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

Conviction, sentence upheld in George Town ‘execution’

Two brothers convicted of killing a gang member in a “chilling public execution” have had their convictions and sentences upheld by the Court of Appeal.

Prisoners help Public Works to build new West Bay playgrounds

Prisoners are helping to create a new children’s playground in West Bay.

Six percent of Cayman Islands protected under conservation law

Just over 6 percent of land in the Cayman Islands has been protected from development and other threats since the National Conservation Law was established five years ago, officials confirmed this week.

Commercial activity at Smith Cove shut down

A tour company offering snorkel trips to Smith Cove has been moved off the beach amid public outcry about commercial activity encroaching on the popular site.

Haines to trek across Pyrenees for special needs charity

He has run marathons and climbed volcanoes to raise almost $3 million for Cayman charities. Now Derek Haines is planning a 550-mile trek across the Pyrenees mountain range in aid of the Special Needs Foundation Cayman.

Plan to clamp down on numbers game shelved

Government has shelved plans to increase penalties for illegal gambling amid calls for a review of the prohibition of gambling in the Cayman Islands.

Port Authority terminates suspended director

Port Director Clement Reid has had his employment terminated by “mutual consent,” the Port Authority confirmed Wednesday.

Tourism conference considers future of work

The tourism industry needs to focus on creating “quality jobs” rather than just quantity, delegates at a Caribbean Tourism Organization conference heard Wednesday.

Bermuda courts reverse same-sex marriage ban

Bermuda’s courts have legalized same-sex marriage for the second time in a landmark ruling that could impact the battle for marriage equality in the Cayman Islands.

Rare seabirds making nests from plastic debris

On a rocky stretch of beach on Cayman Brac, a rare seabird has made its nest on a carpet of plastic bottles, broken pipe and other ocean debris.
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Commissioner supports track plan for bikers

After years of issues with rogue bikers riding recklessly on Cayman’s roads, police are taking a different approach. Officers escorted a convoy of motorcyclists on an islandwide rally Sunday that ended in West Bay, where a section of the road was closed to allow off-road bikers free rein to show off their skills.
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Explosives suspected stolen from compound

Explosives may have gone missing from a National Roads Authority-licensed storage compound. Police confirmed reports of a suspected theft from a “storage magazine” in George Town.

Minister: No more funds for genetically modified mosquito program

Cayman’s genetically modified mosquito project has not worked as effectively as government hoped and will be abandoned, Health Minister Dwayne Seymour said Thursday.

Legislative Assembly adjourns with 17 bills passed

The latest session of the Legislative Assembly closed Thursday night, with politicians having passed some 17 bills in six days.

Police, bikers join forces for Ride Out Cayman

A group of bikers again took over the roads of Grand Cayman for a few hours on Sunday. This time, instead of chasing them around the island, police officers were leading the convoy.

Cayman Airways new planes could add $10M to annual costs

Government is likely to have to inject significantly more cash into Cayman Airways to help fund the cost of its new fleet of aircraft at a time when the airline is suffering from falling revenues, legislators heard Thursday.

Cayman delegation to meet UK officials on constitutional reform

Opposition politicians and government will present a united front in talks with British officials over proposed changes to Cayman’s constitution designed to protect the island’s right to make its own decisions on domestic matters.

Kirk Freeport boss made Chamber president

New Chamber of Commerce president Chris Kirkconnell has vowed to continue the organization’s advocacy work to protect Cayman’s key industries of financial services and tourism.

Border control merger a ‘multi-year’ project

The merger of Immigration and Customs into a joint border control agency could take years to implement, Premier Alden McLaughlin said Wednesday.

$50,000 reward offered in unsolved 2010 murder case

Nearly nine years after Courtney Spence was shot and killed in the parking lot of the George Town warehouse where he worked, a $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to a conviction in the unsolved crime.
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