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Wolverines still undefeated as pythons bite back

Wolverines still undefeated as pythons bite back

| 23/08/2011 | 0 Comments

(GCFFA):There are only three weeks remaining in the Dart Women’s League of the Grand Cayman Flag Football Association, and as expected, upsets, tie games and new stars are emerging in the 7-a-side league. The Domino’s Pizza Wolverines held tight to their number one spot in the league with a13-0 win over the Lone-Star Jager Monsters; and the Pythons had their best game yet, tying at 6-6 with the Androgroup Killa-Panthers during last Saturday’s games at the Camana Bay Field. The Wolverine’s did better this week on offense, but it was their tight defense that won this game, as Antoinette Lewis was not the usual quarterback we’ve come to see, completing 13 of 31 passes, including one interception thrown.

Shamar Ennis, who has not been present for much of the Wolverines’ games this season, had an explosive presence this week leading the offense with three receptions, including one for a short run into the end-zone for a touchdown. Lewis’ favorite target, Alexandra Terry also received three balls, followed by Schmarrah McCarthy, Jahzenia Thomas and Saneata Smith, each with two receptions on offense, and Smith also bringing in the extra point.

Ennis also led the defense with three tackles and an interception. Thomas had another excellent game as she rushed the Monsters’ quarterback, successfully sacking her three times. Shinette Rhoden also contributed to the Wolverines’ defense with two tackles and Francesca Hamann came through with an interception.

The Monsters’ starting quarterback Christina Hefner returned after missing the previous weeks games, but it did not help the team on offense. Hefner was under pressure, completing only seven of 18 passes, with two interceptions thrown.

Tricia Bell led the offense in receptions, catching four of Hefner’s passes, followed by Erica Bosch-Bone with two receptions and Christine Bisnauth with one. The Monsters were not able to move the ball much, with too many balls thrown to the middle of the field, where they were picked off by the defense, stopping the team from making it down to their end-zone.

Bell also excelled on defense, with three sacks to the Wolverines’ quarterback. Monique Roberts led the team with three tackles, followed by Renee Thompson and Kayleigh Jennings each with two tackles, and Erica Bosch-Bone came up with the team’s lone interception.

The second game between the two lower seeded teams, the Androgroup Killa-Panthers and the Pythons, had the most action and excitement of the day. Interceptions kept the Pythons in the game and a lack of cohesiveness kept the Killa-Panthers from performing on offense.

For the Pythons, Carrie Barnett and Jamesette Anglin shared quarterback duties, with Barnett completing three of seven attempts and Anglin completing two of seven passes, and one interception thrown.

Tajae Grey was the recipient of most of Pythons’ balls. Playing in the running back position, Grey received a number of handoffs and chipped away down the field. Barnett also received two passes, and Sheyla Torres, Carla Martin and Jessica Maxwell each had a reception. Torres looked like she was going to put the Pythons ahead six points after eluding several defensive players on her 20 yard run from a hand-off, but the sprinter was stopped short of her attempted glory.

On defense, Jessica Maxwell once again led her team with four tackles, making incredible stops and diving for flags, and adding an interception to her game. Coming up with the game changing interception in the first half was Tajae Grey, who picked off a short pass from the Killa-Panthers’ quarterback, and ran the ball in for a 30 yard defensive touchdown. Grey also came up with two tackles and a sack to the quarterback. Karina Chiari had her best game yet with four tackles, and players Anna Nyaundi and Violet Whittaker-Powell each had an interception.

The Androgroup Killa-Panthers looked confident in the first-half of the game, but the excellent defense from the Pythons and an unlucky day for the Killa-Panthers’ quarterbacks and offensive players killed the team’s momentum.

Christina Pineda and Lisa Hill-Malice shared quarterback duties again. Pineda completed five out of fourteen attempts, with two interceptions thrown; and Malice faired a bit better with four passes out of eight completed, and two interceptions thrown.

Sophia Dilbert and Jennifer Allen each had three receptions, and Heather Roffey caught the touchdown pass in the first half of the game. The speedy Dilbert was open several times on fly routes, but the quarterbacks simply did not see the wide receiver open in time to make crucial plays.

Becky Coe led the Killa-Panthers on defense, with five tackles, a season high for the defensive player. Janique Samson followed with two tackles and an interception and Phillipa Knights and Delicia Ebanks each sacked the Pythons’ quarterback one time.

There will be no games held this Saturday, August 27th at the Camana Bay Field; however, games will resume the following Saturday, September 3rd at 10am with the Hammerheads Lady Sharks versus the Pythons, followed by the Lone-Star Jager Monsters against the Androgroup Killa-Panthers.


