UWP Senator and MP for the Marigot-Wesley Constituency Ezekiel Bazil rubbishes claims of payment made to Attorney Gildon Richards in the amount of $700,000. He says after doing some research into the supplementary estimates, this does not equate to the truth. He was speaking as a guest on Q95fm Radio’s “hot seat” program on Monday morning. He says that matter has been pending for years, and claims that the Government is lying about that matter.
UWP Senator & Wesley MP Ezekiel Bazil
Government says it is continuing to invest heavily in the enhancement of the island's road network. Earlier this month, Minister for Public Works and Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Valley Constituency Dr. John Colin McIntyre visited the reported $11.2 million Cochrane Road Enhancement Project. McIntyre said the works will greatly benefit the people of the area, and it is part of Government’s plan to build better.
Minister for Public Works and Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Valley Constituency Dr John Colin McIntyre
Fmr DLP Government productivity consultant says strategies to make Dominica stronger, must be taken to another level
Parry Bellot, PRO of the Dominica Grotto Home, shares his analysis on what Defines resilience. Speaking on the matter of the recently passed national budget as well as the socioeconomic disposition of the Dominican society, Bellot highlighted what resilience meant to him.
Bellot says strategies that are implemented to help Dominica become better and more powerful, have themselves to be taken to another level.
Parry Bellot, PRO of the Dominica Grotto Home
Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) Chairman Wayne Chen highlights challenges in dealing with mental health issues
Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) Chairman Wayne Chen says there are several challenges in dealing with mental health issues.
These include expense, lack of knowledge, stigma attached to mental health, fear of being a burden, lack of trust, fear of being judged, lack of support and a lack of available professionals.
Delivering the keynote address at the National Conference on Mental Health at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Friday, Chen stated that a World Health Organization (WHO) report noted that 108,000 or 4% of Jamaicans were treated for mental health issues in 2015. The report also pointed out that depression is aligned with global trends, where 25.6% of females and 14.8% of males suffer from depression.
Chen suggested that the education curriculum should be adjusted to make it less stressful on students and to ensure that opportunities are placed in the school day for sport and other physical activities.
“Mental health & physical health go hand in hand”, the chairman emphasised. He added that Government and people must work in partnership to deal with mental health issues, particularly at the community level, as it will have to be part of public health now. He lauded the excellent work of the team of mental health workers in the region. The conference was held under the theme: 'Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World'.
US President Donald Trump suggests ‘rogue killers’ could be behind Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance in Turkey
Speaking to reporters after a phone call with King Salman, he said the Saudi leader had firmly denied knowing what had happened to Mr Khashoggi.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is flying to Saudi Arabia immediately.
Turkish police have, for the first time, been inside the Saudi consulate where Mr Khashoggi was last seen. They entered the building around an hour after a group of Saudi officials.
Turkish officials believe Mr Khashoggi was murdered in the consulate by Saudi agents nearly two weeks ago, but Riyadh has always strongly denied this.
However, unconfirmed reports in the US media suggest Saudi Arabia is preparing to admit that Mr Khashoggi died as a result of an interrogation that went wrong and that the original intention had been to abduct him.
Mr Trump addressed snatched questions from reporters over helicopter engine noise at the White House, describing King Salman's denial as "very, very strong. It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers. Who knows?"
However, Mr Trump provided no evidence to back his suggestion.
Foreign Affairs Minister Francine Baron welcomes Mission Harmony Peace Ark to Dominica, and resumption of reconstruction at PMH site
Foreign Affairs Minister Francine Baron says in light of the fact that Dominica's medical and health care services are still recovering from H. Maria, the visit by the Chinese Hospital Ship -Mission Harmony Peace Ark visit is humanitarian.
The ship has docked at the Roseau Bayfront, and will be there until October 19th providing medical services to the Dominican public.
Foreign Affairs Minister Francine Baron
China's Ambassador to Dominica H.E Lu Khun says this ship is an Ark of life providing humanitarian assistance, and meets the urgent needs of people in disaster.
China's Ambassador to Dominica H.E Lu Khun
Meanwhile Foreign Affairs Minister Francine Baron says the resumption of reconstruction of a brand new modern national hospital on the site of the PMH for Dominica is good news.
Foreign Affairs Minister Francine Baron.
Chairman of the Reunion Committee Hubert Charles says the reconstruction of the Old Mill Cultural Centre is slated to be undertaken soon.
He was speaking at the National Arts & Exhibition symposium last week.
Chairman of the Reunion Committee Hubert Charles.
Over $3M is being put into the road network to allow vehicular traffic between Wotten Waven and Trafalgar after a year of no movement there.
The bridge at Wotten Waven was totally destroyed as a result of Hurricane Maria.
Public Works Minister and Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Valley constituency Dr John Collin McIntyre says this inconvenience will be no more come November.
Public Works Minister and Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Valley constituency Dr John Collin McIntyre
The Reunion Independence activities continue as Dominica Celebrates 40 years of Independence.
Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence spoke to the media last week.
Today, Dominica observes Flag Day with a motorcade planned to observe the event.
Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence
On Friday, the permanent delegation of Antigua and Barbuda to the Organisation of American States (OAS) expressed its sincere regret to the permanent observer mission of Spain, and the people and government of Spain, for the hurt experienced when a former prime minister of their country was recently characterised in “an unseemly way” by the OAS secretary general.
“The Antigua and Barbuda delegation disassociates itself entirely from the crass remarks as every right-thinking delegation ought to do,” the delegation said in a statement to a meeting of the OAS Permanent Council on the topic “Encounter of Two Worlds”, called annually by Spain to mark the “discovery” of the Caribbean and the New World by Christopher Columbus, but ignoring the genocide and slavery that resulted.
The Antigua and Barbuda delegation pointed out that the gateway that was thus thrown open for centuries of brutal slavery of African people past was indeed an “encounter between two worlds”.
It was an encounter between a lost Italian – Cristobal Colon or Christopher Columbus – and the people who had long inhabited the islands and mainlands that have come to be called “The Americas”.
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