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Government will not play ball with CIFA

Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden says there will be no peace deal between government and the Cayman Islands Football Association until the entire executive committee has put itself up for free and fair elections.

Budget: Major development, pay bonuses ahead

The upcoming government budget incorporates aspects of a development agreement between the Cayman Islands public sector and the Dart group of companies, Premier Alden McLaughlin announced Monday.

Surplus must pay debts, fund projects

A projected $145 million operating surplus for the Cayman Islands government will be at least partially spent on public projects and paying off debt, according to budget records examined by the Cayman Compass.

Premier: Three-year budget surplus is $399 million

The Cayman Islands public sector will end its current budget year with a $145 million operating surplus, Premier Alden McLaughlin told a private audience at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Tuesday night, noting that the total surplus over three years is $399 million.

Auditors: Gov’t not shopping around

The Cayman Islands government’s internal auditors could find no evidence that bids went out for 18 separate payments totaling nearly $1.5 million in various public sector procurements during the 2013/14 financial year.

Gov’t cash audits cite theft risks

Broken locks on cash tills, ready access to where “liquid assets” are stored and a lack of CCTV monitoring in sensitive areas have been flagged in several government agencies that were subject to cash audits in the past year, according to records obtained by the Cayman Compass.

Government acts on 22 percent of audit recommendations

The Cayman Islands government has implemented just 22 percent of the recommendations made by its auditors for improving financial reporting and management processes in various public sector entities over the past five years.

EDITORIAL – When private funds subsidize government responsibilities

When the private sector pitches in to shoulder what should be government’s burden, it allows our officials to avoid making tough, but absolutely necessary, decisions.

Report: Confusion over government travel policy

The Cayman Islands government has significantly reduced the amount of mismanaged expenditures incurred during official travel since 2012, an internal audit has revealed.

EDITORIAL – How rich countries (mis)manage to go broke

The world has experienced the “tech bubble,” “housing bubble” and even the “tulip bubble." Now, we have the “government bubble.”

Gov’t releases sexual harassment policy

The Cayman Islands government has released its first formal policy prohibiting sexual harassment in the civil service workplace, several years after the enactment of the territory’s Gender Equality Law.

Healthcare costs skyrocketing, minister says

The Cayman Islands has 345 outstanding “loans” to residents who do not maintain healthcare coverage, with unpaid balances of $12.3 million owed to government.

EDITORIAL – Healthcare debts: The $1.18 billion must be accounted for

Sometimes, the bad news simply cannot be relegated to a footnote, but needs to be blared out in all capital letters, right across the top of the front page.

EDITORIAL – The civil service should not be a jobs program

An exchange of words between East End Arden McLean and Deputy Governor Franz Manderson about a young man who didn't secure a job with the Prison Service shed light on what is right with the Cayman Islands government, and what is wrong.

Cayman must save for $1.18 billion in health liabilities

To stay with business as usual (i.e. without massive tax increases), we would need to be setting aside $123 million each and every year to pay the estimated $1.18 billion in public healthcare liabilities.

Deputy governor says civil service ‘taking beating’ from lawmakers

The verbal “beating” Cayman Islands government workers sometimes receive from elected lawmakers has made some Caymanians reluctant to join the civil service, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson said Friday.
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McArdle: Death by a million rules

Each hour of a firm’s time that is sucked up by compliance is an hour that is not spent growing the firm, improving the product, better serving the customer.

FOI delay

EDITORIAL – Gov’t slanders Cayman’s professionals

Faced with a set of sobering facts they discovered themselves, Cayman Islands government officials resorted to Plan A: Deflect, spin and blame the media.

Number of courtrooms could more than double in new plans

Monday April 11 was a good example of why Cayman needs a bigger courthouse, but Court Administrator Kevin McCormac says space is not the only concern. On the other hand, plans currently being discussed include the possibility of more than doubling the number of courtrooms now available.

Policing our funds

Problems such as nonworking CCTV and long response times are indications that, when it comes to Cayman police, taxpayers aren't getting value for money.

