UPDATE: James demands answers on LIAT investment

Edison James

Another opposition pitch aimed at having Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrt explain fully, the $8 million dollar investment he has announced that Dominica is making in regional airline LIAT.

United Workers Party Leader Edison James told a press conference on Wednesday that there are still many unanswered questions about the proposed arrangement.

According to the UWP leader, some things just don’t add up in relation to that deal.

“How many shares will our $8 million be buying, where are these shares coming from, are there new issues of shares, are they shares that are being bought from current share holders, what’s the value of those shares and what is the expected return on those shares,” James inquired.

“We’ve heard that our concern is that we should have a seat at the table with respect to routes and these other things,” he added.

According to former prime minister James, St Vincent and the Grenadines bought a seat at the LIAT table “and a very important seat it would appear with $2.9 million dollars as declared by Mr. Gonzales (SVG Prime Minister)”.

Comparing that quoted figure with Dominica’s proposed $8 million cash injection, the UWP leader queried why was it  necessary for Dominica to be putting such a substantial amount into the regional carrier.

“Is it that this money is really not primarily about buying shares and equity, but it has to do with the night landing arrangement, where Liat as I understand has been having difficulties with increased cost associated with providing the night landing service, and were raising concerns with the government of Dominica about how they could be compensated with regard to that increased cost,” James said.

He says Prime Minister Skerrit needs to clear the air on that matter.

Meanwhile the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) has been quoting Prime Minister Skerrit as saying that the airline has been working with the government to facilitate air travel into the island and that the decision to become a shareholder in the airline would further improve airlift.

According to CMC, he said LIAT had already introduced two flights to accommodate night landings in Dominica allowing Dominicans to take advantage of late connections from North America and Europe from Barbados and Antigua & Barbuda.

“We’re appreciative of LIAT for this … and as a matter of fact, we already started discussions with LIAT in light of the situation confronting American Eagle, to see whether they could re-instate the direct flight from San Juan to Dominica to facilitate our people who would be flying into Puerto Rico and who find Puerto Rico to be the more accessible hub to get to Dominica,” Prime Minister Skerrit is quoted as saying.

“But we can’t go and make those demands on LIAT when we see LIAT has its own challenges and we just sit idly by criticising LIAT at every opportunity we get,” the prime minister said.

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64 Comments

  1. LAUGHING STOCK
    June 30, 2012

    I understand Mr. James of the UWP and Mrs. Pestaina of the DFP position and their reasons to question such an investment in LIAT… EX$8,000,000.00 is a lot of money. However, let us look at the following:

    1. LIAT has been the only stable schedule airline to Dominica. With the current uncertainty facing the future of American Eagle, EC$8,000,000.00 investment in Dominica is justified

    2. Dominica does not have an airport capable of landing larger commercial passenger aircraft, LIAT is the only airline has served Dominica well despite some time and some what poor service, and having earned the reputed name, Leaving Island Any Time (LIAT), LIAT has served Dominica well including during the reign of DFP and UWP, again that EC$8,000,000.00 is justified

    3. Ask the Immigration and Statistics departments to provide airline travel data on Dominica, and, they will tell you without LIAT the Melville Hall airport would not make economic sense, again the EC$8,000,000.00 is justified

    4. The airport upgrade including the night landing would make absolutley no sense if LIAT dont land at night, unless of course we allow sookooyaas to land and take off there at night, so the EC$8,000,000.00 is justified

    5. The same day connections from North America and Europe would not be possible if LIAT dont land at night and hoteliers will suffer more than they are currently suffering, again that EC$8,000,000.00 dollars is justified.

    NOW, therefore

    A. Instead of Eddison and Judith pressuring Roosevelt about the EC$8,000,000.00 to keep LIAT affloat and to ensure guaranteed air line and air passenger traffice to Dominica they should be

    A.1. Pressuring Roosevelt and the Dominica Labour Party to put proposals forward for the constuction of an airport capable of landing flights from north america and europe and emerging destinations like south america, india and china…

    A.2. Ensure that such an airport is built over the next two years because we are losing our competitive advantage as a tourist destination…

    I hope Eddie and the boys back in the house because they have a right to raise these issues there and i also hope Judith find a sit on the DHTA Executive, siince I believe she will serve well there respresnting the interests of the hotel sector, she having a substantial investment in the accommodation sector..,

