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Leadership coach calls on leaders to listen to the people – Dominica News Online

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Dr. Canute Thompson speaking at the recent National Leadership Forum at the Goodwill Parish Hall

Leadership Coach and Certified Management Consultant and Lecturer in the School of Education and Department of Government at UWI, Mona, Jamaica, Dr. Canute Thompson has called on leaders to show respect and listen to the people that they lead.

He was speaking at a two-day National Leadership Forum held at the Goodwill Parish Hall last week.

“If you want to show the people you lead that you respect them, listen to them,” Dr. Thompson said. “It doesn’t mean that you are going to agree with everything they say but at least, you need to have a sense of what they are trying to say.”

He said there may be differences of opinion and strong conversations but according to him, listening is a sign that that the other person is worth something.

“Not just that what they have to say may be worthwhile but affirming their worth by listening, and by listening they are displaying respect,” he stated.

Dr. Thompson went on to say that whenever one gets it in their head that because he or she is the leader and can do as they like then that person, “has lost it.”

“You are accountable to the people you lead and every one of them have a right to ask you to explain your conduct.

Thompson also identified vision as another important element of leadership.

“Vision is central to who a person is, to what an organization might become and to the successes and achievements a country or society makes,” he explained. “Vision is really a glimpse of a greater light. Vision is a possibility of a future that is greater than where we currently are.”

The UWI lecturer indicated that if a person does not have a vision of the direction and destination in which he or she supposes to take the organization, then that person’s leadership lacks substance.





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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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