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first_imgEurailEuroperail Eurail is slashing 10% off all Global and most One Country Passes, with the latest discount available on top of the existing permanently reduced prices for Eurail passes, including up to 37% off Global Passes.Discounted fares are available for purchase between 7 March and 9 April 2019, and valid for travel within 11 months of booking.The following One Country Passes are excluded: Scandinavia, Sweden, Norway and Finland, however, travellers can still travel across these destinations on a Eurail Global Pass.The non-refundable offer is available to all travel agents. Agents should book via their preferred Eurail distributor. The sale does not apply to AD75 agent discounted passes.last_img

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Ballistics tests contradict stories of cop, suspect – Police

first_imgStabroek Market shootingAs Police continue to probe the ‘accidental’ shooting of a 54-year-old woman last week when she was caught in the cross-fire between a law enforcement official and an alleged bandit at the Stabroek Market area, the Guyana Police Force on Monday said that ballistics results contradict the stories of both the Constable and the suspect.Police had initially claimed that Jean Rodrigues, a mother of eight of Lot 35 Crane, West Coast Demerara, was hit by a bullet discharged by a bandit.Jean Rodrigues was shot in the back during a Police chaseHowever, the Police statement said following the tests, the stories of both the Policeman and the suspect were challenged.“… the Constable has been removed from that type of duty, to another area as the investigation continues,” the Force added.According to the statement, the case file will be completed in a few days and sent for legal advice.Meanwhile, a source close to the investigation told Guyana Times that the ballistics revealed gunpowder residue on the hands of the Policeman and the suspect.According to the source, with this recent development, the teen suspect, who was released after being held for the mandatory 72 hours, was likely to be rearrested.Reports are that around 16:00h on September 20, 2016 while in the vicinity of the Stabroek Market, Georgetown, Rodrigues was shot during a shootout between a Policeman and a fleeing bandit.The alleged bandit later turned out to be a teenage footballer identified as Kelsey Benjamin.He was turned over to Police at the Brickdam Police Station by his mother. After being held, the young man was released without charge.At the time of the shooting, Rodrigues, her husband, three of their three children and a grandchild were waiting for a bus to travel to Grove, East Bank Demerara to attend a relative’s wake.last_img

Gouveia calls decision knee-jerk reaction

first_imgGCAA shuttling operations banBy Samuel SukhnandanThe Guyana Civil Aviation Authority’s (GCAA’s) decision to suspend all shuttling operations to the interior has been described as an unnecessary knee-jerk reaction.Commenting on the decision, Captain Gerald “Gerry” Gouveia, Managing Director of Roraima Airways, told Guyana Times on Thursday that he sees no basis for the suspension, nor was there any real analysis done.“I believe it was unnecessary. What this is doing is not hurting the operators, but the people in the hinterland; because these operations brought down the cost of living in the hinterland in Guyana tremendously,” he explained.Gouveia said shuttling, which is basically short flights to transport goods and fuel between interior airstrips, does not cause accidents. He said, “Pilots should obey and observe the same rules of flying, same technical operations of the plane, and same respect for safety altitudes.”Managing Director of Roraima Airways, Captain Gerry GouveiaDirector General of GCAA, Egbert FieldHe opined that instead of suspending the operations, there needs to be increased operational control and oversight, monitoring of pilots’ duty times, and establishment of a proper search-and-rescue system. In addition to the foregoing, he said, runways in the interior region should be improved, and there needs to be more training given in regard to air safety requirements.The businessman argued that the suspension should not have been triggered by the three recent planes crashes; GCAA needs to get to the root of the issue.In fact, a pilot attached to Roraima Airways had perished in one of those recent plane crashes, but Gouveia claims that each of the three crashes has its own peculiarities, and there is no correlation; a fact he said would be determined by at the GCAA the end of its process of investigations.Although concerns have emanated from certain sections of society regarding shuttle planes being overloaded during operations — which may have caused the recent incidents, Gouveia has said he doubts that is the case, because, based on the information he got, all three of the crashed planes were empty.Asked whether he thinks there are enough stringent measures in place to prevent accidents, he told this newspaper that the local aviation sector is right now safer than it ever was before.“Guyana has the most advanced and biggest domestic (aviation) sector in the Caribbean. Because of the size of our country, the operators and the private sector have responded not only to bring in more planes, but to bring relief to the people of the hinterland,” he pointed out.The GCAA on Wednesday ordered that all domestic shuttle operations be suspended until operators can provide Standard Operational Manuals and other documents showing how they conduct their business. These documents would have to be reviewed and approved by the GCAA before operations can be resumed.This move comes in light of the three recent crashes in the local aviation sector that resulted in the deaths of two pilots. All of the planes crashed while on shuttle operations. The GCAA met with domestic operators, but the decision to suspend shuttling did not go down “too good” with the operators.Director General of GCAA, Egbert Field, noted that the decision is necessary, since shuttle operations have expanded over the years, and this is the first time it is going to be fully regularised. The GCAA boss acknowledged the impact the decision would have on the mining industry as well as on some Indigenous communities.No specific period has been given for the ban to be lifted, but Fields has said he is hopeful the operators would submit their documents in a timely fashion. He added that some indicated that they were in the process of compiling those documents, and would be submitting them soon.This newspaper was told by a senior aviator that a meeting was held on Thursday evening with pilots from across the country, to put things in order to lift the suspension.That apart, a high level team from the Eugene F. Correia International Airport met with GCAA officials on Thursday to come to an amicable solution in regard to getting to the root causes of the recent accidents and to strengthen the safety system at the airport and with its operators.last_img

