As plans are currently afoot to beef up connectivity between Guyana and other States, Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson has made it clear that visitors who would be flying in on the new airlines would be required to be screened for infectious diseases.Ferguson made the announcement during an exclusive interview on the sidelines of an event hosted earlier this week.She said, “Once the new airlines come into Guyana, I know we have our Health Ports at the various (checkpoints with) Health Officers who will do exactly what is required of them, so in the event of anybody coming in with an infectious disease, they (health officials) know exactly what will be required.”When asked if the Ministry and the Government have any other concerns with regard to the increased number of airlines which will be and have begun flying intoMinister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Fergusonthe country, the Minister responded in the negative.According to her, “I don’t think there is any concern, because, remember if you are talking about connectivity (and) getting people from one jurisdiction to another, this is heavily dependent on air transport, so with new airlines coming it will be a boost.”Ferguson noted that the boost would be not only for Guyana’s economy but for the transportation industry.Many persons have raised concerns about the increased number of airlines flying to Guyana, especially from the African continent.Just recently, at the Air Transport Meeting held here at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, between November 21 and 23, Guyana signed an open skies agreement with Ghana, which will allow for direct flights to the country.In a recent interview with Guyana Times, Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Director, Retired Lieutenant Colonel Egbert Field disclosed that the organisation was gearing up to sign another open skies agreement, this time with the African country Tanzania.He noted that already, the agency has signed open skies agreement with other South American countries which will allow for more airlines to fly here as well.“We’ll improve connectivity in the Region, especially with the South American Region, by reaching out to sign more air services agreements with the various States, because having air services agreements – that is the foundation or the platform which the airlines will be able to ride on,” the Director said.So far, agreements have been signed with Brazil and Ghana. In addition to Tanzania, the GCAA is also seeking to ink an agreement with Nigeria.The GCAA Director was keen to note that these agreements being inked were in keeping with this year’s theme of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) with regard to connectivity.When it comes to a time span for those agreements, Field said the required framework was already in place and was presently waiting to be finalised.
The National Union of Journalists has asked the owners of the Donegal Democrat newspaper to reconsider laying off some of its staff.Iconic Newspapers has proposed to cut three reporters from its Letterkenny office in recent weeks.But the NUJ said the company must halt the proposed redundancies at the Donegal Democrat and negotiate with the union. A statement from the NUJ said “Three staff positions are being targeted by the company, even though journalists at the paper are already struggling with heavy workloads. The company is offering only statutory redundancy to those it wants to make compulsorily redundant.The NUJ has contacted the company to seek talks but has not received a formal response from Iconic. As a result, the NUJ has written to all the politicians including TDs, senators and councillors in Donegal; asking them to contact the group editorial director, Alan English, to tell the company to stop the redundancies and engage with the union.Ian McGuinness, NUJ Irish organiser, said “The Donegal Democrat is a vital part of the county’s democracy. It is pivotal in informing local people about what is going on in politics and current affairs. To cut staff in the Donegal Democrat will increase the workload and stress on the journalists that remain, and will hurt the quality of journalism in Donegal as it is bound to negatively impact on the newspaper’s reporting ability.“Furthermore, not only is the company refusing to acknowledge, let alone answer, the NUJ’s requests for collective talks; it also isn’t conducting a formal, objective redundancy consultation process. Therefore, the NUJ will take cases to the Adjudication Officer Service and the Labour Court on behalf of any member who has their rights trampled upon. The union will not stand by while our members are unceremoniously dumped on the dole queue.”Séamus Dooley, NUJ Irish secretary, added this is a perfect example of why government needs to convene a Commission on the Future of the Media in Ireland.He said “While we have always advocated the establishment of a Commission because of problems with diversity and media ownership in Ireland; we also need to address the drastic cuts that have been, and are still being made, to local media. Cuts directly impact on the media’s ability to cover council meetings, court hearings, and current affairs in the locality; as well as the local impact of decisions made in the Oireachtas.“These cuts in the Donegal Democrat must be stopped and Iconic Newspapers should immediately sit down with the NUJ to collectively discuss its proposals. A new way of supporting local newspapers must be found as they are vital to our democracy. One thing is certain, cuts will not strengthen these newspapers. They never have and they never will.”Those wishing to tweet their support to the Donegal Democrat NUJ Chapel or send a message to the company can use the twitter hashtag #donegaldemocrat NUJ asks Donegal Democrat owners to reconsider planned redundancies was last modified: November 17th, 2017 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:Donegal DemocratjobsNUJredundancies