Royal Mail’s red rubber band use revealed

first_img Share 22 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweet News Royal Mail’s red rubber band use revealed by: – February 24, 2011 Share BBC News The Royal Mail said the bands were re-used Postal workers get through two million red rubber bands per day, the Royal Mail has revealed.In the past five years, the organisation has spent almost £5m on four billion bands which are used to bundle letters together.Keep Britain Tidy has called for their use to be reduced because they say wild animals can choke on them.The Royal Mail says the bands are necessary and that they use biodegradable ones.The figures were released to the Daily Telegraph under the Freedom of Information Act.It said that the amount the postal organisation spends on bands has increased by 40% in five years.Keep Britain Tidy has long campaigned against the use of rubber bands.In 2009, about 13,000 discarded bands were collected by people and sent in to the charity who then delivered them to the Royal Mail’s headquarters.Dickie Felton, from Keep Britain Tidy, has previously said: “We accept that dropping an elastic band is hardly the worst littering offence in the world, but none-the-less it is litter.“The bands look terrible strewn on the floor and pose a choking danger to pets and wildlife.”A Royal Mail spokesman said: “Royal Mail regularly reminds postmen and women about the importance of avoiding litter.“The vast majority of rubber bands are re-used by our people in delivery offices and mail centres across the UK.”last_img read more

Second crown for Tasha P!

first_img Share Photo credit: FacebookFemale calypsonian Tasha P has added another crown to her shelf, after securing the Stardom Monarch of the Tent title at Krazy Kokonuts last night.Tasha P, who captured the Calypso Queen title last week, overshadowed a field of 22 calypsonians with her second calypso release for 2011, “Woman Time”.Mighty Lugars secured the second place spot, Veteran calypsonian Observer came third and Checker, who won the Stardom Monarch title last year, came in fourth.Tasha P will go after another crown this Saturday, when the final round of the calypso competition is held at Carnival City.Leandra, Sye, Explosion, Prosper, Checker, Mighty Lugars, Dice and Soul Puss are the others who will meet reigning calypso monarch Lord Karessa, at the finals.Source:  DBS Radio Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Second crown for Tasha P! by: – March 3, 2011center_img 182 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharelast_img read more

GOVERNMENT OF DOMINICA REMAINS STEADFAST IN ITS EFFORTS TO CREATE JOBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

first_img Tweet 18 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews GOVERNMENT OF DOMINICA REMAINS STEADFAST IN ITS EFFORTS TO CREATE JOBS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE by: – April 21, 2011center_img Share Share In a time where there hasn’t been an abundance of good economic news for the world economy and the Caribbean in particular, the Government of Dominica remains steadfast in its effort to create job opportunities for the islands young people.Recently Hon. Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerritmet with management of Clear Harborto discuss the possibility of employing more Dominicans at its call centre operations on the island. Clear Harborhas been providing customer care and business process outsourcing (BPO) services since 2004 through its operations centres in the eastern Caribbean.Hon. Minister for Employment Colin McIntyre said that close to six hundred (600) young people are currently employed at the Clear Harborworkstations in Dominica. He said that Government is hoping to increase that figure.“Recently the Prime Minister met with the folks at Clear Harbor and there is quite a bit of potential there and room for growth. Dominica happens to be a very good market for them. Anytime they add on a new company in terms of servicing a new company, there is also a need in the country where they have their workstations to increase on their staff employment agency. What they are doing right now is that they have added a new company unto their programme and they are looking at getting additional folks to work for them. We are targeting our college students, some of the high school students and computer literate persons who have probably dropped off a little bit but they still maintain being computer literate. These can fit into the system and get employed. So there is a great demand for that.” The Employment Minister said thatGovernment is willing to provide counterpart support to Clear Harborfor operating in Dominica.“What we are doing as Government, we are partnering with this organisation in terms of the venue, workstations, some of the shells we were using before especially with the cost factor in terms of retrofitting them. You have heard the Prime Minister mention that he is even looking at the possibility of making this building rent free for a certain period as Dominica’s counterpart funding or contribution to the whole programme. When you look at two hundred (200) sometimes two hundred and fifty (250) persons at one time entering the workforce, I think that is tremendous for us.”Clear Harboris the executing agency for COMCAST, an internet cable provider based in the United States. The company manages outbound calls for billing and services and is known locally as a call centre. The company has current operating facilities in Dominica and Grenada with its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia. In the meantime, General Manager of Clear Harbor, Fidel Edwards,said that his company is delighted to be in a position to create more employment opportunities for Dominicans.“Dominica is the reason why we have decided to increase the number of agents here because they have done such a great job. With the numbers we have right now, we currently employ about six hundred and forty-six (646) employees and they have done an excellent job at helping customers, assisting the customers and because of that, the opportunity has come for the company to add additional heads. The decision was made by the principals of the company to add those heads here in Dominica.”Mr. Edwards has high praise for the work ethics displayed by Dominicans employed at Clear Harbor. “We employ some of the younger generation here in Dominica. You do have the challenges sometimes where there are tardy issues and sometimes if there is an event the night before, there is a challenge in getting them to come to work. Once they are there and once they are there on time they have great work ethics as far as being courteous on the phones as far as wanting to help the customer and just a genuine desire to want to provide good customer service. That is kind of what caused us to be where we are today.”Clear Harboris now in the process of recruiting new employees. A number of training programmes are currently being undertaken by the company in preparing young people to assume positions at Clear Harbor.by Tarnia Green, Government Information Servicelast_img read more

