Linden synthetic track nearing completion

first_imgBy Vanessa BraithwaiteVERY soon athletes who are residing in the Mining Town of Linden will be able to practise and compete in a modern state-of-the-art sporting facility, which will boast an eight-lane synthetic track. The first two phases of its construction have been completed and the third phase has commenced. This includes execution of drainage works and laying of aggregates such as gravel, loam among others, which will serve as the foundation for the synthetic material to be laid.The actual laying of the synthetic material will be done by an overseas firm and this is expected to commence at the end of September. The contractor related that work is moving apace and its completion is guaranteed before the end of the year.In April, Minister with responsibility for Sport, George Norton, had expressed satisfaction with the ongoing works.Norton said that he is very excited and hyped about what is in store for Linden, upon the completion of the track.Not only is he impressed with the transformation of the Bayroc Community Centre ground where the track is currently being laid, but also he is satisfied with the quality of work being carried out by the contractors.Minister Norton said that Region Ten has always positively contributed to sporting development in Guyana and the athletes have always represented Guyana well at international competitions.The minister encouraged the residents of the surrounding communities to take pride in the facility and to keep a keen eye on the contractors to ensure that quality works are put out, since it will contribute to the improved aesthetics of the community.The Linden synthetic track is being constructed by Builders Hardware and General Supplies, to the tune of $179M. This phase of the project includes   groundwork, laying of necessary drainage pipes, curb work, asphalting and concreting where necessary.The track will also have the necessary amenities for all field events and the middle will be developed into a world-class football field.The development of the pavilion and the additional surrounding space is a project that will be scheduled for a later time.last_img read more

Baseball treks to Oregon for weekend series

first_imgThe baseball team hopes that its mid-week slip against Pepperdine will not derail the team from making an impact during the Pac-12 season. USC is set to travel to Eugene to meet a 14-12 Oregon team whose bats have recently come alive taking two of three games from No. 9 Cal.Though Oregon head coach George Horton is known across the country as the coach who plays “small ball” on offense — a term that typically refers to an emphasis of getting runners on base and sacrificing batters to move that runner into scoring position and across the plate. Oregon culminated the weekend series with 15 hits in a 11-5 win Sunday to improve to a 4-5 record during conference play.USC head coach Dan Hubbs says that Oregon will have to prove that they can hit the ball to score in order to defeat the Trojans, but he warns that this emergence of offense could be especially troubling when paired with Oregon’s trio of left-handed pitchers Cole Irvin, David Peterson and Matt Krook that he has been preparing his team for already in practice. Before Sunday’s game, the Ducks were batting .207 as a team, but they went 15-for-34 (.441,) Sunday against Cal, according to the Register Guard.“Eugene is notoriously a tough place to score, so we are going to have to be able to execute,” Hubbs said. “When we get a lead-off double, we are going to have to drive that guy home. We are not just going to be able to give them opportunities to score without them having to hit to score.”Despite noting that USC displayed an impressive hitting performance in their series win over Utah, Hubbs says that the offense seemed to be in a bit of “a lapse” against Pepperdine Tuesday. After winning the first two series games against Utah, the Trojans could not overcome a rocky performance from senior pitcher Kyle Davis who struggled immensely through two and one-third innings in the series finale, allowing five runs on six hits and eventually losing the game 14-8.Senior outfielder and first baseman AJ Ramirez earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors for batting .538 (7-for-13) with five RBIs and two home runs in a week when USC went 3-1. Ramirez contributed one hit or more in each of those games.USC travels to Eugene after coming off of 3-2 loss at Pepperdine Tuesday in which Hubbs labeled his team’s performance as “vanilla,” because there was neither “nothing great” nor “nothing awful” about their execution. Due to their mediocre record (15-16), Hubbs acknowledges that every loss is now amplified for the Trojans.“Every game from now on is important, and we have got to win as many of them as we can,” Hubbs said. “Every loss gets magnified because you did not play well earlier in the season.”Hubbs credits his two freshmen, pitcher CJ Stubbs and first baseman Dillon Paulson, for their impact on the game Tuesday. He noted that Stubbs pitched significantly better than he had in the previous week, hurling seven strikeouts through four innings against the Waves.Hubbs was particularly impressed with Paulson who had two hits in his two at bats and was instrumental in the Trojans’ 2 runs. In the fifth inning, Paulson had been walked and utilized a wild throw from reliever Jonathan Pendergast to advance to second, a bunt from redshirt junior shortstop Reggie Southall to get to third and an infield hit from redshirt sophomore second baseman Frankie Rios who grounded into a double play, but did give the base runner the distraction he needed to eventually cross home plate for USC’s first run of the game.Paulson contributed a second time in the seventh inning when leading off with a double before being substituted out of the game for pinch runner redshirt junior Turner Clouse, who scored thanks to another timely bunt from Southall that allowed him to take third base before a sacrifice fly from Rios brought him home.Though batters continued to strand runners on base and in scoring position after giving up the game-winning run in the bottom-seventh inning and eventually losing 3-2, Hubbs expects the team to improve against Oregon because he anticipates them to play with a greater “sense of urgency” in their fourth inter-conference series.First pitch of USC’s three-day weekend series against Oregon is at 6 p.m. Friday in Eugene. Saturday and Sunday’s game start at 2 p.m. and 12 p.m., respectively.last_img read more

