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Zadshire Dupuis is Madam Wob Dwiyet Diaspora

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PRESS RELEASE (October 18, 2018) – On Saturday, October 13th Dominicans in the Tri-State are in the US were treated to a cultural extravaganza with the staging of the Madam Wob Dwiyet Diaspora Show.

This packed event was a celebration of Dominica’s 40th anniversary of independence and also a celebration of the 15th anniversary of the staging of the Madam Wob Dwiyet USA pageant by the Dominica Emerald Organization of New Jersey (DEON-J).

Ambassador Lorraine Bannis Roberts delivered an address.

The pageant which started in 2003 is the longest running wob dwiyet pageant outside of Dominica.

Pageant coordinator, Angela Sylvester, explained at the event that the primary reason for the show was to maintain the culture of Dominica in the Diaspora so that those young Dominicans who were born or grew up there can also have the culture of their parents.

This event was also very important for those Dominicans who were not able to return home for the celebrations.

This year was a Madam of Madams show as past winners competed for the title of Madam Wob Dwiyet Diaspora.

Zadshire Dupuis, Madam Wob USA 2014, captured the title with best in wob and best in questions, Shenell Edmonds, Madam Wob USA 2013, was first runner-up with best in creative cultural formal wear and Clarissa Sampson, Madam Wob USA 2016, captured the best talent and 2nd runner-up spot with her original song Dominica Will Rise again.

There were great performances from Christine Benno Roberts, Madam Wob Canada 2017 and Colette Ambo, Madam Wob USA 2015.

Zadshire Dupuis and some of the other contestants will be traveling to Dominica to attend the Independence celebrations.

Felix Augustine provided videography services and the show will be available on local programming in Dominica for the independence celebrations.

The audience could not get enough of the melodious songs of Michele Henderson and she delivered in a big way.

Nayee returned a spirited performance to the delight of the audience and the cohosts of Alex Bruno and Marsha Monelle were a duo match made in heaven. Together they rocked.

The Roots Jing Ping Band thrilled the audience with some authentic Jing Ping music and Know your culture dance performers danced to great applause.

DJ Cosmos tied the entire event together with his great DJ skills. Elliann’s Kitchen was busy all night selling all the local foods such as Bakes and Saltfish, crab and callaloo and Sancoche. The entire evening was just superb with standing room only and many who attended remarked how much like home the entire evening felt.

The stage decorator, Ninia Lockhart John Baptiste, created the stage backdrop using the reunion theme.

The reunion theme was echoed over and over all night long by the contestants and performers that Dominica is our love and our home.

No matter if we live overseas Dominica is our home and will always be a part of us and we will help to build a resilient nation.

Photography credit to King Josiah who is available for the promotion of all events in the Tri-State area.

The executive members of DEONJ would like to wish all Dominicans a happy 40th anniversary.

See photos from the event below.

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Honouring Alwin Bully, designer of Dominica’s unique Flag

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Alwin Bully giving his kind remarks at the launch of photo-book "Majestic and Magical: Come Explore the Nature Isle"

This is a release from the Ministry of Education, honoring the designer of Dominica’s National Flag, Cultural Icon, Alwin Bully.

ALWIN BULLY is an artist, playwright, short story writer and Cultural Administrator from the Commonwealth of Dominica where he established and developed the Department of Culture and was its first Director. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill) and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree from his alma mater. 

He was resident in Jamaica for over 20 years, where he worked as UNESCO’s Caribbean Culture Advisor in which capacity he managed the production of a six volume History of Caribbean and inter-acted with Cultural Departments in all of CARICOM countries, assisting them in developing programs and policies. He was also Chairman of The CARIFESTA Interim Festival Directorate – a regional Advisory Body to CARIFESTA.

This Committee reviewed CARIFESTA with a view to enhancing the festival and increasing its visibility internationally. On his return to Dominica in 2008, he was appointed Cultural Advisor to the Minister of Culture, a post he held for two years. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Cultural Council, which oversees the implementation of projects and programs of the Cultural Division in Dominica; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Dominica Festivals Committee.

Alwin Bully with PSS Group at Climate Change Day of Action in Dominica in 2015 (photo source: www.visitdominica.wordpress.com)

Alwin has written ten full-length plays, four radio serials, numerous short stories and four screenplays. One of his screenplays Oseyi and the Masqueraders was selected to be produced by The Caribbean Film Academy (CaFA) of New York and was shot in Dominica in 2017. The film premiered at the 2018 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (TTFF) and was up for the People’s Choice Award. It is to be premiered in Dominica towards the end of the year. His radio play “A Dance in the Dark” was selected for broadcast by the BBC in 1980. His early comedy, “Good Morning Miss Millie” (1968), was published by Penguin Books and Macmillan Caribbean and one of its speeches appeared in Actors’ Audition Speeches edited by Jean Marlow for A&C Black/Heineman. The Ruler his stage adaptation of the novel “Ruler in Hiroona” by GCH Thomas, was selected for publication in five languages by L’Autre Souffle Company, France. His short stories have appeared in THE CARIBBEAN WRITER (University of the U.S. Virgin Islands), BIM Literary Magazine, and “IRON BALLOONS” an anthology by Akashic books edited by Collin Channer.

