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

Flyers training camp underway

first_imgAfter a season that saw the Fort St. John Senior Flyers win the Coy Cup for the first time in their history, the team returned to the North Peace Arena on Monday night to start preparing for another year on the ice. The Flyers now have two training camp sessions under their belt, and have another two on tap before taking on the Fort Nelson Yeti for two exhibition games next weekend.With every new season comes new faces, and some of those faces will be behind the bench. Andrew Leriger takes over as head coach from Gerard Dicaire after deciding not to return for a third year.Leriger said with having some players skating and others not during the offseason, it’s important to go easy on them at first in the early stages of camp, with conditioning being the central focus.- Advertisement -“Most of the guys have been skating a couple of guys haven’t so I don’t want to hurt them right off the bat. I want to push them a little bit and get a good, full practice in and get their conditioning going. That’s the main thing.”After joining the team in an assistant role towards the end of last year, Leriger said he didn’t want his stint with the club to be a short one.“I quite enjoyed myself last year. I don’t want to be that guy that kind of comes in for a short period of time. I’ll put my time in and give these guys what they deserve as well and that’s a committed coach.”Advertisement The Flyers games against Fort Nelson next weekend are scheduled for October 17 and 18 at 8 p.m., and 1 p.m. respectively at the North Peace Arena.last_img read more

Women’s Tennis Set for ITA Regionals

first_img IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team is set to play at the ITA Central Regional Championships in Iowa City, Iowa Friday, Oct. 12 through Monday, Oct. 15, hosted by the University of Iowa. Story Links Doubles action will get underway at 9 a.m. on Friday followed by singles play. The final day of matches is scheduled for Monday. Five Drake players will play in the ITA event, junior Sophia Haleas, freshman Kelsey Neville, sophomore Carmen Palumbo, sophomore Liza Petushkova and freshman Daria Walczak. The Bulldogs are coming off the annual MVC Individuals, which was held this fall in Springfield, Mo. Neville paired with sophomore Megan Webb and won the MVC Doubles Flight 3 championship. This will be final tournament of the fall season for the Bulldogs. Check back later to www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com for the team’s 2019 schedule. Print Friendly Version ITA Informational Page last_img read more

2019-2020 FFA officer candidates announced

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The candidates for the 2019-2020 Ohio FFA officer team were announced in Session 1.Candidates for President: Holly McClay- Fredericktown Gretchen Lee- PettisvilleCandidates for Vice President: Bethany Starlin- Chief Logan Chyann Kendel- Twin Valley South MVCTCCandidates for Secretary: Maribeth Pozderac- Fredericktown Noah Smith- Amanda-ClearcreekCandidates for Treasurer: Haleigh Stoller- Wayne Trace Alec Ogg- Upper SanduskyCandidates for Reporter: Mackenzie Hoog- Valley View MVCTC Mozie van Raaij- SoutheasternCandidates for Sentinel: Justin Beckner- Tallawanda Butler Tech Wyatt Kissell- Mt. Vernonlast_img read more

Digital Cinema Guides for Popular Pro Cameras

first_imgLooking to get a quick rundown of a camera’s features?  Spend less time fumbling and searching and more time shooting, using these comprehensive camera pocket guides.Evan Luzi knows a thing or two about working with cameras.  As a pro camera assistant and the brains behind industry site TheBlackandBlue.com, he has gained first-hand knowledge about working in the pro digital film market with the latest cam equipment.  He’s taken this knowledge and applied it to an extensive, and rather ambitious, set of camera guides for the professional shooter.  Currently the collection includes 20 guides in all, covering most of the popular pro cameras used in video and digital film production (RED, Alexa, Blackmagic Cinema Cam, Phantom, to name a few).   As well, there are several guides for shooting video with Canon DSLRs.Download the camera guides over at TheBlackandBlue.comusing a “pay what you can” model (the suggested donation is $5).These guides are ideal for any pro shooter that may be put in a situation where they have to use a camera they’re unfamiliar with.  Sure you can find much of this information on the web or in the camera manuals, but when you’re on-set the format of these guides is perfect.  Each of the camera guides are designed to be printed on one sheet of paper and folded into a small “book”.  This makes it easy to throw in your pocket for quick reference.  Also, it doesn’t matter if they’re lost or torn up…you can easily print out another for a different shoot.Charts, graphics and diagrams make it easy to get the camera info you need quickly.  Best of all, Evan promises that the guides will continue to be updated to reflect the latest firmware and cam updates.  Very cool.Here’s a full list of the cams that come in the guide pack: ARRI AlexaBlackmagic Design Cinema CameraCanon 5D Mark IIICanon 6DCanon 7DCanon C100Canon C300Canon C500Panasonic AF-100Phantom Miro M/LC-110Phantom Miro M/LC-120Phantom Miro M/LC-310Phantom Miro M/LC-320SRED EpicRED OneRED ScarletSony F3Sony F65Sony FS-100Sony FS-700 More and info and download link over at the TheBlackandBlue.comlast_img read more

Lose With Grace

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now If you lose an opportunity, lose gracefully. Maintain your professionalism, no matter how you lose. Be respectful of the prospective client’s decision, and be respectful of your competitor.At some point, your dream client is going to change their partner again. When they do, they are going to base their own decision about whether they allow you to compete for their business again on what they remember about how you compete (as well as how good of a job you have done nurturing the relationships you have built with members of their team).When you lose an opportunity, it is fine to argue your case, as long as you do so politely and professionally. It is also okay to ask your dream client to reconsider their decision, especially if there are issues surrounding their decision that may harm them (in fact, you are obligated to, if you really care about them). But you can’t be argumentative while you are pleading your case.There are boundaries that you do not want to cross, lest you prove to your prospective client that they made the correct decision by choosing your competitor.You don’t want anything you say or write to come across as a personal attack on the person or people who made the decision. You don’t want to attack their integrity or their ability to make a good decision. You don’t ever want to plead for their business because you were personally counting on winning their business (don’t laugh, I’ve seen this done).Your ability to lose with professionalism and grace is what allows you to maintain the relationships you need so that you can compete and win the next time. And never be so desperate for any one deal that you can’t be professional no matter what happens.last_img read more