Adtalem considering transfer of Ross campus property to government

Ross Portsmouth Campus before & after Hurricane Maria

The handing over of the Ross University’s Portsmouth Campus property to government could be part of a “separation” arrangement in the dissolution of  what Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has described as a forty year marriage between Ross and Dominica.

In announcing the departure of Ross University from Dominica on Friday, the prime minister said that his negotiating team had made the point to the owners of the university, Adtalem Global Education Inc, that “if there is to be a parting of ways, there should be at least a sharing of the fruit of those forty years.” He said Adtalem had agreed in principle and an article which appears on Ross University’s website, seems to confirm that.

“Adtalem is very mindful of the people of Dominica and the needs of the community, and is creating a plan in close coordination with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and the government of Dominica that will take these matters into meaningful consideration, including an appropriate transition of our campus property and buildings,” the release stated.

Prime Minister Skerrit said that his administration has made some very strong and reasonable suggestions as part of the proposed separation package, one of which was for Ross to leave a “lasting tangible monument” to the warmth of the friendship that existed between Dominica and Ross University.

According to Skerrit, another suggestion presented to Adtalem was for “ordinary Dominicans desirous of pursuing studies in medicine or related studies” to continue to access the relevant scholarships at Ross University. Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados where Ross is now located, announced the possibility of providing scholarships to Dominican students in Barbados.

Also included in the suggestions to Adtalem, the prime minister said, was a request for some “tangible assistance” for the many businesses that will be negatively impacted by the University’s departure from Dominica, to help these businesses re-position themselves in the economy.

In the article on the Ross website, Adtalem also stated its committment to providing support to colleagues during the transition. However, it is not known at this time, how many of the university’s Dominican employees will moving to the school’s new location in Barbados.

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66 Comments

  1. source
    August 8, 2018

    Didn’t the PM say that Ross is still considering a possible return in the future? If so why would Ross give away their infrastructure? So you think Ross is going to give away their buildings, come back and reconstruct or buy new buildings.

  2. Sisserou
    August 7, 2018

    Just two things on Skerrits mind right now; how he can get somebody’s name on Ross property on his behalf and how to win the next elections. Dominica lookit.

  3. Man bites dogs
    August 7, 2018

    Die as-poor, Shut your stinking gob you don’t know anything about what is happening with Russ,campus the government of Dominica and Barbados, You workers are mentally sick with that propaganda religion, of you lots workers calamity party and supporters.

    • Floridian Diaspora
      August 7, 2018

      The Bajans must be laughing at that jack… Prime minister called Skeritt. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: They cannot believe their food fortunate. The Bajans are the ones saying “thank god for Skeritt”. In Dominica Skeritt can poo poo on their door step those vibrant red jack……. saying “thank god for manner from heaven” if he was to climb their roof and pee pee on their heads they would say “thank god for showers of blessings” and when he talks they would say “behold, for this is the word of the Lord”. Sarcway sor sot

  4. August 7, 2018

    Hope this is not another White Elephant among the many existing in Dominica especially in Portsmouth at this time. Coffee plant; Carpet factory (white elephants). This is an opportune time for the Punjab PhD to do something tangible for the North and Dominica. But the master of Deception Lies and Propaganda only invests in those things where he and his cronies can personally benefit. Look out Dominicans for Skerrit’s China Town.

  5. Anthony P. Ismael Minister of Free Pampers
    August 7, 2018

    Handing over the property to the government of Dominica would be the beginning and the end. There is no maintenance plan in place to take care of these buildings. Remember wood ants ate the Portsmouth Police Station and Mold took over the Marigot Hospital. If Labor cannot maintain three public toilets at the hot water spring in Soufriere, they definitely cannot maintain these building. Maintenance cost is usually 10% annually of the total building cost. What public facilities have we maintained over the years? None. Remember when that Baroness woman tell Dominicans to “Sousay Sel” if they don’t’ support Skerrit. We will see who will “Sousay Sel” now.

  6. RoseauGirl
    August 7, 2018

    It has become clearer to us. This man needs to GO!!! He has completely lost all respect for the citizens of this country. He only addressed the nation about the Status of Ross because Barbados was up to make their announcement a few hours later. We would have been kept in the dark. Total disrespect!

