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Dominica observes World Environment Day 2019 – Dominica News Online



Dominica joins the rest of the world in observing World Environment Day, today. World Environment Day is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment.

World Environment Day 2019 is being observed under the theme “air pollution”— a call to action to combat one of the greatest environmental challenges.

As revealed by the United Nations, an estimated nine out of ten people worldwide are exposed to air pollutants that exceed World Health Organization air quality guidelines. This is lowering life expectancy and damaging economies across the planet. Polluted air kills some 7 million people each year, causes long term health problems, such as asthma, and reduces children’s cognitive development. According to the World Bank, air pollution costs societies more than $5 trillion every year.

This year’s World Environment Day provides an opportunity for each of us to combat air pollution. Air pollution is preventable and there are readily implementable solutions.

Here are some ideas in reducing air pollution:

  • Use public transport or car sharing, cycle or walk.
  • Turn off the car engine when stationary.
  • Compost organic food items and recycle non-organic trash.
  • Save energy: turn off lights and electronics when not in use.
  • Never burn trash, as this contributes directly to air pollution.
  • Choose non-toxic paints and furnishings.
  • Investment in renewable energy sources
  • Plant Trees

Let us all act so we can breathe more easily.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website:, see Dominica’s updates on the tourism sector post Hurricane Maria:, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

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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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