Progressive Youth Organisation (PYO) in offering its condolences on the passing of former parliamentarian and Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Chairman Alli Baksh, reflected on his life and contributions.Former Minister Alli Baksh“He was a mentor and exceptional example for young people in the Party. He played an integral role in nurturing and developing the careers of many leaders,” the PYO said in a statement on Friday.According to the PYO, Baksh’s loyalty, commitment, and selflessness in the struggles against “oppression, discrimination and dictatorship were most admirable. Comrade Alli was a wise counsel who was patient and attentive to the concerns of youths and these qualities made him an exceptional leader.”Representatives of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) youth arm further noted, “Comrade Alli was a strong believer in young people and played particular emphasis on their involvement at all levels of leadership. To the end, he remained a guiding force and inspirational motivator to the PYO. He spoke with passion about the youth arm as he himself played a crucial and fundamental role is its early days.”Baksh was appointed Minister within the Agriculture Ministry after then President Donald Ramotar took office in 2011.Prior to that, Baksh took on the role of Region Two Chairman from 1992, and operated in that capacity for almost 20 years. Additionally, he also served as a Member of Parliament representing the PPP/Civic.Meanwhile, Women’s Progressive Organisation (WPO) leader Sheila Mathura stated on Friday that Baksh would “go down in history as the one who spearheaded the structural, social and economic developments on the Essequibo Coast”.Baksh will be laid to rest today in Essequibo.
Growth in passenger and freight demand in the bellwether airline industry is slowing and industry officials warn that terrorism and the Brexit vote make it unlikely there will be an uptick any time soon.Total global passenger traffic was 4.6 per cent higher in May compared to the same month in 2015 but international passenger growth slowed for the third consecutive month to 4.3 per cent.The increase in global freight traffic was a lacklustre 0.9 per cent as growth flat-lined across all regions except Europe and the Middle East. Air freight is a key indicator of global economic health.“Global trade has basically moved sideways since the end of 2014 taking air cargo with it,’’ said International Air Transport Association director general Tony Tyler. “Hopes for a stronger 2016 are fading as economic and political uncertainty increases. Air cargo is vital to the global economy but the business environment is extremely difficult and there are few signs of any immediate relief.’’The important Asia-pacific market, which accounts 38.9 per cent of global air freight market, entered negative territory with a May fall of 0.7 per cent compared to 12 months ago and cargo holds that averaged just over half full.Latin America was hardest hit with freight tonne kilometres down 9.7 per cent and even the normally vibrant Middle East market reported a modest rise of 3.2 per cent.A regional breakdown of May international passenger traffic painted a rosier picture but a 5.1 per cent rise in Asia-Pacific traffic was outstripped by a 6.4 per cent increase in capacity and IATA said the strong upward momentum of recent months had stalled.The Middle East carriers again led the field with an 11.8 per cent increase followed by Africa at 9.5 per cent. Latin America recorded growth of 5.1 per cent, while Europe turned in an increase of 2.1 per cent to leave North America last at 0.5 per cent.Domestic demand was up 5.1 per cent globally but Australian, Brazilian, Russian and Japanese airlines all cut capacity in the face of falling or negligible growth. Australian domestic capacity was down 2.9 per cent on growth of 0.4 per cent while capacity in Brazil fell 8.1 per cent as traffic contracted 7.7 percent.Mr Tyler blamed a combination of factors for a slip in passenger demand growth to more historic levels after a strong start to the year.“These include continuing terrorist activity and the fragile state of the global economy,’’ he said. “ Neither bode well for travel demand. And the shocks of Istanbul and the economic fallout of the Brexit vote make it difficult to see an early uptick.’’
The Government will spend another $4.78 billion in 2019/2020 to continue the improvement of the island’s road infrastructure. This is outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. The Government will spend another $4.78 billion in 2019/2020 to continue the improvement of the island’s road infrastructure.This is outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The money, which has been provided under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), will go towards commencing road construction works along the Ferris to Mackfield stretch in Westmoreland and achieve 70 per cent completion.The funds will also be used to continue and complete phase one of the Mandela Highway Improvement Project, continue road construction works on Hagley Park Road and achieve 65 per cent completion, continue road construction works on Constant Spring Road and achieve 70 per cent completion, and continue and complete road construction works on Barbican Road.Up to December 2018 under the project, rehabilitation of approximately 192km of the 430km of prioritised roads were completed; and rehabilitation or reconstruction of eight of the 27 critical bridges targeted were completed.The project, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, seeks to continue the improvement of the island’s road network in order to enhance the quality of life of the citizens of Jamaica and to stimulate economic development.It was originally slated to run from September 2013 to September 2018. However, following an extension, it is expected to be completed in May 2019.The project is being jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica and China Exim Bank. The money, which has been provided under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), will go towards commencing road construction works along the Ferris to Mackfield stretch in Westmoreland and achieve 70 per cent completion. Story Highlights
Washington: A 27-year-old Indian student has drowned after jumping off from a recreation spot into the Crater Lake in the US state of Oregon, authorities said. Sumedh Mannar, jumped off the “Jumping Rock”, a popular recreation spot at the lake on Sunday around 4:40 pm (local time) and did not resurface, Marsha McCabe, a spokeswoman for Crater Lake National Park, was quoted as saying by the Oregonian newspaper. McCabe said the cliff Mannar, a graduate student at the Oregon State University, had jumped from was about 25 feet high. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe cliff was not a prohibited area for jumping, she said, adding that officials have not yet determined exactly why he drowned. In the summers, the surface of the lake warms up to about 15 degrees Celsius, but the average temperature of the lake is around 3 degrees. Swimming is only allowed in the area around Cleetwood Cove and along the shore of Wizard Island. Immediately after Mannar disappeared, people on scene threw a life ring into the water, and Crater Lake hospitality staff took a small boat out to the area to help search, she said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPark staff came to the area to help with the search, but choppy waters and poor visibility conditions made the search difficult. After about three hours of searching and no sign of Mannar, officials called off the search for the night and resumed it Monday morning. Divers on Monday morning dove in the last known spot Mannar had been seen and found him about 90 feet straight down in the water on a rock ledge. Beyond that point, the lake drops off dramatically to a depth of more than 1,200 feet.
MONTREAL — A Montreal-area woman says her parents and their friends are safe after riding out Hurricane Dorian in the attic of a home in the Bahamas.Kristin Dudley said in a brief phone conversation that she was able to speak to her father via satellite phone earlier today and he confirmed all four Ottawa residents are alive and well.She said her 70-year-old parents Sharyn Laughlin and Denis Dudley, as well as their friends, are expected to be evacuated via helicopter later today.Dudley hadn’t heard from her parents since Sunday, as they and their two friends were taking refuge in the attic of a house on Great Abaco Island in the northern Bahamas during the massive Category 5 storm.She said the water had already burst through the main floor of the home, and she worried for their safety.The storm caused widespread devastation across the northern Bahamas, as sustained winds of 295 kilometres per hour ripped off roofs, bowled over cars and sent floodwaters rushing into people’s homes.Dudley said Wednesday she needed to leave her phone line open but took to social media to thank the public for their prayers and messages of support.“It means the world to us,” she wrote on Facebook.— With a file from The Associated PressThe Canadian Press