Take a bow, relief crew
KUDOS AND CONCERN flowed in over the past week as the full extent of the damage caused in the northern Caribbean by the passage of Hurricane Irma became evident.
On The NATION’S website and Facebook page, readers expressed shock at the damage they saw in photos, videos and reports coming from the NATION team of Randy Bennett and Nigel Browne who made the journey to Barbuda and Tortola.
As the days went on, reports came through about looting and violence in the British Virgin Islands and St Maarten/st Martin. Additional reports started to filter through about Barbadians stranded in those islands such as siblings Sabrina and Shane Weekes, teachers who were based in St Maarten. This sparked deeper concern and worry about the safety of Barbadians in those territories.
Amidst the bad news, the constant glimmer of positivity was the way in which Barbados and Barbadians came to the assistance of the victims of Hurricane Irma through rescue teams, community support and evacuation efforts.
Maxine Clarke: We are “One People” and it’s always awesome to help everyone in need. Considering the situation, you never know. . . . Continue to help in every way you can. God bless everyone helping!
Maxine Byer: Very proud of my Bajans giving help when it is most needed.
Beverley Sievewright-anderson: Wonderful to see this non-stop giving from people who are struggling with austerity themselves. Frank Allsopp: It so good to help in a time of need. Gillian Skeete: Help as much as we can, as it could have been us. 400 miles and it would have been us, so never take anything for granted [as] we were lucky. . . this time. Bless all those responding and the ones receiving the help. This is not a political thing, this is a human being thing. It will take years to recover and the islands depend on tourism, every one of them, so help despite our own problems. It’s the right thing to do.
Epaphras D. Williams: I suppose if we had more, we would give more. Barbadians are probably the most generous people on the planet. This is one we may have to sit out, unfortunately.
Nicola A-marie: Thank you to CDEMA [Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency] for deploying the CDRU Team! The CDRU Team is made up of members from all across the region; however, because the RSS is headquartered here in Barbados it was more practical and cost-effective to deploy those members resident in Barbados. The BDF is one of CDEMA’S strong partners and supporters.
Koko Skinner: God’s continuous mercies and guidance be with you all. Keep the faith, God is in the midst. He will strengthen those who are hurting.
Marcella Jordan: Thank you for all you do. We’re all in this together. God bless you.
Sandra Bruce-small: Thanking you team. . . stay safe.
Demetri Gill: Thank God. Just make sure who belongs to us get back safe.
Onita Fleming: Thanks Barbados, may God bless you – from a Barbadian living in Anguilla. “For those parents and guardians and friends who go in the court making a lot of noise when their wicked-tail children are apprehended and [taken] before the court and . . . talk about how wonderful their child is, they should be arrested too for the kind of children they’ve unleased into society.” – Minister of Industry Donville Inniss, speaking on Sunday at the St Michael East branch meeting.
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VOB’S Down To Brass Tacks call-in programme host Mr Peter Wickham constantly makes it known to the public via the said radio programme that he does not believe in God or the Bible while not openly stating what he actually does believe in.
Nevertheless, as Nobel Prize winning biologist, evolutionist and atheist the late Dr George Wald stated (as cited above), if one does not believe in creation, as the Bible teaches, the only alternative is to believe in abiogenesis, i.e. the accidental evolution of life or living organisms from inorganic or inanimate substances.
In light of this fact