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Before a hurricane:
Know the location of the nearest emergency shelter in your area.
Trim the trees in your yard,so limbs won't fly around during a
If you have hurricane shutters, inspect them now and repair dam-
Know the location of the main electrical breaker and the gas and
water valves in your home.
Make a list of the items in and around your yard to bring in or tie
down when a tropical storm or hurricane approaches. For exam-
ple: TV antenna, plants, garbage cans and yard furniture.
Check your insurance policy for coverage on wind and flood dam-
age, especially if you're in a low-lying area.
Keep a portable radio, flashlight (both with extra batteries),
emergency supplies, first aid kit, canned food and bottled water
on hand throughout the hurricane season.
Keep yourself updated as to the weather conditions and the pos-
sibilities of severe weather.
Have your emergency numbers at hand and in a convenient loca-
Designate an interior room with no windows or external doors as
a "Safe Room."
Determine escape routes and places to meet if separated.
Have an out-of-the-area-friend as a family contact so all have a
single point of contact and someone knows where you are.
Make a plan for your pets if you need to evacuate.
Take First Aid and CPR Classes. Your Red Cross can provide you
with the same.
When a hurricane approaches:
A hurricane watch is given when the hurricane is possible within
When a hurricane is 24 hours away, a hurricane warning is issued.
Hurricane landfall is imminent.
When a hurricane warning is issued, you should board up your
windows and doors, bring in loose items from outside, shut off
electrical, gas and water hook-ups and seek safe shelter.
During a hurricane:
Stay away from windows and stay inside if you are not told to
Beware that the centre of a hurricane, or the eye, can be very
calm and deceptive. When the eye passes, the storm is not over.
Stay inside because the fury of the winds will return, this time
from the opposite direction.
Remain in your safe location until the storm has passed com-
pletely and the all clear has been given.
Are you ready for ahurricane?
Source: The T&T Red Cross Society
As we brace for the unpredictability of
the hurricane season, it is important
to be prepared. Here are some simple
steps to help protect your family from
a storm or hurricane.
T&T Red Cross Society
Pope Francis is back in the
Vatican after a momentous and
exhilarating visit to three cities
in the United States---Washing-
ton DC, New York and Philadel-
phia---following a couple of days
spent in Cuba.
Since in both countries the
pope attracted hundreds of thou-
sands of people, both Catholic
and non-Catholic, the question
raised is how much has his trip
done to enhance the standing of
the Roman Catholic Church in
the United States? Cuba is dif-
ferent because there have been
restrictions, which prevented the
Cuban people from fully prac-
tising their religion. In the United
States, however, freedom of reli-
gion is an inalienable right. While
the many instances of sexual
abuse of children by priests over
the past decade or so have sig-
nificantly hurt the church, Pope
Francis visit could serve as a
salve to aid the healing process.
But in spite of all the negatives
coming out of the many scandals
that has rocked the church in
the past, he had encouraging
words for the hard working cler-
gy and religious. As Sister
Catherine Darcy of Pennsylvania
said, "We feel he recognises the
contribution that religious
(women) make to the church
throughout the world..we have
felt very strong support from
Pope Francis, in a homily at a
mass in Philadelphia, said the
future of the Catholic church in
the US required a much more
active role for lay Catholics,
especially women. Women must
play a "much more active" role
in the church. He has repeatedly
said that while women should
have a greater role in in church
leadership, he has also rejected
the idea of women becoming
How do you describe a man
who refuses to enjoy a lavish
lunch with powerful congres-
sional leaders of the United
States and opts to eat with hun-
dreds of Washington s homeless?
How do you describe a man who
treats with the elite in the exact
same way as he does with the
disadvantaged? The answer is
simple. Pope Francis is "a man
for all peoples."
Pope Francis, armed with his
almost unrelenting love of his
fellow man, has made him the
doyen of people all around the
world. The recent trip has proven
without a shadow of a doubt
that he certainly has messianic
qualities, and his winning smile
and his deep spirituality all
wrapped into one makes for his
magnetic personality, just simply
oozing love and humility.
From the slums of Buenos
Ayres as a priest and archbishop
to the richness of the Vatican as
the Pope, to the hallowed halls
of the United States Congress,
Pope Francis has never lost the
human touch, a quality he wears
proudly on his cassock every-
where he goes, never flinching,
but always linking to all at every
level of society.
Reported reaction to the Pon-
tiff s homilies and addresses in
each city he visited in the United
States is that the conversion and
reversion rates in the Catholic
church could be tornadic. In his
cool and typical friendly style he
always spoke about human dig-
nity; the love of your fellow man
and the false God that is money.
Whether it was in Havana,
Santiago de Cuba, New York,
Washington DC or Philadelphia,
his plea was always the same---
live simply, be humble and
always show love to all.
Vernon Khelawan is media
relations officer of Catholic
Media Services Ltd (Camsel),
the official communications
arm of the Archdiocese of
Its offices are located at 31
Independence Square. Tele-
a man for all people
From classic to the dramatic, tastes
in engagement rings span a wide
spectrum of choices. So it s easy to
see why a groom can become slightly
Some couples prefer to go ring
shopping together. This is particularly
so if the bride is very specific on her
likes and dislikes. However, if this is
a solo job for the groom-to-be, it
means having to do some research on
her preferences for diamond cut, gem-
stone colour, diamond size, ring set-
tings, and type of metal (gold, white
gold, rose gold, platinum etc).
Here are some tips when choosing
an engagement ring:
• Setting your budget---The majority
of grooms spend about ten-15 per
cent of their annual income on the
engagement ring. Of course, this
varies, but it is important to have a
price range in mind before you venture
out ring shopping.
• Use her existing ring styles as a
starting point---This can clue you in
on her style. For example, some brides
feel it may be better to be demure
and understated with their jewelry
choices, others feel quite the opposite!
Observe whether her rings are more
simple or more ornate or whether
they are more antique or more mod-
• Know her ring size---The last thing
you would want to happen is to try
to propose with a ring that just won t
fit her finger! It is much better to err
on the side of the ring being a bit
larger, since it is easier to re-size. A
good tip is to place one of her rings
on your pinky finger and make a men-
tal note of where it stops or if you
can manage it, without her seeing,
trace the inside of one of her rings on
• Research what diamond cut she
prefers---Modern brides have many
choices in terms of diamond cuts. The
most popular one is the traditional
round cut (circular diamond). Other
cuts are: the "emerald" cut (rectan-
gular), the "princess" cut (square-
shaped), the "marquise" (which looks
like a teardrop that is pointy on both
ends), and the "pear" (teardrop).
Two popular cuts for 2015 are the
Asscher cut (a square diamond with
cropped corners) and the Cushion cut
(a square or rectangular diamond with
• Colour---Clear diamonds are the
favourite of the majority of women.
However, some more unconventional
ladies may not mind a coloured gem-
stone at all. Popular colours now are
pink and yellow diamonds and even
sapphires, after the fashion of the
Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middle-
ton s ring. Antique or heirloom rings
and ethically-mined diamonds are
also trending for 2015.
• Find out the store s policy---Be
sure to ask the jeweler about the policy
on returns and refunds and also about
gemological certification, repairs,
adjustments and diamond upgrades.
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Ring guide for grooms 2015
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