Brexit: what happens now?

first_imgSterling has plunged and with it the value of many FTSE-quoted property firms. So just where do we go from here? Are we on the precipice of another financial crisis? Or is the landscape more nuanced than the headlines suggest?01. What happens if the City loses its ‘Financial passport’?This is one of the biggest questions for commercial property. Provided banks continue to be able to trade across the single market, the exodus of jobs from the City may not be too severe. If the passport is revoked, however, the consequences could be deeply damaging, with all the implications for occupancy rates, rents and pricing that entails.This was reflected in the stock markets: the shares of listed property firms with exposure to the London office market took a battering.“Central London offices are particularly exposed to leave risk,” says Chris Urwin, head of global research at Aviva Investors. “Some activities currently undertaken in central London, such as euro-denominated wholesale banking, are under threat.”Already the big banks are scenario planning for life after Brexit, with Dublin, Frankfurt and Paris – and possibly even Edinburgh – likely to be beneficiaries from any City exodus. Undoubtedly, preserving the financial passport will be a key ‘ask’ in the UK’s negotiations with EU leaders; whether a deal can be struck remains to be seen.02. What does the fall in the value of the pound mean?While it is a massive issue for the wider economy, it is not necessarily a bad thing for British manufacturers exporting to the rest of the world – or those trying to attract foreign investment into UK property.“Every risk is somebody else’s opportunity,” says James Beckham, head of central London capital markets at Cushman & Wakefield. “With the rebasing of sterling against other currencies, overseas investors are being drawn in to the London real estate market. Whenever there is uncertainty, there is a flight to core cities and a flight to prime real estate in core locations.”Bruce Dear, real estate partner at Eversheds, reports that he has already received calls from investors based in the Far East looking at potential investments in London. “I think it’s likely there will be a correction in property prices,” he says. “So I think there will be a lot of opportunities, particularly for inward investors and some of the larger institutions.”But others are in two minds. “We caution against making acquisition decisions based on currency alone, but clearly the move in sterling against many safe-haven currencies creates a value proposition, especially if you believe sterling has found its floor,” says Andrew Angeli, head of UK research at CBRE Global Investors. “We are advising clients to be patient. In 1992, after the UK crashed out of ERM, it took six weeks for sterling to find its nadir.”03. What impact will it have on deal volumes and occupier demand?The ongoing uncertainty is bad news, especially if it goes on for years, but the industry had braced itself for Brexit and the initial aftershocks have not been as severe as many feared. Early reports are of 50% of deals that were on the cards going ahead while 50% are being reviewed.As one regional developer puts it: “The world still moves around. People still want to occupy an office or retail space. The main issue in the short term is probably going to be funding. The banks are not saying no, but it might take a few weeks longer to get deals over the line.”Others are even more bullish. One regional agent says it has had no impact whatsoever so far: “The enquiries we have tend to be local occupiers – they’re generally not inward investment. With the local business community if they have property issues – whether that’s around the quality or size of space or leases coming to an end – then logic suggests they will still do something. The question is: is it going to be the same decision or will they make some kind of allowance for what they perceive to be a change in circumstances? That we don’t know yet.”However, Ciaran Carvalho, senior partner at Nabarro, is more cautious. “We have seen that in the majority of the deals that were major commitments on the buy side, they are either trying to pause the deal or they have triggered the Brexit clause,” he says. “Where there are clauses, people are exercising them and either saying we’re not going to proceed or are going back to negotiations. They are terminating the deal or are having a think.”His view is echoed by Colin Wilson, head of UK & Ireland at Cushman & Wakefield. “We’re just focusing on our clients,” he says. “Some of them are pressing ahead with deals and others are waiting to see how it plays out.”04. Which occupiers will be affected?Foreign companies could hold fire on setting up a base or European HQ in the UK until the terms of our disengagement from the EU are clarified.Andrew Jones, LondonMetric“The spectre of uncertainty will hang over Britain for the next two years,” says William Newton, UK director at proptech firm WiredScore and a former adviser to David Cameron. “Global business will delay making decisions on investment until both the immediate political landscape takes shape and we establish our future trading arrangements with Europe and the rest of the world.”Certain sectors are likely to be harder hit than others. We’ve heard plenty of alarming figures regarding the potential number of banking and financial jobs that could be relocated to other locations in Europe, although experts point out it would be phenomenally expensive to do. It is harder to read what will happen to sectors such as proptech and fintech, with some predicting a talent exodus to cities such as Berlin, while others argue that London’s status as a tech hub will be preserved.