    The Minister of Finance is incapable of adding anything to our economy….he has subtracted. Instead of speaking about adding to what is already there, he is subtracting and talking about what can be done to replace. Should we accept this type of maths from the leader of our country? This Government needs to GO….NOW!!!!!

  7. truth
    August 7, 2018

    Dno should have spoken to some of ross rep, before posting this, Because ,this is make belive, , what else will the government do, seeing they didn’t do as they should? adtalem don’t belong to one man, Its share holders, Its a company, They will never give it up to the government, who this government fool, They well fool

  8. AA
    August 7, 2018

    Boy look stupid talk, you would think that ROSS would gift these millions of dollars in assets and write it off their books? Gifts of such a nature are not tax deductible and it is very unlikely that ROSS would go down that route. It would be much more beneficial to the institution that they sell the place or keep it for their future developmental needs, when a much more serious partner takes over the helm of governance in this country. Lets face it the government have absolutely no bargaining chips what so ever. If the pressure ROSS or force ably acquire the assets it would be a stain on Dominica and and even greater strain on the US relationship. So ROSS is once again going to outsmart skeritt as they just did, you cant bring a knife to a gun fight, similarly you cant bring a brainless pm to negotiate with a huge corporation, they will get crushed

  9. analy thomas
    August 7, 2018

    “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;”
    Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-31.
    If i told you that this move was no accident and that it was done in the spirit before manifested in the flesh would you believe? Ross may have had a 99 year lease with the government and should they break it, they would have to give up the property. How timely to frustrate Ross.
    How obvious it would be to take power out of the hands of landlords and private sector and put all the power in the hands of Government.
    Dominica, the spirit of bondage is over you from the days of slavery and the 5 divisions of the devil are capitalizing on your ignorance.
    If i also told you that the area will be converted to a casino (gambling) would you believe? Do you know the meaning of Astral projection? (don’t try it. It’s evil!) people take heed…
    repent and be delivered! God is calling you…

    • Uncle
      August 8, 2018

      Analy I have decided you are deranged. Go and join the cabinet.

    • C. Ben-David.
      August 9, 2018

      You know nothing about the nature of the contractual relations with the government but still blaspheme by bringing down the wrath of an indifferent God.

  10. dee
    August 7, 2018

    Great another empty derelict property in Dominica, with con men promises of future business that never happen, (layout valley hotel) we all remember that one, you know but I did used to enjoy watching the coconut impaled on one of the iron girders grow over the years. used to love also watching that big tug rust at coconut beach too when I was younger, and then there is castaways, oh and who remembers the scarp metal machine that someone was bringing. none of it happens, make a list of all the business that close since skerrros dictator rule over our once envied nature isle, with the friendliest people in the world, now we just another 3rd world dirty filthy mess of a country that no real legitimate investors would come too, they have to be communist or criminal to come to Dominica, but saying that its skerros dream, as we all remember the day he called Castro papa while drinking with chavez

  11. EN BA LA
    August 6, 2018

    I hope the play for Dominica is good.
    How much is the property worth again?
    How much is our airport worth again?
    There is the opportunity for the two billionaires i am so taking about to buy the property keep for original use – school and voila we have our airport and possie back up. We lose one we got two.

    What do you think. I need my mentor quickly if I am right.

  12. Fools Paradise
    August 6, 2018

    Skerrit sent our international Airport to St. Vincent, sent our Ross University to Barbados, sent our banana industry to ground zero, have our college students cutting grass under NIP? We talking about the key resources that any country needs to move forward. What did we lose after David nou? In fact Ross came in a year after David, when Dominica was destroyed but yet, Ross saw potential. 40 years later they running out ? Proof that they see the opposite of what they saw in 1979. How come Maria caused Ross to run, according to Skerrit yet all of the Chinese and more came back? Boy we losing everything under Skerrit yet the people not demanding that he and his corrupt team get out immediately . Which Caribbean country that would lose an international airport, a medical school with over 1000 students and 30% of our GPA, a banana industry that contributed 30% of our GPA, all during the last 5 years and not fire that government? Not St. Kitts, not Barbados, not Antigua, not St. Lucia etc

