Jolly (Jah Lee) Jules age 31 from Grand Bay who was residing in St Martin has been beaten and stabbed to death in that country.
According to the St Martin Police Jules died from wounds received after being beaten by unknown assailants on two separate occasions.
Early last week, Jules was beaten and stabbed by a group of young men and taken to hospital but released on Friday. Soon after his release he was again set upon by three men stabbed and beaten with a baseball bat, He subsequently succumbed to his injuries.
A friend of the victim said Jules had apparently purchased an unspecified item from one of the suspects but had returned it, complaining that it was not what he had requested, and the fights started from there.
No arrests have been made and Police are continuing their investigations.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS)has reported that an earthquake with magnitude 5.0 occurred today at around 6:00 a.m between the islands of Martinique and Dominica.
The quake was located about 38 km (23 miles) South South East of Roseau, Dominica and 46 km (28 miles) North North West of Fort-de-France, Martinique.There were no immediate reports of injuries and residents of the two islands are said to have felt only a small tremor.
Sean Douglas former government spokesman will be LIVE tonight Wednesday at thedominican.net radio from 8 - 9 p.m Eastern Time. Sean has quite a story to tell on the state of politics in Dominica, the creeping dictatorship, corruption and the high personal price he has paid for going public.
Join “This Week in Interview” at http://thedominican.net and send questions to [email protected],. Also you can call in your questions at 301 327 6889 as we discuss the state of politics in Dominica.
Today is the second day in the trial involving Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and his education minister Peter St Jean.
The two are answering to charges that they illegally contested the last general elections by virtue of being citizens of France while pledging allegiance to Dominica.
Dual citizenship is expressly forbidden under Dominica’s constitution for those seeking elective office.
At yesterday’s hearing defense attorney Anthony Astaphan asked the court to throw out the charges but this was rejected by the judge. Later both Skerrit and St Jean opted to remain silent claiming their right to do so.
Before the court opening, a handful of supporters greeted the Prime Minister as he arrived under a heavy security detail.
If found guilty the two could be asked to vacate their seats in Parliament.
Dominican born and US based attorney Gabriel Christian has been commented publicly on the case involving the missing American woman Robyn Gardner who disappeared while on vacation in Aruba.
Christian has been called in to give an expert opinion on Aruba law by Fox TV News and to share his perspective with the American audience on the legal aspects of the case particularly as it relates to the process followed in Aruba, which is decidedly different from what is practiced in the US.
Breaking NEWS...Peter Wickham a close advisor to PM Skerrit provided information to the US Embassy on all the governments he worked for including the Skerrit government. He told the embassy that "DLP supporter Leroy Parris provided large sums of under the table money to the Dominica DLP in exchange for business and a diplomatic passport."
Reports out of Barbados say Wickham has been fired by the CBC after the cables were made public by Wikileaks.
The Dominica football team will this evening face off against Nicaragua as it begins its quest for qualification for the 2012 World Cup in Brazil.
Dominica will be at home at the National Stadium when the encounter kicks off at 6 p.m tonight. In order to qualify for the next round of competition, Dominica will need to top its group consisting of three countries including Nicaragua and Panama. A fourth country the Bahamas pulled out after it failed to complete construction of its sports stadium in time for the competition.
The Dominica team will be fancying their chances as only Panama is ranked above them in the FIFA world rankings. In the latest FIFA rankings they were the third best mover jumping 40 places in the world rankings from 172 to 132. At the same time, Panama is ranked at number 65, and Nicaragua is at 177.
Acting Superintendent of Police Claude Weekes has been relieved of his duties as Police spokesman. His sacking comes just days after he called for the justice system in Dominica to deal more firmly with criminals.
The widely popular and outspoken Weekes appears to have fallen out of favor with Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Police Commissioner Carette after openly challenging indiscipline within the ranks of the Police Force and a justice system, which he believes have failed the Dominican people.
It was not immediately clear if Weekes would continue as a prosecutor in the local courts.
Police in Dominica say they have seized a large quantity of cocaine in the Pointe Michel area. The cocaine is said to be valued at $320 000.
Five men were arrested in connection with the bust and are currently in custody. In addition, Police seized a motor vehicle and a boat connected with the importation of the cocaine.
A Police spokesman told reporters that the registration number on the vehicle was the same as that issued to a government owned vehicle just a few days earlier.
Meanwhile, Police seized a large quantity of marijuana on a beach in the North of Dominica said to be valued at over $336 000. No arrests have yet been made in that connection. The marijuana is said to have been imported into the island.
A leading travel website matadornetwork.com has listed Dominica among its top 24 romantic honeymoon destinations in the world.
In its survey of the destinations, which has been published at cnn.com Dominica is listed at number 20.
The publication considers Dominica to be a ‘steamy’ destination, noting, “Dominica is known as "the Nature Island" -- it's lush, green and mountainous, with villages hanging onto the edge of volcanoes, overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean. Trails in the tropical forest lead to waterfalls, plunge pools and hot springs. Steamy.”
Switzerland tops the list of destinations, which also includes Tahiti, Morocco, Portugal, South Africa, Bequia, Maine Coast, Turks and Caicos Islands, Cambodia, Rome, Antarctica, Provence-France, Charleston-South Carolina, Costa Rica, Wine Country-Argentina, North East Kingdom-Vermont, Big Island-Hawaii, Big Sur-California, Kyoto- Japan, Baja-Mexico, Charlevoix-Quebec, Luang Prabang-Laos and Isle of Skye- Scotland.
From left to right: Juliet Martin (Fine Foods Inc Rep.), Royston Cadore, Dennison Belle and Vitra Deonarine (Angostura White Oak Rep.)
The pair of Dennison Belle and Royston Cadore, of the Lagoon Portsmouth domino team, is the winner of the 1st Annual Fine Foods Inc Angostura White Oak Domino Competition, which was held August 14th, at the Windsor Park Stadium.
Enduring through a 10 hour battle, from a field of 52 of Dominica�s finest domino pairs, they proved that they have earned their crowns and respect as champions.
In the drilling finals matchup, they were challenged by the runner up pair of Lambert Pacquette and Leroy Angol, from the Dolphin Scotts Head domino team, and rose to victory with scores of (6,4) (6,1) and (6,0).
Congratulations to the winners of the 1st Annual Fine Foods Inc Angostura White Oak Domino Competition, Dennison Belle and Royston Cadore. They are now on a quest, as they head off to St.Vincent to compete against players from St. Kitts & St. Vincent on September 17th for a chance to win $10, 000 EC.
The rally begins, to bring home the grandest prize.
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.
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 Dominican.net 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 thedominican.net 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.
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 �bilen 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.
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.
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.
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 Dominican.net 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 thedominican.net 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.
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 Dominican.net 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.