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May 23, 2018

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Cayman Islands: Robbery on Prospect Point Road, 21 May

Source: Cayman Eye News From RCIPS Shortly after 12:30AM on Monday, 21 May, officers responded to a report of a robbery on Prospect Point Road in George Town. A man had just arrived at the location when a vehicle with four occupants arrived at the location after him. He was approached by two male…

Cayman Islands: 345 FC B claim Boy’s Under 11 title

Source: Cayman Eye News Yet another football first occurred this past Saturday, May 19 on the hallowed Annex Field turf as league newcomers 345 FC B claimed the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) Boy’s Under 11 title with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Future SC. Danny Lyne’s second half strike was enough to see…

Cayman Islands utility company explains outage on Monday, May 21

Source: Cayman Eye News On Monday, May 21st, 2018, customers in West Bay experienced interruptions to their electricity service between 5:18 p.m. and 2:28 a.m. Areas affected included North West Point Road, Watercourse Road and all side roads. This interruption to service was caused by a single-car motor vehicle accident in the vicinity of…

Wet weather causes disruptions for Cayman Airways

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Cayman Airways officials said that scheduled flights were operating largely as expected Tuesday after a difficult day Monday, when several flights were delayed and diverted. The national flag carrier said it would continue to monitor the weather conditions, given that heavy rain is expected all week, and update the travelling…

Man followed and beaten by robbers

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police are on the hunt for a gang of robbers who beat up a victim, inflicting a head wound, and stole personal items after following him home from a bar in the early hours of Monday morning. The RCIPS said they received a report around 12:30am on 21 May…

Another visitor dies after snorkelling trip

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 57-year-old man who was visiting the Cayman Islands from the United States has became the seventh tourist to die in local waters so far this year. On Saturday evening, 19 May, emergency personnel were called to East End after the man had encountered difficulties while snorkelling in the area.…

MRCU signs new $600k deal with Oxitec

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Despite recent revelations that the pilot project using genetically modified male mosquitoes to reduce the Aedes aegypti population fell far short of expectations, the government has signed a new deal with biotechnology company, Oxitec, to continue releasing them. The contract is costing the public purse around CI$588,000 and appears to be…

Deluge of rain expected in Cayman all week

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A large area of cloudiness and showers extending from the northwestern Caribbean Sea up to the Florida peninsula will be bringing heavy rain this week to the Cayman Islands. Local weather experts warn there will be flooding at times in low lying areas as a result of the weather system…

WB man gets out of jail over ‘gangster’ photo

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A local man who was facing the possibility of serving seven years in jail after he was pictured holding an illegal gun was released from custody last week after serving just 268 days, when a judge found exceptional circumstances in the case and waived the mandatory minimum time. Matthew Carlyle…

Ten more sites proposed for protection

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Sand Cay in South Sound and Hemmington Forest on Cayman Brac are among the ten new protected areas across all three Cayman Islands put forward by the Department of Environment, which is inviting the public to comment on its proposals. Most of the nominated sites are already owned by…

22 May Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   22 May Tue 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Light to moderate rain is expected to continue today, today, leading to possible flooding of low lying areas Cloudiness and showers will continue over the Cayman area for the next 24 hours as an upper level trough interacts with a surface…

Search ends for Brac man missing at sea

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Following a third day of land and sea searches around the West End of Cayman Brac for Linvol Smith, who has not been seen since last Friday, police have said they will not be searching tomorrow (Tuesday), saying they do not believe continued searches would be successful. Smith was…

Flight disruptions as heavy rains fall on Cayman

Source: Cayman Compass As heavy rains fell on the Cayman Islands, several flights were delayed, diverted or cancelled. A British Airways flights, scheduled to arrive at 3:55 p.m. Monday, was diverted to Nassau, Bahamas, where passengers are expected to remain at least overnight. Link: Flight disruptions as heavy rains fall on Cayman

Cayman Enterprise City leads blockchain conversation

Source: Cayman Eye News Special Economic Zone successfully hosts 2nd cryptocurrency conference of the year Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (18 May 2018) – Cayman Enterprise City (CEC) is marking the success of the zone’s second major event in 2018 to bring cryptocurrency and blockchain leaders, who are guiding a surging industry, to the Cayman…

Crowded prison

Source: Cayman Compass Crowded prison — Today’s editorial cartoon Link: Crowded prison

Letter: Ban coral-harming sunscreens

Source: Cayman Compass Hawaii just passed a bill banning chemical sunscreens from their islands. Grand Cayman needs to follow suit. Link: Letter: Ban coral-harming sunscreens

Russian dirty money entering UK through BOTs, report says

Source: Cayman Eye News Stunning aerial view of the coastline of popular vacation location Grand Cayman with it’s clear aqua water and beautiful sand beaches. Hotels line the beach which stretches for miles. It is lush and tropical. It’s a sunny perfect day in the Caribbean. By Tom Carnegie, From International Adviser Money laundering…

Letter: MRCU’s Wheeler responds

Source: Cayman Compass I would like to clarify the context of some of the email exchanges and specifically respond to what I consider to be unfair accusations against Mrs. Nancy Barnard. Link: Letter: MRCU’s Wheeler responds

CPA blocks South Sound housing development

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A proposed townhouse development in the heart of South Sound by former deputy chair of the UDP and Honorary Jamaican Consul, Joseph Marzouca, has been refused planning permission amid fervent objections from neighbouring residents, who want their locality to remain exclusively for single-family homes. The proposed development of 16 three-story units, in…

Cops use court to confiscate criminal cash

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Over the last two weeks the police have seized more than CI$36,500 from three convicted criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Law using court orders. The RCIPS Financial Crime Unit went after a Colombian national’s ill-gotten gains from illegal gambling, a Bulgarian national who was convicted of theft and a local…

DoE to host workshop on future invasions

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Well aware of the devastating impact invasive species can have on indigenous flora and fauna, the Department of Environment will be hosting a workshop next week on how to prevent potential future invasions that may be on the horizon. Conservationists from other British Overseas Territories will join staff from…

Police still searching for missing Brac diver

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police are continuing the search on both land and at sea for Linvol Smith (54) after the Brac man failed to return from a scuba dive Friday. RCIPS, fire, customs and DOE officers, as well as the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) have spent the weekend looking for Smith, who…

21 May Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 21 May Mon 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Cloudiness and showers are expected to continue over the next 24 hours as an upper level trough interacts with a surface trough over the northwest Caribbean. Radar images show scattered showers in and around the Cayman area moving north to northwest. Sunshine…

UPDATE: Cayman Brac diver reported missing

Source: Cayman Compass Cayman Brac resident Linvol Smith, 54, has been reported missing, following an apparent diving excursion near Scotts Dock. Link: UPDATE: Cayman Brac diver reported missing

20 May Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 20 May Sun 2018 Weather in Cayman 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: 93%  (UP from yesterday) UV: 12.0   EXTREME  (DOWN…

Man missing on Cayman Brac, Saturday, 19 May

Source: Cayman Eye News From RCIPS Police on Cayman Brac received a report today of a man who apparently went diving yesterday, Friday, 18 May, around midday. When the man did not show up to work today, police were notified. The missing man, Linvol Smith, age 54 of Cayman Brac, was last seen about midday…

19 May Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 19 May Sat 2018   Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Cloudiness and showers over the northwest Caribbean, associated with an upper level trough, will persist over the Cayman area for the next 24 hours. Radar images show scattered showers mainly south to southeast of the Cayman area moving northwest. Sunshine just…

More than 100 killed in Cuba plane crash, state media reports

Source: Cayman Eye News By Patrick Oppmann and Ray Sanchez, CNN Havana, Cuba (CNN)More than 100 people are believed dead Friday after a Cubana de Aviacion Boeing 737-200 crashed on takeoff from Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport, according to Cuba’s state-run media. Three female passengers were in critical condition after surviving the crash into…

Over 100 people dead after plane crash in Cuba

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Over one hundred people are believed to have been killed when a Boeing 737 airliner crashed near Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, according to reports from the state media. The plane came down around noon Friday not far from the airport. The aircraft, which was said to be…

10 people killed, 10 wounded in Texas High School shooting

Source: Cayman Eye News By Jason Devaney From Newsmax Ten people were killed and 10 were injured in a school shooting roughly 30 miles from Houston Friday morning, officials said. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said that most of those killed at Santa Fe High School were students. Authorities arrested a person, reportedly 17-year-old…

MAIL CALL: Private school crunch

Source: Cayman Compass Compass readers respond to news about enrollment demands at private schools, and about Cayman’s two-tiered education system that blocks most expatriate students from attending public school. Link: MAIL CALL: Private school crunch

Family mourns bulldog shot by police

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A West Bay family caught up in a gun raid are mourning the loss of their pet, ‘Spot’ (which they say was a bulldog and not, as claimed by the police, a pit bull), after officers shot and mortally wounded the animal last week. The police said they have…

Public asked to weigh in on school inspections

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Office of Education Standards (OES) is calling on the general public to offer input, thoughts and comments on the new schools inspection framework. The office will be holding district meetings and conducting social media polls via the government Facebook page to encourage educators, parents and community members to weigh in…

Second customs officer arrested in drug probe

Source: Cayman Compass A second Cayman Islands Customs officer has been arrested in connection with what authorities describe as a drug importation conspiracy, the department announced Friday. The unidentified male officer was arrested Thursday in connection with an ongoing probe that had already netted another customs officer and a Cayman Airways employee. Link:

Second customs officer arrested in latest drug case

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Cayman Islands Customs Department is another man down after a second officer was arrested last night in connection with the latest probe at the department into suspected drug smuggling. The man was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to import ganja into the Cayman Islands, which follows the arrest…

Drugs and gun earn ‘gang target’ 8 years in jail

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Javier Howell, who has been subjected to assault and bullying at HMP Northward because he has been perceived by gang members in the prison as an informant, was handed an eight-year prison term Wednesday following his conviction for an illegal gun and more than 120 grams of cocaine. The 26-year-old…

18 May Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   18 May Fri 2018   Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Cloudiness and showers over the northwest Caribbean, associated with an upper level trough, will persist over the Cayman area for the next 24 hours. Radar images show scattered showers in and around the Cayman area moving north. Sunshine just makes…

CayMAS Carnival weekend is here!

