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Freak weather affecting TCI coastlines, Bahamas urges ‘stay out of the water’

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#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – March 4, 2018 – Severe weather reported by The Bahamas Department of Meteorology has hit Turks and Caicos and is creating some dangerous surf conditions across the country.  So far #GrandTurk and Providenciales are reporting the freakish ocean weather, where the surf is raging and the sea is breaching the normal shoreline and coastal protections.

Flooded beach front villas, seawater-logged streets and violent wave action is being filmed and reported from the two biggest tourism spots in the country; Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales and Governor’s Beach in Grand Turk.

The Bahamas had issued a warning since Thursday that residents of eastern islands should remain out of the water and informed boaters to stay out of the water due to the weather pattern which was due to arrive over the weekend and last into early this week.

 

 

Here is the full special weather report:

“An area of low pressure is expected to deepen off the East-coast of the United States on Friday and move northeastwards. Large and dangerous swells associated with this low pressure system is expected to impact the north and east coast of the more easterly islands in the Bahama Island Chain by Saturday afternoon.

Therefore, mariners traversing the waters of The Bahamas from Saturday, 3rd March through Tuesday, 6th March, 2018 are urged to exercise extreme caution due to large northeasterly swells. Beachgoers are also asked to stay out of the water due to battering waves and dangerous rip currents, especially during high tides.

Motorist on the island of Eleuthera should cease using the Glass Window Bridge once these swells arrive. These large swells are expected to reach their peak amplitudes between Sunday, 4th March and Monday, 5th March, 2018.”

The Turks and Caicos is southeast of The Bahamas and will naturally be impacted by the weather which is forecast by Mr. Basil Dean, Deputy Director of the Met Office, to continue to Tuesday.

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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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