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#510721 - 01/16/16 04:52 AM Hon. Aragon Has The MCC Grounds Solution  
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When we last spoke with Minister of State responsible for Youth and Sports, Elodio Aragon, he had just become aware of a situation at the MCC grounds in Belize City. As we reported, someone dug a trench around the pitch in order to replace the piping. Whoever did so clearly did not have a proper plan because almost three months have passed and the ditch is still there. Today Aragon visited our newsroom to say he is confident that he can get it fixed within the next couple of weeks.

Hon. Elodio Aragon - Minister of State, Youth and Sports
"At this point in time we are working to ensure that we get the grounds fixed as soon as possible. So that football players across Belize City could use the facility. At this point in time we have gotten assistance to come out in terms of the man power and we have already source the funding in terms of finding the necessary piping for that, so I expect that within the next week, work should commence on the ground and hopefully by the end of the week we should have that field operational for the people of Belize."

Emanuel Pech
"Sir what was the delay in the first place?"

Hon. Elodio Aragon - Minister of State, Youth and Sports
"Well, the delay has far as I could say was that it's basically wasn't placed with priority, because definitely something like this should never have taken place and I'll be frank with you with that because definitely if we are going to put infrastructure we must have a plan and when we do the infrastructure it is there and then we get it done. The fact that this has transcended for some time now it speaks for itself, but never the less we are not focusing on the past. We are not focusing on what is there, we are focusing on where we want to go with sports."

The works at the MCC ground, according to Aragon, are estimated at some 8 thousand dollars. But Aragon says he is cutting costs where he can by soliciting his old buddies in Law enforcement. He told us that works on the MCC ground will begin next week with some assistance from the BDF.

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#511053 - 01/26/16 05:05 AM Re: Hon. Aragon Has The MCC Grounds Solution [Re: Marty]  
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BDF Making MCC Manageable

The MCC Grounds - it's the premier football pitch in Belize - but as we told you a few weeks ago, it's been going through a rough stretch. Premier League games at the MCC grounds had to be temporarily postponed pending on going works on the field which have been held up since November of last year. The original plan was to replace the pipes and wires running along the field in time for the construction of better, more up to standard stadium lights. So what happened? The pipes were dug up but the works did not follow. Meanwhile the BDF football team was left without a home pitch for the PLB tournament and high school games continued, running the risk of injury. Now with a new National Sports Director, the National Sports Council hopes to make a temporary quick fix; at least until they can get the proper finances to work on the original plan. Emanuel Pech dropped by for day one of the MCC quick fix project.

Today workers of the National Sports council along with members of the Belize Defense Force worked in unison to lay the foundation for the new wiring for the lights of the MCC stadium. They also filled in the trench around the field that had caused an injury during a high school match.

Ritchel Dominguez - Director of the National Sports Council
"These pipes were designed to hold the electrical that is going up for the new set of lights that is going on the poles. So what we are doing, we are partnering with the BDF to basically get the pipes laid and then from there we try to see where we go with the wires and then we are going to the post and we will do it step by step, but we will complete it. We are not certain about the time, but we know we will get it completed as early as we can."

Sargent J Pop led the team of 8 from the Light Engineer Company of the BDF who assisted in the works today.

Sargent J. Pop - BDF
"This is not the first time we are doing project for the community. We are always there about in the villages assisting people who need assistance in doing any kind of project. Because that is what we are here for."

Emanuel Pech
"Do you think you can get it done in these two days?"

Sargent J. Pop - BDF
"It depends. It depends what is the project. It is like as I told you, it's part of our tasking. So I believe that the guys enjoy working along with the community. I believe they are more motivated."

Emanuel Pech
"Especially since it's something like sports - football."

Sargent J. Pop - BDF
"Especially yes. Because we have our BDF team that are part of the football. So I see it okay assisting the people especially working in the fields."

Ritchel Dominguez - Director of the National Sports Council
"We are going to put up some temporarily lights for now because what happen is that the lights were taken down before these ones were basically installed. What we are trying to do like I said getting up to a standard where it's acceptable, where we put in back the lights and the getting the wires so that people can use it even at night. Because even if we get the pipes down now and we don't have lighting, then they can't use it at night. So we are trying to get up as much lights as we can in the place so that we can get it at least acceptable for playing standards."

Reporting for 7 news Emanuel Pech.

Dominguez says they hope to have the works at the MCC grounds completed before Sunday in time for the game between BDF FC and the Belmopan Bandits for the Premier League tournament. As a long term goal the sports council hopes to install bigger lights, an improvement geared towards bringing the stadium closer to FIFA standards.

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#511538 - 02/11/16 05:07 AM Re: Hon. Aragon Has The MCC Grounds Solution [Re: Marty]  
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Moving Ahead With MCC

The last time we visited the MCC three weeks ago, workers were just about finishing up the works on the field. A couple of weeks before, the Ministry of Youth and sports, had jumped on a quick fix project to cover a large trench that surrounded the pitch. So now that the sports council has applied that quick fix, where does that put the original plan to build bigger and more up to standard stadium lights? Today we asked the Director of the National Sports Council Ritchel Dominguez just that.

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