The Loudspeaker Culture: A Menace to Society

loud speakersThe loudspeaker culture, the culture of noise is an unacknowledged menace to society. Loud music blaring from speakers assaults the ears and mind of the citizens of Dominica on the streets, on the buses, and in the comfort of their home.  There are no time restraints on the culture of noise. Loud music is played for the entire neighbourhood at any time of day and night.What is more there is no reasonable end time for the culture of noise. In beautiful Mero, a once peaceful haven, the hedonistic, sewo madness has been taken to an extreme. Events or bar sessions can begin as early as 12 noon or 2pm and go on until 12 midnight, 2 or 3am.At an establishment allegedly owned by a minister music can begin as early as 7pm until 4am. Worse still is to be woken up (if sleep came at all) by loud music at 7.30, 8 or 10 am, whilst still trying to recover from the previous day’s disturbance. An individual does not even have time to pray before they must contend with noise.Just as disturbing are the sexually explicit lyrics that debase our women and which promotes violence as a lifestyle choice.

The Loudspeaker culture has grave implications for the individual and for society. As I have stated in another article, the loudspeaker culture has a detrimental effect on health, on education, on social relations and on spiritual development. Noise creates psychological stress, which impacts negatively on mental health leading to depression and anxiety. It also contributes to health conditions such as heart and circulatory problems and a lowered immune system which lowers the ability of the body to fight infections. Noise has negative effects on childhood development and on a child’s ability to learn. Continuous exposure to noise affects the body’s natural rhythms and creates sluggishness, poor concentration, depressed mood and irritability.Furthermore children internalise the language and behaviour of the loudspeaker culture, the model of what is deemed acceptable in this society, thus creating more mental destabilisation and anti-social behaviour. The implications are clear for those with foresight. In the long term society will struggle to manage the burden that the loudspeaker culture has placed on it. The health and education system, social structures and the economy will all buckle under the weight of the damaging effects of the loudspeaker culture.

The loudspeaker culture is morally and legally indefensible. It stands in opposition to the human rights of the ordinary citizen as stated by the law and a violation of the human rights of an individual as given by God. It is illegal by law to abuse the human rights of others, in this instance a person’s right to be at peace in their home. It is stated in the preamble to the constitution and affirmed by The Noise Abatement Act. It is also immoral and against our God-given rights to be subjected to unwarranted noise in the sacred space that is our home. It is morally and legally indefensible for a lady who suffers from high blood pressure,for man who is experiencing excruciating pain after an operation or who has had a stroke, for a woman with cancer who is trying to recover her health, or for a child trying to sleep or study to endure loud music throughout the day, night and early morning;or for a woman who has experienced a range of health complications and who experiences severe migraine to listen to loud music until 3am or 4am and to be woken up by more noise at 7.30, 8 or 10 am.What kind of society accepts such things as normal? Are the moral and legal rights of people to be at peace in their home such an alien concept to Dominicans?

The loudspeaker culture is part of the general degradation that is taking place in Dominica, part of the environmental pollution and mental abuse, such as the violation of the rights of our children and female citizens that is tainting the social and physical landscape of this gift from the almighty. And yet the passivity of people to the culture of noise and these other grave matters is quite astonishing. To condone the culture of noise is also to overlook the abuse of our women and children and the environment.

The loudspeaker culture is fundamentally about the law. It is not only the ordinary citizen who is compliant with the loudspeaker culture. The Noise Abatement Act exists to protect citizens from the actions of the perpetrators of noise, and yet law enforcement officers turn a blind eye to the noise thereby giving permission to the lawbreakers to ignore the law and make noise. The violation of the law designed to protect citizens against noise makes the infringement of the law protecting women and children and the environment acceptable.

Dominicans need to ask themselves some fundamental questions about the nature of the society they desire.They need to ask themselves whether they want a society that is peaceful and productive or a society that is dysfunctional, unproductive and lawless. Dominicans will rue the day they allowed the loudspeaker culture to take root and to proliferate.  There will be an increase in psychological and physical stress and disease and social destabilisation and disintegration. As people spend more time imbibing the values and beliefs promoted by the loudspeaker culture, and less time with their families, there will be an increase incidence of alcoholism which is already an unrecognised problem, drug abuse and other criminal behaviour;an increase incidence of child abuse and abuse of our women,spiritual emptiness and educational failure and anti-social behaviour amongst the youths who emulate the values and beliefs of the loudspeaker culture. The economy will suffer as people become less productive.

