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Teen dies mysteriously in South Caicos, Police investigate

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Providenciales, 15 Mar 2016 – 🔴 The body of the South Caicos girl, who died mysteriously over the weekend is in Provo now  A close knit community was rocked by the sudden and shocking death of a 16 year old girl; and it led to a mournful end to the holiday weekend for the people of South Caicos. 

Sixteen year old Tiketra Seymour, a student of the Marjorie Basden High school was found dead at her home on holiday Monday and now police are investigating and her community is left wondering what happened. 

Members of the House of Assembly rang out condolences to the people of South and Tiketra Seymour’s family who are today left to grapple with her death which the District Commissioner of South Caicos, Yvette Cox, confirmed. 

Mrs. Cox, whose husband is the principal of Marjorie Basden said like his students he is finding it hard to cope with the tragedy… a sorrowful tribute of reflection on this young leader, athlete and influential student was rolled out in a special assembly and counseling session for the faculty, staff and students held this morning. 

Hailing from Groove City in south, young Tiketra will be missed and obviously made such a strong impression that tears flowed, students comforted each other and the government paused to remember the child.  School was dismissed early today; the fourth formers were kept on at the campus though for an additional counseling opportunity according to the DC. 

From the Police report, we learn that Tiketra’s father left her in her bedroom asleep on Sunday night, went to work on Monday morning around 7:30am, and returned from work to find her still in bed but unresponsive.  Medics were unable to revive Tiketra. 

That was around 4:30pm on Monday; a team of investigators have been dispatched to South Caicos and an autopsy will say exactly how the 16 year old died. 

Relatives told Magnetic Media late today, that young Tiketra’s body was flown into Provo this morning, the family is now gathered and trying to comfort one another.

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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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