Tag: Alden McLaughlin

McLean demands paper trail between Roper and UK

McLean demands paper trail between Roper and UK

| 07/08/2020 | 115 Comments

(CNS): Opposition Leader Arden McLean has written to Governor Martyn Roper asking him to disclose the correspondence between his office and the Foreign Office that led to his decision to pass the Domestic Partnership Bill himself. Meanwhile, as the opposition continues to object to the bill and the marriage equality debate rages on, the Human […]

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Premier: UK likely to retain reserved powers

Premier: UK likely to retain reserved powers

| 06/08/2020 | 111 Comments

(CNS): Britain’s recent agreement to remove section 81 of the Constitution, which allows a governor to make laws directly for the Cayman Islands, will most probably be reconsidered, Premier Alden McLaughlin has said. As the current governor prepares to use that Reserved Power to pass the Domestic Partnership Bill into law, the premier believes that […]

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DP bill fails as ministers break rank

DP bill fails as ministers break rank

| 29/07/2020 | 148 Comments

(CNS): Exercising a ‘conscience vote’, two Cabinet ministers voted against the Domestic Partnership Bill on Wednesday, ensuring its defeat by one vote. Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly and Health Minister Dwayne Seymour joined with the opposition benches against government on the contentious bill. But Premier Alden McLaughlin predicted the imposition of same-sex marriage by the UK […]

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Premier: DP bill about rule of law

Premier: DP bill about rule of law

| 28/07/2020 | 52 Comments

(CNS): The Domestic Partnership Bill isn’t about marriage or sexual morality but the rule of law and the need for the Legislative Assembly to uphold it, Premier Alden McLaughlin told MLAs as he presented the bill to the Legislative Assembly on Monday. As what was expected to be another controversial debate began, the premier asked […]

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Premier mum on votes for civil partners bill

Premier mum on votes for civil partners bill

| 21/07/2020 | 79 Comments

(CNS): The Legislative Assembly is due to debate the Domestic Partnership Bill next week but Premier Alden McLaughlin has remained tight-lipped on whether or not he has the support of his members to steer the legislation through. The premier has also declined to confirm if he is allowing his front-bench a vote of conscience, telling […]

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D.I.S.C.O.N.N.E.C.T.E.D.

D.I.S.C.O.N.N.E.C.T.E.D.

| 21/07/2020 | 28 Comments

Michelle Lockwood writes: I read the comments that the premier offered in response to the Cruise Port Referendum and the word that came to me was ‘disconnected’. He just seemed disconnected, not only from the issue of the environmental concerns of CPR but also from the social issues that have been plaguing Cayman for far […]

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Public service pension exceeds $1B

Public service pension exceeds $1B

| 15/07/2020 | 59 Comments

(CNS): The success of the Public Service Pension Plan was heralded by Deputy Governor Franz Manderson recently after the plan became the first in the Cayman Islands to exceed $1 billion. According to the 2019 annual report for the plan, which provides pensions for government workers, the fund grew by more than $228 million and […]

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Port petition ‘dead’ along with project

Port petition ‘dead’ along with project

| 13/07/2020 | 64 Comments

(CNS): The petition requesting a people’s referendum on the construction of the cruise berthing facilities in George Town harbour is “dead” along with the project itself, Premier Alden McLaughlin has told CNS. Despite calls from the Cruise Port Referendum campaign that they want the vote to go ahead on Election Day, McLaughlin does not believe […]

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Port petition was not specific, says CPR

Port petition was not specific, says CPR

| 08/07/2020 | 30 Comments

(CNS): Activists from the Cruise Port Referendum campaign have said that their successful petition asking for a people’s referendum on the proposal to construct cruise berthing facilities in George Town was never specific to any project. Responding to the premier’s comments that his administration will not hold a referendum this term, the CPR said the […]

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100s more expats leave on repatriation flights

100s more expats leave on repatriation flights

| 07/07/2020 | 113 Comments

(CNS): Government has not given an official estimate for the current population of the Cayman Islands but evacuation flights continue, with hundreds more expatriates leaving this weekend on flights to India, Jamaica and the US. More flights will be departing this week and next to Canada, Miami and Kingston. According to unofficial estimates, the population […]

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More business owners seek CIDB cheap loans

More business owners seek CIDB cheap loans

| 07/07/2020 | 6 Comments

(CNS): The low interest loan programme offered by the Department of Commerce and Investment through the Cayman Islands Development Bank has seen a slight increase in applications recently, according to Premier Alden McLaughlin, who said that 65 applications with a value of CI$2.2 million have been made from the $5 million available. The cheap loan […]

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