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Navy Assists in Repatriation of Indian Fishermen

first_img View post tag: Naval Navy Assists in Repatriation of Indian Fishermen Training & Education View post tag: Assists View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Indian Sri Lanka Navy assisted in the repatriation of 23 Indian fishermen along with 5 fishing boats on 27th July 2012.The fishermen, with their fishing trawlers were handed over to the Indian Coast Guard Ship “Rani Abbakka ” at the International Maritime Boundary Line, off Thalai-Mannar, by Sri Lanka Naval Vessels “ Edithara II” and “ P- 212” attached to the North Central Naval Command.Repatriation of Indian fishermen and their boats comes as a direct result of the collaborative efforts made by the Sri Lanka Navy and the Indian officials.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 30, 2012; Image: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: Repatriation View post tag: Fishermen July 30, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today Navy Assists in Repatriation of Indian Fishermen Share this articlelast_img read more

Ocean City Tabernacle Hosting Lineup of Summer Events

first_imgOcean City Tabernacle offers the Son Club throughout the school year. By Maddy VitaleOcean City Tabernacle is offering an array of guest speakers during Sunday morning services beginning Memorial Day weekend. It also has a host of concerts planned for members and guests and there is something new – a Family Movie Night.Beginning this Friday, May 3, the Tabernacle is trying something that Pastor Jay Reimer hopes will be a tradition for families.“The O.C. Tabernacle planned this movie night for families in the Ocean City area to enjoy a night out with friends and simply to encourage family time together,” said Reimer, who is also the CEO of the Tabernacle.The movie night is free and open to the public and will feature giveaways, pizza, snacks, refreshments and a movie at 5:30 p.m. called “Facing The Giants.”Reimer said the Tabernacle welcomes people not just from the community, but anybody who wishes to attend, including people in town for the Ocean City Block Party, a huge event Saturday, May 4, featuring 350 crafters and a variety of food vendors.“We welcome anybody, including O.C. Block Party visitors, for a family-friendly night out together to watch a funny, inspiring movie about a school football team and the challenges they face on the field and in their homes,” Reimer noted.The director and star of the move, who plays the head coach, is Alex Kendrick.“He has been one of the many popular speakers at Ocean City Tabernacle during the weekly Sunday morning services that occur from Memorial Day weekend through early September each year,” Reimer said.He added that kicking off the exciting summer season will be the Family Movie Night.Reimer said he hopes it will be a great success.“This movie night is a test to see if it meets a need for families,” he explained. “If so, I plan to do it at least monthly in the fall, and perhaps weekly if many attend.”Some of the Sunday speakers include youth and family author Josh McDowell on May 26, author and Bible teacher Ellie Lofaro on June 9 and Hall of Fame football player and author Mike Singletary on July 14.In addition to movie night and the full lineup of guest speakers, there will be plenty of concerts performed by popular musicians on Sunday nights from July 7 through Aug. 18, Reimer said.Hymn-sings will begin 30 minutes prior to the concerts and offerings will be requested, rather than tickets sold for admission.On Sundays, there will be hymn-sings weekly, 15 minutes prior to both the traditional and contemporary services.The Tabernacle’s popular services at the Ocean City Music Pier will occur each Sunday from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.Vacation Bible School will be offered for four weeks spanning July and August, and there will be a weekly Tuesday morning Bible study for adults through the book of Revelation during July and August.For a full list of speakers and events, go to www.OCTabernacle.org and the OC Tabernacle Facebook and Instagram pages. (Courtesy Ocean City Tabernacle)last_img read more

Rooster Walk Prepares For 11th Year With Galactic, Sam Bush, Shovels And Rope, More

