Air Jamaica and Caribbean Airlines to Implement Transition Plan May 1

first_imgAir Jamaica and Caribbean Airlines to Implement Transition Plan May 1 TransportApril 29, 2010 RelatedAir Jamaica and Caribbean Airlines to Implement Transition Plan May 1 Advertisements RelatedAir Jamaica and Caribbean Airlines to Implement Transition Plan May 1center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail As of May 1, Air Jamaica and Caribbean Airlines will implement a transition plan, which will see the lovebird continuing its operations under agreements with the Trinidadian carrier.With negotiations now complete, the airlines are to formally sign a number of agreements to cement the deal, on Friday (April 30), Chairman of Air Jamaica, Hon. Dennis Lalor told journalists at a press conference at the airline’s downtown Kingston head offices, today (April 28).This transition period is expected to last from six to 12 months, after which Caribbean Airlines will “fully enforce its plan to provide a sustainable airlift from Jamaica,” he said.The Jamaican Government will transfer to Caribbean Airlines, Air Jamaica’s routes, for a 16 per cent ownership in Caribbean Airlines. However, Mr. Lalor pointed out that, “the Government of Jamaica remains the owner of all of Air Jamaica’s other assets, including its real estate assets and industrial assets.” He added that this deal is “superior” to what was contemplated with the other bidder in the divestment process, Indigo Partners.Chairman of Air Jamaica, Hon. Dennis Lalor (second right), updates journalists about Air Jamaica’s negotiations with Caribbean Airlines, at the national carrier’s head offices in downtown Kingston, on April 28. Also participating in the press conference (from left) are: Project Manager, Air Jamaica Divestment, Mr. Dennis Chung; President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Air Jamaica, Mr. Bruce Nobles; and Director of Caribbean Airlines, Mr. Shafeek Sultan-Kahn.Initial operations will see Caribbean Airlines continue serving routes from: JFK to Montego Bay, JFK to Kingston, Baltimore to Montego Bay, Philadelphia to Montego Bay, Toronto to Kingston, Fort Lauderdale to Montego Bay, and Fort Lauderdale to Kingston. Plans for other routes are to be announced by Caribbean Airlines.All of Air Jamaica’s financial responsibilities will be turned over to Caribbean Airlines, which the Chairman said, “has the adequate financial strength to sustain their commitment to Jamaica.”In this regard, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago has agreed to increase Caribbean Airlines capital by US$50 million. This move, Mr. Lalor said, provides adequate assurance to the Divestment Committee that enough funding will be available for the project.Mr. Lalor stressed that there will be no disruption of service, as all tickets issued will be honoured. Some US$9 million has been set aside to deal with refunds for advance ticket sales.Also on Friday (April 30), all redundancy and other payments due to workers will be made, amounting to US$24 million. Some 1,000 employees are to be rehired by Caribbean Airlines during the transition period. “These employees have already been identified and have been given the opportunity to work with Caribbean Airlines,” Mr. Lalor informed.He noted that staff should face no economic disruptions, as the government has assured that arrangements have been made to take care of statutory payments.The categories of workers who will be rehired by Caribbean Airlines include 200 flight crew, with the remainder being ground and maintenance crews.Meanwhile, Director of Caribbean Airlines, Mr. Shafeek Sultan-Kahn said certain criteria had been used to select staff who are to be rehired.In relation to the trade unions, Mr. Sultan-Khan said: “We have been criticized for not meeting with unions (but).it would be presumptuous of us to make any representation with the unions, for one simple reason – we have no workers as yet. Air Jamaica is still the employer until the 30th of April. We are in the process of making employment offers, and that process is going to go on today and tomorrow.” RelatedAir Jamaica and Caribbean Airlines to Implement Transition Plan May 1last_img read more

Empire Mondays “Lock De Scene”

first_imgEmpire Media Inc will be hosting Guyana’s premier DJ competition, “Art of War 2019”, in July this year. As we prepare to do so, the organisers said, we have partnered with XL Energy Drink and launched on March 4, 2019, an inaugural DJ battle tournament called “Lock the Scene”.The objective of this tournament is to bring young and unknown DJs on the dancehall scene. It will run for two months and at the end, the winner will receive $100,000, a spot in “Art of War 2019” and ambassadorship for XL Energy Drink. Since its commencement, the tournament has generated much interest.Fans came out to Swag City in West Ruimveldt (formerly Ballers Bar) to witness their favourite DJ do battle.Kicking off the tournament in week one was DJ Derrick of Blazing Fire Sound out of Linden with a victory over DJ Famous of Pier 1 Sound from Georgetown; and DJ Guy from Bartica conquering his opponents DJs Jameel and Hardcore out of Ricochet Sound in Georgetown.Week 2 saw another Lindener DJ Bandit of Spotlight Sound being triumphant over DJs Hype of Roses International Sound from Georgetown and DJ Chappy out of Bartica vanquishing his contenders DJs Lance and Rich of Dynamite Sound from the West Side.Up next Monday, DJ Kevin of Royalty Vibes from the West Side will face off against DJs Red Man and Jermaine of TnT Sound; and Shocking Vibes Sound will do battle against Fabulous Sound from the East Coast of Demerara.The winners of each week will face off against each other and the best two will go to the finals.The action starts from 22:00h every Mondays at Swag City in West Ruimveldt. Be sure not to miss out on the excitement!last_img read more

