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October 16, 2017

Cayman Islands

Cyclist killed in ‘misadventure’ inquest finds

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Rhonda Azan (61) was killed as a result of misadventure, a jury sitting in the Coroners Court found Friday. The local woman was struck by a F-250 truck during twilight one evening in October 2015 as she cycled against the traffic on Shamrock Rock in Savannah. The jury heard two…

Swimmer gets between barracuda and dinner

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A man who was swimming off Seven Mile Beach by the Westin Hotel on Friday appears to have been bitten by a barracuda, according to officials from the Department of Environment (DoE), but they said it was very unusual and there was no cause for people swimming or enjoying other…

16 Oct Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report – 1 Dist (Atl )

Source: Cayman Eye News Oct 16 Mon 2017 Tropical Report Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Mon Oct 16 2017 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: 1. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a broad area of low pressure located about 175 miles north-northeast of…

e-Government for Cayman Islands

Source: Cayman Eye News From eGA Summary Cayman Government has decided to take Estonian e-government model as an example in building its e-society and developing public e-services. During that project eGA acts as main contractor for all consultancy services on e-governance between Estonia and Cayman Islands. The project is proceeded from the “Advisory mission to…

4th Annual Cayman Islands Book Fair

Source: Cayman Eye News CayWriters will host the 4th Annual Cayman Islands Book Fair on October 28 and 29. Starting at 10:30am on Saturday, October 28 at the George Town Public Library until 2:30 p.m., there will be book sales by local authors, author readings and kids activities.  The Fair continues that evening at…

The Editor Speaks: Is our Civil Service value for money?

Source: Cayman Eye News In the 12 month period between years 2012/2013 the total number of civil servants employed was 3,601. At the lowest end of the scale – under $30.000 nearly 850 persons were employed and at the highest $200,000 and above only 2 persons and 3 between $190,000 – $200,000. The largest…

Cayman Islands prison making a difference together

Source: Cayman Eye News Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service (HMCIPS) leaders and juvenile inmates are currently working together to construct a basketball court on the prison grounds. Prison Director Neil Lavis said the juveniles recently asked for a basketball court because they did not have one in their exercise yard. “Although exercise is…

Senior cop assaulted at scene of crash

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Two local men have been arrested following a serious assault against a senior police officer who attended the scene of a collision in George Town on Saturday night. CNS understands the officer was Detective Superintendent Peter Lansdown and we are awaiting confirmation. The senior cop, who was in full uniform,…

Happy Birthday 2-U

Source: Cayman Compass Happy Birthday 2-U — Today’s editorial cartoon Link: Happy Birthday 2-U

Fascinated by import duty rules

Source: Cayman Compass We all know there are some strange rules on import duty. Example: Leather shoes are dutiable, leather purses aren’t. Link: Fascinated by import duty rules

Jury finds cyclist died by misadventure

Source: Cayman Compass The coroner’s inquest into the untimely passing of Rhonda Azan concluded on Friday, when the jury ruled unanimously that the case was a “death by misadventure.” Link: Jury finds cyclist died by misadventure

Senior police officer assaulted

Source: Cayman Compass One of the Cayman Islands’ most senior police officers was assaulted at the scene of a traffic accident, Saturday. Link: Senior police officer assaulted

Maples celebrates golden anniversary

Source: Cayman Compass From humble beginnings as a one-man show in the back of a Volkswagen camper van, the law firm of Maples and Calder has grown, over five decades, into a global industry leader, employing hundreds of people across 15 countries. Link: Maples celebrates golden anniversary

NEW: Suspected barracuda bite on SMB

Source: Cayman Compass A man received a suspected barracuda bite while in the water outside the Westin hotel on Seven Mile Beach Friday morning. Link: NEW: Suspected barracuda bite on SMB

Dart finally confirms Ritz acquisition

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS Business): After several months of speculation that Dart Real Estate had acquired the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman but no comment from officials at the company, the Cayman Islands’ biggest property owner has finally announced that it has bought the luxury hotel on Seven Mile Beach. The news comes just weeks…

Thieves make off with valuables from beachbag

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police are urging people not to leave valuables unattended when they go the beach after a number of valuable items stolen from a couple’s bag while they were swimming at Governor’s Beach yesterday lunchtime around 1:00pm, Thursday 12 October.  The woman and the man had left a backpack on the…

NEW: Dart confirms purchase of Ritz-Carlton

Source: Cayman Compass Dart Real Estate has bought The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, adding the luxury resort to its growing portfolio of properties along the Seven Mile Beach corridor. Link: NEW: Dart confirms purchase of Ritz-Carlton

Dart Real Estate acquires The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News Dart Real Estate has purchased The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. The luxury resort property, located along Seven Mile Beach, is an investment that expands Dart Real Estate’s portfolio of tourism assets and reinforces investor Kenneth Dart’s commitment to the Cayman Islands. “This investment demonstrates Mr. Dart’s confidence and willingness to invest…

New waste system still four years away

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Despite the recent announcement that government has selected a Dart company heading up a consortium of local and international firms as the preferred contractor to tackle the country’s rubbish, the new Integrated Solid Waste Management System (ISWMS) will not be in place until well into 2021. Officials said that…

Island Roast returns: A foodie night under the stars

Source: Cayman Compass If the idea of dining under the stars at a casual, yet sophisticated barefoot event appeals to you, then you need to get your tickets for the Feed Our Future Island Roast. Scheduled to be held on Saturday at the Camana Bay Beach, the annual Roast brings chefs and foodies…

Culture at the Cinema: ‘Obsession’

Source: Cayman Compass Fans of Jude Law should be delighted to see him flex his acting muscles, both literally and figuratively, in the filmed live stage production of “Obsession,” showing at Regal Camana Bay on Oct. 21. Link: Culture at the Cinema: ‘Obsession’

Sourdough success: One local baker has a winning formula

Source: Cayman Compass Many Cayman foodies already rely on Saucha Conscious Living to deliver nutritious vegan lunches and bottles of home-brewed Kombucha to their homes or offices. Now the company has added a new delicacy to its culinary offerings: sourdough bread. And there’s already a wait list to buy the stuff. Link: Sourdough

Cayman Islands delegation visit Manchester and London

Source: Cayman Eye News Cayman Delegation Meetings Manchester and London GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands – Following on from the successful meetings in Brussels with key EU decision makers, the Cayman delegation led by Premier, Hon. Alden McLaughlin, travelled to Manchester to the Conservative Party Conference.  The aim was to utilise the conference to continue…

Cayman Islands Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast held

Source: Cayman Eye News Attendees at the 22nd annual National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast prayed for the Cayman Islands and its people, sang hymns and linked hands this morning (Wednesday, 11 October 2017) at the Kimpton Seafire Resort. Opening the event and welcoming the gathering, Speaker, Hon. W. McKeeva Bush, OBE, JP, paid homage to…

The Editor Speaks: HSA debt is over $100M

Source: Cayman Eye News One of the practices in place at the Cayman Islands Hospital when you go to the Clinic to see a doctor or get a prescription refilled is to charge you $75 BEFORE you get to see a doctor, or in the case of a prescription refill, you actually don’t see…

Cayman Islands: CIMPA 2017 Marketing Awards nominations announced

Source: Cayman Eye News Local Marketing Agencies and In-House Teams Shortlisted for CIMPA 2017 Marketing Awards, with Winners Announced at a Prestigious Awards Ceremony and Dinner on November 3rd. Over the summer, many of Cayman’s marketers compiled their most successful marketing initiatives from the past two years for submission to the Cayman Islands Marketing…

Five robbed by armed men outside bar

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Five people who were sitting outside Salty’s bar in Grand Harbour, George Town, just after it closed early this morning were robbed by three men, two of whom were said to have been armed with handguns that may have been fired. The outdoor bar stick-up happened around 1:00am Thursday, police said,…

JGHS goes back to drawing board

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Ministry of Education has signed a contract with local consultants for an outline business case, this time for the John Gray High School facility, effectively taking the project back to the drawing board. Contractors originally broke ground almost a decade ago on the project after a government contract…

Woman detained by anti-corruption cops

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 31-year-old woman from Bodden Town has been arrested by investigators from the Anti-Corruption Commission, assisted by the RCIPS, in connection with an ongoing investigation. Officials from the commission stated in a brief press release Thursday that the woman was detained this morning on suspicion of bribing public officials,…

Premier lobbies Tory conference for BOT aid

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Cayman Islands delegation, led by Premier Alden McLaughlin, that travelled to Brussels recently to promote Cayman, also went to London and the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester. They were there to engage with British politicians to push the financial services business but also lobbied for more support for…

Lawyers hired to collect HSA debts

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): As the hospital continues to battle with outstanding debt, officials told the Public Accounts Committee this week that a firm of local attorneys has been hired, following a request for proposals, to go after the outstanding cash, which may see people who haven’t paid their medical bills dragged through…

12 Oct Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report – 1 H/cane (Atl )

Source: Cayman Eye News Oct 12 Thu 2017 Tropical Report Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Thu Oct 12 2017 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Ophelia, located over the eastern Atlantic Ocean several hundred…

Police accountant admits breach of trust

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A police accountant pleaded guilty Wednesday to breach of trust in connection with the abuse of a Kirk’s Supermarket charge card given to the RCIPS on which she is accused of charging more than $7,000 of unauthorised spending, over $4,000 of which was never paid back. Sara Connor (39) and her…

Cayman Islands Kids Fun Run get youth moving!

