bados. All say they are encouraged by
the humungous offshore finds in Guyana
since 2015 and in recent months, neighboring
“The United States cannot afford
another Deepwater Horizon disaster. This
bipartisan group of members respects the
sovereignty of the Bahamas, but a spill
in Bahamian waters could bring ruin to
both of our countries’ shorelines. Ten
years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster,
we call on Secretary Pompeo to urge
the Bahamian government to reconsider
its efforts to green-light dirty offshore oil
drilling in a region so full of magnificent
ecosystems and so dependent on international
Responding to the move by the group
of 16, the company told the Tribune Newspaper
that BPC has licenses to explore in
Bahamian maritime waters adjacent to
The Bahamas – Cuba border. BPC will
operate strictly within the laws and regulations
as set out by the Bahamian sovereign
government. Any material oil discovery
would introduce to The Bahamas
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a new industry capable of expanding the
Bahamian economy, bringing significant
revenue receipts, jobs and wealth.”
The BPC had for months been carefully
planning the execution of its drilling
campaign with two wells on the drawing
board for 2020 even as nearby Jamaica is
increasing efforts to investigate oil seeps
off its southern coast and at sights inland.
Prospects are good said the cabinet
It is unclear whether Washington has
as yet responded to that audacious latter
from the group even as the island chain is
reeling from the international travel and
tourism lockdown and still struggling to
recover from the battering that two of its
Family Islands took at the hands of superstorm
Dorian last year. Now the cabinet
is being forced to confront the objection
from the group.
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ing, at her district office in Canarsie,
by New York Police Department
(NYPD) 63rd Precinct Sector D Non-
Commissioned Officers that “a horrendous
situation was occurring at an
area funeral home located at 2037A
“There were bodies of deceased individuals
stored in two U-Haul trucks
and a car on the property,” she said.
“Also, a foul odor and fluids were coming
from vehicles onto the street and
Persaud said she and her staff
immediately contacted the Department
of Health and Mental Hygiene
(DOHMH), the city’s Office of Emergency
Management (OEM) and the
Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental
Affairs about “this dilemma.”
“They took action to rectify the
situation,” she said.
An unidentified law enforcement
official told the Times that neighbors
complained of a foul odor coming from
the trucks parked outside the funeral
home, which had a broken freezer.
The paper noted that the sharp rise
in fatalities caused by the coronavirus
“has taxed New York City’s ability to
handle its dead on every front.”
It said funeral homes have been
overwhelmed, and cemeteries and crematories
have struggled to keep up
with the demand for their services.
The law enforcement official, who
was not authorized to speak publicly,
said the funeral home had started
storing bodies in the trucks after its
freezer stopped operating properly,
according to the Times.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric
L. Adams, who arrived on the scene
around 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, told
the Times that the storage of the bodies
in the truck was “traumatizing to
family members.” Mr. Adams said.
The owner of the funeral home
could not be reached for comment.
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Brooklyn Sen. Roxanne J. Persaud
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Calls for funeral home probe
By Julie Menin, Director of NYC Census
Have you checked your mail lately?
If you’re one of the New Yorkers that
hasn’t responded to the 2020 Census yet,
you might have noticed a postcard in your
mailbox from the Census Bureau.
Don’t worry — you’re not in trouble.
But your community could be if you
These postcards and mailers are just
another way the Census Bureau is trying
to make sure every one of us is counted.
After all, there’s a good chance you have
other things on your mind. Now more
than ever, we all have new and urgent
priorities in dealing with the COVID-19
pandemic, so it might be easy to lose sight
of things like the 2020 Census. But the
COVID-19 pandemic also highlights just
how much we all depend on our public
services, and that we need a complete 2020
Census count to keep them fully funded
and functioning for years to come.
With that in mind, the Census Bureau
sends reminders to help make sure
no one gets left behind. And in fact, some
of these latest mailers even contain the
mail-in version of the 2020 Census form
— so if you haven’t responded because of
issues with your internet or phone, now
you have a backup option.
We encourage you to respond right
away to ensure that you and your family
are fully counted.
So if you found a census mailer in
your mailbox, let that be the inspiration
you need to get counted. It only takes 10
minutes, and you can also do it online at
my2020census.gov or call 1-844-330-2020
to complete it over the phone.
Already filled your form out? The
work doesn’t end there. Help make sure
your families, friends, and neighbors are
also getting counted. Remember, these
resources are shared between all of us.
We’re all in this together. Let’s make it
“Making Sense of the Census” is a
weekly column from Julie Menin, Director
of NYC Census 2020. Every week we will
be publishing pieces from Julie and guest
authors laying out the facts and answering
tough questions about this year’s census.
Fill out the census now at my2020census.
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