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Music icon pledges to use CARIFESTA to promote Dominica – Dominica News Online

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Ophelia performing live at WCMF 2016. Photo by Jordan Jerome

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.





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New Portsmouth housing development to be named after Rosie Douglas – Dominica News Online

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The new Housing Development in Georgetown, Portsmouth will be named after the late Rosie Douglas, a former prime minister of Dominica.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit made the announcement during a handing-over ceremony recently.

Sixty-eight families have already benefited from this new development. Twenty-four (24) received keys for their new homes, while the remaining 44 will receive their new homes in the upcoming weeks.

 “We have decided to name this housing development in honour of our late Parl Rep [Parliamentary Representative] and Prime Minister Rosie Douglas,” he revealed. “This development will be known as the Rosie Douglas Housing Development.”

Prime Minister Skerrit advised residents to take care of their new homes and to avoid quarrels with neighbours.

“If you are going to name the place after Rosie who has been good to so many of us in Dominica, one, you have to maintain the place clean; two, you have to keep the flowers planted and three, no noise among neighbours,” he advised. “It’s only peace and love.”

The prime minister cited the  CBI-funded project as am example of how the government has been able to utilize the Citizenship By Investment Program to directly benefit of families and residents of Dominica.

“We have had the CBI Program since 1993 and the only tangible things that you have seen the CBI has done for Dominica is under this Dominica Labour Party [DLP],” Skerrit stated. “This is the only party that can point to things – housing, infrastructure – that had been done in the country utilizing these funds, so we are grateful for this medium for raising funds.”

According to him, had it not been for this CBI funds, “and not only the CBI funds in itself”, but the prudent management of the funds, “we would have been in great difficulties after this Hurricane Maria.”





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Karlyn Joseph- a diverse package – Dominica News Online

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Karlyn C. Joseph is a twenty five year old photographer and upcoming makeup artist as well as a YouTube content creator who resides in Roseau Dominica.

Karlyn started her YouTube channel because she wanted to show others that some of the things that they go through, everyone goes through and that they are not alone. She wanted to be able to inspire others to follow their dreams regardless of their circumstances.

Although she works from home, she says it has been tough finding the right balance due to the fact that being a stay at home mother is a job on its own, but time management is key. She said she had to learn to make a schedule and try her best to stick to it throughout the day. She also had to remember that she is not alone and cannot do everything on her own. The support of her husband, who helps out in whatever way he can and her parents who provide a great deal of help, has made things easier.

Karlyn began photography in 2012 after realising that she enjoyed being behind the camera. However, it was not until later that she decided that she would rather be her own employer rather that be someone else’s employee because of the freedom and excitement involved in running your own business. It quickly became her passion.

Karlyn’s biggest obstacle was being able to finance her dreams. A lot goes into running a business and with photography equipment not being readily available on island, she had to import the equipment that she needed making it more costly.

It quickly became obvious to her that her ability was being underestimated because she is a woman in the photography business which is believed to be a man’s job. She therefore received a lot of pressure and criticism about her work. But her determination to become one of the best, made it easy for her to overcome.

She hopes to impact people in a positive way through her YouTube videos. She tries to show people a glimpse of her life in order to help them see that she goes through similar problems as everyone else and how she tackle these problems daily as a family unit. She also tries to put a smile on people’s faces with a few funny videos and challenges now and then and also want to show people that social media is not always harmful and that they need to be more open minded to the idea of vlogging.

Karlyn’s goal is to continue to be an entrepreneur, she would love to own many different small businesses and grow as a social media influencer. Not necessarily for fame, but for the opportunity to share her story with others in hopes of inspiring and educating others.

Her encouraging words to young entrepreneurs are to “stop waiting for the “right time” because there is no such thing. I’m not saying stop everything you’re doing and start your own business. But start working towards it today. In this moment. And don’t let others discourage you.”

Karlyn Joseph’s photography business can be found on Facebook and Instagram by the name 93k Studios. You can also subscribe to her YouTube channel 93K Family.





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Minister of Youth, National Youth Council, 1,500 Dominican Students Stand for Peace – Dominica News Online

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On Wednesday September 18, more than 1,500 primary and secondary school students and members of youth organizations are expected to march for peace in Roseau, Dominica. To commemorate this event, the Minister of Education Hon. Petter Saint Jean will sign a Memorandum of Agreement to support an international peace law, the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) to spread a culture of peace throughout all of Dominica.

Students will gather at the cruise ship terminal and march toward Windsor Park Stadium.  During the event there will be performances, a poster contest, and brief speeches from the Minister of Youth, National Youth Council President Alexander Baron, the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) and United Nations-affiliated peace organization Heavenly Culture World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL), which has toured several Caribbean countries from St. Kitts and Nevis to Belize to Antigua and Barbuda — who signed the DPCW with HWPL earlier this year.

“This peace walk could not have come at a better time,” said a local Roseau restaurant owner. “It’s exciting to see Dominican people, especially the youth, come together.”

The peace walk is being organized by the Dominica government in partnership with IPYG. IPYG’s vision is to mobilize youth around the world to cultivate a culture of peace within their communities. The youth of IPYG accomplish this purpose through youth advocacy, youth empowerment and peaceful campaigns similar to Wednesday’s Peace Walk.

A similar Peace Walk will take place in Belize next week.

Who – 1,500 primary and secondary school students and members of youth organizations marching for peace alongside key members of the Dominica Government, including Minister of Education Hon. Petter Saint Jean, and National Youth Council President Alexander Baron.

What – Non-Partisan Peace March commemorating Dominica’s support of the DPCW

When – Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Where  – Peace walk will start: Cruise ship terminal at the Bay Front; will end at: Windsor Park Stadium.





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