Caribbean transport ministers have agreed to ork together to develop a regional policy for maritime transportation. The move was among measures to come out of the Regional High-Level Symposium on International Maritime Developments held last week in Montego Bay. Development of the policy will ensure that the Caribbean maritime industry operates in a sustainable manner. Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Koji Sekimizu, who spoke to JIS News after the closing session on Friday, February 22, hailed the move. “This is significant. What they have achieved today was a sort of collective willingness to achieve sustainable maritime in the Caribbean region,” he stated. He noted that the Rio+20 summit held in Brazil last year had established the way forward in terms of environmental sustainability, but “you cannot talk about sustainable development without shipping.” “We therefore want to ensure that the shipping itself will be sustainable,” he added. The IMO head, who was visiting Jamaica for the first time, said he was delighted at the outcome of the discussions and the level of commitment by the ministers. “I am looking forward to further collaborations among member governments of the (International) Maritime Organization in this region,” he told JIS News. The high-level meeting, held over four-days at the Iberostar Beaches Hotel, brought together ministries and senior officials from the Caribbean maritime sector to discuss critical developments that will affect their countries’ reputation as responsible maritime states. Among issues looked at were opportunities for capacity building, and the maritime labour convention. Minister of Transport and Works, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, told JIS News that the delegates examined ways in which the region could meet the requirements, which have been established by the IMO for various countries. He said that Mr. Sekimizu was “impressed with where we are and is now very cognizant of what our needs are to bring all our countries up to international standards.”He noted that there are some challenges for the smaller countries and Jamaica has offered to assist in helping them meet their obligations.The IMO Secretary General’s attendance, he said, was indicative of the region’s growing importance in the industry and the extent to which Caribbean nations are providing trained personnel to work in the sector.Dr. Davies, who is the Chairman of the Caribbean Transport Ministers, marshalled the discussions and guided the participants into completing the draft Jamaica 2013 symposium resolution, which will determine the way forward for the industry.According to the resolution, the agreement for the development of a Caribbean maritime policy is in recognition of the importance of “safe, secure, environmentally sound and efficient maritime transport services for the movement of goods and people, and the socio-economic benefit, to states and territories, of a clean marine environment to the livelihood and well-being of their inhabitants and the growth of their fisheries and tourism industries.”As such, the participants committed to: “providing the necessary means and support at the national and regional levels for adequate marine environmental research, monitoring and evaluation, in order to maintain the ecological integrity of the marine and coastal waters of the Caribbean Sea, given its critical socio-economic and environmental importance to member states.”
APTN National NewsAn elder from a British Columbia First Nations is calling out his own chief and council for selling out to big business and not protecting the land.It’s no idle threat. This is the same elder who five years ago led a group who staged a nine and a half month band office occupation in order to oust a chief.APTN National News reporter Rob Smith has more.
DHAKA, Bangladesh — A Facebook official says the social media platform is shutting down a series of fake news sites spreading false information about the Bangladesh opposition days before national elections.Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview that nine Facebook pages designed to mimic legitimate news outlets, as well as six fake personal accounts spreading anti-opposition propaganda, were created by Bangladeshis associated with the government.He said the pages would be shut down by Thursday evening for “for engaging in co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour.”The sites would report false information about such things as turmoil in the camp of imprisoned opposition leader Khaleda Zia.Julhas Alam, The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are investigating a collision that happened Thursday afternoon between a boom lift and pick-up truck.The RCMP were called at approximately 5:15 p.m. to a collision on the Swanson Lumber Road (259 Rd.), between a boom lift and a pick-up truck. RCMP members that attended the scene found that the boom lift had been rear-ended by a pick-up truck. The collision caused the male driver of the boom lift to be trapped in the basket.B.C. Ambulance Services and the Fort St. John Fire Department attended the scene and helped to revive the male who was initially unresponsive. The male was transported to the Fort St. John Hospital and later flown to Vancouver for surgery. As of Saturday morning, the male was stable and doing well in recovery. The RCMP Traffic Reconstruction unit attended the scene to assist in the investigation. The cause is still undetermined, but Police believe distracted driving may have been a factor in the collision.
