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UK High Commissioner Grant at International Maritime Organisation Assembly

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  • Grenada joined International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in 1998
  • IMO assembly opened in London on 25 November
  • The Bahamas and Jamaica are seeking re-election to IMO Council

Kisha Alexander Grant, Grenada’s High Commissioner to the UK, is among representatives of the 174 member states of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) who are participating in the 31st session of the organisation’s assembly which opened in London on 25 November and will conclude on 4 December 2019.

The assembly was preceded by the 30th session of the IMO Council Extraordinary Session which was held from 21-22 November. “It’s a very busy time for all of us who are serving as High Commissioners in London,” said Grant. Grenada joined the IMO in 1998.

The IMO Assembly is the organisation’s highest governing body and meets every two years. It is responsible for approving the organisation’s work programme and budget for the next two years and electing the 40-member council. It will also be considering substantive issues emanating from the organisation’s council and five committees.

One of the main outcomes of the assembly is the voting of its council on Friday, 29 November. “The election will be by secret ballot,” said Grant who is barred from disclosing who Grenada will be supporting. For the Caribbean region, The Bahamas and Jamaica are seeking re-election. They are in Category C of the IMO which is assigned for 20 states which have special interests in maritime transport or navigation and whose election to the council will ensure the representation of all major geographic areas of the world.

Category A is for the 10 states with the largest interest in providing international shipping services, and Category B is for the 10 states with the largest interest in international seaborne trade. The new council for 2020-2021 will meet following the assembly and elect the council chair and vice-chair for the next biennium.

  • Among the resolutions expected to be adopted by the delegates are:
  • Survey guidelines under the Harmonised System of Survey and Certification (HSSC) 2019;
  • Guidance on communication of information by member states;
  • Interim safety measures for ships not certified under the SOLAS Convention operating in polar waters, and
  • Measures to prevent the fraudulent registration and fraudulent registries of ships.

In 2017, the work on the development of a new Strategic Plan for the IMO was finalised with the adoption of the strategic plan for the six-year period 2018 to 2023.

The vision of IMO for the period 2018 to 2023 includes upholding its leadership role as the global regulator of shipping, promote greater recognition of the sector’s importance and enable the advancement of shipping, while addressing the challenges of continuing developments in technology and world trade and the need to meet the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Wanted man charged for attempted noncapital murder

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  • Charged with 3 offences including attempted noncapital murder
  • Remanded to Richmond Hill Prison

Police have confirmed that Triend Charles who was wanted for questioning in connection with a shooting incident, was charged on the weekend with 3 offences including attempted noncapital murder.

He made his first appearance at the St George’s Magistrate Court on Monday, 17 February 2020 and was remanded to Richmond Hill Prison. His other charges are possession of firearm and ammunition.

The Royal Grenada Police Force in a wanted man notice said that it was seeking the assistance of the general public in locating Triend Charles, 21-year-old, Unemployed of Vendome, St George.

He is scheduled to return to court in early March.

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Missing Man: Devon Jeffrey | NOW Grenada

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Police are seeking the assistance of the general public in locating Devon Jeffrey, 30 years old of La Mode, St George.

Jeffrey was last seen on Sunday, 16 February 2020 about 5:50 pm. He is approximately 5 feet 1 inch in height, medium built and dark in complexion.

Anyone seeing Devon Jeffrey or has any information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Central Police Station at 440 2245; CID at 440 3921; Police emergency at 911; police hotline at 444 1958 or the nearest police station.

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M-Power 2.0 to commence in March

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The Ministry of Youth Development, Sports, Culture and the Arts is putting systems in place to roll out M-Power 2.0 in March 2020.

The first component of the project saw the training of 500 males within varying categories. They included soft skills, certified direct skills, literacy and numeracy exposure, social care, counselling, social interactive activities, community sport, community projects and apprenticeship placement.

Each participant was registered under a constituency package, where they received a stipend allowance of $700 monthly. Further, they were also engaged in quarterly motivational meetings and updates.

Participants were also exposed to CVQ training in Computer Repairs, Property and Facilities Management, Civil Engineering, Excavator Operations, Plumbing and General Construction. Electrical Installation, Plumbing, Small Engine Repairs and Welding, also formed part of the training.

Several entities of both private and public sector, also partnered with the M-Power Project, to offer apprenticeship training. This resulted in 20 participants gaining full-time employment while several others were able to secure part-time employment. Additionally, each participant who successfully completed the project received a $2,400 grant fund. The fund targeted participants’ engagement in a small business initiative which was fully supported and supervised by the Small Business Unit of the Ministry of Youth Development.

“M-Power 2.0 will now focus on National Training Agency CVQ qualifications for the participants,’ said Project Officer at the Ministry of Youth Development, Earle Williams.

The M-Power Project is a training course conceptualised to specifically target young males aged 18-30 from ‘on-the-block’ who are unemployed.

The programme also serves as a means of empowering them to be more responsible citizens.

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