#TheBahamas, April 28, 2022 – The nation moved one step closer to achieving food security with a donation of approximately $400,000 by Agricultural Development Organization (ADO) and Solutions AE, to the Church Commercial Farming Group.
On behalf of the Bahamas Christian Council and the Farming Group, Rev. Patrick Paul accepted the cheques — $197,000 from Philip Smith, Chairman, ADO, and CEO, Bahamas Feeding Network — and $197,000 from Dr. Ana Everette of Solutions AE, a US based company, during a presentation Tuesday, April 26, at Balmoral Club.
The Hon. Clay Sweeting, Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs, congratulated the stakeholders for their efforts and encouraged them to feed the nation through work with the church, the youth, and the community.
Also present: Leonardo Lightbourne, Parliamentary Secretary; and Bishop Delton Fernander, Bahamas Christian Council.
Mr. Philip Smith said, “I am very pleased that we are going to assist persons in eating on a consistent basis and not having to be concerned about what they are going to eat every day. The success of backyard farming is that we grow what you like and you can eat every day.”
Dr. Ana Everette, philanthropist, Solutions AE, said the ‘Good for Us’ platform essentially allows the organization to help faith based communities to do the things they may not always have the resources to support.
Minister Sweeting said: “At the Ministry we’ve started presenting greenhouses to schools around the country; we’ve already distributed almost 15, so that’s children. Here, you’ve merged the church and the community.
“We must find ways to feed ourselves. We must find ways to grow what we eat and to grow where we live.
“Once we work together we find the true sense of being community leaders and partners and ensuring that we find ways to continue to feed ourselves that would be one step closer to where we want to be in reducing our import bill,” he said.
Backyard farmers representing 300 local congregations across 5 denominations will benefit from this initiative. Among others, the funds will be used to purchase approximately 5,000 backyard parcels and employ three individuals to teach farming and manage the organization. Ten properties suitable for community farms will also be identified.
Digital coin created for Caribbean’s Dominica as island partners with Huobi
By Shanieka Smith
December 2, 2022 – The Commonwealth of Dominica has partnered with cryptocurrency exchange Huobi, to issue its own national cryptocurrencies, Dominica Coin (DMC), and Digital Identity Documents (DID), already reports indicate a surge for the Huobi token.
This new collaboration with Dominica will bring the Caribbean one step closer to being a global cryptocurrency exchange centre. Huobi also announced its intention to move headquarters from Seychelles to the Caribbean.
It was explained, “The deal is noteworthy partly because of its connections to crypto billionaire Justin Sun, founder of the Tron blockchain where the Caribbean island’s new token will initially reside.”
Dominica Coin (DMC) and digital identity documents (DID) will be issued by Huobi Prime via the TRON network (a project dedicated to building the infrastructure for a truly decentralized Internet); both will serve as credentials for the future metaverse platform based in Dominica. DIDs can be used for cryptocurrency Know Your Customer verification, applying for loans, and opening bank accounts on the island.
The DMC is not yet ready for launch, but The HT token is up 15% over the last 24 hours to $7.12. It’s up 40% over the past seven days.
As one of the first Caribbean islands to adopt the citizenship-by-investment policy, the Dominican government is seeking to delve into the metaverse and Web3 technology as a means to boost the country’s development.
Imminent Worldwide Measles Threat; 25 Million CHILDREN miss First Dose
By Dana Malcolm
December 2, 2022 – Forty million children are at risk of Measles as what the World Health Organization is describing as an “imminent threat” takes shape. A joint report between the WHO and the U.S. Centres for Disease Control revealed that a record number of children missed their measles dose with 25 million children missing their first dose and 14.7 million children missing their second dose in 2021 alone.
Nine million cases of measles were recorded last year, twenty-two countries experienced large and disruptive outbreaks and 128,000 deaths occurred, the report says.
“The paradox of the pandemic is that while vaccines against COVID-19 were developed in record time and deployed in the largest vaccination campaign in history, routine immunization programmes were badly disrupted, and millions of kids missed out on life-saving vaccinations against deadly diseases like measles,” said Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
Measles is easily one of the most contagious viruses in the world and while many people think itchy spots when they think of the disease it can cause pneumonia, seizures and brain damage in about 30 percent of infected individuals.
Herd immunity will not work with this disease, say experts, unless 95 per cent of people or more are vaccinated; only 71 per cent of children in 2022 are fully vaccinated.
“Measles anywhere is a threat everywhere” the report said, emphasizing that no WHO region has achieved and sustained measles elimination.
FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried admitted he’d screwed up
By Shanieka Smith
December 2, 2022 – An interview with FTX founder Sam Bankman- Fried on Wednesday at the DealBook Summit revealed that there were no risk management teams or form of corporate control to help govern the organisation.
The CEO said he was shocked by what had taken place. While he had made loans to his hedge fund Alameda, Bank-Fried said he did not intentionally commingle the funds.
Bankman-Fried acknowledged that he had a responsibility to the company and all its customers but he “screwed up.” “There was no person who was chiefly in charge of positional risk of customers on FTX, and that feels pretty embarrassing in retrospect,” he shared.
The investigation is ongoing and it still needs to be clarified whether customers will be able to regain any funds.
Former Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer Howard Fischer said that Bankman-Fried’s comments are being scrutinised. “Everything he says that turns out to be contradicted by admissible evidence will be taken as evidence of deceit.”
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