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Governor: World is at a ‘tipping point’ on climate change

The UK hopes to play a bigger role in driving global action on climate change in a development that has implications for Cayman, Governor Martyn Roper has said.

Judicial review filed into governor’s use of emergency powers

An application has been filed in the Cayman Islands Civil Registry for a judicial review into Governor Martyn Roper's use of his emergency powers in September to assent to the Civil Partnership Law, which legalised same-sex unions in Cayman.

Governor remains hopeful as England goes into 2nd lockdown

Developments in rapid testing and progress on vaccine research provide reasons for hope amid the gloom as England goes into a second national lockdown, Governor Martyn Roper said this week.

Update: BA flights move to weekly service

British Airways flights for the upcoming holiday season could increase in frequency,  Governor Martyn Roper has said.

The Resh Hour debuts with guest Governor Roper

Governor Martyn Roper joins the Cayman Compass in studio for the premier edition of the Resh Hour, with Reshma Ragoonath.

Governor: Anti-LGBTQ comments ‘irresponsible’ and ‘shocking’

Debate over LGBTQ rights in the Cayman Islands has reached a boiling point on social media, with comments and accusations turning vitriolic at times. Governor Martyn Roper weighed in on the increasingly tense issue, calling on all members of the community to think twice about what they publish online.

Miller: Anglin legal challenge exercise in futility

Independent opposition member Ezzard Miller has said the planned legal challenge against the governor’s use of his reserved powers to enact the Civil Partnership Law is an 'exercise in futility'.

Premier ‘humiliated’ UK was forced to intervene on same-sex union bill

Premier Alden McLaughlin said he is "utterly humiliated" that the failure of local lawmakers to pass legislation on same-sex unions has forced the UK's hand when it comes to the Civil Partnership Law.

Governor approves same-sex partnerships law

Governor Martyn Roper has assented to the Civil Partnership Law, making same-sex partnerships legal in the Cayman Islands.

No formal UK decision yet on removal of Section 81

Local legislators’ failure to reach agreement on the Domestic Partnership Bill has given the United Kingdom “pause to reflect” on the removal of Section 81 from the Cayman Islands Constitution, Governor Martyn Roper has said.

Returning Nicaraguans settle in at home

For Norlan Jimenez Gutierrez, life is beginning to return to normal, as one of 60 Nicaraguans who were on a recent repatriation flight from Cayman.

Domestic partnerships to be changed to civil partnerships

Governor Martyn Roper next week will be finalising changes to the Domestic Partnership Bill, which he intends to rename the Civil Partnership Bill following feedback from the public during the ongoing consultation period.

Head of Governor’s Office leaving Cayman

Head of the Governor’s Office Matthew Forbes is set to depart Cayman next week, bringing an end to his four-year posting.

51 reservists become Cayman’s first regiment platoon

The first platoon of reservists for the Cayman Islands Regiment officially graduated on Sunday.

Cayman Regiment reservists showcase skills

Reservists with the Cayman Regiment reservists put their training to the test this week as they ran through a mock hurricane exercise, together with aerial support from the RCIPS Air Operations Unit.

No charges for Rankin in viral voice note controversy

A police investigation into a so-called ‘viral voice note’ by businessman Mario Rankin, including false allegations about the Governor has been dropped.

Opposition writes to UK foreign secretary over governor’s position on same-sex union bill

Opposition Leader Arden McLean has written to UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab over the governor’s decision to press ahead with the Domestic Partnership Bill.

Governor moves ahead with amended Domestic Partnership Bill

Governor Martyn Roper has made good on his promise to move forward with the Domestic Partnership Bill, publishing on Monday an amended version of the legislation together with 11 accompanying legislative amendments.

Cayman Islands legislators’ salaries difficult to pinpoint

The exact salaries of Cayman Islands legislators and high-ranking government officials remains unknown, but the public can approximate the earnings of elected leaders through recently released data.

Opposition requests governor’s emails with FCO

Opposition Leader Arden McLean has requested copies of emails between Governor Martyn Roper and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office following the governor's announced plans to push through the recently defeated Domestic Partnership Bill.

Governor to push through Domestic Partnership Bill

Governor Martyn Roper will use his powers under section 81 of the constitution to assent to the recently defeated Domestic Partnership Bill and expects the law to be enacted by the beginning of next month, according to a statement released by the Governor's Office. 

50,000 of Cayman’s COVID test kits heading to Zimbabwe

The Cayman Islands government has sold 50,000 of its COVID-19 test kits to an international charity for use in Zimbabwe. The ELMA Relief Foundation paid...

Governor: ‘Sad day for the rule of law’

Cayman Islands Governor Martyn Roper expressed disappointment at the defeat of the Domestic Partnership Bill in the Legislative Assembly today, declaring it a "sad...

Cayman Regiment officers on final leg of training

Cayman’s first batch of Regiment officers entered their final leg of training at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst this week.