first_imgEntering its 11th year, the Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival has grown into one of the premier small sized festivals in the United States. Located in Martinsville, Va., RW11 will feature around 5,000 attendees, more than 40 bands performing on six stages, plus beautiful on-site camping, great craft beer selection, kids’ programming, outdoor activities and arts, crafts and food vendors.Read on for a quick and easy breakdown of what’s to come when Pop’s Farm welcomes families, friends and festy folks May 23-26th in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.THURSDAY, May 23rdRooster Walk kicks off each year with an easy Thursday that’s designed with the camper and out-of-town guest in mind. Gates open to the Pop’s Farm festival grounds at 9 a.m., but music doesn’t start until 5 p.m. That gives folks plenty of time to find the ideal camping spot and get set up for the weekend ahead. And with vendors open by noon, festival patrons also have plenty of time to scope out the Willie’s and their wares, and to get a feel for the layout of the grounds.MUSIC: The weekend’s music kicks off at the New Belgium Pine Grove stage and beer garden, located in the midst of a stand of 100+ mature row pines. That means full shade during the day and magical site lighting at night. The fest kicks off with Martinsville southern rock band Prosperity’s Folly, followed by The Black Lillies. Rooster Walk’s de facto host band, Yarn, will play the first of two weekend sets, closing out Thursday from 10-midnight.NOT MUSIC: Use Thursday’s relaxed schedule to find the various shuttle stops. Rooster Walk offers free shuttle rides to patrons on stretch-golf carts throughout the weekend, but this isn’t a hitch-hiking system. It’s more like public transit. When you want to catch the golf cart shuttle, wait at the nearest shuttle stop.PRO TIP: Be sure to hit the RW merch tent on Thursday. Over the last few years, certain T-shirt designs and limited edition items have been selling out by lunch time Friday. Drop by merch on Thursday to ensure you have optimal selection of styles and sizes.PRO TIP #2: While free tent camping is included in the cost of all festival tickets, on-site parking passes must be purchased separately. If you’re planning a trip to Rooster Walk, and having your car on-site is a priority, make sure to buy a parking pass well in advance of the fest. Those who don’t will park at the off-site lot, which is about a 5-minute ride on the festival shuttle buses.FRIDAY, May 24thRW’s first full day takes flight at 10 a.m. on the Lester VIP Stage, which has a bloody mary bar and continental breakfast each morning. By 1 p.m., all six stages are up and running. The three biggest stages at the venue are centrally located around Pop’s Pond and within about 100 yards of each other. You’ll quickly notice that the Ballast Point Lake Stage and the Pine Grove Stage have identical set times, though organizers try to schedule contrasting genres head-to-head. When those two stages are between sets, all eyes are on the Lawn Stage.MUSIC: Friday is headlined by The Sam Bush Band, Shovels & Rope, Turkuaz and BIG Something. Sam Bush and BIG Something play at the same time (10-midnight) on the Lake and Pine stages, respectively, presenting one of the first tough choices of the weekend. Which band do you start with? Which do you finish with? #FestivalDilemmasNOT MUSIC: Rooster Walk’s children’s area, The Kids’ Coop, is in full swing by Friday. The Kids’ Coop is for both the young and the young at heart. There’s an open mic set each day on the Kids’ stage, a giant slip’n’slide and tons of arts, crafts, drum circles, mural painting and a “Mommy & Me” tent that provides the clean space and privacy necessary for things like breastfeeding and diaper changes.IN CASE YOU’RE UNFAMILIAR: PalmPalm plays their first of two weekend sets on Friday at the Lake Stage (6:30-8 p.m.). A brand new band, this Richmond-based rock group is led by J. Roddy Walston, of J. Roddy Walston & The Business, and features members of jamband The Southern Belles, The Head & The Heart, The Congress and People’s Blues of Richmond, among others.PRO TIP: For VIP ticket buyers, the “Artist at Large Band” set from 2-3 p.m. each day on the VIP Stage is one not to miss. The band is made of entirely of the festival’s various artists at large, and the sets are completely unrehearsed and entirely too much spontaneous, jamming goodness. Friday’s AALB set will feature bassist John Cowan (New Grass Revival, The Doobie Brothers), drummer Ed Toth (The Doobie Brothers), pianist Josh Shilling (Mountain Heart) and guitarist Wallace Mullinax.SATURDAY, May 25thSaturday often brings the biggest crowd of the weekend to Rooster Walk, and this year will likely be no different. The day starts with the Kids’ Parade marching thru, led by musicians from the