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Dominican chosen as Caribbean Tourism Young Leader – Dominica News Online



Namene James Rodgers

A daughter of the soil has been selected as a Caribbean Tourism Young Leader.

Her name is Namene James Rodgers and she is from Marigot but resides in Antigua and Barbuda.

She was selected by the Caribbean Hotels and Tourism Association recently when they launched the inaugural programme named Young Leaders Forum.

It’s basically a program designed to engage with up and coming hospitality professionals in a series of discussions, learning opportunities and engagement with industry leaders.

Namene is employed at the Cocos Hotel and she applied and was accepted to represent the twin island state at the official launch of the programme in Miami this month.

Her journey in the tourism industry started around eight years ago while she was a university graduate.

“Although my prior experience was in education, I considered tourism as a new challenge,” she explained.

Namene said she has also been afforded the opportunity to work in various departments, always being eager to learn as much as she could about the hotels and its operations.

“These experiences have allowed me to become an asset in the field, currently holding the position of Guests and Team Relations Coordinator,” she added.

Namene will be traveling to Miami from June 21-23 to attend the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum.

There she will engage in exclusive leadership development training sessions and meet with a number of stakeholders in the tourism sector.

At the end of the one year involvement with young leaders, the participants will be expected to prepare a summary outlining their journey, their expectations, how their new knowledge will be used and how they have benefited from the program.

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DPSU not satisfied with pace of salary negotiations; meets members next week




Public servants at the meeting

The Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) says it not satisfied with the pace at which salary negotiation with the government is taking place and has scheduled a salary negotiation briefing rally with its members for Tuesday 19, November 2019.

The union’s Executive will first meet this Thursday to discuss the status of salary negotiations with the Government of Dominica for the triennium 2018— 2021.

After having met five times with the Government Negotiating Team, the DPSU is of the view that by now a reasonable offer should have been made by the Government.

For the year 2018/ 2019, the DPSU is proposing a one-off payment equivalent to two (2) months salary or alternatively 2.5%, 2019/2020 5% and for 2020/2021 5%. In addition, it is negotiating for an increase in allowance concession on import duties on vehicles for nurses and increase in pension to retirees who qualify for Government pension.

Public Works Corporation employees have not received an increase for about a decade while there is tardiness on the part of Management of both DASPA and Solid Waste Corporation in bringing negotiations to a conclusion.

Tuesday’s meeting will decide how solidarity can be solidified among public officers and employees from the above-mentioned institutions to decide the way forward in regards to salary negotiations.

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Project to strengthen disaster management capacity of Dominican and Guyanese women launched




Participants at the launch

A project aimed at strengthening the disaster management capacity of women in Guyana and Dominica was launched on 11th November 2019 at Fort Young Hotel.

The project, entitled “Strengthening Disaster Management Capacity of Women in the Cooperative Republic of Guyana and the Commonwealth of Dominica” is funded by the Government of Japan and is being implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Barbados & OECS Office.

It will benefit small farmers, women’s groups and other vulnerable persons in agriculture located in three parishes across Dominica specifically, St. David, St. Paul and St. Patrick.

Dominica’s vulnerability to the shocks of climate change post-Hurricane Maria is more greatly understood by international counterparts.

KanayaToshihide, second Secretary in the Japanese Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago

In his address, Mr. KanayaToshihide, second Secretary in the Japanese Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago noted that Japan’s commitment to support Dominica is based on the appreciation of the impact of natural hazards; as an island themselves, they are annually affected by typhoons, earthquakes and other natural phenomena. Japan has a long history of extending developing support to the Commonwealth of Dominica across various sectors to include fisheries and agriculture. He expressed his enthusiasm for the project and expects a successful implementation through the UNDP.

“This project supports small farmers and women’s groups. It connects with other work of UNDP in Dominica on Early Warning Systems, Community Emergency Response Teams, as well as post-disaster needs and building damage assessments.  The initiative will also support the recovery to resilience programme on the island which the UNDP Dominica Office is implementing,” said Mr. Magdy Martinez-Soliman, Resident Representative, Head of UNDP Barbados and the OECS.  Additionally,

Mr. Martinez-Soliman further stated that the project contributes to the advancement of four (4) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) namely: SDG2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 5 (Gender Equality), SDG11(Sustainable Cities) and SDG 13(Climate Action).

