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A Teacher’s Care – UNICEF

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UNICEF Eastern Caribbean

The sacrifices of teachers often go unrecognized.

On September 18th when disaster struck and Hurricane Maria swept through Dominica, it left Grade 2 Newtown Primary School teacher, Samantha John Phillip, marooned in her own home. In the aftermath of the storm she struggled to get essential medication for her loved ones. Despite these immense challenges, Samantha’s dedication to her students motivated her to make the long walk to school every day to assist in the clean-up efforts. Since there was no running water or readily available transport for the first few weeks after the storm, Samantha’s sacrifices included walking to Roseau for more than 2 hours every day to sweep classrooms invaded by dust.

Though personal sacrifices of this nature could never truly be repaid in full, welcoming back a room full of smiling faces to teach them about Dominica’s indigenous peoples, the Kalinagos (Caribs), has brought Ms. Phillip a measure of joy as she is pleased that the restart of school has returned a level of normalcy to the lives of her beloved students.

UNICEF Eastern Caribbean is assisting the Ministry in the resumption of education through provision of school material, tents, water and sanitation.

About UNICEF Eastern Caribbean

The UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Area Office is located at the UN House in Bridgetown, Barbados. The Office is responsible for Programmes of Co-operation with the governments of Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and the Turks & Caicos Islands.

 

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PSA from Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division

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The Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division would like to inform the general public that all sightings of the Mountain Chicken (Crapaud), Sisserou and Jaco Parrots should be reported to the Forestry office located on Valley Road, Roseau, opposite the new Grammar School between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM or call 285-8353, 285-4286 or 265-0908.

 

 

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Happy to be back! – UNICEF

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Shequanda (left) and Shanese are two of the 750 Dominican students back out to school this week. On Monday October 30th, 2017, 6 weeks after Hurricane Maria swept through the island of Dominica, 20 schools re-opened their doors to welcome back students.
For Shequanda and Shanise, Grade 6 students of Newtown Primary School, the reopening of school has been a welcome respite from their prolonged time at home.

Shanese (President of Newtown Primary School Student Council): I’m happy to be back out to school because at home it’s very boring. I’ve mostly been cleaning up since I’ve been away. I don’t have all of my books; some of them got destroyed; I have some still but at least I’m back at school. Education is important to me. I have a sister who went to this school and got a scholarship and I consider her my role model. In our Student Council we have to try to help children to get back to normal and do school work out.

Shequanda: I miss school because I was with my friends all of the time and doing my school work trying to get a better education. I was cleaning up at home. It’s difficult at home. We don’t have much food but the neighbors help us out and helped us rebuild our roof. This morning my friends and I were talking about the hurricane and what happened to our houses. I was both upset and happy because I was supposed to leave the island to meet my aunty in England (who was going to get me in school there) but I really want to help the students here and if I go to England I won’t be able to help out.

About UNICEF Eastern Caribbean

The UNICEF Eastern Caribbean Area Office is located at the UN House in Bridgetown, Barbados. The Office is responsible for Programmes of Co-operation with the governments of Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and the Turks & Caicos Islands.

 

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High-level Conference to mobilize resources for hurricane-ravaged CARICOM States coming in November

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PRESS RELEASE – Monday, October 30, 2017 — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will hold a High-level Donor Conference on 20-21 November at UN Headquarters in New York to mobilise international resources for its Members devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

This initiative is aimed at rebuilding the devastated Members as the first climate resilient countries in the world and helping the wider CARICOM Region improve its resilience. International Development Partners, friendly countries, NGOs, prominent personalities, private sector entities and Foundations have been invited. CARICOM Heads of Government and the Secretaries-General of CARICOM and the United Nations will also participate.

The powerful category 5 hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the Region in September causing a number of deaths and widespread devastation in CARICOM Member States and Associate Members. Irma, with wind gusts of over 230 mph, damaged or destroyed more than 90 percent of the buildings on Barbuda – the sister island of Antigua – leading to the complete evacuation of the island; and between 60 and 90 percent in Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, the southern family islands in The Bahamas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Haiti and St. Kitts and Nevis were also affected. Maria passedtwo weeks later, hitting Dominica with such fury, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit was prompted to declare that “Dominica is pure devastation”.

