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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

South Africa:Union Federation Slams...

South Africa:Union Federation Slams Extension of Deadline for President Zuma

[News24Wire] The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) on Monday slammed the decision of the National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams to extend President Jacob Zuma's deadline to submit his new representations to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
Africa:You Can Get Away With Murder...

Africa:You Can Get Away With Murder If You're Polite - And 4 Other Things We Learnt in 2017

[The Conversation Africa] The last twelve months have been a confusing time for African democracy. We have seen coups that didn't look like coups and elections that didn't look like elections. In this sense, it was a year of illusions.
Congo-Kinshasa:Political Instabilit...

Congo-Kinshasa:Political Instability Fuels Rebels - Analyst

[Deutsche Welle] The bodies of Tanzanian UN peacekeepers killed last week in DRC are being returned home this week as investigations continue into the deadly attack - and who is to blame.
West Africa:Finding the Right Role ...

West Africa:Finding the Right Role for the G5 Sahel Joint Force

[ICG] Ten months after its launch, the G5 Sahel joint force (FC-G5S), a joint project under- taken by the five countries of the Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad) is slowly taking shape.
Kenya:U.S. Praises Raila Odinga for...

Kenya:U.S. Praises Raila Odinga for Calling Off Swearing-in

[Nation] The United States has praised opposition leader Raila Odinga for shelving plans to swear him in as the 'People's President', terming the move a positive step towards national dialogue.
South Africa:Pregnant Woman Dies of...

South Africa:Pregnant Woman Dies of Listeriosis

[News24Wire] A pregnant woman has died of the foodborne illness listeriosis, the Gauteng Department of Health said on Monday.

Reuters

EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump...

EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump's Jerusalem move

BRUSSELS/CAIRO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case to Europe to ask allies to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but met a firm rebuff from EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process.
Britain's May hails new optimism in...

Britain's May hails new optimism in Brexit talks after deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May hailed "a new sense of optimism" in Brexit talks, telling parliament on Monday an agreement to move negotiations on to future trade ties would reassure those concerned Britain may leave with no deal.
Buoyed by mayoral votes, Venezuela ...

Buoyed by mayoral votes, Venezuela socialists eye presidency race

CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro has set his sights on Venezuela's 2018 presidential election after the ruling Socialist Party dominated mayoral polls with the help of a partial boycott by a divided opposition.
Cuba tells U.S. suspension of visas...

Cuba tells U.S. suspension of visas is hurting families

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba told senior U.S. officials during talks on migration in Havana on Monday that the U.S. decision to suspend visa processing at its embassy on the island was "seriously hampering" family relations and other people exchanges.
Exclusive: Detained Saudi billionai...

Exclusive: Detained Saudi billionaire al-Sanea seeks to end debt dispute

DUBAI (Reuters) - A detained Saudi billionaire who led the collapsed Saad Group is seeking to repay part of a multi-billion dollar debt to creditors under a deal that could allow his release, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Tillerson set to meet Trudeau for N...

Tillerson set to meet Trudeau for North Korea crisis talks: source

OTTAWA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next week for talks on how to address the crisis over North Korea's nuclear weapons program, an Ottawa source said on Monday.

Caribbean 360

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Reuters

EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump...

EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump's Jerusalem move

BRUSSELS/CAIRO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case to Europe to ask allies to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but met a firm rebuff from EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process.
Britain's May hails new optimism in...

Britain's May hails new optimism in Brexit talks after deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May hailed "a new sense of optimism" in Brexit talks, telling parliament on Monday an agreement to move negotiations on to future trade ties would reassure those concerned Britain may leave with no deal.
Buoyed by mayoral votes, Venezuela ...

Buoyed by mayoral votes, Venezuela socialists eye presidency race

CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro has set his sights on Venezuela's 2018 presidential election after the ruling Socialist Party dominated mayoral polls with the help of a partial boycott by a divided opposition.
Cuba tells U.S. suspension of visas...

Cuba tells U.S. suspension of visas is hurting families

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba told senior U.S. officials during talks on migration in Havana on Monday that the U.S. decision to suspend visa processing at its embassy on the island was "seriously hampering" family relations and other people exchanges.
Exclusive: Detained Saudi billionai...

