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Cayman’s Deputy Premier Chris Saunders appears on The Resh Hour

On the 28 July episode of The Resh Hour we sit down with Deputy Premier and Finance Minister Chris Saunders to discuss government finances,...

$2 million annual spend for government sports staff

The Cayman Islands government currently spends around $2 million per year in salaries for physical education teachers, instructors and coaches employed by the Ministry...
Empty deckchairs at the Kimpton Seafire hotel lie empty.

Cayman facing ‘humanitarian crisis’ with expats

Thousands of expatriate workers have lost their jobs and may be stuck in Cayman as many countries close off their gateways back home.
House Speaker McKeeva Bush

House Speaker issues apology over alleged assault

House Speaker McKeeva Bush has broken his silence on allegations that he assaulted the female manager of a local bar saying that he felt that he was in danger at the time.

AT&T to change ‘tax professional’ ad

US telecom giant AT&T has said it will change its advertisement depicting the Cayman Islands in a negative light.

Gov’t asks AT&T to stop running ‘tax professional’ ad

The Cayman Islands government writes telecom giant AT&T to cease and desist from using an advertisement painting the Cayman Islands in a negative light.

Government: We need enhanced cargo port

Government makes its case for upgrades to Cayman’s cargo port which was opened in back in 1977.

Premier: Port referendum “uncertain”

Premier Alden McLaughlin has said the 19 Dec. referendum is now uncertain given the legal action taken by the National Trust.

National Trust, CPR Cayman letters warn of intended legal action

The National Trust of the Cayman Islands and CPR Cayman have advised the government of their intention to seek judicial review over the 19...

Revised cruise berthing facility plans released

Developers: revisions 'significantly reduced' impact of the project Government on Wednesday released detailed plans showing the updated design of the new cruise and cargo port...

McLean: 19 Dec. ‘worst possible time’ for referendum

Opposition leader Arden McLean says government’s scheduled referendum date of 19 Dec. is the “worst possible time” to hold the historic vote.

Premier: ‘Let’s get on with it’

Premier Alden McLaughlin says he is confident government will prevail in the referendum over the $200 million cruise and cargo port project. He defended the...

Campaign group calls for record turnout at referendum

Campaign group Cruise Port Referendum Cayman has welcomed the publication of the Referendum Bill and called for Caymanians to turn out in record numbers...

Charge it

Today's editorial cartoon.
An aerial view of the business area of downtown George Town, Grand Cayman

Full statement from Cayman Islands government

“The Cayman Islands Government is deeply aggrieved by the acceptance of the UK Government today of an amendment to the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill in the House of Commons.”

285 to receive sports honors on Heroes Day

The Cayman Islands government will honor 285 people for their contributions to sports in the islands on National Heroes Day, Monday, Jan. 22.
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Spend the people’s money wisely

More and more lately, I hear the sad cry, “Let us end hunger in Cayman for good.” Well, that sounds good. That led me to investigate just how the people really live.

EDITORIAL – Time for reflection: How does our civil service see itself?

In recent years, the idea of “engagement” has become a sort of philosopher’s stone of managerial alchemy – a one-size-fits-all metric for everything from boosting customer loyalty to teaching early literacy to fostering a productive workplace.

EDITORIAL – A ‘needs assessment’ of our welfare services

The Cayman Islands are on a troubling economic and social path that if not corrected, will lead inexorably to a social welfare state. We are already far down that path, and there are few comforting signposts along the way.

Police Bail extended for Brac artist

Police bail for Cayman Brac artist Ronald “Foots” Kynes has been extended until Sept. 6 following his recent arrest for “obscene publications.” The artist was detained by police on July 18 after refusing to remove a series of nude sculptures displayed on his property.

Brac artist ‘Foots’ plans lawsuit over arrest

Cayman Brac-based artist Ronald “Foots” Kynes plans to file suit against the Cayman Islands government for his arrest Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of “obscene publications.”

Cayman’s finances discussed at London meetings

The Cayman delegation to London met on Thursday with Miriam Sachak, head of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Economics and Financial team, to discuss the island’s finances.

BREAKING: PPM-CDP coalition forms … again

It’s Premier Alden McLaughlin and Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush … again.
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Gov’t appoints first head of internal communication

Aubrey Bodden has been named chief internal communication officer for the Cayman Islands government.

Government’s ‘surplus’ does not count debt payment

The Cayman Islands government will achieve a much smaller budget surplus during 2017 than it has in each of the last three financial years.

EDITORIAL – $1.7 billion health debt: The public sector crisis everyone saw coming

Hear that train whistle off in the distance? A $1.7 billion locomotive – representing the Cayman Islands government’s healthcare liability – is approaching, slowly but inexorably.

Cayman’s healthcare liability grows $500 million in two years

The future amount the Cayman Islands government estimates it will have to pay to provide retired workers and other citizens with healthcare coverage has grown by an estimated $500 million in two years.

