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In Manchester: Premier Wooing the Diaspora, starts with UK-based Turks and Caicos Islanders

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#TurksandCaicos, November 16, 2021 – A program focused on the Turks and Caicos diaspora is in development with the aim to lure islanders back home as investors, professionals and managers in a booming economy, buoyed by remarkable success in tourism.

“We will be putting together a website that would ask anyone in our diaspora – the diaspora is anybody who has any connection to Turks and Caicos either by natural birth or who has been assimilated through other means and who are identified or has a status in TCI – so we are looking to have a diaspora register.  Wherever you live in the world; because we want to make sure we know where you are, who you are what your skills are…”

Turks and Caicos is currently managing $1.09 billion in new investments, said the Premier, the bulk of which are derived from foreign interests.

The Premier explained to his guests at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Manchester on Saturday, November 13, that the lucrative career opportunities being created amidst the burgeoning interest in TCI, are not being filled by enough indigenous islanders.

“It is important that the jobs that tourism is throwing off, are the kinds of jobs that you need to think about,” in his attempt to convince the attendees that there is a place and need for their expertise, the Premier added, “One of the things we are going to have to do in Turks and Caicos is draw a bottom line and a line somewhere in the sand and consolidate the gains that we’ve got… I don’t want to say slow things down, but certainly control it so that people like you can have an opportunity.”

The premier admitted that the growing economy was not trickling down fast enough; that socially, many people are being marginalized.

“What’s happened in the past is that we’re just focused on the quantitative growth; big hotels, more labour, GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growing.  The GNP (Gross National Product) is not even being taken into consideration and the GDP per capita, if you look at it, in some cases is steady or declining and the reason for that being there is a small number of people making a significant amount of money and the rest of the people in the middle are just getting by.”
Looking and speaking very grandfatherly to a room filled with brilliant, mainly younger Turks and Caicos Islanders resident in the UK, Washington Misick said his government has started the work of building a Turks and Caicos to which they would want to return.

“These are all issues that, you, in the future have to take into consideration because you’re going to be running this country, our country along with these guys here,” he said pointing to other PNP elected leaders in attendance.

“My job is to create succession planning and leave a better country for you,” explained 71-year-old Misick, who is on his second stint as country leader.

Charles Washington Misick served as Chief Minister of the Turks and Caicos Islands from 1991-1995 and is currently the fifth premier of the Turks and Caicos.  The leader of the Progressive National Party, took up office on February 20, 2021 after securing the biggest election victory for the British Overseas Territory.

Miquel Swann, undersecretary at the Office of the Premier informed that some 70 islanders attended the meeting, which lasted three hours.

Also speaking at the gathering, which happened ahead of a British Overseas Territories Joint Ministerial Council Meeting were E. Jay Saunders, Deputy Premier and All Island MP; Shaun Malcolm, All Island MP and Kyle Knowles, Member of Parliament for the Wheeland District.

 

 

 

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Woman dies on Tuesday; 32nd Covid Death for Turks & Caicos

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By Dana Malcolm

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#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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