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Cayman Islands government needs a development plan, says auditor general

July 27, 2015
Cayman Islands government needs a development plan, says auditor general GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (GIS) -- There are several areas where the government can improve how it manages lands in the Cayman Islands, says the auditor general, Alastair Swarbrick, in a report made public last week. The most significant concern he raised is the continuing development...

UK Overseas Territory leaders conclude meeting in Bermuda

July 27, 2015
UK Overseas Territory leaders conclude meeting in Bermuda HAMILTON, Bermuda -- A pre-Joint Ministerial Council meeting of British Overseas Territory leaders was held last week in Bermuda to discuss issues of mutual interest and the forthcoming Joint Ministerial Council Meeting (JMC) with UK Ministers to be held in December 2015 in London.

Cayman Islands House Speaker may face corruption probe

July 25, 2015
Cayman Islands House Speaker may face corruption probe GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The former minister for district administration and planning, who is currently the speaker of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly, may be subject to an Anti-Corruption Committee (ACC) investigation after the auditor general raised concerns again about...

Former Cayman Islands football chief secures bond with cars and luxury goods

July 22, 2015
Former Cayman Islands football chief secures bond with cars and luxury goods GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Former Cayman Islands football chief Jeffrey Webb has secured his US$10 million bail bond with 11 luxury watches, his wife’s jewellery, including her wedding ring, three high-end cars and ten properties, according to US press reports. The details were...

Couple celebrates 30th anniversary with surgery in the Cayman Islands

July 22, 2015
Couple celebrates 30th anniversary with surgery in the Cayman Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- For many married couples, a wedding anniversary is an opportunity to enjoy a special luxury or a romantic getaway to a destination far away from the realities of everyday life. Not so for Janice and Kelly Renegar, who marked their 30th anniversary by choosing...

Former Cayman football chief denies corruption charges in NY court

July 20, 2015
Former Cayman football chief denies corruption charges in NY court NEW YORK, USA -- Former Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) president Jeffrey Webb has denied allegations of corruption and bribery in the massive FIFA racketeering investigation and has been bailed but placed under house arrest on a $10 million bond.

Former Cayman Islands football boss extradited to US

July 17, 2015
Former Cayman Islands football boss extradited to US GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The former FIFA vice president, CONCACAF and Cayman Islands football president, Jeffrey Webb, is understood to have arrived in New York after he was handed over to the United States authorities on Wednesday. The Swiss authorities have confirmed that...

Alert issued for fugitive Cayman Islands fraudster hiding out in Miami

July 16, 2015
Alert issued for fugitive Cayman Islands fraudster hiding out in Miami MIAMI, USA -- Ryan Bateman, a Canadian national accused of financial malpractice in the Cayman Islands, is evading arrest and extradition after he failed to return to court from a trip to Canada. He is accused of deducting exorbitant charges from clients funds, of co-mingling client funds with his own...

US and Cayman governments silent on extradition requests

July 15, 2015
US and Cayman governments silent on extradition requests GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The American and Cayman Islands governments both remained tight-lipped on Monday regarding the extradition of Jeffrey Webb following revelations that one of the FIFA officials detained in Switzerland will go to the US to answer corruption allegations.

Former Cayman football boss agrees to US extradition

July 13, 2015
Former Cayman football boss agrees to US extradition ZURICH, Switzerland (CNS) -- The former Cayman Islands football boss, Jeffrey Webb (50), has agreed to be extradited to the US, according to international media reports. A number of leading news agencies have reported that Webb, who is currently being detained in a Swiss jail, is willing to go...

Former FIFA vice president charged in Cayman Islands fraud case

July 6, 2015
Former FIFA vice president charged in Cayman Islands fraud case GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The former FIFA vice president and Cayman Islands football boss, Jeffrey Webb, has been charged with fraud and breach of trust in relation to a local hospital card payment case. Canover Watson and Miriam Rodrigues are also facing further charges.

Extradition request received by Switzerland for Cayman Islands and other FIFA officials

July 3, 2015
Extradition request received by Switzerland for Cayman Islands and other FIFA officials ZURICH, Switzerland (CNS) -- The US authorities have made an official request to Switzerland to extradite the Cayman Islands' Jeffrey Webb and the six other FIFA officials arrested in Zürich in May on corruption related charges. The Swiss authorities confirmed in a release that the formal requests...

Extradition hearing for FIFA officials draws near

June 29, 2015
Extradition hearing for FIFA officials draws near GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- With just one week to go before the US must file papers against FIFA officials arrested in Switzerland for their extradition to America, one of the men arrested alongside Caymanian Jeffrey Webb has been refused bail. Without naming him, the Swiss authorities...

