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Aviation conference opens in Guyana

first_img…Guyana 64% compliant with ICAOAn up thrust in Guyana’s aviation sector is imminent as the country is expecting to achieve a projected 80 per cent reward for its compliance to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo made this announcement on Wednesday during opening of the Air Transport Conference at the Arthur Chung Conference Center.He explained that Guyana made a 20 per cent improvement and currently stands at 64 per cent and this is evidence that the aviation sector is moving in the right direction.“Our aviation sector is moving in the right direction. We are grateful for the commendation of ICAO and it is growing. Our compliance with ICAO standards and recommended practices increased from 44 per cent to 64 percent with projection to reach at least 80 per cent by the end of this year,” said Nagamootoo.The prime minister asserted that the sector has connected local communities and evidently, in the international arena.“Aviation is the primary channel to connect internationally but…aviation is vital to connect our coastland with riverine and hinterland communities.”Themed “Promoting Connectivity for Sustainable Air Transport Development”, President of ICOA, Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, also emphasised the importance of achieving ICAO standards. According to him, countries will be able to obtain credibility and trust from their clients.“Aviation represents an essential lifeline for regional and global trade. States must not only continue to improve compliance with ICAO’s global standards but also foster and operate in an environment which the industry can enjoy dependable and sustainable profitability,” Aliu said.He added, “such efforts should include the liberalization and modernization of the regulatory framework for the international air transport…Policy should be designed to accommodate modernization, harmonization and possibility of convergence of regulatory approaches and regimes of states.”Meanwhile, Director-General of the GCAA, Egbert Field made his remarks as he stated that aviation is linked to tourism. In most countries within the Caribbean region, tourism is the key source that sustains economies.“This ICAO meeting is truly a historic period for this country. The theme: Promoting Connectivity for Sustainable Air Transport Development couldn’t have come at a better time particularly when small developing countries in the Caribbean which depend a lot on tourism is experiencing is experiencing a decline in ridership of passengers. This ICAO conference is hosted at a time when airlift in and out of Guyana is on the rise.”Fields referred to the blooming oil sector and posited that actions will continue to ensure that air transport improves in Guyana.“This expanded aviation sector will see an increase in airlift in and out of Guyana with the entrance of new operators and carriers in this market even as we produce first oil in early 2020,” said Fields.“It is therefore imperative that for us as a region to remove ourselves from the rigid regulatory impediments that hinder our development as a region and foster ideas towards harmonizing our regulations, putting together developments for our aviation sector…Guyana is on the rise,” he further said.It was only on Monday, that the Opposition’s – Peoples Progressive Party- efforts to have the Civil Aviation Bill 2017 resent to a select committee were defeated by the Government in the National Assembly. The Bill was passed with amendments.PPP’s Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira, pointed out that said that based on her research, the bill is deficient. She added that the bill is not on par with what may be expected by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). According to Teixeira, the Bill was being rushed because of the Air Transport Conference Guyana is hosting.This Air Transport Meeting would also address issues such as harmonising the regional air transport regulatory framework as well as the liberalisation of air cargo through regional and global approaches.last_img read more

Trial set for man accused of killing disabled cousin

first_imgOn June 22, Gomez had gone to his cousins’ home in the 7300 block of Ridgeview Lane in unincorporated West Whittier to take a shower. Family members said the victim and her younger brother were watching television with Gomez in her bedroom. When her sibling left the room to get something, the defendant allegedly pulled out a kitchen knife and stabbed her to death. Del Real’s brother called 9-1-1, and she was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. Family members said Maria was bipolar and schizophrenic, but they never thought he would harm anyone. According to the Sheriff’s Department and Los Angeles Superior Court records, Gomez was charged with vandalism May 18 in Whittier Court. He was convicted on Feb. 7, 2005, of burglary. WHITTIER – A May 24 trial was set Wednesday for a man accused of fatally stabbing his 19-year-old female cousin, who was a cerebral palsy patient. Gray Maria, 23, is charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the June 22 killing of Maria Del Real at her family’s Whittier-area home. Maria entered a not-guilty plea at his arraignment Wednesday. The defendant – also known as Luis Gomez – was arrested in Hollywood a day after the slaying. Gomez kept a Web page on MySpace.com, using the name Gray Maria, which shows a photograph of him wearing baggy shorts and a hooded sweat shirt. Gomez posted photographs of Barbie dolls with their arms tied and black tape over the eyes, among other items. Staff writers Sandy Mazza and Phil Drake and City News Service contributed to this story.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Aston Villa rubbish rumours a bust-up led to Keane’s exit