AID Bank & DSC to deliver the 2011 International Taxation in the Caribbean Context Course

first_img Share Share The Agricultural and Industrial Development Bank of Dominica. Photo credit: travel.dominik.netThe Agricultural and Industrial development Bank (AID Bank) of Dominica has joined with the Dominica State College (DSC) to deliver this year’s International Taxation in the Caribbean Context (ITCC) course. The course will run from 7th to 11th August, 2011, at the Bath Estate Campus of the DSC, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, each evening.The goal of this 15 hour course is to elevate the level of professionals in Dominica by enriching the understanding of participants to the global challenges of taxation of international transactions, especially as that relates to the people of the Caribbean. The course will cover topics such as:Tax treaties and the effects on the Caribbean Basin;International employment and retirement benefits – the tax perspective;International taxation of intellectual property;Tax competition, harmonization and national sovereignty;CARICOM, the OECD, and harmful tax competition; andThe future of the international taxation regime.Attorney and Professor of Law, Vaughn E. James, JD, DD, Ph.D., will teach the course.  Professor James is a Dominican who has spent several years in the teaching profession. As a law professor, he has taught at Syracuse University (located in New York), the University of Tennessee, Southern Illinois University, Texas Southern University (located in Houston, Texas), and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where he has been employed since July 2001.He teaches a wide range of courses, with the concentration in tax courses – Federal Income Taxation, Federal Estate and Gift Taxation, International Taxation, Taxation of Tax-Exempt Entities, and Gratuitous Transfers. He also serves as Director of the Income Tax Clinic at Texas Tech University and is the author of several publications on the subject of taxation. Professor James is currently a member of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association.  In addition to his duties at Texas Tech University, he runs his own law practice (with offices in Lubbock, Texas, and Newburgh, New York) where he devotes a significant amount of his time and resources to tax work. He is admitted to the bar in New York, Texas, the Federal Northern District of Texas, and the United States Tax Court.The following categories of people will benefit tremendously from the course: bankers, lawyers, accountants, Inland Revenue officers, magistrates, financial advisers, Senior Government Officers, politicians, insurance officers and lecturers.The AID Bank sees this course as an opportunity for Dominican professionals to empower themselves for the ubiquitous challenges brought about by globalism. As a Dominican institution, AID Bank is especially keen to support the College to ensure we increase the capacity and capability of the DSC to drive the professional development agenda for the benefit of people in the region.DSC is excited about the decision of AID Bank to form this partnership with it to deliver this high level professional development course.Dominican professionals are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to enrich their knowledge and skills by registering for the course.Dominica Vibes News EducationLocalNewsTertiary AID Bank & DSC to deliver the 2011 International Taxation in the Caribbean Context Course by: – June 30, 2011 27 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Hundreds set to participate in RCP Walkathon

