DNDDF confirms receipt of funds donated in Malaysia

Baron accepting the check in Malaysia

Dominica National Development and Disaster Fund (DNDDF), based in London, England, has said it received a donation of US$10,000 in 2014 from the KB Foundation for the purchase of disaster emergency items for Dominica.

In a release, the organization said the donation was made “in appreciation of the Disaster Preparedness and Relief work being planned by the charity from its base in London.”

The donation was made in Malaysia and was received by Dominica’s then High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Francine Baron. It now the center of controversy after Baron wrote to Opposition Leader, Lennox Linton and journalist Matt Peltier and Angelo for reportedly ‘defaming her character’ in relation to the donation. She said they have alleged that she misappropriated the funds for my own use.

In its release, the DNDDF stated that a contribution was made to the Dominica Red Cross (DRC) from the fund and others received.

“In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika, and due to the availability of the $10,000 US donation received from the KB Foundation, as well as £8,000 of funds raised by the DNDDF over the years, the Management Board resolved to contribute a total of £15,000 ($65,000 EC) to the Dominica Red Cross (DRC),” the release said. “The DNDDF’s donation was presented by its local representative in Dominica on 29 September 2015 at the DRC’s National Headquarters. The purpose of the donation was to assist the DRC in its recovery efforts, including the provision of emergency water, food, etc. to several communities isolated as a result of extensive damage to roads and bridges, compounded by landslides making numerous roads impassable in Dominica.”

The release continued, “The donation by the DNDDF, in addition to the mobilising of aid and shipping of container loads of items to Dominica in conjunction with the High Commission for the Commonwealth of Dominica in London, other Dominican charities such as DUKA, DONA, DCO, CIF, DSSSA etc., other community groups and individual donors, underpinned the purpose for which the DNDDF was established and registered as a
charity since in 1991 with the Charity Commissioners for England and Wales. As such, the Management Board of the DNDDF accounts for all of its fundraising revenue and expenditure, and the donations which are the subject matter of this Press Release are no exception.”

The organization said it is committed to assisting Dominica.

“The DNDDF remains committed to sustaining its efforts to assist the development of and contribute towards disaster relief in the Commonwealth of Dominica,” the organization said.

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103 Comments

  1. Tjebe Fort
    February 26, 2017

    The whole thing does not make sense.
    Why was Francine Baron, our High Commissioner in London, celebrating our independence in Malaysia where we have no consul, ambassador or any Dominican community that I know?
    Why did she collect a check there for a London charity. That is a long way to come for U.S.$.10,000 and I bet Francine did not travel coach so the expense alone would eat up most of that money. That does not make any sense at all.
    The people behind that charity are the same behind that Duka organisation, check it So long they promise Dominicans in England to build a community in Dublanc but I don’t see any development there yet, only grass. Is that a scam, pie in the sky , a pipe dream? And now they telling us that the check they got in 2014 is part of the donation they made to the red cross in Sept. 2015 after Erika. Carcon, don’t insult us, we are not that foolish. I think you all collecting money in London to make fete and call it charity.

  2. U.K. Dominican
    February 25, 2017

    The plot thickens. One of the charities mentioned as having contributed to the £15,000 given to the Dominica red Cross, DONA (charity no.279643) shows an income of £619 to the year ending 31 March 2016 but £0.00 spending and £247 for the previous year but also with £0.00 spending. Now, Ethelda Brand , a trustee of DNDDF is also a trustee of DONA. Of the other charities mentioned DSD is registered in England as Dorset Search Dogs (charity no. 1145479, DSSA as Derbyshire Schools Sports Association (no. 1051451 and the last one CIF could stand for a number of charities, none of which have anything to do with Dominica. What is going on? There are a number of charities in Dominica itself, who could have done with this U.$.$10,000 cheque such as the Grotto Home, REACH
    House of Hope, Council on ageing and others. Why was this donation not going direct to
    any of our local charities in nov. 2014 but to a London charity?

