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August 19, 2017

Cayman Islands

Sir Bruce Forsyth: TV legend dies aged 89

Source: Cayman Eye News From BBC Sir Bruce Forsyth, the veteran entertainer and presenter of many successful TV shows, has died aged 89. The former Strictly Come Dancing host had been unwell for some time and was in hospital earlier this year after a severe chest infection. His long career in showbusiness began when…

Strengthening expected as Harvey rolls into Caribbean

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Tropical Storm Harvey was rolling westward towards the Caribbean on Friday afternoon at about 21mph with winds of around 40mph which forecasters said were expected to strengthen. On the predicted path the storm should pass well south of the Cayman area but the local weather service is continuing to…

Woman attacked while running in Barkers

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A woman who was out running at around 6:30 along one of the mangrove tracks in the dikes in Barkers National Park, on Friday morning, was attacked by a man from behind wearing a T-shirt over his face, police have said. The woman sustained minor injuries and the attacker fled…

Shedding light on the solar eclipse

Source: Cayman News Service Would you be able to find out the best time and place in Cayman to view the August solar eclipse and how much of the sun will be obscured here? Read Auntie’s answer and comment on CNS Local Life Link: Shedding light on the solar eclipse

Syed gets 8 years for UCCI theft

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Hassan Iftikar Syed (51), the former president of the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) who was convicted of stealing and defrauding the institution of over CI$700,000 of public money, was handed an eight-year prison term, Friday. Justice Phillip St John-Stevens, the visiting judge who presided over the…

Spicing up Camana Bay: Pani kitchen opens

Source: Cayman Compass There is something about the smell of Indian food that just stops you in your tracks, eager to find the source. You won’t have to walk far in Camana Bay, where its newest restaurant, Pani Indian Kitchen, resides. Link: Spicing up Camana Bay: Pani kitchen opens

Westin mixologist crowned Cayman Stoli Ambassador

Source: Cayman Compass Even though the world of cocktails is usually a lighthearted, easygoing one, there was definitely an edge to the atmosphere in The Venue, Caribbean Plaza on July 30. Link: Westin mixologist crowned Cayman Stoli Ambassador

Tuesday night comedy club brings biweekly laughs

Source: Cayman Compass Anyone looking for a bellyful of laughs and a gaggle of guffaws should shimmy over to the Strand Entertainment Complex on Tuesday nights for the Tuesday Comedy Show. The next date is Aug. 22 with Frank Del Pizzo headlining the evening. Link: Tuesday night comedy club brings biweekly laughs

Marriott’s Anchor & Den launches own coffee

Source: Cayman Compass Coffee drinkers, rejoice! Anchor & Den, located in the Marriott’s Beach House, is proud to introduce its very own exclusive signature coffee in collaboration with Paradise Coffee, a locally-based coffee distributor. “We are delighted to be the only hotel on island offering our own exclusive brand of coffee.” Link: Marriott’s

Picture perfect: The woman behind Wall Creations

Source: Cayman Compass Creatives often find inspiration strikes in unusual places. But what about crammed in the front seat of your car, MacBook balanced on lap, while your baby snoozes in the back? Link: Picture perfect: The woman behind Wall Creations

Strengthening the Cayman Islands Fire Service

Source: Cayman Eye News In an effort to enhance services and ensure overall effectiveness, an organisational review of the Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) is currently underway. Through this initiative, the Ministry of Home Affairs seeks to build on the strengths of the CIFS by delivering a strategic plan and policy direction that clearly…

Cayman Islands: Westin Grand Cayman getting ready for its close-up

Source: Cayman Eye News By Steve Pike From My Spike Travel Gearing up for the debut  of its two-phase, $50 million renovation, the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa has reinforced its position as a premiere Caribbean resort by earning a collection of awards and accolades from top industry authorities including: Wine Spectator’s Best Restaurant Award…

Whet your appetite in the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean

Source: Cayman Eye News The best way to understand a place is through its food. Indeed, meals are such an integral part of travel, and that’s particularly true in the Cayman Islands, home of the most diverse food selection in the Caribbean. Heralded by the well-travelled as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean, this…

The Editor Speaks: Where were you when?

Source: Cayman Eye News Where were you when….. ….John F. Kennedy died? ….Cassius Clay defeated Sonny Liston? ….9/11? ….Princess Diana died? ….Elvis Presley died? I was at home in England watching television when there was an in interruption to the BBC programme and a stranger (a man) came on air to announce President Kennedy…

New $285 million resort coming to Cayman Islands

Source: Cayman Eye News From Caribbean Journal A major new resort project is coming to Grand Cayman from one of the Caribbean’s most innovative developers. Fast-expanding developer Howard Hospitality Group has announced the development of a new $285 million project on the former Pageant Beach site in Grand Cayman, according to a press release.…

Elvis vigil 40 years

Source: Cayman Eye News Tens of thousands of Elvis fans join ex-wife Priscilla and daughter Lisa Marie for moving candlelit vigil at Graceland on the 40-year anniversary of The King’s death By James Wilkinson For Dailymail.com Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977; on Tuesday night fans gathered at Graceland to begin an overnight…

Consultants to review Cayman fire service

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The government has engaged another set of local consultants, this time to review the Cayman Islands Fire Service in order to “help develop an appropriate standard of operations for fire services, and to reshape the overall organisational structure”, officials said in a release Thursday. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) have been engaged…

Government to redraw ‘willy-nilly’ national development plans

Source: Cayman Compass The “willy-nilly” development of Grand Cayman properties and roads – as some lawmakers described it Wednesday – may soon end as government redraws zoning plans for the first time in more than 20 years. Link: Government to redraw ‘willy-nilly’ national development plans

Experts advise eclipse viewers to protect eyes

Source: Cayman Compass It can be tempting to cast your eyes skyward to watch next week’s solar eclipse, but eye experts and the folks at NASA all warn: Don’t do it. Link: Experts advise eclipse viewers to protect eyes

Developer rips up slice of North Side coast

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A developer has been ripping up the ironshore along a stretch of coast in North Side without the requisite permission, according to officials. A concerned CNS reader sent pictures of a digger on the coast tearing up the natural rock formation which the Department of Environment (DoE) has said…

MLA urges action over potential ex-pat exodus

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The deputy opposition leader and independent member for Newlands is urging government to act now in preparation for what many believe will be an exodus of ex-pat workers at the end of this year over changes to the pension law. Alva Suckoo said that out-of-work Caymanians need to be…

Prison transport contract up for grabs

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The prison service has taken the controversial leap into the private sector by issuing a request for proposals (RFP) for security firms to take over the transportation of prisoners to and from Northward, Fairbanks and the courts. No formal announcement was made to the press or public but the…

Marl truck overturns at Grand Harbour roundabout

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A dump truck loaded with marl overturned at the Grand Harbour roundabout yesterday afternoon causing havoc for evening traffic. The truck overturned around 5pm, making the home commute a nightmare for many. CNS understands no one was hurt in the accident and we are awaiting information from the RCIPS…

Trio of potential storms brewing in Atlantic

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The National Hurricane Center in Miami is watching three weather systems in the Atlantic, all of which have the potential to become storms over the next few days that could eventually move into the Cayman area. Shower activity about 550 miles east of the Lesser Antilles was conducive for development, weather experts…

Report on social welfare reform waiting Cabinet nod

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): An outline business case (OBC) completed by KPMG on the reform of social welfare in the Cayman Islands has been completed and is awaiting Cabinet approval before it will be released to the public. Speaking to the Public Accounts Committee, Wednesday, the chief officer in the community affairs ministry…

Cayman Islands Marathon first registration fee increase approaching

Source: Cayman Eye News Organisers of the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon are reminding runners and walkers that the deadline to get the least expensive registration rate in 2017 is fast approaching. Anyone thinking about participating in Cayman’s premier running event on Sunday, 3 December is encouraged to make the commitment for the long run…

Hedge funds are dumping healthcare stocks

Source: Cayman Eye News By David Randall and Trevor Hunnicutt, Reuters From Business Insider (Reuters) – Several big-name hedge fund investors trimmed their stakes in healthcare companies in the second quarter as the sector led the broad U.S. stock market higher, rallying amid a Republican effort to repeal and replace President Obama’s signature healthcare…

Deloitte selects Miami based Unified Technologies Ltd. to form cyber security alliance serving the Caribbean

Source: Cayman Eye News NEWS PROVIDED BY Unified Technologies CAYMAN ISLANDS, Aug. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Unified Technologies, a Pan-Regional IT solutions provider with operations in the Caribbean and North America, announced today their newly established Cyber Security Alliance with the global professional services firm Deloitte. This alliance will provide Deloitte with specific tools and platforms to support their leading Cyber Risk practice, and expand the breadth and depth of…

