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Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday June 01, 2012

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! ** Tourism Awareness Month 2012 Climax***The Discover Dominica Authority, Ministry of Tourism and the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association culminated a successful Tourism Awareness Month in May. From all reports the activties undertaken throughout the month were very well excuted; and would therefore like to extend a heart –felt gratitude to the many sponsors for their invaluable contribution in making this year’s Tourism Awareness Month a major success. The intended purpose of the month of activities were to raise awareness, inform, educate, promote and entertain the general public on the role and importance of the tourism industry to the people and economy of Dominica. It is our hope that Tourism Awarnes Month 2013 will be even bigger and better.**Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole Festival 2012**From general public reports and Prime Minister Skerrit’s glowing media review a fantastic full jazz weekend happened! Patrons of all jazz events enjoyed the best music and ambience the Commonwealth of Dominica had to offer! The 3rd edition of Jazz n’ Creole gave patrons the chance of an extended full week-end offering Creole and Jazz at several venues across the island. Jazz ‘n Creole is a production of the Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) and the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) and worked with several tourism entities to create more fringe benefits enjoyed by visitors and guests on the island.Events ran from Thursday through Sunday. DOMINICA’s Jazz n Creole has become a key event on the tourism’s office calendar of event and is meant to attract jazz lovers from our nearest neighbours in the French islands and our friends from the Caribbean islands. The crowd doubled and families young and old came together to enjoy the great ambience of the picturesque and magnificent looking Cabrits, Fort Shirley, reveling in the fun and thrill of vibrant jazz music. From all reports the enchantment of Creole and Jazz fusion music went down like local honey this 2012 and the experience of top class musicians over the four days of events will be a heart memory. See you in 2013!**Access Strategy Plan for Dominica**Mr. Ian Bertand, air access consultant and his team conducted part two of the Access Strategy Plan for Dominica at the Fort Young Hotel on May 29th.The working session inlcluded particpation from the Discover Dominica Authority staff and other key private sector stakeholders. Having agreed to an overall approach, this session sought to finalize the marketing strategies which needed to be employed to support the overall objective of increasing visitor revenues to EC$350 million by 2015 and getting visitor numbers back to 2007 figures.This session particularly focused on the air access issues and what the Dominica needs to do from a marketing standpoint in partnership with other destinations as well as to attract airlines. Dominica to be promoted at a Mall Exhibition in MartiniqueDiscover Dominica Authority will promote visits to Dominica at the La Galleria Mall in Martinique from June 7 – 9, 2012. The mall exhibition is being organized to encourage more visitors from Martinique to travel to Dominica for summer vacation. Participating hotels at the mall exhibition are Fort Young Hotel, La Flamboyant Hotel, Anchorage Hotel and Sunset Bay Club. **Discover Dominica Authority launches Staycation 2012**Ten tourism companies will participate in Staycation 2012. Fort Young Hotel, Hibiscus Valley Inn, Anchorage Hotel, Comfortel de Champ, Rosalie Beach Resort, Seacliff Cottages, Comfort Cottages, Picard Beach Cottages, Portsmouth Hotel and Rejens Hotel will offer special rates to Dominican residents from June 1 – September 30. Rainforest Riding which offers horseback riding will also offer special rates to locals. The Staycation programme is geared at increasing local hotel occupancy during what is traditionally the slow period, by encouraging locals to get to know Dominica and patronize local tourism service providers. **Dominica to be featured in 2013 edition of French guidebook**Dominica will be featured in the 2013 edition of the French guidebook le Petit Futé. Petit Futé journalist Johann Chabert visited Dominica from May 24 – 31 to obtain information which will be used to update the Dominica segment of the guidebook. While in Dominica, Mr. Chabert visited a number of properties which will be featured in the guide book as well as various sites and attractions. He also attended the Jazz ‘n Creole festival and hiked segment one of the Waitukubuli National Trail. **Discover Dominica Authority host US journalist**Discover Dominica Authority hosted journalist Brooke Morton from May 20-26, 2012. Brooke was on assignment for the US publication Destination Weddings & Honeymoon. This was an opportunity for Dominica to be featured as a Weddings & Honeymoon destination to the 100,000 readers and 639,000 monthly page viewers. Visits were made to wedding locations throughout the island which would provide visitors of the possible wedding options on the island for their destination weddings.With the new amended Marriage Act which now allows visitors to be married on the island in 24hrs, the process is now hassle free and allows persons to obtain their marriage license even on a weekend. This will assist the visitors in choosing the destination of choice without having too many concerns on the process involved.Brooke also writes for other publications such as Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, Islands and Caribbean Travel & Life magazines. This advantage allows for the destination to be featured in a variety of publications, increasing the awareness of the island and the value of the trip. While on island Brooke also got the opportunity to dive, whale watch and hike.Press Release Share Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday June 01, 2012 by: – June 8, 2012 24 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Orange seek 1st win over ranked opponent since 2015

