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Venezuelan aircraft released following probe

first_imgThe Venezuelan aircraft which was detained earlier this month, following an investigation by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), has been released.On Wednesday it was revealed that the investigation has been completed, and legal advice was obtained upon the submission of some necessary documents.The investigation unit involved the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), and the GCAA, along with security officials.According to the Police, the pilots and a senior official of the Venezuelan Embassy, on behalf of the foreign nationals detained, assisted and cooperated fully in theThe Venezuelan aircraft that was detained and now releasedinvestigations.The Police also revealed that the data plate was subsequently located by the investigative team on the very aircraft, and the log book was also found which indicated that the aircraft had been in operation since 2014.In addition, all outstanding documents which were required were submitted to the investigators, who later confirmed that they were authentic and confirmed by the GCAA.The Police said there consequently was no reason to further detain the aircraft, and as such, it was released.It was reported that the plane landed in Guyana at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) with a fake registration number, and the Data Plate which contained vital information was missing.Based on reports received at that time, the private chartered flight, which is suspected to be registered in Venezuela, landed on July 9 at about 15:20h.However, in keeping with security postures and intensified collaboration with the management of the various units operating at the CJIA, ranks (CANU) were alerted, and conducted a preliminary inspection of the aircraft, during which certain irregularities were discovered.Guyana Times understands that the registration number of the aircraft raised eyebrows, since another aircraft was carrying the same number. As such, the matter was reported to the CANU headquarters and orders were given for the aircraft to be detained.The Police had stated that after enquiries were made, it was revealed that the pilots and passengers were invited to Guyana by one Michael Brassington, who was at the airport to receive them.Brassington and the four passengers reported to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), while the two pilots arrived in the company of agents of CANU. Two of the passengers and the pilots were Venezuelan.last_img read more

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Malta is shooting itself in the foot – NTMFEE on approved Dwejra

first_imgThe Environment and Planning Review Tribunal overturned a Planning Authority (PA) ruling that refused embellishment works at a restaurant in Gozo in the Dwejra area. This means that astronomical observations, as well as wild birds, will be affected. Nature Trust-FEE Malta stated that Malta is shooting itself in the foot with this overruling.Nature Trust – FEE Malta, in a press release, stated its disappointment in the members forming part of the tribunal, saying that they are not fit for purpose and are unable to put environmental considerations before commercial interests.Dwejra is a Natura 2000 site and a designated Special Protection Area under the Wild Birds Directive. Furthermore, it is the best site for astronomical observations. According to Nature Trust-FEE Malta, successive governments have sought to obtain the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site for Dwejra, yet they have also been supporting the restaurant in the vicinity.The restaurant was not allowed to place a canopy, lights, sign, chairs and tables at the site by the PA in 2017. The overturning of this ruling will now increase light pollution, which will not allow astronomical observation. Furthermore, it may affect wild birds which are particularly sensitive to light and noise.The press release went on to say that in overturning this ruling, Malta ‘is shooting itself in the foot’, due to its dependence on places such as Dwejra for tourism. In fact, it noted that the Malta Tourism Authority’s Product Development Directorate itself had stated that the site of the proposed refurbishment is extremely sensitive and that therefore no new development should be permitted to take place.Nature Trust-FEE Malta are appealing to the responsible authorities to step in and take action.Read: Only one proposal made to Muscat’s “international call” – a hotel for DwejraA day after the collapse of the iconic Azure Window, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat had announced the news of an “international consultation initiative”. In the original call, the request was to submit detailed proposals on how the government could develop a Heritage Park at Dwejra which would further promote it. However it seems that the only proposal received was for a hotel to be built in a quarry nearby Dwejra.Read: Hotel in Dwejra: Will the proposal be accepted?However, sources close to the Ministry for the Environment had said that ERA’s board is not in favour of the development and therefore, it is expected that the government will not proceed with these proposals for a number of reasons, largely the same as those noted above in terms of the restaurant’s embellishments.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more