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Archive for May, 2009


By year end thousand of Caribbean nationals will be kicked out of Barbados by the government. While making the announcement in Barbados’ parliament, Prime Minister David Thompson declared that the levels of illegal immigrant in Barbados were unacceptably high, and is increasingly difficult to control, posing potential negative challenges to the island socio-economy.

While I agree, that no country can tolerate an unrestricted flow of person into its territory, but on the other hand, I believe the policy of expelling Caribbean nationals violates the CARICOM treaty and united spirit it stands for.

Don’t forget that it wasn’t too long ago the heads of Government, including former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Auther attending the 18th Inter-Sessional conference in Jamaica in 2007, agreed of fully implement the Caribbean Single Market and Economy by 2015 and allow full free movement by 2009.

Now five months into 2009, the dreams of free movement throughout the Caribbean have proved to be a only pipe dreams.

When are these heads of government going to understand that disaster-prone, small and vulnerable islands like ours are not blessed with natural resources that can allow us to stand alone. If we can’t find a way soon to put our differences aside, where we can swim together, we will surely drown separately in this global crisis.

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Dominica dive fest 2009

Grab Your Gear and Go Diving – Dominica’s Dive Fest July 10-19

Dominica has unveiled a series of unbeatable packages/specials for families, divers and single travelers visiting “the Nature Island,” during Dominica’s 16th Annual Dive Fest.

Taking place July 10-19, this island wide event will encourage visitors to dive down and discover the beautiful landscapes and colorful marine life in the waters surrounding the island. Among packages and deals to travelers are:

Fort Young Hotel – Celebrate Dominica’s Dive Fest with the “Dive Fest 2009 Package” offered July 10-19. The package includes 7 nights’ hotel accommodations, full breakfast daily, 5 days of 2 tank boat dives, tanks, weights and belts, roundtrip airport transfers, marine park fees and all taxes and service charges. Rates start as low as $970 per diver. For more information visit www.fortyounghotel.com, email fortyounghotel@mindspring.com or call 1-800-581-2034.


Anchorage Hotel & Dive Center
– Save money with Anchorage Hotel’s “Dive Fest Special”. The package includes a welcome drink upon arrival, 7 nights’ accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers, 7 continental breakfasts, 5 days of diving, marine park fees and unlimited shore diving on Anchorage Reef. Rates begin at $855 per person, based on double occupancy. For further information visit www.anchoragehotel.com, email reservations@anchoragehotel.com or call 767-448-2638.

Calibishie Cove – Calibishie Cove Resort will be offering their guests 10% off both room rates and dive packages purchased with Cabrits Dive Center, when booking accommodations at the property during Dive Fest. Room rates begin at $125 per night, based on double occupancy. For more information visit www.calibishiecove.com, email calibishiecove@gmail.com or call 813-417-8448.

Caribbean Sea View Holiday Apartments – Caribbean Sea View Holiday Apartments will be offering a 20% discount to all guests who stay at the property during Dive Fest. Rates begin at $50 per night/per person, based on double occupancy. For additional information visit www.caribbeanseaview.com, email info@caribbeanseaview.com or call 767-449-7572.


Sunset Bay Club & SeaSide Dive Resort
– Sunset Bay Club is offering one free night with their “Book for 7 pay for 6 Nights” offer. The package includes breakfast daily and 5 morning double tank dives per diver. Rates begin at $740 per person and are valid from July 1-31, 2009. For more information visit www.sunsetbayclub.com, email sunset@cwdom.dm or call 767-446-6522.

The Tamarind Tree – Save money with The Tamarind Tree’s “All Inclusive Dive Packages” special. The package includes 7 nights’ accommodations, all meals, selected drinks, airport transfers, two complimentary dive fest activities of your choice; shore diving in the afternoon and 5 days/10 boat dives (includes boat, tank, weights and guide.) This package is valid from July 9-20, 2009. Rates begin at $1,139 per person, based on double occupancy. For more information visit www.tamarindtreedominica.com, email hotel@tamarindtreedominica.com or call 767-449-7395.

Budget Rent a Car – Budget Rent a Car is pleased to offer 20% off any vehicle rental to all guests during Dominica’s Dive Fest. For more information email budgetdominica@cwdom.dm.

The Sponsors of this year’s event include, but are not limited to; Dominica Watersports Association, Sealife Camera, Oceanic, Henderson Wetsuits and Dive Training Magazine.

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patrick finger ad for prostate cancer

You don’t have to rely on good lucky to avoid prostate cancer. You can control the major risk factors – watching what you eat and getting enough exercise.

The majority of Dominican men, don’t realize the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and having regular screening done for prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

You’re wise if you’re looking for way to protect you prostate. Prostate cancer is all too common in Dominica – the numbers are scary.

You may thing living a healthy lifestyle – eating nutritious meals, and staying active – will head off heart disease, but your chance of getting cancer are up to your genes and your lucky stars 🙂

But that’s not completely true. Exercising regularly really can reduce you risk of prostate cancer. So can burning those extra calories in your everyday activities, for example – walking to work in steady of riding the bus.

The numbers show that African Caribbean men are three time more likely to get prostate cancer, so if you’re staying active and eating right, you’re doing you prostate a favor and saving yourself a lot of pain, disability and heartache later.

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