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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.

Premier McLaughlin to lead 13-member coalition government

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.

Rebuffed by Progressives, Bryan vows to hold government accountable

Kenneth Bryan has vowed to be a vocal member of the opposition after his offer to be part of the government was rebuffed by the Progressives leadership.

EDITORIAL – Press freedom: Taking a stand, not a ‘pass’

Any attempt by government bureaucrats to regulate, influence or in any way interfere with our lawful news-gathering mission will be met with polite, but firm, rejection.

Independent legislators look to join new ‘unity’ government

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.

UPDATE: Longtime rivals join forces to form coalition government

For the second time in four days, longtime political rivals Alden McLaughlin and McKeeva Bush agreed to form a coalition government.

EARLIER: McLaughlin, Bush announced agreement to form new government

A diverse mix of political leaders has been chosen to form the next Cayman Islands government under Premier Alden McLaughlin, who will be serving his second term in that position.

Independents’ day: Coalition government looms

A disparate group of independent candidates triumphed in Wednesday’s general election, but they did not manage to win a 10-seat majority in the Legislative Assembly.

Status quo on Sister Islands

Incumbent Progressives MLAs Moses Kirkconnell and Juliana O’Connor-Connolly retained their seats as representatives in the Sister Islands Wednesday.

Brac pool construction under way

Work has commenced on a new 25-meter swimming pool on Cayman Brac as progress on the island’s national sports center continues. Bulldozers were excavating the site for the pool, next to the football field and running track on top of the bluff this month. Harold “Mitchum” Sanford, sports coordinator for the Brac, said it is the latest investment in improving sports facilities for the island’s 1,500 residents.

Visitor arrivals to Cayman continue upward trend

Stay-over visitor figures continue to soar after a record-breaking April for Cayman tourism. Just under 40,000 visitors touched down in the Cayman Islands last month, more than 4,000 more than in the same period last year. The numbers for the first four months of the year represent 1.92 percent growth on last year, which was also a record year.

Bids sought for George Town cruise project

Tourism officials are seeking bids from contractors to pre-qualify for the project to design and build a new cruise terminal in George Town harbor.

Cayman not eligible for Ten Island Challenge funding

The Cayman Islands could still be involved in entrepreneur Richard Branson’s Ten Island Challenge, though the territory is not eligible for grant funding from the renewable energy initiative.

Pensions Law changes could spur exodus of up to 2,500 workers

The Cayman Islands could face an exodus of up to 2,500 foreign workers before the end of 2017 as a result of changes to the Pensions Law that prevent expats from cashing out their retirement savings when they leave the country, business leaders have warned.

Record-setting Nomination Day: 63 hopefuls compete for 19 seats

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.

Cayman Airways launches Roatan route

Cayman Airways launched its new twice-weekly nonstop flights from Grand Cayman to Roatan, Honduras, last week.“The Cayman Islands have had a long history with Honduras and particularly the Bay Islands,” said Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell.

KPMG hired for port funding project

Government has hired KPMG on a US$500,000 contract to help come up with a funding formula to pay for the George Town cruise berthing facility.

Politicians squabble over who drafted Legal Practitioners Bill

Cayman Islands politicians argued Wednesday over who penned the draft of the controversial Legal Practitioners Bill, as the clock continued to tick on the final meeting of the current parliament.

Kirkconnell, Moses

Moses Kirkconnell is a Progressives candidate for Cayman Brac West & Little Cayman.

EDITORIAL – The Progressives’ cruise dock plans: Dead in the water

Last week’s announcement by Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell was, in reality, more of an admission: The Progressives government, led by Premier Alden McLaughlin, has failed to carry out what would have been one of its signature projects, the George Town cruise berthing facility.

Lower port fees for Cayman ships in China

China is granting the Cayman Islands-registered ships “most favored nation” status, paving the way for lower port fees for the vessels, the Chinese ambassador to the United Kingdom confirmed during a visit to Cayman last week.

UPDATED: Southwest launches daily Fort Lauderdale-Grand Cayman route June 4

Southwest Airlines will open up a new route between Fort Lauderdale and Grand Cayman this summer. The airline announced plans this week to add the island to its growing route schedule. Subject to regulatory approval the flight will be a daily service.

Southwest Airlines to launch Cayman-Florida route

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines will open up a new route between Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Grand Cayman this summer.

Tourism Department seeks consultants on Latin America

Tourism minister Moses Kirkconnell hopes an effort to explore air services to South American gateway cities will boost summertime visitors. The idea, he says, is to take advantage of Southern Hemisphere seasons that are the reverse of those in Cayman’s chief tourism market, the U.S. and Canada.

New CAL plane may fly to Montego Bay

Cayman Airways celebrated the arrival of a second new Saab prop plane this week, initially to service the route between Grand Cayman and the Brac. The airline is also preparing a business case on the feasibility of using the new 34-seater plane on a route to Montego Bay in Jamaica.

