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In the first meeting of Parliament under the new administration, Cayman Brac East MP Juliana O'Connor-Connolly, who accepted a Cabinet role in Wayne Panton's government just hours before legislators were sworn in on Wednesday, defended her decision to leave the Progressives opposition.
Former Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly has accepted a Cabinet position in Wayne Panton’s government, while new East End representative Isaac Rankine has come back to the coalition of independents.
Five female representatives, two more than that of last legislature, will be taking their seats in Parliament.
Sitting MPs Moses Kirkconnell and Juliana O'Connor-Connolly are both facing off against one opponent each, as they fight to secure re-election to represent Cayman Brac West and Little Cayman and Cayman Brac East, respectively.
Cayman's government schools will remain closed for two weeks longer than planned as the holiday break has been extended, Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly has announced.
The final phases of the new John Gray High School could cost more than $106 million, according to the Ministry of Education. The estimate, shared with the Legislative Assembly Thursday, is higher than the figures provided to the body just days before by Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly.
Law changes meant to empower the Registrar of Lands to register a public right of way where there is no objection to that registration have been withdrawn by Lands Minister Juliana O'Connor-Connolly.
Jorel Bellafonte and Zoe Conolly-Basdeo have been appointed as Cayman’s new CARICOM Youth Ambassadors.
Cayman’s legislatures continued to distance themselves from rumours of a no-confidence motion against Premier Alden McLaughlin over the Domestic Partnership Bill.
The Cayman Compass took a closer look into some of the MLA’s wide range of opinions over the Domestic Partnership Bill, separating fact from fiction, and in many cases filling in the blanks.
Local LGBTQ group Colours Cayman has called on Governor Martyn Roper to “fulfil his constitutional role” and “restore the rule of law” in the...
Minister of Education Juliana O’Connor-Connolly appeared alongside several of her colleagues during the 26 June government press conference to address questions about reopening Cayman’s schools.
Cayman’s schools are set to reopen in September, Premier Alden McLaughlin confirmed Wednesday.
While parents of students in private schools question why they need to pay full fees during school closures, the association representing the schools say, without fees, the schools may have to close permanently.
Cayman’s private and public schools will not reopen any time soon, according to Education Minister Juliana O'Connor-Connolly.
Cayman schools have responded to disasters in the past. Emergencies like hurricanes and fires are events administrators know to prepare for.
Government has purchased 16 new vehicles for public primary and high schools in the Cayman Islands. The total cost for the vehicles was $745,752, according to the Department of Education Services.
Enrolment in private schools is increasing as more local parents opt out of placing their children in Cayman’s government-run public schools, the Public Accounts Committee heard last week.
Water service has been restored to all customers across Grand Cayman.
Education officials are considering adding cameras in local classrooms.
Government has announced plans to spend nearly $1.5 billion dollars over the next two years to support its plans and programmes. In a special feature, we analyse where that money comes from and where it goes.
The Ministry of Education has enlisted the help of a local public relations agency to promote the new curriculum being implemented in its primary schools, but so far little information on the programme has been released.
Colours Cayman is calling on the government to include sexual orientation and gender identity in its proposed anti-bullying legislation.
Despite a government surplus and the promise last year of a 1 Sept. wage increase for teachers, Education Ministry officials now say teachers won’t get the expected bump in salary for another year.
A delegation from the Cayman Islands picked up some tips and got a firsthand look at Jamaica’s agriculture industry this week.
Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly said on Thursday, during the Legislative Assembly, that her office is developing a policy paper on how to address the cost of exam fees for Cayman students.
Shantelle Young and Tayvis Walters have been named as Cayman’s next youth ambassadors to the Caribbean Community, with Youth Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly marking the occasion on Wednesday by pinning the two with the ceremonial CARICOM pin.
Government took steps to cement the environmental legacy of Anna Consuelo Ebanks, nee Yates, last week. A sign and memorial plaque were unveiled, renaming South Sound Community Beach as Consuelo’s Beach in memory of the Cayman icon.
An estimated 2,000 people, many dressed in white, attended a rally in downtown George Town on Saturday afternoon to protest against a recent court decision to change the Marriage Law to legalise same-sex marriage in the Cayman Islands.
The Cayman Islands government now owns a little piece of Hell. Lands Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly informed the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday afternoon that a section of the Hell formation in West Bay was among 16 plots of land acquired by the government in the past year.
During Monday’s session of the Legislative Assembly, Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly focussed on overhauling school curriculum and re-outlined teacher salary changes that she first announced last August in her requests for supplemental funding.
The landmark legalisation of same-sex marriage in the Cayman Islands has unleashed powerful emotions. With them have surfaced all sorts of misinformation and confusion over legal rights, separation of powers and personal beliefs.
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”.
Speaker McKeeva Bush has called for Human Rights Commission Chairman James Austin-Smith to be immediately fired by Governor Martyn Roper, following the commission’s statement Thursday criticising government’s decision to appeal the chief justice’s decision to legalise same-sex marriage.
