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NCCU Cadence Lypso Competition ready to go for Nov 2nd

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The curtains have been drawn and they are all set and ready to go for the staging of the annual NCCU Cadence Lypso competition on November 2nd.

According to chairman of Cadence Lypso Inc Dexter Ducreay, this competition is a display of Caribbean musical patterns, fused into a unique style, that we can truly call our own.  “Over the years, the show has been inspiring, yet a challenging experience for the committee. As we move from one year to the other, we strived to reduce our cost of operations, so as to ensure the viability of the show.  In addition, we have joggled with the date of the show, in order to maximise the returns to our sponsors but more specifically, to gratify local and overseas patrons. The committee is now convinced that the most appropriate date for the show is November 2nd of each year,” Ducreay said.

He continued, “The feedback we received from the satisfied patrons is overwhelming; this gives us the impetus, to manage the demanding schedule that the show requires.  It is critically important to note that the Cadence committee is a voluntary one.  This means, we the committee, serves without a monthly or weekly compensation. Therefore, I want to enormously thank the members of the committee, for their hard work and unwavering support. I am excited to share with you, that the committee’s vision is to ensure that Cadence music lives on.”

Ducreay revealed that the grand final of the NCCU 2019 Cadence Lypso show will take a new twist this year.

“The show will host 15 finalists. This is an increase of 4 artists from last year. We wanted to ensure that we expose as many artists as possible. The back–up band will be the renowned First Serenade Band of Pointe Michel. The First Serenade Band is a very experienced band, and we are assured that they will showcase an amazing performance.  The second half of the show will be difference from last year. Last year, we had a band competition. This year, we are hosting a veteran cadence band from Guadeloupe in the name of les Aiglon,” he stated.

Les Aiglons is Guadeloupean cadence band of the ’70s who were heavily influenced by the Haitian music that overwhelmed the Caribbean islands and beyond from the late ’50s’ to the early 80s. The band broke up quietly after the album Bon’m La. The group later reunited, then released several hit albums.

The price for the tickets has not changed. It will be maintained at $60.00 in advance and $70.00 at the gate.

The price for the VIP stand is only $150.00.

The 15 competitors in singing order are Jewele Browne; Richard “Beno” Christmas, Delma “Angel D” Daniel, Jerd Dorsette, Charles “Clarce” Leatham, Jude “Jay Dee” Delauney, John “Mauzzers” Mark, Webster “De Webb” Marie, Shirley “Lady S” Charles, Nathanael Durand, Jackson Alie, Steve “Triumph” Williams, Marisa Stedman, Chris “Chris B” Sylvester, Desmond “Lu Lu” Lawrence.





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COVID-19: LIAT suspends passenger services

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Passengers boarding a LIAT aircraft

The Leeward Island Air Transport reported Friday that it is suspending all passenger services for the next fourteen days due to the impact of COVID-19.

The airline will only operate charters and cargo flights during this period.

Chief Executive Officer of LIAT, Julie Reifer Jones says the imposition of travel bans and border closures had ground regional travel to a halt.

She says the company tried to maintain a limited schedule; however, the present conditions make this impossible.

As a result, the company has implemented a temporary suspension of passenger services from April 4th for a period of 14 days in the first instance.

Reifer Jones says the suspension will be reviewed after the first fourteen days.

The airline has also issued a travel advisory for all affected passengers.

They said passengers booked during the period of suspension will automatically have their bookings cancelled and will receive a full credit.

Additionally, passengers will be able to rebook as soon as the airline resumes services.

Reifer-Jones also acknowledged that this was an extremely challenging time for the airline, its employees and other stakeholders.

She says the airline had implemented several other measures including temporary layoffs and reduced working hours.

In addition, the airline’s Board of Directors is in direct communication with regional governments to secure a support package that would see the company maintain a limited schedule when the situation allows.

LIAT said it will continue to review the rapidly changing situation and remains committed to ensuring the region is connected.

LIAT operates in 15 destinations.

Dominica is a shareholder of LIAT with the majority being, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.





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Dominica receives first batch of medical supplies donation from China

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Chinese Ambassador, Lu Kun (left) and Health minister, Irving McIntyre at the handing over ceremony. To the extreme right is Foreign Affairs Minister, Kenneth Darroux

The first batch of medical equipment and supplies donated by China to Dominica was handed over on Saturday, April 4, 2020, at the China-Dominica Friendship Hospital.

The supplies, which were provided by Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation, arrived at the China-Dominica Friendship Hospital on Friday, April 3. They include 1,536 nucleic acid test kits and 30,000 surgical masks which will be used for COVID-19 epidemic containment efforts in Dominica.

Chinese Ambassador, Lu Kun, who spoke at the handing over ceremony, expressed China’s continuing support for Dominica, especially in difficult times.

A release from the Chinese Embassy in Dominica states that the Minister for health, Wellness and New Health Investment, Hon. Irving McIntyre and Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Business and Diaspora Relations, Hon. Kenneth Darroux, who attended the ceremony, thanked China for its medical aid and spoke highly of the bilateral relations between the two countries.

A release from the Chinese Embassy in Dominica stressed the sound friendship which exists between China and Dominica.

“When the epidemic was taking a heavy toll in China, the Dominican government and people stood in solidarity with China in its disease control efforts,” the release states. “Dominican Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, spoke in Parliament supporting China and headed all Cabinet members to the Chinese Embassy to express solidarity for China. Despite difficulties, the Dominican government managed to donate masks to China.”

The release adds that Leader of The United Workers’ Party in Dominica,  “Hon. Lennox Linton and other people from all sectors of Dominican society also expressed their support.”

“Reciprocating an act of kindness is a fine tradition of the Chinese nation. Though still in huge demand for medical materials, China has managed to make the donation to Dominica in a short period of time, fully demonstrating the deep friendship between the two countries,” the release goes on to state. “China wishes to enhance cooperation with Dominica in the fight against the epidemic and further strengthen China-Dominica relations and the friendship between the two peoples.”

It is expected that more medical supplies donated by the Chinese Government and Embassy including 15 ventilators, N95 surgical masks, medical protective clothing, goggles, disposable medical gloves, disposable medical boot covers and forehead thermometers will arrive in Dominica soon.





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COVID-19: Dominica Cancer Society advises cancer patients to be extremely careful

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President of the Dominica Cancer Society (DCS), Yvonne Alexander, has advised persons diagnosed with cancer to exercise extreme caution in light of COVID-19 as they are considered to have weakened immune systems.

“We have asked them to take all precautionary measures, understanding that in the case of cancer patients, particularly those who are in treatment and those who have been recently diagnosed they are among the people considered to be at greater risk, because we are considered to be immunocompromised,” she said.

Alexander also advised these individuals to wear a mask if they need to go out.

“We are asking our members if they absolutely have to go out to use a mask, but we are encouraging everyone to stay at home and isolate themselves as much as they possibly can and if they absolutely need to go out to wear a mask,’ she stated. “We are also advising that if you do go out observe social distancing.”

Health authorities in Dominica have advised that people who have to be out in the public remain at least six feet from each other to prevent the spread of the virus.

Meantime, Alexander said the Oncology Clinic at the Dominica-China Friendship Hospital is still open to cancer patients.

“Those who are in treatment, they still keep their appointments to go to the Oncology Clinic. So, that is not too much of an issue,” she noted.

She indicated that the agreement was that if any individual was confronted with a situation, they should try to identify a medical person at the district level they could contact immediately.

“Let them know what is going on and let them make the arrangements from there,” Alexander advised.





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