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OECS Bar Association weighs in on integrity of the CCJ

April 27, 2017
OECS Bar Association weighs in on integrity of the CCJ ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The OECS Bar Association has issued a statement in response to criticism leveled by Cabral Douglas, an attorney-at-law and citizen of Dominica, against the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) over its decision in a case in which he was the plaintiff. On February 20, 2017...

US$220 million price tag for new international airport in Dominica

April 27, 2017
US$220 million price tag for new international airport in Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica (CBN4) -- At two separate events this week, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit addressed the much-debated subject of an international airport for Dominica. Speaking first during a town hall meeting on Sunday, the prime minister indicated that a US firm charged to conduct...

Dominica PM reveals prospects, pitfalls for economic success

April 26, 2017
Dominica PM reveals prospects, pitfalls for economic success ROSEAU, Dominica -- Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit on Monday met with stakeholders in Dominica at the national consultation on development prospects, ahead of the 2017-2018 National Budget. The goal of the meeting was to acquire an objective analysis on the health and working of...

Commentary: Clear and present danger

April 25, 2017
Commentary: Clear and present danger While we cannot erase every trace of evil from our Dominican society, our present government has managed to build alliances, as well as develop relationships with major organized crime operations. They continue to protect these high crime organizations despite the arrest and ongoing prosecutions...

Dominica denies selling blank passports

April 22, 2017
Dominica denies selling blank passports ROSEAU, Dominica -- The ministry of justice, immigration and national security in Dominica has denied published allegations that up to 10,000 blank Dominican passports were supplied to Moroccan ambassador, Mohamed Benjilany, during one or more visits to the Caribbean island in 2016.

Commentary: Cabral Douglas v Dominica

April 22, 2017
Commentary: Cabral Douglas v Dominica The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in its capacity as an international tribunal with sole authority for interpreting and applying the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (RTC) recently denied an application by Cabral Douglas for leave to commence proceedings against the Commonwealth of...

PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030

April 20, 2017
PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host a meeting of youth leaders from 19 Caribbean countries on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The focus of the forum will be a discussion on the role of youth in the national and...

Nobody is selling passports illegally out of briefcases, says Dominica minister

April 19, 2017
Nobody is selling passports illegally out of briefcases, says Dominica minister ROSEAU, Dominica (CBN4) -- Minister for health and environment Dr Kenneth Darroux has stressed that any myths being spread about Dominica’s citizenship by investment (CBI) programme should be dispelled. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, that we make no apologies for this program...

CCJ denies corruption allegations

April 17, 2017
CCJ denies corruption allegations ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has issued a media statement denying allegations of corruption made by Dominican lawyer and show promoter, Cabral Douglas. "Mr Douglas' claim of a politically motivated decision appears to stem from the presence of the court’s president...

Commentary: The weakness of assaults on second citizenship

April 15, 2017
Commentary: The weakness of assaults on second citizenship Citizenship by investment programmes (CIPs) are operated, in one form or another, by many countries, including the US, Canada, and several European Union (EU) nations. Yet, commentators in various media single out Caribbean countries and Malta for adverse comment. The adverse comments...

Dominica cabinet approves US$554,000 for new national ID system

April 13, 2017
Dominica cabinet approves US$554,000 for new national ID system ROSEAU, Dominica -- A review of the electoral process in Dominica has been the subject of discussions for some time now and the Electoral Office had been working for some time on the implementation of a multi-purpose ID card that would not only be used for voting in an election...

ECCU banking leaders tackle amendments to Banking Act 2015

April 13, 2017
ECCU banking leaders tackle amendments to Banking Act 2015 BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Legislators and bankers from across the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) met in St Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday to discuss proposed amendments to the Banking Act 2015. The Act addresses the need for effective risk-focused supervision of...

Commentary: Dominica: Skerrit must go

April 13, 2017
Commentary: Dominica: Skerrit must go Skerrit must go because he has betrayed the will of the people of Dominica. Skerrit must go because he has disturbed global peace and security with the sale of diplomatic passports to scoundrels, fugitives, and money launderers fleeing justice. Skerrit must go because after nearly two decades...

Open letter to the president of Dominica

April 12, 2017
In our letter to you dated March 9th, 2017, we sought urgent action from the Head of State to rid Dominica of the disgrace to its international image occasioned by the corrupt and roguish conduct of Roosevelt Skerrit as Prime Minister. We also took issue with the misrepresentations...

