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Another Businessman Supports Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival



Freeport, Grand Bahama Island (Immerse Bahamas Press Release)- Another Grand Bahama businessman has come forward to assist the initiatives of The Grand Bahama Cultural Carnival Company [GBCCC] as it presents ‘The Grand Life – Grand Bahama Island: The road leading to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival’. Mr. Mario Donato has sponsored a prime shop space in the Regent Centre, Down Town Freeport for the business operations and sale of costumes and authentically Grand-Bahamian products for GBCCC, a Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival company.

Grand Bahama Island is poised to benefit from events leading to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival May 7th – 9th 2015, with its own events scheduled for April 17th – 18th 2015. GBCCC will also proudly represent Grand Bahama Island in Nassau in May 2015.

This corporate donation comes on the heels of an appeal from Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie for Corporate Bahamas to support Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, as it is intended to not only be another venue for Junkanoo to be showcased, but will transform Junkanoo and Bahamian arts and culture into a profitable industry from which all Bahamians can benefit. In his address to Corporate Grand Bahama in late August, the Prime Minister passionately expressed, “This is a national major event and I want Grand Bahama as a major participant”.

Mario Donato is the second Grand Bahama businessman to come forward in the last few weeks to assist in ensuring that Grand Bahama benefits from Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival. Grand Bahama businessman, Peter Hunt was the first to provide funding to each of the Junkanoo Groups for the development of prototypes for the carnival costumes to be sold by GBCCC under ‘The Grand Life’ theme.

GBCCC is a coming together of Junkanoo Groups and authentic Bahamian product providers throughout the community of Grand Bahama in an effort to become a premier Carnival Company in The Bahamas. GBCCC will provide the highest level of quality costumes, other Grand Bahamian-made products, and exciting opportunities for the staging of Carnival events.

GBCCC’s mission is to become a leading cultural carnival company that enriches the lives of culture seekers, and brings significant benefits to those who make a living from the culture of The Bahamas. It is GBCCC’s objective to foster community development while utilizing culture to create entrepreneurs.

The primary goal of the company is the promotion of entrepreneurs in the area of cultural product development for The Bahamas. This NGO will make an annual contribution to local Junkanoo Groups to continue the growth and development of the national festival of The Bahamas, and focuses on the advancement of authentically made Bahamian products.

Phase II of the organization involves the development of a Grand Bahama Cultural Museum and Junkanoo Village to support the advancement of culture on GBI; to provide a venue for visitors and locals to experience culture; and to house winning Junkanoo pieces year-round.

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Statement on Incident Involving Visitor on 2nd October 2022



#TurksandCaicos, October 4, 2022 – The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) regrets the unfortunate incident involving the death of a visitor to our islands on 2nd October 2022.  The incident which occurred was accidental and not one in which the victim was targeted.  While the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police force (RTCIPF) continues their investigations, we wish to reassure the public (citizens, residents, and visitors alike) that the safety and security of all, is our top priority.

The TCI has long established itself as a safe destination for visitors from around the world.  Evidence of this can be seen in the countless awards the destination has won, most recently at the World Travel Awards.  Our commitment to providing safety to residents and visitors is unwavering.  The government will continue to work with local authorities including the RTCIPF and our partners in the international community to protect residents and visitors alike.

The incident which occurred on the date mentioned above is one that is rare and does not reflect who we are as a people.  On behalf of the government and people of these islands, we extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the victim.

As this matter is now an on-going police investigation, further statements will be referred to RTCIPF.

The TCI remains a safe destination and the government is working assiduously for it to remain as such.

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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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