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Watchdog launches website with Mac as lead story

Watchdog launches website with Mac as lead story

| 23/08/2011 | 31 Comments

(CNS): The long standing newsletter highlighting the ups and downs of the offshore world has launched a new website. Originally a monthly subscription newsletter, OffshoreAlert, which is known as the unofficial watchdog of the offshore financial industry, has turned into a modern interactive site. David Marchant, owner and editor, said the focus remains the same as it was 14 years ago when he started with a faxed news letter, which is to provide subscribers with credible information about offshore financial centres, but now the site includes more tools to make that happen more effectively. The revamp was unveiled this week with the Cayman Islands premier the subject of the site’s news lead.

The website reports that McKeeva Bush is “embroiled in yet another scandal” as a result of revelations in Cayman about the investigation into financial irregularities concerning a letter Bush sent to developer Stan Thomas over land once owned by the American in Cayman. Marchant also reveals that a list of questions sent to the Cayman premier by OffshoreAlert about the probe went unanswered.

Speaking about the new site, Marchant states that in future OffshoreAlert will be able to update news from the offshore world as it happens.

"OffshoreAlert's aim is to become the go-to website for anyone looking for credible and accurate information about offshore financial centers and those who conduct business in and through them,” Marchant said. "Our target audience falls into three categories: providers, buyers and investigators of offshore products and services.”

However, Marchant said one of the key focuses of the website will be to continue to focus on fraud and corruption investigations, not least because of his ability to avoid legislation in OFCs that otherwise curtail media freedom. “One of the reasons that fraud and corruption thrives in OFCs is because they typically have draconian libel laws that discourage journalists from exposing illegal activity. OffshoreAlert is not bound by such laws,” Marchant added.

"Now that OffshoreAlert has a website that allows us to publish news and documents as we receive them, I encourage residents of OFCs to send us anything they believe will be of interest and which the local media will not publish for fear of a libel complaint. Any information we receive will be treated in confidence," Marchant promised.

Alongside the exposé news stories, guest blogs and commentaries, the new website also offers an extensive document library and search facility to subscribers, including court filings, indictments and extraditions.  

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China offers military aid to Jamaica’s defence force

China offers military aid to Jamaica’s defence force

| 23/08/2011 | 0 Comments

(CNS): The Chinese government is providing $1.1 million in military aid to the Jamaica Defence Force under an agreement signed in Kingston on Monday by Chief of Defence Staff Major General Antony Anderson and Major General Jia Xiaoning, the deputy chief of China’s Foreign Affairs Office. According to the Jamaican Information Service Jamaican officials said the agreement represents one of the most significant military aid packages to Jamaica. “What it will do is to provide logistic support to us and this will enhance our capabilities by providing more resources that we can apply to everything we do,” Anderson said in the wake of signing the deal.

Officials said the two sides haven’t yet decided how the money will be spent but members of the People’s Liberation Army and Jamaican officials are expected to discuss the matter over the next few months.

“How to utilise this amount is an issue which we will address later, and if we reach consensus on the utilisation of this amount, we will sign another protocol to put in practice this agreement,” Jia Xiaoning said.

The deal follows a major investment by China into Jamaica’s sugar industry that was finalized last week. China is also spending funds on road construction on the island, along with rebelling infrastructure and a national convention centre in western Jamaica.


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United Airlines switches to iPads in cockpit

United Airlines switches to iPads in cockpit

| 23/08/2011 | 1 Comment

(CNET): United Airlines has announced its cockpits will go paperless by swapping out printed flight manuals in favor of Apple's iPad. As part of the swap, the carrier is giving 11,000 iPads to all United and Continental pilots. The iPads are loaded with Jeppesen Mobile FliteDeck, an app that contains navigational charts and local airport information. United estimates that the change from paper will save it 326,000 gallons of jet fuel a year, based on the paper the iPads are replacing. "Each iPad, which weighs less than 1.5 pounds, will replace approximately 38 pounds of paper operating manuals, navigation charts, reference handbooks, flight checklists, logbooks and weather information in a pilot's flight bag," the company said in a statement.

"A conventional flight bag full of paper materials contains an average of 12,000 sheets of paper per pilot."

United says it began doling out iPads to pilots a few weeks ago and that all its pilots will have them by the end of the year. Both Delta Airlines and Alaska Airlines began testing iPads for navigational purposes earlier this year as part of a trial program. Executive Jet Management, a unit of NetJets, announced in February that it had gained approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to use Jeppesen'sapp as well.

