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Today's Date: 29 July 2014
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jason signora
US immigration
Posted by jason signora on 7/29/2014 11:59:02 AM

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Apparently in Bermuda you can clear US immigration at the airport before you leave. Can you imagine landing in MIA without having to go through passport control? You may actually get that connection! Set this up and also remove the departure tax and tourism is onto a winner!
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Michael Davis
Manderson: 'We can't fall down on this'
Posted by Michael Davis on 7/29/2014 9:39:40 AM

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Any significant downsizing or privatization will be the end of any administration whoever happens to be in the drivers seat at the time. This is why it will never really happen, unless someone forces their hand they will keep delaying it until after the next election, passing the buck to the next group of leaders if it's not them.
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John Evans
UK taxpayers hit by Tempura costs
Posted by John Evans on 7/29/2014 9:11:51 AM

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I suppose a cynic could argue that it was about time the UK taxpayer took a hit on this. Needless to say the reaction to the news over here has been pretty hostile. The British public may not be too worried about Cayman Islands funds being wasted but when it comes to their own money (particularly when the Met are involved) they tend to get a bit upset.

What really annoyed people when the news broke here is that these awards have been made while at least six former police officers are fighting compensation claims against the Met. These all relate to the activities of CIB3 in the 1990s and, although I'm not suggesting that he was involved in any wrongdoing, for them to see a former senior member of that unit get these substantial handouts is going to prompt more than a few complaints.

You definitely have not heard the last of this story.
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roger davies
Email hackers target Cayman bank accounts
Posted by roger davies on 7/29/2014 7:46:06 AM

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If some banks are accepting e mail instructions to transfer funds then they are equally to blame and should rightfully compensate their customers.
Most international banks have verification protocols utilising TBN's (telephone banking numbers) which are codes allocated to each customer and no transfer is made without instruction and/or verification by telephone utilising the code in addition to other id information.
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roger davies
Cayman's air travel taxes among highest in Caribbean region
Posted by roger davies on 7/29/2014 7:33:53 AM

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Many other regional airports are far superior to ours, yet we have the highest passenger facility charges, what sense does that make?.
Comparing our taxes with the UK which has the highest travel taxes in the world is totally misleading.
Tourism arrivals are increasing as elsewhere in the Caribbean due to the reviving U.S. economy.
Has the tourism minister arrived on a flight at Saturday lunchtime and seen the queues of many hundreds of tourists stretching way outside the immigration hall and having to wait 2 hours to get their passport stamped. A similar picture with departures, having nowhere to sit, and only one small food concession to cater to everyone.
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Mack Boland
Email hackers target Cayman bank accounts
Posted by Mack Boland on 7/29/2014 6:59:44 AM

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I don't understand how this can be possible and would like some clarity on this issue.

Everybody knows that email communications are typically not secure and there is no way that any local financial services company is accepting wire transfer instructions by unencrypted and unsigned email without first verifying that the instructions are legitimate. Additionally, customers should have already been instructed not to include account names or numbers in any unencrypted and unsigned email communications.

Financial services companies should be providing their customers with secure methods of communicating with the institutions that includes some form of multi-factor authentication for all financial transactions.

Government should fine any financial services company that has be affected by this scam and CIMA needs to initiate an audit of these companies so that a comprehensive review of their business practices can be completed.

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Mack Boland
'One man' motion gets go-ahead
Posted by Mack Boland on 7/29/2014 4:04:40 AM

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The PPM government will be finished once they implement the recommendations for public sector reform from the EY report so there is nothing to lose by them making the move to single-member constituencies.
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Mack Boland
Manderson: 'We can't fall down on this'
Posted by Mack Boland on 7/29/2014 3:43:31 AM

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Any significant downsizing or privatization will be the end of the PPM/Progressive government.

This does not mean that the government should not go ahead with the implementation of the recommendations from EY; but it is important that the government understand that there is sometimes a cost associated with doing the right thing and they need to be prepared to pay the price for the decisions that they are about to make.
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Lucia Bell
Police can protect and serve but not prevent
Posted by Lucia Bell on 7/28/2014 1:48:13 PM

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Not if they sit in the office and wait for a crime to occur. And that is how they seem to operate in the Cayman Islands.
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Andy Gray
Police can protect and serve but not prevent
Posted by Andy Gray on 7/28/2014 12:09:25 PM

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Personally, I think the recent Police/Customs raids on containers for export could make a significant contribution to the Prevention side of the equation.

A permanent joint Customs/Police task force preventing stolen goods leaving the islands would only leave criminals the outlet of selling on island with a much higher risk of detection.

The general perception is that the outbound border is fairly porous and not well enforced in comparison to the inbound one which generates duty. Change that perception and they will achieve a significant amount of prevention.
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