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Suspended NYC president says he will not step down

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Paul Baron 

In defiance of his suspension as the National Youth Council President, Paul Baron has said that he will not step down.

The NYCD said in a statement that on October 15th, 2019 Baron was warned that he should refrain from any action that constitutes him representing the NYCD as President until its next General Assembly which is due to be held in April next year.

However, according to the NYCD, Baron ignored their request and he was subsequently suspended as President because of his involvement in political activities which are deemed unacceptable in his position.

But in response, Baron said he is not intimidated by “individuals who rather seek to feast” on his demise than building people up.

He said his suspension came because he endorsed “a certain individual whom I deeply admire and look up to as a role model”.

Baron is referring to his endorsement of Dominica Labour Party Candidate for the Salybia constituency, Cozier Frederick.

He said his statements were misconstrued by the media and it created a frenzy where the Chief Youth Development Officer and a certain Freedom Party politician (Jeff Bellot) called for his resignation.

He explained, in his release, that even after asking for forgiveness from his executives and Dominica’s youth, there has been a persistent effort by individuals to incriminate him by stirring up the executive board, pushing for his suspension.

“They had no grounds on which to do so, as the constitution gives me the inalienable right to affiliation. I must remind the general public that I am the legitimate and legally elected president until such time that a general assembly is held, which is constitutionally due in April of 2020,” Baron said.

Baron said he is “grossly disappointed in the actions of those persons who should be leading Dominica’s youth, adding that their actions to destabilize the National Youth Council for their own political gains is shameful.”

Baron is accused of violating the NYCD constitution, based on Section 3, Article VIII (Code of Conduct) of the NYC constitution which addresses the issue of political expression and affiliation by Executive members.

This section acknowledges that an Executive member is free to have his/her independent political affiliation and to attend any political gathering.

However, it also clearly states, “No member of the National Executive shall demonstrate openly in public forum, media appearance, political platform, or at such public events, show his partnership to any political party as this may have the potential to undermine the integrity and independence of the NYC.”

The beleaguered Baron maintains that this particular by-law is only applicable to the Standing committees of the National Youth Council.

He said he is not on any Standing Committee, neither are there any functional standing committees; so, the basis on the suspension of the duly elected President is “unconstitutional, null and void.”

On Tuesday, 19th November 2019, Baron spoke against a protest in Roseau organized by United Workers Party supporters.

He explained that the protest affected young people and that was his sole reason for speaking about the matter on DBS Radio.

“Again, because of these statements, I am being perceived of doing something wrong,” he stated.

Baron said he has only used his position to drive development for the benefit of young people in Dominica.

“I continue to form strategic partnerships with all the relevant stakeholders to ensure that Dominica’s youth have a voice,” he added

 Meantime former NYCD Executive member, Jeff Bellot, the man who first called publicly for the resignation of Baron is commending members of the NYCD Executive for their decision to the NYC president. He has also called on Baron to apologize to the NYCD executive, other NYCD members and the youth in general, “for violating the Council’s constitution.”

“And finally, Bellot said, “we can put this behind our back and the National Youth Council can go on [with] its business and try to do what is most important: what it was put there to do which is to take care of helping young people in this country,” Bellot remarked.





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Two women, a cabinet minister and a Saint Lucian among calypso semi-finalists

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Bingo, a first timer in the Dominican Calypso competition and a St. Lucian, makes it through to semi-finals

Two women, one newcomer, a Cabinet Minister who is a former four-time calypso monarch, along with four former four-time calypso monarchs and a St. Lucian national have gone through to the semifinals of the 2020 Dominica Calypso Association (DCA) calypso competition.

Shirley S makes it to the semifinals for the first time and will join Tasha P, a former calypso monarch, as the only female competitors. Gregory “Karassah” Riviere who is a government senator and also a minister of government, makes history as being the first government minister to compete in a calypso show in Dominica. Fitzroy “Bingo” Leon a veteran calypsoian in his native St. Lucia made it to the semifinals also along with Hunter, Bobb, and Observer. Former journalist Nathaniel “Nadur” Durand is also a newcomer to the semis.

The 20 semifinalists are: Hunter, Checker, Tasha P, Karessah, Sour Sour, Bobb, Checko, Healer, Insighter, Observer, Lady S, Jaydee, Bingo, Shadow Flow, Webb, Soul Puss, Trendsetter, Nadur, Picky and Jammer B.

 





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Phillip Alleyne, founder of Dominica Cricket Umpire association and Referee Association has passed

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Phillip Alleyne (left) pictured with referees

 

Phillip Gregory Alleyne the founder of the Dominica Cricket Umpires Association and Referees Association died at the age of 92 over the weekend at his home in Newtown.

Alleyne had been ailing for some time now.

In the early days, Alleyne played football in the position of a center forward for Notre Dame which was the leading team in first division football in Dominica. He also played for Thunderstorm and Arsenal. While playing for Notre Dame, he represented Dominica in two matches against the battleships HMS Snipe and HMS Glasgow. He also played club cricket as an all-rounder.

After retiring from actual play, Alleyne headed the Dominica Cricket Umpires Association for many years, until his retirement in 1995.

In football, he played a key role in the formation of the Referees Association and served as its president until his retirement in 1995. Alleyne has also served as an executive of the Dominica Amateur Sports Association (DASA) which was the umbrella body for sports back in the day.

He and Simon Roberts became the first two Dominicans to pass the exams to become first-class umpires in 1972.

He has also served as the Area Vice President of the West Indies Cricket Umpires Association with responsibility for the Windward Islands, an office he held until retirement.

Alleyne managed the Dominica football team –captained by Clem John — in 1965 when they went to St Lucia, and the national cricket team, captained by Augustus Gregoire, in 1969. As a cricket umpire, he officiated in two One Day International matches– WI versus Australia in St Lucia in 1978, and WI versus Australia (non-official series sponsored by Kerry Packer) in Dominica in 1979. He also officiated at 14 Shell Shield matches, standing with top umpires of the day.

In 2010, the Dominica Football Association honoured Alleyne with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the sport.





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Dominican wins Orlando Primer Prose writing award

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The Orlando Palmer Prose Prize 2019 for the best selected prose has been awarded to our very own Ms. Michelle Allyshia Belle, a Newtown-born Dominican native, for her submission: “Rude Awakening”, published in Interviewing the Caribbean literary magazine, spring edition, 2019 in Volume 4, Issue Number 2. At present, Michelle studies Psychology in China.

The Spring issue of the magazine was centered around the theme “Caribbean Femininity and Masculinity: Gender Justice”. Michelle’s story is based on a young boy who has had to move from his home in a rural village in Dominica to town, and his vicarious experience with domestic violence in the home. It also touches on the way domestic violence is received by the larger society, and its effect.

Miss Belle’s love for reading, which she did avidly from a young age, spiraled into an equal love for writing. Her work mainly focuses on themes such as Caribbean living, African roots and issues unique to the black community.  She has also won Dominica’s Independence Short Story competition in 2014 and 2015, and placed third in 2013, 2017 and 2019 respectively.

Michelle hopes that this award will give her more opportunities to share her literary works with the wider public and inspire other Dominicans to put out more of their literary products. She intends to seek an even wider audience by submitting works to more international avenues, and has hope for publishing her own book some time in the future. She recently had a poem published on a platform which shares experiences and achievements of black people in China. It can be read at the following link: https://blacklivitychina.com/2020/01/18/why-the-black-nod-exists-in-china-too/

Copies of Interviewing the Caribbean magazine which features Michelle’s story, Rude Awakening, may be purchased at:

https://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1606908?__r=619948&s=w





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