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Persistence of weight gain should be measured

Persistence of weight gain should be measured

| 23/08/2011 | 0 Comments

(BBC): Experts say the health hazards of obesity may have been grossly underestimated because we are not measuring the condition adequately. Risk calculations have focused on severity of weight gain alone and not how long it persists. Latest research suggests every additional decade of being obese more than doubles death risk. The researchers told the International Journal of Epidemiology a new measure is needed – the "obese-year".  Similar to the "pack-year" used for smoking, it gives a further quantification that can be used to help estimate the associated health risks.

A quarter of UK adults are overweight. And one in 10 children younger than 11 in England are obese.

The government says that if the current rate of growth continues, three quarters of the population could suffer the ill effects of excess weight within 10 to 15 years. But Dr Asnawi Abdullah, from Monash University in Australia, and colleagues believe the toll is larger than this because estimates have failed to factor in duration of obesity.

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Man gets 4 years in Cayman’s first ram-raiding case

Man gets 4 years in Cayman’s first ram-raiding case

| 23/08/2011 | 20 Comments

(CNS): A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to serve four years in jail in the first ever ram-raiding burglary in the Cayman Islands, which took place at Solomon’s grocery store in George Town. Devon Wright was found guilty of damage to property and burglary on 16 August, following a judge alone trial for his part in the crime. On 18 July last year, Wright and an unnamed accomplice, who has since died, used a car as a way of gaining access to the local grocery store on Mary Street to steal the cash registe, causing some $23,000 worth of damage. (Photo by Dennie Warren Jr)

Although burglary of commercial premises is generally considered less serious than that of a home, the judge noted that this was a family grocery shop which is open seven days per week to serve the community. Echoing comments made by the president of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal, as he handed down the four year sentence Justice Charles Quin said there was still a sense of violation and insecurity which gives rise to security concerns for all shopkeepers.

However, it was also acknowledged by the court that no one was hurt during the course of the burglary, despite the extensive damage to the property. The judge observed that this was the first case of ‘ram-raiding’ in Cayman, where the criminals used a vehicle, in this case a Ford F150 truck, to literally crash into the premises in order to enter and steal the cash register. 

“Shopkeepers and their premises must be protected and so must the general public. This sort of offence in the very early hours of the morning while most residents are still asleep cannot be condoned. The courts must impose a sentence which will serve as a punishment to the offender and a deterrent to others,” Justice Quin said.

Although the defendant had eight previous convictions for burglary, the judge found that his partner in crime, who had both acquired the vehicle and then actually driven it into the store bringing down the walls, had played the more dominant part. “However, the defendant was clearly on a joint enterprise along with the driver and he played the very active role of the burglar in entering Solomon’s Grocery as a trespasser.”

Despite his culpability, the judge considered the convicted man’s young age and handed down a sentence of four years for the property damage and four years for the burglary to run concurrently.

Following the ram-raiding incident, the owner of the store, Louis Solomon, had rebuilt the property himself. However, he was very nearly the victim of an armed robbery on Friday night as the newly revamped store was targeted by a would-be masked robber. The armed man escaped empty handed after Solomon managed to fight him off in the doorway of the store and bar his entry.

See CCTV footage of the incident here at Cayman 27.

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CAL offers free ticket changes in face of Irene

CAL offers free ticket changes in face of Irene

| 23/08/2011 | 2 Comments

(CNS): As the 2011 Atlantic season’s first hurricane reached category two status the local airline issued a statement, Monday evening, offering free ticket alterations. With Hurricane Irene headed towards the east coast of Florida Cayman Airways said affected customers can change their travel reservations without penalty if they have already purchased tickets to travel on Cayman Airways between Grand Cayman and Miami or Tampa, Florida, from 22 through to 27 August. CAL said it was monitoring the development and path of this storm and would advise the travelling public if flight schedule changes become necessary over the next few days.

“For tickets issued no later than August 21st, 2011, customers will be allowed one change free of charge, the airline stated. “Customers who made a previous change are allowed this additional change at no charge. Customers who wish to cancel their reservations and travel at a later date may be given a voucher for the value of the ticket, good for the next 12 months.”

The hurricane poses no threat to the Cayman Islands at present but it is likely to have become a major storm forecasters stated by the time it reaches the Bahamas on Wednesday. On its current path Hurricane Irene is predicted to reach the Florida coastline by Thursday night.

