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Volume No. 2 Issue No. 60 - November 28, 2008
The News in Brief from The News Desk

Roseau – November 16, 2008
DOMLEC General Manager Dies

Joel Huggins, the general manager of DOMLEC has died. Huggins, a national of St. Vincent was on his way to visit family in his homeland when he died.

According to published reports, Huggins was pronounced dead on arrival at the airport in St. Vincent. He had travelled earlier from Dominica.

LIAT officials reported that the crew of the LIAT flight on which Huggins was travelling requested emergency assistance. When the aircraft landed, medical personnel boarded the aircraft and pronounced him dead.

It was not immediately clear what was the cause of death.

Huggins has been under pressure from the Dominican public for DOMLEC’s escalating electricity costs, among the highest in the Region.

Loubiere – November 15, 2008
Loubiere Man Dies in Motor Cycle Accident

Police are reporting the death of Ian Apache Gachette from Loubiere who died in the early hours of Saturday morning when the motorcycle he was riding collided head on with another car.

His pillion rider, identified as a female from Fond Cole, is in critical condition at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

Roseau – November 4, 2008
Dominica Gives Top Award to Fidel Castro

Dominica has awarded its highest honor to former Cuban President Fidel Castro.

Government spokesman Sean Douglas says Castro is being recognized for university scholarships, hurricane relief and other aid Cuba has provided over the years to Dominica.

The Dominica Award of Honour was formally announced Monday at a ceremony marking the nation’s 30 years of independence from Britain.

Roseau- October 27, 2008
Social Networking Site Uses Video Images of Dominica is the latest website set up by a Dominican for Dominicans and visitors alike. The social networking site uses video images and photos to showcase Dominica’s unique sights, sounds and people.

Developed by Dr Simone Senhouse, offers an exciting repertoire of Dominican artists, calypsonians, and an array of video footage focused on the nature isle. Visitors to the site are also encouraged to upload their own video images and so share the fun and excitement of Dominica at its very best.

ROSEAU- October 24, 2008
Plane gets stuck in runway pothole

THE Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority (DASPA) has stated that it will do “everything in its power” to find the cause of a Tuesday, October 21 accident at the Melville Hall Airstrip which left three persons with minor lacerations.

According to reports of the accident, an aircraft preparing to depart the airstrip became stuck in a pothole as it taxied toward its takeoff mark.

At that point the pilot of the aircraft increased the throttle of the craft to dislodge the trapped wheel, but was unable to gain traction. A DASPA official reported that the increase of torque on the wheel was what eventually led to passenger injuries.

“They had to increase the thrust on the engines so that they could get the tires out of the ditch… With the thrust, the glass within the departure lounge area broke,” he said. A few persons in the lounge received cuts from flying glass.

“Three persons were attended to by the Fire and Ambulance personnel and taken to Marigot health centre or hospital and they did make it back to the airport in time to make their flight out of Dominica,” the General Manager of DASPA, Benoit Bardouille, told reporters.

He added that investigations into the incident are ongoing and DASPA would be pursuing contractors to provide adequate repairs to the tarmac and prevent any future incidents of this type from happening.

October 16, 2008- Roseau
DAAS to Honor Noted Dominicans at Awards Ceremony

The Dominica Academy of Arts & Sciences (DAAS) has planned an Awards Dinner to honour Dominicans who have contributed to national life and institutions that have been standard bearers of excellence and service.

The event carded for October 25 at the Garraway Hotel is under the patronage of His Excellency, President Nicholas J.O Liverpool.

The awardees are John Alexander Stephenson for Agriculture, Pearle Christian for Arts and Culture, Vincent John and Frances Delsol for their work with the Dominican Diaspora in UK and Canada respectively, Dorothy Leevy for Education, Priscilla Prevost for Health Care, Reginald St. Havis- Shillingford for Sports and Phoebe James for Community Development.

Two institutional awards will go to the Dominica Taxi Association for its role in tourism, and CALLS (Centre where Adolescents Learn to Love and Serve) for their role in youth development.

