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Caribbean weighs Brexit implications

June 25, 2016
Caribbean weighs Brexit implications GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has begun responding to the news that Britain has voted to leave the European Union (EU). On Friday 52 percent of voters in a referendum in Britain opted out of remaining in the 28-member grouping.

Brexit will see renewed focus on overseas territories, says UK minister

June 21, 2016
Brexit will see renewed focus on overseas territories, says UK minister GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The UK minister with responsibility for the British overseas territories (BoTs) has said that a British exit from the European Union will be an advantage for the BoTs because the UK will be able to focus on traditional relationships with them.

New Caribbean shark sanctuaries boost regional protections

June 20, 2016
New Caribbean shark sanctuaries boost regional protections MAHO, St Maarten -- Sharks are safer across the Caribbean Sea with the announcement of four new shark sanctuaries in the region. Prime Minister William Marlin of St Maarten and Wayne Panton, minister of financial services, commerce, and environment for the Cayman Islands last week...

Fate of corruption complaints in the Cayman Islands remains public mystery

June 13, 2016
Fate of corruption complaints in the Cayman Islands remains public mystery GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- (CNS): The outcome of the spin-off enquiry dubbed Operation Cealt of an anti-corruption investigation in the Cayman Islands known as Operation Tempura remains a public mystery but Premier Alden McLaughlin said last week that he had “never heard...

Cayman Islands FIFA cash connection on FBI radar

June 11, 2016
Cayman Islands FIFA cash connection on FBI radar GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- US authorities involved in the FIFA corruption scandal may also be looking into the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) and the movement and disappearance of cash that came from the Zürich-based football HQ to the...

Cayman Islands attorney general quizzed over stamp duty payments

June 10, 2016
Cayman Islands attorney general quizzed over stamp duty payments GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Cayman Islands attorney general, Samuel Bulgin, has been called on to disclose whether or not he has paid stamp duty as required by law in relation to unregistered tenancies at apartments he has owned for over a decade. In an email to Alan Jones...

Cayman Islands zika alert was case of sexual transmission

June 10, 2016
Cayman Islands zika alert was case of sexual transmission GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The Cayman Islands remains free of the zika virus, public health officials said, after a recent suspected case appeared to be due to sexual transmission.  Dr Samuel Williams-Rodriguez, the acting medical health officer, explained that a tourist...

Cayman Islands premier accuses corruption investigator of extortion

June 9, 2016
Cayman Islands premier accuses corruption investigator of extortion GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin has accused the former head of a corruption probe into the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) of blackmail. Following two letters sent to McLaughlin by Martin Bridger, who continues to be...

Anguilla police chief replaces former Cayman Islands police commissioner in BVI probe

June 9, 2016
Anguilla police chief replaces former Cayman Islands police commissioner in BVI probe GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The former Cayman Islands commissioner of police, who had been heading up a 19-month police corruption enquiry in the British Virgin Islands, has been replaced by the police commissioner from Anguilla, Paul Morrison.  In a statement to local media...

Cayman Islands legislators call for gay rights referendum

June 7, 2016
Cayman Islands legislators call for gay rights referendum GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Once again, some of the Cayman Islands’ longest serving politicians have attacked the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. During the budget debate in the Legislative Assembly last week, independent backbench member...

Sentencing delayed in Cayman Islander's FIFA conviction

June 6, 2016
Sentencing delayed in Cayman Islander's FIFA conviction GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The anticipated sentencing of former CIFA and CONCACAF president, Jeffrey Webb, has been postponed by a New York judge. The disgraced Cayman Islands football official who rose to the dizzy heights of vice president of FIFA was convicted...

BVI advocates for more UK engagement with overseas territories

June 6, 2016
BVI advocates for more UK engagement with overseas territories LONDON, England -- British Virgin Islands London office director Benito Wheatley has said there is a need for greater engagement from the UK government and parliamentary support on key overseas territories issues. Wheatley was addressing the second Overseas Territories (OT)...

Traveler returning from Cayman Islands tests positive for zika

June 6, 2016
Traveler returning from Cayman Islands tests positive for zika GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The Public Health Department is investigating a case of zika virus in a patient who had visited the Cayman Islands and tested positive on returning home. Despite releasing information to the media last week claiming that the Cayman Islands was...

