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Tuesday November 15, 2011

Delices, Dominica (TDN) -- WEL Entrepreneur retreat to feature prominent speakerSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Waitikubuli Entrepreneurs Level (WEL) along with Dominica Youth Business Trust (DYBT) will feature Paula Calderon, President of the St Lucia Manufacturer’s Association at the public day and closing ceremony.


Friday November 11, 2011

Castries, St Lucia (TDN) -- Death toll rises to seventeen in St Lucia tragedySocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Seventeen (17) persons are reported dead following a bus accident in St Lucia last night.

Reports out of St Lucia said that a bus carrying mourners from a funeral plunged into the sea off a 150 foot drop at Mount Sion, in Choiseul at around 8 P.M last night.

Police and fire officials at the scene said that there was only one survivor, who later died at hospital. It was the worst accident in the history of the island.

They said bodies of the accident victims were spread out on the beach. Among the dead Police say were three siblings.

Meanwhile, the Stephenson King government has declared a weekend of mourning for the victims as outlined in the Official government statement

Thursday November 10, 2011

Port of Spain, Trinidad (TDN) -- Opposition leader in Trinidad and Tobago protests state of emergencySocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

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Opposition leader Dr Keith Rowley.

The five-hour curfew on land and sea in Trinidad and Tobago has been lifted by the Persad-Bissessar – led administration after being in effect for almost three months, but Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley has not halted his protests.

He has demanded the immediate discontinuation of the State of Emergency (SoE) while accusing the government of abusing its authority .

“The state of emergency provided no meaningful contribution to policing in Trinidad and Tobago. The state of emergency only exists to preserve the regulations of the emergency,” he said Tuesday at a media conference.

Thursday November 10, 2011

Tortola, BVI (TDN) -- New government takes over in the British Virgin Islands (BVI)SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

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Orlando Smith BVI Premier.

A new government was sworn into office in the BVI yesterday, two days after the former main opposition National Democratic Party (NDP) scored a resounding victory at the polls.

Premier-elect and Minister of Finance Dr. D. Orlando Smith and other government ministers were all sworn in.

The NDP captured nine of the 13 seats in the general election leaving the former governing Virgin Islands Party with four district seats, down from its previous 11.

In his victory speech, the 67-year-old NDP leader urged residents to set aside political differences and work in the interest of the country.

Wednesday November 9, 2011

Roseau, Dominica (TDN) -- Convicted child molester wins on appealSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Robert Ross Bellot, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for unlawful sexual conduct with an eight-year-old girl in January 2010, has successfully appealed his conviction before the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of Appeal.

The Court have ruled that his conviction and sentence be overturned and ordered a new trial. The judges also ruled that the Director of Public Prosecutions Gene Pestaina, would decide when to set the date for the new trial.

Wednesday November 9, 2011

Layou, Dominica (TDN) -- Layou fishermen and farmers get compensationSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Some farmers and fishermen in the Layou area who were adversely affected by the collapse of the Mathieu Dam on July 28, 2011 are being compensated by government for up to 60 percent of their loss.

Twenty-five fishermen were compensated for the loss of their boats, nets and outboard motors for about $160 000 and 120 farmers will receive $500 each.

Tuesday November 1, 2011

Roseau, Dominica (TDN) -- Charles Maynard hospitalizedSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Reports out of Dominica say that Charles Maynard has been hospitalized after collapsing at an official function this morning. He was at the time participating in a meeting for returning Dominicans at the Fort Young Hotel.

Maynard who is a former minister in the Eugenia Charles government is currently an advisor to prime minister Skerrit and holds the post of Dominica’s OECS ambassador.

No further information on his condition is available at this time.

Monday Otober 31, 2011

Roseau, Dominica (TDN) -- I am Dominica. Are You Campaign officially launched in St. ThomasSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Director of Tourism, Colin Piper officially launched the I am Dominica. Are You? Campaign to over 300 Dominican nationals residing in St. Thomas on October 22, 2011 at a Gala event organised in celebration of Dominica’s 33rd anniversary of independence.

Addresses were delivered by members of the Dominica Association, Representatives to the US Congress, USVI Legislature, and Prime Minister of Dominica, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit. Dominicans residing in St. Thomas expressed keen interest in being part of the I am Dominica. Are You? Campaign and look forward to partnering with Discover Dominica Authority for promotion of Dominica in St. Thomas and the other US Virgin Islands. Dominica’s Liaison Officer in St. Thomas, Loreen Bannis-Roberts was instrumental in organising the event.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: or follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

Sunday Otober 30, 2011

Roseau, Dominica (TDN) -- Competition winners to receive awards at National Youth RallySocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

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Kitwanie Carbon.

