Tag: cruise dock facility

Job fair stirs up controversy

Job fair stirs up controversy

| 22/10/2019 | 12 Comments

(CNS): The Verdant Isle consortium, which has been selected by government to take on the controversial cruise and cargo port project, has confirmed that it will be hosting a job fair ahead of the people-initiated referendum. However, the issue is already stirring up controversy as those campaigning against the proposed project believe that holding out […]

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Underwater trip to raise awareness

Underwater trip to raise awareness

| 21/10/2019 | 5 Comments

(CNS): With over 20 acres of pristine coral reef and two historic shipwrecks in the direct line of fire from the proposed cruise berthing facility in George Town, a number of local environmental campaign groups have come together to organise an underwater awareness tour. People are invited to climb aboard the Nautilus semi-submersible to see […]

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CPR mulls court action on referendum concerns

CPR mulls court action on referendum concerns

| 21/10/2019 | 44 Comments

(CNS): The campaigners who secured a people-initiated referendum on the government’s cruise port proposal are considering legal action if several of the concerns that have emerged about the vote are not addressed before it is scheduled to take place. These include the disenfranchisement of over 200 new voters and the lack of a ban on […]

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Cruise port debate needs more balance, less politics

Cruise port debate needs more balance, less politics

| 21/10/2019 | 67 Comments

101 writes: Of all the questions asked about the proposed cruise berthing facility, none dare to focus on the question of whether its OK to compromise some of our natural environment. All of the discussions so far seem to disregard any thought that it may be acceptable to accept any negative impact at all on our environment.

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A master mariner on the cruise dock

A master mariner on the cruise dock

| 17/10/2019 | 46 Comments

Paul A. Hurlston writes: I started my sea career at the age of fifteen in 1946 culling turtles around the Nicaraguan coast. At the age of 16 I went to the US and joined the Merchant Navy Sailing of Foreign Flag Ships. I sailed on fruit ships, general cargo ships, oil tankers, bulk carriers, container […]

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No rules expected over referendum spending

No rules expected over referendum spending

| 14/10/2019 | 40 Comments

(CNS): There will be no cap on the amount of money that either side of the cruise port referendum can spend on their campaign, nor will there be any lawful limit on the use of the public purse by government to persuade voters to stay home or vote ‘yes’. The absence of legislation supporting the […]

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Verdant: moving coral won’t fully mitigate impact

Verdant: moving coral won’t fully mitigate impact

| 14/10/2019 | 27 Comments

(CNS): The consortium picked by government to build the controversial cruise berthing project has admitted that plans to relocate and cultivate coral will not fully mitigate the impact of the project on the marine environment. Although members of Verdant Isle expressed high confidence earlier this month that moving the pristine ancient coral from George Town […]

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Why rush the cruise port?

Why rush the cruise port?

| 13/10/2019 | 57 Comments

Eden Hurlston writes:  On December 19th, vote on this question: “Should we allow our elected officials to handle decisions of great magnitude in the manner this port proposal has been handled?” Yes or No. No matter your position on the port, we need to share the same position on common sense. We do not have […]

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Elections Office taking post and mobile vote requests

Elections Office taking post and mobile vote requests

| 11/10/2019 | 32 Comments

(CNS): The Elections Office has confirmed that it is already accepting applications from registered voters for both postal ballots and mobile voting for people who will not be able to attend the polls in person on Referendum Day. Since government has selected 19 December for the historic people’s vote on whether or not it should […]

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Respect for each person’s opinion

Respect for each person’s opinion

| 10/10/2019 | 90 Comments

Patrice Donalds-Morgan writes: Well, the date for the people-initiated referendum on the cruise berthing facility has been set. It’s exciting, isn’t it? This whole process has been a beacon of democracy at work and the Cayman Islands has made history as the first British Overseas Territory to ever bring a people-initiated referendum. As Caymanians, we […]

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Gov’t compliance with procurement rules queried

Gov’t compliance with procurement rules queried

| 10/10/2019 | 29 Comments

(CNS): Public Accounts Committee Chair Ezzard Miller remains concerned, following the latest PAC meeting, that government is not complying with its own new rules on procurement. Although new legislation has been implemented and a new more transparent, independent regime created to manage how government buys goods and services, Miller is worried the new rules are […]

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