Sharing is caring! Share Tweet LocalNews DAPD targets $50, 000 for annual Dollar Day by: – October 26, 2012 15 Views no discussions Share Share The Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD) is once again soliciting support from the entire Dominican populace in meeting its target of $50,000.00 through its seventh annual national Dollar Day activity.Dollar Day was designed to raise funds for the association to fulfill its mandate of providing services and programs for persons living with disabilities on island.The theme for this year’s National Dollar day activity is “DAPD sustainability with support from social partners”.“This year we are seeking to raise approximately $50,000 and we are looking at faith based organizations, learning institutions, embassies and consulates, professionals, and the entire country in assisting us in meeting that target,” said executive director of the association Nathalie Murphy.She described last year’s $14,000.00 National Dollar day figures as “disappointing” but is optimistic that this year will be better.“We know that the economic situation is hard on a lot of persons, but we are hoping that they will be able to squeeze a dollar from what God has blessed them with, and contribute to a worthy cause”.“We assure them that whatever contribution they make will go back into providing services and organizing programs for persons with disabilities in Dominica,” she explained.The association is also celebrating its twenty ninth anniversary today and part of this year’s Dollar Day contributions will be used to organize activities for the 30th anniversary celebrations next year.Contributions can be delivered or mailed to the DAPD’s office or through contribution boxes across the island.Dominica Vibes News
LocalNews Coach calls for resignation of DAAA president by: – June 28, 2013 Share Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet 81 Views 3 comments Coach Nabi Wallace. Photo credit: Facebook profileCoach of the Aspirers Athletics Club and former public relations officer of the Dominica Amateur Athletics Association (DAAA), Nabi Wallace has called for the immediate resignation of the president of the DAAA, Cedric Harris.Coach Wallace’s made that call following a mishap due to travel arrangements for the DAAA team who were scheduled to compete in the Caribbean Age Group Championship in Curaçao.According to a statement released on Wednesday, 26th June, “these strings of mistakes by the D.A.A.A President started since June 2012, when Team Dominica was turned back in Trinidad because they did not have proper travel documentations to travel on to El Salvador for the CAC Junior Championships needs to be addressed”. “It is time to move a motion of no confidence in the D.A.A.A President and request his immediate resignation, one Coach stated. The individual went on to state further far too long we sat idly by and allow the D.A.A.A President to make “mistakes” that has cause the athletes of Dominica to suffer. The time has come to speak out and demand a change,” the statement continued. Cedric Harris (file photo)Meanwhile, Cedric Harris told Dominica Vibes that the attack on his position is a personal one and described it as “sour grapes”. “There is something more to it than what is happening. It has been an issue that has been developing for over a year now”.Mr Harris indicated that Wallace “is the one behind all of this, he wants things to go his way and when it does not, he tries his best to see how he can get things destroyed”.He stated however that he is not daunted by this personal attack and is working together with the executive to move the Association forward.“Nabi is also upset because one of his athletes was not going because of his fault, the athlete doesn’t have a passport and all that is kind of sour grapes that happening there,” Mr Harris said. He also stated that there is need for reshuffling of the Association as there are members who are not “pulling their weight”.“If needs be, some reshuffling might have to happen but elections are due in February of next year, and as I tell persons, only one roaster seems to be crowing,” he noted. Dominica Vibes News
Share LocalNews Dominican attorney ordered to leave court by: – September 3, 2013 Tweet Share 65 Views 4 comments Share Sharing is caring! A senior attorney, whilst making a bail application at a magistrate’s court on Friday, 30th August was directed to leave the court for the manner in which he addressed the sitting magistrate. Gildon Richards was ordered out of the courtroom by magistrate Bernard Pacquette following an argument between the two.The argument arose when the magistrate asked the police prosecutor to propose a bail sum in the bail application which Mr Richards made. “I told him that it was not the practice that the magistrate should ask the prosecutor what the bail sum should be before he hears the application. The magistrate told me I was not right and he was right,” Mr Richards told Dominica Vibes on Monday, 2nd September.Mr Pacquette replied that it was not the first time that he has asked the prosecutor to propose a bail sum. “I told the magistrate in all the years I’ve been practicing in the court I have not known it to be so. The magistrate then asked me for the bail sum, I told the magistrate it was left to his discretion,” Mr Richards explained. After he requested permission to proceed with the bail application, Mr Pacquette told him; “I know what your problem is, you have not practiced before me before”.To which he replied; “I know what the problem is, it is the first time you are practicing as a magistrate,” Mr Richards said. Magistrate Pacquette then ordered him to leave the court which he complied with.Mr Richards also refuted a media report that he was ejected from court on Friday. “That is totally false…no police officer touched me, no police officer escorted me. As a matter of fact, all police officers were stunned because they had not seen what I had done wrong”.When contacted, Mr Pacquette told Dominica Vibes; “Mr Richards needs to work on his attitude towards the bench and as it pertains to his lack of respect for the bench”.Mr Pacquette is a former Dominican police officer who studied in the United Kingdom and the United States. Prior to his appointment as magistrate here in May, he had been practicing in the US.According to the Magistrate’s Code of Procedure, Chapter 4:20 19 (h), “Every magistrate shall have jurisdiction to admit to bail persons charged with or committed for trial for any offence save only as hereinafter mentioned”.Dominica Vibes News
