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



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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Police investigate fatal shooting in Portsmouth




Several onlookers gather as the injured victim is placed in an ambulance

Dominica police are investigating a fatal shooting incident which occurred at 1:41 p.m. on Friday 3rd April, 2020.

The incident happened between Rodney’s Street and Benjamin’s Park in Portsmouth.

According to information from the police, Conroyson Boyd, a male adult of Chance, Portsmouth, sustained gunshot wounds to his lower torso from a firearm.

The report indicates that the gunshots were fired from a passinģ vehicle (drive-by).

Boyd was transported to the Reginald Fitzgerald Armour Hospital where he was attended to by medical persònnel. There, he was officially pronounced dead by a medical doctor. A post-mortem is to be performed.

Police say they have not yet been able to obtain a description of the vehicle that was used in the drive-by shooting.

Investigations continue.

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BREAKING NEWS: Dominica reports two new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19)




Dominica’ s count of positive COVID-19 cases has increased to 14.

National Epidemiologist, Dr. Shalludin Ahmed reported moments ago at a press briefing now underway, that the two new cases are contacts of case 3.

The case 3 patient was reported, on March 30, 2020, to have come from Concord in the Marigot area.

According to Dr. Ahmed, nine (9) of the 14 cases reported so far are male and five (5) are female.

He added that five (5) of the patients have chronic conditions, however, all patients are stable.

255 COVID tests have so far been completed in Dominica.

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