“I think it will impact confidence more than anything in the short term, particularly for those looking for investments and venture capitalists taking their time rather than just jumping in,” says James Dearsley, a leading proptech consultant at Digital Marketing Bureau.Sectors with more of a domestic focus are also expected to emerge fairly unscathed. “I don’t think it will have a big effect from a logistics perspective,” says Andrew Jones, chief executive of LondonMetric. “It’s very much an internal market. It’s not like I’ve got Morgan Stanley as a client telling me it’s going to send 2,000 people off to Germany.”05. What will it mean for agents?In Property Week’s Agency Survey last week, we revealed that 60% of firms expected staff numbers to increase in the next 12 months. But that was then. The Institute of Directors this week reported that a quarter of its members anticipated a recruitment freeze, a third expected to keep recruiting at the current rate and 5% anticipated cutting jobs.In the agency world, the fear is that if there is a sharp slowdown and investment and lettings deals dry up, agents will be left sitting on their hands. If that is the case, firms may be forced to review their headcounts. “The agents act very quickly in circumstances like these – jobs could certainly go,” says one industry insider.06. What’s going to happen to workers from the EU?Edward Ziff, TCSIt’s not clear, but it’s looking likely that EU workers already resident will be allowed to remain; this was a pledge made by the ‘leave’ campaign and confirmed by Conservative MEP and leading Brexiteer Daniel Hannan soon after the result. “We’ve already had Hannan come on and pour cold water on any notion of foreign nationals working in the UK having to go back,” says Michael Dean, principal at Avamore Capital. “It’s reassuring. I’ve got a Bulgarian guy who works for me. He’s brilliant and ultra-loyal and it makes me glad that I won’t have to see him go.”However, it is far less certain that freedom of movement will be maintained, particularly for lower-skilled workers. For the construction sector, losing EU labour could exacerbate the industry’s skills crisis and drive up costs. “Labour costs worry me a bit. Construction is heavily reliant on foreign labour, so there are clearly labour issues,” says Edward Ziff, chief executive of northern developer Town Centre Securities. “A lot of the pressures will be on rising costs.”07. Who will be the major political casualties?The body count is growing by the day. David Cameron has already announced his departure, and although George Osborne is possibly eyeing a cabinet role many think he “is toast”. Meanwhile, the implosion of the Labour party continues to be played out before our eyes.The upshot is that we do not just face a leadership vacuum but also a gaping hole in the middle of government, which is likely to be filled by the Brexiteers and those to the right of centre.The position of many ‘remain’ cabinet members now looks precarious. Communities secretary Greg Clark, who sits to the left of many of his colleagues, is thought to be vulnerable. Conversely, despite being ‘remain’, housing minister Brandon Lewis is expected to either retain his position – but in the cabinet – or take the top job at the communities department.“I don’t think Brandon is in as much trouble as Greg,” says one source. “He’s more in the centre and he’s matey with back-benchers. He’s reasonably well-liked and he knows a lot about his subject.”08. What about the housing crisis?Alex Morton, consultantHousebuilders’ share prices have taken a massive hit and many fear the resi market could be in for a pronounced slowdown. With Osborne set to be shuffled out of his current role, housebuilders are also set to lose a great champion in the Treasury. What’s more, the housing crisis is likely to form a key plank of the Tory leadership election, linked as it is to that all-important referendum debating point – immigration.