The management of solid waste in Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini), has gotten the attention of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), after health concerns were raised. Recently, the Agency was asked to view the garbage disposal site located at Kansville.Waste from the newly established town of Mabaruma is being dumped over a cliff, creating a potential environmental hazard.EPA Board Member, Dr Latchmin Punalall and Senior Environmental Officer of the EPA, Odessa Duncan, got a firsthand look at how solid waste is being disposed of in the region.Regional Chairman Brentnol Ashley said the objective of the visit was to try to improve the way the administration manages its solid waste.“This is what we call our dump site but it is not suitable and so the [Regional Democratic Council] RDC is trying to correct it to prevent any future health problems or health hazards which may cause residents to become ill. We are looking at developing a landfill site so that we will have a more efficient way of dealing with our solid waste within the region,” said Ashley.He admitted that it was the regional administration which took the initiative to make the area into a dump site, but now they realise the potential problems it may have on health and the environment.Regional Chairman Brentnol Ashley; EPA Board Member, Dr Latchmin Punalall; and Senior Environmental Officer of the EPA Odessa Duncan, visit the Kansville dump site at Mabaruma“The official site which was identified by the Environmental Protection Agency needs to be developed. The dump site is one that the region’s administration would have created last year when they found that residents and businesses were dumping their waste on house lots in a developing housing scheme at Kansville. So in an effort to correct that, we would have done some work like grading the area so that it could become a dump site for the time being, but right now it is going out of control so we are trying to ensure that it is corrected before any major problems,” Ashley said.Meanwhile, a landfill site had been identified about 200 meters from the current dump site, but it is located less than 400 meters from where a housing scheme is located.This was one of the concerns of both Dr Punalall and Duncan.Ashley explained that the site was proposed and approved by the EPA before the scheme was developed but the site was never used.The EPA is exploring the possibility of approving a section of land in the same community to be developed but is waiting on a proposal from the RDC as they look at the way forward.
Demba Ba AC Milan are set to hijack Liverpool’s move to sign former Chelsea striker Demba Ba in January.According to Turkish newspaper Amk Spor Gazetesi, Ba, who is currently playing for Be?ikta?, would prefer to move to the Serie A club instead of return to the Premier League.The Senegalese international signed for the Turkish club last summer for £6m and has been in prolific form this term, hitting 12 goals in 15 Super Lig appearances.Ba’s golden touch in front of goal has caught the attention of several clubs, but Milan have nipped ahead of Liverpool and already spoken to the player’s agent about signing the 29-year-old either in January or at the end of the season.Ba has not disclosed whether he is prepared to leave Turkey but sources close to the forward have suggested he wants to test himself in one of Europe’s top leagues again. 1
Guus Hiddink has guided Chelsea away from their early season troubles 2 England’s Grand Slam-winning coach Eddie Jones has revealed how interim Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink steered the Blues away from the foot of the Premier League table.Jones, who guided England to rugby union’s Six Nations title earlier this year, visited Chelsea’s Cobham training base last week to observe Hiddink and his staff’s methods, and gave an insight into the Dutchman’s work.“He inherited a team that obviously wasn’t performing well and there were some factions within the team,” Jones explained, in our sister publication, Sport magazine.“It was how he put that team back together and got them out of the relegation zone – got them playing a Chelsea style of football.“One of the things that resonated with me was that he didn’t go back to what had happened.“He concentrated on what they could do in the future, which was not dissimilar to what we tried to do with England.”SEE THE FULL ARTICLE IN SPORT MAGAZINE THIS WEEKLike Hiddink, Jones took over a struggling team, after England last autumn became the first host nation to fall at the World Cup pool stage. 2 The Australian rugby coach – who watched Chelsea lose 0-3 at home to Manchester City (pictured above) – drew parallels between Hiddink’s approach with Chelsea and his own methods with the England team.“We didn’t go back [to England’s rugby players] and say: ‘These things were wrong, these things were right,’” said Jones.“We just said: ‘This is your opportunity to change it. You’re either part of the problem or part of the solution. If you want to be part of the solution, you start working hard, you start playing for the team, you start understanding that you’ve got to be selfless.’”