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PM declares Thursday a public holiday for Hurricane Maria memorial concert – Dominica News Online

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Prime minister Roosevelt Thursday, has declared Thursday September 19th a public holiday to allow all Dominicans who wish to attend a memorial concert in observance of the two-year anniversary of the passage of Hurricane Maria.

“And I am calling on every one to join hands in solidarity at the Windsor Park Stadium as we reflect not just on what we went through, but also celebrate how far we have come,” Skerrit stated in a post on his Facebook page this morning.

The prime minister’s Facebook post comes after he initially announced during the launch of the Grand Bay DLP candidate on Sunday that there would be a half holiday on Thursday to facilitate attendance at the event. However, he appears to have revised that position in this latest communication on the matter.

A press release from the Office of the Cabinet Secretary which was later issued to the media, states that the President of Dominica His Excellency Charles A Savarin has signed a proclamation declaring Thursday, September 19, 2019 a public holiday to be observed throughout the state. (S.R.O. 35 of 2019).

“Thursday, September 19, 2019 has been described as a day of celebration of hope and thanksgiving in observance of Dominica’s remarkable and extraordinary achievements post Hurricane Maria. A special praise and worship concert dubbed “And Can It Be” will be held at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium from 4:00pm on Thursday, September 19,
2019,” the release states.

The concert features world renowned gospel artists Rev, Shirley Caesar and Kirk Carr as well as Dominica’s very own Ophelia Marie, Michele Henderson and Colton T. Performances are also expected from Edwin Yearwood, Sarah Ikumu, a mass choir and dance groups.

The release adds, “Hurricane Maria struck Dominica on Monday, September 18, [2017] leaving us almost with nothing. Since then the country has seen a massive recovery programme which has including the continuous repairs to homes and the construction of new resilient homes for Dominicans, extensive dredging of rivers, and major improvements to infrastructure.”

The proclamation declaring a public holiday is made by the President under section 5 of the Public Holidays Act, (Chap. 19:10).

In his Facebook message, Prime Minister Skerrit contends, “While the hard work isn’t over, we must give thanks to the Lord for preserving our lives and granting the strength some of us didn’t know we had, to begin rebuilding 98% of this country.”





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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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