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Marathon/half marathon this month among activities to raise awareness on child abuse

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The Dominica Bar Association in collaboration with the Child Abuse Prevention Committee is hosting a marathon/half marathon relay to raise awareness on child abuse in Dominica and to promote a more active and healthier lifestyle.

A representative of the Child Abuse Prevention Committee said in an interview with Dominica News Online (DNO) that all the money raised will be donated to CHANCES.

CHANCES, an institution for at-risk youth, opened its doors in Jimmit on April 13, 2011, and since then, over 120 children and young persons have benefited from the services offered by the institution.

“All the money that is raised will go to CHANCES; that’s the main thing because CHANCES is underfunded and under-resourced so we were hoping to raise awareness for us as a nation to understand that we really have to put our money to what matters,” the representative who did not want her name mentioned, told DNO.

She added “What we would like to see are the laws and procedures that deal with child abuse to continue to improve and to see more resources being put towards protecting our children as well as one of the most important things is just general awareness; ensure that children and parents are aware and how they can protect themselves and their children from any type of abuse. “

Other changes that those advocating for child protection would like to see in the future are in legislation, practices and procedures, parenting of children and how schools treat students.

The need has also been identified, in Dominica,  for more training, counsellors and an improvement in the entire system of how we deal with young people.

The marathon is scheduled to be held on Sunday, October 13th, 2019. It will start at the Purple Turtle Beach and proceed to Cabrits then to Portsmouth Beach Hotel and back to its starting point.

The registration fee is $40 per individual and $EC120 for  a group of four runners.

There will also be corporate packages where teams have an option to donate more money to the committee. The various packages are Gold ($1,500), Silver ($1,000) and Bronze ($650).

The 1st 2nd and 3rd place winners will also receive medals when they complete the race.

The Child Abuse Prevention Committee was established in April 2019 and will be hosting various events such as school competitions, radio programs, college debates, and panel discussions in an effort to further its cause.





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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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