Are France – and Deschamps – about to repeat history?

first_img0Shares0000Didier Deschamps’ France team are getting better with each game © AFP / FRANCK FIFENIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russian Federation, Jul 7 – It was just 20 days before France’s comprehensive quarter-final victory over Uruguay that Les Bleus took to the field to begin their 2018 World Cup campaign against Australia.Ninety largely forgettable minutes followed, unless you count the VAR incidents, and France scraped home 2-1 against a rank outsider. France’s goals came via the penalty spot and an Aziz Behich own goal.Insipid and uninspiring, those analysts who had pointed to France as potential world champions before a ball had been kicked were probably keeping quiet that day.An uninspiring 1-0 win against Peru followed and then came the convenient 0-0 draw with Denmark.France had been “boring” in qualifying for the knockout stage, critics said.They were quickly moving from a team tipped as genuine title winners to also-rans.How that has changed in less than a week.Kylian Mbappe was a constant menace to the Uruguay defence © AFP / Martin BERNETTIFollowing a thrilling 4-3 win over Argentina in probably the match of the tournament, which introduced the rest of the world to wunderkind Kylian Mbappe, through to their comprehensive dismantling of street-tough Uruguay on Friday, France are now into a semi-final against Belgium.The big question is, can France go all the way?It was a question Didier Deschamps was asked after the Uruguay win.“All I can say at the moment is that we have the potential to be in the semi-finals,” said Deschamps, coyly.“Let’s see what happens,” he continued. “We grew against Argentina. It could have been a one-off against Argentina but today we showed we have grown.“We played well but it was not the perfect match. There are so many things that we can improve on.”– Lessons from history –No doubt that is true but it is also clear that France are doing what other successful teams at the World Cup have done, namely get stronger with each game and against progressively better opponents.Asked to make the step up in class that each round of the World Cup requires, France have not been found wanting.They have “momentum”, a curious intangible concept, which nevertheless has been ascribed to several teams whose faltering start has given way to a rousing finish.There are plenty of examples in World Cup history from which France and their supporters can draw parallels from.Probably the best is Italy in 1982, who drew 0-0 with Poland, 1-1 with Peru and 1-1 with debutants Cameroon to scrape through to the next round without a victory and on goal difference from the Africans.The apoplectic Italian press was so critical of Italy’s performances that coach Enzo Bearzot refused to talk to the media.Then drawn into a group containing Argentina and champions-elect Brazil, Italy exploded into life, winning both games, including the legendary 3-2 win over the Brazilians, thanks to a Paolo Rossi hat trick.They beat Poland again, then West Germany to lift the World Cup.But France — and Deschamps — are probably more likely to point to their 1998 World Cup win as the more relevant historical parallel.Inspired by Zinedine Zidane, France glided through the group stage at the World Cup they were hosting, but they were resolute rather than impressive.A last-16 extra-time win over Paraguay did nothing to convince the doubters, nor a quarter-final win on penalties over Italy.In the semi-final, France conceded first against Croatia, then Lilian Thuram memorably scored the only two goals of his international career to send an unconvincing France into the final.In their next 90 minutes, Deschamps skippered the team to its most golden victory and eternal fame.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img

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