    I know it is hard but magwe sa… since we have no iinternational airport… we need to scrape the crumbs… i heard from the grapevine that LIAT will be a platinum sponsor for the 2012 World Creole Music Festival… DNO investigate… they plan to triple arrivals for the season, DHTA prepare for the tsunami of arrivals… and give thanks… GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME AND ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD :wink: LAUGHIING STOCK

  2. concerning
    June 30, 2012

    I remember when LIAT use to land at canefield airport. No form of taxes were paid to the then government: the UWP. Attempts to question why were futile. Every other airline or private plane had to pay, not LIAT. I am not saying the pm dont have to explain certain things. How often and what satisfactory explanation was given from other leaders. Oh, by the way can someone ask the former prime minister and now once again leader of the opposition what happened to the gueest boat,those vessils we had controlling interest in. I can hear some of all you now, nonsense i talking.

    All the action of past leaders will affect us today and tommorrow.
    Remmember the quote that this leader of the opposition once said” OUR MISSION IS TO OPPOSE AND DISPOSE”. Remember? how he answered controversial questions,” I DO NOT WISH TO DISCUSS THE MATTER AT THIS TIME”. In short he never answered any questions to date.

    This trend of insisting that the people has to know is a ploy to discredit and mame the government. Mr. James knows well that it is not reasonable to answer every question. “SOME ANSWERS ARE NOT POSSIBLE AND OTHERS ARE FRIGHTENING”.Case in point Mr.James did win the case against cocom in court but was it untrue that he has the hotel. He took the matter to court so he would not answer. Yet, alot of us are aware that the hotel exists. His pain is that some people are aware and that he should have built it in his country to create employment. Like most of his affiliate who cry about unemployment in the country and go in other countries to invest and create jobs, just like Mr. James did. or are not able to pay their employees on time, simply because they can’t manage but they want to be leaders of this country. Ask Albert Astaphan, why he step down. Do you think you will get the truth. Just might be you not suppose to know that information. Because not all information is for everybody.
    Did he stop and think that the move may help with the issue about LIAT cutting staff,yes.But that is not the point, that does not matter to him. Getting rid of a dictator is what is.

    I would like to hear or see what the change in the country would be if this blue party comes back into office. How much better it would be. I will tell you one thing for sure you will never hear the end of blame the labour party will get for the blue party inability to fix what cannot be fixed.

  3. big
    June 29, 2012

    we need MR james for pm to get our country back on top so people will have food to eat money to pay there bills right now our country just going down down down down :( :( :(

    • Peeping Tom
      June 29, 2012

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

      • Met Yo
        June 29, 2012

        haaa boy a fits will take you when that happens eh…WHEN…

    • DOMINICAN ABROARD
      June 30, 2012

      I so agree with you my dear, in 2012 our Island is like a dark remote part of Africa, It’s a beautiful Island that should be doing better than it is, we should be more self-sufficient, we need to stand up and be counted, demand better, don’t just talk about it, too much talking, we need action, let’s see how our people like their country in the next election

  4. justmoi
    June 29, 2012

    Valid points.

  5. negre bord la maer
    June 29, 2012

    We really are stuck between a rock and a hard place on this one. Firstly, we all know that LIAT is run in a manner in which they can seldom or never see a profit. 14 unions, overhead costs way out of proportion, a special breed of attitude by their ground staff, prices which are crippling the Caribbean and lots more.
    The other side is that we have American Airlines stopping their Eagle service into Dominica and who will fill that void which brings in most of the Ross (and All Saints) students.
    I feel that Skerritt did a terrible job of explaining his (Dominica’s) dire situation as well as explaining what we really get for our 8mil given to the company. The DHTA’s comments supported but did not go far enough to explain and question.

  6. SiangUK
    June 29, 2012

    Bottom Line.

    LIAT does not make money by having Dominica in its schedule.

    LIAT is the only Airline that provides sufficent airlift to Dominica.

    LIAT stops flying to Dominica and Dominica overstay tourism, drops to ZERO.

    Bus drives go out of business and even Fort Young Hotel will eventually close.

    As for Mr James, Dominica had a Jet Airline service when UWP was in Office, CARIB EXPRESS.

    What did he and UWP do to keep that service for Dominica?

    NOTHING.

    Mr James is infamous for putting Party and Self, before Dominica and Dominicans.

    By his latest comments on LIAT it appears to me he to be doing again now.

