Ugland Shipping Signs Resale Contract with Sanoyas Shipbuilding for Two Vessels

first_imgUgland Shipping AS has recently signed a resale contract with Sanoyas Shipbuilding Co., Japan for a 60 500 tdw bulk carrier for delivery in 2020. The vessel will be a sister vessel to Olita and Belita, delivered from Sanoyas Shipbuilding Co. earlier this year.Furthermore, Ugland Shipping AS has also signed a resale contract with Tsuneishi, Cebu for a TESS-64 type bulk carrier, for delivery in the second half of 2019.With these two resale contracts, and the newbuilding from Imabari Shipbuilding due to be delivered in the beginning of 2019, the company will now have three bulker newbuildings to be delivered in the period 2019-2020.Ugland Marine Services AS will be in charge of all management functions for the new vessels.“The contracts are part of our fleet renewal, as we plan to sell one or more of our oldest bulk vessels before we take delivery of the newbuildings,” the company said in a statement.Sea News, December 8 Author: Priyanka Ann Sainilast_img read more

Dominica welcomes new Canadian Ambassador

first_imgLocalNews Dominica welcomes new Canadian Ambassador by: – January 23, 2013 Share Share 26 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img President Williams (left) and Ambassador Hanley. Photo credit: GIS NewsDominica’s President, Eluid Williams welcomed Canada’s new Ambassador to Dominica, Richard Hanley.Ambassador Hanley who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Studies and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, presented his letter of credence to the President on Friday 19th JanuaryPresident Williams highlighted and thanked Ambassador Hanley for the support which his country has given to Dominica thus far.Dominica has benefitted from Canadian assistance through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the International Organisation for La Francophonie and the Canadian Francophone Scholarship Programme and the Regional Security System “In 2007, Canada provided $17M over a ten year period under the Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarship Programme to CARICOM students as part of the Commonwealth Scholarship Programme. “Canada is also negotiating a Trade Agreement with CARICOM countries as a group. In fact, two-way trade has more than doubled over the last decade from $936.2 million to $2.4 billion in 2010,” President Williams said.According to Ambassador Hanley, Canada and Dominica enjoy cultural, commercial and economic ties while Canada continues to promote regional integration within the Caribbean community in security and economic areas.He noted that Dominican farmers will receive assistance through participation in a Promotion of Regional Opportunities for Produce Through Enterprise and Linkages (PROPEL) program.“Small farmers will receive help to increase the quality and quantity of fresh, regionally grown fruits and vegetables and to link buyers such as regional grocery chains, cruise lines, airlines, hotels and restaurants. “Canada is working through the Canadian hunger foundation and its local partner the Caribbean Farmers’ network in this five-year, multi-country, $19m dollar project.”The Ambassador expressed optimism that Canada and Dominica will continue to work together “as friends toward a more prosperous and secure hemisphere.“It is a great honour for me to serve Canada in this beautiful country and I look forward to working with the people and Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the enhancement of a strong and productive relationship in the years ahead,” he said.Ambassador Hanley has replaced Ambassador Her Excellency Ruth Archibald.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Heartbreaking loss for Sign Man Celtics

first_imgNewsSports Heartbreaking loss for Sign Man Celtics by: – July 4, 2013 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Sharecenter_img 36 Views   no discussions Share The 2nd leg of the DAVA/LIME/Petrocaribe 2013 National Volleyball League proved to be an exciting affair between defending champs, LIME Strikeforce of Pointe Michel and Sign Man Celtics.A small crowd gathered at LIME’s Sports Complex in Canefield to take in the neck to neck affair with Celtics jumping out to the early 2 set lead. Until then, the Pointe Michel ladies seemed uninterested and unwilling to play. But seeing their season on the line must have sparked the heart of the champions who finally decided to put up a fight in the 3rd set. Looking revived and energized, the defending champs displayed their floor defense and blocking on star Celtics hitter Marcia Gustave to win the set. After a 30 minute intermission caused by a lighting issue, the Strikeforce continued to dominate in the 4th set, while Celtics continued to succumb to the pressure. Strikeforce captain, national libero Catherine Francis carried her team into the 5th set with great hitting. Celtics ladies, determined not to have their season end, jumped out to an early 5th set lead. However, captain Catherine would not be stopped and propelled her team into the lead. Celtics could only stand stunned as they watched their season end to the defending champs, LIME Strikeforce! Final scores 14 25 19 25 25 15 25 23 15 9.The finals will begin this weekend with the men’s division when Young Vets will take on defending champs LIME Wolf Pac from 6pm Sunday at LIME compound in Canefield. The women’s division will begin next Friday with LIME Strikeforce taking on Xerox Acers at 6:30 again at the LIME compound.By: Kairann Georgelast_img read more

