Striking: a civil right, even for doctors?

first_imgByAnna CorreiaWhen I tell my friends that I miss Guyana, the response is almost always a bitter-sweet one — there’s nothing to come back to: no jobs, no thriving economy nor prospects for investment, just a general societal malaise and a growing fear of free speech. The atmosphere is morose. Anywhere besides Guyana seems like a better alternative at the moment. This is what Guyana has come to – a place where the essence of dreams of both the young and the old has been replaced by an apprehension for the future; and it is so dense that it permeates every layer of society, stopping only at the feet of those in power. This is what the Coalition has reduced Guyana to. And this era, reminiscent of the Burnhamite days, will be the disgraceful legacy of the PNC-dominated APNU/AFC.  Yet, the most frightening part of this grim tale is not so much the pessimism of the people, but rather the air of dejection which seems to be progressively inhibiting them — almost as if, little by little, they are resigning to a fate depicted by this dystopian tableau which, with each new day, transforms into reality.Frightening; because a people who succumb to lassitude and fear, instead of channelling frustrations toward positive change, only make it easier for the Coalition to continue in its rampage against democracy and democratic institutions as it remains anchored in corruption, opacity, witch-hunting, and the use of State resources for political persecution. We now find ourselves in a scenario similar to the 1980s, when a cocktail of poor economic conditions and political tyranny were the driving factors for immigration. It was a period in our history where people preferred to flee Guyana, because they either had no leverage to act on the improvement of their own lives and against the dictatorship, or they preferred to opt for comfort in foreign lands, while they could.Today, economic mismanagement and contractionary fiscal policies are driving Guyana right back into the wall, and one of the risks we face is the loss of the trained professionals who have, over the years, contributed to the human development of our country. The brain drain began from as early as 2015 with the mass firings in the Public Sector, and continues today, touching from Government-contracted workers to young business graduates looking for investment opportunities abroad.Government workers, however, feel the strain more than others, because they’re well aware of the precariousness of their situation. They’re conscious of the fact that, at the snap of a finger, they could lose the jobs to which they’ve consecrated years of their lives, without any guarantees of finding a source of income in this halting economy. And these are the people with barely any leverage to act against the Government. These are the people who are bound by a fear on which the Government thrives.The decision to place Government-contracted doctors on a pension plan and to tax their allowances will most likely initiate a new wave of brain drain of trained medical professionals. However, while doctors are conscious of the life-saving nature of their profession, as well as the inadequacies of the Public Health Sector, some are building the courage to confront the Government on a level playfield. And they’re doing this knowing that they are putting their careers at risk under a vindictive, unrelenting Government. And while numbers do matter, it is this pocket of peaceful rebellion against injustice that we, the people, need to support. It is in the interest of the Guyanese people to defend our doctors, thereby defending our own right to decent health care.There are talks of doctors striking in hospitals nationwide, but some dispute this possibility on the basis that doctors are emergency public servants who should not be allowed to strike, unionize, or form organisations of representation. Yet, in developed democracies, civil rights are considered to be intrinsic to citizenship, regardless of social and professional status.If our doctors were to strike, the blame must be directly attributed to the Coalition. Doctors are public servants, but their mission is a life-saving one, for which the Government and the people must be grateful. But if the Coalition continues to persecute our doctors, then we must understand their need to retaliate by invoking their civil rights, including the possibility to strike.And while the consequences will be borne by the nation, it would do us well to remember that solidarity and persistence form the cement of change in a country.last_img read more

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Govt director needs to be better acquainted with sugar industry

