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May 23, 2017

Cayman Islands

Children among 22 dead in Manchester bombing

Source: Cayman News Service | Children among 22 dead in Manchester bombing (CNS): The death toll in the suicide bomber attack, at around 10:30 UK time Monday night, at the Manchester Arena rose to 22 and included children, British officials said Tuesday morning. Another 59 people have been injured in what is the worst terrorist atrocity

23 May 2017 Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News | 23 May 2017 Weather in Cayman May 23 Tuesday 2017 Synopsis Moderate southeasterly winds and seas will continue across the Cayman area for the next 24 hours in association with a high pressure over the western Atlantic Ocean. Radar images show isolated showers south of the sister islands moving towards

Cayman spared in global ransomware attack

Source: Cayman News Service | Cayman spared in global ransomware attack (CNS):  The RCIPS has said that the Financial Crime Unit has not received any reports that anyone in the Cayman Islands has been affected by the recent global cyber attack. But the attackers behind the WannaCry Ransomware are still trying to solicit cash from victims in

The Progressives: Youth, sport & the elderly

Source: Cayman Eye News | The Progressives: Youth, sport & the elderly From The Progressives 2017 Manifesto YOUTH & SPORT ENHANCING THE LIVES OF Life today is more complicated than it was a decade ago and it is becoming increasingly challenging for young people. It is crucial that we focus on the future of Cayman

The Progressives: STRONGER

Source: Cayman Eye News | The Progressives: STRONGER From The Progressives 2017 Manifesto A STRONGER CAYMAN BRAC & LITTLE CAYMAN Our vision for Cayman Brac & Little Cayman includes a development plan that encourages economic growth based on the preservation of the environment, culture, and traditions of the Sister Islands. Development must be sufficient to

Higgs & Johnson associate wins Worldwide Excellence Award

Source: Cayman Eye News | Higgs & Johnson associate wins Worldwide Excellence Award Jo-Anne Stephens earns highest average marks in exams leading to STEP Diploma in International Trust Management GEORGE TOWN, GRAND CAYMAN, 22 MAY 2017. Jo-Anne Stephens, an associate at full service corporate and commercial law firm Higgs & Johnson, has been awarded the

Cayman Progressives: Finances & Government

Source: Cayman Eye News | Cayman Progressives: Finances & Government From The Progressives Manifesto 2017 STRONG GOVERNMENT FINANCES Over the last four years, the Progressives Government, has returned the country to a secure financial position. We did so through economic growth and carefully managing our finances. This has resulted in solid budget surpluses. Surpluses that

Jamaicans dominate foreign prisoner population in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News | Jamaicans dominate foreign prisoner population in Cayman From RJR News According to newly released data, there are more Jamaicans than any other foreign nationals imprisoned in The Cayman Islands. A report published by the Cayman Reporter newspaper shows that, of the 147 inmates behind bars, 17 are Jamaicans. Two of

Candidates make last bid for votes

Source: Cayman Compass | Candidates make last bid for votes At least three rival rallies will take place across Grand Cayman Tuesday night as the independent candidates, the Cayman Democratic Party and the Progressives make their final pitch to voters before the midnight deadline for all campaigning to stop.

Need a beer on Election Day? Buy in advance

Source: Cayman Compass | Need a beer on Election Day? Buy in advance The Cayman Islands will be “dry” on Wednesday – no alcohol sales are allowed – between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. as per the Elections Law.

Man arrested in dog burning case

Source: Cayman Compass | Man arrested in dog burning case An 18-year-old North Side resident has been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty in connection with the case surrounding a dog that was burned earlier this month, police reported on Monday.

More than 1,000 have already voted

Source: Cayman Compass | More than 1,000 have already voted An estimated 5 percent of Cayman’s registered voters have already cast ballots for Wednesday’s general election, although it will not be known how they voted until election night.

Jonathan Kern named top community police officer

Source: Cayman Compass | Jonathan Kern named top community police officer A Cayman Islands police constable, who helped develop a smartphone app to improve communication between neighborhood cops and residents, has been named the Caribbean’s top community policing officer for 2017. Jonathan Kern, who works with the neighborhood policing unit and currently patrols the George

Bodden Town man admits breaking into cars

Source: Cayman Compass | Bodden Town man admits breaking into cars Jeff Pandohie, 48, appeared in Summary Court on Monday afternoon, when he pleaded guilty to seven charges, including two relating to damaging a vehicle.

Criminal damage complaint made after motorcade

Source: Cayman Compass | Criminal damage complaint made after motorcade Police are investigating a complaint of criminal damage in connection with a vehicle that was scratched as the Progressives motorcade was intercepted Saturday by supporters of independent candidate Dwayne “John John” Seymour.

Eight arrested in ganja bust

Source: Cayman Compass | Eight arrested in ganja bust Eight men were arrested during a Royal Cayman Islands Police drug raid Friday night in West Bay district.

Hurricane shelter volunteers sought

Source: Cayman Compass | Hurricane shelter volunteers sought The Department of Children and Family Services is looking for volunteers to help out during hurricane season in Cayman.

Eight people arrested in WB drug raid

Source: Cayman News Service | Eight people arrested in WB drug raid (CNS): Police have arrested eight people, including three teenagers, for drug-related offences following a raid at an address in Birch Tree Hill Road, West Bay, on Friday evening. Officers went to the residency around 5pm in the evening and found around 8lbs of

Police charge BT man over criminal damage

Source: Cayman News Service | Police charge BT man over criminal damage (CNS): As police continue their clampdown in Bodden Town after a crime spike in the district, which included a surge of burglaries and car thefts, a 48-year-old man has been charged with criminal damage and is expected to appear in court Monday. The

Teenager arrested on animal cruelty allegations

Source: Cayman News Service | Teenager arrested on animal cruelty allegations (CNS): Police arrested an 18-year-old boy from North Side Sunday on suspicion of animal cruelty in connection with an incident where a dog was set on fire at a property in the district. The RCIPS investigation began on 13 May after a pit bull cross-breed named

PM comes top in CNS reader poll

Source: Cayman News Service | PM comes top in CNS reader poll (CNS Election): With 1,966 responses so far, CNS readers believe the Progressives will be forming the next government, with over 52% saying they will be voting for a PPM candidate. Whule this is not a scientific poll, the reader survey has attracted the

Our first OMOV brings some easy and tough battles

Source: Cayman News Service | Our first OMOV brings some easy and tough battles 101 writes: This year’s general election has many veterans but also a lot of newcomers encouraged by the new OMOV system. But based on the match-ups in the current constituencies, unfortunately too many of these political competitions are just about decided

Bad weather hinders iguana cull

Source: Cayman News Service | Bad weather hinders iguana cull (CNS): Just under 1,000 green iguanas were bagged during the first few weeks of the national cull, which was impeded by bad weather. The raffle also failed to attract any amateur participants in the wider cull, which the Department of Environment believes was needed to help support

22 May 2017 Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News | 22 May 2017 Weather in Cayman May 22 Monday 2017 Synopsis Not available. See Weather Forecast Top Right of Website. Sunshine just makes the day a little better, but it can also cause sunburns. Check the UV Report below to be prepared Humidity: 85%  (UP from yesterday) UV: 10.4 VERY

Hazard boss wins regional gong

Source: Cayman News Service | Hazard boss wins regional gong (CNS): With just a few weeks to go before the official start of the 2017 hurricane season, Cayman’s local disaster expert has landed a regional gong at a hurricane conference in Florida. The director of Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI), McCleary Frederick, who is responsible

CAYMAN ISLANDS PROGRESSIVES: Healthcare & Environment

Source: Cayman Eye News | CAYMAN ISLANDS PROGRESSIVES: Healthcare & Environment From The Progressives 2017 Manifesto ACCESS TO QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE The current system of accessing healthcare and health insurance needs reform. Private sector insurance providers too often treat our older persons and those with long term conditions unfairly, either charging them unaffordable premiums or

CAYMAN ISLANDS PROGRESSIVES: Communities & Social Agenda

Source: Cayman Eye News | CAYMAN ISLANDS PROGRESSIVES: Communities & Social Agenda From The Progressives 2017 Manifesto SAFER COMMUNITIES Economic success and more Caymanians in work has been a key part of the country’s recent successes. However, there is a risk that this overall success can hide emerging social issues. We share the real concern

iNews Briefs & Community Events

Source: Cayman Eye News | iNews Briefs & Community Events NASSAU: Perry Christie Steps Down From Party Leadership From Caribbean News Service NASSAU, Bahamas, May 16 2017 – Former Prime Minister Perry Christie has resigned as leader of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) with immediate effect. Christie made the announcement late Monday in an address

Cayman Islands Charity Fashion Show helps feed students

Source: Cayman Eye News | Cayman Islands Charity Fashion Show helps feed students A recent fashion show held in conjunction with Sand Angels and local fashion house Isy B Designs has netted $500.00 donation for the NCVO’s Caring Cousins lunch programme. The “Hello Summer” fashion event held on Thursday 11th May, highlighted Isy B’s 2017

CAYMAN ISLANDS PROGRESSIVES: Immigration & Good Living

Source: Cayman Eye News | CAYMAN ISLANDS PROGRESSIVES: Immigration & Good Living From The Progressives Manifesto 2017 IMPROVING IMMIGRATION AND THE WORK PERMIT SYSTEM The Cayman success story has been built on the ability of businesses to not only hire and train Caymanians, but also to bring in guest workers to ensure that we have

Hazard Management Cayman Islands Director receives prestigious award

Source: Cayman Eye News | Hazard Management Cayman Islands Director receives prestigious award Director of Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI), Mr. McCleary Frederick, made history at the 31st Annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference in Palm Beach, Florida as the first international recipient of the Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Frederick proudly accepted the most prestigious award

Rival supporters clash as campaign rallies heat up

Source: Cayman Compass | Rival supporters clash as campaign rallies heat up Rival supporters crossed paths in the streets on Saturday as two political rallies intersected on a busy final weekend of campaigning ahead of Wednesday’s general election. There were no reports of any physical violence.

