Record 14,000 Passengers Arrive at Sangster International Airport

first_imgRelatedCultural Heritage Designations To Give Jamaica Competitiveness Boost Record 14,000 Passengers Arrive at Sangster International Airport TourismDecember 23, 2015Written by: Marlon Tingling Story HighlightsThe Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay welcomed a record 14,000 passengers on Tuesday (December 22), which is the largest number of airline passengers passing through the airport in any single day.The arrivals, just eight days into the winter tourist season, are a welcome boost to the tourism sector.The visitors arrived on 55 flights – 10 long-haul runs, four coming from Germany and six from the United Kingdom (UK). Record 14,000 Passengers Arrive at Sangster International AirportJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Photo: Marlon Tingling Chief Executive Officer of the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Jennifer McDonald (3rd left), looks at the documents of a passenger arriving at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. Looking on (from 2nd left) are: President of the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ), Audley Diedrick; Chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and the AAJ, Dennis Morrison; and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MBJ Airports Limited, Dr. Rafael Echevarne. A record 14, 000 passengers arrived at the airport on Tuesday, December 22. RelatedHeightened Investor Interest in Medical Tourism – Dr. McNeillcenter_img Advertisements RelatedJamaicans Will Benefit From Tourism Boom – Dr. McNeill FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay welcomed a record 14,000 passengers on Tuesday (December 22), which is the largest number of airline passengers passing through the airport in any single day.The arrivals, just eight days into the winter tourist season, are a welcome boost to the tourism sector.The visitors arrived on 55 flights – 10 long-haul runs, four coming from Germany and six from the United Kingdom (UK).On hand to welcome them were Chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ), Dennis Morrison; Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Jennifer McDonald; President of the AAJ, Audley Diedrick; and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MBJ Airports Limited, operators of Sangster International, Dr. Rafael Echevarne.The passengers were treated to Jamaican-made ice cream, coconut water and juices, and live music from a calypso band.Speaking to JIS News, Mr. Morrison said the number of arrivals represents a 20 per cent increase over the corresponding period last year, which he attributed to the promotional work of the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, the JTB and its other agencies.“There have been a lot of activities marketing Jamaica as a destination working with various tour operators. A particularly important factor in today’s turnout in terms of visitors is the air and sea arrangement with Thomson, in which the passengers arrive here to go on cruises; also, on the departure side, you see people who arrived a couple weeks ago leaving,” he said.Mr. Morrison commended the staff of MBJ Airports Limited for the efficiency with which the visitors were processed, noting that the activities “proceeded like clockwork.”“They have done a very efficient job in terms of extending courtesies to the passengers and assisting them in many ways.… the lines have moved pretty smoothly and its quite obvious that a lot of preparation went into accommodating all of these passengers here today,” he said.Mrs. McDonald, for her part, said PICA was well prepared for today’s increase in arrivals with newly recruited immigration officers being assigned along with support from Kingston.“We recruited 39 immigration officers islandwide, 23 of whom are for Montego Bay. They graduated a week or two ago and they have been on the line. So we boosted our staff complement. We also employed more immigration assistants. These are the persons, who are roving on the floor and for today, we brought in five persons from Kingston to assist,” she informed.Dr. Echevarne told JIS that MBJ Airports added facilities such as a new security lane with extra machines and metal detectors.He informed that a large number of customer agents were assigned to provide support to the passengers.last_img read more

