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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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ANNOUNCEMENT: Dominica Manufacturer’s Association Symposium

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The Dominica Manufacturers Association (DMA) Invites the public, specifically ALL manufacturers to a National Symposium on Manufacturing as we seek to charter the way forward for the sector.

The public is encouraged to stop by our POP-UP SHOP where local products will be available at discounted prices, coupons will be available, prizes and surprises!

DON’T YOU MISS IT!





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Skerrit – Caricom support ‘overwhelming’ for Baroness Scotland

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Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit – File Photo

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said heads of government of CARICOM have expressed their “overwhelming” support for the renewal of the term of office for Secretary General Baroness Scotland.

Scotland, a Dominican by birth is under pressure from the international community to resign from her position of Secretary General of the Commonwealth.

But Skerrit who spoke on the sidelines of the Thirty-First Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Bridgetown, said the grouping is standing behind Scotland.

He said at the meeting, heads of governments also expressed their gratitude for her achievement during her tenure.

“Heads of governments expressed our gratitude for the range of activities undertaken by the Commonwealth Secretariat whose added value redounded to the benefit of small island and low lying coastal developing states,” he said.

According to Skerrit who has been one of Scotland’s main supporters, the heads of government also expressed support for the renewal of the term of office of the secretary general.

“We do hope that when we meet in Rwanda, the current holder of the post of secretary general will receive a second term in that very important office,” he said.

Skerrit said heads of CARICOM also engaged Scotland “directly and frankly” on the issues leveled against her in the media.

But he said CARICOM remained satisfied and accepted the responses given by her as “legitimate”.

The questions about Scotland’s future leadership of the Commonwealth came after she was criticized by internal auditors last November for awarding a lucrative consultancy contract to a company run by her friend.

The audit committee report also found that the Secretariat had no register of either tender waivers or conflicts of interest and was unable to explain why not.

That committee also identified 50 occasions between July 2015 and June 2018 when the usual procurement tenders had been waited by the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Baroness Scotland has always denied any wrongdoing

Scotland’s four-year term of office as secretary general comes to an end next month.

The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to be backing moves to persuade Amina Mohamed, a 58-year-old Kenyan politician, to challenge Baroness Scotland if she refuses to stand down.





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IN PICTURES: Stardom King of the Tent

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Jaydee accepts his trophy

In pictures presents the Stardom king of the tent where Jaydee emerged victorious.

The other ranking calypsonians were Tasha P (second place) and Sour Sour (Third place).

19 Calypsonians participated in the competition.





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