Slight decline recorded in Dominica’s population

first_imgChief Statistician Mrs. Prayma CaretteThe preliminary results of the 2011 Population and Housing Census have revealed a slight decline in Dominica’s population.Chief Statistician Prayma Carette announced at a press conference on Wednesday that these results were extracted from the Census Visitation Records based on preliminary findings and are subject to change when the final Census data is processed later this year.The preliminary report indicates that as of midnight May 14th, 2011 the total population of Dominica was 71, 293 with 36, 411 males and 34, 882 females. This represents a net decrease from the 2001 census report of 72, 729.Mrs. Carette highlighted four parishes which recorded population gain which are; St. Paul, St. George, St. John and St. Luke.The villages of Jimmit/Warner recorded the highest increase in the St. Paul parish while Cochrane recorded the lowest increase.“St. Paul recorded the largest increase, 1, 176; within the parish of St. Paul, the following communities recorded population increase as follows: Jimmit/Warner increased by 537 persons, Canefield/Morne Daniel 521; Mahaut 286; Massacre 181 and interestingly Cochrane 105.”Another small community which is recorded to have increased is Eggleston in the parish of St. George Mrs. Carette reported.“The Parish of St. George added 709 with the following main area increases: Copthall/Wotton Waven 307; Stock Farm/ Yam Piece/Tarish Pit East 274; Trafalgar/Shawford 157; Loubiere/Fond Baron 160 and Eggleston 106.”According to Mrs. Carette; “The parish of St. John gained 632 with the town of Portsmouth, Picard and Glanvillia recording an increase of 557 persons. The parish of St. Luke recorded an increase by 88”.CARICOM representative John MenserThe largest communities are Roseau with 14, 725 people; Portsmouth including Picard, Glanvilla and Lagoon with 5, 198; Canefield 3, 324; Grand Bay (including Hagley and Ravine Banane) 2, 612, Marigot with 2,411; Salisbury with 2, 174; Carib Territory 2, 145; Mahaut 2, 113; St. Joseph 1, 746; Pointe Michel 1664; Massacre 1552 and Wesley 1362. Haitian born nationals are recorded as the main migrant population in Dominica with 608 males, 446 females a total of 1, 054. The report indicates that there are 17 centenarians with 94.0% females compared to the 2001 census report which recorded 24 persons with 79.2% females. Meanwhile CARICOM representative John Menser who represented Dr. Philomen Harrison at Wednesday’s press conference commended the Chief Statistician, her staff and the government of Dominica for leading the other countries in releasing the preliminary results.“For those countries that undertook the Census Enumeration Round for 2011Dominica is the first country to release Preliminary Census results” he said. He further noted that there is still much work to be done to complete the final report as well as analyzing the data.Dominica Vibes News Share Share Sharing is caring! 130 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet LocalNews Slight decline recorded in Dominica’s population by: – February 1, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

