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New OECD report rates Cayman Islands as 'largely compliant' on tax information exchange

August 25, 2017
New OECD report rates Cayman Islands as 'largely compliant' on tax information exchange GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- A new peer review report by the OECD’s Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes has rated the Cayman Islands as “largely compliant” with the international standard – the same rating as Canada, Germany and Australia.

Cayman Islands speaker escapes charge in Florida casino groping accusation

August 8, 2017
Cayman Islands speaker escapes charge in Florida casino groping accusation GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The speaker of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly will not face any charges following accusations that he groped a waitress in a Florida casino last month. McKeeva Bush had been arrested after the woman alleged that the veteran politician...

Cayman Islands speaker denies committing any crime

July 25, 2017
Cayman Islands speaker denies committing any crime GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The speaker of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly is insisting that he will be completely cleared of the allegations that he groped a casino worker in Florida last week. After returning to Grand Cayman on Friday evening amid calls for his resignation, Bush claimed...

Commentary: Why not Westminster representation for all British Territories?

July 25, 2017
Commentary: Why not Westminster representation for all British Territories? An influential Tory MP has said that increased devolution powers to the Home countries have made lack of Westminster representation for the Crown Dependencies and the British Overseas Territories a great unfairness. It was time, he said, to end the outdated system of treating them like colonies.

Opposition calls on Cayman Islands government to deal with arrested speaker

July 22, 2017
Opposition calls on Cayman Islands government to deal with arrested speaker GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Opposition members of the Legislative Assembly in the Cayman Islands have called on the coalition government to deal with what they say is the embarrassment caused by the arrest of the assembly’s speaker, McKeeva Bush. The statement from the five...

Cayman Islands speaker arrested outside Florida casino

July 21, 2017
Cayman Islands speaker arrested outside Florida casino FORT LAUDERDALE, USA -- The speaker of the Legislative Assembly and former premier of the Cayman Islands, McKeeva Bush, was arrested in Broward County, South Florida, on Monday outside the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. Bush was reportedly released on a $1,000 bond.

Port development, funding among major Brexit-related issues raised by British territories

July 13, 2017
Port development, funding among major Brexit-related issues raised by British territories LONDON, England (WINN) -- How will Britain leaving the European Union impact on the UK’s Overseas Territories and what kind of benefits can these territories, including those in the Caribbean, gain from Brexit? Those were among the questions asked by a European Union Committee that held an...

Commonwealth observers submit final report on Cayman Islands elections

July 12, 2017
Commonwealth observers submit final report on Cayman Islands elections GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Recommendations to review election laws and further comply with international obligations have been made by the election observation mission (EOM) of six Commonwealth observers, led by Steve Rodan MLC, president of Tynwald (Isle of Man) in its final report.

Arrested Cayman Islands football official denies corruption allegations

July 5, 2017
Arrested Cayman Islands football official denies corruption allegations GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) vice president Bruce Blake has confirmed that he was the first of two local men arrested by anti-corruption investigators last week in relation to allegations of secret commissions and money laundering in relation to...

Cayman Islands Football Association at heart of two anti-corruption arrests

July 4, 2017
Cayman Islands Football Association at heart of two anti-corruption arrests GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigators in the Cayman Islands have arrested two men as part of an investigation related to the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA). Following the arrest of a 47-year-old, who is still an executive with...

UK's Peru ambassador to succeed outgoing Cayman Islands governor

June 27, 2017
UK's Peru ambassador to succeed outgoing Cayman Islands governor GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has appointed Anwar Bokth Choudhury as the next governor of the Cayman Islands. Choudhury (58), who is currently based in Lima as Britain’s ambassador to Peru, will take up his appointment in...

Cayman Islands first solar farm commissioned

June 23, 2017
Cayman Islands first solar farm commissioned GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Calling the event historic, Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC) president and CEO Richard Hew, along with project and government representatives, officially commissioned the Cayman Islands' first solar farm on Tuesday, which is expected to generate...

Deposed FIFA president calls former Cayman Islands football official 'breathtaking scoundrel'

June 20, 2017
Deposed FIFA president calls former Cayman Islands football official 'breathtaking scoundrel' GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The deposed president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter has described the former president of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) and the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), Jeffrey Webb...

