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Archive for June, 2006


Editor’s note: This is a guest post by kisha nicholas, formerly a News Reporter at DBS Radio.

Dominica Taxi Drivers have been taking their concerns to Tourism Minister Ivor Nassief, claiming that they should be given the opportunity to handle the dispatch tour system.

Attorney at law, William Para Riviere is criticizing proposals to hand over the dispatch tour system to the Dominica Port Authority Last week Dominican taxi drivers began protesting proposals for the Dominica Port Authority to take over the private tour dispatch system. That system has been controlled by the National Development Corporation -NDC.

Taxi drivers gathered outside the NDC Friday, where tourism minister Ivor Nassief, general manager of the Dominica Port Authority Beniot Bardouille and the executive of the Dominica Taxi Association, were discussing the matter.

Mr. Riviere says this is another attack by government against the earning power of the working people of Dominica.

Should Government allow Taxi Drivers to handle the dispatch tour Systems?…. Please have your say in the comments below.

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post by kisha nicholas, formerly a reporter at DBS Radio

Energy Minister Reginald Austrie made the announcement during a signing ceremony at Marigot Monday, for the establishment of a joint venture company between Dominica and Venezuela, under the PetroCaribe`initiative.

The Energy Minister said assistance for housing; education and energy are on the cards for Dominica.

Mr. Austrie said “Dominica and Venezuela has had relations for the past twenty five years now, but is only in recent times that with the advent of the Dominica Labour Party and more particularly the Roosevelt Skerrit as Prime Minister of Dominica we have sort to embrace and strengthen the relationship that we have had with Venezuela over the last twenty five years and that has manifested it self in tangible ways, the ten million dollar contribution to the expansion of Melville hall airport, twenty five Dominican students now studying in Venezuela to be increased by a further twenty five and in recent times a significant boost that was given to our housing project.

when the prime Minister visited Venezuela just last week, but we had promised the Dominican people five hundred houses in five years, our discussions last week in Venezuela is going to make that a reality since we have been promised some serious financial assistance towards that sector, so the relationship with Venezuela continues to grow and what is more important is that the government of Venezuela is asking back for nothing from the people of Dominica”.

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The Ministry for energy and petroleum and president for the PDSVA, Rafael Ramirez, arrive in Dominica today Monday 26th of June for the signing of the PetroCaribe agreement. This signing will formalize the agreement between the government of Dominica and Venezuela to cooperate in energy associated matters. What does this mean for the energy sector in Dominica? Which I believe in Dominica involves every Dominican.

The critics and our local government are being optimistic that this PetroCaribe agreement will be beneficial to all Dominicans, and consumers will see a reduction in their Electricity Bill and at the Gas Bumps.Too many instances Dominicans are receiving the back end of the sick, will there come a time were Dominicans will able to put some money back into their pockets and stop receiving Electrical Bill like Mortgage payments.

We welcome the PetroCaribe agreement in Dominica; but I can’t help to wonder – who are the ones going to benefit the most from the agreement? Will it be the low end consumers (Our bus Drivers, small farmers) or will it go into the pockets of the Government ministers? I’m waiting to see the outcome.

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