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Monday August 15, 2011

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Three men and a woman appeared before local magistrate Evalina Baptiste and were granted bail after pleading not guilty to possession of illegal firearms including an AK-47 and various types of ammunition.

Suzelle Gama a national of Guadeloupe along with Levi Gregoire, Aaron Gregoire and Louis Gregoire of Grand Bay were arrested earlier by Police and brought before the courts.

As a condition of the $32 000 bail handed out to the accused, they will have to report to the Grand Bay Police station at least once a week and surrender their travel documents.

The three are due to appear in court on November 21 to answer to the charges.

Monday August 08, 2011

Interview with former Scotland Yard detective Chief Inspector David Michael Wednesday

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Detective Chief Inspector Michael.

Former detective Chief Inspector David Michael of the New Scotland Yard will be the special guest on Wednesday August 10, 2011 on "This Week in Interview with Thomson Fontaine” on the radio from 8 - 9 P.M.

Detective Michael built a national reputation as one of England’s most eminent black police officers. Born in Dominica, he migrated to the UK and later became the first black police officer from his town.

We will discuss the state of crime, the judiciary and the future of Dominica with this distinguished professional police officer.

Simply go to and click on the Radio link to listen live. Send comments and questions to [email protected] or call 1 301 327 6889 to join the conversation.

Sunday August 07, 2011SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Impressive 45.70 from Hurtault in Ninove Belgium.

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Photo finish of Erison Hurtault in 400m race.

Dominican middle distance runner Erison Hurtault put in a great performance in the 400M at the Flanders Cup Meeting , IAAF sponsor Track and Field event in Ninove Belgium to earn gold.

Hurtault was in impressive form as he edged out Lahaye Mathieu from France (46.22), and Fillon Nicolas also from France who made the distance in 46.23.

In the women 400M event Nicola Sanders of Great Britain won in a seasonal best of 51.84.

Ilham Tanui Özbilen made it a cracking 800m race as he crossed the line in 1:44.25, a new national record for Turkey, and in the women’s 800m Latavia Thomas from the USA lowered her PB from 2:01.40 to 1:59.67.

Wednesday August 03, 2011SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

14 year old dies in diving incident.

Police are reporting the death of 14-year-old Amassa Bachelor of Salisbury who died in a diving accident yesterday.

According to reports from the village, Amassa went diving with several friends off the cliffs close to his village and broke his neck in the process. He was pulled from the water but efforts to revive him proved futile. He was a student of the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School.

Tuesday August 02, 2011

Police make arrests in brutal weekend slaying.

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Costello was manager of the upscale Silks hotel in Dominica's North East.

Police in Dominica is said to have apprehended at least two of the individuals involved in the brutal slaying of hotel manager Joe Costello.

Costello was attacked by cutlass wielding men who were attempting to rob the business place of his friends American couple Rick and Alicia Davison. He is being hailed as a hero for attempting to defend the couple sometime late on Sunday night as three masked men attempted to rob their dwelling.

Forty-three year old Costello who has lived on the island for over nine months died shortly after the attack and the Davisons’ who are longtime residents’ continue to nurse their injuries at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

Dominicans have been reacting in horror to the unprecedented attack in a country with an extremely low murder rate and that is known for its hospitality and friendliness to visitors.

Tuesday August 02, 2011

Radio interview with Bernard Wiltshire Wednesday 8-9 p.m.

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Attorney Bernard Wiltshire.

Former Attorney General, President of the Waitukubuli Ecological Foundation (WEF), and inspiration behind Dominica’s national trail, Bernard Wiltshire will be the special guest on Wednesday August 3, 2011 on "This Week in Interview with Thomson Fontaine” on the radio from 8 - 9 P.M.

Wiltshire is one of Dominica's leading thinkers and conservationists who continue to make a major contribution to Dominica's development. He served as Dominica’s Attorney General and currently heads WEF. He conceived the Waitukubuli National Trail and is committed to preserving Dominica’s green environment.

We will discuss the state of affairs in Dominica, its rich natural heritage and its efforts to find its place in the world.

Simply go to and click on the Radio link to listen live. Send comments and questions to [email protected] or call 1 301 327 6889 to join the conversation.

Monday August 01, 2011
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Armed robbery in Marigot leaves at least one person dead

Police in Dominica is reporting the death of at least one individual following an armed robbery in the village of Marigot.

Reports are still sketchy but it is believed that the armed men entered a dwelling place injured a couple and killed a guest who was visiting.

No arrests have been made but Police are continuing their investigations.

Wednesday July 27, 2011

Interview with Alex Bruno 8:00 - 9 P.M Wednesday

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Cultural icon, playwright, radio personality and social activist Alex (Pawol) Bruno will be the special guest tonight Wednesday July 27, on "This Week in Interview with Thomson Fontaine” on the radio from 8 - 9 P.M.

Alex is one of Dominica's leading playwrights who continue to promote Dominica's unique culture. He has worked extensively in promoting Dominica's centurinarians, and recently formed a communication company to focus on issues with relations to Caribbean peoples and how Caribbean cultures interface with others.

We will discuss the state of the arts in Dominica, our culture, his numerous plays and other social issues.

