REDjet can’t fly to the US just yet says federal authorities

first_imgAny hopes by Barbadians that they would soon be flying new low-cost carrier REDjet to the United States has been set-back by US flight regulators.The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced on Tuesday that Barbados does not meet standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which means that no Barbados-based airline that does not already serve the US (currently just REDjet), can establish a route to the US. Redjet received operation approval from Barbadian flight regulators this week and is scheduled to start flying between Barbados and Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad in early May.The US FAA assigned Barbados a Category 2 safety rating, which means that Barbados does not comply with international safety standards set by ICAO (a United Nations technical agency), based on an assessment by Barbados’ civil aviation authority.An International Aviation Safety Assessment Category 2 rating means a country either lacks laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with minimum international standards, or that its civil aviation authority is deficient in one or more areas, such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record keeping or inspection procedures, the FAA stated.However, FAA spokeswoman, Alison Duquette, stressed that the FAA’s assessment does not mean regulators think it is unsafe for airlines based elsewhere to serve Barbados.In speaking to the media on this issue, Minister of International Transport George Hutson acknowledged the problem but gave the assurance that by month-end major steps would be taken to help bring the island fully in line with the ICAO’s aviation safety oversight provisions.Minister Hutson pointed out that over the past few years the island “has been taking steps to satisfy the international requirements for aviation safety oversight” and that the island had satisfied seven out of nine required elements.“Of these … nine elements … Barbados has fully satisfied seven and is in the process of addressing the others. These elements addressed are the Civil Aviation System and increasing the required number of personnel to adequately staff the Civil Aviation Department,” he said on Tuesday evening.“In this regard the Government is working with the International Civil Aviation Organisation on a strategic study to inform on the structure, staffing and organisation of the entity to administer and direct civil aviation in Barbados.” Hutson said the exercise “is expected to begin by the end of April and is expected to be completed by the end of May”.“Following the recommendations from the ICAO, the necessary actions can be taken to satisfy the two outstanding requirements,” he stated.Caribbean 360 News Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img 34 Views   no discussions LifestyleNewsTravel REDjet can’t fly to the US just yet says federal authorities by: – April 14, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

RCCF Large Project Grant Cycle application period open

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Ripley County Community Foundation is looking for grant applications for its 2018 Large Project Grant Cycle.  Available funds granted to the community come from Ripley County Community Foundation Community Granting Funds. The Large Project Grants are open to non-profits serving Ripley County.Large Project Grant applications are due by 4:00pm the first Friday in August (August 3rd).  To apply, non-profit organizations may obtain the application and review grant guidelines online here. Organizations are able to apply for up to $5,000.The Ripley County Community Foundation is located at 13 East George Street, Suite B in Batesville.  Any non-profit organization is encouraged to call the Foundation with questions at 812-933-1098 or e-mail at office@rccfonline.org.last_img read more

Thanksgiving

first_imgToday is Thanksgiving.  After a good meal, I will settle down to watch some NFL football.  I haven’t checked the TV schedule yet, but there may also be college football and/or college basketball played today.  I know the ladies in your family might try to get in some Christmas shopping later in the day, and if you are like me, you prefer to stay home and not fight the crowds.No matter what you do, have a great Thanksgiving!last_img

