Providenciales, 09 Jul 2015 – Sonia Bien Aime has done it again… defied the odds and reaping rewards for the integrity of her character and love of her favorite sport. It is a good stain for the Turks and Caicos as this Sportswoman of the Year for 2014 is now a voting member of FIFA’s top Executive board.
In an article coming out of New York, Bien Aime is described as one of two women to have this privilege in a sport and a role which is gradually warming up to the fact that the women football players of the world want to be seen as equal, not inferior.
Bien Aime fills a seat left vacant when CONCACAF President, Jeffrey Webb was provisionally fired on May 28 following an indictment for his link to the corruption scandal still rocking the world wide body governing football. The article quotes Sonia, who talks tough on equity in the sport and explains that the perspective of a woman at the FIFA Executive level is just as meaningful as any of the male members.
The story, by Ronald Blum, AP Sports writer says: “The 43-year-old head of soccer’s governing body in the Turks and Caicos Islands was selected to serve on FIFA’s executive committee as the Caribbean’s representative, becoming the first woman on soccer’s top group in a voting seat not specifically designated for a female.’”
Sonia Bien Aime told Blum in a telephone interview that, “I hate having to think about quotas, especially when it deals with women and men,” she said. “There’s always an opportunity for more female voices, but I’m not just going to say that just because I’m a woman. But it wouldn’t hurt to have more females involved. I can’t say that there is a need for it, but why not? We’re no different from the men, and I think we can make the same decisions as they can.”
The other woman bestowed voting rights with Sonia is Lydia Nsekera of Burundi.
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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