UWP Leader Lennox Linton describes Attorney Noreen John who died on Tuesday in Antigua as “A proud patriot and servant of the public good, sister, wife, lawyer, friend and quintessential woman of faith”
Deceased Noreen John
UWP leader Lennox Linton describes attorney Noreen John who died on Tuesday in Antigua on her way to the UK for medical attention, as “A proud patriot and servant of the public good, sister, wife, lawyer, friend and a quintessential woman of faith”.
John was the declared the United Workers Party (UWP) candidate for the Grand Bay constituency in the next general election, just a few days before. Her death came as a shock to many Dominicans at home and abroad, but even more so to those in the legal fraternity in Dominica.
UWP Deputy leader and Attorney Joshua Francis who spoke to Dominica News described John as a “remarkable lady, meek, kind, loving selfless, and someone who made her mark within the legal fraternity. She was always willing to listen and always willing to assist. She was a helpful and was also a very good listener.”
Francis said John will be missed by the legal fraternity, as well as the Grandbay community and by Dominica as a whole. He added that she was always willing to help young people, and people in distress, and that she contributed to the society outside of the legal service.
Linton wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday, “We extend our deepest condolences to her husband, her sisters, her brothers, other family members and all those who feel her passing in a special way. May she find fulfillment in the completion of her earthly journey of service and great rejoicing in the embrace of her father in Heaven.”
Meanwhile, UWP President, Isaac Baptiste announced today, that the party was suspending all public engagements until after the burial “of patriot and sister, Noreen John.”
Baptiste said John was a proud, dedicated, community organizer, youth advocate and attorney at law. He added that “UWP Team Dominica joins the John family, friends, and community residents from Grand Bay, Soufriere and the wider Dominican community in morning their loss”.
Dominica’s Electoral Office releases a statement on the National Panel Discussion entitled ‘The Electoral Process - The Way Forward’, carded for today 22nd May 2019 at the Goodwill Parish Hall from 6pm
The Electoral Office of Dominica has released a statement on the National Panel Discussion carded for tomorrow 22nd May 2019 at the Goodwill Parish Hall from 6pm, entitled The Electoral Process: The Way Forward. This discussion is held in collaboration with the Dominica State College and the University of the West Indies Open Campus.
The Electoral Office believes the issue of Electoral Reform needs to be soberly discussed, with respect to the issues surrounding the Electoral Process, with a view towards public education, and these discussions ought to be held by those charged with shaping the legislation.
The Electoral Office has invited two Government parliamentarians and two opposition parliamentarians. These discussions will take place in the presence of persons from groups, NGOs and other organizations from a wide cross section of Dominica who we have invited to participate as audience members and pose questions to the panel.
Meanwhile, many voters are expressing the opinion that there is no need for another discussion, when the only things that matter at this stage, are the cleansing of the voters card, and the issuance of voter ID Cards, none of which require any amendments to the exiting legislation, and only require the Government’s Finance Minister to make the necessary funds available to the Electoral Commission, to carry out those two tasks, just as was done in several other Caribbean Islands in recent times.
A comprehensive cost/benefit analyses of the current geothermal energy project will be conducted to ensure the safety of the ecotourism sites, and of the Roseau valley constituents, when UWP gets elected
A comprehensive cost benefit analyses of the current geothermal project will be conducted, to ensure the safety of the ecotourism sites and Roseau valley constituents when the UWP gets elected. This is according to the President of the President of UWP Team Dominica, Senator Isaac Baptiste.
Baptiste says the lack of dependability of our community water systems during the dry periods is unacceptable, and this is one of the main areas that UWP Team Dominica plans to tackle after it is elected to office.
President of UWP Team Dominica, Senator Isaac Baptiste
Ras Suato (Camille LeBlanc) of the House of Nyabinghi, says we have been divided into ghettos, villages and towns, but no matter what makes up our current social orientation, we need to know ourselves
The wise heads of the past used to say that it takes a community to raise a child, and that the culture of a people determines its legacy. These saying have been reinvigorated and have taken on new life through the voice of the Nyabinghi, as they get set to celebrate African Liberation Day on May 25, 2019.
Ras Suato (Camille LeBlanc) executive member of the house of Nyabinghi , says we have been divided into ghettos, villages and towns, but no matter what makes up our current social orientation, we need to know ourselves.
Ras Suato (aka Camille LeBlanc) executive member of the House of Nyabinghi
The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) has released its program of activities for ‘Hurricane Preparedness Week’ which begins on Sunday 2ndJunewith prayers in Churches
The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) has released its program of activities for ‘Hurricane Preparedness Week’ starting on 2nd June 2019.The week of activities begins one day after the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season on 1st June. The first named storm, Andrea formed on 20th May, but does not pose a threat to Dominica. Some predictions so far,are for a below-normal season due to prevailing and expected climatic conditions.
However, regardless of the seasonal outlook, preparedness is paramount, as it only takes one system to cause disruption to life and loss of property. An informed public is more likely to consider and take steps to implement preparedness activities in some form. The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) will therefore embark on its annual ‘Hurricane Preparedness Week’ of Activities, geared towards increasing public awareness on hazards associated with tropical cyclones.