Health Ministry to renovate several health facilities

first_img Tweet LocalNews Health Ministry to renovate several health facilities by: – July 30, 2013 Health Minister, Julius Timothy (file photo)The rehabilitation of several health facilities around the island is expected to commence soon. Health Minister Julius Timothy told Parliament on Monday 29th July that these renovation works will cost government over $ 500,000.00.The project includes extension to buildings, new buildings where required, fencing and major electrical and plumbing repairs. Some of the health centers which will be upgraded include Scotts Head, Roseau, Vieille Case and Dublanc.Mr Timothy said works at several other health centers will be undertaken at other health centers in subsequent financial years as the scope and cost of the projects are currently being revised. He listed the Massacre, Point Michel and the Grand Bay health centers and the Portsmouth Hospital as some of the other health facilities to receive attention. Mr. Timothy said new health care facilities for Colihaut, Petit Soufriere and Newtown are being considered as high priority areas in the immediate future. He said his ministry is focused on ensuring that this facilities are upgraded and safe is in an effort to ensure that these facilities are safe in all weather conditions. Mr Timothy also disclosed that the site for the construction of the new Marigot Hospital is being explored. Meanwhile, Mr Timothy announced plans to address the main drainage system in the Tarish Pit area during the new financial year.He said this area has been challenged by an infestation of mosquitoes, rodents and an odor resulting from stagnant water. The projected, which is expected to cost government $182, 000.00, is expected to improve conditions in the area.Dominica Vibes News 17 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Solar street lights to be installed across Dominica

first_imgLocalNews Solar street lights to be installed across Dominica by: – September 18, 2013 92 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img The government of Dominica has embarked on a national street lighting project with a view to enhancing security and safety on the island’s roads.The project will involve the installation of 4,851 solar street lights across the country at an estimated cost of US$34 million.According to the Minister for Public Works Rayburn Blackmoore, the government has secured assistance from the People’s Republic of China in the procurement and installation of the solar lights. The People’s Republic of China has agreed to provide government with 2,500 of these lights.“We are in the process of launching a comprehensive National Street Lighting project that will seek to bring solar lights to all our main roads in Dominica including urban areas,” he disclosed.The project will be executed in about thirty-three months and it will be done in separate phases.“What we intend to do is first of all address our main roads. During the first phase, we intend to install 2500 solar street lights. That will significantly improve the security and safety of our roads for pedestrians and persons who use the road,” he noted.Mr Blackmoore said forty-four of these solar LED lights will be installed under the Canefield cliff.“The road under the Canefield cliff has been significantly improved but you will appreciate that those of us who drive at night will agree that it is very dark. If someone were to become distressed by the way of a flat tire or some breakdown on their vehicle, it can be a very scary experience to pull over in the dark,” the minister pointed out.He also noted that the preparatory work for the installation of the lights has already been done under the Canefield cliff and that this component of the project will be completed within one month.“You may have seen that we have actually started that process under the Canefield cliff extending from the Police Coast Guard base to the COVE. We are currently doing the infrastructural work for the installation of forty-four LED street lights”.The National Solar Street Light project complements government’s ongoing efforts at improving the island’s road network and to ensure that the island’s road network in excellent condition by 2020.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharelast_img read more

