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Community Affairs Ministry names deputy chief officer

The Ministry of Community Affairs has appointed former National Drug Council director Joan West-Dacres as its deputy chief officer, as of Tuesday, 1 Oct.

Gender Affairs Unit bolsters Honouring Women Month

Andre Ebanks, deputy chief officer of the Ministry of Community Affairs, presents the Family Resource Centre’s programme facilitator Anne-Marie Diaz with a cheque for $9,000 on behalf of the ministry’s Gender Affairs Unit.
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Public invited to bullying presentations

The Ministry of Community Affairs and the Alex Panton Foundation announced this week that they will hold a series of community presentations in coming months to address bullying and issues facing young men at risk.

Cayman prepares for Honouring Women Month

The Ministry of Community Affairs’ Gender Affairs Unit has donated $9,000 to the Family Resource Centre to help pay for activities to mark the 20th anniversary of the observance of Honouring Women Month in the Cayman Islands.
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More consultation planned on welfare reform

With the Public Accounts Committee poised to review an Auditor General’s report highlighting lack of action on welfare reform, officials have released details of plans for another round of consultation on the issue.

Help offered with certificates for veterans, seamen

The Ministry of Community Affairs is reminding recipients of ex gratia seamen and veterans benefits to complete their Seaman and Veterans Continuation Confirmation Certificates.
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Social services offices to close Friday

The Ministry of Community Affairs and all its departments, including the Department of Children and Family Services and the Needs Assessment Unit, in Grand Cayman and on Cayman Brac will be closed all day Friday, April 13, to facilitate a staff meeting.

New chief officer for community affairs announced

Teresa Echenique has been appointed as the new chief officer for the Ministry of Community Affairs.
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Training day at government departments

The Ministry of Community Affairs, Department of Children and Family Services and the Needs Assessment Unit will be closed throughout the morning of Thursday, Feb. 22, for training.

New leadership for social services ministry

The woman responsible for administering government’s parole and prisoner rehabilitation programs has been named the new acting chief officer for the Ministry of Community Affairs.

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.

Brac youth gearing up for a weekend of fun, sports and activities

Teenagers and young adults on Cayman Brac will be treated this weekend to an array of free events as part of the Brac Spring Weekend. Kicking off on Friday, March 10, the event is being organized by the Youth Services Unit of the Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports.

Barbadians donate new bed to Cayman seniors home

East End seniors got a welcome boost earlier this month thanks to the donation of a specialized bed. A medical bed was donated to Sunrise Cottage, East End’s residential home for seniors, on Feb. 11 by Barbadians in the Cayman Islands, represented by Honorary Consul Juliette Gooding-Michelin.

Child abuse prevention talk draws interest

A talk on preventing child abuse in sports drew an interested Brac audience earlier this month keen to learn more about this important issue. A delegation from the Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports traveled to Cayman Brac to kick off the first in a series of child abuse prevention training sessions.

Private sector helps government fund poor relief

About $300,000 cut from the government’s school lunches and uniforms budget is being made up through the efforts of private sector and volunteer organizations, according to the Cayman Islands Ministry of Community Affairs.

Child abuse prevention measures extended to sports groups

The Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports has unveiled amendments to the Child Law, intended to extend additional protections to young athletes. The policy outlines how to recognize abuse, how to respond to instances, and methods to report transgressions.

Boys win Bodden Town Youth Cook-off

In a close-fought contest, a team of two of young men from Bodden Town emerged as district cook-off champions last week.

Government considers taking over running of children’s homes

A strategic assessment for the Children and Youth Services Foundation says that the organization that runs children’s homes in Cayman could be integrated into government. The assessment, released Friday, looks at several strategies to save money and provide better support for and oversight of the organization.

Guidelines aim to help protect elderly

New policy guidelines unveiled this week aim to put more resources into helping the islands’ older residents and give specific protections to stop the neglect, fraud and abuse that some in government say is committed regularly against elderly people.

New director takes helm at Children and Family Services

Felicia Robinson, former director of human services and family affairs for the St. Lucia government, has assumed her new post as director of Cayman’s Department of Children and Family Services.

Seniors invited to attend focus groups

The Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports is organizing focus groups to get input on the government’s “National Older Persons Policy.”

Overhaul of health system for seamen, indigents planned

Following a highly critical report from the Office of the Auditor General last year and more criticism this year from some members of the Legislative Assembly, government plans to overhaul the system of benefits and healthcare for seamen and veterans and medical care for indigents.

No strategy for welfare payments

The senior official responsible for welfare in the Cayman Islands has acknowledged there is no coordinated strategy for how public money is spent on the island’s most needy.

The home that Cayman built

A new cottage for boys is opening on the site of the Frances Bodden Home in Lower Valley, filling an “urgent need” for youngsters in care.

New offices open on Brac

The opening of a new facility on the Brac serving the Sister Islands on Friday, Jan. 29 drew a small crowd of dignitaries and residents.

Helping out during the holidays

Between the unwrapping of Christmas gifts and popping of New Year’s champagne bottles, let’s take a moment to recognize some of the good works being done this holiday season by Cayman Islands residents.

Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports gives back to community

Staff of the Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports paid Christmas visits to residents of the Family Resource Centre, Pines Retirement, Golden Age and Bonaventure Boys Home.

New deputy director for Needs Assessment Unit

The Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports announced this week that Matthew Hylton has been promoted to the position of deputy director at the Needs Assessment Unit.

Coroner to investigate teen's death

A coroner’s investigation will look into the circumstances surrounding the death of 14-year-old Risco Batten.

