The tall man has done so much in athletics that no one could blame him if he chose to skip out of the 2017 season. He is the best sprinter in history and stands shoulder to shoulder with Ali, Pele and Jordan in an elite group of the best sportsmen of all time. His farewell season won’t be easy. Many of his 100m rivals are young and ambitious. Don’t let the smiles fool you. Andre De Grasse, the 22 year-old Canadian World and Olympic bronze medallist, has a lot to gain from a victory over Bolt in London next year at the World Championships. So does Trayvon Brommell, who tied with De Grasse for bronze at the 2015 Worlds. Yohan Blake, Jamaica’s other 100m World Champion, might be in the mix too. His personal best of 9.69 seconds is faster than Bolt has run since his super run of 9.63 to win the Olympic gold in 2012. Yet, despite the youth of De Grasse and Bromell, the potential Blake still has, and the energy that 35-year-old Justin Gatlin might marshall in what could be his last hurrah, Bolt will be the favourite in London. That makes perfect sense. Should he close his career there with a win as expected, no one should grudge him his wish to retire. Like Rosberg and Marciano, it is far better for the tall man to walk away on top. – Hubert Lawrence has watched Bolt at Boys and Girls Championships, the World Championships and the Olympic Games. HISTORY’S BEST Imagine you’re Usain Bolt jetting home from the London premiere of I Am Bolt when news of the Nico Rosberg’s retirement hits. Five days after clinching the Formula 1 drivers championship, Rosberg stepped out of the cockpit permanently. If you were Bolt, the news of a freshly minted champion heading for the hills at 31 years old probably strengthened the resolve to go off track forever. The German, world champion just once, said he’d reached a lifelong goal. The tall Jamaican has been World Champion seven times and Olympic champion six times and is just a year younger than Rosberg. His growing lack of motivation is, therefore, understandable. Another sign became evident last week in Monaco at the IAAF Gala when he revealed that he’d given up his favourite event, the 200m. That announcement made me sit up and take notice. Bolt is even better at 200m than he is at 100m, with three Olympic gold medals, four World Championship golds and a silver tucked away in his trophy case. For him to give that up, he really must be sensing the end. Rosberg’s sudden retirement may have convinced Bolt that he is picking the right time to go. The German made a bit of Formula 1 family history. He and his Finnish father Keke are only the second father and son duo to be champions of that sport’s premier circuit racing competition. The British pair Graham and Damon Hill were the first. The king of retiring on top is Rocky Marciano. Marciano knocked out 43 opponents in a 49-fight heavyweight career and left the ring in 1955 as a world champion with an unblemished record. Between them, Rosberg and Marciano form a great example to Bolt to retire on top.
Although the use of cast iron and asbestos cement pipes continue to be phased out worldwide, many of the piping systems within the city of Georgetown retain such mains as some of the pipes are over 100 years old. This was revealed during a press conference at the headquarters of the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) on Monday by Well Maintenance Manager Dwayne Shako in response to questions posed by the media.“[We have] no lead; what we have is transmission lines [which] are cast iron, PVC and asbestos cement,” Shako observed.Cast iron pipes can pose health risks as the metal corrodes. Meanwhile, asbestos-related illnesses have led to a series of international lawsuits, especially over cancer and lung problems. Inhalation of the asbestos fibres has led to problems such as lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. Asbestos was used as a popular insulation building material, particularly in the 1950s.GWI Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-Charles said that there was need for inter-agency collaboration, especially when there were major construction works so as to avoid compromising the integrity of GWI’s piping systems whichGWI Well Maintenance Manager Dwayne Shakoalso include sewerage.“How the heavy equipment goes along the sides of the road, there need to be some collaboration with us because any high pressure on these lines can rupture it and the city can be without water for a good period,” he stressed.Officials of GWI also revealed that during 2019, efforts will be intensified to replace the mains for the safety of consumers in addition to reducing the iron content in water since the body conducted over 12,530 water quality tests in 2018. It was pointed out that the cast iron pipes were susceptible to breakage at any time. Over the years, many Guyanese have been dealing with “reddish” water coming through their taps, which is largely due to heavy iron content. Dr Richard Van West-Charles said as a result of the water quality tests, more water treatment plants would be established across the various regions of the country as was established in Sheet Anchor in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). Speaking specifically about Georgetown, he said that much of the iron was seen in the water when the mains were being cleaned. Owing to the age of the pipes, there is also high iron content being released as many of them are over 100 years old.GWI said that to avoid iron in ground water, it may have to reach a depth of some 2000 feet. It was further explained that over $600 million was spent on chemicals to make the water potable using imported materials from countries like Canada and China, but GWI went on to say that it will also would to reduce the amount spent on acquiring chemicals in 2019. Also, during this year, the utility will work to acquire and install an Automatic Absorption Spectrometer (AAS) to test for heavy metals in water, and upgrade treatment plant operators.The removal of asbestos must be done with great care owing to its toxic properties. Asbestos removal is a very dangerous and expensive undertaking. Locally, very few companies have the capacity for proper removal of this hazardous substance. read more