LIAT seeks to allay concerns among regional travelers

first_img Share 11 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share NewsRegional LIAT seeks to allay concerns among regional travelers by: – December 16, 2011 LIAT said in a statement that it remains in “frank and respectful” dialogue with the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association on areas of concern.ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Friday December 16, 2011 – Despite a breakdown in mediation talks with pilots, LIAT management is promising to maintain scheduled flights.The assurance was given to allay concerns among regional travelers during the Christmas season – one of the busiest periods for the airline.The company said in a statement that “efforts are continuing to respond to the various labour and other issues which have caused our customers to be concerned about further disruptions to our schedule.”Mediation talks chaired by Labour Minister Dr Errol Cort broke down on Monday.Pilots are demanding the immediate reinstatement of their colleague, Captain Michael Blackburn – the union chairman – while management insists he brought the company into disrepute by comments he made on a local radio station.Blackburn’s December 5 dismissal resulted in three days of industrial action that was shelved in the wake of the minister’s intervention.Chairman of the group of LIAT unions, Grenada’s Senator Chester Humphrey has warned that “the failure of LIAT’s management to reinstate Captain Michael Blackburn…will lead to further disruption to the airline’s service.”LIAT said in a statement that it remains in “frank and respectful” dialogue with the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association on areas of concern.“Discussions are also on-going with various unions aimed at addressing a number of the other concerns which have arisen between the company and its employees,” LIAT added.Nation Newslast_img read more

Newcastle sign Brazilian striker Joelinton from Hoffenheim

first_img Source: BBC Newcastle United have signed striker Joelinton from Hoffenheim for a club record £40m fee on a six-year deal.The 22-year-old Brazilian is Steve Bruce’s first signing since he was named the club’s new head coach on Wednesday, replacing Rafael Benitez.Joelinton scored 11 goals in 35 games for Hoffenheim last season, with seven of those coming in the Bundesliga.He started his career at Brazilian side Sport Recife before moving to Germany in 2015.The deal smashes the previous club record fee of £20m paid for Paraguay playmaker Miguel Almiron from MLS side Atlanta United in January.“I’m really happy to be here,” said Joelinton, who will wear the number nine shirt at St James’ Park. “I know it is a huge responsibility, the great Alan Shearer, the team’s biggest idol [wore it]. I know it is a big responsibility, but I am prepared.“I know it is a large investment that the club has made in me, and that comes with a huge responsibility.“I know that everybody at the club has faith in me having brought me here. I hope to contribute on the pitch. I am happy and prepared.“Rest assured there will be no shortage of desire and dedication to score lots of goals and honour the number nine shirt.”Bruce said: “The kid has got an exciting time ahead of him. He is a smashing young player and we are obviously delighted to get him. It is been going on for a little bit now, so to get him is great for everybody.“He has got everything that a modern-day player wants. He is big, strong and athletic, and of course he’s got age on his side too which is vitally important.”last_img read more