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Ozziegate was ‘unfortunate’, says governor

Ozziegate was ‘unfortunate’, says governor

| 23/01/2015 | 15 Comments

(CNS): Cayman Islands Governor Helen Kilpatrick has become the first person in authority to offer any disapproval regarding a verbal attack on a chief officer last month by a minister. Speaking about gender equality in Cayman on Thursday evening at a law school event, Kilpatrick said that the “unfortunate incident” that no one would condone was […]

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Lawyers claim data protection too costly

Lawyers claim data protection too costly

| 21/01/2015 | 2 Comments

(CNS): As the Cayman Islands continues to wait on laws to address the legislative gap it has regarding protecting information, the legal profession has made it clear that it feels there is no hurry to introduce the proposed Data Protection Law because it will cost too much. One of many stakeholders that have been involved in the […]

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Still no sign of clean full government audit

Still no sign of clean full government audit

| 21/01/2015 | 2 Comments

(CNS): The auditor general has stated that he will be disclaiming the government’s entire public sector accounts for the financial years 2011/12 as well as 2012/13 and that ongoing difficulties and delays are also impacting hopes of at least a qualified opinion for 2013/14. It is now almost 12 years since government produced a full […]

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DG disagrees he should be finance leader

DG disagrees he should be finance leader

| 19/01/2015 | 5 Comments

(CNS): The deputy governor disagrees with the auditor general that as head of the civil service he should be the one to lead the much needed improvements in the management of public finances. Franz Manderson told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) last week that he questioned whether it was really his office’s role to lead […]

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Auditor defends report release

Auditor defends report release

| 16/01/2015 | 3 Comments

(CNS): The auditor general has defended the need for the timely release of his reports into the public domain following talk, once again, that their release to the public should be delayed. The process of how the office releases the reports has constantly been under threat but calls from the opposition leader Wednesday to delay […]

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Speaker and ex-CO escape PAC scrutiny

Speaker and ex-CO escape PAC scrutiny

| 16/01/2015 | 7 Comments

(CNS): Neither the former minister for District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture (DAWLA), Juliana O’Conor-Connolly, nor the former chief officer, Kearney Gomez, were called by the Public Accounts Committee Wednesday as it examined a critical audit report. And few questions were asked of the current chief officer or the former chief financial about some of the damning revelations in […]

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Immigration law needs to allow same-sex dependents

Immigration law needs to allow same-sex dependents

| 16/01/2015 | 5 Comments

(CNS): The local government will have to start addressing legislation that discriminates against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, a leading professor of law has warned. The need to reform the immigration law to allow same-sex dependent partners on work-permits and anomalies in the decriminalization of homosexual acts are some of the things that […]

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Mac plans to sue officials

Mac plans to sue officials

| 15/01/2015 | 11 Comments

(CNS): In the wake of his acquittal following the criminal case against him last year in the Grand Court, the opposition leader has confirmed publicly his intention to file suit against those he believed conspired to bring what he described as the “sham” charges against him. Speaking at the end of the Public Accounts Committee […]

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American to chair boundary commission

American to chair boundary commission

| 15/01/2015 | 3 Comments

(CNS): An international election expert from the US will be chairing the new Electoral Boundary Commission (EBC) that will make the recommendations for the division of the Cayman Islands into single member electoral districts and pave the way for the long-awaited introduction of ‘one man, one vote’. Consultant Lisa Handley, PhD, was appointed by the […]

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Mac attacks travel audit report

Mac attacks travel audit report

| 15/01/2015 | 4 Comments

(CNS): The deputy chair of the Public Accounts Committee swapped roles Wednesday, when he instead appeared as a witness before the committee as it examined the auditor general’s damning report on the management of government travel and hospitality. Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush accused the office of nastiness, misinformation and false representation, as he went through […]

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