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PAC troubled by salary hike ‘mistake’ at CTC

PAC troubled by salary hike ‘mistake’ at CTC

| 19/11/2020 | 90 Comments

(CNS): What has been described as a salary hike ‘mistake’ at the Cayman Turtle Centre resulted in 24 people, including the CEO and other senior managers, getting a second pay increase that they should not have received, which took almost 12 months to be spotted. This so-called error troubled the Public Accounts Committee during its […]

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Turtle farm accounts delayed by fraud case

Turtle farm accounts delayed by fraud case

| 18/11/2020 | 33 Comments

(CNS): The delayed release of three years worth of the Cayman Turtle Centre’s accounts was due to a “very complex” audit resulting from financial irregularities uncovered in 2017, the Public Accounts Committee heard Wednesday. Four people have been charged with fraud-related offences in the case of corrupt procurement at the government-owned farm that has sucked […]

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PAC mum on removal of OfReg chairman

PAC mum on removal of OfReg chairman

| 18/11/2020 | 26 Comments

(CNS): Public Accounts Committee Chair Ezzard Miller has said he is unable to confirm or deny reports that Speaker McKeeva Bush refused to allow PAC’s OfReg report on the House floor because it calls for the firing of Linford Pierson, the regulator’s board chairman. Miller told CNS that he could not comment on a post […]

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Ethics code needed to stop MPs abusing privilege

Ethics code needed to stop MPs abusing privilege

| 17/11/2020 | 32 Comments

(CNS): The Human Rights Commission is calling on politicians to adopt a code of conduct following complaints about the abuse of privilege during past debates on LGBT rights in the Legislative Assembly. In a letter to members, HRC Chairperson Dale Crowley said the privilege they enjoy should not be used to create the divisiveness witnessed […]

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Speaker refuses to lay PAC report on OfReg audit

Speaker refuses to lay PAC report on OfReg audit

| 02/11/2020 | 86 Comments

(CNS): A Public Accounts Committee report on its hearings about a damning report on government’s utilities regulator by the Office of the Auditor General was not presented to the Legislative Assembly on Friday, as expected, after the speaker refused to lay the document. In an unusual move, House Speaker McKeeva Bush said he had not […]

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Complaints about gov’t surge post lockdown

Complaints about gov’t surge post lockdown

| 09/10/2020 | 7 Comments

(CNS): The Office of the Ombudsman has reported a surge in complaints about government, including maladministration, as well as data protection complaints (which also covers the private sector) since the COVID-19 lockdown. Members of the public made 97 enquiries during July, August and September, 74 of which were placed under investigation. During this quarter the […]

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School inspections to focus on local students

School inspections to focus on local students

| 08/10/2020 | 44 Comments

(CNS) The Office of Education Standards has published a new document that will guide the inspection of schools from the beginning of next year. The document builds on the framework published in June 2018 but has some significant changes, including the decision to single out and compare the achievement of Caymanian students. OES Director Peter […]

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Key watchdog job in dispute

Key watchdog job in dispute

| 28/09/2020 | 104 Comments

(CNS): Ombudsman Sandy Hermiston has said that her office is in discussions with Sharon Roulstone after confirming that the former WORC director has not returned to her job there. Roulstone was seconded to WORC weeks after she was appointed as deputy ombudsman, but since the two-year transfer ended this summer, Roulstone has not been allowed […]

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FOI requests fall to lowest level

FOI requests fall to lowest level

| 25/09/2020 | 9 Comments

(CNS): Whether it is because government has made more documents available or because the process of making a freedom of information request is increasingly burdensome, the number of requests made for public records last year fell to its lowest ever level. From a high of 739 the year after the law was implemented, requests fell […]

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Historic land records must be released

Historic land records must be released

| 25/09/2020 | 95 Comments

(CNS): The Lands and Survey department has been ordered to release records showing how one decision was made during the Cayman Islands’ cadastral survey in the 1970s over land ownership. In what could turn out to be an important case for local families who believe land was wrongly taken from them, the Office of the […]

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Volunteers wanted to ‘police’ public servants

Volunteers wanted to ‘police’ public servants

| 15/09/2020 | 43 Comments

(CNS): The Governor’s Office has put out a call for civic-minded, fair and politically neutral accountants, lawyers and other professional volunteers who would like to be considered for a seat on the Commission for Standards in Public Life (CSPL). With the implementation of the law earlier this year, members of this commission will be in […]

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