CCJ Judgments Delivered December 7th 2017

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The Caribbean Court of Justice on December 7th 2017 delivered judgments in GYCV2017/007, Blairmont Rice Investments Inc v Kayman Sankar, Kayman Sankar Investments Limited and Beni Sankar and GYCV2017/009, Wayne Vieira v Guyana Geology and Mines Commission cases. The Trinidad & Tobago based court ordered an urgent hearing in Guyana’s court of appeal in the case of Blairmont Rice Investment Inc. v Kayman Sankar Company Ltd, Kayman Sankar Investment Ltd and Beni Sankar. The Court refused an application for special leave to appeal to the CCJ. In a motion filed…

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It’s On Us Dominica

Dominica is at a very vulnerable state as she’s been ravaged by what may very well be classified as a Category “6” Hurricane. Sexual violence/Assault during such times is a gross human rights violation and a serious security issue that must be addressed. Sexual Violence/Assault by military officers is an issue that urgently requires the attention of leaders in Dominica. It’s time to lévé Dominique, and start to demand recognition and justice for victims and survivors. Leaders must understand that these opportunistic and vile behaviours are quite frankly abhorrent. We…

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Dominica Houston Association: 2017 / 2018 Scholarship Recipients

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On May 28, 2017, the Dominica Houston Association (DHA) launched its 2017 / 2018 competitive 21st Annual Independence Scholarship Program geared towards students enrolled in an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree program. Four, $US500 competitive Scholarships would be awarded to successful candidates, and be applied directly towards their tuition. Students were required to complete and submit Scholarship Application form, along with a 150-200 word typed essay, College Transcript, and Two Letters of Recommendation. In addition applicants were to demonstrate financial need, and their participation in Community Service activities. Students from Houston…

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Central African Republic: Nearly 700 people seeking refuge near UN base relocated

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This week the United Nations migration agency completed the relocation of 698 internally displaced households from an impromptu camp that formed around the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) following attacks in Kaga Bandoro on 12 October 2016. Over 20,000 people settled around the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) base after ex-Séléka members attacked an internally displaced person (IDP) camp in Evêché, the Prefect’s office and the UN mission’s camp. “Consultation sessions with the households allowed us to ensure that their particular needs…

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UN agriculture agency launches handbook to improve safety in banana farming sector

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The United Nations agriculture agency and the Government of Ecuador launched Wednesday a practical guide for workers in the banana sector – the most exported fresh fruit in the world, both by volume and by economic value – to promote healthier and safer work conditions. “The banana sector serves as an essential source of employment and income for thousands of rural households in developing countries and the manual, while initially aimed at workers in Ecuador, can be adapted >for use around the world,” said the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in a…

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Building safe houses, UN agency helping Dominica recover from disaster

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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 trained by the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) is 31-year-old Tessa Williams, a mother of three, whose eldest child is in a wheelchair and youngest still an infant. “With this house, we have ensured…

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

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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 said on Twitter, referring the work under way inside Haiti towards becoming an emergent country by 2030, the finish line agreed by all nations to achieve of the Agenda and its landmark 17 Goals, knows…

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UN General Assembly again calls for lifting US embargo against Cuba

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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 under the UN Charter and international law, which reaffirm freedom of trade and navigation. The Assembly “once again urges States that have and continue to apply such laws and measures to take the necessary steps…

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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)

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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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