Fly Jamaica yet to file application with GCAA

first_imgIt has been one week since new investors announced their move to take over the Fly Jamaica airline, however, an application is yet to be filed at the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), even as the new owners seek to recommence flights from Guyana by September.Director General of the GCAA, Egbert Field in an interview with this newspaper on Monday said the airline is nonetheless still likely to start its operations next month.“It may be possible depending on the magnitude of the work, if there are many changes to their former operation. So I would be unable to say or give you a definitive answer until I see what is produced and if their operations have changed,” he explained.When it comes to the airline’s bond, Field was keen to note that this must be put in place before operations begin, especially since Fly Jamaica, under its previous owners, did not have one when it pulled out of the market.“The bond will [have to] be set before the operations. As a new carrier returning to the market, we will have to start all over again so a new bond will be put in place,” the GCAA Head noted.Last Tuesday, following the airline’s announcement to reenter the market, Field told this publication that Fly Jamaica would be required to refile an application seeking approval to do so.He had explained that the airline must be granted approval first from the Jamaica Aviation Authority, then file its application with Guyana.“If they are certified and approved by the Jamaican, because it is a Jamaican-based airline not a Guyanese-based, so providing that Jamaica approved the application then they will give them the necessary permits, they will have to use that to reapply to the Civil Aviation Authority of Guyana so they will have to make an entire new application and go through the entire process for approval from Guyana also,” the Director General stated.On July 29, it was reported that a team of investors including Jamaican aviation veteran, Glenn Logan, led by Yann LeProvost of the French-based company W&Y SAS has taken over the problem-plagued airline.The new owners took over on July 26 from Guyanese operators, Paul and Roxanne Reece. They have since pledged their commitment to addressing the issues affecting the airline, such as owed salaries to workers and compensation for tickets.Fly Jamaica became crippled following a November 9 crash last year. The Boeing 757 flight destined for Toronto, Canada crash-landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) at Timehri, East Bank Demerara, after encountering hydraulic issues.It was reported that the flight took off around 02:10h but later returned to the airport where the aircraft crash-landed at about 02:53h.The cash-strapped airline has since made all its workers redundant, effective from March 1, 2019. Most of the fired former employees are still awaiting their salaries as well.Fuming passengers too are still awaiting refunds from tickets that were booked.In May some 46 complaints were received by the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission which value about $8,316,504. However last month, the agency said over 100 complaints were filed.last_img read more

Camps teaching their captive audiences to read

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson While Olufemi makes his way through the shelves of the camp’s library, there are some other teens among the 5,000 in county detention camps who don’t have the education level to keep pace with him. Although some have a basic math understanding, many don’t have solid reading skills, a common characteristic among juvenile offenders. In fact, the average reading ability of wards at correctional institutions is at the fourth-grade level, according to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Some, however, can’t read at all. Students in juvenile camp attend school for about six hours each day, much like traditional school systems. Those who need extra help with reading – such as students reading two years or more behind their grade levels – are getting it each day after school with programs such as Operation Read. LAKE HUGHES – Life on the outside was all about survival, a place where street smarts trumped book smarts. But since he was sent to juvenile detention camp a few months ago, 16-year-old Olufemi has finished about four books. One page turner took him just four days to read, cover to cover. Olufemi said he never knew he could read so fast. But during his time at Camp Mendenhall, the muscular teen has discovered a new passion that was once cloaked beneath his tough exterior – books. “When I’m reading, I’m not thinking about other things,” he said during a recent open house. “I’m just concentrating.” The on-site educational program serves various juvenile halls in the area and aims to increase reading skills to make youths more competitive in the world upon release. At Camp Mendenhall, about 10 to 20 boys at the all-male facility practice reading, spelling and vocabulary through the two-hour, daily tutoring program. Overall, students get about 40 hours of instruction. “I have a 12th-grader now who is reading at a kindergarten level,” said Carole MacArthur, Operation Read site coordinator. “I’m trying to get him to read so he can read a prescription for his baby.” While some have learning disabilities, others have fallen behind with their academics from ditching school, sometimes for months at a time. They can get so far behind their peers that they don’t want to catch up, MacArthur said. Others slip through the cracks, such as a high school senior with reading skills that were below the first-grade level. When MacArthur asked the boy how that happened, he said teachers in school often send him to the back of the room with some crayons. Instead of working with the troubled student, teachers passed him on to the next grade level. Interesting young offenders in reading has long been a goal of county Supervisor Don Knabe, who also worked with the Probation Department in 1998 to kick off Operation Read. The program began in juvenile camps and has since extended to include those in special education and in other educational facilities. Knabe wants youths in juvenile camps to become card-carrying members of the public library system and hopes to bring traveling bookmobiles to the facilities to encourage reading and to allow them the same educational opportunities as other students in the county. “By this library initiative, we’re hoping to instill that lifetime of learning and hope that they continue to access libraries when they’re out of the juvenile system,” said David Sommers, an aide to Knabe. Camp Mendenhall houses males between 13 and 18 years old who have been found guilty of felonies. Most stay at the camp for six months or less. Olufemi’s last name was withheld at the request of the detention center to protect the privacy of incarcerated minors. Sue Doyle,(661) 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