Developer of Jungle Bay Resort and Spa, Sam Raphael, is urging members of the public to develop zero tolerance towards crime here.
Raphael, who will soon commence construction of the New Jungle Bay at Morne Acouma in Soufriere, told residents there that crime plays a major role in the failure of the tourism industry.
Speaking to a recent $1.8 million jewellery heist at Jewellers International, Raphael said " if this is the way Dominica is going we are all in serious trouble". " We need to be a crime free society" he told Soufriere residents.
Disaster Management Consultant says a number of lessons were learnt following TS Erika
Disaster Management Consultant, Cecil Shillingford, says a number of lessons were learnt following Tropical Storm Erika.
The storm, which ravaged Dominica in August 2015, left the island facing a $1.2 billion reconstruction bill.
Shillingford says Government is looking at implementing some of the recommendations following TS Erika as soon as possible.
Proper management of the emergency operations centre and the establishment of a first response search and rescue team is among those recommendations.
Information Technology Minister, Kelver Darroux, dismisses claims that government is not doing anything for the youth on island
Information Technology Minister, Kelver Darroux, has dismissed claims that the government is not doing anything for the youth on island.
Darroux represented Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit at the 43rd Annual Youth Skills Training Program Graduation Ceremony which was held last week.
He says the cadre of young people graduating from the program is a testament that government has and continues to contribute towards the development of the country’s youth.
Darroux says government has invested millions of dollars into training and preparing the youth of the country for future employment.
He urged the graduates to utilize and maximise what they have been taught to the best of their ability.
Information Technology Minister Kelver Darroux
Roseau's Mayor says derelict vehicles around the city continues to be a problem for the City Council
The issue of derelict vehicles around the city of Roseau continues to be a problem for the Roseau City Council.
Mayor of Roseau, Irene John, says this continues to pose a challenge for health officials, especially with mosquito borne viruses, most recently zika, plaguing the country.
The mayor says officials need to work with the police force to deal with this problem.
John says she does not think the Roseau City Council will get very far in ridding the city of these vehicles without the assistance of the police.
The mayor says wayside mechanics also contribute to the pollution in the city.
Mayor of Roseau Irene John
Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, says citizens are indifferent with regards to the challenges being faced by his administration.
The PM made the remarks at a recent meeting by the National Emergency and Planning Organization (NEPO).
Skerrit says disaster response is too costly for the state, and the monies being spent to rebuild the country post TS Erika could be used in other areas of the country’s economy.
The PM says despite all that is being done, persons have no mercy for the government as they are still receiving requests for all sorts of things.
Meanwhile, the PM says the NEPO office is critical to the state’s wellbeing.
As such he has given the assurance that his government will work closely with the ODM to ensure the smooth operations of the organization.
Skerrit says legislation will be put in place to better assist the ODM with its day to day functions.
The HIV/Aids Response Unit will kick off a month of activities June 6th, geared at encouraging persons who’ve never been tested to do so
The HIV/AIDS Response Unit will on June 6 2016 kick off a month of activities geared at encouraging persons who’ve never been tested to do so.
This year Dominica will dedicate an entire month in observance of HIV/AIDS under the theme “Stop Docking it.”
Coordinator of the HIV/AIDS Response Unit, Allison Samuel, says although Dominica usually joins the rest of the region in observance of regional testing day, the unit has seen it necessary to dedicate more than one day this year.
Samuels says the unit is specifically targeting persons who have never been tested before.
Coordinator of the HIV/Aids Response Unit Allison Samuel
Regional Meteorologist says the lack of consultation among regional met officers contributed significantly to damages suffered by Dominica during the passage of TS Erika
A regional meteorologist says the lack of consultation among met officers in the region contributed significantly to damages that were suffered by Dominica during the passage of TS Erika.
Coordinating Director of the Trinidad based Caribbean Meteorological Organization, Tyrone Sutherland, says the lack of dialogue was a major slip up by the region.
Dominica sustained damages in excess of 1.2 billion dollars due to the passage of TS Erika in August 2015.
Caribbean Meteorologists and international climate researchers are meeting here this week to officially announce the forecast of the Caribbean’s wet hurricane season, as well as to discuss the implications for the region with many national and regional stakeholders in climate sensitize sectors.
And Sutherland says the region could have done a better job on preparing for TS Erika.
He says however the lack of communication among the region will soon be a thing of the past.
Coordinating Director of the Trinidad based Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO) Tyrone Sutherland
CMO is a specialised agency of the Caribbean community that coordinates the joint scientific and technical activities in weather, climate and water related sciences in16 English speaking Caribbean countries.
Baroness makes the headlines again
The scandals continue as new Commonwealth Secretary General is once again surrounded by controversy. A new article published in the UK’s Daily Mail implicates Baroness Patricia Scotland in a row over abuse of the UK honours system.
According to the article, Anthony Bailey – along with two others –obtained the honour from Antigua in 2014, which he is now abusing to masquerade as a knight in the UK insisting on being called ‘Sir’ in the UK.
His actions have angered Buckingham Palace, who has ordered him to stop giving the impression of being a British knight. Among those successfully duped are Prince Charles and David Cameron who wrongly refer to him as ‘Sir Anthony’.
Bailey received the honour following a £1.1 million investment in schools and church programmes from a charity of which both he and the Baroness were senior members.
The Baroness denied any involvement in the granting of a knighthood to Anthony Bailey meanwhile, Antigua’s Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, confirmed that the knighthood awarded to Bailey is now under ‘review’ with the disgraceful possibility of having his knighthood withdrawn by Antigua.
This is not the first time Scotland has made controversial headlines in the UK, having been linked to “vile Despots” after her appointment as secretary general and in 2009 for employing an illegal immigrant breaking immigration laws that she had helped draft.
General Manager of DOMLEC, Bertilia McKenzie, gives reasons for the increase in electricity sales for the year 2015, a growth of over 4 percent for the Company.
McKenzie says that the shift in strategy in 2015 regarding DOMLEC’s functions were necessary and has evidently benefitted the company greatly.
DOMLEC made a profit of EC 12.29 Million dollars for the year 2015.
Minister of Health to attend Climate Change & Health Symposium in Paris in June
Minister of Health Dr Kenneth Darroux will represent Dominica at a Climate Change and Health Symposium in Paris sometime in June 2016.
Mr. Darroux was selected by the executive of the Pan American Health Organization to represent CARICOM at this conference.
Darroux says this conference arises due to the COP-21 (Paris Talks) which began on November 30th and concluded on December 11th 2015.
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