“We believe that the right to the Citizenship of any country is sacred and is one of those possessions that one cannot put a price tag on. It is this level of significance which requires our Government to tread with utmost restraint with any programme through which unknown foreign nationals with a history can smoke screen a due diligence process and then be found wanting a few months later.” – The Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) indicating support for Commission of Inquiry into the controversial Citizenship by Investment Programme (CBI).

“CARICOM recognizes the right of citizens to engage in peaceful protest. However, the Community condemns the vandalism which resulted in the destruction of private property and businesses.” Caribbean Community (CARICOM) appealing to all parties in Dominica to act with restraint and maintain law and order.

A member of the Cuban government is coming. I ain’t telling you who. A member of the Venezuelan government is coming. I am not telling you who. Because I have to say thanks to them,.” – St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves saying the list of invitees to the ceremonial opening of the multi-million dollar Argyle International Airport will include “a couple of presidents” and “a vice-president”.

“The police had information that the intent of the leadership was to stall the truck in front the Financial Centre and storm the barriers with the intent of entering the building.  This was the intent of the leadership of the United Workers Party and the Dominica Freedom Party. This is how they intended to seize the seat of power in the country.” Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit in a radio and television broadcast on the street protests aimed at forcing his government in Dominica out of office.

“It is a matter of recognition of the democratic process. President Moise has been elected democratically and it is a matter is support for the people of Haiti generally to let them know that they are not alone in their adversity… and we will continue to stand by them.  So it is very important for me as President of Guyana and of course as Chairman of CARICOM that at this moment we should show support and solidarity for Haiti.”- President David Granger, outlining CARICOM’s support for newly installed President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise.

“I did a bit of baseball, started some businesses but there was one day when I received an email from Phil Simmons stating that he would love to have a chat with me. We exchanged numbers by email and then we spoke and he said he would be really interested in having me come back into cricket and West Indies cricket.” – Resurgent left-hander Kieran Powell on his decision to return to West Indies cricket.

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