LocalNews Dominica observes Peace Week by: – December 19, 2011 7 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Members of the IDCCVThe Commonwealth of Dominica will, from Sunday 18th December to Sunday 25th December, 2011 observe a week of peace under the theme ‘Peace On Earth, Goodwill Unto Men.’Members of the Interdenominational Committee Against Crime and Violence (IDCCV) announced at a press conference last week that a week of peace would be observed with a view to “develop a certain consciousness of what is going on in our country, the need for us to work at establishing peace.”On Sunday all leaders; religious, political and civic, congregated at the Trinity Baptist Church in Roseau to officially commence the week of peace.Wednesday and Thursday have been designated as Days of prayers for peace; members of the IDCCV will appear on television talk shows on both Sat Telecoms and Marpin 2K4. Thursday the 22nd of December, 2011 will be observed as ‘White Ribbon Day’ and members of the public are encouraged to wear something white as a sign of purity. IDCCV has also made an appeal to radio stations to change the tone of their programming to a ‘reflective’ one, to invite priests or pastors to offer prayers during the day as well as callers to the various programs to pray about an issue as opposed to complaining about one. The week of activities will culminate with peace messages at all churches on Sunday 25th – which will also be observed as Christmas Day worldwide. Dominica Vibes News Share Share
The Undergraduate Student Government presidential candidates discussed several issues during Tuesday night’s presidential debate, but varied most in their views about how USG should change the way it represents and connects to students.Be heard · Alex Fadil (left), Eric Burse and Monish Tyagi (right) debated important campus issues for more than an hour and a half last night. – Emily Tat | Daily Trojan The debate, held in the forum room of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, was moderated by Paresh Dave, deputy editor of Neon Tommy, Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and Grace Wong, news editor of the Daily Trojan.This year, the debate allowed vice presidential candidates to pose questions to the presidential candidates, and the presidential candidates got to pose questions to their opponents.“The candidates know the most important issues for the elections so they can ask the deeper and more relevant questions to each other,” said Barb Solish, co-director of USG Elections and Recruitment.Presidential candidate Monish Tyagi, who currently serves as USG director of campus affairs, said he believes USG should serve as an advocacy group to the administration.“My job is to be the primary advocate for students,” Tyagi said. “If you look at all the student organizations on campus as spokes of a wheel, we want USG to be the center of that wheel.”Presidential candidate Eric Burse, current president of the Black Student Assembly, said he feels USG should focus on ensuring collaboration between organizations, especially in regards to publicity of events.“Oftentimes, we suffer from students who don’t care about what USG does or what Program Board does, and we need to change that culture,” Burse said.Presidential candidate Alex Fadil, the executive vice president of judicial affairs of the Interfraternity Council, said he believes USG should serve as the information center for students on campus to help student organizations work together.“The issue is communication and publicizing events properly,” he said. “We have 600 organizations on campus. We want to advocate for them and increase participation within USC.”The candidates also took different stances on key issues such as sustainability, dining dollars and USG discretionary funds.Fadil said he feels sustainability should be addressed by increasing hybrid car usage, and that USG should push for dining dollars to be accepted at places like The Lab.Burse said USG should work to add recycling bins in all dorm rooms and work with nearby businesses to accept discretionary funds.Tyagi said he believes USG should work with the Office of Sustainability and other on-campus experts to improve sustainability. He also wants to talk to businesses in Tuscany and Gateway that already have closer relationships with USG about accepting discretionary dollars.For some students, the relationship between the candidates on each presidential ticket is important in the upcoming election.“It is more than just the platforms,” said Dylan Steinman, a junior majoring in economics political science. “The friendship and relationship between vice president and president is super important.”Students were impressed overall by the preparedness of the candidates and the ideas they put forward.“The candidates did a really good job, and they were well prepared with their answers,” said Makhala Greene-Robinson, a sophomore majoring in political science.David Lowenstein contributed to this report.For more election coverage, check out the latest USG news here.
O’Donnell will be joined by Captain Peter O’Mahony and CJ Stander in the back row.There’s also good news for Munster’s Donnacha Ryan, as he’s been named to start in tomorrow’s game in Cork – his first competitive match since returning from injury. There’s one change to the backline as Rory Scannell partners Andrew Smith in the centre. Antony Foleys side are second in the table and will go top with a victory if Warriors lose to Connacht.
Robbie Quirke, Ray McCormack and Cathal Bourke all come into the Tipperary side for tonight’s Munster minor hurling semi final.They face a Cork side that’s unchanged from their quarter final victory over Waterford.Tipp manager Liam Cahill says they’re well prepared. Photo © Tipp FM Throw in this evening is at 7.30 in Semple Stadium and Tipp FM’s live coverage comes in association with Tipperary Kitchens, Killinan, Thurles.Despite racking up 22-wides, Clare saw off Limerick in last nights first semi-finalTwo late Gary Cooney points saw the young Banner side beat Anthony Daly’s charges 0-19 to 0-17 in Ennis.