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PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE PRESS RELEASE

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JULY 14, 2016

BY LEADER: OSWALD SKIPPINGS

 

The recent discovery of the decaying and partly burnt body of Dominican National Ms. Sorineida Moreno-Arias who was missing for days and seemingly brutally murdered, has sparked massive outrage in the Dominican community and among political leaders as well as our citizenry. In failing to respond as vociferously in response to the likes of Bah Smith’s murder in Grand Turk which is still unsolved and whose corpse has still not been released to his parents well after a year, political leaders and others have perhaps waited too long to express this level of outrage over these brutal and savage killings that have now seemed to become the order of the day. My sympathy goes out to the Dominican community who is understandingly traumatized and fearful and I hope that there is a speedy solution to these crimes to apprehend the killer and restore some feeling of safety and also to avoid any kind of misunderstanding at a national or community level between our two friendly neighboring countries.

 

This government has to impress upon the governor his constitutional responsibility to ensure that the police are adequately trained, sufficiently equipped and professionally managed in order to stem this escalating spate of deadly violence, which is a threat to the safety and wellbeing of residents and tourist alike.  Also, the installation of closed-circuit television must be put in place and should have already been done. Whilst the governor is responsible for law and order, there needs to be continuous dialogue and cooperation between the governor, the political directorate and the commissioner of police to ensure that adequate measures are taken to make these Islands a safe place to live in and visit.

 

It is comical to say the least that while the police are giving a description of  a suspected vehicle in this case, quite a few vehicles that fit this description may be seen on the road in Providenciales without license plates. The lack of positive administrative influence of our elected government on the financing and management of the police force is emphasized by the fact that it’s commissioner reportedly refused public funding in anticipation of the hoteliers providing such funding for CCTV’s which is so essential in solving crime but yet these closed circuits televisions are obviously not forthcoming.

 

Furthermore, there are too many reports of rapes and attempted rapes of passengers of illegal jitneys that are not publicized for fear of intimidating tourists and yet the premier and his government outright refuse to do anything to bring these illegal jitney operations under any kind of control for fear of losing votes. What is even more disgusting is that not only women are reported victims, but innocent, helpless children as well. This is one of the sore issues that the PDA has on the top of its agenda as the safety and wellbeing of our country and people is of the utmost priority and importance.

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Jamaica agricultural advancements despite bad weather

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Rashaed Esson

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#Jamaica#Agriculture, April 11, 2024 Despite the bad weather conditions in 2023, especially the drought period, Jamaica was able to achieve its second highest domestic crop production on record with over 700 thousand tonnes of local crops produced. This was announced by state minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Mining, Franklin Witter, on Sunday April 7, at the 41st annual National Farmers’ Month church service held in Trelawney.

 

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Guyana Wildfires

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Rashaed Esson

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#Wildfires#Guyana, April 11, 2024 – Wildfires have been affecting Guyana, the most recent in the Timehri Community on the north-eastern side since April 4, according to a release from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Operations (ECHO).

The report says according to PAHO, as of April 5, 28 people have been displaced in a shelter in the Santa Aratack Village. Additionally, the JRC Global Wildfire Information System, also featured in the release, says the total burnt area is more than 16,500 ha.

This comes nearly a month after a 93 year old man was killed by a wildfire in north West Guyana.

Reports say the entire region is dealing with wildfires including Venezuela, Central America and Mexico with a record number of fires, and a major increase compared to the same period in 2023.

 

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Efforts to deliver education to Children in Haiti – Schools still closed

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Rashaed Esson

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#Haiti#Education, April 9, 2024 – With schools across Haiti still shut down due to intense gang violence, UNICEF is making efforts to deliver education to students, working with the Ministry of Education. They are trying to deliver distance learning through radio, television and e-learning platforms and right now, solutions are being explored through Haiti’s national radio station. Announced in a press release by UN News on April 7, this comes as UN agencies warned that Haitian children are suffering from not just a lack of education but also primary exposure to violence.

 

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