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Monday May 16, 2011
Landslide in Carib Territory leaves one man dead

A landslide in the Carib Territory has left at least one person dead and another injured. Dead is George Sully of the Carib Territory. The slide which occurred in the area of Antrizle is said to have occurred around 5 P.M. on Monday.

The injured man is reported to be in critical condition and is believed to have suffered serious head injury in the accident. The slide came after several days of heavy rains in Dominica.

Wednesday May 11, 2011
May 14 is Census Day in Dominica

Dominicans continue to participate in the 2011 Census. May 14 has been designated Census day as the first housing and population census in 10 years continues.

Chief Statistician Prayma Carette said that enumerators are working hard to ensure as complete coverage as possible. Enumerators have been going from house to house over the past several days and are expected to continue even beyond the May 14 census day.

In the last census, which took place in 2000, Dominica recorded a significant drop in its population of some 7 000 persons less than the 1990 census and observers are looking to see whether this downward trend will continue.

Dominica’s population is considered to be around 71 000.

Sunday May 8, 2011
12 year old girl dies in bus accident

Police in Dominica say a single bus accident in the Pond Casse area has left 12-year-old Keyana Emmanuel of Marigot dead and 12 others injured.

The bus was traveling to Roseau from Marigot at the time of the accident and police believe that the driver lost control of the vehicle before it flipped over several times before landing on its roof.

Keyana’s death brings to three the number of people who have died on Dominica’s road so far in 2011.

Tuesday May 3, 2011
Reigning Miss Caribbean World to promote pageant in BVI

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Reigning Miss Caribbean World Marcia Baptiste.

Dominican Marcia Baptiste, the reigning Miss Caribbean World is scheduled to arrive in the British Virgin Islands prior to May 18 to promote the 2011 Miss Caribbean World Pageant.

Fifteen ladies from throughout the Caribbean including Miss Dominica 2011 Jacintha Fagan will compete in the Pageant at the Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall as they vie for the prestigious title of Miss Caribbean World 2011.

They are expected to arrive in the British Virgin Islands on Wednesday May 18 and will participate in various activities prior to the pageant.

The contestants will compete in five categories, prior to the pageant they will participate in an interview and on the night of competition they will compete in swimwear, costume, talent, and evening wear.



Wednesday April 27, 2011
Nine killed in Jamaica in two murder suicides

The Jamaican community is reeling from two gruesome murder-suicides during the month of April in that country.

Although it is a society not immune to violence, the community was left in shock when on April 8, 2011 a police corporal Wayne Llewllyn experiencing marital problems shot his estranged wife, her parents, her daughter and her brother before turning the gun on himself. Only his wife survived the shootings but she remains in critical condition at a Jamaica hospital.

Less than ten days later on April 17, retired policeman Osbourne Whitton, 58, shot and killed his former girlfriend a 43 year old police officer along with her 45 year old boyfriend and his 12 year old son, before turning the gun on himself.

Sunday April 24, 2011
Former prime minister defends Parliament boycott

Former prime minister Edison James has insisted that his opposition United Workers Party (UWP) is doing the right thing by staying away from Parliament.

His comments come in the wake of a suggestion by former Hose Speaker Neva Edwards that it was “a mistake” for the opposition to remain away from Parliament.

James maintains that their decision to stay away is because of the need to push the issue of electoral reform.

A similar boycott of Parliament in 2010 resulted in the calling of bye elections in the Salisbury and Marigot constituencies, seats held by the Opposition, where they easily won reelection.

The Marigot seat is held by former prime minister James while Hector John, the Opposition Leader holds the Salisbury seat. Overall, the opposition holds three of the 21 seats in the country’s parliament.

Monday April 18, 2011
Police arrest three seize cocaine worth over US$ 3.0 million

Police in Dominica say they have arrested three men for the possession of over 100 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of over US$3 million dollars.

The three, which included two Dominicans and one Jamaican, were arrested in the area of Castle Comfort. A fourth man made good his escape. In executing the arrest, police say one of the suspects was shot in the leg and he is now nursing his injury at the Princess Margaret Hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Police say the three will be charged shortly but their investigations are ongoing.

Monday April 18, 2011
Marigot honors ten in Heroes Hall of Fame

The village of Marigot over the weekend honored ten members of that community who had made a significant contribution to the village and the wider Dominican community.

The ten included former prime minister Edison James, Nurse Doris Musgrave, Belgrave O Robinson, Former House of Assembly Speaker Neva Edwards, Mary Adetha Pascal, Miriam Castor Phillip, Lionel Laville, former police commissioner Oliver Norris Phillip, Alton Bristol and Gustavus Timothy.

They were inducted into the Marigot Heroes Hall of Fame at the Marigot Heroes Park.

The initiative was organized by the Marigot Development Corporation and is intended to inspire others to contribute in a more meaningful way to their communities.

