PPOD Leader cautions the Government to deregister the ship allegedly involved in UN Sanctions busting
The Dominica International Maritime Registry has refused to comment on allegations that a Dominica-flagged ship was involved in busting UN sanctions against North Korea. The company is located in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, and registers ships to fly the Dominican flag.
Last week, the Japanese government reported to the UN that the ‘Yuk Tung,’ which flies the Dominican flag, is suspected to have breached UN Security Council sanctions. It was spotted by a Japanese patrol plane in the South China Sea tied to the North Korean-flagged tanker ‘Rye Song Gang 1, which was blacklisted by the United Nations last month for carrying banned cargo. Images also showed the two ships lit up that same evening engaging in some kind of activity.
Leader of the Peoples Party of Dominica (PPOD) Saphire Carrington, has sent a strong message to the government of Dominica, requesting the issue be resolved, and the ship be de-registered. Carrington has more:
Leader of the Peoples Party of Dominica Sapphire Carrington.
Dominica will soon have a new Director General at the Dominica Red Cross Society.
The previous Director was Kathleen Pinard Byrne who held that position for several years.
Interim Director at the Dominica Red Cross Society is Jamaican Dr. Jaslin Salmon.
Dr. Salmon says he is currently in Dominica to restructure and reorganize the Society to allow for integration into post Hurricane Maria recovery.
Dr. Salmon, who is carded to be in Dominica for six months, says he will also assist in the selection of a new Director.
Interim Director at the Dominica Red Cross Society is Jamaican, Dr. Jaslin Salmon
Government seeking options for design of a new fire station in Roseau say National Security Minister
Minister for National Security Rayburn Blackmoore says the Government is exploring options for the design of a new fire station in the city.
Mr Blackmoore says that the current facility in Roseau needs to be upgraded.
The National Security Minister also says that Government intends on training police, firemen and other emergency response personnel in the field of civil defence.
Minister for National Security Rayburn Blackmoore
AG General Manager of the AID Bank Mathilda John-Rose says the bank will offer several new products and services to customers following Hurricane Maria.
She says the AID Bank will offer the Mortgage Blast, the Student Blast, WE Fund and Start Up stars.
According to her the Mortgage blast is open to new and existing customers at an interest rate of only 5.99%.
John-Rose told a press conference Tuesday that the promotion will include a renewable energy component.
Mrs John-Rose says the bank has also reviewed the student loan facility with a fixed interest rate, and individuals will be able to borrow up to EC$147,850
The AG General Manager says the loan facility will also cater to the needs of students who may considered underprivileged.
AG General Manager of the AID Bank Mathilda John-Rose
The bank will provide a special loan facility catering specifically to women entrepreneurs and youth in business.
DPSU General Secretary still expressing disappointment at the lack of a Trade Union Congress in Dominica
The General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union Thomas Letang has expressed disappointment that a Trade Union Congress has not been established in Dominica. He says that it has been difficult to influence other unions on island on the importance of the formation of a Trade Union Congress.
General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union Thomas Letang
ODI Post 2017 Caribbean hurricanes report urges diligence in rebuilding long-term resiliency moving forward
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in its January 2018 post hurricane report on the Caribbean urges regional countries severely impacted by Hurricane’s Irma and Maria in 2017 to be diligent and resolute in the rebuilding process and that long-term resiliency in the midst of trying times is needed moving forward.
The briefing paper is stated to have been prepared to help policymakers and practitioners strengthen recovery in the Caribbean after the disastrous 2017 hurricanes, when islands like Dominica and Barbuda were left virtually destroyed.
The paper goes on to assert that the challenges for promoting a more resilient Caribbean Basin need to be carefully considered. Structural issues and deficiencies such as the weak enforcement of building codes; economic activities that undermine fragile coastal ecosystems (sand barging and dredging which contributes to beach erosion, and on the other land accretion without proper environmental assessments); the vulnerable nature of Caribbean economies to global economic shock that impacts fiscal capacity; and the overall governance challenges, will all need to be addressed moving forward, the researchers have made clear.
CIA Director Pompeo warned Russia will attempt to meddle in US 2018 midterm elections, just days after he met Russian spies
CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently met with his Russian counterparts when they traveled to the US, according to US ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman.
Russian media is reporting those who met with Pompeo may have included the country's sanctioned spy chief, Sergey Naryshkin.
Talks between top US and Russian intelligence officials occurred just days before Pompeo once again warned that Russia will attempt to meddle in the 2018 US midterm elections and the Trump administration released a sweeping list of prominent Russian political and business figures in defiance of Moscow.
Former Leader of the Dominica Freedom Party Michael Astaphan has congratulated the United Nations and the World Bank for assisting in the restoration of Dominica’s Agriculture, post Hurricane Maria.
However, he says the Ministry of Agriculture should have implemented this emergency cash grant to Dominican Farmers weeks after the storm, as he deems the disbursement of the World Bank Cash through the Ministry of Agriculture, as being a bit late.
Fmr Leader of the Dominica Freedom Party, Michael Astaphan
Dominica's Prime Minister still seeking to explain the process used to secure $18M to assist farmers
Dominica's PM Roosevelt Skerrit has again sought to clear the air and explain to citizens the process that the Government had to go through to secure $18M to assist farmers with returning to the farmers.
The PM explained the process saying that critics have still distorted information leaving some persons here and abroad to think otherwise.
Mr Skerrit says the circumstances by the government were extraordinary ones.
Meantime, Skerrit says Cabinet played no role in the final approval of the list of farmers who received financial assistance from the 18-million-dollar World Bank Program. Skerrit says Cabinet took a deliberate decision not to be part of the process. His comments come in light of claims by the opposition of Government interference in the matter.
Like the DVRP, Mr Skerrit says any farmer who has concerns with the assistance should take the matter to the Ministry of Agriculture.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit
Attorney Anthony Astaphan is condemning the opposition United Workers Party, for writing to World Bank officials, to highlight discrepancies in the farmers' funding program.
Government rolled out the $18M world bank program which targeted over 4,000 farmers affected by hurricane Maria.
Astaphan says criticism of the program is unwarranted.
Mr Astaphan says the actions of the UWP are tantamount to acts of sabotage against the Government.
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