Hailed as ‘jewel’ of tourism sector, Kimpton opens doors

Immediately hailed as a “new jewel” of Grand Cayman’s tourism industry, the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, opened for guests on Tuesday. The 266-room hotel has been four years in the making.

Boxing legend Pacquiao coming to Cayman

Manny Pacquiao, the boxing legend, politician and most famous man in the Philippines, is coming to the Cayman Islands in January to host the Island Rumble boxing event.

Cayman’s cruise pier to go out to bid this year

A tender for a new cruise and cargo facility will likely go out in December once the final engineering study is complete, according to Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell. He said that study would inform the specifications for a request for proposals which should result in a contract being awarded by March next year for the two piers.

Kiss rock the boat in Cayman

Rock band Kiss made a brief stop in the Cayman Islands this week as part of their “head-banging, fist-pumping mission at sea.” The band have been sailing Mexico and the Caribbean with a ship full of fans aboard the Norwegian Pearl and dropped in to Grand Cayman on Monday.

Cayman set for busiest-ever tourism season

Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell hailed the impact of increasing arrival figures in bringing down unemployment as the Cayman Islands gears up for what is expected to be the busiest high season on record.

UCCI grads celebrate academic success

UCCI celebrated the achievements of more than 200 graduates at a commencement ceremony Thursday evening at the Sir Vassel Johnson Hall. Twenty-five students were awarded Bachelor’s degrees, two received postgraduate degrees, 118 received associate degrees, nine degrees were awarded for professional programs and 55 certificates were given out.

Government hires consultants for five-year tourism plan

The Cayman Islands government has hired Washington, D.C.-based company Solimar to draw up a five-year “National Tourism Plan” for the islands. The company was chosen in a competitive tender process which began in April, the Department of Tourism announced in a press releas

Same-sex marriage: In their own words

Lawmakers spent most of the day Oct. 6 debating whether the Cayman Islands should hold a public referendum on allowing same-sex marriage in the territory. The referendum motion failed by a 9-to-8 party line vote. Below are excerpts from the debate from each legislator who spoke in the debate.

Baroness takes in Sister Islands sights

The U.K. Overseas Territories Minister, Baroness Joyce Anelay, made a brief but action-packed visit to the Sister Islands Monday. With a busy itinerary, the baroness visited a number of sites on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

Honduran president visits Cayman

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez will be paying Cayman a brief visit on Friday.

Art project shines in a unique setting

Sister Islands MLA and Deputy Governor Moses Kirkconnell recently paid a visit to a very special art project created by the Brac’s Year 6 primary school children at Walton’s Mango Manor in Stake Bay.

Imports, flights to Roatan on the table

The prospect of direct flights and food imports from Roatan were discussed Tuesday when government and airline officials made a flying visit to the Honduran island.

Heroes Day to honor tourism sector

Next year’s National Heroes Day will recognize the pioneers of Cayman’s tourism industry, the organizing committee announced Thursday.

Minister optimistic as port process drags

Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell has predicted that a deal for new cruise piers will be signed before the next election, with the total cost coming in at less than $200 million – even after the design has been altered to reduce the environmental damage.

EDITORIAL – Tourism stats: Rosier than Rosa’s report

We don’t want to make too much of the ever-so-slight decline in air arrivals to the Cayman Islands so far this year, but unfortunately our tourism officials have beat us to the punch.

Tourism chiefs mindful of Brexit impact on economy

Government is monitoring the potential impacts of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union on the Cayman Islands’ tourism industry, Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell said Monday.

Southern Cross Club owner honored at tourism awards

Eight years in the family business was enough for Peter Hillenbrand to be sure it was not for him. He turned his back on the 9-to-5 life and took the plunge on a risky business venture, taking over a run-down Little Cayman resort.

Minister hails tourist spending increase

Growing tourist numbers added almost US$90 million in direct spending to the economy between 2013 and 2015, with the contribution split almost evenly between cruise and stay-over visitors.

Government seeks cruise pier compromise

Government is seeking to establish the cost of altering the design of the proposed cruise berthing facility to minimize environmental damage, Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell said this week.

Deal signed for airport upgrade

The Cayman Islands Airports Authority signed a contract Wednesday with building contractor McAlpine for a $42.5 million project which will almost triple the size of the airport’s terminal buildings.

Athletes amped up for Cayman Invitational

The world will be watching the Cayman Islands Saturday as the fastest man in history, Usain Bolt, runs the first race ahead of what he’s said will be his final Olympics in August.

Strong turnout for Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge

Dignitaries and government officials joined nearly 200 participants from the Cayman Brac community for the 2016 Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge.

Kirkconnell: Hotel closure won’t impact room stock

When Grand Cayman Beach Suites on Seven Mile Beach closes in September, it likely will not have a long-term impact on tourism accommodations on island, according to Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell.

