Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. (file photo)The government of Dominica has announced its commitment to becoming shareholders in the regional air carrier, Leeward Islands Air Transportation (LIAT).Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit revealed on Wednesday that Dominica has been given the green light to own shares in the airline and finalization of arrangements will take place in 2012, dismissing allegations that no discussions has been held with shareholders of LIAT in Dominica’s interest. “The government of Dominica remains committed to becoming a shareholder in LIAT. I’ve heard people say that we’ve not been keeping our promises; that’s not true at all. This matter has been discussed with the shareholder governments, shareholder prime ministers they have in fact given their okay for Dominica to become a shareholder. We need to formalize this arrangement in 2012 as we indicated, but we believe that it is an important strategic move by the government of Dominica to become a shareholder of LIAT.”The prime minister also stated that while some people criticize LIAT, the airline provides an essential service to the Dominican people and the economy.“One can criticize LIAT as often as you wish but one cannot set aside the importance of the service which LIAT provides to Dominica and the importance of LIAT’s service to Dominicans and the economy of Dominica because LIAT is the carrier that brings in the most passengers into the country.”Hon. Hector John. (file photo)Mr Skerrit further noted that the government is not in the business of subsidizing airlines or paying for empty seats, which is an option available to them.However, “to avoid us having to subsidize or to pay for empty seats for any airlines in the future and present, that the best way towards implementing our strategic perspective is to become shareholders of LIAT once again. One must not forget that we used to be shareholders in LIAT until the new LIAT came about,” he said.Meantime leader of the Opposition United Workers Party Hector John called on the government earlier this month to reconsider its decision in light of recent issues affecting the airline.John argues that based on the financial difficulties which the airline is faced with it might be best if the government re-evaluates their decision for Dominica to own shares in the company. “We heard that the prime minister is making moves to see how Dominica can become a member of LIAT and right now we are hearing that the airline is in some serious financial difficulties. I would advise the PM to hold on a while, re-evaluate the situation and see if it’s in the country’s best interest,” he said.Dominica Vibes News Share 14 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Dominica government remains committed to becoming shareholders in LIAT by: – December 15, 2011 Share Tweet
For more information on the Blizzard Bike Club or to register, please contact Pat from Ferris Fast Cycles at 250-785-3711. The Blizzard Bike Club has determined its’ spring king and queen.On Sunday, the bike club held its King of Spring, Queen of Spring Races, consisting of 14 riders racing a 60 and 20 km distance on the Montney road circuit.- Advertisement -Pat Ferris was awarded the title of King of Spring, finishing first with a time of 1:50:23. Ferris edged out George Gamble and Irvin Tang for second and third respectively in a photo finish, as all three racers finished with roughly the exact same time. This is Ferris’ third win in the past four years.The event also included a 20 km event, which was won by Richard Moody with a time of 43:47 and Adam Currie was second at 44:42.Jennifer Szoo took home the title of Queen of Spring, placing first in the other 20 km race, with a time of 44:51. Hilda Bilodeau was second at 45:40.The next event for the Blizzard Bike Club will be another duathlon taking place Tuesday, May 10. It will start at 7 p.m. at the Baldonnel School.Advertisement
Wilna Oldewage-Theron Ph.D., professor of nutrition at Texas Tech University (shown center preparing soyfoods at WISHH’s 2016 USDA Cochran training) champions soyfoods as an important and economical source of nutrition for developing country diets.The American Soybean Associaton’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) recognized April as Soyfoods Month by electronically sharing an expert’s insights into the importance of soy in nutrition for developing countries.Representatives of international food companies, development organizations and government agencies received WISHH’s message featuring a guest column by Wilna Oldewage-Theron, Ph.D., professor of nutrition at Texas Tech University and a registered dietitian from South Africa.Oldewage-Theron wrote about the “double burden” challenge of developing countries simultaneously facing both malnutrition as well as obesity.“The benefits associated with the regular consumption of soy, in combination with other healthy foods, have been scientifically proven and are becoming more relevant to prevent or address the negative consequences of the double burden of disease,” she wrote. “To conclude, soy has been identified as an economical and versatile food item that will not only provide essential nutrients for under-nutrition, but also additional and unique health benefits addressing the increasing prevalence of over-nutrition in developing countries.”Oldewage-Theron participated in WISHH’s USDA-supported 2014 Cochran Fellowship Program training and then returned to serve as a trainer to WISHH’s 2016 Cochran training on school feeding nutrition.