ODPEM Ready for 2018 Hurricane Season – Major Davis

first_img Speaking in an interview with JIS NEWS, Director General of ODPEM, Major Clive Davis, said that the agency is “exceptionally prepared” having made the necessary adjustments based on lessons from last season. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) says that “all critical checks and balances” have been put in place to ensure that the island is in a state-of-readiness for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. Story Highlights Alberto, the first named storm of 2018, developed on May 25 bringing heavy rainfall and flash floods to parts of Mexico, Cuba, Florida and the eastern United States Gulf Coast and beyond. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) says that “all critical checks and balances” have been put in place to ensure that the island is in a state-of-readiness for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.The forecast from the Meteorological Office of Jamaica (Met Service) suggests that the season, from June 1 to November 30, will be above average.Alberto, the first named storm of 2018, developed on May 25 bringing heavy rainfall and flash floods to parts of Mexico, Cuba, Florida and the eastern United States Gulf Coast and beyond.Speaking in an interview with JIS NEWS, Director General of ODPEM, Major Clive Davis, said that the agency is “exceptionally prepared” having made the necessary adjustments based on lessons from last season.“We have constantly been improving and strengthening our programme. There have been a number of consultations with local authorities, who have critical roles to play and we have made our checks to ensure that supplies and shelters are ready and sufficient,” said Major Davis.He noted that the necessary communication is being carried out to ensure that the facilities designated as shelters are not only ready and available, but that the local populace is aware of their location and shelter managers are accessible.“There have been some allocations made for contingency funds to be put in place for the purpose of emergency response, which also helps to bolster our overall readiness for the season,” he indicated.Major Davis is imploring all Jamaicans to be vigilant during the season, paying attention to bulletins being issued and to have supplies ready.“We also encourage individuals, especially those in low lying areas, to heed evacuation orders if issued and to be aware of where the nearest shelters are,” he said.Major Davis advised that irrespective of how active or inactive a hurricane season may be, it takes only one organised system to cause damage and as such, persons are reminded not to leave anything to chance.last_img read more

Trudeau says his trade message is being heard in the US

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – The pro-trade message Canada is touting in the United States will resonate with everyday Americans and their political class, even if the words get obscured by the breaking news of the day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says.Standing at the Griffith Observatory in the Los Angeles hills — a site made famous as a setting in multiple movies — Trudeau said his pitch to save the North American Free Trade Agreement from falling apart was well received.Behind Trudeau, a cloudy California sky obscured the city’s most famous message: the Hollywood Sign.Local coverage of the prime minister’s visit to California has focused on U.S. President Donald Trump’s talk and actions on immigration, a particularly acute issue in this “blue” state on the border with Mexico and home to the largest population of Canadians outside of Canada, some 150,000 people.And Trudeau’s talk Friday night at the Ronald Reagan library was overshadowed with international headlines about a crash between an SUV and a motorcycle officer in the prime minister’s motorcade. The California Highway Patrol officer broke his clavicle in the accident.Trudeau said Canadians needed to continually remind Americans about the bilateral relationship between the two countries, which can often be taken for granted.“The conversations I’ve had across this country over these past few days have been extremely positive,” the prime minister said on Saturday morning.“Maybe it’s not as breaking news as something else might be, but that emphasis that we are working together for the betterment of our citizens is a message that does continue and does resonate.”A weekend hike through Griffith Park marked the last public event for Trudeau on his four-day trip through the United States, where he hit communities that swung Democrat in the last presidential election to talk trade.He met with governors and mayors as part of an ongoing charm offensive to win over states and cities on the merits of trade to pressure the White House. Congressional lawmakers were supposed to be at Trudeau’s speech Friday night at the Reagan library in Simi Valley, outside Los Angeles, but a brief government shutdown forced them all to stay longer in Washington and miss the event.Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti said the content and the timing of the speech were critical for Americans to hear through the white noise of other domestic issues.“We can talk about the fights, but we’re a family. Canada and Mexico are our two closest friends,” Garcetti said.“We really have a depth of relationship that isn’t just about one visit.”California sells some $25.4 billion in goods and services to Canada, and almost 1.2 million jobs in the state rely on trade, according to federal statistics.But it is also a forerunner for Canada in terms of legalizing marijuana, which came into effect at the start of the year. San Francisco has decided to provide amnesty for marijuana convictions going back decades in a move that other jurisdictions are following.The Liberals have been threatened with legal action if they don’t move faster on wiping clean simple possession convictions that have disproportionately affected black Canadians.Trudeau indicated his government was in no rush to deal with amnesty ahead of when the new legal cannabis regime takes effect.“Until we actually change the laws, the existing laws remain in place,” Trudeau said.“After we change the law, we will then look at steps forward on how we move on pardons and retroactive measures.”last_img read more

Forest dept finds rare birds in abandoned cages traders give officials the

first_imgKolkata: The Wildlife Wing of the state Forest department seized 20 birds of three scheduled species of parakeets from Galif Street on Sunday.No one could be arrested as offenders probably had sensed danger and abandoned the cages full of birds to save themselves. According to sources, acting on a sources information sleuths from Forest department conducted a special raid on Sunday morning at Galif Street. Forest department officials posed as prospected buyers of pets and was taking a round of the pet market for possible catch. After almost an hours, some of them noticed few cages covered with pieces of cloth which were abandoned. Suspecting something fishy, sleuths started keeping strong vigil on the cages. But after waiting for a long time no one came to pick up those cages. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLater, forest officials removed the cloth pieces and found three species of birds identified as rose ringed parakeets, alexandrine parakeets and grey headed starling. Immediately, the birds were seized and it was found there are 20 birds from the schedule of forest department regulations which are banned for trade. Later, the birds were taken to the wild life rehabilitation centre in Salt Lake. A case has been lodged. A forest officials said they are continuously trying to inform people not to buy any scheduled birds as it is illegal. The aim is to save and conserve wildlife by awareness of common people. Earlier this month, state Forest department and Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) jointly carried out a raid at Galif Street, after the officials got a tip off that several endangered species of birds were being sold by a few persons. A large number of birds were recovered during the raid and nine persons are arrested by the officials of forest department and WCCB.last_img read more