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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No sodas, red meat, sausages: Djibouti coach goes tough

first_imgA point against Somalia and a shock win against Burundi have put them only one win away from a last four slot and if they beat third placed Eritrea on Friday, then they are all sure of getting into the semis.“We have a final against Eritrea and we will go all out to try and win and achieve an objective,” said Julien Mette, the 37-year old French tactician who has been leading the slow but sure revolution of Djibouti football since he joined in June.And it is not just at the senior challenge that they have shown their mettle, but they have qualified for the first time ever to compete in the group stages of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.Djibouti players line up before their 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup opening match against Somalia on December 7, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn total, Mette has overseen 10 matches already, winning four, drawing a similar number and losing two.The Frenchman, who has never played competitive football before has disclosed to Capital Sport the raft of changes he made to ensure the team becomes better.“In Europe where I studied for almost 13 years, diet is very important. One of the first things I did is forbid some foods; soda is forbidden in our team, white sugar, no sausages or processed foods, no red meat, only fish and chicken. We are very tough and I put a lot of discipline in the diet,” the tactician stated.Djibouti taking on Burundi during their 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup opening match at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala, Uganda on December 11, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We have added a bit more on the carbohydrates. We eat of pasta, rice and a lot of fruits and water,” he added.It has been evident in their two matches so far, especially looking at their endurance over 90 minutes against a physical team like Burundi. On top of the diet, the tactician stated that he had to also do lots of mind training.“We know that we are not strong and we don’t have lots of muscles and it will take years to build that. We have worked on how we can make runs, sprints and press for 90 minutes. My training is really tough. The first thing I also did was change their mentality. You know if the mind says the muscle can’t do it then it can’t. But if we can change the mentality we can change the player,” he added.Having built up a team mostly made up of players who are 23 years and under, Mette sees a bright future for Djibouti. He says they will have a realistic chance to fight for qualification to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.0Shares0000(Visited 75 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Djibouti coach Julien Mette before their 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup opening match against Somalia on December 7, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 12 – In previous editions of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, anyone pooled against Djibouti would always look at that fixture as one to boost their goal difference as it was as sure as daylight that anyone would beat them by whichever number of goals they wished.But at the 2019 edition, the Shoremen of the Red sea have shown that they are an improved side after picking four points in two matches and are now on the brink of making a first ever semi-final.last_img read more

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Moorpark still undefeated in Marmonte

first_imgMOORPARK – There would be no excuses from either side following Friday night’s Marmonte League girls’ soccer showdown between Moorpark and Westlake. The Musketeers, one of the area’s surprise teams, were without sophomore sweeper Kaitlin Paletta, who was in Las Vegas – along with her father and Moorpark head coach Frank Paletta – competing for the Cal South 89 (16-under) team in the Olympic Development Program Western Regional tournament. Westlake midfielder Kylie McDonald was also competing with Paletta in Las Vegas, thus leveling the playing field for both teams. The game remained even for 72 minutes, until junior Laura Spivack tapped in a Kendall Fisher cross to keep Moorpark undefeated in league with a 1-0 victory over the visiting Warriors, the Daily News’ fourth-ranked team. It was just the second goal this year for Spivack, who helped the Musketeers (7-5-3, 5-0-2) continue to build their case as one the league’s elite teams with a victory over Westlake, which has won six of the past seven league titles. “We all knew we would play this well this year,” Spivack said. “We’re not surprised at all because we’ve worked hard to get here. I think we’re the best team in the Marmonte League.” Moorpark, which has yet to win a Marmonte League title, has finished in the middle of the pack for the past few years. But the Musketeers’ victory enabled them to keep pace with No. 6 Agoura for first place. Agoura (7-1-4, 5-0-2) defeated Calabasas 5-0 Friday night. Moorpark outshot Westlake (6-2-2, 2-1-1) by a 10-9 margin, but the Warriors had significant scoring chances late. Westlake’s Megan Connor shook a Moorpark defender to create an open look from 20 yards in the 63rd minute, but Connor’s shot struck the crossbar and fell out of bounds. Two minutes later, Westlake’s Kate Edwards found space from a similar distance, but her shot sailed 4 feet over the crossbar. “We had a chance to win this game,” said Westlake coach Frank Marino, whose team had its eight-game unbeaten streak snapped. “We missed a couple of shots late, but we really played poorly in the first half. It’s still very early, though, and we can still win league.” Moorpark, unbeaten in its past seven games, plays host to defending league champion Royal of Simi Valley on Wednesday. Westlake, now in fourth place behind Agoura, Moorpark and Thousand Oaks (6-2-4, 3-1-3), will look to rebound when it plays host to Agoura on Wednesday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anitalast_img read more

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