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The penalties for overstaying

The penalties for overstaying

| 31/01/2019 | 3 Comments

Do you know what the consequences are for tourists who overstay one or two days? Auntie’s answer: Generally speaking, staying beyond the limit on a visa is a serious offence. However, there are clearly varying degrees and reasons for staying for longer than you are legally allowed to be here. A Department of Immigration official […]

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Cannot transfer funds from PayPal to Cayman account

Cannot transfer funds from PayPal to Cayman account

| 30/01/2019 | 22 Comments

I have funds in my PayPal account that I would like to transfer to my bank account in Cayman. PayPal is really useful for receiving money from countries around the world and I tend to use it a lot. I have previously transferred money from PayPal to a bank account in the US but getting […]

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Public bus information needs an update

Public bus information needs an update

| 29/01/2019 | 1 Comment

Whose responsibility is it to maintain and distribute accurate and up-to-date information, schedules and maps for the Cayman public buses? The current route map is not accurate. Did you know there is no more Route 5? Did you know the phone number listed on the public bus website and Facebook page is not in service? […]

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DoE looking to fill Brac position

DoE looking to fill Brac position

| 25/01/2019 | 0 Comments

Would you find out if DoE has any plans to replace the former marine officer on the Brac? Auntie’s answer: This question came up in the comments this week under this article: Local grouper sites offer hope for species survival. I contacted the Department of Environment for a response and once more I received a […]

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Where do Cayman’s recyclables wind up?

Where do Cayman’s recyclables wind up?

| 24/01/2019 | 4 Comments

As the US reroutes their recycling to Southeast Asia, rumour has it that Cayman’s recycling (and possibly the rest of the Caribbean’s recycling) is being held in limbo or is costing the Cayman Islands Government more $$$ to ship off Island. I know you’ve answered questions about recycling before but could you find out where […]

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Insurance coverage for students

Insurance coverage for students

| 23/01/2019 | 2 Comments

For students (both Caymanian and non-Caymanian) at university in the UK who are covered under the National Health Service and are no longer under their parents’ policy, what can they do for health insurance over the Christmas and summer breaks if they return to Cayman? Auntie’s answer: Returning students, whether Caymanian or non-Caymanian, who are […]

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Suspicious of charity’s finances

Suspicious of charity’s finances

| 22/01/2019 | 5 Comments

Do you know if charities (not churches) are monitored on-island or required to do an audit? I am just wondering because there is one charity on-island, which I am concerned about backhanders and siphoning of funds going on. Who does one report this to? Auntie’s answer: The enactment of the Non-Profit Organisations (NPO) Law, 2017 […]

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Expired licence for utility company

Expired licence for utility company

| 21/01/2019 | 3 Comments

Is there an update on the new or renewed licence for Cayman Brac Power & Light? According to OfReg’s website, CP&L’s licence expired on 16 December 2018. Auntie’s answer: The question came up in the comments 16 January under this article: OfReg gives nod to CUC plan to ease off fossil fuels. The reader is […]

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Victim did not receive police update

Victim did not receive police update

| 18/01/2019 | 7 Comments

Some time ago I was seriously assaulted by someone known to me. The matter was reported to the police and I gave a statement giving details of the assault. Some short time later I became aware that the same person had been arrested for another crime. Since then I have not heard of any charges […]

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Unhappy with hospital’s food

Unhappy with hospital’s food

| 17/01/2019 | 30 Comments

While I realise a hospital’s first priority is to treat patients, and I give high marks to the quality of care at George Town Hospital, I nevertheless feel compelled to complain about what passes as food there. Getting a good meal can go a long way to lifting a patient’s spirits, something that the folks […]

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Food supply to Cayman amid US shutdown

Food supply to Cayman amid US shutdown

| 16/01/2019 | 6 Comments

Will the US government shutdown affect food supply to the Cayman Islands? I have also heard that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cut back on inspections. Will that compromise the safety of the products that are imported and put out on Cayman’s shelves? Auntie’s answer: I am sure that many people here share […]

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Forced to pay tip for takeout at airport

Forced to pay tip for takeout at airport

| 15/01/2019 | 58 Comments

(Answer updated) I was at the departure lounge at Owen Roberts Airport and stopped and picked out a sandwich and a drink from the cooler. When paying for the items I was told there was an automatic 25% added. When I asked for it to be removed they refused as it was already built into […]

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Non-account holder unable to cash cheque

Non-account holder unable to cash cheque

| 11/01/2019 | 3 Comments

I went to a bank in Cayman to cash a cheque issued by a local insurance company from an account at the same bank. The cheque was refused and I was told I had to present it at my own bank. Is this correct procedure? What about people who don’t have a bank account?! Auntie’s […]

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Parting ways with your Christmas tree

Parting ways with your Christmas tree

| 10/01/2019 | 0 Comments

If you do not place your Christmas tree in one of the bins that the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has put out by their deadline, what are the options for dealing with the tree? Auntie’s answer: While I can’t really take issue with the 18 January cut-off date to drop off your Christmas tree, […]

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Elevator certificates out of date

Elevator certificates out of date

| 08/01/2019 | 2 Comments

I have noticed that the expiration date of the elevator certificates in some buildings are long past. How can I report the need for them to be re-certified? Auntie’s answer: If you want to report on an elevator that has an expired certificate you can email the applicable section of the Department of Planning at […]

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