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

Immigration round ups in Bahamas condemned by activist group calls for desist

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 24, 2017 – Nassau – Immigration Department officials continue to deny that they know anything about a report where a Haitian mother and child fell off the back of a truck in Andros during an immigration raid.    Rights Bahamas claims the incident is real and is calling on The Bahamas Government to cease the crackdown citing that it has migrants running scared, even to the point of hurting themselves.The woman was said to have been trying to evade arrest when she fell off the back of the truck, a photo of a bruised child had been circulated on social media but no one is authenticating the image as true – at least no one other than the activist group.In a media release, Rights Bahamas said:   “This behaviour on the part of the immigration officers was totally illegal.   Frightened by the aggressive and illegal action of the officers, the driver sought to escape, resulting in a mother and her young child falling from the truck and sustaining injuries, the severity of which remain unknown. They were taken to a local clinic where, according to witnesses, they were detained by the Immigration officers.”Reaction to the call for a cease and desist by Rights Bahamas is outright rejected as Bahamians reacting to the report say it is the mother who put the child at risk and that anyone helping people to break the law should also be prosecuted.#MagneticMediaNews#activistcondemnimmigrationraidsphoto credit: Save the Bays Related Items:#activistcondemnimmigrationraids, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

VIDEO Wilmington Man Shares His Kidney Donation Story Encourages Others To Become

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — In the latest episode of “Where’s Wilmington,” host Lisa Kapala interviews Steve Averhart and Wilmington’s Mike Murphy, both of New England Donor Services, on the importance of organ donation.The town recently began flying a “Donate Life” flag outside of Town Hall at Murphy’s request.Watch the 20-minute episode, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-west-1.dream.io/wilmington/9/1/f/d/9/9/91fd998c-5b5b-4c21-9fef-437224ef4a5c1525887897.955%2B30670596.998%40castus4-wilmington%2B15259622301525961477526698.vod.720p.Where%27s%20Wilmington__%20Ep.%20125%20Steve%20Averhart%20%26%20Mike%20Murphy%20Organ%20Donation.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—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… RelatedVIDEO: Learn About The New Wilmington Police Explorers ProgramIn “Videos”VIDEO: Meet Wilmington Recreation’s New Program Coordinator Bret SawinIn “Videos”VIDEO: Learn About The Mill City Eagles, A Local Semi-Pro Football Team, & Meet GM Zachary Swale, Of WilmingtonIn “Videos”last_img read more

Alien UFO or secretive TR3B Bizarre flying object spotted in Canada sparks

first_imgYouTube: Secureteam10A mysterious video clip uploaded to YouTube by a channel named ‘The Hidden Underbelly’ is now the hottest debating point among alien enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists. The video shows a seemingly triangular shaped UFO hovering in the skies, and at times, it emanates lights from its well-defined edges.The conspiracy theory YouTube channel revealed that the strange clip was shot from Canada. The channel also argues that the UFO spotted in the skies has a silver body.The video soon went viral, and many alien enthusiasts claimed that the craft might be actually an alien ship from deep space. These people also alleged that governments all across the world and space agencies like NASA are well aware of alien visits, but they are intentionally hiding the truth fearing public panic.However, popular alien researcher Scott C Waring suggested a different theory to explain this weird UFO sighting. After analyzing the characteristics of the flying object, Waring assured that this spacecraft could be manmade. He also added that this UFO might be actually the most secretive TR-3B developed by the United States Air Force during the time of Gulf War.”This particular UFO appears to deliberately move down into the cover of the clouds. The fact that we see a grey metallic surface makes me wonder…usually alien UFOs have up a shield when hiding…which is usually semi-transparent. I do not see that here. Nor are they taking on the color of the cloud, which is odd, because the shield around the craft should be reflecting a similar color on purpose. I think this is a USAF TR3B experimental craft or one of the evolutions of that craft,” wrote Waring on his website ET Data Base.Waring also added that the TR-3B is developed by the United States Air Force using alien technology and reverse engineering.A few days back, conspiracy theory channel ‘UFO Mania’ had uploaded a similar video shot from Puerto Rico. Interestingly, the UFO spotted in that video also featured a triangular flying object, and many people alleged that the United States is using these crafts to spy on other countries.last_img read more