UK Overseas Territories take a stand against online child sexual abuse imagery

June 2, 2016
UK Overseas Territories take a stand against online child sexual abuse imagery LONDON, England -- In an historic announcement on Wednesday, 12 British Overseas Territories launched dedicated reporting portals, to allow web users to report images and videos of child sexual abuse. The IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) initiative has been made possible by...

Embattled Cayman Islands Football Association elects new president

May 30, 2016
Embattled Cayman Islands Football Association elects new president GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Local footballer Lee Ramoon has been elected as the new Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) president and has promised to regain the trust of the members, sponsors, the public and government, but he said it would take time to turn...

Weaknesses revealed in probe into Cayman Islands anti-corruption investigator

May 25, 2016
Weaknesses revealed in probe into Cayman Islands anti-corruption investigator GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- A British police officer who was part of Operation Tempura, a controversial anti-corruption inquiry in the Cayman Islands, has revealed that a purported investigation of its lead officer, Martin Bridger, which held up a freedom of information request...

Caribbean banks must adapt to survive de-risking, says industry consultant

May 23, 2016
Caribbean banks must adapt to survive de-risking, says industry consultant GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The banking sector in the Cayman Islands and elsewhere in the Caribbean will have to accept new ways of working, including sharing costs and services, in order to survive in the current climate of de-risking, according to US industry consultants.

Britain's finance minister backs Cayman Islands position on beneficial ownership

May 20, 2016
Britain's finance minister backs Cayman Islands position on beneficial ownership GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The Cayman Islands government has released the response it received from Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, to the letter sent to him by financial services minister Wayne Panton about the Cayman government’s position...

Cayman Islands premier's comments met with hostility at London summit

May 19, 2016
Cayman Islands premier's comments met with hostility at London summit GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin said that his comments about the hypocrisy of the United States were not greeted very well during last week’s anti-corruption summit in London. Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, he said...

Visiting academic jailed in the Cayman Islands over room dispute

May 19, 2016
Visiting academic jailed in the Cayman Islands over room dispute GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) has defended a decision to put a leading international academic, who was visiting Cayman with her son for the recent invitational football tournament, in jail following an accommodation dispute.

Activists in US raise alarm over genetically engineered mosquitoes

May 17, 2016
Activists in US raise alarm over genetically engineered mosquitoes GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Just as bio-scientists are releasing tens of thousands of genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands as part of a project to try and eliminate the Aedes aegypti mosquito, a group of public health, food safety and environmental...

Cayman Islands premier calls for end to global hypocrisy

May 13, 2016
Cayman Islands premier calls for end to global hypocrisy LONDON, England (CNS) -- The Cayman Islands premier has called on the world’s nations attending the anti-corruption summit in London to stop the hypocrisy regarding the fight against financial crime and make standards truly global. Alden McLaughlin did not name the United States but...

Cayman Islands to extend beneficial ownership information exchange and repeal secrecy law

May 12, 2016
Cayman Islands to extend beneficial ownership information exchange and repeal secrecy law GEORGETOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The Cayman Islands government has announced plans to enter into agreements, similar to the one it has with the UK, for the exchange of beneficial ownership information with other jurisdictions and to amend the territory’s notorious secrecy law.

Genetically engineered mosquitoes said to be safe and effective

May 12, 2016
Genetically engineered mosquitoes said to be safe and effective GEORGETOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Responding to concerns about the long-term impact of releasing genetically engineered mosquitoes in an effort to eradicate the disease-carrying Aedes aegypti species, the firm behind the bio-science that has created sterile male insects...

Cayman Islands links to Panama Papers 'minor'

May 12, 2016
Cayman Islands links to Panama Papers 'minor' GEORGETOWN, Cayman Islands -- Jude Scott, CEO of Cayman Finance, the private sector organisation that represents the Cayman Islands’ financial services industry, said the publishing on Monday of the online database of entities, officers and intermediaries linked to the Panama...

Effectiveness of genetically modified mosquito release in Cayman Islands disputed

May 10, 2016
Effectiveness of genetically modified mosquito release in Cayman Islands disputed GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Claims that the release of genetically modified (GM) sterile male mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands in a pilot programme that began this week could eliminate the Aedes aegypti, the species that transmits several diseases, have been...

Genetically engineered mosquitoes to be released in Cayman Islands

May 7, 2016
Genetically engineered mosquitoes to be released in Cayman Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The Cayman Islands Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU), in partnership with the UK-based firm Oxitec, will be releasing genetically engineered male mosquitoes across Grand Cayman in a new initiative to try and suppress the population...

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