Source: Cayman Compass Batabano took to the streets on May 5, and now CayMAS is ready to bring the Carnival to Cayman two weeks later. Link: CayMAS Carnival weekend is here!

Go ‘All Out’ with Graham Gooch and Cayman Cricket

Source: Cayman Compass When words like “over” and “The Ashes” make your heart beat a little faster, you know you’re a cricket fan. If so, you can’t miss the opportunity to meet one of the greats this weekend. Link: Go ‘All Out’ with Graham Gooch and Cayman Cricket

East End travels south of the border

Source: Cayman Compass Hayman Island is located on the northern tip of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, approximately 10,000 miles from the Cayman Islands. That short geography lesson is the origin of a most interesting story. Link: East End travels south of the border

‘Music Bazaar’ evening to highlight Cayman’s best

Source: Cayman Compass Cayman Arts Festival will present “Music Bazaar” on Saturday, May 19, in the Marriott Resort ballroom – a fundraising event to help the not-for-profit entity continue to support its various initiatives and programs. Link: ‘Music Bazaar’ evening to highlight Cayman’s best

Abstract exhibit at Full of Beans

Source: Cayman Compass It took more than four decades for Phillip Haynes, 51, to find his inspiration. The local painter has his first exhibition of work hanging at Full of Beans coffee shop on Smith Road. Link: Abstract exhibit at Full of Beans

Ex-civil servant admits stealing over CI$18k

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A former civil servant has admitted stealing $18,890 from the Cayman Islands government. The money had been collected in rents for the use of various public buildings when she worked in the facilities management department. Trisha Jackson (38) pleaded guilty to stealing the cash over more than five years, from the…

The Editor Speaks: Sorry, time up!

Source: Cayman Eye News There is no bell but “time is up”. No, this isn’t the publican shouting out in his Pub that there can be no more drinks served. This is far more serious. We are dealing here with court cases that fail to get prosecuted, and if they do, are thrown out…

Update: Cayman Islands DOI Enforcement Division operations

Source: Cayman Eye News • DOI Enforcement Division continues to crackdown on suspects in breach of the Immigration law • Joint operations with the RCIPS, DLP and Customs deem successful. • Operations conducted in the last two weeks resulted in seven arrests and 30 spot-checks on individuals. GRAND CAYMAN (GIS) – The Cayman Islands…

Disabilities Council brings beach accessibility to Cayman Islands’ shores

Source: Cayman Eye News The National Council for Persons with Disabilities (the “Disabilities Council”) recently co-ordinated the importation of the Mobi-Mat, a lightweight, non-slip, portable, roll-out beach access pathway, designed for persons with mobility impairments and wheelchair users in mind. The Mobi-Mat had a soft launch in April at the Guardian’s Alive event and…

Premier secures meeting with UK PM

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin has confirmed that he was able to secure a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May during his trip to London this week and will be discussing the public registers issue and relations between the Cayman Islands and the UK when he returns to the islands next…

One driver causes five-car pile-up

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): One person ended up in hospital with minor injuries Wednesday afternoon after a single driver caused a five-car pile-up close to the Savannah Primary School on Shamrock Road. The collision, which blocked the eastbound lane for more than an hour, was caused by a white Nissan Caravan crashing into a…

DOI continues crackdown on illegal workers

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Department of Immigration’s enforcement arm has been rounding up more suspected illegal workers with more proactive operations in conjunction with the police, customs and the Department of Labour. The crackdown on illegal migrants over the last two weeks resulted in seven arrests, included one person who had been…

Port boss ‘felt compelled’ by leave request

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The embattled port director, Clement Reid, told the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands (PACI) Board he had felt “compelled to agree” to requests by then opposition leader McKeeva Bush, who had repeatedly asked for a specific member of the port staff to accompany him on overseas trips, when…

17 May Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 17 May Thu 2018   Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Cloudiness and showers over the northwest Caribbean, association with an upper level trough, will spread into the Cayman area during the next 24 hours. Radar images show scattered showers over the Sister Islands moving northwest. Sunshine just makes the day a…

Accounting firms win legal dispute over government fees

Source: Cayman Compass The Grand Court has struck down attempts by government to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra business licensing fees from the territory’s major accounting firms, ruling that such efforts were unlawful. Link: Accounting firms win legal dispute over government fees

‘Here’s to another 60 glorious years’

Source: Cayman Compass Fresh off an embarrassing legislative revolt among his own party during a parliamentary vote that sought to force public company ownership registers on British Overseas Territories, U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told a London audience Monday night that Cayman would remain part of the United Kingdom. Link: ‘Here’s to another

Cayman basks in record high season

Source: Cayman Compass “We broke records in January, February and March,” says Jim Mauer, the new manager at the Westin hotel on Seven Mile Beach. Link: Cayman basks in record high season

EDITORIAL – Welcoming the world to Cayman

Source: Cayman Compass Cayman did not simply break our previous record for airplane arrivals in the first quarter of this year – it shattered them, putting us on pace for a fifth-straight record-breaking year. Link: EDITORIAL – Welcoming the world to Cayman

EDITORIAL – GM mosquito response (cont’d)

Source: Cayman Compass Ms. Barnard also emphasized her track record of honesty and commitment to transparency, providing several examples of such conduct in her career in government and the nonprofit sector. Link: EDITORIAL – GM mosquito response (cont’d)

Cayman Islands MRCU responds to GeneWatch FOI release

Source: Cayman Eye News Following recent reports by some local media [including iNews Cayman] questioning the success of the recent public health programme that deployed genetically modified, non-biting mosquitoes to combat Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) would like to clarify a number of points: On 29 June 2017 the…

Pink Duck Publishing set to celebrate launch with elegant soirée

Source: Cayman Eye News (George Town, Grand Cayman) – Business owners, decision makers, media professionals, and Cayman’s movers and shakers will gather on Thursday, May 17 to celebrate the launch of Cayman’s most innovative publisher, Pink Duck Publishing. The red-carpet style event is destined to become one of 2018’s most exciting parties. The sophisticated…

New aquatic centre possibly in the works for Cayman Islands

Source: Cayman Eye News BY LORETTA RACE From SwimSwam The Cayman Islands Aquatic Sports Association (CIASA) is reportedly coming close to making a new aquatic center happen after years of community lobbying. Per Cayman media, Pool Committee President Steven Broadbelt stated, “CIASA has been working on a 50-meter pool project for many many years, since…

The Editor Speaks: Seventh water related death

Source: Cayman Eye News It was with much astonishment and sadness to learn of another water related death in our waters today. Only last Thursday, Doris Ann Sarauer, 64, who was visiting the Cayman Islands from Minnesota in the United States, was snorkelling off South Church Street, and encountered difficulties. The elderly lady was…

UT endowment investing in Cayman Islands; details kept secret under law approved by legislature in 2017

Source: Cayman Eye News By Tom Humphrey From Humphrey On The Hill The University of Tennessee’s endowment has pumped millions of dollars into private investment funds in recent years, including many chartered in the Cayman Islands, reports the Commercial Appeal, and UT officials university successfully lobbied the Tennessee legislature to pass a law last year that keeps the details…

Cover-up over GM mozzie project denied

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Officials have said emails sent by Nancy Barnard while she was acting director of the Mosquito Research and Control Unit have been distorted and that she was not trying to cover anything up about the controversial genetically modified mosquito pilot. Barnard, who was corresponding with scientists about the results…

Mobi-Mat to provide permanent disability access to 7MB

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Mobi-Mat, a lightweight, non-slip, portable beach access pathway designed for people with disabilities, is to be rolled out permanently on the Seven Mile Public Beach this weekend. Following several test runs last month, the specialist access mat will be officially installed on Saturday near Calico Jack’s. Various local activists…

