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ACE Diabetes To Host 3rd Annual Seminar For Healthcare Professionals



ACE Diabetes is hosting its 3rd annual complimentary seminar for healthcare professionals on November 13th at the New Providence Community Center on Blake Road. The event starts promptly at 6:30pm and includes dinner and drinks.

The theme for the seminar this year is “Mission Possible: Diabetes Down” and it will feature two presentations, both by highly regarded and accomplished medical professionals.

Dr. Charles Diggiss, Chief Medical Officer of Doctors Hospital and President/CEO of the MedNet Group of companies, will be speaking on the topic Bariatric Surgery and Diabetes. Specifically, he will be focusing on the question “Why should I have a gastric restrictive procedure to control my Diabetes and reverse my Obesity?”

Born and raised in The Bahamas, Dr. Diggiss is a General Surgeon, whose current practice features advanced laparoscopic applications. He has become one of the most respected names in bariatric surgery in The Bahamas. He pioneered in laparoscopic general surgery (1994) in the Bahamas and, he has the distinction of introducing the LapBand with its inventor Prof. Mitiku Belachew in 1998 in the Bahamas. Dr. Diggiss re-introduced the lapband in 2008 with the launch of his RITEWEIGH program.

Janine Sanchez will speak on Diabetes and Teens. She is an Associate Professor and Director of Pediatric Diabetes at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She has been involved in diabetes research including immune studies, prevention studies, insulin trials and psychological treatment studies.

Dr. Sanchez’s presentation will include case studies and will touch on many points including how to diagnosis diabetes in teenagers, basic insulin management, screening tests and risks of poor control, treatment, and available technology. Her objective is to provide the audience with the ability to distinguish between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in teenagers; understand basic management of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in teenagers and; understand how to avoid risks of poorly controlled diabetes in teenagers.

“Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges we face in The Bahamas,” said Dr. Graham Cates, founder of ACE Diabetes, “but as healthcare professionals we can make a difference. A healthier population is mission possible.”

The free event is sponsored by CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank and The Diabetes Education Network (DEN).

Registration starts at 6:00pm, with the seminar officially commencing at 6:30pm, on Friday November 13th. Seating is limited so participants are encouraged to pre-register online at or by calling 242-702-9310.

Dr. Diggiss and Dr. Sanchez will also be participating in the ACE Diabetes Expo on Saturday, November 14th – a free fun-filled event featuring prizes and giveaways plus demonstrations in cooking, fitness, farming and more. They will both be available to answer questions from the public during “Ask The Experts” sessions.

ACE Diabetes is pleased and thankful to have both FirstCaribbean and DEN as sponsors of this healthcare seminar.

FirstCaribbean, one of the largest banks in the Bahamas, has always reflected a positive community spirit, supporting efforts to raise the public’s awareness on many health issues.

DEN was established in 2011 to address the overwhelming need in The Bahamas for quality treatment and care for people with Diabetes or at risk of diabetes. Leading the way in diabetes treatment and education in The Bahamas, DEN offers compassion combined with research based care.

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Brave presentation in defence of Bahamas’ financial services reputation by PM Davis



By Sherrica Thompson

Staff Writer


#TheBahamas, October 1, 2022 – Prime Minister of the Bahamas Phillip ‘Brave’ Davis is again calling for equality in the financial services sector and for the United Nations to leverage its universal jurisdiction for greater oversight of global anti-money laundering de-risking and tax cooperation matters.

In addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, September 24, Prime Minister Davis said the Bahamas is one of the best-regulated countries in the world, yet it has been under attack by international bodies and placed on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) blacklist while transgressions in the developed world are ignored.

He questioned why this was the case and highlighted some disparities in the financial sector.

“Why is it that European states that operate frameworks akin to that of high-risk or blacklisted countries, are not even eligible for inclusion on these lists? Why are all the countries targeted – all of them – small and vulnerable, and former colonies of European states? We find it astounding that the $2-$3 trillion dollars which is estimated to be laundered each year through the developed countries, are never flagged as causes for concern,” articulated Phillip Davis, addressing the 77th session in New York.

