Dominica News

Dominica renames airports

ROSEAU – Dominica has renamed its main airport in honour of two former prime ministers and has indicated that an agreement has been signed with a private sector concern in China for the construction of an international airport.

“I am adamant that we cannot continue, in this day and age, to have our main airport named after an 18th century slave-owner, while at the same time this government is actively seeking, along with our brothers in CARICOM, to get reparations for slavery from the British and European powers.

“No my friends, it is time. It is long overdue, that we have to honour our own. And so let us reflect on the lives of the two patriots for whom this airport will be renamed,” Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said.

He dismissed suggestions that his administration was engaged in politics by renaming the Melville Hall Airport after former prime ministers Roosevelt Douglas and Pierre Charles.

Douglas died of a heart attack in 2004 and Charles succumbed to a heart attack four years later. The airport is now named the Douglas-Charles Airport. (CMC) | 10/29/14 5:30 PM
LIAT announces amendments to its 2014 Winter Schedule

Four new services per week between Saint Maarten and Dominica will be added from December 1, 2014. On the same date, LIAT will also launch its three additional services between Barbados and Ogle in Guyana bringing its total number of services to Guyana to 10 per week. | 10/25/14 11:09 AM
Dominica plans working geothermal plant by 2016

ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Dominica government intends to construct a small geothermal energy plant by the beginning of the year 2016. Rayburn Blackmoore, minister for public works energy and ports, said that the head of the European Union for the Caribbean has pledged additional funds, as further assistance towards the development of the plant. | 10/20/14 2:11 AM
Warm welcome: Dr Mahathir greeting Nanthan (right) as members of the Dominican delegation look on.

PUTRAJAYA: The thriving hospitality industry in Langkawi has caught the attention of the Commonwealth of Dominica, which hopes to replicate Langkawi's success story. A delegation from the island nation, led by its Ambassador at Large Emmanuel Nanthan, called on former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at his office here yesterday. | 10/16/14 1:47 AM
Enrique, Romeo or Marc: Who Will Win 2014 AMA for Favorite Latin Artist? Vote

Marc Anthony photographed by Douglas Friedman on Feb. 8 at Casa de Campo in La Romana, Dominica Republic. Grooming by Jami Harper. | 10/14/14 1:15 AM
Dominica opposition senator calls for national engagement on education

ROSEAU, Dominica -- Opposition United Workers Party senator, Ron Green, is concerned about the sorry state of the Dominica's education sector, particularly as it relates the universal secondary education programme, treatment of teachers and the condition of infrastructure. Describing the education system as being "badly broken", Green issued an urgent call for national engagement for stakeholders to get a realistic understanding of the status of education on the island. | 10/11/14 5:17 AM
Skerrit has no plan to end tax

ROSEAU – Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says he has no intention of abolishing income tax as his ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP) gears up to contest a general election due by March next year, but widely expected before that date.

Addressing the launch of a water project in Belles, east of here, Skerrit said his administration would not seek to removes takes “just because you want to gain votes.”

“What happens to the country after that, what happens to our well-being, what happens to our schools, what about our students, how are we going to repay our debts so how are they going to give you money when you have no taxes.”

Skerrit said that Caribbean countries with no income tax or a sales or value added tax (VAT) had to introduce such fiscal policies “because countries that give us aid are saying to us we are paying taxes and you can’t come to us asking for money when you are not willing to make your people contribute.

“So they (Caribbean countries) have had to institute and impose on their citizens, taxes, and of course many of us would like to live in a country where there are no taxes, but is this a realistic option knowing how the world operates.”

Skerrit said countries “around us” are laying off workers, but Dominica has not lost “one job, notwithstanding the global crisis”.

The prime minister described as “foolishness” those who promise to remove certain taxes.

“So when you hear people are saying that they will remove this tax and that tax and those taxes and these taxes, it is foolishness they are talking because you must now tell us if you have EC$200 million to spend and to pay salaries, you must show in a very clear manner where you will get those EC$200 million to pay for salaries and services,” he noted. (CMC) | 10/10/14 10:02 AM
Dominica rejects Nigerian band, cites Ebola fear

The Caribbean island of Dominica has canceled a contract with a Nigerian band scheduled to participate in a local music festival, citing worries about the Ebola virus. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said Thursday that he struck the band called "Flavour" from the lineup of Dominica's three-day World Creole Music Festival out of "an abundance of caution." | 10/10/14 2:09 AM

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