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Sports In TCI On A Dramatic Comeback, But With Restrictions

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#TurksandCaicos, March 19, 2021 – After a long-hold on sporting activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic, sporting activities finally breathe back into life, but with a phased approach. This was after the earlier efforts were thwarted with a raft of restrictions aimed at suppressing the virus’s spread.

“We were making our way to resume. We did resume. I guess sometime in last September,” said Jarret Forbes, TCI Sports Director, in an interview who adds the Fall season incline of the coronavirus force again a decline in sporting activity. 

“We believe that with the guidelines established by the Ministry of Health, oversight by the National Federations and the Sports Commission. We were able to implement a plan where we can resume the sports in a safe manner.”

According to Mr. Forbes, the recent Cabinet approval to resume sports training for the CARIFTA ad FIFA teams while implementing the guides prescribed by the Ministry of Health aims to keep the participants safe. He added the decision was necessary to stay on the regional calendar of sports activities since the athletes are right now preparing for a wide range of competitions.

“Just, for example, our football programme is preparing for FIFA World Cup. But they have competitions for qualifiers starting as early as this month.:

The TCI National Football team, on Monday left for the Dominican Republic for intense practice ahead of FIFA matches with Nicaragua and Belize; both in March.

The Sports Director explained the resumptions of sports amid the Covid-19 pandemic is key to ensuring that anyone who represents the TCI in any sporting competition stands a good chance of performing well.

“We are eager to resume sports in TCI,” he added.

Mr. Forbes revealed this re-boot resums regional and international competition practice; with other sporting activities progressing in phases, from the first phase which encompasses contactless training to the final phase where the fans can attend events while adhering to the strict guidelines.

“The decision for Phase One is to resume training in our national programs, which includes only non-contact training. Phase Two, once we’re able to follow the guides and transition properly, will be assessed by the Ministry of Health and recommendations made whether we can move to phase two,” he added.

If phase two, which involves contact training goes according to plan, phase three will be rolled out. Phase three will allow national competitions, but without fans.

Phase four will allow national competitions, wihich includes international teams travelling to the TCI to compete.

Finally, phase five will allow fans to attend the events while keeping social distancing and high-level sanitary measures.

This is good news for TCI sports teams and participants as the possibility of ending nearly a year of dormancy, mimics the season and springs to life an essential pass time and profession for islanders.

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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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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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