The Board of Directors, Management and Staff of LIAT (1974) Ltd would like to congratulate the airline’s former Chief Executive Officer (Ag.) Mr. Brian Challenger on his appointment as Antigua and Barbuda’s Non-Resident Ambassador to Latin America.
The Government on Wednesday announced that Mr. Challenger will serve as Antigua and Barbuda’s representative to a number of Latin American countries including the Federative Republic of Brazil and the Republic of Venezuela.
LIAT is confident that Mr. Challenger will make significant contributions to his country’s foreign relations as Ambassador. His experience in leadership; extensive involvement with challenging negotiations; as well as his ability to inspire will undoubtedly serve as assets as he embarks on this latest assignment.
Disaster risk management specialist Cecil Shillingford says there is a need for continued education for persons who live in disaster prone areas where a hazard could strike at anytime.
He says these residents should be well informed about the risks involved and what decisions must be taken to protect life and property.
According to him persons must be trained and educated on what should or should not be done during a disaster.
If defining the various levels of risks at a recent training for the Mero residents, Shillingford rated the coastal villages of metro and St Joseph as medium risk
Shillingford says some hazards are natural but others are man-made however some of the man made hazards could be avoided.
The Ministry of Health says a shortage of anesthetic drugs on the island has promoted a decision to scale back on selective surgeries.
Chief Medical Officer Dr David Johnson says the hospital is currently facing challenges in sourcing its anesthetic drugs in several islands.
Johnson is optimistic however, that the drug will be on island this week.
He says the shortage of anesthetic drugs is not only affecting Dominica.
Health Professionals are reporting a 98% success rate of vaccination in Dominica.
And although vaccinations come at no cost, there are some individuals who are reluctant.
Manager of the Expanded Program on Immunization Florestine Lewis says religion is one of the most common reasons why parents choose not to have their children vaccinated.
There are no laws in Dominica that mandate parents to get their children vaccinated.
However the Ministry of Education makes it mandatory that children should be vaccinated before entering the school system.
Dominica is observing immunization week this week under the theme: for you for me, for everyone get vaccinated”
Girls are being encouraged to take up careers in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
Dominica joins the rest of the world on May 25th in observing
International Girls in ICT Day.
Coordinator for technical and vocational education and training in the Ministry of Education, Abraham Durand says the aim promote the use of ICT among girls in Dominica.
Meantime ICT technician in the Ministry of Education Alicia Azouz says her profession has taught her to be strong minded in a male dominated ICT society.
Minister Responsible for Information Technology Ambrose George says mechanisms must be put in place to reverse the downward trend of school girls opting to study in ICT.
George was delivering an address to observe International Girls in ICT Day today, under the theme “Girls to Invent for the Future”.
He says ICT jobs are ranked among the top 20 careers with the best pay and best long term prospects.