MP for the Roseau Central Joseph Isaac wants the Dominica Labour Party to remain true to its motto, which was used in the 2014 general Elections held in Dominica.
Isaac is of the view that the Leader of the DLP is not transparent and honest when conducting state issues.
Public relations Officer of the United Workers Party Nicholas George feels there is obstinacy practiced by the Dominica Labour Party Government and its Leader Roosevelt Skerrit.
George listed examples of sister countries in the Caribbean with functioning democratic economies, stating that the political parties in those countries are far more democratic than Dominica’s Labour Party Government.
Teachers across the island are being encouraged to utilize local music within the classroom.
Chief Education Officer Melena Fontaine says, the Ministry of Education has advised teachers to take advantage of the local music to teach their subject concepts.
Fontaine was speaking at a workshop for band members, managers and DJs as part of a campaign for the Child Friendly schools’ initiative.
Fontaine is also urging the musicians to relay positive messages in their music.
Chief Education Officer Melena Fontaine
The Roseau City Council has announced that individuals caught exposing their private parts in public on Carnival Monday & Tuesday could be charged.
This as the council says it is taking measures to ensure that the city of Roseau remains clean, during the Carnival season.
One such problem being faced every year is that of urination in the city by revellers, as the stench remains even after the Carnival season.
Acting CEO of the Roseau City Council Thomas Baptiste, says the council will be working with the Environmental Health Department as well as the Dominica Police Force, to patrol the streets of Roseau.
Ag. CEO of the Roseau City Council Thomas Baptiste
And Mayor of Roseau Irene John says there will be an increase in the number of toilets being set up in the City on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.
Mayor of Roseau Irene John
Opposition Leader Lennox Linton is calling for a peaceful & incident free 2017 Carnival for all Dominicans
Opposition Leader Lennox Linton calling for an enjoyable, peaceful and incident free 2017 Carnival for all Dominicans and visitors.
He says the carnival season is part of Dominican culture and should be a time to enjoy, in the spirit of community and peace.
Former Soufriere MP Frederick Baron, is predicting an early election, as he breaks his silence on the many concerns surrounding Dominica’s Citizenship By Investment (CBI) Program. Baron is of the view that Dominica is on the brink of an economic collapse. He described the CBI Program which the DLP Government claims is the economic lifeblood of the country, as a threat to the very fabric of the society.
In an exclusive statement released on Q95fm Radio yesterday, Baron said the sale of Dominica’s passports cannot go on forever, and Dominica is headed down a very slippery slope. Baron, who is now a Financial Consultant, is predicting early elections, as he foresees rough times ahead for Dominica.
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Public relations Officer of the United Workers Party Nicholas George, says he is disappointed in Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and the Minister of National Security Rayburn Blackmore, for failing to address the nation on the citizenships granted under of CBI Program, and the issuance of Diplomatic positions.
Meantime Public Relations Officer of the United Workers Party (UWP) Nicholas George, feels the Dominica Labour Party’s strategy of trying to suppress and provoke the UWP and the DFP is unwise, and hopes that their intent is not to cause disquiet and unwanted events in Dominica.
Recently, three (3) executive members of the United Workers Party were arrested. Two of them have been released without any charge. The third was released with a charge of ‘obstruction’.
George says this harassment by Dominica Police, through possible directives from the officials of the DLP Government, is beginning to cause unrest in the society. Nicholas George has more:
Dominica State Prison (DSP) inmate Rehabilitation Football Competition hailed a success by organizers
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A Recent Dominica State Prison (DSP) inmate rehabilitation football competition, has been hailed a success by the organizers. The competition was held by the DSP, in collaboration with the law chambers of Norde & Lambert, Joshua Francis, Big Edge Financial, the Dominica Football Association (DFA), and some business places in Roseau.
Member of the organizing committee, Alvin Auguiste, who is also a staff member of the DSP, said the initiative was “an effort to assist inmates in the rehabilitating process. We are happy with the way it turned out: the fun, the camaraderie expressed, and the skills and discipline shown by the inmates”.