At 10 am local time on Tuesday Irene was about 70 Miles south of G rand Turk Island and moving toward the west-northwest close to 12 mph. A category two hurricane with winds in excess of 100mph the NHC said hurricane force winds currently extend outward up to 50 miles from the centre with tropical storm force winds extending over 20o miles out.

Cayman Airways Reservations can be reached by calling 345-949-2311 (within the Caribbean) or toll free on 1-800-4-cayman (within the United States).

See more on Irene at the National Hurricane Centre website as well as details of the latest low pressure systems brewing out in the Atlantic.

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Appleby pip LIME in dying seconds

Appleby pip LIME in dying seconds

| 23/08/2011 | 0 Comments

(CFRU): Round 9 of The Cayman Summer Touch league was played out last week as teams are starting to look at those all important play-off places come the end of the season. In Division 1, a compelling but low scoring game saw Appleby just pip Team LIME 2-1 in the inaugural Fruit Cup.  Appleby put in a golden delicious performance to see off a LIME team who played with plenty of zest but ultimately ran out of juice.  Appleby frittered away a few early chances but they used turn-over ball to their advantage and with Desiree Sampang and Karen Hart Thomas at the core of their best moves they blossomed as the game went on. (Photos Caroline Deegan)

Both sliced through the LIME defence to each pick up a try, one in thefinal seconds of the game.  Between Appleby’s tries,LIME wedged in a try of their own through the effervescent Eamon Wilson.    Key to LIME’s fight back was Katy Bayles and Jonny Hillyard, but Appleby simply refused to crumble.  IsAppleby making a real challenge for the title or is it simply a case of (apple) pie in the sky?

A source close toTeamLIME said, “PlayingAppleby was always a potential banana skin for us.  Eamon Wilson scored a peach of a try, did you see that man-go?  A second try would have been the cherry on the cake.  Kumquat may we’ll keep on trying to the end of the season!” 

PWC played DMSout the first round of the unofficial Acronym Challenge Trophyand ran out easy winners 7-2.  Richard Lewis scored a nice hat-trick bringing his season total to seven.  DMS had developed a new “Pick and Go” strategy however whilst there was plenty of “Pick” there was precious little “Go”.  Steve Henshaw, who bakes exceedingly good cakes, seemed to be orchestrating this new strategy but admitted that he and his team-mates may have been on different wavelengths at times, and when his fourteenth pass in a row hit the deck I think the knowledgeable and intelligent crowd both agreed.

2010 Touch Champions Maples1 are not going to let the title go easily and in spite of conceding the first try for the third game running, they once again showed that momentum counts for a lot in touch rugby.  Playing Walkers Blue Iguanas, they missed a few key players but they gradually ramped up the pressure through the second and third quarters adding a “rapier” in the form of Jyoti Choi to the “claymore” of Guy Major.  Choi, who combines quick feet with a quicker brain spotted several gaps in the Walkers defence to run in four tries.  Play of the game goes to Joan Murphy though as she finished off a fine solo mazy run past two helpless defenders to score her fourth try of the season.  

Genesis Five Nations beat Ogier 7-3.  Laren Gillespie, a strapping six-foot-two Scots caber, plays touch rugby which encapsulates the bravery of William Wallace, the poetry of Robert Burns, the dress sense of Billy Connolly and the hair of Rab C. Nesbit, scored two magnificent tries.  He plundered the Ogier defences as if they were the gathered Sassenach armies at Stirling Bridge.  Philip Fourie chipped in with his usual pair, taking him to thirteen for the season.  James Waters (1) and Ben Hart (2) replied for Ogier. 
In a make-up game from Round 7, Maples1 played Ogier and eventually ran out 6-4 winners.  It was played at a frenetic pace and Ogier put up one of their best performances of the season deserving more from the game.  This result puts Maples1 back on top of the table on points difference from Genesis Five Nations and I can guarantee they won’t be happy with that!

In Division 2, KPMG1 maintain their position at the top of the table with a hard fought 8-6 win over Campbells.  MVP GhislainGyhoot scored three tries as did fellow South African team-mate Philip Fourie.  Campbells never lie down, or roll overand want their tummy tickled though and kept on to the end in search of those elusive tries that would havelevelled the game.  Dicky Thomas and Jyoti Choi weighed in with a couple, Nick Quin and Wiki Hitchman adding the extras.

