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TCI: PDM Gov’t did not deliver for Leeward & Long Bay says MP Missick

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December 10, 2020 – The People’s Democratic Movement is accused by Member of Parliament for Leeward and Long Bay of neglecting Electoral District 5. 

Akierra Missick, during a PNP Drive-Thru Rally on Friday November 27 bemoaned the PDM Administration for failing to deliver on a beautification project, limping along in the road improvement development and discontinuing the potable water plan started by the Progressive National Party (PNP )prior to departing office, she said.

“Nothing hurt my heart more than during the idle of our pandemic so many of you called me because you were struggling to access water, potable water to your homes because we were home a lot more than we would normally be and the tanks were running out a lot faster than normal.  And to find out that our water project which started in mid-2016 just wasn’t completed by this administration.  And so I want to say to you Leeward and Long Bay, you know, on day one – because I’ve already did my research, I already have the plans, I already have everything phased out like I did the last time – we will recommence the installation of quality access to city water here in the Leeward ad Long Bay constituency.”

The Member was also disappointed about the green park, which went from incomplete to ignored.

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“In the last four years, I will ask you do you think it was fair that the people in Leeward Palms and those in Leeward who may use the Leeward Green Park, should wait until 2020 for this government to restart the project and seek to complete the park?  Four years, four years without a safe place for your family, for the young people in the constituency for all of us to exercise, to walk in in a safe environment,” said Misick to tooting horns at the Long Bay Storage Parking lot.

The former Minister of Education and Youth said she would ensure side-walk infrastructure at the Long Bay High School zone and promised to improve safety by increasing the CCTV installations.

Misick, an attorney asked for a third time as representative for the district, offering her idea for economic empowerment of Turks and Caicos Islanders.

“To ensure the scale is tipped in your balance as a Turks and Caicos Islander to benefit from this level of tourism development in these islands. Whether that is from reduced rates in business licenses, reduced rates on the taxation that applies to the numbers we will ensure that you are not only able to benefit from this portion of the industry but it is time for us to become leaders in this industry and I am hoping you will work with me to ensure this happens.”

The Member for ED 5 slammed the PDM’s Covid-19 stimulus payout as lacking understanding about how an economy grows and lacking understanding of what citizens are facing amidst the pandemic which has driven economies – including Turks and Caicos – into a deep recession.

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“You have a party or a government in place with less restrictions, full access to money and as my brother Jamell says $154 million dollars in the bank and yet they only giving you, if you get your documents in time for the December 5 deadline, six whole hundred dollars.  Six whole hundred dollars…” Misick added: “You are worth six hundred dollars, I didn’t say it, they did!  Their actions; their policies, their decisions.”

Her message obviously resonated with attendees of the rally; in island vernacular the incumbent for the district said: “On the form you gatta say, if it’s for rent, if it’s for grocery, if it’s for mortgage, if it’s for this and that.  That ain’t none of ya business give me the money or you’re not.  It’s really that simple.  You say I qualified for it, give it to me.”

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

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By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer

 

#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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Bahamas News

Cruising should slow down says PAHO

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By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer

 

‘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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Caribbean News

Understanding Sargassum with help from the TCI’s Department of Environment & Coastal Resources  

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – Sargassum, also known as seaweed, is a natural brown macroalga that lives in temperate and tropical oceans of the world. The floating micro eco-system is important to many species, including baby turtles, little crabs, and tiny fish. All these animals use the floating rafts of the sargassum for protection, shelter, and food.

Over the years, sargassum has been increasing its quantity in the Caribbean due to climate change. As water temperatures increase, sargassum blooms, and as this continues, it occurs in large amounts. This can be dangerous for some marine life because when seaweed washes up on the shore, some species become trapped in the sargassum mat.

Environmental Outreach Coordinator at the Department of Environmental and Coastal Resources for TCI, Amy Avenant, says the Turks and Caicos Islands has not seen the worst of the overgrowth.

“In the Turks and Caicos Islands, we have not seen the full severity of sargassum blooms. Our neighbours in Bonaire, for example, experience up to six feet of sargassum, and they have found stranded dolphins, sea turtles, and sometimes even birds,” said Amy Avenant.

“When the sargassum washes up on shore, it starts to decompose, and when it decomposes, it emits methane, and that is the stinky sulfuric eggy smell that you can smell when you walk past it on the beach. It is a bad thing for climate change because of the methane, but it is not harmful to your health.”

Turks and Caicos saw this in extreme amounts in October; so severe, resorts were forced to bag and bury the stinky seaweed which for over a week covered the usually sandy white stretch of Grace Bay beach.

Avenant noted that in the TCI, we have a balance between managing the influx of sargassum and impacting the areas where it lands because its influx is correlated to the cycles of the moon.

She also said sargassum can be used as a fertilizer in farming. If you collect it, the advice is to spread it out and ensure you wash the excess salt off before adding to your gardens or farms.

There are also hidden dangers and habitat threats to the piles of sargassum on shorelines.

Avenant informed, when you see sargassum on the beach, ensure you watch out for wildlife that might be stuck and species which might have made a home of the ocean’s deposit which has washed up, this is heightened on rocky shores.

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