Expats eye financial impact of changes to Pensions Law

Source: Cayman Compass | Expats eye financial impact of changes to Pensions Law The Chamber of Commerce, the Tourism Association and major employers warned last month that businesses face the prospect of mass resignations from workers who want early access to their savings.

Former Ritz-Carlton cashier gets 14 months for $13,000 theft

Source: Cayman Compass | Former Ritz-Carlton cashier gets 14 months for ,000 theft The former general cashier at The Ritz-Carlton resort was sentenced on Friday to 14 months’ imprisonment for thefts totaling $13,397 over a three-month period last year.

Changes good for savers, say pensions funds

Source: Cayman Compass | Changes good for savers, say pensions funds Cayman’s two largest private sector pension funds, Silver Thatch and the Chamber of Commerce Pension Fund, have suggested that changes to the Pensions Law, though a temporary inconvenience to businesses, will be good for Cayman savers in the long term.

More on election

Source: Cayman Compass | More on election More on election — Today’s editorial cartoon

Election candidates split over immigration restructure

Source: Cayman Compass | Election candidates split over immigration restructure Three candidates in Wednesday’s general election took deeply divided positions on immigration reform, with some favoring a work permit moratorium and others seeking to take the granting of work permits away from the Immigration Department entirely.

Burglar steals car after finding keys

Source: Cayman Compass | Burglar steals car after finding keys Keys left inside a car overnight at a home in Bodden Town led to a burglary and the theft of another vehicle parked outside the premises last week, police reported.

Teen charged with burglary offenses

Source: Cayman Compass | Teen charged with burglary offenses Police have charged a 16-year-old on suspicion of burglary and attempted burglary. Officers arrested the Bodden Town juvenile on Wednesday in connection with an attempted burglary at a home on Brook Drive in Bodden Town.

Adventist church promotes child safety

Source: Cayman Compass | Adventist church promotes child safety Protecting children from dangers on the internet and ways in which adults and organizations can mitigate potential for abuse of children were key aspects of a special joint meeting of all Adventist churches on May 13 at Kings Church.

21 May 2017 Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News | 21 May 2017 Weather in Cayman May 21 Sunday 2017 Synopsis Not available. See Weather Forecast Top Right of Website. Sunshine just makes the day a little better, but it can also cause sunburns. Check the UV Report below to be prepared Humidity: 82%  (UP from yesterday) UV: 11.9 EXTREME 

CARICOM to review import taxes

Source: Cayman Eye News | CARICOM to review import taxes By Bert Wilkinson The 15-nation Caribbean trade bloc is undertaking a complete review of its import taxes regime into the regional free market including poultry and agriculture products from the United States in the wake of a plethora of requests from governments and the private

20 May 2017 Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News | 20 May 2017 Weather in Cayman May 20 Saturday 2017 Synopsis Fresh southeasterly and rough seas will continue over the Cayman area for the next 24 hours in association with a high pressure over the western Atlantic Ocean. Radar images show isolated showers 50 miles southwest of Grand Cayman moving

Voter ID collection deadline extended to 11pm

Source: Cayman News Service | Voter ID collection deadline extended to 11pm (CNS Elections): The Elections office is urging voters who have not collected their ID cards to get to the office before 11pm this evening to do so. With a last-minute rush of people coming to the office on Smith Road, Friday, officials have extended

Teen charged as cops clamp down on BT crime spree

Source: Cayman News Service | Teen charged as cops clamp down on BT crime spree (CNS): A 16-year-old Bodden Town boy has been charged with burglary and attempted burglary in connection with two recent break-ins among several in the district over the last few weeks. As police move more officers into the district to clamp down

Leaders are no-shows at TV debate

Source: Cayman News Service | Leaders are no-shows at TV debate (CNS Election): What was expected to be a national TV debate between Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush and Premier Alden McLaughlin failed to materialise Thursday after Bush pulled out, and as a result the premier following suit. Although the Cayman Democratic Party advertised the appearance

Who will win on Wednesday?

Source: Cayman News Service | Who will win on Wednesday? (CNS Election): On 24 May, voters in the Cayman Islands will go to the polls to elect nineteen MLAs for the next four years. To have a majority in the House and therefore form the next government, a group or party will need to win

NEW: Party leaders decline to attend debate

Source: Cayman Compass | NEW: Party leaders decline to attend debate Neither Premier Alden McLaughlin nor Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush attended the final televised debate of this election season.

19 May 2017 Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News | 19 May 2017 Weather in Cayman May 19 Friday 2017 Synopsis Not available. See Weather Forecast Top Right of Website Sunshine just makes the day a little better, but it can also cause sunburns. Check the UV Report below to be prepared Humidity: 79%  (DOWN from yesterday) UV: 10.9 VERY

South Dakota State to play in first ever Cayman Islands Classic

Source: Cayman Eye News | South Dakota State to play in first ever Cayman Islands Classic From ESPN South Dakota State will be spending Thanksgiving week in the tropics, but this won’t be a vacation. The Jackrabbits are one of eight teams in the inaugural Cayman Islands Classic, presented by Global Sports Management. The event

Cayman Islands’ hurricane shelter volunteers sought

Source: Cayman Eye News | Cayman Islands’ hurricane shelter volunteers sought With hurricane season commencing Thursday, 1 June and running until Thursday, 30 November 2017, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is making its annual appeal for persons interested in becoming shelter volunteers in Grand Cayman. To facilitate, the Department, jointly with Hazard

Cayman Islands: Proud of Them Bios Part 3

Source: Cayman Eye News | Cayman Islands: Proud of Them Bios Part 3 Brittany Mobley – Sports – 23 – George Town Brittany Mobley has the distinction of being a member of two national sports teams, and has represented the Cayman Islands, in ten different countries, in both football and netball. Her ability to excel

The Editor Speaks: Sharon sizzled

Source: Cayman Eye News | The Editor Speaks: Sharon sizzled I was asked to speak last night (Wed 17) at Candidate for George Town East Sharon Roulstone’s Yard Meeting. It was nothing big. Just a few words and a prayer. The prayer was very specific. It was not just for Sharon but for ALL the

Cayman Islands: From The Progressives 2017 Manifesto Part 3

Source: Cayman Eye News | Cayman Islands: From The Progressives 2017 Manifesto Part 3 Delivering on our promises – four years of accomplishment by The Progressives Government 2013 ~ 2017 STRONG, SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH Over the last four years we have: Restored economic growth Supported private sector investment projects to create jobs and further grow

Clean election

Source: Cayman Compass | Clean election Today’s editorial cartoon

Alexander Hotel falls into disrepair

Source: Cayman Compass | Alexander Hotel falls into disrepair Almost concealed by rampant undergrowth, the Alexander Hotel on Cayman Brac, remains closed “until further notice.” The hotel closed its doors in summer 2014 amid a row with government over a foul-smelling pond, which owner Cleveland Dilbert said was driving away guests.

George Town Landfill: A growing monument to governments’ inaction

Source: Cayman Compass | George Town Landfill: A growing monument to governments’ inaction The issue is a long-standing toxic eyesore that dominates Grand Cayman’s landscape, presents an odorous nuisance for neighbors and poses a potential health threat to the Cayman Islands public. The George Town Landfill has been a fixture on the political calendar for

Hundreds of chickens killed, farmers narrowly escape fire

Source: Cayman Compass | Hundreds of chickens killed, farmers narrowly escape fire Three farm workers fled from a burning building in Northward, Bodden Town, last week in a blaze that killed more than 200 chickens in a coop next door. Cayman firefighters rushed to the scene after receiving an emergency call from 911 shortly after

Investigation pending in dog burning case

Source: Cayman Compass | Investigation pending in dog burning case The wheels of justice are turning for Dora, the dog burned in last week’s animal cruelty case. Representatives of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and the Department of Agriculture have contacted the Cayman Islands Humane Society in the interest of furthering their investigation.

