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Premier addresses Speaker’s border-reopening disapproval

Premier Wayne Panton said Speaker of the Parliament McKeeva Bush’s public disapproval of the PACT government’s plan to reopen Cayman’s borders is a personal view.
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Editorial: Why the Compass published the McKeeva Bush assault video

We believe the release of the video gives everyone in Cayman a clearer picture of what happened and better evidence to draw their own conclusions.

Bush responds to video release of Coral Beach incident

House Speaker McKeeva Bush responded to the release of the CCTV footage of the Coral Beach incident used in his conviction last year, saying “The people spoke and they’re seeing now."

EXCLUSIVE: CCTV video of McKeeva Bush assault

The Cayman Compass, in partnership with Nelsons law firm, has obtained CCTV footage used in the conviction of House Speaker McKeeva Bush for assault last year.

The issue explained: Can Speaker Bush help PACT form a stable government?

With the PACT team of independents and the Progressives and their partners locked at 9-9, McKeeva Bush has become the kingmaker and looks set to return to the Speaker's chair where he could cast the deciding vote to make Wayne Panton Premier. We explain some of the law and the debate surrounding the viability of that arrangement.

Cayman Voices: Mac PACT deal a ‘price too high to pay’

Cayman Voices founder Taura Ebanks has spoken out against the Wayne Panton-led PACT deal which puts West Bay West MP McKeeva Bush back in the Speaker's chair.

Bush explains PACT with Panton

West Bay West MP McKeeva Bush issued a fresh apology for his assault on a woman last year as he confirmed he signed on to be Speaker in Wayne Panton’s coalition of independents in a move that could help them secure the government.

McKeeva Bush meets with Panton but no deal announced

McKeeva Bush departed talks with Wayne Panton and his coalition of independents on Friday afternoon, with no official word on whether the Speaker would be involved in helping Panton shore up his coalition. 
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Mac back in the fray as negotiations continue

Wayne Panton's coalition of independents could be back on, with McKeeva Bush entering the fray as a possible partner for the group.

West Bay alliance trio take to stage

Just hours after nominations for the 2021 general election closed, three of the West Bay candidates were on a stage outlining their plans and manifestos.
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Bush: ‘Argument over gratuities’ led to Coral Beach assault

House Speaker McKeeva Bush has said he was ready to face the no confidence motion filed against him and he had a motion of his own ready to trigger against Opposition Leader Arden McLean and North Side MP Ezzard Miller.

UPDATED: Bush won’t serve jail time for assault

Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush will not serve jail time after being convicted of disorderly conduct and assault charges stemming from an incident earlier this year where Bush physically assaulted a female staff member at a West Bay Road bar.

Demonstrators gather to protest against Speaker Bush

Dozens of demonstrators gathered at Heroes Square Friday to rally for the removal of McKeeva Bush from the Speaker's chair after he pleaded guilty to two counts of common assault and one count of disorderly conduct.

EDITORIAL – MPs need to hold Bush accountable

Holding Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush fully accountable for his behaviour is the only acceptable step commensurate with the respect that should be conferred to a parliamentarian. 

Protest planned over lawmakers’ lack of accountability

Protesters plan to hold a demonstration over a lack of accountability of elected lawmakers on Friday afternoon, 11 Dec., outside the former Legislative Assembly building.

Bush pleads guilty to common assault charges

The trial for Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush began unexpectedly in Summary Court 3 Dec. after he pleaded guilty to three of four...

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’.
McKeeva Bush looks on as Public Works Department staff work on the new playground in December 2018

Cabinet planning exemptions used to fast-track park projects

Since 2017, 12 properties in Grand Cayman, including the site of the now-abandoned Smith Barcadere redevelopment project, have been granted Cabinet exemptions from planning permission. The exemptions have allowed government to streamline projects championed by legislators, such as community parks, without subjecting them to the standard approval process.

Premier: Bush’s role to be reviewed after court case decided

West Bay MLA McKeeva Bush continues in his role as Speaker of the House but will not preside over the Legislative Assembly until his legal issues, concerning charges of common assault and disorderly conduct, have been resolved, Premier Alden McLaughlin said during Monday’s press briefing.
The George Town landfill, also known as Mount Trashmore

Half a century of Mount Trashmore

What started as an informal dump site in the 1960s has now become a protagonist in day-to-day life in Cayman. The Compass compiled a short history of waste management in Grand Cayman to explain how the island got to this point.

Miller: No-confidence motion not going away

North Side MLA Ezzard Miller has said even though he was unable to secure the numbers to trigger a special sitting of the Legislative Assembly, he is not giving up on his push for a no-confidence vote in House Speaker McKeeva Bush.

Opposition calls on government to convene House sitting

North Side MLA Ezzard Miller is calling on the Opposition to join him in convening a special sitting of the Legislative Assembly to debate a motion of no confidence in House Speaker McKeeva Bush.
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Behind the Scenes: the McKeeva Incident (audio)

News of ‘an incident’ involving Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush at a West Bay establishment has ignited debate and driven speculation in the Cayman Islands. Host Kayla Young interviews journalist Reshma Ragoonath about her coverage of the event, questions about conduct by elected officials, and the #sheissupported movement.

