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Dominicans in Florida urged to take safety measures as Hurricane Dorian approaches – Dominica News Online

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Bruno securing his home in Florida

Dominica-Florida Diaspora Comminity Leader, Alex Bruno has advised Dominicans living in Florida to take proper measures to remain safe as Hurricane Dorian approaches.

Hurricane Dorian is now at Category 5 and is currently located in the Bahamas where it is causing catastrophic damage with winds of 165 miles per hour.

In an interview with Dominica News Online, (DNO), Bruno stated that if Hurricane Dorian makes landfall in Florida it will result in tremendous danger and future hardship.

“There are tens of thousands of Dominicans living in the state of Florida and what we expect is 160 and above miles an hour winds to cause some impact on the state,” he said. “Based on projections, however, it appears that the system might be taken on a northerly turn so it looks like the eastern belt of the state which goes all the way up to Georgia will get some serious impact from Dorian, but no one knows what is actually going to happen.”

A shuttered section of Bruno’s residence

Bruno, who lives in Boynton Beach at the southern end of Palm Beach County in Florida, further encouraged Dominicans in Florida, to follow the advice of the American authorities and adhere to the call of the federal government.

“In terms of the Dominicans living here, I would like to urge us as a community to get serious as to what is about to happen. Even if we think, based on our own understanding that it is not going to be catastrophic but take no chances.  Follow the advice of the authority, seek shelter, especially if you’re like in an area where there is  mandatory evacuation,” he advised.

Bruno added, “I’m calling on our Dominicans and Caribbean citizens to be wise, protect yourself, try to protect your family and let us try and ride out Dorian [as] safely as possible.”

He said in preparation for this category five hurricane, there is a mandatory evacuation for all residents on the east of the federal highway (residents closest to the sea); schools have been closed until Tuesday or pending further notice; people at the home for the aged have been secured with standby generators and plans have been made to keep them safe; animals have been catered for, and standby power vehicles and extra military troops have been put in place.

He urged the Dominican diaspora to remember that they are one people and should be in unity and love each other, not only during storms, but at all times.





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UPDATE(with video): Landing gear found, believed to be from small plane that crashed in sea off Marigot

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Local search party going out to look for the aircraft on Sunday night

Rescue teams are continuing their search today after a small plane carrying four people (two crew and two passengers) crashed into the sea in Marigot on Sunday. The landing gear from the craft is believed to have been found (video at end of article).

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Dominica Air and Seaport Authority (DASPA), Benoit Bardouille, said the French-registered aircraft was given clearance to take off from Douglas-Charles Airport destined for Le Raizet Airport in Guadeloupe.

“The search started again this morning. From the information I have thus far, we did have another person call, directly to me and gave a location based on what they heard last night in the general area and I think within that area thus far, a bag and a passport has been found, so there is some sort of active search now within that locality,” Bardouille said.

He said the aircraft was airborne at about 6:43 pm and was instructed by the air traffic controller to report when he passed 1500ft in the climb.

According to the DASPA official, a couple of minutes later, the air traffic controller attempted to contact the aircraft for a frequency change to Raizet control, but was unable to make contact with the aircraft.

“He made several attempts but received no response. The air traffic controller took a look at the radar viewing that we have at the airport and could not identify the aircraft…”, Bardoiulle said.

He said the Raizet Airport was immediately contacted and they informed Douglas-Charles Control that they had no information on the aircraft.

“At that point in time the aircraft, not being in contact with the air traffic control in Dominica and not being in contact with Guadeloupe was considered to be a missing aircraft,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bardouille said the fire service received a call from a private citizen, indicating that they had seen “something in relation to an aircraft that may have gone down into the sea”.

He said immediately, the fire service sought the assistance of the fisherfolk in Marigot to assist, while the mobilization of the Coast Guard was taking place.

“We are hopeful that something may happen since the aircraft may have not gone too far away from the airport, but certainly we are very concerned and we are doing everything along with the police as well as the French authorities to try to see how we can do any rescue or retrieval of anything that would provide the kind of evidence that is required for an investigation,” the DASPA CEO stated.

The rescue teams include the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority, the local coast guard and fisherfolk in Marigot. Two helicopters are also being used to conduct the search.

Bardouille made it clear that the actual airfield is not affected.

“It does not affect movements of aircrafts in and out of Douglas-Charles,” he said. “Clearly there will be an investigation by the appropriate authority to ensure that we can know what the cause was.”





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ANNOUNCEMENT: UNESCO Participation Programme 2020-2021

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The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is an agency within the United Nations responsible for promoting peace, social justice, human rights and international security through International Cooperation on Educational, Science and Cultural Programs.

UNESCO through the Dominic National Commission for UNESCO  is requesting submissions for projects meeting the organization’s programme priorities which will assist UNESCO in achieving its sustainable development goals by 2030.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) through the Dominica National Commission for UNESCO will provide funding to execute projects which meet the UNESCO’s programme priorities upon approval.

UNESCO’s Programme priorities for the 2020-2021 period are as follows:

  • Education
  • Natural Sciences
  • Culture
  • Social & Human Sciences
  • Communications & Information
  • Gender Equality

Applicants should forward all project proposals to the office at the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Planning, Vocational Training and National Excellence on the 2nd floor, Government Headquarters on or before Friday 21st, 2020.





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ANNOUNCEMENT: UNESCO Participation Programme 2020-2021

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The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is an agency within the United Nations responsible for promoting peace, social justice, human rights and international security through International Cooperation on Educational, Science and Cultural Programs.

UNESCO through the Dominic National Commission for UNESCO  is requesting submissions for projects meeting the organization’s programme priorities which will assist UNESCO in achieving its sustainable development goals by 2030.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) through the Dominica National Commission for UNESCO will provide funding to execute projects which meet the UNESCO’s programme priorities upon approval.

UNESCO’s Programme priorities for the 2020-2021 period are as follows:

  • Education
  • Natural Sciences
  • Culture
  • Social & Human Sciences
  • Communications & Information
  • Gender Equality

Applicants should forward all project proposals to the office at the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Planning, Vocational Training and National Excellence on the 2nd floor, Government Headquarters on or before Friday 21st, 2020.





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