Alwin has won several awards for his theatre work from the International Theatre Institute (Jamaica Centre) as well as a Golden Drum Award from the National Cultural Council 1997; The University of Technology’s 2006 Arts Award; A Life-time Achievement Cacique Award from The National Drama Association of Trinidad and Tobago 2007. He also received The Sisserou Award of Honor from the Government of Dominica for his design of the Dominica Flag in 1985; and The UWI Alumni Award for Excellence in 2008.

 

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Ban on Hunting & Fishing Continues says Forestry Division

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Photo Credit: Dominica’s Forestry, Wildlife & Parks Division:Environmental Education Unit Facebook Page

PRESS RELEASE (October 12, 2018) – The Forestry Wildlife and Parks Division wishes to inform the general public that in light of the impact of Hurricane Maria on Dominica’s ecosystems, food source and wildlife, a decision has been taken to maintain a ban on the Hunting and Fishing of wildlife for the 2018 Hunting Season.

Please be advised that under the Forestry and Wildlife Act chapter (60:02) section (38) states that No person may hunt for or fish for any wildlife during that period for which the season is closed for that particular species of wildlife. The General Public is further advised that the exportation of or attempt to export any form of wildlife from the state is a violation of the Forestry and Wildlife Act (chapter 60:02) of the revised laws of the Commonwealth of Dominica.

The Division seeks your support in its effort to promote Sustainable Management of our Natural Resources.

For further information please contact the Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division at Tel: 266-5852.

Wildlife Offense

The following wildlife contraband was intercepted and seized, by customs and forestry personnel, on Saturday August 25, 2018, at the Roseau Ferry as an individual attempted to leave Dominica with the dissected land crabs (Cobo).

Help Protect Dominica’s Wildlife

Wildlife offences are ARRESTABLE offenses under the Forestry and Wildlife Act of the Commonwealth of Dominica.

Hunting, freshwater fishing, or live capture of wildlife outside the hunting season, or NOT included in the “games list” during the hunting season–including possession of or the illegal exportation of wildlife–carries legal penalties.

We encourage the public to report any such offenses to the Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division: (767) 266-5852/5856 or the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force: 1 (767) 448-2222.

 

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Major Caribbean tourism agencies partner on regional marketing campaign

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Inspired by the Caribbean’s sounds and sights, the region’s leading tourism entities have joined forces to launch “The Rhythm Never Stops” – a vibrant marketing campaign enticing travelers to revel in the Caribbean’s incredible natural beauty, diverse cultures and hidden treasures.

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) unveiled the fruit of months of collaborative efforts to showcase the Caribbean in a new, dynamic digital campaign, which started on Wednesday, October 10.

Supported by a select group of destinations and private sector partners, the video presentation targets social media, including Facebook, Instagram and Google Display. It features the electronic dance music of “Lean On” by Major Lazer x DJ Snake (feat. MØ), one of the most-streamed songs of all time on Spotify.

Hugh Riley, Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, said the Caribbean aims to be the world’s most desirable tourism destination. “With the resilience of our people and the year-round nature of our product, we are determined to ensure that in the Caribbean ‘The Rhythm Never Stops’.”

“In undertaking this collaborative marketing thrust, we hope to reinforce the power of ‘Brand Caribbean’, definitively showcasing and celebrating our diverse cultural appeal through a campaign that will encourage visitors to find their own rhythm in the Caribbean,” he said.

Frank Comito, Director General and CEO of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, pointed out that, from Bermuda in the north to Barbados in the south, the region comprises more than 30 countries, territories and overseas departments, offering constantly evolving rhythmic segues for travelers.

“Visitors, past and present, have not been introduced to the offerings of our vast and diverse region. We will change that by highlighting the charms contained in the million square miles of Caribbean Sea, home to French, English, Spanish, Dutch, Creole, African, Asian, American and many other cultures,” he said, encouraging residents and visitors to experience more of the region’s rhythms.

The initial phase of the online campaign runs for 12 weeks. It highlights destinations such as The Bahamas in the north; Cayman Islands and Jamaica in the western Caribbean; the French department of Martinique and its eastern Caribbean neighbor Saint Lucia, as well as Grenada and Trinidad & Tobago in the south.

Both CHTA and CTO will track results of the digital advertising and social media-sharing campaign and continue to encourage other tourism-related entities to get on board with their longer-term collaborations.

Phase two of the campaign will be announced soon

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Dominica takes the crown at Mr. and Ms. Caribfest pageant

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Steven Williams and Lydie Joseph are crowned the new king and queen of Caribfest 2018. Photo by Demian Ponce

Lydie Joseph is a Dominican student at the Midwestern State University, pursuing studies in Radiological Sciences. She was dubbed “Ms. Caribfest” at the recent Caribfest event in Wichita Falls. This article was originally published in The Wichitan.

