…no mention of Charity wharfCitizens who rely heavily on ferry services will soon benefit from improved facilities as rehabilitation works are set to commence shortly on stellings and wharfs across the country.This is according to Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson who made this announcement recently during a live local radio programme. He said the project will include the preparation of detailed designs and cost estimates for the rehabilitation of sea defences and ancillary waterfront development.Minister Patterson noted that the stellings will be designed into a modern market-like environment, while noting that these upgrades are necessary, especially for persons using this facility to ply their trade.However, despite a report presented by the engineer of the Public Infrastructure Ministry claiming that the Charity Market Centre Wharf have sunk more than six inches and poses a serious risk to life and limb, there was no mention of works to be done at that facility.In his 2018 Budget speech last year, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had announced that $250 million was allocated to upgrade the Bartica and Leguan stellings.Additionally, it was also revealed at the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s end of year review that studies for the rehabilitation of the Parika, Supenaam and Wakenaam stellings would be undertaken.A total of $534 million was allotted in the 2017 Budget to the department, and $240 million will be used on vessels, while $294.2 million will aid in upgrading stellings.Another $20.0 million was allotted for the construction of two water taxis.Some $130 million will be used to extend the current narrow driveway of the Supenaam stelling to permit easier passage of long-based trucks. The entire driveway will also be asphalted.In July 2016, the MV Sabanto had collided with the floatation unit and cluster piles causing extensive damage to the Supenaam stelling. Subsequently, rehabilitation works were executed by the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation to the tune of $17 million.Additional works were executed to the Supenaam stelling, including rehabilitation to the side loading system where three piles were replaced, re-installation of defective galvanised safety rails and lamp poles, and recasting of defective curb walls. Sections of the driveway are to be covered with asphalt.The sum of $20 million will be used on the Morawhanna stelling which will see some rehabilitation works, including works on the bond and wharf, and the fender system will be reconstructed. “This facility was last rehabilitated in December 2005.Some $10 million will be spent on rehabilitating the New Amsterdam and Rosignol stellings. Areas to be addressed include the lavatory block for staff and passengers, office space, lunch room and a few deck planks.Further, rehabilitation works will commence on the dilapidated Mazaruni dockyard. The entire docking facility and workshop would be rehabilitated at a total cost of approximately $50 million.The contract for the rehabilitation of the goods wharf has been awarded to M Sukhai Contracting Service to the tune of $58.9 million.Meanwhile, for vessels, general docking and rehabilitation of the MV Sabanto and MV Kanawan were executed by EC Vieira to the tune of $77.5 million and $76.9 million respectively.Other vessels docked include the MV Makouria, MB Sandaka, MV Lady Northcote and MV Malali among others.
Wu Yang and Liam Pitchford won both their matches to help Falcons TTC beat DHFL Maharashtra United 14-5 in the first semi-final of the inaugural CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT) at the NSCI in Mumbai on Friday. According to the rules, the team to reach the 14-point mark first was to win the knockout tie.Earlier in the league stage, Falcons had defeated the DHFL Maharashtra United 17-10. In the first match of the tie, Hong Kong world No. 8 Wong Chun Ting put DHFL Maharashtra United ahead with a 2-1 win over ‘foreigner slayer’ Sanil Shetty, ranked 201 in the world, in the men’s singles (Foreign v Indian).Highlights: Wong Chun Ting overcame a resilient @ShettySanil 2-1 in the first Match of the semi-final Tie!#UpTheGame #MUvFAL pic.twitter.com/27mXs7hh8l- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 28, 2017The world No. 8 finally played his ranking against Shetty as he struck decisive winners to down the pumped-up Mumbai boy.However, the local hero did take one game off Wong to give his team a very important point early in the tie. That flew like a ?????????#UpTheGame #MUvFAL https://t.co/1KAw1nIitQ pic.twitter.com/n2jI75vYdz- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 28, 2017The loss of the first match was made up for by Chinese world No. 13 Wu Yang as she brushed aside 279-ranked Pooja Sahasrabudhe Koparkar 3-0 in the women’s singles (Foreign v Indian) for Falcons TTC to move 4-2 ahead on points. Up next, DHFL Maharashtra United introduced a new pair of Harmeet Desai and Portuguese Fu Yu for the mixed doubles (Foreign/Indian pair) and duo edged out Sanil Shetty and his partner Lee Ho Ching 2-1 on their debut together to reduce their margin of deficit to 4-5. advertisementBritain’s Liam Pitchford, in the fourth match of the tie, pulled off an upset win over Wong Chun Ting 2-1 in the men’s singles (Foreign player category) to extend Falcons TTC’s lead to 7-5.Highlights: @liampitchford came out on top against Wong Chun Ting, beating him 2-1 in Match 4!#UpTheGame #MUvFAL pic.twitter.com/EhrbqEMxDS- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 28, 2017Pitchford won a crucial tie for his team and it was from here that the fortunes truly turned worse for the DHFL Maharashtra United.The English banked on his veiled shots and huge reach to trump Wong. Chinese ace Wu Yang won her second outing of the day as she put it past China-born Austrian world No. 22 Liu Jia 3-0 in the women’s singles (Foreign player category) to take Falcons TTC a step closer to victory at 10-5.Lui Jia had defeated the Chinese in the last tie between the two teams but the Wu Yang did her homework work and didn’t let give the world No. 22 any chance this time around. Liam Pitchford then won his second match of the day, beating Harmeet Desai 3-0 in the men’s singles (Foreign v Indian) to move Falcons TTC to 13-5, one point way from victory. In a surprise post that, Sutirtha Mukherjee won the very first game of her women’s singles match against Liu Jia 11-10 to seal the tie for Falcons TTC.Highlights: @falconsttc needed 1? point & Sutirtha needed only 1? Game in Match 7 to seal qualification to the final!#UpTheGame #MUvFAL pic.twitter.com/iX0PF7yNnJ- Ultimate TableTennis (@UltTableTennis) July 28, 2017Shaze Challengers will meet Dabang Smashers TTC in the second semi-final on Saturday, with the final to be played on Sunday.Falcons TTC beat DHFL Maharashtra United 14-5. Results:MS – Sanil Shetty lost to Wong Chun Ting 1-2 (8-11, 11-5, 3-11)WS – Wu Yang beat Pooja Sahasrabudhe Koparkar 3-0 (11-2, 11-4, 11-2)MD – Sanil Shetty/Lee Ho Ching lost to Harmeet Desai/Fu Yu 1-2 (6-11, 11-5, 5-11), MS – Liam Pitchford beat Wong Chun Ting 2-1 (11-8, 9-11, 11-4)WS – Wu Yang beat bt Liu Jia 3-0 (11-5, 11-5, 11-6)MS – Liam Pitchford beat Harmeet Desai 3-0 (11-6, 11-10, 11-7)WS – Sutirtha Mukherjee beat Liu Jia 1-0 (11-10)