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Last ride for George Town shuttle service met with disappointment

The sudden end to the free hop-on, hop-off shuttle service for George Town has left riders upset and drivers uncertain about their employment options.
George Town North candidates Johann Moxam and Joey Hew

Crosstalk debate: George Town North candidates face off

Crosstalk District Debate: George Town North candidates Joey Hew and Johann Moxam join host Barrie Quappe to discuss the issues facing their district.

Fishermen call for gov’t to buy land for market

Fishermen say they are disappointed in last week's vote against a private member’s motion in Parliament calling for the compulsory acquisition of a piece of land, along North Church Street, in George Town, which is being used as a fish market.

Civil servants taking part in bike-share trial

Civil servants are being invited to take part in a free three-month trial of a bike-share programme.

8,000 made use of vehicle amnesty in 2019

More than 8,000 people took advantage of a vehicle licensing amnesty last year that government introduced to help address the problem of derelict vehicles.

Businesses called on to join virtual festival

he Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure announced its first virtual festival – Experience Cayman – with a schedule of online experiences based around shopping, eating, staying and playing on island.

Hew: Roadworks under way to relieve traffic congestion

The beginning of the school year has led to an increase in traffic but changed school hours and continuing roadworks should alleviate congestion over the next few weeks, according to Joey Hew, the minister responsible for infrastructure.

Cabinet approves liquor licence fee waiver

Commerce Minister Joey Hew announced Cabinet has approved the waiver of liquor licensing fees in Grand Cayman that would have been due in September next year.

School hours back to normal

Local school hours have been readjusted to return to regularly scheduled times, Infrastructure Minister Joey Hew has said.

Centre for Business Development officially opens

Commerce Minister Joey Hew officially opened the Cayman Islands Centre for Business Development on Tuesday.

Cayman’s construction engine kicks into high gear

Cayman’s construction industry experiences a surge of activity post-COVID-19 lockdown.

George Town revitalisation project continues

Changes to the Development and Planning Law are set to be tabled at the next sitting of the Legislative Assembly to carry forward plans to revitalise George Town, according to Commerce Minister Joey Hew.

New online site aims to protect buried infrastructure

A new online platform has been launched to give contractors a heads-up on any crucial underground infrastructure before they break ground.

Chamber of Commerce forum to focus on ‘Rebuilding a better Cayman’

This year's Economic Forum, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, will be held virtually next month.

Hew: Ministry of Commerce’s work continues despite lockdown

Minister of Commerce Joseph Hew addressed Tuesday’s COVID-19 panel, highlighting the work his ministry has undertaken during lockdown measures. While efforts have been made to transition many services online, such as vehicle licensing renewals, he recognised that not all government services can be accessed by internet.

More than 1,450 business licences issued in 7 weeks

The Department of Commerce and Investment has processed and issued more than 1,400 trade and business licences since 25 March. This includes 305 new licences, 1,014 renewals and 136 licence amendments.

Emergency hospitals established for pandemic response

Two emergency field hospitals will serve for patient overflow in Grand Cayman, in the case that COVID-19 cases stretch capacity at local hospitals. The hope is that Cayman will never need to use the facilities, said Hazard Management Director Danielle Coleman, but the aim is to prepare for worst.

Trade and business licensing fees temporarily waived

Commerce Minister Joey Hew announced that government has approved regulations that will waive the payment of trade and business licensing application fees from 1 May to 31 July. In addition, late fees from 1 March to 31 July will be waived for all applicants.

Hundreds sign up for NiCE jobs

Hundreds of Caymanians filled the Lions Centre Wednesday morning seeking temporary jobs through the National Community Enhancement (NiCE) winter project. By 10am, the event had...

Hew: NiCE ready to assist in dengue fight

The National Community Enhancement programme stands ready to assist the Mosquito Research and Control Unit in its efforts to deal with dengue.

Minister Joey Hew: “Next year, we will be ready”

Infrastructure Minister Joey Hew sat down with the Cayman Compass to talk about government’s plans to deal with the sargassum threat.

Minister Hew addresses shipping industry in Monaco

Minister of Commerce Joey Hew promoted Cayman’s shipping registry at an industry conference in Monaco on 27 Sept.

Road widenings planned to tackle traffic woes

Two major thoroughfares connecting the eastern districts to George Town may soon be widened in efforts to alleviate traffic congestion, according to Central Planning Authority documents and a government press release.

Planning minister tours Public Works Department training site

The apprentice training facility being built on the Public Works Department compound and set to open early next year, was visited earlier this month by Minister for Planning Joey Hew, who was updated on the progress of construction which began this summer.

