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Tourism cash payment scheme reopens

Tourism cash payment scheme reopens

| 22/01/2021 | 31 Comments

(CNS): Tourism workers furloughed or without work because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of the borders who have not yet registered for the government’s stipend programme are being offered a new window of opportunity to access the regular monthly payments. Registration is being re-opened to Caymanians next week, and those who qualify will […]

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UK confirms closure of travel corridors

UK confirms closure of travel corridors

| 15/01/2021 | 43 Comments

(CNS): The UK government has now formally announced that from Monday, 18 January, its travel corridors with other countries and territories will be suspended until 15 February at the earliest. This includes the link between London and Grand Cayman, one of 64 countries or territories on the UK’s travel corridor list. Travellers from these jurisdictions […]

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Watersport operators urge government to waive fees

Watersport operators urge government to waive fees

| 15/01/2021 | 25 Comments

(CNS): With the Cayman Islands tourism sector still effectively closed in order to protect the wider community from the COVID-19 pandemic, local operators are urging government to waive the numerous annual fees their businesses are liable for, given their sacrifice. Troy Leacock, an advocate for the watersports sector, has written to Cabinet ministers requesting that […]

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‘No more excuses’ for law firms

‘No more excuses’ for law firms

| 14/01/2021 | 106 Comments

(CNS): David Collins, the president of the Cayman Islands Legal Practitioners Association (CILPA), warned local law firms that there could be “no more excuses” for not advancing the careers of Caymanian attorneys with the passage of the long-awaited Legal Services Bill. Speaking at the opening of the Grand Court on Wednesday, Collins said the historic […]

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CI$1M set aside to spur on farmers

CI$1M set aside to spur on farmers

| 14/01/2021 | 39 Comments

(CNS): Agriculture Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly is appealing to residents to take-up backyard farming after setting aside CI$1 million to support their endeavours. Describing backyard farming as an excellent way of ensuring food security and good health, she urged registered farmers to take advantage of the agricultural grants under the COVID-19 Farmers Assistance Programme.

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Stops added as shuttle bus use grows

Stops added as shuttle bus use grows

| 13/01/2021 | 18 Comments

(CNS): Officials from the ministry responsible for roads and infrastructure have said that the free hop-on-hop-off shuttle service launched in November is gaining in popularity and so the routes have been extended to include more key locations, including major supermarkets. Minister Joey Hew said the service designed to cut traffic congestion was now gaining traction.

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Dart and CBPL silent over potential sale

Dart and CBPL silent over potential sale

| 13/01/2021 | 36 Comments

(CNS): Officials from the Dart Group have neither confirmed nor denied rumours that have emerged on social media that the islands’ largest property developer is buying the Cayman Brac Power and Light Company. In response to questions from CNS, a communications manager from Dart said they would not comment on any potential business deal.

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Chamber pushes vaccine so borders can open

Chamber pushes vaccine so borders can open

| 12/01/2021 | 60 Comments

(CNS): Chamber of Commerce President Woody Foster is the latest voice pressing for people across the community to be vaccinated so Cayman can open its boarders. More than 40,000 adults must receive both doses of the vaccine for the community to acquire protection through herd immunity, and Foster is urging government to firm up a […]

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Cruise tourism won’t be back  before 2022

Cruise tourism won’t be back before 2022

| 08/01/2021 | 91 Comments

(CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin has stated that the return of cruise ships to the Cayman Islands is not on the government radar “at all” and that the entire cruise sector is unlikely to be back in business until 2022. Responding to CNS at a press briefing on Thursday, McLaughlin said, “The world would have to […]

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Quappe returns to Cayman Crosstalk mic

Quappe returns to Cayman Crosstalk mic

| 04/01/2021 | 91 Comments

(CNS): Local musician and former host of the morning talk show, Barrie Quappe, is taking back the mic at Cayman Crosstalk after Compass Media fired controversial host Woody DaCosta last week. The Compass has now taken formal ownership of Hurley’s Media following the acquisition in November. Quappe was the host between 2002 and 2006, when […]

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Closed resort was granted bundle of waivers

Closed resort was granted bundle of waivers

| 04/01/2021 | 79 Comments

(CNS): Developers behind the remodeling of the old Treasure Island resort into Margaritaville on the West Bay Road were granted a bundle of waivers, according to documents obtained by CNS in an ongoing freedom of information battle. HHG Cayman Ltd was granted over CI$1.7 million in duty concessions for building materials, furniture, fixtures, operating equipment […]

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