GDF aircraft unused since commissioning in August

first_img$484M supplemental paper– aircraft grounded, disassembled as checks carried outEarlier this year, Government sought $484.2 million in supplemental financing to acquire four aircraft, including two Islanders. At least two of the aircraft are here, but have been grounded since checks by engineers are being carried out.Minister of State Joseph Harmon is flanked by Army and civil aviation authority officials at the commissioning of the two Islanders on August 9This is according to Minister of State Joseph Harmon during a post-Cabinet press briefing on Friday. The Minister explained that a ‘C’ check or maintenance check is being carried out. This entails the aircraft being disassembled and individual components checked.“I think what has happened is that since we bought them, the engineers’ at the Air Corps decided to do what is known as a ‘C’ check, which is basically to take the entire aircraft apart and check every part of it. So they’ve done that and in fact are still doing that,” Harmon explained. “I think in a short period of time we will be up and flying with those aircraft.”“Checks were done before the aircraft were purchased, but they were not ‘C’ checks. And these ‘C’ checks are much more thorough checks that you do once every five years or as the case might be. This is what has actually delayed the actually putting to service these aircraft.”According to Harmon, safety is a major concern for the Government. He noted their care to make sure nothing goes wrong when soldiers or even Ministers of Government are travelling in these aircraft. Besides these aircraft, Harmon revealed that two Skyvans are to be delivered by next year.The supplemental funds for the aircraft were sought on the Guyana Defence Force’s (GDF) behalf in the National Assembly back in May of this year. At the time, Harmon was asked by Opposition parliamentarian and former Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee about the manufacturing date of the aircraft.“These are not new aircraft. They are aircraft that have been in service and are being purchased by the company that owns them. The two Skyvans were manufactured in 1977 and the two Islanders in 1976. The Islanders were (used to transport) passengers and cargo while the Skyvans were for paratrooping,” Harmon had said.Under further questioning from Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, Harmon had assured that the planes were issued with air worthiness certificates from Brazilian and European Aviation officials. According to the Minister, they will be further examined before Guyana even uses them.It was Harmon himself who commissioned the Islanders in August when they arrived. At the time of the commissioning, Commanding Officer of the Air Corps Commander Courtney Burns had laid out his expectations for how the aircraft would be used.For instance, he had said the aircraft would be used for search and rescue as required; air borne and air mobile operations; casualty evacuations; day and night medical evacuation; air transport for troops; as a platform for tactical operation; surveillance through the country including the Exclusive Economic Zone and disaster relief operations.He had also listed the use of the aircraft for replenishing supplies for those deployed, provide support for Government programmes, conduct trainings, conduct anti-piracy, anti-illegal mining, logging and fishing activities, support civil powers and the Police, provide internal support operations, conduct counter narcotic operations and cross border operations.Before these aircraft were procured, it is understood that the GDF air corps had two Bell helicopters, one of which was out of commission. It also had two Skyvan 8R-GRR models, a Cessna and a Harbin aircraft.last_img read more

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Soldiers accused of raping 15-year-old at Army base

first_imgThe Guyana Defence Force (GDF) has launched an investigation into the allegation that a number of its soldiers raped a teenage girl at one of the country’s military bases.The GDF in a statement late Monday evening, said it is in receipt of an allegation of rape against three of its ranks.A Board of Inquiry has since been convened to ascertain the facts and to determine whether the crime was committed.The statement added that the soldiers are assisting the Police with their investigations.The army used the opportunity to reaffirm that it “remains committed to the preservation of law and order, and will deal condignly with all transgressors.”last_img read more

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Local duo seeking donations for ‘Junior Bus’ transportation service

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A local duo have found an alternative means of transportation for service clubs around Fort St. John.When David Alexander and Tyler Kosick were involved in minor hockey they came to the realization that the City didn’t offer a feasible way of transportation for its local youth sports teams. The two started the Junior Bus service last fall, after purchasing a bus that needed some mechanical work. A number of businesses have already offered a hand in keeping up the maintenance of the vehicle.“Local companies have contributed to getting the bus up and running,” said Kosick. “David’s business Ace Instruments has let us use the shop, while our business Kosick Aggregate took the hit for the initial acquisition of the bus.”- Advertisement -The twenty-four passenger bus is equipped with a couple of TV’s to help the time pass as it has been primarily used to transport local sports teams to their given destinations. Fuel and a certified driver are not provided according to Kosick as anyone interested in using the bus has to supply their own.“It’s been used to this point for sports teams, really any service looking to travel can rent it. We are also seeking support from the local business community whether it’s donation in kind or cash donation to help with operational costs,” added Kosick. “The more assistance with operational costs the less we have to charge service groups for its use.”For more information or if you’re interested in renting the bus visit the Junior Bus Facebook page.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Sidhu wins NWJHL top rookie award

