first_img Share 133 Views   2 comments LocalNewsSports Five more qualified umpires for Dominica by: – March 15, 2014 Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share (L-R): Mathew Auguiste, Michael Royer and Delroy GeorgeFive more Dominicans have been ushered into the West Indies Umpires Association.Mathew Auguiste, Andy Williams, Claudius Lestrade, Delroy George, and Michael Royer, who successfully completed the oral and practical examinations, complement twenty-six other fully qualified umpires here.Having excelled at the oral and practical examinations, they have graduated from class C umpires to fully qualified Cricket umpires.“It is indeed a great pleasure for us at the Dominica Cricket Umpires Association to present to you the five successful candidates of the West Indies Cricket Umpires Association,” president of the Association Lennox Abraham said at a press conference on Friday, March 15, 2014.Only Matthew Auguiste, Michael Royer and Delroy Geroge attended Friday’s press conference.“We were very happy with their performances at the practical, oral examination because most of them, if not all of them, got in the nineties and we are very happy about that”.In welcoming the five new umpires to the Association, Abraham admonished them to “continue to work at it”.“They have to go out behind the stumps and they have to practice, practice, practice- it’s only then that you become a good umpire,” Abraham noted.Matthew Auguiste, who told the press conference that he loves cricket, added that “it is a great privilege to be recognized as one of those umpires that have moved on from a class C to a well-qualified umpire”.He explained that his motivation to become a qualified umpire came from viewing cricket matches in which umpires made the wrong decisions.“When my playing days was up then I decided I wanted to get involved in the cricket some other way and umpiring became the primary aspect,” Michael Royer, another qualified umpire said.“The journey was not all that easy,” he added.The umpires thanked Billy Doctrove, Eddie Bruno and Lennox Abraham who provided coaching and training to them.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

first_img 542 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Maximum security block at prison to be transformed by: Dominica Vibes News – August 21, 2015 Share Not actual picture of maximum security blockEfforts to address challenges at the Dominica State Prison are ongoing, National Security Minister Rayburn Blackmoore has said.There have been concerns about the conditions at the State Prison, especially on the Maximum Security block, which has been described as inhumane by prisoners. Mr. Blackmoore, who visited the State Prison on Thursday 20 August 2015, said discussions are under way with the Ministry of Public Works to transform the maximum prison cells to include proper washroom facilities. “We are going to have proper washroom facilities without compromising the security aspect of it…currently there is discussion with the Ministry of Public Works to see how that can be done,” he said.“We have to understand that notwithstanding the fact that you have prisoners, but prisoners have certain basic rights and in 2015 we do not think it is appropriate for persons to be urinating in pails and the pails have to be transported to somewhere else in the early mornings,” the Minister explained.He announced that among the items being discussed to help transform the prison is the introduction of aluminum toilets and bunk beds to accommodate at least three inmates in one cell. Mr. Blackmoore noted that there is ongoing work for a proper administrative block to house the prison superintendent and administrative staff. While the Minister acknowledged that some outstanding issues that need to be addressed at the prison, he said there have been some improvements made.“We have seen some improvements in the aspect of lighting and of course the government has been able to provide funding for that”.“I am happy to have seen that some of the lights are actually installed so that aspect of the security of the prisons is being augmented in so far as having a buffer zone that is critical to any prison,” Mr Blackmoore said.The Dominica State Prison was constructed in October 1954.last_img read more