Coffee table book featuring ‘Unsung Heroes’ launched

first_imgLocalNews Coffee table book featuring ‘Unsung Heroes’ launched by: – October 31, 2013 Share Share 331 Views   no discussions A copy of the book entitled, Unsung Heroes of the Caribbean 2003 – 2010, being presented to President Charles Savarin (right) by CIBC First Caribbean International’s Manager, Paul FramptonThe CIBC First Caribbean International Bank in Dominica has launched a coffee table book honouring regional winners of its Unsung Heroes Programme. A copy of the book entitled, Unsung Heroes of the Caribbean 2003 – 2010, which features regional winners, Patsy Thomas, Cynthia Stevenson, Ignatia Pascal and Bonti Liverpool of Dominica, was presented to President Charles Savarin during a brief ceremony at the Bank’s office on Wednesday, 30th October.President Savarin also presented three of the winners; Patsy Thomas, Cynthia Stevenson and Ignatia Pascal with a copy of the book. Mr Liverpool, unfortunately, was absent due to exigent circumstances.Through the Unsung Heroes Program implemented in all seventeen territories, the Bank has been actively seeking out citizens who make it their life’s work to create a better, more comfortable living environment for the less fortunate.Patsy Thomas was the 2008 Runner Up. Her work in the Carib Territory has gained her the respect of that community. She has reached out to the less fortunate in the district, while playing an integral role in educating the children who live there.Firstly, nominations were received locally and a local panel of judges would select a Dominican winner. That individual would then join the other winners from the sixteen territories before an esteemed judging panel comprising prominent regional persons including former Carib Chief, Charles Williams. The panel would review the entries from the various territories which are evaluated based on the impact of the project on the community, as well as the time and level of sacrifice committed to the project. These criteria would determine the overall regional winner and two runners up.“Since 2003, the Bank has been recognizing and honouring those who have given selflessly of their time, treasure and talent to assist those less fortunate individuals in their communities, with the aim of improving their lives,” Bank manager, Paul Frampton indicated.Cynthia Stephenson, the 2009 Runner Up, is an elder stateswoman, counselor, confidante and community motivator. Her involvement in her Dominican village extends to care for the elderly, children’s education, community beautification and banking.He noted that whether it is a drug rehabilitation program, care of the elderly, or assisting less fortunate children develop life skills, these individuals saw a need and responded to it. “To further recognize the Unsung Heroes, the Bank has put together a coffee table book which highlights the work of the Unsung Heroes across the Caribbean,” Mr Frampton explained.Although Dominica has not been fortunate to win an overall regional unsung hero, the island secured four runners up positions, the most by any of the territories. The coffee book publication, he said, will serve as a lasting memento of the work these individuals, who effectively have lived the biblical saying, ‘whatsoever you do to the least of these brothers and sisters of mine that you do to me’. Ignatia Pascal, the 2010 Runner Up. At a time when the elderly in society are often seen as a burden, one woman is quietly working to infuse new meaning in the term “elderly”. Ignatia Pascal, dubbed the Mother Theresa of Grand Bay in Dominica, has created the St. Jerome Ministry which cares for the elderly in a unique way.“There could not be a more fitting way to ensure that our heroes are not forgotten than to create this coffee table book giving us a glimpse into their lives across the region,” business support officer and local coordinator of the Unsung Hero Program, Rhona Lawrence.The program, according to the manager, has been recognized as the flagship for volunteerism in the Caribbean. A copy of the book was also presented to the only local judge who was able to attend the ceremony, Augustus Etienne. The others were Francis Joseph, Felix Henderson and Charles Williams.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Dominica welcomes new British High Commissioner

