Jamaicans urged to secure their properties for Hurricane Season before travelling

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, August 15, 2017 – Kingston – The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is encouraging persons to take the time to ensure that their properties are protected before travelling, in the event that a tropical cyclone should affect the island.Director of Preparedness and Emergency Management, at the ODPEM, Horace Glaze, tells JIS News that persons should make an assessment and put things in place to prevent any incidents or minimise the event of any such occurring.He states that property owners should create and work from a checklist, especially looking if the properties are susceptible to landslides and wind damage.“If you (live in a) flood-prone (area) you need to put your furniture and other items on raised platforms. If you live in an area where the population is sparse, you may want to let the police know you might be away for an extended period. It’s really about assessing your personal circumstances, what your likely risks and vulnerabilities are and addressing them accordingly,” he says.Mr. Glaze also encourages home and business owners to check for any hazards, which could affect the safety of roofs and windows.“Do a hazard hunt around the home…both externally and internal. You’re not at home… and the (strong) winds might just blow down a tree, which might pull down electric service wires. Plug out all unnecessary electrical (equipment), you’re less likely to have a fire at home as a result,” he informs.He adds that trees should be pruned to prevent structural damage, in the event that a tree falls.   “If you’re doubtful of the structure and you need to do the necessary ‘tie downs’, do that. If you have shutters in place, pull them down to prevent glass from breaking.  Some persons will be concerned about flooding, some persons about landslides while others may be concerned about wind damage,” he notesOn the matter of placing concrete blocks and heavy stones on roofs, Mr. Glaze says persons should fix their roofs, using the proper roof screws, as ‘roof weights’ could pose a serious problem, in the event of a hurricane, especially for neighbours.He further encourages persons to seek the guidance of their local artisans and carpenters on how to properly strap down roofs, as simply placing heavy objects on the roof is not enough.Meanwhile, the ODPEM Director notes that often pets are forgotten and adequate preparations are not made to protect them.He advises that plans must be put in place to relocate pets from a house or an establishment, to a place where they can be housed to ride out the storm.Mr. Glaze reiterates that steps must always be taken by persons to have their properties monitored either by a neighbour, family or other source, to ensure some level of security and protection during or after the adverse weather. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

BAHAMAS Ohio UAB Come Together to Swim with Dolphins

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 22, 2017 – Nassau – They may be rivals on the football field this week but players from Ohio and UAB came together Tuesday afternoon to swim with dolphins at Atlantis Paradise Island resort.The Blazers and Bobcats players come from teams with intimidating mascots, but they were in awe when they got up close and personal with the world-famous dolphins.“It was amazing,” Lee Dufour, UAB’s redshirt sophomore center said.   “It was something I have always wanted to do.   To come out here and get to touch and interact with the dolphins was incredible.”The players watched the dolphins leap, flip, shake hands and even cry like a baby during their hour-long experience.“It was really cool getting to see all of the tricks up close,” Javon Hagan, Ohio’s redshirt sophomore safety added.   “The best part was watching the dolphins do front flips in front of us. I have never seen dolphins before.”With some incredible memories created, the two teams will return to the gridiron Wednesday as they continue preparation for Friday’s Bahamas Bowl at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium at 12:30 p.m. on ESPN.Release: BIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Trump accuses Obama of tapping his phone

first_imgDonald TrumpUS president Donald Trump on Saturday accused Barack Obama of “tapping” his phone during last year’s White House campaign, without providing evidence of the explosive charge, in his most virulent attack yet on his predecessor.“I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!” Trump wrote on Twitter.“How low has President Obama gone to tapp (sic) my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” he wrote in another tweet, referring to the political scandal that toppled president Richard Nixon in 1974.Top Obama advisor Ben Rhodes issued a searing response on Twitter.“No President can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you,” Rhodes wrote.A spokesman for Obama did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.Trump leveled the charges in a flurry of tweets shortly after dawn, as his administration remains mired in controversy over communications between Russian officials and some of his senior aides, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions.Trump and Obama frequently traded barbs on the campaign trail, and the Republican real estate magnate was a driving force behind the so-called “birther” movement that questioned whether Obama was born on US soil and eligible to be president.The two men initially adopted a cordial tone as Trump took office, though the president has stepped up accusations against Obama in recent weeks, blaming his predecessor for being behind damaging leaks to journalists.‘Witch hunt’ -Since US intelligence took the unprecedented step of publicly accusing Russia of trying to swing the November election in Trump’s favor, questions have swirled about whether some in Trump’s campaign colluded with Moscow.A slew of associates, including Sessions and already fired national security advisor Michael Flynn met Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump took office.The businessman-turned-politician, who has accused his political foes of conducting “a total witch hunt,” on Saturday directed his Twitter tirade at his Democratic predecessor.“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found,” Trump wrote a day after departing Washington for a weekend getaway at his Mar-a-Lago Florida resort for the fourth time in five weeks.The president compared the alleged action to Senator Joe McCarthy’s campaign in the 1950s to root out alleged Communists and sympathizers, which was marked by improper investigative techniques.“Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!” Trump said, again providing no proof of Obama’s efforts to seek a court order to spy on the then-candidate.Leaks -Trump delivered a well-received address to Congress late Wednesday, but the White House was plunged back into turmoil the following morning after it confirmed a news report that Sessions failed to disclose two meetings with ambassador Kislyak during last year’s election campaign.Trump has repeatedly denied having any personal ties to the Kremlin, and his aides have denied or downplayed contacts with Russian officials.But the accusations have continued amid almost daily leaks revealing new details about connections between Moscow and senior Trump officials.One such revelation in the Washington Post about a meeting between Sessions and Kislyak prompted the Republican former US senator to recuse himself from any investigations into the presidential election campaign.Sessions had told a Senate committee under oath that he “did not have communications with the Russians,” but reporters found that he had actually met the Russian ambassador twice in the months before taking up his post as attorney general, the top US law enforcement officer.Trump has expressed his displeasure over the charges and the leaks that led to them. On Friday he lashed out in tweets directed at the top Democrats in the Republican-led Congress, Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi.last_img read more