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CARICHAM advocates for public-private partnerships to improve resilience in the Caribbean – Dominica News Online

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The Network of Caribbean Chambers of Commerce (CARICHAM) was represented at the ‘Understanding Risk Management and Risk Financing for Disaster Resilience’ Training of Trainers which was held in Singapore from June 18th to 21st, 2019.

CARICHAM’s representatives were Faron Lawrence, President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry of Commerce (SKNCIC) and Stephen Lander, Vice President of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC).

Other participants at the training activity came from the public and private sectors in CARICOM countries. The two-day session was organized by the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP), the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Global Education and Training Institute (GETI), and Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean (ROAMC).

The seminar included a mix of lectures, technical sessions, and interactive case studies. Discussions revolved around the importance of an integrated, systems-based approach to disaster resilience, and how both Public-Private partnership can reduce vulnerabilities within the sectors.

CARICHAM presented on Engaging the Private Sector for Disaster Resilience, Understanding Private Sector: Business Continuity Importance and Foundational Elements, and Public-Private Partnership for Disaster Resilience. The presentations highlighted how Public-Private Partnerships in Disaster Risk Reduction improve resilience.

Lawrence said that the seminar was quite timely, relevant and effective.

“Representatives from the Public Sector welcomed and appreciated the input of the Private Sector Representatives and there were clear understandings and acceptance that with both sectors working together on disaster risk management and resilience can improve exponentially in our region,” he stated.

Lander added, “the session underscored the importance of preparedness, even for those risk events that are unlikely or unexpected. Singapore is a striking example, having established a robust disaster management plan although the frequency of disasters there is relatively low.”

Participants welcomed the opportunity to exchange views on disaster management strategies and challenges in their home countries, and how improved collaboration among stakeholders can take place to strengthen the former.

CARICHAM is a network of 18 Chambers of Commerce in the Caribbean who with the aim to advocate and create enhanced value for members of the respective chambers; to reduce the risk of Members and their countries to disasters; share knowledge and best practices among the network; and to enhance transportation, trade facilitation, and promotion.





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Phillip Alleyne, founder of Dominica Cricket Umpire association and Referee Association has passed

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Phillip Alleyne (left) pictured with referees

 

Phillip Gregory Alleyne the founder of the Dominica Cricket Umpires Association and Referees Association died at the age of 92 over the weekend at his home in Newtown.

Alleyne had been ailing for some time now.

In the early days, Alleyne played football in the position of a center forward for Notre Dame which was the leading team in first division football in Dominica. He also played for Thunderstorm and Arsenal. While playing for Notre Dame, he represented Dominica in two matches against the battleships HMS Snipe and HMS Glasgow. He also played club cricket as an all-rounder.

After retiring from actual play, Alleyne headed the Dominica Cricket Umpires Association for many years, until his retirement in 1995.

In football, he played a key role in the formation of the Referees Association and served as its president until his retirement in 1995. Alleyne has also served as an executive of the Dominica Amateur Sports Association (DASA) which was the umbrella body for sports back in the day.

He and Simon Roberts became the first two Dominicans to pass the exams to become first-class umpires in 1972.

He has also served as the Area Vice President of the West Indies Cricket Umpires Association with responsibility for the Windward Islands, an office he held until retirement.

Alleyne managed the Dominica football team –captained by Clem John — in 1965 when they went to St Lucia, and the national cricket team, captained by Augustus Gregoire, in 1969. As a cricket umpire, he officiated in two One Day International matches– WI versus Australia in St Lucia in 1978, and WI versus Australia (non-official series sponsored by Kerry Packer) in Dominica in 1979. He also officiated at 14 Shell Shield matches, standing with top umpires of the day.

In 2010, the Dominica Football Association honoured Alleyne with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the sport.





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Dominican wins Orlando Primer Prose writing award

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The Orlando Palmer Prose Prize 2019 for the best selected prose has been awarded to our very own Ms. Michelle Allyshia Belle, a Newtown-born Dominican native, for her submission: “Rude Awakening”, published in Interviewing the Caribbean literary magazine, spring edition, 2019 in Volume 4, Issue Number 2. At present, Michelle studies Psychology in China.

The Spring issue of the magazine was centered around the theme “Caribbean Femininity and Masculinity: Gender Justice”. Michelle’s story is based on a young boy who has had to move from his home in a rural village in Dominica to town, and his vicarious experience with domestic violence in the home. It also touches on the way domestic violence is received by the larger society, and its effect.

Miss Belle’s love for reading, which she did avidly from a young age, spiraled into an equal love for writing. Her work mainly focuses on themes such as Caribbean living, African roots and issues unique to the black community.  She has also won Dominica’s Independence Short Story competition in 2014 and 2015, and placed third in 2013, 2017 and 2019 respectively.

Michelle hopes that this award will give her more opportunities to share her literary works with the wider public and inspire other Dominicans to put out more of their literary products. She intends to seek an even wider audience by submitting works to more international avenues, and has hope for publishing her own book some time in the future. She recently had a poem published on a platform which shares experiences and achievements of black people in China. It can be read at the following link: https://blacklivitychina.com/2020/01/18/why-the-black-nod-exists-in-china-too/

Copies of Interviewing the Caribbean magazine which features Michelle’s story, Rude Awakening, may be purchased at:

https://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1606908?__r=619948&s=w





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COMMENTARY: Lions and Asses – Dominica News Online

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I couldn’t believe it when I saw it. I had to read it again. Then I looked at his picture and gave it another inspection.

