WESTERN BUREAU:Omar Wedderburn said he told his St Elizabeth Technical players to have fun and enjoy last evening’s FLOW Super Cup quarter-final match against Bridgeport High, and they did just that.They completed a deserved 2-0 victory to seal their spot in the semi-finals of the competition.Alex Thompson first fired STETHS into the lead after 18 minutes, and then Demar James completed the scoring with a calm finish in the 78th.Bridgeport did, however, have a chance to cut into STETHS’ lead, but watched as goalkeeper Kenroy Wallace saved brilliantly from a Shakeen Powell penalty kick in the 80th minute.ENJOY THE GAME”I just told them to enjoy the game; it was a quarter-final matchup and we knew that once we enjoyed ourselves, it would be hard to deny us the win,” said a confident Wedderburn.But while STETHS had the lion’s share of ball possession, Bridgeport did have a few good looks at goal, most notably in the 20th minute when Dante Green beat the offside trap. His shot, however, went high over the crossbar to end the first half.STETHS dominated the second half. James struck the upright with a powerful shot on the 60th minute as the rural area kingpins looked to increase their lead.His strike partner, Javoney Brown, also produced a thunderous effort off the dribble 35 yards out, but could only pick out the crossbar.”As seen here tonight, we played like a STETHS team on a mission. On another day, perhaps, we would have scored more, but it is good enough to get us into the semis,” Wedderburn said.Bridgeport’s head coach Garnet Lawrence said his team played well although failing to score.”We played good football tonight. We showed that we are a good team, but sometimes good teams lose,” said Lawrence.
Although the Ebola outbreak in the Mano River Basin is not the issue of priority in the ongoing U.S-Africa Summit in Washington, some African leaders are raising the concern that it should not just be seen as a regional issue for a few countries but a global humanitarian crisis that can affect any group of people.The leaders, including Presidents Jacob Zuma of South Africa and Macky Sall of Senegal, made the observation on August 5, 2014 during a panel discussion on the Africa Business Forum that is a part of the U.S-Africa Summit.President Zuma noted that Ebola is a disease that is affecting humanity, and that it must be collectively battled and not be attributed to one region in Africa.President Sall stressed that Senegal is not far from Guinea and Sierra Leone, where people travel from almost every day to enter his country.He added that recently, an American contracted the disease and was quickly flown to the U.S., which indicates that the virus can now spread even into the United States.He told the audience that as the disease spreads in the sub-region, it is necessary that the world sees it as a “threat to human survival”, and should dare to fight it with commitment and sincerity while it is still concentrated in a specific region.The two Presidents’ comments came in response to a question about how Ebola is affecting Africa.When the question about the effect of Ebola on the three West Africa states arose, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete said even though his country was far from West Africa, Tanzania is nonetheless taking precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease to the east African coast.The outbreak of the Ebola virus in the three West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has claimed more than 700 lives over the past five months, with more than 500 suspected cases recorded.It has worsened over the past two weeks, with doctors from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Uganda losing their lives to the deadly disease, and an American doctor and nurse still battling in the US for theirs. This worsening situation prevented President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s participation in the ongoing U.S-Africa Summit in Washington, which President Obama said he deeply regretted. Madam Sirleaf was instead represented by Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan and a number of other cabinet ministers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Months after the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) announced it will purchase two garbage trucks to minimise its expenditures and improve efficiency in the area of garbage collection, those vehicles are yet to be secured.Director of Solid Waste, Walter Narine, during an interview with Guyana Times explained that the project was sent to tender in March and is awaiting selection.In addition to the garbage trucks, City Hall also intends to purchase a tractor and two trailers to aid in the area of garbage collection, Narine posited.“Ministry of Communities of course is doing all the tendering from Government and also on our behalf. Ministry of Communities would have advertised for tender in the newspapers and interested suppliers would have sent in their tender documents. They are in the process of evaluating and awarding the contracts forDirector of Solid Waste, Walter Narinethese vehicles that we requested,” the Solid Waste Director explained.He said during a previous statutory meeting, the Council decided that $75 million will be allocated to his department, which will be entirely used to fund the purchase of the vehicles.The two trucks the M&CC intend to purchase will be financed using the $200 million subvention from the Communities Ministry, which was granted in this year’s budget.Currently, City Hall pays approximately $90 million per month in garbage collection fees to its two major contractors, Puran Bros Disposal Service and Cevons Waste Management Inc.“In our 2018 Budget, the $200 million that was given to us by the Government will be busted to purchase two new garbage trucks. Until those trucks are here, I don’t think we have the capacity to clear effectively the areas that the Council controls and we are still looking at that,” Mayor Patricia Chase Green has stated.The two waste management firms had withdrawn their services on July 30, 2017, as City Hall’s debts had risen to the multimillion-dollar range.According to the companies, the issue of non-payment has been a long-standing one, with many debts going as far back as 2015. However, they have since resumed collection after the municipality approached Central Government through the Communities Ministry for a bailout of $475,635, 245 to settle the city’s debt to Puran Brothers, Cevons, and another company after they would have pulled their services owing to non-payment.The bailout was granted and Central Government decided to pick up the tab until December 31, 2018, after which the M&CC would step in.On September 1 last year, the M&CC implemented fees for commercial waste collection. Small business operators are required to pay $5000 per month while medium businesses will contend with $8000 per month.However, large business operators across Georgetown are required to pay the most significant figure of $12,000 per month for their waste collection.The Solid Waste Director had told the Council that while the originally approved fees for commercial garbage collection were $5000, $10,000 and $15,000 – the last two were reduced to $8000 and $12,000 after consultations.