  3. Cyrique
    February 25, 2017

    Reading the responses here is extremely sad!! People have been given information yet they’re still not satisfied. I suspect it’s because they want Ms Baron”s blood at all cost. To be perfectly honest I blame DNDDF for not revealing the fact that the money was given to them by Ms Baron & in fact they should have sent out a press release announcing this very generous gift was given to them. The DNDDF is based in London and is made up of representatives from various Dominican Associations & this Organisation raises funds so that when there is a disaster in Dominica there are funds available to assist immediately!! St the time, Ms Baron was High Commissioner and she rightly gave the cheque to DNDDF. That money plus other funds raised by DNDDF was sent to the zdoninica Red Cross following the devastation caused by TS Erika. Lots more money was raised in London by the TS Erika Committed and the monies raised will be used for the school in Colihaut. Thank you Minister Baron. God bless…

  4. Mamzel
    February 24, 2017

    DNO – who signed that letter on behalf of this fake organization?

  5. Toto
    February 24, 2017

    Tony, somebody lied to you. Bishops did not do a due diligence report on Alireza Monfared.
    watch careful who you friends are before you get damaged yourself.

  6. Truth Be Told
    February 24, 2017

    If the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica operated within a culture of transparency, accountability and public disclosure, we would not be here today! Why does it have to take public pressure for the Government to disclose the people’s business every time? Why was this intended donation not publicly disclosed at the time? And why can’t we account for all the sale of passports and how the money is saved, allocated and disbursed across Government departments and development projects? Why must everything be a secret to the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica? It is our country, you are our Government, managing our money?

  7. Just Passing Through
    February 24, 2017

    Doesn’t that look as a symbolic cheque the two women are holding? That is what it looks to me. Do UWP supporters really believe that is the cheque that would have been taken to the bank for cashing?

    I went on a school tour the other day and on the walls were pictures of donations made which were blown up and framed. It was just showing that these companies or individuals made a donation of a certain amount to the school.

    We really do not have to make ourselves look so silly. If you win a lottery, chances are the lottery company will make a dummy cheque for the purpose of picture taking which could be later seen on their wall with maybe a void sign on it to show that someone won the big one. Then a cashier cheque or an electronic transfer can be made to the winner.

    How about the UWP distributed cheques in hundreds of thousands $ we just learn about, now that seem very interesting. DNO will you be carrying it as a news item for discussion and comment soon?

    • Too Late Shall be Our Cry!
      February 24, 2017

      Thats just Tone Tone spreading propaganda

  8. February 24, 2017

    Francine Baron, I do not recall hearing anyone stating that you misappropriated, mishandled or stole any funds. What I do recall is that after the My Dominica Trade House Scandal was exposed we saw a photograph of you being handed a large check for 10,000.00 US Dollars. We, through our Parliamentary Representatives, began to question you as to the whereabouts of these funds and you NEVER responded until a couple days ago….with a threatening letter!
    The question to you is: Did you attend the function in Malaysia as a representative of the Commonwealth of Dominica? Or as a personal guest?
    Did you accept the 10,000.00 US Dollars check as a representative of the Commonwealth of Dominica? Or was it handed to you in your personal capacity?
    If you attended this function as a representative of our Country we have a right to ask you to account for anything received by you during that function in a DEMOCRATIC society. Your refusal to answer caused speculation!

  9. Disgruntled Labourite
    February 23, 2017

    You guys are too d– stupid not every thing that can be used as evidence should be exposed on the media, you are only setting them smart.
    The call has been calling for information over the last two years, the moo moo was silent but now the cat is out of the bag they want to sue.

  10. CONSCIOUS
    February 23, 2017

    I do not want to think i am the only one who realizes that there is no income of $10,000. Man the document smells really bad. Does that information have anything to do with that check. She is standing with a $10,000 check and that amount is not on the document. WHOOAAA MY country are getting smarter by the minute.

  11. CONSCIOUS
    February 23, 2017

    Look people have been asking for three years what happen to the money? Did she feel she has no right to give an account but i do not blame her she is following the steps of the prime minister. Every time Dominicans ask questions about the country are they going to be taken to court for accusation. She has a responsibility to the nation that is her job.

    Did you all really scrutinize the document that paper look like it was done to shut people up but the many errors in the placement of information makes the paper not worthy of wiping antthing.

    Read the document carefully. that is a terrible accountant. they will come up with a new one because this one makes no sense.