    American Eagle will soon stop flying to Dominica

    • DOMINICAN ABROARD
      June 30, 2012

      Maybe LIAT would make more money by Dominicans flying more frequently, if the fares wasn’t so damn expensive, it cost over a month salary to fly to Antigua, and if they are not benefiting from investment from Dominica why invest $8 million, in it? Please!

  7. speaking logic
    June 28, 2012

    we are a Democratic country and the opposition has a right to ask questions….as a matter of fact the Goverment should explain and inform the public of things they are doing…..

    • DOMINICAN ABROARD
      June 30, 2012

      You are so right in what you said Speaking log, it’s time they were held accountable for their behavior, they just thrust things on Dominican people without consultation, we don’t have a say in anything, what the Government say/decide behind our back that’s is what we accept without questioning it, or demanding an explanation, where is the democracy in that?

  8. I'm Listening
    June 28, 2012

    It seems to me skerrit is the first leader in Dominica’s histroy.Because skerrit have ??to give reason for every thing he did and every body want answers now.but wait nah? how many people ever ask mamo for reasons when she did what she do and demand an answer from her even when she help ragan in invading grenada, where was eddo at the time what about the money she got who ask her about it? When eddo was pm who ever question his action,who ever wanted an imidiate answer for action taken by james? Why is skerrit every body seem to have force on.Mr ROOSEVELT SKERRIT was elected to do the affairs of the country and at the end of his term we who elected him will judge him on his performance but for now he owes no body answer whether eddo bray or huff or puff he cant put skerrit down. IM LISTENING

  9. Way Out There
    June 28, 2012

    I support the move to acquire shares in liat, but what I will nit support is the manner in which the govt is going about it’s business doing it. They really have to do a better job with communication. They are rapidly losing the people

    • yellow
      June 30, 2012

      you are so right they are loosing people Mahaut reunion is suppose to be a big thing the comittee in the USA say they raising funs to bring Royalty Band home for reunion up to now no body knows what happen to the money and when they finish at the meeting in NY last month they say is only $1000.00 they make LIE tell us what all you do with the money we supported because of the cause to bring a young band from Mahaut home. VOLLER.

  10. Door man
    June 28, 2012

    Its quite interesting that the pm has 8 mill to had over to an airline that has only about 10 employees in our country. Then he turned around and say We can’t make demands when they are having difficulties. We are not flying on liat for free!! Traveling to da from Barbados is more expensive than JFK to Barbados. They are getting paid so what sh*t is he talking about. Stop the begging pm. Gonzals is having his international airport built which will be completed soon. Lol.

  11. Roziness
    June 28, 2012

    If Mr. Skerritt were a king in his kingdom there would be no need for a general election. Our votes would be of no significance. but since this is the way it is, Dominicans must realise that the government is answerable to the people.

    Would you send someone to buy you groceries and not expect to ask for the change? At whose service is that person?

  12. grell
    June 28, 2012

    Many of us are so biased i have been traveling for years all over the world.The whole issue of antigua sickens me.Why should we have to go to antigua to get to dominica.Antiguan think they are better than anyone else.The prime minister needs to let the people know what is the benefit of putting 8 million dollars into liat.The shareholders of liat are a waste.

  13. Morihei Ueshiba
    June 28, 2012

    :-D Edison James i have never voted for you, but all i want u to do is promise me that if u get in power u will jail everyone of dem fellas who get rich so fast while so many Dominicans cannot find employment, i want u to punish dem so bad that no one will ever do bobol in our nature isle again!

    • UNEMPLOYED
      June 29, 2012

      I am with you 100%

  14. June 28, 2012

    Should all issues wait for the NEXT sitting of Parliament to be raised? waw, obviously smarter than you!

  15. June 28, 2012

    instead of criticising, give the minister advise. The voice of reasoning is greatly needed in Dominica because we dwell too much on politics.

  16. LIMINGLUCY
    June 28, 2012

    SOMEBODY PLEASE GIVE EDDO A JOB NER…..

    • patriot
      June 28, 2012

      I HAVE A JOB FOR EDDO

      TO PAINT UWP IN RED

      • 1979
        June 28, 2012

        here’s a job for you, please cover my mouth while I YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWNNNNNNNNN!!!

  17. Nature Isle
    June 28, 2012

    Although there are more lawyers, doctors,, “professionals”, more secondary schools, more……. it’s amazing the heights of ignorance, or downright wickedness that exist. Just read some of the blogs.