Two students who participated in tourism competitions will be presented with awards at the National Youth Rally on November 2, 2011. Kitwanie Carbon, winner of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Tourism Youth Congress, and Medina Tyson, second place winner of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association Essay Contest (senior division) will receive awards from Minister for Tourism and Legal Affairs, Hon. Ian Douglas.

Miss Carbon is a fifth form student of the Convent High School and Miss Tyson attends the North East Comprehensive School. Discover Dominica Authority congratulates both students and wish them every success in future academic endeavours.

Wednesday Otober 26, 2011

Roseau, Dominica (TDN) -- FIFA investigates DFA president Patrick JohnSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

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Patrick John president of the Dominica Football Association.

FIFA is investigating 10 more Caribbean soccer officials in a bribery scandal involving former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam.

FIFA says it wants to interview the 10 men from six countries and present files to its ethics committee next month. Former prime minister of Dominica, Patrick John, is among those under suspicion.

FIFA also is investigating Oliver Camps, general secretary of Trinidad and Tobago’s soccer federation and an ally of disgraced former FIFA vice president Jack Warner.

Bin Hammam is appealing his life ban for offering $40,000 cash bribes in May. Warner resigned to avoid a FIFA investigation.

FIFA committee members Colin Klass and Horace Burrell also were suspended.

John who is the president of the Dominica Football Association has repeatedly said that he has had no involvement with the bribery allegations.

Wednesday Otober 26, 2011

Roseau, Dominica (TDN) -- China agrees to rebuild homes for flood victimsSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

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Flooding during Ophelia wreaked havoc on villages on the West Coast o Dominica.

China’s ambassador to Dominica Wang Zonglai has offered to finance the resettlement of the residents in Massacre, Mahaut and Layout affected by the flooding during tropical storm Ophelia on September 28, 2011.

Prime minister Skerrit made the announcement at the ground breaking ceremony of the Chinese-funded new building to house the Dominica State College.

"China will build new homes for those so affected and, second, the Chinese government will fund ... the replacement of the Clarke Hall Bridge," Skerrit said.

Skerrit also used the occasion to defend his government's close relationship with China, saying that its government has shown their sincerity and their willingness to assist Dominica in time of need.

The Chinese are also involved in the construction of the loan funded State House project.

Wednesday Otober 26, 2011

Roseau, Dominica (TDN) -- UWP appoints new senatorSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

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Newly appointed Senator Daniel Lugay.

The United Workers Party (UWP) has appointed Daniel Lugay as a senator in parliament to replace UWP candidate for the Salybia constituency Claudius Sanford who is overseas pursuing studies.

Lugay contested the 2009 general elections in the Roseau North constituency but lost to incumbent Julius Timothy of the Dominica Labour Party (DLP).

His appointment came at the start of the Second Meeting of the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament.

Meanwhile, the UWP members walked out of parliament following the appointment of Lugay continuing their protest of the conduct of the 2009 elections.

The UWP holds three of the twenty-one seats in Parliament.

Monday Otober 24, 2011

Roseau, Dominica (TDN) -- Discover Dominica Authority to Hold Discussions with Caribbean ExportSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

The CEO of Discover Dominica Authority and Chairman of DFC Mr. Colin Piper held preliminary talks with a representative of the Caribbean Export this week. This discussion is intended to determine a way forward for assistance from Caribbean Export for the World Creole Music Festival. “Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival is one of the true indeginous festivals in the region and Caribbean Export views this as a marketable export and is willing to discuss potential areas of assistance” according to Piper.

A representative of Caribbean Export will be in Dominica for the 15th edition of the World Creole Music Festival and will hold talks with other stakeholders with a view to understanding the product offering and the need of the festival. More details on this topic will be provided in a subsequent release.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: or follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

Monday Otober 24, 2011

Roseau, Dominica (TDN) -- ** I am Dominica. Are You? Champion** SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

The Discover Dominica Authority promotes another aspect of the I am Dominica. Are You? Campaign through a new initiative called the “I am Dominica Are You? Champion”. As part of the campaign, the authority invites the general public to submit the name(s) of anyone whom they feel deserves an I AM DOMINICA recognition.

The person(s) should be considered based on the following criteria: personal characteristics, solidarity and service to his/her community, fellowmen and / or Dominica by extension. The submissions should state in one paragraph why they have nominated this person. Submissions can be sent to the office of the Discover Dominica Authority or via email [email protected]. The first I am Dominica. Are You? Champion will be published on this week’s issue of the Newspapers.

Meanwhile, Discover Dominica Authority will launch the first in a series of presentations to schools on the I am Dominica. Are You? Campaign this month. The first presentation will be at the Roseau Primary School on Wednesday October 26. Information about the campaign will be presented to students and they will be asked to provide feedback on how they feel they can be a part of the campaign. Additional presentations to primary and secondary schools throughout the island will be undertaken during the 2011 – 2012 academic year.