Tech usage a potential ‘time bomb’ for communication

Source: Cayman Compass | Tech usage a potential ‘time bomb’ for communication Concerns about tech usage and the effect it may have on the development of communication habits for young children are taking center stage this month in Better Hearing and Speech Month. Each May, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association tries to raise awareness about communication

Postmortems completed in EE Crash case

Source: Cayman Compass | Postmortems completed in EE Crash case The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service confirmed that postmortem examinations were completed this week on the four victims of the May 2 car crash in East End. The RCIPS is expected to conclude its investigation with an expert report, to be sent to the Cayman

Cayman’s cocktails come of age

Source: Cayman Compass | Cayman’s cocktails come of age With Blue by Eric Ripert set as center stage, mixologists from Jacques Scott provided a taste of Cayman’s incipient cocktail scene on May 11. While Grand Cayman enjoys a world-class food offering, the island has yet to reach its full cocktail potential, argued Jacques Scott brand

Flow 800m Sea Swim draws 113 competitors

Source: Cayman Compass | Flow 800m Sea Swim draws 113 competitors Under perfect conditions, the annual Flow 800m Sea Swim took place on May 13 with 113 swimmers on the loop course from Governors Beach, a press release states. Overall winners finished within three seconds of each other, providing an exciting finish for the crowds.

Dive operator takes on first ever local divemaster

Source: Cayman News Service | Dive operator takes on first ever local divemaster (CNS): After thirty years of teaching over a hundred young locals to dive, Red Sail Sports has finally seen one young Caymanian go all the way through to become a divemaster. Lej Batiste (18) is the first Caymanian to complete his divemaster

Driver facing DUI charge after morning smash

Source: Cayman News Service | Driver facing DUI charge after morning smash (CNS): A woman who wrapped her car around a light pole on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway at 10:00 Thursday morning has been taken into custody after she was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Despite flipping her vehicle after colliding with the CUC pole

Public bus travels by the airport

Source: Cayman News Service | Public bus travels by the airport I understand there is a bus service now for US$2.50 from the airport to SMB. Is this true? I hear it runs every 20 minutes between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday. Read Auntie’s answer and comment on CNS Local Life

The battle of the incumbents

Source: Cayman News Service | The battle of the incumbents Theresa Green writes: Political geeks out there will have already spotted the rather unusual situation that has emerged in one of the 19 electoral districts in Cayman’s first election under the system of one person, one vote in single-member constituencies, but for those who haven’t

18 May 2017 Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News | 18 May 2017 Weather in Cayman May 18 Wednesday 2017 Synopsis Cloudiness and showers over the Northwest Caribbean is expected to continue over the next 24 hours as a surface trough lingers and interact with an upper level trough. Radar images show scattered showers mainly around the Sister Islands which

E-gov makes a small advance with police clearance

Source: Cayman News Service | E-gov makes a small advance with police clearance (CNS): The government has launched a new online application process for police clearance certificates which joins a slowly emerging suite of public services being provided online. Although officials have been talking about expanding e-government for almost a decade, it is still moving very slowly and

Rugby: South Panthers beat Cayman Islands

Source: Cayman Eye News | Rugby: South Panthers beat Cayman Islands From This Is American Rugby The South Panthers have taken a step forward in their move for the Rugby Americas North Championship with a 39-5 win over the Cayman Islands. With the services of some experienced players, like World Cup vet Phil Thiel, the

Cayman Islands’ One Dog at a Time Dog Show

Source: Cayman Eye News | Cayman Islands’ One Dog at a Time Dog Show The 2nd Annual Dog Show of One Dog At a Time, held on Saturday 14th April at the Seven Fathoms Rum Distillery on Bronze Road, raised over $1000 to assist with the rehoming of dogs and puppies freed from the Pound.

Cayman Islands cultural icons recognised

Source: Cayman Eye News | Cayman Islands cultural icons recognised Two national ‘treasures’ of the Cayman Islands, who are both deceased, will be recognised in a unique way. World renowned, visionary intuitive painter from the Cayman Islands, the late Miss Gladwyn “Lassie” Bush, and beloved local folk musician and drummer, the late ‘Aunt’ Julia Hydes

The Editor Speaks: LOUD!!!

Source: Cayman Eye News | The Editor Speaks: LOUD!!! Have you noticed nearly every advert you hear on the radio is loud? You have something that I believe is music (a very poor imitation of it to be sure) playing in the background at frantic speed comprising crashing drums, cymbals, guitars, etc. and loud. Above

ODAAT leads Cayman Islands Guides through Community Badge

Source: Cayman Eye News | ODAAT leads Cayman Islands Guides through Community Badge The Sixth George Town Girl Guides were surprised on Monday 8th May when puppies arrived!  Two of the directors, Paula Blane and Caroline Johnston from One Dog At a Time (ODAAT), visited their weekly meeting, held at St. Ignatius, to spread the

Records tumble at freediving championships in Cayman

Source: Cayman Compass | Records tumble at freediving championships in Cayman Take a deep breath. How long can you hold it before the urge to breathe takes over? 30 seconds? A minute? How about eight minutes? American freediver Brandon Hendrickson defied the laws of human biology in the Cayman Islands this week to set a

Vape pens being used to smuggle ganja

Source: Cayman News Service | Vape pens being used to smuggle ganja (CNS): Customs officers have arrested two suspect drug smugglers this week following separate incidents at Owen Roberts International Airport where vape pens were used to smuggle in ganja or hash oil. While the oil and extracts have been legalised for medical use when prescribed

McCready family makes great find on Discovery Day

Source: Cayman Compass | McCready family makes great find on Discovery Day The irony was not lost on Mark McCready. The day he found his father’s grave, a quest 52 years in the making that brought him 4,500 miles from home, was a Cayman holiday called Discovery Day. McCready, who was just 17 months old

Junior rugby players compete in Bahamas

Source: Cayman Compass | Junior rugby players compete in Bahamas The Maples Cayman Junior Rugby program players traveled to the Freeport Rugby Football Club in the Bahamas last weekend for the Freeport RFC International Junior Festival. Cayman Rugby Football Union Under-10, U-12 and U-13 teams participated in the tournament, which organizers said is a key

South Sound gun case to go to Grand Court

Source: Cayman Compass | South Sound gun case to go to Grand Court John Brandon Smith appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday, when he elected to have firearm charges against him tried in Grand Court. The unlicensed handgun and 12 rounds of ammunition were found by police in the South Sound home of a local

‘Serial’ burglars hit Bodden Town homes

Source: Cayman Compass | ‘Serial’ burglars hit Bodden Town homes More than half of the burglary reports islandwide in May occurred in Bodden Town, and the crimes have mostly been at residential properties during daytime, according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. Unlocked and forced doors and windows have been the most common modes

Drug Rehab Court was ‘no easy ride’

Source: Cayman Compass | Drug Rehab Court was ‘no easy ride’ Eight people graduated last week from Cayman’s Drug Rehabilitation Court after a process described as “a lot of work … not a quick fix … no easy ride.” Those were the words of Magistrate Valdis Foldats, who has presided over the majority of weekly

Education: Candidates seek new solutions to familiar problems

Source: Cayman Compass | Education: Candidates seek new solutions to familiar problems “Every effort must be made to make our educational facilities and teaching staffs second to none. All children deserve and must have a full and complete education.” Those words, from a November 1965 post-election editorial in the old Tradewinds publication about the need

Candidates support leniency on marijuana

Source: Cayman Compass | Candidates support leniency on marijuana The concept of decriminalizing marijuana received universal support from all four candidates at Tuesday evening’s national election debate. Finance Minister Marco Archer and independent candidates Matthew Leslie, Kenneth Bryan and Austin Harris all said they support a more lenient approach when it comes to cannabis.