first_imgBy Jon ZacksFort St. John’s Robbie Sidhu is the NWJHL’s Rookie of the Year.The Huskies’ winger was one of five individuals recognized, as the league handed out its annual awards on Friday.- Advertisement -With two games remaining in the regular season, Sidhu has scored 51 points (18+33) in 33 games so far this year. He has played every game this season, and currently sits seventh overall in league scoring. Despite being a rookie, Sidhu is now a pivotal part of the Huskies top line, and will be counted on for offence when the playoffs arrive.Beaverlodge’s Aaron Dumas was named the NWJHL’s Most Valuable Player. Dumas’ 66 points in 30 games puts him in second place in league scoring (behind only Cody Kalb).Other winners include Grande Prairie’s Nathan Johnson, as the best defenceman, Whitecourt’s Tyler Stubbs, as the most gentlemanly player, and Sexsmith’s Neil Magill, as Coach of the Year.Advertisement The league’s best goaltender and scoring champion will be announced after the regular season winds up this weekend. The likely candidates are Whitecourt’s Ryan Demharter and Fort St. John’s Cody Kalb, respectively.last_img read more

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Lukaku may not start FA Cup final -Mourinho

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku faces a battle to be fit for the FA Cup final © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, May 11 – Jose Mourinho says Romelu Lukaku could start the FA Cup final on the bench as the Manchester United striker battles to recover from an ankle injury in time for the Wembley showdown with Chelsea.Lukaku hasn’t featured for United since suffering his ankle problem against Arsenal last month and is set to miss the last game of the Premier League season against Watford on Sunday. Now the Belgium star is in a race against time to recover for the Cup final on May 19, with United manager Mourinho conceding Lukaku might only be fit enough to come on as a substitute.“We hope he can play the final,” Mourinho said after Thursday’s 0-0 draw at West Ham.“He’s in Belgium having his treatment and there is communication between the doctors in Belgium and our medical department.“We are just waiting to see if it’s possible for him to be involved in the final, if not starting at least he can be on the bench.”Lukaku has scored 27 goals since joining United from Everton in a £75 million ($101 million) deal last year.The Cup final represents United’s last chance to win a trophy this season after they secured a runners-up finish in the Premier League and suffered early exits from the Champions League and League Cup.Meanwhile, Michael Carrick will captain United on Sunday to mark the England midfielder’s final appearance before joining Mourinho’s backroom staff.“Carrick had already been decided. So if we’d lost the match (against West Ham) and we needed the point against Watford, I would play Carrick the same,” Mourinho said.“He’s going to start the match as a captain and he’s not going to end the match because I want him to leave the pitch alone and I want him to feel what the United supporters feel in relation to him.“He is going to be even closer to me than he was as a player so it is just an emotional moment because it is the end of a career of a fantastic player.”Mourinho insisted he will not field a young team against Watford, even though United are assured of second place behind champions Manchester City.“I have every player apart from Marouane Fellaini and Lukaku available and I don’t go to the young players,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Rooney saves the day but Wilshere steals the show in England’s win

first_img Wilshere scores against Slovenia Jack Wilshere and Wayne Rooney helped England open up a nine point lead in Group E and maintain a 100 per cent record in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.It was the Arsenal midfielder’s first goals for his country – both of which were spectacular – but poor defending threatened to spoil the Three Lions’ party.  England began brightly and moved the ball around well, but having been comfortable for so long, they went in at half-time 1-0 behind.Minutes before the interval, England’s back line was split open by Josip Ilicic’s through ball to Milivoje Novakovic, who raced clear to slot the ball across Joe Hart’s goal into the corner of the net.It was the hosts’ first chance on goal, but appeared to spark England into life in the second half.The visitors began the match well and Raheem Sterling was presented with a glorious opportunity to score by Wayne Rooney in the opening five minutes, but the Liverpool flyer lifted the ball over the bar.It was Sterling again causing the Slovenia defence problems moments later when he latched onto another pass from Rooney, but after avoiding one challenge, he dragged his shot wide.Then it was Rooney’s turn to try his luck and the Man United forward had the best chance of the game shortly after the 20 minute mark.However, a superb save from goalkeeper Samir Handanovic turned the captain’s angled shot wide of the post.Manager Roy Hodgson changed things at the break and replaced Phil Jones with Adam Lallana and it was the Liverpool midfielder whose good work in the Slovenia 18-yard box led to England’s equaliser.The ball fell to Wilshere, standing on the edge of the area, and the Arsenal man unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner.Momentum was with the visitors and Rooney had a wonderful chance to double the lead minutes later, but he blasted the ball over from six yards.And it was Rooney again who wasted another chance on goal, scooping the ball over with Handanovic nowhere to be seen.It looked like he would have to wait to equal Gary Lineker’s 48 England goals and it was Wilshere who was celebrating again with another long distance rocket to put his side ahead with 15 minutes remaining.A nice touch from Lallana sent the Arsenal ace surging forward and he fired the ball past Handanovic from 25 yards out.Nejc Pecnik appeared to have saved his nation when he beat Kieran Gibbs to head past Hart, but Rooney was finally celebrating and it was a cool finish to secure all three points in the final five minutes. 1last_img read more

