NWC Moves to Improve Negril Water Supply

first_imgNWC Moves to Improve Negril Water Supply EnvironmentApril 4, 2013 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The National Water Commission (NWC) has embarked on several measures to improve water delivery in the Negril area during the short term, and to develop additional sources within 18 months.This was announced by Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, while addressing hoteliers and other stakeholders at a function held at Breezes Negril, on April 3.The meeting was held by the Minister to outline strategies being employed by the NWC to alleviate the difficulties being experienced by residents and businesses during the drought affecting the island. One of the measures, the Minister said, is that the NWC is aggressively trying to deal with leaks as they are indentified on the system.Mr. Pickersgill said the NWC is also trying to ensure the effective implementation of a schedule, to ensure that all customers receive some water at least every other day for at least eight hours, and that the Commission is already paying $9 million monthly for the trucking of water, from which it recovers no revenue.“A new loading bay has been established along the Sheffield main road, to reduce the time, cost and difficulties involved in the legal trucking of water, and this is to be fully operational later this week,” the Minister informed.“We are appealing to persons not to support the illegal extraction of water from the system, as this practice is only making a bad situation worse. Furthermore, the quality of water delivered in trucks that are not known to have been sterilized, cannot be guaranteed,” he stated.Other measures to improve water supply in the Negril area are the addition of two Rapid Response trucks; and work currently taking place at the Great River Treatment Plant to get the facility to produce its maximum of 15 million gallons per day, to boost the Logwood system.The Minister said for the longer term, work will be done to expand the water production capacity of the Martha Brae Treatment Plant from 6 million gallons per day to 11 million, as part of the process of having more water on the North Coast to distribute westwards. “This project is scheduled to be completed in about 18 months,” he added.Mr. Pickersgill said that surveyors are currently working in the town of Lucea on preparatory works for an improved pipeline network through the town, to allow for water from the Great River Treatment Plant to come as far as Green Island, and for water from the Logwood Treatment Plant to be dedicated to serving Negril.By Garfield Angus, JIS reporter RelatedNWC Moves to Improve Negril Water Supply RelatedNWC Moves to Improve Negril Water Supplycenter_img RelatedNWC Moves to Improve Negril Water Supply Advertisementslast_img read more

Parliament approves amendment to Proceeds of Crime Act

first_img Share Share 19 Views   one comment Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img LocalNews Parliament approves amendment to Proceeds of Crime Act by: – May 16, 2013 Share The Dominica Parliament has approved an amendment to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2013.The amendment was read a first and second time in Parliament on Thursday morning (May 16) and presented to the House by Minister of Legal Affairs Ian Douglas.According to the Mr Douglas, the amendments are intended to make the process for confiscation of property that either represents the profits of criminal offence or was used to facilitate the commission of crime more effective. Several amendments have been made to the bill and it is anticipated that the authority of the director of public prosecutions and judiciary will be strengthened.An amendment to section 4 of the act will allow the director of public prosecutions to apply for, or the courts on its own initiative to make an order of forfeiture against a property that is tainted, or a confiscation order against a person in respect of the benefits he/she has derived from the commission of any offences or any other criminal conduct.An amendment to Section 18 of the act will allow the court to deem any property to be property that came into the possession or under the control of the person by reason of the commission of one of the offences as laid out by the schedule or any other criminal misconduct for that matter.Mr Douglas also explained to Parliament that an amendment to section 19 of the act will require the director of public prosecutions to tender to the court a statement to any of the matters relevant to determine whether a person has benefited from a schedule offence or any other criminal conduct, and also to an assessment of the value of that person’s benefit from the offense. National Security Minister Charles Savarin who rose in support of the amended act noted that “All of us in this Honourable House should be concerned about criminal activity in our societies”.He said criminal activities have a negative impact on the welfare of society and the amended bill will assist in curbing these activities.“It will ensure that the court is not unduly impeded in dealing with matters so the laws need to be clarified and the hands of the judiciary strengthened…I hope all of us in this Honouarble House will see the merit of the amendments and would lend support without qualification,” Mr Savarin said.Attorney general Levi Peter who also rose in support of the bill indicated that it is very significant because “the kingpins have been able to avoid responsibility and by and large they have been able to get others to do it for them while they enjoy the benefits”.Parliament has been adjourned and will re-convene from 3pm.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more