Jobless offered two weeks clean-up work

| 06/08/2018 | 77 Comments
Cayman News Service

Crowds sign up for the 2016 Christmas clean-up

(CNS): Government has announced a new summer clean-up project and will be offering two weeks paid work for unemployed Caymanians this month. The National Community Enhancement (NiCE) programme normally takes place in December and January as part of a Christmas and New Year spruce up for the islands. But the commerce ministry, in partnership with the health ministry, is leading a summer version of the project from Monday, 20 August, to Friday, 31 August,  paying $10 per hour. Commerce Minister Joey Hew said it would provide gainful work for unemployed Caymanians.

“It will be an added opportunity this year for many to learn new skills for the job market and to earn extra money for during the summer and back to school expenses, while at the same time benefitting the community during one of our busiest times of year,” he said.

The NiCE Summer Project will cover repairs and maintenance, gardening, as well as cleaning parks, beaches, beach access, garbage collection and roadside verges. A similar project will also be undertaken in the Sister Islands under the supervision of District Administration.

Registration and orientation will take place at the Lions Centre on Monday, 13 August, from 9am until noon. Applicants will need to bring a completed application and supporting documentation with them to prove immigration status on registration day. The project is only open to unemployed Caymanians and spouses of Caymanians who are 18 years old and over. Rigorous vetting will take place to ensure that only those who are qualified are accepted onto the programme, officials said.

Those accepted will be required to attend work daily from 7am to 3pm, Monday through Friday. Contracted workers will be paid $10 per hour while foremen will receive $12 per hour.

Application forms can be picked up at all district libraries in Grand Cayman, district MLA Offices, the Needs Assessment Unit, the National Workforce Development Agency and from the Government Administration Building’s reception.

Government agencies supervising works on this summer’s project are the Public Works Department (PWD), the National Roads Authority (NRA) and the Department of Environmental Health (DEH).

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Category: environmental health, Health, Jobs, Local News

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  1. lovemyplace says:

    Am sorry but you mean you don’t want me to look around but because I look around I can see right through your motives.

  2. lovemyplace says:

    pLZ IF THIS IS DONE MAKE SURE OUR OWN GETS IT AND NOT PEOPLE FROM OTHER PLACES! this is a problem on our system and make sure there not here illegally and working for gov for the two weeks, as I look around everyday everywhere is being overrun by everyone else that’s why we cant get any better, a wise man once told me the more of whatever nation we have the more we become like them so plz be careful what we do and but a limit in effect so no one nation overpowers the other that we invite here.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Biggy Mac already opened a trade school years ago a closed down bar in West Bay. Oh wait a minute. No he didn’t.

  4. Anonymous says:

    It’s much more important to get some first class food and shiny cars for these pollys, than to try to work on some vague and inevitable dooms-day of scorched earth and rising sea levels.
    Think before you post!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Free government money and food …me want!

  6. Barbara says:

    241 honey pie the $ sign goes before the number. Now if you write cents that goes after the numbers.
    Stop degrading hard work. It will not kill anyone to work an entry level job.

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  7. Bob says:

    Maybe getting out of bed.
    Being on time!
    All of you that are putting down on Joey.
    Your fathers built Cayman and the other two islands by starting from scratch on oil tankers.
    Maybe he wants you to learn skills of following orders from a boss.
    Listening.
    Most of all to shut up.
    Quit running your mouth.
    Take the job. Save your pennies for a rainy day.
    Buy some nourishing food and be humble.
    It is ok. Get a job. Time to get another job is when you have a job. Stay motivated.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Except for that they really don’t have to buy votes…there are never any other viable candidates.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Or the government who campaigned on protecting and preserving the environment could not raid the environmental fund and instead cut unnecessary costs (like their exorbitant salaries)

  10. Anonymous says:

    YES! get rid of the chair vendors please!

  11. Anonymous says:

    WOW!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Because you will find employers struggling to hire a qualified person. Maybe take a job at the salary offered and you wouldn’t be unemployed? If you got the government to raise the minimum wage than would you still say no to a job at Burger King? Showing up for 1-2 weeks of work isn’t the same as these people showing up full time every day.

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  13. Anonymous says:

    Anyone that has a problem with this deserves a robbery or burglary. You point your fingers at these people acting as if you got your whole life in control.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    A cap on work permits is a great idea – in fact commonsense. For that reason alone Government will no do it. Then there’s the large revenues Gov’t receives from issuing work permits. They would rather see Caymanians out of work than forfeit a portion of that revenue. But guess what – we vote for them every election cycle, we don’t protest unfair practices – just sit on our asses and flap to ourselves!