Tropical systems continue to strengthen

June 19, 2017
Tropical systems continue to strengthen MIAMI, USA -- Two tropical systems currently being monitored by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami continued to strengthen on Sunday, with a corresponding increase in the likelihood of cyclone formation. Showers and thunderstorms continue to show signs of organization in...

Crime threatening Cayman Islands tourism, warns minister

June 19, 2017
Crime threatening Cayman Islands tourism, warns minister GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The recent crime spike in the Cayman Islands is threatening the tourism sector, the deputy premier said Friday, as he urged the community to help the police bring criminals to justice. Moses Kirkconnell, who has responsibility for this important economic pillar...

Cayman Islands celebrates inaugural Southwest Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale

June 6, 2017
Cayman Islands celebrates inaugural Southwest Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- On Sunday, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) celebrated the start of Southwest Airlines’ daily nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) to Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM) with a surprise flight gate...

Veteran Cayman Islands legislator returns to anti-human rights rhetoric

June 5, 2017
Veteran Cayman Islands legislator returns to anti-human rights rhetoric GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- In his first words to the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly (LA) after his re-election for his seventh term, Anthony Eden wasted no time before taking aim at the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and human rights. He said he was...

Southwest Airlines announces details of new Caribbean service

June 3, 2017
Southwest Airlines announces details of new Caribbean service DALLAS, USA -- Southwest Airlines has published its initial flight schedule of nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, beginning November 5, 2017, subject to requisite governmental approvals. Southwest chairman and CEO Gary Kelly made the announcement...

Cayman Islands governor confirms 'national unity' coalition

May 31, 2017
Cayman Islands governor confirms 'national unity' coalition GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Cayman Islands Governor Helen Kilpatrick has confirmed that Alden McLaughlin, the leader of the People’s Progressive Movement (PPM), has enough support to form a government with him at the helm and the former opposition leader, McKeeva Bush...

New Cayman Islands coalition government appears set

May 30, 2017
New Cayman Islands coalition government appears set GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Following an inconclusive result to last week’s general elections in the Cayman Islands, Alden McLaughlin looks set to remain as the British territory’s leader in a coalition between his People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) and some of the independent...

Cayman Islands coalition government deal reportedly falls apart

May 29, 2017
Cayman Islands coalition government deal reportedly falls apart GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Following a very mixed result in the first ever election in the Cayman Islands under the system of ‘one man, one vote’ in which no party, group or alliance has enough seats to form a government, a second attempt at putting together a potential coalition...

Former Cayman Islands football official admits money laundering

May 27, 2017
Former Cayman Islands football official admits money laundering BROOKLYN, USA -- On Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn, the former general secretary of the Cayman Islands Football Association, Costas Takkas, pleaded guilty to money laundering conspiracy in connection with his laundering of millions of dollars in bribes paid to now-former CONCACAF president....

Coalition horse trading begins in wake of divided poll in the Cayman Islands

May 26, 2017
Coalition horse trading begins in wake of divided poll in the Cayman Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Following a very mixed result in Cayman’s first ever election under the system of ‘one man, one vote’, the people woke up to the fact that while 19 people have been elected to the Legislative Assembly, no party, group or alliance has enough seats...

New Cayman government uncertain as independents win majority

May 25, 2017
New Cayman government uncertain as independents win majority GEORGE TOWN Cayman Islands (CNS) -- With independents securing three major government ministers’ scalps and the opposition failing to secure any seats outside of its traditional West Bay stronghold, the final results of Wednesday's general election have left the Cayman Islands...

Same-sex couples urged to test Cayman Islands marriage law

May 10, 2017
Same-sex couples urged to test Cayman Islands marriage law GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- A legal expert is urging same-sex Caymanian couples who want to get married to put the local legislation to the test as he believes there is no lawful prohibition to same-sex marriages in either the Constitution or the Marriage Law.

ECLAC assists Cayman Islands with new national energy policy

May 4, 2017
ECLAC assists Cayman Islands with new national energy policy GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean has played a significant role in the formulation of a new National Energy Policy (NEP) recently completed by the government of the Cayman Islands.

Controversy continues over ban on copying public records by Cayman Islands court

May 3, 2017
Controversy continues over ban on copying public records by Cayman Islands court GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Following a recent order approved by the chief justice of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, Anthony Smellie, prohibiting the public from making photocopies of court pleadings, three local organisations have responded to the order in what one financial commentator...

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