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Peace protest turns riotous in the streets of Provo, officers assaulted

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Providenciales, TCI, July 18, 2016 – A peaceful protest arranged by the Dominican community to demonstrate against deadly violence in the TCI turned riotous and created a volatile situation on the country’s gateway strip, Airport Road late yesterday.  Images are in wide circulation and are extremely concerning as they not only show that police had to use tear gas to subdue the angry protestors, who were dressed in black and who had just marched from the Gus Lightbourne Gym in a show of solidarity in the aftermath of the murder of 26 year old Sorineida Arias; but exposed the fragility of the relationship between Police and DR natives.

Video revealed Dominicans stomping and kicking, who could only be Police Officers on the ground in the street.  Dominicans we spoke to gave their account of what happened to cause the anti crime rally to turn violent.  “There was a man, a Dominican man at the supermarket, who people were saying that he bought a beer and when the police saw that he was drinking that beer on a Sunday, you know, because it’s illegal, that’s when they start beating the guy and that’s when people start running because they saw what was going on.  So people start running to them, and what the community is saying is that it was wrong for them to do that to the guy.  What they should have done was to go to the supermarket and ask them why are they doing that, why are they selling alcohol on a Sunday.”

“I saw Dominicans on camera though beating the police officers.” – Deandrea Hamilton

“Because they started to beat the guy.”

And the plan for Dominicans was to remain until Police released the man, who we were told is named Abraham and in his mid-30s; we caught reaction at news that he was let go. “We are very disappointed with the police you understand.”

“So this guy didn’t pull the knife out at the police?” – Deandrea Hamilton

“No that’s not true, that’s not true, and that’s what they trying to say you understand, and we will stay here, if we have to stay here until tomorrow we will stay until they let him free.  And if something happen to him, wait, they let him go!!!!! They let him go!!”

Country leaders came out strong in statements today against the riot which broke out and actions that led to several police officers being attacked by angry protesters during an anti crime march held yesterday by the Dominican Community.

Police explained in a media statement today that the man arrested is out on police bail, after being held for numerous infractions.  The release explains that the Dominican man appeared intoxicated and was warned by an officer at the scene about his behavior and drinking of a beer, believed to have been sold to him illegally on a Sunday.  That led to the man becoming aggressive, police say, and it led to the Police officer, trying to make an arrest.

I quote from the statement now, “A group of persons approached the officers by making threats and use of abusive words in their native language while trying to take the man away from the police lawful detention.” End quote.

That explains the kicking and stomping filmed by bystanders as officer Kevin Clarke confirmed that a number of Police were assaulted in the melee.   Reports are, up until that confrontation the protest was peaceful.

 

 

 

 

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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

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#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

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#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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