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Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) remains firm in its position not to flout Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations, despite a 21-day ultimatum delivered by the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) regarding duty-free items purchased by outgoing passengers at Guyana’s main airport.The CJIA threatened to terminate its agreement unless the carrier rectifies a situation where the passengers are forced to relinquish the duty-free items in Trinidad.“Accordingly, take notice unless CAL remedies its aforesaid default and comply with the said notice of June 15, 2015 within 21 Days of this notice to remedy default, CJIAC will be at liberty to proceed to cancel the air carrier agreement under article 9.3 thereof,” the airport management’s said in a letter to the airline last weekThe letter also highlighted that passengers, under CAL and CJIA security supervision, would be allowed to have their duty-free items secured in their checked luggage.It was noted that before an agreement was made, numerous discussions were made involving local law enforcements, duty-free concessionaires and Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority, Caribbean Airline personnel and representatives.But in a response, CAL, which has been flying to Georgetown since 2007, said that while Guyana remains an important destination and the airline remains committed to its Guyanese customers, it must comply with all regulatory directives of the sovereign states into which it operates, as do all other international airlines.It pointed out that one such regulatory body is the TSA, which governs the security processes and conducts audits for all carriers flying into the United States of America.The airline added that in light of screening rules which are in accordance with TSA measures being applied at any Last Point of Departure (LPD) to the United States, and a recent TSA audit, a restriction on the entry of transit duty free into the sterile holding areas of all transit airports has been imposed.“Consequently, customers departing from Guyana or any other Caribbean destination with duty free items who are connecting on flights to the United States on any airline cannot enter the sterile holding area of any airport through which they transit en route to the United States,” the airline indicated.The Trinidad-owned airline said that while it sought to balance its regulatory obligations with its customers’ desire to make duty-free purchases, this proved to be challenging as it resulted in items remaining unclaimed at the final destination, as well as damage to fragile items.“Customer comfort and convenience are top priorities of Caribbean Airlines and we continue to collaborate with stakeholders, including the Civil Aviation and Airport authorities, to achieve a workable solution to ensure we remain compliant with the TSA regulations and provide quality service to our valued customers,” the statement added.Last week David Patterson, the Guyanese Minister with responsibility for the aviation sector, explained the genesis of the controversy.“The issue stems from duty free concessions. There has been a long-standing issue with Guyanese whereas when we travel to Trinidad, we deplane and go through the security checks in Trinidad. What is being implemented now is that when you go through, you’re asked to take out your baggage, and when you take out your baggage it will include the duty-free concessionaries from Guyana. Currently, the regulations are that you cannot carry anything over ten fluid ounces,” he related.He explained that it became an issue of national interest after travellers complained that when they pass through security in Port of Spain, they are unable to carry their purchases from Guyana; particularly alcoholic beverages even though it is in compliance with the regulations. As such, these passengers lose their products at security after it is rejected during screening.He went on to point out that even though similar issues arise at other airports, those airports usually make accommodations for these passengers.Minister Patterson added that on several occasions, the CJIA approached the airline with several suggestions in attempts to resolve the conflict; however, these suggestions were ignored and the issue was left unresolved.“What is being suggested is that Guyana, CJIA and Caribbean Airlines reach some form of accommodation that if you bought products in Guyana legally, verifiably and it comes in a sealed package, the airport would collect it from you and return it as you deplane at your final destination,” he explained..This proposal, the minister revealed, was put to Caribbean Airlines and they attempted to implement it but in the end they refused to proceed.“We do believe that Guyanese travellers have rights as well and we believe that what applies in any other airport and any other airline should apply to us. We do believe that we can have a resolution; unfortunately none has been reached so far,” the minister stated.Minister Patterson pointed out that the decision to present CAL with an ultimatum was made after months of deliberations by CJIA’s board, as none of the proposals made by the airport were finding favour with CAL.He further expressed hopes that CAL will seek to resolve the issue within the stipulated timeframe so as to avoid further conflicts.In 2013, Guyana granted the Trinidad-based airline “flag carrier status” with CAL transporting over 350,000 passengers to and from Guyana annually.
