Guyana attends ICAO’s 39th General Assembly

first_imgAs Guyana seeks to improve its aviation sector, Junior Public Infrastructure Minister Annette Ferguson attended the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s 39th General Assembly in Montreal, Canada, where a pledge was taken by member countries to reduce CO2 emissions from the global aviation sector.From left: GCAA Chairman, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Lawrence London; Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson; GCAA Director General, Egbert Field and Air Transport Management Director Saheed SulamanThe Assembly was held from September 27 to October 7, and was attended by Minister Ferguson, who led a five-person team to represent Government. Among those in the team were: Chairman of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Board, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Lawrence London; GCAA Director General, Lieutenant Colonel Egbert Field; Director of Air Transport Management, Saheed Sulaman, and Rickford Samaroo, Director of Air Navigation Services.Also forming part of Guyana’s delegation were two members from the Caricom Secretariat, Single Market Programme Advisor Desiree Field-Ridley, and Deputy Programme Manager Pauline Yearwood.Guyana’s participation in the Assembly provided opportunities for the country to join with other small States to represent the interest of small developing countries. It also creates the platform for Guyana to reach out to both States and international organisations for financial and technical assistance to raise the standards of aviation in the country.To this end, during the Assembly, Guyana held bilateral meetings with Malaysia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Republic of Korea, and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).The 39th Assembly was opened by President of the ICAO Council, Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu (Nigeria) and the Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre. Many Ministers with responsibility for civil aviation attended the triennial Assembly, along with technical experts from civil aviation authorities and representatives from airlines and international organisations.This 39th Assembly was the largest in the history of the ICAO, with attendances from 184 Member States and 2225 delegates.As mandated by the Chicago Convention on International Aviation, the Assembly meets once every three years to review the work of ICAO in the technical, economic, legal and technical assistance fields and to set ICAO’s work programme and budget for the next triennium.During this year’s Assembly, Member States elected the 36 Member States that make up the ICAO Council in three parts.The Council carries out the directions of the Assembly and discharges the duties and obligations laid on it by the Chicago Convention.Some of the high-level issues that were discussed included Environmental Protection (International Aviation and Climate Change); Aviation Security Policies; Civil Aviation Training Policy and Capacity Building; Aviation Safety and Air Navigation Standardisation; and the Economic Development of Air Transport.The 39th Assembly adopted a historic resolution to implement a Global Market-Based Measure (GMBM) scheme in the form of a Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) to address annual increases in total CO2 emissions from international civil aviation (ie civil aviation flights that depart in one country and arrive in a different country) above the 2020 levels. The GMBM scheme is part of the ICAO basket of measures which include developing aircraft technologies, operational improvements, and sustainable alternative fuels to achieve ICAO’s global aspirational goal of keeping the global net CO2 emissions from international aviation from 2020 at the same level.last_img read more

