C&W Foundation Earmarks US$500,000 to Provide Relief and Restoration Support to the Islands Impacted by Hurricane Dorian
C&W Communications (C&W), a Liberty Latin America company, through its Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation (Foundation), today announced that it has earmarked US$500,000 toward immediate and longer-term relief and restoration efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane that devastated parts of The Bahamas. The Foundation has also put out an appeal to help raise additional funds to support the recovery efforts given the significant damage reported on the islands.
This past weekend, the north-western Bahamian islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama were ravaged by the strongest hurricane to ever make landfall in The Bahamas. Hurricane Dorian brought catastrophic damage leaving many homeless and without basic supplies of food, water and shelter.
As the government and people of The Bahamas come to terms with the devastating news of the loss of life and widespread destruction to homes and property, C&W Communications CEO, Inge Smidts, expressed sympathies to the government and people of The Bahamas, who have been directly and indirectly affected by this natural disaster.
Smidts, who is the Chair of the Foundation, is appealing to the public to join the efforts by supporting a fundraising campaign. “We are urging our customers, employees and business partners to help us support the people of The Bahamas in this very challenging time. The donations will go towards the immediate relief effort and long-term rebuilding programs.”
Anyone wishing to donate can visit: https://www.cwc.com/live/corporate-responsibility/cable-wireless-foundation/support-hurricane-dorian-relief.html to make a contribution.
Regarding the impact of the hurricane on C&W’s operations, Smidts said, “We are following up with our teams in Abaco and Grand Bahama to ensure their safety as well as the safety of everyone on the islands. There are island-wide power outages on both islands and as such, communications are slow to come in.” Giving an update on the company’s preparations to provide support, Smidts shared, “We already have a team in place supported by our parent company, Liberty Latin America, who has been mobilizing efforts to provide relief to Abaco and Grand Bahama immediately following the ‘all-clear’. Members of our team will fly out to Abaco and Grand Bahama to personally check on our team members in those islands, provide care packages, conduct assessments and determine what further assistance is required.”
Smidts further stated, “We are certainly not out of the woods yet, as Hurricane Dorian is slowly trekking towards Florida. Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our employees and customers is always our top priority.” She urged everyone in the path of the hurricane to “stay safe, keep in touch with friends, family and neighbors and most of all, heed the warnings issued by the Disaster Management Authorities.”
Notwithstanding the extensive damage on the islands, BTC’s mobile services in some areas of Abaco, Grand Bahama, Berry Islands and Bimini have been compromised. However, some fixed landline services are available on those islands. In New Providence, mobile and landline services are challenged. Due to the loss of commercial power and excessive flooding, BTC customers in the company’s Fiber-to-the-Home and recently upgraded MSAN areas may be experiencing landline and internet outages if their home is not equipped with backup power.
Smidts ended by saying, “Our teams are working around the clock to restore services as quickly as possible as we know how important it is for families and friends to connect with each other especially during these trying times. Together we will recover and rebuild. We stand with the people and government of The Bahamas.”
Electoral Office Correction Notice: Nomination Day is November 19, 2019
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November 19, 2019
The Electoral Office informs the public that although the Writs issued by His Excellency the President stated that Nomination Day is 19 November 2019, the notice issued by the Chief Elections Officer and published in the Official Gazette in respect of the same contained a typographical error in that the date for Nomination Day was stated as “Wednesday” the 19th day of November 2019.
Please note that nomination day is on 19 November 2019 as stated in the Writs, which is a Tuesday.
The requisite publication of the Notice without the error is being done. We ask all prospective candidates to note that ALL nomination centres will open be open on Tuesday, 19 November 2019, between the hours of 9 am and 4 pm to receive nomination papers and Statutory Declarations, in accordance with Section 15 of the House of Assembly (Elections) Act.
UPDATE: Electoral Office takes responsibility for error with date for nomination day; insists nomination day is Nov 19President misses deadline to cancel Nomination Day
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November 18, 2019
It seemed as though President of Dominica Charles Savarin was going to miss a 3:00 pm deadline to respond to a request from the Leader of the Opposition, Lennox Linton and a group of concerned citizens to cancel nomination day. However, the Electoral Office appears to have come to the rescue.
The request to the president is contained in a letter sent by attorney Cara Shillingford on behalf of Linton and the group in which she cites eight grounds under which the president has to consider the request for the cancellation and threatens further legal action if the President fails to accede to the request.
The attorney in her letter reminds the President of his responsibility under section 55 of the constitution that gives him authority to set the election date for as late as February 5th, 2020.
The letter also cites the non-existent date of Wednesday, November 19th and speaks to the 10-day gazetting requirement before nomination day.
The letter also points to the promises made by the Electoral commission to cleanse the voters list, and shares information about a meeting between the returning officers and the Chairman of the Electoral Commission and Commissioner Alick Lawrence without the knowledge of or invitation of the two commissioners appointed by the Leader of the Opposition.
Issues such as the promise of voter ID cards and the recommendations of international organizations such as the OAS, CARICOM and the Commonwealth were also raised in the letter.
Shillingford told Dominica News Online (DNO) shortly after 4:00 pm today, that she still had not heard from the President.
However, just prior to publication of this update, DNO received a copy of a letter sent to the president of the United Workers Party in which the office takes responsibility for what it describes as a typographical error and maintains that nomination day is on “19 November 2019 as stated in the Writs.”
A Dominican living in Antigua and Barbuda is now picking up the pieces following a massive fire that destroyed her home over the weekend.
Darnella George her three children are now homeless after a blaze destroyed their home in Jennings.
At around 3:40 pm, the Johnson’s Point Fire Station responded to a 9-1-1 call of a house fire in Jennings.
It took 15 minutes for the firefighters to arrive on the scene, where they witnessed three homes ablaze. According to the firemen, the roof of the house from which the fire originated had already collapsed.
Corporal Amois Prince told OBSERVER that the firemen took action by trying to control the blaze at the two other houses with water, before moving on to eventually contain the house which suffered the most damage.
It took the firefighters over an hour to completely put out the fire at the three homes which were close to each other. The Johnson’s Point firefighting crew had to be backed up by the St John’s Fire Station given the size and intensity of the fire.
“They are not from the area and don’t have anybody,” Corporal Prince on Saturday referring to George and her children. “I’m not sure where they will stay tonight. It’s a real sad situation.”
The cause of the fire is yet unknown, and the houses were not insured.
“We tried gathering information, but no one is talking as to how the fire got started,” the corporal explained.
The landlord, who wished not to be named, said he had been trying to evict George for some time now due to non-payment. He had sent an eviction notice as of last week.
The landlord asserted that he will be seeking restitution through the courts in very short order as the “timing of the fire’ seemed more than suspicious in his estimation.
The firemen will begin conducting their investigations into the cause of the fire.
Meantime, Louise Winston has started a GoFundMe page to assist Darnella.