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Dominican students do mural in Cuba depicting island’s uniqueness

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Mural in Cuba

PRESS RELEASE (July 16th, 2018) – The Dominican medical students of the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba made it their mission in the academic year 2017-2018 to do a mural on one of the walls of the school to represent Dominica and it’s nature and beauty.

This action is very common in the school as many other countries represented in the school have done murals on the school’s walls.

There is a general wall representing the Caribbean Region but a few Caribbean countries have made their own murals separately, representing their culture and uniqueness; such countries include Jamaica, Grenada, St.Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana and now Dominica.

The funding of this project was done by the current ambassador of Dominica to Cuba, Mathew Walter and two fundraisers carried out by the students.

Parents of a few students also contributed; Elvina Renè, mother of Henville Alexander who served as the president of the delegation of Dominican students during the academic year, Dr. Griffin Benjamin, father of Kaele Benjamin who served as vice president and Harold and Pamela Guiste, parents of Lanelle-Maris Guiste who served as events coordinator.

All of the students put the ideas together for the mural and a few worked together to form its concept. The sketch was drawn by two Dominican students, Phylicia LaRonde and Nadezka Sanford. The painting itself was done by a Cuban artist, Miguel Alexei Rodriguez Mendiola.

The mural displays Dominica’s pure nature and uniqueness. The outline is the Dominican flag having 3/4 of the black, yellow and white cross. In each square, a different aspect of Dominica’s nature is shown. The right side of the flag shows the on-land and underwater view of the island, from its mountains to the shoreline and deep into the ocean. On the other hand, the left side shows the country’s dense forestry, including particular flora and fauna.

In the middle, the head and face of the woman represent the strong Kalinago culture still existing in Dominica and her body forms part of the mountain ranges in the top right square, depicting the mountainous terrain of the island bringing ‘Tall is her body’ to reality. In her arms she holds fruits, showing the country’s fertility and from her right shoulder a river flows into her arms forming a pool which sips through her fingers and cascading down as Trafalgar falls, forming the white part of the cross. This shows the abundance of water found in Dominica.

The right bottom square depicts marine life, with the sperm whale, leatherback turtle and stingray which all inhabit Dominican waters. The bubbles depict the famous Champagne Reef and the coral reef represents the colorful underwater beauty. The diver illustrates that Dominica is a popular dive destination.

In the top left square, the Sisserou parrot is prominent as the national bird on a cocoa tree. The cocoa tree and fruit show the origin of cocoa tea, made famous to the Dominican Delegation as the students provide it every year at an annual Caribbean event called the ‘Caribbean Social’ held early in the new academic year. This social is designed to reunite the students from all Caribbean countries represented in the school and to welcome the new students entering their pre-medical year.

Also, to display different famous foods/beverages from each country which the students from the other countries get to taste. Every year Dominica has been consistent with cocoa tea as its beverage, since many Dominican students ensure to carry cocoa sticks from home.

The bottom left square shows the national flower, the bwa kwaib and the very commonly seen hibiscus, along with other flora found in Dominica. Also the mountain chicken is portrayed.

In addition, there is a scroll containing the names of the 23 Dominican students attending the medical school in the academic year 2017-2018 and of Mathew Walter who made the mural possible.

The writings in this mural indicate that this mural is of Dominica thus including the country’s name. As it was done in a Spanish speaking country and school, some of the writing was done in Spanish. ‘Isla de la Naturaleza del Caribe’ meaning ‘Nature Isle of the Caribbean’. Also including ‘Waitukubuli’ which is Kalinago language meaning ‘tall is her body’. To the right of these, Dominica’s coat of arms is displayed.

The writing on the bottom ‘Isla de Belleza, Isla de Esplendor’ means ‘Isle of beauty, Isle of splendor’ which is the first line of the national anthem.

The Dominican students are very satisfied with the final product and it is being said around the school that this mural is one of the best.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENT: “All Clear” given for Dominica

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Based on the 11:00pm advisory from the National Hurricane Center of Sunday, July 8, 2018 which has lifted the Tropical Storm Watch on Dominica, the Dominica Meteorological Service and the Office Of Disaster Management have recommended that an All Clear Announcement be issued at 6am on Monday.

As such, and after consultation with the Chief of Police, the State of Emergency and the curfew imposed for the Safety and security of all citizens and property are lifted effective 6am on Monday, July 9.

Normal business activities should recommence today Monday, July 9, 2018. The Government of Dominica wishes to thank all citizens for heeding the warnings issued by State institutions and cooperating with the police during the short curfew period.

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Download the official letter from the Cabinet Secretary

 

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11AM Weather Update on TS Beryl’s approach to the Lesser Antilles

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Weather Channel TS Beryl

Tropical Storm warning remains in effect for Dominica at 11:00 AM. Beryl is moving quickly west-northwestward toward the Lesser Antilles. No change in strength.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

At 1100 AM, the disorganized center of Tropical Storm Beryl was located near latitude 14.4 North, longitude 57.9 West.

Beryl is moving toward the west-northwest near 23 mph (37
km/h), and this motion with an increase in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of Beryl or its remnants will approach the Lesser Antilles today, cross the island chain tonight, and move near or south of the Virgin
Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is anticipated during the next 36 hours, and Beryl is forecast to degenerate into a trough of low pressure as it moves across the Lesser Antilles and into the eastern Caribbean Sea by Monday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1007 mb (29.74 inches).

Residents are advised to keep informed on the progress of this system and preparations should by now be completed or rushed to completion.

Regardless of intensity, Beryl still presents the potential to produce moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms, which could produce flooding, and winds gusting to tropical storm force later this afternoon into Monday across Dominica.

Very rough seas are expected to affect Dominica this afternoon through to Monday. All users of the sea are advised to take all necessary precautions to protect life and property.

Current rainfall amount projected for Dominica is between 2 to 4 inches (50 to 100mm) with higher amounts in elevated areas.

  • Mariners and other users of the sea should remain extremely cautious and make all necessary preparation to protect property and should by now be in port. A High-Surf Advisory and Small-Craft Warning are in effect up to 12pm Monday July 9, 2018.Large waves and dangerous rip-currents will create unsafe conditions for small-craft operators. Sea bathers stay out of the water.
  • People in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are advised to be extremely vigilant and to exercise extreme caution as life threatening flash flooding is possible. A FLOOD WARNING will be in effect for Dominica from 12 noon Sunday July 8 to 2pm Monday July 9, 2018.

The next update on Tropical Storm Beryl will be issued by the Meteorological Service at 2p.m.

Key Messages

1. Tropical storm warnings and watches are in effect for portions of the Lesser Antilles where Beryl is forecast to bring impacts from wind and rainfall to some of the islands beginning late today or tonight.

2. Although Beryl is forecast to degenerate into a trough of low pressure over the eastern Caribbean, the system is likely to produce strong gusty winds and locally heavy rainfall across the remainder of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola through Tuesday.