Gold, and glitz and glamour coated the night in Akin Auditorium that would make Jay Gatsby envious as the annual Mr. and Ms. Caribfest pageant leaned into “The Great Gatsby” theme.

The festivity, part of the Caribfest, allowed students in the Caribbean Student Organization to showcase the vibrant culture and unite the students from the various islands in the Caribbean in just a few days on campus and get dressed up for the elegant evening.

“It gives the campus a different feel, we share the event to give MSU a taste of our culture, we want to bring Wichita Falls the same,” Jiselle, accounting, said. “We just want everyone to come out, eat our food and enjoy our culture.”

The excitement of Caribfest extends further than just the students on campus, and Wade Courtney, MSU Texas and CSO alumni, said the event is one of the most exciting times for him, and “it is phenomenal.”

“I’ve been here since 2009, and every year it is different in some way and every year it gets better,” Courtney said.

Much like the laid-back culture is represented on campus, so is the “island time” as the event was pushed to 7:55 p.m. instead of the 7 p.m. sharp start time initially indicated for the event. Sponsors of the event are from the MSU Texas alumni association and CSO alumni to the various community leaders who help fund it as well, this gives CSO the opportunity to showcase their culture through multiple events that typically span the early evening to late hours of the night. 200 people were estimated to be there.

The night began with a Gatsby themed introduction dance, followed by the contestants walking out in their evening wear. Then, the contestants introduced themselves with their platforms. There were four Ms. Caribfest contestants and three Mr. Caribfest contestants, all eager to win the crown for themselves as much as for their country. The emcees, Karla Henry and Darien Roach, then introduced the 11 judges and special guest Keith Lamb, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management.

By 8:25 p.m., the pageant had officially started.

Talent Portion

The first Ms. Caribfest contestant Breanna Leary, exercise physiology from the Bahamas, did a contemporary dance routine to Beyonce’s’ “Pretty Hurts” to speak about the struggles of feeling beautiful and accepting yourself in today’s social media crazed society. In the music video for “Pretty Hurts,” Beyonce’s character competes in a beauty pageant.

Eyes wide and a sense of chills were in the air, the audience listened to first Mr. Caribfest contestant Taris Major, architecture and mechanical engineering senior also from the Bahamas, performed a dramatic speech, infused with music about the alleged links between mental health and school shootings. Major acted as if he was walking to class and was killed in a school shooting and then rose up in dark lighting to give his speech.

Grantley Samuels, another Mr. Caribfest contestant number three mechanical engineering senior, originating from Antigua and Barbuda, played steelpan and the audience pumped him up by cheering.

Swimsuit Portion

The swimsuit portion followed the talent portion and Roach joked that “This is my favorite section of the pageant!”

Before each contestant walked and strutted out to their music, the MCs read off a pre-written description of each contestants suit, written by the contestants themselves. Each description excluding two, described how the colors and styles related to their native islands. Along with each description the contestants described their favorite alcoholic drinks and where they’re most likely to be when they are home on the beaches.

All of the Ms. Caribfest contestants walked out to a remix of Coldplay’s “Paradise” and a caribbean type song. The Mr. contestants walked out to songs they selected whichever song they liked.

As Major strutted out in a Bermuda themed towel, then quickly removing it to reveal his very fitted yellow shorts, the audience went absolutely wild. People were cheering and yelling as Major strutted around, posed and even flexed his butt.

After the judges rated each contestant on criteria like “muscle tone and fitness”, “colors” and other things there was a long intermission were some musical performances filled the space.

Evening Wear/Interview Portion

Finally, after some time, the evening wear portion began. The two portions were combined I’m assuming in order to cut down the length of the pageant.

Each contestant slowly walked out to music and did their routine before stopping in the middle and talking with the MCs. The MCs had two hats in their hands, each hat with questions in them. Each contestant had to draw, or “dig” as the MCs kept referring to it, for their questions – assumed to add variety and fairness.

Each contestant answered a question referring back to their platform and one question about their biography.

Leary said “I want people to know that when you overcome such issues [low self-confidence and body image] it open a lot of doors and opportunities that makes life easier…I just want everyone to know they’re truly beautiful.” when asked about her platform and how it helped her achieve her goal of people building better confidence.

Unfortunately, one candidate caught stage fright mid-sentence.

However, the majority of the audience was extremely supportive, yelling things like ”It’s okay! That’s okay! It’s okay honey! You got this!” to help and encourage the contestant to go on and keep trying.

After all the contestants answered their questions classic pageant style, the show moved onto the results of the pageant, the most anticipated part of the show, the winners.

But, the results were not announced before the SOCA show winners from the previous night performed, Mr. and Ms. Caribfest 2017 individually walked out in evening wear while a three to four minute audio played wishing the contestants the best of luck, then once it was time for the results to be announced, the MCs had to stall while “technical difficulties” occurred. Henry sang “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran. After much wait, at least 45 minutes to an hour, the results were announced.

