Road to Recovery Begins with Serious Determination

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 12, 2017 – Southern Bahamas – The road to recovery for residents of those Bahamian islands negatively impacted by Hurricane Irma began with “serious determination,” Monday (September 11, 2017).Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis and a team of senior Administration officials took the first, critical steps on the road to recovery from Hurricane Irma Monday, visiting the three islands in the Southern Bahamas that were most impacted by the very dangerous Category 4 storm, September 8, 2017.They were there to get on-the-ground briefings from Damage Assessment Teams that traveled as part of the Prime Minister’s delegation, and to speak with residents – some of whom decided to “ride out” the dangerous storm.Dr. Minnis was also briefed by Initial Damage Assessment Teams – particularly officers of the Royal Bahamas Police and Defence Forces and Local Government officials — who would have gone into the affected areas in the immediate aftermath of the storm.The work of the Initial Damage Assessment Teams and the Damage Assessment Teams is critical in Disaster Management, as their assessments will be used to help provide Government planners with a road map towards determining the appropriate course of action to be taken on the path to recovery.Prime Minister Minnis was scheduled to visit the islands on Sunday (September 10, 2017) after the ‘All Clear’ was given for the Southern Bahamas, but severe headwinds in New Providence forced aviators to push back Dr. Minnis’ visit to Monday.The Prime Minister was accompanied by Minister of Works, the Hon. Desmond Bannister; Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Renward Wells; Minister of Education, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd; Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands; Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell; Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar; Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield; Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Lanisha Rolle, and Minister of Labour, Senator, the Hon. Dion Foulkes.The delegation also comprised Opposition Leader, the Hon. Philip Davis, and administrative, technical and logistics experts from the Office of the Prime Minister; the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA); Ministry of Works (including those from the Water and Sewerage Corporation and Bahamas Power and Light); and the Ministry of Transport and Local Government; Tourism and Aviation and Agriculture and Fisheries, among others.The delegation’s first stop was Salina Point, which bore the brunt of Irma’s wrath in Acklins.  Homes and small businesses were either destroyed or received some form of damage, while storm surge created by Hurricane Irma brought seawater from the surrounding beach onshore for an estimated several hundred feet in some areas.   The Homecoming site also received damage, as did the cemetery.   While there were downed power lines, there was no major damage to poles.Mr. Mario Virgil, Chief Councilor for Acklins, said the majority of the 234 residents of Salina Point, either evacuated the area or sought shelter elsewhere on the island. Five persons were said to have remained behind to “ride out the storm.” All five have been accounted for and are safe and sound.Chief Councilor Virgil said the island’s much valued cascarilla bark farming industry was not impacted by the storm, as the majority of the trees are grown in Central Acklins. Cascarilla bark farming and the fishing industry are the two major revenue generators for Acklins.The island’s crop farming industry– watermelons, peas, honeydews, potatoes, sour limes – also fared well according to Chief Councilor Virgil. High winds did impact the corn crop, however.   The delegation’s next stop was Crooked Island, which sustained little damage to infrastructure.  Administrator Leonard Dames said cell and land phone service, electricity and water were “fully functional.”Early reports indicate that the Clinic and Dock at Landrail Point also sustained some damage. The school in Colonel Hill was “slightly damaged.” A number of seawalls that were under construction were also impacted by the storm.The final leg of the journey took the delegation to Ragged Island. It was clear to see from the air upon approach, that the island-community, had been ravaged by Hurricane Irma.   Downed power lines and poles snapped in half by hurricane-force winds still littered the community Monday as the Prime Minister and his delegation toured the island to assess and evaluate the damage brought on by Hurricane Irma.Government buildings (school, police station, clinic, post office), homes and businesses were either flattened by the storm or severely damaged. Many of those that were left standing were only a shell, having had doors and concrete walls torn out; roofs torn off, and windows blown out.Communications are also out due to the extensive damage caused to the island’s infrastructure.Navigating the community on foot and in the few vehicles that survived Irma’s wrath, proved a bit tricky as assessment teams and members of the delegation had to manoeuvre around large electricity poles and wires that blocked pathways.   The stench from the rotting carcasses of dead animals was also evident.Prime Minister Minnis told residents that he was ordering a second round of evacuation for the 17 persons who “rode out the storm,” in their best interest.    evacuations are set to begin Wednesday, September 13, 2017, for those willing to evacuate.Story by: Matt Maura (BIS)PHOTO CAPTIONSouthern Island devastation in the wake of Hurricane Irma early September 2017.(Photos/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services) — Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Questions Linger over Emergency Border Funding

first_imgThe Pentagon still has not announced what military construction money it will move around to fund the border wall, which President Trump declared a national emergency to build.Here’s the latest:The Pentagon has asked the Department of Homeland Security to explain how the border wall would help military “effectiveness” before it determines which priorities should go unfunded to pay for the construction, Military TimesDOD will have to ask Congress for authority to move money from various accounts to the counterdrug account so that the counterdrug account can then be used to build the border barrier, CQ reported. Defense authorizers and appropriators in both chambers would have to sign off on that, which is unlikely, further complicating the search for defense dollars to spend on the emergency.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is backing a resolution to disapprove of the emergency declaration, which is expected to pass the House, according to Politico. That would automatically trigger a Senate vote within 18 days.If four Republican Senators joined all Democrats, the resolution would pass there, too. Politico published a list of the Republicans who have been critical of the declaration.Court challenges continue to pop up. El Paso County, a border community in West Texas, joined the Border Network for Human Rights Thursday in a joint lawsuit asking a judge to rule the national emergency declaration to be unconstitutional, according to Time. ADC AUTHOR Customs and Border Protection photo by Nicholas Robbslast_img read more

