#TurksandCaicos, September 25, 2017 – Providenciales – The former finance minister for the TCI estimates that it will take at least $250m to rebuild all that the hurricanes have torn down, and said the government must fund roof reconstruction for the most vulnerable. In an audio statement distributed via social media on Sunday, Washington Misick chided the Government for not having produced a cost estimate of #HurricaneIrma and for not laying out a strategy for recovery.
“Now that the initial response period is over I can no longer see any practical advantage in continuing to state of emergency for Grand Turk, Salt Cay and South Caicos, and suggest that these parts of the country be declared disaster areas, and that the government immediately establish a disaster recovery board.”
Misick said the current system, which encroaches upon the power and execution of the Ministry of Finance hinders bounce back plans. The Leader of the Opposition, PNP laid out other must dos for the country and it includes some sort of financial package for employees who were thrust into a state of zero income due to the hurricane and a will to rebuild the TCI better.
“..and that those who face temporary and long term unemployment are supported, possibly by large employers using business disruption insurance proceeds to support their employees, along with a humane program to remove illegal substandard and dangerous housing, and replacing them with adequate housing in safer communities. Initially however, government must provide a fully funded roof repair program for the most vulnerable.”
Hon Misick, who is also a former Chief Minister said the country is in a far better position than it was in 2008 when Hurricane Ike struck, and he explained that the duty free concession on building supplies currently in place, should be extended to six months.
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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