Dear Donnie: Hey up there! Listen, I know that I'm deceased and should, by the laws of nature, desist, but I just can't sit around here in Hell (which is basically Miami without any Publix supermarkets) and watch you people let the Commies take over America. Did you and your people not learn anything from my anti-red scare tactics of the 1950s? Sure, there were suicides and hundreds of lives were destroyed, but damn, how good did I look on TV! Just like you, right? During the recent election, I thought you were literally me all over again, saying all kinds of crazy shit, blaming minorities, making people paranoid and hostile. Nice. Oh, did they not get my absentee ballot/Hallmark card? It may have never been sent. Hell, after all, is run by the GOP who have turned voter suppression into a fine art form. A big shout out to my bro, Mitch McConnell! Mitch for the rich! We got a seat waiting for you. Anyhoo, thanks to Satan -- I'm sorry, I mean Vladimir. Ha! Jesus, I honest to God can't tell them apart If it weren't for the cloven hoofs and horns on Putin they would be twins; communism today is the complete opposite of what I took on back in the day. I mean they were our mortal enemy. I just made everything far worse. And as a result, thanks to me, science fiction totally blew up, so you're welcome for that. God forbid those cheap bastards Asimov or Bradbury should ever give me a taste of some of those sick residuals! The point is, look at the widespread damage and havoc that I was able to pull off by exaggerating the evil power and power hungry reach of the Soviets! And now here you are, armed to the teeth with indisputable, substantiated evidence by all your intelligence organizations who are offering you on a silver platter proof positive of Russia's well-orchestrated plan to undermine our coveted democratic election process, and what are you doing? Pretending that the Comey of Errors is just another dumb-ass Shakespeare play that no one understands, so why bother paying any attention to it? I mean, come on, Donnie! Mussolini, Hitler and I just the other day were having brunch (to remind us that this is hell, they play only play Kenny G. music) and we were just laughing our asses off at your antics. It's a bit of irony that the headline could read "Trump vs. Intelligence." I mean look at what is being handed to you! Concrete proof that our mortal enemies, and perversely, my best friends, are not only infiltrating America, they are starting to literally control it. And what do you do? You praise Vlad The Impale-skin and say what a buh-bie he is! Even better than Obama! And when the Washington Post reported about this, you Kelly Ann Conway-ed your way out of it by reminding people that those are the same folks who believed that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Well, they reported that because that was the story that Dick Cheney made up and hand delivered so he could make a huge buck in Iraq. Oh. Wait. Wow. I just got it! Doh! You are doing the exact same thing! By denying or deflecting the hardcore facts with things like middle school-quality "Thank Me, I'm Incredible" pep rallies and sending out all those nutty Tweety Bird Tweets you, at your leisure, are privately making all kinds of real estate deals behind the Iron Curtain, while you hire all those Goldman-Sachs guys (those yarmulke fellas that you said you love so much) to turn the entire planet into your own personal Monopoly board! You sly monkey dog nut! Me, Hitler and Mussolini just high-fived you. Fuck me. It's science fiction all over again! Just like me, you get to control the truth of anything and disseminate information however you see fit, just like Fox News -- which is all we watch down here. That and Kanye West videos. Did he get my note about bleaching his hair blonde? Man, this just gets better and better. Now I totally get your evil plan. Since most (but not all) of your pre-programmed followers are treating you like the electronic preacher/game show celebrity that you are, and since they will believe anything that virtually any preacher will say, you have them believing to their core that they are the chosen people as opposed to the lambs heading for slaughter that they really are. Damn, you're good. Plus you have our buddies like Stevie Bannon, Mike Flynn and Jeff Sessions in the mix, and even Linda McMahon joining in the WWE-style fun! How left out do I fucking feel? Okay, you can pretty much forget this little email, brah, because obviously, to my relief, the country is in really, really bad hands. So all is well. By the way: when are your kids coming down to visit their Uncle Joe-Joe? It's been days! Did Melania get the fruitcake I sent for Christmas? Remember last year when she thought it was a hat and wore it on the flight down to the Turks and Caicos Islands? (You did say she was confused when you said you liked her hair in a bun). Okay, it's lights off here in Hell. I will certainly sleep better knowing that you are in charge. Best to you and the Puti-boy. By the way: privatizing Medicare and fucking with Social Security got a "bigly" thumbs up down here. No wonder pot is recreational in a bunch of states now. If you are fucked up, life becomes a big who cares! See you on your birthday, dummy. Best, Joe -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Some take for granted the importance of foreign economies having access to the U.S. financial system. For the nations of the Caribbean region, access to U.S. correspondent banking relationships are essential to local economies, including paying for imported goods, processing credit cards of tourists, exchanging currencies, and receiving remittances from friends and families living in the United States and abroad. For us in the United States, these cross-border banking relationships maintain our connectivity to our neighbors to the south, facilitating economic development that is good for the United States as well as for Caribbean nations. These important themes underpinned the U.S.