festival lineup!MUSIC: Overall festival headliner, Galactic, is joined by the likes of The Marcus King Band, Ghost Light, The Lil Smokies, The Steel Wheels, the Roosevelt Collier Band, and more. Speaking of Roosevelt, he’ll also be assuming Artist at Large duties on Saturday & Sunday, meaning VIPs will likely see him at one of the Artist at Large Band sets, in addition to sit-ins with various bands over the course of two days.IN CASE YOU’RE UNFAMILIAR: Ghost Light hasn’t been around long, but they’re certainly a band with serious momentum. Formed in 2017, the group brings together five consummately talented artists from across the musical spectrum—guitarists/singers Tom Hamilton and Raina Mullen, pianist Holly Bowling, and drummer Scotty Zwang—and thrusts them into a wholly new context. With sold out clubs across the country and a bevy of high profile festival gigs booked this summer, now’s your chance to be the ‘cool kid’ and see the band your friends will be talking about this fall… if they aren’t already!NOT MUSIC: Rooster Walk is a craft beer lovers dream: Ballast Point, New Belgium, Lagunitas, Foothills, Basic City and Three Notch’d will be on tap, not to mention various wines and ciders. RW also takes pride in offering “Special Tappings” of rare or hard-to-get beers from our brewing partners. Check out RoosterWalk.com closer to the fest, or grab the free festival program once you’re on-site, to get the exact schedule of Special Tappings.PRO TIP: ‘The Jammy Jam’ has become a beloved Saturday night tradition at Rooster Walk. Every year, this magical two hours of music starts off as a traditional bluegrass jam before musicians of other genres (rock, funk, jam) join to lead the experiment to uncharted waters. This year’s Jammy Jam is hosted by The Lil Smokies, and will take place from 8-10 pm on the Pine Grove Stage.PRO TIP #2: If you’re a late night warrior, be sure to check out the Campfire Jams on Friday and Saturday from 2:30-4 a.m. These sets literally take place by the campfire overlooking Pop’s Pond, with no stage separating the band from the fans. Friday’s Campfire Jam will be hosted by progressive bluegrass band Fireside Collective, while Saturday’s will be led by the State Birds, an all-star collective led by iconic drummer Jeff Sipe. SO. MUCH. FUN.SUNDAY, MAY 26thSunday is known as The Day of Rest in some circles, but let’s be real. You probably have Monday off from work for Memorial Day. And there is so much killer stuff going down at Rooster Walk on Sunday. This is not the time for rest. This is the time for hedonistic endurance.That said, you can combine the best of both worlds by hitting up the Healing Arts Area during the fest. Here, you’ll find massage, yoga, reiki, meditation and much more. The Healing Arts Area in the central festival area, near the Pine Grove Stage and the Gear Grove outdoors area.MUSIC: This one has a bit of a “Bluegrass Sunday” feel, thanks to the likes of Billy Strings, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Sierra Hull, and Mountain Heart playing Sunday sets. But it’s not strictly grass. The Vegabonds bring a dose of country to the Lawn Stage at 1 p.m., Yarn does a tribute to Van Morrison from 5-6:30 on the Lake Stage, while The State Birds will crush a Special Tapping set on the Pine Grove Stage at the same time.IN CASE YOU’RE UNFAMILIAR: What has become perhaps the most talked about set of the entire weekend closes out the festival Sunday night when Marcus King and Billy Strings join forces for ‘King & Strings’ from 10-midnight on the Lawn Stage. King & Strings made its debut at Rooster Walk one year ago, and this will mark just the second time they’ve ever played together. Marcus and Billy will play some electrified bluegrass but, if last year is any indication, far more double-electric-guitar, melt-your-face rock’n’roll. Jeff Sipe will be on the drum kit, along with some special guests chosen by two of the music scene’s brightest, rising stars.NOT MUSIC: Outdoors lovers unite! Sign up in advance for kayak/canoe floats on the nearby Smith River, a guided bicycle ride led by the Henry County Bike Club, and a disc golf tournament, organized by Explore Disc Golf, on the 6-hole course at Pop’s Farm.PRO TIP: If you want to truly feel like part of the Rooster Walk Family, be sure to take in Yarn’s tribute to ‘Van the Man’ from 5-6:30 p.m. This Yarn tradition of a tribute set on Sunday at Rooster Walk has become a “must see” for RW regulars. Past tributes included The Rolling Stones and The Last Waltz concert by The Band. Both were incredibly popular with the masses. You’ll dance, you’ll sing, you’ll drink Special Tappings.Life is grand at Rooster Walk.More more information about Rooster Walk, or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.Enter To Win A Pair Of 4-Day Passes:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