I call on the Prime Minister, on the commissioner, on the ministers for health, education, the environment and tourism and our religious leaders to stop the culture of noise. And I encourage all citizens to search their conscience and defend the law. The violation of one law will inevitably lead to a society without a law.

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60 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    April 9, 2014

    Has any of you readers read the Noise Abatement Act? A link to it is posted below by ‘Peace & Love’. It is a well written, brilliant piece of legislation that needs no ammending, only needs enforcement. I am amazed at how sophisticated these learned writers of this law were when they wrote this. Today there appears to be no regard nor respect to this law by our coward police, politicians and some citizens alike.

  2. Anonymous
    April 9, 2014

    But where is Mr Mark Marie in all of this? I understood that that loud music being played is subject to copyright laws. Anyone who is playing their music over a certain volume is playing for the public and should have to pay royalties. BUS DRIVERS TAKE NOTE!

  3. Dominican away
    April 8, 2014

    Cous i am very disapointed in you.

  4. Anonymous
    April 8, 2014

    Can you imagine? A little community planning its feast and on the programme is 3 consecutive nights til 4 in the morning of “Pulsating Rhythms” com si di is World Creole Village Festival. Nothing educational, no agricultural, horticultural or craft exhibition, nothing uplifting for young or old. Just noise and sewo, noise and sewo, evermore. When are we going to learn to be good to ourselves and each other?

  5. DA Native in Texas
    April 8, 2014

    Thank you so much for deleting my comment..this is not the first time it has happened….it’s your site do as you please…but it’s unfair when you have so many people writing so much crap and you all allow those comments to nbe published…and do not waste your time to tell me that you can’t find it because I will not believe you….

  6. For Richer Or Poorer
    April 8, 2014

    Maybe we will have a society where everyone will lose their hearing even in the mothers’ womb, because that noise can and will affect pregnant women and their babies. I recall when the Speaker complained that she could not sleep in her own home, instead of people sympathizing with her she was criticize heavily.

    Surprisingly, now we are saying that there is a noise problem, Why? I never saw all these posts back then agreeing that we do have a problem; and I do agree we have a noise problem where some of us cannot hear our own voices in our own home.

    The society we live in, if you complain you are the bad person who do not want someone else to make a living. Imagine that! We have to learn that your right should not be at the expense of someone else right. We have to learn to live together and respect each other.

  7. Naughty by nature
    April 8, 2014

    It is not only the young people that make all the noise the adults do it too.
    Shops that are license to sell only, sugar and flour turn into modern discos and bars in flash. People play music with no consideration for those who lives near to them, they don`t care if you are sick, sleeping or praying.
    I too like music but, if I want to listen to it loudly I use headphones. I live in a village and in the mornings I enjoy meditation and a cup of bush tea while seating on my porch, all of a sudden a vehicle parks by under my porch with so much loud noise. The driver gets out of the vehicle, enter the shop with the music still blasting and just don`t care about anybody, that is just disrespectful.
    People can play music moderately but, now a days they don`t care, they just go in their shop, hook up their cell phone on the music system , drink rum and turn up the volume very high. Children passing by and hearing all kind of nastiness from their loud speakers. Now we are in lent we need a break from all that noise. People need to start thinking of other before themselves, too often we allow the young people in our communities get away with to many naughty behaviors.
    In my village when you call the police for the noise makers they don`t come to assist, instead Mr. Police officer tell you that ” it is not yet 11:30 pm ” and then, go behind your back to those same noise makers, and tell them you reported them.
    Nothing solid is been done about that noise issue, and allowing our peaceful society to change for the worst.

  8. YES WE CARE
    April 8, 2014

    I AGREE

  9. Peace & Love
    April 8, 2014

    i suspect this needs to be amended. It’s over 20 years…

    http://www.dominica.gov.dm/laws/1993/act10-1993.pdf

  10. Sout' Rebel
    April 7, 2014

    I hope that Law enforcement authorities take note ofthis article . This is a very serious issue which needs immediate
    attention. The Community of Grand Bay is notorious for this NOISE POLLUTION. It’s about time The Noise abatement Act be enforced enforced on the island.
    Thanks! DNO for this article

    • Affa
      April 9, 2014

      You right Grandbay is notorious for excessive loud speaker noise. The most notorious shop there is surrounded by aged people, some 90 years old, one just had a stroke, one I think is already 100 years AND the Prime minister visited her and others. I am quite sure they know because of the many many complains. Yet the shop plays loud music when they want mornin noon and/or night.

