Transport Minister wants Jamaica Re-Elected to IMO Council

first_img He said the Government is keen on Jamaica retaining its status as the leading maritime state in the Caribbean, a standing that has been recognised not only by the IMO but also other Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which are maritime countries with similar sustainable development challenges, and the UN’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, has signalled his intention to get Jamaica re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).Jamaica, through the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), is seeking to regain a seat in Category ‘C’ of the prestigious governing body of the IMO in December.In his remarks, read by his Senior Advisor, Bindley Sangster, at the MAJ’s recent 16th anniversary awards ceremony, the Minister pointed out that he had, on three prior occasions, successfully led the team to winning a seat on the Council between 2007 and 2011.He said the Government is keen on Jamaica retaining its status as the leading maritime state in the Caribbean, a standing that has been recognised not only by the IMO but also other Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which are maritime countries with similar sustainable development challenges, and the UN’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs).The Minister pointed out that the SIDS and LDCs look to Jamaica for leadership and representation at the IMO and elsewhere.He said the Government is serious about the development aspects of the Authority’s role to facilitate critically important maritime investments, which are clearly outlined in the MAJ’s commissioned study.They will help to create jobs and make Jamaica an envied shipping centre in the Caribbean.The study also shows Jamaica’s potential for maritime investments, such as bunkering, crewing and dry-docking.In 2010, the MAJ commissioned a study called Development of a Framework for Positioning Jamaica as a Shipping Hub, with funding support from the Commonwealth Secretariat. The Minister commended the Authority for a stellar job as the regulatory face for Jamaica’s maritime good order and development over the past 16 years.“You represent Jamaica admirably in the regional and international space, bringing much credit and recognition to the country, and helping to build our profile as a credible maritime state,” he said. Story Highlightscenter_img Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, has signalled his intention to get Jamaica re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Jamaica, through the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), is seeking to regain a seat in Category ‘C’ of the prestigious governing body of the IMO in December.last_img read more

NDP leadership race enters critical phase as candidates prepare for final push

first_imgOTTAWA – Many NDP supporters may be focused on putting their feet up for the rest of the summer but their party’s leadership race is about to enter a critical phase as candidates eye the last leg of the campaign to replace Tom Mulcair.From now until the finish line, four candidates — Quebec MP Guy Caron, Manitoba MP Niki Ashton, Ontario MP Charlie Angus and Ontario legislator Jagmeet Singh — will be focused on the final push to sign up new members, especially with a looming Aug. 17 cutoff to bring in fresh blood.“At the end of the day, that’s going to be a big factor in who can win this race,” said former NDP national director Karl Belanger. “It is crunch time … When you bring your own people in, it is much easier to know where they are going to end up and who they are going to end up supporting.”This week, fundraising figures from Elections Canada from the second quarter will also be released ahead of a debate in Victoria — a telling moment in the race, Belanger said, noting it is critical for campaigns to demonstrate momentum when party members are preparing to make up their minds about the next leader.“If you are able to show your capacity as an individual to raise a significant amount of money, you are showing the potential you have once you become leader and use the organization and infrastructure that is in place to raise even more money,” he said.Veteran B.C. MP Nathan Cullen, a candidate in the last NDP leadership contest, said he is also watching to see how the campaigns demonstrate their strength from here on out, including fundraising prowess and social media savvy.“If you are able to demonstrate and be the momentum candidate, that is worth its weight in gold,” Cullen said. “This is a critical time.”In the first quarter, Angus led the fundraising pack with $110,765 followed by Ashton at $65,521 and Caron at $57,235. Singh was not included in this batch because he had yet to enter the race.Ashton’s campaign says it has raised more than $100,000 in the month of July alone — an indication of what’s to come, says the MP.“I will say that if our campaign is any sign, we have seen some incredible response in terms of … fundraising,” Ashton said. “Our campaign has seen that you are able to raise money and … build support.”All party members are eligible to vote for a new leader, either online or by postal mail. The winner must not only get the most votes, but also must attain at least 50-plus-one per cent of the ballots. As a result, although voting begins in September the balloting could last several rounds, stretching well into October.The ballot is preferential, meaning voters can rank candidates in their preferred order. Only those who cast ballots online can change their vote in between rounds.For his part, Singh is trying to appeal to members as a so-called “growth candidate,” suggesting the next leader needs to attract newcomers to the party.“I think the benefit of that is that we will have a bigger party,” Singh said. “At the end of the candidacy … the goal would be to financially support the party so that we are in a better position to compete in 2019 and to grow the party so that we are in a better position to form government.”Membership and money are both central concerns for the party that had about 45,000 members late last year — a far cry from the 120,000 members the NDP had following the 2012 leadership race won by Mulcair.The party is also carrying about $5.5 million worth of debt, according to 2016 financial returns.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