2nd evacuation flight to Philippines announced

A second British Airways flight to Manila, Philippines, is set to depart Grand Cayman on 28 July, according to Governor Martyn Roper's social media pages.

Cayman continues its streak of COVID-free test results

The streak of no new COVID-19 cases continues as Medical Officer for Health, Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez reported 437 negative results Friday, according to a Government Information Services press release. 

Mixed emotions as 270 Indian nationals depart Cayman

It was a bittersweet moment for many of the 270 Indian nationals as they left Grand Cayman Friday on the first Indian airbridge flight organized by the Governor’s Office and Cayman Islands government.

Soaring over Cayman in a Wildcat

For the last two weeks, the Tailored Air Group aboard UK Naval ship RFA Argus has been providing air cover in the absence of the Royal Cayman Islands Police helicopters and last week they took Governor Martyn Roper, Governor's Office Policy Officer Simone Eade and Cayman Compass journalist Reshma Ragoonath on a flyover of Grand Cayman.

Governor makes last call for regiment sign-up

Governor Martyn Roper has made a final push for more Caymanians to sign up for the new Cayman Islands Regiment.

RFA Argus wraps up Cayman tour

UK Naval ship RFA Argus and its aviation team are ending their tour in Cayman and are now heading to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Governor urges more Caymanians to apply for regiment

The deadline to apply to join the Cayman Islands Regiment is this Sunday, and Governor Martyn Roper is calling for more Caymanians to sign up for the new defence agency.

Breakthrough on evacuation flight for stranded Indian community

The Governor’s Office believes it has made a breakthrough that could allow hundreds of stranded Indian nationals to return to their home country in early July.

RFA Argus crew runs through hurricane response on Colliers Beach

Royal Navy officers from RFA Argus sprang into action Thursday as officers initiated a medical evacuation scenario as they executed a mock response exercise at the scenic Colliers Beach in East End.

Governor assures Nicaraguans: ‘We’re doing all we can’

Under the fruit trees, Governor Martyn Roper on Monday sat and listened to the stories of hardship and despair among Cayman’s Nicaraguan community. The governor told the group of stranded worker, who have been without income for ten weeks, that he is doing his best to arrange an evacuation flight despite the country's borders being closed.
Cayman regiment junior officers

Governor: ‘Good response’ to regiment recruitment drive

Recruitment for the Cayman Regiment is underway and the Governor’s Office has said the community has already responded positively to the drive to fill the 50 posts for the new entity.

West Bay celebrates centenarian Florie Hulda Ebanks

The West Bay community came out to celebrate resident Florie Hulda Ebanks as she marked her 103rd birthday on Thursday.

No new coronavirus cases detected, total remains at 111

There were no new COVID-19 cases to report among the 494 tests results released by Chief Medical Officer John Lee on Wednesday, leaving Cayman’s total number of confirmed cases at 111.

17 new COVID-19 cases reported as restrictions rolled back

Cayman's COVID-19 tally increases to 111 as 17 new positive results were reported Tuesday by Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee reported at government's coronavirus press conference.
Cayman regiment junior officers

Governor: Regiment recruitment back on track

Recruitment for Cayman's defence regiment is set to resume, Governor Martyn Roper announced Wednesday.

Premier: Testing Cabinet for COVID-19 not priority

Premier Alden McLaughlin has said that testing himself and his Cabinet for COVID-19 is "not a priority” right now.

Gradual reopening of economy on course, despite 3 new COVID cases

Government remains hopeful that the phased reopening of the economy can continue despite a handful of frontline workers testing positive for the coronavirus in the latest screening.

Governor Roper tests negative for COVID-19

Governor Martyn Roper has tested negative for COVID-19, he said on Monday.
Governor Martyn Roper

Governor: Moving to next suppression level still on track

Governor Martyn Roper said Sunday that Cayman’s transition into Level 3 of government's COVID-19-suppression plan is still on track despite the announcement Friday night of three positive cases of the virus at Kirk Market.

Cabinet to consider extending border closure till September

Cayman’s borders could remain closed at least until September if Cabinet assents to a new paper heading its way.
Governor Martyn Roper

Roper assents to pensions changes

Premier Alden McLaughlin said he expects changes to Pension Law to take effect this week.
Governor Martyn Roper

Roper: Repatriation flights ‘challenging’

Governor Martyn Roper has said Cayman’s hands remain tied when it comes to assisting many unemployed foreign workers, especially Indian nationals who are seeking a route back to their home country.
Northward Prison

More inmates released but prison crowding persists

Four foreign nationals were released from Northward prison by Governor Martyn Roper and deported on Friday, in an effort to reduce crowding at the men’s prison and alleviate COVID-19 risk.

Easter Bunny exempted from curfew restrictions

It’s official, the Easter Bunny has been declared an essential worker and is now exempted from Cayman’s curfew hours.

4 students among 6 new virus cases

The Cayman Islands has six new cases of the coronavirus, including four students who had been quarantined at a local hotel, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee announced today at the daily COVID-19 briefing.

