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Conditions on Ragged Island in 2017 after Hurricane Irma.

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'Why trust govt that has neglected Ragged Island?'

THE “blatant reckless neglect” of Ragged Island residents more than two years after Hurricane Irma devastated the small island has led to mistrust of the Minnis administration, area MP Chester Cooper has said.This situation, Mr Cooper said yesterday,

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Ragged Islanders fear being pushed aside after Dorian

RAGGED Island residents were feeling neglected even before Hurricane Dorian ravaged Grand Bahama and Abaco.

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'Total radar coverage' by 2020

DOPPLER weather radars will be installed in Mayaguana and Ragged Island “early next year” - meaning by 2020, the Bahamas will have “total radar coverage” for approaching systems, Department of Meteorology Senior Deputy Director Jeffrey Simmons confir

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Ragged Island rebuild now up to $12m

WORKS Minister Desmond Bannister defended the government’s decision to spend millions of dollars on infrastructure at Ragged Island, telling Parliament it came down to a matter of “life and death” for residents.

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Ragged Island to get $8m to help recovery from Irma

NEARLY two years after Hurricane Irma devastated Ragged Island, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis outlined plans last night for an $8 million investment in rebuilding key public infrastructure on the island.

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Dormant accounts – they'll do nicely

THE government is proposing to utilise $41.3m from dormant bank accounts to establish a disaster relief fund, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced yesterday.

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'Developed countries should pay for disasters linked to climate change'

PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said he urged stakeholders of developed countries during meetings in New York last week to establish a fund to aid developing countries who suffer climate change-related natural disasters. Speaking during a press confe

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WHY SO LITTLE AID AND WHY SO LATE?: Year from Irma, islanders insist govt does more

RESIDENTS of Ragged Island are calling for more government assistance than the $4,000 per household issued by the National Emergency Management Agency on Friday. 

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New osmosis plant for hurricane-hit Ragged Island

OFFICIALS expect to have a recently procured solarised reversed osmosis plant online in Ragged Island by next week, Water and Sewerage Executive Chairman Adrian Gibson has said. Addressing long-standing water issues on the island, Mr Gibson said the

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NEMA – Ragged island still uninhabitable

NATIONAL Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Director Captain Stephen Russell told the Tribune yesterday the agency has never lifted its “uninhabitable” declaration on Ragged Island.

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Cooper blasts govt Ragged response

EXUMA and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper yesterday criticised the Minnis administration for its failure to rebuild the segments of his constituency rendered “unliveable” in the wake of Hurricane Irma last September.

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Plan for Ragged solar grid complete

WHILE still not giving a proposed timeline of when hurricane-ravaged Ragged Island is expected to be fully restored, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said techno-economic modelling for the island’s electrical grid has been completed.

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Rebuilding Ragged Island to cost tens of millions

THE Minnis administration’s proposed plan to restore hurricane-ravaged Ragged Island will cost tens of millions of dollars and currently involves the private sector along with international partners, Works Minister Desmond Bannister told reporters yesterday.

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Irma saves Bahamas from EU blacklist

THE Bahamas was yesterday warned not to “rest on our laurels” after it escaped the European Union’s “blacklist” largely thanks to Hurricane Irma.

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On the Virtues of Strong Island Rope: Toward A Truly Bahamian Climate Change Policy

AS Bahamians debate, in a disappointing but not-so-unexpected xenophobic fashion, the virtue of inviting those who have suffered tremendous loss during the string of hurricanes that ravaged our Caribbean neighbours, I would like us to pause and think

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$1.5m spent after Irma

COSTS incurred by the government following the passage of Hurricane Irma has tipped $1.5m, The Tribune has learned.

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INSIGHT: Better safe than sorry

THE 2017 Hurricane season was projected to be an active one by many of the top meteorological minds. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association predicted this hurricane season would be an “above average” year with 11 to 17 named storms, five to nine hurricanes – two of which being major ones. However, no one would have anticipated that three quarters of the way through the season there would have been this much devastation and loss at the hands of Category, 3, 4 and 5 storms.

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INSIGHT: Lessons learned from Irma

WHILE the Bahamas was largely spared the widespread disaster and damage that the now historic category five Hurricane Irma was capable of, people of the Southern Bahamas – namely Ragged Island and Acklins – are left with the heavy burden of putting their lives back together. This is an enormous task for these families – one they are surely facing with some trepidation.

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Ragged Island families want to rebuild

RESIDENTS of Ragged Island are determined to go back home immediately and rebuild despite the decimation left from Hurricane Irma, with the community’s chief councillor saying it is “foolishness” for anyone to consider the island uninhabitable.

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