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Upgrade to municipal district among UWP plans for St. Joseph says Monell Williams-Jno Baptiste



Monell Williams- Jno Baptiste addressing UWP supporters at St. Joseph

An upgrade of the St. Joseph Health Centre to a full-service medical hospital, an administrative complex to house government’s postal services, a sub-treasury, ATM services and the establishment of three new Dominican municipal districts, are some of the plans United Workers Party (UWP) candidate for the St Joseph Constituency, Monell Williams-Jno Baptiste,  says will benefit her constituency as well as the rest of Dominica.

Williams- Jno Baptiste, who was addressing party supporters at a UWP Mega Rally held in St Joseph on Sunday, said she is excited about her vision for the St Joseph constituency.

“We will upgrade the St. Joseph Health Centre to a full-service medical hospital and identify a suitable area for the construction of a Fire and Ambulance station,” she said.

She continued, “The United Workers Party (UWP) will announce the establishment of three new Dominican municipal districts: Grand Bay, Marigot and St. Joseph. The towns will be instituted within the first 18 months of a new UWP government.”

According to Williams-Jno Baptiste, the French Department and English Creole liaison of the government of Dominica will establish offices in the towns of Saint-Pierre (Martinique), Basse Terre (Guadeloupe) and the city of St. Johns (Antigua) as a means of enhancing joint-venture relationships between the new towns.

“Among other initiatives, trade, tourism and air and sea transportation are expected to receive a boost from this new municipal initiative,” she stated.

The construction of a modern police station in St Joseph also forms part of the UWP’s plans.

“We will build a modern police station and more employment opportunities will be created for aspiring police officers,” Williams Jno Baptiste stated. “The positive spillover of the town of St. Joseph on the community: enhanced police presence through the western district police command.”

Constituents will also see an upgrade of the basketball court into the new St. Joseph Sports Complex, “An indoor/ multi-purpose facility with seating bleachers and lighting for evening or day/night events.”

“We will employ the best engineers to ensure that you retain all access to this facility as a community during the day,” Williams-Jno Baptiste assured her constituents.

Furthermore, the UWP also plans, in consultation with the Catholic Church, to acquire permission for the grassing of the St. Joseph playing field to accommodate international cricket and football events with an emphasis on training and net sessions for international cricket.

She said there will be a seaport with customs and immigration facilities and a commercial area for doing business.

“These infrastructural amenities will help to greatly enhance the aesthetic of the community,” she noted. “This seaport, which will be retrofitted to accommodate sea-plane landing, will also serve as a link between the west, south and north of the island as well as a point of international entry and will be situated to your immediate left,” she told the hundreds of supporters gathered on the St. Joseph playing field.

Williams- Jno Baptiste informed her audience that the government-owned land for the development of the market place will finally be used for its intended purpose as the party will create a Market Plaza named after the community’s most renowned farmer CJ Ferreira.

“We will further identify a suitable area for a modern Park. St Joseph will be truly the City it was designed to be,” she revealed.

She said further that the St. Joseph feast, though a religious feast, under a new UWP government will be changed from just a jam ,as she put it, to a true community experience and become a model for other community feasts.

“The idea is to add other aspects to these three days of feast celebration like a market day, a food fair, a local talent show/display and a youth activity,” Williams Jno Baptiste explained. “Our feast will be transformed into a true community event that will help in bridging the generation gap, strengthening our community spirit and togetherness while we reap the economic benefits that this will provide even for the young entrepreneurs who will appreciate the all-day traffic through the community.”

Meanwhile, she revealed that the town of St. Joseph will be twined with the Guadeloupe town of Basse Terre and a life-like monument of Jeff Joseph will be erected at the Jeff Joe square in the centre of the village.

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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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