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146 PR applications now approved

146 PR applications now approved

| 15/09/2017 | 64 Comments
(CNS): The administrative staff from immigration and members of the Caymanian Status and Permanent Residency Board are making significant progress on the massive backlog of residency applications which accumulated as a result  of a number of problems presented by the 2013 legislative change. Accord [...]

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Firefighters claim inequitable treatment

Firefighters claim inequitable treatment

| 15/09/2017 | 22 Comments
(CNS): A number of firefighters have raised concerns that officers are being treated inequitably, with what appears to be one rule for senior staff and another for those further down the pecking order. However, management at the Cayman Islands Fire Service said they are in the process of a review wi [...]

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DCFS boss says law boosted child abuse workload

DCFS boss says law boosted child abuse workload

| 13/09/2017 | 36 Comments
(CNS): The number of reported cases of children being neglected or abused and at risk in some way has increased significantly since the introduction of mandatory reporting under the children’s law. Speaking recently to the Public Accounts Committee, Felicia Robinson, the director of the Department [...]

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NAU challenged by ministry action and client numbers

NAU challenged by ministry action and client numbers

| 11/09/2017 | 46 Comments
(CNS): Tamara Hurlston, the director of the Needs Assessment Unit, revealed that her department is helping more than 1,800 families but the number of people in need is growing. Painting a picture of a department challenged by the increase in people seeking help on one hand and a lack of direction fr [...]

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Oxitec bio-bugs ‘ineffective and risky’, claim activists

Oxitec bio-bugs ‘ineffective and risky’, claim activists

| 08/09/2017 | 26 Comments
(CNS): The UK-based anti-GM charity and research group, GeneWatch UK, has taken aim at the project in which millions of bio-engineered mosquitoes were released in the Cayman Islands. In the wake of the Mosquito Research and Control Unit’s first annual report on the progress of the project, the [...]

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Health remains costly challenge for CIG

Health remains costly challenge for CIG

| 08/09/2017 | 29 Comments
(CNS): The most recent financial report from the Health Services Authority has demonstrated that from health insurance cover issues to the management of the hospital’s accounts, as well as continued inefficiencies and access problems, managing healthcare in Cayman remains a major and costly ch [...]

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Novice MLA walks out of PAC

Novice MLA walks out of PAC

| 07/09/2017 | 85 Comments
(CNS): The newly elected opposition member for Bodden Town West, Chris Saunders, was clearly frustrated during Wednesday’s Public Accounts Committee when he realised that the proceedings were not going to offer any immediate solutions for his constituents in need and walked out. Saunders said [...]

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Dart buys another piece of Seven Mile Beach

Dart buys another piece of Seven Mile Beach

| 07/09/2017
(CNS Business): Already the largest landowner in the Cayman Islands, the Dart Group has made another significant purchase with the acquisition of Royal Palms Beach Club in the heart of Seven Mile Beach, along the West Bay Road. Neither the seller, Coral Apartments Ltd, nor Dart has said how much the [...]

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PAC queries value of social affairs OBC

PAC queries value of social affairs OBC

| 06/09/2017 | 19 Comments
(CNS): The chair of the Public Accounts Committee and Auditor General Sue Winspear both raised concerns Wednesday that the $180,000 that government spent on an outline business case (OBC) to look at social assistance provided to the elderly, disabled and indigent was a waste of time. Ezzard Miller s [...]

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PR review rate grows, end date in sight

PR review rate grows, end date in sight

| 06/09/2017 | 60 Comments
(CNS): The pace of reviewing the backlog of permanent residency applications by both the immigration staff working on the submissions as well as the Cayman Status and Permanent Residency Board members has picked up to 50 in one week. If those involved can maintain that pace, the more than 1,000 appl [...]

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CIG aims to cut public debt by half

CIG aims to cut public debt by half

| 06/09/2017 | 33 Comments
(CNS): The government has revealed its latest plans to tackle what was once a serious debt problem, but in order to do so it will find itself temporarily falling foul of the Public Management and Finance Law. Government’s core debt is expected to stand at just over $451 million at the end of this [...]

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