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The GBPA’s support of Genesis Academy helps ensure every child has access to education

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#Freeport, Grand Bahama – October 6, 2020 – With the support of the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) Limited, Genesis Academy’s Principal, Dr. Ricardo Major, and his staff will restart in-person lessons at the facility in late November.

Genesis Academy offers Programme S.U.R.E. (Success Ultimately Reassures Everybody), a subset of the Government of The Bahamas’ Ministry of Education (MOE). The Programme is tailored to troubled teens who are trying to refocus on their education and obtain their high school diplomas in Grand Bahama. With six trained, specialized staff, Genesis helps mainstream students who are recovering from substance abuse, criminal rehabilitation, and other needs not applicable to a regular classroom. It offers small classes, low teacher/student ratios and provides students with individualized access to academic development, behaviour therapy, social interaction and experiential training services.

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“For over 20 years, the GBPA has provided this facility for the Ministry of Education, as well as supporting the Academy’s after-school programs and projects that help to guide these students back into mainstream life and become productive citizens,” said Dr. Major. “On behalf of the Ministry, we appreciate the value the Port Authority sees in our Programme. They have supported our Academy 100% and believe in these students who, with our help, will become great members of the community.”

Genesis is located in the Children’s Village near the Grand Bahama Children’s Home in Freeport and was inundated with floodwater during Hurricane Dorian. The flooding destroyed most of the interior, and the roof and the students’ agriculture and aquaponics systems were also significantly impacted. “We hope to have the aquaponics area rebuilt, as learning agriculture is a great outlet for our students and creates innovative opportunities for them,” added Dr. Major.

With the work of the GBPA’s reconstruction team and G&T Construction, the building refurbishment is almost complete and awaiting final inspection with the Building & Development Services Department. With MOE Superintendent approval, it will reopen soon, and Genesis students will start school shortly after via smaller classrooms at current public schools, and then will move back into their facility in late fall.

“Every child deserves a second chance,” said Sarah St. George, GBPA Acting Chairman. “Dr. Major and his team have helped rehabilitate many a wayward teen who just needed that little bit more time, that little bit more attention and care. I believe in supporting our youth; they are our future, so we must do everything we can to help guide them through tough times. No child should feel forgotten. We will continue to support the after-school programs such as chess, aquaponics, carpentry and traditional agricultural programs because it makes a huge difference. We know our support helps these children become better citizens for our home, our city and our island.”

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Regressive recession looming, forces UN to issue Cease and Desist message to ‘big’ countries

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By Dana Malcolm

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October 6, 2022 – Central Banks in advanced nations must stop pushing up interest rates now or risk sending the globe into recession where developing nations suffer most according to the UN.

In the last several months, The U.S. Federal Reserve, the Bank of England and Bank of Canada have all spiked interest rates in an effort to control borrowing power, buying power and possibly push down inflation

A new report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development is warning them to cease and desist.

“The world is headed towards a global recession and prolonged stagnation unless we quickly change the current policy course of monetary and fiscal tightening in advanced economies.”  It said, mincing no words, the agency described the potential global recession as ‘policy induced’ by developed countries.   And this recession could be worse than the 2008 crisis.  This is especially true for developing countries like those in the Caribbean.

“While all regions will be affected, alarm bells are ringing most for developing countries, many of which are edging closer to debt default.” The agency said.

And if it happens the recession could set developing nations back years in the struggle to increase their standards of living.

“As climate stress intensifies, so do losses and damage inside vulnerable economies that lack the fiscal space to deal with disasters let alone invest in their own long-term development— The global slowdown will further expose developing countries to a cascade of debt, health, and climate crises.”

If the globe proceeds as is the world will lose 20 percent of its income by and push developing economies growth rate below 3 percent which the UN says  is ‘insufficient for sustainable development’

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The Bahamas PM says the country is in a much better place than 12 months ago, reviewing one year in office

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#TheBahamas, October 6, 2022 – Prime Minister Phillip Davis believes that since being in office for 12 months, marked on September 22, The Bahamas is in a “much better place.”

In his statement to the House of Assembly, Davis noted that the country’s economy was headed downhill when he was appointed 12 months ago, however much has been accomplished since then.

Davis explained that in September 2021, the country was in a crisis of health, education and economy. He said the progress made since then was greatly due to the support of Bahamians.

Improvements such as a reduction in import duties on several food items have already been made. The Prime Minister added that other policies are yet to be implemented to help mitigate the high cost of living. Davis noted that his administration is committed to improving local clinics which also involves hiring more doctors and a salary increase for nurses.

Union agreements have also been made with educators, counsellors, teachers, customs immigration and allied workers which resulted in increased stipends for these workers.

Prime Minister Davis mentioned that the government has made large investments in food security initiatives and social assistance for residents.

The Defence Force was also a major focus for the Prime Minister, who said recruitment has been dramatically increased and a sum of $6 million was allocated to vessels for the Force to improve border protection.

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Bahamas Police first to answer call for help, as TCI grapples with deadly gang turf war

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, October 6, 2022 – Significant physical support for the Turks and Caicos is on the way from The Bahamas to help with the crime situation. The announcement was made by His Excellency Nigel Dakin, TCI Governor in an address to the House of Assembly on Monday.

“We are not releasing a date or more detail, just now, for operational security reasons, but very substantive support that the TCI public will see, and the criminals will feel, is inbound from The Bahamas,” said Dakin.

Based on his address The Bahamas is the Caribbean country that has mobilized fastest to come to the TCIs aid.

Premier Washington Misick had announced on September 26th that he had reached out to Jamaica; The Bahamas, the UK and Barbados for extra “boots on the ground” and was expecting positive responses.

Jamaica, which now has an extra stake in the conflict after gangs affiliated with the country were fingered as partially responsible for the violence is also working quickly to respond to the Premier’s request.

“The Jamaican Cabinet is meeting — and we hope for support from them, as well. The trans-regional criminal links to their country makes a strengthened intelligence exchange a priority,” Dakin revealed in the address delivered shortly after 10 a.m.

In addition to the Bahamian officers the TCI will likely see physical support from the UK in the coming weeks. Governor Nigel Dakin revealed that after the third double murder over the weekend he has also joined with the Premier in making requests to the UK, this time for soldiers.

“I was on a call with the Directors General in No10, Ministry of Defense, Home and Foreign Office, at 5:30 am this morning working through with them the events of last night.” He said  “I have asked for significant Armed Police and UK military support; the nature of that is being determined.”

Already on the ground are firearms specialists from the United Kingdom, governor Dakin in a decisive statement said plainly ‘more help is coming.’ In fact he was confident enough to gamble his job on the surety.

“I can also say that ‘His Majesty’s Government knows that should the UK not be able to live up to its obligations, what my honourable position will have to be.”

No response from the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office has yet been shared publicly but Dakin promised to keep the country up to speed.

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