Share 29 Views no discussions Dr. Vaughn Lewis. Image via: madisonwhoswho.comDr Vaughan Lewis, Professor Emeritus, Institute of International Relations of the University of the West Indies, St Augustine campus, will share his perspectives on “CARICOM and the Caribbean in a Changing International Order” when he presents the 16th Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture at the Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium at the ECCB Headquarters on 2 November.During the period 1964 – 1982, Professor Lewis served at various tertiary academic institutions in the United Kingdom and at the University of the West Indies. He was appointed the founding Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in July 1982 and worked at that organisation until 1995.Dr Lewis, a native of Saint Lucia, was elected as a Member of the House of Assembly of the Parliament of Saint Lucia in April 1996, and served as the Prime Minister until May 1997. He has also published widely on regional integration, the behaviour of small states in the international political economy, relations between the major powers and developing states and relations between the Caribbean and Latin America.-more-Since 1996, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has been hosting the Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture series in honour of the memory of Sir Arthur Lewis, Nobel Laureate in Economics, who made a significant contribution to Caribbean regional integration.Following the lecture, the ECCB will present the 3rd Annual Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Book Award to the Dominica State College. The award, which is valued at $2,700, is presented annually in alphabetical order to a selected college in each member country of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union.Press Release Tweet Share Share NewsRegional ECCB Hosts 16th Annual Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture by: – October 27, 2011 Sharing is caring!
LocalNews Public Service of Dominica not politicised by: – January 10, 2012 Tweet 18 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Share Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service, Mr. Felix Gregoire. The opening of the year 2012 is an opportune time to extend warmest New Year’s greetings to all citizens of the Commonwealth of Dominica and to thank all Government Employees for their dedication, commitment and diligence during 2011.In recent times, the perception being given in the media is that the Public Service of the Commonwealth of Dominica is politicised. This perception is totally baseless. The Public Service has served the general public with integrity and impartiality and will certainly continue to do so without fear or favour in 2012 and beyond.Section 68 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica states: “Where any Minister has been charged with responsibility for any department of Government, he shall exercise general direction and control over that department; and, subject to such direction and control, every department of Government shall be under the supervision of a public officer whose office is referred to in this Constitution as the office of a Permanent Secretary:”. This section of the Constitution clearly describes the relationship between the Minister and the Permanent Secretary, which demands that in the management of a Department or Ministry the Minister and Permanent Secretary must work together in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Put simply, the Minister is responsible for policy direction with the advice of the Permanent Secretary while the Permanent Secretary is responsible for the administrative aspects, which include the implementation of policy, rules and regulations.Government’s policy framework is outlined in the Growth and Social Protection Strategy (GSPS) which has been developed with the input of various stakeholders, culminating with the final approval of the Cabinet. Presently the GSPS is being revised for the second time.Given that Government’s policy is outlined in the GSPS, there should be no conflict between the Minister and Permanent Secretary in the implementation of such policy.With respect to the recruitment and promotion of public officers, this responsibility rests with the Public Service Commission. In the performance of its duties the Commission receives recommendations from Permanent Secretaries and Head of Departments, (never from Ministers). The decisions of the Commission are final except in the case of officers to be appointed under Section 86 of the Constitution which requires the Prime Minister to give a “no objection” to these appointments. This “no objection” is enshrined in Section 86 (1) of the Constitution and has been exercised by every Prime Minister since 1978.Permanent Secretaries and Head of Departments are public officers who have worked their way upwards through the various ranks within the Public Service, and have served various administrations (Governments). These officers, after completing their professional training overseas, have returned to Dominica to serve their country through thick and thin. Many of them could have landed lucrative jobs overseas, but decided to remain in Dominica to contribute to the national development.It should be