Dis­cus­sions un­der way for avi­a­tion school in Ja­maica

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TRANS­PORT and Min­ing Min­is­ter Robert Mon­tague says stake­holder dis­cus­sions are un­der way for the es­tab­lish­ment of a glob­ally recog­nised avi­a­tion school in Ja­maica.

Mon­tague ad­vised that the con­sul­ta­tions in­volve rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Min­istry of Fi­nance and the Pub­lic Ser­vice, Air­ports Au­thor­ity of Ja­maica (AAA), Ja­maica Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity (JCAA), Caribbean Mar­itime Univer­sity, and two over­seas in­sti­tu­tions.

He said this forms part of the Gov­ern­ment’s plans to fur­ther boost the lo­cal avi­a­tion in­dus­try by es­tab­lish­ing a world-class fa­cil­ity to train more Ja­maican com­mer­cial pilots.

The min­is­ter was de­liv­er­ing the key­note ad­dress at the open­ing cer­e­mony for the sec­ond an­nual two-day avi­a­tion sem­i­nar, jointly hosted by the AAJ, JCAA and Aero­nau­ti­cal Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Lim­ited at the Courtleigh Au­di­to­rium in New Kingston on Thurs­day.

Mon­tague, who noted that Ja­maican pilots have long estab­lished them­selves among the best in the world, said data sug­gest that the global avi­a­tion in­dus­try is short of ap­prox­i­mately 600,000 com­mer­cial pilots.

He con­tended that Ja­maica needs to tap into the po­ten­tial op­por­tu­ni­ties that this presents.

“We be­lieve we are sell­ing the in­dus­try short if we do not give to gen­eral avi­a­tion, more Ja­maican pilots,” he added.

Mean­while, Mon­tague said the Gov­ern­ment has given the JCAA ap­proval to seek a seat on the In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion (ICAO), when the elec­tions are held next year in Mon­treal, Canada, where the ICAO is head­quar­tered.

The min­is­ter, who in­di­cated that “we are con­fi­dent of vic­tory”, said se­cur­ing a seat would be a ma­jor boost for the coun­try and the wider Caribbean.

The two-day sem­i­nar, held un­der the theme ‘Air Trans­port as an En­gine of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment in Ja­maica and the Caribbean’, forms part of Ja­maica’s ob­ser­vance of In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Day on De­cem­ber 7 by the United Na­tions, in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion’s es­tab­lish­ment in 1944. BOSTON, United States (AP) — Dozens of peo­ple sus­pected of liv­ing in the coun­try il­le­gally were ap­pre­hended in a series of sweeps in New Eng­land this week, US Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment (ICE) said yes­ter­day.

Agents ar­rested 58 peo­ple in raids in Mas­sachusetts, Rhode Is­land, New Hamp­shire, and Con­necti­cut, of­fi­cials said. The ar­rests hap­pened over five days end­ing De­cem­ber 4.

Thirty of the peo­ple have prior felony con­vic­tions for se­ri­ous or vi­o­lent of­fences, and 33 have crim­i­nal charges pend­ing, im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials said. Nine had been pre­vi­ously de­ported, and 15 had been pre­vi­ously re­leased by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties de­spite the fed­eral agency’s re­quest to hold them.

Among those rounded up were a 67-year-old na­tive of Brazil ar­rested in Lynn, Mas­sachusetts, who is wanted for mur­der in Brazil, as well as a 59-yearold Brazil­ian ar­rested in Put­nam, Con­necti­cut, who is also wanted in that coun­try for mur­der, ac­cord­ing to ICE.

Oth­ers ap­pre­hended in the sweep in­clude cit­i­zens of Ja­maica, France, Haiti, and the Do­mini­can Repub­lic.

Boston and a num­ber of other New Eng­land com­mu­ni­ties are con­sid­ered “sanc­tu­ary cities” where lo­cal of­fi­cials limit their in­volve­ment in fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion mat­ters.

The agency has “no alternative” but to pe­ri­od­i­cally con­duct large-scale im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment sweeps, Todd Lyons, act­ing director of ICE’S Boston’s field of­fice over­see­ing New Eng­land, said in a state­ment. That, he said, is be­cause “sanc­tu­ary ju­ris­dic­tions in­clud­ing Boston” do not hon­our ICE de­tain­ers and limit their in­volve­ment in fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion mat­ters.

“Ul­ti­mately, ef­forts by lo­cal politi­cians have shielded re­mov­able crim­i­nal aliens from im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment and cre­ated an­other mag­net for more il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion, all at the ex­pense of the safety and se­cu­rity of the very peo­ple it pur­ports to pro­tect,” Lyons said.

A mes­sage seek­ing com­ment was left with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s of­fice.

(Photo: JIS)

Trans­port and Min­ing Min­is­ter Robert Mon­tague (left) con­verses with Ja­maica Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity Director Gen­eral Nari Wil­liams-singh, dur­ing Thurs­day’s open­ing cer­e­mony for the sec­ond an­nual two-day avi­a­tion sem­i­nar, at the Courtleigh Au­di­to­rium in New Kingston.

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