MDI, Ellsworth boys draw to force playoff rematch; Sumner finishes unbeaten

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020center_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Bio BAR HARBOR — After closing out the regular season with a tense battle, the Ellsworth and Mount Desert Island boys’ soccer teams have unfinished business.Try as they might, neither Ellsworth nor MDI could gain the upper hand Tuesday night in a back-and-forth battle at Mount Desert Island High School. With nothing separating the two sides, the Eagles and Trojans are set to do it again next week — and this time, someone will have the last laugh.MDI and Ellsworth played to a 1-1 draw in Tuesday’s regular season finale in Bar Harbor. The result forced a Class B North playoff showdown between the two teams, which will meet on the same field next week with a regional semifinal berth on the line.“It’s a hard-fought game every time it’s Ellsworth and MDI, and it was tonight, too,” Ellsworth senior Sam Holler said. “We lost to them the first time and tied them this time, and now we get to see who decides it.”Ellsworth’s Sam Holler and MDI’s Nick Dmitrieff battle for the ball during the first half of a high school boys’ soccer game Oct. 22 in Bar Harbor. Holler scored for Ellsworth with 26 minutes, 45 seconds remaining in the first half. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAfter the two teams started the game on level footing, Ellsworth (5-7-2) forced the MDI defense into action seven minutes after kickoff with a dangerous cross into the 18-yard box. Yet the Trojans cleared the threat, and the home team took a 1-0 lead just two minutes later as Leao Nelson beat the offside trap and fired past the Eagles’ Mason Tupper from close range.Ellsworth, though, would find an equalizer minutes later. The tying goal came as a shot from Tulas Weaver deflected off of MDI goalkeeper Nate Philbrook’s hands and fell to Holler, who scored on an open net with 26 minutes, 45 seconds remaining in the first half.“It was just right place, right time,” Holler said. “Tulas made a great run, and after the ball came off their goalie’s hands, it was right there for me.”MDI (10-2-2) nearly regained the lead with 13 minutes left in the first half, but a diving save from Tupper kept the score level. Although the Trojans had two decent scoring chances in the final minutes of the half, the Ellsworth defense held firm to keep the Trojans from adding a second goal.Ellsworth put heavy pressure on the MDI defense midway through the second half but was unable to find the final touch needed for the go-ahead goal. The Trojans then came away empty on three scoring chances toward the end of regulation, and the game ended in a stalemate after neither team could find a winner in overtime.For sixth-ranked Ellsworth, the result capped off a four-game unbeaten run to end the regular season. The Eagles got off to a slow start to the year but entered Tuesday’s game in form after beating Presque Isle, Maine Central Institute and Hermon.“We’ve had adversity in various sectors, but what our players are doing now is playing as a team and playing for each other,” Ellsworth head coach Paul Lock said. “You can see in their eyes that they trust each other and know what they can do.”MDI’s Treyan Nelson defends against Ellsworth’s Ben Osterlin during the first half of a high school boys’ soccer game Oct. 22 in Bar Harbor. No. 7 Ellsworth (5-7-2) will face No. 2 MDI (10-2-2) in the Class B North quarterfinals at 5 p.m. next Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Bar Harbor. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThird-ranked MDI, which beat Ellsworth 3-0 when the teams met Oct. 2 at Del Luce Stadium, saw its streak of six consecutive victories snapped with the draw. Yet the Trojans remain unbeaten since Sept. 17 in what’s been one of the program’s strongest seasons in years.“We’ve been working hard since preseason workouts in July, and being able to see the growth as a team has been wonderful,” assistant coach Max Mason said. “It’s always your goal to keep playing as long as you can, and the season that we’ve had gives us that chance.”The teams’ Class B North quarterfinal showdown is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in Bar Harbor. The game will be the first playoff matchup between the two teams since Ellsworth beat MDI 3-0 in the 2011 Eastern Maine quarterfinals.The winner will advance to face No. 2 Winslow (11-2-1), No. 7 Waterville (7-7) or No. 10 Foxcroft (7-7) in the regional semifinals later next week. A chance to earn an offseason worth of rivalry bragging rights and move within one win of a regional title game appearance is sure to light fires between both teams as they prepare for a do-or-die battle.“What anyone’s done up to this point doesn’t matter now,” Mason said. “Everybody is 0-0, and you’re only guaranteed one more game. We’ll have the week to prepare, and it’ll be a good opportunity for both of us.”Sumner completes unbeaten regular seasonThe Sumner boys’ soccer team completed the first undefeated regular season in program history with a 7-1 win Tuesday over Lee Academy.With the win, Sumner improved to 13-0-1 on the season and clinched the No. 1 seed in the Class C North playoffs. The Tigers will host either No. 8 Houlton (6-5-3) or No. 9 Narraguagus (8-4) in the regional quarterfinals Wednesday, Oct. 30.George Stevens Academy, the No. 4 seed in Class C North, will take on fifth-ranked Washington Academy (10-3-1) in the quarterfinals. 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NSC names elite squad for CARIFTA preparation

