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Biggest concern is that Kim Jong U...

Biggest concern is that Kim Jong Un will 'miscalculate,' US military official says

“Our biggest concern is that he's going to miscalculate," Bergeson said.
Trump ?will take action? to end an...

Trump ?will take action? to end any North Korea threat to US: top security adviser

National security adviser said Trump won't allow North Korea threat to continue.
Trump's rhetoric on North Korea ?m...

Trump's rhetoric on North Korea ?makes people nervous? but actions are positive: former US envoy

A former U.S. envoy said President Trump's aggressive rhetoric toward North Korea over its nuclear program "makes people nervous," but he praised some of the administration's actions in response to the North Korean threat as encouraging. Christopher Hill, former U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Korea, told ABC News' Martha Raddatz on “This Week” Sunday that he thinks President Trump "is trying to out-North Korean the North Koreans" with his tough rhetoric. "Let’s see if that works," Hill said. "Certainly it makes people nervous when they’re not quite sure what he means by it. And, you know, great powers can’t really bluff. So when you talk in those terms, you’ve got to be prepared to back it up. And I guess that’s what worries people the most." Hill added that he appreciates that President Trump has understood that North Korea’s nuclear program “is a major issue" and that the administration has made encouraging moves, including Vice President Mike Pence's trip to the Asia-Pacific...
Cleveland police searching for sus...

Cleveland police searching for suspect who broadcast killing on Facebook

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.
Hundreds mourn bombing victims at ...

Hundreds mourn bombing victims at Egypt church

The church in Tanta, Egypt, was the site of one of two bombings last week.
North Korea's attempted missile la...

North Korea's attempted missile launch explodes on liftoff, U.S. officials say

Failed launch comes as North Korea celebrates founder's birthday

All Africa

Zimbabwe:Dozens Apply For Hangman P...

Zimbabwe:Dozens Apply For Hangman Post

[allAfrica] Cape Town -More than 50 job-seekers have applied for the hangman's post in Zimbabwe, Newsday reports.
Kenya:I Cannot Guarantee Credible E...

Kenya:I Cannot Guarantee Credible Election - Polls Body Boss

[Nation] IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati says under the current conditions and with a divided commission, he cannot guarantee the credibility of October 26 repeat presidential election.
South Sudan:Rebel Leader Machar to ...

South Sudan:Rebel Leader Machar to Skip Forum to Revitalize Peace Deal

[VOA] The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) confirmed Tuesday that Riek Machar will be a no-show at an upcoming high-level meeting aimed at revitalizing the August 2015 peace agreement in South Sudan.
Uganda:Ruling Party is the Master o...

Uganda:Ruling Party is the Master of Violence - President Museveni

[Observer] Barely a month after commandos from Special Forces Command stormed parliament and violently ejected MPs opposed to the lifting of the presidential age limit, President Museveni has suggested that his ruling NRM may not shy away from using brute force in future.
Kenya:Commissioner Says Poll Agency...

Kenya:Commissioner Says Poll Agency Can't Deliver Credible Election

[Nation] IEBC commissioner Roselyn Akombe has resigned from the poll agency.
South Africa:Massive Data Leak Expo...

South Africa:Massive Data Leak Exposes Personal Details of Millions

[News24Wire] The sensitive private information of 30 million South Africans, contained in a massive data breach, appears to have been hacked from a credit bureau.

Reuters

China's Xi lays out vision for 'new...

China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday laid out a confident vision for a more prosperous nation and its role in the world, stressing the importance of wiping out corruption and curbing industrial overcapacity, income inequality and pollution.
Four Britons kidnapped in Nigeria's...

Four Britons kidnapped in Nigeria's Delta state -police

ABUJA (Reuters) - Four Britons have been kidnapped in Nigeria's southern Delta state, a police official said on Wednesday.
Khamenei says Iran will "shred" nuc...

Khamenei says Iran will "shred" nuclear deal if U.S. quits it

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday Tehran would stick to its 2015 nuclear accord with world powers as long as the other signatories respected it, but would "shred" the deal if Washington pulled out, state TV reported.
Turkey says will not submit to 'imp...

Turkey says will not submit to 'impositions' from United States in visa crisis

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's foreign minister said on Wednesday Ankara would not submit to "impositions" from the United States to resolve a feud which has seen the two NATO allies stop issuing visas to each other's citizens.
Seoul considers unilateral sanction...

