The Rivercess Concerned Citizens Movement, represented by their secretary-general, Dailay D. Konway, has condemned in the strongest terms the felling of high forest trees in the county by ‘pit-sawyers.’He said pit-sawyers were pillaging the forests without any due benefit to the county.According to Konway, pit-sawyers are “operating illegally in and around concessional forests.He made the disclosure in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer Wednesday, April 23, when he — along with a few other members of the association — walked into the McDonald Street offices of the paper to present their position statement.In Konway’s opinion, forests are not exclusively owned by community dwellers; therefore, they cannot authorize or allow pit-sawyers to operate.He then mentioned that pit-sawyers’ money does not make any positive impact on the county; instead it is used to bribe and mislead the local inhabitants while they (pit-sawyers) deplete the forest to the detriment of the county.The pit-sawyers’ action, Konway believes, has the propensity to scare away potential investors coming to the county to change the present living condition of its residents.He said, it has become an “open secret” in the county that illegal logging aimed at depleting the forests was ongoing, adding “The Concerned Citizens Movement will stand against any act that could potentially stall developmental activities in the county. We will stand against anyone; whether they are an official or a local leader.” Mr. Konway is therefore calling on those involved in “dubious and or clandestine logging activities in the county” to desist. He said this was because, “the forests belongs to the residents, who have the legitimate right to sign any agreement with any well-recognized logging company in the county.”“The movement is also calling on the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) to intervene and force any suspected illegal pit-sawyer to leave Rivercess,” he concluded. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The dominant duo of Ashley Khalil and Taylor Fernandes created history on Tuesday when they secured Guyana’s first Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games 2018 medal in Barranquilla, Colombia.Despite not doing so well in their individual matches, Fernandes and Khalil teamed up to form Guyana’s women’s doubles squash team. In their quest to the medal, the dynamic duo defeated Dominique Haywood and Jada Smith-Padmore of Barbados 2-1, but were knocked off the path to the gold medal when they suffered a tough semi-final loss to Maria and Laura Tovar of Colombia.The men’s squash team also had a bit of luck when they defeated Panama’s team.The Guyanese contingentJason Ray Khalil had a 3-0 win over Adrian Padro while Seth Sunil experienced the same fortunes against David Gonzalez. They are expected to come up against the Jamaican team today. A women’s team will also have a match-up today with Colombia.Over in the pool, two of Guyana’s athletes swam their hearts out in their two events. Andrew Fowler clocked 27.01s in his 50-metre butterfly event while Jamila Sanmoogan registered 1.03.93 in her 100m freestyle. They will hit the pool again tomorrow for the men’s and women’s 50m freestyle.In the taekwondo arena, Guyana’s Adrian Spelling missed out with a loss to Mexico’s Bryan Salazar.After a thrilling victory over the Dominican Republic during the weekend, the national men’s hockey team went into their encounter with Mexico full of confidence, hoping to defeat the bronze medal squad.In the beginning of the match-up, Guyana displayed high levels of determination, executing strong defence tactics which surprised the otherwise indestructible Mexican team. In a twist of fate, Mexico managed to break down the Guyanese defence which set up their first goal from Francisco Aguilar a little before half time. The Mexican team were much better in the second half, registering two more goals, a feat the Guyanese team could not manage.However, the national team’s semi-final dreams are not over since they still have one more chance to make it. They will compete with Guatemala today, in a deciding game.On the other hand, the female national hockey team lost their last match to Mexico 2-0 on Wednesday, which means they will not advance out of the pool-play stage.