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EDITORIAL – Manderson on a worthy mission

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, it appears, has thrown down the other gauntlet.

Government struggles with delays

With the government’s 2016/17 budget approval process looming, lawmakers remained uncertain whether the Legislative Assembly would meet again prior to the annual May-June opening session and finance committee review.

Public agency job applicants asked nationality, birthplace

A number of Cayman Islands government agencies have used employment application forms in 2015 and 2016 that ask job-seekers to distinguish between their nationality “at birth” and their current nationality, or to provide their “place of birth” on the form.

Port Authority helped fund cruise pier report

Government appealed to the Port Authority for help to cover a $1.8 million shortfall in funding for the environmental impact assessment on the proposed cruise pier project, according to Port Authority meeting minutes.

Rahn: Double standards and distrust of officialdom

A major reason for the growing distrust of government is the double standard whereby government officials and employees often suffer no consequences from incompetence, misbehavior and even criminal violations of the law.
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EDITORIAL – Divining the lessons of Flint, Michigan

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, is a terrible and terrifying story of government gone wrong, and ordinary people, primarily children, suffering as a result.

EDITORIAL – When government cannot even change a street sign

From time to time, a small issue becomes disproportionately large — to the chagrin, and possibly the misfortune, of those who chose to ignore...

Drafting legislation in plain language

It was refreshing to read in the Compass of Jan. 14 that a lawyer no less distinguished than Abraham Thoppil, Chairperson of the Cayman...

Car donated to auto program in memory of slain cousin

The cousin of the late David Ebanks, who was shot dead in West Bay early last year, has donated a car to the apprenticeship program he was involved in.

CarePay to solve all our problems, Watson tells court

Details of private discussions regarding the CarePay hospital patient swipe-card contract that took place between Aug. 11-12, 2010 – four months before the US$13 million contract was agreed by government – were reviewed in Canover Watson’s criminal trial Thursday.
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Heroes Day insignia represents agriculture

The 2016 National Heroes Day commemorative insignia symbolizes the significance of agriculture to the Cayman Islands.

‘Hillary-Speak’ on the campaign trail

"There's no such thing as bad publicity" — but when U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton named the Cayman Islands (in the context of tax abuses, of course) it certainly wasn't good publicity for our country.

Report ordered for indecent assault trial of teacher’s aide

An apparent lack of communication skills on the part of a former teacher’s aide charged with indecently assaulting primary school girls has led the defendant’s attorney to ask for an adjournment in the case.

Weather Service: Climate change making Cayman hotter, drier

The average temperature in the Cayman Islands has risen steadily for the past four years due to the effects of global climate change, according to National Weather Service Director John Tibbetts.

Strengthening our democracy by voting … or not

Not all votes are created equal. Ignorant votes are worthless, even harmful.

50 years ago: Mobile ice cream debuts, healthcare questions

In the Jan. 12, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Arthur Hunter wrote:

CarePay trial: Webb hid CarePay profits from ex-wife, says Defense

Caymanian businessman Jeffrey Webb tried to cover his involvement in the company that won the Health Services Authority’s patient swipe-card contract because he was trying to hide his profits from his former wife during divorce proceedings, defense attorneys in the CarePay trial alleged.

New courthouse closer to reality

Chief Justice Anthony Smellie announced on Wednesday the specific steps that have been taken to make a new courthouse a reality. He was speaking at the formal opening of Grand Court for 2016 after a ceremonial inspection of a police guard of honor outdoors.

CarePay trial: Judge orders ‘not guilty’ verdict for Watson co-defendant

A Cayman Islands Grand Court judge ordered a verdict of not guilty Tuesday against Canover Watson’s former personal assistant on a charge of transferring criminal property. The order came after submissions by Miriam Rodriguez’s attorney that she had no case to answer from the prosecution in the CarePay trial. Ms. Rodriguez, 54, whose name came up only a few times during the trial, is now free to go and is no longer required to attend court proceedings.