Bodden Town sees serious burglary spike

Source: Cayman News Service | Bodden Town sees serious burglary spike (CNS): Over half of the burglary reports made to the RCIPS across Grand Cayman this month have occurred in Bodden Town, senior police said Wednesday, as they raised concerns about the crime spike in the district and the continuing increase in the crime in

Mystery boat washes up in Bodden Town

Source: Cayman News Service | Mystery boat washes up in Bodden Town (CNS): The police are asking the public to help them with an investigation into the origins of a mystery vessel that washed ashore in Bodden Town early this morning. At around  6:00am Wednesday, the Joint Marine Unit responded to a report that an empty boat

PPM considering decriminalising ganja

Source: Cayman News Service | PPM considering decriminalising ganja (CNS Election): The Progressives are planning to take a closer look at decriminalising the recreational use of ganja, a leading Cabinet minister has said. Following the PPM government’s move to legalise the use of medicinal cannabis oil, Marco Archer has revealed plans to weigh-up the possibility

Report delivers stark warning for region

Source: Cayman News Service | Report delivers stark warning for region (CNS): Much more needs to be done to reduce human pressures on island systems in the Caribbean to make states more resilient to climate change, a new report by a Commonwealth institution has found. The cost of doing nothing about the issues and adapting

Cayman Islands: Recovered and stolen vehicles, 13-15 May

Source: Cayman Eye News | Cayman Islands: Recovered and stolen vehicles, 13-15 May From RCIPS May 16 2017 Kia Optima Reported Stolen over the Weekend (13-15 May); Three Others Recovered A vehicle was reported stolen Sunday morning in Northward, while three other recently-stolen vehicles were recovered in the Bodden Town area. On Sunday morning, 14

17 May 2017 Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News | 17 May 2017 Weather in Cayman May 17 Wednesday 2017 Synopsis   Not available – See Weather Forecast Top Right of Website Sunshine just makes the day a little better, but it can also cause sunburns. Check the UV Report below to be prepared Humidity: 87%  (DOWN from yesterday) UV:

Prison forced to give officer workplace report

Source: Cayman News Service | Prison forced to give officer workplace report (CNS): In what was described as an unusual case by the Information Commissioner’s Office, the prison service has been ordered to release a redacted version of an internal report to a prison officer working at the women’s jail as it concerned a complaint

Tributes paid to tragic Cayman Islands holiday couple

Source: Cayman Eye News | Tributes paid to tragic Cayman Islands holiday couple From Hook Herald TRIBUTES have poured in for three members of the same Farnham family killed in a horrific car crash in the Cayman Islands. Husband and wife Ian and Pamela Mansell, described by friends as the “life and soul of the

Colours Cayman issues petition to the European Parliament

Source: Cayman Eye News | Colours Cayman issues petition to the European Parliament Colours Cayman has petitioned to the EU parliament to require the UK government, as a prerequisite for trade negotiations upon the country leaving the EU (1) to rectify non-compliance with the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR), in particular LGBT rights in

The Editor Speaks: Government schools

Source: Cayman Eye News | The Editor Speaks: Government schools The Cayman Islands Ministry of Education released a statement regarding the Cayman Islands Examinations Results in 2016 – see iNews Cayman story “Statement from the Ministry of Education on Cayman Islands Examinations Results in 2016” published May 15 2016. The commencement of the statement took

Collas Crill shortlisted in top industry awards

Source: Cayman Eye News | Collas Crill shortlisted in top industry awards Collas Crill has been shortlisted for ‘Offshore Law Firm of the Year’ as part of The Lawyer Awards 2017. Now in their 23rd year, the annual awards champion excellence across private practice, the public sector, commerce and industry, bringing together more than 1300

Residency applications approved under new Cayman immigration law

Source: Cayman Eye News | Residency applications approved under new Cayman immigration law From Jamaica Observer GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CMC) – Two permanent residence applications have been filed and approved for the first time here under a new immigration law. The Cayman Compass reports that the applications were approved under the threat of level

Dog recovering after being set afire

Source: Cayman Compass | Dog recovering after being set afire The dog that was severely burned over the weekend is recovering well and has an excellent prognosis, Dr. Brenda Bush of Island Veterinary Services said Tuesday.

Damage to policeman’s car was more than $3,000

Source: Cayman Compass | Damage to policeman’s car was more than ,000 A man accused of damaging a policeman’s personal vehicle returned to Summary Court Tuesday, when the charge against him was amended to show that the value of the damage was more than $3,000.

Tie a yellow ribbon around the Aegiphila caymanensis tree

Source: Cayman Compass | Tie a yellow ribbon around the Aegiphila caymanensis tree Health City Development construction crews must tread carefully as they work to build a new apartment complex to serve medical tourists at the growing facility.

Health City breaks ground on apartment complex

Source: Cayman Compass | Health City breaks ground on apartment complex The vision of Health City as a world-class medical tourism destination has taken another step forward with construction under way on apartments for patients at the East End facility.

Global cyberattack puts Cayman businesses on alert

Source: Cayman Compass | Global cyberattack puts Cayman businesses on alert Cayman Islands IT departments worked overtime during the holiday weekend as businesses scrambled to protect their data against a global ransomware attack that affected an estimated 200,000 victims in more than 150 countries.

Motorbike driver still at large after crash

Source: Cayman Compass | Motorbike driver still at large after crash Police are still searching for a man who was involved in a motorcycle collision with a car after revving his bike and shouting obscenities outside a George Town political meeting last week.

Sentencing explained for repeat offender

Source: Cayman Compass | Sentencing explained for repeat offender A sentence for attempted burglary became a lengthy procedure last week when Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn and defense attorney Nicholas Dixey aired all the factors pertaining to Levi Ambrose Powell, who was found guilty in February after trial.

Pink Ladies make charitable contributions

Source: Cayman Compass | Pink Ladies make charitable contributions The Pink Ladies Volunteer Corps has announced more than $35,000 worth of donations from fundraising work through the organization’s annual bazaar and tea party, among other efforts.

SMP Partners acquires RBC Caribbean business

Source: Cayman Compass | SMP Partners acquires RBC Caribbean business The SMP Partners Group has acquired Royal Bank of Canada’s trust, fund administration and custodian business in the Caribbean.

Auto theft on the rise, 3 cars found in BT

Source: Cayman News Service | Auto theft on the rise, 3 cars found in BT (CNS): Police dealt with three more reports of stolen vehicles this weekend and recovered a car that was stolen from the Marriott car park last week. One car believed to have been stolen between Friday and Sunday in Northward is

CAL waives change fees in face of Jamaican floods

Source: Cayman News Service | CAL waives change fees in face of Jamaican floods (CNS): Passengers with Cayman Airways tickets to fly to Jamaica tonight, tomorrow or Thursday will be able to change those flights without incurring change fees, the airline said Tuesday in the face of flood warnings. The Jamaican authorities have issued flash

CITES top grade protects important Cayman trade

Source: Cayman News Service | CITES top grade protects important Cayman trade (CNS): International trade that involves the legitimate use of certain animal and plant species can continue without the fear of suspension, now that Cayman’s legislation protecting the environment has been rated fully compliant with all international standards regarding the Convention on International Trade

$8.8M price tag revealed for school gym

Source: Cayman News Service | .8M price tag revealed for school gym (CNS): The new John Gray High School (JGHS) gymnasium cost government CI$8.8 million, government has finally confirmed. The new 34,442 sq.ft. facility, reportedly finished  on time and under budget, has been handed over to education officials in time for the Year 10 and Year

Dog survives after being set on fire

Source: Cayman News Service | Dog survives after being set on fire (CNS): The police are investigating an incident of animal cruelty in North Side on Saturday that may have been committed by a child. A report was made to the RCIPS on the afternoon of 13 May that a dog had been set on fire at

Two PR grants made under new rules

Source: Cayman News Service | Two PR grants made under new rules (CNS): Two applicants who applied for permanent residency after the government changed the law in October 2013 have become the first people granted the right to live in Cayman under the new rules. After more than three years of problems relating to the

Activists petition EU to push UK on LGBT rights

Source: Cayman News Service | Activists petition EU to push UK on LGBT rights (CNS): The first non-governmental organisation in Cayman formed to represent the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex (LGBTI) community is lobbying the European Union to force the UK to comply with the European Convention on Human Rights in its territories. Colours

16 May 2017 Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News | 16 May 2017 Weather in Cayman May 16 Tuesday 2017 Synopsis   Not available – See Weather Forecast Top Right of Website Sunshine just makes the day a little better, but it can also cause sunburns. Check the UV Report below to be prepared Humidity: 89%  (UP from yesterday) UV:

Cayman Islands announces “Deja Blue”

Source: Cayman Eye News | Cayman Islands announces “Deja Blue” PERFORMANCE FREEDIVING INTERNATIONAL AND CAYMAN FREEDIVING ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCE DEJA BLUE 8 AND CAYMAN OPEN NATIONAL FREEDIVING CHAMPIONSHIP West Bay, Grand Cayman, May 12, 2017 – Performance Freediving International and the Cayman Freediving Association are pleased to announce an exciting event taking place this coming week

Special needs voters

Source: Cayman Eye News | Special needs voters Cayman Islands Special Needs Voters Train to Cast Ballots For the first time ever, a unique exercise in empowerment will allow one group of special needs voters to cast their votes in the General Elections on Wednesday, 24 May 2017, with greater confidence. Fourteen out of 21

