Tag: Mario Rankin

Make stay-over tourism work for Caymanians

Make stay-over tourism work for Caymanians

| 25/06/2020 | 54 Comments

Mario Rankin writes: I am happy to see that more people are willing to publicly express their concerns with the premier on his statements made in a recent press conference. The statements were concerning the tourism industry and how, according to him, stay-over tourism wasn’t any great benefit to the local workforce.

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Smith Cove protestors demand halt to bid

Smith Cove protestors demand halt to bid

| 17/02/2020 | 122 Comments

(CNS): Hundreds of people turned up to a rally on Saturday at Smith Barcadere (aka Smith Cove) to show their support for the campaign to keep it in its natural state and stop government’s proposed enhancement project. Demanding that the current public tender be withdrawn and the entire project dramatically reduced to just a new […]

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Caribbean should unite against new ‘pirates’

Caribbean should unite against new ‘pirates’

| 19/01/2020 | 49 Comments

Mario Rankin writes: Why do some shipping companies that have their headquarters in one country register their ships in another country? In the maritime industry this is known as “Flags of Convenience”. While this practice is controversial, it became popular 100 years ago when US ships were trying to get around Prohibition (ban of alcohol) […]

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Matrimonial vows of UDP and PPM

Matrimonial vows of UDP and PPM

| 14/01/2020 | 34 Comments

Mario Rankin writes: The 2005-2009 election cycle resulted in the PPM-led government, the administration that piloted the Cayman Islands headfirst into a global recession, despite being warned by local and foreign consultants that we were not immune or exempt from this potential collapse. In the words of then minister of education, Alden McLaughlin, “only God” […]

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Cruise line was ready to tender Oasis ship

Cruise line was ready to tender Oasis ship

| 25/11/2019 | 52 Comments

(CNS): Documents and emails leaked from the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands indicate that government had come to an arrangement back in 2012 with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to tender its first Oasis class ship, the Allure of the Seas. The revelation that the UDP administration at the time had invested in related security […]

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Activists confident as they launch ‘No’ campaign

Activists confident as they launch ‘No’ campaign

| 21/11/2019 | 67 Comments

(CNS): The Cruise Port Referendum group kicked off their formal ‘No to the Port’ campaign Wednesday night on a confident note. Described as a David versus Goliath story, the volunteers and activists were positive about the road ahead. In four weeks Caymanians will go to the polls to vote for or against the proposed port […]

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CPR expects New Year referendum

CPR expects New Year referendum

| 18/09/2019 | 24 Comments

(CNS): Campaigners for a people-initiated referendum on the question of the proposed cruise dock have formally handed over the fully verified petition document to Cabinet. While no dates have been confirmed for the national ballot, all indications are that it is likely to take place in January next year. On Wednesday three representatives of the […]

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What’s in it for the cruise lines?

What’s in it for the cruise lines?

| 04/09/2019 | 40 Comments

Mario Rankin writes: As the petition verification process nears to an end, the first ever people-initiated referendum is imminent. Caymanians will make the decision on the largest capital works project in our history and not a political agenda.

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Cruise lines suck up passenger spend

Cruise lines suck up passenger spend

| 16/07/2019 | 34 Comments

Mario Rankin writes: The cruise industry business model has changed radically and aggressively in the last fifteen years, ensuring they attain most of the money passengers spend, and they should no longer be viewed as an ideal “partner” for most countries of the Caribbean, more importantly the Cayman islands.

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Cost of cruise port more than cash

Cost of cruise port more than cash

| 02/07/2019 | 37 Comments

Mario Rankin writes: Taking a strong look at our region and the evolution of the cruise industry going as far back as the 1950’s, it was amusing to see floating cities showing up to beautiful Caribbean islands that had much more to offer than the ships themselves. Blinded by the amusement and consumed by the […]

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We are making history so must get it right

We are making history so must get it right

| 21/06/2019 | 38 Comments

Mario Rankin writes: It has been a long, hard fight collecting over 5,288 signatures of registered voters, which is 25% of the electorate, in order to trigger a people-initiated referendum so that we, the people, who elected the politicians can also have a place in politics without having to always depend on our government to […]

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