    Someone has a cutlass coming to chap off your neck. Just stand there and allow him to cut the neck off? Do not say anything? if you dare ask questions you are wrong? In Dominica presently, if a thief breaks into your home, attempts to or steals your TV set, say nothing. You should even bring the thief to the kitchen and tell him to steal the plates there too. Maychanstay.

    Many among us are just Maychanstay. They do not love Skerritt. To encourage a friend to do so many wrong things is outright mischievous and crookish. You all have put and continue to put Skerritt and his DLP in hot water. Worse, you all hate Dominica, the Nature Isle because of the aiding and abetting of bad practices, corruption, illegal acts, greed, selfishness.

    As time goes on, I realize how wicked some people could be in giving blind support to anything wrong. You all will surely pay. Gaddafi, Mubarak, Saddam paid and just now Assad will pay for suppressing people’s views, for not informing citizens or seeking their input and participation in the development of their country.

    Dictatorship in its budding stages. The people of Haiti allowed the dictators Papa Doc and his son, Baby doc, to rule and plunder Haiti for decades, until they could not bear that kind of despotic rule. Baby Doc stole about $300 million from Haiti, fled to France to live a luxurious life. Poverty, corruption engulfed the country. some Dominicans are fighting hard to entrench such rule. None so blind to see……….

    The innocent will be sacrificed, while a few continue to enrich themselves. Those corrupt politicians are preying on the ignorance of the people. But for how long? not long. The questions will continue to be asked, like it or not. The struggle against corruption and despotic leaders are global. So take heart. Take courage my fellow patriotic Dominicans. Never again slavery.

    • Shameless
      June 29, 2012

      I feel your pain and frustration countryman/ woman.

  18. the word
    June 28, 2012

    STRUPESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  19. Peeping Tom
    June 28, 2012

    I am all for Hon. James seeking and receiving answers to the questions that he asks. I think they are legitimate and are part and parcel of a democracy.

    However, is he speaking to the Om through the media? Is this the only medium being used? It is not possible to know. However, i hope that it is not the case that the political leader of the chief parliamentary opposition party communicates with the head of our country via media. We have mechanisms and procedures for such. If political leaders are serious about discussing public issues, they must use these institutions and complement them with others, if they wish.

    • langsal
      June 28, 2012

      we are awaiting your one sided comments on the issue of dominica leader,s signature along with the other alba leftist countries on expelling usaid…

    • Reader
      June 28, 2012

      @ Peeping Tom
      I normally always support your point because you are most time objective and spot on. This time,I’m afraid, you have missed the mark and I am your first (or perhaps only)thumbs down. I don’t agree with Mr. James’ politics but I see nothing wrong with him raising a current issue in the media … part of democracy. Now, if he had boycott Parliament and go to the media or “blue people parliament” then I’d totally agree with you.

      • Peeping Tom
        June 28, 2012

        Reader: «Now, if he had boycott Parliament and go to the media or “blue people parliament” then I’d totally agree with you.»

        Well, Reader, this is precisely my point….Has Hon James boycotted other formal institutions of our democracy – part of the machinery through which legitimate questions are asked and honest plausible answers/explanations are given? The tendency has been for political leaders to speak to each other through intermediaries.

        When this happens first, the message gets distorted and second, the speaker does not come across as being genuinely interested in getting answers to the questions asked. Therefore, the exercise of «asking questions» appears to be just another ploy, a gimmick to appear to be relevant. In either scenario, how does the Dominican electorate benefit?

        These are just two reasons why leaders must always stick to the formal channels for doing business, i.e when they purport to be representing the people. They may use alternative channels, of course. However, the formal ones add further legitimacy, weight, and political value.

    • Portsmouth
      June 28, 2012

      To Peeping Tom – There are many of us who are independent minded and don’t need a politician opposition or in government to ask the obvious questions. Like you said the questions posed by Mr James are legitimate but I would also say obvious and straight forward that even a elementary school kid should be able to come up with such questions. Essentially a democratic government should not have to wait on the opposition politicians to ask the obvious Gonzales then questions – be it through the media or in parliament. But since this administration decided to do the LIAT underpinning without national consultation but through arm twisting and extortion by the liat apostles ie the Spanish name dude then independent minds and opposition have every reason to be uneasy about a rash decision by the leader of our country. So PEEPING TOM if the questions are legitimate questions then as a legitimately patriotic Dominican you should demand that the PM and his government answer the legitimate questions.
      Stop your silly excuses and stand up for what is right. Call UWPite or Freedomite or Anti Labor if you wish too but Jacky Chan remain a straight shooter I am no political domino or mouth piece for any politician or party. I just call it as I see it.

