#TurksandCaicos, May 12, 2021 – It is not imagined, the UN has confirmed that there are more catastrophic events happening around the world… and while countries may not be able to prevent them… countries can do a better job in anticipating the effects and bracing for the impacts.
TCI Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies has latched onto that mandate and in announcing plans for hurricane preparedness month, this May, the DDME made it clear that public education, public awareness, training, boosting volunteer numbers, adding shelters and enhancing technology, effectiveness and equipment are key to local readiness as we enter what will be – according to predictions – an above average hurricane season.
New Deputy Director of the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies, Terance Walters unveiled the 2021 theme: Investing in Mitigation and Preparedness today, for a better tomorrow and called upon partners and stakeholders to activate mitigation plans.
Mitigation he shared is how Turks and Caicos reduces the scope of devastation of any storm event… and everyone has to get involved.
Desmond Lightbourne, Community Preparedness Manager said while there have already been shelter inspections. The DDME is looking to add more shelters and entities which believe they can support the programme should contact they office.
Mr. Lightbourne is also eager to boost volunteer count.
The month of May is traditionally earmarked for Hurricane Preparedness activities, this year, two contests are launched including a Public Service Announcement competition and a Poetry Slam competition.
Hurricane Preparedness Month opened on Saturday May 8, 2021 with church service attendance at the Seventh Day Adventist in Blue Hills.
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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