In light of the recent rainfall from Hurricane Sandy which affected the island on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, Director, Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse is urging persons to be vigilant and look for and destroy mosquito breeding sites. “Remember that the country is experiencing an outbreak of dengue fever. In order to reduce the mosquito population, we need the assistance of members of the public to look for and destroy mosquito breeding sites that may have been created after the passage of the hurricane. Mosquitoes can breed in anything that collects water. The rainfall would have created even more opportunity for containers to collect water and become mosquito breeding sites,” she said. She added that persons should look for things such as old cans, tyres, flower pot saucers and anything else around their homes, schools, churches and business places that may facilitate mosquito breeding and properly dispose of them. The Ministry of health will continue to inspect premises where the teams will search for mosquito breeding sites, fog and spray communities and carry out work to reduce mosquito larva. Jamaica is currently experiencing an outbreak of dengue fever and has recorded an increase in the number since the start of the year, with the Ministry reporting a total of 2,198 suspected cases of dengue fever as at October 20, 2012, compared to 458 for the corresponding period last year and 2,709 for the same period in 2010 which was an outbreak year. Contact: Tel: 537-6233; 1-888-ONE-LOVE; Fax: 754-5798
A stellar line-up of Oxfam supporters will be taking to the stage at the Oxford Playhouse on Sunday 14th October for Eight Stories High, an exclusive evening of storytelling, performance, big ideas and surprises.Celebrating Oxfam’s 70th anniversary, the unique, star-studded event promises a moving evening filled with tales of courage, passion, innovation and perspiration.Each of the special guests, including actress and Oxfam Global Ambassador Kristin Davis and Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis, will share a remarkable story, providing a unique insight into what leaders in business, entertainment and the arts feel about the world we live in. Joining these stars on stage will be journalists John Simpson CBE and Ian Hislop, Harry Potter actress Bonnie Wright, acclaimed author Victoria Hislop, Oxfordshire’s favourite top chef Raymond Blanc and Innocent Drinks founder Richard Reed, who is fronting the new BBC3 series Be Your Own Boss.Uplifting performances will include Tabu Flo, an afro urban dance company from Uganda, whose aim is to inspire, create and exchange creativity. More surprise special guests are expected to make an appearance. The evening will also include exclusive video contributions by Oxfam Global Ambassadors Colin Firth, Livia Firth and Angélique Kidjo.Kristin Davis said: “I am deeply proud to be involved in Eight Stories High – there are so many untold and fantastic stories that touch Oxfam’s world, which should be shared. This event is a very special 70th anniversary celebration and I am honoured to be involved as a Global Ambassador for Oxfam.”Richard Reed adds: “As someone who runs a business, I’ve been really bowled over by my experiences with Oxfam, and I’m sure everyone attending Eight Stories High will be too. I’ve spent time with communities who have so little, but are achieving so much and witnessed real-life stories that are truly transformational. I’m looking forward to sharing what all this means to me at Eight Stories High.”The inaugural Eight Stories High is being held at the Oxford Playhouse to reflect Oxfam’s beginnings in Oxford, where a small group of people got together to help people starving in Greece during World War Two. 70 years later, Oxfam has grown into a global movement for change, working in more than 90 countries worldwide to overcome poverty. Tapping into a wealth of inspiring stories and people, Eight Stories High’s celebrity cast is set to deliver a thought-provoking, highly entertaining evening.A limited number of tickets are available for this exclusive event, priced at £50. For more information and to buy tickets visit www.oxfam.org.uk/eight Tickets are also available from the Oxford Playhouse on 01865 473741.