Seoul considers unilateral sanctions against North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is considering levying its own sanctions on North Korea as the isolated state ramps up tension with its missile and nuclear provocations, the South's vice foreign minister said on Wednesday, but no decision had been made yet.
Weakened Merkel warns of compromise...

Weakened Merkel warns of compromise as talks on coalition start

BERLIN (Reuters) - A chastened Angela Merkel warned her conservatives they must compromise to forge a nationally untested alliance in Germany as she heads into talks with other parties on Wednesday after suffering losses in last month's election.

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Reuters

China's Xi lays out vision for 'new...

China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday laid out a confident vision for a more prosperous nation and its role in the world, stressing the importance of wiping out corruption and curbing industrial overcapacity, income inequality and pollution.
Four Britons kidnapped in Nigeria's...

Four Britons kidnapped in Nigeria's Delta state -police

ABUJA (Reuters) - Four Britons have been kidnapped in Nigeria's southern Delta state, a police official said on Wednesday.
Khamenei says Iran will "shred" nuc...

Khamenei says Iran will "shred" nuclear deal if U.S. quits it

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday Tehran would stick to its 2015 nuclear accord with world powers as long as the other signatories respected it, but would "shred" the deal if Washington pulled out, state TV reported.
Turkey says will not submit to 'imp...

Turkey says will not submit to 'impositions' from United States in visa crisis

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's foreign minister said on Wednesday Ankara would not submit to "impositions" from the United States to resolve a feud which has seen the two NATO allies stop issuing visas to each other's citizens.
Seoul considers unilateral sanction...

Seoul considers unilateral sanctions against North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is considering levying its own sanctions on North Korea as the isolated state ramps up tension with its missile and nuclear provocations, the South's vice foreign minister said on Wednesday, but no decision had been made yet.
Weakened Merkel warns of compromise...

Weakened Merkel warns of compromise as talks on coalition start

BERLIN (Reuters) - A chastened Angela Merkel warned her conservatives they must compromise to forge a nationally untested alliance in Germany as she heads into talks with other parties on Wednesday after suffering losses in last month's election.

NY Times

?Come Out and Surrender?: Inside Ra...

?Come Out and Surrender?: Inside Raqqa, With the Fighters Who Drove Off ISIS

A New York Times photographer accompanied Kurdish fighters as they entered Raqqa, the Syrian city that had been a stronghold of the Islamic State.
Xi Jinping Opens China?s Party Cong...

Xi Jinping Opens China?s Party Congress, His Hold Tighter Than Ever

Warning of deep and complicated changes but describing the outlook as ?extremely bright,? the president is set to make himself the indispensable man.
Rohingya Refugees Fleeing Myanmar A...

Rohingya Refugees Fleeing Myanmar Await Entrance to Squalid Camps

Thousands of Rohingya fleeing violence have crossed the border to Bangladesh, but their journey is far from over.
News Analysis: With Loss of Its Cal...

News Analysis: With Loss of Its Caliphate, ISIS May Return to Guerrilla Roots

With the fall of its capital and loss of territory, the Islamic State may be reeling but not vanquished.
U.S. Stood by as Indonesia Killed a...

U.S. Stood by as Indonesia Killed a Half-Million People, Papers Show

The killings in 1965-66 played to anti-Communist attitudes, and U.S. diplomats mostly stayed silent while tallying the deaths, documents show.
In Italian Schools, Reading, Writin...

In Italian Schools, Reading, Writing and Recognizing Fake News

A new program, aided by companies like Facebook, will aim to teach students how to recognize and stop the sharing of fake news and conspiracy theories.

Washington Post

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BBC

Kenya election official Roselyn Ako...

Kenya election official Roselyn Akombe flees to US

Roselyn Akombe says she fears for her life ahead of next week's presidential election re-run.
Somalia blood appeal after Mogadish...

Somalia blood appeal after Mogadishu truck bombing

Somalia's government says the death toll is likely to rise from 281 and more help is urgently needed.
Cairo 'most dangerous' megacity for...

Cairo 'most dangerous' megacity for women - survey

A survey of 19 megacities around the world finds the Egyptian capital the least friendly to women.
100 Women: The men being taught wha...

100 Women: The men being taught what harassment feels like

Classes in Nairobi aim to teach boys and young men what constitutes harassment - and how to intervene if they spot it happening on public transport.
Roselyn Akombe flees Kenya ahead of...