    • hmm
      June 28, 2012

      u resurrec?

    • 1979
      June 28, 2012

      ay ay ou ka viv non patoc??

    • ROSEAU VALLEY
      June 28, 2012

      @Peeping Tom: It would seem that you are gradually coming around with more reasoned comments. I look forward to your pending public confession to Dominica when you confidently declare your support for the United Workers Party in the not too distant future. As the descent and intelligent person that you seem to be, you shall become totally embarrassed as a supporter of what is wrong. I shall not hold my breath.

      I was excited when I read your opening statement but I knew there was a BUT-a-Bout turn in order to find comfort in your concurrence with Mr. James in seeking answers to legitimate questions in our dying democracy.

      My questions to you Sir include; Where else would you suggest? In the House of Assembly? During the meetings of the Public Accounts Committee? In an open public debate with the PM? You know that these are not possible in Dominica.

      As long as DBS radio continues to shut out the opposition, the UWP will use Q95;
      As long as the Old Speaker continues to make noise as a femme daybah and continues to disrespect our honourable parliamentarian- the opposition will continue with the People’s Parliament;
      Whether the police deny the requests of the opposition for holding public meetings or peaceful protests, the opposition will speak to the people through the media;
      As long as the PM continues to duck the mediums where hard questions will be posed and as long as he cowardly avoids or refuses press conferences or cowardly runs away from the challenge of a mature, professional debate, the opposition will continue to reach whoever wishes to listen via the media.;
      As long as the PM fails to be accountable and transparent with the people and fails to provide timely, reasonable and sensible explanations or answers to legitimate questions, the opposition shall keep asking and demanding answers;
      As long as our court system continues to deny justice by delaying hearings, judgments and appeals of fundamental constitutional matters before it, frustrating –as it were- the will and efforts of the opposition by imposing heavy fines on them when they demand their constitutional rights, the opposition must find ways to educate the people- including through DNO;

      Indeed, the opposition will continue to hold public meetings in every nuke and cranny –every community speaking to constituents on a regular basis on the many issues confronting us. In order words, My dear virtual friend, the opposition is open to debate. It yearns for stimulating, active and positive discussions whenever the government is ready and willing. The opposition is eager to address the many issues facing Dominica today on or off the media.

      The opposition wants the opportunity to debate issues openly and freely in parliament without the humiliation and unlawful interferences of the OLD SPEAKER. You ought to be ashamed of accusing the opposition of abusing the media in light of the constant noises of LEN&AS on the animal programme on Kairi, the abuse of GIS buy Mervin and other and the continuing manipulation and domination of DBS radio by the government.

      Now, before I burst a blood vessel, while you going around peeping, I leave it to you to advise of the other mechanisms, institutions and procedures that can be employed by the opposition for mature, serious and professional political leaders to discuss matters of national interest in Dominica. Come on Peeping. Love you Butttttttttttttttttt.

      • Peeping Tom
        June 29, 2012

        ROSEAU VALLEY: «My questions to you Sir include; Where else would you suggest? In the House of Assembly? During the meetings of the Public Accounts Committee?»

        Yes, the House is a start. It is unlikely that the PAC meeting will yield much. What were really want to know is what is in the deal with LIAT. Here is another idea…write to the PM. Or, request a meeting with him.

        Now, in the past, requests for meetings have been made and ignored. Frankly, ROSEAU VALLEY, if you were the intended recipient of some of these requests, YOU, too, would ignore them. They have been infused with contempt. My view is that if these leaders (on all sides) are serious about doing our business, let them be serious in discussion with each other.

        As for using the media, in spite of recent events, the UWPwee has not proven that it is systematically excluded from DBS. In fact, the evidence shows that once the UWPwe develops an antagonistic attitude to an institution, it embraces a cavalier and irresponsible approach to the rules of that institution; just look at how the party has been reluctant to abide by the rules of the House (this is one reason that the Speaker has been successful in court matters launched by the party against her). It is clear that the UWPwee’s voice is comparatively silent at DBS. However, the party’s relative absence from DBS is in fact a self-imposed one. It opts instead to use Q95 where, apparently, anything goes because this medium serves its purpose.

