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UPDATED: Weekend start for Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship

first_img POINT SYSTEM Athletes will get nine points for a win; seven for second place; six, five, four, three, two, and one point for individual events; and 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 2 for the relay. Points will be accumulated from the regional meets and carried over to the Grand Prix Final to determine the overall school champions. Technical committee chairman Maurice Wilson is expecting stiff competition in the sprints at the Western Championships, while the field events should take the spotlight in Kingston. “The 100m and the 200m should bring a lot of attention because the athletes from that region are comparable to athletes from the central and other regions. With the Youngster Goldsmith, the long jump should be of interest because of athletes coming out of Calabar High and even as far as Oberlin High. With Kingston College and Calabar, we are expecting good competition in the throws and the discus,” he said. St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), the defending boys’ champions, should get a head start with defending 200m Grand Prix champion Nigel Ellis expected to perform well again this season. Wilson also challenged athletes to hunt for prizes that would add to their schools’ programmes. The champion schools will receive $1 million, runner-up $500,000, and third-place $200,000 worth of gym equipment. Should an athlete break a record at any of the six meets, he/she will be awarded a scholarship that will be made payable directly to the school that the athlete will be attending in September 2016. The coaches of the 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletic Championship-winning male school and female school will each receive $50,000. *Earlier this story had said that the Camperdown Classic would be held at the Usain Bolt Track on Saturday, February 13. That was incorrect. It will in fact be held at the National Stadium. KINGSTON: Top high school athletes from across the island will do battle for $16 million in cash and prizes in the 2016 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championship, which gets under way this Saturday with the Western Championships at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay and the Youngster Goldsmith National Athletics Classics at the National Stadium in Kingston. Events to be contested in the seven-event Grand Prix Series are the 100 metres, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus, and 4x400m. The Grand Prix will continue with the Corporate Area Development Meet at the National Stadium on Thursday, February 11; Camperdown Classic at the National Stadium on Saturday, February 13; Central Championships at G. C. Foster College on Tuesday, February 16; and the Grand Prix final at the G. C. Foster Classics at G. C. Foster College on Saturday, February 20. The top two athletes from each event from the first five meets will earn the first six spots in the finals. There will be two wild card positions for the two next best athletes from any meet.last_img read more

Exxon called in for technical assistance – CDC Head

first_imgNatural gas explosion in Diamond– residents looking for compensationKey local agencies are currently monitoring the natural gas explosion at a residence in Diamond, East Bank Demerara, and have since enlisted the support of United States oil giant ExxonMobil as well as Massy Gas Products.Guyana Times understands that the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) are all working together along with the joint services to monitor and contain the eruption.At about 18:00h on Thursday, construction workers were drilling a well at the Lot 1200 Section ‘A’ Block ‘X’, Great Diamond residence when they hit a natural gasThe aftermath on Friday following the natural gas explosion the night beforepocket, causing an immediate explosion that lasted the entire night, with fluctuating eruptions of various substances, including soot.Head of the CDC (ag), Colonel Kester Craig, on Friday said the US oil company has offered its technical expertise to help with containing the situation.“Since we have gotten the information last evening, we have pulled together all the key agencies and coordinated the response… One option that we are looking at, if we cannot stop it or contain it locally, Exxon has already said they’re willing to give some support, if that’s required,” he said.According to the CDC head, GWI conducted some tests on Friday morning and detected some amount of methane, but the eruption has been fluctuating so they are continuing to conduct tests to determine the true value of the natural gas present.Guyana Times understands that the owner of the house operates a water filtration business in Diamond, and it is suspected that the well was being drilled to access water. When asked about whether permission was given for the drilling, Colonel Craig disclosed that the Hydrometeorological Service, the agency responsible for granting such permits, had indicated that no permission was given for any drilling at this location.Going forward, the responding agencies will have to determine how to seal the pocket.Back in 2009, a similar incident occurred at a residence in the Grove section of the scheme while the owner was drilling for water. The GGMC had managed to cap the eruptions and construct a metal structure to capture the gas. However, Craig explained that GGMC has indicated Thursday’s explosion is larger than the one which occurred about a decade ago.Nevertheless, GGMC’s Senior Petroleum Technologist, Mitchell Prince, told the Ministry of the Presidency that the agency will be setting up a contraption to contain the natural gas.“The plan is to run two sizes of casings into the orifice…we’re going to be using 18-inch casing …and 4-inch diameter casing…” Prince explained.Meanwhile, Head of the EPA, Khemraj Parsram, on Friday posited that the reading from the natural gas emanating from the eruption is a bit high, but is not a significant cause for concern.“So we’re just advising the residents in Sixth Avenue and in Fifth and Fourth streets just to take precautionary measures to ensure there is no ignition sources, that includes lights sources, open flames and so on; just precautionary, until we can monitor the situation and determine the best course of action,” Parsram explained.Officers at the site said that if it reaches a stage where the air becomes severely contaminated, residents will be evacuated from the area.In the meantime, emphasis is being placed on the advisory by the EPA and CDC that residents in the area desist from lighting matches, stoves, etc.The Guyana Power and Light has since been ordered to cut the power to the area.Meanwhile, surrounding neighbours of the Lot 1200 residence are also counting their losses. When <> revisited the scene on Friday morning, residents pointed out the various damages done to their properties as a result of the explosion.One woman’s fence was broken, while the immediate back neighbour’s property was flooded and the back of the house was covered in a muddy substance that continued to emanate from the hole.The affected residents expressed their expectation of receiving financial compensation.last_img read more