Tourism Officials Commended for Quick Response to Cruise Ship Fire

first_imgTourism Officials Commended for Quick Response to Cruise Ship Fire UncategorizedMarch 24, 2006 RelatedTourism Officials Commended for Quick Response to Cruise Ship Fire Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Vice President of Caribbean Operations with the Princess Cruise Line, Steve Nielsen, has commended the government and tourist officials, for the “quick and passionate” response in the wake of a fire, which broke out on its Star Princess cruise ship early yesterday morning (March 23).The ship was some 50 miles off the coast of Montego Bay when fire of unknown origin started on a balcony and quickly spread to adjacent cabins. The vessel, with 2,610 passengers and 1,230 crew on board, was on its way from Grand Cayman to Montego Bay as part of a weeklong cruise, which included stops in Fort Lauderdale Florida, and Cozumel, Mexico.The blaze was extinguished and the ship managed to dock in the Montego Bay harbour at about 9:45 a.m. In the aftermath of the fire, an elderly gentleman was pronounced dead, reportedly from a heart attack, and 11 others were injured, with three persons admitted to the Cornwall Regional Hospital. A total of 150 cabins were damaged.Mr. Neilson, speaking at a press conference held in the Manteca Lounge at the Sangster International Airport at about 5:00 p.m. yesterday, expressed gratitude to Prime Minister P. J. Patterson, whom, he said, had called the family of the deceased to offer condolence. “I thought that was a remarkable gesture of compassion and sympathy and I think that only underscores the genuine attitude of the Jamaican people”, he stated.He noted that those persons whose cabins were affected by the fire were disembarked and “through the good offices of the Tourism Ministry, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), and quite frankly everyone in Montego Bay, accommodation has been arranged for them”.Mr. Neilson explained that arrangements were being made to fly the remaining passengers home between today and Saturday. Meanwhile, he said that a team from the Princess Cruise Line has arrived in Jamaica to investigate the cause of the fire and the team would be assisted by experts from Bermuda, the British government and the United States coast guard.State Minister for Industry and Tourism, Dr. Wykeham McNeil, told the press that he had notified the Prime Minister and Prime Minister-designate as soon as he became aware of the incident, and proceeded to activate the island’s crisis management programme.“At the national level, we galvanized the support of the appropriate government agencies to provide whatever assistance that was needed at the Montego Bay port,” he said.In addition to the Ministry of Industry and Tourism, the response team comprised the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), the Ministry of National Security, the Port Authority of Jamaica, the Jamaica Fire Brigade, the Jamaica Defence Force, the Ministry of Health, the JTB and the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo).He pointed out that medical personnel were on hand as well as ambulances to take the injured to hospital. The Tourism State Minister commended the quick and effective response of the various national agencies that were alert and ready to lend assistance.He said that the government through his Ministry, would remain in close communication with the team from the Princess Cruise Line, and would continue to offer whatever support was necessary.center_img RelatedTourism Officials Commended for Quick Response to Cruise Ship Fire RelatedTourism Officials Commended for Quick Response to Cruise Ship Firelast_img read more

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Cohen testimony on Trump: ‘He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat.’

first_imgMichael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, will provide documents to the House oversight committee on Wednesday that he says prove Trump’s “illicit” acts, according to prepared congressional testimony obtained by POLITICO.The documents include a check that Trump purportedly wrote after he became president to reimburse Cohen for a hush-money payment to the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with Trump. Cohen says the money came from Trump’s personal bank account.Cohen, who pleaded guilty to crimes that include lying to Congress, will express remorse over his service to Trump, and will say he is no longer interested in protecting the president. “I am ashamed that I chose to take part in concealing Mr. Trump’s illicit acts rather than listening to my own conscience,” Cohen will say. “I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is.” Cohen adds: “He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat.”In his prepared remarks, Cohen will say Trump knew that his longtime associate Roger Stone “was talking with Julian Assange about a WikiLeaks drop of Democratic National Committee emails.”In particular, Cohen will recount a July 2016 phone conversation he witnessed between Trump, who was then a presidential candidate, and Stone. According to Cohen, “Mr. Stone told Mr. Trump that he had just gotten off the phone with Julian Assange and that Mr. Assange told Mr. Stone that, within a couple of days, there would be a massive dump of emails that would damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign.”Cohen will testify that Trump responded: “Wouldn’t that be great.” But he will stress that he does not have direct evidence that Trump or his campaign colluded with the Russians to tilt the 2016 election in his favor.The former Trump attorney will also recount an anecdote suggesting that Trump had knowledge of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between top campaign officials and a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton.In early June, Cohen recounts, he was with Trump in his office when Donald Trump Jr. — one of the meeting’s participants — “came into the room and walked behind his father’s desk,” which Cohen says was “unusual.” “I recalled Don Jr. leaning over to his father and speaking in a low voice, which I could clearly hear, and saying: ‘The meeting is all set.’ I remember Mr. Trump saying, ‘OK good … let me know,’” Cohen will say in his prepared testimony.Trump has denied having prior knowledge of the meeting, which has been scrutinized by congressional investigators and special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors.Cohen will also tell the committee that he will provide “copies of letters I wrote at Mr. Trump’s direction that threatened his high school, colleges, and the College Board not to release his grades or SAT scores.” Also On POLITICO House votes to block Trump’s national emergency declaration By Zoya Sheftalovich Clinton predicts Trump’s North Korea deal will be like putting ‘lipstick on a pig’ By Caitlin Opryskolast_img read more

