A Lot 13 Friendship, East Bank Demerara (EBD) family is now facing millions of dollars in losses after their home was completely destroyed by fire of unknown origin on Sunday morning. The interior of the house which was ravaged by the fireThe fire reportedly started at about 11:30h and the Fire Service managed to quash it at about 14:30h. One of the homeowners, Rocky Bahadur explained that no one was home when the fire started, as such they do not know of the origin: “Actually, nobody was home. The fire started at around 11:30 and ended at about 13:30 hours. When they [Fire Service] came, they hardly had water,” he lamented.He related that they suspect it might have been an electrical fire; however, he is unsure how that may have started as the family usually turns off and unplugs all appliances before leaving the house.The man explained that the family of five is trying to come to grips with their losses as everything in the house was destroyed, including a large sum of cash.“Everything that we owned was in the house. My wife, her mom and dad, all their visas burnt. She was going away in a few weeks so she was saving US currency and had it upstairs, apart from the money she had. We have Padma’s Creole Cuisine so all the money is usually here before we take it to the bank,” he stated.The Fire Service has launched an investigation into the incident.
A fire, suspected to be electrical in origin, completely razed the dwelling of a Triumph, East Coast Demerara (ECD), family on Friday morning, leaving at least million in losses.The fire reportedly started in the vicinity of the circuit breaker in the upper flat of the two-storey wooden structure located at Lot 4 Railway Street, Triumph, ECD and rapidly spread to other parts of the house.The entire house engulfed in flames on Friday morningAt the time of the blaze, the owner of house, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Ramesh Singh was at home along with his wife, daughter-in-law and grandson. Two other members of the house had already left for work. The occupants of the house at the time ran to safety and were not able to salvage any household items.Reports are that by the time the Guyana Fire Service arrived at the scene, the building was already engulfed in flames. Speaking with Guyana Times, Assistant Superintendent Singh explained that he along with the other family members were in the lower flat of the house when he heard a sound as if dried leaves were on fire followed by the smell of smoke.At that time, he thought that the smell and sound were coming from the cemetery which was being cleared. Soon after, he explained that his neighbours raised an alarm informing him that the house was on fire.The neighbours rushed to the scene and formed a bucket brigade in an attempt to put out the blaze but their efforts proved futile. They were forced to retreat due to the intensity of the fire. “The neighbors later told me that the electric wire that runs from the main pole was sparking and then they see smoke and fire,” Singh noted.He further stated that after the fire started, his only option was to make sure that his family was secured and it was a neighbour who drove his motorcar out of the yard. A report was made to the Guyana Power and Light but up to late Friday evening, officials from the utility company were still to visit the family.An investigation has been launched into the fire by members of the Guyana Fire Service.
– former Army official takes chargeHead of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), James Singh has been sent on leave, while retired Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Major General Michael Atherly has been appointed to act in his absence.Government, through Minister of State, Joseph Harmon made the announcement on Wednesday, but Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan told Guyana Times that the CANU Head needed to take his accumulated annual leave. “He’s on his annual leave and just like the Commissioner is on his annual leave. He is entitled to about two months’ leave and we are asking people to take their leave,” Ramjattan told this newspaper.Atherly, who is head of the National Anti-Narcotics Agency (NANA), will also be heading CANU during the period. Ramjattan said there was a deputy at CANU who would also help in the administration of the Unit in the absence of Singh.Minister Harmon on Wednesday said that in line with Government’s policy to ensure that officers did not accumulate annual leave and in turn request pay in lieu, Singh has been asked to proceed on leave effective March 1.“This is the practice that we have embraced since we came into office and, therefore, Mr Singh, who had some leave accumulated, has been asked to go on leave with effect from today and Major General Michael Atherly will be heading CANU,” Harmon said in a release.He said this has been communicated to the Public Security Ministry, under whose remit CANU fell.According to Harmon, public officers have always been encouraged to take their leave and “we want to discourage this practice of accumulating large amounts of leave and then asking for payment in lieu. So we are trying to ensure that all public officers get their leave during that year,” Minister Harmon said.Major General (ret’d) Atherly was responsible for leading the review of the National Drug Strategy Master Plan 2014-2018. This review led to the development of the National Drug Strategy Master Plan 2016-2020, which was launched last December.
