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PM Skerrit urges Dominicans to condemn campaign of civil disobedience announced by opposition leader

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Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is calling on the Dominican public to condemn the announcement by Opposition Leader Lennox Linton of a campaign of civil disobedience all over Dominica beginning on Monday 30th September 2019.

Linton took this action in furtherance of his party’s campaign to get Prime Minister Skerrit to account for $1.2 billion of Citizenship by Investment (CBI) funds which was not included in the 2019-2020 national budget that Skerrit presented to parliament in July, and until the list of electors is cleaned and ID cards for voting are issued.

He is seeking to confuse the people and he is also seeking to bring confusion in the country, and I believe every law abiding, every conscientious concerned Dominican needs to put aside partisanship and condemn this thing,” Skerrit said on State-owned DBS Radio this morning.

According to the Prime Minister, nowhere in the world a leader would call for civil disobedience.

“Civil disobedience means to break the law, to trample on the rights of citizens…and disrespect people,” SKerrit stated.

“Is that what we what for our country?” he asked.

Civil disobedience, also called passive resistance, is a refusal to obey the demands or commands of a government or occupying power, without resorting to violence or active measures of opposition; its usual purpose is to force concessions from the government or occupying power.

Skerrit said that a country is not built by confusion, “a country is built by a vision and a plan…and unfortunately Mr. Linton does not have a vision nor a plan,”

Meanwhile, the prime minister has suggested that these actions by the opposition to be taken in the upcoming tourism season, would not be good for the country.

“The tourism season is coming up…” he stated. “Tourists will not want to come to a country if they believe that they are not safe, and when a political leadership is calling for it people take it more seriously.”

Skerrit explained that the vendors, in various parts of the country who rely on the tourist dollar, “have the risk of losing  that because of Mr. Linton’s call for civil disobedience and unrest in the country.”

“It’s a deliberate attempt to seek to undermine the opportunities and the well-being and the way of life of Dominicans,” he said.





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ANNOUNCEMENT: Registration notice for engineers

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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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