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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...

Dramatic increase in Turks and Caicos real estate sales volume and prices

January 22, 2015
Dramatic increase in Turks and Caicos real estate sales volume and prices PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Property sales in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) have seen a breakout year in 2014, according to a report by leading real estate group Sothebys. The report sets out trends in real estate across all sectors and provides a snapshot of activity since 2010.

Letter: Newly appointed 'hanging' judge tests the resolve of the Turks and Caicos people

January 19, 2015
Letter: Newly appointed 'hanging' judge tests the resolve of the Turks and Caicos people The appointment of the hanging, whipping, plantation slave-like conditions judge to the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) proves that the British government, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are all encouraged to engage in 21st century, latter day racism. The FCO has long been a sponsor...

Jamaican companies gear up for trade mission to Turks and Caicos

January 17, 2015
Jamaican companies gear up for trade mission to Turks and Caicos KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Jamaica Exporters’ Association (JEA), in partnership with the Jamaica Manufacturers Association (JMA), will be leading a delegation of local companies to participate in a trade mission to the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) from January 19 – 21, 2015.

Letter: Social issues in the Turks and Caicos Islands

January 16, 2015
Letter: Social issues in the Turks and Caicos Islands Good afternoon, Turks and Caicos. My name is Avi Adams, and I am writing to you today as a concerned citizen. I rarely ever have much to say publicly about social issues going on in the country, especially when it comes to politics. I now find myself extremely emotional and saddened by our...

Turks and Caicos premier reshuffles elected Cabinet ministers

January 9, 2015
Turks and Caicos premier reshuffles elected Cabinet ministers PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- The New Year brought with it new changes for the elected government ministers in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), when Premier Dr Rufus Ewing announced immediate changes to ministerial portfolios and responsibilities.

Ten Caribbean destinations reaped $867 million from private jet vacationers in winter season

December 19, 2014
Ten Caribbean destinations reaped $867 million from private jet vacationers in winter season NEW YORK, USA -- Elite Traveler Magazine has just reported the top ten destinations to enjoy the benefits of private jet charter flights during last year's peak winter season, which resulted in revenues of $867 million from 12,566 flights. Nassau in The Bahamas, St Maarten and Turks and Caicos...

Effectiveness of Turks and Caicos financial regulator to be assessed

December 17, 2014
Effectiveness of Turks and Caicos financial regulator to be assessed PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Governor Peter Beckingham announced on Friday that a review of the Financial Service Commission (FSC) will be undertaken in January 2015. The review will explore the Financial Services Commission’s...

US$10 million set aside for eighth cycle of CDB's Basic Needs Trust Fund

December 13, 2014
US$10 million set aside for eighth cycle of CDB's Basic Needs Trust Fund BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank has approved US$10 million from the Special Development Fund for the eightth cycle of the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF 8). This decision was made at the 264th meeting of the Board, held on Thursday in Barbados.

UK and Overseas Territories leaders meet in London

December 10, 2014
UK and Overseas Territories leaders meet in London LONDON, England -- The political leaders and representatives of the United Kingdom and the Overseas Territories met as the Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on 2 and 3 December. The newly elected leader of the government of Montserrat, Donaldson Romeo...

Letter: For the UK it is all about the money, not justice

November 29, 2014
Letter: For the UK it is all about the money, not justice More than five years after the suspension of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) constitution, it is now clear that the United Kingdom’s excursion into TCI’s internal affairs is more about finding lucrative employment for retired and semi-retired British civil servants, policemen, and lawyers.

Turks and Caicos delegation visits Haiti to finalise MOU

November 18, 2014
Turks and Caicos delegation visits Haiti to finalise MOU PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Governor Peter Beckingham, permanent secretary ministry of border control and labour Clara Gardiner, and deputy commander (marine division) Inspector Warrican visited Port au Prince, Haiti, on 13 and 14 November.

