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Seven beautiful Dominicans ladies will be vying for the title of Miss Dominica 2009 at the National Queen Pageant, schedule for February 20th at the Carnival City.

We at Dominica Weekly have setup a poll where readers can RATE each of the Queen contestants on a scale of 1 to 10…(10 = best).

Then leave a comment saying who you think will win the crown on the night of the Queen Show.

To rate the Contestants, readers can simply click on the image at the top of the post or CLICK HERE>>.

The pageant’s contestants are Wendy Glenville of Castle Comfort, Nadine Sylvester of Pottersville, Amye James of Grand Bay, Kayla Benjamin of Portsmouth, Lisa Alcendor of Dubique, Kayan Toussaint of Pointe Michel and Attainea Toulon of Roseau.

Please note:The poll is not an official poll of the show.

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Comment by Angie Hunt Subscribed to comments via email
2009-02-03 01:11:24

maybe you should ask Dr. Rupert lewis which one is black enough.

Comment by Joel Halfwassen Subscribed to comments via email
2009-02-03 11:39:28

Being the ignorant American I just have to ask…Who is Dr. Rupert Lewis?

 
 
Comment by SUSIE Q Subscribed to comments via email
2009-02-06 22:34:43

THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD LOOK INTO IMPLEMENTING, PROGRAMS THAT WILL REFORM THE YOUTHS OF THE LAND THEREFORE GIVING THEM OTHER OPTION THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO THINK TWICE BEFORE PICKING UP A GUN AS A CHOICE . MOST OF THEM COME FROM BROKEN HOMES ,HOMES WHERE THERE IS A LACK OF LEADER SHIP OR JUST NOT ENOUGH GUIDANCE . THE YOUTH NEED SOME MENTORING AND I QUITE SURE THAT THERE ARE ALOT OF MENTORS BACK HOME TO HELP THEM ON THE RIGHT PATH AND WORK TOWARDS A BETTER FUTURE .

 
Comment by pete
2009-02-08 11:00:55

Suki,

There is actually a minister responsible for youth affairs, (with a ministry staffed by some able youth development officers) so this I am sure this is of some priority. I think I read that there are funds or moves afoot for building a center of some sort to deal with juvenile delinquency reform, soon. Whereas guns are somewhat more accessible, its not at the arcane level present in some more developed Caribbean islands. The incident rate, though rising, is still relatively low. In my opinion, beyond parental supervision a major issue is unemployment.

On one bright note, more than ever, the level of education among the youths have definitely improved and that helps keep some focus. There are also numerous youth groups in different districts who are very positive.

But there is also a significant proportion who have either opted to go the easy route (not aggressively seeking employment) or who have been dejected in seeking active employment, given limited opportunities. Idleness is a distraction in itself.

It also does not help that the island is promoted as fete island (whether deliberately or by default). The high level of alcohol consumption and loose (or none) enforcement, can lead to violence in a fete situation.

Also these social norms definitely affects national productivity. Couple that to the brain drain: the bright minds and even potential entrepreneurs are not sticking around or returning. Plus community policing is not what it could be. In many districts the police officers simply stay at the station playing dominos instead of moving among the community. In many districts, there is not always a healthy interaction with members of the public, particularly the youth.

On the mentor suggestion, there are many mentors both in a formal role as well asothers who can be easily recruited to assist. It will take a more integrated approach though, but you did identify an important area that could be given more attention.
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By the way, Joel, the Dr Rupert Lewis mentioned above is a Professor in the Dept. of Government at the University of the West Indies who apparently made a remark related to Barack Obama and expectations in the Caribbean Community. See the following news article:

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/html/20090205T200000-0500_145792_OBS_BLACK_HISTORY_MONTH___STILL_NECESSARY_.asp

 
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