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Premier cites Financial Policy as biggest feat so far, says major spending on Nat’l security

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Providenciales, TCI, February 20, 2017 – Now over the halfway mark of the ‘first 100 days’, the PDM Administration is counting its work on the budget their biggest achievement so far since taking office.

In a one on one with Magnetic Media on Saturday during the Middle Caicos Valentine’s Day Cup, Premier and Finance Minister, Sharlene Robinson revealed that work had stopped on the country’s budget due to General Elections but that on Friday, the Fiscal Strategic Policy Statement (FSPS) was sent to London and that the new budget year will have a late start.

“We had a very little time to actually put our fullprint on it, but we made sure that with our capital projects, people will feel a PDM government.  And also in the recurring expenditure that’s what I had said earlier that we will be looking at National Security.  So we had a very short time to prepare the budget, because we have to be time sensitive it’s going be late, we intend to bring it to the house May, we have to bring it before July.”

A cry of the public had been that they were not feeling the spending.  Magnetic Media asked the Premier if the budget will live up to the change her party touted; she says it will:  “So you can look forward to feeling it, you can feel us in this first budget.  What you’re going to see is a lot of projects still continuing, and we want to continue those projects that we thought are in the best interest of the people.”

Bigger ticket items in the allocation of funds will support national security said the Premier.  “Our priorities will certainly be in National Security, anything to do with National Security we’re going to be responding as much as we can in this budget.  What they’re also going to see from us is a controlling of expenditure in terms of putting it in the right place.  And that’s what we have to do, we have to use our resources smartly.”

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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

Staff Writer

 

‘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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