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LIAT signs MOU with Antigua State College

LIATAntigua St. john's - The new CEO of regional carrier LIAT has praised the initiative of the airline’s headquarters based staff in Antigua.

In his monthly "Letter from the CEO", David Evans noted how he was "struck by the huge wealth of experience that exists throughout our organisation."

Reporting on a joint venture to develop highly skilled jobs in Antigua, he said that the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Antigua State College (ASC) - to establish an Engineering apprenticeship scheme in September - would "see us offer hands-on engineering experience in our facilities to apprentices studying at ASC."

Saluting the generosity of LIAT staff, he lauded Kim Burden of the Engineering Department for offering to deliver, free of charge, skills training across the organisation in a number of areas, including customer service, communication, coaching, supervision and leadership.

Another highlight of his first month in office, Evans noted, was witnessing the work of the LIAT Information Technology team delivering software, allowing pilots to undertake a critical part of their training on their own PCs, laptops, or tablets in a true computer-based training environment.

"These three initiatives give me great encouragement because they have all come from within our organisation, and those individuals who have made them happen are to be commended," said Evans, a former British Airways executive.



LIAT is undertaking a wide-ranging review of its commercial activities with the sole purpose of enhancing its revenue earning potential, he stated. "To this end, a small team of airline commercial experts, who are not professional consultants but rather people with real-life airline experience, will be spending the next few weeks at LIAT's Headquarters in Antigua and across the network to put in place very specific enhancements to the commercial processes."

Evans said he was confident that as a result "we will see some real improvements in our revenue performance in a relatively short period of time."

He also pledged to tackle the issue of flight disruptions by making the complex schedule simpler and focus on service delivery. "I have seen some great examples of service from our front line staff, be they ground staff, engineers, pilots or flight attendants. Our task is to deliver that great service consistently across our network”, he added.

Admitting that financial challenges remain as the airline struggles with a very difficult cash position, he announced the start of a series of meetings "with our Trade Union partners where I believe that we have had an open and honest discussion about our cash position with full financial disclosure to all attendees."
The sale of LIAT's Dash 8 fleet is expected to help ease the cash crunch: "We concluded the sale of one some 10 days ago, and are working hard to complete further sales before the end of this month and into June."

Meanwhile, Evans has declared LIAT's commitment to keeping its headquarters in Antigua. "This firm commitment is reflected in a formal agreement entered into in January 2014 between the Government and LIAT for the retention of the head office in Antigua. Through this agreement, LIAT continues to keenly support the economic and social development of the twin-island nation as well as the eastern and wider Caribbean."
 

Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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@ Skyewill - Apprenticeship Scheme - What Gives? Words Have Significant Meaning! PT5

#7 John French II » 2014-05-30 02:18

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Flying the Sunny Skies of The Caribbean before touching down at VCBIA, any seasoned captain would have landed with due care and caution knowing that the Wind shear between Pigotts and Carlisle before the VASI lights can be disastrous and requires deft management to avoid staling out.

What is another Historical Referent Point in Antigua & Barbuda which many of our Shareholder Brethren Nations have lost sight of is the Apprenticeship Program which Should have accompanied Emancipation. The Antigua Plantocracy Reneged. The other English Speaking Territories were more Fortunate and had The Apprenticeship. Many Believe That This stunted Antiguan Development until VC's Ascendancy.

It is also clear that no one took the time to educate the good man that the people of New Winthrops were relocated without compensation to make way for the US Airfield which is now the Headquarters of His Empire.

No Problem Man!

Parachuting CEO's into such difficulties without knowledge of the Cultural & Historical Landscape is a crime.

Nuff Said! Respect!
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@ Skyewill - Apprenticeship Scheme - What Gives? Words Have Significant Meaning! PT4

#6 John French II » 2014-05-30 01:59

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! When a new CEO takes the control stick, it is expected that as captain of the aircraft, there would have been some familiarity with the craft before being sent off into the Sunny Caribbean Skies with a probability of faulty Ailerons, Elevators & Rudders.

His Praise of the staff was most Strategic: Skills Training with emphasis on the Customer; and, Capacity Building with IT & Computer Based Learning. These words of encouragement cannot be gainsaid and should serve him well with Air & Ground Crews during his tenure.

That he has flown directly into a Swarm of “African Bees and their Queen” searching for a new hive was the first faux pas. Either the CEO lacks an understanding of the Political Headwinds & Turbulence in The Sunny Caribbean Skies or The Board & Other Seasoned Senior Executives were remiss in their Briefing Documents & Flight Maps.

Throughout, Barbados & The OECS, all of the member shareholder states have hurled gale force winds at A&B for, as they say, using the goodies flowing from the Headquarters to Overload LIAT’s Weight & Balance! Hence many of the member states will not add another cent to the LIAT Equity Load.

That a joint effort with A&B State College is a worthy educational endeavour is without question.

