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C&W Foundation Earmarks US$500,000 to Provide Relief and Restoration Support to the Islands Impacted by Hurricane Dorian 

C&W Communications (C&W), a Liberty Latin America company, through its Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation (Foundation), today announced that it has earmarked US$500,000 toward immediate and longer-term relief and restoration efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 hurricane that devastated parts of The Bahamas.  The Foundation has also put out an appeal to help raise additional funds to support the recovery efforts given the significant damage reported on the islands.

This past weekend, the north-western Bahamian islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama were ravaged by the strongest hurricane to ever make landfall in The Bahamas.  Hurricane Dorian brought catastrophic damage leaving many homeless and without basic supplies of food, water and shelter.

As the government and people of The Bahamas come to terms with the devastating news of the loss of life and widespread destruction to homes and property, C&W Communications CEO, Inge Smidts, expressed sympathies to the government and people of The Bahamas, who have been directly and indirectly affected by this natural disaster.

Smidts, who is the Chair of the Foundation, is appealing to the public to join the efforts by supporting a fundraising campaign. “We are urging our customers, employees and business partners to help us support the people of The Bahamas in this very challenging time.  The donations will go towards the immediate relief effort and long-term rebuilding programs.”

Anyone wishing to donate can visit:  to make a contribution.

Regarding the impact of the hurricane on C&W’s operations, Smidts said, “We are following up with our teams in Abaco and Grand Bahama to ensure their safety as well as the safety of everyone on the islands. There are island-wide power outages on both islands and as such, communications are slow to come in.”  Giving an update on the company’s preparations to provide support, Smidts shared, “We already have a team in place supported by our parent company, Liberty Latin America, who has been mobilizing efforts to provide relief to Abaco and Grand Bahama immediately following the ‘all-clear’.  Members of our team will fly out to Abaco and Grand Bahama to personally check on our team members in those islands, provide care packages, conduct assessments and determine what further assistance is required.”

Smidts further stated, “We are certainly not out of the woods yet, as Hurricane Dorian is slowly trekking towards Florida. Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our employees and customers is always our top priority.” She urged everyone in the path of the hurricane to “stay safe, keep in touch with friends, family and neighbors and most of all, heed the warnings issued by the Disaster Management Authorities.”

Notwithstanding the extensive damage on the islands, BTC’s mobile services in some areas of Abaco, Grand Bahama, Berry Islands and Bimini have been compromised.  However, some fixed landline services are available on those islands.  In New Providence, mobile and landline services are challenged. Due to the loss of commercial power and excessive flooding, BTC customers in the company’s Fiber-to-the-Home and recently upgraded MSAN areas may be experiencing landline and internet outages if their home is not equipped with backup power.

Smidts ended by saying, “Our teams are working around the clock to restore services as quickly as possible as we know how important it is for families and friends to connect with each other especially during these trying times. Together we will recover and rebuild. We stand with the people and government of The Bahamas.”

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Tsunami Warning put in effect for Jamaica following 7.7 Earthquake




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




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




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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