Concerns raised about “camping Cubans” at CJIA

first_imgOver the past months, several outgoing travellers have complained about their free flow of passage at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) being hampered by Cuban nationals who are using the airport as a camping ground.There has, of recent, been an influx of Cubans into Guyana to do business. On a daily basis, hundreds of Cubans would line the streets of Georgetown, conversing in their native language as they spend exorbitant amounts of money on clothes to take back to Cuba.Caribbean Airlines recently began offering flights to Cuba, but Cuban nationals have been using chartered flights to take their cargo back to their homeland. As of recent, Cuban nationals utilising Copa Airlines and InselAir have been using the departure section of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport as camping ground as they await their flights.Employees at the airport have related that the Cubans would arrive with their multiple pieces of luggage several hours before their flights are due — and in some cases the nights before their flights are due — and just camp out in the waiting area.The airport employees have related that this issue has already been raised with management of the CJIA, but very little is being done to address it.One traveller told Guyana Times it is absolutely disgraceful that Cuban nationals are allowed to simply camp out in their numbers in front of the Departure Area, with no provisions being in place for their comfort. He questioned whether the airline or the administration of the airport should be held accountable for this situation.CJIA employees relate that the issue is becoming out of hand because the number of Cuban passengers is steadily growing. They relate that sometimes these foreigners would send their baggage ahead while they wait for another flight.Local businesses have reported that most of their customers are Cubans or Brazilians who are shopping for clothing at reasonably cheap prices to take back to their home countries.A simple walk through the streets of Georgetown on a daily basis would be enough to convince an enquirer about the factual basis of the business owners’ statement. On a daily basis, the streets are lined with Cubans and Brazilians armed with enormous shopping bags, chatting away and shopping like at Christmastime.One of the newest requirements for stores to hire sales representatives is the ability to converse in either Spanish or Portuguese, and the ability to speak both languages means preferential hiring.When this newscast visited the airport on Wednesday, travellers related their concerns about the situation, and free access to the departure area was obstructed by numerous pieces of luggage lining the area.Security guards were observed trying to police the Cubans, but because of the language barrier, it was proving to be a difficult task for them.This publication reached out to the Chief Executive Officer of the CJIA, Ramesh Ghir, for a comment on the situation, but was told to direct all questions to the Public Relations Department. An email was sent to the department, but up to press time, a response was yet to be received.In January, hundreds of Cuban nationals were stranded for over three days after their chartered flight had encountered mechanical difficulties. In that instance, they used the CJIA as a camping ground to wait for their flight.last_img read more

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION FOR FRIENDS OF LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL

first_imgChurch Gate Collections across Donegal today and tomorrow (SAT AND SUN) will be in aid of Friends of Letterkenny General Hospital.A spokesman for ‘The Friends’ has confirmed that a permit has been granted and that your support is sincerely appreciated.   CHURCH GATE COLLECTION FOR FRIENDS OF LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL was last modified: October 11th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Church gate CollectionsFriends of Letterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

COMMUNITY ALERT: GARDAI HUNT CAR GANG AFTER JEEP AND CAR STOLEN IN RAIDS

first_imgGardai are hunting a gang of car thieves who stole two valuable vehicles overnight. The cars taken were an Audi A6 and a Mitsubishi L200 Crewcab. This Mitsubishi L200 crewcab, which is navy blue in colour had an A-bar with spots on the front, 18′ alloys, Reg number 12-d-41370.The jeep, which belongs to DMG Motors, was stolen this morning at 5.00 am in the Donegal Town area and was last seen heading by Kilross.If you have seen the jeep or know of its where abouts please call Donegal Garda station on 0749721021 or  Rory McGinty on 0872446508.Meanwhile an Audi A6 was stolen in the Killybegs area, also overnight but it is not known yet if the two thefts are connected. COMMUNITY ALERT: GARDAI HUNT CAR GANG AFTER JEEP AND CAR STOLEN IN RAIDS was last modified: August 13th, 2014 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:ca theftsdonegalDonegal TownGardaijeepKillybegslast_img read more

