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PPM on track for $48M surplus

PPM on track for $48M surplus

| 27/04/2017 | 93 Comments
(CNS): The political arm of government received a welcome boost yesterday after the pre-election economic and financial update published by the finance ministry revealed that the central government operating surplus is forecast to be $48.1 million by the end of this year, which is $1.5 million more [...]

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How would you grade your MLAs this past term? (Part 2)

How would you grade your MLAs this past term? (Part 2)

| 27/04/2017
101 writes: Now that Nomination Day is far behind us, it’s time for the promised Part 2 of grading the other representatives. Spoiler alert: there are no A*s in here. [...]

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Cayman marine environment worth near $200M

Cayman marine environment worth near $200M

| 27/04/2017 | 15 Comments
(CNS): The minister with responsibility for the environment has said that initial results from work currently underway by local environmental researchers to assess how much the natural environment is worth to the local economy suggests it is reaching almost $200 million a year – and thats just [...]

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Cultural policy to protect local artists

Cultural policy to protect local artists

| 26/04/2017 | 23 Comments
(CNS): A new government policy document that has now been made public aims for the first time to formally protect local artists and give them the support they need to work. After much research and a lengthy public consultation period, the premier’s ministry has shaped a policy direction for herita [...]

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Only half the candidates live in potential seats

Only half the candidates live in potential seats

| 24/04/2017
(CNS Elections): Almost half of the candidates standing for election in May are not registered to vote in the constituency where they are fighting for a seat, according to the electoral register. From the 61 candidates on the ballots, 27 are not registered as living in the constituencies where they [...]

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PPM plans to take work permits from immigration

PPM plans to take work permits from immigration

| 24/04/2017 | 94 Comments
(CNS): If re-elected to government next month, the new PPM administration will be taking work-permit decisions away from the immigration department and putting them in the hands of the employment ministry with a new human resources authority. Speaking at the Progressives’ George Town meeting o [...]

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Third time lucky for challenged candidate

Third time lucky for challenged candidate

| 20/04/2017 | 53 Comments
(CNS): Alric Lindsay has been cleared to stand as a candidate in the general election next month after Chief Justice Anthony Smellie found there was no justification for the Elections Office to have challenged his qualification over his residency during the last seven years. Lindsay, who is running [...]

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Youngest candidate ‘regrettably’ out of race

Youngest candidate ‘regrettably’ out of race

| 19/04/2017 | 231 Comments
(CNS): The court has ruled that Nickolas DaCosta, the youngest candidate to be nominated for the 2017 election campaign, is not qualified to run for office because of his dual citizenship, which he has by descent. In a surprising decision, given his previous ruling in the Hewitt v. Rivers case, Chie [...]

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‘Candidate X’ disqualified from election

‘Candidate X’ disqualified from election

| 18/04/2017 | 110 Comments
(CNS): The chief justice has ruled that a spent conviction for dishonesty has disqualified a candidate from office. As a result of a court order, however, the media has been banned from identifying the candidate to protect his character. Chief Justice Anthony Smellie found that there are conditions [...]

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Work permit freeze proposal brings BTE house down

Work permit freeze proposal brings BTE house down

| 17/04/2017
(CNS Elections): The idea of freezing all work permits until all Caymanians looking for employment have a job was a popular suggestion among the crowd that attended Thursday’s forum for candidates in Bodden Town East. The event at the Bodden Town Civic Centre, which had the largest crowd for the Q [...]

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Premier promises funding for 19 district councils

Premier promises funding for 19 district councils

| 12/04/2017 | 70 Comments
(CNS): The creation of district councils in the new single-member constituencies will be given a financial boost if the Progressives are re-elected, the premier revealed at the PPM national conference Saturday. During his speech, Alden McLaughlin announced that if returned to government, his party w [...]

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