Source: Cayman Eye News The 2017 Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon and Milo Kids Fun Run are coming up on Sunday, 3rd December and organisers are again encouraging kids to register and take part in the largest primary school running event on island. The activity is free, and attracted over 300 kids in 2016. The…

The Editor Speaks: Multiple sclerosis

Source: Cayman Eye News The MS Foundation of the Cayman Islands are inviting all Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients and their families to meet Dr. Romnesh de Souza on Oct. 18th at 6 p.m. Dr. de Souza is a consultant in the Neurology Department at Health City Cayman Islands. Please see our story published last…

Cayman Islands Ministry of HR supports Occupational Wage Survey

Source: Cayman Eye News The Ministry of Human Resources is currently working with the Economic and Statistics Office (ESO) to conduct an occupational wage survey (OWS) and is requesting the public’s help in the process. Ministry leaders want to ensure all employers are aware of and willing to contribute to the confidential survey, so…

Will: The auto industry’s glamorous past and opaque future

Source: Cayman Compass Bending metal, slapping on chrome and marketing an empowering product and status marker that mesmerized 20th-century America, the automobile industry typified the Old Economy, of which General Motors was emblematic. As was its bankruptcy. Link: Will: The auto industry’s glamorous past and opaque future

Dart chosen to build new waste management facility

Source: Cayman Compass A consortium of companies led by Dart Enterprises is in line to take over responsibility for waste management in the Cayman Islands in a 25-year deal that will involve the closure and capping of the existing George Town landfill. Link: Dart chosen to build new waste management facility

Shipwreck damage

Source: Cayman Compass Shipwreck damage — Today’s editorial cartoon Link: Shipwreck damage

STEM conference benefits from partnership with US university

Source: Cayman Compass Cayman students will have greater opportunities in STEM fields going forward, said Roy Bodden, speaking at this week’s conference on science, technology, engineering and math at the University College of the Cayman Islands. Link: STEM conference benefits from partnership with US university

Health Services Authority short 60 staff, overtime up 300%

Source: Cayman Compass The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority has nearly 60 vacant positions which are either being covered through overtime expenses or left vacant, according to the authority’s chief executive. Link: Health Services Authority short 60 staff, overtime up 300%

Jury finds accused man guilty of rape

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Marlon Ricardo Porter (37) was convicted Tuesday of rape, assault and causing harassment and distress, following a jury trial in which the court heard that his victim suffered a four-hour ordeal. The Jamaican national will be sentenced on 23 November in relation to the attack, which took place in…

Customs begins registering importers for e-system

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS Business): The Cayman Islands Customs Department will start registering importers Monday, ahead of plans to roll out a new online electronic system for entry declaration in November. The implementation of the new system will require importers to complete and submit entries electronically to customs using the new gateway portal COLS…

NAU will need to be ‘creative’ with cash, says new chief

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The new acting chief officer in the community affairs ministry has been turning her attention to the Needs Assessment Unit and recently met with staff recently to brainstorm solutions to the challenges the department faces. Almost since its inception, the NAU has been beset with problems, ranging from under-funding,…

Driver arrested over Town Hall Road crash

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police have arrested a 29-year-old woman from George Town on suspicion of dangerous driving following the crash on Town Hall Road, West Bay, on Monday morning. The woman has been granted bail while police continue their investigations into what happened. No details have been released by the RCIPS about the…

JOURNAL: Anti-Money Laundering Conference

Source: Cayman Compass Offshore compliance and Russian politics were among the topics at the 13th annual Anti-Money Laundering, Compliance and Financial Crime Conference at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort. Link: JOURNAL: Anti-Money Laundering Conference

ESO starts new job survey for HR database

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): An important step in the government’s promised overhaul of the work permit system and the country’s jobs landscape is beginning this month with a new survey by the Economics and Statistics Office. Officials from the ESO will be undertaking the first comprehensive Occupational Wage Survey in the Cayman Islands…

Webb to learn his fate in January

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The former Cayman Islands and regional football boss, Jeffery Webb, is now due to be sentenced for his part in the global FIFA scandal in January, according to listings from a New York court. Webb fell far from grace when he was arrested in Switzerland in a US probe…

11 Oct Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report – 1 TS (Atl )

Source: Cayman Eye News Oct 11 Wed 2017 Tropical Report Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Wed Oct 11 2017 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Ophelia, located over the eastern Atlantic Ocean about…

Trust conference: Attacks on offshore have gone too far

Source: Cayman Compass Misconceptions about what offshore financial centers really do have led to radicalized actions even by those who have reasonable policy objectives in terms of fighting financial crime and tax evasion, panelists at the Mourant Ozannes Private Client and Trust Conference argued last week. Link: Trust conference: Attacks on offshore have

Liquidators attempting to ‘claw back’ Ponzi scheme payments

Source: Cayman Compass Repercussions of the 2008 financial crisis are still being dealt with by the Cayman Islands judicial system, with the London-based Judicial Committee of the Privy Council hearing a case last week involving liquidators attempting to “claw back” payments made by a feeder fund to investors in early 2009, when the…

Local business in brief: Security Centre unveils new drone

Source: Cayman Compass The Security Centre Limited visited the annual ASIS conference in Dallas, Texas, last month and stood out with a new innovation. Security Centres International, the international branch of the Cayman Islands company, introduced a product line that included a blast protection system, a mobile video surveillance tower, and a new…

MLA takes aim at hospital’s management

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The representative for Bodden Town West made it clear he was far from impressed by the answers given to the Public Accounts Committee Tuesday by Health Services Authority bosses. Chris Saunders, who is an accountant, said the numbers in the hospital accounts simply did not add up and he…

International partners donate to C&W hurricane relief effort

Source: Cayman Compass Two weeks after the launch of the Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation to provide relief to Caribbean countries devastated by recent hurricanes, the English Premier League made a donation of US$100,000 and other companies have joined the effort. Link: International partners donate to C&W hurricane relief effort

Little wet today

Source: Cayman Compass Little wet today — Today’s editorial cartoon Link: Little wet today

Cayman vies to lead blockchain, digital ID innovation

Source: Cayman Islands Journal The implicit promise of quiet relaxation that comes with retirement has been far from the reality for former Equifax CEO .The fallen executive’s career came to an abrupt end in September following a security breach that implicated the personal data of more than 145 million Americans. Link: Cayman vies

Speakers announced for 2017 Cayman Islands Healthcare Conference

Source: Cayman Eye News The 2017 Cayman Islands Healthcare Conference has announced the speakers who will participate in this year’s conference, under the theme: “Food for Thought: Exploring the relationship between nutrition and health”. The conference will be held at the Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman, from October 19th – 21st, 2017. In addition to…

Cayman Islands police make 34 arrests over busy weekend, 6-8 October

Source: Cayman Eye News From RCIPS The past weekend, 6-8 October, police made thirty-four arrests, which included nineteen arrests for outstanding warrants, five arrests for DUIs and traffic offences, seven arrests for assaults and threatening offences, two arrests for drug-related offences, and one arrest for theft. The most serious arrests included an arrest for…

Carey Olsen advises Cara Gold on its admission to AIM

Source: Cayman Eye News Carey Olsen has advised Cora Gold, a gold mining company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands, on its recent listing on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM, a market for smaller, growing companies. Cora Gold, which focuses on exploration and production of gold mine projects, particularly in Africa, raised £3.45 million…

Lessons from Ivan: BVI financial sector faces long road to recovery

Source: Cayman Islands Journal After Hurricane Ivan ravaged the Cayman Islands on Sept. 11-12, questions persisted for days about whether the island’s financial services industry would also be devastated. Link: Lessons from Ivan: BVI financial sector faces long road to recovery

Cruise lines weathering the storm

Source: Cayman Islands Journal Hurricanes Irma and Maria disrupted many sectors of the economy but none more so than the cruise industry. The shares of major cruise line operators Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line faced significant headwinds in September. Link: Cruise lines weathering the storm

A solution for de-risking?

