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PPM accuses PACT of choosing ‘massive borrowing’

PPM accuses PACT of choosing ‘massive borrowing’

| 29/11/2021 | 0 Comments

(CNS): The leader of the opposition took aim at the new finance minister on Monday when he delivered his response to the PACT Government’s first budget. Roy McTaggart accused the new administration of choosing “massive borrowing” over fiscal prudence and implied they were not competent enough to make the decisions needed to balance the books.

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Lawyer: Evidence in home invasion trial ‘completely false’

Lawyer: Evidence in home invasion trial ‘completely false’

| 29/11/2021 | 6 Comments

(CNS): The attorney representing Shane Connor (44), who was convicted in September of numerous charges relating to a brutal and terrifying home invasion in 2017, argued that evidence given against Connor during the trial by the crown’s key witness, who was also convicted in the same crime, was “completely false”. During Connor’s sentencing hearing on […]

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2021 public spending $186 million over budget

2021 public spending $186 million over budget

| 29/11/2021 | 20 Comments

(CNS): Government was supposed to have spent no more that CI$764 million over the last twelve months, but largely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, public spending has soared. As of 25 November, the finance ministry was predicting that by the end of the year core government spending will have exceeded $950 million, some […]

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First Cuban migrants in 2021 arrive in East End

First Cuban migrants in 2021 arrive in East End

| 27/11/2021 | 6 Comments

(CNS): A vessel carrying five Cuban migrants arrived in East End Friday, the Cayman Islands Customs and Border Control Service has said. In a very short release, officials said the agency is working with the necessary partners. The migrants are being managed in accordance with the established COVID-19 protocols and processing procedures, and they will […]

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Criteria for COVID isolation release relaxed

Criteria for COVID isolation release relaxed

| 27/11/2021 | 27 Comments

(CNS): In an effort to reduce the number of people in extended quarantine, Public Health is relaxing the criteria for release for people who still get a positive result after a full period of isolation if they have a low viral load and are asymptomatic. Even though this community outbreak of COVID-19 shows no significant […]

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PACT forecasts CI$15M deficit for 2022 budget

PACT forecasts CI$15M deficit for 2022 budget

| 26/11/2021 | 84 Comments

(CNS): Government is expecting a net deficit of CI$15.8 million for the Entire Public Sector in 2022 as a result of an anticipated loss by public authorities, but Finance Minister Chris Saunders is predicting an overall surplus of over $8.5 million in 2023. In the Budget address delivered Friday, he said it was not ideal […]

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Elvis charged over threatening Facebook rant

Elvis charged over threatening Facebook rant

| 26/11/2021

(CNS): Elvis McKeever (63) has been charged following one of his frequent social media posts railing against the establishment. Police arrested the former political candidate for Cayman Brac East on 10 November, accusing the well known advocate for the legalisation of cannabis of making threats against government officials and members of the uniformed services. However, […]

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Governor lauds management of COVID-19

Governor lauds management of COVID-19

| 26/11/2021 | 38 Comments

(CNS): The governor praised the PACT Government for its management over the last few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, as he delivered a short Throne Speech to Parliament on Friday. Martyn Roper said that his third such speech, just like his first two, would not be a traditional Throne Speech setting out the government’s agenda, […]

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Middle-out to replace trickle-down policies

Middle-out to replace trickle-down policies

| 26/11/2021 | 116 Comments

(CNS): Premier Wayne Panton said the PACT Government’s first budget reflects the change people voted for, as he outlined a policy switch from trickle-down economics to middle-out economics and commitment to halt the ongoing demise of the Caymanian middle class. In his first Budget Policy Statement to Parliament on Friday, Panton spoke about the increasing […]

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Cayman gets extra holiday for Queen’s 70th Jubilee

Cayman gets extra holiday for Queen’s 70th Jubilee

| 26/11/2021 | 39 Comments

(CNS): Residents in the Cayman Islands will get an additional holiday next year to mark the Queen’s 70th year on the throne. With numerous celebrations planned for the British monarch’s Platinum Jubilee, Cabinet has agreed to add Friday, 3 June 2022, as a public holiday over the Queen’s official birthday weekend, as well as Monday, […]

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UCCI begins search for new president

UCCI begins search for new president

| 26/11/2021 | 27 Comments

(CNS): The current president and CEO of the University College of the Cayman Islands, Dr Stacy McAfee, is not renewing her contract and the board is beginning the search for her replacement. According to a release from UCCI Board Chairman Gilbert McLean, the job will now be advertised overseas as well as locally. McAfee took […]

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