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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...

Recent Turks and Caicos cabinet reshuffle exposes ministerial ultimatum

April 14, 2015
Recent Turks and Caicos cabinet reshuffle exposes ministerial ultimatum PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Following a Cabinet reshuffle in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) earlier this year, it now turns out that, according to insiders within the ruling Progressive National Party (PNP), Premier Dr Rufus Ewing was held hostage by the former health minister...

Budget claims of expanded Turks and Caicos economy yet to materialize, say local businessmen

April 13, 2015
Budget claims of expanded Turks and Caicos economy yet to materialize, say local businessmen PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Premier Rufus Ewing and Finance Minister Washington Misick are both claiming that increased Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government revenues reflect growth in the economy but local businessmen are claiming that it only represents increased taxation.

Turks and Caicos developer sued over criminal Ponzi scheme funding

April 11, 2015
Turks and Caicos developer sued over criminal Ponzi scheme funding PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- The developer of a recently announced Ritz Carlton resort in Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), Walter Stipa, is being sued in US federal court to recover the proceeds of a criminal enterprise. Stipa’s development company Desarrollos is also being sued.

Second $200m development for Turks and Caicos

April 4, 2015
Second $200m development for Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- On Thursday, the same day that the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government signed a development agreement to build a $224 million Ritz Carlton hotel, resort, casino and spa, the government also signed a memorandum of understanding...

Caribbean trader mentoring programme launches in Turks and Caicos

April 4, 2015
Caribbean trader mentoring programme launches in Turks and Caicos LONDON, England -- The Institute of Trading and Portfolio Management on Thursday announced new three and six-month Caribbean trader mentoring programmes that start in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) in July 2015 and will be exclusive to 16 participants every six months.

Letter: Stop the cover-up of the Turks and Caicos hospital scam with fake audits

April 4, 2015
Letter: Stop the cover-up of the Turks and Caicos hospital scam with fake audits Like we suspected and knew the art of the whitewash and the cover-up continues. First, this year the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) governor reluctantly allowed a review of the Financial Services Commission (FSC). That review came back with ‘approval’ because there was no real investigation.

Turks and Caicos government signs $224m Ritz Carlton agreement

April 3, 2015
Turks and Caicos government signs $224m Ritz Carlton agreement PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government has signed a development agreement with the Desarrollos Hotel Group to build a $224 million Ritz Carlton hotel, resort, casino and spa in the Grace Bay area of Providenciales. The proposed development...

Letter: Weak leadership in the Turks and Caicos - a Caribbean trend

April 3, 2015
Letter: Weak leadership in the Turks and Caicos - a Caribbean trend The decision to postpone the governing Progressive National Party (PNP) annual convention is not surprising, shocking or alarming. For the Turk and Caicos Islands (TCI) it may be best deemed “business as usual”. The reasons are not clear but it seems that the party’s rank and file, the current chairman...

St Lucia company takes board governance training to Turks and Caicos

April 1, 2015
St Lucia company takes board governance training to Turks and Caicos CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Last year, the Saint Lucia-based Caribbean Governance Training Institute (CGTI) introduced a certification program called the Chartered Director (C.Dir) qualification, involving an optional three-hour exam based on a three-day course covering all aspects of board governance.

Tourism officials celebrate new British Airways route between Antigua and Turks and Caicos

March 31, 2015
Tourism officials celebrate new British Airways route between Antigua and Turks and Caicos ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- V.C Bird International Airport in Antigua will serve as an important hub for UK flag carrier British Airways, as the airline on Sunday launched its inaugural flight service from Antigua to the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). The route is historic, as it will be the first direct flight...

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.

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