Profession welcomes return of jury trials – but warns against court rush

first_imgFind advice and updates here. Please see the Gazette’s dedicated coronavirus page here >> *The Law Society is keeping the coronavirus situation under review and monitoring the advice it receives from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Public Health England. The legal profession has cautiously welcomed news that jury trials will start again next week, but said the safety of court users is paramount.The lord chief justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, announced this morning that new jury trials may begin in a small number of courts in the week commencing 18 May. Special arrangements will be in place to protect participants from coronavirus. New juries will be sworn in at the Old Bailey in London and Cardiff Crown Court, with a small number of trials expected to take place initially. More courts around the country are currently being assessed.  Lord Burnett of Maldon: New jury trials due to begin under ‘special arrangements’Source: Michael Cross To facilitate social distancing, a second courtroom will be provided, linked by closed circuit TV, to enable reporters and others to watch proceedings. Court staff will also supervise entrances and exits to ensure all necessary cleaning takes place.Law Society president Simon Davis welcomed the announcement. He said: ‘With efforts to maintain good hygiene, appropriate distancing, and compliance with all other relevant guidance – jury trials should be resuming as soon as it is safe to do so.‘The extent of the roll-out, particularly with new trials, should be determined by the number of courts which are able to meet those requirements. Some courts – i.e. those with newer, larger courtrooms – will likely find it easier than others to adapt. We must avoid a rush to open courts where it is not yet possible to ensure adequate safety and the right protections.’Bar Council chair Amanda Pinto QC was also ‘encouraged’. She said: ‘It is reassuring that efforts to restart jury trials have involved a painstaking and cautious approach, that prioritises practical measures to ensure the safety of all those involved in the delivery of criminal justice.‘The decision has not been made lightly. The Bar Council sees these first steps in managing and, then, we anticipate, as soon as is safely possible, rolling out jury trials more broadly across the nation, as a positive sign way that criminal justice matters.’However, the Criminal Bar Association stressed the importance of safety checks. Caroline Goodwin QC, chair of the CBA, said: ‘The criminal bar knows that neither the judiciary, nor the Crown Prosecution Service, nor HM Courts & Tribunals Service, would wish to place anyone at risk, but they need to have clear and consistent messaging which indicates that safety checks meet the requisite standards, and that social distancing can be maintained.‘As regards the resumption of trials, the CBA will be taking its next cue from the judicial committee chaired by Mr Justice Edis, which remains underway, and will ensure that HMCTS can oversee the safe commencement of a limited and managed reopening of the Crown court in respect of jury trials.’A judicial working group, under Mr Justice Edis and reporting to the lord chief justice, is looking at how jury trials can be more widely restart around the country, amid concerns that a growing backlog of cases will cripple the system. The crown court backlog stood at 37,000 cases before the crisis and is believed to have grown significantly in the past two months.last_img read more

Akimoto wins 66 kg title at Kodokan Cup

first_imgIn other men’s weight categories, Satoshi Ishii of Kokushikan University won his second straight 100-kg crown with an ippon victory over Takeo Shoji, adding to the title he captured last year as a high school student.Seigo Saito won the 90 kg for the third time while Hiroaki Takahashi prevailed in the over 100-kg class for his first title in three years and third overall. Shinjiro Sasaki, Masato Inazawa and Shinya Yoshinaga triumphed for the first time at 60 kg, 73 kg and 81 kg, respectively. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES National collegiate champion Hiroyuki Akimoto scored a series of ippon victories Sunday to win the men’s 66 kg competition at the Kodokan Cup national weight-class championships.Akimoto, a 19-year-old Tsukuba University sophomore, capped his run of impressive wins by pinning Kazuyuki Oyamada onto the mat 4 minutes, 21 seconds into the final at Chiba Port Arena for his first Kodokan Cup title.center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Youth football and rugby to get together

first_imgPittsburgh Harlequin Youth Rugby action. (Courtesy Photo)PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Football and rugby are getting together to promote player safety.A youth clinic featuring the Heads Up Tackling program will be held on May 31 as part of the final day of the Collegiate Rugby Championship.Former players and NFL executives will help educate coaches and young players on the value of safe tackling at the new Academy Fields located on the grounds of PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. All players and coaches are invited to stay for the day’s final Rugby 7’s championship match.NFL director of football development Matt Birk and former players Hollis Thomas and Ike Reese will participate.“I’m looking forward to learning more about rugby and its techniques, some of which I anticipate being useful and applicable to football,” said Birk, who won a Super Bowl with Baltimore in the 2012 season. “We at the NFL are open to learning and interested in any relationships or discussions that can help make our game safer.”Rhino Heads Up Tackling is a step-by-step protocol to safely teach the core principles of the skill, utilizing five fundamentals through a series of drills. The purpose is to reinforce proper tackling mechanics and teach them with a focus on reducing helmet contacts. It is a technique rugby long has used, significantly reducing head injuries and concussions in both 15’s rugby and 7’s, the game which will be part of the 2016 Olympics.“Both football and rugby have a common core of athleticism and teamwork,” said tournament director Donal Walsh, but most importantly they need to be safe and fun for all involved. We think this clinic will have great value for anyone interested in either football or rugby, and will educate both on how to play correctly.”The clinic will help conclude the two-day Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship festival, the largest gathering of collegiate and high school rugby teams in America. Twenty schools will be competing for the national title.___AP NFL website: and read more