FARMER FINED €500 AFTER HIS ANIMALS ALMOST CAUSED CRASH

first_imgA farmer with a long history of animal cruelty has been fined €500 after his animals almost caused a serious car crash.Letterkenny Court.Gardai came across two donkeys and a pony wandering on a main road at the Thorn in Letterkenny. After an investigation, Gardai discovered the animals belonged to Leslie Stewart of The Thorn.Gardai told the court that on March 11th last year the animals were found wandering close to a sharp bend and almost caused a crash.Stewart has a long history of coming before the courts on cruelty charges.He was banned from keeping dogs for two years after one of his dogs was found with horrific injuries at his property at Thorn Road in 2011.Judge Paul Kelly said that Stewart, 56, had failed to turn up in court on a number of occasions.He fined him a total of €500 for allowing his animals to wander.He gave him two months to pay but his solicitor Kieran O’Gorman asked the court for six months which Judge Kelly agreed to.FARMER FINED €500 AFTER HIS ANIMALS ALMOST CAUSED CRASH was last modified: March 19th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:animal crueltydonegalDonkeysLeslie StewartThe Thornlast_img read more

Mohoumadi out to cause an upset in title clash with DeGale

first_imgFrench challenger Hadillah Mohoumadi speaks ahead of his European title fight against Harlesden’s James DeGale at Glow, Bluewater, this Saturday.(Video courtesy of iFilm London and Hennessy Sports)See also:Upbeat DeGale eyeing title showdownJames DeGale and Hadillah Mohoumadi go head-to-headDeGale discusses Saturday’s fight and his spat with Eubank JnrDeGale v Mohoumadi: Watch the pre-fight press conferenceDeGale and Harrison weigh in ahead of Saturday’s title fightsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Safe Online Banking for Military Families

first_imgOnline banking may be recently growing in popularity among civilians, but it is a process many service members have been using for years.Reconciliation of shared checking accounts can be near impossible when a family member is away; online banking helps by making transaction history available from anywhere in the world.Many online banking programs are now designed to offer online bill pay, a service that allows customers to set up regularly occurring debits from their account to pay cell phone, car payments and other monthly bills. A tutorial of this process is at www.bankofamerica.com/onlinebanking/learning-center.goAs a PFM, you are probably used to encouraging service members to do their research before opening an account. Bankrate.com is a good resource that lets users comparison shop for bank services, interest rates and check locations before opening an account.Military-affiliated credit unions or banks are financial institutions that understand the military lifestyle. Military credit unions also offer a bevy of services, and are always located on or near military bases. Member-owned credit unions also usually offer higher interest rates on savings accounts and lower rates on loans than shareholder-owned banks. And the Navy Federal Credit Union serves all four branches of the military and offers specialized accounts. Large national bank with locations around the country can also a good strategy, as military families relocate frequently.Online banking does require vigilance to protect user’s account numbers and personal information. Here are 7 steps you can suggest to military families so they may conduct online banking, safely:Make sure computers used for online banking have updated operating systems, web browsers and security features like anti-spyware, anti-malware and firewalls that update automatically.Try not to do online banking in open access wifi spots where Internet access is shared among users. Ask if the network is secure and what security measures are in place.Look at the URL and note the ‘s’. Banking sites should begin with “https” as the “s” stands for “secure.”Use strong, unique passwords with a combination of lower case and upper case letters,  numbers and special characters and keep passwords hidden.  Do not use any part or combination of your name, birth date, or, common words. Change passwords often and use different passwords for different accounts.Log out after completing online banking and clear the Internet history.Keep account numbers and banking information in a safe, secure location, in the event that passwords are forgotten or online access is otherwise denied.If you get an email from your bank – or from any other company- requesting account numbers or passwords., do not reply. Call the bank for confirmation. A reputable bank will never ask for this information through an email.Get more tips at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/online-securitylast_img read more

