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  • MBB : Joseph sits out 2nd half; Jardine has strongest performance of season

    first_imgJim Boeheim typically starts the same five players in the second half that he uses to start a game. The Syracuse head coach has done so consistently in the early games this season. But against Colgate, the Orange head coach made a change.Kris Joseph, SU’s leading scorer entering Saturday’s game, did not start the second half while sophomore C.J. Fair took his place on the court. And while Joseph changed seats on the bench a couple times, he did not play at all in the second half.‘Kris Joseph hurt his knee a little bit in the last game and it hurt a little bit in practice,’ Boeheim said. ‘He could’ve played the second half, but it was sore and it was stiff so we’re just going to try to get him healthy for next week.’Boeheim was thinking ahead to the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-off in New York City when SU takes on Virginia Tech on Wednesday. The Orange built a 33-point halftime lead Saturday against Colgate en route to its 92-47 romp in the Carrier Dome. And with the game well in hand by the break, the head coach felt it would be better to let Joseph rest his bad knee.The senior small forward came into Saturday’s contest averaging 16.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He also led the Orange in scoring last year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJoseph had surgery on his right knee in the offseason but his left knee is the one that has caused some problems this year. He played 13 minutes in the first half Saturday, going 0-for-2 but making all four of his free throw attempts to finish with four points against the Red Raiders. He also had two assists, a rebound and two turnovers.The senior did not appear to be limping at all during the action and he had no trouble getting up to celebrate late in the game when the Orange’s walk-ons managed to score.And while Joseph has been a major part of the team early on, Boeheim said his absence in the second half provided another opportunity to give other players some experience.‘We got a lot of guys in there who aren’t used to what this is all about,’ Boeheim said. ‘Hopefully, we’ll be pretty well prepared going to New York.’Jardine has strongest performance of seasonFrom the get-go, this was a different Scoop Jardine. The ill-advised decisions of the season’s opening games were gone. The poise of a fifth-year senior shone through in its place.‘I’m really settling in to my role,’ Jardine said. ‘The first two games were kind of tough, trying to make things happen that weren’t there.’But Saturday, Jardine orchestrated the offense comfortably and efficiently. In only 16 minutes of play the result of a 92-47 blowout over Colgate Jardine had his best game of the young season for the Orange. He scored 11 points, dished out six assists and had three steals. And most importantly, he had zero turnovers.Within the first five minutes of Saturday’s win, Jardine’s play was markedly different from his first few games.After pulling in a rebound off a missed 3-pointer by Pat Moore with 17:34 remaining in the first half, Jardine took off down court on the fast break. A behind-the-back dribble led to a beautiful dish to Joseph. And though Joseph missed, it was the magnificent feed that stuck out.On Colgate’s next trip down the floor, Jardine stripped Raiders guard Mitch Rolls and took the ball all the way to the basket for the layup.Seconds later, he hit Baye Keita with a perfect one-handed shovel pass, resulting in a shooting foul.‘I don’t have to do it all on this team,’ Jardine said. ‘I know when my opportunities to score, I know when they’ll be there. But right now, we’ve got a lot of guys that can score. I just have to be efficient, get us in our offense and play great defense and just be that team leader.’Though the much-improved performance came in reduced minutes against Colgate, it was a positive sign for the Orange. Dion Waiters and Brandon Triche still combined for 25 points in addition to Jardine’s 11. The result was a strong collective effort from SU’s three experienced guards for the first time all season.‘But tonight, you’ve seen the Scoop Jardine that you wanted to see all year,’ Jardine said. ‘I’m going to be better.’ Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 19, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