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  15. Anonymous says:

    Better idea.. why don’t we put caps on the work permits being granted?

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  16. Chopeland says:

    Get to work you useless Caymanian slaves the ppm truly loves you! you want to see something funny ask them to come out there in that hot sun and pick garbage aaah boy Cayman has gone from having rights to only asking for privileges now?

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  17. teedee says:

    These baffoons and their ‘solutions’ *face palm*
    That “rigorous vetting” better include cross referencing those applicants with the NAU, because I personally know a handful of ppl who receive assistance and part take in this clean up during Christmas time.

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  18. Anonymous says:

    As I read the headline I immediately thought “oh boy here we go again” — we need the GOVT to get up and DO MORE. Stop this welfare state, sometimish, I’ll give you something when I need you kind of thing…Can we please have a Govt ran Vocational school? We have so many people who are not looking to work in accounts, banking or finance, and we have nothing here to offer them. We need to invest in our youth! We have to. I was told that Jamaica just made it mandatory for all high schoolers to attend college. Come on Cayman. Let us get together and do something for our young people. We need to start somewhere. Suggestion: Free College education and let them cover book fees. and let’s get serious about the passing marks. Dont lower it! Set the bar high, that we may compete on the global stage.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Two great locations for a vocational school:

      1. The closed down Alexander Hotel – Cayman Brac
      2. The closed down Tiara Beach Resort – Cayman Brac

      Both of these tourist sites have plenty of space and plenty of rooms to use.

      Okay Unity government make it happen – just need to take a few dollars from the Environmental Fund.

      Signed,

      Option for certain person to buy either place and “rent” it out to government – hmnn wonder who would be in a position to do that (ha,ha)

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  19. Mickey Mouse says:

    We all know the reason for this summer clean up. To divert attention and gain some favour from the new dock project as they know there is major opposition to it. Politics is a beautiful game.

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  20. Anonymous says:

    Joey proves again he’s a joker. What
    a waste of space and a vote! Never again.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks Joey for getting this project going. Some of us appreciates it. We understand that you are constrained by political affiliations but we also know that you are doing everything in your power to help our people. Persons like you, Arden McLean and Al Suckoo care about us but right now there is only so much that you can do. We will not forget you guys next time around. Hold on, keep doing what you can. A new day is coming!! ” if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, then I will hear from heaven and heal the land,

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    • Anonymous says:

      These people need to find a full time job and keep it. Government needs to keep offering handouts and get the DOE to do its job!!

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      • Anonymous says:

        Of course you mean the DEH. Govt won’t even let DOE / NCC / NCL do their jobs let alone do anything so affirmative at get.

  21. Jessy Jacks says:

    (PPM) poor people Movement, they only have time for the rich not the same middle class people who have voted them in. Politics is correct however we the poor and oppressed middle class will only suffer the rule of this constituencies. Life of the Caymanian is only worth $6.00 an hour on a minimum wage, however the government feels that $10.00 – $12.00 is sufficient for this cause wow…..why can Caymanian see these things, the next election is getting near and a new change might be in the cards to remove old politicians and place fresh blood in those roles.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Contradictions left right and centre! Come back when you decide you have something sensible to say.

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  22. Anonymous says:

    Aldart do the right thing you know needs to be done for Caymanian, raise the minimum wage to $10.

    Anything below is an UNLIVABLE WAGE PAY RATE.

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  23. Anonymous says:

    How come Grand Cayman only does this once or twice per year and Cayman Brac does it throughout the year? On Cayman Brac they run the programme 7 hours per day three days per week for three weeks at a time . . . and believe it or not people from Grand Cayman come over here to work.

    Also see many able-bodied people who receive NAU assistance working on the roads – hmnn if they can work on the roads for CI $10 per hour then how come they cannot work on the roads to receive their rental/food/electricity assistance?

    While the programme is well intended, the real beneficiaries over here are the liquor stores and bars – the CI$210 is basically partying money

    Signed,
    Am I right or am I right!

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    • Bracker says:

      Cayman Brac is a failed welfare state ministers Moses and Julianna are all about wasting money with more giveaways and vote buying schemes. Brackers deserve better but are slaves to the Brac mafia that runs the tiny island for their own benefit.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Think about it. If you are one of the people who is receiving the giveaways and part of the “vote buying” scheme why would you not vote for Moses Trump or the person of Politically Colour Changing Clothing Juliana. This is why Cayman Brac will always be a subsidised community – big named money person combined with a person who changes their political allegiances in a moments notice – good news for the Brac.

