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New UK minister commits to championing British Overseas Territories interests

July 27, 2016
New UK minister commits to championing British Overseas Territories interests GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The new UK minister for British Overseas Territories (BOTs), Baroness Anelay, has said she plans to champion the interests of the BOTs in Whitehall in the face of the uncertainties presented by the referendum result last month for the UK to exit the...

Controversial Cayman Islander joins executive of regional football union

July 27, 2016
Controversial Cayman Islander joins executive of regional football union GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The vice president of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA), Bruce Blake, has secured a seat on the executive committee of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) after elections in Miami this weekend. Blake, who has yet to explain fully...

Cayman Islands judge rejects ban on release of genetically engineered mosquitoes

July 26, 2016
Cayman Islands judge rejects ban on release of genetically engineered mosquitoes GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Justice Ingrid Mangatal has rejected the application by activists in the Cayman Islands to overturn a decision of the National Conservation Council (NCC) regarding the controversial release of millions of genetically engineered mosquitoes.

Cayman Islands immigration tribunal finds in gay couple's favour

July 25, 2016
Cayman Islands immigration tribunal finds in gay couple's favour GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Two expatriate lawyers who are in a legal same-sex marriage have won their immigration appeal in the Cayman Islands. Dr Leo Raznovich is now a legal dependent on his spouse’s work permit, settling the question once and for all that...

British overseas territories leaders meet in Turks and Caicos

July 23, 2016
British overseas territories leaders meet in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Governor Peter Beckingham welcomed leaders from seven of the UK’s Overseas Territories for lunch at his official residence on Thursday. “I was delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to welcome to the Turks and Caicos...

Multi-billion-dollar international litigation begins in the Cayman Islands

July 20, 2016
Multi-billion-dollar international litigation begins in the Cayman Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The world’s spotlight is on the Cayman Islands courts with the largest trial in the history of the jurisdiction, with billions of dollars at stake, which began on Tuesday. The case, to be presided over by Chief Justice Anthony Smellie, involves worldwide allegations...

Activists delay planned Cayman Islands release of genetically modified mosquitoes

July 15, 2016
Activists delay planned Cayman Islands release of genetically modified mosquitoes GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- A group of local activists in the Cayman Islands, who are opposed to the planned release of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes, have managed to delay the start of the project, which was due to get underway on Thursday. The group aimed to...

Cayman Islands premier hopes for stability with new British PM

July 13, 2016
Cayman Islands premier hopes for stability with new British PM GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin has said the quick leadership change in the UK will bring a “semblance of certainty and stability” for the British overseas territories (BOTs) as well as Britain and help “move along the process” of...

European Court ruling paves way for gay marriage case in the Cayman Islands

July 12, 2016
European Court ruling paves way for gay marriage case in the Cayman Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- A recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) will have significant implications for a case in the Cayman Islands relating to a same-sex couple. The ECHR found that a refusal to grant a residence permit to a gay couple...

Commentary: The View from Europe: An uncertain future for the Overseas Territories?

July 9, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: An uncertain future for the Overseas Territories? Although an eerie calm may have settled on Europe now that the immediacy of the decision by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union (EU) has sunk in, it should not lull the Caribbean into a sense of false security or inaction. It has arisen because much is now on hold until...

UK may join its Caribbean territories as tax havens after Brexit

July 8, 2016
UK may join its Caribbean territories as tax havens after Brexit LONDON, England -- Once free of European Union strictures following its exit from the EU, European finance ministers and financial experts have expressed concern that Brexit could prompt a “race to the bottom” on tax policy, with the UK joining its Caribbean territories as a tax haven.

Cayman Islands regulator cancels director registration of fugitive financier

July 8, 2016
Cayman Islands regulator cancels director registration of fugitive financier GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) has cancelled the director registration of Ryan Bateman, the sole director of B & C Capital Ltd, and Bateman & Company Ltd, two corporate entities that have been accused by victims of laundering...

Cayman Islands confirms first two cases of zika; USVI and Grenada report additional cases

July 7, 2016
Cayman Islands confirms first two cases of zika; USVI and Grenada report additional cases GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Although the Cayman Islands managed to remain free of zika for a considerable time as the virus raged across the region, public health officials confirmed on Tuesday the first two Cayman Islands cases of the virus, imported by returning residents.

Stolen millions reportedly moved into Cayman Islands hedge fund

July 4, 2016
Stolen millions reportedly moved into Cayman Islands hedge fund MIAMI, USA -- Private investigators have reported that two of the “Cayman Gang of Four”, Derek Buntain and Sharon Lexa Lamb, the fired president, and senior vice president respectively of closed Dundee Merchant Bank, used their shell company to steal and move tens of millions of dollars into a Cayman Islands-based hedge fund that they were connected to.

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...

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