Banking brands view surging wearables and wonder: Time to jump in?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr For early morning surfers at Sydney’s Bondi Beach who get a little hungry, there’s no need to dig through their duds looking for a wallet or a phone. If they’re customers of Westpac Bank they can just stroll up to the nearest vendor in their wetsuit, buy some grub and pay by tapping a wristband on the POS terminal.The wristband is one of several items in the Australian bank’s PayWear product linethat include near-field-communication (NFC) chips that link to whichever account at the bank the customer chooses. The wearable products include several fashion accessories from designer Hayden Cox, one of which is a waterproof, battery-free patch that can be attached to a hat or sleeve. As described on the bank’s website, “The Centsitive Patch is a discreet ‘out-of-sight’ wearable option. … Add it to the inner sleeve of your ski or music festival jacket and simply reach to tap and pay with it.”Across the globe in northern Europe, Nordea Bank customers will soon be able to make contactless payments using watch bracelets made by the Nordic design brands Triwa and Ur & Penn. Using a Mastercard platform and technology from Fidesmo, which uses a system of card tokenization, the Finnish-based bank plans is to add “jewelry and other gadgets” to the lineup of wearables consumers can use to make payments, including sports bands and smart watches.“While at the moment it’s fair to describe Fidesmo as a niche offering,” says Juha Risikko, Head of Mobile Commerce at Nordea, “… we believe that payments will be integrated into various types of devices in the future and the combined impact of supporting multiple cases will have a big impact on our customer value proposition.” This is only just the beginning, the Nordea executive concludes. continue reading »last_img read more

E coli outbreak spreads to 114 patients in 21 states

first_img A second death possibly linked to the outbreak, that of a patient from Ohio, has not been confirmed as of today, said Acheson. Infections involving the virulent strain have claimed one life and led to hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can cause kidney failure and death, in 18 patients, said David Acheson, MD, chief medical officer of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, at a press conference this afternoon. Nationwide, he said, 60 patients have been hospitalized with the illness. Acheson estimated that people’s exposure to spinach dropped late last week, and with an average 7-day incubation period for the infection, he predicted that new cases will begin to drop off by the end of this week. Sep 17 CDC press release In a press release yesterday, Natural Selection Foods voiced its concern for people who are ill and said that so far, packaging retained by patients is only from its nonorganic spinach products. Today’s case count is more than double the 50 cases the FDA reported when it first warned about the outbreak on Sep 14. At that point there were eight cases of HUS. The infection resolves in 5 to 10 days but causes HUS in 2% to 7% of patients. Children and older people are most likely to develop HUS. Recalls expandNatural Selection Foods of San Juan Bautista, Calif., yesterday recalled all of its products that contain spinach with best-if-used-by dates between Aug 17 and Oct 1. The recall affects 31 different brands. Natural Selection products are distributed in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Sep 18, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The number of people affected by a nationwide Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak, apparently linked to fresh spinach, has climbed to 114 in 21 states, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today. At a news conference yesterday, Acheson said samples from the states matched genetically and that an investigative team from California and the FDA has been gathering grower and distribution information. Indications so far are that contaminated spinach came from California, he said today. Of the infected patients, 75% are women, Acheson said today, adding that women are likely to have greater exposure to fresh spinach. He said the age range of the patients is from 20 to 64 years. In the preliminary analysis, the team determined that a separate company, River Ranch, had obtained bulk mixed spring greens for its products from Natural Selections Foods. The FDA said River Ranch is recalling its spring mix, which contains spinach. Three River Ranch brands are involved: Farmers Market, Hy Vee, and Fresh and Easy. “There’s no indication that the contamination was deliberate, but if we see things that don’t add up, we’ll pursue that possibility,” he said. Serious health concernsAcheson reported that the E coli outbreak is one of the largest in US history. He said he was particularly alarmed by the number of patients who developed HUS. The O157:H7 strain produces a toxin that typically causes bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps but no fever. See also: People who experience diarrhea after eating fresh spinach or salad blends containing fresh spinach should contact their healthcare provider and ask that their stool sample be tested for O157:H7, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a press release yesterday. The team will be looking at sources of E coli infection including irrigation, harvest conditions, agricultural production, food storage conditions, topography, and wild bird activity, Acheson said, adding that the FDA will investigate all possibilities, including terrorism. Rinsing contaminated spinach with water or other cleaning solutions won’t destroy the E coli, said Acheson, because the organism can get inside the plant. Sep 17 FDA press release The FDA has advised consumers to avoid eating fresh spinach or any products that contain fresh spinach, because early evidence suggested that bagged fresh spinach was the only food that all patients had in common. CIDRAP overview of pathogenic E coli read more

