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Cruise ships barred from Cayman till year-end

Cruise ships barred from Cayman till year-end

| 13/08/2020 | 1 Comment

(CNS): The Port Authority of the Cayman Islands has issued a notice to its cruise industry partners that the George Town port will remain closed to cruise ships until at least 31 December. While both Premier Alden McLaughlin and Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell have stated on a number of occasions that they did not expect […]

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Ombudsman finds ‘serious issues’ with LT records

Ombudsman finds ‘serious issues’ with LT records

| 13/08/2020 | 1 Comment

(CNS): Claims by the Department of Labour and Pensions that it wasn’t sure where some records were in response to a freedom of information request was “a serious issue”, Ombudsman Sandy Hermiston said in her latest appeal decision. Hermiston has ordered the DLP to release dozens of records dating back to 2014, which it had […]

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Teachers among ongoing COVID-19 test groups

Teachers among ongoing COVID-19 test groups

| 13/08/2020 | 7 Comments

(CNS): Public health officials have confirmed that they are testing teachers as well as healthcare and other front-line workers for COVID-19. On Thursday Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee reported another 220 negative COVID-19 tests over the last 24 hours, as the Cayman Islands appear to remain virus free. But officials are keen to encourage […]

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Pandemic to ‘headline’ virtual health event

Pandemic to ‘headline’ virtual health event

| 13/08/2020 | 3 Comments

(CNS): It will come as no surprise to anyone in the Cayman Islands that this year’s theme for the annual health conference will be about the future of the sector in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic or that the conference will take place online. ‘Re-envisioning Life with a Pandemic’ will cover mental health, telemedicine […]

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COVID-19 recession could lead to tax

COVID-19 recession could lead to tax

| 13/08/2020 | 193 Comments

(CNS): Finance Minister Roy McTaggart has said that if the country runs out of reserves before the tourism sector and the world economy recovers, government may have to consider taxation. Though reluctant to use the word, he said that given the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, things could get very tough for the public […]

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$200k donation keeps food bank open

$200k donation keeps food bank open

| 13/08/2020 | 8 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Food bank, which has been struggling to keep up with demand over the last few months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been given a donation of $200,000, which volunteers said will help them keep the charity going. While some businesses have reopened and many people are back at work, […]

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Armed man fires shots at gas station

Armed man fires shots at gas station

| 12/08/2020 | 23 Comments

(CNS): Police are on the hunt for an armed man after an attempted robbery at the Rubis gas station in East End on Tuesday evening. The man burst into the store wearing a dark coloured hoody and a black mask, brandishing a handgun, and demanded cash. He fired the gun into the ceiling of the […]

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Cops find sawn-off shotgun in car

Cops find sawn-off shotgun in car

| 12/08/2020

(CNS): The first illegal firearm found since the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions were lifted, was recovered by police last weekend. On Sunday at around 7:30am a loaded sawn-off shotgun was found in a vehicle that crashed into a tree on Fountain Road in West Bay. A 26-year-old man from George Town has since been charged with […]

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OfReg proposes consumer protection rules

OfReg proposes consumer protection rules

| 12/08/2020 | 15 Comments

(CNS): Three years after its launch, the Utility Regulation and Competition Office (OfReg) has announced that it is conducting a public consultation on the proposed consumer protection regulations for the energy and water utilities under its remit. This was one of the main motivations for creating the beleaguered office, which has since its inception created […]

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PAHO declares Cayman COVID-19 free

PAHO declares Cayman COVID-19 free

| 12/08/2020 | 55 Comments

(CNS): The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has re-categorised the Cayman Islands’ COVID-19 status from ‘sporadic’ to ‘no cases‘, one month after the last positive case was recorded here. On Wednesday, Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee reported that another 111 tests for the coronavirus had been carried out over the last day and all […]

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Civil service helps top up NAU budget

Civil service helps top up NAU budget

| 12/08/2020 | 41 Comments

(CNS): Government employees and elected officials have begun donating some of their salaries to the ‘CIG Cares’ initiative recently announced by Deputy Governor Franz Manderson. The first of the payroll charitable contributions will be going to the Needs Assessment Unit to cover food vouchers. The NAU is currently supporting more than 3,000 families and demand […]

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