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Monday January 11th, 2016

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Young Newcomers Janae Jackson & Earl White among 20 who made it to the 2016 Calypso Semi Finals             

Q95 News Reporter Date: January 11th, 2016

 

Young Newcomers Janae Jackson & Earl White among twenty (20) who made it to the 2016 Calypso Semi Finals. Janae Jackson is the youngest calypsonian in the competition. Janae is only 19 years old. A huge crowd filled up the Newtown Savannah, and took in the rhythms and lyrics of the calypsonians, with great appreciation, on Saturday night. The 2016 calypso semi-finals competition is scheduled to take place on Saturday 23rd January 2016. The other eighteen calypsonians who were selected from among the thirty-three (33) competitors are: Black Diamond Observer, Checko, Charis D, Sye, Shadow Flow, Dice, Beno, Lugars, Bobb, Checker, Daddy Chess, Webb, Sting Ray, Picky, Boople, Jama B, Soul Puss. The thirteen (13) calypsonians who did not find favour with the judges were: Chris B, Jerd, Prosper, Vigilante, Hardliner, Raheem, De Oxygen, Explosion, Comforter, Young Bull, Alisha and former monarch Tronada who is based in New York. he arrived on island in the morning of that same Saturday. Meanwhile, immediately after his performance at the show, Val ‘Young Bull’ Cuffy announced onstage, that he is retiring from competitions. He said “Tonight is the last night I will be competing in calypso in Dominica”. However, he added that he would continue to perform as a Master of Ceremonies.

 

 

UWP Leader says PM Skerrit is relentlessly attacking Dominica’s image and credibility internationally  

Q95 News Reporter Date: January 11th, 2016

  

Leader of the United Workers Party, Lennox Linton says Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, is selfishly intensifying what he considers to be a relentless attack, on Dominica’s image and credibility, in the international community. He also made reference to one of the most recent backlashes on Dominica’s image in international media, which involved a Former Nigerian Petroleum Resources Minister, Mrs. Diezani Alison – Madueke and Dominica’s current Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s issuance of a Diplomatic passport to her. The Opposition leader gave some more details of discoveries revealed by overseas law enforcement, and also referred to a letter that he wrote to Mr. Skerrit on 23rd December 2015, in which he asked for answers to questions regarding his relationship with several questionable diplomats whom the PM had appointed, including Mrs. Diezani Alison – Madueke.

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Ten (10) female calypsonians will battle for the 2016 Dominica Calypso Queen title on January 29, 2016                   

Q95 News Reporter Date: January 11th, 2016

 

At least ten female calypsonians will battle for the 2016 Dominica Calypso Queen title, on January 29, according to Alex Bruno, Chairman of the Dominica ‘Kaiso’ Calypso Hall of Fame Committee. The competitors include reigning Calypso Queen, Janae Jackson, Charis D, Sugar S, Alisha, Sting Ray, Delah and Leandra. The show will take place at the Harlem Plaza in Newtown, and the entrance fee is $40.00. Speaking at the launch of the Dominica ‘Kaiso’ Calypso Hall of Fame at the UWI Auditorium on Thursday, Bruno said the event forms part of the highlights of three major events for Carnival 2016, to be hosted on the same date. “They will sing one original song and they have an option to choose another song from another female calypsonian’s archives,” Bruno stated. “Based on what we have had, the girls are singing from Sing Sandy’s ‘Black Woman’, Tarina’s ‘Life Line’, and ‘Standing with the Bishop’, among others.” He promised the songs will be a ‘mash-up’. The winner will walk away with a cash prize of $5,000. Meanwhile, the Dominica ‘Kaiso’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Fort Young Hotel from 6:00pm-8:00pm on January 29, where four local giants of the calypso art-form namely; Slinger “The Might Sparrow” Francisco, Patrick “Pembo” Pemberton, Osborne “Ossie” Lewis, Kelly “Ras Kelly” Williams and Roosevelt “Mico” Williams, will he honourably inducted. The induction will be followed by a ‘Classic Kaiso Concert’ to be held at the Harlem Plaza from 8:00 pm, where the Mighty Sparrow will perform for 45 minutes. Other performances will come from Calypsonians Swinging Janice, Mystic Rose, Jalee and Cauliflower, who participated in the first Calypso Queen Show organized by the DCA some 30 years ago, and who will be coming back together for the first time since then.

 

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PM Skerrit calls on medical professionals to have a proper mind-set towards respect & confidentiality       

Q95 News Reporter Date: January 11th, 2016

 

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says his government is committed to improving health care services in Dominica, to allow Dominicans access to greater health care. Mr Skerrit calls for medical professionals to have a better attitude toward patients, place themselves in their patient’s shoes, and treat them accordingly. He says a change must be made in the mind-set toward respect and confidentiality.

 

 

 

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Lifeline Counsellor believes the laws governing sale of alcohol to minors are OK, but enforcement is lacking     

Q95 News Reporter Date: January 11th, 2016

Lifeline Counsellor Tina Alexander believes that the laws concerning selling alcohol to minors are adequate, however the problem lies in the enforcement of the law. She says, if the laws are enforced, then young people will be introduced to alcohol in supervised situations. Alexander stated that the use of alcohol by some parents is disturbing, and this is a growing concern. She urges parents to be more responsible with alcohol, since children tend to mirror their parents behaviour.

