James Whittaker

James Whittaker, Journalist
James Whittaker

Journalist

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ARTICLES BY JAMES WHITTAKER

Cyber criminals exploit COVID-19 crisis

Criminals are using the coronavirus crisis as bait to hook people into a variety of cyber-scams.

Finance minister spells out ‘stark reality’ of COVID economic impact

The Cayman Islands is facing a double digit drop in gross domestic product and a local unemployment rate of almost 20% as a result of the coronavirus crisis, Finance Minister Roy McTaggart said Wednesday.

Reopening of economy on course as most COVID cases asymptomatic

The rest of the construction and retail sector could open next week under certain conditions, Premier Alden McLaughlin said Wednesday.

Debris from rocket launch found floating off Brac

Debris from a rocket that launched from French Guiana in December was spotted off Cayman Brac last week.

Bank unfairly sacked president during takeover talks, tribunal rules

The former president of Cayman National Bank was unfairly dismissed after raising questions over the potential sale of the business, the Labour Tribunal has ruled.

Big Brother is watching out for you

Several smart phone apps are under consideration to aid contact-tracing of COVID-19 patients in Cayman. The technology has the capacity to assist the process but ethical and data protection concerns have impacted uptake in other jurisdictions.

On patrol with Cayman’s coastguard as marine restrictions eased

The Cayman Compass joined the Cayman Islands Coastguard on patrol on Tuesday for day one of the new marine rules.

Frontline worker profiles: Supermarket staff ‘blessed to serve’

Working her way up the ladder in Foster’s supermarket, Shanay Bryan tried just about every job in the store. Until now she never thought of herself as 'essential' to the community.

The invisible army in the war against COVID-19

The battle against coronavirus has often been compared to a war against an invisible enemy. In Cayman, as in many other countries, the 'soldiers' on the frontline are often lower paid workers in traditionally less-prestigious professions. These 'invisible workers' are helping to keep the country running.
Gayon Allen-Goulborne

Frontline worker profiles: Lab manager at the centre of the crisis response

As the manager of a COVID-19 testing laboratory, Gayon Allen-Goulbourne has one of the most critical jobs in the country. The samples she processes at...

Frontline worker profiles: Volunteer police commander has triple role

As vice president of business development for Dart Enterprises, commandant of the special constabulary and a father-of-two, Chris Duggan has three essential roles that have expanded exponentially during the coronavirus crisis.
Alia Huizinga-Wright is a nurse on the COVID-specific respiratory ward at Cayman Islands Hospital.

Frontline worker profiles: Nurse volunteered for COVID ward

Over the last two months, Alia Huizinga-Wright and her colleagues on Cayman Islands Hospital's COVID-19 ward have helped nurse patients with the most serious symptoms of the coronavirus back to health.

Frontline worker profiles: Pumping gas helps keep country running

Every morning Michael Hyman puts on his gloves, mask and face shield and gets to work. As a supervisor at the H&B Esso service station on Shedden Road, he does whatever the job requires. He makes sure the shelves are fully stocked, cars are filled up with fuel, and the customers are happy – all from a distance of six feet.

Thieves steal truck loads of dive tanks during curfew

It might be one of the most bizarre and brazen thefts in recent memory - more than 50 scuba tanks stolen from a dive...

Resilience Cayman preparing for long-term social impact of COVID-19

The Cayman Islands is just weeks into a period of social and economic disruption that could last for years, according to the founder of a new non-profit organisation.

Analysts: Major turbulence in store for aviation industry

The coronavirus crisis is likely to have lasting implications for the aviation industry, including Cayman’s national airline, according to two industry experts.

‘Humanitarian crisis’ grows as thousands depend on charity

Grand Cayman is facing a growing 'humanitarian crisis', with potentially thousands of people now dependent on emergency food kitchens that have sprung up at empty restaurants across the island.

Premier: COVID-19 curfews don’t breach Bill of Rights

Premier Alden McLaughlin has defended government’s coronavirus curfews, saying he is confident they do not breach human rights.
An officer on ATV beach patrol.

Government considers easing beach ban and Sunday lockdown

Beaches could be re-opened for exercise next week and the full Sunday lockdown could be lifted as early as this weekend, Premier Alden McLaughlin said Wednesday.

Gradual reopening of economy on course, despite 3 new COVID cases

Government remains hopeful that the phased reopening of the economy can continue despite a handful of frontline workers testing positive for the coronavirus in the latest screening.

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