  12. SD
    February 23, 2017

    Soon we’ll all be beheading each other. We are turning on each other with little commonsense. Why are we fighting and belittling each other? I have read every comment on here and not one of you know what the hell you’re talking about but you’re full of words. Irrespective of which party you follow (and i user follow rather than support deliberately) common sense cannot avail you of the simple fact that one can not falsely accuse another, especially, knowingly. Couldn’t a politician with expectations of high office took it upon himself to firstly ascertain the legitimacy of received information? And secondly, now that it has shown to be inaccurate, shouldn’t that same aspiring leader express some sort of appology for wrongfully bismerching another’s name?
    Is this the bahaviour one should expect should one attain high office and will you all who’s been talking talking condone such a behaviour of a Prime Minister in office?

  13. February 23, 2017

    And you call yourself a Christian Graceful ?Wishing death by hanging for those you consider your enemies?
    Becareful what you wish for.
    Because those who digeth a Pit for others WILL FALL IN It

  14. Iamanidiot
    February 23, 2017

    What that back ground banner saying? My Dominica Trade House?
    The same trade house Skerrit and his administration distance themselves from?

  15. Worry me not
    February 23, 2017

    Some of us Dominican brains like fowl don’t understand English or plain out stupid. If a charity received $10,000 and donate more than what was received what you all think the balance should be. All you making me shame. All who asking for the balance need to go back to school starting from k5

    It have to many idle people in Dominica they need to find work or go do something constructive with their lives

    • Real!!!!!
      February 24, 2017

      You are making yourself ashamed…..The total revenue received for the year in question was under $10K.

      Therefore this is the RED FLAG. Hope your learned something today.

      The focus is not the balance on the account.

  16. Worry me not
    February 23, 2017

    Some of us Dominican brains like fowl don’t understand English or plain out stupid. If a charity received $10,000 and donate more than what was received what you all think the balance should be. All you making me shame. All who asking for the balance need to go back to school starting from k5

  17. more pressure
    February 23, 2017

    excel spread sheet few numbers dates one can get the maths to be convincing or doctored if you like

  18. Dominican
    February 23, 2017

    Inspite of which party you support, it is clear that Lennox needs to take a breather. I have listened to every UWP candidate or official speak and not one of them sounds cantankerous, over the top and aggressive as Lennox. They all have their moments when they will shout but Lenny has no special moment. Every single word out of his mouth is a screaming, chest beating, bull headed piece of violent outburst. I thought the zip bottle story was just a joke but it seems you have issues long time. Wow man you need to take a step back in silence and listen to the sound of another voice besides yours just once. Listen to Matt, that soothing repetoir even when he is angry. Awah we.

    • Da4real
      February 23, 2017

      Well said my friend… He indeed needs to take a step back and allow someone more level headed to lead the party. Thanks for such eloquent incitful comment

    • mamzel
      February 24, 2017

      May God richly bless Mr. Linton – for putting himself out there for our DOminica. Had it not been for him , Matt, Angelo , Carlisle etc, we would never know of the mess that Skerrit and his cabals are doing. I would like to request that Tony take ‘John Batcher show” to court. HE must now explain the lies about due diligence being done on crooks and criminals. But you gullable labourites are so stupid that even if the truth slap you , you still won’t believe.

      Mr. Linton is not beating his chest , nor egoistic. When he speaks he speaks with authority and conviction in the face of political abuse from Skerrit and his cabal. Finally God is vindicating him and yet you still focus on Linton and not the truth. God help you

  19. Happy
    February 23, 2017

    DNDDF I want to see the receipt for receiving this money

    • Skerrit Must Go Now (please?)
      February 23, 2017

      Another cover up. Why is this organisation in ‘London’???? Did anybody in Dominica get the money? They think we are fools! Very funny :)

  20. Patience
    February 23, 2017

    Is this the way things are done in a democratic country? Years after the funds were received? After many questions from the public?
    Now where did that money come from?
    Was the source a legitimate one?