Sedition has no place in a democracy – GCCI

first_imgCyber Crimes Bill outragelthough Government seems to be unmoved over criticisms of the Cyber Crimes Bill, specifically as it relates to the seditious clause, more organisations and individuals continue to speak out against the move to place an archaic piece of law which in their opinion could affect freedom of expression in Guyana.GCCI President Deodat IndarJoining them is the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) which has expressed its concern over Section 18 of the Bill, which provides a structure for the charge of sedition. The GCCI believes sedition as an offence impinges on an individual’s right to criticise and has no place in a democracy.“As an institution dedicated to advocacy, we stress that the right to freedom of expression is not only a right but a community responsibility. Therefore, we call on all legislators to remove Section 18(1) A of the Cyber Crimes Bill and urge that this Bill remain free of oppressive and archaic charge of sedition, “it said.The Chamber is of the view that freedom of speech and expression of views through debate, discourse and discussion underpin a healthy democracy and foster a conducive environment for development. It is under these grounds they think Government should give serious consideration to removing that clause.However, the organisation said Wednesday that its support the overall intent of the Cyber Crimes Bill which is currently before the National Assembly. They said the overall thrust of the Bill which seeks to give parameters, legal structure and regulations to a space where these are currently absent, is commendable.“The Chamber wishes to re-emphasise its support for the rule of law in society and continues to remain supportive of the equal application of the rule of law, especially as it relates to matters of good governance,” it added, while again demanding that the matter be looked into.Only Tuesday, General Secretary of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), Lincoln Lewis encouraged Guyanese to refuse to be silenced. Making reference to the Bill, Lewis told the May Day rally, “Let none still your voice, for your voice plays a pivotal role in giving meaning and expressions to your existence.”He said too that it is vital to being part of the social order because everyone is foremost social beings. “Let’s get up… stand up for our rights. Don’t let us give up the fight. Ours is the baton to carry and we must carry it like true warriors. None must stop us in this leg of our journey to create a just society!”According to clause 18 of the Bill, persons commit an offence of sedition when they, “attempt to bring into hatred or excite disaffection towards the Government.” These provisions have, in fact, excited worry among social media users, young people and Guyanese as a whole.Since the introduction of the legislation, many members of the public have sought to criticise the clauses and Government, while calling for it to be removed from the Bill; the original purpose being to protect Guyanese and their children from the dangers of cyberspace.Minister of State Joseph Harmon claimed that people are taking that section of the Bill out of context. He maintained that the words in that specific clause speak to threats to national security.Laid in the National Assembly since 2016, the Cyber Crimes Bill had catered for, inter alia: illegal access to a computer system; illegal interception; illegal data interference; illegal acquisition of data; illegal system interference; unauthorised receiving or granting of access to computer data; computer-related forgery; computer-related fraud; offences affecting critical infrastructure; identity-related offences; child pornography; child luring, and violation of privacy among a sleuth of other offences.A special select committee had been working on the Bill for the past few years, and its report on the Bill was presented recently. That committee comprised Attorney General Basil Williams, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, Education Minister Nicolette Henry and parliamentarians Michael Carrington and Audwin Rutherford.The People’s Progressive Party was represented by Chief Whip Gail Teixeira and parliamentarians Clement Rohee, Anil Nandlall and Gillian Persaud-Burton.Recently, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo reminded that the initial purpose of the Bill was to protect Guyanese and their children from the dangers of cyberspace. Instead, he said, the Bill has been converted by the Government to one that, besides the original purpose, protects their Government’s own interests.last_img read more

Badri rescues champions Esperance, Wydad fire five goals

first_imgAnice Badri, seventh in the 2018 African Player of the Year competition won by Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah three days ago, saved Tunisian club Esperance from a Group B defeat.The defending champions trailed 2018 quarter-finalists Horoya in Guinea from the middle of the second half when Ghana-born former Burkina Faso international Ocansey Mandela struck.That goal separated the teams in Conakry until the fourth minute of stoppage when 2018 Champions League leading scorer Badri equalised.Horoya were the superior side, keeping Esperance goalkeeper Rami Jeridi busy throughout, only to be deprived of victory at the death.Antonio Souare, the multi-millionaire chairman of the Guinean club, has told his players that he expects nothing less than a Champions League semi-finals place this season.Former champions Orlando Pirates from South Africa are away to group debutants Platinum of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo Saturday in the other Group B fixture.Moroccans Wydad, who won the competition a second time two years ago, scored four second-half goals to trounce Ivory Coast visitors ASEC Mimosas 5-2 in Rabat.Ismail el Haddad and Wonlo Coulibaly exchanged first-half goals before Nigerian Michael Babatunde, Zouhair el Moutaraji, Walid el Karti and Badie Aouk netted for Wydad.Salif Bagate scored a late consolation goal for the Abidjan outfit, who did not concede in four qualifiers, admittedly against far less formidable rivals than the Casablanca club.The triumph took Wydad to the top of Group A on goal difference from Nigerians Lobi, who came from behind to defeat 2016 champions Mamelodi Sundowns from South Africa 2-1 in Enugu.Sundowns have never won a group game in west Africa, drawing once and losing four, including two in Nigeria, and their passing was often sub-standard.Liberian Antony Laffor gave the visiting side a first-half lead they surrendered in the final minute of the half when Ivorian Yaya Kone levelled from a penalty.After having an early second-half goal disallowed, Lobi took the lead a minute later with Samuel Mathias punishing sloppy defending to strike what proved the match-winner.Abdenour Belkheir scored on 89 minutes to earn group newcomers Constantine from Algeria a surprise 1-0 win away to former champions Club Africain from Tunisia in Rades.Record eight-time African champions Al Ahly from Egypt host 2018 CAF Confederation Cup runners-up V Club from the Democratic Republic of Congo in the pick of the Saturday matches.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Esperance and Tunisia star Anice Badri (L) in action against Al Ain of the UAE during the 2018 Club World Cup. His stoppage-time goal salvaged a draw for the African club champions away to Horoya in Guinea Friday © AFP / Karim SahibJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jan 12 – Trophy-holders Esperance snatched a lucky last-gasp draw and Wydad Casablanca went on a five-goal romp Friday as the CAF Champions League group stage kicked off.Lobi Stars won at home and CS Constantine grabbed a late away win in other matchday 1 clashes in the premier African club competition.last_img read more