      The police have been called over and over and over to assist these people, but they do nothing. Two old ladies died right across the street from the shop, in pain, one with cancer and the shop keeps on giving them loud speaker music, sometimes day and night.

      Some fellas even have loud speakers by the road like is part of the front of the little building. Yet, the police do nothing, with a noise abatement law in-place. That is total wickedness.

  11. block 44
    April 7, 2014

    those in favor has said i ,and the i,es have it .please pass the dam law.because some times i fill like bombing some people homes.sorry sorry.

  12. Annon
    April 7, 2014

    @ NKRUMAH KWAME: A name like that deserves more respect because you come out as being very insensitive, although you may mean well. But in reality the inaction of local police baffles not only you but many of us. As many have stated here the local police do nothing when they get complains. How are you to bear witness when their is no case.

    Up to the highest rank police chief and poiticians have been contacted, written to, talked about and begged on local talk shows, sometimes every day of the week, and they pay no mind, they do nothing. One of their excuses which I hear you repeat is that no one wants to bear witness. Bearing witness has nothing to do with them doing their work or showing some respect to their communities.

    When the are called about marijuana do they complain about no witnesses? Yet many young Dominicans have been lined up, jailed, paying up their noses for marijuana possession, no witness needed. Figure that out!

  13. The Authorities
    April 7, 2014

    Unbeknownst to the average Dominican, we The Authorities have performed experiments to determine the demographics of the perpetrators of excessive loud and obnoxious music in public here.

    The experiment showed that 95% of these perpetrators were males. Surprisingly enough, their rational was a direct attempt to make people around them think that they were heterosexual.

    In conclusion, this is a byproduct of the effects on men in a homophobic society like ours.

  14. DJA
    April 7, 2014

    What an excellent article and thank you for bringing it to this forum. I reside in London and visit Dominica as often as I can. I am amazed at the change I encounter when I visit. The noise pollution is out of control. The once peaceful village is now a total nightmare. Music blasting at all hours of the day and night. No respect for the elderly who wish to enjoy a peaceful environment. Travelling on public transport, one is forced to listen to the rubbish emitting from the bus and the drivers have no respect for passengers who wish to enjoy the scenic views in silence or just have general conversation. Gone are the days when one can enjoy a peaceful rest in the afternoon and tune in to the sound of nature or children playing. This is all lost to the culture of playing loud music in all corners. Roseau is notorious for this type of music blaring from certain shops. It beggars belief that there is a noise abatement law in Dominica and this is not imposed on those who decide to break the law. Such a shame that a once peaceful Island has now become a no go area because of the noise pollution. In London, loud music and noise after 11:00pm is not acceptable and the law is enforced on those breaking the law. Dominica please start enforcing this and stop the suffering of the people affected particularly the elderly, They have a right to enjoy the rest of their days peacefully in a peacefull environment. For the sake of the elderly please act now.

    • Dominican away
      April 8, 2014

      Why dont you just stay in London where. The white people could control you as they have done for so many years. Let me ask the writer of the story when was the study done that noise causes all what in mension in his story.

  15. Anonymous
    April 7, 2014

    very good article. there is also the nuisance of listening to someone with a phone on a bus playing loud obnoxious music. I came of a bus once well toodi because there was music playing on the set of the bus and then there was some young fellow with a phone playing loud music. my ears didn’t no which one to listen to. something should be done about that :cry: :(

    • JoJo
      April 8, 2014

      Boy, I witnessed such uncivilised behaviour even in the waiting area at the hospital. People are not feeling well already and you coming there with your insane phone playing that music right next to them that giving people even more headache and stress?
      Is our society really that broken? Concrete alone can not fix that.

  16. April 7, 2014

    Dominican boys like noticing alot ,their are young girls with no pride for themselves who are taking a nasty pleasure to go out with these type of boys.No decent woman will accept a man who is disturbing people with such loud noises,,it is impossible to go to an area where there is a fete or a party ,because you will hear and see shops that are 4 to 5 meters next to each other in a blasting music noise like they are in a competition ,you cannot talk to any one next to you ,the only solution is to shout to make it worse,,this is not a life ,that is the reason why most of these people cannot live in europe because in europe only birds are most likely to wake you up.
    Something quite strang that i have seen ,next to every blasting noise in dominica there are very old sick people living close by .
    my dominica is like the wild wild west now…is there any law to protect the weak and elderly?is there are gov’t who cares about the people who put them in power?
    It is time to shut down each and every blasting noise in the place ,play your music for yourself…for God sake…

  17. JoJo
    April 7, 2014

    If the opposition put that in their manifesto, to combat this noise menace, they will get my vote.