  • Women’s soccer looks to bounce back

    first_imgFancy footwork · Senior midfielder Jamie Fink started all 21 games as a junior en route to earning All Pac-12 honors and will look to help her team back to the NCAA tournament in her final season. – Kenneth Rodriguez-Clisham | Daily TrojanThe USC women’s soccer program may not be ranked in the NSCAA Division I national preseason top 25, but there is a serious chance that the Women of Troy will be in the mix for the national title this season.The team’s 2014 season came to a screeching halt in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, as the Women of Troy were close to advancing but fell to Pepperdine on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw. Losing a penalty shootout in the NCAA Tournament is as painful as it gets, but it often makes a team stronger in the long run.USC appears to be ready to make the leap from a top-tier team to a true national title contender. It would not be the first time such strides were made in the program’s history.In 2007, the Women of Troy won the National Championship, the first and only national title USC has captured since the program’s inception in 1993.That being said, it is not merely blind optimism leading the wave of positivity surrounding the 2015 installment of USC women’s soccer. The pieces are in place.It all starts with second-year head coach Keidane McAlpine, a veteran who guided the Trojans to a 12-6-3 record in his first season at the helm. McAlpine made his way to Troy from Washington State, where he was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year in 2013 for his outstanding work with the WSU Cougars.Exactly one-third of the Trojans’ roster is comprised of seniors, meaning there will be no shortage of experience and leadership in the locker room this season. The squad also welcomes a talented batch of freshmen, all in-state products with the exception of Swedish import Olga Langenskiöld.Savannah Levin, a junior who is capable of playing in the midfield or up top, praised the team’s camaraderie as the 2015 season approaches.“I am really excited for this season because the team’s chemistry on and off the field continues to grow,” Levin said. “Having a tight-knit team makes you want to compete for each other that much more.”Looking back at the Trojans’ 2014 season, something is immediately apparent: McAlpine and company sure knew how to take care of business in non-conference play. The team opened with nine non-conference games, losing just one of those fixtures and outscoring their opponents 29-7 in the process.One of the team’s most impressive wins of the 2014 season came in the form of a 2-1 win against Notre Dame in South Bend. The Irish claimed the No. 9 ranking in the country prior to the match, but the Trojans prevailed despite the fact that they were in enemy territory and were trailing at the half. Winning such contests early in the season can provide a team with tremendous momentum as it enters conference play.It is also worth noting that the Women of Troy recorded two wins that day, one on the pitch and one on the recruiting front. Morgan Andrews, a midfielder for the Irish that day, has since transferred to USC and figures to be an integral member of the team moving forward. Andrews, who started every game during her two years with Notre Dame, was dominant for the Irish. She had six goals and five assists last season, playing her way to Second Team All-ACC status.Andrews, a two-time Gatorade National Soccer Player of the Year recipient as a prep star in New Hampshire, is one of three transfers USC has reeled in this offseason. Sydney Myers and Amanda Rooney, formerly of Santa Clara and North Carolina, respectively, will join the Trojans’ midfield along with Andrews. The trio will bolster what was already a strong midfield corps.As new faces enter the picture, though, some members of the team inevitably fade out of the equation.Among the departures is standout goalkeeper Caroline Stanley, leaving a void between the pipes. Senior Faith Sugerman, sophomore Julia Murphy and redshirt junior Sammy Jo Prudhomme are all worthy candidates as successor to the goaltending throne.The team opens play against Texas Tech and Florida State in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Aug. 21. The Seminoles are the top-ranked team in the land after winning the 2014 National Title, but FSU is not the only elite team the Trojans will face before jumping into conference play. The team will also travel to Durham, North Carolina in early September to take on perennial powerhouses Duke and North Carolina.Though the fans may like to look ahead at the schedule in search of the marquee matchups, the team takes things one game — even one drill — at a time.“We have a new team motto this year that refers to sticking in the moment and dedicating ourselves to that time,” Levin said. “I think continuing to build on what we’ve learned so far and focusing on the details will help us continue to improve.”last_img read more

