Connect with us

Caribbean News

New Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is Rishi Sunak

Published

on

By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer

#UnitedKingdom, October 28, 2022 – Less than 50 days after losing the public vote to Liz Truss for the post, Rishi Sunak was officially named the new UK Prime Minister with overwhelming MP support.  Sunak is the first person of color in Parliament’s 221 year history to hold the role and bags the top spot after only seven years in politics.

Sunak was invited by King Charles lll to start a Government on Tuesday (October 25) afternoon.

He began his career in politics in 2015 and at 42 is the youngest British PM in 210 years following Robert Jenkinson in 1812, who was also 42 at the time. Sunak, a British-Indian of Hindu faith, born to Punjabi immigrants studied at Winchester College, Oxford University and Stanford University sometimes on scholarship. He co-founded an investment company which made him a millionaire.

“I have been fortunate to enjoy a successful business career. I co-founded a large investment firm, working with companies from Silicon Valley to Bangalore.” his bio says.  He also met his wife Akshata Murthy, heiress to Infosys Ltd. while at Stanford, the two have a combined net worth of £730 million.

There was little time for campaigning during the snap election to replace Truss, a fact which has several MPs angry.

Deputy leader of the Labour Party Angela Reynor said, “The Tories have crowned Rishi Sunak without him saying a word about what he would do as PM. He has no mandate, no answers and no ideas. Nobody voted for this.”

Labour MP and Chair of Committee on Standards Chris Bryant, “If Rishi Sunak becomes PM without a single interview or a smidgen of scrutiny, let alone a public vote, the British electoral system will look no more democratic than a banana republic.  He will have no mandate.”

The comments came as the Labour Party is furiously pushing for a general election after coming off of one of their biggest losses ever in 2019.

Despite this during the previous contest for the top spot in August (which Truss won) Sunak had outlined a plan maintaining it was his intent not to cut taxes until inflation was under control.

Now that he’s in the top spot, Prime Minister Sunak will inherit a party still somewhat divided along with an electorate facing record inflation and an energy crisis coupled now with market turbulence caused by recent economic policies implemented by Liz Truss.

How long he will hold the position, say pundits, depends on whether he will cave to demands for a general election and whether he can lead the conservatives to victory in said election.

The former Finance Minister won the leadership contest by default after both his competitors Boris Johnson and Penny Morduant pulled out of the race.  Johnson, who left the post in disgrace in July and is still under investigation for whether he lied to his MPs, claimed standing down was the ‘right thing to do.’

Sunak next named his Cabinet; a team hand-picked to help him get the UK back on track as the Liberal party clamors for an election.

Caribbean News

TCI records first case of Cholera; Minister says Response Plan Ready

Published

on

By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer 

 

#TurksandCaicos, June 5, 2023 – The Turks and Caicos has recorded its first case of cholera.  The update came from the Ministry of Health and Human Services on Monday June 5th.

The positive result came from a stool sample sent from the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre.

The case appears to be an imported one as the individual had recently travelled to Haiti which is struggling to deal with a major outbreak of the disease.

Beset with vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration, the person was tested for the viral illness.

Cholera is spread through contact with the feces of an infected person.  This can occur when sewage isn’t treated properly and comes in contact with drinking water, or where sources of water are not properly treated.  Drinking or eating food prepared with contaminated water can cause the disease to spread.

The US National Library of Medicine says If left untreated, cholera has a 25-50% mortality rate.  Treatment reduces this dramatically to less than 1%.

Minister of Immigration Arlington Musgrove had told Magnetic Media that the Department of Immigration had implemented a new system to check for cholera infections which had also been in use for any irregular migrants from Haiti.

The National Security Council, NSC had also instructed the Ministry of Health to secure a cache of cholera vaccines for the country’s protection should they become necessary.

Shaun Malcolm, Minister of Health and Human Services today said, “The TCI’s National Cholera Preparedness and Response Plan was updated with stakeholder involvement in 2022 and a number of training sessions were undertaken for frontline workers on Infection Prevention.”

There was no mention, however, of whether the Turks and Caicos Islands was able to secure the vaccines recommended for stockpiling by the NSC.

What was asked of residents is that they “seek medical treatment immediately if they suspect they or their family members are infected.”

The patient is now in stable condition and responding to treatment, informed the Health notice.

