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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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ESO to start autumn labour count

ESO to start autumn labour count

| 28/09/2017 | 9 Comments
(CNS): In order to maintain a high level of accurate data on the local workforce in the Cayman Islands, the Economics and Statistics Office (ESO) will begin the 2017 autumn Labour Force Survey on Sunday. Trained interviewers from the office will visit 1,500 randomly selected sample households in the [...]

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Info bosses take longer to respond as requests increase

Info bosses take longer to respond as requests increase

| 27/09/2017 | 15 Comments
(CNS): The latest statistics from the Information Commissioner’s Office on the use of the Freedom of Information Law shows the number of requests made in 2016/17 increased by 21% on the previous year, which had seen a dramatic decline. But as the number of requests grew, the average time it to [...]

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Hewitt fights cost order over 2013 election challenge

Hewitt fights cost order over 2013 election challenge

| 27/09/2017 | 31 Comments
(CNS): John Gordon Hewitt, who was bankrupted by his efforts to unseat Tara Rivers after the 2013 election and have his wife, Velma, installed as the elected member, is back in the courts trying to overturn an order that left him liable for all of the costs for the case. Hewitt is claiming that the [...]

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Premier justifies extra cash for councillors

Premier justifies extra cash for councillors

| 27/09/2017 | 33 Comments
(CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin has justified the difference in pay received by MLAs, saying that the representatives on the government benches have a heavier workload than those in opposition. Following calls from the opposition leader to implement a structured salary pay scale for politicians that [...]

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Community affairs boss pushed out after PAC hearing

Community affairs boss pushed out after PAC hearing

| 26/09/2017 | 43 Comments
(CNS): Following a shambolic performance at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) earlier this month, when it became apparent that the chief officer in the Community Affairs Ministry was mishandling the mounting social welfare problems in Cayman, Dorine McGee (nee Whittaker) has been pushed out of her [...]

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Miller calls for transparency in MLA pay

Miller calls for transparency in MLA pay

| 26/09/2017 | 62 Comments
(CNS): The opposition leader has called for a new pay structure for politicians that he said would be more equitable and transparent. Ezzard Miller has written to the deputy governor proposing a salary pay scale that is based not just on the jobs MLAs perform but also the time they have served, whic [...]

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ICO takes immigration to task over FOI response

ICO takes immigration to task over FOI response

| 22/09/2017 | 14 Comments
(CNS): In his latest decision concerning an FOI dispute, Acting Information Commissioner Jan Liebaers agreed with the Department of Immigration (DoI) about an exemption to release information concerning a fine imposed on an employer, but he took the department to task about how the freedom of inform [...]

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District councils ‘high on agenda’ for PPM

District councils ‘high on agenda’ for PPM

| 20/09/2017 | 15 Comments
(CNS): The formation of district councils is “high on the agenda” for next year, Premier Alden McLaughlin told his Red Bay constituents at a public meeting Saturday night, but government has to decide how to structure them. He said that West Bay had been the only district where one had b [...]

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Bottleneck at Hurley’s Roundabout to be fixed

Bottleneck at Hurley’s Roundabout to be fixed

| 17/09/2017 | 87 Comments
(CNS): As government’s significant road improvement programme moves east, it will include a major, but as yet undecided, redesign of the Hurley’s Roundabout, possibly adding a third lane to it, and a reconstruction of the traffic flow along Shamrock Road. Speaking at a community meeting [...]

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Alden and Austin to share office

Alden and Austin to share office

| 17/09/2017 | 30 Comments
(CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin, the MLA for Red Bay, and Austin Harris, the MLA for the neighbouring district of Prospect, are in the process of establishing a shared constituency office. Harris, a former radio talk-show host, is not a member of the PPM but joined the government benches following t [...]

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