  • Joshua to Defend IBF Title Regardless of Klitschko Clash

    first_imgBritain’s Anthony Joshua will defend his IBF heavyweight title in Manchester on December 10 whether it is against Wladimir Klitschko or another fighter, says promoter Eddie Hearn.Joshua, 27, and Ukraine’s Klitschko, 40, had agreed terms on a world heavyweight title bout.But Klitschko is reportedly reluctant to fight without at least one of the WBA or WBO titles on the line.Hearn said he was “crossing fingers” that Klitschko took the fight.Both the WBA and WBO will need to sanction the bout for their respective belts to be made available, but are yet to do so.Britain’s Tyson Fury beat Klitschko last November to win the WBA, IBF and WBO titles, before being stripped of the IBF title for failing to fight the mandatory challenger.Britain’s Joshua then beat American Charles Martin to win the IBF belt in April.Last week, Fury, 28, relinquished his WBA and WBO belts and his boxing licence was then suspended.The WBC belt is held by American Deontay Wilder.“We are beginning discussions with other opponents now while crossing our fingers that Klitschko takes the fight, regardless of how many belts are on the line,” Hearn told Sky Sports.Another option for Klitschko would be to fight New Zealander Joseph Parker for the WBO belt in Germany.“In an ideal world, there would be as many belts as possible on the line, but I hope he takes up the challenge rather than a soft touch in Germany,” added Hearn.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

  • Wavedash Games secures $6m in funding to develop new FGC title

    first_imgOakland based game developer Wavedash Games has announced that it has raised $6 million (£4.6m) in Series A funding, led by March Capital Partners. Matt Fairchild, Wavedash GamesWavedash was founded by game developers from the likes of Riot Games, EA and Blizzard meaning it has some pedigree. The financing will be used to fund the completion of its new platform fighter game and grow the team. Additional funding was provided by Lowercase Capital, Advancit Capital, CourtsideVC, Machine Shop Ventures, Luma Labs, and Cherrytree VC. Wavedash also has some of the community leaders from other Platform Fighters such as Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series. Both interestingly and oddly, Linkin Park DJ and Programmer Joe Hahn has also joined in an advisory capacity to ‘offer insight into creative development, marketing, and community building’.Platform Fighters are fighting games where victory is achieved by knocking the opponent off of the stage rather than by depleting health bars such as in Street Fighter or Tekken.“The Platform Fighter community is one of the most vibrant in gaming,” said Matt Fairchild, Wavedash’s CEO and Co-Founder. “But it has yet to reach its full potential. We’re following the trail blazed by Riot Games and Valve by bringing community passion together with world class developer talent.”The platform fighter genre is spectator-friendly and by its simplistic nature it’s very accessible too. Wavedash is aiming to help grow the genre and scene in order for it to complete as a global and ‘premier’ esports genre. The developer’s as-yet-untitled game will be free to play, and in doing so go down the route and business model of the likes of tier one titles League and Dota 2.Gregory Milken, Partner and Co-Founder, March Capital Partners commented: “Despite massive growth in esports as a whole in recent years, the market has yet to really effectively tackle Platform Fighters. The passion of Jason, Matt, and their team really shines through, and we look forward to working with them on the development of Wavedash.” Wavedash plans to reveal gameplay for the first time this summer; and fans can stay updated via the company Twitter account. Esports Insider says: The FGC community needs some investment and a new title from a developer with a team of experienced heads on board could be just the ticket. We’ll hold off on commenting further until we see hear some more details and see what they come up with, but $6m in funding isn’t a bad start.last_img read more

  • Local Teen Hosts Board Game Online

    first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.– What looks like a group chat to some is actually a fantasy adventure unfolding with rolls of dice.Phineas Imhoff has been playing the popular game “Dungeons and Dragons” with his friends at the Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library for several years. Now he runs it as an official library program, open to anyone in the community.In “Dungeons and Dragons,” or “DnD” for short, players create characters and go on adventures laid out by the “Dungeon Master.” Though the game is traditionally played around a table, the library has helped him gather the resources to make an online version possible.“The library was very nice and was able to offer resources and tech support, and help set up independent emails and such for the purposes of running it.”Thanks to the library’s help, Phineas has created a story, or “campaign” in which players take on the roles of low–life treasure hunters.Despite the ease with which he’s able to host games, playing online comes with some hurdles. Phineas says that the toughest part of playing online is not cheaters, but the lack of physicality.“It can be difficult and hard to engage. Hard to gauge, like, how people are reacting to things. Because not everyone likes turning their camera on. And so it can be difficult sometimes to be, like, ‘oh is this person distracted by something else or are they just thinking really hard about their response?’”Nevertheless, Phineas hopes that these adventures can help not just his classmates beat the boredom, but anyone in the community who wants to try something new.For more information on how to join, visit Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious VETERAN WALKS FOR CHARITYNext Local Charity Continues Traditionlast_img read more

