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National Heritage Day / Month Schedule of Events

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Turks 7 Caicos Islands Government Press Release, 02 Oct 2014 –

National Heritage Day / Month Schedule of Events

1.The Salt Festival: Grand: Turk & Salt Cay. October 4th & 5th

2.The Seafood Festival: South Caicos. October 11th & 12th

* National Heritage Day: October 13th.*

3.The Sponge, Cotton & Sisal Festival: Middle & North Caicos. 18th & 19th

4. The Maritime Festival: Providenciales. October 25th & 26th

Zone One: Grand Turk & Salt Cay. October 5th & 6th.

The Salt Festival

Day One – Day Time: Grand Turk & Salt Cay will host the ‘Salt Fest’. Salt Cay

will host a Cultural Day at the Salt Shed. This cultural day includes a beach picnic,

cultural games, performances and Ripsaw music. Two special scheduled boat ferry

between Grand Turk and Salt Cay has been arranged to allow easy access to the

island during that day.

Day One – Afternoon ~ Evening: Grand Turk will host a Traditional Fair starting

at 2pm with a Salt Festival performances of song, skits and poems by students

along with music from DJ Shakes cumulating with a Band Boys V6 concert. This

event is free to the public at the Library Tennis Court. Vendors will be on site to

provide food & drinks.

Day Two – Day Time: On Sunday, October 5th, all churches in Grand Turk & Salt

Cay are invited to observe and dedicate some aspects of their service to the topic of

culture and heritage and its role in religion. At Noon the the longest performing

gospel group in the Turks and Caicos Islands, The Gospel Pioneers, will put on a

matinee concert in Salt Cay at the Salt Shed. Two special scheduled boat ferry to

and from Salt Cay has been arranged to allow easy access to the island during that

day.

Day Two – Evening: The evening will see a Gospel Concert by the Gospel

Pioneers at the Library stage along with and a number of Grand Turk Praise &

Worship groups. This event is free to the public. Vendors will be on site to provide

food & drinks.

Zone Two: South Caicos. October 11th & 12th.

The Seafood Fest

Day One – Day Time: On Saturday, October 11th. South Caicos will host the

‘Seafood Fest’, which will take place at Regatta Village. The focus will be on

Traditional Turks & Caicos Cuisine. The highlight will be a ‘Cook Out Best Dish

Competition’. Contestants will compete in five categories, Best Boil Fish, Lobster

National Heritage Day / Month Schedule of Events

Dish, Fry Fish, Stew Conch & Conch Fritters. Other activities include a Culture &

Heritage Quiz, Maypole Dance performances and Ripsaw music by Full Force.

Day One – Evening: Events will include an awards ceremony for the ‘Best Dish’

competition along with continued performance by Full Force.

Day Two – Daytime: On Sunday, October 12th, all churches in South Caicos are

invited to observe and dedicate some aspects of their service to the topic of culture

and heritage and its role in religion.

Day Two – Evening: The evening will see a Gospel Concert by “The Gospel

Pioneers” along side South Caicos best Praise and Worship teams. This event will

be held once again at the Regatta Village and is free to the public. Vendors will be

on site to provide food & drinks.

Monday October 13th. National Heritage Day

Public Holiday

The First Ever Simultaneous Nation Wide Flag & Float Parades

All the Islands are to celebrate National Heritage Day (NHD) on Monday October

13th. This will include all schools, government departments and government the

private sector and the people of Turks & Caicos. At 3 pm. there will be

Simultaneous Nation Wide “Flag & Float Parade” on all islands utilising and

decorating ANY form of moving vehicle from roller-skates to bikes, scooters, cars,

vans trucks or flatbeds.

This parade will move from the communities of the Leeward, the Bight, Five Cays

and Blue Hill and will converge on the Downtown Ballparks where the Premiers

National Heritage Day Speech will be read. Following a few remarks buy other

Governments officials the crown they will enjoy a Soccer game hosted by TCIFA

and Softball games hosted by the Softball Association. There will be food vendors,

music and entertainment.

Zone 3: Middle & North Caicos. October 18th & 19th.