The event is a follow up to the highly acclaimed award dinner that was sponsored jointly by the Roosie Douglas Foundation (RDF) and DAAS in 2002.

DAAS has planned as well a Reunion Development Conference from October 21-23, and an international football tournament on October 22, 23 and 24.

DAAS is a non-partisan and non-profit entity registered in Maryland, USA and established in November, 2000. It provides a forum for public and private sector dialogue to Dominica Diaspora organisations and communities, to our skilled and professional nationals and others interested in DAAS’s mission and objectives.

Philipsburg St Maarteen – October 16, 2008
Dominicans caught in immigration sting in St Maarteen

Police caught 22 undocumented persons on Saturday in the first Immigration control in recent months, the police reported Monday.

Police set up control areas in Philipsburg and Maho for three hours and arrested persons mainly from the Dominican Republic, Dominica, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru for residing here illegally.

“The Immigration Department is busy processing these persons and preparing them for their safe trip back to their respective countries,” police spokesman Inspector Ricardo Henson said in a written statement.

Roseau – October 2, 2008
Former Customs Chief Ernest Andre Dies Age 83

Former Chief of Dominica’s Customs Service, Ernest Andre of Portsmouth died last Saturday, he was 83. He is the father of Judge Irving Andre of the Ontario Superior Court in Canada.

Andre is survived by his wife Magaret and children Allan, Yvonne, Ernest, Irving. Lenny, Celia and Austin.

In Memorium - Ernest Andre 1925 - 2008

Former Chief Customs Officer - Ernest Andre

Roseau – October 2, 2008
The Dominica Freedom Party has a New Leader

The Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) has a new leader. Local Hotelier, and owner of Garraway Hotel, Judith Pestaina was selected to replace Michael Asthaphan at the DFP’s annual convention last weekend. Asthaphan served in the position for about two years.

Pestaina takes over the leadership of a party that held political power in Dominica from 1980 to 1995, under the leadership of Dame Mary Eugenia Charles. The party has been considerably diminished since 1995.

The former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that her main task was to prepare her party to contest the upcoming general elections constitutionally due on May 10, 2010.

Political observers in Dominica believe that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skeritt may well call a snap election either in late 2008 or early 2009.

Roseau – October 1, 2008
Dominica Celebrates with China on its 59th Anniversary Founding

President of Dominica, His Excellency, Dr. Nicholas Liverpool, Prime Minister, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit and Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon. Alix Boyd- Knights, were among dignitaries who attended a Reception at the Chinese Embassy in Dominica to celebrate the 59th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

The Chinese also celebrated the 30th anniversary of China’s Reform and Opening Policy (1978-2008), a period which has seen China leapfrog many advanced economies to become the 4th largest economy in the world.

On October 1, 1949, the People’s Republic of China was founded.

Chinese Ambassador to Dominica, His Excellency, Deng Boqing and Prime Minister, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit all addressed the gathering.

The event provided an opportunity for Dominica to reaffirm its firm adherence to the One-China policy.

The relationship between Dominica and China has grown steadily and smoothly in the last four and half years. Despite the colossal damage caused by the earthquake in south-west China’s Sichuan province earlier this year, the Chinese Government has continued to provide support to Dominica’s economy, well beyond the commitments made in the Memorandum of Understanding of March 2004.

Coulibistrie – October 1, 2008
Coulibistrie Residents Protest Quarry Opening

Residents of Coulibistrie recently protested government’s offer to a mining company to begin quarrying operations close to the village. They blocked roads and shut down the traffic flow from Roseau to the Northern part of the island.

Villagers claimed that they were fed up with the quarry industry, and that they were concerned about its impact on the health of the people given the amount of dust, noise and water pollution that would ensue.

Environmentalist Bernard Wiltshire stated that the people of Coulibistrie were fighting against the destruction of their community and that environmentalists in Dominica are fully in support of that community.

The company may have been granted a preliminary permit by the Planning Division, pending the possible granting of a mining license by the cabinet of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skeritt. The company has since moved equipment unto the site and commenced some mining operations.