Simply go to thedominican.netand click on the Radio link. Send comments and questions to [email protected] or call 1 301 327 6889 to join the conversation.

Monday July 25, 2011

Antrizle residents set up roadblock to protest road conditions

Residents of Antrizle frustrated over deteriorating roads in the area mounted a roadblock earlier today in protest. Residents completely blockaded the road with trees and debris bringing all traffic to a halt on the critical stretch of road.

The roadblock remained in place from around 5:00 a.m on Monday morning until around 10:00 a.m when it was dismantled by Police.

The closure created a major disruption in airport traffic as the road is the one being used to travel to and from the country’s lone airport as construction works are undertaken on the Concord/Belles road, which links much of the northeastern part of Dominica to Roseau and the South East of the island.

It also disrupted the flow of traffic from residents in the Northeastern part of the island who were attempting to get to Roseau.

Residents hope their action will bring attention to the poor quality of the roads in that area.

Antrizle is at the tip of the Carib Territory, which comprises the villages of Atkinson, Salibia, Crayfish River, and Senekou.

Wednesday July 13, 2011

Vincentian Police kills Dominican national in alleged drug bust

Police in St Vincent say they have shot and killed a Dominican national after a shootout with three men said to be involved in drug trafficking. The young man from Calibishie was reportedly killed by Vincentian Police after he was found on a boat with 31 pounds of cocaine and some marijuana.

They also arrested another Dominican national from the same village and a local man. Police say the three were transporting the drugs from St Vincent and were headed to Dominica in the boat when they were intercepted. A gun fight erupted resulting in the death of the young man.

So far, Police have withheld the names of the Dominicans involved.

Wednesday July 13, 2011

Man involved in attempted rape shot by Police

A police officer in Roseau shot a man after he allegedly attempted to touch a young girl in the bathroom of a school situated just meters from Police Headquarters.

The Police say the man was hiding in the bath room and attacked the child, she screamed and right at that time the Police officer was in the area dropping off a child. He confronted the perpetrator and in the ensuing melee shot him in the leg.

The man is currently a patient at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

Monday June 27, 2011

Dominican women go in search of Olympic bid

The Dominican women football team will go in search of securing a place for the 2012 London Olympics when they take on their Caribbean counterparts in the CONCACAF qualifiers.

Dominica will face off against Trinidad and Tobago, Bermuda and the Dominican Republic in Group B of the competition in the Dominican Republic between July 5 – 9.

Group A, with Cuba, Aruba, Haiti and Suriname, will be played in Aruba from June 29-July 3. Both group winners and the best runners-up between runners-up of groups A and B will qualify to the CONCACAF Finals.

The CONCACAF Finals will be played in Vancouver, Canada from January 19-29, 2012. Canada, the reigning CONCACAF women's champions, will be joined by the United States, Mexico, three Caribbean qualifiers, and two from Central America, in the contest for the region's two berths at the London Games.

In the latest FIFA ranking the Dominican girls are ranked 17 within CONCACAF and 122 in the world.

Tuesday June 14, 2011

Lawyer in firebombing attack calls on Police to apprehend suspects

The burnt out remains of the car belonging to Glenworth Emanuel.

Dominican lawyer Glenworth Emanuel who was the victim of a 2010 Christmas Day fire bombing that threatened his life and that of his wife has called on the local Police to act quickly to apprehend those responsible for the attack.

The 75 year old lawyer in a written statement said the Police had received a credible confession from the individual directly responsible for the act. According to Emanuel that individual confessed to the firebombing and also named two other individuals on whose orders he carried out the attack.

However according to Emanuel despite the credible evidence provided by the suspect, Police has up to this point done nothing to arrest or interview the individuals named by the suspect.

Further, no action has been taken against the person who has confessed. Late last month the suspect was sentenced to four years in prison on an unrelated charge.

Last year, Emanuel filed a civil suit along with 42 charges of criminal misconduct against his former law partner Stephen Isidore, who at the time served as counsel to Prime Minister Skerrit of Dominica. The suit surrounds the disappearance of more than $ EC 6 million believed to have been paid into the firm primarily by entities and individuals either doing business or seeking to do business with the government of Dominica.

No date has been set for the case against Isidore in the local courts.

Tuesday June 14, 2011

Bail granted to suspect in passport scandal

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Kimana James allowed bail by local magistrate.

A magistrate in Dominica has granted bail of $30 000 to Kimana James who was charged by Police in a case involving the forgery of birth certificates for foreigners to use in obtaining Dominican passports.

James who spent some time at the hospital after her arrest by Police was granted bail after the prosecution failed to convince the magistrate that she would interfere with potential witnesses.

Two other suspects in the case Nash Mitchell and Lyndon Marie were late last month denied bail and are on remand at the State prison in Stock Farm. Another bail hearing is scheduled for June 28, 2011.

It is alleged that James may have used her position as a Clerk at the National registry where birth records are kept to assist in the forgery. Police believe that well over 40 birth certificates were forged and sold to Iranian nationals who were then able to secure Dominican passports. The case is expected to be tried later this year.

Police say their investigations are continuing and that there may be further arrests in the case.


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