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Shamara Gardiner makes Big move at Beaches



#TurksandCaicos, February 13, 2021 – Before the declaration of a global pandemic and the closure of Beaches Turks and Caicos last March, Shamara Gardiner worked in the kitchen as an administrative assistant, doing her job to the best of her ability and dreaming of one day crossing over to the Public Relations Department.

Lunch time for her was never a time to eat but a time to go around with members of the Public Relations team, learning the art of capturing the perfect image. Of course, she had to do this. After all, if she wanted a shot at the role that was being advertised she would need to know a thing or ten about pictures. So from learning from others on her own time to doing a bulk of research on her own, she mustered up the courage, took the leap of faith and applied for the position of social media and intranet coordinator.

Fast forward to today; as fate would have it, Gardiner proudly sits in the Public Relations Office. She got the job. She was sharing her story with a group of other team members after attending a promotion ceremony that was held at the resort recently.

Having opened its doors to guests in late December, the resort wasted no time in ensuring that the hard work of their team members was highlighted.

Gardiner was among a number of other team members who formally received their promotion letter and congratulatory message, from General Manager James McAnally and Resort Director of Human Resources, Monique McClean- Vaughn.

“Employee recognition and team member development is the cornerstone of any solid organisation and it is no less pervasive at Beaches Turks and Caicos. These promotions came as a result of dedication and hard work. This is major,” McClean Vaughn explained. 

And major it is. Two individuals were promoted to Village Managers, a key role on the resort; a few were promoted to supervisors and shift leaders. Among these there was also a sales administrator, reservationist, cost control clerk, accounts payable clerk and two boat spotters.

Now, Gardiner in talking about her new role declared that this is not just a step up but a step in the right direction.

“This is a great accomplishment. I am so thankful to Beaches for providing each of us with the opportunity to excel. I’ve always been a hard worker and I am happy that I was seen as suitable for this new, prestigious role that is basically me using new media to market the resort. I truly feel that the Lord is giving me everything that I’ve prayed for,” she said.

She commended the company for always looking on the inside first when filling positions and explained that the policy on promoting from within heightened her chances of being selected.

General Manager, James McAnally echoed similar sentiments and congratulated Gardiner and her colleagues.

“We always think about the team here first. Once we see that there are competent individuals on staff who can matriculate into a certain role, we will give them the benefit of being considered first,” he shared.

He added that the persons who were promoted shone brightly and delivered excellently.

And for Gardiner, her new role has given her a new mind-set, a new drive and a new hobby, encouraging others. “There are too many opportunities here for you to be in the same place forever. You have to move into greater,” she concluded.


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



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



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

Cayman gets its second ‘Sir’; former Premier Alden McLaughlin knighted on Jan 1



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#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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