first_imgManaging Director of the National Bank of Dominica, Ellingworth Edwards accepting the award from the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Government of St Kitts and Nevis, Ionie Liburd-WillettThe Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has presented the 2015 Best Corporate Citizen Award among ECCU Commercial Banks to the National Bank of Dominica Limited for its outstanding contribution to the overall development and welfare of the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica.The ECCB initiated, the Best Corporate Citizen Award Among ECCU Commercial Banks in 1997. The award recognises commercial banks, which operate within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU), for implementing, participating in and promoting programmes designed to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. Banks are assessed for demonstrating social responsibility in the areas of: Educational Development; Community Outreach and Social Services; Environmental Awareness; Sports; Cultural Development; Customer Service; and Financial Education and Empowerment. Good Corporate Citizen Awards are presented to the banks which have made outstanding contributions in the respective categories, while the Best Corporate Citizen Award is presented to the bank which demonstrates significant contribution to the overall development of the ECCU through human resource development and sustained community outreach. The 2015 Best Corporate Citizen Awards Ceremony was held at the ECCB Headquarters, St Kitts and Nevis, on 4 November, following the presentation of the 20th Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture. The National Bank of Dominica Limited also received the Good Corporate Citizen Awards for Educational Development and Cultural Development.The other banks which received Good Corporate Citizen Awards were:• Bank of Saint Lucia Ltd, which received the Good Corporate Citizen Award for Financial Education and Empowerment;• Grenada Co-operative Bank Ltd, which received Good Corporate Citizen Awards for Environmental Awareness and Customer Service;• Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited, which received the Good Corporate Citizen Award for Sports; and• The Bank of Nova Scotia Antigua, which was presented with the Good Corporate Citizen Award for Community Outreach and Social Services.The awards were presented by Mrs Ionie Liburd-Willett, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Government of St Kitts and Nevis. Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet BusinessLocalNews NBD is 2015’s Best Corporate Citizen by: – November 6, 2015 215 Views   one commentlast_img read more

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet E. O LeBlancThe role of Caribbean people’s relationship with the Divine and the expression of that relationship in the Arts will be at the forefront when the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus Dominica and the Cultural Division host the Fifth Annual E.O. Leblanc Memorial Lecture on Thursday, October 6, 2016 commencing at 7:00 p.m. at the Fort Young Hotel Conference Room. This event is free and open to the public. Mr. Vladimir Lucien, award-winning poet, author and actor from St. Lucia, will present on the topic: “Folk Songs Have No Authors: Creative Force and the Individual Talent in Caribbean Arts and Culture.”Caribbean people’s relationship with the spiritual has always extended to several spheres of life. From election outcomes to upward and downward social mobility, to love relationships and art, the region’s people have always believed in divine connections. Vladimir LucienMr. Lucien’s presentation will focus on the talent evoked through Caribbean works of art as an expression of the relationships that artists have with the Divine. It will be an exploration of the connection between Caribbean spirituality and the Arts. The E.O. LeBlanc Memorial Lecture public lecture series forms part of the National Independence Calendar and focuses on cultural themes in 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. The previous presenters of this lecture series were Mr. Alwin Bully, Dr. Lennox Honychurch, Dr. Irving André and Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald. EducationEntertainmentLocalNewsTertiary Memorial Lecture to Discuss the Arts as a Relationship with the divine by: – October 3, 2016center_img Share Share 113 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

AID Bank honors 3 retirees

first_img 818 Views   one comment Violet Elfreda AbrahamThree retired staff members of the Dominica Agricultural Industrial Development (AID) Bank were honored for their dedicated years of service at the 24th Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at the Fort Young Hotel.The honorees were Ursula McDowell-Job, Dr. Emaline Harris Collymore and Violet Elfreda Abraham. McDowell-Job accepted her placque from Minister for Planning, Economic Development and Investment, Dr Collin John McIntyre, who represented Finance Minister, Prime Minister Skerrit.Senior Manager Human Resource and Administration, Romaulda Hyacinth, and Linda Gonzalez-Peltier, Assistant Manager, Finance and Accounts (Ag.) also accepted the plaques from Dr. Collin John McIntrye, on behalf of Dr. Harris-Collymore, who is currently out of state and Violet Elfreda Abraham respectively, who was unable to attend.According to the citation read, Ursula McDowell-Job worked at the AID Bank for twenty-seven years, during which she held different positions until retirement. McDowell- Job joined the AID Bank in October 1988 as a student loans officer. In October 1991, she was promoted to the position of Senior Administrative Officer Bank Secretary. In 1999, she was appointed to the position of Personnel Officer and during that stint she acted in positions such as Chief Loans Administration Officer, and Administrative Officer.McDowell-Job holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science Degree in Training and Human Resource Management. During the restructuring of the bank in 2009, McDowell-Job was appointed to the position of Senior Manager, Human Resource and Administration, a position she held until her retirement on 22nd January 2016,” the citation read.Dr. Emaline Harris CollymoreDr. Emaline Harris Collymore was also awarded for over thirty years of service to the AID Bank.Dr. Emmline Harris Collymore joined the AID Bank in July 1986 as an industry officer. In 1989, she was promoted to the position of Research and Information Officer and in 1996 to Chief Projects Officer. In 1997, she was appointed to the position of Manager Investments. “Dr. Collymore also acted in the position of General Manager on numerous occasions. In October 2009, she was appointed to the position of Executive Manager Cooperate Affairs with the responsibility for the Industrial Estate Unit, the Management Information System Unit, the Communications Unit and Funding. She held that position up until her retirement on December 8, 2016,” the citation stated. Dr. Collymore holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, a Master of Science degree in Agricultural economics, and a Doctor of Philosophy Agricultural Economics. Violet Elfreda Abraham, the third honoree, served the AID Bank for over thirty years.Abraham first joined the AID Bank in 1981 as a student loans officer. In January 1982, she was promoted to the position of Junior Industry Officer and in 1983 to the position of Industry Officer. Thereafter, Abraham also served as an Assistant Manager in the loans department. In 1989, upon her return from study leave, she was appointed to the position of Accountant and in spite of many organizational restructurings; she continued to serve in the highest capacity within the Accounts department. Abraham is a certified general accountant and has acted in numerous other positions within the bank, including that of Chief Loans Administrative Officer, Manager of Finance, Chief Finance Officer, and General Manager. “In 2009, Ms. Abraham was appointed to the position of Senior Manager Finance and Accounts, a position she held until her retirement on 8th December 2016,” the citation reads. BusinessLocalNews AID Bank honors 3 retirees by: Dominica Vibes News – February 9, 2017 Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