Elderly visitor drowns at Stingray City

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): An 83-year-old man who was visiting the Cayman Islands from the United States drowned during a snorkelling trip at Stingray City on Tuesday, police have said. A report was made to emergency services around 2:15 in the afternoon that the man had gone missing during the trip. Shortly afterwards…

The premier has failed and should resign

Source: Cayman News Service “Sad” writes: Alden McLaughlin should resign immediately from the Office of Premier. This comment may sound politically motivated, but it is not. In fact, it is expected in politics that when a politically elected leader fails in the performance of his duty on a level that is so detrimental to…

Suspect in Smith Cove sex abuse to stand trial

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Valiyaveettil Josepeter (51) has pleaded not guilty to charges of indecent assault on two girls under the age of 16 at Smith Cove in February. Appearing briefly in Grand Court Friday to deny the allegations, Josepeter was arrested after reports to the police that he had touched at least one girl…

16 May Weather in Cayman – Tropical disturbance

Source: Cayman Eye News   16 May Wed 2018 TROPICAL DISTURBANCE  Special Special Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Tue May 15 2018 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: 1. A broad non-tropical area of low pressure located over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico…

Police 3-year plan: Gangs, ‘top 10’ suspects targeted

Source: Cayman Compass Massively increased traffic enforcement, additional anti-gang training and the internal monitoring of criminal suspect “top 10” lists are all part of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s three-year public safety plan. Link: Police 3-year plan: Gangs, ‘top 10’ suspects targeted

Scientists cast doubt on GM mosquito impact

Source: Cayman Compass The depth of skepticism among scientists at the Mosquito Research and Control Unit about the success of genetically modified mosquitoes in Grand Cayman is revealed in a cache of internal emails released following an open records request. Link: Scientists cast doubt on GM mosquito impact

Cayman-based divers excel in free-diving competition

Source: Cayman Compass The first time Kurt Randolph dove below 80 meters on a single breath, the crushing pressure felt like an elephant standing on his chest. Link: Cayman-based divers excel in free-diving competition

New York Bankruptcy Court permits discovery requests In Chapter 15 Case despite potentially conflicting Cayman Islands law

Source: Cayman Eye News From JD SUPRA On April 17, 2018, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Court”) issued a decision requiring CohnReznick LLP (“CohnReznick”) to produce documents requested by the foreign representatives (the “Foreign Representatives”) in the chapter 15 case of Platinum Partners Venture Arbitrage Fund (International) Limited…

The Editor Speaks: Don’t blame me. It was you who gave me the job

Source: Cayman Eye News Reading the ramblings from Clement Reid, Director of the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands to the government auditors re his major breaches of recruitment laws and procedures, unauthorised spending and other personnel and general management infractions, I realised his only qualification for being given the job is that he…

Complaints reveal chaos in bus sector

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Documents released by the tourism ministry detailing hundreds of reported complaints made about bus and taxi drivers throughout 2017 paint a picture of chaos within the Cayman Islands Public Transport Unit. From drivers falling asleep at the wheel and crashing while carrying visitors to fighting and squabbling over poaching…

Man arrested after suspicious behaviour with kids

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 37-year-old man from West Bay is currently in custody after he was arrested Monday night on suspicion of attempted abduction. Police received a report on Sunday morning that a man was interacting inappropriately with two children at an address on West Bay Road, near Piper Way and the heart of Seven…

Police detain 92-year-old woman after raid

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police have confirmed that the woman arrested last week during a gun bust in George Town was 92 years old. A spokesperson for the RCIPS said she was taken to the detention centre for just a brief period and questioned in accordance with procedure after any illegal firearm is…

Traffic clampdown ‘new normal’, says senior cop

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The RCIPS is continuing its traffic enforcement operations and last week caught dozens of drivers breaking the law. Eleven drunk drivers were arrested, eight of them this past weekend alone, and 66 drivers were ticketed for speeding. Having reformed and now fully staffed the traffic unit, the police said…

Cayman’s offshore rivals target crypto market

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): As the global cryptocurrency sector heats up, job creating international investment is seeking out suitable jurisdictions and Cayman Islands’ offshore rivals are looking to steal a march on this growth by introducing crypto-friendly laws and legislation, with Bermuda in pole position. Bermuda’s government said recently that it wants to…

The Chainsmokers, Duran Duran to headline KAABOO Cayman

Source: Cayman Compass Pop duo The Chainsmokers and British new wave icons Duran Duran will take the stage next February as headliners for the inaugural KAABOO Cayman. Link: The Chainsmokers, Duran Duran to headline KAABOO Cayman

15 May Weather in Cayman – Tropical disturbance

Source: Cayman Eye News   15 May Tue 2018 TROPICAL DISTURBANCE  Special Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 345 PM EDT Mon May 14 2018 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: 1. A deep-layer non-tropical area of low pressure located over the eastern Gulf of Mexico continues…

GM mozzie trial in WB may have failed

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Documents and correspondence released to GeneWatch, a UK-based NGO, under a freedom of information request appear to show that there is no evidence that the controversial release of genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in West Bay by Oxitec in co-ordination with the Cayman Islands Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU)…

Cayman Islands Customs Officer and Cayman Airways employee arrested

Source: Cayman Eye News Cayman Islands Customs Department Press Release 14th May 2018 The Collector of Customs Charles Clifford has announced the arrest of a female Customs Officer and a Cayman Airways employee on suspicion of Conspiracy to Import Ganja into the Cayman Islands and other related offences. The Collector said that the arrest…

Royal Gazette: Letter to the Editor – “What a mess”

Source: Cayman Eye News Unbeneficial: what a mess the British have made of this From The Royal Gazette Dear Sir, On May 9, the London Evening Standard  published a Letter to the Editor entitled “The UK is bullying its overseas territories and trust is being lost” by Paul Byles of the Cayman Islands Chamber…

Cayman Islands Joint Marine Unit hosts regional training program

Source: Cayman Eye News From RCIPS The RCIPS/Customs Joint Marine Unit is currently hosting a regional Advanced Maritime Small Craft Instructor Training Program, which is being conducted by members from the Royal Navy International Defense Maritime Training Team (IMTT). The program, which runs for three weeks, commenced on Monday, 7 May, and includes participants…

Volunteers participate in North Sound inlet cleanup

Source: Cayman Compass More than 50 volunteers cleared 2,343 pounds of garbage from the area north of Sparkys Drive in George Town’s industrial zone on Sunday morning. Link: Volunteers participate in North Sound inlet cleanup

Space shortage in private schools

Source: Cayman Compass Jessica Reed thought she was being proactive when she registered to enroll her daughter Zara at Cayman Prep Primary School four years ago. Link: Space shortage in private schools

Emails reveal GM mosquito program impact was overstated

Source: Cayman Compass A government report contained inaccurate information that overstated the genetically modified mosquito program’s success, according to recently released internal emails between government and MRCU officials. Link: Emails reveal GM mosquito program impact was overstated

Customs and CAL workers arrested for drug smuggling

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Collector of Customs Charles Clifford has said there is absolutely no place in the Cayman Islands Customs Department for staff engaged in criminal activity, after another of his officers was arrested over allegations of drug smuggling along with a member of staff from Cayman Airways. The woman and the CAL employee…

Three men deny charges in crime spree

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Elmer Watler Wright (24) and Caine and Nikel Thomas  (17 and 22) all pleaded not guilty to a list of charges when they appeared in Grand Court Friday in connection with a two-day crime spree last June. The men are accused of stealing a car and damaging it when trying…

Pastor denies forgery charges

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A pastor from the Bethel Refuge Apostolic Church pleaded not guilty Friday to two counts of forgery in relation to allegations that he presented false documents relating to the religious establishment and its incorporation some five years ago. Christopher Murray (42) denied the charges when they were read to him,…

Drug dealer jumps bail ahead of sentence

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Three of four men who were awaiting sentencing in a long-running drug conspiracy case were jailed for up to three years Friday, but one of the men failed to turn up to court and a warrant was issued for his arrest. The men, who were found guilty of being…

Police on lookout for car burglar

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police are on the lookout for a suspect after three cars were broken into sometime overnight between Wednesday and Thursday of last week in Prospect. In each case windows were smashed and the culprit made off with personal items such as bank cards and documents. Officers believe the thefts,…

14 May Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   14 May Mon 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS   Isolated showers are expected to continue over the next 24 hours along with light southeasterly winds and slight seas in association with an upper level trough over the western Caribbean. Radar images show isolated showers in and around the Cayman…

iNews Briefs & Community Events

Source: Cayman Eye News NOTE: See also Community Events listed in DATE ORDER below Cayman Islands NPO Registration workshops commence Persons who have yet to register their charitable organisations under The Non-Profit Organisation Law can receive help with their application forms, ahead of the 31 July registration deadline. General Registry is hosting two-hour registration…

‘Major’ dengue fever outbreak likely, warns CARPHA

Source: Cayman Eye News From Jamaica Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) says while the mosquito-borne diseases, Chikungunya and Zika, which swept the region in 2014 and 2016 are not expected back anytime soon, the region should “gear-up for the possibility of a major outbreak of…