Ransomware cyber-attack threat escalating – Europol

Source: Cayman Eye News | Ransomware cyber-attack threat escalating – Europol From BBC Friday’s cyber-attack has affected more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries, Europol chief Rob Wainwright says. He told the BBC the act was “unprecedented in its scale” and warned more people could find themselves affected on Monday morning. The virus took control

Public Lecture to be given by Chris Cozier in Cayman Islands

Source: Cayman Eye News | Public Lecture to be given by Chris Cozier in Cayman Islands From The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands Actions Between Territories   Friday, 19 May 2017, 6:00 PM at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands About the Lecture Cozier’s lecture, titled Actions Between Territories, will discuss the potential

Cayman Islands rated as fully CITES compliant

Source: Cayman Eye News | Cayman Islands rated as fully CITES compliant Further demonstrating the environment’s value to a wide range of local businesses, international trade involving certain animal and plant species can continue without the fear of suspension, now that Cayman Islands legislation has been rated fully compliant with all international standards related to

Two new Caymanian attorneys admitted to Cayman Islands bar

Source: Cayman Eye News | Two new Caymanian attorneys admitted to Cayman Islands bar Walkers Announces the Admission of Two New Caymanian Attorneys at Law Grand Cayman, May 2017 Early May 2017 saw two Walkers Articled Clerks complete their legal training, with Christopher Dibben and Sarah Dombowsky both being called to the Cayman Islands Bar.

North Side, East End get new police officers

Source: Cayman Compass | North Side, East End get new police officers Four new police officers have been stationed permanently in the districts of East End and North Side as of May 1, Police Commissioner Derek Byrne announced last week.

Dog set ablaze in alleged animal cruelty case

Source: Cayman Compass | Dog set ablaze in alleged animal cruelty case A disturbing incident of animal cruelty occurred in Old Man Bay over the weekend where a pregnant dog was allegedly intentionally set ablaze by its owner.

Judge sets 28 year minimum sentence in double murder case

Source: Cayman Compass | Judge sets 28 year minimum sentence in double murder case Trevino Tennyson Bodden was sentenced on Friday to serve a minimum of 28 years imprisonment for the 2006 murder of two brothers in East End: Brenard Scott, 36 known as “Chicken Bone”; and Roy Renold Pearson, 48.

Immigration, permanent residence: Time bomb continues to tick

Source: Cayman Compass | Immigration, permanent residence: Time bomb continues to tick Three-and-a-half years and three lawsuits later, the Cayman Islands government has granted a total of two people permanent residence out of close to 1,000 applications filed under the current Immigration Law.

School exam results stagnant

Source: Cayman Compass | School exam results stagnant Exam performance in Cayman’s schools has remained stagnant over the last three years, according to results in national education data reports published last month.

Full house sees Archer, Bryan clash

Source: Cayman Compass | Full house sees Archer, Bryan clash For two candidates engaged in one of the most hotly contested battles of the 2017 election, Kenneth Bryan and Marco Archer seem to agree on a lot of a broad policy goals.

John Gray school gymnasium completed within $8.8M budget

Source: Cayman Compass | John Gray school gymnasium completed within .8M budget The new John Gray High School gymnasium has been handed over to the school after a decade of construction and in time for year 10 and 11 exams.

Police examine election complaints

Source: Cayman Compass | Police examine election complaints The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service confirmed Friday that it had received a number of complaints of election-related offenses, ranging from candidate sign defacement or removal to “treating” at some recent political events.

Forgery charge against businessman discontinued

Source: Cayman Compass | Forgery charge against businessman discontinued Lewis Molson Ebanks, who pleaded not guilty more than two years ago, was discharged last week on a charge of forgery.

Cayman earns approval on endangered species trade regulations

Source: Cayman Compass | Cayman earns approval on endangered species trade regulations Cayman Islands businesses will be able to continue international trade of commercially important yet protected species without threat of suspension after being deemed fully compliant with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

Suspect drunk drivers cause multiple car pile-ups

Source: Cayman News Service | Suspect drunk drivers cause multiple car pile-ups (CNS): Two women have been arrested on suspicion of DUI following two separate and unrelated major crashes in George Town this weekend in which the drivers caused multiple car pile-ups. The first happened on Saturday night at around 9:30pm on South Church Street and

15 May 2017 Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News | 15 May 2017 Weather in Cayman May 15 Monday 2017 Synopsis   Not available – See Weather Forecast Top Right of Website Sunshine just makes the day a little better, but it can also cause sunburns. Check the UV Report below to be prepared Humidity: 82%  (DOWN from yesterday) UV:

14 May 2017 Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News | 14 May 2017 Weather in Cayman May 14 Sunday 2017 Synopsis A slack pressure gradient will continue to support light winds and slight seas across the Cayman area for the next 24 hours. An increase in cloudiness and showers is expected from this afternoon as an upper level trough moves

Pamper your mother this Sunday

Source: Cayman Compass | Pamper your mother this Sunday Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday as it is sometimes known, falls on Sunday, May 14. Unlike Father’s Day (June 18, 2017), Mother’s Day is celebrated on a different date in the U.K. It is always on the fourth Sunday of Lent, which was March 26 this

CayMAS Carnival celebrates inaugural fest

Source: Cayman Compass | CayMAS Carnival celebrates inaugural fest Just when you thought carnival time was done, there is one more weekend to go. CayMAS, a new festival of mas bands, brings a schedule of musical and parade events to Cayman this weekend.

Prospect theater gets ready to dance ‘Footloose’

Source: Cayman Compass | Prospect theater gets ready to dance ‘Footloose’ Members of the Cayman Drama Society are preparing to kick off their Sunday shoes and cut footloose as they bring the explosive rock ‘n’ roll musical sensation “Footloose” to the audiences of Cayman, opening on June 1.

‘Looking Back and Thinking Ahead’ exhibition

Source: Cayman Compass | ‘Looking Back and Thinking Ahead’ exhibition The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands on May 25 opens a new contemporary art exhibition, “Looking Back and Thinking Ahead,” featuring artist Simon Tatum.

Cayman Spring Regatta launches this weekend

Source: Cayman Compass | Cayman Spring Regatta launches this weekend The Cayman Islands Sailing Club is teaming up with the Cayman Islands Catboat Club this weekend for the first ever “Cayman Spring Regatta,” hosted at the Cayman Islands Yacht Club in West Bay.

Ed department defends decline in results

Source: Cayman News Service | Ed department defends decline in results (CNS): Despite the declines in the overall performance of students in the last academic year, education officials say statistics continue to show a positive trend over time, with increases in some core subject areas. At the high school level, there has been a massive

13 May 2017 Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News | 13 May 2017 Weather in Cayman May 13 Saturday 2017 Synopsis A ridge of high pressure over the western Atlantic will continue to support light winds and slight seas across the Cayman area for the next 24 hours. Radar images show isolated showers in and around the Cayman area moving

Double killer gets 28-year life term

Source: Cayman News Service | Double killer gets 28-year life term (CNS): Trevino Bodden, who is serving a life sentence for killing two brothers in East End in 2006 after a fight in which he was badly beaten, was given a 28 year minimum tariff in a conditional release ruling by Justice Alex Henderson in court

BREAKING: First residency applications approved under new Immigration Law

Source: Cayman Compass | BREAKING: First residency applications approved under new Immigration Law Under threat of legal action, the first two permanent residence applications filed under the current iteration of the Cayman Islands Immigration Law were approved this week, the Cayman Compass has learned.

East End residents want more police

Source: Cayman Compass | East End residents want more police About 100 East End district residents gave Police Commissioner Derek Byrne an earful Thursday night regarding concerns that crime is growing in the small community and their perception that police seem to be doing little about it.

Cops cleared in fatal shooting

Source: Cayman News Service | Cops cleared in fatal shooting (CNS): The police officers who shot and killed a suspect during an operation in George Town in January have been cleared and will not face any criminal charges following the conclusion of  an external investigation. Norvel Barrett (34), who was in Cayman illegally, was gunned down

12 May 2017 Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News | 12 May 2017 Weather in Cayman May 12 Friday 2017 Synopsis A high pressure system over the southeast United States will continue to support light to moderate winds along with slight to moderate seas across the Cayman area for the next 24 hours. Radar images show no showers over the

Cayman Islands OfReg issues Enforcement Advisory re hotspots

Source: Cayman Eye News | Cayman Islands OfReg issues Enforcement Advisory re hotspots OFREG ENFORCEMENT ADVISORY INTERNET “WiFi” HOTSPOTS Warning: Provision of access to the internet by WiFi Hotspot for a fee without a licence is an Offence All persons or businesses providing an ICT service over an ICT network to the public for for

Cayman Islands Conch and Whelk Seasons now closed

Source: Cayman Eye News | Cayman Islands Conch and Whelk Seasons now closed The Department of Environment (DoE) is reminding the public that fishing for conch and whelk in local waters is temporarily prohibited during the closed season, which began on 1 May. ‘The closed season for conch and whelk is designed to give the

A palm tree, an iPhone and a ring of fire

Source: Cayman Compass | A palm tree, an iPhone and a ring of fire A sun halo frames a towering palm tree in Crystal Harbour. The optical phenomenon, caused by sunlight refracted by ice crystals in clouds, was captured by photographer Albert Cabudoy.

