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Archive for January, 2009


Photo of Bwa Bwa - traditional carnival costume band at Dominica's carnival

With the anticipation of The Real Mas 2009 at its peak, the official parade and opening of Dominica Carnival 2009 got on the way from the Dame Eugenia Charles Boulevard to the Carnival City (LIME City) at the Pottersville Savannah.

The Streets of Roseau literally came alive with sights and sounds of the Real Mas 2009. Hundreds of spectators gathered along the Carnival route to a catch glimpse of the opening parade and to welcome in the 2009 Carnival Season.

Despite the limited resources for this year’s carnival, due to the global financial situation, many bands and gangs came out to take part in the opening parade. Flag Wavers, Bwa Bwas, Sensays, HiFi Bands, Go Girls Band, Carnival Corner… the seven beautiful Carnival Queen Contestants and the reigning Carnival Queen Marah Walter were all in attendance.

BTW: this year the Dominica Festival Committee has made some changes to the Carnival Monday and Tuesday jump up. The usual parade of bands will now be held on Tuesday afternoon because of the persistent conflict with late J’Ouvert revelers. The T-shirt bands will parade on Monday instead of Tuesday.

Here are some scenes from the Real Mas 2009 – Opening Carnival Parade. Enjoy ❗

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photo a reveler at the opening parade of Dominica carnival.

photo of a sensay costume at Dominica carnival 2009

Photo of a tourist dancing and enjoying carnival in Dominica

carnival gang dress in madras cloth costume

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In light of three gruesome murders last week, as well an unmistakable increase in violent, drug-related crimes, we in Dominica must be aware of not reaching that tipping point where crime would outstrips the capacity of the police and the lives of law-abiding citizens are change dramatically.

Unfortunately, evidence is emerging that there is a growing culture of violence in Dominica that appears to be directly linked to the illegal drugs trade. No one needs to be told what lies further down this road; the uncontrollable state of crime in certain Caribbean nations is well known. Fortunately for us here in Dominica, there is still time to reverse this growing tend if the government, the police force and all other stakeholders take meaningful action now.

The Dominica Police Force has served the island well, up to this point. I have every reason to believe that the lawmen are well aware that in order to fight against the drugs trade and associated evils worldwide, But in order for us to successfully cut down on the amount of illicit drugs on the island there must be a change in the area of intelligence gathering and surveillance by our policemen.

It is extremely encouraging to see that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is fully aware of the importance of the against the illicit drugs trade and has taken steps to strengthen the police force with experienced law enforcement professional form the Diaspora.

If these lawmen can resist the drug trade so forceful that it drives up drug dealer’s risks and costs; just maybe these drug dealers will shift their operators to places where it is easier and cheaper for them to do business.

But will this prevent Dominica from reaching the tipping point with regard to violent crime on the island?

Let’s hear your opinion in the comments below.

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Not everyday you hear about people like film maker Graham Hughes.

Hughes is the brain-child behind The WaterAid Odyssey – an epic adventure, a world first, a race against time, a year of living dangerously! 12 months, 90,000 kilometers, 200 sovereign states, 5 continents, 1 man and no flights!

With the help of the public, Graham also aims to raise £1,000,000 for WaterAid, the international charity whose mission is to overcome poverty by enabling the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.

The WaterAid Odyssey continues as Hughes pushes forward in his journey through the Caribbean on his round-the-world Odyssey, trying to make up for lost time after encountering unexpected travel delays in the islands.

Lorna Brookes, one of Hughes associates is pleading for assistance to help get Hughes from Dominica to Antigua to St Kitts, and then on to the Dominican Republic.

In the video above, Hughes was “stuck” in St Vincent due to the slow availability of boats moving between the islands daily, and he was now behind in his time-line to complete the Odyssey in a 52-week period. Brookes said Hughes will be getting into St Lucia and trying to catch a ferry to Martinique on Wednesday night, and then another ferry to Dominica around lunch time on Thursday.

If everything goes as scheduled, Hughes will like to leave Dominica on Thursday afternoon. So if anyone knows any cargo companies that operate from Dominica who might be able to help transport Hughes to Dominican Republic.

The Odyssey can be tracked on Hughes’ website http://www.theodysseyexpedition.com/, and anyone wanting to help can contact him from his site as well.

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