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Date: 21 Oct 17 11:41am
In most countries, living next door to a fire station is a comforting thought. However, the now homeless Rafeek Khan has come to learn that living right next to the Alberttown Fire Station, did not guarantee that his home will be saved.Now, Khan and his family are calling for a full investigation following Sunday morning’s blaze. Fifty-two-year-old Khan told this newspaper that though he was not occupying his two flat, Lot 122, Fourth Street, Alberttown home at the time, he was left speechless when he learnt that the fire service, stationed merely a few feet away from his residence, did nothing to save his house.He learnt that as the two storey house was being reduced to mere embers, the fire station had no fire tender or truck driver even as neighbours frantically sought their assistance that morning.Khan, his wife and 13-year-old son were on a trip to Region Seven at the time but the three other teenagers: his son and two nephews were left at home. He said that that evening neighbours saw sparks from the electrical wire leading to his house.“The boys barely get out of the house. The wire was sparking; the neighbours said they saw blue flames coming off the wire, ” Khan said.The teenagers, he said, had already retired to bed. They were awakened by the smoke emanating from the blaze which erupted early that morning. The home owner said the young men “barely made it out” the house.“The neighbours were calling them (fire service) repeatedly but no answer. I mean we live right near to the fire station. You know we can see the station through our windows or from the verandah?” the distraught man related.“By the time they responded, everything was already burnt, Nike Air Max Tn Shoes Women, ” Khan told Kaieteur News. He said that information reaching him indicated that the team that arrived to contain the blaze was from the Campbellville Fire Station.The father of two related, “You know what it is to hear your house on fire and everything you work hard for gone? I had a fully furnished home; I lose millions. Now we don’t know where we living or eating. All we have left are the clothes on our backs. It can be very traumatic.”Thankfully, Khan says a member of his church has assisted them with living quarters.He said that a building is being developed next to him and it has been using high voltage equipment like welding machines, and since then the area has been having power surges. “When you’re watching TV and so, you notice the sudden low shedding.”The response of the fire service, he said, was nothing short of “terrible.” Khan said “This is gross negligence and it needs to be addressed. GPL and the power surges as well as the improper management of the equipment used are things that should be investigated. It’s a hazard.”He complained too that a neighbour’s container has been parked near his house for quite some time, blocking a fire hydrant.“It’s against the law to even have a car parked close to a hydrant much less something being there permanently. They couldn’t get the water to spray on the house because of this. One of my neighbours had a hose spraying from his house and at that point it was only the embers he could have sprayed on. The container blocks the hydrant.”It should be noted that the Alberttown Police and Fire stations share one building at the junction of Albert and Fourth Streets, Alberttown. When Kaieteur News checked, an orange container was parked inches from the fence of that compound.Those homeless are Rafeek, his wife Zilla, sons Yaniv and Shazad Khan; and his nephews Reno Thomas and Trevor Hohenkirk.Reno Thomas told this publication that the occupants awoke to find their bedroom filled with smoke, but managed to escape unharmed. They were, however, unable to salvage anything.Only Thomas, and relatives, Yaniv Khan and Trevor Hohenkirk were at home when the fire started.While one woman expressed gratitude for the efforts by ranks of the Guyana Fire Service in containing the blaze, other residents complained that ranks from the Alberttown Fire Station, which is located just one building away from the home, did not respond.There are reports that the driver who operates the fire tender had called in sick and no other driver was available. The residents also made an appeal for Fire Service officials to investigate. Continuous efforts to contact Fire Chief, Marlon Gentle for an update on the situation yesterday proved futile.(Sunita Samaroo)