No charges in fatal police shooting

Source: Cayman Compass | No charges in fatal police shooting Cayman Islands prosecutors reviewing a deadly January shooting by police have ruled that no charges will be filed against any of the officers involved.

Cousteau urges further research under the sea

Source: Cayman Compass | Cousteau urges further research under the sea Fabien Cousteau has made exploration and conservation of the world’s oceans his life’s work, and he arrived in the Cayman Islands this week with a message for environmentalists everywhere.

Online police clearances now available

Source: Cayman Compass | Online police clearances now available The days of making two trips to the police records office on Walkers Road to obtain police clearances are over, at least for internet users.

Yogis pay homage to India under the moonlight

Source: Cayman Compass | Yogis pay homage to India under the moonlight A full moon illuminated Bliss Living Yoga’s rooftop terrace in George Town on Wednesday evening as yogis centered their minds on chilled-out beats and supporting a charitable cause.

Romanians feel impact of visa change

Source: Cayman Compass | Romanians feel impact of visa change Cayman’s small Romanian community is beginning to feel the impact of new visa requirements apparently introduced in response to a handful of credit card crimes committed by tourists from the eastern European country.

Bullet found in backpack of frequent visitor

Source: Cayman Compass | Bullet found in backpack of frequent visitor A man who has been visiting the Cayman Islands since 1983 appeared in Summary Court on Thursday charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm – a 9mm bullet.

Postal/mobile ballots deadline is Friday

Source: Cayman Compass | Postal/mobile ballots deadline is Friday Cayman Islands voters who live overseas or who need the Elections Office to come to them in order to cast their ballots have until the end of the day Friday, May 12, to apply for postal or mobile ballots.

Monday is disaster preparedness day

Source: Cayman Compass | Monday is disaster preparedness day Cayman Hazard Management is urging everyone to start making preparations for hurricane season.

Gunman sticks up liquor store

Source: Cayman News Service | Gunman sticks up liquor store (CNS): Police are on the hunt for a masked armed robbery who escaped with an undisclosed sum of cash early Thursday morning after robbing Reflections Food 4 Less on MacLendon Drive in George Town. The RCIPS said that a man with his face covered and

Plateless car stolen from hotel car park

Source: Cayman News Service | Plateless car stolen from hotel car park (CNS) Police are asking the public to help them find yet another stolen car. A silver Honda Accord was stolen yesterday night or early this morning from the Marriott hotel car park on the West Bay Road. The owner parked the car at

Premier commits to 60% cut in gun smuggling

Source: Cayman News Service | Premier commits to 60% cut in gun smuggling (CNS): The premier has committed to investing “whatever it takes” into police resources and the creation of a national coast-guard to fight the rising gun crime in the Cayman Islands. Alden McLaughlin has said that if the Progressives are returned to office

Advice sought on investment options

Source: Cayman News Service | Advice sought on investment options For what is considered a major financial centre, I am having difficulty in finding reasonably priced advice for a small investor. Most companies only appear to want large sums of money, the banks just insult you with their interest rates. Where can one invest $50,000?

CUC opens up more CORE capacity

Source: Cayman News Service | CUC opens up more CORE capacity (CNS Business):  The new utilities regulator has approved the allocation of two more megawatts of capacity for CUC’s Consumer-Owned Renewable Energy (CORE) programme as the 6MW previously allocated has reached its limit. Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC) said that customers will have access to only

Ethics board creates website in absence of law

Source: Cayman News Service | Ethics board creates website in absence of law (CNS): The Standards in Public Life Commission has launched a new website, though there is still no sign of a commencement date regarding the legislation needed to hold politicians, public servants and public board members accountable and ensure they are not conflicted

Education results fall in 2016 data report

Source: Cayman News Service | Education results fall in 2016 data report (CNS): A report by the Department of Education Services reflecting the internal tests and external exam results for students in government schools in the 2015-16 academic year show a decline in achievement. The authors of the report said the percentage of students in

11 May 2017 Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News | 11 May 2017 Weather in Cayman May 11 Thursday 2017 Synopsis A high pressure system over the southeast United States will continue to support light to moderate winds along with slight to moderate seas across the Cayman area for the next 24 hours. Radar images show no showers over the

IMPACT17 Conference brings world-class Internet Marketing and Innovation and thought-leadership to Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News | IMPACT17 Conference brings world-class Internet Marketing and Innovation and thought-leadership to Cayman George Town, Grand Cayman May 10th, 2017 – The Internet Marketing Association (IMA) and Cayman Enterprise City (CEC) co-hosted the IMPACT17 Cayman Conference April 26-28, 2017, at the Kimpton Seafire Resort on Grand Cayman. Aside from the fine

CIASA hosts the Cayman Islands FLOW 800m Sea Swim

Source: Cayman Eye News | CIASA hosts the Cayman Islands FLOW 800m Sea Swim The annual Flow 800m Sea Swim takes place this Saturday, May 13th. The swim starts at 4pm, with registration from 3-3:45pm; and is a loop course, starting and ending at Governor’s Beach, on Seven Mile Beach. The Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming

Canadian marijuana company starts exporting to Cayman Islands

Source: Cayman Eye News | Canadian marijuana company starts exporting to Cayman Islands From Jamaica Observer GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CMC) – The Canadian-based medical cannabis company CanniMed Therapeutics exported its first International shipment of cannabis oil to the Cayman Islands, as a way of testing the territory’s potential as an export market.The company exported

The Editor Speaks: Corruption

Source: Cayman Eye News | The Editor Speaks: Corruption In more than one of our stories today there is a hint of corruption, and it is the banking sector again that the finger has been pointed. Nothing proved but there is a smell that something bad lurks at the bottom (or in these cases maybe

Equiom enters US market via Guernsey acquisition

Source: Cayman Eye News | Equiom enters US market via Guernsey acquisition by LC From Isle of Man Equiom has announced the acquisition of Virtus Trust Group, a Guernsey headquartered trust and corporate services provider with a diverse international client base and a presence in the Cayman Islands, New Zealand, UK and the USA, where

Bids sought for George Town cruise project

Source: Cayman Compass | Bids sought for George Town cruise project Tourism officials are seeking bids from contractors to pre-qualify for the project to design and build a new cruise terminal in George Town harbor.

Rusted bolt blamed for Brac fire truck crash

Source: Cayman Compass | Rusted bolt blamed for Brac fire truck crash A rusted bolt was to blame for the mechanical failure that caused a fire truck to flip over on the runway at Cayman Brac, an accident reconstructionist has concluded.

Rowdy biker crashes outside political meeting

Source: Cayman Compass | Rowdy biker crashes outside political meeting A man who was reported to be revving a motorcycle and shouting obscenities outside a George Town political meeting Tuesday night ended up crashing the motorbike into a car, injuring the driver.

Police commissioner heads to East End in wake backlash

Source: Cayman Compass | Police commissioner heads to East End in wake backlash Royal Cayman Islands Police Commissioner Derek Byrne will meet with East End district residents Thursday night in the wake of some community backlash over a quadruple-fatal car crash in the district on May 2.

Ocean power moves a step closer in Cayman

Source: Cayman Compass | Ocean power moves a step closer in Cayman Plans for a floating power plant that will harness solar energy stored in Cayman’s coastal waters are moving forward following the completion of an environmental impact study.

Online petition takes aim at plastic bags

Source: Cayman Compass | Online petition takes aim at plastic bags A change.org campaign that aims to ban plastic bags in the Cayman Islands needs about 200 additional supporters to meet its signature goal.

Candidates face off in GT North forum

Source: Cayman Compass | Candidates face off in GT North forum Sharp differences in policy regarding waste management and the proposed cruise ship berthing facility punctuated the George Town North candidate forum on Tuesday night.

Watercolours auction raises $22K for charity

Source: Cayman Compass | Watercolours auction raises K for charity The Cayman Watercolours Charitable Trust launched its 2018 watercolors calendar at Luca restaurant on Tuesday night, benefitting Cayman HospiceCare and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations.

CIFA training offers opportunity for Northward inmates

Source: Cayman Compass | CIFA training offers opportunity for Northward inmates Inmates at Cayman Islands men’s prison Northward will soon have access to a new sports rehabilitation program aimed at training participants in football refereeing and coaching.

