Night matches will be played at Waterhouse mini-stadium for the first time this season when the Drewsland-based club tackles high-riding Tivoli Gardens in a 6 p.m. game on Sunday. Late games at the Drewsland complex were suspended last season when the team struggled to find wins and support dwindled. The hosting of night games this season has been delayed by technical difficulties. light-pole. A problem light pole has now been changed, and it is all systems go for Sunday. Club chairman Bruce Bicknell believes that the return to night matches is a major boost for the team. “We haven’t done it (play) under the lights because of two reasons. We were changing one of the light-poles. We were changing it from a woodenpole to a steelpole. It has been out for three months because we had to fabricate huge steel pipes then take down the wooden poles and put on back the lights, so it was a tedious process. “The next thing is cost containment. The cost of running the lights is very high, but we decided to give it a try,” he told The Gleaner. Bicknell believes that the return of the lights and night matches is a positive move for the club, which is currently struggling at second from bottom. “We get a much larger turn out under the lights. The fact that you are bringing back the lights will be more reason for the crowd to come out and support the team and give them a lot more confidence to play better,” he said. He also believes that the return of the light has coincided perfectly with the hiring of new coach Glendon ‘Admiral’ Bailey. “I’ve known ‘Admiral’ for a long time as I worked with him at Olympic Football Club. He’s not only a good coach technically, but he is an incredible motivator, and he’s like a father figure for players,” Bicknell added.
And there is curiosity if James might leave Cleveland again to unite with the best possible talent, potentially doing what Durant did with the Warriors.James could join such talented rivals as Western Conference runner-up Houston with NBA scoring leader James Harden and Chris Paul, the Los Angeles Lakers guided by Magic Johnson or Philadelphia with young stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.“If you have a chance to win in this league, you have to go for it,” said Cleveland’s Kevin Love, who missed the playoffs in Minnesota six consecutive years before joining the Cavaliers.“There has been so much overhaul and so many things have happened this year… there could be something interesting that comes up for this team.”Golden State’s success will spark imitators, Love warns.“Somebody has to try to dethrone these guys,” Love said. “I think you’ll see a number of guys, a lot of movement. That’s going to continue to happen until there’s some sort of parity.”‘Most owners would pay’Three NBA players — Phoenix’s Jared Dudley, Minnesota’s Jamal Crawford and Portland’s C.J. McCollum — put their LeBron speculation on Twitter.Crawford tweeted James needed “another superstar (and more) against this juggernaut” with Dudley saying “my money is on @dmorey” and “Houston! The Warriors done force his hand.”When McCollum mentioned salary cap and luxury tax issues, Dudley responded, “Houston can make room easier then a Ritz Carlton” and “Most owners would pay that for Bron CP and the Beard (James, Paul and Harden) for 3-4 yrs.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “This has been one of the most challenging seasons of my career from the standpoint of what’s been going on with our ballclub,” James said.“I can go into more detail once this series is over. But it has been three or four or five seasons wrapped into one.”It’s a situation not unlike 2010 when James departed the Cavaliers to form a superteam in Miami with pals Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, winning two titles and losing two finals in four seasons.He returned to the Cavaliers in 2014 vowing to end Cleveland’s sports title drought, something he did by beating the Warriors in 2016 after 52 seasons since the 1964 NFL Browns won a title.READ: LeBron flattered by Philly fans’ free-agency fawning“That was the best team I’ve ever played against,” James said of that Golden State squad. “They go 73-9 and then you add one of the best players the NBA has ever seen.”The Warriors responded to losing to Cleveland by adding superstar Kevin Durant and are now on the verge of back-to-back titles with him, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green forming a powerful dynasty core.With free agency upcoming, rivals are looking to unite stars as well.“Every GM and every president and every coaching staff is trying to figure out how they can make up the right matchups to compete for a championship,” James said. Big player moves expected Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers controls the ball against the Golden State Warriors during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 6, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jamie Sabau/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James might be playing his “last” game for the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second and final time on Friday as the NBA superstar ponders becoming a free agent on July 1.James, who could opt out of his contract after the season, said Thursday he was “living the moment now” with Cleveland trailing Golden State 3-0 in the best-of-seven NBA Finals entering game four on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT A loss in his eighth consecutive finals would leave James 3-6 in career finals, his first being a 2007 sweep loss to San Antonio.READ: LeBron James focused on task at hand, not free agencyFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I felt like my first stint here I just didn’t have the level of talent to compete versus the best teams in the NBA,” James said.