The response to aviation disasters was given a boost as 36 persons successfully completed a management course in Emergency Operations at the Eugene F Correia International Airport at Ogle, East Coast Demerara. The course was facilitated by the Civil Defence Commission’s (CDC) Preparedness and Response Manager, Major Sean Welcome, and it saw representatives from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, the CDC and staff at the airport at Ogle.These females were all smiles as they received their certificates on International Women’s DayThe participants were issued certificates after completing the three-day course. A ceremony which was held at the Caribbean Aviation Maintenance Services (CAMS) Hangar saw 12 female participants receiving certificates. Along with their male counterparts, they were trained in airport rescue, fire-fighting and security response to a simulated aircraft accident.Ogle Airport’s Operations Manager, Phillip Lynch, recalled the inadequacies that were unearthed during the February 2017 simulation exercise which propelled the facility to embark on more training for staff and stakeholders.“We recognised from reading the critiques from that exercise that we were sorely lacking in EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) management. The EOC was managed by totally untrained officers so we decided to do something about that,” Lynch explained referencing the training course.GCAA Air Navigation Services Inspector Adrian Bassier highlighted the importance of safety, noting that refresher training courses help to achieve these measures: “I believe the course was both relevant and timely and it would not just benefit the participants but the wider aviation community,” he said.The airport which is said to be the busiest in the Caribbean, conducts full-scale safety operation exercise every two years.
PANAMA CITY, Panama – Panama’s president said a planned expansion of the Panama Canal would define the waterway’s “role in the 21st century” and on Monday called on voters to support a referendum to pay for the proposal. The expansion, to make way for huge new container ships that can carry twice as much cargo, is expected to cost $5.3 billion – in a country whose government budget is $6.5 billion a year. It will be put to voters in a referendum later this year. In a speech televised nationwide Monday evening, President Martin Torrijos said the expansion, approved by the board of directors of the Panama Canal, was “the most important decision about the canal and its role in the 21st century.” The biggest ships that can pass through the canal’s current locks are known as “Panamax” vessels and can carry 4,000 cargo containers. They barely fit in the locks, which are about 108 feet wide. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe project calls for the construction of a third set of locks of water chambers that will allow the large “Post-Panamax” class of cargo ships to use the 50-mile waterway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The president – whose father, Omar Torrijos, negotiated the 1979 treaty that eventually gave Panama total control over the canal – appealed to Panamanians to support the expansion. The government’s determination to widen the canal is fueled by fears that newer, larger ships will seek other routes between the Atlantic and the Pacific. “The Panama Canal route is facing competition,” Torrijos said. “If we do not meet the challenge to continue to give a competitive service other routes will emerge that will replace ours. It would be unforgivable to refuse to improve the capacity of the waterway.”