Tag: Kurt Tibbetts

Tibbetts commits to dealing with beach access

Tibbetts commits to dealing with beach access

| 26/10/2016 | 73 Comments

(CNS): The planning minister has told the Legislative Assembly that his ministry is examining the issue of beach access in order to protect the rights that have been gradually eroded due to inadequate protection and extensive beachfront development. Responding to a private member’s motion brought by East End MLA Arden McLean during this month’s meeting, […]

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Tibbetts begins process to create utilities regulator

Tibbetts begins process to create utilities regulator

| 20/10/2016 | 9 Comments

(CNS): The minister responsible for planning and public works began the process of dealing with a bundle of legislation that will pave the way for the much-anticipated utilities commission that the government hopes will not only act as the umbrella regulator for the technology, power, fuel and water sectors but also a watchdog for consumer protection. […]

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Telecom firms breach licences over fibre-optics

Telecom firms breach licences over fibre-optics

| 06/10/2016 | 30 Comments

(CNS): The minister with responsibility for utilities has admitted that “many” telecommunication firms operating in the Cayman Islands have licences that require them to build out fibre-optic networks across all the islands but none of them have met their agreed target dates. Planning Minister Kurt Tibbetts said that because of the problems the telecom firms […]

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CIG seeks public input on fuel regulator plans

CIG seeks public input on fuel regulator plans

| 27/06/2016 | 25 Comments

(CNS): As government plans to create a utilities regulator that will include the fuel industry, it has published a policy document for public consultation on how the new office will take shape. Government is proposing to create an Office of Competition and Regulation, which will oversee telecoms, electricity, water and, for the first time, the […]

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CIG plans post office investment for future viability

CIG plans post office investment for future viability

| 14/06/2016 | 28 Comments

(CNS): Government has released a strategic assessment document looking at ways to reduce the Cayman Islands Postal Service’s dependence on public subsidies and find ways it can make money. The report found that personnel at the post office present “one of its main challenges”, with some workers being resistant to change. But ruling out privatisation, government officials […]

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OAG didn’t review latest Dart deal

OAG didn’t review latest Dart deal

| 02/06/2016 | 30 Comments

(CNS): The newly revised deal between government and the Dart Group has not been reviewed by the auditor general, despite his criticisms and concerns about the so-called NRA Agreement in a scathing report published last July, which was discussed during the Public Accounts Committee hearings in March. “To date, the Office of the Auditor General […]

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ICTA gets tough on licensees

ICTA gets tough on licensees

| 06/05/2016 | 20 Comments

(CNS): For the first time since the regulator was established, the Information and Communications Authority (ICTA) has issued a fine to one of its licensees for breaching the rules regarding 911 outages. Cable and Wireless paid a $75,000 fine for failing to notify ICTA of an outage on its service that impacted access to 911. […]

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Chance to address CPA conflicts ignored

Chance to address CPA conflicts ignored

| 24/02/2016 | 17 Comments

(CNS): Ministry officials were clearly warned by the Office of the Auditor General about conflicts presented by the makeup of the Central Planning Authority, including the board’s chair, but did nothing to heed advice, the Public Accounts Committee heard Wednesday. Senior auditor Martin Ruben revealed that long before the OAG’s critical report on government’s national […]

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Farmers lauded against backdrop of food insecurity

Farmers lauded against backdrop of food insecurity

| 26/01/2016 | 20 Comments

(CNS): As local supermarkets issued warnings over the difficulties sourcing fresh produce because of unseasonable weather in the US and Mexico, the importance of agriculture in the Cayman Islands was brought into sharp focus Monday. Farmers were the subject of this year’s National Heroes Day celebrations and the increasing reliance on the local food supply was […]

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WB speed limit cut delayed again

WB speed limit cut delayed again

| 21/01/2016 | 47 Comments

(CNS): The reduction in the speed limit on the West Bay Road is being delayed ministry officials have confirmed as a result of other pending changes to the traffic law. Plans to cut the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph, not least because of the numerous accidents on the road which runs parallel to Seven […]

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Ironwood duty deal signed but no road agreement

Ironwood duty deal signed but no road agreement

| 17/12/2015 | 55 Comments

(CNS): Government has entered into a duty concessions deal worth almost US$22 million with the developers of a proposed golf resort in Frank Sound but there has been no agreement on the construction of the East-West arterial extension. Under the deal signed by government officials and the developers of the planned Ironwood project on Thursday, the […]

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