Royal visit for Little Cayman’s Central Caribbean Marine Institute

Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, visited Little Cayman at the invitation of the Central Caribbean Marine Institute.

Details of ministers’ meeting with CarePay witness revealed

Former Health Services Authority Chief Information Officer Dale Sanders said Tuesday that he did not accept any reward or contract from Cayman Islands government ministers as a result of a private meeting in Washington, D.C., in 2013.

New scholarships available for hospitality students

Hospitality students in the Cayman Islands have a new opportunity to further their studies in the field at an American university.

Port Authority helped fund cruise pier report

Government appealed to the Port Authority for help to cover a $1.8 million shortfall in funding for the environmental impact assessment on the proposed cruise pier project, according to Port Authority meeting minutes.

Runway extension pushed forward

Plans to begin expanding the runway at the Owen Roberts International Airport to allow long-haul flights into Grand Cayman are being pushed forward.

Overgrown Alexander Hotel remains in limbo

Partially obscured by grass and weeds, its walls crawling with rampant bougainvillea, the vacant Alexander Hotel on Cayman Brac provides a striking counterpoint to...

EDITORIAL – The Tibbetts family legacy continues on Cayman Brac

The grand reopening of the Cayman Brac Beach Resort deserves three cheers — one for each generation of the Tibbetts family, starting with patriarch...

Brac airport veteran retires

Longtime Cayman Brac airport worker Daryl “Bud” Walton retired last week after nearly three decades. Mr. Walton, officially the airport’s maintenance officer, was lauded Friday...

CarePay to solve all our problems, Watson tells court

Details of private discussions regarding the CarePay hospital patient swipe-card contract that took place between Aug. 11-12, 2010 – four months before the US$13 million contract was agreed by government – were reviewed in Canover Watson’s criminal trial Thursday.

CarePay trial: Webb hid CarePay profits from ex-wife, says Defense

Caymanian businessman Jeffrey Webb tried to cover his involvement in the company that won the Health Services Authority’s patient swipe-card contract because he was trying to hide his profits from his former wife during divorce proceedings, defense attorneys in the CarePay trial alleged.

Tourism arrivals increase in 2015

Last year was another record year for tourism in the Cayman Islands, though growth was marginal compared with the rest of the region.

Pauline ‘Polly’ Tibbetts, 1927-2016

Polly Tibbetts passed away on January 4, 2016

50 Years ago: Golden wedding anniversary celebrations

In the Jan. 5, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, under the headline, “Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Foster celebrate Golden Wedding Anniversary,” Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

Brac hotel owners told to clean up site

The owners of the Divi Tiara Beach Resort on Cayman Brac have been served with an enforcement order requiring them to demolish dilapidated buildings and clean up the site. The hotel, vacant for almost a decade, has become an eyesore on the island, and planning officials are concerned that the site is unsafe.

Top stories of 2015: CarePay contract trial gets under way

Cayman ended 2015 with a major corruption trial involving healthcare contracts and allegations against some prominent Caymanian businesspeople.

Top stories of 2015: Airport expansion in the works

Government broke ground in September on the $55-million expansion of Owen Roberts International Airport.

Top stories of 2015: Cruise plan divided Cayman in 2015

Plans for a new cruise terminal in George Town harbor dominated the headlines and divided the Cayman Islands community throughout 2015.

Cayman Brac bids farewell to Captain Arlin Tatum

The Veterans and Seamen’s Centre was filled with mourners on Sunday, Dec. 20, who had come to pay final respects to Captain Arlin Royston Tatum, who died on Dec. 3, 2015.

Little Cayman honors Gladys Howard's last request

Little Cayman honors Gladys Howard, who passed away in October, with a memorial service, a costumed parade and a party, abiding by her last wish to celebrate her life rather than mourn her passing.

Spotts cruise terminal improvements planned

Improvements to Cayman’s secondary cruise ship terminal at Spotts Dock, including a new visitor center, are planned for January.

Gladys Howard Celebration of Life

Friends and family will be celebrating the life of the late Gladys Bravenec Howard this week in Little Cayman, with a memorial service and a parade.

CarePay trial: Defense: Witnesses brought to police interview by gov't minister

What was described as a surprise police interview conducted with three civil servants during the CarePay contract investigation last year was arranged by a Cayman Islands government minister, defense attorneys suggested during testimony Friday.

CarePay trial: Contract was 'highway robbery,' witness says

Fees that were expected to generate more than US$2 million a year for a Jamaican company providing services to the Cayman Islands public hospital system under the CarePay contract were called “highway robbery” by a Crown witness who testified Thursday in an ongoing criminal trial.

Stay-over tourism numbers flat while region grows

More tourists are traveling to the Caribbean’s major vacation destinations this year, but stayover numbers for the first three quarters of 2015 show that Cayman’s numbers are flat following a record-breaking year in 2014.

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