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American Airline to start Georgetown-Miami flights in November

first_imgUnited States-based American Airlines (AA) is now aiming to start its Georgetown-Miami route by mid-November – one month earlier than planned.Earlier in the year, the Fort Worth Texas-based carrier had announced it was to start offering seats on the route from December 20, 2018, with tickets going on sale from April 2. That was before any permission had actually been sought by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).However, on Tuesday, Director General of the GCAA, retired Lieutenant Colonel Egbert Field told the media that AA has since submitted the relevant documents to the Authority and plans are moving apace for flights to commence by mid-November.“We are happy to have them (American Airlines) onboard but the professional standard the Authority stands on is that it must be informed and advised before declarations are made or before tickets are sold. Notwithstanding that I had a discussion with the chief of the international agency or department and he did apologise and now we are moving ahead,” Field is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.American Airline’s arrival comes at a very opportune moment as the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) has just recorded in the first quarter of 2018 its highest passenger movement ever. “I know that CJIA is going to be happy that there is an entity helping with the uplift out of Timehri. As reported we’ve already seen an increase in passenger transport over the last couple months when compared to last year.”According to Field, the carrier has indicated it is here for the long-term and will first ply the Georgetown-Miami route before possibly extending to other destinations. The airline will use an Airbus 319 with capacity for 120 passengers to fly to Guyana from Miami four times per week departing from Miami at 18:00h and arriving in Georgetown at 22:40h. The return flight will depart at 01:15 h and arrive at 04:55h.American Airlines offers an average of nearly 6700 flights per day to approximately 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.last_img read more

Weaver, Saunders situations similar

first_img“There is a series of little things they can do with (your) arms and how to hold it and then put it through the computer and (get) the percentage of how much better the right arm is than the left arm,” Weaver said. “There were two of them that I was like three-percent better and they want at least 10-percent better.” Weaver had a long-toss session and said he still is on schedule to start the season on time. As for general manager Bill Stoneman’s assessment Tuesday that Weaver should have done more this winter, Weaver seemed surprised at that critique. “I thought I did everything they told me to,” Weaver said. “I guess I took a little too much time off. Other than that, everything was good.” Third degree? Brandon Wood is finally getting a chance to take some ground balls at third base, but it might be a little presumptuous to say he can beat out Chone Figgins for the Opening-Day job. TEMPE, Ariz. – Joe Saunders knows exactly what fellow pitcher Jered Weaver is going through with shoulder soreness. Like Weaver did after last season, Saunders tried giving his arm a long break, in the winter of 2002 after Saunders’ first professional season. After pitching a full season at Virginia Tech in 2002, Saunders was drafted by the Angels in the first round and finished that summer pitching at Provo and Cedar Rapids. He gave himself 2 months off after the season, and when he resumed throwing he realized he had some muscle atrophy in his shoulder. The power-hitting shortstop, ranked as the Angels’ No. 1 prospect by Baseball America, will begin fielding drills at third base today. He took groundballs with the middle infielders Wednesday. “If it works out and he can play third base, to have that kind of bat coming up and having a position for him is something that could help us and is something that’s going to be big for our depth,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’re not giving up on his ability to play shortstop, and I think that’s important.” doug.padilla@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Instead of trying to rebuild muscle, Saunders tried to pitch through the pain and caused serious damage. He didn’t pitch in 2003 as he rehabbed rotator cuff and labrum damage. It helps explain why the Angels have been cautious with Weaver at the start of camp. Weaver (Simi Valley) said he underwent strength tests on the shoulder, with seven of the nine tests coming back positive. That means there will still be more long-toss days before he throws his first bullpen session. last_img read more

Dutch teen’s yard searched yet again

first_imgAt least 10 people have been arrested and released without charges. Hundreds more have been questioned. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In a brief written statement issued Friday, the prosecutors’ office said: “The team has indications that justify a more thorough search.” Holloway, an 18-year-old from Mountain Brook, Ala., vanished in the early hours of May 30, 2005, the last day of a five-day vacation to celebrate her high school graduation with 124 other students. She was seen leaving a bar with van der Sloot, then 17, and two Surinamese brothers. The brothers, Deepak and Satish Kalpoe, were jailed and later released after a judge ruled there was not enough evidence to hold them. Van der Sloot, a Dutch citizen who has been attending college in the Netherlands, was jailed for about three months. He has said he left Holloway alone on a beach after they kissed and he did not harm her. Reached Saturday, Paulus van der Sloot, the suspect’s father, said he did not wish to make any comment. ORANJESTAD, Aruba – Dutch police and forensic investigators searched the yard of a one-time suspect in the disappearance of U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway for the second consecutive day Saturday. About 20 detectives and experts from the Netherlands Forensic Institute, an agency of the Dutch Justice Ministry, used metal rods and shovels to probe the yard outside the home of Joran van der Sloot, who was the last person known to have seen the missing teenager. Authorities were also seen bringing dogs, a jackhammer and other supplies into the walled property in a middle-class neighborhood just outside Oranjestad, the capital of the Dutch Caribbean island. The Dutch investigators did not speak to reporters. On Friday, Vivian van der Biezen, a spokeswoman for the public prosecutor’s office, said investigators also searched the van der Sloot home. She did not respond to repeated calls on Saturday. last_img read more

