BRAVO Dominica Freedom Party (DFP)

Alex Bruno

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 founders, the philosophical spirits of its pillars and its well-intentioned members, friends, supporters and affiliates. The DFP was the single most powerful political unit in Dominica and the Caribbean region, to the best of my…

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

South Sudan Photo: Isaac Billy

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

Benson Street in downtown Monrovia, Liberia

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

Haiti PAHO

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 General Assembly recognized the efforts made by the Organization in alleviating the cholera epidemic in Haiti, in particular through the new UN approach to cholera in Haiti and the decrease in the number of suspected…

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We Must Support the Police

Alex Bruno

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.  I rise to sound the alarm.  Being acutely aware of the backlash that some before me had to endure by doing the same (calling attention to troubling trends of increased criminality and judicial irregularity in…

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Dominican female author releases first Fantasy Short Story Collection

Nicole Georges Bennett

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 that is anything but typical “sand, sea and surf.” Fantasy, folklore and fear permeate the lives of the people of St.Marts: a retired policeman who struggles to solve a strange death he’s witnessed; a fisherman’s…

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PPOD writes an open letter to UWP.

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Is there really a viable alternative for the leadership of the country? There seems to be a growing question asked by many Dominicans, “If not Skerrit, then who?”. This question has become even more of a concern since the last parliamentary sitting and recent interview conducted with the Leader of the Opposition. Never before has the Opposition as a whole proven itself to be this unprepared to lead a country, to be an alternative, to be a government in waiting. For us at PPOD, it was obvious at the parliamentary…

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World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day: May 8, 2017

PRESS RELEASE World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day: Innovation and diversity at the core of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s work. Roseau, Dominica, May 8th, 2017 — Every year, around the world, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement reaches more than 160 million people through its network of around 17 million volunteers and 450,000 staff. The Dominica Red Cross reaches out to persons to assist in building safer and stronger communities through a diverse and innovative range of services tailored to local needs. From First…

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Dominica celebrated at Faith Event- Toronto

Featured photo: Briana Melnichuck, Kali Fernandes, Alessa, Anaiya, Eliseo Flores, Sarah Denny, Emily, Sadie and Sarah Ramkissoon and Janet Prosper.   A group of Dominican-Canadians participated recently in the United Nations  celebration of the Prayer Palace Church in Toronto (1111 Arrow Road).  The Nature Isle was one of  29 nations recognized and celebrated by the congregants.  The Dominica delegation was led by Janet Prosper and Sarah Ramkissoon who are of Dominican origin, while the rest of the group consisted of children and friends of Dominicans. The Dominica segment of the…

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Does Dominica lack common sense?

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by Claudine Williams No matter what current headlines are used to the catch attention of audiences, usually in essence the following text in the article or comments depict several things that indicate that there is an unhealthy atmosphere in Dominica. Unhealthy for our country and just as unhealthy for our people. I don’t want to use big words like “damaging” or “exploding”. I don’t even want to point out what the incidents or circumstances are; I don’t want to point to individuals either. It doesn’t make sense to rub things…

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Time for Positive and Responsible Leadership

Time for Positive and Responsible Leadership “No One can fix a flat tire while sitting in the Vehicle” When the individuals which form a government accepts the responsibility to manage a country, the expectation of the citizens is that the policies implemented by this group of people will improve the well-being of the country’s population. In the event that this government fails to meet this basic expectation as promised, the failure is noticed. Every five years or thereabout, the People of Dominica put their trust, confidence, hope, and expectations in…

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Time for Positive and Responsible Leadership

“No One can fix a flat tire while sitting in the Vehicle” When the individuals which form a government accepts the responsibility to manage a country, the expectation of the citizens is that the policies implemented by this group of people will improve the well-being of the country’s population. In the event that this government fails to meet this basic expectation as promised, the failure is noticed. Every five years or thereabout, the People of Dominica put their trust, confidence, hope, and expectations in the group of people who were…

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Let Your Voices Be Heard At The Ballots

At PPOD, we deeply regret the violence that was unleashed by individuals who undermined the constitutional rights of the leaders and organizers as well as those who came to lawfully assemble and protest in the defense of democracy. We feel it is important to note that we are a nation built on values, on principles, of laws. We believe in upholding the laws and following the necessary protocol in pursuit of truth and justice. We are asking our youth, the people of Dominica , to not fight, but rather vote.…

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Gross Misuse of Taxpayers Money

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Contributor: Claudine Williams Dear supporters and opponents. The rift in our politics and society has deepened to the point where a legal counsel is hired to defend a man who claims to be a leader of a people. Hiring an attorney is not a sign of strength but rather evidence of weakness. It is important to note that, it is taxpayer’s money which is being spent on the hiring of lawyers whose quest is to turn our country into a place of divisive identity politics as it keeps taxpayers money…

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Dominican Sons and Daughters