But not before each contestant got awarded a multitude of awards, such as, “Best Personality”, “Best Swimsuit” and of course, participation awards.

At 11:52 p.m., Mr. and Ms. Caribfest 2018 were announced –

Ms. Caribfest – Lydie Joseph, radiological sciences senior

Mr. Caribfest – Grantley Samuels, mechanical engineering senior

Runner ups – Ms. Angel Williams, math senior

Mr. Taris Major, mechanical engineering senior

Despite lighting issues where the lights were dimmed, off or on at the wrong times, a late start and many “technical difficulties”, the Mr. and Ms. Caribfest 2018 was a celebration of the islands culture and once again CSO was able to showcase their roots in an elegant pageant, complete with a king and queen.

 

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Hundreds expected to receive free medical care aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship

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The ship will arrive in Dominica on October 12

Hundreds of Dominicans are expected to receive free medical care when Chinese Navy Hospital Ship, Ark Peace visits Dominica beginning on Friday, 12th October.

The ship will remain in Dominica till October 19 and up to 600 people are expected to be accommodated beginning on October 13.

A range of services will be offered to the public including; gastroentology general surgery, Gastroenterology, gynecology which deals with the female reproductive system, males and their prostate, respiratory, dental, dermatology, traditional Chinese medicine to name a few.

“Due to the diplomatic relations between the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica and the Government of the People’s Republic of China, we in Dominica we are very happy to host the visit of the Chinese Navy Hospital Ship,” Director of the Primary Healthcare in Dominica, Dr. Laura Esprit said on state-owned DBS Radio. “Approximately 600 persons will be seen per day throughout the days…”

She continued, “There are various partners on this mission, but the ship is primary here with us as a Health Mission, hence the Ministry of Health and Social Services have a very significant role to play, and of course the public is being asked to take advantage.”

According to Dr. Esprit the ship will be able to provide medical services to the public from October 13th to October 17th.

“So even if it is here from the 12th to the 19th there are various activities that will take place,” she stated. “Persons will be able to access those services from Saturday, October 13th through Wednesday, October 17th”

She said visits start from about 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with a break in between for lunch.

Dr. Esprit mentioned that on October 16th the vessel will move from the Cruise Ship Berth in Roseau to the Woodbridge Bay Port in Fond Cole where only public officers will be given the opportunity to access the medical services.

She explained that people will be pre-screened before getting access to the hospital ship.

People will be screened on October 9 and 10.

Dr. Esprit said that more than 60 medical practitioners will be on board the ship and they vary according to their specialty.

Meantime, she stated that simultaneously with the activities that is happening aboard the ship there will be a dispatch of expert medical teams at four (4) pre-selected Health Centres.

“So while this is happening at the Cruise Ship Berth on Sunday, October 14th there will be a team sent to Grandbay, on the 15th a team sent to the Salybia Health Centre, on October 16th to the Laplaine Health Centre and the 17th at the Portsmouth Health Centre,” she explained. “According to the condition if the person cannot come down to Roseau the services will be provided to them at their health facility.”

Ark Peace set sail from Zhoushan, China on June 28 to carry out Mission Harmony – 2018.

Dominica is the 7th stop of the current mission.

This mission is the concrete practice of carrying forward international humanitarianism and disseminating the idea of peace, development, cooperation and win-win as well, which will be conducive to enhance the friendly relationship between China and Dominica and the two peoples as well.

The Chinese navy hospital ship Ark Peace is a large maritime medical platform designed and built in China. She was commissioned in December 2008 with pennant number 866. The ship boasts a length of 178 meters, a beam of 24 meters and an air draught of 35.5 meters.

She is in possession of 8 levels and a full displacement of 14,300 tons. The 4,000㎡ hospital ship is separated into five main areas respectively for casualty transfer, triage, outpatient, inpatient and evacuation.

Over the past 10 years since she was commissioned, Ark Peace has sailed altogether 215,000 nautical miles, visited 38 countries and provided medical services for more than 200,000 people, therefore, she has opened a window for the world to learn about China and is commended as a vivid name card of China in the new era.

This article was originally published on Dominica News Online.

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UWI Open Campus Valedictorian is Dominican, Kirk Edwards

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Valedictorian, Kirk Edwards
Kirk Edwards is from the Kalinago Territory

PRESS RELEASE (October 10th, 2018) – Dominican, Kirk Edwards is the Valedictorian of the graduating class of 2018 of the UWI Open Campus. Edwards will deliver remarks at the Presentation of Graduates Ceremony which will be held on Saturday, 13 October, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Royalton St. Lucia Resort and Spa, Cap Estate, St. Lucia.

Edwards, who is a Mathematics teacher, church leader and sports enthusiast, completed his Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Mathematics Education degree with First Class Honours.

