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Alex Bruno says DBS decision to suspend his radio programme is political; says he will challenge

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Renowned media personality, Alex Bruno, has lamented the recent suspension of the ‘Diaspora Link’ programme, which he hosted at the Dominica Broadcasting Corporation (DBS Radio), alleging that the action was politically motivated.

In an interview with Dominica News Online, on Friday, Bruno revealed that his services had twice been interrupted previously— once in 2000, following the general election, when his contract was discontinued, and again following Hurricane Maria, when he was dismissed. Both times, he challenged the decisions of the corporation’s management, with favourable outcomes.

This time, in a letter, signed by Cecil Joseph, the manager of DBS Radio, dated December 30, 2019, Bruno was informed that “in an effort to position the Corporation to better suit its present needs, some programmes will have to undergo some form of restructuring, while some will have to be suspended. In light of this exercise, a decision has been arrived at to suspend Diaspora Link from the First Saturday of January 2020, until further notice, with new objectives and guidelines for the way forward of the Station’s On-Air Programming.”

However, Bruno insisted that this measure was pre-meditated and politically motivated.

“In terms of how I know, there have been plans over the year or so to try to discontinue to arrangement by the manager, in writing… and again based on public utterances, and what I have been hearing, and the personal threats of discontinuation, and the actual suspension, I believe that all of this is partisan and politically motivated,” he explained.

Yet, according to Bruno, Diaspora link, which has aired for two decades, was not a forum for political discussions.

“There was a direct order in terms of the arrangement for the program that we do not deal with politics in any way, shape or form… so we never had any partisan political discussions on the program whatsoever,” he said. “It was always about people—people’s achievements and people’s interactions… Never were we in breach of that in that specific arrangement.”

Instead, he claimed that the programme served to “[bring] Dominicans in the homeland and those overseas together. The program takes away space, ocean, air between Dominicans and creates this oneness, in terms of communication and understanding realities.”

He continued, “We sought to promote Dominican life… especially people who have achieved remarkable feats: academic excellence, entrepreneurship, cultural and artistic happenings, and the like…As long you’re a Dominican and you have some association with the diaspora and you wanted to share, you had an avenue to do that.”

Bruno has said that he will challenge the decision by the Dominica Broadcasting Corporation to suspend the programme if it is not re-instated.

Dominica News Online reached out to the manager of DBS Radio, Cecil Joseph for a response to Bruno’s statement but Joseph declined our request.





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IN PICTURES: Stardom Tent opening 2020

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IN PICTURES: Stardom Tent opening 2020    A colourful and dynamic view of Stardom tent from Wednesday night after being postponed from its initial Saturday Launch.  

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Poponne-Skerrit reiterates plans for enhancement of Roseau

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Melissa Skerrit newly elected representative for Roseau Central

On Monday gone, Poponne-Skerrit presented a Development Plan for Roseau, in which she restated her intent to carry out promises made during her campaign.

Job creation, relieving congestion, upgrading infrastructure and making Roseau more accessible and inclusive are some of the key areas of focus for the newly elected Parliamentary Representative for Roseau Central, Melissa Poponne-Skerrit.

“Creating green spaces like the newly reopened Peeble’s Park represents a fundamental component of any urban ecosystem” and this space, according to her, promotes physical activity, social interaction and recreation that will enhance the health and well-being of people living and working in Roseau.

She said there are also plans to restore and upgrade the Botanic Gardens to include a children’s playground and create an exercising track for adults.

To ease the congestion in Roseau Poponne-Skerrit said there will also be government incentives for the Private Sector to build car parks.

“Designated bus stops have been assigned and there are plans for a Botanic Gardens bypass road to relieve traffic in Roseau,” she explained.

In addition, she indicated that widening High Street will compliment both the bypass and the construction of a new government building.

“Improve sidewalks and the rehabilitation of roads have already begun under the Roseau Enhancement Project with the focus on the environment by utilizing standards and designs that are climate resilient,” she stated.

She said there are also plans to refurbish the market so that it is more aesthetically pleasing for consumers and also to improve on food safety.

There are also plans to implement free accessible WiFi in Roseau which Poponne-Skerrit believes will help to ensure that citizens and tourists are connected to use the media to document their experiences in Roseau. “Which we all hope will be a positive one,” she added.

Meantime, Poponne- Skerrit said the Arawak House of Culture which received damage following Hurricane Maria a few years ago will be upgraded.

“The Arawak Cultural Centre is an iconic venue in the heart of Roseau, by upgrading this venue it will create an insurgent of nightlife with production such as music, performances and live theatre,” she said.

There are plans to restore and upgrade historic buildings such as the Newtown Community Hall, the City Council Block, the Baracoon Building as well as the Roseau Health Centre and the Public Library.





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Queen contestant Savahnn James receives sponsorship from NBD and Green’s Wholesale

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James with representatives of her co-sponsors: Green’s Wholesale and National Bank of Dominica

The National Bank of Dominica (NBD) and Greens Wholesale are the official sponsors of Miss Dominica 2020 contestant, Savahnn James, of Roseau.

James-20-an employee of NBD was sashed as Ms National Bank of Dominica and Green’s Wholesale at a ceremony on Wednesday.

 “The relationship with both sponsors will hold great benefits to the Dominican Community as I continue to collaborate on community projects related to my platform long after the pageant,” James said.

James platform is Sustainable Living Through Renewable Energy and she said the aim is to promote the use of renewable energy in all aspects of daily living.

She said there is also a need to take the conversation of renewable energy further by educating the general public on how this process can help in promoting a cleaner and greener island and contributing to a more sustainable economy overall.

To further develop her idea, James has had many discussions with her team to engage in different projects that can be put in place through educational sessions and training workshops.

Meantime representative of NBD, Suzanne Joseph-Piper, said the indigenous Bank is proud to be James’s sponsor and knows that she is a very determined person that can succeed at anything.

She said James’s platform is something that resonates very strongly at NBD.

“As a bank we firmly believe in the benefits of promoting sustainable living and this is possible even in banking where today’s technology enables us; both as an organization and our customers to embrace conservation practices,” Joseph-Piper said.

Green’s Wholesale also congratulated the queen contestant for deciding to participate in this year’s carnival and is privileged to do the same as her co-sponsor.





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