Maples2 stopped their recent run of poor results with a thumping 7-2 win over Harmonic.  Chris Palmer marshaled the team with a nice couple of tries and was picked as the star performer on the day.  Justin Colgan also picked up two.  Harmonic are now entrenched on the bottom with only two wins from nine. 
Trident Titans have worked hard to get up to second in the table and seem intent on staying there or going even higher.  UBS offered a fine challenge, but the Titans looked to James Waters (3) and Sharlee Henshaw (1) to get the important scores to take a tough 4-3 victory.

In an entertaining game, Happyfish Ticklers beat DART 7-5.  Played at a fast pace that ultimately did for DART who were a little down on numbers for the game, the Ticklers had the jewel in the crown in the form of Simon Crompton.  He scored four tries and proved to be a constant thorn in DART’s side with his ability to find a gap and burst through a tiring defence.

In Division 3, Deloitte continue at the top of the table with a good win over fourth-placed Rawlinson & Hunter.  Sharlee Henshaw continued her recent try-scoring form with two tries, Neil Ainscow and Tony Campbell pitched in with one each.  For Rawlinson & Hunter, Katherine Mew played with great spirit to take the MVP award, and Conrad Proud continued his remarkable season with another try taking his tally of scoring in nine consecutive games.  He has scored 16 in total this season, exactly half of the total for the entire team.  Deloitte have now won seven games on the bounce, averaging over 6 tries a game.  The question for everyone now is,“Can anyone stop Deloitte”?

Perhaps the only team that can is KPMG2.  Currently lying second just one point behind the leaders, they dismantled Ernst & Young 7-3 with the singularly-named Lopez getting three and Ian Roberton with two tries respectively.  These guys are having a personal tussle to be KPMG2 top scorers with Lopez currently edging out his team-mate 11-10.  Niall O’Sullivan chipped in with a couple and his overall performance won the MVP vote.  Ronan McCarthy and David Pearlman replied for Ernst & Young.
Against a backdrop of the setting sun, GCM and Credit-Suisse had a fine tussle but neither could find the killer touch and the match ended 3-3.  Suisse were missing a few players but with tries from Prinsloo, MacDonald and Kehoe they held off the GCM attack augmented by new boy Dave O’Driscoll (2) and one from James Trundle.
Island Heritage and QueensgateGrizz’s Old Fellas had an interesting start to their game with an unusual bout of “Dueling Defaults”.

Both teams lacked the requisite number of men and women to make the game valid but in the end play went ahead in a fine spirit as befits touch rugby here in Cayman.  Both teams played with a smile on their face, more interested in enjoying the game than the scoreline.  Special shout-outs must go to Island Heritage players Dan Twist – for his two tries, and Mick Kehoe with a 40m pass interception courtesy of yours truly… ah the shame of it!  For the Old Fellas, Mike Johnston flew 5,000 miles to land his try in the corner; John Wagner played with all the fizz of a dyslexic Irish cider; and Caroline Deegan got her third try in two games promising the team a free beer each to celebrate.  Thanks Caroline! 

Player of the Week
This week’s Heineken Touch Player of the Week goes to Simon Crompton of the Happyfish Ticklers.  Four tries against a resurgent DART team earns you a bucket of six ice cold lipsmacking, thirstquenching, acetasting, fastliving, cool fizzing… Heinekens!

Division 1 Results
Ogier 3v. 7 Genesis 5 Nations
Walkers Blue Iguanas 4 v. 10 Maples 1
PWC 7 v. 2 DMS
Team LIME 1 v. 2 Appleby
Division 2 Results    
Maples2 7 v. 2 Harmonic
UBS 3 v. 4 Trident Titans
KPMG1 8 v. 6 Campbells
Happyfish Ticklers 7 v. 5 DART
Division 3 Results   
GCM 3 v. 3 Credit Suisse
Deloitte 4 v. 1Rawlinson & Hunter
Island Heritage WIN v. DEF Queensgate Old Fellas
KPMG2 7 v. 3 Ernst & Young


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Kids encouraged to sign up for junior rugby

Kids encouraged to sign up for junior rugby

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(CRFU): The Cayman Islands Rugby Football Union is pleased to announce that the Comminuity Junior Programme as proudly sponsored by Maples starts up again this month.  The programme, which is designed to deliver Rugby to the youth of the Cayman Islands, for the future growth of the sport on home soil, brings families to the Cayman Rugby Football Club in South Sound on Saturday Mornings to work with volunteer coaches and academy squads in u8/u10 and u12/u15 age groups. Some of those groups also meet on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons after school.

