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The Dominican.net - December 11, 2009
The News in Brief from The Dominican.net News Desk



Adeliade – December 9, 2009
West Indies draws second test in Australia

Australian batsmen wondered, then wobbled, before weathering the West Indies bowlers to secure a draw in the second Test in Adelaide today.

Set 330 to win, Australia were 5-212 at stumps on the final day.

The home side retained their 1-0 lead in the three-Test series which concludes in Perth, with the third Test to be held from December 16.

The Australians initially wondered if they could rewrite history by making the highest fourth innings total to win an Adelaide Test.

But when quickfire knocks from Simon Katich (21 from 26 balls) and Ricky Ponting (20 from 34 balls) were extinguished, so was Australia’s intent to chase the target.

Windies allrounder Dwayne Bravo completed a superb match, claiming 3-37 with his swingers to back up his century with the bat in the visitors’ first innings.

Bravo’s feats were matched only by a game-defining knock by Chris Gayle, who progressed to 165 not out before his side was bowled out for 317 in their second innings.

Gayle, in a gritty 441-minute epic, became the first West Indies captain to carry his bat through a Test innings.

Gayle set novel attacking fields when his hosts had no chance of surpassing the record for the highest fourth innings total to win an Adelaide Test - Australia’s 6-315 against England in 1902.

Adeliade – December 6, 2009
Windies fight back in second test against Australia

After losing the first test in Australia, the West Indies have put up a decent fight in the second test leading Australia by 35 runs going into the second innings.

Batting first, the Windies made 451 all out with a century from Dwayne Bravo and succeeded in bowling out Australia for 439 with Benn capturing 5 for 155.

In the second innings, the Windies are 23 without loss at the end of day three and will be hoping to build a commanding lead to try to secure a win in the second test.

Live commentaries of the cricket test along with all other international cricket matches can be found at theDominican cricket.

Roseau – November 26, 2009
Prime Minister Skerrit calls out opposition again on China policy
By Brenton Henry

DOMINICA’S PRIME MINISTER ROOSEVELT SKERRIT says the parties opposing him in the upcoming general elections are not committed to the island’s current One China policy.

Speaking at a political rally in Roseau last night, Prime Minister Skerrit again accused the opposition of planning to restore relations with Taiwan – whom he claimed is financing the opposition’s campaign.

Following suggestions that a likely United Workers Party government will change the island’s current foreign policy, leader Ron Green told a press conference earlier this week that a government he leads has no plans to break with mainland China.

But Skerrit said last night that the opposition’s assurance does not amount to much.

“I do not buy their nonsense about they are not planning to break diplomatic ties with China,” he told cheering supporters. “They know full well that a precondition to having diplomatic ties with China is observing the One China Policy. So saying that they would not break relations with China is tantamount to intellectual fraud and dishonesty.”

He said the opposition UWP and the Dominica Freedom Party of Judith Prestaina have avoided the real issue.

“The question is not whether they would break relations with China. The question is what would be their attitude to Taiwan,” he said.

“It is a known fact that if they get close to Taiwan and if they establish relations with Taiwan that China would disengage this country. So it should be of no comfort to Dominicans that the UWP and the Freedom Party would not sever ties with China,” Prime Minister Skerrit added.

The Prime Minister was speaking at the launch of the candidature of Alvin Bernard in Central Roseau last night, at which Antiguan band Red Hot Flames also performed.

Roseau – November 26, 2009
DLP launches ‘Allo for Roseau’
By Brenton Henry

CONFIDENT that it stands the best chance in years to have an MP in Central Roseau, the Dominica Labour Party last night launched the candidacy of economist Alvin Bernard in the city.

Thousands of red-clad supporters, carrying placards, waving flags and chanting songs showed up in the city for the event amidst signs of growing momentum of the campaign.

The DLP campaign received a boost yesterday with news from an independent poll that 61 percent of the people favor Roosevelt Skerrit to return as Prime Minister.

The poll conducted by the Barbados based CADRES showed that Skerrit is a more popular leader than all the opposition leaders combined.

The DLP is confident that it can pick up the seat in Roseau Central, which it narrowly lost four and a half years ago.

The incumbent is Norris Prevost of the United Workers Party, but there has been increasing interest in the area with the apparent insistence by Dominica Freedom Party leader Judith Prestaina that she be allowed to run in the City while Prevost opts out in an accommodation deal.

“The UWP and DFP are trying to come to an arrangement to send Prevost home so that Judith Prestaina can run,” lawyer Anthony Astaphan said at the meeting last night.

“If the United Workers Party don’t want Prevost, why should we?” he quipped.

Prime Minister Skerrit accused Prestaina of seeking to run on the coat-tails of UWP – something he said the late Dame Eugenia Charles would have found revolting.

“If she does not cut a deal with the United Workers Party she will lose her deposit in any seat she runs for the Dominica Freedom Party,” he declared.

Prime Minister Skerrit asked: “How can she in the left corner of her mouth invoke the name of the late, Dame Mary Eurgenia Charles and from the right side, whisper in Edison James’ ear that she wants to run with him?”

In speaking of Bernard, he said: “It is my pleasure and honor to launch a winner in Roseau Central.”

DLP officials say with the opposition in disarray, with a national swing to the party and with the confidence that the majority of “Freedomites” will back Labour, Roseau Central represents one of the big opportunities to pick up an additional seat.

It is the old seat that was dominated for years by former Prime Minister, the late Dame Eugenia Charles.

Charles Savarin, a senior member of the government and an original DFP member, narrowly lost to Prevost in 2005.

Roseau – November 24, 2009
The Dominica Freedom Party names three to contest elections

The Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) has announced three of its candidates for the forthcoming December 18, 2009 general elections; all considered by the party to be outstanding persons in their community.

Herbert Sabaroche will contest the Colihaut constituency, Oliver St. John will contest in Roseau South and Felita Paul Thomas will contest in the Soufriere constituency.

The DFP will present their full slate of candidates on Friday 26 November at a Lagoon meeting starting from 7.30 p.m.

Roseau – November 20, 2009
General Elections set for December 18, 2009

With general elections constitutionally due in May 2010, prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit made a surprise announcement on Thursday stating that the next General Elections in Dominica will be held on Friday, December 18, 2009. The announcement was made by the prime minister as he addressed a public meeting in Mahaut on Thursday night.

Nominations day will be December 2, 2009 and voting will take place just over one week later. Four political parties are expected to contest the elections including the Dominica Freedom Party led by Judith Pestaina, the Dominica Labour Party led by prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit, the United Workers Party led by Ron Green and the Progressive Democratic Movement of Para Riviere.

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