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

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Sunday, 17th September, 10:00am: 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 pass directly over Dominica sometime during Monday night. Monday, September 18th, 3:00 p.m: Q95FM radio shuts down its physical headquarters in Dominica as staff head for home to take cover. At that time, TDN Radio remotely…

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Individual Desires United in Purpose: the agenda for remodeling Dominica

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Grant relief to the people and establish a bold mission to remodel Dominica, a quest which must be driven by a united purpose sparked from individual desires; this is the equation for establishing the agenda for a new Dominica.   This article is being presented at a time, eleven days in the aftermath of hurricane Maria, when all indications are that the authorities on Dominica face the daunting task of rebuilding from the virtual rubble which has been left behind following Maria’s ferocious winds and torrential rains on September 18…

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A cry for help – Dominica

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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 of the BVI, but the PM of Dominica want its citizens to remain.   Why we should not stay?   The BVI economy runs on primarily the Financial Service Industry and a small percentage of…

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Our brothers and sisters in the Leeward Islands urgently need your help.

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Dear OECS Nationals and Friends, As many of you are aware, Hurricane Irma, impacted a number of territories and member states of the OECS, directly on September 5, 2017. The devastation and destruction caused by this powerful storm  has left thousands of families in need of help. This was a “catastrophic” event for a number of the Islands: Antigua and Barbuda, St. Martin/St. Maarten, Anguilla, St. Barts, Tortola, St. Thomas. Other islands in the Sub-Region were also affected by this “monster” storm. While there is an immediate need for food,…

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Devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, TX

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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 wide spread. There are over ten or more confirmed Dominicans in the Houston area that were severely affected by Hurricane Harvey. Many of whom had to be evacuated to Shelters, some stayed at Hotels, others moved in with family members. As…

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Sudanese born model captures African Fashion Industry Model of the Year Award

28 year-old Jimi Loboi tries to recollect the moment he waited with other nominees at the 2017 African Fashion Industry Awards, listening for the announcement of the winner of the Rising Star-Model of the Year, “I knew I’d been nominated but I didn’t think I’d win. When they read out my name my body began to shake and everything seemed to go black. I was frozen while the people sitting next to me were saying ‘It’s you! Go up!’ Loboi  rose on shaky legs and managed to deliver a short…

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

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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 and the head of UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer, told a news conference today in Juba. Despite the August 2015 peace agreement, South Sudan slipped back into conflict due to renewed clashes…

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

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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 Rights Andrew Gilmour after wrapping up a three-day visit to Liberia. After commending the efforts of the Government and the Liberian people, he noted that the human rights gains are “still precarious, hence the vital…

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The People’s Party of Dominica (P-POD), addresses the humanitarian, economic and democratic crisis in Venezuela in its response to Transparencia Venezuela.

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Dear Transparencia Venezuela,   Let it be known that a vast majority of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Dominica, are solidly opposed to the supportive actions of Prime Minister Skerrit. We, the People’s Party of Dominica, are dismayed at the outcome of the OAS vote in June, and we fail to comprehend how this will eventually alleviate the suffering of the Venezuelan people.   We believe that the support of the Prime Minister stems from a self induced fallacy, one which holds that the Maduro government will forever hold…

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

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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 by Venezuelans alone. “The way out is through an agreement, elections and respect for fundamental rights and constitutional powers,” the Secretary-General said calling for national dialogue between the Government and the opposition to eradicate violence…

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

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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 of livestock dead. “This is the third season in a row that families have had to endure failed rains – they are simply running out of ways to cope,” said FAO’s Director of Emergencies Dominique…

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

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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 are now approaching the town of Maiwut, 25 kilometres north-west of Pagak. I’m gravely concerned by this ongoing situation,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan, David Shearer, told reporters from Juba,…

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Dominica Red Cross – Press Release

HURRICANE MATTHEW HAITI RELIEF OPERATION NOTICE FOR RECEIVING RELIEF ITEMS ROSEAU, Dominica, Monday October 10th, 2016: With the endorsement of the Government of Dominica the Dominica Red Cross Society advises potential donors that cash donations can be made to the Dominica Red Cross – Disaster Relief Account (09655) 100-878-8 at the RBC Royal Bank of Canada or at our National Headquarters, Federation Drive, Goodwill. Non-perishable Relief Items for collection will include water, canned foods, baby food and baby care products and hygiene products. • Dates for receiving Relief Items to…

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