New electronic license plates to be issued in May

New electronic license plates will be issued starting next month, about three months later than the Cayman Islands government initially planned.

Human trafficking focus of Cuba, Cayman Islands talks

Cuban officials and the Cayman Islands government met in bilateral talks last week to discuss migration between the two island nations.

EDITORIAL – Cayman ‘Confidential’?: You be the judge (Pun intended)

This latest “error” is not the government’s first display of carelessness or recklessness in sharing what should be confidential information.

Government hit with $24 million in unexpected added costs

The Cayman Islands government was required to spend an extra $24 million in largely unanticipated, supplementary costs over the past two fiscal years.The expenses were detailed by Finance Minister Marco Archer in a statement to the Legislative Assembly Friday.

Minister: No new draft of lawyers bill

Although the Cayman Islands government still intends to pass a version of the controversial Legal Practitioners Bill, it will not propose entirely rewritten legislation for this month’s Legislative Assembly meeting.

Financial reports improve, despite ‘adverse’ audit

An “adverse” audit of the Cayman Islands government’s entire public sector financial statements for 2014 and 2015 actually represents an improvement from years past, Financial Secretary Ken Jefferson said last week.

Ship owner accepts liability for Eden Rock damage

The owner of the cargo ship that ran into Eden Rock reef two weeks ago has accepted liability for damage at the site, according...

Nearly 600 get Christmas cleanup work

About 22 percent fewer people have been registered for the Cayman Islands government’s Christmas cleanup program this holiday season compared to the 2015 cleanup effort.

2017 last year for ‘free’ healthcare, says minister

Discussions on how much Cayman Islands civil servants must pay in monthly healthcare premiums will be completed by the end of the current government’s 18-month budget period in December 2017, Finance Minister Marco Archer said Thursday.

Three-year immigration delay in residency case could cost government

The Cayman Islands government could be forced to pay damages following an immigration challenge filed by a local accountant who waited three years for his permanent residence application to be heard.

Civil service pulling employees off paid suspension

The Cayman Islands government service is bringing back to work some employees who were suspended as a result of suspected criminal activity and instituting internal disciplinary proceedings against them for “gross misconduct” after they return.

Cayman government struggling to keep track of FOI requests

Although the tracking of open records requests made to the Cayman Islands government has improved in the last two years, there are still a number of high-profile authorities that are not able to keep track of those requests as required by law.

Changes proposed for Cayman Islands Trusts Law

The Cayman Islands government has released a bill amending the Cayman Islands Trusts Law to correct deficiencies and technical errors in the law.

EDITORIAL – The immigration report the premier doesn’t want you to read

The parts of Cayman’s permanent residence system have been arranged, rearranged and manipulated by officials like chess pieces on a chessboard.

EDITORIAL – Government’s growth explosion

Our country faces a number of problems with “out-of-control populations”: in the sea – lionfish; in the trees – green iguanas; on the streets – roaming dogs; and within the halls of the Cayman Islands government – public servants.

Brexit response not robust enough

The government must take this issue of the U.K.’s exit from the EU as a very serious matter ….

EDITORIAL – The budget: Plenty of funds, little flexibility

One key theme that should be highlighted is how “inflexible” the Cayman Islands government’s budget actually is – despite core government expecting $908 million in revenue in the next 18 months.

Cayman seeks one-time $261M debt payoff

Although the deadline for payment is still more than three years away, Cayman’s government is projecting that it will be able to pay off a US$312 million [CI$261 million] loan all at once at the time it becomes due in November 2019.

Bush wants budget boost for Meals on Wheels

Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush has suggested increasing the amount of money the Cayman Islands government provides to Meals of Wheels, which brings food to elderly residents who are home-bound or financially strapped.

Barlow: Cayman’s billion-dollar mistake

Norway set up a "sovereign wealth fund" in 1990. Why doesn't Cayman have one? It could have.

Accounts without accountability

I wonder if I will ever see the day when a senior civil servant accepts responsibility for his/her incompetence and resigns?

EDITORIAL – Fast forward: Cayman’s past and future

According to our flag, the Cayman Islands was founded “upon the seas.” Cayman’s modern economy, on the other hand, was founded upon something else — speed.

Lawmakers told caucus makes government land sale decisions

An initial decision on which Cayman Islands government “surplus” properties would be put up for sale was made by the Progressives-led administration’s political caucus, a senior civil servant told lawmakers last week.

The plan

Civil service fires 16 people in 14 months

Sixteen people have been fired from the Cayman Islands civil service since January 2015, mostly due to what was termed “misconduct.”

Auditors: Finance Law change opens door to corruption

The Cayman Islands Government recently approved a subtle change in the territory’s finance law that will leave the door open for “abuse and corruption at the very highest levels,” representatives of the Auditor General’s Office said last week.

Government’s IT budget halved since 2008

While information technology was playing a larger role each day in public governance, the Cayman Islands was slashing its IT budget year after year, finance records reveal.

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