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Christoph Walser
''Hillary-Speak'' on the campaign trail
Posted by Christoph Walser on 1/17/2016 4:50:08 PM

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You misunderstand the meaning of the word rely. Yes US Companies and Funds make use of the Cayman Islands for financial flexibility. However I can assure you if the United States passed a law preventing companies doing business in the United States from doing business with the Cayman Islands, those companies and funds would only be mildly inconvenienced, while Cayman would be devastated. The fact that you are so outraged about comments made by a US politician and that your government does nothing about it proves that the reliance is much more of Cayman on the US than the other way around. And yes while nations do have embassies they aren''t so much used for political influence and lobbying, they are used for diplomatic relations. Cayman doesn''t have the financial resources it would take to effectively lobby the US government and have significant influence.
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J Bodden
'Hillary-Speak' on the campaign trail
Posted by J Bodden on 1/17/2016 4:19:40 AM

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US Companies and Funds rely on the Cayman Islands for its significant financial flexibility. And yes, this country could influence US actions significantly. Every other nation as an Embassy that provides that function. We fall in the crack and need to rely upon the UK for our foreign representation. They do not represent the Cayman interest thought. Dispelling the myths is a start. Explaining why our system of compliance is far superior to the USAs or the UKs. These are just starts.

You are correct, Hillary does not care about us, but we care about what she does. And so go companies such as Facebook and Google which are incorporated in the Cayman Islands.
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Christoph Walser
'Hillary-Speak' on the campaign trail
Posted by Christoph Walser on 1/15/2016 4:14:47 PM

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J Bodden, why do you keep assuming your Gov't can do anything about it. And what good would Cayman representation in Washington do? Cayman has no political influence in the USA because frankly there is no reason you should. The USA doesn't rely on Cayman, it's the other way around, Caymanians don't have a vote in the USA, nor do you have support of a large population of voters. She has absolutely no reason to care what the Cayman Islands thinks about her statements and there is nothing at all you can do about it. It would be like Cayman caring about what Anguilla thinks about our laws, except several million times less.
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William Jack
'Hillary-Speak' on the campaign trail
Posted by William Jack on 1/15/2016 1:35:08 PM

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In my opinion, Ms. Clinton is an expert at misrepresentation and attacking those who cannot fight back. Even if she were selected as President, the "tax the rich" reforms she proposes would not be enacted since the people she represents would be upset. Hillary pretends to represent poor people while she actually is a servant of the upper 0.1 percent.
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Norman Linton
New-look airport taking shape
Posted by Norman Linton on 1/15/2016 12:37:29 PM

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How exciting I remember when the current airport was opened many years ago and it seemed like it would never be overcrowded. Now we always avoid travel on Saturday because of the long lines.

To me this is a far more important project than the cruise terminal.
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J Bodden
'Hillary-Speak' on the campaign trail
Posted by J Bodden on 1/15/2016 12:08:57 PM

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She will throw the Cayman Islands "under the bus" and not think twice about it. It is not beneath her to propose country specific legislation and "jam" it through. And this will happen while NO ONE in our Gov't is doing anything.

The UK is not going to help us here! Do we have our own representation in Washington, DC? I hope so because if not, Financial Services are an industry where money can move jurisdictions in an instant!
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J Bodden
Succession plan puts Caymanian director at 911
Posted by J Bodden on 1/15/2016 12:02:20 PM

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It is great that Mr Lewis is taking over the role. A great successful plan.

But now maybe we can put some effort into making sure we have decent system rather than a system from the 1970s. Remember last summer when the entire 911 and police system was un-aceessable due to an outage in Jamaica. We need a system for the 21st century.
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Michael Davis
Robber punches 77-year-old Rum Point tourist in face
Posted by Michael Davis on 1/15/2016 11:55:24 AM

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I beg to differ Mr Fishman, Nowhere in my comment did I insinuate that all Caymanians are Thugs. My comments merely pointed out that most Caymanians response to any issues with foreigners is to let the door knob hit you where the good lord split you.

You may consider my comments to be negative and in some cases even offensive, however my opinions are derived from comments on subjects like this as well as the general attitude toward outsiders in Cayman who are referred to as things like driftwood. It's these type of comments from your own leaders that actually divide as well as the spreading of the myth that Expats are the ones keeping Caymanians unemployed, or that foreign property owners and investors have stolen something from the Caymanian people.

I just call it like I see it, some people just don't like to hear the truth.

I have found from experience that in most cases Caymanians don't want to be bothered with foreigners or hear their opinions and I'm sure most people that read these comments would understand exactly how I came to this conclusion.

Maybe you should take a closer look at people that have come to Cayman from other places, you might be surprised to see that we're not out to steal what's yours and destroy your livelihood.
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Ron Clair Ebanks
Dog House sports bar reopening at Grand Harbour
Posted by Ron Clair Ebanks on 1/15/2016 11:47:23 AM

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This sounds like some people are thinking that Cayman should be one big barroom, 5 bars in one small area and still think that it room for more. Why do we need family bars today? Do Cayman have any problems with alcoholism ?
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Ron Clair Ebanks
Firms donate time and materials to rebuild
Posted by Ron Clair Ebanks on 1/15/2016 11:24:39 AM

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While I commend everyone in their efforts to help the family get back in their own home, I don't see very much progress in this photo than from the last one I seen a few months ago. Do any one have a more updated photo of progress?
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