CEO of the Dominica Air & Sea Ports Authority Benoit Bardouille said, although rehabilitation works at the Douglas Charles Airport is not close to completion, several projects are currently underway there, and that the works are being done in phases.
Bardouille stated that currently there is an issue with mosquitoes at the airport.
"We are getting our share of the CBI funds" says DPSU General Secretary Thomas Letang. He says his members are satisfied with the manner in which negotiations are progressing, having moved from the wage freeze initially being offered by the Government Negotiating Team, for the 2015 / 2018 triennium.
Earlier in the negotiations, the union had challenged the Government to find monies to fund salary increases for its members, and despite strong criticism from some who thought they were unreasonable, Letang says he is pleased that his members are getting a share of the pie.
Meanwhile, the Youth Arm of the Dominica Public Service Union is gearing up to host a one-day workshop on Tuesday 27th June 2017.
The workshop is being held under the theme "Youth preparing for the future, planning for tomorrow", and is specifically geared at encouraging more young persons to get involved in the union. Leslie St Jean is a member of the Youth Arm.
St. Jean highlights some of the topics which will be covered during the workshop to include the importance of social security.
Government gives 100 persons in the Kalinago Territory get EC$500,000 to fund their Small Businesses
Approximately one hundred, out of one hundred and fifty persons in need of funding for small businesses, have been assisted with financing totaling EC five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) this month.
That’s according to Salybia MP, Casius Darroux.
Speaking at a Town Hall meeting in Senekou on Wednesday, Darroux said these funds are one step towards increasing financing in the next Fiscal Year.
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Member of the Electoral Commission Hillary Shillingford says, the Government will stop at nothing to deprive the Dominican public of a free and fair election.
Speaking on Q95’s ‘Talk on the Block’ on Wednesday, Shillingford accused attorneys Anthony Astaphan & Alick Lawrence of facilitating the draft of the controversial amendments to the Electoral Act, despite knowing of the Commonwealth Observer Team’s recommendations.
He says these men will stop at nothing to protect themselves, therefore anyone who dares to oppose their wishes will come under attack by attorney Anthony Astaphan.
Economist and Executive Member of the Freedom Party Kent Vital says the Labour Party won the 2014 General Election through illegal means.
This statement comes at a time when the Official report written by the Commonwealth Observers, regarding the 2014 General Elections in Dominica was revealed to the general public, by UWP Leader Lennox Linton this week. The report alleged that the 2014 General Election conducted here was free but not fair. Vital believes the DLP had a major advantage over the other political parties.
President of the Dominica Cycling Association announces dates for the pre-race and the Final Cycling Race
The Final Cycling pre warm up is to take place on June 25th 2017 from 10am. That’s according to President of the Dominica Cycling Association, Ronald Charles.
Speaking on Q95fm Radio on Thursday, Charles also announced the date for the 2017 Championship Cycling Race, carded for 2nd July 2017. Charles said this race will involve teams from all OECS countries, and the event will be hosted by the Dominica Cycling Association.
The route begins from ma Boyd’s bar to Layou and back, over the EO Leblanc Bridge, then down to the west bridge, and race ends at Ma Boyd’s Bar.
2 Dominicans among scores of persons missing & feared dead from the recent Grenfell Tower fire in London
According to TheDominican.net, Two Dominicans are among the scores of persons missing and feared dead, from the massive fire that ravaged Grenfell Tower in London about one week ago.
Marjorie Vital age 67, & her son Ernie Vital, 43, have not been seen since the fire broke out in the early hours of the morning of June 14, 2017.
The two migrated from Soufriere, Dominica, and are believed to have been among the earliest residents of the ill-fated tower. Family and friends of the two victims have been searching frantically for word on the fate of their loved ones.
Mimi Delson, a niece of Marjorie Vital, told the British newspapers that the two were living on the 16th floor of the apartment, and that neither have been heard from, since the fire broke out.
Former Ambassador to the UN Crispin Gregoire is of the view Dominica was used by the Moroccan Government, to drive a wedge in CARICOM. He says, Dominica once led the charge on the independence of non-self-governing territories of the world, including the Western Sahara.
According to Gregoire, his departure from the position of Ambassador granted Morocco an opportunity to use Dominica as a force to break CARICOM’s unity on these topics.
He went on to say Dominica was paid for its services with the Moroccan hotel, as well as fertilizer for the country’s ailing Agricultural Sector.
DOC celebrating 123rd Anniversary of Olympic Day on 24th June with a variety of sporting activities & events
According to a Press Release, the Dominica Olympic Committee (DOC) is celebrating Olympic Day on Saturday, 24th June 2017, marking the 123rd Anniversary of the Founding of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), with the observance of Olympic Day, under the theme “Move, Learn & Discover”.
This year’s event is scheduled for 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Saturday 24th June 2017, with participants of all ages gathering at the Tourist Reception Terminal on the Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard, from 2:00 pm. It begins with the traditional Run/Walk and will be followed by a demonstration of sporting activities at display booths along the boulevard, by various national sporting associations.
Preceding the event, the message of IOC President, Mr Thomas Bach, will be read by the President of the DOC, Mr Billy Doctrove. Runners are advised to wear an Olympic Day T-shirt they already own if possible, to showcase the history of Olympic Day in Dominica.
The DOC is appealing to the general public, to support this year’s event, which is open to all age groups. Wheelchair-bound members and cyclists can also participate, since the route has been modified to suit everyone, and they should all gather at the Roseau Tourist Reception Terminal from 2:00 pm. Members can also register online on DOC’s website.
Olympic Day Map
Opposition Leader Lennox Linton threatens to sue Minister Petter Saint Jean for “defamatory” comments
Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition, Lennox Linton has threatened to take legal action against Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Petter Saint Jean for if he does not apologize or offer to pay compensation for “defamatory” comments.
Mr Linton issued a letter dated 12th June 2017 to Minister Saint Jean, through his Attorney Cara Shillingford, saying that Mr Saint Jean “falsely and maliciously published defamatory statements about him on the radio”. According to Shillingford’s letter, Minister Saint Jean said the following on 13th February 2017;
“In fact Lennox Linton is one of the individuals who for a very long time in reference to the Prime Minister have been articulating very clearly that the country is run by laws and not by men. But apparently, the same Lennox Linton believes that he is above and beyond the law. We must be very clear in this matter that the events of last Tuesday was planned, orchestrated and executed by the leadership of the United Workers Party and the leadership of the Dominica Freedom Party - people like Johnson Boston and Michael Astaphan. We must also be very clear that they must take full responsibility for the events during and after the activity that they organized…”
The letter added that “many persons” who listened to Mr Saint Jean’s comments “believed that Mr Linton was guilty of several criminal offences, including destruction to property and rioting, committed on the 7th February 2017, in the community of Roseau. You falsely and maliciously accused him of planning, orchestrating and executing the events both during and after the activity he organized”.
As such, Mr Linton is “greatly aggrieved” by Mr Saint Jean’s “vicious, unfounded and defamatory accusations” and demanded that he issues an apology and retraction, in words acceptable to him, within fourteen (14) days of receipt of this letter. The letter also demands that Mr Saint Jean offers to pay compensation and costs within the said fourteen days, as failure to comply with this demand will result in legal proceedings being commenced against him, without further notice.