 

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Dominica to declare state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Beryl

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Tropical Storm Beryl
Tropical Storm Beryl as at July 8, 2018 (credit: NAAN - Storm Trackers)

The Dominica Cabinet has announced a decision to declare a state of emergency, inclusive of a curfew, on Sunday 8 July 2018 as preparations for Tropical Storm Beryl moves into high gear.

Dominica had been under a hurricane watch from Friday 6 July 2018 but this was discontinued and a Tropical Storm Warning issued at 11AM on Saturday 7 July as Beryl had weakened to a tropical storm.

At 11am, Tropical Storm Beryl was located near latitude 12.1 degrees north and longitude 51.1 degrees west or about 720 miles east south-east of Dominica. Beryl is moving west north-west at 14 mph (22km/h) and maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 65mph or 100km/h.

On the forecast track, the center of Beryl will approach the Lesser Antilles over the weekend and cross the island chain late Sunday or Monday either very near or over Dominica. Additional weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours (two days).

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said during a live press conference on Saturday 7 July that notwithstanding this downgrade from a hurricane watch to a tropical storm warning, citizens “should not let their guard down”.

“We must not become complacent,” he added considering that Tropical Storm Erika “wrought tremendous destruction on our country in 2015”.

“The way that scientists have explained the storm will tell you that it is still early hours yet, and anything can change either for the better, which we hope, or for the worst which we fear,” Mr. Skerrit stated.

Meanwhile, the state of emergency and curfew will be implemented on Sunday so as to ensure that the lawlessness and looting which occurred after Hurricane Maria will not repeat itself.

“Let me say to the population very seriously that we will not tolerate any lawlessness on Dominica from anyone,” the Prime Minister warned.

“Let me tell you something, we will not tolerate lawlessness from anyone in Dominica, and the state will take proactive and pre-emptive measures to ensure that that which happened after [Hurricane] Maria that there will not be even one incident of it, far more many incidents of it,” he emphasized.

The Cabinet, he added, is waiting to be advised in writing by the Chief of Police regarding the state of emergency and curfew and “will give you later today the precise time when it will come into effect tomorrow”.

Based on advice from the Office of Disaster Management and from the Dominica Meteorological Service we will start seeing signs of the storm from around midday Sunday, or later, going into Monday.

“But anybody; it could be a priest, you could be a pastor, you could be an employee of the state, if you have no business being out during the curfew hours, you will be picked up,” Mr. Skerrit warned.

He however noted that emergency personnel and those who are employed with essential service institutions will be exempted.

The Prime Minister also commended the Met Office, the Office of Disaster Management and the National Emergency Planning Organization (NEPO) for the level of seriousness with which they have taken their tasks. He said this indicates that “we have learnt from our experiences”.

Chief of Police Daniel Carbon, who also addressed Saturday’s press conference, reminded business owners that it is their “fundamental right” to secure their properties and businesses.

Last year, a number of businesses relied on the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force to ensure the safety and security of their businesses, but many were the victims of looting.

With respect to emergency shelters, these will be opened from 6AM on Sunday 8 July 2018, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Shelters, Glenroy Toussaint announced at the press conference.

The public is advised to move into those shelters early and avoid waiting until the weather conditions deteriorate.

However, Mr. Toussaint advised persons who wish to be accommodated at the shelters of the need to walk with essential supplies and necessities including prescribed medications.

“We want the general public to understand that in those shelters there are no beds and mattresses and food waiting for you,” he said.

“Do not come to the shelter with your hands swinging and expect that the shelters are equipped with beds and food and those supplies,” he continued.

According to Mr. Toussaint, one of the lessons learnt from Hurricane Maria is that some people “simply stroll to the shelters and expect that they will be comforted with items”.

“No, that’s not the case, and we’re calling on the general public that if you’re going to the shelter you come with at least some water, some food, at least a flash light, and that sort of thing so that you can at least be secure for a few hours,” Mr. Toussaint advised.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services also reported during the press conference that its disaster plan and necessary standards of operation are in place and fully activated to respond to this impending disaster.

Director of Primary Health Care Services, Dr. Laura Esprit informed that they are prepared to care for the health needs of the population in the event that we are impacted.

“Adequate medical supplies are in stock including our pharmaceuticals, oxygen, and other medical supplies both at the district level as well as the Princess Margaret Hospital. All emergency disaster boxes have been replenished, secured and placed in strategic areas,” Dr. Esprit said.

In addition, she informed that all the districts as well as the Princess Margaret Hospital are equipped with functional HF radios for ease of communication between the various facilities.

Meanwhile, the Dominica Water and Sewerage Company (DOWASCO) will be closing all water supply systems from 6PM today Saturday as part of preparations for Hurricane Beryl.

Public relations officer of the DOWASCO, Edward Registe said the company has activated its disaster preparedness plan in an effort to secure the water supply systems around the country.

In light of this, all storage tanks have been filled to ensure that there is water supply for as long as is possible.

However, Mr. Registe said it is anticipated that there could be heavy rainfall which could result in severe turbidity.

Current rainfall amount projected for Dominica, as per the Dominica Meteorological Service, “is between 4 to 6 inches (100 to 150mm) with higher amounts in elevated areas”.

“Therefore a decision has been taken to shut down all water systems from 6PM on Saturday 7 July until further notice,” Mr. Registe said.

Residents and citizens are therefore reminded to store enough water for drinking as well as domestic purposes before 6PM today.

This article was originally published on Dominica Vibes.

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Preliminary List of Hurricane Shelters 2018

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Hurricane-Shelters-2018

On Friday Hurricane Beryl was located east of the Lesser Antilles but is expected to weaken as it approaches the islands. The Met Office said it will affect Dominica as a Tropical Depression or Tropical Storm between Sunday and Monday.

Below is a list of Hurricane Shelters provided by the Office of Disaster Management: (Download the PDF here | Download the Excel Spreadsheet here)

District: North

COMMUNITY SHELTER SHELTER MANAGER ASSISTANT MANAGER
Vieille Case (2) Government School Jerome Victor Christopher Elizee
Pentecostal Church Bridget Lubin Jerry Laurent
Bernadette Sharplis
Bourne (1) House of Madonna Charles Madonna Charles Andrew Walter
Thibaud (1) Community Centre Mitchel Paul
Portsmouth (1) Portsmouth Secondary School Charlesworth Mills Tiney Laville
Vallie Paul
Glanvillia (2) Portsmouth SDA Secondary (school dormitory) Anselm Moses Toren Wiltshire
Glanvillia Community Centre Solomon Jno Paul Scottrose Thomas
Capuchin (1) Capuchin Resource Centre Emanuel Auguiste Mavis Seaman
Clifton (2) Grace Baptiste Church (upper floor) Devon Greenaway
Clifton Resource Centre Julia Lamothe
Cottage (1)  Community Centre Elton Daniel
Savanne Paille (1) Primary School Alleyne Valerie Caryl Baron
Upper Pennville (3) Seventh Day Adventist Church Sherian Dubois Julien Royer
Primary School (lower floor) Lisan Parillon Frederick George
House of Laurel & Lipson Lewis Glenda Jean Lipson Lewis
Lower Pennville (1) Resource Center Francis Alexis Eddison Louisy
Paix Bouche (3) Baptiste Church – Lower Floor Clive Honoure Scotten Ferrol
Primary School – Lower Floor Petrolina Lawrence
Resource Centre Hubert Remy Laura Remy
Dos D’ane (1) Primary School Joycelyn Cambran Emanuel Remy
Bense (3) Primary School (Upper Floor) Titus Dupuis Isaiah Theodore
Primary School (Lower Floor) Ettienne Joseph
Seventh Day Adventist Church Jude Joseph Raymond Stevens

