Former DOC President Felix Wilson claims that his performance was affected by political victimization
Former President of the Dominica Olympic Committee (DOC) Felix Wilson says he was the victim of political victimization, following his defeat at a recent DOC election.
Wilson made this statement on well-known sports network, SportsMax on Tuesday evening. However, many Dominicans from all sides of the political divide disagree with Wilson’s statements, and what he claims hampered his performance.
Here is Wilson speaking with a sports max reporter on Wednesday.
DFP Leader Michael Astaphan concerned with the conduct of Dominica Police Commissioner Daniel Carbon
Dominica Freedom Party Leader Michael Astaphan is concerned with the conduct of the Dominica Police Commissioner Daniel Carbon.
Astaphan said the statements made by Carbon, advising citizens to refrain from protesting, at a time when the Government was seeking to pass a controversial Bill in Parliament, which allegedly sought to legalize bribing and treating in general elections, was unacceptable.
The United Workers Party has sounded a call for all patriots to gather in Lagoon, Roseau tomorrow, Thursday June 1st, for another political rally.
UWP Leader Lennox Linton says it is important that they meet to discuss the way forward.
This meeting called by the Opposition, follows a decision of PM Skerrit to adjourn Parliament last week, without further consideration of matters on the Order Paper.
His decision was as a result of what he says is protest action which ensued, due to disagreements from some, to his DLP Government’s proposed amendments to the Election Act.
Linton said the Prime Minister will come back with these same Bills, and the patriots need to make it clear, that they will not rest until this piece of legislation is withdrawn permanently.
The meeting will commence at 7.30pm.
Discover Dominica Authority's Product Development Manager Ms Kathleen Cuffy Jno Jules has reported on the achievements of the DDA for May 2017, known as Tourism Month.
Jno Jules says the DDA has had a successful campaign and is encouraging all Dominicans to continue playing their part in positively promoting Dominica, its People and sites.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism & Urban Renewal Careen Prevost has announced that $150,000 will be spent to upgrade the restroom facilities at the Trafalgar Falls site.
Prevost said the ministry is also embarking on a project to ensure that the facilities at the tourist sites are friendly to ‘People with Disabilities’.
She stated that the initiative will be piloted at the Trafalgar site, and later implemented at other tourist sites across the island.
Prevost also revealed that some $60,000 is being spent on a signage project at the different sites.
Permanent Secretary, Tourism Ministry, Careen Prevost.
Minister for Commerce, Enterprise & Small Business Development Roslyn Paul has pledged the Government's continued support towards the creative arts industry on the island.
Paul made these remarks at the opening ceremony of the inaugural Caribbean Performing Arts conference Tuesday at the Fort Young Hotel.
The 2-day conference is being held under the theme ‘Imagination+Belief+Creativity+Innovation = Creative Entrepreneurship’.
Paul says funding has been made available to further enhance Dominica's creative arts.
The concept which was conceptualized by the Caribbean Performing Arts Federation will engage participants on the business management and legal aspects of the music industry, in recognition of the need to bridge that gap, from talented hobbyist to creative commercial performer.
Paul urged the participants to take advantage of this opportunity being offered to them by the federation.
Commerce, Enterprise & Small Business Dev Minister Roslyn Paul
The conference focuses on the development of music, utilizing the skills of Paris based Dominican musical legend Gordon Henderson, supported by regional certified Financial Education Instructor Judy McCucheon.
MP for the Portsmouth Constituency Ian Douglas has says the country's House of Assembly continues to deteriorate, due to the behaviour of the Opposition.
Just last week Parliament was adjourned without further considerations of matters on the order paper, following protest by concerned members of the public outside of the parliament, who were dissatisfied with a bill brought by the DLP Government, to amend the Election Laws, which they perceived to be an attempt to legitimize bribery and treating in Dominica’s elections.
PM Roosevelt Skerrit said the adjournment was the best way to avoid the confrontation which he claimed was being sought. He stated that he did not want to put anyone in harm's way in relation to that matter.
Douglas described that situation as sad.
MP for the Portsmouth Constituency Ian Douglas.
Five Dominicans, who reside in the United States of America and Canada, will be honoured during the National Caribbean American Heritage Month gala celebration. They are among eight “outstanding people” of Caribbean heritage who will be honoured by New York City Council Member Andy King, and other elected officials, on Saturday June 3rd at 2 pm, at the Celeste Bartos Forum, New York Public Library–Stephen A Schwarzman Building, at Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street Manhattan.
A press release issued by Stephannia Cleaton, Communications Director for NYC Council Member Andy King on Tuesday 30th May 2017, indicates that the gala celebration will kick off National Caribbean American Heritage Month.