SA, Iraq sign economic cooperation pact

first_img19 November 2012 Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and his Iraqi counterpart, Khairullah Hasan Babakr, have signed an agreement aimed at exploring the trade potential that exists in various sectors between South Africa and Iraq. The two signed the agreement on economic and technical cooperation in Cape Town on Thursday. Davies said trade between South Africa and Iraq was valued at R197-million last year, and that in 2007, South Africa had imported goods from Iraq totalling R1.7 billion. “Trading trends indicate that we are operating below potential, but they are improving,” Davies said. “We have exported a significant amount of value-added goods ranging from vehicles, helicopters and machinery to electrical equipment. There is also a potential for trade in citrus products, nuts and melons.” Davies said that as a first step to implementing the agreement, the Department of Trade and Industry would send a government-business delegation on an International Trade Initiative to Iraq next year. He said the department would further seek ways to help Iraqis with the challenge of obtaining South African visas, as there is no SA embassy in Iraq. Iraqi citizens currently have to get their visas in Jordan. Babakr said trade relations between South Africa and Iraq have generally been conducted through intermediaries, and it was envisaged that, with the signed agreement, a guideline to trade directly would be formulated. “Iraq is recovering from the devastation of war and has potential in various sectors, especially the infrastructure sector,” Babakr said. “We have moved from a controlled economy to a free market system and have also introduced new laws opening opportunities to foreign investors to invest in Iraq in different sectors, especially infrastructure.” Source: read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Are you ever such a big fan of something or someone that you almost don’t ever want to meet them in real life out of fear that they may let you down? Am I the only one with that possibly irrational fear? I found myself presented with such a situation last fall. I had been invited to Toronto to watch filming and visit the set of one of my favorite TV shows, CBC’s Workin’ Moms. It’s no secret how much I love the show and the people behind it, and I’ve been fortunate enough to speak with them several times. However, I still found myself nervous at the prospect of it all.Would I go, meet everyone in person and somehow be disappointed? I hold the show and those involved in making it in pretty high esteem. Could they live up to that hype? Could anyone? Despite my worries, my sheer excitement at getting to go and witness “the magic” in person outweighed everything and that’s how I found myself headed to a location in the middle of downtown Toronto on that beautiful September day. Before we go any further in this story, let me be completely clear that not only did I have nothing to worry about, but this visit far exceeded anything I could have hoped for.The trip started off as a success because within five minutes of arriving at set, Workin’ Moms’ unit publicist Lisa Ghione had greeted me, introduced me to several technicians and had fresh coffee in my hand. I was then taken inside to the location where filming was happening that day, and I was lucky enough to be visiting on a day when they were shooting two of the Mommy and Me class scenes. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Wildlife officials in Yukon still trying to figure out grizzly attack

first_imgAPTN National NewsYukon wildlife officers are still trying to figure out why a grizzly bear broke into a wilderness home and killed a woman this past weekend.The attack is being described as random and unprovoked.As Shirley McLean reports, as officials do their work, the community mourns.last_img

Mourinho hails Wenger as one of the best

first_imgJose Mourinho has hailed his long-term rival Arsene Wenger as “one of the best managers in the history of football”.Both managers regularly had their squabbles and banter on the sidelines and off the pitch during their managerial careers in the Premier League.But the Portuguese gaffer admitted he always had “real respect” for Wenger, who received a Lifetime Achievement award at Laureus World Sports Awards on Monday.”Sport is tremendous, I had a long career but my passion for sport is intact, my passion for human beings is intact.”He changed football and still considered a mentor by the world stars who played for him.A man who truly understands #Laureus19 Sport for Good: Arsene Wenger— #Laureus19 (@LaureusSport) February 18, 2019“There were some episodes along the road. I can only speak by myself. I really enjoyed the competition. But the real respect was always there,” said Mourinho, in a video message to Wenger.jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“He made lots of history in that football club. The nickname is there – the Invincibles. Amazing. A coaching philosophy, the almost perfect team.“He is one of the best managers in the history of football.”Mourinho and Wenger are both without a club with the Portuguese currently considering a move to the French Ligue 1, a territory he is yet to exploit.AT LAST!! Jose Mourinho Finally Ends Longtime Quarrel With Arch Rival Arsene Wenger— iyknaija (@iyknaija) February 19, 2019Wenger, meanwhile, left Arsenal at the end of last season after 22 years in charge of the Gunners and the Frenchman admits there is no certainty he will return to management.“My future is unknown. Even for me,” said Wenger via Sky.“I enjoy daily life now and I have been travelling a lot recently all over the world.”last_img read more