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WORC and border control set to go live

WORC and border control set to go live

| 24/01/2019 | 25 Comments

(CNS): The government has announced that the legislative changes creating the new employment agency Workforce Opportunities Residency Cayman (WORC) and the revamped Customs and Border Control (CBC) Agency will become effective next month. After postponing the planned 1 January start date, officials have now confirmed the Immigration (Transition) Law, 2018 and the Customs and Border […]

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Law requires public scrutiny of final port design

Law requires public scrutiny of final port design

| 23/01/2019 | 65 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment has said that when a developer for the George Town cruise and cargo project is selected, the final design must go through another environmental impact assessment, which will require public consultation. DoE Director Gina Ebanks-Petrie said that the previous assessment was for a design that is no longer under consideration, […]

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Green vision begins to emerge for Cayman

Green vision begins to emerge for Cayman

| 23/01/2019 | 44 Comments

(CNS): With the coming together of several environmental activist groups at the weekend, it is becoming clear that a genuine green movement is now emerging in the Cayman Islands. The grassroots organisations include the campaign to trigger a people’s referendum on the cruise berthing project, the movements to save specific areas like Smith Cove and […]

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MOT ignores key criticisms in response to airport audit

MOT ignores key criticisms in response to airport audit

| 22/01/2019 | 75 Comments

(CNS): Responding to the Office of the Auditor General’s audit of the airport redevelopment project and the problems identified by Sue Winspear and her team, the Ministry of Tourism justified the time and cost overruns but completely ignored the problems identified by the auditors that stemmed from the poor performance of the project’s main consultants. […]

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Farm saved turtles from extinction but survival ratio low

Farm saved turtles from extinction but survival ratio low

| 22/01/2019 | 37 Comments

(CNS): A genetic study into nesting green sea turtles in the Cayman Islands found that the mass releases by the Cayman Turtle Farm (now the Cayman Turtle Centre) in the 1980’s and 1990’s saved them from extinction in the region. But only a small percentage of the 30,000 hatchlings and yearlings released over 20 years […]

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IO’s allegedly took $600 for English test pass mark

IO’s allegedly took $600 for English test pass mark

| 21/01/2019 | 0 Comments

(CNS): Immigration officers allegedly took $600 from at least 15 Spanish speakers to steer them to the 75% pass mark needed to get through the department’s English Language Test and secure work permits, even though their language skills were not up to scratch, the court heard Monday. As the acting director of public prosecutions, Patrick Moran, […]

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Airport 20% over budget and a year late

Airport 20% over budget and a year late

| 21/01/2019 | 170 Comments

(CNS): The Office of the Auditor General has finally released a redacted copy of an audit report it completed last year, which was initially withheld, on the Owen Roberts International Airport renovation project. Sue Winspear and her team have revealed that the cost of the project is at least 20% more than originally budgeted, that it […]

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MLA calls for social report in face of poverty

MLA calls for social report in face of poverty

| 20/01/2019 | 91 Comments

(CNS): The deputy opposition leader and member for Newlands, Alva Suckoo, is calling on government to assess the root causes of social problems in the Cayman Islands to reverse the trend of growing criminality, which he believes is fuelled by the lack of opportunities for local people to advance in society. Following revelations by Chief Justice […]

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Port board deputy chairing procurement committee

Port board deputy chairing procurement committee

| 18/01/2019 | 79 Comments

(CNS): The current deputy of the port authority board, Arek Joseph, has been appointed as the chair of the new Public Procurement Committee, set to replace the Central Tenders Committee under the new regime that will oversee government’s major projects and acquisitions. CNS has seen correspondence which confirms that Premier Alden McLaughlin appointed Joseph to […]

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Health insurance challenge dominates PAC

Health insurance challenge dominates PAC

| 17/01/2019 | 33 Comments

(CNS): Public Accounts Committee member Chris Saunders (Bodden Town West) articulated the frustrations of PAC and the community when he expressed concern that the health ministry had failed to respond to shocking figures revealed more than three years ago that the local insurance companies made a collective profit of more than $51 million in 2015 […]

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Lack of lawyers and space fuel crime case backlog

Lack of lawyers and space fuel crime case backlog

| 17/01/2019 | 28 Comments

(CNS): The backlog of criminal indictments carried over from 2018 into this year is the largest ever, Chief Justice Anthony Smellie told the Cayman Islands legal profession Wednesday at the annual opening of the Grand Court. Cases are not being disposed of due to shortages of both space and defence lawyers willing to take on […]

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