Scientists will try to herd lost whales out to sea

first_img Some crews on more than two dozen boats working to block the humpbacks’ path up the river have been trying since Monday to drive them downstream by banging metal pipes beneath the water. They hope to encourage the pair to return to salt water quickly, without upsetting the whales. “Stressing even a healthy whale is not good. Stressing an injured whale is worse,” said Brian Gorman, a spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The humpbacks, nicknamed Delta and Dawn, had traveled 90 miles inland more than a week ago before turning around at the Port of Sacramento on Sunday and heading back toward the ocean. They were making progress Monday until they reached the Rio Vista Bridge and began swimming in circles. Scientists theorized the whales began circling because vibrations from traffic on the bridge upset them. RIO VISTA – Scientists worried about the health of two wounded, lost whales circling near a Sacramento River bridge planned to begin banging metal pipes again today to herd them toward the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. The humpback whales, who wandered up the river more than a week ago, were spotted again this morning near the bridge about 70 miles from the Pacific where they have lingered since Monday. Both whales were apparently wounded during a run-in with a boat’s propeller. “The wounds appear to have worsened over time and their skin has changed from smooth and shiny to irregular and pitted,” said Frances Gulland of the Marine Mammal Center. Fresh water could hamper the humpbacks’ recovery, adding urgency to scientists’ efforts to push the mother and her calf back to their saltwater home, biologists said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Predicted Tottenham line-up v West Ham

first_img Tottenham welcome West Ham to White Hart Lane on Sunday, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side look to maintain their top-four challenge, live on talkSPORT, from 12pm. Tottenham welcome West Ham to White Hart Lane on Sunday, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side look to maintain their top-four challenge, live on talkSPORT, from 12pm.Spurs are entering a crucial week in their season, with the Europe League second leg tie at Fiorentina on Thursday, and the Capital One Cup final against Chelsea next Sunday.Pochettino has reported no new injury concerns ahead of the game and will have a fully-fit squad to choose from.Harry Kane is set for a recall after coming off the bench on Thursday, but who else will come into the first XI? talkSPORT takes a look…Possible Tottenham line-up against West Ham:GoalkeeperHugo Lloris is one of the league’s best goalkeepers, and will continue between the sticks.DefenceEric Dier started against Liverpool in their previous league game and the former Sporting Lisbon man could come in for Fazio to combat the pacy Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho.Jan Vertonghen, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose should make up the rest of the back-four.MidfieldRyan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb have formed a good understanding in the middle of the park, and the pair’s energy is integral to Pochettino’s high-pressing game.Moussa Dembele has performed well in recent weeks in a more advanced role and the Belgian should start just off the striker.AttackKane has scored 11 goals in his last 10 Premier League matches, and the English striker will be raring to go after starting on the bench against Fiorentina.Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela should flank Kane, and they will provide a test for the Hammers’ full-backs cutting in from wide.Tottenham fans, how do you think you’ll line-up against West Ham? Comment below… 1last_img read more

Can Mourinho survive ‘manhunt’ after stay of execution?