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) wishes to refer to an article appearing in the media on April 26, 2017 under the title “Sugar, votes and cyclical poverty”, authored by the Director of Public Information, Mr Imran Khan.In his article, the director called attention to a statement by our union’s president, Mr Komal Chand, in response to the then planned European Union (EU) sugar price cut. The GAWU president quite correctly pointed to the obvious dangers that would come to bear if the EU had proceeded with its then plan. It was generally acknowledged by all those who knew about sugar that the EU cut, or ‘reform’, as it was styled, would present difficulties for the industry. This, as far as we know, was never shied away from or hidden. Mr Khan also seemingly goes on to put words in the GAWU president’s mouth, saying that Mr Chand was aware that the EU changes would make the industry unsustainable.Neither our union nor Mr Chand ever made such utterances. We find Mr Khan’s assertions baseless and without substance. The industry recognized challenges that would emerge, and crafted a plan to address the fallout. Mr Khan may also be interested to learn that the industry’s measures were, not so surprisingly, fully supported by persons who currently hold high-level positions in the said industry. Now those same individuals tell us those ideas no longer hold water. We find their somersaulting interesting.  Is it a case of he who pays the piper calling the tune?We also wish to advise Mr Khan that Diamond Estate was closed in 1985, and the LBI factory in 2011. However, it was not until the latter half of 2016 that LBI Estate was closed, when certain operations were merged with their counterparts at Enmore. The union was until then made to understand by GuySuCo officials that the LBI Estate would not be closed. That ‘consolidation’, we understand, was intended to reduce costs and improve efficiencies. Yet, a few weeks after, our union and the workers learnt on the last day of 2016 that the Administration was contemplating closing the same estate – Enmore Estate – and putting about 2,300 workers out of work.We are disheartened to read Mr Khan saying that a large number of workers live in an impoverished state. Indeed, this is inaccurate, and possibly speaks to Mr Khan’s disconnect from reality. Many sugar workers, through their incomes which were adjusted over time, have been able to live modest, humble lives. Some accomplished feats once thought were impossible, such as sending their children to university. We find the director’s assertion offensive to the hard-working workers.  Or, maybe it is a case of Mr Khan having a crystal ball which advised him that workers would “…live in perpetual, punishing, cyclical poverty” should the Administration implement its dastardly plans for the industry?Mr Khan’s lack of knowledge is further exposed when he says “there was little effort to diversify…” There were moves in that direction, as evidenced by the Skeldon Co-Generation Plant and the Enmore and Blairmont Packaging Plants. Our union was advised that, in 2016, the operators of the Skeldon Co-Generation Plant collected no less than $9.45B from sales. In fact, for the director’s information, the Sugar Commission of Inquiry (CoI) advised that electricity production has great potential as a revenue earner for GuySuCo. Moreover, packaged sugar, the CoI said, offers the sugar corporation its highest prices.The ‘junior spin doctor’ may also be interested to know that, just a few weeks ago, a conference to discuss the Jamaican industry concluded that ventures into electricity production and refined white sugar, among other things, offered that industry good possibilities for viability. If Jamaica can do it, what stops Guyana — which has flat arable land, an adequate fresh water supply, inexpensive cane transportation, know-how, sufficient labour, factory capacity and other advantages — from doing the same, or even better?The erstwhile gentleman also points to the level of Government support since the Coalition assumed the reins of power. We wonder if he finds it odd that, given the large sum provided to GuySuCo, sugar production this year is estimated at around 198,000 tonnes. In view of the investment, production ought to have been much higher than the 231,000 tonnes production inherited in 2015.Mr Khan may want to ask whether we have the right captain at the helm of GuySuCo. On the debt, we urge the director to seek a disaggregation of the data, as it would be most enlightening for him.Mr Director, do get better acquainted and acquire a better understanding of the industry you want to write about.Sincerely,GAWUlast_img read more

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Giroud gem a work of art, says Wenger