Former baseball player focuses on charity

first_imgOn the baseball field, Hank Aaron opened new doors for African-American players. After retiring in 1967, he continued to expand opportunities for others through entrepreneurship and humanitarianism. Aaron, a baseball Hall of Famer, and his former business partner Frank Belatti, an adjunct professor at Notre Dame, presented “Athletes, Entrepreneurship and Franchising” at the Mendoza College of Business in the Jordan Auditorium Tuesday evening. The two spoke about helping others through both direct charity and properly run business in the final installment of Entrepreneurial Insights, a fall lecture series that held 11 lectures this semester. Aaron said he hoped to be remembered most for helping others achieve their dreams. “Coming from an isolated city in Alabama, I wanted to play baseball badly and I chased that dream,” he said. “I decided after I retired I’d do everything I could to help some child or someone chase their dreams.” Aaron and his wife, Billye Williams, established the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation to support ambitious youth in 1994. The foundation struggled in its early years, he said. “The foundation was just fuddling around and we weren’t making much money. But my wife … said she would have a birthday party for me and would handle it,” Aaron said. “She went to Coca Cola and other companies … and the night of the dinner we made over a million dollars. “The money and having the President of the United States, Bill Clinton, at my dinner was a blessing. We needed this money badly.” Aaron said the foundation awarded 755 grants to deserving youths, one for each of his home runs. He said the challenge of running the foundation in addition to his restaurant and auto businesses offered valuable lessons. “Going from baseball to business, the number one rule is you have to put your heart and soul in it. I woke up every morning at five to go to dealerships when I began my automobile businesses,” he said. “The disadvantage is the idea of thinking you’ve been successful in one, but it doesn’t mean it’s going to transition to the other.” The help of friends and business partners, such as Belatti, led to Aaron’s success, he said. “We all talk about how much we can achieve in a lifetime but I look around and say there were teammates on base when I look at those home runs,” Aaron said. “The restaurants weren’t only my doing. God put a blessing on me to have people like [Belatti].” Belatti said he met Aaron in 1985 while working on a promotion with Major League Baseball. The pair built their business relationship based on trust rather than contracts. “We shook hands and that is our only contract. That says a good deal about how honorable Hank Aaron is and about the power of a handshake,” Belatti said. “The power of a handshake is an incredible thing.” Since then, the two worked to develop a business model with a contemporary and competitive backbone, Belatti said. Sustainable models created jobs with a sense of personal ownership and ended the cycle of disenfranchisement, he said. “Create jobs that you believe are highly sustainable and have an aspect of ownership. Change the mindset,” he said. “Part of a change in the social strata and economic strata might not otherwise happen.” Belatti said trust was important in running a business. He met with each franchise they worked with to establish a sense of trust. “For every franchisee who came into the system, I had them come to my office so I can meet them face-to-face. I wanted to shake their hand and make them a promise,” he said. “I gave them my home phone number so if they ever need me, they can call me directly.” Belatti said Aaron was a true entrepreneur. Aaron created opportunities for others rather than focusing on revenue, he said. “An entrepreneur is willing to put his or her career on the line and take risks in the name of an idea and an ideal. Hank often talks about how many new managers, owners and jobs he’s created,” Belatti said. “We don’t talk as much about the money.” Aaron said his experience in baseball and entrepreneurship taught him two things: creating opportunities for others was essential to addressing economic and social issues and there are no shortcuts to success. “You may not ever hit a single home run but the thing you have to remember is you can always be a great doctor, lawyer, teacher or someone great. You’ve got to crawl, got to walk, got to take your time to get where you’re going,” Aaron said. “And believe me, you do have time.”last_img read more

