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Dominican-born US university lecturer calls for change of government in Dominica – Dominica News Online

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Dr. Anthony Frampton

University lecturer in the US, Dominican Dr. Bernard Anthony Frampton, believes that there is a need for a change of government in Dominica and the best hope of achieving that is to vote for the United Workers Party whenever elections are called.

Dr. Frampton, who is also a journalist and author, expressed that opinion during a town hall meeting in the Bronx, New York on Saturday.

He said while he is not partisan, he is concerned about what he termed as “an unhealthy tolerance of public corruption that is taking over our country”.

“It has become a plague in our country” he told those gathered at the meeting organized by the Opposition UWP.

Frampton said any action or engagement by public officers that abuse public office for personal or partisan gain is corruption.

For instance, he explained, “political interference in the payment of contracts cost us millions of dollars in lost value and lost opportunities to develop local business and local capacity.”

He contended that if politicians in public office direct public resources to their constituency, cronies, or supporters instead of giving them to the village, community, or people most in need, they are corrupt. If every deserving Dominican does not have a fair chance of receiving public assistance, despite their political persuasion, then the government is corrupt.

“If politicians are acquiring unexplained personal wealth while in public office without the proper reporting or the intervention of the government’s accountability systems, they are corrupt and the system is corrupt,” Dr Frampton added.

He said in fact,  perhaps the most disturbing reflection of Dominica’s current political climate is the apathy to public corruption, both among politicians on the government side and among a large swath of the electorate.

“There seems to no longer be shame in misappropriating the government’s money. I have heard otherwise lucid Dominicans say so what if they take money, everybody does it. And what makes the struggle against this national cancer so complicated is that a significant section of the electorate has been conditioned, through deliberate propaganda, to remember and even relive anxieties over milder acts that tainted the UWP’s short time in office,” he said.

He added, “And if you are patriotic enough, brave enough, or ethically grounded enough to call them out, they will tell you: cool out.  Dominica seems to be raining cool out. But it makes sense, you know. After getting people drunk on too much cold red Kool-Aid in a heated environment, you ought to expect them to want to cool out” he said.

Meantime Frampton also advocated for what he said is a more progressive and independent role for the courts in the system of government.

He argued that the system of appointing judges and the traditional role of our judicial system as the enforcers and elaborators of laws and the protectors of specific rights are too limiting for our realities as a small island nation.

“It may be useful to review the role of the judiciary as elaborators and enforcers of rules and the laws to envisage them as independent arbitrators that permit their timely input in critical matters of governance”, he said.

While Dr. Frampton agrees that we must retain certain aspects of the decentered role of the justice system, he said we must make our courts more efficient and competent in facilitating public engagement and influencing public accountability and transparency in ways that are not just litigious.

“We ought to see them as critical actors in ensuring that government works as much during the fact as after the fact,” he added.





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UPDATE(with video): Landing gear found, believed to be from small plane that crashed in sea off Marigot

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Local search party going out to look for the aircraft on Sunday night

Rescue teams are continuing their search today after a small plane carrying four people (two crew and two passengers) crashed into the sea in Marigot on Sunday. The landing gear from the craft is believed to have been found (video at end of article).

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Dominica Air and Seaport Authority (DASPA), Benoit Bardouille, said the French-registered aircraft was given clearance to take off from Douglas-Charles Airport destined for Le Raizet Airport in Guadeloupe.

“The search started again this morning. From the information I have thus far, we did have another person call, directly to me and gave a location based on what they heard last night in the general area and I think within that area thus far, a bag and a passport has been found, so there is some sort of active search now within that locality,” Bardouille said.

He said the aircraft was airborne at about 6:43 pm and was instructed by the air traffic controller to report when he passed 1500ft in the climb.

According to the DASPA official, a couple of minutes later, the air traffic controller attempted to contact the aircraft for a frequency change to Raizet control, but was unable to make contact with the aircraft.

“He made several attempts but received no response. The air traffic controller took a look at the radar viewing that we have at the airport and could not identify the aircraft…”, Bardoiulle said.

He said the Raizet Airport was immediately contacted and they informed Douglas-Charles Control that they had no information on the aircraft.

“At that point in time the aircraft, not being in contact with the air traffic control in Dominica and not being in contact with Guadeloupe was considered to be a missing aircraft,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bardouille said the fire service received a call from a private citizen, indicating that they had seen “something in relation to an aircraft that may have gone down into the sea”.

He said immediately, the fire service sought the assistance of the fisherfolk in Marigot to assist, while the mobilization of the Coast Guard was taking place.

“We are hopeful that something may happen since the aircraft may have not gone too far away from the airport, but certainly we are very concerned and we are doing everything along with the police as well as the French authorities to try to see how we can do any rescue or retrieval of anything that would provide the kind of evidence that is required for an investigation,” the DASPA CEO stated.

The rescue teams include the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority, the local coast guard and fisherfolk in Marigot. Two helicopters are also being used to conduct the search.

Bardouille made it clear that the actual airfield is not affected.

“It does not affect movements of aircrafts in and out of Douglas-Charles,” he said. “Clearly there will be an investigation by the appropriate authority to ensure that we can know what the cause was.”





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ANNOUNCEMENT: UNESCO Participation Programme 2020-2021

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The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is an agency within the United Nations responsible for promoting peace, social justice, human rights and international security through International Cooperation on Educational, Science and Cultural Programs.

UNESCO through the Dominic National Commission for UNESCO  is requesting submissions for projects meeting the organization’s programme priorities which will assist UNESCO in achieving its sustainable development goals by 2030.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) through the Dominica National Commission for UNESCO will provide funding to execute projects which meet the UNESCO’s programme priorities upon approval.

UNESCO’s Programme priorities for the 2020-2021 period are as follows:

  • Education
  • Natural Sciences
  • Culture
  • Social & Human Sciences
  • Communications & Information
  • Gender Equality

Applicants should forward all project proposals to the office at the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Planning, Vocational Training and National Excellence on the 2nd floor, Government Headquarters on or before Friday 21st, 2020.





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ANNOUNCEMENT: UNESCO Participation Programme 2020-2021

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The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is an agency within the United Nations responsible for promoting peace, social justice, human rights and international security through International Cooperation on Educational, Science and Cultural Programs.

UNESCO through the Dominic National Commission for UNESCO  is requesting submissions for projects meeting the organization’s programme priorities which will assist UNESCO in achieving its sustainable development goals by 2030.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) through the Dominica National Commission for UNESCO will provide funding to execute projects which meet the UNESCO’s programme priorities upon approval.

UNESCO’s Programme priorities for the 2020-2021 period are as follows:

  • Education
  • Natural Sciences
  • Culture
  • Social & Human Sciences
  • Communications & Information
  • Gender Equality

Applicants should forward all project proposals to the office at the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Planning, Vocational Training and National Excellence on the 2nd floor, Government Headquarters on or before Friday 21st, 2020.





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