Adnan Januzaj signs for Borussia Dortmund on loan from Man United

first_imgBorussia Dortmund have signed Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj on a season long loan. 31/08/2015 Upd. at 19:56 Januzaj posted a picture of himself at the Westfalenstadion on Twitter, holding a Dortmund No 9 shirt. Sport EN The player is not wanted by Louis van Gaal for the season ahead, with the Belgium international heading to the illustrious German outfit to try his luck in the Bundesliga. “Adnan is a highly gifted and technically gifted player who completes our attacking department,” BVB director Michael Zorc said. He said: “Borussia Dortmund are a great club, the fans here are supposed to be really incredible. I want to achieve great things with the team.” CESTlast_img read more

Rail delays expected after fire

first_imgBy Alana Mitchelson PAKENHAM line commuters can expect delays as train services resume between Berwick and Pakenham after an overhead…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Basketball Ireland Super League Preview

first_img“Saturday’s game will be no walkover,” said Liffey Celtics star, Jazmen Boone. “The league is better this year and every week is a huge test for us. However, we have complete confidence in Mark and in our preparation for the game this week. Our mentality is to take every opponent seriously and keep getting better. Being undefeated is fun and it would be great for us to be 5-0, so we’re really looking forward to the challenge.”Elsewhere, there is big battle of the midlands in Carlow on Sunday when IT Carlow Basketball and Portlaoise Panthers go head-to-head in what is set to be a very competitive battle. Portlaoise have yet to win a game this season, and will be hoping that this weekend’s clash will see their luck change, while Carlow are aiming to get back to winning ways after some tough games on the road in recent weeks.“This was always going to be one of our toughest games of the season with it being a local derby,” admitted Carlow head coach, Martin Conroy. “It’s going to be an interesting battle and whichever team comes out on top will gain a lot of confidence going forward.”NUIG Mystics meanwhile are also chasing their first win of the league, and will be hoping that this weekend’s home battle against Pyrobel Killester will produce the result they want, while DCU Mercy will go head-to-head with Singleton SuperValu Brunell.There are some big battles in the Men’s Super League this weekend meanwhile, with all eyes focused on the ALSAA as Griffith College Swords Thunder face Garvey’s Tralee Warriors in what is set to be one of the games of the weekend. Both teams come into the game off the back of losses last weekend against Moycullen and UCD Marian respectively, and each will be hoping to get back on track this weekend.Elsewhere, table toppers UCD Marian will welcome Belfast Star on Saturday, while Black Amber Templeogue will be hoping they can do enough to overcome Moycullen at Oblate Hall. Éanna will be aiming to bounce back after a tough loss to UCC Demons when they face KUBS this weekend, while Maree welcomes DCU Saints and UCC Demons and Pyrobel Killester go head-to-head on Sunday.Basketball Ireland Fixtures – November 11th and 12thSaturday 11th November 2017          Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:   UCD Marian v Belfast Star, UCD, 17:00Griffith College Swords Thunder v Garvey’s Tralee Warriors, ALSAA-Dublin, 18:00; Éanna v KUBS, Colaiste Éanna 19:00; Maree v DCU Saints, CC-Oranmore, 19:45; Black Amber Templeogue v Moycullen, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 20:00;           Basketball Ireland Men’s Division 1:   Ulster University Elks v EJ Sligo All-Stars, Ulster University Elks, 12:45; Paris Texas Kilkenny v Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin, O Loughlin’s GAA, 14:00; Titans v Dublin Lions, The Jes, 15:30;       Team representatives from the Men’s Super League pictured at the official launch of the Basketball Ireland season 2017/18 at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin, where the Hula Hoops National Cup draw also took place. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile The Kildare side face a tough challenge this coming weekend when they welcome Maxol WIT Wildcats to Leixilp. Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One Champions Trophy:   Fabplus North West v Marble City Hawks, Ballyshannon, 19.30 Courtyard Liffey Celtics are currently the team to beat in the Women’s Super League, as they are now the only unbeaten team left after Ambassador UCC Glanmire fell to a 20 point defeat at the hands of DCU Mercy last weekend. Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:   DCU Mercy v Singleton SuperValu Brunell, DCU Complex, 15:30; IT Carlow Basketball v Portlaoise Panthers, Barrow Centre-IT Carlow, 15:30;          center_img Basketball Ireland Men’s Division 1:   LYIT Donegal v LIT Celtics, Bishops Field, 15:00; Ballincollig v Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney, Ballincollig CS, 16:00; Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin v Portlaoise Panthers, Killorglin Sports Centre, 17:45; Paris Texas Kilkenny v IT Carlow Basketball, O Loughlins GAA, 18:00;           Sunday 12th November 2017            Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:   UCC Demons v Pyrobel Killester, Mardyke Arena, 15:00;           Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:   Courtyard Liffey Celtics v Maxol WIT Wildcats Leixlip Amenities Centre, 19:30;      NUIG Mystics v Pyrobel Killester, Colaiste Iognaid, 20:00; Basketball Ireland Women’s Division 1:   Ulster University Elks v Marble City Hawks, UUJ, 15:00; print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One:   Meteors v Griffith College Swords Thunder, Colaiste Iosagain, 16:00; Fr Mathews v UL Huskies, Colaiste Chriost Ri, 17:45; last_img read more