first_imgSOUTH American Youth Championships record-holder Jason Yaw, and medallists Chantoba Bright, Tyrell Peters and Daniel Williams are among a team of 37 athletes, handpicked by the National Sports Commission (NSC) to be part of a National Elite Camp that will begin in January of next year. The 37 athletes, of which 32 would have been selected because of outstanding performances at the recently concluded National Schools Championships, are expected to be groomed with the aim of preparing them for the 2017 edition of the prestigious CARIFTA Games. The squad breaks down to 20 boys and 17 girls, with age categories ranging from the Under-14 to the Under-20.The athletes are sourced from all across Guyana, taking into consideration athletes from as far as the Rupununi and North West areas. There are also athletes from Berbice, the East Coast and West Bank of Demerara, and of course the athletics hub of Linden and Georgetown.Chantoba BrightChantoba BrightCARIFTA Games silver medallist Natricia Hooper also made the cut, as did sprinting stars Kenisha Phillips and Deshanya Skeete, and distance athlete Claudrice McKoy and Joanna Archer. They are all on the Girls’ team along with Bright.Others on the distaff end are Iyonte Phoenix, Princess Browne, Yesinia Andrews, Kissanna Glen, Cassie Small, Toyan Raymond, Denita Jackson, Maria Urquhart, Kezra Murray, Avon Samuels and Kelanie Griffith.In addition to Yaw, Peters and Williams, on the Boys’ squad there are Orvil Daniels from Rupununi and Joshua Williams from the North West, as well as Joel Williams, Tyrese Wharton, Loneil Marks, Nicholas Daw, Jermaine King, Joshua Williams, Murphy Nash, Godwin Humphrey, Samuel Jordon, Samuel Lynch, Compton Caesar, Delroy Leitch, Ruel Chester, Linton Mentis, Stayon Williams, and Linden’s Matthew McKenzie.The initiative is the brainchild of NSC Commissioner Edison Jefford, who made the decision to identify the athletes based on their performances at Nationals.The NSC will be collaborating with the Ministry of Education, Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) and Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG). The Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) is also expected to be approached to be a part and support the initiative.The athletes are expected to come together every weekend from the point of commencement for training and development. All transportation and nutrition needs of the athletes are expected to be attended to during the programme.“We have to fund this; we don’t want our athletes having to worry about transportation, meals, nutrition, or those things. I think it’s time we end that era of sports management in this country. We have to end that struggle. We need support from every sector, AAG, the NSC, the Government, the GOA. Every stakeholder has to support this initiative for it to succeed in the way that it should.” Edison said.Coaches being considered to take charge of the athletes’ training include Julian Edmonds of the Running Brave Athletics Club and Mark Scott from the Police Progressive Youth Athletics Club as well as Wanda Richmond, Johnny Gravesande from Linden and Rawle Griffith.last_img read more

