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ARTICLES BY KAYLA YOUNG

Cayman Compass Reporters’ Roundtable

We go behind the scenes with the islands' journalists during the second Cayman Compass Reporters' Roundtable.
All passenger flights in and out of Cayman will be suspended for 3 weeks.

Jamaica evacuation flight scheduled

Cayman’s first evacuation flight to Jamaica since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis will depart Thursday, 4 June. The announcement Monday came shortly after Jamaica...

Podcast: Forecasting the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season

June marks the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, and forecasters are predicting an above average year.

Judge: Scope of CMR trial to focus only on harassment

The trial of Cayman Marl Road host Sandra Hill encountered further delays on Wednesday, as Justice Roger Chapple sought to establish the scope and intention of Cayman’s Information and Communications Technology Authority Law.

Breaking down sentencing for Cayman’s curfew violations

A look at how the courts deal with breaches of curfew.

Court orders CMR remove content at centre of harassment trial

The trial of Cayman Marl Road host Sandra Hill encountered delays on Wednesday, as Justice Roger Chapple considered contempt-of-court and breach-of-bail applications made against the defendant.
A man enters Constitution Hall during the first day of curfew cases.

Curfew cases continue: ‘Ignorance no defence’

The second week of curfew-violation cases began Monday at Summary Court’s spillover location, Constitution Hall, in downtown George Town.
McKeeva Bush looks on as Public Works Department staff work on the new playground in December 2018

Cabinet planning exemptions used to fast-track park projects

Since 2017, 12 properties in Grand Cayman, including the site of the now-abandoned Smith Barcadere redevelopment project, have been granted Cabinet exemptions from planning permission. The exemptions have allowed government to streamline projects championed by legislators, such as community parks, without subjecting them to the standard approval process.

No new coronavirus cases detected, total remains at 111

There were no new COVID-19 cases to report among the 494 tests results released by Chief Medical Officer John Lee on Wednesday, leaving Cayman’s total number of confirmed cases at 111.

First hard-curfew hearings result in fines, community service

The Summary Court extended into downtown’s Constitution Hall on Tuesday, allowing the island’s first batch of hard-curfew cases to proceed in open court under established social-distancing and public-health protocols.

Cayman Compass Reporters’ Roundtable

We go behind the scenes with Cayman’s journalists during the first Cayman Compass Reporters’ Roundtable to discuss COVID-19 testing, community journalism and food security.

Hurricane COVID: Cayman prepares for a storm season like no other

With the 1 June start of hurricane season just two weeks away, emergency planners must grapple with a potentially active storm season, combined with the complications of COVID-19. For government, this prospect is a source of anxiety but also a call to action.

Telemedicine talks reach compromise to restore services

Telemedicine codes that expired in April are expected to be updated this week, allowing for expanded services and sessions lasting up to 60 minutes.

Premier: Bush’s role to be reviewed after court case decided

West Bay MLA McKeeva Bush continues in his role as Speaker of the House but will not preside over the Legislative Assembly until his legal issues, concerning charges of common assault and disorderly conduct, have been resolved, Premier Alden McLaughlin said during Monday’s press briefing.

Emergency hospitals established for pandemic response

Two emergency field hospitals will serve for patient overflow in Grand Cayman, in the case that COVID-19 cases stretch capacity at local hospitals. The hope is that Cayman will never need to use the facilities, said Hazard Management Director Danielle Coleman, but the aim is to prepare for worst.

Appeal hearing on port referendum law concludes

Legal counsel representing Cruise Port Referendum Cayman opened the second day of arguments before the Court of Appeal on Thursday, outlining its case against the Port Referendum Law and government’s approach to the people-initiated referendum. 

Court of Appeal hears port referendum case

The Cayman Islands government opened arguments in defence of its port referendum law Wednesday morning, appearing before the Court of Appeal over Zoom video.
Blue Iguana

Essential work: Caring for Cayman’s blue iguanas (AUDIO)

As residents of Grand Cayman shelter indoors, the island’s blue iguana population is enjoying some peace and quiet – a possible benefit for breeding season.
Telemedicine

Expired telemedicine codes place services in limbo

Cayman Islands healthcare providers are awaiting details from the Health Insurance Commission on how to move forward with telemedicine appointments, after the established billing codes for such services expired on Monday, 27 April.

Refugees provided with food vouchers, baby supplies

Around 16 families designated as refugees and asylum seekers in Cayman will receive assistance from the Ministry of Community Affairs during the COVID-19 crisis.

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