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Monique is a young Caymanian Reporter/Journalist who recently joined our staff. She covers community news and arts and entertainment for our online platform as well as The Cayman Reporter’s daily publication. Prior to starting her career at The Cayman Reporter, Monique pursued a Bachelors of Arts degree in Media and Communication at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.

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Articles by Monique Spence

Local footballer dies in snorkeling accident

Cayman has lost one of its rising football stars, 24-year-old Michael Gourzong, whose body was recovered on Thursday morning, 30 June near a private dock just south of Spotts Beach. Mr Gourzong played for Bodden Town Football Club and for flag football team, the Predators. In football he was best …

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No mention of Youth Act funding in budget debate

Youth Anti-Crime Trust (ACT) Chairperson Bonnie Anglin lamented that despite the increase in crime, government support for the crime prevention organisation continues to be very minimal. Ms Anglin further stated that there has also been a reduction in the safety, security and quality of life in the Cayman Islands. A …

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Body of missing snorkeler found

The body of the missing snorkeler off Spotts has been found. Government officials confirmed this to The Cayman Reporter on Thursday, 30 June. The man’s body was found on Thursday morning. He has been identified as Michael Gourzong, who is said to be in his early 20’s, relative to the late …

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DLP fulfills Complaints Commissioner Office’s pensions recommendations

Monique Spence Minister of Education, Employment and Gender Affairs Hon Tara Rivers has announced that her Ministry and the Department of Labour and Pensions (DLP) have fulfilled the Office of the Complaints Commissioner (OCC) 2010 pensions recommendations. A total of 21 recommendations were made in the OCC’s Own Motion Investigation Report entitled Penny Pinching Pensions, initiated …

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Long-term mental health facility to prioritise safety and security

Monique Spence Safety and security of patients, visitors and staff are priority objectives of the long-term residential mental health facility (LTRMHF) project. The project’s Outline Business Case (OBC) confirmed this, adding that feeling and being safe in any environment increases patient and staff outcomes. “Privacy and confidentiality are two important …

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New Anti-Corruption Commission members to be announced

Monique Spence On 1 July 2016 the Anti-Corruption (Amendment) Law, 2016 is expected to come into effect and Her Excellency the Governor will publicly announce the newly appointed members of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Deputy Governor Hon Franz Manderson announced this on Friday, 24 June, in the Legislative Assembly in his response to a …

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Mental Health Facility estimated costs greater than budgeted amount

The long-term residential mental health facility (LTRMHF) Outline Business Case (OBC) estimates the project’s cost is greater than the $2.5 million amount allocated to it in the 18-month budget Finance Minister Marco Archer announced in May. “Taking into consideration the information available up to the date of issuance of this …

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Long-term mental health facility to open in 2019

The deadline for operations to begin at Cayman’s long-term residential mental health facility (LTRMHF) is set for 1 January 2019 in the recently released Outline Base Case (OBC) for the project. The new LTRMHF stands to provide tertiary level care for individuals with serious and persistent mental illness. Care will …

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Long-term mental health facility to be open to overseas patients

The Outline Business Case (OBC) for the long-waited Long-Term Residential Mental Health Facility (LTRMHF) has identified the option of building a long-term residential mental health facility for local and overseas patient as most suitable for the Cayman Islands. This option was compared to four others before being selected as the …

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Number of people needing residential mental health care on the rise

Statistics from CINICO released in the Outline Business Case (OBC) for a long term residential mental health care facility in the Cayman Islandsshow as many as 41 people in acute need of the service, and the number is increasing. The local target patient population expected to benefit from the LTRMHF …

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