MARAD hosts 24th meeting of the Caribbean Port State Control Committee

first_imgGuyana’s Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) on Thursday evening kicked off the 24th Annual Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding (CMOU) Port State Control Committee Meeting, which will run for a three-day period.A section of the gathering at the launching of the 24th Annual Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding (CMOU) Port State Control Committee MeetingThe CMOU will see the Caricom member states along with Aruba, Bermuda, Cuba, Curacao, the Netherlands, France, as well as representatives from intra-governmental organisations such as the Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the IMO and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and a few commercial shipping interests discussing measures that can be taken to improve the working and living conditions of seafarers in the Caribbean.The meeting is geared at addressing issues related to the inspection of ships, to verify the requirements of international contention and that they are manned and operated in accordance with these rules.It also aims to eliminate substandard vessels in order to ensure safety at sea and cleaner oceans.A representative of the Public Infrastructure Ministry highlighted the urgency in which Guyana is working with its fellow member states to protect its waterways as the country is presently gearing for the booming oil and gas sector.“I believe that this meeting is truly significant since it is taking place at a time when our nation is focusing on the development of the oil and gas sector which predictably will change its social economic landscape. Given the reality that the exploration of petroleum is taking place in Guyana exclusive economic zone, it is obvious that there would be an intensification of shipping activities in the country as well as in our international and internal waters, this new development, of course, will see new challenges relative to shipping and shipping-related activities” the Ministry’s representative noted.He revealed that the Government of Guyana is also looking to improve the maritime legislative framework so that Guyana could be better prepared to develop the oil and gas industry.In order to further the aims of the CMOU, MARAD’s representative in his remarks noted that the department must continue to consult and cooperate with the other authorities.“We must continue to consult, cooperate and exchange information with the other authorities in order to further the aims of the memorandum. It is very heartened to see that this organisation has grown to when it was eighteen but has now become twenty with more states to be added. This increase in membership will provide continuous promotion of the values and objectives of the CMOU to member states, thereby encouraging them to be involved and encouraging new members to join the organisation” the MARAD representative posited.Guyana is a founding member of the CMOU for Port State Control in the Caribbean Region. It was established on February 9, 1996, in Barbados.Other founding members include Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, the Netherland Antilles, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.This is the second year that Guyana is hosting the meeting, the first time being in 2002.last_img read more

DD Motoring: Is the All-American Ford Edge really all that American?

