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Lafond goes in search of medal at Pan Am Games – Dominica News Online

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Lafond displays the flag of Dominica at the Pa Nam Games

Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Thea LaFond, is in search of another medal as she gets set to compete in the women’s triple jump on Friday in Lima, Peru.

LaFond created history by becoming the first Dominican athlete to win a medal for Dominica at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The 25 year old had previously competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the women’s triple jump, however, her result of 12.82 meters in the qualifying round did not qualify her for the final.

Looking ahead to Friday’s Pan American Games contest, LaFond recognizes the stiff competition in her event but is undaunted.

“I’m definitely trying to keep my jumps as well executed as possible. I am well aware of the competition I am up against, some of the best in the world. Majority of the top ten in the world are at this meet so I am actually looking at it as a practice for the World Championships later this summer in Doha,” she commented.

LaFond added, “I am very excited to go out and compete. [It is] always a blessing and privilege to represent the Dominican people and a chance to have that flag waved high above a podium and I can’t wait.”

LaFond reached her personal best of 14.38 meters earlier this season in Gainesville, Florida.





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BREAKING NEWS: Public officers to take industrial action

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DPSU members attending a previous meeting of the union

Public officers have been advised to stay home tomorrow and Thursday as the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) embarks on industrial action over salary negotiations with the government.

The decision was taken on Tuesday afternoon at a DPSU meeting which was held to update members on the status of salary negotiators.

The DPSU said last week that it is not satisfied with the pace at which salary negotiations with the government, is progressing after five meetings.

DNO will have more on that story in a later publication.





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ANNOUNCEMENT: Christ the King 2019

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The Diocese of Roseau celebrates the solemnity of Christ the King on Sunday November 24th at the Windsor park sports stadium.

All the faithful should be at the Bay Front for 8.30am to begin the procession at 9.00am. The Eucharistic celebration begins at 10:00 am.

On that day the diocese will also launch the AEC Youth assembly to be held in Dominica in 2021, present awards to various individuals and stage a youth extravaganza.  Please contact your various parishes for further information.





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Dominica national football team stuns critics; defeats St. Vincent & the Grenadines

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The victorious Dominica team

The Dominica national football team defied all odds, stunned its critics and shattered the hopes of St. Vincent & the Grenadines in their quest for a Gold Cup spot.

Before this, their final game at home, Dominica had been beaten at home and away to Suriname, Nicaragua and also to St. Vincent.

Needing a draw or a win to ensure that they advanced to the Gold Cup, St. Vincent found a Dominica team fully energized before a crowd of 400 hundred cheering on the home team.

However, Julian wade failed to find the back of the net on several occasions despite getting many easy chances.

The first half ended goal-less and as usual, many Dominicans expected the team to go down yet again. The second half saw a rejuvenated St. Vincent team fighting to get that goal and tempers at times flared causing referee Ricangel De Leca from Aruba to issue a few yellow cards.

Dominica then brought in the young Audel Laville in the 68th minute for Travist Joseph and almost immediately, things changed. A combination of Julian Wade on the left side of the field of play together with Donan Jervier and Sidney Lockhart gave Laville his first touch of the ball in the 71st minute and his right-footed blast rocketed at the back of the net giving the Vincentian goalkeeper Dwaine Sandy no chance. The crowd went wild – Dominica 1, St. Vincent nil. It was also the first goal for Laville in the tournament and he became the youngest player to score in that competition.

St. Vincent made a few changes and dug deep looking for that equalizer and or the winning goal but Dominica held firm in defense until the final whistle came, winning 1 goal to nil.





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