  18. NKRUMAH KWAME
    April 7, 2014

    Fellow citizens, the Noise Abatement Act will only have teeth WHEN we are ready to give EVIDENCE in COURT against those who violate our rights. Until/unless we are ready to so do, then all we are doing is wasting our energies and/or trying to imprison the wind.

    HOTEP.

    • Annon
      April 7, 2014

      @ NKRUMAH KWAME: A name like that deserves more respect because you come out as being very insensitive, although you may mean well. But in reality the inaction of local police baffles not only you but many of us. As stated here many times the local police do nothing when they get complains. How are you to bear witness when their is no case.

      Police, up to the highest rank have been contacted, written to, talked about and begged on local talk shows, sometimes every day of the week, and they pay no mind, they do nothing. One of their excuses which I hear you repeat is that no one wants to bear witness. Bearing witness has nothing to do with them doing their work or showing some respect to their communities.

      When the are called about marijuana do they complain about no witnesses? Yet many young Dominicans have been lined up, jailed, paying up their noses for marijuana possession, no witness needed. Figure that out!

  19. Foxx
    April 7, 2014

    This is a serious matter and it needs a resolution. Every country that is serious about the tourism sector has a handle on noise pollution and more. It is about time! Thank you for brining up this topic.

    Two restaurants and hotels in Scotts Head closed and owners left the island due to noise pollution. Not counting the other we do not know about.

  20. Anonymous
    April 7, 2014

    Most of this “loudspeaker annoyance” is associated with rum fetes, rumshops and bars. Has anyone noticed how many liqueur licence applications fill the newspapers every week? ENOUGH ALREADY!! The one thing Dominica does not need is another rumshop/bar. In my village of about 800 there are at lease 19 such establishments.

  21. Open Mind
    April 7, 2014

    :twisted: :mrgreen: :?: A lawless government and ungodly government, breeds an ungodly and lawless people and country. The present labor party is happy to have such people as its citizen.A people who will be braindead due to alcohol, drugs and illicit noisey music and lyrics. The more the people are like this, without being properly informed and educated, is the better for this labor party government. If one check their campaign, it’s all about siwo, rum and loud music together with mud slinging, mepwi. This is all Skeritt government is good at, cause their intentions is not to govern, but to be rogues. People wake up! Open your eyes and seek YAHWEH GOD!

  22. native son
    April 7, 2014

    tell me what law on island the people respect remember the famous DISRESPECT from the so called primminster NO LAW NO CONSTITUTION oh my no mercy.Dominica needs to come back on tract, we need better that that.

  23. Anonymous
    April 7, 2014

    The way forward is for the GOVT. to look at implementing noise regulation to include statutory guidelines relating to sound transmission established nationally (start looking at the decibel levels then we can have an argument)!!!

  24. Blowmind
    April 7, 2014

    “The violation of one law will inevitably lead to a society without a law.”….. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: SMFH :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  25. Blowmind
    April 7, 2014

    :mrgreen: ignorance culture, illiteracy culture, rum culture,drugs culture,corruption culture…to name a few…but the writer seems fixated on “loudspeakers”. They are all linked. :-P

  26. Anonymous
    April 7, 2014

    Good article! Dominica is not a lawless country. There is the Noise Abatement Act which deals with noise; it just needs to be enforced.

    People no longer respect others. A neighbor has no right to hear another person music. Keep your music (noise) at a level for you alone to hear because I do not want to hear it.

  27. The Authorities
    April 7, 2014

    This is one of the biggest problems in the Picard area where students from Ross University take advantage of the freedoms in Dominica which they do not have in their home countries.

    We can’t blame these students but ourselves. We are afraid to upset them because if they leave, the University will close down and there goes our bread and butter.

    We The Authorities have instructed the Police not to take action against the offending bar owners. If they are called about loud music in the wee hours they are to show up; they may have a drink or two, but not to issue noise abatement citations.

    The problems facing Dominicans would be much worse than a little noise if Ross University were to leave.

