#TurksandCaicos, February 11, 2021 – Smashing records and raising the expectation of competitive swimmers from the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Marlins of TCI Swim Aquatics are making waves in Nassau, Bahamas.
Four male and two female junior swimmers have seen improvements for two consecutive weekends in swim meets at the Betty Kelly–Kenny National Swim Complex.
Lenin Hamilton, 11 and Jayden Davis, 11 have both recorded personal bests and if ever there is held a CARIFTA Swim Games in 2021, the duo would be in competition in several events, representing the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Jayden Davis, during the Sea Waves Swim Meet on Saturday February 6 recorded a personal best and a new qualifying time in the 5m fly (34.45). In the 100m freestyle, Davis placed first in a time of 1:12.98.
Lenin Hamilton Jr excelled in a marathon of races including the 50m backstroke, where he placed first and earned a new time; the 50m fly where he came in third in a time of 35.24, which is a qualifying time for CARIFTA; he stretched his way to first place in the 100m backstroke, also a CARIFTA qualifier at 1:27.03 and another personal best at 31.23 in the 50m freestyle; he was first place again.
Still working to get those qualifying CARIFTA times are older boys, Tajhari Williams and Mateo Gardiner. On the way to this goal, both boys are completing races in top spots.
Williams, 13-years-old, registered for two events; he was first in the 50m backstroke with a time of 33.81 and in his 50m freestyle event, Tajhari was second in a time of 29.02.
Gardiner had three events at the Saturday challenge. In the 50m breast stroke, he placed second ; in the 50m fly, Mateo earned another 2nd place finish and in the 50m freestyle, the 13-year-old was third place.
Sisters Leniah and Lenika Hamilton sped their way to several top finishes.
Leniah, 7-years-old completed the 50m breast stroke in second place and the 50m freestyle in 1st place in a time of 49.06. Lenika, 9-years-old had a couple of first places in the 50m breast stroke and the 50m fly. In the 50m free Lenika was fourth and in the 50m breast, she was sixth in the pool.
Digital coin created for Caribbean’s Dominica as island partners with Huobi
By Shanieka Smith
December 2, 2022 – The Commonwealth of Dominica has partnered with cryptocurrency exchange Huobi, to issue its own national cryptocurrencies, Dominica Coin (DMC), and Digital Identity Documents (DID), already reports indicate a surge for the Huobi token.
This new collaboration with Dominica will bring the Caribbean one step closer to being a global cryptocurrency exchange centre. Huobi also announced its intention to move headquarters from Seychelles to the Caribbean.
It was explained, “The deal is noteworthy partly because of its connections to crypto billionaire Justin Sun, founder of the Tron blockchain where the Caribbean island’s new token will initially reside.”
Dominica Coin (DMC) and digital identity documents (DID) will be issued by Huobi Prime via the TRON network (a project dedicated to building the infrastructure for a truly decentralized Internet); both will serve as credentials for the future metaverse platform based in Dominica. DIDs can be used for cryptocurrency Know Your Customer verification, applying for loans, and opening bank accounts on the island.
The DMC is not yet ready for launch, but The HT token is up 15% over the last 24 hours to $7.12. It’s up 40% over the past seven days.
As one of the first Caribbean islands to adopt the citizenship-by-investment policy, the Dominican government is seeking to delve into the metaverse and Web3 technology as a means to boost the country’s development.
Imminent Worldwide Measles Threat; 25 Million CHILDREN miss First Dose
By Dana Malcolm
December 2, 2022 – Forty million children are at risk of Measles as what the World Health Organization is describing as an “imminent threat” takes shape. A joint report between the WHO and the U.S. Centres for Disease Control revealed that a record number of children missed their measles dose with 25 million children missing their first dose and 14.7 million children missing their second dose in 2021 alone.
Nine million cases of measles were recorded last year, twenty-two countries experienced large and disruptive outbreaks and 128,000 deaths occurred, the report says.
“The paradox of the pandemic is that while vaccines against COVID-19 were developed in record time and deployed in the largest vaccination campaign in history, routine immunization programmes were badly disrupted, and millions of kids missed out on life-saving vaccinations against deadly diseases like measles,” said Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
Measles is easily one of the most contagious viruses in the world and while many people think itchy spots when they think of the disease it can cause pneumonia, seizures and brain damage in about 30 percent of infected individuals.
Herd immunity will not work with this disease, say experts, unless 95 per cent of people or more are vaccinated; only 71 per cent of children in 2022 are fully vaccinated.
“Measles anywhere is a threat everywhere” the report said, emphasizing that no WHO region has achieved and sustained measles elimination.
FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried admitted he’d screwed up
By Shanieka Smith
December 2, 2022 – An interview with FTX founder Sam Bankman- Fried on Wednesday at the DealBook Summit revealed that there were no risk management teams or form of corporate control to help govern the organisation.
The CEO said he was shocked by what had taken place. While he had made loans to his hedge fund Alameda, Bank-Fried said he did not intentionally commingle the funds.
Bankman-Fried acknowledged that he had a responsibility to the company and all its customers but he “screwed up.” “There was no person who was chiefly in charge of positional risk of customers on FTX, and that feels pretty embarrassing in retrospect,” he shared.
The investigation is ongoing and it still needs to be clarified whether customers will be able to regain any funds.
Former Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer Howard Fischer said that Bankman-Fried’s comments are being scrutinised. “Everything he says that turns out to be contradicted by admissible evidence will be taken as evidence of deceit.”
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