Badger hockey sweeps Huskies

first_imgANDREW SCHORR/Herald photoNot to be outdone by the football team’s offensive outburst this weekend, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team swept Michigan Tech at the Kohl Center with an offensive flurry of its own, totaling nine goals in two games.The Badgers won 6-0 Saturday and took Friday night’s contest by a final of 3-2 as they improved to 3-4-1 in the WCHA. Following a win over North Dakota two weekends ago, UW has built a three-game winning streak — a feat they never accomplished last season.Despite shutting out MTU Saturday, head coach Mike Eaves maintained his team still has lots of room for improvement.“We probably played average,” Eaves said. “You take a look at the 6-0 score and you think, ‘Wow, that is really something.’ But it is a little false gold there. The power play was five-for-seven, but we still didn’t do things as well as we wanted to five-on-five.”With a chance for the first sweep of the season, Eaves made the move to start sophomore goaltender Scott Gudmandson Saturday night over senior Shane Connelly. Gudmandson — who had given up a total of 12 goals in his previous two starts — came up big several times to preserve the shutout.“He was excellent all week in practice,” Eaves said of Gudmandson. “We had discussed that whether or not we were going to play him was going to be very dependant on how he practiced. He was excellent, and he made our decision easy by the way he practiced.”The Badgers got on the board with just over five minutes left in the first period when junior captain Blake Geoffrion tipped in a slap shot from sophomore defenseman Brendan Smith. The goal was the first of five power play goals for UW and the first of Geoffrion’s two on the night. Geoffrion, who also added an assist, has scored four goals the past three games and leads the team with five on the season.“He is a stubborn young man,” Eaves said. “He is most effective when he is [in front of the net] and it is finally showing itself. I hope he continues to buy into it, plant that big body of his in front of the net and let pucks hit him, whack away at rebounds and tip pucks in because that is where he is the most effective right now.”“Coach keeps calling me Thomas,” Geoffrion added. “I keep saying, ‘What?’ He is talking about Thomas Holmstrom, from the Detroit Red Wings, and that is who he wants me to play like. The first time he called me that I was like, ‘Is this guy crazy?’ … but that is how he wants me to play.”Wisconsin struck again on the power play a little over half way into the second period when sophomore John Mitchell knocked in the rebound from sophomore Cody Goloubef’s slap shot.UW poured it on in the third, scoring four more goals — including three on special teams.For the game, eight different players from UW recorded a point while Gudmandson finished with 34 saves.Friday, the Badgers’ victory wasn’t quite as comfortable. UW built a 3-0 lead with six minutes remaining in the second period but had to endure a spirited MTU comeback attempt.“We kind of let up our guard a little bit defensively,” Mitchell said. “But we were able to pull it out in the third and kind of get back together. We went back to the basics: keep it simple and go back to playing hard again and pull out the win.”UW put MTU in a hole early when sophomore Ryan McDonagh scored just over a minute into the game. McDonagh received a pass from sophomore Patrick Johnson and shot a wrister from above the left circle, managing to get the puck through traffic and past Huskie goaltender Rob Nolan. Freshman Matt Thurber also received credit for an assist, his first as a Badger.“Tonight we rode the great-start wave,” Eaves said. “Getting off to the 2-0 start in the first and building it to three. But I think, as a coaching staff, there were moments when we weren’t as consistent as we had been in our last game against North Dakota. So, from that standpoint, we are very pleased to get the two points.”The Badgers finished the first period just like they started it — scoring a power play goal. With only 13 seconds remaining, junior defenseman Jamie McBain one-timed a pass from Smith and beat Nolan top shelf to give UW a 2-0 lead heading into the second period. UW’s blue liners finished the game with two of the three Badger goals and five total points.“The reason those young men are on the power play is the fact that they have magic,” Eaves said of his defensemen. “Brendan [Smith] has demonstrated four-on-three, [McBain] has a good shot, and we are trying to set them up and create shooting lanes so they can use their natural ability.”A weekend sweep is always welcomed, but for a team that was winless through the first seven games, getting four points in one weekend does wonders for the team’s psyche.“We are just a lot happier, or I know I am,” Geoffrion said of the team’s winning streak. “Just because our team is winning, we are going to keep riding this wave as long as we can. Keep playing hard every night, and when you do those things you have a good shot.”last_img read more

Wellington City Council to meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

first_imgSumner Newscow report — A Wellington City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 21 at the council chambers at 317 South Washington.The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting can be found here: AGENDA Outline 07-21-2015Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Dave · 264 weeks ago Thanks Report Reply 0 replies · active 264 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

NCAA ends confusion over coronavirus fundraiser involving Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence

first_imgThe more things change in the world because of the coronavirus pandemic, the more the NCAA stays the same — or at least it seemed that way for a while Tuesday.Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and his girlfriend, Marissa Mowry, a soccer player at Anderson (S.C.) University, had set out to help those who are being affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The couple raised $2,670 through a GoFundMe campaign that was stopped shortly after it began Monday.  After The State published its article — and after many people on Twitter responded angrily to the news — the NCAA told Clemson that Lawrence and Mowry’s fundraiser can continue and announced that it will allow universities discretion in these instances.The NCAA, in an earlier statement that attempted to clarify what happened, praised Lawrence.The NCAA did not ask Clemson student-athlete Trevor Lawrence to take down his fundraiser for COVID-19 patients and their families.— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) March 24, 2020Lawrence and Mowry wanted to help people during the coronavirus crisis. Clemson assumed the NCAA would disapprove. After some initial confusion, it appears the couple’s efforts can continue. Mowry said on her Instagram that she and Lawrence were forced to shut it down because of NCAA rules. Lawrence said in the video that the money raised will go to Meals on Wheels and No Kid Hungry.MORE: Ole Miss asks donors to add university to willsAccording to the NCAA website, “Division I student-athletes may not promote or endorse a commercial product or service, even if they are not paid to participate in the activity.”The State (Columbia, S.C.) reported Tuesday that Clemson told Lawrence and Mowry they weren’t allowed to have the GoFundMe account because of NCAA rules restricting the use of student-athletes’ names, images and likenesses. The Athletic likewise reported that the university’s compliance office acted to keep Lawrence from being in violation of NCAA rules.The NCAA does allow exceptions to the rule, however. According to its website, they include “charitable, educational or nonprofit promotions; media activities; national governing body promotions; and camp and congratulatory advertisements.”last_img read more

Unfinished business for Lowe

first_imgPhoto by: RICKY WILSON/STUFF (Caption: Tasman winger James Lowe exploits a gap in Wellington’s defence) The experienced 44-game Tasman Makos winger starts a three-year contract with Irish club Leinster at the end of the Mitre 10 Cup rugby season, but he’s still guaranteed at least two more outings in the Makos’ strip.Lowe’s hoping to make it three. That would mean Tasman beating either Taranaki or Canterbury in the Mitre 10 Cup premiership semifinals ahead of a potential second consecutive final.Tasman cemented the fourth playoff spot following last Sunday’s impressive 31-18 win over Auckland at Trafalgar Park and now a formidable Counties-Manukau team looms in Pukekohe on Saturday to complete the regular season. And that’s where Lowe’s immediate focus lies.Lowe said that he’d be heading to Ireland “nine or 10 days” after Tasman’s last game. He’s put Leinster firmly in the back of his mind for the time being as there’s still a massive job ahead of Tasman over the coming weeks.”Nothing really changes, you can’t be thinking about the move too much,” Lowe said.”I guess it is a wee bit sad that [Sunday] was probably the last time I’ll play on Trafalgar Park for a while, but it’s not about me and how I’m feeling. As long as the team keeps on winning I’m happy.”I’m happy if I’m playing well but if the team keeps on winning, that’s what puts a smile on my face.”The now former Chiefs winger will be squaring off against several Super Rugby team-mates on Saturday and while Tasman are already through to the post season, he said that they won’t be lacking motivation.”Trust me, I look across their team and I’m friends with half of them and when you come up against friends, you want to smash them.”I was just in at the [Tasman] union [on Monday] getting some physio done and there was a lineout meeting going on … and it’s supposed to be our day off, so there’s definitely no let-up coming into this weekend.”It’s tough to win up there and they’ve got a lot of x-factor throughout their team as well. They’ve got some big Fijians and then you look at the likes of Tim Nanai-Williams and they’ve got the old head of Beaver [Stephen Donald] in the mix now, but hopefully Augustine [Pulu] isn’t playing, that’d do us a favour.”In form halfback Pulu was red-carded during Counties’ narrow win over Manawatu last Thursday so could be in doubt for Saturday’s clash. Still, after Sunday’s five tries to three win over Auckland in wet conditions, Lowe felt that Tasman were tracking nicely. “We’re happy with how we performed especially considering the conditions and you look at that Auckland team [and] there’s a lot of firepower. So we’re happy with how we went, but there’s certainly more in the tank.”I guesss there’s a bit of momentum starting to come, but we had a goal of making it into that top four and now we’ve made it so we’ll target this last game as something we can build off and set us up for the remainder of the competition.”Lowe’s trademark effervescent, high-energy approach remains a key factor in Tasman’s backline operation and along with halfback Billy Guyton, who celebrated his 50th game for Tasman on Sunday, provides the experience in a new-look back division.”I guess there was a wee bit of a transition phase where we were seeding a few of the young boys but they’ve come a long way and the expectations of them now are a lot higher considering that they’ve performed in certain games throughout the year.”They’ve come a long way and coming into the tail end of the season, that’s where we’ll see what they’re really made of.”It was great to see Bill get his 50th at the weekend and [flanker] Vernon [Fredericks] a couple of weeks ago, so the boys are in a good head space heading into these final weeks.”Currently in fourth place, Tasman could potentially still finish third.”I think Taranaki and Canterbury have that one and two spot, so it’s just between Harbour and us whether or not we go third or fourth. But it doesn’t really matter who you have to play or where you have to play, anything can happen in finals footy and we’re excited we get that opportunity.”We’ve been there; we’ve been to the big dance a couple of times now so hopefully we can get there this time.”last_img read more

