Hon. Kelvar Darroux. (file photo)Roseau, Dominica, December 29, 2011— Cutting Edge Communications (C.E.C) announces its list of Top Ten Movers and Shakers of 2011. A “Mover and Shaker” is a person, group, or organization (or thing) that has been a game changer; that has moved people; influenced or that has had impact for better or for worse. This is the second successive year that Cutting Edge Communications is publishing the list and it is now a signature product of the company. CEC believes that such a list is important because assessment of impact in a society is necessary as well as healthy.The Top Ten Movers and Shakers were named based on an individual/organization’s impact, ability to be a game-changer and change how people behave. The Top Ten Movers and Shakers (2011) are: #10. Cyril Carrette—Police Chief • Resisted efforts to make the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force as a political football• By contrast he maintained the force’s effectiveness in its core duty of law enforcement and maintained the image of independence and professionalism for the office of Commissioner of Police and the CWDPF #9. Tasha ‘Tasha P’ Peltier• First female monarch in more than 50 years of calypso competition in Dominica, beating back a stiff challenge from a returning 4-time calypso monarch Dennison “Dice” Joseph and the other big guns of calypso• Dominating calypso in 2011; winning three major titles, including Stardom Queen of the Tent, Calypso Queen, and Calypso Monarch• At 23 and a student at the Dominica State College Tasha P brings an air of sophistication to calypso• For making it woman time in calypso #8. Justina Charles—Minister for Youth and Sports • With the support of the Dominica Cricket Association and the West Indies Cricket board, Charles realized a historic feat for Dominica, for the first time hosting a Test match between West Indies and India• Mobilizing massive public support for the historic event, including massive crowds of spectators in the face of opposition calls to boycott the event• Doing it so successfully that Dominica was declared to have saved West Indies Cricket• Showing the ultimate potential of the Windsor Park Stadium #7. United Workers Party—Parliamentary Opposition • For filing election petitions, including two dealing with alleged dual citizenship including one against the Prime Minister that kept the attention of the media, the government and the public on the workings of the constitution• For engaging in political activities including boycotting Parliament in an effort to maintain the pressure on a government with a strong mandate #6. Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force • Persisting and finding missing Shanice Alana Jemmot who disappeared on February 17, 2011 and also finding and capturing 40 days later her abductor• Was on top of every major criminal activity from murder in Marigot to 1.5 million dollar cocaine bust to passport scam #5. Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan • Throughout 2011 politics was dominated by court challenges to the government that threatened to unseat a popular Prime Minister• Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan, as Lead Attorney in the constitutional matters for the government side, fought courageously to preserve the government’s standing thereby showing how robust our constitutional framework is• While leading the legal fight in court, Astaphan was successful at educating the general public on the workings of the court as well as the substance of the matters under consideration ,never ceasing his aggressive advocacy on behalf of his friend Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and the governing Dominica Labour Party #4. Roosevelt Skerrit—Prime Minister of Dominica • In the face of ongoing court action that could derail his political career and his government, leading the Government of Dominica, his Dominica Labour Party and the people of Dominica with grace and optimism #3. Rayburn Blackmoore—Minister for Public Works, Energy and Ports • For supervising the Public Works projects in roads, airports and geothermal energy that promise to change the way we commute, fly and work• For keeping the public up to date with the progress of major national projects through frequent appearances in the media and thereby being in the forefront of the public consciousness #2. The Dominican citizen • During 2011 the political opposition called for regime change, declared a united front against the government, including that they will contest the next general elections as one• In spite of tremendous effort by the opposition, to mobilize the Dominican citizen in opposition to the government and to harness the spirit of a worldwide protest movement, the Dominican citizen resisted any action that would weaken the government and bring instability to the country #1. Kelvar Darroux—MP St. Joseph constituency • The disappearance of Shanice Alana Jemmot in February 2011, the breaking of the Mattieu Dam in July 2011, the flash flooding in Layou in August 2011, devastation from Tropical Storm Ophelia in September 2011 and the death of cadence icon Jeff Joseph in November 2011 all have one thing in common, they happened in the St. Joseph constituency• Darroux steadied the ship preventing chaos and loss of hope in an area that had more than its fair share of tragic events• Darroux comforted, and encouraged the people of the St. Joseph constituency putting on display a type of leadership that is not commonly experienced in Dominica; leadership of people rather than of projects• As MP, Darroux has no ministry under his direction and control, but was able to mobilize people and government in order to help the St. Joseph constituency to recover Press ReleaseCutting Edge Communications Sharing is caring! 57 Views no discussions Share Share Share Tweet LocalNews C.E.C names Kelvar Darroux asTop Mover and Shaker for 2011 by: – December 29, 2011
Despite the numbers of coronavirus spiking in Florida, the NBA is still planning to resume the season next month in Orlando, Florida.On Friday, the league also announced that 16 out of 302 players tested positive for the coronavirus on June 23.The league did not say which players had tested positive for the virus, but those players will remain in self-isolation until they satisfy public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and has been cleared by a physician.The NBA plans no restarting the season on July 30, with 22 teams of the league’s 30 teams participating in the conclusion of the season and subsequent postseason based at Orlando’s Wide World of Sports. Fans will not be allowed to watch in person.The league also announced that the 2020-21 season will begin on December 1.
