Patrons can now benefit from much-improved sound at the National Cultural Centre (NCC) as a brand new, state-of-the-art sound system is currently being installed to the tune of $19 million. The first phase of the project commenced recently at a cost of $7 million which saw the installation of new stage monitors, a new Public Address (PA) system for the theatre, as well as new amplifiers and line array speakers.The upgrades to the NCC’s sound system are just part of a multibillion-dollar effort to comprehensively upgrade the NCC, and bring it up to par with similar facilities located across the Region and internationally.The Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport has embarked on a massive overhaul of the facility, with a series of upgrades already being executed in several areas.These include rewiring of the facility, the purchase of new curtains, the installation of a modern lighting system, and repairs to the NCC’s roof.More significant are the efforts to replace all the old chairs in the theatre, with brand new ones.The NCC, which opened on May 16, 1976, is Guyana’s premier venue for cultural and theatrical entertainment. The auditorium seats approximately 2000 people; the stage is 15 metres (48 feet) deep with an orchestra pit, and a 22-metre (72-foot) wide by 6.1-metre (20-foot) high opening.
NANAIMO, B.C. – For the first time in twenty three years, a track and field team from North Peace Secondary competed at the BC High School Track & Field Provincial Championships this past weekend.Nine NPSS students competed in a wide range of events from athletics, to discus and javelin. On the girls’ side, Jaston Stockall placed 31st in the 400m sprint, and 31st in long jump. Jessica Telizyn managed 27th in the high jump, and 28th in women’s hurdles.On the boys’ side: long distance specialist Bailey Haugen managed to place 10th in the 1,500 m, and medaled in the 3000 m after finishing in 8th overall. Chad Singh placed 15th in the long jump, and 18th in 100 m sprint. Jacob Lang also competed in the 100 metre dash, placing in 34th spot. In addition, Lang ended up 16th in the high jump, and 30th in the 200 m sprint.- Advertisement -Adam Bowie was another of NPSS’ high jumpers, placing in 26th spot along with placing 27th in javelin, and 33rd in long jump. Among the field contestants, Matthew Newth placed 21st in discus.Back on the track, Aiden Craig-Steele took 17th spot in the 800 m sprint, 26th in the 1500 m steeplechase, and 29th in the Junior Men’s 400 m sprint. Reid Jacobs placed 23rd in the 800 m sprint. Jr. Boys 4×100 Relay team,comprised of Craig-Steele on the starting blocks, Newth 2nd, Jacobs 3rd, and Singh as anchor placed 19th. Jacob Lang and Adam Bowie wait for their high jump event to begin. Photo credit: Sheldon Steele Jacob Lang in action during the high jump event. Photo credit: Sheldon Steele The NPSS 4×100 metre relay team. Left to right: Aiden Craig-Steele, Matthew Newth, Chad Singh, Reid Jacobs. Photo credit: Sheldon Steele Aiden Craig-Steele passing to Matthew Newth in the Junior 4×100 metre relay. Photo credit: Sheldon Steele