    Trust us. Not being able to sleep because of loud music is better than not being able to sleep because you’re hungry.

    He who pays the piper calls the tune, and Ross University continues to pay us.

    • JoJo
      April 7, 2014

      Man that is absolute claptrap! You may as well say it is better to be robbed than raped, or to pay protection money rather th
      an being beat up.. Maybe you can’t sleep exactly because you are hungry or maybe you are one of those bar owners only interested in making profit and living somewhere else When a thing is bad it is bad, period

  28. April 7, 2014

    We wanted to enjoy Woodford Hill beach yesterday, but noise pollution made doing so impossible.

    And why are so many cars here simply boom boxes on wheels?

  29. Peace & Love
    April 7, 2014

    I am in total agreement. Addressing this noise issue is long overdue. We seem to be burying our heads in the sand about this. One of the reasons is we have become quite inconsiderate and just do not care about other people. We also seem to have laws with no teeth or no laws at all. The authorities must enforce the law when needed. I do not live in Yampiece, yet their loud music reaches me in my quiet space. I am sorry for the next door neighbours.

    This exposure to noise starts from the cradle and the law must also protect babies from their own families. I have seen parents with babies/children in a vehicle with music blaring at a decibel level that is sure to cause long term damage to that poor child. That child will not understand what normal/soft music is and will grow up thinking loud music is normal… so the loud cycle will continue. This may be as a result of a hearing impairment due to the constant exposure to very high noise levels. Some parents are exposing their children in an irresponsible manner. Please stop it now.

    I encourage and challenge the State College youth group to use this as a forum subject and invite the police, lawyers, DDA rep, entertainment entities & radio/other personalities to a discussion and give the public a chance to interact after.

  30. wisewoman
    April 7, 2014

    Extremely well said. I would include the disturbance of barking dogs and owners who do nothing to quiet them. I have been awakened at 2am, 5am and had difficulty falling asleep at 11pm because of yelping, barking dogs. When I confronted the owner, she told me that she doesn’t hear them!!!! She and her husband and children sleep through it all, while my family’s sleep is disturbed.
    This along with the church which broadcasts it’s sermon and hymns on a loud speaker (for hours on end) only creates division in the community, not unity. The complete disregard for other people’s peace and quiet is unlawful AND disrespectful.

  31. smh
    April 7, 2014

    Best article i have seen on this site in a while. “This country is too free”. what i mean is people feel like they have the freedom to impose their will without regard for others. whether its throwing garbage all over or blasting music or radio programming in communities where less that 10 feet away you have a neighbor or two or three, people feel like its their right to blast their radios from sun up to sun down and no one can tell them otherwise. like they have the right and freedom to enjoy their stuff however they want whenever. No consideration no remorse. Like they want everyone to listen to what they listening to. the noise abatement act allows churches to make as much noise as possible also. Because we are predominantly a “christian nation” that should not mean that if i don’t believe in God, or your God, that i must be subject to what i consider as noise coming from your church speaker. even if i believe in God, does that mean i must tolerate it when all i want is peace and quiet? With absolute freedom comes absolute chaos. Be considerate of your neighbors people.

  32. Anonymous
    April 7, 2014

    This article hits so close to home and I applaud whoever it is for coming forward and speaking against the loudspeaker culture. I empathise because it happens to me in my neighborhood all the time. A nurse, a bar and another neighbour. There needs to be laws protecting persons from such malice acts.

  33. April 7, 2014

    This is such an uplifting article. It shows that we as Dominicans have become too pliable, too accepting. We have no guts to actively resist such fundamental affronts on our basic rights to liberty and freedom. We have become a society of Seewo, we use these jams to mask all what ails us. Where are the custodians of our laws, a few weeks back I heard a senior police officer state how they were taking steps to stop the noisy motorbikes/scooters on our roads. I have seen no reduction in that nuisance. We currently have a helmet law for bike riders, can the police show any instances where a biker has been charged in relation to that. Yet still we will lock up a man smoking a joint, what harm is he doing compared to a biker with no helmet who endangers his life and that of his pillion passenger. Our authorities have become morally bankrupt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. Mwangie
    April 7, 2014

    I too call on I call on the Prime Minister, on the Chief of police in particular, on the ministers for health, education, the environment and tourism to have the NOISE ABATEMENT LAWS enforced because the violation of one law will inevitably lead to a society without a law.

