Discussions under way for aviation school in Jamaica
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.
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.