The Sponge, Cotton & Sisal Fest

Day One – Day Time: On Saturday, October 18th, Middle & North Caicos will

have a full day events. Daytime activities can include a ‘Heritage Site Selfie

Contest’ where participants will get a list of 40 cultural & heritage sites and from

Sandy Point all the way to Lorimers Creek. It will be a time based event. The

participant with the most amount of selfies receive a cash prize.

National Heritage Day / Month Schedule of Events

In both North & Middle Caicos, there will also be a Heritage Trail Walk for Health,

Heritage and History. A Beach Picnic is planned for Bambarra Beach.

Day One – Evening: At Horse Stable Beach stage there will be “Remember

When” show with comments and commentaries from the Elders of the community

along with Ripsaw music and cultural performances.

Day Two – Daytime: On Sunday, October 19th, all churches in Middle & North

are invited to observe and dedicate some aspects of their service to the topic of

culture and heritage and its role in religion. Both communities will be treated to a

Gospel Concert by “The Gospel Pioneers”.

Day Two – Afternoon / Evening: Both communities will be treated to a Gospel

Concert by The Gospel Pioneers. There will be a Afternoon Matinee at the Conch

Bar Community Centre and and evening concert at Horse Stable Beach Stage. Both

performances would see the inclusion of Praise and Worship teams from Middle

and North. These events is free to the public.

Zone 4: Providenciales. October 25th & 26th

The Maritime Festival

Day One – Day Time: On Saturday, October 25th, Providenciales will celebrate

the ‘Maritime Heritage Fest’ a full day event of sailing and sloop/boat racing. The

focus will be on Maritime Heritage and will officially re-launch the Maritime

Heritage Program and the Maritime Heritage Federation. There will be a beach

party with ripsaw music, cultural performances and vendors selling traditional

cuisine. This will roll into onstage performances by a top local bands.

Day Two: Daytime: On Sunday, October 26th, all churches in Providenciales are

invited to observe and dedicate some aspects of their service to the topic of culture

and heritage and its role in religion.

Day Two – Evening: The evening will see a Gospel Concert featuring the Gospel

Pioneers and a number of other Provo based Gospel Bands and Praise and Worship

groups. Location to be determinant. This event is free to the public.

ENDS

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Brave presentation in defence of Bahamas’ financial services reputation by PM Davis

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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?

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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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Hurricane Ian impact on Cayman Islands

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By Sherrica Thompson

Staff Writer

 

#Cayman, October 1, 2022 – The Cayman Islands experienced fierce winds and high seas from Hurricane Ian on Monday, as the storm passed offshore, causing little lasting damage.

Some areas on the island experienced flooding as low-lying condo complexes and some residential back roads were inundated with water. Almost 4,000 homes were without power on Monday; however, most had electricity restored by the evening.

There were also no reports of any injuries, deaths, or serious structural damage.  The country started its restoration process on Monday afternoon, clearing debris from the roads, surveying the damage and providing support to residents where needed.

In a statement on Monday afternoon, Premier of the Cayman Islands Wayne Panton said he was pleased with how residents handled the situation.

“While we have been very fortunate to have been spared the worst of a potentially very serious storm, I’m extremely pleased to have seen the efforts made by the Caymanian public to prepare for ‘the worst, while praying for the best. In this situation, this is simply the safest, most strategic thing to do,” the Premier said

Despite the all-clear being issued on Monday evening, the Ministry of Education announced that government schools will remain closed to students until Wednesday, 28 September.

Meanwhile, in Cuba, authorities have declared emergencies in six areas, with forecasters warning of storm surges on the coast along with flash floods and mudslides.

Tens of thousands of people were told to leave their homes and seek shelter. Cuba could see up to 12 inches of rain from Hurricane Ian.

Hurricane Ian dramatically intensified and is blamed for at least two dozen deaths in Florida; where the storm struck with near category five force winds and a near 20 foot storm surge.

Over 700 rescue operations were activated in Florida in the aftermath of the storm, which is still wreaking havoc in the U.S.

 

Cayman photo credit:  RC Cord

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