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April 23, 2018

Cayman Islands

Two men arrested over BT house fire

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Two Bodden Town men are in police custody after they were arrested on Friday morning in the wake of a house fire in the district, according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. Just after 11am police and the Cayman Islands Fire Service responded to a report of a…

Visitor dies after East End dive trip

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 70-year-old woman who was visiting the Cayman Islands from the United States died on Friday after scuba diving in East End. Police said emergency services were called out around 9am after the woman had encountered difficulties on the dive. Despite attempts at CPR, the victim was pronounced dead…

Road crashes more than doubled in 2017

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service recorded more than double the number of crashes on the roads in 2017 compared to the previous year, and although the number of fatal accidents dropped from seven to three, only one less person lost their lives compared to 2016. With 2,725 collisions,…

Cayman caught in shadow of EU data regulation

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): As repercussions from the Facebook personal data scandal continue to reverberate around the world, a new directive from the European Union could have a major impact on the bottom line for any Cayman Islands company that holds any personal data of EU citizens. The Cayman Data Protection Law, which…

23 Apr Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   23 Apr Mon 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Light easterly winds along with slight seas are expected to continue across the Cayman area for the next 24 hours due to a weak pressure gradient across the Caribbean. Radar images show isolated showers in and around the Cayman area especially…

Cayman Brac: Faith Hospital’s lab awarded the prestigious JCI accreditation

Source: Cayman Eye News Faith Hospital in Cayman Brac celebrated a major milestone this month after their medical laboratory achieved the international accreditation from the prestigious Joint Commission International (JCI). The accreditation and certification from JCI is recognized as the Gold Seal of Approval for international quality standards for patient care and service delivery.…

Cayman Islands Marathon returns to Boston Marathon

Source: Cayman Eye News After a two-year hiatus, organisers of the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon returned to Boston to promote the race at the 2018 John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo which is part of the prestigious Boston Marathon event. The 122nd Boston Marathon, which took place on Monday, 16 April, attracted almost 26,000…

Aperta provides Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) in Cayman Islands

Source: Cayman Eye News (BUSINESS WIRE)– Once again, the Aperta Active Clearing System (ACS) has delivered the mechanism for a country to implement a world-class electronic payment processing environment to maximize a national payments system’s efficiency, effectiveness, security and control. Aperta partnered with the Cayman Islands ACH Operator (Prism Services (Cayman) Ltd.) and local commercial…

Please call back

Source: Cayman Compass Please call back — Today’s editorial cartoon Link: Please call back

Cayman Marathon returns to Boston Marathon

Source: Cayman Compass After a two-year hiatus, organizers of the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon returned to Boston to promote the race at the 2018 John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo, which is part of the prestigious Boston Marathon event. Link: Cayman Marathon returns to Boston Marathon

Police: Toughen traffic laws

Source: Cayman Compass The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is backing changes to local traffic laws that would make it easier to seize and destroy motorbikes that are not street legal, Police Commissioner Derek Byrne said Friday. Link: Police: Toughen traffic laws

Fast track passengers bypass airport crowds

Source: Cayman Compass “This is a huge step forward,” said Kent McTaggart as he breezed past the immigration and customs lines at Owen Roberts International Airport and out into the warm Cayman evening Friday. Link: Fast track passengers bypass airport crowds

22 Apr Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 22 Apr Sun 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS   Light easterly winds along with slight seas will continue across the Cayman area for the next 24 hours due to a weak pressure gradient across the Caribbean. Radar images show no showers within the Cayman area. Sunshine just makes the day…

NEW: Water warning issued for parts of Cayman Brac

Source: Cayman Compass Residents of Watering Place, Cayman Brac have been advised to refrain from using well water due to high levels of E. Coli and other bacteria. Link: NEW: Water warning issued for parts of Cayman Brac

21 Apr Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   21 Apr Sat 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Light to moderate east to northeasterly winds along with slight to moderate seas will continue across the Cayman area for the next 24 hours due to a weak pressure gradient across the Caribbean. Radar images show isolated showers in and around…

Cayman Brac: E. Coli levels unsatisfactory in Watering Place well samples

Source: Cayman Eye News From Cayman Islands Department of Environmental Health The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) advises residents of Watering Place, Cayman Brac to refrain from utilising well water for the purposes of drinking, bathing, brushing teeth, cooking, handwashing and washing of utensils until further notice. Affected areas include Poppy Lane, Mary Eli…

Cayman Brac well-water contaminated

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has issued a warning to residents of Watering Place, Cayman Brac after officials found  high levels of faecal bacteria contamination in the well water as a result of what could be sewage seepage. Officials urged people not to use well water for drinking, bathing,…

Cop car blaze suspect charged in unrelated case

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Rupert Spence, who was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the arson attack on two brand new police cars this week, has been charged with arson in another unrelated case. The 32-year-old man from George Town appeared in Summary Court Friday and was remanded in custody in connection with…

Father acquitted in historic sex-abuse case

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 61-year-old George Town man who was accused by his teenage daughter of incident assault on a single occasion when she was around ten years old was acquitted of the charges Friday, after a judge said he had some doubt about the evidence. The man, who is the father…