Source: Cayman Islands Journal Government officials and industry professionals have long stressed the importance of regulatory compliance for their firms and for the wider financial services industry in the Cayman Islands. Link: A solution for de-risking?

Amid hurricane devastation, tourists divert to Cayman

Source: Cayman Compass In normal circumstances, an influx of 250,000 additional tourists would be cause for celebration. But Grand Cayman’s windfall comes at a cost to its Caribbean neighbors. Link: Amid hurricane devastation, tourists divert to Cayman

Poppy pinning kicks off fundraising drive for veterans

Source: Cayman Compass “Veterans, attention!” Cayman Islands Veterans Association President Andrew McLaughlin said as Governor Helen Kilpatrick walked into the lobby of the Government Administration Building on Tuesday morning. Link: Poppy pinning kicks off fundraising drive for veterans

Man admits using Pine-Sol on dog

Source: Cayman Compass A West Bay resident pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one charge involving cruelty to an animal, but not guilty to two others. Link: Man admits using Pine-Sol on dog

Scooter rider’s leg broken in yet another major crash

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the latest major collision on Grand Cayman after a scooter rider was taken to hospital last night, Monday 9 October. The RCIPS said that the rider was thrown off his bike after a crash at the junction of Eastern Avenue involving a red…

10 Oct Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report – 1 TS (Atl )

Source: Cayman Eye News Oct 10 Tue 2017 Tropical Report Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Tue Oct 10 2017 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Ophelia, located over the eastern Atlantic Ocean about…

EU appeasement

Source: Cayman Compass Today’s editorial cartoon Link: EU appeasement

DoE confirms coral damage from Kittiwake

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Department of Environment completed a preliminary assessment Monday of the damage that the sunken wreck, USS  Kittiwake, has caused to coral in the area after the artificial reef shifted during the recent high seas from Tropical Storm Nate. Officials said the wreck’s movement impacted some of the adjacent living…

Cayman Islands’ race toward Halloween at the Monster Dash 5K

Source: Cayman Eye News The Save Our Youth Foundation (SOY) is hosting its third annual Monster Dash 5K Walk/Run fundraiser at Camana Bay, Saturday, 14 October. Registration on the day begins at 6:15am with both walkers and runners starting at 7am, but taking off in opposite directions. All participants are encouraged to wear costumes…

The Editor Speaks: Dark days

Source: Cayman Eye News On May 19th 1780 at around noon, much of New England — meaning much of the new America — went black. At midday, it was midnight. This was not an electrical blackout, of course; homes and businesses did not have electricity in those years, and were illuminated by lanterns and…

Cayman Islands West Bay CERT roadside clean up

Source: Cayman Eye News From the West Bay CERT Team: On Saturday 7th October 2017  members the West Bay Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) did a roadside clean up in the vicinity of the West Bay Cemetery and Fire Station.  We started at 6am and it was overcast as it has been raining a…

EDITORIAL – The difference between statistics and the truth

Source: Cayman Compass It is said that numbers don’t lie, but they certainly can equivocate. We were reminded of that last week by two stories that appeared in the Compass, one about the George Town Landfill and one about unemployment figures. Link: EDITORIAL – The difference between statistics and the truth

Audit: Tourism department used unsigned contracts

Source: Cayman Compass Delays in contract negotiation led to a situation during the government’s 2015/16 budget year where some Department of Tourism contracts were not signed until months after they took effect, according to an internal audit. Link: Audit: Tourism department used unsigned contracts

Armed police called to fight at John Gray High School

Source: Cayman Compass Armed police were called to John Gray High School to help deal with a playground fight involving four students, the school’s principal has confirmed. Link: Armed police called to fight at John Gray High School

Privy Council to hear case about former judge’s impartiality

Source: Cayman Compass In January 2012, former Grand Court Justice Peter Cresswell appointed liquidators over the BTU Power Company, a Cayman-registered company whose shareholders included several Qatari government entities. Link: Privy Council to hear case about former judge’s impartiality

Divers see silver lining as Kittiwake topples

Source: Cayman Compass Grand Cayman’s most famous and photogenic shipwreck, the USS Kittiwake, was toppled on its side as the island felt the impact of a glancing blow from Hurricane Nate at the weekend. Link: Divers see silver lining as Kittiwake topples

Cops face weekend of violence

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police arrested 34 people over the weekend for various offences, from violent assaults to outstanding warrants. A teenage girl and a 49-year-old man are two of the suspects who remain in police custody after two particularly violent but separate incidents on Friday and Saturday night in West Bay. At…

Drivers hospitalised after major West Bay crash

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Two drivers were rushed to hospital Monday morning after a major collision on Town Hall Road in West Bay at around 9am. Although police have not yet released details, it appears the two vehicles crashed between Farrington Lane and Boltin’s Avenue causing major damage to both cars. The road was…

Cyclist‘s death to be heard by coroner’s court

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): More than two years after Rhonda Marie Ebanks-Azan (61) was killed as she rode her bicycle near Savannah Primary School, the coroner will examine the case this week. Although the 54-year-old driver of the F250 truck that hit Ebanks-Azan was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving…

Kittiwake toppled onto natural reef

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A famous sunken wreck off Grand Cayman suffered major damage and toppled over as the seas were churned up during the passage of Tropical Storm Nate. On Sunday local and international divers broke the news about the USS Kittiwake, which has fallen onto its port side and drifted towards the…

9 Oct Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report – 1 TD (Atl )

Source: Cayman Eye News Oct 9 Mon 2017 Tropical Report Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Mon Oct 9 2017 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on newly formed Tropical Depression Seventeen, located over the central Atlantic…

New York Sold Out

Source: Cayman Compass New York Sold Out — Today’s editorial cartoon Link: New York Sold Out

From the publisher: Anatomy of an error

Source: Cayman Compass In a moment, I want to share with you, our readers, in as truthful and transparent a way as I am capable, the events that led up to the publishing of a grievous error in a story that was destined for the Friday edition of this newspaper. Link: From the

Health City driver killed Sunday in East End wreck

Source: Cayman Compass A man driving his motorcycle into work early Sunday died after his vehicle and a truck were involved in a collision in East End. Link: Health City driver killed Sunday in East End wreck

Audit reveals ‘immediate threat’ to Cabinet member

Source: Cayman Compass An ‘immediate threat’ to an unidentified Cayman Islands Cabinet member required the expenditure of more than $50,000 for security services, according to a July report made public recently by the government’s Internal Audit Service. Link: Audit reveals ‘immediate threat’ to Cabinet member

In Focus: An elegant gala for a good cause

Source: Cayman Compass Decked out in evening gowns and “pink tie” attire, hundreds of residents attended the 2017 Breast Cancer Gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, on Saturday night. Link: In Focus: An elegant gala for a good cause

Cayman Arts Festival makes appeal to expand music program

Source: Cayman Compass The students in the Cayman Arts Festival music program do not need to be convinced to stay behind after school to practice their instruments. Link: Cayman Arts Festival makes appeal to expand music program

50 years ago: Flights begin from Jamaica

Source: Cayman Compass Visiting at the Beach Club last week were Dr. and Mrs. James Kennedy of Houston, Texas. Dr. Kennedy is one of the leading heart specialists in the Sates. With them were Dr. and Mrs. Ralph Vaughan of Boston, Massachusetts. Link: 50 years ago: Flights begin from Jamaica

Motorcyclist killed in crash with truck

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police have confirmed that a man has been killed following a collision in East End involving a motor bike and a truck near to the blow-holes. The RCIPS said that emergency services  responded to the scene of the collision at around 6:30 this morning, Sunday 8 October, on Sea…

DG quashes damaging rumours after Compass blunder

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The fallout of a completely false story published by the Cayman Compass this morning, both in print and online, about a highly respected, very senior civil servant prompted Deputy Governor Franz Manderson to issue a statement Friday evening to stress how factually wrong the article was and his continued…

Police investigate baseball bat assault at Welly’s

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The police are appealing for information about an early morning assault at Welly’s Cool Spot on Sound Way, George Town, Friday. At around 2:30 this morning the emergency services were called to the parking lot at the local bar and restaurant. Police learned that an unidentified man had hit the…

Police warn people off the ocean this weekend

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The police are urging people not to engage in water-related activities this weekend due to the continued tropical storm conditions. They warned the public to stay out off the water until advised it is safe again, including boating, swimming, diving, surfboarding and scuba diving. The RCIPS also advised boat…

