A recent meeting between officials of Roraima Airways and a Cuban delegation has seen a range of issues, including direct air transport between Havana and Georgetown and collaboration in tourism being discussed and initiatives identified to move the process forward.The three-member Cuban delegation led by Director of International Relations of Cuba’s Chamber of Commerce, Dr Celia Labora Rodriguez, was here for the inaugural Guyana Trade and Investment Exhibition (GUYTIE).Dr Rodriguez indicated her Chamber’s interest in further developing commercial ties with Guyana, pointing out that there are several opportunities that would be of benefit to the business communities of both nations.Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer of Roraima, Captain Gerry Gouveia, pointed to the critical importance of efficient logistics, including air transportation for both passengers and cargo. He drew attention to daily flights by Aruba Airlines to Guyana from Cuba which bring hundreds of Cubans to the country each week, mainly for shopping.Gouveia said the introduction of some non-stop flights between the two destinations would not only boost passenger travel but provide for the movement of cargo, especially item such as pharmaceuticals which require quick transport so as to avoid spoilage.Both Gouveia and Dr Rodriguez indicated that applications for operating permits for Aruba Airlines to introduce some non-stop flights are currently under consideration by civil aviation authorities in both Guyana and Cuba and are optimistic that approvals will soon be granted. Talks in this connection have been undertaken over the past two weeks.The two teams also discussed initiatives for the promotion of tourism packages in both destinations. In fact, the two are to exchange information and promotional material which will be shared with tour operators.Furthermore, discussions were also centred on Guyana’s participation in next month’s Havana International Trade and Investment Fair (FIHAV) and the role Aruba Air could play in facilitating the movement of passengers and exhibits to Cuba.The delegation thanked Roraima and Aruba Air for assisting in their travel to Guyana for GUYTIE 2018.
“That part of it will be taken care of early. Our defense is going to get there.” Every team that has played the Irish (0-5) has gotten to its quarterbacks. Notre Dame’s offensive line has allowed 29 sacks and paved the way for an embarrassing running game of 30.4 yards per game. Both statistics are the worst among 119 schools in Division I. Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis has said Clausen is the probable starting quarterback if he’s healthy. But it might not matter who’s behind center, according to Davis. “Jimmy Clausen is one of the better true freshman quarterbacks I’ve seen the whole time I’ve been here,” Davis said. “Unfortunately, his O-line is just falling apart. They can’t block a soul. “That’s going to hurt your team. That’s going to hurt your offense. That’s going to get you to 0-5.” Markey doubtful UCLA tailback Chris Markey was still wearing a protective boot and didn’t practice. He is looking “less than 50-50” according to Coach Karl Dorrell. The swelling has subsided, but he’s still not able to do anything because of turf toe. He would have to practice today in order to play at the Rose Bowl. Since Markey isn’t likely to play, Christian Ramirez and Chane Moline will share the backup tailback’s load. More battered Bruins Senior fullback Michael Pitre is definitely out for Saturday and maybe much longer. He experienced swelling in his knee after limited action against Oregon State. As for whether the Bruins would shut him down for the remainder of the year, Dorrell said: “I hope not, but I’m not encouraged.” … Receiver Marcus Everett did some work on the side and could play. … Defensive end Nikola Dragovic’s groin injury has puzzled coaches. He was limited in practice Wednesday but Dorrell hoped he would improve with a couple more days of rest. Around the nation Louisville: Running back George Stripling was suspended from Friday night’s game against Utah for violating team rules. Coach Steve Kragthorpe did not elaborate on why Stripling was disciplined. Oregon: Former Banning High standout A.J. Tuitele broke his foot during Oregon’s loss to California last weekend and will likely sit out six to eight weeks. Tuitele, a defensive captain, had surgery to insert a pin into his foot on Tuesday. Florida: Safety Tony Joiner practiced one day after he was charged with felony burglary for allegedly trying to take his girlfriend’s car out of a towing company’s impound lot. Coach Urban Meyer stripped Joiner of his captain’s status. Texas Tech: Linebacker Kellen Tillman was suspended after his arrest for marijuana possession. AP contributed to this notebook.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Jill Painter STAFF WRITER UCLA defensive end Bruce Davis has never met Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen, but he can’t wait to greet him on Saturday. “He’s a good kid, a good quarterback,” Davis said. “But I haven’t met a freshman that I wasn’t able to get inside their head yet. You should expect the first play of the game, whether it’s run, pass, whatever it is, you’ll see me in his face. I’m just going to give him a friendly hello and let him know that it’s going to be a long day for him.