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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...

Commentary: The View from Europe: The Panama connection

April 9, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: The Panama connection A few days ago the leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, called on the British prime minister to consider taking direct control of Britain’s Caribbean overseas territories. His remarks – not without irony as, of all of the members of the British Parliament, he is among those...

Call for direct rule of British overseas territories 'absurd', says Cayman Islands minister

April 8, 2016
Call for direct rule of British overseas territories 'absurd', says Cayman Islands minister GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Cayman’s financial services minister has dismissed as absurd the suggestion by the UK leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, that the British government should consider imposing direct rule on its overseas territories and dependencies...

Turks and Caicos DPP under fire

April 1, 2016
Turks and Caicos DPP under fire GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS)-- John Masters, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) and a former senior prosecutor in the Cayman Islands, is under investigation by the territory’s Integrity Commission. According to reports from TCI...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Brexit and the UK Overseas Territories

March 12, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: Brexit and the UK Overseas Territories On June 23, voters in Britain will decide whether they wish to remain within the European Union (EU). If they vote to leave, as some polls suggest, they may inadvertently affect the special status that the UK’s Overseas Territories in the Caribbean have with Europe. In a recent indication of...

Caribbean economies experience 'mixed fortunes' in 'topsy-turvy' external environment

February 26, 2016
Caribbean economies experience 'mixed fortunes' in 'topsy-turvy' external environment BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (WINN) -- St Kitts and Nevis, Grenada and the Turks and Caicos Islands showed 4 percent growth, due to improved tourism arrivals and increased tourism related construction, while the region's economic powerhouse Trinidad and Tobago grew by just 0.2 percent.

Turks and Caicos repays British-guaranteed borrowing

February 26, 2016
Turks and Caicos repays British-guaranteed borrowing LONDON, England -- In a written statement to the House of Commons in London on Thursday, UK minister of state for international development, Desmond Swayne, announced that on Monday the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government repaid its remaining borrowing under...

Corruption-accused former premier to seek re-election in Turks and Caicos

February 22, 2016
Corruption-accused former premier to seek re-election in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- Former Turks and Caicos (TCI) premier Michael Misick, who is currently on trial on a number of corruption and money laundering charges, announced on Saturday his intention to seek the nomination to run for the North and Middle Caicos electoral district.

Election countdown begins in Turks and Caicos

February 18, 2016
Election countdown begins in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI --With general elections due in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) no later than February 2017, the two major political parties are ramping up their preparations. First out the gate was the opposition Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) with an announcement that...

Turks and Caicos and Dominican Republic hold first high level talks in years

February 18, 2016
Turks and Caicos and Dominican Republic hold first high level talks in years SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Governor Peter Beckingham and the permanent secretary of the ministry of border control and labour, Clara Gardiner, held talks on February 12 in Santo Domingo with the foreign minister of the Dominican Republic...

Turks and Caicos featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition 2016

February 18, 2016
Turks and Caicos featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition 2016 PROVIDENCIALES, TCI --The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition 2016 is shining a major spotlight on the “Beautiful by Nature” Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). The destination, apart from the cover models, is featured in this year’s highly anticipated Swimsuit Edition that hit newsstands...

Ruling party in Turks and Caicos to regain possession of headquarters building

February 17, 2016
Ruling party in Turks and Caicos to regain possession of headquarters building PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- According to Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Premier Dr Rufus Ewing, his ruling Progressive National Party (PNP) is to regain possession of its headquarters building in Providenciales, which it lost in a legal battle with the government in 2013.

Undercover investigation reveals role of British overseas territories in moving suspect money

February 13, 2016
Undercover investigation reveals role of British overseas territories in moving suspect money NEW YORK, USA -- A new investigation from advocacy group Global Witness, shown recently on CBS’ 60 Minutes, showed the role that British overseas territories can play in facilitating the movement of suspect funds into the US.  Wearing a hidden camera, a Global Witness investigator...

interCaribbean Airways to begin Havana service from Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

February 10, 2016
interCaribbean Airways to begin Havana service from Providenciales, Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Commencing on May 3, 2016, interCaribbean Airways will launch new nonstop services to Havana's Jose Martí International Airport (HAV), from Providenciales (PLS), Turks and Caicos Islands. With this new nonstop service to Havana...

