GCAA requests funds for new drone unit

first_imgAviation sector– to assist with border security; regulating local dronesA new division is scheduled to come on stream at the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), with the regulator requesting money ahead of the 2018 budget for a new unit to not only oversee drone usage in Guyana, but to aid in border security.Following the discovery of illegal airstrips and planes at different hinterland locations, Government had announced its intention to ramp up patrols in the interior. It has long been argued that the vastness of the terrain and the porousness of the borders have cause some difficulties in manning the points of entry. According to GCAA Director General Egbert Field, the drone unit under the control of his agency will assist the Government in this mandate.For this reason, the authority has included the unit in its 2018 budget proposal to the Finance Ministry.A specialised drone outfitted to do surveillance“We’re setting up a new unit, a drones unit,” Field related. “And that drones unit, as you must have seen, the Government is embarking on drone operations in order to patrol the hinterland. The authority is taking its cue, and being proactive.”He noted that the GCAA would have to go on an employment drive to fill vacancies in the unit. According to the Director, the GCAA is currently grappling with a human resource shortage of qualified personnel.“Because we’ll have to register drones, give approvals for flights….also certify the persons flying drones. And my inspectors are really stretched. But we are employing individuals who are not that qualified — like an inspector — into this unit, (and they) will be able to handle this kind of work.”“The ones the Government will be looking at are the specialized drones. We will be registering drones; every drone. Every drone that comes to Guyana will have to be registered, and get the necessary approval to fly in areas,” he explained.According to Field, drones are becoming a growing industry within the aviation sector, with a plethora of purposes, such as mapping and surveillance. As a result, the authority is building its capacity to not only regulate the industry, but also assist the Government in its hinterland patrol.In addition to the money for the unit sought from the budget, which is due in November of this year, Field stated that increasing remuneration packages for his staff are on the budgetary agenda.In 2016, an illegal aircraft had been discovered near Yupukari, Region Nine. According to the Government, a number of recommendations from a subsequent Commission of Inquiry into that discovery have already been introduced.Last month, a twin-engine Beechcraft was discovered in Region Nine. It was registered to Banco Brandesco — one of Brazil’s largest banks. No trace of narcotics was found on the plane, but identification cards of Venezuelan and Brazilian nationals were discovered on board.The twin engine Beechcraft aircraft discovered in Region Nine last monthAn illegal airstrip was also unearthed about five kilometres west of Santa Fe, Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) by members of the Guyana Defence Force on August 5.Border security planIn the wake of these discoveries, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, had announced that a National Border Security Plan will be developed. The minister also shared other aspects of the long term plan, the implementation of which will be guided by financial and other factors.A major aspect of this plan, according to the Minister, is to encourage residents to report suspicious activity into the network. A major part of this plan, Harmon had stated, would involve the use of technology such as drones to improve aerial patrols.“On a longer term, the intention basically is to cover those areas by aerial activity: by the use of drones, by the use of fixed-wing aircraft on a regular basis, so that you can have a better understanding as to what is happening in between the fixed locations of the police and the army,” he explained.“As a result of this, we are likely to see some additional type of deployment in that area from the GDF. We are also looking at the technology which you use to ensure that if there is an (aircraft) landing, the vibrations which take place can be communicated. These are technological things we are exploring,” Harmon explained.last_img read more

