Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 16th 2015 Contents A22
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, October 16, 2015
Take notice that the office of Attorney at Law,
IMRAN S. KHAN
has been RELOCATED from
No. 28 Keate Street, San Fernando
No. 22 Prince of Wales Street, San Fernando
(opposite St. Kevin's College)
Pipeline operations by MVs Michael M Kathy
M, Kenneth O and barge Winston B, towing
pipelines of up to 2000 feet in length in
progress between La Romaine Bay Area and
Main Soldado Oilfield will continue until 31st
A wide berth and caution is advised
25th February 2015
Beverly Phillip Director of Maritime
Services Maritime Services Division
Ministry of Transport
No small gas hike
While many are saying that the hike in gas prices
is not much, the same is not true for taxi drivers
across the country.
With super gas going up by 36 cents per liter, no
one buys one liter of gas. On average it took $130 to
fill a tank from empty on the last gas price. Now it
takes around $170 to fill up.
That $30 per day increase when multiplied by 25
days (taxi drivers often work more days than that)
comes up to over $700 per month. That's a few bills
well that now have to be covered by extra work.
But PNM, you ran
T&T for 46 years
PNM behaves in a
manner so as to make
it appear as if they
never ran the country
till this year. They ran it
for 46 years! After the
first 30 years of their leadership the economy was
run aground into the hands of the IMF. So while
they're playing innocent bystanders, their policies
form the foundation of the country's brittle economy.
It was the PNM's myopic vision 2020 that they
used as license to spend out the country's second en-
ergy boom profits from the mid to late 2000s, on
white elephants to feed egos, like tall buildings bud-
geted at inflated prices.
So they're very dishonest to point fingers at the
PP for the economy when they ran the economy for
They have rookie politicians on board who are re-
peating the same failed decisions as their predeces-
We would not have this large budget deficit if the
lazy finance and company regulators appointed
under the PNM between 2001 and 2010 were vigi-
lant and diligent in their fiduciary duties.
PNM will not admit they were asleep at the gover-
nance wheel when Clico, BA and CMMB were failing.
And that it is their lack of vigilance and their indiffer-
ence that engineered the transfer of billions of tax-
payers' money to bailout Clico and its affiliate
So it is a perverse departure from truth to imply
the country is facing finance problems because citi-
zens were lazy or greedy. Or to imply that the coun-
try is facing finance problems because of events
strictly from the PP's five years or governance.
T&T's latest finance problems is by virtue of finan-
cial regulations and degraded monitoring of compa-
nies during PNM's 2000 to 2010 stint in office.
RICHARD SMITH, MSC,
Carbon monoxide is a colourless,
odorless and tasteless gas by nature
which can result in sudden illness and
death. It is often referred to as the
This toxic gas resulted in the death of
a family of eight in Maryland, United
States. According to an article published
by the Mail Online on April 19, 2015,
the Todd family died between March 28
and April 6. Mr Todd and his seven
children, aged six to 15 were poisoned
in their sleep from carbon monoxide
produced by a generator placed in the
kitchen to generate heat. The generator
was used after their supply of electrici-
ty was cut off.
Exposure to this toxic gas can take
place in the home, workplace and even
in vehicles. The buildup of this toxic
gas, not only affects people but also
animals that breathe it.
Carbon monoxide is produced when
fuels such as wood, coal, gasoline, nat-
ural gas, oil and propane are burnt.
Sources that are likely to produce car-
bon monoxide from using such fuels
may include vehicles, powerboats, char-
coal grills, gas appliances, machines,
ovens and generators.
The danger is magnified when com-
bustion products are not properly ven-
tilated such as in cars, trucks or other
types of engines that are left running in
enclosed spaces such as garages. Even
sitting in an idling car in an open
garage or swimming behind an idling
boat can be dangerous. Dangerous levels
of carbon monoxide can also build up
inside houses and buildings from fuel-
burning appliances which are not prop-
erly installed or used.
According to the Center for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), statistics
reveal that nearly 400 Americans die
from unintentional carbon monoxide
poisoning each year while Statistics
Canada reported 380 accidental deaths
between 2000 and 2009.
Carbon monoxide is deadly because
there are no obvious signs it may be
building up in the immediate environ-
ment. It is invisible and once it is
inhaled, it is quickly absorbed and
combines with the blood to produce a
compound called carboxyhemoglobin,
which reduces the ability of blood to
carry oxygen. Without oxygen, body
tissues and cells cannot function, hence
the brain, heart and other vital organs
Large amounts of carbon monoxide
can overcome a person in minutes
without warning, resulting in uncon-
sciousness and suffocation. Symptoms
from carbon monoxide poisoning are
often described as flu-like. Most com-
mon symptoms include headache,
dizziness, weakness, upset stomach,
vomiting, chest pain, and confusion.
During prolonged or high exposures,
symptoms may worsen and include
vomiting, confusion witha a tendency
to collapse, in addition to loss of con-
sciousness and muscular weakness.
Everyone is at risk for carbon monox-
ide poisoning. However, poisoning may
occur sooner in those most susceptible
such as infants, the elderly and people
with heart or lung diseases as well as
those who are anemic. Individuals who
are sleeping or intoxicated can also die
from carbon monoxide poisoning before
displaying any symptoms.
People in certain occupations and
working environments are also vulnera-
ble to carbon monoxide poisoning.
Work environments such as breweries,
petroleum refineries, warehouses, boiler
rooms, around docks, steel production
as well as pulp and paper production
can produce harmful levels of carbon
monoxide. People in the following line
of occupations are also prone to high
levels of carbon monoxide: welders,
firefighters, forklift operators, marine
terminal workers, parking lot atten-
dants, police officers, garage mechanics,
customs inspectors, diesel engine oper-
ators and taxi drivers.
The best way to control carbon
monoxide exposure is to remove it
entirely from the immediate environ-
ment. However, added precautions can
also be taken to help prevent carbon
monoxide poisoning especially in the
home and from motor vehicles:
How to prevent carbon monoxide
poisoning in the home?
1. Carbon monoxide detectors can be
installed in the home, preferably outside
of all the sleeping areas. These devices
can and do save lives.
2. Ventilation systems are another
effective means of eliminating carbon
monoxide from the home. This is par-
ticularly important with the presence of
gas appliances as well as water heaters.
3. Ensure that heating systems, water
heater and any other gas, oil, or coal-
burning appliances are serviced yearly
by a qualified technician. Ranges or
ovens for heating can also cause a
buildup of carbon monoxide within the
4. Generators should not be used
inside of the home, garage or less than
20 feet from any window, door or vent.
How to prevent Carbon Monoxide
poisoning from vehicles?
Exhaust emissions from vehicles are a
major source of carbon monoxide. A
small leak in the exhaust system can
lead to a buildup of carbon monoxide
inside of a vehicle.
1. Have the exhaust system of your
vehicle checked by a mechanic on a
2. Never let your vehicle engine run
inside of a garage that is attached to a
house with a closed garage door.
3. Always ensure doors are open to
allow the circulation of fresh air at all
Carbon monoxide kills, hence knowl-
edge, awareness and prevention is the
key to this silent killer.
SAFETY FROM CARBON MONOXIDE
Institute for Security
and Public Safety
trains people from the
corporate sector as
well as government
security agencies and
individuals in a wide
array of programmes.
Contact us at 223-
6999 / 222-8347,
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