CXC subject entries increase

Source: Cayman Eye News From Barbados Advocate Even though the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has seen a decrease in the number of candidates, subject entries have increased. “Therefore, it means that instead of a candidate doing three subjects on average, they are doing four. To get a job, get into Universities, Community Colleges, etcetera,…

Fleas carrying the bubonic plague have been found in Arizona

Source: Cayman Eye News By Kevin Loria From Business Insider Health officials in two Arizona counties reported that fleas tested positive forYersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes the plague. Plague regularly appears in the American Southwest, where it often kills rodents like prairie dogs but occasionally infects people. There were two human cases of…

Guyana and Suriname nationals held with drugs in Bahamas

Source: Cayman Eye News From Caribbean News Service NASSAU, Bahamas, Aug 16 2017 – Police say they have arrested two Caribbean nationals after they arrived here on Tuesday on a Caribbean airline. In a statement, the police said that in the first, Drug Enforcement Unit officers on duty at the Lynden Pindling International Airport,…

Cayman Islands Alumni Chapter stages concert for scholarships

Source: Cayman Eye News The Cayman Chapter of the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) staged a fundraising gospel concert, dubbed “Salvashan Story, Jamaican Style,” on Saturday night (12 August, 2017) at the John Gray High School auditorium. NCU is an Adventist tertiary level institution located in Mandeville, Jamaica. This is the second fundraiser by the…

Ground broken for Children’s Garden at Botanic Park

Source: Cayman Compass A dedicated garden for children is being created at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park in North Side. Park officials and politicians broke ground at the Children’s Garden on Wednesday. The garden covers almost an acre and is situated between the Visitor Centre and the Heritage Garden. Link: Ground broken

Mental health court helps ‘clients’ avoid incarceration

Source: Cayman Compass The man in the North Side park used to think the community nurse was “Becky from the Planning Department,” happily retaining the delusion despite her perennial questions about his stability. Link: Mental health court helps ‘clients’ avoid incarceration

Liquor board: Two sets of minutes, two different stories

Source: Cayman Compass During its controversial March meeting, the Liquor Licensing Board of Grand Cayman granted an application from a gas station to sell alcohol on Sundays and, further, agreed that all gas stations that applied could obtain similar permission, according to an original set of minutes obtained by the Cayman Compass. Link:

A day in Mental Health Court

Source: Cayman Compass Sixteen defendants attended a recent session of the informal Mental Health Court, which is held on a monthly basis. All have been in the court before. At the next court sitting, almost all were expected to return. Link: A day in Mental Health Court

Mentally ill man kept at Northward Prison

Source: Cayman Compass A man who has been in and out of Cayman’s courts for more than a quarter-century probably will not be back in court anytime soon. Now in his 50s, he is in Northward Prison because he is of unsound mind. Link: Mentally ill man kept at Northward Prison

Sentencing for FIFA defendant Takkas set for Oct. 31

Source: Cayman Compass Longtime Cayman Islands resident and former Jeffrey Webb attaché Costas Takkas will be sentenced Oct. 31 in a U.S. federal court. Takkas, who pleaded guilty in May, will learn his fate in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, according to court records. Link: Sentencing for FIFA defendant

Hunting season set to begin for Cayman’s game birds

Source: Cayman Compass Hunting season begins soon for Cayman’s game birds. The Department of Environment sent out a notice Tuesday alerting hunters that the blue-winged teal and white-winged dove will soon be on the menu. Hunting for blue-winged teal is prohibited from May through August. Link: Hunting season set to begin for Cayman’s

Car fire blocks North Church Street traffic

Source: Cayman Compass Emergency services responded to a 911 report of a vehicle on fire outside the Lobster Pot Restaurant on Wednesday just after 12:30 p.m. Police officers ensured the safety of the public by diverting traffic on the North Church Street thoroughfare from Mary Street to the south, and from the Catboat…

PAC challenges planning over enforcement

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The chair of the Public Accounts Committee, and opposition leader, Ezzard Miller warned government officials that people are choosing to press ahead with development projects without planning permission because they believe they can get after-the-fact approval once something is built, rather than trying to get permission in the first…

Car fire on GT waterfront snarls up traffic

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Traffic in downtown George Town and around the harbour front area was snarled up after a car burst into flames along North Church Street, Wednesday lunchtime. Police closed the road just after 12:30 while fire crews tackled the blazing SUV. Police said that the fire appeared to be caused…

Opposition calls for big boost to seamen’s benefits

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Kenneth Bryan, the new opposition MLA for George Town Central, and his colleague, the deputy opposition leader and member for Newlands, Alva Suckoo, have filed a private member’s motion in the Legislative Assembly calling on the government to increase seamen’s benefits to $1,000 per month. Bryan said that he…

Aunt dodges conviction for beating 7-year-old

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A George Town woman escaped a criminal record, Tuesday, after a magistrate agreed to a conditional discharge when the woman pleaded guilty to assault. The crown said she had beaten her seven-year-old nephew with a belt after he was sent home early from school for misbehaving. The court heard…

Police warn teens on perils of social media

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Following reports to the RCIPS over the last week that indecent photographs of young locals were being circulated and posted on Instagram the police issued a warning to teens about the dangers of social media and the misuse of pictures that they may be taking and sharing. “We do…

Richard De Lacy QC Memorial Mass announced Fri 18

Source: Cayman Eye News A memorial mass for the late Richard De Lacy QC will be held on Friday 18th Aug at St George’s Anglican Church, Courts Road, Eastern Ave at 5:30pm.  Richard was a regular performer with the Cayman Drama Society and the Cayman National Orchestra. Link: Richard De Lacy QC Memorial

Cayman Islands: Publication of indecent photographs via Instagram

Source: Cayman Eye News By Jacqueline Carpenter From RCIPS Police have received multiple reports regarding the circulation of indecent photos of residents on island via an Instagram profile since late last week. The host of the user name was purportedly posting pictures of young women as well as demeaning comments.  The profile was taken…

The Editor Speaks: Vandalism is vandalism even in the Brac

Source: Cayman Eye News Yesterday we published a Police Report headed “Vandalism of Statues on Cayman Brac Discovered Saturday, 12 August”. The report stated the “police responded to a complaint of damage to property at a location on Southside Road on Cayman Brac. Some statues on display at the location, a vacant lot, were…

The rise of Arbitration in the Cayman Islands

Source: Cayman Eye News By ANDREW PULLINGER and JEREMY DURSTON From Campbells When will mankind be convinced and agree to settle their difficulties by arbitration? Benjamin Franklin, 1783 Anecdotally, there has been a marked increase recently in the use of arbitration as a means by which to resolve commercial disputes in the Cayman Islands.…

Bottini & Bottini, Inc. Files Securities Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Persons Who Bought Stock in the IPO of ZTO Express (Cayman), Inc. (NYSE: “ZTO”)

Source: Cayman Eye News SAN DIEGO, Aug. 15, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bottini & Bottini, Inc., a law firm specializing in securities class action litigation, announces that it has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all persons who purchased the common stock of ZTO Express (Cayman), Inc. (NYSE:ZTO) pursuant to the Registration…

High-tech cities

Source: Cayman Eye News The 25 most high-tech cities in the world Part 1 By Chris Weller From Business Insider Cities are the way of the future. In less than 35 years, the World Health Organization estimates that two-thirds of the world population will be living in urban areas. That’s an additional 2.5 billion…

New legislation intended to prevent terrorist financing

Source: Cayman Compass Government currently has no idea about how many nonprofit organizations operate in the territory, according to Ministry of Financial Services and Home Affairs Policy Officer Wilbur Welcome. Such lack of information is a problem for a jurisdiction susceptible to being used for terrorist financing and other nefarious activities, he said.

