Events Director, Natalie Clarke-Meade.A suggestion by Dominica’s Cultural Advisor Dr. Alwin Bully to change the date of its Real Mas celebrations is not getting the full support of two top members within the carnival organization.Both Events Director of the Dominica Festivals Committee Natalie Clarke-Meade and a former senior cultural officer Noreen Joseph say they won’t support suggestions to move the event to the summertime.While there has been widespread debate on the matter, Bully has reasoned that the change will assist the Carnival in becoming more economically viable.He also justified his reasons by pointing out that Dominica’s carnival is competing with that of Trinidad and Tobago’s’.Clarke-Meade told Dominica Vibes News that she understands Dr. Bully’s reasoning based on the economic viability and the fact that Carnival comes after the World Creole Music Festival and some sponsors are not able to offer the level of sponsorship required.However she says this decision might have an impact on the Real Mas which is known for its traditional and spontaneous nature. “I don’t know how the people of Dominica would react to that because your Carnival is over 130 years old. It has run like clockwork every year leading up to Ash Wednesday, to now take away that tradition and that culture away and say that we want to put it at the end of June because we want it to be more economically viable, I don’t know how well that will go down with the common man and woman on the street.” Clarke-Meade also noted that “all minds have to contend and really think about this in a logical way”.Noreen Joseph during Costume Parade on Carnival Tuesday 2012.Cultural Icon Noreen Joseph also defers with Dr. Bully’s suggestion, arguing that Dominica’s Carnival is heavily based on culture and tradition while Trinidad’s own is based on costume. She explained that if the Carnival date is changed to Bully’s stipulated summertime date, Dominica might not attract people in the United States who normally take vacation to the Caribbean during this time due to the cold temperatures. She further explained that June/July would not be suitable either as this might affect the youth involvement in Carnival. “There were seven school bands this year if it’s in June or July most of them are somewhere else on vacation or April to May they are writing exams what is going to happen to that aspect of the Carnival; the youth Carnival, the Junior Carnival the people that we asking to take our places now what’s going to happen them?” she questioned.Joseph, who is also a former head of the road parade committee, suggests however that more focused be placed on the proper and effective marketing of Dominica’s tradition. “I am saying that if we concentrate on marketing our Carnival properly, if we market it more effectively we will reach a number of persons. I think that the other countries that celebrate Carnival at the same time is a totally different aspect of Carnival. I don’t think that there is any competition with Trinidad; Trinidad is totally costume and if you’re not in a costume band you cannot jump in Trinidad’s Carnival whereas you can have a T-shirt band here in Dominica, you can make a sensay and this is what we need to promote our traditional mas. I’m saying let us market more aggressively to those people and they will come.”According to Joseph that change will also affect the name “Carnival” as it would no longer precede the Lent season. “When we remove Carnival from its present date that precedes Lent we no longer have a Carnival we have a festival. It’s no longer a Carnival because Carnival as we know it precedes Lent. Where are you going to put Lent? We cannot shift Lent so people might even start to forget Lent because there was not the two days.”Joseph said; “It’s debatable and it will continue to create confusion maybe but I’m not sure changing of the date will stick but it’s my opinion”.Mrs. Clarke-Meade also noted that improved marketing should be the focus as opposed to a date change.She also highlighted the fact that Dominica’s Carnival is “still safe unlike Trinidad and Tobago which has a high crime and violence level, people can come here and be spontaneous”.She proposes that the marketing strategy should be changed; the festival should be branded properly and organized in a different way to entice more people to participate.Dominica Vibes News 29 Views no discussions LocalNews Bully’s carnival date change suggestion given two thumbs down by: – February 23, 2012 Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! Share
On a day they needed just one goal to topple the South Africans and assure of a place in the last four – irrespective of the result in the other match between Cote d’Ivoire and Zambia – the Olympic Eagles failed to find their sting in the fore, dancing too much on the ball without effective contact or meaningful touches in the opposition critical zone.Perhaps awed by Nigeria’s array of stars in Kelechi Nwakali, Taiwo Awoniyi, Azubuike Okechukwu, Sincere Seth and Orji Okwonkwo, alongside respected home-based professionals Sunusi Ibrahim and Ndifreke Effiong, the South Africans preferred to absorb the heat for the first half hour. Seeing that the Olympic Eagles lacked the punch when it mattered, the Amaglug-glug came out to attack. And thrice they came close to putting the ball in the net, but met with the alertness and agility of goalkeeper Adamu Abubakar.Abubakar also saved the Olympic Eagles in the second half, as the South Africans fired from every angle, while Nigeria were looking to walk the ball into the net and stubbornly stuck to an ineffective strategy of trying to make hay from the wings.President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, said the failure of the Olympic Eagles was a shock. “Working together with the Ministry of Sports, we have been able to provide the team with what is required for them to excel. The team’s failure to reach the semi-finals and ultimately qualify for the Olympics is a big shock.“Three years ago, football won the only medal that Nigeria took from the Olympics in Brazil. Our expectation was that this team would qualify for Tokyo and go there to do the country proud.” Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram …Fails to qualify for men Olympics football eventCup holders, Nigeria have been booted out of the ongoing U23 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt following a dire 0-0 draw with South Africa yesterday night that was not enough to see them through to the semifinals. The result meant they finished third in Group B and dropped out of contention for a place in the Men’s Football Tournament of next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.Failure at the Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo sustained an unsavoury streak of Nigeria appearing in the Men’s Football Tournament at every other Olympics since the year 2000. Champions in 1996 in Atlanta, USA where they won Africa’s first-ever football gold medal of the Olympics, the Nigeria U23 participated in the tournament in Australia in 2000; missed the event in Greece in 2004; took part at the event in China in 2008 and won the silver medal; missed the tournament in the United Kingdom in 2012; participated in the event in Brazil in 2016 and won the bronze medal and; will now miss Tokyo 2020.