‘Arsenal shouldn’t have spent £72m on Pepe’ – Aliadiere

first_img Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers7 African Actresses With Thick Skin Who Got Famous In Hollywood9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouTop 10 Must-Know Facts About Ivanka TrumpWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time “Maybe with confidence, with more games, that will improve. But it’s that sort of thing – when he switches off and seems to lack concentration – that gets to me. “That is something you can’t really have with top, top players who come for that sort of money. The easy stuff has got to be done properly.” Pepe arrived at Arsenal towards the end of last summer’s transfer window, after Arsenal had also explored a potential deal for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha. Former boss Unai Emery, who the Gunners sacked in November, has since admitted that he favoured Zaha because he already knew the Premier League, but that the Arsenal hierarchy moved for the unproven Pepe instead. The former Lille attacker has openly acknowledged that adjusting to English football has been difficult, although there had been signs since the turn of the year that he was beginning to find his feet under Arteta’s guidance. Indeed, Aliadiere believes Arsenal’s new head coach could do wonders for Pepe’s development. “I think Mikel could be the perfect match for Nico because he will not let him get away with things,” the former striker enthused. “As a player, Mikel was all about quality and simplicity. You can’t miss a simple pass if you are five yards away because that costs goals and points. “When we go on a counterattack, with the speed and pace we’ve got, we should be scoring many more goals. But if the final pass is not spot on, then you waste chances. “That’s where I just feel Pepe’s been a bit lacking and maybe that is me being a bit picky because of the price tag. “And that’s really what I’ve been saying, it’s more about the price. If we’d spent £35m on him, you’d say ‘great signing’. But when you think we have paid twice as much, you think, ‘He needs to do more.’ “We don’t have the resources of Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain, so when we spend big money, we need to make sure we spend it on the right players. read also:Arsenal to sell six players to fund Pepe’s remaining £72m transfer fee “You can see he has unbelievable potential, talent and quality. Technically, he can do incredible stuff, but the simple things, sometimes he doesn’t do them spot on. “That’s why I feel maybe we shouldn’t have spent that much on him.” That is the view of former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere, who believes the winger has yet to show why the north London giants paid a club-record fee to sign him from Lille last summer. Prior to football’s coronavirus-enforced suspension, Pepe had scored six goals and provided eight assists during his debut season in England. However, despite the occasional flashes of brilliance, inconsistency has plagued the Ivory Coast international, with head coach Mikel Arteta admitting that the wideman is still very much a work in progress. Pepe’s patchy performances have led to plenty of criticism, with Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport even labelling him one of Europe’s four biggest flops of the season so far. Aliadiere – who spent eight years at Arsenal between 1999 and 2007 – believes that’s an unfair assessment but he acknowledged that the 24-year-old needs to start proving his worth. “I saw what he did with Lille last season and he is an amazing player,” Aliadiere told Goal. “So, I’m not denying his talent. “What I’m seeing, though, is the most expensive player in Arsenal’s history and even if you don’t want to think about the money, the fact is that money is, unfortunately, a big thing in football. “And when you spend that much money on a player, you expect more goals and you expect more assists.” Aliadiere, who now works as a television pundit and is often part of Arsenal’s media team at matches, added: “If you look at his stats, I would say he has had an alright season. “Now, obviously it is not easy, as I know having been there, but the thing that has disappointed me a tiny bit is his decision-making during games. “For a player who cost £72m, it’s the simple parts of the game that sometimes I see him lacking. And that’s what I pick on a bit. “Yes, he goes on a good dribble and goes through two or three players – that’s amazing. But when you have (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang on your left and all you have to do is pass the ball in the right spot, and instead cut it back at the wrong time, that bothers me. And I’ve seen that quite a lot from him this season. Nicolas Pepe must improve the simple parts of his game if he is to start living up to his £72 million ($87m) price tag. Loading… last_img read more

