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Priest calls for selfless service from public officers – Dominica News Online

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Fr. Brancker John (left) at funeral of the late Luke Corriette

Catholic priest, Fr. Brancker John, has issued a call to public officers to be “selfless in their service to humanity.”

Fr. John, the parish priest of Grand Bay, was delivering his homily at the official funeral of former government minister and member of the Dominica Parliament, Luke Taylor Corriette, at the Cathedral Chapel of Our Lady of Fair Haven on August 9, 2019.

“This business of selfless service is not just a pious expression that is right here in church. Selfless service is how communities are built and our country. People sacrifice so that others can flourish. That is how we build a nation,” Fr. Brancker John said.

He continued, “And those who sacrifice, gain so much more. They are enriched and fulfilled, because it is in giving that we receive and it is dying that we are born to eternal life. The more we try to hold on to things, the less we have and the more we are open to giving especially ourselves, the more we will be open to receiving. That’s life. Selfless service is the response to the greed that is over powering our community today. We were made for service.”

The Catholic priest reminded those present that “our existence on earth is about service, selfless service.”

“If we gain some worldly goodies during our service to God, then to God be the glory. But we need to remember, that in gaining those worldly goodies we gain them so that we can give them back. Not to hold them and use them to be more important than others because in the eyes of God we are all in the same playing field,” he stated.

“Our reason for existence brothers and sisters cannot be to gain worldly goodies, because worldly goodies cannot go with us when we die because those we leave behind will not allow us to take them with us. Life begins at death. When we are called to serve, we must do so selflessly,” the priest advised.

According to him, the death of Luke Corriette and that of anyone who was involved in public service, should “allow us to reflect on the meaning of public service and what the Lord is asking of us when he calls us to public service.

“Remember we are made for public service. Public service is a trial and involves persecution…the reward of that kind of service is not found on earth but in heaven. We were made by God for service to God,” Fr. John reminded.

Present at the funeral were President Charles Savarin and his wife, government ministers and former government minister, Urban Baron. Deputy Prime Minister Reginald Austrie represented Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

Fr. Brancker John was the main celebrant assisted by Fr. Nigel Karam and Deacon Alvin Knight.





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UPDATE(with video): Landing gear found, believed to be from small plane that crashed in sea off Marigot

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Local search party going out to look for the aircraft on Sunday night

Rescue teams are continuing their search today after a small plane carrying four people (two crew and two passengers) crashed into the sea in Marigot on Sunday. The landing gear from the craft is believed to have been found (video at end of article).

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Dominica Air and Seaport Authority (DASPA), Benoit Bardouille, said the French-registered aircraft was given clearance to take off from Douglas-Charles Airport destined for Le Raizet Airport in Guadeloupe.

“The search started again this morning. From the information I have thus far, we did have another person call, directly to me and gave a location based on what they heard last night in the general area and I think within that area thus far, a bag and a passport has been found, so there is some sort of active search now within that locality,” Bardouille said.

He said the aircraft was airborne at about 6:43 pm and was instructed by the air traffic controller to report when he passed 1500ft in the climb.

According to the DASPA official, a couple of minutes later, the air traffic controller attempted to contact the aircraft for a frequency change to Raizet control, but was unable to make contact with the aircraft.

“He made several attempts but received no response. The air traffic controller took a look at the radar viewing that we have at the airport and could not identify the aircraft…”, Bardoiulle said.

He said the Raizet Airport was immediately contacted and they informed Douglas-Charles Control that they had no information on the aircraft.

“At that point in time the aircraft, not being in contact with the air traffic control in Dominica and not being in contact with Guadeloupe was considered to be a missing aircraft,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bardouille said the fire service received a call from a private citizen, indicating that they had seen “something in relation to an aircraft that may have gone down into the sea”.

He said immediately, the fire service sought the assistance of the fisherfolk in Marigot to assist, while the mobilization of the Coast Guard was taking place.

“We are hopeful that something may happen since the aircraft may have not gone too far away from the airport, but certainly we are very concerned and we are doing everything along with the police as well as the French authorities to try to see how we can do any rescue or retrieval of anything that would provide the kind of evidence that is required for an investigation,” the DASPA CEO stated.

The rescue teams include the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority, the local coast guard and fisherfolk in Marigot. Two helicopters are also being used to conduct the search.

Bardouille made it clear that the actual airfield is not affected.

“It does not affect movements of aircrafts in and out of Douglas-Charles,” he said. “Clearly there will be an investigation by the appropriate authority to ensure that we can know what the cause was.”





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ANNOUNCEMENT: UNESCO Participation Programme 2020-2021

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The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is an agency within the United Nations responsible for promoting peace, social justice, human rights and international security through International Cooperation on Educational, Science and Cultural Programs.

UNESCO through the Dominic National Commission for UNESCO  is requesting submissions for projects meeting the organization’s programme priorities which will assist UNESCO in achieving its sustainable development goals by 2030.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) through the Dominica National Commission for UNESCO will provide funding to execute projects which meet the UNESCO’s programme priorities upon approval.

UNESCO’s Programme priorities for the 2020-2021 period are as follows:

  • Education
  • Natural Sciences
  • Culture
  • Social & Human Sciences
  • Communications & Information
  • Gender Equality

Applicants should forward all project proposals to the office at the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Planning, Vocational Training and National Excellence on the 2nd floor, Government Headquarters on or before Friday 21st, 2020.





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ANNOUNCEMENT: UNESCO Participation Programme 2020-2021

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The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is an agency within the United Nations responsible for promoting peace, social justice, human rights and international security through International Cooperation on Educational, Science and Cultural Programs.

UNESCO through the Dominic National Commission for UNESCO  is requesting submissions for projects meeting the organization’s programme priorities which will assist UNESCO in achieving its sustainable development goals by 2030.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) through the Dominica National Commission for UNESCO will provide funding to execute projects which meet the UNESCO’s programme priorities upon approval.

UNESCO’s Programme priorities for the 2020-2021 period are as follows:

  • Education
  • Natural Sciences
  • Culture
  • Social & Human Sciences
  • Communications & Information
  • Gender Equality

Applicants should forward all project proposals to the office at the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Planning, Vocational Training and National Excellence on the 2nd floor, Government Headquarters on or before Friday 21st, 2020.





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