Monday April 18, 2011
The Dominican.net Television (TDN TV) Relaunch

TheDominican.net tv is pleased to announce the relaunch of its television services with extensive coverage of the 2011 carnival now showing at TDN Television.

Tuesday April 12, 2011
Bulk water project progressing well

Manager of a project to sell bulk water from Dominica Athie Martin has said that it is progressing well and his company will begin the export of water before year end.

About two years ago, Martin received a contract from the government of Dominica to sell water from the Melville Hall area.

Martin explained that there was a delay in the project because of the need to realign the pipe from the intake to the beach. This has been done and work is proceeding well.

Tuesday April 12, 2011
Ten ALBA projects for Dominica

Minister of culture Justina Charles has said that over the next several months more than ten projects financed by the Bolvarian Alternative of the Americas (ALBA) will be unveiled in Dominica.

The projects will be geared towards improvements in the Old Mill Cultural Center, the Arawak House of Culture, and training in cultural and film activities.

Charles said that funds from ALBA will go towards the development of the local film industry and cinematography as well as folk music and other art forms in Dominica.

ALBA is a grouping of Latin American countries along with St Vincent and Dominica, which is headed by Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

Tuesday April 12, 2011
No change of date for carnival

Raymond Lawrence Head of the Cultural Division has said that he and his Department are against the changing of the date of carnival.

His comments come in the wake of discussion on the island about the wisdom of keeping carnival on the two days preceding the beginning of lent.

Supporters of a change in date has pointed to the fact that Dominica’s carnival coincides with that of Trinidad and that it comes too close to the observance of independence and carnival.

Lawrence however argues that the date is ideal and that it comes in the middle of the tourist season. Consequently, his department was not interested in changing the date for Dominica’s carnival.

Friday April 8, 2011
Water rates to increase by 15 percent

The Dominica Water and Sewerage Company (DOWASCO) have received permission from government to increase water and sewage rates by 15 percent. The increase is to take place with immediate effect.

This is the first such increase in thirteen years. General manager of DOWASCO Bernard Etinoff said the increase was in response to rising financial problems at the company.

Earlier this year, Etinoff said that his company would need to lay off workers. However, with the granting of the rate hike there is less likelihood of persons been laid off.

Some customers now pay a monthly flat rate of $15 others pay $42 and yet others are metered.

DOWASCO’s increase follows increases in cable rates and there is an expectation that electricity rates will increase.

Thursday April 7, 2011
Edmund sentenced to over two years in prison

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Webster Edmund.

The man accused of kidnapping 15 year old Shanice Jemmott and holding her captive for about one month has been sentenced to prison for two years and five weeks.

A magistrate in St Joseph sentenced 37 year old Webster Edmund for possession of an illegal firearm, ammunition and marijuana. He still faces charges for kidnapping and other charges and these are expected to be heard in August of this year.

Police captured Edmund in the village of St Joseph with a twelve gauge shotgun after he entered the home of a resident. At the time he was been sought by Police for the kidnapping of Janice who was taken on her way to school.

He later led Police to where Shanice was being held just a few miles from her home.

Sunday March 20, 2011
The founder of Ross University has died at age 92

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Dr Robert Ross.

Robert Ross founder of the Ross University Medical School located in Portsmouth, Dominica has died at the age of 92. His family said that he died quietly at his home in New York after being diagnosed with cancer.

Ross who was born in Detroit founded Ross University medical school in 1978 and sold it in 2000. The university is now owned by DeVry Inc. and boasts an enrollment of over 4000 students.

Ross later founded the International University of Nursing and the University of Medicine and Health Sciences in St. Kitts, which was also purchased by De Vry. He also developed a homeopathic remedy for snoring called YSNORE.

When De Vry purchased the medical and veterinary schools in 2003 they paid approximately $310 million in cash for the acquisition. At the time of the acquisition Ross niversity had operating revenues of approximately $62 million.

Ross is survived by his wife, Anne, four children and two stepchildren.

Friday March 4, 2011
Jacintha Fagan is Miss Dominica 2011

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Miss Dominica 2011 Jacintha Fagan.

Jacintha Fagan is Miss Dominica 2011. She won from a field of seven beauties in the 2011 Miss Dominica Beauty Pageant held at the Carnival City in Roseau. Earlene Labassiere and Roselia Bazil placed second and third respectively.

Other awards during the pageant were as follows:

Miss Amity – Cornillia Hazel
Miss Photogenic – Jacintha Fagan
Best Costume – Nasha Faustin
Best in Costume – Nasha Faustin
Best Talent – Michelle Joseph
Best in Swim Wear – Earlene Labassiere
Best Evening Wear – Earlene Labassiere
Best in Evening Wear – Jacintha Fagan
Best Question and Answer – Michelle Joseph

Friday February 25, 2011
Dominican track star launches charity initiative

Former Columbia track & field standout Erison Hurtault was recently featured on the Ivy League website and HepsTrack.com for a charity initative taking place at the 2011 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships this weekend. Hurtault, a former Ivy League champion and All-American, will be collecting gently used running shoes, clothing and equipment to send to Dominica, the Carribean nation that he has represented in international competition since his graduation.

