BELMOPAN, Belize  –  The countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have been fine-tuning their positions ahead of the next United Nations preparatory meeting to establish an international legally-binding agreement on sustainable use of marine resources.

The UN meeting is scheduled for March 27 to April 7 and senior environment experts from CARICOM held a two-day workshop here from February 20-22 to discuss the issue.

United Nations negotiations for the new treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological resources in the world’s oceans – nearly 64 percent of which lie beyond national jurisdictions – began in 2016.

In 2018, the UN General Assembly is expected to decide on the convening of an intergovernmental conference to finalise an agreement.

KINGSTON, Jamaica  –  A batch of 32 people have been deported to the island on a charter flight from London.

The white Meridiana Airline charter flight arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport at approximately 12:55 p.m. on Wednesday

The deportees were taken to Harman Barracks for processing.

TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands  – Two regional carriers have filed a joint objection to a recent application made by BVI Airways to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for Exemption Authority and a Foreign Air Carrier Permit.

Last month, BVI Airways applied to the DOT for permission to conduct scheduled foreign air transportation of persons, property, and mail between the prescribed UK Caribbean gateway points via intermediate points, to points in the United States and beyond.

It also sought authority to carry out charter foreign air transportation of persons, property, and mail between the British Virgin Islands and any point(s) in the United States.

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad  –  The Piarco International Airport will be closed during the hours of 11:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m. from March 12 – 19.

The Airport Authority of Trinidad & Tobago (AATT) says this is to facilitate scheduled maintenance work being on the airport runway.

As a result of the airport closure, Caribbean Airlines, says several of its flights will be affected during this period.

CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - On St. Eustatius last week 7 participants received a certificated after completion of the basics course Archive Management and preservation. This course was organized on all three islands of the Caribbean Netherlands and is meant to expand the basic knowledge and skills of the participants in the area of collection management and preservation. The participants from St. Eustatius work at various services and departments of the Public Entity including the museum, Cadaster Office, Department of Physical Planning and Maintenance, the office of the Island Registrar and the Department of Internal Affairs.

On the initiative of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) National Archive carried out a fact finding mission on each island in 2016. This was to research what are the needs and wishes in the area of archive management and preservation. That resulted in a training plan for the islands with two courses: training archive preservation and one in archival science. During the first preservation training it regards the basic knowledge that is required for the physical management and preservation of archives. As final assignment participants had to set up a collection plan whereby they made use of methods dealt with during the training.

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