Ibrahimovic signs for Los Angeles Galaxy – reports

first_img0Shares0000Manchester United’s Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to sign for LA Galaxy, according to US media reports © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLos Angeles, United States, Mar 22 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic has signed for the Los Angeles Galaxy and could make his debut for the Major League Soccer side this month, US media reported on Thursday.The Los Angeles Times and Sports Illustrated both reported Ibrahimovic had inked a deal with the Galaxy shortly before Manchester United confirmed the Swedish star had been released from his Old Trafford contract. Sports Illustrated said Ibrahimovic’s move to California would be officially announced in a full-page advertisement in Friday’s edition of the Los Angeles Times.MLS rules allow clubs to sign three designated players who are not subject to salary limits, a rule introduced when David Beckham arrived in the league in 2007.However, because the Galaxy have already signed their designated players for the 2018 season, Ibrahimovic’s salary will be limited to around $1.5 million (1.2 million euros) according to the Sports Illustrated report.That represents a fraction of the reported £19 million ($26.8 million, 21.8 million euros) a season Ibrahimovic was paid after signing for United from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016. The Galaxy have a history of luring ageing stars to America with Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane among those to have made the move to Los Angeles. Former England international Ashley Cole is the club’s current captain.Ibrahimovic, 36, hasn’t featured at all for Jose Mourinho’s United side since being substituted at half-time in a 2-2 draw with Burnley on December 26.The Swede scored 28 goals in 46 appearances during a stunning first season in England before tearing knee ligaments in a Europa League tie against Anderlecht in April.His form was rewarded with an extension of his contract for a second season, but the £75 million ($105 million) signing of Romelu Lukaku saw him slip down the pecking order at Old Trafford.In a statement on Thursday, United said Ibrahimovic would leave the club with their blessing.“Manchester United confirms that it has agreed to the termination of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract with immediate effect,” United said.“Everyone at the club would like to thank Zlatan for his contribution to the team since his arrival and wishes him well for the future.”Ibrahimovic’s reported arrival in MLS comes at a time when clubs are increasingly turning away from the recent practice of signing veteran European stars already into their 30s.Several clubs have instead found success by looking to sign younger players from South America who view the league as a potential springboard for a move to Europe.Although the Galaxy are the most successful club in MLS history with a record five championships, their fortunes have dipped sharply in recent seasons.Last year the club finished bottom of the Western Conference with only eight wins from 34 games.It was only the fourth time the club had failed to reach the playoffs, and the first time it finished with the league’s wooden spoon.The Galaxy’s aura has also been diminished by the arrival this year of expansion side Los Angeles Football Club — who could potentially be Ibrahimovic’s first opponents when they play the Galaxy in a derby clash on March 31.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

R13.8m surgical skills centre for South Africa

first_imgThe new paediatric endoscopic surgicaltraining centre at the Red Cross WarMemorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Townwill train surgeons in adult and paediatricendoscopic surgery, general surgery andcomplementary specialties. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lungi Linda Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital +27 21 686 7860 RELATED ARTICLES • R13m boost for HIV clinic in SA • SA’s transfusion training centre • New ward opened for Smile Week • Soweto to get a second state hospitalNosimilo Ramela The first paediatric endoscopic surgical training centre in sub-Saharan Africa was recently opened at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town. The facility will train surgeons in adult and paediatric endoscopic surgery, general surgery and complementary specialties.The state-of-the-art centre cost R13.8-million (US$2-million) to build and equip with the necessary technology. The Children’s Hospital Trust managed to raise these funds through donations in just 18 months. It was officially launched on 22 June 2011.The centre, which has nine stations, will focus on developing and improving endoscopic surgery skills for surgeons in South Africa and the rest of the African continent.Previously, African paediatric specialists and surgeons needing paediatric endoscopic surgical training had to travel to Europe or the US, as there were no centres in sub-Saharan Africa.“These skills cannot always be safely acquired in a live surgery setting on patients, and this centre will give training surgeons an opportunity to refine their surgical skills and give experienced surgeons an opportunity to transfer their knowledge and skills to other hospitals,” said Louise Driver, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust.She said the centre would also offer hands-on training courses at various levels in specialties such as anaesthetics, ear nose and throat, neurosurgery and urology.Endoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure involving a long, rigid tube with a camera and light attached, otherwise known as an endoscope. The device is inserted into the body through a small incision and the surgeon views the image displayed on a monitor. The surgeon also makes other small incisions to insert instruments to do the necessary surgical procedure.Prof Alastair Millar from the Children’s Hospital said the benefits of having minimally invasive surgery are that patients experience less operative pain and infection risk, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery with less scarring.“Increasingly, minimal access surgery is becoming the gold standard and conventional large incision surgery will soon be regarded as obsolete. A training centre such as this allows our surgeons of the future to be at the forefront of current surgical practice,” said Millar.Leading the waySpeaking at the opening of the centre, Western Cape Minister of Health Theuns Botha thanked the donors who made it possible to build the hi-tech training facility.“The training centre certainly offers the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital further growth opportunities and expansion into the continent. This underscores the Western Cape’s leading role on this continent with regard to training and skills transfer.”He said the hospital has become a national resource and has an international reputation as a centre for excellence in its ability to deliver paediatric and surgical services equivalent to those found in developed countries.Dr Lungi Linda, hospital CEO, said the institution prides itself in being the first for any new developments in the field of paediatrics, be it the cutting-edge technology or highly specialised procedures or operations.“What underpins these outstanding achievements for the hospital are the skills, knowledge and expertise within the hospital and the good healthy partnerships with the private sector. Thank you to our donors who are always willing to give for the benefit of sick children.”last_img read more

