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Crime stats: Burglaries down, gun crimes up

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service got burglaries under control during 2016, but an increase in gun crimes for the year has the department concerned. According to crime statistics released for last year, burglaries fell from 652 reported in 2015 to 440 reported last year, a drop of 33 percent. Attempted burglaries also fell by […]
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Digicel to cut jobs worldwide

Irish-owned telecommunications company Digicel, which has a large presence in Cayman and throughout the Caribbean, announced plans this week to slash a quarter of its workforce in the next 18 months.
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Syed says he had permission to falsify $152,000 invoice

Former college president Hassan Syed claimed Thursday that he had been authorized by a senior civil servant to alter an invoice from a U.S. company.
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MLAs urge prosecution of partners of Cayman’s major law firms

Unnamed Cayman Islands law firms are accused of “intentionally ignoring and deliberately circumventing” both the Legal Practitioners Law and Immigration Law, in a private members’ motion filed with the Legislative Assembly.
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Two boats towed in harbor in high seas

One boat ran aground and another half sank in choppy waters, but both were rescued by tenders from Caribbean Marine Services, which moved between 10,000 and 12,000 cruise passengers through the stormy harbor on Wednesday.
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Teen gets six years after admitting to stabbing

Justin Kyle Jackson, 18, was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment on Wednesday after admitting that he had stabbed a man six times, with two of the wounds described as life-threatening.
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Man charged with attempted murder in foiled robbery

Jerome Cunningham, 24, appeared in Summary Court on Thursday, facing five charges relating to an attempted robbery on Monday evening. Among the charges, Cunningham is accused of attempting to cause the death of a security guard in the vicinity of Crown Square on Eastern Avenue.
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Premier says gov’t will change plan on police ‘cautions’

Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin said his government will change its stance on whether “cautions” issued by police inspectors or the prosecutors office are recorded on a suspect’s permanent record.
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East End students learn about pet care

Youngsters in East End got an entertaining introduction to pet care and animal welfare this week. On Monday, Feb. 20, the KidsCare team was invited to speak at East End Primary School’s assembly. KidsCare’s visits, which include weekly class visits to a number of primary schools on island, introduce children to the “five freedoms” of animal welfare.
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Trial date set for teacher’s aide indecent assault case

The trial of a former teacher’s aide accused of indecently assaulting primary schoolgirls in 2014 has adjourned until next month. He appeared in Summary Court on Thursday, when defense attorney Karin Thompson asked permission to come off record.
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Civil service employees have not agreed to healthcare cost-sharing

The Cayman Islands Civil Service Association informed its employees this week that it had not agreed to any changes that would “reduce healthcare benefits” for government workers.
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Barbadians donate new bed to Cayman seniors home

East End seniors got a welcome boost earlier this month thanks to the donation of a specialized bed. A medical bed was donated to Sunrise Cottage, East End’s residential home for seniors, on Feb. 11 by Barbadians in the Cayman Islands, represented by Honorary Consul Juliette Gooding-Michelin.
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50 years ago: Gun Bay United Church raises funds for a new roof

In the Feb. 15, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote: “Mr. Willard Welcome left on Jan. 28 to work for National Bulk Carriers. The Gun Bay United Church held their in-gathering service in aid of a new roof on Feb. 9 Rev. Lewin Williams presided as chairman."
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EDITORIAL – ‘Clean Air Act’ in London linked to thousands of deaths

The next time someone tells you something is “settled science” – keep in mind there’s no such thing.
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Panton takes issue with Compass editorial on proposed bills

It must be very stressful not having scandals or corruption charges against political leaders in government to write about anymore. I would hope though that you would take the time to ensure that you write an editorial that is factually correct and free of misrepresentation.
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Physician responds to Lisa Turner’s death

The reality of life is that from the moment we are born the ultimate endpoint is death. Death has an even more shocking and devastating impact when it appears to be untimely or premature, as in the case of Ms. Lisa Turner.
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