May 22, 2018

The Editor Speaks: Seventh water related death

It was with much astonishment and sadness to learn of another water related death in our waters today. Only last Thursday, Doris Ann Sarauer, 64, who was visiting the Cayman Islands from Minnesota in the United States, was snorkelling off South Church Street, and encountered difficulties. The elderly lady was swimming with others in a […]

The Editor Speaks: Don’t blame me. It was you who gave me the job

Reading the ramblings from Clement Reid, Director of the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands to the government auditors re his major breaches of recruitment laws and procedures, unauthorised spending and other personnel and general management infractions, I realised his only qualification for being given the job is that he is Caymanian. He blamed everybody […]

The Editor Speaks: A Pit bull and an elderly lady

When I read the press release about the pit bull being shot during a police raid on a house in the Bodden Road area of George Town and then later having to be put down, I did have a certain amount of sympathy for the dog. I was also puzzled why the press release gave […]

The Editor Speaks: Another public scandal

And so the list goes on with public officials, normally being suspended on full pay whilst inquiries are ongoing, when criminal activities are suspected. The very latest is now at The Cayman Turtle Centre where a significant amount of cash has gone missing. As in keeping with all government departments a figure is not put […]

The Editor Speaks: Mothers

I have known intimately three mothers. The first was my real mother, Ethel. She nourished me in her womb, she nursed me and she raised me up until I left home when I was twenty-three. She also raised my sister Joyce who was nine years older than me. The second was my first wife, Diane. […]

The Editor Speaks: Things are serious Mr. Bush

Errol Bush, The Port Authority of the Cayman Islands (PACI) Board Director has reportedly sent around emails to staff stating that things were not serious against the rumours of significant irregularities at the authority. We, and that includes the Office of the Auditor General (OAG), obviously have a very different opinion of what he considers […]

The Editor Speaks: Stiff penalties but we will be the poorer

Yesterday (7) we published the Press Release sent to us via General Registry, the registrar for Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs). The Registry’s Head of Compliance is Paul Inniss. There are at least 300 NPOs, such as sports associations, churches, community organisations, and service clubs, currently in local operation. To date, only 63 of these charities have […]

The Editor Speaks: Strange timing

Last Friday whilst Premier Alden McLaughlin was threatening to oppose the UK’s order to disclose beneficial ownership, Registrar of Companies Cindy Jefferson-Bulgin, was sending out this missive: From: CIGENREG Friday, May 04, 2018 2:03 PM [https://www.filepicker.io/api/file/ewEXNrLlTneFGtlB5ryy] Beneficial Ownership Information Filing Requirement on Cayman Business Portal (“CBP”) Dear Client, This message is an important customer service […]

The Editor Speaks: Colonialism

Wikipedia’s definition of “Colonialism’ is: “the policy of a polity seeking to extend or retain its authority over other people or territories, generally with the aim of developing or exploiting them to the benefit of the colonizing country and of helping the colonies modernize in terms defined by the colonizers, especially in economics, religion and […]

The Editor Speaks: Did you forget St George’s Day?

Last Monday 23rd April was St. George’s Day. Did I mention it in an Editorial? No. Did I forget it? No. Did I celebrate it? No. However, I did visit a St George’s Day event held on that day. Where was it? At St George’s Anglican Church. From 6pm until 10pm. Was it good? I […]