4th Annual ‘Levity and Ital-Fest Experience, Food, Art & Music,’ to be presented from 7th to 9th July 2017
The 4th Annual ‘Levity and Ital-Fest Experience, Food, Art & Music,’ will be presented by Grandmasters Production from 7th to 9th July 2017, at the Old Mill Cultural Center in Canefield, under the theme, ‘Bringing Families and Communities Together Through Entertainment’.
The program will include a wellness symposium, yoga workshop, open fire acoustics, exhibitions, poetry & comedy, youthful games, relaxation by the river, exhibitions, open mike sessions, and an acoustic definite.
Promoters say initiative is designed to promote Dominica’s natural beauty and its abundance of natural foods. Dominica being the Nature Isle of the Caribbean, makes it one of the biggest promoters of eating naturally, because of the abundance of naturally grown healthy foods; Additionally, there will be live performances from various artistes including Atunya, Silk Asara, Judah, Iriemiah, and Ayma.
The promoters also hope to protect the environment, by using little to no plastic and Styrofoam material. The opening ceremony is scheduled to take place at 5 pm on Friday 7th July 2017, at the Old Mill Cultural Center, followed by a wellness symposium, yoga workshop and open fire acoustics. Individual Patrons will pay $10 to enter; couples will pay $15, and families will pay $25.
Disaster Consultant Cecil Shillingford says bulk of rain is on Guadeloupe heading to the Leeward Islands
A westward moving Tropical Wave will continue to generate cloudiness, shower and thunderstorm activity across the area during tonight into Thursday.
Disaster Consultant, Cecil Shillingford, says the bulk of rainfall however, is over Guadeloupe and heading into the Leeward Islands. He says weather conditions are expected to improve later today.
Meanwhile persons in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are still being advised to be vigilant and to exercise caution.
Roseau South MP, Joshua Francis, calls for a more open system of governance in Dominica. He is of the view that the type of governance witnessed over the past few years, is opaque and secretive.
Speaking directly to the electoral process here, he says "we cannot and should not be dishonest within the purview of electoral practices in Dominica".
He called on the Government to dialogue with the people, and listen to their views on the ramifications of proposed amendments to the Electoral Laws.
Athie Martin rubbishes Sam Raphael’s claim that the Opposition did not present plans to rebuild the economy
Political Activist Athie Martin disputes Hotel Developer Sam Raphael’s claims, that the Opposition has not produced any viable plan to rebuild the Dominican economy.
On Monday, Hotel Developer Sam Raphael made claims that the UWP Opposition failed to convince people to see them as an alternative Government, and accused the Opposition of focusing only on getting in power, rather than being a counter-balance to the current Government.
According to Martin, Raphael is aware that the Opposition UWP had presented plans that included logical development strategies to move the country forward. He went on to describe Raphael’s statement as loose; saying Mr Raphael “knows better.
Orion Academy graduating class reminded there is strength in diversity, by featured speaker Dione Green ….
Photo: DA Vibes
Eight (8) students graduated from the Orion Academy on Tuesday 27th June 2017, at a ceremony held at the Dominica State College Auditorium in Stockfarm, under the theme ‘Strength in Diversity’.
The graduating class was reminded that there is strength in diversity. That reminder came from featured speaker Dione Green. The graduates were Loushema Lott-Coakley, Ethanyahu Benjamin, Alice Carlton, Jamie Joseph, Tareq Mansour, Lisa-Marie Lawrence, Mohammed Dante Richards, and Louis Riviere.
Green told the graduates diversity “is just another way to be stronger’, and that was evidenced by his example and personal experience, having only recently returned to Dominica from France, where he underwent rehabilitation for his new prosthetic legs. He had been a double amputee for over sixteen (16) years as a result of an accident.
Louis Riviere, who was named Valedictorian, received awards for Spanish, English, Literature, Social Studies, Chemistry, Biology & Physics. He shared the subject awards for Principles of Business and Internet Technology with Lisa Marie Lawrence.