BVI- September 22, 2008
Miss Dominica Marah Walter Wins Third Regional Beauty Contest

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The Dominican beauty Marah Walter was crowned in the BVI
Marah Walter, the reigning Miss Dominica was crowned Miss Caribbean World Saturday night in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. This is Marah’s third regional title, having previously won Miss Jaycees and Miss Caribbean Culture earlier this year.

Marah also won Miss Popularity, Best Swimwear, Best Costume, Best Talent, and Best Evening Wear.

First runner-up went to Ahyana Bowen of Grenda; Marquel Clarke of Barbados was second runner-up; Maquita Richards of the BVI was third runner-up and Delvanice Michelle Williams of Antigua & Barbuda was fourth runner-up.

Grenada’s Bowen also won Miss Intellect and Jamaica’s Melody Watts won Miss Photogenic and Miss Congeniality.

Salisbury- September 22, 2008
Mother of Earl Williams Pleads for Prayers on his Behalf

The mother of former opposition leader Earl Williams has called on the nation to pray for her son as he faces a period of uncertainty in his political and professional life.

There is a growing chorus of calls within Dominica for the embattled former United Workers Party leader to be expelled from his party and disbarred from practicing law after he became embroiled in his second money scandal in as many months.

Last month, a client of Williams who is a foreign national, claimed that the lawyer had spent close to US $100 000 of his money that was transferred to him to complete a land deal on his behalf. Just last week, Deidre John the wife of former Prime Minister Patrick John claimed that Williams was unable to account for close to US $90 000 of an insurance settlement that was negotiated through his office.

The scandal has already cost Williams leadership of the country’s main opposition party and it is not clear whether he will be able to hold on to practicing law in Dominica. None of the allegations against Williams have been proven in court.

Roseau – September 14, 2008
Earl Williams in another money Scandal

Just weeks after resigning as Opposition leader over allegations that he misused over $238 000 of his client’s money, Earl Williams is once again embroiled in controversy.

This time another one of his clients, Desiree John, wife of the former Prime Minister Patrick John is seeking to recover some $190,000 from the local attorney.

Mrs. John said that Williams collected over a quarter of a million dollars on her behalf from an insurance company following an incident in 2004. She said that Williams had issued her two cheques, both of which were returned. She said further that Williams after several months of excuses indicated to her this week that he was in the process of sourcing her money overseas.

"How can he be sourcing my money when the insurance company paid him? He took my money and he said it was placed into an account. Why would he now have to source my money?" she questioned.

Allegations are rife in Dominica that the former government minister and party leader have used the funds to support a gambling habit in various casinos across the Caribbean.

Meanwhile, the Dominica Bar Association says it is extremely concerned about the recent allegations of misconduct against Attorney at Law Earl Williams. In a statement issued Friday, President of the Bar Association, Michael Bruney says as part of training, lawyers are required to keep clients funds separate from their own funds and are not to misuse their clients' funds in any manner whatsoever.

Pressure is also growing on the Opposition United Workers Party (UWP) to dismiss Williams from the party. Leader of the party Ron Green have resisted previous attempts to dismiss Williams but now says that his party will deal with the issue if the allegations prove correct.

For his part, Williams have said that the allegations are false and that he would be “fully vindicated” when all the information is revealed.

Roseau – September 14, 2008
Grenada Retains Windward Island Cricket Championship

Grenada retained the Windward Islands cricket championship by gaining first inning points against Dominica today. Batting first Dominica made 196 with K. James top scoring with 62, for Grenada spinner Denis George took 6 wickets for 51.

Grenada replied with 260, Devon Smith made an impressive 130, H. Campbell 35 and skipper Rawl Lewis 22. Dominica facing a first inning lead of 64, struggled to 110 for 9 at the close. Rawl Lewis took 3 wickets for 31 and Denis George 3 wickets for 19 to finish the tournament with 24 wickets.

