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Former Cayman Islands football chief 'regrets' illegal conduct in guilty plea

April 20, 2016
Former Cayman Islands football chief 'regrets' illegal conduct in guilty plea GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- When Jeffrey Webb pleaded guilty in a New York court last year, the disgraced former Cayman Islands football hero admitted using his position as the former president of CIFA and CONCACAF and vice president of FIFA for his own personal benefit.

Cayman Airways announces fleet modernization plan

April 15, 2016
Cayman Airways announces fleet modernization plan GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Cayman Airways has received approval from the Cayman Islands government to proceed with its fleet modernization plan. This plan will commence in the fourth quarter of this year and will see the airline’s current fleet of 122-seat Boeing 737-300...

UK opposition leader questions Cayman Islands celebration over transparency deal

April 14, 2016
UK opposition leader questions Cayman Islands celebration over transparency deal GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The fact that the Cayman Islands has welcomed the recent agreement with the UK over how it will share beneficial ownership details with British law enforcement and tax authorities was used against Prime Minister David Cameron this week.

Commentary: The View from Europe: The Panama connection

April 9, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: The Panama connection A few days ago the leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, called on the British prime minister to consider taking direct control of Britain’s Caribbean overseas territories. His remarks – not without irony as, of all of the members of the British Parliament, he is among those...

Open Letter: Cayman Islands direct rule refusal - thank you statement

April 9, 2016
The Cayman Islands is grateful for you springing to their defence on the matter of direct rule by misguided persons who claim to be liberal but propose super-imperialism action. The recent acts of provocation locally or the controversies surrounding...

Call for direct rule of British overseas territories 'absurd', says Cayman Islands minister

April 8, 2016
Call for direct rule of British overseas territories 'absurd', says Cayman Islands minister GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Cayman’s financial services minister has dismissed as absurd the suggestion by the UK leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, that the British government should consider imposing direct rule on its overseas territories and dependencies...

UK minister 'misled' parliament about Cayman Islands LGBT situation

April 8, 2016
UK minister 'misled' parliament about Cayman Islands LGBT situation GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Dr Leonardo Raznovich has accused the UK’s overseas territories minister of misleading the British House of Commons by indicating that the Cayman Islands government had recognised same-sex marriage. Raznovich, who has...

Commentary: Memo to Cayman Finance: The Cayman Islands are indeed a secrecy jurisdiction

April 8, 2016
Commentary: Memo to Cayman Finance: The Cayman Islands are indeed a secrecy jurisdiction On Wednesday, in a detailed position paper, Cayman Finance, which generally speaks for the financial service industry of the Cayman Islands, went to great lengths to show that Cayman is not a secrecy jurisdiction, spelling out, in chapter and verse, how many ways Cayman maintains...

Cayman Islands not a secrecy jurisdiction, says financial sector organisation

April 7, 2016
Cayman Islands not a secrecy jurisdiction, says financial sector organisation GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- In the wake of the “Panama Papers” disclosure and global attention on international financial centres (IFCs), Jude Scott, CEO of Cayman Finance, the private sector organisation that represents the Cayman Islands’ financial services industry, emphasized...

Cayman Islands corruption report missing key evidence, says lead investigator

April 6, 2016
Cayman Islands corruption report missing key evidence, says lead investigator GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Martin Bridger, the man who headed up the controversial corruption investigation into the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) known as Operation Tempura, suspects that the author of the released report on his complaint about...

Bishop to speak at Cayman Islands conference on religion and homosexuality

April 5, 2016
Bishop to speak at Cayman Islands conference on religion and homosexuality GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The Right Reverend Dr Alan Wilson will be one of the key speakers at a conference in the Cayman Islands this summer focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues, where he will speak on the topic of religion and homosexuality.

New skills for government statisticians in Cayman Islands, Jamaica and St Kitts-Nevis

April 5, 2016
New skills for government statisticians in Cayman Islands, Jamaica and St Kitts-Nevis KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) are jointly hosting a regional capacity building workshop in Kingston, Jamaica from 4-15 April 2016.

Cayman Islands governor releases corruption probe documents

April 2, 2016
Cayman Islands governor releases corruption probe documents GEORGE TOWN, Cayman islands (CNS) -- Having spent thousands of dollars fighting orders from the Information Commissioner’s Office to do so, the governor’s office in the Cayman Islands has released a report on the Operation Tempura corruption investigation.

Turks and Caicos DPP under fire

April 1, 2016
Turks and Caicos DPP under fire GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS)-- John Masters, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) and a former senior prosecutor in the Cayman Islands, is under investigation by the territory’s Integrity Commission. According to reports from TCI...

