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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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Pope gives same-sex legal unions the thumbs up

Pope gives same-sex legal unions the thumbs up

| 21/10/2020 | 53 Comments

(CNS): Pope Francis has endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time since he became pontiff in 2013. The leader of the Catholic Church gave his public support for LGBTQ rights during an interview in a film documentary “Francesco”, which premiered in Rome on Wednesday. “Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. […]

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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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Rules released for ‘global citizens’

Rules released for ‘global citizens’

| 20/10/2020 | 96 Comments

(CNS): Government has released regulations outlining the rules for the introduction of the Global Citizen Programme, an initiative led by the Ministry of Tourism that is designed to inch open the sector to rich visitors who can work from the Cayman Islands remotely. But government has not given a start date for the proposed programme […]

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Dangerous coral disease  closes dive sites

Dangerous coral disease closes dive sites

| 19/10/2020 | 21 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment has closed 45 dive sites, from Delia’s Delight in Cayman Kai across the North Sound to Bear’s Paw near the Gustus Channel, in an effort to contain an outbreak of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD). This latest threat to coral was first spotted in local waters this summer. It […]

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All MLAs to review district council law

All MLAs to review district council law

| 19/10/2020 | 43 Comments

(CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin and opposition MLA Kenneth Bryan (GTC) came to a compromise in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday over a private member’s motion to immediately implement the long outstanding legislation providing for district councils. Bryan brought the motion because there is popular demand for these MLA advisory bodies, but the law, passed in […]

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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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Balboa case reveals planning process problems

Balboa case reveals planning process problems

| 15/10/2020 | 86 Comments

(CNS): The controversial development on the George Town harbour front, Balbao Beach, has served to illustrate a confusing and frustrating planning process. Last week the project went before the Planning Appeals Tribunal to hear concerns about approval given more than three years ago because the project has since gone through more changes and is currently […]

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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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Consultation on financial sector bills ‘a charade’

Consultation on financial sector bills ‘a charade’

| 14/10/2020 | 55 Comments

(CNS): The financial services community is raising concerns that continuing changes to laws governing the sector are making Cayman less competitive. Industry experts are also accusing government of “a charade” and not fully engaging with them about the impact. Government has recently released a swathe of bills aimed at increasing oversight of records held by […]

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$20M dump works to start but still no full deal

$20M dump works to start but still no full deal

| 13/10/2020 | 63 Comments

(CNS): The Dart-led consortium selected as government’s preferred bidder for the national waste management project over three years ago has signed a sub-contract with government worth over $20 million. But there is still no full deal agreed for the entire project. This preliminary works contract is to cap and remediate the George Town dump, create […]

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