Management 101: Quote:
“Success is doing the Right Thing Right The First Time!”
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@ Skyewill - Apprenticeship Scheme - What Gives? Words Have Significant Meaning! PT3

#5 John French II » 2014-05-30 01:49

Notes From A Native Son Of The RocK! The question remains after 52 years of Independence, how is it that they could find no one either in TnT, Jamaica, the Wider Caribbean, South Asia or Africa to fill this position. Air India is so large will move to smaller yet more efficient and effective airlines: Ethiopian Airlines for Strategy & Operations & Air Seychelles for Corporate Social Responsibilities and Reach may be possible Airlines for CAL to Bench Mark for Best Practices.
Friends, BWIA was founded in 1939 some 75 years ago. TnT achieved Independence in 1962 some 52 years ago. TnT has Universities to educate its Youth & Industry to develop its Human Capital. Yet CAL goes to the North Atlantic Nordics to find a CEO for TnT & Jamaica’s Flagship Airline. Barbados & The OECS have, less than two months ago done the same thing with “De Embalmer”.
The Caribbean peoples are fast & furiously ceding Business once more to the Colonial North Atlantic Nordics, while they engage in Westminster Parliamentary Debates.
As Edgar Lake said in the Devil’s Bridge, Quote:
”I notice you good with your tongue and a whip so I'll be leaving you. ... We ain't have to breed the blasted place to rule it!”
The Professors and Administrators at St. Augustine, Cave Hill and Mona must be all planning on developing a new revolutionary paradigm shift in thinking to bring about a constructural adjustment to Caribbean disorientation, decenteredness, and lack of agency.
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@ Skyewill - Apprenticeship Scheme - What Gives? Words Have Significant Meaning! PT2

#4 John French II » 2014-05-30 01:34

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Quote:
He Joined the United Nations UNDP programme in 2007 and under their auspices served as Chief Operating Officer of Zambian Airways in 2007. In 2009 he joined Kuwait start-up airline Wataniya Airways as Chief Commercial Officer. Since then he has provided strategic and commercial consultancy services to Egypt’s Nile Air and other organisations in the Middle East.Travel news 26 April 2014.
http://www.breakingtravelnews.com/news/article/liat-appoints-chief-executive-officer/

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“What would (Caribbean) people do if there were no (North Atlantic Nordic) people?” “In other words, what natural responses would occur in the relationships, attitudes toward the environment, kinship patterns, preferences for colors, type of religion, and historical referent points for (Caribbean) people if there had not been any intervention of colonialism or enslavement/(indentured) labour?” – Dr. Molefi Asante.
Notwithstanding all of its Oil Wealth & Industrialization TnT lagged behind A&B in the Human Development Index under VC & The ABLP. In 2013, TnT has now tied with A&B at 67th in Ranking.

That they have improved as VC would say is to concede that progress has been made while A&B is going the other way under the UPP. But let’s not tarry there.
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@ Skyewill - Apprenticeship Scheme - What Gives? Words Have Significant Meaning!

#3 John French II » 2014-05-30 01:26

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Friends, CountryWoMen, Rastas & "Pickey Heads" to effect meaningful change, one must not only have a Shared Vision, Mission, Values, Strategies, Structures, Systems, Skills but you must have historical referent points and understand the culture within which all of this will take place.
That LIAT's Board has chosen David Evans to be the CEO has been criticized by this commenter, given his past leadership with failed airlines in Africa & The Middle East. For that past life he is seen as “De Embalmer”. Let LIAT's Board and the Shareholders including the OECS, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago & Jamaica Live with him since this commenter has no influence with their decision making process.
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Between 1975 and 1997, Mr. Evans served as Airport Manager, Country Manager and Area Manager with British Airways in East Africa, Saudi Arabia, France, Philippines, China, Denmark and the United States. In this latter role, he held responsibility for the airline’s activities in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 1997, he became Managing Director, British Airways Regional, a position held until 2001 when he became Managing Director, British Airways CitiExpress and BA Connect, serving in that capacity for six years.
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@ Skyewill - Psyops and the One Eyed Cyclops!

#2 John French II » 2014-05-29 16:46

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Anansi was laughing so Much that Akan decided not to join the discourse at the Amofah Market at The Bridge. Coromantees & Maroons said they had seen it all from their Safe Havens in The Sherkerly Mountains. A terrified Igbo said he had seen it all in Biafra. A Yoruba was not amused asked what can you expect from that "Incorrigible Ingrate" living in the Skye as identified by the Security Chief hi-lited by Dig It's Transference -Dr. Caught!
Tenman shouted at Dessalines hope you understand the distant capabilities rather than trying to pull the one eyed cyclops game with "So you're telling me that in a country where we don't have stable electricity or running water, the streets/houses unnamed & unnumbered that we can pull off a CIA, MI5 or Mossad type operation & no one's the wiser for it. How condescending can you be?"
As Nadine Blackman, one of A&B's most Artistic bloggers would say in the Best Antigua Idiom if you do not comprehend "stay out of me bedg**".
JF II promises you will hear from him when the "supercilious sophisticates", "pusillanimous **footers", "nattering nabobs of negativism", "vicars or vacillation", & “the hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history” embodied in the Black Elites, Intelligentsia, Petty Bourgeoisie, Politicos & their Hangers-On, Ecclesiastics and the rash of “edge-up Arrivistes” challenge your comments.
Go Well!
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STOP USING THE WORD SCHEME- Here are some of the dictionary definition of SCHEME

#1 Skyewill » 2014-05-29 05:03

Synonyms = artifice, device, dodge, fetch, flimflam, gambit, gimmick, jig, juggle, knack, play, ploy, scheme, shenanigan, sleight, stratagem, wile

Related Words = bluff, end run, feint; cheating, chicanery, cozenage, craft, **ery, cunning, deception, dupery, duplicity, fakery, jugglery, legerdemain, skulduggery (or skullduggery), subterfuge, swindling, trickery; fraud, gaff, hoax, sham, swindle; blind, front, smoke screen
Related Words collusion, conspiracy, plot; contrivance, device, gambit, maneuver, ruse, stratagem, subterfuge, trick; counterplan, counterstrategy; means, tactic, technique, way; procedure, protocol; conception, idea, projet, proposal, specific(s), specification(s); aim, intent, intention, purpose; diagram, formula, layout, map, pattern, platform, policy, recipe, setup
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