Providenciales, 29 May 2015 – Negative backlash as the comments made by Minister Washington Misick and supported by some House members during a private members motion debate on May 12, is reaping anti-foreigner headlines from at least one CARICOM country; Jamaica. The Jamaica Observer has given headline billing to the comments the Finance Minister made which slammed resident foreigners celebrating their cultures overtly in the Turks and Caicos. At the time, the Minister imagined there would be some fall out, but proceeded with his contribution anyway.
“Personally as I say I’m a politician, but at my age, I don’t give a flying pheasant about what people think, (laughter) I am here to do a job, and I gon do that.”
The Observer, says Minister Washington Misick veered off of the motion which had to do with a cleaner Turks and Caicos, to lash out at what he called, ‘Haitian Flag Day, Jamaica Day, Bahamas Day…’ saying he does not support the events and believes those who do or want to host them should go back home. The article has so far spawned 70 comments, some in support of the position but most in disagreement with the former Chief Minister who is labeled as xenophobic and insecure among a string of other more harsh characterizations. Some have called on the Premier and Minister of Tourism to speak to the comments by their cabinet colleague. At least one Progressive National Party advocate has written to media about the position expressed by Minister Washington Misick; that letter to the editor denounced the comments and called the PNP Administration invisible and out of touch. Other members from the PNP side were also heard in the House of Assembly audio calling for the events to be blocked and recommending that these Caribbean ex-patriots celebrating or having these events take InterCaribbean Airways home. While there are some TC Islanders not in the House of Assembly who agree with this stance, Minister Misick never made it known which group, if any, he was representing in his controversial remarks.
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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