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PM Skerrit calls for culture to become part of the schools program

first_imgLocalNews PM Skerrit calls for culture to become part of the schools program by: – October 24, 2011 19 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. (file photo)Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has made a call for culture to become part of the curriculum of schools across the island.Skerrit who is also the Parliamentary Representative for the Vieille Case constituency says plans must be put in place to ensure that the future generation is able to continue the country’s cultural traditional.Skerrit told a ceremony to mark Heritage Day in Vieille Case on Sunday that a decision will be taken to make it mandatory for all schools to form a cultural group.“I have spoken to the minister and she has indicated that we would like to see all schools in Dominica form a cultural group. It’s not a matter of choice. It has to be part of the schools program. What I would like to see happen as part of the independence program is that we can have a schools explosion of our cultural art form in Dominica,” he said.He also made a call for Dominicans to recommit themselves to building the country through unity.“It cannot be just about partisan politics. We have to be able to embrace each other as fellow Dominicans, as fellow villages. That’s the only way we can build our country, if there is love in our hearts and if we are willing to look beyond our personal grievances and look at the greater things that matter to Dominica and the well being of Dominicans matter more than anything else in our country and we can only achieve it if we have love in our hearts,” he said.Meantime Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Justina Charles indicated that plans are being finalized to make this a reality.“Prime Minister Skerrit has taken a deep personal interest in culture and would like to see an active cultural program with every school on the island. My ministry is responding to this and we are in discussing with the ministry of education to develop strategies to make this a reality. All this is a reflection of the important contrition that your community has made and continues to make towards the development of culture in Dominica,” she added.In related news, Arthur Massicot received the award for Cultural Elder for 2011.Chief Cultural Officer Mr Raymond Lawrence. (file photo)Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence who gave the citation noted that Massicot was a master at the traditional dance especially the Quadrille. “He served as a councilor on the Vieille Case Village Council for thirteen years helping selflessly and playing his part in building up the village. For 33 years he served a rural constable and special policemen, he was resolute and astute and consequently provided support for the police force in the area,” he said.Dorothy Leblanc, Leon Brumant, Titus Honore’, Cecil Romain, Ruth Joseph and Justine LeBlanc were the other seven other cultural stalwarts who were recognized during the Heritage Day ceremony in Vieille Case on Sunday.A cultural gala, exhibition and a performance on Quadrille were among the other highlights which formed part of the Heritage Day celebration in Vieille Case.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Hamilton’s Chinese GP Hopes Dented

first_imgF1 gearboxes have to last for six consecutive race weekends.“It has been a good track to me for many years so I feel good coming here,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1.“Naturally when you arrive in Shanghai and find out you’re already going to be starting five places behind wherever I qualify is a kick in the goonies, but you just take it. Challenge is another opportunity to arise, rather than looking at the glass half empty, look at it half full.”Mercedes later tweeted: “Not the ideal start to the #ChineseGP weekend, admittedly, but of all the places to take a grid hit, this is one of the better ones.”Despite the damage to the gearbox not being the result of accident damage, Hamilton insists he is not worried about the reliability going forward.“Not for me. They change it and I go again. I don’t use it as a concern, I’m sure the team are focussed on it,” he said.Asked what caused the damage he responded: “It doesn’t really matter.”Following poor starts from pole in each of the first two races, Hamilton already trails Rosberg by 17 points in the Drivers’ Championship.The Briton has started either first or second amid a run of eight consecutive Mercedes front-row lockouts, with last September’s September Singapore GP the only time in the last 29 races Hamilton has not started in the front two.Hamilton’s penalty now presents Ferrari with the chance to claim a rare front-row start as they look to recover from reliability problems in the first two races which have left them 50 points behind Mercedes in the Constructors’ Championship.With Rosberg on a run of five consecutive victories since his team-mate clinched his third world title in Austin last October, Hamilton will now bid to improve on a statistic which has seen him only win once – the 2014 British GP – when starting from outside the first two rows.The 31-year-old has won a record four times in Shanghai, including the last two seasons.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of ending Nico Rosberg’s winning run at the Chinese GP have suffered a blow after it was revealed he will take a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.The world champion, the pole sitter at 2016’s opening two rounds, will start no higher than sixth for Sunday’s race after Mercedes opted to change the gearbox in his car after it sustained damage in Bahrain. Hamilton confirmed the contact with Valtteri Bottas at turn one two weeks ago was not the cause.last_img read more

Mayor caught stealing in Little League theft?

first_imgADELANTO – The mayor of this High Desert town was arrested Tuesday along with his wife for allegedly stealing more than $20,000 from Little League coffers over three years. Jim Nehmens, 50, and Kelly Nehmens, 44, were taken into custody by investigators from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office and charged with three counts of grand theft by embezzlement. If convicted, they could each face up to nine years in prison. They posted $60,000 bail and were expected to be released late Tuesday. It wasn’t immediately known whether they had retained attorneys. A message left for Nehmens at his office was not immediately returned. Prosecutors said they began investigating the couple in September after they received a complaint about possible missing funds from the Adelanto Little League account. In October, authorities served a search warrant at the Nehmenses’ home and seized a number of documents and records. Nehmens told the Victorville Daily Press at the time he was innocent and said he believes it was a “personal issue.” Prosecutors believe that between 2004 and 2006 the couple stole more than $20,000 from Little League fundraisers, mostly from the annual fireworks sale. The couple has been involved with Little League since 1999. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more