WINAIR announces summer schedule

first_imgWINAIR has advised that for the peak part of the summer (July 13 – August 31) they will increase their flights from regularly scheduled 4 flights per week, to 6 flights per week into Dominica.The announcement was made on Thursday 21 May 2015, that flights will now operate daily, except Tuesday. There will be new times with the flights to accommodate this schedule.New Times:WM 103;PTP – DOM – 07.00 – 07.30DOM – SXM – 08.00 – 09.00WM 104;SXM – DOM – 17.30 – 18.30DOM – PTP – 19.00 – 19.30 Tweet Share BusinessLifestyleLocalNewsTravel WINAIR announces summer schedule by: – May 21, 2015 210 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

French pilots flee Dominican Republic over drug conviction

first_imgPARIS (AP) — Two French pilots facing 20 years in a Dominican Republic prison for cocaine trafficking made a daring escape, sneaking home across the Atlantic.The escape from judicial supervision by pilots Pascal Jean Fauret and Bruno Odos, confirmed by their lawyer and a French official, now puts them in unusual legal limbo.The two had insisted on their innocence since their arrest in 2013. They were barred from leaving the Dominican Republic pending an appeal of this year’s conviction.Their lawyer Jean Reinhart said on Europe-1 radio Tuesday that the two are now in France and at the “disposition” of French justice in hopes of clearing their names.He didn’t give details about how they escaped, but the circumstances reported in French media sound cinematic.BFM television reported that they left on a purported local tourist cruise, then transferred to a larger boat with the help of a French politician, former naval officers and former intelligence agents — “friends” of the pilots from their service in the French Navy.The two were then taken to the French Antilles, where they boarded a commercial flight for Paris, BFM reported. Their lawyer said they travelled under their real names.An official with the French Foreign Ministry said the French government had nothing to do with their escape from justice in the Dominican Republic. The official was not authorized to be publicly named according to ministry policy.The pilots were among eight people convicted for involvement in a 700-kilogram (1,500-pound) shipment of cocaine in 2013. The pilots said they didn’t know the plane was carrying 26 suitcases of cocaine. The arrests came after a lengthy investigation into a drug-trafficking ring.“It is not true justice,” Reinhart said. “When you have an order that is illegal, you have to not respect it.” He said the pilots are now with their families, suffering from respiratory and dental problems but “happy to be in their country.” Sharing is caring! 586 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share InternationalLifestyleNewsPrintRegionalTravel French pilots flee Dominican Republic over drug conviction by: Associated Press – October 27, 2015last_img read more

Honduras returns to the OAS

first_imgNewsRegional Honduras returns to the OAS by: – June 4, 2011 13 Views   no discussions Map of Honduras. Photo credit: honduras_stlukesdallas.orgWASHINGTON, USA — The General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) decided this week to lift the suspension of the right of participation of Honduras in the Organization during its forty-first special session.The resolution titled, “Participation of Honduras in the Organization of American States,” was approved by a vote of 32 in favour, one against, Ecuador being the only country that opposed the Central American country’s re-entry.The text of the approved resolution makes reference to Article 22 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, which establishes that, once the situation behind a member state’s suspension has been overcome, the suspension may be lifted.Furthermore, it highlights the conviction of the member countries that “democracy is one of our region’s most valued accomplishments and that the peaceful transfer of power through constitutional means and in strict compliance with the constitutional rules of each of our states is the product of a continuous and irreversible process.”The resolution cites the agreement for national reconciliation and the consolidation of the democratic system in Honduras signed in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, last May 22, and it resolves to “lift the suspension, with immediate effect, of the right of the State of Honduras to participate in the Organization of American States.”Caribbean News Now Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Dual citizenship trial adjourned until Tuesday 13th September, 2011.