All change at Piccadilly

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Pandemic antibiotics surge will cause more deaths: WHO

first_imgSouth America yet to peak The novel coronavirus has infected at least 6.2 million people and killed more than 373,000 since the outbreak first emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP. WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan said that infection rates in South America were “far from stable” following a rapid increase in cases.Brazil, Peru, Chile and Mexico were among the 10 reporting the highest new number of cases in the past 24 hours.”Central and South America in particular have very much become the intense zones for transmission of this virus,” Ryan said.”I don’t believe we have reached the peak in that transmission and, at this point, I cannot predict when we will.” Disease treatment disrupted Meanwhile the WHO said the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) had been severely disrupted since the COVID-19 pandemic began in December, following a survey of 155 countries.”This situation is of significant concern because people living with NCDs are at higher risk of severe COVID-19-related illness and death,” it said.The survey, during a three-week period in May, found that low-income countries were most affected.Some 53 percent of countries reported partially or completely disrupted services for hypertension treatment.The figure was 49 percent for diabetes treatment and related complications; 42 percent for cancer treatment, and 31 percent for cardiovascular emergencies. The most common reasons for discontinuing or reducing services were cancellations of planned treatments, a decrease in available public transport and a lack of staff because health workers had been reassigned to COVID-19 treatment. Increased antibiotics use in combating the COVID-19 pandemic will strengthen bacterial resistance and ultimately lead to more deaths during the crisis and beyond, the World Health Organization said Monday.WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said a “worrying number” of bacterial infections were becoming increasingly resistant to the medicines traditionally used to treat them.The UN health agency said it was concerned that the inappropriate use of antibiotics during the coronavirus crisis would further fuel the trend. “The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased use of antibiotics, which ultimately will lead to higher bacterial resistance rates that will impact the burden of disease and deaths during the pandemic and beyond,” Tedros told a virtual press conference from the WHO’s Geneva headquarters.The WHO said only a small proportion of COVID-19 patients needed antibiotics to treat subsequent bacterial infections.The organization has issued guidance to medics not to provide antibiotic therapy or prophylaxis to patients with mild COVID-19, or to patients with moderate illness without a clinical suspicion of bacterial infection.Tedros said the guidelines said should help tackle antimicrobial resistance while saving lives. He called the threat of antimicrobial resistance “one of the most urgent challenges of our time”.”It’s clear that the world is losing its ability to use critically important antimicrobial medicines,” he said.Highlighting inappropriate usage, he said there was an “overuse” of antibiotics in some countries, while in low-income states, such life-saving medicines were unavailable, “leading to needless suffering and death”. Mass gatherings risk The WHO warned about the dangers of mass gatherings, as protests rage in the United States and elsewhere over the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd, and as sports events begin a tentative resumption.”Mass gatherings have the potential to act as super-spreading events,” warned Tedros, highlighting WHO guidance designed to help organizers determine how such events can be held safely.The WHO was asked about the street protests in the United States and the fear that they could increase the spread of the virus.”With increasing social mixing and people coming together, particularly in areas if the virus is not under control, that close contact between people can pose a risk,” answered the organization’s COVID-19 technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove — stressing that she was speaking about mass gatherings in general.People planning mass events should undertake a “very serious, rigorous risk assessment”, she said.”Physical distancing remains a very important aspect to control and suppression of transmission of COVID-19. This is not over yet,” the expert said. Topics :last_img read more

