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New modernized library to contain recording studio and center for performing artists

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A modernized library to include a center for performing artists and a recording studio is a plan that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the government intends to bring to reality.

He told those gathered at the presentation of the Roseau Development Plan  on Monday past, that not having a fully functional library is not something that he’s happy about.

“One of my greatest disappointments is that we did not get to build a modern library at the time that we should have built it,” he said.

According to the prime minister, it was the government’s initial intention then to build a modern library during the construction of the State House and Dominica State College.

“I wanted to build something that even if you could not read and write you would want to go to the library and see what’s happening there,” he said.

But since that plan fell flat, PM Skerrit said his Dominica Labour Party government will instead “tie in now a centre for the performing arts and also to have a recording studio for the public”

According to him, there are a number of artistes in Dominica, people who write songs, those who can sing and do not have access to the facilities to bring out their natural talent.

He believes that the issue of a centre for performing arts in Dominica needs to be discussed.

 “If we have an event at the Arawak House of Culture where will our people rehearse and practice? “We need to have designated facilities for these kinds of things,” Skerrit added.

He said as a progressive nation the presence or absence of a national library in Dominica must to be addressed.

The public library located on Victoria Street was severely damaged by Hurricane Maria in 2017 and there have been plans by government to reconstruct the building.





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Police report slight drop in crime in Dominica for 2019

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A total of eight hundred and thirty-five (835) serious crimes were reported in Dominica in 2019 and according to Police Chief, Daniel Carbon, this was slightly lower than the figure of 906 which was reported in 2018.Carbon said during a recently held press conference that in terms of minor crimes, three thousand, five hundred and one (3501) offenses were reported in 2019.

“For minor offenses in 2018, 3856 minor crimes were reported to the police and in 2019, 3501 minor offenses were reported to the police and we realized a reduction by 355 minor crimes in 2019,” he noted.

He said ten (10) murders were reported in 2019, compared to eleven (11) in 2018.

“I have a concern with the number of murders that are being committed as we all know one murder is one too many,” Carbon stated.

He noted, however, that out of the 10 murders that were reported in 2019, six were gun-related and eight were detected.

There were also twenty (20) firearm offenses in 2019, according to Carbon, an increase from the sixteen which were reported in 2018.





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More funds needed to complete renovation of Roseau Cathedral

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Newly-renovated cathedral roof

His Lordship, Bishop Gabriel Malzaire, has revealed that the renovation work at the Roseau Cathedral has not moved at the rate as expected and will need an additional 3 to 4 million dollars for its completion.

The Roseau Cathedral, which is over 150 years old, represents historical, cultural and religious significance for the people of Dominica and its renovation is being done in phases. The project started back in 2013 and has encountered several delays.

In July 2019, Dean of the Roseau Cathedral, Fr. Nigel Karam, said that the Cathedral was completely covered but there were still finishing touches to be added to the roofing and that is expected to be completed by the end of July.

He added that although the damage caused by Hurricane Maria was “fairly extensive”, most of the work is already done and what is left is mainly the cleaning and redoing of the floors which were completely damaged by the weather conditions. He said the majority of the tiles on the roof remained in place and proved to be resilient.

“The Cathedral, unfortunately, has not moved at the rate that we expected,” Bishop Malzaire told Dominica News Online (DNO) in an interview.

“But right now we are at the stage of working on the flooring,” he said. “We would need at least 3 to 4 million dollars to complete; right now, the monies that we have will only finish the floor.”

According to the Bishop, when one is doing renovation work, it’s almost difficult to gauge exactly what is needed, “because as you go along, you realize you have more than you expected.”

“Initially a project that should be a $2.5 million project has gone to $12million,” Malzaire stated.

Meantime, he said the roof is finished.

“After that, we have, of course, the windows and doors. Then, we have the choir loft; then we have to finish the ceiling…,” Bishop Malzaire explained. “After the floor, the last major work we have to do is the ceiling. So, I think we are on our way.”





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Police report slight drop in crime in Dominica for 2019

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A total of eight hundred and thirty-five (835) serious crimes were reported in Dominica in 2019 and according to Police Chief, Daniel Carbon, this was slightly lower than the figure of 906 which was reported in 2019.Carbon said during a recently held press conference that in terms of minor crimes, three thousand, five hundred and one (3501) offenses were reported in 2019.

“For minor offenses in 2018, 3856 minor crimes were reported to the police and in 2019, 3501 minor offenses were reported to the police and we realized a reduction by 355 minor crimes in 2019,” he noted.

He said ten (10) murders were reported in 2019, compared to eleven (11) in 2018.

“I have a concern with the number of murders that are being committed as we all know one murder is one too many,” Carbon stated.

He noted, however, that out of the 10 murders that were reported in 2019, six were gun-related and eight were detected.

There were also twenty (20) firearm offenses in 2019, according to Carbon, an increase from the sixteen which were reported in 2018.





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