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Legal aid attracts top defenders, says appeal court

Legal aid attracts top defenders, says appeal court

| 04/05/2015 | 0 Comments

(CNS): The president of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal has said that the limited legal aid rate has not deterred leading overseas attorneys from coming to Cayman to defend people accused of various crimes. President John Chadwick said the idea that people can’t be properly represented on legal aid was not true as some […]

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Lawyer presses for cop probe ahead of trial

Lawyer presses for cop probe ahead of trial

| 04/05/2015 | 1 Comment

(CNS): A local defense attorney has accused the police commissioner of hiding behind court contempt laws to avoid investigating a complaint against one of his officers due to give evidence in a forthcoming drug trial. Peter Polack has filed a complaint about the behaviour of the officer in the case and wants to see that […]

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West Bay man waives jury rights in murder case

West Bay man waives jury rights in murder case

| 04/05/2015 | 0 Comments

(CNS): The man accused of murdering Special Olympian Solomon Webster last September waived his right to a jury trial on Monday and asked to be tried by a judge alone. Justice Charles Quin will now preside over the case, in which the crown says that Jose Sanchez from West Bay shot Webster (24) in the leg […]

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EX-chamber boss berates ‘dependency’ problem

EX-chamber boss berates ‘dependency’ problem

| 04/05/2015 | 10 Comments

(CNS): The former president of the Chamber of Commerce berated the dependency problem of successive governments looking to “pie in the sky” proposed developments for an economic miracle. Johann Moxam warned the Electoral Boundary Commission not to use “proposed plans for proposed developments” to guess where voter growth might be when they do their work. 

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Dog owners warned over parvovirus outbreak

Dog owners warned over parvovirus outbreak

| 04/05/2015 | 0 Comments

(CNS): Local vets are reporting a significant increase in the number of cases of parvovirus on Grand Cayman, the Department of Agriculture said Friday. A highly infectious disease in dogs that causes severe vomiting, diarrhoea and fever, it is often fatal and commonly affects young dogs and those that have not been routinely vaccinated, but […]

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Road deaths trigger new safety campaign

Road deaths trigger new safety campaign

| 04/05/2015 | 1 Comment

(CNS): The deaths of both Marcia Donald and Donnie Ray Connor last month — a jogger and a cyclist who were killed on the roads in separate early morning collisions just days apart — have triggered a new safety campaigned. Hundreds of people turned out at dawn on Saturday morning for a memorial walk to […]

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Man shoots himself in leg at gun club

Man shoots himself in leg at gun club

| 04/05/2015 | 9 Comments

(CNS): A member of the local gun club shot himself in the leg at the weekend as a result of equipment failure, according to the shooting association. Police said the emergency services were called to the shooting range near the airport at around 2:30pm on Saturday. The man was treated for a minor wound at the […]

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‘No proof’ Romanian woman knew of scam

‘No proof’ Romanian woman knew of scam

| 04/05/2015 | 0 Comments

(CNS): A local defence attorney said the crown had offered no real evidence that her client knew anything at all about her boyfriend’s plans to rip off local ATM machines when they visited Cayman on what she thought was a romantic holiday. But the prosecution said the judge trying the case “could draw the inescapable […]

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Commission refuses to reassure North Siders

Commission refuses to reassure North Siders

| 01/05/2015 | 23 Comments

(CNS): North Side voters pleaded with the Electoral Boundary Commission on Thursday night not to recommend joining their constituency with East End. Despite a show of hands revealing that no one in the audience of over 40 people supporting the idea and impassioned pleas, the commissioners refused to make a commitment about any recommendations.

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Civil servants call for equity in pay

Civil servants call for equity in pay

| 30/04/2015 | 26 Comments

(CNS): Public sector workers are calling on government to address the frozen pay for long term, mostly local, civil servants whose pay packets have been the same for more than a decade after the cost of living allowances (COLA) is returned to them this July. In a statement released Thursday, the Cayman Islands Civil Service […]

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Gun conviction sticks as DNA-based appeal fails

Gun conviction sticks as DNA-based appeal fails

| 30/04/2015 | 10 Comments

(CNS): A young West Bay man wept quietly in the dock Thursday when the appeal court rejected his attempt to have his firearms conviction overturned. Ray Kennedy Smith, who is 21 years old and serving a mandatory ten-year sentence in HMP Northward after he was convicted in November 2013 of possession of an unlicensed handgun, […]

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GT plans are ‘more than a facelift’

GT plans are ‘more than a facelift’

| 30/04/2015 | 23 Comments

(CNS): Government’s plans to breathe new life into the capital will be a lot more than a beautification project, the planning minister said, as he gave a broad overview of the project Thursday. “This is not just a facelift … it is a true restoration of the capital into a mixed-used neighbourhood for all,” Kurt […]

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Robberies up 100% in first part of year

Robberies up 100% in first part of year

| 30/04/2015 | 4 Comments

(CNS): A more than 23% fall in all crime for the first quarter of 2015 was tainted by a 100% increase in robberies, according to statistics released by the police. The latest spree of booze shop heists came after the 31 March, making armed hold-ups a major headache once more for the RCIPS. The figures show […]

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Brac flight losses remain secret

Brac flight losses remain secret

| 30/04/2015 | 56 Comments

(CNS): The tourism minister refused to reveal how much it costs to operate CAL Express when questioned in the Legislative Assembly recently, as he said it was commercially sensitive information. MLA Ezzard Miller asked Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell about the 30-seat Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia, which flies between the Brac and Grand Cayman, and how many […]

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Work only just begins on long awaited e-gov site

Work only just begins on long awaited e-gov site

| 29/04/2015 | 11 Comments

(CNS): The much anticipated goal of moving more government services online to cut costs and improve efficiency still appears some way off. Despite promises from successive administrations that technology will be used to help reduce queues, bureaucracy and costs, e-government is still in the early stages.  Officials revealed that the new gov.ky service portal will not […]

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