International Civil Aviation Day

first_imgGuyana has made significant strides in our efforts for regional aviation security integration and collaboration, as the aviation sector plays a critical role in facilitating connectivity, trade, commerce and tourism.Compared to the rest of the world, Guyana’s aviation sector remains small; however, Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson earlier this year assured that in ‘setting the stage’ for a robust aviation sector, there were plans to ensure better compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).Towards this end, Finance Minister Winston Jordan, in his 2017 Budget presentation, had announced that an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system and an Air Traffic Control simulator were procured in 2016. These facilities, he assured, will enhance the country’s capacity to manage our airspace, while aiding in our quest to attain the ICAO Category One compliance, a key requirement for establishing direct routes to more destinations.In addition, Guyana’s partnership with the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System (CASSOS) is expected to raise the nation’s ICAO compliance.The purpose of International Civil Aviation Day is to help generate and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation to the social and economic development of States, and of the unique role of ICAO in helping States to cooperate and realise a truly global rapid transit network at the service of all mankind.As the United Nations and world nations have now adopted Agenda 2030, and embarked on a new era in global sustainable development, the importance of aviation as an engine of global connectivity has never been more relevant to the Chicago Convention’s objectives to look to international flight as a fundamental enabler of global peace and prosperity.Every five years, coinciding with ICAO anniversaries, the ICAO Council establishes a special anniversary theme for International Civil Aviation Day. Between these anniversary years, Council representatives select a single theme for the full four-year intervening period.For 2015-2018, the Council has selected the following theme: “Working Together to Ensure No Country is Left Behind”.The campaign highlights ICAO’s efforts to assist States in implementing ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). The main goal of this work is to help ensure that SARP implementation is better harmonised globally so that all States have access to the significant socio-economic benefits of safe and reliable air transport and can address safety, security and emissions-related issues. In 1944, delegates from 54 nations gathered in the Grand Ballroom of the Stevens Hotel in Chicago at the invitation of the United States of America.At this event, the participants concluded and signed the Convention on International Civil Aviation, also known more popularly as the ‘Chicago Convention’, the defining international agreement which has since permitted the global civil aviation system to develop peacefully and in a manner benefiting all peoples and nations of the world.International Civil Aviation Day was established in 1994 as part of ICAO’s 50th anniversary activities. In 1996, pursuant to an ICAO initiative and with the assistance of the Canadian Government, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/51/33, which officially recognised December 7 as International Civil Aviation Day in the UN system.Further, the General Assembly urged Governments as well as relevant national, regional, international and intergovernmental organisations to take appropriate steps to observe International Civil Aviation Day.The day is still celebrated around the world for the people of the aviation community like ATC (air traffic control); airport management; airlines and, of course, the aircraft themselves. This day also celebrates dangerous flights like QF32 and others that were in disaster but the pilots and crew managed to save the passengers and most of the plane, as well as the terror of the 9/11 event and the world’s worst plane to plane collision involving a KLM 747 and a Pan Am 747 at Schiphol airport, Amsterdam.Countries are urged to celebrate for CASA, FAA, NTSB, ASTB and other aviation safety regulators and investigators around the world so that today’s aviation stays much safer than it was.last_img read more


Besieged David defends top United stars

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, January 11 – David Moyes is adamant he still retains the support of Manchester United’s players as the pressure mounts on the under-fire Old Trafford boss.Moyes endured a miserable start to his United reign after succeeding Alex Ferguson in July and the new year has brought further troubles for the Premier League champions. Having been beaten by Tottenham in the league and Sunderland in the League Cup, either side of last Sunday’s FA Cup defeat by Swansea, United have lost their first three games of the year for the first time since 1932.The defeat by Spurs left Moyes’ side 11 points behind league leaders Arsenal and critics have started to suggest the tame manner of United’s performances — such a contrast to their spirited efforts under Ferguson when they won the title last season — are a sign that the manager doesn’t have the full support of his squad.However, Moyes insists there are no signs he is losing the dressing room.“I don’t think any of the Manchester United players are (hiding),” he said ahead of Saturday’s rematch with Swansea.“Every one of them is standing up and doing what they can.“You can never ask anyone to do more than their best and the players here are doing that.”With leaders Arsenal not in action until Monday, when they visit Aston Villa, third-placed Chelsea can take over at the top of the standings by winning at Hull City in Saturday’s early fixture.Last season’s Europa League winners have yet to capture the imagination in this campaign, but midfielder John obi Mikel believes that manager Jose Mourinho’s exacting methods are beginning to bear fruit.“He always wants us to play in a certain way and give 110 percent,” Mikel said. “If you don’t, you’re out.“You can see by the way we press up the pitch. That is important for the team and we’re doing well.”This weekend’s games are the reverse fixtures from the season’s first round of matches.While Arsenal’s 3-1 capitulation at home to Villa on the opening day seems a long time ago, Manchester City continue to look every bit as impressive as they did in their 4-0 victory over Newcastle United on August 19.Manuel Pellegrini’s side continued their astonishing home form by destroying West Ham United 6-0 in the League Cup on Wednesday and they will also have designs on leapfrogging Arsenal when they visit Newcastle on Sunday.City have now scored 92 goals in all competitions, just one less than they managed in the entirety of the 2012-13 campaign, but midfielder Javi Garcia says that they must keep their feet on the ground.“I think this season we can win a lot of trophies, but we have to keep working like this,” he said.“The most important thing for us is that the players keep working, because we have so many games. This is the way we have to keep going.”West Ham have conceded 11 goals in two games, having previously lost 5-0 at Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, and find themselves second from bottom in the league table ahead of Saturday’s trip to Cardiff City.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be taking charge of his first home game as Cardiff manager, after masterminding a 2-1 win at Newcastle in the FA Cup last weekend in his first match at the helm.Buoyed by the mid-week success over Manchester United in their League Cup semi-final first leg, bottom club Sunderland will hope to bridge the four-point gap that separates them from safety when they visit fifth-bottom Fulham on Saturday.Third-bottom Crystal Palace, meanwhile, face Tottenham, who have climbed to sixth on the back of a four-game unbeaten run under rookie manager Tim Sherwood.“Tim’s got the potential to go on and be a top manager, without a question of a doubt,” said Palace manager Tony Pulis.Another club with a new boss are West Bromwich Albion, who have appointed Spaniard Pepe Mel as head coach, although caretaker Keith Downing will remain in charge for Saturday’s trip to Southampton.FixturesSaturday (1500 GMT unless otherwise stated):Cardiff City v West Ham United, Everton v Norwich City, Fulham v Sunderland, Hull City v Chelsea (1245 GMT), Manchester United v Swansea City (1730 GMT), Southampton v West Bromwich Albion, Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal PalaceSunday:Newcastle United v Manchester City (1405 GMT), Stoke City v Liverpool (1610 GMT)Monday (2000 GMT):Aston Villa v Arsenal0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more