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FortisTCI appoints Director of Corporate Communications

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#TurksandCaicos, December 22, 2021 – FortisTCI is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Nikira John-Durham as Director of Corporate Communications, Brand Development and Marketing.

Mrs. John-Durham is a native of the Turks and Caicos Islands with over ten years of experience in the communications industry. Her career started in broadcast journalism where she worked as a lead news anchor for several years. She pivoted to the local health care sector in 2016 as Public Relations and Marketing Manager for InterHealth Canada TCI Ltd and was later promoted to the company’s senior management team with an expanded portfolio.

She has designed and implemented several corporate communication plans with comprehensive strategies that have yielded positive stakeholder relations, strong brand positioning and community outreach. She also served as a crucial resource on several projects in health care management, including but not limited to service design, medical referrals management and international accreditation assessments. She is highly-passionate, proficient in various multimedia specialties and has strong strategic planning, critical thinking and leadership skills.

Mrs. John-Durham holds a Master of Science in Business with Marketing (Distinction) from the University of Essex and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Media, and Journalism (First Class Honours) from the University of Buckingham, England. In her new role, she is responsible for outreach activities across all service territories. She is expected to build and deliver a communications plan that leads to long-term building encompassing public relations, social media, stakeholder relations, community engagement and content strategy. Mrs. John-Durham will also provide senior-level support and in some instances, lead the development and implementation of strategic matters including annual budgeting, staffing, training, plans related to multi-stakeholder corporate communications and crisis communications.

Newly appointed Director of Corporate Communications, Brand Development and Marketing, Mrs. Nikira John-Durham stated: “FortisTCI has a vibrant corporate communications culture. I am honored to be working for a company that is forward-thinking, committed to innovation and excellence. I look forward to working in this capacity and deploying strategies that will support the company’s strategic goals, strengthen engagement across all stakeholders and generally increase our footprint in the community.”

Commenting on the appointment, FortisTCI President and CEO Ruth Forbes stated: “This appointment demonstrates our commitment to community outreach, internal and external stakeholder engagement. The energy sector locally, regionally and globally is undergoing a major shift towards more sustainable energy sources. The engagement of various stakeholders and raising awareness of our renewable energy programs among customers are important to this transition. I am confident that Nikira will help to expand our communications framework alongside our current superb team members as we pursue a lower-carbon energy future to benefit the environment and our community.”

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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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