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

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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.”

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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.
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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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12 yo Cameron makes history in Russia [VIDEO]

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After the final game our Young Journalists Yonatan Barel and Rafael Camacho Mc Cluskey interviewed one of the best strikers of the tournament Gustavo Cintra Rocha and Cameron Gregory Phillip, a goalkeeper of the winning team. Boys were happy to share the secrets of their tactics, and our Young Journalists gave their professional opinion about this wonderful day!🎉 #FOOTBALLFORFRIENDSHIP #F4F #F4F2018CHAMPIONSHIP

Posted by Football For Friendship on Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Twelve year old Cameron Phillip, a goal keeper and student of the Newtown Juvenile Football Academy and the Saint Mary’s Academy, made History in Russia.

This post was written by Don Leogal, executive member of the Harlem Football Club, and was shared with the Newtown Juvenile Football Academy’s Facebook group.

He (Cameron) was selected by the Technical Director Mr. Bardouille of the DFA to be Dominica’s representative at the International Football for Friendship Youth Championship which preceeds the 2018 World Cup in Russia after his outstanding performance in goal in one of our In-house football festivals.

Dominica was selected to send a young Goal Keeper twelve or under to participate, over one Hundred youth from around the world took part each country had to send a representative for a specific position Dominica’s was a Goal keeper. A young Journalist was selected to attended also.

Cameron stole the Heart of everyone in Russia with his performance in Goal.

His team won the overall Championship, he was the Most Outstanding Goalkeeper in the tournament and to think I had to actually beg him to stick to Goalkeeping because i saw the potential in him. He wanted to give up because he thought he was to short.

I had to bring in Courtney Challenger a legendary Harlem and ex-National Goalkeeper to prove my point and you know he is still not much shorter than Wassin at present lol.

Cameron will be carrying the Dominica Flag at the opening of the 2018 FIFA World Cup; what an honor at the world’s biggest event! He is the young Journalist and his Mum will also view the opening game of the world Cup in living color.

The Newtown Juvenile Football Academy, Dominica Football Association, Saint Mary’s Academy and the whole of Dominica congratulate you and the young Journalist for representing us proudly on the world stage.

Credit to Sheldon Casimir for training photos in Dominica. Photos in Russia courtesy of Cameron’s mom. 

 

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Beneficiary House in Castle Bruce – UNDP

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Castle Bruce is a village on the east coast of Dominica. It is the largest settlement in St. David Parish, with a population of 1,087 (2011 census). The home of many like Autisha Paul had roof restoration work done by our partner, IsraAid.

They received roofing materials consisting of lumber; corrugated galvanized metal roofing sheets (CGI); hurricane straps and ties; galvanized roofing screws and fasteners to cover a roofing area of approximately 1000 square feet. About 30% of all roofs were destroyed or gone in this village.

Photo: Zaimis Olmos/UNDP

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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Paix Bouche Primary School – UNDP

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UNDP Paix Bouche Primary School

Paix Bouche is a village in northern Dominica in the St. Andrew parish. It has a population of 577. The Paix Bouche Primary School (PBPS) serves the villages of Paix Bouche, Moore Park and Providence. Classes were held at the location under construction under tents and a room on the ground floor.

As of April 2018, classes were moved to the Resource Centre in Paix Bouche. Roof restoration work is being done by our partner, All Hands All Hearts. They received roofing materials consisting of lumber; corrugated galvanized metal roofing sheets (CGI); hurricane straps and ties; galvanized roofing screws and fasteners to cover a roofing area of approximately 2440 square feet.

Photos credited to Zaimis Olmos/UNPD

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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Dominicans Kavem Hodge and Alick Athanaze Selected for West Indies B-Squad

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Alice Athanaze (l); Kavem Hodge (r)

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies now has a WINDIES B squad. That is the squad that has been assembled to travel to Canada for the inaugural Global T20 Canada League which will run from June 28 to July 15.

The international tournament is set to attract other elite T20 players from across, but Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams thinks “this is a great opportunity for players and feeds into the organization’s wider high-performance program which looks to develop all-round skills sets of the players and officials.”

Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne has said “with our Test and A Teams currently on tour, the Global T20 presents an opportunity for the panel to see some of our developing players in the region. The exposure and added development will assist us with identifying players with the potential to develop into international T20 cricketers.”

This WINDIES B squad is:

Anthony Bramble (Captain)
Fabian Allen
Alick Athanaze
Roland Cato
Justin Greaves
Derval Green
Kavem Hodge
Brandon King
Jeremiah Louis
Obed Mcoy
Khary Pierre
Nicholas Pooran
Sherfane Rutherford
Shamar Springer

The Team Management Unit includes:

Stuart Williams – Coach
Roderick Estwick – Coach
Denis Byam – Physiotherapist
Cyril Cox – Strength and Conditioning Trainer
Trent Sargeant – Analyst

The Global T20 Canada league will see 22 matches played in a round-robin format followed by playoffs and the championship match to be held on July 15. All contests will take place at Maple Leaf Cricket Club in Toronto.The contingent is set to leave the region on June 14.

This information was sourced from the Facebook page of the Dominica Cricket Association.

 

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PERSONAL PROFILE: Karina LeBlanc [VIDEO]

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Former Canadian international goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc has been named to the new position of head, women’s football for CONCACAF. The announcement was made at the 33rd CONCACAF Ordinary Congress which was held in Moscow ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup which begins on Thursday.

LeBlanc made 110 appearances for Canada during her career that began in 1998.

The 38-year-old participated in three Pan-Am Games, two Olympics and five FIFA World Cups for Canada and was a member of the 2012 bronze medal winning team at the London Games.

LeBlanc will begin her new role for CONCACAF on August 1.

The above article was originally published on TSN.ca. Check out this interview with Karina and TSN’s Rick Westhead about her new role.

About Karina LeBlanc

(From her website)

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Karina LeBlanc (source: www.karinaleblanc.com)

Karina LeBlanc moved to Maple Ridge British Columbia at age 8. Her early life was spent on a small island in the Caribbean and then she was thrust into a new country with different customs and culture. Karina was a smart, shy, misunderstood child with a vibrant personality buried within.

It wasn’t until she met some local coaches who invited her the track and field club and basketball team that her confidence rose and allowed her personality to shine. Soon after others would also notice a change in her confidence. This confidence enabled Karina to pursue a college education, play soccer for her country for almost 18 years and further win a Bronze Medal at the Olympics in 2012.

After the World Cup in 2015 she finally decided it was time to hang up her cleats and explore her greater purpose. Being the longest standing soccer player of all time for Canada, (5 World Cups and 2 Olympic games), she would no longer be Karina LeBlanc the soccer player, but now Karina LeBlanc the person seeking to understand her new meaning in life. As Karina journeys through this new transition in life, she is rediscovering herself through others.

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Karina LeBlanc of Canada celebrates her teams win over Switzerland after the FIFA Women’s World Cup [source: FIFA.com]

For her, soccer was more than just a sport she played. It allowed her to gain confidence and realize that her voice is for a reason, which helped her become a UNICEF ambassador. Using her international career as a platform, she uses her experiences from her life and career to empower others and help them on their journey to being the best version of themselves.

Her energy is contagious and she loves to ensure that everyone around her truly enjoys what they’re doing. A motivational speaker, a broadcaster, a host (on air and in person) she can entertain and motivate any crowd, while including humour. She thrives on bringing the best out of people, getting them excited, and getting them involved in every aspect of what’s going on both on or off the field.

 

 

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Dominican earns PhD in Chemistry

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Juliette Commodore
Commodore-Botoklo is the 4th black female to graduate with a PhD in chemistry from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa

Dominican, Juliette Joan Commodore-Botoklo, has earned a doctorate in Chemistry at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and in the process, has become only the fourth black female in her department to do so. A Caribbean student was the first to attain that accomplishment in 2013.

Commodore-Botoklo, following a teaching stint at the Wesley High School from 1997 – 2002, obtained two Bachelor of Science degrees: one in chemistry and the other in biology from Midwestern State University. She then taught chemistry for four years (2007-2011) in the Fort Worth Independent School District before entering the Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry program at the University of Alabama.

Commodore-Botoklo’s doctoral journey started in 2011 and ended in 2018. She revealed that she was supposed to defend in 2017 but Hurricane Maria stalled that plan.

