The 5th Annual Water Operators conference organized by the Caribbean Water & Sewerage Association Inc (CAWASA) got underway in Dominica this morning.
The CAWASA water operators conference which is being held in collaboration with host utility, the Dominica Water & Sewerage Company (DOWASCO) will include 36 participants from 13 countries throughout the Caribbean.
The 2-day conference is designed as a platform for water operators to discuss real issues and practical solutions as well as cultivating innovations and inspiring synergies to address present and future challenges in the Caribbean's water and sewerage sectors.
The President of the Caribbean Water & Sewerage association Inc. Christopher Husbands says this conference provides a forum for essential networking among partners.
Meantime, Husbands calls on operators to take advantage of training opportunities that are being made available.
President of the Caribbean Water & Sewerage association Inc. Christopher Husbands.
Individuals are being called upon to take advantage of the opportunities being offered at the Centre of Excellence in Information Technology.
That call came from the Director of Telecommunications Bennett Thomas.
He said the government has put measures in place to ensure that individuals are exposed to ICT Centres.
Director of Telecommunications Bennett Thomas
PM Roosevelt Skerrit has condemned the recent helicopter attack on Venezuela's Supreme Court.
Four (4) grenades were dropped on the court and fifteen (15) shots fired at the Interior Ministry on Tuesday in what President Nicolas Maduro called a terrorist incident.
Ex-Policeman Oscar Perez said he had piloted the stolen helicopter to attack what he called a criminal government, and his whereabouts are unknown.
Mr Skerrit said that Dominica stands in solidarity with Venezuela.
The PM was speaking at a ceremony to commemorate the 12th Anniversary of the Petro Caribe Agreement Thursday.
The PM said there is a growing tendency by political parties and individuals to resort to violence as a means of seeking to remove a government from office.
Meantime, Skerrit says it is his hope that the situation in Venezuela will come to a peaceful end.
The South American nation in recent times has been facing a serious political and economic crisis.
There has been a wave of anti-government protests and dozens of people have been killed in protest -related violence.
He commends Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro, for the leadership displayed over the last several months, in dealing with this challenge.
Antigua Cabinet notes ECSC judgement on extradition of Former Financial Regulator Leroy King to the US ….
The Antigua and Barbuda Cabinet says it has been informed that the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court handed down a judgment on Wednesday in favour of former financial regulator Leroy King, granting leave for him to appeal an earlier High Court judgment rejecting an application for judicial review of the 2012 decision by the government, to approve his extradition to the United States.
King, the former head of the Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC) in Antigua and Barbuda, is wanted by US authorities to face charges of facilitating the multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme by convicted former businessman Allen Stanford.
In a 71-page decision in April, High Court Justice Darshan Ramdhani said, having reviewed King’s arguments, he saw no reason why either King’s claim for constitutional relief against extradition or the application for leave should be allowed.
Simone Veil, French politician, women's rights champion & Holocaust survivor has died at the age of 89….
Simone Veil, French politician, women's rights champion and Holocaust survivor, has died at the age of 89.
Best known in France for her instrumental role in legalising abortion in the 1970s, she went on to serve as the first president of an elected European Parliament.
Ms Veil, a liberal, later re-entered French politics, returning to the cabinet in the 1990s.
President Emmanuel Macron described her as "inspiring", and the best of France.
As the world continues to watch Venezuela implode, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit assures the Venezuelan Ambassador to Dominica, that the Government of Dominican stands in solidarity with the Venezuelan Government, on principle, and not because of PetroCaribe or the country’s kindness to Dominica.
Speaking at the ‘12th Anniversary of PetroCaribe in Dominica Solidarity Service’ on Thursday, Skerrit said no one has a right to remove the Venezuelan President from office by force.
PM Skerrit said he noted a growing tendency around the world, to remove Governments through violent means. According to Skerrit, a terrorist act, no matter where it happens, must be condemned, and it is everyone’s human right to do so.
Q95’s ‘Governance and the Economy’ Talk show host, Athie Martin, has expressed surprise and concern over the effects of the situation in Venezuela, on Dominica's PetroCaribe agreement. Today Thursday 29th June, marked the 12th anniversary of PetroCaribe in Dominica, which was celebrated with a solidarity service.
Martin says it is shameful and distressing, that Dominica owes Venezuela millions of dollars, which that country desperately needs at present, yet Dominica has made no move toward payment.
General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU), Thomas Letang, has confirmed that funds will be made available to former employees of the Public Works Corporation (PWC).
Letang recently stated that the union would not conclude salary negotiations with government, without a commitment that former employees of the Public Works Corporation, will be paid their due redundancy benefits. Speaking on the DPSU's program on Q95fm Radio on Wednesday, he confirmed that the PWC has received a cheque to make these payments.
Twenty employees of the PWC were made redundant in 2015, a move which the Board's Chairman had described as necessary, to assist with its financial challenges, and with restructuring.
Disaster Consultant says total shut down of businesses for storms and is a matter for those in authority
Disaster Consultant, Cecil Shillingford, says the issue of a total shut-down of businesses during storms and hurricanes, is something which has to be considered by those in authority. He says following the passage of Hurricane Matthew in 2016, officials in one the islands severely impacted are strongly considering this move.
Hurricane Matthew was a devastating tropical cyclone, which became the first ‘category 5’ hurricane since 2007. Matthew wrought widespread destruction on its journey killing over 600 people in several countries.
Shillingford says he is one who has advocated for total shut down of business operations, whenever there is a storm approaching, particularly for the countries which will be impacted.
Bellevue Chopin Village Council urging Small Business that got $150,000 to use it for intended purposes
Chairman of the Bellevue Chopin Village Council, Delroy Registe, has urged beneficiaries of some $150,000 injected to small business development in that community to use the monies for its intended purpose.
Over 20 existing and new small business are expected to foster economic activity in Bellevue Chopin, after the Government on Wednesday handed over the cheque to Chairman Delroy Registe. Registe urged the beneficiaries to use the monies wisely.
Meanwhile, Petite Savanne MP Kenneth Darroux calls on Bellevue Chopin residents to use funds given to them by Government wisely.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Darroux stated, “This is not free money.... every cent has to be accounted for.”
He noted, many view these funds as free money to spend frivolously however he hopes to see Bellevue Chopin as an example to others how Government funds should be spent in a community.
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