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Better be ready
Are you ready for ahurricane?
HURRICANE SAFETY TIPS
Source: The T&T Red Cross Society
Before a hurricane:
The hurricane season lasts from June through
November, with August and September being
the peak months.
Know the location of the nearest emergency
shelter in your area.
Trim the trees in your yard, especially those
near your home, so limbs won't fly around
during a storm.
If you have hurricane shutters, inspect them
now and repair damaged ones. Know how to
install them, and if you will be boarding up
your windows, have the wood and tools ready.
Know the location of the main electrical
breaker and the gas and water valves in your
home. Have a clear path to easily access them
to shut them off when a hurricane approach-
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 example:
TV antenna, plants, garbage cans and yard fur-
Check your insurance policy for coverage on
wind and flood damage, 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 con-
ditions and the possibilities of severe weather.
Have your emergency numbers at hand and in
a convenient location.
Designate an interior room with no windows
or external doors as a "Safe Room." Work
with your local professionals in the design of
Discuss the types of potential hazards with
your family and know your community's and
Determine escape routes and places to meet if
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 evac-
Take First Aid and CPR classes. Your Red Cross
can help you.
Stay away from windows and stay inside if you
are not told to evacuate.
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 completely and the all clear has
During a hurricane:
A HURRICANE WATCH is given when the hurri-
cane is possible within 36 hours.
When a hurricane watch is issued, you should
monitor news reports closely for more infor-
Continue your preparation activities and be
prepared to evacuate immediately when
instructed to do so.
When a hurricane is 24 hours away, a HURRI-
CANE WARNING is issued. Hurricane landfall is
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
Contact the Red Cross: Headquarters - 627-8215/8128, Northern branch - 627-8214, Southern branch - 652-2024, Tobago branch - 639-2781
As we brace for the unpredictability
of the hurricane season, it is impor-
tant to be prepared. Here are some
simple steps to help protect your
family from a storm or hurricane.
T&T Red Cross Society
NOTICE is hereby given that in pursuance of the provisions of the Liquor Licences
Act, Chapter 84:10 the Liquor Licensing Committee for the Magisterial District of
Couva has appointed Thursday the 12th day of December 2013 at 9.00 o'clock in
the forenoon at the Couva Magistrates' Court as the day, hour and place at which a
Session will be held for granting of the Committee's Certificate for the issue of New
Liquor Licences in the Magisterial District of Couva for the period 1/01/14 --
Applications for Licences must be submitted in Quintuplicate on the prescribed
forms and accompanied by the following:-
These should reach the Secretary, Liquor Licensing Committee, Couva on or before
the 13th day of November, 2013.
Dated this 10th day of October 2013 at the Couva Magistrates' Court
CHRISTMAS LOAN 2013
o Persons who have not settled outstanding payments for their
previous Christmas Loan or are otherwise delinquent would be
o One must be a member for not less than six (6) months (i.e.
made six (6) monthly contributions to shares.)
o Members must provide most recent pay slip.
o Applications would be accepted with effect November 04, 2013
for loans in the amounts of two thousand dollars ($2,000.00),
two thousand, five hundred dollars ($2,500.00) and three
thousand dollars ($3,000.00) denominations.
o Payments would be made to qualified members effective
November 18, 2013 with repayment of four (4) installments
from February 2014 with 10% interest, i.e. $2,000.00-$550.00
per month, $2,500.00-688.00 per month and $3,000.00-$825.00
Online dating is shed-
ding its stigma as a refuge
for the desperate, but peo-
ple who use sites such as
Match.com and eHarmo-
ny are still in the minor-
ity.Thirty-eight per cent of
Americans who are "single
and looking" say they ve
used an online dating site
or mobile dating app,
according to a new study.
The report out yesterday
from the Pew Research
Center s Internet and
American Life Project sug-
gests that attitudes toward
online dating "have pro-
gressed in a clearly positive
direction." In fact, 59 per
cent of Internet users agree
that online dating is a good
way to meet people. That s
up from 44 per cent in
As Americans shop,
socialise and entertain
themselves online, a grow-
ing number are turning to
the Internet to find dates.
Some 11 per cent of people
who started a long-term
relationship in the past
decade say they met their
partner online. Even so,
only 10 percent of Amer-
icans say they ve tried
Online dating is most
popular among men and
women ages 25 to 34.
Nearly a quarter of them
have used online dating
sites, compared with just
ten per cent of people in
the 18 to 24 age group. For
ages 35 to 44, it s 17 per
cent and then the numbers
fall to the single digits.
Three per cent of those
over 65 have dabbled in
Whites are slightly more
likely to use dating sites
than other ethnicities---11
per cent compared with
seven per cent for blacks
and five per cent of His-
panics, according to the
survey. People without a
high school diploma were
the least likely to use the
Internet to find a date,
while those who have
completed "some college"
were the most likely.
While a relatively small
fraction of people use
online dating sites, 42 per
cent of Americans say they
know someone who has,
up from 31 in 2005. Among
those 65 or older, the num-
ber grew to 24 per cent
from 13 per cent.
Once upon a time, cou-
ples who found each other
online felt compelled to
spin alternate "how we
met" tales, but that s no
longer the case. Perhaps
it s the result of changing
attitudes. In 2005, 29 per
cent of Internet users
agreed that people on
online dating sites were
"desperate." In Pew s most
recent study, that number
fell to 21 per cent.
But online dating isn t
all chocolate hearts and red
roses. More than half of
online daters say they
believe someone else "seri-
themselves" in an online
dating profile. More than
a quarter have felt uncom-
fortable or harassed by
someone who contacted
The results of Pew s
recent study aren t directly
comparable to its 2005
report because the way
surveyors count the "online
dating population" has
changed. There were no
dating apps eight years ago.
That said, the percentage
of Americans who say they
have used an online dating
website grew from three
per cent in 2008 to nine
per cent this year. (AP)
Love is in the air and on the Web
Among Pew's other findings:
• Don't call it stalking: One-third of
Americans who use social
networking sites use the sites to
check up on somebody they once
dated. The same is true for nearly
half of those ages 18 to 29.
• Match.com is the most popular
dating site, according to the 2013
survey, just as it was in 2005. No
2 this year is eHarmony.
Yahoo Personals was in second
place in 2005, but it no longer
exists. Searching for it online will
take you to Match.com.
• Twenty-nine percent of
respondents say they know
someone who has been in a long-
term relationship or married
someone they met online,
compared with 15 per cent in
• Forty-six percent of people who
use online dating sites say
finding someone long-term is a
major reason they use the sites.
A quarter, on the other hand,
"just want to have fun without
being in a serious relationship."
Match.com is the most popular online dating site in the US. AP PHOTO
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