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US Coast Guard cutter returns home following deployment in the Caribbean

July 26, 2014
US Coast Guard cutter returns home following deployment in the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- The crew of the US Coast Guard cutter Confidence is scheduled to return to their homeport in Port Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday following a 61-day deployment in the Caribbean Sea. On May 27, the crew of the Confidence departed Port Canaveral to conduct a homeland security...

Three plead guilty to Cayman Islands money laundering

July 14, 2014
ALEXANDRIA, USA -- Two Cayman Islands residents and a Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) attorney have now pleaded guilty to money laundering charges under an indictment unsealed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in March. Joshua Vandyk, a US citizen...

New $100 million resort and marina for Turks and Caicos

July 11, 2014
New $100 million resort and marina for Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- A development agreement that will see a new $100 million luxury resort hotel and marina built in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) was signed at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Circle Holdings Limited is developing what it calls an “ultra-luxury”...

Dominican Republic women recruited for prostitution

July 11, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Last week authorities in the Dominican Republic dismantled a network that recruited Dominican women for prostitution in the region and beyond. The women were lured on the pretext that they were going to work as dancers.

Turks and Caicos corruption under investigation in Czech Republic

July 3, 2014
Turks and Caicos corruption under investigation in Czech Republic PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Anti-corruption police in the Czech Republic have launched an investigation into the suspected involvement of executives of the Czech/Slovak J&T financial group and local politicians in bribery and corruption in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Eighteen Caribbean hotels among the Top 100 List in 2014

July 3, 2014
BELLEVUE, USA -- On Tuesday, Expedia.com, one of the world’s largest full-service online travel sites, announced the Expedia 2014 Insiders’ Select rankings, an annual crowd-sourced list of the world’s best-reviewed hotels. The Insiders’ Select list recognizes the top-ranked hotels...

Turks and Caicos secures first S&P credit rating of BBB+

July 2, 2014
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- The Turks and Caicos Islands was given its first sovereign credit rating of BBB+ from international ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) on Tuesday. S&P’s rating highlights that the Turks and Caicos is a prosperous country.

Debate on payroll tax in Turks and Caicos shelved indefinitely

June 26, 2014
Debate on payroll tax in Turks and Caicos shelved indefinitely PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- On Monday, the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) House of Assembly was adjourned sine die without a vote on a controversial Payroll Tax Bill. In addition to the payroll tax debate, four private members' motions and a number of parliamentary questions...

Turks and Caicos gets first female chief justice

June 20, 2014
Turks and Caicos gets first female chief justice PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Governor Peter Beckingham has accepted the recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission to appoint Justice Margaret Ramsay-Hale as the next chief justice of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) it was announced on Thursday.

Turks and Caicos media challenge gag order

June 17, 2014
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- A court order restricting the press from reporting details of one of the many ongoing corruption cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) was successfully challenged by the local media last week.

British overseas territories citizens get visa-free access to 26 European countries

June 7, 2014
LONDON, England -- British Overseas Territories citizens (BOTCs), British Overseas citizens (BOCs), British Protected Persons (BPPs), and British Subjects (BS) can travel visa-free across the EU ‘Schengen’ Area with effect from Monday, 9 June 2014.

Dominica opposition party leader describes ministers as 'rapists'

May 28, 2014
Dominica opposition party leader describes ministers as 'rapists' ROSEAU, Dominica -- Leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) in Dominica, Lennox Linton, described government ministers as “rapists”, during an address at a youth rally on Sunday, CBN4 News reported. “Our government harbours rapist ministers and we oppose extortion of sexual services...

Turks and Caicos: Canada's eleventh province?

May 27, 2014
Turks and Caicos: Canada's eleventh province? OTTAWA, Canada -- This week’s visit of the premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) has once again prompted talk of the British overseas territory joining Canada as its eleventh province. However, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird suggested Canadians are dreaming if they think...

Criminal investigation called for into failed Turks and Caicos bank

May 7, 2014
Criminal investigation called for into failed Turks and Caicos bank PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Some four years after it collapsed, the failure of the TCI Bank in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) has still not been fully investigated and the latest call for a criminal investigation into the matter has been made by David Kosoy...

Turks and Caicos premier's statement of interests raises conflict questions

May 1, 2014
Turks and Caicos premier's statement of interests raises conflict questions PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- The recent publication of an extract from Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Premier Rufus Ewing’s statement of registrable interests has raised conflict of interest questions regarding a controversial healthcare contract with Interhealth Canada.

Former Turks and Caicos premier claims innocence, blames Britain

April 21, 2014
Former Turks and Caicos premier claims innocence, blames Britain PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- In a one-hour interview that aired on local television on Friday, former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick blamed the British government at length, while at the same time proclaiming his innocence of the various corruption...

British government refutes Turks and Caicos economic citizenship claim

April 18, 2014
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Britain’s Home Office has refuted a claim by promoters of a resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) that investors are eligible to apply for a British Overseas Territory Citizen passport, thereby enabling the holder to reside in the UK.

Former Turks and Caicos premier rejoins local politics

April 14, 2014
Former Turks and Caicos premier rejoins local politics PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick, who is currently facing a number of corruption related charges, has apparently decided to re-engage in local politics. Within the last two weeks, Misick has made four public appearances.

Resistance increases to new taxes in Turks and Caicos

April 7, 2014
Resistance increases to new taxes in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- With the possibility of an eleventh new tax being introduced by the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) on the heels of recently announced business licence increases, local residents and the media are all centering their attention...

Regional telecoms provider acquires Turks and Caicos television station

April 4, 2014
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Regional wireless telecoms provider Digicel, together with its local partner Telemedia, on Tuesday announced the acquisition of WIV Cable TV, which has been operating in the Turks and Caicos Islands for over 30 years, and its sister company...

Turks and Caicos opposition calls on government to resign

April 3, 2014
Turks and Caicos opposition calls on government to resign PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- On Wednesday, at the conclusion of a speech that laid out the reasons the current and proposed tax regime of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government was sure to cause the people to become poorer, opposition leader...

Former Turks and Caicos premier to stand trial

March 24, 2014
Former Turks and Caicos premier to stand trial PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- A second hearing to review the sufficiency of evidence against former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick went forward last week despite pleadings by Misick that he has no liquid assets to pay his attorneys.

Three indicted for Cayman Islands money laundering

March 21, 2014
ALEXANDRIA, USA -- Two Cayman Islands residents and a Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) attorney were arrested this week for money laundering under an indictment unsealed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Charged with three counts of money laundering...

JetBlue launches nonstop flight between New York and Port of Spain

February 26, 2014
JetBlue launches nonstop flight between New York and Port of Spain NEW YORK, USA -- JetBlue Airways on Monday added a once daily nonstop service from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to Piarco International Airport in Port of Spain, Trinidad. On May 1, additional nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale will commence, increasing JetBlue's offering to...

New attorney general appointed in Turks and Caicos

February 25, 2014
New attorney general appointed in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Acting attorney general Rhondalee Braithwaite-Knowles has been appointed the new attorney general of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), Governor Peter Beckingham announced on Monday.  Beckingham informed Premier Dr Rufus Ewing and...

Caribbean islands recognised as top two world's best

February 20, 2014
NEWTON, USA -- TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, has announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice Islands, with the top two world’s best being Ambergris Caye, Belize, and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. In its second year, the annual awards recognize more than...

Turks and Caicos Integrity Commission to be tested

February 19, 2014
Turks and Caicos Integrity Commission to be tested PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- It seems that the resolve of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Integrity Commission is about to be tested as a result of Monday’s House of Assembly session, when opposition member and deputy speaker of the house, Josephine Connolly...

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