May 23, 2018

OPINION: Were they sharing out donations belonging to the Unity Labour Party?

By Jolly Green A report about the money taken to banks by the Gonsalves family and friends by I-Witness News 24 November 2009 reported that Ralph Gonsalves said there was nothing wrong with members of the prime minister’s family and high ranking officials of his party selling thousands of US dollars to the state bank […]

The View from Europe: The Overseas Territories – The long view

By David Jessop From Barbados Advocate A few days ago, the British Parliament voted to compel Britain’s overseas territories (OTs) in the Caribbean to adopt public registers of company ownership. The decision, which has been condemned by the states concerned, has multiple implications. It ignores their sovereignty, disenfranchises locally elected legislatures, undercuts economic development, harms […]

The Editor Speaks: Strange timing

Last Friday whilst Premier Alden McLaughlin was threatening to oppose the UK’s order to disclose beneficial ownership, Registrar of Companies Cindy Jefferson-Bulgin, was sending out this missive: From: CIGENREG Friday, May 04, 2018 2:03 PM [https://www.filepicker.io/api/file/ewEXNrLlTneFGtlB5ryy] Beneficial Ownership Information Filing Requirement on Cayman Business Portal (“CBP”) Dear Client, This message is an important customer service […]

The Editor Speaks: Colonialism

Wikipedia’s definition of “Colonialism’ is: “the policy of a polity seeking to extend or retain its authority over other people or territories, generally with the aim of developing or exploiting them to the benefit of the colonizing country and of helping the colonies modernize in terms defined by the colonizers, especially in economics, religion and […]

The real beginning of the end for tax havens has begun

By Richard Murphy From iNews The Essential Daily Briefing As the government agrees to calls for new measures aimed at increasing transparency in tax havens, tax justice campaigner Richard Murphy hails a momentous victory. Fifteen years ago John Christensen and I became the first full time anti-tax haven campaigners in the world. We had almost […]

The Editor Speaks: Did you forget St George’s Day?

Last Monday 23rd April was St. George’s Day. Did I mention it in an Editorial? No. Did I forget it? No. Did I celebrate it? No. However, I did visit a St George’s Day event held on that day. Where was it? At St George’s Anglican Church. From 6pm until 10pm. Was it good? I […]

Richard Coulson’s Business Bites: Blacklisting – Why not fight back?

By RICHARD COULSON From Tribune242 I have just read press reports that another bill has been tabled in the House to avoid blacklisting, by satisfying – better read “appeasing” – the European Union (EU) in its campaign to extract full compliance on tax matters. Our Government will now face the tedious task of collecting comprehensive […]

The Editor Speaks: Gloom

I was going to write an Editorial today on the Gloom Promo Ads that Rooster101 continually run to promote their fading talk show “Crosstalk”. The latest is Leader of the Opposition, Ezzard Miller’s pronouncements re the Cruise Ship terminal, where he knows he will get a lot of support. The sound byte Rooster uses in […]

The Editor Speaks: Interesting but unlikely

We have two colleges here in the Cayman Islands – the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) and the International College of the Cayman Islands (ICCI). It is obvious to everyone the two colleges must work together. “Collaboration between ICCI, UCCI and government will be key to any future successful model for higher education, […]

OPINION: A reaction that reeks of no justice for all

By Michael Fahy From Royal Gazette On April 25, the Governor of Bermuda made an announcement that the next Chief Justice of Bermuda would be Narinder Hargun. This after an exhaustive process that began when the post was advertised locally and internationally starting on December 20, 2017 — a day after Chief Justice Ian Kawaley […]