Young Nova Scotia men treated girls intimate photos like baseball cards

first_imgBRIDGEWATER, N.S. – Six young Nova Scotia men treated the sexual integrity of girls as young as 13 like “bartering chips or baseball cards” when they shared intimate images of them without their consent, the Crown argued in its sentencing recommendations.The boys, who are all from the Bridgewater area, have admitted to forming a private Facebook group where they decided to exchange photos of at least 20 girls, ranging in age from 13 to 17, without their consent.They were scheduled to be sentenced Monday, but the case was adjourned until Sept. 6, due in part to the fact that one of the accused did not comply with the requirements of a pre-sentence report.Defence lawyers had also asked for more time after the Crown submitted a brief outlining proposed penalties.The 21-page document, submitted in Bridgewater provincial court, says the young men should be prohibited from using social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat.“They treated the victims’ sexual integrity as bartering chips or baseball cards that could then be traded and circulated amongst friends,” the Crown brief states.“This objectifies the female victims and undermines their autonomy.”It recommends against jail time, but says the six young men should be on probation for two years, with the possibility of reducing that.“We’re expecting that the sentencing hearing is going to be in dispute — what the proper penalty is definitely not agreed upon by the defence,” Crown attorney Peter Dostal said outside court.“This isn’t a prosecution of just people sexting. This is a prosecution of people misusing these materials, disseminating them and potentially putting them out there for the whole world and that is the real evil that the criminal law has been attempting to stop.”The Crown brief also said the boys should be barred from contacting the victims, undergo counselling, try to find work or attend educational programming and complete community service.The defence lawyers declined to comment as they left court.When the six were charged in July 2016, four of the accused were 15 years old and the other two were 18. However, all were under 18 when the offences were committed, which means their identities are protected from publication under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The victims’ identities are also protected.The case is one of Canada’s largest involving a relatively untested law introduced in 2015 to combat the non-consensual sharing of intimate images. It came after the suicide of Nova Scotia teen Rehtaeh Parsons, whose family says a photo of her allegedly being sexually assaulted was circulated among students at her school in Cole Harbour.Court documents said two Dropbox accounts were created for the purpose of sharing dozens of intimate images of girls in various states of undress or naked. An agreed statement of facts said everyone who uploaded photos either knew outright or were “wilfully blind” to the fact that the subjects didn’t consent to their distribution.In the agreed statement, the photos’ subjects cited a variety of motivations for sending the images.Some said they felt pressured by what they described as persistent requests for intimate images, while others said they were vying for boys’ affections or just joking around, the statement said.The document said one 13-year-old girl was repeatedly asked for sexual photos by one of the accused over the course of several days, despite persistent rejection. Another girl who was 14 at the time said the boy would talk about how they could trust each other, then asked her for naked photos.In the sentencing document, the Crown dismisses the argument that some of the young men allegedly provided unsolicited intimate images of themselves to the girls.“Any reliance upon the accused as being victims of the female’s actions further perpetuates the trend of victim blaming,” it states.?????last_img read more

