Prime Minister highlights impact of Climate Change

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 26, 2017 – Montego Bay – Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says climate change is real and presents a clear and present danger to countries across the world.“We must mention our sister islands that were devastated by hurricanes. In some cases, tourism was the single industry and in many cases the major industry in those islands, and they must and will rebuild,” Mr. Holness said.“However, this time they must factor in disaster resilience, recovery and adaptation in a systematic and institutional way.   The world has been forced to acknowledge that there is urgent need for responsibility, adaptation and resilience as we recognize our changing realities.   Climate change is real, and it will disproportionately affect those of us who are least prepared to respond,” he said.The Prime Minister was giving the keynote address at the 27th annual Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James, on September 24.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness said the upcoming United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) conference will be another opportunity for Jamaica to be showcased on the world stage.   The Prime Minister said it is only fitting, with 2017 being designated the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, that Jamaica will proudly host such a prestigious conference.Mr. Holness pointed out that sustainability is a core feature of Jamaica’s growth agenda, adding that “we must find the right balance so that we have growth”, but not at the expense of the environment.He noted that Jamaica has a well-known and well-loved brand, and that through events like JAPEX, “we harness our collective capabilities and build on our strengths.”“Our brand is a fusion of our music, our hospitality, our culture, our food, our entertainment, our creativity and our innovativeness, all coming together to create a distinct meaning of a Jamaican product or service,” Mr. Holness added.The Prime Minister welcomed the participants and urged them to “take advantage of the world of business opportunities all in one place”.Released: JISPhoto credit: NASA Related Items:last_img read more

TCI Media up close with UK Armed Forces humanitarian aide

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 2, 2014 – Providenciales – Turks and Caicos Media was on Sunday given an up close and personal experience with UK Armed Forces humanitarian assistance and the exploit took media into the heart of operations.   Time is winding down now for this British presence which was welcomed support in the immediate aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria.The tour started with departure from the Blue Heron FBO aboard a chopper, with HE Governor Dr John Freeman on board as reporters and cameramen were flown to still tattered JAGS McArtney Intl Airport in the Capital, Grand Turk.    As we landed there was a drop off of pallets containing relief supplies from the newly moored British warship, the HMS Ocean.Outfitted with nine aircrafts, eight seacrafts, 13 floors and over 800 personnel on the ship, which arrived Sunday morning was massive and a major show of UK support sponsored by DFID.   The Governor said the ship also signals the UK Armed Forces withdrawl from the territory.“We see from both the territory and from the UK’s viewpoint that this ship coming is a very important last surge effort to take ourselves to the best possible place in these islands, and then this will gradually ease off the number of people who are here because of course already, the very resilient Turks and Caicos Islanders are becoming more resilient, and therefore they will move on and build themselves up in the right way, thankful for what’s being done,” said HE Governor Dr. John Freeman.Were these men and women and supplies requested or sent Magnetic Media asked; both was the reply from country leaders: Premier Sharlene Robinson and Deputy Governor Anya Williams.“Tell us the situation on the ground, and tell us what you need, I think it has consistently been that way, tell us what you need and we will see how we can mobilize workers.  We are grateful for the timeline that we were able to quickly mobilize workers to the Turks and Caicos, having military here for the last three weeks has greatly assisted, and I think for us it is more about the hands that are on the ground have been the greatest assistance,” said DG Anya Williams.“When men to come aground as well, they are in touch with the government they look at priorities together with the government and see how men can best be deployed and used.   So it has been for me a wonderful partnership, the Governor and I have been consulting on every plain and as the aid has come in and as the manpower has come in we have decided together which were the best places for it to be used”, said the Hon. Sharlene Robinson.Before being scooted to the HMS Ocean by army boat, which was hoisted into the air to allow the delegation onto the 667ft long warship, we visited the DDME and UK managed Distribution Center, set up at the Customs Warehouse compound in GT.World Food Programme donated the storage tents which were erected post Hurricane Maria and which house tarps, shelter kits and relief supplies.  The tents are 320sq metres 240sq metres and were being filled up by UK Commandoes stationed in GT with support from 120 navy officers from the HMS Ocean.The Canadian Frigate is gone, the Bermudan Regiment left on Saturday, scheduled are three full days for the HMS Ocean and crew and about a week to a week and a half more for the UK Commandoes then the TCI will be left to complete the rebuilding without these teams which many agree have proven stellar partners, even family.“The HMS Ocean was operating at the commencement of this period in the east and Mediterranean when we received orders to immediately reverse course and head toward the Caribbean with all dispatch.   So we  steamed some four and a half thousand miles, crossing six time zones in only twelve days, a very fast response and I think that demonstrates how much this government’s steadfast commitment to the region and our determination to maximize support to the British Overseas Territories and the region more widely,” said Captain Robert Pedre. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Border Patrol arrests 32 at San Diego demonstration

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: Immigration FacebookTwitter December 10, 2018 AP, Border Patrol arrests 32 at San Diego demonstration AP Posted: December 10, 2018 SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 32 people at a demonstration Monday that was organized by a Quaker group on the border with Mexico, authorities said. Demonstrators were calling for an end to detaining and deporting immigrants and showing support for migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum seekers.A photographer for The Associated Press saw about a dozen people being handcuffed after they were told by agents to back away from a wall that the Border Patrol calls “an enforcement zone.” The American Friends Service Committee, which organized the demonstration, said 30 people were stopped by agents in riot gear and taken into custody while they tried to move forward to offer a ceremonial blessing near the wall.Border Patrol spokesman Theron Francisco said 31 people were arrested for trespassing and one was arrested for assaulting an officer.More than 300 people, many the leaders of churches, mosques, synagogues and indigenous communities, participated in the demonstration at San Diego’s Border Field State Park, which borders Tijuana, Mexico.The rally held on a beach divided by the border wall was the second confrontation for Border Patrol agents since a caravan of more than 6,000 migrants, predominantly Hondurans, reached Tijuana last month. A confrontation with rock-throwers from Mexico led to U.S. agents firing tear gas into Mexico on Nov. 25 and a five-hour closure of the nation’s busiest border crossing.Thousands of migrants are living in crowded tent cities in Tijuana after undertaking a grueling journey from Central America to the U.S. border. Many face waiting weeks or months in Mexico while they apply for asylum. The U.S. is processing up to about 100 claims a day at the San Diego crossing, which is creating a backlog.The demonstration Monday was meant to launch a national week of action called “Love Knows No Borders: A moral call for migrant justice,” which falls between Human Rights Day on Monday, and International Migrants’ Day on Dec. 18, the group said.“Showing up to welcome and bless children, mothers and fathers seeking asylum from very difficult and dehumanizing circumstances is the right and humane thing to do,” said Bishop Minerva G. Carcano, from the San Francisco Area United Methodist Church. “How we act in these moments determines who we will become as a nation.”The group also is calling on Congress to defund Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.RELATED STORY: Advocacy group walks to show support for asylum seekers at US-Mexico border last_img read more