Goulet’s big voice is stilled

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The singer died Tuesday morning in a Los Angeles hospital while awaiting a lung transplant, Goulet spokesman Norm Johnson said. He had been awaiting the transplant at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after being found last month to have a rare form of pulmonary fibrosis. Goulet had remained in good spirits even as he waited for the transplant, said Vera Goulet, his wife of 25 years. “Just watch my vocal cords,” she said he told doctors before they inserted a breathing tube. Goulet’s longtime friend Wayne Newton said his sense of humor “kept my spirits up in some of the lowest valleys in my life.” OBITUARY: Robert Goulet, 73, was awaiting a lung transplant in a Los Angeles Hospital. By Daisy Nguyen The Associated Press Robert Goulet, the handsome, big-voiced baritone whose Broadway debut in “Camelot” launched an award-winning stage and recording career, has died. He was 73. “His incredible voice will live on in his music, and as Bob so brilliantly sang, `There will be another song for him and he will sing it,’ for God now has another singing angel by his side,” Newton said in a statement. The Massachusetts-born Goulet, who spent much of his youth in Canada, gained stardom in 1960 with “Camelot,” the Lerner and Loewe musical that starred Richard Burton as King Arthur and Julie Andrews as his Queen Guinevere. Goulet played Sir Lancelot, the arrogant French knight who falls in love with Guinevere. He became a hit with American TV viewers with appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and other programs. Sullivan labeled him the “American baritone from Canada,” where he had already been a popular star in the 1950s, hosting his own TV show called “General Electric’s Showtime.” The Los Angeles Times wrote in 1963 that Goulet “is popping up in specials so often these days that you almost feel he has a weekly show. The handsome lad is about the hottest item in show business since his Broadway debut.” Goulet won a Grammy Award in 1962 as best new artist and made the singles chart in 1964 with “My Love Forgive Me.” “When I’m using a microphone or doing recordings I try to concentrate on the emotional content of the song and to forget about the voice itself,” he told The New York Times in 1962. “Sometimes I think that if you sing with a big voice, the people in the audience don’t listen to the words, as they should,” he told the paper. “They just listen to the sound.” In his last performance Sept. 20 in Syracuse, N.Y., the crooner was backed by a 15-piece orchestra as he performed the one-man show “A Man and his Music.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