  13. My little take
    August 6, 2018

    In life what hurts the most is when your well loved and faithful spouse divorced you and went with your best friend. That’s what our divorce from Ross and their marriage to Barbados reminds me of. Not one, not two but three of Skerrit’s top advisors are from Barbados. His senior political advisor Hartley Henry, his senior pollster peter Wickham and two days after Maria he made Avinash Persaud his senior ecconomic advisor/caribbeannewsservice.com/now/dominica-skerrit-rejects-arthurs-advice-on-appointing-avinash-/. What they accomplished was 1. Get Joseph Issac to switch and then got Ross to move to Barbados. In fact I would not be surprised to hear that one of his Bajan advisors, if not all we’re part of the negotiating team that successfully negotiated the devorce and then the distribution of fruits of the marriage. As for Dominica we got nothing! We are the losers man. We need to hold Skerrit responsible for this massive loss that we will NEVER recover from.

  14. JAH KAL
    August 6, 2018

    What a shame skerrit u take us to the dogs we are the laughing stock of the world what country on the face of the earth with a bread basket like ROSS to loose it . Portsmouth carmar is a B where is Ian .

  15. Get a life
    August 6, 2018

    Whilst some of you unreasonable people quick to blame the pm for Ross departure you all need to blames the opposition for their many blocking of road and burning of the roads and the bad portrait that they have painted about Dominica on CBS.And secondly blame the apartments and shopkeepers for their ridiculously hight prices on the Ross students .Alot of things have to put into factors instead of blaming the pm by Ross decision to leaving the island.

    • I Can't
      August 8, 2018

      Anything to continue to support a failed regime? I have always voted labour. But I will not anymore, atleast not this DLP team. My eyes can see now and i hope you will too shortly.

  16. Y U running 4?
    August 6, 2018

    Do we understand what we lost after that 40 years relationship that Skerrit’ ended with Ross? Let’s count our loss a little. 1000 students we had to build apartments for, at least 100 cleaners, at least 150 employed through laundry, restaurants, bars, grocery stores etc.; Another 100 taxi/ bus drivers to transport Ross students to and from the airport, to and from school and personal hires to and from Roseau, Sunset bay, and other sites. Understand that these students travelled to and from the US at least three times a year which means departure tax loss. Many of these students were visited often by spouses, parents, friends etc; that now goes to Barbados to help the economy of advisors of our government like Hartley Henry, Peter Wickham and his economic advisor he hired 3 days after Maria. So we lost more than a school building. The Ross departure is a big loss and therefore Skerrit should resign and since we know he can’t afford to resign we should demand he goes!

  17. Stubborn Facts
    August 6, 2018

    No matter what Skerrit says or what excuse or lie he comes up with the fact of the matter is Ross Dominica is No more, as our 40 year relationship sadly ended, and a new relationship was established with Barbados, the island that three of our pm advisors came from. I wonder if they played any part in facilitating the divorce so their home country could get a true partner we rejected? Skerrit can talk about all his crap on what we getting from the divorce but the fact is Ross cannot be replaced! We talking about at least 3000 visitors every year when one thinks of spouse, children, parents, friends of students that would visit along with a sure 1000 students that took several trips to and from Dominica. Our loss is not just apartments but cleaners, restaurants, taxi drivers, small businesses in the area, that depended on Ross. I don’t see Whitchurch surviving in Portsmouth without Ross so we talking about more job loss. Erika caused Palmolive to go, Maria ended Ross Skerrit next?

  18. WeNiceeMan
    August 6, 2018

    Is that sipposed to be our consolation!?

    The legendary Might Shadow has a song “Whats wrong with me?”. If you have never heard it go listen to it right now. Even if you’re born again christian and calypso is not your thing , listen to it anyway – with an open mind. I’m not a big calypso fan myself just a lover of great caribbean literature. After you’ve listened to it come back and read this line…”What’s wrong with us?”.

  19. Roseau River
    August 6, 2018

    That would be an acceptable consolation prize. Next thing is to get the property generating income as soon as possible.

    • JBaptiste
      August 6, 2018

      They can’t go with the property and since they are not returning its a liability for them. The value will go down as the years pass. Trying to aquire it now is a fool’s advise. Unless it will be put to use. I doubt it will with this “visionary” cabinet .Another white elephant.
      #five more years
      #leadership is everything
      #Labour ka twavay
      #we shall not be moved

    • Uncle
      August 7, 2018

      What are you saying brother? First Skerrit pisses Ross off and now you saying they owe us? Explain that.