“Developers, landowners and the housing sector as a whole need to understand that they are in the political firing line,” says Alex Morton, now an independent public affairs consultant but until recently an adviser to the prime minister on housing and planning.The pressure will become more intense if a slowdown in the market translates into a drop in housebuilding numbers, exacerbating the crisis. Housebuilders blaming the slowdown on Brexit-related uncertainty are likely to be given short shrift by Brexiteer ministers.09. What does it mean for infrastructure & devolution?Controversial and expensive projects such as HS2 or the Hinkley Point nuclear power station could be under threat, and there are major question marks over how the National Infrastructure Plan (NIP) is to be delivered. The plan rests on factors including a strong economy and attracting international investment, notably from China. But it also relies on the European Investment Bank and other sources of EU funding.The chancellor’s ‘northern powerhouse’ project and wider devolution agenda could also be fatally undermined. A fresh plan to attract greater volumes of investment from territories outside the EU will be sorely needed. “It will be interesting to see what new strategies will be developed to attract investment into the UK,” says Alistair Watson, head of planning and environment at Taylor Wessing.10. What of the Heathrow decision?The final decision was due to be made next week had the Bremain camp prevailed. But the Brexit result has wrecked all that. Granting permission for Heathrow’s expansion is at the best of times controversial, but for a new prime minister potentially facing a general election it would be suicidal. And if Johnson, a fierce opponent of Heathrow expansion, is the next PM then it will be back to the drawing board.There are also technical issues that need to be addressed. The Davies Commission, which was set up to examine the various cases for increasing capacity, was predicated on the UK remaining part of the EU. Those assumptions now have to be binned.11. Will Brexit simplify planning and environmental regulations?Martha Grekos, Irwin MitchellProbably not. While the vast majority of planning law is set at a national level, some areas of law written into the planning system emanate from Brussels.Such regulations could be scrapped, but if the UK retains access to the single market, it is still likely to have to comply with most EU environmental laws, says Martha Grekos, head of London planning and infrastructure at Irwin Mitchell, because “those laws also affect the functioning of the single market”.Brexit would allow the UK to row back on EU-initiated carbon reduction initiatives such as Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards.12. But it will cut EU red tape, right?Yes. And no. The current regime requires all public sector contracts of any significant size to be put out to tender through the Official Journal of the European Union so European firms can compete on a level playing field. Leavers argue Brexit will allow the UK to dispense with EU red tape and open up trade relationships with other countries around the world.“There is an increasing view that the EU-based procurement regime won’t be changing any time soon, due to the need to provide a level playing field for international investment,” says Robert Meakin, a partner at Clyde & Co. “But there may be a greater willingness for the UK to take a more flexible approach to its application, and not apply the letter of the regulations so rigidly.”THE LONG ROAD AHEADThe referendum result may be in, but the road to the UK’s exit from the EU still stretches out far ahead. Despite his pledge that he would invoke article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – the key legal move required to trigger Brexit within two years – on the morning after a leave vote, prime minister David Cameron decided against it. The result is greater uncertainty, as well as a glimmer of hope for the ‘remain’ camp:Do we have to invoke article 50?No. Under the terms of the treaty, it is up to a sovereign government to invoke article 50. While of huge political significance, the referendum result does not oblige the UK government to invoke the treaty. Also, legal opinion is split over whether invoking article 50 would require parliamentary approval, and possibly approval from devolved parliaments.Can the EU compel the UK to invoke?EU leaders have made it clear that they expect the next PM to act swiftly to invoke article 50, but they cannot compel the UK to do so. “The notification of article 50 is a formal act and has to be done by the British government to the European Council,” a European Commission spokesman says.But at some point it will be?You’d think so, but it still isn’t clear. Cameron’s decision not to invoke article 50 last Friday seems to have been deliberate, both politically (‘clear up your own mess, Boris’) and strategically. It raises the possibility that the article will never be invoked at all if better terms than Cameron negotiated last year can be secured. While it still seems overwhelmingly likely that the UK (or at least most of it) will leave the EU, the door is still ajar.“Every day that article 50 isn’t invoked reduces the chances of us ever invoking it,” says Michael Dean, principal at Avamore Capital. “I’d put a 40% probability on us not leaving the EU by 2020. I think it’s a referendum where everyone gets screwed.”So what’s next?All eyes are now on the Conservatives’ leadership election. Theresa May (reluctant ‘remainer’) and Michael Gove (leading Brexiteer) are the favourites: what they and others promise to do in terms of article 50 and the ‘red lines’ they set out for forthcoming negotiations with the EU will be key. Meanwhile, Labour will try to elect a new leader – and businesses will hope that the initial market volatility will settle down while the politicians come up with a plan.last_img read more

