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The Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) Inc. says it will make a royalty disbursement to members and affiliates of more than $400,000 for the Financial Year 2011. According to a press release from the organization, this represents 100% increase over the amount paid in 2010. ECCO’s Chairman, McCarthy Marie is expected to make the announcement in his report at the Annual General Meeting of the organization which is scheduled to be held on Saturday 23rd June in St.
In the 1960s, the Canadian communications theorist Marshall McLuhan declared that the printed book would soon die out. Electronic media, which could instantly show what was happening around the world, would soon create a “global village”—McLuhan coined the term—in which books would become “obsolete.” McLuhan—who also created the now-famous expression “the medium is the message” and was the indirect source of Andy Warhol’s own famous expression, “fifteen minutes of fame”—did not intend himself to make the book obsolete. He was writing books, after all, and he didn’t plan to stop. But he was no Luddite (the Luddites being a group of textile artisans in the early 19th century who perceived a threat in the then-new farm machines that could do the work of multiple men and thus were taking away their jobs; the Luddites responded by destroying the machines.
Charles Maynard EDITOR’S NOTE: The Dominica government on Friday issued a statement on the Official funeral for the late Charles Maynard, former member of the House of Assembly and Dominica’s Ambassador to CARICOM and the OECS. Here is the press release in full: The Government of Dominica has afforded the late Ambassador Charles Alexander Maynard an Official Funeral on Tuesday 22nd May, 2012. The Government has declared a day of mourning next Tuesday as a mark of respect for the late Ambassador Charles Maynard, former Member of the House of Assembly and Dominica’s Ambassador to CARICOM and the OECS. The Dominican Flag shall be flown at half staff on all public buildings in the State on the day of the funeral – Tuesday 22nd May, 2012
Wayne James, Tourism Industry Employee of the Year Another feather in the cap of one of Dominica’s leading hotels. Fort Young Hotel is paying tribute to staff member, Wayne James, who is the 2012 winner of the prestigious Discover Dominica Authority Tourism Employee of the Year Award. A press release from Fort Young describes James as one of the many Security Host Champions at the Hotel. “He is always willing to go the extra mile and shows no hesitation in assisting his colleagues in getting the job done.” According to the release, Wayne’s supervisor has described him as “someone you can count on”.
Grammacks, with new lead singer, Linford John(extreme right) “The original members of Gramacks never really stopped playing music per se. We were not playing together as a band, but since the band broke up, we all continued playing individually.” A quote from one Dominica’s biggest cadence bands of the seventies, Gramacks, who, along with the creators of cadence-lypso music, Exile One, can be credited with having significantly impacted the French Caribbean with that music. The band has released its second CD since it was revived in 2009. The group’s original front man, the late Jeff Jo, was not part of that revival and Linford John, former lead singer of the group “Billomen”, was enlisted to fill that position. “Because of modern technology, we were able to complete this CD without any of us being in the same room together, at any given time, during the entire recording process! That, we think, is quite remarkable!” Gramacks state in a press release