Passengers stranded at JFK, CJIA

first_img…as Dynamic Airways cancels flightsThe holiday travel plans for hundreds of passengers in Guyana and New York, United States have seen major disruptions as air carrier Dynamic Airways over the weekend cancelled at least two flights – one out of Guyana and the other from the John F Kennedy Airport. On Sunday, images surfaced of passengers camped out, many fast asleep at JFK while at Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), passengers and their worried families were seen haplessly standing outside the departure entrance in the afternoon hours.More than 200 passengers at the CJIA had turned up to travel Saturday morning, but have been waiting ever since.  According to reports, passengers in New York have been stranded at JFK since Friday evening and were anxiously awaiting word from the airline.Meanwhile, on local shores, Dynamic Airways representative in Guyana, Captain Gerry Gouveia attempted to pacify passengers late Sunday afternoon.Hundreds of passengers were camped out at JFK waiting for their Christmas-bound Dynamic Airways flight to GuyanaHundreds of passengers stranded at the CJIA“I am extremely concerned and sensitive about the feelings and emotions of the Dynamic passengers that are experiencing delays and cancelled flights in both JFK and GEO at this time,” he disclosed via his social media account.Captain Gouveia also explained that two of Dynamic’s 767 Boeing flights were grounded after a ground handling truck at the New York airport “accidentally hit the left engine” .“The engineers are working around the clock to return that aircraft to serviceability,” Gouveia stressed.He noted that the second aircraft was used and was flown twice. However, the back-up aircraft also developed issues.“On the return flight to JFK, the aircraft developed a maintenance issue, which is currently being rectified by the maintenance teams working around the clock to fix,” the Gouveia claimed.“I am really sorry these events occurred at this time, but would like to reassure the passengers that every effort is being made to resolve this delay as soon as possible,” the airline’s local representative stressed.Meanwhile, according to reports coming out of New York City, Dynamic representatives at JFK are reluctant to provide detailed information that the Guyana-bound passengers requested.  Guyana Times understands that representatives gave to passengers a telephone number, which provided flight information. However, passengers were greeted by automated recorded messages and were unable to garner any key information on when their flights would leave the airport.  Passengers at both airports are still awaiting their flights.last_img read more

Second Quarter Run Helps Drake Women’s Basketball Win At Loyola, 81-65

first_imgBox Score CHICAGO – A 15-2 scoring run to end the second quarter helped the Drake University women’s basketball team claim an 81-65 win over the Loyola Ramblers Sunday afternoon at Gentile Arena. Drake (14-6, 7-2 MVC), who trailed by 11 points before the scoring run, was able to take a 29-27 halftime lead over Loyola (10-10, 6-3 MVC) with the impressive closing run. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) scored eight points during the span, including the final two points on a layup right before the buzzer, as she finished with a game-high 25 points. Wendell posted an outstanding stat line adding six assists with just one turnover, four rebounds, one block and one steal in 32 minutes. “We overcame our first quarter which I think was the biggest thing for us,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “I thought we had some really good looks in the quarter that just didn’t fall in the hoop especially from three. But I love that we kept taking it and going inside-outside and started to really find our identity and shared the basketball (Drake recorded 21 assists on 28 makes).” Taylor Manuel led the Ramblers with 21 points while Nieka Wheeler added 14 and Dakota Vann 11 points, respectively. “I’m really proud of the overall team effort today,” Baranczyk said. “This is a tough place to play and a tough team to play, they have some great players who know how to play and present matchup problems for us and the rest of the conference.” Sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) had 13 points, seven rebounds and matched a career-high with seven assists. Senior Emma Donahue (Naperville, Ill.) playing her final regular season game in her hometown scored nine points, grabbed five boards, nabbed a career-high four steals and had three blocks. “It was great to be able to play in Chicago,” said Donahue. “It was so much fun for me to be able to show my teammates where I’m from and to have them over to my house yesterday.” In the second period, Wendell nailed a three to pull Drake even at 27-27, as the three gave her ten at that point in the game and 1,606 in her career, good for sole possession of 11th all-time in school history. Her 25 points on Sunday puts her at 1,621 for her career as she trails former standout and the 2012 MVC Jackie Stiles Player of the Year, Rachael Hackbarth (2008-12), who scored 1,661 points for the tenth best career total in program history. Loyola led 21-8 after the first quarter as Drake battled turnover issues with five and cold shooting going just 3-of-12 from the floor. The Bulldogs rebounded from the opening first stanza to finish at 49.1 percent shooting and had just 11 more turnovers in the game to end with 16. Drake returns to Des Moines, Iowa to welcome the Wichita State Shockers to the Knapp Center on Friday, Feb. 5. Tipoff with the Shockers is set for 7 p.m. and will broadcast online on The Valley On ESPN3. National performing act, Simon Seyz, will perform at halftime on Friday night while the second annual Baby Bowl will take place on Sunday, Feb. 7 at halftime of the contest with Missouri State. Spots still remain for the Baby Bowl, where the winners can take home great prizes. Contact Tom Florian at 515-271-4949 or [email protected] to reserve your spot.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Boss has concerns over striker’s fitness