first_imgThis week our DD Motoring correspondent Brian McDaid test drives the All American Ford Edge.We are traveling in style this week as we get behind the wheel of the New Ford Edge from Hegarty’s Ford Garage at the Mountain Top in Letterkenny. This is a very unique SUV that Ford have produced which is made in America (Canada) and is available around the whole world. Weighing in with a price tag of just under 60k for this model we drove, it isn’t cheap, and it certainly will have loads of competition in the SUV market in Ireland.The SUV we drove was the two-litre diesel which pumps out nearly 180 brake horsepower. There is also a two-litre 210 brake horsepower version with automatic available. Advertisement The New Ford Edge pictured at the foot of Errigal Mountain this week as we put it through its paces for our motoring column. Photo Brian McDaidHeading off on a sunny afternoon in Co. Donegal in this american one world car, there is not much more you could ask for in style, comfort and luxury.One thing I notice about Ford and by the way I always thought this was only me, being someone who was raised on Fords. I am always interested when I see the oval badge of a Ford I couldn’t help but notice how many other motorist do the same thing, years ago a Ford was a Ford and and VW was a VW.Now cars are getting so alike for a motoring fan like myself they all are ending up looking exactly the same.The New Ford Edge looks the part, the bonnet looks very like its shape was taken from the Range Rover, (which Ford once owned). This SUV sits well on the road and feels as if it has a lower centre of gravity, so it never feels uncomfortable if pushed around a bend. The model we drove had all the toys, information is on view on the dash of the LCD touchscreen, phone connection was a doddle. But every so often the car wanted to tell me that the emergency contact was not activated. I was happy enough with this arrangement as I didn’t want to call them out by mistake when I would be trying to turn on the climate control or something! Advertisement There is some much information on the screen, which is great but can be a bit of a distraction at times.Big Brother is watchingWhen I was picking a nice location for to take a picture of the Ford Edge in my wisdom I thought I would drive is up on a pile of council chips in a lay-by with Errigal Mountain in the background. The warning buzzers started the first ones were probably the parking sensors, then the wheel started to spin which probably activated the four-wheel drive system, then the phone reminded me once again that I hadn’t enabled the emergency call system.All this time I am thinking to myself “I am happy enough here but this Ford Edge is now on Code Red” and is sending messages back to the States from the back road a round Errigal which, to them might seem as far away as the moon, the under belly of the front of the Edge is resting on the best of Donegal Co. Council Chips.I select reverse and the rear-view camera comes on and there is a perfect view of Errigal Mountain, which would have been transmitted back to the States as well if I would have activated my phone. The Edge had no problem taking the car back on to solid ground. and it wasn’t long until we were back on our way.The Ford Edge is bigger than the Ford Kuga and is probably looking for a bit of the BMW X3 or X5 market. The car has oceans of room inside it, both for leg room for all its passenger, everything is generous especially things like coffee cup holders which are massive. One of the two coffee cup holders had a add on raised base to fit the typical coffee cups here. I would have like the Ford to have more American touches, but trends now seem to be for cars to fit in rather than look different. Over all the Ford Edge is a class act, if a bit on the expensive side, the two-litre diesel engine is very economical which is a big plus for any car or SUV from the states.Over the Edge!I would like to thank one of our readers for sending me in a photo of yet another truck that ended up in the ditch on the narrow section on the Glenties Rd. just past Fintown. The truck slipped off the narrow margin on Monday and the road was closed for most of Tuesday as heavy lifting gear was brought in to retrieve the truck.It’s not known of the driver or anyone else was badly injured, but it’s believed that stone had to be transported into for the sides of the road to reinforce them in order for the crane to safely lift the truck back onto the road.The closest place to heavenWhile out on this week I called into one of my regular stops on the road, Roarty’s Filling station on the road past Errigal, it wasn’t a good week for me to decide to go off coffee for a while, as Roarty’s filling station had the latest in coffee vendors fitted at their shop. Even though I had ordered tea, the owner also gave me a sample of his new coffee, “try that Brian” I don’t drink coffee myself, What do you think? he said, right enough its was hard to beat. We had our usual chat about everything as we normally do, including a chat about the New Ford I was test-driving. Why don’t you take it down to the old bridge in the Glen to get a photograph of it? I knew where the bridge was but never was actually at it before. With the sun beaming down on the hills that day I though I had enough pictures of the SUV and just wanted a nice photo of the old Bridge.The closest place to Heaven. Locally this was known as Heavenly Glen but when it was translated into English it ended up getting The name The Poison Glen. Photo Brian McDaidI parked the Ford near the remains of the old church and went the last bit on foot. When I was heading to the bridge I thought, this is one of these places in Donegal that is unique because of its remoteness. The picture that I will take of the Bridge and the glen in the background will be the exact same view as everyone else has seen that stood at this spot over the last hundred years or more.The name ‘the Poisoned Glen’ is probably a mistranslation of the Irish name. In earlier days locals would have only spoken Irish and they called this place ‘Gleann Nemhe’ – The Heavenly Glen. The name in Irish for heaven is Neamh and the word for poison in Irish is neimhe ~ just one letter difference so it is easy to see how the words may have been mixed up when translated to English.At any rate, the name Heavenly Glen so much better describes this beautiful place. This place might not be on the wild Atlantic Way, but it well worth a visit if you are on the road and have a bit of time to enjoy it.Happy Motoring folks!DD Motoring: Is the All-American Ford Edge really all that American? was last modified: August 25th, 2016 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:all american ford edgeBrian McDaidmotoringlast_img read more

Andy Goldstein Sports Bar daily podcast – Tuesday, June 20

first_imgJoin Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy for the best bits of Tuesday’s Sports Bar show.They take calls on whether sportsmen and sportswomen are role models to young children, tennis correspondent Dave Luddy talks Murray and Maldini, there’s a Love Love Love feature and plenty more!Listen above or click here to subscribe and download from iTunes.last_img


first_imgShay Given was back in an Ireland jersey for the first time in over two years.Shay Given made an impressive return to action for Ireland tonight in their emphatic friendly win over the USA at the Aviva Stadium.Given hadn’t played for Ireland prior to tonight since their 2-0 defeat to Italy at the European Championships in 2012.Given announced his retirement from international football shortly after Euro 2012. However, the Aston Villa goalkeeper had a change of heart last season and publicly announced he was available for selection again.He was recalled in August of this year by new manager Martin O’Neil for the friendly match against Oman and the first Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia.He was named in the squad for the double-header against Gibraltar and Germany but withdrew due to injury.He was on the bench for Friday’s defeat to Scotland and tonight made his return for Ireland. Given was absolutely outstanding and pulled off a number of brilliant saves throughout the match.He was substituted late-on by Rob Elliott and received a standing ovation from the crowd.It was great to see the Lifford man back between the sticks, and produce a typically superb performance.Even at 38,. he’s given Martin O’Neil food for thought for the forthcoming qualifier against Poland in March.SHAY GIVEN IN OUTSTANDING FORM AS IRELAND DEFEAT THE USA was last modified: November 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:IrelandnewsShay GivenSportUSAlast_img read more