Exclusive: Detained Saudi billionaire al-Sanea seeks to end debt dispute

DUBAI (Reuters) - A detained Saudi billionaire who led the collapsed Saad Group is seeking to repay part of a multi-billion dollar debt to creditors under a deal that could allow his release, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Tillerson set to meet Trudeau for N...

Tillerson set to meet Trudeau for North Korea crisis talks: source

OTTAWA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next week for talks on how to address the crisis over North Korea's nuclear weapons program, an Ottawa source said on Monday.

NY Times

Putin?s Re-election Is Assured. Let...

Putin?s Re-election Is Assured. Let the Succession Fight Begin.

The March 2018 presidential election in Russia is a sideshow to the real battle: determining what comes after President Putin?s next term ends in 2024.
Whirlwind Putin Tour Highlights Mos...

Whirlwind Putin Tour Highlights Moscow?s New Reach in Mideast

The Russian president visited Syria, Egypt and Turkey all in a day, a trip underscoring new alliances and his role as a statesman.
Campaign to Drive Out Migrants Slam...

Campaign to Drive Out Migrants Slams Beijing?s Best and Brightest

Tens of thousands of hopeful college graduates moved to the city seeking better jobs and better lives. Now the authorities are telling them to leave.
Paris Journal: A Roma Circus Makes ...

Paris Journal: A Roma Circus Makes a Home, and Builds Bridges, in Paris

The Romanès family puts on a spontaneous performance of song, dance and acrobatics, while promoting a message of acceptance.
Saudi Arabia to Allow Movie Theater...

Saudi Arabia to Allow Movie Theaters After 35-Year Ban

The move was seen as part of a drive by Prince Mohammed bin Salman to transform Saudi society and to move toward a more tolerant form of Islam.
E.U. Leaders Reject Netanyahu on Je...

E.U. Leaders Reject Netanyahu on Jerusalem Recognition

After President Trump?s decision about the Israeli capital, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried, and failed, to get a similar endorsement from Brussels.

Washington Post

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BBC

EU governments complicit in migrant...

EU governments complicit in migrant torture in Libya, says Amnesty

Human rights group Amnesty says the EU is actively supporting authorities who work with gangs.
Mohamed Salah named BBC African Foo...

Mohamed Salah named BBC African Footballer of the Year

Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is voted the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2017.
Tanzanian President Magufuli pardon...

Tanzanian President Magufuli pardons child rapists

Rights group condemns John Magufuli for pardoning musicians who raped 10 primary schoolgirls.
Sudan women in trousers: No indecen...

Sudan women in trousers: No indecency charges

The 24 women had attended a party raided by morality police near the capital, Khartoum.
Egypt uncovers ancient tombs at Lux...

Egypt uncovers ancient tombs at Luxor

A mummy dating back about 3,500 years is among items discovered in the two tombs.
DR Congo: UN peacekeepers killed in...

DR Congo: UN peacekeepers killed in attack in North Kivu

At least 14 are killed and more than 50 wounded in a rebel attack in North Kivu province.

Reuters

EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump...

EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump's Jerusalem move

BRUSSELS/CAIRO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case to Europe to ask allies to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but met a firm rebuff from EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process.
Britain's May hails new optimism in...

Britain's May hails new optimism in Brexit talks after deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May hailed "a new sense of optimism" in Brexit talks, telling parliament on Monday an agreement to move negotiations on to future trade ties would reassure those concerned Britain may leave with no deal.
Buoyed by mayoral votes, Venezuela ...

Buoyed by mayoral votes, Venezuela socialists eye presidency race

CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro has set his sights on Venezuela's 2018 presidential election after the ruling Socialist Party dominated mayoral polls with the help of a partial boycott by a divided opposition.
Cuba tells U.S. suspension of visas...

Cuba tells U.S. suspension of visas is hurting families

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba told senior U.S. officials during talks on migration in Havana on Monday that the U.S. decision to suspend visa processing at its embassy on the island was "seriously hampering" family relations and other people exchanges.
Exclusive: Detained Saudi billionai...

Exclusive: Detained Saudi billionaire al-Sanea seeks to end debt dispute

DUBAI (Reuters) - A detained Saudi billionaire who led the collapsed Saad Group is seeking to repay part of a multi-billion dollar debt to creditors under a deal that could allow his release, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Tillerson set to meet Trudeau for N...

