Government to provide public gym but not manage it says PM

first_img Share Share Share LocalNewsSports Government to provide public gym but not manage it says PM by: Dominica Vibes News – May 9, 2016 Sharing is caring!center_img 1260 Views   2 comments Tweet Photo credit: www.jeromefitness.comDominicans could soon have access to a public gym. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, while addressing the contract signing ceremony for roof repairs to the Windsor Park Sports Stadium on Thursday 5 May 2016, said that Dominica has already received gym equipment from the government of the People’s Republic of China.“There’s a request before me for an amount of funds to retrofit the space to set up the gym that I believe I will give favourable consideration to, so very soon we will have a public gym,” he revealed. Mr. Skerrit however stated that government is not interested in managing a public gym, which is where partnership between one of the associations and the government should come in as the space will be provided rent free. “So can we have the alliance of associations responsible for managing the gym and set up a schedule for that, so that the public can have access to it? You cannot rely on the government to do everything where sports [are] concerned; we have to play our part…We will retrofit the building, it would be available, the space would be available to the public and whether an association can be prepared to manage the gym and so forth,” the Finance Minister indicated.Furthermore Mr Skerrit addressed the issue surrounding the construction of an indoor facility saying, “we have not scrapped the indoor facility, all we are saying is that there will be a delay in the implementation of it”. In May 2014, government announced that it had engaged a Florida firm to construct the facility which will cater for basketball, volleyball and netball games and that financing for the facility was secured from the government of Mexico in the amount of US five million dollars and drawings were being concluded.Mr Skerrit informed that a deliberate decision had to therefore be taken to delay the construction of the indoor sporting facility as government had to relocate and resettle several families following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika last August. In the interim Mr. Skerrit continued, “We are paying rent for all of these families who have been dislocated, we are paying income support every month…It is a huge sum of money and we had to make a deliberate decision as to what was the priority at the time.”The Ministry of Sports will continue with the designs and Mr Skerrit said “once we can see our way with respects to the resettlement of the communities with regards to the infrastructure, then I believe we would be in a position to look at the commencement of the facility…I foresee that based on how things are going we are in a position to commence construction in 2017”. In the meantime, he continued, the government continues to look into improving the Massacre playing field and basketball court. “Even if we had the indoor facility we would still need to upgrade, Massacre in particular, that has been heavily used for various court activities. So we will be looking at this and I will be hoping to put funds in the budget for the Massacre hard court; to cover it, to improve on the stands, the safety of players and spectators alike”.This he said is a major priority for the government and it will be done in the financial year 2016/2017.last_img read more

PNG set to host Great Britain Lions on Nov 16

first_imgRugby League BY SIMON KESLEP Great Britain Lions will play the PNG LNG Kumuls at the Oil Search National Football Stadium in Port Moresby on November 16. The announcement was officially made yesterday by the Rugby League International Federation southern hemisphere General Manager Jeremy Edwards who was providing details of the Lions tour of the southern hemisphere. “Papua New Guinea and New Zealand will host the Great Britain Lions Tour down under. That is the first time in 13 years the Lions have been down in the southern hemisphere, coached by Wayne Bennett,” Edwards said. He said the Lions will be breathing new life into the tradition of rugby league tours. Lions will play against Tonga, New Zealand and, of course, Papua New Guinea. “The Great Britain Lions are thrilled to be finishing their tour in Papua New Guinea – the only nation in the world where rugby league is the number one sport, known for their fans and best in the world who turn up to support their home team.” Edwards said they are grateful for the sponsors and governments for supporting in which the spotlight will be on PNG Kumuls taking part in the Oceania Cup and Great Britain Lions.“Matches played here will be high definition and will be broadcasted live across Australia, PNG and the Pacific and also in the United Kingdom,” said Edwards.“Showcasing the stadium (Oil Search National Football Stadium), Port Moresby and PNG to the world, generating tourism and opportunities that we would like to bring to the top tier more often in the future.”Edwards said it will be an exciting day for International Rugby League, the Kumuls and PNG and it has taken a huge team of partners to make this happen. Great Britain Lions tour dates: Great Britain rugby league Lions vs Tonga (Saturday, 26th October-Hamilton, New Zealand) Great Britain rugby league Lions vs New Zealand (Saturday, 2nd November-Eden Park, New Zealand) Great Britain rugby league Lions vs New Zealand (Saturday, 9th November-Christchurch, New Zealand), Great Britain league Lions vs Papua New Guinea (Saturday, 16th November – Port Moresby – Oil Search National Football Stadium, PNG).last_img read more

