Dominica's PM Roosevelt Skerrit says his Government has contracted an amount of $108M with the World bank for the construction of new homes for citizens.
He says the World Bank has moved quickly to assist following Hurricane Maria.
The PM says thousands of families and individuals have benefitted from the Housing Revolution introduced by his Government.
He says post Maria Dominica must rebuild to higher standards of resilience.
PM Roosevelt Skerrit
Trade & Employment Minister Ian Douglas says the DLP's Housing Development Program is no gimmick.
He says the administration is not playing with the lives of the Dominican people, and is not worried about being re-elected.
Meanwhile, Douglas is challenging the leader of the Opposition to provide proof that contracts are being awarded without tender.
At the same time Douglas has criticized the opposition for allegedly doing the same thing which it is now condemning.
Trade & Employment Minister Ian Douglas
The Central Cooperative Credit Union has embarked on its Back to School promotion.
The institution is offering about up to $5,000 to members, so that parents can get their children's necessities for school.
CCCUL Representative Candice Mills spoke on Q95 recently.
She gave the requirements for securing a loan.
CCCUL Representative Candice Mills
Every member who qualifies for this loan will qualify for a free backpack.
Range Developments - an award-winning developer of ultra luxury resorts in the Caribbean - has confirmed its support for the reconstruction of a women’s center in Portsmouth.
The North District Progressive Women’s Club (NDPWC) was established in 1979 and offers training to adolescent mothers and women in life skills, academic attainment and other key areas such as leadership and entrepreneurship. The club also provides an avenue where women can voice their opinions and resolve issues affecting them.
The Center was damaged by Hurricane Maria and as a result, became unfit for use by the community. The reconstruction work will reportedly enable the Center to open once again and resume classes such as sewing, computer literacy and other subjects which will help women from all walks of life.
The project has been undertaken in partnership with M/V Pacific Hope - a ship that has made known its dedication to supporting the local community through provision of medical care and construction services via its dedicated volunteers.
According to reports reaching Q95 news, the Cuban tree frog which is native to Cuba, the Bahamas, and the Cayman Islands , was recently found at the Portsmouth port-of-entry shipping yard, in Portsmouth, Dominica.
The Cuban tree frogs (Osteopilus septentrionalis) are the largest species of tree frog in North America, ranging from 3 to 5.5 inches long, however the females are larger than the males. The frogs also have some of the largest toe pads seen in tree frogs. The coloring of their rough and warty skin depends on the surrounding temperature and environment, as Cuban tree frogs change their skin color to suit both. Common shades include olive-green, blue-green, bronze, brown, tan, gray, and grayish-white
Forestry Engineer at the Forestry Wildlife & Parks Division Bradley Guye has advised Dominicans to take caution with this species of frog as the skin of the Cuban tree frog secretes toxic mucus which can cause a burning sensation or trigger an allergy attack in the person who handles it with their bare hands.
Forestry Engineer at the Forestry Wildlife & Parks Division Bradley Guye
Two major projects are geared to help get Dominica’s coconut industry back on its feet.
CARDI representative for Dominica, Dorian Etienne says that one of the two major projects is pest’s investigation and identification in relation to the coconut industry.
CARDI is in its final year of implementing a coconut development project in eleven Cari-forum countries, and along with coconut, a cassava project is also being engaged by CARDI in partnership with the FAO,
CARDI Representative for Dominica, Dorian Etienne
The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have announced that they are scaling up their partnership to strengthen support for businesses across the Caribbean region. The announcement was made by CDB president, Dr William Warren Smith and ITC executive director, Arancha González during a meeting at CDB’s headquarters in Bridgetown, Barbados, on July 27.
During the meeting, Smith and González signed a partnership agreement, which confirms ITC as one of CDB’s key partners for the implementation of trade-led development projects in the Caribbean region. While having collaborated on a number of projects for several years, it is the first time that the two organisations have formalised a partnership agreement.
“This agreement represents the ITC and CDB’s shared vision for sustainable economic development in the bank’s borrowing member countries. Through this framework, we look forward to working collaboratively with ITC to implement innovative projects that will boost competitiveness and productivity, especially for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises,” Smith said.
French children will have to leave their smart phones and smart devices at home or switched off when they are at school starting in September.
The ban on smart phones as well as other kinds of internet-connected devices, such as tablets, applies to schoolchildren between 3 and 15 years of age, and was passed by lawmakers on Monday. French high schools, or lycées, with students 15 and older, will get to choose whether to adopt the phone ban for their pupils.
"We know today that there is a phenomenon of screen addiction, the phenomenon of bad mobile phone use... Our main role is to protect children and adolescents. It is a fundamental role of education, and this law allows it," said Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer on French news channel BFMTV.
Executive Members of the UWP Parliamentary Opposition have concluded their contribution to the 2018/2019 budget, and will take no further part in the deliberations at this sitting of the house.
According to Public Relations Officer of the UWP Steve Benjamin, the decision to withdraw from the First Meeting of the Fourth Session of the Ninth Parliament was caused by a series of actions against public interest at this sitting requiring public attention, to preserve parliamentary democracy in Dominica.
Speaking to Q95 news on 30th July 2018, Benjamin says one of the main reasons for the Party’s withdrawal is the fact that Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Roosevelt Skerrit has repeatedly disrespected the elected members of the Parliamentary opposition. Benjamin has more:
Meantime, Benjamin says the UWP and the people of Dominica are annoyed by the failed promises and recycled pronouncements made by the DLP Government, as regards an international airport, a cruise village and a container port in Dominica.
Benjamin added that to date, this type of politics is an embarrassment and mockery of decency in government affairs.
Public Relations Officer of the UWP Steve Benjamin
Roseau South MP Joshua Francis puzzled by the DLP’s 5th promise of an International Airport for Dominica
Roseau South MP Joshua Francis appears puzzled by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s fifth pronouncement regarding the establishment of an International Airport in Dominica.
Francis spoke to Q95 recently, stating that the people of Dominica are yet to see a detailed design from the DLP led government, for construction of an international airport.
Roseau South MP Joshua Francis
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