 

District: South

COMMUNITY SHELTER SHELTER MANAGER ASSISTANT MANAGER
Grand Bay (3) Community Centre Armour Thomas Davidson Charles
Fredo’s Disco Aaron Gregoire Benjamin Grell
Eagle Heights Ministry Angustus Benjamin (Temp)
Alick Athanaze
Marian Benjamin (Temp)
Steve Alcendor
Tete Morne (1) Resource Centre Jermuel Jno. Lewis Ronalson Bellot
Pichelin (1) House of Pastor Jack Leatham Jack Leatham Richard Bellot
Bagatelle (2) Government School (Preschool section) Andrea St. Hillaire Kimberly Francis
Baptiste Church Pastor Elvis Francis Anika Baron
Bellevue Chopin (2) Government School Verlina Maximea Dorsha Ryan
Baptiste Church Lister Davis

 

District: Northeast

COMMUNITY SHELTER SHELTER MANAGER ASSISTANT MANAGER
Marigot (3) Council Building Rita Robin Claudia Alexander
Church of Christ Charles Cobette Edithan Alexander
W.S. Stevens Primary (Downstairs) Edmond Bonnie
Wesley (2) Christian Union Church Bertrand Telemaque Laban Telemaque
Resource Center Neva Reid Richard Alexander
Woodford Hill (1) Baptiste Church Don Benjamin Marilyn Moses
Calibishie (1) Calibishie Resource Centre Angelo Joseph
Cesarine Dick
Desmond Warrington
Marydith Celestine
Ann Eusebe
Concord (1) Concord Primary Charles Hamilton Gabriella Seraphine
Gifford Riviere

 

District: Southeast

COMMUNITY SHELTER SHELTER MANAGER ASSISTANT MANAGER
Grand Fond (5) Government School Upstairs – Post shelter
Downstairs – Pre shelter
Joan Lawrence Danielle Cuffy
Community Resource Centre
Upstairs – Post shelter
Downstairs – Pre shelter
Shirley George Birdie Phillip
Roman Catholic Church Tessa Phillip – Canita George
House of Marcus Cuffy Marcus Cuffy
House of Louis Roberts Victor Roberts
Riviere Cyrique (1) Pentecostal Church Evangeline Nicholls Curt Cuffy
Morne Jaune (2) Shop of Cyrillia Toussaint (Basement) Lucyna Nicholas Alicia Blaize
House of Veronique Ferdinand Edwina Hypolite Lester Douglas
La Plaine (3) Coutriere’s Hall Sean Stedman
Jones Beaupierre School Florence Stedman Jessinta Durand
Agricultural Training Centre Junney Newtown
Boetica (1) Roman Catholic Church Randolph Joseph Angelina Daniel
Delices (2) Government School (Post) Marvlyn Albert Guillaume Williams
Pre-School section (Pre) Marvlyn Albert Guillaume Williams
House of Joan Hilaire Guiste Joan Hiliare Guiste

 

District: West

COMMUNITY SHELTER SHELTER MANAGER ASSISTANT MANAGER
Dublanc (1) Youth Center (Post) Curtis Francois Dionne James
Bioche (2) Nazarene Church Kirk Dumas Elvis Sabroach
Bioche Fisheries Complex Henry Sango – Delia Ettiene
Colihaut (1) Old Health Center (Post) Mitchel John Celia Leblanc
Mahaut (3) Mahaut Community Centre Davidson John Tusca John
Mahaut Berean Church Sherman Ismeal Ian Ismeal
Gospel Tarbernacle/Emergency Crisis Centre Lena Augustine Erickson Bertrand
Salisbury (2) Gospel Mission Church Motely George
Baptiste Church (Downstairs) Henry Langlais
St. Joseph (3) Kaleb John Laurent Primary School
East Block: Delight Defoe Eric Serrant
West Block: Ernest Lous
First Grace Baptiste Church Lilia Joseph
Layou (2) Isaiah Thomas Secondary School Lazar Charles Maria Mulcaire
Layou CUM Church (Post) Lazar Charles Binika Riviere
Morne Rachette (1) Community Resource Centre David Fritz Jerry Adrien
Belles (1) Belles Primary School Mona Esprit Andy Durand
Gleau Gommier (1) Pilgrim Church Denny Esprit Jennifer Esprit
Warner (1) Government School Vanessa Julien Sandra Rodney
Campbell (1) Government School Valma Bethel Marian Simon
Roger/Canefield (1) Community Center Maximae Powell Ingrid Defoe

 

District: Southwest

COMMUNITY SHELTER SHELTER MANAGER ASSISTANT MANAGER
Pointe Michel (1) Community Centre (lower floor) Algernon Degalarie Nadia Williams
Rachel Peltier
Soufriere (1) Christian Union Church Weeferly Jules Sandra Henderson
Scotts Head (1) Government School Conrad Caesar Sonnyboy Bellot
Giraudel (1) Government School Virginia Giraudel Ruth Dorival
Eggleston (2) Eggleston Pavillion Stanley Remie Randy Alexander
Eggleston School Yvonne Daniel Shirley Alexander
Caryl Jno-Pierre
Morne Prosper (2) Government School Vincent Mitchell Shannon Bedminister
Quahal Yahweh Church Decima Myers Cecilia Christmas
Wotten Waven (1) Government School Michael Bruno Robertson Xaviere
Newtown (1) Primary School Albert Dalrymple Peter Gregoire
Trafalgar (1) Government School Mirander Baptiste
Laudat (1) Laudat Government School Fabiana Moises Benette Moises
Loubiere (1) Loubiere Resource Centre Rosemund Lebruin Marvin Peltier
Bath Estate (2) Primary School
North Block – (Both Floors)
South Block – (Upper Floor)
Aaron Pacquette Reah Brumant
Silver Lake/Elmshall (1) Bath Estate Resource Centre Gloria Walsh Tamara Ettienne
Silver Lake (1) Apartment of Marlene St. Hilliare Marlene St. Hilliare
Fond Cole (1) Community Centre Rita Graham Vena Roberts
Goodwill (1) Goodwill Pentecostal Church John Fontaine Martha John
Tarish Pit (1) Community Centre Telford Laurent Miranda Esprit
Kings Hill (1) Baptiste Church (Basement) Melvina Walsh Leslie Aaron Darymple
Cockrane (1) Government School (Upper Floor) Ronaldson Piper Valarie Alphonse
Gutter (1) McDowell (Gutter) Community Centre Alvin Auguiste Garvin Walsh
Roseau Central (1) Dominica Grammar School Sonia Felix Debra Grell