  21. Fedup #1
    February 23, 2017

    DNO, I suspect that either you or the DNDDF made an error in terms of year of receipt of the funds as it could not have been 2014 when Mr John wrote a letter dated 9 March 2015 (see annex 4 of the original story) to provide his a/c # as it appears the funds had not been received within the one week time frame specified by the High Commission in the UK. In any case, why would this money have to be funneled through a charity in the UK and lump with funds raised by that DNDDF? Did the DNDDF let the recipients know that the majority of the funds came from a benefactor in Malaysia. Who told the benefactor about this DNDDF? I am sorry DNO, I was comfortable all along until now. I am not saying funds were not received by DNDDF but anyone would admit that after over 2 years of silence and the explanation from both parties this week, something doesn’t smell too good.
    “What a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive.”

    • Fedup #1
      February 23, 2017

      I would like to replace “the majority” with “almost 50%”

    • Fedup #1
      February 23, 2017

      Also, the cheque is supposedly in US dollars to be converted to pound sterling as DNDDF is in the UK, and then converted to XCD. Would have made so much more sense to send funds directly to DA to avoid those exchange losses. Wow, these people are opening Pandora’s box.

      • February 23, 2017

        Francine open a box that I don’t believe she thought about before sending out her letters to Linton, Angelo, and Matt, something is not right, why didn’t the cash come to Dominican in 2014. and why was the cash add to another amount and send to the Red Cross in Dominica in 2015, and why didn’t she come clean before now. What did Francine got herself into too, and the scandal goes on but it will nor shift the talk about the CBI program because it’s all the same thing.
        The Opposition asked Francine about the cheque in the house and she refused to complied and so the scandal goes on.
        I will listen to the Kenneth Rijock blog / John Batcher Show for more info so I would say you get some fact and stop listening to alternate new and questioner fact.

      • PROFESSOR
        February 24, 2017

        It is called money LAUNDERING!!!!!

  22. Extremely
    February 23, 2017

    Tout Mon en dominique sae sort.

  23. February 23, 2017

    Thanks to the DNDDF for clearing this up. We’re fed up of Lennox and his gang of loose tongues!

  24. February 23, 2017

    The time has come for some people to pay for their tongues. :-P :-P Damn blasted liars!

  25. wilderness
    February 23, 2017

    Why wasn’t the release released officially, ie Charity letter head?
    Website is dead, No one seems to be answering the phone.
    Why do you have gmail and not dominica2df@dnddf.org.uk?

    Just asking!l

    Tel: 02082810018
    Email: dominica2df@gmail.com
    Website: http://www.dnddf.org.uk

  26. Concerned Dominican
    February 23, 2017

    Is it Dominica National Development and Disaster Fund (DNDDF) ? Or Dominica National Disaster and Development Fund (DNDDF)? I am confused….ummm this is strange and fishy.

    • U.K. Dominican
      February 23, 2017

      The name registered with the Charities Commission in the U.K. is;
      Dominica National Development and Disaster fund (DNDDF0.
      It was previously known as the Dominica Natural Disaster Fund (DNDF0
      This is probably where the confusion comes in. Don’t know if the name was changed deliberately to cause confusion. Anyway, the charity registration no. remains the same 1001492.

    • Channel 1
      February 23, 2017

      @Concerned Dominican – I agree with your observation.

  27. Da
    February 23, 2017

    Why it was not reported and where is the picture and why it took so long to say

  28. Sakah boy
    February 23, 2017

    In Hot water again ??

  29. Wake up
    February 23, 2017

    Nonsense.

  30. I Am Dominica
    February 23, 2017

    If the above is true can your organization release more info like statement showing the check n question and check number on your financial statement of the year or month when the check was deposited .

    We need more info for this to go away .

    Please show us what we need to see .

    • Joe
      February 23, 2017

      It will be shown in court

    • Dominican
      February 23, 2017

      The rest of the info is not for you is for the court!

    • NUWP
      February 23, 2017

      All this will be shown in court. So take time. I didn’t know when a little donation is made all dat drama have to come out. Lennox should be telling us HOW MUCH MANY HE OR HIS PARTY RAISED TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF DOMINICA. And why was it the medical supplies which a group sent for dominica Thompson den seek to take credit for it? Did he provide recipes for the medical supplies? WELL ALL THAT ISNT DAT YOU KNOW. Lennox antilock and Matt will have the opportunity to prove where the then high commissioner misappropriated the funds. So all u can ask all kinda questions make all kind of statement blow all u brain up burst all u blood vessel the time is coming where he has to prove his alligation. So if he so sure of wat he said than he shouldn’t worry but be happy to prove his case. Simple as that.