      • Roseau River
        August 7, 2018

        No one owes anyone anything. But leaving a lot of the infrastructure would let move the process forward. If successful Dominica should offer the facilities to All Saints University. Would benefit government to meet with business oweners, educational facilities quarterly in order to address any issues/concerns.

  20. Floridian Diaspora
    August 6, 2018

    The funny thing is when Mia won the elections in Barbados, poster boy Skeritt was posing for photos with her at a dinner table breaking bread with her now she is taking bread away from him. Boy Mr really know how to make himself look stupid, trying to play pretty boy in all photos that have but his sexy washboard abs and his devilish smile won’t do anything for us. He gave the Bajans a foot by handing various contracts over to them now they’ve taking a mile with Ross university. Really and truly it should ne hhe Bajans that should be wearing t-shirts saying ” thank god for Skeritt”.

    • facts
      August 7, 2018

      Floridain diaspora
      That is a very idiotic comment Mia Motley had nothing to do with Ross University leaving. This is a business and if Ross needs have changed even if it is due to weather or some other reasons they have a right to move to where ever will benefit their business. Skerrit could not have convinced them to stay and I am sure he did try. Ross have to do what is in their best interest and if moving to Barbados is the right fit for them, their finances and their students then what is the problem? People are politicizing everything in Dominica and I often wonder if the few people who take the time to post the comments represent the majority of Dominicans thoughts because if that is the truth then we are screwed because children leave their parents home and parent cant stop them so what makes you and everyone else think that one man can keep an entire business with share holders who main goal is to secure their finances or stay in a place they do not want to.

    • Man bites dogs
      August 7, 2018

      Die as-poor, Shut your stinking gob you don’t know anything about what is happening with Russ,campus the government of Dominica and Barbados, You workers are mentally sick with that propaganda religion, of you lots workers calamity party and supporters.

  21. JBaptiste
    August 6, 2018

    A significant point to note is that while Ross left with 30% of our GDP, they will only add one(1) percent to the Barbados economy.

  22. Michael Davis
    August 6, 2018

    I would say – I said so or told you so – as … many of you jump upon me when I suggested the following:

    “The lack of loyalty should be enough motivation for government to seize the campus & all property and make available to a successor Medical School.”

    Now the Americans owners – Adtalem considering transfer of Ross campus property to government – the handing over of the Ross University’s Portsmouth Campus property to government could be part of a “separation” arrangement in the dissolution of what Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has described as a forty year marriage between Ross and Dominica.

    I spoke from legal experience & business expertise as to a political solution. Out of politics – many questioned my motives – well here it is – the “Americans” are not taking away your toilet paper … they want to use the property to compensate for the damages they are causing from breaking their agreements.

    Ideas beat politics everyday.

    • waypapa
      August 6, 2018

      But nowhere in the article says that Adtalem agreed to that. Stop being fooled people what will it take for us to wake up

    • Ibo France
      August 7, 2018

      Think deeply before you issue certain statements. If this government were to arbitrarily seize the properties of Ross University, it will send a chilling message to other potential foreign investors. Loyalty, even though it may be a noble attribute, is not a priory in business, optimum profit is their bottom line. Put the blame for the exit of Ross from Dominica where it clearly belongs. The lack of and the crumpling and antiquated infrastructure and inadequate services of the country. Tell the truth even if it is painful. When we make phony excuses for a lazy and an unqualified government, they will remain complacent and nothing will improve.

  23. Johnson Livingston
    August 6, 2018

    I pray that my comments will be published. It is no surprise to us when Wikileaks published this to us back in 2011: “Skerrit is clearly not at the head of the class among Eastern Caribbean Prime Ministers – lacking self-assurance, looking to outside figures for guidance and funding, and keeping other cabinet members at bay from insecurity.”
    So, tricked by Gonsalves not to build an international airport; caught laughing it up with Motley while at the same time she was undermining Dominica cavorting with Ross to lure them to Barbados – only confirms the 2011 communique: Skerrit is clearly not at the head of the class.
    https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/ross-university-considering-passing-on-its-campus-property-and-buildings-to-government/

