Gay Man challenges Dominica’s Anti-LGBT Laws

Gay Man challenges Dominica’s Anti-LGBT Laws

ROSEAU, Dominica – A gay man, who has chosen to remain anonymous for his own protection, has filed a landmark claim challenging Dominica’s homophobic laws that criminalize “buggery” and “gross indecency”. A statement from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, which is providing legal support along with the University of Toronto’s International Human Rights Programme and […]

New group to help Dominica prepare for disaster

New group to help Dominica prepare for disaster

A cross-section of Dominican-Canadians has launched the Security Awareness of Emergencies in Dominica to address disaster preparedness and relief for the Commonwealth of Dominica.  SAFE-D (Canada) group represents a non-partisan approach to disaster preparedness, according to the group’s Executive Director Frances Delsol. “Regardless of your political affiliations, your religious affiliations, your personal affiliations, I think […]

LIAT, Scotiabank, regional leadership dominate OECS news conference

ST JOHN’S, Antigua — At a news conference following the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), two-day meeting, the dominant concerns related to LIAT’s future, Scotiabank divestment to Republic Financial Holdings Limited and regional leadership. Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit reiterated that the regional private sector and other stakeholders should consider ownership interest in […]

Dominican diaspora invited to participate in ‘Bring-A-Friend’ tourism campaign

Dominican diaspora invited to participate  in ‘Bring-A-Friend’ tourism campaign

By Jerry Roman Still can’t stop talking excitedly about your last visit to Dominica? Looking forward to returning to “the Nature Island”? Well, if you’re a member of the Dominican diaspora, you may have a chance to win a vacation to Dominica for two through the current “Bring-A-Friend” campaign organized by the Discover Dominica Authority. […]

Dominica Prime Minister warns of legal action after college bars students in arrears

Dominica Prime Minister warns of legal action  after college bars students in arrears

ROSEAU, Dominica — Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has warned of possible legal against Dominica State College after he criticised its decision to bar students from writing exams as a result of outstanding arrears to the institution. Skerrit said that by mid-June, his administration plans to settle “all outstanding fees that our students owe to the […]

Hurricanes cost Caribbean tourism more than (US) $700m last year – industry report

Hurricanes cost Caribbean tourism more than (US) $700m last year – industry report

MIAMI – The tourism industry in the Caribbean region attracted almost one million fewer visitors after hurricanes Irma and Maria hit last year, costing it over $700 million, according to an industry study released on Monday. “The hurricane season resulted in an estimated loss in 2017 of 826,100 visitors to the Caribbean, compared to pre-hurricane […]

Caribbean hits 30-million mark in stay-over visitors despite impact of devastating storms

Caribbean hits 30-million mark in stay-over visitors  despite impact of devastating storms

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The catastrophic hurricanes that devastated some Caribbean destination last September slowed down tourism’s progress but did not stop it, according to figures released by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the authority on regional tourism statistics. Ryan Skeete, the CTO’s acting director of research, announced last week at a news conference streamed to […]

Clinton urges Caribbean to move towards cleaner energy, become more climate change resilient

Clinton urges Caribbean to move towards cleaner energy, become more climate change resilient

ROSEAU, Dominica— Former United States President Bill Clinton said on Tuesday  that Caribbean countries could lead the global initiative for developing cleaner energy, reducing the threat of climate change and improving the economies of developing countries. Clinton, who arrived in Dominica for talks with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and members of his administration, said Norway […]

UWI supports region’s protests against inclusion on tax haven blacklist

UWI supports region’s protests against inclusion  on tax haven blacklist

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The University of the West Indies (UWI) is backing Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments in protesting the European Union’s (EU) recent blacklisting of regional countries it considers tax haven. In a statement issue last week, Vice-Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles said the UWI “stands with the governments of the Caribbean in protesting the recent […]