Audit of GCAA likely soon – new Director

first_imgBY SHEMUEL FANFAIRAn international audit on aviation is expected to be conducted into the operations of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCCA). Soon to be appointed Director General, Egbert Field, made this revelation at the welcoming ceremony of the inaugural flight of Fly AllWays airline at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on Tuesday.New Director of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, retired Colonel Egbert FieldHis comments came on the heels that most air carriers operating out of Guyana are unable to land at airports in North America due to the lack of international Category One aviation status. On this note, Field told reporters that immediately upon him taking office, one of the priorities will be to raise the country’s level of compliance in line with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).“No airline that is registered and based in Guyana has the ability to go to airports North America because we are in Category Two,” he noted.It was explained that ICAO representatives will soon be in Guyana to carry out an assessment after which it is hoped that the country can move from a Category Two status to Category One.“After the audit, depending on our level of compliance, we may have some corrective actions to do but I can see us moving toward Category One [which] we will gain from the FAA (Federal Aviation Authority)… gaining Category One will allow airlines starting up and basing themselves in Guyana will have the opportunity to fly to North America,” the new GCAA Director noted.With his 40 years of experience in the aviation sector, including some 30 years as a Guyana Airways pilot and later a stint in Jamaica’s Aviation Authority, Field posited that this has made him suitable to lead the country’s aviation sector.“I’m a retired Colonel, also a captain… with over 30 years experience flying – over 18,000 hours, I know what I can do for this industry and we may have a return to Guyana Airways in the future,” Field expressed.The retired military officer shared the view that Guyana achieving the improved aviation status is especially timely since he believes that air traffic will increase once the oil sector takes off.Established in March 2002, The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority is guided by Civil Aviation Act (2000) which governs navigation, licensing and security regulations for air transport services in Guyana.last_img read more

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Earth Quake near Upper Halfway

first_imgView Larger MapNatural Resources Canada reports there was a small earth quake in the Fort St. John area Wednesday afternoon.The earth quake was centered approximately 90km west of Fort St. John, near the Upper Halfway and occurred at approximately 3:39pm Wednesday.- Advertisement -The earth quake was only a 3.0 magnitude and there are no reports of any damage or injuries.last_img

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Watford appoint former Brighton boss Garcia

first_imgWatford have appointed former Brighton boss Oscar Garcia as their new head coach.The Hornets moved quickly to appoint the 41-year-old, who spent a season with the Seagulls before departing in May, following the resignation of Beppe Sannino on Sunday.A club statement read: “Watford Football Club is delighted to confirm the appointment of Oscar Garcia as Head Coach, the Hornets having won the race against several high-profile English clubs to secure his services.“Oscar’s recent Championship experience, taking Brighton & Hove Albion into last season’s Championship promotion Play-Offs, was a key factor in his appointment.” 1 Oscar Garcia last_img read more

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Taxi-driver fined for not giving passenger receipt

first_imgA solicitor has accused the National Transport Authority of using a “sledge to crack a nut” after a taxi-driver appeared in court for not giving a customer a receipt.Danny Doherty appeared at Letterkenny District court charged with the offence. The court was told that officers from the department stopped Mr Doherty when he was leaving off a fare at Letterkenny Shopping Centre.Officer Eugene McHale said he saw a woman hand Mr Doherty cash but he did not hand the passenger a receipt.The driver was issued with a fixed penalty charge notice of €40 but did not pay the fine within 28 days as required.Solicitor for the accused, Patsy Gallagher, asked Inspector McHale if there was anything wrong with the taxi and was told there was not.Mr Gallagher said he had often travelled in taxis but had never received a receipt.In response, a solicitor for the National Transport Authority said there was an obligation on the driver to print and offer a receipt to all customers.He added that there was a Class C fine of €2,500 and expenses as a result of the offence.Mr Gallagher replied that the NTA was using a “sledge to crack a nut.”Judge Paul Kelly said that may well be the case but it was still the law.Mr Gallagher said he apologised but then it may well be a case that there was “no bell on his bicycle.”Judge Kelly added that the laws is there and it was not for Mr Gallagher to criticise the court or the National Transport Authority for doing their job.Judge Kelly ordered Mr Doherty of 43 Cornfield Lane, Newtowncunningham to pay €200 in costs.Taxi-driver fined for not giving passenger receipt was last modified: October 5th, 2017 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) Tags:Danny Dohertydonegalreceipttaxilast_img read more