CARICOM, through the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) has been at the forefront of the immediate relief effort. Member States, private sector companies and public spirited individuals have contributed significant quantities of relief supplies. Several countries have also contributed security personnel, health professionals and utility repair experts, among others. CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell of Grenada and Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque led assessment teams to badly affect islands.

Given the level of devastation and in anticipation that the frequency and intensity will become the new normal, the Region has recognised the need to build back better for improved resilience.

November’s Donor Conference also comes against the backdrop that the impacted countries are Caribbean Small Island and Low-lying Coastal Developing States (SIDS) with inherent vulnerabilities. Most have also been made ineligible for concessional financing from major donors which have categorised them as middle to high income countries.

 

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Dominica Post Hurricane Maria Update #2

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Roseau, Dominica (November 1, 2017) – In the wake of the passage of Hurricane Maria some six weeks ago, Dominica is continuing its efforts to bring daily life back to a state of normalcy while conducting ongoing assessments of the damage incurred and the resources needed to Build Back Better!

Independence Celebrations

Plans are in high gear to celebrate the island’s 39th year of Independence on Friday, November 3, 2017, under the theme “Building a brighter future together”. A praise and worship session is planned for 9 am at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium in the capital, Roseau. The celebration will include cultural performances, invocation by religious leaders, a parade of uniformed troops, and the Prime Minister’s Address to the nation.

Regarding the tourism infrastructure, the following should be noted:

Accommodation

The following properties are opened to welcome visitors: Atlantique View Resort, Caribbean Seaview Apartments, Classique International Guest House, Coffeeriver Cottages, Hibiscus Valley Inn, Picard Family Guest House, Pointe Baptiste Guest House, Portsmouth Beach Hotel, Rejens Hotel, Rosalie Forest Eco Lodge, St. James Guest House, Suite Pepper Cottage, Sunset Bay Club, and Tamarind Tree Hotel.

Access

Air Antilles, Air Sunshine, LIAT, Seaborne Airlines, WINAIR, and Trans Island Air have all announced resumption of services to Douglas Charles Airport. Costal Air Transport and Express Carrier have also resumed regular services to Canefield Airport. L’Express des Iles fast ferry service is operating daily between Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Lucia. Travellers interested in visiting the destination should inquire with their travel agent or on the websites of the various carriers.

Dive Sites

The Dominica Watersports Association has reported 35% damage to reefs at 10 dive sites. All dive operators are closed, however some are expected to reopen in January 2018. Once operations resume, the number of dives per site will be reduced to limit any negative impact on the fragile underwater ecosystem.

Waitukubuli National Trail

All 14 segments of the Waitukubuli National Trail remain closed. Assessments are currently being undertaken to assess the damage to the trail.

Relief Operations

Relief efforts are being coordinated by the Office of the Prime Minister through the Emergency Organizing Committee. Detailed information on daily Press briefings and relief operations can be found at www.opm.gov.dm.

 

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Positive Notes from Positive People #29

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So they’re saying normalcy is the new trending word in Dominica…let me tell you about my normalcy. P.S I couldn’t give the story yesterday because I didn’t have good signal…*hidesface* Anywho, I returned to Fatima for mass for the first time since the hurricane. I had picked up a habit of going to church where I now live, but it doesn’t feel the same.

So yesterday at Fatima we had a lovely mass and all the congregation was rocking their lovely creole clothes (not me because right now if I go somewhere people should just be happy I managed to arrive with something on.) Msgr. John Lewis had an uplifting message about loving God and what it means to love yourself. Then the singing was phenomenal. Arthie Martin was there on steel pan.

All of a sudden I heard one strong harmony coming from choir. I stretched my short self to get get a better view only to see KareemTrevor and Shanice repping for our Saturday night Sweet Harmony choir. I said ay ay, I’m home. #normalcy #itsthelittlethings

By Trudy Christian

 

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Sagicor Life Inc – Open for Business!

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Sagicor Life Inc advises that their office at the corner of Hillsborough and Independence Streets, Roseau is currently open for business Monday to Friday, from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

Commencing November 1st, hours of operation will be expanded to 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. For enquiries on, or assistance with your insurance policies, the office may be contacted at 440-2562.

Sagicor Life Inc thanks you for your continued business.