      • The Truth Be Told - -0riginal
        February 23, 2017

        “MONEY?”
        She should sue them for more money. A person’s good character is worth much more than what she asked.

  31. February 23, 2017

    Where is the money ,what did you do with all or part or it,is there any left and how much?

  32. bigger
    February 23, 2017

    Brother if you ask me Did you steal Mr James wallet? that disserves an answer but if you say to me that you Stole Mr James wallet brother you’ll have to prove it.

    Allegation dosen’t hold water in a court of law

    • %
      February 23, 2017

      If you are giving me two different names you also have to prove to me which is correct,so that i may know if you are truthful.

    • NUWP
      February 23, 2017

      Common sense 101

    • The Truth Be Told - -0riginal
      February 23, 2017

      You sound like Patrick Madrid of the U.S, on Eternal Word Television Network – EWTN. He explains these matters. I wonder if you ever heard him.
      Yes! Asking a question and making an accusation are two different sentences and meanings. If they accuse her, they deserve to be sued for defamation of character. Foolish people causing divisions and disunity in D/ca who cannot keep their mouths shut, always accusing others but themselves.
      What is more, they will pay the price before God. Their evil words are recorded for their eternal judgment.

  33. Moii
    February 23, 2017

    Check this site and do the maths

    http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Showcharity/RegisterOfCharities/CharityWithoutPartB.aspx?RegisteredCharityNumber=1001492&SubsidiaryNumber=0

    By the way, what is really the name of this organization?

    1. On Miss Baron letter – Dominical Natural ….
    2. On the cheque – Dominica National …
    3. On the emails and website from the organization – Dominica National Development and Disaster Fund

  34. Curious
    February 23, 2017

    I would like the Charity to tell us whether this organization referred to on this website is theirs and if so, why doesn’t their financial statement reflect the US$10,000 income nor the 15,000BP payment for either 2015 or 2014.

    http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Showcharity/RegisterOfCharities/PrintReport.aspx?RegisteredCharityNumber=1001492&ReportType=COLOUR

  35. YungMusician
    February 23, 2017

    It seems Linton and his boys thought she could have taken the giant check she posed with in the picture to a bank and cash it. :lol: :lol: :lol: . These guys are classics. It was all symbolic, she received the check on the behalf of one charity which donated the money to a second NGO. She had no reason to stand in Parliament or have a press conference to say she received a symbolic check on the behalf of the charity. That was public knowledge. If Linton and his boys wanted to comment on the specifics of that case they should have done their necessary research. These guys are not learning from the mistakes.

  36. Malgraysa
    February 23, 2017

    This is not correct. The official accounts of the DNDDF, u.K. charity no. 1001492, for the financial year ending 31 March 2015 show an income of £4,192 and spending of £6,234, The relevant check was issued on 3 Nov. 2014 and it is therefore impossible for it to be part of the charity’s declared income for nearly five months after it was issued. The accounts for the year ending March 2016 have not been submitted and are seriously overdue. As far as I know the £15,000 donation to the local Red Cross in 2015 was a DONA initiative, Something is amiss and the Charities Commission in the U.K. should investigate.

    • U.K. Dominican
      February 23, 2017

      You are right. U.S,10,000 on 3 Nov. 2014, the date the cheque was issued was the equivalent of British pounds 6,257 and the income for that charity for the whole of the financial year up to the end of Marchf 2015 was only British pounds 4,192. Are you telling us that cheque was not cashed till after 31 March 2015? When was it cashed and by whom?
      Also I recall that the High Commission in London arranged a special fund raising meeting immediately after Erika and that NDDP was represented there by its chair Vince John. money raided there would be separate from that cheque in Nov. 2014, 10 months before.
      In any case the 15,000 pounds donated to the Dominica Red Cross came from a separate charity, DONA ,Dominica Overseas National Association of London, which does not have Vince John on its board and whos chairman is Joseph Vidal. You are right something seems not right here and needs investigating.