0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya Jul 31 – Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has beaten a hasty retreat after announcing earlier that there will be no alcohol consumption at this weekend’s Kabeberi 7s event.In a statement sent to newsrooms last night, Kidero said he will allow ‘controlled alcohol consumption’ having only hours earlier declared there would be no partaking of the intoxicant at the opening Safaricom Sevens Series event at Nairobi’s Railways Club. “The Nairobi City County Government has specifically directed that any alcohol consumption will be undertaken in the specific and controlled areas and as provided for in the Liquor Licensing Act and provision and there shall be no sale of alcohol to minors, family areas and after 6 pm,” Kidero said.The letter also clarified that the Governor’s directive was to protect the young lovers of Rugby and called for stakeholders to separate sports and alcohol.The Nairobi Governor assured rugby enthusiasts that his Government has deployed reinforcement officers to ensure anyone acting in contrary of the directive will be dealt with in accordance to the law.“We are ubiquitous to the fact that excess consumption of alcohol results in significant morbidity and mortality, increases violence, crime and road traffic crashes, has major consequences for individuals, families and communities and impacts negatively on the economy, read the statement from the Office of the Nairobi County GovernorKidero had an hour earlier addressed a news conference where he stressed there would be no repeat of the debauchery that took place at the Masaku 7s event on the weekend of June 29 to 31 where shocking photos and videos of amorous behaviour by intoxicated fans/revellers surfaced online and went viral although some were later proven to have ripped from the internet.“What happened in Machakos…we don’t want a repeat of that in Nairobi and that is why we are making sure by 6pm the pitch is empty,” he said.“People will be checked, no alcohol will be allowed in the park…we will have Alcoblow in and around the pitch and indecent behaviour will not be allowed.”The raunchy incidents and the brazen display of moral decadency fuelled by abuse of alcohol and other intoxicants ignited furious debate with the use of sporting events as an excuse to engage in depravity came to the fore.Without mincing words, the tough-talking Governor added at the briefing: “No one will be allowed to drink alcohol in their cars. We know consumption of alcohol make people lose their senses.”“The gates will be opened at 6am and be closed by 6pm…there will be no late evening activities. Sports being a family event, we will ensure that family values are not violated, sense of decency, decorum is maintained by the people who will be on the match on that day.”Immediately after his proclamation, the Governor was trending on social media with most admonishing him for the directive with Twitter users venting their spleen with the #ThingsKideroHasDoneForNairobi hash tag.Some of the hilarious posts said the Governor had ‘banned Twitter in Nairobi’ ‘banned slapping of Manzi wa Nairobi (Nairobi’s girl) in reference to his tiff with Nairobi Women’s Representative, Ms Rachel Shebesh and “beautifying round abouts and junctions with neon counting lights to help class one algebra.”Over 10,000 spectators are expected to grace the latest leg in the domestic rugby 7s series that has surged in popularity.KRU boss Mwangi Muthee had welcomed the directive saying it will help maintain the required standards if the country will ever host an international events with the country targeting to host a leg of the annual HSBC World Series.“We would like all the supporters to also be responsible so that we can maintain high standards,” he appealed.“We cannot just allow a few individuals to destroy what it has taken so many people, so long and many resources be derailed by a couple of individuals stealing the show with their ambush operations.”To enforce order, Kidero has deployed tight security with the County Inspectorate and organisers ordered not to allow any alcoholic beverages inside the grounds.Mwamba ready to rockMeanwhile, newly appointed Mwamba RFC head coach John Mbai will be seeking to restore the club’s pride when he takes charge in his first competitive assignment at Kabeberi 7s.Mwamba, the host club have been drawn in a tricky Pool C against Strathmore, Nondescript and Eldoret as they bid to reclaim the title they last won in 2009.Defending champions Homeboyz headline Pool D alongside Impala, Kenyatta University’s Blak Blad and Kabras while series holders KCB take on Western Bulls, Kisumu and Catholic University in a relatively easy Pool A.Kenya Harlequins are also drawn in tricky pool B, where they will battle it out with Kenya Cup champions Nakuru RFC, Daystar University and Nairobi University’s Mean Machine.Kabeberi 7s is the opener of Safaricom 7s series before the circuit heads to Kisumu for Dala sevens, Mombasa’s Driftwood, Nakuru’s Prinsloo, Nairobi’s Christie and finally culminating with Safaricom international sevens September 26-28 in Nairobi.The tournament named in memory of former player George Mwangi Kabeberi who died in 1986 will also see the club remember their fallen heroes including Leeroy Okana, Absalom Mutere, Jimmy Owino and former Lioness captain Aberdeen Shikoyi who died in 2012.