Delegates from BIMSTEC Member States- Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand attended the Meeting. Addressing the Meeting President Maithripala Sirisena said that a strong cooperation programme is needed to eradicate poverty in the region and to promote prosperity. The President emphasized on the need for a commitment to eradicate poverty from all of human society and not only in the region. He also said that it is the responsibility of the world’s powerful nations to ensure that no one will starve in the world.The President said that he was pleased to hold the BIMSTEC event in Sri Lanka at a time when the BIMSTEC region is becoming an important player in international geopolitics. Representatives, including the State Minister of Finance and Planning of Bangladesh, Muhammad Abdul Mannan, Bhutan’s Minister of Finance, Lyonpo Namgay Dorji, Myanmar’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Minister of Internal Affairs of Thailand attended the Meeting.Minister of Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage S.B. Dissanayake, Secretary to the Ministry Sriyani Weerakoon and others participated on this occasion. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena today called for strong cooperation to eradicate poverty in the region.The Third Ministerial Meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) was commenced under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo, today.
A “super head” with an alcohol problem killed himself amid fears he would be suspended from his job, an inquest has heard.Gary Vyse – considered a leading light in his role running six academies as chief executive of The Williamson Trust in Medway, Kent, and head of the Hundred Hoo Academy – took his own life.An inquest heard the 37-year-old headteacher, who was found hanged at his home on February 12, had suffered problems at work, with his relationship and also “heavy drinking”.Mr Vyse had previously told a doctor he was “drinking a bottle of wine a night, was feeling low and was self-harming”, the coroner was told.At a resumed inquest, assistant coroner Katrina Hepburn heard was discovered dead by his friend, Michaela Bartlett, at his home in Rochester, Kent.Detective Sergeant Debra Cummings told the coroner on the day of his death, Mr Vyse sent “messages of an emotional nature” to Ms Bartlett, who was described in the inquest as Mr Vyse’s girlfriend – but this was disputed by a family member at the inquest. Then on November 9 2017, he told the doctor he was “feeling much better”. Dr Murphy last had contact with Mr Vyse on November 2017 when Mr Vyse wanted to rebook an appointment.The cause of death was given as suspension. A toxicologist report showed Mr Vyse had 247 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood in his system – which is three times the legal drink-drive limit.Ms Hepburn told the inquest in Maidstone, Kent: “In December 2017 Mr Vyse stayed with his parents for a period of time and references having problems with work, relationship problems and also heavy drinking.” Credit:Google Street View She ruled a conclusion of suicide and gave condolences to the family. Mr Vyse hit the headlines in 2016 when he criticised parents for allowing pupils at the Hundred of Hoo Academy to wear fake tan, heavy lipstick and foundation.The headteacher told parents and pupils “school is not a fashion parade”. He said the ‘world wanted him to fail’ and he was worried about being a ‘burden’Det Sgt Debra Cummings At a later appointment on October 26 2017, Mr Vyse told Dr Murphy he was drinking a bottle of wine a night, was feeling low, was self-harming but would not consider suicide because of his two young children. He also told her he feared he was about to be suspended from work and was due to meet bosses at the Trust over a possible disciplinary matter, the inquest heard.No suicide note was found, but three packets of a drug used to treat depression, were discovered. The coroner asked the officer about the “tone” of the messages Mr Vyse sent Ms Bartlett before his death.Det Sgt Cummings said: “The overriding tone was that Mr Vyse was feeling fairly depressed, some of the messages were not clear, but they were emotional. In one he said the ‘world wanted him to fail’ and he was worried about being a ‘burden’.”He also made comments saying “what will be will be” and “I will love you with my last breath”, she said, adding: “They gave the impression he was saying goodbye.”The coroner read out a report from Mr Vyse’s GP, Dr Murphy, who confirmed he had been prescribed medication for depression.His first contact with him was in 2016 when Mr Vyse told his GP he was “stressed at work, not sleeping and wanted to go on anti-depressants”. She told the hearing: “One of the messages stated he was feeling anxious and sad, was not enjoying his job and felt people wanted him to fail.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.