  • Whicker: Maddon looks forward to a stripped-down season

    first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Primarily Maddon has been biking and dieting and thinking. He rode toward the Queen Mary in Long Beach the other day and noticed the sky was unusually and renewably blue. Fewer people going to work, but fewer particulates.“Can we take the best of all this time we’ve missed?” Maddon said. “Can we maybe live a little slower? Maybe that’s not a bad thing. Call it normal-minus.”Show up and play. Nail down the right answers later. For Maddon, it always starts with the right questions. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter “You’ll have to be nimble and flexible the whole year,” Maddon said. “You’ll be uncomfortable. You’ll have to approach it like summer ball, with all that entails. It will be like working another job and then going to the ballpark. It’ll be like trying to get to the majors.”“We’re playing the Walla Walla Padres in 1982, and we’re the Salem Angels. It’s at an old high school football field. You can hear everything the radio announcer says, right behind home plate. There’s 50 people in the stands. But we’ll be able to process it. It won’t matter if two dogs show up.”And the team that figures it out the quickest will be the most successful. Maddon compares it to a game that starts in the top of the fifth.“Or the Rookie League, with 50 games,” he said. “It will absolutely blow by. You have to be malleable. Don’t complain. Take it for what it is. I think we’ll be so happy to play, it won’t matter.”Maddon managed in Rookie Leagues for three years with the Angels. He ran his first team when he was 27. Today he is the most recognizable manager in baseball. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The Cubs had not won a World Series since 1908, when there were 46 United States and the Model T came on line. Maddon not only managed the team that won, he freely discussed the inevitability. Not even a 1-3 deficit to Cleveland in that 2016 Series could dent his serenity.Now Maddon has a YouTube show called Uncorked, and people ask him for life lessons.But his best work was his excavation of the Rays, who had never won more than 70 games. Maddon had them in a World Series in three years.Essentially Maddon is far more Legion Week than Prime Time. The distortions of the season are far preferable than a full year off.“The damage of not playing depends on the reason,” he said. “If it’s because of finances, it’s different. We’ll have to be careful to reconnect with fans. But what would it do to the players? That’s a whole developmental year. Will your talent regress? What does all the off-time do to your brain? And with all that time off, will you have the same hunger? Maybe you’ve enjoyed being home and doing things, with your family, you’ve never done.”Thanks to MLB Network replays, the Cubs have won that same World Series maybe a dozen more times. The 2002 Angels, with Maddon as Mike Scioscia’s bench coach, have repeated as well. Maddon wants these Angels to find that same offensive insistence, to pressure pitchers with baserunners and speed.He also wants to borrow that championship vibe, the one that deserted the Cubs after 2016, mysterious as a virus but more elusive. The Cubs fired Maddon after an interminable three-year championship drought.“It ended rather abruptly in Chicago and I anticipated being there longer,” he said. “But it was the proverbial ‘other direction.’ Some of the things I wanted to do, the front office didn’t agree with anymore.“I remember thinking (third baseman) Kris Bryant had slipped, fielding that last ground ball in Game 7. I thought he’d thrown it high. But (first baseman) Anthony Rizzo caught it. Every time I see it, I think KB is slipping again, and Riz always catches it.”Related Articlescenter_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone When he managed Tampa Bay and Chicago, Joe Maddon held “Legion Weeks.”The Rays and Cubs didn’t have to show up at 2 p.m., didn’t have to study printouts, didn’t have to watch videos and then hold meetings to deconstruct them, didn’t even have to take batting practice. Show up and play. Just like American Legion ball.Now Maddon is the idled manager of the Angels, his old school. He is waiting for an appetizer season of maybe 114 games, maybe fewer, maybe none.Major League Baseball has become a box of Russian nesting dolls, endless compartments of clutter that obscure the pop in the glove. The upcoming 2020 Reader’s Digest season will bring everyone in baseball back home, when you dressed in the car. It might expose those who have forgotten or never knew.last_img read more

