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Haitian Community works to mend and maintain good relations in TCI; Clean Up kicks off efforts

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Providenciales, 17 Jul 2015 – The Haitian community is working assiduously it seems to transform the current view of their people living in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

The TCI Haitian Organization is an independent group and yesterday sat with Environmental Health Director Kenrick Neely to talk up a Saturday morning clean up in Kew Town, but pledged a lot more. Donald Metilus is a founder of the organization: “We are here to show them that we understand that they love us and we want to return the love to them by helping them protect the areas by watching people who are fighting and trying to commit violence, like crime and stuff like that. We are totally against it and enough is enough and also to keep the area clean.”
Comments and criticisms launched at the Haitian expatriates when it comes to cleanliness and crime are a topic of conversation and source of frustration; leaders in the Haitian community are aware and are also appalled by the thought of relations with the TCI people being strained.

Clara Lightbourne of the Haitian Organization: “The clean-up campaign is something that the Haitian Organization put together, we start with Dock Yard but we are not only touching Dock Yard, we are touching the whole Turks and Caicos Islands community. We want to make the Turks and Caicos Islands a better Community and to do that we have to start by cleaning up.

The Organization was formed a couple of months ago to better the community because we are aware that as Haitian Nationalities, so much things happen here in the Turks and Caicos Islands regarding the Haitians and the TCI Government we want to ensure the government we are here to help.”

The clean-up campaign which begins at 6am tomorrow is just the beginning and has been promoted for some six weeks within the Haitian community; Neely congratulated the TCI Haitian Organization for its proactivity and has thrown the support of the EHD behind the initiative with the collection of trash bags and larger debris.

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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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