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The carnival season in Dominica is yet another time of the year when a high level of consumer activity is displayed. Many use this opportunity to indulge in excesses, such as alcohol, cigarettes, liming, fêteing, and eating, some of which should be done in moderation, and others, should be avoided at all cost. As wise consumers we should be aware that moderation is always better than intemperance.

One of our basic rights as a consumer is the right to safe in goods and services. Unfortunately during the carnival season this right is often abused. The following are a few safety tips for consumers who are taking part in the carnival celebrations. Ensure:

Safety of property – Secure your home before leaving. House break-ins and car jacking are very common during the carnival season.

Safety of food is yet another important area. Examine vendors’ surroundings. The presence of running water and washroom facilities must be close by; avoid buying cooked food on the road ways; look for that food badge, purchase fruits as a first option or better yet, eat at home before you leave.

Ensure that venues are safe. Enquire about the security available at the parties that you wish to go to, have a clear idea of the exits and entrances in the case of emergencies.

There is safety in numbers – If possible avoid going to fetes alone it is always better to travel in numbers.

You should also avoid carrying large sums of cash when masquerading, take only what you need or walk with a debit card. Do not wear excessive jewelry, or the type that draws attention to you, there is a risk of making yourself a target for thieves.

Remember, although you have a right to enjoy carnival, but also you need to be responsible in your actions during this festive season.

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Lagoon Street Jam is a definite favorite part of carnival in Dominica. It’s another pre-taste for the real thing: Calypso, Bouyon Music, lots of people and Kubuli would accurately describe this jam. Like the other activities, this is open to everyone because Carnival in Dominica is all about ‘More Fete and Less Twaka.’

A big heads-up to the guys at Dominicacarnival.com – who will be Streaming the Lagoon Street Jam Live

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One of the more popular songs at this years Calypso Finals, is a song by the reigning calypso monarch the Hunter called “Succeed.” The song basically speaks about how girls are succeeding more at school than boys. And it’s a fact; girls are doing much better at tertiary level than boys. Why boys are not succeeding in school? There are a million and one reasons – too long for this post, but at this rate we’re going girls will be occupying all the managerial positions; if they’re not already.

Not to long ago I came across this article which spoke about –The Secret of Success in Eight Words, which I found to be true. But when I thought about it, most of the values to be successful are non-existent in boys and the majority for Dominican men today. It doesn’t matter at what stage you’re in your life; to be successful you must know the values of success.

The Secret of Success in eight words
1.Passion – Do it for love, not for money
2.Work – Nothing comes easily, work hard and have fun
3.Good – Be damn good at what you doing, practice, practice, practice
4.Focus – Focus on one thing
5.Push – Push yourself, push your shyness and your self doubt, even your mother can help
6.Serve – Serve other something of value
7.Ideas – Have a good Idea
8.Persist – You have to persist through failure or through CRAP

Criticism
Rejection
Assholes – excuse me!
Pressure

Anything left? What is your key to success?

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