“To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and those who edit and read it are old women over their tea.” Thus wrote Henry David Thoreau with unconcealed disdain for the press. The truth, however, is that most people are hungry for news and will gobble it up even if it is gossip disguised as news. Maritime professionals are no exception. The following are some headlines that should make them sit up and take notice:
EU Gives Thumbs Up to Philippine Maritime Education
ILO Rejects Calls for Mandatory Wellness Training
Shipowner Fined $1-M for Abandoning Crew
Human Rights Groups Slam Use of Cadets as Unpaid Labour
STCW Convention to be Amended to Include Gender Equalty
Shipping Industry Agrees 3-year Moratorium on Awards
Piracy Stamped Out in Strait of Malacca
The aforementioned headlines are NOT fake news. They just have not seen print. The reason is that the stories they refer to, although particularly notable or important news for the maritime industry, have not yet happened. Some may never happen. But wouldn’t it be wonderful if they did?
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