Head of UNDP Barbados and the OECS, Martinez-Soliman and Minister Joseph Isaac

In his brief remarks, Minister Isaac, pledged the commitment of the Ministry of Environment, Climate Resilience, Disaster Management and Urban Renewal to support the implementation of the project initiative given that one of the main components of the project focuses on Early Warning Systems.  The Minster in his speech acknowledged the importance of the role of the Office of Disaster Management and the MET Office and expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity to develop capacities in these areas to better serve and support an initiative that will further strengthen national resilience.

The Permanent Secretary Dr. Reginald Thomas, representing the Minister, expressed gratitude to both the Government of Japan and the UNDP for the initiative which, “fits into the Ministry’s plans and programs to build resilience, in keeping with the Government’s desire to be the first climate-resilient country in the world”.

Dr. Thomas further emphasized that the impact of climate change on the agriculture sector cannot be underestimated particularly given its far-reaching consequence in terms of food security and livelihood for the island.

“Rural communities are, therefore, in the forefront to battle the impacts and contribute to food security,” Dr. Thomas noted.

Dr. Thomas (r) with Mr. KanayaToshihide

During the ceremony, the Second Secretary of the Embassy of Japan and the Resident Representative of the UNDP Barbados and the OECS presented tablets to the Government of Dominica to support the work of the Agriculture Extension staff.

The project launch coincides with the commencement of a Participatory Integrated Climate Services for Agriculture (PICSA) scoping mission to conclude on 15th November 2019. The PICSA initiative is spearheaded by the University of Reading and supported by the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology.

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Bishop pre-election message – Dominica News Online




Bishop of Roseau, Gabriel Malzaire

Reverend Fathers, Deacons, brothers and sisters in Christ, I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ the universal King.

We have all learnt form the Honourable Prime Minister that Polling Day for the upcoming General Elections will be on Friday, December 6, 2019.  It is the day when all eligible voters in the Commonwealth of Dominica will have the privilege to exercise their franchise by electing the leaders who will govern for the next five years. It is indeed a sacred duty and a noble responsibility entrusted to all.

Past experience has taught us that in such a period of intense competition between contending parties, the desired levels of civility among citizens can be compromised.  In that regard, therefore, I wish to reiterate my advice and challenge to the Clergy and to all the faithful as regards our role in the pre-Election period. Quoting again the Election Code of the Dominica Christian Council, I wish to remind you that:

As citizens we are:

  1. To recognize that every adult citizen has the privilege to vote according to his or her conscience, and therefore the duty, not to neglect to exercise this precious right;
  1. To make an effort to know the parties, their aims, objectives and policies in order to make a reasonable choice;
  1. To vote as free persons and not to debase ourselves by selling our votes for money or any personal favour;
  1. To oppose and reject any candidate who use bribery, intimidation or threats of violence to win votes;
  1. To reject any invitation to join in the harassment of those whose political views are different from ours;
  1. To consider that integrity, impartiality, good character and sound judgment are qualities required of those to be chosen;
  1. To remember that no political or economic system is perfect; and
  1. To accept the verdict of the majority, even if this differs from how one has voted in accordance with one’s conscience.


As Clergy, we are:

  1. To recognize that our basic obligation is to promote unity in our communities, and therefore to refrain from saying or doing anything likely to be interpreted as partisan politics; and
  1. To recognize our responsibility to give, at all times and especially during the period before and up to election time, moral and spiritual guidance to our flocks.

I invite all Catholic, all other Christians and all peoples of good will, to join me in making this pre-election period one of intense prayer and fasting for ourselves and for the nation. I invite all Catholics to pray the rosary daily and when in attendance offer the Sacrifice of the Mass so that justice, love and peace will reign in our land.

And may the peace of Christ which is far beyond all understanding, reign in the heart of each one of us.


Sincerely yours in Christ,


Most Rev. Gabriel Malzaire

Bishop of Roseau

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