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Former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho leaves Barcelona after one season

first_imgPaulinho has left Barcelona after just one season to return to China.The former Tottenham midfielder was a surprise signing for the Spanish giants last summer after they triggered the £35million (€40m) release clause in his Guangzhou Evergrande contract. Paulinho scored one goal for Brazil at the 2018 World Cup Paulinho has left Barcelona, just a year after joining the club LIVING THE DREAM Paulinho enjoyed a successful first spell with the Chinese side after joining them from Tottenham in 2015, following a disappointing two years with the Premier League club.He netted 28 goals in 95 appearances and won two Chinese Super League titles, the Asian Champions League and the Chinese FA Cup.Former Italy star Fabio Cannovaro is the current manager at Evergrande.They are sitting fifth in the Chinese Super League table after 11 matches.The CLS was halted in May, for two months, while the World Cup was in progress and will resume next week.Paulinho could make his second ‘debut’ for Evergrande against Guizhou Zhicheng on July 18. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ IN DEMAND Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets moving on Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST 2 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star But he will not be returning to Spain after Guangzhou Evergrande made an offer to re-sign him that proved too tempting for Barcelona to turn down.He will initially join the Chinese club on a season-long loan before sealing a permanent return for an undisclosed fee.center_img REVEALED TOP WORK Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 2 RANKED He went on to enjoy a successful first campaign with Barca, scoring nine goals in 44 matches and helping the club to success in both LaLiga and the Copa del Rey.The 29-year-old’s form helped him secure a place in Brazil’s squad for the 2018 World Cup and he started all of their matches, including the quarter-final defeat to Belgium. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 🔵🔴 Best of luck to @paulinhop8, who is returning to former club Guangzhou Evergrande.More info ➡️ https://t.co/UIfJusN12j pic.twitter.com/2EWwvC2DjB— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 8, 2018A statement from Barcelona read: “FC Barcelona and Guangzhou Evergrande have reached an agreement for the loan transfer of Paulinho Bezerra for one season, with a mandatory purchase option for the Chinese club.“Barça publicly expresses its gratitude to Paulinho for his commitment and dedication and wishes him luck and success in the future.” Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Latest transfer news on talkSPORT.com targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer last_img read more

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HSE AND VEC RESPOND TO TRAGIC DEATH OF SHANNON GALLAGHER

first_imgTHE HSE and the VEC have both issued statements in response to the death of Shannon Gallagher last night.The HSE says it has been notified of a tragic, unexpected death in Donegal.A spokeswoman said: “The HSE extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased.“Currently the HSE is liaising with the family in relation to this incident and all supports are being made available to provide assistance at this difficult time.” Shaun Purcell VEC Chief Executive said in a statement: “We have just been made aware of the tragic death of Shannon Gallagher RIP, a fourth year student, at Finn Valley College Stranorlar.“Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, school and community at this sad time.“This is an extremely difficult time for all concerned. The critical incident team is in place in the school as a support for students and staff.“We understand that the Press and Media are anxious to cover the tragedy. However the welfare of its students and staff is the primary concern of Co Donegal VEC. “We request that the appropriate agencies are allowed the necessary time and space to support the school.”HSE AND VEC RESPOND TO TRAGIC DEATH OF SHANNON GALLAGHER was last modified: December 13th, 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:HSE AND VEC RESPOND TO TRAGIC DEATH OF SHANNON GALLAGHERlast_img read more