        Now, ROSEAU VALLEY, plz do not burst any vessels yet. I need you alive and well to provide intelligent opposition to the DLP. Your voice will be a measured counterweight. Instead, join me tonight at Melvina’s for a nanny…straight up and without wincing or blinking! :wink:

    • Papa Dom
      June 29, 2012

      I asked you and not sure whether you answered but I’ll ask again; What is it that you Peeping Tom are trying to get from skerritt? please tell us so we can understand why you come here in support of this corrupt leader.

  20. June 28, 2012

    I really appreciate Mr. James seeking answers from Skerrit, but we know it is easier to climb Mt. Bioblotin in fifteen minutes then to get an explanation from Skerrit.In fact, I would advise Mr. James to ask the P.M. of St. Vincent instead. Remember the famous MOU of China,Mr. James has grown grey begging for a signed copy. Dont hold you breath on this one. Thank you DNO for letting us know that petro caribe has imported approximately 600,000 barrels of petrolium valued at US $60 million I am sure Mr. James, member of parliament,never received that information from Skerrit.

  21. Met Yo
    June 28, 2012

    Already with the first 10 comments, I see the usual ignorance. You can tell by the different posts who is grown and mature and who is not. A bunch of kids coming on here while playing farmville on facebook talking a set of nonesense because they hear the adults in the home supporting labour.

    There is a saying, the young ones are born as the old ones die. Trust me, this political ignorance in Dominica will not go away anytime soon. We have some young crops coming up there and trust me, no matter how much school they go, no matter how much scholarship waltz children get, they still lack the ability to apply that education to their political thinking.

    I see a idiot say skerrit have his state affairs to take care of and dont have time to answer Edison question. lol. papa god, isn’t the question relating to state affairs? Isn’t the 8 million coming from the state’s treasury?

    If an investor browse DNO comments section, he will run far away from Dominica we. Trust me.

    • Gwo Pwell
      June 28, 2012

      With you comments, yes I would run. Have you seen what you have been writing

    • 1979
      June 28, 2012

      you know met, I think we need to do some research because the evidence strongly suggests a correlation between Banana as a staple in the diet of humans and the level of brain activity of a monkey…. I am a strong advocate of diversity at all levels….economic, agricultural and dietary…. as I see the reliance on too much banana and its effects on a vast majority of my country’s population.

  22. agree
    June 28, 2012

    D N O sorry about the mistake, where you will see dno alone should ask question, it is not so i wrote (and) but the d get joint up with the no so it looks like dno hope you could realize it and post my comment because it is a mistake…………….lolololol i thank you.

  23. agree
    June 28, 2012

    YES Mr james keep the fire burning on this one, Skerrit, have to know we the people of this country put him there to work for us not himself and his cabinet, all the man doing is going and coming an dno one should ask question as tony say, well not this time and asking you please stay on this issue and many more alas we had enough of this Skerrit, and if it mean we the people of this country have to rally around with you to make sure Skerrit talk to the people of this country.

  24. jojo
    June 28, 2012

    Eddy ask about the pte michel/scothead/EOL Highway/state college/Hospital etc etc etc .ask ask. We Working.

    • Met Yo
      June 28, 2012

      With friends like you, the DLP don’t need any enemies

      • Caribbean thinker.
        June 28, 2012

        Poor fools they ate all yoke and left all the white.

    • patriot
      June 28, 2012

      EDDIE IS YOUR FRIEND NAH ?

      TELL HIM COME AND ASK DE QUESTIONS HIMSELF

  25. NOTICE
    June 28, 2012

    Have we ever gotten an explanation of the big monies $16m plus paid for land for Airport. People got money and still using the land. We need an explanation now.

    • Met Yo
      June 28, 2012

      rubbish again from ignorant people.

      the land was sold to build the airport. the plans were approved, government change, project stop/cancel. what is wrong with the people squatting on the same land until such time that the government is ready to use its land?

      • Gwo Pwell
        June 28, 2012

        Met Yo is correct.

        But Met Yo at the same token, we were told the money for the Airport was in the treasury.

        What is misleading about this, is that when loans are taken on such huge projects or Grants or Gift, they are never just disbursed into the recieving countries Treasury. These lending organizations always want to follow the money and they have their own assigned Project Managers.

        So the Land was purchased for true,but why was it purchased. I am not saying follow the money there…but but but but.