first_imgAston Villa have rubbished claims Roy Keane had a bust-up with players before he quit the club last week.Newspaper reports emerged on Monday suggesting there had been a falling out but the club have dismissed any speculation the former Manchester United star’s exit was anything out of the ordinary.Keane left Villa on Friday saying he could not juggle his role as Paul Lambert’s number two and his job as Republic of Ireland assistant manager.He had only joined in July, replacing Ian Culverhouse who was sacked at the end of last season following an internal club investigation.Keane said on Friday: “Ultimately, my roles with Villa and Ireland, and combining my commitment to these, has become too much.“It isn’t fair to either Villa or Ireland, so I’ve made this decision. I’d like to thank Paul for giving me a great opportunity to come to a brilliant football club.“I’ve really enjoyed my experiences at Villa and I wish the management team, the players, the supporters and the club nothing but the best going forward.” 1 Roy Keane during his time at Aston Villa last_img read more

Manchester United line-up: Van Gaal names strong XI

first_imgLouis van Gaal has named a strong starting XI for Manchester United’s game against Club Brugge.The side is unchanged from United’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Friday night, with Adnan Januzaj retaining his place behind Wayne Rooney.The last man to score a Champions League goal at Old Trafford – Bastian Schweinsteiger – remains on the bench.The game signals the club’s first European game since March 2014.Manchester United team to face Club Brugge:20. Sergio Romero36. Matteo Darmian12. Chris Smalling17. Daley Blind23. Luke Shaw16. Michael Carrick28. Morgan Schneiderlin8. Juan Mata11. Adnan Januzaj7. Memphis Depay10. Wayne Rooney 1 Adnan Januzaj last_img

Yeovil extend loan deal for Swansea defender Connor Roberts

first_img Connor Roberts [right] in action for Yeovil 1 Swansea defender Connor Roberts is staying at Yeovil for another month.The 20-year-old moved to Huish Park on loan at the start of the season and has since made 15 appearances for the club.The temporary switch has suited all parties so far and the deal has now been extended until mid-November.The right-back provided an assist in the 2-2 draw with Dagenham and Redbridge at the weekend, helping to keep the Glovers one point outside the League Two relegation zone.last_img

RnaG PRESENTER FRANCES WINS TOP AWARD AT CELTIC MEDIA FESTIVAL

first_imgRTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta presenter Frances Nic Géadaigh has been named Radio Presenter of the Year at the Celtic Media Festival in Derry.Frances has worked with the station since 1989 in the Doirí Beaga studio in the Donegal Gaeltacht.In 2011 the local community there was rocked by the court case of paedophile Mickey Ferry, who was found guilty of rape, sexual assault and indecent assault. Frances carried out interviews with several people involved in the case, including one of the victims, on magazine programme Barrscéalta, demonstrating great skill, professionalism and compassion in dealing with a difficult subject matter.Frances is well-known to Donegal listeners as one of the voices of the station’s newsroom, and her contribution to the excellent coverage of the General Election campaign in 2011 was another example of her skill as a broadcaster.Congratulating Frances, Edel Ní Chuireáin, Ceannaire of RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, said “We’re extremely proud of Frances and delighted that she is receiving the recognition that her years of dedicated, professional broadcasting deserves.“Frances is an asset for any broadcaster, and we at RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta are delighted that we get to celebrate our 40th year anniversary with such a quality broadcaster as part of our team.” Manager of the Donegal station, Séamus Mac Géidigh, said “Frances has worked hard for RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta over many years, and is very deserving of this award. She is an extremely adept broadcaster, and listeners appreciate in particular her excellent interview style which is fair, professional and considerate.”RnaG PRESENTER FRANCES WINS TOP AWARD AT CELTIC MEDIA FESTIVAL was last modified: April 20th, 2012 by StephenShare 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

FINN VALLEY’S TORI NAMED IN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM

first_imgTori Pena from Finn Valley AC is named in today’s European championship team for the games due to begin next week in Helsinki.She is one of 6 Ulster athletes named in the 26 member squad. Consistently over 4.50m this season pole vaulter Tori has in addition the olympic Q mark for London.  Pena set a new Irish pole vault record of 4.52m in April to gain selection for these championships. The record ranks Pena in tenth place on the 2012 European rankings going into Helsinki.Valley have a double interest in the team as Patsy Mc Gonagle is again team manager. Double Para-Olympian Jason Smyth (City of Derry) is named in the team after running 10.24 in Clermont, Florida in May. Smyth also has a wind assisted 10.17 to his name this year. Smyth is in great shape this year and will target a place in the 100m final at these championships.World Indoor semi finalist Ben Reynolds (North Down AC) will compete in the 110m hurdles. Reynolds set a new Irish U23 record of 13.81 in May to qualify for the championships.Amy Foster (North Down AC) has been selected to compete in the 100m and 200m events. Foster tops the 2012 Irish rankings in the 100m with a time of 11.50 and has also ran an even quicker 11.32 this season, however this performance was wind assisted. Foster has also run 23.97 for the 200m which puts her in second place on the 2012 Irish rankings behind team mate Joanne Cuddihy.Thomas Barr (Ferrybank AC) and Jason Harvey (University of Ulster AC) will compete in the 400m hurdles. Barr, who finished sixth at the 2011 European Juniors and broke the Irish national junior record on no less than three occasions last season, will make his Irish senior debut in Helsinki. Harvey, who placed second at last year’s Woodie’s DIY Senior Track and Field championships behind Barr, is also selected for the 400m hurdles. Harvey ran a seasonal best of 51.67 in May to secure his place on the team. Jessie Barr (Ferrybank AC), sister of Thomas will compete in the women’s 400m hurdles having run 56.16 in May to qualify. The time was a personal best and also moved Barr to third on the Irish all time lists.Mark Kenneally (Clonliffe Harriers) who has been nominated for Olympic marathon selection will compete in the 10,000m. Kenneally ran a personal best of 28.33.12 for 10,000m in May to qualify for Helsinki. Kenneally will be joined on the start line by David Rooney (Raheny Shamrock AC). Rooney has had a very successful year, while on scholarship in America recording impressive victories over the 5,000m and 10,000m distances.Stephanie Reilly (Sli Cualann AC) will compete in the 3000m steeplechase having run 9:54.55 in May. Reilly was eliminated in the heats at the last European Track and Field Championships held in Barcelona. Reilly will aim to go one better this time and make the final in Helsinki.Ciara Mageean (U.C.D AC) and Orla Drumn (U.C.C AC) are both selected for the 1500m. Mageean the 2010 World junior silver medalist over 1500m will be making her senior Irish debut in Helsinki. Meanwhile Drumm has been in fantastic form all season setting a personal best of 4.09.05 in May to qualify for the championships. Paul Robinson (St. Coca’s AC) is selected for the men’s 1500m. Robinson has made a big breakthrough this season, running a personal best of 3.39.92 in Watford on the 10th of June.Pena set a new Irish pole vault record of 4.52m in April to gain selection for these championships. The record ranks Pena in tenth place on the 2012 European rankings going into Helsinki. The women’s 4×400m team includes Irish record holder Joanne Cuddihy (KCH AC) and regulars, Marian Heffernan (Togher AC), Claire Bergin (DSD AC) Michelle Carey (Dublin Striders AC) and Jessie Barr (Ferrybank AC). The new additions include Catriona Cuddihy sister of Joanne (Kilkenny City Harriers AC) and Joanna Mills (Ballymena and Antrim AC). The squad has a seasonal best time of 3:30.61, which they ran in Poland at the beginning of June. These championships offer the squad a further opportunity to improve their time and ranking in order to secure Olympic qualification.A men’s relay 4x400m relay team which includes Irish record holder David Gillick (Dundrum South Dublin AC), Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers) along with Brian Murphy (Crusaders AC) and Timmy Crowe have been selected to make up the relay squad.Kevin Ankrom commented “I am encouraged to see that we will have a very competitive team competing at the European Championships in the same year preceding the Olympic Games.  These championships are a great opportunity for those just sitting outside of the Olympic standard to compete with other world-class athletes.”Irish record holder’s Deirdre Ryan (Dundrum South Dublin AC) and Derval O’Rourke (Leevale AC) will not compete in Helsinki, both preferring to focus all their intentions on the upcoming London Olympic Games.  Team Selection European Track and Field ChampionshipsJason Smyth (City of Derry AC) 100mAmy Foster (North Down AC) 100m & 200mSteven Colvert (Crusaders AC) 200mPaul Hession (Athenry AC) 200mBrian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers AC) 400mJoanne Cuddihy (Kilkenny City Harriers) 400mBen Reynolds (North Down AC) 110m HurdlesThomas Barr (Ferrybank AC) 400m HurdlesJason Harvey (University of Ulster) 400m HurdlesJessie Barr (Ferrybank AC) 400m HurdlesPaul Robinson (St Coca’s AC) 1500mCiara Magaaen (U.C.D AC) 1500mOrla Drumm (U.C.C AC) 1500mStephanie Reilly (Sli Chulainn AC) 3000m SteeplechaseMark Kenneally (Clonliffe Harriers AC) 10,000mDavid Rooney (Raheny Shamrock AC) 10,000mFionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) 10,000mTori Pena (Finn Valley AC) Pole vaultWomen 4x400m RelayJoanna Cuddihy (Kilkenny City Harriers)Claire Bergin (Dundrum South Dublin AC)Marian Heffernan (Togher AC)Michelle Carey (Dublin Striders AC)Catriona Cuddihy (Kilkenny City Harriers AC)Joanne Mills (Ballymena and Antrim AC)Men 4x400m RelayDavid Gillick (Dundrum South Dublin AC)Brian Gregan (Clonliffe Harriers)Brian Murphy (Crusaders AC)Thomas Barr (Ferrybank AC)Jason Harvey (University of Ulster AC)Tim Crowe (Doneen AC)Team ManagementTeam Leader: Kevin AnkromTeam Manager: Patsy McGonagleTeam Coaches:Anne Keenan-BuckleyTeam Medical Support:Lead Team Physio: Emma GallivanTeam Manual Therapy: Kyle AlexanderTeam Physio: Kathryn CraddockFINN VALLEY’S TORI NAMED IN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM was last modified: June 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)Tags:FINN VALLEY’S TORI NAMED IN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMlast_img read more