  24. August 6, 2018

    Look, take it, we are gone :-D

  25. Fake News
    August 6, 2018

    I would expect to hear that Propaganda of Skerrit on vibes or kairie but certainly not on a well respected site like DNO. How could DNO push Skerrit’s propaganda of Ross transition from the campus to transfer of the campus to government? Yes that might happen but based on what I saw and read nothing to convince me that a transfer of property was being considered. Yes they may have talked about that but I did not see that in the article.
    Secondly, PM said he spoke to them about Dominicans getting scholarship from Ross. However, the Bajan PM said it is possible. Not something agreed upon.
    Thirdly PM said he made a request for some “tangible assistance” for the many businesses that will be negatively impacted. However Ross did not indicate that either. They talked about providing support to colleagues and not to building owners. Property owners should hold PM responsible because after Maria he told them to use their insurance money to prepare for Ross return when he knew Ross was…

  26. May
    August 6, 2018

    So all this time discussions have been going on Dominicans have been kept in the dark. Skerit and his ministers have known all along that ROSS was leaving but was still giving the people hope. When he addressed hundreds of Dominicans leaving here and abroad from the highest office in the land (parliament) he made no mention of ROSS.
    This man is sooooo disrespectful, he didn’t have a choice but to let the people of Dominica know the sad news the same day Mia Mottley was welcoming ROSS to Barbados.

    DOMINICANS wake up we are sleeping for too long. But then again they say the people gets a government that they deserve.

  27. Fake News
    August 6, 2018

    DNO I read the article and did not see any thing that suggests “Adtalem considering transfer of Ross campus property to government” as was suggested in your subject. In fact the closest to that I saw was They were considering “an appropriate TRANSITION” of our campus property and buildings. In my limited understanding of the English language I sure don’t understand ‘Transition” of the campus to mean “Transfer” of the campus to government. In other words, one could make their transit from a building without Transferring ownership. I think Skerrit is doing a good enough job lying to and deceiving the people for respected news agencies like DNO help push his propaganda. By the way DNO what became of the Trump investment in Dominica that Skerrit told us about in 2011, as seen below:
    .https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/business/pm-discusses-investment-with-donald-trump/. Also, last month Skerrit told us that since Maria several foreign investors investing in DA. Is…

  28. Bring back the parrots
    August 6, 2018

    Why is the PM blaming Ross for their departure and now wants charity handouts? He needs to blame it on the hurricane and the fact that the students were stranded on Dominica after the hurricane and during had no proper shelter. The school does not want their students to go through that again. At least in Barbados during an emergency they will be able to evacuate because there is a airport runway long enough for jet aircrafts. Instead of looking for charity from Ross the PM needs to figure out a way to extend the runway at Melville hall to make it able to handle large jet aircrafts. The runway can be extended out into the Atlantic at the east end or dynamite part of the mountain at the west end and use the dirt and rock to extend it out into the Atlantic. Dominica does not need an international airport all it needs is passenger Jet landing capability by extending the runway by at least 2,000 feet. The PM has plenty of money from the CBI programme to do it..

  29. REAL!!!!!!
    August 6, 2018

    Skerrit time to GOOOOOOO…….. NO buying of time on taxpayers money any longer.

    We lost 30% of GDP overnight and the Portsmouth people I guess should lose about 70% of revenues circulating in their community….MORE PROVERTY!!!!!!

    Save some face SKERRIT before your departure , FIRE the two Barbadians your Special Economic Advisor Persaud and Principal Advisor Hartley who are also part of Motely Economic Advisory team in B/dos.

    While we lost 30% of GDP and the Portmouth people I guess should loss 70% of revenue circulating in their community.

  30. I am mine own
    August 6, 2018

    This seems like a terrible idea given how prone this government is to mismanagement. Perhaps a third party buyer can be brought in and negotiations can be had between Ross, the government, and the buyer.

    I hope and pray that some enterprise with a solid foundation and history can be successful on the Ross campus site.

  31. Nothing Lasts Forever
    August 6, 2018

    I can see an international airport in that Ross space, both in the pre- and post-maria photos, and a world class marina beyond it.

    I can see coffee and cocoa trees, ganja trees, and all sorts of organic farms on the idle Londonderry estate. Douglas-Charles airport as mainly a cargo airport for these farms.