 

District: East

COMMUNITY SHELTER SHELTER MANAGER ASSISTANT MANAGER
Petite Soufriere (5) House of Abner Durand  Abner Durand Evelyn Durand
House of Alexis Nicholls Alexis Nicholls Lorna Nicholls
House of Simon Alie Simon Alie
House of Bennet Durand Bennet Durand Camron Durand
House of Pierre Joseph Magilia Durand Joel Joseph
San Sauveur (1) House of Valentine Stoute Valentine Stoute Felix Stoute
Kalinago Territory (6) Salybia Primary School Regina Joseph Ralph John
Sineku Resource Centre Peter Sanford
Sineku Primary School Derick Joseph Robert Valmond
Sineku Pre-School Clara Frederick Ishma Laurent
Crayfish River Pre- School Connie Williams Marilyn Bruney
Church Of Jesus Christ Mathias Valmond Matthew Darroux
Castle Bruce (1) Castle Bruce Secondary School Darius Christmas Algie Eustache
Good Hope (1) Good Hope Resouce Centre Pierre Labassierre Richardson Pierre
Atkinson (2) Atkinson Resource Centre Nena Burton Brian Barrie
Basement of Genevieve Lloyd Hermit Boland Cathrina Boland

 

 

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Emergency Employment Programme – UNDP

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Photo: Zaimis Olmos/UNDP

The EEP program has now come to a close. Therefore, a Focus Group Series was launched by the NEP with the support of the UNDP under the theme: Lessons Learned from the Emergency Employment Programme (EEP). The first two meetings were held in Portsmouth on Thursday June 28th for the Northern communities.

Local government representatives, Community Employment Assistants and NEP interns participated in focus group meetings to discuss the lessons learned and identify the best practices from the EEP. There were 12 participants from the communities of Cottage, Tan-Tan, Portsmouth, Dublanc, Penville and Calibishie.

Photo: Zaimis Olmos/UNDP
Photo: Zaimis Olmos/UNDP
Photo: Zaimis Olmos/UNDP

This post was first published to the UNDP’s Facebook page.

About UNDP Project Office

The UNDP Dominica Project Office is a part of the Regional Sub-Office of Barbados and the OECS. The Team’s presence is part of the UNDPs response to the significant damage sustained from Hurricane Maria.

UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

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Sheldon and Norris – Dominica Film Challenge 2018 Participants

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Dominica Film Challenge

The 2018 edition of the Dominica Film Challenge kicked off on June 15, and the teams have been working hard to best each other, but capturing different aspects of Dominica’s tourism product.

Below are a few updates from Team Casimir/Francois:

Even with tons of gear and years of experience in the industry, this team put a lot of effort into pre-production and planning so that their time in the field would be spent most efficiently.

So far they have showcased nature and culture, and they’ve teamed up with Dominica poet, Whitney Greenaway, who will perform a voiceover on this video.

Engage with their posts by liking, commenting and sharing them! Best of luck to this team!

 

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Student wins international award for hurricane relief project

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Heather says the design plans have to take into consideration everything from the need to use termite-resistant wood to proper ventilation of the steel containers in a tropical climate. (CBC)

Heather Chisholm, 15, lands Kurt Hahn Prize for her innovative plan to provide school for Caribbean island

A 15-year-old girl from Rothesay, N.B., has won an international education award for her work to create a pre-school building from retired shipping containers for the Caribbean island of Dominica, devastated last year by Hurricane Maria.

Heather Chisholm, a Grade 10 student at Rothesay Netherwood School, came up with the idea last summer, inspired in part by the Area 506 Festival in Saint John, which featured a shipping container village.

Since then, she has secured shipping containers with the help of a local businessman, worked with local architects, engineers and tradespeople on design plans, developed a budget and timeline and recruited 24 classmates to help with everything from fundraising to gathering furnishings, equipment and school supplies.

All this while juggling a rigorous academic program and demanding athletic schedule.

Determination to dream big

“Heather is an amazing individual and she very much deserves this award,” said her former art teacher Tia Saley, who has been working with her on the Schools for Schools project, and nominated her for the Round Square Kurt Hahn Prize.

The prize is awarded annually to a student or group of students within Round Square’s network of about 180 schools in 50 countries, in recognition of “an exceptional act of service to others.”

“It’s about the ideals of Round Square, which are internationalism, democracy, environmentalism, adventure, leadership and service. And this project embodies all of those things, as does Heather,” said Saley.

Teacher Tia Saley said when Heather approached her with the idea, her reaction was, ‘this is amazing, let’s do it.’

In her nomination form, she described Heather as “an individual with a huge heart and sheer guts and determination to dream big and then to work hard to make that inconceivable dream someone else’s reality.”

Heather, who will be formally recognized at a ceremony in Montreal in September, says dreaming comes easily to students like her — “because we have so many opportunities.”

She hopes her shipping container school will give children on the small island nation of Dominica a place where they can “dream a little bit.

“I want people to be able to have that opportunity and have an area where they can kind of picture who they want to be … a place where kids can just kind of get away from any of the stresses or any of the struggles in their lives and be inspired.”

A look at Hurricane Maria’s devastation on the small island nation of Dominica in Sept. 20, 2017. (AFP/Getty Images)

Dominica is still recovering from Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm that delivered winds of 260 km/h, torrential downpours and intense storm surges last September.

It destroyed thousands of homes, knocked out power, contaminated water supplies and decimated crops.

At least 32 people were killed, another 37 went missing.

It’s easy to dream and it’s easy to think about all the things that you could do, but … to see that it can actually take form is pretty inspiring. – Heather Chrisholm, Student

Heather had only started sharing her idea for a shippable school when the hurricane hit and didn’t yet have a destination selected.

Once she heard reports about the damage in Dominica, where some former RNS students were from, her mind was made up.

“It really just fit and was good timing,” she said.

“From there, it’s really grown and kind of taken on its own life and become really inspiring.”

Teachers, classmates, local companies and community members have all donated their time, expertise and resources toward the project.

Heather Chisholm says many people have helped make her dream of a shipping container school a reality. (CBC)

The plan is to convert and customize either two 40-foot containers or three 20-foot containers into a pre-school for up to 40 children in the Kalinago Territory, which is the home to the last of the indigenous people of the Caribbean.

“The shipping containers, originally built to withstand 100 mile an hour winds and 50-foot waves, are tough [and] durable making them an ideal shell for a classroom in tropical Dominica,” Round Square said of Heather’s plan.

It is also an eco-friendly solution, repurposing about 3,500 kilograms of steel per container, Round Square noted.

