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Continued US concern over Bahamas aviation sector, drug activity

March 23, 2015
Continued US concern over Bahamas aviation sector, drug activity NASSAU, Bahamas -- The US State Department says Haitian and Haitian-Bahamian drug trafficking organizations continue to play a major role in movement of cocaine and those organizations are “increasingly networked between Haiti and the significant Haitian diaspora in The Bahamas”.

Letter: Turks and Caicos Integrity Commission compromised?

March 23, 2015
Letter: Turks and Caicos Integrity Commission compromised? It is a fact that Eugene Otuonye, the head of the Turks and Caicos Islands Integrity Commission, was also on Governor Gordon Wetherell’s Advisory Council and was personally present when the Advisory Council voted and approved the freehold grant of Crown land at the Providenciales Airport.

Turks and Caicos opposition upset over healthcare investigation delay

March 17, 2015
Turks and Caicos opposition upset over healthcare investigation delay PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- The opposition party in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) is upset over a delay in putting into effect a motion passed in the TCI House of Assembly on January 27, 2015, recommending to the governor that a thorough investigation be carried out...

Letter: Games continue over investigation into Turks and Caicos hospital contract

March 14, 2015
Letter: Games continue over investigation into Turks and Caicos hospital contract It is very bizarre that it is only the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) opposition that’s carrying the ball on this absolutely critically needed investigation into the Turks and Caicos Islands hospital contract. Now the public is learning three months after the motion to investigate was passed...

Letter: It is our taxes, our money, so Turks and Caicos ministers have nothing to be applauded for

March 9, 2015
Letter: It is our taxes, our money, so Turks and Caicos ministers have nothing to be applauded for It is always tempting to turn issues of a national nature into something political at a time when we have come this far by faith and realised that politics is that silly little thing that has separated and set us back as a people. So the following comments, though of a political nature, are not designed...

Turks and Caicos fastest growing tourism destination in the Caribbean

March 7, 2015
Turks and Caicos fastest growing tourism destination in the Caribbean PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) poised itself as the fastest-growing tourism destination in the wider Caribbean region in 2014. The destination recorded its largest number of both cruise passenger and stop-over arrivals yet.

Turks and Caicos moves permanently to Atlantic Standard Time

March 5, 2015
Turks and Caicos moves permanently to Atlantic Standard Time PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- One of the Caribbean’s top tourist destinations is set to give its residents and visitors an extra hour of sunshine each and every day of the year. When the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) moves its clocks forward on hour on Sunday, 8 March 2015.

British Airways to operate second weekly service to Turks and Caicos

March 5, 2015
British Airways to operate second weekly service to Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- British Airways will be increasing flight services from London Gatwick to Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) by an additional flight per week commencing 29 October 2015. The service will operate on a Thursday, via Antigua.

Regional bond market impressed by Turks and Caicos turnaround

March 4, 2015
Regional bond market impressed by Turks and Caicos turnaround PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Major players in the Caribbean regional debt market were impressed by the turnaround in the public finances of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), during a roadshow in Trinidad and Tobago. Ahead of the TCI government refinancing around US$70 milllion of debt...

European Union confirms nearly $30 million for Turks and Caicos

March 4, 2015
European Union confirms nearly $30 million for Turks and Caicos TORTOLA, BVI -- The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) had nearly US$30 million (€25.6m) of European cash to support its education and business sectors confirmed at the EU’s recent Overseas Countries and Territories (EUOCT) event on 24-26 February 2015.

Turks and Caicos back in the sovereign bond market

February 26, 2015
Turks and Caicos back in the sovereign bond market PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Caribbean regional bond market institutions will discover a new investment opportunity in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) during a financial roadshow beginning in Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday. TCI ministry of finance acting permanent secretary...

Retain economic strengths and resist tampering with governance structures, says Turks and Caicos governor

February 25, 2015
Retain economic strengths and resist tampering with governance structures, says Turks and Caicos governor PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), Peter Beckingham, spoke on Monday to a workshop arranged by the Governor’s Office in association with the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), chaired by the leader of the opposition, Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson.

Anguilla and Turks and Caicos residents can now access superfast broadband

February 25, 2015
Anguilla and Turks and Caicos residents can now access superfast broadband PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Superfast broadband speed of up to 48Mbps, which can be as much as six times the speed customers previously enjoyed, is now available in Anguilla and Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). A network upgrade from regional telecoms provider LIME...

