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Gov’t to appeal sentences for quarantine breach

Government will be appealing the community-service sentences meted out to Skylar Mack and Vanjae Ramgeet following a quarantine breach that occurred last month, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson told Parliament Thursday.

DG’s 5K Challenge raises nearly $82,000

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson's 2019 DG’s 5K Challenge has raised $81,675 for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, Alex Panton Foundation and the Special Needs Foundation Cayman.

Lions Club PACCE run raises $32,000 for cancer awareness

More than 150 runners, walkers and cyclists of all ages took part in the Lions Club of Grand Cayman Prostate, Colorectal and Testicular Cancers Event (PACCE) Delano Hislop Memorial Journey for Life fun walk on Sunday.

DG’s 5K Challenge nears fundraising goal

The Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge had received more than half of its target for donations by last week, with major sponsors committing $41,500.

Deputy governor unveils new run logo

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson last week unveiled the new logo for his annual 5K challenge last week.

Public Service Pensions Board opens on the Brac

The Public Service Pensions Board has officially opened its office on Cayman Brac. On Friday, Governor Martyn Roper, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson and other officials led the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the office on Dennis Foster Road.

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.

Three charities spotlighted for Deputy Governor’s 5K

Three Cayman charities focussed on social needs within the community were announced Thursday as the beneficiaries of this year’s Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge.

Prison officer charged with assault, threatening to kill still on duty

A prison officer who was charged in connection to an alleged rape is still on active duty, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson said on Friday in the Legislative Assembly.

EDITORIAL – A much-deserved honour for our deputy governor

It is fitting that he received the honour at the historic grounds of Pedro St. James.

A night to remember for Manderson

For Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, receiving his MBE from the heir to the British throne in front of his friends, family and colleagues is a moment he will never forget.

Bryan seeks full Caymanian leadership

Should all leadership positions in Cayman be reserved for sons of the soil? George Town Central legislator thinks so.

Commission: Despite promises, no update on anti-corruption law

At a January Public Accounts Committee hearing, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson and Cabinet Secretary Samuel Rose both promised that reintroducing the long-dormant Standards in Public Life Law is a priority for government.

Agriculture Show embraces tradition

By 11 a.m., eastbound traffic was backed up beyond Savannah as thousands of people jammed into the fairgrounds in Lower Valley to celebrate the 52nd annual Agriculture Show on Wednesday.

Eric Bush to head new Ministry of International Trade

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson has appointed Eric Bush to lead the new Ministry of International Trade, Investment, Aviation and Maritime Affairs.

Civil servants given day off for anti-fraud training

As of last September, only 19 percent of Cayman’s 3,950 civil servants had completed government’s fraud-awareness training – an online course on the 2017 anti-fraud policy, which is designed to curtail corruption.

Government to hire former convicts in pilot program

The Portfolio of the Civil Service is launching a program to hire people who have been previously been convicted in court.

Officers honored for long service

Long-serving police, fire, and prison officers were honored on Dec. 6 at Government House for the career milestones they achieved between 2014 and 2017.

Cayman marks Day for Persons with Disabilities

Staff and students of the Sunrise Adult Training Centre donned yellow T-shirts Monday to celebrate the International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

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.

Busy first week for governor

The Cayman Islands’ new governor Martyn Roper touches down in the territory Monday morning, before a hectic first week of official engagements.

EDITORIAL – A ‘good news’ day in the Cayman Islands

Monday’s front page was not a deliberate attempt to inspire a rose-hued perspective about current events. It was, fortunately and refreshingly, an accurate reflection of the day’s news in these islands.
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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.

Seniors celebrate Older Persons Month

Cayman has been celebrating Older Persons Month, following the launch of four weeks of activities with a ceremony at the Family Life Centre.

Acting Governor gets year’s first poppy

Cayman veterans presented the first symbolic red paper poppy to Acting Governor Franz Manderson at the Government Administration Building on Wednesday.

Poor compliance on government travel, credit card transparency

Very few government ministries have complied with a transparency requirement to proactively publish credit card and travel expenses for senior officials.
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EDITORIAL – An easy call: Deal directly with the media

Decades ago, the editor in chief of “D” (Dallas) Magazine, who now holds the same title at the Compass (talk about a career stall), answered the phone at his desk. He regretted it immediately.

Brackers invited to coat of arms ceremony

The government is inviting members of the public to take part in a celebration on Cayman Brac of the 60th anniversary of the Cayman Islands coat of arms this week.

Miller: Government faking integrity legislation

The Cayman Islands government’s efforts to maintain the integrity of public projects and hiring processes are “being ignored” by top-ranking officials, Opposition Leader Ezzard Miller said Thursday in a lengthy public statement.

RCIPS officer who saved lives, fought for cancer treatment options, dies

An award-winning and well-respected Royal Cayman Islands Police officer who helped lead the battle for alternate cancer treatment options in the islands has died.

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.

Amendment formalizes national disaster fund

Acting Governor Franz Manderson gave his assent last week to a bill that formalizes the territory’s disaster fund.

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.
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Chevening scholarships accepting applications

Applications for Chevening scholarships are being accepted from now through Nov. 6.

