GCAA to get new headquarters this year

first_imgThe Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is moving towards delivering its work plans and programmes in a more established and standardised manner, in 2018.At the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s year-end press conference last week, GCAA Director General, Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d) Egbert Field highlighted several projections that have been outlined by the agency to be accomplished in the new year.Field reported that the construction of the GCAA headquarters, which would beGCAA Director General, Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d) Egbert Fieldlocated at Providence, East Coast Demerara (ECD), would commence in 2018.  The Director General disclosed that land has already been acquired to house the headquarters. The new building is expected to maximise efficiency and the day-to-day operations of the agency.Secondly, Field stated that Guyana was expected to host the third International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) African States and Diaspora meeting, which would focus on promoting tourism and air linkages between African countries and the Diaspora, especially in the Caribbean States.Further, the GCAA hopes to meet an 85 per cent compliance target on ICAO standards. In 2017, a number of successes were recorded in the local aviation sector, including improvements to the air navigation services, aviation security, aviation safety and regulations, and air transport management.Additionally, the agency, in keeping with the Government’s green agenda, is moving to store files and other critical documents and information electronically. At least 33 per cent of the agency’s work is expected to be electronically stored in a digital collection. Meanwhile, 20 new Air Traffic Controllers will be added to the profession this year while capacity-building exercises for staff will continue.last_img read more

Evangelical schools challenge UC system’s rejection of courses

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Tension between evangelical Protestants and higher education isn’t unusual, said Green, who closely follows religious activism. What’s notable, he said, is the question of whether an elite university system will accept students from conservative Christian schools in which parents have invested heavily. Calvary’s supporters say UC is trying to force Christian schools to ditch their scriptural commitments in favor of secular approaches. It’s “pure discrimination against a particular viewpoint,” said Ken Smitherman, president of the Colorado Springs-based Christian schools association, which has 800 member campuses in California. But UC officials say objections are academic, that they have a right to set standards that aren’t met by the science classes and such courses as “Christianity and Morality in American Literature” and “Christianity’s Influence on American History.” “It’s not that we’re trying to prevent students from getting exposure to the ideas in these textbooks,” said Christopher Patti, UC legal counsel. “It’s just that they don’t adequately teach the subject matter, in the view of the faculty.” The questioned textbooks come from Beka Books of Pensacola, Fla., and Bob Jones University Press of Greenville, S.C. BERKELEY – In an unusual clash between creed and curriculum, evangelical day schools are suing the prestigious University of California system, charging that it’s biased against conservative Christian viewpoints. The suit was prompted by UC’s refusal to approve courses at Calvary Chapel Christian School in Murrieta, Calif., where textbooks, among other things, endorse the Bible’s absolute authority and challenge the theory of evolution. Federal District Judge S. James Otero in Los Angeles will rule soon on the university’s motion to kill the lawsuit. If the case proceeds, it will be unique. Neither UC nor the Association of Christian Schools International, Calvary’s partner in the lawsuit, knows of any parallel. “This is potentially a very serious lawsuit,” said University of Akron political scientist John C. Green, that has “important implications for the broader set of relations between religious groups and universities.” 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