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Woman rescues 4-year-old grandson as fire razes Plaisance home

first_imgA woman and her four-year-old grandson are now homeless after their Plaisance, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home was destroyed by fire early Wednesday night.The blaze started about 18:45h at the Lot 38 Graham Street, Plaisance residence. The small wooden house was occupied by Florence Alexander, a security guard, and her toddler grandson.Small fires still ignited around the burnt rubbleSpeaking with <<>>, Alexander related that the child was asleep in the room and she was out in yard washing clothes when she noticed the flames in the house.“I see a red thing like a ball in the kitchen and I run in but by the time I reach in, the fire done start spread all over,” she recalled.The distraught woman added that she rushed in the house and woke her grandson. She noted that while she managed to get both the child and herself out the burning building to safety, she was unable to save anything from the house.“I run in and shout ‘fire, fire’, calling for him. When he wake up and see the smoke, he was going to run back in the room but I tell him to run outside because the fire was spreading fast fast and nasty,” the woman related.By the time the two occupants got out the burning building, neighbours became aware of what was happening and summoned the fire service.Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters went into action and managed to put out the blaze. However, by that time, the 47-year-old woman said everything was already gone.In tears, Alexander further told this newspaper that this is the third time a house was destroyed by fire at that residence – the first being in 2005 and then again in 2011.According to the grieving woman, the 2005 fire claimed the life of her two-year-old nephew, who was burnt to death in the house.last_img read more

Ministry to check credentials of officials: Goel

first_imgNew Delhi, May 20 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel today said the government will scrutinise the credentials of officials selected to accompany athletes during multi- disciplinary events. Goels comments came as the CBI is probing two doctors – Pawan Deep Singh and R S Negi – who were allegedly sent to Rio Olympics with an 118-member Indian contingent without having the required qualifications. “We will ask the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to submit resumes, expertise of contingents and other details of the people accompanying Indian athletes. We will examine whether the person fulfils the criteria before permitting them for events like the Olympics,” Goel said. “Of course, the federations will select the doctors and other support staff. But they will have to send the names and bio datas of all such people before we allow them to go to events like the Olympics,” the minister added. PTI AT AH AHlast_img read more

Snowbirds cite need for additional training cancel airshow appearances

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s famed Snowbirds have put their airshow season on hold so that some of its pilots can get more practice.Snowbird team lead Maj. Patrick Gobeil said Tuesday that the iconic flying team’s normal training schedule had been cut short this year because of bad weather.The nine-plane team went ahead with several airshows, including a joint flyby over Parliament Hill with a French squadron earlier this month.But Gobeil said it was determined that more practice was necessary after some of the planes were seen deviating from their positions in mid-flight.“As a result, more training is required before the Snowbirds resume their 2017 schedule,” Gobeil said in a statement, adding that the team was pulling out of six airshows between now and mid-June.“The safety of our team and spectators is extremely important. We’re going to assess where we’re at and work hard to get back to the airshow circuit, so we can continue putting on safe and fantastic shows,”Two of the shows affected are in Ontario — Windsor and Fort Erie — while the other four are in the U.S.The Snowbirds, in their iconic white, red and blue Tutor jets, have been entertaining airshow visitors in Canada and across the U.S. since 1971.last_img read more