“The customised shipping containers will offer a safe and much needed learning space for children affected by the storm.”

Heather prefers the larger option — two 40-foot containers — but says it might require more assembly upon arrival and she doesn’t want to burden the community of about 2,500 people, or the local groups backing the project which are the Waitukubili Kairifuna Development Agency (WAIKADA) and Aywasi Kalinago Retreat.

Finalizing design

Comeau McKenzie Architecture, Fundy Engineering and First Choice Ventilation are helping to finalize the best design and materials.

“We want to make it a really great place for kids to learn,” a hands-on space where the children, aged three and four, can move around and work together, said Heather.

“The goal is to have it kind of in a way that it can be almost rolled out,” with any necessary equipment packed inside.

The structure, which will be bolted to a concrete slab on a two-acre plot, will also serve other functions, such as a community centre and training facility for teachers, “so it’s going to be a really adaptable space,” she said.

Heather envisions having a reception area, a small kitchenette, outside washrooms and a shower hose.

“We’re also hoping — this is kind of a big one — but we want to make it really eco-friendly and kind of off the grid,” using either solar or wind energy so it can be self-reliant.

Still needs $13K

About $7,000 of the $20,000 funding-raising goal has been achieved through a variety of events, including a Grade 10 Farmers’ Market, candy grams for Valentine’s Day and a broadway music show called Broadway Revue, scheduled for May 27, at 7 p.m. at the RNS theatre.

Twenty-four of Heather’s classmates have formed five committees, dealing with architecture, engineering, school stations, fundraising and social media. (Submitted)

Heather and her team are also seeking donated furnishings, such as tables, chairs and rugs, equipment, such as laptops and printers, and school supplies, such as books and pencils.

She initially hoped to have the school up and running by this fall, but is now aiming to ship the containers by April 2019, giving the teachers plenty of time to set up and settle in by September 2019.

Reflecting on the past year, Heather said “the whole process has been pretty incredible.

“It started off as just an idea and something I kind of thought, ‘Oh you know, that would be cool.’  But so many people have stepped up and the school has been really supportive.

“It’s easy to dream and it’s easy to think about all the things that you could do, but … to see that it can actually take form is pretty inspiring.”

This story was first published on CBC.ca.

 

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[VIDEO] Rediscover Dominica Diving

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Dominica’s premiere sites are just as spectacular as ever! Take a look yourself at this brand new footage of our underwater sites all shot after the passage of Hurricane Maria.

 

 

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Dominica poet, Whitney Greenaway featured on PBS NewsHour

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Whitney Greenaway is a New York-based poet who was recently featured on the “Brief but Spectacular” segment on PBS NewsHour! We’ve highlighted this Dominican artist before and continue to be amazed at her progress in the world of the Arts!

Her provocative poem is entitled “The Purging” and speaks of men from all angles, good, the bad and the ugly. Here’s the poem in its entirety:

There is the man I love, and there is the man who loves me, and there is the man I love because he loves me.

There is the man I took the morning-after pill for, and there is the man whose baby I kept, and there is the man whose baby I let go. There is the man born on the cusp of summer, and there is the man whose heart was made for a fall or six.

There is the man who holds my hand on the train, and there is the man who won’t even sit next to me there. There is the man I wish was my father, and there is the man who talks to me like he is. And there is the man, who when I was 16, invited me into his and my mother’s bedroom. And there is the man who taught me to forgive it.

There is the man who forgot my name, and there is the man who doesn’t know I have one. There is the man who takes my picture, and there is the man who, when I take a pretty picture, says nothing. And there is the man who says I only take pretty pictures, and there is the man who doesn’t believe that.

There is the man who has a wife, and there is the man who had a wife, and there is the man who is getting married, and there is the man who says bride is such a delicate word, and I am anything but delicate. And there is the man who says he is OK with being my husband, which is not the same as saying that he wants to be.

There is the man who tells me the way I need is unhealthy, without addressing that the way that he takes is also to my detriment. There is the man who has never taken me out, and there is the man who is always filling me in. There is the man who asks me to keep his secrets, and there is the man who has made me a public secret, and what is more skillful than that?

There is the man who says he loves my size, and there is the man who doesn’t mention it, and I find it hard to trust him, because how dare he treat me like how much space I take up in the bed has nothing to do with our relationship?

There is the man I feed sancoche, and there is the man I feed green smoothies, and there is the man I feed lies. There is the man who goes to church, and there is the man who doesn’t believe in God, and there is the man who believes in me.

There is the man whose mother still asks for me, and there is the man whose father is dead, and there is the man who tells me family is a foreign country, and who wants to stand in line for a visa you may not get approved for anyway?

There is the man who says he will never forget me, as if that is some kind of prize, to be chosen only to exist in memory. There is the man who says he will always love me, and that is still only a temporary comfort. And there is the man who says he will never leave. And there is no man who has kept his promise.

 

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Dominica Film Challenge participants, hard at work

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Dominica Film Challenge 2018
Photo credit: Derek Galon

The 2018 edition of the Dominica Film Challenge is scheduled to run from May to July. Six teams have qualified as finalists, and the Challange was officially launched by the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) on June 15.

The teams are:
– Armani Augustine and Garvin Leblanc
– Derek Galon and Margaret Gajek
– Sheldon Casimir and Norris Francois
– Marica Honeychurch and Arnaud Chabert
– Tridel Edwin and Elias Dupuis
– Ericson Joseph and Kreig Harris

Throughout this week, a few teams have given sneak peeks into their creation process via social media. Check them out below!

1Sheldon and Norris

From left to right: Sheldon, Whitney and Norris

“Today we say down with poet Whitney ‘Witness’ Greenaway to talk about our ideas for the#DominicaChallenge. Words are important.”

Whitney Greenaway is a talented Dominican poet, based in the United States. Check out one of her amazing performances here.

2Marica and Arnaud

Lost in a field of dasheen!

“It’s always important to show the agricultural part of our island – from source to table. A fun time capturing moments for the film challenge.”

3Derek and Margaret

Filming between walls of narrow canyon with my drone, without GPS signal, with plenty of wind and water in the air from a waterfall takes a bit of nerves and self-control… (Derek Galon)

“We were invited by Discover Dominica Authority to take part in this year’s Film Challenge. As one of 6 teams we are producing a short movie about Dominica’s natural attractions in post-hurricane era. This work sends us to places we did not know before – some are amazing!”

4Tridel and Elias

Making the best of a rainy day (Elias, Tridel and team)

“Today is a rainy day, so it becomes a planning day. Discover Dominica. #productionweek
#rediscoverdominica #dominicafilmchallenge

At the launch ceremony, the teams were each presented with a check of EC $4000 to facilitate their expense related to the production phase of the challenge.

Discover Dominica Authority encourages all Dominicans to follow the adventures of the Dominica Film Challenge teams over the next three weeks.

I wonder what the other teams are up to!