With a PhD in analytical chemistry with a focus on mass spectronomy, Dr. Commodore-Botoklo plans to seek employment in industry for method development involving new and more modern mass spectrometers. Her long term goal is to set up a forensics department in Dominica “to serve not only our island, but other islands also lacking these facilities.”

Dr. Commodore-Botoklo is the daughter of Jones and Ursula Commodore of Pottersville. She is married to Senyo Botoklo from Togo, Africa and the couple has a son.

The article was originally published on DominicaNewsOnline.

 

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Beneficiary House in Salybia – UNDP

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Salybia, Dominica

Salybia is a hamlet on the east coast of Dominica in Saint David Parish. About 51% of all roofs were destroyed or gone in this village. The home of many like Mary Francis had roof restoration work done by our partner, IsraAid.

IsraAid received roofing materials consisting of lumber; corrugated galvanized metal roofing sheets (CGI); hurricane straps and ties; galvanized roofing screws and fasteners to cover a roofing area of approximately 1025 square feet.

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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Q&A with Stephie Pascal – Chemical Engineering Grad

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Stephie Pascal, Dominica
Stephie Pascal, former valedictorian of the Convent High School (2007) and Dominica State College (2009) has graduated at the top of her class with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom.

Stephie Pascal is now a Process Engineer at Spirit Energy and was recently lauded as a rising female professional in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in the United Kingdom.

The interview below was originally published on www.womeninSTEM.co.uk.

Your STEM skills can take you far

Stephie spent a summer in an internship role at Centrica. She is now a Process Engineer for Spirit Energy (part of the Centrica group) on their four-year graduate scheme. She talked to us about her career choice.

“The work I do is important to almost all aspects of daily life – keeping us warm during the winter, keeping the lights on, and cooking food!”

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Stephie with proud parents

What degree did you do and why?

I did both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering. For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be an engineer. I enjoy problem solving, as well as maths and physics. I chose chemical engineering simply because I also really enjoyed chemistry.

What attracted you to the energy and utilities sector?

While in university I applied for summer internships. I found out about Centrica from a diversity recruitment company, got an offer for a summer role there and really enjoyed it!

What is an average day?

No two days are the same, each brings its own unique challenges – one of the things I love most about my job. I really enjoy solving difficult, real-world problems and learning something new almost every day. It’s a career that’s exciting and rewarding.

What about the career prospects?

There are so many opportunities in the energy industry – there is a skills shortage for almost all types of engineers. Meeting the changing needs of consumers requires both engineering, technical and commercial expertise.

Since joining Centrica, I’ve had technical and core development training and am now working towards becoming a chartered engineer.

Would you recommend your job to a friend?

Definitely – it is a challenging and exciting job in an evolving sector. You get paid a good salary to do something that has a real, positive impact on people’s daily lives, so why not?

 

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Princess Margaret Hospital – UNDP

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Princess Margaret Hospital, Dominica

Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) is the major trauma facility of Dominica, located in the northern Goodwill part of the capital, Roseau. There are approximately 15 house/resident doctors and 12 specialists.

The two health units under roof restoration are the Dialysis Unit and the Acute Psychiatric Unit. Presently, the Dialysis Unit serves 44 patients, and the Acute Psychiatric Unit serves 33 patients of which 23 are male and 10 are female.

The roofing was considered as mostly destroyed following Hurricane Maria. 

They received roofing materials consisting of lumber; corrugated galvanized metal roofing sheets (CGI); hurricane straps and ties; galvanized roofing screws and fasteners to cover a roofing area of approximately 40,000 square feet.

Photo: Zaimis Olmos/UNDP

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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Review: New novel fleshes out Jean Rhys’ troubled life

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Jean Rhys, Dominica
Jean Rhys was born in Dominica, in the Windward Islands, in 1894, of a Welsh doctor and a native-born Creole woman.

Novelist Jean Rhys is best known for her lyrical masterpiece “Wide Sargasso Sea,” in which she gives in an incandescent voice to the woman Charlotte Bronte locked away in an attic in “Jane Eyre.” Now Rhys gets a similar revival from Caryl Phillips, whose new novel, “A View of the Empire at Sunset,” restores Rhys’ voice to the long years she spent adrift with men who preferred her when she did not speak.