first_img Tweet EducationLocalNewsSecondary DFA to award six scholarships by: Dominica Vibes News – August 17, 2017 210 Views   3 comments DFA President Glen EtienneThe Dominica Football Association will award six young high schoolers with scholarships for the academic year 2017/2018. President of the DFA Glen Etienne who made this announcement at the association’s annual awards ceremony on Saturday August 12 said the DFA’s executive committee took this decision recognizing that sports and academics go hand in hand. “These six scholarships will go to deserving boys and girls who have all participated in the various leagues under the auspices of the Dominica Football Association. This is meant to provide relief to the parents and to help players realize that their talent can bring them reward,” he said. Six Dominican footballers received scholarships to attend university and colleges in the United States.Andrez Joseph, Alijah Titre, Fitz Jolly, Gylles Michel, Montell James and Romelcia Phillip secured these scholarships after taking part in the Free Kick Foundation the College Player Showcase earlier this year. Etienne commended the Free Kick Foundation (FKF), the Harlem Sports Club and the DFA’s executive committee and anyone else who made it possible for these young athletes to secure these scholarships.Their achievement, he said must be emulated by others adding that the association is elated that the opportunity to attain higher education was granted to these six young people.“The DFA will continue to assist individuals in their educational pursuits and to constantly seek opportunities for their advancement,” he said. Sharecenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

first_imgThis was announced by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Urban Renewal, Careen Prevost at the daily press conference at the Financial Center on Wednesday, October 4th, 2017. Share Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Relief Reaches Almost 100% of the Country by: – October 4, 2017 She also confirmed that they are working on strengthening the distribution on the community level. Tweet Prevost added that focus is now being placed on the delivery of supplies at the community level. She noted that they are aware that in some communities, where supplies have been delivered, every resident may not have received supplies. center_img Almost one hundred percent of communities around the island have been accessed by relief distribution following the ravages of Hurricane Maria two weeks ago. Share Relief Supplies She went on to thank citizens for their patience and all those who have assisted in any way. “This is a challenging time for us as a country and as a people and we just want to thank all those who have exercised patience in one way another. We will get to you and we will try to get to everyone. We also want to thank the agencies who are filling in the gaps, the churches, service groups and all the individuals who have been distributing supplies to any of our communities,” she further stated. “Now, I would like to emphasize that one hundred percent of the communities may not necessarily mean one hundred percent of the population, but, we have reached almost every community in Dominica, in terms of delivery of supplies,” she explained. 1218 Views   5 commentslast_img read more

