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Secret Bay five-star resort, awarded green globe certification for sustainability practices – Dominica News Online

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The Award-Winning, Five-Star Private Villa Resort is the Only Green Globe Certified Property in Dominica 

Portsmouth, Dominica –– Secret Bay, the exclusive, sustainable, private, all villa resort and the first five-star luxury experience in Dominica, the Caribbean’s “Nature Island,” is pleased to announce it has been awarded Green Globe Certification, one of the highest standards for sustainability worldwide. The only operating hotel on Dominica to hold the accolade, Secret Bay was recognised for its innovative guest experience that is designed to seamlessly bring the island’s sustainability efforts to life.

Secret Bay prides itself on existing at the intersection of luxury and sustainability, and has always been steadfast in preserving Dominica’s natural and pure beauty. From sustainably-designed villas built with Guyanese hardwood and a farm-to-plate culinary philosophy to the elimination of single-use plastics and various conservation practices on the property, Secret Bay embraces multiple green initiatives.

Beyond behind the scenes efforts, sustainability is folded into the unparalleled guest experience from the moment guests arrive at the Dominica airport until their departure. First, they’re greeted with locally made provisions served in reusable glass jars to snack. Once at Secret Bay, guests are privately transported via electric golf cart to their private villa and welcomed with paperless check-in and customized orientation where several sustainability initiatives are introduced. Their villa’s fully-appointed gourmet kitchen is pre-stocked with fresh, local produce while the bathroom is equipped with mindfully-sourced, bio-safe products including organic soaps, shampoos and body butters.

“From our sustainably designed villas to our conservation practices to our farm-to-plate philosophy to the elimination of single-use plastics on the property, we’ve woven green initiatives into everything we do, both behind the scenes and throughout our guest experience,”  said Gregor Nassief, proprietor of Secret Bay.  “It is for this reason that we are truly delighted to have achieved Green Globe certification. For us, this accolade is a milestone in an ongoing journey as we continue to expand and evolve our green efforts.”

Green Globe CEO, Guido Bauer, said: “Secret Bay is located in a biodiversity hotspot on the island of Dominica and is active in preserving their unique natural assets. At the same time the resort is dedicated to social development through the skilling and employment of local people to ensure that guests can enjoy authentic and original  experiences. With an inaugural sustainability compliance score of 83%, Secret Bay is in the top tier of Green Globe certified members.”

In addition to building and operating in accordance with Green Globe standards and employing various Environmental Impact Assessments, some of Secret Bay’s eco-friendly practices include:

  • Replacing plastic water bottles with reusable borosilicate glass bottles, allowing guests to refill using an under-sink Culligan water filtration system
  • Using biodegradable food packaging exclusively
  • Sourcing local foods and herbs from the land
  • Recycling and composting waste
  • Establishing an effective drainage system consisting of a drip irrigation process to reuse wastewater
  • Adopting thoughtful energy conservation measures, like the use of LED lighting
  • Reducing greenhouse emissions (ie. using electric golf carts on the property)

The Green Globe Standard covers four key themes: Sustainable Management; Social/Economic; Cultural Heritage; Environmental. The standard includes 44 core criteria supported by over 380 compliance indicators. To guarantee compliance with the highest international standards, a third-party independent auditor is appointed to work with clients on-site.





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ANNOUNCEMENT: CAPA presents findings of latest poll

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Caribbean Agency for Political Advancement (CAPA) will host a press conference on Friday, November 22 from 1:00 pm at Prevo Cinemall. The live stream can be followed via facebook live on facebook.com/CAPA.

Results of the latest finding of a scientific survey which was conducted in Dominica between November 2–16 will be released. CAPA is a certified political services agency based in Dominica which has a commitment to professional consultancy in the area of regional and world politics.

The agency has conducted several polls on the island of Dominica and this latest work is expected to provide information to the public as to the opinion of electors ahead of the December 6 General Elections.





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Reports of planned meeting between President and Opposition Leader; former PM calls for postponement of elections

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Former prime minister, Edison James

Reports reaching Dominica News Online (DNO) indicate that the President of Dominica, His Excellency Charles Savarin, and Leader of the Opposition, Lennox Linton are expected to meet on Friday.

It is anticipated that the burning issue of electoral reform will form part of the discussion between them.