‘We haven’t turned our back on Cayman,’ utility company says

Source: Cayman Compass Reports that the U.K.-based Thames Water Utilities Ltd. could soon cut ties with the Cayman Islands are “highly premature,” according to Thames public relations consultant Sundeep Tucker. Mr. Tucker was referring to an article earlier this month in the Daily Mail’s business publication, This is Money. Link: ‘We haven’t turned

High-end home sales getting stronger

Source: Cayman Compass I’d like to focus my update this month on a particularly interesting area of the market, that of the high-end residential home, i.e., those in the $3 million bracket and higher (with no price limit). This area of the market has seen slight variances in recent years. Link: High-end home

Business in brief: Cayman Captive Forum announces Mel Robbins as keynote speaker

Source: Cayman Compass The Insurance Managers Association of Cayman has announced motivational speaker Mel Robbins as the keynote speaker for its flagship conference. The Cayman Captive Forum will take place from Nov. 28-30 at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Link: Business in brief: Cayman Captive Forum announces Mel Robbins as keynote speaker

Miss Teen contestants visit Cayman Brac

Source: Cayman Compass Contestants in the upcoming Miss Teen Cayman pageant visited Cayman Brac earlier this month. Five of the six competitors flew to the Brac early Saturday, Aug. 5, accompanied by the reigning Miss Teen Liana DaCosta. Link: Miss Teen contestants visit Cayman Brac

Bracker wins laptop in financial services quiz

Source: Cayman Compass A Layman E. Scott Sr. High School student is the winner a new HP laptop from Cayman Finance CEO Jude Scott. Matthew Giscombe was awarded the HP laptop for scoring 100 percent in a quiz on the financial services industry during a Career Fair held in March. Link: Bracker wins

50 years ago: Career opportunities in police force

Source: Cayman Compass In the Aug. 9, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, the following article appeared: “The Police Force is currently going through a period of expansion and improvement as a result of which many benefits will be available.” Link: 50 years ago: Career opportunities in

Dirt bikers cause havoc at Rum Point, nearly strike children on sand

Source: Cayman Compass North Side beachgoers, including children, were nearly struck by an illegal dirt bike rider who was attempting to flee police on Sunday, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said Tuesday. Link: Dirt bikers cause havoc at Rum Point, nearly strike children on sand

Byrne: Community policing will reduce tourism crime

Source: Cayman Compass An expanded neighborhood police force should help resolve many of the crime problems Cayman faces in its prime tourist areas and at tourism-related businesses, Police Commissioner Derek Byrne said this week. Link: Byrne: Community policing will reduce tourism crime

Caymanian status troubles affect permanent residence applicants

Source: Cayman Compass A long-standing problem that involves significant difficulty in proving whether a person is Caymanian has affected a number of applicants for permanent residence in recent weeks. Link: Caymanian status troubles affect permanent residence applicants

Rogue rider narrowly misses beachgoers

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police are investigating an incident on Sunday (13 August) involving motorbike riders who were engaged in dangerous driving at Rum Point. One of the riders is accused of riding on the beach and narrowly missing beachgoers, including children, when the group of six bikers, described by police as illegal…

Email scam cites immigration to lure victims

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Government officials have issued a warning regarding an email being sent to immigration customers in which scammers are posing as the local Department of Immigration to suck people into a phishing effort. Officials warned those who receive the email not to open the link, as it will harm computers…

Man stabbed in leg during GT fight

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police are investigating another violent altercation after a man said he was assaulted and stabbed in the leg by a man he knew in the early hours of Sunday morning (13 August) at McField Square, George Town. Police had been called to the central area of the capital at about…

Cruise tourist drowns during snorkelling trip

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 70-year-old woman who was visiting Grand Cayman on a cruise ship yesterday morning (14 August) died after a snorkelling trip, police have said. The woman, who was from the United States, was said to have encountered difficulties at Coral Gardens in North Sound at around 11am. She was pulled…

Over one third of applicants securing PR

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Immigration staff and relevant board members have now reviewed 146 applications for permanent residency from a backlog of more than 1,000 submissions made over at least the last three years with just over a third approved to date. According to the latest figures from the Department of Immigration, based…

Vandals take aim at Foots’ controversial work

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The controversial statues created by Cayman Brac artist Ronald ‘Foots’ Kynes and displayed at his yard at his South Side home have been vandalised. The local artist was arrested last month under archaic legislation after some of his neighbours had complained to police that the work was offensive because…

Cayman Brac student wins laptop from Cayman Finance

Source: Cayman Eye News Matthew Giscombe of Layman E. Scott Sr. High School was recently awarded a new HP laptop from Cayman Finance CEO, Jude Scott, for participating in a quiz on the financial services industry at the Layman E. Scott Sr. Career Fair in March. The prize was given to a randomly selected…

One week left to Stuff The Bus in the Cayman Islands

Source: Cayman Eye News Two excited little helpers help to Stuff The Bus with donated school supplies that will support kids in need in the community. Saturday August 19th will mark the close of the three week long “Stuff the Bus” initiative that is being coordinated by Caribbean Alliance Insurance Company. The community is…

Football: Cayman Islands U-15 boys open tournament with a win

Source: Cayman Eye News CONCACAF Under 15 Boys Championships : IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida August 13th – 19th, 2017 The Cayman Islands Under 15 Boys’ National Football team opened the 2017 CONCACAF Under 15 Boys’ Championships on Monday, August 13 with a narrow 3-2 victory over Aruba at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.…

Miss Teen contestants visit Cayman Brac

Source: Cayman Eye News Bright and early last Saturday morning 5th August, five of the six Miss Teen contestants, accompanied by the reigning Miss Teen Liana DaCosta, made the journey to Cayman Brac to learn first-hand about the Sister Islands.  On arrival, they were met by bus driver Mr Barry and Tour guide Mr…

The Editor Speaks: Airport horror stories

Source: Cayman Eye News With the ever increasing security requirements at airports today it is a wonder anyone wants to get on a plane anymore. You now have only a 50% chance of making a connecting flight if you first are travelling from a different country to another. There is obviously a need for…

Collas Crill grows dispute resolution team in Cayman Islands

Source: Cayman Eye News Collas Crill has appointed experienced litigator Jennifer Colegate to its dispute resolution team in Cayman. Jennifer joins the firm as a senior associate, specialising in cross-border insolvency and restructuring. She has extensive experience advising on various issues arising in complex cross-border insolvencies, most notably arising from her engagement by the…

Announcement in the Matters of Schemes of Arrangement

Source: Cayman Eye News Announcement in the Matters of Schemes of Arrangement Under Section 86 of the Companies Law (2016 Revision) of the Cayman Islands Relating to Drillships Financing Holding Inc., Ocean Rig UDW Inc., Drill Rigs Holdings Inc. and Drillships Ocean Ventures Inc. (Each in Provisional Liquidation) GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS–(Marketwired – Aug…

Cayman Islands 2018 National Heroes Day to Honour Sports

Source: Cayman Eye News The 2018 National Heroes Day, one of the largest annual cultural events in the Cayman Islands, will honour contributions in sports. Members of the 2018 National Heroes Day nominations committee held their first meeting on Wednesday (9 August) to begin planning the event. The meeting was attended by Minister for…

New rights and responsibilities in trademarks law

Source: Cayman Compass MacDonald’s restaurant in Grand Cayman is the subject of an apocryphal tale that has taken on the status of urban legend. Cruise ship tourists are frequently told the David and Goliath story of how the little Caribbean restaurant stood up to the American fast-food giant McDonald’s to protect its brand…

Immigration swamped with over 18,000 work permit applications

Source: Cayman Compass A much larger number of work permit applications than a year ago are being handled by a reduced Immigration Department staff, leading to longer-than-usual delays in acquiring permission to work for non-Caymanians. Link: Immigration swamped with over 18,000 work permit applications

Damaged art investigation under way in Cayman Brac

Source: Cayman Compass Cayman Brac police are investigating a report of property damage filed Saturday by artist Ronald “Foots” Kynes, alleging vandalism against his artwork. Mr. Kynes found two cement sculptures, “LGBT” and “Eva in Eve,” smashed Saturday morning on his property on South Side Road West. Link: Damaged art investigation under way

EDITORIAL – Statues vs. statutes: Law and order must prevail on the Brac

Source: Cayman Compass Legally speaking, what constitutes “obscenity” is for a court to determine – not us, not Brac residents and certainly not the criminal miscreants who trespassed on Mr. Kynes’s land and destroyed his property. Link: EDITORIAL – Statues vs. statutes: Law and order must prevail on the Brac

Campers focus on world of photography

Source: Cayman Compass Children attending YMCA summer camp got some insight into the world of photography by a Caymanian documentary filmmaker in London. Ward Scott was on island visiting his mother when he took time out to teach the kids about photography during a visit with campers at the Cayman Islands Baptist Church.

