Archive for January, 2020

Home invader gets ‘life’ in jail

Home invader gets ‘life’ in jail

| 31/01/2020 | 116 Comments

(CNS): Elmer Wright (26) is now the second person in the Cayman Islands to be given an indeterminate ‘life’ sentence for a crime other than murder. Wright, who already has a serious criminal history, was told he would have to serve at least 18 years before he is eligible for a parole hearing, with no […]

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Coral resilience expert joins CCMI

Coral resilience expert joins CCMI

| 31/01/2020 | 10 Comments

(CNS): A leading marine scientist with an expertise in how coral could stand up to climate change has joined the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) as its new director of research. Officials at the Little Cayman facility said Dr Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley will support CCMI’s research objectives to identify coral reef resiliency in a changing climate, […]

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Airport seeks cash for exterior work

Airport seeks cash for exterior work

| 31/01/2020 | 104 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Airport Authority is seeking an unsecured CI$12.4 million loan and an overdraft facility of CI $8.5 mllion to cover the cost of the planned airfield, runway and perimeter roadworks at Owen Roberts International Airports, according to a request on the government’s procurement website. An RFP has been issued to financial institutions […]

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UK minister tries to reassure BOTs over Brexit

UK minister tries to reassure BOTs over Brexit

| 31/01/2020 | 32 Comments

(CNS): The UK minister responsible for the British Overseas Territories, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, has issued a statement trying to reassure the BOTs that Britain’s departure from the European Union on Friday will not impact their residents over the next eleven months. Lord Ahmad said it was a priority for him and the UK government […]

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Road chaos emerges as key earthquake lesson

Road chaos emerges as key earthquake lesson

| 30/01/2020 | 171 Comments

(CNS): The panicked charge to the roads by thousands of drivers in the immediate wake of Tuesday’s earthquake is emerging as a key lesson for government regarding its disaster management plans. Speaking in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday, Premier Alden McLaughlin said a lot had already been learned about disaster management in respect to earthquakes […]

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Sinkhole opens along Watercourse Road

Sinkhole opens along Watercourse Road

| 30/01/2020 | 16 Comments

(CNS): Police are warning West Bay drivers that a sinkhole opened today along the side of Watercourse Road in the aftermath of Tuesday’s 7.7M earthquake and as many as 16 aftershocks. The report was made at around 2:30pm about the relatively small hole, located between Eureka Drive and Hamlet Lane. Officers have marked out the […]

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Mac denies desire to be leader again

Mac denies desire to be leader again

| 30/01/2020 | 81 Comments

(CNS): As he opened the proceedings at the first meeting of the year for the Legislative Assembly, Speaker McKeeva Bush oscillated between an angry rant against people not supporting government and giving thanks for surviving the earthquake. The representative for West Bay stated that he had no desire to be premier again or even a […]

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Warnings over rapid rise of coronavirus

Warnings over rapid rise of coronavirus

| 30/01/2020 | 53 Comments

(CNS): The World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is meeting today, Thursday, after which it may declare a global health emergency, given the rapid spread of the virus. As well as spreading across every region of China, infections have been recorded in at least 15 other countries. Public health officials here […]

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Officers recruited to CI ‘army’

Officers recruited to CI ‘army’

| 30/01/2020 | 66 Comments

(CNS): Following a recruitment campaign for officers for the Cayman Islands’ own regiment, three senior and six junior officers have now been appointed to establish and lead the new force. The regiment will be commanded by Simon Watson, formerly of the Royal Dragoon Guards. He will be supported by Simon Spiers, who has served in […]

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CIG estate holds up after 7.7M quake

CIG estate holds up after 7.7M quake

| 30/01/2020 | 6 Comments

(CNS): Government properties have withstood the major earthquake and multiple aftershocks that struck the Cayman Islands Tuesday, officials have said. In a press release Wednesday, GIS stated that a cross-departmental damage assessment found only superficial damage to public buildings caused by the 7.7 magnitude earthquake and the more than a dozen aftershocks.

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All government schools open Thursday

All government schools open Thursday

| 29/01/2020 | 3 Comments

(CNS): Students at government schools had a day off Wednesday so that all facilities could be assessed following the 7.7 M earthquake and aftershocks Tuesday afternoon. But the Department of Education Services (DES) announced Wednesday evening that all schools will reopen Thursday, 30 January. The Scheduled Sports Day at the Sir John A Cumber Primary […]

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We have created a new system to help us address questions we receive from the public for the press briefings. We are getting hundreds every day and it’s impossible to read and deal with them while the PB is in process as there are a lot of moving parts to being able to do the Zoom meeting, take notes and respond to their info in real time.

So we are asking people to send their questions each day BEFORE NOON to: covid-questions@caymannewsservice.com

This will give us a chance to read, sort and consolidate the questions so that we get to the issues that people are most concerned about.

Thanks for your help. In the meantime the ones you have sent will be sorted and collated.