Archive for June 1st, 2020

Local COVID-positive cases climb to 150

Local COVID-positive cases climb to 150

| 01/06/2020 | 84 Comments

(CNS): Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee reported that there were nine new COVID-19 positive cases since he last revealed test results on Monday. The batch consisted of over 800 test results and the positives included one traveller in quarantine, two contacts of people who had already tested positive for the virus and six cases […]

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Airlift to Jamaica begins this week

Airlift to Jamaica begins this week

| 01/06/2020 | 51 Comments

(CNS): After several weeks of talks between the Cayman Islands Government and the Jamaican authorities, the first airlift to help repatriate hundreds of stranded workers to Jamaica will leave Grand Cayman on Thursday. Officials confirmed Monday that Cayman Airways will operate this first repatriation flight between the two countries, and an outbound passenger list has […]

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Cayman Marl Road owner’s trial goes off track

Cayman Marl Road owner’s trial goes off track

| 01/06/2020

(CNS): The criminal case against Sandra Hill, the owner of the Cayman Marl Road website, who has been accused of bullying local businessman Matthew Leslie after she accused him of being a paedophile and paying women for sex, appeared to go off track last week when a judge urged Hill’s attorney to stick to the […]

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Reduced army of cullers reining back iguanas

Reduced army of cullers reining back iguanas

| 01/06/2020 | 26 Comments

(CNS): Measures taken by government to curb the spread of COVID-19 put the nationwide green iguana cull on hold for several weeks, just as the pesky reptile moved into its breeding season. With exemptions now in place for the consultants managing the cull and around 50 top cullers, war on this invasive species has restarted. […]

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Storm season opens against COVID-19 backdrop

Storm season opens against COVID-19 backdrop

| 01/06/2020 | 5 Comments

(CNS): The weather in the Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea was quiet Monday, as the 2020 hurricane season began against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Emergency Operations Centre team, already deployed as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis, has been simultaneously preparing for a hurricane season that promises to be relatively […]

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Over 400 speeders clocked in two weeks

Over 400 speeders clocked in two weeks

| 01/06/2020 | 24 Comments

(CNS): Over the two week period between 15 and 29 May, police issued 404 speeding tickets. As traffic has begun to increase, police clocked some rogue drivers doing more than 100mph, even though the top speed anywhere in Cayman is only 50mph. Speaking at Friday’s COVID-19 briefing, Police Commissioner Derek Byrne said speeding drivers are […]

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Gov’t lawyers misuse FOI law

Gov’t lawyers misuse FOI law

| 01/06/2020 | 10 Comments

(CNS): The ombudsman has ordered the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) to disclose the identity of the person who wrote an important report relating to a complaint by an applicant when she was a minor. In her latest appeal decision, Sandy Hermiston found, for several reasons, that the government lawyers wrongly refused […]

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Private sector bearing the brunt of pain

Private sector bearing the brunt of pain

| 01/06/2020 | 89 Comments

Our colonial history refers to public sector workers as “servants”. While this has discriminatory undertones, it has largely been culturally accepted that public sector workers are servants of the people. I think a conversation is justified when I, as a private individual (the people), can be sent home without pay by my organisation because they […]

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Government of National Unity approval rating

Government of National Unity approval rating

| 01/06/2020 | 63 Comments

(CNS): We are now less than a year away from the 2021 General Elections, and while the Government of National Unity has been working under extreme stress over the last few months, it has also had three years to put its policies in place. How well individual Cabinet members and ministry councillors have performed during […]

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