first_img Sharing is caring! 8 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Dual citizenship trial adjourned until Tuesday 13th September, 2011. by: – September 8, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit on his way to Court on Monday morning.The dual citizenship trial involving Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, Member of Parliament for the La Plaine Constituency and Minister for Education Honourable Petter St. Jean, Leader of the Opposition Untied Workers Party Honourable Ronald Green and Maynard Joseph has been adjourned until Tuesday 13th September, 2011.The cross-examination of Mr Green continued this morning by Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan who is the head of the legal team for the Defendants.President of the United Workers Party and Member of Parliament for the Marigot Constituency Honourable Eddison James’s witness statement was tendered into evidence after which he was cross examined.As a result of the imminent threat of Tropical Storm Maria which might cause the cancelation of flights by LIAT, Senior Counsel Douglas Mendes requested that Court be adjourned earlier today to accommodate his travelling plans for the weekend to visit family.Both legal teams agreed to the adjournment which Justice Gertel Thom granted.Court has been adjourned until the 13th of September, 2011 when Mr. Dave Bruney will be called to the stand to testify.Domincia Vibes News Share Sharelast_img read more

Office of Disaster Management call for strategies to mitigate flash-flooding on the island

first_img Tweet Mr Nathaniel Isaac. (file photo)The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) has said that careful consideration must be given to the amount of money being spent on mitigation compared to the amount spent on response and recovery in the advent of natural disasters.National Disaster Coordinator, Mr Nathaniel Isaac believes that following events like Wednesday’s flash floods, the Office of Disaster Management along with Planning Division needs to put strategies in place to avoid the reoccurrence.A call is being made for corporate companies and citizens to assist those affected by the disaster.“We are asking persons to help those persons who really went through that ordeal; the corporate sector through the Office of Disaster Management can make things available to those persons and we will try our best to get it to them. Our telephone number is 448 7777. As we speak we know that the Local Government Department has moved in quickly to assess the situation and they will determine the persons who are most in need. We are aware that there are about seven persons on the ground and another two might join them this afternoon so we are hoping that by this afternoon we will get a rapid assessment of the situation.”The Office of Disaster Management is admonishing the general public to pay close attention to warnings issued by the Meteorological Office.It is also important for citizens to familiarize themselves with their environment at all times.“Again we want to always admonish persons and we use every opportunity we can to do this. Persons must take account of their environment, you must know where you live, and you must continue to listen to the reports from the officials. Things like meteorology is not perfect science and sometimes you will get warnings; you will get information saying that you will get heavy rainfall, it may not happen but every time you get that information you must react because one day you are going to have to deal with this situation. Again there is going to be some events that you will have to deal with that you may not really get a warning for. So these things are things that persons really need to keep in mind.”A number of local agencies are being commended for their quick response.The Office of Disaster Management is soliciting the continued support of stakeholders in the recovery process. “We want to commend the Department of Local Government. The Office of Disaster Management really play a coordinating role and we depend on our stakeholders and if the stakeholders don’t do what they have to do then everything would be futile. So we want to commend the Department of Local Government; they took persons and District Development Officers and the assistants from different areas in Dominica that were not affected and brought them in to the Mahaut/Massacre area so we could really get a quick assessment of the situation. Based on that assessment, we at the Office of Disaster Management will try and see as much as possible if we can assist those persons.” The Dominica Police Force, the Ministry of Public Works, Local Government and the Dominica Red Cross Association are just some of the organizations that are being commended for their quick response in Wednesday’s disaster.Dominica Vibes News Share 29 Views   no discussions LocalNews Office of Disaster Management call for strategies to mitigate flash-flooding on the island by: – September 29, 2011center_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Solar-powered safety for Haiti

