The Dominica Cooperative Societies League (DCSLL) has granted scholarships and bursaries to nineteen more students to attend secondary school.
Every year, the league awards the Joffre Robinson Scholarship of Excellence which began in 1986 and the Sister Alicia Scholarship for need which was instituted in 1994. Sianna Albert Joseph received the Joffre Robinson (merit) scholarship and Nadjae Ann Shillingford received the Sister Alicia Scholarship for need.
This year, the League has increased its contribution of bursaries to 17 from 6 last year. The recipients of these bursaries are: Gianna J. F Oscar, Imani E. Junior Meyers, Dellano M. L Williams, Roneline H. Stoddard, Sara M. Bougouneau, Darren S. Lawrence, Tyron Henderson, Steffani J. Henry, Kevon K. M George, Ravon Coipel, Jesse Hilaire, Urshel S. George, Chris Vidal, Akina B. George, De’Andre J. Casimir, Davina B. Victor and Shaun Vidal.
These students will receive a one time allowance of $250 each.
The presentations were made at a ceremony held at the Prevost Cinemall on Monday August 26th, 2019.
President of the DSCL, Josephine Dublin, said at the presentation ceremony that currently, the League is supporting ten (10) full time scholarships at secondary schools in Dominica.
“For these scholarships, the League has committed to the following payment of all school fees, the provision of books and stationary, a uniform allowance of $250 in the 1st and 3rd years, all examination fees and a commuter allowance if the student resides outside a 1 mile radius from the secondary school of attendance,” she stated.
She told the parents that DCSL is able to make these funds and assistance available because of their participation in the credit union movement and encourages them to extend their commitment to the movement.
She advised the awardees to concentrate on their school work and to also take part in other wholesome activities such as a savings unionette or credit unionette, “so that at the end of it you will be a more rounded individual.”
Meantime, General Manager of the Dominica Cooperative Societies League, Phoenix Belfield said at DSCL they believe that the young people are the future of the credit union movement and the country and that the scholarships and bursaries are an investment in their education which is the main conduit to growth and development.
“It is really an investment and why I say an investment is because the reason that we, as a movement, are here for sixty plus years is because our founders took the time to invest in us and because they have invested in us, we see the need to continue with that investment so that the credit union movement, the cooperative movement by extension, continues to progress,” Belfield noted.
Skerrit – Caricom support ‘overwhelming’ for Baroness Scotland
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February 20, 2020
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said heads of government of CARICOM have expressed their “overwhelming” support for the renewal of the term of office for Secretary General Baroness Scotland.
Scotland, a Dominican by birth is under pressure from the international community to resign from her position of Secretary General of the Commonwealth.
But Skerrit who spoke on the sidelines of the Thirty-First Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Bridgetown, said the grouping is standing behind Scotland.
He said at the meeting, heads of governments also expressed their gratitude for her achievement during her tenure.
“Heads of governments expressed our gratitude for the range of activities undertaken by the Commonwealth Secretariat whose added value redounded to the benefit of small island and low lying coastal developing states,” he said.
According to Skerrit who has been one of Scotland’s main supporters, the heads of government also expressed support for the renewal of the term of office of the secretary general.
“We do hope that when we meet in Rwanda, the current holder of the post of secretary general will receive a second term in that very important office,” he said.
Skerrit said heads of CARICOM also engaged Scotland “directly and frankly” on the issues leveled against her in the media.
But he said CARICOM remained satisfied and accepted the responses given by her as “legitimate”.
The questions about Scotland’s future leadership of the Commonwealth came after she was criticized by internal auditors last November for awarding a lucrative consultancy contract to a company run by her friend.
The audit committee report also found that the Secretariat had no register of either tender waivers or conflicts of interest and was unable to explain why not.
That committee also identified 50 occasions between July 2015 and June 2018 when the usual procurement tenders had been waited by the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Baroness Scotland has always denied any wrongdoing
Scotland’s four-year term of office as secretary general comes to an end next month.
The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to be backing moves to persuade Amina Mohamed, a 58-year-old Kenyan politician, to challenge Baroness Scotland if she refuses to stand down.