Prosecution concludes opening statement in Turks and Caicos corruption trial

February 9, 2016
Prosecution concludes opening statement in Turks and Caicos corruption trial PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- On Friday, the final day of his two-week opening statement on behalf of the prosecution in the criminal trial of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick and others on corruption and money laundering charges, Andrew Mitchell QC continued his...

Two Turks and Caicos ministers received $4.2 million from development middleman

February 8, 2016
Two Turks and Caicos ministers received $4.2 million from development middleman PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- On Thursday, Andrew Mitchell QC continued his opening statement on behalf of the prosecution in the criminal trial of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick and others on various corruption and money laundering charges, by examining a...

Prosecution alleges more bribes paid to Turks and Caicos ministers

February 5, 2016
Prosecution alleges more bribes paid to Turks and Caicos ministers PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- On Wednesday, day twelve of his opening statement on behalf of the prosecution in the criminal trial of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick and others on various corruption and money laundering charges, Andrew Mitchell QC continued summarising...

Mistrial application dismissed; Turks and Caicos corruption trial resumes

February 4, 2016
Mistrial application dismissed; Turks and Caicos corruption trial resumes PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- The criminal trial of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick and others on various corruption and money laundering charges resumed on Tuesday after the presiding judge dismissed an application for a mistrial by Ralph Thorne QC.

BVI participates in EU funded regional study on diversification

February 2, 2016
BVI participates in EU funded regional study on diversification ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The British Virgin Islands is participating in a regional study on diversification of the Caribbean Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). The study was launched on November 26, 2015, and is being conducted by the European Union funded Caribbean Overseas...

Sandals statement prompts call for mistrial in Turks and Caicos

February 1, 2016
Sandals statement prompts call for mistrial in Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- Following the recent disclosure of secret payments made to former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick by one or more Sandals-related companies, Sandals Resort International issued a statement on Friday acknowledging...

Turks and Caicos Crown land valued at $75m sold for $3m, says prosecutor

February 1, 2016
Turks and Caicos Crown land valued at $75m sold for $3m, says prosecutor PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- On Friday, Andrew Mitchell QC concluded the second week of his opening statement on behalf of the prosecution in the criminal trial of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick and others by outlining how Crown land valued at $75 million was sold...

History will not stand in the way of development, said former Turks and Caicos premier

January 30, 2016
History will not stand in the way of development, said former Turks and Caicos premier PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- On Thursday, Andrew Mitchell QC described how former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick was challenged about a proposed development on Middle Caicos that would remove an area of historical importance and land that was supposed to become ...

Development agreement 'madness', said Turks and Caicos attorney general

January 29, 2016
Development agreement 'madness', said Turks and Caicos attorney general PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- On Wednesday, the eighth day of his opening statement on behalf of the prosecution in the criminal trial of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick and others, Andrew Mitchell QC continued his outline of a development agreement that then...

Prosecution outlines secret payments made by Sandals to Turks and Caicos ministers

January 28, 2016
Prosecution outlines secret payments made by Sandals to Turks and Caicos ministers PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- On Tuesday, the seventh day of his opening statement on behalf of the prosecution in the criminal trial of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick and others, Andrew Mitchell QC concluded his outline of a land transaction that allegedly defrauded...

Turks and Caicos government allegedly defrauded of millions

January 27, 2016
Turks and Caicos government allegedly defrauded of millions PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- On Monday, Andrew Mitchell QC commenced the second week of his opening statement on behalf of the prosecution in the criminal trial of former Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) premier Michael Misick and others, by outlining in detail a land transaction that allegedly defrauded...

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