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  • GCAA to sign open skies agreement with 2nd African nation

    first_img…as flights to Germany become easierIn its bid to not only improve tourism but to boost Guyana’s connectivity with other countries, specifically African countries, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is gearing up to sign another open skies agreement, this time with the African country Tanzania.This was recently related to Guyana Times by the Director General of the GCAA, Egbert Field during an exclusive interview.Field explained that Guyana is preparing itself for massive tourism influx with the signing of such agreements.He noted that already the Agency has signed open skies agreement with other South American countries which will allow for more airlines to fly here as well.“We’ll improve connectivity in the Region, especially with the South AmericanGCAA Director Egbert Fieldregion by reaching out to sign more air services agreements with the various states, because having air services agreements that is the foundation or the platform which the airlines will be able to ride on,” the Director said.On that note, it was pointed out that the GCAA has already inked an agreement with Brazil and Ghana which will allow for direct flights to those countries as well as it also gave clearance for any airline which wishes to fly here from those countries.“At the last conference we had, the air-transport conference, Guyana signed an agreement with Ghana and Ghana is very excited about that because they are looking to open up their country”, Field noted.At that conference, he had also disclosed that the Authority is seeking to sign more of such agreements with Columbia and other African states such as Tanzania and Nigeria, with the aim of having as many airlines as possible entering Guyana.He was keen to note that the inked agreements are in keeping with this year’s theme of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) with regards to connectivity.When it comes to a time span for those agreements, Field said the required framework is already in place and is presently waiting to be finalised.Plans for these important air services agreements were first announced early in November at the launch of the ICAO Air Transport meeting which was held in Guyana at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, between November 21 and 23 , 2018.The announcement was made by the Director, Air Transport Management, Saheed Sulaman.He said, “We are always looking to develop relationships with all ICAO member states. It’s the only way we can connect to those states and it’s the only way our airlines can get connected to those states so I’d say yes we are looking to develop relationships with those countries and not only those countries in Africa but in Asia, in Europe, we are looking to develop relationships with those countries as well”.Asked if he believes the market will be a feasible one, the Director noted that although there might not be enough traffic to operate “you got to start somewhere.”He had explained that the present flight system in Guyana allows for a person to fly to Africa, only after arriving in Europe or the United States. Sulaman pointed to the fact that the flights will be beneficial in promoting tourism in Guyana.It was clarified that although Guyana is seeking to have direct flights to Africa, the option of having small stops in between has not been wiped off the table.“We are awaiting final confirmation from the Government of Tanzania and the Government of Ghana on their availability to sign an air services agreement… we’ve already done our work and we are awaiting their confirmation.”During this year’s budgetary debates, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin boasted of a 17 per cent increase in visitor arrivals up to September, when compared with figures during the same period last year.Gaskin deemed the increase as good news for the country as it adds to the economy.Flights to GermanyJust in time for Christmas! An Interline Agreement was on Wednesday inked between a German airline Condor (Thomas Cook Group) and LIAT flights from Germany to Guyana which makes flights easier and more convenient for passengers using this route.The Interline Agreement is one between individual airlines which is drafted to handle passengers traveling on itineraries that require multiple flights on multiple airlines.It allows passengers to use coordinated flight connections and checked-through luggage and affords cheaper tickets year-round.In this case, the contract will allow travellers from Europe to enjoy an easier and more comfortable connection to Guyana. In addition to Germany and Guyana, countries such as Austria and Switzerland will be able to reap the benefits of this agreement. The proposed connections will run through Antigua, making it a smoother connection to Georgetown, Guyana without passengers losing much travel time waiting for connecting flights, a statement from the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) said.Moreover, passengers flying into the Caribbean can continue their journey and arrive in Guyana the same day. This means that time will be saved as overnighting in a connecting country will no longer be required.The Director of GTA said, “We are extremely excited about this new route. Increased air connectivity to Guyana will allow more travellers to access the country and its rich natural and cultural heritage and adventurous experiences. This is a substantial step in connecting our European travellers, which is one of our key core markets, to Guyana”.last_img read more

