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Linden’s synthetic track moving apace, says MP Jermaine Figueira

first_imgBy Joe ChapmanREGION 10’s (Upper Demerara/Upper Berbice) Member of Parliament Jermaine Figueira has stated in an exclusive interview with Chronicle Sport: “I am most definitely satisfied with how things are going with regard to Linden’s international 400m synthetic track, which is being constructed at the Bayrcok Community Centre ground in Wismar.”Exactly two years ago, it was Figueira who on March 13, 2017 went public, before the official announcement had been made, that the Bayrock Community Centre had been chosen as the site for the 400m synthetic track, following a second consultation. There were back-and-forth discussions in the town as to whether it should be laid at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground or the Wismar site on the west bank of Linden.Looking at the work which is currently underway Figueira opined, “I think the contractor who actually won the contract for it I think it is moving at a good pace and I am happy with the developments I have seen this far.”The reported contract for the $179M track was awarded to Builders Hardware and General Supplies and this phase of the work includes groundwork – laying of the necessary drainage pipes, curb wall for the track and asphalting and concreting work.Noting that Linden has come a long way with regard its showing particularly in athletics the Member of Parliament said: “This is a promise that the government would have made to the people of Linden, Region Ten, that was denied by the previous administration, even though the evidence pointed to the fact that Region Ten is the hub for athletics prowess in Guyana.”Figueira made the point: “We have the medals and the timings and the athletes to prove that those are indeed the facts and the evidence is there to substantiate that claim. So we are very much pleased that this work has started and the people of Region Ten would benefit from this pristine and world-class facility when it is completed. And we are very confident that such a facility will aid Guyana in presenting Olympic world-class athletes.”Speaking passionately about what Linden has shown by its performances over the years; and being the most decorated district at the annual National Schools Athletics, Swimming and Cycling Championships ever in history Figueira stressed, “I am also satisfied that there is local content being a feature of the development of this track where Linden workers are being employed. In the future they can say that they had contributed towards the existence of such a track in this community.”The active and youthful MP cautioned: “But I strongly believe, however, that more of our people should be employed. I know that the synthetic track is in its embryonic stage and it requires a unique type of skill-set, but more of our people need to be employed.“I have spoken to the contractor about it but he said this is a very technical part of the process and as soon as this is completed more Lindeners will be employed and I am extremely happy about that.”last_img read more


Area company gives job opportunities to disabled

first_img“I think it’s easy to underestimate people with disabilities,” she said. “But once you have the chance to see them \, it will change your views 110 percent.” About a mile away, clients at Lincoln’s flagship training center in South El Monte do everything from shrink wrapping to box assembly to landscaping. The center, located in the middle of a row of muffler shops, worn-down warehouses and other industrial businesses, is neatly kept. “We help them with job skills and social skills,” Garza said, adding that the center is made of up of a diverse population. The clients, some of whom have physical disabilities in addition to developmental disabilities, get to pick their jobs based on their skills, said Caron Nunez, Lincoln Center’s president. “What I love about the history of the center is the clients now have more choices for the type of services they provide,” she said. “Years ago, their choice was to work at the training center – and that’s it. Now, they can go out and work at a site or with a group of individuals.” Lincoln has come a long way since it first started in 1964 with a small group of parents who wanted to offer their challenged children a chance to enter the work force. Back then, clients mostly rolled newspapers for use as packaging. Now, the center contracts with more than 50 companies throughout California – and with one job site in Las Vegas – for all sorts of warehouse jobs, custodial and janitorial duties. “I like to have a job,” said client Christine Young, 35, of Monrovia. “I like to make big money.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I like my job,” the 46-year-old Montebello man said, smiling. It’s a feeling that most of the workers at Lincoln Training Center have. They are happy to offer a skill and even happier to have jobs. “At Lincoln, we feel everybody deserves a chance at a good life,” said RoseMary Garza, vice president of rehabilitation programs at the center, which provides job-skill training and employment opportunities to more than 400 people with developmental disabilities. “Work is an essential part of having a good life, feeling that you can contribute,” she added. At the Signet company in El Monte, a group of about five Lincoln clients help assemble kits and put together manuals. Their contributions helped phase out a costly contract with a printing company, said Tricia Ochoa, production manager at Signet, which makes instruments for piping systems. SOUTH EL MONTE – Some might say Andrew Gaytan has a tedious job. In a one- to two-step process, Gaytan fastens a black rubber grommet to a yellow plastic disc in assembly line fashion at George Fischer Signet Inc. Above his workstation, two small awards remind him of jobs well done. One reads: “Good Work.” The other affords him the title of “Hardest Worker.” last_img read more