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Cayman Islands court blocks copying of public records

April 29, 2017
Cayman Islands court blocks copying of public records GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- In a significant departure from previous practice, the chief justice of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, Anthony Smellie, has approved an order prohibiting the public from making photocopies of court pleadings. According to a notice posted on the door of...

Cayman Islands elections to be monitored by Commonwealth observers

April 26, 2017
Cayman Islands elections to be monitored by Commonwealth observers GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- With the Cayman Islands about to engage in its first election under the new system of ‘one man, one vote’ in single-member constituencies, officials have confirmed that a team of Commonwealth observers will be coming to Cayman to oversee the...

ECLAC addresses the situation of persons with disabilities in the Caribbean

April 18, 2017
ECLAC addresses the situation of persons with disabilities in the Caribbean PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- There are more than a million people in the Caribbean living with some form of disability and an estimated 250,000 who experience significant disabilities. With populations ageing and an increasing number of people suffering from non-communicable diseases...

Buoyant start to 2017 for Cayman Islands insurance industry

April 15, 2017
Buoyant start to 2017 for Cayman Islands insurance industry GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Following an excellent year for new insurer licenses issued in 2016 (39 in total), the Cayman Islands insurance industry has seen a buoyant start to 2017, with eight new insurer licences issued in the first quarter. These include six Class B licences, half of which...

BVI business consultants may soon bid on EU projects

April 11, 2017
BVI business consultants may soon bid on EU projects ROAD TOWN, BVI -- British Virgin Islands business consultants will soon have the opportunity to bid on regional and international projects under the European Union (EU) portfolio. Consultants in the BVI, and other Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) who are inducted into the Chapter of...

Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales delivers lecture at Cayman Islands courts

March 8, 2017
Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales delivers lecture at Cayman Islands courts GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Improving practices among commercial courts worldwide translates into strengthening international trade, commerce and development, and hence overall economic cooperation and prosperity. Achieving and maintaining that equilibrium requires not only...

Trinidad Olympic athlete extradited to Cayman Islands in sex-crime case

February 22, 2017
Trinidad Olympic athlete extradited to Cayman Islands in sex-crime case GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Ato Modibo Stephens has been extradited from the United States to the Cayman Islands to face allegations of sexual abuse while he worked as a coach there. The 37-year-old Olympic athlete, who is married to Cayman’s track star Cydonie Mothersill...

US visitors to the Cayman Islands to pre-clear, China gets visa-free entry

February 6, 2017
US visitors to the Cayman Islands to pre-clear, China gets visa-free entry GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The Cayman Islands premier has announced some immigration changes that will impact travellers to Cayman and Caymanian travellers. Speaking at the Cayman Economic Outlook conference on Thursday, Premier Alden McLaughlin said...

Genetic modification project in the Cayman Islands cuts mosquitoes by over 80 percent

January 28, 2017
Genetic modification project in the Cayman Islands cuts mosquitoes by over 80 percent GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- There has been a dramatic fall in the number of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the West Bay of Grand Cayman, where genetically modified insects have been released in a pilot project to get as near as possible to eradicating the disease-spreading...

Senators tell new US treasury secretary nominee to eliminate Cayman Islands and other tax havens

January 21, 2017
Senators tell new US treasury secretary nominee to eliminate Cayman Islands and other tax havens WASHINGTON, USA -- Members of the United States Senate, questioning the new Trump administration nominee for Treasury Secretary on Thursday, asked Steve Mnuchin how he intends to close down Caribbean tax havens, specifically naming the Cayman Islands.  The Senate panel demanded details...

Cayman Airways to start nonstop flights to Roatan in March

January 21, 2017
Cayman Airways to start nonstop flights to Roatan in March GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Cayman Airways Limited will begin twice-weekly Boeing 737 nonstop flights between Grand Cayman (GCM) and Roatan (RTB) beginning March 16, 2017. Cayman Airways currently operates year-round flights from Grand Cayman to La Ceiba, Honduras.

Regional bank completes wind-down of UK private banking business

January 20, 2017
Regional bank completes wind-down of UK private banking business HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Prominent regional bank, the Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited, has announced that it has completed the orderly wind-down of its London-based private banking business and has fully discontinued its deposit-taking and investment management services in the UK.

Fire truck rollover on runway closes Cayman Brac airport in the Cayman Islands

January 7, 2017
Fire truck rollover on runway closes Cayman Brac airport in the Cayman Islands STAKE BAY, Cayman Islands -- On Thursday, firefighters with the Cayman Islands Fire Service Aerodrome Unit were conducting what was described as “a mandatory speed test” on the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport runway in Cayman Brac when the fire truck they were...

