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Court quashes Cabinet approval for private dock

The Grand Court has quashed a Cabinet decision which granted a coastal works permit to businessman Marcus Cumber to build a 128-foot private dock from his Vista del Mar property into Salt Creek.

Head-to-head race confirmed for Bodden Town East

Though they are scheduled to face off in the 2021 election, Osbourne 'Ossie' Bodden and Dwayne 'John John' Seymour embraced as they crossed paths during Nomination Day on Monday afternoon.

Landfill pre-construction work set, but negotiations continue

Pre-construction work is set to begin on government’s long-awaited waste management plan, but a final agreement with the selected project bidder, Dart-led consortium DECCO, is still in progress, government announced Tuesday.

Dr. Lee: Red Bay COVID-19 case requires further investigation

A Red Bay Primary School student who tested positive for COVID-19 produced “weakly positive” results, said Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee on Friday afternoon.

Students get free school supplies

About 200 primary and high school students have been given the supplies they need to return to school at the end of August, nearly six months after schools were closed due to COVID-19.

Fact check: What MLAs got wrong in the domestic partnership debate

The Cayman Compass took a closer look into some of the MLA’s wide range of opinions over the Domestic Partnership Bill, separating fact from fiction, and in many cases filling in the blanks.

Explainer: What’s up with the mosquitoes?

The current boom in blood-sucking bugs has resulted from a combination of factors, including tides and rainfall, reduced aerial spraying, and the species of mosquitoes overrunning the island, explains Dr. James McNelly, director of the Mosquito Research and Control Unit.

Colours Cayman: It’s time for governor to act

Local LGBTQ group Colours Cayman has called on Governor Martyn Roper to “fulfil his constitutional role” and “restore the rule of law” in the...

A message on faith from Minister for Health Hon. Dwayne Seymour

We really need to have faith at this time. I have never been one to rely on my own strength. God has always been my source of strength.

The many languages of Minister Seymour

From Jamaican patois to Swahili, Health Minister Dwayne Seymour has been hitting the right notes through his multi-lingual entreaties to “stay at home”.

Telemedicine talks reach compromise to restore services

Telemedicine codes that expired in April are expected to be updated this week, allowing for expanded services and sessions lasting up to 60 minutes.

Cayman orders nearly 1 million gloves, 300,000 N95 masks

The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority is anticipating a substantial order of personal protective equipment, including gloves and surgical masks, in response to COVID-19. Health Minister Dwayne Seymour broke down the number of items already in stock on island and the numbers of items on order.
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EN ESPAÑOL: ¿Qué sucede en Islas Caimán con el coronavirus?

Mucho ha pasado en los últimos días en Caimán con el coronavirus, COVID-19, lo que ha fomentado la circulación de muchos rumores. Aquí resumimos la información oficial y las medidas que han anunciado el gobierno de Islas Caimán.

One carnival, two parades

Cayman’s plan for a single carnival parade has now reverted to two separate events.

Climate change motion gets the green light

Local legislators have approved a private members’ motion calling for the creation of a climate change policy for the Cayman Islands.
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Cayman ramping up coronavirus response efforts

Cayman’s National Security Council is expected to meet early this week to consider whether travel restrictions should be implemented locally in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Single-use plastics policy meeting cancelled

Local environmental groups have expressed disappointment over the cancellation of the second meeting of the government-initiated single-use plastic steering committee and the absence of...

No road closures granted yet for carnivals

Police Commissioner Derek Byrne has said he is yet to give road closure permission to Batabano and CayMAS.

Conch, whelk season opens

Conch and whelk season officially started 1 Nov. and runs through to 30 April. It allows the taking of conch and whelk from local coastal waters.

Medical supplies donated to Bahamas

The Cayman Islands’ three local hospitals have donated more than 4,000 pounds of medical supplies to victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.

Minister Seymour alleges libel by Cayman Marl Road

Bodden Town MLA Dwayne Seymour has filed a writ of summons against Sandra Hill alleging libel on her Cayman Marl Road website.

Cayman culture on display in Trinidad

Caymanian musicians and dancers hit the stage at Queen’s Park Savannah in Trinidad Monday as part of the 14th Carifesta festivities.
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Ministry names new chief medical officer

The Ministry of Health has named Dr. John Lee to serve as its most senior adviser on healthcare matters.

Government considering single-use plastics ban

Government has set up a committee to consider whether to ban single-use plastics.

Adventist Church celebrates 125th anniversary in Cayman

The local Adventist Church is celebrating its 125th anniversary in the Cayman Islands this year.

