Caribbean Financial Action Task Force XLIV Plenary November 2016 – Providenciales Turks

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 8, 2016 – This week, the Turks and Caicos Islands hosts for the first time, the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) XLIV Plenary and Working Groups Meetings at the Tropicana Plaza, Providenciales from 7-10 November 2016.By way of background, the Turks and Caicos Islands was unanimously elected as Deputy Chair of the CFATF, the premier Anti-money laundering and combating terrorism financing regional compliance body, at its XLII Plenary in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on 24th November 2015.  Hon. Attorney General Rhondalee Braithwaite Knowles holds that position as Attorney General and Prime Contact of the Turks and Caicos Islands.That election leads to the Turks and Caicos Islands becoming the Chair of the CFATF during this week’s Plenary hosted by the Turks and Caicos Islands on Providenciales. The current chair of the CFATF is Trinidad and Tobago and that position is held by Trinidad and Tobago’s Attorney General Hon. Faris Al Rawi.The CFATF is an FATF-style inter-governmental regional body for the Caribbean which plays a critical role in promoting compliance through monitoring and evaluating member states in an effort to achieve compliance with the FATF Recommendations. The FATF is the premier global inter-governmental organization that sets the standards for preventing money laundering, combating terrorist financing and the financing of weapons proliferation (AML/CFT).  Globally 180 jurisdictions have joined the FATF and FATF-style bodies.Compliance with the FATF internationally endorse standards protect the integrity of the global financial system by increasing the transparency of the financial system (making it easier to detect criminal activity) and give countries the capacity to successfully take action against money launderers and terrorist financiers.The benefits of compliance with the FATF standards include –1) securing a more transparent and stable financial system that is more attractive to foreign investors2) ensuring that financial institutions are not vulnerable to infiltration or abuse by organized crime groups3) building the capacity to fight terrorism and trace terrorist money4) meeting binding international obligations and avoid the risk of sanctions or other actions by the international community5) avoIding becoming a haven for criminalsThe CFATF comprises 26 countries from South and Central America and the Caribbean, with a total population of approximately 80 million persons. These countries include Jamaica, the Bahamas, Venezuela, Bermuda, the Virgin Islands, Belize and the Cayman Islands.The Turks and Caicos Islands was last evaluated by the CFATF in 2008 and will be assessed again under the new FATF standards as to the effective implementation of the AML/CFT public sector and private sector systems in the first half of 2017. Work has begun on the completion of a National Risk Assessment within the Turks and Caicos Islands with public and private sector participation.This week’s meetings will primarily deal with the recent evaluation of Jamaica. About 175 delegates from regional governments and public bodies charged with monitoring compliance with AML/CFT matters have travelled to Providenciales to attend the Plenary and related meetings and events hosted by the Attorney General’s Chambers partnering with the Ministry of Finance, the Customs department, the Ministry of Tourism, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Financial Intelligence Agency, the Financial Services Commission, the Financial Industry Association, the Bar Council and the British Caribbean Bank.The Plenary and meetings are held in closed sessions and are only open to registered delegates, however, there will be an Opening Ceremony open to invited guests and the media scheduled for 9am – 9:45am on Wednesday November 9, 2016 at the Tropicana, the Bight, Providenciales.Braithwaite Knowles said; “It is an honour to accept the Chairmanship of the CFATF on behalf of the Turks and Caicos Islands. This demonstrates the commitment and capacity of the Turks and Caicos Islands to transparency in our financial systems and to playing a key leadership role in regional efforts to achieve compliance with these important standards.”For further information, please contact by email: twilliams@gov.tclast_img read more

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GoFundMe Page Created For Wilmington Native In Need Of Wheelchair Accessible Van

