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Flow and Sailrock partner to spread Christmas joy to the Senior Citizens in the community of South Caicos

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#TurksandCaicos, December 19, 2017 – South Caicos – Bringing an end to the annual sister-island Christmas Tour, Flow and Sailrock Resort joined forces in an effort to spread Christmas joy to the Senior Citizens in the community of South Caicos.

“Each year we make it our mandate to visit the islands to serve and spread joy to the seniors around the Turks and Caicos demonstrating our company’s mission to Connect Communities and Transform Lives.   This year after the devastation caused by the recent hurricanes, we thought it even more necessary to continue in our mission,” remarked Flow Country Manager, Delleriece Hall.

This year’s event, hosted at the Sunset and Beach Hotel Lounge and sponsored by Sailrock, overlooked the picturesque landscape surrounding the communities of South Caicos, accommodating nearly 50 senior citizens.

The seniors were dressed in the most gorgeous attire, in good spirits, sharing their wonderful testimonies of grace and resilience, and expressing thanks to Flow and Sailrock.

The team from Flow and Sailrock led in Christmas carols, served a well-deserved Christmas dinner, and delivered many wonderful local handmade organic scented gifts to the seniors present and those that are shut in throughout the community, prepared by TC Island Organics.   A special visit was also made to the Wellness Centre to deliver gifts and goodies to the seniors in their care.

“At Sailrock one of our core values is Community Development.   It was a joy to see seniors having a good time, dancing.   Especially, after having weathered two major hurricanes during 2017.   Sailrock is committed to the community development of South Caicos and looks forward to partnering with Flow in future activities,” remarked Keno Forbes, Consultant, Sailrock.

Over $1000 worth of top up credit was presented courtesy of Flow Country Manager to the best dressed nominees who paraded through the room modelling their Christmas-best, the eldest male and female in the room, the senior with the most children, and the students of the Marjorie Basden High School band who performed exceptionally well.

Former member of parliament, Hon Norman Saunders, reminded those in attendance during his remarks that, “We give all our affection to things that we have bought and we cherish – material things.   The hurricanes reminded us that these things come and go, but the thing that really last is life and our love for one another, and Christ in our lives.”

Also in attendance were past and present members and Presidents of the Soroptimist Club of South Caicos, and District Commissioner for South Caicos and her husband, Mr. and Mrs Rodney & Yvette Cox, expressing many thanks to Flow & Sailrock for their heart felt contribution to the community in a time and during the season when it is most needed.

On behalf of Flow Turks and Caicos Islands, and Sailrock, we would like to take this opportunity to wish the residents and senior citizens of the community of South Caicos, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Press Release: Flow

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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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