Ravena also made it clear that the useof the portalets is free. During the 2019 Dinagyang, the citygovernment made available 40 portalets and barangay councils also helpedconstruct some but with pay./PN Two GSO dump trucks and 100 personnelwould be collecting garbage from the bins. GSO personnel would be manning theportalets. Their task is to make sure the portalets are clean at all times. Toremove unpleasant odor, they would be using bio-enzyme. But he expressed hope that revellersthis year will heed Mayor Jerry Treñas’ call to make the Dinagyang trash-free. Some private companies also offereddrums as garbage bins, said Engineer Neil Ravena, chief of the Solid WasteManagement Division of the city government’s General Services Office (GSO). The trash bins will actually be kaing – humungous bamboo baskets. The Dinagyang highlight – thecrowd-drawing ati tribes competition– is on Sunday, Jan. 26. Regarding the portable toilets orportalets, 12 will be positioned at the Iloilo City Freedom Grandstand while 50more would be placed in strategic areas downtown. Violators would be fined P500. GSO expects more this year, especiallyon Saturday, Jan. 25. The pioneering Dagyang sa Calle Real street danceactivity which is open to all is expected to attract thousands of revellers,said Ravena. In last year’s Dinagyang, Ravena said,they were able to collect 72,000 kilograms of garbage and most of these wereplastics. ILOILO City – In a bid to make thisyear’s Dinagyang Festival garbage- and stink-free, the city government will bepositioning 300 trash bins and 62 portable toilets in strategic areas. The city government will be deployingpersonnel to catch garbage litterers, Ravena revealed.
Ghana won its first medal at the ongoing African Youth Championship after weightlifter Juliana Arko secured a silver medal in the girl’s 63kg category on Friday.Arko, who was competing in her first major international competition after winning eight medals at the African Weightlifting Championships in Casablanca, Morocco last year, finished with a total of 140kg.She went through the initial snatch phase of the competition with three lifts, and rounded up with three lifts in the clean-and-jerk.She was prevented from taking a gold medal by an Egyptian athlete (Sarah) while a Moroccan won third place.The 2013 SWAG Weightlifter of the Year is one of three athletes on a Ghana Olympic Committee sourced Olympic Solidarity Scholarship, and has already qualified to compete in the World Youth Championship in Nanjing, in August.In a related development, Ghana’s other Weightlifter at the AYG, Christian Amoah will be chasing a medal and qualification to the World Youth Championship when he competes in the boy’s 77kg event on Saturday. Meanwhile the President of the discipline, Ben Nunoo Mensah believes their best is yet to come Badminton: Team Ghana misses out on semi finals slotGhana’s Badminton Team missed out on a place in the semi finals of the Team event despite an impressive second day performance which saw the young team beating Seychelles 5:0 in their last Group B game.Team Ghana lost 5:0 to South Africa in their opening Group game on Thursday as Coach Jacob Wilson’s boys and girls struggled with the cold weather conditions and altitude in Gaborone, having only arrived two days to the opening game.The mixed doubles pair of Emmanuel Botwe and Victoria Asmah went down to South Africa’s Von Bodestein and A. Schoones 22-20 21-9.Victoria Asmah partnered Diana Archer in the Women’s doubles event but could not restore parity for Team Ghana as they were overwhelmed by A. Schoones and G. Roberts to lose 21-19 21-15. Diana Archer also lost the women’s singles to J. Van Der Vyver 21-12 21-11.Ghana’s Abraham Ayittey, the second athlete on a GOC sourced Olympic Solidarity scholarship, then engaged R. Synman in a gruelling men’s singles encounter which could have gone either way. Ayittey clawed back his way into the tie after losing the first set but eventually lost 21-14 19-21 22-20.The men’s doubles game witnessed a much closer encounter with the pair of Abraham Ayittey and Mohammed Adam winning the first set but B. Von Bodestein and B. Visser staged a dramatic come back to win 18-21 21-15 22-20.Despite their opening day lose, Coach Jacob Wilson’s boys and girls mounted a serious challenge in their next game against Egypt to secure one of the semi finals slot in the group.Abraham Ayittey was the star of the show, beating Egypt’s Yousef Essam 21:12 21:10 in the boy’s singles event after the mixed doubles pair Emmanuel Botwe and Victoria Asmah had lost 21:16 21-8 to Egypt’s Elgamal Adham and Mostafa Farida. After Diana Archer also lost 21-13 21-12 to Hany Doha in the girl’s singles event, Ayittey partnered Mohammed Adam in the boy’s doubles event as they came back from a set down to beat Egypt’s Elgamal Adham and Abdelhakim Abdallah 13-21 21-17 21-17.But Diana Archer and Victoria Asmah could not hold the nerve in the deciding game, losing 21-18 18-21 21-11 to Egypt’s Hany Doha and Mostafa Farida.In their last group game against Seychelles, Team Ghana secured a comprehensive victory, winning 5:0 overall.Meanwhile, Ghana has entered five candidates in the singles event which starts on Sunday.Table Tennis: Team Ghana progresses Marian Amankwah Adom and Isaac Amoako are through to the 1/16 stage of their singles event after winning their group games at the ongoing African Youth Games on the opening day of the Table Tennis competition on Friday.Drawn in group B of the girl’s singles event, Marian Amankwah Adom defeated Algeria’s Sannah Lagsir and Uganda’s Florence Serra, 3:0 respectively.Isaac Amoako also advanced with 3:0 wins against Botswana’s Peo Thebe and Tunisia’s Karem Ben Yahia respectively.The competition continues on Saturday.Swimming: Ghana’s lone swimmer, Ophelia Swayne is set to be in action in Day three of the competition in the 50-free style and 50 butterfly events respectively. The competition will serve as a qualifier for the World Youth Olympics in Nanjing, in August. Ophelia is the third Ghanaian youth athlete on a GOC sourced Olympic Solidarity scholarship.