The activities will begin with prayers in churches on Sunday 2nd June. Throughout the week, there will be media interactions providing relevant information to the public and to all shelter inspections, in collaboration with the Local Government Division. Saturday 8th June is designated as the day for families or individuals to complete a preparedness plan including plans for evacuation.
During hurricane preparedness week, all are advised to carry out inspections of their personal shelters, disaster supplies and family first aid kits, ensure items are usable, and ‘top-up’ where necessary. Additionally, ensure all important documents are properly secured.
For guidance & other information on preparedness activities visit the ODM website athttp://www.odm.gov.dm/resources/hazards/hurricanes or call 448-7777.
African Liberation day is not a Rastafarian thing, but rather it pertains to liberation for all black people, says Franklyn Georges
In the words of the great Peter Tosh, ‘once you are a black man, you are an African.’ These words were echoed by Franklyn Georges, executive member of the Dominican Reparations Committee, in a special interview with Q95 FM Radio, where he invited everyone to take part in the celebration of ‘African Liberation Day’ 2019.
He says this year, the African Liberation Day parade will follow new routes, and encourages everyone to join the walk and the movement. He says it is not just a Rastafarian thing, but rather a black liberation goal.
Georges is to present a lecture on 23rd May 2019, under the theme “Black people should Unite”, which he says will be loaded with information.
Meanwhile, Georges says it is a sin not to teach our people their own history.
Georges stated that some of necessary truths need to be vocalized into the minds of the black Caribbean Man.
Georges says, as independent nation, we should be united instead of being divided, and fighting for one cause, but instead there seems to be a division between black people that needs to be rectified.
He says, if we want to get far, we need to move together, and even if you “throw us to the wolves, we will come back leading the pack”.
Dominica Reparations Committee Member, Franklyn Georges
Meantime, Ras Suato (Camille LeBlanc) executive member of the house of Nyabinghi says Africa is opening its door to its people, the connection from the Caribbean to the motherland is strengthening, and it is time that people know who they are.
Ras Suato (Camille LeBlanc) executive member of the house of Nyabinghi
UWI Open Campus Dominica in collaboration with the National Bank is hosting its 11th Annual National Distinguished lecture on May 23, 2019
UWI in collaboration with NBD is preparing to host its 11th Annual National Distinguished lectureon Thursday May 23, 2019 at 7pm.The lecture is also expected to touch on the matter of creating a more competitive market and dealing with climate change.
Dr Govind Seepersad, Agricultural Economics Lecturer, will present on the topic “Bridging the Exhaustion Gap: Hope & Reality for Agriculture.”The Event is free and is expected to be filledwith valuable information.Head of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus Dominica, Kimone Joseph, says Dr Seepersad will introduce new ways forward for the Agricultural sector in Dominica.
Head of the University of the West IndiesOpen Campus Dominica, Kimone Joseph
Cari-Feed President, Jeff Bellot announces a major one-day safety and business workshop for livestock farmers on Wednesday May 22, 2019
President of Cari-Feed, Jeff Bellot has announced a major one-day Safety and Business Workshop for livestock farmers on Wednesday 22nd May 2019, at the Goodwill Parish Hall, beginning at 10am.Bellot told Q95 news on Tuesday, Dominica Livestock Farmers are critical to regulating and maintaining the country’s food security system, and he is encouraging all livestock farmers to attend tomorrow’s event.
President of Cari-Feed, Jeff Bellot.
Dominica Association of Industry & Commerce, Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association and Dominica Youth Business Trust to host a 2-Day Disaster Risk Reduction Workshop from 22nd to 23rd May 2019
A recent release indicates that, The Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce, The Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association and the Dominica Youth Business Trust, is hosting a Two-Day Disaster Risk Reduction Workshop this week, commencing from Wednesday 22nd to Thursday 23rd May 2019.
An opening ceremony will be held on Wednesday which will take place from 8:45 am. to 9:15 am and a signing ceremony on Thursday at 3:00 to 3:30 PM. This training themed, “Reduce your Risk and Strengthen your Resilience” will encourage Dominica’s business owners to take proactive measures to reduce their disaster risk.
The facilitators of this workshop will be recently trained trainers Ms. Lizra Fabien, Executive Director at the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce, Mr. Kevin Francis, Executive Vice President at the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association, and Mrs. Kerry-Ann Remie-Timothy, Coordinator of the Dominica Youth Business Trust.
Additional presenters who will give curated information on insurance and logistics to mitigate disaster risk are Mr. Brenton Hilaire, Branch Manager of Sagicor and Ms. Tamara Lowe, Country Manager of Tropical Shipping. Q95 news will continue to follow this story and will provide you with more information as it becomes available.
Dominica’s Ambassador to the United Nations Loreen Bannis-Roberts reveals Dominica increased diplomatic relations with countries from 36 in the year 2000 to 114 in 2019
Dominica's Ambassador to the United Nations Loreen Bannis -Roberts says the island now has a robust foreign policy.
Bannis-Roberts says in the year 2000, Dominica had established diplomatic relations with only 36 countries, but that number now stands at 114 in 2019, under the DLP Administration.
She was speaking at a DLP Castle Bruce gathering on Sunday.
Dominica's Ambassador to the United Nations Loreen Bannis-Roberts.
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