30 things you did not know about Dominica

Roseau, Sept. 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Commonwealth of Dominica is a small island located in the Caribbean between Martinique and Guadeloupe. Tourists marvel at the crystal blue ocean views and tropical humid climate, there is an abundance of discovery on the Nature Isle of the Caribbean.

Explore 30 interesting facts about the magical island of Dominica!

Cultural history 

1. Dominica was named by Christopher Columbus 

Prior to Christopher Columbus’ arrival on the island, the Caribbean settlers named it Watikbuli, meaning ‘Tall is her Body’. In 1493, Christopher arrived on the island and named it Domingo, which means Sunday, the day which he discovered the island.

2. Dominica has an interesting motto 

The motto is French, ‘Après le Bon Dieu, c’est la Terre’, translated to English as ‘After God, the Earth’, Dominica eloquently displays its natural beauty.

3. Dominica is a republic in the Commonwealth 

The Nature Isle gained its independence on 3 November 1978 and celebrates this day annually with vibrant national festivities. These include cultural markets, music festivals, and beauty pageants.

4. The National Anthem is titled ‘Isle of Beauty, Isle of Splendour’ 

Dominica’s national anthem was written by Wilfred Oscar Morgan, with the music composed by Lemuel McPherson Christian OBE, after receiving statehood in 1967.

5. Government system 

As a parliamentary democratic republic nation, The Executive branch of government has a President and Prime Minister, whereby nominees are elected in consultation with the opposition leader. The two-party system, with the ruling Dominica Labour Party and the opposition party, the United Worker’s Party.

All Dominican adult citizens may cast their ballots every five years during the government elections.

6. Dominica’s President, His Excellency, the Honourable Charles Savarin 

Elected as Dominica’s eighth president in October 2013, Honourable Charles Savarin is a member of the Dominica Labour Party. He received his nomination from Prime Minister, Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, who has been the head of government since August 2004. Previously, His Excellency, Honourable Savarin was a teacher, trade unionist, parliamentarian, diplomat, and government minister.

7. English Common Law system 

Dominica’s constitution includes the right to life, personal liberty, and freedom of expression, which follows one-third of the world’s English Common Law. The hierarchy of Dominica’s court starts from the Magistrate Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, and lastly The Court of Appeal the Privy Council.

8. Dominica’s small population of 72,412 

The population of Dominica is currently sitting at 72,414, making it the 11th least-populated nation in the world.

9. The Dominican flag is one of only two national flags with the colour purple 

Out of all the nations in the world, Dominica’s national flag is one of only two national flags to incorporate the colour purple. The other is the Nicaraguan national flag. The Dominican national flag features a Sisserou Parrot that has purple feathers on the underside and the crown.

Geographical landscape 

10. The island is also known as the Nature Isle of the Caribbean 

Dominica’s spectacular natural beauty is oftentimes affectionately known as “The Nature Isle of the Caribbean.” The vast amount of the island is covered in lush forests. Year-round visitors can experience wondrous waterfalls and mud ponds. Indigenous rainforest animals and insects such as parrots, iguanas and rare butterflies make up some of the phenomenal fauna.

11. The national flowers for Dominica 

The Sabinea carinalis, warmly known as the ‘Bwa Kwaib’ or the Carib Wood. Is the indigenous wild xerophytic plant. In bloom, it exhibits bright scarlet flowers from its branches. It is said to represent the longevity of the Dominican youth.

12. The National Bird of Dominica is the Sisserou Parrot 

The national bird of Dominica the Sisserou (Amazona Imperialis), “The Pride of Dominica” is found on the country’s emblems such as the Coat of Arms, the National Flag, the Public Seal, The Mace of the House of Assembly and Dominica’s Honours for Meritorious Service. The imperial parrot is endemic to Dominica’s dense mountainous rainforests. This shy and yet attractive indigenous bird has resided on the island for numerous thousands of years and can live over 70 years of age. The bird is an endangered species and is under preservation.

