As 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.
The agreement between AT&T and the Valencia Country Club, where the Champion’s Classic has been hosted since 2001, expires next year. “We won’t get into 2009 until we have further discussions with the PGA,” Fitzgerald said. But Fitzgerald said conditions of the Valencia course, as well as the support of the community, were tough for other contenders to match. “I hope you know how good this course is,” Fitzgerald said. “I would stack this course up against any other professional course.” Jim Fitzsimmons, general manager of Valencia Country Club, said the club has developed a solid relationship with tour organizers and players. “We have built camaraderie between the players and the members, and we are excited to think they will be here for another year,” Fitzsimmons said. Fitzsimmons noted that the course hosted the PGA’s Nissan Open in 1998 and would be open to another Professional Golf Association event, but he said the Champion’s event is a nice fit for now. “The PGA, that’s always of interest, but we have settled into a comfortable relationship with the Champion’s event,” Fitzsimmons said. “It really feels like family.” Mayor Marsha McLean was admittedly excited about the tour’s return and its economic potential for the city. The tour generated $8.3million for the city last year, and it could bring in even more this year. “We are always striving to be a destination city,” McLean said. “We couldn’t be happier to be chosen again as the host city for such a prestigious event.” But the real winners of the decision will be the local charities who reap the fundraising benefits of the pro-am tournament. Each amateur foursome pays $7,000 for the opportunity to play with a professional. This year’s tour includes 16-time PGA champ Mark Morae, as well as Tom Kite, defending his 2006 title. They are vying for this year’s title and top prize of $240,000. Competitive play starts today and continues through Sunday. [email protected] (661)257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Impressed by the pristine golf course, top-notch staff and supportive community, AT&T Champion’s Classic officials announced Thursday the senior golf event will return to Santa Clarita in 2008. No other course really had a chance, said Brian Fitzgerald, executive director of the Champion’s Classic. “I firmly believe this course is in the top two or three clubs in the Champion’s tour,” Fitzgerald said. “This course is exactly what we are looking for.”