11 Organizations Co-sign Letter To UNEP Regarding The Recent Transfer Of Extremely Rare Birds From Dominica To Germany

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Mr. Erik Sohleim Excutive Director United Nations Environment Programme United Nations Avenue, Gigirl PO Box 30552, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya +254 (0)20 762 1234 excutiveoffice@unep.org Dear Mr. Solheim, We the undersigned write today to address grave concerns regarding a recent transfer of extremely rare birds from the Commonwealth of Dominica to the Federal Republic of Germany under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. This transfer undermines decades of dedicated conservation work in the region and exploits a small island nation just as it begins…

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Belize Govt Succeeds Securing Interest Rate Bz36m Award

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Port of Spain, Trinidad: The Attorney General of Belize has succeeded before the CCJ in his application to reduce the interest rate contained in a certificate issued by the Court. The certificate was made following an arbitral award made against the Government. A rate of interest of 17% compounded monthly was initially awarded in the 2013 arbitration award of BZ$36m made by a tribunal of the London Court of International Arbitration against Belize in favour of the Belize Bank. In November 2017, the CCJ gave permission for the Bank to…

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Honourable Mr. Justice Adrian Saunders

Port of Spain, Trinidad: The Honourable Mr. Justice Adrian Dudley Saunders, a citizen of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been appointed as the incoming President of the Caribbean Court of Justice with effect from July 4, 2018. The Heads of Government of CARICOM made the appointment at its last meeting, held in Haiti from February 26-27, 2018, acting on the nomination of the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commisison (RJLSC). The RJLSC had selected Mr. Justice Saunders after a competitive meritbased process. President of the Caribbean Court of Justice…

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Sagicor donates mobile medical clinic to Government of Dominica

On Friday 16th February, Sagicor Life, the leading insurance company in the Caribbean donated a fully customized, mobile medical unit to the Government of Dominica. The Unit purchased by Sagicor, in collaboration with Doctors In Our Circle, Ray Asta, Ministry of Health and Friends of Sagicor, will support and respond to the immediate needs of the people of Dominica post Hurricane Maria. Dr. Laura Espirit, Director of Medical Services at the Ministry of Health spoke at the small handover ceremony. She said, “Services that will be provided at the mobile…

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PRESS RELEASE: January 30, 2018   DOMINICA HOUSTON ASSOCIATION SENDS 20FT CONTAINER OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND TARPS TO DOMINICA, VALUED OVER $100K. CONTAINER ARRIVED IN DOMINICA JANUARY 25, 2018 – PRESENTED TO THE PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL ON JANUARY 30, 2018 DURING ITS MEDICAL VOLUNTEER FUNCTION. Since its inception 21 years ago, Dominica Houston association (DHA) (non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization), has made donations to aid victims of various natural disasters such as landslides, hurricanes and wildfires. 2017 had been a very active year for natural disasters as the world and…

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Sailing into 2018:P-POD’s New Year Message

This island, this blessed land that boasts of our ancestral heroes like Jacko and of the lavish flora and fauna which is home to the Sisserou parrot, stands resilient against all threats and ill will, as we glide our way into the New Year. Fellow Dominicans, blow as hard as they could, but not even the demons of climate change could bend or break the masts of Waitukubuli as she sails over the horizon and into 2018. The year 2017, was marked as one of the worst in recent Dominican…

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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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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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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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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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