St. Lucia, June 2, 2016 – Dame Pearlette is to attend the official 90th birthday celebration of Her Majesty the Queen.
Her Excellency, Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy is scheduled to leave the State on the evening of June 7 for the United Kingdom to attend activities planned for the official celebration of the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.
She will join other Governors General from the Queen’s realms for a service of celebration and thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, June 10.
Other events include a special meeting for Governors General convened by the palace to discuss matters pertinent to the realms, a luncheon at Buckingham Palace on June 10, and the Queen’s Birthday Parade–Trooping the Colour–on Saturday, June 11, the date of the Queen’s official birthday, held every year on the second Saturday in June.
Her Excellency returns to the State on Monday, June 13.
Meanwhile, Saint Lucia will, during the month of June, celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Saint Lucia and Her other realms and territories, and Head of the Commonwealth.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has made an unwavering commitment to a lifetime of service which has spanned 65 years.
Saint Lucia will also have its own milestone event to celebrate–the 70th birthday of Her Excellency, Dame Pearlette Louisy, Her Majesty’s Vice Regal Representative in Saint Lucia, and her 19 years of service.
The Office of the Governor General has proposed to celebrate these two milestones at two main events–a service of celebration and a charity event.
The service of celebration will be held at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, June 17 at 10 a.m. Her Excellency extends a special invitation to all who are able, to join her for the occasion. She welcomes in particular the recipients of National Honors–the Imperial Honours (New Year and Birthday Honours) and the Order of Saint Lucia. All are kindly requested to wear their medals and decorations.
The Charity Event, a Vintage Garden Party, will be held at Government House on Sunday, July 19, from 5 – 8 p.m. At the heart of this fund-raiser lie three core themes which have been recommended for adoption across the Commonwealth: Charity, Community and Celebration. These themes are meant to create an opportunity for communities to maximize their fund-raising efforts to demonstrate their spirit of sharing and caring and to publicly celebrate and honor extra-ordinary commitment to service in a fun, party environment.
The proceeds of the Vintage Garden Party as well as the collection during the service of celebration will support the work of local children’s charities.
the Vintage Party is an adaptation of a fund-raiser called the “Patron’s Lunch” which will be held at Pall Mall in London, on June 12. The Patron’s Lunch at which 10,000 persons are expected to attend is sponsored by the British firm – Marks and Spencer.
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.
Understanding Sargassum with help from the TCI’s Department of Environment & Coastal Resources
By Sherrica Thompson
#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – Sargassum, also known as seaweed, is a natural brown macroalga that lives in temperate and tropical oceans of the world. The floating micro eco-system is important to many species, including baby turtles, little crabs, and tiny fish. All these animals use the floating rafts of the sargassum for protection, shelter, and food.
Over the years, sargassum has been increasing its quantity in the Caribbean due to climate change. As water temperatures increase, sargassum blooms, and as this continues, it occurs in large amounts. This can be dangerous for some marine life because when seaweed washes up on the shore, some species become trapped in the sargassum mat.
“In the Turks and Caicos Islands, we have not seen the full severity of sargassum blooms. Our neighbours in Bonaire, for example, experience up to six feet of sargassum, and they have found stranded dolphins, sea turtles, and sometimes even birds,” said Amy Avenant.
“When the sargassum washes up on shore, it starts to decompose, and when it decomposes, it emits methane, and that is the stinky sulfuric eggy smell that you can smell when you walk past it on the beach. It is a bad thing for climate change because of the methane, but it is not harmful to your health.”
Turks and Caicos saw this in extreme amounts in October; so severe, resorts were forced to bag and bury the stinky seaweed which for over a week covered the usually sandy white stretch of Grace Bay beach.
Avenant noted that in the TCI, we have a balance between managing the influx of sargassum and impacting the areas where it lands because its influx is correlated to the cycles of the moon.
She also said sargassum can be used as a fertilizer in farming. If you collect it, the advice is to spread it out and ensure you wash the excess salt off before adding to your gardens or farms.
There are also hidden dangers and habitat threats to the piles of sargassum on shorelines.
Avenant informed, when you see sargassum on the beach, ensure you watch out for wildlife that might be stuck and species which might have made a home of the ocean’s deposit which has washed up, this is heightened on rocky shores.
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