Almost everyone knows the portrait that I’m referring to. Actually, a considerable number of people carry his picture in their wallet. It’s on the foremost currency in the world. Everyone knows his name. In the USA he is probably the most respected man in history- I’m talking about George Washington. You may be curious what he said. “An army of asses led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by an ass.” It made me run to the bathroom mirror to examine what I may look like and as I flashed my teeth and growled. I looked like the lion in the Wizzard of Oz but I felt reassured.  It made me curious though to see what else George has said. Take this one: “Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”

Giving an excuse is giving a reason that explains why one does not do something that one should do.  Excuses are tools of the incompetent, and those who specialize in them seldom go far. We all do it sometime or other. However, when it becomes a habit, it will become part of one’s profile. Would you like to have an employee who always gives excuses? A spouse or partner who does? What about a boss who always comes up with excuses?   Here is some straight talk: the habit of making excuses, even to oneself, makes one a level lower than others in a group.  But there is hope!  Never underestimate your power to change yourself.  Every action is a choice and if you can correct your mind you can go from someone who had excuse habits to a totally higher level person.

Time is no excuse!

Don’t you ever allow time to be the reason that you don’t fulfill your destiny and what you are here to do! It’s important to stand still for a moment and evaluate what you are doing and thinking and whether it’s for real.  Time is a “White Man’s” disease!  That is according to an account by Tuiavii Agaese, believed to be a Samoan tribal chief in the 20ies who observed the habits of the Papalagi (White Man). The originality of the story was a bit controversial at the time, but the wisdom is still something to consider:

“ The Papalagi doesn’t have time!

I have never understood this other than it being a severe disease. ‘The time is avoiding me!’ – ‘The time is running away like a stallion!’ – ‘Give me just a little more time’. Those are the complaints of white men. I say this could be a kind of disease; assumed, the white man likes to do something, his heart is longing to be in the sun(shine) or to sail with the canoe at the river or to make love with his girlfriend, this way he will spoil the appetite for it, clinging to the thought: no time remains to be happy. Yet the time is there, but he doesn’t see it no matter how he is trying. He mentions a thousand things taking time, feeling resentment and complaining about the job he doesn’t like, that doesn’t give joy, to which no one is forcing him the way he is doing himself.

There are Papelagi, asserting they never have time. They are running around headless, like from the devil possessed, and wherever they come, create havoc and uproar, because they have lost their time. This mania is a horrible condition, a disease no medicine man can cure, contagious to many and driving them into misery. As every Papalagi is possessed for fear of his time, he also knows exactly, and not only every man, but also every woman and child, how many sun- and moon risings have passed since he saw the great light for the first time. Yes, this is playing such a serious role, that it is celebrated in certain, equal distances with flowers and big eating parties. How often did I notice, how one was thinking having to be ashamed of me, when asking, how old I am, and I laughed and said, I don’t know. ‘You have to know how old you are’. I remained silent and thought, it’s better I don’t know. How old, means how many moons have I been living. This counting and figuring out is full of dangers, because it has been discovered, how many moons the life of most people will be. Now everyone is watching carefully, and when quite a number of moons have been passing by, he will say: ‘Now I’ll have to die soon’. He doesn’t enjoy anymore and will die soon.”

Money is not an excuse either

Ideas, knowledge, experience, etc. are intangibles that have a tremendous value. You may have something to cash in. You actually have it, but you need to find a way to make touchable coinage out of it. Mind you that money is only a tool. Imagine if one had only had furs to trade and someone else  would like to have some of those but he only had fish to pay with in return and the trader is allergic for fish. What to do?  Some native caveman may have had a brilliant idea for a neutral trading tool so that anyone could sell what he wanted or buy what he wanted. And that is all that money is, no more. A mechanism for trading. You don’t have furs and you don’t have fish; you have expertise and skill. Try to figure out a way to market it and don’t mope around. “Objection denied” as the judge would say in court when a defender tries to make a case with an excuse that he in his heart he himself doesn’t even believe in. That is what all try to do when coming up with excuses: “Trying to get away with it!”

Are you ready for a change in your life?

Did you ever have a dream or an idea that excited you or even gave you goose pumps? Why do you think sometimes you have these thoughts? You feel joy and enthusiasm, you love the emotion. It means something! Do you agree with me that if you feel pain it is a signal that comes from your brain to alert you that there is something wrong? Joy is a similar alert from the brain that signals that something good is happening. If you have pain, you may take steps to stop it. What about if you feel joy and enthusiasm? You should take steps to let it continue! No buts, ifs and whys! You are alerted to the fact that there is a potential inside you to create or achieve something. That potential is your unused power, inner strength, and inner capabilities that live in your subconscious.  It is maybe the greatest asset that you have to become who or what you want to be.  Let me ask you a straight question: if you waste the most valuable asset that you have, isn’t that plain stupidity? It is squandering your life away. You need to focus on unlocking the potential you possess inside you, instead of focusing on distractions that may cause you to give up your dream. If you have the will and the desire to make your dream or vision a reality, then everything else is just a matter figuring out the logistics.

About the author

Cdr. Bud Slabbaert is the Chairman and Coordinator of the Caribbean Aviation Meetup, an annual results and solution oriented conference for stakeholders of ‘airlift’ in the Caribbean which will be June 16-18 on St.Maarten. Mr. Slabbaert’s  background is accentuated by aviation business development, strategic communication, and journalism.





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