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There are two things that usually happen when information is not forthcoming to people who need to have questions answered.

One of the first things they do is to makeup images of what they think might be representative of the situation. The other thing they might well do is to seek the information from whatever source it might be found.

This they might do in a calm and organised way, or in more aggressive path, especially if it appears to them that the information is not readily forthcoming.

So on whose shoulders does the responsibility lie to keep the public properly fed with the pertinent information?

Whereas a government needs to have itself seen as transparent and accountable, there are times when certain information is not offered and this will be done in “the interest of national security”.

But it seems as though it is a standard that once people are placed in positions where they are to serve the public, many things become their personal domain. This type of behaviour is what occurs in most government offices and here in our “Nature Isle” is no different.

I hope that our leaders will learn soon that it is better to be upfront with whatever it is that is going on. If the people have to dig out the truth, all trust is gone and aggression will step to the fore. Then who knows what can very well happen.

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dominica cultural groups at the opening of Dominica's independence 2009

September 26th, 2009 marked the official opening of the celebrations of the 31st anniversary of its independence in Dominica.

Under the theme of “Progress and Development,” Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Minister for Community Development, Culture, Gender Affairs and Information, Loreen Bannis-Roberts, addressed the crowd gathered at the Old Mill Cultural Center to participate in the opening ceremony.

The event featured performances artists and musicians that included the Paix Bouche cultural group, the Sisserou singers, Michele Henderson, Ophelia, and Daddy Chess.

Also present was the reigning Miss Wob Dwiyet and the 2009 Miss Wob Dwiyet Contestants.

Here is a short video of Dominica’s Independence Celebrations 2009: Official Opening Ceremony – We hope you enjoy it!

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Now that the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) results are out and there is bound to be the usual excitement over those students who would have done exceptionally well as far as their results are concerned.

For many Dominican students these examinations are stepping stones as they try to discern the path along which they might want to travel as far as their careers are concerned. Many of these students are now getting the first hints on whether or not they should continue with dreams as they moved from one level of their formal education to another.

Having said that, we now have to wonder what might be in place, compliments of this country’s authorities, to properly assist these young people, whether they decide to further their education or to enter the work force early.

Government will certainly have to be very creative in get jobs for these young people once they have committed to joining the work force while the private sector would need to be a bit more willing to offer our youths a chance of making something of themselves. If this is not happening, then there will be too many people going around this country with nothing to do but getting into trouble with the law.

In any case, it will be government with the headaches to try and find rehabilitation programmes when work done upfront might have worked to the positive development of the young people. The private sector also has much to gain by assisting as it is their businesses that will bear the brunt of any assault of a people feeling that they have no where to go and no one to turn to.

So while we’re excited about the good news of excellent examination results, we are forced to ponder “what happens from here” and come up with very few answers.

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