Big increase in residency approvals

Source: Cayman Compass Nearly 80 percent of the permanent residence applications heard last week were approved by government officials. According to the Cayman Islands Immigration Department, 27 residency applications were granted between Aug. 7 and Aug. 10; five applications were denied. Link: Big increase in residency approvals

Next year’s National Heroes Day to focus on sports

Source: Cayman Compass Next year’s National Heroes Day celebration in the Cayman Islands will honor those who have made significant contributions to sports in the territory. Recipients will be recognized at the National Heroes Day ceremony at Heroes Square in George Town, scheduled for Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. Link: Next year’s National Heroes

Mako sharks face fishing threat, says Guy Harvey study

Source: Cayman Compass The shortfin mako shark is one of the fastest fish in the ocean. But the shark’s staggering swimming speed, of up to 60 mph, has not stopped it from falling victim to overfishing, according to a new study from Guy Harvey’s Research Institute. Link: Mako sharks face fishing threat, says

Cruelty inquiry opened after dog burned with chemicals

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The police and officials from the Department of Agriculture (DoA) have opened an animal-cruelty case after a report was made by the Cayman Islands Humane Society on Friday. A representative from the charity called 911 when around 3:30pm a dog with burns along its body was brought to the…

Court denies bail in attempted murder case

Source: Cayman Compass Randon Odell Davis was remanded in custody Monday after appearing in Summary Court on charges of attempted murder and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The charges relate to an incident on Friday, Aug. 11, in the Watler’s Road area of George Town. Link: Court denies bail in

WB man admits airguns but denies firearms charges

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A local man who was rounded up in a West Bay drug-and-firearms raid has denied possession of two unlicensed revolvers and ammunition but admitted having two air pistols and a component part when he appeared in court Friday. Chadwick Cameron Ebanks  (40) pleaded guilty to the possession of two…

Government turns to sports for newest heroes

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS Local Life): The government is looking to give out its next batch of local gongs to sports women and men who have excelled in their fields. The 2018 National Heroes Day is still more than five months away but the nominations committee has already held their first meeting and…

Drivers avoid serious injury in three-car pile-up

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): An undisclosed number of people avoided major injuries during a three-car pile-up Sunday night, 13 August, at the Lawrence Blvd stoplight during which a truck flipped over. Police, who were called to the smash around 9pm along with other emergency personnel, said that a white Toyota Trueno appeared to have…

Teen faces serious charge over machete attack

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): After giving himself up to police, 19-year-old man from North Side was charged with attempted murder on Friday in the wake of a violent incident in George Town. Police and other emergency personnel were called to an altercation on Watler’s Road just before 11am (11 August) where they found one…

Permit numbers reach near 25,000

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The most recent figures released by the Department of Immigration reveal that 24,880 people in the Cayman Islands are holding jobs on work permits. The latest list of permits issued to employers shows that the tourism, financial services and construction sectors are still leading the growing demand for overseas…

Saved boater returns to Cayman to be saved again

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Edward Hendricks-Hyde (a.k.a Rivers) has returned to the Cayman Islands after his incredible ordeal at sea and was in church this weekend fulfilling a promise he said that he made to God while adrift on the water. Hyde was saved by Mexican fishermen who found him in very poor…

Bryan puts public housing on LA agenda

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Kenneth Bryan, the newly elected MLA for George Town Central, has joined forces with a member of the government backbenches for his first-ever private members motion. Bryan is proposing that government invest in up to 50 two-bedroom homes to provide those in temporary need with a safe, secure roof…

14 Aug Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report, 1TS & 1 Dist Atlantic

Source: Cayman Eye News Aug 14 Monday 2017 Tropical Report Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Mon Aug 14 2017 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Gert, located several hundred miles west-southwest of Bermuda.…

Cayman Islands police and local community launch clean-up initiative

Source: Cayman Eye News Major Police and Community Collaboration Project in West Bay, 9 August Yesterday, 9 August, the community of West Bay in conjunction with West Bay police officers launched a clean-up initiative in the King Road area, targeting old, abandoned vehicles and derelict buildings that were degrading the appearance of the community.…

Boom Mas again ‘Escape(s) to Rio’

Source: Cayman Eye News By Nelson A. King From Caribbean Life While last year’s Summer Olympics have come and gone in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Brooklyn’s Boom Mas, LLC is again “Escap(ing) to Rio” for carnival. “This year, we want everyone to come journey with Boom Mas, as we venture (again) into ‘Brazil:…

The Editor Speaks: Civil unrest

Source: Cayman Eye News We have seen a huge increase over the last few years in civil unrest. Some, to an extent justified, as in Venezuela and some completely insane as in Charlottesville, yesterday (Sat). We have never seen civil unrest here in the Cayman Islands. Long may it remain so. Twenty years ago…

Cayman Islands: Trends in side letters and third-party

Source: Cayman Eye News Article by John D’Agostino From DMS Governance Ltd While analyzing current trends within the industry, two areas in particular stand out: the increasing complexity of side letters and the increased reliance on 3rd party valuation firms for complex assets. Side Letters: Less costly than a new series or share classes,…

Eggs containing fipronil found in 15 EU countries and Hong Kong

Source: Cayman Eye News From BBC Fifteen EU countries as well as Hong Kong and Switzerland have received eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil, the European Commission says. The commission will hold a meeting with ministers and regulators on 26 September. Its food safety chief has called countries to stop “blaming and shaming” each…

Fiber network dispute headed to court

Source: Cayman Compass There are more than 15,000 utility poles on Grand Cayman, all of which serve as potential nodes for fiber-optic cables. Telecom companies are eager to use those poles to expand their fiber networks, which would improve and expand their broadband internet services. Link: Fiber network dispute headed to court

Brac artist alleges repeated vandalism of work

Source: Cayman Compass Artist Ronald “Foots” Kynes said his art was vandalized for the eighth time in Cayman Brac on Friday Night. Mr. Kynes said he found two of his cement sculptures, “LGBT” and “Eva in Eve,” smashed against the rocks at his Brac property that he calls “Imagine.” Link: Brac artist alleges

EDITORIAL – Explaining the disparity in the wealth of nations

Source: Cayman Compass The wealth of nations – all wealth of all free nations – is generated by the private sector, not the government sector. Put another way, the business sector makes, the public sector takes. Link: EDITORIAL – Explaining the disparity in the wealth of nations

West Bay man denies firearm charges, except air guns

Source: Cayman Compass Chadwick Cameron Ebanks appeared in Grand Court on Friday when he entered pleas to an eight-count indictment that included seven charges for unlicensed firearms. Ebanks, 40, pleaded not guilty to being in possession of unlicensed items at his West Bay residence on July 6. Link: West Bay man denies firearm

Visitor’s backpack stolen from beach

Source: Cayman Compass Thieves stole a visitor’s backpack from Tiki Beach on Seven Mile Beach Thursday while the man went for a swim. According to police, officers responded to a report of the theft just after 1:30 p.m. The swimmer had left his red backpack on the sand, along with other belongings. Link:

Orientation for public schools slated for Aug. 23

Source: Cayman Compass The government has announced that all primary schools will reopen for the new school year on Thursday, Aug. 24, with orientation for new students to the schools being held the day before, on Wednesday, Aug. 23. The primary schools, including the Little Cayman Education Service, will open at 8:30 a.m.…

Car stolen from airport car park

Source: Cayman Compass A car was stolen from the parking lot of Owen Roberts International Airport Thursday, police reported. The bronze-colored 2016 Kia Sorento, with a license plate of T5391, was parked after 5 a.m. and was taken some time before 7:15 a.m., according to police. Link: Car stolen from airport car park

Police on lookout for stolen SUV and motorbike

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police are on the lookout for a 2016 Kia Sorento and a 2006 Yamaha motorcycle, both of which were stolen yesterday. Officers trying to track down the latest auto-thefts said that the bronze Kia with the temporary registration plate T5391 was taken from the car park at Owen Roberts International Airport.…

Thieves make off with tourist’s backpack

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Two men ran off with a red backpack that was left on the sand near Tiki Beach yesterday by a tourist while he was taking a swim. The police were called to Seven Mile Beach at around 1:30 on Thursday afternoon and learned that the thieves were spotted running toward…

Cayman Islands: Theft at Tiki Beach Thu, 10 August

Source: Cayman Eye News From RCIPS Yesterday, 10 August, just past 1:30PM, officers responded to a report of a theft of a visitor’s backpack at Tiki Beach.  While the man had been swimming the backpack, which is red in colour, had been stolen from the belongings he had left on the sand.  Two men…

Caymanian in suspected Florida murder-suicide

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police in South Florida are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide after Ronald Bennette (38), originally  from George Town, Grand Cayman, and his wife, Shani Bennette (39), were both found shot dead in a car near a Pembroke Pines home in the early hours of Thursday morning. The…