Final points standing: Grenada 24, Dominica 19, St. Vincent 16, and St. Lucia at the bottom with 3 points.

The one day 50 over tournament starts on Monday with Grenada playing St. Lucia and Dominica vs St. Vincent.

Roseau – September 14, 2008
New Fights for Dominica

High fuel prices have forced many airlines to reduce the number of their flights and as a result the Caribbean governments are scrambling to make arrangements for tourists to visit their islands.

The Discover Dominica Tourism Authority has announced that Win Air Aviation and LIAT, the regional Caribbean airline, have initiated additional service between several strategic hubs and Dominica.

The Dominica Chronicle newspaper reported that regional airports offering services include St Lucia's Hewanorra Airport, St Lucia George Charles (SLU), Antigua (ANU), St Maarten (SXM), Dominica Mervin Hall (DOM) and Dominica Canefield Airport (DCF) located on the western portion of the island just 10 minutes drive from the capital city of Roseau.

Director of Tourism Steve Bornn said, "We are extremely pleased that our continuing labours in crafting new route solutions has led us to welcome this new air service into Dominica."

LIAT has added special flights to accommodate travelers visiting Dominica during Creole Week and the 12th Annual Dominica World Creole Music Festival.

Roseau – September 10, 2008
Venezuela to Build Power Plant in Dominica

Government officials in Dominica say Venezuela will build a new power plant that could help reduce high energy costs.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says the island's only power plant is inefficient and has led to a rise in power bills. Skerrit's announcement comes as residents threaten to protest high power bills that average as much as $144 a month.

Energy Minister Charles Savarin said Wednesday that he does not know how much the new plant will cost nor when construction will begin. Skerrit said a team of Venezuelan engineers recently visited the island to identify a site for the plant.

Dominica recently announced that Venezuela also plans to send $21 million in aid under the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) trade pact.

Roseau-September 8, 2008
Dominica's Cadets Get Diplomas in Culinary Arts

Dominica cadets
Dominican Cadets with Chef Joe Ushinski and Capt. Gabriel Christian at Alwen's Promise
After two work sessions in February and July 2008 under the direction of Maryland's Green Chef Joe Ushinksi, eight Dominican cadets, and Dominica Cadet Corp Adjutant Dorsen Robin received diplomas from the Nature Island Culinary Institute (NICI) - an affiliate of Alwen's Promise Eco Education Inn.

The cadets were instructed in the preparation of local organics foods, fish and meats; in particular the use of local cocoa to make savory dishes. With the display of their skills at Macouchrie Beach where Shillingford Estate proprietor Dense Shillingford was the primary facilitator and at Alwen's Promise, the cadets wowed their guest with the splendid culinary offering based on local produce.

It is the intent of NICI to work with the Ministry of Education to ensure that expertise in culinary sciences - focused on local organic foodstuff - are disseminated across a broad band width of locals and so buttress Dominica's claim to being Nature Island of the Caribbean.

Minister of Education Vince Henderson spoke at both the February and July 2008 organic food receptions where the cadets displayed their talents and seemed well pleased with their efforts. He stressed his support and that of the government for the endeavor.

Chef Ushinski is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and a business partner to the developers of Alwen's Promise - the Christian family of Dominica. For more details

Roseau - September 4, 2008
Dominica ready to host Windward Island cricket tournament
President of the Windward Islands Cricket Board, Emmanuel Nanthan, said that all systems are in place for the hosting of the 2008 Windward Islands senior cricket tournament.

The tournament, which will be hosted in Dominica is scheduled to begin on Sunday.

According to Nanthan, preparations are well on the way for the hosting of a successful tournament and the teams will begin to arrive this Saturday.

“Our preparations are in an advanced state and all the pitches and facilities are in order,” he said.

The tournament will begin with the two-day segment which will be played on a round-robin basis followed by the limited overs version, which will also be played on a round-robin basis.

Matches for the tournament are carded for the Windsor Park Stadium and the Botanic Gardens in Roseau, as well as the Geneva Playing field in Grand Bay and the Benjamin’s Park in Portsmouth.

