Liberia Pays Annual Assessment Contribution to IMO

first_imgLiberia has presented a check of 2.9 million British Pounds to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as its periodic assessed contribution, according to a press release.The amount, equivalent to US$3.6m or L$348 million, was presented to IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim by Liberia’ Permanent Representative to the IMO, Isaac W. Jackson, Jr. on Friday morning.The annual assessment is based on Liberia’s confirmed position as the second largest ship registry in the world. The Liberian-flag fleet currently stands at 4,167 vessels, exceeding the historic milestone of 150 million gross tons.Ambassador Jackson said the contribution “symbolizes Liberia’s commitment to the objectives of the IMO and its expectations of mutuality as we continue to strengthen and expand Liberia’s 58-year relationship with the International Maritime Organization.”Jackson told the Secretary-General that “making such huge payments amid a difficult financial situation back home testifies to Liberia’s continued commitment and desire to support the work of the IMO.”In furtherance of Liberia’s support Jackson informed the Secretary General that a Special Committee has been set up to navigate “the high seas of diplomacy among the IMO’s 171 Member States” in seeking Liberia’s re-election to the International Maritime Council.He noted that given Liberia’s high number of registered vessels and enormous financial contributions, her election to the IMO Council in Category A should be automatic without reservations, but added that Liberia is at the moment confident of membership on the Council and looks forward to building a great partnership.Ambassador Jackson meanwhile expressed the condolence of the Government of Liberia to the people of the United Kingdom and other affected nationals for the terror attack two days ago.He noted that the maritime industry is greatly concerned about global peace and security as a guarantee for the growth of the sector and gave assurances of Liberia’s solidarity in ensuring that self-serving terrorists are stopped from their evil plan to keep the world in a state of fear.The Secretary General, in receiving the check, thanked Liberia for being one of the first to pay in full its Annual Assessment Contribution for 2017, and expressed the hope that others would follow suit. He then wished Liberia well in its efforts to maintain membership on the IMO Council.Ambassador Jackson was accompanied to the presentation by the Alternate Permanent Representative, Harry T. Conway; Senior Advisor, Dr. Gustav Barnard; the Technical Manager at the Liberia International Shipping and Corporate Registry (LISCR), Gerard Kenney; and the Minister Counselor for Press and Public Affairs at the Liberian Embassy in London, 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

Gaming revenue allocation decision delayed

first_imgCity Council is going to wait to decide where revenue from gaming will be spent. City Manager Diane Hunter argued in the motion presented yesterday that it would be smarter to wait until Fair Share negotiations and an agreement with B.C. Hydro are finalized. That way, council will be able to create better policies for long-term financial sustainability.In the past money from gaming has gone towards the operation of the Pomeroy Sport Centre. It was discussed in February however, making a change to the way gaming funds are allotted.There’s speculation that clarity on the Fair Share issue will emerge shortly.- Advertisement –last_img read more

It will be a hard road back for Mignolet at Liverpool, says Everton ace Howard

first_imgTim Howard has warned Simon Mignolet his Liverpool career could be over after the Belgian stopper lost his place in the starting XI at Anfield.Reds manager Brendan Rodgers revealed the former Sunderland man is set for an indefinite spell on the sidelines after leaving him out of last weekend’s clash with Manchester United.And Everton number one Howard claims it will be a ‘hard road back’ for his counterpart at Liverpool.“I know he is a Red but I feel for Simon. It is hard being a goalkeeper,” said the American.“The phrase is taking the goalkeeper out of the spotlight but actually it sheds more light on them.“It is not easy. It is a confidence position and when you take him out of the team and then bring him back do the team and fans have confidence in him?”“You have to appreciate with a goalkeeper there are going to be ups and downs especially in this league because it is so fast and rough.“To be honest I think it is hard road back when you get taken out of the team.“Sometimes there is no way back. It is unfortunate for a goalkeeper but that is the way it is: you cannot come on and play the last 20-30 minutes and put a good shift in.“It is all or nothing with goalkeeping.” 1 Mignolet faces a long road back last_img read more