Health City: 2016 looks like a growth year

Health City Cayman Islands is about to enter a new stage of development.

Cayman business in brief

JTC Cayman completes GAM acquisition; Tickets to be issued for business licensing offenses; Digicel makes Crisis Centre donation; Elian adds to commercial team; Corporate lawyer joins Carey Olsen

Survey: FATCA negatively affects Americans living overseas

Americans living abroad feel that the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act negatively impacts their professional lives and that compliance with the related tax reporting requirements is overly burdensome, a survey by Americans Abroad Global Foundation and the University of Nevada has found.

American guns, Jamaican violence, Cayman crime

Blaming other countries for local crime is a rhetorical diversion, not a practical solution.

Powell museum a jewel box of West Bay history

West Bay's Powell museum is a treasure trove of local history.

Pump prices average below $4; lower power bills likely

Average fuel prices on Grand Cayman last week fell below the $4 per gallon mark for the first time in more than two years, according to data provided by the Cayman Islands Petroleum Inspectorate.

Bush raises questions over vehicle licensing center

Cayman's opposition leader asks the governor to look into the construction of a vehicle licensing facility in Breakers.

Carepay trial: HSA staffers delivered checks for $1.5M to Watson’s assistant

Three checks totaling more than $1.5 million were delivered to the offices of Canover Watson's former company by HSA staff members.

Liquor board: Shaken, stirred, freshened up

The entertainment industry is too vital a part of Cayman’s economy to become a playing field for political football.

Small bird sanctuary has a big impact

The Governor Gore Bird Sancturary is a hidden gem which attracts an amazing variety of birds.

The shifting sands beneath the government’s feet

With about a year-and-a-half to go until the 2017 elections, the ground is once again trembling beneath Cayman’s elected government.

Young parents in East End concerned over lack of jobs

Some young parents in East End are speaking out about the difficulties they have in finding jobs.

50 years ago: Great fishing, welcome rain and rough roads mark the season

Rain and good fishing made the news.

Caymanian hired to manage operations at Cayman’s YMCA

YMCA Cayman has hired Caymanian Gillian Roffey as its director of operations.

Constitutional Commission: 9-member government bench possible

Cayman's Constitutional Commission weighs in on the Legislative Assembly numbers debate.

Longtime liquor licensing chairman replaced in board shake-up

A new Liquor Licensing Board is ushered in, along with a new regime for local liquor-related businesses.

Penalty flag: Putting a price on patriotism

In the Cayman Islands, patriotism doesn’t come free of charge. According to our government, the cost can range up to $5,000 per display.

Solution coming to airport parking headaches

A new system of parking machines and barriers is being installed at Grand Cayman’s airport after nearly a decade of complaints and customer frustration.

Cayman business in brief

Checklist clarifies licensing requirements; Harneys starts 2016 with three new partners

CarePay trial: Potential new evidence delays trial

The ongoing criminal trial of Canover Watson is delayed following the discovery of potential new evidence.

Cayman’s combat with climate change: A bunch of hot air

Any second that Cayman spends on attempting to combat climate change will constitute a waste of time, energy and money.

Full Moon Sock Hop promises Rock ‘n’ Roll under the stars

Brac residents are urged to mark their calendars for the upcoming Full Moon Sock Hop on Jan. 23, to be held at the Public Beach.

Legislation contemplates ‘conditional fee’ lawsuits

Providing poorer Cayman Islands residents access to the courts and just compensation in civil litigation is listed as a major concern in the Law Reform Commission’s draft proposal to allow conditional fee or contingent fee lawsuits in the territory.

Letter to the Editor: Cayman recycling a mess

Author says recycling bins at supermarkets are not set up properly.

CarePay trial: Bank chief confirms ‘loan’ to Webb

The head of Fidelity Bank in the Cayman Islands confirmed that representatives of his bank approved a US$240,000 loan to local businessman Jeffrey Webb in June 2011.

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