AAA: Gas Prices Up, But Still Cheaper Than Usual During Memorial Day Weekend

first_imgCropped Photo: FutureAtlas.com / CC BY 2.0JAMESTOWN – Gas prices are ticking up, but not enough to cause much pain at the pump.AAA says the national average for a gallon of regular is $1.96, that’s about nine cents more than a week ago.The average price for a gallon of petrol is $2.25 in Jamestown, however, some Mobil stations in the area are six cents lower, according to GasBuddy.com.In Dunkirk, the average is also $2.25 a gallon. The price at the pump in Warren, Pennsylvania meanwhile is $2.35 a gallon. However, the association says gas hasn’t been this cheap on a Memorial Day Weekend in almost 20 years.They expect the uptick to continue, because the demand is likely to grow as the economy reopens. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Solar Well Pump

first_imgUniversity of Georgia researchers are hoping solar-powered wells will help preserve water quality and cattle health on isolated Georgia cattle farms. The system uses solar panels to power an electric well pump that provides water for cattle on isolated pastures. It has been used for the past year in Madison County where a farmer found that less than five hours of sunlight a day was enough to keep water tanks full. “Isolated livestock need water, and either the farmer has to take water to the livestock or we can use solar power to pump water (from a well),” said Gary Hawkins, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences researcher who designed and installed the system. The Madison County site is a demonstration system installed as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Grant. The grant provided funds to test how these systems work and how much they cost to operate. Hawkins and Madison County Extension agent Adam Speir hosted a field day on December 6 that attracted about 40 farmers from middle and northeast Georgia. The solar-powered pumps allow farmers to install watering troughs on their most isolated pastures, helping keep livestock out of streams and ponds. Allowing cows to wade into and drink from farm ponds and streams can have a severely negative impact on water quality across the state. Well-fed troughs also offer farmers a way to guard against drought, which often dries up surface water drinking sources rendering some pastures unsuitable. “It’s been shown that livestock can have higher weight gains on fresh water rather than from surface water,” Speir said. “It’s definitely a good risk management strategy for livestock producers.” One of the largest challenges to providing well water to pastures has been running the electrical lines needed to power the well pumps from the nearest electrical feeder line to far flung pastures. This system circumvents that problem. Where it could feasibly cost a farmer $20,000 to run an electrical line to a pasture, setting up the solar power stations costs about $8,000. The solar panel power stations can also be mounted on a trailer and moved from well to well depending on the location of the cattle, Hawkins said. “The power that’s used to pump the water from the well isn’t the largest benefit,” Speir said. “It’s the cost savings of not having to run electricity to that well if it’s a long way from the main electrical lines.” And the alternative energy system offers farmers a way to hedge against rising electricity or diesel prices.David Allen, the farmer who hosted the field day, installed a 1,500-gallon storage tank so that water would be ready for his cattle at night or on cloudy days. The storage tank replaces the need for expensive batteries that require maintenance.The hyper-efficient pump used in Allen’s system pumps about 6.9 gallons per minute and will fill his storage tank on just four hours of sunlight. “(Hawkins) sized the system so even if we just had four or five hours of sunlight you still would have the power you need to pump what you need for your situation,” Speir said. Farmers can contact their local USDA-NRCS office for potential cost-share assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP), which could reimburse them for a percentage of the solar powered system if this is included in the local working groups plans.last_img read more

Loan Zone: Bad actors emerge in Paycheck Protection Program

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Small-business owners aren’t the only ones eager to get their hands on Paycheck Protection Program funds.From 9/11 to Hurricane Sandy and now, during COVID-19, federal relief funds aimed to help individuals and businesses recover following a disaster become subject to fraud. PPP loans are no exception, yet the nature of these loans makes them particularly susceptible to both fraud and misuse. Bad actors are surfacing, and the financial crimes divisions of community financial institutions are struggling with the realization that some of the loans they rushed through may be fraudulent.The first federal arrests in connection with PPP fraud were announced in May. As the initial rush to secure PPP loans dies down, financial institutions now face a new set of questions: How do we handle misused, unforgiven and fraudulent loans? Is there a difference? What red flags should credit unions be on the lookout for?Fraud and Disaster Relief: A Tale as Old as TimeThe Department of Justice recently charged two businessmen in Rhode Island with fraudulently seeking PPP loans, the first in the country linked to the loan program. Industry officials warn this case won’t be the last. In fact, they estimate fraud rates could be as high as 10% to 12%—consistent with loan fraud from other disasters.last_img read more

