Indian community survives COVID-19 by leaning on each other

Members of Cayman’s Indian community head back to their home country Friday with their heads held high after helping each other through an “unimaginable experience” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Royalty Fidelity apologises for pension withdrawal delays

All Fidelity Pension Plan members who successfully applied on or before 29 May for an emergency withdrawal from their pension accounts have now been processed for payment, according to RF Group. 

Don Foster’s manager brings business back from the dead

It will be a scaled down operation focussing on scuba diving only and with no retail element or snorkel tours geared towards cruise tourists.

1 new COVID-19 case reported Tuesday

200 people have now tested positive for COVID-19.

The final flight of late Capt. Robert Hamaty

Scores of well-wishers, family and friends gathered for the final flight of the late Captain Robert Hamaty Friday at Owen Roberts International Airport.

OfReg continues investigation of fuel prices

After the rapid decline of oil and fuel prices globally since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March, retail gas prices have dropped by 58 cents per gallon on average. However, the regulator was not satisfied with the reduction of prices at the pumps.
Cayman’s courts have ramped up their emergency contingency plan to counter COVID-19 issues.

Stabbing charges sent to Grand Court

A North Side man accused of livestreaming the aftermath of an apparent stabbing on Friday night made his initial Summary Court appearance on earlier today Monday 29 June.

Education roundup: Minister outlines school reopening plan

Minister of Education Juliana O’Connor-Connolly appeared alongside several of her colleagues during the 26 June government press conference to address questions about reopening Cayman’s schools.  

3 new cases of COVID-19 reported

Two of the three are returning travellers and one is presumed to have acquired the condition locally.

National ID cards to be issued in 2021

National identification cards could be rolled out within the next 12 months, with a population database coming online before the end of the year.

Testing 2.0: How the new antibody tests work

Back in May, Cayman Compass journalist James Whittaker got the COVID-19 swab as part of a feature story explaining the testing process. On Tuesday, in a sequel to that story, he visited Health City Cayman Islands to do the same for the new antibody tests.

Hearing reveals Cayman’s ‘broken’ pension system

A three-day Public Accounts Committee hearing concerning private pension plans in the Cayman Islands last week showed how the current system, subject to constant...

Health warning as dust plume continues

The Public Health Department has advised people with asthma and other respiratory illnesses to remain indoors as much as possible. The Sahara dust plume is currently stretching across the Caribbean causing elevated levels of dust and particulate matter in the air.

108 days: Inside Cayman’s COVID-19 response

The National Emergency Operation Centre has been the central organ coordinating Cayman’s COVID-19 response for 108 days and has since been deactivated. The Cayman Compass takes a look inside the operations of the entity behind the response.

Soaring over Cayman in a Wildcat

For the last two weeks, the Tailored Air Group aboard UK Naval ship RFA Argus has been providing air cover in the absence of the Royal Cayman Islands Police helicopters and last week they took Governor Martyn Roper, Governor's Office Policy Officer Simone Eade and Cayman Compass journalist Reshma Ragoonath on a flyover of Grand Cayman.
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Bloody scene livestreamed on social media after stabbing

Police arrested a man in connection with an apparent stabbing, the aftermath of which was videoed and disseminated widely on social media on Friday night.

Lee: Much to learn about antibody tests

Health experts still do not know if having antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 can protect someone from getting infected again or how long such protection might last.

Stranded boat family welcomes new hand on deck

The Larouche-Kelly family’s sailboat has a new crew member – newborn baby girl Kaia.

Committee set up to help open Cayman’s borders

Premier Alden McLaughlin announced Friday that Cayman has set up a ‘Reopening of Borders Committee’, consisting of 10 government agencies and ministries to work on allowing international tourists to return to the islands.

Same-sex union bill submitted to legislature

A civil partnerships bill, intended to provide a legal framework for same-sex couples in the Cayman Islands, has been introduced for debate by the Legislative Assembly.

Cayman officers training at Sandhurst

Five junior officers from the new Cayman Islands Regiment are undergoing officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the UK. The creation of...
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Trial of Cayman Marl Road administrator wraps up

The trial of Cayman Marl Road administrator Sandra Teresa Hill concluded in the Grand Court today. A verdict is expected by the middle of next month.

Regulator to investigate late pension withdrawal payments

The Department of Labour and Pensions will review whether pension plan administrators are making emergency pension withdrawal payments within the 45-day timeframe mandated by April’s changes to the National Pensions Law.

Human rights group takes on cause of stranded Nicaraguans

The Inter-American Human Rights Commission is taking up the case of Nicaraguan nationals stranded in Cayman and in other countries as suspected cases of violations of human rights.

Staycations boom provides boost for struggling tourism industry

Staycations are starting to sell out across Cayman as island residents shake off months of lockdown and opt for holidays at home.

UPDATED: Wanted man taken into custody

The search continues for a wanted man who has been on the run for nearly a month.
Lab manager Gayon Allen- Gouldbourne processes the sample to isolate the genetic material for testing.

No new COVID-19 cases as encouraging results trend continues

There were no new positive cases of the coronavirus in the latest batch of test results continuing an encouraging trend which has seen only 3 cases out of nearly 3,000 tests over the past week.

Sharks at the sandbar? Be encouraged, not afraid, say researchers

A rare sighting of black tip reef sharks in the crystal clear water of Stingray Sandbar should be cause for celebration, not alarm, according to the photographer who captured the moment.

DoE urges moderation when fishing

With fishermen back out to sea and leisure activities on the water now virtually uninhibited, the Department of Environment is reminding those casting their lines to fish in moderation.

Cayman under Sahara dust layer

The Saharan Air Layer dust, currently stretching across the Caribbean will result in hazy conditions across the Cayman Islands.

Summer camps and daycares to open 5 July

Schools and daycare facilities will begin reopening on 5 July, as Cayman moves into Suppression Level 2 of the COVID-19 crisis. Eased public health protocol, announced by Premier Alden McLaughlin on 17 June, will allow tutoring centres, preschools, summer camps and bible schools to receive children in person.

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