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Bahamas using Anger Management Programme in Social Services COVID response

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Dr. Eric Fox, Anger Management & Temperance consultant

#TheBahamas – May 13, 2020 – The thrust is being led by Dr. Eric Fox, an Anger Management and Temperance Expert and Consultant with the Urban Renewal Commission, who is utilizing various forms of social media and other communication networks to remain “in close contact” with graduates and participants of the Programme, in addition to members of the wider community.

Dr. Fox also serves as Executive Director of Teen Challenge and has performed extensive work in the inner-city communities over the past 32 years.  

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“Once an individual enters the Anger Management and Temperance Programme, we are connected for life,” Dr. Fox said. “The ability to stay connected is paying tremendous dividends for those persons needing our assistance as a result of some of the fall-out from the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

Dr. Fox said while the Government of The Bahamas’ stay at home policy is “an essential and necessary component” in the country’s efforts to stop/limit the community spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic throughout The Bahamas, there are persons who are having difficulty adjusting to being in close quarters over extended periods of time.

“There are persons in our communities who are experiencing challenges in adapting to remaining in close confinement at home for extended periods of time as a result of the essential and necessary curfew and mandatory lockdown periods designed to stop the community spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic, while others are having to contend with the fall-out from reduced work hours, to losing their jobs,” Dr. Fox said.


Dr. Eric Fox, an Anger Management and Temperance Consultant with Urban Renewal, working the phone in order to maintain contact with graduates and participants of Urban’s Anger Management and Temperance Programme, in addition to members of the general public, during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Dr. Fox has also offered assistance to spouses, loved ones and family members of the graduates and participants. (BIS Photo/Matt Maura)

“Follow-up therefore, is critical and so we have been utilizing all forms of social media and other communication networks as a means of providing follow-up for those persons who have graduated from the programme, those who are participants of the programme, and those persons in the community who may be experiencing anger management and temperance issues as they try to navigate this new situation.

“We have also had a physical presence in the communities, utilizing all of the health and safety protocols established by the Ministry of Health – including the use of protective equipment, in addition to following the protocols relating to physical distancing.”

Dr. Fox said anger is an emotion that everyone has, but that some persons are better able to manage and/or contain their anger than others. Anger, he said, is an indication that there may be some other issues that could be impacting individuals.

“It’s like driving your car and the Check Engine Light appears. The car didn’t shut off, but that Check Engine Light serves as a warning that something is wrong and that the possibility exists that the car can eventually shut down. Anger is similar. It is an indication that there is some deeper stuff going on inside that an individual needs to pay attention to and try to address and resolve before the anger becomes a danger.”

Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Frankie A. Campbell, applauded Dr. Fox, his team, and officials at Urban Renewal for taking proactive approaches to addressing the various needs of the urban communities pre-, and particularly during, COVID-19.

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“When you consider the anxiety and, in instances, the frustration stemming from persons who would have been placed on reduced work hours, to others who have completely lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, you would have a greater appreciation for the need to address their psychological needs, for the need to assist persons in remaining calm, for the need to assist persons in managing the various emotions that have come about as a result of the presence of the Pandemic,” Minister Campbell said.

“That is the kind of value Dr. Fox and his Anger Management Programme is offering. It is our hope that more persons with those skills would offer more of those services to the wider community,” Minister Campbell added.

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$36 Million Dollar Upgrade for World Athletics Relays in Nassau, Bahamas

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Rashaed Esson

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After years of thorough maintenance, The Thomas A Robinson National Stadium in The Bahamas is finally getting a multi-million dollar makeover, readying the 10 year old facility ahead of the World Athletics Relays on May  5, 2024; it is being staged in Nassau for the fourth time. 

 

This $36 million refurbishment is being funded by the Chinese Government, as part of a vision to enhance the country’s sport infrastructure to benefit youths in athletics. The stadium was gifted to The Bahamas in 2012 by the Chinese.

