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High Court judge to rule on electoral reform matter



High court Judge Bernie Stephenson is expected to deliver her ruling in the election court matter brought about by members of the  Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM)

The group is asking the court to issue an injunction to prevent the holding of the general elections slated for December 6, 2019.

However, that matter is being fiercely defended in court by Lennox Lawrence, the lawyer for the President of Dominica, Heather Felix-Evans lawyer for the Electoral Commission and the Chief Elections Officer and Levi Peter, the attorney general of Dominica.

They are of the view that the court “does not have jurisdiction to hear the matter.”

They are also contending that since the election writ by the President was issued, the election law which was available to the group was via election petition after the holding of the general elections.

However, Cara Shillingford, the lawyer for the CCM, told the court that under the laws of Dominica, the group does have a constitutional right to approach the court.

“The court has a duty to ensure that the electoral list is accurate…if the names of ineligible voters are on the list, it disenfranchises people,” she said.

The case is being observed closely by the members of the Commonwealth election observer mission who are on the island to observe the election.


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Dominican gospel artist ‘Jcro’ releases new single ‘You Know Me’




Dominican gospel artist Karlvin Deraviere who’s stage name is “Jcro’ has released a new single dubbed ‘You Know Me.’

The Song takes reference from Jeremiah 1:5 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born, I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

“As a believer in this generation there are so many times we feel unworthy, thoughts of giving up in times of failure but God has given us Grace to face each day head on and to walk in victory because he has already won it all!” he said in reference to his new single.

The song was produced, mixed and mastered by Jamieson Julien of Elevate Studios, Dominica.

Karlvin “JCro” Deravariere was born in the 90’s in the lovely community of fond Cole and in love with the art of music from a very young age, Karlvin Deravariere aka JCro began slowly moving forward into the art-form.

At a tender age of eleven JCro accepted Christ into his heart at the Deliverance Baptist Church and began using his talent in an explosive way to glorify God. On this journey JCro began making strides being apart of a dynamic band called ‘The God Sent team,’ delivering the word through out the world to many youth and various people who long for more from this life.

He has done ministry not only locally but regionally and internationally alongside some of Gospel’s most renowned ministers such as Qmajur, Donnie McClurkin, Positive and Blessed Messenger just to name a few. JCro has ministered in the Bahamas, Jamaica, Tampa, Martinique and most recently Texas.

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DEAR BELLA: I paid for everything, now can’t get over this girl




Dear Bella



I need your advice on how to get over this girl that I somehow can’t get over even if I know for a fact that she is bad for my health.

We met during a popular annual event last year and we hit it off very well. She introduced me to her mother and she was very nice to me.

I am not really handsome but I figure if I spend heavily on a woman-especially those in Dominica- then you are in for a long time.

Bella I would buy her mother lunch, dinner, take them out and all. And her mother loved that. I bought clothes, shoes, hair and even ham and turkey Christmas gone. Cellphone costing $900 even.

And even if she is just 16, her mother didn’t mind because I was helping them out.

I thought at first her mom would say I was too old because I am 33. But she didn’t mind at all.

But all of a sudden, the relationship got cold. Her mom wouldn’t send her at my house again and even the mother cold with me.

I distanced myself and then last week she told me she wanted to end the relationship.

Next thing I heard she have a new boyfriend and the mother always up and down on his ride.

I guess she didn’t remember when I use to walk all the way Morne Bruce to bring food for her.

I miss her and I know I shouldn’t because I feel that they were using me.

So, I am asking if you could help me get over her. Like not to think of her again or even remember the way she hurt me.




Hello Walker

I don’t know if you expected anything serious to derive from a relationship with a 17-year-old.

And you could be right in your thinking that you were used.

Sometimes things happen to allow us to realize our mistakes and to save us from the catastrophe that we create for ourselves.

Condition your mind and tell yourself the story ended the best way.

Find someone more mature if you really want a serious relationship. You should never try to buy love using material things.

Furthermore, a mother “selling out”, her 16-year-old girl for monetary gains is clearly a red flag. It appears that this is a pattern.

Moving forward learn that money cannot buy you love irrespective of how society may put it.


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Tsunami Warning put in effect for Jamaica following 7.7 Earthquake




A massive earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.7 has impacted the waters between Jamaica and Cuba.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake, measuring 7.7, occurred around 2:10 p.m. local time at 125km north, northwest of Lucea, Hanover.

The quake was felt in several parishes, including Kingston, St Andrew, St Ann, St Catherine and Manchester.

It was reportedly felt in several other countries, including The Bahamas, Cuba, Cayman Islands, Haiti and Honduras.

According to reports from Jamaica, schools and work places have been evacuated and a tsunami warning was issued.

The earthquake was felt island-wide.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) said on its Twitter page, that tsunami waves reaching 0.3 to one metre or three feet above the tide level were possible for Kingston.

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