Water is an essential building block of life.
The Ministry of Education has squared its accounts with the University of the West Indies with a payment of $2.3 million, and says it wants to strengthen the relationship between the two entities.
The Boeing 737 MAX 8 took a ‘sightseeing tour’ of Little Cayman and the Brac before setting down at the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport
The twice-yearly “Proud of Them” award scheme is once again seeking to recognize excellence among young people in the Cayman Islands.
The Cayman Islands school system is a multidimensional assortment of government entities and private service providers, which together deliver primary and secondary education to more than 8,600 children in the country.
Public school teachers cheered in August this year when Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly announced a plan to increase their salaries over the next two years to a minimum of $5,000 per month.
Cayman Islands government school teachers will receive pay raises of between $136 to $640 per month beginning this month.
Around 200 people, including schoolchildren, turned out in Cayman Brac Thursday for a celebration of the 60th anniversary of Cayman’s coat of arms.
The real pay increase for teachers will come next year.
In her start of the school year address, Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly talked about the ongoing project of building the new John Gray High School.
When government school students return to class next week, they will need to comply with new dress code guidelines issued Monday by the Ministry of Education.
Cayman’s Olympic Committee has a new home, thanks to a crucial assist from the Panam Sports organization. Cayman opened its new Olympic House – the first permanent facility of its kind – on Thursday with a brief ceremony that featured speeches from some visiting dignitaries.
The number of financial cases before the Grand Court that have been sealed from the public has been steadily rising over the last decade, according to OffshoreAlert. - Photo: Taneos Ramsay
It’s impossible to say with precision when the relationship between North Side representative Ezzard Miller and this newspaper began to deteriorate.
Boatswain Bay Presbyterian Church held its 25th Annual Graduates Service on Sunday, July 8, to congratulate and honor the graduates in its congregation from all levels of education, from preschool to university.
A dozen students were honored Wednesday evening at the annual Proud of Them award ceremony at the George Town Yacht Club.
More than 700 students from six high schools attended Cayman’s first Student Volunteer Fair. The fair brought students together with 20 nonprofit organizations that informed the teens about the various voluntary and community service work they can get involved in.
Cayman Islands lawmakers agreed this week to set aside $10 million to purchase land, including beachfront properties and beach access pathways, for future public use.
Nominations for the annual “Proud of Them” initiative, which honors the achievements of individual young people in the Cayman Islands, are now open.
It took the entire Little Cayman Primary School to supply drinks for the Little Cayman Agriculture Show, which returned on Saturday after a one-year hiatus.
Denise DeMercado still remembers how terrible she felt in 2009 when she turned away a young man looking for a job at Superior Auto, a business she runs with her husband Mark.
The Herrman family from the United States has donated another parcel of land to the Brac’s National Trust.
A Spring Weekend youth gathering on Cayman Brac earlier this month brought together a diverse group of young people from the Brac and Grand Cayman.
Cayman Islands public school teachers were told to expect better salaries, but also to work harder to impact the performance of their students, during an educators seminar Tuesday.
There are no plans to bring road paving equipment back from Cayman Brac in the near future, despite concerns from legislators that the lack of similar machinery was driving up the cost of road development in Grand Cayman.
Politics invaded the graduation ceremony at the University College of the Cayman Islands on Thursday, Nov. 2.
The Ministry of Youth and the National Youth Commission announced Monday that nominations will be accepted until Nov. 6 for young people, ages 10 to 25, who have made notable achievements in academics, sports, their career, culture, business or community service.
Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly has said completing the John Gray project is a priority. We trust that she, Education Councillor Barbara Conolly and Education Council Chairman Dan Scott will work to keep the John Gray project moving forward until it is finally removed from the “to do list” and added to the government’s list of accomplishments.
Work on the new John Gray High School is not expected to resume until mid-2019, with a multi-stage assessment process planned over the next two years to determine the best way to complete the project.
We usually associate standing ovations with rock stars, Broadway musical performers, and superstar athletes – not with newly minted education ministers. And yet, that is exactly the reception that the Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly received when she addressed 700 schoolteachers and educators on Tuesday.
Juliana O’Connor-Connolly promised to fight for a minimum $5,000 a month salary for teachers in a rousing first speech as Cayman’s education minister that was greeted with a standing ovation Tuesday morning. The majority of teachers are paid between $3,500 and $4,800 per month, according to a 2011 government report.
Premier Alden McLaughlin announced on Thursday the assignments of three recently elected legislators as councilors in the Cayman Islands government.
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.
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.
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.
Instead of making Cayman’s districts smaller, more numerous and more inward-facing, officials should have done the opposite: Make the entirety of the Cayman Islands one single district, and allow residents to vote on the same slate of candidates.
Incumbent Progressives MLAs Moses Kirkconnell and Juliana O’Connor-Connolly retained their seats as representatives in the Sister Islands Wednesday.
A record 63 candidates will contest the Cayman Islands general election on May 24 after a frantic day of nominations across the country generated some surprises.
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