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Archive for October, 2008


Editor’s note:This post was guest blogged by Dan Tanner of dan-ruth-tanner.com

The price of gasoline in Dominica has just been lowered to EC$12.01 per gallon. How does that compare to the current price of the same product in the US? After all, it’s been said that Venezuela has been helping Dominica to cope with high energy prices. If true, that would be great. While much energy is being wasted in the relatively well-off US, in Dominica energy costs – translated to what farmers must pay to transport their goods to market, what bus owners pay to transport people, and what everyone pays for electricity generation – is a huge burden to a far less well-off Dominica.

Well, the magic number to convert EC$ per UK gallon to US$ per US gallon is 0.295. (That is, EC$ divided by 2.71 = US$ and 0.8 UK gallon equals 1 US gallon; thus 0.8/2.71=0.295.)

Therefore, the current price of one US gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Dominica equals paying US$3.54 per US gallon at the pump in the US. But I paid US$2.55 per US gallon in Massachusetts this past weekend. That is EC$6.91 for a US gallon, which is 4/5 of a UK gallon. So, EC$6.91 times 5/4 would be EC$8.64 per UK gallon. (Update: My wife bought gas today for US$2.43 per US gallon. That comes to only EC$8.24 per UK gallon!)

If regular unleaded gasoline costs EC$8.64 per UK gallon in the US, why does it cost EC$12.01 (EC$3.37 more) in Dominica? Is this what Venezuela calls “largesse”?

Remember these conversion numbers, they’re handy when you see or hear news about gasoline prices coming from the USA.

  • Multiply the price in EC$ per UK gallon (at most pumps) by 0.295 to get the equivalent US$ per US gallon.
  • Multiply the price in EC$ per liter (at some pumps) by 0.71 to get the equivalent US$ per US gallon.

I think that Dominica deserves a better deal.

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fireworks display after creole in the park 2008

Oh Creole in the Park, my only compliant is that you were too short – we found ourselves wishing for another day of festivities the moment the headliners completed their final notes. Though it may have ended too soon for my liking – Creole in the Park did end with a wonderful bang of fireworks display.

The finale was kicked-off with performances by Breezees Pan Symphony, Waitukubuli Dance Company, Boozai band out of New Jersey, and Caribbean Vibes There was a short break from the action for the Maggi Cooking Challenge, where different restaurants from around Roseau presented their Creole dishes to the Maggi judges. The challenge was won by BIG MAMA’S Snackette.


Caribbean vibes Performing at Creole in the park 2008

mfr band Performing at Creole in the park 2008

skinny baton performing with MFR Band at Creole in the Park 2008

Maggi Cook Challenge

Later, on the side stage was the long anticipate performance by the MFR Band, who did not disappoint their fans who came out. Following MFR performance, the attention to the crowd was reverted back to the main stage, where the Red Hot Flames brought down the crowd with tracks like De Harder Deh Come and Quad Ride. Finally, it was the Swinging Stars – Dominica’s #1 Party band who brought down the curtains on the 2008 Cable and Wireless Creole in the Park with an electrifying performance.


photo of crowd at 2008 creole in the park

As I concluded our coverage of Creole in the Park 2008, I can honestly say that I enjoyed myself and it was so incredible to see many of my long-time friends back home. To all my fellow Dominicans in the diaspora, who were unable to make it back home – I hope our coverage of Creole in the Park 2008 helped in anyway. With that said, I encourage you to continue visiting Dominica-Weekly.com for more Reunion Independence Celebration coverage.

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Photo  of creole in the park 2008 banner

The third day of Creole in the Park was surprisingly nice, despite the heavy rain which carried slightly into the latter part of the evening. Unlike day one and day two – day three for us was probably the most laid back, partly because it was raining most of the afternoon. As far as bands we covered on day three, I’ve to admit we missed a couple acts we wanted to see due to the rain, so we decided to take it easy and just casually walk the grounds to see if there anything interesting going on.

Day three started with performance by the cultural group karifuna, Point Michel Cultural Group, Phase 5 Steel band, Free Joseph, and Nature Vibes -one of the upcoming Reggae bands in Dominica.
Next on the main stage was Soca artist ‘Ricky T’, who is taking the Caribbean by storm with his soca hit song ‘Pressure Bloom’. No rain was going to defer Dominicans from seeing Ricky T perform.

 Phrase 5 steel pan at creole in the park 2008

Free Joseph performing at creole in the park 2008

 phot of face painter at 2008 creole in the park

The seventh act on the main stage was ever-hot, ever-exciting TripleKay International, who despite the rain rocked the massive crowd with hits from their new album Colours and their growing catalogue of hits.

triplekay band performing at CITP 2008

Day three was brought to an end by the Kings of Cadence Midnight Groovers, who captivated crowd with many hits from the pass. The large numbers of returning Dominicans were particularly fun of the Midnight Groovers, seeing that it was Cadence music they grew up listening too.


midnight groovers performing at creole in the park at the botanical gardens

Stay turned to find out what happen on the final day of this years Creole in the Park.

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