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Despite the threat of rain and challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 41st National Independence Day Military Parade at Victoria Park rolled out without an inconveniences last Tuesday, October 27, 2020. This year’s theme was, “With Strength, Honour and Dignity, We Stand Resolute at Forty-one and Beyond’.    The day’s activities featured the traditional Royal Salute and Inspection of the Guards by Her Excellency Governor General Dame Susan Dougan; drill routines by the officers on parade; twenty One (21) Gun Salute, and the now highly anticipated address to the Nation by Prime Minister. As he has done in the recent past, prime Minister Dr. ralph Gonslaves used his Address to make some announcements. Among these were that come January 1, 2021: * all public servants who are university graduates (approx.100) will be duly appointed;  * all persons employed in the Public Service who are paid as temporary workers and who have the requisite qualification, will be appointed permanently; * all former nursing assistants, who retired before Oct. 27, 2005, will begin to receive their pension from the Consolidated Fund; * persons on Public Assistance of $250 and $300 monthly, will receive an increase of EC$25 in their monthly payments;  * 600 persons who were added to a special Public Assistance COVID list for a $200 monthly payment, will be made permanent on the Public Assistance list; * casual, temporary, or part-time non-unionized members will receive an increase of 25%. Among other announcements was that 2021 will be proclaimed the year of the oft forgotten casual and domestic worker. And in keeping with what has now become the place and time for such public disclosure, the Prime Minister announced the following Cultural and Sports Ambassadorial appointments; * Sports Ambassadors:  West Indies cricketers Sunil Ambris and Kesrick Williams, and fromer national netballer and sports administrator Peggy Ince-Hull; * Cultural ambassadors:  Rondey Small, – musician (pan); Darron Andrews –  musician (violin), Julian McIntosh – musician (saxophonist/recording artiste) and Hance John – recording and performing artiste.
LINK ORIGINAL: The Vincentian

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