Visitors must understand and respect Dominican laws

first_img Tweet Share Chairman of the Discover Dominica Authority and Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority Benoit Bardouille, has indicated that visitors who arrive on island must understand and respect the laws of the country.Benoit Bardouille.Bardouille’s comments come in light of two passengers who were arrested aboard the Celebrity X Cruises on Wednesday on a charge of indecent exposure.Two United States citizens; Dennis Mayer and John Hart who were allegedly on a “gay cruise” were reported to local authorities after they had been seen involved in sexual activity while on the balcony of the ship.The men pleaded guilty to the charge, “humbly apologized” for their actions and were each fined EC$2400.00 on Thursday.Bardouille explained that while tourism officials cannot always know the sexual preferences of visitors before they arrive on the island as they do not make a “declaration” they must abide by the laws of Dominica.“When visitors come to our country they must understand that there are laws that protect the country. We welcome visitors to Dominica and we would like people to come and enjoy what we have but at the same time we need to be respected in terms of what our national laws are”.He explained that visitors are free to their own sexual preferences however, “to conduct yourself in a way in the public domain that brings you into disrepute then that is a serious issue”. According to Bardouille the incident which occurred earlier this week must be “clearly spelt out”.“Be it in Dominica or be it anywhere in the world even in countries that accept that type of behavior, that activity cannot take place in the public domain and once it is in the public domain then they definitely are challenging the laws of Dominica.”He noted that the matter was “appropriately” dealt with when they were reported and fined by the court. This he says “speaks volumes” and will send a clear message to visitors that when they arrive here they “must ensure” that their behaviors are “consistent” with the laws of Dominica.Dominica Vibes News 22 Views   one comment Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Visitors must understand and respect Dominican laws by: – March 23, 2012 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Officials recommend flu vaccine

first_imgThe sounds of sniffling noses and coughing echo throughout the USC campus, signaling the approach of flu season.Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the upcoming flu season is unpredictable because it changes from year to year.Hot shot · Graduate student Alfred Brown receives his flu shot at the USC Pharmacy from Katharine Tomei, a pharmaceutical student. – Dan Doperalski | Daily Trojan “It is too early to tell how severe our flu season is going to be,” Skinner said.In fact, a reappearance of the swine flu virus has not been ruled out, according to Skinner.The one vaccine that will be offered by USC this year contains, among others, the H1N1 strain, University Park Health Center Nursing Director Tammie Akiyoshi said.The flu in general is always a concern, Akiyoshi said, but after last year’s swine flu outbreak, health specialists recommend that all people six months of age or older get vaccinated.“Vaccination is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself,” Skinner said.Skinner said students living in dorms are at an increased risk of acquiring influenza type B because of their close proximity to one another. influenza type B is also included in the vaccine offered by the health center this year.The health center will start offering the flu vaccine for $25 at the beginning of October. It will also have outreach clinics on campus and will sponsor the L.A. County Department of Public Health for a flu shot day in October. The specific dates will be announced at a later date.Despite this advice, some students don’t see the necessity for vaccinations.Karen Lu, a sophomore majoring in biological sciences, said she thinks she can deal with the upcoming flu season without any vaccines.“I have a really strong immune system and I believe I can handle the flu,” Lu said.Other students, such as Logan Benjamin, a sophomore majoring in music industry, are planning to tackle the issue more aggressively.Benjamin said she is going to take preventative measures this season, by taking vitamins and trying to maintain a healthy sleep schedule.Students should cover coughs and sneezes, wash their hands frequently and stay home if they are sick to prevent spreading the virus to others, Akiyoshi said.For those students with heart, lung or kidney disease, asthma or a weakened immune system, getting vaccinated is especially important, she said.last_img read more

Trojans come out on top in recruiting

first_imgIt was a great week for USC athletics, dominating UCLA on the hardwood and closing emphatically on National Signing Day. While an entire column could, and will, be written on the resurgence of USC basketball, USC’s incredible triumph on signing day deserves major recognition and applause.I was among the many Trojan faithful who were concerned in the weeks leading up to National Signing Day, as USC’s class looked top heavy at skill positions and practically barren on the lines. Coupled with a relatively new staff, there were legitimate fears that this year’s football class could have been disastrously thin.Instead, USC finished with tremendous flourish, reminding everyone the power of the Trojan brand and giving coach Helton a major achievement as he enters his first spring at the helm of the Trojan football program. Helton and the rest of his recently assembled staff pulled off an almost perfect National Signing Day, closing on targets all across the country, flipping commitments from top tier schools and securing Letters of Intent from every commit they had entering the day.As I noted last week, recruiting isn’t everything. Steve Sarkisian is the perfect example of this notion as he had phenomenal signing days the previous two years and was not able to capitalize on his success. I have a feeling Helton will be different.In contrast to the over-the-top, one-of-a-kind event that went on at the University of Michigan last Wednesday, Helton went about his success in a workmanlike way. His ability to constantly redirect attention back to the players and the program is well appreciated by fans and athletes alike. Unlike the former two coaches, who were unfortunately the focus of the program, under the Helton regime players and on-the-field performance will receive their due attention as well.Helton had every chance to stand up and pat his own back for the work he and his staff did on Wednesday, but instead he took the humble approach and instead congratulated his staff and his players. There is a lot of talk about Helton’s unwavering attention and devotion to each player on the roster and how much that is respected in the locker room. Fans caught a glimpse of that on Wednesday, and it was a refreshing moment, contrasted with what has gone on in the past.It wouldn’t have been nearly as enjoyable if USC didn’t come out on top on Signing Day, but the combination of the two is practically unbeatable. The Trojans were able to go deep into Georgia, prying physical and athletic lineman E.J. Price out of Dawg nation, leaving the Georgia faithful stunned at Price’s choice. Price has the size and agility to develop into an anchor on the line.Pete Carroll emphasized going across the country to find recruits in every state, and that focus produced stalwarts like Mike Williams, Brian Cushing, Keith Rivers and Dwayne Jarrett. In his first class, Helton demonstrated a propensity for similar recruiting behavior. In addition to Price, the Trojans were able to snag physically imposing Jahmel Cook, a prospect at safety, and Keyshawn Young out of Miami. Cook was a commit to Florida State, so getting him to switch was even sweeter.The Trojan brand extended beyond the South, securing a Hawaii native and Oregon commit Vavae Malepeai, a highly touted tailback. The fact that he will be attending USC is even sweeter as it saves Trojan fans from watching him torch the USC defense as a Duck for the next three or four years.Across the board, USC was excellent, filling all of their gaping holes and allowing the team to further recover from a roster that was once threadbare from sanctions. The team was somewhat restricted by the blue shirts, players from last year’s class, that count against this year’s numbers. Even so, the program was able to compile a standout class that will help propel the Trojans into a new era, free of distractions and sanctions, where the team can get back to playing football.Recruiting classes don’t mean everything. Player development and in game schematics are still exceptionally important. However, having better talent makes everything else a lot easier. Helton and the rest of the staff still have to put a quality product on the field, but for now they have passed their first test with flying colors. For that, Helton deserves a pat on the back, and since he is not the type of coach who will do it himself, everyone else in the Trojan nation should.Jake Davidson is a junior majoring in accounting. His column, “Davidson’s Direction,” runs Mondays.last_img read more