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Police clear premier of vote-buying allegation

Premier Alden McLaughlin has been cleared of vote buying allegations levelled against him following comments he made at a political meeting last month, police have said.

DoE: Developer investigated for illegal mangrove clearing

The director of the Department of Environment says a cease-and-desist notice has been formally served to a developer who was caught illegally clearing mangroves on the company’s property in Red Bay.

Stop notices issued after illegal mangrove clearing

Both the Planning Department and the Department of Environment have issued stop notices after the illegal clearing of mangrove in the Red Bay area.

McLaughlin ready to hand over reins, eyes financial services as next post

As the clock winds down on his time at the helm of the Progressives, Premier Alden McLaughlin has signalled that he wants to tackle the financial services and international trade portfolios should the party lead the next government.

McLean calls on premier to remove Bush

Opposition Leader Arden McLean has called for House Speaker McKeeva Bush's removal from his post, likening Premier Alden McLaughlin's inaction on the matter to a "lack of integrity and cowardice."

Premier’s New Year message: March border reopening still on track

In his annual New Year message, Premier Alden McLaughlin was optimistic that Cayman could reopen its borders in March.

Premier: Gov’t unlikely to take action against Bush

The Cayman Islands' national unity government is unlikely to take any disciplinary action against Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush, who on Monday was convicted of and sentenced for three counts of common assault and one count of disorderly conduct.

Premier: Reopening plans hinge on COVID vaccine programme

Premier Alden McLaughlin on Wednesday described the UK’s approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine as “very good news”, adding it has significant implications for Cayman.

UK/OT Joint Ministerial Council goes virtual

United Kingdom and British Overseas Territories’ leaders are set to convene virtually for the annual Joint Ministerial Council meeting, which starts Monday.

Lawmakers mark final day of Legislative Assembly

The Privy Council is set to meet on 11 Nov. to ratify constitutional changes which will rename the Legislative Assembly to Parliament of the Cayman Islands, Premier Alden McLaughlin said Monday night.

COVID-19 leaves minimum wage review in limbo

Completion of a comprehensive review of Cayman's minimum wage is unlikely to take place before May next year as government continues to grapple with COVID-19. 

Gov’t shoots down motions on pensions and vacations

Government members, on Thursday, voted down Opposition motions aimed at reviewing the impact Cayman's pension changes and increasing vacation leave for employees.

Unemployment on track to hit 6.9% by year end

Cayman's unemployment remains on track to hit a projected 6.9% by the end of this year, Premier Alden McLaughlin has said.

Legislative Assembly management bill moves ahead

The Legislative Assembly Bill, which seeks to separate the management of the legislature from the civil service, has moved to the next stage.

Premier refutes claim regiment is ‘illegal’

Premier Alden McLaughlin defended the legality of the Cayman Islands Regiment Monday as he piloted the Defence Bill in the Legislative Assembly. 

Select Committee to be formed to update District Councils Law

Legislators have agreed to create a select committee of the House to review the Advisory District Councils Law following passage of a private member's motion brought by George Town Central MLA Kenneth Bryan.   

McTaggart welcomes premier’s endorsement

Finance Minister and George Town East MLA Roy McTaggart has said he was taken by surprise when Premier Alden McLaughlin announced this week that he was endorsing him as the next leader of the Progressives party.

McLaughlin announces re-election bid

Premier Alden McLaughlin has thrown down the gauntlet to his political opponents announcing his intention to seek reelection in the Red Bay constituency come next May.

Premier: Resort bubble plan proving difficult, but not impossible

Discussions around working out a way forward to introduce “resort bubbles” as an avenue to boost Cayman’s tourism is proving “difficult,” Premier Alden McLaughlin has said.

Regional leaders float travel bubble to boost tourism

CARICOM leaders have launched what they are calling a ‘travel bubble’ aimed at rebuilding regional tourism and helping struggling countries to generate income as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Constitutional changes: UK withdraws Section 81 removal

The UK will not be removing Section 81 of the Constitution, but has approved a mandatory provision to consult local leaders before making legislative decisions that may directly affect the Cayman Islands.

Premier: Pension withdrawals end in October, pensions holiday extended

Premier Alden McLaughlin has said government is not considering allowing any further pension withdrawals past October, but the pension contribution holiday will be extended to December.

Opposition hits back at criticism over assent of Civil Partnership Law

Cayman's official Opposition has described the assenting of the Civil Partnership Law Friday as a "sad day" for the country as its Leader Arden McLean called on Premier Alden McLaughlin to end what he called "the blame game".