… to also relook at mining regulationsFollowing a high-level meeting with a number of mining organisations and syndicates, the Government has decided to take steps to review not only an unpopular hike in the gold processing fee, but the mining regulations as well.The meeting, which saw Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman in attendance, was held on Friday at Cara Lodge. Present at the meeting were members of the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners’ Association (GGDMA), the Guyana Women Miners’ Organisation (GMWO) and representatives from various mining syndicates.Protesters in front of the GGMC a few months ago, calling for the heads of top officialsIt is understood that a number of concerns were raised, including issues of taxation, issues related to the functioning of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), the state of interior roads, the Guyana Gold Board’s processing fee, revision of mining regulations, security for miners and mining lands for syndicates.Present also at the meeting was Chairman of the Board of the Guyana Gold Board, G H K Lall. According to a statement from the Ministry, it was agreed at the meeting that the gold processing fee would be reviewed, with Trotman promising to find a rate that was reasonable at all levels of mining.In addition, it was related that Trotman took a decision to resuscitate a committee headed by Natural Resources Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Joslyn McKenzie. The committee will also see members of the body of miners in attendance, who will propose reviews of the regulations. Trotman also committed to addressing some of the issues with his colleague Cabinet Ministers to bring them to a resolution.”The mining industry has been beset by problems from a number of directions, leading up to a statistical review in the 2017 Mid-year report. According to the report, the mining and quarrying sector contracted by four per cent during the first half of 2017. Gold production, it noted, fell by 1.7 per cent to 317,096 ounces, in the first half of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016.It is understood that of the total gold declared, 65.7 per cent came from small- and medium-sized miners and dealers whose declarations were above projections, while Guyana’s two large gold companies – Guyana Goldfields and Troy Resources – were below projections.FeesIt was recently revealed that all miners, including small- and medium-scale miners, will have to pay a hiked processing fee of $2500 per ounce of gold they declare to the Guyana Gold Board. The fee was previously just $1000 per ounce.Had the GGDMA not intervened when a public notice announcing the hike first appeared in the daily newspapers, that fee would have been a whopping $4000 per ounce.According to a missive from Avalon Jagnandan, the Administrative Manager at the GGDMA, the Association first became aware of the hike when a public notice appeared in the newspaper declaring that all miners and dealers selling gold to the Gold Board would have to pay the $4000 fee.TaxesFor some time, miners have been raising issues such as the spike in taxes across the board implemented by the Government; in particular, the increase of the Tributors Tax from 10 to 20 per cent, Value Added Tax on heavy-duty mining equipment and the two per cent Withholding Tax.In addition, the Association had complained of not being able to benefit from the grant of duty-free concessions on mining equipment, vehicles and fuel, owing to the red tape experienced at the regulatory agencies involved.RoadsIn June, a group of truck operators made their grievances regarding the state of the interior roads known at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition on Church Street, Georgetown.The truckers had complained that some trips which formerly took those two days to complete were now taking triple that time. And while it wasn’t the only factor, the poor state of the roads was driving up their maintenance costs to the point where they cut back on their operations.But declaring that overweight trucks are chiefly responsible for wreaking havoc on interior roads in Guyana, Government had announced that moves will be made to amend the relevant laws in order to enforce weight limits on the roadways.GGMC protestsAlso in June, small miners had protested in front of the GGMC’S Brickdam office. The small miners had contended that they are being neglected by the GGMC and had accused the organisation of being corrupt.They had called for the sacking of acting Commissioner, Newell Dennison and his Technical Adviser, Donald Singh. The miners had also alleged that they have been unable to mine for years since their applications are not being looked at.
The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has revealed that three persons were likely to be charged today after they were found with 42 kilograms of cannabis at GoldenThe cannabis was found around 17:30h on SaturdayFleece, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).According to reports, the persons were arrested in the Back Street of the village after Police acted on information they received which resulted in a raid. The cannabis was found around 17:30h on Saturday. A Venezuelan national is among the persons arrested.
Several persons on the Essequibo Coast are now displaced after their home went up in flames on Thursday morning. The house, located at Lot 2 Windsor Castle, Essequibo Coast, is owned by 73-year-old Harry Nanan Parmanan.Based on information received, the fire started at about 09:00h, two hours after the owner left with his son to seek medical treatment at the Suddie Regional Hospital.The aftermath of the fireInformation received stated that the man’s teenaged grandson returned home and as he entered his bedroom, he observed it was on fire. He immediately raised an alarm for his mother and siblings to run to safety. They were reportedly in the lower flat of the building.Neighbours formed a bucket brigade and attempted to put out the blaze but due to the intense heat, their efforts proved futile. They however managed to remove a combine, other agricultural machinery and fertilisers that were stored in a shed in front of the burning building.After sometime, the fire tenders arrived at the scene but by this time, the entire upper flat of the building was destroyed. Nadira Parmanand explained that the fire started in the bedroom where the main power circuit is located; and as such, believed that the fire was electrical in nature.Meanwhile, Regional Chairman Davanand Ramdatt, Mayor of the Anna Regina Town Rabindranauth Mohan and Boodram of the Rice Producers Association subsequently visited the grieving family and offered their support.The cause of the fire is being investigated by fire officials.
…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.