Letter: Why do they not protest in the Turks and Caicos?

February 17, 2015
Letter: Why do they not protest in the Turks and Caicos? An alleged Crown Land swindle has occurred at the Providenciales International Airport in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) in connection with the new Blue Heron FBO where no belongers are shareholders, partners or owners. Mortimer Sackler, Michel Neutlings and other foreigners are being...

Turks and Caicos deep water port disguised as multimillion-dollar sand tender

February 14, 2015
Turks and Caicos deep water port disguised as multimillion-dollar sand tender PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- A twice delayed Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government approved sand mining tender (one of two) is now being perceived locally as having a disguised motive of creating a deep water port at the same time. The proposed works would permit...

Commentary: The View from Europe: OTs message hides a darker truth

February 14, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: OTs message hides a darker truth Imagine this. You are the premier of the Cayman Islands or the British Virgin Islands. You have been trying your hardest to continue to develop your nation’s economy. With British support and encouragement over a long period, the nation’s financial services and tourism sectors have flourished.

Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland

February 12, 2015
Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released a report this week revealing billions of dollars held in nearly 60,000 internal Swiss bank documents from 2006 to 2007 leaked by whistleblower Hervé Falciani, a former employee of HSBC in Switzerland.

New Turks and Caicos political party may include alliance of former chief ministers

February 12, 2015
New Turks and Caicos political party may include alliance of former chief ministers PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Oswald Skippings, who twice served as chief minister of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) has now severed ties with the opposition Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) and will form a new party called the Progressive Democratic Alliance (PDA).

Britain's Labour Party leader hopelessly out of touch, says Cayman attorney

February 11, 2015
Britain's Labour Party leader hopelessly out of touch, says Cayman attorney LONDON, England -- The chairman of the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange, local attorney at law Anthony Travers, has accused UK Labour Party leader Ed Miliband of being hopelessly out of touch in relation to international tax avoidance. Travers’ comments follow a letter from Miliband to...

Letter: Willfully blind and morally complicit in the Turks and Caicos

February 10, 2015
Letter: Willfully blind and morally complicit in the Turks and Caicos Governor Beckingham, the TCI Integrity Commission investigators and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have apparently elected to remain willfully blind and morally complicit in the theft of Crown Land from Belongers at the Providenciales International Airport.

British overseas 'tax havens' warned ahead of general election

February 9, 2015
British overseas 'tax havens' warned ahead of general election LONDON, England -- A Labour government would push for UK overseas territories to be put on an international blacklist if they refuse to co-operate with a drive against tax avoidance, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has told them ahead of general elections in Britain in May.

Real estate sales tax and accommodation tax revenue boost Turks and Caicos budget

February 6, 2015
Real estate sales tax and accommodation tax revenue boost Turks and Caicos budget PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- The economy of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) turned in another record breaking third quarter with an actual surplus up 75 percent over budget. Real estate and accommodation tax accounted for the bulk of this growth due to an apparent resurgence...

Letter: This is what it is all about - Turks and Caicos hospital costs revealed

February 4, 2015
Letter: This is what it is all about - Turks and Caicos hospital costs revealed Please see below. This is what it is all about. We have now confirmed that, if they have the gall to investigate this scam, all roads will lead to Ashcroft. Facts and reality will confirm that Sir Robin Auld's Commission, Interim Government, SIPT, Integrity Commission were all established...

Two men stranded on remote Bahamas island rescued by US Coast Guard

January 29, 2015
Two men stranded on remote Bahamas island rescued by US Coast Guard MIAMI, USA -- Two stranded men are safe after the US Coast Guard rescued them off an island in The Bahamas on Tuesday afternoon. Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders received a request for assistance from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force to rescue two US citizens from a remote island.

Turks and Caicos 2015-2016 fiscal plan agreed with Britain

January 28, 2015
Turks and Caicos 2015-2016 fiscal plan agreed with Britain PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) and UK ministers have formally agreed their annual fiscal strategy and policy statement (FSPS), which shapes the forthcoming budget negotiations in the British Overseas Territory. The FSPS outlines the key policy...

Travel demand for Caribbean on the rise

January 27, 2015
Travel demand for Caribbean on the rise SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Expedia group, one of the world's largest online travel companies, reported on Monday that travel demand garnered via the company’s platforms for the Caribbean region grew nearly 30 percent year over year during the first three quarters of 2014.

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...

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