CDEMA approves funds to advance disaster legislation in Dominica

April 11, 2017
CDEMA approves funds to advance disaster legislation in Dominica BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CDEMA) -- The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) in Dominica has been awarded Euro 9,640 to facilitate a review, consultation and update of their draft comprehensive disaster management (CDM) Legislation. The grant funds were awarded by the Caribbean...

Aggrieved CCJ plaintiff files formal complaint with legal services commission

April 8, 2017
Aggrieved CCJ plaintiff files formal complaint with legal services commission PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Citing what he described as several procedural irregularities, Cabral Douglas, the unsuccessful applicant in a recent case against Dominica before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), has filed a formal complaint with the Regional and Judicial Legal Services...

Two new airlines may soon provide services to Dominica

April 7, 2017
Two new airlines may soon provide services to Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica (CBN4) -- Two new airlines may soon be providing services to Dominica, minister for tourism Robert Tongue has revealed. Tongue, who was speaking at a recent town hall meeting, stated that both airlines are based in the Caribbean. Dominica’s main air carrier LIAT has been...

Former government should have been arrested, says Dominica PM

April 6, 2017
Former government should have been arrested, says Dominica PM ROSEAU, Dominica (CBN4) -- In an attempt to clarify some of the challenges his administration faced when they entered office, Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has indicated that the preceding government mismanaged the affairs of the country. Skerrit made specific reference...

Fallout continues from 60 Minutes 'Passports for Sale' broadcast

April 6, 2017
Fallout continues from 60 Minutes 'Passports for Sale' broadcast GENEVA, Switzerland -- The fallout continues from a controversial “60 Minutes” investigative programme aired by the US television network CBS on January 1, which focused on the citizenship by investment programmes (CIP) operated by three out of the five Caribbean islands that offer...

Dominica PM says he will be very upset if housing projects do not take shape soon

April 5, 2017
Dominica PM says he will be very upset if housing projects do not take shape soon ROSEAU, Dominica (CBN4) -- Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said at a town hall meeting on Sunday that, if a planned housing project for the residents of the community of Lagoon in Portsmouth, who have been promised housing assistance from the government of Dominica, does not happen...

LIAT pilots call for removal of airline management

April 4, 2017
LIAT pilots call for removal of airline management ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) said in a statement on Monday that it has no other choice but to call on the shareholder governments to remove the current LIAT management. “We reluctantly make this call because we will not stand by and watch the airline’s...

US ambassador offers advice to Caribbean states

April 4, 2017
US ambassador offers advice to Caribbean states BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Kitts and Nevis and other Caribbean nations are getting some advice on measures that should be taken in their quest to strengthen their economies. US Ambassador Linda Taglialatela, who heads the American embassy in Bridgetown, says regional states...

Commentary: Corruption at the CCJ?

April 4, 2017
Commentary: Corruption at the CCJ? "Hostile, emotional and irrational..." are just some of the unsavoury adjectives used by Emile Ferdinand QC to describe me in a recent interview. Indeed, the senior Caribbean jurist came out swinging in defence of Sir Dennis Byron, and his colleagues at the CCJ, in defence against corruption...

Dominica PM says he may be 65 before leaving office

April 3, 2017
Dominica PM says he may be 65 before leaving office ROSEAU, Dominica -- In contrast to the Beatles plaintive question, Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit seems convinced that his country will still need him until he is 65 – another 20 years. The opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has called for Skerrit and his administration...

US praises Honduras while criticising Eastern Caribbean islands

April 1, 2017
US praises Honduras while criticising Eastern Caribbean islands WASHINGTON, USA -- A report released last month by the US Department of State credits the Honduras government for reducing rates of homicide, kidnapping, and extortion in the Central American country, while being sharply critical of Eastern Caribbean islands for failing to curb drug trafficking.

OECS needs a unified approach to development, says economist

March 30, 2017
OECS needs a unified approach to development, says economist ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The biggest impediment to growth of the economies of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is their small size and scale of production, and the lack of a unified regional approach to development. That’s the view of Dr Vanus James, economist...

ECTEL roadshow continues in Dominica

March 30, 2017
ECTEL roadshow continues in Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority’s (ECTEL) legal and regulatory team is in Dominica this week continuing a series of roadshows that are being held in member states to further elaborate on the new suite of legislation that has been developed by ECTEL.

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