Court appoints dedicated legal aid boss

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Decisions about who will receive legal aid for their court cases will now be decided by a new director. Formerly a senior associate with a local law firm and a legal aid attorney since 2004, Stacy Parke began her new job at Judicial Administration Monday. With a budget in…

Realtor guilty of stealing over $51K

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): It took a jury of four women and three men less than an hour and a half Thursday to find Antonio (Toni) Paolini (77) guilty on one count of theft in relation to money he took from a client who wanted to purchase a piece of land but spent…

11 Aug Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report, 2 Dist Atlantic

Source: Cayman Eye News Aug 11 Friday 2017 Tropical Report Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Fri Aug 11 2017 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: 1. An area of disturbed weather centered a couple of hundred miles north of the northern Leeward Islands…

Police and WB residents clean-up community

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Officers from the West Bay Police Station and residents in the King Road area of the district have joined forces for a major community clean-up in the area where they live in order to cut crime and make it more attractive for kids to play and adults to enjoy.…

Need a job

Source: Cayman Compass Need a job — Today’s editorial cartoon Link: Need a job

Morici: Why central bankers are so confused by low prices

Source: Cayman Compass Central bankers are captive to conventional economics – faced by low inflation and low unemployment they are flummoxed about pulling back on monetary stimulus. Link: Morici: Why central bankers are so confused by low prices

New Cayman Islands Legal Aid Director appointed

Source: Cayman Eye News A senior associate at a local law firm and a legal aid attorney since 2004, Ms Stacy Parke started work as the newly appointed Legal Aid Director at Judicial Administration on Monday, 7 August 2017. Currently housed in the second floor of Kirk House, Ms Parke will be responsible for…

Cayman Islands newest restaurant opens in Camana Bay

Source: Cayman Eye News Camana Bay’s Newest Restaurant, Pani Indian Kitchen, Opens with a Menu Packed with Indian Delights Camana Bay’s newest restaurant, Pani Indian Kitchen, is officially open. With an interior reminiscent of an Indian street bazaar, complete with resplendent colours and unique artwork (including a wall installation of dyed teabags), and a…

Barbados golfers sixth in Hoerman Cup [ Cayman third]

Source: Cayman Eye News From Barbados Nation News BARBADOS FINISHED SIXTH as the Dominican Republic successfully defended the Hoerman Cup in the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships. Playing at home at the Links Course at Casa de Campo, the players from the Dominican Republic posted a gross 1 151 over 72 holes of competition and…

The Editor Speaks: Sinus from the sniff/sneeze pit

Source: Cayman Eye News I have been suffering from sinuses over the last ten years. Up to then, yes for over 63 years, I have NEVER had allergies of any kind. I have watched sufferers of sinus attacks and watched them sneeze, sniff, continuing blowing and wiping their nose and eyes, and never appreciated…

Tethys Petroleum update regarding various legal proceedings

Source: Cayman Eye News August 10, 2017 08:24 ET | Source: Tethys Petroleum Limited GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, Aug. 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Tethys Petroleum Limited (TSX:TPL) (“Tethys” or the “Company”) today provides an update with respect to three different legal proceedings. TAG Rehabilitation Filing On August 10, 2017, Tethys Aral Gas LLP…

Cannibals engraved bones of the dead

Source: Cayman Eye News From BBC A series of zig-zag marks on a human bone found in a UK cave is evidence of a cannibalistic ritual that took place some 15,000 years ago. Scientists have long recognised that cannibals operated at Gough’s Cave in Somerset, but were unsure whether the practice of eating other…

Goodbye Cassini

Source: Cayman Eye News Cassini will take five victory laps before plunging into Saturn By Mariella Moon From engadget It’s almost time to say goodbye to Cassini. Over the past few months, Cassini took the closest pictures of Saturn’s rings we’ve ever seen that it was pretty easy to forget that the probe was…

EDITORIAL – Accounting for the liquor board’s audit

Source: Cayman Compass What troubles us – and also, apparently, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson and Minister of Commerce Joey Hew – is the manner in which the Liquor Licensing Board has handled (mishandled?) Peanuts’ application for the retail license. Link: EDITORIAL – Accounting for the liquor board’s audit

‘Wave of marine life attacks’ concerns water sports businesses

Source: Cayman Compass Poachers are targeting snapper, grouper and conch in Cayman’s waters as well as more iconic and endangered species like stingrays and sea turtles, water sports business owners fear. Link: ‘Wave of marine life attacks’ concerns water sports businesses

Government owed $9 million in unpaid garbage fees

Source: Cayman Compass The Cayman Islands has piled up $8.9 million in unpaid garbage fees and the vast majority of that amount is likely uncollectable. Link: Government owed million in unpaid garbage fees

Court eases election disqualification rules

Source: Cayman Compass A Grand Court ruling issued this week will likely make it easier for political candidates who are born outside the Cayman Islands to stand for election, regardless of the number of days they have been absent from the jurisdiction before candidate nomination day. Link: Court eases election disqualification rules

Caymanian man dead in domestic shooting in Florida

Source: Cayman Compass A 38-year-old Caymanian man was reported dead in an apparent murder-suicide in Pembroke Pines, Florida, Thursday morning. Link: Caymanian man dead in domestic shooting in Florida

Man robs school of registration fees

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police are on the lookout for a man who made off with cash stolen from a George Town private school on Thursday morning at around 8:30. Officers were called to Truth for Youth, on Walkers Road by the junction of Goring Avenue, around 45 minutes later and learned that…

Woman charged with stabbing partner

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A George Town woman was due in court Thursday, facing charges of inflicting GBH and wounding in connection with a stabbing at her home Tuesday. Police say the 35-year-old woman stabbed her partner with a kitchen knife. She was arrested after police answered the 911 call to the couple’s…

PR judicial review applications get greenlight from court

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Five people who have made permanent residency applications but have waited years to have them considered are pushing ahead with a legal fight with government after the court granted leave for judicial reviews of the cases. Alastair David, one of the lawyers from HSM, which has been working with…

Public purse owed nearly $9M rubbish fees

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Government recently issued a notice urging business operators, owners and strata groups to pay their outstanding garbage fees as people in arrears could lose their trade and business or other relevant commercial licences. Officials from the Department of Environmental Health have now confirmed to CNS that there is an…

Ominto Inc’s (OMNT) questionable Cayman Island transaction

Source: Cayman Eye News From ValueWalk Our previous articles on Ominto Inc. ($OMNT) have raised serious questions about its valuation (7x revenue and losing money), the valuation and rationale behind its investments in Lani and Quant (we believe, based on SEC filings, that Lani was worthless at the time of the investment), the quality…

Caribbean braces for Tropical Storm Franklin

Source: Cayman Eye News By AFP From emirates247 Mexico, Belize and Guatemala braced Monday for Tropical Storm Franklin, expected to make landfall overnight on the southern Mexican coast — possibly at hurricane strength. Packing sustained winds of 95 kilometers (60 miles) per hour, Franklin was heading toward Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, threatening the Caribbean resort…

Arthur Keleti to address risk and security as guest keynote speaker at Armour Information Security Expo 2017

Source: Cayman Eye News DMN Newswire–2017-8-8– Armour Information Security Expo 2017, Cayman’s information security conference brought to you by eShore Ltd & Optiv, is delighted to announce Arthur Keleti, Cyber Secret Futurist, author of the book “The Imperfect Secret”, and TED Talk speaker, will deliver the show’s morning keynote presentation on Thursday, 28 September…

EDITORIAL – Fuel tank fire: Sol soars in the aftermath

Source: Cayman Compass Sol’s post-fire actions remind us that even the largest and most “multinational” firms rely ultimately on local workforces in local markets. Link: EDITORIAL – Fuel tank fire: Sol soars in the aftermath

Government orders auditor to probe liquor board actions

Source: Cayman Compass Government has ordered an independent inquiry into the liquor board’s handling of an application from a gas station to serve alcohol on Sundays. The inquiry follows reports and an editorial in the Cayman Compass highlighting concerns over an application from Peanuts convenience store at the Red Bay gas station for…

Sol to compensate Jackson Point fire evacuees

Source: Cayman Compass Sol Petroleum has confirmed that it will pay compensation to business owners and residents who were forced to pay for hotel stays after being evacuated in the wake of a fire at the Jackson Point fuel depot. Link: Sol to compensate Jackson Point fire evacuees

Cayman to see 55 percent of solar eclipse

Source: Cayman Compass On Monday, Aug. 21, millions of people across America will turn their eyes toward the sun to experience a potentially once-in-a-lifetime experience – a total solar eclipse. Although Cayman is not in the path of the full eclipse, a partial one will be visible from here. In Cayman, viewers will…

