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DAIC statement on lead-up to elections

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The DAIC as a private sector organization would like to caution all citizens and political parties and supporters to observe the tenets of peaceful exercise of their electoral franchise in the lead up to, and into the general election.

We have worked hard to survive and bounce back from the traumas of two destructive weather events which had significant adverse effects to individuals and business owners alike and we must remember the human catastrophe associated with the fallout of Hurricane Maria and the losses suffered. Our country has bounced back to regain a sense of normality because of the diligence and togetherness of the people of Dominica.    Let us make every effort to ensure that this is preserved.

Any sequence of events which can and will compromise law and order in our country and which will create further shocks to the business community, and confidence in our country, will compromise jobs for locals and our economy and must be condemned.   These events can and will also compromise investor confidence and will cause us quite easily to step back to the dark days of the immediate post-Hurricane Maria catastrophe.

Equally, we urge that the security forces be guided by an even-handed approach to law enforcement. This means observing the preservation of peace and the protection of the citizenry, private and public property coupled with freedom of movement whilst respecting the rights of individuals to express themselves as is customary in a democracy.

This marriage between responsible advocacy and responsible leadership is vital in order for this country to continue moving forward peacefully and to ensure that the private sector stays confident through the electoral process.

We also urge that responsibility be exercised in the circulation of imagery (both nationally and internationally) which purports scenes that may misrepresent the total view of current life in Dominica. We should all be mindful at all times of the power of instant media and the impressions it may give of the island, again compromising the livelihood of businesses large and small and eroding the confidence of the outside world in the entire country.

We must ensure that our actions today do not negatively affect our lives and livelihoods after this electoral period is over and that respect for law and order is paramount and essential at this time.





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BREAKING NEWS: Suspected case of Corona Virus in Jamaica

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There is a suspected case of the Corona Virus in Jamaica according to several Jamaican news outlets.

Reports coming out of Kingston is that there is a patient at the University of the West Indies hospital who arrived from China with the deadly novel coronavirus.

China’s death toll from the new viral disease is now at 106, including the first death in Beijing, the Chinese capital, and 24 others in Hubei province, where the first illnesses were detected in December.

There were 1,771 new cases confirmed in China, raising the national total to 4,515, according to the National Health Commission.

It is said 976 people were in serious condition.





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ANNOUNCEMENT: DOWASCO disconnection notice – Dominica News Online

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DOWASCO wishes to inform all Domestic and Commercial customers that we will be carrying out disconnection of accounts in arrears.

Customers in arrears of 30 days and over are liable to be disconnected. You are therefore advised to ensure that all outstanding balances are paid, to avoid the inconvenience of a disconnection.

Customers, whose accounts are disconnected, will be required to pay their outstanding balance in full plus a reconnection fee, before service is restored.

Dowasco reminds customers that they can now visit our website at www.dowasco.dm to view their bills online.





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Queen contestants Kimra Charles and Melanie Charles aim to use their platforms to make a difference

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Miss Dominica 2020 contestant Kimra Charles is using her platform -Breast Cancer in Men- to encourage them to get screened early for the deadly disease while Melanie Charles, also launched on Saturday, wants to be a voice for voiceless children.

Charles used her official launching ceremony last week Saturday to encourage men to do routine check-ups.

Charles who is sponsored by Maxroy Trading was launched in the park opposite Ma Boyd’s Bar.

“I want to draw to your attention to one specific strain of cancer that a lot of people are unaware of and that is breast cancer in men,” she said.

She said she is aware that some men are reluctant to do routine check-ups.

“But my platform I will be encouraging our men to be checked. A check today could save your boyfriends, your husband, father or son from a lifetime of pain,” Charles said.

According to Charles, over the past 10 years, reports showed that there have been four known incidents of breast cancer in men in Dominica.

“And I believe it is one too many,” Charles remarked.

Meantime Parliamentary Representative for Roseau North, Danny Lugay who also addressed the event is encouraging Dominicans to live a healthy lifestyle.

In direct support to Charles’s platform, Lugay said, “it will mean that when she goes to the school and the public when she speaks, she will have to speak of healthy lifestyle including diet,” he stated.

He also encouraged the consumption of more fish in the community.

“And one of the changes I would like to see is that Dominicans eat a lot more fish coming from the Fond Cole fishermen,” he said.

These lifestyle changes according to Lugay should also include exercise on a regular basis.

He also encouraged participants to enjoy the journey.

“Wearing the crown will be only temporary but the friendship forged among yourselves will be for a lifetime,” Lugay indicated.

Melanie Charles

Melanie Charles of Goodwill was also launched on Saturday and her aim is to become an ambassador for the voiceless children in society.

Speaking at the ceremony held at Lindo Park she said children are the most vulnerable in society and it is imperative that they start off on equal footing in life.

“Sadly, and for a variety of reasons many parents are not in a position to care for their children in the best possible way. And so, their living conditions are poor as well as their diet, hygiene and this goes on to affect their schooling, education and general, physical and mental health,” she told the crowd gathered.

Melanie said she feels extremely blessed to be able to say that she is part of a family who gave her a purpose and voice to be standing here this afternoon.

“I am no longer that shy girl that I once was. I want to place underprivileged children with loving, caring, responsible families right here on our island,” she said.





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