The government has sent the sample off to the Caribbean Public Health Agency, CARPHA to determine which strain of the virus is present.

Continue Reading

Caribbean News

Wal Registre’s Impressive Rise at BTC

Published

on

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands: When Wal Registre started his career at Beaches Turks and Caicos (BTC) on October 25, 1997 as a bartender, little did he know that 25 years after, he would have risen to the post of payroll administrator within the same organisation.

The Raymond Gardiner High School graduate was always good at accounting and mathematics and had the dream of excelling in the hospitality industry in an area that would best fit his passion and academic strength.

Having been promoted to bar supervisor in 1999, Wal’s vision for growth was still active as he recognised that being a team member at Beaches Turks and Caicos would allow him to excel beyond his comfort zone. Following the completion of a number of courses with the Sandals Corporate University (SCU), he transitioned to the Cost Control unit in the Accounting Department as the cost control clerk.

Wal pointed out that his ability to grow within the company was largely due to his commitment to excellence. The SCU courses that were offered gave him the added training needed to build on what he was able to learn on the job and from his mentors.

“At BTC, training is very important to each employee. There are many opportunities for professional development and with the guidance from the Learning and Development team, and the leaders within the company, team members can truly grow,” Registre added.

One of Wal’s colleagues, Janet King, noted, “Wal’s commitment serves as an example to every team member here. His ability to grow from an entry level position to where he is now shows that everyone can succeed once they put their minds to it.”

While expressing his commitment to his profession, Wal’s dedication and discipline are traits that he values and chooses to pass on to those he leads. In sharing his advice to younger professionals seeking to enter the industry, he noted, “this organisation believes in quality work life balance that will allow each team member valuable time with family. This period helps me to maintain a bond with my family and explore the world. Training within this company is available for everyone and the ability to grow professionally is dependent on each person having the right attitude to grow.”

 

Release: BTC

Photo Captions

Header:Wal Registre, Payroll Administrator at Beaches Turks and Caicos makes final checks as he goes through documents at his desk at the resort

Insert: Anna Francis, Accountant in the Finance department at Beaches Turks and Caicos and Wal Registre, Payroll Administrator at the resort pause from discussing work related items to smile for the camera

Continue Reading

Caribbean News

Special Needs Unit Students at Thelma Lightbourne Primary School recognised by BTC

Published

on

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands –  Parents and students from the Special Education Unit at the Thelma Lightbourne Primary School were recently recognized by the Beaches Turks and Caicos team during a special session at the institution as part of autism awareness activities.

Children’s Activities Manager Fedeline Julien shared, “educating students, parents, teachers and other adults about the best practices of dealing with children with autism is needed especially in our homes and schools. Children who are autistic do things differently and should be treated with patience and care.”

Robin Cox Foster, principal of the school said, “the partnership between Beaches Turks and Caicos and our school is always welcome. As the only resort on island that is an autism certified centre, they were readily available to share with our students and their parents. The involvement of the Sesame Street character, the presentations from the Kids Camp team to the parents allowed those present to appreciate their roles in being change agents for autism.”

Caring for a child with special needs was highlighted as an opportunity to create a closer bond between child and parent/caregivers.

Walter Moore, who has a son on the spectrum shared, “being able to deal with the many challenges of a special needs child will assist parents in being more patient and creative in how they care for a child. My son and I are best friends. He is comfortable talking with me about anything and I have to learn how to respect his likes and dislikes and create an environment that makes him happy.”

Beaches Turks and Caicos’ Kids Camp is an Advanced Certified Autism Centre which ensures that team members have the required knowledge, skills, temperament, and expertise to cater to all children. The resort offers age-specific programmes for infants, toddlers, pre-teens and teens.

 

Release: BTC

 

Photo Captions:

Header: Tanya Swann (left), Director of Sales, Groups and Conventions at Beaches Turks and Caicos introduces the team of volunteers who were present while Robin Cox-Foster, school principal looks on

1st Insert: Walter Moore (left) Beaches Turks and Caicos team member shares a moment with his son (right) and Sesame Street character Sesame Street

2nd Insert: Some members of the Beaches Turks and Caicos Sandals Foundation team share a moment at the Thelma Lightbourne Primary School during a presentation to the institution

Continue Reading

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

TRENDING