JetBlue planning team to arrive in Guyana in Sept – Patterson

first_imgPublic Infrastructure Minister David Patterson has announced that JetBlue team will be arriving in Guyana next month.“They will be mounting a mission next month… the first or second week of next month. They will start looking at things like facilities, hotels, staffing,” said Patterson in an exclusive interview with the Department of Public Information.The minister was responding to the reports that that the American carrier is expected to add Guyana to its international routes in early 2020.“From my understanding, they received the aircraft late, so it is pushed back a bit. They were supposed to start in November and they are still pushing [towards the launch of operations in Guyana],” Minister Patterson explained.Furthermore, while noting Guyana lacks a direct link to Europe, progress is being made in that regard.According to Minister Patterson, “The [Guyana] High Commissioner in the UK contacted us saying that Virgin Atlantic was looking at Guyana and they are doing their 2020 routes-hubs programme, and they say they want Guyana to be a part of it.”Minister Patterson stated that he will work alongside the Minister of Finance, Hon. Winston Jordan to examine the feasibility of Virgin Atlantic’s expansion of service to Guyana.“That hasn’t been resolved as yet, but there is an ongoing discussion… I have made phone calls directly to the [Guyana] High Commissioner to the UK and empowered him to talk directly to Virgin about bringing their services here.”Commenting on Guyana being an attractive hub for other airlines, Minister Patterson expressed confidence that with ‘first oil’ in 2020, many more airlines are expected to come on stream.With the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority turning the sod last Friday for its new headquarters, Minister Patterson said “the need for a robust and an increased GCAA is indisputable,” as Guyana’s aviation sector increases.last_img read more

Five players who inspired Juventus’s Serie A triumph

first_img0Shares0000Douglas Costa and Paulo Dybala celebrate after winning the Scudeto with JuventusROME, Italy, May 14 – Juventus won their 34th Serie A title and seventh in succession on Sunday with one game left this season. Here, AFP Sport looks at five key players behind their latest league triumph:GIANLUIGI BUFFON Gianluigi Buffon © AFP / TIZIANA FABIEvergreen goalkeeper Buffon once again proved to be the lynchpin in Juventus’s title defence claiming his ninth Serie A crown with the club at the age of 40 years.It was a rollercoaster season for the skipper who was sidelined by injury but came back to set a new Serie A record for minutes without conceding a goal in March.Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny proved a reliable replacement during Buffon’s layoff and stood in again during Sunday’s goalless draw against Roma which sealed the title as Buffon was rested.If Buffon retires at the end of this campaign he will miss out on overtaking AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini’s record of 647 appearances.But he would go out on a high after an excellent performance in the Italian Cup final win over AC Milan despite regrets for again missing out on the Champions League title.DOUGLAS COSTAEx-Bayern Munich winger Costa came into his own at his new club after a difficult start to the season.The 27-year-old initially moved to Turin on loan with an option to buy in a record 46 million euro deal for the German club last summer.And it paid off as he stepped up during a tricky time for the champions with injuries to top players including Federico Bernardeschi, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala and scored four goals and made 12 assists.“He is one of those players who can make the difference and break a game open,” said coach Massimiliano Allegri of Costa who adds to his two Bundesliga titles with Bayern and five with Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk.Douglas Costa and Paulo Dybala © AFP / TIZIANA FABIPAULO DYBALADybala, 24, got off to an incredible start with a record-setting 10 goals in six Serie A games in a campaign which swung between brilliance and inconsistency.Dybala scored 22 goals this season including the last-gasp goal against Lazio allowing Juventus to take the lead in March.GONZALO HIGUAINGonzalo Higuain © AFP / Tiziana FABIThe 31-year-old Argentina forward proved a star performer for Juventus despite criticism when he went through a period without scoring.The former Real Madrid player arrived for a club-record 90 million euros from Napoli two years ago, and has scored 55 goals in two seasons including 16 in Serie A this season including the winner in the last-gasp 3-2 win against Inter Milan which ended Napoli’s title hopes.MEDHI BENATIAMedhi Benatia © AFP / Isabella BonottoMoroccan centre-back Benatia had the difficult job of filling in after Leonardo Bonucci’s departure for AC Milan and proved a key player with Giorgio Chiellini often injured and Andrea Barzagli on the downhill slope.The former Bayern Munich player was beaten by Kalidou Koulibaly during the 1-0 loss to Napoli in Turin and was also at the heart of the penalty conceded in the Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.But he finished the season on a high with a double in the Cup final.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more