Local Bouyon artist Reo has been denied entry into the US where he was expected to perform at events in Houston and Miami over the weekend.
In a Facebook post, Reo whose real name is Dario Sebastien explained that while travelling to the United States on Thursday October 3rd, he was detained for questioning by US immigration & customs authorities.
He said during that process he was searched and “in my phone they found a flyer with my image on it”.
Reo said he was told that he was travelling to the United States for gainful employment which is not permitted on his current visa class and I was denied entry into the United States.
He was scheduled to perform in Houston at ‘Henny Glow’ on Saturday October 5th.
The event formed part of the annual Houston Afro Creole Music Festival held over the weekend.
On Friday 11th October, Reo was also expected to perform at ‘Souse & Punch and Riverland Mas Jouvert Band’ part of several events on the Miami Carnival calendar.
The 25-year-old Colihaut native also stated that despite the disappointment of not performing for his fans he is still optimistic.
“I believe that everything happens for a reason and I’m truly trying to find the silver lining in this unfortunate situation. “This could still have been a lot worse as I could have been barred for applying for a visa for years, but thankfully, that is not the case. I was given the opportunity to reapply for the proper visa which I intend to do as soon as possible.”
He also noted that this was a learning experience for him and an opportunity to form a program or association to empower other artists like himself with the proper tools to spread their talent beyond the shores of Dominica.
“I believe that there should be some kind of association in Dominica to help assist high potential artists in acquiring the proper visas and permits to work outside of the Region and I intend to work to develop such an organization,” he said.
Reo, who is known by his catchphrase “Ok Boom” says he is not deterred by this ordeal and is still available for booking within the Caribbean and European markets until his visa situation is sorted out.
His repertoire includes songs such as “Sa Ka Bay” (which has garnered over 1.5 million views on YouTube), “Dominica I from,” and most recently, “Pay Me.”
DPSU not satisfied with pace of salary negotiations; meets members next week
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November 14, 2019
The Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) says it not satisfied with the pace at which salary negotiation with the government is taking place and has scheduled a salary negotiation briefing rally with its members for Tuesday 19, November 2019.
The union’s Executive will first meet this Thursday to discuss the status of salary negotiations with the Government of Dominica for the triennium 2018— 2021.
After having met five times with the Government Negotiating Team, the DPSU is of the view that by now a reasonable offer should have been made by the Government.
For the year 2018/ 2019, the DPSU is proposing a one-off payment equivalent to two (2) months salary or alternatively 2.5%, 2019/2020 5% and for 2020/2021 5%. In addition, it is negotiating for an increase in allowance concession on import duties on vehicles for nurses and increase in pension to retirees who qualify for Government pension.
Public Works Corporation employees have not received an increase for about a decade while there is tardiness on the part of Management of both DASPA and Solid Waste Corporation in bringing negotiations to a conclusion.
Tuesday’s meeting will decide how solidarity can be solidified among public officers and employees from the above-mentioned institutions to decide the way forward in regards to salary negotiations.