Miller: Anglin legal challenge exercise in futility

Independent opposition member Ezzard Miller has said the planned legal challenge against the governor’s use of his reserved powers to enact the Civil Partnership Law is an 'exercise in futility'.

Premier ‘humiliated’ UK was forced to intervene on same-sex union bill

Premier Alden McLaughlin said he is "utterly humiliated" that the failure of local lawmakers to pass legislation on same-sex unions has forced the UK's hand when it comes to the Civil Partnership Law.

Premier hails Holness landslide victory

Premier Alden McLaughlin has extended congratulations to Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his Jamaica Labour Party on their landslide victory in the general election in Jamaica Thursday.

Governor approves same-sex partnerships law

Governor Martyn Roper has assented to the Civil Partnership Law, making same-sex partnerships legal in the Cayman Islands.

Government mulls pension holiday extension

Premier Alden McLaughlin has said government is considering an extension of the current pension holiday.

No formal UK decision yet on removal of Section 81

Local legislators’ failure to reach agreement on the Domestic Partnership Bill has given the United Kingdom “pause to reflect” on the removal of Section 81 from the Cayman Islands Constitution, Governor Martyn Roper has said.

Mask requirements lifted, public gatherings increase under new COVID-19 rules

New COVID-19-suppression regulations, set to be announced today, will see the lifting of masks requirements for inside public places and changes to public-gathering limitations including weddings and funerals.

Bush ends leave of absence, returns to Speaker’s chair

McKeeva Bush has said he will return the Speaker of the House’s chair at the next sitting of the Legislative Assembly.
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Petition circulating for no-confidence motion in premier

A petition calling for citizens to support a purported no confidence motion in Premier Alden McLaughlin is making the rounds on social media.

51 reservists become Cayman’s first regiment platoon

The first platoon of reservists for the Cayman Islands Regiment officially graduated on Sunday.

Opposition writes to UK foreign secretary over governor’s position on same-sex union bill

Opposition Leader Arden McLean has written to UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab over the governor’s decision to press ahead with the Domestic Partnership Bill.

More restrictions may be lifted as Cayman remains COVID-free for a month

Cayman could see a further lifting of COVID-19 restrictions as early as next week after a month of no new coronavirus cases.

Chamber backs border-closure extension

Cayman's Chamber of Commerce has thrown its support behind government's decision to delay reopening local borders to October.

Governor moves ahead with amended Domestic Partnership Bill

Governor Martyn Roper has made good on his promise to move forward with the Domestic Partnership Bill, publishing on Monday an amended version of the legislation together with 11 accompanying legislative amendments.

Gov’t to keep border closed till October

Government has extended Cayman's border closures to 1 Oct. citing the continuing spread of COVID-19, particularly in the United States.

Premier fears UK will keep governor’s power to legislate

Premier Alden McLaughlin believes the United Kingdom will now decide to retain section 81 of the Cayman Islands Constitution, according to a press release...

Verdant Isle breaks silence on port project

Verdant Isle Port Partners, the preferred bidder in government’s cruise and cargo port project, has broken its silence following the announcement that the $200 million facility will not progress.

50,000 of Cayman’s COVID test kits heading to Zimbabwe

The Cayman Islands government has sold 50,000 of its COVID-19 test kits to an international charity for use in Zimbabwe. The ELMA Relief Foundation paid...

Premier pays tribute to former Barbados PM

Premier Alden McLaughlin has joined with regional leaders in extending condolences to the family of former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur and the people of Barbados following the passing of the regional leader.

UK shadow minister weighs in on same-sex bill

UK Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Stephen Doughty has written to the British government calling for it to address same-sex marriage rights in Cayman, following the defeat of the Domestic Partnership Bill.

Colours Cayman: It’s time for governor to act

Local LGBTQ group Colours Cayman has called on Governor Martyn Roper to “fulfil his constitutional role” and “restore the rule of law” in the...

Premier ‘disillusioned’ as bill ends in defeat

The Domestic Partnership Bill’s defeat in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday may have shown a divided legislature, but Finance Minister Roy McTaggart said that is where the division ends.

Lawmakers to vote on Domestic Partnership Bill today

After a lengthy and at times emotive debate local legislators will vote on the Domestic Partnership Bill on Wednesday.

Gap in maternity leave flagged

Maternity leave in the private sector is 20 days shorter than that of mothers who work in the public sector. For moms like Kate Theron,...

