Liberia to Seek Election to International Maritime Council

first_imgIMO Secretary General Mr. Kitack Lim and Ambassador Isaac JacksonLiberia’s Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization, Ambassador Isaac W. Jackson Jr., has announced the country’s intention of seeking re-election as a Category C Member of the International Maritime Council.Ambassador Jackson made the declaration at a Friday meeting with the Secretary General of the IMO, Mr. Kitack Lim, in London.Amb. Jackson said this ambition is a further expression of Liberia’s commitment to the global partnership that works towards a safe and collaborative environment for the development of the Maritime industry.Speaking from London, he noted that a place on the 40-member Council would grant Liberia voting rights and enhance the nation’s involvement with the IMO. Liberia already has one of the largest shipping registries in the world, second only to Panama.Ambassador Jackson recalled Liberia’s active role from the formation of the IMO back in 1959, noting that as a traditional leader in the global maritime infrastructure, Liberia will remain steadfast in contributing in whatever way to strengthen the sector and increase its value in the world.Jackson appreciated the significant benefits that the maritime sector brings to Liberia, especially through trading vessels that call daily at Liberia’s ports, as well as training opportunities through the Integrated Technical Co-operation Program (ITCP) towards attaining uniform global technical standards.Jackson expressed hope that working together in pursuance of IMO’s mandate, they will succeed in making the maritime industry more sustainable, safer and more responsive to changing security, technological and environmental approaches.Ambassador Jackson also conveyed the kindest regards of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the people of Liberia, and added that his appointment has a global outreach, and a further indication of the government’s continued determination to collaborate with other Member States and the Secretariat.For his part, the Secretary-General of the IMO, Mr. Kitack Lim, expressed satisfaction for the high quality standards being used in the management of the Liberian maritime program, stating that said standards was contributing to maritime safety in the world. He then praised Liberia’s representation at the IMO, describing it as outstanding.He concluded by saying that Liberia has a rich maritime history and as such, he was looking forward to working with its new Permanent Representative.Ambassador Jackson was accompanied to the meeting by the Alternate Permanent Representative Mr. Harry T. Conway; Senior Advisor, Dr Gustav Barnard; and Minister Counselor for Press & Public Affairs, Mr. Albert Jaja.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Humans Blamed for Loss of Mammoths and Other Giants

About 12,000 years ago or so, at the end of the last ice age, many giant species—including woolly mammoths, woolly rhinos (image), and saber-toothed cats—disappeared. Proposed causes have included everything from climate change and the spread of humans to virulent diseases and an extraterrestrial impact over eastern Canada. The latest salvo in the debate, the first to look at species-level data on a country-by-country basis worldwide, pins the blame largely on humans. The researchers looked at the pattern of extinctions for 177 species of mammals weighing 10 kilograms or more between 132,000 years ago (the height of the next-to-last ice age to strike the Northern Hemisphere) and 1000 years ago (a time at which the ecological effects of human exploration and expansion became unquestionable). The proportion of large mammal species that died out during that interval was most closely related to the global expansion of humans, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Despite that link, the researchers say, it’s not clear from this analysis whether humans directly wiped the creatures out by hunting them or merely changed their habitats (by burning the landscape to clear it for hunting or other activities) so much that they couldn’t survive. In general, the researchers note, the longer humans had inhabited an area (and, therefore, the longer that the animals and humans had coexisted), the lower the proportion of large mammal extinctions that occurred there. In some areas, particularly in Eurasia, climate change—as measured by changes in temperature and precipitation from 21,000 years ago until now—also seems to have influenced extinction rates. However, the researchers note, it’s possible that the magnitude of climate change in those regions substantially affected patterns of human dispersal and that it was this, not climate change itself, that wiped out large mammals. read more