Wolmer’s moved closer to a spot in the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup semi-finals, following their2-0 win against St George’s College at Constant Spring Sports Complex in St Andrew yesterday.Mickel Graham netted the first goal for Wolmer’s in the 45th minute with former St Jago player Yannick Elliott sealing the deal in the 50th.The game was played on a soggy field due to earlier rains. However, neither team seemed too bothered by the conditions in what was a keenly contested affair.St George’s fought hard in the second half but could not find a way past Wolmer’s goalkeeper Shamar Jemmison, who made several impressive saves throughout the contest to keep his team on top.Wolmer’s defence led by captain Jahwani Hinds held on for a good victory that pushed them onto six points from two games, while St George’s remained on three points.The Heroes Circle-based institution is on course for a semi-final spot and only need to avoid defeat against Haile Selassie High in the group’s final game next week.Wolmer’s coach Vassel Reynolds said that his team played better in the condition.”We played well tactically. I thought the condition favoured us. We started the game well and ended the winner. It was a crucial victory,” Reynolds told The Gleaner.”I think that we have one foot in the semi-final. However, we won’t be complacent as there is one game to be played in the group,” he added.Coach of St George’s College Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell said that both teams handled the condition well and believes it was a good game.”I though that both teams handled the conditions well. We are disappointed in losing the game as it is difficult for us to win the group, barring some favourable results in the final set of games,” Bell assessed.Meanwhile, the game between Haile Selassie and St Catherine, which was scheduled as the curtain-raiser was not played due to the rains. That games is rescheduled for next Monday.Today’s gamesGroup IDenham Town vs St JagoHydel vs Jamaica College
…after grass fire near school Some 23 secondary students were rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital on Thursday morning after they were affected by smoke originating from grass burning nearby.The fire started about 11:00h at the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) Ground on Thomas Lands, Georgetown. At the time, persons were burning dry grass on the ground which had been previously sprayed with a weedicide.Guyana Times understands that 22 students from Tutorial High School and one from Richard Ishmael Secondary School, both located on Woolford Avenue, had to seek medical attention.According to reports reaching this newspaper, the smoke started to affect students at St Joseph High, who were out in the school’s ground for their Inter-House Sport activities. The students had to eventually retreat back to their classrooms to escape the smoke.However over at the neighbouring Tutorial High, students were in their classrooms when the smoke started to affect them. This prompted an evacuation and the students were taken to a nearby field. However, the smoke became heavier and this affected the students’ breathing causing some of them to collapse and others to throw up.The affected students were then rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where they were given oxygen to regulate their breathing. Most of them were sent away after being stabilised. However, about seven students are still at the medical institution for further observation. These were mostly asthmatic cases.When this publication visited the Georgetown Public Hospital, most of the students had been treated and sent away, but concerned parents and teachers flocked outside the Accident and Emergency section checking up on those who were still being treated.Guyana Times spoke with one of the students who related what transpired. Third former Shereza Ibrahim related that they had ignored the smoke initially, but it persisted and eventually got thicker.“The teachers didn’t tell us anything; they just told us to go out to the tarmac but when we got there, it was foggy. The whole school was surrounded by smoke and then we went over to the ground and we heard that the dry grass on the field behind us caught fire,” the teenager related.Meanwhile, one of the students who were rushed to the hospital, Akela Mckenzie, told this publication that after they were evacuated to the field across the road from the school, some students took ill.“Some children start falling down, some start coughing, some starting vomiting and so they rushed us to the hospital, where they put us in the emergency room and give us oxygen to breathe,” the young woman, who suffers from asthma, recalled.Additionally, Guyana Times understands that one of the fire fighters who had responded to put out the grass fire was also rushed to the hospital. Efforts to contact officials from both the Guyana Fire Service and the Education Ministry for comments on the incident were futile.