Freak StormFamilies affected by the recent rainstorm in the Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) community are currently benefiting from the continuous donation of zinc sheets as well as cleaning agents and utensils, made possible through the Civil Defence Commission (CDC). Over a hundred families were affected by the storm which ripped through the community last Friday, leaving destruction to homes.On Tuesday, representatives from the CDC, along with Minister of State Dawn Hastings, Regional Chairman Renis Morian and Councillors visited 16 of the affected families where numerous donations were made. According to Regional Vice Chairman Elroy Adolph, the distribution is slated to continue during this week.Adolph said that beverage giant Banks DIH also came on board with additional assistance on Wednesday.The storm which lasted for some two and a half hours resulted in damage to homes in areas such as Blueberry Hill, Silvertown, Burnham Drive, Retrieve, Fair’s Rust and other areas. Following the storm, several residents complained that their rooftops had blown off and numerous trees were uprooted across the community. It also resulted in intense flooding in several residential areas as well as Central Mackenzie— which houses the main shopping district in the community. Numerous electrical power lines and posts were also damaged during the ordeal. Regional officials have since indicated that efforts have been made to budget for a relief bond in Linden which will assist in the storage of items in such times. Officials have also appealed to residents to utilise screws instead of nails when securing zinc sheets to the rooftops of their homes.
– Trinbago Knight Riders also release home fixturesFixtures for the Guyana leg of the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) have now been confirmed, with five group games set for the Providence National Stadium, Guyana.The Government of Guyana signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) a few weeks back, thus confirming the Warriors would be treating their fans to some exhilarating cricket at Providence.The home of the Guyana Amazon Warriors will then come alive from August 9 when they tackle the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots led by Chris Gayle.Warriors will then play St Lucia Stars and Barbados Tridents on August 11 and 12 respectively, before winging out for their away matches.Upon their return to home soil, the three-time finalists will have huge matches against last year’s fourth-place finishers, Jamaica Tallawahs on September 8 before playing current champions, Trinbago Knight Riders on September 9.Speaking about the increase in matches from last season, Hero CPL’s CEO, Damien O’Donohoe said it was a delight to have confirmed the Warriors home games as they now look forward to the massive support from the Warriors’ Guyanese fans.“We are delighted to confirm that there will be five home games for the Amazon Warriors in 2018. The Hero CPL has always had fantastic support from the Guyanese people and the Government. We can’t wait to see sell-out crowds once again.”Young and upcoming Guyana and West Indies player Keemo Paul, of the Guyana Amazon Warriors said: “I can’t wait to get going for the 2018 Hero CPL and I know that the Guyanese cricket-loving public will show us great support.”He continued, “Having five home matches at Providence will be a huge boost for us this year as we know home conditions well. A sell-out crowd will only help us as we look to bring the Hero CPL title to Guyana.”Meanwhile, the defending champs have also released fixtures for their five home matches which all bowl off at 20:00h at the Queen’s Park Oval. The champs will first tackle the St Lucia Stars on August 8.The Knight Riders fixtures will be split across two legs. Following their opening game against the Stars, they will play against the 2016 champions, Jamaica Tallawahs on Friday, August 10. They will then face the team they beat in last year’s final, the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots, on Saturday, August 11.The Knight Riders will then go on the road to play away matches before returning to Queen’s Park Oval for huge fixtures against Guyana Amazon Warriors and Barbados Tridents on Wednesday, September 5 and Friday, September 7 respectively.Speaking about the announcement of the venue for the 2018 home fixtures, TKR General Manager Paul Skinner said: “We are very pleased to have our home venue for 2018 confirmed and would like to express our gratitude to all those at the Queen’s Park Cricket Club that helped us to pull this together.”