Safe thief suspect charged with burglary

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 21-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of burglary Wednesday has now been charged over a commercial break-in last month, where he is accused of making off with a safe containing an undisclosed amount of cash. The break-in happened on Friday, 9 March, at a store in West Shore…

Weekend Mail Call: Meeting Governor Choudhury

Source: Cayman Compass Governor Anwar Choudhury and his family seem to be making a fine impression with Cayman’s residents. Link: Weekend Mail Call: Meeting Governor Choudhury

NEW: After four-year decline, burglaries back on rise

Source: Cayman Compass Burglaries at homes and businesses rose nearly 20 percent last year while attempted break-ins went up more than 30 percent, according to new statistics released by Cayman police. Link: NEW: After four-year decline, burglaries back on rise

Cayman Islands DEH supports more than 5,000 volunteers for Earth Day

Source: Cayman Eye News From Cayman Islands Department of Environmental Health As part of community outreach for Earth Day activities this weekend, the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is providing support to more than 5,000 clean-up volunteers. This includes the provision of dumpsters, grab truck services, bags, gloves and garbage pick-up services. “We are…

$2.2 million scammer ordered to pay back cash

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Michelle Bouchard (57) has been ordered to pay back the money she stole from James Bruce Handford, an octogenarian whom she scammed out of millions of dollars while she shared his home. The Canadian national, who is serving a ten-year term, reduced from 12 by the Cayman Islands Court of…

Ghost net found by local fisherman

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Captain Charles Ebanks has tracked down the ‘ghost net’ that has been floating off the coast of the Cayman Islands over the last week, and researchers from the Department of Environment are planning to salvage the gruesome marine graveyard today. DoE Deputy Director Scott Slaybaugh told CNS Thursday night…

20 Apr Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 20 Apr Fri 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Light to moderate east to northeasterly winds along with slight to moderate seas will continue across the Cayman area for the next 24 hours due to a weakened pressure gradient across the Caribbean. Radar images show scattered showers south-southeast of Grand Cayman…

Traffic unit nets 32 drunks since start of month

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): While enforcement efforts by the RCIPS Traffic Management Unit continues, drivers are still ignoring the rules of the road and police have already arrested 32 drivers this month for getting behind the wheel after drinking. More than half of the drunk drivers were nabbed during the last two weekends, with…

PR scam appeal over absence of Bush rejected

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Paul Hume Ebanks, who is serving a 14-year prison term for his conviction on over two dozen counts relating to a Cayman Islands permanent residency and status scam, had his appeal rejected by the higher court Thursday. Ebanks was convicted for over two dozen charges of conning people out…

J’Ouvert Parade ‘great success’ leading up to Batabano

Source: Cayman Compass The J’Ouvert Parade and Breakfast Fete on Saturday was declared a resounding success by Batabano organizer Donna Myrie. Those willing to start a party at 4 a.m. were not disappointed when they showed up at the secret location, revealed only at midnight. Link: J’Ouvert Parade ‘great success’ leading up to

Annual Furball fundraiser promises a circus

Source: Cayman Compass The Cayman Island Humane Society has been dedicated to rescuing local cats and dogs and finding them forever homes for over four decades. Each year, the society holds its largest annual fundraising gala, the Furball, which is the main source of charitable donations for the year. Link: Annual Furball fundraiser

The pros and cons of Spring Break

Source: Cayman Compass It just passed, for those of us who work in the hotel industry anywhere south of latitude 31 degrees north – that time of year when hordes of college students descend on the beaches of Mexico, Florida, Texas and, to a lesser extent, Cayman. Link: The pros and cons of

‘Rundown’ returns to Harquail with more belly laughs

Source: Cayman Compass “Rundown,” the Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s annual comedy revue, returns to the Harquail Theatre for its 26th season starting on April 26 and running through May 13. Link: ‘Rundown’ returns to Harquail with more belly laughs

Cayman Islands March 2018 funerals

Source: Cayman Eye News Jan Elin Panton – 1 Mar 2018 Gun BayLionel Elmore Scott 5 Dec 1940 – 2 Mar 2018 Watering PlaceAmelia Marie Cunningham – 5 Mar 2018 Watering PlaceCharles A Brown – 16 Mar 2018 ProspectVivion Burowise Ebanks – 21 Mar 2018 HondurasSeth Reese (Boosie) Arch 11 Aug 1943 – 29…

Numbers and news from the Cayman Islands

Source: Cayman Eye News Rosa Harris, director of tourism, Cayman Islands By Gay Nagle Myers FROM TRAVEL WEEKLY The Cayman Islands is on a roll, with visitors numbers up, new hotel product coming on line, summer promotions for kids and a romance campaign set to target the couples market. “I’m happy with our performance,…

The Editor Speaks: Outrage and rightly so

Source: Cayman Eye News The Cayman Islands Immigration Department have sparked outrage to not only Caymanians but the paper variety too. The Immigration Department issued a statement aiming to clarify the situation for people who are Caymanian by right through descent who have to acquire a letter from immigration proving that fact. See iNews…