Plane crashes at Harrisville Airport

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisHarrisville — A plane carrying a family of four collided with the tree line on Saturday afternoon at the Harrisville Airport.Alcona County Sheriff’s Deputies, the Harrisville Fire Department, and Alcona County EMS responded to the crash on the south end of the airfield. The cause of the crash was due to the plane’s failure to get up to speed and take off. All four family members were treated for minor injuries on the scene. The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Aviation Administration.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Airport, Alcona County EMS, Alcona County Sheriff, Federal Aviation Administration, Harrisville, Harrisville Airport, Plane, Plane CrashContinue ReadingPrevious Maritime Archaeologists recover artifacts from World War II plane crash in Lake HuronNext Oscoda schools take precaution against PFAS toxins with new fountainslast_img read more

West Blue Consulting and Twellium Industries partner McDan Open tennis

first_imgWest Blue Consulting, an innovative business and IT consulting firm and Twellium Industries, producers of Rush Energy Drink will partner McDan Group as supporting sponsors for this year’s McDan Open West Africa Tennis Tournament between June 27 and July 2.The tournament to be played at the Accra Stadium, is expected to attract close to 200 players from the West African Sub region, as total prize money of $5,000In an interview Ms. Valentina Mintah, CEO of West Blue Consulting said, “at West blue we are very passionate about young people and opportunities that help them develop. The McDan Open West Africa tournament is a great platform we can associate with to ensure young people can play good tennis and eventually help Ghana to win big laurels at major international competitions””We look forward to tough competition especially considering that players from Cote d’Ivoire Ghana Togo Benin and Nigeria will battle each other on the courts, ” she added.According to Ms Mintah, she her outfit is confident the partnership will eventually help produce big names like the Djokovics and Williams of today “”We have also used our social responsibility projects on underprivileged youth and sports a a great way of creating opportunities for these people””We are also particularly excited about the fact that other countries are coming together. Since we operate in countries in the sub region. We want to foster closer friendship and co-operation. The McDan Open tournament provides a great platform for it,” she told Joy Sports. Rush Energy Drink who were the official beverage partner for the first edition are excited to be part of this year’s event which has opened up to the sub region. Emelia Gyasi, Assistant Marketing Manager, in another interview ,”We are glad to be part of this continuous process of developing talents and also giving a big stage for regular competition, “”Rush Energy Drink our flagship brand provides energy and in the same way we want our partnership with McDan Open to provide the needed energy for our tennis players to reach churn out quality and achieve great results, ” she told Joy Sports.Meanwhile Group Chairman of McDan shipping, Dr Daniel McKorley, has promised a spectacular event in this year’s edition of the tournament .According to him the decision to bring West Blue and Rush Energy Drink on Board was due to their belief in his efforts to revive Ghana tennis Dr McKorley who is an avid tennis enthusiast revealed that the steady progress of the tournament, having assumed international dimension (West Africa) is a strong indication of his pledge that the tournament has come to stay. Meanwhile, Dr McKorley, who marked his birthday on June 16 anniversary yesterday presented loads of food items, toiletries and an undisclosed amount to the Teshie Orphanage. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Florida man arrested for masturbating outside of a Chipotle restaurant

first_imgPolice in Hollywood, Florida have arrested a man who was caught masturbating in his car with the windows rolled down in front of a busy Chipotle restaurant.The incident occurred Saturday outside of the restaurant at 11029 Pines Blvd.Police say several witnesses contacted them after seeing the suspect later identified as 55-year-old Craig Lawrence Fuller, sitting in the driver’s seat of his black Ford Ranger with his privates exposed as he appeared to masturbate.Authorities also reported that two of the vehicle’s windows were rolled down which exposed what he was doing to the public.When Fuller noticed the sergeant approaching his vehicle, he then tried to lean forward to conceal what he was doing.He has since been arrested on a charge of exposure of sexual organs.last_img read more