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Jour Polaire digs in to win Victoria Mile

first_img Jour Polaire, Victoria Mile IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS Seventh-favorite Red Advancer was overtaken at the line by the two top finishers and settled a neck behind for third in the 1,600-meter turf race for fillies and mares age 4 and up.Defending champion Admire Lead, ridden by Italian Mirco Demuro, finished eighth.The 5-year-old Jour Polaire improved on her third-place finish here last year and was just 0.8 second shy of the record set by Straight Girl in 2016. She earned ¥105 million in prize money for the win.But the maiden G1 title once again eluded Lys Gracieux, who has finished in the top three in 11 of her 13 starts.The 4-year-old filly was ridden by veteran jockey Yutaka Take, who recently turned 49 and is now just four shy of 500 rides at the G1 level. center_img KEYWORDS Eighth-favorite Jour Polaire bested the all-female pack on the outside Sunday to capture the 13th running of the Victoria Mile and earn her first Grade 1 victory.Jour Polaire, ridden by Hideaki Miyuki, held steady in the middle of the group before outdistancing the leaders in a late run against the rain at Tokyo Racecourse. She finished in 1 minute, 32.3 seconds, edging race-favorite Lys Gracieux into second by a nose. Jour Polaire (second from left) comes home to win the Victoria Mile on Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse. | KYODOlast_img read more

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RI officials regret teen prison law

first_imgMISTAKE: Treating juveniles as adults in the system didn’t save money or rehabilitate. By Ray Henry THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PROVIDENCE, R.I. – When 17-year-old Dennys George was arrested this summer, allegedly for carrying 10 grams of crack cocaine, he was taken handcuffed and shackled to the state prison’s high-security wing – not a juvenile facility. George said he was strip-searched and spent the night in a cell with another teen. Though he didn’t have contact with older inmates, he wouldn’t shower because he was afraid of being near them. “They told me, `You’re going to spend some time with the big boys,”‘ George said, recounting a talk with police. “I was so stressed, I didn’t even know what was going to happen to me.” George is one of about 40 teenagers who have been jailed in the state prison under a new law that treats 17-year-olds as adults in the court system. Billed as a way to save money, youth advocates, judges and the attorney general sounded the alarm early that the proposal might actually be more expensive, and could hurt children. Now, four months after the measure passed the Legislature, state officials admit their mistake: It’s unlikely to cut costs, it has created confusion in the court system and it is imprisoning teenage offenders who might have been sent home with their parents instead. State officials say it happened because the chain of people responsible for the proposal – who drew it up, signed off on it, forwarded it to lawmakers and voted it into law – never thoroughly researched it and ignored warnings. Now, they’re pointing fingers, and grappling with how to fix it. “Never underestimate the incompetence of government,” said Steven Brown, executive director of the state branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, who wants 17-year-old offenders back in juvenile courts. “I think there’s a lot of blame to go around.” Rhode Island is one of 14 states that try people under 18 in adult courts. Several of those are considering moving the age up. Besides Rhode Island, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin try 17-year-olds as adults, according to the National Center for Juvenile Justice. Connecticut, New York and North Carolina try 16-year-olds in adult courts, although Connecticut has raised the age of juvenile court jurisdiction from 16 to 18 for most offenses starting in 2010. Rhode Island’s problems began last fall when Republican Gov. Don Carcieri’s administration realized the state faced what became a $450 million deficit. The Department of Children, Youth and Families was asked to cut 11 percent from its budget, or $20 million. DCYF Director Patricia Martinez suggested in a memo to Carcieri that the state could save $4million by sending 17-year-olds to prison instead of the State Training School, where DCYF oversees young offenders. The average annual cost of keeping someone at the Training School is $98,000, compared with $40,000 in the state prison. But DCYF Deputy Director Jorge Garcia said in an interview that his staff thought the proposal wouldn’t pass so never consulted with prison officials. If they had, they would have learned 17-year-olds are put in protective custody, away from older, hardened inmates. That costs about $104,000 per year – a lot more than $40,000. At best, Garcia said he had a quick conversation with Department of Corrections Director A.T. Wall. Wall cannot remember that talk, his spokeswoman said. Carcieri’s office never consulted prison officials about the change, either, assuming DCYF had already checked, Carcieri spokesman Jeff Neal said. Lawmakers on the powerful House Finance Committee are responsible for reviewing Carcieri’s budget. Rep. Carol Mumford, a Republican, said reviewing a $7 billion budget is an enormous undertaking. “Picture five telephone books, that’s how high it is,” Mumford said, referring to the budget documents. “We frankly do read the budget, but there are idiosyncrasies in there that we do miss.” Her committee received repeated warnings from child advocates and prosecutors who argued that teenagers are better served by rehabilitation than incarceration. A Family Court judge testified that Carcieri’s staff had not consulted with the judiciary. Attorney General Patrick Lynch said he doubted the governor had even spoken with prison officials. Wall, the corrections director, never testified about the DCYF proposal. He later said the governor had not consulted him and he didn’t realize the proposal might pass. It did. College-bound teenagers arrested under the new law risk losing federal financial aid if convicted of a drug crime. Those looking for work will have to disclose a criminal record. If the 17-year-olds had been in Family Court, their records would be hidden from public view. Carcieri’s staff admits the original proposal was flawed, but the governor wants to see how much the policy costs before tinkering further, Neal said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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