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Cayman Islands ends year with record breaking arrivals

January 27, 2015
Cayman Islands ends year with record breaking arrivals GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Consistency in delivering excellence and a commitment to providing Caymankind experiences has once again earned the Cayman Islands a record breaking year of visitation. In what was notably the best year in over a decade, the country welcomed over 380,000...

Cuban boat with 29 migrants aboard turned away from Cayman Islands

January 26, 2015
Cuban boat with 29 migrants aboard turned away from Cayman Islands EAST END, Cayman Islands -- A Cuban boat with 29 persons aboard that included five women, which arrived at an East End dive resort on Grand Cayman on Saturday morning, was directed to move on by Cayman Islands immigration and police officials. The vessel departed at 9:00 am.

UWI appoints Anguillian as manager for British overseas territories sites

January 24, 2015
UWI appoints Anguillian as manager for British overseas territories sites KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The UWI Open Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has announced the appointment of Dr Phyllis Fleming-Banks to oversee the operations of its Open Campus country sites in the British Overseas Territories (BOTs). The sites include Anguilla, British Virgin Islands...

Cayman Islands to move to single-member constituencies

January 17, 2015
Cayman Islands to move to single-member constituencies GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Governor Helen Kilpatrick has announced the appointment of the Electoral Boundaries Commission 2015, which will make recommendations for the division of the Cayman Islands into single-member electoral districts. In accordance with sections 88 and 89 of...

Regional legal and judicial professionals join Cayman Islands judiciary

January 8, 2015
Regional legal and judicial professionals join Cayman Islands judiciary GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Two new judges with regional legal and judicial backgrounds were sworn in as judges in the Cayman Islands on Monday. They begin hearing matters in Grand Court on Thursday. Justice Ingrid Mangatal joins the Cayman judiciary from Jamaica.

Cayman Islands financial sector welcomes government stance on beneficial ownership

January 6, 2015
Cayman Islands financial sector welcomes government stance on beneficial ownership GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Cayman Finance CEO Jude Scott has welcomed the recent statement from the Cayman Islands government (CIG) regarding the beneficial ownership changes being insisted upon by the UK. "Cayman Finance supports the government's statement and its position that...

Two more chikungunya cases in the Cayman Islands

December 27, 2014
Two more chikungunya cases in the Cayman Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (GIS) -- Public health officials in the Cayman Islands received two positive test results for chikungunya from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) over the period 9-20 December 2014. A further seven results were negative and one was inconclusive.

Ten Caribbean destinations reaped $867 million from private jet vacationers in winter season

December 19, 2014
Ten Caribbean destinations reaped $867 million from private jet vacationers in winter season NEW YORK, USA -- Elite Traveler Magazine has just reported the top ten destinations to enjoy the benefits of private jet charter flights during last year's peak winter season, which resulted in revenues of $867 million from 12,566 flights. Nassau in The Bahamas, St Maarten and Turks and Caicos...

Expedia announces substantial growth in intra-Caribbean travel

December 11, 2014
Expedia announces substantial growth in intra-Caribbean travel BELLEVUE, USA -- Travel to the Caribbean has long been focused on the US traveler, but new data from the Expedia group, one of the world's largest online travel companies, revealed that intra-Caribbean travel is on the rise, with a 50 percent bump in demand in the first three quarters of 2014.

UK and Overseas Territories leaders meet in London

December 10, 2014
UK and Overseas Territories leaders meet in London LONDON, England -- The political leaders and representatives of the United Kingdom and the Overseas Territories met as the Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on 2 and 3 December. The newly elected leader of the government of Montserrat, Donaldson Romeo...

US hospitals sue Cayman Islands insurance company for $1.4 million in unpaid medical bills

November 27, 2014
US hospitals sue Cayman Islands insurance company for $1.4 million in unpaid medical bills MIAMI, USA -- Two Miami, Florida, area hospitals have filed complaints in US federal court claiming over $1.4 million in unpaid medical bills from the Cayman Islands National Insurance Company (CINICO), which is a government-owned company formed to provide health insurance coverage to...

New judge joins the Cayman Islands court of appeal

November 8, 2014
New judge joins the Cayman Islands court of appeal GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Sir Bernard Rix, a recently retired Lord Justice of Appeal with 20 years’ experience in the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal of England and Wales, commenced sitting this week in the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal. As a barrister, judge, and more recently...

Chikungunya cases increase to 30 in the Cayman Islands

November 6, 2014
Chikungunya cases increase to 30 in the Cayman Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (GIS) -- The total number of confirmed chikungunya cases in the Cayman Islands has reached 30 to date. Meanwhile, the number of locally transmitted cases is now six. Twenty-four have reported travel history to countries experiencing outbreaks.

