DUI checkpoint scheduled in Jackson County Wednesday

first_imgJACKSON COUNTY, Ind. – State troopers will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Jackson County from midnight until 2:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 26.The exact location was not immediately announced as it is chosen based on statistical data from DUI arrest and crash records.Drivers passing through the check point area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present to troopers and will only be detained briefly while police determine if further investigation is necessary.The public is asked to help do their part in making Indiana roadways safer by observing the following tips:Plan ahead and always use a designated driver.Don’t get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you’ve been consuming alcoholic beverages; instead call a taxi, a family member, or friend who has not been drinking to give you a ride.If you are hosting a party, always offer non-alcoholic beverages and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver or allow them to spend the night.Remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think that they are about to drive while impaired.last_img read more

IDB provides Jamaica with funds for natural disaster preparation

first_imgThe Inter-American Development Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is providing a US$285 million contingent loan to Jamaica to help the island bolster its response efforts to natural disasters and help protect its public purse.On Wednesday, the Washington-based financial institution said  the financing allows Jamaica to pay for “any extraordinary public expenses that could arise from emergencies caused by natural disasters. “The loan is intended to buffer the financial shock of a disaster on the Jamaica’s fiscal balance, thereby, increasing the nation’s financial stability and efficiency, as well as its disaster preparedness and response,” it said. Ranks 19th globally for exposure to natural disasters With a population of more than 2.7 million, the IDB said Jamaica ranks 19th in the world for its exposure to natural disasters, which include hurricanes, earthquakes and droughts. Between 1988 and 2012, the IDB said 11 named storms made landfall in Jamaica. It’s estimated that hurricane Gilbert cost Jamaica 28 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP), the IDB said.More frequent intense weather events expected“As the effects of climate change intensify, Jamaica can expect extreme weather events to become more frequent and more intense, resulting in greater impacts on the environment, economy and population,” it said. The IDB noted that Moody’s financial rating service lists Jamaica as among the four most vulnerable small-island countries, “when it comes to the credit implications of climate change.”last_img read more