We cut through the clutter to tell you some of the most important stories of the day.
Jamaica Ready To Help
Jamaica is ready to dispatch the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to assist the Bahamas ravaged by Hurricane Dorian. The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Tuesday, September 3, said Prime Minister Andrew Holness has placed the DART on standby to be on the ground in Abaco and Grand Bahama, the two worst-hit areas. Bahamian authorities said that up to Monday evening, the Hurricane which almost stalled over a section of the archipelago for more than a day was responsible for at least five deaths. There are reports that up to 13,000 houses have been destroyed or badly damaged. Prime Minister Holness has been in constant touch with the Prime Minister of the Bahamas Dr Hubert Minnis who indicated that Bahamian officials are currently doing their assessment. Once the initial assessment is complete Jamaica will be able to provide assistance, the OPM said.
Solidarity With Bahamas
Meanwhile, the People’s National Party (PNP) is expressing solidarity with the people of the Bahamas and sadness at the loss of lives, and destruction of property in the wake of Category Five Hurricane, Dorian which devastated the archipelago between Sunday and Tuesday morning.
The PNP said Jamaica is acutely aware of the annual potential for disasters which threatens the region during the tropical hurricane season, but “to be devastated by the second most powerful storm in recorded history, is a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions that guarantees great hardship.”
Chambers Of Commerce Too
The 18-member Network of Caribbean Chambers of Commerce (CARICHAM) is expressing “heartfelt sympathy” to the people of The Bahamas as that nation begins to count its losses from Hurricane Dorian. The Group said it extends “solidarity to our CARICHAM Colleagues at the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation.” It says the vast damage caused as a result of Hurricane Dorian is heartbreaking.
The One PNP Campaign of Dr Peter Phillips is condemning a move by the Peter Bunting Rise United Campaign team to provide a fund for long standing workers as a despicable attempt to use money to influence the Party’s September 7 presidential elections. K.D. Knight from the Dr Peter Phillips Campaign is seeking details about the Fund after Mark Golding, head of the Bunting campaign said it has raised $10 Million for the Fund. Bunting had announced the fund to help party workers he said were in a poor financial state after serving the PNP for years.
Seven hundred farmers who operate in the Essex Valley region of St. Elizabeth, will benefit from training towards enabling them to achieve Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Dermon Spence, said that Global GAP certification is critical to the growth and sustainability of the local agriculture sector.
The international certification was developed to ensure that farm produce meets required food-safety standards while minimising the detrimental environmental impacts of farming operations. Mr Spence was speaking at a Global GAP consultancy meeting on Monday, September 2 in St Andrew.