    Any reasons why these cannot become realities??

  32. %
    August 6, 2018

    Ross Gone,Skerrit Next
    This man Skerrit is an enigma. I read here “”Assistance For Small Businesses”
    Assistance for small businesses?????? Good but confusing!
    Didn’t the World Bank give us money to assist small businesses?????
    Where did that money go to?
    Do we have the most stupid PM in the region? While you were enslaving your blind followers to have you stay in office for 50 years, your Bajan friends were working . I always saw Skerrit as a empty barrel !!!!Dominicans should refer to you not as a French man,but a Bajan.Your waste of time!
    Where The Wicked Rule The People MOURN
    This DLP is a Wicked and Evil Party

  33. Chakademus
    August 6, 2018

    Friday August 3rd, 2018. A day that will live in infamy. It will be remembered as the day when our so-called Caribbean brothers stabbed us in the back. It will be remembered as the day our prime minister was exposed as being incompetent, out of his depth, allowing one of the (only?) jewels of Dominica’s economy to be stolen, a failed guardian of the resources of the state.

  34. Made in China
    August 6, 2018

    DA as a nation must come together as one!! We need our voices heard for the good of the nation. Because right now this is a serious blow to our economy. I am just amazed by the surrounding businesses that this school supported. The Government must be smart here and try to invite other private financial enterprises for the growth of the nation.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      August 6, 2018

      “DA as a nation must come together as one”

      That is nothing as a metaphor, that cannot happen in Dominica, and has never happened in any civilize place on earth human history.

      If you are suggesting that people should get together politically without an opposition, that is ludicrous, that would send the country int a full blown dictatorship, and communism at the same time.

      You talk about people voices must be heard, the only people voices which are heard in the Parliament are that of Roosevelt Skerrit and his puppets. In Dominica the government works for the benefit of the members of the labor party, and their friends who knows how low to bend and kiss-up to Roosevelt.

      A government should work to develop the country for the good of all the people, that has not happened in Dominica for the past twenty-three years.

      The first five years the coalition party, labor/Freedom accomplished nothing. For the past eighteen years it went from bad to worst under Skerrit; every…

  35. UKDominican
    August 6, 2018

    Rather cheeky, isn’t it. Like marriage when the ex partner wants a share of the assets of the divorcing party even though he has no legal claim, simply on the premise that the relationship was amicable.
    Don’t quite know what to make of this but I suspect that if Ross acquiesce to this brash overture, Skerrit will readily have a one of his front companies lined up to acquire it from the government, claiming that it is a good deal for Dominica and then proceed leasing it out to either the Chinese or Russians. Take your pick! This is how the Russian oligarchs grew rich, getting State assets on the cheap.

    • anonymous2
      August 6, 2018

      I agree. It certainly seems that way. DA PM always up there with his hand out.

  36. Kkk
    August 6, 2018

    So if Mia literally stole Ross from Skerrit, why would she want Dominican staff to move to Barbados to work for Ross? Duh….98% of the local staff going in the bread kine.

    • Neville
      August 7, 2018

      …but you all keep on voting for the man that causes all you misery. Why??

      • Man bites dogs
        August 7, 2018

        NEVILLE, book your self into a preschool and learn some sense you are only a 2year old propaganda boy!!!

      • Neville
        August 8, 2018

        Dog, I do not reply to your comments anymore because you fall very short of intellect that is required on here. You are completely drunk of the red cool aid and rum you drink on a daily basis. How long, on average do you have to queue up at your masters red clinic for just a few coins??

  37. JBaptiste
    August 6, 2018

    Did we expect Ross to pack the building and move with it? Of course not. But transferring,selling,giving or leasing to the government will only match the disaster of them leaving,based on the govt record. Hint; abattoir,coffee factory, geothermal plant, Morocco hotel etc. Our best hope is for an offshore company preferably a university or a major tech company to buy and operate free from the influence of this syndicate.

    • I am mine own
      August 6, 2018

      I could not agree more. We need another outside company. Too many failed governmental “experiments” in business to justify giving them the campus.

      I also happen to think that comparing Ross’ relationship with DA to a marriage is ridiculous. They were a company that contributed greatly to Dominica and chose to set up here for tax breaks, amongst other reasons. That’s how business works. They will go where the cost of doing business is low so they can maximize profits. To ask Ross to “give away” the campus as part of a “divorce settlement” is absurd.