GAA NEWS: RED HUGHS STAR EIMEAR GALLAGHER SHINES FOR DONEGAL U16 GIRLS

first_imgEimear Gallagher starred for Donegal U16 girls in their victory over Down.Red Hughs GAA News: Senior MenThe men’s preparation for the season ahead continues this week with training on Thursday at 7.30pm Then on Sunday they travel to Castlederg for another friendly with throw in at 10am. Their first league game is on Saturday 28th of March with an away fixture V Burt. Reserves throw in at 2.30 and Seniors throwing in at 4pmMinor BoysThe minors suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of a much stronger St Eunan’s side in O Donnell Park On Saturday morning. The lads competed well with the Letterkenny lads for long periods in the game. They can take a lot of positives from the game and learn from them.The final score was St Eunans 4-18 Red Hughs 0-7 Their next game is at home to Glenfin on the 31st of March.Under 16 BoysTraining continues for under 16 boys continue on Tuesday & Thursday evenings from 6-7pmPlayers to bring €2 once a week for training fund.Under 14 Boys ​Training for the under 14 boys continues on Friday evenings from 7-8pmPlayers to bring €2 once a week for training fund.Saturday Morning CoachingRed Hughs underage training on Saturday mornings from 11am to12noon. This will be for all boys and girls from u6s up to u10s and u12 boys. This year we will be collecting €2 per child and no more than €5 per family for the use of the facilities to train. This money will go straight back into the underage training funds. Any parent/guardian that may be willing to help out on Saturday mornings please don’t hesitate to contact any of the coaches on the morning of the training.Under 12 & Under 14 Girlsu12 and u14 girls training on Monday evenings from 6.15 til 7.15.bring 2 euro for training funds.Lotto & 100+ Club Results 12/03/15Numbers Drawn Were 6,1,8,4,3,7,5,2The was no winning sequenceLucky Dip Winner Was Mary Casey Edenoughill wins €30Next Weeks Jackpot is €5,025This weeks winner of the 100+ clubNumber 123 Patricia Callaghan Tiernisk wins €100Thanksto everyone for your continued support.Ceile DancingThe Ceile dancing resumes next Tuesday the 24th of March at 8pm in the club house . Everyone welcomeClub MembershipThis Friday the 20th is your last chance to become a member of Red Hughs GAA for 2015. The club house will be open form 8-9pm for anyone wishing to pay their membership. No membership will be accepted after This Friday. The fee is €30 per adult €50 for married couples or partners. €10 for under 18’sOther NewsWell done to Eimear and the rest of the Donegal Under 16 girls on a great win against Down on Sunday. Eimear got on for the last 15 minutes and got involved in the game right away. She also scored a great goal. Well done Eimear. The final score was Donegal 5-7 Down 0-2 Their next game is at home to Tyrone on the 29th of March venue tbcGAA NEWS: RED HUGHS STAR EIMEAR GALLAGHER SHINES FOR DONEGAL U16 GIRLS was last modified: March 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANoticesRED HUGHS.Sportlast_img read more

WHAT A STAR! DONEGAL’S KILLIAN NAMED NATIONAL VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

first_imgDonegal Foróige volunteer Killian O’Kelly has been named national volunteer of the year.Killian has been supporting the Foroige Bundoran Neighbourhood Youth Project for 5 years now.Caroline Cooke, youth worker at the Project nominated Killian. “When the Bundoran Neighbourhood Youth Project were told we had to cut the project 5 years ago as we had no space to work from due to lack of funding, Killian offered the project his own business space to work from for a full year free of charge,” she said.“This allowed us to sustain the project. Five years on and the project is really going from strength to strength. We are now a full time Youth Project in Bundoran with over 22 volunteers and with huge community and family support. Our services are now on offer to more than 200 young people and families in the Bundoran area alone.“Not only did Killian support the project when we needed it most but he also came on board and offered free surf lessons to over 30 young people every summer throughout the last 5 years. Some of the young people who started out learning to surf 5 years ago are now youth surf coaches!“Killian has provided endless opportunities for the young people. The young people look up and admire Killian as such a positive role model. They really admire the way he is always so kind, giving, and supportive and more importantly fun to be around. We could never thank Killian enough for all he does for the Foroige Bundoran Neighbourhood Youth Project. “He is never too busy to help others. One of the nicest things about Killian is that he has no idea what a difference he makes to help others.”Killian was named Volunteer of the Year in the Youth/Children’s category at the Volunteer Ireland Awards last night.The ceremony was held at Dublin City Hall – and the award presented by RTE’s Keelin Shanley. WHAT A STAR! DONEGAL’S KILLIAN NAMED NATIONAL VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR was last modified: December 6th, 2013 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) Tags:WHAT A STAR! DONEGAL’S KILLIAN NAMED NATIONAL VOLUNTEER OF THE YEARlast_img read more

