St James Residents Urged to Develop Family Disaster Plan

Mr. Barrett, who was speaking at a recent community meeting at the Bethephil Baptist Church in Chatham, said that a disaster plan is necessary, as it helps families to function in an organised manner. Story Highlights Emergency Services Coordinator at the Jamaica Red Cross, St. James branch, Neil Barrett, is urging residents to develop a family disaster plan in case of natural disaster and other emergencies. He said that the plan is simple and should include the contact information for emergency agencies, such as the police and fire service, and the family doctor. Emergency Services Coordinator at the Jamaica Red Cross, St. James branch, Neil Barrett, is urging residents to develop a family disaster plan in case of natural disaster and other emergencies.Mr. Barrett, who was speaking at a recent community meeting at the Bethephil Baptist Church in Chatham, said that a disaster plan is necessary, as it helps families to function in an organised manner.He said that the plan is simple and should include the contact information for emergency agencies, such as the police and fire service, and the family doctor.It should incorporate a proper home exit strategy, including the location of keys for doors and grills, and children taught how to open the doors and make their way outside.Mr. Barrett said that persons should also know how to access and operate the circuit breaker panel.“Many of you live inside your house and have no idea what controls what. The electric stove that you use is controlled by a particular breaker; which is it?” he asked.He said that in the case of gas-operated stoves persons should also know where to locate the valve that turns the gas on and off.Meanwhile, Mr. Barrett is imploring residents to consult with the municipal corporation before building a house, as not all areas are safe for construction.The community meeting, organised by the St. James Municipal Corporation, provided an opportunity for residents and business interests in the Somerton and Rosehall Divisions to speak with their councillors as well as representatives from government and private-sector entities. read more

Canadian dollar lower American currency strengthens on solid job creation data

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 6, 2015 6:50 am MDT Canadian dollar lower, American currency strengthens on solid job creation data TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was lower Friday amid a strengthening greenback as U.S. job creation for February beat expectations.The loonie moved down 0.58 of a U.S. cent to 79.38 cents as the U.S. Labor Department announced that the economy created 295,000 jobs last month, much higher than the 245,000 that economists expected.Canadian employment data for February will be released March 13.Other data showed that U.S. wage growth in February was up just 0.1 per cent.Analysts said wage increases would be the most closely-watched data from the U.S. employment report since the slow pace of wage growth has been a disappointment so far.Stronger wage growth would likely add to pressure on the U.S. Federal Reserve to raise borrowing rates this year for the first time since the 2008 global financial crisis. Analysts believe the Fed could move to hike rates as early as June.Traders also took in data showing a much higher than expected Canadian trade deficit for January.Statistics Canada said the country’s merchandise trade deficit with the world grew to $2.5 billion, up sharply from a $1.2-billion deficit in January and is the largest since mid-2012.The trade deficit was also much higher than the $1 billion figure that economists had expected.The agency says the deficit increased as exports fell 2.8 per cent in January while imports were largely unchanged from December.In other economic news Friday, there was positive data from Europe’s largest economy as German industrial production rose by 0.6 per cent in January, higher than the 0.5 per cent increase that had been expected.That data came out a day after European Central Bank president Mario Draghi said the ECB had upgraded its growth forecast for the eurozone in 2015 to 1.5 per cent from 1.0 per cent.Draghi added that the central bank expects the economic recovery to broaden and strengthen.On the commodity markets, oil prices headed lower with the April crude contract in New York 80 cents lower at US$49.96 a barrel.April gold bullion was down $22.10 to US$1,174.10 an ounce while May copper fell four cents to US$2.61 a pound. read more