Contributor: Claudine Williams Dear Dominican Sons and Daughters, Given the series of events that have occurred over the last year concerning ambassadors, so-called trade representatives of Dominica, and Offshore Companies legally registered in Dominica, it is clear that this present administration is now morally bankrupt. Such action by the current regime is eroding our freedoms and it is not just up to the police initiate positive action, but all of us must share this responsibility. The police must realize that we are their brothers, sisters, and neighbours. We are all…

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The CBI Programe – A Cessation Demand

Dear Mr. President, Now more than ever since 1979, the potential for far-reaching social and political upheaval has never been greater. The ruling political establishment of Dominica has become so entangled in the international web of intrigue and obscure dealing, that it is even hard for them to deny any links now. The People’s Party of Dominica (PPOD) wishes to address the issue of passport selling. We are completely opposed to the outright sale of Dominican passports for cash or kind. We fundamentally denounce any such program that bestows citizenship…

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The People’s Party Delivers A Strong Economic Message

By: The People’s Party of Dominica The People’s Party of Dominica (PPOD) presents an economic message which will no doubt, pave Dominica’s future in terms of economic prosperity, social progress, and the enhancement of accountability, transparency and credibility. The essence of an economic message is not just to instill hope in the people, but also to serve as a summary of how we intend to build and maintain a vibrant economy. Our plans for economic growth encompass all social strata of Dominicans, local and in the Diaspora. The implementation of…

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Dominica Continues to Strive Forth in 2017

Dear Dominican Brothers and Sisters, An old year, 2016, has been marred by a continuation of neglect for constitutional law by the ruling administration; an apparent gormandizing of meant-to-be state funds for personal use, particularly by those in the ruling party inner sanctum; and the age-old issue of non-transparency and ineffective accounting processes in government-run programs. Fortunately, that year is coming quickly to a close. We as Dominicans maintain a sense of buoyancy that 2017 will usher in much yearned for change and prosperity. Before we leap into 2017, let…

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Scarborough Progressive Cricket Club pledges support to C.D.O.A Christmas Event

The Scarborough Progressive Cricket Club has pledged increased sponsorship of the annual Children’s Christmas party produced by the Commonwealth of Dominica Ontario Association (C.D.O.A). Recently the C.D.O.A hosted its yearly family event for children of the Dominican diaspora in Toronto, at the Lawrence Heights Community Centre. Despite snowy conditions, the young patrons enjoyed free refreshments, entertainment by Intelligent Sound & Roosevelt St.Jean, games, and gifts from Santa. President of the CDOA, Hetty Lawrence said the Association intoduced the Christmas party as part of efforts to unify the diaspora, “We wanted…

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Jamaican captures trophy for first ever CWS Caribbean Christmas Cake Contest (Toronto)

President of CWS Camille Kerr with Corey Bryan, son of CWS 2016 Christmas Cake Contest winner, Valerie Bryan. Jamaican baker Valerie Bryan did her island proud and captured first place for her version of Caribbean Christmas cake, or “black cake”, at the first annual Caribbean Women’s Society (CWS) Christmas Cake competition. According to CWS President Camille Kerr, CWS is a grassroots, non-profit organization focused on improving the quality of life for the Caribbean-Canadian community; built on inclusion, diversity and innovation, “Our mission is to connect and enable Caribbean-Canadian women, in…

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Samsung to buy car tech company Harman for $8 billion

By Hyunjoo Jin and Miyoung Kim SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics <005930.KS> has agreed to buy Harman International Industries <HAR.N> in an $8 billion deal (6.4 billion pounds), marking a major push into the auto electronics market and the biggest overseas acquisition ever by a South Korean company. The transaction highlights Samsung’s efforts to break into the high-barrier automotive industry where it has little track record and also marks a strategic shift for the electronics company, which has previously shunned big acquisitions. “An M&A deal this big is a first…

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On Listening To a Discussion On What Makes a Song Cadence

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I try as far as possible to understand why certain statements are made these days on any cultural practice in my country of birth conscious of the fact that they are spoken by men and women with all their senses in tact. Ha-Ha. It is a profound choice to listen. Every now and then I hear a matter being distorted or, in the context of culture and love discourses, I should say, a matter needs be informed further. I seek to enhance a discourse, shifting it a bit from its…

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U.S. Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ryan Lochte issued an apology.

By Cassandra Garrison and Caroline Stauffer MIAMI/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – U.S. Olympic gold medallist swimmer Ryan Lochte issued an apology on Friday and his teammate Jimmy Feigen agreed to pay 35,000 reais (8,411.72 pounds) to a charity after Brazilian police said they lied about being robbed at gunpoint at the weekend. Rio Games organisers hope the swimmers’ atonement, combined with an official apology from the U.S. Olympic Committee, will draw a line under a controversy that has dominated news coverage of South America’s first Olympics and embarrassed the host…

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