Caracas – September 4, 2008

Government to receive $21 million from ALBA

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says that Dominica will receive US$21 million from Venezuela under the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) trade initiative before the end of the week.

According to Skerrit, the funds will be earmarked for various development projects alkthough he did not provide specifics. In the past ALBA assistance have been used in combatting poverty and for building houses in the Carib Territory.

Political opponents have criticized Skerrit's administration in the eastern Caribbean island for becoming a member of the regional trade alliance. Members of the ALBA group include Cuba, Bolivia and Nicaragua.

Skerrit told reporters Wednesday that the aid is "testament to the strong bonds of friendship between Dominica and Venezuela within the ALBA."

Beijing – August 24, 2008
President Hu of China meets Dominica’s President in Beijing

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Hu Jintao met with President of the Commonwealth of Dominica Nicholas Liverpool
President Hu Jintao has met with leaders from the Commonwealth of Dominica, Iceland, Australia, and Britain. All the leaders are scheduled to attend the closing ceremony of the Games on Sunday.

Hu said China cherishes its friendly relations with the eastern Caribbean country, and is ready to work with the Commonwealth of Dominica to keep expanding exchanges and cooperation in diverse fields and achieve common development and prosperity.

Liverpool thanked China for its support and assistance over the years. He vowed to keep to the one-China policy and hoped for increased, all-round cooperation.

Beijing – August 18, 2008
Dominican athletes fail to move pass qualifying rounds in Beijing

Chris Lloyd and Erison Hurtault failed to move past round one of their qualifying events on Monday.

Lloyd competed in the 200M and finished fifth in his heat in a time of 20.90 seconds, well above his personal best of 20.31 seconds. Sixty-four runners took part in the first round and 32 moved on to the next round. Lloyd barely missed out on qualifying by one hundredth of a second after been edged out by Matic Osovnikar of Slovenia in a time of 20.89 seconds; Matic went through to the next round.

Erison’s time of 46.10 seconds in the 400M was enough to get him a fourth place finish in his heat but not enough to go to the next round of 27 athletes. He ran above his personal best of 45.73 seconds. Fifty-six athletes took part in the qualifying rounds of the 400M.

Lloyd had earlier pulled out of the 400M to concentrate solely on the 200M. Lloyd and Erison were the only two Dominicans representing the country at the Beijing Olympics.

Roseau - August 17, 2008
Skerrit names Integrity Commission

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said yesterday that three people, including a former senior Roman Catholic Church official, had been named to the Integrity Commission that his administration wants functioning by September.

The former Archbishop of Castries, the Most Reverend Kelvin Felix; retired financial secretary Alic Lazare and former senior public servant Julian Johnson, would serve on the Commission.

He said the appointments would be made in keeping with the relevant sections of the Integrity in Public Office Act and that Johnson would chair the Commission.

Essex- August 16, 2008
England international Jermain Defoe charged for lending cousin £30,000 4 X 4

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England striker Jermaine Defoe
England international soccer player Jermain Defoe was charged by British police after lending a £30,000 4 X 4 silver land rover to his visiting cousin from Dominica.

Officers stopped the silver Land Rover thinking it may be stolen, but were informed by learner Ryan Edgar that Defoe knew he had it.

Defoe, 25, plays for Portsmouth in the British premier league and has been a regular feature in England’s team.

He was charged with allowing his cousin Edgar, 22, who plays for the Dominica football team, to drive the car without the correct licence in Canvey Island, Essex.

Defoe, of Potters Bar, Herts, is also accused of having “too dark” tinted windows on the motor.

He was fined £60 last September for using a mobile while driving an £110,000 Aston Martin.

Jermain Defoe was born in England and his father is Dominican and his mother is St. Lucian.

Roseau-August 12, 2008
Two Tropical Disturbances Form In The Atlantic

Two tropical disturbances emerged in the Atlantic both with the potential to grow into tropical depressions, according to the National Hurricane Center.