Statement by Cayman Islands Deputy Governor [re Compass story]

Source: Cayman Eye News From The Office of the Cayman Islands Deputy Governor Overnight, an erroneous story concerning Chief Officer Gloria McField-Nixon appeared online and in print in the Cayman Compass.  Whilst efforts have been made to remove this misinformation from public circulation, murmurs persist. Anyone who knows Mrs. McField-Nixon would instantly have discredited…

Cayman Islands: Serious assault this morning

Source: Cayman Eye News RCIPS: Serious Assault This Morning, 6 October Early this morning, 6 October, just before 2:30AM, police and other emergency services were dispatched by the 9-1-1 Communication Centre to an assault incident in the parking lot of Welly’s Cool Spot on Sound Way, George Town. Information suggests that an unknown male…

Cayman Islands:Closure of George Town Landfill

Source: Cayman Eye News Closure of George Town Landfill The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) wishes to advise the public that the George Town Landfill had to close earlier today due to safety concerns. This closure was necessary to facilitate repair work to the landfill’s main access road that was extensively damaged during recent…

MAIL CALL: Sunday liquor sales

Source: Cayman Compass Should Sunday liquor sales be liberalized in Cayman? Editorial Writer Jennifer Hemmingsen outlines competing viewpoints. Link: MAIL CALL: Sunday liquor sales

MLA calls for clarity on job criteria

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The independent member for George Town Central is calling for a national list of jobs, clarifying the criteria, to help address the mounting concerns about rogue employers manipulating recruitment to favour cheap labour over locals. Kenneth Bryan plans to file a private member’s motion at the next legislative sitting…

Police locate missing woman

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS) UPDATED: Police say they have located Ellice Martin (19), who lives on Cayman Brac but is visiting Grand Cayman. This morning the RCIPS asked for the public’s assistance in contacting Martin, as her family became concerned for her safety after she did not return when expected and they could…

Cayman Islands police: Missing woman located

Source: Cayman Eye News RCIPS: UPDATE: Update: Woman has been located, 6 October The police would like to that all the member of public who have assisted us in locating Ms. Martin. She has been located and spoke to. Police Request Public Assistance in Contacting Woman, 6 October Police have been contacted by relatives…

Recycling should be required in Cayman

Source: Cayman News Service I’m wondering why recycling is not mandatory in Cayman Islands. We all know garbage is a problem worldwide. But looking at “Mount Trashmore”, it’s huge here. In the past we had two garbage collections weekly, cut back to one now. Why doesn’t DEH replace the second collection with a recyclable…

Breast Cancer Gala brings back Bill and Giuliana Rancic

Source: Cayman Compass The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman will be in the pink on Saturday as it hosts the annual Breast Cancer Gala Dinner. The sold-out event promises a fabulous night of entertainment with exciting live auction items and guest speakers Bill and Giuliana Rancic. Guiliana recently celebrated five years cancer-free, and her husband…

Voices for Hospices comes to Harquail Theatre

Source: Cayman Compass Lights, camera, action! Cayman HospiceCare will once again entertain the Cayman community with Voices for Hospices on Oct. 13 and 14 at the Harquail Theatre. Link: Voices for Hospices comes to Harquail Theatre

Pianist opens Arts Festival’s autumn season

Source: Cayman Compass The Cayman Arts Festival is aiming high as it launches its autumn season with an opening performance on Oct. 14 by outstanding young pianist Matei Varga, who will no doubt delight Cayman’s music lovers. Link: Pianist opens Arts Festival’s autumn season

Blurring the boundaries between craft and art

Source: Cayman Compass The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands is opening a new exhibition titled “Revive – Celebrating contemporary and traditional craft from the Cayman Islands.” Curated by Natalie Urquhart, with support from Kerri-Anne Chisholm, Jessica Ebanks and Simon Tatum, the exhibition showcases the best in Caymanian craft and features more than…

Out of the Kitchen 2017

Source: Cayman Compass If you have never attended “Out of the Kitchen” in The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman’s ballroom and hosted by the resort and the Cayman Culinary Society, you don’t know what you’re missing. Link: Out of the Kitchen 2017

The Editor speaks: Teaching

Source: Cayman Eye News The 5th October is World Teacher’s Day where all the persons in this “most honourable” of all professions are recognised. Our Minister of Education Juliana O’Connor Connolly so described the teaching procession as most honourable and she is right. It is. She also said, “As a government, we want to…

Dump closed after heavy rains damage road

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The George Town landfill was closed to the public on Thursday amid safety concerns as the main access road has been badly damaged by the deluge of rain in Cayman over the last week or so. The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) said it had to close the facility…

3-lane roundabout still challenging drivers

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The roundabout at Camana Bay is still proving a challenge for some drivers. This recent picture, which circulated on social media this week, made it quite clear just quite how much some people are struggling to come to terms with the traffic circle. Fortunately, no vehicles collided when this…

Population reaches historic high

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): At the end of 2016 the population of the Cayman Islands had reached an historic recorded high of 61,361 people, according to the latest Compendium of Statistics released by the Economics and Statistics Office. Caymanians now make up 55.6% of the population, the lowest proportion of locals to non-Caymanians since 2001,…

Depression emerges as TS Nate, heading NW

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): At 8:00am Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Nate was about 10 miles south of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, and heading northwest at around 8mph. The storm poses no immediate threat to the Cayman Islands, according to the local weather service. Local forecasters said that Nate’s closest point…

Pension exodus emerging as reality

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The predicted exodus of expatriate workers as a result of  changes to the pensions law appears to be becoming a challenging reality for Cayman. From small businesses losing experienced staff to mass departures from larger employers, the warnings that more than two thousand people could leave the island before…

West Bay man charged and bailed in GBH case

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A resident of West Bay has been charged with seriously assaulting a defence attorney during an altercation at a party in the district this weekend. Police confirmed that the 28-year-old man was charged with assault inflicting GBH, assault actual bodily harm, possession of ganja, possession of drug utilities and…

US Coast Guard rescues fishermen found adrift

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Five Honduran nationals on a boat that had run out of gas were brought into Cayman Brac last night by the United States Coast Guard after they were rescued some 25 miles off the coast of the Sister Islands. The local authorities were alerted by the USGC some time…

Cops on trail of widespread dodgy cosmetic injections

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The RCIPS say there may be many women in Cayman who are suffering serious ill-effects from facial injections and other cosmetic treatments administered by unlicensed cosmetologists and beauticians. Police are urging potential victims to come forward, as a current investigation has led them to believe this unregulated practice appears to…

Petty suspects rounded up in wake of public pressure

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police based in the eastern districts have been targeting illegal activities, from gambling to drug use, which residents said during a recent community meeting were leading to fights and other public disturbances. Over the weekend three men were rounded up for drug possession, having a machete and illegally landing. “We…

Female Cayman Islands Senior Customs Officer placed on required leave

Source: Cayman Eye News From Cayman Islands Customs Department The Collector of Customs, Charles Clifford, has announced that a female Senior Customs Officer has been placed on required leave as a result of allegations of corruption being made against her. The allegations have been referred to the Anti-Corruption Commission for an independent investigation. Mr.…

Karen Rivers Cayman Islands Government Employee

Source: Cayman Eye News Karen Rivers received CIG Employee of the Month for August for being the Most Driven. Ms Rivers, a Budget and Planning Manager in the Treasury Department, started her career with the Cayman Islands Government in November 1998 as a Budget and Administration Officer. She was promoted five years later to…

The Editor Speaks: Plea bargains

Source: Cayman Eye News The idea for this Editorial was given to me by local lawyer Peter Polack. Need I say more…… On Friday June 2nd 2017 The Plea Negotiations and Agreement Act, 2017, which provides for a system of plea bargaining for persons who commit crimes, was passed in the Jamaican Senate. Minister…

Talking of discrimination…

Source: Cayman News Service Anonymous writes: From one heterosexual male Caymanian; I’ve got nothing against gay marriage. To each, his/her own. The Marriage Law should treat straight and gay marriages equally. Hey, and while we’re on the subject of equal treatment for all, can white expat ladies please stop treating black men as if…

100,000 tons of waste added to landfill in 2016

Source: Cayman Compass Cayman Islands residents, businesses and tourists added more than 100,000 tons of waste to the George Town Landfill in 2016, according to data compiled by the Economics and Statistics Office. Link: 100,000 tons of waste added to landfill in 2016

