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The Government of Jamaica has activated its disaster preparedness plan, as the country braces for the passage of Tropical Storm Tomas.

Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunication and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz told journalists on (November 1), that the government is not taking the threat of Tropical Storm Tomas lightly and will be putting all necessary measures in place to ensure that the country is as prepared as possible.

Mr. Vaz was addressing journalists at a press briefing, held at Jamaica House.

The latest bulletin from the Meteorological Service has indicated that Tomas continues to weaken in the central Caribbean and has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm from a category one Hurricane.

This Warden Message is being issued to notify U.S. citizens residing in and traveling to Haiti that there is a high probability that Hurricane Tomas will bring hurricane force winds and heavy rains to Haiti in the coming week. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) reports Hurricane Tomas is currently a Category I hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 90 MPH and hurricane force winds extending outward up to 40 miles. The hurricane’s general west-northwest motion at 9 mph is expected to continue through Sunday night followed by a turn to the west on Monday. Tomas is forecast to move across the eastern Caribbean Sea during the next couple of days.

Following the current NOAA tracking model, the hurricane eye is not expected to make landfall in Haiti earlier than Wednesday. However, tropical storm winds can extend outward up to 175 miles. U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor hurricane status via the NOAA website at: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov .

The pathway to better health for teenage girls starts with the first meal of the day, and when they make a good-for-me choice their odds of having a healthier body weight and lower cholesterol improve. These are the latest peer-reviewed findings summarized in Public Health Nutrition. This analysis of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Growth and Health Study (NGHS) data was funded in part by the General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition. The NGHS followed the diets of 2,379 girls who, at the beginning of the study, were between the ages of nine and 10 from 1987 to 1997; 51 percent, or 1,213, were African American girls and 1,166 were Caucasian girls who lived in Berkeley, CA, Cincinnati, OH and Washington, D.C.

Based on analysis of the girls food diaries, breakfast cereal eaters tended to have lower waist-to-height ratios, which is an indicator of healthy body weight, lower total cholesterol and lower LDL cholesterol. Previous findings from NGHS cited health benefits of eating breakfast related to lower BMI (findings released in 2005) and improved nutrition, higher milk consumption and increased physical activity (findings released in 2008).

The Broward County Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is holding a "Women Who Dared" awards luncheon, celebrating local women who dared to make a difference for residents in Broward County, on Wednesday, November 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Orangebrook Golf and Country Club, 400 Entrada Drive.

A panel discussion will feature keynote speaker Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The public is invited to the awards luncheon. Honorees are: Olga G. Alvarez, Hazel Armbrister, Nadine McCrea, Niara Sudarkasa and Mary Zalaznik. The event is open to the public. Honorees are:

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