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Let’s end political tribalism and polarization; let’s unite – Dominica News Online

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Skerrit speaking at Hurricane Maria thanksgiving concert

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has called on Dominicans to put an end to political tribalism and polarization

moving forward.

The Prime Minister spoke at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium on Thursday night at the celebration of the ‘And Can It Be’ thanksgiving concert, two years after the passage of Hurricane Maria.

“We must invest in our future through our collective efforts, to build Dominica and most important, by putting an end to the dangerous and divisive political tribalism and polarization that is keeping us apart and stopping some from giving their best to our country and to each other,” he said

Skerrit added that the division is a play on our national identity and sense of unity as a people.

“Just as we restored broken homes and road ways, just as we replanted lost crops, just as we pieced our country back together, we must now sow seeds of national unity, binding up old wounds and creating an environment of peace of national unity and a common and collective consciousness of who we are, what we are capable of and a belief in our capacity to inject new dynamism in Dominica,” the prime minister suggested.

Skerrit further added that post-Hurricane Maria, Dominica has made major improvements in its recovery process in restoring electricity, water and the economy in a short space of time.

“In many regions after natural disasters in the absence of water, electricity and basic supplies diseases spread and people died, not so here in Dominica. We sourced and distributed food, drinking water and medical supplies as quickly as we could once we could navigate through the rubble,” he remarked. “After Maria, government had appointed teams to ensure the re-connection of both electricity and pipe warm water. Within months, there was vigorous cleanups to ensure the health of citizens was protected.”

He said right now, Dominica has advanced water projects in the communities of Westley, Woodford Hill, Marigot, Salisbury, La Plaine, Boetica, Savanne Paille, Grange, Glanvillia, and Picard among others, as well as major improvements of roads, bridges, sea defenses and drainage all over the country.

He also added that the private sector was facilitated in starting and reopening businesses; farmers and fishermen were supported and public officers never went unpaid even for one day.

The country belongs to all Dominicans, Skerrit declared adding that it is their duty and responsibility to work together to build a new and prosperous country.

Marie Pascale, one of the performers at the concert





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ANNOUNCEMENT: Registration notice for engineers

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Board of Engineering

Notice

The Board of Engineering solicits applications from individuals to be Registered Engineers in accordance with Sections 20, 24 and 25 of the Engineering Profession Act #22 of 2002, and from Organisations for application for a Certificate of Authorisation to engage in engineering work, in accordance with Section 32 of the said Act.

Application forms, the schedule of fees, and the schedule of engineering operations are available from the following locations:

  • office of Consulting Engineers Partnership, Jean-Baptiste House, Old Street, Roseau;

or can be requested and be received in electronic form from the Chairman of the Board at Board-of-Engineering@cwdom.dm

The Board requires that all applications be sent to the following address:

Chairman, Board of Engineering, P O Box 1441, Roseau.

The Board of Engineering wishes to advise the general public that:

 

  1. in accordance with Section 3 of the Act, unless he/she is a Registered Engineer under the Act, any person who practises engineering, calls or advertises himself/herself as an engineer, or signs or stamps drawings or documents purporting to be acting in the capacity of a registered engineer is guilty of an offence under the Act and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $10,000 and to imprisonment for two years;
  2. in accordance with Section 32, any organization which engages in the practice of engineering without a valid Certificate of Authorisation, commits an offence under the Act and
    • such an organisation is liable to a fine of $100,000 and
    • a person who at the time of the offence being committed was a director, partner, general manager, secretary or similar officer of that organisation is liable to a fine of $20,000 and two years imprisonment.

Registered Engineers and Engineering Organizations are hereby notified that the Annual Practice Fee, in accordance with Section 26 of the Act, in respect of the year 2019, is due and payable at the office of Consulting Engineers Partnership, Old Street, Roseau.

Further information can be obtained by emailing: Board-of-Engineering@cwdom.dm  or by calling 285-2055 or 265-8634 or Ms. Cheryl Adams @ 448-3208.

The Board of Engineering urges that Engineers and Engineering organizations abide by the Act #22 of 2002 and ensure that the payment of their practice fees are up to date.

Deadline for payment – March 31st, 2020.

 

Signed:

Justinn Kase

Chairman, Board of Engineering





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Renowned sports personality, Phillip Alleyne, laid to rest

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Catholic Priest Monsignor Eustace Thomas who was the main celebrant at the funeral mass of former cricket umpire and football referee Phillip Gregory Alleyne has expressed “disappointment” at the turnout at Alleyne’s funeral which was held on Wednesday February 19, 2020 at the Fatima Church in Newtown.

“What about us my dear friends, what about our sense of service, whatever job we have, do we enjoy it and work to the best of our ability, there are a number of professionals who don’t like what they are doing,” the priest said.

According to him they just come to work for the money but the late Phillip Alleyne was a hard working individual who believed in a “fair days’ work for a fair days pay.”

He said, that during the time of Phillip Alleyne, people played sports (cricket) for “love of country, for patriotism, they hardly got money, but that is not the case today,” Monsignor Thomas stated.

The late Phillip Gregory Alleyne he said placed priority on “God and service to country.”

“He was a man of spirituality, he enjoyed life, and he was a proud man,” he stated.

Roger Davis of the Windward Islands Cricket Umpires Association who also represented the West Indies Cricket Umpires Association described the late Phillip Gregory Alleyne as “a quiet giant.”

“This is indeed a sad occasion, we have lost a quiet giant, Phillip was like an institution…the news of his passing was not only shocking but regrettable, and his memories will always live with us. We take comfort in the fact that the consummate ease and none confrontational manner in which he took on life assignments were worthy attributes which we can adopt,” Davis stated.

His body was laid to rest at the Roseau Roman Catholic Cemetery.

He was 92 years old at the time of his death. Alleyne is the founding member of the Dominica Cricket Umpires Association and Dominica Football Referees Association which he founded in 1968.

He also worked at the Roseau City Council holding several positions and finally ended his career in that institution as Town Clerk until his retirement in 1984 after serving the Council for 35 years.

 

 





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Jay Dee is 2020 calypso monarch

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A smiling Jaydee moments after being crowned 2020 Calypso Monarch.

Dominica has a new calypso monarch.

Jude “Jaydee” Delauney, five years after he first entered the carnival calypso competition, has hit the jackpot.  He delivered two sterling performances to outshine the nine other finalists at the finals held on Saturday night at the Windsor Park forecourt.

 





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