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LA renamed Parliament as premier, opposition eye more constitutional changes

As Premier Alden McLaughlin welcomed the renaming of Cayman's Legislative Assembly to Parliament on Friday he signalled the need to continue to clear what he termed "anomalies" in the constitution.

Podcast: Top Stories 16 August

Compass Editor Kevin Morales shares the week's top headlines from the Cayman Islands. First, cruise tourism will not return to Cayman until 2021. Then, the Pan-American Health Organization changes Cayman’s COVID-19 transmission level from ‘sporadic’ to ‘no cases’.
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EN ESPAÑOL: ¿Qué sucede en Islas Caimán con el coronavirus?

Mucho ha pasado en los últimos días en Caimán con el coronavirus, COVID-19, lo que ha fomentado la circulación de muchos rumores. Aquí resumimos la información oficial y las medidas que han anunciado el gobierno de Islas Caimán.

Time to take climate change seriously

Cayman has met the topic of climate change with stops and starts. Recent actions by government, however, have hinted at renewed political interest.

Colours Cayman calls for action on same-sex marriage

Colours Cayman has called upon Governor Martyn Roper to establish a deadline for government to act on the issue of same-sex marriage.

Getting to know you: Governor Martyn Roper

From assisting with turtle nest translocation, to sampling local delicacies and joining roadside Batabano spectators, Governor Martyn Roper has truly settled into Cayman life since arriving late last year.

Lions Club PACCE run raises $32,000 for cancer awareness

More than 150 runners, walkers and cyclists of all ages took part in the Lions Club of Grand Cayman Prostate, Colorectal and Testicular Cancers Event (PACCE) Delano Hislop Memorial Journey for Life fun walk on Sunday.

Hundreds gather to conquer cancer

Governor Martyn Roper kicked off the Cancer Society’s sixth-annual Conquering Cancer Health Fair Saturday.

Letter: Impressed by governor’s steel pan playing

In a recent homily at my local church, I could have sworn that the celebrant said something along the lines of “dangers lurked in the form of the Pharisees, the scribes and the expats”. I may well have misheard but found it amusing nonetheless.
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Deputy premier’s mother passes away

Zita Foster Kirkconnell, 92, the mother of Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell, passed away on Wednesday morning.

Cabinet to begin drafting port referendum bill

Government will seek to hold the referendum on the cruise and cargo port “as quickly as possible”, Premier Alden McLaughlin has said.

Governor brings his steel pan talents to Sunrise Centre

Governor Martyn Roper continued his steel pan tour of the island on Wednesday.

Governor’s statement: Flags to fly at half-mast for McLean

I was saddened to hear the news of the recent passing of former MLA John McLean. Mr. McLean devotedly served the Cayman Islands, dedicating 24 years of his life to politics.

Governor gets a catboat lesson

The boats are old, and so is the wisdom that went into making them.

UK-based Caymanian students gather

More than 100 guests joined Governor Martyn Roper at Government House on Thursday night to celebrate six years of Cayman Connection UK.

Governor Long laid to rest

Amid the spectacle of a guard of honour, top government dignitaries and a crowd of about 200 people, Athelstan Charles Ethelwulf Long, Cayman’s first governor, was given a final tribute on Wednesday at the Cayman Islands Baptist Church in Savannah.

Governor unconcerned over claims of port petition ‘interference’

Governor Martyn Roper said he has “full confidence’ in the Elections Office despite concerns that it is allowing people to “unverify” their signatures for the petition calling for a referendum on the port.

Governor comments on key issues

During his interview with the Cayman Compass, Governor Martyn Roper also commented on a handful of other key issues that fall under his jurisdiction.

Amid Brexit uncertainty, few fears for Cayman

A ‘no deal’ Brexit would likely have little direct impact on the Cayman Islands, according to the United Kingdom’s representative here, Governor Martyn Roper.

Customs, K-9 unit visit with governor

Eleven new Customs and Border Control officers were greeted by Governor Martyn Roper on the first day of a 21-week training course.

Governor visits Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub unit

Governor Martyn Roper says he is impressed by the “commitment and dedication” of police and social workers fighting to protect children in the Cayman Islands.

UPDATED: Royal Fleet makes annual beach landing

Governor Martyn Roper only had to step outside his door Friday morning to see his beach being invaded.

UK minister: Relationship with territories has ups and downs

When he became minister of state at the Foreign Office, Lord Tariq Ahmad expected the Caribbean and the British Overseas Territories to be the “nice and quiet” part of his portfolio.

