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PDM promises to rescind new Immigration & Status laws

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The PDM says if the electorate puts the Peoples Democratic Movement in the governance seat, then they will rescind and revamp the newly passed and instituted Immigration and TCI Status Laws.

Dwayne Taylor is the PDM’s Campaign Manager who today resists statements by the Minister of Border Control that point to him being concerned about the well being of the indigenous islander.

Magnetic Media spoke to Taylor today who said Minister Donhue Gardiner continues to dodge questions on the hot button issue.

“Obviously he’s avoiding the question, and when I saw even the press statement that he brought out, about him having a meeting with the Haitian counsel here in Turks and Caicos, and the measures they’re putting forth in trying to deal with boarder control, I think that not only is it counter productive, I think it’s ultra-vires.”

It has been put to Magnetic Media before; concern that child born in the Turks and Caicos to women with legal status, can then claim citizenship. The problem with this provision is that legal status, to many, means even work permit holders. Taylor said there are even items in the Constitution which concern the PDM.

“Ah, also in the constitution you have where, after, I think it’s after five to ten years, that British overseas territory citizens living in Turks and Caicos, they can get citizenship. That should never be.” The Opposition party is not in agreement with the Governor of the territory having a say in who becomes a citizen.

“And the governor is who appoints the chair, now that should never happen. When it comes to any citizenship in any country, the only person who suppose to be dealing with that are the citizens of that country, not the natives, not the residents, the citizens of that country. Citizenship is not a right, it’s a privilege, and so nobody, it happens no where in the world.”

The new legislation allows a five person panel to be assembled; two from each of the major political parties and one seat for the Governor. Add to this, Dwayne Taylor, who is a former parliamentarian explained that over 200 changes were made to the law during House of Assembly debate on the bills; he called it unprecedented and says the litany of changes are the result of the ordinance lacking true consultation and because the drafts were rushed.

“Imagine that, over two hundred, that is so unprecedented in any, uh, legislative counsel, House of Assembly for a government of the day, to bring a piece of legislation to the house and all of those amendments, that speaks volumes, that tells you that is not a piece of legislation that is not indicative of the people’s wishes in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

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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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