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AID Bank celebrates 40 years

Ambrose Sylvester, chairman of AID Bank Dominica Agricultural, Industrial and Development Bank (AID Bank) has begun observing celebrations marking the 40th Anniversary of the it’s existence. The bank was created by an act of parliament in 1971 and several activities will mark this milestone in which staff and board members of the bank along with customers, government officials and other dignitaries attending church services, a dinner and awards ceremony and Customer Appreciation Day. Chairman Ambrose Sylvester stated that the bank has been able to weather a number of significant challenges and this is a testimony to its determination to preserve its place in the development of Dominica.

Report: More than 250 Gaddafi supporters found dead in Sirte

Anti-Gaddafi fighters SIRTE (BNO NEWS) — The bodies of more than 250 people who are believed to have been supporters of ousted Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi have been found in Sirte, a local newspaper reported on Wednesday. The 267 bodies were found in recent days in the city of Sirte and its suburbs, according to the Quryna newspaper which cited Red Cross sources. It said most of the victims were people loyal to the regime of Gaddafi, who was captured and killed near Sirte last week. The sources told the newspaper that the bodies were counted and photographed by transitional authorities before they were buried in mass graves near Sirte.

Astaphan attacks credibilty of UWP’s allegation, witnesses

Astaphan Attorney for the petitioners, Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan continued with submissions as the election petition matters involving Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Education Minister Petter St Jean headed to a conclusion. Astaphan first responded to the submissions of the petitioners’ attorney Douglas Mendes and asserted that Mendes’ assumption that in the event that there is lack of evidence of French law, Dominican Law automatically applies is conceptually wrong. He stated that acknowledgement of citizenship (acquiescence as Mendes said it) has to be proven by French law and absence of evidence of that cannot mean that Dominican law automatically applies. Astaphan then stated that the court would have to decide what the allegations were, posing the questions, “What were the allegations?” He cited authorities that said the petitioners must prove specific acts of misconduct and that mere status [being French] does not provide enough proof of that

Mendes asks court for bi-election in La Plaine and declare UWP candidate winner in Veille Case

Mendes makes his way through supporters yesterday Oral submissions in the election petition matters involving Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerritt and Education Minister Petter St Jean concluded yesterday afternoon bringing an end to the presentations by the lawyers from both sides of the matter. Justice Gertel Thom has promised a ruling at the earliest possible date, as she will be away from home for a week after yesterday’s presentations. The judge granted each attorney two hours for their submissions, each and Douglas Mendes for the petitioners presented first.

Man wins dumpling eating contest, then dies

KIEV (Reuters) – A 77-year-old Ukrainian man won a jar full of sour cream for coming first in a dumpling eating contest and then promptly died, local media reported on Wednesday. Ivan Mendel ate 10 dumplings in half a minute to win first place and a one-liter jar of sour cream in the contest held in the town of Tokmak in the southeastern Zaporizhya region on September 18, Fakty I Kommentarii newspaper said. Shortly afterwards, Mendel became unwell and died, according to local news websites. Dumplings, called “vareniki” in the former Soviet republic, are a staple of Ukrainian cuisine and are often stuffed with a range of fillings from mushrooms to cherries.

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