first_imgHe said he had received a text message from a senior board member, believed to be the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, before kick-off on Saturday telling him to ignore reports that the axe was set to fall regardless of the result against Newcastle.“There is a lot of wickedness and a clear manhunt,” said the 55-year-old Portuguese boss in a post-match rage despite the late turnaround.“I think life is made of experiences and some are new and some are deja vu. This is new but I think it makes me a better manager and a better person.”The concern for United is that this is not new for Mourinho.His third seasons in his second spell at Chelsea and Real Madrid also ended in acrimonious departures after poor results and falling out with key players.Alexis Sanchez celebrates Manchester United’s winner against Newcastle © AFP / Oli SCARFFIn saving Mourinho’s job, at least for now, a rousing second-half display at Old Trafford was in some ways an indictment of his time in charge.So often criticised for preaching a cautious approach, it was only when Mourinho’s men threw caution to the wind when 2-0 down that they began to look like the United of old.It was almost a replica of arguably the standout result of the Mourinho era, when United roared back from 2-0 down at half-time to Manchester City to win 3-2 at the Etihad in April to delay Pep Guardiola’s title party.Just like that day, when Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez showed why United have invested heavily in bringing them to the club, it was some of those most harshly criticised or shunned by Mourinho who pulled United out of the mire against Newcastle.Substitute Juan Mata, who has had to content himself with a bit-part role under Mourinho recently, got United’s comeback under way with a sumptuous free-kick.Anthony Martial, at odds with the Portuguese this season, scored the equaliser and Sanchez, left out of the squad against West Ham last week, headed a 90th-minute winner.– Turning point? –Whatever their differences, these were not players happy to lie down and watch their manager take the bullet.“We couldn’t afford another defeat, we couldn’t afford another disappointment, especially for the fans,” Mata told MUTV.“I think they saw today we tried everything, and we came back and from the mental point of view it’s a very important three points.”But is the victory short-term balm or a turning point in United’s season?Former United midfielder Paul Ince says it is too early for United to believe they have turned the corner.“We all know one swallow doesn’t make a summer,” he told the BBC. “So are we papering over the cracks because they came back? To some extent, yeah, we are but it was an important result because they had to win after all the reports of Mourinho leaving.”Presuming he is still in charge, Mourinho returns to Chelsea after the international break, where he has lost in all three visits as United manager, with no goals scored.Two Champions League clashes with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus and meetings with high-flying Bournemouth and Everton follow before United travel to City for the Manchester derby on November 11.This time City could deliver the final nail in the coffin. Not for the title, but Mourinho’s tenure at Old Trafford.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jose Mourinho oversaw a dramatic Manchester United comeback against Newcastle © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 8 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho survived a wild weekend at Old Trafford to escape what he described as a “manhunt” after a terrible start to the season.But a thrilling comeback from 2-0 down to beat lowly Newcastle 3-2 could prove to be little more than a stay of execution for Mourinho, with a run of tougher fixtures looming.last_img read more

Euro 2016 Fantasy Football: Five of the best midfield tips for your team

first_img Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium) – €10.0m – Okay, this one is an obvious one but as you have followed our advice and bagged some bargains, you can afford to have a splurge on De Bruyne. The Belgian has been in red-hot form for Manchester City this season and despite being in the ‘group of death’ with Italy, Republic of Ireland and Sweden, his goals should see his side through. Anthony Martial (France) – €9.0m – Martial is not a certain starter for the hosts but, crucially, he is listed as midfielder on the Euro 2016 fantasy football website. That means he will score more for the goals he will inevitably get as he forms a formidable front three for the French. 5 5 5 5 Krzysztof Maczynski (Poland) – €5.5m – With Robert Lewandowski ahead of him, Maczynski should find himself picking up a few assists during his time in France. Poland should qualify with ease from their group and will be fired up for the huge clash with Germany. Ivan Perisic (Croatia) – €7.5m – Click the arrow, right, to see some more midfield fantasy football tips – Perisic bagged six goals during qualifying and will get chances to add to that after Croatia were grouped with Czech Republic, Spain and Turkey. The Inter Milan winger will get forward often and has a good supply line with Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric behind him. Fantasy football is back for Euro 2016 and now it is time to assess the best midfield options as you continue to fill up your squad.With the midfielders, it is important to get a few big names in there who will guarantee points but there are also a few gems which go unnoticed from the lesser known countries.EURO 2016 FANTASY FOOTBALL: FIVE OF THE BEST DEFENDERS FOR YOUR TEAMLooking past the obvious selections such as Mesut Ozil and Andres Iniesta, talkSPORT have highlighted some of the best fantasy football midfielders.Click the arrow above, right, to see some of our tips for the best midfielders.We are using the official UEFA Euro 2016 fantasy football and you can pick your team here. 5 Selcuk Inan (Turkey) – €7.0m – Inan got three goals in qualifying for Turkey and, excluding Spain, he could add to that in a competitive Group D with tough but winnable games against Czech Republic and Croatia. If Turkey sneak through that group they could go on and do well and Inan will be key to that. last_img read more

