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Student governance workshop for Dominica youth deemed successful – Dominica News Online

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Workshop coordinator of the CSA, Jonathan Jones, presents certificate to a participant

A workshop designed to generate a sustainable interest in advocacy, student leadership and representation among youth has been described as a success.

Coordinator of the event, Jonathan Jones said the student-friendly workshop was designed to expose Dominican youth and students to the advantages of participation in student governance and provide them with basic tools and knowledge to function in a national student organization which the Commonwealth Students Association (CSA) is currently trying to establish in Commonwealth Caribbean Territories.  He said the goal of the workshop was successfully achieved.

The workshop, which was organised by the Commonwealth Students Association (CSA) and the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC), was separated into five sessions with different guest speakers.

Session one was an introduction to CSA and CYC done by the CSA Caribbean and Americas Youth Council Reprentative, Franz George. Miss Dominica 2019, Marisol John, spoke on the topic “Architects and Pioneers of our Common Future: Building a National Student Organization.” Benjamin Fraser who is the CSA Caribbean and Americas Representative spoke on the topics ‘Model of a National Student organisation: What works for Dominica and ‘The Purpose of Student Representative Bodies in Educational Quality Asurance: Student Advocacy and Democracy.” Asst. Chief Youth Development Officer, Gregory Riviere, spoke on the topic ‘The Empowered Dominican Student Leader.’

Participants of the workshop each received a certificate of participation for their involvement in the workshop.

Chairperson of the National Youth Council (NYC), David R. Thornhill, endorsed the workshop as a necessary means of focusing on the youth during this stage of Dominica’s development.

“Seeing the success that our nation and its population has made after Hurricane Maria to being a step closer to the world’s first climate resilient country, now we have to expand our area of focus and target the youth and student population,” he stated.

Thornhill says as Dominica is in a critical stage in its developing process where the young individuals will be at the forefront, with the combined assistance of the Commonwealth Student Association, Commonwealth Youth Council, the current government administration and (whelmer’s stake holders), there will be an effective organisation to advocate on behalf of the youth population.

 





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Total number of COVID-19 cases in Antigua increases to 15

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Antigua and Barbuda reported six more cases of the Coronavirus on Friday.

Writing on his personal Facebook page, Prime Minister there-Gaston Browne said the six new cases were from 14 more tests recently carried out.

Three of them are said to be imported and the remaining three appear to be from community spread.

“Our community spread seems to be emanating primarily from returning nationals, including those who visited Montserrat for St Patrick’s Day,” he wrote.

“This is to caution our people to continue to respect the protocols of personal hygiene etiquette, social distancing, quarantining and isolation as appropriate,” Browne said.

The new cases take the country’s total confirmed cases to 15.

Earlier today, the PM warned the nation had not reached its peak regarding infections and warned that the current curfew “will continue for a longer period to protect lives”.

To date, 40 people have been tested for COVID-19 in Antigua and Barbuda. Twenty of the tests were negative; the remaining five are pending.





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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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