One system was centered about 650 miles east of St. Lucia and Dominica and was moving northwest at 10 to 15 mph. A hurricane hunter airplane is scheduled to fly and gather data on Tuesday.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said the system has a more than 50 percent of forming into a tropical cyclone.

They also are watching a second system, in the Eastern Atlantic, that has ''medium'' potential to develop.

Roseau – August 11, 2008
Former NBD manager cleared of fraud charges

A committee headed by retired judge Albert Mathew that was appointed in 2007 to investigate allegations of a EC$ 3 million fraud against former manager of the National Bank of Dominica (NBD) Lambert Lewis has found no evidence that such fraud was committed.

Managing Director of the NBD Gregory Deagans said a specific resolution was presented to the shareholders Monday for debate and consideration.

The report read in part: "we are of the firm view that there is no credible evidence to support a charge of fraud against Mr. Lambert Lewis or any other officer or employees of the NBD past or present. The shareholders accept that there has been a satisfactory outcome of the matter and be it further resolved that the matter is now closed".

Roseau – August 11, 2008
China grants more scholarships to Dominican students

Sixteen Dominicans are expected to leave in September to pursue higher education in China. Ten men and six women received their admission notice at a presentation at the Chinese embassy.

Chinese Ambassador to Dominica His Excellency Deng Boqing, encouraged the students to take advantage of the opportunity "even when China has experienced some disasters in recent times".

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit reiterated Government's commitment to ensure education for Dominicans, claiming that his administration is focused on developing the human resource of the country.

The sixteen students will join more than thirty other Dominican students who are already pursuing studies in China.

Viellecase – August 11, 2008
Scholarships in honour of E. O Leblanc

Prime Minister and Parliamentary Representative for the Vieille Case constituency, Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit has announced scholarships in the name of the man widely regarded as the Father of the Nation- Mr. Edward Oliver Leblanc.

According to Hon. Skerrit, a national scholarship in the name of Edward Oliver Leblanc will be awarded to a Dominican every four years to attend a university, subject to the recipient’s involvement in community work such as active participation in church, sport and other activities.

In addition, effective September, 2008, two scholarships will be awarded annually in the name of EO Leblanc to two Dominicans to attend a secondary school. The scholarship recipients must also be involved in some form of community work.

In his remarks at the ceremony, the Prime Minister also announced that Government had approved a contract in the sum of $35,000 for the erection of a bust depicting the late E.O Leblanc. The bust will be unveiled later this year to coincide with the second phase of the Children of Itassi Reunion, set for October 26- November 4, 2008.

Mr. Edward Oliver Leblanc served as Chief Minister and Premier of Dominica from January 1961- July 1974. He was born on October 3, 1923 and died on October 29, 2004.

Roseau – July 31, 2008
Earl Williams Resigns Amidst Corruption Scandal

Earl Williams has tendered his resignation as leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP). Williams recently came under severe criticism for allegedly misusing thousands of dollars of his client’s money. Williams who is an attorney replaced former Prime minister Edison James as party leader in December 2006.

In a five-minute press conference Wednesday, Opposition Leader Earl Williams said: "In the past week, my leadership role in the political environment of Dominica has been the subject of national attention on account of a highly politicized attorney-client matter in my legal practice.

Williams has been embroiled in a scandal involving the misuse of over EC$238,000 (US$90,818) given to him to purchase land in Dominica for a client based in the United States.

Read more and comment on resignation

Columbus, Ga. – July 29, 2008
Man on FBI Top 10 Most Wanted list may have fled to Dominica

Jason Registe is on the FBI's Top 10 most wanted list
The FBI has added a man suspected of executing two men at a Columbus apartment complex a year ago to its Top 10 Most Wanted list.

Authorities also said Monday that the reward for 25-year-old Michael Jason Registe has been increased from $20,000 to $100,000.

Registe is wanted in the shooting of 21-year-old Randy Newton Jr. and 20-year-old Bryan Kilgore in the parking lot of Cross Creek Apartments on July 20, 2007. Both were shot in the head at close range.