first_imgLocalNews Hundreds set to participate in RCP Walkathon by: – November 15, 2011 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! 14 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Image via: withfriendship.comThe educational and financial needs of economically deprived infants to three (3) year olds in Dominica are set to take centre-stage tomorrow.This as walkers in the Roving Caregivers Program along with several other stakeholders embark upon a walkathon in the streets of Roseau dubbed “I believe in Early Childhood Development – Give our Children the Foundation they Deserve”.The event will commence at the Goodwill Savannah from 9:00am and culminate at the Public Service Union (PSU) complex in Roseau. The walkathon which is a joint enterprise of the Roving Caregivers Programme (RCP), ChildFund Caribbean, and the RCP’s community-based affiliate – the Youth and Community Advocacy Network (YouCAN) seeks to raise national awareness for the importance of Early Childhood Development (ECD), and in particular, the work and achievements of the Roving Caregivers Programme (RCP) and its affiliated groups in providing ECD services to Dominica’s deprived, excluded and vulnerable children. This timely and pivotal event is supported by the Caribbean Child Support Initiative (CCSI) and the National Bank of Dominica.RCP, an informal early childhood education programme that engineers the stimulation of children birth to three years of age, who do not have access to any formal early childhood education, has been operating in communities in the parish of St. David since 2004. More than 750 children, roughly 250 families and 70 Rovers (RCP’s home visitors) have benefited from the programme so far. Even though the RCP has experienced tremendous success in Dominica and in other Eastern Caribbean Countries, it still remains relatively unknown nationally, and is severely underfunded particularly as it strives to be implemented nationally. Funding is RCP’s foremost focus at the moment, as the major funder edges closer to the termination of its financial support at the end of this year. Coordinator of RCP, Mrs. Nisbertha Buffong, states that “It is imperative that RCP be allowed to continue and expand nationally since the stimulation of children in the 0-3 age band is critical to their overall development, because the first three years last forever. Early childhood education can no longer be seen as the privilege of a few but rather as the right of all our children”. Scores of walkers, ranging from pre-schoolers, to high-schoolers, to college students, parents, youth activists and Early Childhood Development (ECD) practitioners will walk, sing and raise placards in support of RCP and quality ECD services. Over fifteen schools have confirmed their participation. All pre-selected participants, with the exception of pre-schoolers, will converge at the starting-point at Goodwill Savannah. Pre-schoolers in Roseau will join the group en route to the PSU. The duration of their participation will be left to the discretion of their accompanying teacher (s). A music-truck will accompany the walkers for the entire journey. It will play pre-selected songs and jingles that are appropriate for the occasion. The Dominica Police Force (DPF) will provide police escort. A team of medics from the Dominica Red Cross will be with us in case anyone needs medical assistance. RCP, the CCSI (soon to be Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children, FDCC) and ChildFund Caribbean are providing an opportunity for the public to view the work of and interact with RCP’s staff during the walkathon and via a mini-showcase which will be held walkathon on the lawns of the PSU compound. Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