And as the nation awaits with bated breath, the outcome of that meeting, former prime minister Edison James is suggesting what he considers to be a viable path to electoral reform. He believes that as a first step, the election must be postponed to allow the Chief Election Officer and his staff to be in a position to have the electors list ready.

“With the number of objections that are around from what I’ve understood and I suspect that the Chief Elections Officer is aware of it, they cannot be in a position to have that list ready for elections on the 6th of December,” James told our newsroom. “So there’s need for the players, that is the Chief Elections Officer, the Commission, and the President, for them to take the necessary action to postpone the election date.”

James, who is also a former leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), said the law requires that the elections must be held within three months of the dissolution of the parliament which provides a timeframe that extends to February 2020.

“In the meantime, the Chief Elections Officer can decide to use the IDs that people have now as the form of identification for our voters,” James said referring to IDs such as passports, drivers licenses, social security cards and other valid forms of ID. “And that is something that we can make a declaration and announce to the people and get it in place. That doesn’t require a whole lot of time. So, these two things should be taken care of.”

Another option, James said, is for the interested parties and voters to move the court to direct the Commission to clean the list. He cited case law in the Commonwealth country of Ghana in 2016 to support his suggestion.

“The High court directed the Commission to clean the list before elections were called and that cleaning [of] the list included removing from the names of people who were dead, removing the names of people who become registered on the basis of their national insurance card which an earlier court had determined was unconstitutional and removing the names of infants but it had to do with cleaning the list…the court in Ghana directed the Commission to clean the list before elections were called,” he noted.

He dispelled the notion that there’s not enough time for the court to deal with such matters.

“In St. Kitts, at the last elections, within two weeks or thereabouts, the High Court, the Appeal Court and the Privy Council were moved to give a decision with respect to the boundaries disputes,” James recalled. “In Barbados, in the last elections, there were some CARICOM nationals who felt they were being disenfranchised in that their names were excluded from the list and therefore they would not have been able to vote. They went to court and within, again, about two weeks, the matter moved to the High Court, the Appeal Court and then the CCJ, to get a decision. So the court, under a certificate of urgency, can be moved to direct the Commission.”

But James believes that might not be necessary if his first suggested course of action is accepted – that the Chief Elections Officer, the Electoral Commission and the President, “recognize that there is not enough time for the list to be completed,” and the President makes a proclamation postponing the election date.





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“Clemo” responds to Skerrit’s ‘no threat’ claim in Vieille Case

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Clement “Clemo” Marcellin

I refer to a story published on DNO captioned ”ELECTION: No competition in my constituency…” dated Wednesday, November 20, 2019, where the out-going parliamentary representative for the Vieille Case Constituency boastfully asserts that this is the easiest election for Dominicans to decide which party comes into power.

More specifically, he claimed that I, Clement Marcellin, the United Workers Party candidate, am of no threat to him retaining the Vieille Case Constituency.

Not only did he appear out of touch with the burning issues affecting the people of the constituency but his assertions were the latest manifestation of his egoistic, hubris mentality that the people of the constituency, his subjects it appears, will forever be indebted to him.

Reflectively, the out-going parliamentary representative who exposed his thinking, his very regard for the constituents as mere automated machines who are duty-bound to cast a vote for him regardless of the unfortunate circumstances they might be in.

At a time when the country is on the verge of plummeting into a constitutional crisis triggered by lacklustre economic performance, lack of systemic electoral reforms and spiralling poverty, is your confidence based on your vote for cash legacy and the peddling of state resources to purchase the loyalty of the people of the constituency?

Or have you convinced yourself that the people are incapable of thinking for themselves?

Whatever it is, I resent this thinking.

I am of the view that the people of the Vieille Case Constituency are some of the brightest minds that Dominica has produced.

Our people have always been high achievers, disciplined to work hard and earn for themselves.

Running for public office is not about competition, Sir.

It’s about laying out plans and programmes which will advance the economic well-being of the people.

It’s about empowering the youth and creating the conditions for small business to take off and grow.

I have prepared and presented a well thought out manifesto for the constituency-one that will create the path to true economic independence of our people.

For almost twenty years, the outgoing parliamentary representative has not presented a single coherent plan to the constituency he serves.

In fact, he has arrogantly and disrespectfully dropped a project here and there without any regard for public consultation.

Finally, Sir, your proclamations have eroded our pride and confidence in the constituency.

The transfer of your registration from the Vieille Case to the Roseau constituency is a clear signal that you have lost respect for the people.

The people will decide your fate this election, not me.





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