Loftus Durand participates in U.S. State Department-sponsored program on volunteerism and civic action

Deputy Chief of Mission, Joaquin Monserrate (right) and Loftus Durand at the U.S. Embassy in Barbados

Recognized as emerging leaders in civil society and for their work in the field of volunteerism, Dominican Loftus Durand, St. Lucian Ekiema Yarde, and St. Kitts and Nevis national P’Della’P Stanley, are currently in the United States participating in the U.S. Department of State-sponsored International Visitor Leader Program (IVLP), themed “Volunteerism and Civic Action.”

The program, which runs from January 13 to 31, 2020, will address several areas including the impact of volunteerism in U.S. communities and how volunteers are inspired to foster a culture of service, civic involvement, and responsibility. The program begins in Washington, DC, where the group will get an overview of the ecosystem for volunteerism in the United States as well as explore the federal government’s role in promoting volunteerism and civic action.

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. The program brings together emerging leaders to engage with U.S. subject matter experts and to share best practices with their global contemporaries.

Durand is the president of the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) which was at the forefront of the campaign for electoral reform in Dominica prior to the December 6, 2019, general elections which saw the Dominica Labour Party returned to power with an 18-3 majority in Parliament.

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  1. DA in good hands
    January 15, 2020

    it’s really sad this guy needs to stay out of Dominica he is a fake the USA always getting

  2. January 15, 2020

    There is somthing about this meeting that don’t seems very right. When the US get there nose into something there is always a hidden intention at the back of it. We looking at a man who has organise public gatherings. Block roads And so on. And now he is being recognised by the United States. Look out DA we need to keep an eye on thus man.

    • public too
      January 17, 2020

      Which road did Loftus block?

  3. En Ba La
    January 14, 2020

    This is what happens when people are desperate for attention. They do not read and they ruin the lives of people who do not share the same views as theirs. Loftus Durand you have an issue. You are an ….. The UWP was and has been operating like a terroristic group within the United States. You are well aware of what has been going on. YOU ALL DO NOT READ. Self interest this is how you all operate. I hope you see for yourself what they want to show you.

    You are against the Dominican people, you all are DESTABILIZING THE CARIBBEAN REGION.

  4. January 14, 2020

    Loftus, next time you are in the USA, stop at Macy’s or Hects or Garfinkles or Joseph Bank Clothiers and buy yourself some professional white and coloured shirts to wear and get a real job to do. You are fake news. Nobody is listening to you, just like Alex Bruno.

    • Kalinago Justice
      January 15, 2020

      :mrgreen: ds= duminica simpleton; even while Mr.Durand is invited by the most Powerful Country and those who Controls the World, where your one-man corrupt rogue regime prime mistake chose to have his children born, you’re still blindly bowing with both head and eyes closed! :?:

    • Casio
      January 16, 2020

      He does have on professional wear. White button down and dress pants. Maybe they need to be tailored to fit more. but loftus is not of the skinny jeans generation. But his attire definitely doesnt stop him from speaking on behalf of the concerned citizens of Dominica. clearly you are not concerned or knowledgeable enough to know the difference. Because if you knew better, you would demand better from our “king” and his cabinet.

  5. Garvey
    January 14, 2020

    Eagle Eye are you saying your Prime Minister is towing the Chinese line?since you have that same thought of Lofty and you think he should be watch. Would it be fair to say watch your Prime Minister?

  6. Bwa-Banday
    January 13, 2020

    Well done Lofty!! Please tell them everything you know including the following;
    1. Who is the officer that shot the young boy and older gentleman in Bawi
    2. The officer who shot the partner from Newtown at the state house demonstration
    3. The officer who led “Operation teargas Too-Fay” in Bawi at 2:00am
    4. The officer that she-fonnay Henry Shillingford
    5. The minister who “allegedly” killed Baby Sarah
    6. The lady who accused Dr. Smell-E-Deek of making her swallow something in his office after coming. The want to interview the lady I heard

    Talk now bro because they need to know what we are going through bro.

  7. Plato
    January 13, 2020

    I am calling on national security officials on the island of Dominica, to keep their eyes wide open on Loftus Durand when he comes back. Do not make him rest easy. We do not want what happened in several Latin American countries to happen in Dominica. Weak minds who crave attention are often used by foreign powers(imperialist) to infiltrate governments which they consider as operating contrary to their philosophy.
    Bring on naive empty heads.

  8. DR Clayton Shillingford
    January 13, 2020

    Congratulations to Loftus Durand   Well deserved recognition for his courage, steadfastness and commitment for democracy in Dominica

  9. January 13, 2020

    That look like the same guy outside Linton home with the brief case

    • Ripe patat
      January 13, 2020

      And you look like the same guy outside of red clinic begging

    • Toto
      January 14, 2020

      Wallace this your idea of being funny? It is not, you are sick in the brain like your master.

