Tag: Alden McLaughlin

Eden calls for independence from UK ‘noose’

Eden calls for independence from UK ‘noose’

| 21/10/2020 | 14 Comments

(CNS): One of the Legislative Assembly’s most conservative members made a radical call on Wednesday, when he said the next administration needed to consider independence for the Cayman Islands. Anthony Eden (SAV) implied that the British do not wish this country well and things had gone “haywire under this administration”. He said that whoever takes […]

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DG: No hidden agenda for local army

DG: No hidden agenda for local army

| 20/10/2020 | 74 Comments

(CNS): Government has agreed to make amendments to the Defence Bill, which was before the Legislative Assembly for debate this week, but Deputy Governor Franz Manderson has insisted there is no hidden agenda or conspiracy surrounding the law written to support the newly created Cayman Islands Regiment. The local force was established, government has said, […]

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Premier: UK won’t force voting rights change

Premier: UK won’t force voting rights change

| 16/10/2020 | 170 Comments

(CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin has said he doesn’t believe the UK is considering forcing the Cayman Islands Government to expand voting rights beyond Caymanians or to allow those not born here to run for office. But speaking in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday, he warned there was no “magic spell” that local lawmakers could cast […]

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McTaggart to take over PPM leadership

McTaggart to take over PPM leadership

| 14/10/2020 | 126 Comments

(CNS): Reviewing the events of the last year, Premier Alden McLaughlin launched his own and the PPM’s election campaign on Wednesday from the Legislative Assembly when he announced that the finance minister, Roy McTaggart, will be his successor as leader of the party. McLaughlin said he was running to retain his Red Bay seat and […]

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Gov’t still cautious over resort ‘bubbles’

Gov’t still cautious over resort ‘bubbles’

| 13/10/2020 | 115 Comments

(CNS): The recent scare of a potential re-emergence of COVID-19 in the community has further fuelled government’s hesitancy over the concept of resort ‘bubbles’ as a way to kick-start the tourism sector. Premier Alden McLaughlin outlined at a recent press briefing the dilemma he feels the government faces over trying to protect the people of […]

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Test demand surges as fears over virus re-emerge

Test demand surges as fears over virus re-emerge

| 12/10/2020 | 7 Comments

(CNS): More than 600 negative COVID-19 samples were reported Sunday after a surge of people took tests following a suspected case of community transmission. Though it appears the coronavirus has not at this time re-emerged, despite the increased fear, government officials are urging people not to be complacent. There is no sign of the global […]

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Over $400 million taken from pensions

Over $400 million taken from pensions

| 08/10/2020 | 24 Comments

(CNS): With just a few more weeks to go before the emergency pension fund withdrawal opportunity ends, Caymanians and residents have already taken over $400 million from their funds. Almost 34,000 successful applications were made to take money from pensions and over 71% asked for the full amount, which was $10,000 plus 25% of the […]

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Global citizen idea still not detailed

Global citizen idea still not detailed

| 07/10/2020 | 113 Comments

(CNS): Plans to create a special category of visitor that would, government hopes, inject much needed life into the COVID-hit tourism sector have yet to be explained, but Premier Alden McLaughlin said Friday that the Global Citizenship Concierge Programme is in the final stages of approval. The broad idea is to allow overseas visitors to […]

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Seymour: New hospital will need to be different

Seymour: New hospital will need to be different

| 06/10/2020 | 58 Comments

(CNS): Following a presentation to government about a speculative development for another hospital geared towards medical tourism, Health Minister Dwayne has said it would have to be offering something different to get the green light. A group of investors led by Thompson Development is toying with the idea of another major health facility. The developers, […]

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EU drops Cayman from black-list

EU drops Cayman from black-list

| 06/10/2020 | 40 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Government and the financial services sector were both breathing a sigh of relief, Tuesday, and not just because the islands dodged the path of a category 4 hurricane. The jurisdiction has been removed from the European Union’s black-list of non-cooperative jurisdictions, as hoped, after meeting the EU’s requirements regarding the supervision […]

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Gov’t to guarantee $millions in business loans

Gov’t to guarantee $millions in business loans

| 05/10/2020 | 43 Comments

(CNS): The government has announced a new guaranteed loan programme to help prop up medium and larger businesses in the Cayman Islands through the current economic uncertainty. Finance Minister Roy McTaggart said it was to help businesses struggling to meet operating and capital expenditure and debt repayment or re-financing.

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