Emergency BA flight arrives in Cayman

A British Airways flights from London arrived at Grand Cayman’s airport Monday afternoon, carrying 58 Caymanian students and other residents, who will be quarantined for 14 days in a government-mandated facility.

Premier apologises to governor on behalf of Cayman for ‘vile’ voice note

Premier Alden McLaughlin has apologised to Governor Martyn Roper following what he termed a “disgusting behaviour” in an audio note which was circulated on social media over the weekend.
Governor Martyn Roper

Police investigate fake news involving governor’s wife

A police investigation has been launched into what Governor Martyn Roper called a “fake news attack”, alleging that his wife Lissie was travelling on Tuesday’s British Airways flight.

6 new virus cases reported, first on Brac

The Cayman Islands has six new cases of coronavirus, including the first reported case on Cayman Brac, Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee announced Saturday at the government’s daily briefing.

Private aircraft to collect 200,000 testing kits for Cayman

Government has secured a private aircraft to deliver 200, 000 COVID-19 testing kits from South Korea, Governor Martyn Roper has said.

Governor: Staying home saves lives

A message from Governor Martyn Roper

Governor warns public against seeking out COVID-19 patients

Governor Martyn Roper has expressed “serious concerns” that members of the community are actively trying to find out who are Cayman’s positive COVID-19 patients and where they live.
Plans to recruit members for Cayman's Regiment has been paused as the country puts all efforts towards combating COVID-19.

Cayman Regiment plans paused

Recruitment plans for the development of Cayman’s regiment has been paused, according to Governor Martyn Roper.
Governor Martyn Roper during a tour of the Health Services Authority laboratory

UPDATE: US shipment of COVID-19 testing supplies arrives

Cayman’s rapidly dwindling supply of COVID-19 testing material is set to get a double boost this week with two consignments scheduled to hit local shores in the coming days.

EN ESPAÑOL: Toque de queda y control de compras impactan a Caimán

La situación del coronavirus en las Islas Caimán sigue evolucionando todos los días. El gobierno de Caimán ha empezado a dar conferencias de prensa todos los días, lunes a viernes, para dar actualizaciones del virus y las normativas del territorio.
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.
Premier Alden McLaughlinat a coronavirus press briefing

EN ESPAÑOL: Caimán cerrará los aeropuertos durante 3 semanas

Los aeropuertos de las Islas Caimán cerrarán para los vuelos internacionales durante tres semanas en un esfuerzo para frenar la propagación del coronavirus. Los vuelos domésticos serán restringidos a viajes esenciales y con efecto inmediato, cualquier persona que llegue a las islas deberá aislarse durante 14 días.
RCIPS helicopter

Cayman delivers medical supplies for MS Braemar

Cayman stepped in to help passengers stranded on the MS Braemar cruise ship that has been trying to dock for days.
The new look of the Cayman Islands passport.

New blue Cayman passport goes ‘green’

Cayman’s British Overseas Territories passports are getting a new look, in the wake of the UK’s departure from the European Union.
More severe impacts from hurricanes is one possible consequence of climate change. Governor Martyn Roper (right) pictured alongside RFA Mounts Bay which provides hurricane relief support in the region, said the UK is ready to work with Cayman.

Governor: ‘2020 is a critical year for our planet’

Some of the responsibility for helping Cayman prepare for the impacts of climate change falls to the UK. Governor Martyn Roper answered questions from the Cayman Compass about what his office is doing to help.

Roper expresses concern over Bush allegation

Governor Martyn Roper has expressed concern over allegations of an assault on a female bar manager levelled against House Speaker McKeeva Bush.

Think Brexit won’t affect you? Think again

The UK formalised its fractious divorce from the European Union at the end of January. The two parties now have until the end of the year to negotiate a new trade deal. The message to Cayman Islands residents has been a very British, ‘keep calm and carry on’.

Governor honours work of youth group

Undeterred by the earthquake that hit Cayman the day before, Governor Martyn Roper hosted a reception Wednesday evening to mark the end of Support Our Youth Month, which is organised annually by the Cayman Islands Youth Development Consortium.

Residents urged to stay vigilant after quake

Hazard Management CI officials have urged Cayman Island residents to prepare accordingly for aftershocks.

Carollers were singing in the rain for governor

Governor Martyn Roper and his wife Elisabeth didn’t let a downpour of rain stop a carolling show on the lawn of the Government House last week.

West Bay seniors celebrated

West Bay seniors were celebrated at the annual Christmas party, hosted by House Speaker McKeeva Bush and the West Bay West Enhancement Council at the Leo Ebanks Children's Playground on Ebanks Road.

Cayman Regiment recruitment begins

The creation of Cayman’s new regiment has moved to the next phase as the National Security Council gave the green light to form an...

Big interview: Governor Roper on the big issues

It has been a busy period for UK and Cayman relations. Cayman Compass reporter James Whittaker caught up with Governor Martyn Roper about plans for a new regiment, rights for same-sex couples, constitutional change and his recent visit to Buckingham Palace.

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