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The Washington Center Interviews “Blonde Poison” Playwright

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe infamous actions of Stella Goldschlag – a “catcher” of Jews during the Second World War (despite being Jewish herself) in order to guarantee her safety and that of her parents – were undoubtedly heinous and evil. Yet Gail Louw’s new play “Blonde Poison” – the nickname given to Goldschlag thanks to her typically Aryan looks – poses the question, what would you do in that situation?From “Blond Poison.” Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts.“It really talks to people about the human condition and human nature. There is so much torture, misery, trouble and strife in the world, and it really questions what an individual’s role is in all this,” she says. “What actually happens to people in extraordinary circumstances and situations? How do they respond?”The play draws heavily on the book Stella, written by Goldschlag’s childhood friend Peter Wyden, who nurtured a schoolyard crush for her before escaping Nazi Germany in 1937. The book explores what drove the young woman to become an informant, and Louw took Wyden and Goldschlag’s reunion interview as the basis for her work.Louw is no stranger to the time period, or writing about her faith – her play Two Sisters, part of Devonshire Park’s Studio Season last year, was based on her mother and aunt meeting up and talking about how the events of the war shaped their family. “Many of my plays are about Jews. I am Jewish, but I’m not a terribly good one. Clearly, though, all these things are buried within – my mother’s parents were killed in a concentration camp,” says Louw.“The thing about Stella was that she was such a cruel, awful, dreadful, evil person – but you can’t help but understand where she is coming from. If you were given the opportunity to save yourself and your beloved parents, people would take it. Then again, you have to remember a lot of people didn’t take it, they didn’t become betrayers and took the more honourable way out.”It is extraordinary that Goldschlag’s journey to becoming a monster – estimates place that somewhere in the region of between 600 and 3,000 Jewish men and women were captured and sent to camps following her entrapment – came from being betrayed herself. At the start of the war she was handed over to the Gestapo by an acquaintance, a fellow Jew, and was arrested and beaten for carrying forged ID.“For her to then turn with such vengeance… wow, it’s difficult to believe,” exclaims Louw. “If you’re a German soldier or a Gestapo agent, you’re doing it for the Fatherland, but what was Stella doing it for? She was Jewish. At one point she says, ‘This way I have food and I have a bed… isn’t this what everybody wants?’ Yes, it is, but not at everybody else’s cost.”Several sources, including the Holocaust Chronicle, have come to suggest that Goldschlag hated her Jewishness. It’s a statement Louw agrees with. “The German Jews were very disdainful of the Eastern ones, and thought they were disgusting, poor and dirty – these people who looked so Jewish and spoke this foreign language didn’t fit in and didn’t appreciate Brahms and Beethoven,” she explains.“Some families were extremely secular and hated the whole thing of being Jewish – it wasn’t important to them. It was Hitler who made them become Jewish. Suddenly it was forced on them and they had to wear yellow stars and have it define them.”Victim or monster? It seems nothing in Stella’s story, Louw argues, is black and white.“In Holocaust literature there is a lot of stuff that makes you feel uplifted and stuff that makes you feel traumatised and depressed. Stella encompasses all of these things. The horrors of torture and betrayal, and also what one does to oneself,” she says.Blonde Poison will be at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts for two nights, January 25 and 26, 2018. To purchase tickets, call 360-753-8586 or visit The Washington Center for the Performing Arts website.  Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. From “Blond Poison.” Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Photo courtesy: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts.last_img read more