first_img Share Share H.E Victoria Glynis Dean, British High Commissioner to Dominica and H.E Charles Savarin, President of DominicaNew British High Commissioner to Dominica, Her Excellency Victoria Glynis Dean has promised to deepen existing relations between Dominica and the United Kingdom in areas such as Education, job creation and innovation creation.That commitment was made when Ambassador Dean officially presented her letters of credentials to Dominica’s Head of State, His Excellency Charles Savarin on Wednesday January 22, 2014.The new British High Commissioner to Dominica who replaces His Excellency Paul Brummel, said she looks forward to her new post.“I am absolutely delighted and very proud to be the next High Commissioner in this long lasting, deep and important friendship between our two countries.”Assisting Dominica in its reconstruction efforts following the devastation caused by the Christmas Eve Trough system has been identified as priority for the British Government, the new British High Commissioner said.“I was deeply sorry to learn of the devastation caused by the rains over the Christmas period and I know many homes, families and businesses were affected. I understand that there is a very serious reconstruction effort on the way now”. “We stand ready to help as much as we can and in particular the Caribbean Development Bank and the World Bank will be important partners in that reconstruction effort. We will do everything we can to ensure that this money is disbursed smoothly and the bureaucracy is as limited as possible.”The British High Commissioner stated that development assistance through Aid packages will also be forthcoming towards creating jobs, providing assistance to small businesses and tackling climate change issues.The British Government according to the new Ambassador will also assist Dominica in its continued crime and drug fighting efforts.“Tackling drugs and crime I hope will also be an important part of our cooperation. We all know of the scourge of drugs on families, businesses and communities because of the role of traffickers. The British Government has provided some assistance to Dominica in the past on this, and we stand ready to continue that work.”Meanwhile, Dominica’s Head of State H.E. Charles Savarin in welcoming the new British High Commissioner to Dominica, expressed confidence that both countries will continue to expand on existing bi-relations.“I have every confidence that you will continue the work of your predecessors in strengthening the bonds of friendship and cooperation between Dominica and the United Kingdom and that you will also embrace every opportunity to expand and deepen bi-lateral and multi lateral cooperation as we strive for the development of our two peoples.”Since the establishment of diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom on attaining Independence in 1978, Dominica has benefited and continues to benefit through fruitful bilateral cooperation in human resource development, infrastructural development, security and the fight against crime, and poverty alleviation.Significant EU funded projects in Dominica include the Air Access Improvement Programme, Dominica Social Investment Fund, Waitukubuli National Trail Programme, Eco-Tourism Development Programme and the West Coast Water Supply Project.Government Information Service LocalNews Dominica welcomes new British High Commissioner by: – January 23, 2014 51 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Schools in southern district participate in Sports Day

first_img Share Share Share 82 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Schools in southern district participate in Sports Day by: – April 15, 2014 Sharing is caring! On Friday 11 April, 2014, the South Education District held its first district sports day in collaboration with the Sports Division. The Southern district includes the Bagatelle, Bellevue, Giraudel, Grand Bay, Laudat, Morne Prosper, Newtown, St Luke’s, Soufriere, Petite Savanne, Pichelin, Tete Morne, Trafalgar and Wotten Waven Primary Schools.The event ran concurrently at two locations; Bath Estate and Geneva playing fields. The Bath Estate venue gathered about 700 primary students from eight schools in the District. The Geneva venue gathered about 508 students from six schools in the south easterly part of the District. The main purpose of the event was to celebrate the athletic talents of our students and to bring the District together for a day of fun and collegiality. The students participated in various sporting events like track and field, fun games and mainstream sports games including football. The Grand Bay Primary School emerged winner at the Geneva venue, while the Morne Prosper scored highest at the Bath Estate playing field.The Management Team of the South Education District is grateful to its generous corporate sponsors, the principals, teachers, parents and students who made the day a success. – / 12Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Food for the Poor releases 68 prisoners across the Caribbean in Easter week