New Zealand: Tax man chases Eric Watson’s firm for $60m

Source: Cayman Eye News By: Matt Nippert From New Zealand Herald Eric Watson’s holding company is facing demands to pay $60 million in back taxes after Inland Revenue decided its complex network of related-party loans and Cayman Island vehicles amounted to tax avoidance. The high-profile expatriate businessman – famous for marrying lingerie models, getting…

The Editor Speaks: Another public scandal

Source: Cayman Eye News And so the list goes on with public officials, normally being suspended on full pay whilst inquiries are ongoing, when criminal activities are suspected. The very latest is now at The Cayman Turtle Centre where a significant amount of cash has gone missing. As in keeping with all government departments…

Work to stop bullying among youth

Source: Cayman Compass The issue of bullying is often considered by many of us parents, as the “elephant in the room.” We do not talk about this unpleasant topic until it hits home and our lives are impacted. Link: Work to stop bullying among youth

Support efforts to resist ownership registry

Source: Cayman Compass The Cayman Islands government should be supported by everyone in its efforts to address the U.K.’s recent action to progress a bill pushing us to implement a public beneficial ownership registry by 2020. Link: Support efforts to resist ownership registry

Home affairs: ‘Working fast’ to fix fire service

Source: Cayman Compass Some of the “significant uncertainty” referred to in a recent consultant study of the Cayman Islands Fire Service was on display during the Legislative Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee hearings over the past two weeks, as committee members reviewed the findings from the $80,000 report. Link: Home affairs: ‘Working fast’ to

New headquarters for Aviation Authority

Source: Cayman Compass The Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands has finally found a home. The regulatory authority recently executed a 99-year lease on a property within eyesight of the runway at Owen Roberts International Airport. Link: New headquarters for Aviation Authority

Sports Competitions – convert your knowledge into a gain

Source: Cayman Eye News Online Betting on Sports Competitions The betting on sports is a simple and accessible way to convert your knowledge into a gain. Due to the development of technologies, everyone has an opportunity to make your forecast. High rates are presented on the website of the reliable bookmaker 1xBet. Every day,…

13 May Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   13 May Sun 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS   Isolated showers are expected to continue over the next 24 hours along with light southeasterly winds and slight seas in association with an upper level trough over the western Caribbean. Radar images show isolated showers in and around the Cayman…

Playing poker in tournaments online

Source: Cayman Eye News Poker Tournaments on Reliable Bookmaker’s Website. The betting company 1xBit is a reliable bookmaker that has been in this market segment for a long time. Here, you can not only make bets on sports, but also play poker any time you want. Register and evaluate all advantages already today. The…

Sir Ronald Sanders: The Caribbean – Facing a fatal fate

Source: Cayman Eye News By Sir Ronald Sanders High-tide flooding is set to become an every-other-day affair in coastal areas along the Gulf of Mexico and the East Coast of the United States of America by the year 2100. It will also fatally harm the countries of the Caribbean. As the level of the…

Cops shoot pit bull during early morning raid

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): An officer from the RCIPS Tactical Firearms Unit shot and wounded a pit bull, which later had to be put down, during a raid to look for illegal guns early Friday morning. The armed cops were accompanying Joint Task Force officers (RCIPS and Customs) who were executing a search warrant…

Visitor dies after snorkel trip in George Town

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 64-year-old woman who was visiting the Cayman Islands from the United States died Thursday following a snorkelling trip off the coast of George Town. Emergency services responded to a report made about 11:30am that she was in distress in the water at a location off South Church Street. The…

Illegal bike thief suspect to be charged

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A George Town man is facing a list of new charges relating to the theft of an illegal off-road dirt bike, which had been seized by police, from the George Town Police Station yard last year. The 32-year-old man was originally arrested around six months ago in that case…

One woman admits charges in immigration case

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Just one defendant, Mariel Maleno Suriel (33), charged in the corruption case surrounding the immigration department and an alleged conspiracy relating to the English Language test admitted the charges Friday, when all twelve defendants appeared in Grand Court. It took around an hour and a half for the catalog of…

Teenage boy arrested after stabbing

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A West Bay teenager was arrested Thursday evening following a fight involving four boys at a house off Mount Pleasant Road around 6pm. The 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of assault GBH after another boy was stabbed with an undisclosed weapon during a disturbance between the teenagers. Officers…

12 May Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   12 May Sat 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS     Sunshine just makes the day a little better, but it can also cause sunburns. Check the UV Report below to be prepared Humidity: 80%  (UP yesterday) UV: 12.1   EXTREME  (DOWN from yesterday) Temperature: Today’s current temperature – Not…

Weekend Mail Call: Beneficial ownership disclosure

Source: Cayman Compass On May 1, the U.K. House of Commons decided that Cayman and other British overseas territories must create public registries listing the owners of companies registered in their jurisdictions. It apparently caught Cayman’s leaders by surprise. Link: Weekend Mail Call: Beneficial ownership disclosure

Snorkeler dies after complications in water

Source: Cayman Compass A 64-year-old visitor from the United States died Thursday, after she encountered difficulties in the water while snorkeling off South Church Street in George Town. Link: Snorkeler dies after complications in water

Coat of Arms London party still on despite row with UK

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin will be leading a delegation to the UK next week to launch the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Cayman Islands Coat of Arms. The government has chosen to begin marking the diamond jubilee in London, despite tensions between Britain and its overseas territories over the…

Junior Batabano Pan concert rescheduled

Source: Cayman Compass The Junior Batabano Pan on Parade Concert has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 12 at 4 p.m. The pre-Mother’s Day event will take place at the Crescent at Camana Bay and will include music from St. Ignatius Catholic School, Grace Christian Academy, and Pan ‘n’ Riddim. Link: Junior Batabano Pan

Ministry silent over bio-waste dumping

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The health ministry is again remaining silent in the face of yet another major problem regarding waste management. Just over a week after the deputy governor apologised on behalf of the ministry for garbage collection failings, revelations that a broken incinerator on Cayman Brac has led to untreated bio-medical…

Immigration says ‘sorry’ over FOI delays

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Cayman Islands Department of Immigration said it is working hard to address the delays people are experiencing in responses to their freedom of information (FOI) requests. Retirements and staff shortages, among other issues, are behind the delays, according to officials from the department that still receives the most…

11 May Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   11 May Fri 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS   Localized Isolated showers and possible thunder is expected during the next 24 hours along with light southeasterly winds and slight seas. Radar images show no showers within the Cayman area. Sunshine just makes the day a little better, but it…

Show Mom you care this weekend

Source: Cayman Compass In Britain and the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days of the calendar year. On this side of the Atlantic, we celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May, which is May 13 this year. Link: Show Mom you care this weekend

Local short film ‘Canvas’ premieres Saturday

Source: Cayman Compass CayFilm may not be going ahead this year, but the show must go on, as they say. Local filmmaker Pascal Pernix whose short film “Unwritten” was screened at CayFilm 2017 will be premiering his newest creation, “Canvas,” at the Camana Bay Cinema for two showings only this Saturday. Link: Local

‘Floatopia’ comes to Cayman Cabana

Source: Cayman Compass Why is the water there? For floating upon, of course! This Saturday, the waters around Cayman Cabana will be filled with colorful inflatables from noon to midnight, encouraging partygoers to relax and chill on a hot day. Link: ‘Floatopia’ comes to Cayman Cabana

Kiwanis Breakfast for Dinner event encourages casual attire

Source: Cayman Compass Haven’t you always wanted to head out to an event without having to don the usual unforgiving ballgown, black tie and towering shoes? If so, this is the event for you! Link: Kiwanis Breakfast for Dinner event encourages casual attire

Fireminds launches Cayman Cloud with Logic Communications

Source: Cayman Eye News Logic Communications and Fireminds recently announced the launch of the Fireminds Data Center in Cayman, bringing Fireminds co-location, cloud services, software-as-a- service solutions and managed services to the Logic Business Solutions portfolio in Cayman. Also, customers with operations in Bermuda and Cayman can now leverage the Fireminds data centers based…

MOTHER (Better known as Mama)

Source: Cayman Eye News By Joan (Watler) Wilson ‘Mama’ as we called her was so quiet and sweet To hug and kiss her was really a treat. She was fat like mothers of her day you see Having nine healthy children she was pleased as could be. She never wandered far from home –…

Cayman Islands Chamber & Ministry of Finance to host Economic Forum

Source: Cayman Eye News The Hon. Roy McTaggart – Minister for Finance & Economic Development – will deliver the keynote address at the Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming Economic Forum. The Chamber’s economic forum will provide a key status update on each of the country’s main industry sectors, including positive developments, challenges and an outlook…

The Editor Speaks: Mothers

Source: Cayman Eye News I have known intimately three mothers. The first was my real mother, Ethel. She nourished me in her womb, she nursed me and she raised me up until I left home when I was twenty-three. She also raised my sister Joyce who was nine years older than me. The second…