Evans family unveils bench in honour of baby Nolan

The Evans family – parents Sean and Ailian and daughter Ashlyn – paid tribute to their son and brother Nolan on Saturday by installing a bench in his memory  at Health City Cayman Islands.

Port referendum: No shortcuts to democracy, governor says

Governor Martyn Roper has given his support to the person-by-person verification process taking place for the petition for a referendum on the cruise port.

‘Historic moment’ as cruise petition handed over

The petition calling for a people’s vote on the controversial cruise berthing project was handed over to the Elections Office Wednesday in what was described as a “historic moment” for the Cayman Islands.

Flag flies at half-mast over courthouse in memory of Quin

The Cayman Islands flag flew at half-mast outside the courthouse building on Tuesday following the death of Justice Charles Quin, who passed away on Friday.

Governor keeping tabs on referendum process

Governor Martyn Roper said he would work closely with the Elections Office during the process to verify the authenticity of more than 5,300 signatures on a petition calling for a referendum on the controversial cruise port project.

Cayman celebrates Queen’s Birthday

Cayman rolled out the red carpet for royalty Saturday morning, when it celebrated the official 93rd birthday of Queen Elizabeth II with warmth and symbolic pomp and circumstance.

NEW: McLean calls for port negotiations to halt

Opposition leader Arden McLean has joined calls for the cruise port project to be put on hold until a petition calling for a referendum on the development has been verified.

Governor goes to bat for cricket development

Pakistan and England may have been fierce rivals in their Cricket World Cup encounter in the UK on Monday.

Public Service Pensions Board opens on the Brac

The Public Service Pensions Board has officially opened its office on Cayman Brac. On Friday, Governor Martyn Roper, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson and other officials led the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the office on Dennis Foster Road.

‘Battle-ready’ McLean named new opposition leader

East End MLA Arden McLean was sworn in as the new Leader of the Opposition by Governor Martyn Roper on Thursday, replacing North Side MLA Ezzard Miller who resigned in early May.

Caribbean top cops meeting in Cayman this week

Police commissioners from around the Caribbean are in Cayman this week to discuss regional law enforcement issues.

Butterfield Young Musician of the Year

Saturday evening saw 11 student finalists from seven of Cayman’s public and private schools perform to a packed audience, including Governor Martyn Roper, his wife Elisabeth Roper, and a panel of international judges.

Cayman’s governor gets a speedy education

In the space of 90 minutes, Governor Martyn Roper was whisked through a series of crash courses in steel pan playing, chemistry, sushi making, media production and computer programming.

Governor signs up as Red Cross patron

Governor Martyn Roper has agreed to become patron of the Cayman Islands Red Cross.

Governor: ‘We are stronger together’

The governor has called for everyone to show tolerance and respect amid an increasingly fractious debate over same-sex marriage rights in the Cayman Islands.

Governor endorses ‘equal rights’ for all

Governor Martyn Roper has expressed support for a historic court ruling legalising same-sex marriage in the Cayman Islands, saying it provides “equal rights for everyone”.

Early arrival for new police helicopter

A new police helicopter will arrive in the Cayman Islands within days, Premier Alden McLaughlin and Governor Martyn Roper announced Wednesday.

Britain’s bond with Cayman: Governor seeks to restore ‘trust and confidence’

Amid turbulent times for the relationship between the Cayman Islands and the U.K., Governor Martyn Roper sees himself as “the bridge” between the two countries.

Premier dismayed by report calling for British voting rights in overseas territories

Last Thursday at the Chamber of Commerce legislative luncheon, Premier Alden McLaughlin strongly denounced a United Kingdom Foreign Affairs Committee report issued the same day that calls for British citizens to be able to vote and run for office in the overseas territories.

Prep school students take step back in time

With a focus on the Cayman Coat of Arms and the school’s 70th anniversary, Cayman Prep and High school hosted a Culture Week celebration at the primary school last week.

Canadian high commissioner visits from Jamaica

The High Commissioner of Canada based in Jamaica visited the Cayman Islands last week to meet with Canadians living here, as well as local officials.

Cayman celebrates annual prayer breakfast

Cayman’s governmental leaders channeled their voices to a higher power on Wednesday, when they joined community members in celebrating the 23rd annual Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast.

EDITORIAL – Good news, good news: At last we have a ‘permanent’ governor

Governor Roper, as head of the civil service, holds the keys to setting us free from government’s overreaching and overbearing interference in our daily personal and professional lives.

