Bahamas Environment Minister Ferreira Addressed 5th UN Global Geospatial Information Management Forum

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Mexico, November 30, 2017 – Mexico City – Bahamas Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira under the theme, “Implementing The Sustainable Development Goals: The Role of Geospatial Technology And Innovation,” addressed the 5th High Level Forum on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) at the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel in Mexico City, November 28, 2017.Minister Ferreira extended appreciation to the Ministerial segment of the UN-GGIM, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), and various UN Committees of experts for their leadership to foster greater dialogue concerning matters of mutual interest at Global and Regional levels.   He also thanked Dr. Julio A. Santaella and Mr. Stefan Schweinfest for inviting The Bahamas to speak on its experience regarding policy perspectives and the progress we are making nationally to strengthen our Geospatial Information Management Capacity and Spatial Data Infrastructure to support informed decision making.“Mr. President, within the wider context of implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, The Bahamas continues to maintain relations with the United Nations through its participation in several UN Fora on a number of fronts including Gender Equality, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Energy, Disaster Management, Resource Management (Land & Marine), as well as other programs stipulated in the Millennium Development Goals,” said Minister Ferreira.“In 2014, The Bahamas enacted ‘The Bahamas Spatial Data Infrastructure Act’.   This is intended to strengthen the capacity of our technical arm, The Bahamas National Geographic Information Systems (BNGIS) Centre, to meet its national mandate to effect the practical and efficient use of geospatial technologies.”Minister Ferreira added that it is the Bahamas Government’s intent to continue to build on our Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Program to support sound decision making in multiple sectors.   He emphasized the fact that BNGIS will require more resources to keep up with changing technologies and the Bahamian Government’s continued commitment to matters related to the UN-GGIM Secretariat and the UN-GGIM Americas Caribbean Project.“Mr. President, The Bahamas’ application of this technology has been utilized in areas of national importance such as, but not limited to, Utility Management, Planning, and National Security.    Additionally, The Bahamas is using Geospatial Technology in our ongoing matters related to the United Nations Convention on the Law of The Sea (UNCLOS),” said Minister Ferreira.“The integration of this technology has resulted in The Bahamas’ successful declaration of our Archipelagic Maritime Borders and our lodging, with the UN, a successful median line agreement with our Neighboring State, The Republic of Cuba.   Geospatial technologies will continue to play a vital role in our ongoing negotiations with the United States and eventually the Turks and Caicos, and Haiti.”Minister Ferreira explained the benefits of applying Geospatial Technologies as tools for supporting decision making in The Bahamas, even though there’s still more work to be done to make the Spatial Data Infrastructure Program whole.  The  Bahamas Government acknowledges the importance of using this information for its national strategy toward the sustainability of the country’s natural resources.“We have applied the technology in various sectors within the Government, albeit in an ad-hoc manner, resulting in isolated pockets of GIS, Duplication of Effort, Outdated Information with ‘No Standards’, and a lack of Procedures and Protocols for the sharing of information.   With the passage of The Bahamas Spatial Data Infrastructure (BSDI) Act 2014, and the establishment of the Bahamas Geospatial Advisory Council, we will coordinate such activities and develop the necessary standards, procedures, and protocols,” said Minister Ferreira.“In general, the BDSI system and program articulated in the legislation, outlines Spatial Technologies, Policies, and institutional arrangements that facilitate the management, availability of, and access to ‘Spatial Data’.    We do, however, face significant challenges in deploying Geospatial Technologies to support informed decision making.”Minister Ferreira explained to the UN panel that The Bahamas is a system of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), with some 17 inhabited islands, and 2,500 rocks and cays, stretching over some 100,000 square miles of ocean.   He said it presents numerous challenges in addressing environmental concerns, which include land, sea, air, and submarine issues, as well as the added hazard of climate change and disaster risk reduction and preparedness.“Facilitating this work in a Spatial Environment is a ‘National Imperative’, in tandem with using a Geospatial Infrastructure to collect and disseminate data.   In the wake of extreme hurricane events that impacted The Bahamas — Hurricanes Joaquin, Matthew, and Irma — we must place more emphasis in working to mitigate risk factors that may threaten our stability, including better Land Use Planning, to enable Government to use ‘Spatial Data’ to better understand and assess risks.  However, this is costly due to the geographical configuration of The Bahamas,” said Minister Ferreira.“The Bahamas ‘Spatial Data’ Infrastructure is crucial, and we recognize that out-of-date, incomplete and inaccurate information must be improved, in order to allow for informed decision making, based on accurate and reliable data.   This will minimize risk in the management of our Environment, and improve our ability to meet citizen expectations, for a better way of life.”Minister Ferreira categorized how effective SDI works, when considering Global and National requirements, combined to include Governance Reform, Institutional Strengthening of the BNGIS Centre, and Legislative Regulations to govern its operations.“Introducing a comprehensive ‘National Plan of Action for Geospatial Information Implementation’ is required in order to enable a more strategic approach to disaster preparedness; integrated Land Use and Coastal Zone (Land and Marine) Planning and Management; and the Modernization of Public Administration Agencies.“As stipulated in other fora, the most challenging question has been how we set a Global Agenda that enables collective international action, while delivering effective support to national efforts?   Having now initiated more focus participation in UN-GGIM initiatives, that question remains,” said Minister Ferreira.To conclude his address to the body of Global GeoSpatial experts, Minister Ferreira informed them that The Bahamas’ membership in the UN-GGIM initiative is a true indicator of the Government’s commitment to the UN’s processes, and meeting the expectations of Bahamian citizens, when applying Geospatial Technologies to improve the Bahamian way of life, while meeting the country’s sustainable goals.“We look forward to our continued participation, as the BNGIS Centre, as the Government’s Focal Point, and as the Technical Administrator of the the Bahamas Spatial Data Infrastructure system and programme, as expected,” said Minister Ferreira.center_img By: Gena Gibbs (BIS)Photo caption:  Bahamas Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira delivers his address to the 5th High Level Forum on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) at the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel in Mexico City, November 28, 2017.(BIS Photos/Gena Gibbs)last_img read more