RBS’s West Register and Invesco to wind up £207m listed trust

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Meeting on Cox Creek Expansion Set for Next Week

first_imgThe Maryland Port Administration will be holding a public information meeting for the proposed expansion of the Cox Creek Dredge Material Containment Facility on March 10th 2015.Expansion at the Cox Creek Dredged Material Containment Facility is needed as the Port of Baltimore prepares to receive larger container vessels.The existing area has a capacity of 5 million cubic yards, according to the Maryland Environmental Service. The proposed expansion will double the size of dredge containment site in Pasadena by 2019.The MPA will hold the meeting in the Orchard Beach Volunteer Fire Department Banquet Hall on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.[mappress mapid=”20072″]last_img read more

Federal Funding for Trois-Rivières Port Expansion Project

first_imgThe Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has allocated federal funds to three recipients to assist their participation in the federal environmental assessment of the proposed Trois-Rivières Port Facilities Expansion Project, Quebec.The funding was made available through the Agency’s Participant Funding Program.It will assist the participation of the public and Indigenous groups in upcoming steps of the environmental assessment, which include reviewing and providing comments on the Environmental Impact Statement or on the summary thereof, the draft Environmental Assessment Report, and the potential environmental assessment conditions.Trois-Rivières Port Facilities Expansion Project will consist of installing a multi-user terminal with a transshipping area, a short-term storage area, connecting wells and pipelines the length of the wharfs, as well as an access road on the west side.Three new 231-meter berths will be also built. A retaining wall and riprap are also planned for the far western end of the new facilities.last_img read more

Legal services comparison website launched

first_imgThe latest legal services comparison website to enter the market was launched by a Hertfordshire solicitor last week. Michael Welsh has launched fixed costs comparison site comparelegalcosts.com, which offers consumers a choice of three firms based on their postcode. Firms pay an annual subscription fee to join the service, with no additional charge for referrals. Once a consumer or business inquiry has been submitted to the site, it selects the three nearest firms based on the client’s postcode. The consumer can choose from the three fixed-price quotes presented. Law firms may join the scheme free of charge for the first three months, while it builds up a network of providers. Last August saw the launch of legal services comparison sites legalcompare.com and bid4fees.com. Wigster.com launched in November, signing up Access Legal, the consumer brand of national firm Shoosmiths, as one of its member firms. It has 2,000 registered consumers.last_img read more

India to collect light dues on deck cargoes?

first_imgThe rules come into play under section 13 of the Light House Act, 1927, and will be made applicable for both containers and heavy and/or over dimensional cargoes. The CSLA pointed out that the Light House Act was framed in 1927 before the advent of container ships, with the first box movement at Indian ports taking place in 1956. CSLA emphasised the fact that a container ship is designed to carry two thirds of its cargo on deck and that imposing the dues would be adding an extra burden on the Indian trade.Customs at Mumbai and Nhava Sheva first issued public notices about the levy in 2007, but the Mumbai and Nhava Sheva Ship Agent Association (MANSA) opposed its implementation on the grounds of it being unfair. Customs put the notices in abeyance referring the matter to the office of the Director General of Shipping which decided against MANSA’s argument.Captain Dinesh Gautama of Forbes Sea Consortium and advisor to the CSLA said, “The levy is effective only at Mumbai, Nhava Sheva (JNPT), Kandla and Mundra. In our meeting with Customs on March 16, they refused to accept our argument. We have taken up the matter with the Ministry of Shipping. Customs stations at other ports, including Kochi, are now likely to follow suit and collect the light dues.”According to sources in the shipping business, ships are already paying light dues to Customs at INR8 (USD0.2) per NRT (net registered tonnage).last_img read more

GPA outlines port upgrades

first_img“In order to ensure efficient processing of cargo, our capacity must remain higher than current demand,” said Foltz. “To that end, we will be improving Brunswick facilities serving each of our major business sectors here, including automotive, breakbulk and bulk cargo.”He described a capital improvement plan amounting to USD152 million, which includes the addition of a fourth ro-ro berth at Colonel’s Island Terminal. A permit request has been submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Foltz hopes construction can start in 2016.”Served by eight ocean carriers, Colonel’s Island Terminal offers three modern ro-ro berths and four on-terminal auto processors, handling cargo for more than 60 auto and heavy machinery manufacturers,” said GPA board vice chairman Jimmy Allgood. “With 696 acres (281.6 ha) in use and 641 acres (259.4 ha) permitted for expansion on Colonel’s Island, GPA can easily accommodate additional ro-ro business,” he added.GPA is currently preparing 40 acres (16.2 ha) of land on the south side of Colonel’s terminal ready for new port customers. During 2016 further additional earthworks will be completed, as will the next phase of the Anguilla Junction Rail Yard expansion, the first phase of a berth upgrade at Mayor’s Point breakbulk terminal, East River Terminal improvements, and upgrades to Colonel’s Island agribulk facilities.”Another important infrastructure improvement is the maintenance dredging that must be funded by the federal government,” explained GPA chairman James Walters. “While the president has included USD5.8 million in his budget proposal for FY 2016, Congress has yet to pass an Energy and Water Appropriations Bill at this time. Securing sufficient funding for Brunswick harbor maintenance is our top priority right now.”www.gaports.comlast_img read more