Bernie Bush resigns as Deputy Speaker

West Bay North MLA Bernie Bush has resigned as Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.

EDITORIAL: It’s time for Bush to resign

When it comes to violence against women, there is no room for debate. Confusion is not an excuse. Drunkenness is not an excuse. Grief is not an excuse.

Roper expresses concern over Bush allegation

Governor Martyn Roper has expressed concern over allegations of an assault on a female bar manager levelled against House Speaker McKeeva Bush.

Prayers and praise offered for Cayman

Governor Martyn Roper has urged Cayman to maintain its Christian values of respect and tolerance.

Quake aftermath: Lawmakers praise building code

Cayman’s strict building code came in for high praise from lawmakers after minimal damage was recorded following last Tuesday’s earthquake.

West Bay celebrates ‘Old Time New Year’

West Bayers turned out in force on Wednesday for the annual ‘Old Time New Year’ family fun day hosted by government minister and West Bay South MLA Tara Rivers at the Ed Bush Stadium.

West Bay seniors celebrated

West Bay seniors were celebrated at the annual Christmas party, hosted by House Speaker McKeeva Bush and the West Bay West Enhancement Council at the Leo Ebanks Children's Playground on Ebanks Road.

Lawmakers underscore need for more modern Elections Law

Revision of Cayman’s Elections Law was discussed on Wednesday in the Legislative Assembly. Opposition Leader Arden McLean raised the issue during committee stage of the review of the Referendum Bill for the people initiated vote on government's $200 million cruise berthing and port project.

Bush to represent small nations in Commonwealth council

Cayman’s Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush has been elected to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s Small Branches Executive Council, on which he will represent all small countries in the world body.

Cayman officials visit agriculture and food show in Jamaica

A delegation from the Cayman Islands picked up some tips and got a firsthand look at Jamaica’s agriculture industry this week.

Speaker Bush celebrates Isle of Man national day

Legislative Assembly Speaker McKeeva Bush is representing the Cayman Islands at Tynwald Day 2019, the Isle of Man national day celebrations.

Town hall renamed ‘Constitution Hall’

George Town’s historic town hall has a new name.

Churches hold anti-gay marriage rally

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.

Speaker Bush renews criticism of human rights chairman

Speaker McKeeva Bush said Thursday he had received a “faux apology” from Human Rights Commission chairman James Austin-Smith over his statement criticising government’s decision to appeal the historic court ruling that legalised same-sex marriage in the Cayman Islands.

EDITORIAL – Ensuring a firm foundation for marriage equality

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.

Bush calls for human rights chair to be fired

Speaker McKeeva Bush led calls for Human Rights Commission chair James Austin-Smith to be fired for speaking out against the government’s decision to appeal an historic ruling legalising same-sex marriage in the Cayman Islands.

UPDATE: Speaker Bush calls on governor to fire Human Rights chairman

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.

East End resident Ina Connor celebrates 100th birthday

Ina Victoria Connor celebrated her 100th birthday at the East End Sunrise Cottage residential home with family and friends on Friday. More than 50 people attended the birthday party, at which the East End Kitchen Band provided the music.

EDITORIAL – Construction on Seven Mile Beach: Is the sky the limit?

Skyscrapers on Grand Cayman? Back away from the ledge, and break out the smelling salts – envisioning future progress is not for the faint of heart.

Speaker calls for 50-story buildings on Seven Mile Beach

Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush believes buildings of 50 stories and higher are the next step for Cayman’s tourism product.

New Year’s message from the Speaker of the House

As we approach and count down to the New Year, we ought to take the opportunity to reflect and prepare for what is ahead. Despite a few unfortunate stories which may have impacted our collective consciousness, there are still promising and countless experiences and developments from last year that remind us we are prosperous, fortunate and blessed across these 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.

Prisoners help Public Works to build new West Bay playgrounds

Prisoners are helping to create a new children’s playground in West Bay.

Speaker Bush attends meeting in London for Royal Commonwealth Society

Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush is representing the Cayman Islands branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association this week during the 150th meeting of The Royal Commonwealth Society in London.

EDITORIAL – Will England’s ‘baritone barrister’ replace Theresa May?

Mr. Cox recently ignited his fellow conservatives with a speech in which he spoke passionately about the “opportunity” facing Great Britain as it negotiates its way toward Brexit.

Bush’s lawyer wows UK Conservative conference

Geoffrey Cox, the lawyer who successfully defended former Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush in his three-week corruption trial in 2014, was proclaimed as the “star” of the U.K. Conservative Party Conference last week after a rousing pro-Brexit speech that had some British commentators hailing him as a potential prime minister.

