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Rainstar Luke of Dominica Accepted to Air Academy


The non-profit EAA Aviation Foundation proudly announces that RAINSTAR LUKE of DOMINICA, WEST INDIES has been accepted to attend the EAA Air Academy Advanced Aviation Leadership Camp in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The EAA Air Academy offers young people the opportunity to meet and work with aviation professionals, while living and learning the arts, sciences and lore of aviation in both classroom and workshop settings.

They join many other young people, ages 16-18, in this aviation program. Several days of the Academy take place during the world's largest and most exciting aviation event - EAA AirVenture OSHKOSH 2002. Participants in the EAA Air Academy come from around the United States and several foreign countries.

Academy activities will include, flight experience, workshops, and classroom study. EAA's Director of Resident Programs, Chuck Larsen, says, "The EAA Air Academy teaches young people new skills and instills a pride of craftsmanship. More importantly, it develops their leadership potential and broadens their understanding of both aviation and themselves. The EAA Air Academy is a benchmark of personal experience . . . and an aviation experience that will last a lifetime."

Larsen added that "those who are interested in attending any of EAA's Air Academy Programs, should write to: EAA Aviation Foundation, Resident Education Office, PO Box 3065, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54903-3065 or look for us on the web at Applicants need not be EAA members. The prime consideration is an interest and enthusiasm for aviation."

Rainstar’s participation at the EAA Aviation Academy is possible because of the generous contribution & support of friends & family. Rainstar & his family would like to express sincere appreciation to: EAA Aviation Foundation, Global Aerospace Insurance Co., Lee Bartolotti, Thelma McClelland of Libero International Inc., Mark Ellison, Cheryl McPherron of Horizon Aviation Consultants, Sylvia & John Wampler, Mr. & Mrs. Walter Ulanski.

Rainstar is a student of Goodwill Secondary School, & feels that the education & encouragement from teachers that he receives there has helped him to pursue his goals. For the past two years, Rainstar has been an apprentice to Daniel Rundstom, a Swedish pilot, building a two seater Vans RV-8 plane in the heights of Cochrane village. The plane will be completed by early next year. Daniel & Rainstar will fly together to an air show in Florida. Rainstar plans to continue his aviation education & would like to attend an aviation university.

Eco - Tourism Confernece to be held in Dominica June 1st to 9th 2002
ROSEAU, DOMINICA - Macrh 5, 2002

The Nature Isle's Ma Pampo World Eco-Tourism Conference and Nature Fest will be held in Dominica from May 31st to June 9th 2002. For details, click here to download the brochure in Word Document format.

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British Institute of Studies to welcome students from all over the world to Dominica
Roseau, DOMINICA - February 20, 2002

Dominica's first international language school, the British Institute of Studies, opens its doors on March 1, with a launch reception at its Victoria House school in Morne Daniel. The building (formerly the Best Caribbean Hotel) will be home to students from South America, Martinique, and further afield, who will be embarking on three-month intensive English language courses. "The peaceful location of the school, the fantastic views, and close proximity to Roseau offer students the perfect opportunity to study English and to explore the local culture," said Nadezkda Piñero Trotter, Principal of the British Institute.

The Institute's teachers are qualified to teach English as a foreign language, with experience teaching in Venezuela, Czech Republic and the UK. The Institute's innovative program keeps abreast of new ideas and techniques bringing the very best standard of teaching to Dominica. In addition to the resident courses, the British Institute offers classes to Dominican residents whose first language is not English, as well as children and adult beginner courses in Spanish. "The teaching approach at the British Institute will be fresh, original, and of a very high standard—reflecting on the school and ultimately on Dominica as a desired place of learning," said Nicki Howard, the Institute's Head of Academic Studies.

Because language learning takes place not only in classrooms, students will be encouraged to visit places of interest around Dominica through an extensive social activities program, including weekly excursions and sports. Dominica's tourism industry can only benefit from the guaranteed influx of foreign visitors coming to study at the British Institute. Their experiences of speaking English with the friendly people of the island gives us the perfect opportunity for promoting Dominica 'and thus encouraging return visits'.

The launch reception for media, government officials, and British Institute staff will take place at 5:30 pm on Friday March 1. "It will be a 'good luck' toast to the Institute," said Trotter. Classes start on Monday, March 4.

TM & © 2002 British Institute of Studies. All rights reserved.

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The Institute of Caribbean Studies Hosts 8th Annual Caribbean Heritage Awards Gala
Washington, DC USA - October 12, 2001

Dr. Slinger Francisco, better known as The Mighty Sparrow, will head the list of Caribbean nationals scheduled to be honored by the Institute of Caribbean Studies Friday, November 16th in Washington, DC.

The Institute of Caribbean Study annually recognizes natives and others of Caribbean ancestry, who have distinguished themselves in a variety of areas. The event also honors those who have proven themselves supportive of Caribbean interests. This year's honorees include:

· The Mighty Sparrow (Grenada/Trinidad) - Living Legend Award
· Aubrey Stephenson, (Guyana) CEO, Federal Management Systems - Outstanding Entrepreneurship
Dr. Sherman Severin (Dominica) - Excellence in Science & Technology
· Don Rojas (Trinidad) CEO The Black World Today, - Outstanding Contribution to Journalism
· Marva Allen (Jamaica) President, Universal Solutions - Outstanding Community Service
· Yolanda Simons (Trinidad and Tobago) - Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare.
· Ann Rubena Field Guscott -101 Years Old. Centenarian Award
· Congressman Major Owens 11th Congressional District of New York - Friend of the Caribbean

This year's gala is scheduled to be held at the J.W Marriott Hotel, 1350 Pennsylvania, NW Washington, DC and will also pay tribute to the large number of Caribbean nationals who lost their lives in the September 11th incidents in New York and Washington. Host for the evening will be actress Ms. Dawnn Lewis star of A Different World.

