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Dominica Chapter of Women in Maritime Association Caribbean launched – Dominica News Online

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Tamara Lowe is the president of the WiMAC Dominica Chapter

Women in the maritime industry in Dominica have come together to launch the Women in Maritime Association Caribbean (WiMAC) Dominica Chapter.

The launch was held at the Fort Young Hotel, on Friday, 30th August 2019.

WiMAC was initially launched in April 2015 under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) with a mandate to represent the interests of women in the maritime industry (nationally, regionally and internationally) to promote the continued education and training of women, advocating for gender equality, promoting the protection of the marine environment, safe and secure shipping and port operations.

President of WiMAC, Tamara Lowe stated at the launch that women are the most effective way to bring great benefit to communities and countries.

“Quoted from IMO [International Maritime Organization] there is ample evidence that ‘investing in women is the most effective way to lift communities, companies and even countries’. Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth, companies with more women leaders perform better as seen from a study published in 2007 called ‘The Bottom Line Corporate Performance and Women Representation on Boards’.”

She also added that peace agreements that include women are more durable and parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support.

Lowe stated that WIMAC’S mission is to foster the development of participation of women in the maritime sector through the empowerment of women through capacity building, advocacy on issues affecting women and the industry, contributing to the development of responsive legislative and regulatory environment mentorship to facilitate career advancement, and professional well-being of women in the sector, among others.

WiMAC’s  added that  WIMAC Dominica goals for the year include, “establishing partnerships which will allow our members to visits prominent schools to promote the industry, empowering our women to take up more leadership roles…and developing a comprehensive communication strategy and action plan to future enhance WIMAC’S visibility and outreach mechanisms inclusive of social media and other web-based technologies.”

WiMAC Dominica Vice President, Gloria Tavernier

Gloria Tavernier  is the Vice President of WiMAC Dominica. She said the organization will inspire and empower women and promote gender diversity in Dominica.

“The women in Maritime Association Caribbean (WiMAC) Dominica Chapter being launched today will create a network to inspire, engage, educate and empower women working in the Maritime Industry in Dominica and the region,” Tavernier said.

“Women in maritime all over the world and especially in Dominica over the years and up to today, have proven to be innovative, reliable, responsible and accountable in fulfilling their role,” said the WiMAC Vice President. Our dedication and commitment to being an effective and efficient organization will be evident in our vision for our members to the advance in the local, regional and international maritime sector and to promote gender diversity as an essential and value-adding component of maritime development.”

Tavernier said they will create more awareness of WiMAC and encourages many young women to consider the maritime industry as an interesting career opportunity.

Other participating Caribbean countries in WiMAC include St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados.

The other members of THe WiMAC Dominica board are: Julia Joseph -Treasurer, Tamica Bedneau – Secretary,  Bethude Azille – National Liason/Member at Large and Melissa Morgan – Member at Large.

WiMAC Dominica Executive: (l-r) National Liason/Member at Large (Bethude Azille),   President (Tamara Lowe),  Vice President (Gloria Tavernier),  Secretary (Tamica Bedneau ), Treasurer (Julia Joseph),  Member at Large (Melissa Morgan).





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Skerrit announces $70 million road improvement project for Kalinago Territory – Dominica News Online

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PM Skerrit addressing the inauguration ceremony of the Kalinago Territory

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that over $70 million will be spent on road improvement in the Kalinago Territory commencing in the first quarter of 2020.

He made the announcement during the council’s inauguration which was held at the Kalinago Barana Aute recently.

Skerrit said one understands the importance of the road network to economic prosperity.

“We are going to have a major road improvement programme here in the Kalinago Territory from Sineku all the way down to Pagua and we will spend about $70 million on that section,” he said.

According to him the funds are already available for that project.

“The funds are available. We have signed the loan agreement with the World Bank; they have done the designs,” Prime Minister Skerrit stated.

He continued, “We are now moving towards the tender for this project and so that it will elevate and enhance the quality of the infrastructure in the Kalinago Territory.”





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Tropical wave to continue to affect Dominica during the next 18 to 24 hours – Dominica News Online

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A tropical wave is expected to continue to generate cloudiness with shower activity which could be moderate to heavy at times and isolated thunderstorms across the island chain, including Dominica, during the next 18 to 24 hours, the Dominica Meteorological Service has reported in 6:00 a.m. weather advisory this morning.

People in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are advised to exercise extreme caution during the period.

Meanwhile, another tropical wave located in the Central Tropical Atlantic currently has a moderate to high chance for development over the next two to five days. This system is expected to approach the area by late Thursday into Friday.

Residents are advised to closely monitor information on the progress of this tropical wave.

Moderate seas are expected during the next 24 hours with waves peaking near 8.0 feet. Small craft operators and sea bathers, particularly on the east coast, are advised to exercise caution.





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United Workers Party to hold consultation with private sector and civil society   – Dominica News Online

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The leader of the opposition, Lennox Linton, has invited the private sector and civil society to discuss what is described in a UWP release issued today, as the apparent deterioration of governance in the Commonwealth of Dominica.

The release suggests that the current state of affairs is evidenced by the lack of accountability for State finances, the refusal to facilitate electoral reform, the award of lucrative contracts to one company without due process and the politically motivated persecution, harassment and arrest of opposition politicians and private citizens exercising the right to dissent.

It adds that the purpose of the consultation is to apprise civil society and business organizations on Dominica’s worsening governance situation, listen to their concerns and discuss their recommendations on the way forward.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday September 17th, 2019 at the Public Service Union Building at 5:00 p.m.





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