CJIA’s departure operations moved

first_imgIn order to facilitate the ongoing expansion project at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), the immigration and security operations have been shifted to the former Greeters Hall.The airport advised departing passengers of this relocation in a statement on Saturday. The shift of these operations takes effect today at approximately 14:00h.According to the CJIA Corporation, it is apt to note that the project is progressing smoothly and on schedule to the completion date, and this is a planned stage of the renovation works to accommodate the construction while maintaining operations of the existing terminal.The Drop off/Check-in process remains the same. However, passengers will be guided along a corridor to be processed by Immigration Officers, followed by security screening.After the mandatory security checks, passengers will still have the opportunity to shop and browse in the duty-free shops, which are also located in the former Greeters Hall area.Passengers will then proceed along another corridor to the Departure Lounge area to await boarding.Last month, President David Granger and his Cabinet were given a tour of the airport, and were updated on the progress of the works. During a presentation done on the project, it was revealed that some US$114 million have thus far been expended on the airport, while an additional US$27 million will be spent before the end of the year.The airport expansion works are between 75 and 80 per cent completed. The Project’s Manager, Carmichael Thorne, during his presentation, stated that the project is geared at addressing four critical areas: insufficient public parking; overcrowding within the terminal; conflicts of parking aircraft while at the same time permitting larger aircraft on the international apron; and a safety area in the event of an aircraft overshooting the runway.Under the previous administration, Guyana had secured a US$138 million loan from the China Exim (Export-Import) Bank to fund the expansion and modernisation project, for which the Guyana Government has injected some US$12 million.However, when the coalition Government came in to power in 2015, the project was put on hold, but following discussions between Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and the contracting company, China Harbour Engineering Corporation (CHEC), it was announced that the project would be continued, but with a reduction in the design and capacity.On completion of the expansion project, it is expected to yield two air passenger boarding bridges for passengers’ arrival and departure; a 450-person seating departure area; escalators and elevators, in addition to its extended runway that would cater for larger categories of aircraft.last_img read more

ErosNow inks deal with Apple TV

first_imgMumbai, Jun 8 (PTI) Online entertainment platform ErosNow today said it has inked a deal with Apple TV for showcasing its repository of Bollywood and regional language films and music videos across 80 countries. ErosNow app is available across most smart TV platforms including Android TV, Samsung, Chromecast and Amazons Fire TV, the company said in a statement. “With the success of our iOS application on iPhone and iPad, we are strengthening our connection to our subscribers who are using Apples products everyday by now bringing a compelling array of Bollywood and regional language content to their living room,” Eros Digital Chief Executive Officer Rishika Lulla Singh said. PTI DS KRK MKJ PTPlast_img

Theatre directors look to boost representation of Indigenous artists

first_imgOntario’s Stratford Festival has enlisted a record of more than a dozen Indigenous artists this season, including actors and a voice coach. Reneltta Arluk made history in her Stratford debut as the first Indigenous person to direct at the festival. She helms the “The Breathing Hole,” a Arctic-set exploration of Indigenous history and climate change centred around the 500-year saga of a polar bear. Advertisement “One of the other things that I learned is that one of the founding principles is about hearing everybody, and you’ve got structures that allow everybody to have a voice.” “I think that one of the big questions that we have to ask ourselves as Indigenous theatre artists is: ‘What is Indigenous theatre? What would be an Indigenous production … and how would you define that?’” said Loring, who won the 2009 Governor General’s Award for English Language Drama for the play “Where the Blood Mixes,” which examined the intergenerational effects of the residential school system. “If somebody was doing a production of ‘Macbeth’ and they want to cast Indigenous actors and there’s going to be an Indigenous director, I would say that that is something that we would be interested in programming because it is being presented through the lens of an Indigenous artist or director. TORONTO — As Kevin Loring becomes the first-ever director of Indigenous theatre at the National Arts Centre, he’ll be looking to help blaze a trail in a creative realm where he’s faced his share of roadblocks. “There’s always … also been a biased perception of Indigenous actors that everybody faces once in a while that can be discouraging. It’s not an easy industry. It’s not always easy to stay in this industry and make this your living.” The historic new post is one of several recent moves made by Canadian arts organizations to help bolster opportunities for Indigenous theatre artists. It also arrives at a time when the issues of cultural appropriation and diversity of representation have been on the front burner. Loring is slated to begin his role with the NAC on Oct. 16. The new department’s inaugural season in 2019 and 2020 will coincide with the Ottawa-based performing arts centre’s 50th anniversary. “For a long time, I would only get cast if there was specifically a native person in a role. For some people, it was very hard to see past the racial boundary,” said the award-winning playwright, actor and educator who is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation from the Lytton First Nation in British Columbia. Login/Register With: “There are a lot of Indigenous actors coming out of school and getting training and they’re hungry for the work; so I think we’re in for a really exciting time.” Arluk will begin her role as director of Indigenous arts at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity on Nov. 1. She’ll be looking to continue to build on the progress achieved at Stratford by bringing more Indigenous artists into the fold. “There’s an understanding that this culture will bring a different perspective and that that perspective in reconciliation has a sovereignty that needs to be respected, and so we just made space for it. Advertisementcenter_img Keira Loughran, director of Indigenous workshops as part of the Stratford Festival Laboratory, has made a concerted effort to reach out to elders in the surrounding First Nations for input. Advertisement “This is about non-Indigenous and Indigenous organizations working together and that’s creating space and creating opportunity. It’s more than just putting an actor onstage,” said Arluk, who is of Inuvialuit, Dene and Cree descent. “Positions like Kevin has at the NAC and I have at Banff, what we can then do is come in (and say:) ‘Let’s mentor the emerging artists, let’s do master classes. Let’s get more opportunity for the artists that have bigger vision. Let’s fill those spaces in the NAC and the Banff Centre so that when Stratford is asking for more actors and writers and designers we can say: “We’re right here.”‘” Loring has expressed a desire to broaden the reach of the NAC’s Indigenous theatrical offerings beyond Ottawa, proposing Vancouver, Iqaluit, Montreal and Toronto as potential locales for shows. Twitter “Those kind of balancing acts, how do we determine what is what, and what is appropriate for us is telling, it’s going to be a bit of a dance for each specific case. ” Facebook “This was time for us to stop and challenge ourselves on what do we actually know about Indigenous culture? What can we learn from it and how can it affect the work that we do, whether we’re working on Shakespeare, whether we’re creating original Indigenous work?” said Loughran. Like Loughran, he emphasized the desire to hear from the community on how they’d like to see the work of the department evolve. Kevin Loring, the new artistic director of Indigenous theatre at the National Arts Centre, is shown in a handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-National Arts Centre MANDATORY CREDIT LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment By: Lauren La Roselast_img read more