-By Joseph Muraya and Alex Isaboke0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The final results are in and not much changed from election night.The BC Liberal Party and Christy Clark, who will remain Premier for the time being, have maintained a minority government with 43 seats. The BC NDP Party and leader John Horgan have 41 seats while Andrew Weaver and the Green Party hold 3.Elections BC released a statement saying that there will be no recounts. All results are now final.“There will be no automatic judicial recounts. The district electoral officer must apply for a judicial recount if the difference between the top two candidates is less than 1/500 of the total ballots considered, or if there is a tie. No electoral districts meet this criteria.”- Advertisement -Premier Christy Clark also released a statement after results were finalized.“I want to congratulate all candidates, from all parties, who put their names forward to run. It’s not easy, and they deserve our gratitude for working to make our province even better.Advertisement BC NDP leader John Horgan also spoke after the results were released. He says he is still committed to working hard to make the change in government that he believes people want and is necessary.“The big issue of course is that 60% of those people that cast ballots, voted for a new government and I believe that is what they deserve and that is what they should get.”Final results for the Peace River ridings were as follows:PEACE RIVER NORTHDan Davies – BC Liberals – 9,707 (66.31%)Rob Dempsey – BC NDP – 973 (6.65%)Bob Fedderly – Independent – 2,799 (19.12%)Rob Fraser – Independent – 884 (6.04%)Jeff Richert – Independent – 275 (1.88%)PEACE RIVER SOUTHAdvertisement With 43 BC Liberal candidates elected as MLAs, and a plurality in the legislature, we have a responsibility to move forward and form a government.The final result reinforces that British Columbians want us to work together, across party lines, to get things done for them.Our priority is to protect our strong economy and to manage BC’s finances responsibly, while listening closely to British Columbians on how we address important social and environmental priorities and how we can make BC politics more responsive, transparent, and accountable.The work is just beginning. My team and I look forward to delivering positive results for British Columbians.”Advertisement Mike Bernier – BC Liberals – 6,634 (75.94%)Stephanie Goudie – BC NDP – 2,102 (24.06%)
1 Chelsea and Manchester United could be beaten to the signing of Miranda by AC Milan.The Atletico Madrid centre-back was chased by Jose Mourinho’s side and Barcelona in the summer, but Louis van Gaal has tracked him closely since he arrived at Old Trafford.But La Liga side Atleti are now in the driving seat after striking up a fruitful working relationship with the Italian club.Madrid signed Fernando Torres from AC at the start of January and Alessio Cerci went in the opposite direction – both on 18-month loan deals.Miranda – a 30-year-old centre-back formerly of Sao Paulo – has started 11 La Liga matches this season and scored an impressive three goals.The proposed switch is most likely to go through in the summer as Miranda – real name Joao Miranda de Souza Filho – is one of only three central defenders Madrid have along with Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez.
West Ham forward Simone Zaza is being eyed by Spanish giants Valencia.Zaza only joined the Hammers on loan from Juventus but has endured a disappointing start to his Premier League career.West Ham will reportedly have to pay Juve £20m to make the deal for the striker permanent if he plays ten more games for the club.And there is speculation that Slaven Bilic’s side could be willing to let Zaza make a swift exit in January rather than pay that huge sum.According to reports in Spain, new Valencia coach Cesare Prandelli is monitoring the 25-year-old’s situation closely.The former Italian national team boss knows Zaza well having worked with him on international duty.Napoli could also revive their interest in the player after he came close to a switch to the San Paolo in the summer before finally opting for the Premier League. Simone Zaza in action for West Ham 1
Pedro Caixinha feels stronger in defeat Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha claims he feels “stronger” after their defeat by Hibernian.Rangers suffered an early blow to their attempts to keep pace with Ladbrokes Premiership champions Celtic when they lost their opening home match of the season on Saturday.A 3-2 defeat – after midfielder Ryan Jack was sent off with the scores at 1-1 – has left them playing catch-up already.But when asked how he felt after the loss, Caixinha told Rangers TV: “Stronger and with even more desire to work and do the things even better. The best answer is always work harder.“The boys came back into training, half did recovery and those who hadn’t played or had played less time gave me one of the best sessions ever since we arrived.“They need to be focused and work hard now on the next game for us because that is the only option we have now.“We have been great in the way we approach the game, the way we get into the game, the way we started the first 20 minutes was really brilliant.“I believe the scoring chances we created were more than enough to be a comfortable result to control the game. I was very pleased with the boys for that, they did that very well and they want to keep it that way.”Caixinha confirmed Lee Wallace was fit again ahead of Saturday’s visit of Hearts after missing two games with a thigh injury.And the Portuguese coach still aims to add to his options before the end of the transfer window.He said of the club’s ongoing attempts to supplement his squad: “The most important thing is we know what we want, we all believe in what we want and all of us are working together for it.“There is no such thing as an ideal world. We know what we want to make our squad stronger or at least more balanced.” 1