It was a tough start for the Huskies, as right off the bat Fort St. John found themselves killing a 5-on-3 penalty. Despite killing off that 5-on-3 and gaining some positive momentum, another Huskies penalty resulted in a Slave Lake power-play goal, as a point shot was tipped in front of the net, past goaltender Travis McLean.As the physical first period progressed, the Huskies showed their ability to bite back, as rookie Tyler Norris tipped in a point shot off the stick of Jordan Gies with only 1:15 left in the opening frame, evening the score at 1-1.The Huskies wasted no time taking command of Saturday’s game in the second, as captain Cody Hildebrand popped in a rebound created from a Robbie Sidhu wrap-around attempt, giving the Huskies a 2-1 lead.- Advertisement -Fort St. John continued to pour on the pressure, but was matched by a solid performance in net by Wolves goaltender, Cutris Malbeuf, who made some key saves to keep his team in the game.On the other side of the ice, McLean also showed he’s got some serious skill in between the pipes, making some very timely saves in the period, none bigger than 13 minutes into the second, where he made a huge blocker save on a Slave Lake breakaway, preserving the Huskies’ 2-1 lead.That lead was strengthened in the third as Rookie Jayton Wieler scored his second goal of the year, followed by sophomore Dylan Houle’s first of the year, giving the Huskies a 4-1 lead in the final frame.Advertisement Slave Lake did score one more goal in the third, but it wasn’t enough to catch the Huskies, as the game concluded with the Fort St. John earning their first home and regular season victory.Following the game, head coach Gary Alexander said despite the win, teams around the NWJHL haven’t seen the Huskies’ full potential.“We’re showing what we are working on. We definitely have more talent than what the kids are giving themselves to believe in. So we are going to be a force to be reckoned with in another half-a-dozen games.”The head coach also spoke about the strong effort of his goaltender, who made 34 saves for the team’s first win, many of them quality scoring chances.Advertisement “Travis had a hell of a game. It’s a good moral booster and we needed that out of him to get where we are going.”The Huskies will have one week off, then it’s back to business on Saturday, Oct 20, as the team will hit the road to play the Beaverlodge Blades, who currently sit tied for fourth in the standings at 2-2-0.SIDE NOTE: Following the game, a ring was discovered by a member of the Huskies organization in the women’s bathroom of the North Peace Arena. If you or someone you know has lost a ring please call Moose FM (250-787-7100), ask for Sean and describe it, to ensure it is returned to its rightful owner.
Winning in Saturday’s event was the team of Connie Chretien, Deb Langevin, and Elaine Walker. They shot a two under, 71, while the runner ups of Pam Hunter, Diana Brown, and Geri Schilling shot an even par 73.Sunday’s winners in the two person scramble were Mary Czerwinski and Kari Barber.In the stroke play portion of the weekend, the winners in the Championship Flight were Connie Chretien and Dorthy Trask. Winning in the Second Flight was Diana Brown, and Elaine Walker, and winners in the Third Flight were Carol Bulmer and Lori Stewart.- Advertisement –
In the Seniors grouping, Greg Pallister remains out front. He improved on his 77 yesterday by shooting 75 today, for an overall score of 152. He has a healthy lead over Larry London who is nine back at 161 after a round of 79. In third is Bruce Craig. He shot 81 for a score of 163.Pearl Pimm leads the Ladies flight after a second consecutive 91. She has a big lead over Kelly Smeeth in second spot who sits at 193, after a round of 102. Third belongs to Cheryl Lequiere. She shot 104 on the day to sit at 198.Tomorrow is the final round of the NAPA Auto Parts Peace Country Open, with the first golfers teeing off shortly after 8 a.m. Eggers shot 73 on his round today for a combined total of 144. He carded 35 on the front nine, and 38 on the back nine of the course. Sitting in second place with a total of 147 is Larry Ramstead. It took him 36 strokes to get through the front nine, and 37 on the final stretch as he shot 73 for his second round. In third place heading into the final round tomorrow is Dave Callum who netted a 75 for the second consecutive day. He shot 37 and 38 over the front and back nine of the course.Stefan Brandman holds onto top spot for another day. He shot 77, for a two day total of 155. He came away with 37 on the front nine, and 40 on the back nine. Second spot belongs to Jake Lane after he carded a 79 to sit at 157. He shot a solid 36 on the front nine, and 39 over the final nine holes. In third is Peter DeBruyn. He’s seven shots back of the leader with 162 after two days. He shot 36 and 44, on his way to a round of 80.In the second flight, Dave L’Hirondelle now holds first place after an 81, for a two day total of 163. He holds a two shot lead over yesterday’s leader John Tanchuk who carded an 85, and 165 overall. L’Hirondelle shot 40, and 41 over the front and back nine of the course, while Tanchuk shot 40 and 45. Justin Taylor is third with a total of 171. He came away with 42 on the front nine, and 45 on the back nine, enroute to a round of 87.- Advertisement -There’s a two way tie for top spot in the third flight between Brett Young and Walter Trask. Young shot 84 today for a total of 164, while Trask shot a round of 80. Young managed to get through the first nine holes in 40 strokes, and the back in 44, while Trask shot 40 on both the front and back nine. Blair Karasiuk is five shots back with a total of 169. He shot 83 today, with a 41 on the front, and 42 on the back nine.Morris Paquette has moved into first in the fourth flight after a round of 79 gave him a total of 165. He shot 38 and 41 on the front and back nine of the course. Second belongs to Dave Buziak with a 168. He came away with 82 today, and managed to shoot 38 on the front nine, and 44 on the back nine. Third belongs to Derek Moore with 173. He shot an 82, after carding 91 yesterday. Robin DeRose and Rudy Paquette are tied going into the final round in the fifth flight. DeRose shot 94 today, while Paquette countered with 90. Both golfers sit at 182. Vince Trudgeon remains in third at 187. He shot 92, with 49 of those coming on the front nine and 43 on the back nine.Advertisement