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Arsenal legend Brady tells Wenger: ‘Sort out the defence!’

first_imgFormer Arsenal midfielder Liam Brady has called for Arsene Wenger to find a solution to the Gunners’ haphazard set-piece defending once and for all following their shock Champions League defeat to Olympiakos.The Greek side had never won in England ahead of Tuesday night’s clash at the Emirates, and they came away from north London with their first ever triumph as an error-strewn Gunners side collapsed to a 3-2 defeat.Manager Wenger has come under heavy criticism for his failure to sign an outfield player during the summer transfer window, with fans calling for a top class striker they believe will make the Gunners title challengers once again.But, with England forward Theo Walcott – who found the net alongside Alexis Sanchez against Olympiakos – beginning to shine upfront, Highbury hero Brady believes it’s their defence which really needs sorting out.“We don’t have a problem in the forward area, not as much as people like to make out,” the FA Cup winner, and two-time Serie A winner with Juventus, told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Theo will play. He scored again last night and did really well for Sanchez’s goal.“It think our defending, especially in set pieces, is where we really need to get better.“We dominated the game, but we defended poorly from set-pieces and it cost us dearly.“We lost a goal at Zagreb and two goals against Olympiakos to set-pieces. The first goal was bad last night, the ball coming into the box and players not really knowing what’s going on. The marking and concentration has got to be a lot better.“If we get these things right the results will be more consistent and we won’t have this up and down situation we’re having at the moment.”Having lost their Champions League opener at Dynamo Zagreb, a second successive defeat in Europe leaves Arsenal’s chances of progression hanging by a thread.However, Brady believes spirited performances against group opponents Bayern Munich in the past gives the side a glimmer of hope.He added: “It was a shock, but what can you do? We have to dust ourselves down and start again and somehow rescue the situation in the group.“If we get six points in the next games against Zagreb and Olympiakos, we’ll have to try and get something from the Bayern game, but we’ve done it before against them.”last_img read more

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Huge Liverpool blow as star man ruled out of Arsenal and Man United showdowns

first_img1 Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho is facing up to a month on the sidelines, Jurgen Klopp has revealed.The Brazilian, arguably the Reds’ most impressive performer this season, suffered a hamstring injury during Tuesday’s win over Stoke in the League Cup.He is now expected to be out of action until February, missing Friday’s FA Cup clash with Exeter as well as key Premier League games against Arsenal and Manchester United next week.Dejan Lovren, who limped out of the game against Stoke with a hamstring injury, will also miss those three games but should return before the end of the monthKlopp will also be without Kolo Toure for the trip to Exeter on Friday, leaving him without a recognised centre-back for the cup clash.“Coutinho is more serious than Dejan Lovren, and Dejan is more serious than Kolo, but none of these three will be available for tomorrow,” Klopp said.“Lovren should be back after United. Coutinho will need a few weeks longer.“With muscle injuries you don’t know. Kolo was cramp and that is not a problem but after three days it is not possible to play the next game. For next week it should not be a problem.”Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho, Jordan Rossiter, Divock Origi, Danny Ings, Joe Gomez and Daniel Sturridge remain sidelined.Liverpool’s lengthy list of absentees has led to criticism of Klopp’s methods, with former manager Roy Evans and Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce saying the German’s intense playing style is to blame. Philippe Coutinho last_img read more

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DRAGONS DEN ENTREPRENEUR OFFICIALLY OPENS THE BASE ENTERPRISE CENTRE