 

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All Segments of the WNT Closed after Hurricane Maria

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On September 18, 2017 Dominica was devastated by a catastrophic category 5 Hurricane Maria. The effects of Hurricane Maria resulted in the loss of many lives and complete destruction of several properties. It caused extensive damages to many homes, businesses, livelihoods, government buildings and road networks.

Sadly, our tourism and agriculture sectors have been greatly impacted. Due to the changes in landscape from numerous landslides, fallen trees and damages to our pristine forests, we regret to inform you, our hikers, potential visitors, stakeholders and residents that all 14 segments of the Waitukubuli National Trail are now closed.

We will be working hard to change this and to rebuild our beautiful nature island, and will keep you informed as we progress. Keep us in your thoughts and memories always.

About the Waitukubuli National Trail

It is with great pleasure that the Trail Management Unit of the Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division – Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry extends a warm welcome to users of the Waitukubuli National Trail, and visitors to Dominica. We invite you to experience the Caribbean’s first and only long distance walking trail.

The Waitukubuli National Trail is over 115 mi/ 184km & forms a winding corridor through the length of the Nature Island – from Scott’s Head in the south to Capuchin in the north, and back to Cabrits National Parks. Consisting of 14 segments, the trail traverses Dominica’s forest reserves, National Parks such as the Morne Trois Pitons World Heritage Site, several river crossings, historical & eco-sites and connects 32 communities. The trail showcases Dominica’s natural & cultural heritage and is an important product for recreation, hiking, adventure, research, bird watching and many other activities.

The WNT was conceptualized by the Waitukubuli Ecological Foundation and was constructed (2007-2012) by the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica, in partnership with the Regional Council of Martinique and funded by the European Union.

 

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NOTICE from the Dominica High Commission

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Skerrit at Dominica High Commission

The Dominica High Commission is pleased to announce that the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, will meet with nationals on Friday, 27th October from 7 pm to 9 pm.

The Meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn London – Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4DN

Nearest tube station: Gloucester Road

Buses to Gloucester Road: 49 74 and 403

Please circulate to family, friends and other nationals.

Thank you.

Janet Charles
Acting High Commissioner

About the Dominica High Commission

The High Commission of the Commonwealth of Dominica in the United Kingdom and Europe.

The Dominica High Commission is the diplomatic representative of the Commonwealth of Dominica in the United Kingdom and Europe.  It provides a range of consular services to Dominican citizens, people of Dominican descent and potential visitors and investors to Dominica.

The High Commission aims to strengthen its capacity to respond to Government’s priorities in the external sector, emphasising trade, investment, and tourism promotion, as well as external representation and negotiations with international organisations in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Office hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Consular hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Dates the High Commission is closed:
All UK bank holidays and the following dates:
• Emancipation Day (first Monday in August)
• Independence Day (3 November)

 

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Positive Notes from Positive People #28

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From day 4 post Hurricane Maria, Karib Bay Beach Bar has been recycled in a school for Mero children.

This week, we have 31 kids from Pre-K to 2nd form trying no to loose wait on their studies.

We make sure to give them a meal before they leave as the aid is still uncertain.

Big up to Karib Bay Beach Bar for the location and preparing lunch everyday.

Big up to the teachers Mrs Douglas and Cynthia.

Big up to the volunteers and moms who stays to help the teachers.

 

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Forecast for Oct 26, 2017 – Mostly cloudy with some scattered showers

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Weather forecast Oct 26, 2017

Weather Outlook for Dominica and the Lesser Antilles

Valid from: 6:00 AM on Thursday, October 26, 2017

An increase in moisture levels will be maintained across the area due to a lingering trough system. This is expected to result in generally cloudy skies, occasional showers and possible isolated thunderstorms during the next 48 hours. Light winds and daytime heating could trigger an increase in shower and thunderstorm activity by afternoon.

Persons in areas prone to flooding, landslides and falling rocks are advised to be vigilant and to exercise caution.

Seas are expected to be moderate in open water with waves peaking near 7 feet. Small craft operators and all users of the sea, particularly on the eastern coast, are advised to exercise some caution.

Synopsis: A trough system is affecting the island.

