Sharing is caring! Chief Cultural Officer, Raymond Lawrence.Dominica’s history and culture was on display again at five different cultural semifinal competitions held last weekend.Individuals and groups from the south east, eastern, north east, south west and western districts competed in various categories, as part of activities marking Dominica’s 33rd anniversary of independence.Chief Cultural Officer, Mr Raymond Lawrence believes that so far citizens are showing a great level of interest in the activities; a gesture he believes that demonstrates patriotism and love for country.“It shows that our people are continuing to appreciate the country’s history and culture. It demonstrates our love for country and the unity that we talk about today. Our country is ours to build and it’s good that we can put all differences aside and participate in those activities for the love of country.”Minister for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs, Honorable Gloria Shillingford called on Dominicans to make the theme chosen to celebrate this year’s independence practical.Students of the St. Luke’s Primary School performing a belle dance piece at the Opening of Independence 2011 at the Old Mill Cultural Centre.“Use those hands to do well, use them for the betterment of our country. Use them to do positive things and let us work together in unity like the theme says. If we put these hands together we will be surprised to see what wonders they can do. Let go back to the days of coudremere when we use to help each other build homes, plant farms and raise up a child. What happened to the good old days when a community used to raise up a child, lets put our hands together and do those things.”Winners for the North Eastern District Cultural Semi Finals are;Adults Jing Ping – Woodfordhill Jing Ping band led by Steven DrigoChildren Kweyol Song – Joseanna Massicot of CalibishieChildren Sotice – Cultural Expressions led by Joseph RussellChildren Heel and Toe – Cultural Expressions led by Joseph RussellChildren Group Kokoy Song – Wesley Primary School led by Winger T. WilliamsChildren Drumming Ensemble – Cultural Expressions led by Joseph RussellAdults Kweyol Song – Benedict Pierre of WoodfordhillChildren Quadrille – Cultural Expressions led by Joseph RussellCreative Dance – W.S Stevens led by Nadia FabienMouth Organ – Sawille Challenger of CalibishieIndividual Kokoy Tory – Diane Colette Telemacque of WesleyFlirtation – Trend Setters led by Kaestel EttinoffeAdults Kont – Benedict Pierre of WoodfordhillGroup Kokoy Song – Marigot Cultural Group led by Damon Jno BaptisteChildren Kweyol Song – Ti Bois led by Paul LewisMazook – Marigot Cultural Group led by Damon Jno BaptisteAdults Kokoy Song – Paul Lewis of WoodfordhillAdults Quadrille – Trend Setters led by Kaestel EttinoffeAdults Drumming Ensemble – Ti Bois led by Paul LewisWinners for the South Western District Cultural Semi Finals are;Adults Jing Ping – Gutter Jing Ping Band led by Davidson CharlesChildren Heel and Toe – Goodwill Secondary School led by Nadia PinardChildren Sotice – Goodwill Secondary School led by Nadia PinardChildren Creative Dance – New Generation Dance Group led by Lucia LanderChildren Kweyol Song – Goodwill Primary School led by Shirley LukeAdult Bamboo Flute – Christopher Rolle of TrafalgarChildren Konte – Convent Preparatory School led by Ann Marie AlexanderChildren Bele – Goodwill Secondary School led by Nadia PinardAdults Konte – George Jervier of Scotts HeadAdult Mazook – Naissance Cultural Group led by Dinah ElwinAdult Mouth Organ – Bryant Rolle of LaudatAdults Kweyol Song – George Jervier of Scotts HeadAdults Quadrille – Naissance Cultural Group led by Dinah ElwinAdults Flirtation – Naissance Cultural Group led by Dinah ElwinAdults Group Kokoy Song – Pointe Michel Cultural Group led by Joan FramptonAdults Drumming Ensemble – Greenland’s School of Talent led by Vernetta ToussaintAdults Bele – Goodwill Secondary School led by Nadia PinardAdults Creative Dance – Goodwill Secondary School led by Nadia PinardDominica Vibes News Share Share 138 Views no discussions Share Tweet LocalNews More groups and individuals advance to the cultural finals by: – October 5, 2011
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Cricket West Indies (CWI) yesterday announced it would suspend the last two rounds of the marquee first class championship, along with an entire suite of youth tournaments for the next 30 days, as it braces for the full impact of the deadly coronavirus across the region.In a statement, CWI said the bold decision was taken on the recommendation of its Medical Advisory Committee, which convened by teleconference on Thursday to discuss the impact of the virus on the domestic schedule.The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has already popped up in several Caribbean territories with Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia, St Vincent, Antigua and Guyana all reporting cases over the last week.“The health and safety of our players, officials and staff, are of paramount importance to CWI and we have advised the Board of Directors to take proactive policy steps to decrease the growing risk of contamination and spread of the virus,” said CWI’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr Israel Dowlat.The ongoing eighth round of the first class championship is set to wrap up today, with matches being played in Trinidad, Guyana and Antigua.All three nations were set to host upcoming age group tournaments. The Women’s Super50 Cup was scheduled for Guyana from March 27 to April 12, the Under-15s Boys Championship was carded for Antigua April 9-20 while the inaugural Under-19 Girls Championship was set for Trinidad from April 6 to 12.Dr Donovan Bennett, chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee, said the decision to suspend the competitions was aimed at minimising the spread of the virus.“We are acting based on medical best practices as well as in an abundance of caution,” Bennett said.“The ongoing gathering of even small groups of spectators, cricketers and match officials could pose a risk to some persons of contracting the virus and being stranded in quarantine in a non-resident country for a prolonged period.“Clearly this pandemic is still evolving, and we will continue to monitor the situation throughout the Caribbean.”All face-to-face CWI meetings – including a board of directors meeting and an annual general meeting scheduled for Antigua next month, have been suspended.The board said any “urgent matters” would be discussed via teleconference.CWI’s decision follows that of the CARIFTA Games organisers who yesterday cancelled the region’s premier junior track and field which was to be staged in Bermuda over the Easter weekend next month.Nearly 156 000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide with almost over 5 800 deaths recorded.