Honourees of Dominican heritage, who will be awarded for their outstanding contribution to their community and country, are Gabriel J. Christian, Esq; Dr Irving W. André, Superior Court of Justice, Canada; Crispin Gregoire, UNDP Chief of the Caribbean Strategic Monitoring and Support Unit of the Regional Bureau of Latin America and the Caribbean; Dr. Clayton A Shillingford, former president of the Dominica Academy of Arts and Sciences (DAAS); and Loreen Bannis-Roberts, Dominica’s Ambassador to the United Nations.
The other honourees are New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito; Henry A Garrido, DC 37, Executive Director; and Ambassador Curtis Ward, former ambassador of Jamaica to the United Nations.
Well-renown Dominican Opera and Jazz singer, Marie-Claire Giraud, will be performing, and there will be a book signing by Dr Irving André.
Here is New York City Council Member Andy King in his own words, in an Interview with Q95fm Radio, yesterday Tuesday 30th June.
The ‘Our Caribbean Heritage Celebration” is held in celebration of National Caribbean American Heritage Month & will feature a red carpet arrival and awards presentation. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Ava Frampton at (718) 684-5511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rudy Junior Jones charged with August 2012 murder of Falcon Wallace will know his fate today Wednesday
Rudy Junior Jones of Marigot who is charged with the August 2012 murder of Falcon Wallace, will know his fate today Wednesday 31st May 2017. Presiding Judge Victoria Charles-Clarke summed up the case on yesterday Tuesday 30th May. The State and the prosecution both closed their cases, and both sides already addressed the jury on the matter.
In an unsworn statement from the prison’s dock, Jones told the court that he had got paid and had EC$1,800.00 in his possession on the day in question, Friday 24th August 2012, and that he came from work on a bus and went to Marigot.
Jones said “The bus dropped me in the junction and I took out the plastic of money in my pocket…I took $20.00, paid the driver and he gave me back $10.00. I went to the shop of Jeffery Charles to get a Guinness”.
According to him, while being served, he felt two hands in his pocket. “When I turned I saw Falcon (the deceased) on one side and Frankie on the other. I asked them what’s their problem. Falcon said he was going to rob me tonight”. He added that he took the drink, left both men in the shop and made his way home. “I went to a standpipe close to my home, I always stop there to clean my shoes. I heard a voice saying, ‘you going to get robbed for true tonight.’ I continued cleaning my shoes and then felt a slap on my ears”.
He said he asked (Falcon), “why you slap me…I am not your child.” He said the deceased told him, “the plastic of money I want.” Jones said that he asked Falcon if he was working for him, but he replied that he (Jones) only come up to Marigot on weekends.
“He made another attempt to give me another slap, so I pass the piece of knife on him. He fell. I went to the pipe and drank water and went home, that’s all,” Jones stated.
However, State attorney attached to the office of the DPP Fernillia Felix, in a one-hour address to the jury, said an eyewitness account given by Ronald Junior Tony is telling. She said Jones has given “two versions” of his actions and he is “lying and not credible.”
She added that “Self defense is off the table, he stabs the man and was under no threat. Look at the evidence in totality, the inconsistencies are great and major, because he was lying and is still lying today. The defense is alleging provocation; but we are saying the deceased never provoked the accused. It’s a matter of plain revenge and retaliation, the prosecution has proved its case to you and we ask you to return a verdict of guilty of murder.”
Defense lawyer David Bruney maintained that Jones (the accused) was provoked. “The State has to prove every element of its case. Where is the knife? We have a search warrant for the knife…no knife. What is the deceased doing in the vicinity of the home of the accused?” he asked.
He added, “The statement of the accused is clear, very clear. He was going to be robbed he had $1,800 in his pocket, I am asking you to accept the fact that he was vulnerable, and was going to be robbed. He was provoked that night and had to defend himself.”
The medical report stated that the deceased died of a 10-cm wound which damaged his intestine, and caused severe shock & haemorrhage.
Justice Victoria Charles-Clarke will address the jury and sum up the case today Wednesday 31st May 2017.
Dominica Police Force PRO apologizes, and corrects an earlier report that mistakenly identity a dead body
Public Relations Officer of the Dominica Police Force has apologized for the incorrect report on a Homicide, which occurred on the Roseau Riverbank, in an area locally known as Washington.
The incident actually occurred on Saturday 27th May 2017 at 4pm. Previously, the police had reported that the deceased was Junior James of St. Joseph. However, police now reveal that the confirmed identity of the body, is that of 38-year-old Fabien George of Massacre.
A coroner’s inquest will be convened. Meanwhile, investigations are ongoing, and police are urging citizens to assist in the investigation by contacting Crime Stoppers Dominica.
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