13. Dominica is the only country in the world where sperm whales reside year-round!  

Sperm whales have called Dominica’s waters their home, and it is extremely likely to spot them swimming in pods, as whales and dolphins live close to shore throughout the year.

14. The Island is home to the Giant Ditch Frog known as the “mountain chicken” 

Dominicans refer to the frog as the “mountain chicken” due to its legs imitating drumsticks. The frog used to be a delicacy as a national dish and is now under conservation to preserve the species.

15. Home to the Caribbean’s first long-distance hiking trail 

The Waitukubuli National Trail (WNT) is the first long-distance hiking trail in the Caribbean. It is estimated to be 183 km long and is split into 14 sections. The trail was built between 2007 and 2012, the route crosses through Dominica and traverses some of the country’s most spectacular terrain. It will take a minimum of two weeks to complete the hiking trail.

16. Dominica is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site 

The Morne Trois Pitons National Park is the exclusive Heritage Site in Dominica and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. This national park is situated in the southern half of the island and contains many of Dominica’s most spectacular attractions including the Titou Gorge, Boeri, Freshwater Lakes, the Boiling Lake, and the Middleham Falls. The Morne Trois Pitons National Park covers roughly 9 per cent of Dominica’s land area.

17. Dominica has practised herbal medicine for centuries 

The original inhabitants of the island, the Caribs, and later Africans, brought with them thorough knowledge of plants and herbs. This knowledge has been passed down through generations and many herbs like Moringa, Basil and Dandelion are still used today for medicinal purposes, usually referred to as “bush medicine.”

Economic features of Dominica 

18. Dominica’s main industries 

The country’s main industries are agriculture, tourism and manufacturing. Over 20 per cent of the island’s land is arable and under cultivation, with bananas traditionally serving as Dominica’s largest export. Although Dominica has recently increased the production of other fruits, as well as vegetables and coffee beans.

Dominica’s tourism sector continues to steadily grow, with the alluring nature attracting an estimated 200,000 holidaymakers annually. The island’s manufacturing industry primarily depends on raw materials from the agricultural sector, where in-demand exports include coconut soap, ceramics and shoes.

19. Dominica’s official currency is the East Caribbean Dollar (XCD) 

Dominica introduced the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (ECD) currency in 1965, which is used in another seven countries in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

Foreign currencies including the euro and dollar are also accepted as tender. It is also pegged to the US dollar at a rate of US$1 to ECD (East Caribbean Dollar) $2.70. As Dominica is a member of the Commonwealth, all banknotes and coins feature an image of King Charles III.

20. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Dominica  

The World Bank recorded the island’s GDP had an outstanding US$612,048,148 in financial year 2022.

21. Investors can acquire Citizenship of Dominica by Investment 

Investors in Dominica tend to seek citizenship through investment opportunities around the country. When visitors officially become Dominican citizens, they can develop businesses, work, relocate and extend their citizenship to their family members.

Dominica’s CBI Programme received first in the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) initiative for six consecutive years by the CBI Index.

22. English is Dominica’s official language 

English is universally spoken in Dominica and UK English spelling is used. Dominican Creole (an Antillean Creole derived from French), and French Patois are spoken amongst the locals. This is because of the long history of French migration to the island as well as Dominica’s location between two French-speaking countries; Martinique and Guadeloupe.

23. Christian religious practices 

Christianity is the most common religion in Dominica, practised by over 90 per cent of the population. However, religious freedom is enshrined in the Constitution of Dominica so inhabitants can follow alternative faiths if they so choose, such as Rastafarianism.

24. Cricket is the most popular sport in Dominica 

Many Dominican cricketers play for the West Indies cricket team internationally. Shane Shillingford and Adam Sanford are two of the most notable cricketers from Dominica.

