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Talking about Sex with your Children in a highly sexualized age, what you should know!



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, November 2, 2022 – The Birds and the Bees: the potentially awkward but necessary conversation between parents and children that introduces them to sexual education and sexual safety.  It is a must for all parents and children but many adults may not know how to go about it.  Raising Children, a childcare website funded by the Government of Australia, says young children are naturally curious and may want to know about their bodies and where babies come from.

The advice?

  • Explain things at a level children understand and make sure they have the facts.
  • Early conversations about sex can send the message that sex and sexuality are healthy parts of life.

In addition parents should teach young children about their personal space and how to protect it.  Explain to young children that no one should touch them without their permission, this includes hugs, unwanted kisses on the cheeks, tickles etc.

Allowing your toddlers and young children to set boundaries regarding simple touches like these and supporting them in their decisions will make them more likely to understand the difference between good touches and bad ones.

It will also make them more likely to be vocal if they experience something that makes them uncomfortable.

For teens and preteens on the other hand, interest in sex is normal according to the US Centres for Disease Control. The number one rule is not to hide the reality of sex or associate it with shame.

The CDC says in surveys carried out with teens, the youngsters reported that their parents are the ones who have the greatest influence over their decisions about sex “more than friends, siblings, or the media.”

In addition, most of the young respondents said, “they share their parents’ values about sex, and making decisions about delaying sex would be easier if they could talk openly and honestly with their parents.”

The agency encourages parents to:

  • identify unique opportunities to have what may be awkward conversations with your teen in places like the car where they can hear what you have to say without making eye contact.
  • Have frequent conversation and avoid overreacting when your children confide in you.
  • Importantly, parents should set ground rules, speak to your teens about your own expectations for them when it comes to sex.

In addition, parents should see their children as complete and whole individuals who can be hurt or put off by their attitude and communication skills.

Try not to punish your child for confiding in you as this may be a deterrent in the future, reiterate that they are loved, cared for and trusted.

Do not ever brush off reports of assault from your child.

Finally there are several signs to look out for in teens and children if you suspect they may have experienced or are experiencing sexual, harassment assault or rape.

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) says It’s not always easy to spot signs of sexual assault in children that, parents caregivers, doctors, teachers, pastors, sisters, brothers and friends are advised to look out for,

  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Signs of trauma on or around the genitalia
  • Keeping secrets are not talking as much as usual
  • Suddenly being afraid to be separated from parents or primary caregivers
  • Reappearance of behaviors like bed wetting or thumb sucking
  • Sexual behavior inappropriate for the child’s age
  • Trying to avoid removing clothing
  • Increased aggression
  • Self-harm
  • Excessive worry or fearfulness

In addition to those signs, the organization says there are indicators of who can are those potential perpetrators or threats to your children.  Keep a keen eye on adults who, try to be a child’s friend rather than playing an adult role in their life or grown-ups who spend time alone with children outside of their role in the child’s life or makes up excuses to be alone with the child.

Also a red flag, adults who express unusual interest in child’s sexual development, such as commenting on sexual characteristics or sexualizing normal behaviors:

A warning sign too is adults who give a child gifts without occasion or reason; spend a lot of time with your child or another child you know and restricts a child’s access to other adults.

Advice from professionals for individuals who may suspect children are being abused is to trust your gut and get professionals involved.

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Cruise Trippers bought big with Carnival Cruise Line on Cyber Monday



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


December 1, 2022 – Cyber Monday isn’t just for electronics!  Potential vacationers broke a Carnival Cruises Cyber Monday record for bookings, purchasing 50 per cent  more tickets than 2019’s pre-pandemic shopping day.

The cruise line announced the record bookings on Tuesday, November 29th.

The company cited a successful launch campaign of the new Carnival Celebration which visited Grand Turk recently and the three additional ships joining the fleet over the next 18 months, as major ticket pushers.

“The Cyber Monday sale activity showed consumer demand across the fleet, and we were particularly pleased with the booking activity for Carnival Venezia’s new year-round service from New York, and our new extended six-month program for Carnival Magic out of Norfolk,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

“Our very successful naming ceremony for Carnival Celebration on November 20 and all the media coverage it generated clearly kept Carnival top of mind as vacationers got started on their holiday shopping yesterday.”

They say the pent-up demand for cruising has manifested in multiple ways in 2022, as Carnival was the first major cruise line to have its entire fleet back in operation and it now has more rooms than it was sailing in 2019.

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AG Pinder Makes a National Statement Regarding FTX Digital Markets Limited



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#TheBahamas, December 1, 2022 – Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Senator the Hon. Ryan Pinder made a National Statement on behalf of The Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, on the current situation regarding FTX Digital Markets Limited.

