Guyana to host Caribbean Junior Cycling Championships in August

first_imgTHE Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) will partner with the National Sports Commission and the Town of Bartica, through its Mayor and City Council, to host the 2019 Caribbean Junior Cycling Championships in August this year.GCF president Horace Burrowes made the disclosure at a press conference held in the Boardroom of the NSC on Homestretch Avenue yesterday, despite an ongoing issue on the local scene that noted the current GFC executives’ term had expired since March 31,In attendance was the Mayor of Bartica, Gifford Marshall; Director of Sport Christopher Jones and Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) president, Mitra Ramkumar.Burrowes explained that Guyana had bid to host the 2020 Championships but since the 2019 host country pulled out of organising the event, it was passed onto the GCF. Burrowes noted that after consultation with Director of Sport Christopher Jones and Mayor Gifford Marshall, it was decided that Guyana would play host nation this year with the meet coming off in Bartica.Just about 26 countries are eligible for participation but Burrowes could not say at this point how many would be participating at the meet come August.Meanwhile, Marshall expressed excitement at the prospect of Bartica hosting the championships noting that it would positively impact the tourism industry of not only Bartica but Guyana as a nation.Pointing to the successful hosting of Bartica’s first ever cycling meet just over a month ago, Marshall reiterated that the town would play the ‘gracious host’. He also spoke on behalf of the people and City Council of Bartica, saying that they are ‘grateful for the opportunity’ to host the landmark event.Meanwhile, Director Jones emphasised the need for the support of corporate Guyana, given the magnitude of the event. He applauded the partnership of the GCF and Bartica’s M&CC in helping to mesh tourism and sport in that region.The participating countries are scheduled to arrive in Guyana from August 8 before competing on August 10-11. They will depart on August 12.The Championships is just over two months away and still there has been no General Elections held by the GCF.. When questioned, Burrowes shied away from providing a direct answer stating that the elections is on the horizon. Further quizzed on whether or not the federation’s elections would be held before or after the Championships, Burrowes again declined to answer.According to the GCF constitution, elections are mandatory after every three years, the current executives’ three-year term was supposed to have ended in March of 2018. However at a meeting back then, it was agreed that the term would be extended to four years, something that was not officially amended in the constitution.Here we are, almost two months over that four-year expiration date with no clear answer as to when elections will be held so that the local cycling fraternity can see some semblance of stability.last_img read more

Grassley criticizes Corps of Engineers for handling of water releases

first_imgWASHINGTON — Leaders of water-inundated towns in southwest Iowa are blaming the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for blundering decisions that may have contributed to the region’s widespread flooding.Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he “absolutely” will call for an inquiry into the Corps’ actions, like ordering the town of Hamburg to remove reinforcements from a levee which protected the town in the 2011 floods. “When a town was trying to help themselves and then have to take protection down and then get flooded like they have now, where it’s probably worse than it was in 2011,” Grassley says, “we have to have a complete review of the manual that governs all that.”The Corps is also being criticized for having radically boosted releases recently from Gavins Point Dam upriver on the Missouri River and for now vowing to cut back the flow when the damage is already done. Critics say it’s far too little, too late.”Now that this flooding is taking place, to have the Corps say that some of the dams, that they’re going to shut down releases right now as the flooding is happening, not being on top of it ahead of time, trying to anticipate things,” Grassley says. “It’s ridiculous.”Defenders of the Corps’ actions say it was the perfect storm of conditions that brought the unstoppable flooding, with frozen soil, a deep snowpack that melted quickly, and heavy rain showers. Grassley disagrees and says the Corps’ should have known better.”Anticipating weather ahead of time, they just didn’t take that into consideration,” Grassley says. “The tremendous rain and storms they recently had in Nebraska is a perfect example of being out in front of it instead of always being behind the curve.”Grassley says the Corps’ river management priority list includes several elements, like maintaining water levels for commercial and recreational boating, when he says the number-one concern should be flood prevention.last_img read more

Weekend Getaway Cruise to Olympia Harbor…

first_imgFacebook16Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Harbor DaysOlympia Harbor Days Tugboat Races and Festival and the historic steam ship Virginia V, have teamed up once again to offer a unique Labor Day weekend adventure to Washington’s State Capital City.  This three-day, two-night cruise adventure includes round trip transportation from Tacoma’s Foss Waterway Seaport dock to the historic port of Olympia, including overnight accommodations in a local downtown hotel.  The 125 passenger ship will call in Tacoma to make way to Olympia for the four-hour trip to participate in Olympia Harbor Days, a three-day maritime festival, the largest of its kind in the south sound.   The itinerary includes a tour of the Foss Waterway Seaport Maritime Museum in Tacoma before heading south.  Les Eldridge, a local maritime novelist and author (Maritime Olympia), is expected to join the cruise.  Eldridge stated:  “The South Puget Sound shorelines are filled with the sites of memorable maritime moments, from Captain George Vancouver and Rear Admiral Sir Peter Puget, through the brigade of scientist-adventurers, through the Wilkes Expedition leaving its American stamp on the region, to the wild and woolly captains of the Mosquito Fleet.”Upon arrival in Olympia, Virginia V will join tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain at the Port of Olympia’s Port Plaza docks for the opening ceremonies of the award winning Olympia Harbor Days, host to the World’s Largest Vintage Tugboat Races and the Squaxin Island Tribe’s Salish Seaport, including cultural activities, demonstrations, a traditional salmon bake and a beer garden as part of the festival offerings.  The Port Plaza (the north edge of the festival) offers an easy stroll south on the docks to Percival Landing where a fleet of Vintage Tugboats will be available for touring on Saturday as they ready for the annual Sunday races.  Festival highlights also include a Mini-Tug Tug o’ War, live bands on two stages including America’s First Corps Jazz Combo, over 200 arts, crafts, commercial and food booths, sand sculpting events, children’s activities including a legos building station, marine and maritime science and art activities, and a floating World War II Museum aboard retired Coast Guard Cutter Tug Comanche, and more.  Festival opens Friday, September 31 and ends Sunday, August 2, 2018.Cruising guests will stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, where staff will be on hand to transfer traveler’s luggage to the nearby hotel. The WA State Capitol is within walking distance and travelers will have plenty of time to experience Olympia where visitors always enjoy the variety of unique shops, coffee tastings, and microbrews this fun and artsy town has to offer.  Travelers will receive a Visitors Guide courtesy of Experience Olympia and Beyond.On Sunday afternoon, after the famous Vintage Tugboat Races, travelers will return to Tacoma on a sunset cruise again aboard the Virginia V.Cruise departs Tacoma August 31 at 1:00 p.m. and returns September 2, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.  Cost for the excursion, including museum entry, ship passage, 2 hotel nights, is $399.00 per person or $499.00 per couple. Tax included.This weekend getaway was first offered in 2017 and is being offered again by popular demand.  It is the only of its kind in the South Puget Sound and is expected to be offered again in coming years.  For more information about the cruise and festival please visit www.HarborDays.com.  To reserve your weekend getaway, please call the DoubleTree at 360-570-0555 x0 asking for “Cruise Reservations”.   The cruise was made possible by a Lodging Tax Grant from the City of Olympia.   Olympia Harbor Days is an Olympia Kiwanis event with net proceeds benefiting children and families in the area.last_img read more