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The Cayman Islands was not included on a list of 17 countries that the European Union deemed uncooperative in tax matters. However, when the list was released on Dec. 5, Cayman found itself on a so-called graylist of 47 countries and jurisdictions that have made written commitments to meet the EU criteria applied to the process of singling out countries for their lack of tax transparency and “tax fairness.”
Today we feature highlights from some of what we consider to be the most compelling and important editorials that appeared in the Cayman Compass in 2017, dealing with some of the most pressing matters facing our country.
From hurricane hunting to a visiting boxing legend to soca on the streets of George Town, Cayman experienced another colorful, eventful year.
The following summaries are based on information provided to the Cayman Compass. Full articles can be read on the Compass website, www.caymancompass.com.
It seemed like a fairly routine application. But businessman Gary Rutty’s efforts to get approval to sell liquor at his gas station store on Sundays turned into an administrative nightmare that was still rumbling at the close of 2017.
The eyes of Cayman fell upon a foreign shore in July, when McKeeva Bush was arrested at a south Florida casino. Mr. Bush, the Cayman Islands Speaker of the House, was arrested by Seminole Police on July 17 for a misdemeanor case of one count of “touch or strike/battery” in Coconut Creek, Florida.
Almost a decade after he fled the island, former University College of the Cayman Islands President Hassan Syed faced trial for defrauding the establishment of more than CI$700,000.
The year 2017 began with nearly 1,000 people waiting for rulings on their permanent residence applications and no visible effort on the part of the Cayman Islands government to deal with those matters.
Editorial cartooning requires a sharp wit and a nimble pen – along with a healthy dose of irreverence. It is a demanding form of commentary, but one that can pack a powerful punch.
May 24, 2017 might have been Cayman’s “independents’ day,” but by May 29 a group of independent candidates – with a couple of exceptions – found themselves on the outside looking in at a second term for Premier Alden McLaughlin and his Progressives-led coalition.