-Caribbean Public-Private Dialogue on Correspondent Banking, held in Kingston, Jamaica, on April 5 and hosted by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Bank of Jamaica. I had the distinct pleasure of joining Brian Wynter, Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, in chairing this robust and frank dialogue, which enabled banks, supervisors, and policy-makers to directly engage on multiple issues of high-level economic and political importance to Caribbean nations and the United States. Our dialogue included very open and honest discussions on an array of issues related to cross-border correspondent banking, including trends, challenges, expectations, and implementation practices in Caribbean countries and in the United States. The success of our dialogue rests squarely on the active and direct engagement of 110 public and private sector representatives from 26 jurisdictions, including the United States, Canada, Belize, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Maarten, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos Islands. The importance of our dialogue was clear from the outset, with opening remarks provided by the Honorable Audley Shaw, Minister of Finance, Jamaica, and the Honorable Luis G. Moreno, U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica, as well as key statements from the Honorable Glenford Ysaguirre, Governor of the Central Bank of Belize, and the Honorable Dr. Ensley Tromp, Governor of the Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten. These key public figures highlighted the importance of cross-border relationships between the Caribbean and the United States and stressed that open dialogue is essential to achieve objectives of transparency and access to the international financial system. Particularly valuable were the discussions on the money laundering and terrorist financing risks facing jurisdictions and their financial institutions as well as advances in legal and regulatory frameworks to mitigate those risks. Moving ahead, participants in the dialogue agreed to continue the spirit of cooperation and communication. We will continue to strive to improve communication, cooperation, and information sharing, as well as fostering the understanding of expectations related to correspondent banking. Sarah Runge is the Director of the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes’ Office of Strategic Policy at the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Clint Buffington has found more than 80 messages in bottles washed up on beaches and made it his mission to track down and meet some of the senders I was 22 and on a family holiday in the Turks and Caicos Islands when it first happened. My dad and I had got a boat to an uninhabited island only for rain to start pelting down the moment we arrived. As we strode along the beach, I saw a glint of blue glass on the shoreline. I realised it was a wine bottle – and that there was something inside it. A jolt of excitement ran through me.I’d always dreamed of finding a message in a bottle and my hands were shaking as I uncorked it. It turned out the bottle had been dropped eight months previously, in October 2006, by a couple on board a cruise from the Portuguese island of Madeira. It wasn’t a treasure map or a cry for help but to me, it was a miracle. The bottle had survived its journey across the Atlantic and I’d found it. Continue reading...
Exports to Turks and Caicos Islands in Australia remained unchanged at 0 AUD Million in June from 0 AUD Million in May of 2016. Exports to Turks and Caicos Islands in Australia averaged 0 AUD Million from 1988 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 1 AUD Million in June of 1999 and a record low of 0 AUD Million in February of 1988. Exports to Turks and Caicos Islands in Australia is reported by the Australian Bureau Of Statistics. This page includes a chart with historical data for Australia Exports to Turks And Caicos Islands.
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, Oct 21, CMC – The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Court of Appeal Monday granted permission for several government ministers including former premier Michael Misick to take their concerns to the London-based Privy Council.
WASHINGTON, Oct 4, CMC - The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) says Eric St-Cyr, an investment advisor, and Patrick Poulin, an attorney, have been sentenced to serve 14 months in prison for conspiring to launder monetary instruments in the Cayman islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, Sept 22, CMC –Jamaican-born Justice Margaret Ramsay-Hale was Monday sworn in as the first female Chief justice of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).
