James Whittaker, Journalist
James Whittaker, Journalist

James Whittaker

Journalist

Pinnacle Media Group Ltd
PO Box 1365 GT
Grand Cayman KY1-1108

T: 345-815-0003
E: [email protected]

ARTICLES BY JAMES WHITTAKER

Government plans switch to electric vehicles

Government plans to convert at least 10 percent of its fleet to electric vehicles over the next five years, according to Infrastructure Minister Joey Hew.

Rivers found guilty of Super C murder

A West Bay man who shot and killed another man in the doorway of a busy restaurant was found guilty of murder on Monday.

Minister Rivers to meet EU officials on tax blacklist

Minister of Financial Services Tara Rivers will meet EU officials in Brussels this week to continue government’s discussions about the EU’s list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions.

Roydell Carter retires from civil service

After nine months on required leave for unspecified reasons, Roydell Carter, director of the Department of Environmental Health, has chosen to “retire” from the civil service, according to a statement from government Tuesday.

Iguanas, healthcare costs take toll on budget

Government has voted new funding of $1.9 million for a massive, islandwide iguana cull and $6.5 million to help cover the healthcare costs of uninsured patients.

Poisons regulation to close cat cull loophole

New regulations allowing officials to sanction the poisoning of animals in certain circumstances could pave the way for the resumption of a planned cull of feral cats said to pose a threat to rare seabirds on the Sister Islands.

Opposition back in House after walkout

Opposition politicians were back in the Legislative Assembly Thursday after staging a one-day walkout on proceedings in protest over disciplinary action taken against Newlands MLA Alva Suckoo.

New law targets child predators

Tough new laws to tackle sex offenders who “groom” children using cellphones and social media were passed Wednesday.

Suckoo suspension sparks walkout by Opposition

Opposition members walked out of the Legislative Assembly in protest Wednesday after Newlands MLA Alva Suckoo was suspended from the House for the day.

Tributes paid to ‘gentle Ironman’

The cyclist killed on Cayman’s roads Tuesday was a well-known local athlete who was training to compete in an Ironman event in Mexico.

Cyclist killed in early morning crash

A cyclist was killed Tuesday morning when his bike collided with a car that had apparently pulled to a stop in a cycle lane of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway.

Civil service pay increase: Bigger paychecks, no healthcare costs

Cayman’s civil servants have welcomed the news that they will be receiving larger paychecks next month after Premier Alden McLaughlin announced a 5 percent pay increase backdated to July 1.

Threats of physical violence erupt at contentious OfReg board meeting

OfReg chair Linford Pierson threatened to “box” his deputy during a heated board meeting after it was suggested Mr. Pierson may have broken the Anti-Corruption Law, according to minutes of the utilities regulator’s board.

Government rejects calls for port referendum

Government rejected calls from the Opposition for a referendum to be held on the controversial cruise pier project after a lengthy debate in the Legislative Assembly that ran into the early hours of Friday morning.

Motion on cruise berth referendum defeated

A private member's motion calling for a referendum on the controversial cruise berthing project was voted down by government members after a lengthy debate in the Legislative Assembly.

Government revising labor bill

Government will seek to revisit the controversial Labour Relations Bill within the next year, Premier Alden McLaughlin confirmed Thursday.

Brac celebrates 60th anniversary of coat of arms

Around 200 people, including schoolchildren, turned out in Cayman Brac Thursday for a celebration of the 60th anniversary of Cayman’s coat of arms.

Cayman to create new trade ministry

Premier Alden McLaughlin revealed plans to create a new ministry to fight for Cayman’s interests overseas, saying the territory could no longer rely on the United Kingdom to defend the islands’ economic interests.

Premier defends cruise ship dock plan

Premier Alden McLaughlin reaffirmed his government’s commitment to press ahead with plans for a cruise berthing facility in George Town harbor in the face of increasingly vocal opposition to the project.

Walking the Seven Mile beat

They may have the most beautiful beat in the world, but Seven Mile Beach’s new community police officers say there is serious business to attend to at Cayman’s busiest tourist hot spot.
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