On Friday from 4-6 p.m. and throughout the duration of competition on Saturday, Feb. 26, Hurtault will be manning a collection bin on the third floor (track level) of The Armory, accepting all donations from athletes, friends, family and fans.

All donations will be shipped to the Dominica Olympic Committee, which will distribute the items to young, aspiring athletes throughout the country.

Friday February 25, 2011
LIAT plane makes emergency landing in Guadeloupe

On Wednesday morning, a LIAT plane carrying 47 passengers from Dominica to Antigua had to be diverted to Guadeloupe.

The company issued a release confirming that LI 320, which took off from Dominica bound for Antigua landed at the Le Raizet Airport in Guadeloupe after the pilots reported an emergency when an indicator light illuminated in the cockpit.

“As a precautionary procedure, emergency services were on standby and the landing was uneventful with no injury to passengers or crew or damage to the aircraft,” it said.

LIAT said arrangements were made for the affected passengers to be accommodated on another of the airline’s services.

The aircraft will undergo extensive maintenance before being allowed to return to the skies.

Monday February 21, 2011
Nine calypsonians qualify for this year’s finals

Dice, Soul Puss, Explosion, Tasha P, Leandra, Checker, Peter Pros, Mighty Lugas and Sye are the finalists along with reigning King Karessah in this year’s 2011 calypso competition scheduled for March 5, 2011.

The nine calypsonians qualified from a field of twenty in a tightly contested affair held at the Newtown Savannah over the weekend.

Monday February 21, 2011
Dominica-born hip hop artist to launch website

Dominican-born, Miami-based Hip-Hop artist Klass Money (born Jefferson Scotland-son of Jefferson and Carol Scotland) will be launching his official website on March 7th.

Here is a video of some behind the scenes footage of the photo shoot for the new site klassmoney.com and youtube.com

Monday February 21, 2011
US elementary school children learn of Dominica

Wenzel Elementary School students of Sturgis, Michigan had a multicultural experience Wednesday without leaving the classroom.


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Emerlyn Simonson of Dominica stamped Ayanna Moss’ “passport” at Wenzel Elementary School’s multicultural day.

Sturgis-area residents talked about their homelands to about 150 students in grades K-2, discussing customs, food and lifestyle.

Patty Rutenbar, a second-grade teacher and organizer for the event, said the goal was for students to learn “how we are alike and how we are different.”

Students “traveled” to the countries, and when they arrived their “passports” were stamped. Destinations included Tonga a with host David Mokena, Dominica with Emerlyn Simonson, Vietnam with John Ngyen, Armenia with Arman Azizyan, Ukraine with Inna Fedoriak, Germany with Innes Heidrich.

Because Yellina Petrovic was sick, students were not able to visit Montenegro.

Wednesday January 5, 2011
US Command Sargeant Major Ralph Alcendor on theDominican.net radio

United States Command Sargeant Major Ralph Alcendor who was born in Grand Bay will be the special guest of Thomson Fontaine host of the interview program "This Week in Interview".

In 2001 Sargeant Major Alcendor was the second in command of US soldiers leading the search for Osama Bin Laden. He is a veteran of conflicts in Bosnia, Haiti, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

CSM Alcendor is no stranger to danger having participated in some of the US military's largest campaigns in recent history. In 1991, he was on the front lines in Desert Storm and Desert Shield, Operation Restore Hope in Somalia in 1993, and Operation Provide Comfort in Haiti in 1994.

The former SMA student is passionate about Dominica and has some strong views on the political situation in Dominica.

The program airs at 8:00 - 9:00 P.M (Eastern) on theDominican.net radio at http://thedominican.net on Wednesday January 5, 2011.

Listeners can join the conversation at 202 525 7231 or 301 327 6889 or send email to [email protected]

Sargeant Major Ralph Alcendor

Wednesday December 29, 2010
Murder in the village of Petite Savanne

Villagers from the small village of Petite Savanne have reported seeing the lifeless body of a young man on the streets of that village.

A caller to a local radio station said that she along with several villagers were awakened to the sight of the body. She also reported that rumors were that the young man was killed by several villagers.

The victim is said to have escaped Police custody earlier in the week and was wanted by the Police.

This murder brings to 15 the number of Dominicans killed so far in 2011.

Sunday December 26, 2010
Double murder in Grand Bay on Christmas Day

The Christmas day slayings of two brothers in Grand Bay has left the community reeling in shock. Dead are Isolah Remy aka Swat and his brother Josiah Remy. Both brothers are believed to be in their twenties.

The men were reportedly shot in the village by a lone assailant. The Police have launched a massive search for the killer and is appealing for help from the public.

The recent murders take the number of persons killed in Dominica during 2010 to a record 14 surpassing the 13 that were murdered in 2009.

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