 

 

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Dominica Film Challenge 2018 launched

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Dominica Film Challenge

ROSEAU, Dominica – (June 20, 2018) The Dominica Film Challenge, an on-island video competition was launched this past Friday (June 15, 2018) at the Goodwill Parish Hall.

Over the next three weeks, six select teams of the best videographers/storytellers on island will go out and film unique and compelling scenes of what Dominica has to offer visitors. The winning team will be rewarded with an EC$10,000 grand prize for the best promotional video.

The teams which are competing in the 2018 Film Challenge are:
– Armani Augustine and Garvin Leblanc
– Derek Galon and Margaret Gajek
– Sheldon Casimir and Norris Francois
– Marica Honeychurch and Arnaud Chabert
– Tridel Edwin and Elias Dupuis
– Ericson Joseph and Kreig Harris

Discover Dominica Authority, CEO Mr. Colin Piper, gave an overview of this year’s Film Challenge, which for the first time is featuring only locally based filmmakers.

He stated, “The Authority has been observing the compelling and technically-advanced content being put out by a variety of local film-makers, and is taking the opportunity to allow them the chance to showcase their skills while promoting the Nature Island. These local film-makers are expected to use their intimate knowledge of the best experiences, adventures, views and adventures on island to showcase the island in all its glory.”

At the launch ceremony, the teams were each presented with a check of EC$4000 to facilitate their expense related to the production phase of the challenge.

Discover Dominica Authority encourages all Dominicans to follow the adventures of the Dominica Film Challenge teams over the next three weeks.

This is a great opportunity for the Dominican communities at home and abroad to use the hashtags #Re-DiscoverDominica and #DominicaChallenge and create great momentum on the Social Media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as we collectively showcase the wonderful sites of Dominica to all.

While the participating teams will be given a lot of creative freedom in conceptualizing and filming their productions, each video will be required to feature a particular niche of Dominica’s tourism product such as hiking, history/culture, cuisine and health and wellness.

 

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“Nenen” joins the elite club of Centenarians

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The community of Tete Morne celebrates centenarian Felicite Alexander, affectionately known as “Nenen.”

Nenen was born into a family of 10 siblings and she is now the only living one. Her brother, who died after hurricane Maria, lived to 102 years. Most of her other siblings died in their 90s.

Nenen was married but had no children of her own. However, she adopted many children within the community which is a testament to her name, “Nenen”. One of these children in particular, Marquis, was taken under her care ever since he was a little boy and continues to live with her even today.

She worked as a vendor at the Roseau Market. She also sold popcorn, bananas, ice-pops and other snacks at the Tete Morne Primary School. This is one of the reasons why former principals of the school, like Mrs Nathalie Jude, would often times bring school children to visit her. In her younger days, Nenen would walk from Tete Morne to Soufriere to sell her provision, carrying fish with her on her journey back home. She did this for many years.

Nenen is known as a caring and loving woman who never fails to express gratitude and appreciation when she is visited.

On June 15, family, friends and loved ones attended a mass in Nenen’s honour. The celebrations were officiated by Fr. Branker John, Parish Priest of Grand Bay . He spoke of how she taught him to appreciate the Holy Eucharist since she never fails to give God praise for his visits and the opportunity to practice her faith.

Fr. John advised the audience to probe the minds of the elderly, especially those like Nenen, to discover the wealth of information that they posses. He spoke of the medicinal remedies that they used long ago that will become lost to us if we don’t take note.

H. E President Charles Savarin was unable to attend the celebrations. However, he sent his gift and his well wishes to Nenen.

Parliamentary representative for the Grand Bay constituency, Hon. Justina Charles presented this gift, as well as a gift of her own. She stressed on the importance of the elderly within a community and the impact that they have on our lives both directly and indirectly. She encouraged the practice of visiting them and sitting with them to keep them company.

Charles also stated that, like many centenarians before, Nenen will be receiving $500 monthly to assist with taking care of her, as well as free cooking gas.

Nenen continues to be cared for by her caregivers of the Yes We Care program.

Throughout the mass, Nenen’s words remained, “Thank you Jesus”.

This post was first published on DominicaNewsOnline.com.

 

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[VIDEO] The Youth In You – Rianna Patterson

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Rianna Patterson is a Dementia advocate, founder of Dominica Dementia Foundation and she’s currently pursuing her BSc Psychology Degree at the University of Kent. She is also a Queens Young Leader 2017.

“The Youth in You” was inspired by a personal experience Patterson faced with her grandfather as he passed away with Dementia in 2013.

The purpose of the talk is the educate the public on how young people can help create a future where we our population of persons with Dementia will decrease in due course, work together to support the needs of the elderly.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

 

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[VIDEO] The story of Kenisha and Athalie – Hurricane Maria

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Two days before hurricane Maria it was Kenisha’s 9th birthday. There were no birthday presents. Instead, there was fear. A hurricane was coming, but no one knew how strong it was going to be. The eye of the hurricane passed right over Dominica during the night of 18 September 2017. The morning after Kenisha’s life would never be the same.

On the other side of the world I was waiting for news about the hurricane. For a week there was no news and only silence. The first messages about the damage came from the Prime Minister Skerrit Roosevelt, who revealed that the island was completely destroyed. Setting foot on Dominica 3 months later I discovered this was nothing less than the truth.

Hurricane Maria left traces of both physical and emotional damage. The short documentary tells the story of Kenisha (9) and Athalie (36). The night of the hurricane is relived through their eyes. For both of them it was the very first time they experienced a hurricane as devastating as Maria. Athalie, one of the main figures in the village, tells how children in the village like Kenisha have been traumatized by the event. Moreover, how do they stay motivated with the next hurricane season already around the corner?

The short documentary was produced as part of the Short Documentary Film course by World Press Photo, NOOR Images and the Danish School of Media and Journalism (DJMX). The project was supervised by Pep Bonet, award-winning filmmaker and photographer and member of NOOR Images, and Henrik Kastenskov, founder of Bombay Flying Club and teacher at DJMX.

Special thanks to the Pongovi Foundation in Dominica. This video was produced by Elsemieke de Boer.

 

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“The regrowth is incredible” – Jeanelle Brisbane

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From Survivor Mike’s Facebook page:

Had the pleasure of going into the rain forest with Jeanelle Brisbane and the Forestry Division to see how the forest is recovering. Things are coming along nicely!

Jeanelle: “The regrowth is incredible. If anyone wants to understand what it truly means to be resilient they need to look at the forest floor. The open canopy has created a race to the top where you’re seeing a mass of tree saplings shooting up, competing to be a part of the big shots.

Honestly, people need to stop looking up at the broken branches and look down at the rebirth. There’s an entire secret world waiting to be discovered. Only then can people come and tell me if they think our forest is ‘destroyed’.”

About Survivor Mike’s

After surviving Hurricane Maria in a palm leaf hut in the forest, I decided to open Survivor Mike’s Outdoor & Disaster Prep Store to provide Dominicans with the same quality equipment I used to get by – before and after the hurricane.