first_img Published on October 3, 2018 at 11:13 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew Comments One day after losing 3-0 to No. 3 BYU, Syracuse led No. 10 Southern California, 2-0.In the third set, Syracuse fell behind 6-1 early and couldn’t recover. In the fourth, USC’s 15-4 lead proved insurmountable. And in the fifth, the Orange couldn’t flip the momentum and lost, 15-13. The next day, SU lost to their third ranked opponent in as many days, a 3-1 decision to No. 25 Marquette.“We were right there with those teams, it wasn’t like they destroyed us,” senior middle blocker Santita Ebangwese said. “We were making them nervous.”Less than a month later, the Orange (8-4, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) find themselves off to their best ACC start in program history, and enter this weekend as one of three undefeated teams in the conference.On Friday, Syracuse matches up with No. 8 Pittsburgh (15-0, 4-0), a team they haven’t beaten since 2015. If the Orange are to upset their first ranked opponent since that same season, they will have to finish, something they’ve failed to do against top 25 teams this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Pittsburgh will definitely come in with high confidence,” associate head coach Erin Little said. “For us to be able to match that, knowing the opponents that we faced and how we played against those will only help us here.”Pittsburgh, one of two undefeated teams in the country, currently hold their highest ranking in program history. The Panthers enter Friday’s matchup winners of their last 13 ACC matches, dating back to last season.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorThrough 12 matches in 2018, Syracuse has dominated the net defensively, posting a conference-best 2.8 blocks per game, but will have to defend against Pittsburgh’s front row, which tallies 14.4 kills per set, first in the ACC.The keys for Syracuse are to serve aggressively, contain the balanced Pitt offense and be smart in how they set up their blocks, Little said.“It goes back to the saying ‘Defense wins games,’” senior Amber Witherspoon said. “It’s good for them to be a good offensive team, but we’re going to try to come back with our defense and our blocks.”Even if the Orange aren’t able to get the block, Ebangwese said, a strong game at the net allows Syracuse to set up their offense.The return of redshirt senior Christina Oyawale has helped SU’s presence at the net. After an ankle injury forced her to miss seven matches, she returned in a Sept. 23 win over Clemson and finished second on the team with three blocks.“(Oyawale) puts up a nice block,” Ebangwese said, “and she also deters some hitting outside, like bouncing balls and helping with the momentum.”Facing a team that’s 35-5 at home since 2016, the Orange need to create their own momentum to eliminate Pitt’s home court advantage.“We’re used to that (road) type of atmosphere … we’re used to being cheered against,” Witherspoon said. “We honestly thrive off of that. It’s like, ‘We’ll show you who we are … you’re going to know our name.’”Despite their historic start, Syracuse knows that they have to clean up parts of their game, or as Ebangwese puts it, “dotting our I’s and crossing our T’s,” in order to continue their run.“Some things we were able to get away with against Wake Forest,” she said, “we won’t be able to get away with against Pitt.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Clark College to surmount tough times

first_imgDespite the setbacks, the past 12 months saw impressive success by Clark students and faculty members.Knight spent a good portion of his 45-minute address heaping praise on the school’s high achievers and hard workers — from award-winning instructors, to humanitarian aid work by world traveler and 2010 outstanding Clark alumnus Rico Selga, to the league-champion women’s cross country squad.He called out Neil Oldaker, a Clark student who pulled an 80-year-old driver from a burning car that badly torched a nearby McDonald’s restaurant.Knight also awarded special presidential coins to four “exemplary” Clark employees:o Monica Knowles, bookstore manager, praised for her focus on innovative customer service.o Janet Owens, administrative assistant for Corporate and Continuing Education, for leadership and professionalism.o Charlene Montierth, veteran geology professor and a key player in Clark’s recent, extensive accreditation process.o John Maduta, specialist for student advising services, earning high marks for his work ethic and guidance.Knight also saluted the 2010 passing of “two great leaders” for Southwest Washington and the state.He announced new $3,000 student scholarships funded by the Clark College Foundation in the names of Bill Fromhold, former Vancouver state legislator and longtime education professional and advocate, and Tom Koenninger, a Clark alumnus whose unflagging support marked his 57 years as a reporter, editor and columnist for The Columbian.Fromhold once served on the Clark board of trustees, while Koenninger was Clark’s 1990 outstanding alumnus and served more than a decade on the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Both men died on Sept. 30.Clark College President Bob Knight used a quirk of the calendar on Thursday to punctuate his annual State of the College address.Among other things, Jan. 20 is dubbed “Penguin Awareness Day.”Google confirms it, Knight noted — before he listed Clark attributes and many of the challenges few “Penguin Nation” students and instructors could miss.The latter includes soaring tuition rates and financial aid needs. Overloaded classrooms and closed class sections. Scarce parking, longer lines, higher stress — and all else that owes to recession-fueled record enrollment of 16,000 students, juxtaposed against budget cuts that jeopardize valued programs and personnel.last_img read more