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Archive for September, 2015


In a recent release by the Financial Times, the Commonwealth of Dominica has ranked #8 in “Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Strategy” and #6 in “Cost Effectiveness” in the Caribbean and Central American Countries of the Future 2015/16 report.  The Financial Times in its FDI Magazine, August Edition presented the full report which highlighted the top countries in various categories as well as the overall countries of the future for that region. The anticipated report was welcomed in the Caribbean but more so by the countries which were selected in the top rankings by the Financial Times, a leader in financial and economic news and statistics.

This achievement for Dominica with the FDI Strategy is linked to the recent collaboration of Compete Caribbean where support was provided to Invest Dominica Authority for a project designed to strengthen investment promotion in the Nature Island. The strategy which included building the Authority’s capacity, staff training and market outreach is currently being executed by the Authority. Part of the program included sector development and identifying key benefits to be attained if Dominica is selected as the investment location. Dominica ranked in the top ten for cost effectiveness.

The Authority is grateful to Compete Caribbean and its donors: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and the Government of Canada for providing the financial resources to develop the strategy, identifying consultants to work with the Authority and ensuring the action plan was executed. Additionally, projects in the OECS are implemented in partnership with the Caribbean Development Bank.

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The Pioneer Preparatory School suffered a great loss, when the river that ran near by overflowed and left mud, debris and damage to the school. This school, shared by local and international students, is known for its academic excellence and is scheduled to open very soon, however, it will be delayed as it is in a disaster area and very poor condition.

Road to the Pioneer Preparatory School

Damaged Done to the Pioneer Preparatory School by the passing of Tropical storm Erika includes:

  • The road leading the school was blocked with large boulders and debris.
  • Pedestrian access to the school is compromised. The pedestrian walk on the bridge is damaged. There is debris on both sides of the road, which would mean students who walk to school or to the bus stop would have to walk along the busy highway.
  • There is a lot of dust in the area, which poses a health hazard to the students and teachers. Persons with respiratory illnesses would be at high risk.
  • The school building’s structure is solid however there is need to clean up. Dust and mud need to be removed. The entire building needs to be power washed.
  • The drains around the school are all blocked. If it rains, any water from the guttering would cause a flood on the compound.
  • Chidren need an area to play. The playground is currently unfit for reacreation activity. It is covered in mud and debris from the river.
  • The fencing around the school was damaged; students are able to wonder into the streets and pedestrians fee to enter the compaunt at any time. Security is compromised.
  • The river bed was raised significantly as a result of sedimentation. This increases the risk of future flash floods.

Materials Lost or Damaged as a Result of Tropical Storm Erika:

  • Books: chapter books, books for young children, story books, poetry books.
  • Puzzles
  • Posters related to all subject and grades
  • Craft and Art materials
  • Science kits
  • Reference materials and dictionaries
  • Math materials
  • Learning materials.
  • Teacher’s and student’s desks, cabinets, computers

The Pioneer Preparatory School is asking for help to take care of the damage for the children, who are our most precious resource. To make donation to the school, please see the crowd-funding web-site and share within your friends: https://www.youcaring.com/pioneer-prep-school-school-422729

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Poet Vladimir Lucien, overall winner of the 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, receives his prize from judge Laurence Breiner at the Award Ceremony during the NGC Bocas Lit Fest in May 2015. The OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature is a major award for literary books by Caribbean writers. Books may be entered in three categories: poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction. The prize includes an award of US$10,000 for the overall winner, sponsored by One Caribbean Media. The other category winners receive a cash award of US$3,000.

To be eligible for the 2016 Prize, a book must be published in the calendar year 2015, and written by an author born in the Caribbean or holding Caribbean citizenship. Books must also be originally written in English.

The submission deadlines for the 2016 Prize are 9 November, 2015 (for books published up to 31 October, 2015), and 8 January, 2016 (for books published between 1 November and 31 December, 2015).

Download the full submission guidelines and entry form here.

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