LocalNews LIAT should be classified as an essential service – PM Skerrit by: – November 6, 2013 Share 17 Views no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Prime Minister Roosevelt SkerritBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday November 6, 2013, CMC – Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says the time has come to make the regional airline, LIAT, an essential service as the airline deals with a strike by its pilots that have led to several cancellations and flight delays.Skerrit, speaking with the online Barbados Today newspaper, said that he was concerned that the regional travelling public was being held to ransom every time there is industrial action at LIAT, whose major shareholders are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.Skerrit said it was frustrating for passengers to have to travel to the airport, in some instances long distances, only to be told that the plane is not coming because the pilots are on strike.“I don’t think we can build a region and a tourism product unless you address this particular problem. I am hoping that the matter can be resolved this evening,” he said noting however “this might just be a temporary fix (and) we need to find a permanent fix”.He told the online publication that the permanent fix could be along the lines of an essential service, adding “I think there is a case to be made for that”.The pilots walked off the jobs on Tuesday forcing cancellations and delays by the airline that flies to more than 21 destinations on a daily basis.In a statement , LIAT said the airline said it held discussions with the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA), and that the company “has indicated its willingness to address any legitimate issues and has given a firm commitment that it will meet with LIALPA on Wednesday, in an effort to discuss the union’s concerns”.Earlier this year, the main opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) was critical of proposals by two prime ministers from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) that the aviation industry should be deemed an essential service.In June, Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and his St. Vincent and the Grenadines colleague, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves supported a statement by then LIAT’s chief executive officer, Ian Brunton, that the aviation industry should also be classified as an essential service, with legislated restricted rights to strike.Brunton said that tourism was the mainstay of the majority of the region’s economies and air services connect the countries of the Caribbean.Gonsalves said a move to categorise aviation workers as “essential” should not be seen as an attempt to obstruct labour.But the ALP said that it was voicing its “very strong objection to the proposal” adding that it is an “attempt to deny workers the right to strike”.It said that Prime Minister Spencer, a former trade unionist, should take note that the LIALPA “has indicated quite clearly that it is not in agreement to designate aviation work as essential”.Caribbean Media Corporation
Share Share LocalNews UWP hopeful plans to ‘revitalize’ Vieille Case constituency by: – June 28, 2014 78 Views no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring! United Workers Party (UWP) hopeful for the Vieille Case constituency, Alex Birmingham (Facebook photo)The United Workers Party (UWP) hopeful for the Vieille Case constituency, Alex Birmingham says he plans to revitalize the agriculture sector if he becomes the new representative for the area. Birmingham now has to convince the constituency, which has been voting for Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit for the last three general elections, to vote him in. Speaking at a UWP press conference on Friday, June 27, 2014, Birmingham said “I have been called for this a long, long time ago”.He noted however that because of his personality “to be on the low side”, he did not heed the people’s call to join the political race.He apologized to the constituents, especially the residents of Penville, for staying quiet as this has “deepened by community and my constituency into deep poverty”.“So people in Penville, Vieille Case and Thibaud, I am sorry and it’s a call from the people,” Birmingham said.“I stayed quiet too long, my people have drifted way, way, way below poverty line,” he reiterated.According to Birmingham, agriculture was the sustenance of the Penville constituency and he therefore plans to “revitalize [agriculture] in my village, in my constituency”.“I’m going to take this project as a baby project because it has been dead,” he vowed.“For years now, when I go to Penville, I would look at Cold Soufriere which was one of the most productive areas in Soufriere; dasheen, yams and everything and now you pass a few gardens there”.“When we had no roads up at Penville, van loads of vegetables, van loads of yams, dasheens, went down, hucksters were fighting to come to Penville for loads,” Birmingham stated.The Vieille Case Constituency comprises of the villages of Thibaud, Vieille Case and Penville.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit won the 2000 general election with 1326 votes, the 2005 election with 1279 votes and the 2009 election with 1041 votes.Dominica Vibes News