first_imgSouthend manager Paul Sturrock has expressed misgivings about Rowan Vine’s fitness.The QPR forward recently joined Sturrock’s side on trial ahead of a possible loan move.Vine scored the only goal of the game in a reserve match against Oxford but Sturrock is unsure whether to retain him.Sturrock told Southend’s website: “He didn’t look fit to me and that’s a worrying aspect – how long it would take. That’s something I’ve been talking to the fitness coaches about.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Jobs, construction boom at Coega

first_img19 June 2013 Building projects at the Coega Industrial Development Zone outside Port Elizabeth have injected over R1.2-billion into South Africa’s Eastern Cape construction industry over the past two quarters, in the process creating over 2 500 jobs, the state-owned Coega Development Corporation (CDC) said last week. Six major construction projects are currently under way in the Coega IDZ, including Chinese auto maker First Automobile Works’ new R200-million plant, food service group Famous Brands Famous Brands’ new cold storage plant, DCD Group’s wind tower manufacturing plant, the addition of Coega Cheese onto the Coega Dairy outfit, Agni Steels’ R400-million smelter facility, and Rehau’s extension in the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park. Industrial gas company Air Products South Africa is also about to begin construction of a R300-million state-of-the-art air separation unit in July, bringing the total number of projects being built to seven. “The global economic climate is still not stable, yet investment continues to flow into the Coega IDZ,” CDC spokesperson Ayanda Vilakazi said in a statement. “We currently have 20 operational investors, and once these seven construction projects are complete, we will be up to 27 operational investors by mid-2014.” Vilakazi said the Famous Brands project, which was nearest completion, was a prime example of the short conversion times between signing a lease to full operation at Coega. “The turnaround times are much quicker now than they were a couple of years ago, and we are able to construct buildings for investors relatively quickly, meaning that they move to operational phase within about a year of signing, depending on this size of the project.” Vilakazi said that FAW’s R200-million plant construction would create about 2 000 jobs over the year-long project, which was on track for completion in December. In its operational phase, the truck assembly plant would create a further 280 permanent jobs. According to Arnie van Jaarsveldt of WBHO Construction, the lead contractor on the FAW project, there was significant collaboration between the Chinese engineers and their South African counterparts working on the plant, representing “a coup for skills development and mentorship”. Vilakazi said that Agni Steels was also nearing completion of its R400-million steel plant in the industrial development zone. On completion, the high-tech smelting facility will produce mild steel billets from scrap metal. DCD Group, meanwhile, is in the early phases of its R300-million wind tower factory, which is expected to employ 168 workers and produce between 110 and 120 wind towers annually. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Comedy Podcasts Revitalize the Platform

