EU Naval Force Confirms VLCC Safe After Attack Offshore …

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom EU Naval Force can confirm that on Friday, 11 October 2013, a fully laden super tanker, known as a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), was fired upon by eight armed men in two ‘skiffs’ 230 miles off the Somali coast.The attack was successfully repelled by the Armed Security Team on board the super tanker and the vessel is now safe.The Maritime Security Centre (Horn of Africa), based at the EU Naval Force Operations Centre, Northwood, UK, has issued an alert about the whereabouts and nature of the attack, to warn other ships transiting the area to be vigilant.Speaking about the incident, the Operation Commander of the EU Naval Force, Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant said “The attack this morning demonstrates that there is still a clear and present danger from pirates off the Somali coast. It is crucial that naval counter-piracy forces maintain pressure on these criminals and that the maritime industry remains vigilant, taking appropriate precautions to deter an attack.” EU Naval Force, October 14, 2013 Print  Close My locationlast_img read more

Govt Focused on Proper Maintenance of Water Supply Systems

Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says the Government is working to ensure that water supply systems are properly maintained in order to improve service to citizens. The meeting was among several the Minister has held with councillors, Members of Parliament and other stakeholders across drought-affected parishes.Senator Charles Jr. said that the meetings have been useful so far.“They have served as a critical platform for us to not only receive information but to have the very important cross-cutting discussions between our own agencies, and highlighted the importance of us having an integrated approach to water resource management,” he said. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says the Government is working to ensure that water supply systems are properly maintained in order to improve service to citizens.The objective, he said, is to eliminate the need to truck water to communities, which has proven to be expensive and unsustainable, noting that more long-term-solutions are being sought.“In the short-term, we will have to do what is necessary to get water to the communities even if it means trucking, but the goal for us has to be to develop the systems, extend the pipelines, put in place the catchment, put in place the necessary minor repairs to the systems, so that we alleviate and circumvent any need for trucking,” Minister Charles Jr. said.He was addressing a meeting at his New Kingston offices on Tuesday (July 16) with representatives from the West Rural and East Rural St. Andrew constituencies and water industry stakeholders to discuss some of the challenges and arrive at solutions.Senator Charles Jr. argued that lack of proper maintenance has caused systems to fall into disrepair a year or two after they go into operation.He is urging the National Water Commission (NWC) to identify pumping stations, treatment plants and systems deemed in need of maintenance.“We are willing, at the Ministry, to aggressively support that. Whatever funds have been put towards emergency crisis, we want to divert some of those funds to assist, if necessary, to repairing and putting in place the systems that will be more permanent,” he said.Senator Charles Jr. said the Administration is committed to delivering water to Jamaicans in a better, more sustainable way.“We have to find and identify sufficient sources; we have to lay our pipes properly; we have to make sure that we maintain our systems; we have to make sure that nobody is breaching our systems; we have to make sure that we are keeping the contamination away from our systems. All of that comes into play in integrated water resource management,” he noted.In the meantime, Member of Parliament for St. Andrew West Rural, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, highlighted some of the water-related challenges being faced by residents in her constituency and suggested the installation of catchment tanks in all communities as a solution.Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr. (centre), listens to concerns being raised by Member of Parliament for West Rural St. Andrew, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn (right), during a meeting at the Minister’s New Kingston offices on Tuesday (July 16) to discuss solutions to the water shortage aftecting West Rural and East Rural St. Andrew constituencies. At left is Acting Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Authrine Scarlett. The objective, he said, is to eliminate the need to truck water to communities, which has proven to be expensive and unsustainable, noting that more long-term-solutions are being sought. “In the short-term, we will have to do what is necessary to get water to the communities even if it means trucking, but the goal for us has to be to develop the systems, extend the pipelines, put in place the catchment, put in place the necessary minor repairs to the systems, so that we alleviate and circumvent any need for trucking,” Minister Charles Jr. said. read more

Miss Lou Archives On Display At National Library

Jamaicans are being encouraged to visit the Miss Lou Archives at the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) to learn more about the life and work of late cultural icon, Dr. the Hon. Louise Bennett Coverley. The archives, formally launched in 2016, largely comprise materials collected during Miss Lou’s’ early life in Jamaica, which were donated to the NLJ by the Louise Bennett-Coverley Estate. Jamaicans are being encouraged to visit the Miss Lou Archives at the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) to learn more about the life and work of late cultural icon, Dr. the Hon. Louise Bennett Coverley.The archives, formally launched in 2016, largely comprise materials collected during Miss Lou’s’ early life in Jamaica, which were donated to the NLJ by the Louise Bennett-Coverley Estate.Included are correspondence, legal and financial documents, writing and performance, published and printed material, personal and professional documents, academic and other collected papers, artefacts, photographs audiovisual materials and more.The NLA, on Thursday (September 12), opened the collection of records at its downtown Kingston headquarters, as part of activities to mark the 100th anniversary of Miss Lou’s birth.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Denzil Thorpe, who brought greetings at the event, dubbed, ‘Unlocking the Miss Lou Archives,’ urged Jamaicans at home and abroad to join in the celebration.“From time to time in the history of a nation, there emerges someone on the national scene who embodies the psyche of its people, who is capable of distilling, interpreting and expressing its collective wisdom, its hope and aspirations.“In Jamaica land we love, Miss Lou was that person; Miss Lou is that person. She was born with a mission to make an impact and 100 years later, she cannot be forgotten and is etched in the grains of the Jamaica soil forever,” he said.The Permanent Secretary noted that while Miss Lou’s influence continues to be felt in the country of her birth, she made a significant impression during her time in Canada, where she lived during her later years.“This linkage she created between Jamaica and Canada is forever cherished and, even now, Canadians love her as much as we do,” he noted.Mr. Thorpe commended the NLJ for its stewardship of the national collection by acquiring important materials from notable Jamaicans to be enjoyed by generations to come.The ceremony also featured a special presentation by media personality and actress Dahlia Harris, titled, ‘Miss Lou’s Views – A Model for Communication Development’.Items donated by the Louise Bennet Coverley Estate are also being showcased concurrently at the McMaster University Library in Canada during the period of celebration.The collection is largely composed of materials compiled over Miss Lou’s life in Canada where she lived for the last decade of her life until her death July 26, 2006.Louise Bennett-Coverley was born on September 7, 1919. She was a Jamaican poet, folklorist, performer, writer, educator and activist.Known for writing and performing her poems, folk songs and stories in Jamaican patois, Miss Lou is regarded by many as the “mother of Jamaican culture”. Included are correspondence, legal and financial documents, writing and performance, published and printed material, personal and professional documents, academic and other collected papers, artefacts, photographs audiovisual materials and more. Story Highlights read more