Take a bow, re­lief crew

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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.

The Ori­gin Of Life, Sci­en­tific Amer­i­can, 191 [2]: 48).

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

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