Archive for February 23rd, 2016

DoE and Allen remain at odds over anchor damage

DoE and Allen remain at odds over anchor damage

| 23/02/2016 | 5 Comments

(CNS): The billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, one of the world’s richest men, is still arguing with the Department of Environment over the extent of the damage that marine experts here believe was caused by the anchor chain from his luxury 300ft yacht when it was in the Cayman Islands in January. Following the early stage […]

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Immigration report ‘soon come’

Immigration report ‘soon come’

| 23/02/2016 | 29 Comments

(CNS): A review of the problems identified with the points system for permanent residency (PR) applications will be completed “shortly”, according to Eric Bush, the chief officer in the ministry of home affairs. There is now a backlog of over 630 applications that cannot be considered until the law and regulations are addressed and CNS asked the […]

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Local unemployment falls to 6.2%

Local unemployment falls to 6.2%

| 23/02/2016 | 53 Comments

(CNS): The latest Labour Force Survey suggests that the unemployment rate fell to 6.2% among Caymanians, down from the spring high of over 8% and 7.9% in the autumn of 2014. The overall unemployment rate in the Cayman Islands, which includes expatriates, permanent residents and other non-Caymanians as well as local workers, declined to 4.2%, […]

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Sex crime suspect goes on the run

Sex crime suspect goes on the run

| 23/02/2016 | 42 Comments

(CNS): The police are on the hunt for an unidentified 36-year-old man from Bodden Town who is on the run following allegations of an indecent assault on an underage girl. In order to protect the identity of the victim, the RCIPS has released only limited information about the case but said the man is the young victim’s coach.

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Webb had $2m salary as CONCACAF boss

Webb had $2m salary as CONCACAF boss

| 23/02/2016 | 45 Comments

(CNS): Former local football hero Jeffrey Webb was earning $2 million a year when he was head of the regional football body, CONCACAF, at the same time that he was allegedly embezzling huge sums from the Cayman Islands public purse. An article on Bloomberg about the troubles now facing the federation reveals that, as well as picking […]

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Man kicked during knifepoint mugging

Man kicked during knifepoint mugging

| 23/02/2016 | 28 Comments

(CNS): A man was threatened and kicked during a street robbery on the West Bay Road early Tuesday morning in which the villains made off with his wallet. Police said the mugging happened at around 1:20 this morning as the man was walking along the West Bay Road towards Raleigh Quay after leaving Calico Jack’s […]

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CUC blames generation problems for another outage

CUC blames generation problems for another outage

| 23/02/2016 | 10 Comments

(CNS): Customers in parts of West Bay, George Town and Bodden Town were without power for over an hour in some cases Tuesday morning as a result of what Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC) described as “a temporary loss of generation”. Power was restored to all customers by around 10:35am, the monopoly power provider on Grand […]

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New PAC chair to lead probe on controversial reports

New PAC chair to lead probe on controversial reports

| 23/02/2016 | 5 Comments

(CNS): Ezzard Miller will be back in action as the chair of the Public Accounts Committee tomorrow morning, when members meet to question witnesses and examine the findings of several controversial reports from the Office of the Auditor General (OAG). PAC will review eight reports over three days, including reports on the Nation Building Fund, the management […]

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Watson appeals, lawyers silent on grounds

Watson appeals, lawyers silent on grounds

| 23/02/2016 | 15 Comments

(CNS): The former chair of the HSA board, Canover Watson, has appealed against his convictions earlier this month of five corruption related charges in connection with a government hospital contract. His local defence attorney, Ben Tonner, told CNS that an appeal had been filed on behalf of his client but no grounds have been specified. Watson […]

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IT manager connected to CarePay contract still on job

IT manager connected to CarePay contract still on job

| 23/02/2016 | 53 Comments

(CNS): The IT manager at the Cayman Islands Hospital, John Thompson, who sent an email to Jeffrey Webb implying he would “blow the lid” on the shady aspects of the corrupt CarePay contract after he suggested he had only received a small payment for his part, is still working at the hospital, Lizette Yearwood, the […]

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Custody officer fired in prison probe

Custody officer fired in prison probe

| 23/02/2016 | 12 Comments

(CNS): The prison custody officer who was embroiled in the prison covert video scandal has been dismissed, Eric Bush, the chief officer in the home affairs ministry, has confirmed. Nina White, who was suspected of inappropriate conduct with inmates, has become the latest casualty of the controversial investigation, which began almost one year ago and […]

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