Archive for January 4th, 2021

Losing MPs to get pay-off in new package

Losing MPs to get pay-off in new package

| 04/01/2021 | 143 Comments

(CNS): To go with the new names and rules at the Cayman Islands House of Parliament, MPs are also getting a new, even more generous salary and benefits package that includes a three-month pay-off should they lose their seats in the election in May. MPs who fail to retain their seats will now get a […]

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First COVID-19 results of year reveal nine cases

First COVID-19 results of year reveal nine cases

| 04/01/2021 | 41 Comments

(CNS): Nine travellers tested positive for COVID-19 in the first batch of results for the New Year. Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee said Monday that a total of 578 COVID-19 tests were carried out since New Year’s Eve, the rest of which were negative. Although all of these travellers were said to be asymptomatic, […]

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Quappe returns to Cayman Crosstalk mic

Quappe returns to Cayman Crosstalk mic

| 04/01/2021 | 91 Comments

(CNS): Local musician and former host of the morning talk show, Barrie Quappe, is taking back the mic at Cayman Crosstalk after Compass Media fired controversial host Woody DaCosta last week. The Compass has now taken formal ownership of Hurley’s Media following the acquisition in November. Quappe was the host between 2002 and 2006, when […]

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Poor leaders undermine school’s achievements

Poor leaders undermine school’s achievements

| 04/01/2021 | 71 Comments

(CNS): What was once considered one of Cayman’s best private schools has been given just a ‘satisfactory’ grade by government inspectors. Even though student attainment and progress was either ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ in English, maths and science across the whole school, “fundamental weaknesses in leadership and governance” brought down St Ignatius Catholic School’ overall grade. […]

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Wounding conviction lost despite guilty pleas

Wounding conviction lost despite guilty pleas

| 04/01/2021 | 18 Comments

(CNS): Prosecutors watched a man who had admitted charges of GBH walk free from court recently when a conviction was lost after the crown pushed for the case to go to trial. Geoff Ryan Scott was found not guilty by a judge in November as a result of a legal loophole, even though he stabbed […]

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Activists call out ‘sheer gall’ of politicians

Activists call out ‘sheer gall’ of politicians

| 04/01/2021 | 7 Comments

(CNS): A local activist group campaigning for the rights of Cayman’s LGBT community is urging elected leaders to listen to all the demands of the people that the group says are being ignored. Colours Cayman is not just concerned about how its own community has been treated by politicians, but also that, after a year […]

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VJ and Skylar remain in jail

VJ and Skylar remain in jail

| 04/01/2021 | 26 Comments

(CNS): Both Skylar Mack and Vanjae Ramgeet remain in jail, Prison Director Steve Barrett has confirmed to CNS. The governor’s office has also stated that they have not been released and no pardon has been given by that office. Expected to serve another three weeks in HMP Fairbanks and HMP Northward respectively, the notoriety of […]

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Closed resort was granted bundle of waivers

Closed resort was granted bundle of waivers

| 04/01/2021 | 79 Comments

(CNS): Developers behind the remodeling of the old Treasure Island resort into Margaritaville on the West Bay Road were granted a bundle of waivers, according to documents obtained by CNS in an ongoing freedom of information battle. HHG Cayman Ltd was granted over CI$1.7 million in duty concessions for building materials, furniture, fixtures, operating equipment […]

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Ombudsman seeks footage of police at killing

Ombudsman seeks footage of police at killing

| 04/01/2021 | 6 Comments

(CNS): The Office of the Ombudsman is asking for information to assist its independent investigation into allegations of a delayed response and lack of action by police at the scene of Michael Aaron Bush’s fatal stabbing on Christmas Eve. The office is asking anyone who was at the scene or who has footage of the […]

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Cayman faces new EU blacklisting

Cayman faces new EU blacklisting

| 04/01/2021 | 106 Comments

(CNS): The European Parliament is planning a new blacklist of tax havens and the Cayman Islands appears to be at the heart of the move. While local political leaders here have made much of the efforts last year to get this jurisdiction removed from the existing blacklist, MEPs believe the removal of Cayman from it […]

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