UWP looks to God for intervention in the country’s democracy

first_img Share Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Central Constituency Hon. Norris Prevost at Wednesday’s protest.Dominica’s main opposition party, the United Workers Party (UWP) has said that after several attempts to protect and save Dominica’s democracy, they have decided to leave it up to god to intervene.Parliamentary representative for the Roseau Central Constituency, Honorable Norris Prevost, carrying a cross, accompanied by opposition leader Honorable Hector John and UWP Candidate for the Wesley constituency, Ezekiel Bazil, made their appearance at parliament on Wednesday, just as the President was being presented with the Guard of Honor.Mr Prevost says the cross signifies their call on God to intervene and save Dominica’s democracy from this Roosevelt Skerrit-led communist party.‘We are asking the Lord to help us and give us the strength to save our Dominica from the communist dictatorship that we are under. We are asking our Lord to help Dominicans to remove the corruption that is on top of us in government and we are asking for the help of the Lord and the people to ensure that we get Voter I.D Cards in Dominica so that we can have free and fair elections. Our people are suffering, our democracy is dying..’ says Prevost.Mr Prevost says the UWP Parliamentarians will not be attending Parliament, since they are not prepared to debate a budget which does not make provisions for voter I.D Cards and Electoral reform.Leader of the United Workers Party, Honorable Ronald Green says his party has been advocating for electoral reform for six years now and Wednesday’s budget presentation cannot be ‘business as usual’, since there are many unanswered questions.‘We have had serious fraudulent activity on December 18th, 2009, and since then we have made it clear that Dominican are calling for some mechanism that will ensure that we have free and fair elections in the future,’ stressed Green.Opposition Leader Honorable Hector John says while the Prime Minster has indicated that the government will soon be introducing National I.D Cards, there is big difference with these cards and the Voter I.D Cards that the UWP has been lobbying for.He pointed out again, that only the Electoral Commission has the right to issue the Voter I.D Cards.‘As a responsible parliamentary opposition party, we are calling for free and fair elections and if they have national I.D cards, we will not have this. With the national I.D card, anyone can have them to give out to anybody overseas. But with a Voter I.D Card you have to meet the requirements locally, and that’s what we’re asking for…’ says John.Dominica Vibes News LocalNewsPolitics UWP looks to God for intervention in the country’s democracy by: – June 29, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share 94 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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President, Two Others Step Down From Foundation

first_imgThree members of the Rising Sun Regional Foundation announced their retirement at a board meeting this week.Foundation President Marianne Wiggers, Ed Sullivan, Executive Director, and Jascia Redwine, Associate Director will step down at the end of this year.“Speaking for all three of us, I think I can say that our association with RSRF has been a terrific experience for these many years, especially in light of what the foundation has been able to achieve as compared to what was envisioned in mid-1996 when it was created and incorporated by then Rising Sun Mayor Mark, Guard, Monte Denbo, consultant to the city for the Grand Victoria Casino project, and Neil Comer, legal counsel to the City of Rising Sun at the time,” said Marianne Wiggers, the sole serving founding board member and elected president for the full 17 years of the foundation.The following foundation achievements were highlighted at the board meeting:• Awarding to date over $27 million in total grants, which have been instrumental in leveraging approximately $320 million in additional government, foundation, and personal contributions to over 1,300 grant projects in the region;• Assisting in creating through both multi-year grants and staff technical assistance, four new community foundations in Dearborn, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland counties that already have and will continue to comprise a major philanthropic resource in the region for many years to come;• Granting some $780,000 in personal $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors of all of the schools in the RSRF region;• Providing both professional consulting services and granting several millions of dollars for a very aggressive education technology program for all of the school corporations in the RSRF region;• Awarding grants and providing professional consulting services in the program areas of both economic and retirement community development in Rising Sun and Ohio County;• And, most recently, creating a unique economic development partnership with another local nonprofit organization, Rising Sun/Ohio County First, Inc., to which RSRF is providing an $8.2 million loan from its Reserve Funds to build and own a new 104-room hotel in Rising Sun that will be both opened next month and leased to the current casino owner, Full House Resorts, Inc., to increase the hotel room capacity by 50% of its Rising Star Casino.Wiggers concluded, “I have been privileged to represent the Ripley County towns of Holton, Milan, Napoleon, Osgood, and Versailles on the foundation’s board and plan to continue both my work and my membership on several other nonprofit organizations in Ripley County for the foreseeable future.”last_img read more

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Team Alanis’ Alonzo Ambrose wins gruelling 98-mile cycle road race

first_imgRIDING in wet conditions from Georgetown to Camp Seweyo on the Linden Highway and back is no easy task, but Team Alanis’ Alonzo Ambrose made it look like a walk in the park on Sunday, winning the 98-mile event in easy fashion with a time of four hours 25 minutes 52 seconds.The win for Ambrose in the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF)-organised event earned him 15 points in the Federation’s point standings, still 23 points shy of leader Jamal John who earned eight points for placing fourth on Sunday.It was the Federation’s fourth points race for the 2017 season and John won the first two and did not participate in the third.Sunday’s race started at 08:00hrs on Homestretch Avenue and proceeded to Timehri Bottle, before turning on the Linden Highway for the journey to Camp Seweyo and turning back to finish at the place of origin.Team Evolution’s Christopher Griffith and Team Coco’s Junior Niles occupied the second- and third-place respectively.Griffith earned 12 points and Niles 10.Griffith’s teammate Paul DeNobrega (six points) finished fifth.The first junior to cross the finish line was Adalie Hodge, while Marcus Keiler and Nigel Duguid placed second and third respectively.In the veterans’ category, Leer Nunes and Everal Mundy placed first and second in that order.The GCF’s races are being staged with the aim of selecting cyclists for overseas engagements, but consideration will also be given to those Guyanese who are training and competing overseas.last_img read more

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