PANAMA CITY, (CMC):Jamaica’s Montego Bay United conceded two first-half goals as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat to Arabe Unido in their opening Group H game of the CONCACAF Champions League at the Estadio Maracana here Wednesday night.JosÈ Gonzalez and Renan Addles both netted to give the hosts a 2-0 lead at the break, before Enrico Small added a third late in the second half, to wrap up the points.The defeat left Montego Bay with a tall order to qualify, as they face powerful Major League Soccer’s DC United in their next game later this month.Hoping for a bright start, the Jamaican outfit were behind after just 12 minutes when Yoel Barcenas set up Gonzalez, who fired past goalkeeper Jacomeno Barrett from inside the area.It was Barrett who was at fault for the second goal, seeming to misjudge Addles’s free kick from nearly 30 yards out, and watching helplessly as the ball bounced past him.Montego Bay kept the scoreline intact until eleven minutes from the end when Small finally broke through to complete a convincing victory.The 26-year-old eluded his marker and climbed on to a free kick to power past Barrett from point-blank range.
Linden councillors would like to see the decentralisation of Government institutions which they say will stimulate Region 10 community’s economy.At a recent meeting with the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Natural Resources, municipal councillor Lennox Gasper suggested the opening of a Guyana Gold Board office in the bauxite community.“What will eventually happen is that the miners will stop right here once they know that they can get their gold sold, and they can be able to buy their goods and take it back in. They will ease the extra mileage on their vehicles,” Gasper informed.He reasoned that this will spark expansion within the business community: “Everything will change. I’m asking and petitioning if they can do that.”The councillor also suggested that other government agencies such as the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) be decentralised as well, he told the committee.A resident present suggested a toll system to charge heavy-duty mining and logging trucks for using the roads and use the money to do road repairs. “If we have our own income…they have to pay a tariff because we can repair our own roads,” this would reduce the need to depend on the Ministry of Infrastructure to repair the roads.Chairman of the Committee, PPP/C MP Odinga Lumumba told Gasper his suggestion was a “brilliant idea” and he would raise it with the Minister of Natural Resources.Other Committee members at the outreach meeting were APNU+AFC MP Audwin Rutherford and PPP/C MP Pauline Sukhai.Gasper further suggested using the non-operational alumina plant as a processing facility for either lumber or agriculture produce.However, councillor Charles Sampson pointed out: “There is still the possibility of the re-establishment of an industrial zone in that area.” The area he referenced was a plot of land outside the boundary of the alumina plant.Meanwhile, president of the Linden Chamber of Commerce Kevin DeJonge asked for representation to be made to have the road to Lethem fixed. He said the road condition is hindering the effective functioning of the container trans-shipment terminal.“That container wharf, based on our understanding, was short-changed because of the deplorable state of the road,” DeJonge said.It was explained by Lumumba that the road to Lethem cannot be repaired to accommodate containers and needed to be paved. He also highlighted the high cost attached to have this done.The administration last year received recommitment from the Brazilian Government to pave the Linden to Lethem road. read more