Tag: Martyn Roper

Hew: No plan to ban petrol cars

Hew: No plan to ban petrol cars

| 24/11/2020 | 103 Comments

(CNS): The minister responsible for energy and infrastructure has said the current administration has no plans or even a long-term target date for when Cayman might ban the importation of petrol powered vehicles. Joey Hew said it was “too early to go down that road”, depending instead on duty cuts to persuade people to switch, […]

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Dr Lee heads long list of royal gongs

Dr Lee heads long list of royal gongs

| 12/10/2020 | 61 Comments

(CNS): Dr John Lee, the chief medical officer, has been awarded an OBE for his outstanding contribution to health services in the Cayman Islands, heading a long list of various gongs and accolades for healthcare workers, public servants and volunteers on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. Alongside Dr Lee’s top royal award, Angela […]

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EU drops Cayman from black-list

EU drops Cayman from black-list

| 06/10/2020 | 40 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Government and the financial services sector were both breathing a sigh of relief, Tuesday, and not just because the islands dodged the path of a category 4 hurricane. The jurisdiction has been removed from the European Union’s black-list of non-cooperative jurisdictions, as hoped, after meeting the EU’s requirements regarding the supervision […]

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UK has no hidden agenda re regiment, says governor

UK has no hidden agenda re regiment, says governor

| 21/09/2020 | 47 Comments

(CNS): Cayman’s new defence force is beginning a second round of recruitment for reservists, as the bill to formalise this local army is headed for the Legislative Assembly. But Governor Martyn Roper has again stated that Britain “has no economic, political, security or national interest in anything other than supporting Cayman and the region in […]

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Roper: Police investigating hate speech

Roper: Police investigating hate speech

| 21/09/2020 | 136 Comments

(CNS): Governor Martyn Roper has said that the RCIPS is now investigating recent threats made against the LGBT+ community on social media and radio, which Roper described as “shocking”. This is despite previous comments by the police commissioner that they were not investigating and a apparent miscommunication over the hate speech. The governor has again […]

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No regrets on vote despite constitutional loss

No regrets on vote despite constitutional loss

| 21/09/2020 | 20 Comments

(CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin has said he does not regret allowing a conscience vote on the Civil Partnership Bill in July, even though it has resulted in the loss of a significant advancement to the Cayman Islands Constitution. The premier confirmed that the UK was ready to issue an order for the package of constitutional […]

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LGBT+ group ‘disgusted’ by legal aid grant

LGBT+ group ‘disgusted’ by legal aid grant

| 08/09/2020 | 77 Comments

(CNS): Colours Cayman, the first non-profit organisation in the country to represent the LGBT+ community, has said its members were “disgusted” that government has granted legal aid to a member of a conservative Christian association challenging the implementation of the Civil Partnerships Law by Governor Martyn Roper. The LGBT+ group said the action is doomed […]

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Opposition makes direct attack on governor

Opposition makes direct attack on governor

| 08/09/2020 | 150 Comments

(CNS): Opposition Leader Arden McLean has gone on the attack against Governor Martyn Roper, accusing Britain’s representative in the Cayman Islands of pursuing his own personal agenda with the implementation of the Civil Partnership Law. In a letter to the overseas territories minister, Baroness Sugg, and in a press release from the official opposition, McLean […]

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Civil partnerships now legal in the Cayman Islands

Civil partnerships now legal in the Cayman Islands

| 04/09/2020 | 124 Comments

(CNS): Governor Martyn Roper assented to what is now called the Civil Partnership Law on Friday, paving the way for same-sex couples in the Cayman Islands to register their relationships and enter into a legally recognised union. The law, along with eleven supporting amendment bills, will provide access to family and other related rights afford […]

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Education minister calls for prayer to stop DP Law

Education minister calls for prayer to stop DP Law

| 04/09/2020 | 181 Comments

(CNS): The education minister issued a voice message to a pastoral group on Friday, asking them to “petition heaven” and pray for the people, including the governor, who are supporting the Domestic Partnership Law, describing it as “this evil that is being forced upon us”. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly said she expected the legislation would be implemented […]

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Removal of  Constitution’s section 81 under threat

Removal of Constitution’s section 81 under threat

| 28/08/2020 | 113 Comments

(CNS): Governor Martyn Roper has said that what happened in the Legislative Assembly over the Domestic Partnership Law has put the proposed removal of his reserved powers from the Constitution under threat. This was part of a package that government and opposition members had negotiated to modernize the document, but Premier Alden had warned that […]

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