Dominica News

CDB supports energy project

THE CARIBBEAN DEVELOPMENT Bank (CDB) will be assisting the Dominica Agricultural Industrial and Development Bank (DAIDB) in implementing a pilot initiative in financing energy efficiency investments by the micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) in the productive sectors. CDB will provide a loan of US$500 000 to help fund the project.

The project is part of an energy efficiency/renewable energy (EE/RE) programme being rolled out in some of the Bank’s Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) that seeks to encourage greater use of EE/RE and clean energy technologies as part of a wider CDB green economy initiative.

The project in Dominica should result in greater savings in energy consumption and fossil fuel usage derived from the implementation and use of EE/RE technologies deployed MSMEs; the enhanced capacity of DAIDB to identify, appraise and supervise EE and RE projects; and better awareness of the use of EE/RE technologies that contribute to a reduction in energy usage.  

CDB’s Caribbean Technological Consultancy Services will also provide technical assistance through the provision of energy audits, business plans and technical oversight during sub-project implementation.

 Several BMCs are now collaborating with CDB and other development partners to climate-proof their shorelines by building sea defences, and retro-fitting roads and other infrastructure to enable them to endure the now harsher climate conditions. CDB is also working with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), DFID, and the European Union to create more climate-resilient communities. (PR) | 7/22/14 12:30 PM
Deported Jamaican artiste's lawyer awaits Dominica government response

ROSEAU, Dominica -- Attorney-at-law Bert Samuels said he is currently awaiting a further response from the Dominican government in relation to the deportation of his client, dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta, from that Caribbean state. | 7/17/14 10:20 AM
Toronto Latin-American and Caribbean communities feel left out of Pan Am Games

Hordes of athletes from the Americas and the Caribbean competing in next summer's Pan Am and Parapan Games might find themselves without a cheering crowd of local supporters from their home countries, a community leader says. | 7/11/14 8:18 PM
Garrison ‘needs to be restored’

When Britain’s rule was in its ascendancy, they teemed with the rank and file of the British army.

Others remind us of architecture of times past.

Hundreds of years later, some of those buildings are now no more; others have been remodelled and reused, while some cling tenaciously to life despite the weight of time.

We’re talking about the historic buildings in the island’s capital and supporting garrison.

This week, Heather-Lynn’s Habitat takes a look at the good, the bad and the ugly of some of the old buildings of Bridgetown and its Historic Garrison.

And we hear from the man behind the restoration and adaptive reuse of one of Dominica’s once destroyed garrison and his thoughts on the issues facing Barbados.

The brains behind the restoration of a once abandoned garrison on the Dominican coast feels someone here needs to step up and restore the Barbados Garrison or else its World Heritage designation “would be a distinction that simply sits on paper”.

“Whether it is a trust, a group, a management organisation, someone has to take the initiative now to make that Garrison work or else it would be a distinction that simply sits on paper and is used over and over again for advertising without the product actually being improved,” said Dr Lennox Honychurch.

The prominent historian and anthropologist was the man who almost single-handedly spearheaded the Cabrits Garrison restoration on the north-west coast of Dominica.

That 1774 garrison had been reduced to rubble and hidden under more than a century of dense forest growth before Honychurch gathered funding and a team of artisans to restore it to its former magnificence.

He stressed that the designation of Barbados’ Garrison as a World Heritage Site made it more important that individuals and/or groups work towards restoring and refurbishing the buildings that were running to ruin.

It is something that must happen, was how he put it.

“You cannot leave the Garrison, with all of the international status that it has now acquired, to fall apart as it is falling apart now,” he stressed. “Somebody or some group of people have to take the existing Garrison and turn it into something that becomes a centre of activity.”

He suggested that in the wake of calls for the establishment of a National Art Gallery, the buildings could be turned into art studios or leased out to artists. They could become the focus of visitors and help generate income.  

“The CXC (Caribbean Examinations Council) is moving out of the one of the main barracks and that would make a perfect National Art Gallery,” he said.

He used the Cabrits restoration as an example. After the main soldier barracks was reclaimed from the jungle and painstakingly restored using old photographs as guides, it was turned into a hostel.

That could also be done here, Honychurch said.

However, he sees one major stumbling block in any attempt to restore the island’s historic buildings. And it is bureaucracy.

In Dominica, he said getting the relevant governmental approval for the work on the Cabrits Garrison took mere months.

But he termed the bureaucracy in Barbados “deadening”.

“I find in Barbados the bureaucracy is such a barrier to efficient action that it takes years and years for anything to be done. Sometimes you may even have the funds but the permission to take that a step further is so slow,” he noted.

For Honychurch, the failure to restore and capitalise on what is in the Barbados Garrison can be described in one word – tragic.

“It would be tragic and it would be, in fact, a great embarrassment if the abandonment of the Garrison continues when you have just . . . gained this international status.” | 7/10/14 4:05 AM
Lineup announced for Dominica's World Creole Music Festival 2014

ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Discover Dominica Authority , producers of the annual World Creole Music Festival, announced the line-up for this year's festival at the official launch on June 25, 2014, under the theme 'Creole Runs the Night'. | 7/8/14 6:05 PM
Lineup announced for Dominica's World Creole Music Festival 2014

ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Discover Dominica Authority , producers of the annual World Creole Music Festival, announced the line-up for this year's festival at the official launch on June 25, 2014, under the theme 'Creole Runs the Night'. | 7/8/14 6:05 PM
Dominica profile

Dominica's parliament, the House of Assembly, appoints the president - the ceremonial head of state. | 7/8/14 9:55 AM
CDB pumping millions into region

THE CARIBBEAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (CDB) has plugged US$120 million into the water and sanitation sector in the Caribbean in the last 40 years.

That disclosure comes from CDB’s acting Vice-President (Operations) Nigel Romano who was addressing the opening of two-day Regional Water Sector Assessment Workshop at the CDB this morning.

Romano said the money was channeled into various areas including basic infrastructure, water treatment plants, distribution and storage facilities and technical assistance. The bank is currently assisting with projects in Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia. | 7/7/14 5:10 PM

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