Cayman Islands opposition leader targets governor in legal battle with premier

June 27, 2015
Cayman Islands opposition leader targets governor in legal battle with premier GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The Cayman Islands opposition leader McKeeva Bush has filed a response to a defamation lawsuit filed by the territory’s premier that outlines his claims of a conspiracy led by the former governor, Duncan Taylor, to topple him from office, rather than make...

British retiree thankful to Health City Cayman Islands

June 24, 2015
British retiree thankful to Health City Cayman Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- When Maurice Bloom retired to the Cayman Islands two and a half years ago from the United Kingdom, he was like many individuals who take their health for granted until a dramatic event reveals that all may not be well. For Bloom, that moment came recently when...

No repeal on newspaper ad boycott, says Cayman premier

June 22, 2015
No repeal on newspaper ad boycott, says Cayman premier GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The premier of the Cayman Islands has said that until the editor of the British territory’s only daily newspaper apologizes, not just for an editorial insulting the whole country but for his histrionics after the fact and his international media rounds.

Fifteen regional jurisdictions on EU tax haven blacklist

June 19, 2015
Fifteen regional jurisdictions on EU tax haven blacklist BRUSSELS, Belgium -- A blacklist of the world’s 30 worst-offending tax havens, published on Wednesday by the European Commission, includes 15 countries and territories within the wider Caribbean. The list includes various well-known havens -- among them the Cayman Islands, British Virgin...

Audit of Cayman Islands Football Association called for

June 11, 2015
Audit of Cayman Islands Football Association called for GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Ezzard Miller, an independent legislator in the Cayman Islands, has called on the territory’s sports minister to audit the books of the local football association to ensure the more than $127,000 that goes to the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA)...

Guest Editorial: The man who ran from the Cayman Islands

June 10, 2015
Guest Editorial: The man who ran from the Cayman Islands The world has gone mad. On Friday, the Cayman Islands governor, rising on a tide of over-reaction and hyperbole, decided that David Legge, owner and editor of The Cayman Compass, needed police protection after he got an over-the-top verbal slapping from the premier in the Legislative Assembly.

CONCACAF postpones Under-15 Boys' Championship 2015

June 9, 2015
CONCACAF postpones Under-15 Boys' Championship 2015 GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) executive committee has decided to postpone until further notice of the CONCACAF Under-15 Boys’ Championship 2015 due to be held in the Cayman Islands and...

Cayman Islands premier accuses local newspaper of treason

June 8, 2015
Cayman Islands premier accuses local newspaper of treason GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- In a wide-ranging statement addressing issues of press freedom and responsibility to the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly on Friday, Premier Alden McLaughlin took a local newspaper to task over a recent editorial that he described as “a treasonous attack...

Cayman Islands regulator called on to step aside in FIFA probe

June 6, 2015
Cayman Islands regulator called on to step aside in FIFA probe GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Cindy Scotland, the managing director of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA), has been called on to recuse herself from all involvement in an ongoing review by the territory’s financial regulator into the activities of Fidelity Bank.

Cayman Islands bank to review transactions in FIFA probe

June 4, 2015
Cayman Islands bank to review transactions in FIFA probe GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Fidelity Bank in the Cayman Islands, one of six Caribbean banks implicated in the FIFA corruption scandal, has announced plans to conduct an internal review of transactions linked to the FIFA probe. US prosecutors allege bribery payments to former Confederation...

Six Caribbean banks implicated in FIFA corruption scandal (UPDATED)

June 2, 2015
Six Caribbean banks implicated in FIFA corruption scandal (UPDATED) PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- According to the 166-page indictment in United States vs. Jeffrey Webb, et al, in which many senior FIFA officials and others are charged with multiple counts of racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud involving $150 million, six Caribbean banks are listed as...

Cayman Islands football chief to contest extradition to US to face corruption charges

May 30, 2015
Cayman Islands football chief to contest extradition to US to face corruption charges BERNE, Switzerland -- Caymanian Jeffrey Webb, the erstwhile president of Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), is reportedly one of six soccer officials arrested on Wednesday in Zurich on racketeering, corruption and money laundering charges...

British Virgin Islands to host regional parliamentary conference

May 28, 2015
British Virgin Islands to host regional parliamentary conference ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The British Virgin Islands (BVI) will host the 40th annual conference of the Caribbean, Americas and the Atlantic Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). Over 70 parliamentarians drawn from member states of that body are expected to arrive in the BVI in July.

Trinidad MP and 13 others indicted in US on corruption charges

May 27, 2015
Trinidad MP and 13 others indicted in US on corruption charges NEW YORK, USA -- A 47-count indictment was unsealed early Wednesday morning in US federal court in New York, charging Trinidad member of parliament Jack Warner and 13 other defendants with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies, among other offences.

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