The AG explained that The Bahamas is a place of laws and the rule of law, and the exercise of due process, characterizes the integrity of its jurisdiction. “As the third-oldest democracy in the western hemisphere, our legal, regulatory and financial sectors have stood the test of time.”

He said given how quickly things have moved, it is hard to believe that it was only on November 2, that an article first appeared on the news site CoinDesk, with the details of a leaked financial statement of Alameda Research, a trading company also founded by Sam Bankman-Fried founder and CEO of FTX US Derivatives.

“I want to pause here to emphasize that among the over 100 companies located in dozens of jurisdictions around the world, FTX Digital Markets is the only entity regulated in The Bahamas,” AG Pinder said.

“Alameda Research is NOT regulated in The Bahamas. To the extent Alameda Research is found to have committed any improprieties in The Bahamas, then of course it will be subject to our jurisdiction.”

He said the balance sheet of Alameda Research, CoinDesk reported at that time, revealed that a large portion of their assets were held in FTT, a token issued by an FTX entity, that granted token holders a discount on trading fees.

The AG said four days later, on November 6, Binance, a crypto exchange that is a major rival to FTX, announced that it was selling off all its substantial holdings in the FTT token.

He said this announcement prompted many FTX investors to withdraw hundreds of millions of dollars in digital assets from FTX – causing a liquidity crunch.

“In short, FTX was experiencing the equivalent of a ‘run on the bank,’ when customers all rush to withdraw assets simultaneously. Two days later, on November 8, it was reported that Binance had entered into a non-binding agreement to buy FTX. However, the very next day, November 9, Binance pulled out of the deal.”

Attorney General Pinder noted that one day later, November 10, the Securities Commission of The Bahamas, announced that it had taken action to freeze the assets of FTX Digital Markets, had suspended the registration of FTX Digital Markets as a licensee under The Digital Assets and Registered Exchanges Act, also known as the “DARE Act”, and applied to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, pursuant to its regulatory authority under the DARE Act, to place the company into provisional liquidation.

“The speed with which the Securities Commission was able to move was remarkable by any standard. Over the course of eight days, market confidence was lost in a company which at one point had a $32 billion valuation.”

He said, “The Securities Commission deserves the highest praise for moving so swiftly and decisively to suspend FTX Digital Markets’ license and appoint provisional liquidators.

“In addition, the Securities Commission recognized that given the nature of digital assets, and the risks associated with hacking and compromise, placing FTX Digital Markets into provisional liquidation was not sufficient to protect the customers and creditors of the company.”

The AG said, therefore, pursuant to their authority under the DARE Act, and pursuant to an order of the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, the Securities Commission secured the assets of FTX Digital Markets to be held on behalf of and for the benefit and restitution of clients and creditors of FTX.

He explained that the Commission was the first regulator in the world to take significant steps with respect to the FTX group of companies, which has operations and regulated activities throughout the world. This was done for the purpose of protecting the interests of FTX’s customers and creditors, as well as the integrity of the Bahamian financial services industry.

Attorney General Pinder said, “The Securities Commission was able to move so quickly because of the strength of the legislative framework which was already in place in The Bahamas to regulate digital asset companies like FTX Digital Markets. No other jurisdiction in the world moved or could have moved this quickly in circumstances such as these.”

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Bahamian Family Islands record a rise in traffic fatalities; warnings from Officials



By Shanieka Smith

Staff Writer


#TheBahamas, December 1, 2022 – A number of traffic fatalities have occurred across The Bahamas over the past few weeks.  Among the recent tragedies was a young boy overnight, and though he died on his bicycle on Rock Crusher Road in the country’s capital, Nassau it was another opportunity to sound the alarm.

Just days before, on Monday around 2 pm when the life of a 48-year-old male was lost in James Cistern, Eleuthera.

The Royal Bahamas Police lost Sgt Shamar Edgecome, 43 years old, on November 19 when his service jeep was found turned over in bushes; Edgecombe ejected.  Island Administrator for Acklins, Wilma Colebrooke revealed the officer was assigned to duty at the Lovely Bay area.

Chief Superintendent, Shanta Knowles from the Eleuthera Police Division has called on motorists to be more vigilant and pay attention to road regulations. She said road checks are done regularly to remind drivers of traffic regulations such as the use of seatbelts and driving within the speed limit.

To date, there have been recorded fatalities in the areas of Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, New Providence, Acklins, and North Andros.

Eight Mile Rock Island Administrator, Ricardo Ferguson believes that lighting is an issue in his area and plans to meet with the police Chief Superintendent, other traffic officials and the Grand Bahama Power and Light Company to discuss a solution. Ferguson stressed that waiting until things happen before addressing issues will only result in further loss of life.

The Officer in charge of Family Islands Assistant Commissioner of Police, Bernard K Bonamy Jr was asked about the infrastructure and condition of roads to which he said driving carefully is crucial, regardless of available infrastructure and road conditions.

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