Police ranks on the Essequibo Coast were on Tuesday hunting possible suspects for the brazen shooting of a 26-year-old truck driver, who hails from New Road, Vreed-en-Hoop.The truck driver, Osafa Roberts, is currently listed in serious but stable condition at the Suddie Hospital in Essequibo.According to information disclosed by Police, Roberts was leaving his employer’s business place just after midnight at Jamakie, Buck Hall, Essequibo River when he was reportedly confronted by a male who shot him to the abdomen. He was rushed to the medical facility, where he is currently nursing his injuries.Police in E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) disclosed that on Tuesday afternoon, detectives were on the scene seeking clues and conducting interviews to solve the crime as the investigations into the matter continue.
City spokesman Bob Spencer said it was the largest restitution award ever given to Pico Rivera for graffiti damage and legal costs. Neighborhood group plans sale WHITTIER – The Whittier Historic Neighborhood Association will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on streets bounded by Hadley and Orange streets, Greenleaf and Painter avenues, and Central Park Square. For more information, call (562) 693-4913. Lions Club plans dinner fundraiser WHITTIER – The Lions Club’s annual “Sight for Kids” wine-tasting and dinner fundraiser will be held at 5:30p.m. Saturday at the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave. Tickets are $40. Guests are eligible to win prizes, including a 27-inch flat-screen television. A silent auction will also be held for more than 100 items. For tickets, or for more information, call Ron Copley at (562) 693-8330, or Glenn Watje at (562) 945-9638. 5K run/walk set for April 14 SANTA FE SPRINGS – The city’s 50th anniversary 5K run/walk will begin at 8a.m. April 14 at Lake Center Athletic Park, 11641 Florence Ave. – rain or shine, organizers said. The event will begin at 8a.m. for adults and 9:30a.m. for children. Participants can register on-line at www.santafesprings.org. On-site registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. For more information, call (562) 868-0511. Soroptimists offer scholarships WHITTIER – Soroptimist International of Whittier is now accepting applications for the Ruth White Memorial Scholarship. Women who are enrolled in college or graduate studies and who reside or attend school in Whittier are eligible to apply. Scholarships must be applied to course work undertaken after June of this year. The deadline to apply is May 4. For more information, call (562)698-1272, or visit www.siwhittier.org. – From Staff Reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Anyone with information was asked to call the Whittier Police Department at (562)945-8250. Tagger ordered to pay $11,280 PICO RIVERA – An 18-year-old Pico Rivera man has been ordered by a court to pay the city more than $11,000 in restitution for tagging, officials said Wednesday. The man, described in court as a “major tagger,” was ordered to pay $11,280 after being convicted on several graffiti-related charges. WHITTIER – An 86-year-old man was robbed of $14,500 by two con men who convinced him to exchange the money for a winning lottery ticket, police said Wednesday. The incident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. Monday in the parking lot of the Whittier Market Place shopping center, where the con artists engaged the victim in conversation. From there, the group went to the victim’s home to retrieve the money. The group then drove back to the shopping center, where the scam artists pulled a knife on the victim and robbed him of the money. Police described the first assailant as Latino, 5 feet 6 inches tall, about 30 years old and weighing about 160 pounds. The other man also is Latino, around 50 years old, 5feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds. They drove off in a light gray, four-door, 2005 Chevrolet sedan. It had a possible partial license plate of 009.