Turks and Caicos, May 29th 2017 – Providenciales – On National Heroes Day, the day that he actually, officially established into law, the now leader of the Opposition PNP, Washington Misick opted to deliver a string of distasteful and rude remarks in his address to remember the country’s only National Hero, Rt Excellent JAGS McCartney.
Misick obviously wanted everyone to know that JAGS was no ‘saint’; that is what his speech specifically said and in it he called the late JAGS a womanizer and a man with his own share of domestic issues.
The inappropriate remarks came during the Opposition’s allotted time to honour the late first Chief Minister and hearing the unnecessary characterizations were his widow and children, grand children and other relatives who were in attendance, not to mention dignitaries, government heads including the Governor and yes, school children who gathered at the National Memorial Park for the annual commemoration.
The moment which was on display to the world via the world wide web, was in stark contrast to what JAGS fought for: Turks and Caicos unity, no matter what.
While those were not the only words in the PNP speech, they were outstanding and marred what would have been an otherwise decent commentary on what the former Chief Minister, Washington Misick, remembered of his political predecessor JAGS.
Misick did not give the speech himself. The shocking thoughts put onto paper were presented at the ceremony on his behalf by George Lightbourne, former Cabinet Minister and current Member for Grand Turk North who arrived late at the service and left immediately after the remarks.
Not only did Washington Misick disrespect Mrs McCartney, for the first time no member of the Opposition was there to lay a wreath; acting Prison Superintendent laid it as George Lightbourne left after he spoke.
Lightbourne was the only Progressive National Party parliamentarian at the service; it is at least the second year that the PNP was largely a no show at the national service.
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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