first_imgThe France forward’s sumptuous scorpion-kick goal will undoubtedly rate as one of the goals of the season, but Wenger went one step farther by placing it in the most hallowed of company.When Arsenal fans talk about the best goals to grace their club’s illustrious history, their thoughts turn to some of the highlights of the Wenger era — Dennis Bergkamp’s majestic strikes against Leicester and Newcastle, Nwankwo Kanu’s outstanding effort against Chelsea and numerous gems from Thierry Henry.Wenger believes Giroud — who has been on the bench at times this season — deserves his place among those greats.“He transformed that goal into art. It was art because of the surprise and the beauty of the moment,” Wenger purred.“Every striker is remembered for one or two or three special goals, and that will certainly remain with him forever.“He brings the unexpected and we all come to football for the unexpected. People come to see these goals.“I’ve been spoiled in my career with many great goals and many great strikers.“Bergkamp and Henry scored special goals, but this one is certainly in the top five.”Giroud admitted his goal carried a large dose of good fortune and Wenger agreed that it wasn’t something that could ever be practised on the training ground.“It was exceptional,” said Wenger. “Also because it was at the end of a fantastic collective movement.“After that it is just a reflex, but a goalscorer is ready to take a goal with any part of his body, with his toe or any other part.”– ‘Must hang on’ –Giroud has endured a difficult season for Arsenal at times.After being left on the bench for much of the first half of the campaign, the 30-year-old has been restored to the starting line-up for Arsenal’s last two matches and has responded with a late winner against West Bromwich Albion and now a goal for the ages.“Maybe it is not enough acknowledged that Olivier scores important goals,” Wenger said.“He scored against Man United with an important header, he scored a late winner against West Brom.”Giroud’s heroics gave Arsenal a welcome lift at the start of 2017 as they look to bridge the nine-point gap to Premier League leaders Chelsea.“We were on a good run and then had two bad results (before Christmas). It looks that we have got that out of our system now,” Wenger said.“Chelsea win every single game at the moment and we have just to hang on, you have to hope the results turn in our favour.”Palace boss Sam Allardyce, without a win in his two matches since replacing Alan Pardew, is upset by a fixture list that gives his players little time to recover before their crucial clash with fellow strugglers Swansea on Tuesday.“Swansea played on Saturday so they’ve got 24 hours on us. It’s unfair,” he said.“The players haven’t got enough time to recover. I don’t know who does the fixtures but they should be sacked.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud (L) celebrates scoring a goal team manager Arsene Wenger has called a work of art © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 2 – Arsene Wenger hailed Olivier Giroud’s stunning strike against Crystal Palace as a work of art and one of the top five Arsenal goals in his 20-year reign.Giroud’s mid-air back-flicked volley gave Arsenal the lead at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday and set them on course for a 2-0 victory.last_img read more

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Walter Mazzarri confirms Watford loan signing has returned to Chelsea

first_imgWatford head coach Walter Mazzarri has revealed Chelsea youngster Kenedy has returned to Stamford Bridge after making an early end to his loan deal.The Brazilian winger was signed over the summer, agreeing a temporary switch to Vicarage Road which was supposed to last the season.However, injury kept the 20-year-old out of the team in the immediate weeks following his arrival, and after coming on as a substitute against Burnley on September 26, further injuries hit him.And with no indication he was set to break back into the first-team set-up, Kenedy has been sent back to Chelsea.Speaking ahead of the Hornets’ match against Manchester City, Mazzarri said: Kenedy went back to Chelsea. He was a player we never had time to evaluate because he was injured the whole time.” Kenedy made just one substitute appearance for Watford 1last_img read more

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$10,000 reward being offered in theater rape

first_imgPALMDALE – A $10,000 reward will be offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who raped a 10-year-old girl at a Palmdale movie theater. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved on Tuesday a request by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich to post the reward in connection with the Aug. 29 assault at the Antelope Valley Mall. The girl was in a Cinemark Movies 10 hallway about 1:30 p.m. when the man accosted her, forced her into an empty theater and verbally threatened her. The girl was assaulted behind the movie screen, deputies said. The assailant was described as African-American, 35 to 45, with short black hair and a graying mustache. He stands about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds. Deputies said the man was wearing a white T-shirt with an unknown logo and dark blue warm-up pants with white stripes down the legs. Anyone with more information on the assailant is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau at (866) 247-5877 or the Palmdale sheriff’s station at (661) 272-2400. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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‘Biggest bottle jobs in the history of football’ – Fans on Twitter tear into Spurs