Manchester United are not ‘always an attacking team’ according to Jose Mourinho

first_img Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho believes winning matches is more integral to Manchester United’s DNA than playing with flair.Mourinho’s predecessor Louis van Gaal was judged to have failed on both fronts, but the regular chants of “attack, attack, attack” at Old Trafford last season showed where the fans placed their priorities.Mourinho, like most managers, would like to succeed with panache but, having watched United at close quarters for over a decade, he sees victory as the primary aim of any match followed by style.“I grew up in football as a manager since 2001 more or less, especially when I came to England in 2004, and I saw Manchester United as a winning team, not as always an attacking team,” he said ahead of Sunday’s Premier League opener at Bournemouth.“I played sometimes against Manchester United and they were a defensive team. I played Real Madrid-Manchester United in Madrid and they crossed the midfield line twice… Wayne Rooney played outside-left to defend my right-back.“I saw them always as a winning team with an attacking philosophy, but a winning team. The winning team needs to score more goals than they concede but, if you want, to concede less goals than the goals you score.“That’s the challenge for Manchester United, to try to be a winning team in a new era of the Premier League that is much more difficult than before. So our job is really difficult but we want to win matches, we want to win competitions, and to win isolated matches you can play bad but to win competitions you need to play well.” 1last_img read more

‘CAN’T PAY, WON’T PAY’ CAMPAIGNERS ADD WATER CHARGES TO HITLIST – AVERAGE CHARGE OF €625

first_imgDONEGAL anti-auserity campaigners have now added proposed water charges to their campaign hitlist – vowing to stop them as independent experts predicted the annual charge for a family will be around €625 per year.This figure does not include the proposed €40 per year standing charge.The Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay campaign says that plans to introduce water charges are in disarray before a single water meter has been fitted and has called for the planned charges to be scrapped. Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig of the campaign steering committee said today: “The news that households will be expected to pay for the cost of water meter installation suggests that the government has learned nothing from the Household Charge fiasco. There will be even more resistance to paying this.”He claimed the Government has been “rocked” by the level of non-payment of the Household tax.The campaigner went on: “Labour Party councillors around the country are in open revolt to the proposal, while in Donegal, Labour Councillors have hastily joined Sinn Fein and even Fianna Fail councillors on what is becoming a very crowded bandwagon, in opposing steps to pursue Household Tax non-payers.“Our campaign is totally opposed to water charges and meter charges. We are calling for water charges to be scrapped. If the government persists, we will organise a campaign of non-payment as we did with the Household Tax. “It is being argued that water metering is necessary as a conservation measure. This is not the case. It has been shown that in the long term, water usage declines by only 10% after metering. Compare this with the national average of 40% of water lost through the supply network in aging, leaky pipes.“It has been estimated that the cost of metering could be as high as € 1.5 billion. If this money was instead invested in improving the supply network, it would yield much greater savings in water use.“Water metering is a step towards privatisation, where our water supply will be turned into a commodity. This is also why it is proposed to take responsbility for the water supply network away from county councils and hand it to a new body, Irish Water.”The Government has rejected this claim.The Gaoth Dobhair man said however: “We are already paying for water supply and treatment from our general taxation. It is not a case of asking for ‘something for nothing’. We are demanding fairness and resisting the plunder of another of our natural resources.” Donegal County Council will lose all control over the delivery of water by 2017 at the latest.Meanwhile newspaper reports today suggest the household tax will rise to an annual fee of around €1,000 next year.‘CAN’T PAY, WON’T PAY’ CAMPAIGNERS ADD WATER CHARGES TO HITLIST – AVERAGE CHARGE OF €625 was last modified: April 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:CAN’T PAYWON’T PAY’ CAMPAIGNERS ADD WATER CHARGES TO HITLIST – AVERAGE CHARGE OF €625last_img read more

SCV Food Pantry seeks gift cards for holiday meals

first_imgNEWHALL – The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry is seeking donations of grocery store gift cards so families in need can buy the food they need for holiday meals. The goal of the “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Holiday” program is to collect enough gift cards to distribute $10 per family member to qualifying families who use the food pantry to supplement their food budgets. “We can accept gift cards at any time. Either mail them or drop them off at the food pantry and we will distribute them to our clients,” said Jan Fear, secretary of the board of directors for the pantry. The “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Holiday” program is being introduced in conjunction with the communitywide Holiday Storefront/Toy Drive hosted by the county Sheriff’s Department. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The program is a collaborative effort involving the Sheriff’s Department, Single Mothers Outreach, the Santa Clarita Community Center and the local domestic violence center. Local sheriff’s deputies will initiate the toy drive and will distribute the toys in December, while the food gift cards will be distributed by pantry volunteers. The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry distributes supplemental food to more than 3,400 clients, half of them children. About 60 volunteers work together to sort food, prepare bags and assist clients. Those who want to donate to the “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Holiday” program can mail grocery gifts cards to, or drop them off at, the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, 24133 Railroad Ave., Newhall, CA 91321. For information about food donations or volunteering, call center director Belinda Crawford at (661) 255-9078. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more