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Eagles win again at InterHigh Championships

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Providenciales, 09 Mar 2016 – The Eagles of Clement Howell High School reign as the champions of the Inter High School track & field meet for a second year; it culminated last night at the National Stadium with the 4x400m Open, which ended in a blaze of glory.

The Eagles took both the boys and girls first place spot in that event and completed the three day meet with 875.50 points, outperforming their nearest contender by 301.67 points. Second in the meet was the Spartans of British West Indies Collegiate, with a spectacular show and 573.83 points.

The Green Machine of North Caicos, Raymond Gardiner High earned 492.33 points in a third place effort and the shockers of the meet, the Hawks of Long Bay High School who had its first formers’ compete in all classes of the meet, that means those seventh graders ran against the bigger students and got 327 points.

Marjorie Basden High of South Caicos got 258.33 points… sixth was Maranatha Academy with 150 points, edging out TCIPS by one, 149 and 7th in the meet… 8th place is TCI Middle School, with 41 points… 25 points was for Wesley Methodist High school in 9th and Alpha Christian Academy finished 10th with three points.

While no new records were set, and there was the noticeable absence of 2014 Champs, HJ Robinson High out of Grand Turk the contest was called well organized by the Principals Association by Dwayne Taylor, who along with Godfrey Been MC’d the high school meet.

Competitors in the Inter High school championships are also aiming to qualify for the CARIFTA Games which this year will be held in Grenada.

The Primary School championships are next week Monday and Tuesday, also at the National Stadium.

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

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By Dana Malcolm

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#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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