GOJ considers road traffic injuries as a priority for the post-2015 development goals The PM welcomed the UN Secretary General’s inclusion of road safety as a health priority Story Highlights The Prime Minister has called for the integration of road safety within wider development goals. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has called for the integration of road safety within wider development goals.Addressing a UN Forum on Sustainable Transport and Road Safety on Thursday, September 26, 2013, organized as part of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly currently underway in New York, Prime Minister Simpson Miller said “we are here today not only because of the importance of road safety as a public health and safety issue but also because of its impact on the lives of the family members of the victims. As we consider priorities for the post-2015 development goals, tackling road traffic injuries is an important and achievable objective which should be part of the agenda. The most effective way to reduce the appalling health burden of road traffic injuries is to integrate road safety securely within wider goals.”Noting the tremendous toll of motor vehicle crashes on the societies, not only in terms of loss of national productivity and potential, but also at the level of our communities and families, the Prime Minister said it hindered sustainable development “due to the high cost burden it places on our health systems not to mention the grief, pain and suffering and damage to property.”Citing global statistics, Mrs Simpson Miller said that annually, approximately 1.3 million people die across the world as a result of road traffic crashes and of particular concern is the fact that lower and middle income countries which are the least equipped to deal with this crisis, account for 90 per cent of road traffic injuries even though accounting for less than 50% of vehicles registered throughout the world.The Prime Minister told the UN Forum that Jamaica was proud to join the more than 100 other countries which three years ago sponsored the UN General Assembly resolution establishing the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety, describing the move as “an important moment for the international community to recognise the global scale of road death and injury and the shared commitment to act.”She also welcomed the UN Secretary General’s inclusion of road safety as a health priority in his report “A Life of Dignity for All” and joined the call for road safety to be an integral part of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goal framework.Mrs. Simpson Miller concluded that many vulnerable households are placed at greater risk of falling below the poverty line when the main breadwinner and in some cases the sole breadwinner dies in a road crash.Jamaica’s world renowned Olympian and World Championship gold medalist in track and field, Mrs. Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, who attended the UN function in support of the cause encouraged pedestrians to take greater responsibility for their own safety and actively promote the use of safety devices, such as seatbelts and the use of helmets for motorcyclists. Mrs Fraser-Pryce has been a part of “The Long Short Walk” campaign which was launched by the Mandela family of South Africa earlier this year, in honour of Zenani Mandela who was just 13 years old when she was killed in a car crash in South Africa on the eve of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Speaking with JIS News at the JDF Directorate on July 21, Captain Deans explained that the ZoSo training programme entailed the legislation’s interpretation to participants, and presentations and sensitization sessions on human rights, particularly in relation to international Conventions and the Local Charter governing how these should be respected. Senior officers of the security forces are upbeat about the outcome of training now underway for members of the Joint Task Force who will be engaged in the Government’s Special Zones of Operations (ZoSo) crime fighting initiative.Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Legal Officer, Captain Michael Deans, and Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Errol Thompson, who is attached to the National Police College of Jamaica (NPCJ) have given the engagement, in which they are involved as trainers/facilitators, the “thumbs-up” based on the participants’ feedback in relation to facilitating the creation of safe environments that will enable social interventions.The five-day exercise, which commenced on July 18 at the JDF Directorate of Training and Doctrine at Up Park Camp, Kingston, is targeting human rights and social development training for JDF and JCF members.This is in keeping with the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act, 2017, which gives the security forces certain essential powers required to address serious crimes, while upholding the rule of law and protecting citizens’ fundamental rights and freedoms.The legislation, which was passed by the House of Representatives and Senate, will also facilitate the implementation of key social interventions in communities adversely affected by crime and violence.Speaking with JIS News at the JDF Directorate on July 21, Captain Deans explained that the ZoSo training programme entailed the legislation’s interpretation to participants, and presentations and sensitization sessions on human rights, particularly in relation to international Conventions and the Local Charter governing how these should be respected.Captain Deans said particular focus was placed on sensitizing them on the rights of children within the areas that zones would encompass.Captain Deans said the presentations were complemented by contributions from organizations such as Jamaicans for Justice, which also conducted training sessions.Additionally, he said the week’s activities also included a panel discussion involving Public Defender, Arlene Harrison Henry, and Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Commissioner, Terrence Williams, who were invited to address the participants.Captain Deans noted that the members also participated in simulation training exercises with scenarios depicting likely interactions with civilians during the course of operations and how to treat with these.“They do understand what it is that they are going on to create a safe place for the social intervention personnel to come, and build up those communities (that have been adversely affected by crime and violence),” he added.Deputy Superintendent Thompson said his presentations focused on the interaction between the JCF members and the public.This, he said, covered areas such as searches and seizures, as also interactions with children, while noting the effectiveness of the practical exercises that complemented the theoretical discourses.He also highlighted the work of Social Development Commission representatives who conducted sessions on community development.Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Legal Officer, Captain Michael Deans (right), greets Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Deputy Superintendent of Police Errol Thompson, at Friday’s (July 21) penultimate day of the five-day Zones of Special Operations (ZoSo) Human Rights and Social Development training, at the JDF Directorate of Training and Doctrine, Up Park Camp, Kingston.DSP Thompson said based on the participants’ feedback, “they have demonstrated that they are willing to go into these zones and prepare (them) for the social interventions.”He argued that the Zones of Special Operations initiative represents a “golden opportunity for the JDF and the JCF to show Jamaica that we care and that we are (committed) to protecting the rights of citizens.”The training will conclude today (Saturday, July 22). Senior officers of the security forces are upbeat about the outcome of training now underway for members of the Joint Task Force who will be engaged in the Government’s Special Zones of Operations (ZoSo) crime fighting initiative. Story Highlights The five-day exercise, which commenced on July 18 at the JDF Directorate of Training and Doctrine at Up Park Camp, Kingston, is targeting human rights and social development training for JDF and JCF members.