Derek Tohill Wins Mondello Rallycross – Motorsport Ireland Results

first_imgIMOKILLY M C OLLIE KIERCE CAR SALES MINI STAGES RALLY AT MIDLETON, CO CORK (ROUND 4 OF PLASTICBAGS.IE SOUTHERN 4 RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP)1 David Condell/Paul Kelly (Escort) 40m 01s,2 Owen Murphy/Anthony Nestor (Lancer Evo 9 Gp N) 40m 15s,3 Tomas Davies/Eurig Davies (Escort) 40m 19s,4 David Guest/Jonathan McGrath (Fabia S2000) 40m 22s,5 Richard Moore/John McCabe (Escort) 40m 56s,6 Allen Treacy/Bob Fitzgerald (Corolla) 41m 40s.Juniors: 1 Conor Murphy/Kieran O’Donoghue (Civic) 42m 48s,2 Cian Walsh/Aaron Browne (Corolla) 45m 11s,3 Aaron O’Regan/Derek Butler (Civic) 45m 34s. JUNIOR FINAL:1 Jack Byrne (Ford Fiesta) 4m 51.90s,2 Christopher Grimes (Ford Fiesta) 4m 53.48s,3 Danny Nolan (Ford Fiesta) 5m 01.47s,4 Eoin Kinsella (Ford Fiesta),5 Luca Grimes (Ford Fiesta). BIRR & DISTRICT M C MULTI VENUE AUTOTEST AT BORRIS-IN-OSSORY, CO LAOIS1 Richard Meeke (Starlet) 1045.3s,2 Piers MacFheorais (Mazda MX5) 1080.9s,3 David Meeke (Starlet) 1108.7s,4 John McAssey (Starlet) 1113.5s,5 John Nolan (Starlet) 1120.7s,6 Frank Lenehan (Starlet) 1127.1s,7 Philip O’Reilly (Starlet) 1128.2s,8 Rob Lewis (Starlet) 1128.3s,9 Stephen Briggs (Mazda MX5) 1159.2s,10 James Mansfield (Mazda MX5) 1174.9s.Class winners: Patrick O’Leary (Starlet) 1240.9s, David Meeke, Piers MacFheorais, Rob Lewis, Aoife Ryan (Starlet) 1342.2s, Conor Clarke (Starlet) 1255.7s, Ben Kellett (Starlet) 1535.7s. Repro free Photo of rally winners and current championship leaders Josh Moffett & Andy Hayes is courtesy of Kevin Glendinning. SUPERCAR FINAL:1 Derek Tohill (Ford Fiesta) 3m 57.03s,2 Gavin Smith (Mitsubishi Mirage) 4m 11.50s,3 Declan Kelly (Ford Fiesta) 4m 20.44s. 1 Derek Tohill (Ford Fiesta) 3m 55.72s,2 Gavin Smith (Mitsubishi Mirage) 4m 10.25s,3 Declan Kelly (Ford Fiesta) 4m 21.09s,4 Pearse Browne (BMW Compact),5 Willie Coyne (Opel Corsa),6 Lloyd Spendlove (Lotus Exige). FORD FIESTA ZETEC FINAL:1 David Maher 4m 55.01s,2 Denis McCrudden 4m 55.90s,3 Jamie Ferris 4m 58.65s,4 Brian Matthews. MONDELLO PARK SPORTS CLUB RALLYCROSS AT MONDELLO PARK, CO KILDARE (ROUND 4 OF PARTS FOR CARS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP): RALLY CARS FINAL:1 Patricia Denning (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) 4m 22.34s,2 Thomas O’Rafferty (Vauxhall Nova) 4m 32.74s,3 Joe Downey (Peugeot 106) 4m 50.29s,4 Coly Loughlin (Honda Integra). SUPER FINAL: MODIFIED FINAL:1 Peter McGarry (Vauxhall VX220) 4m 10.66s,2 Willie Coyne (Opel Corsa) 4m 17.13s,3 Pearse Browne (BMW Compact) 4m 17.90s,4 Lloyd Spendlove (Lotus Exige),5 Philip Kelly (Peugeot 205),6 Chris Grimes (Vauxhall Nova). PRODUCTION FINAL:1 Ciaran Murphy (Peugeot 106) 4m 35.73s,2 Derek Lenehan (Citroen Saxo) 4m 36.22s,3 Vincent O’Rourke (Peugeot 205) 4m 49.61s. MAYO & DISTRICT M C LOOSE SURFACE AUTOCROSS AT HARRINGTON’S QUARRY, SWINFORD:1 Mickey Tynan (Buggy) 3m 57.57s,2 Derek Mackarel (Berrisford) 4m 00.79s,3 Eamonn Mimnagh (Buggy) 4m 02.31s,4 Andy Mackarel (Berrisford) 4m 04.41s,5 James McCann (Buggy) 4m 06.58s,6 Paschal McGerney (Buggy) 4m 09.13s.Class winners: Glen Irwin 4m 17.68s, Mervyn Galbraith 4m 15.57s, Steven Cafferty 4m 27.01s, Ronan Moore 4m 37.80s, Derek Mackarel, Jack Mannion 5m 01.47s, Niall Murphy 5m 02.65s.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Double Header for Galway and Mayo this Saturday

