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Alpha Centre receives financial donation from President’s Charities Foundation

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Claudia Bellot (left) with the President

The Alpha Centre has benefited from a $3, 500 monetary contribution from the President’s Charities Foundation.

President His Excellency Charles Savarin presented a cheque to outgoing Chairperson of the Alpha Centre, Claudia Bellot, at a ceremony held at the Centre in Goodwill on Friday.

The President normally visits the Centre in December during the Christmas visits. However, according to His Excellency, there were peculiar things happening in Dominica, as a result the visit had to be postponed to a later date.

Savarin said during an address at the ceremony said the President’s Charities Foundation is happy to visit the Alpha Centre to make a small presentation to assist in the tremendous work that they have been doing.

He said he is pleased with the additional programmes the Centre is engaged in which include workshops and agriculture.

“I am particularly happy for the progress you are making in the agriculture programme,” he stated. “I think backyard gardening is something we should all [have], not just our institutions, our schools, but at our homes.”

Savarin continued, “You don’t need an estate; you don’t need acres of land…”

He believes that everyone deserves an opportunity to learn, “and I think that everybody can learn.”

“If a day passes and you have not learnt something it is a day wasted,” Savarin remarked.

He went on to say that each person has something that they can contribute to society.

“I am happy for the work the Alpha Centre is doing to identify the special skills which you have and to seek to reinforce them and develop them so that these skills developed can then, in turn, assist you in living a full and independent life,” he noted.

The President also presented activity books to the students of the Alpha Centre.

Students of the Alpha Centre





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IN PICTURES: Stardom Tent opening 2020

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IN PICTURES: Stardom Tent opening 2020    A colourful and dynamic view of Stardom tent from Wednesday night after being postponed from its initial Saturday Launch.  

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Poponne-Skerrit reiterates plans for enhancement of Roseau

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Melissa Skerrit newly elected representative for Roseau Central

On Monday gone, Poponne-Skerrit presented a Development Plan for Roseau, in which she restated her intent to carry out promises made during her campaign.

Job creation, relieving congestion, upgrading infrastructure and making Roseau more accessible and inclusive are some of the key areas of focus for the newly elected Parliamentary Representative for Roseau Central, Melissa Poponne-Skerrit.

“Creating green spaces like the newly reopened Peeble’s Park represents a fundamental component of any urban ecosystem” and this space, according to her, promotes physical activity, social interaction and recreation that will enhance the health and well-being of people living and working in Roseau.

She said there are also plans to restore and upgrade the Botanic Gardens to include a children’s playground and create an exercising track for adults.

To ease the congestion in Roseau Poponne-Skerrit said there will also be government incentives for the Private Sector to build car parks.

“Designated bus stops have been assigned and there are plans for a Botanic Gardens bypass road to relieve traffic in Roseau,” she explained.

In addition, she indicated that widening High Street will compliment both the bypass and the construction of a new government building.

“Improve sidewalks and the rehabilitation of roads have already begun under the Roseau Enhancement Project with the focus on the environment by utilizing standards and designs that are climate resilient,” she stated.

She said there are also plans to refurbish the market so that it is more aesthetically pleasing for consumers and also to improve on food safety.

There are also plans to implement free accessible WiFi in Roseau which Poponne-Skerrit believes will help to ensure that citizens and tourists are connected to use the media to document their experiences in Roseau. “Which we all hope will be a positive one,” she added.

Meantime, Poponne- Skerrit said the Arawak House of Culture which received damage following Hurricane Maria a few years ago will be upgraded.

“The Arawak Cultural Centre is an iconic venue in the heart of Roseau, by upgrading this venue it will create an insurgent of nightlife with production such as music, performances and live theatre,” she said.

There are plans to restore and upgrade historic buildings such as the Newtown Community Hall, the City Council Block, the Baracoon Building as well as the Roseau Health Centre and the Public Library.





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Queen contestant Savahnn James receives sponsorship from NBD and Green’s Wholesale

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James with representatives of her co-sponsors: Green’s Wholesale and National Bank of Dominica

The National Bank of Dominica (NBD) and Greens Wholesale are the official sponsors of Miss Dominica 2020 contestant, Savahnn James, of Roseau.

James-20-an employee of NBD was sashed as Ms National Bank of Dominica and Green’s Wholesale at a ceremony on Wednesday.

 “The relationship with both sponsors will hold great benefits to the Dominican Community as I continue to collaborate on community projects related to my platform long after the pageant,” James said.

James platform is Sustainable Living Through Renewable Energy and she said the aim is to promote the use of renewable energy in all aspects of daily living.

She said there is also a need to take the conversation of renewable energy further by educating the general public on how this process can help in promoting a cleaner and greener island and contributing to a more sustainable economy overall.

To further develop her idea, James has had many discussions with her team to engage in different projects that can be put in place through educational sessions and training workshops.

Meantime representative of NBD, Suzanne Joseph-Piper, said the indigenous Bank is proud to be James’s sponsor and knows that she is a very determined person that can succeed at anything.

She said James’s platform is something that resonates very strongly at NBD.

“As a bank we firmly believe in the benefits of promoting sustainable living and this is possible even in banking where today’s technology enables us; both as an organization and our customers to embrace conservation practices,” Joseph-Piper said.

Green’s Wholesale also congratulated the queen contestant for deciding to participate in this year’s carnival and is privileged to do the same as her co-sponsor.





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