Sick tourist sparks Ebola scare in the Cayman Islands

October 29, 2014
Sick tourist sparks Ebola scare in the Cayman Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- A female visitor to the Cayman Islands taken to the Government Hospital on Monday morning does not meet the criteria for the Ebola virus, according to statement from the Premier’s Office. Emergency Medical Services were called to a house in Grand Cayman early on Monday.

No Ebola travel ban for Barbados; Antigua-Barbuda imposes restrictions

October 20, 2014
No Ebola travel ban for Barbados; Antigua-Barbuda imposes restrictions BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Barbados has not banned travel to or from West Africa but the ministry of health has recommended that residents defer travel to the region unless absolutely essential until the current Ebola outbreak is brought under control. Travellers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone...

Chikungunya cases continue to rise in Barbados, Cayman now reports 25

October 17, 2014
Chikungunya cases continue to rise in Barbados, Cayman now reports 25 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Health Minister John Boyce has revealed that the number of confirmed chikungunya cases in Barbados now stood at 49, with another 200 suspected cases on record. Meanwhile, in the Cayman Islands the total number of confirmed chikungunya cases reached 25 this week.

BVI ranked as world's leading offshore centre in new reports

October 15, 2014
BVI ranked as world's leading offshore centre in new reports ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has come out top in two new independent surveys of offshore financial centres. The BVI achieved the highest rating of offshore centres in the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI 16), the 16th bi-annual survey of over 3,500 international financial...

Cayman Airways named a top eight airline in the world

October 14, 2014
Cayman Airways named a top eight airline in the world GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Respected travel critic Richard Bangs has just issued his choice of top eight airlines worldwide, and Cayman Airways is on the list.  In his article “The Eight Great Airlines for 2015” written for the Huffington Post, Bangs says that in the past months...

British officials may face inquiry after former Cayman premier acquitted

October 10, 2014
British officials may face inquiry after former Cayman premier acquitted GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Thursday’s acquittal by a local jury of former Cayman Islands premier McKeeva Bush on abuse of office and corruption charges may have ramifications for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The allegations against Bush arose after...

Chikungunya cases in Cayman Islands now 20

October 10, 2014
Chikungunya cases in Cayman Islands now 20 GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The total number of confirmed chikungunya cases in the Cayman Islands reached 20 this week. Sixteen reported travel history to countries experiencing outbreaks (two to the Dominican Republic, three to Guyana, ten to Jamaica and one to St Lucia).

Caribbean investment advisor and attorney sentenced for money laundering

October 9, 2014
Caribbean investment advisor and attorney sentenced for money laundering ALEXANDRIA, USA -- Eric St-Cyr, an investment advisor based in the Cayman Islands, and Patrick Poulin, an attorney practicing in the Turks and Caicos Islands, were sentenced last week to serve 14 months in prison and three years of supervised release each for conspiring to launder monetary instruments.

Confirmed chikungunya cases in Barbados now at 40, Cayman records 11 new cases

October 4, 2014
Confirmed chikungunya cases in Barbados now at 40, Cayman records 11 new cases BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The number of confirmed cases of chikungunya in Barbados now stands at 40, while in the Cayman Islands, 11 of 13 results of samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing during September 16-24, 2014, have come back positive.

Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign

September 24, 2014
Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign There are times when events and circumstance combine to push an individual into doing things that would normally be considered ‘out of character.’ Such is the condition in which I now find myself as I set about launching this campaign in order to raise funds for what will be one of the hottest...

Cayman Islands now has six confirmed chikungunya cases

September 19, 2014
Cayman Islands now has six confirmed chikungunya cases GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The total number of confirmed cases of chikungunya in the Cayman Islands has now reached six, as at September 15, 2014. Since the last update on 8 September 2014, five new cases were placed under investigation during the week of 9-15 September.

FIFA suspends Cayman Islands businessman pending outcome of corruption probe

September 18, 2014
FIFA suspends Cayman Islands businessman pending outcome of corruption probe GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The head of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee on Monday announced the temporary suspension of Cayman Islands businessman Canover Watson from FIFA’s financial monitoring panel in the North and Central American and Caribbean region...

Cayman-based investment advisor sentenced for using offshore accounts to launder and conceal funds

September 8, 2014
Cayman-based investment advisor sentenced for using offshore accounts to launder and conceal funds ALEXANDRIA, USA -- Joshua Vandyk, an investment advisor based in the Cayman Islands, was sentenced on Friday to serve 30 months in prison for conspiring to launder monetary instruments. Vandyk, a US citizen, and Eric St-Cyr and Patrick Poulin, Canadian citizens, were indicted...

St Lucia firm surfaces in Cayman Islands corruption probe

August 30, 2014
St Lucia firm surfaces in Cayman Islands corruption probe GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The former chairman of the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA) board was released on bail Thursday evening following his arrest on suspicion of a number of offences, including abuse of public office, breach of trust, conflict of interest and...

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