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Dominica receives over $800, 000 from India for Disaster Relief

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Dominica has received a contribution of eight hundred ten thousand dollars (three hundred thousand USD) from the Government of the Republic of India. The monies are to go towards dealing with the effects of the trough system which affected Dominica on December 24, 2013.

On Christmas Eve 2013, Dominica was affected by a trough system which caused major damage in the southern part of the island. Damage was concentrated in the Roseau South, Roseau Valley and Soufriere Constituencies.

Following an emergency Cabinet meeting on Friday, December 27, 2013, Prime Minister Skerrit announced that the Government of Dominica would assist those affected in the following ways;
1. Provide one hundred per cent of the assessed value to repair dwelling houses
2. Provide sixty per cent of assessed value of personal household effects destroyed through flooding
3. Replace textbooks, stationary, uniforms and other school supplies
4. Provide limited assistance to businesses which suffered damage
5. Pay rental cost for a limited period for those who have to be relocated

The total clean-up cost was estimated at eight hundred and thirty thousand dollars and included clearing of roads, drains and dredging of rivers. Rehabilitation of infrastructure and mitigation works were estimated at forty-five million dollars.
Dominica and the Republic of India established diplomatic relations in 1981.

Domlec applies for new depreciation rates

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Dominica’s sole electricity company Domlec has applied for new depreciation rates and if approved may reduce the cost of electricity for Dominican consumers.

Formal discussion on the matter began on Thursday when Domlec met with the Independent Regulatory Commission (IRC) and the public on Domlec’s tariffs revision and depreciation policy.

Domlec applied to the Commission for a depreciation review prior to an application for review of their existing electricity rates.

A depreciation rate study executed by Domlec on December 31 2012, revealed that the equipment at Domlec can be used for much longer than previously indicated.

General Manager of Domlec Collin Cover believes that if the company’s proposal for new depreciation rates is approved, Dominicans could pay less for electricity annually.

The proposal of new rates is part of the process towards the review of its tariffs.

Cover said, “Under the old depreciation rates that Domlec presently uses, the depreciation expense for 2013 would have been 11 million dollars. Using the new rates that Domlec is proposing, the depreciation expense for 2013 could have been 8.4 million dollars. This means that if the new rates are agreed on, the revenue requirement would decrease by 2.6 million dollars annually on average, roughly.”

Cover noted that Domlec’s tariff has not been reviewed in more than twenty years however he said the current state of affairs of the company has not been affected by that.

Meanwhile, Executive Director of the IRC Lancelot McCaskey told the consultation at the Fort Young Hotel on Thursday that the depreciation would allow Domlec to recover the cost of their assets that they have put into the business.

“What the IRC did in its tariff document was say to Dominica that we recommend that you look at your depreciation regularly  and provide the IRC with depreciation studies that would be more in line with the cost of your assets and the useful life of those assets.”

In 2013 the Independent Regulatory Commission granted two 25 year licenses for the generation of electricity and for the transmission, distribution and supply of electricity in Dominica.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Guidelines For Burial Of Human Remains On Private Property

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These guidelines are intended to give directions to Environmental Health Officers in determining the suitability of a site other than a registered cemetery for burial of human remains; and to persons wanting to inter their dead on private property. These guidelines do not apply to dead human bodies interred at cemeteries.

  • Proof of ownership of the property together with the application for permission to bury shall be submitted to the Ministry of Community Development.

 

  • The property should be at least half an acre in size (21,780 sq. Ft.)

 

  • The Environment Health Department would need a minimum of three days to visit the site and process recommendations.

 

  • Graves should be at least 100 feet from property lines and structures, 150 feet from any body of water and should not interfere with any sewerage disposal system.

 

  • Preparation of the burial site should not commence unless the location has been inspected and the necessary recommendations made by the Environmental Health Department.

 

  • Holes should be a minimum of seven feet deep.

 

  • The top of the grave should be sealed with a minimum of 4 inches of concrete.

 

  • The areas should be easily identified and be surrounded by fence or hedge.

 

  • Drainage should be constructed to divert water away from the grave.

 

  • The grave should not be opened before six years has passed.