Edwards is a proud member of the indigenous Kalinago community of Dominica and has been a teacher at the North East Comprehensive School for 10 years (2008 to present).

In 2012, he was a finalist in the Novice Teacher of the Year category of the Dominica Teachers Bi-Annual Awards. For the past four years, he has been tasked with the responsibility of heading the Mathematics department at the North East Comprehensive School.

Under his supervision, the school has experienced a steady increase in its pass rate at CXC examinations (CSEC & CCSLC), obtaining its best Mathematics past rate ever in 2018.

A proud member of the Church of the Nazarene in Dominica, his faith has been a major driving force in all that he does. His involvement in Youth Ministry, as well as his love of sports has given him many opportunities to serve his community.

After the official Presentation Ceremony, the new graduates and their guests will celebrate their academic achievements at an Official Reception hosted by the Government and people of St Lucia.

This 10th Presentation of Graduates Ceremony of The UWI Open Campus is being held during a significant milestone year of The UWI – its 70th Anniversary, celebrated under the theme “70 Years of Service and Leadership” to the region, and the Open Campus’ 10th year of success as an established campus of The UWI.

Over these ten (10) years, the Open Campus has developed a remarkable organisation based on technology, with the primary mission of “Opening Doors to Life-changing Learning”.

This year, the campus will officially be graduating seven hundred and three (703) graduands with Master’s, Bachelor’s and Associate degrees, as well as Certificates and Diplomas in a wide range of subject areas.

 

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Miss Wob Dwiyet Creole Pageant 2018 – The Contestants

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Tickets for Miss Wob Dwiyet Pageants will go on sale today at The Old Mill Cultural Centre, Valantine’s Store and Bull’s Eye Pharmacy!

 

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C&W Charitable Foundation contributes EC$ 1.2M to 3 Primary Schools and Public Library

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PRESS RELEASE (October 10, 2018)  As Dominica continues to respond to the active 2018 hurricane season including the passage of recent storm, TS Kirk, Flow, today announced an injection of EC $1.2M from the Cable and Wireless Charitable Foundation, towards hurricane recovery programs on the island.

Specifically, the Foundation will support three major projects on the island and donated EC $540,000 to the Government of Dominica to fund the rebuilding of the island’s lone public library which was totally destroyed by last year’s hurricane. An equal amount was contributed to the organisation All Hands & Hearts – Smart Response to help to rebuild and refurbish two primary schools, while EC$120,000 was donated to Flow’s adopted school, Roseau Primary.

All Hands & Hearts – Smart Response is an agency which supports the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. To date, volunteers from the organisation have completed work on the Paix Bouche Primary & Pre-School enabling the principal, teachers and students to return in time for the start of the new school year. Work is currently ongoing on the Morne Prosper Primary School.

Ellie Griffies Weld, Partnership Manager, All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response, says the organization is incredibly grateful for the generous donation from the Cable & Wireless Foundation to the work of All Hands & Hearts in Dominica.

“Their contribution has not only helped us to rebuild the Paix Bouche Primary School, but is also supporting us in our second project of rebuilding Morne Prosper Primary and Pre-School. Both of these schools have been designed and constructed using Build Back Better techniques, to ensure that they are resistant against future disasters, and will provide a safe and resilient learning environment for students, as well as serving as hurricane shelters for the wider community”.

At the Roseau Primary school, funding will be used to facilitate the advancement of the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) program at the school through the furnishing of the schools Computer Lab. This will include the full complement of Computers, installation of Projector & Screen, Television Flat screens, and multi-functional Printer.

General Manager at Flow, Jeffrey Baptiste says, “we at Flow and our regional foundation, The Cable and Wireless Charitable Foundation, are pleased to demonstrate our commitment to the Caribbean, and in particular markets affected by the 2017 Hurricanes including Dominica”.  According to Baptiste the Company has been focusing on both humanitarian efforts as well as restoring services to help restore a state of normalcy following one of the worst hurricanes to impact Dominica”.

It’s been one year since Hurricane Maria and Flow has restored its mobile network including the launch of 4G LTE. Restoration work is ongoing as the company is now rolling-out its Fibre to the Home Network and is preparing to launch IPTV early October.

The Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation was set up by C&W Communications as a response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the devastating hurricanes in 2017.  The Foundation focuses on both critical rehabilitation projects and longer-term sustainability programs.  The Foundation is funded by C&W Communications, its employees as well as a variety of partners and other donors.

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E.C Loblack Bridge to be completed and opened by December 15th

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The E. C Loblack Bridge is set to be completed and opened to pedestrians by December 15th 2018.

This was announced by Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit while doing a site visit to the bridge on Tuesday morning.

Mr. Skerrit noted that the bridge will be a replica of the West Bridge, at a cost of 6.5 million EC dollars.

He noted that the bridge was affected by Hurricane Maria, noting that the construction is seeking to make some adaptation done to the bridge to eliminate the possibility of what happened during Maria to happen again.