Luka Modric signs Real Madrid deal until 2018

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has signed a new four-year contract with the Champions League winners.The deal will keep the Croatian international, 28, at the Bernabeu until 2018.The former Tottenham Hotspur player joined Real Madrid from White Hart Lane in August 2012 for about £30m.Modric has made 67 appearances for the La Liga side and started Tuesday’s Spanish Super Cup first leg against Atletico Madrid at the Bernabeu.last_img

Historical Placement and Famous Opponent: Džumhur and Federer to Play on Friday

first_imgAfter yesterday’s victory and placement to the third round at Roland Garros, we will watch the best BH tennis player Damir Džumhur play the match of his career on Friday, May 29th, against the legendary Swiss Roger Federer.At the Paris court Damir first outplayed the Russian Mikhail Youzhny, who surrendered the match in the first round, to celebrate again against the Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis with a result of  6:4, 6:3, 4:6, 6:2.On the way to the 18th Grand Slam of his career, the second-best player in the world defeated the Colombian Alejandro Falla, and today the Spaniard Marcel Granollers as well, in the first round of the French Open.It remains to be seen how our tennis player, now 88th in the ATP rankings will bedevil the famous opponent, who he will play for the first time in his life. Džumi is the first BH tennis player to ever qualify for the third round of this tournament.Having qualified for the third round, Džumhur earned 85.000 Euros, and the possible victory against the famous Swiss would increase that amount to 145.000 euros. (Source: read more

M&CC to implement billboard policy

first_imgThe Mayor and City Council (M&CC) have signalled their implementation of a billboard policy within the city of Georgetown for the year 2020.The City HallOn Wednesday, the M&CC expressed grave concern for the number of unlicensed billboards, banners, and posters erected around the City. The Council is particularly concerned for the utilisation of City spaces without their consent and further disregarding the current protocol to carry out such activities.According to the entity, the City Engineers Department will commence an audit “to determine the number of signs erected, the nature of the information, duration of publication and persons responsible for erecting the signs”.Currently, the Council is undergoing plans and proposing strategies to further elevate the infrastructural decor of the city.In addition, the Council is set to meet with representatives from the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC) in relation to the authority of the leasing of land to citizens. This is a current conflict, since both organisations claim to have the right to lease.“With reference to the ‘Municipal and Districts Councils Act’ Chapter 28:01, part VIII, section 239 which says “A council may let any land which it possesses,” the Council strongly believes that they possess this authority. According to the ‘Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission Act 1999’ Part II: 4.1, the function of the commission is; (A) “to have charge of and act as guardian over all public lands, rivers and creeks of Guyana,” the Council stated.last_img read more