The programme reaches approximately 350 children in the Cayman Islands annually with the major highlight of the season being the Conyers Challenge Cup where the children involved in the program get the opportunity to taste what for many is their first real exposure international sports against Bermuda's youth rugby programme.

Junior Rugby Sign Up Day 27th August 2011 8am – Noon
2011/2012 Community Junior Rugby
September 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
November 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
December 3rd, 10th

Saturday Training Times
U4 & U6         7.45am – 8.30am
U9                  8.30am – 9.30am
U11                8.00am –  9.30am
U13                10.15am – 11.15am
U19                10.30am – Noon

Academy Training Times
Monday           U13 3.30pm – 4.30pm   U15  TBC
Tuesday          U11 3.30pm – 4.30pm    U19 4.00pm – 5.30pm 
Wednesday     U15  TBC
Thursday         U11  3.30pm – 4.30pm    U13  3.30pm – 4.30pm 
Friday              U19 4.00pm – 5.30pm

U9 Group   (birth date between September 1, 2002 and August 31, 2004)
U11 Group (birth date between September 1, 2000 and August 31, 2002)
U13 Group (birth date between September 1, 1998 and August 31, 2000)

Junior Rugby Sign Up Day 27th August 2011 8am – Noon

2011/2012 Community Junior Rugby
September 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
November 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
December 3rd, 10th
2012 will start up again 
Monday 9th January Academy’s will start back
Saturday 14th January MAPLES program starts back

2012 dates TBC


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Mac not facing public outcry

Mac not facing public outcry

| 23/08/2011 | 135 Comments

(CNS): The opposition has queried how the premier can still be in office representing the Cayman Islands overseas, running the country and making decisions impacting the people when he is under criminal investigation for financial irregularities. Opposition Leader Alden McLaughlin said he was shocked by the lack of public outcry about the fact that McKeeva Bush was still in his job while being the subject of a police probe. “This has to be the only modern democracy in the world where the leader is under investigation and yet still remains in office,” said McLaughlin last week at a media briefing. The PPM and independent members suggested that there is not enough pressure from the public or the media on him to resign.

“How can we have the premier up in Miami negotiating on the country’s behalf with the FCCA (Florida Caribbean Cruise Association) with the full knowledge that he is under investigation?” McLaughlin asked.

The speculation that the premier was the subject of a police investigation was brought into the public domain by the opposition in June. On 30 June CNS posted the details that were known about the investigation, including the invoice Bush had sent to Stan Thomas stating that he had ensured that land owned by Thomas had been re-zoned and asking for a $350,000 payment. In July, after several weeks of avoiding admitting the probe was underway, the governor finally admitted that the premier was the subject of an investigation regarding “financial irregularities”.

However, despite the media coverage and the online comments, the premier has declined to resign, has denied doing anything wrong and has spoken little about the investigation. Although he has stated on a number of occasions that he intends to make a statement on the issue, he has remained silent on this particular subject. In his most recent television statement the premier spoke entirely about the Nation Building Fund and made no mention of the ongoing probe.

Independent memebr Ezzard Miller said that during his last trip to the UK two members of the government had been forced to resign as a result of inappropriate off hand remarks because of media and public pressure, while the Cayman Islands leader of government was under investigation by the police and yet he remained in post. He also questioned why local industry bodies, such as Cayman Finance and the bankers association, were not also demanding the premier’s resignation.

He pointed out that Cayman Finance in particular, which was previously quick to rebut any criticisms in the international media about Cayman’s standing, had not said one word about the investigation to the media, but Miller said he could not possible see how any of them could stand up on the public stage and back Bush under the current circumstances.

“This idea that we must hide our problems from the world must stop,” Miller said, as he pointed out that the country must clean its own house and not wait on the UK to come marching down and suspending the constitution. “The business community must step up to the wicket and apply pressure on the premier to resign.”

His comments were also echoed by the PPM member for East End, Arden McLean, who said it was outrageous that the premier was still in office.

“We have a premier who is under criminal investigation running the country like a bull in a china shop curtailing the voices of the people,” he said. Noting that the opposition had been criticised for doing nothing about him, McLean pointed out that when they did by forcing the issue of the investigation into the public domain nobody else did anything and he is still in office.

“The premier goes about running your country as though nothing has happened,” McLean said directly to the public at large. “We need the public’s help. He is worse than ever now; the people need to stop him. We can’t wait for two more years we need to do it now … I’m not promoting rioting … but someone has to step up.”

The opposition members and Miller all called on the public to write totheir MLAs and put pressure on them to demand that the premier step aside until the investigation into the Stan Thomas affair is resolved.

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