Carnival Queen contestants all fully sponsored

Aaliyah Martin (photo courtesy Ambo Visuals)

All five contestants in the 2019 Carnival Queen Competition have secured full sponsorship.

Aaliyah Martin of Campbell was the final contestant to receive sponsorship from Corisav Inc., a local construction company.

She was sashed during a press conference held at the Prevo Cinemall on Wednesday.

DFC Events Coordinator, Marva Williams, said while delivering remarks at the ceremony, that the five young ladies are contributing positively to society and should be commended.

 “At the end of the day, know that you are doing something different and adding to the elevation of Mas Domnik 2019 [and] to the development of Dominica in general,” she said.

According to Williams part of the final prize is a scholarship, “and I am sure that your participation in the Miss Dominica pageant will allow you an additional opportunity of receiving a scholarship to study somewhere overseas.”

Chrisline Tavernier, of Grand Bay, is sponsored by Big Edge Financial Express; Marisol John of Sultan/Copthall is sponsored by D-Treads Tire Inc; Britney Felix from St. Joseph is sponsored by Dominica National Lottery and Annick Williams of Goodwill is sponsored by National Health Insurance.

The Miss Dominica pageant is one of the highlights of Carnival.

The event is carded for March 1st, 2019.

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  1. Connie
    February 1, 2019

    I am in agreement with other writers here that this pose is inappropriate, at least on the surface. For all we know the two may know each other personally, outside of the pageant, and therefore felt comfortable with taking such a picture. I’d rather not speculate further.

    However, my question is to DNO – what was the objective of posting this picture? The story makes absolutely no reference to the gentleman so why is he included? I refuse to believe that you couldn’t find or were unable to take a picture with just the young lady. Were you deliberately trying to cast a deem light on one or both of the parties in the picture? I’d really like to know.

    ADMIN: We acknowledge your point, but there was no agenda involved.

    At the time of posting of this article we did not have an individual picture of her from the event.

    This was the best quality picture we could attain of her (which was already published under a previous story). We have requested a new photo and will update the article once it is received.

  2. Krys
    January 31, 2019

    A hand shake would have been and looked more professional.

  3. victim
    January 31, 2019

    a picture tells a thousand words. this one is a thousand and one :!:

  4. Child of Itassi
    January 31, 2019

    I don’t think Mr. Cools-Lartigue meant any harm by the pose, but times are changing along with acceptability.
    We all need to be mindful of the impact over intent of our actions.

    A child can play with its mother’s breasts in public, but it dare not play with its father’s testicles.

  5. Legion
    January 31, 2019

    DNO should realize that this photo is inappropriate and disturbing and should not have published it in the first place. Her body language says discomfort yet she must smile for the camera. These men must learn to show respect to our women. A man of his experience should realize that his involvement with the carnival queen contestants is professional. This photo looks like what you would take with a close lady friend for your own photo album.

  6. smh
    January 31, 2019

    mister pas feb! and that’s the best pic they could put up smh!

  7. Karl Orndem
    January 31, 2019

    Gerard looking like he score. :-D :-D All the best to all the contestants. they are all winners.

  8. January 31, 2019


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    The story…

  9. January 31, 2019

    For me it is not so much the sponsor’s arm about the contestant’s waist that is at fault. That can be summed up with the truism “he who thinks evil, sees evil”, but rather the demeaning business of corporate sponsorship going to individual contestants, thus from the word go creating a first and last scenario.

    Sponsorship should be collective and divided equally between all the contestants.

    As I mentioned in an earlier news release: $15,000 per contestant is a whopping amount. If we keep it “natural” and hence in keeping with our Nature Island image, we don’t need expensive trimmings.

  10. KIP
    January 31, 2019

    Real unprofessional and too personal.Very pervy. Give the young lady space to breath man.

  11. Calibishie Warrior
    January 31, 2019

    I always get a bit sad this time of year when this terrible anachronistic event casts its long horrible shadow across a celebration rooted in our ancestors freedom of expression. It is so time for this Taytay and Boom Boom show thinly disguised as culture to be done away with. This, my people, is 2019. As a society , we have moved on. Women have made the strides to become equal partners in our social and intellectual development. Why then are we still parading young women like cattle on a stage to be judged on the slimness of their waist rather than the content of their character? (my apologies to Dr. King) . It might be fine for white folks in the developed world to carry on this charade (even they are finding it more and more unpalatable in the #me too era) . But for us whose ancestors where judged by their looks on slave auction stages, in is unconscionable. Any doubts? that pic above tells you all you need to know.

    • Truth
      January 31, 2019

      I truly support you on this… The young women should be judged on their intelligence and should NOT be asked to prance around in some stupid bathing suit, showing their private parts size and all.

      For this reason, I do not go to Pageants.

  12. Just Observing
    January 30, 2019

    Something in this photo caught my attention: the position of the gentleman in relation to the young lady. In an age when so many accusations of sexual harassment are being brought against men, I think this gentleman should have been more mindful of his closeness to this young woman and of the position of his hand on her body. That might be okay for a proud father standing next to his graduating daughter, but for two unrelated people in a business setting? You cannot be too careful.

  13. Loyata
    January 30, 2019

    That picture is so unprofessional. I’m trying to understand why is it the Carnival Committee Chairman holds the young lady in this manner.

  14. Hmmmmmm
    January 30, 2019

    But y his hand need to be round she?

  15. Current
    January 30, 2019

    Mr carnival chairman you are out of place to have your arm around the young lady. This looks unsightly and you look out of place. You hv no respect for the young lady. You need to apologize to the public and the young lady or you need to resign as chairman. Shame on you…….

  16. Realist
    January 30, 2019

    It so inappropriate for that old man to put his hand on the young lady, then he’ll think it’s ok to date her. :oops:

    • January 30, 2019

      It is not about age, it’s just inappropriate.

      • Zandoli
        January 31, 2019

        When I saw the photo, the first think that came to mind was: where is his right hand? I don’t think he means any harm, but in this day and age, we need to be more professional in how we do things. You don’t go about touching people with whom you have no personal relationship.

      • Fumed
        January 31, 2019

        Not just that. She should be in a pic with her sponsor; not old man Cools Lartigue

    • For true
      January 30, 2019

      …I was thinking the same thing…and then decided not to comment because I didn’t want to seem out of place. But when I saw your comment I got a lil strength. Yes…so now…grown men have to understand boundaries….she is a young lady and deserve at least some distance. She looks uncomfortable in the picture…just look at her hand close up….as if it saying ‘ Kools Latigue largeh mon souplay.’ Awah we….

    • Waw
      January 31, 2019

      2 consenting adults.

  17. Bee
    January 30, 2019

    Hands down Mr. Cools Latigue! why you figure your hands need to be around the young lady’s waist?

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