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New Portsmouth housing development to be named after Rosie Douglas – Dominica News Online

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The new Housing Development in Georgetown, Portsmouth will be named after the late Rosie Douglas, a former prime minister of Dominica.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit made the announcement during a handing-over ceremony recently.

Sixty-eight families have already benefited from this new development. Twenty-four (24) received keys for their new homes, while the remaining 44 will receive their new homes in the upcoming weeks.

 “We have decided to name this housing development in honour of our late Parl Rep [Parliamentary Representative] and Prime Minister Rosie Douglas,” he revealed. “This development will be known as the Rosie Douglas Housing Development.”

Prime Minister Skerrit advised residents to take care of their new homes and to avoid quarrels with neighbours.

“If you are going to name the place after Rosie who has been good to so many of us in Dominica, one, you have to maintain the place clean; two, you have to keep the flowers planted and three, no noise among neighbours,” he advised. “It’s only peace and love.”

The prime minister cited the  CBI-funded project as am example of how the government has been able to utilize the Citizenship By Investment Program to directly benefit of families and residents of Dominica.

“We have had the CBI Program since 1993 and the only tangible things that you have seen the CBI has done for Dominica is under this Dominica Labour Party [DLP],” Skerrit stated. “This is the only party that can point to things – housing, infrastructure – that had been done in the country utilizing these funds, so we are grateful for this medium for raising funds.”

According to him, had it not been for this CBI funds, “and not only the CBI funds in itself”, but the prudent management of the funds, “we would have been in great difficulties after this Hurricane Maria.”





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PM Skerrit promises 21 constituency administrators if re-elected

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Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has revealed that in the new term of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP), twenty-one constituency administrators will be appointed.

He made that statement while addressing a DLP meeting held in the Colihaut constituency on Thursday night.

Skerrit said it’s the ruling labour party that’s responsible for creating the ministry of constituency empowerment and it also allowed parliamentarians to have constituency offices.

“In the new term we will be appointing what is called a constituency administrator in every constituency and that constituency administrator will help the Parl Rep [Parliamentary Representative] in the administrative management of the constituencies,” he said. “When the Parl Rep says she is going to do this, that person will follow-up and ensure that it gets done and it gets done in a timely fashion.”

According to him there is also a housing day when the administrator will go to every home and ensure that the contractors are doing their work, then report to their Parl Rep.

In addition to this the Prime Minister said his government will be creating constituency boards where persons can serve as advisors to the Parl Reps who can discuss the programmes, challenges in the constituency and come up with plans and programmes to be implemented in the constituency.

Furthermore, Skerrit said a constituency budget of $400,000 will also be made available to help the Parliamentary Representatives to deal with emergencies.

“If we have a sewing programme in a constituency to teach people to sew or a cake making programme the Parl Rep can use those funds to train the people in the constituency and have some programmes going on,” he stated.

Skerrit believes that these things will help enhance the abilities of Parl Reps to better represent the interest and the concerns of constituents.





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Super Typhoon Hagibis strikes – biggest Japan storm in 60 years

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The BBC has reported that Super Typhoon Hagibis which means “speed” in the Philippine language of Taggalog has made landfall in Japan and is forecast to be the worst Storm for that country in 60 years

Millions have already been evacuated as the storm hit the Izu peninsula Southwest of Tokyo and continued up the eastern coast. At least one man has died after his car was flipped over due to high winds.

Some Rugby World Cup matches and Formula one races have been cancelled as Tokyo and surrounding areas have been brought to a standstill.

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