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Peter Wickham says his marriage status will not affect his career

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Peter Wickham and his partner Giancarlo Cardinale (photo courtesy Wickham’s Facebook page)

The man who conducted opinion polls for the last general elections in Dominica ,Peter Wickham, says his decision to marry his male partner of ten years is not expected to affect his career.

Wickham married Giancarlo Cardinale at a ceremony in Strasbourg France on Saturday.

There have been suggestions that countries like Dominica where residents are against same sex marriages could cut ties with Wickham because of his sexual preferences.

But he said although some of clients have openly expressed positions contrary to his own is not unusual.

As far as Wickham is concerned, his personal and professional lives are different.

“It (homosexuality) is illegal in countries like Barbados but I was married in France under French law. My intention is to continue to work as a pollster…” he said.

Wickham says his work includes questioners, reading public opinions and presenting the findings.

“All of that has nothing to do with my sexuality or marital status. My assumption is that things will continue as normal,” he said.

Giancarlo is originally from Milan Italy but would visit Barbados regularly.

Wickham says he will continue to live between Barbados and France as his husband works with international organization based in Strasbourg.

Same sex marriage is illegal in Barbados.

In June 2016, Barbados Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite said the Government would not change the law to allow for same-sex marriages.

 

Video of Wickham celebrating with his partner





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More funds needed to complete renovation of Roseau Cathedral

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Newly-renovated cathedral roof

His Lordship, Bishop Gabriel Malzaire, has revealed that the renovation work at the Roseau Cathedral has not moved at the rate as expected and will need an additional 3 to 4 million dollars for its completion.

The Roseau Cathedral, which is over 150 years old, represents historical, cultural and religious significance for the people of Dominica and its renovation is being done in phases. The project started back in 2013 and has encountered several delays.

In July 2019, Dean of the Roseau Cathedral, Fr. Nigel Karam, said that the Cathedral was completely covered but there were still finishing touches to be added to the roofing and that is expected to be completed by the end of July.

He added that although the damage caused by Hurricane Maria was “fairly extensive”, most of the work is already done and what is left is mainly the cleaning and redoing of the floors which were completely damaged by the weather conditions. He said the majority of the tiles on the roof remained in place and proved to be resilient.

“The Cathedral, unfortunately, has not moved at the rate that we expected,” Bishop Malzaire told Dominica News Online (DNO) in an interview.

“But right now we are at the stage of working on the flooring,” he said. “We would need at least 3 to 4 million dollars to complete; right now, the monies that we have will only finish the floor.”

According to the Bishop, when one is doing renovation work, it’s almost difficult to gauge exactly what is needed, “because as you go along, you realize you have more than you expected.”

“Initially a project that should be a $2.5 million project has gone to $12million,” Malzaire stated.

Meantime, he said the roof is finished.

“After that, we have, of course, the windows and doors. Then, we have the choir loft; then we have to finish the ceiling…,” Bishop Malzaire explained. “After the floor, the last major work we have to do is the ceiling. So, I think we are on our way.”





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Police report slight drop in crime in Dominica for 2019

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A total of eight hundred and thirty-five (835) serious crimes were reported in Dominica in 2019 and according to Police Chief, Daniel Carbon, this was slightly lower than the figure of 906 which was reported in 2019.Carbon said during a recently held press conference that in terms of minor crimes, three thousand, five hundred and one (3501) offenses were reported in 2019.

“For minor offenses in 2018, 3856 minor crimes were reported to the police and in 2019, 3501 minor offenses were reported to the police and we realized a reduction by 355 minor crimes in 2019,” he noted.

He said ten (10) murders were reported in 2019, compared to eleven (11) in 2018.

“I have a concern with the number of murders that are being committed as we all know one murder is one too many,” Carbon stated.

He noted, however, that out of the 10 murders that were reported in 2019, six were gun-related and eight were detected.

There were also twenty (20) firearm offenses in 2019, according to Carbon, an increase from the sixteen which were reported in 2018.





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2020 Lenten message by Bishop Gabriel Malzaire

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