WESTERN BUREAU:Head of the Western Confederation Referee Group, Nakassa Martin, has expressed shock and outrage at the callous reaction by the response of some supporters to the unfortunate injury suffered by referee Raymond Bogle, during Thursday’s Red Stripe Premier League football match between Montego Bay United and Waterhouse.Bogle collapsed in an accidental collision with Waterhouse midfielder Evan Taylor in the second half of their pulsating match at Wespow Park.The FIFA referee, who lost consciousness momentarily, had to be rushed by ambulance to the Cornwall Regional Hospital, where it was revealed he had sustained a broken rib.The match, which ended in a 3-1 victory for MoBay United, was completed by fourth official Danion Parchment, who took over duties in the middle.Bogle’s injury has thrown the role of match officials into the spotlight, as according to Martin, constant and often unwarranted verbal abuse, while commonplace in the sport, must not be confused for partisan support of any team.”There a plenty hazards out there on the field for referees. He is the most hated man at a football game, even though his job is perhaps the most significant,” noted Martin.”As a referee, charged with being fair, holding no personal bias one way or the other in the officiating of whichever match he or she is assigned to, we work under very stressful and oftentimes violent conditions,” added Martin.Injuries to referees while conducting their assignment, he said, does happen, but reasoned that the way it is treated cannot be ignored.The reluctance of the Wespow management to have the waiting ambulance traverse a section of the playing surface, while being standard, cannot be at the expense of a life, argued Martin.”A life, any life, is far more important than anything else. Bogle could have died right. I gather he lost consciousness for a while and had to be rushed across the expanse of the field. I think sometimes we could be a little more caring,” reasoned Martin.Moments before the incident, Bogle was bundled over when a clearance out of defence by an MBU defender struck him. That brought some laughter from spectators, but the more severe injury he suffered did not change their outlook.”It goes to show how little regard referees do get while on the job. We are not expecting an easy ride, but respect and knowledge of the game on the supporters’ part must be addressed. Referees are humans too,” declared Martin.
Sewage workers employed by the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) will now have a few implemented mechanisms at their disposal to protect them from hazardous gases and other materials that can affect their health.GWI Managing Director, Dr Richard Van West-CharlesThis is according to Managing Director of GWI, Dr Richard Van West-Charles, who told media operatives that monitors have being installed to detect gases that are present in these sewers, indicating if it’s safe or not to operate.“We introduced new monitors for the workers going into the sewers, so as to be able to detect the type and concentration of gases that are present before workers are being sent into the sewers. This is a significant advance, but it’s important in terms of where we place workers’ health in the scheme of things within the company,” he said.Van West-Charles indicated that the workers were engaged, and the decision was finalised after discussions were conducted to address a number of pertinent issues. Now they are able to monitor all combustive gases which may pose a threat.“It’s (from) the dialogue that we have with the workers who have got to go into the sewers that we’re able to raise these issues; and resulting from meeting with the workers, we’re able to work very quickly to put in place the monitors,” Dr Van West Charles indicated.Additionally, facilities will soon be constructed which would allow for them to take a shower and wash their clothes after finishing the job.“I’m a bit disappointed that we haven’t been able to complete the baths as yet for the sewage workers. We’re hoping to complete it within the next quarter. It’s very critical for their own health, the health of the public, and the health of the families,” he said.As it relates to the pump stations, a few departments of the utility company will be collaborating to create new equipment which can trap materials which obstruct the impellers.“The Sanitation Department, they have been doing a lot of work in the systems as a whole at pump stations to ensure that the challenges which we have with respect to meeting all types of material are now ongoing with the Design Infrastructural Department, a new design to be able to trap all of the pieces of cloth and fibres and so forth, which tie up the impellers of the pumps,” GWI’s Managing Director said.It was related that attention is also being placed on the treatment of sewage water. The replacement of the sewer network along the trench crossing at Lamaha is also on the company’s agenda.