Vipers start league defence at home to Ndejje as fixtures are released

first_img Tags: ndejje universityStarTimes UPLvipers sc Vipers are the reigning league champions (file photo)Defending Uganda Premier league champions Vipers SC will start their title defence at home to newly-promoted side Ndejje University.This was confirmed after the 2018/19 league fixtures were finally released just days to its (league) start.The game at home to Ndejje will be the first to be played at the newly refurbished St. Mary’s stadium in Kitende.The stadium has been undergoing a major make-over in the past three months after it was deemed unfavourable for international games.It’s playing surface has been upgraded from natural grass to Astroturf in an attempt to making it more modern, something which has been approved by FUFA.The other seven matches on day one will see giants KCCA play at home to Tooro United (former Soana), URA hosts Paidha Black Angels, SC Villa will play away to Kirinya Jinja SS while Onduparaka hosts newly promoted Nyamityobora FC.Elsewhere on the same day, Mbarara City will host Express FC at a yet to be named venue after the Fufa Club Licensing Committee are yet to approve Kakyeeka stadium.The other game on Friday will see Bright Stars host new-look Maroons while Police will host Bul in their first game the following day in the only game on Saturday.The Full fixture lists of match-day One:Friday, 28-09-2018KCCA FC vs Tooro United, Lugogo.URA FC vs Paidah Black Angles, NambooleVipers SC vs Ndejje University, KitendeBright Stars vs Maroons FC, MwererweKirinya JSS vs SC Villa, JinjaOnduparaka vs Nyamityobora, AruaMbarara City vs Express FC (Venue yet to be named)Saturday, 29-09-2018Police FC vs Bul FC, LugogoComments last_img read more