first_imgBUSINESS: Dragon’s Den star Eamonn Quinn – officially opened new business hub The BASE Enterprise Centre yesterday afternoon. Local community and business representatives came together to celebrate the official opening of The BASE Enterprise Centre. A €1.4m community and enterprise hub developed to support social and economic regeneration in the wider Finn Valley and cross-border area in Donegal and Tyrone.Coinciding with the launch, the centre also played host to ‘A Creative Touch of Donegal’ – an exhibition celebrating Donegal’s rich creative offering from a diverse range of local designers.Located on the Railway Road in Stranorlar, the purpose-built centre is run by BASICC (Ballybofey and Stranorlar Integrated Community Company) and represents a major investment in the local economy.The project was part-funded by the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) under its CBESR programme, and Donegal County Council, Enterprise Ireland and the EU’s INTERREG IVA Programme. The BASE Enterprise Centre encompasses over 19,000 square feet of prime space across three floors, offering a high-tech setting for businesses in the heart of the Finn Valley.The space has been thoughtfully designed to enable business development and growth with a dedicated business start-up area, flexible arrangements, offices and units of various sizes, training facilities, free Wi-Fi in designated areas, free parking, bright communal spaces and a range of meeting rooms.As well as attracting new business to the area, the centre aims to support existing enterprises in the area by working directly with local business owners and managers.The centre is situated within 20 minutes’ drive from Letterkenny and Donegal Town, close to a number of key urban centres in Northern Ireland (Derry, 50km, Strabane, 22km and Omagh 45km) and within walking distance of the Finn Valley Leisure Centre and dedicated childcare facilities.Reconciliation Programme:As part of an initial two-year reconciliation programme administered by BASICC, the facility incorporates a dedicated shared space to support the development of good community relations between both traditions in the area. This initiative involves cross-community training and cultural activities, bringing all sections of farming – both local and cross border – together into a common space through a range of supports and services.Activities are designed to centre on the needs of rural communities, such as health and wellbeing promotion; social activities centred on an agricultural theme, such as farm financing, land use and cross border markets; and social and business-related themes along with traditional skills and crafts.Speaking at the official opening, Paddy Harte, Board Member of the International Fund for Ireland, said that the Fund is proud to be associated with the valuable work carried out by BASICC in bringing about positive change and addressing the social and economic needs of the local area.“The Fund is committed to the long-term task of breaking down traditional barriers and helping to build positive relations and contact between the two main communities on the island of Ireland. “We’re therefore delighted to be associated with the Base Enterprise Centre and the reconciliation programme run by BASICC.“By building and nurturing greater cross-border and cross-community links, we believe the project will have a positive and lasting impact on reconciliation along the Donegal-Tyrone border. ”Kieran Doherty, Chairperson of BASICC said, “I would like to thank all our funders for their support in making this centre a reality.“We could not have achieved this without the help and financial support from the International Fund for Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Donegal County Council and INTERREG.“The centre is a tremendous opportunity for the Twin Towns and the wider East Donegal and West Tyrone border area and an example of what can be achieved by working together.“We’re already seeing great results in terms of helping to diversify the local economy, lessening the reliance on traditional industries and encouraging more local entrepreneurship.”Mr Doherty noted that, in addition to providing a welcome economic boost for the area, “the centre will provide local communities with a shared space for use in promoting greater networking and engagement on a cross-community and cross-border basis.This will have a lasting impact in terms of reconciliation.Paschal McGuire, Regional Director North East/North West of Enterprise Ireland said that Enterprise Ireland is very happy to be associated along with other funding partners in supporting The Base.“It is a state of the art piece of infrastructure that will provide the space for local entrepreneurs to start and develop new businesses.“As they grow their businesses and ultimately develop in export markets they will provide new employment opportunities for talented local people.“I wish you every success and Enterprise Ireland looks forward to working with you in the years to come.Barry Naughton, Regional Director, AIB Bank said, “We’re delighted at AIB to be an ongoing partner to The BASE Enterprise Centre supporting Start Ups in the region across all sectors.“With every modern facility to hand the workspace units at the Centre are an ideal base for anyone to kick start and grow their business in a supportive environment”Seamus Neely, Chief Executive of Donegal County Council welcomes the completion of this state of art community enterprise initiative which has no doubt answered a need for small business enterprise units in the Finn Valley area.A collaborative approach with various stakeholders and a strong community group has led to the delivery of an Information Technology themed work space and learning facility that will help to support enterprise and job creation at a local level.Seamus went on to wish BASICC every success with the management of the facility and the projects future sustainability.Eamonn Quinn of RTE’s Dragons Den, who was master of ceremonies at the event, introduced some of Donegal’s newest entrepreneurs.Participants included Finn Technology, Innovation Renovation, Viking fit, Utility Choice, Donegal First Aid Services, Ruth Graham Design, Bog Bean Designs, All About Water, Peoplesafe, Advance Survey Solutions, William Kelly (business advisor), Finn Valley Amateur Boxing Club and Ballybofey and Stranorlar Chamber of Commerce.To find out more about The Base Enterprise Centre, visit www.thebaseenterprise.ie or email: info@thebaseenterprise.ie / telephone: 07491 90909.DRAGONS DEN ENTREPRENEUR OFFICIALLY OPENS THE BASE ENTERPRISE CENTRE was last modified: October 9th, 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:Businessnewslast_img read more

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