‘Victim blaming’ a concern in child abuse cases

Source: Cayman Compass Victim blaming risks legitimizing predators and makes sex crimes against children much more difficult to investigate, senior detectives and child safety advocates have warned. Link: ‘Victim blaming’ a concern in child abuse cases

Second murderer challenges removal to UK

Source: Cayman Compass Justin D’Angelo Ramoon, 26, is the second former Northward Prison inmate to challenge his removal from the Cayman prison earlier this year to the United Kingdom, alleging that the action taken by the Cayman Islands government was unlawful. Link: Second murderer challenges removal to UK

Tropical Storm Nate expected to form, may impact Cayman

Source: Cayman Compass A tropical depression east of Nicaragua was forecast to intensify over coming days, as the system moved northwest toward the Gulf Coast. Link: Tropical Storm Nate expected to form, may impact Cayman

Landfill fire problem extinguished

Source: Cayman Compass The periodic fires that have plagued the George Town Landfill site for years appear to have been brought under control. Link: Landfill fire problem extinguished

Cayman Islands: The Anti-Money Laundering Regulations, 2017

Source: Cayman Eye News By Martin Livingston, Tim Dawson, Adam Huckle From Maples The Anti-Money Laundering Regulations, 2017 (“AML Regulations“) were gazetted on 20 September 2017 and come into force on 2 October 2017.  The Money Laundering Regulations (2015 Revision) have been repealed and the Guidance Notes on the Prevention and Detection of Money…

The Editor Speaks: Vehicle collisions

Source: Cayman Eye News I am not surprised there were 22 motor vehicle collisions reported to the police over this past weekend, 29 September to 1 October. This continued the trend here in the Cayman Islands and particularly on Grand Cayman of numerous road collisions for the second week in a row. One would…

Cayman resident publishes book on occupational health and safety

Source: Cayman Eye News Occupational Health & Safety: Practices, Policies and Procedures (Occupational Health and Safety) Paperback –2nd Edition 2014. by Mr Edris Ocho (Author) Amazon Paperback $42.75 4 New from $39.46 This book, Occupational Health and Safety, Practices , Policies and Procedures is an excellent resource for safety professionals, human resources personnel and…

Trump tax plan would stop companies from shifting profits to ‘tax havens’

Source: Cayman Compass A single sentence in the nine-page tax plan proposed by U.S. President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans could have a multi-billion-dollar impact on U.S. businesses that structure their affairs through offshore centers. Link: Trump tax plan would stop companies from shifting profits to ‘tax havens’

SMP Partners announces expansion at launch event

Source: Cayman Compass Trust and corporate services provider SMP Partners held its official launch event at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on Sept. 14 and announced its further expansion in Cayman. Link: SMP Partners announces expansion at launch event

CIMA names Rayford Britton deputy policy head

Source: Cayman Compass The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority has appointed Rayford Britton as deputy head of the Policy and Development Division. Mr. Britton has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and started his career at CIMA in 2006 as a senior analyst in the Banking Supervision Division. Link: CIMA names Rayford Britton deputy policy

Local business in brief: Scotiabank awards financial support to students

Source: Cayman Compass Scotiabank has awarded five Caymanian students each with a US$5,000 student bursary. The bursary provides additional financial support to students attending an overseas university. The Scotiabank bursary supports Caymanian students in financial need who are seeking to pursue an undergraduate degree in business or finance at a college/university overseas. Link:

JTC acquires Merrill Lynch international trust division

Source: Cayman Compass Independent private wealth, funds and corporate service provider JTC has confirmed the formal completion of its acquisition of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management’s International Trust and Wealth Structuring business, following regulatory approval from the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority. Link: JTC acquires Merrill Lynch international trust division

Lawyers reveal challenges to permanent residency refusals

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A firm of local attorneys has revealed that they are helping at least five applicants who have recently been refused permanent residency with appeals to the tribunal, where the detailed reasons for refusals will be revealed. In what has become a regular newsletter update to its clients that have…

RCIPS sends more cops to BVI

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Sixteen RCIPS officers deployed to the British Virgin Islands last month returned to Cayman on Monday and another 16 officers left to replace them. The second group will take over the duties their colleagues were doing to support the BVI police in providing security during the continued period of clean-up and…

Men charged with animal cruelty appear in court

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A teenage boy from North Side appeared in court alongside his father Tuesday, facing charges of animal cruelty in relation to a case where a dog was set on fire. Andrei James Challenger (18) is charged with cruelty to animals, causing unnecessary suffering, failing to exercise proper care and supervision,…

Attorney assaulted at West Bay party

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): An attorney whose workload includes legal aid and criminal defence work has been airlifted for medical treatment after he was assaulted at a West Bay party over the weekend. Police confirmed that a 28-year-old man from the district has since been arrested and is currently in custody on suspicion…

Rents push up cost of living

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The average prices of goods and services in the Cayman Islands, as estimated by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), increased by 2.2% in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. The increase in the price index was largely fueled by a 7.9% rise in the price index…

Ombudsman says FOI is ‘inalienable right’

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The new supra-ombudsman has said that the freedom of information is a vital part of government openness and transparency. Sandy Hermiston arrived in Cayman last month to take over the helm of the newly combined and challenging office of public service complains, police complaints, whistle-blowing and data protection. On Cayman’s…

Security guard was not victim of violence

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The police have now confirmed that they do not suspect foul play in what they said was the untimely death of security guard Melito Fernandes (37).  The Indian national’s body was found down on the waterfront near to Eden Rock in George Town on the morning of 20 September.…

Cayman Islands utility company sends planners to Turks & Caicos Islands

Source: Cayman Eye News Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd. (CUC) has increased its presence in the hurricane-hit Turks & Caicos Islands with the addition of two Transmission and Distribution (T&D) planners and estimators. Joshua Ebanks, Supervisor T&D Planning & Estimating, and Aaron Perera, Engineering Technologist are now in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, to lend their…

Camana Bay’s luxury skincare and beauty boutique Le Visage announces sponsorship of Miss Cayman Islands Anika Conolly in lead-up to Miss Universe

Source: Cayman Eye News Camana Bay’s luxury skincare and beauty boutique, Le Visage, recently announced it will sponsor the skincare, make-up and beauty needs for Miss Cayman Islands, Anika Conolly, in the run up to her participation in the Miss Universe pageant this November. Anika had been a regular customer of Le Visage after…

Cayman Islands Prospect Primary battle South Sound schools

Source: Cayman Eye News The 2017 CUC Primary Football League (PFL) and Girls’ Primary Football League (GPFL) regular seasons began this past Saturday with games at various venues across Grand Cayman. In Prospect, Group B’s Prospect Primary and South Sound Schools opened the new season with two very entertaining games. In the Under 9…

HBO’S 2017 Documentary Season kicks off October 2

Source: Cayman Eye News MIAMI, FL, October 2, 2017 – HBO kicks off its sixth consecutive Documentary Season today, Monday, October 2 at 22hrs AST*, with the premiere of a new documentary each Monday through the end of the month. This year’s documentary lineup includes: Landfillharmonic (October 2) Music director Favio Chavez guides the…

Booze continues to fuel road smashes

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Drivers who get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol remain the main cause of the high numbers of collisions on Cayman’s roads, police have said, adding that this was compounded last weekend by the wet weather. Officers faced another three days of trouble on the roads, with 22 crashes…

Suspects attempted to land 550lbs of ganja

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Three Jamaican nationals who were caught almost red-handed Friday night by police as they allegedly attempted to smuggle in more than 550lbs of ganja on to a South Sound beach appeared in court Monday charged with several offences. Ceaphus Reynolds (42), Eyon Johnson (45) and Linton Nightpole Pallarchie (36)…

EDITORIAL – Freedom of Information a poor substitute for free flow of information

Source: Cayman Compass Government service is different from private sector employment. It is not work done for profit, product or pure self-interest. It is work undertaken on the people’s behalf, using the people’s money, to preserve society’s common interests. Link: EDITORIAL – Freedom of Information a poor substitute for free flow of information

Cayman Airways fined for flying undocumented passengers

Source: Cayman Compass Cayman Airways did not pay more than $450,000 in government fines and fees levied against it in 2016, some of which were imposed on the airline for bringing in passengers who boarded without valid entry documents. Link: Cayman Airways fined for flying undocumented passengers

Caymanians honored at accountants’ gala

Source: Cayman Compass Young Caymanians entering the profession were celebrated Saturday night at the Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants’ 10th annual awards gala at the Kimpton Seafire resort. Link: Caymanians honored at accountants’ gala