Final Four frenzy boosts school spirit, not enrollment

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)INDIANAPOLIS — Fans rush the court, dance in the streets and sing their alma mater’s fight song.The enthusiasm generated by a Final Four run brings a lot of excitement to a campus — and a lot of publicity. But success in the NCAA tournament doesn’t necessarily inspire an increase in schools’ enrollment.For Kansas sophomore Charlie Stock, the school’s basketball team’s success was a perk, but not a deciding factor in his choice of college.“The athletics serve as a good way for people to hear about the university before, and then get them interested,” Stock said. “But then students should go look at other things, like if it’s a good price for them, if it will fit their program that they’re looking for.Raised just 30 minutes outside of Lawrence, Kan., Stock’s entire immediate family went to the University of Kansas.On April 7, 2008, Stock watched as blue and white confetti fell from the Alamodome in San Antonio. The Jayhawks had won their third national championship.Although Stock was not yet a student on campus, he had already received his acceptance letter to one day officially Rock Chalk chant, and there was no way he was missing out on the festivities.“I actually watched the national championship game at home in Topeka, and then I ended up driving to Lawrence that night and joining the party on Mass Street,” Stock said. “It was that important to me to go experience what it felt like to be a part of that crowd. It just made me all that much more excited to go there.”Sophomore Allison Hawkins is a fan of a different blue and white. She was born and bred into University of North Carolina blue.“Both my parents went to Carolina, so they raised me right. So, since I could talk, basically, I have been cheering for Carolina,” she said.On April 6, 2009, she was one of thousands flooding the main street in Chapel Hill. The end of her freshman year was coming to a storybook close – with a national title win.Although she will cheer for her Tar Heels until the day she dies, she said the basketball program was only a bonus to the academics North Carolina offers.“I don’t think that it’s the determining factor for anyone, but I think it’s something that initially attracts prospective students and kind of gets our name out there – in a good way,” Hawkins said.For this year’s Final Four teams, there is a variety of criteria academically — there are two public schools, one small private school and one even smaller private school.Christoph Guttentag, dean of admissions for Duke University, has looked into the effects of the Blue Devils’ Final Four appearances on his application rate. His findings show an influence in the late 1980s, when Duke basketball became more than a group of guys dribbling a ball: It became a recognizable basketball team. Since then, though, Duke basketball has become a powerhouse, and Guttentag said success on the court has no bearing on admissions.“Whether or not the men’s basketball team has been in the Final Four, whether or not they’ve won a national championship, does not seem to have affected anything,” Guttentag said. “The trends seem to be independent of that. My theory is that because Duke is such a known quantity in sports that people … they have a sense of what kind of place we are, that this is really a place where the academics and the athletics are at a particular balance.”About 10 miles away, the director of admissions for North Carolina, Stephen Farmer, could have had the effects of rising applications just last year, but he said no numbers sky-rocketed.“From the point of view of admissions, I don’t know that our making it to the Final Four and winning a national championship has a dramatic impact on the number of students who apply or the number of students who enroll from year to year,” Farmer said.The Tar Heels’ success on the hardwood has not made numbers decline either.“I would say that students don’t come to this university just because of our success of the court,” Farmer said. “This is a basketball-crazy place. It’s just that we’ve got a lot of other things here to hang our hat on to. And we’ve been playing basketball at a pretty high level for a long time, so the boost or the bounce that we get from any one particular year is just much, much harder to measure. And, in fact, we’ve never been able to measure it.”Freshman Bridget Patzer is not what one would call a diehard basketball fan. In fact, the Michigan State student became a true Spartans fan while the team was in last year’s Final Four. She said she based her decision to become one of Sparty’s students was not on the basketball team’s advancement in the bracket, but the establishment of her program at MSU.But, post-admission, Patzer said the Final Four has definitely changed campus.“I was at the bookstore and they have the Final Four T-shirts on sale,” she said. “The whole bookstore was packed with people. I’ve never seen that many people in our bookstore, except for the first week of classes.”It’s the students attending classes, not the students attending games, that helped Michigan State earn a No. 29 ranking in the Best Colleges: Top Public Universities list compiled by U.S. News and World Report. Robert Morse, director of data research for U.S. News & World Report, said the scores are not based on athletics.“It’s based on academics,” Morse said. “We’re trying to use factors that are relative to academic quality. Athletic prowess, at least, we haven’t seen any measures or proof or studies that there’s a link between academics and athletics.”Measuring the impact of a Final Four or even an Elite Eight on Butler University is something Butler’s Dean of Admissions Scott Ham has never had to worry about.But love for one’s university is something he knows well. Pride in the Bulldogs is a Butler tradition.“School pride is something Butler has been very strong in over the years,” Ham said. “I think what this trip to the Final Four allows for is us to show the world, ‘Really, we’re Butler. We’ve got the ‘Dogs. We’ve got Butler pride, and we want to let everybody else know how great a place this is.’”The media attention surrounding the Final Four is something new for the Bulldogs and it’s focused attention on the school’s athletics and its 60 different degree programs.“Recognition is certainly going to help us as students are looking over lists of college and universities that offer programs in their area of interest,” Ham said. “That name recognition certainly helps to make a connection from, ‘Oh, I think I’ve heard of them’ to ‘Oh, I’ve heard of them.’”A team of Indiana University journalists is reporting for the Final Four Student News Bureau, a project between IU’s National Sports Journalism Center and the NCAA at the men’s tournament in Indianapolis.last_img read more

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Most would see the performance as a step in the wrongdirection, however, head coach Ken Whisenhunt believes apart of his team is actually improving. “We put the defense in a difficult position yesterday, butI really believe they played well,” Whisenhunt said. “Theydid a great job in the first half of responding to toughsituations and keeping the points down, so I believe thedefense is improving, it’s a good sign.” The defense did hold the Niners to only three field goalsin the first half, leaving the offense with just a 9-0hole to dig out of. Whisenhunt believed they didn’t climbout because of the lopsided time of possession.“They had it a long time, well five turnovers willcontribute to that,” Whisenhunt said. “Obviously ourdefense did a nice job early in the game, but when you putthem out there on the field that long they’ll get worndown and that what enables the other team to even havelonger drives.” Whisenhunt attributes the improvement to the playershaving more time in defensive coordinator Ray Horton’ssystem. “There’s no question they’re more comfortable with thescheme,” Whisenhunt said. “I think the communication ismuch better as far as making sure everybody is in theright gap, adjusting to the front there’s no question theplayers are getting a little chemistry with each other andsome of our younger players are starting to get it.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke And they’re back. The sloppy, mistake-ridden Cardinals fans have become usedto watching on Sundays have returned. The team that racked up two straight wins seemed to beM.I.A. Sunday against the 49ers. The Cardinals had five turnovers, allowed 431 yards ofoffense, only had the ball for just over 15 minutes thewhole game and even benched John Skelton for RichardBartel in the 23-7 loss to San Francisco. Comments   Share   center_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more