Reconstruction of Moruca BridgeFollowing the controversial building of a wooden bridge at Moruca, Region One (Barima-Waini) back in 2014, Cabinet has approved a $119 million contract to upgrade the facility to a double-lane concrete bridge.At the post-Cabinet press briefing last week, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said the multimillion-dollar contract was awarded to Mohamed Ramzanalli Khan Construction. This project is expected to last for a period of 18 months.According to the Government’s spokesperson, this project is actually to correct a “mess” that was done four years ago when the original bridge, first constructed in the 1980s to facilitate pedestrians, was upgraded for vehicular traffic.“It was rehabilitated in 2014 and many of us are aware of the work that was done at that bridge, which, after the expenditure of large sums of money, was still not possible for it to be properly used. So basically what is happening now, we are going to clear up a mess that was created by the previous Administration,” the spokesperson added.After the $43 million contract was awarded in 2012, works on the bridge at Moruca were finally completed in March 2014. The project was expected to be completed within a few months, however, it became the subject of controversy when, in addition to the lengthy delays, residents had accused the contactor of carrying out substandard work.The contractor, Hardat Singh, had stated that the delays were due largely to the inclement weather and the fact that aspects of the bridge’s design had to be changed. He had explained that he indicated his disapproval of the original design to regional officials but was still told to go ahead with the project as is.Then Opposition Members of Parliament, Joseph Harmon of the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change’s Valerie Garrido-Lowe had both separately visited the site in 2014 prior to the completion of the structure and found that the works were shabby. A photo was then released with the approach to the bridge submerged, resulting in the residents having to use a makeshift walkway to access the bridge.While Singh maintained that the bridge was built in accordance with contractual specifications, he noted at the time the photo was taken, the project was incomplete. A sub-contractor was retained by Singh to complete the remaining “small works”, including the approach to the bridge. But the contract had warned that while approach was built up with sand, this issue may still persist since heavy rainfall was frequent in the Moruca sub-region.
FOOTBALL FRIDAY HE SAID “Right now, I’m not as far along as I want to be. There’s a whole lot more I need to accomplish.” – Valencia receiver Virgil Hill who has caught 10 passes with two TDs the past three weeks after sitting on the bench most of the season opener. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 DID YOU KNOW? Loyola of Los Angeles, which plays Hart tonight, is one of two teams to defeat Hart three times during coach Mike Herrington’s 17-year career (St. Bonaventure is the other.) Hart leads the series 5-3 and has beaten Loyola the past two meetings, pulling out a last-minute 17-16 victory last season. SPOTLIGHT Marcus Hood, a promising Burbank junior who played on the JV team last year because of transfer restrictions, is breaking out. He rushed for 190 yards (125 in the first quarter) and three touchdowns in a 48-7 rout of Hoover of Burbank last week, improving his four-game totals to 421 yards (7.7 avg.) and seven touchdowns. He also is averaging 47.0 yards as a kick returner and 17.0 on punt returns. OFFBEAT Something not seen very often: Ronnie Holt, a Saugus defensive lineman, last week caught Notre Dame’s blazing fast running back Rodney Glass from behind on a 60-yard run, bringing him down at the 4-yard line and saving a touchdown in the Centurions 21-7 loss. Glass, who runs a sub-4.4 40-yard dash, is the area’s fastest player. He finished second in the state 100-meter finals last spring. “How rare is it for defensive lineman to catch someone like Rodney Glass? You tell me,” Saugus coach Jason Bornn said. “Ronnie Holt just really hustled on that play.” OFF THE CHART Valencia’s Michael Herrick has passed for 8,492 career yards, pulling within 1,479 of Keith Smith’s state record of 9,971, set in 1991-93 at Newbury Park. Herrick’s production this season and in his prep career: 2005 OppAttCompYdsTD B.Amat35203711 Birm.29182601 El Toro16123143 S.J.Bosco28193151 Total108691,2606 Career 20034432893,1672120044342884,065322005108691,2606 Total9856468,49259 NUMBERS GAME 10 Fumble recoveries by Burbank – an average of 2.5 per game. James Antaplylan and Anthony Yelding have two, and six others have one. THIS WEEK’S GAMES SAUGUS (2-2) at ST. FRANCIS of La Canada, (4-0) 7:30 p.m. Player to watch: Kevin Mack, St. Francis. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder is the latest in a long line of tough, physical St. Francis linebackers. He leads the Knights with 29 tackles. Outlook: Saugus always seems to play its best against St. Francis – the underdog Centurions hold a 3-1 series edge the past four years. Saugus overcame a 15-point halftime deficit and twice scored touchdowns on fumble recoveries in the end zone in last year’s 35-34 overtime victory. Saugus has lost two in a row, but the second was a 21-7 loss to three-time Southern Section Div. III champion Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks in a game that was much closer than expected. Zach Summers has passed for 493 yards (60.4 pct.) and four TDs, and he has scored four TDs. Ryan Purdy has rushed for 267 yards and five TDs. Ramsen Golpashin leads the offensive line. St. Francis, coached by former Hart quarterback Jim Bonds, has allowed just 187 total yards per game, and no opponent has scored more than 12 points. WR/DB Scott Stephens has caught 15 passes for 343 yards (22.9 avg.), intercepted seven passes and scored five TDs – three on returns. VALENCIA (4-0) at NOTRE DAME of Sherman Oaks (4-0), 7:30 p.m. Player to watch: Taylor Sellnow, Valencia. The Vikings receiver, recovered from a sprained ankle, will be crucial with top receiver Jason Engleberg out with an ankle injury. Sellnow also is the long snapper. Outlook: Valencia has been superb the past three years – but not against Notre Dame. During that span, the Vikings are 0-2 against the Knights and 26-8 against everyone else. A 33-3 loss last season was especially disheartening because the game was televised and Valencia had outscored its first four opponents by an average of 31 points. Only four times in Valencia QB Michael Herrick‘s stellar, two-plus season prep career has he failed to surpass 200 yards in a game. Twice it was against Notre Dame. Defending Div. II finalist Valencia is averaging 41 points and 511 yards, and Herrick has completed 64 percent of his throws for 1,260 yards and six TDs despite missing much of the second half in two of four games. Valencia’s other big player is RB Shane Vereen. He’s rushed for 519 yards (10.4 avg.) and scored 10 TDs, and he’s also a top CB. Notre Dame QB Garrett Green, a top prospect whom USC is recruiting, has concentrated on defense the past few games because of a thumb injury. RB Rodney Glass (608 yards, 9.4 avg., 11 TDs) is a blazer. HART (3-1) vs. LOYOLA of Los Angeles (4-0) at College of the Canyons, 7 p.m. Player to watch: Alex Pettee, Hart. The Indians’ starting quarterback in Tyler Lyon‘s absence, Pettee has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 302 yards with three TDs and no INTs. Pettee started two weeks ago, when Lyon was out with a shoulder injury, and he got the call again after Lyon suffered a concussion on the second play of last week’s win over Birmingham of Lake Balboa. Outlook: Always an anticipated nonleague showdown, this televised encounter (FSN West 2) matches two of the Southern Section’s strongest teams. Hart, which has lost only to state power St. Bonaventure of Ventura in Week 2, hasn’t generated as much scoring as Indians teams customarily do, but it has played tough defense, allowing 233 yards per game. Div. I power Loyola, led by QB Henry Burge (662 yards, 60 pct., 5 TDs), is winning by an average of more than 21 points. Loyola rallied from a 16-point deficit in a 44-29 victory last week at Antelope Valley of Lancaster. Among Loyola’s top defenders are LB Brent Baltimore (35 tackles) and DL Nicholas Bertole (31 tackles). Bertole had 16 tackles at Antelope Valley.CRESPIof Encino (2-2) at CANYON (3-1), 7 p.m. Player to watch: Garrett Leary, Canyon. The defensive lineman must watch for Crespi RB Josh Morgan, who has rushed for 604 yards (8.3 avg.) and scored six TDs. Outlook: This matchup should bring back memories for Canyon coach Harry Welch, who played at Crespi more than 40 years ago and began his coaching career at the Catholic school. Expect lots of scoring in a showdown featuring two high-powered offenses. Canyon loves feeding the ball to J.J. DiLuigi, who has rushed for a Foothill League-best 559 yards, caught four passes for 124 yards and scored 14 TDs – many on long breakaways, such as a 99-yard kickoff return two weeks ago. QB Austin Civita has passed for 686 yards (52 pct.) and five TDs. Crespi also is balanced. Morgan is a threat, and Matt Wabby has passed for 702 yards (52 pct.) and seven TDs. In key situations, he looks for D.J. Holt (14 receptions, 19.8 avg., four TDs). Standout OL/DL Sione Fua (ankle) is questionable. SANTA CLARITA CHRISTIAN (2-1) vs. AVALON (2-2) at First Lutheran HS, Saturday, 1 p.m. Outlook: Don’t blink, or you might miss a TD. Eight-man competitor Santa Clarita Christian averages 51.6 points, and Avalon, from Santa Catalina Island, has allowed more than 50 points the past two weeks. INSIDE THE NUMBERS LOGS CANYON (3-1) 55at Leuzinger0 42Burroughs/R21 27Simi Valley34 42South Torrance6 TonightCrespi Oct. 14Burbank Oct. 21at Saugus Oct. 28Burroughs/B Nov. 4Valencia Nov. 10at Hart GOLDEN VALLEY (0-4) Home: Canyon HS 0Burbank66 14Knight24 14Pioneer Valley67 7Alemany38 Oct. 6Palos Verdes Oct. 13Quartz Hill Oct. 21at Ontario Christian Oct. 29Salesian Nov. 4at Carpinteria Nov. 11St. Genevieve HART (3-1) Home: College of the Canyons 7Moorpark6 21at St. Bonaventure33 38Westlake7 23at Birmingham13 TonightLoyola Oct. 14Saugus Oct. 21at Burroughs Oct. 28at Valencia Nov. 4at Burbank Nov. 10Canyon SANTA CLARITA CHRISTIAN (2-1) Home: Canyon HS 46Discovery52 48Hillcrest (TO)30 61Accelerated6 Saturday*Avalon Oct. 15at Thacher Oct. 22#L.A. Lutheran Oct. 29%Hillcrest (GH) Nov. 5Faith Baptist *at First Lutheran HS #at L.A. Baptist %at Valencia SAUGUS (2-2) Home: College of the Canyons 57at Blair0 48Pasadena7 21Chino48 7Notre Dame21 Tonightat St. Francis Oct. 14at Hart Oct. 21Canyon Oct. 28at Burbank Nov. 4Burroughs Nov. 11Valencia VALENCIA (4-0) 35at Bishop Amat21 51Birmingham30 48El Toro20 30St. John Bosco3 Tonightat Notre Dame Oct. 14at Burroughs/B Oct. 21Burbank Oct. 30Hart Nov. 4at Canyon Nov. 11at Saugus STANDINGS FOOTHILL LEAGUE TeamRecord Valencia4-0 Hart3-1 Canyon3-1 Saugus2-2 Burroughs2-2 Burbank2-2 Others: Golden Valley 0-4 (freelance); West Ranch 0-1 (freelance); Santa Clarita Christian (Heritage League) 2-1.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!