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One guilty plea at September Session of Criminal Court

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There was only one guilty plea at the arraignment when the September Session of the Criminal Court got underway at the High Court in Roseau on September 27, 2019 before new resident Judge Madame Justice Wynante Adrien Roberts.

Julien Joseph pleaded guilty to the charge of Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) with intent and will return to court on November 1, 2019 for sentencing after a social inquiry report and mitigating factors have been submitted.

The indictment, which was filed by the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on September 10, 2019 alleges that Joseph wounded James Dubois in Capuchin on November 2, 2018 with intent to cause him Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH).

Samantha Cabey pled not guilty to theft. The prosecution alleges that between March 31, 2009 and October 31, 2010, she stole EC$159,838.15 from Dev Trading Ltd. Also pleading not guilty was Jefferson Michael Ducreay charged with GBH and unlawful wounding and Kerwin Prosper, for burglary.

Martin Seaman and Devin Challenger, charged with the murder of Joshua Etienne, also made court appearances. Denny Shillingford, charged with arson and Luhanson Javid Pascal, charged with the murder of his grandmother, also appeared in court. Pascal’s lawyer Zena Moore Dyer filed application for bail which was granted in the sum of fifty thousand dollars with strict reporting conditions.

DPP Evelina Baptiste, due to sick leave, was not present in court. Trinidadian lawyer, Keith Scotland (no stranger to the prosecution in Dominica) was present and will be working with the staff in the office of the DPP during the Session.

Meantime, the Court of Appeal will be sitting in Dominica from today, September 30, 2019 for one week to hear civil and magisterial criminal appeals.





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Two women, a cabinet minister and a Saint Lucian among calypso semi-finalists

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Bingo, a first timer in the Dominican Calypso competition and a St. Lucian, makes it through to semi-finals

Two women, one newcomer, a Cabinet Minister who is a former four-time calypso monarch, along with four former four-time calypso monarchs and a St. Lucian national have gone through to the semifinals of the 2020 Dominica Calypso Association (DCA) calypso competition.

Shirley S makes it to the semifinals for the first time and will join Tasha P, a former calypso monarch, as the only female competitors. Gregory “Karassah” Riviere who is a government senator and also a minister of government, makes history as being the first government minister to compete in a calypso show in Dominica. Fitzroy “Bingo” Leon a veteran calypsoian in his native St. Lucia made it to the semifinals also along with Hunter, Bobb, and Observer. Former journalist Nathaniel “Nadur” Durand is also a newcomer to the semis.

The 20 semifinalists are: Hunter, Checker, Tasha P, Karessah, Sour Sour, Bobb, Checko, Healer, Insighter, Observer, Lady S, Jaydee, Bingo, Shadow Flow, Webb, Soul Puss, Trendsetter, Nadur, Picky and Jammer B.

 





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Phillip Alleyne, founder of Dominica Cricket Umpire association and Referee Association has passed

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Phillip Alleyne (left) pictured with referees

 

Phillip Gregory Alleyne the founder of the Dominica Cricket Umpires Association and Referees Association died at the age of 92 over the weekend at his home in Newtown.

Alleyne had been ailing for some time now.

In the early days, Alleyne played football in the position of a center forward for Notre Dame which was the leading team in first division football in Dominica. He also played for Thunderstorm and Arsenal. While playing for Notre Dame, he represented Dominica in two matches against the battleships HMS Snipe and HMS Glasgow. He also played club cricket as an all-rounder.

After retiring from actual play, Alleyne headed the Dominica Cricket Umpires Association for many years, until his retirement in 1995.

In football, he played a key role in the formation of the Referees Association and served as its president until his retirement in 1995. Alleyne has also served as an executive of the Dominica Amateur Sports Association (DASA) which was the umbrella body for sports back in the day.

He and Simon Roberts became the first two Dominicans to pass the exams to become first-class umpires in 1972.

He has also served as the Area Vice President of the West Indies Cricket Umpires Association with responsibility for the Windward Islands, an office he held until retirement.

Alleyne managed the Dominica football team –captained by Clem John — in 1965 when they went to St Lucia, and the national cricket team, captained by Augustus Gregoire, in 1969. As a cricket umpire, he officiated in two One Day International matches– WI versus Australia in St Lucia in 1978, and WI versus Australia (non-official series sponsored by Kerry Packer) in Dominica in 1979. He also officiated at 14 Shell Shield matches, standing with top umpires of the day.

In 2010, the Dominica Football Association honoured Alleyne with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the sport.





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Dominican wins Orlando Primer Prose writing award

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The Orlando Palmer Prose Prize 2019 for the best selected prose has been awarded to our very own Ms. Michelle Allyshia Belle, a Newtown-born Dominican native, for her submission: “Rude Awakening”, published in Interviewing the Caribbean literary magazine, spring edition, 2019 in Volume 4, Issue Number 2. At present, Michelle studies Psychology in China.

The Spring issue of the magazine was centered around the theme “Caribbean Femininity and Masculinity: Gender Justice”. Michelle’s story is based on a young boy who has had to move from his home in a rural village in Dominica to town, and his vicarious experience with domestic violence in the home. It also touches on the way domestic violence is received by the larger society, and its effect.

Miss Belle’s love for reading, which she did avidly from a young age, spiraled into an equal love for writing. Her work mainly focuses on themes such as Caribbean living, African roots and issues unique to the black community.  She has also won Dominica’s Independence Short Story competition in 2014 and 2015, and placed third in 2013, 2017 and 2019 respectively.

Michelle hopes that this award will give her more opportunities to share her literary works with the wider public and inspire other Dominicans to put out more of their literary products. She intends to seek an even wider audience by submitting works to more international avenues, and has hope for publishing her own book some time in the future. She recently had a poem published on a platform which shares experiences and achievements of black people in China. It can be read at the following link: https://blacklivitychina.com/2020/01/18/why-the-black-nod-exists-in-china-too/

Copies of Interviewing the Caribbean magazine which features Michelle’s story, Rude Awakening, may be purchased at:

https://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1606908?__r=619948&s=w





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