Epic launches FortniteXJumpman crossover with Air Jordan 1 wearing skins

first_imgGet a Victory Royale wearing some sick Jordans. Epic Games Fortnite season 9 already featured one crossover event — with John Wick — but developer Epic Games unveiled a new basketball-themed event on Wednesday.  Epic’s latest update to the game launched the FortniteXJumpman event, featuring new skins wearing Jordan sneakers and the Downtown Drop limited time mode.  Fortnite Share your voice The two new outfits are Grind and Clutch. Both include Nike Air Jordan 1s in different color combinations, including the popular “Lakers” and “Bulls” colorways, which are based on the NBA teams. Downtown Drop is different from other Fortnite modes as the goal is to run through NYC-inspired streets to collect coins and items rather than trying to kill the other 99 players. The mode has its own challenges from collecting a certain number of coins and spraying paint on sections of the street and walls. There are multiple Downtown Drop challenges available Wednesday with more unlocking over the coming days. Players completing these tasks will be rewarded with spray paint designs and Back Board Back Blings for their characters to wear to give it more style. Along with the new mode and skins, update v9.10 added Hot Spots, which are named locations that will now have Loot Carriers that contain high-end weapons. Epic also brought back the Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle and made adjustments to the Shadow Bomb and Combat Shotgun. There were also various fixes for all versions of the game. On Tuesday, players saw a new message of the day from Epic that said, “Game recognize Game. Drop in tomorrow.” The image used for the news was the iconic Jumpman logo used by Nike for Michael Jordan sneakers. Epic also tweeted on Tuesday an image using only a series of emojis: a goat, basketball, sneaker and red triangle (icymi, “goat” stands for “greatest of all time” — and icymi stands for “in case you missed it”).This isn’t the first time Fortnite had a basketball theme. Last July, in season 5, Epic added the ability to shoot basketballs. Epic also released the Jumpshot and Triple Threat basketball skins in season 4. Originally published on May 21. Update, May 22: Adds V9.10 update details.Correction, May 22: An earlier version of this article misstated when Epic released the Jumpshot and Triple Threat basketball skins. They were released in season 4. Tagscenter_img 0 Gaming nulllast_img read more