DVDL inspector pleads guilty to careless driving

Source: Cayman Compass Arek Ebanks, a Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing inspector who crashed a car he was checking, pleaded guilty to careless driving Monday and was sentenced to a $250 fine or one month’s imprisonment. Link: DVDL inspector pleads guilty to careless driving

New community affairs boss to staff up NAU

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Two additional staff members have been hired to work at the Needs Assessment Unit, starting today, Monday, the new acting chief officer with responsibility for community affairs, Teresa Echenique, told staff on a tour of the NAU last Wednesday. She said that efforts would also be made to fill…

Fake $25 and $100 bills in local circulaiton

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The RCIPS Financial Crimes Unit and the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority collected a number of counterfeit notes last week and they are warning the public to keep alert for the forged cash. The denominations are $25 and $100, all from the “D” series, and the notes seized so far have…

Cayman is discriminating against local gays, says lawyer

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Dr Leonardo Raznovich, who has been campaigning for the rights of the LGBT community in the Cayman Islands after he and his husband won a case against the immigration department, has pointed to a case of discrimination by the department against local people after a Caymanian’s application for their…

Suspect drug smugglers nabbed in South Sound

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Three men have been arrested on suspicion of importing ganja after the RCIPS Joint Marine Unit and police helicopter responded to the sighting of a suspicious vessel in South Sound around midnight Friday. The RCIPS  said the boat had come ashore and the men were off-loading packages when the police…

Cops recover shell after reported explosion

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police investigating reports of a loud explosion near Margaritaville on Harbour Drive, George Town, late Friday night say they found a spent shell in the parking lot. The noise was reported around  11:25pm, and when they arrived officers established a cordon, conducted a search and found the shell. The RCIPS…

Woman rescued by fire crew after major crash

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A woman was rushed to hospital on Sunday night after she was freed from a car by fire officers, having been trapped following a major Bodden Town collision. Police said the woman was left unconscious after the single-vehicle crash, which happened around 8:00pm near to Starapple Drive. A man…

2 Oct Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report – 1 Dist

Source: Cayman Eye News Oct 2 Mon 2017 Tropical Report 1 Oct Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 500 AM PDT Sun Oct 1 2017 For the eastern North Pacific…east of 140 degrees west longitude: 1. An area of low pressure is expected to develop…

Cayman Islands delegation holds successful meetings with EU officials

Source: Cayman Eye News The Premier, the Hon. Alden McLaughlin; and Minister of Financial Services and Home Affairs, the Hon. Tara Rivers, met with key EU decision makers in Brussels from 28-29 September to discuss the EU’s preparations for a list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. ‘Cayman has consistently engaged on tax matters with EU…

Cayman Islands Library Summer Reading rewarded

Source: Cayman Eye News Just over 40 students aged 6 to 17, racked up some 560 hours reading more than 500 books in this year’s Cayman Islands Public Library Service (CIPLS) Summer Reading Challenge. On Saturday, 23 September 2017, a ceremony was held to reward their efforts. Chief Officer Christen Suckoo for the Ministry…

Cayman Islands: Blurring the boundaries between craft and art

Source: Cayman Eye News From The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands Opens REVIVE! – Celebrating contemporary and traditional craft from the Cayman Islands. 7 October 2017 – 11 January 2018. The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) presents a new exhibition titled,REVIVE! – Celebrating contemporary…

Caymanian Times acquires The Cayman Reporter Brand

Source: Cayman Eye News The Caymanian Times newspaper has surpassed a milestone in its development with the purchase of the Cayman Reporter Brand. “The Cayman Reporter has a significant client base and readership and will add value to the Media company that controls the Caymanian Times,” says Ralph Lewis, Owner, and Managing Editor. “In…

On the beach

Source: Cayman Compass On the beach — Today’s editorial cartoon Link: On the beach

Peanuts license granted – then expires

Source: Cayman Compass Peanuts convenience store at Red Bay gas station has been issued a license to sell alcohol on Sundays with one significant catch – it expired on Saturday. Link: Peanuts license granted – then expires

Scuba hall of fame honors industry’s finest

Source: Cayman Compass Growing up around some of the best and bravest divers in the Cayman Islands, Kent Eldemire always knew he wanted to join their ranks. Link: Scuba hall of fame honors industry’s finest

‘No misconduct’ by former immigration chief Linda Evans

Source: Cayman Compass Retired Chief Immigration Officer Linda Evans has been cleared following an internal investigation against her that took nearly three years to resolve. Link: ‘No misconduct’ by former immigration chief Linda Evans

Archer named CEO of Cayman Stock Exchange

Source: Cayman Compass The Council of the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange announced Thursday that Mr. Archer will be the organization’s new chief executive officer. Link: Archer named CEO of Cayman Stock Exchange

Cayman Islands: Loud explosion – spent shell recovered

Source: Cayman Eye News From RCIPS Sep 30 2017 Approximately 11:25pm on Friday September 29th 2017, RCIPS Officers responded to a report of a loud explosion heard in the vicinity of the parking lot behind Margaritaville on Harbor Drive, GT. On arrival Police established a cordon and conducted a search and one spent shell…

Ex-CIO settles with Cayman government

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Almost three years after she was suspended from her job as chief immigration officer for undisclosed allegations of misconduct, Linda Evans has retired from the civil service, officials said in a press release issued late Friday afternoon. The brief government statement revealed that Evans was retiring from the service…

MAIL CALL: Traffic jams

Source: Cayman Compass How can Cayman ease traffic jams on its congested streets? Compass Editorial writer Jennifer Hemmingsen shares a few ideas. Link: MAIL CALL: Traffic jams

NEW: Immigration chief ‘retires’ following lengthy leave

Source: Cayman Compass Suspended Cayman Islands Chief Immigration Officer Linda Evans has agreed to take early retirement from the civil service, after spending nearly three years on paid leave. Link: NEW: Immigration chief ‘retires’ following lengthy leave

Archer lands top job at CI Stock Exchange

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Questions about what Marco Archer would do after his unexpected defeat at the polls in May were answered Friday, when officials from the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange revealed that the former award-winning finance minister was taking over the post of chief executive officer at the exchange. Archer will take…

7MB condo intruder guilty of sex crime

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Ronnie Rodney Ebanks (49) from West Bay was found guilty Friday of indecently assaulting a tourist in February. Following a judge-alone trial in August, Ebanks was convicted of entering a condo at Christopher Columbus on West Bay Road, where he sexually assaulted a woman who was visiting Cayman with her family…

Miller calls for transparency on relief visa policy

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Opposition Leader Ezzard Miller says he is fully behind the need to offer visas and temporary evacuations to the citizens of BVI and other territories as the countries attempt to rebuild their business economy after the devastation from hurricanes Irma and Maria. However, he has called on the government…

Minister denies cover-up over traffic charge

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): PPM minister Roy McTaggart, who is facing charges of careless driving in connection with an old traffic case going back almost two years, has denied any cover-up of the case and told CNS that since he was charged, the matter has been in the public domain. McTaggart, who is…

Suspected Jamaican killer fights deportation

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A Jamaican national who is currently being held on remand at HMP Northward, having been charged with illegal landing, is fighting deportation to his native country over fears he could be executed because he is a murder suspect there. The Jamaican authorities believe O’Brian Ellis, from Westmoreland, murdered his…

Cayman Islands logs best August arrivals in recorded history

Source: Cayman Eye News Stayover arrivals for July and August outpace projections. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (28 September, 2017) Air arrivals are significantly outpacing projections bringing the Cayman Islands closer to registering 400,000 tourist arrivals by year end 2017. July and August were both record breaking months, with a combined total of 77,030 visitors.…

Committee of Hope throws 4th Annual Oktoberfest

Source: Cayman Compass The Committee of Hope welcomes all hedge fund professionals to network at their fourth annual Oktoberfest event, to be held on Oct. 5 at Craft F&B Co. Link: Committee of Hope throws 4th Annual Oktoberfest

Restaurant Month kicks off on Sunday

Source: Cayman Compass Going out for dinner, or dinner and a movie, has always been a date night ritual. Cayman is blessed with so many amazing restaurants, that it has been dubbed the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean – which is why Restaurant Month is highly anticipated every year. Link: Restaurant Month kicks

October movies at Regal Camana Bay

Source: Cayman Compass Tom Cruise is back on the big screen, perhaps trying to redeem himself after the uninspiring “Mummy” release earlier this year. So far, critic buzz is pretty positive about his performance in “American Made”; let’s see if the box office follows suit. Link: October movies at Regal Camana Bay

On stage in South Florida this month

Source: Cayman Compass Wow. Things are getting very eclectic when it comes to concerts. Chris Isaak on one date and Twiztid on another? Neil Sedaka and Matisyahu? I’d like to find the person who would attend every single one of these; they would have very varied taste in music. Link: On stage in

What a night of mixology it was!