 

  • Officers in the district need to observe burial to ensure that the client follows recommendations.

 

  • Following the burial, a certificate will be issued to the person in charge to attest to the fact that the burial has met standards.

 

  • The recommendations will be sent to the Ministry of Community Development however a copy can be made available to the person in charge of the remains.

Workshop to target Child Abuse and Neglect in Kalinago Territory comes to an end

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The Child Abuse Prevention Unit last week Friday ended a four-week Child Abuse and Neglect Workshop in the Kalinago Territory, Atkinson and Antrizzle.

Jemma Azille-Lewis, Coordinator of the Child Abuse Prevention Unit gave a comprehensive overview of the purpose of the workshop and its impact on these communities during the month of February.

“The main objective of the workshop was to target child abuse and neglect within the Kalinago Territory and Atkinson.  It was also to provide educational advocacy and awareness that child abuse and neglect is prevalent within the Kalinago Territory, however it can be alleviated; to educate and empower parents, Child Protection Officers, community leaders who work with children on all aspects of child abuse and neglect including the mandated steps needed to be taken when child abuse and neglect is witnessed or suspected.”

Various types of abuse including physical, emotional, sexual and child neglect were explored in detail during the four sessions.  Fifty-seven active participants were also taught how to detect signs of abuse in children.

The main concern for Azille-Lewis and the Child Abuse Prevention Unit is the silence concerning abusive situations in the communities.

The ‘Break the Silence’ Campaign was launched in Trinidad and Tobago in 2010 to encourage Caribbean communities to speak out against child abuse.

Azille-Lewis stated, “This campaign is an approach to protect children against sexual abuse and the risk of contracting an STI or an STD and it aims to reach victims and families with a message to speak out against and denounce violence against children, sexual abuse and the shame and stigma that surrounds the issue and what are the first steps to seeking help.”

However, Ashton Graneau, Hon. Parliamentary Representative for the Kalinago Territory believes it’s not so much breaking the silence as it is using the law to take action against the perpetrators of abuse.

The Minister expressed deep concern for the situation of child abuse and illegal adoption in the Territory.  He made it clear that the situation is not unique to his constituency but is a national concern.

The Prime Minister  who was also present at the closing ceremony stated that while Government is doing its part in ensuring that the laws and legislation are there to protect children from abuse, the responsibility to ensure that Dominica’s children are safe, lies in the hands of persons in the communities.

“In Dominica we have some of the strongest laws relating to sexual abuse cases.  The challenge this system has is that in many instances when it is reported, people do not want to speak to the Police and you cannot go to the Court of Law if you do not have witnesses  who are prepared to give evidence before the court to say to the court that which they have seen and that which they have heard. In an effort to assist with the process of protecting our children, the Government constructed the place of safety called Chances in Jimmit to provide a safe environment for those who have been abused or neglected.  It is costing us in excess of eighty thousand dollars a month to run this facility and of course we have other facilities in the country that assists with that level of protection to our children.”

Prime Minister Skerrit gave his personal commitment and that of his Cabinet to assist in the efforts of combating child abuse and neglect in Dominica.

As a result of this workshop a Child Abuse Prevention Committee was formed in the Kalinago Territory to pay closer attention to combating child abuse in the area.

Prime Minister Skerrit Attends CARICOM’s 25th Intercessional Meeting

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The Honourable Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Foreign Affairs and ICT, Roosevelt Skerrit, left the state on Saturday March 8, 2014 to attend the 25th Intercessional Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, CARICOM. The meeting is taking place at Buccament Bay, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The two day meeting from March 10 to 11, 2014, will focus on information and communication technology, human resource development, sustainable development in the region and the state of the regional economy.

Before arriving in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Prime Minister Skerrit addressed the 63rd Annual Delegates’ Conference of the St. Lucia Labour Party on Sunday, March 9, 2014 as the Guest Speaker. The Delegates Conference was held at Reunion, Chosiel, in the southern part of St. Lucia.

Rayburn Blackmore, Hon. Minister for Public Works, Energy and Ports will act as Prime Minister while Prime Minister Skerrit is off island.