  • Hydrogen Sulphide Incidents in Northeastern BC

    first_imgThe Globe and Mail reports, WorkSafe BC recorded 24 incidents involving potentially deadly hydrogen sulphide here in the province’s oil patch region, in the four year period beginning in 2004.No fatalities resulted from the incidents but, in one case, in January of 2006, a truck driver drove a loaded tanker into a ditch, after being knocked out by the gas.The newspaper says reports for the period were obtained through a freedom of information request. They show most of the incidents resulted in short-term breathing problems and/or eye irritation for victims but were deemed to require no further WorkSafe investigation.- Advertisement –last_img read more

  • Briton John clinches ‘ounce of gold’

    first_img8th annual Kadir Mohammed Memorial Cycle Race…Story and Photos by Brandon CorletteIt was all Briton John in another episode of dominance yesterday, Sunday October 13, as he clinched the eighth annual Kadir Mohammed Memorial Cycle Race in three hours 18 minutes.Briton John finishing alone to clinch the ‘ounce of gold’ racePedalling off from Homestretch Avenue towards Dora on the Soesdyke-Linden Highway, 38 starters traversed 75 miles in cool morning conditions and sharp sunshine.After Briton John had separated himself by a distance from the rest of the competition to clinch the ‘ounce of gold’ race, Michael Anthony and defending champion Jamual John fought for second position, with Anthony riding in second in the Open category while Team Coco’s Jamual John finished in third.Outstanding cyclists at the presentation ceremonyWalter Grant-Stewart finished in fourth, Jornel Yearwood in fifth, and Berbician Andrew Hicks in sixth. Team Evolution’s Christopher Griffith rode in seventh position, while Team Coco’s Marcus Keiler rode in eighth position.Deeraj Ghabarran, Balram Narine and Jamual John each had two sprint prizes, while Briton, Anthony, Stewart and Keiler each had one sprint prize in the exciting contest.Michael Anthony takes down Jamual John in the battle for second positionIn the Juveniles category, Flying Ace cyclist Mario Washington topped the charts, while David Hicks rode in second position. Steve Bhimsen (third) and Sherwin Sampson (fourth) were the other top wheelsmen.The Over-45 race was dominated by Ian Jackson, while Nigel London and Oliver Young rode in second and third respectively.Lear Nunes won the Under-45 race, clocking in at three hours 29 minutes, while Paul Choo-Wee-Nam (second), Kwamie Ridely (third) and Junior Niles (fourth) were the other top veterans.Taste of victory! Briton receiving awards from Kadir Mohamed family representative after his resounding winAjay Gopilall continued to conquer the junior category, clocking in at three hours 22 minutes, ahead of his fellow Berbicians Ralph Seenarine and Jason Sampson.In the mountain bike category, Ozia McCully rode in first position while Jamal Coppell and Jermain Jordan rode in second and third respectively.Numerous representatives of the Kadir Mohammed family graced the occasion with their presence at the presentation, where more than one million dollars in cash prizes were distributed to outstanding cyclists.After the race, Briton disclosed that he attacked the field around Craig on the East Bank; that was the moment he left the others in his wake.“I was doing 24 miles per hour and I was holding it. I saw one of the main cyclists was cramping, so I decided to attack, and it was only me”, Briton stated.Both Johns, who are not related, have been dominating the highways. Briton was happy to come out ahead of Jamual on this occasion. “He like my brother; he always watches over me. We share races together and we train together”, Briton said of his relationship with Jamual.last_img read more

