LifestyleTravel Barbados, Panama sign air services agreement by: – July 9, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share 39 Views no discussions Share Tweet Share George Hutson.BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Barbados and Panama have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Air Services that provides the framework for airlines from both countries to operate flights between the two states.The signing followed two days of negotiations on Tuesday and Wednesday.Minister of International Business and International Transport George Hutson said the successful outcome of the Air Service Negotiations will “expand international air services opportunities and facilitate increased opportunities for tourism, trade and commercial activity between our two countries in particular, as well as the wider central and South America.”He said it would also go a long way towards cementing the historical ties of family and friendship between Panamanians and Barbadians.The signing came just over a year after the two countries reached a Double Taxation Agreement (DTA). That tax agreement is expected to enhance trade and investment and also provide new scope for the movement of professors, teachers, artisans and sportspersons between the two countries. The signing of the MOU on air services culminates talks on both these areas. Barbados and Panama are both members of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), having ratified the Convention on International Civil Aviation, 1944. It is on the basis of that Convention that Member States of the ICAO established air services agreements either on a bilateral or a multilateral basis. Such agreements are a prelude to the establishment of air services between and beyond the territories of the states involved.Caribbean 360 News
Madrid: Real Madrid has announced the signing of forward Eden Hazard, who leaves Chelsea after seven seasons that saw him win six trophies and a slew of individual honours, including the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award for 2014-2015.The 28-year-old Belgian is under contract with Los Blancos until June 30, 2024, the club said on Friday, adding that Hazard will be presented as a Real Madrid player on June 13 after undergoing a medical examination, reports Efe news.Real Madrid agreed to pay Chelsea a transfer fee of roughly 100 million euros ($113 million). Hazard declined during the season to renew his contract with the Blues, which was set to expire in June 2020, and made it clear he was ready to embark on a new phase in his career. IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWS
Despite the painful loss to rivals, Kotoko, in Sunday’s NC Special Tier 1 Competition semi-finals, Hearts of Oak head coach, Kim Grant, still has a lot of respect and admiration for his players.The Phobians needed to a 94th minute penalty from Christopher Bonney to bring them back into the game after conceding in the 5th minute of the first half.Unfortunately, they failed to match Kotoko’s precision in the shootout and lost 5-4.However, despite failing to make the finals, Grant said after the match that he was very pleased with the efforts the players had given on the day and all through the tournament.“What I would like to say is that I am so proud of the boys because they kept on going and going. In the second half, we controlled the game and I tried to make the changes to get the momentum going and Kotoko on the back foot.We had one penalty disallowed and we got a second one later. I was looking for that never-say-die attitude and the boys showed it.If these boys stay together and keep working hard, they will go places. Unfortunately, it was our second semi-final loss but it is a work in progress. In that short space of time that I have been here, I am proud of what they have done. I hope that they learn from this and we will come back stronger next year.”Hearts fell out of the NC Special Tier 2 competition via the same penalty shootout. They lost 4-2 to UniStar Academy but Grant refused to draw conclusions on whether the incidents were the beginning of a pattern.“I am not bothered by the losses we have had in shootouts. When it gets to penalties, it is a matter of fine margins and luck. They took theirs and scored and we missed ours. It is that simple. I feel bad for the players but they have worked hard to get here and I am proud of them.”With Hearts out of the two competitions organised by the Normalisation Committee, it is unclear what the team will do next in terms of keeping their players active ahead of the resumption of normal football in Ghana.The likeliest option for the club is to organise friendly matches with teams in and outside Ghana.