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Bitter Sweet week for TCI Ministry of Education & Youth

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#GRANDTURK, Turks and Caicos Islands – November 24, 2017 – The Ministry of Education and Youth has had a bitter sweet week in the Turks and Caicos Islands; starting with a riot type fight at Clement Howell High but mushrooming more positively to a donation acceptance from the Amanyara Resort for CHHS students to the resumption of its Youth Listening Tours and capping off this holiday week with a report that all schools in the country – public and private – are back to normal following the double hit of Irma and Maria, hurricanes in September.

Minister #KarenMalcolm in a media release explained that UNICEF was truly instrumental in a return to normal life at schools across the country, schools which had only been open a mere few days before the debilitating blow dealt by Hurricane Irma.

“The Return to Happiness programme has also promoted the concept of safer schools through the implementation of initiatives and procedures which seek to prepare students to effectively address incidents which threaten their livelihood.”

In an attempt to assuage fears that the home of the Eagles is out of control with regular fights being reported at Clement Howell High, the Ministry of Education shared in the same release that, “although some schools continue to experience episodes of conflict, restlessness and indiscipline among its student body, most schools throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands have returned to a state of normalcy.”

On Tuesday, the day after the melee at CHHS, the #Amanyara Resort was on hand for a major donation to help the future builders of the TCI with much needed supplies for their lessons.  A wish list of the Industrial Arts Department of the school was 95% fulfilled by the Amanyara resort.

TCIG Education also reported that so far HJ Robinson High in Grand Turk has had its Youth Listening Tour experience.  Part two of the rounds of meetings with the TCI’s teenagers kick-started on Monday at the high school.

malcolm students 2Minister of Youth, Karen Malcolm explained, “The primary goal is to listen and to seek feedback on the most important issues that young Turks and Caicos Islanders face.  The acting National Youth Director will be gathering data on how young people perceive issues affecting them and using that to inform eventual policy recommendations.”

More meetings are coming, in fact the tour will move to Clement Howell and Long Bay high schools on November 29th; December 1st will be British West Indies Collegiate, Maranatha Academy and Wesley Methodist.  December 4 is for Marjorie Basden High in South Caicos, December 5 for Raymond Gardiner High in North Caicos and December 6 is the Youth Listening tour date for TCIPS, Holy Family Academy and Champions for Christ.

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Woman dies on Tuesday; 32nd Covid Death for Turks & Caicos

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By Dana Malcolm

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#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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