Domestic Partnership Bill debate begins

Debate on the Domestic Partnership Bill started in the Legislative Assembly on Monday as Premier Alden McLaughlin said it touched on the "most contentious issue" that he has seen since he entered the house 20 years ago.

Cayman’s active COVID-19 cases down to zero

All of Cayman's COVID-19 cases now have fully recovered and the latest batch of tests have returned only negative results.

Cayman Regiment officers on final leg of training

Cayman’s first batch of Regiment officers entered their final leg of training at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst this week.

Orders in Council coming for beneficial ownership registries

The United Kingdom government has said it will issue Orders in Council at the end of the year for all British Overseas Territories to...

Premier: Environmental Protection Fund to remain under LA control

The National Conservation Law shifted control of the fund to the National Conservation Council, however, the premier said his administration will not bring that change into force.

East End retirement home project on hold

The eastern districts will have to wait a while longer for a new retirement home as Premier Alden McLaughlin said on Thursday that government will not be embarking on any new capital projects.

Court of Appeal rules Port Referendum law is constitutional

Cayman’s Court of Appeal has declared the 2019 Port Referendum Law to be compatible with the Constitution and has refused to grant Shirley Roulstone permission to appeal the decision before the Privy Council in the UK.

Daily stingray feedings draw on DoE resources, personnel

From 19 July, restrictions on the Sandbar and Stingray City will come to an end and for deputy director of the Department of Environment, Tim Austin, that day cannot come fast enough.

Governor makes last call for regiment sign-up

Governor Martyn Roper has made a final push for more Caymanians to sign up for the new Cayman Islands Regiment.

Churches welcome reopening with praise and precautions

After three months of lockdown, local churches will be allowed to reopen their doors on Sunday for worship as Cayman enters Level 2 (minimal suppression) on government’s COVID-19 control tier.

Schools to reopen in September

Cayman’s schools are set to reopen in September, Premier Alden McLaughlin confirmed Wednesday.

Premier: Border reopening proving ‘great challenge’

Government continues to maintain 1 Sept. as the date to reopen Cayman's borders to international travellers, while acknowledging the process poses a 'great challenge'.

Three pregnant women among those who beat COVID-19

Three pregnant women were among Cayman’s positive COVID-19 cases, according to statistical data released by Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee.

Tourism accommodations pay out millions in refunds

Cayman’s accommodation sector seemed to be on track for another profitable year at the start of 2020, but this came to a screeching halt with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the last three months, those within the industry say they have refunded millions of dollars in rental bookings.

RFA Argus crew runs through hurricane response on Colliers Beach

Royal Navy officers from RFA Argus sprang into action Thursday as officers initiated a medical evacuation scenario as they executed a mock response exercise at the scenic Colliers Beach in East End.

Beauty salon owners keep fingers crossed for reopening

As Cayman’s domestic economy slowly returns to a level of normalcy, those in the personal services industry, like beauty salons, barbers and aestheticians, say they are hopeful they will be given the green light to get back to work this month.
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Governor: ‘Good response’ to regiment recruitment drive

Recruitment for the Cayman Regiment is underway and the Governor’s Office has said the community has already responded positively to the drive to fill the 50 posts for the new entity.

ESO mulls continuing with census plans

Plans for the 2020 census in October remain up in the air as Economic and Statistics Office Director Adrian Laidlow has said officials are reviewing next steps as Cayman continues to battle the COVID-19 health crisis.

4 new COVID-19 cases reported

Cayman’s COVID-19 cases have increased by four taking the national tally to 160, according the latest report from Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Lee.

No curfew-breach prosecution for health minister’s wife

Police have confirmed that there will be no case against Tiffany Seymour, wife of Health Minister Dwayne Seymour.

Premier hints at shelter shortages in hurricane message

Premier Alden McLaughlin has urged residents to consider looking at other sheltering options available to them outside of designated hurricane shelters should a storm hit the island.

Dealing with domestic violence

Global statistics show that a domestic violence survivor sustains an average of 33 assaults before seeking help, but those at the Family Resource Centre are equipping Cayman’s frontline staffers to provide a platform for local victims to come forward before getting to that stage of violence.

Divers push for reopening of scuba industry

Dive operators and recreational divers have reacted with frustration over Premier Alden McLaughlin’s rationale behind why scuba diving is still banned while many other activities are allowed as COVID-19 restrictions continue to be lifted.

Government cautious over using public funds to support charities

Premier Alden McLaughlin said government would have to think very carefully about using public funds to support charities helping with food relief.

No new positive cases in latest COVID test samples

No new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Cayman Islands on Thursday.

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