        Signed,

        Please pave my driveway and give me some furniture (I know some of you Brackers are mad at me for telling the truth).

    • Anonymous says:

      The Brac is a Welfare State full time, so no surprise there.

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    • Anonymous says:

      I was in the brac a few weeks ago. Most people were sitting under trees and not picking garbage. Maybe on lunch, but when I passed by every hour or so it seemed like they were still on a break.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Unfortunately, many of those working cleanups on the Brac can only handle going to work three days a week for short periods. It is what it is, it’s what they can do. Anything more and they can’t handle it.

  24. Damned if I know says:

    Some food for thought here……. $10/HR for 45 hours a week is $450.00. I wonder if CIG is paying pensions and health on those earnings cause as far as I know, the pensions law states that ALL earnings are pensionable. So here we have our own government flaunting one of their very own laws. And DPL is in same building as NWDA so go,figure why this has been overlooked. Therefore, NO employer henceforth should be taken to court for not paying pensions as our very own government of unity are themselves committing breach of a law. But then again, the officers in NWDA and DLP are about as useful as 2 teats on a boar hog and as efficient as diesel in a gasoline engine.

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  25. Anonymous says:

    Thank you PPM for caring.

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    • Wake up Cayman says:

      Caring means vote buying to some. Why not provide subsidies for kids returning to school who need it?

      A job for 2 weeks is not caring. Help Caymanians get jobs and be trained to keep a job for the whole year. That would be a real demonstration of caring. Wake up.

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  26. WE NEED REAL LEADERSHIP & CHANGE! says:

    What kind of non-sense is this unity government trying to rub over caymanians faces! A bunch of BS and again doing the same ole things but no real solutions!! This government is a joke and sending us further down to hell! But then again, with Alden as Premier we aint got no leadership, not today, in 2013 or ever!

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  27. Anonymous says:

    Nice to see the slaves getting a little work in their own country courtesy of their benevolent government.

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  28. Anonymous says:

    Make the inmates do this every week! Pay them 30 cents an hour. Done and done.

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  29. Anonymous says:

    I am concerned as this cleanup or work to make extra cash is geared towards males. What about women who are raising children and are heading households.

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    • Anonymous says:

      I see many women taking advantage of cleanup opportunities on Cayman Brac. It’s not just man’s work.

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  30. Anonymous says:

    Where r the application forms located?

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  31. Anonymous says:

    I personally think they need this done quarterly. Some people don’t want to work and they just want to make a quick buck for a week or two. That’s the truth. They’re just gonna need a bigger truck to collect all those beach chairs at public beach to throw them away.

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  32. POLITRICKS 101 says:

    This desperate move by the Minister and the PPM should remind us of when they opposed McKeeva’s UDP for doing exactly the same things and called it a waste of money and vote buying.

    Wake up people If they continue with these gimmicks four times a year the sheeple may forget before the next election and vote them back into power. Cayman deserves better. God help our country.

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  33. Anonymous says:

    What an insult!

    Not surprising though if you know him. Look at his constituency – rich new Caymanians make up the bulk of his votes and he tolerates the rest.

    Joey, Tara, Alden and Moses represent the rich and the expats. These 4 show Caymanians everyday that they only care about protecting the pockets and the egos of the RiCH. They are indifferent to the real struggles of poor and middle class Caymanians who can’t keep up with rising electricity, water, food, gas and housing costs. They DO NOTHING to fix the root causes.

    They LIE to the people.

    #TRUMPIANS

    #votethemOUT

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    • Anonymous says:

      5:49 – Now you said a mouthful and on point!!! I wish I knew who you were so I could shake your hand.

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  34. Anonymous says:

    wow……paying lazy locals to pick up their own trash even though workers in the pwd are already paid to do it?
    little hint for cig and the police farce: if you would enforce anti-littering laws you might actually kill around 4 cayman birds with one stone…

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  35. ppm Distress Signal says:

    Wow I cannot find the right words besides “DON’T STOP DA PROGRESS” is this the best they can do?

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  36. Anonymous says:

    Shame! This islands needs technical schools and paid on the job training. Not a temporary fix.

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  37. Anonymous says:

    Wow, just by the first several of comments it looks like nothing will keep you people happy, eh!

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  38. Anonymous says:

    Well Aldart, next couple weeks sounds like a good time for an employment survey don’t ya think?