Roselyn Akombe flees Kenya ahead of election re-run

Election commissioner Roselyn Akombe explains why she fled Kenya ahead of poll re-run.
St Helena's new airport boosts tour...

St Helena's new airport boosts tourism hopes

Tourists can now fly to the rocky island where Napoleon died, Darwin studied and Captain Cook docked.

Reuters

China's Xi lays out vision for 'new...

China's Xi lays out vision for 'new era' led by 'still stronger' Communist Party

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday laid out a confident vision for a more prosperous nation and its role in the world, stressing the importance of wiping out corruption and curbing industrial overcapacity, income inequality and pollution.
Four Britons kidnapped in Nigeria's...

Four Britons kidnapped in Nigeria's Delta state -police

ABUJA (Reuters) - Four Britons have been kidnapped in Nigeria's southern Delta state, a police official said on Wednesday.
Khamenei says Iran will "shred" nuc...

Khamenei says Iran will "shred" nuclear deal if U.S. quits it

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday Tehran would stick to its 2015 nuclear accord with world powers as long as the other signatories respected it, but would "shred" the deal if Washington pulled out, state TV reported.
Turkey says will not submit to 'imp...

Turkey says will not submit to 'impositions' from United States in visa crisis

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's foreign minister said on Wednesday Ankara would not submit to "impositions" from the United States to resolve a feud which has seen the two NATO allies stop issuing visas to each other's citizens.
Seoul considers unilateral sanction...

Seoul considers unilateral sanctions against North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is considering levying its own sanctions on North Korea as the isolated state ramps up tension with its missile and nuclear provocations, the South's vice foreign minister said on Wednesday, but no decision had been made yet.
Weakened Merkel warns of compromise...

Weakened Merkel warns of compromise as talks on coalition start

BERLIN (Reuters) - A chastened Angela Merkel warned her conservatives they must compromise to forge a nationally untested alliance in Germany as she heads into talks with other parties on Wednesday after suffering losses in last month's election.

Carib Daily

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BBC

Mexico corruption: Fugitive Chihuah...

Mexico corruption: Fugitive Chihuahua official 'stole cows'

Ex-governor César Duarte is suspected of stealing 900 cows bought for drought-hit farmers.
Brazil's Batista brothers face insi...

Brazil's Batista brothers face insider trading trial

Joesley and Wesley Batista are accused of using insider information to sell shares at top prices.
Marcelo: Real Madrid defender accus...

Marcelo: Real Madrid defender accused of tax fraud in Spain

The Brazilian footballer is the latest in a string of players to be pursued by Spanish authorities.
Venezuela elections neither 'free n...

Venezuela elections neither 'free nor fair', says US

The state department in Washington says "the voice of the Venezuelan people was not heard".
MS-13 'gang leader' Blanco captured...

MS-13 'gang leader' Blanco captured in Guatemala

He was reportedly wanted in connection with a gun attack on a hospital in which seven died.
Mexico prison riot: UN calls for in...

Mexico prison riot: UN calls for investigation

The death toll from the riot rises to 17 after security forces clashed with hundreds of inmates.

The Grio

Gordon Hayward suffers horrid leg i...

Gordon Hayward suffers horrid leg injury during Celtics game

About five minutes into the Celtics' season opening game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome injury to his ankle.
Wall Street investor: ?Thank God? w...

Wall Street investor: ?Thank God? white people populated America

Marc Faber, a veteran Wall Street investor, was kicked off of the boards of three different companies after making racist comments in a newsletter.
Trump tells pregnant Army widow hus...

Trump tells pregnant Army widow husband knew ?what he signed up for?

Words of comfort that the President of the United States is expected to offer fell short and instead turned sarcastic.
Gabrielle Union nails discussion on...

Gabrielle Union nails discussion on raising Black sons: ?It?s terrifying?

During an interview with The View, Gabrielle Union opened up about what it's like to raise Black sons in today's world.
Mary J. Blige graces ?Essence? cove...

Mary J. Blige graces ?Essence? cover, talks new Oscar-buzzing role

Mary J. Blige is on the cover of Essence, and in the accompanying interview, she opens up about her latest role, which is generating Oscar buzz.
?Lean On Me? actor Jermaine Hopkins...

?Lean On Me? actor Jermaine Hopkins busted on drug charge

Jermaine Hopkins, who starred in the film Lean on Me, was busted on a drug charge after trying to speed past the cops.

News Americas Now

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NY Times

In Italian Schools, Reading, Writin...

