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Surfing groups from Guadeloupe and Martinique all set for first surfing competition in Dominica.

Organisers of the Surfing Association in Guadeloupe will arrive in Dominica on December 27, 2010 for the launch of the surfing competition carded for December 28 – 29, at Calibishie.

Thirty three (33) participants from surfing clubs in Guadeloupe and twenty seven (27) from clubs in Martinique will participate in the event. The surfers arrive in Dominica on The event is opened to the public for viewing and there will be chances to win great prizes in the raffles. Access to the event will be on the Point Baptiste Road (on-foot).

The organizers plan to raffle Tommy Hilfiger bags and even surfboards. Tickets for the raffle will be on sale at Calibishie during the event, from December 28 – 29 and the draw will take place at 5pm on December 29. The surfing awards to the competitors will be presented from 4:30pm on December 29. With the success of this event it is expected that the destination will host more events such as these in the near future.

The event sponsors are First Domestic Insurance Company, Carib Beer, Aldive & W.A.T.E.R.S.P.O.R.T.S Inc. and Ipanema.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.discoverdominica.com

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While addressing a Good Governance forum on Monday, the Real Labour Party’s representative Washway Douglas highlighted some of the RLP’s strategies to move Dominica forward.

Notwithstanding the clean and green policy and the Renewable Energy Program, Mr Douglas firmly believes the country’s name should be changed from Dominica to ‘Waitukubuli’ the name given by the indigenous people of the country.

Douglas says this is in an effort to lessen the inconvenience of being mistaken for the Dominican Republic and also to help reduce the costs of advertisements made in efforts to clarify that Dominica is not the Dominican Republic.

The RLP is also looking to introduce the concept of Natural Resources being linked to Nationalism, and that the country’s natural resources should be owned by Dominican citizens for the benefit of Dominica and its citizens.

The RLP Coordinator also spoke of building closer relations with the neighboring islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. He says while the present administration speaks of creating closer links with CARICOM which he fully endorses, greater emphasis needs to be placed on developing tighter links with Guadeloupe and Martinique.

But are these the type of strategies Dominica needs presently to take it forward as a country? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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If education is the key to development in any knowledge-based economy, then why is Dominica losing so much of its human capital? Maybe the choices are so few.

Dominicans are becoming aware of the large flow of our brains down the drain especially during the annual graduation season of students from Dominica’s Secondary schools and the Dominica State College.

Every year during graduation students are given well-meaning advice on the value of an education and the need to build on whatever they have learnt as they continue the journey of life.

But few of these so-called advisers address the fact that only a small percentage of the graduating students every year will enter the job market; a large number will join the unemployed on the street corner and dozen more will go overseas in search of so-called greener pastures.

Statistics shows that the out-ward flow of the country’s best brains has been so steady over the years that it appears that Dominica’s education system has been commissioned to train persons for the job market of the United States, Canada, Antigua, Guadeloupe, St Martin, Tortola, and other countries in the region. The problem is that these emigrants have been educated to secondary and tertiary level in Dominica and are Dominica’s most productive and enterprising workers particularly at their age.

When are we going to realize that knowledge is a wealth-creating asset to our country’s development? I’m literally pleading with government leaders, to please come up with some incentives that will encourage more of educated brains to stay and help develop our small island economy. Not someone else economy.

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