The FBI and Columbus police believe Registe fled to the Virgin Islands or Dominica. He has been featured on "America's Most Wanted" twice and on Interpol's Web site.

Registe was born in Fort Benning, Georgia but has family in Dominica.

Roseau – July 29, 2008
Death Threats made against members of Clean Energy Corporation

Members of the Clean Energy Cooperation have received a number of death threats following statements calling for Government to reverse a decision to grant a geothermal exploration contract to a foreign company.

Co-Chairman of the company Gabriel Christian said following statements that his company disassociated itself with the decisions of the Roosevelt Skerrit-led administration, a number of persons have contacted the organization.

And some he said had issued death threats, warning against any further actions by him and his colleague Washway Douglas on the matter.

"We are going to stand strong, may the heavens fall even if we lose our lives in the process. Those making threats do not know who we are and who they are talking to… we are Dominicans and we will fight till the end," he said.

Christian said his organization will be taking further action if government refuses to take heed.

"The Government knows the history of Dominicans and we will not accept foolishness. They know very well what the people are capable of doing and that's all I am willing to say," he said.

Gabriel Christian Associated himself as a child with the likes of the late Roosie Douglas and Pierre Charles.

Christian and his family have been traditional supporters of the DLP Government. His parents were founding members of the Party.

The Government of Dominica has said that those who tendered bids for the project were not financially capable. The project however is being viewed as the saviour to the high cost of electricity in Dominica, currently crippling the pockets of consumers.

Roseau – July 27, 2008
Opposition Leader Earl Williams Called on to Resign

Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Earl Williams is facing a growing chorus of voices to resign. The call for the embattled leader’s resignation comes amidst allegations of corruption.

Williams has been implicated in a growing scandal involving the misuse of funds entrusted to him by one of his clients.

The local Dominican lawyer is said to be unable to account for a large sum of money that he was given to conduct a transaction for his clients.

None of the allegations have been proven and Williams have not been charged with any wrong doing. Calls for his resignation have come from members of his own party.

Williams could not be reached for comment at this time.

July 27, 2008 - SANTO DOMINGO
Dominica and Dominican Republic trade diplomats

Dominican Republic established diplomatic relations with the island-nation Dominica, in a ceremony held in the country’s Permanent Mission before the United Nations.

The joint communique was signed by of Dominica’s permanent representative before the UN, Crispin S. Gregoire, and the Dominican Republic Mission’s Businesses attache Enriquillo A. Rosario.

Dominican Republic Foreign Minister Carlos Morales witnessed the signing, said the Chancellery’s press office.

July 17, 2008- BejingDominican students volunteer for Bejing olympics- By

On July 25, Shermanie Harry from the Caribbean island of Dominica will be among the first batch of foreign Olympic volunteers to start work in Beijing.

"I'm very glad to be a volunteer at the Games, as it will help me make many new friends," the 22-year-old from Roseau, the island's capital, said Wednesday.

Over the past two years as a student at Beijing's Capital University of Economics and Business, Harry has learned to speak fluent Putonghua.

"The Olympics is not about just one country. Chinese people should also do something to help," she said in Putonghua at a swearing-in ceremony for the volunteers.

Huang Keying, deputy director of the Beijing Olympic Spectator Call Center, said: "About 20 foreign volunteers will start work at the center on July 25."

Most of them have studied in China, he said.

Volkan Gurcan, from Istanbul in Turkey, said: "I will be the only person answering people's questions in Turkish."

Gurcan said he took the Chinese name huoshan, as it means "volcano", just as his given name does in Turkish.

"The Beijing Olympics is a dream for all Chinese people, and although I'm a foreigner, I wanted to share that dream, so I choose to be a volunteer," the 25-year-old international trade student at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, said.

"I love Beijing. After the Games, I will continue to study here," he said.

Most of the overseas volunteers arrived in Beijing last month. They will help out at the Main Press Center, the International Broadcast Center and competition venues.

Their responsibilities will include collecting quotes from athletes and officials and writing press releases.

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