Jamaicans Urged to Plan for Hurricane Season

first_imgJamaicans are being urged to plan ahead for the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which is expected to see the Caribbean facing at least one major hurricane.Acting Director of the National Meteorological Service, Jeffrey Spooner, said this is based on projections of Colorado State University, which has, for the first time over a long period, indicated that the Caribbean is “in line” for a hit from a major hurricane.Mr. Spooner was speaking on Wednesday, May 1, at the launch of Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness Month, at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) in New Kingston.The month is being observed under the theme: ‘Plan for Disaster in Advance, Give Yourself a Fighting Chance’. The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1, and ends on November 30.[RELATED: ODPEM Gearing Up for Active Hurricane Season]Mr. Spooner pointed out that the university is the only institution that has so far released forecast for this season.The overall prediction is for an above average hurricane season with 18 named storms (one less than in 2012). This is against a 30 year average of 12, indicating a 50 per cent increase in the projection for this year.Nine hurricanes are projected, which is one less than 2012. With an average of six using the 30 year mean, this equates to a 50 per cent increase. The projection for major hurricanes (category three and higher) is up by 100 per cent, with four being projected.“The forecast for this year is for 95 activities with respect to tropical storms…up from 60, which is the average…the number of hurricane days (is) up from 21 average to a projected 40, and nine major hurricane days are projected for this year – up by 57 per cent. So, the projection for this year’s activity is (looking) much more active than normal, and about as active as it was last year,” Mr. Spooner said.He said the projections “may well be on track,” and that while it is not certain how many of these systems could affect Jamaica, “if we have one, that’s one too many, and therefore we need to be prepared.”The ODPEM also launched its Twitter “hashtag”, #AskODPEM, as a primary communication tool with social media fan base. This is to facilitate direct responses to concerns and queries during the hurricane season.By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

One in three kids finds schools unsafe Survey

first_imgA survey in which at least 6,000 children across the globe participated has revealed that nearly one in every three children in India has concerns about their safety at school.The “Small Voices, Big Dreams” survey, conducted by ChildFund International, captures the views of children, aged between 10 to 12 years, on education and safety at school in various countries.The participating countries include India, Afghanistan, Cambodia and Zambia amongst others. The findings highlight striking similarities and differences between children in different parts of the world. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”While children almost universally agree that education is important, a third of respondents in India (28 per cent) expressed their school is safe only sometimes, citing deficient infrastructure and lack of toilets as their concerns,” the survey said.Besides boundary walls, first aid facilities and toilets, children also spoke of corporal punishment and bullying, among their main concerns.In developing countries, 21 per cent of children said that being safe at school meant clean school buildings and facilities. This response has been highest amongst children surveyed in India (58 per cent), Ethiopia (55 per cent) and Bangladesh (54 per cent). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn India, children defined safety at school as having a clean and safe building (58 per cent), having proper preventive security measures in place (46 per cent) ranging from “out of bound” areas, to protection from strangers and supervision by teachers.About 23 per cent of children described feeling safe as not being the target of physical, emotional abuse or violence, including, as many children said, corporal punishment and “no bullying”.Almost two-thirds of children in developed countries (64 per cent) said education is important compared to 40 per cent in developing countries and 45 per cent of respondents in India. “This survey tells us that children in India are passionate about bringing in a more interactive approach to learning and subjects that would prepare them for real life, like technology. But it is alarming to know that safety in their institutions is a grey area,” National Director of ChildFund India Neelam Makhijani said in a statement released on Wednesday.”We can’t lose sight of the fact that every child has the right to learn in a safe environment and a collective intervention is our moral responsibility,” she said.According to the survey, children also have many ideas about how they would improve the education system in their country if they were in charge. Children in India are interested in creating high quality learning environment, modernising class curriculums to widen the range of subjects available, and make learning more interactive and fun by including sports and creative arts, and greater student participation.last_img read more

Birbhum BJP leaders raise voice against Manirul

first_imgKolkata: Within a day after Trinamool Congress MP from Labhpur Manirul Islam joined BJP, local BJP leaders in Birbhum have threatened to launch a movement against his induction.Kalosona Mondol, BJP secretary in Birbhum, said Islam’s induction was done keeping them in the dark. “We are ready to face any consequence but we will not accept the Central party’s decision,” Mondol said. He alleged that the killing of Tapas Bagdi by Trinamool Congress is fresh in their minds and it was people like Islam who had led Trinamool Congress in Birbhum then. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIslam, who was the vice-chairman of Khadi and Village Industries Limited, had distanced himself from Trinamool Congress for quite some time and got in touch with Mukul Roy. Mondol said the local unit of the party should have been consulted before inducting him. “We will not obey him and we will accept any punishment given to us by the Central party,” he added. Meanwhile, the state unit of RSS has taken a strong exception to Anupam Hazra who recently joined BJP from Trinamool Congress and was a candidate for the Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat, for posting a picture with former Trinamool Congress MP Moon Moon Sen, on social media. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”Earlier, he had posted a picture with Anubrata Mondol and now he has done the same with Moon Moon Sen. This is uncalled for,” said a leader of the state unit of RSS. Meanwhile, BJP supporters in Bhatpara, Naihati, Jagaddal and Kakinara have raised voice against the state BJP leadership for inducting leaders who joined the party from Trinamool Congress. These leaders had unleashed a reign of terror in these areas and now the party’s rank and file will be forced to obey them, the apprehension of which has made the BJP leaders speak up.last_img read more

Barry gains strength in Gulf of Mexico Carnival Valor rerouted

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, July 11, 2019 NEW ORLEANS — Carnival has rerouted a cruise ship headed to New Orleans because of a tropical storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.The Miami-based company says the more than 3,700-passenger Carnival Valor was sent to Mobile, Alabama, in the interest of safety. A company statement notes that coastal Louisiana is under a hurricane watch and water levels are high on the Mississippi River.Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson tweeted a welcome to Valor passengers and a photo of the ship docked in Mobile on Thursday.Carnival says arriving passengers will be taken from Mobile to New Orleans on complimentary buses.The ship was supposed to depart Thursday from New Orleans on its next four-day cruise to Cozumel, Mexico. Instead, passengers will be taken to Mobile by bus from New Orleans.Forecasters say Tropical Storm Barry could become a hurricane as it threatens Louisiana’s coast.The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm’s maximum sustained winds Thursday morning are near 40 mph (64 kph) with additional strengthening expected during the next day or two.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthA tropical storm warning is now in effect for the Louisiana coast from the mouth of the Pearl River to Morgan City. Tags: Carnival Cruise Line, Gulf of Mexico Share Barry gains strength in Gulf of Mexico; Carnival Valor rerouted By: The Associated Presslast_img read more