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PM Skerrit wants people mobilized nationally to help eliminate hazards – Dominica News Online

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Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said he hopes to have a national mobilization of people in communities by the end of this week to help in the elimination of hazards in times of disaster.

Skerrit made this announcement at a meeting of the National Emergency Planning Organization (NEPO) last week.

“The initiative we were seeking to implement in quick order, and I hope that it can be done before the end of next week, is to have a national mobilization of people at the community level to help eliminate the presence of hazards in those villages and those communities,” the prime minister stated.

He continued, “For example, we have the national empowerment programme. I would like for us to use that national empowerment programme allowing village councils, disaster communities, community-based groups to engage ourselves as a nation, in the elimination of hazards in the communities. The clearing of drains, small ravines all of these things. If we don’t pay attention to them, can pose serious threats to lives and properties.”

Skerrit reminded that a simple drain can be turned into a major water flow and said it is therefore essential, to take this course of action.

The prime minister said that he is hoping to get support from various individuals and organizations in the communities to help implement this effort and reminded the public that if action is not taken against these hazards and threats, families and lives will be impacted.





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Giraudel and Eggleston to take advantage of Community Tourism Enhancement Competition

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One of the participants in the Community Tourism Enhancement Competition (CTEC), Shirley Alexander, is planning to use the competition to transform the communities of Giraudel and Eggleston.

The competition was recently launched at the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) Building.

She said her group will focus on the transformation of the Giraudel/Eggleston Flower Show site.

“We have started and we will continue and we intend to use the competition to transform our communities even more, our people, our landscape, everything that we have to offer,” Alexander said.

She said the competition will also be used to bring back some past activities with some additions.

“We will focus a lot on our flower show site, 2.6 acres, so you should look forward to exciting activities there in March and April when the competition will be on,” she said.

Alexander believes that the competition is creating more opportunities for community groups.

“We aim to have a more enhanced environment and more sustainable lifestyles. Of course, we are noted for our abundance of flowers and our people so we will be focusing on those. Our talents, our skills, whatever we have to offer,” she said.

She also mentioned that the community had an improved National Employment Programme (NEP) which started in September 2019.

“We have been pressing forward with the NEP, the Ministry of Tourism and others,” Alexander stated.





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Dominican confirmed as Antiguan commissioner of Police

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Dominica’s Atlee Patrick Rodney has been confirmed as Police Commissioner of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda.

Rodney is originally from the northern village of Savanne Paille which is located near Calibishie.

The announcement came Wednesday 19th February, during a Senior Administrative Meeting at Police Headquarters.

Commissioner Rodney met with members of the Police Service Commission (PSC) on Tuesday, where he was served with his letter of appointment, effective November 25th 2019.

Rodney, who has 38 years’ service within the organization acted in the position for a little more than 22 months before his confirmation.

His opportunity arose after the dismissal of the Commissioner of Police Wendel Robinson.

Robinson, who was born in St Vincent and the Grenadines, was on suspension since April 15th, 2018, when the Police Service Commission in Antigua began an internal investigation into complaints of sexual misconduct by male colleagues under the commissioner’s care.

The investigation later led to charges being brought against him and Rodney has been acting in the Police commissioner role ever since.

The newly appointed commissioner used the opportunity to encourage the men and women under his command to remain committed and united in their efforts to make Antigua and Barbuda a safer nation.





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Dominican actress shines in the US

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Dominican actress shines in the USAnother daughter of the soil has made her country proud in a field that few Dominicans pursue. Disnie Sebastien, fondly known as Myan to family and friends in Dominica, is the daughter of Riviere Sebastien and Annette Austrie and resided…

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