Abrosimoff, Soukeroff spark Mount Sentinel Wildcats to Consolation Title

first_imgAaron Abrosimoff poured in 17 points and teammate Brandon Soukeroff added 15 to lead the Mount Sentinel Wildcats to a 71-55 victory over Nakusp Cougars in the Consolation Final of the Kootenay High School A Boy’s Basketball Championships Saturday at the Mount Sentinel Gymnasium.A 9-0 run in the fourth period sealed the deal for the Wildcats.Braden McLean scored 23 points to lead the Cougars while Ben Gardener added added 18 points, including five three point conversions.Sparwood defeated Fernie Falcons 73-41 to capture the zone title and a berth in the BC High School A Boy’s Basketball Championship next month in Langley.Sparwood put 27 points in the second quarter to grab a 41-26 lead en route to the zone title.Cale Hughes led the victors with 18 points, including a pair of baskets from downtown in the fourth period.Austin Molley added 16 points for Sparwood.Sparwood advanced to the final by stopping the host school 88-67 in Friday’s Semi Final round.Fernie bounced Nakusp 89-45 in the other Semi Final contest. Cats coach Kris Hryniw was pleased with this team’s showing against the zone champs, despite losing by double digits.“I was so impressed with my Grade 10 point guard, Kie Miller, who really didn’t make any mistakes, and was the team’s high scorer with 17 points,” Hryniw said.Abrosimoff with 15 points and Soukeroff with 14 also were high scorers for Mount Sentinel against Sparwood.Hryniw said finishing third in the zone was a major accomplishment for a Cats team without any senior leadership.“We did not have one Grade 12 player step on the court for us,” Hryniw said.“Our team consists of 6 Grade 11 boys, 3 Grade 10 boys and even one boy who’s in Grade 9.”“All of the younger boys stepped up and made great contributions off the bench in both games,” Hryniw added.This tournament concludes the season for the Wildcats varsity team.However, the Junior Wildcats travel to Castlegar this weekend to compete in the West Kootenay Junior Boy’s Basketball Championships host by the Rockers at Stanley Humphries.Top seeded Grand Forks Wolves meet Boundary Central of Midway in one Semi Final while host Stanley Humphries meets J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail in the other Semi.The two winners meet for the West Kootenay crown Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.Other teams entered include the L.V. Rogers Bombers and Salmo Falcons.last_img read more

Four years in prison for the intermediary of the signing of Casillas for Porto

first_imgThe Superior Court of Justice of the Balearic Islands (TSJB) has dismissed the appeal presented by the defense of Santos Márquez González in which he requested the annulment of the sentence that sentenced this soccer intermediary to 4 years and one day in prison for the crime of aggravated fraud in the signing of Real Madrid exporter Iker Casillas for Porto.The TSJB magistrates reject all the arguments of Santos Márquez’s lawyers to annul the resolution issued by the Palma Hearing in 2014. According to that sentence, the agent He deceived his ex-partner Jorge Ignacio S., who made him believe that the footballer wanted to sign for some team in the United States.It also made him think that the commission for this transfer would go to the accounts of the company Mallorca Viva SL, in which both had been partners and with which he continued to collaborate. The company, therefore, contributed 9,100 euros to Márquez for his total availability in the negotiation of the signing of Casillas, whose commission, once closed, the representative “had resolved not to allocate” to the company.In fact, in June 2015, He began contacts as a “free agent” with the athlete’s manager to negotiate his transfer to Porto. The judgment of the Audience of Palma also imposed Santos Márquez an indemnification in concept of civil responsibility to the complainant of 115,666 euros and to assume two thirds of the costs of the procedure.The intermediary’s lawyers alleged before the TSJB that there was no deception in the Casillas operation because “All of Spain found out about the signing and Santos Márquez appeared in the national press.”The magistrates’ response was: “This is not known to the Chamber nor is it disclosed that it was published in the press.” The judgment of the Balearic magistrates is appealable before the Supreme Court.last_img read more

NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 8

first_imgStreaking Ginebra outlasts Star in OT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 5. Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs26 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assistsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKent Salado could just carry so much for the Arellano.Despite the speedster’s best efforts, he still can’t stop the Chiefs from losing five of their last six games to finish the first round.One thing going Arellano’s way, though, is the week-long break, giving Salado, coach Jerry Codiñera, and the rest of the team to reassess their standing as they seek to make a huge run in the second round.6. Christian Buñag – C, Mapua Cardinals15 points, 21 reboundsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen one door closes, another one opens.Luckily for Christian Buñag, the injuries abound the Mapua lineup led to him racking up consistent double-doubles through the course of the first roundUnfortunately, those stats aren’t translating to wins, and Buñag needs more help to validate the numbers he’s pouring for the Cardinals.7. Jed Mendoza – G, JRU Heavy Bombers12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assistsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAnother strong showing from Jed Mendoza results to another win for JRU.The first-year playmaker has proven that he’s no one-game wonder, emerging as a solid contributor for Meneses’ rotation after the first round. Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Forty-five games done, and it seems like the battle lines have already been drawn.Lyceum and San Beda have established control of the field, but the rest of the pack are not far behind, with leaders already gearing up for the homestretch of the eliminations come the second round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’However, we must first put the spotlight on the first round as last year’s Final Four teams took center stage and rounded out their schedules.Here’s our list of this week’s top performers. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal View comments Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. If Mendoza continues this stretch in the second round, things may continue looking up for the Heavy Bombers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhat a way for Bolick to cap off the first round.Allowing his teammates to step up in the past few games, the swingman finally took the baton and torched the net early in San Beda’s 95-70 thumping of Arellano, getting his baskets in the first half to set the tone for the blowout.The game may have been billed as a Finals rematch, but just like in last year’s championship duel, Bolick remains to be the Chiefs’ bane and made the Red Lions no match for the opposition.3. Aaron Bordon – G, JRU Heavy Bombers17 points (8/14 FG), 4 assistsLast Week: N/AAaron Bordon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCoach Vergel Meneses continues to stumble on surprise contributors for Jose Rizal University, this time, unearthing Aaron Bordon.The transferee from Cavite State University stepped up and tallied a career-best 17 points to provide the offensive boost for the Heavy Bombers in their close 68-59 escape of Mapua.If Bordon sustains his form, it shouldn’t be a surprise that JRU can hold on to its standing and move on once again to the Final Four.4. Donald Tankoua – C, San Beda Red Lions15 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 blockLast Week: N/AAaron BordonSlowly but surely, Donald Tankoua is getting his groove back.Evoking memories of last season’s Finals, the Cameroonian big man churned out his best outing in the first round as San Beda once again got the better of Arellano on Tuesday.The signs are promising, and if Tankoua continues this tear, there’s no doubt that the Red Lions can also sustain this winning run. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles 1. Javee Mocon – F, San Beda Red Lions19 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, 1 blockLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHard work pays off, especially for Javee Mocon.Playing second fiddle behind leader Robert Bolick all season long, the versatile forward finally gained his share of the spotlight as he helped San Beda close out the first round on a seven-game winning streak.Mocon may not get the lion’s share of the limelight for the Red Lions, but there’s no doubt that his contributions are largely to blame for his side’s ascent this NCAA season.2. Robert Bolick – G, San Beda Red Lions23 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assistsLast Week: N/AADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Close to $56M missing from Diamond/Grove NDC

