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

Alex Bruno

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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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 burning out of control. Texas is still far from beginning to recover from Hurricane Harvey.   We have no one to thank but the Almighty Father for sparing Dominica from the wrath and intensity of…

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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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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 out and the models stride down the runway in the undeniable Gervacy aesthetic: bold African prints, feminine sensual lines, and the innovative interplay of fabrics. The line is a fitting climax to Day 3 of…

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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 just sewing, but by utilising whatever skills they have, as photographers, make up artists, web designers you name it. I’m driven to help women succeed especially after my own experiences with domestic abuse. Helping people…

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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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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

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

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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

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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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