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Maritime : Expert calls for security of nation’s coastal line

A Maritime expert, Retired Rear Adm. Godswill Ombo, on Monday said the security of the nation s coastal line was paramount in protecting the economy.

Ombo spoke as the lead resource person at the 2017 International Seafarers Day marked in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme is: Seafarers Matter . According to World Maritime University, International Day of the Seafarers was designated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in 2010 as a way to recognize the contribution made by the world s seafarers.

Almost everything that we use and need in our daily lives is directly or indirectly affected by sea transport.

Every June 25, we take a moment to express our thanks to the World s 1,2 million seafarers for their contributions to the world economy and our economic and social well-being.

Seafarers are essential to our daily lives transporting more than 80 per cent of global trade by ships to people and communities all over the world.

Ombo said, The onus is on maritime security agencies to ensure that shippers (importers and exporters) s wares and personnel on board vessels are protected.

It will not be out of place if the security agencies team up to form a common front that will secure the waters.

We need to get our priorities right in terms of cadets on board training; the training of our cadets outside the country poses integrity and national interest question on us.

We keep complaining of lack of vessels to train the cadets on sea experience while there is a vessel abandoned at the Lagos Marina named `MV Hotten , which can be sued for training, Ombo said. He urged the seafarers to adhere strictly to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Seafarers Code as their watchword. According to him, such will guarantee them some security on board.

He called on the relevant agencies to do the needful and secure the vessel at the Lagos Marina for cadets sea experience training and save the nation the capital flight on foreign training. In his remarks, the Director, Merchant Shipping Academy, Capt. Adams Alex, said that Nigerian seafarers were being maltreated on board, while their foreign counterparts were enjoying international packages. Alex said that although, there was global recession, Nigerian seafarers were the worst-hit with many out of job, while those that have jobs were being under-paid.

Contractual agreements with the companies employing seafarers ought to be reviewed to be in tandem with the IMO s recognition, the seafarer said.

He said that the situation where seafarers were left at the mercy of the employers should no longer be condoned in order to make the job attractive to the cadets. Capt. Alfred Oniye, the Vice-Chairman, Zonal Shipping Council, urged the seafarers to conduct themselves well both on board and onshore. Oniye said that this would earn the Nigerian seafarers the desired respect.

He said that the uniform of seafarers was an international one that could be won anywhere in the world.

If we know the profession we are representing and neatly clad in the uniform, there is not going to be any clash with the Nigerian Navy over uniform, Oniye said.

In his comments, Capt. Oluwasegun Akanbi, the Convener of the event, appealed to the management of the Seafarers Council to liaise with all relevant authorities in order to improve the living condition of Nigerian seafarers.

California Security Guard Becomes Instagram Hit, Calls for ‘No …

LOS ANGELES A California security guard has become a social media star after a video that showed him staying calm while being berated with insults on Thursday went viral. The incident happened at VidCon, an annual convention for YouTube fans and content creators, which took place at the Anaheim Convention Center from June 21-24, 2017. In the video, first uploaded to YouTube[1] on June 22 and later posted to Twitter by VidCon attendee John Hill with subtitles[2], Joseph Hernandez, a security guard, is seen in his yellow and black uniform standing guard at a door following a physical altercation between some attendees and security. In the video, Hernandez and his colleague Sergio Castillo ask the crowd to stand back just as a young man identified later as Christian Burns begins asking Hernandez, “What is wrong with you people?”

Burns, who has been referred to as an “Instagram model,” continued, “I’m famous, and you’re not, so you listen…”

Hernandez responded, “That doesn’t make you any better than me.”

Burns’ confrontation continues for another minute as he insults Hernandez, shouting, “You’re blue collar as f*ck,” and “You should kill yourself.”

NBC News has reached out to Hernandez about the incident.

On Saturday, travel vlogger Louis Cole found Hernandez at the convention center and apologized to Hernandez on behalf of the YouTube community. Cole also tweeted a video of him with Hernandez and asked his 877K+ Twitter followers to help spread the word to get Hernandez’ Instagram account 100K followers a response to Burns’ comments that he was more famous than Hernandez.

