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Former premier claims innocence, blames Britain

April 21, 2014
In a one-hour interview with Angie Toussaint of PTV 8 that aired on Friday, former premier Michael Misick blamed the British government at length, while at the same time proclaiming his innocence of the various corruption-related charges that have been brought against him.

British government refutes TCI economic citizenship claim

April 21, 2014
Britain’s Home Office has refuted a claim by promoters of a resort in the TCI that investors are eligible to apply for a British Overseas Territory Citizen passport, thereby enabling the holder to reside in the UK. In a press release last Monday entitled “Eligibility for British Overseas...

Premier wants to deport poverty

April 21, 2014
Premier wants to deport poverty Premier Rufus Ewing said in a recent interview with the TCI Weekly News that the rise in the poverty level is related to illegal immigrants. He suggested therefore that a study of the problem could result in the return of undocumented workers to their country of origin. If such a program is implemented it would...

Chamber of Commerce talks crime

April 21, 2014
The Providenciales Chamber of Commerce recently hosted Police Commissioner Colin Farquhar, Governor Peter Beckingham and Premier Rufus Ewing in a discussion on the crime situation in the TCI. The police commissioner and the force have been in the spotlight because...

Air fares fall as tourist season softens

April 21, 2014
While temperatures are still on the chilly side in the Midwest and North East US and Canada, air fares have dropped down to 1990s levels for May travellers. The extreme and prolonged winter sub freezing temperatures were believed to have been a sign that TCI and other sub tropical...

Former premier rejoins local politics

April 14, 2014
Former premier rejoins local politics Former premier Michael Misick, who is currently facing a number of corruption related charges, has apparently decided to re-engage in local politics. Within the last two weeks, Misick has made four public appearances. He was interviewed at the Rake and Scrape Music Festival.

Opposition claim on taxes false and misleading, say ministers

April 14, 2014
Opposition claim on taxes false and misleading, say ministers At a press conference last week, Premier Rufus Ewing and minister of immigration and border control DonHue Gardiner claimed that a statement by opposition leader Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson relating to an uncollected $25 million due to government was false and misleading.

Premier takes no position on police issues

April 14, 2014
Premier takes no position on police issues At a press conference last week, Premier Rufus Ewing would not take a position on the call by opposition leader Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson relating to police commissioner Colin Farquhar. Cartwright-Robinson called for Farquhar to resign due to ongoing problems within the Royal Turks and Caicos...

Family island power outages continue

April 14, 2014
The weekends appear to be prime time for power failures on North and Middle Caicos. Saturday April 12 was no exception, with three unexpected, unannounced failures, one after another. The first outage at approximately 2 pm lasted for a full hour and when it returned...

Post Cabinet statement

April 14, 2014
Governor Peter Beckingham chaired the meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday 9th April 2014 at the Hilly Ewing Building on Providenciales. All Ministers were present except Akierra Missick. At this meeting Cabinet: Advised the Governor to approve the Draft Immigration Bill 2014.

FSC sponsors FATCA readiness assessment for TCI banks

April 14, 2014
The Financial Services Commission has retained the international accounting firm of Deloitte to conduct a Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) preparedness survey of the banking sector in TCI. In essence this survey will evaluate if banks in the TCI...

TCI takes part in Queen's Baton Relay

April 14, 2014
The eyes of the Commonwealth will be on the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) as the UK Overseas Territory hosts its leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay this week, Tue 15 – Thu 18 April 2014. The Glasgow 2014 Queen's Baton Relay is the curtain-raiser to the XXth Commonwealth Games.

Resistance increases to new taxes

April 7, 2014
Resistance increases to new taxes With the possibility of an eleventh new tax being introduced on the heels of business licence increases, local residents and the media are all centering their attention on those making news on this issue. The opposition People Democratic Movement (PDM) spokespersons...

Mystery April Fool's Day fee surprises travellers

April 7, 2014
Residents and visitors discovered when they attempted to depart the Providenciales International Airport on or after April 1 that they were being charged an additional $5 per person. This included children as young as two years of age. A family of four is now facing another $20.

Corruption cases grind forward

April 7, 2014
With funds released from a portion of former premier Michael Misick's frozen assets, his attorney, Jamaican-born British lawyer Courtenay Griffiths QC, is pleading for a jury trial. This has delayed the decision, which was expected to come down last week, as to the type of trial.


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