Government’s lawyers accepted Monday that a persuasive argument had been made for the introduction of civil unions for same-sex couples in the Cayman Islands, though they suggested this should be left to elected politicians to decide rather than enforced by the courts.
Denying marriage rights to same-sex couples is “simple discrimination” and violates rights guaranteed under the Cayman Islands Constitution, a leading barrister claimed Thursday as a test case on the issue began in Grand Court.
Almost six months after beginning a campaign to force a referendum on the controversial cruise port project, volunteers are still collecting the signatures needed to trigger a public vote, though organizers have not stated how many people have signed the petition to date.
From the port boss who receives just $150 per meeting to the utilities director who is paid more than $50,000-a-year, an auditor general’s investigation found vast disparity in the pay handed out to the men and women appointed to the boards of some of the Cayman Islands’ most important institutions.
The Department of Environment experimented with the technology when a team of visiting scientists came to Grand Cayman last year. Thermal imaging cameras have been used for some time to spot birds and mammals, but it was not known if the technology could work on cold-blooded reptiles.
Wielding rakes, machetes and trash cans, the small army of volunteers hacked through the undergrowth and cleared trash from the site Saturday. Local businesses donated heavy equipment to assist with the clearing, which continues this week.
The board of national health insurance company CINICO held a series of seven extraordinary meetings in September and October before firing CEO Lonny Tibbetts. Documents provided to the Cayman Compass under the Freedom of Information Law reveal a fraught series of meetings within the space of two weeks after unspecified allegations emerged against Mr. Tibbetts.
As opinion polls go, it may not be the largest data set, but MLA Kenneth Bryan’s personal survey of his central George Town constituency offers little encouragement to the government over its cruise berthing plan for the capital.