Clampdown on rogue car dealers

Government is beginning to clamp down on unlicensed traders selling imported cars by the roadside.

Hew announces incentives for electric and hybrid vehicles

To incentivise use of environmentally friendly transportation, customs duties have been reduced for electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as for bicycles.

200 tons of sargassum cleared in 2 weeks

Government is considering hiring full-time crews to keep the island’s beaches sargassum free after unemployed workers in the NiCE programme removed 200 tons of the foul-smelling seaweed from Grand Cayman’s coastline in the space of two weeks.
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New communications manager for Ministry of Commerce

The Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure has announced the appointment of Alethia Lambert as communications and public affairs manager, effective 2 July.

Harbour Walk breaks ground

Stormy skies did nothing to dampen the spirits of Harbour Walk and International Realty Group (IRG) executives who joined Minister Joey Hew on Tuesday for the Harbour Walk groundbreaking ceremony in Grand Harbour.

Rival carnivals to merge in 2020

Next year, instead of two separate carnivals staged a couple of weeks apart, the Batabano and CayMAS parades will be held on the same day, the government announced on Friday.

EDITORIAL – Talking traffic: Are we reaching ‘critical mass’?

It is good to see transportation issues rising to this level of awareness after years of slowly deteriorating conditions.

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”.

EDITORIAL – Proper planning offers plenty of room to grow

Initially, the extension project was to be carried out in partnership with the developers of Ironwood golf resort near Frank Sound. But as that development percolates with no definite timeline to completion, government is wise to forge ahead.

Hew to attend Caribbean Infrastructure Forum

Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure Minister Joseph Hew will attend the third Caribbean Infrastructure Forum in the Bahamas this week, where he will join other regional ministers to discuss climate change and policymaking.

Public’s input sought on development plan

Government is seeking public input on a new development plan for Grand Cayman.

Hew: Liability insurance has never been required for business license

Liability insurance has never been a requirement to obtain a licence under the Trade and Business Licensing Law.

Government plans switch to electric vehicles

Government plans to convert at least 10 percent of its fleet to electric vehicles over the next five years, according to Infrastructure Minister Joey Hew.

Opposition: Summer work program a ‘band-aid solution’

Government’s summer work program for jobless Caymanians has divided opinions, politically.

Hundreds enroll in NiCE work

Hundreds of jobless Caymanians packed into the Lions Centre Monday to sign up for government’s summer work program.

Road opening marks step toward cutting commute times

The $10.6 million dollar first phase of the Linford Pierson Highway widening project is now complete and could help slash commute times in half, according to National Roads Authority officials.

Government is ‘NiCE’ twice in 2018

The Cayman Islands annual government-sponsored pre-Christmas cleanup program is not just for the holidays any longer.

$1.3M South Sound boardwalk project nearing completion

The development of a boardwalk and other amenities along South Sound Road is expected to be completed by the end of August at a cost of $1.3 million, according to the Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure.
The Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing on Crewe Road in George Town

New Traffic Law seeks to end Cayman’s car troubles

Cayman lawmakers are hoping that recently approved changes to traffic rules will finally sort out how many vehicles are on the islands, how many of them are being legally driven and how many are on the roads unlawfully.

Sunday liquor controversies resolved

Selling alcohol on Sundays and hosting a party with live music on New Year’s Eve, two issues that caused considerable controversy over the past year, are set to be resolved with a pair of legislative amendments.

EDITORIAL – Straightening out Sunday liquor sales: That is the spirit

Last Friday marked the end of one of the more, let’s say, “interesting” chapters in Grand Cayman’s regulatory history, as the Liquor Licensing Board gave the official green light to 12 businesses seeking to sell alcohol on Sundays.

Community fights back after burglary spree

An alarming spike in burglaries has sparked police and community action in one Grand Cayman neighborhood.

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.

Licensing rules impede small businesses, opposition says

Changes to Cayman’s Trade and Business Licensing regime approved during this week’s Legislative Assembly meeting should cut “50 percent of the red tape” now troubling local business owners, Commerce Minister Joey Hew said.

Changes to liquor law coming

Government is planning changes to the Liquor Licensing Law to deal with inconsistencies over who can sell beer, wine and spirits on Sundays.

Upgrades slated for Dept. of Vehicle and Equipment Services facility

The Department of Vehicle and Equipment Services is getting an upgrade.

Tourism Association calls for review of Sunday dancing, music restrictions

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association is calling on government to review 40-year-old legislation that prohibits restaurants and bars from having dancing and live music in bars on Sundays – a restriction that put a damper on parties last New Year’s Eve since that holiday fell on a Sunday.

