Ken SilvaKen Silva

Journalist

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

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ARTICLES BY KEN SILVA

Costs soar at Immigration Detention Centre

The cost of running the Immigration Detention Centre increased roughly nine-fold over a 6.5-year period, from around $278,000 in 2011 and 2012 to nearly $2.5 million last year.

Attorneys plead leniency for ‘bumbling drug dealers’

Former Department of Immigration staffers Stephen Wayne Hurlston and Oscar Lee Watler are not hardened drug dealers, but simply “incompetent amateurs” and “nothing but bumbling drug dealers,” their attorneys told the court on Wednesday, asking for a lesser sentence for their clients.

22 new recruits join the prison service

Curious tourists took photos and videos from their balconies at the Westin Grand Cayman resort as a cohort of 22 prison officer recruits stood at attention below.

Still no license agreement for Consolidated Water

Consolidated Water’s quarterly report stated that its subsidiary, Cayman Water, still has not reached a licensing deal with government to serve customers in the Seven Mile Beach and West Bay areas.

UK committee opens inquiry into relationship with OTs

The United Kingdom’s Commons Select Committee is conducting an inquiry into the relationship between the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Overseas Territories.

Brac incinerator fixed, but George Town’s now broken

The incinerator at the Cayman Brac landfill is back up and running after being in disrepair for nearly four months – a situation that led to untreated medical waste being dumped in an open trench there, in violation of public health regulations.
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New tech venture planned for Cayman

Thursday was touted as a red-letter day for Cayman’s technology sector with the launching of TechCayman, a business platform that aims to attract software developers and other entrepreneurs to the territory, and to provide Caymanians with the tools they need to start their own companies.

Report: More court records being kept secret

The Grand Court’s financial services division is keeping an increasing number of court records from the public, according to a report published this week by OffshoreAlert, a financial services website that publishes Cayman- and other offshore-related court records.

Privy Council rejects challenge against CIMA

The territory’s financial regulator announced on Tuesday that the Privy Council has refused an application to appeal from an international stock trading platform, which had been challenging CIMA’s order to produce records for an ongoing investigation in Australia – records the entity claims to not have.

Women left out of last year’s employment growth

Total employment in Cayman grew last year, but the number of women with jobs declined by some 800 people, leading to the female unemployment rate rising from 3.5 percent in 2016 to 5.5 percent in 2017.

Trinidad bank makes ‘possible offer’ for Cayman National

Local bank Cayman National Corporation Ltd. announced Monday that it has received a “possible partial offer” from the Republic Bank Trinidad and Tobago (Barbados) Ltd. to buy between 51 percent and 74.99 percent of its issued shares by way of a tender offer to the national bank’s shareholders.

Plastic-shelled crab found at beach cleanup

Images of crabs using plastic and other items as shells are plastered on websites throughout the internet, but Jennifer Moseley never saw one in person until she participated in Plastic Free Cayman’s beach cleanup Saturday at Beach Bay.

All Cuban asylum-seekers released from detention center

All of the 13 asylum-seeking Cubans housed at the Immigration Detention Centre had been released as of Friday, according to a volunteer who works with the migrants.

JOURNAL: OfReg battles 18 months of challenges

When the Utility Competition and Regulation Office, known as OfReg, was formed in early 2017, it was touted as a “one-stop shop” regulator for telecommunications, electricity, petroleum and water.
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Fire Service team tests its search and rescue capabilities

Swimmers and beachgoers in the territory’s waters should feel safer, as the Cayman Islands Fire Service now has the training and capacity to carry out inshore search and rescue missions.

Judge gives reasons for anonymizing documents

Grand Court Justice Ian Kawaley last week released his reasons for allowing the beneficiaries of a trust involved in a legal matter to remain confidential.
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Arrest warrants stemming from Cayman lawsuit withdrawn

U.S. arrest warrants have been withdrawn against two men who were previously wanted there for filing a lawsuit in Cayman that violated a U.S. anti-lawsuit injunction.
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Insurance industry sees slight uptick

Cayman has seen a slight uptick in the number of international insurers registered here through the first half of 2018, according to recently released statistics from the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority.

$35 million Brac water project plugs along

People traveling along Dennis Foster Road on the north side of Cayman Brac have likely noticed a large pipeline trencher and a crew of several people working roadside.

Water Authority plants slated for US$138K in repairs

Ocean Conversion’s contract to operate water plants in North Sound and Red Gate expired earlier this month, but the company will continue to run them until at least February while the Water Authority reviews bids for a new operating agreement.
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