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The Public Transport Service Cor-
poration (PTSC) will soon switch
over its entire fleet to be powered
by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG).
The announcement was made by
Transport Minister Stephen Cadiz
while speaking at an appreciation
function for women of his constituen-
cy of Chaguanas East at Enterprise.
The minister PTSC spends $40
million in diesel fuel annually. He said
converting to CNG would slash that
bill by $35 million.
Cadiz said retrofitting the present
fleet would not be viable because
many buses were outdated and aged.
He said with the exception of the
ELDAMO buses for physically chal-
lenged people, the newest bus in
PTSC's fleet is seven years old while
the oldest operating bus is over 20
He said cabinet has approved a bus
rationalisation project. That bus ratio-
nalising committee, he added, is
expected to give a report in one
Cadiz said PTSC operates 24 dif-
ferent types of buses most which are
unsuitable for T&T's roads and hillside
terrains in Tobago.
He said the different types of buses
also create a problem when it comes
to stocking spare parts. The minister
also noted that NGC has partnered
wit PTSC to do a few buses in the
first instance. He said trials with the
CNG powered buses would start
between Port-of-Spain and San Fer-
LONDON---Officials say a search has been called
off for four Britons missing at sea after their yacht
apparently capsized in the mid-Atlantic.
The crew of the Cheeki Rafiki had been returning
from Antigua Sailing Week in the Caribbean when
it ran into trouble about 1,000 kilometres (620 miles)
east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on Thursday.
UK charter and training company Stormforce
Coaching said in a statement yesterday the company
was "devastated" the search had been ended without
The company said the yacht started to take on
water Thursday but the situation seemed stable and
the yacht was diverted to the Azores.
However, the company said contact was lost Friday.
It said it believes the crew had abandoned the ship
and boarded its life raft. (AP)
British yacht missing
with 4 on board
Margarita Estrada, left, gets a gift from Chaguanas East MP Stephen
Cadiz at Saturday's appreciation function. PHOTO: VINDRA GOPAUL
PTSC ready for CNG powered fleet
The Girl Guides Association of T&T will celebrate
100 years in existence on June 8.
Ever since the first Guide meeting at St Ann's Church
Hall, Oxford Street, Port-of-Spain, 1914, the association
has been serving the nation's youth and communities
with the sole purpose of developing responsible global
GGATT is a full and active member of the World
Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, the world's
largest voluntary organisation for young girls and women.
Guiding, as set out by its founder Lord Baden Powell,
who visited the islands in 1930, is a programme premised
on four signposts. These include health, handicraft,
character and service, each of these objectives being
tailored to provide developmental opportunities for girls
and young women between the ages of six and 21 years.
Today, the membership spans just over 3,000 uni-
formed leaders and girls across 17 divisions in T&T
under the leadership of president Jennifer Johnson and
deputy chief commissioner Jacqueline Dolly.
The most active group as people like to say is called
the "Brownies" who are little girls between the ages of
six and nine who strive to do their best in their every
undertaking according to the promise they have made.
They can be recognised by their little brown dresses
and sprightly behaviour.
To recognise this outstanding milestone achievement,
the association began its centennial celebrations in June
2013 and will culminate in December 2014.
A large public event with fun activities for the entire
family with a mission to not only celebrate but to
highlight the contributions made by the association
and other associated military/para-military youth groups
as well as other organisations who have accomplished
100 years, has been planned for June 8.
For inquiries on centennial celebrations or partnering
opportunities please contact the Grace Anderson Head-
quarters at 628-7966. Like us on Facebook @GGATT100,
Follow us on Twitter @GirlGuidesTT or visit our Web
site at www.girlguidestt.org for more information on
Girl Guides host
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