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#art#Podcasts#web curt hopkins 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts center_img 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Social media’s like punk rock, it knocks down walls for all, and that’s good. But it frees up as much, or more, rubbish as it does material of quality. Nevertheless, some people, usually those with a love-hate relationship with radio, were very enthusiastic lo these many years ago, about the platform that podcasting provided. That enthusiasm has waned in recent times. (Though not for everyone.) Lately, comedy seems to be revitalizing it. Comedy podcasts run the length of the field, from one-man ruminations to frantic bit-factories to interview shows. Some are free, some cost, and many offer a combination of the two options. Below the fold, I offer a far-from-inclusive introduction to different types of comedy podcasts and have tried to include a few that are acknowledged to be influential.The Ricky Gervais Show. Gervais was an innovator, putting comedy podcasting on the map in 2005, under the auspices of the Guardian. Over the next two years, Gervais released about three dozen podcasts, which went to iTunes for a fee. It is said to be the most downloaded podcast ever. As to the content, I’ve always found Gervais’s comedy to be pub rock posing as punk and the genius mostly in the marketing. I’m clearly in the minority. What the Fuck? Comedian Marc Maron’s podcast has gained huge momentum over the last year and for good reason as far as I’m concerned. Wide in scope, Maron combines introductory monologues of mind-bending self-absorption with interviews, on-site reporting (Creation Museum, anyone?) and live shows. Sometimes the interviews are super funny. Tom Lennon of The State and Reno 911 and Bob Saget of Full House, America’s Funniest Home Videos and How I Met Your Mother almost bent space-time they were so funny. Sometimes, like his interview with the late Mike DeStefano, they’re touching and at other times, like Judd Apatow and Robin Williams, they’re extremely interesting, winkling out details you’d never heard elsewhere. Two interviews were profoundly squirm-worthy: Gallagher (who walked out) and Carlos Mencia (who required two interview for Maron to dislodge him from his talking points.) Few journalists could match Maron’s interviewing technique, neither for quality nor for the risks they take. Comedy Death Ray Radio. CDR Radio grew out of Comedy Death Ray, a weekly Los Angeles-based comedy show that began in 2002 and has been credited in part for creating what is now known as “alternative comedy.” One of CDR’s co-creators, Mr. Show writer Scott Aukerman, is the host. The strong position the show has given the podcast in the world of comedy and comedy fans has given it a lot of reach. Wise guest choices (Paul Tompkins, Andy Richter, Nick Kroll, Reggie Watts, Sarah Silverman, Russell Brand and Tig Notaro) have kept its momentum up. Walking the Room. Comedians Greg Behrendt (best known for “He’s Just Not That Into You” and “telling jokes in front of people”) and Dave Anthony (he’s this one guy) co-host a slop-bucket of a podcast, sloshing with unspeakable filth, studded with neologisms and streaked with tittering. Recent episodes include “Old Yeller Hamster and Fish Cliffhanger,” “Blood Toilet and the Little Big Dollhouse Explanation” and the vacuum-inducing “Blood Face Nap Man and Cracky the Bike Thief.” Sometimes the show’s very funny, sometimes a bit insidery, but always a performance and (so far) free as the wind.Other comedy podcasts of noteJimmy Pardo’s Never Not FunnyPaul F. Tompkins’s Pod F. TompkastSuperegoThe Sound of Young AmericaThe NerdistGreg Fitzsimmons’s Fitzdog RadioDoug Benson’s Doug Loves Movies If you’d like to read much, much more about comedy podcasts, more by far than I hate myself enough to match, check out Splitside’s “A Seriously Comprehensive Guide to Comedy Podcasts.”Finally, if you want to tell me that podcasts have never been more popular and will be the vehicle of our salvation, or that Gervais is a genius, or just recommend comedy podcasts not mentioned above, have at ‘er. And speaking of ‘er, where are my comedy podcast ladies at? They seem a little thin on the ground. last_img read more

Sania Mirza beats Kristina Barrois to reach round 2 of French Open

first_imgDesperate to improve her Grand Slam record, Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza began her French Open campaign with an impressive 6-3, 6-3 win over Kristina Barrois in the women’s singles, in Paris on Monday.World number 72 Sania, who has never moved beyond the second round at Roland Garros, put up a clinical performance against the German.Sania, whose left leg was strapped just below the knee, completed the win with a backhand winner after an hour and 15 minutes encounter on court number six. Sania has not been able to cross the second round hurdle in the Grand Slams since 2009 and the fourth round appearance in the US Open in 2005 remains her best performance.She will next take on Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, who defeated Austria’s Patricia Mayr- Achleitner 6- 1, 6- 2.The clay court surface is not of the liking of Sania but the Indian looked quite comfortable and played with a lot of confidence.Sania played aggressively and thus committed a lot of unforced errors and also struggled with first serve but the overall game was so dominating that Kristina had no clue how to stop the Indian.In all, Sania hit 28 winners to 10 of Kristina. A break of serve in the fourth game put Sania ahead 3- 1 and after saving two breakpoints in the next game, the Indian had no difficulty in pocketing the first set. Sania went for her shots and some of the forehand winners were outstanding. She hit 13 winners to three of Kristina in the 34- minute opening- set.advertisementAfter both the players saved a breakpoint each at the start of the second set, again it was Sania, who gained the lead by breaking her rival in the third game. They traded breaks in the sixth and seventh games. After saving two breakpoints in the eighth game, Sania broke Kristina for the final time in the next game to seal a place in the second round.LEE-HESH SEEDED THIRDAiming to win their third French Open title together, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi have been seeded third. They will play the German pair of Tommy Haas and Philipp Petzschner.The US Open finalists, Rohan Bopanna and Aisam- ul- haq Qureshi of Pakistan are seeded fifth and face the Italian combination of Andreas Seppi and Simone Vagnozzi.Another Indian featuring in the men’s doubles event is Somdev Devvarman, who has paired with Chinese Taipei’s Yen- Hsun Lu.They have been drawn against the Spanish duo Marcel Granollers and Feliciano Lopez.In women’s doubles, Sania Mirza and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina are seeded seventh and have been pitted against the Russians Vera Dushevina and Ekaterina Makarova.last_img read more