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UPDATE: Dominican Secures ‘3rd Best Individual Rider’ at Equestrian Jumping Competition

On day two and the final day of the competition, the course was more complicated than the first day with obstacles placed in such a way that there were hardly any straight runs, only curves which are more challenging to maneuver on a galloping horse. Unfortunately Lena Magloire and Lytleen Julien were eliminated, Lena made a small mistake of missing...

Positive Notes from Positive People #36

Big up to all the young men who assisted with the clean up of an old building and its surroundings in the heart of the village. Also thanks to Nyran for making his truck available. The entire village appreciates each and everyone of you. Thank you, very much. By Hector John

Dominica Secures 3rd Place at the InterCaribbean Equestrian Jumping Competition

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Dominica’s Brandy Manor Riding School, directed by Yasmin Cole and Linton Moses, was invited to participate as a form of relief and as a token of fraternal aid to the 30th InterCaribbean Equestrian Jumping Competition in Lamentin, Martinique. The riding school suffered severe damages and therefore the team had hardly any training before the...

Appreciation for Alick Athanaze

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Alick Athanaze is a young Dominican cricketer who made his List A debut for the West Indies Under-19s in the 2016–17. However, he recently made his mark during a successful tour of New Zealand at the ICC Cricket Under 19 World Cup tournament. Although the West Indies team was knocked out in an early round of the tournament, Alick scored two centuries, was named Man of the...

From Under de Mango Tree – End of Week 1

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A Memory of Maria: End of week 1 My second trek up my farm road was easier. It became easier every time I did the walk, as I shed lbs and built stamina. Our formerly dependent Pajero never started after Maria, and much hardship accrued to us from not having a vehicle. In the weeks to come I became accustomed...

From Under de Mango Tree – Day 5

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A Memory of Maria: Day 5 Walking up our 2500 ft farm road was a real challenge. I had to go "off road" through roadside farms more than once to get around broken trees. Not having the right footwear did not help. Eden on Sea, the plantation where we live, is a coconut plantation. Coconut trees, felled by Maria, were...

From Under de Mango Tree – Day 5

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A Memory of Maria: Day 5 Walking up our 2500 ft farm road was a real challenge. I had to go "off road" through roadside farms more than once to get around broken trees. Not having the right footwear did not help. Eden on Sea, the plantation where we live, is a coconut plantation. Coconut trees, felled by Maria, were...

From Under de Mango Tree – Days 2-4

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A Memory of Maria: Days 2-4 Oh my God! Our much loved sons. Our Family. Our friends. They did not know that we had survived. The cellular phone tower above Wesley village could be seen in the distance, but it had been stripped of all equipment. There was no possibility of communicating with anyone. We were helpless, isolated, and completely...

From Under de Mango Tree – Day 0

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A Memory of Maria - Day 0 Maryann asked me why did I start my memory of Maria with the aftermath? The short answer is that the experience is too unbelievable to describe well. Sufficient to say that being in a long tunnel with a very large speeding freight train full of empty loose barrels banging around is the closest I...

From Under de Mango Tree – A Memory of Maria

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A Memory of Maria It has taken me over 4 months to find the courage to write about our Category 5 Maria experience. Everyone has their stories. Mine are no different but I share with you as part of my healing. The day after, we opened our front door after sloshing through the water, leaves, mud, and sodden personal effects that...

WATCH: President Bill Clinton’s Press Conference in Dominica

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The Clinton Foundation’s Climate Initiative and the government of Dominica will launch a partnership to assist Dominica with an integrated resource plan for the energy sector. The plan goes hand in hand with Prime Minister Roosevelt's early announcement of making Dominica the world's first climate resilient country. About the Clinton Foundation The Clinton Foundation (founded in 1997 as the William J. Clinton Foundation), and from 2013...

President Bill Clinton Arrives in Dominica

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Former US President Bill Clinton has arrived in Dominica to view the island’s ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of last year’s hurricane. He landed at the island’s main airport at around 9:00 AM local time. He will also visit the US Virgin Islands, which was struck by Hurricane Irma. He visited Puerto Rico last November. “Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands,...

Positive Notes from Positive People #35

What a fantastic day. Our Christmas shopping outing which Laurie and I do each Christmas for the children in Sultan. WE go to Roseau we give them all each some money to buy a present and this year we went to Perky's Pizza. These children lost their homes in hurricane Maria and have been badly emotionally battered, they have not...

Positive Notes from Positive People #34

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Have breakfast two hours later today than your usual Sunday time. Use that two hours to look closely at the empty dining table, absorb the quietness of your house, your neighborhood. What if you were not here in body today? What if you were a victim of hurricane maria? Be thankful for life. Be thankful for family. Be thankful for friends....

New Flight Cage for Rescued Parrots

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After a week of arduous work and heavy rain, IFAW’s Disaster Response team successfully finished repairing the flight cage! Simoné and our other feathered friends are now one step closer to their release back into the wild. The flight cage provides adequate space for the injured parrots to regain their flight strength and endurance. A big thank you to the...

Optical Services Ltd – Open for Business!

Dear Valued Customers, We extend our sincerest condolences to those of us who have lost loved ones, empathize with those of us who have experienced damage to homes and businesses, and look forward to rebuilding our beautiful Dominica. *Please note our temporary post-Hurricane Maria hours: 9:00am - 2:00pm Monday - Friday 9:00am - 1:00pm Saturdays Lost or damaged glasses due to the Hurricane and/or...

My journey back to Dominica after the hurricane – The Guardian

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This year the Caribbean experienced its most destructive hurricane season in decades. While large countries dominated the headlines, the small island nation of Dominica suffered the worst devastation it has ever seen. Josh Toussaint-Strauss visits his family in the country and asks, with next year forecast to be worse, how Dominicans see their future.  

When was this photo captured?

Answer this question correctly and your name will be entered into a draw to win a copy of one of my photo-books, 'Majestic and Magical: Come Explore the Nature Isle'. To participate, please leave your answer in a comment below.  When was this photo captured? BEFORE or AFTER the passage of Hurricane Maria? This contest will run for one week (it...

“The Only Woman I Could Not Handle” – Poem by Monelle Alexis

*This poem contains strong language and words that may offend. Please be guided accordingly. Thank you! The Only Woman I Could Not Handle I wanted her.  Everything about her captivated me.  Her slow strides, the size and shape of her eyes.  How she commanded attention everywhere she went.  She was the object of my attention.  Irresistible. So compelling, I gave my last in preparation for our union. Just...

Forestry Division Staff Praised for Commitment to Clean-up Efforts

The Botanic Gardens in Roseau, Dominica, was once known as the finest botanical gardens in the Caribbean Region. It was severely damaged by Hurricane David in 1979 and was devastated once again by Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Here are a few photos of the Botanical Gardens from the day after Hurricane Maria (September 19th, 2017): Since then, staff of the...

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