“So we are actually mimicking the style of the West Bridge was constructed last year, which withstood the forces of Maria, literally unscathed. This project is a cost of 6.5 EC dollars and we expect it to be completed in time on December 15th,” he noted.

He went on to say that while pedestrian access will be made possible sooner, in terms of motorable access, the bridge will be open by the 15th of December.

Mr. Skerrit went on to add that that the schedule is progressing on schedule, going on to commend the ministry of Public Works and the contractors.

“It’s a major undertaking there and the project is on schedule so I really want to commend the Ministry of Public Works for their oversight and for getting this done rather quickly, and also to the contractors for their usual diligence and their professionalism and their high quality of work,” Mr. Skerrit added.

 

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Electoral Office appoints five new Assistant Registering Officers

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Electoral Appointments
Chief Elections Officer Ian Michael Anthony with new Assistant Registering Officers Kelma Warrington (middle) and Sasha Darroux (right)

The Electoral Office of Dominica is pleased to announce the appointment of five (5) new Assistant Registering Officers.

The appointments were made pursuant to Registration of Electors Act (Chap. 2:03) of the Laws of Dominica and will be retroactive as of July 1, 2018.

The five new officers join Registering Officers in all 21 constituencies, and their Assistant Registering Officers, in playing a pivotal role in the electoral process, serving as the primary point of contact for prospective electors, persons seeking to change their polling districts and also providing the Electoral Office with information regarding deaths within their particular district, which allows for regular updating of the register of electors.

Chief Elections Officer Ian Michael Anthony said, “The appointment of Registering and Assistant Registering Officers, under the Registration of Electors Act is very essential to the whole process of registration, transfers and of those officers reporting on deaths. And so the commission has appointed several officers in those capacities.”

Mr Anthony believes that it is in the public interest to make persons aware of whom the Registering and Assistant Registering Officers are in their district and constituency and that even if it was not traditionally done, a list of those officers, those who are new and those who have been officers previously, should be made available to the public.

“We normally would not publish the entire list of officers, except for those newly appointed persons. However, we are making a departure from the norm and we are going to very soon publish the names of all our Registering and Assistant Registering Officers as well as their respective polling districts,” Mr Anthony said.

He added, “That way, the general public will know exactly who they should contact, [and] in what area, where they need to.”

Preliminary Electors List
The preliminary registers of electors for 2018 have been posted for public viewing in every polling district in the State and can be inspected at the homes of the Assistant Registering Officers in each respective polling district, during reasonable hours.

Electors are requested to inspect the list and to bring any discrepancy they identify, to the attention of the Registering Officer for the constituency, the Assistant Registering Officer for the polling district, or the electoral office at Jewel Street, Roseau by October 29, 2018.

Objections and Claims
Objections to the inclusion of a person’s name in the register of electors for a polling district may be made by any person registered in that polling district.

The objection must be on the prescribed form, in the objector’s own handwriting. Where the objector is unable to write, the form must be filled in the handwriting of the witness.

Persons eighteen (18) years of age or over, who are otherwise qualified are entitled to have their names included in the Revised Annual Lists.

Forms can be obtained from the Registering or Assistant Registering Officers for the constituency or polling districts, respectively.

Objections or claims must be made to the Registering Officers, no later than November 19, 2018, so that amendments where necessary can be reflected in the Revised Annual List, to be published November 30, 2018.

 

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Vacancy Notices at DHTA

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Two positions are currently vacant at the Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association – Office Administrator and Project & Membership Coordinator.

Office Administrator

 

Project and Membership Coordinator

 

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Val Ferry launches service in Dominica

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A new company, offering sea transportation from the neighboring French islands, has launched its service in Dominica.

Val Ferry, owned by Gei and Claude Vala, two brothers who previously owned and operated Caribbean Ferries, docked at Longhouse, Portsmouth on Friday 3 August 2018.

The new catamaran is scheduled to traverse between Marie-Galante, Fort-de-France, Les Saintes and Dominica.

Manager and co-owner of VAL FERRY, Claude Vala told the inauguration ceremony at Longhouse on Friday that Val Ferry will operate flexible schedules to and from Dominica; one in the morning and the other in the afternoon.

Vala said this day trip schedule will facilitate its partnership with Norwegian Airlines so that its international passengers can travel to Dominica without overnighting.

“Access to Dominica has always been a challenge and by you being here it helps to alleviate that challenge and make access to get to Dominica easier,” Minister for Tourism and Culture, Robert Tonge said.

He welcomed Val Ferry and expressed delight with the vessel which he said is “very spacious, it’s very clean, it’s very new”.

“So I definitely look forward to working together with Val Ferry to ensure that we can make more persons aware of how to get to Dominica, it’s a lot easier to get to Dominica,” Senator Tonge said.

Val Ferry will be docking at Longhouse, Portsmouth and for Mayor of Portsmouth, Titus Francis, this is welcomed news.

He described it as “an indication of a ray of hope” and “a breath of fresh air” following the announcement of Ross University’s departure.