Delegation to discuss misunderstanding over Sundarbans with UNESCO

first_imgSundarbans. Prothom Alo file photoThe World Heritage Committee of the UNESCO had warned Bangladesh government three years ago about the forest being endangered due to the Rampal power plant project and other factories in the vicinity.The UN body expressed its concern and objections, cautioning that the forest may lose its status as a World Heritage.Finally, the organisation recently recommended that the forest be included on the ‘World Heritage in Danger’ list.In this backdrop, a high-profile government delegation is going to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris to clear up this ‘misunderstanding’ before the heritage committee’s 43rd annual meeting at Baku on 30 June-10 July.The delegation is going to join in a pre-meeting discussion before the general meeting, according to two of the delegates who added, they would go to Azerbaijan too after this trip.The six-member-delegation will be headed by Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, the energy advisor of the prime minister, and will comprise representatives from various government organisations including the environment department.Earlier, members of this inter-ministerial delegation went to the UNESCO headquarters in 2017 and took part in a meeting with the organisation’s top officials.The delegation at that time, also, joined in the 41st annual meeting of the heritage committee held in Poland’s Krakow.During the meeting, a press release issued from the foreign ministry here claimed UNESCO had withdrawn its objections regarding the Rampal power plant.On return of the delegation, Tawfiq-e-Elahi claimed at a press conference that there were no obstacles to go ahead with the Rampal project as UNESCO had withdrawn its objections following Bangladesh government’s deliberations.Director general of the power cell at the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Mohammad Hossain, who was in the 2017 delegation and is a member of the current delegation, said, “The government has taken several steps to save the Sundarbans following all the UNESCO conditions,” but, “this might not have reached UNESCO properly.”He sees this may have led to “some misunderstandings.” He added, “We’ll go there with all the proof and information. I hope UNESCO will realise its mistake.”The UNESCO report published last week said the report submitted by the Bangladesh government in December 2018 showed progress in fulfilling the conditions to save the forest was very slow.A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) supposed to be conducted over the southwestern region of the country including the Sundarbans was not carried out either, the report observed.The tender verification required for the SEA is not yet complete while the actual assessment will start once the work order is issued after the verification, according to officials of the environment, forest and climate change ministry.It is natural to be stripped of the status if the rules and conditions to retain the Sundarbans as a world heritage are violated, Sultana Kamal, convener to the national committee to protect the Sundarbans, said.The government is still continuing with the construction of three coal-fired power plants within 20 kilometres of the forest, she said in a statement on Saturday, adding, these should be stopped as the air and water pollution control system of these plants are not enough to preserve the forest.Leader of ‘Save the Sundarbans’ movement Anu Muhammad told Prothom Alo, “The UNESCO observation is fully appropriate,” adding, “the government has been providing the people with false information so far.””The government should give up its lies and take meaningful steps to save the Sundarbans and stop all the industries near Sundarbans including that of Rampal.”* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin.last_img read more

Buffalo farms at the sand bars of Meghna

first_imgBuffalo farms have been set up at Dakshin Kodalpur of Gosairhat upazila of Shariatpur. Photo: Prothom AloTwo buffalo farms have been set up at the sand bars of Meghna river at Gosairhat upazila of Shariatpur.The vast pastures there offer an ideal place for raising cattle and a new opportunity has emerged.About 800 buffaloes are now being raised at the farms in Dakshin Kodalpur area of Kodalpur union in the upazila.Earlier, the local farmers raised only cows and goats at Shariatpur. The total number of cattle is about 400,000 in the region, district veterinary office and local sources said.Last year for the first time, a group of farm owners from Lakshmipur district built two farms along the sand bars.District livestock department official, Subodh Kumar Das, said the Padma and the Meghna, two big rivers, flow through Shariatpur district.He said there are at least 25 sand bars at different places of the rivers and there are several thousand pastures in those areas.The livestock official said pastures are ideal grazing grounds for the buffaloes and they can be raised in low cost.Subodh Kumar Das said the livestock department will give all sorts of assistance to raise buffaloes.Akub Ali from Saheber Char of Lakshmipur set up a farm with 450 buffaloes last year. Some 70 buffaloes are now producing milk which is sold at Tk 100 per kg in Noakhali. “I’ve taken some land of the char (sand bars) on rent for the farm. Local meat traders also buy buffaloes from the farm.””There are many pastures in Shariatpur. It’s profitable to build farms in those areas,” said another farm owner Jakir Hossain while explaining why he set up the farm coming from a long distance of Lakshmipur.“It’s a good initiative. If the local farm owners are proactive, we can assist them,” said Mizanur Rahman, chairman of Kodalpur union.last_img read more