FIFA's financial monitoring panel has asked one of its members to explain his arrest in a corruption case. Canover Watson was detained in his native Cayman Islands on Aug. 28 by police anti-corruption and financial crime units. Local media reported that Watson was quizzed about alleged money laundering and abuse of public office. The case reportedly involves a 2010 contract to supply public hospitals with swipe-card billing technology. FIFA audit and compliance committee chairman Domenico Scala said Watson has been contacted about the case. "We have asked Canover Watson whether he can share with the audit committee any additional information," Scala said on Saturday in an email reply to the Associated Press. Scala wrote that the request is "in agreement with the (FIFA) ethics committee." Watson is an associate of FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb, a banker from the Cayman Islands and president of the CONCACAF regional body since 2012. Watson serves the North and Central American and Caribbean region on Scala's eight-member watchdog scrutinizing FIFA's financial integrity. Soccer's governing body gets more than $1 billion revenue annually and has nearly $1.5 billion in reserves. The panel was formed in 2012 under Scala's leadership as a key part of anti-corruption reforms. They were ordered after bribery and vote-buying scandals implicating senior FIFA officials, including disgraced former CONCACAF leader Jack Warner, who resigned in 2011 to avoid investigation by FIFA. CONCACAF said in a statement on Saturday it was "awaiting the complete review of the ongoing proceedings" involving Watson. "At CONCACAF, we take great pride of the highest standards of integrity, governance and transparency that lead the organization," the statement said. Reports said Watson was released on bail on the same day of his arrest. He released a statement through his lawyers the following day, denying any wrongdoing. Currently managing director of a financial services company, Watson's biography on the firm's website states he is also a director of the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange. An email sent to his business email address on Saturday prompted an automatic reply that he is "currently on an indefinite leave of absence." The Cayman Islands has had increased standing and respect in world soccer since Webb was elected to the FIFA hierarchy. He remains president of the islands' football association, and Watson is treasurer. There is no suggestion Webb is linked to the police probe. Watson is also among four vice presidents of the Caribbean Football Union. His colleagues on the CFU executive include FIFA appeals committee chairman Larry Mussenden of Bermuda, and Sonia Bien-Aime, a co-opted member of FIFA's ruling board from the Turks and Caicos Islands. The FIFA audit and compliance group is next scheduled to meet Dec. 16 in Morocco on the sidelines of the Club World Cup.
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, Aug 25, CMC - Turks and Caicos Premier Rufus Ewing Monday urged citizens to remain indoors as Tropical Storm Cristobal, blamed for the death of one person in the Dominican Republic, is expected to bring heavy rains to the island.
NASSAU, Bahamas, Aug 2, CMC – A disorganized Tropical Storm Bertha was moving across the Caribbean Sea on Saturday as the governments in the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas issued a storm watch for their residents.
Imports from Turks and Caicos Islands in Australia remained unchanged at 0 AUD Million in September from 0 AUD Million in August of 2016. This page includes a chart with historical data for Australia Imports from Turks And Caicos Islands.
PROVIDENCIALE, Turks and Caicos Island, Jun 10, CMC – A High Court judge has imposed restrictions on the media covering the trial of two prominent lawyers on the island, warning reporters that they face jail terms if they breach the order.
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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands, Apr 8, CMC –The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) says it has intercepted a vessel carrying more than 80 illegal Haitians.
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos, Apr 1, CMC - The Turks and Caicos Islands authorities say they have detained more than 100 Haitians after intercepting a vessel as it passed through the chain southeast of the Bahamas.
GRAND TURK, Turks and Caicos Islands, Mar 5, CMC – Health authorities in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) are urging parents to keep children suspected of contacting Chicken Pox to remain at home after four cases were reported at a school here earlier this week.
As developing economies developed, their process of democratization seemed inevitable. Indeed many western scholars believed that the process democratization was a given natural development for any state. What once seemed so certain seems much less obvious. Democracies are simply less attractive today. As states form they face new realities and don't necessarily look to the West, but also to the East for answers and best practice. So, what made democracies lose their luster? The picture is complex and many theories have been put forward. In my opinion there are at least three major trends to be reckoned with: Democracies underperform economically Democracies are ill-suited to deal with long time spans Democracies are slow at adapting to mass digitization Poor economic performance Last year China's burgeoning influence on the world economy reached milestone as use of the Yuan in trade finance overtook the Euro and the Yen. And the familiar tune is that China's economic performance challenges American political leadership. It is not untrue, but it is only part of the truth. In terms of growth it is not only the shining city upon a hill that is falling behind, most of the traditional bastions of democracy are, and Mainland China is not even among leaders of the pack. Libya, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Mongolia, Turks and Caicos Islands, Niger, Turkmenistan, Panama, Macau, and Cote d'Ivoire were the top ten countries by real GDP growth rate in 2012. The days when exemplary democracies