Ginebra nears title repeat, shuts down Meralco in Game 5

first_imgMOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s been that kind of day,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “Meralco has done a really good job of grinding out wins against us and that’s really what we’ve always tried to be about — a grind out, defensive type team and so we talked about getting back to our identity and really going out there and getting at people defensively.”The game wasn’t a pretty sight to see on the offensive end with both teams making it tough for the other to score. The lack of familiarity playing in the massive venue also played its part.But the Gin Kings just had enough to win it with its defense forcing Meralco to 20 turnovers that led to 23 turnover points.“We kind of took advantage of that fact that we didn’t shoot the ball all that well either. Again, it was just a grind it out battle. I thought tonight we took away some of their strengths and we were able to get to some of ours as opposed to the last couple of games where they really made us play to our weaknesses,” said Cone.“We just didn’t battle, we went to war today. We knew how important this game is. It didn’t win us anything but in a best of three series, it’s always important to win the first game,” Cone, the two-time Grand Slam winner, said.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE – Barangay Ginebra clamped down on defense late and slammed Meralco, 85-74, to move on the cusp of winning the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Sunday at Philippine Arena here.Leading 3-2 in the best-of-seven series, the Gin Kings shoot for their second straight title with a victory on Wednesday, with Game 6 slated still at the world’s largest indoor arena.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa After coaching first game, Ildefonso says he has no plans of becoming head coach Read Next In front of 36,445 fans in attendance, Ginebra held Meralco to only one field goal in the final six and a half minutes of the game and went on an 11-2 blast to extend a four-point lead to 13, 85-72, with 1:15 to go.Justin Brownlee unfurled 20 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and a block to lead the charge for the Gin Kings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut it was Greg Slaughter, who imposed his presence down low as the Best Player of the Conference tallied a double-double of 17 markers and 16 boards on top of six rejections.LA Tenorio scattered 17 points, six rebounds, and four dimes, while Joe Devance got 12 markers and seven boards. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP LATEST STORIES View comments Allen Durham once again gave his all and finished with 27 points, 19 rebounds, five assists, and three blocks.Garvo Lanete had 11 markers and three assists, Anjo Caram got seven, but the locals had little to show in supporting Durham. The Scores:GINEBRA 85 – Brownlee 20, Slaughter 17, Tenorio 17, Devance 12, Aguilar 8, Thompson 5, Caguioa 4, Ferrer 2. MERALCO 74 – Durham 27, Lanete 11, Hugnatan 8, Caram 7, Hodge 6, Dillinger 6, Newsome 5, Amer 4, Tolomia 0, Faundo 0. Quarters: 21-15, 42-35, 66-62, 85-74.last_img read more

Jasprit Bumrah one of India’s major contributors just like Rohit Sharma: Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgIndia are slated to play the World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand in Manchester on Tuesday after comprehensively beating Sri Lanka in their last group match in Leeds on Saturday. While openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul struck twin centuries, it was fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah whose spell of 10-2-37-2 during the Sri Lankan innings ensured India never lost control of the game.Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar, while speaking exclusively to India Today on Sunday heaped praise on Bumrah when he said that the bowler’s contribution to the team is at par with that of Rohit Sharma.When asked whether India should have a plan ready if and when Bumrah doesn’t fire like he is used to, Sachin said that he isn’t worried at all about such a scenario.”I wouldn’t want to worry about his off-day. I am glad that when he bowled against Sri Lanka, it was, for a change his lucky day. Because he’s been bowling so well but not getting as many wickets and I was really happy for him that he picked wickets. Even if he wasn’t getting wickets, he didn’t get rattled. He knew what his contribution to the team is to get all the way to the semis. I think he is one of our major contributors, just like Rohit,” said Tendulkar.Bumrah is currently leading the wickets tally for India at the World Cup 2019 with 17 wickets from 8 matches and is tied on the overall list at 3rd place with New Zealand’s Lockie Ferguson who also has taken the same number of wickets. Only Australia’s Mitchell Starc and Mustafizur Rahman from Bangladesh lie ahead of Bumrah on the list of highest wicket-takers during World Cup 2019.advertisementBumrah’s economy of 4.48 is the best amongst the top-20 wicket-takers in the tournament and he also holds the distinction of bowling the most number of maidens (8) – a record he currently shares with England’s Jofra Archer.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma’s batting is poetry in motion, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Pressure will be a constant companion: Sachin Tendulkar ahead of India-New Zealand semi-finallast_img read more