Diplomats stun GDF

first_imgThe Guyana Defence Force (GDF) was outclassed by stunning effort from the Diplomats who defeated them by 29 runs in the latest round of the 2019 New Building Society (NBS), Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) Second Division 40- over tournament while the Transport Sports Club (TSC) and the Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) recorded their first win.  Diplomats, who were inserted by the GDF, posted 160 for seven from their allotted 23 overs – the match was affected by rain. Skipper Nigel Sampson (45) missed out on a half-century while marshalling the batting as Sean Huge (27) and Adrian Foster (27) chipped in. MSC’s Nichosie Barker was once again in the wickets for his side.  Seamer Selwin Collier (3-37) and Colvis Sam (2-37) were the pick of the bowlers for GDF who in response were dismissed for 131 inside 22 overs. Rickford Mohamed (3-26), Huge (3-14) and Martin King (2-21) delivered the win for their side. Only Randy Wade (35) and Randy Lindore (24) mustered any resistance. Meanwhile, over at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC), TSC trounced Ace Warriors by nine wickets. That contest saw Ace Warriors being bundled out for 60 inside 18 overs, folding to the experience of Kevin Ross (3-21) while Mark Baptiste (3-14) and Joel Spooner (2-1) supported. The TSC completed the win by coasting to 61-1 as Devon Nandan top scored with 22. The MSC, on the other hand, defeated Third Class by three wickets on the back of another match-winning effort from the dependable Jeremiah Scott. That script saw Third Class batting first and being dismissed for 107 in 24 overs.  Only Andre O’Neal (31) registered a substantive score while Marcus Watkins (3-9) and Nichosie Barker (3-21) shared six wickets between them for MSC who reached 109-7 on the back of Scott’s innings of 61 to complete the win. Sophia was also in the winner’s row after defeating Bel Air Rubis by six overs at the Queen’s College ground. Bel Air Rubis batted first and posted 173 in 20 overs. Sophia in response, rocketed to 176-4 in the 18th over to register their triumph.last_img read more

‘Defoe MUST be in contention for England place’, Sunderland hero tells talkSPORT

first_imgSunderland legend Micky Gray insists Jermain Defoe deserves a place in England’s Euro 2016 squad after firing the Black Cats towards another Premier League great escape.Former Tottenham striker Defoe has been a goalscoring revelation at the Stadium of Light this season with 18 goals for the top flight strugglers, including the winner in a brilliant 3-2 win over Chelsea last weekend.And those strikes mean Sunderland now have the chance to guarantee their survival, and in turn relegate rivals Newcastle and Norwich, by beating Everton on Wednesday evening.And, with Roy Hodgson delaying is final 23-man squad announcement until Monday in order to fully assess his options during the final round of Premier League fixtures, club hero Gray insists the Sunderland striker should get a spot in the plane to France.“Jermain has certainly got to be in with a shout of the England squad,” Gray told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Scoring that many of goals in a struggling side is absolutely incredible and is testament to the way Jermain has looked after himself.“He really took to the challenge at Sunderland. He really wants to stay in the Premier League and he’s come up with the goods every single time this season.”Tune into talkSPORT from 19:45 on Wednesday for EXCLUSIVE live commentary of Sunderland v Everton!READ: Defoe has been ‘phenomenal’ this season, but his time with England ‘has probably just gone’ – Matt Le Tissierlast_img read more