The government intends to name the new housing complex in La Plaine after Petter St Jean. It will be named “The Petter St Jean Housing Complex’’.
St Jean has been the Parliamentary Representative for that constituency for the past ten years but he wasn’t selected to represent that community in the next general elections.
However prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the decision to rename the complex after St Jean is a form of gratitude for his contributions to his people.
“We have to give reverence and express our sense of gratitude to honorable Saint Jean for his stewardship because we all knew the state of this constituency when he became the senator in 2005. People somehow intend to forget when life gets better for them and this constituency, notwithstanding the impacts of these hurricanes and storms, we have seen great improvement in this constituency,” he said.
Skerrit made this announcement during the handing over ceremony of commitment letters for 64 new housing units in La Plaine on Tuesday.
The Dominica Labour Party never gave a reason why St Jean was not their pick this time around but Skerrit told those gathered at the ceremony that “you can say what you want about Petter Saint Jean you cannot deny the fact that he has worked hard for this constituency”
Adding, “so we must never treat lightly the contributions of our conscientious leaders. A people who have been there with us not in the good times, but in the most difficult times”.
Those sixty-four families who will benefit from the new housing facilities could be given their keys to their new home within two weeks, according to the prime minister.
The new homes are paid for in full by the government of Dominica, through the CBI.
PM Skerrit also gave a further commitment to build more homes from funds contracted from the world bank in the sum of $EC104 million.
Meantime, Saint Jean said three hundred and twenty families were given housing materials for home repairs.
“Not only have homes been recovered, reconstructed and rebuilt but through the government’s material distribution program a total of three hundred and twenty-four homes among the three villages, the homes owners were given the material to complete roof renovation,” Saint Jean said.
He added that $EC1.4 million is currently being expended to upgrade the La Plaine water project and another $EC1.2 million on the Boetica water upgrade; both projects nearing completion.
On Tuesday November 19, 2019, all Returning Officers and Election Clerks will be available at designated nomination centers to receive nomination papers and Statutory Declarations from prospective candidates.
Candidates will be required to present Form 12 and Form 13, respectively, in accordance with Section 15 of the House of Assembly (Elections) Act.
The Officers will begin receiving nominations at 9am until 4pm, for seven hours continuously.
If at the end of seven hours, there is only one candidate duly nominated, the returning officer will immediately declare that candidate to be duly elected.
If there is more than one candidate duly nominated, the Returning Officer will adjourn the poll to the date stated in the writ, December 6th 2019.
Every candidate must be nominated by no less than six (6) electors registered in the same constituency for which he/she is seeking election and must consent in writing to the nomination in Form 12.
Every candidate must deposit a sum of $500 in cash. If he/she fails to do so, their nomination will be deemed void.
Every deposit will be returned to the person by the Financial Secretary upon presentation of a certificate from the Chief Elections Officer that the candidate was elected or received not less than one-eighth of the total number of votes counted at the election.
BUSINESS BYTE: Dominica’s Secret Bay All-Villa Resort joins Relais & Chateaux
7 hours ago
November 18, 2019
The Award-Winning, Luxury Boutique Resort Becomes The First and Only Dominica Hotel and Just the Eighth Caribbean Hotel to be
Accepted to Relais & Châteaux
Secret Bay, a six-star resort experience secluded on the Caribbean’s ‘Nature Island’ featuring clifftop residential-style villas, is pleased to announce its acceptance to join Relais & Châteaux, the most prestigious association of luxury hotels and restaurants in the world. Secret Bay is the first and only property in Dominica to be accepted into Relais & Châteaux and is just the eighth property in the Caribbean to become affiliated with the internationally acclaimed, elite group of curated hotels. Secret Bay’s dedication to sustainability, approach to hospitality, attention to six-star, highly-personalised service and culinary ingenuity are among the qualities that led Relais & Châteaux to select Secret Bay to join its network of the ‘World’s Finest Intimate Hotels.’
“We are extremely delighted to join Relais & Châteaux, which has always set the benchmark for preserving excellence in the timeless traditions of cuisine and hospitality,” said Secret Bay proprietor, Gregor Nassief. “Secret Bay and Relais & Châteaux share similar values around celebrating authenticity; working with, and employing, the local community; and, honouring sustainable practices. The affiliation will further enhance what guests love about Secret Bay: a special place that allows them to reconnect to themselves, to nature and to the ones they love.”
Philippe Gombert, President of Relais & Châteaux said: “We are very happy to count Secret Bay as a member of our family. The property will be the perfect ambassador for our values and our commitment to protect biodiversity and local heritage. The hotel is perfectly located, and offers a delicious and conscious Caribbean immersion for our guests.”
Secret Bay, Dominica’s most acclaimed resort, is a limited collection of freestanding, secluded and private villas that are immersed in nature and positioned on a clifftop overlooking the azure Caribbean Sea. The resort was founded upon a story of love, both between Gregor and his wife, Sandra, and for the land which they shared a deep commitment to preserving. Latin American architect and Sandra’s father, Fruto Vivas, collaborated with the couple to design the villas that comprise the living, breathing eco-luxury resort at Secret Bay. The resort is renowned for its ability to effortlessly capture the luxury of time and space and is celebrated for its idyllic tropical setting, an artful fusion of high design, local craftsmanship, commitment to sustainable development and authentic, bespoke service. Part of Secret Bay’s elevated experience comes in the form of its culinary offerings. At the innovative Zing Zing restaurant, Executive Chef Grant Lynott operates a “no-menu” concept that’s part food-lab and part restaurant, challenging many of the traditional fine dining restaurant rules, and focusing on a hyper-local and intimate experience that simply can’t be replicated.
“Relais & Châteaux is the global pinnacle of hospitality and cuisine, and we are proud to have met their standards to become a partner,” said Dinesh Kissoon, Secret Bay’s general manager, or maître de maison. “Secret Bay’s commitment to bespoke, highly personalised service along with nonpareil authenticity and experiential dining makes for a once-in-a-lifetime trip for Relais & Châteaux travelers.”
Relais & Châteaux represents 580 independently owned and operated boutique hotels and gourmet restaurants in extraordinary locations around the globe. Each property accepted into the Relais & Châteaux family must embody values of sustainability, hospitality and service while celebrating the local culture of their unique region.