Spate of car break-ins lead to warning from police

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The RCIPS is issuing a warning to owners to ensure they secure their cars after six vehicle break-ins overnight Tuesday to Wednesday this week. The flurry of reports made to police yesterday included three in the Fairbanks Road area of George Town, one in Prospect and one in Savannah.…

Teenager arrested over WB robbery

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police have arrested an 18-year-old man from West Bay on suspicion of robbery and the possession of an unlicensed firearm. Officers working on the case, which involved an armed masked man making off with cash from a store at Batabano Plaza at around 6am on Tuesday 10 April, took the suspect…

Chamber to lobby for construction industry

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The construction sector is complaining that the cost of doing business and bureaucracy are constraining the ability to grow, even though the industry is currently enjoy a period of expansion. Thirty construction and development firms took part in a recent round table at the Chamber of Commerce and officials there…

19 Apr Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 19 Apr Thu 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Not available. See Weather Forecast Top Right of Website Sunshine just makes the day a little better, but it can also cause sunburns. Check the UV Report below to be prepared Humidity: 92%  (UP from yesterday) UV: 11.7   EXTREME  (Same as…

Appeal court jails free man in cop assault case

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Seth O’Neil Watler broke down in court Wednesday and had to be assisted down the stairs to the cells after he was jailed by the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal when the panel overturned a ten-month suspended sentence and replaced it with a year in prison. Watler pleaded guilty last…

Abandoned tangled net ensnares 100s of fish

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Boats, planes and all the relevant authorities around the region have been alerted to a twisted and tangled ball of abandoned fishing net, estimated to be at least 40ft across and 40ft deep, that is drifting somewhere off the Cayman coast. The so-called “ghost net” has ensnared hundreds of fish…

Manhunt underway after suspect pulls knife on cops

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police are currently searching for Dorlin Allen Ebanks (64) (aka “Allan Barnett”), a West Bay man who escaped from officers Tuesday as they tried to arrest him in the district after finding him in possession of cocaine. Ebanks was said to have brandished a knife and threatened the police before…

JetBlue expands service to the Caribbean [Cayman Islands]

Source: Cayman Eye News From Travel Pulse JetBlue announced Tuesday it would launch a new service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Grand Cayman on October 25. The once-daily flights from Florida to the Caribbean were originally announced in January, and the airline is celebrating the service by offering introductory fares starting at just $59 one-way.…

Local nail salon makes donation to Cayman Islands Crisis Centre

Source: Cayman Eye News (George Town, Grand Cayman)  Polished nail salon recently raised CI$600 in support of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre through a campaign to help support women in honour of international women’s month. Salon owner, Cindy Oostvogels said during the month of March they offered 20% off pedicures for every $10 donated…

The Editor Speaks: “The Day After Tomorrow”

Source: Cayman Eye News “The Day After Tomorrow” was a disaster film that depicted catastrophic climatic effects following the disruption of the North Atlantic Ocean circulation in a series of extreme weather events that usher in global cooling and lead to a new ice age. It was based on the book The Coming Global…

Cops round up arson suspect

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police have arrested a 32-year-old man from George Town in connection with the arson attack on two new RCIPS patrol cars at a garage on Walkers Road Tuesday morning. A spokesperson for the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service stated in a short release that the suspect was arrested shortly…

Morici: Cutting a deal with China

Source: Cayman Compass The Trump strategy to radically change trade and investment relations with China is well-intentioned but poorly conceived. Link: Morici: Cutting a deal with China

The feeding frenzy

Source: Cayman Compass The feeding frenzy — Our editorial cartoon Link: The feeding frenzy

Uproar over the ‘right to be Caymanian’

Source: Cayman Compass Legal difficulties in proving the right to be a Caymanian, identified in reports by the Cayman Compass more than two years ago, have left the local government trying to explain to multigenerational citizens why they might need to visit the Immigration Department. Link: Uproar over the ‘right to be Caymanian’

Suspected safe thief arrested over commercial break-in

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary today in connection with a commercial break-in last month where the perpetrator made off with a safe. Police said a store in West Shore Center, on the West Bay Road, was broken into on Friday, 9 March, where a safe containing…

Caymanians outraged over need to prove status

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The immigration department has issued a statement aiming to clarify the situation for people who are Caymanian by right through descent who have to acquire a letter from immigration proving that fact. However, the statement leaves several questions unanswered and has done little to address the outrage local people…

Premier says Cayman is part of ‘Global Britain’

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin has said that Cayman is a “very important part of Global Britain”. As he began attending events in London this week in connection with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference, McLaughlin, who was invited to the international event on behalf of all the British Overseas Territories,…

18 Apr Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 18 Apr Wed 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Isolated showers along with moderate northeasterly winds and seas will continue across the Cayman area today as the front weakens over the northwest Caribbean. Radar images show isolated showers south of Grand Cayman moving towards the southwest. Sunshine just makes the day…

