Dominica News

Dominica plans working geothermal plant by 2016

ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Dominica government intends to construct a small geothermal energy plant by the beginning of the year 2016. Rayburn Blackmoore, minister for public works energy and ports, said that the head of the European Union for the Caribbean has pledged additional funds, as further assistance towards the development of the plant. | 10/20/14 2:11 AM
Warm welcome: Dr Mahathir greeting Nanthan (right) as members of the Dominican delegation look on.

PUTRAJAYA: The thriving hospitality industry in Langkawi has caught the attention of the Commonwealth of Dominica, which hopes to replicate Langkawi's success story. A delegation from the island nation, led by its Ambassador at Large Emmanuel Nanthan, called on former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at his office here yesterday. | 10/16/14 1:47 AM
Enrique, Romeo or Marc: Who Will Win 2014 AMA for Favorite Latin Artist? Vote

Marc Anthony photographed by Douglas Friedman on Feb. 8 at Casa de Campo in La Romana, Dominica Republic. Grooming by Jami Harper. | 10/14/14 1:15 AM
Dominica opposition senator calls for national engagement on education

ROSEAU, Dominica -- Opposition United Workers Party senator, Ron Green, is concerned about the sorry state of the Dominica's education sector, particularly as it relates the universal secondary education programme, treatment of teachers and the condition of infrastructure. Describing the education system as being "badly broken", Green issued an urgent call for national engagement for stakeholders to get a realistic understanding of the status of education on the island. | 10/11/14 5:17 AM
Skerrit has no plan to end tax

ROSEAU – Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says he has no intention of abolishing income tax as his ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP) gears up to contest a general election due by March next year, but widely expected before that date.

Addressing the launch of a water project in Belles, east of here, Skerrit said his administration would not seek to removes takes “just because you want to gain votes.”

“What happens to the country after that, what happens to our well-being, what happens to our schools, what about our students, how are we going to repay our debts so how are they going to give you money when you have no taxes.”

Skerrit said that Caribbean countries with no income tax or a sales or value added tax (VAT) had to introduce such fiscal policies “because countries that give us aid are saying to us we are paying taxes and you can’t come to us asking for money when you are not willing to make your people contribute.

“So they (Caribbean countries) have had to institute and impose on their citizens, taxes, and of course many of us would like to live in a country where there are no taxes, but is this a realistic option knowing how the world operates.”

Skerrit said countries “around us” are laying off workers, but Dominica has not lost “one job, notwithstanding the global crisis”.

The prime minister described as “foolishness” those who promise to remove certain taxes.

“So when you hear people are saying that they will remove this tax and that tax and those taxes and these taxes, it is foolishness they are talking because you must now tell us if you have EC$200 million to spend and to pay salaries, you must show in a very clear manner where you will get those EC$200 million to pay for salaries and services,” he noted. (CMC) | 10/10/14 10:02 AM
Dominica rejects Nigerian band, cites Ebola fear

The Caribbean island of Dominica has canceled a contract with a Nigerian band scheduled to participate in a local music festival, citing worries about the Ebola virus. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said Thursday that he struck the band called "Flavour" from the lineup of Dominica's three-day World Creole Music Festival out of "an abundance of caution." | 10/10/14 2:09 AM
The Pope's Marble: Modeling Mogul Paolo Zampolli Builds a Townhouse Fit for a Don

The modeling mogul, Caribbean ambassador and Page 6 regular Paolo Zampolli was unable to leave town this past Labor Day weekend, much as he might have liked to cultivate his frequent tan in late summer sun. Local matters occupied the Milanese A©migrA©'s thoughts. | 10/9/14 10:12 PM
Cuban cricketers fight for foothold

HAVANA (AP) - The ball bounced off the pavement and Yordeni Caballero swung, whacking it with a soft thud and hurling his bat to the side as if he'd hit a homerun. As the seven-year-old raced down a street-turned-cricket pitch, his coach shouted instructions about a sport that's barely known in Cuba.

The Caribbean is divided between baseball-playing countries with US ties and cricket-playing islands that once belonged to the British Empire. Nowhere is more baseball-crazy than Cuba, but even here, a tiny but passionate group of men is trying to win people over to cricket, baseball's slower-paced, more courtly British relative.

Mostly descendants of sugar-cane workers who migrated from other islands in the early 20th century, Cuba's cricket partisans subsist on homemade and donated equipment from the embassies of cricket-playing countries. They recruit players from the streets and teach them rules of the new sport, while exploiting baseball-honed skills such as batting and running bases.

The offspring of immigrants from the island of Martinique, Kiomai Aguiar said he played baseball and basketball as a child, then switched to cricket at 16, falling in love with its leisurely pace and courtly interactions between players. He now coaches Caballero and other youths playing pickup games in San Miguel del Padron on the outskirts of Havana

"It's a game that forces you to think, to organize, to do things deliberately. At the same time there's respect and unity among the players," said Aguiar, a 35-year-old unemployed maintenance worker. "There's not a single cricket pitch in Cuba, so we play where they let us, on a soccer field, a baseball field, a running track."

Cuba has organized cricket in six of its 16 provinces, with 1 150 registered players throughout the country of 11 million, said Barbara Delarra, an official with Cuba's National Sports Institute.

"Youngsters like it because it's similar to baseball, with pitching, batting and fielding. It's a new sport and appealing to youngsters frustrated with baseball," she said.

Cricket is also part of the cultural identity of Caribbean migrant communities in Cuba, the descendants of some 250 000 workers from Jamaica, Dominica and other British colonies who moved to sugar towns in eastern Cuba where they attended Protestant churches, ate spicier food and played cricket.

"They kept a lot of their identity," said Jorge Giovannetti, chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Puerto Rico and an expert on Caribbean migration to Cuba. "They kept some of their diet, they kept some of their religious heritage, and cricket is part of it as well."

Cricket is most deeply rooted in the eastern province of Guantanamo, home to many of Cuba's immigrant-founded communities, where cricket is frequently taught to children in afterschool athletics programs despite the lack of standard equipment.

"If we don't have a bat, we make it from a stick. If there's no ball, we make it from rags," said Eliecer Brooks, the descendant of Jamaican immigrants who plays for Guatanamo's cricket team. "We've wanted to maintain this tradition because it's beautiful to remember one's roots."

Without a national tournament, Cuba has amateur tournaments like one played on a Havana soccer field last month between three Cuban teams and three teams of students from cricket-playing countries like Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Adithya Senavirath, a Sri Lankan studying at the Latin American School of Medicine, where foreigners receive free medical education, said he enjoyed playing against Cubans instead of the fellow foreign students he usually faced in cricket.

"The Cubans have skills, they're good bowlers," he said. "They’re lacking some technique, but they learn fast." | 10/7/14 10:30 AM

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