        Why do people defend politicians if they are not politicains themselves. When you are in the hot seat decision are made that have the rest of the population asking questions.

        So Edison asking questions about LIAT investment is legitimate.

      • Malgraysa
        June 28, 2012

        When you take what doesn’t belong to you it is called stealing. Squatting = stealing.

      • Anthony P. Ismael
        June 28, 2012

        I thought the last feasibility study concluded that the location for the airport was unsuitable. This airport is like the “Bogey Man” We never seem him, but he exist in our minds. Lol!!

      • Met Yo
        June 28, 2012

        Response to Gwo Pwell:

        Talk that same rubbish to the Dominica Labour Party’s Minister of Health – Julius C Timothy and tell me if he don’t laugh at you.

        Talk that same rubbish to the former Coalition Government Minister – Herbert Sabroach and tell me if he don’t laugh at you.

        Matter of fact, get the transcripts and audio of parliament after the January 2000 elections, good a broff, drink some lime squash and have a listen.

        Maybe then…MAYBE then…U will begin to understand how Dominica and Dominicans were taken for a ride.

    • patriot
      June 28, 2012

      MY RECORDS SHOW THAT THE LAND PAID FOR IS NOW STATE LAND AND WILL REMAIN AS SUCH.

  26. waltz
    June 28, 2012

    ok if it was the other way round where liat was doing nonsense when it comes to dominica, then it would be another talk to say that skerrit not doing nothing. so why when he do is a problem? we too like to pick on people for petty things man. just work together.

  27. waltz
    June 28, 2012

    Edison my pm dont have time for u eh seriously, he have stat affairs to look after and the entire caricom. You cannot want to be saying somemany things about my pm and expect him to just be ur lil tail. Give the man a chance when our children stop getting scholarships, we will take him out of office.

    • LMAO
      June 28, 2012

      Next time put your full name, you will be given priority to he red clinic

  28. waltz
    June 28, 2012

    what is wrong with them opposition there nah? opposition’s right is to oppose but bondie if u see a thing good going for the country and u know hearts of hearts it is good why criple it down, is liat the country knew from time to time until now, which other airline u knew to come to lil dominica for u , others have tried and they shut down or turn their back on us, . typical example , if domlec connects your electricity services, dont pay the bill and see what happens to you. ECONOMICS my brother , a big man like u. All of us have our part to play, If mr. James was in power he maybe would have done the same thing, maybe dominicans would be sold over to russia because all the opposition speaks about is riot, i mean come on for the good of our children and grand children humble nah man and work as one. Edison james had his turn and he slip so he slide simple. Skerrit is not to be blamed for no mishaps , he is just one individual. pesona attacks will not carry uwpwi anywhere this is why they cant receive outside funding, listen to your news, all other carribean leaders want to follow the steps of dominica in terms of economic crisis, da still nice, we not obliged to eat rice and macaroni, a ripe plantain with a vio water so nice u mad. IS just people’s mind set. Stop making our children live on what they dont grow.

    • Caribbean thinker.
      June 28, 2012

      You tend to forget that the mighty Ralph Gonzalves who influenced our P M to do that nonsense got on L I A T board by investing 2.9 million, If Skerro wanted to sit on L I A T board why did’nt he invest 3 million and look up other economic activities in the country, why was there no consultation on the matter, another move like the M O U with China. people like you caused us to be bought and sold, i can tell you one day you will realize it. Remember that.

  29. Caribbean thinker.
    June 28, 2012

    I like the question posed about where these shares coming from and what are the true value of those shares especially when the airline is unable to pay it workers on a timely basis, that means that the true value of those shares should be wrock bottom since the airline has not realised a profit as long as we know it, we should not forget that Dominica owned shares before, and that was discontinued because transparwency and accountability, and top positions in the company was not clear in the eyes of our govt then, we are now re investing in the compamy, has those concerns been rectified now?
    just recently L I A T main office in Roseau was closed down, lets us compare the employment benifit of Antigua and Dominica; James is right, such decision should not be left to skerrit alone but we all Dominicans.

  30. jojo
    June 28, 2012

    Go to the Hon. House, not on the street.

    • waltz
      June 28, 2012

      he know where he have to go but he dont go, what kind of representation is that?

    • Caribbean thinker.
      June 28, 2012

      you are sooooo right this matter should be brought to the hon house and not by ralph gonzalves on Kairi and on D N O first.

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