Lisa-Marie Lawrence also obtained the subject prizes for Mathematics and French. Ethanyahu Benjamin received the award for Principles of Accounts, and Lou-shema Lott-Coakley received an award for exemplifying Orion’s motto.
Riviere told her peers, “The true meaning of tonight’s theme is found in the culture of the class, and the variety of differences that make each of us an individual. These differences are manifested in the range of ideologies, beliefs, faiths, and outlooks that can be found among us”.
Agriculture Minister Johnson Drigo now highlights the importance of Cassava to the Agriculture Sector ….
Agriculture Minister Johnson Drigo has highlighted the importance of Cassava to the Agriculture Sector.
A 2-day workshop aimed at assisting local farmers to elevate and improve the production of cassava got underway on Wednesday morning, at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau.
Dominica is one of the three (3) Caribbean countries benefitting from a grant agreement funding, which was signed between the Food & Agriculture organization sub-regional office for the Caribbean and the Barbados based Caribbean development bank (CDB).
The 3-year project valued at US 1.2Million dollars is expected to introduce new improved varieties of cassava into the region as well as link farmers with new markets, namely Agro-processors.
Mr Drigo spoke with members of the media following the opening session of the workshop.
Drigo says cassava has to become part of the bread making business in Dominica.
He says facilities have been upgraded and established for the cassava farmers.
Agriculture Minister Johnson Drigo.
Dominica Education Ministry wants to enhance performance in Literacy among Primary School Students ….
The Ministry of Education is seeking to enhance the performance in literacy among Primary School Students.
Acting Education Minister Catherine Daniel says, at the ministerial level, a number of measures have been set in place to better students' performance in literacy.
Daniel says among such measures, is the continuous training of teachers at the primary school level.
Acting Education Minister Catherine Daniel.
Dominica officially welcomed a new Ambassador from the Argentine Republic on Wednesday.
His Excellency Luis Beltran Martinez-Thomas presented his letter of credence to the President of Dominica, His Excellency Charles Savarin.
The two countries established diplomatic relations in 1985. President Savarin said relations between the two countries have been cordial.
President Savarin said Dominica has benefitted from technical assistance from the Republic of Argentina, in the areas of health, tourism and education, to name a few.
President of Dominica His Excellency Charles Savarin.
Police now seeking collaboration with the public in order to investigate & deter rising crime in Dominica ….
Assistant Superintendent of Police attached to the Criminal Investigations Department Matthew Cuffy has said that a collaborative effort with the general public is needed in order to investigate and deter crimes on island.
A total of 9 homicides have already been recorded in Dominica for 2017.
The latest was that of vagrant Andy Carbon whose body was found lying in a pool of blood in the vicinity of the Bayfront. Another vagrant has since been charged with that killing.
And Cuffy says that the force is committed towards fighting crime on the island and to ensure the safety of the island's citizens.
Matthew Cuffy, Assistant Superintendent of Police, attached to the Criminal Investigations Department.
CEO of Antigua & Barbuda’s CBI Unit insists travel documents issued under the CBI were processed lawfully….
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Antigua & Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), Charmaine Quinland-Donovan, has assured all industry participants, new citizens and the general public, that citizenships granted, and the resulting travel documents issued under the country’s citizenship by investment programme (CIP), have been processed in accordance with the law, and international best practices.
“The benefits of the program to the people of Antigua & Barbuda are significant,” the CEO said. “More than US$200 million from inception to date have come from the CIP. Therefore, neither the government nor the unit would undertake any measures that would undermine the effective administration and standing of the program, or compromise the mobility of Antiguan & Barbudan citizens”.
Quinland-Donovan confirmed that the earnings of the programme have been utilized to service the International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan; meet monthly Social Security and pension shortfalls; support the solid waste cleanup programme; contribute to the project to provide affordable homes for Antiguans and Barbudans, and support the Barbuda Council in meeting its expenses.
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