Developer discharged in forgery case

Source: Cayman News Service | Developer discharged in forgery case (CNS): A local developer who faced a forgery charge was cleared by the Grand Court this week ahead of a scheduled trial when the crown offered no evidence against him. Prosecutors told the court that the charges against Lewis Molson Ebanks should be discontinued because

Political heckler flees crash scene

Source: Cayman News Service | Political heckler flees crash scene (CNS): Police have confirmed that they are investigating a collision Tuesday night on Crew Road at the intersection with Ella Mae Gardens involving a motorcycle and two cars. The smash happened just after the motorbike rider had been heckling and hurling abuse at the premier during a political meeting

Six rookie cops now on the beat

Source: Cayman News Service | Six rookie cops now on the beat (CNS): After seventeen “rigorous weeks of training” on the Initial Recruit Foundation Course, six new RCIPS officer have hit the streets for their on-the-job training. The classroom course provided “a firm grounding in the legal, operational, and fitness aspects” of police work, officials

Trust urges bat removal ahead of new arrivals

Source: Cayman News Service | Trust urges bat removal ahead of new arrivals (CNS): With bat pup season about to start, the National Trust for the Cayman Islands is urging people who want to remove bats from their roofs to do it before the new arrivals at the end of this month. According to local

McTaggart spells out independents’ dilema

Source: Cayman News Service | McTaggart spells out independents’ dilema (CNS Election): Roy McTaggart has spelt out the problem that independent candidates are likely to face if they are elected to office following the 24 May General Election. The George Town East candidate, who is running on the PPM ticket after joining the party in

10 May 2017 Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News | 10 May 2017 Weather in Cayman May 10 Wednesday 2017 Synopsis A high pressure system over the southeast United States will continue to support moderate to fresh east to southeast winds and seas across the Cayman area for the next 24 hours. Radar images show isolated showers in and around

Miss Universe makes stopover in Cayman Islands

Source: Cayman Eye News | Miss Universe makes stopover in Cayman Islands IRIS MITTENAERE IN SEXY OUTFIT FOR THE CARNIVAL OF THE CAYMAN ISLANDS From The Quebec Times Iris Mittenaere made a stopover in the Cayman Islands to participate in the carnival. And it is in sexy outfits that Miss Universe 2017 has honored her

The Editor Speaks: The Kiss of Death?

Source: Cayman Eye News | The Editor Speaks: The Kiss of Death? I was at the Progressives Newlands/Savannah rally last night (8) as I live in Newlands and wanted to hear if there was anything new they had to say. This is the second so called ‘backyard’ one I have been to and was much

Isaac Douglas Rankine commits to advancing ICT in East End

Source: Cayman Eye News | Isaac Douglas Rankine commits to advancing ICT in East End (George Town, Cayman Islands) — Mr. Isaac Douglas Rankine, independent candidate for East End in the 2017 General Elections, has committed to advancing information, communication and technology (ICT) resources in the district. Mr. Rankine and his committee identified the lack

Cayman Islands Business Surveys deadline approaches

Source: Cayman Eye News | Cayman Islands Business Surveys deadline approaches Annual Economic Surveys End Friday (May 12) Business and non-profit organizations have until the end of business day Friday, May 12, 2017, to submit their completed annual business survey questionnaires to the Economics and Statistics Office (ESO). The annual Balance of Payment and System

Raul Nicholson-Coe takes over as CEO for Digicel Cayman Islands

Source: Cayman Eye News | Raul Nicholson-Coe takes over as CEO for Digicel Cayman Islands Press Release:-Cayman Islands: Digicel today (May 8) announced the appointment of Raul Nicholson-Coe as Chief Executive Officer for its Cayman Islands operation effective June 1st 2017. In this role, Raul will have responsibility for driving all aspects of the business

Cayman Islands introduces new Beneficial Ownership Register regime

Source: Cayman Eye News | Cayman Islands introduces new Beneficial Ownership Register regime By RORY JACKSON From Super Yacht News The Cayman Islands is to introduce a centralised beneficial ownership register that hopes to lessen the corporate veil, whilst maintaining the privacy of its beneficial owners. The government of the Cayman Islands has passed legislation

Stolen car found in one piece

Source: Cayman News Service | Stolen car found in one piece (CNS): A black Honda Fit which was stolen on Saturday some time during or after the Batabano Carnival has been found not far from where the owner had left it and it appears unscathed. A Department of Environment officer who had seen the media

Trump abruptly axes FBI’s Comey

Source: Cayman Compass | Trump abruptly axes FBI’s Comey President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey Tuesday, dramatically ousting the nation’s top law enforcement official in the midst of an FBI investigation into whether Trump’s campaign had ties to Russia’s election meddling.

Crime a focus of George Town East debate

Source: Cayman Compass | Crime a focus of George Town East debate Increasing concern about serious crime and illegal firearms marked the opening discussion at a debate among George Town East candidates on Monday night.

Court will not accept ‘vigilante behavior’

Source: Cayman Compass | Court will not accept ‘vigilante behavior’ An East End man charged in connection with the recent vandalism of a police officer’s personal vehicle has received bail over the objections of a Cayman Islands Summary Court magistrate.

Six new recruits join police service

Source: Cayman Compass | Six new recruits join police service Six new recruits who completed a 17-week cadet training course for the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and two other officers who were employed as auxiliary constables with the RCIPS became police constables at a ceremony in George Town on Tuesday afternoon.

Notice out for cruise port contractors

Source: Cayman News Service | Notice out for cruise port contractors (CNS): Two weeks before Cayman goes to the polls, the tourism ministry has issued a request for relevant contractors to pre-qualify for the cruise berthing project. No press release or comment has been issued by the current government about the completion of the KPMG

Ganja convictions could hurt work permit

Source: Cayman Compass | Ganja convictions could hurt work permit A work permit holder may have problems in the future because two convictions were recorded against him on Monday.

Visitor fined for medical marijuana

Source: Cayman Compass | Visitor fined for medical marijuana A visitor to Cayman was stopped from going home on Saturday after airport security officers found ganja in his luggage and turned him over to customs officers, who bailed him to appear in Summary Court on Monday.

East End crash not Cayman’s deadliest

Source: Cayman Compass | East End crash not Cayman’s deadliest The May 2 crash in East End that killed three U.K. tourists and a Jamaican man was not the deadliest traffic wreck in Cayman Islands history.

EDITORIAL – Lionfish imports: Who’s eating whose lunch?

Source: Cayman Compass | EDITORIAL – Lionfish imports: Who’s eating whose lunch? The following is a serious situation that raises fundamental questions about the free market, regulations and the natural environment, but it’s still difficult to describe without a sprinkling of irony.

Accident’s truth must be told

Source: Cayman News Service | Accident’s truth must be told 101 writes: The tragic car accident that occurred last week requires an independent enquiry into the events. Thus far we have been exposed to an immediate official (very strong) statement from the RCIPS that we, as a community, are expected to fully accept (as we

Gun suspect charged following prison gate report

Source: Cayman News Service | Gun suspect charged following prison gate report (CNS): A Bodden Town man has been charged with firearms offences in connection with the recovery of a gun near the prison gates on Saturday afternoon. The 27-year-old man, who has not yet been identified, was due in court Tuesday morning, having been

Same-sex couples urged to test Cayman marriage law

Source: Cayman News Service | Same-sex couples urged to test Cayman marriage law (CNS): A legal expert is urging same-sex Caymanian couples who want to get married to put the local legislation to the test as he believes there is no lawful prohibition to same-sex marriages in either the Constitution or the Marriage Law. Dr

Police charge East End suspect in vandalism case

Source: Cayman News Service | Police charge East End suspect in vandalism case (CNS): A 30-year-old man from East End was charged Monday with damage to property and causing harassment, alarm or distress in connection with  an incident of vandalism on a police officer’s private car parked at his East End home. The act of

9 May 2017 Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News | 9 May 2017 Weather in Cayman May 9 Tuesday 2017 Synopsis A high pressure system over the Gulf of Mexico will continue to dominate the flow across the Caribbean over the next few days. Remnants of a stationary front will support showers across the Cayman area this morning. Heavier showers

Latapy happy with experience from Cayman Airways U15 tourney

Source: Cayman Eye News | Latapy happy with experience from Cayman Airways U15 tourney From Sportsmax Trinidad and Tobago Youth coach, Russell Latapy, while believing there is much work to be done for his under 15s, sees growth from their participation in the Cayman Airways Invitational Under 15 Youth Cup. Latapy though, has cautioned that

CIFA Kicks off prison football programme in Cayman Islands

Source: Cayman Eye News | CIFA Kicks off prison football programme in Cayman Islands The Cayman Islands Football Association (“CIFA”) and Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service (“HMCIPS”) officially launched a partnership in sport on Thursday, 4th May 2017 at HMP Northward. The partnership will allow prisoners to acquire internationally accepted qualifications in refereeing and

