Jamaican Nationals advised to take necessary precautions
in light of Hurricane Michael
Jamaica’s Consul General Oliver Mair is advising all nationals in the affected areas to immediately take the necessary precautions in light of Hurricane Michael which is slated for landfall later today.
Hurricane Michael, a category four system, will hit the Florida Panhandle, before churning through the Gulf Coast hitting areas in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. This system is said to be among the worst natural disasters expected to hit the Panhandle, which is expected to cause extensive damage to physical and property damage.
Meanwhile, the Consulate General Office in Miami is making contact with all local government administration authorities in the States of the expected areas to be hit. The Jamaican coordinating agencies have all been put on alert. Appealing to all nationals and residents, Consul General Mair reiterated that “we are asking our nationals in the affected areas to be alert, listen to all advisories and take all the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones”.
A large number of Jamaicans are employed in the hospitality and agricultural sectors in the United States under the Ministry of Labour and Social Security Overseas Employment Programme. Several Jamaican students are also enrolled in the tertiary institutions in the areas.
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ATLANTA – Atlanta’s Mayor Keisha Bottoms and Montego Bay’s Mayor Homer Davis are pledging to make the forty six year-old sister cities relationship between both municipalities even stronger.
Culture, education, and the development of professional and technical expertise are specific areas the Atlanta Mayor identified for enhanced collaboration, saying that under her administration, “the strengthening of the relationship between both cities will be a priority. This relationship will not only be in words but in action.”
The commitment was delivered on Monday, October 1, 2018 when Mayor Davis paid an official visit to Mayor Bottoms, at City Hall in Atlanta, Georgia.
Montego Bay’s Mayor Homer Davis presents Atlanta’s Mayor Keisha Bottoms with a Jamaican souvenir, after both mayors held talks on Monday, October 1, 2018 at Atlanta City Hall in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo Derrick Scott)
Ms. Bottoms pointed out that the sister cities relationship, which was forged on September 18, 1972, was very important to both cities. She acknowledged that despite the significant role that the Vin Martin Memorial Health Mission had played over the past 24 years – by providing over US$6 million and attending to over 50,000 patients – “the relationship can accomplish more.”
In welcoming the Jamaican mayor and his delegation, Mayor Bottoms pointed to several characteristics both cities shared, including “our reputation for warm hospitality to visitors, valuing of tourism as a major industry, and having a substantial black population.”
The Montego Bay mayor, for his part, welcomed the opportunity for an even stronger sister city relationship with Atlanta. “Under my administration, we have made the decision to re-energize this important relationship so that it is meaningful to both cities.”
Mayor Davis said that he was reassured by Mayor Bottom’s commitment and support for adoption of best practices that will mutually benefit both cities. Mayor Davis also invited Mayor Bottoms to be the guest of honor at his upcoming Mayor’s gala, scheduled for December 1st, at the Montego Bay Convention Center. “This is an opportunity to have you pay a visit to our city as we commence the strengthening of our relationship.”
Meanwhile, a delegation from the Atlanta Public Works and Solid Waste Administration, the Planning and Community Development and Parks and Recreation will visit Montego Bay to hold talks with the Mayor and officials from the St. James Municipal Council on diverse topics to benefit development for both cities.
Mayor Davis and his three-man delegation paid an official four-day visit to Atlanta September 29 to October 1. The delegation included chairman of the Atlanta Montego Bay Sister Cities Committee, Fred Smith; Councilor Dwight Crawford; and Sister City board member Jasmin Tomlinson-Brown. The delegation was accompanied by the chairman of the Atlanta Sister City Committee, Dr. Yvonne Smith.