244 Views no discussions Share LocalNews Dominica reports increased HIV/AIDS cases by: – July 8, 2014 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share Coordinator of the National Response Program for HIV/AIDS, Julie FramptonThe Ministry of Health Tuesday reported that there were fifteen new cases of HIV/AIDS on the island in 2013.Coordinator of the National Response Program for HIV/AIDS, Julie Frampton, has revealed that since the first HIV/AIDS case was reported here in 1987, there were four hundred and ten (410) cumulative cases at the end of 2013.“We have a male-dominated epidemic with over seventy percent of cases being male. So the 410, from 1987 up to end of 2013, doesn’t mean that all those people are alive,” Nurse Frampton said. The age group most affected by HIV/AIDS is 25-49. Moreover, Nurse Frampton reported that almost every year more males have been testing positive. “Last year we had fifteen new cases and ten of them were males”. “What is interesting though, about our new cases now, we see the older age group, out of the 15 of last year, 14 of them were over 30,” she said.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Helen RoyerSpeaking at the start of a stakeholder consultation meeting for Dominica’s National Strategic plan for HIV/AIDS for 2015-2019 on July 8, 2014, Nurse Frampton said participants should consider whether the correct people are being targeted, “or should we shift our focus, or are the older age group like me saying we’re safe and what it is we need to do address that”. The two-day consultation being held at the Flamboyant Hotel in Roseau, seeks to sensitize stakeholders on the HIV/AIDS strategic plan and mitigate the negative impacts of HIV/AIDS in Dominica. Meanwhile, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health, Helen Royer said the existence of HIV/AIDS cannot be underestimated as it poses a “serious challenge to humankind as to date there is neither a vaccine, nor a cure for HIV/AIDS”.“We cannot sit idle by thinking that it’s not our business because HIV/AIDS is a human developmental problem fueled by many factors”.“In Dominica, we also have reasons to be concerned as we have over four hundred and ten infected persons at the end of 2013,” Mrs Royer stated. She added that the Ministry of Health realizes that this is very important and it needs to ensure that there are strategic directions to deal with the problem since the majority of persons infected come from the productive age group of 25 to 49.“The Ministry of Health realizes that for outstanding success, a multi-stage process would be required and before implementing, all stakeholders must be sensitized to the strategic plan, hence your presence today,” Mrs Royer said.She further stated, “I am confident that this strategic plan will serve as a framework for our practice in Dominica and will provide answers to the many of your questions”. The national plan she noted must be “owned” by all stakeholders and “more importantly” must be implemented.The Caribbean has the second highest incident of HIV/AIDS in the Americas, and the size of the epidemic is second only to that of the sub Saharan Africa.According to the 2005 assessment survey, there were approximately three hundred and fifty thousand to five hundred and ninety thousand people living with HIV/AIDS who come from the region. It further notes that seventy-nine percent of people living with HIV are from Haiti and the Dominican Republic. AIDS is now the leading cause of death among 15 – 45 year olds in the Caribbean.Dominica Vibes News
Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share 66 Views no discussions Share EntertainmentLocalNews Society holds concert to assist 10 with radiation treatment by: – July 30, 2014 Kathleen Cornelius; President of the Dominica Cancer Society (file photo)The Dominica Cancer Society is seeking to raise funds to assist ten women to obtain radiation treatment in Guyana.A gospel concert, under the theme ‘Celebrating Life With Renewed Hope’, is planned for Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 8 pm at the Harlem Plaza in Newtown. “For the first time the Cancer Society has found itself in a position where persons are going out for radiation but several of these persons are unemployed,” president of Society, Kathleen Cornelius told Dominica Vibes on July 30.“As a result, some of these persons are having difficulty paying their medical bill,” Mrs Cornelius added.She informed that radiation treatment ranges from $8,000 up to $15,000 depending on the amount of cycles of treatment needed; however, the average bill that the Society has received with special concession per individual is US $4000.00.Thus, Mrs Cornelius has called on all citizens to support the Society in this fundraising initiative which will benefit ten families.“For these women radiation is a must, and the treatment is a necessity. They can’t do it without you and we as a Society can’t do it without you,” she urged.Two women have already left the island for treatment in Guyana and Mrs Cornelius remains hopeful that the funds will be raised so that the other ladies can leave around mid-August.The concert will feature several local gospel artistes to include Jerry Lloyd, Sernel, God Sent, Hilltop Singers, Darnel and Lester Celestine among others.Mrs Cornelius also expressed gratitude to the many corporate sponsors who have been providing financial and other support to the Society and invited others to come on board.“A significant number of them have given contributions to these women and because of the prevalence of cancer they give throughout the year,” Mrs Cornelius said.Dominica Vibes News.