first_imgMinister Catherine Daniel (file photo)Village councils have been encouraged to help build community resilience as it observes Local Government Month.May has been observed as Local Government Month for the past twenty-nine years. The month is set aside to highlight the role that local government plays in national development. This year’s observation will be held under the theme ‘Building Resilience Through Local Government’.In an address to officially open the month-long observation on Tuesday 1 May 2018, Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs, Family and Gender Affairs, Catherine Daniel said village councils form an integral part in government’s quest to build community resilience.According to Daniel, we are all on a journey to build community resilience and this will be achieved when we ensure that no citizen is left behind or treated with disdain or indifference. “We will achieve community resilience when we ensure than the services we provide reach the most vulnerable among us, that we provide professional services to the elderly and physically and mentally challenged, that our children receive the care and support required to enjoy a decent life and gain a good education,” Minister Daniel stated.The minister expressed the view that village councils can provide community leadership in monitoring the interventions of various organizations that are working within their respective communities.“You must ensure that you provide accurate data and guidance on the needs of the communities. Take the time to communicate with your people and serve well all those who visit your offices. Councils must play their part in networking with other agencies to avert wastage and maximize the use of resources for improvement and rebuilding of our communities,” Minister Daniel indicated.She added that the Dominica Labour Party administration is particularly concerned about communities that are prone to flash flooding and landslides.It is for this reason that government has committed resources and engaged heavy equipment to clean and dredge rivers and waterways, to reduce the risk of flooding.Meanwhile, Minister Daniel said the resilience of communities is not only achieved through investment in livelihoods, housing, bridges, river walls and river dredging.“We must also rebuild our faith and resolve, we must resolve to care more for each other, to love each other and serve each other with diligence and a sense of purpose. This calls for renewing our faith in God, renewing of our attitudes, our hearts, and renewing of our commitment to each other,” she explained.Minister Daniel therefore called on citizens to join hands, hearts and resources towards the goal of achieving resilience.“Let us sound the trumpet and ask with conviction these words well captured in song, ‘what service shall we render thee? Dominica, we love’. It is that resolve that each chairman, councilor, clerk, man, woman and child must make in the pursuit of building community resilience through concerted local effort,” Minister Daniel added. Tweet Share Share LocalNewsPolitics Village councils urged to build community resilience by: – May 1, 2018center_img 83 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

first_img Sharing is caring! 535 Views   2 comments Share LocalNewsPolitics Dominica Housing Development Projects by: – June 5, 2018 Sharecenter_img Tweet Share This house, at Pointe Michel, was built by Sustainable Housing Limited of Barbados as part of a contract with government to provide one thousand houses here post Hurricane Maria(Press Release) In Government’s continued thrust to address the need for safe and resilient housing for families directly affected by the passage of Hurricane Maria, the Ministry of Housing and Lands in collaboration with the Montreal Management Consultants Establishment (MMCE) is funding the construction of apartment buildings around Dominica.The Official Launching Ceremony for the East Coast Housing Project will be held on Wednesday 6th June, 2018 at 4.00 p.m. at the Castle Bruce Playing Field. The project will be distributed among the following communities: Delices, La Plaine, Castle Bruce, San Sauveur and Grand Fond and will comprise a total of 330 residential units, i.e. 66 in each community. The units will be made up of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments which will be constructed by the MMCE.Additionally, there will be the Official Launching Ceremony for the Northern Housing Project on Thursday 7th June, 2018 at 5.30 p.m. at the Georgetown Site (Main Road east of the Port Compound). This project will be made of a similar nature.The Government of Dominica is very grateful for the support and cooperation of the residents and people of Dominica who will benefit from these projects.last_img read more

first_img Share LocalNews DAPD to mount display in tribute of founder by: – October 24, 2018 Sharing is caring! 225 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Share Executive Director of the DAPD, Natalie MurphyAs part of its 35th Anniversary, the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD) will be mounting an Educational and Public Display in tribute to its Founder, Reginald Rolle.The DAPD is celebrating their 35th anniversary under the theme “DAPD 35 and Still Alive, Remembering Reginald Rolle the Trailblazer.”In an interview with Da Vibes Executive Director of the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD) Natalie Murphy said the association has succeeded with all of their challenges and the association is paying tribute to Reginald Rolle the founder of the association.“Mr. Reginald Rolle died over fifteen years ago, he was very instrumental in the success DAPD now enjoys, Mrs. Murphy stated.Meantime Mrs. Murphy encourage the public to support the 12th annual DAPD Dollar Day.“The day is called “Day of Giving to DAPD” and persons can contribute to the association on that particular day or any other day,” Mrs. Murphy said.The DAPD Educational and Public Display in tribute to its Founder, Reginald Rolle will be held on the grounds of the Prevost Cinemall on Friday October 26, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.last_img read more

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