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Cops Charged With Murder

Police officers are outraged that two of the colleagues have been charged for the murder of a Carib Territory resident and have resorted to protest action this week, forcing the operations at the law enforcement headquarters to a near standstill.

Times Newspaper in Hot Water Again

Matthias Peltier Jr. and his company, The Times Newspaper, along with Chinese businessman, Felix Chen Sheng-Tien, have found themselves facing a possible libel charge (…allegations made in a October 17 Times story – $20 Million Mystery) being filed by King and Wood Lawyers of behalf of Dominica’s Ambassador to China, David Hsiu. Regarding Felix Chen, the businessman has been demanded to:

“…within 15 days of the day hereof, to publish on the front page of The Times and one other reputable newspapers in Dominica your apology statement to indemnify our client for all his costs and expenses in connection with this matter and to undertake not to make further allegations to the same or similar effect.

Steady Rise In Advance Bookings For Rooms

Hotel and resorts in Dominica anticipate a large influx of visitors for Reunion 2008 and booking are already rising steadily, especially for the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF).

High Airfares Affects Liat Christmas Travel

Liat’s high airfares appear to be having a negative effect on travel to and from Dominica for the Christmas holidays via that airline.

We Must Be Serious About Out Bananas – PM Sherrit

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has vowed that he and his colleagues with the Caribbean Community (Caricom) would not just sit back and allow the European Union (EU) to take over the region banana market.

Massive Cocaine Haul

Two men have been arrested and charged by the police with possession and possession intent to supply 777 pounds (353 kilos) of cocaine.

News Source: The Chronicle Newspaper Dominica

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ROSEAU, Dominica: The construction and tourism sectors in Dominica performed better in the first quarter of 2006 (Jan-March) compared to the corresponding period in 2005, according to the Central Statistical Office Quarterly Economic Indicator.

Construction activity expanded during the first quarter of this year compared with the same period last year, with the number of construction starts increasing from 31 to 41. The value of construction starts also increased during the period under review rising from EC$7.98 million to $9.92 million. The sale of cement rose from 160,054 bags in the first quarter of last year to 192,254 bags in the same period this year.

In the tourism sector, total visitor expenditure (estimated) was $44.5 million in the first quarter of 2006, compared to $41.7 million in the same period last year.

The total number of visitor arrivals for the period under review was 168,604, compared to 128,404 in the same period last year largely as a result of the large number of cruise ship visitors which increased from 108,337 to 150,114. Correspondingly, there were 148 cruise ship calls in the first quarter, compared to only 105 in the same period last year.

During the period under review both imports and exports registered declines. The manufacturing sector reflected a decline in production. A slight drop was recorded for the production of beverages. In spite of this decline, the value of beverages production increased.

For the period under review, DBPL banana production declined, moving from 2,881 tonnes in the first quarter of 2005 to 2,620.4 tonnes in the first quarter of 2006. Both DBPL bananas and other bananas revenue fell, registering a decrease in total banana export revenue. Agricultural exports recorded decreases. Other agricultural exports (avocados, tarnias, ginger and pepper) also registered similar reductions, contributing to a decline in other agricultural exports. Nonetheless, Beverages exports recorded a significant increase in revenue mainly from fruit juices.

The impact of Tropical Storm Alpha in November 2005, the post effects of dry weather, the challenges in obtaining inputs, unfavourable external forces (largely from the European Union), imposition of new tariffs and the requirements of lower quantity per pallet affected banana production and revenue in the first quarter.

However information from the Dominica Banana Producers Limited suggests that a recovery in banana production following the effects of Tropical Storm Alpha last November is now firmly underway and will be reflected when data from the second quarter becomes available.

Data for the first quarter points to gains in some sectors while other sectors registered declines. The Government is confident however that the agricultural sector will record improvements in the second and third quarters. The government is also confident that the commencement of the Roseau Improvement and Maintenance Project in the third quarter as well as other private-sector-led investments will lead to more buoyancy in the Dominican economy in the near future.

Posted By: Caribbean Net News

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