“Dominica is a country that is blessed with a lot of natural beauty but with the natural beauty comes with natural problems,” Mr. Francis said adding that two natural disasters; Tropical Storm Erika and Hurricane Maria were primary responsible for Ross’s departure, as indicated by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit earlier that day.

“I am convinced that at the end of every tunnel there is some light and all is not lost for Dominica, all is not lost for Portsmouth,” Mr. Francis said.

Further, he noted that, the introduction of a new ferry service between Portsmouth and Guadeloupe “is the beginning of a sign of new times to come, better times to come, better days to come for Portsmouth”.

The article was originally published on Dominica Vibes.

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Lecture to revisit Traditional Architecture Approaches for climate resilience

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Fort Shirley survived Hurricane Maria

Press Release (October 3, 2018) – The Sixth Annual E.O. LeBlanc Memorial Lecture will focus on the techniques and designs of traditional Caribbean architecture and the role that a potential incorporation of these methods can have on Dominica’s efforts to “build back better.”

The lecture is being mounted by University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus Dominica and the Cultural Division on Thursday, October 4, 2018 commencing at 7:00 p.m. at the UWI Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Lennox Honychurch, Historian, will present on the topic: “Resilience and Traditional Architecture.”

Dr. Honychurch’s presentation will focus the lessons we can learn from our rich tradition and culture over the centuries, particularly in the design of housing structures.

He will examine the various weather resilient and aesthetically pleasing details used by our forefathers that could possibly protect our properties in future calamities brought about by climate change.

House at Pointe Baptiste

The E.O. LeBlanc Memorial Lecture public lecture series forms part of the National Independence Calendar and focuses on cultural themes as a celebration of the life and work of Edward Oliver Le Blanc, Dominica’s first Premier. He was devoted to culture and was an avid reader and poet.

This is Honychurch’s second presentation in the Series, as he presented on the topic: “Edward Oliver Le Blanc and the Creation of Nationalist History” in 2013. Other previous presenters of this lecture series were Dr. Alwin Bully, Dr. Irving André, Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald and Mr. Vladimir Lucien.

This post was originally published on Dominica Vibes.

 

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Prime Minister and Cabinet tour Anichi Resort and Spa Construction site

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The Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit and his Cabinet, were given their first tour of the construction site of Anichi Resort & Spa.

They toured the site on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018 from 10 a.m.

This is the first time that the entire Cabinet has toured the property and receive a view of the progress being made on the intended five-star resort, since the beginning of construction.

Marketing Manager of Anichi Development said the construction of Anichi Resort & Spa began January, 2018 and is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

When completed there will be a total of 128 rooms, as well as pools, a ballroom, and a restaurant among other amenities.

Anichi Resort & Spa is an Autograph Collection hotel being built in Picard by Oriental Developers (Caribbean) Ltd. as part of Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Programme.

This article was first published on Dominica Vibes.

 

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[PHOTOS] Independence & Reunion 2018 officially opens

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The official opening of the 2018 Independence Season and Reunion will take place on Saturday afternoon.

Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence said the opening ceremony will take place at the Botanic Gardens and not the Windsor Park Sports Stadium as previously announced due to ongoing repairs there.

He encouraged Dominicans to come out and support the event which will take place on the cricket field from 5 p.m.

“It’s not that it will be a very long ceremony but we hope it will be exciting, it will be colourful and something that will help really memorialize forty years of independence.”

Lawrence added that the entire cricket grounds will be used as the stage as Dominica’s culture will be on display during the ceremony.

The ceremony will begin with speeches from government officials followed by “hundreds of performers from all over the island, coming out”, he said.

These include drummers, dancers, Ophelia Marie, Tasha P, Daddy Chess, Daryl Bobb, Ian Michael Anthony, the Kalinago performers as well as a carnival section displaying various costumes.

“So we hope that it will be a very exciting spectacle as we officially open the celebrations.”

 

This article was first published on Dominica Vibes.

 

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Four-day Kweyol Wandevou for Independence

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UPDATE: Leading up to the WCMF 2018 the Government of Dominica is pleased to present to you Kweyol Wandevou! See you at the Botanical Gardens in Roseau, Dominica from October 22-25, 2018 for this exciting day time event! Lots to eat and drink, accompanied by exciting performances from 12pm-7pm daily. See you there!

A new day time event will be introduced for the 2018 Independence Season.

Creole Rendezvous is an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and will be held in October.

Earlson Mathew from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture said during the Dominica Festivals Committee weekly press conference on Wednesday, that the event will provide a platform for local bands and artists to show case their talent and also an opportunity to share and preserve seemingly endangered traditions to a large and diverse audience.

“From the Tourism stand point, what visitors spend on island will help increase revenue earned by all stakeholders as well as give these visitors the full creole experience,” Mr. Mathew said.

Creole Rendezvous will be a four day event with an assortment of daily themes in line with the Re-Discover Dominica Campaign.