  • 5 crazy details from AAF’s dysfunctional first and only season

    first_img (Getty Images) A lot of the information has already been made public, in some fashion. But there are other details that show why it was amazing this league even existed at all. The entire report is worth reading, but we’ll provide some thoughts on a few notable excerpts.MORE: The 8 best moments from the AAF’s brief existenceAAF chairman Tom Dundon wanted out immediatelyFrom ESPN:Dundon had watched the AAF’s opening weekend and liked its potential — and the potential of spring football. (Potential investor Erik) Anderson connected Dundon and (AAF co-founder Charlie) Ebersol, and a deal came together over the phone. Dundon told Ebersol that he was in for $250 million — the amount both men believed it would take to get the league to profitability. But over the next hour, Dundon started digging into the business and was livid at what he found: The financial prospectus the AAF provided him was outdated and inaccurate.”I’m out,” Dundon told Ebersol.Ebersol was able to keep Dundon and his investment, but it’s pretty shocking to see Dundon agree to a deal before really doing his research. ESPN notes just days after becoming an investor, Dundon “was already having buyer’s remorse.” Many AAF fans blamed Dundon for ruining the league, as it was his decision to shut it down, but it’s clear from reading this story he was misled from the beginning.Dundon was just being realistic and knew there was no way to make the finances work the way Ebersol and fellow AAF co-founder Bill Polian set it up. Dundon provided a quote to ESPN that perfectly summed up his investment: “I did zero due diligence. It was really stupid.” The AAF was nearly over before it started The AAF had a quarterback draft, but opted to have players go to teams based on territorial rights rather than have an actual draft. But league executives did discuss the possibility of a draft, and former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel had an interesting idea on how to do it. But Polian was really against it, apparently.Essentially, Neuheisel and Ebersol wanted the players to pick which teams they wanted to play for. And that’s where the story gets hilarious. From ESPN:Polian didn’t understand the concept. Neuheisel and Ebersol explained that it was like The Voice.”What?” Polian said.”It’s the greatest show!” Neuheisel replied.Neuheisel explained the TV contest in which four celebrity vocal coaches spin around in their red chairs when they hear a singer they want on their team, then the singer chooses the coach, and so …”What does this have to do with anything?” Polian said.Rick Schaeffer, the AAF’s senior counsel to the co-founders, jokingly told ESPN, “steam started coming out of (Polian’s) ears.”The idea of players saying where they want to go sounds interesting on the surface. If nothing else, it would have been something entertaining to watch on television, which would have driven some additional interest into the league. But Polian was having none of it, so the idea unfortunately never developed.MORE: Marshawn Lynch demanded to be paid with 20,000 quarters for AAF interviewBill Polian promised NFL no players would get seriously hurt in AAFA lot of ESPN’s reporting details the growing rift between Dundon and Polian. The two clearly weren’t fans of one another, which was pretty evident at the end the league when Polian released a strongly worded public statement blaming Dundon for the league’s failure.If you know anything about the AAF, you know the league wanted to partner with the NFL to become an official developmental league. The two leagues had several talks, and Dundon knew near the end that getting a deal was pretty much the only way to keep the AAF afloat. (Getty Images) The Alliance was founded on March 20, 2018 and didn’t start playing football until February the next year. But by December 2018 the league was already facing financial issues. The AAF’s initial investor Reggie Fowler, who was later arrested on bank fraud charges, wasn’t providing the money like he said he would.The league was about to miss payroll, falling $13 million short. Ebersol met with Fowler saying, via ESPN, “This is not f—ing acceptable! If you don’t start properly funding us, I will shut the company down! I don’t f—ing miss payroll!” Even Ebersol’s fellow co-founder was ready to give up.”Look, Charlie,” Polian said, via ESPN. “There’s no dishonor in saying that we can’t make this work. We gave it an honest shot.”Employees had to work out of McDonald’s and shipping containersAccording to ESPN’s report, “The Salt Lake Stallions would move into their offices only after executives briefly worked out of a McDonald’s and the conference room of the team’s ticket broker.” And later in the story: “The Stallions still didn’t have football offices, so Fowler offered to purchase shipping containers that could be outfitted with cubicles. Fowler flew to Salt Lake City and scouted available land. Fewer containers arrived than Fowler had promised, but the team made do.”While the AAF clearly had much larger problems than this, it just goes to show how dire the situation really was. The league got off to too fast a start in a race to beat the XFL, resulting in rampant mismanagement.AAF TIMELINE: Recapping the league’s short first seasonBill Polian really hated the idea of a football draft in the style of ‘The Voice’ You may have already forgotton about the Alliance of American Football. The now-defunct football league began play on Feb. 9 2019 and ceased football operations on April 2 the same year. The AAF only played eight of its scheduled 10 weeks of football before shutting down.Much has been said about why the league folded, but an in-depth report published Thursday from ESPN details everything that led to the AAF’s demise. ESPN reporters Seth Wickersham and Michael Rothstein spoke with 40 senior AAF executives, lawyers, consultants, team presidents, coaches, players and other sources to find out what went wrong. One interesting note from one of these meetings, which happened one day before the league suspended its football operations, is just how desperate Polian was to get a deal done.From ESPN: On the call, Polian was diplomatic. He suggested that Smith decide which NFL players could participate in the AAF. The idea went nowhere. Polian then offered his assurance that any NFL players in the AAF wouldn’t be forced into the league or seriously injured.”You have my word,” Polian said.Dundon found that statement absurd. It was football — how could the AAF promise nobody would get hurt? He felt that AAF executives weren’t leveling with the union, so he took it upon himself. Citing the likelihood of injuries, he said, “I understand why you’re not going to do the deal.”Dundon was right in finding Polian’s promise absurd. Because players in the AAF did get seriously hurt. Linebacker Gionni Paul suffered a broken arm just a few days before the league shut down. Linebacker Ryan Davis had to be stretchered off the field after a neck injury early in the season.last_img read more

  • Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, August 4, 2016

    first_imgWellington Police notes: Thursday, August 4, 2016:•2:19 a.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery, theft and driving under the influence of drugs &/or alcohol in the 1000 block W. Lincoln, Wellington by a known suspect.•3:20 a.m. Julie J. Zeka-Wright, 37, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with domestic battery, theft and driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.•6 a.m. Ezekiel J. Voshell, 24, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with criminal damage to property and violation of a protection order.•8:26 a.m. Officers took a report of found bicycle in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.•1 p.m. Eric A. Lowe, 34, Derby, was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed stop sign.•1 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 900 block N. Blaine, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Vedia J. Roads, 78, Wellington and Joyce J. Goodall, 66, Wichita.•2:22 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a gasoline can in the 900 block S. H, Wellington.•4:08 p.m. Officers conducted a trespass warning in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington by known suspect.•7:54 p.m. Officers took a report of a civil problem in the 900 block N. C, Wellington.•8:04 p.m. Officers took a report of an animal complaint in the 800 block S. C, Wellington.•8:13 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 1000 block E. 16th, Wellington involving vehicles operated by juvenile male, 16, Wellington and Kimberly R. Lewellen,  43, Wellington.•8:13 p.m. Juvenile male, 16, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for disobeyed traffic signal.•8:31 p.m. Noah D. Moody, 18, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County Bench Warrant for failure to appear.last_img read more

  • 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