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UK Overseas Territory leaders conclude meeting in Bermuda

July 27, 2015
UK Overseas Territory leaders conclude meeting in Bermuda HAMILTON, Bermuda -- A pre-Joint Ministerial Council meeting of British Overseas Territory leaders was held last week in Bermuda to discuss issues of mutual interest and the forthcoming Joint Ministerial Council Meeting (JMC) with UK Ministers to be held in December 2015 in London.

Anguilla revenue administrators understudy Turks and Caicos revenue operations

July 17, 2015
Anguilla revenue administrators understudy Turks and Caicos revenue operations PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- The Turks Caicos Islands (TCI) government revenue and customs departments were identified by the Anguilla government earlier this year to host their comptroller of revenue, Perin Bradley, and comptroller of customs, Travis Carty, to understudy the operations in the TCI.

Ten Caribbean hotels named in list of world's best-reviewed hotels

July 16, 2015
Ten Caribbean hotels named in list of world's best-reviewed hotels BELLEVUE, USA -- The Expedia group, one of the world’s largest full-service online travel sites, announced on Tuesday the results of the Expedia 2015 Insiders’ Select rankings, an annual crowd-sourced list of the world’s best-reviewed hotels. Out of 650 global properties, the following ten Caribbean...

United Airlines starting nonstop flights to Turks and Caicos from Chicago

July 2, 2015
United Airlines starting nonstop flights to Turks and Caicos from Chicago PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Chicago residents will soon enjoy easy access to Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) with the launch of a seasonal, nonstop United Airlines service from December 19, 2015, through April 30,2016 – just in time for the busy winter travel.

CARICOM rejects tax haven listings

June 27, 2015
CARICOM rejects tax haven listings GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has stated its strong objection to the recent decision by the European Commission to “blacklist” a number of CARICOM member states for allegedly not co-operating on tax law enforcement with European Union countries.

Privy Council affirms no trial by jury in Turks and Caicos corruption cases

June 26, 2015
Privy Council affirms no trial by jury in Turks and Caicos corruption cases LONDON, England -- On Thursday, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) in London handed down its written judgment in relation to and appeal former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick seeking to enforce his right to trial by jury instead of by judge alone.

Turks and Caicos opposition MPs protest outside House of Assembly

June 24, 2015
Turks and Caicos opposition MPs protest outside House of Assembly GRAND TURK, TCI -- The opposition Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) members of parliament and others stood together with local residents in staging a demonstration outside the House of Assembly on Friday, June 19, 2015, to highlight neglect by the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government...

Extradition of convicted Ponzi scheme operator from Turks and Caicos still in limbo

June 22, 2015
Extradition of convicted Ponzi scheme operator from Turks and Caicos still in limbo PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- On June 18, 2015, Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) chief magistrate Clifton Warner provided his written decision regarding a request by the government of the United States to have convicted Ponzi scheme operator David Smith extradited to the US to complete his sentence.

Fifteen regional jurisdictions on EU tax haven blacklist

June 19, 2015
Fifteen regional jurisdictions on EU tax haven blacklist BRUSSELS, Belgium -- A blacklist of the world’s 30 worst-offending tax havens, published on Wednesday by the European Commission, includes 15 countries and territories within the wider Caribbean. The list includes various well-known havens -- among them the Cayman Islands, British Virgin...

United Airlines adds service to Turks and Caicos from Houston this summer

June 9, 2015
United Airlines adds service to Turks and Caicos from Houston this summer PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- United Airlines will be increasing flight services to Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) this summer. Commencing June 6, United Airlines will introduce direct service from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to...

Turks and Caicos minister attacks foreign nationals

June 8, 2015
Turks and Caicos minister attacks foreign nationals PROVIDENICALES, TCI -- Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) minister of finance, Washington Misick, has drawn the ire of a cross section of TCI citizens and foreign residents, when he made disparaging statements in the House of Assembly on May 14 about foreign nationals celebrating their culture.

Commentary: Turks and Caicos Islands held hostage

June 2, 2015
Commentary: Turks and Caicos Islands held hostage Kidnapped and being held hostage is one of life's most terrible possibilities. Freedom is a precious thing! However the former premier has held the entire Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) hostage for three long years. Michael Misick's exit and hiding and his fighting of extradition from Brazil absorbed two years.

British Virgin Islands to host regional parliamentary conference

May 28, 2015
British Virgin Islands to host regional parliamentary conference ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The British Virgin Islands (BVI) will host the 40th annual conference of the Caribbean, Americas and the Atlantic Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). Over 70 parliamentarians drawn from member states of that body are expected to arrive in the BVI in July.