Cayman Islands police chief to quit one year early

March 30, 2016
Cayman Islands police chief to quit one year early GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Police Commissioner David Baines is to quit his post one year before his contract expires but the governor’s office has confirmed that the beleaguered Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) head will still be paid until the end of his contract.

Russia considering sanctions against UK for facilitating tax evasion through Caribbean territories

March 28, 2016
Russia considering sanctions against UK for facilitating tax evasion through Caribbean territories MIAMI, USA -- Reliable sources in the Moscow financial community have reported that the government of Russia is seriously considering imposing economic sanctions on the United Kingdom, upon the grounds that Britain is facilitating tax evasion by Russian nationals through its...

Former Cayman Islands Football Association official sent to US in FIFA scandal

March 24, 2016
Former Cayman Islands Football Association official sent to US in FIFA scandal GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Costas Takkas, the former secretary-general of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) and one time attaché to Jeffrey Webb when he was president of CONCACAF, has been extradited to the US ten months after he was arrested in Zürich.

Bermuda hedge funds on fast track as costs increase in Cayman

March 18, 2016
Bermuda hedge funds on fast track as costs increase in Cayman GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Bermuda’s new low-cost, fast track regime for hedge funds is gaining traction, while frustration builds over the growing cost and regulation associated with a Cayman launch. Although the numbers involved are quite modest, industry insiders...

Former Cayman Islands football chief faces legal action by FIFA

March 17, 2016
Former Cayman Islands football chief faces legal action by FIFA GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- As he awaits sentencing in the United States for his part in the huge corruption scandal that has rocked the world of football, former Cayman Islands Football Association head Jeffrey Webb, alongside others who have pleaded guilty, is now facing...

Cayman Islands bank 'regrets' US tax evasion conspiracy

March 12, 2016
Cayman Islands bank 'regrets' US tax evasion conspiracy GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Cayman National Corporation (CNC) was quick to minimise revelations this week that its subsidiaries had, for more than ten years, assisted US account holders in massive tax evasion as an historical issue that impacted lots of other banks.

French bank facing Cayman Islands employment controversy

March 12, 2016
French bank facing Cayman Islands employment controversy GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- French bank BNP Paribas has come under fire in the Cayman Islands for reportedly laying off Caymanian employees, attracting the attention of labour enforcement officers, who are said to have visited the bank’s offices in Grand Cayman.

Commentary: The View from Europe: Brexit and the UK Overseas Territories

March 12, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: Brexit and the UK Overseas Territories On June 23, voters in Britain will decide whether they wish to remain within the European Union (EU). If they vote to leave, as some polls suggest, they may inadvertently affect the special status that the UK’s Overseas Territories in the Caribbean have with Europe. In a recent indication of...

Cayman financial firms plead guilty to $130 million tax conspiracy

March 10, 2016
Cayman financial firms plead guilty to $130 million tax conspiracy NEW YORK, USA -- In the first conviction of a non-Swiss financial institution for US tax evasion conspiracy, two Cayman Islands financial institutions pleaded guilty in Manhattan Federal Court on Wednesday to conspiring to hide more than $130 million in Cayman Islands bank accounts.

Commentary: Cayman Islands has become a high-risk banana republic dangerous for investors

March 10, 2016
Commentary: Cayman Islands has become a high-risk banana republic dangerous for investors Readers who have followed the story of the Cayman Gang of Four scandal, which according to the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA), is the theft of more than $450 million from Canadian retirees and pensioners, should know by now that the country risk in the Cayman Islands has...

Cayman Islands legislator files multiple complaints against police chief

March 5, 2016
Cayman Islands legislator files multiple complaints against police chief GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- A member of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly (MLA) Bernie Bush has filed a list of multiple complaints with the home affairs ministry, the deputy governor’s office and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) under section...

US names fourteen major money laundering countries in the region in latest report

March 5, 2016
US names fourteen major money laundering countries in the region in latest report WASHINGTON, USA -- Fourteen nations in the wider Caribbean have been named by the US as “major money laundering” countries in the 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) released by the US State Department on Wednesday. A major money laundering...

Cayman Islands financial sector welcomes positive discussions with UK on beneficial ownership

March 4, 2016
Cayman Islands financial sector welcomes positive discussions with UK on beneficial ownership GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Cayman Finance, the private sector organisation that represents the Cayman Islands’ financial services industry, said it is pleased to learn from the Cayman Islands government that further positive discussions on Cayman's beneficial ownership regime...

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