Government dialogues with Air BVI as a substitute airline carrier to Dominica

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 10 Views   no discussions LocalNews Government dialogues with Air BVI as a substitute airline carrier to Dominica by: – July 16, 2012center_img Share Share Air BVIWith the scheduled phase-out of American Eagle of its San Juan, Puerto Rico Base approaching, the Government of Dominica is now in discussion with Air BVI exploring the possibilities of scheduling frequent flights into Dominica.Concerns are mounting about the impact that American Eagle’s pull out will have on passengers especially medical students getting into Dominica. American Eagle announced to employees recently that the San Juan base will be closed by March 2013.Parliamentary Representative for the Cottage Constituency, Hon. Reginald Austrie told a recent town hall meeting in Bense that Government is now holding discussions with Air BVI to explore the possibilities of purchasing or leasing new airplanes to accommodate increased flights into Dominica.“We have in fact been talking to Air BVI. I have attended several meetings with Air BVI and Ross University trying to see if we can work a sort of tripartite arrangement with Ross, the Government of Dominica and Air BVI to see if they can buy or lease the two of three new planes that they need. I believe discussions are still ongoing in that regard but we have our eyes on Air BVI because we see that as one of the solutions to the difficulties that we will be having when American Eagle withdraws their services from Dominica.”Currently American Eagle serves Dominica with eight hundred and ninety-six (896) seats from San Juan on a weekly basis.Air BVI now has six weekly flights coming into Dominica with its main offices located in Tortola.Reports indicate that American Eagle airline is now overhauling its routes and international operations in the wake of American Airlines’ ongoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring process.According to the sources all ATR 72 turboprop planes are being phased out at the end of 2013.Government Information Servicelast_img read more

Euro 2020: Netherlands shock Germany in topsy-turvy win

first_imgRelatedPosts Whirlwind Bayern Munich dismantle Schalke in season opener Koeman hints at different approach from Barca after friendly win Lewandowski passes 50-goal mark as Bayern win 20th German Cup Netherlands scored four times in 32 second half minutes to stage a 4-2 comeback win against hosts Germany in their Euro 2020 Group C qualifier on Friday. The Germans went ahead with Serge Gnabry, netting his fourth goal in four qualifiers in the ninth minute. The Dutch came back stronger after the break, scoring twice in seven minutes with Frenkie De Jong in the 59th and a Jonathan Tah own goal. Germany levelled with a harshly-awarded 73rd minute Toni Kroos penalty but the visitors got revenge for their 2-3 loss in Amsterdam in March. They struck through Donyell Malen in the 79th after a quick combination left the German defence frozen. Georginio Wijnaldum completed the win in stoppage time. The result leaves Germany on nine points from four games, three behind leaders Northern Ireland, who they face on Monday in Belfast. The Dutch move up to six points from three games. Belarus earned a stoppage-time 2-1 win at Estonia to claim their first points in the other game in the group on Friday. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Euro 2020Frenkie De JongSerge GnabryToni Krooslast_img read more

Continental League Will Boost Basketball in Africa, Says Fall

first_imgAt a round table with the media over the weekend, Gallo Fall said the commitment to the league will create awareness and ignite passion among the youths for the development game at grassroots level not only in the Nigeria but other African countries through the Basketball African League.“Africa’s time is now and basketball is the channel through which the continent can achieve greatness. We are open to taking every step to ensure that we create a benchmark that will meet up with global standard,” he remarked.He said that BAL in global partnership with the International Basketball Association (FIBA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) who have promised to help with a lot of resources in developing and promoting local talents and support teams to become real professional clubs that will conform with international standard.The BAL chief stated further that “developing the game will also focus on building the entire ecosystem, structure and foundation including training the coaches, referees and increasing participation among countries to grow a fan base, while creating a compelling product that will be marketable,” he noted.In his reaction to the development, former NBA star and captain of Team Nigeria to London 2012 Olympics, Olumide Oyedeji, expressed his delight to the continental league especially the flavour NBA will add to it and hoped that the game has come to stay in the country.“Hopefully, this will be a wake up call for all of us locally to grow our game of basketball, to know what we need to do because we have to understand that this BAL is a professional basketball initiative and not just another dream with no concrete foundation,”  he remarked.The continental President explained that six cities, namely Cairo (Egypt), Dakar (Senegal), Lagos, (Nigeria), Luanda (Angola), Rabat (Morocco), and Monastir (Tunisia) while Kigali (Rwanda) will host the first-ever BAL final later in the year.The competition will start in March and the cities will host a regular season that will feature 12 teams divided into two conferences, with each conference playing in three cities.The regular season will ensure that the 12 teams play five games each with the top three in each conference qualifying for the playoff.According to the guidelines, each team will have 16 registered players including 12 active and four inactive with at least eight of whom must be citizens in their respective team’s home country while up to four can be from other nations with no more than two players per team from outside of Africa.Rivers Hooper of Port Harcourt will represent Nigeria in the maiden event.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaThe President of Basketball African League (BAL), Amadou Gallo Fall, has urged all stakeholders in the continent to rally round the maiden edition of the league as a step towards the giant leap of the game in Africa.The league, expected to feature 12 teams from the continent, is scheduled to take off in March. It will mark NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside North America.last_img read more

Gallery: Syracuse surrenders 2-goal lead in overtime loss to Providence

first_imgSyracuse (1-4-1 College Hockey America) lost, 3-2, to the Friars (4-2,1-0 Hockey East)) in overtime on Saturday at Tennity Ice Pavilion. The Orange scored a pair of goals in the opening two minutes of the second period, but then SU seemed to ease up defensively. Providence quickly responded with two goals of its own in the third period and then, in overtime, the Friars took advantage of Syracuse’s miscommunication to score on a breakaway. The puck slid between SU goalie Abbey Miller’s legs and Providence had come all the way back. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 15, 2017 at 11:12 am Contact Phil: pcbryant@syr.edulast_img