DOAM to present draft strategic plan with membership

first_img Share LocalNews DOAM to present draft strategic plan with membership by: – January 17, 2012 Sharing is caring! Olu Obonyo. Photo credit: GIS NewsThe Dominica Organic Agriculture Movement Inc. (DOAM) will hold a Special General Membership Meeting on Wednesday to present a Draft Strategic Plan to the General Membership.President of DOAM of Olu Obonyo will begin the proceedings with an introduction of the Draft Plan followed by a Definition of Sustainability and the Approach.In a brief overview, the proposed approach for the structure of the Plan will be outlined to the audience using seven (7) components of the food system. Presentations on various sub-topics will be delivered by moderators on the revised Vision, Mission Statement and Goals, Marketing and Certification, the Participatory Guarantee System, Organic Fertilizers and a Farmers Revolving Fund. Each sub-topic will be followed by discussion and decisions. The meeting is expected to be highly interactive as the audience provides input to further develop and define the strategic plan and by extension the sector. Conventional farmers who are interested in making a transition to organic agriculture are also expected to play an important part in the planning process.Additionally, the Plan will provide strategic direction for DOAM’s organizational development, operations and financing as well as outline short-term (2011 to 2012) and medium term (2013 to 2015) goals. Proposed Long term goals for 2016 to 2020 are also included for review and adoption in the future. DOAM was established in 2006 and became a member of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) in 2009.One of DOAM’s primary aim is to establish an organic industry of exceptional quality that meets the demanding standards of an agricultural trade that is driven as much by commercial gain as by health and tourism imperatives.Membership from a wide cross section of stakeholders including farmers, producers, processor and consumers is encouraged and participation from the Dominican population is welcomed. Registration and members subscriptions begin from 1.30pm. The meeting will close with light refreshments at 4.00 pm. All interested persons are welcome to attend and join the organization. It is carded for 2.00pm at the Fort Young Hotel Conference Room in Roseau. Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img Tweet 30 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Amnesty International again calls on Haiti to bring former dictator to justice

first_img Tweet 17 Views   one comment Share Share Jean Claude Duvalier. Photo credit: repeatingislands.comLONDON, England — On Monday, on the first anniversary of the return to Haiti of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, Amnesty International reiterated its call for the case to be seriously investigated and to bring to justice in a fair trial meeting international standards those responsible for the past human rights violations. Days after his return last year on 16 January, several victims of human rights violations during Jean-Claude Duvalier’s government (1971-1986) filled complaints against the former dictator and an investigation was opened by the Haitian judicial authorities. Amnesty International supported the process by providing to the Haitian authorities hundreds of documents from the archives of the organisation, which document the serious human rights violations that happened in Haiti during Duvalier’s government and which amount to crimes against humanity. Based on those documents, a report was issued by Amnesty International in September 2011 calling for the end of the impunity for the crimes committed by Jean-Claude Duvalier: “You cannot kill the truth: The case against Jean-Claude Duvalier.” “One year on, the victims of the former dictator are still waiting for justice more than 25 years after the events. The Haitian authorities are failing to bring Jean-Claude Duvalier to justice and to end the impunity,” Amnesty International said.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share NewsRegional Amnesty International again calls on Haiti to bring former dictator to justice by: – January 17, 2012 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

‘Mr Dakar’ wins stage 4 as Sainz keeps the lead in Saudi

first_img Overall leader Carlos Sainz, who pulled out a stunning drive to win on Tuesday, finished third more than seven minutes behind Peterhansel. The Spaniard retains the overall lead and is 3:03 ahead of Al-Attiyah and 11:42 in front of Peterhansel. “Leading the charge was hard and Carlos lost some time, but he did an amazing job because it didn’t take him long to get back on track,” said Peterhansel. Former Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso couldn’t reproduce his great drive on stage three, finishing 26 minutes behind Peterhansel who gave a ringing endorsement of the new Saudi setting for the race. Read Also: Nadal insists Federer Slam record not on his mind “This new Dakar is brilliant,” said the Frenchman. “It has all the ingredients – superb landscapes, tricky navigation and enough difficulties to make a selection. “The organisers have been perfect so far.” Chilean Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo won the bikes category and is third in the overall standings, 8:31 behind his American Honda teammate Ricky Brabec. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel, otherwise known as Mr Dakar for his 13 victories in the marathon rally, clocked his first stage win of the 2020 race during Wednesday’s 672 kilometre charge from Neom to Al Ula. Peterhansel and his Portuguese navigator Paulo Fiuza threw their Mini across the rocks and sand that made up the greater part of the 453k special which also ran close to the historic Nabatean temples, to finish stage four in 4hr 14min 34sec. Stephane Peterhansel and Paulo Fiuza won stage four of the Dakar Rally and are third overall At one point they made a wrong turn which cut away some of their lead but they still came home 2min 26sec ahead of defending champion Nasser Al-Attiyah in his Toyota. It was a defiant response from the Qatari who began the day with a three-minute penalty for not letting a rival through on stage three. “It feels good after all that trouble in the first few days, even though we had a flat tyre and got lost once,” said Peterhansel. “It wasn’t a flawless special, but it feels great to take the win. “There were more stones than expected and the final 60 kilometres were really difficult.”center_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithDisney Princesses Reimagined As “GoT” Characters9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

