Executive Director of the Dominica Employers Federation Achille Joseph says redundancy is a costly venture, and has dismissed allegations that the Private Sector appears to be willfully making employees redundant, following hurricane Maria.
Joseph says no business owner wants to make their employees redundant, but due to the level of destruction brought onto their businesses from the hurricane and subsequent looting, some are left without any other choice.
President of the Builders and Contractors Association (BCAD) Anthony Leblanc is calling on the government of Dominica to utilize the information derived from aerial photography and mapping post Hurricane Maria, to create long-term vulnerability mapping.
Leblanc also announced the DBF’s medium to long term recommendations which will facilitate the holistic growth path of the country. Leblanc was speaking at high level DBF conference held Roseau recently.
Cayman Islands Law Society and Caymanian Bar Association release a joint statement on illegal data hacks
According to a joint statement released by the Cayman Islands Law Society and the Caymanian Bar Association regarding illegal data hacks, the Cayman Islands has modern, internationally accepted legislation providing for computer misuse offences and data protection.
Such legislation is modelled on UK and/or EU legislation to protect against such illegal acts, and to ensure that appropriate criminal, civil and regulatory remedies are available to counter them.
For many years the Cayman Islands has had robust legislative measures to enable the police to investigate, and the authorities to prosecute, computer hackers and others who seek unauthorised access to other people’s computer systems, the statement said.
Red Cross buying 750,000 litres of diesel fuel, to help provide clean water for one million people in Yemen
The International Committee of the Red Cross is buying 750,000 litres of diesel fuel, to help provide clean water for one million people living in Yemen.
Nine cities ran out of clean water this month, because a blockade by a Saudi-led coalition prevented imports of fuel needed for pumping and sanitation.
The ICRC's fuel purchase will allow the water systems in two cities, Hudaydah and Taiz, to operate for a month.
The organisation described the move as "exceptional & unsustainable".
The Government of Dominica and the Government of the Peoples Republic of China have signed 3 major agreements Wednesday to assist Dominica in its rebuilding efforts.
The agreements will provide Dominica with technical, military and agricultural support.
The agreements were signed at the office of the PM today.
Ambassador of the Republic of China H.E Lu Khun says that the agreements signal China's moral support of Dominica.
Meanwhile, Chinese Ambassador to the Commonwealth of Dominica His Excellency Lu Kun says the People’s Republic of China remain empathetic to the plight of the Commonwealth of Dominica.
The ceremony focused on economic cooperation, agreement for military aid, and letter of exchange for the seventh phase for the Agriculture technical cooperation.
Ambassador of the Republic of China H.E Lu Khun
Meantime Dominica's PM Roosevelt Skerrit says that following Hurricane Maria, China was one of the first countries that came to Dominica's assistance.
Meantime the PM says that the 100Million 'RmB' received from the Chinese Government will go towards building Climate resilient schools.
Dominica's PM Roosevelt Skerrit
DASPA advises that Dominicans are now able to receive palette sized cargo from the UK via the Geest vessel
CEO of the Dominica Air & Sea Ports Authority Benoit Bardouille says Dominicans are now able to receive palette sized cargo from the UK. He says the cargo will be transported via the Geest vessel.
Bardouille says this service was not being offered before the passage of Hurricane Maria.
CEO of the Dominica Air & Sea Ports Authority Benoit Bardouille
The Environmental Health Department is concerned about vendors making certain areas within the city of Roseau permanent vending sites.
Vendors have taken to various parts of the produce to sell their produce as the Roseau Market as well as some of the restaurant locations were proven unfit for vending and selling of local foods following Hurricane Maria.
Coupled with that was the clean-up that was taking place within the vicinity of the Roseau Market for several weeks after the storm making it impossible for vending there.
However; Senior Environmental Health Officer Sylvester St Ville says a temporary vending approval will be provided to allow persons the right to sell within the city.
St Ville says, although the law makes provisions for that type of vendor under such circumstances, there are conditions that must be met.
Senior Environmental Health Officer Sylvester St Ville
Dominica Freedom Party Leader is calling for the cease of bad governance practices which raise security concerns to countries like the United Kingdom
Recently the United Kingdom removed its travel ban to Dominica, and announced to British nationals that they can travel to the destination only if absolutely necessary.
Dominica Freedom Party Leader and Economist Kent Vital, says he welcomes the move by the United Kingdom, However he is not pleased that Dominica was placed on such a list, and says these implications are as a result of bad governance practices which raise security concerns to countries like the United Kingdom.
Dominica Freedom Party Leader and Economist Kent Vital
According to TDN radio, an unknown arsonist attempted to set the vehicle owned by MP for the Roseau North constituency Daniel Lugay ablaze.
Reports indicate a bottle of petrol was stuffed under the vehicle's engine and allowed to leak slowly. Also the vehicle's gas tank was punctured in two places allowing the gas to sip under the entire vehicle.
Lugay was alerted by the smell of the gasoline. Lugay recently vowed while speaking to Q95FM on Monday, to lead protests on behalf of his constituents for Government's refusal to provide relief supplies to his constituents.
Meanwhile, Lugay explained to Q95 on Wednesday how he found out something was wrong with his vehicle.
Fort Young Hotel after Hurricane Maria
Caribbean hoteliers should plan now for an increase in insurance premiums anticipated to range from 10 to 40 percent following two Category 5 hurricanes, which struck several destinations in the region in September.
Scott Stollmeyer, managing director, Barbados and Eastern Caribbean for CGM Gallagher Insurance Brokers, made the recommendation during a Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) webinar earlier this month entitled ‘Hotel Property Insurance after the Storms’.
He and other panelists advised that now is the time to review coverage to ensure it is adequate to insure against possible future damages, and without compromising coverage, to look at ways to minimize the expected premium increases
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