Donegal pupils are Gaeltacht-bound with summer scholarships

first_imgOver 30 eager and enthusiastic pupils from all corners of Donegal are looking forward to summers of caint, ceol agus craic thanks to Gaeltacht scholarships from Donegal County Council.The young people were presented with their full summer scholarships at a special ceremony in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Wednesday evening last.The Scholarships were presented by the Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Séamus Ó Domhnaill. This event formed part of the Pan-Celtic festivities which is running in Letterkenny from 23 April to 28 April 2019. Present at the awards ceremony too were the Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely together with other staff members. In attendance as a special guest, was the President of the Pan-Celtic Fesitival, Bláthnaid Ó Brádaigh who shared her love for and experience of the Irish language with those present.Donegal County Council is very grateful to the Gaeltacht Colleges of Donegal that support the Gaeltacht Scholarship Scheme in a partnership involving joint funding between the Council and the Colleges.The total value of the Scholarships each year can come an estimated €25,000 depending on the duration of the courses selected by the successful applicants. The Scholarship Scheme has been in place for over twenty years now, with more than 600 pupils throughout the county having received full scholarships down through the years.The Summer Colleges play a huge role in the economic life of the Gaeltacht, bringing jobs, income, retail customers, and greater use of services. In return, the pupils get steeped in the rich native language of the Gaeltacht, and get a flavour of community and home life in the Gaeltacht. In addition to the courses and classes, many of the colleges offer a wide range of social events, activities, sports etc. Most of the courses take place throughout the months of June, July and early August and feedback to the Council continues to be extremely positive.Enthusiastic young pupils from all corners of Donegal who received full Gaeltacht Summer Scholarships from the Donegal County Council Gaeltacht Scholarship Scheme pictured with (seated)Sean O’Damhain, Rannóg na Gaeilge, Paddy Doherty, Donegal County Council, Cathaoirleach Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill, Bláthnaid Ó Brádaigh, President of the Pan Celtic Festival, Seamus Neely, Chief Executive Donegal County Council, Liam Ward, Director of Service, Donegal County Council and Róise Ní Laifeartaigh, Rannóg na Gaeilge.Fáilte chun na Gaeltachta!Bronnadh scoláireachtaí Gaeltachta ar bhreis agus 30 dalta scoile as achan chearn de Dhún na nGall mar chuid de Scéim Scoláireachta Gaeltachta Chomhairle Contae Dhún na nGall, a reáchtáiltear gach bliain.  B’é Cathaoirleach Chomhairle Contae Dhún na nGall, An Clr. Séamus Ó Domhnaill a rinne an bronnadh ag ócáid speisialta a bhí ar siúl in Óstán an Mount Errigal, Letir Ceanainn ar an24 Aibreán 2019. Bhí an ócáid seo lárnach i gclár imeachtaí na Féile Pan-Cheiltí 2019 – Féile ar siúl i Leitir Ceanainn ó 23 Aibreán go28 Aibreán 2019.  I láthair fosta bhí Príomh-Fheidhmeannach na Comhairle, Seamus Neely, chomh maith le hoifigigh eile sa Chomhairle.   Agus bhí aoi speisialta i láthair fosta– Uachtárán na Féile Pan-Cheiltí, Bláthnaid Ó Brádaigh agus labhair sí go fonnmhar leis an dream óg i láthair ar an oíche. Tá Comhairle Contae Dhún na nGall iontach buíoch do na Coláistí Samhraidh i nDún na nGall a thugann tacaíocht don scéim gach bliain, mar chuid de chomhpháirtíocht chomh-mhaoinithe idir an Chomhairle agus na Coláistí sa chontae. Is fiú tuairim is €25,000 san iomlán na scoláireachtaí seo, ag brath ar fhad na gcúrsaí a roghnaíonn na hiarratasóirí óga. Tá an Scéim Scoláireachta i bhfeidhm le breis agus fiche bliain anois agus tá níos mó ná 600 dalta i ndiaidh scoláireacht a fháil síos fríd na blianta.Tá ról an-tábhachtach ag na Coláistí Samhraidh i saol eacnamaíochta an chontae, ó thaobh cruthú postanna, ioncaim, custaiméirí do shiopaí, agus úsáid níos mó as seirbhísí áitiúla. Agus faigheann na scoláirí iad féin blaiseadh de shaibhreas teanga agus cultúir na Gaeltachta, agus de shaol baile agus de shaol an phobail sa Ghaeltacht. Sa bhreis ar na cúrsaí agus na ranganna foghlamtha, bíonn neart imeachtaí sóisialta, gníomhaíochta agus spóirt ar siúl ag na coláistí uilig.Bíonn an chuid is mó de na cúrsaí ar siúl i mí Mheithimh, i mí Iúil agus tús mhí Lúnasa agus ba léir ón aiseolas atá faighte ag an Chomhairle go bhfuil na cúrsaí ag dul ó neart go neart.Donegal pupils are Gaeltacht-bound with summer scholarships was last modified: April 29th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)Tags:Donegal County Council Gaeltacht Scholarship Schemelast_img read more

Transfer gossip: Mirror say Sterling has been offered to Arsenal

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Raheem Sterling has been offered to Arsenal in a cash-plus-player offer for Alexis Sanchez, the Daily Mirror claim.The Harlesden-raised forward is said to be part of a package put together by Manchester City to tempt the Gunners to sell one of their prized assets.Arsenal have long insisted Sanchez is not for sale, despite being in the last year of his contract, but the Mirror says there has been “direct contact” with City.However, the report adds the FA Cup holders will be reluctant to sell.England international Sterling, 22, has scored twice for City already this season.Sterling has been offered to Arsenal, the Mirror sayThe Mirror also say Chelsea are trying to rush through a £40m deal for Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to fend off Liverpool.The Mirror say Chelsea want to move quickly because “they fear Liverpool in the background.”Meanwhile, the Daily Express declare that Chelsea are closing in on a “£75m double early transfer deadline day swoop”, paying £35m for Oxlade-Chamberlain and £40m for Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater.last_img read more