noted that the few advisors engaged by the Government operate within their terms of reference and are not public officers, although they may report to a Permanent Secretary.There may not always be agreement between Ministers and Permanent Secretaries on the specific manner in which programmes are implemented, but this has been managed through the observance of public service rules and regulations, and of course the will to see progress and development in the country.Senior public officers have the discipline to separate personal opinion and agenda from professional advice and good work ethics, given the need to account to their superiors as well as set the example for subordinates and officers under their supervision.The Public Service of Dominica is an institution. Many persons have entered and left the public service and various Governments have been in and out of office. Through all these, the Public Service has remained as an institution established by the Dominica Constitution. The recent Public Service Reform Programmes have been designed mainly to increase productivity in the Public Service. These improvements have produced tremendous results at the Inland Revenue, Customs and Registry for example, while improvements will soon follow in other areas. In conclusion, there is need for the Public Service, like any other institution, to continuously examine its operations, policies and programmes to ensure achievement of targeted development objectives. Therefore, any input, feedback or suggestions that will support the valiant efforts of the Public Service in this endeavour, would be welcomed.Felix GregoireSECRETARY TO THE CABINET & HEAD OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE
Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet 23 Views one comment Share LocalNews Resident judge appeals for establishment of juvenile center in Dominica by: – April 2, 2012 Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks speaking at the UWI Dominica Open Campus recognition ceremony for graduates last week Thursday.A High Court judge has issued a plea to the government of Dominica to consider establishing a juvenile center on the island.Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks issued that appeal at the closing of the January Criminal Assizes at the High Court of Justice on Monday.There are 12 juveniles forming part of the male population 3 of whom are convicted and 9 who are on remand.“I am sending out a plea for the consideration of the establishment of a juvenile detention facility for young offenders. I am not prepared to deal with juveniles unless they are charged with murder, jointly charged with an adult, as an adult or with treason”.She also urged lawyers to “stand their ground in the Magistrate Court” and insist that matters involving juveniles are dealt with by a magistrate.She also highlighted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Dominica is a signatory to noting that it advocates for the protection of children’s rights, and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.The January 2012 Criminal Assizes officially closed after completing two cases, aborting two and traversing a number of cases to the May Criminal Assizes.Justice Stephenson-Brooks also noted with “regret” the number of matters which had to be traversed through no fault of the Court.The two completed cases were the State verses Manuela Williams, Loretta Xavier and Herbert Xavier who each received a 15 year sentence after they were found guilty of murdering their brother Harrison Williams at Soufriere in 2010 and Kenrick Tyson who received a life sentence after being found guilty of murdering Cecil James in Concord in 2009.Justice Stephenson-Brooks also announced that she is in the process of preparing a “white paper” which she will present to media practitioners on the “do’s and don’t’s of court reporting”.She explained her reason for creating such a document is to motivate “responsible and accurate” media reporting on the island.The May Criminal Assizes is scheduled to commence on May 8th, 2012.Dominica Vibes News
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The PMA also announced that swimmingclasses would remain suspended until it has placed all the needed safetymeasures. Swimming teachers Robert Bete andAntonio Catalan were found “negligent and imprudent” during the swimming sessionthat led to the death of Cadet Fourth Class Mario Telan Jr., the PMA on Fridaysaid. MANILA – The Philippine MilitaryAcademy (PMA) announced that two of its swimming teachers were sacked followingthe Nov. 8 drowning of a cadet. “The PMA is committed to leaving nostone unturned on the case of Cadet Fourth Class Telan, and will continue toinstitute measures for the safety of all cadets so that this tragic incidentwill not be repeated,” the PMA said. Sanctions for two Fourth Class Cadetmarchers who failed to account their classmates before and after the swimmingclass are still being discussed, it added. It is also arranging to have a teamfrom the Philippine Navy Special Operations Group to be part of all water-bornetraining activities of the Cadets.(With areport from ABS-CBN News/PN) Both Bete and Catalan are barred fromholding public office and from taking the civil service examinations. They haveyet to comment on the PMA’s decision.
