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Dominica to participate in softball celebrity cricket match in St. Lucia

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by: September 21, 2022

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Four softball cricket teams are expected to leave island to participate in a celebrity cricket event in neighboring island St. Lucia this weekend.

The non-profit event is being spearheaded by St. Lucian entertainer, Al Prince, founder of the Celebrity Cricket with support from the President of the Dominica Softball Cricket Association, Heston Charles.


Al Prince, founder of the Celebrity Cricket in St. Lucia.

Meantime, President of the Dominica Softball Cricket Association and local cricket administrator, Heston Charles highlighted a few of the players and teams expected to travel.

President of the Dominica Softball Cricket Association



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Under 15 boys’ football league set to resume this weekend, after COVID-19 setbacks

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(l-r) DOC president Billy Doctove, DFA PRO Gerald George, DFA Technical Director Jerome Bardouille

Technical Director of the Dominica Football Association, Jerome Bardouille said training Dominica’s young football players is essential for the future development of our national teams.

The Dominica Football Association hosted a press conference on Thursday, September 29, at the football house to launch its sponsors of the Under 15 boys league.

It was announced that the league will begin this weekend to provide the youth the opportunity to play against themselves after the setbacks from COVID-19.

“Training young players [is] essential for the future of our national teams and so association and clubs have a huge responsibility to develop football in the country. I had the opportunity to meet with club representatives to show the state of football in our country and we were able to take a look [at] our present gaps and how they are affecting our outputs,” Bardouille said in his address

He noted there was an overwhelming competition for partnership among the clubs and technical department to address their “shortcomings” and to work together to improve football from the base in order to have good senior players.

“I see the lack of desire, commitment, and willingness to go the extra mile and to put in place the structure required to elevate the level of our game and I will therefore say success will be achieved through hard work.”

He added that it was unfortunate that they were unable to continue the league in 2021 as COVID presented an unfortunate barrier as far as youth development. The technical officer stated that this is the chance clubs have been anticipating.

“The league will commence this weekend that has so much to offer to the young men in our care. Football can be described as the school of life through which valuable skills can be taught such as teamwork, dedication, and perseverance.”

Bardouille said through healthy competition, young people are taught the importance of teamwork and cooperation balanced by good sportsmanship.

“There are no shortcuts to success as players’ minds need to be made up to work hard and I hope that this league will be taken seriously and coaches will put a plan together for development of the game.”





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Dominica Gov’t and DFC launch first-ever “Ti Vilaj Kweyol”

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by: September 30, 2022

The Dominica Government in collaboration with the Dominica Festivals Committee has officially launched “Ti Vilaj Kweyol, Tout Biteh Domnique” that will take the place of the Flow Creole in the Park from October 24-27, 2022.

Ti Vilaj Kweyol is a collaboration of the Government of Dominica and the Ministries of Culture, Trade, Agriculture, and Tourism.

Communications Officer in the Ministry of Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture and National Food Security, Petra Grell-Shillingford gave an overview of what to expect at the daytime event.


Communications Officer in the Ministry of Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture and National Food Security, Petra Grell-Shillingford.

Meantime, Minister for Trade, Hon. Ian Douglas says the event will be of a new upgraded and exciting twist.

Minister for Trade, Hon. Ian Douglas.

Two participants of the Ti Vilaj Kweyol, Glen Cyrille (the Cassava Man) and Pamela Guiste of the Bagatelle Pork Group also gave a sneak sample of what can be expected at the event from their contributions.

Participants of the Ti Vilaj Kweyol, Glen Cyrille (the Cassava Man) and Pamela Guiste of the Bagatelle Pork Group.



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Grand Bay man offers to pay the court $50k for drug trafficking

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Magistrate Michael Laudat has accepted a $50,000.00 payment offer made by a Grand Bay man to the court following his guilty plea to trafficking $73,000.00 worth of cannabis.

Bernard Fevrier of La Lay Grand Bay appeared before the Roseau Magistrate court charged with trafficking 33,142 grams of cannabis on September 23, 2022, in Mahaut.

According to the facts of the case presented to the court by police prosecutor, Inspector Francis Laville, on the aforementioned date, Police Constable Laurent was on duty at the Drug Squad office when he received certain information.

As a result, he and other members of the Drug Squad unit proceeded on duty to Mahaut via two two police vehicles.

On arrival at a certain area on the E.O. Leblanc Highway in Mahaut, Constable Laurent noticed a gray bus registration number HE451 stuck in traffic.

He stopped the vehicle and asked the driver to switch off his engine. The officer then informed Fevrier that he had reason to believe that he was in possession of illegal drugs and asked to carry out a search of the vehicle which Fevrier agreed to.

While searching the bus, the officer saw that the back seat was folded and there were three bags.

When questioned about the content within the bags Fevrier responded, “Weed that there. I was bringing it Portsmouth to sell.”

He was then arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking and transported to the Police Headquarters. There, the cannabis was weighed and amounted to 33,142 grams. Samples of the finding were then sent to the government analysis for testing which later returned positive for cannabis.

Subsequently the charge of drug trafficking was preferred against the Grand Bay man.

At the court hearing, Magistrate Laudat informed Fevrier that the offense for which he was charged carries a penalty of a fine three times the street value of the drugs or $150,000 – whichever  is greater. He said the law also makes provision for a custodial sentence of seven to fifteen years.

“You are not a first time offender and you have been charged in the past for drug trafficking so tell me why I should not send you to jail or charge you $150,000.00.”

Unrepresented and lost for words, Fevrier told the court, “I think I have to pay the money…give me time to pay.”

When questioned by the Magistrate on a suitable fine, the Grand Bay man first offered a payment of  $100,000.00to the court then decreased the amount to $50,000.00.

“I can pay $50,000.00 by December,” he stated.

The Magistrate accepted the amount offered but granted the defendant just over a year to make the full payment.

“Because you cooperated with the police and you pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and not wasted the court’s time, you are fined $50,000.00. The first payment of $15,000.00 is due on or before December 31, 2022; the second payment of another $15,000.00 is due by June 30, 2023 and the final payment of $20,000.00 should be paid to the court on or before October 31, 2023,” Magistrate Laudat ordered.

In default of any payment, Fevrier will be imprisoned for six months.

The drug was forfeited to the State.





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