first_img…Police, Auditor General called inClose to $56 million in revenue and taxes has allegedly been stolen from the Grove/Diamond Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) between August 2015 and February 9, 2017 by a former employee.This is according to NDC Chairman Bharrat Narine, who on Thursday reiterated calls for the Guyana Police Force and the Office of the Auditor General to ensure that they conduct in-depth investigations into the matter.Narine raised the concerns over the status of the missing monies during a recently held meeting at the Regional Accounting Communities (RAC), as he lobbied the regional authorities to support the probe and subsequent Police investigation into what he described as the “fraudulent embezzlement of the Council’s money by aThe Grove/Diamond NDC officeformer employee”.“Madam chair, I am rising again to plea for this matter to be properly investigated as we cannot sit by as an NDC and have these millions missing and nothing being done. Since this matter was exposed, the Auditor General’s Office visited and said they have a lot of work and that is all we have heard from them and this is not good enough as with only 60 per cent of the internal audit completed we found that $21 million were missing and with the remaining 40 per cent completed it is estimated to be around $30-35 million,” the NDC head said.Narine told the gathering that they were very disappointed when they discovered that the monies were stolen and that the suspect, a former employee of the NDC, Latoya Moore, was called to a meeting on February 9, 2017; however, the following day she tendered her resignation without giving any reason.More so, Narine noted that the matter continues to remain in the hands of the Auditor General who he said doesn’t seem interested in doing anything about it.“Madam chair, this matter has been with the AG’s Office since last year and nothing has happened. We are exceptionally hurt because it has been so long and nothing has happened. I know that you and your office have been seeking to help in having this matter properly addressed, however, nothing has happened. We have been raising this matter over and over at all levels of meetings being held here at the RDC but nothing has happened and I am aware that you Regional Chairman has been trying to have it addressed,” he said.Furthermore, the Chairman declared that while the (Golden Grove/Diamond Place) NDC have been able to stop the haemorrhaging of the funds, they are hoping that other NDCs would seek to strengthen their systems, thus preventing a repeat.Narine said in the initial stages of the investigation, the ground work was done by his Councillors, noting that the Police have not been very helpful thus far.“RC [Regional Chairman] I must however express my Councillors’ satisfaction and appreciation for the support and assistance that have been given to us thus far by the RDC. Nevertheless, we cannot allow such a situation to go by without any meaningful action being taken,” he said.Narine in his plead to the Regional Chairman said there are many unanswered questions, stressing Moore could not have pulled off such an act all alone and questioned why no one else, including the Overseer at the time, was never questioned by the Police.“All the Police said to us is that they cannot locate Latoya Moore as she apparently moved out from her Kaneville address, but what we are concerned about is why no one else was ever questioned as such a fraud could not have been committed by one person alone,” he posited.Meanwhile, Regional Chairman Geneveive Allen in responding to the request and concerns of the NDC Chairman thanked Narine after promising that she will personally get on the ‘backs’ of the Police and the Auditor General in ensuring that this matter is addressed.“I am in support of your views and concerns and you would have notice that since this matter we have made several new implementations of systems across all the NDCs in the region as we will not wait for another situation to occur before taking action. I agree with you that action needs to be taken and I can assure you that the RDC will continue to do all within its powers to ensure such,” she promised.last_img read more

22 workplace accident deaths recorded in 2018

first_imgMinister Keith ScottFrom a total of 560 reported workplace accidents, 22 or four per cent have resulted in the loss of lives during last year. This was disclosed by Minister within the Social Protection Ministry, Keith Scott at the Ministry’s Occupational Safety and Health (OS&H) Department’s symposium, which opened on Wednesday at Herdmanston Lodge under the theme “Safety and Health and the Future of Work: Building on the knowledge and achievements accumulated over the years”.Minister Scott said that four per cent is too high and his Ministry intends to ensure that all employers understand that in this country, the employees and their health come first and that the laws of Guyana at all stages must be enforced.“We have not yet computed the cost of compensation paid by the National Insurance Scheme and other costs through civil proceedings. However, we have a policy in this Ministry that any fatal accident must be immediately investigated. And I can say without fear of contradiction that we have attained and maintained 100 per cent reporting and investigations of all fatal accidents that are work-related in this country since 2016 to now,” the Minister is quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying.According to the DPI report, the Minister, who has the responsibility for labour, stressed that safety must be given the prominence it deserves in the strategic plan of every enterprise. He alluded to the challenges stakeholders had to confront in the realm of OS&H in recent times including leakage of mercury at the Guyana Gold Board, leakage or escape of ammonia at a fishing enterprise on the East Bank of Demerara and contamination and death of Chinese nationals at the Manganese Company in North West District.“These incidents have tested our preparedness to deal with major issues like oil spills, which we hope will never occur. We have the equipment and have to go [to] any part of Guyana to investigate accidents,” Minister Scott stated.The Minister encouraged stakeholders to improve their work ethics and to prioritise the safety of workers so that workplace accidents can be avoided. He said a forensic investigation of all accidents, particularly those with fatal consequences, shows that they were avoidable if the necessary Standard Operating Procedures, including risk analysis, were carried out.Meanwhile, Principal Assistant Secretary of the Guyana Trades Union Congress, Eslyn Harris pointed out that OS&H stands at the forefront of the standards within the workplace but there is always the need for improvements.Harris stressed that work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses occur every day and many people lose their lives every year. Therefore, the need for advancements in OS&H in the workplace is clear and urgent. She called on stakeholders to work together to ensure that workplace accidents are completely eliminated, since the task cannot be achieved alone.The symposium saw presentations from the panellists which included representatives from the Government, University of Guyana (UG), Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) and the National Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) among others.last_img read more