first_img Share 12 Views   no discussions Tweet Share NewsRegional Solar-powered safety for Haiti by: – October 7, 2011center_img Share Sharing is caring! Image via: technorati.comPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — Insufficient public lighting is a major concern in Haiti’s camps for earthquake victims, as darkness provides cover for criminals preying on residents. In the months following the quake, as sexual assaults and robberies mounted, some camp managers resorted to curfews to try to curb violence.A green energy project funded by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Global Environment Facility has brought a measure of relief to two of the largest settlements in Port-au-Prince by installing solar-powered street lamps.In response to a request from Haitian authorities, the IDB allocated resources from the project, initially intended to promote the use of solar-powered energy in the countryside, to improving public lighting in the camps, Caradeux and Petionville Club. The IDB and GEF have contributed $1.5 million in grants to the broader green energy project.A Haitian company, Green Energy Solutions, won a contract to install the solar lighting equipment in both camps. Between July and September of this year they put up 68 lamp posts in Caradeux, which has some 40,000 people, and 32 lamp posts in Petionville Club, which has about 25,000 people.Reported incidents of violent crimes started dropping sharply as lamps were installed and lighting conditions improved, according to data provided by the project’s executing agency, the NGO Solar Electric Light Fund.A second phase of the green energy project will be carried out over the next few months, with the installation of photovoltaic systems in 12 hospitals and health posts in southwestern Haiti. As part of the project, local electricians will be trained to be able to maintain and repair solar-powered equipment.“As an engineer, I am enthusiastic about this project because Haiti has a huge potential to harness solar power,” said Kenol Pierre Thys, the IDB’s project manager. “As a Haitian, I am glad this technology is helping improve the living conditions of the people who have suffered the most.”Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Randy Fredrick needs your help

first_img Share LocalNews Randy Fredrick needs your help by: – November 30, 2011 Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share 40 Views   no discussions Randy FredrickHis case came to into national focus when local media house Marpin 2k4 visited his home and interviewed his mother about his condition.At that time Randy Fredrick was in severe pains, a state that has been constant since discovery of this tumor in March 2010. Thanks to the Ross University School of Medicine and a few other agencies including the National Youth Council, Fedrick and his family have being able to raise some of the funds needed to meet the costs associated with his surgery. However, support is still necessary, through prayers and financial contributions.In the last week his condition has worsened and after some long and painful days for him at the PMH, Randy will be flown to Barbados today. Doctors agree that his need for surgery is an emergent. This, then, is a call to the Dominican public to rally around this young man and his family and lend support to this cause by calling 1-767-317-4944 or 17-7-315-5892 and pledging.An account has been setup to deal with Frederick’s additional expenses while in Barbados. Please call and give your support.Press ReleaseFriends of Randy, Kalinago Territorylast_img read more

Lions Club and Hands Across the Seas Assist in Literacy Efforts

first_imgLocalNews Lions Club and Hands Across the Seas Assist in Literacy Efforts by: – December 1, 2011 Tweet Share Share Lion Glenda Joseph handing over supplies to Mrs Celia Nicholas, Principal of the Dominica Community High SchoolTwenty-six (26) schools and organizations were better equipped to improve the literacy efforts in Dominica through donations of schools supplies and reading material by Hands Across the Seas through the Dominica Lions Club.A number of preschools and secondary schools including CALLS, DYBT and education officials, among others, received supplies ranging from musical instruments, electrical supplies, photocopier, educational materials and books in what has become an annual partnership between the Lions Club and Hands Across the Seas, a charitable organization led by Harriett and TL Linskey of the US.The Lions Club and the various Peace Corps Volunteers on the island identify the school, which provide wish lists of items required to assist in the every day delivery of lessons to students of those institutions.These lists are prepared and presented at least six (6) months in advance to give the donors ample time to source the materials from business, organizations and individuals in the US through their site: www.handsacrossthesea.net/HandsWishLists.htm Dominica Lions Club members with the recipient of the school suppliesThe Lions Club would like to commend the efforts of Hands Across the Seas and their donors for the efforts which they put towards ensuring that all possible is done in assisting the literacy efforts on islands and to the schools for taking up the challenge and partnering with the Lions, Peace Corps Volunteers and Hands Across the Seas. The schools, on their part, were enthusiastic about receiving their supplies and assured the partners that all efforts would be made and to put them to best use.Press ReleaseDominica Lions Clubcenter_img Share 926 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Britain’s APD response ‘a slap in the face’ for Caribbean

