Hurricane Maria in Dominica

Building safe houses, UN agency helping Dominica recover from disaster

Seven weeks since hurricane Maria made landfall in Dominica and left widespread destruction in its wake, the United Nations migration agency has been supporting local tradespeople with safe construction skills to repair the damage and create conditions for a full recovery. One of the first beneficiaries to have her house repaired by local construction workers […]

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UN ‘will walk with Haiti’ on path towards sustainable development, senior official pledges

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and UN Special Envoy for Haiti Josette Sheeran wrapped up a three-day visit to the island on Sunday, pledging more help to defeat cholera and assist the Government in achieving the broader aims of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “The UN will walk this path with Haiti,” Ms. Mohammed […]

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UN General Assembly again calls for lifting US embargo against Cuba

The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution underlining the need to end the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba. In the resolution, the Assembly reiterated its call to all UN Member States to refrain from promulgating and applying laws and measures not conforming with their obligations […]

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TDN Radio and Hurricane Maria coverage: The Voice in the Dark

Sunday, 17th September, 10:00 am: Dr. Thomson Fontaine is on his “Lifeline” Program on Q95 FM discussing the imminent passage of Hurricane Maria through the Windward Islands. He cautions that due to the low wind shear, extremely warm ocean, and excessive moisture, Hurricane Maria will drastically increase in strength. He predicts that the eye will […]

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A cry for help – Dominica

Its been one week since the passing of Irma, and I can’t say it enough of the devastation and disruption of lives this massive storm has caused. The BVI is considered a melting pot of diasporas from the Caribbean and around the world, and so many countries has made provisions to pull their citizens out […]

Dear Dominica Brother and Sisters

We are experiencing what has been termed by climatologists, geologists, and other scientists, as a higher rapid-than-expected pace of climate change.  The effects are felt not only in the Caribbean, but also in places like Bangladesh and Nepal, where floods are currently wreaking havoc, and in the USA in Oregon and California where wildfires are […]

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Devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, TX

There is still a lot we do not know as far as the number of Dominicans affected by Hurricane Harvey since information changes regularly. But from the photos and the reports from fellow Dominicans, we can guess that quite a number have been affected; since the flooding was so widespread. There are over ten or […]

All Eyes on Him: Kyle Gervacy

African Fashion Week Toronto 2017- Day 3-The Royal Ontario Museum. The announcement rings through the space where the High Fashion Designer showcase is being staged: “Presenting the Designs of Gervacy!” The audience responds in a spontaneous outpouring of cheers and applause, and there’s an almost tangible shift in the atmosphere; electric anticipation. The music pumps […]

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Precious Threads by Abiola: Fashion with Purpose

Abiola Akinsiku has a strange goal for a fashion designer; not fame, fortune or the runways of Paris (although she’ll accept all that gladly)- but instead to help make the industry less superficial. “I want to help give women income earning opportunities through being a part of my brand, ” Abiola explains, “I don’t mean […]

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BRAVO Dominica Freedom Party (DFP)

Freedom Party is back!  This recent media headline caught my attention and I am forced to react. I begin, by asking the question: Freedom is back from where?  Allow me to answer that; Freedom party never left.  In fact, the party is still solidly in existence and is kept alive through the vision of its […]

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South Sudan: Deployment of UN-mandated regional protection force begins

The phased deployment in South Sudan of the United Nations-authorized regional protection force has begun, freeing existing peacekeepers to extend their presence to conflict-affected areas beyond the capital, Juba. “Having additional troops means we can carry out more tasks related to our mandate, to protect civilians and build durable peace,” the Secretary General’s Special Representative […]

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New UN human rights office to open in Liberia in early 2018

Although Liberia has made significant progress since the civil war ended, precarious human rights conditions have prompted the United Nations to open an office there early next year to monitor and report on the situation. “Liberia has progressed dramatically since my last visit just after the brutal civil war,” said UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human […]

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Ahead of Sunday’s consultation in Venezuela, UN voices concern for demonstrators

The United Nations today expressed concern about the situation in Venezuela, where nearly 100 people have died since April and more than 1,500 were injured in connection with ongoing protests. Secretary-General António Guterres today said he and the international community “wish for peace and democracy in Venezuela,” and stressed in a statement that a solution must be found […]

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UN warns of worsening hunger in East Africa amid third consecutive failed rainy season

The third consecutive failed rainy season in East Africa has seriously eroded families’ resilience, and urgent and effective livelihood support is required, the United Nations agricultural agency has warned. According to an alert released today by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), poor rains have worsened hunger and left crops scorched, pastures dry and thousands […]

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As Haiti struggles to stamp out cholera, UN urges further international support to combat disease

Noting the challenges that continue to hamper sustained progress in combating cholera in Haiti, the United Nations General Assembly underscored the need to strengthen national health, sanitation and water systems on the island to promote the well-being of the population as well as contributing to Haiti’s sustainable development efforts. In a resolution adopted today, the […]

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My Brother’s Wife is Pregnant, but not for him!

Dear Aunty Kate, My best friend who is married to my brother, just confessed that the baby she is carrying is not his. She claims that she was raped, but I do not believe her because I would have known! I am so angry because my brother wants a baby very badly. I want to tell […]

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We Must Support the Police

The problems of crime and violence will not go away by themselves.  Such issues must be thoroughly addressed and dealt with conclusively in order that the current troubling trends on the island of Dominica are managed. The uncharacteristic nature of the recent violent crimes and gruesome murders in Dominica should be a call to action.  […]

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UN in South Sudan concerned about civilians fleeing clashes in Upper Nile

Thousands of South Sudanese civilians are fleeing to neighbouring Ethiopia as Government troops advance on a rebel stronghold in the Upper Nile region, a senior United Nations official today said, expressing grave concern about what is already the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis. Reports from the UN International Organization on Migration (IOM) “suggest that Government forces […]

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Dominican female author releases first Fantasy Short Story Collection

On a beautiful Caribbean Island, bizarre events and characters intersect under the ominous presence of a mysterious science facility, in Nicole Georges-Bennett’s “Tales of St.Marts”; a collection of fantasy genre short stories. “Tales of St.Marts” is Georges-Bennett’s first book, and explores themes of small island society, culture, and politics against the backdrop of an island […]