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first_imgMinister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says the Ministry’s disaster preparedness plans are in high gear, as the country braces for an overly active hurricane season.“As it stands now, we are beefing up our non-perishable supplies and our meetings continue with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) to ensure the training of (our field personnel),” he informed.The Minister was addressing journalists on Thursday, June 6, at the weekly Jamaica House press briefing held at the Office of the Prime Minister.He informed that the Ministry is always ready to work with its various partners, including the Salvation Army, Jamaica Red Cross and ODPEM, to ensure that relief supplies are available to those residents, who have been affected.“We are also ready to assist with the recovery process as it relates to damage to houses and property,” he stated.Meanwhile, the Meteorological Service is predicting an above average hurricane season, with some 20 storms on the horizon.Head of the Weather Branch at the Meteorological Service, Evan Thompson, informed that forecasts show a 50 per cent above normal chance for the development of a tropical cyclone this year.“Normally where we would see about 12 systems developing, this year. We are likely to have as many as 20 tropical storms develop during the hurricane season,” he informed.Additionally, Mr. Thompson said there is a 100 per cent above normal chance of the development of a major hurricane this season.“So, whereas we would normally have maybe two to three of the hurricanes developing into major hurricanes – Category three, four or five – this year, we could have as many as six developing,” he said.Mr. Thompson said there is a very strong likelihood that the Caribbean will be directly impacted by a major hurricane and is therefore urging Jamaicans to ensure that they are properly prepared to mitigate any disaster,” he said.Last year, which was considered the third most active hurricane season on record, there were some 19 tropical storms. The 2005 season was the most intense season on record, with five of the season’s seven major hurricanes – Dennis, Emily, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, causing significant damage.In Jamaica, Hurricane Dennis caused flooding and landslides and severely impacted the agricultural sector and road infrastrucure.The 2013 hurricane season, which officially began on June 1, ends on November 30.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

first_imgThe dance-opera is a production of Canadian-based theatre company Signal Theatre, and has a deeply personal connection for show co-creators and co-directors Michael Greyeyes and Yvette Nolan, both of whom had parents in residential school. “Our method of creation, therefore, mirrors a way hopefully we can have conversations like this openly and through policy, and actually moving forward as a country.” Facebook “Bearing” will have its world premiere on Thursday during the Luminato Festival in Toronto. Advertisement Advertisement “We wanted to make a piece that talks about how it’s not only indigenous people who are affected by the residential school system but all of Canada,” said the Winnipeg-raised Nolan, who was born in Prince Albert, Sask., to an Algonquin mother and Irish immigrant father. “Really, it’s a system that’s existed for most of the country’s history.” The first act sees the dancers — dubbed “The Canadians” — putting on costumes scattered throughout the space as they inhabit various memories and experiences attached to roles including clergy, lawyers and a residential school uniform. In contrast, an indigenous family remains barely seen by the Canadians. Login/Register With: “Bearing” includes music from Johann Sebastian Bach and Montreal composer Claude Vivier. The third act features “Sojourn, a work commissioned from Anishinaabe librettist Spy Denomme-Welch and Catherine Magowan. Marion Newman, a mezzo-soprano with Kwagiulth and Sto:lo roots, is also featured in the production. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “I think that’s sort of the beauty and the power of the arts when we’re dealing with these really heavy and important topics.” The show then transitions to the Canadians taking their places within the residential school classroom while the indigenous family watches them live the experience. The third act is about “moving forward,” said Nolan. For Aria Evans, the process and the production itself are not “necessarily a history lesson” but very much a part of the modern-day conversation. “That’s always a conversation that I have been a part of, but some of the people that we’re collaborating with have never known the true history of this nation that we’re a part of,” said Evans. TORONTO — It’s been more than two decades since the doors closed on the last Canadian residential school, but a new indigenous-led production explores the enduring effects of its legacy on the country. Advertisement The dancer, whose heritage is Mik’maq, African and British, said the residential school system has been a point of discussion for her family. Her mother was a social worker and worked as a volunteer during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. “What I love about the way we’ve created ‘Bearing’ is that everyone has a really significant, authorial voice…. It’s much more of a conversation,” said Greyeyes, who is Plains Cree from the Muskeg Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan. “I think that if we can start these conversations through the arts, and we can start these conversations beside people that are willing to be allies, these conversations will trickle out into the larger community and we will slowly effect change. “Bearing” is onstage at the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre in Toronto until Saturday. The Luminato Festival concludes Sunday.By:  Lauren La Rose Co-creators Yvette Nolan (right) and Michael Greyeyes are shown in a handout photo for the indigenous dance opera “Bearing.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO Twitterlast_img read more