Poyet wants referee apology

first_imgSunderland boss Gus Poyet called for referees’ chief Mike Riley to apologise to him after the Black Cats were beaten 2-0 at Stoke in controversial circumstances. Friend’s call drew an angry reaction from Poyet and, when asked about the incident after the match, the Uruguayan manager said: “I would like the referees’ association (the Professional Game Match Officials Board) to apologise to me this time. “They did it last week. I think it is fair – they called a British manager and I think it is time for them to call a foreign manager. “Then, the referee will have said it was not a red card and I don’t need to appeal.” Riley, who heads the PGMOB, recently contacted West Brom boss Steve Clarke to apologise for referee Andre Marriner’s contentious decision to award a late penalty to Chelsea in Albion’s league game at Stamford Bridge on November 9, a spot-kick which was converted by Eden Hazard and saw the contest end 2-2. Poyet was in no doubt that the Brown-Adam incident merited a similar response from Riley and brought a laptop with him to his post-match press conference, which he offered to use to show footage of what had happened to the assembled media. Poyet said: “I’m not going to comment on the referee because I don’t want to get fined. “Did you see the action? Look at the computer – if you want, we will watch it. If you didn’t see it, feel free to do so, from every angle. “Charlie said he (Brown) touched his shinpad but he kept running – he didn’t go down (immediately) and he is not in hospital. Poyet’s side, already 1-0 down at the time, were reduced to 10 men in the 36th minute of the Barclays Premier League contest when referee Kevin Friend deemed a sliding tackle from Wes Brown on Charlie Adam to be worthy of a straight red card. Brown, who was travelling at considerable speed, won the ball with the challenge and replays suggested any contact between the two players had been minimal. “There is no doubt about it. It was the referee who made the decision and he took three or four seconds to give the foul, which was not even a foul.” In the five league matches Poyet has overseen since he succeeded the sacked Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland – who are now back to the bottom of the table – there have been three Black Cats players sent off. And asked if he thought the Wearside outfit were getting a reputation with referees, Poyet said: “It’s a good question and I think we should ask Mike Riley. “He could tell us that. Let’s see what they tell the referees inside. Let’s see what they do next week when we make a tackle.” Giving his view of the incident, Stoke boss Mark Hughes said: “I’m sure Gus feels a little bit aggrieved about it, but my interpretation of it was that maybe Wes was a little bit out of control and a little bit reckless. “At the time I thought it was a poor challenge. Whether or not it merited a sending-off that is obviously the debate after the game, which is a shame because it takes the shine off our performance. We played really well today. “I’ve looked at it myself on a laptop and I think from different angles it looks worse than from other angles. “Obviously the referee, from his angle, felt it merited a sending-off and I can understand why that’s the case. “Charlie got caught on the outside of his legs about shin-level. We can get a video on a laptop and take a look if you want!” Adam had given Stoke the lead six minutes prior to the red card incident, slotting in from a cut-back by Steven Nzonzi, who then neatly converted his team’s second in the 81st minute having been teed up by Peter Crouch’s through-ball. The Potters, who had been 17th at the start of the day and separated from the relegation zone by goal difference alone, moved up to 14th after the result. Press Associationlast_img read more

Kohli’s statue unveiled at Madame Tussauds Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi, June 6: Indian captain Virat Kohlis wax figure was unveiled at Madame Tussauds here on Wednesday.Kohli will join other sports sensations in his signature batting pose in the interactive zone. The Delhi batsman’s figure has been crafted from over 200 measurements and photographs taken during the sitting sessions. At the unveiling of his figure, Kohli said: “I sincerely appreciate the efforts and incredible work undergone in making my figure. “Thanks to Madame Tussauds for choosing me for this lifetime experience. I am grateful to my fans for their love and support,” he added.Madame Tussauds Delhi is the world’s most famous wax attraction that opened in the outer circle of Connaught Place here. (IANS)last_img

Mackeson `King of Domino’ nation-wide tournament officially launched

first_img… Tournament to start tomorrow in Linden, Essequibo, West Demerara and BarticaWITH $1M up for grabs for the winners, the Mackeson ‘King of Domino’ competition will serve off tomorrow simultaneously in Linden, Essequibo, West Coast Demerara and Bartica. The organisers, the Guyana National Dominoes Federation (GNDF), are calling it one of the biggest dominoes tournaments to ever hit Guyana.The nationwide tournament is expected to attract hundreds of dominoes teams. Those desirous of cashing-in on the lucrative prizes up for grabs, must pay a registration fee of $10 000. Upon registration, each team will receive one case of Mackeson.Rodwell Phillips, vice-president of the GNDF, explained to reporters at yesterday’s launch, that the idea is to give teams a fair shot at the imminent first-place prize. As such, when a team is knocked out of its respective zone, the team can re-enter in another zone by simply paying another registration fee.“For example, if a Bartica team lose in that zone, they can re-enter the competition in the Georgetown zone once it is done before the registration period closes,” Phillips explained.“I must say thank you to Ansa McAl who are helping us to keep dominoes alive and well in Guyana,” said Faye Joseph, who sits at the helm of the GNDF.According to Sean Abel, Mackeson Brand representative, “We (Ansa McAl) are very happy to be part of this tournament through the Mackeson brand. Also we have already made commitments for continued support of dominoes of Guyana through upcoming tournaments.”The second-place finishers will receive $500 000 while third-placers will pocket $200 000. In addition there will be a most valuable player (MVP) prize along with Mackeson Promotions and giveaways each night.last_img read more