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington native Kristen Curran Gannon recently battled an acute life-threatening heart condition. She had an ascending and descending aortic dissection. During one of her surgeries, Kristen suffered irreversible damage to her lower organs and her intestines ruptured, causing a stroke in her spine.Doctors told Kristen that she would no longer have use of her legs and would live the rest of her life in a wheelchair.  She was subsequently diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a genetic connective tissue disease that has made it extremely difficult for her to heal and recover.Kristen’s parents are hoping to purchase a wheelchair accessible van with a ramp for Kristen. Kristen’s mom Elaine Curran, was a resident of Wilmington for almost 60 years before moving to New Hampshire. She taught school in Wilmington at the Wildwood and the North Intermediate for almost 40 years before retirement.Kristen’s friends has created a GoFundMe page to assist the family with the purchase. The page reads, in part:Our family has never asked for help and it is not something we are completely comfortable with even now. But, so many people have asked how they can help so we thought if we were able to get help funding a new wheelchair accessible van for Kristen, we could ALL share in something that would have unlimited potential to improve the quality of Kristen’s life as well as our parents who continue to sacrifice every day because they love her so much.Make a donation to the GoFundMe page HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedGoFundMe Page Created For Wilmington Family With 14-Year-Old Battling CancerIn “Community”CEILI STRONG: Music Bingo Fundraiser In Memory Of Ceili Kinneen Set For Tremezzo On October 24In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, August 30, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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North Korea skips annual antiUS rally
first_imgIn this 25 June 2017, file photo, tens of thousands of men and women pump their fists in the air and chant as they carry placards with anti-American propaganda slogans at Pyongyang`s central Kim Il Sung Square, in North Korea, to mark what North Korea calls `the day of struggle against US imperialism` – the anniversary of the start of the Korean War. In another sign of detente following the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump, North Korea has opted not to hold this year’s “anti-US imperialism” rally. Photo : APIn another sign of detente following the summit between leader Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump, North Korea has decided to skip one of the most symbolic and politically charged events of its calendar: the annual “anti-US imperialism” rally marking the start of the Korean War.Fist-pumping, flag-waving and slogan-shouting masses of Pyongyang residents normally assemble each year for the rally to kick off a month of anti-US, Korean War-focused events designed to strengthen nationalism and unity. It all culminates on 27 July, which North Korea celebrates as a national holiday called the day of “Victory in the Fatherland Liberation War.”Last year’s event was held in Kim Il Sung Square with a reported 100,000 people attending. North Korea even issued special anti-US postage stamps.Officials had no on-the-record comment on the decision not to hold the event this year. But Associated Press staff in the North Korean capital confirmed Monday that it would not be held.North Korea has noticeably toned down its anti-Washington rhetoric over the past several months to create a more conciliatory atmosphere for the summit and avoid souring attempts by both sides to reduce tensions and increase dialogue.North Korea’s state media were filled with reports, photos and video of the 12 June  meeting between Trump and Kim in Singapore.A 42-minute documentary-style news special was aired on the state television network two days after the summit and has been repeated frequently since, meaning that by now there are probably few North Koreans who are unaware of the changes in the air. For many North Koreans, the program was also quite likely the first time they had ever seen what Trump looks like.Still, North Korea’s handling of the changes and how it presents them to its people remains highly nuanced.So far, it hasn’t said much about what Washington is interested in the most – denuclearisation. But it has made significantly fewer references to its need to have nuclear weapons than it was making last year, when Kim was test-launching long-range missiles at a record pace and tensions with Washington neared the boiling point.North Korea’s decidedly less strident posture these days underscores the delicate position it finds itself in after decades of touting the United States as its archenemy.State media referred to Trump quite deferentially in their reports of the summit, calling him by his full name and adding the title of president of the United States of America – itself a somewhat jarring contrast to the way it normally spits out merely the surname of US officials, with no titles.Considering how its relations with Washington could quickly slip back into acrimony if the difficult process of negotiating denuclearisation and the lifting of trade sanctions breaks down, it remains unclear how much, or if at all, North Korea intends to recalibrate its other propaganda and indoctrination efforts.Getting rid of all the anti-American propaganda would be a Herculean task.The 1950-53 Korean War, and the devastation the country suffered at the hands of the US and its allies, remain a major part of every North Korean’s education.Negative portrayals of Americans as big-nosed goblins are a common sight at elementary schools and kindergartens and exhortations to beware of American aggression, deceit and brutality are a staple message of textbooks and at “class education” centers around the country. Anti-American slogans can also still be seen in Pyongyang and throughout the countryside, though they are not that numerous.And while softening its criticism of the current US administration, North Korea has stepped up its attacks on “capitalist values” in general – an oblique warning that its diplomatic outreach to the world should not be taken to mean it’s ready to throw away its socialist ideals anytime soon.last_img
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