FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Bonnie Andres and Alanna Arvie swept the Southland Conference Women’s Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week honors, the league announced Wednesday.Andres nailed down a personal best in the 5,000-meter run over the weekend, crossing the finish line with a 17:04.96 for first-place honors at the 2020 Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind. The win marks her second overall of the indoor season and came in her first appearance in the 5k event.Arvie clinched her second Field Athlete of the Week honor this season after claiming a personal record in the shot put over the weekend at the Meyo Invitational. The senior tossed a 48-1.25 in the shot put event in order to claim 12th-place honors. She also finished ninth overall in the weight throw with an effort of 62-10.5 (19.16m) on her fourth attempt of the event.Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week – Bonnie Andres, McNeese – Fr. – Olendorf, GermanyIn just her fourth collegiate track event, Andres captured a first-place finish with a 17:04.96 in the 5000m run. Andres’ 5k finish leads the conference for the 2020 indoor season by nearly two minutes and came in her first appearance in the event of the year.Honorable Mention: Ajah Criner, Central Arkansas.Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Week – Alanna Arvie, McNeese – Sr. – Oberlin, La.Arvie improved to No. 3 on the Southland indoor performance list for the shot put after hurling a 48-1.25 (14.66m) at the Meyo Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., over the weekend. She also threw for a 62-10.5 (19.16m) in the weight throw to take ninth place in the stacked 36-woman field.Honorable Mention: Taylor Coleman, Central Arkansas.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
The Social Protection Ministry has embarked on a series of consultations aimed at improving the Occupational Safety and Health Regulation of Guyana to specifically cater for persons working in the forestry sector.Chief Labour, Occupational Safety and Health Officer Charles Ogle addressing the gathering during the consultation forumThe first in this line of activities kicked off earlier this week when the Department of Labour met with stakeholders at Herdmanston Lodge in Georgetown.Participants in the consultation emanated from the Amerindian Peoples Association, the Guyana Forestry Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Guyana Trade Union Congress, and the Bureau of Standards, among others.During the event, stakeholders were tasked with reviewing a draft Occupational Safety and Health Regulations document proposed by the Labour Department. Upon approval, the amendments are expected to be made under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Chapter 99:06 of the Laws of Guyana.Addressing the gathering during the consultation forum was Chief Labour, Occupational Safety and Health Officer Charles Ogle, who underlined that while having regulations is one step, the implementation of these guidelines is particularly important, and is at the forefront of the Labour Department’s concern.This is as he noted that the department, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Social Protection Ministry, views the work of the forestry section as high-risk activities which necessitate that safety be of paramount concern.Ogle expounded that the nature of operations within the forestry sector is characterized by both manual and mechanical labour, which can provide complex challenges, specifically in areas such as harvesting timber, getting it to the roadside, and transporting it to the end user.A section of the representatives participating in the consultationThe OSH officer related to the gathering that workers in these fields are prone to physical hazards such as climate; noise; hand/arm vibration, which causes white finger disease; and even environmental threats which can range from bites by poisonous snake to allergic reactions to wood or other plants; as well as the possible malfunction of machines, among a long list of potential risks.He singled out forest workers who fall trees with chainsaws, saying that they are perhaps exposed to the greatest risks in the industry; with tree planters also being at risk from carrying heavy loads of seedlings and planting in awkward positions.With these factors in mind, the consultations would allow for considerations to be made of the local context, so that the regulations are more realistic. Following the completion of this mission, the recommendations emanating from the sessions are expected to materialize.