Rhys was born on the Caribbean island of Dominica when it was still a British colony. She left for England at age 16 for school, then worked as a chorus girl and muddled through a string of unhappy relationships across Europe. In between the two world wars, she published a handful of autobiographical novels about rootless women, but she always depended on the men who were her patrons until the publication of “Wide Sargasso Sea” near the end of her life rescued her from obscurity.

Jean Rhys, Dominica
Jean Rhys

Phillips’ novel focuses on her childhood in Dominica, her difficult transition to life in England and her years of drifting from one affair to another in damp and shabby digs. The book is framed by the one unhappy visit she made to her Caribbean home as an adult.

Through Phillips’ eyes, Rhys personifies the fading of the British empire. She is claimed like a resource then discarded when she becomes unpalatable. She lives like an exile in the place she was taught to think of, despite its distance, as home. She becomes something of an embarrassment to the wealthy men whose whims dictate her existence.

It’s curious that Phillips skims over Rhys’ writing career, especially his omission of her affair with the English writer Ford Madox Ford, who encouraged her to adopt the name “Jean Rhys” and might have been the closest thing she had to a champion. But perhaps enough already has been written about that disaster; Rhys, Ford and their spouses all rehashed the affair and its fallout in separate books.

What Phillips does instead is recreate the atmosphere in which Rhys found her voice as a writer: the lush tropical paradise seething with racial tension. The cheap hotel rooms and boarding houses where Rhys always seemed to have enough liquor but not enough to eat. The carriages and restaurant tables where she was filled with longing for indifferent companions. Her Paris of the 1920s was not the “moveable feast” fondly remembered by other writers of her era.

Phillips also was born in the Caribbean, on the island of St. Kitts, and grew up and began his literary career in England. He regularly explores the legacy of colonization in his novels and non-fiction writing, and he also shares a Bronte link with Rhys — his 2015 novel “The Lost Child” imagines a harrowing backstory for Emily Bronte’s antihero Heathcliff in “Wuthering Heights.”

Rhys’ stage career was thwarted by her inability to shed her island accent, and she became accustomed to whispering in conversation. Phillips’ novel likewise has a hushed tone, but “A View of the Empire at Sunset” is a sympathetic and powerful portrait of an outcast seeking sustainability, as well as a searing indictment of the empire that abandoned responsibility for the people it uprooted and set adrift.

This article was first publised on the LoopTT website.

 

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Rotary Club of Portsmouth Provides Seed Money For Plastics Recycling Project

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In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria, local residents Richard Rognlie and Kayla James-Rognlie of Salty Dominica approached the Rotary Club of Portsmouth with the idea to build a plastics shredder and an extrusion machine to help rid the environment of excessive plastic waste,  including thousands of relief water bottles shipped to Dominica. 

Salty Dominica and the Rognlies with the encouragement of the Rotary Club donated components for the shredder. Several months into the effort Rory Dickens joined the effort. He had originally come to Dominica as part of the staff of the charity All Hands and Hearts, here to rebuild the Primary School in Paix Bouche.  Rory Dickens had been working with the organization since 2015 in the Philippines, Ecuador, Peru, Nepal and the British Virgin Islands.

These various charitable endeavors led Rory to see the importance in seeking entrepreneurial solutions to social problems.  Dickens, who received a Masters in Architecture from Robert Gordon University in Scotland, brought his design ingenuity to manufacturing an injection device largely out of scrap components found locally. 

In April of this year he founded his own charitable foundation, Recycle Rebuild, which is an accredited SCIO in Scotland. It is through this organization that he formed a working partnership with the Rotary Club of Portsmouth to develop and build a plastics recycling facility utilizing the source design developed by David Hakkens Precious Plastics Global Initiative in Holland. This is an open source design resource available to communities. 

The goal is to take Dominica’s discarded plastic and turn it into usable and saleable items for the benefit of Dominicans. The Rotary Club of Portsmouth and Rory Dickens’ Recycle Rebuild plan to have a pilot, which includes a shredder and injection molding machine functioning by the end of May. 

