Dominica’s Lady of Song Ophelia Marie, has said that she is deeply grateful to once again be representing Dominica abroad. Marie is among 40 performers who will represent Dominica at CARIFESTA 2019 in Trinidad from August 15th to 27th.
She will be showcasing Dominica’s Cadence music.
“I am very delighted and honoured to receive one more time, the opportunity to represent Dominica abroad and I guess when I am selected, it’s because people are telling me they consider my talent at the level that will be pleasing to all Dominicans and so when I perform outside in this kind of capacity, I am really at my best,” she explained in an interview with State-owned DBS Radio.
Marie said her performance on stage will invite people to come to discover Dominica for what it is.
“I do what I would like to see other people see about Dominica and by virtue of my presentation on stage, I am inviting people to come and discover the country that is ours, not just the nature isle of the Caribbean but the nature isle of the world and I do it with whatever I have, inclusive of my voice the higher power has given me,” she stated.
Dominica’s Bouyon music will also be displayed by the Signal Band. According to band vocalist, Sheldon Alfred, CARIFESTA represents a great platform for musicians and aspiring musicians.
“We at Signal Band are truly honoured to be representing Dominica at CARIFESTA 2019 in Trinidad and Tobago. CARIFESTA is a great platform for aspiring musicians, it is a great time to meet the greats of the Caribbean, a great time to network and get our music, not just the name of our band,” he stressed.
Alfred sees this as an opportunity to represent Dominica and to get Bouyon music “out there” and strengthen its presence in the “new market” which it has been creating over the past couple of years.
“I think it is just a great thing to strengthen that relationship, strengthen the awareness of Bouyon music in that market so we will go out there, represent and do our thing. Always remember that we fly the flag very high; you know we represent Dominica, we represent Bouyon music, we represent signal band,” he explained.
Dominica will be presented by a 40-member national cultural delegation at this year’s CARIFESTA. In addition to Ophelia and Signal Band, the cultural contingent will include a Kalinago group, the Carina Cultural Group, some members of the Sibouli Massace Cultural group and the Waitkubuli Dance Theatre Company, a jing ping band led by Odel Hamiliton and a drumming ensemble made up of drummers from various groups.
Chief Cultural Officer, Raymond Lawrence has said that Dominica’s art and craft, including our Kalinago craft, as well as two locally produced films by Alwin bully and Micheal Lees will feature in the Carifesta Film Festival as part of Dominica’s representation.
He said Dominica’s participation in CARIFESTA will help to further market the skills and talents and will be a wonderful opportunity for further promotion of Dominica as the nature isle of the world.
On Tuesday November 19, 2019, all Returning Officers and Election Clerks will be available at designated nomination centers to receive nomination papers and Statutory Declarations from prospective candidates.
Candidates will be required to present Form 12 and Form 13, respectively, in accordance with Section 15 of the House of Assembly (Elections) Act.
The Officers will begin receiving nominations at 9am until 4pm, for seven hours continuously.
If at the end of seven hours, there is only one candidate duly nominated, the returning officer will immediately declare that candidate to be duly elected.
If there is more than one candidate duly nominated, the Returning Officer will adjourn the poll to the date stated in the writ, December 6th 2019.
Every candidate must be nominated by no less than six (6) electors registered in the same constituency for which he/she is seeking election and must consent in writing to the nomination in Form 12.
Every candidate must deposit a sum of $500 in cash. If he/she fails to do so, their nomination will be deemed void.
Every deposit will be returned to the person by the Financial Secretary upon presentation of a certificate from the Chief Elections Officer that the candidate was elected or received not less than one-eighth of the total number of votes counted at the election.
BUSINESS BYTE: Dominica’s Secret Bay All-Villa Resort joins Relais & Chateaux
7 hours ago
November 18, 2019
The Award-Winning, Luxury Boutique Resort Becomes The First and Only Dominica Hotel and Just the Eighth Caribbean Hotel to be
Accepted to Relais & Châteaux
Secret Bay, a six-star resort experience secluded on the Caribbean’s ‘Nature Island’ featuring clifftop residential-style villas, is pleased to announce its acceptance to join Relais & Châteaux, the most prestigious association of luxury hotels and restaurants in the world. Secret Bay is the first and only property in Dominica to be accepted into Relais & Châteaux and is just the eighth property in the Caribbean to become affiliated with the internationally acclaimed, elite group of curated hotels. Secret Bay’s dedication to sustainability, approach to hospitality, attention to six-star, highly-personalised service and culinary ingenuity are among the qualities that led Relais & Châteaux to select Secret Bay to join its network of the ‘World’s Finest Intimate Hotels.’
“We are extremely delighted to join Relais & Châteaux, which has always set the benchmark for preserving excellence in the timeless traditions of cuisine and hospitality,” said Secret Bay proprietor, Gregor Nassief. “Secret Bay and Relais & Châteaux share similar values around celebrating authenticity; working with, and employing, the local community; and, honouring sustainable practices. The affiliation will further enhance what guests love about Secret Bay: a special place that allows them to reconnect to themselves, to nature and to the ones they love.”
Philippe Gombert, President of Relais & Châteaux said: “We are very happy to count Secret Bay as a member of our family. The property will be the perfect ambassador for our values and our commitment to protect biodiversity and local heritage. The hotel is perfectly located, and offers a delicious and conscious Caribbean immersion for our guests.”
Secret Bay, Dominica’s most acclaimed resort, is a limited collection of freestanding, secluded and private villas that are immersed in nature and positioned on a clifftop overlooking the azure Caribbean Sea. The resort was founded upon a story of love, both between Gregor and his wife, Sandra, and for the land which they shared a deep commitment to preserving. Latin American architect and Sandra’s father, Fruto Vivas, collaborated with the couple to design the villas that comprise the living, breathing eco-luxury resort at Secret Bay. The resort is renowned for its ability to effortlessly capture the luxury of time and space and is celebrated for its idyllic tropical setting, an artful fusion of high design, local craftsmanship, commitment to sustainable development and authentic, bespoke service. Part of Secret Bay’s elevated experience comes in the form of its culinary offerings. At the innovative Zing Zing restaurant, Executive Chef Grant Lynott operates a “no-menu” concept that’s part food-lab and part restaurant, challenging many of the traditional fine dining restaurant rules, and focusing on a hyper-local and intimate experience that simply can’t be replicated.
“Relais & Châteaux is the global pinnacle of hospitality and cuisine, and we are proud to have met their standards to become a partner,” said Dinesh Kissoon, Secret Bay’s general manager, or maître de maison. “Secret Bay’s commitment to bespoke, highly personalised service along with nonpareil authenticity and experiential dining makes for a once-in-a-lifetime trip for Relais & Châteaux travelers.”
Relais & Châteaux represents 580 independently owned and operated boutique hotels and gourmet restaurants in extraordinary locations around the globe. Each property accepted into the Relais & Châteaux family must embody values of sustainability, hospitality and service while celebrating the local culture of their unique region.