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Female candidate for Kalinago Chief promises to improve economic, cultural and political life of her people – Dominica News Online

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Candidate for the upcoming elections for Kalinago Chief, Anette Sanford, has said that her decision in stepping forward to serve the Kalinago territory, is to improve the economic, cultural and political life of her people.

She made this statement during a recent interview on Q95FM Radio.

“The past elections have been dominated by men and in a progressive society right now, where women [have] clearly demonstrated their capacity to lead and there are examples in my community, we have women principals, entrepreneurs; we have women involved in business and they are doing a fantastic job, I must say. I see absolutely no reason why a woman with the educational background, the experience and of course, the backbone to lead, cannot step forward and do so,”

Sanford is of the view that the Kalinago tertiary needs more than just survival right now.

“I think we need to excel economically. We need to excel culturally and politically so I decided to step forward to serve,” she stated.

She outlined some of her plans for her community which fall under three main objectives.

“Some of the plans I have come up with – there are lots of them – but they fall under three main objectives: to empower people through education, to preserve our culture and to improve the quality of life for the Kalinago people,” Sanford said.

She added that some of those plans are supported by a wealth of experience of working with the people, listening to their concerns, their frustration and their desire for a better life.

“Unfortunately, the cries we hear today are some of the very same cries that our ancestors long ago faced…the very same issues in just different times. We, as a Kalinago people, are still exploited economically. We are oppressed culturally and politically and I must say, this has to stop,” Sanford declared.

The well-educated, female candidate for Kalinago Chief brings professional training and experience into the race.

“I’m a registered nurse by profession; I have ten years of working experience. I have also moved on to specialize in health care administration. I have done a supervisory management course at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and I’m presently in my last semester of doing an online degree in nursing with a focus in leadership.”

 She said she has been working with Sinekou Primary School (which she attended) by taking up the responsibility of  sponsoring the student who is excels in science.

She said that she is thankful for the support she has received and encourages the Kalinago Territory to “join their hearts, hands and minds together with one vision and mission” to develop their community. 

According to historian Dr. Lennox Honychurch, Sanford is the first woman to run for the position of Kalinago Chief in Dominica in the modern era but he says there are records of women being indigenous chiefs across the Caribbean before European colonization.

The elections for Kalinago Chief are scheduled to be held on the 22nd of July 2019.





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Giraudel and Eggleston to take advantage of Community Tourism Enhancement Competition

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Shirley Alexander is 3rd from left in back row

One of the participants in the Community Tourism Enhancement Competition (CTEC), Shirley Alexander, is planning to use the competition to transform the communities of Giraudel and Eggleston.

The competition was recently launched at the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) Building.

She said her group will focus on the transformation of the Giraudel/Eggleston Flower Show site.

“We have started and we will continue and we intend to use the competition to transform our communities even more, our people, our landscape, everything that we have to offer,” Alexander said.

She said the competition will also be used to bring back some past activities with some additions.

“We will focus a lot on our flower show site, 2.6 acres, so you should look forward to exciting activities there in March and April when the competition will be on,” she said.

Alexander believes that the competition is creating more opportunities for community groups.

“We aim to have a more enhanced environment and more sustainable lifestyles. Of course, we are noted for our abundance of flowers and our people so we will be focusing on those. Our talents, our skills, whatever we have to offer,” she said.

She also mentioned that the community had an improved National Employment Programme (NEP) which started in September 2019.

“We have been pressing forward with the NEP, the Ministry of Tourism and others,” Alexander stated.





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Dominican confirmed as Antiguan commissioner of Police

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Dominica’s Atlee Patrick Rodney has been confirmed as Police Commissioner of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda.

Rodney is originally from the northern village of Savanne Paille which is located near Calibishie.

The announcement came Wednesday 19th February, during a Senior Administrative Meeting at Police Headquarters.

Commissioner Rodney met with members of the Police Service Commission (PSC) on Tuesday, where he was served with his letter of appointment, effective November 25th 2019.

Rodney, who has 38 years’ service within the organization acted in the position for a little more than 22 months before his confirmation.

His opportunity arose after the dismissal of the Commissioner of Police Wendel Robinson.

Robinson, who was born in St Vincent and the Grenadines, was on suspension since April 15th, 2018, when the Police Service Commission in Antigua began an internal investigation into complaints of sexual misconduct by male colleagues under the commissioner’s care.

The investigation later led to charges being brought against him and Rodney has been acting in the Police commissioner role ever since.

The newly appointed commissioner used the opportunity to encourage the men and women under his command to remain committed and united in their efforts to make Antigua and Barbuda a safer nation.





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Dominican actress shines in the US

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Dominican actress shines in the USAnother daughter of the soil has made her country proud in a field that few Dominicans pursue. Disnie Sebastien, fondly known as Myan to family and friends in Dominica, is the daughter of Riviere Sebastien and Annette Austrie and resided…

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