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

Governor launches Instagram account

Governor Martyn Roper has launched a new Instagram account, saying he wishes to use it to give people in the Cayman Islands, the U.K. and elsewhere an insight into his role.

Governor to accompany government officials at financial services meetings

Governor Martyn Roper is scheduled to travel to New York on Monday to attend a series of events with U.S. financial services associations, including Cayman Finance’s breakfast briefing on Tuesday.

Detained Cubans announce second hunger strike in year

Seven Cuban men and one woman held at the Immigration Detention Centre are launching a hunger strike in protest of how government is handling their asylum applications, according to a Cuban migrant familiar with the situation.

Governor pitches in on Barefoot Beach cleanup

Governor Martyn Roper got down and dirty on Saturday, lending a hand in the latest beach cleanup sponsored by Plastic Free Cayman and Red Sail Sports.

EDITORIAL – What we’re watching out for in 2019

As a rule, Compass editors are cautious about indulging in the temptation of attempted prognostication. However, there are some issues and themes, classified as “in progress” or “recurring,” that we expect to find ourselves writing about in the coming year.

Social media scammer pretends to be governor

Governor Martyn Roper alerted the public on Thursday that a scammer has set up a fake LinkedIn social media account purporting to be his.

Governor seeks unity in New Year’s message

Governor Martyn Roper issued a video message via Twitter to wish everyone in the Cayman Islands a happy new year.
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Governor invites honors nominations

Governor Martyn Roper is inviting members of the public to submit nominations for the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour.

A look back at the year that was

The year 2018 was an eventful one for the Cayman Islands.

Governor and family enjoy festive party

The governor and his wife enjoyed a festive Christmas party at Government House last week at their last official function of 2018.

Seniors celebrate Christmas at The Pines

There is nothing like celebrating Christmas with the ones you love.

Two appointed as full-time magistrates

Governor Martyn Roper announced on Wednesday the full-time appointment of Angelyn Hernandez and Philippa McFarlane as magistrates of the Summary Court.

Three acting judges appointed to Grand Court

Governor Martyn Roper on Tuesday announced the appointment of three new acting judges to the Grand Court panel – Judge Aileen Downey, Simon Russell Flint, QC, and Hugh Southey, QC.

Extradition of UK citizen temporarily halted

Magistrate Angelyn Hernandez approved a request from Governor Martyn Roper on Tuesday, temporarily halting the extradition of Iain Nigel MacKellar to the United States.

Remembrance Day falls on solemn anniversary

The Cayman Islands joined the world in mourning this weekend, when it held its Remembrance Sunday parade and ceremony in honor of lives lost at sea and in World War I and II.

Governor tours Sister Islands

New governor Martyn Roper and his wife Elisabeth spent their first weekend in the Cayman Islands exploring Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.

Change in aid rules could help disaster relief

British Overseas Territories that suffer serious economic decline after a natural disaster could qualify for official development assistance under new international aid rules.

Governor Martyn Roper: Courts must decide gay marriage question

New Cayman Islands governor Martyn Roper said he is happy to wait for the territory’s Grand Court to make a ruling on same-sex marriage.

Governor meets with Opposition

Cayman’s new governor, Martyn Roper, meets with members of the Opposition on Tuesday, his second day on the job.

From Kuwait to Cayman: Governor’s globetrotting career

Early in his career, Martyn Roper was among a group of British diplomats expelled from Iran. Just a few years later, he was in Kuwait when Saddam Hussein’s army invaded. He saw the helicopter gunships bombing the Emir’s palace and spent three weeks “held hostage” at the advent of the first Gulf War, when he was among hundreds of foreigners unable to leave the country in the early days of the Iraqi occupation.

Martyn Roper sworn in as Cayman’s 14th governor

There was a sense of deja vu around the Legislative Assembly Monday as a new governor was sworn in for the second time this year.

New governor, Martyn Roper, arrives in Cayman Islands

Martyn Roper arrived at Owen Roberts International Airport Monday morning to take on his post as the 14th governor of the Cayman Islands.
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EDITORIAL – A warm Cayman welcome to the Ropers

This newspaper welcomes Governor and Elisabeth Roper. Speaking for all who call Cayman home, we are delighted to have you among us.

Governor Designate Roper arrives Monday

Incoming Governor Martyn Roper is scheduled to participate in a full slate of events following his arrival in Cayman on Monday around 11:30 a.m.

Busy first week for governor

The Cayman Islands’ new governor Martyn Roper touches down in the territory Monday morning, before a hectic first week of official engagements.

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