In Italian Schools, Reading, Writing and Recognizing Fake News

A new program, aided by companies like Facebook, will aim to teach students how to recognize and stop the sharing of fake news and conspiracy theories.
Memo from Lombardy: First Scotland,...

Memo from Lombardy: First Scotland, Then Catalonia. And Now? Milan and Venice

Two regions of northern Italy will vote on whether to request greater autonomy. They?re not demanding secession, but the referendums are being closely watched.
France Considers Fines for Catcalls...

France Considers Fines for Catcalls as Women Speak Out on Harassment

A French social media campaign inspired by the scandal around the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has put the spotlight on proposed new laws.
Trilobites: A Mushroom Out of a Fai...

Trilobites: A Mushroom Out of a Fairy Tale That You Might Find in the Forest

Recently mushroom hunters have been sharing photos of the fly agaric, which has a reputation for strange and dangerous effects when ingested by other living things.
For Theresa May, the Brexit News On...

For Theresa May, the Brexit News Only Gets Worse

Things have gotten so bad that European Union officials are considering offering positive tidbits, if only to help her fend off cabinet hard-liners.
U.K. Reports Big Rise in Hate Crime...

U.K. Reports Big Rise in Hate Crime, Citing Brexit and Terrorist Attacks

The number of such violations climbed by about 30 percent, although part of the rise was attributed to increased awareness and changes in the law.

Washington Post

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Black Enterprise

Apple?s Denise Young Smith Walks Ba...

Apple?s Denise Young Smith Walks Back ?White, Blue-Eyed Men? Diversity Remark

After receiving backlash particularly across social media, Apple?s vice president of diversity and inclusion, Denise…
The Culture of Offense is Why Black...

The Culture of Offense is Why Black Workers Are Punished for Speaking Out

The culture of offense normalizes and encourages employer-based punishment for offensive but non-violent comments or…
Jay-Z Reportedly Interested in Buyi...

Jay-Z Reportedly Interested in Buying Harvey Weinstein?s Stake in TWC

Jay ZJay-Z may be looking to make an investment in The Weinstein Company (TWC) in midst…
This Coca-Cola Executive May Be Lib...

This Coca-Cola Executive May Be Liberia?s Next President

Cummings is running for president of Liberia"I think that we can tap into Silicon Valley to discover ways in which Liberia…
Petition With 14,000 Signatures to ...

Petition With 14,000 Signatures to Rename Kentucky Airport After Muhammad Ali Rejected by Local Authorities

Muhammad AliRobert Holmes III has collected 14,000 signatures in support of rename Louisville's airport after Muhammad…
Ex-Uber CEO Appoints Ursula Burns a...

Ex-Uber CEO Appoints Ursula Burns as Board Director in Move That ?Completely Surprised?

Ursula BurnsFormer Xerox CEO Ursula Burns has been appointed as a board director at Uber in…

Reuters - Video

Inside the Great Hall: China's Part...

Inside the Great Hall: China's Party Congress

As China's most important political meeting gets underway, Reuters' reporter Christian Shepherd takes viewers inside the Great Hall of the People for a journalist's-eye view of the Communist Party Congress.
Xi Jinping heralds 'new era' of Chi...

Xi Jinping heralds 'new era' of Chinese power

Chinese President Xi Jinping declares it's time for China to be a "mighty force" and lead the world in an historic State of the Union-style speech marking the end of his first term. Reuters' John Ruwitch was there when the president spoke.
Files show U.S. knew about Indonesi...

Files show U.S. knew about Indonesia massacres

Newly declassified documents show the U.S. government knew exactly what was happening during one of the worst massacres of the 20th century, and as Reuters' Tom Allard explains, there was even approval for open encouragement.
Taliban attacks kill at dozens acro...

Taliban attacks kill at dozens across Afghanistan

Taliban militants strike government targets in many provinces of Afghanistan, killing at least 69 people, including a senior police commander, and wounding many. Samantha Vadas reports.
Greece's Tsipras says Turkey must r...

Greece's Tsipras says Turkey must remain in NATO

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says he continues to support Turkish course toward Europe and NATO. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Catalonia refuses to back down on i...

Catalonia refuses to back down on independence

Arrests of two pro-independence leaders has sparked protests in Spain's autonomous region of Catalonia. Catalan leaders say they won't back down on their push to break away from Madrid. Lucy Fielder reports.

Washington Post

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NY Times

Food Inequality in Venezuela: Feedi...