25. The capital city of Dominica is Roseau 

The largest city in Dominica it is located on the Southwest coast of the country and is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, the Morne Bruce Hill and the Roseau River. Filled with lively markets, 18th-century French architecture and famous landmarks like the Roseau Cathedral and the Morne Bruce Cross.

26. The Main Airport is Douglas-Charles Airport 

Formerly known as Melville Hall Airport, Douglas–Charles Airport is Dominica’s largest of the country’s two airports. Douglas–Charles Airport operates both passenger and cargo planes to other destinations in the Eastern Caribbean region.

27. Dominica is on a quest to be the world’s first climate-resilient nation 

The Government of Dominica has called on investors around the world to assist in the development of sustainable and robust industries and infrastructure. This is an exclusive opportunity to implement the latest technologies and developmental approaches. Dominica aims to be at the forefront of tackling climate change challenges.

28. Unique rivers for each day of the year

Apart from breathtaking beaches and volcanoes, Dominica has over 365 rivers! While some are cool and clear, others are cloudy and fast. All the rivers are surrounded by exotic plants and flowers. The Indian River is the widest on the island, and many visitors choose this river to explore the rivers for the first time.

29. There are nine active volcanoes in Dominica  

Dominica has the highest concentration of volcanoes in the world, with approximately nine active volcanoes. Eruptions are very rare, and the last volcanic eruption was in 1997 and the one before that was in 1880.

The highest mountain and volcano are Morne Diablotins, and it is a magical sight. Adventurists can take a six-hour hike to reach the top where neighbouring islands, Martinique and Guadeloupe can be seen from the top.

30. Many of Dominica’s beaches are covered in black sand 

The volcanoes in Dominica influence the colour of beautiful black-sand beaches. Some of the most famous black sand beaches in Dominica include the Number One Beach, Mero Beach, and Rosalie Bay Beach.

Secretary of Dominica Citizenship by Investment Programme
Commonwealth of Dominica
001 (767) 266 3919
info@cbiu.gov.dm

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‫2023 ورلڈ کوسٹل فورم 27-25 ستمبر کو یانچینگ، جیانگسو میں منعقد ہوگا

یانچینگ، چین،8 ستمبر 2023ء/سنہوا-ایشیانیٹ/– 2023ء ورلڈ کوسٹل فورم 25 سے 27 ستمبر تک یانچینگ میں منعقد ہوگا، جس کا مقصد ساحلی ماحولیات کے شعبے میں واضح رجحان، متنوع شرکت، مضبوط اقدامات اور بھرپور مصنوعات کے ساتھ ایک عالمی تعاون پلیٹ فارم تخلیق کرنا ہے۔

ورلڈ کوسٹل فورم کا آغاز یلو (بو) سی ویٹ لینڈ انٹرنیشنل کانفرنس سے ہوا ، جو یانچینگ میں لگاتار چار سیشنوں سے منعقد ہوا ہے۔ “ہمارے ساحل: سبز اور کم کاربن کی ترقی” کے موضوع کے ساتھ، کانفرنس چار تھیم فورمز اور 10 سے زیادہ خصوصی سیمینارمنعقد کرے گی.

یانچینگ میں بحر الکاہل کے مغربی ساحل پر سب سے بڑا ساحلی ویٹ لینڈ ہے، ایشیائی براعظم کے کنارے پر سب سے بڑا ساحلی ویٹ لینڈ ہے، اور لیکیا دریا کے علاقے میں وسیع جھیل ویٹ لینڈ ہے. یانچینگ کے پاس “ورلڈ نیچرل ہیریٹیج” اور “انٹرنیشنل ویٹ لینڈ سٹی” کے دو بین الاقوامی بزنس کارڈ ز ہیں۔ حالیہ برسوں میں، یانچینگ نے فعال طور پر “صاف پانی اور سرسبز پہاڑ انمول اثاثے ہیں” کے تصور پر عمل کیا ہے، ایک ٹھوس ماحولیاتی بنیاد رکھی ہے، اور انسان اور فطرت کے مابین ہم آہنگ بقائے باہمی کی ایک نئی تصویر پیش کی ہے، جو عالمی ساحلی ماحولیاتی تحفظ اور بحالی کے لئے ایک قابل نقل اور اسکیل ایبل یانچینگ منصوبہ فراہم کرتی ہے. جنگلی علاقوں میں نایاب اور خطرے سے دوچار جنگلی جانوروں اور پودوں کے مسلسل تحفظ، رہائش گاہ کے تحفظ اور بحالی کے دوران، یانچینگ نے لگاتار سات سالوں تک جنگلی سرخ تاج والی کرینوں کی کامیاب قدرتی افزائش کا مشاہدہ کیا۔ تحفظ کے علاقے میں میلو ہرن کی آبادی 7،840 تک پہنچ گئی ، جس میں جنگلی میں 3،356 شامل ہیں۔