    • Wayne Short
      February 23, 2017

      Good catch

      Can’t argue with this when the information is publicly available on UK government website.

      http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Showcharity/RegisterOfCharities/CharityWithoutPartB.aspx?RegisteredCharityNumber=1001492&SubsidiaryNumber

    • NUWP
      February 23, 2017

      State your name and address if u so sure of wat u say saying. U cannot say what form of activities was embarked on to raised that $15,000.00. But hear u as far as u know like that will fool someone. If u soooooo sure it was not the $10,000.00 plus the $6,000. Plus which was raised to add with the 15 den state ur name and address. Come out on Matt and say I so and so know the 10,000.00 wasn’t given to the charity group. U all are just like who lead all u. Manufacturer of truth. But the good thing is you all not calling the case. The public opinion isn’t a court of laws. So keep talking. All evidence u all have bring it in the courts. That is where matters settle BASE ON EVIDENCE. U see all what Lennox said about facts he have about Pinard Burn? It is costing him over half a million now. It takes nothing but to just be honest rather than seeking to tarnish people simple because they not supporting u and u dreaming of becoming prime minister. But u have facades to dream still.

      • The Truth Be Told - -0riginal
        February 23, 2017

        Good! Give it to them well. They are too envious and out of place. They support UWP and not DLP which is why they carry-on stupidly, consistently accusing all DLP’s of what they cannot prove.
        I would sue them for over $1 million. Their mouths and words are dangerous. One would think that by now Lennox would learn a lesson. He is a bad example. The worst is yet to come on him.

      • Nac Vibes
        February 24, 2017

        The evidence is in their bogus accounts.
        The charity commission is based in the UK under UK law and I hope they investigate their accounts.

  37. February 23, 2017

    make them pay :-D

  38. Dominican
    February 23, 2017

    uwp is at it again. When you don’t know something you ask, not make accusations through assumptions. uwp is always on the loosing side. :-P

    • Wake up
      February 23, 2017

      They did ask. Wake up and follow what’s going on before commenting. They have been asking all along, not accusing.

      • The Truth Be Told - -0riginal
        February 23, 2017

        What is the reason they did ask? Was it out of curiosity or wickedness? Whichever, they surely did not mean well. They have consistently been making defamatory comments about her.

      • NUWP
        February 24, 2017

        And who say they are entitle to a response? Dats not fact payers money. A a. And wat make u think when u ask a question an u don’t get an answer I have to accuse someone of doing wrong? UWP NEED TO KNOW THEIR PLACE. They didn’t give a cent to anyone for Erika but they asking question. This reminiscing me of a son who never help his mom in marigot and wen she died he making noise for the house an don wat the lady ask. But Rachie wasn’t foolish.

    • %
      February 23, 2017

      Yes UWP is on the Monfared matter,and that wont stop…

      • KID ON THE BLOCK
        February 23, 2017

        Jokers!

      • Dominican
        February 24, 2017

        another matter that will make them pay money again just line up you pocket tan and wait

  39. Dominican
    February 23, 2017

    uwp is at it again. When you don’t know something you ask, not make accusations through assumptions. uwp is always on the loosing side.

  40. February 23, 2017

    that’s why ppl should do proper investigations b4 running their mouths…anywho I’m sure Grotto, Chances, operation youth quake or leve Dominque could use 10,000 us…smh grown men acting like fools

  41. Anon
    February 23, 2017

    The release from the so-called charity organization is bogus at best.

    First of all the release did not come directly from the Dominica National Development and Disaster Fund (DNDDF) but from Charles Jong, the government’s minister of propaganda. (A friend in the media showed me the email.)

    So why can’t the DNDDF send the email to all media houses themselves? Why through the government? This is very fishy.

    I’ve tried to contact the DNDDF myself through its email address and phone number. The email remains unanswered for days and I am still waiting. I tried to call a number listed for charities in the UK and the phone either rings non stop or says the number it out of service.

    I wish the media in Dominica would do a little digging before they simply publish a “press release’ they receive.

    I SMELL A BIG RAT.

    • Wake up
      February 23, 2017

      Charles Jong, the same man who is calling for Dominicans to give up their passports and for criminals to keep them. He is meddling in ‘none of his business’ again. Clearly thinks he is more important than he is.

