The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) has launched its inaugural Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change (DRMCC) Education Programme Poster Competition. Story Highlights Parish Disaster Coordinator for Kingston and St. Andrew, Terry Forrester, said that the competition, under the theme ‘Disaster Risk Management is Everybody’s Business’, aims to unearth the artistic talents of the participants while educating them about disaster risk management and climate change. The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) has launched its inaugural Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change (DRMCC) Education Programme Poster Competition.Parish Disaster Coordinator for Kingston and St. Andrew, Terry Forrester, said that the competition, under the theme ‘Disaster Risk Management is Everybody’s Business’, aims to unearth the artistic talents of the participants while educating them about disaster risk management and climate change.“We are tasked with educating the populace of Kingston and St. Andrew about the risk and vulnerabilities of the city, with the ultimate goal of being a safe and resilient city for all… . With that in mind, we have conceptualised a programme which targets the young minds of our society,” she said.Ms. Forrester was speaking at the launch at The Knutsford Court Hotel, St. Andrew, on Thursday (May 2).The poster competition is open to young people up to 21 years old, and submissions are invited in eight categories/topics – hurricane safety, fire safety and prevention, earthquake safety, tsunami safety, flood safety, watershed management and protection, landslide protection;, and climate change issues.Submissions should be made to the KSAMC, 24 Church Street, Kingston by May 24.Acting Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Richard Thompson, commended the KSAMC “on this venture to bring young people into disaster management”.“It is good when we get youngsters involved in disaster risk reduction and disaster management because… we have to ensure that measures are in place, so that we can protect the country. I am sure that this will be a flagship project not only for the other local authorities but you might see this spreading across the Caribbean,” he added.The KSAMC poster competition is being staged in partnership with ODPEM and is being sponsored by a number of private-sector entities.
The tourism industry in Ireland is now worth €8 billion, reveals the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation (ITIC). There was an increase of 10% in holiday visitors, while business visitors and those coming to visit friends and relatives (VFR) were up 12%. The ITIC predicts that 2017 had a positive outlook despite challenges.This happens to be a nine percent increase, or almost €600m more compared to what was spent in 2015. Irish air and sea carriers earned a further €1.5 billion from tourists, while many Irish people holidayed at home, generating €1.75 billion. A further €300 million was earned from visitors from Northern Ireland. According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the number of overseas visitors grew by 10% to 8.8 million, the highest number on record with all four top source markets recording significant growth.The industry has surpassed a severe record, as overseas tourists spent €4.7 billion in 2016. Based on the predictions by ITIC the domestic market, for people holidaying within Ireland is expected to pick up even further as personal finances improve. The confederation praised the government’s move to maintain the nine percent VAT rate on tourism services.