Public Works training program wins award

The Cayman Islands Society for Human Resources Professionals chose the government’s Public Works Department’s apprenticeship training program as the “Best Training Program” in the Cayman Islands for 2017.
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Hew unveils plan to boost Cayman small businesses

In the coming months, government will introduce a raft of policy changes aimed at facilitating the development of the small-business sector, Commerce Minister Joey Hew promised at the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce’s annual general meeting on Wednesday.

2017 editorials: The Compass’s voice on significant issues

Today we feature highlights from some of what we consider to be the most compelling and important editorials that appeared in the Cayman Compass in 2017, dealing with some of the most pressing matters facing our country.
Joey Hew, commerce minister

Hew: Too late to change music law for New Year’s Eve

There is no mechanism or “nuclear option” to make a change to the Music and Dance (Control) Law this close to New Year’s Eve, according to Commerce Minister Joey Hew.

Small Business Association hosts expo

The Cayman Islands Small Business Association organized an expo featuring 20 vendors and several government departments at the Sir Vassel Johnson Hall in the University College of the Cayman Islands on Oct. 21.

Woody DaCosta removed as chair of Liquor Licensing Board

Woody DaCosta has been removed as acting chairman of the Liquor Licensing Board of Grand Cayman. Mr. DaCosta, who will no longer serve on the board in any capacity, was asked to step down Wednesday afternoon by Commerce Minister Joey Hew.

Government orders auditor to probe liquor board actions

Government has ordered an independent inquiry into the liquor board’s handling of an application from a gas station to serve alcohol on Sundays. The inquiry follows reports and an editorial in the Cayman Compass highlighting concerns over an application from Peanuts convenience store at the Red Bay gas station for a “retail license.”

Minister: ‘We can only build so many roads’

With two major highway expansions in process, Transport Minister Joey Hew said government is doing all it can to ease traffic congestion in Grand Cayman.

Campaign donors partially revealed

Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital founder Dr. Steve Tomlinson contributed more than $194,000 to 10 political candidates during the final eight weeks of Cayman’s 2017 general election campaign.

Ministers’ plan splits law enforcement roles

The Progressives-led coalition government has divided responsibilities for law enforcement agencies among government ministries, one led by the premier and the other by Minister Tara Rivers.

Premier McLaughlin to lead 13-member coalition government

A coalition of 13 elected members of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly was sworn in Wednesday in downtown George Town, bringing an end to the political scramble that followed the territory’s May 24 general election.

Independent legislators look to join new ‘unity’ government

The Cayman Islands new coalition government will have at least 13 members, possibly as many as 15, by the time it is sworn in Wednesday morning.

Mixed reviews for first run of ‘one man, one vote’ system

As voters made their way to the polls Wednesday, candidates expressed mixed feelings about the new “one man, one vote” electoral system.

Visitor arrivals to Cayman continue upward trend

Stay-over visitor figures continue to soar after a record-breaking April for Cayman tourism. Just under 40,000 visitors touched down in the Cayman Islands last month, more than 4,000 more than in the same period last year. The numbers for the first four months of the year represent 1.92 percent growth on last year, which was also a record year.

Candidates face off in GT North forum

Sharp differences in policy regarding waste management and the proposed cruise ship berthing facility punctuated the George Town North candidate forum on Tuesday night.
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Candidates clash over work permits, education at debate

Five candidates discussed work permits, employment and education, among other topics, at another in a series of national debates Monday night at the Arts and Recreation Centre in Camana Bay.

EDITORIAL – How much has gov’t spent on the John Gray gym?

How much has the Cayman Islands government spent on the construction of the new John Gray High School gym?

Former PPM leader’s brother on opposition party team

The opposition Democratic Party will field at least 10 party candidates, in addition to supporting some independents for the upcoming election. One of those CDP candidates is Denniston Tibbetts, the older brother of Progressives party founder and former leader, Kurt Tibbetts.

Lawyers bill compromise flops; debate continues

A Cayman Islands government minister signaled Tuesday that some changes to a controversial proposal seeking to further regulate the practice of law in the islands would have to be made before the bill is approved.

Taste of Cayman winners announced

For the second year in a row, Seven at The Ritz-Carlton won the people’s choice award of Cayman’s Favourite Restaurant at Taste of Cayman, held on the Festival Green, Camana Bay on Jan. 28. For the second year in a row, Seven at The Ritz-Carlton won the people’s choice award of Cayman’s Favourite Restaurant at Taste of Cayman, held on the Festival Green, Camana Bay on Jan. 28.

Hew, Joey

Joey Hew is a Progressives candidate for George Town North.

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