Southwest Airlines adds new destinations in the Caribbean

January 6, 2017
Southwest Airlines adds new destinations in the Caribbean DALLAS, USA -- Southwest Airlines has announced plans to bring its iconic brand, low fares, and exceptional customer service to the Cayman Islands, beginning June 4, 2017. The carrier filed an application with the US Department of Transportation to serve Owen Roberts International...

Bermuda and Cayman Islands listed as world's most offensive tax havens

December 14, 2016
Bermuda and Cayman Islands listed as world's most offensive tax havens GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Bermuda and the Cayman Islands have been named as the two most offensive corporate tax havens in the world in a new report examining the impact that tax-dodging corporations have on the world’s poorest people. The report, by the international...

Cayman Islands opposition party reneges on payment of election challenge costs

December 14, 2016
Cayman Islands opposition party reneges on payment of election challenge costs GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Cayman Islands resident John Gordon Hewitt is facing bankruptcy because of hefty costs the court ordered him to pay following an unsuccessful challenge and appeal against the election of education minister Tara Rivers to a seat in the 2013...

Reassign UK aid funds from EU to OCTs, says Montserrat premier

December 12, 2016
Reassign UK aid funds from EU to OCTs, says Montserrat premier LONDON, England -- While the uncertainties surrounding the eventual UK ‘Brexit’ from the European Union continue to be heavily debated throughout the UK, the premier of Montserrat, Donaldson Romeo, has weighed in with a suggestion that he says is intended to safeguard aid funds...

Commentary: The View from Europe: A new relationship for the Overseas Territories?

November 19, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: A new relationship for the Overseas Territories? While most of the world has been focussed on the outcome of the US presidential elections, other events of long-term importance to the region have been taking place. Of these, one of the more significant relates to the relationship between the UK and its overseas territories (OTs).

Still no jail for former Cayman Islands football chief as sentencing hearing postponed again

November 16, 2016
Still no jail for former Cayman Islands football chief as sentencing hearing postponed again GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- For the third time over the last year, the US federal sentencing hearing for Jeffrey Webb for his convictions in the FIFA bribery scandal has been put off and the former Cayman Islands and regional football boss remains under a limited house arrest.

Cayman Finance CEO discusses Panama Papers, tax neutrality

November 16, 2016
Cayman Finance CEO discusses Panama Papers, tax neutrality LONDON, England -- During a recent appearance on BBC, Cayman Finance CEO Jude Scott highlighted the Cayman Islands’ dedication to upholding the standards and expectations of a premier financial jurisdiction through transparency and a strong compliance culture.

Forecasters watching Caribbean for possibility of late-season storm

November 15, 2016
Forecasters watching Caribbean for possibility of late-season storm MIAMI, USA -- Surface pressures are slowly falling over the southwestern Caribbean Sea, and a broad low pressure system is expected to form in this area during the next day or two. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, environmental conditions are forecast...

UK and OTs agree to special Brexit negotiation talks in 2017

November 14, 2016
UK and OTs agree to special Brexit negotiation talks in 2017 LONDON, England -- At the recently concluded Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) in London, the United Kingdom government and the political leaders of the Overseas Territories (OTs) agreed to hold special ministerial talks in early 2017 on Brexit negotiations before Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty...

Brexit won't change relationship between UK and territories

November 8, 2016
Brexit won't change relationship between UK and territories LONDON, England (CNS) -- The UK government has said that the referendum result that saw the British people vote to leave the European Union earlier this year does not change the position on sovereignty between it and the overseas territories. The Brexit issue was a key element during...

British Overseas Territories leaders meet in London

November 3, 2016
British Overseas Territories leaders meet in London LONDON, England -- Leaders from the British Overseas Territories are currently in London, where they held a a successful meeting of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA) Political Council in preparation for meetings with the UK government at the Joint Ministerial...

British Overseas Territories leaders to form Brexit group to engage UK

November 1, 2016
British Overseas Territories leaders to form Brexit group to engage UK LONDON, England (CNS) -- Concerned about how the UK’s departure from the European Union over the next two years will impact their communities, leaders from the British Overseas Territories have agreed to form a group to focus on the whole question of Brexit.

Caribbean fisheries ministers meet in Cayman Islands

October 28, 2016
Caribbean fisheries ministers meet in Cayman Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CRFM) -- The Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), the top policy and decision-making arm of the CARICOM agency, met on Thursday in Grand Cayman for its sixth special meeting. The meeting was held as part...

Cayman Islands sports minister says national lottery significant

October 27, 2016
Cayman Islands sports minister says national lottery significant GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The clamour for a national lottery is sounding louder in the region. While in the Cayman Islands, Grand Cayman to be exact, this past weekend, I engaged in an interesting conversation with Osbourne Bodden, the minister of community affairs, youth...

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