  10. FBI Agent
    January 13, 2020

    So in short the US have 18 days to prepare Loftus Durand. I assume, as part of their training, they going to take him to the US$2.2 Million dollar choice property, near the United Nations, in upscale Manhattan, New York, that the Al Jazeera network told us that Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke, purchased for a Royal family in exchange for a Diplomatic passport? For the record let me state clearly that I don’t believe the apartment in question was purchased for or on behalf of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. It just so happened that Mrs. Melissa Skerrit, the wife of PM Skerrit, according to property records that I have seen, was once a resident of that apartment. In fact I have also seen photos of the entire Skerrit family inside the apartment but it is NOT theirs. I am quite sure when Loftus Durand returns to Dominica he will be in a position to state clearly who owns what. So let’s wait

  11. Ask Mel
    January 13, 2020

    So you mean to tell me the US has already identified a person they can work with when they bring Skerrit up to the US for a different type of training? That’ s why I love the US you know because they always put things in place and prepare people before they do anything. Boy I didn’t like Loftus Durand that much but let me start to respect the man and by calling him Hon. Loftus Durand, It’s ok to call things that will be before they are.

  12. just saying
    January 13, 2020

    Great job Loftus!!!!

  13. Eagle-Eyed
    January 13, 2020

    Is this the programme where the CIA prep selected individuals of certain countries where their governments Don’t tow the US line, to organise coups in order to get their own puppets in place? No surprise Loftus was selected. We’ll just have to keep an eye on this guy upon his return. Make sure he’s a well behaved citizen. We saw examples of his misbehaviour during the election campaign organising disorder on our streets for the UWP.

    • Ask Mel
      January 13, 2020

      @Eagle -Eye, I find you damn rude to refer to the man as”Loftus” instead of Honorable Loftus Durand. Are you so blind to not see that the US is preparing him to replace Skerrit so he could give us election reform while Skerrit is brought up to the US for training in a funny looking 2-piece suit?

      • Eagle-Eyed
        January 14, 2020

        @Ask Mel, i think you are confused as to whom Trump is Preparing Loftus to replace. If you use the Juan Guardo anology you will find that it is Linton that Trump want to replace Loftus with because Linton is incapable of winning an election. For all Trump’s bravado, i don’t think he would be stupid enough to back a coup in DA or any other Caribbean island after the debacle of Venezuela with Juan Guardo. Whereas, if he can get somebody like Loftus (a former Operation Youth Quake graduate) maybe he might be a little more likable than Linton and potentially more electable.

    • Time up
      January 13, 2020

      Loftus Durand even looking like Prime Minister adopt already. Next thing we will hear is the USS recognize Loftus Durand as prime minister? Skerrit must be very scared about this news because clearly it says the time is getting very near for Skerrit

    • Ripe patat
      January 13, 2020

      Is this China? It probably is to you as a sheep. Please don’t be dense

  14. As I see it
    January 13, 2020

    That’s good news for Loftus and Dominica but definitely bad news for those cork and pullet in the parliament

    • %
      January 13, 2020

      Well done Lofty..
      While you are there make sure you inform all and sundry about the fetid state of democracy in Dominica, including the teargassing of innocent people while in their beds.
      Whey is di money?
      Whey is di money?
      Whey is di money?
      Keep making strides brother!

    • Lin clown
      January 15, 2020

      The US has a DEBT of $ 1.18 trillion to China.Every state in the US has a CHINA TOWN.CARNAL STREET a very big China town is in NEW YORK.The CHINESE control large parts of the American economy.GARVY what is your point?

  15. Way the money gone?
    January 13, 2020

    I don’t know what is on the mind of the U.S State Department regarding St. Lucian Ekiema Yarde, and St. Kitts and Nevis national P’Della’P Stanley, but I must say they have a clear plan for Loftus Durand. Here are my 2 cents:

    1 .I believe The US State Department wants those in Roseau to know that if they touch Loftus Durand they touch the USA

    2. I believe The US State Department have recognized and identified Loftus Durand, for plans similar to the role that Juan Guido of Venezuela was recognized and identified for.

    3. I expect the US Department to open books of information they have on Dominica to Loftus Durand. So file of Alireza Monfared and his associates both locally and internationally, as well as their information from NG Lap Seng, Diezani Madueke as it pertains to her Diplomatic passport, who gave it to her, what she gave in return and, the US$2.2 Apartment in NYC. Well DONE LOFTY!!!

  16. Ahaz & Jezebel
    January 13, 2020

    I hope the US State department use this opportunity to take you to NY City and show you an apartment building that is allegedly linked to payments from a former Nigerian Oil Minister, that we saw photos of the Skerrit family enjoying, thanks to the All Jazeera report

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