    • U.K. Dominican
      February 23, 2017

      Anon try U.K. mobile 944)07712894518. That number is no secret and registered to Vince John, the chairman of DNDDF and also chairman of DUKA.

    • The Truth Be Told - -0riginal
      February 23, 2017

      What authority do you have to send them email and expect a response? Do you think they answer to any and everybody who writes them? They know what people as you are up to which is why they did not find it important and necessary to respond.
      The same as the Media, Government and other enterprises. I am stating this in general terms, worldwide. If they feel your queries are ridiculous, out of place and none of your business they will not respond. They cast it aside and shred it which is where it belongs for nosy and wicked people who are up to no good.

    • U.K. Dominican
      February 24, 2017

      Perhaps Francine Baron was hoodwinked, I don’t know but it appears she has opened a can of worms.
      The day job of Vince John is shown as procurement director of Greenwich University in London on the university website and his direct tel.no. 020-8331-899 and e.mail address v.m.john@gre.ac.uk. This information is in the public domain. so you can call him or e mail to check with him direct what is going on here. Why he uses the address for the DNDDP charity to be at Barking Road in Plaistow is a mistery to me. That happens to be the Newham borough Community Centre as I recall but also the home of the Newham African Caribbean Resource Centre, This whole thing is a tangled web of smoke and mirrors.

      • lightbulb
        February 27, 2017

        Y’all need to stop posting people info online like that.
        if you were part of the UK charity scene you would know that Newham borough CC, is the location of DUKA.

  42. God's beloved
    February 23, 2017

    So why was that information not made clear from the very beginning. Why it appeared to be a big secret which was meant only for the elect and not the people who needs to know.
    Dominica belongs to all dominicans NOT those Who think that it belongs to them only, it is not anyone person or group of person private property or possession.

    When will the Administration understand that they are not governing their private business but the businesss of the people which is public and that they are accountable to the people at all times.

    The Administration even gets angry when they are asked relevant questions pertaining to the people’s business… what manner of people are these. They villify the opposion when they ask questions about the people’s business.

    The hearts of men are desperately wicked.

  43. Shaka Zulu
    February 23, 2017

    All of you guys full of crap. Francine Baron represent Dominica wherever she goes. That’s what tax payers paying her to do. If she received funds on behalf of anything Dominica she should make sure that Dominica knows exactly where it goes and what was done with it period. Do not give anyone reason to speculate. Why should I have to search Google to find out who the heck this organization is and where it is located. It should have been mentioned “based in England” no one can be trusted because even good intentions can be abused. If all this was absolutely clear in first place then no one would be making speculations. That is the definition of transparency. Stop wasting valuable court time with this damn law suits and focus of doing all you freaking jobs. Public figures are responsible to answer when there are questions and if answers not clear then there is something to hide so move on and improve on y’all attitude. Deng it!!!!

    • Stealth Critique
      February 23, 2017

      I don’t think you understand that the Dominica National Development and Disaster Fund (DNDDF), based in London, England, has no association with the government of Dominica. It’s a private organization. It doesn’t have to tell anyone, save maybe the government of the UK, what they do with the funds they receive.

      • Shaka Zulu
        February 23, 2017

        Even worst. Then why is a government official recieving funds on behalf of a private organization? Into a private find? Using a name that seems to indicate it is a home grown national initiative. Is that not misleading? And is that not in appropriate on behalf of Mr. Baron who is at such time on the people of Dominica business? That’s making it worst and conflict of interest.

      • Anonymous
        February 23, 2017

        Thank God they have a Charities Commission in the U.K. and if you make untrue declarations you are in for a heap of . I am sure they will check this with a fine -tooth comb and so they should because something does not add up, I don’t care if you are labour, uwp or nothing at all.

      • Anonymous
        February 23, 2017

        So why they give themselves this name? To mislead people and make them think that is an official organization approved by our Government?

      • U.K. Dominican
        February 23, 2017

        Yes, they do in the U.K. and that information must be made available to the public.
        Don’t forget approved charities do not pay tax and the authorities want to make sure that all their income and expenditure is properly accounted for ansd open to scrutiny. We should have such freedom of information Dominica also to keep people straight and not put them in temptation.

      • Willie
        February 23, 2017

        But the government of Dominica,through Baron, was seen receiving the cheque!