The organizations will be seeking additional funding to establish a central recycling center in the Portsmouth area within the next six months at which point the product becomes for Dominicans and run by Dominicans.

This article was originally published on Rotary Club of Portsmouth’s website.

 

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Dublanc Health Centre – UNDP

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Dublanc is a village in Saint Peter parish on the west coast of Dominica. It sits on a low hillside at an elevation of 27 ft. As of 2011 it had a population of 413. The Dublanc Health Centre serves the Dublanc, Bioche and Syndicate communities.

On average, it serves about 10 – 15 adults and children and on a doctor’s visit day can serve up to 40 people. On immunization days, it serves an average of 20 children. The entire roof was lost during the passage of Hurricane Maria. Roof restoration work was done by our partner, Americares.

They received roofing materials consisting of lumber; corrugated galvanized metal roofing sheets (CGI); hurricane straps and ties; galvanized roofing screws and fasteners to cover a roofing area of approximately 1476 square feet. About 30% of all roofs were destroyed or gone in this village.

Photo: Zaimis Olmos/UNDP

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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“To you, who love him” by Tamara Lowe

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Tamara Lowe - To You Who Love Him
Tamara Lowe

Listen to Tamara’s recitation of “To you, who love him” by clicking the play button. Or read the poem in its entirety below.

 

I see you everywhere!
On the streets
Nervous eyes fixed on the sky,
Looking for his familiar face, like in Hunger Games.
I see you, backs bent, steps slow
As you carry the weight of his actions.
Tears have formed paths on your face,
Awaiting another storm; like a river, they remember.
Your lips move quickly, as pleading words rush from deep cracks in a broken heart, Reaching for God.
Your elbows and knees are bruised from sleepless nights of crawling through your darkest memories,
Searching for that moment when you first failed him.
I see you everywhere…
His umbilical cord, like a chain, connects you
As you drag behind you the memory of the loving young son he used to be
And the burden of the angry stranger that he has become.
I see you everywhere,
In the mirror, with vacant eyes, as your mind reasons with ‘Worry’ who has taken your happiness hostage…
I see you everywhere…

To you who love him,
You must fight for him… your son, your brother…
Cover his retinas with contact lenses, free of self-hate and self-degradation,
For Self-Hatred is devouring the souls of our children…
Give him pebbles, like Hansel and Gretel,
To go back to find the version of him who knew nothing of anger or self-pity or violence. They will help him find his way back.
He will need headphones, vibrating with Farrell’s ‘Happy’ because the streets are screaming his name,
They will not stop!
Call on the pillars of men in our society to offer their backs, strong and resilient,
To lift him into a new wisdom of what a man should be…what he should represent!
Like David faced Goliath you must face his demon, stand up, conviction in chest,
For your love for him can lift dormant dreams from settled graves!
This fight has come to you, bold and unforgiving,
So you must fight!
To you who love him,
You must fight for him…
To you who love him,
You MUST fight for him…
Because the streets are fighting too!

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About Tamara Lowe

Tamara Lowe is a proud Portsmouth native and General Manager of Tropical Shipping. She has performed at several Literary events held in Dominica and intends on one day publishing a book of her many poems.

Here’s a video of Tamara performing another poem of hers, entitled “My Intricate Affair”:

 

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“An Intricate Affair” by Tamara Lowe

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'My Intricate Affair'..a poem about my never ending relationship with 'Fear'. Video credits: Elias Berlusconi

Posted by Tamara Lowe on Sunday, April 12, 2015

‘My Intricate Affair’..a poem about my never ending relationship with ‘Fear’. Video credits: Elias Berlusconi

About Tamara Lowe

Tamara Lowe is a proud Portsmouth native and General Manager of Tropical Shipping. She has performed at several Literary events held in Dominica and intends on one day publishing a book of her many poems.

 

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Guide to Dominica Housing Standards 2018

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The Ministry of Planning and Economic Development is pleased to present the Guide to Dominica’s Housing Standards. The Guide was developed in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme, Engineers Without Borders, the World Bank, the Physical Planning Division and Ministry of Housing. Our gratitude is extended to these partners.

The Post Disaster Needs Assessment conducted with the assistance of Development Partner in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria which struck Dominica on September 18, 2017 indicated that damage in the housing sector was extensive with damage to approximately 90 percent of the housing stock.

