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Choudhury sought $148,000 for more, longer social events

Former Governor Anwar Choudhury apparently had some big party plans before he was removed from office last year with no explanation, just 11 weeks after his arrival on island.

Britain’s bond with Cayman: Governor seeks to restore ‘trust and confidence’

Amid turbulent times for the relationship between the Cayman Islands and the U.K., Governor Martyn Roper sees himself as “the bridge” between the two countries.

EDITORIAL – Good news, good news: At last we have a ‘permanent’ governor

Governor Roper, as head of the civil service, holds the keys to setting us free from government’s overreaching and overbearing interference in our daily personal and professional lives.

EDITORIAL – What we’re watching out for in 2019

As a rule, Compass editors are cautious about indulging in the temptation of attempted prognostication. However, there are some issues and themes, classified as “in progress” or “recurring,” that we expect to find ourselves writing about in the coming year.

Multiple top officials left in 2018 without explanation

At least five top public officials left their posts during 2018, with government providing little to no explanation for their removals.

A look back at the year that was

The year 2018 was an eventful one for the Cayman Islands.

Martyn Roper sworn in as Cayman’s 14th governor

There was a sense of deja vu around the Legislative Assembly Monday as a new governor was sworn in for the second time this year.
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EDITORIAL – A heartfelt welcome to our new governor

Perhaps the third time will be the proverbial charm. In recent months, Cayman has had two short-term governors – Governor Anwar Choudhury (who was summarily recalled to England under still-secret circumstances) and Acting Governor Franz Manderson (the local favorite for the full-time appointment). Now Martyn Keith Roper will soon take up the Governor’s post full time.

Cayman Islands’ new governor ‘delighted’ with appointment

Career diplomat Martyn Roper said he was delighted to be appointed as the next governor of the Cayman Islands and determined to “listen and learn” from the people of the islands.

Martyn Roper appointed new Governor

Career diplomat Martyn Roper has been appointed as the Cayman Islands' new governor. He will arrive on the island later this month to replace Anwar Choudhury, who was removed from the role after an investigation into complaints about his conduct.

​Governor officially removed from post

Cayman Islands Governor Anwar Choudhury has been officially removed from his post following an investigation in London into unspecified allegations.

BREAKING: Choudhury removed as Cayman Islands governor

The Cayman Islands Governor's Office announced Thursday that Anwar Choudhury has officially been removed from his post as governor of the Cayman Islands.

10 weeks pass, no word on governor

Wednesday, Aug. 22, marked 10 weeks since the announcement of the sudden, temporary removal of Governor Anwar Choudhury from his post without further explanation from U.K. officials.

Government begins cutting red tape

Cayman Islands Governor Anwar Choudhury may be gone, but his pledge to “burn or shred” pieces of government bureaucracy has not been forgotten.

UK Lord ‘hopes’ Governor Choudhury probe done soon

A litany of concerns related to the ongoing investigation involving absent Cayman Islands Governor Anwar Choudhury made public last week were not addressed in responses made by senior U.K. and Cayman officials Thursday.

Petition seeks to permanently install ‘Governor Manderson’

While some Cayman Islanders are seeking to return absent Governor Anwar Choudhury from the U.K., others have launched a petition to install Deputy Governor Franz Manderson as the territory’s appointed leader.

Opposition questions ‘fairness’ of Gov. Choudhury investigation

Cayman Islands Opposition Leader Ezzard Miller has questioned whether the public spokesperson in the investigation of withdrawn Governor Anwar Choudhury – Head of the Governor’s Office Matthew Forbes – is the same person who filed complaints against the absent governor.

Businesses host petition calling for governor’s return

Several Cayman Islands businesses are being used as signing locations for an anonymous petition circulating the islands seeking the return of Governor Anwar Choudhury to his post.

Memorandum from Opposition Leader Ezzard Miller

To His Excellency the Acting Governor: This is regarding your letter to editors of July 26, 2018, a copy of which the Governor’s Office emailed to me on the same date.

UK uses data protection rules to block Governor Choudhury details

The U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office has used data protection rules to block access to an open records request seeking information about staff complaints made against Cayman Islands Governor Anwar Choudhury.