  35. Wesley person
    April 7, 2014

    OMG, It is suprizing that no one is responding to this important article. For years I have been complaining about this madness. This has been going on for too long. There is a place in Wesley, on a hill where this has gone on for decades. No one sleeps at night. The strangest thing, many people in the neighborhood has died suddenly with heart problems. One have to wonder what part this has played in thier demise. It is time for these people to think about others. Make your establishment soundproof for goodness sake! Totally agree with this article!!!

  36. Anonymous
    April 7, 2014

    Of all the businesses in Mero playing loud music it appears you singled out the business owned by a minister. This tells a story and a very bias story. The economy of Mero is tourism based and music plays a vital part, you can’t always have your cake and eat it. I would suggest approaching the problem from a community level.

    • JoJo
      April 7, 2014

      This is a nonsense to claim that tourism requires loud music, if any music at all! On the contrary, I would say most visitors come to Dominica because we say it is a nature island and that does not go together at all with noisy music that disturbs the peace! it is pure selfishness to force that onto others.

      • Anonymous
        April 7, 2014

        Take that in your skin! You were one of those who said Alix Boyd Knight was wrong to call police. Some of you Dominicans too bias. It seems is only SOME people who have the right to complain about noise.

    • tina
      April 7, 2014

      I came to Dominica as a tourist. On Christmas day, some selfish ignorant person played music so loud, that ear plugs & a pillow over my head did not help at all to fall asleep- until 2 am. My worst Christmas ever! And I live in the country where “Silent Night, Holy Night” was conducted. Hiking to the boiling lake, our tour guide was listening to music constantly- terrible! I came to the Nature Island to listen to the sound of nature- not to blasting loud- somtimes terrible music. Please do us all a favour- cut it down after 10pm!

  37. Annon
    April 7, 2014

    Thank you DNO for publishing this again. It does a lot in defense of the the defenseless people who live with this noise every day in Dominica 365 days a year.

    Disturbing the peace laws, noise abatement laws have no effect on these heartless noise makers and there no proctection by the police against these law breakers. It is easy to enforce the laws against excessive noise. These people are holding a dance at their place or shop every day. Gov’t can require permits and charge a price for holding these dances, that’s what they are.

    The police can be required to issue tickets or citation when they are called by neighbors for assistance to stop the noise, day or night; 3 tickets and you appear in court and charged. When the police are called about marijuana they show up like their lives depend on it. They need to show the same concern for citizens they swear to protect when called upon for that protectin aggainst this nuisance of excessive loud speakers. Thank you. People take a stand against this.

  38. Mary Black
    April 7, 2014

    I am with you all the way regarding this. While on vacation in Dominica I was at my sisters house this guy started to play music from 7pm it was not high at first, but I do not know what was going through his mind he turn the volume so load that the house started to vibrate even though it was three houses away. I could not take it anymore I left and went after him. The family told me that I should not I told them if its a habit he has and no one is not challenging him about it I surely will for which I did. I went to his yard and told him I came home to rest my mind and I surely do not want to hear this high music in my head. He apologies and I never hear any noise from him for the four weeks I stayed home.
    If there is an online petition I surely will add my signature to it.
    The people of Dominica has no respect towards one another anymore. The Government need to let them all know what the noise abation is all about.

  39. April 7, 2014

    Very good article I am one of those who believe that noise should be within the area of those who want it. In other words if you make noise in your house it could be music quarrel etc. You should keep it within your area and don’t disturb the neighborhood. We must not forget the music on private vehicles with that loud music which disturb the peace.

  40. ian
    April 7, 2014

    This kind of constructive information seems too good to read by my fellow country men and women. Its not a gossip or the exchange of political opinion so my ppl is less interested. I would like for my ppl to take some interest from what have been written.

    The reason is i too find it very disturbing and was told by fellow Dominican visiting that the country is very noisy. Please, let use our discretion and understand the value of each other and the country. The writer isn’t asking to totally eliminate the noise or our ability to enjoy some time of sewo but it can be done in a more polite, considerate and understanding manner. hope we recognise the truth and not stir up negative from the subject. Remember, the world is reading about our beautiful country.

  41. Cyrique
    April 7, 2014

    This type of culture is a menace to society and MUST BE STOPPED!! This is something that the Government can do something about because it has huge impact on residents’ quality of life. Whom do these people think they are that they can interfere with the peace and tranquility of residents preventing them from enjoying the comfort of their home or open space? It’s a menace and and end must be put to that. NO PROMISES- ACTION PLEASE!!!

