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Cruise ships barred from Cayman till year-end

Cruise ships barred from Cayman till year-end

| 13/08/2020 | 9 Comments

(CNS): The Port Authority of the Cayman Islands has issued a notice to its cruise industry partners that the George Town port will remain closed to cruise ships until at least 31 December. While both Premier Alden McLaughlin and Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell have stated on a number of occasions that they did not expect […]

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Ombudsman finds ‘serious issues’ with LT records

Ombudsman finds ‘serious issues’ with LT records

| 13/08/2020 | 6 Comments

(CNS): Claims by the Department of Labour and Pensions that it wasn’t sure where some records were in response to a freedom of information request was “a serious issue”, Ombudsman Sandy Hermiston said in her latest appeal decision. Hermiston has ordered the DLP to release dozens of records dating back to 2014, which it had […]

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COVID-19 recession could lead to tax

COVID-19 recession could lead to tax

| 13/08/2020 | 219 Comments

(CNS): Finance Minister Roy McTaggart has said that if the country runs out of reserves before the tourism sector and the world economy recovers, government may have to consider taxation. Though reluctant to use the word, he said that given the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, things could get very tough for the public […]

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Armed man fires shots at gas station

Armed man fires shots at gas station

| 12/08/2020 | 27 Comments

(CNS): Police are on the hunt for an armed man after an attempted robbery at the Rubis gas station in East End on Tuesday evening. The man burst into the store wearing a dark coloured hoody and a black mask, brandishing a handgun, and demanded cash. He fired the gun into the ceiling of the […]

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OfReg proposes consumer protection rules

OfReg proposes consumer protection rules

| 12/08/2020 | 15 Comments

(CNS): Three years after its launch, the Utility Regulation and Competition Office (OfReg) has announced that it is conducting a public consultation on the proposed consumer protection regulations for the energy and water utilities under its remit. This was one of the main motivations for creating the beleaguered office, which has since its inception created […]

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PR drive begins for three-year-old energy policy

PR drive begins for three-year-old energy policy

| 11/08/2020 | 20 Comments

(CNS): With the clock ticking on the ambitious goals set out in the National Energy Policy, which was adopted more than three years ago, the Ministry of Infrastructure is beginning a new public relations and education campaign to promote energy efficiency. However, government has not yet taken any meaningful action to achieve the goal of […]

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Government coffers still in the black

Government coffers still in the black

| 11/08/2020 | 53 Comments

(CNS): Despite expectations of plummeting government revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, so far this year the public coffers are still in the black. The unaudited core government financial results for the first six months of this year show that the surplus is considerably less than expected but government isn’t in the red […]

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Roper re-releases Domestic Partnership Bill for input

Roper re-releases Domestic Partnership Bill for input

| 10/08/2020 | 89 Comments

(CNS): Governor Martyn Roper has re-released the Domestic Partnership Bill, along with another eleven amendment bills that he is expected to pass into law by early September. No changes have yet been made to the original bill, which was drafted to provide a legal mechanism similar to marriage for same-sex couples, but some are expected […]

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Health insurance failings roll on

Health insurance failings roll on

| 10/08/2020 | 49 Comments

(CNS): The multiple problems associated with the failing health insurance system in Cayman was recently raised again in Finance Committee, but there are still no policy solutions on offer from the health minister. The original budget to cover tertiary healthcare costs for indigents and those with inadequate health cover for 2019 was CI$9.9 million but […]

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Complaints about MRCU boss under investigation

Complaints about MRCU boss under investigation

| 10/08/2020 | 64 Comments

(CNS): Complaints by staff of the Mosquito Research and Control Unit about the director, Dr Jim McNelly, are under investigation, Health Minister Dwayne Seymour and Acting Chief Officer Nelly Pouchie have confirmed. The complaints were set out in a letter to the ministry in July, signed by what is believed to be a significant number […]

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Police name victim killed in  BT smash

Police name victim killed in BT smash

| 08/08/2020

(CNS) UPDATED: The RCIPS has now named the man who died in a crash in Bodden Town Saturday morning. He was Gonzalo McLaughlin (39) of East End, Grand Cayman. The single-vehicle crash happened around 4:30am on 8 August on the Bodden Town Road near to Long Fellow Circle. McLaughlin, who was driving a white Subaru […]

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