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Fidelity CEO admits breaking law

Fidelity CEO admits breaking law

| 24/06/2020 | 160 Comments

(CNS): Brett Hill, the CEO of Fidelity, has said it has not been possible to meet the requirements of the amended Pensions Law, which allows members to take cash from their pension fund to help them through the COVID-19 crisis, because the company needed more time.

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OfReg costs more, fails to protect consumers

OfReg costs more, fails to protect consumers

| 23/06/2020 | 89 Comments

(CNS): Three years after the creation of OfReg, auditors have taken a close look at the beleaguered utilities regulator and found that it has cost more than its predecessors but has failed to address its fundamental purpose of consumer protection. Inconsistent leadership, limited governance and oversight, a lack of strategic planning and direction or understanding […]

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PTU ignores bus complaints one year on

PTU ignores bus complaints one year on

| 23/06/2020 | 69 Comments

(CNS): A passenger who made several credible complaints and provided documented evidence about drivers on the local bus routes last June was ignored, given the runaround and generally dismissed by the Public Transport Unit (PTU). And despite recommendations from the ombudsman, who found the unit was at fault, neither the PTU management nor the Public […]

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Ministry: Students suffer COVID trauma

Ministry: Students suffer COVID trauma

| 22/06/2020 | 42 Comments

(CNS): The education ministry believes schools will have to deal with many students who are traumatized as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic when they return in September. These metal health issues will need to be dealt with before effective learning can take place and gaps the addressed, officials have said. Following a recent critical […]

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‘Culture change’ needed on private pensions

‘Culture change’ needed on private pensions

| 17/06/2020 | 70 Comments

(CNS): Public Accounts Committee member Chris Saunders made it clear to regulators today that the culture surrounding Cayman’s mandatory private sector pension funds needs to change. Saunders, who has been a vocal advocate against the system, said the Department of Labour and Pensions (DLP) did not have the resources to police the plans where administrators […]

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Schools to face catch-up challenge

Schools to face catch-up challenge

| 16/06/2020 | 52 Comments

(CNS): With children and teenagers across Cayman losing more than a third of their academic year to the COVID-19 lockdown, playing catch-up when the new 2020/21 school year starts will be a significant challenge for most schools. While kids were engaged in some online and home learning over the last three months, a report released […]

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OES surveys parents on school inspections

OES surveys parents on school inspections

| 11/06/2020 | 5 Comments

(CNS): The Office of Education Standards (OES), which is responsible for conducting all school inspections in the Cayman Islands, is reviewing the framework it uses to measure standards and wants parents to wade in on the review. The OES has created an online survey, which consists of ten questions about how school inspections are done […]

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Home learning unequal, report finds

Home learning unequal, report finds

| 11/06/2020 | 62 Comments

(CNS): The inequality of access, unreliability of technology and a lack of a strategy to help teachers use online platforms well has made home learning “an imperfect substitute to school-based provision”, according to a new report by the Office of Education Standards (OES). This will lead to problems for schools when they return because there […]

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Tribunal breaches statutory timelines

Tribunal breaches statutory timelines

| 10/06/2020 | 48 Comments

(CNS): Almost a dozen cases before the Labour Appeals Tribunal (LAT) missed the statutory deadline, Ombudsman Sandy Hermiston has found following a maladministration investigation by her office. Despite breaching the statutory timeline for cases to be heard 11 times, there will be no consequences for the tribunal but officials have agreed to implement the directions […]

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Auditors keep eye on public cash

Auditors keep eye on public cash

| 09/06/2020 | 12 Comments

(CNS): A new report released by the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) Tuesday outlines its plans to keep an eye on government’s handling of public cash during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although this year’s audit plan has changed, Auditor General Sue Winspear said the document sets out the basic principles guiding the OAG and its […]

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Cop used ‘unnecessary’ force in rogue rider case

Cop used ‘unnecessary’ force in rogue rider case

| 02/06/2020 | 121 Comments

(CNS): An investigation into how police handled a pursuit of rogue riders in April found that one officer used “unnecessary and unreasonable force” during the arrest and behaved badly to a member of the public at the scene. The Office of the Ombudsman also found that an off-duty officer made matters worse when he joined […]

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