Intriguing stories continue to run

The biggest local sporting event – the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon – is staged on Sunday and, as always, there are plenty of intriguing athletes’ stories.

Teenager dies on boys home outing

A 14-year-old boy who died in an accident off a South Sound beach on Sunday was on a group activity organized by the Bonaventure Boys Home at the time.

Audit report: Government assistance programs lack oversight

A new audit report shows government assistance programs operate without oversight and do not have set criteria for giving public assistance.

Children and Family Services director retires

Alicia "Jen" Dixon is retiring from her government post after 33 years of service effective Sept. 1.

Seamen's support grows to $6M

Cayman's seafaring days may be in the past, but its benefits list for ex-seamen is growing.

Archer: Cayman's financial 'freedom' still needs work

The Cayman Islands may indeed emerge from the end of its 2015/16 budget without the United Kingdom needing to approve future government spending plans, Finance Minister Marco Archer confirmed Friday.

Child month kicks off on Friday

A packed schedule of activities is being organized for this year’s Child Month, which begins Friday, May 1. The theme this year is “Opening our Hearts.”

Swindon and Houston kids back

The Cayman International Youth football tournament returns next week and will feature local Under-16 teams from Cayman Athletic Sports Club and Future Sports Club against international opposition.

Governor and Bush meet on tirade

Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush pushes for a resolution to the situation involving the former health minister.

Changes put premier in charge of massive ministry

A government ministry reshuffle puts massive responsibility on the premier's shoulders and lightens the load for the former health minister.

2014 Year in Review

A month-by-month review of the Cayman Islands' top new stories in 2014.

Premier trumpets audit successes again

More government agencies pass their annual audit tests, but most of those reports still haven't been made public.

Audit results: Applause yes; ovation, not yet

The government's announcement that two of its ministries received unqualified audit opinions is not yet cause for major celebration.

Two of 41 government entities ace audits

Cayman Islands leaders say public sector accountants appear to be getting their numbers “right the first time, and on time.”

Professionals trained in domestic violence issues

Government professionals are trained in dealing with domestic violence issues.

Freedom of – or from? – information

Redacting information relating to who used government credit cards and where they used them undermines the spirit of the Freedom of Information Law.

Names on gov’t credit cards ‘personal’

According to government's recent FOI records release, some names should be protected while others should not.

Witness protection charges

A US$234.40 payment to Comfort Suites in Grand Cayman and a US$783.22 rental car bill in Florida were apparently charged to the local government in various witness protection/assistance efforts.

Government budgets for 
100-plus staff increase

The Cayman Islands government plans for a modest staff increase during the 2014/15 budget year.

Child Month kicks off

A month-long celebration of children and family-focused events is being planned for Child Month in May.

Juvenile girls prison plan at odds with Constitution

Cayman Islands prisons will not meet constitutional requirements that female juvenile prisoners be housed separately from adult female prisoners by November.

Deadline looms for seafarer certificates

Cayman seamen who fail to submit proof of income and other paperwork to the government by Sept. 6 are likely to have their benefits suspended, according to the Ministry of Community Affairs.

Local family services agencies facing growing demands

Premier Alden McLaughlin learned during a tour of family services agencies that resources are lacking.

CIMA promotes gender equality in the workplace

The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority is providing formal training to its staff on the Gender Equality Law

Love, support in Child Month

Throughout May, the people of the Cayman Islands celebrated the 17th annual Child Month.

Government consultants everywhere

The Cayman Islands Government is good business for consultants.

Time to honour our local children

Writer encourages the Cayman Islands to celebrate the Month of the Child.

Ministries release travel costs since 2005

Government releases expenses on globe-trotting ministers.

Lawmakers concerned over gay adoption rights

Legislators on Wednesday raised concerns that a new Adoption Law may allow gay peope to adopt children in the Cayman Islands.

Show women your honour

March has been designated Honouring Women Month in the Cayman Islands.

Youth remand centre on hold

The foundations may already in place but work on a new juvenile remand centre has been put on hold while the government goes back to crunch the numbers.

Samuel Rose gets Cabinet secretary nod from governor

Governor Duncan Taylor announced the appointment of Samuel Rose, longtime Deputy Chief Officer for Financial Services, to replace Orrett Connor as Cabinet Secretary upon his February retirement.

Gender violence committee formed

The government has set up a group to address gender and family violence in the Cayman Islands.

Women better educated, often paid less

Women are better educated, but usually not better paid in the Cayman Islands.

Marchers break silence on domestic abuse

In a stand against gender abuse, the 16 Days of Activism campaign got well underway with a Silent Witness march.

Social services dole grows

Staggering figures emerge about how many people are receiving government assistance in the Cayman Islands.

CayHealth improves care access

The CayHealth initiative aims to improve access to primary care, pharmacies and healthy lifestyle programmes patients.

Editorial for 12 July: Adoption should not be a burden

Adoption of children in the Cayman Islands should not be a long drawn out process.

Teen waits 10 years to be adopted

Zachery Wright's family has been trying to adopt the teenager for more than a decade.

Fun day encourages togetherness

Child month concludes up with family fun day at Pedro St. James Castle

Celebrating children in month of May

Expressions of appreciation for the boys and girls of the Cayman Islands will again be shared in May during the 16th annual Child Month observance.

Editorial for 27 March: Honour women year round

March is honouring women month in the Cayman Islands, but should be done year round.

New homes improve youth rehabilitation

Two events in March will mark the strengthening of Cayman’s youth rehabilitation efforts by the Ministry of Community Affairs, Gender and Housing and other key stakeholders.

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