Drop-in Centre fire victims laid to rest

first_imgThe two children who died during a fire at the Hadfield Street Drop-in Centre earlier this month, were laid toPersons at the funeral service of Antonio and Joshua Georgerest at an emotional funeral service held at the New Covenant Ministries Church on Joseph Pollydore Street, Lodge on Tuesday.Director of the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) Ann Greene, disclosed that the two brothers – Antonio George, 6; and his two-year-old brother Joshua George, along with three other siblings were taken into care at the Centre two days prior to their demise.This was after an investigation into allegations that they were neglected and abused by their relatives.She relayed that as per routine, the CC&PA took the children for medical attention the following day and it was confirmed that they were victims of neglect and maltreatment.However, on the day that the children were supposed to be given to the care of relatives, the two young brothers perished in a fire which occurred at the Drop-in Centre.It was reported that the younger brother was asleep in the dormitory when the fire started and as the elder brother was being taken out of the building by caregivers, he rushed back in to save his brother. However, he became trapped in the building.Greene at a press briefing following the incident stated that the Social Protection Ministry would take full responsibility for the tragic incident and bear the full cost of the funeral for the young children.President David Granger has since ordered an inquiry into the incident.On Tuesday, Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence, Minister within the Social Protection Ministry Keith Scott, and other Ministry officials were at the funeral to pay their respects.last_img read more


first_imgThis video above captures the distressful final moments of a group of tragic Pilot Whales that became beached on Ballyness Bay, Falcarragh earlier this morning.So far five whales have sadly perished on the beach at Ballyness Bay while eight others battle for life. The other whales have been re-floated thanks to a mammoth rescue effort by locals.However it appears that the whales are disorientated and seem intent on returning to land, which means they’ll almost certainly get beached again.Rescuers described the sense of hopelessness felt earlier this morning when attempts to save five of the whales failed.As seen in the video above, rescuers are helpless as the whales lie on the strand slowly dying gasping for a return to sea. One rescuer said, It’s just heart breaking to be honest, it was hard to watch.“We all felt hopeless as there was nothing we could do for some of them as they were close to death when they were found, but it was agonising watching them struggle.“Thankfully we managed to re-float the majority of the whales, but it seems that there hesitant about going back out to sea, and seem to want to return to the land.“They’re disorientated and some of them seem to be ill, if they do get beached again, I don’t think they will survive, but we’re just hoping they return to sea.   DDTV: TRAGIC FINAL MOMENTS OF PILOT WHALES CAPTURED ON VIDEO was last modified: July 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTVDIEDFalcarraghFeaturesHopelessnessnewsSadnessStrandedwhaleslast_img read more