Food Inequality in Venezuela: Feeding Eight on Scraps

Food shortages and rising inflation have made basic groceries unaffordable for many Venezuelans, over 80 percent of whom now live in poverty. After losing her job two years ago, Francia has been feeding her family from the garbage of a supermarket in Caracas.
Nafta Talks? Extension May Make for...

Nafta Talks? Extension May Make for Slow, Painful Demise

The prolonging of the trade talks leaves a narrow and challenging path to rewriting the pact.
After Drone Hits Plane in Canada, N...

After Drone Hits Plane in Canada, New Fears About Air Safety

Pilots are filing reports of drones flying too high on a weekly, almost daily basis, despite new rules and fines.
Bombardier Turns to Airbus to Salva...

Bombardier Turns to Airbus to Salvage Imperiled Airliner

Airbus made no financial commitment to the joint venture to make and sell Bombardier?s CSeries airliner, which could be assembled in the United States, avoiding import duties.
Mexico?s Attorney General Resigns U...

Mexico?s Attorney General Resigns Under Pressure

Anti-corruption activists charge that Raúl Cervantes, an ally of President Enrique Peña Nieto, was appointed to protect the political establishment.
Venezuelan Opposition Denounces Lat...

Venezuelan Opposition Denounces Latest Vote as Ruling Party Makes Gains

The results, with pro-government candidates winning a majority of state races, shocked many and raised new questions about the integrity of the nation?s electoral system.

The Root

Miss. Newspaper Announces Plans for...

Miss. Newspaper Announces Plans for ?Gangbangers? Rodeo?: ?Bang, Bang, You?re Dead?

Peter Rinaldi, owner and publisher of Miss-Lou Magazine and the Natchez Sun, has caused wide-spread anger with a racist column calling for black youth in Natchez, Miss. who may be involved in gang activity to go to a local park and murder each other for the amusement of observers. In Miss-Lou Magazine’s January 11-24, 2017 print […]
The Art Speaks for Itself

The Art Speaks for Itself

Every year, our congressional representatives hold an art contest for students in their districts, with the prize being a yearlong exhibition at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. It typically does not cause a murmur. This year’s unanimous winner in Missouri?s 1st District was my friend David Pulphus, a quiet, gentle, unassuming student. David?s painting […]
Fla. High School Students Protest t...

Fla. High School Students Protest to Make African-American History a Full-Year Course

Students at Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville, Fla., staged a sit-in earlier this week demanding a change in the way African-American history is taught in Duval County Public Schools, Action News Jax reports. The organizer of the sit-in, Angelina Roque, said that she and her other classmates wanted to protest because they believed that […]
Trump Logic: Ben Carson Grew Up Poo...

Trump Logic: Ben Carson Grew Up Poor, so He Understands Poverty

Updated Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, 12:48 p.m. EST: Ben Carson sat before a Senate committee Thursday morning to make the case that he should be confirmed to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Carson leaned on his upbringing growing up in inner-city Detroit and his family’s need for public assistance, although they never […]
2 Women Arrested for Helping Man Wa...

2 Women Arrested for Helping Man Wanted in Orlando, Fla., Police Shooting

Two women were arrested in Florida on Wednesday for helping a man wanted in the fatal shooting of his pregnant ex-girlfriend and an Orlando, Fla., police officer, officials announced, according to Reuters. The women reportedly helped the man on separate occasions over the last month. Jameis Slaughter, 25, an ex-girlfriend of murder suspect Markeith Loyd, […]
Spy Chief Tries to Make Peace With ...

Spy Chief Tries to Make Peace With Trump Over Russian Dossier

President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference since winning the presidency to less-than-stellar reviews. Trump was combative and elusive when questioned about Russia’s involvement in his bid to become president and compared the U.S. intelligence agencies to Nazis after unclassified information was leaked to the press. On Wednesday evening, James R. Clapper Jr., the […]

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Nassau Guardian

Former Post Office worker charged w...

Former Post Office worker charged with defrauding govt.

Former Post Office employee Darnell Kemp Lightbourne and businessman Quinton Ewing were arraigned in a magistrate?s court today with defrauding the government of more than $80,000 over a six-month period.

Lightbourne, 47, and Ewing, 49, were both charged with seven counts of fraud. Police believe Lightbourne and Ewing carried out the crimes between September 2016 and March 2017.

