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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.
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’.
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.
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 has called upon Governor Martyn Roper to establish a deadline for government to act on the issue of same-sex marriage.
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.
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.
Governor Martyn Roper kicked off the Cancer Society’s sixth-annual Conquering Cancer Health Fair Saturday.
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.
Zita Foster Kirkconnell, 92, the mother of Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell, passed away on Wednesday morning.
Government will seek to hold the referendum on the cruise and cargo port “as quickly as possible”, Premier Alden McLaughlin has said.
Governor Martyn Roper continued his steel pan tour of the island on Wednesday.
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.
The boats are old, and so is the wisdom that went into making them.
More than 100 guests joined Governor Martyn Roper at Government House on Thursday night to celebrate six years of Cayman Connection UK.
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 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.
During his interview with the Cayman Compass, Governor Martyn Roper also commented on a handful of other key issues that fall under his jurisdiction.
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.
Eleven new Customs and Border Control officers were greeted by Governor Martyn Roper on the first day of a 21-week training course.
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.
Governor Martyn Roper only had to step outside his door Friday morning to see his beach being invaded.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Pakistan and England may have been fierce rivals in their Cricket World Cup encounter in the UK on Monday.
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.
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.
Police commissioners from around the Caribbean are in Cayman this week to discuss regional law enforcement issues.
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.
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 Martyn Roper has agreed to become patron of the Cayman Islands Red Cross.
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 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”.
A new police helicopter will arrive in the Cayman Islands within days, Premier Alden McLaughlin and Governor Martyn Roper announced Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 Martyn Roper issued a video message via Twitter to wish everyone in the Cayman Islands a happy new year.
Governor Martyn Roper is inviting members of the public to submit nominations for the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour.
The year 2018 was an eventful one for the Cayman Islands.
The governor and his wife enjoyed a festive Christmas party at Government House last week at their last official function of 2018.
There is nothing like celebrating Christmas with the ones you love.
Governor Martyn Roper announced on Wednesday the full-time appointment of Angelyn Hernandez and Philippa McFarlane as magistrates of the Summary 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.
Magistrate Angelyn Hernandez approved a request from Governor Martyn Roper on Tuesday, temporarily halting the extradition of Iain Nigel MacKellar to the United States.
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.
New governor Martyn Roper and his wife Elisabeth spent their first weekend in the Cayman Islands exploring Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.
British Overseas Territories that suffer serious economic decline after a natural disaster could qualify for official development assistance under new international aid rules.
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.
Cayman’s new governor, Martyn Roper, meets with members of the Opposition on Tuesday, his second day on the job.
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.
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.
Martyn Roper arrived at Owen Roberts International Airport Monday morning to take on his post as the 14th governor of the Cayman Islands.
This newspaper welcomes Governor and Elisabeth Roper. Speaking for all who call Cayman home, we are delighted to have you among us.
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.
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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