Archive for October 3rd, 2019

Date and question set for port referendum

Date and question set for port referendum

| 03/10/2019 | 168 Comments

(CNS): Government has published its draft referendum bill setting a December date for the poll asking Cayman’s voters, “Should the Cayman Islands continue to move forward with building the cruise berthing and enhanced cargo port facility?”, requiring a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answer. The date, 19 December, is not only very close to Christmas, presenting a […]

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Minister apologises as traffic jams worsen

Minister apologises as traffic jams worsen

| 03/10/2019 | 190 Comments

(CNS): Frustrations were running high Thursday morning among drivers commuting into George Town from the Eastern Districts as the traffic was more jammed than ever. Several readers contacted CNS to raise concerns after experiencing worsening congestion on the roads coming into town, with traffic said to be backed up into Savannah before 6:30am. Social media […]

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Newspaper to supply gov’t  TV with content

Newspaper to supply gov’t TV with content

| 03/10/2019 | 31 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Compass has entered into a deal with the Unity Government to publish its local news content on the Cayman Islands Government TV station. Officials from both the newspaper and government said no money is changing hands but the local publisher will allow government to broadcast the video programmes it makes free of […]

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The state of local media

The state of local media

| 03/10/2019 | 54 Comments

CNS writes: Now that the Cayman Compass is collaborating with the government to bring “independent” video news to the local community, CNS is the last fully-functioning, truly independent media house in the Cayman Islands. This is a very sad moment in Cayman history. The quality of reporting at the Compass has varied over the years, […]

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Masked men hold up gas station with machetes

Masked men hold up gas station with machetes

| 03/10/2019 | 8 Comments

(CNS): Police are on the hunt for two men who made off with an undisclosed quantity of cash from the Rubis gas station on Walkers Road, George Town, last night after an armed hold-up. Around 11:30pm on Wednesday the robbers, both wearing masks, burst into the mini-mart brandishing machetes and demanded cash from the clerk. […]

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Teen activists ask cruise partners to stop project

Teen activists ask cruise partners to stop project

| 03/10/2019 | 23 Comments

(CNS): The young activists from Protect Our Future made it clear to the cruise line partners in the Verdant Isle consortium this week that the planned berthing development should not happen because of the environmental destruction it will cause. Handing over a petition with more than 200,000 names from many tens of thousands of visitors […]

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WORC stops doing its own English tests

WORC stops doing its own English tests

| 03/10/2019 | 41 Comments

(CNS): The new agency that will be dealing with employment and work permits, Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman, will no longer be conducting its own English Language Tests (ELTs), from 14 October, for work permit applicants who are not native English speakers. As a corruption case involving around a dozen defendants relating to these tests […]

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Cruise boss: Cayman tourism model outdated

Cruise boss: Cayman tourism model outdated

| 03/10/2019 | 99 Comments

(CNS): The president of Royal Caribbean Cruises has said the development of cruise berthing facilities in Grand Cayman would “open the door” of opportunity to modernise the tourism product the island offers, but it is not a solution to all of the problems. Micheal Bayley implied that the Cayman Islands was stuck with an old […]

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Duty waivers still not monitored

Duty waivers still not monitored

| 03/10/2019 | 36 Comments

(CNS): Four years after the auditor general first recommended that government introduce a duty waiver policy and find ways to manage, monitor and measure the concessions it gives away, a proposed policy is still in the very early stages, the Public Accounts Committee heard Wednesday. As senior civil servants appeared before the committee to answer […]

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See draft amendment to the Constitution in the CNS Library