Cayman Islands: Youth Poetry finalists delve into social realism

Source: Cayman Eye News UCCI student wins local poetry slam competition. Winning finalists have an opportunity to perform in June’s Talent X-Position of the Arts. Competition is one of several events celebrating Child Month. GRAND CAYMAN (GIS) – Lauren Williams of the University College of the Cayman Islands has won this year’s Creative Frame…

Turtle farm sacks employee over missing cash

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Cayman Turtle Centre has revealed that an undisclosed but “significant” amount of cash has gone missing from several of its revenue sources and that a member of staff has been fired as a result. What appears to be a major theft has been reported to police but it is…

Consultants guiding ministry in cruise dock tender

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The chief officer in the ministry of tourism told the Public Accounts Committee Thursday that KPMG is guiding government through the procurement process of the cruise ship dock after Cabinet recently gave the green light to press ahead with the controversial development. Stran Bodden told PAC that the overall…

Port scandal might be under police probe

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The revelations this week of various scandals at the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands (PACI), including questionable recruitment process, the mismanagement of finances and unauthorised spending, may also be the subject of a police investigation, but the RCIPS Financial Crime Unit (FCU) has refused to confirm or deny…

Warrant issued for convicted US national on bail

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A US national resident on Cayman Brac who pleaded guilty to possessing an unlicensed handgun appears to have absconded while on bail and a judge has issued a warrant for his arrest. David Meadors (53) was charged last summer after customs officers found 240 rounds of ammunition inside a container…

10 May Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   10 May Thu 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Today:  HIGH 85 F 50% Precip. / 0.08 in PM Thunderstorms. High Tonight: LOW 79 F 60% Precip. / 0.13 in Scattered Thunderstorms. Low 79F. Sunshine just makes the day a little better, but it can also cause sunburns. Check the…

The Cayman Islands invites children to sharpen their cooking skills this summer in the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean

Source: Cayman Eye News (PRNewsfoto/Cayman Islands Department of To) Limited-Time “Kids Culinary Capital of the Caribbean” Summer Promotion Features Hands-On Activities, Plus Incredible Savings and Family-Friendly Attractions Island-Wide NEWS PROVIDED BY Cayman Islands Department of Tourism GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, May 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Cayman Islands is welcoming its youngest visitors to feast…

The Editor Speaks: Things are serious Mr. Bush

Source: Cayman Eye News Errol Bush, The Port Authority of the Cayman Islands (PACI) Board Director has reportedly sent around emails to staff stating that things were not serious against the rumours of significant irregularities at the authority. We, and that includes the Office of the Auditor General (OAG), obviously have a very different…

Cayman Islands Batabano Food Festival spices up with Saxon

Source: Cayman Eye News As the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean, it was fitting that Cayman’s national carnival, Batabano, had a Food Festival that delighted the senses. This year, as the Batabano Food Festival saw a record 27 vendors registered, local insurance company, Saxon, spiced up the Batabano Food Festival as its title sponsor.…

PAC members accuse utilities of ‘robbery’

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Members of the Public Accounts Committee appeared particularly aggrieved about the cost of some utilities when witnesses from OfReg and one of the owners of internet service provider C3 appeared before them Wednesday to answer questions about the regulation of telecommunications, fuel, electricity and water. Focusing largely on the…

Police: No investigation of port engine ‘theft’

Source: Cayman Compass The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service confirmed this week that it has no ongoing investigation into the unauthorized removal of boat engines belonging to the Cayman Islands Port Authority from a local marina. Link: Police: No investigation of port engine ‘theft’

OfReg seeks $1 million cash injection

Source: Cayman Compass Cayman’s recently formed utilities and commodities regulator, OfReg, has asked for a $1 million cash injection from government to make up a funding shortfall that the agency says was not addressed when the British Overseas Territory combined its various regulatory agencies last year. Link: OfReg seeks million cash injection

Departures lounge opens as airport takes shape

Source: Cayman Compass Along the boarded walkways that lead passengers through Cayman’s airport, a sign asks for travelers’ patience with the ongoing construction work. Link: Departures lounge opens as airport takes shape

American man on firearms charges fails to attend court

Source: Cayman Compass David Dean Meadors, charged last year with possessing unlicensed firearms in Cayman Brac, failed to attend Grand Court on Wednesday. Justice Marlene Carter issued a warrant for his arrest. Link: American man on firearms charges fails to attend court

Jailed drunk driver released pending appeal

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A fireman from Cayman Brac who was jailed for 18 months last month following his conviction for dangerous driving and seriously injuring the driver he hit in the smash was bailed Monday pending an appeal against the sentence. Colburn Martin (26) was involved in a drunken head-on collision on…

Community cop offers advice in event of robbery

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): PC Jonathan Kern, a community officer who covers the Seven Mile Beach South area (Beat 9), has been helping the business owners in his beat to prevent robberies and explaining how to deal with them if they happen. While prevention was a key element, Kern said that the attendees…

State of economy subject of new forum

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a local economic forum later this month, with a view to updating the community on the state of Cayman’s economic growth, its key industries and the government finances, including positive developments, challenges and an outlook for the medium term. Finance…

Victims of bus smash escape with minor injuries

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A bus driver and one of his passengers escaped with just minor injuries following a major collision on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway yesterday evening. At around 5pm Tuesday (8 May) the police were called to the crash just south of the Seven Mile Public Beach roundabout. A white Honda…

Cayman Islands HSA experiencing technical difficulties with pharmacy network

Source: Cayman Eye News Technical difficulties with Pharmacy Network The Health Services Authority wishes to inform the public that due to technical difficulties impacting its pharmacy computer network, there may be delays with prescription refills at the Cayman Islands Hospital Pharmacy, District Health Centers and Faith Hospital. Patients requiring urgent medication refills should take…

9 May Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 9 May Wed 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Satellite Pictures and weather charts indicate that cloudiness and showers will increase today in associated with a surface trough over the Cayman area. Radar images show scattered showers showers over the Cayman area moving northwest. Sunshine just makes the day a little…

Cayman Islands Dressage Show Season wraps up

Source: Cayman Eye News By Eve van den Bol From CIEF The Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation (CIEF) held its fourth and final dressage show of the season this past Sunday at the Equestrian Center located on the Linford Pierson Highway. The judge, Nicola Vogel (USEF – R) who flew in for the show, is…

Cayman Islands: CIVF NORCECA recap

Source: Cayman Eye News The Cayman Islands National Beach Volleyball team returned to Cayman on Monday, April 30th after competing in three back-to-back tournaments in the 2018 NORCECA Continental Beach Volleyball Tour. The Cayman National team ended last year’s NORCECA tournament season with overall rank rankings of 13th for the women and t 16th…

Cayman Islands Building Safety Month

Source: Cayman Eye News The Department of Planning observes Building Safety Month for the first time. “Building Codes Save Lives” is the 2018 theme. Public education will be a primary focus of the campaign. GRAND CAYMAN (GIS) – May marks the start of the first ever Building Safety Month in the Cayman Islands. The…

The Editor Speaks: Stiff penalties but we will be the poorer

Source: Cayman Eye News Yesterday (7) we published the Press Release sent to us via General Registry, the registrar for Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs). The Registry’s Head of Compliance is Paul Inniss. There are at least 300 NPOs, such as sports associations, churches, community organisations, and service clubs, currently in local operation. To date, only…

CUC reports more customers, higher sales, lower earnings

Source: Cayman Compass Caribbean Utilities Company reported a 2-percent increase in total customers, a 3-percent increase in electricity sales, but also an $1.8-million decline in net earnings for the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same period a year earlier. Link: CUC reports more customers, higher sales, lower earnings

Dispute from Liberian Civil War could still affect Cayman

Source: Cayman Compass A series of legal battles spanning nearly 30 years and at least four jurisdictions, including the Cayman Islands, continues to have ramifications for the parties involved. Link: Dispute from Liberian Civil War could still affect Cayman

Hedge funds rebound but emerging markets funds down

Source: Cayman Compass Hedge funds returned 0.56 percent in April as equity markets such as the MSCI World Index gained 1.18 percent, data provider Eurekahedge reported in a flash update of its Hedge Fund Index results. Link: Hedge funds rebound but emerging markets funds down

Deloitte obtains information security management certification

Source: Cayman Compass After an external audit by BSI Group (The British Standards Institution) the Deloitte offices in the Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Trinidad and Tobago are now certified as ISO 27001 compliant organizations. Link: Deloitte obtains information security management certification

Mother’s Day

Source: Cayman Compass Today’s editorial cartoon Link: Mother’s Day

Financial cops warn public of ongoing rental ad scam

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): At least two people have already lost a significant amount of cash in a rental advertisement scam that the RCIPS Financial Crime Unit is currently investigating. Police said they have received multiple reports about the fraudulent adverts being posted on the local site EcayTrade.com. One victim lost CI$2,000 and…

Premier: Cayman not ready to go it alone

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The decision by the British government to amend the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill to require its overseas territories to establish public registers of the beneficial owners in their jurisdictions has stirred up the topic of independence again, but Premier Alden McLaughlin said the Cayman Islands is not ready…

Coordinated effort reunites tourist with lost bag

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS Local Life): A local taxi driver, a senior police officer and a George Town courier firm all worked together last week to help reunite a cruise visitor with her missing bag. Taxi operator Romellia Welcome went to the RCIPS to see if they could help when she found a handbag…

8 May Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   8 May Tue 2018 Weather in Cayman 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: 86%  (DOWN from yesterday) UV: 13.2   EXTREME …

LETTER: Healthcare for sale in St. Lucia

Source: Cayman Eye News From The Voice St Lucia THE question of healthcare delivery in St. Lucia has been the subject of public and political debate for some considerable time. We’ve had fires, electrical failures, inadequate human resources, leaking stadium roofs, and the ongoing saga of the Owen King European Union hospital (OKEU). At…

Cayman Islands DCR offers Female Empowerment Services

Source: Cayman Eye News GRAND CAYMAN (GIS) – The Department of Community Rehabilitation (DCR) established a Female Empowerment Services Project to expand the gender specific services they offer to female offenders in the Cayman Islands. As part of this project, the DCR launched a workshop series entitled “Inspire: Women Empowered” in the Fall of…

The Editor Speaks: Never!

