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2106 Grand Turk Fisherman’s Tournament:



The 2016 Grand Turk Liquors & FLOW fishing tournament was a resounding

success, with more fish caught than in any previous year. Conditions were

stormy on Saturday but the 12 boats that entered made the most of the weather

and local knowledge to bring in a record catch. Sunday’s conditions were perfect

and saw even more fish brought to the scales.

The event kicked off on Friday night with a lively event at the Salt Raker Inn

hosted by Erika Faller, with the Calcutta bidding and live and silent auctions, also

a lively bar for a great start to the annual fund raiser.

For the second year in a row, Ralph Dietcshe’s “My Boat’ team took top honors

as tournament champions with the heaviest overall catch of 163.4 pounds on day

one, and 205.8 pounds on day two for a total of 379.2 pounds overall and six

category wins to take the Calcutta prize too.

Damian Noyes’ “Screaming Reels” team landed a fantastic 67.9 pound wahoo to

take the biggest fish honors and several of the cash categories, including the TCI

Lotto $1,000 biggest fish bonus.

Kadis Simmons’ “Oasis Prince” took the largest fish Saturday with a nice 42.3

pound yellow fin tuna. Levardo Talbot’s “Blue Beast” was also in the money with

a nice 38.5 pound YFT.

For the first time this year there was also a ladies category, and the tournament

committee would like to recognize the very colorful “Fish & Chicks” team for their

tenacity as they were back out on the water within an hour of their main boat

breaking down, having accosted a second boat. Also special thanks to The

Marine Police Branch and G & G shipping Co. for assisting with the recovery of

the first boat.

The lively fish auctions were the best we have ever had, with some furious

bidding generated as our two “celebrity GT auctioneers” William Cole and Keith

“Mice” Simons worked the enthusiastic crowd.

The victor’s collected their spoils in a prize giving ceremony with H.E. The

Governor, Peter Beckingham, with special remarks from Hon. Akieria Misick

Deputy premier and Minister for Education, and Dr Hubert Fulford, Principal of

the TCI Community college.

The GTFT Inc. would like to say a HUGE thank you to ALL our incredibly

generous sponsors, Far too many to mention from all over the TCI and beyond,

especially Grand Turk Liquors who have been with us since day one, and FLOW

as one of our new lead sponsors. We could do not this without the incredible

support across the entire TCI community, which makes this event possible every

year, and of course all our tournament participants from both Grand Turk and

Providenciales; but most of all the incredible community of Grand Turk for their

unwavering support every year!

GTFT Inc. is a registered Not for Profit run solely by volunteers. We use the

annual game fishing tournament as a fund raising vehicle to support local

causes. In our inaugural year we supported the Geriatric & Special Needs Unit at

the GT Hospital, in year two we sponsored a new computer suite at the H J

Robinson High School, in our third year we sponsored Eliza Simon's Primary

School with various legacy projects.  All proceeds for the 2016 tournament will

be going to legacy projects at the TCI Community Colleges.

Seamus Day

President GTFT Inc.

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Millions to come from FSC 



Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 



#TurksandCaicos, March 17, 2023 – Revenue from the Turks and Caicos’ Financial Services Sector will more than double in the next few years, if E Jay Saunders, Deputy Premier and Finance Minister gets his way.  It ‘s one of the reasons the country is investing so much capital into getting off of the EU blacklist and becoming a secure trustworthy financial destination. 

“The FSC’s revenues for 2020/21 was $10.5M— the figures for 2021/22, would be about similar,” he said.  He further explained that $10.5 million from the FSC represented about 2.6 percent of the country’s 408.5-million-dollar revenue.  Though it increased to $14 million in the 2021/22 financial year, finance is still a small fry compared to tourism or even stamp duties but that will change, says Saunders. 

“My revenue goal for the Government by the year 2029 [or] the election after the next election – is $500M.  By that time, I want the financial sector (FSC) revenues to represent at least 5% ($25M).  So that’s my goal for the financial sector by 2029.” 

This goal, should it be met, would increase the Government’s revenue by 100 million dollars, a significant increase in spending power for local upgrades and improvements for Turks and Caicos residents and visitors. 

Saunders says it’s time for the TCI to diversify its sources of revenue to make sure that what happened in the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw residents out of a job for months, will not happen again.  Tourism now makes up around 80 percent of the country’s GDP.  The Minister of Finance wants to push that down to 60 or even 50 percent.  

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Debrief on Haiti Caribbean heads visit 



Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer 



#Haiti, March 17, 2023 – When a CARICOM delegation visited Haiti earlier this month, conspicuously absent was the Turks and Caicos Islands despite being one of the nations most directly affected by the multi-dimensional crisis there.  There is no comment, as yet from the Premier, to say why this was the case.  

Still, from the expedition, CARICOM heads of Government have informed that there will be lobbying in Africa for assistance in Haiti.  They say they have decided that the best course of action for the Caribbean country is to bolster the Haitian National Police and act as intermediaries with Africa and the world.  The decision follows a one day visit on February 27th, and a March 5th meeting chaired by the Bahamas. 

CARICOM says during the trip delegates ‘met with a broad range of Haitian stakeholders to hear their views on the way forward to a Haitian-led solution’. With that in mind it has made a decision on how to proceed.

“The Heads of Government agreed to support the Haitian National Police in their efforts to address the security situation.  The focus of the Community will be the provision of training for the HNP and the provision of humanitarian assistance to HNP and the wider Haitian society, taking into account the challenging humanitarian and security situation”

It’s not clear yet where and how this training will take place.  Also distinctly absent from the report, no more mention of boots on the ground from other countries despite CARICOM Member States indicating they were ready and willing should it come to that.

In addition, recognizing ‘the common historical experiences and the strong African-Caribbean relationship’ CARICOM says,

“Heads of Government also agreed to seek support from African countries for Haiti.  They also agreed to work with the Governments of Canada and the United States as well as the UNDP”

Magnetic Media has reached out to the Premier’s Office to get a full debrief of the February 27th visit (led by Jamaica; including The Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago) to learn of Turks and Caicos’ posture following the critical sessions.  

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Dana Malcolm 

Staff Writer



#TurksandCaicos, March 17, 2023 – Musicians from the New World Symphony will be in the Turks and Caicos in concert next month and residents are invited to attend in support of the future of Ashley’s Learning Center.

A fairly young orchestral academy based in Miami, the New World Symphony was launched in the 1980s by 1987, Michael Tilson Thomas and Ted Arison,Carnival Cruises founder.  From the 1500 applicants who vie for a spot each year, the symphony accepts around 35 music graduates annually for training fellowships. 

A select few of those graduates will be in country on April 8th headlining at the Ashley’s Learning Center concert ‘We’re all in this together’.  The concert which also feature local artistes will be held at Brayton Hall on Venetian Road from 6 pm to 8:30 pm




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