Day 2: Commuters complain as ANSA Mc AL causes more delays

first_imgCommuters traversing the East Coast Demerara carriageway, more specifically in the vicinity of the University of Guyana (UG) Access Road, complained bitterly again on Friday about the continuing traffic congestion, and consequent inconvenience in travel, that erection of an arch sponsored by ANSA MCAL has been causing for a second day.Works being done on Friday morning to install the arch on the East Coast HighwayTraffic was again backed up for a considerable period as workers on the project undertook to have the arch erected in time for its official commissioning today.Traffic was interrupted from 08:00hrs on Friday, but by late afternoon the bottleneck eased to facilitate works on the structure.When Guyana Times visited the area on Friday, commuters were, for a second day, outraged at the inconvenience, and screams could be heard emanating from vehicles as insults were being hurled at the workers for causing the build-up of traffic.Up to late Friday afternoon, when this publication visited the area, workers could still be seen working on the roadways to have the arch ready.The $19 million structure sponsored by ANSA McAL is being erected in time for an event that the Trinidad-based company is said to be hosting today. Its construction commenced on Thursday with apparently little regard for the great inconvenience visited on the commuting public, but a number of students who were sitting Social Studies paper 2 at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations reportedly arrived late for their examination, with some even reportedly missing the exam.Persons also reportedly missed their flights at the Eugene F Correia International Airport, and there are reports as well that some had missed the ferry to neighbouring Suriname. Following widespread criticism of the Government on social media, the Department of Public Information (DPI) explained in a release that the fabricator of the arch was late in its delivery, and this had resulted in the installation being set back to Thursday, and not last weekend as was originally scheduled.The release continued: “Every effort will be made to minimise the disruptions to traffic as the arch is installed”.The Ministry of Public Infrastructure has pointed out that it had considered doing the arch installation works at night to avoid a situation such as the one that prevailed on Thursday, but “there was an issue of safety for motorists and the installation contractors during installation”.However, as a result of the construction, commuters travelling on the East Coast were stuck in traffic for as long as four hours in some cases.The arch at the UG Access Road in Turkeyen will demarcate the eastern entrance into Georgetown, and highlighting Greater Georgetown to the northern end. A similar arch was installed on the East Bank Highway at Agricola, Greater Georgetown last year. It was donated by Banks DIH Limited as a gift for Guyana’s 50th Independence anniversary.last_img read more

Valencia stages ‘Waiting Room’

first_imgAll of the proceeds from the program advertisements will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $8 for adults. Information and reservations are available by calling (661) 294-1188, Ext. 522. To post your own stories and photos, log on to 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Wanda Kozynski, played by Jenny Loring, is from present-day New Jersey and is dealing with breast cancer after problems related to her breast implants. The play was written by Lisa Loomer, the screenwriter of the film “Girl Interrupted.” The play was first produced 13 years ago at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and moved to New York a few years later. Because of the subtle themes and characters in the play, the Valencia High School Theatre will be turned into a black box theatre for the run of the show. This means that only 68 seats are available for each night’s performance, with the audience surrounded by the characters and action. Due to the mature nature of the play, some material may not be appropriate for children under the age of 13. Although part of the plot line may seem to have a very dark tone to it, Loomer engages the audience with several ironic and humorous characters, including several comical male characters who bring new meaning to the phrase, “Men are from Mars and women are from Venus.” Valencia drama teacher Steve Whelan is director. “The Waiting Room,” a drama dealing with women’s health issues, opens with the Valencia High School Theatre adapted to a black box format on Monday and closes Friday. All show times are at 7 p.m. “The Waiting Room” deals with women’s beauty as seen through the eyes of a male-dominated society. There are three women who are waiting in a doctor’s office to be treated for their specific physical ailments, each woman from a different time period of world history. Forgiveness From Heaven, played by Bavani Selvarajah, is a woman from 18th century China who suffers from gangrene after years of foot-binding. Victoria Smoot, played by Emily Fleischer, is a woman from Victorian England who has several psychological problems, but is suffering mostly from the side effects of wearing a corset since the age of 14. last_img read more