… promises upgrade to National Track and Field FacilityMINISTER of State, Joseph Harmon, pledged government’s fullest support for the National Schools athletics, swimming and track & field championships, calling it “an investment into the future,” as the curtain came down on the 57th edition of the games.“By providing better facilities, we are allowing our young people to shine and to set new standards,” Harmon said during his short but candid address at the closing ceremony last evening.It was the first time in the history of the games that the championships took place on Guyana’s lone synthetic track, and Harmon promised “next year, when you come, we’ll have better facilities here (at Leonora). I’ve already spoken to the manager Mr (Trevor) Williams, Mr Christopher Jones (Director of Sport) and Minister (George) Norton.”“I must say that as athletes, you represent the future of Guyana, you represent the health of our nation, and I want to encourage you to make healthy choices in your life, because you, as athletes are the ones to make us proud,” Harmon said.Harmon also brought kudos from President David Granger, who he said was impressed by the performance of the athletes and the organising of the game.District 10 won the event for the 16th time last evening, since it started in 1959.
Residents of South Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara are pleading with the relevant authorities to construct better roads in the community, since the hazardous state of the present ones jeopardise their safety.When Guyana Times visited the area on Thursday, several residents voicing their concerns said the roads are in urgent need of repair. One of the roads mentioned is the main access road which links North Sophia and the Eastern Highway. Residents said vehicles traversing this route would normally have to do a lot of negotiating to avoid the potholes at various sections in the roads.Further, it was also noted that in the evening it is most difficult to make out the roads from their corners, since sections of the road are usually dark.Efforts to contact the Neighbourhood Democratic Council for a response in this regard proved futile.The Georgetown City Council (M&CC), which collects taxes from residents, has repeatedly promised to fix the roads. The current situation is very dire, with the shoulders of this main access road so badly deteriorated that vehicles have to adopt awkward positions to utilise the infrastructure.Recently, the Central Housing and Planning Authority’s (CH&PA’s) Project Director Omar Narine told this publication that CH&PA officials are aware of the condition of the roads, and measures are being put in place to address the issue.He said the CH&PA is working along with the Public Infrastructure Ministry toDeteriorated sections of the main access road which links north Sophia with the Eastern Highwaydevelop an estimate to have the main access road fixed.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had earlier stated that Government is addressing the issue, and pointed out that “contracts are out for (its) repair and maintenance.”