  • Of the 31,348 homes comprising the Dominican housing stock, a total of approximately 4,700 houses (15%) were identified as destroyed,
  • Approximately 23,500 of homes, (75%) were estimated to have incurred different levels of partial damage,
  • And 3,135 (10%) were considered as not affected by the event.

Total damage to the housing sector is estimated at EC$956 million (US$354 million). This included the replacement cost of destroyed houses, repair cost of partially damaged houses, and the replacement cost of household goods destroyed. Losses were estimated at EC$77 million (US$28.5 million) and include expected loss of rental income, the cost of demolition, rubble removal, and shelter expenses.

It became necessary to revisit the building regulations (Building Code and Building Guidelines) and the Physical Planning Act of 2002 with the aim to update/amend so as to adequately and effectively respond to the need for recovery in the Housing Sector.

The result of the exercise was the updating of the Building Code to be submitted for approval, followed by proposed amendments to the Act. The development of the Guide to Dominica’s Housing Standards, therefore, is presented as a first response mechanism to address the need for climate resilient residential housing construction.

This information was originally posted on the Physical Planning Division website on May 17, 2018.

Guide to Dominica’s Housing Standards

 

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Calibishie Health Centre – UNDP

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Calibishie is a village in northeastern Dominica in the St. Andrew Parish with a population of 1,017. The Calibishie Health Centre serves the Calibishie, Bense and Hampstead villages. It serves an average of 12 people a day and 1 or 2 infants a day and about 4 children between the ages of 5 and 11.

There is one nurse there. The entire roof was lost during the passage of Hurricane Maria. Roof restoration work was done by our partner, Americares. They received roofing materials consisting of lumber; corrugated galvanized metal roofing sheets (CGI); hurricane straps and ties; galvanized roofing screws and fasteners to cover a roofing area of approximately 1586 square feet.

Photo: Zaimis Olmos/UNDP

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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PERSONAL PROFILE – Jodeen Shereen Shillingford

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Jodeen Shereen Shillingford
Shillingford scores top honor as Gambling State University Valedictorian

Jodeen Shereen Shillingford, from Wesley, was named the 2018 Valedictorian and top-ranking graduate at the Gambling State University graduation which took place earlier this month. She graduated with a 3.92 GPA earning Bachelors in Accounting and Computer Information Systems.

Shillingford began her education at the Wesley Primary School where she was named Valedictorian. She went on to the North East Comprehensive School where she had also named Valedictorian in 2009 and was honored with outstanding performance awards for all seven of the subjects she undertook.

She continued on to the Dominica State College where she earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration and received an award for outstanding performance in 2012.

In 2015 she received a scholarship from the Government of Dominica to pursue her degree at the Gambling State University (GSU).

At GSU she was known across the campus as one of the university’s most involved students.

Jodeen Shereen Shillingford
Jodeen Shereen Shillingford

“Most people and professors know Jodeen for her work,” said Dr. Donald White, Dean of Grambling State’s College of Business. “Shillingford is one of those students who worked in the background but brought a lot of energy to the classroom and her involvement.”

During her time at Grambling State Shillingford volunteered with a number of organizations both on and off campus.

The university said her volunteerism included outreach through the National Association of Black Accountants; Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program; Louisiana CPA (LCPA) Student Chapter, Beta Gamma Sigma; Sigma Alpha Pi; and the International Students Organization.

Apart from her GSU honors, Shillingford has a long long list of accomplishments from organizations across the US including:

-Who’s Who Among Students in Colleges and Universities
-President’s List each semester since enrolling at GSU
-College of Business Academic Scholar (2016 -2017)
-LCPA Educational Foundation Scholar (2017-2018)
-National Association of Black Accountants Regional Scholar (2016-2017)
-National Association of Black Accountants National Scholar (2017)
-North-East LCPA Scholar (2016-2017)
-GSU Radiothon Scholar (2016)
-Tom Joyner Scholar (2016)
-Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy (WISE) Scholar (2017)
-College of Business Student for Professional Development, (2015)
-GSU’s High Ability Program (2016-2017)

Shillingford plans to earn a master’s degree in Accountancy and Finance.

 

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