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Senate President offers condolences to hurricane-ravaged countries, warns Jamaicans to 'take sleep and mark death'

Published:Friday | September 22, 2017 | 11:41 AM
Senate President Tom Tavares-Finson.

Erica Virtue, Senior Gleaner's Writer

Senate President Tom Tavares-Finson has offered condolences to the people of the region affected by the recent hurricanes which have left a trail of damage, destruction and deaths.

In his opening comments at the sitting of the Senate now underway, Senator Tavares-Finson offered personal sympathies to Prime Minister Rosevelt Skerritt of Dominica, who yesterday broke down in tears during an interview with ABC TV in Antigua.

Describing Skerrit as a "friend of Jamaica", Tavares-Finson said Jamaica commiserated with the PM and people of Dominica for the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria.

At least 15 people have been confirmed dead and several others missing and some villages completely destroyed.

At the same time, Tavares-Finson took time to remember the people of Cuba who suffered massive flooding from Hurricane Irma which also destroyed parts of Florida and Texas in the United States.

But he warned Jamaicans to "take sleep and mark death".

He said Jamaicans living in danger zones should learn from the events that have unfolded.

The sitting of the Senate continues with State of the Nation debate presentations from Government Senator Ruel Reid and Opposition Senator Floyd Morris. Debate on the Pensions Bill follows.