Right mindset key to Dennison’s easy transition to FEU’s go-to-guy

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor most of his career in the UAAP, Ron Dennison had been either a benchwarmer or a glue guy.Dennison was never the person to carry the offense for Far Eastern University as he only averaged 2.1 points per game average in his first four seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Duterte hands out cash incentives to 2017 SEA Games medalists View comments MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES His 21-point game against La Salle was also a career-high.Dennison said he wasn’t surprised that he has been putting up gaudy numbers in the offensive end while retaining his defensive duties because he prepared for that in the off-season.“I was ready that I would become one of the team’s main scorers,” said Dennison, whos also averaging 1.5 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. “That was already my mindset starting last semester. My defense is always there, that should always be there because I always give my energy when I’m on the floor.”ADVERTISEMENT Things, however, have changed this Season 80 in the UAAP with the fifth year Tamaraw thrust into the role of FEU’s go-to offensive weapon.While his numbers have seen a significant rise, the transition hasn’t been drastic after all for Dennison.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I was already practicing as the go-to-guy even in the offseason, I was practicing my offensive game because I can’t just be a defensive guy anymore,” said Dennison in Filipino Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.For the first two games, Dennison has been FEU’s leading scorer averaging 18.5 points on an impressive 62.96 percent shooting. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

WWE: Samoa Joe wins Fatal 5-Way, faces Brock Lesnar at Great Balls of Fire for Universal Championship

first_imgSamoa Joe overcame the odds to win the Fatal 5-Way at Extreme Rules and became the No.1 contender for Brock Lesnar’s Universal title at RAW’s exclusive Pay-per-view WWE Great Balls of Fire.Joe got the better of Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt to earn his title shot.In an exciting match where everybody got their moments to shine, Joe and Wyatt looked the most destructive. The pair formed a partnership, hammering the other three at will to take an advantage.However, the deadly partnership didn’t last long enough as they started trading blows once the other three were cleared off.Balor, Rollins and Reigns held their own and made strong comebacks once the barrage was over and each had their moments.Ultimately, Joe did the smart thing when he choked Balor off after the Irishman had nailed Reigns with a Coup De Grace and won via referee stoppage.This is Joe’s first title shot in the main roster since making his debut on RAW earlier this year. The Samoan submission machine came out of the blues and blasted Rollins and injured him when the latter was challenging Triple H for a match at Wrestlemania.Since then, Joe has worked with Hunter and there has been indications of him working with Triple H and Kevin Owens to form a deadly faction like Evolution in the earlier part of the 2000s. However, that fizzled out as Owens moved to Smack Down Live in a superstar shake-up and since then Joe has been competing and winning in singles matches.advertisementThe WWE is providing Joe with a big push and it works out well for the company because by the looks of it, Joe can match up to Lesnar in terms of strength and can put up a good match.It won’t be easy for the ‘Beast Incarnate’ as he has not featured much since beating Goldberg at Wrestlemania 33 for the title.The two will slog it out on July 9 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.”I am more than prepared to take myself to that very deep, dark, violent place…” – @SamoaJoe on challenging @BrockLesnar #RAWTalk WWE (@WWE) June 5, 2017last_img read more

France LeaveS it Late Again to Advance to Last 16

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares France left it late again, defeating Albania 2-0 with two goals in the 90th minute. With the win, France becomes the first team to mathematically clinch their place in the Knockout Stages.It was another uninviting performance from the hosts who needed a late goal to defeat the “outsiders” Albania in their second match of Group A. After an uneventful first half, the Albanians created the first real chance of the game, hitting the post 5 minutes into the second half. Albania’s chance was a wake up call to the French and the hosts took over the game, pressing in Albania’s half. As chance after chance went by, including Giroud’s header that hit the post, the game was heading for a surprising 0-0 draw. However, similar to France’s first game against Romania, the breakthrough came in the final minute. Griezmann was left unmarked in the box and his header from Rami’s cross gave France the 1-0 lead. Payet, who was the hero against Romania, added a second in the 6th minute of stoppage time, giving France the 2-0 victory.The win secures France’s position in the Knockout Stages. On the other hand, Albania was handed their second loss from two match and will need to defeat Romania to have any hopes of qualifying as one of the best 3rd placed teams. France will play second placed Switzerland in the final group match for top spot in Group A.last_img read more