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Death of Marcel Cruickshank creates void in Swinging Stars

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Cruickshank at his mixer board

The death of Swinging Stars Band member, Marcel Cruickshank, will create a void in the band, at least for some time, says founder member, Norman Letang.

Cruickshank died on Friday night at Princess Margaret Hospital after ailing for some time.

Letang told our newsroom that the members of Swinging Stars were saddened by the loss of the Cruickshank who died of heart complications after suffering two strokes.

“He got a second stroke after Carnival. He had got a second stroke before that but that really put him down and he went to Martinique eventually but before that,” he revealed. “They seem to have realized that there wasn’t much they could do….he had three leaking valves. I mean a quarter of his heart was dead.”

Cruickshank (in flowered shirt in back row) with other members of Swininging Stars

He said Cruickshank loved Swinging Stars and enjoyed his role in the band.

“He loved to set up the equipment and to handle the sound. I mean you have to face it; even this carnival, I suspect against advice, he still came and engineered every night at the tent…for all the activities. We have to say a big thank you to him.”

According to Letang, Cruickshshank’s condition worsened after Carnival and he was unable to continue to work with Swinging Stars. The band has since brought in a new engineer but Letang said Cruickshank will be remembered for his diligence in setting up the equipment, and his ability to achieve a rounded sound for the band.

“He was the engineer for years, eh….maybe forty years. His strong point was actually setting up the stuff and he made it sound good. We go somewhere and in an hour’s time, we set up and sound good,” Letang recalled.

As an electronics technician and electrician who operated his own workshop, Cruickshank was also, according to Letang, an asset who dealt with minor electronic and electrical problems for the band.

Letang told Dominica News Online (DNO) that to the best of his knowledge, Cruickshank is survived by two daughters.





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UPDATE(with video): Landing gear found, believed to be from small plane that crashed in sea off Marigot

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Local search party going out to look for the aircraft on Sunday night

Rescue teams are continuing their search today after a small plane carrying four people (two crew and two passengers) crashed into the sea in Marigot on Sunday. The landing gear from the craft is believed to have been found (video at end of article).

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Dominica Air and Seaport Authority (DASPA), Benoit Bardouille, said the French-registered aircraft was given clearance to take off from Douglas-Charles Airport destined for Le Raizet Airport in Guadeloupe.

“The search started again this morning. From the information I have thus far, we did have another person call, directly to me and gave a location based on what they heard last night in the general area and I think within that area thus far, a bag and a passport has been found, so there is some sort of active search now within that locality,” Bardouille said.

He said the aircraft was airborne at about 6:43 pm and was instructed by the air traffic controller to report when he passed 1500ft in the climb.

According to the DASPA official, a couple of minutes later, the air traffic controller attempted to contact the aircraft for a frequency change to Raizet control, but was unable to make contact with the aircraft.

“He made several attempts but received no response. The air traffic controller took a look at the radar viewing that we have at the airport and could not identify the aircraft…”, Bardoiulle said.

He said the Raizet Airport was immediately contacted and they informed Douglas-Charles Control that they had no information on the aircraft.

“At that point in time the aircraft, not being in contact with the air traffic control in Dominica and not being in contact with Guadeloupe was considered to be a missing aircraft,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bardouille said the fire service received a call from a private citizen, indicating that they had seen “something in relation to an aircraft that may have gone down into the sea”.

He said immediately, the fire service sought the assistance of the fisherfolk in Marigot to assist, while the mobilization of the Coast Guard was taking place.

“We are hopeful that something may happen since the aircraft may have not gone too far away from the airport, but certainly we are very concerned and we are doing everything along with the police as well as the French authorities to try to see how we can do any rescue or retrieval of anything that would provide the kind of evidence that is required for an investigation,” the DASPA CEO stated.

The rescue teams include the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority, the local coast guard and fisherfolk in Marigot. Two helicopters are also being used to conduct the search.

Bardouille made it clear that the actual airfield is not affected.

“It does not affect movements of aircrafts in and out of Douglas-Charles,” he said. “Clearly there will be an investigation by the appropriate authority to ensure that we can know what the cause was.”





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ANNOUNCEMENT: UNESCO Participation Programme 2020-2021

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The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is an agency within the United Nations responsible for promoting peace, social justice, human rights and international security through International Cooperation on Educational, Science and Cultural Programs.

UNESCO through the Dominic National Commission for UNESCO  is requesting submissions for projects meeting the organization’s programme priorities which will assist UNESCO in achieving its sustainable development goals by 2030.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) through the Dominica National Commission for UNESCO will provide funding to execute projects which meet the UNESCO’s programme priorities upon approval.

UNESCO’s Programme priorities for the 2020-2021 period are as follows:

  • Education
  • Natural Sciences
  • Culture
  • Social & Human Sciences
  • Communications & Information
  • Gender Equality

Applicants should forward all project proposals to the office at the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Planning, Vocational Training and National Excellence on the 2nd floor, Government Headquarters on or before Friday 21st, 2020.





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ANNOUNCEMENT: UNESCO Participation Programme 2020-2021

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The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is an agency within the United Nations responsible for promoting peace, social justice, human rights and international security through International Cooperation on Educational, Science and Cultural Programs.

UNESCO through the Dominic National Commission for UNESCO  is requesting submissions for projects meeting the organization’s programme priorities which will assist UNESCO in achieving its sustainable development goals by 2030.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) through the Dominica National Commission for UNESCO will provide funding to execute projects which meet the UNESCO’s programme priorities upon approval.

UNESCO’s Programme priorities for the 2020-2021 period are as follows:

  • Education
  • Natural Sciences
  • Culture
  • Social & Human Sciences
  • Communications & Information
  • Gender Equality

Applicants should forward all project proposals to the office at the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Planning, Vocational Training and National Excellence on the 2nd floor, Government Headquarters on or before Friday 21st, 2020.





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