Women plan legal action after marriage rejection

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A woman from the Cayman Islands and her fiancée are taking legal action after their application for a marriage licence was rejected Monday by the General Register because they are in a same-sex relationship. Chantelle Day, who is Caymanian, and her partner Vickie Bodden, who is British, have been together for…

Police raid West Bay lottery operation

Source: Cayman Compass Police in West Bay last week broke up a suspected illegal gambling operation, according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. Link: Police raid West Bay lottery operation

Police find illegal gun during robbery inquiry

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police have seized yet another illegal handgun, which was found during a search they carried out in connection to a recent robbery, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has said. The illegal weapon was discovered just before 9am Tuesday, while police were at a residence in West Bay as…

4 NCAA tournament teams headline strong  Cayman Islands Classic Basketball Tournament

Source: Cayman Eye News GEORGE TOWN, GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS — Caymax Sports Ltd., in conjunction with Global Sports Management, has announced that Clemson, Creighton, Georgia State and St. Bonaventure, which competed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, will headline the second annual eight-team Cayman Islands Classic college basketball invitational Nov. 19-21 2018. Akron, Boise State, Georgia…

The Editor Speaks: Arson. A new low

Source: Cayman Eye News The utter disdain that has crept into our society for our hardworking police force reached a new low this morning. “Around 2:45AM this morning, Tuesday, 17 April, police and fire officers were dispatched to the scene of a fire at a local garage on Walkers Road where two new police…

Jewelry theft suspect nabbed by off-duty officer

Source: Cayman Compass A George Town man suspected of stealing a bracelet from a Cardinall Avenue jewelry store at 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, was pursued and detained by an off-duty police officer. Link: Jewelry theft suspect nabbed by off-duty officer

Gun seized at West Bay home

Source: Cayman Compass Police seized a Walther .380 semiautomatic handgun during a search of a residence in West Bay Tuesday morning. Link: Gun seized at West Bay home

Mitchell: Economic freedom in Europe

Source: Cayman Compass I periodically share data comparing the United States and Europe, usually because I want to convince people that America’s medium-sized welfare state is better (less worse) than Europe’s bloated welfare states. Link: Mitchell: Economic freedom in Europe

Illegal numbers ring busted in West Bay

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Friday the thirteenth turned out to be unlucky for a couple in West Bay who were arrested after community cops busted a suspected numbers racket last week. The operation was in response to local concerns about illegal gambling and anti-social behaviour in and around the West Church Street and…

Athletes lauded for efforts at Commonwealth Games

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS Local Life): The 21 athletes who represented the Cayman Islands at the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia from 4-15 April have all returned home, being told that despite not winning any medals, they are still winners. Among the highlights for Team Cayman over the 11 days of…

Gulf Stream change spells more sea level danger

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Like many other low-lying countries around the world, the Cayman Islands is already on the front line when it comes to the threat of sea-level rise posed by climate change. But now scientists are raising concerns about another potential problem regarding sea levels on this side of the Atlantic…

Arsonists set new cop cars on fire

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Two new police cars were set on fire in George Town in the early hours of this morning in a suspected targeted arson attack, according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. Police said that the blaze happened before 2:45am on Tuesday, 17 April, at a local garage on…

17 Apr Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 17 Apr Tue 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Scattered showers along with moderate northeasterly winds and seas will continue across the Cayman area today as a stationary front lingers in our area. Radar images show showers in and around Cayman area moving towards the southwest. Sunshine just makes the day…

Jewel thief nabbed by staff, public and off-duty cop

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 22-year-old man from George Town was charged with theft after he snatched a piece of jewellery last week from a downtown store in the capital and made off on foot. The jewel thief triggered a chase, which began when one of the workers in the jewellery store went…

New bills pave way for no fault divorce

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Cayman Islands public is being invited to weigh in on three draft bills that government is proposing to modernise the legislation surrounding marriage and family life. The new laws include major changes to the process of divorce with the introduction of irretrievable breakdown as a no fault reason,…

Cayman Islands: CIFA Youth Leagues resume

Source: Cayman Eye News Games in the 2018 Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) youth leagues resumed this past Saturday, April 14 with a number of key Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15 match-ups. In the Boy’s Under 11 league played at the Annex Field, Future SCs Nahshon Ebanks and Caleb Fredricks scored four…

Accident victim mourned in Cayman, Philippines

Source: Cayman Compass Susan Simoy Sumalapao spent about eight years working as a nanny in Cayman before her life ended suddenly Thursday morning on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway. Link: Accident victim mourned in Cayman, Philippines

Brac hosts first run of the DG’s 5K Challenge

Source: Cayman Compass Deputy Governor Franz Manderson tied on his running shoes for the fifth annual DG’s 5K Challenge on Sunday, which kicked off on Cayman Brac. The race will be contested in Little Cayman for the first time on Saturday, and it will come to Grand Cayman for a grand finale on…

