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Canada deports Iranians holding Eastern Caribbean CBI passports, detains others

June 23, 2017
Canada deports Iranians holding Eastern Caribbean CBI passports, detains others OTTAWA, Canada -- The Department of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Canada has reportedly deported a number of Iranian nationals, all holding citizenship by investment (CBI) passports from Eastern Caribbean countries, back to the countries that issued their passports.

OECS convenes citizenship by investment stakeholder meeting

June 21, 2017
OECS convenes citizenship by investment stakeholder meeting CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Representatives from the region’s five citizenship by investment programmes (CIP) met in Saint Lucia last Friday to explore opportunities for increased collaboration and harmonisation of due diligence processes. The meeting, convened at the behest of heads of government of...

IMF concludes 2017 discussion on common policies of ECCU member countries

June 16, 2017
IMF concludes 2017 discussion on common policies of ECCU member countries WASHINGTON, USA -- On June 2, 2017, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2017 discussion on the common policies of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) in the context of the Article IV consultations with member countries. Favorable external...

Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 set to begin in Trinidad

June 10, 2017
Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 set to begin in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Phase II of the international military exercise entitled Exercise Tradewinds 2017 will be conducted in Trinidad from June 13 – 17, 2017. Phase I is being held in Barbados from June 6 – 12, 2017. Tradewinds is a multi-national maritime security and disaster response...

Legal services commission declines to address to corruption allegations against CCJ president

June 9, 2017
Legal services commission declines to address to corruption allegations against CCJ president ROSEAU, Dominica -- In a letter addressed to Dominican attorney at law Cabral Douglas, the Regional and Judicial Legal Services Commission (RJLSC) has declined to address corruption allegations against Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) president, Sir Dennis Byron. In the letter dated June 7...

Letter: Dominica budget woes

June 9, 2017
Letter: Dominica budget woes The government has the authority to manage and use large sums of public funds collected in the form of taxes, fees and other receipts. In a parliamentary democracy like Dominica's, this authority is granted to the government by parliament which is elected by the citizens. Therefore, government...

Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding

June 8, 2017
Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding GOSIER, Guadeloupe -- The second selection committee for the Interreg Caribbean Program 2014-2020 has made public the list of the 11 regional projects eligible for European funding. Many countries in the Caribbean will benefit from these projects, as follows: 1. TEECA: Set up a trade facilitation team and...

Health facilities in seven Caribbean countries to be transformed to be disaster resistant

June 8, 2017
Health facilities in seven Caribbean countries to be transformed to be disaster resistant BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has selected 16 hospitals and health centres in seven Caribbean countries to make them safer, greener and more resilient to natural disasters, under the framework of the Smart Health Care Facilities Project, an initiative...

Letter: Keep it classy!

June 8, 2017
Letter: Keep it classy! I beg your indulgence, to say something to Hubert Volney in response to his brutal and vicious attack against my Diasporan sister Rebecca Theodore! If you ask Hubert Volney who is Shirley Allan, he will tell you that she is an idiot from Dominica living in the diaspora, as he has referred to me on...

Letter: The UWP appears to be out of touch with Labour voters

June 7, 2017
Letter: The UWP appears to be out of touch with Labour voters As a UK citizen who is a 'residential tourist' with a house in Dominica, I read this article (Dominica: Towards a one party state?) with interest. Sadly I don't agree with many of the points raised. For example... While, of course, it is wrong to bribe voters, there is a valid argument for any political party to...

Citizenship consultants file defamation claim

June 6, 2017
Citizenship consultants file defamation claim DUBAI, UAE -- On May 28, 2017, global citizenship consultants Arton Capital initiated legal proceedings for alleged defamation in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) against the Investment Migration Council (IMC) and its former UAE representative office. Arton Capital has partnered with the governments of...

Letter: Enemy of the people of Dominica

June 6, 2017
Letter: Enemy of the people of Dominica When I spoke at the Portsmouth rally of the ruling Dominica Labour Party on May 7, I admonished a certain genre of my fellow diaspora nationals that do not live in Dominica for the things that they say, and write, for hurting the motherland. My statement was not only well received, factual but also prophetic.

Commentary: Dominica: Towards a one party state?

June 5, 2017
Commentary: Dominica: Towards a one party state? It would be folly not to consider the arguments of proponents who hold, that the man posing as the prime minister of Dominica for 17 years, should be given the mandate to govern the people of Dominica for another five years. However, while this view is supported in many ingenious discussions...

Trinidad and Tobago Law Association calls on chief justice to step down after no-confidence motions

June 3, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago Law Association calls on chief justice to step down after no-confidence motions PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In Trinidad on Thursday night, the Law Association called on Chief Justice Ivor Archie to step down after passing no-confidence motions against Archie and members of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC) over its handling of the short-lived appointment...