After struggling last year, Seyferth, Berner click

first_imgLast year, Jessica Seyferth finished 11-19 in singles and and 12-16 in doubles. She’s turned things around since, going 10-7 this year.[/media-credit]Team leaders aren’t the only ones who can produce inspired efforts.On the men’s basketball team, for instance, sophomore forward Mike Bruesewitz brought energy to the court from the bench.On seemingly every team, there are role players who bring that special something to the squad to keep spirits up and make key plays in crunch time.For the Wisconsin women’s tennis team, senior Jessica Seyferth and sophomore Hannah Berner team up to bring that special something in the middle of the lineup.Seyferth and Berner have been a solid pairing at the No. 2 doubles spot all season, boasting a 14-3 record.“To be honest with you the only ones that probably know that they have that many wins are them,” said head coach Brian Fleishman. “Everybody else is caught up in trying to get their own record better. I think it’s a positive spot for us because they’re right in the middle of our lineup in singles and doubles and it’s kind of inspirational for the rest of the team.”Off to one of their better starts in the last several seasons, Seyferth and Berner have been a consistent bright spot on the squad.While the Badgers as a whole have been relatively successful in doubles play going 35-19, Seyferth and Berner boast an 82.4 winning percentage this season.Playing to two different strengths, the duo compliment each other, which has only helped build their confidence.“I did know that I wanted to make sure that Jess had a partner she was comfortable with going into her senior season,” Fleishman said. “I knew what Jess’s capabilities were, I knew what Hannah’s capabilities are and they kind of mesh really well. One’s an extremely powerful player – Jessica – a lot of velocity on her ball and of course Hannah has a lot of finesse. The combination of those two things make a good doubles team.”“I think getting off to a good start was really key to build that confidence in our doubles pairing,” Seyferth added. “We both have really good chemistry and know our roles on the court. I think we compliment each other really well and the more we’ve been winning the more confident we’ve been getting.”Even when they have faced trouble, they have been able to keep each other motivated.“It’s very positive on the court,” Fleishman said. “They compliment each other really well. It’s exciting tennis. They handle adversity really well. They pump each other up if one’s not playing well, makes the other person smile or laugh. It’s a good combination, sort of like a good marriage between the two of them.”Seyferth feels the confidence and success she’s had with Berner on the court can also translate to her singles game.Having sat out only one match so far this season in singles play, Seyferth holds a 10-7 record.Berner has had a little more success with a 12-6 record in singles play and holds a solid 10-3 record at the No. 4 spot. Only freshman Jenny Hois has a better record at 12-5.For Seyferth her success this year is a positive step from last year.“Last year I kind of struggled a little bit in doubles,” Seyferth said. “I’ve always loved doubles. Going out with a winning record and to keep winning is really important. I think that can translate into singles. It’s important for me to finish strong individually and as a team. Every year I’ve looked to hopefully improve in the Big Ten standings. You’ve got to give it everything you have, it’s my last year.”Last season Seyferth finished 11-19 in singles matches and 12-16 in doubles.Berner faced a similar finish in doubles play finishing 15-18, but had the opposite result in singles, finishing her freshman season strong with a 20-11 record.Having lost only a few matches this season – one of which was this past weekend – their past adversity has only helped them grow stronger as a duo.“Even though we split this weekend it’s OK,” Seyferth said. “We didn’t play bad. Now we know what we have to work on this week and go back out there this weekend. I think our confidence is really high right now and now we know that our team can depend on us.”With only a handful of regular season matches left, Seyferth and Berner hope to continue their success and stay solid for their team.“We have really good energy out there and we have fun at the same time,” Seyferth said. “We’re competitive. We both have the same mindset and will do anything to win.”last_img read more