Thursday Otober 20, 2011

Havana, Cuba (TDN) -- Dominica’s ambassador to Cuba in a coma at hospitalSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Dominica’s ambassador to Cuba Dr Charles Corbett is reported to be in a coma at a Havana hospital after being involved in a single car accident in that country.

Reports reaching TDN radio indicate that Dr Corbette was driving his vehicle during heavy rains when he lost control and slammed into a tree. The Dominica government has been notified of the accident by the Cuban authorities.

Tuesday Otober 18, 2011

Roseau, Dominica (TDN) -- Two men freed on attempted murder chargesSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Two of three men who were due to face trial for attempted murder at the high court in Roseau have had their charges withdrawn.

Kessler Alcendor and Kevin Richards, who had been jointly accused of attempting to kill Mandela Andrew in Goodwill almost three years ago walked out of court yesterday as free men.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Gene Pestaina informed the court that the state was no longer willing to proceed with its case against the two.

A third defendant Albert Stevens Jr. was however told that he would face trial for the attempted murder beginning on October 31, 2011. He entered a plea of not guilty.

Tuesday Otober 18, 2011

Former NCB manager in radio interview WednesdaySocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Former manager of the National Commercial Bank of Dominica Julius Corbette will be our special guest on This Week in Interview from 8 – 9 P.M. on Wednesday October 19, 2011.

Corbette along with host Thomson Fontaine will explore the banking system in Dominica, its strengths and weaknesses as well as the financial sector to include recent developments in the Insurance sector.

The interview airs on radio and listeners can participate by sending email to [email protected] or calling 1 301 327 6889.

Tuesday Otober 18, 2011

St Vincent and the Grenadines may redo censusSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has said that his country may be forced to redo the 2011 Population and Housing Census after the data was reportedly damaged in a fire at the Financial Complex over the weekend.

The census data was reportedly being processed on the third floor of the building which was almost totally destroyed in the blaze.

“Everything practically in that area was destroyed. It looks as if we have to do over the census,” Gonsalves stated, and estimated the cost in the region of EC$1.5 million.

The census was being conducted within the OECS states with support from the United Nations Fund for Population Activities.

Dr. Gonsalves also disclosed that the office of the Prime Minister, and the Treasury Department, which is located in the same building, were also damaged by the fire.

Friday Otober 14, 2011

Eagle flight lands safely after experiencing difficultiesSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

An American Eagle Avion de Transport Regional ATR-72-200, registration N399AT performing flight MQ-4834 from San Juan (Puerto Rico) to Dominica Melville Hall (Dominica), was on approach to Dominica in a waiting holding pattern due to weather, when the crew received an "A/P AILERON MISTRIM" message.

The crew disconnected the autopilot and noticed that although they had full aileron control to the right there was limited control to the left only. The crew continued for a safe landing at Meville Hall airport.

The NTSB reported that after landing a control cable, connecting the aileron to the autopilot actuator, was found broken.

Monday Otober 10, 2011

New ferry service for DominicaSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Dominica will receive a new ferry service commencing October 13, 2011. SAS JEANS fast ferry service, a subsidiary of SAS L’Express des Iles will begin callling at the Cabrits Cruise Ship Berth this month.

The vessel, Liberty, will arrive in Portsmouth from Point a Pitre, Guadeloupe on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays with onward voyage to Saint Pierre Martinique. SAS JEANS Liberty will travel from Saint Pierre, Martinique to Portsmouth on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

The vessel can accommodate up to 400 passengers and this new service is expected to result in increased visitor arrivals from Guadeloupe and Martinique.

Monday Otober 10, 2011

New cruise ship to visitSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

The MV Silver Explorer will make its inaugural call at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth on Thursday October 13, 2011. The ship has a capacity of 132 passengers and 117 crew. Local agents are HHV Whitchurch and Co. Ltd. Dominica expects three (3) more new calls for this cruise season, 193 calls in total, and 297,299 passengers. The 2011/2012 cruise season will run through April 2012.

Friday Otober 07, 2011

Panama defeats Dominica 5 - 0SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Panama dominated throughout the game as they improved their chances for going through to the third round of World Cup qualifying with an easy 5 - 0 victory over the boys from the Nature Isle. The game was played at the National Stadium in Roseau before a large crowd complete with lapeau cabrit drums.

Dominica will face Panama again on November 11 in Panama City.

Friday Otober 07, 2011

Fires in Morne Prosper and Portsmouth leaves several homelessSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Two fires in Morne Prosper destroyed two houses and left four people homeless while a house in Portsmouth was also partially destroyed by fire.

