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Revamping of key institutions in Dominica among top priorities in UWP manifesto

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The United Workers Party (UWP) launched its 2019 manifesto dubbed “Real Change” in the presence of hundreds of party supporters at the Newtown playing field over the weekend.

Flanked by all his candidates contesting the general election, party leader Lennox Linton, signed a copy of the manifesto and handed it to a 75-year-old citizen.

He told party supporters that the manifesto is a vision for “our Isle of beauty” and is sustainable, harmonized growth and development in which every Dominican has an opportunity to have an education, proper health care, employment and an affordable home, a reasonable standard of living and an exceptional quality of life in a peaceful and secure social and natural environment.

It was disclosed that the manifesto cost a little over sixteen thousand US dollars and was paid for by “funds of the people.”

“Your money paid for the manifesto. That is money that you contributed to the GO FUND ME and we are proud of it. Today, take a bow and we say thank you to you who have paid for this your manifesto with your money,” Linton stated to loud applause.

The UWP leader said that the first priority of his party in coming to government is a national recognition and acceptance of the simple truth that “we are citizens of a country born to shine as the Nature Island of the world…”

He called on all to “embrace the real change and also embrace a national development philosophy that is in harmony with our true Nature Island character and identity.”

“We leave behind the political, religious and other divisions we have created for ourselves, and we discipline ourselves to become the free, united, peaceful, harmonious, self-sustaining people that we truly are, our values, innovative leadership, compassion, honesty, integrity, accountability, global teamwork, consultation,” Linton said.

The man who is vying for the top leadership position in this country said the vision of his party is to make Dominica the premier nature island destination in the world and the best place to live, work and enjoy life in the global community of nations.

“Our mission is to create, in the Commonwealth of Dominica, a globally recognized nature island democracy of the people, by the people, for the people, through the engagement of citizens and investors at home and abroad utilizing their talents, knowledge, skills and appropriate technologies to grow the economy, protect the environment and ensure social equity,” Linton said.

Among the UWP’s first 10 priorities for “real change” is the revamping of the key institutions within Dominica to improve efficiency and accountability.

Some institutions which have been identified to undergo this process include the Integrity Commission, the Judiciary, Local Government, the Civil Service, the Dominica Police Force, Statutory Boards and the Electoral Commission.

A copy of the full document is posted below.

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Orion academy takes Teen Pageant crown

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Lytleen Julien of Orion Academy in her evening wear

Lytleen Julien of Orion Academy is the new Miss Teen Dominica 2020.

The 1st runner up position went to Sahara Bowers of Dominica Grammar School while 2nd Runner up was taken by Kitanna Joseph of Convent High school. Abigail Fontaine of Isaiah Thomas Secondary rounded off the top four positions by nabbing  3rd runner up.

The awards were distributed as follows:

Miss Amity – Lytleen Julien, Orion Academy
Miss Photogenic – Kitanna Joseph, Convent High School
Best Speech – Sahara Bowers, Dominica Grammar School
Best Talent – Kitanna Joseph, Convent High School
Best Spectacular Creation – Kitanna Joseph, Convent High School
Best in Spectacular Creation – Lytleen Julien, Orion Academy
Best Evening Wear – Sahara Bowers, Dominica Grammar School
Best In Evening Wear – Lytleen Julien, Orion Academy
Best Response to Question – Sahara Bowers, Dominica Grammar School





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Small aircraft goes down in sea off Marigot

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Local search party goes out to look for the aircraft

Reports indicate that a small aircraft went down in the sea off the coast of Marigot earlier this evening.

According to information reaching Dominica News Online (DNO), the aircraft was one five small planes which were approaching Dominica from the direction of Guadeloupe.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that there were a number of passengers onboard the aircraft.

DNO is seeking more details on the accident and will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.

 





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Dominican author releases first children’s book

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Annette Phillip

New Children’s Author, Dominican born Annette Phillip has released her first children’s book called ‘Sammy’s Curious Adventure’.

Phillip ,who now resides in New York, told Dominica News Online (DNO) during an interview on Friday that the book is based on a true story.

“The book is based on Sammy, a child I babysat some years ago,” she said. Phillip said 100 copies were printed as a trial and have already almost sold out.

“It sold out well, everybody loved it,”. Adding, “I have been selling them to family and friends and right now I only have 10 remaining.”

According to Phillip she plans to visit the libraries to arrange to have her books available there, “and also in the bookstores.”

“One of them signed me up already, Greenlight Bookstore, “I also want to do book signings, I have a few places that offered to use their business place in order to get a wider audience,” she said.

Phillip revealed that part 2 and 3 of her book will be available at a later time. She is also seeking a distributor here in Dominica to assist in selling her books.

“I would love to get them involved,” she stated. “It’s a children’s book.” If that is made possible the books will be sold at the available bookstores in Dominica for EC$15.

Copies of her book can be purchased from her website www.sammythebunny.com. They are available in PDF at the cost of US$5 and US$10 for the printed copy.

She is also working on making her books available on Amazon. She mentioned that after the book sales the money earned will be used to print larger copies of her book.

Annette is presently working on a poetry book. Phillip was born and raised in Goodwill. She loved writing poetry and reading as a child. She decided to broaden her talent by writing her first children’s book.

One of her poems appeared in June 2018 in a book called “Fractured Poetics” which is presently selling on Amazon. Another of her poems ‘Her name was Maria,’ was also featured by Island Signatures Magazine out of Barbados.”

She hopes to go on to publish her short stories and in the near future, her string of poems.

 

 





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