Husband remanded for firearm, wife bailed

Source: Cayman Compass A husband and wife in custody since last Wednesday appeared in Summary Court Monday, when the woman was granted bail on firearm charges and the man was remanded in custody. Link: Husband remanded for firearm, wife bailed

Police: Jamaican returns after prison sentence

Source: Cayman Compass A man who pleaded guilty in 2016 to his part in a conspiracy to import 194 pounds of ganja to Cayman is believed to have illegally returned to the islands, Royal Cayman Islands Police said Monday. Link: Police: Jamaican returns after prison sentence

Proposed laws would reform divorce, maintenance rules

Source: Cayman Compass Government is seeking public input on proposed reforms that would make divorces and financial relief stemming from divorces easier to obtain. Link: Proposed laws would reform divorce, maintenance rules

UK minister admits wrongful deportations to Caribbean

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): British Home Secretary Amber Rudd has apologised for the treatment of the ‘Windrush generation’, people from the Caribbean who moved to the UK as children in the late 1940’s and early 50’s. Admitting that her ministry had behaved wrongly and their treatment had been “appalling”, Rudd acknowledged that some…

Questions about the cruise dock project

Source: Cayman News Service ‘A. Caymanian’ writes: Dear Government of National Unity Members, Please enlighten the public and provide clarity on the following questions: 1. Will the public be informed of the full details before you commit to the final agreement in Q2 2018? 2. (a) When will the public be able to review…

Police appeal for witnesses in fatal collision

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Officers investigating the death of Susan Simoy Sumalapao (56), who was killed on Thursday morning as she attempted to cross the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, are appealing to anyone who may have seen the collision to come forward. The investigators said they were interested in talking with some particular witnesses that were…

Ex-UCCI teacher admits possession of child porn

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Dr Pierre Michel Pavlov Rameau (49), a former lecturer at the University College of the Cayman Islands, pleaded guilty to a dozen counts of possession of child pornography when he appeared in court Friday. Rameau, who is currently on remand, admitted having indecent images of children engaged in sexual…

Unhappy with state of old Hyatt property

Source: Cayman News Service I had thought that Cayman government passed a law some years ago that empowered it to charge $25,000 a day to owners of derelict properties. Why then is Dart not charged for the eyesore formerly called the Hyatt hotel, which as many know, is the remains of an amazing property…

16 Apr Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   16 Apr Mon 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Scattered showers along with light northerly winds and seas are expected over the Cayman area for the next 24 hours as cold front becomes stationary over our area today. Sunshine just makes the day a little better, but it can also…

CNB and KPMG advance to volleyball semifinals

Source: Cayman Compass In the early game on Wednesday, April 11, KPMG won in exciting fashion against DART-B in two sets, 25-20 and 25-19. Link: CNB and KPMG advance to volleyball semifinals

Coast guard

Source: Cayman Compass Coast guard — Our editorial cartoon Link: Coast guard

150 students turn out for Battle of the Books

Source: Cayman Compass One of Edna M. Moyle Primary School student Simon Hansson’s favorite books is “Brothers at Bat,” the tale of a 1930s family that was big enough to form its own baseball team. Link: 150 students turn out for Battle of the Books

The Editor Speaks: Friday 13th

Source: Cayman Eye News I am writing this Editorial on Friday 13th. The earliest you will get to read it will be the late evening of Sunday 15th. You will (hopefully all of you), therefore, be able to smile that you have survived the dreadful day without some form of mishap or even worse!…

Letter to United Nations & World Governments: Slaughtering of cow & buffalo (Project No.10, from S.Patnaik-India)

Source: Cayman Eye News By S.K.Patnaik Dear United Nations & World Governments, In most of countries following facilities are given to the old age people (senior, senior citizens, old people, older adults, the elderly, elders)> old age home, respite care home, continuous care home, anti-loneliness program, multi service medical centre, mobile medical units, reservation…

Local cuisine on display at Slow Food Day

Source: Cayman Compass The seventh annual Slow Food Day took place Saturday at Camana Bay, drawing hundreds of diners. Link: Local cuisine on display at Slow Food Day

EDITORIAL – Reflections on last week’s tragic pedestrian death

Source: Cayman Compass Less than an hour after Thursday morning’s fatal collision between an SUV and a pedestrian on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, amateur video of the accident scene had ricocheted around the island. Link: EDITORIAL – Reflections on last week’s tragic pedestrian death

Former UCCI lecturer pleads guilty to pornography charges

Source: Cayman Compass A former University College of the Cayman Islands lecturer pleaded guilty in Grand Court on Friday to 12 charges of possession of child pornography. Link: Former UCCI lecturer pleads guilty to pornography charges

$5 million cash bond demanded in extradition case

Source: Cayman Compass Iain Nigel MacKellar was granted bail in Grand Court on Friday afternoon as he awaits an extradition hearing on fraud charges later this month. Link: million cash bond demanded in extradition case

Community fights back after burglary spree

Source: Cayman Compass An alarming spike in burglaries has sparked police and community action in one Grand Cayman neighborhood. Link: Community fights back after burglary spree

15 Apr Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 15 Apr Sun 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Moderate southeast winds and seas will continue across the Cayman area today. Scattered showers with light northerly winds are expected from Monday morning as a cold front, currently over the Gulf of Mexico, enters the Northwest Caribbean. Radar images show scattered showers…

Chinese ICOs in Cayman Islands seeks overseas fundraising, new chance or new scam?