A day after addressing the need for a quarterback in his inherited recruiting class with junior college transfer Tanner McEvoy, new Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen reeled in another commitment from a JUCO player to address needs in the secondary.Needing to replace three starting defensive backs from last season’s team with just safety Dezmen Southward returning, Andersen took the first step toward replenishing the depleted positional group by securing a verbal commitment from safety and JUCO All-American Donnell Vercher of Fresno (Calif.) City College.Vercher, a three-star recruit according to ESPN.com, will be the first player from Fresno City College to play at a Big Ten school since wide receiver Arsenio Curry signed with Purdue in 2008.The 6-foot-2 and 195-pound safety had 23 tackles and eight interceptions this past season for the Rams, helping to lead the team to a 8-3 record in 2012 and a tie for first place atop the Northern California Valley conference. In 2011 Vercher recorded three interceptions and 29 tackles.Andersen and his defensive coordinator Dave Aranda recruited Vercher during their time at Utah State. Vercher chose Wisconsin over Fresno State, where he was once a soft verbal-commit, and Syracuse.The commitment adds security to a Badgers recruiting class that is severely lacking at safety. Vercher remains the lone safety commit in the 2013 recruiting class. Wisconsin adds more depth to their secondary with two cornerback recruits in Keelon Brooking, a three-star recruit and the No. 76 cornerback in the nation and Sojourn Shelton, a four-star recruit and the No. 27 cornerback in the nation.Both Brooking and Shelton have already enrolled at Wisconsin for the spring semester.Andersen and the Badgers also continue to target Marcus Ball, the brother of Wisconsin’s offensive lineman Ray Ball and the No. 67 athlete in the nation, according to ESPN.com. Ball was initially a solid verbal-commit to the Badgers but wavered after the departure of former head coach Bret Bielema. A starting quarterback and safety for Westerville South High School in Ohio, Ball will decide between Wisconsin and Arizona State on Signing Day.
…recognises contributions of past presidents, previous administrationGuyana today celebrates its 50th Independence anniversary after centuries of being colonised, and as the country moves on, President David Granger said focus will have to place on ensuring that a sustainable path is paved for future generations.In his independence address to nation, the Head of State said noted that the country’s foreparents laid the foundation for creating this unique new nation. He stated that Guyanese are paying homage to their ancestors, whose yawn for freedom and rebellion would have empowered them to confront the greatest of adversities and to overcome the most dangerous adversaries.The President added that the empowerment of the disenfranchised masses through the advocacy of mass-based organisations, the attainment of universal adult suffrage and the achievement of constitutional reforms combined to intensify the demand for self determination and independence. He stated that Guyanese are paying tribute to men and women who were part of this historic and heroic struggle for self determination.“We can enjoy freedom today because of their consciousness, their courage and their commitment to the cause of freedom,” he stressed as he recalled those martyrs who struggled and made sacrifice that eventuated into national independence.“Our people’s ardent aspiration and arduous struggle for political independence molded our national identify,” Granger said while adding “Independence infused the qualities of audacity and tenacity in our people. It fortified our determination to be masses of our own destiny. It created new institutions on which to erect the pillars of a new nation.”Moreover, he pointed out that independence allowed the country to adopt its own symbols of nationhood, which Guyanese are proud of as it boosts national pride among them. According to Granger, independence created the need for new institutions to preserve the country’s achievements, promote the development of the nation and to protect the rights of it’s citizens.The Head of State went onto recognised the contributions of the past presidents and the previous administration all of whom played a significant part in adding to the country’s development.“We are proud of our achievements over the past 50 years. We are proud of efforts to deliver our people from dreary loggies, shanties and tenement yards and to open the doors to family homes,” Granger said. He also acknowledged the works of artist, composers, dancers, dramatist, writers, the talents of sportsmen and women, and brilliance of scholars and labours of working people, stating that their contributions too over the past decades will never be forgotten.Furthermore, President Granger outlined that Guyana has made headways in its development while at the same time facing threats to its territorial integrity over the past 50 years from two of its neighbours. Granger praised the past leaders for their vision to guide and ability to sustain the country over the past 50 years against these adversities.On this note, the Head of State posited that the Guyana’s Golden Jubilee is an opportunity to strategise and plan ahead in order to fulfill obligations to future generations. “We look ahead to our next 50 years and to the challenge of realising the good life for all of our citizens. Independence is our birth right, independence vested in us the duty to protect our nation and to purse the best interest for all generations,” he remarked.According to the Head of State, the good life entails the absence of poverty, presence of equity, creation of an enlightened citizenry through education, effective stewardship of natural resources and creation of employment for its people.“Our mission for next 50 years must be to expand economy to ensure equality, to improve education, to protect the environment and to provide employment for all,” he stated, while adding that Guyana has bountiful resources, both human and natural, to achieve this vision.Granger said that while the country has made headways in uniting its people, efforts in this vain will continue to be pursued especially in the area of geographic inequalities between the coastland and the hinterland, and urban and rural communities.“The Hinterland, despite its endowment, remains underdeveloped plagued by poor infrastructure and environmental hazards. The disparities in development and in households between hinterland and coastland must be removed if we are to become a more equal nation,” he stated as he outlined a massive developmental plan for the hinterland region.Granger reiterated the desire of his Administration to have inclusive governance. He also reiterated his commitment to the green economy initiative, which he said will be the guiding principle for sustainable development, as he mentions plans to capitalise on the country’s resources.“Guyana’s future is green. A green economy will protect us from the most adverse effects of climate change. It will ensure a clean environment and reduce pollution. It will preserve our valuable biodiversity. It will ensure that all of our energy needs eventually will be met from sustainable sources. It will catalyse investments in eco-tourism,” the President stated.