Intelligence

first_imgBangladesh:The Ministry of Communications has called tenders for consultants to undertake feasibility studies into double-tracking and electrification of the Dhaka – Chittagong main line. The study will also look at building a cut-off from Laksam to Dhaka, shorter than the route via Akhaura. Belarus:The creation of a joint venture to operate international container trains through Belarus was discussed by DB Chairman Hartmut Mehdorn and Belarus Railway Director Vladimir Jerelo at a meeting in Minsk during February.Cambodia:KTMB of Malaysia is to supply used and surplus materials from the Rawang – Ipoh double tracking project to help complete the 48 km cross-border link between Sisophon and Poipet in Thailand. Canada:On March 9 Transport Minister J-C Lapierre announced that the government is to open negotiations for the transfer of the federally-owned fleet of 12400 grain wagons to the Farmer Rail Car Coalition.China:Inner Mongolia’s Railway Bureau has announced that work will start in June on a 177 km electrified line from Jining to Zhangjiakou in Hebei province, shortening the Hohhot – Beijing route by 125 km. Work will also begin on double-tracking the line between Baotou and Shenmu in Shaanxi province for coal traffic.Czech Republic:CD has begun 100000 km of trial revenue operation on services from Brno of a prototype Class 835 two-car stainless steel DMU built and owned by Metrovagonmash. Based on the Class 6341 supplied to MÁV, the 120 km/h air-conditioned unit has MTU 315 kW 6R183 TD13H engines with Voith transmission and Intelo electronic controls. Europe:On February 21 CMA CGM Group intermodal subsidiary Rail Link launched North Med Shuttle, a twice-weekly freight service between Marseille and Ludwigshafen.India:Indian Railways is to separate Darjeeling Himalayan Railway from North East Frontier Railway, operating the 610mm gauge line as an independent entity based at Kurseong. Annual losses on the Unesco world heritage listed railway total Rs100m.Israel:Two new departments have been created within IR in an organisational change. One will cover Five-Year Plan Management, while the Business & Real Estate department will be a profit centre alongside Passenger and Freight.The National Infrastructure Committee has provisionally approved the planned route of the Jezreel Valley railway between Haifa and Bet-She’an, with eight intermediate stations.Japan:On February 27 the Governor of Aomori prefecture Shingo Mimura ceremonially blasted the last section of rock to hole through the 26455m Hakkoda tunnel on the Tohoku Shinkansen extension from Hachinohe to Aomori, which is due to open in 2010. New Zealand:Land Transport New Zealand is to contribute NZ$760000 towards a NZ$1m electrification study being undertaken by Auckland Regional Transport Authority. Procurement of rolling stock will begin this year to meet anticipated passenger growth on the currently diesel-worked suburban network.Pakistan:PR has put forward two proposals to revive services on the metre-gauge line from Khokhropar to Munabao in India. The track could be rehabilitated at a cost of Rs600m, or a parallel broad-gauge line built to link with the planned regauging of PR’s Mirpur Khas – Khokhropar route.Portugal:Arriva has formed a 50:50 joint venture with Barraqueiro to run buses and the recently-revised concession for the Fertagus rail service in Lisboa. The joint venture will also operate the Metro Transportes do Sul tramway, currently under construction, from opening in 2006 until 2032.Serbia: On March 1 the government brought into force legislation for the restructuring of Serbian Railways, cutting 3750 posts from the 26000 payroll. In 2007 SZ will become a holding company with four separate subsidiaries managing infrastructure, passenger operations, freight services and rolling stock maintenance.South Africa:Airborne Laser Solutions has completed a comprehensive survey of infrastructure along Spoornet lines using an aircraft-mounted laser. Up to 200 km can be covered in a day, with a vertical accuracy of 100mm and resolution of 50mm. Spain:Passenger services are to be suspended between Balaguer and La Pobla de Segur in June for a period of up to six months to enable €18m of emergency repairs to be undertaken. Having assumed ownership of the route on January 1, the Catalunya regional government estimates that €70m will have to be spent over the next five years to make good the maintenance backlog.USA:At a cost of $180m, the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board has extended Amtrak’s contract to operate Caltrain commuter services to June 2009, with two performance-related one year extensions.BART has won a five-year extension of its contract to manage the Capitol Corridor service between Sacramento, Oakland and San Jose. Amtrak operates and maintains the trains and feeder bus service.last_img read more