Source: Cayman Eye News From 8BTC More and more Chinese ICO projects are seeking fundraising overseas as prohibitive regulations over bitcoin and ICOs tightens. To bypass strict surveillance, these ICO projects have rejected direct private funding from Chinese individual investors, and turned to offshore foundations for fundraising, as reported by 21st Century Business Herald,…

Minister of Tourism De Weever: FCCA preparing for Foundation‘s Caribbean Children’s Environmental Poster Competition

Source: Cayman Eye News From SMN News POND ISLAND:— The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) is in the process of organizing its 2018 FCCA Foundation‘s Caribbean Children’s Environmental Poster Competition. This year’s competition, “Weathering the Storm: Disaster Preparation for my Destination”, seeks to promote and stimulate environmental awareness among Caribbean students, while effectively educating the…

Cayman Islands: Man found dead in Windsor Park, 13 April

Source: Cayman Eye News From RCIPS Shortly after 11:30AM Friday, 13 April, a man was found unresponsive by officers at an address in Holmes Turn, Windsor Park. The man, age 58, was a Jamaican national resident in Cayman. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The matter is currently under police investigation. Link:

14 Apr Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 14 Apr Sat 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS   Moderate east to southeast winds and seas will continue across Cayman area over the next 24 hours in association with a ridge high pressure just north of the Caribbean Sea. Radar images show isolated showers mainly over the Sister Islands area…

CRFM to convene 16th Meeting of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum in Montserrat

Source: Cayman Eye News BELIZE CITY, BELIZE, Friday, 13 April 2018 (CRFM)—Once a year, the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), an inter-governmental organization established to promote and facilitate the responsible use of the region’s fisheries resources, convenes a meeting of heads of national fisheries authorities from its 17 Member States. This year, that group…

Weekend Mail Call: Flex

Source: Cayman Compass Here’s what readers said about Flex – a new rideshare app that will allow riders to hail a taxi, track its arrival and pay the fare by mobile phone. Link: Weekend Mail Call: Flex

Woman admits bigamy in wake of husband’s death

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Kenia Yadira Alonzo Solis (29) has admitted a charge of bigamy following the death of the man she is accused of unlawfully marrying. A Honduran national, Solis married Aric Brooks (28) in March 2016 here in Cayman while she was still married to another man in her native Honduras, whom…

Weekend Spotlight

Source: Cayman Compass Vickie Wheaton has the inside scoop on the weekend’s best bets, including J’Ouvert, the Kirk Slam Fishing Tournament, Orange You Glad Gala and a chance to learn flamenco. Link: Weekend Spotlight

UPDATE: NOW OPEN – DOI Cayman Centre Office Currently Closed

Source: Cayman Eye News UPDATE: Fri April 13 DOI Cayman Centre Office Now Open Please be advised that the Cayman Islands Department of Immigration’s Cayman Centre office has now reopened for service to the public. The mechanical issue the facility was experiencing has since been fixed. Immigration officials would like to thank customers for…

ESO gets to work on annual business statistics

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Businesses are being asked to complete survey forms over the next few weeks as the Economics and Statistics Office begins its annual work measuring the economic performance of industries in Cayman for 2017. Forms were hand-delivered, mailed and emailed to businesses that produce goods and services in the Cayman…

Wife dodges jail over ‘gun-selfies’ with husband

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A West Bay woman who was coerced by her new husband, a convicted gunman, into holding a firearm and taking ‘selfies’ dodged going to jail Thursday after receiving a suspended sentence, despite admitting possession of an unlicensed firearm. Previous court hearings had established exceptional circumstances in the case against Kayla…

Customs officer suspended following arrest

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A long-serving female customs officer was arrested on suspicion of evading customs duty following a customs operation on 5 April, according to a release issued by Collector of Customs Charles Clifford this week. The officer, who is believed to have been with the department for many years, has now been…

13 Apr Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 13 Apr Fri 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Light to moderate easterly winds and seas will continue across Cayman area over the next 24 hours in association with a ridge high pressure over the Caribbean. Radar images show isolated showers over the Cayman area moving west. Sunshine just makes the…

Governor approves CJ’s service on Bermuda’s appeals court

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Governor Anwar Choudhury has given Chief Justice Anthony Smellie his approval to serve on the Court of Appeal of Bermuda. Officials said that he will make his debut appearance on the appeals panel in June, when he will be away from office in the Cayman Islands on leave, and that similar arrangements…

Landlord wants to charge tenant’s guests

Source: Cayman News Service Just wondering what the laws are for landlords and registering their rentals and how tenants can know if it is a legally registered rental property. I know of a landlord who also wants to charge their tenants hotel rates for family to visit and stay in her studio apartment. Not…

