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Government accuses campaign of bullying

Government accuses campaign of bullying

| 17/05/2019 | 69 Comments

(CNS): As it tries to stop the democratic process, the Cayman Islands Government is increasing its social media opposition campaign to the cruise berthing port referendum and taking aim at the press. As the petition calling for a people-initiated referendum on whether or not the Cayman people support a cruise berthing facility in George Town […]

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MK: Cruise images not approved design

MK: Cruise images not approved design

| 16/05/2019 | 23 Comments

(CNS): Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell has described the latest leaked images that were posted by CNS and circulated on social media this week as “examples of concept drawings” and not a final approved design for the cruise berthing project. In a short statement the minister said the images were not for construction but “are necessary […]

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Cruise petition has just 200 names to confirm

Cruise petition has just 200 names to confirm

| 16/05/2019 | 45 Comments

(CNS): The campaign to trigger a people-initiated referendum on whether or not the people of Cayman support government’s plans for a cruise berthing facility in the George Town Harbour has confirmed that more than 5,000 registered voters have now signed the petition. With just 200 names to be verified, the activists challenged government to answer […]

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Gov’t signs another cruise line deal

Gov’t signs another cruise line deal

| 15/05/2019 | 54 Comments

(CNS): The government has entered into a funding agreement with MSC Cruises toward the costs of constructing Grand Cayman’s cruise berthing facility. This is the fourth cruise company that has reportedly committed to a financing deal with the Cayman Islands Government, even though the project is being tendered with potential developers as a design-build-finance project. […]

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More design images emerge of proposed port

More design images emerge of proposed port

| 14/05/2019 | 156 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Government appears to have made a decision on the proposed design for the cruise and cargo project, despite recent claims from the tourism ministry that the CIG had not entered into any premature deals ahead of the tendering process. More images of both the cruise piers and the enhanced cargo facility […]

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FCO not setting dates on sensitive OT issues

FCO not setting dates on sensitive OT issues

| 13/05/2019 | 17 Comments

(CNS): The UK does not plan to implement orders-in council to force same-sex marriage laws on its overseas territories or to push them into allowing British and British Overseas Territory citizens to be able to vote and hold elected office in these territories. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s response to a report by the UK […]

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Government coffers overflowing

Government coffers overflowing

| 13/05/2019 | 43 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Government appears to be on track for another year of significant earnings, with the public purse bursting at the seams, according to the unaudited financial results for the first quarter of this year. Figures released by the finance ministry reveal that, following news that government collected a whopping CI$830 million in […]

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Ethics bill still under review

Ethics bill still under review

| 10/05/2019 | 34 Comments

(CNS): Some four months after the cabinet secretary told the Public Accounts Committee that government was once again reviewing the Standards in Public Life Law, there is still no date for when it will be implemented. CNS understands that it is still being reviewed, but Governor Martyn Roper is interested in seeing government enact the […]

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Miller steps down from PAC

Miller steps down from PAC

| 08/05/2019 | 51 Comments

(CNS): The outgoing opposition leader, Ezzard Miller, has announced his intention to also resign from the chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). Following his resignation last week as the formal opposition leader, he has also decided to step down from one of the most important parliamentary committees regarding government accountability. Miller, who has held […]

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Hospital gets clean audit for first time

Hospital gets clean audit for first time

| 07/05/2019 | 12 Comments

(CNS): After almost fifteen years of trying, the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority has finally received an unqualified audit opinion from the auditor general for its 2018 financial statements. The report is not yet available to the public, and in a press release celebrating its first ever clean audit since at least 2005, when the […]

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Alden contrasts gov’t unity with opposition split

Alden contrasts gov’t unity with opposition split

| 06/05/2019 | 80 Comments

(CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin capitalised on the division among the members of the opposition and the resignation of their leader, Ezzard Miller, as he pressed home his message in a release Monday that electing independent candidates without a shared view does not work. He contrasted his coalition government, which has held together around common policies […]

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