first_imgspurs have to be the biggest bottle jobs in the history of english football, out of the title race as quickly as they became contenders https://t.co/OwCe21S2Gc— ewan (@EwanLawson21) December 29, 2018 Spurs are embarrassing. Biggest bottle jobs😂— George (@Moore9George) December 29, 2018 Most Read in Football Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Wily Boly equalised for last season’s Championship winners in the second half, before goals from Raul Jiminez and Helder Costa sealed a memorable win for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.Despite heading into Saturday’s fixtures just five points off leaders Liverpool, it seems as though Mauricio Pochettino’s title-winning credentials are under serious scrutiny yet again. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Liverpool are firmly in the driving seat ahead of their game against Arsenal Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 2 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Spurs you absolute bottle jobs #sameoldspurs #ladsitstottenham— Luke King (@Coolhandluke_25) December 29, 2018 scrap appointed It took Spurs just one week to bottle the league😂😂— Jo. (@_Forson_) December 29, 2018 First talk of Spurs being title contenders and they bottle it straight away 😂😂 #TOTWOL— Neil Howells (@neil_themagpie) December 29, 2018 SORRY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 center_img In 2017, a defeat in May at West Ham United effectively ended any faint hopes of winning a first league title since 1961.And then last season, defeat to Inter Milan in the Champions League and a loss in the FA Cup semi-final to Manchester United ended any hopes of doing an incredible double.Naturally, rival fans were quick to poke fun at Spurs fans on Twitter after their loss. Check out the best reaction below! RANKED revealed Captain Hugo Lloris consoles Heung-Min Son at Wembley latest Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Jeez Spurs why do you always bottle it 🤦🏻‍♂️— Nick Newell (@_NickNewell_) December 29, 2018 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 2 Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League title challenge was left in tatters after they were beaten 3-1 by Wolves at Wembley.Harry Kane gave Spurs a first half lead with a cracking left-footed drive from outside the box, but the hosts could not capitalise on a dream start. As soon as people start talking about Tottenham potentially fighting for the league they only go and bottle it. Typical spurs #TOTWOL— H (@thatfootylife_) December 29, 2018 23/12/18 “spurs are in this title race”29/12/18 “spurs aren’t in this title race”The second you mention title to Tottenham they bottle it 😂 classic spurs— Dominic Kelly (@bommiekelly) December 29, 2018 gameday cracker Wolves have gifted everyone a belated Christmas present by handing out the annual Spurs bottle— Kantesaurus (@kantesaur) December 29, 2018 With the Reds set to face Arsenal live on talkSPORT on Saturday evening, a nine-point gap could emerge at the top of the table.Ever since running Leicester City close for the Premier League crown in 2016, Spurs have made a nasty habit of ‘bottling it’ when in key positions. BEST OF last_img read more

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Jamie Carragher rips into Arsenal defender: ‘He’s been a mess since he joined’

first_img LIVE ON talkSPORT 1 REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ It’s not the first time the 27-year-old’s defending has come under scrutiny – and Carragher says the horror show was hardly surprising.“I wasn’t surprised by this,” he told Sky Sports.“He’s been a mess since he joined the club really and this is another example of it. Mustafi was at fault for Wilfried Zaha’s goal Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Tottenham vs Brighton (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTLuton vs AFC Wimbledon (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Ipswich (Saturday, 5:15pm) – talkSPORT 2Brighton vs Newcastle (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTNorwich vs Blackburn (Saturday, 7:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Leeds United vs Aston Villa (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2Coventry vs Shrewsbury (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2 ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury center_img no dice BEST OF Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… shining huge blow “He’s at fault for the second goal as well.“[Unai] Emery made changes and I can totally understand it. Something has to give in the squad. In terms of the firepower in the team you still expected them to win.“I think it’s a massive blow for Arsenal’s top-four chances.” Jamie Carragher has launched a scathing attack on Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi after the German’s woeful performance against Crystal Palace on Sunday.Mustafi was responsible for two of Palace’s three goals, which proved costly as the Gunners’ slipped to a 3-2 defeat and lost ground in their race to finish in the top four. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Gunners boss Unai Emery, however, refused to criticise the £30million man.After the defeat, he told talkSPORT: “I’m going to protect every player because they worked and tried to do their best possible.“I think we can speak about them all generally and not focus on individual issues.”last_img read more