first_img 23 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Britain’s APD response ‘a slap in the face’ for Caribbean by: – December 7, 2011 Share St Kitts and Nevis Minister of Tourism and International Transportation Ricky Skerritt making a statement in the St Kitts and Nevis National assembly on Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Erasmus Williams)BASSETERRE, St Kitts — The British government’s announcement on Tuesday that it will continue to discriminate against the Caribbean in relation to the banding aspect of the Air Passenger Duty (APD) system, has been described as “a slap in the face for all Caribbean people.”In a 26-page document published on Tuesday, the British government said that APD rates to Caribbean destinations will continue to be considerably higher than those to some competitor destinations. Furthermore, the fact that premium economy passengers will continue to be charged the same APD as first class passengers is a blow for those customers wanting to upgradeOver a period of three years, the Caribbean and its community in the UK have consistently sought to raise the issue of APD at all levels of the British government and with the UK parliament. St Kitts and Nevis Minister of Tourism Ricky Skerritt, chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) said: “Today’s announcement on the APD is a slap in the face for all Caribbean people. It dismisses all of the research and information CTO has provided to the British government over the past three years, and it contradicts the message sent by the UK Chancellor, George Osborne MP, in March 2011 when he cited the discrepancy between the USA and Caribbean APD rates as one of the reasons for holding a consultation on reform of UK APD. The Caribbean is the most tourism-dependent region of the world and the British government’s decision totally ignores the negative effect that APD is having on our economies and the Caribbean’s business partners in the UK travel industry.”“It is a slap in the face of Caribbean people because at no point in recent months has the Caribbean being led to believe that its concerns would not be addressed. As recently as the second week in November I sat face to face with a senior Minister in the United Kingdom Treasury who reassured me that the British government was sensitive to our concerns and would be announcing shortly a decision that would have addressed the issue of parity,” Skerritt continued.“I say it is a slap in the face because the UK government’s announcement in effect says it will continue to discriminate against the Caribbean. It says that APD rates to the Caribbean will be continue to be considerably higher than some competitor destinations,” he said.“It is slap in the face because the Caribbean is the most tourism dependent region in the world and the British government decision totally ignores the negative effect that it is having on our economy,” Skerritt added.Caribbean prime ministers, ministers of tourism, the Caribbean Tourism Organization, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and the Caribbean Diaspora in the UK, including the High Commissioners, have consistently raised the issue of Air Passenger Duty with the UK government and UK Parliament and the region’s concern about the negative effect that APD is having on the tourism dependent economies of the Caribbean and on the Caribbean community living in the United Kingdom.The region made a formal response to the Air Passenger Duty consultation in June. In summary this made clear that: • The Caribbean requires parity in banding with the US.• A move to a two band system would address the Caribbean’s requirement if this resulted in equal treatment of all long haul destinations. • No other option set out in the consultation addresses the concerns of the Caribbean.• APD has become a political issue with the Caribbean Diaspora in the UK. Skerrit said it is a matter that Caribbean governments would have to raise in the near future with the United Kingdom and hoped the issue would again be raised at the upcoming United Kingdom-Caribbean Forum in mid-January 2012 in Grenada.He said it is a time for the Caribbean to speak out and let the British Government know that we are not happy.“It is a time for Caribbean leaders at all levels to understand that this is about a serious economic matter and this matter will not go away just by wishing it away,” said Skerritt.By Caribbean News Now contributorcenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Opposition Leader says Dominica is in crisis

first_img 41 Views   5 comments Share LocalNews Opposition Leader says Dominica is in crisis by: – January 24, 2012 Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Opposition Leader, Hon. Hector John. (file photo)Opposition and Deputy Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Hector John has announced that Dominica is in crisis. John is accusing the leadership of the Dominica Labour Party of placing the country’s constitution “in the rubbish bin”.John who is the immediate past leader of the party says not only is the agriculture sector doing pooly, but infrastructure, education and tourism have also been dealt a bad blow by the management of the country.He told supporters at a UWP meeting in Lagoon last night that they need to take measures to bring Dominica back to sustainable economic advancement.“Our agriculture sector is dead. No markets. Little or no technical and financial support, poor infrastructure, no subsides. Right now government is owing DAPEX in excess of half a million dollars for subsidies they provided to banana farmers. Dominica continues to be in crisis and it will take you the people along with the UWP to get the country back on track,” he said.According to John, agriculture must be taken back to the front burner.“We must ensure that the farmers get back to their farms. Farmers are at their home while government has farm lands abandoned. We are calling on the DLP to create the enabling environment for our farmers. Provide financial support but most importantly give them their feeder roads,” he explained.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more