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“People’s Champion” – Daniel Malcolm is laid to rest

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, January 15, 2023 – Former legislative Council Member Daniel Malcolm born on May 3, 1936 was laid to rest January 11, 2023; sent off with an official funeral attended by sitting members of parliament and other government agencies.

Malcolm was escorted by police officers to the Parade Grounds in South Caicos where the thanksgiving service, remembering his life and times, was held.

Government leaders: Premier Washington Misick, Minister of Health Shaun Malcolm and Leader of the Opposition Edwin Astwood participated in the service.

Former Chief Minister, Norman Saunders spoke about Malcolm, his brother in law whom he affectionately called ‘Dan’.

“Dan exemplified all the good qualities in a person, he was a brilliant man in many respects.” He said. “He worked with us in the PNP in getting the ‘76 Constitution— He was an outstanding speaker; a hardworking person.”

Saunders described the late Daniel Malcolm’s prowess in athletics and his many business ventures which created employment opportunities for residents in South Caicos.

“I believe there are many people here who would credit him for situations they were able to overcome after  many difficulties with the government. They will remember him until their time comes.”

Albert Clare described him as a defender of “the weak, the vulnerable and those abused by their employers” calling him “The People’s Champion.”

“Politics, the economy and self-determination always dominated [our] talks. He was a statesman in the mold and character of (South African) President Nelson Mandela,” he noted.

Malcolm is credited as being a “powerhouse” in Jamaican Sports at the highest level; both in track and field and football with an unfortunate injury being the only roadblock to international competition.

Emily Malcom, his niece, stood to detail his life.

In her tribute, she revealed that Malcolm was a prolific businessman, having served as banker at the Bank of London and Montreal, a teacher at Southern Senior High School, corporate secretary at the Jamaica Banana Board, General Manager at Bahamas Plumbing, Entrepreneur, owner of the First Nightclub and first Cinema in the TCI, Member of the Legislative Council and much more.

He served through two British constitutional takeovers.

During the first, through much agitation, Daniel Malcolm and others gained the support of Caribbean leaders allowing him to speak on the country’s behalf at the United Nations highlighting the TCIs constitutional plight after which the British quickly restored the power to the people.

Moved by his speech, the UN invited him to make further presentations on decolonization at recurring conferences.  The words of one of those speeches as recently as 2015 have gone on to define Malcolm’s core beliefs and allowed his eloquence to be demonstrated and his passion for country distinctive.

“In the world of the Dependent Territories, there will be bitter-sweet memories. Sweet, because we would have arrived at a time and place when hope: of complete freedom from the colonial yoke still reign supreme; and bitter, because seemingly, after memories of the slave trade, the Holocaust, Apartheid, two World Wars continue to recede into our conscious recollection of past history, colonialism remains ever present with us.”

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Millions to come from FSC 

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Dana Malcolm 

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#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 

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Dana Malcolm 

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#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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New ASHLEY’S LEARNING CENTRE CONCERT

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Dana Malcolm 

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#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

Tickets are available ON ISLEHELP  $75 PER GENERAL SEAT $125 PER PREMIUM SEAT $195 PER GALLERY SEAT – with /FREFRESHMENTS. 

For TICKET RESERVATIONs you can call: 649-341-2304 or email  EVENTS@ASHLEYSLEARNINGCENTER.ORG 

 

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