264 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share BusinessNewsRegional St Lucia places temporary ban on all UK poultry imports by: CMC – November 25, 2014 Share Tweet Share CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Tuesday November 25, 2014, CMC – St Lucia has slapped a temporary ban on the importation of all poultry and poultry products from the United Kingdom, as a result of an outbreak of bird flu there.The Ministry of Agriculture said the ban was imposed in light of information received from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the United Kingdom confirming that the country recently experienced an outbreak of a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).“The start date of the outbreak event is November 14, 2014 and pertains to the entire country,” the Ministry statement said.It said the importation ban is imposed with immediate effect and applies to all poultry, poultry meat products and processed internal organs of poultry raised, slaughtered or processed in the United Kingdom from 21 days prior to the start date of the outbreak.“These importation restrictions are part of quarantine measures aimed at preventing the entry of the Avian Influenza Virus into St Lucia and will remain in effect until further notice,” the Ministry said.One local supplier told reporters that the ban could help local poultry farmers significantly, since they have been complaining about a backlog of local products.However an importer, speaking on condition of anonymity, disagreed, saying that local suppliers do not provide “specialised cuts”, such as chicken wings, which imported into the island.The importer disclosed that St Lucia buys over a quarter of a million pounds of chicken annually from the United Kingdom at a cheaper price than imports from the United States.
Sharing is caring! LocalNews PM calls for unity & nation building by: Dominica Vibes News – December 8, 2014 248 Views no discussions Tweet Share Share Share Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has called on the nation to unite its efforts towards nation building, following the climax of the 2014 general election.The Dominica Labour Party (DLP) secured a historic fourth term win with fifteen (15) seats while the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) won six (6) seats.In his address to the nation on Monday evening, Mr Skerrit congratulated all successful candidates and singled out the political leader of the UWP – Lennox Linton on his entry into the House of Assembly as an elected member.Mr Skerrit promised citizens that more resources will be devoted towards “wiping out poverty and ignorance in Dominica” in the new term 2014- 2019 term and that “the best is yet to come”.He added that he is “exceedingly proud” that the DLP made history as there is only four other occasions in the Caribbean region where a party has won four consecutive terms.“This is not the time for boasting or ridiculing…it is time for reconciliation and unity in building a peaceful, just Dominica…let us work hand in hand to build the economy,” Mr Skerrit urged.“No one should go hungry, destitute in a rich country like ours…all Dominicans should work together,” he urged. The Prime Minister also called on citizens to reach out to Dominicans abroad to get them involved in the country’s development and transcend political parties.He thanked voters for the “faith, trust and confidence” they have placed in his party and “we pledge we will never let you down”.While Prime Minister Skerrit encouraged supporters to celebrate the victory, he said the country has partied enough over the last five weeks and so tomorrow, Tuesday 9 December 2014 would not be declared a holiday.“We need to buckle down and get back to work tomorrow,” Mr Skerrit said.He also announced that the nation will be updated on Tuesday afternoon as to when the new government will be sworn into office.
Share 302 Views one comment Sharing is caring! A total of one hundred and seventy (170) cases of child abuse were reported in Dominica for the year 2014, coordinator of the Child Abuse Prevention Unit, Jemma Azille Lewis has revealed.Mrs Lewis, in addressing media practitioners at a ‘Media as Advocates for Children’ workshop on Tuesday 3 March 2015 at the National Development Foundation of Dominica (NDFD) conference room, said sexual abuse dominated the total number of reported child abuse cases for 2014.There were one hundred and thirty-five (135) reported cases of child sexual abuse here; fifteen (15) boys/males and one hundred and thirty (130) girls/females.“In terms of children within 0-5 years being abused twenty-four, 6 -10 years of age thirty-eight, 11 – 15 years one hundred and one and 16 -17 years of age, seventeen cases,” Mrs Lewis informed.“I broke down the sexual abuse seeing that [it] is the main form of abuse being reported; boys five, girls a hundred and thirty,” Mrs Lewis noted. She also informed that there were also other forms of abuse reported to include physical twenty-four (24), neglect seven (7), neglect and physical four (4), incest twenty (20) and teen pregnancy nine (9).“So keep in mind that we had a hundred and seventy cases of child abuse incidents reported for 2014, out of the one hundred and seventy cases, a hundred and thirty-five of that were sexual related matters,” Mrs Lewis reiterated.Mrs Lewis indicated that while the Unit has made some progress in protecting children from child abuse, they do have “a few challenges” which includes lack of human and technical resources and inadequate legislation.“We have the Sexual Offences Act which is of 1998, there needs to be a review of it to ensure that we are up to date we are in 2015”.“Weak enforcement of existing legislation, for example if…somebody is found guilty of a sexual offence and you can take up to twenty-five years or forty years, why is it that you only pay a fine of three thousand dollars, why is it that you only take a prison confinement of three months or six months and do community service for the rest,” Mrs Lewis questioned.Additionally, she noted that the absence of a family court is another challenge as “it takes a while before some of these cases reach the high court”, compounded by parental attitude towards the abusers “they refuse to testify or they take bribes”.– / 19 Tweet Share Share LocalNews Worrying child abuse statistics revealed by: Dominica Vibes News – March 4, 2015