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Blue iguanas’ fight for survival hangs in balance

Blue iguanas’ fight for survival hangs in balance

| 01/07/2015 | 3 Comments

(CNS): The Queen Elizabeth II Royal Botanic Park will soon have a fence surrounding its 65 acres to keep out unwanted predators and protect Cayman’s endemic blue iguana. Having been rescued from the brink of extinction by the team at the Blue Iguana Recovery Program (BIRP), led by Fred Burton, there are still mounting threats to the unique reptile‘s […]

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Audit exposed Immigration appeals shamble

Audit exposed Immigration appeals shamble

| 02/07/2015 | 6 Comments

(CNS): An internal audit at the government secretariat which deals with immigration appeals found a catalogue of problems undermining the system and causing massive delays. Poor record keeping, inadequate security, breaches of the immigration law, weak management systems and staff shortages were all identified as contributing to the chaos. But government said it had significantly […]

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Extradition request made for Webb and other FIFA officials

Extradition request made for Webb and other FIFA officials

| 02/07/2015 | 5 Comments

(CNS): The American authorities have made an official request to Switzerland to extradite Cayman’s Jeffrey Webb and the six other FIFA officials arrested in Zürich in May on corruption related charges. The Swiss authorities confirmed in a release that the formal requests were submitted to its federal justice office Wednesday evening, 1 July, ahead of […]

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Tagged mugger found guilty by judge

Tagged mugger found guilty by judge

| 02/07/2015 | 3 Comments

(CNS): A 34-year-old George Town man accused of committing street robbery on a couple last year was found guilty on Tuesday following a judge alone trial last month. James Romano Whittaker was convicted of mugging the couple at knifepoint, taking two phones and a purse on the waterfront in George Town last year. Whittaker was wearing […]

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Top financial cop departs RCIPS

Top financial cop departs RCIPS

| 02/07/2015 | 4 Comments

(CNS): After less than one year at the helm of the RCIPS Financial Crimes and Joint Intelligence units, Detective Superintendent Stephen Ratcliffe has resigned from the senior police post and will leave next month. Following reports by the police commissioner during the recent Finance Committee hearings that the service was short of its full capacity by […]

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Taking a balanced view on cruise berthing

Taking a balanced view on cruise berthing

| 01/07/2015 | 39 Comments

ACT writes: There is an element of sensationalism creeping into the public debate on the cruise berthing facility. But this initiative is too important to debate on pure emotions. The Association for the Advancement of Cruise Tourism in the Cayman Islands (ACT) believes that there are a number of salient facts that everyone in the […]

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US to open Cuba embassy later this month

US to open Cuba embassy later this month

| 01/07/2015 | 6 Comments

(CNS): President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of embassies in both Havana and Washington Wednesday after the American and Cuban governments finalized an agreement. Since December, the two countries have been negotiating to restore ties after half a century of animosity and the US embassy in Havana could open this month. Ending the freeze with […]

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Enforcement key to success of new bills

Enforcement key to success of new bills

| 01/07/2015 | 8 Comments

(CNS): The struggle government has enforcing workplace legislation has been one of the considerations in the development of the new and amended labour and pension bills, which are now going through public consultation. The bills are expected to come before parliament later this year, but once the drafts have been finalized and passed, it will […]

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CS pay must be competitive, says DG

CS pay must be competitive, says DG

| 01/07/2015 | 24 Comments

(CNS): With no profit share or bonuses to offer and no guarantees that pay will stay in line with inflation, the deputy governor has warned that, despite the generous benefits, the public sector will struggle to attract quality staff if wages are not competitive. Franz Manderson told CNS that salaries play a key part in […]

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