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Maurizio Sarri: Only Mourinho has a better win record in first season at Chelsea

first_imgWhether he stays or goes next season, Maurizio Sarri has certainly had an impact in his first season with Chelsea.The Italian has divided opinion at Stamford Bridge all year, but the statistics make for pretty impressive reading considering the scrutiny he has faced.In fact, Sarri has won 39 matches in all competitions for Chelsea this season, with the only manager to hold more victories in his maiden campaign of the Blues was Jose Mourinho in the 2004/05, who won 42 matches. getty 2 Jose Mourinho won the Premier League title in his first season getty Maurizio Sarri lifts the Europa League – the first major trophy he has won in his managerial career 2 Carlo Ancelotti has the same number of wins from his first season in charge in 2009/10, which ended with the Premier League and FA Cup.Victory 39 earned the 60-year-old former Napoli boss the first trophy of his managerial career, as Chelsea swept aside Arsenal 4-1 in Baku to win the Europa League for the second time in their history.Sarri also secured a third-place finish in the Premier League to ensure the return of Champions League football, while Chelsea were runners-up in the Carabao Cup, losing on penalties to Manchester City.It has been a turbulent season for Sarri, one which began so promisingly, as he set a new managerial record by going 12 games unbeaten at the start of the campaign.Following a 6-0 defeat to City in February, there were calls for Sarri to be sacked, even though he has two years remaining on his contract.Juventus are understood to be stepping up their pursuit of Sarri following the final and Sarri reportedly has an agreement in place for a three-year contract worth £6.2million a year. However, after victory in Baku, Sarri, who took charge last July, feels he should be allowed to continue in his role at Stamford Bridge.“I need to talk to the club and make sure I know what I can do for Chelsea and what Chelsea can do for me,” said Sarri.“I love the Premier League and I’m lucky I’m at Chelsea but at the end of each season you have to sit down and talk.“In my opinion, I deserve to stay at Chelsea but my opinion is not enough.”First season record of past eight Chelsea managersJose Mourinho (2004/05)Played: 59Won: 42Drew: 11Lost: 6Trophies: Premier League, League CupAvram Grant (2007/08)Played: 54Won: 36Drew: 6Lost: 12Trophies: NoneLuiz Felipe Scolari (2008/09)Played: 36Won: 20Drew: 11Lost: 5Trophies: NoneCarlo Ancelotti (2009/10)Played: 55Won: 39Drew: 7Lost: 9Trophies: Community Shield, Premier League, FA CupAndre Villas-Boas (2011)Played: 49Won: 19Drew: 11Lost: 10Trophies: NoneRoberto Di Matteo (2012)Played: 42Won: 24Drew: 9Lost: 9Trophies: FA Cup, Champions LeagueAntonio Conte (2016/17)Played: 47Won: 37Drew: 3Lost: 6Trophies: Premier LeagueMaurizio Sarri (2018/19)Played: 63Won: 39Drew: 13Lost: 11Trophies: Europa Leaguelast_img read more

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Donegal nursing team given top award for cross-border project

first_imgMembers of the Oncology Nursing Team at Letterkenny University Hospital involved in the development of the recently opened North West Cancer Centre at Altnagelvin Hospital have been announced as joint winners of the Chief Nursing Officers’ Award for Excellence in Cross Border Nursing.The award was made to the team along with Una Cardin, The Western Trust’s North West Cancer Centre Manager, in recognition of their contribution to this new cross border health service.Both played pivotal roles in bringing the new service to the North West area. The awards were presented at the annual All-Island Chief Nursing Officers’ Conference in Dublin Castle on Monday 5 Dec 2016, which was attended by both ministers for health: Minister Michelle O’Neill, MLA and Minister Simon Harris T.D. who addressed the 350 plus delegates.The Excellence in Cross Border Nursing Award is sponsored by Co-operation and Working Together (CAWT), the cross border health and social partnership, and recognises innovation and excellence in patient care, either within the border region or on an all-Island basis.Chief Nursing Officers, Dr Siobhan O’Halloran at the Dept of Health in the Republic of Ireland and Charlotte McArdle, at the Department of Health in Northern Ireland presented the two winners with the Award. Both award winners also receive a bursary from CAWT to utilise for professional development activities. The Award acknowledges the importance of the role of the nursing profession in ensuring this major cross border initiative, the North West Cancer Centre, provides top quality, patient-centred care to the population of the North West.Seamus Murphy, Manager at LUH, congratulating the Letterkenny University Hospital Oncology Nursing Team on their Award. He said “This award reflects the commitment and excellence of the work undertaken by Clare McAleer and the Oncology Nursing Team at Letterkenny University Hospital in designing and commissioning a seamless service between Letterkenny University Hospital and the North West Cancer Centre. This new Centre, which has begun to treat its first Donegal patients, marks a historic achievement for both cancer care in the North West of Ireland and also for cross border health collaboration between our two systems.“It is essential that if our patients are to experience the best quality service that their treatment journey is effortless between the Letterkenny University Hospital and the North West Cancer Centre, The work that Clare and the Oncology Nursing Team have undertaken over the last 2 years has ensured the integration of our two services in this joint venture for the benefit of our patients. I would like to congratulate Clare and the Team on achieving this award, and acknowledge the ongoing teamwork of our Nursing Team with their colleagues in Altnagelvin Hospital.”Congratulating Una on her award, Elaine Way, Chief Executive of the Western Health and Social Care Trust (WHSCT) said: “This award is a fitting acknowledgement of Una’s unrelenting commitment to develop a first class cross border cancer centre that will improve outcomes for cancer patients. Her persistence, drive and enthusiasm over the past number of years from the beginning of the project right up until we began treating our first patients last week, is remarkable. This is a richly deserved award which not only recognises Una’s own work but also acknowledges the great team of cancer services staff working in the North West Cancer Centre.”Commenting CAWT’s Deputy Chief Officer, Edel O’Doherty said: “Both winners are most deserving of this Excellence in Cross Border Nursing Award for the important work they have undertaken to ensure that people both sides of the border receive the best care possible at the new North West Cancer Centre. Many years of hard work and planning have gone into ensuring that patients who undergo cancer treatment will experience excellent standards of care in this state-of-the-art facility. On behalf of the CAWT Partnership I congratulate both Award winners.”Donegal nursing team given top award for cross-border project was last modified: December 8th, 2016 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)last_img read more