“Let’s show Joe how we respond as a community to the abuse he had to deal with,” Cole tweeted[3]. As of Monday afternoon, Hernandez now has more than 66K followers on Instagram[4], with his posts receiving thousands of likes and comments from people thanking him for staying calm despite the harassment. Burns’ original Instagram account has since been deleted.

VidCon is currently in its eighth year in California, and draws thousands of creators and fans from around the world for the four-day convention. Since last year’s fatal shooting of singer Christina Grimmie[5], who got her start on YouTube, VidCon staff has been outspoken about increasing security[6] for the annual event. In a video[7] posted to YouTube, Hernandez and Castillo said they were just doing their job and that they’ve endured harassment before.

“This wasn’t the first time I’ve been yelled at by someone who thinks they’re better than me because of their money,” Hernandez said. On Sunday, Hernandez and Burns spoke for the first time by phone during an interview[8] with Keemstar, who hosts “DramaAlert” on YouTube, where Burns apologized for the incident.

“I’m really sorry. I was literally in a bad place at that time. I was stressed out. I took this out all on you. I lashed out. I was a little bit intoxicated during that whole thing so I’m not saying that’s an excuse but I kind of wanted to clear things up,” Burns said, adding it wasn’t meant to be directed toward Hernandez.

“You kind of did direct it toward me,” Hernandez responded. “Ultimately, at the end of the day, you’re a human being too. You made mistakes. And even though it sounds crazy that I’m being so forgiving, that’s the kind of attitude I want to come off because I’m a forgiving person.”

Both Hernandez and Castillo have posted on Instagram and Twitter since VidCon ended and encouraged people to treat each other with respect.

“Remember: no bullying, be positive, treat everyone alike. We’re all equals here,” Hernandez said in an Instagram video[9] on Saturday.

“No bullying,” Castillo echoed. “That’s not something that’s cool.”

According to Hernandez’s Instagram Stories, he and Castillo were up early the next day after VidCon ended for another day on the job.


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Man allegedly pretending to be in Miami Police Department ‘pulls over’ officer in unmarked car

You don t get off with a warning for that. A Hialeah, Fla., security guard apparently decided it was time to be a police officer when he allegedly showed a badge and tried to pull over a female driver last week, according to the Orlando Sentinel[1]. As it turns out, the guard, Milton Morales-Perez, 46, flagged down a Miami Police Department officer, Kenia Fallat.

Morales-Perez pulled up beside Fallat in a 2010 white Ford Mustang, Local 10 News reports[2].

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Man Allegedly Pretending To Be In Miami Police Department 'pulls Over' Officer In Unmarked Car

Last week in Miami, a man allegedly posed as an officer to make a traffic stop — but the woman he tried to pull over turned out to be a Miami police officer.

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Fallat was riding in her unmarked, police-issued Taurus and was in full uniform. Fallat said that the security guard, speaking Spanish, said, Police. Stop the car. Morales-Perez then allegedly waved a silver badge at Fallat, and informed her to roll down her window and hang up her phone.

Fallat used her radio to request backup, and two officers arrived and arrested Morales-Perez. He was charged with impersonating a police officer, Local 10 News[4] reports.

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Man Allegedly Pretending To Be In Miami Police Department 'pulls Over' Officer In Unmarked Car

Milton Morales-Perez, 46, was charged with impersonating a police officer last Wednesday.

(Local 10 ABC)

Morales-Perez allegedly told police he had a badge because he was a security guard, and that he’d attempted to pull Fallat over because she was on the phone and it is very dangerous to be on the phone while driving, the same outlet reports. Morales-Perez told Local 10 News[6] that he felt the incident was a misunderstanding. He claims to have never said he was a police officer and says that Fallat must ve spotted his security uniform. He admitted to admonishing Fallat about the cell phone, but said she pulled up to his car and complained, What did you say to me?

Morales-Perez said that the issue is something that cannot be explained in English, according to Local 10 News.

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