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  39. Anonymous says:

    Everyone knows Hew and the rest of them in their ivory towers have no idea what’s going on in their country. We need to vote every one of them out come 2021, but their rich business people will try to keep them in as they’re the only ones prospering in this damn Island!!!

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  40. Ambassador of Absurdistan says:

    Just Another Day in Absurdistan

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    • Anonymous says:

      Absurd….. n, Man, find another name, update your chip, say something different, geesh!

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      • Anonymous says:

        4.42pm He takes that name because he and his views are Absurd. Oh and anti Caymanian.

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        • Ambassador of Absurdistan says:

          Jobs for 2 weeks is Absurd! Breaking your own labor laws is Absurd.

          Just Another Day in Absurdistan

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      • Anonymous says:

        That would take ingenuity or at least intelligence…even term “Absurdistan” was plagiarized.

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  41. Anonymous says:

    ROFLOL what did I just read? Hew called it an opportunity to learn new skills like painting the medians and picking up rubbish.

    This country is going to the dogs with this type of leadership. They think Caymanians are only good enough to pick up road side garbage in a country with over 24k work permits. Vote him and the rest out!

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    • Anonymous says:

      To be fair picking up garbage will be completely new to some of them. Caymanians are known to be the worst offenders for littering on our beaches and throwing garbage out the window while driving.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Wellllll I’ve seen Jamaicans do it more…

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      • Anonymous says:

        Anonymous at 4;43 pm i beg to differ. In the good old days, when we were the Islands that time forgot, you could not find a cleaner island anywhere. Once we became known and all road led to our beautiful shores things became vastly different. Slums began to emerge for low income workers from parts unknown and our environment began to change. I am not saying that some Caymanians are not contributing to the nastiness but once upon a time it never happened here. It only takes one slob to change an entire sub- division, or enclave. Good job Joey, at least the mess will be cleaned up if only for a few weeks.

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        • Anonymous says:

          I am afraid you forgot to educate the Caymanian youth on pride and cleanliness. From my observations the vast majority of them are nasty litter bugs!

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          • Anonymous says:

            Wow, interesting. And exactly how did you come to this statistically??? The MAJORITY of Caymanians being “litter bugs”. Making such a remark speaks to your ignorance. I assure you being called nasty, is just as being called a thief in Cayman. The majority of Caymanians don’t like either. So please save your poison to yourself.

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  42. SMH says:

    Minister Hew and the rest of them that concocted this idea should resign now if this the best you can do for Caymanians. SMH

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  43. Anonymous says:

    More short term and low wage work to temporarily placate the needy and the downtrodden

    How about this put in place policies that will solve the inherent and chronic issues in Cayman so that programs like this and the Christmas cleanup are unnecessary and a thing of the past

    Instead of pushing this fake 100% employment BS

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    • Anonymous says:

      Mr. Hew and the unity government should be addressing raising inflation and the costs of living and costs of doing business instead of this types of band aid solutions.

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    • Anonymous says:

      You call $10 per hour low wage?

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      • Anonymous says:

        Would you do it for $5.00? go get a form filled out and let the Minister know that you will do for a reduced fee. While you are st it stop complaining!!

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      • Anonymous says:

        They offer them CI$10.00 per hour because they won’t work for less.

        Imagine that!

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      • Anonymous says:

        $10 an hour means you are making somewhere in the range of 30,000 a year
        With Cayman’s high cost of living
        Yes 10$ is a low wage for anything other than young individuals in entry level jobs. How could you provide for a family (even a small one) with 30k?
        After bills, loans, mortgages etc how much is left as disposable income? A pittance

        People need to aspire to more than scraping by and subsistence living, demanding a living minimum wage tied to inflation is NOT too much to ask.
        Wages have been stagnant in Cayman and much of the west for more than 30 years

        Look at the CPI published by the ESO
        Look at the already artificially inflated high cost of goods and services
        Look at the exorbitant level of duties and fees levied behind the scenes to make up for the lack of direct taxes because at the end of the day the Government still needs money because although we don’t pay taxes people still demand the same standards of service as direct taxation nations

        When people have disposable income they can save, plan for the future, buy luxuries and invest.
        We could eliminate low the incentive of hiring low wage foreigners by ensuring no matter what the wages paid would be an amount Caymanians would be comfortable working for

        These work initiatives from the government boil down to keeping up appearances, and keeping the masses distracted when the CIG was under the then UDP administration the PPM called these programs corrupt self serving, vote buying initiatives , but now they do them twice a year
        Sorry but I had summer internships that paid more than 10$ an hour

        It is time for the CIG to put human interests before business interests

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