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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...

Tropical Storm Bertha moving away from the Bahamas

August 4, 2014
Tropical Storm Bertha moving away from the Bahamas MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Bertha was beginning to move away from the southeastern Bahamas on Sunday night and all storm warnings have been discontinued. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, at 5:00 pm EDT on Sunday, the center of Tropical Storm Bertha was located...

Tropical Storm Bertha passes just south of Puerto Rico

August 2, 2014
Tropical Storm Bertha passes just south of Puerto Rico MIAMI, USA -- The centre of Tropical Storm Bertha was passing just south of Puerto Rico on Saturday morning, moving toward the west-northwest near 22 mph. A turn toward the northwest is expected by Saturday night, with this motion continuing through Sunday night.

Tropical Storm Bertha moves into northeast Caribbean

August 2, 2014
Tropical Storm Bertha moves into northeast Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- At 5:00 pm EDT on Friday, the centre of Tropical Storm Bertha was located 20 miles northwest of Fort de France, Martinique, and about 405 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, as the system moved into the northeastern Caribbean Sea. According to the National Hurricane Center...

US Coast Guard cutter returns home following deployment in the Caribbean

July 26, 2014
US Coast Guard cutter returns home following deployment in the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- The crew of the US Coast Guard cutter Confidence is scheduled to return to their homeport in Port Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday following a 61-day deployment in the Caribbean Sea. On May 27, the crew of the Confidence departed Port Canaveral to conduct a homeland security...

Three plead guilty to Cayman Islands money laundering

July 14, 2014
ALEXANDRIA, USA -- Two Cayman Islands residents and a Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) attorney have now pleaded guilty to money laundering charges under an indictment unsealed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in March. Joshua Vandyk, a US citizen...

New $100 million resort and marina for Turks and Caicos

July 11, 2014
New $100 million resort and marina for Turks and Caicos PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- A development agreement that will see a new $100 million luxury resort hotel and marina built in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) was signed at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. Circle Holdings Limited is developing what it calls an “ultra-luxury”...

Dominican Republic women recruited for prostitution

July 11, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Last week authorities in the Dominican Republic dismantled a network that recruited Dominican women for prostitution in the region and beyond. The women were lured on the pretext that they were going to work as dancers.

Turks and Caicos corruption under investigation in Czech Republic

July 3, 2014
Turks and Caicos corruption under investigation in Czech Republic PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Anti-corruption police in the Czech Republic have launched an investigation into the suspected involvement of executives of the Czech/Slovak J&T financial group and local politicians in bribery and corruption in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Eighteen Caribbean hotels among the Top 100 List in 2014

July 3, 2014
BELLEVUE, USA -- On Tuesday, Expedia.com, one of the world’s largest full-service online travel sites, announced the Expedia 2014 Insiders’ Select rankings, an annual crowd-sourced list of the world’s best-reviewed hotels. The Insiders’ Select list recognizes the top-ranked hotels...

Turks and Caicos secures first S&P credit rating of BBB+

July 2, 2014
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- The Turks and Caicos Islands was given its first sovereign credit rating of BBB+ from international ratings agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) on Tuesday. S&P’s rating highlights that the Turks and Caicos is a prosperous country.

Debate on payroll tax in Turks and Caicos shelved indefinitely

June 26, 2014
Debate on payroll tax in Turks and Caicos shelved indefinitely PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- On Monday, the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) House of Assembly was adjourned sine die without a vote on a controversial Payroll Tax Bill. In addition to the payroll tax debate, four private members' motions and a number of parliamentary questions...

Turks and Caicos gets first female chief justice

June 20, 2014
Turks and Caicos gets first female chief justice PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- Governor Peter Beckingham has accepted the recommendation of the Judicial Service Commission to appoint Justice Margaret Ramsay-Hale as the next chief justice of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) it was announced on Thursday.

Turks and Caicos media challenge gag order

June 17, 2014
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- A court order restricting the press from reporting details of one of the many ongoing corruption cases in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) was successfully challenged by the local media last week.

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