“Not only do you have to have the talent, you have to have the minds as well. I knew that my talent level here in Cleveland couldn’t succeed getting past a Boston, the San Antonios of the league or whatever.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls It’s a similar tale this year, James saying Thursday the Warriors simply have more talent than his Cavaliers.“Obviously from a talent perspective, top five to our top five, they’re stacked better than us, let’s just speak truth,” James said.READ: One more win: Durant lifts Warriors past Cavs for a 3-0 lead “The room for error against a team like this is slim to none. You make mistakes. They make you pay. They’re already more talented than you are. 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Bauxite workers’ protestsLoggers utilising the Berbice River as a transport medium have been left in a quandary, as the current blockage of the waterway by dismissed employees of Bauxite Company of Guyana Incorporated (BCGI), is having a negative impact on their operations and businesses.Filed photo: Workers and residents protesting the dismissal of the Rusal workersThe BCGI – which is owned by Russian Aluminium company (RUSAL) – dismissed 61 workers on February 19, 2019, for protesting against a one per cent wage increase and a further 30 employees after a section of the operation was closed. However since then, RUSAL’s employees have blocked a section of the Berbice River, which leads to the company’s operation located at Aroaima, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice). Sections of the access road were also obstructed to prevent anyone from entering.For now, the loggers are not allowed to use the river and have been stranded for almost two weeks. One local sawmill owner from Canje, Berbice, Imtiaz Hoosein, explained to Guyana Times that while attention is being placed on the deadlock between RUSAL and its employees, consideration must be given to other stakeholders who are notably affected.“The concern is only reflecting on RUSAL and its workers but we are small loggers and we are affected. I purchased some logs from up there and I’m stuck for over 10 days because they are not allowing them to pass,” said Hoosein.The businessman explained that he would usually purchase timber once a month from Kwakwani in Region 10. The logs, worth millions of dollars, would be loaded at Aroaima to begin a four-day journey along the Berbice River to New Amsterdam.“The logs were purchased in Kwakwani and we would use the river to transport the logs to New Amsterdam. We transport one load every month. We already load the logs and they’re not allowing my workers to pass. We understand the workers and the company issue but I don’t know why we can’t pass. We were told everybody has to wait. It’s frustrating to have to wait,” said the logger.He added that his timber along with other loggers and four of his employees have been waiting to access the river for over 10 days; a situation which is affecting his business significantly since extra monies were paid to the workers and reimbursement for customers who cannot stand the wait.“We losing money because these logs are already paid for. I collect advance from customers and lumber yards for maintaining my business. People are frustrated that they have to wait so I have to give them a refund and now its 10 days extra I have to pay the workers. The extra time and money for the workers alone is over $200,000,” he explained.The river has been blocked with wire rope, preventing bauxite-laden barges from passing.This publication understands that as a result of the blockages, the Russian company has lost millions already. It had also advised some 30 employees that their department was closed until further notice as a result of the ongoing events.During a meeting with the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GB&GWU) and representatives of RUSAL, the company said it failed to recognise the Union. However, the stalemate ended last Tuesday when the Union and the company met with representatives of the Labour Department and recognition was given to the worker’s association.According to Chairman of the GB&GWU, Lincoln Lewis the workers claimed they will continue with this form of protest until they are satisfied with what the company offers. This also means that RUSAL needs to obey the laws of Guyana.In light of the standoff, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had said that under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration, a similar matter had arisen, and the then Administration managed to save the jobs that were at risk.