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FortisTCI Awards GIS Specialist Todiriko Saunders a Full University Scholarship

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (Wednesday, March 17, 2021) – FortisTCI is pleased to announce its latest scholarship recipient as one of the company’s own, Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist Todiriko Saunders. The company has awarded Todiriko full coverage of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geographic Information System Technology, studies he will complete online with the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

Todiriko started his career at FortisTCI in 2011 as T&D Planner before working his way into his current role as the company’s only GIS Specialist. The completion of the degree program will enhance his real-world knowledge and skills, and improve his ability to manage and maintain the company’s GIS – a study founded in the science of geography that uses a framework to integrate and analyze various types of data, including spatial location and geographical layering to manage assets and create visual maps.

Having already commenced his studies, upon successful completion of the program, Todiriko will be better equipped to expand the FortisTCI GIS program and optimize new technologies to improve T&D asset management, mapping, line design, engineering, outage management, and customer response.

FortisTCI President and CEO Ruth Forbes said, “GIS is critical to our daily operations, and these technical skills are limited locally. We also know that the three Ds – decarbonization, decentralization and digitization – are transforming the energy sector at a rapid pace, and the use of GIS has become increasingly important to the management of our field assets. This is why as technology advances, we must stay ahead of the curve to leverage capabilities in the most efficient ways possible. As we look to the future of energy, GIS will play a major role in grid modernization and strategies to achieve operational efficiency. I am proud to see Todiriko’s commitment to his professional development and the growth of our sector. On behalf of the FortisTCI family, I wish him continued success during his studies and throughout his career.”

Over the last 10 years, FortisTCI has invested more than $3 million in training and development and awarded over $300,000.00 in scholarship funding. The company’s scholarship program is primarily geared toward science and engineering studies. All scholarship recipients must also fulfill a post-study bond requirement.

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Header: FortisTCI GIS Specialist and scholarship recipient Todiriko Saunders records and maps assets in the field, an integral part of the company’s comprehensive asset management program.

Insert: FortisTCI’s newest scholarship recipient Todiriko Saunders stands with FortisTCI President & CEO Ruth Forbes.

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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

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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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