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Clifton Hunter still ‘weak’, say school inspectors

Clifton Hunter still ‘weak’, say school inspectors

| 11/04/2019 | 69 Comments

(CNS): The overall performance of Clifton Hunter High School was rated weak again by education inspectors, showing that the government’s flagship school has shown no improvement since its review last year. In the Office of Education Standards’ latest report on the school in Frank Sound they said the standard of teaching was ‘weak’ and most […]

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Appeal court grants stay in gay marriage case

Appeal court grants stay in gay marriage case

| 10/04/2019 | 221 Comments

(CNS): Sir John Goldring said that it was “not without hesitation” that the Court of Appeal granted government a stay on the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the Cayman Islands on Wednesday, blocking the impending first gay wedding ever be held in the country. The president of the appeal court said that they could not […]

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Gov’t adds tens of millions to 2019 budget

Gov’t adds tens of millions to 2019 budget

| 10/04/2019 | 30 Comments

(CNS): Finance Minister Roy McTaggart has said that the additional tens of millions of dollars of appropriations voted through Finance Committee yesterday for the 2019 fiscal year will still leave government with an operating surplus of around $67 million. The minister also said that the change to the budget does not break any of the […]

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CIG hangs appeal on same trial arguments

CIG hangs appeal on same trial arguments

| 10/04/2019 | 56 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Government began ratcheting up costs to the public purse in its fight against the legalisation of same-sex marriage on Tuesday during its first appearance in the appeal court asking for a stay on the implementation of Chief Justice Anthony Smellie’s landmark ruling. It also began airing the appeal grounds, which appear […]

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Appeal court mulls stay of gay marriage law

Appeal court mulls stay of gay marriage law

| 09/04/2019 | 94 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal is expected to deliver a decision Wednesday on the government’s application for a stay of Chief Justice Anthony Smellie’s 29 March ruling, in which he legalised same-sex marriage. The ruling came after he found in favour of a case brought by Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden. But Premier […]

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Premier issues stark warning on healthcare

Premier issues stark warning on healthcare

| 09/04/2019 | 51 Comments

(CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin has warned that employers and workers will have to pay more into private pension schemes because many retirees are not able to cover health insurance costs when they quit work, which means government is picking up their costly medical bills. As members of Finance Committee voted Monday for an additional $11.5 […]

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CIG to spend millions addressing CFATF report

CIG to spend millions addressing CFATF report

| 09/04/2019 | 10 Comments

(CNS): The government will be spending many millions of dollars to improve the anti-money laundering, counter terrorism and financial crime regime in Cayman over the next year, following the recent findings of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force, Premier Alden McLaughlin told Finance Committee on Friday. He said the more than $600,000 appropriation for the […]

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Miller urges CIG to address social ills

Miller urges CIG to address social ills

| 08/04/2019 | 43 Comments

(CNS): The opposition leader has identified eight priority areas that he wants government to address in the upcoming Strategic Policy Statement that will set out the goals for the final two years of the current PPM-led coalition. At a press briefing last week Ezzard Miller accused the government of not funding welfare, education and other […]

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Mac calls for HRC chair to be sacked

Mac calls for HRC chair to be sacked

| 08/04/2019 | 128 Comments

(CNS): The fallout from the chief justice’s ruling legalising same-sex marriage continued in the Legislative Assembly Friday, when Speaker McKeeva Bush accused the chair of the Human Rights Commission of contempt regarding a press release from the HRC released Thursday. Bush said James Austin-Smith should be fired because he is an atheist. Following on from […]

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‘I’ve never received a dollar from prostitution’ claims Myles

‘I’ve never received a dollar from prostitution’ claims Myles

| 05/04/2019

(CNS): Wayne Carlos Myles (38), who is facing several charges of pimping, emphatically denied the allegations against him on Thursday, when he took the stand to give evidence. “I have never received a dollar from any individual in respect to aiding prostitution,” he said, adding that he had no knowledge of any prostitution in the […]

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HRC: Appeal in same-sex marriage case ‘unarguable’

HRC: Appeal in same-sex marriage case ‘unarguable’

| 04/04/2019 | 199 Comments

(CNS): The Human Rights Commission has said that government’s decision to appeal Chief Justice Antony Smellie’s judgment in the same-sex marriage petition will fail because the grounds are “weak to the point of being unarguable”. The HRC said government’s decision to commit hundreds of thousands of dollars of public money to appeal, based only on […]

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