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The Shaping 2017 political landscape

The upcoming 2017 General Elections are beginning to take shape, quite some time before nomination day- scheduled for 29 March 2017. Rightly so, as this upcoming general election will be crucial for the future of the Cayman Islands. Whoever forms the government next year will have to be capable of …

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Action vs reaction

We wish that the speed with which two recent issues in Cayman were dealt with by government, could be replicated in all such matters. We refer to the speedy drafting and passage of changes to the Misuse of Drugs Law to allow for the medicinal use of cannabis oil in …

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Have our values been Trumped?

The appearance on Facebook of a “Caymanians for Trump” page had us shaking our heads in bewilderment. It is strange to see Caymanians support Trump. The Republican candidate certainly does not embody the ideals of “Caymankind.” He has been to known to be brash, belligerent, intolerant, and egotistical in his …

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Advancing Gender Equality

On March 29, in 2014 the Ministry of Education, Employment and Gender Affairs hosted the first National Women’s conference in the Cayman Islands. In terms of gender equality policy and legislation, the conference was preceded most notably, by the creation of a National Policy on Gender Equity and Equality in …

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Caymankind in action

We are proud of the response of our community to the international trail of devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew. Several of our neighbouring island countries have been affected – but none has been more hard hit than Haiti. As of writing this, there have been over 800 confirmed deaths, with …

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Losing our natural treasures

Not so long ago, the allocation of CI$6 million for the purchase of as yet unidentified land for conservation purposes caused significant controversy in the Legislative Assembly. Not due to the purpose of the allocation, but because the specific parcels had not been earmarked. And today, many Caymanians and residents …

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Under pressure

As highlighted by UK Minister for the Overseas Territories Baroness Anelay’s unprecedented address to the Cayman Islands legislature on Tuesday, 4 October, we are under continuing pressure in Cayman to recognise same-sex marriage. Baroness Anelay raised the issue of same-sex marriage at the opening of the Legislative Assembly. In her …

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Blaming the victims

As if the recent plethora of rape, indecent assault and child sexual abuse cases coming before the Cayman Islands Courts was not disturbing enough, another distressing trend has emerged in the ways in which the accused in some of these cases have been defended. This trend is one of blaming …

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Keeping watch and staying prepared

As Hurricane Matthew developed in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean and fairly rapidly grew in force to become first a depression and then a tropical storm and now a hurricane, local storm watchers kept a wary eye. And although current models pretty much all agree that the storm will not affect …

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Overpaid and underworked

  The title of this viewpoint amounts to a description of our elected officials. The community Facebook page “I am Caymanian! Where are my rights?” revealed in a post on 21 September, the results of an FOI request on the salaries of the Cayman Islands’ legislators. The salary ranges could …

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