 

The relay is the qualifying event for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games and there will be 32 national teams, in each relay event, and 20 races on both days of competition, according to World Athletics. 

Day 1, will have 20 heats across the five olympic events (4 heats each for 4×100, 4×400, men, women and mixed) and will qualify 40 teams for the Summer Olympics.  The top two teams from each heat will directly qualify for the Games.

On day 2, 30 more national teams will be qualified through 15 repechage heats and five finals, across those five events.

 

The upgrades which include new trusses, rooftops, seats, the lawn, score boards, LED displays and more, are expected to be complete at least two weeks before the relays, being held under the theme: ‘Chase the  Sun’. 

 

In a special ceremony on Monday April 8, The Bahamas Prime Minister, Philip Davis said:

 

In December 2023, our shared vision took shape, as the government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and the government of the People’s Republic of China, inked an implementation agreement for the renovation of the stadium. This gesture of goodwill and friendship, from the Chinese government to undertake the China Aid Maintenance and Renovation project of our national stadium, stands as a testament to the strong bonds that unite our countries. This project, executed by China Urban Construction Research Institute Company Limited, and the China Machinery Industry Construction Group Company Limited, reflects our shared commitment to excellence, innovation and mutual development.”

 

Additionally, H.E Dai Qingli, outgoing Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas who also attended that ceremony, spoke. 

 

“At the end of the project, the Bahamian people will get a fully renewed and modern world class stadium because everything is going to be either renewed or repaired,” she said.

Some 1600 athletes will be in The Bahamas for the World Athletics relays, with five events.  The Bahamas won the bid over Lausanne, Rome in 2022.

 

 Mario Bowleg,  Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture in reports, thanked China for their contribution to the redevelopment of the stadium. 

 

“We thank them for their commitment to ensuring that they bring this facility back up to A1 standard so that we can continue holding international events and using these facilities as a development of our young people.”

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Grand Bahama Airport Demolition

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Rashaed Esson

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TheBahamas#TheGrandBahamaAirportDemolition, April 10, 2024 – The demolition of the Grand Bahama International Airport has begun, to start transformative construction as previously announced by Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Aviation and Investments, Chester Cooper, last month. Cooper says a new state of the art facility will be created to redefine Grand Bahama’s access to global opportunities and meet international standards.

 

 

 

 

 

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Saxons Brass Section Thanks CWCO for Continued Commitment

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS (April 9th, 2024) Behind the vibrant costumes and electrifying beats of Junkanoo parades are committed members, mentors, and supporters such as Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO). In a heartfelt acknowledgment of years of generous support, the Saxons Superstars’ brass section, High Voltage Brass, recently visited the water supplier to present a plaque of appreciation.

Jeremy Adderley, speaking on behalf of High Voltage Brass, said, “Without CWCO’s support, we would not have had the brass costumes needed to compete and secure our two-straight victory. Their support also helps us as we plan lessons for our young members to enhance their musicianship skills, not just for Junkanoo but for college and beyond.”

Adderley highlighted that the plaque is a token of High Voltage Brass’ immense gratitude for CWCO helping the Saxons Superstars keep culture alive and for being a steadfast partner in developing future leaders.

He added, “Every year, it is a struggle to make it to Bay Street. Many of our members are eager to participate, despite their circumstances, and every year our group continues to grow. Thanks to CWCO’s generosity, we look forward to continuing to grow and succeed alongside their great team and establishment.”

Henderson Cash, CWCO’s General Manager, said, “Receiving this plaque from the Saxons Superstars is a profound honor for us at CWCO. It symbolizes the strong relationship we’ve built over the years, rooted in mutual respect and a shared commitment to preserving Bahamian heritage.

“Our support for the Saxons Superstars’ brass section is emblematic of our broader mission to invest in our community’s vibrancy and the potential of its young people. We are deeply committed to continuing this support and fostering the traditions that make our culture so unique.”

 

Photo Caption: The Saxons Superstars’ brass section, High Voltage Brass, recently visited Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO) to present a plaque of appreciation.

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