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PDM Chariman says PNP fails to score on Hotel Service Charge issue

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Turks and Caicos, March 28, 2017 – Providenciales – The recent attempt by Royal Robinson to play politics and score a political point on the service charge issue for hotel workers will fail.  The PDM Government is committed to getting the service charge in the pockets of workers across this country.  This is precisely why the Ministry of Finance has been conducting surveys of hotel workers to ensure that the Government gets the law right. Members of the hotel industry and general public can access the survey online at www.gov.tc. This is far more than the PNP ever did.

In a recent TCI hotel and tourism association meeting the Minister of Tourism put the tourism industry’s main industry trade group on notice that it was the PDM Government’s intention to pass a service charge bill to provide 100 percent of the revenue into the pockets of workers.

The PDM government’s aggressive approach and movements to get the bill right before bringing it to Parliament caused the PNP chairman to quickly dust off an old bill that was on the agenda of the last house of assembly meeting before the General Elections.  This is not his bill.

Chairman of The People’s Democratic Movement said, “Our party is committed to the workers of this country and will fulfill our campaign promise of delivering 100 percent of the service charge to them, but we must get it right and that is why we are calling on all in the tourism industry to participate in the survey being conducted”.

He went on to say that he was not shocked by the name calling of the Opposition PNP party and suggested that they have resorted to gutter politics, “The name calling by PNP higher ups is regrettable and unbecoming of Parliamentarians but this now seems to be par for the course.”

“Royal and his gang of empty canisters should focus on supporting the initiatives of the Government to get the survey complete so that TCIG can properly enact a law that captures the fair share of service charge and put it in the pockets of workers and stop fronting and stunting”.  He further said “What is even more sad is that the propaganda put out by PNP operatives are nothing but pure lies and untruths by a desperate group trying to find its way after a scorching defeat at the polls.  The Hon, Premier was correct when she took to social media and quickly labeled that trash with one word, ‘LIES’.”

The PDM Government has been focused on outing a number of fires that were left burning by the former Government including addressing the needs of the poor and needy who had not been delivered sustenance payments for 2 months while surpluses were accumulating, and issuing directives to ensure that our prison population were well guarded and secure.

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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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