Petition to reinstate Gov. Choudhury issued

An anonymous petition began circulating around the Cayman Islands Wednesday seeking the immediate reinstatement of Governor Anwar Choudhury.

6 weeks of silence: No word on Gov. Choudhury’s fate

Six weeks after the surprise “temporary removal” of Cayman Islands Governor Anwar Choudhury, there is still no word from British authorities of his fate or the reasons for his sudden departure to the U.K.

Manderson: Complaints about Gov. Choudhury ‘belong to UK’

Cayman Islands Acting Governor Franz Manderson has deferred any public release of the contents of staff complaints made against withdrawn Governor Anwar Choudhury, stating all such records belong to the United Kingdom government.

EDITORIAL – FCO silence, tabloid media and Gov. Choudhury

The continuing silence from British officials in regard to the “withdrawal” of Governor Anwar Choudhury is fueling speculation, gossip and rumor – in other words, tabloid fodder.

EDITORIAL – Weaning government off its addiction to useless paperwork

Let the legacy of Governor Anwar Choudhury’s short tenure on our islands be his blessedly blunt directive: “Shred or burn policies or bits of bureaucracy. Literally, burn them.”

UK media reports on governor’s ‘withdrawal’

Two weeks after his “temporary withdrawal” from the Cayman Islands, Governor Anwar Choudhury has found himself in the headlines of the U.K. press.

EDITORIAL – The governor’s ‘withdrawal’: What happened?

At this point, we will reemphasize that we know little about the circumstances surrounding Mr. Choudhury’s departure. If U.K. or local officials do choose to present information on this topic that elucidates or illuminates the course of action that is being taken, we will readily listen and are prepared to amend our editorial position in response to the available facts.

Uncertainty, silence surround governor’s sudden ‘withdrawal’

A formal complaint concerning allegations made against Cayman Islands Governor Anwar Choudhury has been submitted to the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Cayman Compass has learned via multiple government sources.

Governor Choudhury ‘temporarily withdrawn’ from post, UK confirms investigation is under way

Cayman Islands Governor Anwar Choudhury’s appointment has been “temporarily withdrawn” for at least the next several weeks while an unspecified investigation proceeds against him, officials with the U.K.’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed via the governor’s office Wednesday.

Statement from Premier Alden McLaughlin

“[Tuesday] evening, June 12, I was invited to the House of Lords to meet with Lord Ahmad, Minister of State for the Overseas Territories.

Governor pledges to ‘burn away’ Cayman’s sprawling bureaucracy

Cayman Islands Governor Anwar Choudhury wants to “burn or shred” bureaucratic civil service policies that seem to serve no other purpose than creating “soul-destroying” busy-work for government employees and endless frustration for the people those workers are supposed to assist.

Cayman celebrates monarch’s birthday

“Your Excellency, the parade is formed up and ready for your inspection, sir,” Police Inspector Courtney Myles announced to Governor Anwar Choudhury on Saturday morning at the Queen’s Birthday parade and ceremony.

Governor Choudhury: The path on beneficial ownership

The Cayman Islands must take control of specific changes to its beneficial ownership regime for registered companies, rather than allowing “someone else” to do it for us, Governor Anwar Choudhury said Thursday during an interview with the Cayman Compass.

Cayman kicks off 60th anniversary celebration

A yearlong celebration of Cayman Islands culture kicked off Monday morning on the front lawn of the Glass House.

Governor names two judges to Court of Appeal

Governor Anwar Choudhury announced Monday that Sir Michael Birt and Sir Jack Beatson will be the newest appointees to the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal.

EDITORIAL – A ‘Trumpian move’ that Cayman should emulate

With a series of executive orders, U.S. President Donald Trump has cut the ropes that tied the hands of managers hoping to hold their government departments and agencies to appropriately high standards. Cayman Islands legislators should do the same.

Governor hosts World Red Cross Day celebrations

Celebrations to mark World Red Cross Day this month were held at Government House, where Governor Anwar Choudhury hosted 123 Cayman Islands Red Cross volunteers and partners.

Governor makes splash in East End

Governor Anwar Choudhury enjoyed a soaking at the Blow Holes in East End when he visited the district on Friday, April 13.

