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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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Bahamas News

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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Caribbean News

Hurricane Ian impact on Cayman Islands



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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