  42. Helas!
    April 6, 2014

    Thanks for writing this piece, I pray for the day when some politician will brave the sewo madness and make proper laws with penaties and ways for the police to easily enforce those laws.

  43. concern
    April 6, 2014

    I am very happy to know that someone shear my concern, I think the majority of people will be happy to say the noise got to go.

  44. Simply the Truth
    April 6, 2014

    Your article is well written. It makes excellent sense and is to the point. Some people love consistent loud music. One day their eardrums and brains will pay for it. They must also be warned about that.
    There are some people who love to play loud music also in their vehicles and the type of music at that is not pleasant for the ears to hear. They do not realize there is a time and place for everything.
    It is time to teach the inconsiderate about consideration for others. If there is such a Law in Dominica, then it should be strictly applied and adhered to. If there is no such Law one should immediately be enacted. No doubt about that. Those who violate this Law should be arrested and charged.
    It is an infraction to play loud music even during the day which disturbs the peace. I can inform you that in Toronto, if neighbors complain to the police of such noise, especially in the evenings and early mornings, they will appear at the place of residence or entertainment and speak to the owners, requesting that the music be lowered. They give one warning. If it persists and they have to return, they will order that the music be stopped and the owners will be charged. This will result in a Court case.
    The sick, the babies and others should be considered. Those churches and entertainment areas should be sound-proof. They should keep their doors and windows closed. A time should be set to keep the volume of loud music and singing low. This should be the Law. Let us hope, once and for all that the government does something concrete about this.

  45. Calypso
    April 6, 2014

    Can someone give the procedure to follow if one’s environment is being violated with the loud spker cultr

  46. Open Air
    April 6, 2014

    Let us remember as the Open Air season is about to begin that noise is noise, whether it is sexually explicit lyrics or the name of God blaring from the loud speakers. When I am unable to unwind after work, unable to do schoolwork, speak to my family, use my phone or tv, because 10 zealous Christians have gathered outside with a great system to sing and pray for two to three hours – from 6:30/7:00 pm. So to the writer of the commentary,I agree wholeheartedly……let’s do something about the culture of NOISE.ALL NOISE.

    • Dominican away
      April 8, 2014

      Hope when you get sick you wont be calling thoes same christians to play that loud music and pray to the same God they came together to praise. Amen

  47. so what
    April 6, 2014

    what a load of crap that is something the speaker itself would write 8)

  48. DA Native in Texas
    April 6, 2014

    This is thescond article that I am reading on DNO. It’s unfortunate that the POWERS that be in our Nature Isle allows that tye of behavior to continue unabatted.
    I know that I am going to receive several thumbs down for my comment, but guess what it really dosen’t bother me one bit.
    I was of the opinion that there were Laws on our books to curb this behavior,, but I guessI was wrong because if there are laws on the books they nneed to be enforced. There is a time and place for everything to include LOUD MUSIC. I shoud not have to be uncomfortable in my own home while you are playing your loud music at all hours of the day.
    As far as I can tell just about all modern and civilized societies around he world has laws to combat this LOUD MUSIC CULTURE. Our government needs to step in to protect it’s citizens. Growing up aas a kid in my western village the residents of thee village had so much respect for the villagers that dances and the like happened but ended at a certain hour even on the weekends when most people did’nt have to go to wwork. Emagine now when peeople need their rest during the night in order to perform their duties on their jobs. PLEASE Mr. PM and the Minster for health do something to curb this MENACE to our society before it’s to late’

    • Anonymous
      April 7, 2014

      There is a noise Amendment Act that protects citizens from such behavious. The police just have to do their jobs.

      • DA Native in Texas
        April 8, 2014

        Thank you for the info…..Then where is Mr. Carbon hiding? Isn’t he the one in charge of our police force? A few months ago there was an article referencing someone who died on a tourist ship, and there was talk of who should dispose of the body…he was one of the first to write CRAP on DNO…Why isn’t he responding to this article? Or is he afraid to say anything fearing that the PM of our beloved Island who seem to be running the the place like a one man show will boot him out? Just wondering why he is so quiet?

  49. IG
    April 6, 2014

    Noise pollution is certainly a hazard, No one these days seem to care for their neighbors displaying a total lack of consideration. I think it is because they to cannot respect themselves therefore it becomes so easy to disregard others. The noise epidemic needs a quick address or more by our Authorities.

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