Basketball tournament set for this weekend

first_imgThe basketball tournament will run for two months involving eight men teams and six women teams made up of Southern Flames Club players in the PNG Basketball League.The competition aims to keep the players fit in preparations leading up to the 2016 PMBL season.It will also give the opportunity to youths and other basketball players to be part of a mini competition which will run through to the festive season.Organiser of the tournament and founding president of the Southern Flames Club Kevin Teme explained that the tournament will also be used to scout for players.“All Flames Club players have been asked to form their own teams to take part in this tournament with prize money up for grabs.“I advise all players to bring in their best possible team to compete and those without a team are invited to join in with the respective teams,” he said.Teme confirmed that registration will be decided once the captains of the teams meet on Thursday.last_img read more

Book on the life of G.C. Foster launched

first_imgOther than the fact that Jamaica’s only sports college was named after him, not much is known about Gerald Claude Eugene Foster. For many, Jamaica’s track and field history began in 1948 at the London Olympic Games, where Jamaicans like Arthur Wint, Herb McKinley, and George Rhoden began to write their own significant legacies, but in reality, it could easily be argued that G. C. Foster was actually the man who started it all, first as an athlete in the early 1900s; later, as a coach who played a key part in Jamaica’s schoolboy sports; and even later, as coach and physiotherapist at the British Empire Games in 1934 and the Olympic Games in 1948. In comparison to others, history has been unkind to Foster, whose work has gone relatively unrecognised. “In some ways, I don’t think he was valued enough at that time, and when we look back now at his role in coaching schoolboy athletes – whichever school he coached had a very good chance at winning Champs that year – maybe he wasn’t valued enough,” said Diane Shaw, Foster’s granddaughter, who, on Wednesday, launched a book on her grandfather’s life at the Football Factory on Olivier Road in Kingston. The book is called Remembering G. C. Foster and was edited by Arnold Bertram, who has written several books on Jamaica’s rich track and field history. Shaw is the last grandchild of Foster, who unsuccessfully bid to represent Jamaica at the 1908 Olympic Games because Jamaica was not yet a member of the Olympic charter. She began research for the book decades ago, interviewing persons like the late Barclay Ewart, who benefitted from Foster’s tutelage while he was a student at Jamaica College back in the 1950s. She also interviewed the late Keith Gardner, another of Foster’s early protegÈs, as well as Mauricio Ventura. Shaw also spent time discussing her grandfather’s contributions with coaches Glen Mills and Freddie Green, as well as modern stars like Yohan Blake. She said she did not get the opportunity to speak with Usain Bolt. She recalls that each of the persons she interviewed for the book had nothing but glowing recollections of Foster, who died in 1966 at the age of 80. “Most of the people that I interviewed just loved him because he was such a positive influence,” she said. Shaw admitted that while she knew her grandfather well while growing up, she discovered new things about him during her years of research. “He had a passion for excellence, and he was a very endearing man. He also had a great sense of humour. There was a lot of laughter. After the athletes had their sessions, there was a lot of laughter after. He never tired. He could go on into the night massaging people until sweat poured down his face,” she said. “He had endless energy for coaching, massaging, and prompting them to be the very best they could be.” All this work, he did for free. The book is available at the Football Factory as distribution deals are still being worked out.last_img read more