General Secretary of the DFA Ericson Degallarie hailed the five weeks of football as “a very good effort” and promised that the DFA will be partnering with the Dominica State Prison, in its efforts to rehabilitate the inmates. He added, “We are looking to work with the DSP next year, to make this even bigger and better”.
Attorneys Tiyani Behanzin, Wayne Norde and Joshua Francis were at the forefront of the event, going to the prison every week for the games, and interacting with the inmates.
The competition was won on penalty kicks 2 to 1 by the inmates of the Privilege cells, who defeated Remands in a 1-hour plus 10-minutes extra time, spirited game.
Awards given as follows: Most improved player, Brian Francis received $100 on his account at the prison canteen, and a pair of shoes plus other gifts.
Other players who received prizes were Kish Elizee’ (Brave Heart Player), $100; Lester Charles (most disciplined player), $100; Wilson Wade (most valuable player), $200 and a watch.
The winning team, Privilege, got a cake made by staff of the prison, and $700 to be shared among themselves, at the prison canteen.
Dominican Attorney Clement Joseph is challenging President Charles Savarin’s Statement on the 7th February 2017 Unrest in Roseau. Joseph, who is now working as a senior public prosecutor in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in the Turks & Caicos Island, took issue with some aspects of the President statement. On his Facebook page, he wrote a piece entitled “A civics legal/ lesson for the President of the Commonwealth of Dominica, in reference to his statement released today” (22nd February 2017).
Joseph referenced the events of May 29, 1979, which led to the downfall of the Patrick John regime saying, “This is the same person, who as President of the then Civil Service Association (CSA), led the violent demonstration of our young nation and the ultimate downfall of the democratically elected government”. According to him, Chapter 15:01 of the Public Order Act of Dominica does not ever require anyone to apply for permission to keep a public meeting, and Section 7 of that Act speaks to the power to prohibit a public meeting.
Joseph said “The law only authorizes the Minister to issue an order that can prevent a meeting. To date, since our Independence, only one such order was issued by Edison James as Prime Minister, to declare that no public meeting could be held in Mahaut on 26th August 1996. For weeks the Opposition had advertised their meeting and if the Minister wanted to prevent it, he should have issued an order”. He explained further that the “Public Order Act” gives the Chief of Police “no powers to set time and place of a meeting. So if he purports to do or have done so, it would be null and void in law”.
He added, “The very President in his statement said that ‘permission was given by the Chief of Police for the holding of a public meeting’ when the law does not give the Chief of Police any such power, much more to dictate terms and conditions. To date no one has been arrested and or charged for breach of these so-called conditions”. He questioned how is it that the President can say “it is ultimately for the courts to determine whether the terms and conditions agreed upon for the holding of the meeting were adhered to? Is there something he knows that we don’t? Has he given directions for the arrest and charge of persons for failing to adhere to those bogus unlawful conditions?”.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Levi Peter has said, that as a nation we need act more responsibly when we take decisions. He stated that although permission is not needed for a public meeting, both parties agreed to start and end the meeting at a certain time, and the agreement should have been kept.
On 7th February 2017, opposition parties, namely the United Workers Party (UWP) and the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP), held a public meeting in Roseau calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. Several hours after the peaceful meeting had ended, unrest erupted in Roseau, and several businesses were vandalized.
The organizers of the meeting have distanced themselves from the unrest, saying it began several hours after their meeting had ended, however Prime Minister Skerrit has insisted that the unrest was part of a plan to overthrow the DLP Government, and blamed the opposition parties for the unrest.
Opposition Leader asks Foreign Affairs Minister to disclose Diplomatic Passports cancelled so far in 2017
Opposition Leader Lennox Linton is calling on Foreign Affairs Minister Francine Baron to disclose the number of diplomatic passports that have been cancelled so far, for the year 2017.
Linton requests that she sends no further lawsuits to anyone, but rather provide the answer to his questions, if she has the information at her disposal.
Earlier this week, the foreign affairs minister demanded an apology and compensation from the opposition leader for the alleged defamation of her character.
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