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Date: 21 Oct 17 11:41am
–    public invited to meeting MondayThe Public Utilities Commission (PUC) this month will be reviewing Guyana Power Light (GPL) Operating Standards and Performance Targets (OSPT) to check if the power company achieved its 2011 performance target set by the Office of the Prime Minister.A review of the 2011 OSPT of the power company will be done at “Ballroom” – Hotel Tower, Main Street, on Monday, Cheap Jerseys From China, March 26, 2012 at 15:00 hrs. Members of the public are invited to the event to raise pertinent questions relevant to concerns they may have about the power company.According to the PUC, since there has been an amendment to GPL’s licence on October 4th, 2010, by the end of March 2012, the Commission is mandated to review GPL’s (the Licensee’s) performance for 2011 in comparison with the Operating Standards and Performance Targets, shall determine whether GPL has failed to meet such Operating Standards or Performance Targets in any material respect.If the Commission finds that GPL has failed to meet the stipulated Operating Standard (OS) or Performance Target (PT) it may impose monetary penalties upon GPL in an amount not to exceed 25 percent of the total dividends payable to the Licensee’s shareholder(s).In making the determination of a possible monetary penalty, the Commission shall take into account the extent to which GPL has failed to meet its OS or PT and the impact on the Licensee’s customers.Assuming the GPL has not met certain required standards/targets, the commission will take into account explanations proffered by the company at this public forum.It was noted that these standards include areas such as generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and includes the technical and non-technical loss reductions. The full areas covered in the OSPT are: Customer Interruptions, Voltage Regulation, Meter Reading of Maximum Demand and Non Maximum Demand consumers based on actual meter readings, Issuing of Maximum and non Maximum Demand bills within stipulated time frames, Accounts receivable- an allowed credit period of no more than 55 days for 2011; Accounts Payable – an allowed credit period of no more than 32 days – System Losses, and average availability.The Operating Standards and Performance Targets for each one year period (in this instance 2011) constitutes the standard and quality of service that the Licence shall provide, in accordance with Section 25 (2) of the PUC Act; shall therefore be binding upon GPL and shall be enforceable by the Commission.According to GPL’s corporate governance Code 2010, the Board shall annually evaluate its overall effectiveness and that of the committees of the Board. In carrying out its evaluation, the Board shall have regard to the views expressed by stakeholders, which include the Public Utilities Commission and the general public.It was further noted that the objective of this evaluation is to increase the overall effectiveness of the Board and specifically to identify and review those areas in which the Board and/or management believe the performance of the Board can be improved. As appropriate, the Board shall meet in an executive session to discuss these assessments.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 11:41am
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Date: 21 Oct 17 09:49am
Republic Bank Limited’s (RBL) yesterday held its annual drawing on ‘Deal on Wheels Auto Financing’ at its Water Street Branch, Georgetown, with the aim being to promote auto financing at an affordable rate to all its customers.Yesterday’s draw signalled the culmination of the three-month loan campaign which began on June 1, Air Max 97 Buy Online, last and ended on August 31, 2011.Customers who secured loans to purchase an automobile during the June- August campaign, had an opportunity to win tremendous prizes.Holding the coupon is marketing specialist, Alison Barkie. Mignon Gorrick is to her left.At the drawing yesterday, one of the bank’s customers, Mignon Gorrick, pulled the names of three lucky winners. The first winner, Barry Singh won $1M; his loan was approved at the company’s Anna Regina branch.Gillian Gyer, the second place winner, won $600, 000; her loan was approved at the Camp Street branch, and the third place winner, Dereck Antoo won $ 400, 000; his loan was approved at the Vreed en Hoop branch.Alison Barkie, Marketing Specialist of RBL, said that “it’s simply RBL reaching out to all Guyanese nationwide’.