Jamaican cricketer supports blind Jamaicans

Source: Cayman Eye News | Jamaican cricketer supports blind Jamaicans By Azad Ali From Caribbean Life West Indies middle-order batsman Marlon Samuels has donated Jam$1.5 million (US$11,700) to the Jamaica Society for the Blind. The announcement was made at a press conference recently in Kingston where it was also revealed that Samuels, through his foundation,

Macron wins French elections

Source: Cayman Eye News | Macron wins French elections By Newsmax Wires From Newsmax Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France on Sunday with a business-friendly vision of European integration, defeating Marine Le Pen, a far-right nationalist who threatened to take France out of the European Union, early projections showed. The centrist’s emphatic victory, which

Cayman Islands police launches Annual Inter-Departmental Football Competition

Source: Cayman Eye News | Cayman Islands police launches Annual Inter-Departmental Football Competition RCIPS launches Annual Inter-Departmental Football Competition and calls for community participants From RCIPS The Royal Cayman Islands Police Sports Committee under the theme “RCIPS Football Club in the Community for the Community” is hosting its annual departmental six (6) versus six (6)

ILO to implement training programme on Strengthening Trade Unions’ Understanding and Application of Research Methodology

Source: Cayman Eye News | ILO to implement training programme on Strengthening Trade Unions’ Understanding and Application of Research Methodology PORT OF SPAIN, (ILO News) – The International Labour Organization, through a European Union funded Project, is to implement a training programme on “Strengthening Trade Unions’ Understanding and Application of Research Methodology”. It will be

Owner desperate to find stolen car

Source: Cayman News Service | Owner desperate to find stolen car (CNS): A woman whose car was stolen from the green area between the Esterley Tibbetts Highway and Peninsula Avenue near the Kimpton roundabout during or after the Batabano festival on Saturday is asking anyone who may have seen it to get in touch. She

UPDATE: Charges filed over police car vandalism in wake of East End car crash

Source: Cayman Compass | UPDATE: Charges filed over police car vandalism in wake of East End car crash The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service arrested a suspect Friday in connection with what it termed a “criminal attack” against one of its officers’ personal property following last week’s quadruple-fatal two-car smash in East End district.

Joy Basdeo presides over 2,000th wedding

Source: Cayman Compass | Joy Basdeo presides over 2,000th wedding The waterfront is her chapel and the sands of Seven Mile Beach her aisle. Joy Basdeo, a wedding officiant in the Cayman Islands, presided over another union Friday, when she brought together Marcel Dillard and Shakeira Ebanks in matrimony at the Kimpton Seafire Resort.

Tourism board says Pirates Week changes may be ‘temporary’

Source: Cayman Compass | Tourism board says Pirates Week changes may be ‘temporary’ Changes approved for Pirates Week in its 40th iteration this year may be a “one time only” experiment, according to the head of the Cayman Islands Tourism Attraction Board.

Candidate vows $500 subsidy for Caymanians in tourism industry

Source: Cayman Compass | Candidate vows 0 subsidy for Caymanians in tourism industry Mervin Smith, independent candidate in West Bay North, plans to use government funds and a higher minimum wage to support Caymanians in industries that have seen stagnating or falling salaries.

Fireman jailed for imitation firearm

Source: Cayman Compass | Fireman jailed for imitation firearm Fire officer Fabian Oliver Thompson was found guilty on Monday of possessing an imitation firearm with intent to resist arrest. He was remanded in custody until June 1 for sentencing.

Local chapter marks World Red Cross Day

Source: Cayman Compass | Local chapter marks World Red Cross Day While the Cayman Islands Red Cross stays active all year, May offers the organization a chance to step up its activities and raise awareness.

Foster’s Food Fair-IGA issues Aunt Jemima recall

Source: Cayman Compass | Foster’s Food Fair-IGA issues Aunt Jemima recall Foster’s Food Fair IGA has pulled all Aunt Jemima Frozen Pancakes, Frozen Waffles and Frozen French Toast Slices from shelves due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Little Cayman threatened by road proposal

Source: Cayman News Service | Little Cayman threatened by road proposal (CNS): In the absence of a comprehensive plan for the island’s future and no details of why it is required, the National Conservation Council has told the planning ministry that it will need to do an environmental impact assessment before it attempts to gazette

Permanent residence delays

Source: Cayman Compass | Permanent residence delays Permanent residence delays — Today’s editorial cartoon

Fireman found guilty in gun case

Source: Cayman News Service | Fireman found guilty in gun case (CNS): A local firefighter who was shot with a Taser gun by police because they believed he was armed with a 9mm handgun was found guilty Monday of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to resist arrest and remanded in custody. When officers went

Efforts needed to stop stowaway ‘greens’

Source: Cayman News Service | Efforts needed to stop stowaway ‘greens’ (CNS): The recent discovery of hybrid iguanas in Little Cayman, where green iguanas mated with the indigenous rock iguana, has highlighted an alarming biosecurity issue. The National Trust for the Cayman Islands is urging the public and relevant agencies to help stop the greens stowing

Imports undermining local lionfish attack

Source: Cayman News Service | Imports undermining local lionfish attack (CNS): A local non-profit organisation that has been helping in the fight to remove lionfish from Cayman’s reefs over the last six years is urging the National Conservation Council to recommend a ban on restaurants importing the meat because, they say, it is counter productive.

Prison starts new rehab project

Source: Cayman News Service | Prison starts new rehab project (CNS): Ten prison inmates are about to start a new pilot rehabilitation project run by HMP Northward in partnership with three local construction firms in which the offenders will learn and hone building skills to help them get out and stay out of jail. Faced with

8 May 2017 Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News | 8 May 2017 Weather in Cayman May 8 Monday 2017 Synopsis A high pressure system over the Gulf of Mexico will continue to dominate the flow across the Caribbean over the next few days as the influence of the weakening stationary front now east of the Cayman area continues to

Boat stolen from Raleigh Quay

Source: Cayman News Service | Boat stolen from Raleigh Quay (CNS): A 24-foot green and white Pursuit boat with two 115 HP outboard Yamaha engines and a green Bimini top has been stolen from the rear of #266 Raleigh Quay where it was tied to a private dock, West Bay police have said. It was

Cayman Islands CORE Programme and Introduce Demand Rates

Source: Cayman Eye News | Cayman Islands CORE Programme and Introduce Demand Rates CUC and OfReg Announce New Capacity for Consumer Owned Renewable Energy (CORE) Programme and Introduce Demand Rates The Utility Regulation and Competition Office (“OfReg”) approves another 2 megawatts (“MW”) of capacity to be allocated by Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd (“CUC”) to the

Pirates Week Festival to become 5 Day event!

Source: Cayman Eye News | Pirates Week Festival to become 5 Day event! [Savannah, Grand Cayman, May 4, 2017] – Cayman’s longest running and most popular national event – the Pirates Week Festival has been restructured and re-vamped into one comprehensive and exciting 5- day weekend! The decision came after much analysis, surveys and interaction

Cayman Islands shuttering drill a success

Source: Cayman Eye News | Cayman Islands shuttering drill a success More than 200 Public Works Department (PWD) and National Roads Authority (NRA) staff fanned out around Grand Cayman on Wednesday, 3 May 2017, during the 30th annual hurricane-shuttering exercise. The workers met at PWD in the morning, before heading out in teams to shutter

Customs new facility

Source: Cayman Eye News | Customs new facility Cayman Islands Customs New Facility Officially Opened A year after construction began, the Finance Minister, Hon. Marco Archer, snipped a ribbon to officially open a new Customs facility that houses the department’s mobile x-ray scanning truck, revenue and border protection staff. Constructed on time, the new $1.3

Proposed Little Cayman road draws DoE warning

Source: Cayman Compass | Proposed Little Cayman road draws DoE warning Proposals for a new road in Little Cayman could open up 200 acres of “pristine primary habitat” to potential development, the Department of Environment has warned.

Hospital immunity clause was unlawful, judge rules

Source: Cayman Compass | Hospital immunity clause was unlawful, judge rules An “immunity clause” that protected negligent doctors in the Cayman Islands from civil lawsuits was unlawful, a judge has ruled.

Permanent residence delays ‘classic case of mismanagement’

Source: Cayman Compass | Permanent residence delays ‘classic case of mismanagement’ Two Newlands independent political candidates alleged Friday that the Progressives government’s mismanagement led to delays in hearing hundreds of permanent residence applications, delays the candidates said were “playing with people’s lives.”

Batabano delivers kaleidoscope of culture and color

Source: Cayman Compass | Batabano delivers kaleidoscope of culture and color Cayman’s annual carnival took to the road Saturday, with thousands lining the parade route to take in the montage of culture and color.

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