Commentary: The proposed electoral amendments in Dominica, misinformation and fighting over nothing

June 3, 2017
Commentary: The proposed electoral amendments in Dominica, misinformation and fighting over nothing Power of the Parliament 1. The Constitution vested the exclusive power in the Parliament to make laws for election matters by sections 40(5) and 41 of the Constitution. It is also the exclusive authority of the Parliament to legislate on matters which it considers ought to be illegal or offences, or which...

Letter: Is there really a viable alternative for the leadership of Dominica?

June 3, 2017
Letter: Is there really a viable alternative for the leadership of Dominica? There seems to be a growing question asked by many Dominicans, “If not Skerrit, then who?” This question has become even more of a concern since the last parliamentary sitting and recent interview conducted with the leader of the opposition. Never before has the opposition as a whole...

Commentary: The Dominican Revolution

June 1, 2017
Commentary: The Dominican Revolution December 23, 1776, Thomas Paine, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States in a post called "The Crisis", which described the start of the American Revolution, said this; "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from...

CDB approves millions in loans and grants for ten borrowing member countries

May 31, 2017
CDB approves millions in loans and grants for ten borrowing member countries PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- On Monday, May 22, the board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), met in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. It approved the following projects in The Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, St Kitts and Nevis...

Commentary: Deconstruction of democracy in Dominica: Labour Party's 'mission' to emulate Venezuela!

May 30, 2017
Commentary: Deconstruction of democracy in Dominica: Labour Party's 'mission' to emulate Venezuela! Thirty months ago, in a piece entitled 'Dominica: Rectifying the stride towards quasi-independence' evidence was presented to alert readers that the ruling Dominica Labour Party was on the path to deconstruction of democracy on the island. Factors that promoted and sustained this path were identified and...

Letter: Suspension of controversial amendment welcomed

May 30, 2017
Letter: Suspension of controversial amendment welcomed The People's Party of Dominica welcomes the suspension of the deeply controversial amendment to the House of Assembly and Registration of Electors Act . This bill brought forth by the Dominica Labour Party seek to add clauses to interpret existing law pertaining to the bribery and treating provisions...

CBI developer funds school meals programme in Dominica

May 26, 2017
CBI developer funds school meals programme in Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- Hundreds of children in Dominica are being helped by a school feeding programme funded by citizenship by investment (CBI) specialist and developer Montreal Management Consultants Est (MMCE). MMCE is paying for healthy snacks and lunches provided to...

Dominica and Antigua-Barbuda attorneys to provide competing testimony at bribery trial in New York

May 26, 2017
Dominica and Antigua-Barbuda attorneys to provide competing testimony at bribery trial in New York NEW YORK, USA -- Dominican-born and former Antigua-Barbuda attorney general, Justin Simon, and prominent Antiguan attorney Dr David Dorsett will form part of the federal trial of Chinese billionaire Ng Lap Seng, which is about to commence in New York next week. Both attorneys have...

Open Letter to the Regional and Judicial Legal Services Commission

May 26, 2017
Thank you for your letter dated 24 May, 2017. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognises as fundamental the principle that everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal. However, as you would be aware...

Letter: Dominica reaches a new low: Legalizing electoral bribery and treating

May 25, 2017
Letter: Dominica reaches a new low: Legalizing electoral bribery and treating Dominica’s parliament has failed to meet for seven months – the longest stretch of time since the country’s independence. In spite of significant challenges faced in 2017, including the revelation that diplomatic passport holders were not adequately vetted as Prime Minister Skerrit insisted for years...

LIAT pilots give management June 1 ultimatum to honour agreement

May 24, 2017
LIAT pilots give management June 1 ultimatum to honour agreement ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- According to a statement issued on Monday by the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA), its relationship with the airline is currently strained and has deteriorated to an all-time low and the pilots have given management a June 1 deadline to avoid further escalation.

OECS foreign ministers conclude third Council meeting

May 23, 2017
OECS foreign ministers conclude third Council meeting BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- OECS ministers of foreign affairs concluded a successful meeting of the Council of Ministers - Foreign Affairs (COMFA) on May 17, 2017, in Barbados, under the chairmanship of Charles Fernandez, minister for foreign affairs, international trade and immigration...

OECS trade mission holds consultations in member states

May 10, 2017
OECS trade mission holds consultations in member states CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Intra-regional and international trade potential has been strengthened following a recent Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) trade mission held in St Lucia, Martinique and Dominica from April 24-28, 2017. Minister of agriculture for St Vincent and the Grenadines...

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