4 days agoMan Utd midfielder Fred: My first ‘clasico’

first_imgMan Utd midfielder Fred: My first ‘clasico’by Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Fred was pleased with his performance against Liverpool.Fred impressed in the 1-1 draw.“Personally, I’m happy how I played in my first ‘clasico’ against Liverpool,” he told The National.“We’re just all a little frustrated that we didn’t hold on to the lead, but we have to be encouraged.“We played at a very good pace against Liverpool. We needed that, we haven’t started the league well, but we played with heart, we played with force, we attacked quickly, especially in the first half. The second half we continued well but it was more equal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

CARB MSC Pays USD 630K for Air Quality Violations in 2014

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Swiss container shipping company Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) paid USD 630,625 in penalties to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for violating the Ocean-Going Vessel At-Berth Regulation.As informed, the violations were discovered during a routine audit of the company’s 2014 visits to the Port of Oakland and the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.The investigation by CARB revealed more than 2,500 violations for both the Oakland and LA/LB fleets for failing to reduce auxiliary engine power generation by at least 50 percent and for exceeding limits for auxiliary engine run time as required by the At-Berth Regulation.According to CARB, MSC cooperated with the investigation and subsequently converted its California fleets to include 100 percent shore power-equipped vessels, and has had no further violations of the regulation.“As the California Air Resources Board has announced, MSC cooperated with an enquiry into the implementation in 2014 of the state’s At-Berth Regulation and paid a fine. MSC made the necessary investments in its fleet to ensure vessels are shore power-equipped and fully compliant with CARB’s requirements. Since 2014, MSC has not incurred any violations of the regulation,” MSC told World Maritime News.The fine was paid to the California Air Pollution Control Fund to support air pollution research, and the company agreed to comply with all requirements of the regulation.“Ocean-going vessels are significant contributors to air pollution,” Todd Sax, CARB Enforcement Division Chief, said.“Even in port, their auxiliary engines generate toxic diesel particulate pollution that impacts not only port-adjacent communities, but also entire inland regions. This regulation helps to protect all Californians and is necessary to ensure we meet our clean air goals,” he added.Adopted in 2007, the At-Berth Regulation was designed to reduce emissions from diesel auxiliary engines on containerships, passenger ships and refrigerated-cargo ships while berthing at a California port. Vessel operators can either turn off auxiliary engines and connect to grid-based shore power or use alternative technologies to achieve equivalent emission reductions while in port.The regulation ultimately requires a fleet operator to reduce at-berth oxides of nitrogen (NOX) and particulate matter (PM) emissions from its vessels’ auxiliary engines in port by at least 80 percent by 2020.last_img read more

André Leon Talleys Documentary Will Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival

first_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter Advertisement READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival is quickly approaching and we have another must-see film to add to our watch list: André Leon Talley’s documentary.Called The Gospel According to André, the 94-minute film will make its official premiere at TIFF 2017 on Sept. 8, with Magnolia Pictures planning a spring 2018 North American theatrical release. Directed by Kate Novack, the “funny and poignant portrait” will chronicle the life of the 67-year-old former Vogue editor-at-large, and will include archival footage of André’s illustrious career, starting with his involvement in Andy Warhol’s Factory during the ’70s, according to WWD.“André has been an unmissable fixture in the front row of fashion for as long as I can remember, but the story of how he got there has never really been told in an intimate way,” Novack explained to WWD. Advertisementlast_img read more