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Governor Martyn Roper’s appointment confirmed

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has confirmed that Governor Martyn Roper, who arrived in the Cayman Islands in an interim capacity in October last year, will remain as governor for a full four-year term

Dueling petitions

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EDITORIAL – FCO silence, tabloid media and Gov. Choudhury

The continuing silence from British officials in regard to the “withdrawal” of Governor Anwar Choudhury is fueling speculation, gossip and rumor – in other words, tabloid fodder.

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Governor Kilpatrick discharged from hospital following treatment

Governor Helen Kilpatrick was discharged from the Cayman Islands Hospital Thursday afternoon after undergoing treatment for a collapsed lung and four broken ribs after she fell over the weekend.

Governor Kilpatrick injured in fall

Cayman Islands Governor Helen Kilpatrick has been hospitalized since Saturday after she was injured in a fall at her residence. Ms. Kilpatrick was admitted to hospital in George Town over the weekend after “slipping on a wet floor and injuring her ribs.”

Christmas Message 2016: From Governor Helen Kilpatrick

Once again, we are approaching another wonderful Christmas season in the Cayman Islands. I am very much looking forward to spending Christmas here with my grown up children, and I hope that you will also be with family or friends at this special time.

Bush ‘conspiracy’ lawsuit: Ex-governor Taylor served with writ

Former Cayman Islands Governor Duncan Taylor has effectively been served with a civil lawsuit by West Bay MLA and Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush, according to a Grand Court judgment issued this week.

EDITORIAL – Child sex abuse: Investigating the police investigation

Governor Kilpatrick has spoken with clarity, authority and righteousness. It’s an auspicious beginning to an arduous process of truth-seeking.

Governor slams RCIPS for ‘failings’ in child abuse probe

Cayman Islands Governor Helen Kilpatrick lambasted what she called the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s “failings” that led to Thursday’s acquittal of two child abuse suspects in a case that involved allegations of sexual assault against an 11-year-old girl.

Governors foresaw immigration troubles

Successive Cayman Islands governors foresaw the overseas territory’s current immigration difficulties as far back as the late 1980s and reported the potential for “serious social problems” if various perceived disparities were not addressed.

Cayman governors’ memos

The U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office released annual reports sent by Cayman Islands governors to Britain between 1987 and 2005.

EDITORIAL – From the desk of the Governor(s)

How much do the people of the Cayman Islands really know about their U.K.-appointed governors?

EDITORIAL – Cayman’s new anti-corruption ‘Dream Team’

On occasion a government announcement hits our inboxes carrying a certainty that, in this case, this group of individuals will have a significant impact on the workings of the public sector.

Governor’s ’92 dispatch slams FCO management

A departing missive from former Cayman Islands Governor Alan J. Scott penned in 1992 warned of problems with how the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office was managing its overseas territories, particularly Cayman.

Gov. Russell remembered

Simultaneous memorial services were held in George Town, Grand Cayman, and Melrose, Scotland, at 8 a.m. Cayman time Thursday for former Governor Thomas Russell, who died last month at age 96.

An adventurous career brings FCO officer to Cayman

In 1989, Matthew Forbes was about three months into his first posting with the U.K.’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Beijing, China, when the Tiananmen Square massacre happened.

Veterans remember Gov. Russell

Members of the Cayman Islands Veterans Association gathered Sunday morning to remember former Governor Thomas Russell. Mr. Russell served with the British Infantry during World War II and founded the local Veterans Association in 1978 during his time as Cayman’s governor.

Cayman Islands veterans to honor Governor Thomas Russell

The late Cayman Islands Governor Thomas Russell is well remembered for his seven years as one of the British Overseas Territory’s favorite leaders.

Lack of wiretap oversight draws concern

Members of the Human Rights Commission say new regulations on surveillance address some of their concerns from a 2013 report, tightening rules on when law enforcement and the governor can intercept communications without judicial oversight.

EDITORIAL – Appreciating our special relationship with the UK

While contemplating a sovereign Cayman Islands may lead to an ephemeral thrill of cultural pride, making a practical case for independence for Cayman is, in brief, impossible.

Premier: ‘Huge mistake’ made with National Security Council

Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin said Thursday that he believes the U.K. government is “constitutionally wrong” in the way its representatives are handling advice from members of the National Security Council – the law enforcement oversight body chaired by the British Overseas Territory’s governor.

Walton named deputy police commissioner

The governor Thursday named Kurt Walton as the new deputy commissioner for the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

Governor approves plan for JPs to join search review

Governor Helen Kilpatrick has agreed to sanction two Caymanian justices of the peace to assist in the inquiry into the police search and rescue effort for five missing boaters.

Police review, succession up to next commissioner

Cayman Islands Governor Helen Kilpatrick said Tuesday that all matters relating to general police operational reviews, as well as training and succession planning for Caymanian officers, will be left to the next commissioner of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.
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In honor of the Queen’s birthday

Her Majesty the Queen turns 90 and nominations open for Queen's New Year Honours.

UK Coastguard commander to review police response to missing boaters

A senior officer from the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency will conduct an independent review of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s response in a missing persons investigation at sea that occurred in early March.

US officials decline to review missing boaters search

Officials with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates transportation-related accidents in the U.S., declined to conduct a review of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s search and rescue operations for the five people who went missing at sea in early March, according to the governor’s office.

Governor to stay for extra year

Cayman Islands Governor Helen Kilpatrick has confirmed that she will “opt” for a four-year term as official head of state in the islands, meaning her time in office will extend to September 2017.

Operation Tempura records released

More than four years after the initial open records request was filed for the documents, Cayman Islands Governor Helen Kilpatrick’s office has released two controversial reports, sought by a retired U.K. journalist, related to the ill-fated Operation Tempura corruption investigation.

EDITORIAL – The problem with crime in Cayman

The Cayman Islands remains in denial about many issues, including the problem of crime.

West Bay students take part in Commonwealth Day march

Sir John A. Cumber Primary School students participated in Commonwealth Day last week.

Early election up to governor/premier

Although Premier Alden McLaughlin has not officially called for early elections, the Cayman Islands governor’s office has confirmed that it will give “great weight” to such a request if the premier resolves to take such a step.

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