first_img Share 20 Views   no discussions Tweet Share LocalNews Food for the Poor releases 68 prisoners across the Caribbean in Easter week by: – April 19, 2014center_img Sharing is caring! KINGSTON, Jamaica – Food for the Poor (FFTP) during Easter Holy Week, paid fines and released 68 prisoners in Guyana, Haiti, Honduras and Jamaica. According to FFTP, the released prisoners were incarcerated due to their inability to pay the required petty fines. “This second chance at a new life rescued many from spending years longer in jail than their prison sentences would require,” FFTP President/CEO Robin Mahfood said in a release Friday.“We pray the released inmates will recognize that God is merciful, and He is a God of second chances,” Mahfood added.On Wednesday, April 16, 21 inmates were released from several prisons and police stations in Jamaica, FFTP said. Many of the misdemeanors included traffic offences and praedial larceny.FFTP Jamaica’s Prison Ministry Administrator, Sandra Ramsay, urged the 11 men selected to be released at St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre in Spanish Town, to show their appreciation of the gesture by not returning to prison. “Our donors work hard to provide this gift for you,” said Ramsey. “Learn to hold your tempers and try and sort things out without fighting. This Easter go to church and thank the Lord for what He has done for you.”Since the inception of FFTP’s Prison Ministry Programme in Jamaica in 1998, the charity has assisted in freeing, training and reintroducing prisoners into the community. In Guyana, nine inmates were released on April 14 from Georgetown Prison, Timehri Prison and New Amsterdam Prison, FFTP said. “The Superintendent of Prisons in Guyana surprised the prisoners when he announced the charity’s donors had paid their fines, and they were to be released in time to celebrate the resurrection of Christ with their families,” said the release. Twice a year – during the week of Christmas and during Easter’s Holy Week – the FFTP Prison Ministry Programme releases inmates who have committed minor offenses. The ministry is based on the scripture, “…I was in prison and you visited me,” (Matthew 25: 31-46) FFTP said.Most of the 30 prisoners released in Haiti this Easter Holy Week from the barracks in Cap-Haitien, were jailed because they stole items to provide food to feed their families, FFTP said.“One inmate said men came to his house to accuse him of stealing yucca. He said he sold whatever he could to prove his innocence but no one would listen. He is anxious about what circumstances wait for him at home after serving 12 months, and receiving reports that he has lost three of his six children. He said his release is an answered prayer, and he continues to believe justice will prevail.”Jamaica Observer Sharelast_img read more

UWP slams government’s approach to Ebola

first_img 150 Views   no discussions LocalNews UWP slams government’s approach to Ebola by: – October 18, 2014 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Political leader of Dominica’s United Workers Party Lennox Linton has reprimanded the Skerrit administration for what he deems as a slothful and negligent approach to the threat of the deadly Ebola disease which has ravaged three West African nations. In a press release issued on October 17, Linton said the threat of Ebola became apparent in March this year, yet the Skerrit administration did nothing significant about it until October after the UWP openly called for action. He noted that it was only one day after the UWP denounced Government’s lethargic approach that officials from the Ministry of Health went public with a highly questionable statement that Domincia’s health officials were “ready” for Ebola. He pointed out that the following day, Prime Minister Skerrit effectively threw those health officials under the bus when he announced the ejection of Nigerian group ‘Flavour’ from the lineup of artistes for Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival. Meanwhile, other Caribbean nations have taken decision protective action in the wake of the threat. St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines have banned Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone nationals from entering these islands in the wake of the Ebola threat. St Lucia also now requires a visa and medical certificate from Nigerian travelers which has been declared free of Ebola. Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, in explaining the ban, said the island nation does not have the infrastructure to deal with the virus. The Grenada government is considering travel visas for nationals from the afflicted West African countries, whilst Antigua and Barbuda and Guyana have also announced that they will not be issuing visas to those from the affected West African States. Those who have travelled to those countries will be prohibited from entering Antigua and Barbuda. And in the case of Guyana, those who already have visas will be allowed to travel.Linton expressed his displeasure with the declaration of readiness by Dominica’s Ministry of Health, contending that it was irresponsible to make such statements when advanced countries like the USA were still struggling to put systems in place to deal with the Ebola threat, and other OECS members were taking decisive action to protect their citizens. He deemed the statement a foolish political move to lull the nation into a false sense of security that the Dominica’s Government is doing better than any government in the world in relation to the Ebola crisis. “In other words, come, bring Ebola, we are ready,” he said. Linton said the UWP had advised that the Government needs to be proactive and start talking about its plans and putting systems in place to deal with Ebola. He added that Government needs to start tapping into resources of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organisation. “Lets understand what they are doing and what kind of support is available for vulnerable small countries like ours….” Linton said. The WHO has advised that there are nearly 9000 confirmed and suspected cases and almost 4, 500 deaths. The WHO also said there could be as many as 10,000 new cases per week in the three West African States come year end.He also criticized the belated decision to bar ‘Flavour’ from Dominica as a veritable knee-jerk reaction which exposed a frightening delinquency on the part of Government and pointed to Governments inability to take effective proactive action to deal with a possible health crisis. The UWP Leader said this sort of hesitant indecisive approach by the Skerrit administration highlights an appalling lack of foresight, wisdom and an inability to implement effective strategies and measures in the face of vitally important national affairs.last_img read more