Salt Creek strata backs off bias charge

Contrary to previous reports, it appears there is no evidence that Environment Minister Dwayne Seymour had a conflict of interest in a Cabinet decision approving a dock project in Salt Creek.

What are the business interests of Cayman’s government officials?

A recent court case raised concerns about elected representatives' potential business interests with private citizens.
Health Services Minister Dwayne Seymour

Minister Seymour responds to being named in coastal works dispute

Environment Minister Dwayne Seymour has issued a response to a claim in a judicial review application that he did not disclose a conflict of interest last December, when he presented a paper to Cabinet that recommended a developer be granted a coastal works permit.

Minister entangled in coastal works dispute

Environment Minister Dwayne Seymour has been accused of failing to disclose a conflict of interest last December, when he presented a paper to Cabinet that recommended a developer be granted a coastal works permit.

Same-sex marriage: What your representative said on the issue

Cayman Islands legislators unanimously backed a private members’ motion last week supporting government to appeal the decision by the chief justice that legalised same-sex marriage to the “full extent of the appeals process”.

UPDATE: Speaker Bush calls on governor to fire Human Rights chairman

Speaker McKeeva Bush has called for Human Rights Commission Chairman James Austin-Smith to be immediately fired by Governor Martyn Roper, following the commission’s statement Thursday criticising government’s decision to appeal the chief justice’s decision to legalise same-sex marriage.

Seymour: On World Health Day, ensuring healthcare access for all

Government will continue to push for still-greater strides to be made in this fundamental field of healthcare.

Lobster season comes to a close

The National Conservation Law sets the closed season for lobster from March 1 through Nov. 30, and nobody is allowed to take lobster from Cayman waters during that period.

Youth mental health takes center stage

The state of mental health in the Cayman Islands came under close scrutiny on Saturday, when concerned adults from all walks of life met at the Marriott for the second annual Mental Health Symposium.

Excessive sick leave contributes to garbage collection delays

Rampant absenteeism among roadside garbage crews appears to have contributed to repeated failures to collect trash on time over the past 14 months.

Heroes Day celebrations to be held Monday

This year’s National Heroes Day celebration will be held in Heroes Square in downtown George Town on Monday, Jan. 28.

New bid to bolster iguana cull army

With the law of diminishing returns beginning to impact Grand Cayman’s great green iguana cull, officials are making a new plea for people to get involved.

Bins overflow amid waste collection delays

Garbage piled up by the roadside in the eastern districts over the festive period with equipment failure blamed for more delays in residential collections.

Phase 2 of affordable housing scheme in Bodden Town opens

Housing Minister Dwayne Seymour joined the staff and board of the National Housing Development Trust at the opening ceremony for the homes. The houses are the first to be built by the Trust as part of Phase 2 of the Affordable Housing Initiative.

Six percent of Cayman Islands protected under conservation law

Just over 6 percent of land in the Cayman Islands has been protected from development and other threats since the National Conservation Law was established five years ago, officials confirmed this week.

Seven new HIV cases reported this year

Seven patients in the Cayman Islands were diagnosed with HIV between January and the end of September this year, bringing the total number of HIV-positive people in Cayman to 72, according to Health Minister Dwayne Seymour.

Minister: No more funds for genetically modified mosquito program

Cayman’s genetically modified mosquito project has not worked as effectively as government hoped and will be abandoned, Health Minister Dwayne Seymour said Thursday.

Prisoners to help collect garbage

Serving prisoners will be used as temporary garbage collectors in a new scheme to deal with continued delays in roadside trash collections.

Community rallies to paint Bodden Town cemetery

Bodden Town residents spruced up the town’s cemetery this weekend in time for the festive season.
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Health conference focuses on empowering patients

Cayman’s ninth annual Healthcare Conference got under way Thursday evening, bringing medical professionals from both overseas and local facilities.
Cayman’s current approach to combating mosquitoes consists of aerial spraying by the MRCU plane, above, fogging from trucks, and the release of genetically modified mosquitoes, among other measures.

Cayman seeks new plan to combat mosquitoes

Cayman’s government is searching for a new solution to its mosquito problem.

Organ donor law takes effect

A law passed five years ago seeking to regulate the donation of organs and human tissue for medical purposes in the Cayman Islands comes into legal effect Tuesday.

