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Lisa Butz
Schools chief to lead gov't reform unit
Posted by Lisa Butz on 8/21/2014 2:15:04 PM

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Am I the only one who finds it interesting, that just as the Schools Chief makes her exit, to institute a series of recommended cost reductions-all teachers are having a comprehensive review of their salaries and perks-with Minister Rivers saying that teachers should be reviewed as a special category? I've commented on the timing of government actions and public perception of same before.
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Ricardo Tatum
UK and Cayman: Looking beyond the pomp
Posted by Ricardo Tatum on 8/21/2014 12:29:42 PM

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Mr. Ashley

In a direct answer to your question regarding Caymanians serving in Her Majesty's Armed Forces, that question needs to be addressed to those who can answer it accurately; I'm sure there are statistics to answer it.

To my knowledge, there are and have been a small number of Caymanians who have and are serving in Britain's armed forces but the relevance of your question to the current debate is questionable, imo.

I might ask you the very same question; what is the number of British citizens at home now serving in Her Majesty's Armed Forces out of the total population of Britain's 62 million people and the answer would be, very few.

Is service in the armed forces of your country the only criteria by which loyalty is measured ?

There are a number of Caymanians who have and are leaving Cayman to reside in Britain in recent years and those people will pay taxes and support the economy of the UK as any resident of the UK does.

My original point still stands; the relationship between Britain and Cayman has never been couched in black and white and the powers-that-be continue to negotiate in the various shades of grey that defines this complex but working relationship.

As of now, it seems that no one is interested in throwing out the baby with the bathwater...

Except yourself, that is.
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paul peene
Schools chief to lead gov't reform unit
Posted by paul peene on 8/21/2014 12:27:20 PM

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The easiest and most logical reduction in personnel expenses is to equalize the pension and health care contribution in line with the private sector.

Private sector generally allocates 10 percent towards pension and there is a shared responsibility between the employee and employer each paying half. Why does the civil service get 12 percent AND the employees pay nothing ... or in other words the private sector (ie the rest of US)) have to pay their share??? Makes no sense.

Similar for health care. Why do govt employees get a free ride while private sector employees have to pay half ... and indirectly through taxes and duties also have to pay a portion of the govt employees half???

Looking at the govt finances if govt employees paid their fair share it would save the taxpayer around 32 to 35 million dollars each year. And without one job lost.

And simply put it is the right thing to do.
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ann thomas
Gov't will publish credit card, travel costs
Posted by ann thomas on 8/21/2014 9:43:36 AM

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All that needs to be done is get rid of government cards, Have officials place all travel and other expenses on their own cards and put in a detailed invoice to the government with receipts for reimburment. When you have to pay upfront, hey you just might not be so greedy. And hey these civil servents are paid very well inorder to pay upfront anyway.
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ann thomas
Schools chief to lead gov't reform unit
Posted by ann thomas on 8/21/2014 9:38:55 AM

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The department of education is a mess, with blame being cast in every direction. And they hire the chief of education.

Civil servants you have nothing to worry about! Nothing will ever get done, and blame will be cast in every direction.

Status quo for cayman!
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Lucia Bell
Keeping an eye on UV rays key in sunny climate
Posted by Lucia Bell on 8/21/2014 8:59:02 AM

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I want to add one more comment here,since we are talking about SUN that powers all life processes on earth.
It is probably imbedded in you brain that the cause of melanoma is sun exposure.
My friend's wife was recently diagnosed with melanoma. It was accidentally found by her husband on a sole of her foot,between her toes. It did not look anything like one would think melanoma should look. I doubt that place on her body was ever exposed to sunlight. They live near Arctic circle.
Of course there are many types of melanoma..but
sometime ignorance is bliss. The less we know,the better we sleep and longer we live.
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Mack Boland
Schools chief to lead gov't reform unit
Posted by Mack Boland on 8/21/2014 8:32:37 AM

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Two recommendations that might not be that popular but would significantly reduce government expenditure is the complete privatization of education and the centralization of health insurance coverage.

Most people are not forced to have children so there is no reason why eduction should be a government expense. The government should do everything in its power to keep the cost of education down but should not take on this expenditure.

I was recently told that many people once they retire are finding it difficult to continue to pay for their health insurance under their previous employer's policy or are being dropped from their previous employer's health insurance policy. These people will have to eventually turn to the government for assistance so it is only logical that the government should be collecting premiums from them during their younger years when they are healthy if they are going to have to eventually provide health coverage when they are older and mors in need of health care.

These two changes alone would put the government in a strong financial position.

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Lucia Bell
Keeping an eye on UV rays key in sunny climate
Posted by Lucia Bell on 8/21/2014 7:44:12 AM

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It is important to know that medication you take,including some supplements and herbs can affect your sun sensitivity. But....
People,use common sense. Without sun light and natural light exposure there would be no life anywhere on this planet.
Read this Mercola article,Common myths about sunglasses that hurt you,use your common sense and everything is going to be allright. Moderation is the key. Do not overshield your eyes,it impacts your entire body' health..
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/09/16/sunglasses-myths.aspx
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Norman Linton
Gov't will publish credit card, travel costs
Posted by Norman Linton on 8/21/2014 7:00:14 AM

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Well done Mr. Manderson.

Will politicians follow this lead?

An examination of some of the published credit card records show that in many months two payments were made against the same bill.
Although it does not say so, my guess is that one is a government check and the other is that politicians reimbursement for their personal expenses.

Well done if that is so.
But much easier to only use the government card for genuine government expenses and use a personal credit card for personal costs.
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Twyla Vargas
Schools chief to lead gov't reform unit
Posted by Twyla Vargas on 8/21/2014 6:47:43 AM

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I wish good blessings to Ms Mary Rodrigues in her new position . Mr Suckoo is a Caymanian with extensive experience in that field and I am positive he can hold the fort as deputy and move into the available position of Chief Officer.
On another note maybe it may be a good idea that Mr Manderson do some house cleaning of the department so that reports received are well implemented in the future. Cuts across the Civil Service maybe needed but hopefully Caymanians can still find bread and butter to put on their table.
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