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

Save water, district urges

first_imgSuggestions will include avoiding watering when it’s hottest and on windy days between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.; installing drought-tolerant landscaping; and shutting off decorative fountains unless a water recycling system is used. Also, installing pool and spa covers to minimize water loss; retrofitting indoor plumbing fixtures with low-flow devices; and repairing leaks from indoor and outdoor plumbing fixtures. Do not hose down driveways, sidewalks and other paved surfaces, except for heatlh or sanitary reasons, the district says. If you operate a restaurant, hotel, cafe, cafeteria, or other public place where food is served, serve drinking water only on request, the district urges. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rainfall since July 1 has measured only 0.65 of an inch in Palmdale and 1.4 inches in Lancaster, according to the National Weather Service. Normal for both cities for the same time period is more than 7 inches. Palmdale’s driest time was 1.9 inches in 1960-61; for Lancaster, 1.89 inches in 1989-90, weather officials said. The water district has had success with voluntary conservation in the past. In 1991, the State Water Project delivered only 10 percent of the amount of water Palmdale had requested. In that year, a voluntary conservation effort reduced usage by 20 percent, and mandatory conservation measures were avoided. About 50 percent of the district’s water comes from the State Water Project. LaMoreaux said the district will send notices out to customers with tips on how to conserve water. PALMDALE – In a year that has seen little rainfall, the Palmdale Water District is starting a voluntary water conservation program. The district wants its customers to cut consumption by 15 percent, which would save about 4,000 acre-feet of water, enough to supply about 4,000 families for a year. “It’s due to the weather conditions this year. Being a dry year, the allocation of the State Water Project is at 60 percent of requests,” district General Manager Dennis LaMoreaux said. “Here locally, it’s been especially dry. One of our other sources of water is Littlerock Reservoir, which has received no runoff this year.” The district has only twice before adopted voluntary conservation plans, in 1991 and in 2001. last_img read more