Archive for June, 2021

Vaccine rate slows as teen take-up remains low

Vaccine rate slows as teen take-up remains low

| 30/06/2021 | 140 Comments

(CNS): Just over 150 people stepped up to get their first COVID-19 vaccine over the last day, as the rate for both doses stagnates at around 63% of the population. Figures released by public health revealing the take-up across different demographics shows that parents are still not rushing to take their kids to get the […]

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Brunch focus nets just nine drunk drivers

Brunch focus nets just nine drunk drivers

| 30/06/2021 | 84 Comments

(CNS): Operation Quaker, the RCIPS’ latest road safety and enforcement campaign, focused on drivers leaving Sunday brunch events this weekend, which resulted in just nine people arrested for driving under the influence. Officers at road blocks and on patrol also issued 54 speeding tickets and dealt with 27 other traffic offenses, such as using a […]

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No women on new Cayman Turtle Centre board

No women on new Cayman Turtle Centre board

| 30/06/2021 | 43 Comments

(CNS): Cabinet has appointed three new directors to the board of the Cayman Turtle Conservation and Education Centre, but despite indications from the premier that the PACT Government was going to diversify the boards, there are no women, young people or even new faces among the appointed directors. Kenneth Hydes, who has served on the […]

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New rules bring partnerships into line with EU demands

New rules bring partnerships into line with EU demands

| 30/06/2021 | 13 Comments

(CNS): Government has published new regulations that come into force today requiring partnerships to notify with the Tax Information Authority (TIA) and where relevant file an economic substance return to ensure this jurisdiction can continue to do business in the European Union. Financial Services Minister André Ebanks said the rules address the EU’s Tax Good […]

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Carbon offset plan to protect local mangroves

Carbon offset plan to protect local mangroves

| 30/06/2021 | 23 Comments

(CNS): The National Trust for the Cayman Islands (NTCI) has partnered with Island Offsets, a newly formed non-profit organisation, to enable companies to offset their carbon footprint locally through the Trust’s Land Reserve Fund as part of a project to tackle climate change globally while protecting local mangroves. Local companies, offshore entities domiciled here and […]

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COVID patient on road to recovery

COVID patient on road to recovery

| 29/06/2021 | 38 Comments

(CNS): Public health officials have confirmed that the patient who was admitted to the Critical Care Unit earlier this month suffering from severe symptoms of COVID-19 is recovering. In the daily report regarding the coronavirus and vaccines, Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee said the person had improved considerably and no longer requires the support […]

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Legal exec charged with hiding son’s ganja case

Legal exec charged with hiding son’s ganja case

| 29/06/2021

(CNS): Evita Ann Dixon (38), a legal executive in the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), is facing charges under the Anti-Corruption Law for attempting to hide a legal file documenting her son’s arrest for possession of ganja. Dixon, who has denied charges of breach of trust, appeared before a jury on Tuesday.

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‘Gold case’ pilot suing for legal aid

‘Gold case’ pilot suing for legal aid

| 29/06/2021 | 21 Comments

(CNS): Juan Carlos Gonzales Infante, a Venezuelan pilot who arrived in Cayman more than two years ago aboard a private jet carrying two passengers, $2 million worth of gold and around $135,000 in cash hidden under the floorboards, is suing the courts’ legal aid department after his application for help to fight extradition to the […]

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Tourism tax loss eclipsed by financial fees

Tourism tax loss eclipsed by financial fees

| 29/06/2021 | 104 Comments

(CNS): The public purse lost around CI$17 million in accommodation and cruise ship taxes during the first quarter of 2021 as a result of the closure of the borders and the shutdown of Cayman’s tourism sector. However, earnings from the offshore financial sector more than made up for that loss of revenue for government.

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Housing trust struggles with building costs

Housing trust struggles with building costs

| 29/06/2021 | 42 Comments

(CNS): With the cost of building materials rising dramatically due to worldwide shortages fuelled by the pandemic, the battle to keep the government’s low cost homes affordable is becoming very challenging, according to officials. National Housing Development Trust (NHDT) Chairman George Powell said their approved contractors have committed to complete the current works within the […]

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Fully vaccinated rate inches up to 63%

Fully vaccinated rate inches up to 63%

| 28/06/2021 | 99 Comments

(CNS): Public Health officials said Monday that 63% of the population has now been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while 68%, or 48,262 people, have had at least one dose, as the national rate inches up towards the still undefined level of coverage that government wants to see before opening the borders to tourists and lifting […]

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