be called soon. Watch him add this to his purchased doctorates from Lovely University – a university that is not even accredited.

      The irony in all this mess is that this award is named aftersomebody who embodied freedom and independence of thought.

      Yet we have an insecure and inarticulate leader, who is now a dictator receiving this award. A man who sent down the RSS to teargas Salisbury on the morning of 2019 elections. A man who has told his police to issue court summons when walking in Roseau?

      What a travesty and embarrassment for my small island, Waitikubuli.

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  12. JAH KAL
    April 27, 2022

    Skerrit man you a waist of time the world can see lies all over your face ,what a compulsive liar.

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  13. April 27, 2022

    This feature scares the hell out of me. This mask feature can wake the dead from its tomb. It is a feature that is consumed with curse. This scares me. How could anyone lay head-on with this zombie? The stolen $4.2 billion is haunting this sucker.

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  14. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    April 27, 2022

    Who cares about Roosevelt rubbish?

    Someone sent be a recording where some idiot in Dominica praising Roosevelt kissing his behind talking fart about he received the highest award that Cuba gives out.

    Cuba, a renegade state, and sponsor of terrorism, ruled by dictators, a place where black people are not even recognized, you have no say in anything in Cuba if you are not of Portuguese decent.

    Roosevelt regime via the the forgotten man from New Town, George who almost get caught in a sting by the FBI sent counterfeit US money to Dominica people in Cuba, when they used it, they were arrested, and sent to jail.

    Did sir little boy cockroach Roosevelt have any influence with the Castro’s that could avoid the Dominican students from taking jail in Cuba?

    No, they all who spent that counterfeit money given by Roosevelt government took jail in Cuba!

    George was coming to America, to get help from a non-existing bank you know, his counterpart got caught and was jailed!

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  15. That's all folks!
    April 27, 2022

    How do we expect a man associated with a communist country to be a leader who is just and for his people? He is only there for himself and his own.

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  16. April 27, 2022

    You can decorate a P-I-G give it all the accolades you want put it in a Palace it still remains what it is a P-I-G; “Extraordinary attributes and accomplishments” my big foot :lol: :lol: :lol: ; guys stop insulting the In.tel.li.gent.si.a of this Country.

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  17. April 27, 2022

    The DLP Mouton Batalie supporters and enablers believe that skerrit is the next “messiah”; can’t blame those people who believe in “Santa Clause”.

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  18. dissident
    April 27, 2022

    Defense of human rights?
    Contribution to the well being of all peoples? Not even all laborites?
    WHAT A JOKE?
    Cuba expext de ordinary Dominican to recognize Skerrit for dat?????
    Well Skerrit……is not we de Dominican people dat giving you recognition……see where you go?
    De ordinary Dominican citizen view this in the same vein as the honorary doctorate from an unknown and unrecognized university.
    I noticed the lineup of the DLP members who went to support their leader……de softest of de bunch….they like stale sour ripe banana.
    No recognition for championing democracy though……..I noted dat!
    It’s like dem Cuban people feeling sorry for Skerrit because of his dismal leadership in the Syria and north Africa matters.

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  19. Birds of a feather
    April 27, 2022

    A wicked and evil man that will soon be give life in jail for the crimes he has committed is being awarded before he is sentenced lol

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  20. Jonathan Y St Jean
    April 27, 2022

    For the record it is the UWP party which first established diplomatic relations with Cuba at a time when it was taboo. UWP did that when in office for only 4&1/2 years. I hope DLP never forgets that fact

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    • April 28, 2022

      Jonathan, it is good to read that you are accepting the praise on behalf of the United Workers Party. This means that you are not against it, unlike that your fellow UWPites like Telemacgue and others have spoken here.

      That is the only interest of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit– to make his Nation and her people proud, regardless of their political affiliation. I will accept your comment as the best one on this board. Way to go!

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  21. Dominica Diaspora
    April 27, 2022

    An award from a communist country is an achievement now?

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  22. Ibo France
    April 27, 2022

    Has Roosevelt ever received a prestigious award from a credible, international organization or institution?

    All his ‘awards’ he has collected are from obscure and questionable institutions and rogue countries. These organizations and countries operate outside the periphery of normalcy.

    Roosevelt, we just might celebrate you for:-
    *distributing the country’s resources ( finances, land, etc) equitably
    *create a transparent electoral system system – free and fair
    *end police intimidation and brutality
    *your immediate EXIT from the $74K monthly tax payers’ funded palace
    *inclusion of all the opposition parties and the country’s brightest minds in national development of the country
    *rid the Cabinet of dead-weghts like Melissa et alia
    *comes ate the STATE for all your ill-gotten gains

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  23. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    April 27, 2022

    Dictators always receive awards from fellow dictators for bankrupting their country and oppressing their people and for taking bribes from foreigners and stealing from their treasury to enrich themselves. This so-called award means nothing it did not come from a reputable non-corrupt country. Yours truly has numerous awards for wrecking Dominica. Dominicans should be proud of their “leader” and should elect him again he is doing a fine job.

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  24. Lookie Here
    April 27, 2022

    Contextually speaking, the Jose Marti honor is a vain and fleeting award. A “well done” from the Most High and the citizens of Dominica would be more substantitive and praiseworthy, if and when earned.

