A group of deserving students attending the Enid Capron Primary School were the recipients of 10 HP Chrome-books on Wednesday, March 25. This initiative, powered by Digicel, will aid the students in their at-home and advanced studies for the remainder of the school term and beyond.
Principal of ECPS, Sophia Garland, was key in selecting those receivers who found it difficult to get access to dependable and quality devices for online learning during the pandemic.
“We are beyond grateful for Digicel and this generous donation. For the past year we have seen the struggles of our students and their families as a result of the abrupt transition to at-home learning.” She added, “While I do believe teachers, parents and students did their very best in coping through the challenges, these devices will play a major role in alleviating those difficulties and we can’t say thank you enough.”
Head of ICT Business Solutions Digicel TCI, Lydia Tucker, lead the handover presenting the students with the HP Chrome-books, MIFI devices complete with student data plans, soft covers for their brand new devices and a word of encouragement.
“We know this pandemic was especially hard on students. Digicel is proud of all of you for staying the course and remaining focused through the challenges.” Tucker added, “We are always willing and happy to give back in ways that will benefit the learning and development of our youths and we will continue to build on this relationship with the school to ensure that we can continue to do just that.”
Regional CEO of Digicel Sinead O’Marcaigh was also present and engaged with the students on their favorite subjects and plans for the remainder of the school year. “These students are a special group of students whom are passionate in incredible areas of studies ranging from linguistics to health science.” She continued, “These devices along with the MIFI student data plans will give them better access to the information they need to further their education and also tap into their individual interests and we are most excited about that.”
Principal Garland says the students will be able to use the devices both at home and at school as schools across the TCI prepare to partially transition back to classroom learning.
Woman dies on Tuesday; 32nd Covid Death for Turks & Caicos
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos has recorded its 32nd death related to COVID-19.
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.
Cruising should slow down says PAHO
By Dana Malcolm
‘Slow down on Cruising’, that’s the word from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO in their latest recent press conference.
“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.
Cayman gets its second ‘Sir’; former Premier Alden McLaughlin knighted on Jan 1
By Dana Malcolm
#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.
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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