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UPDATE: Electoral Office takes responsibility for error with date for nomination day; insists nomination day is Nov 19President misses deadline to cancel Nomination Day

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It seemed as though President of Dominica Charles Savarin was going to miss a 3:00 pm deadline to respond to a request from the Leader of the Opposition, Lennox Linton and a group of concerned citizens to cancel nomination day. However, the Electoral Office appears to have come to the rescue.

The request to the president is contained in a letter sent by attorney Cara Shillingford on behalf of Linton and the group in which she cites eight grounds under which the president has to consider the request for the cancellation and threatens further legal action if the President fails to accede to the request.

The attorney in her letter reminds the President of his responsibility under section 55 of the constitution that gives him authority to set the election date for as late as February 5th, 2020.

The letter also cites the non-existent date of Wednesday, November 19th and speaks to the 10-day gazetting requirement before nomination day.

The letter also points to the promises made by the Electoral commission to cleanse the voters list, and shares information about a meeting between the returning officers and the Chairman of the Electoral Commission and Commissioner Alick Lawrence without the knowledge of or invitation of the two commissioners appointed by the Leader of the Opposition.

Issues such as the promise of voter ID cards and the recommendations of international organizations such as the OAS, CARICOM and the Commonwealth were also raised in the letter.

Shillingford told Dominica News Online (DNO) shortly after 4:00 pm today, that she still had not heard from the President.

However, just prior to publication of this update, DNO received a copy of a letter sent to the president of the United Workers Party in which the office takes responsibility for what it describes as a typographical error and maintains that nomination day is on “19 November 2019 as stated in the Writs.”

 

 

 

 





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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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