Cayman teen footballer signs deal with Portuguese team

Source: Cayman Compass Cayman teen Sebastian Martinez has taken the next step up the ladder in the world of professional football. Martinez, 18, has signed a two-year professional deal with Portuguese team Leixoes Sports Club after graduating from a development contract with English League club Swindon Town. Link: Cayman teen footballer signs deal

Real estate broker denies theft from client

Source: Cayman Compass Former real estate broker Antonio Paolini told a court Wednesday that he paid his rent and other expenses from money a client had paid to purchase land in 2013. He said he had done so without the client’s permission, but “At the time, it seemed a good idea.” Link: Real

A journey to see the Great American Solar Eclipse

Source: Cayman Compass Much has already been said in the U.S. media about the total solar eclipse happening on Aug. 21 this year, and much more, I’m sure, will be said as we get closer to the day. It is estimated that 12.2 million people will have the opportunity to see the event…

Work planned along Condor Road

Source: Cayman Compass The installation of new water pipe along Condor Road will affect traffic in the area on Sunday, Aug. 13. Eastbound traffic will be diverted around Bodden Town via Condor Road and Anton Bodden Drive from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. in order to accommodate work by the Water Authority-Cayman. Link:

Drum practice ends day with a bang

Source: Cayman Compass Drum roll, please … The young drummers of the Seventh-day Adventist Gideon Pathfinders Drum Corps are beating a path to success. The Cayman Compass visited one of their practice sessions last week, when the drummers, ages 10 to 15, were gathered at the Savannah Seventh-day Adventist Church yard. Link: Drum

Booze board’s gas station decision faces audit

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A decision by the Liquor Licensing Board to grant Gary Rutty, the owner of the Peanuts convenience store and Rubis gas station in Red Bay, a licence to sell liquor seven days per week is to be reviewed by the government’s Internal Audit Unit. Commerce Minister Joey Hew, who…

Police concerned over missing girls

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Two young girls, one of whom is only 12 years old, have been missing since yesterday lunchtime, police said Wednesday. Hayleigh Sciamonte (12) and Moteshia Mothen (14) were discovered missing from their home in Bodden Town some time before 1:30pm Tuesday. Police conducted searches around the home and their…

Is abortion illegal in Cayman?

Source: Cayman News Service I’m writing to you as I wanted to know where Cayman stands on abortions. I assume it’s illegal as I couldn’t find much information on it but I just wanted to clarify. I’ve had my little pregnancy scares before and I know others could benefit from the information you could…

US fraudster used stolen cash for Cayman home

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS Business): A Kansas City man who admitted embezzling over US$6.5 million from his bosses, also used some of his ill-gotten gains to buy a pricey beach house in the Cayman Islands using Cayman National Bank, according to a release from the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of…

EDITORIAL – Work Permits: Pick your category, pick your price

Source: Cayman Compass The absurdities might be comical if they did not engender such serious consequences. Consider the costs to companies to comply with the system, or the costs to taxpayers as government attempts to administer and enforce it. Link: EDITORIAL – Work Permits: Pick your category, pick your price

Court grants review of five permanent residency cases

Source: Cayman Compass Five permanent residence applicants have been granted requests for Grand Court judicial review hearings following claims that they suffered financial damages as a result of the government’s years-long delays in hearing their applications. Link: Court grants review of five permanent residency cases

Young Caymanian chef wins UK competition

Source: Cayman Compass Young Caymanian chef Jack Barwick will take over the menu of an award-winning London restaurant for five nights this month in a showcase of the U.K.’s most promising new culinary talent. Mr. Barwick, 23, tied for the top spot out of a 50-candidate pool representing the U.K.’s best up-and-coming chefs.

Liquor board clamps down on multiple licenses

Source: Cayman Compass Businesses will be limited to only one type of liquor license per premises under a new policy, restricting the options for gas stations and liquor or convenience stores seeking to sell alcohol on Sundays. The Liquor Board has given businesses with multiple licenses until September to pick which license they…

Cayman Islands MOT Scholars Networking Event

Source: Cayman Eye News Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (8 August 2017) The Ministry and Department of Tourism recently hosted the annual Tourism Scholar Networking Reception, bringing together past, current and new recipients of tourism scholarships. Hosted at Luca restaurant, students and graduates interacted with a variety of tourism partners including the Cayman Islands Tourism…

Privy Council dismisses convicted murderers’ appeal

Source: Cayman Eye News By Azad Ali From Caribbean Life The London-based Privy Council has dismissed an appeal from a group of 10 convicted murderers in Trinidad and Tobago, who were challenging a decision to commute their mandatory death sentences to terms of life imprisonment and 75 years in jail. The UK appellate court…

Cayman Captive Forum – Announces Keynote Mel Robbins

Source: Cayman Eye News Cayman Captive set to impress once again with TEDX Sensation With only four months until the 25th Cayman Captive Forum is underway, the Insurance Managers Association of Cayman (IMAC) have been busy planning what is to be another impressive lineup of speakers. Known for being the world’s largest captive insurance…

Adult Entertainers kill man who changed their flat tire

Source: Cayman Eye News By Andrew N. White International Business Times From Yahoo News Four women, believed to be adult entertainers, have reportedly been charged regarding a homicide in Missouri. Investigators learned the women were in southeast Missouri after advertising adult entertainment services online. Ponesha Taylor, 23, Brittany Curry, 28, Lauteshia Dotson, 23 and…

Number of PR deferrals growing

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Government officials have now considered over 100 permanent residency applications from the backlog of paperwork after specially trained administrators were brought in last month to assist the members of the Caymanian Status and Permanent Residency Board. But despite the acceleration in reviewing applications, more than one-third of them have…

Dog burned in cruelty case up for adoption

Source: Cayman Compass Dora, the dog badly burned in an alleged animal cruelty incident in May, has made a nearly full recovery and is available for adoption from the Cayman Islands Humane Society. Dora is living with a foster family that has administered the care needed to recover from her burns. Link: Dog

Company pleads guilty to pension charges from 2008

Source: Cayman Compass A pensions case that has been before the courts since October 2008 should be finalized in October 2017 when representatives of the company return for sentencing, after guilty pleas were entered on Tuesday. Link: Company pleads guilty to pension charges from 2008

Man stabbed by panhandler outside George Town Subway

Source: Cayman Compass A panhandler outside a George Town Subway restaurant stabbed a man in the chest early Tuesday morning, according to police. Police said the restaurant patron was entering Subway around 1:30 a.m. when he was approached by the panhandler, who asked for money. Link: Man stabbed by panhandler outside George Town

Police investigate two motorcycle crashes

Source: Cayman Compass A George Town man was badly hurt when his motorcycle smashed into a concrete wall Tuesday morning. Link: Police investigate two motorcycle crashes

Fire drills raise smoke

Source: Cayman Compass Plumes of dark smoke visible over George Town are part of training exercises for firefighter recruits, according to the Cayman Islands Fire Service. The exercises are being conducted at the training grounds behind Owen Roberts International Airport. Link: Fire drills raise smoke

Property broker duped client out of $51K

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A local real estate broker who took CI$51,600 from a woman who wanted to buy a piece of land on Grand Cayman used the cash to try to prop up his own business and duped the woman into converting the payment into a loan which was never paid back.…

Man accuses ex-girlfriend of misusing credit card

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A West Bay woman is facing 13 charges for fraud-related offences after her former, estranged partner said she ran up a bill of almost $2,000 on a credit card he claimed she had stolen from him, and attempted to spend about another $1,200. The 29-year-old woman is accused of…

Motorcyclist lands in hospital after rush hour smash

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A motorbike that hit a wall on Crewe Road, George Town, at 8am Tuesday morning, blocked the road for commuters and landed the rider in hospital with serious injuries. In the latest major smash on local roads, police said the George Town man who was riding the motorcycle lost…

Beggar stabs victim who refused cash request

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police are on the lookout for a beggar who stabbed a man in the chest early on Tuesday morning after his requests for money were knocked back by his victim. Officers on the case said that they are now looking for witnesses, but no description of the alleged assailant…

David Jessop: Tourist visitor arrival numbers are not the whole story

Source: Cayman Eye News By David Jessop From Jamaica Gleaner When it comes to valuing tourism’s economic contribution, most Caribbean Governments share publicly only arrivals numbers and the country of origin of their visitors. Then, usually at budget time, they produce generalised figures that indicate overall spend and contribution to GDP. Few provide the…