CCI looks to address competition issues involving sports federations

first_img Written By 10 months ago Hema Malini: Reminiscing the evergreen songs of the Dream Girl 10 months ago Dev Anand: New-age actors who can portray the legend’s iconic roles FOLLOW US Anti-trust watchdog CCI plans to hold interactions with stakeholders in the sports sector to address competition concerns in connection with sports federations without disturbing the essential elements of their “self-regulatory” frameworks. Competition Commission of India (CCI) Chairman Ashok Kumar Gupta said that of late, the regulator has come across numerous matters relating to the sports sector involving competition concerns.READ: Australia’s star pacer Mitchell Starc to miss second T20I against SLCCI Chairman on the sporting sector 10 months ago Sena warns of stir over demand for cotton procurement centres Last Updated: 28th October, 2019 19:47 IST CCI Looks To Address Competition Issues Involving Sports Federations Anti-trust watchdog CCI plans to hold interactions with stakeholders in the sports sector to address competition concerns in connection with sports federations Press Trust Of India COMMENT 10 months ago BCCI President 2019: 3 men who uplifted Indian cricket before Gangulycenter_img The regulator keeps a tab across sectors against anti-competitive ways and in the past have also clamped down on such practices related to various sports. In some cases, Gupta said the players are also restricted from playing in tournaments organised by others.”The Commission is proposing to hold a sectoral workshop in this area which will provide an opportunity to various stakeholders to express and exchange views on relevant issues.”The workshop will amongst other things provide insights into how more competition can be infused across the sports sector without disturbing the essential elements of the self-regulatory framework,” he noted.READ: ‘No legal action but Shakib has to reply to showcause notice’: BCB CEOOther lookouts of the CCIAs part of larger efforts to promote competition, the CCI also carries out studies about various sectors and is set to start such an exercise for the telecom sector next month. Besides, the watchdog will look at pharmaceutical and healthcare space also. It had come out with a policy note titled ‘Making Markets Work for Affordable Healthcare’ in October last year.”In the coming months, the Commission would like to revisit the sector to review the ground position in light of the recommendations made and issues highlighted,” Gupta said. So far, the regulator has handled over 1,000 anti-trust cases across diverse sectors. READ: BCB President claims there are people trying to sabotage India tourREAD: Rohit Sharma urges for a cracker-free Diwali, posts a touching video LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago Senior Odisha BJP leader Damodar Rout quits party First Published: 28th October, 2019 19:47 IST “A major issue is that some federations, that also play a key role in the selection of players for national teams, have restrictions that do not allow other bodies to organise tournaments,” he told PTI.last_img read more

