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Budget to be delivered in 10 days

Budget to be delivered in 10 days

| 17/10/2017 | 22 Comments
(CNS): The Government of National Unity will be delivering its first budget and strategic policy statement on 27 October, officials have confirmed. Finance Minister Roy McTaggart is expected to present a spending plan to cover the next two years, and Premier Alden McLaughlin will be setting out the [...]

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Harris denies talks to join PPM ranks

Harris denies talks to join PPM ranks

| 17/10/2017 | 34 Comments
(CNS): Former talk-show host Austin Harris, the MLA for Prospect, has denied speculation that he is in discussions to join the Progressives. Currently sitting on the backbench of the Government of National Unity and serving as a councillor in the premier’s ministry, Harris is also preparing to [...]

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Premier lobbies Tory conference for BOT aid

Premier lobbies Tory conference for BOT aid

| 12/10/2017 | 28 Comments
(CNS): The Cayman Islands delegation, led by Premier Alden McLaughlin, that travelled to Brussels recently to promote Cayman, also went to London and the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. They were there to engage with British politicians to push the financial services business but also l [...]

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Lawyers hired to collect HSA debts

Lawyers hired to collect HSA debts

| 12/10/2017 | 74 Comments
(CNS): As the hospital continues to battle with outstanding debt, officials told the Public Accounts Committee this week that a firm of local attorneys has been hired, following a request for proposals, to go after the outstanding cash, which may see people who haven’t paid their medical bills [...]

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Who will be fired over CarePay? Saunders asks

Who will be fired over CarePay? Saunders asks

| 11/10/2017 | 107 Comments
(CNS): Around a dozen public officials were involved in the contract for a hospital card payment system, CarePay, that eventually landed then HSA chair Canover Watson in jail, and during a Public Accounts Committee hearing on Tuesday MLA Chris Saunders wanted to know if anybody would be sacked over [...]

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MLA takes aim at hospital’s management

MLA takes aim at hospital’s management

| 10/10/2017 | 68 Comments
(CNS): The representative for Bodden Town West made it clear he was far from impressed by the answers given to the Public Accounts Committee Tuesday by Health Services Authority bosses. Chris Saunders, who is an accountant, said the numbers in the hospital accounts simply did not add up and he had s [...]

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MLA calls for clarity on job criteria

MLA calls for clarity on job criteria

| 06/10/2017 | 72 Comments
(CNS): The independent member for George Town Central is calling for a national list of jobs, clarifying the criteria, to help address the mounting concerns about rogue employers manipulating recruitment to favour cheap labour over locals. Kenneth Bryan plans to file a private member’s motion [...]

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Pension exodus emerging as reality

Pension exodus emerging as reality

| 05/10/2017 | 183 Comments
(CNS): The predicted exodus of expatriate workers as a result of  changes to the pensions law appears to be becoming a challenging reality for Cayman. From small businesses losing experienced staff to mass departures from larger employers, the warnings that more than two thousand people could leave [...]

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Ombudsman says FOI is ‘inalienable right’

Ombudsman says FOI is ‘inalienable right’

| 03/10/2017 | 7 Comments
(CNS): The new supra-ombudsman has said that the freedom of information is a vital part of government openness and transparency. Sandy Hermiston arrived in Cayman last month to take over the helm of the newly combined and challenging office of public service complains, police complaints, whistle-bl [...]

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Miller calls for transparency on relief visa policy

Miller calls for transparency on relief visa policy

| 29/09/2017 | 100 Comments
(CNS): Opposition Leader Ezzard Miller says he is fully behind the need to offer visas and temporary evacuations to the citizens of BVI and other territories as the countries attempt to rebuild their business economy after the devastation from hurricanes Irma and Maria. However, he has called on the [...]

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Minister denies cover-up over traffic charge

Minister denies cover-up over traffic charge

| 29/09/2017 | 19 Comments
(CNS): PPM minister Roy McTaggart, who is facing charges of careless driving in connection with an old traffic case going back almost two years, has denied any cover-up of the case and told CNS that since he was charged, the matter has been in the public domain. McTaggart, who is now the finance min [...]

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