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COVID-19 tests all negative on eve of border opening

COVID-19 tests all negative on eve of border opening

| 30/09/2020 | 0 Comments

(CNS): All of the 102 COVID-19 tests that were carried out over the last day were negative, Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee reported Thursday on the eve of the phased reopening of Cayman’s borders, which closed six months ago at the end of March. There are currently just two active cases of the virus […]

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Crashes return as traffic increases

Crashes return as traffic increases

| 30/09/2020 | 4 Comments

(CNS): Road collisions in Cayman were back to pre-COVID levels this past week, the RCIPS has said. Between 20 and 27 September officers responded to over 50 reports of crashes, more than ten of them involving injuries. The traffic unit said the majority of these crashes were due to speeding and people driving under the […]

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Scammers working overtime in pandemic

Scammers working overtime in pandemic

| 30/09/2020 | 0 Comments

(CNS): There has been an increase in financial scams since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the RCIPS Financial Crime Investigation Unit has warned. The unit is urging people to be wary of any kind of ‘get rich quick’ scheme, or investments that promise a substantial financial return in a very short period of time. If something […]

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UK fire chief to stay despite succession promise

UK fire chief to stay despite succession promise

| 30/09/2020 | 4 Comments

(CNS): More than five years after Premier Alden McLaughlin refused to endorse the recruitment of a foreign chief fire office at a Legislative Assembly Finance Committee hearing, the contract for the latest CFO recruited from the UK has been extended for another two years in the face of unfulfilled succession plan promises. The one-year contract […]

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Pension holiday extension confirmed

Pension holiday extension confirmed

| 30/09/2020 | 2 Comments

(CNS): Both employers and employees have been given a reprieve on mandatory pension payments for another three months. Government has extended the ‘pension holiday’ on the 10% payment on salaries until the end of the year. However, the emergency withdrawal scheme will not be extended and anyone who wants to access their pension cash must […]

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Cayman Islands border opening very limited

Cayman Islands border opening very limited

| 30/09/2020 | 34 Comments

(CNS): Government officials have stressed that while the Cayman Islands’ borders will begin a phased reopening on Thursday, 1 October, admission will still be very limited. As the COVID-19 pandemic rolls on, tourists will not be allowed to enter at this time, according to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Tourism. As well as those […]

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After-fact primary habitat removal to be approved

After-fact primary habitat removal to be approved

| 29/09/2020 | 61 Comments

(CNS): Yet another after-the-fact application for the removal of primary habitat on a site off the Queen’s Highway is set to get the green light this week, with the landowner facing no more than a $1,000 fee for the unlawful clearance. The planning department recommended that an application by Eric James Bergstrom-Grant Management for the […]

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CMO reports on just 63 COVID-19 tests

CMO reports on just 63 COVID-19 tests

| 29/09/2020 | 15 Comments

(CNS): Only 63 COVID-19 tests were carried out over the last day following the latest positive result in a returning traveller currently in government quarantine. However, all 63 of today’s test results were negative, Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee has reported. But with over 300 people still in quarantine or home isolation, Cayman may […]

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Cruise lines mislead future passengers

Cruise lines mislead future passengers

| 29/09/2020 | 38 Comments

(CNS): While the Cayman Islands Government is planning to officially open the borders, with restrictions, on Thursday, 1 October, it has made it clear that it will not be allowing cruise ships to visit Grand Cayman until well into next year. Despite these public declarations, Carnival Cruise Lines is selling five-night cruises that include Grand […]

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Customs seize ‘gift’ of ganja

Customs seize ‘gift’ of ganja

| 29/09/2020

(CNS): A 24-year-old Caymanian was arrested on suspicion of importing drugs after Customs and Border Control (CBC) discovered that a package marked as a gift destined for him contain a pound of ganja and a number of vape pens. The package arrived here from the United States and was inspected as part of the department’s […]

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DoE marks 500th wild turtle nest

DoE marks 500th wild turtle nest

| 29/09/2020 | 11 Comments

(CNS): 2020 is a year none of us are likely to forget, and while COVID-19 is indelibly stamped on it, there are some good things to remember too. The Department of Environment’s Turtle Conservation Programme officially recorded the 500th wild sea turtle nest of the season on Tuesday morning, reflecting the efforts of volunteers and […]

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