A passenger who was scheduled to leave Guyana’s shores on December 11, 2018 after booking his flight five months in advance with Fly Jamaica, has expressed frustration at the airline for “dragging its feet” in relation to refunding passengers their monies.Vikask Ramnarine, who was destined for JFK airport, New York, said that he was only informed of the cancellation of the flight when he made calls to the airline and was told to return eight weeks later for a full refund of his airfare.“On Thursday and Friday my relatives told me to call just to make sure that the flight is on, since all these things going on with that particular airline, so I did and I was told by the staff that everything is ok and I am schedule to fly on the same day.”“On Saturday and Sunday I called back only to be told that the flight has been cancelled, but still no one called to say anything”, Ramnarine related.Ramnarine noted that he decided to visit the company’s Carmichael Street office to express his dissatisfaction, only to be told by the staff that they “don’t have any arrangements in place” and nothing could be done.“I understand that the process to refund customers will take time but I expected this period be at least 3 days since this was not our fault and it’s very unfair that we have to wait 6-8 Weeks for our money to be returned to us. Also taking into consideration the airline held this money since August 2018 and they do not have any service to provide, no instant refund”.According to him the company owes him a total of US$720 which is equivalent to GYD$144,000.Recently, a source close to the Airline had refuted the claims of inconvenienced and frustrated passengers who complain of not being refunded their tickets’ cost.The representative who spoke with Guyana Times said, “All the flights that were cancelled or (passengers who) were affected are having a total refund. If you want to cancel from us because you need to book another carrier, I am not sure how they are gonna go about doing that, but they are free to come into the office and have that clarification done with accounting or they can call the local number and have clearer information as to how we are going about that.”She said that in addition to the local office, Fly Jamaica also has international offices in the United States where queries can be made.Although the sale of tickets has been put on hold, the source related that operations are expected to resume in January.Just recently, a disgruntled passenger expressed his frustration in a letter to this newspaper explaining, “I had purchased a ticket before the incident to travel to Guyana on December 21 and return to Toronto in January 2019. I contacted Fly Jamaica to find out if my flight would be cancelled and if I could get a refund. They claimed that the flight will not be cancelled, and, therefore, I will not be getting a refund.”
MIchelle Doherty is the new face of TV3A Co Donegal woman has been unveiled as the new face of TV3’s hugely popular Xpose entertainment show.Michelle Doherty, from Glengad outside Malin Town, will take over from Aisling O’Loughlin who is on maternity leave.The Inishowen woman is no stranger to television, however. IFTA nominated Michelle has hosted popular music television shows such as When Under Ether on RTE 2 and Night Shift on Channel 6.Her passion for music and presenting led to her presenting work for Arthur’s Day, Finest Work Songs on Phantom FM and more recently, the weekday breakfast show, Pure Morning on Phantom FM.Speaking about her new role, Michelle said: “I am absolutely delighted to be a part of the team. I’ve been a huge fan of the show for years and I’m looking forward to working alongside the girls. I have always had a big love of fashion and I can’t wait for the new challenges that lie ahead.”Michelle has since expanded her horizons and pursued her passion for acting, she recently played the part of ‘Liv’ in Lenny Abrahamson’s critically acclaimed, award winning film What Richard Did and has just finished filming independent Irish film The Hit Producer where she played the lead role, ‘Katelin Ballantine’. Michelle will join Karen Koster, Glenda Gilson and Lisa Cannon from this Monday 25th November. Commenting on the appointment of Michelle, TV3 Group Head of Daytime Victoria O’Brien said: “Michelle is a great addition to the Xposé team. Her experience, her attitude and her personality will be a huge asset to Xposé. Her audition blew us out of the water and there is no question that Michelle is the one for Xposé. I know our viewers will warm to her to very quickly as she brings her own style and character to the team.”Xposé airs weekdays at 6pm on TV3.DONEGAL WOMAN UNVEILED AS THE NEW FACE OF TV3 was last modified: November 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:exposeGlengadMichelle DohertyTV3
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso is set to start Sunday’s Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix from the back of the grid as he tries out an upgraded Honda power unit in practice on Friday.Rules permit a driver to use no more than five complete power units and their constituent components over the course of a season.Running the upgraded power unit will result in Alonso taking on new variants of five of the six components that comprise it, which will cost the Spaniard 30 places on the 22-car Sepang grid.The double world champion took a similarly hefty engine-related penalty in last month’s Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, where he also exceeded his permitted allocation of power unit parts.”We knew these penalties would come,” said Alonso, who lost some of his allocation of power units to reliability issues earlier in the season.”One of the best places was Spa because of the conditions of our engines at that point. The second best was maybe Malaysia because the weather could play a big factor in the race…”Honda, engine suppliers to the Woking-based McLaren squad, have made steady progress after a difficult renewal of their once-dominant partnership last season.The upgrade they have brought to Malaysia this weekend is the latest in a spate of enhancements they have been making to the engine over the course of the year.The latest change features a lighter engine block and a redesigned exhaust aimed at boosting the power units efficiency, a Honda spokesperson said.advertisementAlonso will run it during Friday’s opening practice session, with Honda deciding whether to leave it in the car for the second 90-minute session in the afternoon.They will revert to their old-specification power unit for Saturday’s qualifying and the race.Alonso finished seventh in Belgium, despite having started dead last, and is targeting another points finish on Sunday.”That’s the target for both cars,” he said. “Even if I start last then hopefully we can recover places quite soon.”The 35-year-old, who took his first pole position in Malaysia and has won the race three times, is 11th in the drivers standings.Team mate Jenson Button, celebrating his 300th grand prix start this weekend is 19 points adrift in 15th.