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There is no doubt that in the last few years, tourism has actually brought in much more foreign exchange to Dominica that the once dominant banana industry. According to the latest statistics, tourism contributed EC$179 million in 2007.

But tourism can do more, much more, particularly in meeting Dominica’s need for jobs, sustainable jobs.

The only way we in Dominica can get on sustainable path of development, is to help these onging operations and enterprises that continues to offer sustainable growth in employment; for example the local hotels and guest-houses who are struggling to make ends meet.

Despite these challenging, global economic times, tourism continues to offers an opportunity for job creation and foreign exchange earnings.

Government needs to demonstrate more confidence into the Tourism sector by providing more assistance, in particular, the many Dominicans who have invested in hotels and guest houses – they’ve been literally struggling to survive for years. As we all know, some have been forced to actually close their doors.

It is time for the government to put some of the tourism revenue earned back into the local tourism industry, which in turn will create more sustainable jobs for more Dominicans.

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Some viewers in Dominica of nightly CNN newscast may have been surprised at detailed and shocking reports of monthly job losses in the United States because of the current financial crisis.

But in spite of all the job losses many of our most productive and enterprise workers continue emigrating to the US in search of green pastures – hence increasing the steady flow of brain drain out of the Dominican economy.

Maybe they can also recall not long ago the labour party government was unable, or unwilling, to give the opposition a straight answer about the current unemployment rate in Dominica.

It’s amusing, we’re being bombarded with information for the United States about weekly job losses but we cannot complete an employment survey that we started almost six years ago. I cannot help to think that the unemployment figures are so unflattering that the government wants the nation on-a-whole to forget that it exits. Are the figures of employment so terrible?

It’s also discouraging, that the government is a shame to give the public a true picture of the rate of employment and the present economic situation. If our policy makers do not acknowledge that there is a problem – then they will seek no solutions.

In the final analysis, if we as small island nation fail to manage this crisis with rational responses then as the popular old staying goes “Crapaud Smoke Our Pipe”.

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It’s official. The year is 2009 and the whole planet now has ADD (Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder). 😯

BELIEVE OR NOT – but a new study from the University of Melbourne show that workers who spend less that 20 percent of their office time to take “short breaks” to surf personal website like Facebook, Youtube or Hi5 were 9 percent more productive that those who tried to tirelessly keep their nose clean and focus totally on their work.

Study author Brent Coker, from the department of management and marketing, said “workplace Internet leisure browsing,” or WILB, helped to sharpened workers’ concentration. Oh this is GOOD! WILB increases productivity. Gotta save this one for my boss. :mrgreen:

I personally for a long time have been keen on buckling down for a productive dash in the first four hours of every workday, followed by a little break. So I think an 80/20 split seems pretty reasonable for both the employers and the “ADD” employees.

All I can conclude from this study is that breaks are good for concentration. This isn’t news especially here in the nature isle, where I believe on average it’s 60/40 😎 .

But let’s be honest folks. How productive are you being right now? I sometimes disable the internet on my computer to force myself to concentrate on one thing for 3-5 hours. It’s amazing what I can get done.

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