Providenciales, 14 Jan 2015 – The government has commissioned an investigation into why the Turks and Caicos is not seeing greater decreases in the cost of fuel based services like at the pumps for petrol and in our electricity bills… the Energy Commissioner, Malike Cummings was during Cabinet given the task when it is already widely known, there are no laws to govern how pricing is done, there is no price control in the Turks and Caicos and that government collects between 85 cents to one dollar per gallon in taxes on fuel.
A man was filmed protesting on Leeward Highway last week, there has been a call for change by the Official Opposition, today the Turks and Caicos Weekly news issued its ‘Talk Back’ item of the week and their question to the general public is: “Who do you think is responsible for the high fuel costs? And what should be done to reduce them? The publication pointing out that costs in the US have dropped to as low as $1.74, or over 50% from five or six months ago… while in the TCI costs of fuel at the pumps per gallon are either $5.45 cents or $5.47 cents or $5.75 cents and even $6.19 cents on Providenciales. Deputy Leader of the PDM, Hon Sean Astwood this morning issued a statement saying he is concerned that the government took so long to respond to public outcry, adding that: “For years, we as a people have paid close attention to the fluctuations in fuel prices around the world. When fuel prices increase abroad, we watch helplessly as fuel prices hike here, overnight.”
Magnetic Media has reached out to the PNP Administration for information on the terms of reference of the investigation Mr. Cummings is expected to perform; the Office of the Premier says that information will come today.
Woman dies on Tuesday; 32nd Covid Death for Turks & Caicos
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos has recorded its 32nd death related to COVID-19.
The person, who we are told is a special needs young woman – was unvaccinated and had underlying medical conditions.
The death rate in the Turks and Caicos of both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons has climbed alarmingly this year. In the 21-month period from March 2020 when the country recorded its first case to December 2021, there were 26 deaths recorded in the TCI.
In the 19 days since the start of 2022 that number has increased to 32; which means six deaths already in January.
Cruising should slow down says PAHO
By Dana Malcolm
‘Slow down on Cruising’, that’s the word from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO in their latest recent press conference.
“In the context of intense transmission, due to the Omicron variant as we have highlighted several times. It is just logical to suspend or at least limit the cruise ship traffic as an outbreak on board might end up exceedingly high and probably will go beyond the capacity of local health services”
Both the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are experiencing a massive uptick in cases and several warnings regarding cruise travel have been issued by the US Centers for Disease Control.
Cruising just resumed for many regional countries this past Summer, Turks and Caicos was among the latest to restart on December 13.
A stop to sailing would be devastating to economies, however, ports of call like Grand Turk which are reeling with rocketing case numbers of COVID are urged to consider the suggestion of slowing down on ships by PAHO.
Cayman gets its second ‘Sir’; former Premier Alden McLaughlin knighted on Jan 1
By Dana Malcolm
#Cayman, January 20, 2022 – Former Premier of Cayman Alden McLaughlin was knighted at the start of 2022; named in the Queen’s New Year Honors List. He is only the second Caymanian to have ever received a knighthood from her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Current Governor, Martyn Roper extended congratulations saying, “This is an outstanding personal achievement for former Premier McLaughlin, one of the most important and impactful political leaders in Cayman over the last 21 years. It is a significant moment for our islands. This historic award is only the second ever Knighthood to a Caymanian since the first in the 1990s. It is a strong signal of the respect in which Cayman is held and a visible demonstration of the progress Cayman has made as a vibrant democracy with strong good governance foundations.”
Sir McLaughlin, who is also now a QC attorney, served two terms as premier and had a career in politics that spanned 21 years. McLaughlin is known for his role in modernizing Cayman’s constitution.
Current premier G. Wayne Panton described the occasion as a unifying moment for the country saying, This is a day of celebration and great pride for all Caymanians as a son of our soil has been bestowed one of the highest honour. Today marks a new and most unique storyline in the history of the Cayman Islands. In considering the rarity and magnitude of this occasion, this is certainly a unifying moment for our community.”
Sir Alden McLaughlin, 60, was appointed as a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George on January 1, 2022.
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