Sleipnir lifts for Leviathan

first_imgThe module weighed approximately 15,300 tonnes; Heerema claims this is the heaviest module ever lifted by a crane vessel.This was the second critical lift that Sleipnir completed for this project. Heerema installed both of the main topsides for Noble Energy in less than 20 hours. The modules have a combined weight of 24,500 tonnes.hmc.heerema.comlast_img

OECS Court of Appeal Rules Dominican Passport Holder, Dr. Denzil Douglas Must Demit National Assembly

first_imgThe Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court’s Court of Appeal has rebuked former Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and current Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Denzil Douglas for intentionally disregarding his constitutional obligation as a Member of Parliament.The Court of Appeal ruled today, March 12 th, 2020, that Dr. Denzil Douglas, who was elected on February 16 th, 2015 as the member of the National Assembly representing the Constituency of St. Christopher No. 6, is required to vacate his seat with immediate effect as a penalty for ignoring the law set out in the Constitution in relation to qualifications for being a Member of Parliament.The Court of Appeal’s bombshell judgment, which indicates the gravity of Dr. Douglas’ offence, was made by reason of his own act of acknowledging allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state, namely the Commonwealth of Dominica.What Dr. Douglas did is strictly prohibited in the Constitution in Section 28(1)(a) and in the National Assembly Elections Act in Section 6(1)(a).The Government’s appeal was heard by Chief Justice the Hon. Dame Janice M. Pereira, DBE, as well as Justice of Appeal the Hon. Mde. Gertel Thom and Justice of Appeal [Ag.] the Hon. Mr. Paul Webster.“The main issue for this Court’s determination is whether Dr. Douglas, by his application for, receipt and use of a Dominican diplomatic passport, is under an acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state, in terms of section 28(1)(a) of the Constitution, and is therefore required to vacate his seat in the National Assembly in accordance with section 31(3)(c) of the Constitution,” the Chief Justice noted before giving a ruling on the case.The Chief Justice stated, in part: “The cumulative effect of my conclusions is that Dr. Douglas, by his application for, receipt and use of a Dominican diplomatic passport, placed him in clear breach of section 28(1)(a) of the Constitution.  As a matter of law, the consequence in the terms of section 33(3)(c) follows.  That consequence is that, Dr. Douglas is required to vacate his seat in the National Assembly in Saint Christopher and Nevis.”  Hon. Thom and Hon. Webster both concurred.On July 30th, 2015, the Commonwealth of Dominica issued a diplomatic passport to Dr. Denzil Douglas, who subsequently travelled to at least five countries on it.  The diplomatic passport, which records Dr. Douglas as being a citizen of Dominica, has an expiry date of July 29 th, 2020.In 2017,  speaking in the Honourable House of Assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 14, Attorney General the Honourable Vincent Byron Jr. announced that the government of St. Kitts and Nevis was preparing to go before the court with regard to the foreign diplomatic passport matter embroiling Dr. Denzil Douglas. The attorney general said then “Mr. Speaker, this government is deeply concerned that we should have someone who sits in our Parliament who is in a position to be disqualified.”Accordingly, the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court’s Court of Appeal ruled today that Dr. Denzil Douglas has reached his expiry date as a Parliamentary Representative in St. Kitts and Nevis, as he must therefore step down from the National Assembly with immediate effect.According to Section 36(7) of St. Kitts and Nevis’ Constitution, the Court of Appeal is the final court that can rule on questions of membership in the National Assembly.  This is therefore the final decision on the matter of Dr. Douglas’ divided loyalty and his sworn allegiance to Dominica.Link to Release I will contest the upcoming general elections from constituency number 6,” says Dr Douglas(WIC News)Eastern Caribbean Appeal Court in St Lucia gave a ruling today to uphold the appeal made several months ago related to the possession of diplomatic passport seeking leader of opposition Dr Denzil Douglas to vacate constituency number 6 as a parliamentarian. LocalNewsPoliticsRegional OECS Court of Appeal Rules Dominican Passport Holder, Dr. Denzil Douglas Must Demit National Assembly by: – March 12, 2020 Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Former St Kitts & Nevis prime minister, Dr Denzil Douglas Share 380 Views   no discussions During a press briefing, Dr Douglas said “We are very surprised, and we disagree with the judgment and to the questions asked and answers given by my team, however, we accept the judgment. Which ends the legal process and we now start in the political process of this judgment.”Douglas also asserted that there would be no appeal in the higher court as he already vacated his seat of constituency number 6. “There is no appeal for the higher court; I no longer will serve the people of constituency 6 for this term, which is already ended. In result, I will not be sitting in the parliament for the next 2-3 days or weeks.Related to his participation in the upcoming general elections, leader of opposition said that he would contest the next general elections from the constituency number 6 whenever the elections are called.“The judgment does not preclude me in any way from seeking the election by the people of constituency number 6.”Addressing another point, Dr Douglas emphasized on people not to get fooled by the current government. “Let us not be fooled, as current government will attempt to try to use this judgment to further delay the elections by giving you an impression of calling by-election first,” he added.It is evident in the election history that whenever the elections are on the peak, the by-election is not an alternative for that. Most of the times, by-elections do not take place if the general elections are due any near in upcoming weeks or months.Further, Dr Denzil L Douglas clarified that even before the first trial diplomatic passport was not in his possession as it was already returned to the government and people of Commonwealth of Dominica. “I do not hold the passport now, did not even hold it when the trial was on.”In clear reply to a question related to his position asked in the press conference, Dr Douglas said: “I will remain the leader of St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party.”“Although, I must emphasis, I do not intend to hold on to Prime Minister’s position until I die, succession planning will be in place and soon be executed, so we move on to the next level.last_img read more