Prime Minister Davis further noted that there are elements of racism in the decision-making when it comes to regulating black-governed countries in the financial services sector. He also declared that black-governed countries matter as well.

And yet my country, which is widely recognized as one of the best-regulated countries in the world, and other countries like The Bahamas, are singled-out for such reputational attacks? The robust regulatory regimes of our Central Bank, Securities Commission, and Insurance Commission, are chastised on minor details of technical process, while much bigger transgressions in the developed world are ignored.

The evidence is mounting, that the considerations behind these decisions have less to do with compliance, and more to do with darker issues of pre-judged, discriminatory perceptions. Black-governed countries also matter.”

 Davis also highlighted the need for reforms that apply to all in the global financial system.

“Mr. President: We support the call for reforms in the global financial system to make it more relevant to the needs of today. But those reforms need ambition. They need to go beyond the incremental. And they need to apply to all. For example, the community of international financial institutions are in a position to forgive the debt incurred by the economic shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic. They should do so.”

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Will US President Biden deliver on Climate Change funding?



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#USA, October 1, 2022 – US President Joe Biden has reiterated his promise that low income countries, which are also low carbon emitters will receive increased climate aid from the US to the tune of $11 billion per year.

The President was speaking at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly recently where he maintained his administration was working with Congress to get the funds which would ‘help lower-income countries implement their climate goals and ensure a just energy transition.’

The plan was announced in September 2021 and is a reflection of the USA’s part in the 2010 global pledge made by developed countries to give $100 billion annually in climate financing to developing nations each year.  Biden has indicated that the plan will be in effect by 2024.

While he stressed at the UN that the need is ‘enormous’ the President is having trouble convincing lawmakers at home.  So far the funding which must be approved by Congress has not materialized. The United States Congress is known for having a particularly tight hold on the national purse in regards to climate change funding.

In fact congress dedicated only a little over $1 billion to climate change this year according to Bloomberg.  The US also has a history of promising funding for climate change but not delivering on those high priced promises.

Whether this $11 billion will actually get to nations like those in the Caribbean region is yet to be seen.

This year, the General Assembly heard from 190 speakers, including 76 Heads of State, 50 Heads of Government, four Vice-Presidents, five Deputy Prime Ministers, 48 Ministers and seven Heads of Delegations according to General Assembly President Csaba Kőrösi as he summed up the first in-person General Debate since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Hurricane Ian impact on Cayman Islands



By Sherrica Thompson

Staff Writer


#Cayman, October 1, 2022 – The Cayman Islands experienced fierce winds and high seas from Hurricane Ian on Monday, as the storm passed offshore, causing little lasting damage.

Some areas on the island experienced flooding as low-lying condo complexes and some residential back roads were inundated with water. Almost 4,000 homes were without power on Monday; however, most had electricity restored by the evening.

There were also no reports of any injuries, deaths, or serious structural damage.  The country started its restoration process on Monday afternoon, clearing debris from the roads, surveying the damage and providing support to residents where needed.

In a statement on Monday afternoon, Premier of the Cayman Islands Wayne Panton said he was pleased with how residents handled the situation.

“While we have been very fortunate to have been spared the worst of a potentially very serious storm, I’m extremely pleased to have seen the efforts made by the Caymanian public to prepare for ‘the worst, while praying for the best. In this situation, this is simply the safest, most strategic thing to do,” the Premier said

Despite the all-clear being issued on Monday evening, the Ministry of Education announced that government schools will remain closed to students until Wednesday, 28 September.

Meanwhile, in Cuba, authorities have declared emergencies in six areas, with forecasters warning of storm surges on the coast along with flash floods and mudslides.

Tens of thousands of people were told to leave their homes and seek shelter. Cuba could see up to 12 inches of rain from Hurricane Ian.

Hurricane Ian dramatically intensified and is blamed for at least two dozen deaths in Florida; where the storm struck with near category five force winds and a near 20 foot storm surge.

Over 700 rescue operations were activated in Florida in the aftermath of the storm, which is still wreaking havoc in the U.S.


Cayman photo credit:  RC Cord

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