Tillerson set to meet Trudeau for North Korea crisis talks: source

OTTAWA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next week for talks on how to address the crisis over North Korea's nuclear weapons program, an Ottawa source said on Monday.

Carib Daily

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BBC

Venezuela opposition banned from ru...

Venezuela opposition banned from running in 2018 election

President Nicolás Maduro says the three main opposition parties cannot compete against him in 2018.
Modern slavery: 'I had to eat the d...

Modern slavery: 'I had to eat the dog's food to survive'

Filipina housemaids have faced slave-like conditions working for rich families in Brazil.
Uruguay hosts world's biggest barbe...

Uruguay hosts world's biggest barbecue beating Argentina

A city in Uruguay grills 16.5 tonnes of meat to beat the previous world record held by Argentina.
Honduras election: Opposition reque...

Honduras election: Opposition requests annulment

The main opposition contender accuses electoral authorities of tampering with the results.
Argentina judge seeks arrest of ex-...

Argentina judge seeks arrest of ex-leader Cristina Fernández

She is accused of covering up alleged Iranian involvement in a 1994 bomb attack against a Jewish centre.
Peru: Paolo Guerrero to miss World ...

Peru: Paolo Guerrero to miss World Cup after failing drugs test

Peru captain and record goalscorer Paolo Guerrero is banned after failing a drugs test and will miss the country's first World Cup since 1982.

The Grio

Tia Mowry?s pregnancy announcement ...

Tia Mowry?s pregnancy announcement is just adorable

Tia Mowry took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce that she is pregnant in the cutest way possible.
11 Black candidates who won big on ...

11 Black candidates who won big on Election Day

Election Day was on Tuesday, and across the country, people were rejecting Donald Trump and his policies and supporters.
Is Kanye West launching a streaming...

Is Kanye West launching a streaming company to compete with Jay-Z?

West has filed trademarks for a possible new streaming service called "Yeezy Sound."
Tia Mowry puts all angst to rest ov...

Tia Mowry puts all angst to rest over ?Sister, Sister? reboot

Fans of the '90s sitcom "Sister, Sister" can finally rejoice as a reboot is already in the works.
Donald Trump Jr. gets eviscerated f...

Donald Trump Jr. gets eviscerated for not knowing Election Day

Comedian Stephen Colbert and the internet tore up Donald Trump Jr. for apparently not knowing that Election Day was on Tuesday.
26 Nigerian women and girls found d...

26 Nigerian women and girls found dead in Mediterranean Sea

Investigators are also looking into suspicions that the women and girls may have been abused and killed.

News Americas Now

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NY Times

Europe Edition: New York, Vladimir ...

Europe Edition: New York, Vladimir Putin, Johnny Hallyday: Your Tuesday Briefing

Here?s what you need to know to start your day.
Trying to Bypass Anxiety on the Roa...

Trying to Bypass Anxiety on the Road to Driverless Cars

Volvo is putting cameras in vehicles to see people interact with driver-assistance features and will use the data in designing fully autonomous cars.
Officer Said He Fled Turkey, Carryi...

Officer Said He Fled Turkey, Carrying Evidence of Corruption

A Turkish police officer, testifying in Manhattan, said he had fled to the United States carrying what he called evidence of corruption from an investigation in Turkey.
Ukrainian Court Frees Ex-Leader of ...

Ukrainian Court Frees Ex-Leader of Georgia From Detention

Mikheil Saakashvili, an opposition leader in Ukraine, was freed after a judge refused prosecutors? request to place him under house arrest.
Au-devant du Brexit, Paris tente un...

Au-devant du Brexit, Paris tente un relooking économique

Paris espère séduire les entreprises qui quittent Londres en remplaçant la paperasse par le tapis rouge.
Theresa May Quiets the Critics ? in...

Theresa May Quiets the Critics ? in Her Own Party

The British prime minister had to calm waters roiled by her own cabinet members, who seemed to undercut a hard-won agreement on Friday to keep Brexit talks alive.

Washington Post

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Black Enterprise

Exclusive: Not ?Selling Out?- Sundi...