Source: Cayman Eye News Following on from yesterday’s Editorial “Strange Timing” re the beneficial ownership disclosure order by the Uk Tory government and a suggestion the tourist industry might fill the gap if the financial sector would collapses, I asked one of our leading accountants how long this would take? He implied, ‘never’! This…

Hundreds of charities still not registered

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): With just a few months to go before the legal deadline for charities and non-profit organisations to register in accordance with the law, officials have revealed that hundreds of entities that fall under the legislation have not yet registered. As of 16 April, just 63 charities, churches, service clubs,…

Scientists: Tourism impacting climate change

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Scientific researchers have found the the world-wide tourism sector is having a much greater impact on climate change than previously thought and, given the growth in global travel, things are set to get worse. Published Monday in the journal Nature, the results of the research found that it is not…

MLA welcomes bank action two years after PMM

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Two years after his private member’s motion was passed in the Legislative Assembly calling for an electronic clearing partnership among the local retail banks, the bankers association revealed recently that Cayman’s six retail banks have finally managed to launch an Automated Clearing House. Deputy Opposition Leader Alva Suckoo (Newlands) welcomed the…

New rehab project introduced for jailed women

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Department of Community Rehabilitation (DCR) has established a Female Empowerment Services Project to help incarcerated women take a different path when they are released from jail. Around a dozen women are currently serving time in Fairbanks for a variety of crimes, from murder to drug related offences, and the DCR…

EDITORIAL – Congratulations to Batabano: The beat goes on!

Source: Cayman Compass At age 35 (Who’s counting? We are!), Batabano seems to have a magical or mystical quality not just to stay young but to keep young all Cayman Islanders who participate with abandon in the much-anticipated annual event. Link: EDITORIAL – Congratulations to Batabano: The beat goes on!

Untreated biomedical waste dumped at Brac landfill

Source: Cayman Compass Untreated biomedical waste from Faith Hospital is being dumped at the Cayman Brac landfill, a manner of disposal that may violate public health regulations. Link: Untreated biomedical waste dumped at Brac landfill

Taxi, bus complaints give insight into troubled industry

Source: Cayman Compass Overcharging, poaching each other’s passengers and fighting in front of customers were among a diverse range of complaints filed against bus and taxi drivers in the Cayman Islands in 2017. Link: Taxi, bus complaints give insight into troubled industry

Port report: Staff cost overruns, office upgrades, ‘theft’ of motors

Source: Cayman Compass A report finding potential fraud risks and alleging breaches of hiring rules at the Cayman Islands Port Authority was released by Auditor General Sue Winspear Friday, following numerous open records requests for the document. Link: Port report: Staff cost overruns, office upgrades, ‘theft’ of motors

Appleby, Guardian, BBC settle breach of confidence lawsuit

Source: Cayman Compass Appleby, The Guardian newspaper and the BBC announced they have settled a lawsuit brought by the offshore law firm against the British media organizations in the wake of the so-called “Paradise Papers” coverage that was based on documents that Appleby said were stolen from the firm in a cyberattack. Link:

Immigration rounds up suspects following tip-offs

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Cayman Islands Department of Immigration (DOI) Enforcement Division arrested six people during the last two weeks of April following a number of operations, including spot-checks based on tip-offs. Official said that their work led them to check the immigration status of 49 people as they conducted operations looking…

Man admits firearm, cocaine charges

Source: Cayman Compass Javier Howell, 26, pleaded guilty on Friday to possession of an unlicensed firearm, six rounds of ammunition and 123 grams of cocaine with intent to supply. Link: Man admits firearm, cocaine charges

Customs officer acquitted in gun case

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): It took a jury around half an hour to find Claude Terry (36) not guilty of having an illegal gun, Friday, following a week-long trial. A customs officer based on Cayman Brac, Terry was charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm after a Smith & Wesson revolver and bullets…

7 May Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 7 May Mon 2018 Weather in Cayman 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: 90%  (DOWN from yesterday) UV: 13.3   EXTREME …

The View from Europe: The Overseas Territories – The long view

Source: Cayman Eye News By David Jessop From Barbados Advocate A few days ago, the British Parliament voted to compel Britain’s overseas territories (OTs) in the Caribbean to adopt public registers of company ownership. The decision, which has been condemned by the states concerned, has multiple implications. It ignores their sovereignty, disenfranchises locally elected…

Outback marathon run for the Cayman Food Bank

Source: Cayman Eye News Rotarian runs the Mount Mee Marathon in Australia to Raise Funds in Support of Local Food Bank Grand Cayman, [27 April] – On the 14th April, Derek Haines, accompanied and pushed by daughter Lizzy Haines, completed the 2nd of his challenges in raising funds for the Cayman Food Bank by…

Cayman Finance launches Industry Ambassador Programme

Source: Cayman Eye News Cayman Finance has launched an online learning portal designed to help ensure accurate information is known and shared about the jurisdiction. The “Industry Ambassador Programme” primarily targets the 7,000 people working in the Cayman Islands financial services industry to equip them with the knowledge required to champion the benefits of…

Young golfers look forward to final round

Source: Cayman Compass The final round of six rounds of the KPMG Junior Golf Series will commence on Sunday, May 13. Link: Young golfers look forward to final round

On paid leave

Source: Cayman Compass On paid leave — Our editorial cartoon Link: On paid leave

Customs officer not guilty of firearm offenses

Source: Cayman Compass Suspended customs officer Claude Anthony Terry was found not guilty on Friday of unlicensed firearm charges dating from August 2016. Link: Customs officer not guilty of firearm offenses

Appeals court rules on having gun ‘for one minute’

Source: Cayman Compass Torry Javier Powery-Monterroso may have had an unlicensed firearm in his hand for only a minute, but the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal considered that minute in the context of what else had happened in the early hours of March 25, 2016. Link: Appeals court rules on having gun ‘for

Legal Department blames Operation Tempura for $2.7M consultant bill

Source: Cayman Compass The litigious fallout from the ill-fated Operation Tempura corruption probe, which ended nearly a decade ago, was blamed last week for running up a $2.7 million consultant’s bill within government’s Portfolio of Legal Affairs. Link: Legal Department blames Operation Tempura for .7M consultant bill

Witnesses to fatal crash sought

Source: Cayman Compass Police are seeking help from witnesses to a fatal car crash on North Side Road at Ronald Forbes Play Field on April 29. John Miller III, 27, was killed when the Honda he was in hit a utility pole. Link: Witnesses to fatal crash sought

Toastmasters International Competition held at Town Hall

Source: Cayman Compass On Wednesday evening, nine contestants from Toastmasters clubs based in Grand Cayman competed at the George Town Town Hall in the International Speech and Table Topics Contest. Link: Toastmasters International Competition held at Town Hall

Law school moot team competes in Vienna

Source: Cayman Compass The moot team from the Truman Bodden Law School recently competed in the 25th Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria. Link: Law school moot team competes in Vienna

National Gallery photography show opens

Source: Cayman Compass Tracy Caudish and Sergio Coni were among the crowd at the Thursday night opening of “Coral Encounters” at the Cayman Islands National Gallery. Link: National Gallery photography show opens

HospiceCare hosts annual Big Bash gala event

Source: Cayman Compass Cayman HospiceCare held its 18th annual Big Bash gala event Friday night at Ristorante Pappagallo in West Bay. Link: HospiceCare hosts annual Big Bash gala event

6 May Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   6 May Sun 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS An increase in cloudiness and showers is expected across the Cayman area over the next 24 hours as an area of low pressure forms over central Cuba along a pre-existing trough. This area of low pressure is expected to drift over…

The Nature Conservancy and Partners Launch Revolutionary Aerial Mapping of Coral Reefs in the Caribbean

Source: Cayman Eye News From The Nature Conservancy High resolution imaging will include areas ravaged by recent hurricanes ST. CROIX, US VIRGIN ISLANDS | May 03, 2018 The Nature Conservancy in the Caribbean, Carnegie Institution for Scienceand Planet launched a groundbreaking initiative to create the first-ever high-resolution map of the shallow waters of the entire Caribbean…

