MP for the Castle Bruce Constituency Johnson Drigo has called on parents to be a driving force behind their children's education.
Drigo said in this day and age, the Government cannot be held responsible for the failure of children in not receiving an education.
The Minister's call comes ahead of the 2017/2018 Academic Year which starts in September.
Drigo also pledged his support to provide transportation allowance for students attending the Dominica State College from his Constituency.
MP for the Castle Bruce Constituency Johnson Drigo.
St Joseph MP Kelver Darroux pleased with Government investments to get safe drinking water to Belles
MP for the St Joseph Constituency Kelver Darroux says one of the major investments for him as an MP, is getting pipe borne water to the community of Belles.
The Government has reportedly invested over EC$4M in the Belles water supply. Darroux says it was essential to have safe drinking water in that community.
MP for the St Joseph Constituency Kelver Darroux
The union representing employees at the Dominica Coconut Products says while it welcomes a decision by Government to resume operations at the factory, it is hoping that the previous workers will be given priority for re-employment.
Operations at DCP came to a stop after the passage of TS Erika in 2015.
Secretary treasurer of the Waterfront & Allied Workers Union (WAWU) Kertiste Augustus says, the resumption of works at DCP is a move in the right direction.
Augustus is expressing optimism that actual production can resume at DCP before the end of the year.
WAWU Secretary Treasurer Kertiste Augustus.
Outgoing President of the National Youth Council Jahisiah Benoit has described his tenure as President as a humbling experience.
Benoit who served for two terms as President of the NYC, will step down at the National Youth Council's general assembly on 30th September.
He says the various district youth councils and the executive must be commended for a job well done.
The outgoing president says the NYC made tremendous stride over the last two years in uplifting the youth
Benoit also says administrative restructuring and strategic partnerships with key stakeholders were other highlights.
Outgoing President of the National Youth Council Jahisiah Benoit.
ECCB Governor Timothy N J Antoine hopes to transform the Eastern Caribbean with a 5-year strategic plan
The Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Timothy N. J. Antoine, will present the Bank’s five-year strategic plan on 7 September under the theme: “Transforming the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union Together.” The Strategic Plan, which focuses on economic transformation, reflects the goals of the currency union and identifies the ECCB’s corporate goals and performance targets to help accomplish these goals.
The ECCB’s Strategic Plan acknowledges the need to participate actively in the transformation of the region’s economy and underscores the Bank’s commitment to working with member governments, financial institutions, regional institutions such as the OECS Commission and the Caribbean Development Bank, private sector institutions, social partners, development partners and other stakeholders to achieve the transformation vision.
The regional launch of the ECCB’s Strategic Plan will be streamed live via the Bank’s YouTube channel and Facebook page from 8:30 a.m. on 7 September. The Plan will be available on the Bank’s website from the launch date.
New Jersey Democrat Senator Bob Menendez & an associate facing 18 counts of fraud & bribery in US Court
Email correspondence, flight manifests, hotel bills, credit card statements and Federal Election Commission filings will all be deployed as evidence of an alleged bribery scheme carried out for seven years by Democratic New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez and an associate, according to a new brief filed by prosecutors in federal court Wednesday.
But the defense team called foul on prosecutors' court filing late Wednesday, saying it could taint the jury pool. The outline of the Justice Department's case came one week before the trial against Menendez and his co-defendant, Florida-based ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, begins on September 6 in federal court in Newark, New Jersey. Menendez and Melgen have been charged with 18 counts of fraud and bribery crimes. Both have entered a plea of not guilty.
Jamaica’s St Joseph's High School closed in face of multimillion-dollar debt and drastic reduction in enrollment
Faced with a multimillion-dollar debt and a drastic reduction in enrolment, St Joseph's High School, located on Collins Green Avenue in St Andrew Jamaica, is closing its doors after just under 40 years of serving the education sector.
The private school, founded in 1978, placed a public notice in yesterday's Gleaner stating that it would "close down its operations on August 31".
Founder and director Headley Thomas said that it was a painful decision that had to be made given the mountain of problems being faced by the institution.
Ethiopian Airlines formally bid to take over the operations of Nigeria's troubled flagship fleet ‘Arik Air’
Nigeria's leading airline could soon be under new management.
Ethiopian Airlines has submitted a formal offer to take charge of troubled carrier Arik Air, which accounts for more than half of Nigerian air passenger traffic, according to official statistics.
"We have outlined our terms and conditions to the Nigerian government and we are waiting to see if they agree," Esayas WoldeMariam, Ethiopian's managing director of international services, told CNN. "We are capable and desirous of handling the airline."
DFP standing firm on decision against coalition to contest elections with United Workers Party (UWP)
Dominica Freedom Party Leader Kent Vital says the is standing by its decision not to enter into a coalition with the United Workers Party (UWP), to contest elections, so as to protect the “brand” that the DFP has created for itself. He confirmed that decision at a press conference held on Tuesday 29th 2017.
He said, “we have no such plans on collaboration, in terms of coming with a joint platform to contest an election. I can guarantee the public that we have no such plans. We have great messages that we want to bring to the people. We want to ensure that those messages get to the people”.
He added, “We have been attracting messengers that people can listen to and respond to, and we want to be in a position to continue to do that”.
Vital appears to be of the strong view, that the party should be in control of its own approaches, and has dismissed any idea of surrendering what he says they have collectively built as a party.
Meantime, Businessman and former Leader of the Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) Michael Astaphan, has endorsed new DFP Leader Kent Vital, as the best choice to lead the Freedom Party forward, and to provide effective representation of the party to the people of Dominica.
Michael Astaphan spoke to the press on Tuesday.
Meanwhile the Dominica Freedom Party says it plans to appoint a Diaspora Liaison Officer.
That announcement came from Chairman of the DFP Johnson Boston during a press conference on Tuesday.
Chairman of the DFP Johnson Boston
A 3-day workshop geared at utilizing a new approach to poverty measurement got underway Wednesday.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Services Helen Royer, says apart from the lack of income, several other factors contribute to poverty in the region.
Royer was speaking at the opening ceremony of the 3-day workshop, at the Windsor Park Stadium conference room.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Services Helen Royer
The workshop is being implemented by the OECS commission and funded by the government of Chile through the United Nations Development program.
Dr Kira Paul is Social Planner and Representative at the MDAPP.
Social Planner and Representative at the MDAPP Dr Kira Paul
The poverty reduction project will be piloted in the communities of Woodford Hill, Bagatelle, Silver Lake and Sineku.
The project is also being undertaken in Antigua & Barbuda, Grenada, St Lucia and St Vincent & the Grenadines.
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