EDITORIAL – Governor Choudhury steps up in Cayman’s battle against crime

The governor has a fresh perspective and appears to have a sturdy spine and willingness to take on difficult problems, all of which will serve him well in leading – and winning – the uphill battle against crime.

Governor checks out Grand Cayman’s airport

Less than two weeks after touching down there, Governor Anwar Choudhury, seen above in a lime green hard hat and carrying his own ubiquitous hat in his hand, returned to the Owen Roberts International Airport Friday for an official tour.

Security council to hold first meeting since last October

The Cayman Islands National Security Council, created under the territory’s 2009 Constitution Order, will meet Tuesday for the first time in about six months.

Governor Choudhury tours The Pines

Governor Anwar Choudhury visited The Pines Retirement Home Friday, where he met residents and staff of the home.

Governor Choudhury explores Grand Cayman

One advantage to being the governor in a tourist destination is getting to play the tourist.

Sister Islands welcome new governor

Moments after his arrival on Cayman Brac on Wednesday, March 28, the Cayman Islands’ new governor, Anwar Choudhury, found himself shaking hands with John Gayle, 13, a member of the Brac’s cadet corps.

Governor gives views on civil unions

Although he supports legalized civil unions for same-sex couples, new Cayman Islands Governor Anwar Choudhury has said that the definition of marriage contained in the local Marriage Law – as being between one man and one woman – will not change.

Governor: Definition of marriage will not change

Although he supports legalized civil unions for same-sex couples, new Cayman Islands Governor Anwar Choudhury has said that the local Marriage Law - which defines marriage as being between one man and one woman - will not change absent the will of the Caymanian public.

Easter campers hit the beaches

You know it must be Easter when the colorful encampments of tents begin popping up on the beaches around Grand Cayman.

Governor visits Sister Islands

New Cayman Islands Governor Anwar Choudhury spent Wednesday getting an introduction to Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

Governor: I’m ‘the luckiest diplomat’ in the UK

Twelve-year-old Ambreene Choudhury arrived at the governor’s residence on Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach Monday afternoon and immediately ran out the back door of her new home to look at the sea.

Governor Choudhury sworn in

Anwar Choudhury was sworn in Monday afternoon as the Cayman Islands governor during a ceremony at the Legislative Assembly building in downtown George Town.

Cayman welcomes Anwar Choudhury

Cayman’s government leaders and members of the police force received the islands’ new governor, Anwar Choudhury, and his family at the Owen Roberts International Airport Monday.

EDITORIAL – Our warmest welcome to Governor Choudhury and his family

Today’s arrival of new Governor Anwar Choudhury marks a new phase in his professional life and a new chapter in the political history of Cayman.

New governor makes arrival

Governor Anwar Choudhury, 58, is due to arrive in the Cayman Islands late Monday morning to take up his post as the British Overseas Territory’s 14th governor since the position was established in 1971.

Officials head back from Hong Kong to greet new governor

The Cayman Islands delegation attending the U.K.-sponsored Great Festival of Innovation in Hong Kong last week headed back home a bit early in order to greet new Governor Anwar Choudhury.
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Road closures for governor’s arrival

The Cayman Islands Protocol Office is advising motorists that some roads will be closed for the swearing-in ceremony of the new governor of the Cayman Islands, Anwar Choudhury, who arrives on island on Monday.

Family loss clouds governor’s arrival

Cayman’s new governor will arrive in the territory as planned next week, despite the recent death of his father.

Governor Kilpatrick flies out Monday

Governor Helen Kilpatrick steps down from her role as Queen Elizabeth II’s representative in the Cayman Islands on Monday.

Cayman in Brexit talks with UK

Leaders from 10 British Overseas Territories, including Cayman, met with U.K. ministers in London on Wednesday to discuss Brexit negotiations. All attendees in Wednesday’s meeting were briefed on developments and preparations for talks with the EU.

UPDATED: New governor chosen for Cayman

A career diplomat who was not born in the United Kingdom has been chosen as Cayman’s new governor. Anwar Choudhury, 58, will take up the post in March 2018.

UK’s ambassador to Peru gets Cayman governor post

The United Kingdom has mined its international diplomatic pool for Cayman’s next governor.

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