Turks and Caicos, March 20, 2017 – Providenciales – Backlash for the PDM Administration after the reveal of new boards and committee compositions with scores of new people appointed to serve; some critics do not like the selections, some claim cronyism and others feel the Party failed to reward true PDM stalwarts.
Outspoken and a regular radio talk show caller, Jackie Lightbourne made her views known today and those communicating with Magnetic Media say many of her comments resonate with the PDM Party faithful. “The majority of the selection of the persons they have on the board now, they appoint them for two years and three years, persons who made no contributions to this country, persons who should have towed the line, who just come, you done get them on board.”
The list was leaked on Thursday, the official list is out today in the Governor issued post cabinet minutes. Nearly 80 people are listed to take up and take on various roles or filling the ex-officio positions on 11 boards and committees.
Lightbourne criticized where spouses are appointed, where many close relatives are appointed and where other well known and in her view, well deserving PDMs are missing. “You can’t put husband and wife on board, the husband of the minister, the wife of the minister, man them people don’t need to be on the board, let those people stay home and be there for you when you come home stressed out.”
We reached out the PDM for comment on the appointments and Premier Sharlene Robinson said she loves the engagement and interest of the public, but explained that the individuals assigned to serve are indisputably qualified. The country’s leader also said comments are pre-emptive as there are ten more boards to be appointed including those from her Minister of Finance, those from Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services where Hon Josephine Connolly is the minister and Minister Goldray Ewing, who is responsible for Infrastructure, Housing and Planning has still not named his board members.
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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