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World’s divers urge CIG to stop port

World’s divers urge CIG to stop port

| 03/07/2015 | 13 Comments

(CNS): The international body which represents the world’s diving industry is urging the Cayman government not to press ahead with plans for a cruise berthing facility in George Town as they warn about the economic as well as the environmental disaster the project will herald. Writing to the Department of Environment Thursday, just ahead of the […]

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Chuckie named as new customs boss

Chuckie named as new customs boss

| 02/07/2015 | 37 Comments

(CNS): Former Cabinet minister and senior civil servant, Charles “Chuckie” Clifford has been appointed as the Cayman Islands collector of customs after six rounds of recruitment for the top government job. Speculation had been mounting over the last few weeks that the local attorney had been selected for the post, which had been vacant for […]

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Audit exposed Immigration appeals shamble

Audit exposed Immigration appeals shamble

| 02/07/2015 | 38 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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Taking a balanced view on cruise berthing

Taking a balanced view on cruise berthing

| 01/07/2015 | 78 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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Enforcement key to success of new bills

Enforcement key to success of new bills

| 01/07/2015 | 9 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 | 30 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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Another top job opens in civil service

Another top job opens in civil service

| 30/06/2015 | 12 Comments

(CNS): As succession planning remains a key issue in the civil service, the retirement of a top public sector boss in September will open up yet another critical leadership post in government. Jen Dixon, the director of the Department of Children and Family Services, will be retiring on 1 September and officials have not revealed […]

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PIR petition launched to stop cruise port

PIR petition launched to stop cruise port

| 30/06/2015 | 45 Comments

(CNS): A group of local activists have launched a campaign to trigger a People Initiated Referendum (PIR) on the government’s proposed cruise berthing project. In an effort to save more than fifteen acres of reef and marine life, which will be directly destroyed through dredging or gradually because of the turbulence and silt from the […]

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CI to NY JetBlue flight makes emergency landing

CI to NY JetBlue flight makes emergency landing

| 29/06/2015 | 4 Comments

(CNS): A plane travelling from Owen Roberts International Airport on Grand Cayman to New York had made an emergency landing in Charleston, the airline has confirmed. The pilot of the JetBlue flight 766 requested to land at the airport in South Carolina after crew reporting a smell in the cockpit. 

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