Source: Cayman Compass When you first entered the Karoo breezeway, you might have thought you’d gone back in time. Peace-sign making hippies, bearing a vague resemblance to employees you know from Intertrust, declared love for all while handing you a “Hippie Juice.” Link: What a night of mixology it was!

The tech evolution and how we all fit in

Source: Cayman Eye News Each generation has its own distinct characteristics, one of such is how they use technology. With technology rapidly innovating at a breakneck speed, the gap between each generation also impacts the way each age group uses various technological platforms to make their life much easier – both in life and…

CARIFESTA XIII Exhibition marks another Cayman Islands Museum milestone

Source: Cayman Eye News The National Museum achieved another milestone recently when Curation & Collections Manager, Debra Barnes-Tábora travelled to Barbados as a 2017 CARIFESTA XIII delegate to mount an exhibition about the Cayman Islands at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society (BMHS). The temporary exhibition, hosted in the Aall Gallery, entitled, ‘The Cayman…

Grand Cayman’s New Green Real Estate

Source: Cayman Eye News From Caribbean Journal The Caribbean’s newest real estate development is also its greenest. The SOLARA residential community has launched construction in Grand Cayman as one of the most innovative sustainable developments in the region. NCB Group’s SOLARA is a mix of 26 three-story, three-bedroom luxury townhomes set in Grand Cayman’s…

Driver flees scene after causing crash

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police are on the lookout for the driver of a silver Honda that collided with a red Ford Explorer near the Butterfield Roundabout last night. The Honda did not stop and left the scene before police arrived. Traffic police and the emergency services were called to the location just…

Dan Scott takes helm of new education board

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Dan Scott, managing partner at Ernst and Young, has been appointed to lead the new Cayman Islands Education Council, according to the latest edition of the government’s Gazette. Scott, who has served, and continues to serve, on numerous other government boards, is the first private sector chairperson of an…

Visiting student dodges jail over ‘souvenier’ bullet

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 19-year-old visiting student from Honduras, who had been arrested at the Grand Cayman airport, was fined $800 when she appeared in court earlier this week. The young woman had been in the Cayman Islands visiting relatives who live and work here, but said she had inadvertently carried a…

ESO to start autumn labour count

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): In order to maintain a high level of accurate data on the local workforce in the Cayman Islands, the Economics and Statistics Office (ESO) will begin the 2017 autumn Labour Force Survey on Sunday. Trained interviewers from the office will visit 1,500 randomly selected sample households in the three…

LLB doctored minutes in ‘Peanuts’ fiasco

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The former Liquor Licensing Board (LLB), chaired by Woody DaCosta, doctored the minutes of a March board meeting, made up policy and took decisions outside its remit, but government officials nevertheless concluded the members at the time acted in good faith regarding a disputed booze licence for a gas…

Blogger undeterred by ex-minister’s jail threat

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Sandra Hill (nee Catron), a well known local activist who recently created a blog called Cayman Marl Road, has said that she will “fight to the bitter end” in her battle with the former financial services minister in the courts, regardless of the jail threat hanging over her head.…

Damages claim filed against police over assault

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A legal claim has been filed in Grand Court against the police commissioner, the attorney general and police officer Michael “Bobby” Peart, who was found guilty of assaulting a man during an arrest but who walked away without sanction when a magistrate chose not to record a conviction against…

Cayman Islands: New Acting Chief Officer announced

Source: Cayman Eye News The Deputy Governor, Mr. Franz Manderson, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Teresa Echenique as Acting Chief Officer for the Ministry of Community Affairs. She replaces Ms. Dorine McGee (Whittaker) who is retiring at the end of September 2017 after 32 years as a civil servant. Ms. Echenique…

Cayman Islands: HSM articled clerk called to Bar

Source: Cayman Eye News Majdi Beji, an articled clerk with HSM Chambers, was called to the Cayman Islands Bar on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017. Mr. Beji’s admission was moved by HSM Partner Ian Lambert, who summarized his qualifications for Justice Robin McMillan. Madji moved to the Cayman Islands in 2006 and has a wide-range…

The Editor Speaks: Disrespect

Source: Cayman Eye News The most blatant disrespect in my humble opinion is when it is shown against a county that is of your birth or where you reside and has provided you with protection, welfare, and the means to live without fear. When the National Anthem and flag of the country is raised…

Lightning strikes prison storage building

Source: Cayman Compass Supplies were destroyed and computer and telephone services were knocked out to Northward Prison early Wednesday after a lightning strike that sparked a fire. No one was hurt in the blaze. Link: Lightning strikes prison storage building

British Virgin Islands looks like ‘a large bomb’ went off

Source: Cayman Compass A continued foreign police and military presence will be maintained in the British Virgin Islands, including a contingent of Cayman Islands police officers, Cayman Islands Governor’s Office Chief of Staff Matthew Forbes told the Cayman Compass on his return from a two-week foreign office mission in the BVI. Link: British

Road ‘menace’ jailed for 18 months

Source: Cayman Compass Twenty-four days after receiving a suspended sentence for traffic offenses, a man got into a car and broke seven more laws before being caught. The sequence of events led to 18 months’ imprisonment for 25-year-old Javon Eric Burke of Bodden Town. Link: Road ‘menace’ jailed for 18 months

Jail storehouse goes up in flames

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The wooden property at HMP Northward where supplies and equipment are held for the prison went up in flames in the early hours of Wednesday morning after the building’s roof was hit by lightning. The small wooden building was struck during the overnight thunder-storm at around 1:30am. By the…

EDITORIAL – Due respect for anthems, flags and medals

Source: Cayman Compass Generally speaking, societies share the following problem: There is not much they can bestow upon war veterans and “great people who have done great things” except for shows of respect (for example, standing during the national anthem) and honors such as ribbons and medals. Link: EDITORIAL – Due respect for

Teen and older man charged over burned dog

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A North Side teenager who was arrested in a case relating to a burned dog has now been charged with cruelty to animals. In addition, he and a 63-year-old man, also from North Side, were charged with causing unnecessary suffering and failing to exercise proper care and supervision. They…

Info bosses take longer to respond as requests increase

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The latest statistics from the Information Commissioner’s Office on the use of the Freedom of Information Law shows the number of requests made in 2016/17 increased by 21% on the previous year, which had seen a dramatic decline. But as the number of requests grew, the average time it…

Hewitt fights cost order over 2013 election challenge

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): John Gordon Hewitt, who was bankrupted by his efforts to unseat Tara Rivers after the 2013 election and have his wife, Velma, installed as the elected member, is back in the courts trying to overturn an order that left him liable for all of the costs for the case.…

CPA members reveal interests

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The extent to which several members of the Central Planning Authority are involved in development and construction has been revealed after the planning department granted a freedom of information request by CNS. The request for the members’ register of interests was made following a recent Public Accounts Committee hearing…

Dart puts in plans for new Foster’s store

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS Business): Cayman’s largest land owner has announced yet another venture to expand its growing property empire. Dart Real Estate has submitted a planning application to build a supermarket at the northern end of Camana Bay, which Foster’s Food Fair has agreed to lease. According to a release on the company…

Cayman Brac Autumn Festival 2017

Source: Cayman Eye News Cayman Brac Autumn Festival 2017 is on October, Fri, Sat & Sun, 6, 7, & 8. The organisers are also sending a request to poets/artist who would like to be included in the line up for the upcoming 3rd Annual Brac Autumn Festival. The following link will direct you to…

Cayman Islands: New Caymanian attorney – Walkers

Source: Cayman Eye News Walkers Announces the Admission of Erin Panton as a new Cayman Attorney at Law Grand Cayman, September 2017 Friday 22 September 2017 saw Walkers Articled Clerk Erin Panton complete her legal training and called to the Cayman Islands Bar. Erin’s application was moved by Ingrid Pierce, Walkers’ Global Managing Partner,…

The Editor Speaks: Why don’t people listen?

