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Michael Davis
Seven Mile Public Beach Sad story of politics and promises
Posted by Michael Davis on 4/17/2014 8:32:52 AM

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I wonder if this has anything to do with that fact that as soon as the PPM took office they started reneging on all the deals made with the Dart folks. Such as the concessions they were promised to help recoup all the money they put out building the new road as well the 5 million in cash they gave directly to government for mortgage bailouts. The last word from the PPM about the FCIA is that they are still in talks. It sounds to me like they have just blown they off. I can't blame them one bit for stopping the work if they did. It was the CIG that didn't stick to their word.
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Michael Davis
Lawmakers: Coalition government under attack
Posted by Michael Davis on 4/17/2014 7:47:50 AM

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It sounds to me like the Progressive are just afraid of the same tactics being used against them that they used against the UDP while they were in office. From what I remember their whole opposition and campaign was based on tactics to destabilize the UDP and sour Mackeeva Bush's image. I don't see the current opposition doing anything near what when on during the last administration, yet the PPM are already screaming foul, that's just the pot calling the kettle black, they are already looking for excuses to offer for their failure to keep their word on so many promises.
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Hugh Jackson
Move to create Brac environment board
Posted by Hugh Jackson on 4/17/2014 6:43:40 AM

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This is so wrong!
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Mack Boland
Premier rings in Oxbridge on NASDAQ
Posted by Mack Boland on 4/17/2014 5:52:43 AM

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'Nero fiddled while Rome burned'.
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Fiona  Chambers
Seven Mile Public Beach Sad story of politics and promises
Posted by Fiona Chambers on 4/16/2014 5:19:45 PM

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Seven Miles of Beach... and the beaches now absent in Cayman.
Where did SMB go off beam? It was when drivers (my analysis of course) had a more complicated route just to get to the beach. I appreciate the new design for safety as a female and a parent, but in truth nowhere is really that safe that you can be worry free vulnerable or not.
SUGGESTION:
Remove the asphalt/bitumen division
Refer the botanic park for a tropical planting plan
Open road access for drivers as most people drive in Cayman than walk
I am sure this will win the hearts of locals and visitors and residents and be a positive project for the benefit of the community. This is the intent of my response.
***I am trying to see the vision that made this picture perfect beaching spot in a positive light, but one can't. Fact is we will never have it picture perfect as it were before naturally. Now we have two trees left and less people going there.
Any camping out there would be a last resort.
If a grown man told me the sight of the new SMB brought him to tears in sadness, I am sure many share the same views and may not comment as it will not make an improvement on the matter (By listening to the Marl Road) and closing with all fairness, I trust and hope that any developer going forward will have some guide as to the preserving our history and tradition and that our people will think in advance what we are signing into. Respectfully yours.
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Sean K. Bent
Woman jailed for six years over Little Cayman killing
Posted by Sean K. Bent on 4/16/2014 1:52:12 PM

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Umm, Mack I can tell you that while, yes men do get abused by their spouses, it is a rare occurrence compared to the abuse of women by their spouses.
Some men cannot go to bed at night if they have not beat their wife or in their puny brains, showed them who the boss is, who wears the pants, who runs things or whatever egotistical, chauvinistic and misogynist BS they tell themselves.

If only walls could talk, the compass would run out of paper.
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John Barrett
Woman jailed for six years over Little Cayman killing
Posted by John Barrett on 4/16/2014 1:32:29 PM

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I have worked in this industry for 30 years now and I can tell you 3 things from a historical perspective. First: These people will lie to themselves and will convenience themselves that they have no other alternatives. I have set women up in shelters only to have them leave that same night and go back to the abusive environment. I have had men thrown out of the homes by the woman only to go back and start trouble with her support group. They remind me of kids. If one is not starting it, the other is. I have seen men leave their wives and kids and start dating the drug using, bad girl stripper because she possessed that 5% wild life quality that their wife lacked at home. I have seen women do the exact same thing. They will have a husband that does not have any of the common vices and only lives to work and provide for the family. The wife abandons her family and starts running with the bad boy because he is not boring like her husband.
Second: You can't think like these people. We attempt to view their behavior through a common sense perspective that just does not apply when dealing with them. We all know someone, perhaps members of our own family that throw away promising futures in pursuit of a lifestyle that we know is not in their best interest. Then they start telling you about how the boyfriend is beating them or the girlfriend is cheating on them. When you ask them why they don't leave, they tell you that they love them. This has no logical base to the common sense observer.
Third: When someone is eventually killed as a result of these volatile relationships, the only side of the story that remains is delivered by the survivor. The survivor can paint the deceased any way they want and most of the time a lot is based in fact. However they just fail to mention their own culpability in the manner. It makes no difference the gender. These people create and maintain their on living conditions. Remember that these people don't have to be the poor uneducated. There was a famous example of these when NASA Astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak who flew aboard Space Shuttle Discover during the STS-121 mission in July 2006. She was responsible for operating the robotic arms of the International Space Station. However on February 5, 2007, she was arrested in Orlando, Florida and subsequently charged with the attempted kidnapping of U.S. Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman, who was romantically involved with astronaut William Oefelein. Nowak eventually agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to charges of felony burglary of a car and misdemeanor battery. This could have ended the same way as Mr. McLaughlin's case did.
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Ricardo Tatum
Woman jailed for six years over Little Cayman killing
Posted by Ricardo Tatum on 4/16/2014 12:28:51 PM

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Mack...

There is no excuse for making comments on this case without all the facts...this case has been reported on extensively and in detail in Caycompass before the sentencing article that you're commenting on.

On the reported facts, I'm surprised that this sentence is so high...6 years for a manslaughter killing that emerged out of a self-defense situation seems unduely harsh to me...and probably will be cut down on appeal.

By all accounts, this woman was fighting for her very life and the knife used was one that the deceased had picked up during the fight...and then dropped.

It must be obvious that she was in fear for her own life, at the time.

No one who has never been in such a situation can ever imagine the frame of mind that anyone who is in a life-and-death fight for their very survival could be in at that time...it is not a clear rational one, of that much I can assure you.

And, by all accounts, this was such a situation.

It would appear that no defense of self-defense is allowed in British law, regardless of the threat to their own life that anyone is facing...

This is gross injustice, imo.
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John Barrett
Income tax: 'Capital punishment' in America
Posted by John Barrett on 4/16/2014 11:59:09 AM

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Here in the states we have family's that have passed down the secrets of how to Game the System from generation to generation. This sector has grown exponentially over the years to the point that we now have more people living off the government's redistributed wealth than we have people working. The rewards for hard work, personal responsibility, and the delay of gratification have been muted. Today's paradigm has shifted to a world of Entitlements. The Cayman government is playing with a double edged sword when it comes to courting these peoples vote. Like rats this population will explode like it did here in the states but, unlike rats you can't kill them and they will only vote for the politicians that will keep feeding them.
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Mack Boland
Woman jailed for six years over Little Cayman killing
Posted by Mack Boland on 4/16/2014 11:10:00 AM

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@Jenny: Thank you for the feedback.
You seem quick to assume that the woman in question was most likely a victim of domestic violence and that the killing was most likely in self defense. What you might not be aware of is the fact that many men are also victims of domestic violence but do not report such incidents out of fear or because they have been conditioned from a very young age to believe that men should just take the abuse.
Men are truly the silent victims of domestic abuse and until there is a change in way treat the men within our community we will never be able to get a handle on this problem.
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