Is Simbu rekindling romance with old flame Hansika Motwani

first_imgSimbu and Hansika Motwani in Maha.PR HandoutWhat is cooking between Silambarasan aka Simbu-Hansika Motwani? The fans of the actors are asking this question and wondering whether their relationship is back on track.Ever since Simbu agreed to work with Hansika Motwani, rumour mills has been working overtime speculating about their new-found friendship. The latest speculations further hints that the duo is rekindling the romance again.Going by the rumours, Simbu, who joined the shooting of Hansika Motwani’s Maha recently, were spotted together after the shooting. There are clippings of the actor in a jeep doing rounds on social media sites.With the couple getting much time to bond on the sets, the fans are now keenly waiting to know whether the couple has left the past behind them and beginning a new chapter in their relationship.Maha is the landmark 50 movie of Hansika Motwani. For an important portion, director UR Jameel wanted Simbu and the actress took initiative to hold talks with the actor.Simbu had no qualms in working with her again and agreed to do an extended cameo. He appears in a flashback portion in the Tamil flick, which has Nasser, Srikanth, Chaya Singh, Thambi Ramaiah, Jayaprakash and many others in the cast.Hansika and Simbu were in love and had announced about their relationship on social media sites. But it did not last long, as they parted ways.last_img read more

Lightning kills 2

first_imgA man and a woman were killed in lightning strikes in Pirojpur and Barisal districts on Thursday, reports UNB.In Pirojpur, Md Abbas, 42, son of Moazzem Hawlader, was killed as a thunderbolt struck him at Dabgachia village in Indurkani upazila.Police said that the thunderbolt struck Abbas when he was bringing his cattle from field around 12:30pm, leaving him dead on the spot.In Barisal, Hanufa Begum, 30, wife of Riyad Hossain of Badalpara village in Bakerganj upazila, was killed as a lightning hit her around 1:00pm when she went out of house for bringing her cattle, said Md Maksuduzzaman, officer-in-charge of Bakerganj police station.last_img

Blind Man Charged With Murdering Infant Son

first_imgA man has been charged in the death of his 5-month-old son according to Baltimore Police.Perry Nelson-JohnsonPerry Nelson-Johnson, 31, of the 1600 block of North Smallwood Street has been charged with 1st and 2nd degree murder, 1st and 2nd degree assault, 1st degree child abuse resulting in death, and various other charges.According to police, on June 9th at 4:00 a.m. medics responded to a call in the 1600 block of North Smallwood Street for an unconscious baby.Johnson, the child’s father, initially told the police the baby rolled off of the bed and hit its head. Johnson and the mother of the infant also told police that the baby appeared to be fine until they called for a medic.The baby boy, identified as 5-month-old Emmanuel Johnson, was transported to shock trauma where he was pronounced dead.According to Baltimore Police Chief Spokesman T.J. Smith, the infant appeared to have old and new wounds over the surface of its body. An autopsy revealed the baby suffered severe head trauma.According to police, the child’s injuries and evidence at the scene weren’t consistent with his parents story of a fall. The case was ruled a homicide due to multiple blunt force traumas to the head.Johnson, who is partially blind, uses a guide stick, which police suspect may have been used as a weapon.Johnson turned himself into Baltimore Police June 13.It has not been determined if the boy’s mother will face charges and she has not currently been taken into custody.In addition to the death of 5-month-old Emmanuel, Baltimore City endured a rash of violence this past weekend.The weekend ended with 12 shootings and continued through Tuesday with five separate shootings and six fatalities bringing Baltimore’s homicide rate for the year to 159 as of June 14.Tuesday afternoon, Commissioner Kevin Davis held a press conference to announce Baltimore Police officers will be on 12-hour shifts to combat the violence effective immediately.The initiative is a week long effort that will require patrol officers to work 12 hours instead of their usual 10 hour shifts.“Every sworn officer in the department, who is capable, will be on the street,” said Davis.“There will be a visible, overt presence”Davis called the latest violence “unconscionable” and said he’s just as “pissed off” as those in the community.Less than an hour after his announcement to augment police patrols, city officers were called to the 3300 block of Ayrdale Avenue, a neighborhood of Northwest Baltimore, where four males, were wounded in a shooting.The males were 19, 20, 23, and 55.According to police there was so many shell casings, officers ran out of evidence markers and had to use trash to mark them all.“Were just as angry and frustrated and ticked off about it as anyone else watching and I expect people to be upset,” stated Davis.“I expect people to want a better Baltimore, to want a sense of peace and tranquility that when they leave their home, or go to their car, or go to the store, or go to work, or walk in the neighborhood, that they don’t have to put up with this crap.”According to Davis, the ongoing violence stems from “petty” street disputes and retaliation from gangs such as the Black Guerrilla Family and the Bloods.“These younger gang members are vicious killers who don’t give a damn about adhering to any pre-existing code of conduct that existed in their criminal enterprises,” according to Davis.Davis said gun offenders in Baltimore, “do not fear an arrest, they do not fear a successful prosecution, and, quite frankly, they don’t even fear a damn guilty verdict.”last_img read more

