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C4C MLA’s deny plans to join PPM

C4C MLA’s deny plans to join PPM

| 06/03/2015 | 0 Comments

(CNS): Roy McTaggart and Winston Connolly, the two George Town MLAs who won their seats as C4C candidates, have both denied having plans to sign up with the Progressives, despite being fully integrated into the PPM-led administration. Mounting speculation this week that the two government backbenchers were planning to throw their lot in with the People’s […]

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Laws cause of LA delays, premier says

Laws cause of LA delays, premier says

| 03/03/2015 | 38 Comments

(CNS): The premier has said that there is nothing deliberate or “sinister” about the long break between sittings of the Legislative Assembly. The more than five month gap is down to the preparation of important government legislation, Alden McLaughlin told CNS. He said government needed to prioritise its business and ensure the bills it will […]

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Boundary commission to meet with public in April

Boundary commission to meet with public in April

| 03/03/2015 | 8 Comments

(CNS): The three people appointed to examine Cayman’s political landscape with a view to creating single member constituencies (SMCs) in preparation for the promised switch to one man, one vote for the 2017 election will not meet with the public until April. Commission Chair Lisa Handley, along with local attorneys Adrianne Webb and Steve McField, […]

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Premier sacks political assistant

Premier sacks political assistant

| 01/03/2015 | 56 Comments

(CNS): Kenneth Bryan has been dismissed from his post as the premier’s political assistant as a result of his pending criminal case. Bryan, who was appointed to assist the premier in his constituency work in the capital, was placed on required leave in December after he was arrested and charged over an altercation with a […]

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Alden quick off the mark to fill political post

Alden quick off the mark to fill political post

| 02/03/2015 | 43 Comments

(CNS): The premier has wasted no time in filling the now vacant post of political assistant in his office just days after he gave Kenneth Bryan the boot. A press release from the premier’s office Monday said that the job has gone to Frank Cornwall Jr, who is a member of the PPM. McLaughlin sacked […]

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Parliament break – breaks records

Parliament break – breaks records

| 25/02/2015 | 24 Comments

(CNS): The independent member for North Side has accused the current administration of hypocrisy over its management of the legislative timetable. Speaking to CNS Tuesday, Ezzard Miller said he had just learned that the Legislative Assembly will not meet again until the middle of April, almost five months after it last sat and the longest […]

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Questions raised over legal department

Questions raised over legal department

| 25/02/2015 | 19 Comments

(CNS): A local independent attorney has said that there are too many unanswered questions in relation to the legal authorities in Cayman that are of significant public concern. With a number of freedom of information requests soliciting very little information because of poor record keeping or refusals to release information, Peter Polack said that the […]

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Auditor seeks advice on valuing government assets

Auditor seeks advice on valuing government assets

| 24/02/2015 | 2 Comments

(CNS): The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has given the nod to the Cayman Islands Office of the Auditor General on a government evaluation of its land and building assets, following an independent review of the process. In 2013 the government undertook its first ever valuation since the implementation of the Public Management and Finance Law […]

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Information boss cannot call back released data

Information boss cannot call back released data

| 20/02/2015 | 8 Comments

(CNS): As the Office of the Information Commissioner (ICO) begins an enquiry into the recent release of a swathe of data relating to work permits, officials confirmed that the ICO cannot step in to resolve disputes over personal information until Cayman has a data protection law. Jan Liebaers, the acting information commissioner, said Thursday that he was […]

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Fast-track services rolling out at ORIA

Fast-track services rolling out at ORIA

| 13/02/2015 | 9 Comments

(CNS): All visitors arriving at the airport on Grand Cayman will soon be able to enjoy fast track services if they are willing to pay for it, as a pilot project at the Owen Roberts International Airport begins a wider roll-out. The airport authority is expanding its meet-and-greet service and is working closely with immigration, […]

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GT spruce up beginning with roads

GT spruce up beginning with roads

| 10/02/2015 | 21 Comments

(CNS): The much-anticipated rejuvenation of the country’s capital is due to start within the next few weeks on the roads, the premier has stated, beginning with Godfrey Nixon Way, the first road to be upgraded, widened and improved. The premier has promised to breathe new life into George Town, with upgrades to Smith Road and […]

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CIG to create utilities commission

CIG to create utilities commission

| 10/02/2015 | 22 Comments

(CNS): The government is making plans to create a public utilities commission, which will among other things regulate the fuel sector. Premier Alden McLaughlin is calling on the two oil suppliers to be more transparent about fuel pricing. Falling short of announcing possible price regulation at the pump, he said his government was “prepared to […]

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Labour will demand public register for UK’s territories

Labour will demand public register for UK’s territories

| 09/02/2015

(CNS): If the Labour party wins the UK general election in May, the Cayman Islands and other British overseas territories will be required to introduce publicly accessible beneficial ownership registries or face blacklisting. Ed Miliband has reportedly written to all of the UK’s overseas territories to warn them what he will expect should he be […]

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Budget pressures fuel outburst by CS boss

Budget pressures fuel outburst by CS boss

| 06/02/2015 | 49 Comments

(CNS): The chief officer in the ministry of planning has cited budget pressures as the reason why he reportedly launched a verbal attack on one of his deputies during a meeting last month. The details of what took place have not been widely circulated compared to the now infamous ‘Ozziegate’, in which the health minister […]

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PPM claws back 50% Dart tax

PPM claws back 50% Dart tax

| 05/02/2015 | 59 Comments

(CNS): After more than a year and a half of talks with the islands’ largest investor, the PPM administration has managed to renegotiate the terms of the controversial NRA Agreement between government, the National Roads Authority and Dart Realty. Premier Alden McLaughlin revealed that the 50% accommodation tax rebate on all of the investor’s tourism […]

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