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Cebu Pacific archives highest rating for safety

first_imgCebu Pacific A320. Credit Airbus Cebu Pacific has now achieved the highest ranking for safety with 7-stars from the world’s only safety and product rating agency AirlineRatings.comAfter careful evaluation and feedback from the airline and aviation industry AirlineRatings.com has upgraded its seven-star safety rating system to give more importance to IOSA and this move elevates Cebu Pacific up to 7-stars – the highest ranking.SEE our video on dispelling the myths of flying.IOSA – the International Air Transport Association Operation Safety Audit – was first introduced in 2003 to curb the disturbing trend in airline accidents that could be attributed to simple processes and maintenance programs.Since it was introduced airlines that have completed IOSA have up to a four-fold safer safety record than airlines that do not do the audit.SEE our “747 is 50” storiesIn 2017, the all accident rate for airlines on the IOSA registry was nearly four times better than that of non-IOSA airlines (0.56 vs. 2.17 accidents per million flights) and it was nearly three times better over the 2012-16 period.Of significant importance to Airlineratings.com is that the audit is done every two years and covers over 1060 parameters.AirlineRatings.com now awards an airline that has completed IOSA three stars.AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas congratulated Cebu Pacific on this achievement.“Cebu Pacific has become a major part of the fabric of life in the Philippines bringing affordable travel to most,” said Thomas.“The airline has a very modern fleet and operationally is now up there with the best.”“That is great news for the traveling public,” said Thomas.Cebu Cebu Pacific takes delivery of its first A330The rating agency has reduced the stars allocated for ICAO compliance from two to one.The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was created to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world.It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency, and regularity, as well as for aviation environmental protection.It has 8 audit parameters that pertain to safety and they are; Legislation, Organization, Licensing, Operations, Airworthiness, Accident Investigation, Air Navigation Service and Aerodromes.If the country meets between 6 and 8 of the audits one star is awarded to the airline. Five secures 1/2 star. However, if any of the criteria are below the average by less than 5 percent it is considered a pass. If the country only meets up to four criteria no star is given.The other main criteria are; Is the airline on the European Union (EU) Blacklist; has it a fatality free record for the past 10 years and is the airline FAA (USA) endorsed?Cebu Pacific commenced services in March 1996, initially only domestic operations but launched international operations in November 2001.It now flies to 64 tourist/business destinations within Asia and operates 67 mainly Airbus aircraftCebu was the first local airline to introduce e-ticketing, prepaid excess baggage and seat selection in the Philippines.last_img read more

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