Lightbourne was also charged with seven counts of falsification of accounts. She was an accounting officer at the Post Office. It is alleged that she falsified payment records in relation to ABC Security Company, which is owned by Ewing.

Lighbourne and Ewing pleaded not guilty to the charges.

They were remanded to prison.

The trial date is set for November 9.

Cooper: Govt wasted money

Cooper: Govt wasted money

Shadow Minister of Finance Chester Cooper claims the government made an ?egregious and expensive error? when it decided to renew the Caribbean Catastrophic Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) policy the former administration dropped.

Cooper said because the government will only receive a payout of $234,000 after paying an annual premium of $2.6 million, The Bahamas will lose out.

?I am intimately familiar with the insurance industry, and it is a ridiculous notion that you will renegotiate a policy that has already taken effect with a potentially significant claim pending,? Cooper said.

He was responding to comments Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest made last week that the government wants to renegotiate the way payouts from the Caribbean disaster insurance facility are triggered by dividing The Bahamas into zones.

Cooper said, ?Perhaps the minister intends to negotiate better terms on the next policy.

?However, this begs [a] question: Why did the Minnis administration not properly assess and negotiate the current policy before signing it?

?On the face of it, it appears, in a time when the Free National Movement is preaching fiscal discipline and trimming government expenditure, the Minnis administration negotiated a deal that cost The Bahamas some $2.4 million it may never recoup.

?We look forward to the government explaining the circumstances of the current CCRIF in full view of the public, given its commitment to transparency and accountability.

?It appears that in the new government?s haste to find a smoking gun, it made an egregious and expensive error to which they must be held to account.

?The PLP supports identifying suitable mitigating strategies to natural disasters, given that we live in a hurricane zone.

?We anticipate that the government will be able to design over time an appropriate facility drawing on the expertise resident in the private insurance sector.?

On Thursday, Turnquest told The Nassau Guardian that the government must take the risks associated with the insurance premium in order to protect its assets.

In a press release on Wednesday, the CCRIF announced that Hurricane Irma triggered payments of approximately US$29.6 million, with The Bahamas receiving $234,000.

The insurance facility explained that the calculations for The Bahamas were not made based on the impact of Irma, but on the aggregate deductible cover (ADC).

During the budget debate, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis revealed that following Hurricane Matthew, The Bahamas would have received a payout amounting to about $32 million, which would have been the single largest payout to a country from the CCRIF.

However, The Bahamas missed out on receiving this payment from the CCRIF because the Christie administration did not pay the premium.

Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis defended the former administration?s decision to withdraw from CCRIF, saying it was advised that it was unlikely that The Bahamas would benefit from it.

In his statement, Cooper said,??Though the prime minister has promised to table information regarding the low payout by and apparently exorbitant premium paid to the CCRIF with respect to this budget cycle and Hurricane Irma, there are some critical questions that bear asking.

?First, of course, is the essential question: How much was paid for the latest annual premium?

?I understand that the amount paid exceeds $2.6 million, which would be more than double what the Christie administration last paid before cancelling the policy ? a move the Minnis administration has been highly critical of.

?Second: Why was the policy continued, despite the advice of experts that it [should] not, without further examination of the risks versus benefits?

?Third: Why does the minister of finance now say he will seek to renegotiate the terms of the policy after having already paid for the contracted policy?

?Fourthly: If it is a group policy, how does the minister anticipate being able to negotiate the terms more favorable to The Bahamas than its joint-insureds??

Murders up 40%

Murders up 40%

The murder count for 2017 reached triple digits over the weekend after a gunman shot a 17-year-old boy while he was walking with another individual on Johnson Road shortly after 6 p.m. on Saturday.

According to reports, two men in a gray vehicle pulled up alongside the teenager and shot him before speeding off.

He died in hospital. The other person was unharmed.

There have been 100 murders for the year, according to The Nassau Guardian?s records.

This represents a more than 40 percent increase in murders, compared to the same period in 2016.

As of September 16, 2016, there were 72 murders.

There were 111 murders last year, down 23 percent, compared to the previous year.

The murder count for 2017 is on par with the record set in 2015.

That year, there were 146 murders.

Up to September 16, 2015, there were 107 murders.

This is the second teenager killed on New Providence in the last week.

A 16-year-old boy was shot dead behind a home on Brice Street, Fox Hill, around 11:30 p.m. last Tuesday.

Last Monday, a gunman shot two men in Garden Villas, Grand Bahama, killing one of them.

Since earlier this year, some analysts predicted there would be another murder record this year.