Marine Park Meeting Nov. 9

first_imgBy John Burton RED BANK – All three proposals for Marine Park are out as far as the Parks Recreation Chair is concerned, as well as the criteria set up to evaluate the proposals.Borough Councilwoman Linda Schwabenbauer, who chairs the council’s Parks and Recreation Committee, said she will recommend that the council reject all three proposals submitted for projects at the borough-owned but Super Storm Sandy damaged tennis courts area in Marine Park.Schwabenbauer said she will offer her recommendation at the next regularly scheduled council meeting for Nov. 9.As for the reasoning, Schwabenbauer said, “The thing is, we received so much feedback from the public saying they didn’t want to do Jetsun.“And because of that we really can’t do Jetsun,” she acknowledged.Jetsun Enterprises, a private group of investors, had offered what was the most ambitious, but what became the most controversial and politically-fueled of the three plans submitted to the council’s requests for proposals (RFPs) back in April.That plan called for the construction of an 18-hole miniature golf course, synthetic, year-round ice rink, a food concession stand, a boathouse offering canoe and kayak rentals; there would also be driven golf carts to take patrons to and from off-site parking.The other plans call for rebuilding the tennis courts and operating them independently from the borough, providing the borough with a portion of the proceeds; and a boathouse and catering hall that would offer boat rentals and recreational and educational programs sponsored by the Navesink River Rowing Club and Navesink Maritime Heritage Association.When evaluating the three plans the parks and rec committee relied on quantifiable criteria in making its determination. And by that matrix, the Jetsun proposal was the clear winner, “by a head and shoulders,” Schwabenbauer said. All three councilmembers who served on the parks and rec committee, Schwabenbauer, Edward Zipprich and Kathy Horgan, made the determination to endorse Jetsun. The parks and rec volunteer advisory committee did the same, Schwabenbauer said.Given the parks and rec committee is dismissing the criteria, it was only right it reject all proposals, Schwabenbauer maintained. “You have to throw out the whole process.”In response to Schwabenbauer’s decision, Jetsun Enterprises principal Douglas Boonton said, “Needless to say we are disappointed in the decision as we feel we answered the RFP properly as laid out by the town back in April. All bidders expended a lot of time and resources to ensure their proposals had a positive impact on the community. This will only result in further inaction at the site and ultimately a detriment to the residents and visitors alike.”As it stands there is no plan to reinstitute a request for proposals for the location. “If it was up to me, in the short term anyway, we would clean it up, plant some grass and put in some picnic tables,” Schwabenbauer said.Schwabenbauer had hoped to offer her decision at the Oct. 28 council meeting, but it was canceled due to a lack of a quorum.The borough red clay tennis courts are a favorite for the sport enthusiasts, given it was one of only a couple of public red clay courts in the state. The courts, which date back to 1930, were severely damaged by Super Storm Sandy.The Jetsun proposal faced growing opposition from many who saw it as too expansive and detrimental to a public park.last_img read more


