Archive for October, 2020

Controversial lawyers law returns for comment

Controversial lawyers law returns for comment

| 28/10/2020 | 30 Comments

(CNS): One of the most controversial but critical pieces of legislation that governments have failed to get passed for more than a decade has made a comeback. A new version of the Legal Practitioners Law, now the Legal Services Bill, has been published for public comment after Cabinet approved this latest redraft. The bill has […]

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Isolation numbers increase but no new COVID cases

Isolation numbers increase but no new COVID cases

| 28/10/2020 | 19 Comments

(CNS): Officials confirmed Wednesday that there are 645 people currently in isolation, either at home using the geofencing technology or in designated government facilities, but there are no new positive cases of the virus. Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee said all of the 344 tests carried out over the last day were negative. There […]

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Owen Roberts Airport project tops $100M

Owen Roberts Airport project tops $100M

| 28/10/2020 | 136 Comments

(CNS): What started as a $51 million upgrade to the terminal at Owen Roberts International Airport in 2014 is now a major project, running at more than $100 million, Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell told Finance Committee on Monday. And outlining the need for a bridging loan from the tourism ministry, Albert Anderson, the Chief Executive […]

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Hotel re-zone sought near Seven Mile Public Beach

Hotel re-zone sought near Seven Mile Public Beach

| 28/10/2020 | 69 Comments

CNS): The owners of Trafalgar Place, a commercial development on the West Bay Road, have applied to the Central Planning Authority to have the block and parcels re-zoned as hotel-tourism, which could pave the way for another major hotel development close to the Seven Mile Public Beach. The CPA was due to consider the application […]

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Active COVIDs remain at 20 with no new cases

Active COVIDs remain at 20 with no new cases

| 27/10/2020 | 18 Comments

(CNS): Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee has reported that 352 COVID-19 tests carried out over the last day were all negative. Out of Cayman’s 239 confirmed cases of the virus, 20 remain active, with those individuals not yet considered recovered. Public health officials continue to monitor their condition and provide support as needed. Three […]

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Cayman’s own gongs relaunched for 2021

Cayman’s own gongs relaunched for 2021

| 27/10/2020 | 56 Comments

(CNS): People are being invited to submit nominations for local awards within the national honours system that was relaunched by government on Monday. The Order of the Cayman Islands was created in 2010 by then premier McKeeva Bush as part of his vision for nation building. But after the 2013 awards, the local gongs were […]

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Industry rejects need for latest financial bills

Industry rejects need for latest financial bills

| 27/10/2020 | 25 Comments

(CNS): Comments sent to the Ministry of Financial Services by the Cayman Islands Company Managers Association indicate that a batch of bills being circulated to provide more accounting oversight are completely unnecessary and will lead to a loss of business. The industry body noted that changes to several financial sector laws are being proposed because […]

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Minister forecasts CI$168M gov’t deficit

Minister forecasts CI$168M gov’t deficit

| 27/10/2020 | 130 Comments

(CNS): Finance Committee members heard that government is now forecasting a $168.7 million deficit by the end of this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As he opened the committee hearing for the appropriation changes to this year’s budget, Finance Minister Roy McTaggart delivered the bad financial news that everyone was expecting. He […]

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Weekend COVID-19 test results all negative

Weekend COVID-19 test results all negative

| 27/10/2020 | 9 Comments

(CNS): There were no new COVID-19 positive samples over the weekend. Public health officials process 338 test results between Friday and Sunday, all of which were negative, Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee reported on Monday. There are currently 598 people in isolation, either at a government facility or in their homes, as the country’s […]

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DG: New website to resolve travel troubles

DG: New website to resolve travel troubles

| 26/10/2020 | 95 Comments

(CNS): Deputy Governor Franz Manderson said a new website for inbound travellers has been formally launched, and anyone wishing to come into Cayman in November must now re-apply to this new portal to get clearance and organise their quarantine options. After significant problems with the previous transition of responsibility for this function, the DG told […]

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Man mugged by machete-wielding duo

Man mugged by machete-wielding duo

| 26/10/2020 | 30 Comments

(CNS): Police are on the hunt for two men who mugged a victim on Sunday, with their faces covered and armed with a machete, in another daylight robbery in George Town. The two suspects approached a man on Eastern Avenue near Watlers Drive at around 3pm yesterday and demanded cash, as one of them brandished […]

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