The Institute of Caribbean Studies, established in 1993, is a non-partisan, non-profit 501©(3) organization dedicated to research, policy analysis and education with a focus on issues that impact the Caribbean and Caribbean diaspora. The Institute provides a forum for scholars; the private sector, the non-governmental organization community and others interested in promoting a dialogue on Caribbean issues. The Institute seeks to research and address problems facing Caribbean issues. The Institute seeks to research and address problems facing Caribbean society, and to adopt a thorough, systematic and coordinated long-term perspective towards their resolution. The Institute organizes conferences and forums on issues such as sustainable tourism, trade, and immigration, as well as briefings Capitol Hill on the Caribbean.

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World Creole Village - October 26 to November 4, 2001 at Reigate Downtown
ROSEAU, DOMINICA - October 9, 2001

The fifth edition of the World Creole Music Festival will feature a new and much desired addition. In response to the Dominica Festivals Commission's appeal to the Hotel and restaurant sectors to take initiatives to complement and meet the demands of the patron's daytime entertainment, the Reigate Down Town presents "WORLD CREOLE VILLAGE 2001."
The world Creole Village will be open to the public daily 9am to 6pm from October 26 to November 4 2001.

The Village will be a trade fair and showcase featuring.

  • Creole cuisine - breakfast, lunch, daily
  • Creole Art & Craft
  • Creole Fashion
  • Creole Music - CD, Video, Live performances daily
  • Local and foreign radio and television
  • Local Agro products organically and non-organically grown
  • Networks will broadcast from the village and festival patrons will get the opportunity to meet Creole celebrities face to face.

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Mr. Eddie Toulon, Executive Director of the DFC, Dies Suddenly
ROSEAU, DOMINICA - October 2, 2001

The Management and Staff of the National Development Corporation (NDC) and the Dominica Festivals Commission (DFC) are deeply shocked and saddened at the sudden passing of Mr. Eddie Toulon, Executive Director of the DFC.

General Manager of the NDC, Vincent Philbert says Eddie Toulon was part of a team that initiated the World Creole Music Festival and this year's Festival will celebrate his life. "This year's Festival will be dedicated to the memory of Eddie Toulon who worked and died for Dominica. Mr. Toulon was dedicated to duty and worked 100% to accomplish the work programme of the Dominica Festivals Commission".

Mr. Philbert says that the outpouring of condolence messages both locally and overseas stands as testimony to his life and work; that of promoting Dominica, whether it was Dominica's "most spontaneous Carnival" or whether it was the World Creole Music Festival. Mr. Philbert added that "today will be spent as a day of reflection and introspection and tomorrow as the World Creole Festival Committee meets at it's weekly scheduled meeting, Eddie will be with us in our thoughts and actions as we get ready to stage a Festival that will be fitting to his memory and we will not fail him in that respect".

Acting Director of Tourism, Mr. Sobers Esprit, a long-time friend and colleague of Mr. Toulon said "he will be greatly missed as a colleague, friend, brother, father and husband but most of all as a son of the soil who worked in order to cultivate the entertainment landscape of Dominica into one that is the envy of many; one that embodies the very soul of the island's culture, cementing for generations to come the need to recognize where we have come from in order to know where we are going".

In this regard, Mr. Esprit added the World Creole Festival will be bigger and better than those that have gone before. "Eddie's passing is a blow to the entertainment industry in Dominica, but moreover to Dominicans and to Dominica as a whole, but he has left a legacy for Dominica and his legacy will live on". According to Mr. Esprit, "Eddie epitomized what it means to give one's life to and for one's country. He went beyond the call of duty. He was a great patriot and we will continue the tradition. His inspiration and dedication will serve as our motivation to move forward to build a better Dominica and the day will come when Eddie will be recognized for the national icon that he was and is".

The National Development Corporation and the Dominica Festivals Commission extend its deepest condolences to the family of the late Edmund A. Toulon - May 9, 1960 - October 2, 2001. May his soul rest in peace.

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Dominica Brewery & Beverages Buying Back Plastic Water Bottles
ROSEAU, DOMINICA - July 16, 2001
Dominica Brewery & Beverages is now accepting all Loubiere Water bottles at 2 cents per bottle.

Soufriere/Scotts Head Marine Reserve (SSMR) Becomes Operational
ROSEAU, DOMINICA - February 12, 2001
Dominica is proud to announce that on Feb. 12th 2001 the Soufriere/Scotts Head Marine Reserve (SSMR) became operational. After many years of hard work from various individuals in both the private and public sector we are excited to get started with the sustainable management of our marine resources.

The SSMR consists of over three miles of coastline and includes many of the island's best dive sites, with walls over 1500 ft deep, many spectacular pinnacles and even an underwater hot spring! The SSMR is divided into four specific zones the recreational Zone, The Fishing priority zone, the Diving zone and the Fish nursery zone. The overall responsibility for the management of the SSMR will belong to The Local Area Management Authority (LAMA), which consists of various community groups and The Dominica Watersports Association which represents the diving and whale watching industries. One of the primary reasons for the establishment of a Marine Reserve is to avoid conflict between the main users of the marine reserve and at the same time insure that the resources are being used in a fully sustainable manner. The DWA has already begun collecting user fees which will be the primary source of income for the SSMR. These fees will be for the initial development of the Reserve and to pay salaries of the wardens already under training.

All of us involved in this project look forward to many years of responsible management and sustainable use of Dominica's unique marine environment. In 1998 one magazine rated Dominica as a "TOP 10" world destination, we are proud of this designation and believe strongly that the SSMR is an important step forward in preserving this resource.

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