Team Tardi sitting 2-0 after first two draws of Junior Provincials

first_imgUPDATE: Team Tardi is now 3-0 at Provincials. The team beat Vernon’s Team Love 7-3 after nine ends.NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – Sterling Middleton and the rest of Team Tardi are sitting with a perfect record so far at the 2017 B.C. Junior Curling Championships.Team Tardi got off to a great start on Tuesday, with their first draw against Team Habkirk from the Victoria Curling Centre. Tardi scored two in the first end and a single in the second end before a blank in the third. After scoring another pair in the fourth end, Habkirk trimmed the lead to 5-2 after five ends. Tardi answered back with another three points in the sixth and seventh ends, taking an 8-2 lead. After scoring only one in the eighth, Team Habkirk conceded the game.- Advertisement -In the second draw, things were a bit closer as Team Tardi played the hometown Team Proctor from the Royal City Curling Club. Team Proctor got the hammer to start and took a 3-1 lead after four ends. Team Tardi managed to bounce back starting in the fifth end with four two-point ends. Tardi took the win in nine ends.This morning, the team is back in action against Team Love from Vernon. After four ends, both teams are tied at three apiece.The rink is comprised of Middleton, brothers Tyler and Jordan Tardi of Cloverdale and lead Nicholas Meister of Langley. Both Middleton and Tyler Tardi were gold medal winners at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer last February. The 2017 B.C. Junior Curling Championships run from now until January 1st.Advertisementlast_img read more

Flyers double up Sr. Canucks

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers were victorious in Dawson Creek on Tuesday night for the first time this season.The Flyers scored the first of three goals in the opening period courtesy Reid Campbell who opened the scoring at 14:47, assisted by Joey Massingham. Campbell added his second of the night with 5:15 to play after depositing a pass from Sam Brennen and Robbie Sidhu. Lien Miller-Jeannotte made it 3-0 three minutes later after some hard work along the boards by Massingham and Sidhu.The visitors restored their three-goal advantage when Sidhu found the back of the net shorthanded with Miller-Jeannotte and Brennan collecting the helpers at 16:52. Rick Cleaver got in on the action midway through the middle stanza when he bulged the twine off a feed from Eric Allarie and Jeff Fast for goal number five.- Advertisement -Miller-Jeannotte capped off the scoring with 7:56 to go in the final frame, Sidhu with the lone helper. Travis McLean stood tall in the pipes as he stopped all eleven shots fired his way. Final score Flyers 6- Sr. Canucks 3.Robbie Sidhu led the charge with four points while Campbell and Miller-Jeannotte each had two goals and an assist.“We had a short bench,” said General Manager Lee Hartman. “The guys played good and Travis played great.”Advertisement Next up for the team is a date with the Grande Prairie Athletics on Thursday at the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is at 8:30 p.m.last_img read more

3rd Annual Tournament of Hope

first_imgNow, we’ve been talking a little bit about this over the past month or two, and we just found out that Jonathan Fell, who was to be this year’s beneficiary, recently passed away. But, this year’s tournament of hope will go on, there will be some ball, a steak supper, and a BBQ, and all moneys raised will go to Jonathan’s family, if you want more information or you want to register a team, you can call 787-5200.- Advertisement –last_img