Opposition, government clash over proposed Cayman National deal

As shareholders of local bank Cayman National Corporation Ltd. mull an offer by the Republic Bank Trinidad and Tobago (Barbados) Ltd. to buy up to 74.99 percent of their shares, the territory’s opposition legislators are calling for the “repayment” of a $20 million “investment” government made into a former Cayman National subsidiary in 2005.

Suckoo suspension sparks walkout by Opposition

Opposition members walked out of the Legislative Assembly in protest Wednesday after Newlands MLA Alva Suckoo was suspended from the House for the day.
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EDITORIAL – An easy call: Deal directly with the media

Decades ago, the editor in chief of “D” (Dallas) Magazine, who now holds the same title at the Compass (talk about a career stall), answered the phone at his desk. He regretted it immediately.

EDITORIAL – Gov. Choudhury: Keeping politics out of the process

It is understandable that people would be eager to bring an end to the tension and uncertainty swirling around Cayman’s highest office. But Cayman has nothing to gain by polarization or further division into opposing camps.

Speaker Bush backs ‘Governor Manderson’ petition

Cayman Islands Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush has thrown his support behind a public petition to install longtime senior civil servant Franz Manderson as Cayman’s full-time governor.

House Speaker blocks attempt to bring perjury charge against civil servant

Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush on Wednesday blocked an attempt by political opposition members to bring a contempt of parliament action against government chief officer Jennifer Ahearn.

Commonwealth conference comes to Cayman

The 43rd Regional Conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association began on Monday at the Marriott Beach Resort.

MLA Bernie Bush hospitalized

West Bay North MLA Bernie Bush is expected to undergo heart surgery at Health City Cayman Islands later this week.

Bush: Challenge to public registry is appropriate

On behalf of my constituents, I would like to say that we fully endorse the position taken by the Premier Mr. Alden McLaughlin with regard to the legal challenge to be undertaken in respect of the aggressive overreach suggested by the U.K. Parliament.

Bush: An obligation to protect the people of the Cayman Islands

In the event that the matter cannot be sorted out through negotiation, the Premier, Mr. Alden McLaughlin, and the Cabinet have my full support to determine the legitimacy of the proposals through the legal system as the same appear to be a clear violation of the Cayman Islands Constitution, an individual’s legitimate right to privacy.

Ground broken for new automotive training center

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.

Bush drops Florida court action against FCO staffer

Cayman Islands Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush has abandoned an attempt via the American courts to retrieve years’ worth of emails and other documents from a U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office employee as part of a lawsuit Mr. Bush filed in 2015 claiming wrongful prosecution.

UK official seeks to block disclosure in Bush lawsuit

A Miami-based U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office employee is opposing an application for disclosure in a civil lawsuit filed against former top Cayman Islands officials who were accused of conspiring to topple former Cayman Premier McKeeva Bush’s government in 2011-2012.

Cayman’s first female governor says goodbye

Ending a four-and-a-half year term that made her one of Cayman’s longest-serving governors since the post was established in the early 1970s, Helen Kilpatrick bid farewell to the Cayman Islands in a small sending off party at Island Air Monday afternoon.

Bush seeks help from U.S. court in ‘conspiracy’ claim

Cayman Islands Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush has sought a Florida court’s assistance in retrieving years of emails and other communications between a Miami-based British law enforcement adviser and former Cayman government officials who Mr. Bush sued, claiming they plotted the demise of his United Democratic Party government in 2011-2012.

Lawsuit challenges Speaker’s ruling

A judicial review application filed at the Grand Court earlier this month seeks to overturn a long-standing law that prohibits records from the Legislative Assembly from being used as evidence in court without the permission of the Speaker of the House.

Treasure hunter and hotelier dies at 69

Herbert “Herbo” Humphreys, the long-time owner of the Holiday Inn and a treasure hunter credited with discovering numerous historic shipwrecks, died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 69.

Speaker Bush attends Commonwealth Conference

Cayman Islands Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush was among more than 70 parliamentary presiding officers from more than 50 nations who attended this week’s Commonwealth Conference in the Seychelles.

Bush arrested at casino, but ultimately not charged

The eyes of Cayman fell upon a foreign shore in July, when McKeeva Bush was arrested at a south Florida casino. Mr. Bush, the Cayman Islands Speaker of the House, was arrested by Seminole Police on July 17 for a misdemeanor case of one count of “touch or strike/battery” in Coconut Creek, Florida.

Election puts Progressives back in power

May 24, 2017 might have been Cayman’s “independents’ day,” but by May 29 a group of independent candidates – with a couple of exceptions – found themselves on the outside looking in at a second term for Premier Alden McLaughlin and his Progressives-led coalition.

Cayman Democratic Party chair resigns

The long-time chairwoman of the Cayman Islands Democratic Party resigned Monday, citing “personal reasons.”

Current government was ‘nuclear option’ for Cayman Democratic Party

Documents purporting to draw up a legal agreement for the formation of a coalition government in Cayman following the May 2017 general election surfaced last week, indicating that Cayman Democratic Party officials viewed the current Progressives-led National Unity Government as “the nuclear option” at the time discussions were taking place.

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