American Airlines will bring healthy competition

first_imgDear Editor,It is good that American Airlines (AA) will operate in Guyana from December, and break the stranglehold Caribbean Airways (CAL) has on our necks.American Airlines’ flights will be a tremendous boost for local businesses. More competition among airlines means we will get better service for our hard-earned dollars.For example, Caribbean Airlines allows passengers only one free suitcase of 50 lbs, and bills them US$30 for every additional suitcase. But AA’s baggage allowance will be two free pieces of checked luggage of 50 lbs each.AA will be using modern Airbus A319 planes for Guyana flights. These planes have wide leather seats, in-flight entertainment, WIFI access and USB ports.Make no mistake: American Airlines’ flying to Guyana will be a beautiful thing. I support it, I bless the thought. In fact, I hope AA will soon start flying the Guyana-New York route, or from here to London and Europe via Barbados or some other Caribbean territory.American Airlines’ flying here in December is a smart move, because that is when the new airport is slated to open. Our oil-and-gas industry will begin to accelerate, and obviously there will be more travellers to and from Guyana.Some uninformed people are cursing the thought of AA flying to Guyana. They do not understand the airline business, and discuss it without understanding the issue at hand.They are bawling that Caribbean Airlines served Guyana in good times and bad, and we should be grateful.I have nothing personal against Caribbean Airlines. I am a frequent flyer, and I have enjoyed the service of Caribbean Airlines’ cabin crews; but, for a long time now, the airline’s management has been treating us with contempt, and it is good that AA will shake them up big time.CAL stuck with us when other airlines left, but they also took advantage of us. Don’t forget that Caribbean Airlines jacked up air fares and made us pay through our noses when our economy was almost dead; which affected our mentality, our self-esteem and our livelihoods.I would like to compliment Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin; Minister of Tourism, Cathy Hughes; and Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, for working to get American Airlines to fly to Guyana. But why was American Airlines able to announce flights to Guyana before getting permission? It looks like AA is calling the shots. This makes Guyana look bad and weak. Guyana is an independent nation with sovereign rights over its airspace. We cannot accept any big company coming from outside to make policies for our country.It was presumptuous of American Airlines to announce flights to Guyana before getting the go-ahead from Government. Guyanese have to get their act together and take control. No one has a right to make policies for the Government and people of Guyana without our involvement.I am a maniac for Guyana’s development, regardless of which administration rules. We have to demand respect when we do business. That is the way we have to deal with American Airlines and any foreign corporation or airline. I don’t like the fact that American Airlines announced flights to Guyana before getting permission, but I still support AA flying here.It is also good that Government is welcoming AA, whether or not it knew up front that the airline had decided to fly here. May this be the dawn of a bright new day for air travel in Guyana.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Snrlast_img read more

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Cove and John Ashram assists Mahaicony fire victims

first_imgThe Cove and John Ashram, located on the East Coast of Demerara, on Saturday donated several household items, groceries, tables, chairs and a quantity of cash to the Mahaicony family who were recently affected by a fire.The couple, Jairanie and Nalinie Singh, whose house was completely gutted onJairam and Nalinie SinghMarch 15, 2017 while they were attending a wake, explained that they with still coming to grips with the entire situation, which has left them homeless. Accordingto reports, the fire originated from an electrical wire.The Singhs were unable to save anything from their home; however, they remain optimistic that their situation would improve, as according to Mr Singh, their dream for Christmas was to be living in their own house with their family. They explained too that it was devastating to witness 20 years of hard work engulfed in flames.The Ashram, upon learning of the tragedy, decided to extend its humanitarian hand. According to Swami Shivashankaranadaji Maharaj, the couple’s eldest son,Swami Shivashankaranadaji Maharaj making the donationwho was a student at the Hindu College, informed the Ashram about the fire, and as such, members decided to render assistance.The Swami, during his visit, encouraged the family to have faith and reminded them that where there was a way, there was a will. He pledged the Ashram’s support towards helping the family until they could get back on their feet.The Singh family expressed gratitude for the timely donation; however, they also appealed to members of the public to assist them in whatever way they could to help them to rebuild their home. The couple has three children and the family is presently staying at a relative’s home.last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho happy to see Wayne Rooney’s commitment to Manchester United

first_imgJose Mourinho was pleased to see Wayne Rooney end speculation about his immediate future, with the Manchester United manager confirming his captain will be involved in Sunday’s EFL Cup final.Talk had been growing over the 31-year-old soon making an Old Trafford exit, with his agent Paul Stretford understood to have been in China this week speaking to interested clubs.However, Rooney committed his future to United in a statement on Thursday evening, saying he wanted to remain at the club during this “exciting time”.Questions remain over the skipper’s long-term future but his statement pleased Mourinho, who confirmed the England captain will be in the squad to face Southampton in the EFL Cup final after a hamstring complaint.“I think he did in the right moment – in the best moment – his declaration, his statement,” the United boss said, having on Tuesday cast doubt over Rooney’s future.“I told you I think in the last press conference that the questions you were asking me were questions for him – only he could answer the questions.“He did it in exactly the right moment because I think your question is the last question about Wayne Rooney, and I think it should be the last until the end of the season.“He says no way he moves, he stays, he wants to help the team to fight for the trophies. I told you already that I would be happy if that is the decision.“So, yes, he is fine, he is training with the team. He was not selected for St Etienne because he was not ready to play, but he was ready to have one more important training session.“And no doubt he is involved for the game.”There remains doubts over Phil Jones’ fitness following a foot complaint, but Michael Carrick is available for the Wembley clash after sustaining a calf issue in Wednesday’s 1-0 Europa League last-32 second leg victory at St Etienne.Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the winner in France but will now miss the EFL Cup final after going off with a hamstring injury midway through the first half.“Michael (is) available,” Mourinho said. “Clever, experienced, he left the pitch in the right moment so Michael is available.“Mkhitaryan is out and Jones, let’s see and decide tomorrow.”United are favourites against Southampton – just as they were 41 years ago when Saints emerged victorious in the FA Cup final, the only major trophy in their history.Mourinho is looking to win his first major competition at the Old Trafford helm, having already triumphed in the Community Shield.Put to him he would become United’s first manager to win a trophy in their first season if they won on Sunday, he responded: “First of all, you are right with ‘if’, ‘if’ and ‘if’ is a big thing in football.“But I think it is more important the club than myself and I have so many good things in my career that I wouldn’t be influenced by a little detail.“The important thing is the club and obviously the club won a trophy last season. Let’s try to win another one this season.“Plus the quality and dimension of our football is very important and I realised that by the fans’ reaction, their happiness is very important, their empathy with the way the team plays.“So it will be good for the group, it will be good for the club. It will also be good for me, obviously.“At the beginning of my career I was looking more towards myself and towards my personal achievements, if you can say that.“I am in a period when I am more and more and more a club man.” Talk had been growing over the 31-year-old soon making an Old Trafford exit 1last_img read more

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