Edwin Allen ready to FLOW at Champs

first_imgThree-time Girls’ champions Edwin Allen are in a good position to retain their title at the upcoming ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships according to Principal Everton Walters. However, the $200,000, which was presented to the school by telecommunications sponsor FLOW as their Journey to Champs’ campaign continued, could not have come at a better time. “Although we are the champions, we have been struggling to find a way forward to Champs,” he explained. “We have had difficulties in terms of carrying out the different things that we are required to do funding Champs, which include food, accommodation, transportation, etc,” said Walters. “Receiving this $200,000 from FLOW is really timely. We appreciate it highly. It is going to help us as we prepare ourselves for Champs this year.” Walters added. The principal said the funds will go towards assisting with accommodation, which will cost the school close to $800,000 to cover the five days of the event which begins on March 15. COACH PLEASED Coach Michael Dyke was a happy man after receiving the funds. “It will definitely help us,” Dyke said. “We are strapped for cash, as everyone knows that financing this team from September to now is really costly. This assistance will go a far way in helping us as we continue to prepare for Girls’ Championships.” The coach said the three-time winners (2012, 2014, and 2015) are in “pretty good shape and everyone is rearing to go”. The Journey to Champs promotional campaign, which is run by FLOW and GraceKennedy, was well received by the school population. The students were treated to a stellar performance by popular recording artiste Busy Signal, accompanied by a team of FLOW dancers. Top class two sprinter Shellece Clarke said that FLOW and Grace’s involvement is positive. “I think it is a pretty good idea coming into the school and presenting such entertainment. We do not see this everyday, and we love it,” Clarke offered. The FLOW Journey to Champs moves on to reigning Boys’ Champions, Calabar High, on March 11.last_img read more

Water levels in Kwakwani fluctuating – CDC

first_imgEven as residents are desperately praying to see soil again, reports are that the water levels in the community of Kwakwani, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice) have been fluctuating, causing some persons to lose hope.This is according to the acting Director General of the CDC, Lieutenant Colonel Kester Craig, who told Guyana Times that the water level had seemingly begun to recede, but he has received reports of the water level returning to its initial height of approximately nine feet.He explained that the abundant rainfall the community has been experiencing isAn aerial view of the extent of the flood in Kwakwani, Upper Berbice Riverlikely responsible for this phenomenon, and another batch of food supplies has been sent to the community, which is very much in need of same.Colonel Craig said food supplies have been distributed to the villagers by volunteers who can traverse the village only by boat.Several food hampers supplied by the CDC were distributed on Wednesday, for the first time since severe flooding besieged the community.Over 300 households remain affected by the disastrous situation, and although the residents have adopted adaptive measures, most homes are completely flooded, and occupants have been forced to move to higher ground.On Sunday morning, some residents also received utensils, medical supplies, and supplies of cleaning agents from the CDC. These include soap powder, bleach, soap, long boots and other cleaning agents.Region 10 Vice Chairman Elroy Adolph, a resident of Kwakwani, has expressed the residents’ appreciation for the CDC’s effort in promptly responding to their call for help.“I am pleased they were very prompt. I am very pleased that they have come on board to assess the situation and to also provide help, just two days after,” Adolph said.Adolph said one of the challenges facing the residents in the present situation is transportation. He said high fees are being charged, especially by canoe operators plying the flooded routes, to transport residents who live on the outskirts of Kwakwani into the central location for shopping and other business-related purposes.Regional Vice Chairman Adolph is calling on the relevant officials to consider raising the level of the main access road, so that when flooding occurs in the future, transportation would not be affected.Residents have even made a call for the Government to consider commencing irrigation works in the area as soon as the water recedes, to prevent the situation from recurring.Flooding in Kwakwani commenced in April and intensified over the months because of heavy rainfall coupled with overtopping of the Berbice River. Persons living on Lamp Island and the Waterfront are the most severely affected.The water rose to as high as eight feet in some areas, but reportedly is receding slowly. Residents are currently forced to utilise boats as their main mode of transportation, since the roads are inundated.last_img read more