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  25. N
    April 27, 2022

    Strupes!!! strupes!!! my foot

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  26. Tt
    April 27, 2022

    Good thing we aren’t immortal. Geez imagine dlp in power for life. Kim Jung un.

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  27. An observer of Politics in DA
    April 27, 2022

    Skerritt receiving award from a communist country and Dominicans crying for peace, justice and prosperity!!!! If you are a Dominican, then you should be able to do the math and realize that this makes no sense. Any one associated with communism, will surely have no regard for true justice and peace of their people. Instead, from Day 1, DA massive was in for a dictatorship!!!! Rise up people, rise up. Go and support Arthie Martin instead of being so afraid of Skerritt. Work together, return peace to our homeland. Our ancestors fought for our freedom, fight to maintain it!!!!

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  28. Pauline
    April 27, 2022

    From one corrupt and bankrupt regime to another. Skerrit will travel to the ends of the earth for a free hand-out and an ego-boosting award.

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  29. Ibo France
    April 27, 2022

    How does this bogus award help the comatose economy, the high unemployment rate or the citizens still living under tents since the passage of Hurricane Maria?

    This is all about self-aggrandizement. Hardly anyone outside Cuba knows about Jose Marti, and those few who happen to know don’t care. Look for this attention seeking glutton to invite his exploitable diehards to lift him high on their shoulders in blissful celebration. Buffoonery!

    To celebrate a man who does not even have a modicum of love for you, for he has used all on himself, tells me that there are too many masochists in Dominica.

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  30. Ibo France
    April 27, 2022

    ‘Roosevelt receives the Jose Marti award; DLP celebrates’.

    This is as chucklesome as when Roosevelt returned from overseas with two imitation doctorates and invited his feeble-minded colleagues and headless supporters to come to the airport to worship him for his grandiose accomplishment.

    This guy decorates his overly inflated ego with fanciful accolades. Have you realised this? Roosevelt has handcuffed himself to falsehoods.( false promises, false charges, false doctorates, false declarations, false arrests, etc).

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    • April 27, 2022

      Read what Jose Marti stands for and what it means, brother. It is all Roosevelt Skerrit. Another jacket to don. He is rightfully deserving of all these accolades. Go Skerrit, go. Another piece to add to your resume. No accolades for Ugly Lenny.

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      • True Facts
        April 28, 2022

        Do you really compare Skerrit to this educated person,
        Writer ,what has Skerrit written. Etc.
        No Comparison.

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      • Ibo France
        April 28, 2022

        Another useless award like his double doctorates. If Roosevelt are to apply for a job on the strength of his two doctorates when he is unceremoniously kicked through the EXIT of the office he presently holds, he would be scoffed at. This inconsequential award is equally useless as his counterfeit doctoral certificates.

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        • THANKFUL
          May 2, 2022

          Yes he is. Thats your PM the Bible said BB to pray for those who have the lead over you and that’s PM

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      • April 28, 2022

        @ds, yes indeed! I read the news article and I understood what “Jose Marti” stands for. The news article says: “It is the highest decoration given by the Government of Cuba to Cubans and foreign citizens; and Heads of States and Governments, who have distinguished records in the defense of human rights, a special contribution to education, culture, governance and the well-being of all peoples”. I know that is exactly what Prime Minister Rosevelt Skerrit wants for our Dominica.

        Let us continue to chant our voice, on his behalf. He is the man for us and the World knows it–a meg minority has no power against that fact.

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  31. Lawyer
    April 27, 2022

    So what, who cares? Give us fair elections and account for the missing CBI and PetroCaribe money. This award and the doctorate from India don’t matter one little bit to the the vast amount of underprivileged and I’ll treated citizens over here. Skerrit, you have no shame!

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    • April 27, 2022

      Did you read what Jose Marti stands for, my learned friend? Skerrit encompasses all these qualities and more. Do you have a QC accolade as a lawyer?

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    • Man bite dogs
      April 27, 2022

      So what,you would not know the reference between a corrupt or unscrupulous to a fair and honest election because ugly Lenny, has programmed his lollypops supporters to digital converters dustbin crap day and night same old bones. Dominica has been breeding for generations only the so-called well off will benefit and to hell with the poor Mr Skerrit, has been putting an end to that s**t and a minority of hell bent idiots brainwashed with crap will not accept it, tipical a minority of brainless trouble makers always make it looks bad for the good guys.

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      • Ibo France
        April 28, 2022

        *reference (incorrect) – difference ( correct)
        *tipical (wrong) – typical (right)

        Your wife (ghost writer) and Roosevelt’s wife (Melissa) are conjoined twins, at the head. They both share the same microscopic brain.

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        • Man bite dogs
          April 29, 2022

          Thank you Ibo, for your observation from now on I will make sure my spelling is correct before posting, Once again thanks I am strong enough to take criticisms my man.

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        • Gary
          April 29, 2022

          Have you not typo errors with your comments, wow. What are you trying to achieve with such comment, these are just empty words from your malevolent mind, you have proved nothing affected no one and not contributed anything worthwhile to the agenda you are part of, it is just another exhibition of your behavior on display.

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