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Twenty-one-year old Dana Augustine from the well known cultural community of Paix-Bouche stands tall both in physical make-up and in mind-set. She is a proud and confident young lady who always strives to be the best that she can be. This has been the result of her upbringing and the strong values instilled in her by both her parents and community.

Dana has been involved in a number of organizations from a very tender age. These include the Anti Drug group, Paix-Bouche Creative Dance Troupe, the renowned Paix-Bouche Cultural Group and currently, she serves as the leader of the Catholic Youth Movement of her church community. At those times she serves with pleasure and humility.

Presently, she is employed at Scotia Bank Dominica. She graduated from the Dominica State College with an associate degree in Accounts, and currently, she pursues studies in Accounting at the University of the West-Indies.

Dana takes interest in reading novels, dancing and engaging community projects. She is also a proud West Indian cricket fan. She sees herself as a firm, courageous and friendly young woman adamant to live her life based on sound principles, respect and profound appreciation for life.

DA

Bio courtesy of the Dominic Festivals Commission.

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Despite heavy rainfall in the earlier part of Tuesday morning, day two of LIME Creole in the Park when on as scheduled.

Day two started with a cultural performance by Paix Bouche Jing Ping,and was followed by one of Dominica’s young and upcoming bands – SOS Band.

Paix Bouche jing ping cultural group

Next on stage was Paix Bouche Cultural Group, followed by Jeff Joe alongside Freddie and Friends entertained the crowd with some sweet Cadance Music. Next on stage was Phase 5 (Steelpan), and to start-up things on a different note was the “super” WCK Band.

Creole in the Park 2009: SOS Band, Frieddie and Friends, WCK

In the final performance of the day was the greatly anticipated Carib Calypso Connection session with King Karessah, Dice, Daddy Chess, Hunter, Sye, Observer, and de Energizer; backed up by Dominica’s number one party band – the Swinging Stars Band; who brought down the curtains on day two in the Botanical Gardens.

Creole in the Park: Hunter, Spectators, Souvenirs

Carib Calypso Connection with Sye, Daddy Chess, Observer, Energezer

Stay tuned to find out what happens on day three.

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Editor’s note:I’m not a complainer. Really, I’m not. But having lived my first 68 years in the USA, I find that things being different take me some getting used to. Understand, please, I’m not asserting that “different” is wrong. It’s probably right for here; only I’m unused to it.

So, I’m sucking it up and learning to accept those different things. Still, I think it may amuse Dominicans reading this and help inform and prepare Americans, and Europeans and other “1st-worlders” wishing to settle here as well.

I’ll write about those differences – big and small – from time to time, and will preface it with this paragraph so that you know I’m not complaining.

Difference # 3: Sand at the beach.

This one is silly and trivial, and there’s certainly no right or wrong, but it’s something I’ve noticed. Americans (grown-ups anyhow) tend to avoid getting sand on their bodies at the beach. Sometimes they’ll allow their children to bury them with toy shovels, but that’s a game and also keeps the sun off one’s body. But immediately afterward the person buried will go into the water and wash the sand off. But generally Americans have an aversion to getting sand on their bodies. Perhaps it’s because most of us use a protective sun-block, which feels greasy and sticky enough, thank you, without sand on it too. But I’ve noticed that Black Americans have the same attitude towards beach sand as the Whites.

Here in Dominica I observe people of all ages rolling in the sand, even in wet clothes. It’s just a Dominican “thing”, I suppose.

Difference #4: Interacting with dogs.

I’ve had miniature schnauzers since the mid-1960s. And as a boy I always had a dog. Among other things, I love training them. I train them using reward, repetition and patience. No dog of mine has ever been hit. Ranger (the gray dog jumping the cane is 9½ years old and has performed his 18-trick repertoire for the Calibishie school twice and also for the Paix Bouche school. Lyla, the black one that is with my wife Ruth is 5½ and knows about 14 tricks.

I could say a lot, but I don’t want to offend anyone. I just want to make this point: Love works. There is no need to hit a dog or throw stones at it, etc when training it. I will give one example: Someone needed to train a small dog no to jump onto chairs, sofas and the bed. The person thought that hitting the dog when caught in the forbidden places was the way to do that. I explained that the dog would simply learn to go up when nobody is watching and would listen and jump down when it heard someone coming.

My method involves no punishment, and it works: Simply place a newspaper with a set mousetrap on the furniture. The dog will jump up once; the trap will go off and make a loud noise striking the paper (but not hurting the dog). The dog will think that there is something scary about the place it jumped to and won’t do it again.

Use love, patience, repetition and reward, never punishment, to train your dog. If you have a question, send it to me.

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