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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...

Commentary: Proposed Cayman Islands register of beneficial owners has no teeth

May 3, 2017
Commentary: Proposed Cayman Islands register of beneficial owners has no teeth The proposed Cayman Islands Register of Beneficial Ownership of Corporate Information, which is reportedly slated to become effective in June 2017, and which was created in the face of global demand for corporate ownership transparency, falls far short of its goals. First of all, outside of United Kingdom...

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...

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