Woman killed on highway bridge

Source: Cayman Compass A 56-year-old woman from the Philippines died Thursday morning after she was struck while walking on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway bridge just north of the Kimpton Seafire hotel. Link: Woman killed on highway bridge

Police break up cockfighting ring

Source: Cayman Compass The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service announced on Thursday that officers arrested a man on March 21 in connection with an illegal cockfighting ring. Link: Police break up cockfighting ring

Parents get tips on helping their children read

Source: Cayman Compass On three recent evenings, parents and their Year 2 students at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School worked to improve reading skills using the Partners in Print program. Link: Parents get tips on helping their children read

EDITORIAL – Welcoming our newest residents

Source: Cayman Compass Allow us to officially (and very belatedly) welcome the Cayman Islands’ 708 new permanent residents. Congratulations are in order, and perhaps a bottle of celebratory champagne. Link: EDITORIAL – Welcoming our newest residents

Manderson faces fears at YMCA ropes course

Source: Cayman Compass The tower in front of him stood 53 feet tall, but for Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, it may as well have been twice that high. Mr. Manderson faced his fear of heights Wednesday, when he was the first person to take a run at the ropes challenge course designed for…

[Contains Offensive Language] Community officers and DoA recover over 80 chickens suspected to be used in cock fighting, one man arrested

Source: Cayman Eye News From RCIPS On Wednesday, 21 March, officers of the Community Policing Department carried out a search of an address in the North Sound Estate Area with assistance from the Department of Agriculture. During the search over forty roosters were found. The roosters had all sustained various injuries, which a veterinary…

The Editor Speaks: Curiouser and curiouser!

Source: Cayman Eye News “Curiouser and curiouser!’ cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English). – Lewis Carroll I said the same thing when I heard Cayman’s Speaker of the House, McKeeva Bush, being interviewed on Rooster’s “Cayman CrossTalk” recently. At least I…

Woman hit by SUV in ETH fatal collision

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The police have now said that a 56-year-old woman from the Philippines was killed Thursday morning after she was struck by a Ford Edge SUV at around 8am as she was crossing the Esterley Tibbetts Highway on the southbound carriageway, just yards past the roundabout by Yacht Drive. The…

Local cops bust suspected cock-fighting farm

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 50-year-old man from Bodden Town has been arrested for cruelty to animals in connection with a suspected cock-fighting ring, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has said. Community police officers and officials from the Department of Agriculture carried out a raid last month at a property in the…

Cops arrest three after recovering illegal gun

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Two women from George Town and a man from Bodden Town have been arrested after Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officers found an illegal pistol during a raid on Wednesday in Newlands. The RCIPS said officers had executed a warrant at the undisclosed Bodden Town house and recovered a Glock…

Governor lauds HSA facilities on first visit

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The governor was singing the praises of the hospitals on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac following tours of both facilities. Anwar Choudhury told officials that the Health Services Authority (HSA) is comparable to some of the best hospitals in the UK, stating that the hospitals had “blown me away…

NSC backs gun amnesty and safety officers

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is expected to begin a gun amnesty this month after this was agreed to during Tuesday’s National Security Council meeting. Chairing his first NSC meeting, Governor Anwar Choudhury steered officials towards and approved a number of crime fighting measures, including the adoption of Community…

Pedestrian killed on ETH

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Emergency services are on the scene of a fatal collision along the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, where it appears a woman has been knocked down and killed. The RCIPS released a short statement at about 8:15 this morning, stating that police, fire and ambulance personnel were on the scene close to…

Fatal accident near West Bay roundabout

Source: Cayman Compass A female pedestrian was killed in an accident on the Esterley Tibbetts Highway, just south of the roundabout by the Cayman Islands Yacht Club on Thursday morning. Link: Fatal accident near West Bay roundabout

12 Apr Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   12 Apr Thu 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Moderate winds and seas will continue across Cayman area over the next 24 hours as the high pressure ridge weakens further and an inverted trough moves into the Northwest Caribbean. Radar images show scattered showers south of the Sister Islands. Sunshine…

Cayman Islands NSC takes action to tackle serious crime

Source: Cayman Eye News The National Security Council met on the afternoon of 10 April for its first session since the arrival of new Governor, Anwar Choudhury.  The agenda included strategic issues to tackle burglary, armed robbery as well as the importation of guns and drugs. Following the NSC meeting the Governor commented that…

The Editor Speaks: Sol issues statement praising itself

Source: Cayman Eye News After the damaging report by the utilities regulator, OfReg, who stating clearly Sol Petroleum Cayman Ltd were responsible for the fire last year at its fuel depot at Jackson point, SOL issued its own statement in reply. And what did it say? It praised itself for its commitment to safety…

Cayman Islands: CARIFTA Swimming Championships 2018

Source: Cayman Eye News The CARIFTA Swimming Championship is the largest event each year for Cayman’s age group swimmers to compete against the best in the region. Cayman has become a competitive force and a challenger to much bigger teams from bigger islands. With a medal haul of 41 this year and an all-time…