Exclusive: Not ?Selling Out?- Sundial CEO on Landmark Acquisition and How Deal Will Benefit Black Women Entrepreneurs

In this exclusive Black Enterprise interview, he breaks down how thousands of women entrepreneurs of…
Russell Simmons, Latest Accused of ...

Russell Simmons, Latest Accused of Sexual Assault, Steps Down From His Ventures

Variety broke the news that Russell Simmons has officially stepped down as head from his…
Unilever Acquires Sundial Brands, O...

Unilever Acquires Sundial Brands, Owner of SheaMoisture, For an Undisclosed Amount

Shea MoistureWhen the deal, which is valued at about $240 million, is complete, Sundial Brands will…
Study Finds Pollution Puts African ...

Study Finds Pollution Puts African Americans at a Greater Risk of Getting Sick

pollutionA new study found that African Americans are at an elevated risk of suffering from…
New Orleans Elects an African Ameri...

New Orleans Elects an African American Woman as Mayor

New OrleansLaToya Cantrell made history on Saturday, becoming the first woman to win a mayoral race…
U.S. Government Official Says Black...

U.S. Government Official Says Blacks Turned Cities Into ?Slums? with ?Laziness, Drug Use, and Sexual Promiscuity?

Rev. Jamie JohnsonRev. Jamie Johnson, who directs outreach to neighborhoods and faith communities for DHS, reportedly called…

Reuters - Video

Duterte wants to extend martial law...

Duterte wants to extend martial law in Southern Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte wants to extend martial law in Mindanao by one year to keep insurgencies at bay, according to officials. Jayson Albano reports.
Hundreds of protesters clash with p...

Hundreds of protesters clash with police in Catalonia

Scuffles broke out in Catalonia during a police operation to remove 44 disputed artworks from the Museum of Lleida. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
Venezuela's Maduro eyes 2018 electi...

Venezuela's Maduro eyes 2018 election

Nicolas Maduro set his sights on Venezuela's 2018 presidential election after the ruling Socialist Party was expected to dominate mayoral polls with the help of a partial boycott by a demoralized opposition. Sarah Charlton reports.
Thousands of Indonesians protest Tr...

Thousands of Indonesians protest Trump's Jerusalem move

Thousands protest outside the U.S. Embassy in the Indonesian capital against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. No reporter narration.
Indian girl drowns at Australian be...

Indian girl drowns at Australian beach

The body of a 15-year-old girl from India is pulled from waters off a South Australian beach after she disappeared while swimming with friends.
Philippines defied experts' advice ...

Philippines defied experts' advice on dengue vaccine

Documents reviewed by Reuters that have not been disclosed until now, as well as interviews with local experts, show that key recommendations made by a Philippines Department of Health advisory body of doctors and pharmacologists were not heeded before a dengue immunization program was rolled out to 830,000 children.

Washington Post

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NY Times

Gabriel García Márquez?s Archive Fr...

Gabriel García Márquez?s Archive Freely Available Online

The Harry Ransom Center in Texas has digitized and made available roughly half of the novelist?s archive, including a draft of an unpublished memoir.
A Nasty, Nafta-Related Surprise: Me...

A Nasty, Nafta-Related Surprise: Mexico?s Soaring Obesity

Few predicted when Mexico joined the free-trade deal that it would transform the country in a way that would saddle millions with diet-related illnesses.
Video of Starving Polar Bear ?Rips ...

Video of Starving Polar Bear ?Rips Your Heart Out of Your Chest?

A team of conservationists documented the plight of an emaciated polar bear in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Now some wonder what can be done to save them.
An Unexpected New Stop on the Road ...

An Unexpected New Stop on the Road to Broadway: Edmonton

Smaller and out-of-the-way theaters are increasingly presenting musicals angling for the big time. For the creators of ?Hadestown,? the path veered way north.
As Venezuela Opposition Shuns Vote,...

As Venezuela Opposition Shuns Vote, Leader?s Party Tightens Grip on Power

President Nicolás Maduro hailed victories in municipal elections that many voters deemed a foregone conclusion.
For Older Venezuelans, Fleeing Cris...

For Older Venezuelans, Fleeing Crisis Means ?Starting From Zero,? Even at 90

As a dire economy drives migration, Venezuelans in their retirement years are joining the exodus, a journey fraught with worries over health care, employment and leaving a country they love.

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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