  • Peace Region students all medal at national science fair

    first_imgOverall B.C. and Yukon students received 8 gold, 11 silver and 11 bronze medals as well as 42 special awards and 43 scholarships for a total of $110,400. Kyle Plamondon, a grade 11 North Peace Secondary student, earned four medals for his project, Simulating The Formation and Evolution of Galactic Star Cluster Hyades. He is a Western University Entrance Scholarship Bronze Medallist worth $1,000, and a University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship Senior Bronze Medallist for $1,000. He also won a Youth Science Canada Excellence Award – Senior Bronze Medal worth $100 and a Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics International Summer School for Young Physicists Award of $2,500. His young brother, Grade 7 Bert Bowes Junior Secondary student Jesse Plamondon is a Western University Entrance Scholarship Silver Medallist worth $2,000. His EZ B Controlled Rover 5 Robot for Detecting H2S also earned him a Youth Science Canada Excellence Award – Junior Silver Medal worth $300. Fellow Grade 7 Bert Bowes Junior Secondary student Victoria Platzer is a Western University Entrance Scholarship Bronze Medallist, which earns her $1,000, along with her Youth Science Canada Excellence Award – Junior Bronze Medal worth $100 for her project, They’ve Invaded. – Advertisement -Kevala Van Volkenburg, a grade 10 North Peace Secondary student, earned a Youth Science Canada Excellence Award – Intermediate Bronze Medal worth $100. Her Analysis of Bacteria on Drinking Fountains and made her a Western University Entrance Scholarship Bronze Medallist for $1,000.Lastly, Grade 10 South Peace Secondary student Rachael McPhail was named a Western University Entrance Scholarship Bronze Medallist worth $1,000. Her project, To Play or Not To Play – Act II, also earned a Youth Science Canada Excellence Award – Intermediate Bronze Medal worth $100. Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Moose Talks – Bob Zimmer and Mavis Erickson

    first_imgThis week on Moose Talks, host Dub Craig spoke with two of the candidates running in Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies.  His first guest is incumbent Conservative candidate Bob Zimmer.  Dub also spoke with Mavis Erickson the candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada.Watch the full show here:Moose Talks airs every Friday on Moose FM at 10 a.m. or online on the Facebook pages of Moose FM and Energeticcity.ca. On next week’s show, we will feature more of the candidates running in the Prince George-Peace River-Riding.  Over the next few weeks, each candidate will be given the opportunity to participate in the show.  The other candidates running in this riding include:Incumbent Bob Zimmer from the Conservative PartyRon Vaillant representing the Peoples Party of CanadaMavis Erickson of the Liberal PartyCatharine Kendall of the Green PartyMarcia Luccock representing the NDP Party- Advertisement -Remember election day is October 21.  The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce and all local media will host an all-candidates forum at the Lido Theatre on Thursday, October 10.  The forum will start at 7 p.m.last_img read more

  • Stoke midfielder Steve Sidwell joins Brighton on loan

    first_img Stoke midfielder Steve Sidwell 1 Steve Sidwell has left Stoke to join Brighton on loan for the rest of the season.The 33-year-old midfielder completed the switch on Monday and returns to Albion, where he had a two-month loan spell in the Championship in 2002/03.Manager Chris Hughton told the club’s official site: “Steve is an experienced player who has played virtually his entire career in the Premier League. He knows this club, as well as a few of the squad and will supplement our existing midfield options.“Beram Kayal, Dale Stephens, Andrew Crofts and others have been excellent in midfield for us this season, but we also need to make sure we have good options in every position of the team, and options which will be enough for us through until the end of the season.“Steve brings that, and in addition, he is another experienced head; he is a player who’s proven at the very top level of English football. Brighton fans will know Steve is also a great athlete and top professional, so I’m absolutely delighted he has decided to join us.”Ex-Fulham and Chelsea midfielder Sidwell scored five goals in 12 games during his previous loan at Brighton and has been at Stoke since 2014 but has played just 20 times.last_img read more