Cayman Islands Government honours our first responders

Source: Cayman Eye News Government leaders continue to support, honour and celebrate the emergency services personnel that responded to the fuel tank fire incident on Sunday, 23 July 2017. Appreciation ceremonies were held at the Cayman Islands Fire Service (CIFS) headquarters on Friday, 28 July 2017 and at the Department of Public Safety Communications…

Cayman, Bermuda shine at Island Games

Source: Cayman Eye News From Caribbean Today GOTLAND, Sweden – The Cayman Islands claimed seven gold medals and finished 10th – four places above regional rivals Bermuda – in the 17th biennial Island Games here recently. Hyman Kemar smlThe Island Games act as an Olympics for smaller islands. Cayman picked up a total of…

June 2017 Cayman Islands’ funerals

Source: Cayman Eye News Daniel Stevenson (Mike) Simmons   18 Aug 1935 – 12 Jun 2017   Dixie Thomas Rupert Joseph Hubbell          1 Dec 1972 – 12 Jun 2017   Garden of Eden Leila Mae (Ebanks) Bush                            – 25 Jun 2017 Lorise Enola Bush                         – 25 Jun 2017   South Sound Malvina Seymour                                                       – 26 Jun 2017   New…

Cayman Islands: Cessation of regulated mutual funds in 2017

Source: Cayman Eye News By Caroline Heal and Prasana From Walkers With Q4 fast approaching, if managers and operators are considering winding up a Cayman Islands regulated mutual fund (a “Fund”), it would be prudent to start the process as soon as possible with a view to completing it by year-end and minimising and/or…

Satellite tagging study shows mako sharks threatened by over fishing

Source: Cayman Eye News The following is press release from Nova Southeastern University’s Guy Harvey Research Institute (GHRI), a collaboration between renowned marine artist, scientist, explorer and Cayman resident, Dr. Guy Harvey and Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center in Dania Beach, Florida. The mission of the GHRI is to provide the scientific information necessary…

Cayman escapes worst of Tropical Storm Franklin

Source: Cayman Compass Although Tropical Storm Franklin brought some downpours and winds gusting to 25 mph, Grand Cayman appears to have been spared the worst of it. It was the sixth named storm of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. Link: Cayman escapes worst of Tropical Storm Franklin

Work permits: A confusing jumble of job categories

Source: Cayman Compass Eighteen months after Cayman’s legislative Public Accounts Committee said the territory’s work permits job category system must be simplified, more than 1,100 job categories remain, along with more than 5,000 sub-categories of positions within the larger job groupings. Link: Work permits: A confusing jumble of job categories

Bail extended for suspected pet smugglers

Source: Cayman Compass Police bail has been extended until Sept. 4 as customs officials continue their investigation into the smuggling of an exotic pet into the Cayman Islands. No charges have been laid against a 31-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman who were arrested and bailed. Link: Bail extended for suspected pet smugglers

Second boater feared lost at sea

Source: Cayman Compass Detectives have confirmed that Chadwick Bodden, the second Cayman Islands boater missing since mid-June, is feared lost at sea. The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service also confirmed the widely reported news that Mr. Bodden’s boat mate was found alive last week off the coast of Mexico. Link: Second boater feared

Imam knocked-back on inter-faith efforts

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A Toronto-based imam from the Ahmadiyya Community, a sect of Islam dedicated to peace and interfaith cooperation, offered to explain Islam over a coffee to anyone in Cayman interested in understanding why the vast majority of the world’s Muslims are not terrorists. But Aizaz Khan received a less-than-warm welcome by…

Driving training for police, firemen

Source: Cayman Compass Police and fire officers hope investment in emergency driver training will translate into safer roads across the Cayman Islands. A class of seven officers from the police and fire departments earned internationally recognized diplomas Friday from Emergency Response Driver Training Ltd., a U.K.-based training service. Link: Driving training for police,

Muslim visitor reflects on Cayman outreach campaign

Source: Cayman Compass During a recent vacation to the Cayman Islands, Toronto-based imam Aizaz Khan of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community found himself sitting in on a celebration of the Christian faith. After a church in George Town heard Mr. Khan was organizing interfaith dialogues, the congregation reached out. Link: Muslim visitor reflects on

Water main upgrades set on Prospect Point Road

Source: Cayman Compass Upgrades to the water main on Prospect Point Road over the next six to eight weeks may affect traffic in the area, motorists are advised. Work began on Monday, Aug. 7,  and pipe laying will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, according to the Water…

George Town market vendors receive PRIDE certificates

Source: Cayman Compass Vendors at the Cayman Craft market can now show off their knowledge of things Caymanian after receiving their PRIDE training certificates. The training was part of a “number of changes being implemented by the Tourism Attraction Board to ensure the preservation and promotion of local arts and traditions. Link: George

50 years ago: Weighing Cayman’s future currency

Source: Cayman Compass In the Aug. 9, 1967 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, a front page article titled “Will we go decimal? Dots and dollars,” discusses what currency will be used in the Cayman Islands. Link: 50 years ago: Weighing Cayman’s future currency

RCIPS visit Mexico in wake of fisherman’s rescue

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS):  RCIPS officers visited Mexico last week to confirm that the reports of Edward Hendricks-Hyde (a.k.a. Edward Rivers) being found alive at sea after he disappeared with Chadwick Bodden in June and, police said, to continue their enquiries. The RCIPS said they have confirmed that Hyde (39) was discovered by fishermen off the…

Cops and fire crew taught safer driving

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A group of police and fire service officers has acquired advanced driving skills that will be passed on to other members of the RCIPS and the CIFS. Despite various campaigns to improve driving standards in Cayman, 95% of road smashes are the result of human errors and collisions show…

MLAs get lessons in democracy

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A number of the country’s novice MLAs and some new Cabinet ministers spent two days learning about parliamentary democracy and how the Legislative Assembly works in a post-election seminar conducted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, last week. Speaker and veteran politician, McKeeva Bush, former minister Rolston Anglin and Mary J…

Missing fisherman survived 44 days at sea

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Edward Henrick-Hydes (a.k.a Rivers), who went missing with Chadwick Bodden after the men left to go on a fishing trip in June, survived 44 days at sea, according to a report in the Mexican press. Officials here have still not confirmed that the man found by fishermen in the Gulf…

Mac escapes charge in casino groping accusation

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The speaker of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly will not face any charges following accusations that he groped a waitress in a Florida casino last month. McKeeva Bush had been arrested after the woman alleged that the veteran politician had touched her inappropriately while she was serving at the…

Strengthening Tropical Storm Franklin to strike Mexico twice

Source: Cayman Eye News By Kristina Pydynowski & Alex Sosnowski From Accuweather Tropical Storm Franklin formed over the western Caribbean Sea on Sunday and threatens to strike Mexico twice this week. The combination of very warm water and diminishing wind shear will allow Franklin to strengthen before reaching the Yucatan Peninsula later on Monday…

Cayman Islands Post-Election Seminar: Remarks by Mr Akbar Khan Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Secretary-General

Source: Cayman Eye News Opening Remarks CPA Post-Election Seminar for the Legislative Assembly of The Cayman Islands 3-4 August 2017 Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Secretary-General Mr Akbar Khan  Honourable Dr. William McKeeva Bush, OBE, MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Cayman Islands  Honourable Members of Parliament  Mrs Zena Merren-Chin, Clerk…

Broke down

Source: Cayman Compass Broke down — Today’s editorial cartoon Link: Broke down

Ogier nominated for hat-trick of Citywealth IFC awards

Source: Cayman Eye News From Ogier Ogier has been nominated for Law Firm of the Year for the Caribbean, Guernsey and Jersey at the prestigious Citywealth International Finance Centre Awards. The hat-trick of nominations came after the firm was named Law Firm of the Year in both the Caribbean and Jersey at the 2017…

Cayman Islands: GJS August 2017 active wear

Source: Cayman Eye News By Gordon Solomon Fine Art Cayman Islands Here it is, GJS August 2017 Active Wear! Wear an original artwork from my oil painting series “Cleansing Carnival.” This collection of art marks the last dance of Cayman’s Carnival’s. “Fire breather”, “Feathered Headdress”, “Sandwich Dance”, and “Movement 2” are all aspects of our colorful carnivals;…

Cayman Islands celebrates Jamaican Independence Day

Source: Cayman Compass Jamaican nationals in Cayman proudly waved their country’s colors of gold, black and green over the weekend in celebration of 55 years of independence. The Cayman Islands, formerly an outpost of British colonial Jamaica before Jamaican independence in 1962, has long-standing ties with the Caribbean Island nation. Link: Cayman Islands

