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Private use of government vehicles

Private use of government vehicles

| 29/04/2016

What is the government policy on using vehicles belonging to government and its statutory authorities for personal errands and to pick up directors’ children from school using staff as drivers? Auntie’s answer: While you asked two questions, they are really just different parts of the same issue, which is the use of government vehicles for non-work-related […]

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CIFA opens nominations for president

CIFA opens nominations for president

| 29/04/2016 | 18 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Football Association will be holding its Extraordinary Congress on 28 May and nominations for the post of president are now open. The job became vacant last year after the arrest and later conviction of former CIFA president, Jeffrey Webb. Acting President Bruce Blake, who has also been under scrutiny after irregularities […]

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Mac vows to fund Meals on Wheels

Mac vows to fund Meals on Wheels

| 29/04/2016 | 45 Comments

(CNS): Leader of the Opposition McKeeva Bush told government that “talk is cheap” after several ministers and backbenchers got up to praise the Meals on Wheel programme during a debate in the Legislative Assembly Thursday. Debating a private member’s motion brought by Bush asking government to plug the funding gap for the charity, which is estimated […]

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No minimum wage infractions reported yet

No minimum wage infractions reported yet

| 28/04/2016 | 36 Comments

(CNS): Enforcement officers from the Department of Labour and Pensions have begun inspections to make sure employers of low-paid workers are not paying employees less than the new national minimum wage of $6, and so far employers appear to be complying with the law. By this weekend, the inspectors will have completed the first 21 […]

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Ex-speaker and former fire chief to work on rescue review

Ex-speaker and former fire chief to work on rescue review

| 28/04/2016 | 43 Comments

(CNS): The speaker of the Legislative Assembly during the last UDP administration, Mary Lawrence, has been nominated by the opposition leader to assist the expert from the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency who will be conducting a review of the RCIPS’ handling of the report of five missing people at sea. The premier has appointed […]

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Cayman still Zika free in face of regional spread

Cayman still Zika free in face of regional spread

| 28/04/2016 | 3 Comments

(CNS): With some 50 countries in the region dealing with outbreaks of Zika, over 40 of them for the first time, the rapid spread of this outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus has still not impacted Cayman. While public health officials keep warning that it is very likely that we will see cases in the Cayman […]

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Needs Unit faces 340 applicant backlog

Needs Unit faces 340 applicant backlog

| 27/04/2016 | 55 Comments

(CNS): The community affairs minister has revealed further worrying numbers regarding the challenges faced by his under-resourced and overworked Needs Assessment Unit. Osbourne Bodden said that the NAU has a growing backlog of applications from people seeking permanent financial assistance that staff cannot get to because they are coping with the challenges of some 2,000 […]

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Minister points to worrying trend at EU grilling

Minister points to worrying trend at EU grilling

| 27/04/2016

(CNS Business): The Cayman Islands financial services minister says there is a worrying trend in attitudes towards offshore financial services in Europe that would go well beyond concerns about automatic exchange of information and public access to beneficial ownership. Wayne Panton said some European politicians appear to be reverting back to arguments from the 1990’s […]

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Port remains CIG priority, says Kirkconnell

Port remains CIG priority, says Kirkconnell

| 27/04/2016 | 86 Comments

(CNS): The government has begun the search to find engineers to design the proposed cruise berthing facility in George Town. Despite a major divide within the community and after public consultations largely rejected the idea, Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell said the government still considers the project a priority as the proposal was in the PPM […]

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Golden Spoons Review: The Wharf

Golden Spoons Review: The Wharf

| 26/04/2016

(CNS Foodie): I’d been to The Wharf for dinner once and was not too impressed but I decided to give it another try. Some things have changed, and others have not. The place is massive, so much going on for a Saturday night! Barefoot Man was the entertainment, and the Golden Girls & Gents loved […]

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Sponsorship of police business cards

Sponsorship of police business cards

| 25/04/2016

Today the police responded to a vehicle break-in. The officer presented his business card for contact information. On the back of the card was an advertisement for a certain security company. When he saw the look on my face he said that they had sponsored his business cards. Is this even legal or ethical in […]

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