Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share Share LocalNews Dominicans saddened by death of Shernel Prince by: – March 27, 2012 61 Views 5 comments Dominicans are still grief stricken by the death of 20 year old Shernel Prince of Wesley who was flown to Trinidad to undergo heart surgery.Shernel Prince. Photo via: Facebook profile.Parliamentary Representative for the Wesley Constituency Gloria Shillingford has extended her sympathy to the family and relatives of Shernel Prince.In a press statement Shillingford said; “I don’t think that there is anything more painful than the loss of a child. My heart goes out to the family and friends of Shernel Prince”. Shillingford who taught Prince described her as “quiet, respectful and always full of God’s joy”.She explained further that Shernel “kept active in her church and was loved by us all. Who can forget that smiling face or her love of dance?”According to Shillingford, “When she left for Trinidad I stayed out on the porch so I could say a prayer as the plane took off asking God to be with her” and that Prince seemed “resolute and focused on making it through” when she last spoke to her “less than two weeks ago.” She said however that “her suffering is done, no more tears, no more pain, no more sorrow” recognizing that it had been a long battle for Prince and her family. Shillingford also noted that during Prince’s illness “she was always so hopeful, always pleasant and focused on her Lord” and calls on the villagers to continue supporting the family with love and prayers.“My sincerest sympathies go out to the Prince and St. Amie family of Wesley; the friends, classmates and fellow villagers of Wesley who mourn her loss along with you. Let us be comforted though knowing that she now rests safe and at peace in the arms of her father”.BackgroundShernel Prince had surgery last week to repair a leaking valve in her heart, the doctors found other complications. The story of Prince hit the airwaves of a local radio station when they launched a radio thon to assist her financially with the cost of the surgery.At a press conference on Monday morning, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit explained that contrary to reports the government of Dominica did assist the family with TT$185,000.00 to assist Prince with her surgery.He said however the family required additional funding for another surgery which the government was not informed about until they arrived in Trinidad, but based on government’s policy for assistance with medical funding, one must provide doctor referral letters and proformer invoices among other documentation. “The government’s policy is that for us to provide you with assistance to go out of Dominica for medical services, you must get a referral from a consultant doctor resident in Dominica. The persons who have to go for medical services must also write a letter making a request so that there is proper accounting. A proformer invoice is also needed from the hospital so we can trace the money. They second time the persons went, the persons went without the government knowledge and is only when they go there they contacted us. With no documentation, I cannot instruct the public service to make payments,” he said.Through the radio thon spear headed by United Workers Party Senator Ezekiel Bazil, $48, 000.00 was raised to assist Prince and an EC$50,000 loan was also granted to her father Mathew Prince to assist her with the surgery.Prince died at about 11 o’clock last night at a Trinidadian hospital.Dominica Vibes News
With the Trump administration set to slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 31 percent, many recent environmental protections may be in jeopardy. This development has worried politicians such as Sen. Barbara Boxer, who spoke at Bovard Auditorium on Thursday as the keynote speaker for the Environmental Student Assembly’s Earth Month. In January, Boxer retired from the U.S. Senate, where she served from 1993 to 2017. She was previously the ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives and served as chair of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983 to 1993.Boxer began her speech by discussing the relationship between science and politics in the modern world.“It’s an odd world, filled with alternative facts, which I call authentic lies,” Boxer said to a laughing crowd. “We’re living through a time when science is so threatened that scientists have to march to show the American people that scientists are tellers of truth.”Boxer also spoke about the injustice of climate change.“We’re all taught to care about and stick up for the powerless,” Boxer said. “One of the reasons I was so attracted to the environmental issue is because it most often becomes an environmental justice issue.”Joshua Blockstein, the co-director of ESA, spoke about California’s environmental policy in an introduction for Boxer.“We need to look no further than our own state for evidence that we can take the initiative to revolutionize environmental policy,” Blockstein said. “California has taken the necessary steps to tackle climate change and protect our natural environment.”Jacob Lind, a freshman studying English, decided to come to the event to hear about Boxer’s political opinions in the Trump era.“She’s a political veteran, so it’s interesting to hear her take on the current turmoil,” Lind said. “She’s now a private citizen like the rest of us, but she has a kind of insight into the situation of Donald Trump being president.”Boxer’s presentation was followed by a panel featuring Bonnie Reiss, global director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy; Terry Tamminen, CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation; and Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board.Congrui Lin, a senior studying human biology, is an intern for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and came to the event to learn more about California’s environmental policy.“I think that the cap-and-trade plan has been very successful, and so we should keep aggressively pursuing that and transitioning towards a cleaner economy,” Lin said in reference to California’s policy limiting greenhouse gas emissions. Rebecca Weber, co-director of ESA, felt that Sen. Boxer was a perfect choice for a speaker for Earth Month.“Our mission is to engage, inform and empower the student body about sustainability initiatives on campus, but it’s not just about campus anymore, especially with the new administration,” Weber said. “It’s good to make sure that students are informed about what’s going on.”To close her speech, Boxer called for students to take action on environmental issues.“We have the responsibility to stand up, to speak out, to be tough and to fight back,” Boxer said.