Category Archives: Caribbean News

A SIMPLE PATRIOTIC VISION FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE IN DOMINICA

by Zead Lloyd I am not interested in political power nor all these fictional alliances in Dominica. Here is  what I truly desire. I want a government that engages in more consultive and less discursive utterances. I want a government that involves and consults the people before decisions are taken and one that involves the […]

The So-Called Dominica International Airport – Sustainable Development and Understanding the Difference between Needs versus Wants.

By Gabriel J. Christian It is January 2021 and the government of Dominica, by its pronouncements and actions, seem intent building an “international airport.” That even though we are amid a global economic downturn and no airport in our region is operating at a profit. Indeed, the state has had to subsidize every airport in the […]

Pa ke tae’ yoh pweh Dominique hord’e nou

( Don’t let them take our Dominica from us ) When Siffleur Montagne Chorale sang this “National Anthem” about half a century ago, images of Europeans or American modern pirates filled my imagination… Never in my wildest dream could I envisage a native ” son of the soil ” leader and Prime Minister being the […]

PART IV: SHOULD THE DLP ADMINISTRATION BE CHALLENGED FOR CHANGING THE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT ACQUIRED LANDS AT LONDONDERRY?

A friend posed the question. “How would the law treat a situation where land acquired by a former Administration for a specific purpose (construction of an airport) is repurposed by another Administration to settle residents in public housing due to the compulsory acquisition of lands at a different location to undertake the initial project of […]

PART III: COMPENSATION CLAIM WHEN COMPULSORILY ACQUIRING LANDS ‘ALLEGEDLY’ FOR AIRPORT CONSTRUCTION

Sections 19-22 of the Land Acquisition Act of Dominica provide detailed procedure and considerations for assessment of fair compensation, which includes inter alia; Rules for assessment/valuation of compensation: Special rules for severance; Rate of interest on compensation from the date of acquisition; and Claims for reasonable costs for submission of a claim for compensation (not […]

PART II: SQUATTER’S RIGHTS AS A HUMAN RIGHT WHEN COMPULSORILY ACQUIRING LANDS ‘ALLEGEDLY’ FOR CONSTRUCTION OF SKERRIT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

The passion with which the callers to Q95 expressed their concerns over the indifference and uncaring disposition of the Skerrit-led Administration in dealing with the farmers who are squatting on lands that are compulsorily acquired by the   State for the alleged construction of an international airport did not escape our attention. Clearly, the DLP government, […]

PART I- GOVERNMENT’S COMPULSORY ACQUISITION OF LANDS ALLEGEDLY FOR AIRPORT CONSTRUCTION

Over the last few weeks, the citizens of Dominica, particularly farmers from the north-western communities of Wesley and Woodford Hill, have been expressing tremendous concerns and airing grievances over the seemingly uncaring conduct of the Skerrit-led DLP Administration in executing its land acquisition authority ‘allegedly’ with the intention to construct an international airport ‘ostensibly’ to […]

COMPARISONS OF LENNOX/UWP IN DOMINICA AND TRUMP/RETRUMPLISM IN AMERICA IS OFFENSIVE AND UNJUSTIFIED

Over the last few days since the violent rioting and mayhem of “RETRUMPLICANS” in the capital of the United States of America, a few loud DLP radio media personalities, primarily on Kari FM and despised DLP social media propagandists, have been attempting to draw a deceitful, wild and unfounded comparison with the personalities of the […]

PART XVII: WILL SIR BYRON GIVE FAVOURABLY CONSIDERATION TO DLP’S PROPOSAL TO REMOVE THE 5 YEAR ABSENTREQUIREMENT FROM OUR ELECTORAL LAWS?

Lest we forget, in our state of shock and amazement from the unfamiliar sights of bright Christmas lights on our streets and the traditional smell of smoked turkey and salted ham in the air, the final $500 thousand consultancy report of Sir Dennis Byron with recommendations on the way forward for electoral reform in Dominica, […]

ENHANCING THE ETHICAL AND ACCOUNTABILITY FRAMEWORK IN DOMINICA

Measures to enhance ethics and accountability must feature prominently as part of the agenda for institutional and civil service reform in Dominica. In recent years, the debate on and efforts to curb ethical violations and enforcement of accountability framework has intensified in the Caribbean mainly due to four reasons: i. The increase in the incidence […]