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DONEGAL DRIVERS MAKE MOST INSURANCE CLAIMS IN IRELAND

first_imgDonegal drivers have made the most insurance claims within the past year.An analysis of the Injuries Board claims for 2012, shows that Donegal drivers have been involved in the most crashes.The average claim from a crash is €22,657. Injuries sustained in the vast majority of cases involve the neck, back and fractures of various limbs, while 70% of all claims involved cars.The Injuries Board delivered compensation of €157.2 million for motor liability awards last year, up just over 2 per cent on the previous year.And today is the most dangerous day of the year for Donegal drivers.Young motorists across the county should take extra care today because they will be driving on the most dangerous day of the week in the most perilous county in the State as the most deadly month of the year comes to an end, new research indicates. The research also also found that women are slightly more likely than men to have to make a claim, although the gap between the sexes narrowed by 1 per cent last year and now stands at 51 per cent – 49 per cent.Awards linked to car incidents account for 75 per cent of all personal injury awards processed last year, with 104 claims for fatal road incidents involving motorists, passengers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians, down 10 per cent on 2011.It won’t come as much of a surprise to learn that older road users are safer road users, with only 4 per cent of awards going those aged over 65 and 7.5 per cent being made to those in the 55-64 age group.The news is not so encouraging for younger motorists, however, and more than one in four awards were made to people aged between 25 and 34 – while the 35 to 44 category accounted for just over 20 per cent of awards.Donegal recorded the highest number of claims, followed by Cork , Dublin, Kildare and Limerick, while Leitrim, Kilkenny and Roscommon had the lowest. DONEGAL DRIVERS MAKE MOST INSURANCE CLAIMS IN IRELAND was last modified: November 29th, 2013 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)Tags:2012accidentscrashdonegalDRIVERSInsurance Claims Boardlast_img read more

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Blitzbokke third as NZ win Sevens in SA

first_img10 December 2012South Africa lost just a single game at the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens tournament in Port Elizabeth over the weekend – a record not bettered by any other side – but it came at the wrong time and the Blitzbokke had to settle for third place in the third leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series.After a sub-standard showing in Dubai, where the team missed out on the Cup quarterfinals, they lifted themselves to produce some excellent rugby, much to the delight of the home fans.Captain Kyle Brown and Branco du Preez were sidelined by injury, but Frankie Horne stepped up and did a solid job leading the side, while Cheslin Kolbe, playing in place of Du Preez, grew in stature as the tournament progressed and ultimately played a starring role in the playoff win that secured the Blitzbokke third place.A big differenceThe return of Cecil Afrika, although he was clearly not yet back to full fitness, also made a big difference as he pulled the strings and gave the South African team width on attack.After a superb opening day in which they won all their pool games, South Africa defeated the USA in the Cup quarterfinals, but then fell 12-5 to New Zealand in the semi-finals.“It was very disappointing,” Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu admitted afterwards. “We had our chances and so had they, with the only difference [being] that New Zealand took the one that mattered.”‘They gave their all’Treu, though, must have been impressed by the wholehearted effort of his charges and he had good things to say about them. “I cannot fault the commitment of my players, they gave their all,” he said.“It is a pity we could not do it for the crowd, who supported us so well. At least we finished strongly and gave a good performance in the bronze final.”On the first day of competition, Saturday, the South African team got itself off to a flying start with a very impressive 29-7 victory over Samoa, who had won the Dubai Sevens a week earlier. They followed that up with a 12-5 win over France and a 17-7 defeat of Australia to finish the day top of Pool A.Only Portugal in a much easier Pool D, which also included the USA, Canada and Zimbabwe, managed to match South Africa’s perfect record.QuarterfinalsThe Blitzbokke duly dealt with the USA in the Cup quarterfinals, easing to a 17-7 win, while Argentina shocked Fiji 15-12, France edged Portugal 10-7, and New Zealand thrashed Wales 35-5.That set up a clash between the Kiwis and the Blitzbokke, with France taking on Argentina in the second semi-final.South Africa were first on the board against the New Zealanders, but frittered away some chances and a late try by the men in black sealed a 12-5 win for Gordon Tietjens’ charges.Extra timeFrance, meanwhile, needed extra time to sneak by Argentina 10-7. The lengthy match took a lot out of both teams and it showed in the last round of matches.The Blitzbokke kept a tired Argentina scoreless in the playoff for third place, running in five tries to stroll to a 35-0 win. Kolbe was the star of the show, dotting down three times, as he showed a good eye for a gap and excellent acceleration and speed.New Zealand, too, had an easy time of it, thumping the French 47-12 to become the third winners in the three tournaments held so far in the 2012/13 Series, following Fiji’s win in Australia and Samoa’s victory in the United Arab Emirates.It was a fourth victory in succession for the Kiwis in the South African leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series; they also claimed the title in George in 2009 and 2010.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Indian women in sports