POLICE LOG for April 9 Ongoing Dispute Between Neighbors Vandalism At Yentile Farm

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, April 9, 2019:During a check of Yentile Farm, police noted the card swipe unit on the concession room was ripped off the wall. (12:38am)Animal Control Officer located an injured turkey under a porch on Barbara Avenue. Turkey was transported to Tufts Veterinary Hospital. (8:53am)A Pouliot Place caller reported his neighbor posted a sign on her lawn stating that the caller harms dogs. Incident was part of an ongoing neighbor dispute. (3:12pm)Police received report of erratic operator on Route 62 “all over the road,” heading towards Burlington. Police pulled vehicle over. Operator admitted to using phone while driving. (5:41pm)A walk-in party reported extra patrols due to criminal charges against daughter’s boyfriend. (6:27pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 9: Man Peeing In The Woods?; Neighbor DisputeIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 14: Missing Teen Located; Trash Left Behind At Yentile FarmIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”last_img read more

More than a month later Facebook Instagram host New Zealand shooting videos

first_img 0 Share your voice Tech Industry Post a comment Facebook Instagram Fifty people were killed in a terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, last month when a gunman opened fire at two mosques. Videos of the mass shooting are still reportedly on Facebook and Instagram. Cam McLaren / Getty Images It’s been over a month since a gunman opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 people and livestreaming the massacre on Facebook. It appears the social network, as well as Facebook-owned Instagram, is still showing videos of the attack, according to a Friday report by Motherboard. Some of the videos on the platforms are shorter clips of the original 17-minute footage, the report says. One video on Facebook showing the gunman killing people from a first-person perspective says it potentially contains “violent or graphic content,” but remains on the platform, according to Motherboard. Users can reportedly click to confirm they want to watch the video. “We have designated both shootings as terror attacks, meaning that any praise, support and representation of the events violates our Community Guidelines and is not permitted on Instagram.,” a company representative said. “We will continue to remove these videos from our platform.” Facebook didn’t respond to a request for comment.Facebook has struggled to keep footage of the mass shooting off its site. The social network was criticized after its artificial intelligence systems couldn’t automatically detect video of the terrorist attack. Facebook relies heavily on user reports to flag inappropriate content, and says it didn’t get a report during the live broadcast. The first user report came 12 minutes after the livestream ended, wrote Guy Rosen, vice president of product management, in a blog post last month. It can also be challenging to remove variations of the footage, according to Motherboard. Some videos reportedly showed a screen recording of the content playing on the gunman’s Facebook page, while another featured a person watching part of the clip on Twitter. The social network told Motherboard that it’s “also using audio technology to try and detect clips of the attack.” After it takes down that content, Facebook adds the variations to a list of content to block automatically. The company is reportedly investing in tech and research that can pinpoint tweaked versions of the videos. Originally published April 19 at 3:29 p.m. PT.Update, April 20: Adds comment from Instagram. Tagslast_img read more

Xbox Game Pass for PC pricing game lineup revealed

first_imgThe Xbox Game Pass for PC will launch at a $1 introductory monthly price. Microsoft Microsoft revealed the pricing and initial game release for its Xbox Game Pass for PC ahead of its Xbox press conference at E3 on Sunday. Gamers can join the beta for the subscription-based service gaming for $5 per month for a limited time. Members will receive a 30-day notice before this introductory period ends and Xbox Game Pass for PC reverts to its standard price of $9.99 per month.The service will include access to at least 10 games during its beta phase, including Halo: The Master Chef Collection and Gears 5, each of which is listed as “coming soon.”Microsoft has slowly been making Xbox more integrated with Windows, and support for Game Pass on PC is yet another example. Microsoft is expected to discuss a wide range of new games and initiatives during its Xbox press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo at 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET). But perhaps the most anticipated news will be about Microsoft’s next upcoming Xbox — codenamed Scarlett according to a report from 2018 — of which the company’s offered few details so far.Other games listed on the page include Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, We Happy Few, Ark Survival Evolved and Ori and the Will of Wisps, which is listed as coming soon. Share your voice Post a comment Microsoft Xbox’s next-gen console ahead, two Uber execs depart See All Tags • 1:22 16 Photos Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw Now playing: Watch this: Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know Microsoft shows off Xbox trailers, hardware, services at E3 reading • Xbox Game Pass for PC pricing, game lineup revealed E3 2019 0 Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Gaming E3 2019last_img read more