Dominica is opened for business on January 3rd, 2012

first_img Share Share LocalNews Dominica is opened for business on January 3rd, 2012 by: – December 7, 2011 Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img 86 Views   no discussions Share CEO of the DAIC, Achille Chris JosephThe Dominica Association of Industry & Commerce is once again putting its full support and advocacy behind open trading on the traditional “Merchants’ Holiday” this January 3rd, 2012.The DAIC has repeatedly advanced that “Merchants’ Holiday” is not a dies non in the Commonwealth of Dominica and, as such, any decision to close has to be at the determination of the employer. The Association is therefore advocating full trading on January 3rd, 2012. CEO of the DAIC, Achille Chris Joseph says, “Traditionally, the colonial employer closed to the public on January 2nd so that he could count his stock. In those days, businesses all ran a January to December fiscal year so it was necessary to confirm stock levels at the beginning of the year. Today, this is not a necessity. With the advent of electronic storage of inventory data, a business can know its stock at the push of a button. But quite apart from closing to the public, workers usually worked inside counting stock. So for many workers, it was not a holiday.”Speaking on the subject last year, Joseph, said, “Merchants’ Holiday in general and the fact that it falls on Sunday this time around may just be the opportune time for social partners to look at the totality of non-productive breaks in Dominica.” On reflection, he now says that the DAIC raised the debate in 2010 and invited social partners to contribute to a discussion on the relevance of “Merchants’ Holiday” and come to a consensus, but some commentators saw it as a fight and the ensuing exchange of words achieved nothing.The plethora of leave provisions in Dominica are already alarming and include the following:Every Sunday – 52 daysOther Public Holidays – 12 daysMinimum Vacation – 12 daysMaternity Leave – 72 daysCertified Sick Leave – 36 daysIndustrial Injury – 156 daysCompassionate Leave – 2 daysOther leaves provided for in industrial agreements include:Jury ServicesSporting ActivitiesPaternal LeaveUnion LeaveStudy LeaveFamily EmergenciesUncertified Sick Leave“How can we speak of productivity and competitiveness in an environment of such negative drivers?” the CEO continued.COMPETE DOMINICA!®Dominica Association of Industry & Commercelast_img read more

PSG crowned French champions after cancellation of league season

first_imgThe Dutch league was earlier cancelled with no champions being announced along with no relegations or promotions.Other countries including Germany, Italy and England are working to find ways to complete the current campaign. PSG will be crowned French Champions for the 2019-20 season following the premature termination of the campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to L’Equipe.The Newspaper reported that the French Football Federation had decided to recognise the current league standings as final.France banned all sporting events, including those behind closed doors, until September effectively ending any possibility of resuming the current league season.Paris St-Germain are currently 12 points clear of Marseille at the top of Ligue 1, with 10 games to play, although PSG have one outstanding match as well.It would be the Paris club’s third straight league title.With football in the country being frozen since mid-March, there had been hopes that the season could resume in June.However, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the decision to ban sports was to ensure compliance with social distancing directives.“The 2019-20 season of professional sports, including football, will not be able to resume. It will be possible, on sunny days, to practice an individual sporting activity outdoors, obviously respecting the rules of social distancing,” he said.“It will not be possible, neither to practice sport in covered places, nor team or contact sports.”last_img read more