موجودہ یانچینگ بین الاقوامی ماحولیاتی گورننس ڈائیلاگ اور تعاون میں گہری شرکت کر رہا ہے، بحیرہ زرد کے ارد گرد ایک ماحولیاتی اقتصادی دائرے کی وکالت اور تعمیر کر رہا ہے، اور ماحولیاتی باہمی سیکھنے اور معاشی انضمام میں عملی تعاون کر رہا ہے. مہاجر پرندوں کے تحفظ میں مدد کرنے سے لے کر ورلڈ کوسٹل فورم کے انعقاد تک، عالمی قدرتی ورثے کے لئے پیلے (بو) سمندری خطے کے اطلاق کو فروغ دینے، اور ورلڈ کوسٹل ویٹ لینڈ سٹیز الائنس کے قیام کی تیاری تک، یانچینگ فعال طور پر دنیا بھر کے ساحلی ویٹ لینڈ شہروں کے لئے تبادلے اور تعاون کا پلیٹ فارم تیار کرتا ہے، جس سے “ماحولیاتی ماحول” “دوستوں کا حلقہ” پیدا ہوتا ہے،  عالمی دانش مندی جمع کرنا، شاعری اور دوری کے ساتھ سازش کرنا۔

ماخذ: یانچینگ میونسپل پیپلز گورنمنٹ کا انفارمیشن آفس

 The 2023 World Coastal Forum will be held in Yancheng, Jiangsu on September 25-27

YANCHENG, China, Sept. 8, 2023 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– The 2023 World Coastal Forum will be held in Yancheng from September 25 to 27, aiming to create a global cooperation platform in the field of coastal ecology with clear orientation, diversified participation, strong actions and rich products, according to the Information Office of Yancheng Municipal People’s Government.

The World Coastal Forum originated from the Yellow (Bo) Sea Wetland International Conference, which has been held for four consecutive sessions in Yancheng. With the theme of “Our Coasts: Green and Low-carbon Development”, the conference will hold four themed forums and more than 10 special seminars.

Yancheng has the largest coastal wetland on the west coast of the Pacific Ocean, the largest coastal wetland on the edge of the Asian continent, and the vast lake wetland in the Lixia River area. Yancheng has two international business cards of “World Natural Heritage” and “International Wetland City”. In recent years, Yancheng has actively practiced the concept of “Lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets”, planted a solid ecological foundation, and painted a new picture of the harmonious coexistence between man and nature, providing a copyable and scalable Yancheng Plan for global coastal ecological protection and restoration. During the continuous protection of rare and endangered wild animals and plants in the wild, habitat protection and restoration, Yancheng observed the successful natural reproduction of wild red-crowned cranes for seven consecutive years. The milu deer population in the protection area reached 7,840, including 3,356 in the wild.

The current Yancheng is deeply participating in international ecological governance dialogue and cooperation, advocating and building an ecological economic circle around the Yellow Sea, and carrying out pragmatic cooperation in ecological mutual learning and economic integration. From assisting the protection of migratory birds, to holding the World Coastal Forum, to promoting the application of the Yellow (Bo) Sea region for World Natural Heritage, and preparing for the establishment of the World Coastal Wetland Cities Alliance, Yancheng actively builds an exchange and cooperation platform for coastal wetland cities around the world, creating an “ecological environment” “Circle of friends”, gathering global wisdom, conspiring with poetry and distance.

