The TCI Human Rights Commission honours another stellar Islander
By Dana Macolm
#TurksandCaicos, December 13, 2022 – This year’s Humanitarian of The Year, as awarded by the TCI Human Rights Commission, is Mrs Sivil Dean Morgan, illustrious creator of the Breezy Beach Dancers and Christmas in Blue Hills. Morgan was honored at the Shore Club in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands on December 10th on the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
A fourth generation Turks and Caicos Islander, she is a founding member of Cargo Express Services Ltd additionally, she is a seamstress, cake baker and decorator and owner of Sivil’s Delicious Cakes.
Morgan said next to the birth of her children, it was one of the best moments in her life and described the journey that led her to the award.
“Twenty-two years ago, my community of Wheeland was extremely dormant. I responded to this and the cries of my community people by choosing to be a part of the solution and hosted three separate events annually.”
Those events include Easter egg hunt, Guy Fawkes night in November and a Christmas Parade. After having to choose between the two winter events because of a lack of funding, “Christmas in Blue Hills” was born in 2006 and became more than just a Wheeland event, as residents from all islands began to attend.
“Rain or shine, we have never missed a year”, she said. “It invokes excitement in both old and young— my heart is warm knowing that I made an impact in their lives” she continued, referring to the many senior citizens that have been benefited from the event.
She sent a great thank you to her family and friends whom she admitted she has drawn into her events time and time again. Morgan maintains that her first and foremost purpose was to help her community.
“Having no community center in Wheeland or in Blue Hills caused my home to be called ‘Wheeland Community Center’—” she said. “I may not impact all of humanity, but a single drop of water can create many ripples. I hope I have created some ripples.”
She said that what she wanted to do most with the 2022 Humanitarian of the Year Award was to pass the baton on and hoped that her story and the prize inspired many other islanders who have ideas for service; Dean-Morgan wants these islanders to simply ‘take the plunge.’
An avid player of the Rip Saw, Morgan currently serves as Assistant Treasurer for the Child Evangelism Foundation, CEF; is a member of the Social Welfare Department Board and directs Children’s Ministries at the Church of God of Prophecy in Blue Hills.
She serves as a member of Women Aglow; and is the longest serving woman in the Turks and Caicos Islands Maritime Community.
Conjecture, Collusion and Controversy Rumors swirl as PNPs Vote at NGC
Dana Malcolm and Deandrea Hamilton
#TurksandCaicoisIslands, February 27, 2024 – “Unity” is the convenient refrain from the executive of the PNP party following a weekend National General Congress (NGC) that aimed to shut down a leadership scramble, an action which further fuelled rumors that the Progressive National Party is severely fractured.
“Their body language and facial expressions are telling me that there’s still contention there. Those two fellas did not even look in each other’s direction,” that was one comment shared with our news team following the leadership scuffle featuring E. Jay Saunders, Deputy Premier and Washington Misick, TCI Premier.
It was one of dozens of similar observations and concerns shared with the news team and across social media as residents observed the aftermath.
Saunders had fallen short of gaining the two-thirds delegate support needed to truly challenge Misick for the top spot, however, he still counts the number of votes secured in the motion as significant.
“Forty percent of the people voted for an outcome, that means there is a noise in the market that says, we want change,” he said in a one on one interview with Magnetic Media.
The nature of the situation Saunders explained to our news team was that his bid to challenge the Premier was registered late and there was a resulting vote on whether his late bid should be accepted on the vote of two-thirds of delegates or if he could push through with less support. The response was a resounding ‘no’ with 58 voting in his favor and 88 against.
Saunders wasn’t the only one throwing his hat in the ring for control of the governing PNP party.
Jas Walkin, now the suspended North Caicos District Commissioner and Dameko Dean, former Wheeland party hopeful had also made a grab at the mantle but were not included in the National General Congress runoff.
Walkin publicly withdrew his bid in a statement which read, in part, “I received an email on February 6, 2024 from the Secretary-General confirming that my candidacy for leadership was approved,” but he continued in explanation for his sudden withdrawal from the race that, “Unfortunately my push has been halted, and I have to officially withdraw my candidacy for leadership of the Progressive National Party. On Thursday, February 22nd 2024 at 4:36 p.m., I received a letter from the Head of the Public Service advising me that Her Excellency the Governor had received confirmation of my candidacy for leadership from an Executive Member of the Progressive National Party, NEC and if I was to attend the Congress or proceed with my candidacy/race for leadership on Saturday, February 24th 2024; I would be disciplined.”
The series of events has left the PNP rushing to maintain its image of a unified party.
Kyle Knowles, Party Chairman released a statement immediately after, calling for togetherness.
”We can announce that the Party Leader Hon. Charles W. Misick has been reconfirmed to continue guiding our party forward.The Congress showcased democracy in action—where everyone’s voice matters, opinions are respected, and decisions are made transparently. It was a display of unity, civility, and passionate debate, highlighting our dedication to democratic values and founding principles of the PNP.”
The nature of the vote and Congress, carried out without invitation to the press or major announcement to the people of the Turks and Caicos worked to further fuel confusion and rumor. While it may have been labeled ‘party business’ the eventual winner will be a public servant, funded by the people’s purse.
The hush-hush tone of process has left some residents disappointed in the process of the governing party.
“At the end of the day, you will never know unless the voting public gets an opportunity to decide who should be their next leader.”
While Jas Walkin has reportedly been suspended from his job as the District Commissioner for North Caicos, E. Jay Saunders is still serving in his position as the deputy party leader, deputy premier and minister for finance, investment and trade – all of which are roles he holds at the pleasure of the Premier.
Morgan Heritage Member dies
#MorganHeritage#PeterMorgan, February 26th, 2024 – Peter Morgan, member of the Grammy Winning Jamaican Reggae Band Morgan Heritage, died on Sunday February 25th at the age of 46. His family made the announcement on Instagram, however the cause of his death was not mentioned. Morgan Heritage, an all family group, children to Jamaican reggae artist Denroy Morgan, was known for hits like “She’s Still loving me.”
Jamaica Local Govt Elections held
#Jamaica#LocalGovElections, February 26th, 2024 – Jamaica’s long awaited local government elections were held today February 26th, after being postponed on several occasions since November of 2020. Reports indicate that just over two million Jamaicans are eligible to vote and that the electoral system was well prepared with a total of 6,726 polling stations in 2,148 locations across the island, open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Voters selected from 496 nominated candidates across the island. The date for results is yet to be announced
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