Fire officers were alerted to a fire in Morne Prosper at around 3:56 on Thursday. According to Public Relations Officer Philbert Samuel officers’ arrival to find a two-bedroom house belonging to Glenis Isles completely ablaze but despite their best efforts the building and its contents were completely destroyed.”

Within minutes of that first fire officers were alerted to another blaze nearby this time at the home of Tony Isles. That building was also completely destroyed. Samuel noted that arson was strongly suspected but that investigations were continuing.

Meanwhile, a fire in Zicack, Portsmouth on Thursday caused major damage to a home and left the three occupants homeless. The cause of the fire is also under investigation.

Friday Otober 07, 2011

Creole Festival ticket sales doubleSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

2011 World Creole Music Festival.

The Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) Events Coordinator Natalie Clarke-Meade has reported that sales for the 15th anniversary of the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) have doubled to this point as compared to last year. She credited the increase to a $250 special given by the organizers and a balanced line up of artists.

The event kicks off on Friday 28th October with Kolo Barst, Ali Campbell – The legendary voice of UB40, Jeff Joseph and Grammacks New Generation, and WCK.

Night 2-Saturday 29th October will feature Dobet Gnahore’, Third World, Jean-Phillipe Marthely and Joceline Beroard, Carimi, and Midnight Groovers.

On Sunday 30th October it will be Swinging Stars, Gyptian,Bunji Garlyn & Faye-Ann Lyons, Alex Catherin and Jocelyne Labylle, and Triple K Global.

Headline sponsor for the event is Digicel, which has contributed $300,000 to the 15th WCMF and other sponsors include the Government of Dominica, LIAT, Dominica Brewery and Beverages Ltd, Tempo and Courts Dominica.

Wednesday Otober 05, 2011

Damage from Ophelia estimated at EC $ 33 millionSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

The government of Dominica has put the amount of damage due to heavy flooding during the passage of Tropical storm Ophelia at EC $33 million. This was announced by public works minister Rayburn Blackmore during a press conference in Roseau on Wednesday.

Most of the damage was to roads, and residential buildings in the Massacre, Mahaut and Layou areas. Several individuals lost their homes and possessions and an appeal has been launched for assistance to the victims. The government has also appealed fore assistance from the international community in the aftermath of the flooding.

Officials of the ministry of public works and Office of Disaster management carried out the assessment.

Meanwhile, DOWASCO the water company has reported damage of up to EC $0.5 million to its distribution lines and supply intake as a direct result of the flooding.

Wednesday Otober 05, 2011

PSU General Secretary calls for safeguarding gratuitiesSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

General Secretary of the Public Service Union (PSU) Thomas Letang is calling on the authorities to safeguard gratuities to public servants. His comments come following an announcement by the Dominica Social Security (DSS) that they were requesting government to increase the retirement age from 60 to 65.

Letang observed that many people had already planned to retire by sixty and they should be able to receive their gratuities at that time and in the years before the pension takes effect.

The DSS is said to be under severe financial pressure and that the sustainability of the scheme may be under threat. The proposal to raise the retirement age is being considered to help address its sustainability.

The DSS is the major pension scheme for all government, private sector and self employed persons in Dominica.

Sunday Otober 02, 2011

Dominican Delegation attends Seatrade Europe conventionSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Hamburg, Germany (TDN) - Ms. Kathleen Cuffy, Head of Product Development at the Discover Dominica Authority, and Mr. Benoit Bardouille, Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air Ports and Sea Ports Authority represented Dominica at the Seatrade Europe convention from September 27 – 29, 2011 in Hamburg Germany.

The convention brought together key stakeholders in the cruise and travel sectors for focused business meetings, exhibition, travel agent programme and social networking activities. Key topics covered during the conference were cruise port development, the European cruise industry, regulations for European cruise lines and factors which influence the deployment of cruise ships.

Sunday Otober 02, 2011

US television production company visits DominicaSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Roseau, Dominica (Tdn) - Last week, the Discover Dominica Authority hosted US TV production company Aura 360 Productions . The company produces an NBC TV Show called World of Adventure Sports.

The five member crew participated in several adventure activities on the island, with a view to providing exposure to the range of attractions on offer in the Nature Island.

The objective of the partnership is to highlight the unique environmental and cultural attributes of Dominica through media, and develop the logistical framework for the creation of an adventure sport event in the near future.

Key sites and attractions visited were segments of the Waitukubuli National Trail, the Boiling Lake and Titou Gorge. These and other natural assets of Dominica will be distributed to all the World of Adventure Sports media channels, including NBC, VERSUS and Universal Sports. Additionally a 30 second commercial will be produced for the destination.


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