5 May Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   5 May Sat 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Isolated showers are expected mainly for the sister Islands over the next 24 hours as a surface trough lingers over the northwest Caribbean.   Sunshine just makes the day a little better, but it can also cause sunburns. Check the UV…

Local man enters 11th hour plea in gun case

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Javier Howell (26) pleaded guilty Friday to possession of an unlicensed gun, ammunition and more than 120 grammes of cocaine just days before he was due to stand trial, having previously denied the allegations. Emily Patrick, who was also charged with possession of ammunition in the same case, was discharged…

Police seek help to find missing girl

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police are asking the public to help find a 16-year-old girl who was reported missing after she failed to attend school today. Anna Scott was last seen on Friday morning around 7:30am before she left for school. But the teenager never arrived for class. She was last seen wearing a…

Police seek witnesses from red car in fatal smash case

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police are calling on anyone who may have seen the fatal collision in North Side last Sunday (29 April) to get in touch with the traffic officers who are investigation the crash. In particular, they are interested in speaking with the occupants of a red vehicle that may have been overtaken by…

Tennis club’s former boss charged with list of crimes

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police have confirmed that Rob Seward (46), the former general manager and head pro-trainer at the Cayman Islands Tennis Club, has been charged with multiple counts of theft, forgery, obtaining property by deception, uttering a forged document, and converting, disguising or concealing proceeds of criminal conduct in connection with cash…

Man attacked by gang at West Bay Public Beach

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A Royal Cayman Islands Police Service investigation has been opened into a violent assault Wednesday evening by four men at the West Bay Public Beach. Police said that they received a report that a man had been at the beach at about 6:30pm on 2 May when he was approached…

4 May Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   4 May Fri 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Isolated showers are expected mainly for the sister Islands over the next 24 hours as a surface trough lingers over the northwest Caribbean. Radar images show isolated showers in and around the Cayman area moving towards the southwest Sunshine just makes…

Post-Irma, BVI financial sector propping up struggling territory

Source: Cayman Islands Journal Traveling to the British Virgin Islands for the first time since the territory was devasted by Hurricane Irma last September is an eye-opening experience for those familiar with what was once a flourishing, high-end tourism destination. Link: Post-Irma, BVI financial sector propping up struggling territory

Brexit, Silk Road and de-risking – the future of offshore centers

Source: Cayman Islands Journal It is difficult to see a bright future for offshore financial centers amid media attacks, international tax information exchange, initiatives to curb cross-border profit shifting by multinational companies, anti-tax avoidance measures, transparency efforts that erode financial privacy and more extensive compliance rules. Link: Brexit, Silk Road and de-risking –

The normalization of market volatility

Source: Cayman Islands Journal The return of market volatility over the first four months of 2018 has come at an interesting time in the global economic cycle. Link: The normalization of market volatility

Not for love or money

Source: Cayman Islands Journal The next time you meet your Money Laundering Reporting Officers (MLRO), spend a moment to chat with them and to fully understand the demands of their role, the conditions under which they work, and try to assess how enviable or not, their job is. Some would say their role is…

UK pressure causing water companies to leave Cayman

Source: Cayman Islands Journal The “tax haven” stigma has come back to bite Cayman again, this time in the form of recent announcements by a handful of United Kingdom water companies that they will be shutting down their Cayman-based subsidiaries. Link: UK pressure causing water companies to leave Cayman

Batabano hits de road!

Source: Cayman Compass First, there was the J’Ouvert Parade and Breakfast Fete; then Junior Batabano last Saturday. Now, after many months of preparation and costume launches, the Outta De Blue Festival and the Adult Parade are finally here. Link: Batabano hits de road!

Cayman photographers explore the beauty of the deep

Source: Cayman Compass Courtney Platt’s detail photo of an orange ball anemone, part of a Cayman Islands National Gallery exhibit opening Friday, May 4, looks otherworldly. Link: Cayman photographers explore the beauty of the deep

Culture at the Cinema: ‘Julius Caesar’

Source: Cayman Compass Shakespeare’s tale of the Roman emperor Julius Caesar is a tragedy believed to have been written in 1599 and features a memorable cast of characters, including the infamous Brutus. Link: Culture at the Cinema: ‘Julius Caesar’

BNP BBQ tops Cayman Auto in coed flag matchup

Source: Cayman Compass The battle for a place in the Flag Football semifinals officially kicked off Friday, April 27, at Ed Bush Field. Link: BNP BBQ tops Cayman Auto in coed flag matchup

How it happened: The UK House of Commons vote

Source: Cayman Compass A swirling vortex of political gamesmanship, played against the backdrop of a crucial Brexit vote and a weakened U.K. coalition government, left the Cayman Islands and its sister British Overseas Territories on the losing end of Tuesday’s House of Commons vote. Link: How it happened: The UK House of Commons

Cayman Islands National Hurricane Exercise announcement

Source: Cayman Eye News From HMCI The National Hurricane Exercise began at 4 pm on May 1st with a meeting of the full National Hazard Management Council in the main conference room (1038) on the ground floor of the Government Administration Building. The exercise commenced with opening remarks from the Chairman of the National…

Cayman Islands: New police dog joins the RCIPS K-9 Unit

Source: Cayman Eye News From RCIPS This past Friday, 27 April, the RCIPS added a new member to its K-9 Unit. Athena is a two-year-old Dutch Herder who is trained to pursue, track and apprehend suspects, and to locate property that has recently been dropped or stolen, for example, if a suspect has attempted…

The Editor Speaks: Colonialism

Source: Cayman Eye News Wikipedia’s definition of “Colonialism’ is: “the policy of a polity seeking to extend or retain its authority over other people or territories, generally with the aim of developing or exploiting them to the benefit of the colonizing country and of helping the colonies modernize in terms defined by the colonizers,…

Operation Tempura spin-offs ran up AG’s lawyer bill

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Acting Solicitor General Reshma Sharma from the Portfolio of Legal Affairs told the Public Accounts Committee Thursday that spin-off litigation from the fall-out of Operation Tempura, a corruption probe into the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, accounted for a significant amount of spending by the Attorney General’s Chambers on…

Crown Dependencies remain target of UK MPs

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The two members of the British parliament who led the cross-party campaign to force the British Overseas Territories to establish open beneficial ownership registers have said that they are continuing that campaign to ensure it also applies to the Crown Dependencies. Government and private sector entities here and in…

Cops track down fugitive in Frank Sound

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Marlon Crowe (36), a Jamaican national who was wanted by the authorities on suspicion of entering the country illegally, has been arrested alongside another man accused of harbouring him. Police, customs and immigration officers carried out a joint operation at an address on Frank Sound Road on Thursday morning…

K-9 Unit gets new four-legged recruit

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A two-year-old Dutch herder (or shepherd) called Athena has joined the RCIPS K-9 Unit. The specialist four-legged new recruit is trained to pursue, track and apprehend suspects, and to locate property that criminals may drop or try to dispose of when the dog is in hot pursuit. The police…

Police record 40+ burglaries on new crime map

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The RCIPS is now revealing details of burglaries on a monthly basis after adding a pin map, yesterday to its new website. There were 43 reported burglaries in April across all of the districts, with more than half happening in George Town, where 23 break-ins occurred, and there were 12 in…

Awarding Jacques Scott for going green

Source: Cayman News Service (Auntie): One of the CNS team went into a Jacques Scott the other day to buy a bottle of wine and the staff packed it into a paper bag. CNS was told their shops no longer use plastic bags as part of their efforts to be environmentally friendly. The company…

3 May Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   3 May Thu 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Isolated showers are expected mainly for the sister Islands over the next 24 hours as a surface trough lingers over the northwest Caribbean. Radar images show isolated showers in and around the Cayman area moving towards the southwest. Sunshine just makes…

Cayman and Bermuda haven’t a legal leg to stand on

Source: Cayman Eye News By Richard Murphy From Tax Research UK This is interesting. The Guardian has reported that The Cayman Islands government said it was considering legal action in an attempt to stop the UK making the overseas territory open up its company ownership registers to public scrutiny, a day after MPs agreed…

Cayman Finance responds to vote by U.K. House of Commons to disregard the Cayman Islands’ leadership on transparency and verified ownership standards

Source: Cayman Eye News Jude Scott, CEO of Cayman Finance, issued the following statement about a vote by the U.K. House of Commons to amend the proposed Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill to require public ownership registers in the Cayman Islands and other British Overseas Territories by December 2020: “Cayman’s existing verified ownership regime…

The real beginning of the end for tax havens has begun

Source: Cayman Eye News By Richard Murphy From iNews The Essential Daily Briefing As the government agrees to calls for new measures aimed at increasing transparency in tax havens, tax justice campaigner Richard Murphy hails a momentous victory. Fifteen years ago John Christensen and I became the first full time anti-tax haven campaigners in…