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Have you ever eaten at Cinderella’s Royal Table or, way back in the past, at King Stefan’s Banquet Hall? Do you think that the experience is worth the price? Do you consider it a once-in-a-lifetime experience or is it something you would repeat on subsequent vacations? Let us know in the comments. One does not simply walk into Cinderella’s Royal Table without a reservation. Thankfully, with the opening of Be Our Guest, getting a reservation for Cinderella’s Royal Table isn’t an epic of impossible odds. If you have a specific date and a specific meal in mind, you do need to be on the ball (pun intended) to make a reservation as soon as your booking window opens. If you have the ability to be flexible, more options open to you. I made my reservation for a party of 3 approximately one month out. Most of the times I found were either weekday late breakfasts, which wouldn’t work with work schedules, or late night dinners (after 10 p.m.), which was way too close to the pumpkin hour for our family. But with a bit of checking, I was able to find a Saturday lunch at 11:50 a.m. that worked great for our family. Reservations are available through Disney’s web site or by calling 407-WDW-DINE. At the time you book, you will have to pay for the meal in full, which brings us to the second item to discuss…Price. There’s no question that you’re paying a premium price to book this meal. Adult meals will set you back around $65-80 per person (with breakfast being cheaper than lunch or dinner), and kid’s meals will run around $40-50. Children under 3 are free, however they will need to share food with someone else at the table if you want them to eat. When we dined, our table next to us had a two year old and a five year old, who were happy to split a plate of chicken nuggets. If you have a two year old and an eight year old, a kid’s meal likely won’t have enough food for both to be happy about that, and unless you’ve got a very adventurous young child, the adult meals are likely not going to be something the child would want to share with you.The small size of the restaurant overall means that reservations can be tricky, but not impossible, to get.You’ve made your reservations, and you’ve recovered from the sticker shock–do you really now need to drop another several C-notes at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique to get your princess all gussied up for the event? Absolutely not. There’s no requirement for formal wear at Cinderella’s Royal Table, and the princesses who visit you treat everyone equally whether they come in shorts and a t-shirt, a full ballgown, or something in between.The check-in desk for Cinderella’s Royal Table is located on the back of Cinderella Castle. Those windows above? That’s the location of the restaurant.We arrived at the check-in desk, located in the back of Cinderella Castle, at 11:35 for our 11:50 reservation and were told that check-in wouldn’t begin until at least 11:40 (but with the suggestion that coming back right at 11:50 would be best). When we came back at 11:45, there was a sizeable crowd, but the check-in process moved fairly smoothly. Once you’ve checked in, you move into a small waiting room where you wait in line to get your photo taken with Cinderella. PhotoPass photographers are on hand, and you can also have pictures taken with your own camera.Make sure to take a look around while you wait and see if you can spy the hidden Gus and Jaq hidden in this room.Once your picture is taken, and your name is announced (by a person playing actual chimes–no recorded stuff here!), it’s time to walk up the winding staircase to the actual banquet hall. There is an elevator for use by those who cannot negotiate the stairs, however it looked to be fairly small.At the top of the stairs, you are escorted to your table and your meal begins. The kid’s menu is standard Disney favorites–mac ‘n’ cheese, chicken nuggets, plus some more unique options, like turkey pot pie and beef tenderloin.Likewise, the adult menu has a variety of choices for different tastes.Beer and wine wine are also available for purchase.For the meal, you order your appetizer, entree, and dessert all at the same time, that way the food can be brought out without interrupting the clockwork-like flow of character greetings and special events. For kids, in theory they have a choice of appetizers, however every table was brought the cheese and grapes automatically. Without a doubt, my daughter loved this option, as she’s a big fan of cheese. I managed to snag one quick picture before the last of the