Source: Cayman Eye News Have you noticed with just simple requests some people don’t listen? They hear but it falls on deaf ears. The latest example of this is the continual requests from the Cayman Islands Department of Environment (DOE) to install turtle-friendly lighting on beachfront property. Simple request and costs very little. Yet…

Ocean Rig group completes $3.7 billion restructuring

Source: Cayman Compass Ocean Rig UDW Inc., the Nasdaq-listed international contractor of offshore deepwater drilling services, completed one of the largest cross-border restructurings in the Cayman Islands and emerged from bankruptcy last week. Link: Ocean Rig group completes .7 billion restructuring

Risk insurance facility pays Caribbean $50 million after Irma, Maria

Source: Cayman Compass The regional risk insurance facility for Caribbean and Central American governments will pay US$19 million to Dominica under the island’s tropical hurricane coverage following the passage of Hurricane Maria on Sept. 19. Link: Risk insurance facility pays Caribbean million after Irma, Maria

Students complete Cayman Finance work experience program

Source: Cayman Compass A total of 62 students have completed the third annual Cayman Finance Student Education and Work Experience Program. Students take part in a series of classroom workshops which allow them to learn more about the role of the financial services companies and career options within in the industry. Link: Students

Board and staff still face 800+ PR applications

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Caymanian Status and Permanent Residency Board and the Department of Immigration administrative staff assigned to reviewing the backlog of residency applications still face a pile of more than 800 applications, officials confirmed Tuesday. Although they have made considerable progress over the last two months, having now completed over…

Local business in brief: Erin Panton admitted to Bar

Source: Cayman Compass Walkers Articled Clerk Erin Panton complete her legal training and was called to the Cayman Islands Bar on Sept. 22. Her application was moved by Ingrid Pierce, Walkers’ Global Managing Partner, before Justice Robin McMillan. Ms. Panton is Walkers’ 46th Caymanian articled clerk to be called to the Bar. She…

Probation boss to take temporary reins at community affairs

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Teresa Echenique has been appointed as acting chief officer for the Ministry of Community Affairs when Dorine McGee (nee Whittaker) makes her sudden departure at the end of this week. Echenique, who is a Caymanian, is currently the director of the Department of Community Rehabilitation (DCR), but she will…

Trailer smashes car in another major collision

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): There was no let-up for the RCIPS traffic unit Tuesday, after a busy weekend of crashes and smashes on local roads. Just before 7:45 this morning another collision on Huldah Avenue saw the emergency services out in force when a trailer from a truck unhitched and collided with a vehicle…

Cayman prisoner challenges transfer to UK

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A Caymanian prisoner serving a life sentence for murder who was recently transferred to Belmarsh Prison in the United Kingdom has filed an application for judicial review challenging the transfer on human rights and procedural grounds. Osbourne Douglas (31) from George Town, who was convicted last year, along with his…

Watson confiscation hearing set for January

Source: Cayman Compass The confiscation hearing for  Canover Watson has been set for January 2018, nearly two years after he was found guilty of two counts of defrauding the government, as well as three corruption-related offenses in connection with the CarePay case. Link: Watson confiscation hearing set for January

Civil servants read to Lighthouse students

Source: Cayman Compass Civil servants celebrated International Literacy Day on Sept. 8 by reading aloud to students at the Lighthouse School and donating 23 books to the school’s library. Link: Civil servants read to Lighthouse students

Lip piercing

Source: Cayman Compass Today’s editorial cartoon Link: Lip piercing

Bloomberg: Business leaders can solve global problems

Source: Cayman Compass Business leaders have a long tradition of supporting global engagement, through both their work and philanthropy. Bringing chief executives around a table with heads of state carries benefits for both groups. Link: Bloomberg: Business leaders can solve global problems

Woman describes four-hour rape ordeal

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A Jamaican woman who lives in the Cayman Islands, testifying in court Monday, described details of what she said was a four-hour rape ordeal in January last year. The jury hearing the case against Marlon Ricardo Porter (37), who is charged with rape and wounding with intent, was told…

Cayman Islands: Accident outside Red Cross Building GT

Source: Cayman Eye News We have been receiving calls of an accident outside The Red Cross building on Huldah Avenue, George Town. We understand an ambulance, fire truck and police are on the scene. We advise all motorists to avoid the area if possible. We will update this story when we receive it from…

Miller calls for transparency in MLA pay

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The opposition leader has called for a new pay structure for politicians that he said would be more equitable and transparent. Ezzard Miller has written to the deputy governor proposing a salary pay scale that is based not just on the jobs MLAs perform but also the time they…

Emergency measures grant evacuees the right to work

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS Business): The Cayman Islands Government is waiving normal procedures for temporary work permits for workers in the financial services industry who have evacuated to this jurisdiction from islands devastated by hurricanes Irma or Maria. “For those who say we should not be doing this, last week it’s them, next…

Cayman Islands Restaurant Month is October

Source: Cayman Eye News Restaurant Month is almost upon us with only a few days left before this foodie extravaganza begins on October 1st!  For the entire month of October, locals and visitors have the opportunity to enjoy specials at 18 of Cayman’s favourite restaurants including:  Agua, Catch, Rackam’s Waterfront Bar & Grill, Edoardo’s,…

Cayman Islands: St. Ignatius triumph in opening rally

Source: Cayman Eye News The youngsters from St. Ignatius Catholic School opened the 2017 CUC Primary Football League (PFL) season with a bang this past Saturday at the Annex Field as they took home the PFL Opening Rally title, defeating Red Bay Primary 2-1 in the final. Under cloudy skies and through intermittent rain…

Cops deal with 25 crashes in one weekend

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police faced yet another weekend of crashes in Grand Cayman after they were called out to 25 road collisions between Friday afternoon and the early hours of Monday morning. Highlighting three of the more serious accidents, police said that one driver could face prosecution for careless driving, and two…

Girlfriend charged in North Side murder

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Brianna Michelle Watler (25) from North Side appeared in court Monday charged with the murder of her boyfriend, Azzan Sherieff (23). The woman was remanded in custody until 6 October when she will appear in the Grand Court. Watler is accused of killing Sherieff at his home in North…

‘Robot’ video promotes 2018 alternative investment forum

Source: Cayman Compass The organizers of the 2018 Cayman Alternative Investment Summit have enlisted the help of a “robot” to announce the theme of the next conference. Link: ‘Robot’ video promotes 2018 alternative investment forum

Dan Scott to lead Education Council

Source: Cayman Compass Ernst & Young Managing Partner Dan Scott has been appointed to lead the Cayman Islands government’s Education Council, replacing the chairmanship formerly held by the education minister. Link: Dan Scott to lead Education Council

Woman charged with murder of Azzan Sherieff

Source: Cayman Compass Brianna Michelle Watler, 25, appeared in Summary Court on Monday, charged with the murder of Azzan Sherieff on Sept. 17 in North Side. Link: Woman charged with murder of Azzan Sherieff

‘An unconscionable act’: First governor’s war medals stolen

Source: Cayman Compass Thieves pried open a safe and stole the war medals and other treasured personal effects of Athelstan Charles Long, the first governor of the Cayman Islands, earlier this month. Link: ‘An unconscionable act’: First governor’s war medals stolen

Armed man robs Prospect bar

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police have begun an investigation following a daylight stick-up at a Prospect bar Monday. No description has been given of the robber but police said he was armed with a handgun when he held-up Da Station on Shamrock Rock around 12:20pm today, 25 September. Police have not indicated if…

Man charged in home invasion rape case

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Okene Solomon (24) appeared in court Monday, charged with the rape of a woman at her Prospect home earlier this month. Solomon faces charges of rape, burglary, aggravated burglary and theft and was remanded in custody until he appears in Grand Court on 6 October. Solomon is accused of…

Dozens of hatchlings killed due to bad lighting

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Researchers at the Department of Environment are calling for more owners of beachfront property to install turtle-friendly lighting after more than 60 endangered baby green turtles were found dead on the West Bay Road last week. The hatchlings were disoriented by lights near their nests in the West Bay…

Foster’s says mistakes were made

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The owner of Foster’s Food Fair has said that mistakes were made in handling a situation on Monday where customers found a bug in a plate of food from the store in Countryside Shopping Centre in Savannah. Woody Foster said that the customers bought two plates of food Saturday…

Eden Rock sudden death victim identified

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police have said they can officially identified the Indian man who died suddenly last Wednesday now that his family has been notified of his death and is in communications with the police. He was 37-year-old Melito Fernandes, who worked for a local security company. However, the RCIPS has not yet…

25 Sep Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report, 2 H/canes (Atlantic)

Source: Cayman Eye News Sep 25 Mon 2017 Tropical Report Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 200 AM EDT Mon Sep 25 2017 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Maria, located several hundred miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras,…

Despite efforts, police lag in local recruitment

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Trainee police officers are the highest paid of all new recruits in the uniform services but the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has the hardest time recruiting Caymanians into its ranks. Customs, immigration and the fire service all have 100% local staff or close to it, whereas Caymanians make…

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