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ROSEAU, Dominica – The Dominica government says it is seeking funding from the World Bank and other international lending agencies as the island moves to further develop its geothermal sector. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the government has established the Dominica Geothermal Development Company (DGDC) to move ahead with the construction of the plant, a project which is expected to reduce Dominica’s dependence on crude oil. “In June of this year, the government of New Zealand recruited a project manager who is now engaged with DGDC,” Skerrit told legislators recently, adding “funding for the project will come from various sources”. Skerrit, who is also Finance Minister, said the government will contribute EC$40.5 million. “In addition to government’s contribution we have…
GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The pilot of a single engine Cessna aircraft escaped without any serious injuries after the plane crashed after taking off from the Eteringbang airstrip on Tuesday. The accident is the second in two weeks at the same airstrip. In the first incident, the pilot, Captain Collin Martin, a former Guyana Defence Force pilot, of the Roraima Airways, died.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Dance has long been a potent force among the arts in Jamaica, with pioneering companies such as Rex Nettleford’s National Dance Theatre Company holding a mirror up to society and promoting Caribbean culture. Now students are taking the genre to a whole new level with powerful, socially relevant performances. The island’s top high school, Campion College, is one of the institutions leading the way. Now in its seventh season, the school’s Dance Society performed to packed audiences in Kingston in July with its “Roots” production, which addressed issues such as violence against women and the challenges young people face in building confidence and self-esteem. Comprising riveting choreography, vibrant costumes, ingenious stage sets and an eclectic selection of…
KINGSTON, Jamaica - Since 2013, Jamaica’s Met Office has been using its Climate Predictability Tool (CPT) to forecast ‘below average’ rainfall or drought across the island. The tool has allowed this northern Caribbean island to accurately predict several dry periods and droughts, including its most destructive episode in 2014 when an estimated one billion dollars in agricultural losses were incurred due to crop failures and wild fires caused by the exceptionally dry conditions. In neighbouring Cuba, the reputation of the Centre for Atmospheric Physics at the Institute for Meteorology (INSMET) is built on the development of tools that “provide reliable and timely climate and weather information” that enables the nation to prepare for extreme rainfall and drought conditions as well…
MONTREAL – Reports here say as a surge of asylum-seeking Haitians fleeing the United States amid increasing deportation fears is overwhelming Canadian immigration agencies and has forced the opening of the massive Olympic Stadium in Montreal to temporarily house some of the refugees. PRAIDA, a government-funded immigrant-support program in Quebec, said it received 1,200 new requests from refugees in July, almost four times the normal monthly total, according to USA TODAY. “It’s unheard of,” PRAIDA leader Francine Dupuis told the Montreal Gazette.“In 30 years, I’ve never seen this kind of volume or intensity.” Dupuis said most of the new arrivals are Haitians who fear their temporary resident status in the US will be revoked, reported USA TODAY on Friday.

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