The category five hurricane has ripped through the Caribbean, leaving flattened landscapes, flash flood and loss of life
Antigua and Barbuda
Barbuda, the first island to feel the force of Hurricane Irma was devastated by its high winds, with Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, saying 90% of houses had been destroyed and 50% of the people of around 1,000 people left homeless.
One person- a two-year-old child- is confirmed to have died in the storm. Michael Joseph, president of the Red Cross in Antigua and Barbuda told 😛 TAGEND
The devastation is not like we’ve ever seen before- we’re talking about the whole country … of Barbuda being significantly destroyed.
Critical facilities including roads and communications systems were ravaged, with the recovery endeavor set to take months or years. Some residents are expected to be evacuated to the larger sister island of Antigua- where injury was less severe- as part of relief efforts and ahead of the prospective arrival of Hurricane Jose this weekend.
Browne said he would order the evacuation of Barbuda if forecasters predict that Jose will hit the island in the coming days.
Were not firing anybody, the 25 -year-old entrepreneur told. Were just letting you know that there will be no payroll in the short term.
The festival was marketed by Fyre Media as a luxury getaway in the Bahamas, but it quickly devolved into chaos after organizers failed to provide the most basic amenities. McFarland and co-organizer Ja Rule have been hit with numerouslawsuits.
McFarland conceded that ceasing to pay people was not an ideal situation. He added later: The last thing I want to do is set anyone in a bad posture.
Employees on the call objected to the maneuver, pointing out that unless they are forced to resign, they would not be able to file for unemployment benefits.
So youre not going to lay us off, which would allow us to file for unemployment benefits? asked one employee. You simply are not going to pay us any more then, building us cease ourselves.
McFarland said that he was not aware of how this affects unemployment benefits and would seek advice on the topic.
Fyre Media did not immediately respond to a request for comment. According to Vice, most of the employees cease over the weekend or on Monday.
During the call, McFarland alluded to plans to keep the company going, telling the plan would be to return all concentrate back to the booking platform.
If you want to stick with us, marriage love to have you, and marriage love to work together and hunker down and get back to a place where everything resumes to business as usual, McFarland said.
Fyre Media claims to be a talent booking service. According to Bloomberg News, the company pitched itself to investors at a $90 m valuation in the weeks before the disastrous festival.
Bloomberg reviewed a word sheet dated 21 March for a $10.5 m investment from Comcast Ventures. The deal was never finalise. During the call, employees pressed McFarland on the Bloomberg report, suggesting that the CEO had misinformed them was felt that the deal had been signed.
One employee also created an ominous topic about a possible investigation: Should we have any concern about the FBI?
I dont know, McFarland told. I think thats an individual fear.