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Archive for September, 2008

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Your Dominica morning news roundup for Friday September 26th 2008:

Let me start this brew by apologizing for not being able to post the regular “Morning Brew” – reason: serious headache.

After winning three regional titles, the latest being the Miss Caribbean World pageant in Tortola, British Virgin Islands last Saturday. The Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) has taken a decision to name the VIP section at the 11th Annual World Creole Music Festival after Dominica’s reigning Carnival Queen Marah Walter.

The DFC sure knows how to treat a Queen – hmmm… let’s just name the VIP after her. Note to DFC – monetary prizes are also welcome.

According to the CPI report, Dominica is still on Corrupt Countries list. Dominica came in 33 with a 6.0 score out of the 180 nationals survey globally. Countries with scores less than five out of ten indicate a serious corruption problem. Well I’m guessing it’s safe to say that Dominica is on the brink of “Serious Corruption”.

Question: Is this the type corruption brought about by our officials in public office this report is talking about?

Twenty students from the Dominica State College are among the first batch of sixty (60) university students to be trained on how to identify and develop a response to opportunities within the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). The objective is to engage the next generation in the Caribbean in identifying career opportunities in the field with regard to wage employment, self- employment and starting a business within the CSME.

In my personal opinion CSME is all talk – and the field promotion in Jamaica is a perfect example. Most of the CARICOM countries are years away from being CMSE ready.

National E-Business Incubator on the Brink to Foster Great Entrepreneurs in Dominica, and is seek to transform inventive ideas, start ups and pledging businesses into sustainable enterprises which will be equipped to compete internationally.

Commissioner of Police told the press that together with the Minister of National Security there will be zero tolerance of any kidnapping here in Dominica or persons setting up road blocks. The police also announced that two of the men responsible for a recent kidnapping incident were taken into custody by the Dominica Police Force.

Take note lawbreakers – Dominica is maybe the only place in the world where someone get sent-away for 25-30 years for kidnapping and setting up road blocks.

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When events appear to fit together perfectly in our lives it may seem at first that they are random occurrences, things that are the result of pure coincidence. The same thing can be said for Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, who after the death of Prime Minister Pierre Charles gone from being the Minister for Education/sports to the commander-in-chief of our nature isle Dominica. Many people don’t stop and realize these synchronous happenings. What if Prime Minister Pierre Charles was still alive, would he have cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan and go with China, would Dominica be apart of ABBA, and the list goes on. Though they are much more than synchronous happenings, but if we look at these synchronous happenings more closely they can us that the universe is listening.

Learning to pay attention to and linking the things that occur on a daily basis can be a way for us to become more attuned to the fact that most everything happens in our lives for a reason – even when that reason in not clear right away.

When we realize that things often go more smoothly than we can ever imagine, it allows us to take the time to reflect on the patterns presented to us in our daily lives. Even events that might not at first seem to be related to each other are indicators that the universe is working with, not against, us. This idea of synchronicity, then, means that we have to trust there is more to our lives than what we experience on a physical level.

We need to be willing to look more closely at the bigger picture, accepting and having confidence in the fact that there is more to our experiences than immediately meets the eye. Being open to circumstances also means that we have to understand that our lives are filled with both positive and negative events – things can’t always go the way we want it.

While the majority of people in Dominica may not be able to see everything in our lives as being synchronous, we can certainly use the circumstances we are presented with to be more aware of how the universe guides us, and it will in turn make it easier to work more consciously towards our goals by our own action – not of that of any government.

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Your Dominica morning news roundup for Wednesday September 23th 2008:

Consumer against High Utility Rates (CAHUR) has opted to call off a planned demonstration against
Government and DOMLEC
which was scheduled to take place on September 23rd. The President of CAHUR said the organization was given the green light to demonstrate by the Commissioner of Police on Monday afternoon but not protest against the Government.

The National E-Business Incubator Inc will be holding a panel discussion on ‘creating the framework for success of SMEs in Dominica’. The discussion is aimed at transforming innovative ideas, and enhancing the productivity of small businesses into sustainable enterprises.

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Ian Douglas has promised a formidable line-up of artistes for the 12th edition of the Annual World Creole Music Festival as Dominicans celebrate Reunion Year this year on the occasion of the country’s 30th anniversary of the attainment of political independence. Take note: the Dominica festival commission will be having special on WCMF Season Tickets for EC$250.00 on Saturday 27th at the Arawak House of Culture.

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