first_imgA Double Header for Galway and Mayo Ladies and Men’s Senior Football Teams this Saturday in Castlebar. Galway v Mayo Senior Ladies starts at 5.15pm followed by the Allianz League game at 7.15pm meetings National Football League between Galway and Mayo Men’s Senior Football Teams since 20012001National Football League Final – Galway 0-12 Mayo 0-132006National Football League Semi- Final – Galway 1-11 Mayo 1-62007National Football League Semi-Final – Galway 1-12 Mayo 2-102008National Football League Division 1 – Galway 2-9 Mayo 1-112009National Football League Division 1 – Mayo 1-11 Galway 0-132010National Football League Division 1 – Mayo 2-14 Galway 1-102011National Football League Division 1 – Mayo 2-14 Galway 0-122018 National Football League Division 1 – Galway 1-13 Mayo 0-11The Galway and Mayo Senior Ladies football teams last encountered in the League last year when Mayo won by a goal at Pearse Stadium to seal their second win of the campaign. Elaine Murphy pulled off a late point-blank save to deny Emma Reaney and ensure victory for her side. First-half goals from Grace Kelly and Sinead Cafferkey had Peter Leahy’s charges in good stead but the Tribeswomen sparked to life in the second period. Mayo’s defence saw the fixture out though.Galway and Mayo Senior Ladies Football Team meetings in the League since 20152015 –Galway 1-16 Mayo 2-62016 –Galway 1-10 Mayo 2-82017 –Galway 2-8 Mayo 1-102018 –Galway 1-7 Mayo 2-7print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Stratford football shuts out Phillips, finishes off undefeated Marawood championship season

first_imgTigers did not allow a point in last four gamesBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTRATFORD — The Stratford football team will go into the WIAA playoffs as hot as any team around.The Tigers won their eighth game in a row, whipping Phillips 46-0 in the teams’ Marawood Conference and regular-season finale on Friday night at Tiger Stadium.With the victory, Stratford (8-1, 8-0 Marawood Conference) clinches sole possession of the Marawood championship, its first outright conference title since 2007.Stratford’s defense pitched its fourth-straight shutout and has outscored its eight opponents 305-32 since losing to Stanley-Boyd in its season-opener.Phillips ends the season at 0-9 and 0-8 in the Marawood.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of read more