first_imgMark Casse61106816%$798,378 Brice Blanc5973412%$332,530 Flavien Prat14815172010%$882,334 Santa Anita Employees — MenJesus Camacho Racing 20:56Rene Henriquez Starting Gate 21:44Tony Ortega Parking 22:25Jorge Mier Laborers 24:36Joe Chile HRTV 26:27Alec Jimenez Corp Yard 27:19Jerry Gutierrez Janitors 31:40 Joe Morris TOC 37:17Raymundo Franco A-Gate 49:19 Hector Palma3475221%$190,850 John Sadler13421181716%$1,415,184 -30- Peter Eurton8615131517%$878,506 A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 Mike Smith11121211719%$2,494,491 Rafael Bejarano27566413524%$3,283,536 Ron Ellis63145922%$481,840 Jeff Bonde3692425%$346,840 Philip D’Amato7618121224%$902,970 Drayden Van Dyke20923262411%$1,452,387 MEXICAN STANDOFF LOOMS IN KENTUCKY DERBYLUZZI TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD NEXT SUNDAYSANTA ANITA DERBY DAY 5K RUN A SUCCESSESPINOZA, SADLER BASK IN FOUR-WIN SATURDAY Edwin Maldonado11916111413%$553,154 ESPINOZA, GARCIA ON KENTUCKY DERBY FAVORITESIn a setting as American as apple pie, Twin Spires and all, a Mexican mano a manobattle looms at storied Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May between Victor Espinoza and Martin Garcia, natives of Mexico and the regular riders of the two favorites for the 141st Kentucky Derby, American Pharoah and Dortmund.Espinoza, 42, from the metropolis of Mexico City, and Garcia, 30, from the touristy beach town of Vera Cruz, some 500 miles away, could decide not only which is the best 3-year-old trained by Bob Baffert, American Pharoah ridden by Espinoza or Dortmund ridden by Garcia, but also who wins the Run for the Roses.Dortmund’s smashing victory in Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby only added to his wow factor. Should this red Mack truck of a horse–call him The Diesel–win the Kentucky Derby, it would mark the third time in the last four years the Santa Anita Derby winner had done so, I’ll Have Another winning in 2012 and California Chrome last year.American Pharoah, meanwhile, is poised to capture the $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, which would set up a match between two stablemates that harkens back to those thrilling days of yesteryear when the entry of Citation and Coaltown fromlegendary Calumet Farm ran one-two at 40 cents to the dollar in the 1948 Derby.All was fine Sunday with Dortmund, said Baffert, who watched American Pharoah work six furlongs with Garcia up in a bullet 1:11.60. “That was perfect,” Baffert said. “I got him galloping out (seven furlongs) in 1:24.80. He’s right on schedule. He does everything real easy. He’ll leave Wednesday for Oaklawn.”Thus the countdown diminishes, for the racing world as a whole, and for two jockeys from south of the border, who, before gaining prominence at the top of their profession, were eking out an existence, Garcia as a no habla ingles hash slinger in a Pleasanton deli and Espinoza as a bus driver in his native country.“He was so small,” said his agent, Brian Beach, “he could hardly see over the steering wheel.”Espinoza made light of the fact that he was from a big town and Garcia was not.“We’re all Mexicans,” Espinoza said. “It’s all the same.”Now the Kentucky Derby, less than a month away, grows ever larger in importance, with all prospective participants focused on keeping their charges fit and healthy. They know full well that anything can happen in the world of sports, horse racing no exception.After all, Kentucky’s Wildcats fell after a 38-0 start.But they were human. American Pharoah and Dortmund are not.MIKE LUZZI TO ACCEPT WOOLF AWARD NEXT SUNDAYMike Luzzi will accept Santa Anita’s 2015 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award next Sunday, April 12, in a ceremony between races.Sidelined because of a broken leg and a fractured pelvis sustained in a paddock accident last Nov. 2 at Aqueduct, Luzzi has undergone reconstructive surgery and is going through rehabilitation for a return to the saddle at some point this year.Presented annually by Santa Anita since 1950, the Woolf Award is one of the most coveted honors in racing, as it recognizes riders whose careers and personal character have earned esteem for both the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing.Luzzi, who has won 3,420 career races, is expected to be accompanied by his wife, Tania, and children Larue and Lane. Eddie Truman2373230%$325,690 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Martin Pedroza17117262210%$756,334 Martin Garcia14228191620%$2,660,510 Richard Mandella6814101321%$909,846 Santa Anita Employees — WomenNorma Ramirez Parking 24:08Nancy Ramirez Parking 29:35Sandy Hoar Hospitality 31:19Christine Beer Racing 35:39Jennifer Cirillo Accounting 36:55Lisa Bisgaard Stable Café 49:22Maria Bisgaard Stable Café 53:21Voni Walker Parking 58:35Terri Hanks Accounting 1:02:55 (Current Through Saturday, April 4) Doug O’Neill17523162513%$1,105,560 CAMACHO, RAMIREZ SISTERS, FLORES TOP DERBY DAY 5K RUNSOn a day when Bob Baffert’s Dortmund and One Lucky Dane punched their tickets to the Kentucky Derby, Santa Anita employees and jockeys showed