Public Relations Officer of the Dominica Association of Music Professionals Daryl Bobb has sought to clarify why a proposed special loan facility of $1 Million which was promised by the Government of Dominica has not yet been made available to musicians across the island.
The proposed $1Million funding is to be made available at the AID Bank, however; there has been a delay in the disbursement of the funds. Bobb addressed the matter at a press conference of the Dominica Association of Music Professionals Thursday.
Meanwhile, Bobb is encouraging professionals on island to take advantage of a loan facility at the AID Bank.
PRO of the Dominica Association of Music Professionals Daryl Bobb
Prime Minister Skerrit says St Joseph is now set to receive $4 million for homes and home improvement
St Joseph is set to receive $4 million for homes and home improvement in the community. That’s according to Prime Minister Skerrit.
Speaking at a town hall meeting in St Joseph on Thursday, the Prime minister announced his approval of funds to build 15 new homes and repair other homes in the community.
DPSU says it is continuing to advocate for the revitalization of the PWC and the payment of its employees
General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union Thomas Letang says the Union continues to advocate for the revitalization of the Public Works Cooperation, and for payment due to its employees.
Letang says about $140,000 is owed to the employees of the Public Works Cooperation. He emphasized that on numerous occasions, the DPSU approached government on their members’ behalf, and received no formal response from the administration, that would lead to the desired resolution. Letang was speaking on the DPSU program on Q95 on Wednesday.
Former PM of Dominica, Edison James reiterates call for Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s resignation
Former Prime Minister of Dominica Edison James has reiterated the call for Dominica’s current Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit to resign.
Speaking at a UWP public meeting on Thursday evening in Lagoon, James highlighted one of the reasons why PM Skerrit should resign from public office, as government’s decision to hire an American Crisis management firm to remove the country’s image due to several allegations of wrongdoing. He said this also indicates that the DLP is to blame for the economic crisis the country is now facing, as a result of the administration’s poor management of the CBI program, and the economy as a whole.
Photo: Hector John
The United Workers Party (UWP) Team Dominica held two more massive peaceful public meetings last night in Pottersville and Roseau, which were frequently punctuated with loud chants of ‘Skerrit must go’. Supporters turned up in large numbers from every constituency around Dominica, to stand in solidarity with the UWP. US-based Dominicans in Defence of Democracy addressed the large gathering via a video presentation, from Washington DC.
Speaker after speaker gave reasons why Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and his entire cabinet should resign from office. They highlighted some of the failures and shortcomings of the DLP Regime, including dishonesty, lack of accountability, lack of transparency, oppression of opposition, failure to provide jobs for the people of Dominica, and the failure to develop the economy of Dominica, after being in office for seventeen (17) continuous years.
Many speakers lamented the un-transparent management of the CBI program and the lack of accountability of the proceeds of the CBI, as well as the issue of diplomatic passports to persons who were subsequently arrested, some of whom are now awaiting trial in courts in the UK and the United States.
And many more speakers outlined what a UWP Administration would do for the people of Dominica, in terms of strong Agriculture, Tourism, Agribusiness, Manufacturing, Sporting facilities, Modern Healthy lifestyles, Technology based industries and more, with Jobs, better health, higher living standards and prosperity for all Dominicans, and especially for the poor and underprivileged.
UWP Leader Lennox Linton lifted the enthusiasm of the large crowd to the highest levels of the evening, as he spoke about the UWP’s plans to transform Dominica into the best place to work, the best place to live, and the best place to enjoy life. Linton brought the curtains down with a pledge to lead the United Workers Party to a sound victory at the next general election, whenever it is called, and ensuring that there are no more elections in Dominica without necessary election reforms.
Q95 will bring you more from the speakers at the UWP public meeting, in their own words, in subsequent newscasts.
Establishment, Personnel & Training Department, through the Reform Management Unit, is undertaking an anonymous Customer Satisfaction Index Survey. Officials say It has been recognised that improvement in Customer Service and overall customer experience, is key to the achievement of a modern, efficient & sustainable Public Service.
According to a release, the Survey is geared at soliciting the views of the general populace in order to collect, analyse and comprehend the public’s perception, with regards to the level of customer service provided by the Public Service.
The results are expected to assist in evidence-based decision making to include improvements in service delivery and to complement existing initiatives undertaken geared towards a transformed Public Service and overall economic development. The Customer Satisfaction Index Survey will run throughout the month of April.
Links to the Survey will be available on the Government website at www.dominica.gov.dm and on GOVNET for public officers.
Awareness is one of the pillars of Tourism for the island's Tourism Ministry, and Minister Robert Tonge says more work has to be done to ensure that more persons become aware of Dominica.
Tonge says Dominica is often mistaken for the Dominican Republic, while many continue to say they have never heard of the island. He says so far, they have been making strides in bringing awareness to the destination.
UWP Leader reiterates the constitution gives citizens the right to hold public meetings without permission
Opposition Leader Lennox Linton has responded to the views of Former Senator Sonia Williams, regarding the two Public Meetings to be held by the United Workers Party on Thursday.
Reports indicate that Ms Williams questioned why the National Security Minister allowed the UWP to conduct the meetings scheduled for Thursday afternoon. However, Linton says the country’s constitution gives citizens the right to hold public meetings, on matters which are of public interest, without the permission of the Dominica Police.
Meanwhile, Linton says the "criminal abuse of elderly" will come to an immediate end under a UWP Administration.
Linton was speaking in reference to the broadcast of the Government's ‘Yes We Care’ program on its GIS Cable network.
He says this disgraceful condition under which Dominicans are being placed by this current administration, will come to an end when the UWP is elected to run the affairs of the country.
Prime Minister Skerrit is now saying small countries like Dominica must practice strict fiscal policies
Small countries like Dominica must maintain strict fiscal policies says Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.
He stated that "We do not have the elbow room in our countries to take these kind of risks that people want us to take sometimes".
His comments came in response to what he claims were suggestions that funds from the CBI program should be used to fund a salary increase for public officers.
Mr Skerrit contends that CBI funds have to be used to set the economy on a sustainable path, which he says his Government has been doing.
He added that Government cannot take any gamble with its financing.
Skerrit was speaking at a DLP Town Hall meeting at Laudat Wednesday.
Dominica's Health Minister Dr Kenneth Darroux is touting a recent commitment by the Mexican Government to provide US$5Million towards the construction of a Hospital in Marigot, as proof that foreign governments are pleased with the DLP Administration’s transparency.
Dr Darroux said this commitment from the Government of Mexico comes despite allegations by the Opposition Party, that foreign governments do not want to invest in Dominica, due to the corruption of the present administration.
Darroux was addressing a recent town hall meeting.
Dominica's Health Minister Dr Kenneth Darroux
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