Healthcare conference will encourage taking control

The ninth annual Cayman Islands Healthcare Conference aims to encourage people to play a greater role in keeping themselves healthy. The free event will run Oct. 18-20 at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

Minister: Bring in derelict vehicles

Ministry of Environment officials acknowledged last week that there appeared to have been a breakdown in communications over the disposal of derelict vehicles on Grand Cayman.

‘Indigent’ healthcare costs soar

The number of people receiving government assistance for overseas or local medical bills has increased by nearly 50 percent between late 2011 and this year, the Legislative Assembly’s Finance Committee was told Tuesday.

Government ‘never stopped’ picking up derelict vehicles, minister says

Contrary to statements made by government employees last fall, Health Minister Dwayne Seymour said Friday that the George Town landfill never actually stopped receiving derelict vehicles at any time during the past year.

Students team up in fight against plastic

A group of students from local schools converged on the Government Administration Building Friday afternoon to urge an end to single-use plastics in the Cayman Islands.

Minister: Cayman to strengthen anti-smoking measures

Health Minister Dwayne Seymour, in a message to mark Thursday’s World No Tobacco Day, said the Cayman Islands had begun discussions to fully ratify the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

New nurses learn the ropes

Jasmine Nibali was anything but confident during her first few days as a registered nurse.

Herrman land donated to Brac’s National Trust

The Herrman family from the United States has donated another parcel of land to the Brac’s National Trust.

Drug council office officially opens in Cayman Brac

A government delegation led by Minister Dwayne Seymour, front row, second from left, officially opened a National Drug Council office in Cayman Brac last week.

Governor Choudhury explores Grand Cayman

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

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.

Cayman to create organ donor registry

Five years after legislation passed supporting human organ and tissue harvesting and transplants in Cayman, the government has produced regulations to the law that will make it easier for the medical procedures to be performed here.

Symposium promotes early intervention for mental illness

From a tearful Dwayne Seymour recounting the shame he felt as the son of a drug-addicted father to a vibrant and determined young woman discussing her battle with depression, those attending a mental health symposium Saturday saw not only the pain of mental illness but heard about the hope of helping more people affected by it.

National art collection grows by five works

The National Gallery has added five new pieces of art to its National Art Collection.

University of West Indies graduates honored

Nine graduates of the University of the West Indies and more than 200 other program participants were honored at an award ceremony Dec. 10 at John Gray High School.

Doctors Express holds official opening

Health Minister Dwayne Seymour, left, and Samuel Banks of Doctors Express, celebrate the grand opening of the urgent care facility on Godfrey Nixon Way in George Town.

Ease voting requirements, candidate rules, MLAs say

Legislators from both sides of the political aisle backed constitutional change that would make it easier for Caymanians living abroad to vote in general elections and for qualified Caymanians to seek political office, even if they have spent significant time overseas.

Free diabetes screenings offered

The Health Services Authority and the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens will be offering free health screening on World Diabetes Day, Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Cayman Islands Hospital atrium.

Minister: Health Services finance reform to be prioritized

Health, Environment and Culture Minister Dwayne Seymour spent more than three-quarters of his roughly two-hour contribution to the budget debate touting the recent accomplishments of his ministries, admitting in his remarks that “much of this work was initiated prior to my recent victory and appointment as minister.”

National Conservation Council meeting: Council in dark over gov’t plans

Five months after the general election, Cayman’s National Conservation Council says it is struggling, in vain, to get a meeting with the new minister for the environment.

MLA office opens in Evron Plaza

A new Bodden Town MLA office was officially opened to the public last week. The office is based in the Evron Plaza, on the corner of Anton Bodden Drive and Harvey Stephenson Drive.

Rubis Top Student rewards young people with financial support

Young nominees in the Rubis Top Student challenge faced steep competition this year. Nominations came in from every school in the Cayman Islands for the second year of the awards program, demonstrating the islands’ breadth of young talent.

Sports nominations open for Heroes Day awards

Cayman is preparing to shine the spotlight on sports as government gears up to host the 2018 National Heroes Day Awards. Culture minister Dwayne Seymour launched the public nominations for the event Wednesday.

Bodden Town PTA gets boosts from corporate donations

MLA Dwayne Seymour, through corporate sponsorship, donated $10,000 to assist the Bodden Town Primary School PTA in their efforts to buy playground equipment and upgrade other areas at the school.

Opposition proposes committee to review healthcare

Not a single recommendation from the much-ballyhooed National Health Policy & Strategic Plan for the Cayman Islands 2012-2017 has been carried out over the last four years, according to Opposition Leader Ezzard Miller.

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