TOKYO 2020 GAMES: Delta Programme on track – Ogba

first_img Others athletes in Delta Olympics Program are Blessing Okagbare, Ese Brume, Divine Oduduru and others. Ogba is optimistic that Team Nigeria will succeed in Tokyo, “Our performances in Tokyo will be better than our performance at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Delta State is determined to help our athletes do Nigeria proud. We have identified athletes that have the potentials to make podium appearance and we have started paying training grants since 2018, those that needed new coaches and training camp we have assisted them. We even employed phycologists and nutritionists for some of them, so I am confident that our athletes will win medals in Tokyo”. Read also:AFN Unveils 2020 Programme,Ready For Olympics Ogba also congratulated Tobi Amusan on her successful performance over the weekend. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Delta State determination to ensure that her athletes made podium appearances at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is on track according to Solomon Ogba the Chairman of Delta State Athletics. Ogba’s confidence is buoyed by the performance of Raymond Ekevwo in the 60m Indoor over the weekend. Ekevwo won the race in 6.53 sec, the fastest time in the NCAA this year. Ogba said the aim of the Delta State Olympics Program is to ensure that Nigeria made podium appearance at the games, “The task of ensuring that Nigeria succeeds in Tokyo is not what the Nigerian Olympics Committee (NOC) and the Sports Ministry can do alone, every state, clubs and other stakeholders in sports must work with the two organizations so that we can make podium appearances at the games”.Advertisementcenter_img Loading…last_img read more

Arsenal regret losing Chukwueze for just £4m

first_img Just three years later, the Nigeria international’s valuation has rocketed up to around £60m. He has attracted a wide range of interest after scoring four goals and adding a further four assists in 26 appearances this season. Former Arsenal star Santi Cazorla has confirmed his former club’s interest in his team-mate at Villarreal. When asked if he gets many calls from England about Chukwueze or Pau Torres, he said: “Yes, friends from Arsenal especially. “They ask me about them and think they can make the jump to the Premier League tomorrow. “It’s good that great teams are interested in young players from Villarreal, but for the moment I tell them to leave them alone. Read Also:La Liga: Chukwueze’s Villarreal beat Levante to continue UCL push “They still have to take steps forward. They both have a great personality, and their feet are on the ground.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThis Is Probably The Happiest Dog On InstagramWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Awesome But Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu ReevesTop 10 Disney Male Role Models The Gunners, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are among the clubs that have been linked to the 20-year-old Villarreal star whose value has now skyrocketed to  £60million. The in-demand winger was heavily linked with a move to the Gunners three years ago, but his academy blocked the move. Speaking to Tribal Football, Chukwueze said: “It was very close for me to sign for Arsenal, I almost had the contract in my hands. “Unfortunately, it did not work out fine with my academy due to the side of agreement and payment. “They did not agree with the terms of the contract. “I was very happy thinking of signing and dreaming of playing for Arsenal, but my academy did not allow it to happen.”Advertisement English side, Arsenal are now regretting to have lost Samuel Chukwueze three years ago when his value was just £4m. Loading… last_img read more