Turks and Caicos joins the Caribbean's renewable energy race

October 17, 2014
Turks and Caicos joins the Caribbean's renewable energy race PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) has deepened its commitment to advancing renewable energy by joining the Carbon War Room’s Ten Island Challenge. TCI Premier Dr Rufus Ewing and Carbon War Room’s operations director, Justin Locke...

British officials may face inquiry after former Cayman premier acquitted

October 10, 2014
British officials may face inquiry after former Cayman premier acquitted GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Thursday’s acquittal by a local jury of former Cayman Islands premier McKeeva Bush on abuse of office and corruption charges may have ramifications for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The allegations against Bush arose after...

Caribbean investment advisor and attorney sentenced for money laundering

October 9, 2014
Caribbean investment advisor and attorney sentenced for money laundering ALEXANDRIA, USA -- Eric St-Cyr, an investment advisor based in the Cayman Islands, and Patrick Poulin, an attorney practicing in the Turks and Caicos Islands, were sentenced last week to serve 14 months in prison and three years of supervised release each for conspiring to launder monetary instruments.

Turks and Caicos government wins civil recovery claim against former minister

September 30, 2014
Turks and Caicos government wins civil recovery claim against former minister PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- In a decision handed down by former Chief Justice Goldsbrough, the attorney general’s claim on behalf of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government has succeeded against Akita Holdings, a company owned by former minister of natural resources...

Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign

September 24, 2014
Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign There are times when events and circumstance combine to push an individual into doing things that would normally be considered ‘out of character.’ Such is the condition in which I now find myself as I set about launching this campaign in order to raise funds for what will be one of the hottest...

Turks and Caicos authorities intercept Haitian migrant sloop

September 2, 2014
Turks and Caicos authorities intercept Haitian migrant sloop PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- A sloop carrying 82 would be illegal immigrants was intercepted by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) and brought safely to port at Providenciales on Monday morning. The vessel was captured following a report passed...

Air service restored to Turks and Caicos as flood recovery efforts start

August 27, 2014
Air service restored to Turks and Caicos as flood recovery efforts start PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Flight operations to and from the Providenciales International Airport in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) resumed as of 8:30 am on Tuesday morning following a two-day interruption of flight services when the airport was forced to suspend operations.

Cristobal moves away from Bahamas; storm watch issued for Bermuda

August 26, 2014
MIAMI, USA -- The Bermuda weather service issued a tropical storm watch for Bermuda on Monday as Tropical Storm Cristobal moved slowly away from the Bahamas, after depositing 12 inches of rain on the Turks and Caicos Islands over the weekend, causing widespread flooding and one fatality.

Turks and Caicos government responds to widespread flooding

August 26, 2014
Turks and Caicos government responds to widespread flooding PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government has moved to respond to widespread flooding resulting from heavy rainfall brought by Tropical Storm Cristobal. Cristobal hovered over the TCI over the weekend and dumped some 12 inches of rain...

Turks and Caicos hit by heavy flooding

August 25, 2014
Turks and Caicos hit by heavy flooding PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Heavy rains from the weekend passage of Tropical Storm Cristobal caused widespread flooding in Providenciales, the most populated of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Floodwater engulfed the entire downtown area.

Storm warnings issued for Bahamas and Turks and Caicos

August 24, 2014
Storm warnings issued for Bahamas and Turks and Caicos MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Cristobal formed on Sunday over the Bahamas and storm warnings have been issued for the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, where heavy rainfall is likely. Interests in the northwestern Bahamas should also monitor this system.

Former Turks and Caicos premier's mansion up for sale

August 18, 2014
Former Turks and Caicos premier's mansion up for sale PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- The former mansion of disgraced former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick has been placed on the market for sale at a bargain price of $7.5 million – just half of the real value suggested by local sources.

More unresolved questions over largest Turks and Caicos land scam

August 8, 2014
More unresolved questions over largest Turks and Caicos land scam ROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- The recent appearance of an advertisement in the Summer/Fall 2014 Turks and Caicos Real Estate (TCREA) magazine of land being offered for sale as “development land” by Christies International Real Estate has renewed attention on what has been...

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