January 12

Complaints raised over excavation of Boerasirie Dam

first_img…flooding looms during high tide, rainfallRecent actions to excavate the Boerasirie Dam in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) have caused much worry to residents and fishermen who are fearful that their homes will be inundated during the high tide periods.A section of the dam which was excavated several feet lowerSpeaking with Guyana Times on Monday, a Councillor from the area explained that she received calls from numerous persons, relaying the distress that residents were faced with at the hands of unknown persons.This publication understands that some men started excavating the dirt from the dam and have been retailing it to interested persons. The situation is even worse, given the fact that there is no koker to stop water from entering during high tides. She said the dam has been lowered by some six feet, and any high tide in the future will result in mass flooding along Tuschen and Zeelught with the possibility of other areas being affected.“There is a dam before the trench, and someone is excavating the dirt from it and they’re excavating so low. This trench goes straight out into the river and there is nothing to stop the water so when the high tide comes, it will flood the entire De Kinderen and Zeelugt,” said the Councillor.The Councillor posited that fishermen are also severely worried and calls are being made for authorities to put a stop to the excavation since their efforts proved futile.One of the excavators on site“The resident and fishermen is calling for something to be done before they’re affected. Some of the dirt is sold to people and they’re using some to build other areas. Some persons went out and stop them from digging the dam further and explained what will happen if they excavate the dam so low and they still continued. The Tuschen-Uitvlugt NDC (Neighbourhood Democratic Council) is also aware of this,” she explained.Meanwhile, a resident from the area, Mugdridge (only name provided) explained, “If the dam get a breach, it will flood everywhere. If I get flood, who will be responsible? We have the Phagwah and Easter spring tide. If the dam get a breach, it will cause a big problem”.When the tide rises, some fishermen will also suffer since it will not be possible for their boats to be docked along the waterway. The resident noted that this is an extremely dangerous situation being created that will affect thousands of residents living in the area.The Public Infrastructure Ministry had issued a notice to the public, sending advice to take precautions during the impending high tide season, which is expected in the coming weeks.For the past week, predictions indicate that the tides will rise above normal levels and the Sea and River Defence Department estimate that flooding will occur in areas which are susceptible to such situations due to storm surges and overtopping of sea defence structures.Some of the areas include the Pomeroon River banks, Sans Souci to Sarah in Wakenaam Island; Canefield/Amsterdam, Endeavour/Blenheim and Cane Garden in Leguan Island; Windsor Forest to De Willem on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD); and the Parika Market area to Salem and Sparta on the East Bank of Essequibo.Many persons are still recovering from flooding last year, caused by a breach in the sea defence structures at several locations along the West Coast of Demerara. (Rupa Seenaraine)last_img read more

January 6

Five talking points ahead of Arsenal against Atletico

first_img0Shares0000Arsene Wenger is hoping to leave Arsenal on a high by winning his first European trophy © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISMADRID, Spain, May 3 – Arsene Wenger’s glorious farewell will be on the line on Thursday as Arsenal visit Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semi-final second leg.Atletico held on for a 1-1 draw in the opening game in London last week and Diego Simeone’s side are heavy favourites to make the final in Lyon later this month. Here, AFP Sport looks at five talking points ahead of the clash in Madrid:Wenger braced for last Arsenal game in EuropeIf Wenger had been able to handpick the setting for potentially his last European match in charge of Arsenal, Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano would likely have been low down the list.To avoid defeat, his team will have to deliver the sort of break-out display they have managed in the FA Cup in recent years, against Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.Wenger got closest to a European trophy in 2006 when his side were beaten in the Champions League final by Barcelona and in 2000, when they lost in the UEFA Cup final to Galatasaray.A glorious farewell is still within reach.Atletico impenetrable at homeAtletico are unbeaten at home in La Liga this term and have not conceded a single goal on their own patch since January.The success of Simeone’s side has been based on work rate and discipline but Arsenal can draw encouragement from last week’s opening leg, when they created several excellent chances.The key in Madrid is likely to be patient. Over-exert, and Arsenal may leave themselves open to Atletico’s all-too familiar combination of absorb and counter.But it will take a certain level of attacking intent to break down arguably Europe’s most resilient defence. Arsenal must find the perfect balance.Lacazette to prove his worthAlexandre Lacazette scored Arsenal’s first-leg goal, but missed several other chances © AFP / Adrian DENNISWith Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cup-tied, Alexandre Lacazette is again expected to start up front for Arsenal and the Frenchman will have to be more clinical than he was in the first leg.Lacazette scored the opener but missed a number of chances to give his team the lead and he has particular motivation against Atletico, who tried to sign him last year before their transfer ban kicked in.“He is a fantastic player with great speed and movement,” Simeone said. “What distinguishes him most is his speed of execution in the final third.”Costa back for AtletiDiego Costa missed the opener in London with a hamstring strain but the striker is expected back, having come through Sunday’s win over Alaves unscathed.The striker’s return is a huge boost for Atletico. Costa’s tenacity will be well-known to Arsenal but he also brings the best out of partner Antoine Griezmann, who has enjoyed a sharp upturn in form since the Spaniard joined in January.If Costa can martial Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi, Atletico will hope Griezmann can capitalise on the extra space.Simeone constrained to the standsDiego Simeone was banished to the stands during the first leg at the Emirates © IKIMAGES/AFP / Ian KINGTONSimeone is never one to hold back on the touchline, often celebrating tackles and blocks just as enthusiastically as a goal.He overstepped the mark, however, last week and was sent off, meaning he will have to watch from the stands in the second leg.Atletico will certainly miss their coach and motivator on the line. It remains to be seen how much.“The stadium must know we need them, we need them to live the game like our coach lives it,” captain Diego Godin said. “That will help us a great deal.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more