Residents have important role to play to mitigate disasters

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 22, 2017 – Mandeville – Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the residents of Clarendon have an important role to play to mitigate natural disasters.“I have told the Mayor (of May Pen) that it is time for the Municipality to pay close attention to how people build in the parish of Clarendon.   Too many illegal structures are being constructed in river beds, on gully banks, and blocking drains.   These are all contributing factors to flooding,” the Minister said.During a tour of some areas in Clarendon that were damaged during the April floods on September 20, Mr. McKenzie said the parish is at the top of the list of  places known to be vulnerable to natural disasters in the island, and that the physical infrastructure cannot take any more battering.After the tour, the Minister addressed residents at a town hall meeting at the Edwin Allen High School.He told the audience that there are 47 shelters in the parish, covering a wide area, including Aenon Town, Spaldings, Kellits, Ritchies, and Frankfield, and the Government would be providing money to retrofit one main shelter in the northern part of Clarendon.The Minister noted that most of the present shelters are school buildings, which are not conducive to providing for the needs of those who use it.“What we have done is to provide money to retrofit one main shelter in the northern part of Clarendon, in case there is a need for it.   This shelter will be a lot more comfortable than schools. We will also have two 40-foot containers stocked with the necessary supplies, such as water, and other basic supplies.   One will be located in Kellitts and the other in Frankfield at the police station,” he said.The Minister noted that the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Parish Disaster Coordinator will ensure that everything is in place to respond in times of disaster.He also advised the residents that the Jamaica Pubic Service has been contacted with a view to start trimming the many trees that have been growing out of control in the area.Also speaking at the meeting was Michelle Graham, who chairs the Shelter and Welfare Committee for the parish in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.“We provide training for shelter managers and work closely with the health, fire and other departments, and do assessments of damage to homes after a disaster.    We stock basic items and find suppliers for items that will go to shelters for residents,” she said.The meeting also saw presentations from Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority, Audley Gordon; Director, Meteorological Service Division in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Evan Thompson; and Project Engineer, Water Resources Authority, Joanne Richards.Release: JISlast_img read more

NAVY veteran receives keys to a truck

first_imgNAVY veteran receives keys to a truck KUSI Newsroom, March 21, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 21, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A generous gift was given to a very deserving San Diego local today. Navy veteran Erick Dorsey received keys to a Toyota Tacoma.After nearly losing his eyesight due to his 20 plus years in the military, Dorsey is currently a full time student and relies on public transportation with his limited income.This gift is thanks to Caliber Collision and Allstate insurance, who volunteer their time to donate vehicles to people in need of transportation.Members from Allstate met with Dorsey at the Marriott on Harbor Drive earlier today to hand him the keys to his new car.Dorsey was nominated to receive a car by STEP, a San Diego-based nonprofit that supports military service members and their families. last_img read more

TICO succeeds on appeal announces multiple convictions in BMT case

first_imgTICO succeeds on appeal, announces multiple convictions in BMT case Tags: TICO Share Friday, March 10, 2017 TORONTO — TICO has successfully won an appeal that has led to the conviction of Ron Greenwood of MKI Travel in Ottawa.Following TICO’s appeal of the decision made by Her Worship Justice of the Peace Lauzon on Sept. 22, 2015, the Ontario Court of Justice has now granted the appeal. As such, Greenwood has been convicted of two counts of failing to prevent MKI Travel and Conference Management Inc. from committing an offence of failing to deposit trust funds into the trust account of Ontario Regulation made under the Travel Industry Act, 2002.He’s also been convicted of one count of failing to prevent MKI from committing an offence of failing to obtain the Registrar’s consent in advance of opening a second trust account.The ruling also upheld the acquittal of Greenwood and MKI of one count of failing to keep customer funds in the trust account.MKI was a registered travel agent and wholesaler under the Act whose registration was voluntarily terminated effective May 13, 2013. MKI operated in Ottawa and elsewhere in Ontario. Greenwood was a director of MKI.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaThe Ontario Travel Industry Compensation Fund has paid claims in excess of $2 million related to the closure of MKI. The sentence in this matter will take place on March 31.TICO has also announced the conviction of Placido Calore and 407488 Ontario Ltd. o/a Business & Vacation Travel Planners and Blue Mountain Travel (BMT). Each pled guilty and were convicted of the following:Five counts of failing to deposit customer funds into the trust account;One count of carrying on business with an unregistered travel agent, Carolyn (Michelle) Solomon;One count of failing to notify the Registrar, five days in advance of closing its Trust AccountBMT was fined in the amount of $20,000, while Calore was fined $10,000. Calore was also ordered to pay restitution to consumers and TICO in the amounts of $13,679 and $31,704, respectively. TICO’s restitution is to be payable as a $7,000 lump sum on the day of sentencing, and $24,704 over 24 months.More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaCalore was also issued a Probation Order for a period of 24 months. He was an officer and director of BMT, a travel agent registered under the Act, and operated in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario. BMT’s registration was voluntarily terminated effective July 31, 2015.In a related prosecution, TICO has charged Carolyn Solomon, a former employee of BMT, with 18 counts of operating as a travel agent without registration. She is also facing criminal charges of fraud. Both matters are currently before the Court.center_img Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more