Personal story reflects questionable Haitian immigration policy in Turks and Caicos

May 23, 2015
Personal story reflects questionable Haitian immigration policy in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- In mid May, a young Haitian woman and her ten-year-old daughter found that, after five years of legal residency in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), due to government policy they had to return to Haiti to join her siste’rs family struggling in Haiti to survive. She did not want...

Former TCI premier plays race card over Privy Council decision

May 19, 2015
Former TCI premier plays race card over Privy Council decision PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- Former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick, who is said to have improperly diverted some US$180-plus million of public funds during his time in office, and his former minister of lands McAllister ‘Piper’ Hanchell, issued a statement...

Turks and Caicos government outlines financial year performance

May 15, 2015
Turks and Caicos government outlines financial year performance PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government generated a US$77.3 million operating surplus for the financial year ending 31 March 2015, according to an announcement on Wednesday. The government said the surplus further consolidates the islands’ position as one of...

Privy Council throws monkey wrench in former Turks and Caicos premier's plans

May 12, 2015
Privy Council throws monkey wrench in former Turks and Caicos premier's plans LONDON, England -- The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London on Monday reportedly threw a monkey wrench in the plans of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick by denying his appeal seeking to enforce his right to trial by jury instead of by judge alone.

IMF staff concludes mission to Turks and Caicos

May 11, 2015
IMF staff concludes mission to Turks and Caicos WASHINGTON, USA -- An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission, headed by Hiroko Oura, visited Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), during April 14-27, to conduct a financial stability assessment under the IMF’s financial sector assessment program (FSAP).  The mission met with...

Turks and Caicos government accused of illegal land grab

May 9, 2015
Turks and Caicos government accused of illegal land grab PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- Provo Air Center (PAC) has applied to the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Court of Appeal, seeking to overturn last month’s refusal by the territory’s Supreme Court to review the legality of recent decisions by the Turks and Caicos Islands Airport Authority (TCIAA) and...

Millions lost in failed Turks and Caicos development

April 28, 2015
Millions lost in failed Turks and Caicos development PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- The Caicos Beach Resort and Marina development property and hotel site on the island of South Caicos in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) was sold at auction recently for a fraction of what investors poured into the development.

Ice cream recall extended to Caribbean

April 25, 2015
Ice cream recall extended to Caribbean BRENHAM, USA -- On Monday, Blue Bell Creameries of Brenham, Texas, voluntarily expanded its recall to include all of its products currently on the market because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This recall includes ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet...

CARPHA and Mexico sign MOU to benefit 17 million Caribbean people

April 25, 2015
CARPHA and Mexico sign MOU to benefit 17 million Caribbean people MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the ministry of health of the United Mexican States, through the Federal Commission for Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS). The aim of the MoU...

Turks and Caicos parliament disrupted by broadcast technician

April 21, 2015
Turks and Caicos parliament disrupted by broadcast technician GRAND TURK, Turks and Caicos Islands -- The political troubles for Premier Rufus Ewing and his Progressive National Party (PNP) government in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) continued on Monday as another ultimatum was issued and denied, resulting in the interruption of a parliamentary...

Turks and Caicos ministerial feud continues as deeper party rift emerges

April 20, 2015
Turks and Caicos ministerial feud continues as deeper party rift emerges PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- The split between cabinet members in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government continues between newly appointed tourism minister, Porsha Stubbs-Smith, and Premier Rufus Ewing. According to local sources, a serious disagreement over...

US fraud reveals Chavez-connected Caribbean money trail

April 18, 2015
US fraud reveals Chavez-connected Caribbean money trail STAMFORD, USA -- The collapse in early 2011 of what prosecutors described as Connecticut’s largest ever Ponzi scheme and subsequent criminal and civil court proceedings have revealed a money trail of ill-gotten gains stretching from one end of the Caribbean to the other.

Turks and Caicos government aware of resort developer's legal issues

April 17, 2015
Turks and Caicos government aware of resort developer's legal issues PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Almost two weeks after questions were first directed to its press office, the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government finally issued a statement on Thursday saying that it is aware of a civil lawsuit against the developer of...

Crown land transfer raises more questions over Turks and Caicos development

April 15, 2015
Crown land transfer raises more questions over Turks and Caicos development PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- A valuable strip of prime beachfront Crown land in front of a proposed Ritz Carlton resort development at Grace Bay, Providenciales – widely acknowledged to be one of the world’s best beaches – has been sold off by the Turks and Caicos Islands...

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