New Delhi: New Delhi parliamentary constituency always remains the centre of attraction for all the major political parties contesting the Lok Sabha elections in the national capital as it is considered as the political powerhouse. The constituency comprises North-Block and South Block, Janpath, NDMC areas, South Extention, Lodi Colony, B K Dutt colony, Safdarjung Enclave, President House, South and North Avenues, Gol Daak Khana, Connaught Place, Panchkuyia Road, RBI quarters and Sarojni Nagar etc. The New Delhi is popularly recognised as Lutyens’ Delhi and most of the NDMC areas fall under this constituency. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe New Delhi constituency is the seat from where the national capital got its first woman MP Sucheta Kriplani in 1951. She contested from New Delhi on a ticket of the Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party, founded by her husband Acharya Kripalani and had defeated Congress’ Manmohini Sehgal, a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family. Apart from this, the Constituency has been represented and contested by some of the top names in Indian politics including former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani, Congress’ actor-turned-politician Rajesh Khanna, BJP leader Jagmohan- who won a hat-trick in Lok Sabha elections from New Delhi seat (1996, 1998 and 1999), and Congress leader Ajay Maken. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAfter Jagmohan’s hatrick, Congress leader Ajay Maken emerged as winner from New Delhi seat in 2004 and 2009. Currently BJP’s Meenakashi Lekhi is MP from New Delhi seat. In 2014, the BJP candidate Lekhi had defeated AAP’s Ashish Khaitan with huge margin. However in 2015 Assembly polls, the Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party emerged victorious on all the 10 assembly seats which falls under the New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. The constituency comprises 37 percent government employees. New Delhi has population share of 20 percent Punjabi, 18 percent Scheduled Caste, 10 percent Bania, 10 percent Brahmin and 1.1 percent slum dwellers.
Talcher: Five people, including a woman and two girls, were killed when a wild elephant strayed into human habitation in different villages of Angul district, officials said Friday.The tusker entered Sandha village near here from a forest late on Thursday night and trampled to death three members of a family, who were sleeping in the verandah of their house. A man and his two-year-old daughter were among those killed in the first incident. The family was staying in Sandha village since the man was working in a brick kiln in the locality. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe jumbo also killed a woman in the same village while she was asleep in the verandah of her house. The tusker then proceeded to Santhapada village where it crushed to death a 70-year-old man, the official said. Angry over the incidents, residents of the two villages staged a road blockade on Friday morning demanding adequate compensation to the family of the deceased. The blockade was lifted after financial assistance was provided to the families of the deceased. Steps were being taken for payment of ex-gratia as per rules, he said. Efforts were on to drive the wild elephant into the forest, a forest official said.
New Delhi: Congress leader Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra on Friday said the country’s politics was at an all-time low and desperate measures were visible as Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a personal attack on former PM Rajiv Gandhi, accusing him of using a Naval warship for a holiday. “Politics at an all time low …Desperate measures are visible. Hitting out at an assassinated Prime minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi, to mislead the people of India. A person who cannot defend himself… Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “We the family will strive for his vision and the people of India will. Fight for his dignity and respect. It’s only time, for a respectful change in our country,” he wrote on Twitter and Facebook. Vadra is married to Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the daughter of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. A controversy broke out on Thursday over Modi’s allegation that Rajiv Gandhi had used INS Viraat as a “personal taxi” for a holiday, a charge rejected by the Congress as well as former Navy chief Admiral (retd) L Ramdas and a former commanding officer of the aircraft carrier.
The coach of the smallest country to reach the 2018 World Cup final, Zlatko Dalic is confident of his national side as they plan to defeat France at World Cup final on Sunday.Having led his national team to the finals of the World Cup, the coach has outdone his mentor Miroslav Blazevic, who led Croatia to a third-place finish in the country’s World Cup debut back in 1998.“We are still living our dreams, we are so close,” he said calmly from the team’s hotel in the centre of Moscow via FIFA.“Through my life and career, I went the hard way. I did not want to be just an average coach in Croatia. I had to start from the lowest club,” he said. “Within a year in Asia, I became the best coach, and for three years, I was coach of Al Ain [in the United Arab Emirates], who are like Real [Madrid] in Europe. That was a tremendous experience for me. I coached two of the biggest clubs in Asia, so when Croatia’s call arrived, I did not hesitate.” Euro 2020 Qualifiers Betting: 06/09/19 Stuart Heath – September 6, 2019 With the international break in full-swing, here at Ronaldo.com we are going to take a look at Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifiers match-betting odds.With a…???#BeProud #WorldCupFinal pic.twitter.com/qEHuiLrKWY— HNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) July 13, 2018“With this great result [of reaching the Final], we have definitely entered history as one of the smallest countries ever in the World Cup finals,” Dalic said. “When we look at the conditions in which we work, we are a world wonder and phenomenon. We do not have the appropriate environment with big teams [in Croatia], but we have great players, who have brought us such joy. This is a planetary success.”