Source: The Information Office of Yancheng Municipal People’s Government

Rawalpindi’s Assistant Commissioner Announces Open-Door Policy

The Office of the Assistant Commissioner Cantt, located at Katchehry Chowk in Rawalpindi, has officially announced its open-door policy for all residents seeking assistance or help.

The Assistant Commissioner (AC), Qandeel Fatima Memon, has invited the general public to visit her office for any concerns or issues they may face.

Taking to X, formerly Twitter, AC Qandeel stated that she will also provide counseling to the CSS aspirants free of charge, and invited them for guidance in this regard.

She further added, “To those who have reached out to me in my DMs, wondering if you can meet me in person, the answer is yes, you are most welcome.”

Prior to this, AC Qandeel had also offered CSS-related advice to a student from the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) at her office.

According to her, the student had moved to Islamabad from Hyderabad in order to pursue his career. Moreover, AC Qandeel was also delighted over the fact that the student spoke to her in Sindhi, her native language, at her workplace.

Source: Pro Pakistani

After Kia, Peugeot Also Announces Priority Delivery With Price Lock

The automakers are scrambling to stay afloat amid the ongoing economic chaos with numerous carmakers including Kia and Suzuki recently announcing ‘priority delivery’ and ‘price lock’ offers to attract customers.

Lucky Motor Corporation Limited (LMCL) has now announced a similar offer for Peugeot. The company is offering immediate delivery and price lock on the purchase of a new Peugeot 2008 Active and Allure variants.

While the delivery time for the SUV is currently unknown, the offer is likely available for a limited time and units only.

Details

Peugeot 2008 is a B-segment SUV that competes with the Kia Stonic, MG ZS, and Chery Tiggo 4 Pro. It has a 1.2-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol engine that sends 131 horsepower and 220 Newton-meters of torque to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission.

2008 has several modern features such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind-spot detection, hill-start assist, lane-keeping assist, electronic stability programming (ESP), drowsiness detection, road sign and speed limit recognition, a 180-degree camera, overhead vehicle view, etc.

The SUV starts from Rs. 7.05 million and goes up to Rs. 7.80 million. 2008 is currently in the same category as Toyota Corolla in terms of price.

Despite that, it looks better, performs better, and has more features than its rivals, which makes it a fierce competitor in the mid-to-high-tier car market.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Pakistan Confident of Restoring Direct Flights to UK and Europe Soon

Pakistan is optimistic about restarting direct flights to Europe, including the United Kingdom (UK), as their aviation audit teams are scheduled to visit the country soon this year.

UK’s Department for Transport (DfT), a safety agency, will send its delegation to Pakistan in October this year in order to carry out an audit of safety management systems, flight data monitoring, and airplanes, reported ARY News.

Both Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will undergo this audit. Speaking about the development, PIA’s spokesperson stated that the management is ready to host the DfT’s visit to Pakistan.

As per the spokesperson, Pakistan is expected to restart its direct flights to the UK and European states following the visits from DfT and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

PIA has been banned from operating direct flights to these regions for approximately three years. However, the airline continued its indirect flights through an agreement with Turkish Airlines in the UK and made around £14 million per year.

The airline also came under scrutiny after it recruited workers on high salaries in the UK. Regarding this, PIA’s spokesperson contended that the airline is spending only 1.8 percent of its earnings on the workforce in the UK.

Commenting further on the operations, he revealed that the country managers and sales managers have been appointed for the early resumption of direct flights to the UK.

PIA has been barred from flying to the European Union, the UK, and the US after a 2020 scandal of fake pilot licenses was unearthed.

Source: Pro Pakistani