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Law fraternity pays tribute to deceased attorney, Kevin Williams

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Singoalla Blomqvist-Williams, as she listens to the tributes to her deceased husband, Kevin Williams

The courtroom was filled to capacity by lawyers who gathered at the High Court in Roseau for the special sitting to pay tribute to attorney-at-law, Kevin Williams, who had died in January, this year, in England.

Some even broke down in tears as they paid tribute to “their fallen comrade” who they all described as an “honest individual” who knew the law.

Among those paying tribute to the late Kevin Williams were his uncle, professor Randolph Williams, president of the Dominica Bar Association, Heather Felix-Evans, Joelle Harris, Bernard Wiltshire, Julian Prevost, Stephen Isidore, Anthony Commodore, Ronald Charles, Duncan Stowe, Laurina Vidal-Telemacque, Chief Magistrate Candia Carette George, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Evelina Baptiste, Cara Shillingford, Dawn Yearwood Stewart, Henry Dyer, Peter Alleyne and his wife, Singoalla Blomqvist-Williams.

“Dependable, witty, hardworking, dedicated, honest” are just some of the adjectives used to describe Kevin Williams.

Attorney, Duncan Stowe, delivers his tribute

“He was dependable and reliable.  He knew the law. He was the law, and he lived the law.  I was even more convinced of his love for the law in his later years when he was faced with health challenges. He was sharp and selfless and always responded with alacrity.  I visited him sometime last year, shortly after an operation in London.  We had an interesting exchange.  He disguised his suffering and gave me an update of everything I had missed in Dominica during the week that I was out,” Duncan Stowe remarked as he paused to wipe away tears.

“My Ladies, if I may say, the legal profession is poorer due to departure of this fallen soldier,” Stowe continued. “I shed a tear for my brother’s departure.  I shed a tear for the loss of a genuine soul. I shed a tear because one of my walking dictionaries on the law has left…he was someone whom I considered to be true, genuine and a friend.  My ladies, I say true, genuine and friend in the literal sense of those words.”

Williams’ wife, Singoalla Blomqvist-Williams, tried hard to hold back the tears as she listened to the many tributes. In her address to the court, she described her late husband as a true, honest and hardworking advocate of the law.

Justice Wynante Adrien-Roberts and Birnie Stephenson, who presided over the proceedings, also described their interactions with the late Williams and concluded that he was a very humble and hardworking individual who was always on top of the law.

A moment of silence was also observed in open court and the court ordered that the full transcript of the proceedings be certified by the registrar and sent to his widow.





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Salybia Constituency MP joins with Kalinago Council to activate COVID-19 task force

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Cozier Frederick, Kalinago Chief

As you are aware, COVID-19 has infected several individuals in Dominica with a high probability of affecting many more. In direct response to this anomaly, the Parliamentary Representative for the Salybia Constituency has joined forces with the Kalinago Council and other stakeholders to operationalize a task force to plan and coordinate activities relating to COVID-19.

The Government of Dominica has taken steps to ensure border security and mitigating against in-country transmission. The social and economic impact of COVID-19 is of great concern to us especially as we anticipate shortages in food, medicine and other essential supplies.

We have gathered all the data as it regards persons with vulnerability to include the elderly, pregnant mothers, babies, physically-challenged and persons with chronic diseases who may be immobile due to quarantine measures. The intention is to provide services to them in their area of need.

In the eventuality of a countrywide lockdown, the Government of Dominica has made arrangement for the provision of food supply. Our local response to this is ensuring local logistic and transportation measures are in place to facilitate that component of mitigating against the impact COVID-19. Additionally, we will make available seedlings and cuttings and fertilizers for farmers/families to plant backyard garden. Also, animal feeds for livestock farmers. These measures will ensure that meat, fresh fruits and vegetables are available in the short run for our residents.

We will continue to ensure that provisions are made to mitigate against all eventuality arising from COVID-19 to include infections, fatalities, food shortages, shortages of essential supplies.

We encourage further, similar as the call from the Government has been to maintain and observe the protocols that have been outlined by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health Initiatives.  These are Social Distancing and practising Proper Hygiene.

We understand that combating COVID-19 requires a collective effort and we are pleased to join forces with the Kalinago Council and local stakeholders to prepare for any eventuality.

Below are the names of people you can contact should you require any information.

 

 

 





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COVID-19: Standpipes for hand washing are in place says DOWASCO

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A newly installed standpipe on Great Marlborough Street in Roseau

As measures to fight the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) intensify, The Dominica Water and Sewerage Authority (DOWASCO) is reporting that the standpipes promised by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit a little over a week ago, have been fully installed.

PM Skerrit said on March 19 that the government had taken a decision to install standpipes in the city of Roseau to facilitate hand-washing in Roseau in the battle against the dreadful virus which has infected more than 900,000 people and killed over 45,000 around the world.

DOWASCO has told Dominica News Online (DNO) that there are now several fully-installed and ready-to-use hand washing facilities in various parts of Roseau.

The company says this was done to encourage everyone to wash their hands and to maintain proper sanitation during the outbreak of COVID-19.

The standpipes have been installed in the following locations: opposite Flow, Going Places, Grand Bay bus stop, Fresh Market, Soufriere Bus Stop, Methodist Church, Marigot Bus Stop, Best Price, Canefield Bus Stop, Irock, Burtons, Grand Fond Bus Stop and Jackson’s.

And although, in keeping with government’s advice, DOWASCO shut its office from March 26, the company told DNO that there will be no issue in providing a constant flow of water to the public through these standpipes.

DOWASCO says it has effected its emergency plan and only emergencies will be attended to during this time of closure.





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ANNOUNCEMENT: AID Bank office hours and precautions

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NOTICE

Dear Valued Customers,

In light of the Corona Virus Pandemic, the Dominica Agricultural Industrial and Development Bank (AID Bank) will be undertaking certain precautionary measures to safeguard our team of banking professionals and our valued customers.

Effective immediately, the bank has implemented the following measures to minimize the risk of the spread of COVID-19.

  • The Bank will be opened for business on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to facilitate loan and rental payment processing only.
  • The following payment options are available to our customers to make payments without physically coming into the bank:
  • MoBanking at NBD
  • Credit/Debit Card
  • To better serve you, our valued customers, all loan applications and other services will be conducted via WhatsApp, e-mail and telephone.

 

  • A maximum of ten (10) customers will be allowed to enter the Bank at any one time.

 

  • Upon arrival at the bank, persons are required to:

 

  • observe the established social distancing protocol; and
  • have their temperature taken

ALL are encouraged to heed the advice of the medical professionals this time!

 

Please contact the bank for further details at:

 

 

The general public will be notified of further changes to the bank’s operations when necessary.





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