Senior customs officer fired for gross misconduct

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Collector of Customs Charles Clifford has sacked a senior customs officer for gross misconduct as a result of an incident last September inside and outside the headquarters that involved a member of the public, according to a statement. It is understood that the woman was already on required leave…

DG sorry for garbage collection failings

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Deputy Governor Franz Manderson has apologised for the failures of the government’s garbage collection team to reliably and effectively manage waste collection and has outlined what government is doing now and in the future to get things  back on track. However, in a statement from his office about the ongoing…

Private health costs, insurer earnings soar

Source: Cayman Compass Earnings for Cayman’s private sector health insurers nearly quadrupled in one year following changes made to the islands’ standard health insurance contract rules, members of the Legislative Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee heard Wednesday. Link: Private health costs, insurer earnings soar

Manderson apologizes for garbage collection failures

Source: Cayman Compass Government’s top civil servant has a simple message for residents frustrated with inconsistent household garbage collections: “We’re sorry.” Link: Manderson apologizes for garbage collection failures

Government to challenge order in council

Source: Cayman Compass The Cayman Islands government is retaining legal advisers to challenge the threat of an order in council by the U.K. government forcing Cayman to implement a public register of beneficial ownership. Link: Government to challenge order in council

Overseas territories accuse Britain of ‘modern colonialism’

Source: Cayman Compass The decision by the U.K. parliament to threaten an order in council to force the overseas territories to make their beneficial ownership registries public has caused consternation in Bermuda, the BVI and other territories. Link: Overseas territories accuse Britain of ‘modern colonialism’

Opposition: Lack of plan makes UK move worse

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Members of the opposition have echoed the sentiments of the Government of National Unity in condemning yesterday’s move by the UK Conservative government to accept an amendment to the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill, which will require the Cayman Islands and other British Overseas Territories to establish public registers of…

Cayman Finance remains calm, Chamber outraged

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Jude Scott, the CEO of Cayman Finance, has responded relatively calmly to the vote in the UK parliament yesterday, which will see the British government impose a public beneficial owners register on the Cayman Islands, as he pointed to the two-year process, during which time the dialogue with the…

Ministry rejects need to apologise over FOI

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development has made it clear that no one from there will be apologising over the alleged mishandling of a freedom of information request and has taken aim at the Ombudsman, suggesting her press release was “unwarranted”. A release from the office of Financial…

Gun and ammo found in tank at customs officer’s home

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The trial of suspended customs officer Claude Anthony Terry (36) for possession of an illegal gun opened in Grand Court this week, when the jury heard that the weapon, ammunition and pepper spray were found in a locked metal box in a water tank at his apartment on Cayman…

Bush tells BBC that Cayman is proud to be British

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Eric Bush, the Cayman Islands’ representative in London, told BBC Radio 4’s flagship morning news programme, Today, that the Cayman Islands is a part of the UK because it wants to be and is proud to be British. Speaking to John Humphrys in the wake of the vote in…

2 May Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   2 May Wed 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Isolated showers are expected mainly for the sister Islands over the next 24 hours as a surface trough lingers over the northwest Caribbean. Radar images show showers in and around the Cayman area moving towards the southwest. Sunshine just makes the…

Registration opens for Triple C Golf Tournament

Source: Cayman Compass Triple C School is holding its 6th Annual Golf Tournament, on Friday, May 11. The Captain Theo Bodden Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the North Sound Golf Course. Link: Registration opens for Triple C Golf Tournament

UK to force Cayman, territories to make company owners public

Source: Cayman Compass Britain’s 14 overseas territories, including the Cayman Islands, will have to introduce public registers of beneficial ownership by the end of 2020. If they do not, the U.K. government will issue an order in council to force Cayman and other territories to do so. Link: UK to force Cayman, territories

Math intervention boosts performance scores

Source: Cayman Compass A math intervention pilot program helped mid-range performing Year 3 students in government schools improve their performance by 38 percent over a three-month period. Link: Math intervention boosts performance scores

RCIPS officers’ discrimination claims rejected

Source: Cayman Compass A Cayman Islands Grand Court judge has rejected claims in a 2016 lawsuit that the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service employed discriminatory practices in deciding which senior officers should be retired and when those retirements should occur. Link: RCIPS officers’ discrimination claims rejected

RCIPS continues march towards transparency

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has officially launched is long-awaited and much-anticipated new website, which is being promoted as another step in the organisation’s desire to be more transparent and better at communicating with the public. Officials said it “significantly expands public access to immediate information about public…

The Editor Speaks: Gloom

Source: Cayman Eye News I was going to write an Editorial today on the Gloom Promo Ads that Rooster101 continually run to promote their fading talk show “Crosstalk”. The latest is Leader of the Opposition, Ezzard Miller’s pronouncements re the Cruise Ship terminal, where he knows he will get a lot of support. The…

Premier calls UK move on BOTs ‘colonial despotism’

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin has said that the Cayman Islands Government is considering a legal challenge to the news today that the British parliament has voted to force its overseas territories to introduce public registers showing the beneficial owners of the companies domiciled there. “The actions of the House of Commons…

Opposition calls for Cayman cruise port referendum

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The opposition has announced plans to spearhead a campaign to collect enough signatures from registered voters to trigger a referendum on the proposed development of cruise berthing facilities in the George Town Harbour. Opposition Leader Ezzard Miller told CNS Tuesday that he believes the majority of Caymanians do not…

UK to force BOTs to make BO registers public

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Cayman Islands and other British Overseas Territories will be forced to make the beneficial owners of companies registered in their jurisdictions public after a cross-party amendment to a Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill was accepted by the UK government Tuesday. In a significant blow to the BOT’s financial…

Ombudsman urges ministry to say ‘sorry’

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Office of the Ombudsman has urged the finance ministry to offer an apology to an applicant who made a freedom of information request over stamp duty abatement records after the office found that the request had been badly handled. In the end the applicant was able to secure…

1 May Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   1 May Tue 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS   Isolated showers are expected for the next 24 hours as a surface trough lingers over the northwest Caribbean. Radar images show showers in and around the Cayman area moving towards the southwest. Sunshine just makes the day a little better,…

Students to be volleyball ambassadors

Source: Cayman Compass The Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation will be hosting six student athletes during the week of June 18 to serve as ambassadors for the sport of volleyball, both indoor and on the beach. Link: Students to be volleyball ambassadors

Impressive play seen in youth football leagues

Source: Cayman Compass The level of play continues to be impressive in the 2018 Cayman Islands Football Association youth leagues as the ninth round of games kicked off Saturday. Link: Impressive play seen in youth football leagues

George Town man dies in North Side accident

Source: Cayman Compass North Side resident Archie Whittaker said he had just arrived home Sunday evening and was getting out of his car when a Honda racing east down North Side Road blasted past him. Link: George Town man dies in North Side accident

Kirkland Nixon passes away

Source: Cayman Compass Kirkland Nixon, Cayman’s first chief fire officer, died on Monday, April 30. Mr. Nixon, who was in his early seventies, died at the Cayman Islands Hospital shortly before 7 a.m. after a short illness. Link: Kirkland Nixon passes away

Unemployment rate creeps up during 2017

Source: Cayman Compass Cayman’s overall unemployment rate increased nearly a full percentage point between fall 2016 and fall 2017, government statistics released last Thursday revealed. Link: Unemployment rate creeps up during 2017

CayFilm 2018 has been cancelled

Source: Cayman Eye News From CayFilm We regret to announce that the 2018 CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival has been cancelled. We have had to make this very sad and difficult decision due to the lack of finances needed to properly execute the event. Unfortunately, the funding available for an event of this magnitude…

The Editor Speaks: Interesting but unlikely

Source: Cayman Eye News We have two colleges here in the Cayman Islands – the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) and the International College of the Cayman Islands (ICCI). It is obvious to everyone the two colleges must work together. “Collaboration between ICCI, UCCI and government will be key to any future…

P.M. Chastanet Calls WhatsApp Message: “FAKE NEWS”

Source: Cayman Eye News By Dean Nestor From The Voice St Lucia PRIME Minister Allen Chastanet and his Senior Chief Communications Officer Nicole McDonald have both dismissed allegations that the Cayman Islands group has demanded that the Ministry of Health hand over the Owen King EU (OKEU) Hospital. The allegations, spread over social media,…

Fire fighter jailed for 18 months over serious crash

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Colburn Martin (26), a fire officer from Cayman Brac, was sent to jail Monday after receiving an 18-month prison term for a drunken head-on collision on the Sister Islands in the summer of 2016, in which a high school vice-principal was very badly injured. In a rare case for the…

Road crash victim was father of new baby

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police have confirmed that the driver who was killed in a crash in North Side on Sunday evening was John Miller III (27) from George Town, who was the father of three daughters, including a seven-week-old baby. Miller was pronounced dead at the George Town hospital last night after…

Tributes pour in as former fire chief dies

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Kirkland Nixon, the Cayman Islands’ first local chief fire officer, who headed up the service for more than 40 years, died this morning after being ill for several months. Nixon (73) was a popular public figure who was as well known for his passion for orchids as he was…

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