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Dominica bids farewell to four Chinese consultants who have provided support in various areas of health

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The Ministry of Health, Wellness, and New Health Investment held a brief ceremony on Monday, September 19, to bid farewell to the four Chinese consultants who have been providing support in the areas of cardiology, oncology, urology, and ophthalmology.

The ceremony was chaired by Permanent Secretary Mrs. Letitia Lestrade-Wyke and remarks were proffered by First Secretary in the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Dominica, Mr. Pan Zhaohui; Acting Minister of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment, Hon. Kent Edwards; Cardiologist Dr. Dexi Wu; and Urologist Dr. Hao Zhang.

The four consultants were, Dr. Dexi Wu- Cardiologist, Dr. Hao Zhang- Urologist, Dr. Fan Duan- Ophthalmologist and Dr. Qiaoqiao Li- Oncologist.

Mr. Pan Zhaohui expressed in his speech how quickly time flies, noting that it has already been a year since Dr. Dexi Wu, Dr. Hao Zhang, and Dr. Fan Duan arrived in Dominica. Dr. Qiaoqiao Li has been living and working on the island for over three years.

He stated that the first batch of China’s medical team has successfully completed a task and is about to return to China.

“All the team members perfectly interpret the spirit of the China medical team. The spirit is love without borders, not afraid of hardship, healing the wounded and rescuing the dying,” he said.

Zhaohui further stated that although the doctors left their motherland and families because of their friendship with Dominica and no matter how beautiful and scenic a place can be “they cannot change the loneliness of a person away from their family.”

He revealed that In 2021, Dr. Wu Dexi, alongside local Dr. Andrew, set up the cardiology department and took an important step to fully equip the department which he stated is a “milestone” for health care in Dominica.





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Festival Dwivés Kick Off today

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by: September 30, 2022

Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) and Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) will kick off the series of Festival Dwivés this Friday, September 30th, as part of the promotion for the 22nd World Creole Music Festival (WCMF). Every Festival Dwivé will provide a thematic feel as each one features a different music genre. This Friday, the Festival Dwivé will have a cadence and compas feel and will feature D Rush, DJ Oozie, DJ Pro, Sankofa and AfriKulture Stilt Walkers. Season ticket specials will be on sale for EC$300.

The Festival Dwivés will be held every Friday leading up to the World Creole Music Festival and will feature a mix of local music and cultural talent. There will also be opportunities to win sponsored prizes and purchase season ticket specials. The Festivals and Events Assistant, Kerwin Jno Baptiste gave more information on the dwives.


Mr. Jno Baptiste then gave details on the entertainment that can be expected at these dwives.

Regarding the DFC’s Hotspots, the Festivals and Events Assistant gave an overview of how these events have been going and also announced the remaining hotspots of the season.

Festivals and Events Assistant, Kerwin Jno Baptiste



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Under 15 boys’ football league set to resume this weekend, after COVID-19 setbacks

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(l-r) DOC president Billy Doctove, DFA PRO Gerald George, DFA Technical Director Jerome Bardouille

Technical Director of the Dominica Football Association, Jerome Bardouille said training Dominica’s young football players is essential for the future development of our national teams.

The Dominica Football Association hosted a press conference on Thursday, September 29, at the football house to launch its sponsors of the Under 15 boys league.

It was announced that the league will begin this weekend to provide the youth the opportunity to play against themselves after the setbacks from COVID-19.

“Training young players [is] essential for the future of our national teams and so association and clubs have a huge responsibility to develop football in the country. I had the opportunity to meet with club representatives to show the state of football in our country and we were able to take a look [at] our present gaps and how they are affecting our outputs,” Bardouille said in his address

He noted there was an overwhelming competition for partnership among the clubs and technical department to address their “shortcomings” and to work together to improve football from the base in order to have good senior players.

“I see the lack of desire, commitment, and willingness to go the extra mile and to put in place the structure required to elevate the level of our game and I will therefore say success will be achieved through hard work.”

He added that it was unfortunate that they were unable to continue the league in 2021 as COVID presented an unfortunate barrier as far as youth development. The technical officer stated that this is the chance clubs have been anticipating.

“The league will commence this weekend that has so much to offer to the young men in our care. Football can be described as the school of life through which valuable skills can be taught such as teamwork, dedication, and perseverance.”

Bardouille said through healthy competition, young people are taught the importance of teamwork and cooperation balanced by good sportsmanship.

“There are no shortcuts to success as players’ minds need to be made up to work hard and I hope that this league will be taken seriously and coaches will put a plan together for development of the game.”





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Dominica Gov’t and DFC launch first-ever “Ti Vilaj Kweyol”

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by: September 30, 2022

The Dominica Government in collaboration with the Dominica Festivals Committee has officially launched “Ti Vilaj Kweyol, Tout Biteh Domnique” that will take the place of the Flow Creole in the Park from October 24-27, 2022.

Ti Vilaj Kweyol is a collaboration of the Government of Dominica and the Ministries of Culture, Trade, Agriculture, and Tourism.

Communications Officer in the Ministry of Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture and National Food Security, Petra Grell-Shillingford gave an overview of what to expect at the daytime event.


Communications Officer in the Ministry of Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture and National Food Security, Petra Grell-Shillingford.

Meantime, Minister for Trade, Hon. Ian Douglas says the event will be of a new upgraded and exciting twist.

Minister for Trade, Hon. Ian Douglas.

Two participants of the Ti Vilaj Kweyol, Glen Cyrille (the Cassava Man) and Pamela Guiste of the Bagatelle Pork Group also gave a sneak sample of what can be expected at the event from their contributions.

Participants of the Ti Vilaj Kweyol, Glen Cyrille (the Cassava Man) and Pamela Guiste of the Bagatelle Pork Group.



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