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PM Skerrit announces reclassification exercise for police salaries

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PM Skerrit presents one of the awards at the 34th police recruit graduation and passing out parade

A reclassification exercise to address salaries for police officers is on cards.

That’s what Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told police recruits at the 34th graduation and passing out parade last week.

“We know there are issues relating to salaries. Though I know you ask for fifteen, fifteen, fifteen but I believe most of us believe that the root to go to addressing the issue of remuneration through the police force. is through a reclassification exercise and this, in our mind, will in a systematic manner, address the issue of remuneration,” he explained.

Skerrit said he intends to meet with the Police Welfare Association and members of the police force, to engage in conversation.

“This is our country and therefore we have to recognise that we all need to work together to make this country what we all would like it to be and the question is, what is going to be our individual and collective contribution to this endeavour?” he asked.

The Prime Minister also called on police recruits to uphold law and order at all times and asked police officers to question themselves about trustworthiness.

“You will have to ask yourself whether you can be trusted to serve in a sensitive unit in the police force; you will have to ask yourself whether sensitive information can be shared with you. You will want to ask yourself whether you can be assigned to a special unit in the police force,” he said

Skerrit said if law and order are not maintained, the officers are putting themselves and the country at risk.

“If you do not maintain law and order in the manner in which you have to, you are not only making the whole country unsafe but yourself as a citizen of Dominica. Your family members will be impacted by this and so do not be narrow-minded in the actions in which you have to take to uphold law and order,” he advised. “So I am hoping you the twenty-eight men who are graduating today can recognise those very important elements and to be 28 shining examples.”





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Out break of Gender-based violence one of BPW’s concerns

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There is reportedly an outbreak of gender-based violence in the Caribbean, an issue that the Business and Professional Women of Dominica (BPW) say must be addressed.

On Thursday, the BPW’s President Rhoda St. John addressed a Meet and Greet ceremony where she discussed these concerns among others.

“It is heartbreaking when you see what men are doing to women and even what women are doing to men. Men are silent when women abuse them, but women do abuse men and it is wrong,” she said.

St John said regardless of the form of abuse, it is wrong.

“Whether it is verbal abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, all forms of abuse is wrong and sometimes verbal abuse is even worse than physical abuse, because it leads you to depression, It leads you to commit suicide, it leads you to isolation and so much more,” she added.

The BPW she said will seek to tackle abuse in various sectors this year and already, relations with stakeholders in Dominica are being fostered.

In the meantime, she reiterated calls for the implementation of a Sex Offenders Registry in Dominica.

A Sex Offenders Registry is a system in various countries designed to allow government authorities to keep track of the activities of sex offenders, including those who have completed their criminal sentences.

She said the BPW will be working alongside the Dominica Bar Association to ensure that it is done.

St. John said the aim is to make a list which will be made public in order to create awareness of the perpetrators in the various Caribbean countries.

At the moment, sex offender registries exist in two English-speaking Caribbean countries, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.





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IN PICTURES: Stardom Tent opening 2020

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IN PICTURES: Stardom Tent opening 2020    A colourful and dynamic view of Stardom tent from Wednesday night after being postponed from its initial Saturday Launch.  

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Poponne-Skerrit reiterates plans for enhancement of Roseau

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Melissa Skerrit newly elected representative for Roseau Central

On Monday gone, Poponne-Skerrit presented a Development Plan for Roseau, in which she restated her intent to carry out promises made during her campaign.

Job creation, relieving congestion, upgrading infrastructure and making Roseau more accessible and inclusive are some of the key areas of focus for the newly elected Parliamentary Representative for Roseau Central, Melissa Poponne-Skerrit.

“Creating green spaces like the newly reopened Peeble’s Park represents a fundamental component of any urban ecosystem” and this space, according to her, promotes physical activity, social interaction and recreation that will enhance the health and well-being of people living and working in Roseau.

She said there are also plans to restore and upgrade the Botanic Gardens to include a children’s playground and create an exercising track for adults.

To ease the congestion in Roseau Poponne-Skerrit said there will also be government incentives for the Private Sector to build car parks.

“Designated bus stops have been assigned and there are plans for a Botanic Gardens bypass road to relieve traffic in Roseau,” she explained.

In addition, she indicated that widening High Street will compliment both the bypass and the construction of a new government building.

“Improve sidewalks and the rehabilitation of roads have already begun under the Roseau Enhancement Project with the focus on the environment by utilizing standards and designs that are climate resilient,” she stated.

She said there are also plans to refurbish the market so that it is more aesthetically pleasing for consumers and also to improve on food safety.

There are also plans to implement free accessible WiFi in Roseau which Poponne-Skerrit believes will help to ensure that citizens and tourists are connected to use the media to document their experiences in Roseau. “Which we all hope will be a positive one,” she added.

Meantime, Poponne- Skerrit said the Arawak House of Culture which received damage following Hurricane Maria a few years ago will be upgraded.

“The Arawak Cultural Centre is an iconic venue in the heart of Roseau, by upgrading this venue it will create an insurgent of nightlife with production such as music, performances and live theatre,” she said.

There are plans to restore and upgrade historic buildings such as the Newtown Community Hall, the City Council Block, the Baracoon Building as well as the Roseau Health Centre and the Public Library.





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