Anxious South Sounders seek action over fuel fire

Source: Cayman Compass Officials agreed to consider implementing an emergency siren alert system for the fuel depot after meeting with anxious South Sound residents in the wake of a fire at the Jackson Point terminal. Link: Anxious South Sounders seek action over fuel fire

UPDATED: Florida drops battery case against McKeeva Bush

Source: Cayman Compass No charges will be filed against Cayman Islands Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush in relation to allegations that he inappropriately touched a Florida casino waitress last month. Prosecutors in the State Attorney’s Office confirmed statements by Mr. Bush’s attorney Friday that no charges would be filed. Link: UPDATED: Florida

Hospital plans for patient overload

Source: Cayman Compass The Cayman Islands public healthcare system is bracing for rapidly increased demand over the next 20 years as chronic health problems in the islands get worse and aging health facilities become outdated. Link: Hospital plans for patient overload

EDITORIAL – ‘Peanuts’ license: One story, two versions

Source: Cayman Compass Our drama begins in December 2016, when the Liquor Licensing Board granted Mr. Rutty a “package license” to sell alcohol at Peanuts Monday through Saturday but, importantly, not on Sundays. Link: EDITORIAL – ‘Peanuts’ license: One story, two versions

The danger posed by the growing administrative state

Source: Cayman Compass Talk of the “deep state” is much in the air these days. To some, the deep state refers to what they see as a conspiratorial intelligence community leaking secrets. To others, the deep state refers to what they see as an out-of-control bureaucracy out to bury – or at least…

Six years for causing 127-mph road death

Source: Cayman Compass Conroy Warrenton Nairne, 33, was sentenced on Friday to six years’ imprisonment for causing the death of 21-year-old Jessie Perry by dangerous driving in September 2015. Nairne had been driving at 127 mph when his Audi hit the curb at a bend in the road by Public Beach on West…

Turtle poaching ‘a growing problem’

Source: Cayman Compass Impaled with hooks and laid on its back in a tool shed, an endangered green sea turtle was saved from the butcher’s knife at the 11th hour last week. Department of Environment enforcement officers investigating reports of poaching in the eastern districts made the discovery on Thursday. Link: Turtle poaching

UPDATED: Charges against Cayman Islands speaker will be dropped says Attorney [They have]

Source: Cayman Eye News UPDATE: State Attorney’s Office spokesman Ron Ishoy in Broward County released the following statement Friday afternoon:  “The Broward State Attorney’s office in Fort Lauderdale filed paperwork Friday afternoon – an announcement of no information – noting that it will not file a charge of misdemeanor battery against William Bush. An explanation  of…

Driver gets lengthy term for fatal smash

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS):  Conroy Nairne (33) has received a long prison sentence for causing death by dangerous driving after Justice Marlene Carter handed down a six-year jail term Friday. The George Town man was doing 127 mph behind the wheel of a black Audi when the car crashed and burst into flames on…

Hellcats defeat Maples in flag football, week 6

Source: Cayman Compass The Kensington Hellcats edged out a 7-6 win over Maples in week 6 of  the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association’s Premier League last Saturday at the Annex. Link: Hellcats defeat Maples in flag football, week 6

Thieves make off with Honda from GT carpark

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Following a short lull in what has become a common crime on Grand Cayman, police are on the lookout for a dark blue 1995 Honda Civic stolen from the Bayshore Mall parking lot Thursday. The car (pictured left) was reported stolen that evening after the owner discovered it was missing…

Burglary suspect also charged over gun

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The 29-year-old man arrested early Wednesday morning in connection with a burglary at a Seven Mile Beach condo has also been charged with a gun-related offence. The man was chased by cops when he and a second man, understood to be still on the run, were caught climbing out…

NEW: Florida prosecutors drop case against Speaker McKeeva Bush

Source: Cayman Compass Cayman Islands Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush will not have a misdemeanor battery charge brought against him following a July 17 incident involving a waitress at a Florida casino. Link: NEW: Florida prosecutors drop case against Speaker McKeeva Bush

Views wanted on allowing drivers who hold a Cayman Islands licence to drive cars and light motorcycles to exchange it for a British equivalent

Source: Cayman Eye News Open consultation Exchange of driving licences issued in the Cayman Islands From:Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency Published:1 August 2017 This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 29 August 2017 Summary This consultation seeks your views on allowing drivers who hold a licence to drive cars and light motorcycles which was issued…

Venezuela vote: Turnout figure ‘tampered with’

Source: Cayman Eye News From BBC Turnout numbers for Sunday’s controversial vote in Venezuela have been “tampered with”, the company that provided the voting system alleges. Venezuela’s electoral authorities said more than eight million people voted in the elections for a new constituent assembly. But the CEO of Smartmatic, Antonio Mugica, said the actual…

Belize central bank adopts SWIFT sanctions screening

Source: Cayman Eye News From Caribbean News Now NEW YORK, USA — The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) announced on Tuesday that the Central Bank of Belize has adopted its sanctions screening solution to combat financial crime. The industry utility enables banks to take a proactive approach in building greater trust with…

Camp GLOWpower helps survivors of sexual abuse heal

Source: Cayman Eye News From South Florida Caribbean News Give Me Dignity hosts GLOWpower to help victims of sexual abuse MIAMI – To help girls transcend the trauma of sexual abuse and rape, Give Me Dignity hosted an overnight empowerment retreat titled GLOWpower on the campus of University of Technology, Jamaica, July 26-27. Participants,…

Government calls on older folks to join council

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The community affairs ministry has extended the deadline for applicants to its Council of Older Persons as it appears to be struggling to find enough people willing to sign on to help oversee policies and recently implemented legislation. Despite the public demand for laws and policies to look out…

DoE and vets rush to save poached turtle

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): An adult female wild green turtle, estimated at over 400 lbs, was saved from the poacher’s knife yesterday after DoE enforcement officers Carl Edwards and Alan MacKay responded to a report in the Eastern Districts. The turtle was found on her back in a tool shed impaled through the…

Cayman’s artists show off talent ahead of Barbados festival

Source: Cayman Compass Cayman’s actors, musicians and dancers performed on the Harquail Theatre stage over the weekend for a three-day showcase of the upcoming Caribbean Festival of Arts in Barbados. Link: Cayman’s artists show off talent ahead of Barbados festival

Caymanian craftswoman has creative business savvy

Source: Cayman Compass Between the organic fruit and hand-poured candles at Cayman’s craft markets, Launa Green’s jewelry stand is something of an institution. Beautifully polished Caymanite with its trademark rippled stripes glints off the black tablecloths, carved into miniature turtles, stingrays and starfish pendants. Link: Caymanian craftswoman has creative business savvy

August movies at Regal Camana Bay

Source: Cayman Compass It seems that “The Emoji Movie” has taken quite the hit from critics, but in this age of texting and social media it will probably still do well at the box office because you can’t keep a good emoji down. Link: August movies at Regal Camana Bay

Placemats designed to educate

Source: Cayman Compass What’s the difference between a green iguana and a blue iguana? When was Pedro St. James built? Why was the Cimboco so important? There are a whole host of facts about Cayman that many kids, as well as adults, may not know. Link: Placemats designed to educate

The best concerts in South Florida this month

Source: Cayman Compass There are some big shows in town this month, including groups that have paired up, such as Blondie and Garbage, Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows, and Lifehouse and Switchfoot. Link: The best concerts in South Florida this month

Eggs at night, Kiwanis delight

Source: Cayman Compass The Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman, along with sponsor Cayman National Bank, will host its fourth annual Breakfast for Dinner fundraiser – Sunny Side Up – on Saturday. Link: Eggs at night, Kiwanis delight

Is practising obeah against the law in Cayman?

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS Local Life): I’ve heard it’s illegal to practise obeah here. Is that true? That seems to go against the Bill of Rights, which guarantee freedom of religion. Read more and comment on CNS Local Life Link: Is practising obeah against the law in Cayman?

Violence over $5 earns ex-shopkeeper two years in jail

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A Cuban man who previously owned a West Bay mini-mart was jailed for two years Thursday, following his conviction for GBH after he broke the jaw of a customer when a row over a $5 phone top-up charge turned violent. The victim’s injury was extremely severe and he still…

4 years after investigation initiated against Bridger, no police interview

Source: Cayman Compass Four years after a criminal investigation was initiated against him, former Operation Tempura senior investigator Martin Bridger said he has still not been formally interviewed by authorities concerning the facts of the case. Link: 4 years after investigation initiated against Bridger, no police interview

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