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Commentary: UWI lecturer: A coveted intellectual experience

July 28, 2016
Commentary: UWI lecturer: A coveted intellectual experience I have genuinely found that being a lecturer in the philosophy of education at the UWI provided me with an enriched exposure to the Caribbean’s greatest minds. It was indeed a coveted intellectual experience. The academic resources available in my teaching area were immense.

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...

Turks and Caicos reports five cases of zika

July 26, 2016
Turks and Caicos reports five cases of zika PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- The ministry of health has reported five confirmed cases of zika virus infections in the Turks and Cases Islands (TCI), three of which are imported and two of which are currently undergoing further investigations to determine whether they are also imported.

Commentary: How democratic are the Democrats?

July 26, 2016
Commentary: How democratic are the Democrats? The Democratic and Republican establishments made their decisions on who should be the next president of the United States of America – contrary to what Donald Trump has been spouting, still the strongest, wealthiest, most respected and most feared – economically and...

Commentary: Educational improvement or transformation?

July 25, 2016
Commentary: Educational improvement or transformation? Education in the Caribbean seems to experience identical problems of performance of students, and the way teachers are prepared for the classroom. In one country, an institution that prepares teachers was said to have only three of its 17 courses accredited. Another report...

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...

Turks and Caicos authorities discuss security issues with Dominican Republic community

July 23, 2016
Turks and Caicos authorities discuss security issues with Dominican Republic community PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) governor, Peter Beckingham, met separately on 19 July with the premier and police commissioner and representatives of the Dominican Republic community to discuss the recent murder of a DR citizen, and developments since then.

Turks and Caicos has one of the fastest growing populations in the Caribbean

July 21, 2016
Turks and Caicos has one of the fastest growing populations in the Caribbean PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The population of the Turks and Caicos Islands could reach 55,498 people by the year 2027 – compared with 32,199 in 2012 – according to the medium projection in a joint report on Wednesday today by the Economic Commission for Latin America and...

Commentary: Upside down politics?

July 19, 2016
Commentary: Upside down politics? Has politics as we have come to know it turned upside down? Traditionally, it was politically correct for countries to say they are capitalist democracies. This meant toeing a particular ideological line, with periodic elections, the rule of law, parliamentary supremacy, advocating human rights...

Commentary: Political choice: The best and the brightest?

July 12, 2016
Commentary: Political choice: The best and the brightest? In recent Caribbean political thinking, the idea of having highly qualified leaders who are intellectually curious and creative is being discussed in many circles. This is in response to current politics, which seems to place emphasis on support, popularity, and gaming the status quo, rather...

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.

Turks and Caicos maintains BBB+ credit rating

July 6, 2016
Turks and Caicos maintains BBB+ credit rating PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- Global ratings agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) has maintained its BBB+ rating with a stable outlook for the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) it announced last week. This is TCI’s third consecutive year with such a strong rating. A team from S&P made the...

Turks and Caicos ruling party undergoing shakeup as election looms

July 5, 2016
Turks and Caicos ruling party undergoing shakeup as election looms PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- The ruling party in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), the Progressive National Party (PNP), has publicly acknowledged that the selection of candidates for the upcoming general election has created what PNP national chairman Royal Robinson described as...

Commentary: Congrats to the University of the Virgin Islands

July 4, 2016
Commentary: Congrats to the University of the Virgin Islands The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) is to be highly congratulated on offering its first PhD, and new masters programmes, as recently reported by Caribbean News Now. The university is widely known throughout the Caribbean region for its high levels of excellence, and in seeking to...

CARPHA, Turks and Caicos launch tourism health and safety programme

June 28, 2016
CARPHA, Turks and Caicos launch tourism health and safety programme PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- In a response to ensure the health and safety of its visitors and residents, the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) in collaboration with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) launched the tourism health and safety programme (THP), under TCI CARE...

Three British Overseas Territories unite on gender affairs

June 25, 2016
Three British Overseas Territories unite on gender affairs ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The Office of Gender Affairs in the British Virgin Islands has shared its expertise on gender affairs with the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), following a two-week attachment of the gender director of the TCI, Carolyn Dickenson. Dickenson’s attachment from June 13 to 24...

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.

Expedia reports increase in travel demand for Turks and Caicos in 2015

June 8, 2016
Expedia reports increase in travel demand for Turks and Caicos in 2015 COCKBURN TOWN, TCI -- Expedia, one of the world’s leading travel companies, has reported that travel demand to the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) on all Expedia sites grew 15 percent in 2015 when compared to 2014. Package bookings, transactions that combine components...

Corruption-accused former Turks and Caicos premier permitted to travel for medical attention

June 6, 2016
Corruption-accused former Turks and Caicos premier permitted to travel for medical attention PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- According to local media, former premier Michael Misick, the chief defendant in the ongoing Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) prosecution of a number of former government ministers and others on numerous corruption-related charges, was granted permission to...

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)...

Embattled Turks and Caicos DPP resigns

June 4, 2016
Embattled Turks and Caicos DPP resigns PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- According to a statement issued by the Government Press Office in Grand Turk, the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) director of public prosecutions (DPP), John Masters, has resigned for what were described as “personal reasons” and has left the islands.

UK Overseas Territories take a stand against online child sexual abuse imagery

June 2, 2016
UK Overseas Territories take a stand against online child sexual abuse imagery LONDON, England -- In an historic announcement on Wednesday, 12 British Overseas Territories launched dedicated reporting portals, to allow web users to report images and videos of child sexual abuse. The IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) initiative has been made possible by...

Turks and Caicos to solicit public input on beneficial ownership information exchange

May 24, 2016
Turks and Caicos to solicit public input on beneficial ownership information exchange PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- The government of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) is inviting all stakeholders, corporate businesses, financial associations, interest groups, etc., to comment and provide feedback, advice, input in any form helpful to active participation in the design of the...

Turks and Caicos corruption trial prolonged

April 28, 2016
Turks and Caicos corruption trial prolonged PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- The corruption trial in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) of former government ministers and others will not be finished in 2016, according to chief prosecutor Andrew Mitchell QC. The proceedings began in December last year and were expected to last six months.

Turks and Caicos officials understudy tax reform in St Kitts-Nevis

April 25, 2016
Turks and Caicos officials understudy tax reform in St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- A team of officials from the Revenue and the Treasury Departments in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) reviewed the workings of the Inland Revenue Department in St Kitts and Nevis in a bid to strengthen their own collection structures.

Letter: Keith and Colm's 'Malice in Blunderland' - Part I

April 12, 2016
Letter: Keith and Colm's 'Malice in Blunderland' - Part I The Keith Rowley PNM might have believed that they were going to the Parliament on Friday 8th April 2016 to continue what has become a habit of skilful deception. But despite their best efforts, both Rowley and Colm Imbert unwittingly admitted that they haven’t a clue...

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