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Thank God for Rufus Ewing: Border Control Minister wants Premier to stay on as Leader

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Providenciales, 10 Mar 2015 – Likely the most lavish public endorsement the Premier has ever had, and it came last week following the delivery of the Speech from the Throne.

“I don’t know what his plans are, but I pray to God that he would put his name forward again for the leadership of my party and for the leadership of my country. I’m not going to be doing that because I think the country is in good hands. I think at this time, Mr. Speaker, there are no better hands than the ones we have at the tiller.”

The incredible kudos came from the Border Control & Labour Minister, Donhue Gardiner, who said the country is with the best man at the helm; citing that the Turks and Caicos really needed two things after previous administrations. “In times like these we should be thanking God for the leadership of Rufus Ewing; sorry Mr. Speaker, of our Premier because Mr. Speaker, in times like these, not only do we need Jesus, in times like these we need a steady hand at the tiller,”

The Minister in defending the Throne Speech and supporting his government’s decisions gave a list of projects approved at Cabinet last week.

“Construction of the Bambarra slip extension in Middle Caicos, that is now under contract, Mr Speaker. The refurbishment of the Raymond Gardiner High School lab, that is now under contract Mr. Speaker; the Blue Hills dock repairs in Provo, that is under contract Mr. Speaker; completion of the auditorium at the HJ Robinson High school, that is under contract too; Mr. Speaker the design and construction of a brand new wellness center for Grand Turk, Mr. Speaker that is under contract. The Middle Caicos recreation park, that is under contract Mr. Speaker, phase one of that is under contract; the next phase will be provided for in this year’s budget. Mr. Speaker the construction of the Clement Howell High school canteen, Mr. Speaker that is under contract. The road development program for Three Mary’s Cay in North Caicos, that is under contract. Mr. Speaker, this week as well as you would see in this week’s Cabinet Statement refurbishment of the Sammy Been Plaza building for the Ministry of Border Control & Labour, that is under contract too,”

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Woman dies on Tuesday; 32nd Covid Death for Turks & Caicos

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By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer

 

#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos has recorded its 32nd death related to COVID-19.

A Ministry of Health press release informed that the individual who was in quarantine in Grand Turk and requested emergency aid on Tuesday; response came from the public health team in Grand Turk.

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.

 

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Cruising should slow down says PAHO

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By Dana Malcolm

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‘Slow down on Cruising’, that’s the word from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO in their latest recent press conference.

Dr. Ciro Ugarte Director of Health Emergencies at the PAHO was referring to the Bahamas but made sure to note that the advice was highly relevant to many countries in the times of omicron.

“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.

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Cayman gets its second ‘Sir’; former Premier Alden McLaughlin knighted on Jan 1

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By Dana Malcolm

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#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.

Sir Vassel Johnson, received the honour in 1994; he was Cayman’s first Financial Secretary; he died in November 2008 at the age of 86.

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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