Tourists evacuated ahead of hurricane

first_imgGrupo Taca Airlines provided special free flights to the mainland, quickly touching down and taking off again to scoop up more tourists. Some 1,000 people were evacuated from the Honduran island of Roatan, popular for its pristine reefs and diving resorts. Another 1,000 were removed from low-lying coastal areas and smaller islands. “I’m very disappointed,” scuba diver Bob Shearer, 43, of Butler, Pa., said at the airport in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. “I only got seven dives in. I hope they didn’t jump the gun too soon.” Felix’s top winds weakened slightly to 135 mph as it headed west, but forecasters warned that it could strengthen again before landfall along the Miskito Coast early today. From there, it was projected to rake northern Honduras, slam into southern Belize on Wednesday and then cut across northern Guatemala and southern Mexico, well south of Texas. A storm surge of more than 18 feet above normal tides could devastate Indian communities along the Miskito Coast, a swampy, isolated region straddling the Honduras-Nicaragua border where thousands live in wooden shacks, get around in canoes and subsist on fish, beans, rice, cassava and plantains. “There’s nowhere to go here,” said teacher Sodeida Rodriguez, 26, who was hunkering down in a concrete shelter. HONDURAS: Most take free flights. Thousands of Miskito Indians are stranded on coast. By Esteban Felix THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – Planes shuttled tourists from island resorts in a desperate airlift Monday as Hurricane Felix bore down on Honduras and Belize. But thousands of Miskito Indians were stranded along a swampy coastline where the Category 4 storm was expected to make landfall. The only path to safety is up rivers and across lakes that are too shallow for regular boats, but many lack gasoline for long journeys. Provincial health official Efrain Burgos said shelters were being prepared, and medicine and sanitation kits were being brought in, but that 18,000 people must find their own way to higher ground. “We’re asking the people who are on the coasts to find a way to safer areas because we don’t have the capability to transport so many people,” he said. “The houses are made of wood. They’re going to be completely swept away. They’re not safe.” The storm was following the same path as 1998’s Hurricane Mitch, a sluggish storm that stalled for a week over Central America, killing nearly 11,000 people. But Felix was expected to maintain a much more rapid pace. By Monday afternoon, crashing waves reached 15 feet higher than normal on Honduras’ coast, but there was no rain yet. “We are ready to face an eventual tragedy,” said Roatan fire Chief Douglas Fajardo. Most tourists took the free flights out, but locals prepared to ride out the storm. “We know it’s a tremendous hurricane that’s coming,” said real estate worker Estella Marazzito. A U.S. CH-47 Chinook helicopter from the Soto Cano Air Base on Honduras evacuated 19 Americans – tourists and members of the military – from Roatan to the city of La Ceiba, Honduras, the U.S. Southern Command said. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Felix could dump up to 12 inches of rain in isolated areas. In the highland capital of Tegucigalpa, more than 100 miles inland, authorities cleared vendors from markets prone to flooding. Across the border in Belize City, skies grew increasingly cloudy and winds kicked up as residents boarded windows and lined up for gas. Tourists competed for the last seats on flights to Atlanta and Miami. Police went door-to-door forcing evacuations. Liquor sales were banned, and stores were running out of supplies. “I just wish they had more airplanes to take care of everyone who has to leave,” said Atlanta, Ga., resident Mitzi Carr, 48, who cut short her weeklong vacation on Hatchet Caye. Belize is still cleaning up from last month’s Hurricane Dean, which killed 28 people as it plowed through the Caribbean and slammed into Mexico as a Category 5 storm. Dean damaged crops everywhere it passed, including an estimated $100 million in Belize alone. Erol Semplis, 54, helped a friend board up his house in Belize City, before heading to his own house to do the same. He planned to leave with his girlfriend later Monday. “A lot of people take chances with their lives,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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