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  • National Youth Rally to be held on November 2nd at the National Stadium

    first_imgEducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondaryTertiary National Youth Rally to be held on November 2nd at the National Stadium by: – October 31, 2011 241 Views   no discussions Display by the 4th Dominica St. Alphonsus Scout Troop at the National Youth Rally 2009. Image via: GIS NewsRoseau, Dominica – October 31, 2011…The National Youth Rally will be held at the Windsor Park Stadium on November 2nd from 9:00 a.m. as part of activities to mark Dominica’s 33rd Anniversary of Independence.The Hon. Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports, Justina Charles will deliver the feature address. The youth speaker is the 2011 Island Scholar Sydney Jules.This year, the rally will feature performances from the Hebrew Boys and the Convent High School Choral Speech Group and a drill display by the St. Alphonsus Scout Troop. Two schools, the Goodwill Secondary School and the Purple Dragon Academy, will present creative displays during the march past.Dominica’s Lady of Song Ophelia Olivacee Marie will lead students in singing the patriotic song, ‘Mwen ke Helei’ and the reigning Calypso Monarch, Tasha P, will sing the rally song, ‘Let the children be children.’A number of students will be presented with awards for excellence in academics and sports. Two students will also receive tourism awards after excelling in regional competitions organised by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation and the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit will take the salute. Dominica Vibes News Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

  • Rape trial opens for polygamist leader Jeffs

    first_img“Give yourself to him, that means full obedience to righteous principles. No half way, no holding back,” Jeffs said on the tape. Taking her turn with the jury, defense attorney Tara Isaacson said the alleged victim’s cousin will testify that no rape occurred. She said other couples belonging to Jeffs’ FLDS church will talk about how he counsels them about marriage. During a 1999 sermon, Isaacson said, Jeffs told followers that a “man should only have marital relations with a wife if she invites it.” The girl may not have liked being married to her cousin, but “being unhappy is different from being raped,” Isaacson said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ST. GEORGE, Utah – A young woman who claims a polygamous-sect leader coerced her into marrying a cousin when she was 14 testified Thursday that she was raised to always obey if she wanted to preserve her salvation in heaven. Now 21, she was the first witness in the trial of Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who is charged with rape as an accomplice. The prosecutor contends Jeffs, 51, knew the girl objected to the 2001 ceremony and subsequent sexual relations but still commanded her to surrender “mind, body and soul” to a 19-year-old man. “And she did,” Washington County Attorney Brock Belnap told the jury. In addition to being a high-ranking church counselor in 2001, Jeffs had served as the girl’s teacher and principal while she attended an FLDS-run school in Salt Lake City, providing children with principles of the faith. In 2002, Jeffs became church president, or “prophet,” succeeding his father. “He was always an authority figure in my life,” she said of Jeffs. “The prophet was as God to us. He was God on Earth and his counselors were pretty much the same, so they had jurisdiction over us.” She will return to the witness stand today. Prosecutors played a tape of a marriage lesson recorded by Jeffs in 1997 to emphasize the point that obedience by women was expected. last_img read more

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