Providenciales, TCI, November 1, 2016 – The Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning, in collaboration the Mechanical Services Division, within the Department of Public Works, is pleased to announce the arrival of eight brand new vehicles for placement within the government fleet.
These vehicles, which will be used mainly for compliance and enforcement purposes, will be distributed as follows:
- DEMA 2 Trucks
- Planning 2 Trucks
- Customs 1 SUV
- Customs 1 Car
- Health 1 SUVs
- Health 1 Car
The Chief Mechanical Superintendent on announcing the arrival of these vehicles stated: “The TCIG vehicle fleet has been without reliably functioning vehicles for quite some time now. Subsequent to the flooding from hurricane Ike in 2008, which had tremendously affected the integrity of these vehicles, along with undue care by some drivers, who drove some vehicles through flooded salt water after the storm and in some cases, neglect on the part of careless drivers, we have seen the rapid deterioration of our already diminishing fleet.”
“Most of the vehicles remaining in the fleet are well over 10 years old, and this dramatically affects repair costs and interruption of service by the various ministries and departments, particularly in the areas of enforcement and compliance.”
“With the addition of these eight new vehicles to the TCIG fleet, the receiving departments will now be able to perform their functions with minor disruptions relating to transportation. They can now confidently operate with new and reliable vehicles specifically suited for their departmental needs and purposes.”
We would like to encourage all Heads of Departments to control and limit the use of these vehicles to ‘official use only’ as they should only be used in that capacity. We are motivated and encouraged by the new addition to our fleet and we are looking forward to more in the near future.
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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