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first_img 15 Views   no discussions LocalNews Bus stop on Cork Street, Roseau removed as a safety measure. by: – April 11, 2011 Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! The bus stop on Cork Street, Roseau as of Friday April 9th, 2011 has been removed by the Dominica Police Force, Traffic Department as a safety caution for pedestrians, and passengers as construction is taking place in close proximity of the bus stop.On Friday morning several bus operators were alarmed when they sought to allow passengers to disembark from the bus and were informed by Police Officers that they could not do so.Dominica Vibes News spoke to several bus operators, who expressed annoyance at the removal of the bus stop because they were not formally informed and the Traffic Department did not meet with them to discuss the matter.ASP Ms. Alexander Traffic DepartmentIn an exclusive interview with ASP Alexander of the Traffic Department, Dominica Vibes News learnt that there were several public announcements on all three radio stations namely; Dominica Broadcasting Co-operation (DBS), Kairi Fm and Q95FM which she heard herself, and also visited the bus stop to inform bus operators of the change.The Traffic Department also attempted to hold a meeting with the bus operators but this was not successful.“In relation to the bus stop at Cork Street that was removed, so Cork Street is no longer a bus stop it is no longer an area where buses can stop to put down or pick up passengers. That move became necessary in light of construction works that is taking place at the location, and we thought it necessary to remove the bus stop from that location in light of the hazard and the risk that would be placed not only for the buses but in particular for the pedestrians and passengers who would be in the area awaiting transportation.”This removal of the bus stop was also done to avoid some of the congestion that would result particularly during rush hours; early in the morning when persons are trying to get to work and during lunch time when students are coming from school.The displaced buses have the option to use the bus stand between the E. C. Loblack bridge and the West bridge and allow passengers to embark and disembark as it is normally empty and free of congestion during rush hours. “For the time being we are allowing the final stop if somebody must get into the commercial part of the City to be the bus stop on Independence Street (Lagoon). We are monitoring how that is going to because we recognize that it seems to be creating a problem and if  the bus drivers are unwilling to regulate themselves, it may also become necessary to consider what are the other options in relation to that stop.”Dominicans are becoming considerably more motorized and not willing to park on the outskirts of the Roeau and walk to avoid the unncessary congestion. However, this may very well become reality if the bus operators do not show more due care an attention driving through the city.The Traffic Department may have to consider implementing one bus stand between the E. C. Loblack Bridge and the West Bridge where passengers would embark and disembark as opposed to several smaller bus stops within the city.ASP Alexander also confirmed that the removal of the bus stop on Cork Street was the decision of the Traffic Department and not of the Cabinet ministers nor the government, “the Traffic Act makes provision for the Comissioner of Police who is the licencing authority to make decisions regarding the traffic signs in the city, to make decisions regarding road signs generally and decisions like these are normally taken by the Commisioner of Police as the Traffic Commissioner.”Ms. Alexander reieterated that the decision was made by the Traffic Department, based on the safety risk for pedestrians and passengers as well as to assist other motor operators who commute through that area on a daily basis and often subjected to an unnecssary long line of traffic congestion.In the past the Traffic Department has made allowance for property owners who are constructing or renovating by allowing them part of the side walk for fencing.This was recently done on Cork Street to facilitate the construction of the new Perkies Pizza location and the same courtesy is being extended the the property owners on Cork Street.The difference is that the bus stop on Cork Street is right in front of the property where construction is taking place and so the removal became a necessity.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

first_imgAbout 53 percent of people who read “The Da Vinci Code” said it affected their spiritual life, according to The Barna Group, a Christian-polling organization in Ventura. “It’s like it confirmed people’s worst suspicion about the church,” said Dale Johnsen, senior pastor at Heart of the Valley Community Church in Reseda. “A lot of people who are looking for a good excuse to turn their back on traditional Christian faith can blindly believe his speculation.” On Sunday, Johnsen will try to answer questions that members of his congregation might ask after seeing the movie. Who was Jesus? Who was Mary Magdalene? How was the Bible compiled? Church bulletins will include tracts adapted from “Breaking The Da Vinci Code,” one of countless books on the market rebutting Brown’s work. “I want to clarify historical truth and allow people to enjoy the movie without being led astray by false statements,” Johnsen said. Compared to the protests generated in 1988 by Martin Scorcese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ,” such a reaction to “The Da Vinci Code” is like turning the other cheek. “I think we are a little bit smarter, more reflective, and we have learned boycotting isn’t a great strategy,” said Craig Detweiler, a professor of culture and theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena who helped created www.thedavincichallenge.com. Still, many Christians don’t want to reward Sony Pictures by paying to see a film they feel denigrates their faith. Last month, the No. 2 official in the Vatican’s doctrinal office told Catholics in Rome to boycott. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is waiting to review the movie before advising America’s 67 million Catholics and recently launched www.jesusdecoded.com to help people discern fact from fiction. “Beyond referencing people to that site, we don’t have any plans at the archdiocese other than to go see it, which I’m going to do,” said Tod Tamberg, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Barbara Nicolosi, a former nun who runs the Act One mentoring program for Christians working in Hollywood, is promoting the “other-cott.” On the campaign’s Web site, www.othercott.com, Nicolosi scoffs at the suggestion that Christians should see “The Da Vinci Code” so they can debate its merit with non-Christians. “You don’t need to see the movie or read the book,” she said, “to talk about all the issues that it raises.” [email protected] (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With “The Da Vinci Code” opening in theaters Friday, Christians are at odds over how to respond to an anticipated blockbuster that portrays a Catholic sect as the murderous protector of Jesus’ dark secret. Seeing the film, which stars Tom Hanks, as a gateway for sharing the Gospel, many evangelical pastors are encouraging their flock to see the flick. “We know everyone is going to be talking about it, so it gives us an opportunity to take advantage of the discussions at work and at the ball fields and the mom-and-me clubs,” said Rob Denton, associate pastor of West Valley Christian Church in West Hills, who has read the book and plans to see the movie. “It’s a good tool for evangelism.” Others are calling for boycotts, and some are asking Christians to participate in an “other-cott” – not skipping the cineplex altogether but paying to see something more wholesome. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe controversy began three years ago when Dan Brown’s religious thriller began its ongoing run on the New York Times’ best-sellers list. The novel is about two academics who resurrect Christianity’s true origins. It claims Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and the early church employed a shadowy Catholic organization to murder those who discovered the truth. Brown makes no case for the authenticity of his story’s characters. But at the beginning of the book is a note that includes this line: “All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents and secret rituals in this novel are accurate.” Brown’s Web site now emphasizes that his book is a work of fiction and that the artwork, architecture, documents and secret rituals all “exist.” Though scholars have poked holes in Brown’s research, “The Da Vinci Code” has caused plenty of Christians and non-Christians alike to question whether the Catholic Church has been involved in a 2,000-year-old coverup. last_img read more

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