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TCI: Akierra Missick’s Ministry given a New Outfit following key Ministerial Updates

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#TurksandCaicos, May 5, 2021 – The Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing Planning and Development has been renamed to Ministry of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development following key updates in the portfolio to improve service delivery to the Turks and Caicos Islands people.

“So, Mr Speaker, as always known, I’m privileged to be here in the peoples’ house, doing the people’s business, and as we said during our extensive election campaign, this government has come for this work,” Said Hon. Akierra Missick, in her Ministerial statement, read in the House of Assembly during session on Thursday April  29, 2021.

“So, with that work, we just wanna give an update of what is happening in the former ministry of infrastructure, Housing, Development, and planning, to now the new ministry which has been renamed to Ministry of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development…” Akierra Missicks’s statement continued. 

The new developments were announced by the Minister of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development while giving updates on the first virtual retreat held by the Ministry, and a flurry of activities and summits organized by the Ministry to bring TCIG stakeholders under one roof to answer questions on how government’s contracts are constructed, awarded, terminated, and possible penalties for failure to comply. 

Further, Hon. Missick promised her ministry intends to empower the people of Turks And Caicos through training and recruitment and developing a better infrastructure throughout the TCI. Additionally, Hon. Missick called for talents to join TCIG to build a stable and  resilient Turks and Caicos Islands.

Hon. Akierra M.D Missick was appointed to the ministerial post on February 22, 2021, to head the Minister of Infrastructure, Housing Planning, And Development. The elevation came shortly after her re-election in the 2021 general election as MP for Leeward & Long Bay ED5 for the third time in a row. 

Having served in various capacities in Turks and Caicos, Hon. Akierra Missick has a wealth of leadership skills and real-world experience in the service to the Turks and Caicos Islands people. 

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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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