Former Region 2 REO refuses to give up office

first_img…says Govt aware of situation …new REO given desk in regional boardroomThe former Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), Rupert Hopkinson, is refusing to leave the office and formally hand-over duties to the new REO, Dennis Jaikarran.According to the Regional Chairman Davanand Ramdatt, the new REO Dennis Jaikarran took up office as of January 1, 2019 and is operating on a desk in the regional boardroom while Hopkinson still occupies the REO’s office. The Chairman added that although instructed to formally hand over the office to Jaikarran, Hopkinson is reluctant to do so.Former REO, Rupert HopkinsonThis has resulted in the newly appointed REO calling for a formal handing over to familiarise himself with the region’s assets, finance and incomplete works among others.The Regional Democratic Council (RDC) has condemned the attitude of the former REO and is calling for an immediate handing over of the REO office which would allow the region’s work to continue.This newspaper was told that the former REO still visits his office and is still instructing workers. A source related that the former REO is also refusing to give up the state house in Cotton Field.According to the Regional Chairman, Hopkinson was informed by way of a letter dated November 27, 2018, of his replacement, sent by the Communities Minister, Ronald Bulkan. The Regional Executive posited that the former REO was given enough time to put things in place for a smooth transition.The RDC is fearful that the delay by the former REO to hand over duties to the new REO might be a well thought out strategy. The RDC is calling on Hopkinson to be a “gentleman” and immediately hand over the office to the new REO and let the region’s business be given priority over petty matters.When Guyana Times contacted the former REO on Saturday, he said that the region along with the Communities Ministry is fully aware of the delay which caused him to remain in the office.“There have been certain things that have precipitated a delay in the handing over and the Ministry knows that and Mr Jaikarran knows that,” he noted. Hopkinson has been appointed as an advisor for the Communities Ministry.“I have got a Ministry appointment from the Ministry of Communities in the Regional Agriculture Development so I’d be happy to take it up so there is no question…you can find out from the Ministry of Communities what my new assignment is,” the former REO added.last_img read more

Paper airline ticketing is facing extinction

first_img“From the airline perspective, it’s 100 percent upside,” said Robert Mann, an airline consultant in Port Washington, N.Y. In addition to pure cost savings, electronic ticketing lets airlines record revenue more quickly on their balance sheets and track revenue patterns. Airlines used to have to bundle and ship tickets to a processing facility, where each ticket had to be fed into a computer, before revenue could be booked or analyzed. The industry also says electronic ticketing is more convenient to customers, who can manage their own bookings and make changes online without needing to call a travel agent or airline representative. “It’s very simple for the customer and has far superior protections for the customer,” said Tim Smith, a spokesman for American Airlines parent AMR Corp. Mann has a slightly different take. NEW YORK – Next summer, paper airline tickets will go the way of vinyl records and rotary-dial phones: They won’t entirely disappear, but they’ll be hard to find. On June 1, the industry association that handles ticketing for most major airlines will stop issuing paper tickets. Some small regional or foreign airlines will continue issuing paper tickets, but they’ll be few and far between. Indeed, even without the International Air Transport Association’s directive, the vast majority of airline tickets are already electronic. IATA says paper tickets have fallen to less than 14 percent of the 400 million tickets it processes each year. On its face, the move to all electronic ticketing is a no-brainer for the airline industry. Paper tickets cost airlines $10 to $17, on average, compared with $1 or less for electronic tickets. A fully electronic ticketing system will save the industry $3 billion a year, the IATA estimates. “What’s really happened here is that a lot of the work has been outsourced to the customer,” Mann said. Travelers holding electronic tickets perform most of the functions that used to be handled by the airlines, including in many cases booking their flights at a Web site, printing their itinerary, checking in for their flights online and printing a boarding pass from an airport kiosk. Many people prefer it that way, but those who don’t will still have the option of booking through a travel agent or airline sales representative. Lorne Riley, an IATA spokesman, says electronic tickets are more secure than the paper variety, which can be easily forged. Mann notes that many foreign countries require travelers to present a ticket for either onward or return travel to gain entry. Riley said printed itineraries are accepted in most cases as proof of electronic ticket-based travel plans. Most airlines have already mostly phased out paper tickets – AMR’s Smith estimates that more than 98 percent of American’s tickets are electronic – so the IATA move largely just codifies an industry shift that has already occurred. Some smaller airlines will likely stick with paper ticketing, for now. “It’s ones for whom moving to a fully electronic system doesn’t make economic sense,” such as small regional carriers that fly a few thousand customers a year, who will keep issuing paper tickets, Mann said. “Some carriers … they’ll just continue to provide their own solution,” said Riley. Indeed, the IATA’s move applies only to the 70 to 75 percent of overall airline tickets. The IATA does not represent low-cost carriers such as Ryanair Holdings PLC and Southwest Airlines. “We do not have any plans of eliminating paper stock,” said Jeannine Rahe, a spokeswoman for the Airline Reporting Corp., or ARC, a separate organization that processes 169 million airline transactions, including tickets and exchanges, each year. Still, Rahe said 96.8 percent of the tickets ARC processes are electronic.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more