first_imgWomen in SportsHockey: The gold medal at Manchester has put Suraj Lata Devi’s squad on the world map.Shooting: With a clutch of seven medals, women have made a breach in Jaspal Rana’s territory.Weightlifting: Though Kunjarani Devi cleared her name, the women lifted way below world standards.Athletics: Recent achievements in Manchester,Women in Sports Hockey: The gold medal at Manchester has put Suraj Lata Devi’s squad on the world map.Shooting: With a clutch of seven medals, women have made a breach in Jaspal Rana’s territory.Weightlifting: Though Kunjarani Devi cleared her name, the women lifted way below world standards.Athletics: Recent achievements in Manchester and Colombo do not make up for the vacuum in the field.last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar doesn’t praise me very often, it’s special when he does: Krunal Pandya

first_imgMumbai Indians have the nack of peaking during the business-end of the Indian Premier League. Last  season, when they were crowned champions, was filled with nail-biting finishes as MI won seven out of their last eight league games to sneak through to the playoffs. (Full Coverage |Points Table)MUMBAI, KRUNAL PEAKING AT THE RIGHT TIME!This season has followed a similar script for Rohit Sharma & Co. They started slowly and picked pace mid-season and had to win two in two when they took on the high-flying Delhi Daredevils at their new home Visakhapatnam yesterday. And their 25-year-old all-rounder Krunal Pandya, who was in the shadows of his brother Hardik for a long time, unleashed himself against a quality DD bowling attack. Riding on a solid platform set by Mumbai openers Rohit Sharma and Martin Guptill, Krunal, who was promoted to bat at No. 3, set the stadium on fire right from the word go. The left-handed batsman smoked a 37-ball 86 before coming back to haunt Delhi with the ball. His all-round effort ensured that Mumbai had humbled Delhi and stayed in contention for the playoff spot. BLESSED TO BE MENTORED BY TENDULKARHowever, Krunal, who is ticking all the right boxes now, rues not getting enough appreciation from his team’s mentor Sachin Tendulkar. “It doesn’t happen often. I can approach him anytime if I need any suggestion, which helps the team morale,” Krunal told mumbaiindians.com Krunal also said he was blessed to have the batting legend around in their dressing room. “I feel really blessed that he is a part of Mumbai Indians when I am playing. It seriously feels amazing. The respect and knowledge which he possesses is crucial for our team,” he said. (Also read: Rohit Sharma credits ‘fearless’ Krunal Pandya for keeping Mumbai in the hunt) advertisementPONTING’S MASTERSTROKEKrunal revealed it was coach Ricky Ponting’s decision to promote him in the batting order. The left-hander said the Aussie great had asked him to go and express himself. Boy, didn’t he do that well?”It was Ricky’s decision; I was padded up actually when Rohit got out. Ricky told me I am going in next and to go there and express myself, you play the way you play. It came out good.””He was really happy with the way I played and the way I executed my shots,” Krunal added.NEVER THOUGHT OF A HUNDREDKrunal said he was not disappointed after falling 14 runs short of his maiden IPL ton and added that the triple-figure was never in his mind during the innings.  “No not disappointed. I don’t think of myself when I am playing, whether am bowling or batting. I just think of the team. There was no pressure as such that I had to score a hundred, I was just going after the bowling.”last_img read more

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