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Severe Weather Bulletin 2

There is an area of Low Pressure System across the south western Caribbean. The area of Low Pressure is expected to remain nearly stationary at least until Monday with its associated Trough also expected to linger across Jamaica during this period.

The forecast is for it to be Partly cloudy with isolated showers across sections of northern parishes in the morning with outbreaks of showers and thunderstorms across most parishes, lingering into the evening in the afternoon of Friday, October 8, 2010.

Tonight, lingering showers are expected mainly across northern parishes, partly cloudy elsewhere.

Excellence in Teaching Recognized Through UWI/ Guardian Life Teaching Award

In recognition of excellence in teaching and learning the University of the West Indies, Mona and Guardian Life Limited will host the fourth UWI/Guardian Life Premium Teaching Awards Ceremony. The Ceremony takes place on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 6 pm at Guardian Life located at 12 Trafalgar Road, Kingston 10.

Severe Weather Warning Bulletin 1

Conditions are favourable for development of the Low Pressure System. Although the long term track is uncertain at this time, the computer models show the system moving in the general vicinity of Jamaica over the week-end

Locally, the forecast is for showers and thunderstorms on Saturday/Sunday.

The university community especially is encouraged to monitor the media as the situation could deteriorate rapidly. Take the necessary precautions to prevent water ingress. Elevate furniture, books and equipment. Cover electronic equipment with plastic. Upon departure at the end of the day ensure windows and doors are properly closed and suspend power supply to the facility.

 

20 Jamaican students get a share of US $1.1 million awarded in UWI Open Scholarships

In an announcement by the UWI Board for Undergraduate Studies, 20 Jamaican nationals are named among the beneficiaries of prestigious UWI Open Scholarships awarded to new undergraduate students for the academic year 2010/2011.

The Jamaican Open Scholars are Stephen Barnes, Andre Bascoe, Jhoelle Beckford, Knakita Bent, Shantel Brissett, Melissa Campbell, Monique Colquhoun, Novia Cotterel, Shenae Cunningham, Matthew Davis, Roxanne Ffrench, Jody-Ann Gaff, Jeremy Hall, Aston Hamilton, Auvarhenne Howell, Danya Marshall, Paul McFarlane, Kharif Thomas, Krystn Trowers and Tone Wilson. Of these, six are pursuing studies in the Medical Sciences; six are enrolled in the Faculty of Pure & Applied Sciences, five in Law and three in Social Sciences.

Appointment of General Manager, Universal Media Company Ltd. (NewsTalk 93 FM)

The Board of Directors of Universal Media Company Limited, operators of NewsTalk 93 FM, is pleased to advise that Ms. Jennifer Cheesman has been appointed General Manager of NewsTalk 93FM with effect from Monday, September 20, 2010. 

Ms. Cheesman brings a wealth of executive management, media and communications experience to the position, having served as Head of the Office of Planning and Institutional Research at the UWI, Mona since 2003 and, prior to that, in other executive management positions both locally and regionally. 

Normalcy Returns at UWI, Mona on October 1

The University of the West Indies, Mona will resume normal operations tomorrow, Friday, October 1, 2010. All members of staff are requested to report to work at their usual times and classes will be held as scheduled.

A further advisory will be issued if necessary.

7th Caribbean Reasonings Conference Opens on September 30

The 7th Caribbean Reasonings Conference begins with an official Opening Ceremony on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 6:30 pm at the Mona Visitor’s Lodge under the theme, "Freedom and Power in the Caribbean: The Work of Gordon K. Lewis". The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Paget Henry, Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies, Brown University, Rhode Island. The presentation is entitled, “Gordon Lewis, UWI and Our Changing Philosophy of Education.”

Advisory to Staff and Students - Update 2

Classes will remain suspended at the UWI Mona Campus for today, Thursday September 30, 2010. However, all members of staff are being asked to report for duty as soon as possible.

All libraries will be open for students who wish to use the facilities.

Members of the university community are urged not to expose themselves to unnecessary risk and to listen to the weather bulletins being issued by the Met. Office. Further advisories will be issued by the Campus as required.

Persons needing further information should contact the Safety & Emergency Management at cellular numbers 817-3339 or 282-3287. For information about the UWI Mona Western Jamaica Campus (WJC), persons should contact the WJC Main Administrative Office at telephone number 940-4349.

Advisory to Staff and Students

Owing to the inclement weather, and on the recommendation of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), all classes at the Mona Campus of The University of the West Indies will be suspended for today, Wednesday, September 29, 2010.  Students who are already on the campus and need to access library facilities may use the Medical and Science Libraries, however the Main Library will remain closed until further notice.

Given the prevailing conditions. members of the university community are urged not to expose themselves to unnecessary risk and to listen to the weather bulletins being issued by the Met Office. Further advisories will be issued by the Campus as required.

President of FIFA Visits Mona Campus

President of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Joseph S. Blatter will visit the University of the West Indies, Mona for the inauguration of the Jamaica Football Federation Technical Centre (Goal Project I) and Ground Breaking Ceremony for Goal Project II. The Ceremony takes place on Monday, September 27, 2010 at 10 am at the UWI Mona Bowl Centre for Sporting Excellence. This will be followed by a Press Conference. 

Goal Project I and II entails additional development of the football training facilities and the construction of an extra football field as well as the erection of administrative offices as part of the Football Academy Centre. 


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