were economic beacons are gone. Growth is not the end-all-goal of politics, but it is one of the most compelling deliverables. And it is a goal constantly being put forward as worth pursuing by the democratic states themselves. When democracies don't deliver growth alternatives seem more attractive. Long time span In 1972, U.S. President Richard Nixon asked China's first premier, Zhou Enlai, for his assessment of the French Revolution, 183 years after the revolution's conclusion. Zhou's response: "It is too early to say." Apparently, the jury's still out on modern democracy that resulted from the French Revolution. While major issues like the global-warming crisis and the energy-water nexus, become more complex and require longer timeframes to solve, the West is becoming increasingly shortsighted. China's and states with long-serving leaders' main competitive advantage over the U.S. and E.U. may well be a broader perspective on time. The latest financial crisis might even have been avoided had we been looking at century-long cycles rather than four-year political periods. Part of the problem is that the quickening pace of, well, just about everything is deemed a benefit. Over time, our political attention spans have adjusted to short electoral terms, myopic quarterly reports set the business horizon and computerized flash-trading practices recognize movements in market sentiment in split seconds. State of Social Proof You would think that democracies' core, their inclusive nature and sheer ability to govern would still look attractive. After all, we all seem to have more and more choices. Everything seems to be on a path of "democratization" - switching from top-down to bottom-up approaches. Disregarding digitization's potential privacy related cyber threats such as the American espionage on the COP15 parties, I believe digital culture is challenging democracy at its core. In his new book Infostorms, Vincent F. Hendricks describes this challenge and our post-factual democracy. During the U.S. presidential election of 2012, the Republican candidate for the vice presidency, Paul Ryan, made a speech that according to Fox News, was ... an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech. Regardless, the herding effect of the 'likes', 'thumbs up', 'favorite' etc. can socially "prove" such speech content and cause it to go viral. And, Paul Ryan's credibilty was obviously not obliterated. Citizens have long been easily influenced by the opinions of others and sought social proof, but social media have amplified the phenomena to unprecedented heights. As digital devices permeate every aspect of our lives, it has boosted the way in which information can distort truth. The abundance of information driven by digital media has allowed us to increasingly bypass source criticism, which can seem ponderous and time consuming. Thus the lines between information and knowledge are being blurred by new digital habits. Democracy is not just about voting, but about informed voting. If democracy doesn't have access to reliable sources of information and instead relies on social proof then there is no way of distinguishing between junk evidence and actual knowledge. Qualified voting is sensitive to the information available for deliberation, decision and action; as such a democracy is sensitive to the quality of information. If you can control the information citizens have for voting, you control democracy. Now what? Does this mean we should give up on democracy? No, but it means we can't take it for granted and have to work at it. Here are some of the things we can start doing: Become Entrepreneurial at a state level What if we learned from successes from fast growing regions and appropriated them by implementing design policies directed at growth? Reward people much, much later in life What if we took the Chinese perspective and civil-servant approach? We would reward people decades after they were employed. We could even let historians help figure out how to distribute bonuses. Why not let pensions be determined by a person's long-term contribution to society as a whole? Bet on the way long term In 1961, John F. Kennedy announced the goal of sending an American to the Moon before the end of the decade. Such an aim should be the benchmark for policy makers: Decide on an ambitious target and, with a strong vision, set out to reach it. Today, it's difficult to imagine any responsible Western politician declare even a ten-year goal. But in retrospect, Kennedy's goal was perhaps too near-sighted. Historians argue that by focusing all American expertise on one symbolic goal, the big picture got lost. The manned exploration of Mars, was left behind in the debris and more advanced means of propulsion could have been developed to enable us to colonize remote corners of space. Let's think bolder and further into the future. Let's, for example, bet on reaching habitable exoplanets by the end of this century. Educate for the digital age School students understand less and less of the technologies that surround them. They need to get the same level of understanding of coding of digital devices as previous generations had for the mechanics that surrounded them. And they need to appropriate methods for proper source criticism of digital sources. Let's change our curriculums! Celebrate hard work We need to reinstate time-consuming and demanding work as an asset. Malcolm Gladwell popularized the rule that we need 10.000 hours of labour to get good at anything. However it can't be just any kind of work. It needs to be arduous, concentrated work. We simply need to find ways to reinstate hard work as a cornerstone cultural value. Why not celebrate it? Some of this might sound utopian, but not long ago, Western countries had high growth rates, long-term perspectives, and a critical approach to sources of information. Some years ago, the Danish secretary of defense received a letter from a forester named Lars Toksvig informing him that the oak timber Denmark had ordered in 1807 to secure the fleet was ready for delivery. Today, this type of planning sounds preposterous. But perhaps an ability to project very, very far into the future is just one of the things we need to re-learn.