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

Cayman Compass is the Cayman Islands' most trusted news website. We provide you with the latest breaking news from the Cayman Islands, as well as other parts of the Caribbean.

Beach bar proposal turned down for East End

The Central Planning Authority has rejected plans for a beachside bar and restaurant in East End.

Human Rights Commission says overcrowded prison must be replaced

Cayman’s prison system is overcrowded, chronically underfunded and in need of urgent investment, the islands’ Human Rights Commission wrote in a statement to a U.K. parliamentary committee.

Ninth delay in Webb sentencing

Nearly four years after he was arrested in a dawn raid at a Zurich hotel, former FIFA vice president Jeffrey Webb has still not been sentenced for his part in a worldwide football corruption scandal.

Human Rights Commission: Government’s same-sex marriage fight ‘inexcusable’

The Cayman Islands Human Rights Commission has described government’s decision to fight a court challenge against same-sex marriage as an “inexcusable waste of public funds.”

Chief justice to decide on same-sex marriage

Chief Justice Anthony Smellie will decide within the next few months whether the Cayman Islands ban on same-sex marriage should be overturned.

Government lawyer acknowledges case for same-sex civil unions

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.

Government defends same-sex marriage ban

Government’s lawyers claimed Friday that the Cayman Islands constitution explicitly prohibits same-sex marriage.

Same-sex couple fights for right to marry

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.

Cruise port petition puts dock debate on collision course

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.

Britannia owners hire legal team to fight for golf, beach rights

Property owners in the Britannia Estates development say they plan to “vigorously defend” their rights to use golf and beach facilities at properties now owned by the Dart group.

115 new hunters sign up to aid cull

With the invasive lizards becoming harder to find as numbers dwindle, the Department of Environment put out an appeal to recruit new cullers, resulting in 115 additional people becoming licensed.

10-story hotel application adjourned

Plans for a $20 million, 10-story hotel on the northern end of Seven Mile Beach have attracted a slew of objections from neighboring residents who have labeled it “cheap and nasty.”

Auditor finds vast differences in pay to board members

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.
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Heat-sensing cameras used to search for iguanas

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.

Scranton community comes together to revive park

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.

CINICO holds seven meetings before firing boss

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.

Opposition highlights concerns over three-year port construction

Opposition leader Ezzard Miller has called for government to explain how it plans to handle cruise ship passengers during an anticipated three-year construction period for the new port.

MLA’s poll shows little support for port

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.

Foreclosures down as economy rebounds

The number of people losing their homes to foreclosures in the Cayman Islands has reduced significantly over the last few years, according to data from realtors.

Lacovia owners vote to replace aging condo complex

Owners at Lacovia, one of Seven Mile Beach’s oldest condo developments, voted Saturday to demolish their homes and replace them with three new, 10-story buildings.
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