November 24, 2017

The Editor Speaks: A good man leaves

I have to confess, when Neil Lavis arrived here from the UK to take up his job as Director of Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service, I didn’t think he would last twelve months. He not only had to battle with the challenging job of dealing with criminals, but the government who would not spend […]

The Editor Speaks: How much for a new courthouse?

At the Finance Committee this week we learnt that the government has spent over $1M on reports exploring the “where, what and when?” on a new courthouse. It has taken ten years to come to no conclusion whatsoever, except we can’t afford $177M. Now they want to spend $400,000 on another report! And while we […]

The Editor Speaks: Black Friday and Thanksgiving

Thursday (23) is the American Thanksgiving. Over the years I have lived here (35+), I have watched Thanksgiving celebrations grow, especially the Restaurants, primarily because of the large number of American tourists and now with the increase of American workers here. Even locals are celebrating it. Now we have “Black Friday” sales. This was unheard […]

The Editor Speaks: Men

How many of you celebrated International Men’s Day last Sunday (19)? The Government sponsored Cayman Islands “celebrations” comprised a Men and Boys church service at Savannah United Church on Sunday. Rooster 101 had a roundtable at 7:30am last Friday and there was a Family Day at Kings Sports Centre on Saturday 18th. Wow. How much […]

The Editor Speaks: The law was not followed but……

Jobs for Caymanians! That is the trumpet call. Laws were put into place to protect Caymanians. Transparency. Caymanians must have the opportunity to take the top jobs. This applies, especially when the jobs are Government bodies. When our most proven financial qualified Caymanian, Marco Archer, incredibly lost his seat at the last election, we knew […]

The Editor Speaks: It is no surprise private sector pension and health insurers are failing Cayman and so is CINICO

In the Legislative Assembly last Tuesday (14) the Finance Committee were discussing the thorny subject of insurance – pensions and especially health. With the burden of the uninsured Cayman Islands citizens falling on government to address when they reach retirement age the current system cannot be allowed to continue. These are not entirely my words, […]

The Editor Speaks: World Prematurity Day and World Orphans Day. Linked by children.

Two stories celebrating special days may have escaped your notice or about too. The first, World Prematurity Day, you can read today as the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority are celebrating it. See today’s story “Cayman Islands Health Services Authority celebrates World Prematurity Day”. The day earmarked for this is November 17th. The World Health […]

The Editor speaks: Why we remember them

I am speaking here about the Remembrance Day Service last Sunday (12) held outside Elmslie Church on Harbour Drive. Although I do not remember the last war in Britain as I was born in 1943, I do have a remembrance of sheer terror of hearing an air raid siren. My mother told me, even as […]

The Editor speaks: Diabetes

On Tuesday 14th (Nov) World Diabetes Day is marked. I do not say ‘celebrated’ as it is nothing to celebrate if you have diabetes. I do not understand why the spotlight is on women. This year’s theme is “Women and diabetes – Our right to a healthy future”. Cayman Islands Minister for Health, Dwayne Seymour, […]

The Editor speaks: From Panama to Paradise

Some people think Panama is Paradise but not the law firm of Appleby. Appleby has been described by one media outlet as “The company [Appleby] helps the rich and wealthy to avoid taxes, hide names and even supply directors for shell companies. In a Press Release Appleby said: “Recent media coverage, including the Panorama programme […]