their own athletic prowess in the Derby Day 5K Run & Walk yesterday.Even prominent trainers like John Sadler (30:46, 1245th overall) and Dan Blacker (19:30, 39th overall) showed they know a little about running themselves.Outrider Jesus Camacho, who ran a close second to Autopark’s Tony Ortega, turned the table to finish first among male Santa Anita employees with a respectable time of 20:56, good for 87th overall in field of more than 5,700 participants. Rene Henriquez, a perennial DD5K contender, finished second, with Ortega completing the trifecta.Autopark’s Norma and Nancy Ramirez made the 5K a family affair, taking the top two spots, with Sandy Hoar, who works on the Inner Mezz, taking third.Eswan Flores won the jockeys division in 20:20 and 65th overall. Victor Espinoza18035342519%$2,417,496 Jack Carava51710814%$222,370 Bob Baffert10725191323%$2,899,552 Agapito Delgadillo4966512%$165,778 Felipe Valdez9013121514%$424,471 Peter Miller15529271819%$1,434,506 Tiago Pereira1201691513%$490,982 Joseph Talamo25226274310%$1,854,118 FINISH LINES: Simon Callaghan, trainer of Sunland Derby winner Firing Line, twice beaten a head by Dortmund, on the latter’s Santa Anita Derby romp: “It was definitely nice to see Dortmund win as impressively as he did. Firing Line, Dortmund and American Pharoah seem to have similar front-running styles, but in the Kentucky Derby, you’ve got to get a good post position, and that determines a lot of things, but I like the way our horse is doing.” Callaghan said Firing Line is scheduled work “either Friday or Saturday.” . . . Victor Espinoza was back to work Sunday morning after winning four races Saturday, including the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on Stellar Wind for John Sadler, who also won four races, three of them with Espinoza. It was not Espinoza’s greatest day. He won seven races, the first six in a row, to set a Del Mar record in 2006. “We’ve won four in one day before,” said Sadler, “so it was a big day, no question. We thought we were pretty well-spotted with the last three. Kristo (nose winner of the fifth race at $25) was a little more of a pleasant surprise, but we thought we were running the favorite in the Oaks and the other two were short prices. We looked to have a good day, but a lot of times it doesn’t go that way. Yesterday everything went really well.” . . . Scott McClellan has Joe Talamo booked on Home Run Kitten for David Hofmans next Friday in the Maker’s 46 Mile at Keeneland . . . Legendary Hall of Fame jockey Manuel Ycaza will visit the Great Race Place for the first time in many years next weekend as the fiercely competitive Panamanian will be on-hand for the 66th George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award presentation on Sunday . . .The 20 cent Golden Pick 6 Jackpot at Golden Gate Fields went down again Saturday at a $280,459 payout. It was the second time this meet it’s been hit. On Feb. 20, the 20 cent payoff was $363,424, quite a bonanza. James Cassidy70981213%$395,490 Corey Nakatani11419111617%$933,348 Steven Miyadi4296421%$299,780 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Tyler Baze30940393513%$2,422,374 Mark Glatt8214161217%$618,482 Fernando Perez1971624248%$822,208 Jerry Hollendorfer16729212417%$3,259,252 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Elvis Trujillo22326302112%$1,473,420 Santa Anita JockeysEswan Flores 20:20Joe Steiner 21:59Aaron Gryder 22:38Elvis Trujillo 23:19Alex Solis 24:34Tiago Pereira 30:01Kayla Stra 30:10Omar Figueroa 1:05:26 Santiago Gonzalez13017152013%$749,934 Thomas Proctor5386315%$564,378 Mike Puype101915149%$467,486 Mario Gutierrez110101699%$552,122 Michael Pender5078614%$203,780 Kent Desormeaux20234352417%$2,047,560 Brandon Boulanger11565105%$213,346 Gary Stevens9717141818%$1,534,578 Steve Knapp3872318%$287,140 Richard Baltas821714721%$740,135last_img read more

Fire destroys Angoy’s Avenue house, arson suspected

first_imgA fire of unknown origin on Thursday evening destroyed a two-storey house at Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam, leaving a family of seven homeless.The aftermath of the fireThe fire was first seen sometime after 23:00h on Wednesday. At the time of the fire, the house did not have any electricity and the occupants were not at the house. They had reportedly left the home about a week ago.A relative, Clebert Benjamin, told Guyana Times that he was awakened and given the news of the fire. As he rushed to the scene, he saw a unit from the Guyana Fire Service in New Amsterdam putting out the blaze.He explained that the firefighters initially had difficulty accessing water from a dried-out trench and had to resort to a canal one street away.However, he noted that by the time they were able to access water, the building was already flattened.“They come without water so by the time they get water it was too late,” he said. Some reports suggested that a window was seen open at the side of the building and it is believed that the fire might have been deliberately set.An investigation has been launched into the origin of the fire.last_img read more