With more than three months remaining, authorities will be challenged to curb the trend.

Minister of National Security Marvin Dames is expected to make a communication to Parliament on?Wednesday to expound some of the strategies his ministry has implemented to fight crime, how the ministry will improve efficiency and accountability in the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the way the organization collects data.

While murders have notably trended upward this year, the overall crime trends remain unclear.

In the face of a recent murder in August, Dames announced several strategies to address crime in the short and medium-term.

Key among them are a pledge to increase intelligence operations to disrupt gangs; adopt a more aggressive approach to shutting down drug houses; increase closed circuit television (CCTV) surveillance in crime hot spots and establish a national crime prevention and neighborhood watch council, which is expected to facilitate the creation of more community-based crime watch groups.

At the time, murders were up 39 percent, compared to the same period last year.

The minister has also said he intends to establish crime reduction goals in various categories of crime.

He has repeated that while some of law enforcement?s short-term crime-fighting strategies have begun to yield results, any significant reduction in crime in the country will not happen overnight.

PM promotes ?Caribbean-type evacuat...

PM promotes ?Caribbean-type evacuations?

With an increasing threat of devastating weather systems to the Caribbean, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said a time may come for widescale ?Caribbean-type evacuations? to protect the safety and future of the region.

Standing beside Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, chairman of the Caribbean Community CARICOM), Minnis said the Caribbean suffered a massive blow from Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, which claimed more than 60 lives ? 38 in the Caribbean and 23 in the United States.

Mitchell, CARICOM Secretary General Irwin LaRocque and other senior representatives of CARICOM met with Minnis at the British Colonial Hilton on Saturday.

Underscoring the region?s vulnerability to climate change in a press briefing, Minnis said, ?Their visit here is especially significant, because what it points out is that the strength of hurricanes [is] becoming more aggressive.

?We must consider with time how we are going to embark on, if necessary, a time may come, [for] Caribbean-type evacuations, to ensure safety of all of our Caribbean nations and every individual within the territory, especially [because] we are a growing nation ? the entire Caribbean nation ? we are growing, and it is essential for us to protect the future of the Caribbean.

?In order to protect it, we must ensure [its] safety, especially from the psychological trauma and insult that can occur as a result of hurricanes, not necessarily death as we know it in the true sense, but the psychological death, which can be even more devastating than death as we know it in the true sense.

?We can have an entire generation lost, and they are here to ensure that we are all on board; trying to save the future of the Caribbean, and understanding how to protect ourselves moving forward.?

Minnis pointed to Irma?s impact in the southern islands of The Bahamas like Ragged Island, which was deemed uninhabitable in the storm?s wake.

The small island has fewer than 70 residents.

?The Caribbean suffered similar... devastation,? Minnis said.

?They (CARICOM officials) are on a fact-finding mission to make a determination as to how we can rebuild, not The Bahamas, but the entire Caribbean, and how we can help each other.?

At its peak, Irma raged over Antigua, St. Martin, St. Barts, Anguilla, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos and parts of The Bahamas with record winds of over 180 miles per hour.

Several of these Caribbean islands were flattened.

Irma also battered Cuba?s coast, killing at least 10 people, according to international reports.

Mitchell said Irma impacted more countries in the Caribbean than any other hurricane before it.

He said the region has a loud collective voice, but questioned the ?collective listening voice? when it comes to climate change.

?In this age of science and technology it is kind of surprising that anyone with any serious position can be talking about climate change is a hoax,? he said.

?This is frightening because it is there, and a practicable demonstration is every single [storm]; it is right in front of us.

?So, clearly we will be; I?know your prime minister, myself and other colleagues, I know that is going to be the talking point.

?As I mentioned at the conference in October with the World Bank and all the institutions ? financial and otherwise ? will be in Washington, and we will use another forum to make that case as strong as possible.?

LaRocque echoed that climate change is present, and the region must come together to support nation states amid these kinds of disasters.

The issue of climate change has been hard to miss, as it has been divisive.

Mainstream scientific institutions accept global warming as a real occurrence.

Looking at The Bahamas? closest neighbor, the United States, there is a divide with skeptics on one side and believers on the next.

U.S. President Donald Trump previously called climate change a "hoax" perpetrated by the Chinese.

Despite back- to-back storms ??Hurricanes Irma and Harvey ? dealing widespread damage in Texas and Florida, Trump told U.S. media on Friday there have been larger storms recorded in the 30s and 40s, dodging climate change questions.

