This is a recording of the Dominica Broadcasting Station Lunchtime News for August 23, 2017.

In the headlines: Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says the National Emergency Planning Organisation (NEPO) now needs to broaden its scope beyond the hurricane season; Antigua’s PM Gaston Browne says the country is prepared to legislate stiffer penalties for gun crimes and internationally US President Donald Trump says he is willing to ‘close government’ to build the Mexico Wall.

News presented by Hazary Williams with sports by Sharome Burton and technical assistance from Midian Pacquette.