 

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Rotaract Club President describes the Annual Carnival Princess Show as one of its most cherished projects                   

   

Q95 News Reporter Date: January 11th, 2016

 

President of the Rotaract Club of Roseau, Ezra Peter describes the Carnival Princess Show as one of its most cherished community service projects. In addressing the launch of the 2016 Carnival Princess Show on Thursday, she said the show has been hosted by the Club for over 30 years. Meanwhile, Club Member Tyisha Williams says the Princess Show has a positive impact on the participants, because it shapes the young girls to become pillars of society. Six girls from the various primary schools across the island will compete in speech, talent, costume and party dress rounds. The six vying for the title this year are Cadella Charles of the St. Martin Primary School, Gabrielle Williams of St. Luke's primary, Rayne Benjamin of the Convent Preparatory, Kyliee Karlson of the Kelleb John Laurent primary, Kyanna Etienne of the Grand bay primary and Danika Bernard of the Goodwill primary.

 

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Testing phase at local abattoir reportedly exceeded expectations says Gen Manager Michael Etienne             

Q95 News Reporter  Date: January 11th, 2016

  

Manager of the Abattoir at Layou Park, Michael Etienne, says the testing phase far exceeded their expectations. Testing at the Abattoir was conducted from November 24 – 28, 2015, and according to Etienne, over 3800 birds and 82 pigs were slaughtered and processed at the facility. Etienne made the announcement during a consultation with stakeholders at the Fisheries Division conference room this week. Initially, Agriculture Minister Johnson Drigo had announced that 4,000 birds and 250 pigs would be slaughtered and processed during the testing phase. The $10 million Abattoir has been highlighted as one of the pillar projects geared at transforming the agriculture sector. It is expected to be officially opened in January 2016.

 

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Regional News

 

US Hellfire missile shipped to Cuba by mistake

 

http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com -    January 11th, 2016

 

WASHINGTON, USA -- An inactive Hellfire missile sent to Europe for training was shipped back to Cuba by mistake, where it has remained since 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Hellfire is an air-to-surface missile (ASM) first developed to be fired from helicopters for anti-tank use, but later models were developed for precision strikes by the United States or other western nations against other high value-targets, frequently launched from Predator drones. The manufacturer is said to have shipped the training missile to Spain for a NATO training exercise in the summer of 2014.During its return from Spain to the United States, the missile was apparently misrouted by the cargo-shipping firm from Madrid for its flight back to Florida. Instead of flying from Madrid to Frankfurt, Germany, and then back to Florida, the missile was misrouted to Paris and on to Havana. The missile wrongly sent to Cuba is called a Hellfire Captive Air Training Missile (CATM), a "dummy missile" used in exercises. Sources told CNN that it contained an incomplete guidance section and was not fitted with a warhead, fusing system rocket monitor or operational seeker -- all components needed to successfully hit a target. But while it was not operational, the missile still contained sensitive American weapons technology, such as targeting and sensor information, that US officials said would be of concern if it fell into the hands of adversaries. "This is an issue that the administration takes very, very seriously. I think for quite obvious reasons," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Friday when asked about the issue. The US has reportedly been trying for more than a year to get the Cuban government to return the missile. According to intelligence sources, there is a distinct possibility that the missile was intentionally misdirected as part of an espionage or criminal operation, rather than just an accidental misrouting of the shipment, something that the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice are currently investigating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grenada civil servant appointed ECCB governor

 

http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com - Monday January 11th, 2016

 

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada -- The Eastern Caribbean Monetary Council has appointed permanent secretary in Grenada’s ministry of finance, Timothy Antoine, as governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB). Antoine, a Grenadian national, succeeds Sir K Dwight Venner, who retired on November 30, 2015. He is the holder of a BSc degree in Economics with Management from the University of the West Indies and an MSc in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics. Antoine’s appointment followed a process that included identification of suitable candidates by a search committee led by Sir Errol Allen, interviewing the candidates and the submission of recommendations to the Monetary Council. Antoine was one of the two candidates shortlisted for the position in December 2015. The other candidate was Dr Hyginus Leon of Saint Lucia, a senior official of the International Monetary Fund. The Monetary Council, the highest decision making body of the ECCB, interviewed the two top ranked candidates before making its decision. In welcoming Antoine, Victor Banks, chief minister of Anguilla and chairman of the Monetary Council, noted that “Mr Antoine is an outstanding Caribbean professional with a clear vision for the ECCB and demonstrated commitment to the development of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU).” Antoine also has significant regulatory experience as a member of the ECCB board for 12 years and as chairman of the Grenada Authority for the Regulation of Financial Institutions for the past seven years. He is also the chairman of the Technical Core Committee on Insurance for the ECCU. The new governor has served as director on several regional boards including the Caribbean Development Bank and the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility. He also served as advisor to the executive director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean at the World Bank Group from 2005-2007. Antoine will officially assume office on February 1, 2016. Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell extended his congratulations to Antoine, on his appointment. Mitchell said he was “ecstatic but not surprised. Timmy has obviously distinguished himself over the years, to the point where he has earned regional and international respect for his work and his integrity.” The prime minister went on to say that Antoine’s new role will come at a great loss to the finance ministry of Grenada but he is confident that, as a region, we are all winners because "Timmy will be one of the best assets to regional development."

 

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Former Trinidad trade and industry minister set to work in Africa

 

 http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com - Monday January 11th, 2016

 

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Former Trinidad and Tobago trade and industry minister Vasant Bharath will be taking up a lucrative job in Africa next month. Former senator Bharath, who was defeated in his bid for a parliamentary seat in the general election in September, said he also had several personal projects in the United Kingdom that he plans to resuscitate, the Trinidad Guardian reported. “I had offers from multinationals to do some work in Africa, which I would start in mid February. I will be doing work for them in one of the African countries. As you know, I am a chartered accountant, but I do have a masters degree in law and business administration,” Barath said. He said he did not receive any offers in Trinidad and opted to go outside when the opportunity came knocking. The firm does not have a base in Trinidad, he noted. Bharath resigned his appointment as an opposition senator in an unsuccessful bid for the political leadership of the United National Congress (UNC) in the party’s internal election last December.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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