  38. It's me dno
    August 6, 2018

    Who negotiated the severance package for employees
    Why would one take insurance on the propertyand pay employees
    A property turned over to the government why would one think that Ross would pay for security.

    I am just curious.

    • Daryl joseph
      August 7, 2018

      When you have a company you pay the coverage for in case there is such situation. When you pay your general liability it covers all your employees salaries for a certain number of months. Unless you choose to under insure your company to save money. This is not something that has to negotiated it should part of the employees package when they were hired. If the company took the Insurance money without paying the employees then that should be in violation of labor laws.

  39. Boaz
    August 6, 2018

    Looks like another financial burden. Why can’t the PM just be honest? It is no secret. although there are maybe alot of citizen who still do not know that Ross had demands that they asked of the government. everybody keeps talking about maria. but Ross had been asking for better roads to and around the campus. they asked for the road to the AIRPORT and road to roseau be Properly fixed…n not the patching up the government has been doing gear after year but actually good roads. they asked for better lightning around the apartments that the students lived in. They asked for the hospital to be. ypgraded. this has been asked of the government wayy before Maria. years before maria. had the hospital been fixed, the students who complete 4th semester would remain in Dominica for an additional semester. The government NEVER delivered. they asked for an international airport so students and their families could travel at ease without the mess of overnighting.

  40. Tobby
    August 6, 2018

    All I can see is the shrubs battered down, waiting to get back green with no difference, anyway I read recently where a medical Doctor in Dominica and I guess he born in Dominica as well applied for a license in order to open a medical school in his home town and was denied. I think now the Government should reconsidered and approve such.

  41. nng1332
    August 6, 2018

    Bush that will grow there. Unless they have a good plan. I am well stressed out about this whole affair.

  42. RandyX
    August 6, 2018

    I believe it when I see. In any event it’s very small change for loosing Ross. A word of advice to Skerrit, don’t try and make political hey for yourself in case it comes of. It would be purely down to the generosity of Ross, nothing to do with your negotiation skills because if they were anything to write home about, Ross would not have left in the first place!!

  43. jamie
    August 6, 2018

    The demise of a failing dictator and his worthless supporters,Dominica is doomed,unless this idiot is removed ,you all are cursed.Words are coming to to hunt them,Go suck salt,where is BARON to help now.

  44. HI FIVE
    August 6, 2018

    Do you expect Barbados to have Dominican employees of Ross work on their shores? Not the Bajans I know! Of course unlike Skerrit who had Bajans campaigning on the ground for him in the last campaign.
    Getting Ross property transferred to government ownership will just be another burden on taxpayers. The place will become another eyesore and eventually………………

  45. Ibo France
    August 6, 2018

    I hope there are labor laws intact to ensure that the now former local workers of Ross are fully compensated. At his dawn press conference, Mr. Skerrit sought to put ‘make-up’ on a very bruised and gloomy situation. His presentation was rife with surmises and speculations, nothing concrete. The PM is not known for his veracity, he’s extremely economical with the truth. However, let’s hope there is a silver lining in this dark and ominous cloud.

  46. %
    August 6, 2018

    Ross Gone,Skerrit next
    Skerrit you and your ilks in this regime cannot do anything involving negotiations. Your Revelations mean that if you had a team of REAL NEGOTIATORS, Ross would not have gone to Bdos .Can anyone tell me who were these comical NEGOTIATORS? Remember Austrie told us he and Skerrit negotiated for 19hours non stop in China?To date we do not know what was negotiated..Can Skerrit or any of his clowns and dotards negotiate?This is Skerrit “am” “am’ “am’
    I am calling for Skerrit Resignation,and general election within 90days.
    Where The Wicked Rule The People MOURN
    This DLP is a Wicked and Evil Party

  47. Daryl joseph
    August 6, 2018

    As leader the biggest concern would be where is the financial compensation for employees affected. Did Ross collect insurance if so then the employees should be compensated.
    Unless the government can prove that there is a immediate buyer for the property getting the property from Ross is another financial burden. I would have had Ross be responsible for security of the property until the government can find a buyer.

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