General Manager of LIAT Dominica hopes industrial action ends soon

first_img Share General Manager of the Leeward Islands Air Transport (LIAT) in Dominica Gerald Cools-Lartigue says he is hoping that industrial action by the airline’s pilots would come to an end tomorrow. Industrial action by LIAT’s pilots has dragged into a second day; unions warn it could spread to other departments of the Caribbean airline.The sickout has disrupted the airline’s morning flights, and the company said those scheduled for later in the day could be affected as well.“The situation with the industrial actions by the pilots remains the same. They have all called in sick. It’s unfortunate because we have passengers who are stranded, we will do our best to accommodate them. I wish to advise them that there will be an extra charge for the next week if they want to change their flights. What LIAT has done is that we have blocked the flights for tomorrow and the day after in order to accommodate the passengers who were stranded yesterday and today,” he explained.The pilots are demanding the immediate reinstatement of their colleague Captain Michael Blackburn, who has worked with the airline for more than 35 years, and also chairs the Leeward Islands Pilots Association.Blackburn was informed Monday, the day he was fired, that this was due to inappropriate statements he made to the local media about management and airline safety.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews General Manager of LIAT Dominica hopes industrial action ends soon by: – December 7, 2011 115 Views   one commentlast_img read more

Dumping rampant in forest

first_imgThe Forest Service finds abandoned pets about every month – sometimes they have died of starvation. “Most of the time they’re old, and I think they just put them out here to fend for themselves,” Alarid said. “But that’s cruel, man.” One year, a group of store mannequins was left in the forest. [email protected] (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Angeles’ proximity to major urban areas makes it different from other national forests, which usually are more isolated. That has resulted in a hefty load of dumped items making their way to the Angeles – up to 300 tons a year, Florea said. Abandoned vehicles make up a large part of the junk. Last year, 44 vehicles were left in the Angeles. Food wrappers are light in weight, but take up a lot of volume. Volunteers and Forest Service workers clean up the trash, and report some of the more disturbing finds. Abandoned pets, such as a dog or a cat tied to a post with a bowl of food, are usually handed over to animal-welfare agencies. Sometimes a Forest Service worker will adopt the animal. Mike Alarid, a superintendent with a Forest Service “hot shot” firefighting crew, has adopted two cats and a dog abandoned in the Angeles National Forest. ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – To the disappointment of park rangers, illegal dumping has become a favorite pastime in the Angeles National Forest. The vast wilderness that stretches from the San Gabriel Valley to the Antelope Valley and borders Santa Clarita on three sides has become a dumping ground for more than just beer bottles and old mattresses. A live boa constrictor, a dead cow on a couch and home appliances shot up for target practice are just some of the things left in recent years. “The things that could be sold at a garage sale or a swap meet, we usually don’t see,” said Stanton Florea, spokesman for the Forest Service. “The things we see dumped in the forest, it would take money to dispose of.” last_img read more