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The body of Sorineida Arias discovered

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Providenciales, TCI, July 14, 2016 – The Holy Bible, which most in the Turks and Caicos hold onto as key to their faith life says that God does not give a spirit of fear; but He gives the spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind… and so people know that it is from an evil place that the swelling fear, the obvious disregard for human life and the loss of a peace of mind is coming… the sinking emotions, shock and grief for what was done to young Sorineida Morena Arias, here in these Turks and Caicos Islands is weighing heavily on the country as her partially burned, almost naked body was found dumped in bushes off the North West Point road.  The Dominican Community created several search teams on Tuesday and it was one of those teams that found Sorineida yesterday evening.

Edwin Hernandez who is an assistant consul for the DR in the TCI and spokesman was crest fallen, he said he feels bad and believes that had it not been for their synergy as a community, Sorineida, who went missing on Sunday would not have been found so quickly.  “It is a serious problem not only for the Dominican community, it’s a serious problem for the entire Turks and Caicos, because it’s affecting the Dominican community today, tomorrow it can affect another community, maybe the local community, so it’s a serious problem.”

Police were not with the teams, and so when the body was found there was a photo taken and that photograph is being widely circulated now.  It not only confirms the death of the woman who worked at the Downtown Gaming Parlour but how cruelly she died at the hands of what most are suspecting is a career killer.  The DR Community said they felt alienated by the Turks and Caicos, as hardly anyone from the islands joined them in the hunt for the mother of two, who was also the breadwinner for the family where her mother is ailing.

Shirley Calcano, a Grand Turk native married to a Dominican was outraged and called on local officials in particular to do better.

“We would have thought that we had more persons looking for this young lady, but in fact it was just the Dominican community who got together and they decided that we are going to comb every area.  So they went out yesterday, they went out early this morning and they went out this afternoon.  In fact they were the ones to find her, and this shouldn’t happen because I remember I was in the Dominican Republic and when Mr. Howell went missing, I understood that the masses went to search for him, so as a Turks and Caicos Islander married to a Dominican citizen I am also concerned you understand, because we can’t say that only Turks Island lives matter. Of course I love my people, I love my country, but we have persons living among us, and all human beings matter. So I think that our government, our justice system has to rise to the occasion.” 

Wailing, screaming, fainting, crying, hugging and shock were all on raw display as scores waited and waited as police cordoned off the area and scoured the zone for clues to the killer.  Police said nothing to media officially last night.  Now, it is time to tell the family of the woman that she was found, but dead.  The fourth Dominican woman in the last six years and the second this year, 2016, to be murdered with the mystery, unsolved.  Sorineida Morena Arias was just 26 years old.

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

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#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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