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DREADING DREADLOCKSBBC Caribbean is reporting that in the Bahamas, two customs employees are facing the threat of dismissal because of their hairstyle.

Their dreadlocks have been deemed “unacceptable” by Customs authorities, who insist that the rules and regulations as they apply back that position.

The two women have been cautioned. The letter they received on the matter made it clear that the authorities felt that wearing their braids and dreadlocks on the job is “unquestionably unacceptable”.

The official line is that their jobs fall within the category of national security, and that there are various codes, including dress, that they are required to adhere to.

The two officers are seeking legal advice on the matter. But their plight is one many rastafarians around the Caribbean can identify with.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

  • Are dreadlocks an acceptable hairstyle in today’s Caribbean?
  • Should they be?
  • Does the style represent a sense of identity?
  • Have the customs authorities in Nassau over-reacted on the matter?
  • Should the women simply stick to the rules and resort to “more acceptable” hairstyles, or should they pursue the matter?

============My Personal Note============
I think once the women conduct themselves professionally, are able to do their jobs efficiently and keep their hair and appearance neat I see no problem in them have dreadlocks as customs officers.

HAVE YOUR SAY IN THE COMMENTS BELOW

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In an effort to minimize the amount of criminal activities, and to ease the amount of traffic in flowing through city of Roseau, the police have stepped up their game by developing a National Security plan during the Independence Reunion Season.

The plan includes barricading some streets during the World Creole Music Festival and Creole in the Park.

Accordingly to the police, there will be a low tolerance for non-compliance with traffic laws and there is a strong chance that person’s vehicles will be towed. With some 27,000 licensed drivers, 19,000 licensed motor vehicles – and with about 6000 vehicles crossing through Roseau daily could cause some serious problems.

Dominica Grammar School court, the Newtown Savannah, Lindo Park and Pottersville Savannah will be used for parking at a small fee – with police patrol to unsure safety.

IMPORTANT: On the evenings of the Creole Festival (Oct 31st- Nov 2nd), there will be no parking on Valley Road on either side from the junction of Bath Road, to the Bath Estate Bridge. Residents of River Street will be allowed to park on River Street and will be issued a national pass to River Street motorists to identify them. Also there will be no parking on either sides of Independence Street from the E.C Loblack Bridge to Kennedy Avenue, Cork Street and from the junction of Bath Road to Great George Street.

During Creole in the Park (Oct 27 – Oct 30) arrangements have been made so that parents picking up their children from school can park in Botanic Gardens from 12:30 to 2:30pm.

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A Labour supporter, after the results of the elections…Go reds!

Your Dominica morning news roundup for Tuesday September 23th 2008:

Opposition leader Hon. Ron Green is lamenting that there is no change in the present economic strain on consumers on the issue of overpriced foodstuffs, since the DLP has taken no initiative to implement a price control system in Dominica. Question to PM Skerrit: Why is it so difficult for a price control to be established when there is such a dire need for it?

In press conference last week, Minister of National Security Mr. Rayburn Blackmoore addressed the public on the issue of ever-increasing violence in Dominica. However, the question arises on multiple occasions, is the problem targeted at the source? According to numerous callers on the hot seat (a popular radio talk show), the preponderance of criminal activity are the common practices of young persons.

PM Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit is currently leading a four member delegation to the 63rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, and while there the PM will address Dominicans in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, September 27, 2008.

We end this morning brew with Dominica’s Queen Miss Marah Walter who walked with the crown as the new Miss Caribbean World 2008. Winning best swimwear, best talent, best Evening Wear, best Costume and was also awarded Miss Popularity. Yet another reason to be proud of our Carnival Queen Marah Walter and our beauty island Dominica

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