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Port board deputy chairing procurement committee

Port board deputy chairing procurement committee

| 18/01/2019 | 77 Comments

(CNS): The current deputy of the port authority board, Arek Joseph, has been appointed as the chair of the new Public Procurement Committee, set to replace the Central Tenders Committee under the new regime that will oversee government’s major projects and acquisitions. CNS has seen correspondence which confirms that Premier Alden McLaughlin appointed Joseph to […]

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Health insurance challenge dominates PAC

Health insurance challenge dominates PAC

| 17/01/2019 | 33 Comments

(CNS): Public Accounts Committee member Chris Saunders (Bodden Town West) articulated the frustrations of PAC and the community when he expressed concern that the health ministry had failed to respond to shocking figures revealed more than three years ago that the local insurance companies made a collective profit of more than $51 million in 2015 […]

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NAU identifies trend of ageing customers

NAU identifies trend of ageing customers

| 17/01/2019 | 64 Comments

(CNS): The director of the Needs Assessment Unit, Tamara Hurlston, told the Public Accounts Committee that her team had noticed a trend of increasing numbers of elderly people coming to them for help, especially indigent medical support, as meagre private sector pensions fail to stretch to the costs of health insurance.

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CS bosses to face PAC over slow progress

CS bosses to face PAC over slow progress

| 11/01/2019 | 27 Comments

(CNS): Senior civil servants in the ministries of community affairs and health will be in the hot seat next week when they appear before the Public Accounts Committee for a hearing on a report published by the Office of the Auditor General in October. The report examined how far various government entities had come following […]

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Developers get another year before duty loophole closes

Developers get another year before duty loophole closes

| 08/01/2019 | 18 Comments

(CNS): Amendments to the Stamp Duty Law passed in the Legislative Assembly in November to close a loophole will now not be closed until the end of this year, according to the final legislation posted on the government’s gazette last month. Developers use this loophole to help buyers dodge paying duty on buildings and only […]

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CIG cuts deal for port with cruise lines

CIG cuts deal for port with cruise lines

| 02/12/2018 | 94 Comments

(CNS): Royal Caribbean Cruises and Carnival Corporation have both made financial commitments towards the Cayman Islands’ controversial cruise berthing project, government has revealed. The tourism ministry said it is now in a position to issue the final tender documents to the shortlisted bidders, only one of which is partnered with the two cruise lines. Officials said that […]

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CIG recruits new procurement boss from UK

CIG recruits new procurement boss from UK

| 28/11/2018 | 25 Comments

(CNS): The finance ministry has recruited a new director for the Central Procurement Office (CPO), which is tasked with saving public money on necessary expenditure and ensuring value for money for the public purse by using appropriate procurement methods. Taraq Bashir is from the UK but came to Cayman from Montserrat, where he was head of government […]

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DEH problems due to management, not trucks

DEH problems due to management, not trucks

| 27/11/2018 | 62 Comments

(CNS): The minister responsible for the Department of Environmental Health has said that plans he had to buy more garbage trucks were shelved after he discovered that equipment issues had nothing to do with the problems plaguing a key part of his portfolio. In Finance Committee last week, Dwayne Seymour admitted he was “uncomfortable” answering […]

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CAL boss insists new planes will save cash

CAL boss insists new planes will save cash

| 27/11/2018 | 90 Comments

(CNS): The chief executive officer of Cayman Airways Ltd, Fabian Whorms, has defended the airline’s decision to acquire four new planes, despite its significant debt and the need for millions of dollars in cash injections from the public purse to keep the airline going. Whorms told Finance Committee last week that the fleet had to […]

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OfReg under fire after $2M cash injection

OfReg under fire after $2M cash injection

| 27/11/2018 | 51 Comments

(CNS): The premier has admitted that the office created to regulate utilities has encountered a number of teething problems and has needed much more money than anticipated since its creation some two years ago. Outlining the need for more than $2 million in additional appropriations for the Utility Regulation and Competition Office (OfReg), the premier […]

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Minister claims GM mosquitoes didn’t work

Minister claims GM mosquitoes didn’t work

| 23/11/2018 | 60 Comments

(CNS): The environmental health minister, who has responsibility for the Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU). has said the release of genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in West Bay did not work and has confirmed that when the Oxitec contract formally ends on 31 December, that will be “the last you hear about Oxitec being […]

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