Forecast for Today and Tonight: Mostly cloudy with some scattered showers and possible isolated thunderstorms

Wind: Easterly to East south easterly @ 10 to 30 km/h with higher gusts near showers

Sea Conditions: Moderate in open water

Waves: 1.5 to 2.0 meters or 5.0 to 7.0 feet.

Warning/Advisory: Small craft operators and sea-bathers should exercise caution

Sunrise: 6:00 AM

Sunset: 5:39 PM

Low Tide: 3:08 AM and 2:13 PM

High Tide: 9:21 AM and 8:25 PM

 

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Minya’s 7-11 – Open for Business!

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Minya's 7-11 Canefield, Dominica

The Management of Miniya’s 7-11 Plus would like to inform the general public that it’s Canefield Supermarket will remain opened until 9:00 PM effective Wednesday October 25th, 2017.

Management of Miniya’s 7-11 Plus takes this opportunity to extend condolences to all who suffered in one way or the other as a result of the passage of Hurricane Maria.

 

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Tips for Resuming Business Operations After a Disaster (Part 2 of 3)

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Returning to the Site and Resuming Operations

Your first priority is protecting your employees. Once the area is stable, secure the building to limit future loss and inspect it thoroughly before anyone reenters.

Validate the structural integrity of the building or facility using Professional Engineers before employees return to the facility.

Employees should have access only to those areas that are well-illuminated and free of debris, water, dust or liquid spills.

Make sure the electrical systems, computers, computer cables
and telecommunications equipment do not expose anyone to the dangers of electricity.

Complete wiring inspections to ensure that all wiring and connections are not in danger due to water damage from rain.

Check water supplies for contamination. Consider that even the slightest contact with contaminated water can lead to illness.

Read more: Part 1 | Part 3

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Tips for Resuming Business Operations After a Disaster (Part 3 of 3)

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The Human Element

Past disasters have shown that the Human Element is the most important component in resuming normal operations.

Employees will be dealing with their own loss of homes, property, and transportation. Prepare for accommodations such as: Vans and carpooling, On-site day care, Flexible scheduling

When a disaster happens, everyone involved feels a great deal of anxiety. If possible during restoration, schedule regular meetings with employees to communicate progress.

Consider providing employee assistance services or engaging a crisis management firm to help employees deal with stress. Realize that everyone handles the emotional issues differently.

Employees may be assigned different tasks, which may be difficult for them to perform. Provide appropriate training, including the proper selection and use of personal protective equipment such as eyewear, gloves and dust masks/respirators for people who are cleaning and restoring operations.

When necessary, use the work done in the planning stages to refocus everyone’s activities so they support the overall business objectives.

Read more: Part 1 | Part 2

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Tips for Resuming Business Operations After a Disaster (Part 1 of 3)

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With so many businesses resuming operations, I believe it is essential to place focus on some key areas.

A return to normalcy requires collaboration among employees, suppliers, vendors, customers, insurance companies, insurance agents and brokers, government agencies and financial institutions.

COMMUNICATION with ALL stakeholders.

Employees and Customers

Early messages should come from top management to provide reassurance and share restoration plans. Even if none of your operations are affected notify all customers of your availability.

Suppliers and Vendors

Some vendors may be in a similar position trying to restore operations. Request flexibility. They may be willing to establish alternative billing or delivery options. Also ensure they are able to provide required software or machinery.

Government Agencies & Regulatory Agencies

Establish regular communication to obtain approvals for resuming occupancy of the building or to reconstruct the facility. Ensure to contact tax agencies to discuss due dates and deadlines for payment & submission.

Sources of Funding

If applicable, contact your company’s sources of funding for restoration activities, beginning with your insurance advisor or insurance carriers for property, business income/extra expense workers compensation information. Also call your financial institutions to activate any pre-arranged secured line of credit and access any funds set aside for emergencies.

Read more: Part 2 | Part 3

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Western Union – Open for Business!

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Western Union, Dominica

Western Union Service resumes Tuesday October 24th, 2017 at the Whitchurch Main Office, Old Street Roseau. Hours of operation are 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Please have a valid Government issued ID (passport/Driver’s Licence/Social Security Card) to receive or send money.”

Source: Whitchurch IGA Management

 

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Tarp Installation Best Practices – J/P HRO & USAID

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I came across this video showing the implementation of best practices when installing tarp covering over damaged houses in a Haitian commune. Could these techniques be used here in Dominica?