Wight Ocean teams up with NOC on DASA project

first_imgThe NOC’s Marine Robotics Innovation Centre has partnered with start-up company Wight Ocean on a successful proposal into the UK’s Defence and Security Accelerator’s (DASA) Map the Gap funding programme. “We successfully teamed with the NOC on the DASA ‘Map the Gap’ Challenge earlier this year and look forward to increasing our collaboration with the NOC on other projects.” Through this collaboration Wight Ocean has also joined the NOC’s Marine Robotics Innovation Centre as a partner. The NOC will take the role of scientific advisor on this project. “We are excited to be joining the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre. The firm helps customers in selecting underwater technologies where capability gaps exist, offering marine robotics solutions, systems, and also sensors. “We have worked in partnership with Graham at Wight Ocean to develop a successful funding application and are now contributing NOC expertise into a project with an industry partner to satisfy end-user requirements. Aidan Thorn, Innovation Centre manager, said: Graham Lester founded the Isle of Wight-based company in 2019. Graham Lester – owner, director, Wight Ocean, also said: The project will develop an amphibious bottom crawler to navigate and transit water crossings to gather near real-time data. “This collaboration with Wight Ocean is the perfect example of why the NOC’s Marine Robotics Innovation Centre was established. It also partners with underwater equipment manufacturers and software suppliers to provide unique solutions that meet customer needs.last_img read more

13 year olds – Are you gender fluid, demi-girl or intersex? (UK)

first_imgMailOnline 28 January 2016Children as young as 13 have been invited to describe their gender as any one of 25 different options in a Government-backed survey.The choices put before teenagers in research for the Children’s Commissioner for England include ‘gender fluid’, ‘demi-girl’ and ‘tri-gender’.The list of alternatives is being offered to children as part of a campaign to ‘find out how gender matters to young people’.Youngsters are also asked whether they feel safe using single-sex toilets, and if their school should have unisex ones instead.Other questions include whether their school should have just one unisex uniform.The research, described by one of its authors as ‘committed to feminist methodologies’, was condemned by critics who said it was biased and politically motivated.Yesterday Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield withdrew the survey after the Daily Mail asked her office about it.A spokesman said the version that had been distributed was ‘a draft’ and had not been cleared by the Commissioner. A new version will be prepared with some questions withdrawn.The survey was designed at a time of deepening controversy over gender politics, amid claims by activists that everyone should be free to choose their own sex.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3420203/Are-gender-fluid-demi-girl-intersex.htmllast_img read more

Media workers under threat says PRO of Media Workers Association in Dominica

first_imgLocalNews Media workers under threat says PRO of Media Workers Association in Dominica by: – October 13, 2011 Sharing is caring! 55 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share Matthias Peltier Jr.Public Relations Officer of the Media Workers Association in Dominica (MWAD), Matthias Peltier Jr told the 6th Biennial General Assembly of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers yesterday that media workers in Dominica are under threat.Mr Peltier said the meeting comes at a time when media workers are under threat by the police and the government.“I want to speak of some of the threats that we face in Dominica; we meet at a time when there are threats by the police to investigate the identity of individuals writing under pen names, we meet also when there are moves by the national radio station to suspend a journalist or journalists for running a story on the opposition or an opposition function, we meet also when government is reluctant to meet with various persons in the press.”According to Peltier, while there is appreciation for the work that media practitioners do within the general public, it believed that the quality of work they provide could be improved.“There is generally appreciation for work done by media people in Dominica; various sectors still recognize the role of the media as crucial in several areas of national development. The public always feel that the media can do more, both the quality and quantity of media content has been questioned by members of the general public and there is growing discontent with the work of the media in Dominica,” he said.Mr Peltier believes that the solution to the public’s criticism of the quality of work which media workers provide is training.“I think key is training. Dominica has a crop of largely untrained journalist and other media workers; they are the men and women fresh out of high school and college they are also the ones most utilized in the media houses covering functions reporting on national issues. These media workers need all manner of training possible to help them better understand the things they cover and why they are in the media most of them don’t understand their role.”He further explained that the working conditions under which media practitioners work must be addressed as well the payment package offered.“Working conditions; newsrooms here are very small, for the most part media workers especially journalists are overwhelmed and under-paid. I’m sure you share the same sentiments all across the Caribbean. Resources and tools for trade are also very scarce.”Peltier however hopes that the meeting would assist in finding solutions to solving ‘our many media problems’.Meantime Peltier explained that the former president of MWAD Thalia Remy had resigned a week ago as she has returned to England but that a meeting will be called soon to revive the organization. Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more