Railway supply industry news round-up

first_imgCRRC is to carry out a recruitment campaign in the USA during October, holding events at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Stanford University and California State University, Bakersfield. The Chinese rolling stock group plans to recruit ‘82 overseas students and 35 overseas mature, talented professionals.’French notified body and independent safety assessor Certifer has acquired the Belgian certification and inspection specialist Belgorail. Active in France since 1997, Certifer has branches in Italy, Turkey, Algeria, Brazil and Australia, plus an office in Dubai. Belgorail became a notified body in 2004, and as the market leader in Belgium, specialises in the testing of rolling stock and ETCS. It also has a subsidiary in Spain. Certifer Director-General Pierre Kadziola said the merger presented ‘exciting development opportunities’, citing the complementary nature of the two businesses and the group’s diversification into testing activities.On September 8 Russian Railways’ engineering business RZD International and local company Lung Lo Construction Corp signed a memorandum of understanding which envisages the joint development and implementation of rail infrastructure projects in Vietnam.The Greenbrier Companies announced on September 13 that it had produced its 50 000th covered hopper wagon. The company said this exemplified its ‘transformation in recent years from a limited builder of specialised railcars to a broad-based manufacturer of virtually all railcar types’. The 100 000th double-stack intermodal wagon was rolled out in February.PCM Rail.One and S:t Eriks have announced an agreement to co-operator to supply concrete sleepers and slab track in the Swedish market.Responding to the official launch of the Indian high speed rail project on September 14, Bombardier Transportation’s Chief Country Representative Harsh Dhingra said the company ‘would be keen to support the Indian government in their endeavour to create a high-speed network with our world class Zefiro high speed trains delivering the Make in India promise’.On September 11 xG Technology announced an agreement to work with Panasonic System Solutions Europe to supply its Vislink video communications equipment in the rail sector. xG said its technology was suitable for use on vehicles where it would experience shock, vibration and challenging radio frequency conditions. ‘Together, we can solve long standing challenges that the industry faces, such as the ability to offer latency-free surveillance across the rail network’, said Tony O’Brien, Managing Director of Panasonic System Solutions Europe.last_img read more

Dominican dancer to participate in Caribbean dance creation

first_imgGhandi Robin during Domfesta 2014 before David Milome’s performance (Photo compliments: Alliance française)Ghandi Robin from Dominica and four Caribbean dancers from St Lucia, St Vincent, Grenada and Dominican Republic will be a part of the new creation entitled “ABSTRACTION” of the renowned French Hip-Hop choreographer, David Milome. This creation will occur in Martinique from the 25 April to 1 June 2015 and will be followed by a Premiere at the prestigious “Atrium” theater in FORT-DE-FRANCE on the 30th of May. Abstraction is the 6th creation of Milome and focuses on the observation of society’s issues (revolution, doubts, questions, stereotypes…).The project is organized and sponsored by: Version Hip-hop, MD Company The DAC Martinique, EPCC Atrium, The Alliance Francaise Network and the Alliance Française of Dominica.Apart from these productions, David Milome has proved his passion to pass on the Hip Hop dance form through his projects, especially towards young dancers from various Caribbean islands.In continued commitment to the youth development, since 2012, several Dominican dancers have received the opportunity to participate in dance activities & international festivals in Guadeloupe & Martinique. Last year, within the context of DomFesta, Alliance Française invited David Milôme for a unique week of dance activities.Ghandi Robin is a Dominican Hip-hop aficionado who has evolved over the years. In addition to teaching Breakdancing he has been perfecting his craft through various training abroad sponsored by the Alliance Française.He has participated in a breakdancing battle in Guadeloupe in 2010 (hip-hop session) and Caraip’hop festival in Martinique in 2013. During Caraip’hop, he was first scouted by David Milome. In May 2014, Ghandi got the opportunity to open for David Milome’s performance “Hurlant Corps” in Dominica. Share Share 192 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img EntertainmentLocalNews Dominican dancer to participate in Caribbean dance creation by: – April 22, 2015 Tweet Sharelast_img read more