TCI Premier & Governor gives “all-clear” after Hurricane Irma Related Items:bahamas weather, Tci, Tci weather, Tropical storm gonzalo Happy Hours All Weekend at Outback Steakhouse Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTropical Storm GONZALO Public AdvisoryTROPICAL STORM GONZALO ADVISORY NUMBER 2NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL082014500 PM AST SUN OCT 12 2014…GONZALO STRENGTHENING EAST OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS……HURRICANE WATCH AND TROPICAL STORM WARNING ISSUED…SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST…2100 UTC…INFORMATION———————————————-LOCATION…16.4N 59.5WABOUT 125 MI…205 KM E OF GUADELOUPEABOUT 160 MI…255 KM ESE OF ANTIGUAMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 270 DEGREES AT 12 MPH…19 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1004 MB…29.65 INCHESWATCHES AND WARNINGS——————–CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY…A HURRICANE WATCH AND A TROPICAL STORM WARNING HAVE BEEN ISSUED FORPUERTO RICO…VIEQUES…CULEBRA…AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS.THE GOVERNMENT OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA HAS ISSUED A HURRICANE WATCHAND A TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS.SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR…* PUERTO RICO…VIEQUES…CULEBRA…AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS* BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDSA TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…* GUADELOUPE* DESIRADE* LES SAINTES* MARIE GALANTE* ST. MARTIN* ST. BARTHELEMY* ST. MAARTIN* SABA* ST. EUSTATIUS* BARBUDA* ANTIGUA* ANGUILLA* ST. KITTS* NEVIS* MONTSERRAT* PUERTO RICO* VIEQUES* CULEBRA* U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS* BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDSA HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA. A WATCH IS TYPICALLY ISSUED 48 HOURS BEFORE THE ANTICIPATED FIRST OCCURRENCE OF TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS…CONDITIONS THAT MAKE OUTSIDE PREPARATIONS DIFFICULT OR DANGEROUS.A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA…IN THIS CASE WITHIN THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS.FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA IN THE UNITEDSTATES…INCLUDING POSSIBLE INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS…PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE. FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA OUTSIDETHE UNITED STATES…PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE.DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK——————————AT 500 PM AST…2100 UTC…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM GONZALO WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 16.4 NORTH…LONGITUDE 59.5 WEST. GONZALO IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 12 MPH…19 KM/H…AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH MONDAY…FOLLOWED BY A TURN TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST MONDAY NIGHT. ON THE FORECAST TRACK…GONZALO IS EXPECTED TO MOVE THROUGH THE CENTRAL LEEWARD ISLANDS BY EARLY MONDAY MORNING…AND APPROACH PUERTO RICO AND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY MORNING.REPORTS FROM AN AIR FORCE RESERVE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 45 MPH…75 KM/H…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS…AND GONZALO IS EXPECTED TO BECOME A HURRICANE BY EARLY TUESDAY MORNING.TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 60 MILES…95 KM FROM THE CENTER.THE MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE RECENTLY MEASURED BY RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT WAS 1004 MB…29.65 INCHES.HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND———————-WIND…HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE HURRICANE WATCH AREA BY EARLY TUESDAY MORNING…WITH TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS EXPECTED BY MONDAY EVENING.TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO REACH THE WARNING AREA IN THE LEEWARD ISLANDS BY MONDAY MORNING…MAKING OUTSIDE PREPARATIONS DIFFICULT OR DANGEROUS.RAINFALL…GONZALO IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAINFALLACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES ACROSS THE LEEWARD ISLANDS…BRITISH AND U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS…AND EASTERN PUERTO RICO…WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM TOTALS OF 12 INCHES POSSIBLE.SURF…SWELLS GENERATED BY GONZALO WILL AFFECT THE LEEWARD ISLANDS TONIGHT AND MONDAY MORNING FROM DOMINICA NORTHWARD…AND REACH THE U.S. AND BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS BY MONDAY AFTERNOON. THESE SWELLS ARE LIKELY TO CAUSE LIFE-THREATENING SURF AND RIP CURRENT CONDITIONS. PLEASE CONSULT PRODUCTS FROM YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Hurricane Irma hits TCI