The themes for the four day event will include ,day one rediscover fun, day two rediscover mystery, day three rediscover taste and  day four rediscover rhythm.

Creole Rendezvous will be held at the Botanical Gardens 22nd – 25th October, 2018 with an admission fee of five dollars.

The official flyer

 

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Dominican entrepreneur participates in US government-sponsored program

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Lien Philogene-Norville is among 13 young entrepreneurs participating in the program

Dominican Lien Philogene-Norville is among 13 young entrepreneurs participating in U.S. Department of State’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program.

YLAI empowers entrepreneurs and civil society leaders to strengthen their capacity to launch their entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to economic development in their communities.

Shawn Maille from Antigua and Barbuda; Christina Hunte, Corey Jackman and Phillip Kellman from Barbados; Lien Philogene-Norville from Dominica; Michael Thomas from Grenada; Shane Browne and Janeel Boone from St. Kitts and Nevis; Nyus Alfred, Johanan Dujon, Laurah John and Chadia Mathurin from St. Lucia, and Karen De Freitas from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, travelled to the United States to participate in the program.

They will take part in a four-week program from September 20 until October 23.

The 13 entrepreneurs joined their Caribbean and Latin American counterparts with the goal of expanding their leadership and entrepreneurial experience through fellowships at businesses and civil society organizations across the United States.

YLAI Fellows will build networks and lasting partnerships to attract investments and support for their entrepreneurial ventures.

This article was first published on Dominica News Online.

 

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White House selects former NECS student for prestigious scholar award

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Jose Thomas
Thomas is a former NECS student and beneficiary of Marigot Development Corporation US study program

Former student of the North East Comprehensive School (NECS), Joseˊ Thomas, has been selected by the White House to be a 2018 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Competitiveness Scholar.

Thomas is a beneficiary of the Marigot Development Corporation (MDC) US Study Program and scholar’s award is part of a White House Initiative on HBCUs (WHIHBCU).

She was nominated by Dr. William Harvey, the President of her school, Hampton University, and the White House subsequently selected her as a scholar for the 2018/2019 academic year.

As part of this initiative, she is currently attending the 2018 WHIHBCU Conference in Washington DC.

It is intended that the HBCU Competitiveness Scholars will help form the next generation of leaders who exhibit and champion HBCU excellence.

The WHIHBCU select Scholars based on (i) Academic Achievement: established classroom performance; (ii) Civic and Campus Engagement: proven leadership to make a positive difference at their institutions and in their communities; and (iii) Entrepreneurial Ethos: demonstrated character to pursue new opportunities, despite limited resources, i.e., the “go-getter” or competitive spirit.

Thomas attended NECS, then the St. Margaret’s School in Virginia and is now a senior at Hampton University.

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Jose Thomas (second left) with other scholars

She has been an exemplary student leader at both schools.

At Hampton University she was inducted into the prestigious academic international honor society for business, management and administration, Sigma Beta Delta and was selected to join the Teach for America Corps during summer 2018.

The MDC said, “We wish Joseˊ continued success as she approaches graduation at Hampton University and in the pursuit of graduate school, the next step on her academic journey.”

This article was originally published on DominicaNewsOnline.

 

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Kings of Cadence-lypso to Star at WCMF 2018

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Press Release – Roseau, Dominica – (September 20, 2018): The Kings of Cadence-lypso, the legendary Midnight Groovers of Sout’ City, Grand Bay, Dominica will be among the star attractions on night two of the 20th edition of Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival when they perform at Festival City on Saturday 27th October, 2018, at Windsor Park Sports Stadium, Roseau, Dominica.

The Midnight Groovers boasts more than 40 years of grooving, representing the authentic roots music from Dominica will once again present their unique and distinctive sound to the World Creole Music Festival stage. Known for their hard-hitting, socially conscious lyrics and a sound that is as powerful today as it was 40 years ago, Groovers will excite and entertain its legions of cadence-lypso fans from far and near.

They are coming together to deliver another stellar performance from their large catalogue of over 35 albums and their many hit songs over the years. Led by the indomitable Phillip “Chubby” Mark on the bass or upfront, in association with his guitar and keyboard-playing brother, Marcel “Co” Mark, Groovers are among the greatest and most prolific Dominican musical groups of all time. The Grand Bay musical outfit is , impressive, versatile and equally entertaining. They have carved a niche for themselves in the annals of Dominica’s history and music culture for their legendary status and musical prowess.

Known for their hits such as Coco Sec, Milk and Honey, Ou Se Sa Ou lay, Ail Soucouer Sac Ou, Anita, Hypocrites, Angela, Babylon, Mandela and so much more, Groovers is coming from a successful tour of the United Kingdom and recent high level local performances. Cadence-lypso fans are sure to find the Groovers every bit as exciting, motivated and highly energized when they take to the stage on Night Two of the WCMF 2018.

For more information on the 20th Annual World Creole Music Festival, visit www.DominicaFestivals.com

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 1-767- 448-2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

 

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