Picture Special: Over 550 attend Save Our St. Joseph’s Hospital meeting

first_imgOver 550 people attended a public meeting hosted by the Save Our St. Joseph’s Hospital action group at Jackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey on Friday night.Many concerns and powerful words were expressed on the night for the future of St. Joseph’s Hospital’s long stay/residential, dementia and short stay beds.St. Joseph’s has gone from being a residential care unit/community hospital registered for 91 beds in 2009, 78 in 2017, to 67 beds at present. Government policy announced by Minister Kathleen Lynch on Tuesday 26th January 2016, announced the removal of St. Joseph’s, Lifford and Ramelton Residential Care Units to be replaced in 2021 by a new public/private hospital in Letterkenny.Speaking on the matter previously Pat the Cope Gallagher TD said that: “This is an increditable decision and a retrograde step in the provision of health care in our county.”Deputy Gallagher said that the government had misled the public on the future surrounding the three commmunity hospitals, and said “it has been shocking how this matter has been handled.”The only two things that can restore Government confidence at this point, Gallagher says, would be the reversal of the Government policy of January 2016 and the fixture of a capital plan for the long term future of all three hospitals, which would include retoring staffing numbers in all three facilities. Politicians present on the evening included Pearse Doherty TD, Pat the Cope Gallagher TD Leas-Cheann Comhairle, and Charlie Mc Conalogue. Also present were Councillors Ian Mc Garvey, Gerry Crawford, Liam Doherty, Martin Harley, Patrick Mc Gowan and Gary Doherty.Also present was John Quinn, Chairperson of the Friends of Lifford Hospital who spoke from the floor.The opening address of the meeting was given by Rev. Adam Pullen, Rector of Stranorlar, Kilteevogue and Meenglass, followed by John Gallagher, Glenfin.Picture Special: Over 550 attend Save Our St. Joseph’s Hospital meeting was last modified: February 18th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:meetingpicture specialsave our st josephs hospitallast_img read more

Cartoon: Everyone Has an Opinion

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31 Million Indians Represent Their Country Abroad

first_imgMahatma Gandhi, the Father of India, was famously photographed using a charkha, a portable hand-cranked wheel ideal for spinning cotton and other fine short-staple fibres. Gandhi, who was leading a non-violent movement of civil disobedience to throw off British colonial rule on the subcontinent, wanted Indians to use native Indian cloth, not English cloth. The homespun cloth produced on the wheel is called khadi, and an exhibition centred on the material has opened at the Amrita Sher-Gil Cultural Centre within the Indian Embassy in Budapest.Read it at The Budapest Times Related Itemslast_img read more

FIFA may replace Confederations Cup with new club competition

first_imgGlobal soccer body FIFA could replace the Confederations Cup with a new world club competition, its president Gianni Infantino said on Friday.Infantino also confirmed that FIFA will officially recognise as world club champions the winners of the old Intercontinental Cup dating back to 1960 — a contest that became notorious for some of the most unsavoury matches in the sport.FIFA currently organises a Club World Cup every year, featuring the champion clubs of each continent, but it has recently suffered from European dominance with teams from other regions unable to mount a serious challenge.The Confederations Cup is held in the year before a World Cup and features the respective national team champions of each continent.”The current Club World Cup is a nice competition but it has not really had the impact that was hoped in development of club football around the world,” Infantino told a media conference following a FIFA Council meeting.”We have to see if we can come up with something special, something new which will help club football and confederations all around the world.””When FIFA organises a competition, it should be something special, so either we find a special tournament or we’d rather not do it.”But Infantino stressed that it was important not to further congest the international calendar.”One option could be to organise it instead of the Confederations Cup,” he said.The Club World Cup has been held in its current form since 2005. Before that, from 1980 to 2004, a single match was played between the champions of Europe and South America in Tokyo.advertisementThat in turn was preceded by the so-called Intercontinental Cup, which also featured European and South American champions and was played over two legs, with one match on each continent.The fixture was marred by so much violence that, eventually, some teams refused to take part.One of the most notorious fixtures was in 1967 when a brutal two-leg tie between Scotland’s Celtic and Argentina’s Racing Club went to a replay in Uruguay. Six players were sent off and became known as the ‘Battle of Montevideo’.Among the teams to benefit from Friday’s decision were Italian club AC Milan, Uruguay’s Penarol and Real Madrid, who all won the Intercontinental three times in the 1960-2004 period.A Pele-inspired Santos team, Portugal’s Porto and Brazil’s Sao Paulo were among the clubs to win it twice. Other winners have included Argentine clubs Racing Club, Estudiantes, Velez Sarsfield and River Plate, Paraguay’s Olimpia and Brazil’s Flamengo.last_img read more