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Date: 21 Oct 17 09:49am
Yet another teenage suicide has been recorded. The latest victim was a 15-year-old fourth form student of the Tutorial High School.Dead is Amrita Mangal of 28 Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara (ECD). She succumbed at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) on Saturday morning at 09:20 am, less than 24-hours after ingesting an unidentified poisonous substance.Amrita Mangal’s parents and other relatives gather outside of their home while getting set for her wake.Reports are that on Friday, last, Amrita’s parents were called into the school to discuss an issue concerning their daughter, but unfortunately due to her mother being ill, Amrita’s father, Rohan Mangal visited the school to ascertain what problem had occurred at the Tutorial High School with his daughter’s involvement.Kaieteur News understands that upon arriving at his daughter’s school, Rohan was told by the girl’s form teacher that Amrita was absent for the morning session and would frequently be absent in the mornings from classes.The teacher said that Amrita would come to school usually around 10:00am (close to the break period).Rohan told Kaieteur News that he was shocked at this revelation since he was never notified about his daughter skipping classes or arriving late at school.Amrita was then summoned into an office where her father and the headmistress spent almost two hours talking with her about the issues at hand.The father then took Amrita home and awakened his wife, Sylvie Cunje, to notify her about their daughter’s actions.Rohan said, “I tell her to put her bag on the bench and go change she clothes so that I could call her in front of her mother to talk about she skipping school and such.“Amrita went inside the house through one door and didn’t come out back”.This publication was made to understand that Amrita appeared uneasy about leaving her school bag on the bench while she was inside of the house, however; by the time her mother had awakened and was ready to talk to her, Amrita was not there.Rohan explained that he also summoned two of Amrita’s sisters to witness the discussions since they were all close and if Amrita had a problem which she felt she could not discuss with her parents, she would be able to turn to her sisters.Sylvie Cunje, the girl’s mother, stated that she began to feel uneasy and felt “a pain” in her stomach when the small gathering heard “a moaning, groaning sound”.She then told her family “something wrong with Amrita…I can’t move, something wrong, go find she.”One of Amrita’s sisters ran through the side door of the house and began looking for Amrita while her father combed the yard. Moments later they saw the teenager “crimped up in pain” on the floor at the back of their yard next to a pen where they kept animals.Rohan and one of his daughters immediately rushed Amrita to the GPHC for immediate medical attention. By this time she was in a critical condition.Her distraught father, who is still trying to come to grips with the sudden loss of his “favourite daughter” said, “We were trying to hold Amrita down all the time because like the poison make she lurching and she body was rocking up and down.”Sylvie explained that Amrita was the most fortunate of her children since she was the only one who “made it to a secondary school education”.She said that Amrita’s father went out of his way to ensure that she was well provided for financially and materially to help her through secondary school.Rohan recently purchased a computer system for Amrita.He told this newspaper, “I does give Amrita money to go to school, she does get paid by me to help do work and sometimes she does even ask the mother or sister for money and get it, so it isn’t like she lacking anything. I work hard all my life and work for what? To make my children better off.“All this preparation for a wake and funeral, I wish it was preparation for her wedding instead. It would have been better off if I had marry she off than have to cremate her”.Some family members and friends are of the opinion that Amrita had a boyfriend whom they were unaware of. Her parents said that she never came to them and told them that she was involved in any relationship.Her siblings explained that if she did, she was very good at keeping it a secret from them, Wholesale Jerseys Paypal, since not once did she ever utter a word about a boyfriend.Kaieteur News understands that the poisonous liquid which Amrita drank was secured in a ‘Thrill bottle’. The family has no idea what the substance is.They are of the impression that maybe she had a boyfriend with whom she had encountered some problems and probably purchased or retrieved the substance between the few hours of her leaving for school that morning and arriving during the break time for classes.One of the relatives stated, “It looks like she planned to do this before she got home here. She had time to get the substance in between the few hours. She knew what she wanted to do from before.“Imagine she didn’t even have a hard life or problems at home. She would have been 16 years old next month.”Rohan said that he was made aware that Amrita was absenting herself from school for almost two months straight and on the day she drank the poisonous substance, she was wearing casual clothing underneath her school uniform.Also, there was a ‘gent’s sunglasses’ in her school bag, which Rohan stated, he never saw her wear.He is appealing to parents to check on their children’s performance, attendance and activities at schools since they could also prevent their children from suffering the same fate which Amrita did.
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