We specialize in high quality personal solar equipment, solar lights, and solutions to keep you and your prized possessions dry! Contact us via FB messenger anytime, or via the contact info provided. We will expand our stock to include highly requested items so don’t be afraid to make your opinions heard!

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Survivor Mike in the rain forest with Jeanelle and a Forestry Division officer
Young saplings taking the place of trees that were damaged by Hurricane Maria.
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InterCaribbean Airways to increase flights into Dominica

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InterCaribbean Airways

InterCaribbean Airways will soon increase its number of weekly flights into Dominica according to Chief Executive Officer of the Discover Dominica Authority Colin Piper.

The airline began coming into the island three times weekly on March 22, 2018, carrying passengers from Dominica to Tortola and on to St. Lucia.

Piper while giving his address on the State of the Industry Update and General Overview of the Way Forward during the 2018 Global Marketing Summit on Friday 15 June 2018 said in a week or two the airline will fly into the island five times a week.

“Because the load factors have been as such that they’re going to increase that investment into Dominica to five times weekly.”

He also said flights may be increased to seven times weekly in October or November of this year.

“So I think that augers well for us in terms of variety, in terms of choice and also will assist in terms of the cost.”

This article was originally published on Dominica Vibes.

 

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Dominica’s female youth volleyball team secures place in 2018 Youth Olympics

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Youth Female Volleyball Olympics, Dominica
Adicia Burton and Ethlyne Lockhart (middle) accepting their medals and trophy after winning in Antigua. (Source: www.dasportsvault.com)

Dominica has reason to celebrate as both the male and female youth beach volleyball teams will be representing the country at the 2018 Youth Olympics in Argentina this October.

The teams participated in the qualifier tournament held in Antigua last weekend and the men who already secured a place at the Olympics looked not just to win but to practice competitively. For the women however, every hope of securing a place rested on winning the qualifier.

Both teams would go down to Saint Lucia in their first match up and while the men were stopped at the quarter finals, Adicia Burton and Ethlyne Lockhart pressed on, beating Grenada 21-13, 21-9 to the semis where they defeated Antigua 21-14, 21-12!

With victory in sight the ladies sought to redeem themselves as they met St Lucia in the final race to the Olympics. The match would see two (2) medical timeouts by the ladies but their focus and determination made them victorious 10-21, 22-20,15-8.

Congratulations to the 15 and 17 year old ladies on their victory and coach Ray Robinson as they and the male team gear up and continue training to represent us at the youth Olympics.

The article was first published on www.DASportsVault.com.

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3 Hurricane Preparedness Tips from NAAN Storm Trackers

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NAAN Storm Trackers

NAAN Storm Trackers is a team of Dominican volunteers with a collective interest in Tropical Weather systems. They’ve provided three relevant tips for this Hurricane Season:

1. Secure disaster essentials

Get your disaster essentials such as: flashlight, transistor radio, batteries, solar powered lamps, solar powered chargers, first aid kit. Ensure that you have in store the medication needed especially for children and elderly.

2. Stock up on food

Have in stock 4 to 5 days supply of food that does not require cooking or refrigeration. E.g. crackers, cube cheese, canned foods.

3. Stock up on water

Purchase bottled water and store it. Do not wait until you are told that a system is approaching to purchase water. Purchase what you can now. Water will need to be stored in a cool and dry place.

Look out for more tips from NAAN Storm Trackers soon!

Question: what are your main hurricane preparedness tips? Tell us in the comments!

About NAAN Storm Trackers

Storm Trackers NAANWe follow every wave that leaves the African coast and we observe its behavior. Within our own group we discuss expected outcomes and we discuss how we expect these waves to interact with the Sahara Air Layer (SAL). We also look at areas of high pressure and monitor their movement along the ITCZ. 

 

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Longest-ever World Cruise to call on Dominica in 2019

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Dominica has been added to the list of ‘all-new ports’ along the 245-day cruise hosted by Viking Cruises, which will depart from London on August 31, 2019.

The Ultimate World Cruise makes a complete circumnavigation of the globe and will touch down in more than 100 countries, including our own. The cruise ship should get to Roseau, Dominica on Day 49 of its tour and will depart for St. Kitts and Nevis that afternoon. Below is a press release which appeared on PRNewswire a few weeks ago.

 

LOS ANGELESMay 1, 2018 – Viking® (www.vikingcruises.com) today announced its most comprehensive itinerary to date with the new Ultimate World Cruise, which will span 245 days, six continents, 59 countries and 113 ports, with 22 port overnights and a full circumnavigation of the globe – making it the longest-ever continuous world cruise itinerary.

Departing from London on August 31, 2019 on Viking Sun®, this grand eight-month journey will mark Viking’s third voyage around the globe and will nearly double the length of the company’s previous World Cruise itineraries. Within the 245-day Ultimate World Cruise itinerary, Viking will also offer guests an option to sail one of two shorter segments during the cruise.

Guests can choose between Viking World Treasures, a 127-day sailing from London to Los Angeles that visits 33 countries and 61 ports, or Viking World Wonders, a 119-day journey from Los Angeles to London that visits 29 countries and 55 ports. As with all Viking itineraries, guests receive a complimentary shore excursion in each port and free unlimited Wi-Fi; World Cruise guests also receive Business Class airfare and all gratuities and service fees, along with an extensive list of added-value included features in their cruise fare.

“For more than 20 years we have been offering guests the most culturally immersive journeys available in the industry and we are pleased to announce the most extensive itinerary in our history,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “Our World Cruises offer guests the rare opportunity to unpack once and explore dozens of the best destinations on earth – at a value that is unprecedented in the travel industry.”

Ultimate World Cruise
Viking today announced its new Ultimate World Cruise, which will span 245 days, six continents, 59 countries and 113 ports, with 22 port overnights and a full circumnavigation of the globe – making it the longest-ever continuous world cruise itinerary. For more information, visit www.vikingcruises.com. (PRNewsfoto/Viking)

Ultimate World Cruise Highlights

Viking’s Ultimate World Cruise visits dozens of legendary cities, charming ports and idyllic islands in one epic journey. Included excursions in every port allow guests to immerse themselves in the world’s cultures, and The Viking Way of exploration offers additional, optional excursions that provide unmatched insight into Local Life, Working World and offer Privileged Access visits to cultural institutions. Overnight stays in 22 cities allow guests to delve deeper into destinations; and Viking’s Culture Curriculum® offers additional enrichment on board with regional entertainment and lectures, as well as learning opportunities as part of the Viking Resident program. Full details on the Ultimate World Cruise can be found on Viking’s website here; highlights include:

  • Greenwich: London at Your Door – Dock in the historic Royal Borough of Greenwich, London, which allows guests easy access to the regal capital’s iconic sights, including the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Peak of Brazilian Culture – One of the 22 overnight stays on this itinerary occurs in the historic city of Rio de Janeiro, where guests can witness the larger-than-life Christ the Redeemer statue or relax on the scenic Copacabana and Ipanema beaches of this coastal metropolis.
  • Ushuaia, Argentina: “End of the World” – Commonly referred to as the “End of the World,” guests will visit Ushuaia, a city perched on a steep hill on the southernmost tip of South America, and explore its lush scenery through excursions to the nearby Escondido and Fagnano Lakes or the Tierra del Fuego National Park, which was first inhabited by humans 10,000 years ago.
  • Hobart, Tasmania: An Island of History and Wilderness — The capitol of Australia’s island state of Tasmania, Hobart offers guests the chance to learn about its aborigine history and explore its unique wilderness area, including Mt. Wellington, which the city is nestled under.
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Vibrant Saigon – This eclectic city, home to a mix of modern skyscrapers, French colonial buildings and ornate palaces, offers a variety of experiences for guests, including the Cu Chi Tunnels, the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Reunification Palace.
  • Mumbai, India: The Front Door to India – The bustling city of Mumbai, formerly Bombay, is the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India. While in port, guests can learn about the iconic activist Gandhi at the Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum and visit the Hanging Gardens, one of the prized few parks found in the busy metropolis.
  • Luxor, Egypt: Temples and Tombs – The site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, Luxor is dense with historical monuments for guests to explore, including the Temple of Karnak and the Valley of the Kings & Valley of the Queens, which house the tombs of the Pharaohs and their wives.
  • Eight All-New Ports in South America – Guests will visit eight all-new Viking ports while in South America, including Roseau, Dominica, two ports in Chile (La Serena (Coquimbo) and Iquique), three ports in Peru (Arequipa (Matarani), Pisco (General San Martín) and Lima (Callao)) and finally guests will explore Quito (Manta), Ecuador and Panama City (Fuerte Amador), Panama.
Ultimate World Cruise
Viking Sun arrives in Hong Kong during its first-ever sold-out 2018 World Cruise. The ship will return to Hong Kong in 2020 as part of Viking’s new 245-day Ultimate World Cruise. For more information, visit www.vikingcruises.com. (PRNewsfoto/Viking)

Viking Sun

Viking’s ocean ships have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, with 465 staterooms that can accommodate 930 guests. Viking Sun is the fourth addition to Viking’s award-winning ocean fleet, which also includes Viking Star®, Viking Sea®and Viking Sky®, and was recently “named” in Shanghai during its first-ever sold out World Cruise. Viking will welcome two more sister ships in the next two years, including Viking Orion® in June 2018. With the arrival of Viking Jupiter® in 2019, Viking will be the largest small ship ocean cruise line. Ten additional ships are also planned for delivery starting in 2021, which could bring Viking’s ocean fleet to 16 ships by 2027. Classified by Cruise Critic as “small ships,” Viking’s ocean fleet features modern Scandinavian design with elegant touches, intimate spaces and attention to detail. Highlights include:

  • All Veranda Staterooms: Guests can choose from five stateroom categories, starting from 270 sq. ft. Veranda Staterooms, all with private verandas, sweeping views of the destination and premium amenities that include king-size beds with luxury linens, generously proportioned closets, large interactive flat-screen LCD TVs with movies-on-demand, unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi and award-winning bathrooms with large showers, premium Freyja®bath products and heated floors.
  • Explorer Suites: The ships feature 14 Explorer Suites, which are two-room suites ranging from 757 to 1,163 sq. ft. With expansive views from wraparound private verandas, as well as the most amenities and privileges of any category on board, Explorer Suites offer the ultimate sanctuary for World Cruise guests.
  • Two Pool Choices: In addition to the Main Pool with a retractable roof permitting any-season swimming, the ships feature a first-of-its-kind glass-backed Infinity Pool cantilevered off the stern, allowing guests to swim surrounded by their destination.
  • LivNordic Spa: In keeping with Viking’s Nordic heritage, The Spa on board is designed with the holistic wellness philosophy of Scandinavia in mind—from the centuries-old tradition of the sauna to a Snow Grotto where snowflakes gently descend from the ceiling through chilled air. Berlitz Cruising & Cruise Ships 2017 named it one of the “5 best cruise ship spas.”
  • Explorers’ Lounge and Mamsen’s: Share a cocktail with friends. Linger over a Norwegian breakfast and a nautical history book. The Explorers’ Lounge and Mamsen’s gourmet deli are thoughtful spaces located at the bow of the ship and designed to represent the Scandinavian spirit for complete relaxation and for marveling at sweeping views through double-height windows.
  • The Wintergarden: Guests looking for serenity will find it in the Wintergarden. In this elegant space under a canopy of Scandinavian trellised wood, guests can indulge in afternoon tea service.
  • Dining Choices: Viking’s ships offer eight dining options, all with no additional charge or fee—from fine dining in The Restaurant, which serves three full meals and a variety of culinary options, and the World Café, which features international fare and regional specialties including a sushi and seafood cold bar—to intimate alternative dining experiences at The Chef’s Table, which offers a multi-course tasting menu with wine pairings, and Manfredi’s, which features freshly prepared pastas and Italian favorites. The Pool Grill specializes in gourmet burgers, while afternoon tea and scones are available in the Wintergarden. Mamsen’s serves Norwegian deli-style fare, and complimentary 24-hour room service allows all guests to enjoy many signature dishes in the comfort of their stateroom. Furthermore, with multiple choices for outdoor seating during meals, Viking’s ocean ships offer the most al fresco dining at sea. Additionally, The Kitchen Table specializes in regional dishes from market to table.
  • Cultural Enrichment: Viking experiences from ship to shore are designed for unparalleled access and cultural enrichment. Viking Resident Historians deliver high-level historical and cultural education specific to the journey, offering invaluable insight in to the rich history of the destination. Guest Lecturers who are experts in their fields shed light on the destination’s art, architecture, music, geopolitics, natural world and more. Destination Performances represent the most iconic cultural performing arts of the region—whether it be Italian opera or Portuguese fado. Resident Classical Musicians—pianists, guitarists, violinists and flautists—perform classical compositions throughout the ships. And Culinary Classes in The Kitchen Table, Viking’s onboard cooking school, focus on regional cuisine.
  • Nordic Inspiration: Even the smallest details take their inspiration from the exploratory spirit of the original Vikings, reflecting deeply held Nordic traditions. Light wood grains, touches of slate and teak, Swedish limestone and fragrant juniper appear throughout the public spaces and Spa. The Clinker-built design of the Viking Bar mirrors the construction style of the original Viking Longships. A Viking Heritage Center provides history and context from the Viking Age. And characters from Norse Mythology are subtly incorporated into the design, providing curious guests with inspiration to further explore Viking’s Nordic heritage.
  • Sustainable Features: Designed to be environmentally friendly, Viking’s ships feature energy-efficient hybrid engines, hydro-dynamically optimized streamlined hull and bow for maximum fuel efficiency and equipment that reduces exhaust pollution and meets the strictest worldwide environmental regulations.

 

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