BACOLOD City – A P5,000 fine or jail time of six months will await anyone in this city found to have discriminated against health workers on the frontline of fighting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Sangguniang Panlungsod has approved on third and final reading an ordinance prohibiting acts that cause stigma, disgrace, shame, humiliation or discrimination against COVID-19 health workers. Mayor Evelio Leonardia may be able to sign the ordinance this week and issue an executive order for its implementation. Councilor Cindy Rojas, author of the ordinance, said “with the emergence and continued spread of COVID-19, public stigma formed not only against persons who have contracted the said disease but also against health workers taking care of them and others working on the frontlines.” “There is an urgent need to combat this stigmatization and protect frontline workers, especially health workers, from all forms of discrimination, harassment and abuse,” she stressed. Such discrimination that the ordinance is referring such as prohibiting frontline workers from entering an establishment ; refusal to provide services or goods to frontline workers; evicting or forcing the frontline workers to leave , temporarily or preventing from entering on his or her apartment or dormitory; and others./PN
He stressed that the fund should instead be used to procure medicine and medical equipment to boost efforts in treating those afflicted with the disease, and supporting the medical workers who tend to them.“What I am suggesting is for the DOH to be more prudent on how the country’s funds are being used,” he added. “You cannot just deploy anyone to do the job. Contact tracing can only be effective if you use people who are trained in investigation.”Four months since the Philippines registered its first COVID-19 case, the government has yet to reach the ideal ratio of 1 contact tracer for every 800 individuals.As of May 27, the Philippines has only 38,000 contact tracers, far from the 126,000 benchmark set by the World Health Organization for the country.The number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines breached the 18,000-mark after the DOH recorded 862 new confirmed cases on Sunday. The number of individuals who have recovered reached 3,909 while the number of deaths stood at 957./PN MANILA – Instead of hiring 130,000 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) contact tracers, the Department of Health (DOH) should simply tap the services of local government workers, according to Senate President Vicente Sotto III.“It will be wiser and more practical to divert the P11.7 billion for the treatment of patients. We need funds to treat our sick kababayans,” Sotto said in a statement on Monday.
The victim was remitted at the BJMP on the first week of July after five months of imprisonment in Sta. Barbara police station. He was charged with homicide after allegedly killing his younger brother on Feb. 27 this year./PN Gilbert Peremne, BJMP-6 assistant regional director for administration, said he ordered the probe to find out the cause of death of 44-year-old Nicasio Solacito, a resident of Sta. Barbara, Iloilo. “This [seems] a natural death and not a case of murder. However, we have to conduct an investigation upon the request of the family,” Peremne said. ILOILO City – The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) 6 started its investigation of the death of an inmate at the Iloilo District Jail in Barangay Nanga, Pototan, Iloilo. He was last seen alive in the evening of July 17 supposedly eating instant noodles. Solacito, who faces homicide charge, was found dead in his cell in the morning of July 18 during the accounting of inmates. Solacito sustained no wounds suggestive of murder, BJMP6’s initial investigation showed.
ILOILO City –A Philippine Army soldier from Tapaz, Capiz was found infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to Major Alexander Zapanta, chief medical doctor of the 3rd Infantry Division (3ID). Before he went home, the 23-year-old soldier, according to Zapanta, visited the Victoriano Luna General Hospital in Quezon City for a supposed surgery in June but there was no available schedule. Major Cenon Pancito III, 3ID spokesperson, confirmed that the eight soldiers were tested negative. It was on July 22 when he visited a private hospital for a surgery, where he was first subjected to reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test as part of the requirements. Zapanta said the Army trooper, with the rank Private First Class, was asymptomatic and confined at the Roxas City Memorial Hospital. “Despite the result, these eight soldiers are still in the facility to finish their quarantine period,” said Pancito./PN The result came out on July 30. Eight of his colleagues who came in contact with the infected solider have been isolated in a 3ID quarantine facility after undergoing rapid antibody test. “After learning that he was infected with the virus, we took him from his house in Tapaz and brought him to the hospital,” said Zapanta. On July 10, he went to the headquarters of his mother unit 62nd Infantry Battalion in Isabela, Negros Occidental to follow up his loan.
Courtesy: The Metamora InnA local Bed and Breakfast is hoping to advance in an online contest organized by Chase Bank. The Metamora Inn is one of several entries for Chase’s Mission Main Street Grant.The Metamora Inn is hoping to receive 250 votes by November 15 to say in the running for the grant.The grant project is an effort to increase awareness of the important role small businesses play in local communities and to help those businesses grow. Chase will provide funds designed to allow a business to execute a plan that will result in expansion and growth.Want to vote? Click Here: Mission Main Street GrantsA voter must have a Facebook page to be eligible.For more information on The Metamora Inn visit their Facebook page or The Metamora Inn Website.