LocalNews ‘Mamo’ described as powerful & influential leader by: – November 30, 2013 Dame Mary Eugenia Charles died in Martinique on September 6, 2005Dominica’s first female prime minister, Dame Mary Eugenia Charles, affectionately known as “Mamo” has been described as a powerful and influential political leader in the Caribbean by a University of the West Indies (UWI) lecturer.Cynthia Barrow-Giles, political science lecturer at UWI Cave Hill, delivered the 8th Memorial Dame Mary Eugenia Charles lecture at the Fort Young Hotel on Thursday, November 28, 2013 on the topic “Men in Skirts, Gendering Democracy and Shaping the Nation: The Unfinished Democratic Agenda.“Your former prime minister, Dame Eugenia Charles that is, occupies still a space in a very small group of very powerful women globally, and not just powerful women, but certainly political leaders whether it be male or female”.Barrow-Giles’ areas of research include Caribbean international relations, general elections and women, and political participation in the Commonwealth Caribbean.“In fact, when you look at Eugenia Charles, the executive role that she played transcended and I think it ought to have transcended her gender,” Barrow-Giles stated. Dame Mary Eugenia Charles was the first female prime minister in the English-speaking Caribbean.Barrow-Giles noted that Dame Eugenia Charles “defied classification” and although she interviewed her in 2002 and read about her extensively, “I still don’t quite understand her”.(L-R) Minister of Social Services Gloria Shillingford, House Speaker Alix Boyd Knights, UWI Lecturer Cynthia Barrow-Giles and Director of Public Prosecutions Evelina Baptiste after Thursday’s lecture. (Photo Credit: Lisle Bruney of UWI)“She’s a very complex figure, but I’m also arguing that she is one of the most powerful and influential political leaders of the late 20th century Caribbean,” Barrow-Giles said.While, Dame Charles dismissed the idea that she was a feminist, “in almost every single discussion on gender however, she will forever be remembered as the first female head of government in the English speaking Caribbean,” she indicated. ‘Mamo’, she said, “has left an indelible impression on the political history of Dominica and the Caribbean”.This is especially significant “if we contextualize her in terms of a regional political environment which is in fact overwhelmingly dominated by males”. Dame Mary Eugenia Charles who died in Martinique on September 6, 2005 was born May 15, 1919 at Pointe Michel.She contested the general elections in 1975, won the Roseau Central seat and became leader of opposition. In 1980 she became prime minister when she led the Dominica Freedom Party to victory.In 1991 she was knighted as Dame of the Order of Bath by Queen Elizabeth II at Harare, Zimbabwe during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference. Charles served as prime minister until 1995 (fifteen years) and retired from the House of Assembly in that same year. Dominica Vibes News Share Tweet Share 513 Views 3 comments Share Sharing is caring!
2261 Views 8 comments Share Sharing is caring! CommentaryLettersLocalNewsOpinionsReader Bites Appeal for support for Ras Algi’s medical expenses by: – December 1, 2016 Tweet Ras Algi (file photo)By: Ras Mo MosesRas Algi (Algernon Adams) a well-known visual artist and cultural personality needs the financial support of Dominican people to help with urgent surgery overseas. Ras Algi is a friend and colleague with whom I have performed with in Dominica and overseas over decades. Until yesterday, November 30, I felt paralyzed regarding raising the money needed. Responses to a Q95 fund raiser for Ras Algi has changed that and emboldened me to join in the appeal for funding and support for Ras Algi. The Q95 fund raiser lead by Athie martin and Matt Peltier, created awareness and received positive responses and donations, however, more needs to be done. In his passionately appeal Athie Martin is calling on Dominican artists to come together to contribute to the the funds for Ras Algi.I have communicated with several concerned people including Ras Algi’s wife. I posted my concern for Ras Algi’s welfare on my facebook page and received several messages in my inbox from artists & friends in Dominica overseas including Michele Henderson. Before my post, Gordon Henderson encouraged me to work along with Athie Martin & Matt to make the concert happen. I expressed to him my concern about the partisan political slant re Q 95s approach he understands and want to work beyond the partisan politics.I spoke to Athie briefly yesterday he had been in communication with Gordon Henderson, we agreed to continue talking I didn’t express my concern of the partisan politics in our conversation.At this point I appeal to the humanitarian in everybody especially the artists. Beyond the healing of Ras Algi I also see healing for our small island nation Waitukubuli.To those concerned about Ras Algis welfare, I say let’s drop the partisan political rhetoric tied to getting Ras Algi healed make it solely an effort to bring out the best talent and leadership among us, and raise enough funds to cover his medical expenses. Let’s heal Ras Algi & our nation. Share Share
City went 1-0 up in the very first minute when Bobby Reid found himself in the right place at the right time after Famara Diédhiou and Josh Brownhill both struck the crossbar in the same attack.But despite being outplayed at this stage, hosts Birmingham City drew level through Craig Gardner on the half-hour before Jacques Maghoma fired home the winner 16 minutes from time.“It’s frustrating because we certainly had the chances,” Johnson told BCTV.“We were very good in patches; 65% of the time we were excellent, but the other 35% we were a bit naïve.“We had quite an experienced side out today and we didn’t manage the game well enough.“At 1-0 up we were absolutely cruising and the lads probably started to enjoy it a bit too much, which coincided with us giving a poor ball away while our crowd were giving us the ‘Olé, Olé, Olé’.“We thought we were better than we are and we got sloppy, giving them the opportunity to launch the ball in our box (leading to the equaliser).“That gave them something to get hold of, the crowd got behind them and everything changes.