— Guyanese captain, Venezuelan crew escape injuryEight persons on Friday morning managed to escape from a burning, sinking vessel on the Cuyuni River in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).The 40-foot iron vessel went up in flames as a result of gas emanating from aThe boat engulfed in flameshose that slipped out of a stove aboard the boat.According to reports reaching Guyana Times, the boat was at the time travelling along the Cuyuni River, carrying a crew of Venezuelans. Around 06:00h on the morning in question, the cook was about to light the stove when the hose attached to the gas cylinder accidentally slipped out.The Guyanese Captain, 26-year-old Paul Lewis, along with the members of his crew, was forced to jump into the river, leaving behind the engulfed vessel.The occupants of the boat then managed to swim ashore where they sought assistance. No one was injured.An investigation has been launched.
Today electric vehicles typically cost about 25 per cent more than non-electric ones, but they can save motorists about 75 per cent of their fuel costs. Energy Minister Bill Bennett says the province will offer incentives for the purchase or lease of new battery electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.“Now with our third consecutive balanced budget, we’re able to afford about $10.5 million that’s going to go into, first and foremost, some $5,000 incentives to consumers who will buy electric vehicles,” Minister Bennett goes on to say. “There’s also $1 million that’s going to go towards developing electric vehicle fleets, and there’s about $1.6 million that’s going to go into charging stations – which is part and parcel what you need to do.”“You can’t just stop at incentivising people to buy electric vehicles; you also have to make it easier for them to recharge.”- Advertisement -The second phase of the program begins next Wednesday April 1, 2015, and the Ministry of Energy will administer and implement it in partnership with the Fraser Basin Council, the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, and the New Car Dealers Association of BC – which is led by President and CEO Blair Qualey.“We’ve been talking to the government, I think for a year now, around the opportunity to…recharge the Clean Energy Vehicle Program, so we’re all excited about that – we think it’s terrific news,” says Qualey. “We were honoured to run the last program for the provincial government, and we’re really pleased to see the minister make the announcement.”Qualey adds, “This government’s shown strong leadership on the environment; strong leadership around the automotive sector, so this is terrific news for British Columbia and our environment.”Advertisement