Caribbean Airlines on Thursday honoured several of its corporate partners and longstanding top tier frequent flyers at a customer appreciation reception held at the Marriott Hotel, Georgetown.In a release, the Airlines stated that the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry, GTT and Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) were honoured for their contribution to trade and investment in Guyana, as well as their existing and continued support of Caribbean Airlines as their preferred air carrier for travel and air freight.Caribbean Airlines also recognised Abdool Hamid, as the top flyer in the highest tier Executive Gold category in Guyana. Hamid flew over one million miles since the start-up of the airline in 2007 and was awarded with Lifetime Club Membership, in the airline’s Club Caribbean. Thirteen Gold Members were alsoChairman of Caribbean Airlines, Shameer Mohammed (left); Vice Chairman of Caribbean Airlines, Michael Quamina (right); and Garvin Medera (third from left), CEO Caribbean Airlines, poses with some of the award recipientsrewarded for travelling over 40,000 miles each for 2017/2018.Chief Executive Officer, Garvin Medera in his feature address stated, “In the world of business, and especially in the world of airlines, loyalty is greatly valued. It takes hard work to achieve it, and even harder work to keep it. At Caribbean Airlines we do not take loyalty for granted and nothing lifts our hearts more than the support of our customers. This evening, we honour and reward some of those truly loyal travellers for whom Caribbean Airlines is always the preferred option. Achieving Gold and Executive Gold membership status is not an easy task, and tonight’s awardees have attained elite status within our customer base.”As a further gesture, Caribbean Airlines distributed 300 complimentary Club Caribbean cards to selected stakeholders in the business community.“Guyana is a significant destination to Caribbean Airlines and as the designated carrier for over a decade, the Airline continues to honour and serve the people of Guyana, the Guyanese Diaspora and its valued stakeholders within the Caribbean region and beyond,” the airline stated.
BAGHDAD – An al-Qaida front group announced Sunday it had captured American soldiers in a deadly attack the day before, as thousands of U.S. troops searched insurgent areas south of Baghdad for their three missing comrades. The statement came on one of the deadliest days in the country in recent weeks, with at least 126 people killed or found dead – including two American soldiers who died in separate bombings. A suicide truck bomb tore through the offices of a Kurdish political party in northern Iraq, killing 50 people, and a car bombing in a crowded Baghdad market killed another 17. Troops surrounded the town of Youssifiyah and told residents over loudspeakers to stay inside, residents said. They then methodically searched the houses, focusing on possible secret chambers under the floors where the soldiers might be hidden, residents said. The soldiers marked each searched house with a white piece of cloth. Soldiers also searched cars entering and leaving the town, writing “searched” on the side of each vehicle they had inspected. Several people were arrested, witnesses said. Caldwell said the bodies of the interpreter and three of the slain soldiers had been identified, but the military was still working to identify the fifth. Later Sunday, the Islamic State of Iraq posted a brief message on a militant Web site saying it was responsible for the attack and held an unspecified number of U.S. soldiers. The Islamic State is a coalition of eight insurgent groups. Late last month, it named a 10-member “Cabinet” complete with a “war minister,” an apparent attempt to present the Sunni coalition as an alternative to the U.S.-backed, Shiite-led administration of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The Islamic State in Iraq offered no proof for its claim that it was behind the attack Saturday in Mahmoudiya that also killed four U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi translator. But the Sunni area known as the “triangle of death” is a longtime al-Qaida stronghold. If the claim proves true, it would mark one of the most brazen attacks by the umbrella Sunni insurgent group against U.S. forces here. Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, spokesman for the U.S. military, said 4,000 U.S. troops backed by aircraft and intelligence units were scouring the farming area as the military made “every effort available to find our missing soldiers.” President George W. Bush was also getting regular updates on the missing soldiers, said Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council in Washington. The early morning attack on two U.S. military vehicles outside of Mahmoudiya, about 20 miles south of Baghdad, left the bodies of the four U.S. soldiers and their translator badly burned.