ARTICLES BY JAMES WHITTAKER

NEW: Elected members struggle to form new gov’t and name premier

Discussions over the future of the government remained mired in uncertainty Sunday afternoon following a weekend in which Alden McLaughlin and then McKeeva Bush declared themselves premier, only for the deals to fall apart.

Bush strikes deal with independents to become premier

McKeeva Bush is set to become premier of the Cayman Islands, striking a deal with a group of independents, and reversing an announcement made hours earlier with the Progressives.

Tomlinson ‘ecstatic’ over independents’ election victories

One of the main backers of independent candidates, Dr. Steve Tomlinson, said he was “elated” with an election result which included nine candidates elected without any party affiliation.

Seven puppies found dumped in plastic bag

Wrapped in a garbage bag and left for dead, seven tiny week-old puppies were rescued after being discovered by a workman who stopped to have his lunch at a secluded spot in West Bay.

Cayman dominates at international freediving competition

It was a great week for Cayman Freediving as island resident Kurt Randolph triumphed in the Deja Blue international competition, and Caymanian diver Richard Collett set six new national records to finish in third place.
Paul Allen's yacht Tatoosh is blamed for anchor damage to the reef in the West Bay replenishment zone. - PHOTO: JAMES WHITTAKER

Mega-yacht settlement to pay for new mooring

Money from the settlement between government and the owner of a mega-yacht that damaged coral reef in Cayman’s waters will be used to pay for a permanent mooring for large vessels at the north end of Seven Mile Beach.

Finance lawyer Julian Black remembered

Friends, family and colleagues have paid tribute to local finance lawyer Julian Black, who died earlier this month at the age of 48. Mr. Black a former partner at both Walkers and Appleby and more recently the group director of Estera Trust, was hailed as one of the island’s finest advocates.

Candidates make last bid for votes

At least three rival rallies will take place across Grand Cayman Tuesday night as the independent candidates, the Cayman Democratic Party and the Progressives make their final pitch to voters before the midnight deadline for all campaigning to stop.

Rival supporters clash as campaign rallies heat up

Rival supporters crossed paths in the streets on Saturday as two political rallies intersected on a busy final weekend of campaigning ahead of Wednesday’s general election. There were no reports of any physical violence.

Expats eye financial impact of changes to Pensions Law

The Chamber of Commerce, the Tourism Association and major employers warned last month that businesses face the prospect of mass resignations from workers who want early access to their savings.
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Changes good for savers, say pensions funds

Cayman’s two largest private sector pension funds, Silver Thatch and the Chamber of Commerce Pension Fund, have suggested that changes to the Pensions Law, though a temporary inconvenience to businesses, will be good for Cayman savers in the long term.

Alexander Hotel falls into disrepair

Almost concealed by rampant undergrowth, the Alexander Hotel on Cayman Brac, remains closed “until further notice.” The hotel closed its doors in summer 2014 amid a row with government over a foul-smelling pond, which owner Cleveland Dilbert said was driving away guests.

Brac pool construction under way

Work has commenced on a new 25-meter swimming pool on Cayman Brac as progress on the island’s national sports center continues. Bulldozers were excavating the site for the pool, next to the football field and running track on top of the bluff this month. Harold “Mitchum” Sanford, sports coordinator for the Brac, said it is the latest investment in improving sports facilities for the island’s 1,500 residents.

Visitor arrivals to Cayman continue upward trend

Stay-over visitor figures continue to soar after a record-breaking April for Cayman tourism. Just under 40,000 visitors touched down in the Cayman Islands last month, more than 4,000 more than in the same period last year. The numbers for the first four months of the year represent 1.92 percent growth on last year, which was also a record year.

Records tumble at freediving championships in Cayman

Take a deep breath. How long can you hold it before the urge to breathe takes over? 30 seconds? A minute? How about eight minutes? American freediver Brandon Hendrickson defied the laws of human biology in the Cayman Islands this week to set a new national and continental record, holding his breath for a staggering eight minutes and 35 seconds.

Education: Candidates seek new solutions to familiar problems

“Every effort must be made to make our educational facilities and teaching staffs second to none. All children deserve and must have a full and complete education.” Those words, from a November 1965 post-election editorial in the old Tradewinds publication about the need to prepare Cayman’s students for the demands of a growing offshore finance center, could just have easily been written in 2017.

Candidates support leniency on marijuana

The concept of decriminalizing marijuana received universal support from all four candidates at Tuesday evening’s national election debate. Finance Minister Marco Archer and independent candidates Matthew Leslie, Kenneth Bryan and Austin Harris all said they support a more lenient approach when it comes to cannabis.

Tie a yellow ribbon around the Aegiphila caymanensis tree

Health City Development construction crews must tread carefully as they work to build a new apartment complex to serve medical tourists at the growing facility.

Health City breaks ground on apartment complex

The vision of Health City as a world-class medical tourism destination has taken another step forward with construction under way on apartments for patients at the East End facility.

School exam results stagnant

Exam performance in Cayman’s schools has remained stagnant over the last three years, according to results in national education data reports published last month.
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