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Hon. Sharlene Cartwright Robinson attends Joint Ministerial Conference (JMC) in London

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4ECBB1F8-CF27-4856-A78F-C5BE9812C265#UnitedKingdom, December 7, 2017 – London, England – Premier Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson along with the other political Leaders of the United Kingdom (UK) Overseas Territories met with Lord Ahmad, Minister for the Overseas Territories in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) under the auspices of the Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) at Lancaster House in London on 28th and 29th November 2017.

The Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) is the highest political forum under the 2012 White Paper, bringing together UK Ministers, elected Leaders and Representatives of the Overseas Territories for the purpose of providing leadership and a shared vision for the Territories. The mandate is to monitor and drive forward collective priorities for action in the spirit of partnership.

The areas of priorities discussed during the Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) plenary sessions by United Kingdom (UK) and Overseas Territories (OT) Governments included:

  • Hurricane Relief and Recovery with Lord Bates, Minister of State of the Department for International Development (DFID).
  • Climate Change with Theresa Coffey, Lord Gardiner of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Minister of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
  • Health with Steve Brine, MP Department of Health and The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (PUSS) at the Department for International Development.
  • International Trade Relationships and Economic Development
  • Child Safeguarding and the development of national response plans
  • Good Governance (including child safeguarding and Human Rights)

    1B7D91BC-7BD3-4E21-8ED2-F4BF3A74AC1CPremier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson also attended the Joint Ministerial Council Overseas Territories European Negotiations (JMC OTEN) on November 29, 2017. The JMC OT-EN was established following the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union as a forum for the implications of Brexit on the OT’s to be discussed and the priorities of the OT’s in the negotiations to be considered. The Premier engaged in discussions in the UK led by Parliamentary Undersecretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union, Robin Walker MP.

    Premier Cartwright-Robinson also held a bilateral meeting with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Minister for the Overseas Territories, Lord Ahmad, to discuss Constitutional matters, Land reform, Illegal migration, Child Safeguarding and the United Kingdom response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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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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