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30 Venezuelans arrive

30 Venezuelans arrived yesterday as part of their Social Tourism Project, which will deliver needy Venezuelans to Dominica every two weeks.

$60k for Atkinson

Prime Minister Skerrit announced $60,000 for two projects in Atkinson, $40k for the road and 20k for the playing field. He was addressing a meeting of the Atkinson Village Council.

Produce to Martinique

Dominica will export several crops to Martinique, after a meeting with a company there recently. Root crops and citrus are among the crops, as well as plantain and ginger.

$10k enough?

Government’s annual EC$10,000 subvention to the Dominica Assoc. of Disabled People is being questioned as not being enough, said head of the DADP.

Williams: ‘not CARICOM’

Dominica Opposition leader Earl Williams said the CARICOM approach to the problem of high prices wouldn’t work here, saying our problems were unique. CARICOM have suggested suspending the Common External Tariff.

Drugs in the Prison

Head of the Prison Service gave a report on the status of the prison at Stock Farm. There are 234 inmates in total (2 being women). He said one of the greatest challenges was of drugs in the prison, with people throwing them over the fence to prisoners.

$90k to Liberia

Dominica has donated $90,000 to Liberia as part of their debt relief programme, allowing it to normalise relations with the IMF.

US Relations ‘Intact’

Security minister Raymond Blackmore said relations with the US were good, and suggestions that being part of ALBA meant an anti-US alliance were unfounded. He was speaking at a ceremony where the US gave four pick-ups to Dominica.

News source: DBS Radio

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Comment by Dan
2008-03-23 11:39:41

Although I don’t have the figures to do the math, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the EC$90,000 that Dominica has charitably given to Liberia represents a greater percentage of Dominica’s gross domestic produce and/or national income than does any grant that the US has or may have given that unfortunate country.

Liberia was created by purchase of land by early US anti-slavery proponents, who then offered the country — and in some cases passages to it — to freed slaves. Grateful, those freed named Liberia’s capital Monrovia after then President Monroe. Later, the African-American evangelist Father Devine sponsored a “back to Africa” movement that transported many descendants of slaves to Liberia.

Still, the US, to its shame. ignored the bloodbath that was the Liberian civil war.

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