  • Crash fatal for teen

    first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A 16-year-old girl was killed when the car she was riding in collided head-on with another vehicle in Lancaster, authorities said Saturday. Marchessa Vickers of Lancaster was riding in a 1994 Plymouth with two other girls, ages 16 and 17, traveling northbound on 110th Street West near Avenue K about 11 p.m. Friday, said California Highway Patrol Officer R. Rockafellow. The Plymouth crossed the center line and hit an oncoming Jeep Cherokee, Rockafellow said. Vickers was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital, where she died as a result of her injuries, Rockafellow said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The driver and other passenger in the Plymouth, whose names were not immediately available, were treated at a hospital for minor injuries. A female passenger in the Jeep also suffered minor injuries, Rockafellow said. The teen’s death marks the Antelope Valley’s 83rd traffic fatality of 2005. Last year, 74 people died on valley streets, highways and roads. The record for traffic fatalities is 87, set in 2003. last_img read more

  • HUNT ON FOR KING OF TORY’S GOLDEN EGGS

    first_imgHenrietta the Hen is a very special hen.She is the only hen in Ireland to lay Golden Eggs. These eggs are collected every Monday evening for the King of Tory’s breakfast.Trouble is the Easter bunny has borrowed these eggs and hid them amongst the other eggs which have been placed along the Old Railway Walk in Burtonport for their annual Easter Hunt. The King of Tory is not going to be best pleased if he doesn’t gets his golden eggs for his breakfast on Tuesday morning so Henrietta The Hen is calling on your help to get the situation under control.So…can you please help poor Henrietta the Hen get the eggs back?Call down to the XL service station anytime before 2pm on Easter Monday and you can take part on The Hunt.Just collect your entry form with instructions from the XL service station in Burtonport. Draw will take place in Burtonport Community Centre after the annual Easter Monday Sponsored Walk which takes place at 3. Happy hunting everyone. HUNT ON FOR KING OF TORY’S GOLDEN EGGS was last modified: March 22nd, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • South Africa joins Citi bond index

    first_img1 October 2012 South African government bonds became the first African government bonds to be included in Citigroup’s influential World Government Bond Index on Monday, a development that could boost investment inflows while reducing the cost of borrowing for the country. The US investment bank confirmed in June that the South African Government Bond Index would be included in its World Government Bond Index (WGBI), saying it had satisfied all three WGBI requirements of size, credit, and lack of barriers to entry. “We are delighted to welcome South Africa into the WGBI,” Ernest Battifarano, Citigroup’s global head of index development and production, said in a statement last week. “There are 12 South African government bonds in the index, with a market value of US$93.82-billion, and their appearance in the WGBI affords the opportunity to investors to gain exposure to this exciting market.” South Africa’s inclusion represents a major vote of confidence in the country, particularly with its credit rating placed under negative outlook by the big three global rating agencies. Created in 1987, the WGBI includes 22 other sovereign markets including Australia, Canada, Germany and the United States. Many global bond funds are benchmarked against the WGBI, and South Africa’s inclusion could fuel demand for the country’s bonds from investors – commanding an estimated $2-trillion worth of funds – who track the index. South Africa’s market value represents 0.45% of the market value of the World Government Bond Index in the October 2012 preliminary profile. It ranks seventeenth out of the 23 countries included by market weight. The WGBI’s entry requirements are: a minimum market capitalization of US$50-billion, a domestic long term credit rating of A-/A3 by either S&P or Moody’s, and no barriers to entry. “South Africa has been running a very tight fiscal ship for many years, and the decision is wonderful for the country,” Graham Smale, director of bonds and financial derivatives at the JSE, told Business Day when South Africa’s provisional inclusion was first announced in April. South Africa’s National Treasury also welcomed the announcement, saying South Africa had and continued to enjoy strong capital flows into its bond market. “These inflows have been a direct benefit of prudent fiscal and macro-economic policies that have helped to cushion South Africa against the worst effects of the global financial crisis,” the Treasury said in a statement. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more