cheddar disappeared!I chose the Castle Salad. In theory, the mozzarella was citrus marinated, however it tasted like regular mozzarella to me. The salad was fresh and appropriately sized for lunch, but nothing spectacular.My husband went with the charcuterie plate. It was a good start to the meal, but there are better charcuterie plates at other restaurants at Walt Disney World, like the one at BaseLine Tap House.During our appetizers, the “experience” part of the meal began. Each princess was announced with a quick retelling of their story, however the chatter in the hall was such that you couldn’t hear too much. Still, with a couple of key words, it was easy to tell who was coming out. The princesses circled around to the tables, spending a few minutes at each for photographs and autographs. Overall, they provided a combination of very canned comments (for instance, Aurora asking us if we would be ready for a nap after the meal), and also some personal comments (like Snow White complimenting my daughter on having beautiful short hair just like her). You can’t beat the efficiency of meeting princesses at this meal. In addition to meeting Cinderella before you come in (she doesn’t make an appearance in the main dining room), you are visited by Snow White, Aurora, Ariel, and Jasmine. Although the meet and greet doesn’t feel rushed per se, you can tell that they’re moving very systematically from table to table on some sort of internal schedule.As the princesses made their rounds, our entrees came out. I ordered the chicken with smashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables (in this case, squash and rainbow carrots). The portion size was good, and the chicken was juicy. The Madeira-mushroom sauce had a surprising amount of black pepper, but went well with the potatoes and vegetables.My husband ordered the fish of the day, cobia served on spaetzle with a tomato-based sauce. The fish was nicely seared, but not dry. The spaetzle was mixed with peas and pearl onions, both of which went well with the sauce.And Lily ordered chicken nuggets for a familiar comfort food. She enjoyed them, and said that the mashed potatoes were good, but didn’t have any desire to try the corn.During our meal, we were brought out a few “props”–girls (of all ages) received a magic wand, and boys (of all ages) received a small sword (although if someone requested the other item they could swap).Each child at the table also received a wishing star.As the princesses neared the end of their rotations, with a loud fanfare, it was announced that it was time for kids to make their wishes. With much wand and sword waving and many chants of Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, the wishing stars were filled with wishes and a bit of Disney magic happened in the hall. (I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t gone.)After that bit of Disney magic, it was time for dessert. My husband ordered the citrus chiffon cake. It was very light in texture and mild in flavor. The raspberry sauce was a must to bring some flavor to the dish.On the flip side, I ordered the no sugar added lemon sorbet with blueberries. A word of warning–you really have to like lemon to be able to survive this sorbet. It is absolutely mouth-puckering, cut only by the fresh blueberries. (I enjoyed it, but even I couldn’t finish the two scoops!)By far, the best presentation of dessert was for the kids, with a decorate your own cupcake. There were actually two small cupcakes, one vanilla and one chocolate, which provided a lot of fun for kids at each table.Because we hadn’t ordered alcohol, when we were finished with the meal (which was prepaid at the time we booked), we were able to get up and leave. As we walked out, my husband remarked that it was just like being back on a cruise. In many ways, the meal had a lot of similarities to one of the experience-based meals on the ship (like Animator’s Palate or Tiana’s Place). The food was good, but not something that alone would justify the price. The setting, of course, was priceless. Being able to look down into Fantasyland from the castle is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.Because of the once-in-a-lifetime vibe to it, it is not a meal that I likely would ever do again. I’m certain there will be some people out there who disagree with me on this, but price aside, once you’ve had the experience once, it would be hard to replicate the feelings of seeing it all happen again. The only way I’d go back was if I brought children with me who hadn’t been before, so they could experience the wonder. Was it worth the cost to do once, however? Absolutely–even if you have a child who isn’t that much of a fan of princesses. (But for the meal, suddenly there was a whole lot of princess love going on for her! Don’t believe me, here’s some more princess photos as proof.) Share This!Until the opening of Be Our Guest, if you wanted the “eat in a Disney castle” experience in Magic Kingdom, Cinderella’s Royal Table was the place to go. My daughter and I had never been, and my husband hadn’t been since it was King Stefan’s Banquet Hall, so it was worth the effort to try and make this happen once while our child was still, well, a child.Before we get to the food and experience, we need to address the two elephants in the room–reservations and price.