Inter College Basketball Tourney Reaches Semifinals

first_imgFlashback: A Cuttington University player in possession of the ball against Blue Crest in their first match (Photo: Anthony Kokoi)The 2018 edition of the Inter-College Basketball tournament has reached the semifinals with four colleges including AME Zion University, University of Liberia, Blue Crest and Starz College advancing as the final four in the tournament.It was an entertaining and exciting moment at the Sports Commission in Monrovia last weekend as hundreds of college students from various institutions trooped in to cheer their teams to victory.During the knockout rounds, Zion University defeated Barshell University 54-22 points in the first match to book their ticket to the semifinals, before Blue Crest University College edged out Cuttington University by 42-27 points.In the late kickoffs, the University of Liberia saw off Stella Maris 73- 68 points before the final showpiece that witnessed Starz College defeating United Methodist University 40-39 points in a very entertaining game.Meanwhile, the draw for the semifinals of the tournament was made on Monday evening with the defending champions, Starz College, paired against the University of Liberia for the first match, while Zion will go against Blue Crest in the second. The two winners from the semifinals will advance to the final to compete for the L$10,000.The second place winner receives L$6,000 plus a trophy and a certificate; while the third place winner will receive L$4,000 and a certificate.The Semifinals are slated Friday, November 30.The tournament is organized by Scorpion Incorporated, an entrepreneur organization founded by six students from the Blue Crest University College who are concerned with technological projects and events planning.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ECD road expansion works progressing – WSG head

first_imgExpansion works ongoing along the East Coast of Demerara Public Road are progressing well, according to Head of the Works Services Group (WSG) of the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Geoffrey Vaughn.In recent interview with Guyana Times, Vaughn explained that the ongoing works are approximately 20 to 21 per cent completed to date. He noted that currently, focus is being placed on the expansion between Better Hope and Beterverwagting (BV).“The contractors are working on the expansion half of the road, as you would realise, on both sides and we’re already started putting our sub-grades and our base materials; soon you will see paving commence in terms of those works,” he stated.Construction workers at Mon Repos on SaturdayThe WSG head noted too that works are also ongoing on the drainage system, with the drains being expanded to ensure that the elevations are correct so that the roads can be drained properly and there would not be ‘ponds of water’ when the construction works are completed.Meanwhile, Vaughn went on to say that while efforts are concentrated between Better Hope and BV, works have commenced in communities such as Mon Repos and will be moving down further the East Coast.“So, as much as there’s focus on BV and Better Hope, they’ve already commenced some preliminary works on the other areas in terms of grubbing and so forth,” he said.According to the WSG head, while the sand-filling aspect of the project was completed some over three years ago, some of it would have been contaminated over time when it was left there.“So (the contractors) would have to take off some of those sandfill and refill it, which is always necessary once you have a project of that nature, because you couldn’t leave the area open once you’ve started the expansion,” he noted.The East Coast Road expansion project, which commenced late last year, has a timeline of two years.Guyana has received a US$45.3 million concessional loan from the China EXIM (Export-Import) Bank to finance the road project and that agreement was signed in January last year.Initially, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government had tried to secure financing for the road expansion project, but the money was not readily available; hence, the Administration decided to use local funds for preliminary works while it awaited the release of funds from the Chinese to complete the works.The East Coast Road Expansion Project entails a four-lane extension from Better Hope to Annandale and two-lane upgrade from Annandale to Belfield with a total length of 16,998 kilometres of roads and 33,996 kilometres of drains to be built.Apart from the road expansion, the residents were also going to benefit from the project which included improved drainage since the East Coast is usually susceptible to floods.The preliminary works for the four-lane upgrade were completed at the end of 2014. This included the widening of the roads and installation of drainage facilities. The project was divided into seven lots which were awarded to different contractors.With the China Eximbank putting up most of the finances for the road expansion, Guyana had awarded the contract to China Railway First Group for some US$42.7 million. The Chinese construction company reportedly put in the lowest bid of US$46.994 million. The PPP/C Administration had stated that it is saving some $2.8 billion by giving the contract to China Railway First Group. Upon completing the widening and improvement of the East Coast Demerara Highway, citizens travelling along the East Coast will benefit from reduced travel time and less traffic congestion.last_img read more