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Opposition challenges constitutional reform

Opposition challenges constitutional reform

| 08/08/2019 | 19 Comments

(CNS): The official opposition is challenging government’s attempts at constitutional reform. MLA Chris Saunders (BTW) has written to the overseas territories minister in the UK, Lord Tariq Ahmad, asking him not to allow any changes to the Cayman Islands Constitution without a referendum. The opposition MLA appears to be supported by other members of the […]

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Roper rejects interference concerns

Roper rejects interference concerns

| 07/08/2019 | 73 Comments

(CNS): Governor Martyn Roper has dismissed concerns that government is backing pro-port advocates pushing for people to withdraw their signatures from the Cruise Port Referendum petition. But the Elections Office has now revealed that it is allowing people to “un-verify” their names, even after their signatures and right to vote had been confirmed by the […]

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Some petitioners are fed up PPM supporters

Some petitioners are fed up PPM supporters

| 06/08/2019 | 128 Comments

(CNS): Johann Moxam, one of the activists behind the petition to trigger a people-initiated referendum on the cruise berthing facility, has said that many people supporting it are disgruntled PPM supporters. Moxam told CNS that the signators are not all political opponents of the premier but regular voters, many of whom voted for government members. […]

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WORC struggles as transition rolls on

WORC struggles as transition rolls on

| 06/08/2019 | 35 Comments

(CNS): Workforce Opportunity and Residency Cayman (WORC), the new government agency that now deals with the employment side of immigration, is facing significant problems as the staff transitions into the new unit. Training on the new system is causing delays, with customers now queuing in tents outside the building as WORC officers struggle to keep […]

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Public sector headcount increased 3.1% in 2018

Public sector headcount increased 3.1% in 2018

| 05/08/2019 | 26 Comments

(CNS): The number of public sector workers across core government as well as the statutory authorities and government companies (SAGC) increased to 6,429 by the end of last year. According to the government human resources report for 2018, which was presented to the Legislative Assembly last month, over the last few years there has been […]

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Cruise petition at three-quarter mark

Cruise petition at three-quarter mark

| 05/08/2019 | 10 Comments

(CNS): The Elections Office has verified around 75% of the petition calling for a people’s referendum on the cruise berthing project. By Saturday afternoon the signatures of 3,958 people were confirmed, leaving just over 1,300 verified signatures needed to trigger the national vote. Following last week’s press conference, the premier indicated that the petition would […]

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Acting DG defends HR policy in CS

Acting DG defends HR policy in CS

| 02/08/2019 | 66 Comments

(CNS): Acting Deputy Governor Gloria McField-Nixon defended the recruitment policies in the civil service last week, in response to criticisms made by MLA Kenneth Bryan after another failed attempt by the George Town Central representative to mandate that certain public sector jobs are reserved for Caymanians. McField-Nixon, who is chief officer of the Portfolio of […]

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Health ministry CO removed from job

Health ministry CO removed from job

| 31/07/2019 | 94 Comments

(CNS): The health ministry’s chief officer has been removed from her job, officials have now confirmed, and will be moving to a newly-created post in the deputy governor’s realm of responsibility. CNS learned that Jennifer Ahearn was in the firing line earlier this month at the request of Health Minister Dwayne Seymour. At the time […]

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Premier’s claims refuted by statistics

Premier’s claims refuted by statistics

| 30/07/2019 | 61 Comments

(CNS): The Elections Office has given a detailed breakdown of all of the statistics regarding the petition for a referendum on the cruise port, which its team is currently verifying. In a press release responding to queries over Premier Alden McLaughlin’s misleading comments about the petition, the office confirmed that the Cruise Port Referendum volunteers […]

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No duty on some electric cars and bikes

No duty on some electric cars and bikes

| 30/07/2019 | 42 Comments

(CNS): Government has announced that it has cut the import duty on some electric vehicles and bicycles down to zero, while the tariff on hybrid vehicles will also be reduced. The commerce ministry said the goal was to encourage people to buy environmentally friendly cars. Minister Joey Hew, who has responsibility for roads, revealed the […]

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Premier sends mixed message on port vote

Premier sends mixed message on port vote

| 29/07/2019 | 51 Comments

(CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin refused to say Monday whether or not he believes the cruise berthing project is a matter of national importance, but he denied that his government had plans to challenge the possibility of a referendum on the issue in court. At a press conference on the project he acknowledged the petition on […]

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