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Art exhibition held at Calibishie

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The north coast village of Calibishie was recently the venue of an art exhibition displaying the work of the leading artist from that community. Chase Lawrence mounted the exhibition to display his recent work which featured the heritage and natural sites of the area as well as focusing on the indigenous Kalinago people and their culture since Calibishie was once a Kalinago village.

Chase began painting at aged 13 but has recently concentrated totally on the production and marketing of his skills as a self-trained painter.

The opening night was attended by Lawrence’s family and friends as well as fellow artists from other parts of Dominica. There were cultural performances and a raffle of some of the paintings on display. One of the paintings which attracted the most comments and attention was his depiction of the present and past Prime ministers of Dominica set against the national flag.

Other paintings recreated Calibishie village life in the 1930s including early types of sailing boats used by village fishermen, the hauling of houses in the koudmen tradition, and the traditional architecture of small wooden houses roofed with wooden shingles.

The Kalinago section was highlighted with a painting of canoes coming into Pointe Baptiste bay and Kalinago people in various poses. Although a number of the paintings have already been sold, many others are still on display at Lawrence’s art gallery on the Calibishie main road in the centre of the village.





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Tsunami Warning put in effect for Jamaica following 7.7 Earthquake

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A massive earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.7 has impacted the waters between Jamaica and Cuba.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake, measuring 7.7, occurred around 2:10 p.m. local time at 125km north, northwest of Lucea, Hanover.

The quake was felt in several parishes, including Kingston, St Andrew, St Ann, St Catherine and Manchester.

It was reportedly felt in several other countries, including The Bahamas, Cuba, Cayman Islands, Haiti and Honduras.

According to reports from Jamaica, schools and work places have been evacuated and a tsunami warning was issued.

The earthquake was felt island-wide.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) said on its Twitter page, that tsunami waves reaching 0.3 to one metre or three feet above the tide level were possible for Kingston.

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Queen contestant Savahnn James to push for sustainable living through renewable energy

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Carnival Queen contestant Savahnn James of Roseau says she will use her platform “Sustainable Living Through Renewable Energy” to push for Dominica to become self-sufficient where energy is concerned.

James was officially launched over the weekend.

She said she selected her platform because of her passion for taking care of the environment.

“I believe that we are stewards of the Earth and it is our responsibility to preserve it. We see the effects of climate change here in Dominica and we have the resources to combat these changes and safeguard ourselves,” she explained.

James said using renewable energy is one-way Dominica can become self-sufficient and contribute to the preservation of the environment.

The beauty queen also intends to further her studies by perusing a degree in Environmental Engineering.

“This isn’t just a platform for me but a lifestyle. I plan to further my studies in environmental engineering and I will continue to push my platform after the show,” she said.

James also hopes to start a conversation on the implementation on renewable energy in Dominica.

Meantime Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau South constituency Chekira Lockhart-Hypolite called on businesses to support the Queen show and to provide sponsorship to contestants.

Chekira Lockhart-Hypolite and Savahnn James

Hypolite was filling in for Melissa Poppone Skerrit-the MP for Roseau Central.

“I am asking business places to support the national queen show, there are young ladies who do not have any sponsorship,” she said.

She said carnival is a tourism product and it must be looked at it in a wholistic manner.

“The greatest beneficiaries in my mind is the business community so I am asking on behalf of DDA and DFC if there are any private businesses, there are queen contestants who are looking for support…” she said.

Hypolite further explained that a show of this magnitude needs financial backing and support.

She also called on businesses in the Roseau South constituency to come on board and support the Queen show.





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Dominican martial artist wins award for world-renowned karate teacher of the year

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Robin receives the award

Dominican martial artist, Shihan Shannah Robin has received the award for the World-Renowned Karate Teacher of the Year.

On the 24th, 25th and the 26th of January this year, Robin was nominated as World Renowned Karate Teacher of the Year.

He received the award at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey over the weekend.

Robin told Dominica News Online (DNO) that this was a historic moment.

“… a dream come true, a dream of never giving up on your passion no matter what,” he said.

According to Robin he had the opportunity to be among “the best of the best, legends upon legends” including American actor, Director and Martial Artist Michael Jai White.

Robin and Michael Jai White

He also had the opportunity of being inducted into one of the best action martial arts Hall of Fame in the world.

“This is big for me, a rare opportunity. I was very privileged to be in his presence and to rub shoulders with him is more than words can talk about,” he said.

He said it was also an honour to represent Dominica.  “It is an honour to represent my people and I just want to say thank you, bigger and better things are coming,” he indicated.

Meantime, Robin said his plan in the near future is to bring White to Dominica to visit different schools to conduct motivational talks.

“So right now, we are just networking and making sure everything gets on the right track,” Robin stated.

Robin said while he waits for the opportunity, “I am planning to get appropriate sponsors, trying to bring the government onboard, the Ministry of Tourism and to see how we can work together”, he said.





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