Tourism Emergency Operations Centre Activated to Inform Tourism Interests
By Ministry of Tourism – October 2, 2016
With Hurricane Matthew – now a Category 4 system – heading towards Jamaica, the Ministry of Tourism has activated its Tourism Emergency Operations Centre (TEOC), which is currently coordinating emergency services for the local tourism sector.
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, underscored that “we have decided to activate the centre at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. It is the official source of information for the tourism sector, keeping it up-to-date on the situation regarding the hurricane. This includes disseminating warnings and bulletins from the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC).”
The TEOC is also set up to analyze and evaluate all data pertaining to emergency operations within the tourism sector, as well as to update local and international media.
Minister Bartlett again urged all tourism partners and Jamaicans overall to exercise caution and take all the necessary steps to remain safe during the passage of the hurricane. “As our nation braces for the impact of hurricane Matthew everyone needs to heed the hurricane warnings which the relevant authorities have issued as this is a powerful system which should never be underestimated.
Emergency Shelter Listing for Kingston and St. Andrew
By KSAC Public Relations – October 2, 2016
Click here for a listing of Emergency Shelters for Kingston and St. Andrew should your loved one need such assistance during Hurricane Matthew.
Powerful Hurricane Matthew Resumes Northwestward Motion… Warning Remains in Effect for Jamaica
By Meteorological Service Division – October 2, 2016
The Meteorological Service has maintained a HURRICANE WARNING for Jamaica, as dangerous Hurricane Matthew has strengthened slightly and resumed its northwest motion towards Jamaica.
The following dangerous effects of a hurricane are expected to affect Jamaica by Monday:
- Dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and exceptionally high waves, even though winds expected may be less than hurricane force;
- Average wind speeds greater than 118 kilometres per hour;
At 1:00 p.m. the centre of Hurricane Matthew was located near Latitude 14.3 degrees North, Longitude 74.6 degrees West. This is about 475 kilometres (295 miles) south-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica or 535 kilometres (335 miles) south-southwest of Port au Prince, Haiti.
Matthew is moving toward the northwest at 7 km/h (5 mph). A turn toward the north is expected tonight. On the forecast track, the centre of Matthew will approach Jamaica and southwestern Haiti on Monday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 230 km/h (145 mph), with higher gusts, so Matthew remains a Category 4 hurricane. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible during the next couple of days, but Matthew is expected to remain a powerful hurricane into Tuesday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 55 km (35 miles) from the centre and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 335 km (205 miles).
Education Minister Endorses Stock Market Game
by Chad Bryan – October 2, 2016
State Minister in the Education, Youth and Information Ministry, Hon. Floyd Green, has hailed the efforts of the Jamaica Stock Exchange to promote financial literacy among high school students and teachers through its Stock Market Game.
“They (JSE) are innovators at heart. They have been…finding ways to ensure that as a country we get more financially literate,” Mr. Green said, noting that the game is helping to demystify certain principles and concepts regarding the stock market.
Mr. Reid was addressing a luncheon at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on September 30 to promote the new format of the game, which includes teachers.
The JSE launched the Stock Market Game in 2008 as a fun way to introduce students to elements of stock market trading. Students from fourth to sixth form learn about different companies, watch for trends and make speculations.
The new format has shown potential to motivate teachers and students to better plan for their future and to engage in financial planning, research and use of investment products and services.
Mr. Green, in the meantime, said the Government is committed to strengthening the Junior Stock Exchange, with the recent tabling of a Bill in Parliament to restore concession to companies.
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