#TurksandCaicos, May 12, 2021 – The Ministry of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development has scheduled a series of contractor’s summit to help teach the local licensed contractors and people interested in partnering with the Turks and Caicos government how to tap into the tens of millions available for capital projects.
According to Hon. Akierra Missick, TCI licensed contractors can bid and win on various TCIG development projects worth over $20 million in the current government’s budgetary allocations. The money is part of the over $48 million set for the new government’s budget in the fiscal year 2021-2022.
This is the first time the Ministry of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development will host a summit of this kind and it will kick-off in Grand Turk on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at The Yellow Man & Son’s auditorium commencing at 10:00 am.
The ministry will hold a similar summit in Providenciales on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex, starting at 10:00 am.
“This event will outline the steps to bid on contracts, future projects in the pipeline and allow you to be added to the Ministry’s Contractor registry. We are inviting all licensed contractors and persons interested in learning more about the bidding process to attend this event,” Minister Akierra Missick stated concerning the upcoming events.
The minister added that the attendees must register for the workshop by sending an email containing their names and contact details to Contractorsummit@gov.tc by May 13, 2021. And for those who won’t attend, a Zoom link will be sent to them.
The Contractors’ Summit is one of the planned initiatives by the TCIG to empower the locals in the Turks and Caicos Islands and help build a better and resilient economy. During her ministerial statement in the House Of Assembly, Hon. Missick stated that her ministry intends to empower TCI locals through training, recruitments, and building better infrastructure across the Turks and Caicos Islands.
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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