Alabama Woman Charged in Fetal Death her Shooter Goes Free

first_imgBy BLAKE PATERSON Associated PressMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama district attorney’s office hasn’t decided whether to prosecute a woman indicted for manslaughter after she lost her fetus when she was shot during a fight.Marshae Jones was five months pregnant when 23-year-old Ebony Jemison shot her in the stomach during a December altercation over the fetus’s father, authorities said.Jemison was initially charged with manslaughter, but a Jefferson County grand jury declined to indict her after police said an investigation determined Jones started the fight, and Jemison ultimately fired in self-defense. Jones, 28, was indicted by that same grand jury Wednesday.This photo provided by Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office shows Marshae Jones. Jones, whose fetus died after she was shot in a fight has been charged with manslaughter, while the woman accused of shooting her has been freed. She was indicted by the Jefferson County grand jury Wednesday, June 26, 2019. She was five months pregnant when 23-year-old Ebony Jemison shot her in the stomach during a December altercation regarding the fetus’s father. (Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office via AP)The indictment stated Jones did “intentionally cause the death” of “Unborn Baby Jones by initiating a fight knowing she was five months pregnant.”However, the office of District Attorney Lynneice O. Washington said there has been no decision on whether to pursue the case against Jones.With Washington out of the country, her chief assistant D.A. Valerie Hicks Powe put out a statement expressing “sympathy for all the families involved, including Mrs. Jones, who lost her unborn child.” Both prosecutors are African American women; Washington took office in 2017 as the first Black female district attorney to be elected in Alabama.While the grand jury “had its say,” Powe said the office has “not yet made a determination about whether to prosecute it as a manslaughter case, reduce it to a lesser charge or not to prosecute it.” She promised a thorough review and “an outcome that is most just for all the parties involved.”“Foremost, it should be stated that this is a truly tragic case, resulting in the death of an unborn child,” she said. “The fact that this tragedy was 100 percent avoidable makes this case even more disheartening.”Pleasant Grove police Lt. Danny Reid had called the fetus “the only true victim,” brought unnecessarily into a fight and “dependent on its mother to try to keep it from harm.”Advocates for women’s rights expressed outrage over Jones’ arrest.Lynn Paltrow, executive director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women, said women across the country have been prosecuted for manslaughter or murder for having an abortion or experiencing a miscarriage.She said Alabama currently leads the nation in charging women for crimes related to their pregnancies. She said hundreds have been prosecuted for running afoul of the state’s “chemical endangerment of a child” statute by exposing their embryo or fetus to controlled substances.But this is the first time she’s heard of a pregnant woman being charged after getting shot.“This takes us to a new level of inhumanity and illegality towards pregnant women,” Paltrow said. “I can’t think of any other circumstance where a person who themselves is a victim of a crime is treated as the criminal.”The district attorney’s office said it will decide how to proceed “only after all due diligence has been performed.”Alabama is one of dozens of states that have fetal homicide laws allowing criminal charges when fetuses are killed in violent acts, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.Jones’ arrest also drew criticism from the Yellowhammer Fund, which raises money to help women have access to abortions.“The state of Alabama has proven yet again that the moment a person becomes pregnant their sole responsibility is to produce a live, healthy baby and that it considers any action a pregnant person takes that might impede in that live birth to be a criminal act,” said Amanda Reyes, the group’s director.___Associated Press reporters Jeff Martin in Atlanta and Kim Chandler in Montgomery, Alabama, contributed to this report.last_img read more