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Good governance and the Cayman Islands prosecution service

Good governance and the Cayman Islands prosecution service

| 10/05/2021 | 22 Comments

Aristophanes Duckpond writes: The recently announced departure of the current director of public prosecutions (DPP) and the imminent appointment of a new DPP both highlight the need for transformative positive change within the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) and creates an opportunity for such change. The struggles and apparent deficiencies within the […]

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Planning not the first port of call for new minister

Planning not the first port of call for new minister

| 10/05/2021 | 1 Comment

(CNS): The new planning minister, Jay Ebanks, began touring the various departments under his area of responsibility last week, according to a release from GIS, but the new Cabinet member and representative for North Side did not include the planning department in his first round of visits. The minister now responsible for addressing runaway development, […]

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Students under investigation over ‘edibles’

Students under investigation over ‘edibles’

| 10/05/2021 | 8 Comments

(CNS): Police have opened an investigation after a group of students at the Clifton Hunter High School became ill last week after consuming what is suspected to be sweet-goods that contained ganja. The case was referred to the RCIPS by the Department of Education Services, and while two students have been excluded from school, a […]

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Privy Council rejects rascals’ referendum appeal

Privy Council rejects rascals’ referendum appeal

| 07/05/2021 | 31 Comments

(CNS) The UK Privy Council has refused to hear Shirley Roulstone’s appeal in connection with a legal case relating to the Cruise Port Referendum campaign, in which the local activist had challenged the constitutionality of the previous government’s decision to set a referendum on the cruise berthing project before it had passed general legislation relating […]

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CPR call for transparency over cruise port

CPR call for transparency over cruise port

| 07/05/2021 | 42 Comments

(CNS): Premier Wayne Panton has stated that the PACT Government has no plans to develop a cruise berthing facility in George Town. He also said that government has not had talks with Michael Bayley, the CEO of Royal Caribbean and does not plan to, despite his recent claims that the cruise port project, which would […]

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Fire crews still at smouldering landfill

Fire crews still at smouldering landfill

| 07/05/2021 | 4 Comments

(CNS): The George Town landfill is still smouldering as temperatures inside the dump where the latest fire started remain hot. Fire crews returned yesterday afternoon and continued damping operations throughout the night around the initial area of concern after a new high temperature reading was taken at around 4pm. Officials said Friday that the Department […]

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Cayman rated amber on UK traffic light entry system

Cayman rated amber on UK traffic light entry system

| 07/05/2021 | 133 Comments

(CNS): Hopes for Caymanians travelling to the UK that they would not be required to quarantine on arrival have been dashed after the Cayman Islands has been given an amber rating under Britain’s new traffic light rating system which assesses countries as red, amber and green (RAG) for inbound travel. The Governor’s Office said it […]

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‘Exorcist’ head teacher under investigation

‘Exorcist’ head teacher under investigation

| 07/05/2021 | 204 Comments

(CNS): Vickie Frederick, the principal of Red Bay Primary School, has been placed under investigation for alleged misconduct that threatened the safety of children under her care. While the Department of Education Services (DES) has said little about the case, parents of children at the school have posted on social media that Frederick was involved […]

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‘Toxic’ relationship led woman to kill

‘Toxic’ relationship led woman to kill

| 07/05/2021 | 28 Comments

(CNS): Olga Elizabeth Smith (37) from North Side, who has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 27-year-old Marvin Xavier Conolly Armendarez last year in March, expressed her deep remorse through her attorney when she appeared in court Thursday to be sentenced for killing her lover and the father of her child. Smith’s lawyer, Charles Miskin […]

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Police seize 800lbs ganja in local busts

Police seize 800lbs ganja in local busts

| 07/05/2021

(CNS): Following a number of local drug busts at homes and on the road last month, police have seized around 800lbs of ganja and arrested six people, five of whom have been charged with drug dealing offences. The ganja was found in three separate incidents. In the first, two vehicles were searched in East End. […]

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Early bumper surplus may buffer looming deficit

Early bumper surplus may buffer looming deficit

| 07/05/2021 | 46 Comments

(CNS): With the ongoing negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of the borders to tourists, the government is expecting a large deficit by the end of 2021. But Chris Saunders, the new finance minister, has revealed that the first quarter results for public finances are showing a much bigger surplus than expected, […]

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