      • Willie
        February 23, 2017

        Then,, why is Baron receiving the cheque?

      • The Truth Be Told - -0riginal
        February 23, 2017

        As if they should know and have a right to know. They are too fast, wicked, dangerous and troublemakers. It is none of their business. Some people love pushing their noses in the business affairs of others as they forget theirs. They have nothing constructive to do with their time but prying into what which does not concern them and spoiling the good name of others.

    • Wake up
      February 23, 2017

      And get yourselves some new calendars, so you can check the date.

    • Anthony P. Ismael
      February 23, 2017

      Amen Shaka. They think they fooling people, but not me.

    • lightbulb
      February 27, 2017

      1) it wasnt a real cheque, this was nothing more than press / promotion
      2) the people who should be question, are the people who the check was written off too
      3) if they didnt receive it, you can question the people who were supposed to issue the cheque

  44. Truth offends
    February 23, 2017

    Too little too late. Y did it have to take three years for an organization that carries the name of ‘DOMINICA’ to confirm that they recipient a check received by our high commissioner, and now foreign minister, when the public had been calling on her to tell us about the money? Now Monfared , who was see in the background along with his Dominica Trade House, is jailed Baron and her click speaking out. Pure rubbish man

  45. Yinka
    February 23, 2017

    Way Papa…more people have to pay for their tongue….let’s hear all you UWP members that always wiping Linton and his stooges bavey!…Pay her de money! Sakway Sot!

    • %
      February 23, 2017

      You are an idiot with no understanding…You are empty.

  46. Pres_Donald_Trump
    February 23, 2017

    Is that US10,000.00 from the proceeds of selling Iranian oil to China if so the DNDDF is liable under the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010? We should also inform President Hassan Rouhani who is currenly trying to recover his stolen 6.5 billion dollars.

    • %
      February 23, 2017

      You are correct..This DLP is just a cancer!!They try to hide everything from the people and will only break their moo moo ness,when the people have discovered…

  47. fedup
    February 23, 2017

    That is all the people of Dominica has been asking. transparency . Three years later a response. Only in dominica. Francine that is what is required of you all, to be accountable to the people of dominica. So stop the frivilous lawsuit and produce the damn information when requested by the people that you represent.

    • lightbulb
      February 23, 2017

      Transparency??? of what nuh??

      She is not a member of charity, she is not the business, she was just holding the check.

      If the carnival queen was present to receive the cheque, all you would have question her also?

      EB HE WEHHH!!

      • Too Late Shall be Our Cry!
        February 24, 2017

        Yes! You know why, this is because as the Carnival Queen of Dominica, and going to accept a checque in her official capacity, she is representing DOMINICA and ALL DOMINICANS and therefore, she has to account to the people what she went out to receive on our behalf. The people should never be left to speculate. This is what transparency calls for, and if one does not want to operate in a transparent manner, then they should refrain from running for public office.

    • zandoli
      February 23, 2017

      If you want people to take you seriously, you need to be balanced.
      Before Lennox, Matt and Angelo went out making statements that suggested Ms. Baron misappropriated funds, all they had to do was ask and do some very basic research.

      Just because you don’t know something, that does not give you the right to sully someone’s good name.

      I have not seen the transcript of what these guys said, but if indeed they made claims that point to libel, I am in full support of her suing the pants off these guys.

      • Tjebe Fort
        February 23, 2017

        Where is that statement suggesting misappropriated funds? When was it made an on which medium? I think you need serious balancing yourself my friend.

      • February 23, 2017

        @zandoli February 23, 2017

        Nice going! I am with you on this point. These guys need to get sued to the point of getting their pants off, before they are sent to the guillotine, because they cannot afford to pay for their loud mouth and unmannered tongue.

    • Dominican
      February 23, 2017

      FEd up you should be fed up of Lennox making you pay for his tongue. Now go collect the money you have under the bed

    • The Truth Be Told - -0riginal
      February 23, 2017

      These days with computer and internet, some people forget their place, what they should say and what they should no., What to interfere in and what not to interfere in.
      It would be nice if all of you, your lives were a transparency. We would be shocked, eh. Maybe you should attend to that and rectify it.

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