Architect Isaac Baptiste wants Government to facilitate evacuation of Hurricane displaced Dominicans
Architect and UWP executive member Isaac Baptiste is calling on the government of Dominica to immediately facilitate the transportation and accommodation of the Dominicans who were displaced, and whose lives were abruptly devastated by Hurricane Irma in the BVI, Anguilla, Barbuda, and the French and Dutch island of St Marten.
Baptiste says not every Dominican is involved in construction, Security & Technology sectors, and many of them may not be able to effectively assist the ravaged countries during recovery works, and will be jobless.
Baptiste spoke to Q95 FM on Friday.
And member of the electoral Commission Wayne James is proposing that prominent Architect Severin McKenzie be placed on a planning committee, to develop housing and infrastructure in some villages, to accommodate Dominicans who were displaced by Tropical Storm Erika.
Dominica was ravaged by Tropical Storm Erika on august 27, 2015. This resulted in the village of Petite Savanne being declared a disaster zone, along with nine other areas, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of Dominicans from those communities. Speaking on Q95’s ‘Talk on the Block’ show yesterday Tuesday, James posed a question to Mr McKenzie.
IMPACT Justice-trained practitioners in Barbados to form a Barbados Restorative Practices Association
The Canadian government-funded project ‘Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean’ (IMPACT Justice) hosted a meeting last Saturday at the University of the West Indies’ Cave Hill Campus in Barbados, at which the decision was taken to form a Barbados Restorative Practices Association.
The meeting was chaired by Professor Velma Newton, regional project director of the IMPACT Justice Project, and attended by educators who had received IMPACT Justice-sponsored training in restorative practices and who had expressed an interest in forming an association.
Brazil's top anti-corruption prosecutor charges President Michel Temer with obstruction of justice & racketeering
Brazil's top anti-corruption prosecutor has charged President Michel Temer with obstruction of justice and racketeering.
It is the second set of criminal charges he faces. This is based on the plea-bargain testimony of the owners of the meatpacker JBS.
They accused Mr Temer of taking bribes and conspiring to buy the silence of a witness.
Mr Temer has strongly rejected all allegations of wrongdoing. The earlier corruption charge was blocked by Congress, which has the power to decide whether the president should stand trial.
The world's alleged oldest person, 117-year-old Violet Moss Brown of Jamaica, is caught in the middle of a tug of war between members of her family, as one group that claimed she was not getting the best of care has snatched her from her Duanvale Trelawny home, and refuses to say where she is.
The family members with whom she had been living are now in a panic, as they are unaware of her whereabouts. They said she was taken by a relative to keep a medical appointment on Saturday, but she has not been returned to her Trelawny home since.
A Relief Flight from Miami, containing key assistance commodities including tarps, blankets, hygiene kits, kitchen sets, water containers, and chain saw/clean-up kits, arrived in Antigua and Barbuda Thursday.
The shipment is part of the United States Government’s ongoing assistance to the storm-ravaged twin-island state, still reeling from Hurricane Irma, the category 5 storm that severely impacted Barbuda last Wednesday, September 6, 2017. This assistance is being coordinated through the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), and in collaboration with Antigua and Barbuda’s National Office of Disaster Services.
Thursday's flight included several essential items not available in-country. This relief flight follows a U.S. $100,000 award donated by the United States Government to the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross for assistance to those affected by Hurricane Irma.
A five-person USAID/OFDA Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) was deployed to Antigua and Barbuda on September 11, 2017 to conduct a needs assessment and explore potential for further assistance.
Countries have been called upon to be mindful of the natural challenges that may affect economic growth. The Call came from the PS in the Ministry of Planning Gloria Joseph who spoke on behalf of Planning Minister Dr Colin McIntyre.
Joseph was speaking at a National Consultation on the Dialogue on the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union Growth Action Plan Thursday at the Fort Young Hotel. She says the devastating effects of Climate Change can have negative effects on a country's economic growth.
The panelists were Opposition Leader Lennox Linton, General Secretary of the DPSU Thomas Letang, DAIC President Kira Thompson-Aird, Lifeline Ministries Executive Director Tina Alexander, Dominica Christian Council Chairman Rev. Novell Josiah & National Youth Council Member Eardley Pierre.
Weather outlook for Dominica & the Lesser Antilles shows approaching tropical wave potential impacts
According to Dominica’s Meteorological Office, the Weather Outlook for Dominica and the Lesser Antilles at 6 am today Friday September 15, 2017, shows increased cloudiness, scattered showers and possible isolated thunderstorms can be expected later today, as a result of an approaching tropical wave.
Persons in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are advised to be vigilant and to exercise caution. A westward moving tropical wave located over the Central Tropical Atlantic has a high chance of development. This system is expected to approach the area by Monday, and residents are advised to closely monitor its progress.
Meanwhile, tropical depression fourteen (14) formed in the far eastern Atlantic last night, and is now about 2300 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Slight to moderate seas are expected during the next 24 to 48 hours with waves peaking near 5 feet.
Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) Events Manager Val Cuffy is encouraging performing acts for this year's WCMF, to take their own safety into account during the execution of their performances.
Cuffy says while each artist aims to leave a mark on the festival, they should not risk personal injury to do so. He says there have been incidents at recent festivals which could have endangered the artistes.
Executive Manager at the DFC Val Cuffy
Leader of the Dominica Freedom Party Kent Vital has raised concerns over the possibility of voter registration and confirmation taking place outside of Dominica.
The Electoral Commission has already indicated that the process of issuing national ID Cards, and the confirmation of voters will take place as soon as the amendments to the registration of Electors 2017 Act are passed in parliament.
The Freedom party leader is questioning the rationale behind having to travel overseas to register voters, and says he is looking forward towards an open and transparent discussion with the electoral commission. Q95 will bring you more from the DFP leader in a subsequent news cast.
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