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Housing trust lacks policy direction

Housing trust lacks policy direction

| 30/03/2015 | 0 Comments

(CNS): The General Manager of the National Housing Development Trust, Julio Ramos, has revealed that there are no real plans or directions in place to deal with the numerous problems now facing the affordable housing initiative. From 23 families in West Bay living in condemned properties with nowhere else to go to new homes that […]

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PPM brings back caregivers’ right to stay

PPM brings back caregivers’ right to stay

| 30/03/2015 | 7 Comments

(CNS): The current government is re-introducing the caregivers’ special immigration certificate that will exempt those looking after the sick, elderly or disabled from rollover, regardless of any failure to achieve permanent residency (PR). The certificate was originally introduced by the UDP government in 2010 to allow some domestic workers to stay in Cayman past the work […]

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Culture changing claims CIG bean counter

Culture changing claims CIG bean counter

| 26/03/2015 | 9 Comments

(CNS): The acting accountant general has said a cultural switch is going on amongst civil service accountants that is heralding improvements in public finances. Admitting that there were no real consequences for the failure over the last decade to get the government’s books in order, Ronnie Dunn said that things were getting better as “everybody […]

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Dart boss shares UK platform with premier

Dart boss shares UK platform with premier

| 26/03/2015

(CNS Business): Cayman’s leader, Premier Alden McLaughlin, was joined by the CEO of Dart Enterprises at the House of Lords this week in promoting Cayman when he delivered a key-note address at the Caribbean Council reception. As McLaughlin sold the crowd on the benefits of investing in Cayman and the future projects government has planned, […]

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Port heading for fiscal turnaround

Port heading for fiscal turnaround

| 25/03/2015 | 10 Comments

(CNS): The acting director and chief financial officer of the Port Authority both told the Public Account Committee (PAC) Wednesday that the facility was facing a turnaround in its financial fortunes and expected to have turned its negative liabilities versus assets situation around by the end of this fiscal year.

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Minister wins costs for election battle

Minister wins costs for election battle

| 23/03/2015 | 12 Comments

(CNS): Tara Rivers will be sending a hefty bill to the husband of her election rival after a Grand Court decision giving the education and employment minister the right to seek costs for the 2013 election petition. Although Chief Justice Anthony Smellie had initially hoped the parties would not press for costs, given the public […]

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CUC sells off shares to raise $30M

CUC sells off shares to raise $30M

| 20/03/2015 | 9 Comments

(CNS Business): Shareholders in Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC) are being invited to buy more shares in the local power provider as it seeks to raise around US$31 million to help fund extra generating capacity. The rights offering to existing shareholders only, for Class A ordinary shares, opens on 27 March and will close on 30 […]

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Premier heads to London with 5 person team

Premier heads to London with 5 person team

| 18/03/2015 | 14 Comments

(CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin leaves for a week-long trip to London on Friday and he will be taking four members of staff and a Cabinet minister with him for what officials said would be a number of “meetings and appearances”. The premier will be delivering an address at the Caribbean Council reception, meeting communication experts […]

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Local jobless rate falls below 8%

Local jobless rate falls below 8%

| 17/03/2015 | 20 Comments

(CNS): The latest figures from the Economics and Statistics Office (ESO) have revealed that the official national unemployment rate fell to 4.7 per cent at the end of 2014. The unemployment rate among Caymanians was estimated to be at 7.9 per cent from a high of 9.4 per cent recorded in 2013. As the debate […]

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Minimum wage figure to be revealed April

Minimum wage figure to be revealed April

| 17/03/2015 | 26 Comments

(CNS): The employment minister has stated that a report by the Minimum Wage Advisory Committee will be tabled in the Legislative Assembly when it meets next month, making it a public document and revealing the recommended figure. Tara Rivers said last Friday that she had received a copy of a comprehensive study of implementing a […]

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DG defends Cuban policy

DG defends Cuban policy

| 16/03/2015 | 11 Comments

(CNS): Deputy Governor Franz Manderson has defended the government policy on handling the arrivals of Cuban migrants, saying that it saves lives. He also pointed out that if the Cayman Islands continues to support illegal immigration and people smuggling we will be added to a black list by the UN.

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HRC: Too much data wanted in cancer law

HRC: Too much data wanted in cancer law

| 11/03/2015 | 16 Comments

(CNS): The Human Rights Commission has questioned the need for the amount of information that the proposed cancer registry law will require and is calling on government to justify the encroachment it plans to make on privacy rights in the new bill. The chair of the HRC has submitted an open letter to the health […]

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Mock debate hones skills of tomorrow’s politicians

Mock debate hones skills of tomorrow’s politicians

| 10/03/2015 | 1 Comment

(CNS): Students from across the country were trying out their potential as future political leaders Monday when they took part in the 8th annual Youth Parliament at the Legislative Assembly to mark Commonwealth Day. As he gave the welcome address to the students, Premier Alden McLaughlin said the debate would help them “understand political participation […]

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C4C MLA’s deny plans to join PPM

C4C MLA’s deny plans to join PPM

| 06/03/2015 | 13 Comments

(CNS): Roy McTaggart and Winston Connolly, the two George Town MLAs who won their seats as C4C candidates, have both denied having plans to sign up with the Progressives, despite being fully integrated into the PPM-led administration. Mounting speculation this week that the two government backbenchers were planning to throw their lot in with the People’s […]

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Laws cause of LA delays, premier says

Laws cause of LA delays, premier says

| 03/03/2015 | 40 Comments

(CNS): The premier has said that there is nothing deliberate or “sinister” about the long break between sittings of the Legislative Assembly. The more than five month gap is down to the preparation of important government legislation, Alden McLaughlin told CNS. He said government needed to prioritise its business and ensure the bills it will […]

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