Reducing Friction and Creating Antifriction in Sales

first_imgIf you don’t know who your dream clients are, if you haven’t identified the best prospects in your territory, you have a form of friction that prevents you from prospecting.When you don’t know how to gain an appointment by trading enough value for the time you are asking for, the resistance you get when you ask for a meeting is unnecessary friction. The “no” you hear is friction.Your dream client has concerns about meeting with you, and those concerns are real to them. When you decide to overcome their objections you create resistance than would have been more easily removed had you decided to resolve their concerns. Unresolved concerns are friction.When you show up and begin a conversation by talking about your company, your products and services, your global footprint, and the big name logos you presently serve, you create the friction that comes with believing that you win sales by providing proof that your prospect should buy from you because your company and products are great instead of using that time to serve them. Self-orientation, in all its forms, creates resistance.Sometimes things that create friction feel like progress. Your dream client asks you tells you how impressed they are and asks you for a proposal and pricing. But because you haven’t collaborated around the solution and haven’t done the work to really understand their challenges or their constraints, you have created friction by providing them with something to which they can easily refuse. Lack of an effective theory about how to control the process is friction.In larger, complex, B2B sales, there are often more stakeholders than smaller, simpler sales. When you try to bypass including the people who are going to be effected by any decision to change, you create the friction that is their resistance to being excluded from the conversation. You also have likely created the additional friction that comes from losing the high ground that comes with dealing with friction.The intention to speed up sales does not create friction when the tactics employed mean slowing down. When the tactics you use speed things up, you create the kind of friction that can bring the entire process to a crawl.The remedy for friction is lubrication, making the surface smooth and even and easy for things to move from one side to the other. If there is a potential to create friction, then there is also the potential to create antifriction. If you want to make selling easier, then do the hard work of creating antifriction. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Jaish attack on BSF camp leaves soldier, 3 ultras dead

first_imgThree militants of the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) and an Assistant Sub-Inspector of the Border Security Force (BSF) were killed in a nine-hour gunfight in a heavily fortified BSF camp near the airport here on Tuesday.The “heavily armed” and “highly trained” militants of the JeM suicide squad, named after Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru, stormed the camp at Humhama at 4.15 a.m. “The fidayeen [suicide] attack was repulsed. All three militants were killed,” said Muneer Khan, Inspector-General of Police, Kashmir.The ASI killed was Braj Kishore Yadav, 50.Airport not a targetMr. Khan said the Srinagar airport was not the main target of militants. The gates of the airport, which has four-tier security in place, are just metres away from the BSF camp. “Only one flight was delayed or cancelled, and the rest operated normally,” Mr. Khan said. However, no flight was allowed to land in Srinagar during the first six hours of the gunfight.There are four layers of security in the area as it has BSF and CRPF training camps and the complexes of the J&K Light Infantry and the IAF. Mr. Khan said such attacks would continue “as long as Pakistan is our neighbour.” “The JeM believes in fidayeen attacks. We will have to deal with them separately.” One worker who helped the militants reach the camp was identified, the police said.Sources in the counter-insurgency cell said the militants spread out as they mounted the attack.“One tried to enter the camp through the main entrance, lobbing grenades, while two others cut the barbed wires to reach the premises and stormed a concrete block,” a police officer said.The body of Braj Kishore Yadav, assistant sub-inspector of the BSF, was found in the complex occupied by two militants. “Four BSF jawans were also injured,” Mr. Khan said.Security forces used high-calibre shelling to flush out the militants. The third militant was smoked out and “jumped from the complex around 2 p.m.”Sources said the JeM wanted the attack to be staged on the first anniversary of the surgical strikes carried out by India in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on September 29 last year. Two groups of militants were sent for the attack — one through the Poonch route in Jammu and the other through the Uri route in Kashmir, they said.last_img read more

London Olympics: Sania-Rushmi pair crash out of tennis

first_imgIndian women’s doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Rushmi Chakarvarthi were knocked out of the tennis competition of the 2012 London Olympics by Chia-Jung Chuang and Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei in the opening round here on Saturday. The Indian pair battled hard but were finally defeated 1-6, 6-3, 1-6 in 91 minutes at the Wimbledon grass court.The first set was a washout for the Indians as they managed just eight winners compared to Taipei pair’s 19.Sania and Rushmi fought back well in the second set, even though they hit less winners. They converted both the break points on offer.The third set again was a let down for the Indians as they failed to carry forward the momentum from the previous set and were completely blown away in the decider.last_img read more