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Dice after winning one of his 8 crowns
Dice after winning one of his 8 crowns

Who celebrated in 2016 : Queens, kings and radio personalities

Dice was on a roll in 2016. After winning his eighth Calypso King crown at the 2016 Calypso Finals in February, Dennison "Dice" Joseph was also crowned Road March King with a tune entitled: "My DominicaTradeHouse.Com".

Meanwhile, Tasia Floissac, 22, of Castle Comfort, sponsored by the Dominica National Petroleum Company Limited and Universal Martial Arts, was crowned Miss Dominica 2016 in February.

Nawana Shillingford, 25, of Loubiere, sponsored by Dominica National Petroleum Company Limited (DNPC) emerged first runner up and Britney Pharaoh, 22, of Grand Bay, sponsored by Range Development Limited, placed second runner up.

Dancing for four decades

The Waitukubuli Dance Theatre Company celebrated 45 years of creative dance with a production entitled "Celebrating the Dream" in April at the Arawak House of Culture. During these 45 years, Waitukubuli provided countless opportunities for hundreds of young persons in Dominica to develop their skills in creative dance, some of whom have gone on to form their own dance groups and conduct their own dance training programmes.

People of Honour

Twenty persons received meritorious service awards during the celebration of Dominica's 38th year of independence. Six Sisserou awards, the country's second highest award. They included: Sir Hillary Beckles, Dr. Curvin Ferreira, Julius Timothy, Irwin Larocque, Jennifer Astaphan and Cecil Shillingford.

Blanc retires

After 38 years at the Stockfarm Prisons, Superintendent Denis Blanc retired but Blanc, Dominica's fifth Superintendent of Prisons, will enjoy pre-retirement leave until July 3, 2017.

Blaize tops Grade Six exams

In 2016, Heimish Blaize of the Roseau Primary School secured the top position at the Grade Six National Assessment. The results of the examination were announced at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium Conference Room on June 27.

The other top students were: Jada-Madison Joseph of the St John's Primary; Megan Vidal of the St Martin's Primary; Nechante LeBlanc of the St John's Primary and Naome Samuel-Williams of the Ebenezer Seventh Day Adventist School.

Cardinal Felix celebrated in 2016

The Dominican Catholic community celebrated the 60th anniversary of priestly ordination of His Eminence Kelvin Edward Felix with a grand Eucharistic celebration at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium on April 17th. Several archbishops, bishops and priests from around the world attended the special anniversary service over which the Cardinal himself presided.

Shermaine and Felix retire

Two of Dominica's top radio personalities, broadcasters Felix Henderson and Shermaine Green-Brown, bid farewell to the Dominica Broadcasting Corporation (DBS Raio), a station where each had been employed for over four decades.

Parillon wins 2016 Island Scholarship

Al Parillon of Fond Cole was the 2016 Island Scholar joining dozens of bright Dominicans since 1930 who have received that prestigious award. Minister of Education Petter Saint-Jean made the announcement on October 10 at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium Conference Room. Al Parillon's grades were: Mathematics –B; Business –A; Accounting –A and General Paper –A. In second place was Tiffany Johnson with Accounting –C; Economics –B, Business –B and General Paper –A. In third place was Tojya Vital with Mathematics –C, Physics –D, Literature in English –D and General Paper –A. A total of 41 candidates sat the Cambridge A Level Examinations on which the award is based.