Federer: The Renaissance Man

first_imgNot only has the resurgent Federer won the Australian Open, then completed the unique Indian Wells and Miami Open title sweep in the space of three months, the superstar of mesmerising, superhuman proportions is most definitely getting better with age.Federer’s Achilles heel used to be his backhand, but it is now enabling him to dominate the tennis landscape. The most decorated male player in Open-era tennis is finding his rhythm on the court and playing with the utmost confidence after claiming his 26th Masters crown and 91st career title at the weekend.“When I came to Miami, I thought eventually it’s going to catch up with me,” said Federer. “The court is slower here and I already won Indian Wells, so semis would be an unbelievable run.”After coming through a couple of epic deciding-set tie-breaks against Tomas Berdych and Nick Kyrgios, you just felt Federer’s name was on the trophy for the third time in his career.His great rival Rafa Nadal must still be scratching his head, wondering how he can change his game-plan in order to beat the great man, although he’ll be relieved to discover the home comforts of the clay court season just around the corner while Federer “probably” won’t play any clay-court events except the French Open. Nadal still leads the head-to-head meetings 23-14 but Federer has won the past four meetings for the first time in their storied rivalry.He is riding along on a crest of a wave, enjoying an 11-match winning streak and 19-1 record on a quite unique season, his best start since 2006 when he went 33-1.And the ‘Big Five’ have been reunited at the top of the ATP rankings, with Federer and Nadal slotting in behind Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka.Tennis is as popular as ever with Federer strutting his stuff at the tender age of 35 and there appears to be no stopping the Swiss juggernaut. The dream of becoming year-end world No 1 is now very much a realistic target.“The world is his oyster,” claims Sky Sports’ Annabel Croft. “He’s moving better than we’ve ever seen him move. He’s almost 36 years of age, and has the shot selection. The choice and options that he brings to the court is exemplary with his serve as good as we’ve ever seen it. And now he has this rejuvenated backhand that is absolutely supreme in every department – everything that we’re looking at is absolutely phenomenal. There is so much to learn from watching him.“He’s an extremely graceful tennis player. He moves so fluidly around the court having been blessed with a really special talent. But he’s a great tennis player in terms of how he plays the scorelines, when to introduce certain aspects of the game, when to introduce the serve-volleys. He is a tactically astute player.” Greg Rusedski added: “It’s perfection at the moment – it doesn’t get any better. We thought Federer was in decline but this year it’s sensational. The movement, how early he’s taking those second serves on the backhands, your timing has to be picture perfect as well as your footwork.“He’s defying logic and it’s great to see it. If there’s a discussion of the greatest of all time, I think Federer is answering it this year. The way he’s playing, it doesn’t look like he’s going to stop.”With the season moving to the red dirt, Federer has answered many questions surrounding his commitment to the clay by saying, “I need a rest. My body needs healing – you’ll probably see me at the French again.” With Monte Carlo, Madrid, Rome, and Roland Garros all on the agenda, Nadal and co will be licking their lips at Federer’s absence.“At the start of the year he had such low expectations and said it was around April when he would know where the comeback was going to be at. But he’s so far ahead of schedule to where he thought he was going to be so that’s got to be on his mind,” said former British No 1 Croft.“He’s targeting another Grand Slam and his eye will surely be on Wimbledon because that’s where he’s had his greatest success. He has talked a lot about the scheduling and not overplaying.”  For Nadal, the Spaniard will be ready to flex his muscles and dig deep into that well of self-belief to get back on track. He will be buoyed by the fact that’s he’s still won as many matches as anybody, along with Federer this year, although the challenge is getting bigger every time he goes on the court.We’ve also witnessed the continued rise of the young guns in Miami as Kyrgios and 19-year-old Alexander Zverev showed their growing dominance in the sport against each other during a highlights reel of a match, showcasing tennis of the future. And Kyrgios’ three-hour toe-to-toe rumble with Federer in the semi-finals will go down as arguably the match of the year to date.“It’s a lovely mix right now,” said Rusedski. “Federer can play until he’s 50, please keep going, but Kyrgios has said, ‘I can really battle with you guys. I can beat the very best’ and so has Zverev.“Imagine in about two years’ time, they will be ready to maybe dig into those guys who are top four or five in the world. One of them will break into that pack – they’re nearly there. Kyrgios looks the most likely of the lot, but Zverev is 19 and has the head, but he still doesn’t have that firepower and the danger that Kyrgios has. “Nobody is serving at 129 mph like Kyrgios and getting them in on big points, consistently. That adds a lot of intrigue. For me, it’s more interesting week in, week out. And with the clay court season, I can’t wait for Monte Carlo to start to see what’s going to happen.”With the return of Murray and Djokovic imminent, we’re in for a thrilling next couple of months on the red stuff.•Culled from Sky SportsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram “I need a rest. My body needs healing – you’ll probably see me at the French again.”An outstandingly versatile, well-rounded person. Roger Federer continues to take the game to new levels with heavenly tennis after hard court title sweep.last_img read more