Minnis indicated that a greater appeal will be made to developed nations on this matter and to commit more funds for disaster aid.

?I hope they would see what we are talking about, because it is a serious problem, especially here in The Bahamas, where our GDP is greatly affected,? the prime minister said.

Notwithstanding the assistance from the international community, Mitchell added that Caribbean nations must help each other.

?We need to do everything we can to make each other feel we are there for them, and as the prime minister would know, we had an emergency meeting of heads in a video conference, and we agreed that we start a... conference very soon in the region, which looks at raising resources from inside and outside the region for the entire reconstruction effort of the countries affected,? he said.

?That should be done very soon.?

Climate change was a familiar speaking point for former Prime Minister Perry Christie, a former CARICOM chairman, both at home and on the international stage.

He consistently emphasized the need to mitigate against the posed risk of global warming and the potentially devastating blow.

Maria could pose threat to Bahamas

Maria could pose threat to Bahamas

While some people are still dealing with the devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma that passed through the southeastern Bahamas earlier this month, officials are ?closely monitoring? Tropical Storm Maria, which is projected to take a similar path.

Veteran meteorologist Wayne Neely said The Bahamas could be impacted by Maria as early as this week.

?On the forecast track, it should take it just over the southeast Bahamas sometime around Friday afternoon,? Neely said yesterday.

?We have it as a major hurricane.

?On that track, we have it coming over Puerto Rico and perhaps over Hispaniola, which means that it might be dissipated by the mountains of those two countries.

?But presently, we still have it as a major hurricane, which is expected to be Category 3 or higher.

?That is definitely not good for us. It?s not good for The Bahamas.

?I advise all Bahamians to continuously monitor the progress of the storm, because it could impact The Bahamas by the weekend.?

The storm was moving at 15 miles per hour yesterday with winds at 65 miles per hour.

Forecasters believe it could grow into a ?dangerous major hurricane? Category 3 or stronger, as it passes through the northeast Caribbean Islands by midweek due to a combination of low wind shear, a moist atmosphere and warm ocean temperatures.

Less than two weeks ago, Hurricane Irma impacted Mayaguana, Acklins, Crooked Island, Inagua, Long Cay, Ragged Island and Bimini.

After the storm, Ragged Island was deemed uninhabitable. Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said it was unlike anything he had ever seen.

In Salina Point, Acklins, many residents lost their homes and businesses.

Other islands were also damaged.

More than 1,000 people were evacuated from those islands to New Providence.

Across the Caribbean and Florida, more than 30 deaths were reported as a result of Irma. There were no deaths reported in The Bahamas.

While Neely reminded that the storm?s path can change before Friday, he said, ?In terms of on the track now, it has it... impacting Turks and Caicos Islands and Inagua again sometime on Friday afternoon.?

He said, ?It is unusual to be impacted by two hurricanes in one season.

?This will be the first time since 1933 that, that has happened.

?It?s unusual, and it is not a good thing.

?Hurricanes devastate countries in significant ways.

?Two hurricanes in one season would be a burden on the government.?

Neely said while the storm is expected to strengthen, it is too early to say whether evacuations would be necessary.

National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Director Captain Stephen Russell said, ?We are monitoring the system at the time, and that?s it.

?No discussion has been made with the government as yet in terms of evacuation for the islands that may be threatened.?

Students from storm-damaged islands...

Students from storm-damaged islands being placed in other schools

Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd said yesterday the students on the Family Islands whose schools were damaged by Hurricane Irma earlier this month are being placed in several schools on New Providence.

?They are being absorbed,? Lloyd said. ?They have been absorbed.?

He said, ?Really only three islands had damage to schools, and they are Ragged Island, of course, Salina Point (Acklins) and Bimini.

?Bimini is going to be up and running within this week.

?Ragged Island students have been absorbed. Students are being absorbed.

?They are being placed in schools in the areas where they are staying with their families.?

Lloyd could not say how many students are being absorbed.

He also did not give an estimate on the cost to repair the damaged buildings, as they are ?still being assessed?.

Hurricane Irma impacted Mayaguana, Acklins, Crooked Island, Inagua, Long Cay, Ragged Island and Bimini.

Ragged Island was deemed uninhabitable.

In Salina Point, Acklins, many lost their homes and businesses due to flooding and other structural damage.

More than 1,000 people were evacuated from the impacted islands before the storm.

Most have returned.

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