Dueling petitions

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EDITORIAL – Gov. Choudhury: Keeping politics out of the process

It is understandable that people would be eager to bring an end to the tension and uncertainty swirling around Cayman’s highest office. But Cayman has nothing to gain by polarization or further division into opposing camps.

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.

Speaker Bush backs ‘Governor Manderson’ petition

Cayman Islands Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush has thrown his support behind a public petition to install longtime senior civil servant Franz Manderson as Cayman’s full-time governor.

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.

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.

LETTER: Choudhury investigation must run its course

Please be assured that we will provide further updates on the situation as soon as we are able to do so in a manner that upholds the fairness and integrity of the investigation.

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.

Gender tribunal refuses to explain ruling in prison case

Cayman’s appointed body that considers complaints regarding gender discrimination has told government officials it does not need to explain its decision in 2016 that Her Majesty’s Prison’s Service discriminated against four male prison supervisors.

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.

Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge raises $89,000 for charity

The community responded to Deputy Governor Franz Manderson’s call to action. The 2018 DG’s 5K Challenge raised a total of $89,000 for five charitable causes, exceeding the target set by Franz Manderson, who is currently acting governor, by more than $29,000.

No vacation

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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.

Manderson: Chief officer did not intentionally deceive PAC

Acting Governor Franz Manderson said there is “no basis” for taking disciplinary action against Health Ministry Chief Officer Jennifer Ahearn for allegedly giving a false answer to the Public Accounts Committee last October.

More delays in garbage collections

The Department of Environmental Health advised residents of some George Town areas to expect delays in garbage collections.

Governor Choudhury ‘temporarily withdrawn’ from post

The U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office has “temporarily withdrawn” Cayman Islands Governor Anwar Choudhury from his post pending an investigation into “a number of complaints” against him, Premier Alden McLaughlin said in a statement released early Wednesday.

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.

Manderson apologizes for garbage collection failures

Government’s top civil servant has a simple message for residents frustrated with inconsistent household garbage collections: “We’re sorry.”

Cayman prepares for hurricane season

Cayman’s government and support staff gathered for the annual National Hurricane Exercise this week, plotting the path for the season ahead and mapping out the response to various contingencies.

‘No support’ for civil servant healthcare contributions

Cayman Islands Deputy Governor Franz Manderson said last week there was “no support” for plans to require government workers to pay a portion of their healthcare premiums.

Record turnout for Deputy Governor’s 5K challenge

More than 2,000 participants took part in Deputy Governor Franz Manderson annual 5K Challenge on Sunday.

Brac hosts first run of the DG’s 5K Challenge

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson tied on his running shoes for the fifth annual DG’s 5K Challenge on Sunday, which kicked off on Cayman Brac. The race will be contested in Little Cayman for the first time on Saturday, and it will come to Grand Cayman for a grand finale on April 29.

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.

Manderson faces fears at YMCA ropes course

The tower in front of him stood 53 feet tall, but for Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, it may as well have been twice that high. Mr. Manderson faced his fear of heights Wednesday, when he was the first person to take a run at the ropes challenge course designed for the YMCA of the Cayman Islands.

Governor Choudhury explores Grand Cayman

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

Deputy governor headlines race for philanthropy

Runners of all ages and abilities will have a chance to contribute to several charities and causes by taking part in one run later this month.

Convicted track coach leaves Cayman

Former Cayman Islands track coach Ato Modibo Stephens left the Cayman Islands Sunday following his criminal conviction last year for convincing a 14-year-old girl to send him topless photos of herself.

Cayman raises flag to mark Commonwealth Day

Cayman hoisted a special flag Monday to mark Commonwealth Day, along with 52 other territories and countries around the world.

Cayman’s first female governor says goodbye

Ending a four-and-a-half year term that made her one of Cayman’s longest-serving governors since the post was established in the early 1970s, Helen Kilpatrick bid farewell to the Cayman Islands in a small sending off party at Island Air Monday afternoon.

New chief officer for community affairs announced

Teresa Echenique has been appointed as the new chief officer for the Ministry of Community Affairs.

Parting message from Governor Helen Kilpatrick

It is with great sadness that I leave the Cayman Islands. From the moment I arrived in September 2013 – on the Honorable Premier’s birthday no less – I have felt welcome and happy here.

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.

Government hiring fight could go to court

A long-brewing battle over hiring for a high-profile Ministry of Education job could end up in the Grand Court, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson said Tuesday.

Government improves accounts, but accountability has ‘a ways to go’

The Cayman Islands civil service has vastly improved how it tracks public money spent on various government entities each year, but according to auditors, public accountability – as defined under the law – remains to be achieved.

Rain postpones family fun day; rescheduled for 2018

A new YMCA ropes course, planned for completion early next year, began teaching team-building and problem-solving skills ahead of schedule this weekend.

UPDATE: Man arrested in connection to police station break-in

Would-be thieves broke into the back parking lot of the George Town Police Station early Wednesday and attempted to take a motorcycle that was stored there, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service reported.

Cayman’s public service workforce grew in 2016

The Cayman Islands public service employment rolls grew during the 2015/16 budget year, according to human resources reports released to the Legislative Assembly this week.

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