Here’s the full article:

USAID Helps Haitian Families Return Home After Hurricane Matthew

After Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti in October 2016, response actors estimated that as many as 35,000 families—approximately 175,000 people—in Grand’Anse and Sud departments whose homes were damaged or destroyed relocated to temporary shelters. USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) responded by distributing emergency shelter supplies, including plastic sheeting and shelter repair kits, to help displaced
households return home quickly.

In Grand’Anse’s Jeremie commune, USAID/OFDA partner J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO) provided USAID/OFDA-procured emergency shelter materials for more than 3,800 families. A key innovation of J/P HRO’s effort was hiring and organizing teams of local carpenters and other construction workers to help families properly affix the shelter materials to their houses, and then hiring technicians to inspect and approve all repairs.

This form of implementation significantly increased the quality and efficiency of shelter assistance. USAID/OFDA Senior Shelter and Settlements Advisor Charles Setchell noted, “J/P HRO did an outstanding job on this project, which is a model for emergency shelter best practice. The organization hired carpenters who live in the same neighborhoods as beneficiaries and understand local culture and building practices.

J/P HRO also trained the carpentry teams to be resourceful and innovative when affixing
plastic sheeting to structures; for example, the teams used locally available materials, such as bits of old tires, bottle caps, and pieces of wood, as washers when commercially-produced plastic washers were in short supply.”

With USAID/OFDA support, nine response organizations in Haiti are providing emergency
shelter assistance to nearly 59,300 households, or approximately 296,000 people, in hurricane-affected communities. This assistance includes a portion of USAID/OFDA-procured plastic sheeting; in total, USAID/OFDA procured 9,100 rolls of plastic sheeting for distribution by humanitarian partners, sufficient to address the emergency shelter needs of
up to 91,000 households.

These emergency shelter activities are also building the foundation for a second phase of
“Build Back Safer” transitional shelter assistance, which intends to ensure durable shelter solutions for more than 6,000 vulnerable families in Haiti.

 

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Positive Notes from Positive People #27

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Relief from Brazil
Bertilia at Universidade Federal de Sergipe in Brazil

Thanks to our students, who are spread far and wide, help and the sentiment of support continue to come from all corners of the world! Here are two examples of relief efforts spearheaded by Dominican students at universities abroad:

“Thanks to the people who donated even when undergrad is on vacation!”

Relief from Brazil
Bertilia at Universidade Federal de Sergipe in Brazil

“Major shout out to The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland College Park.

My P.I and I are both from Dominica, so when Maria hit, they decided that they needed to help. In a matter of just days we managed to gather supplies to send home.”

Relief from Maryland, USA
Yehnara at University of Maryland College Park in the United States
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Vacancy Notice – Bunny’s Cakes N Catering

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Bunny’s is seeking to hire the following:

Kitchen Staff

Requirements:

  1. Must have at least two years or more restaurant experience
  2. Must be able to make pastries
  3. Must be hard-working and committed
  4. Must have a pleasant respectful attitude

Salary negotiable.

Cake Baker

Requirements:

  1. Must have a keen interest and love for baking
  2. Must have the ability to learn quickly
  3. Experience in field is an asset

Cake Decorator

Requirements:

  1. A neat disposition
  2. Creative skills such as drawing and coloring
  3. A willingness to learn

Bunny’s employees are expected to be friendly, warm, and good-spirited.

Come to 8 Kings Lane, Roseau to fill out vacancy form, or email narliebertrand87@gmail.com or WhatsApp (767) 225-3333.

Deadline: November 6th 2017.

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Positive Notes from Positive People #26

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Maria's Night Out by Shadrach Burton
A new sketch by Shadrach Burton, Maria's Night Out.

Again

The island will be new again
lush forests and skies blue again
nature’s smile will be true again
visitors will come through again
rough days will be few again
soft clay falls but the rocks remain
standing stronger than an ox’s chain
global warming said marry her to climatic change
took a vacay to the island , [email protected] what remains
landscapes battered beaten and stained
landscapes shattered eaten and maimed
jungles scattered weakened and tamed
no one wants to get defeated by rain
no one wants to relive this one again…

By Shadrach Burton

 

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