Cayman Islands: Next stage of the new Motorola radio system

Source: Cayman Eye News GRAND CAYMAN (GIS) – As part of the next step to provide the Cayman Islands with a mission-critical communication system, government leaders have tested the cutting-edge equipment provided by Motorola Solutions. The new equipment is due to arrive on island within the week. Ministry of Home Affairs Deputy Chief Officer,…

EDITORIAL – CIS expansion: An investment in our future

Source: Cayman Compass The political aphorism, “show me your budget and I will show you what you value,” can be applied to any endeavor – public, private or personal. Link: EDITORIAL – CIS expansion: An investment in our future

Final count: 57 percent of residence applications approved

Source: Cayman Compass It has taken the Cayman Islands government just over nine months to plow through a backlog of 1,200 applications for permanent residence filed by non-Caymanians. Link: Final count: 57 percent of residence applications approved

A welcome mat for wheelchair users

Source: Cayman Compass For Bronson Ebanks, going for a swim in the clear, calm waters off Seven Mile Beach has been virtually impossible since he suffered a stroke in 2015. Link: A welcome mat for wheelchair users

Premier to represent BOTs at Commonwealth talk-shop

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin will be heading to London Thursday for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit as the representative for the British Overseas Territories. The Cayman Islands leader is currently serving as the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA) president and has been invited to the international talking-shop by…

Marketing executive to lead National Trust

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The National Trust of the Cayman Islands has appointed Nadia Hardie as its next Executive Director ahead of the departure of the current director, Christina Pineda, who leaves the NGO at the end of this month. Hardie, who previously worked in marketing in the offshore financial sector and tourism, is…

Governor gets down to crime-fighting work

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Since his arrival in the Cayman Islands last month, the new governor, Anwar Choudhury, has said that he is prioritising security and the battle against crime. Having already had several meetings on the subject with the police commissioner and other officials, yesterday he chaired his first National Security Council…

Sol avoids admitting safety breaches

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Bulk fuel supplier, Sol, has released another statement in the wake of a damning report by the utilities regulator regarding the fire at the Jackson Point fuel depot last year. However, Sol has yet to admit any responsibility in the events that led up to the dangerous incident, which…

Over 700 PRs granted over last year as backlog clears

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Almost one year after the Caymanian Status and Permanent Residency (CSPR) Board and administrators at the Department if Immigration began work on the backlog of residency applications, 1,656 applications have been tackled and 43%, or 708 applicants, have been granted permanent residency, while 528 or 32% have been declined. Another…

Cruise ship crashes into dock in Roatan

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A cruise ship crashed into a pier Tuesday, cutting a hole in the side of the vessel, which was attempting to dock in the port of Coxan Hole in Roatan. The MSC Armonia was supposed to pull up alongside the pier but instead the vessel appear to arrived at…

11 Apr Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 11 Apr Wed 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Light to moderate winds and seas will continue across Cayman area over the next 24 hours as the weak pressure gradient across the Northwest Caribbean lingers. Radar images show no showers over the Cayman area. Sunshine just makes the day a little…

Jury makes quick decision in workplace ‘hammer’ case

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): It took the jury less than one hour Tuesday to find Dain Damean McPherson (33) guilty of GBH following an attack on his supervisor at the supermarket where the men worked. The two men had engaged in an angry verbal altercation at the start of their shift at Foster’s Countryside…

Victim robbed and kicked by midnight muggers

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A men fell victim to a gang of five or six muggers who made off with his cash and phone at around midnight on Sunday. Police responded to the report of the street robbery, which happened in the centre of George Town near to the junction of Rock Hole Road…

Pedestrian hit by car following crash in GT

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A man who was walking along the pavement on Eastern Avenue Monday morning landed in hospital after he was hit by a car following the collision of a Honda CR-V and a Ford Truck. According to the police report, the man was struck near the School Road junction after…

EDITORIAL – Governor Choudhury steps up in Cayman’s battle against crime

Source: Cayman Compass The governor has a fresh perspective and appears to have a sturdy spine and willingness to take on difficult problems, all of which will serve him well in leading – and winning – the uphill battle against crime. Link: EDITORIAL – Governor Choudhury steps up in Cayman’s battle against crime

Governor checks out Grand Cayman’s airport

Source: Cayman Compass Less than two weeks after touching down there, Governor Anwar Choudhury, seen above in a lime green hard hat and carrying his own ubiquitous hat in his hand, returned to the Owen Roberts International Airport Friday for an official tour. Link: Governor checks out Grand Cayman’s airport

A dozen immigration fraud defendants in court dock

Source: Cayman Compass Twelve people – six suspended Immigration Department employees and six other Cayman Islands residents – stood in the Summary Court dock Tuesday facing various charges related to a scheme that anti-corruption cops said sought to cheat an English-language proficiency requirement for foreign workers. Link: A dozen immigration fraud defendants in

Dozen defendants cram into dock for corruption case

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Six public officers from the Department of Immigration and six of the department’s clients crammed into the dock Tuesday, when they made their first appearance in connection with a long running anti-corruption conspiracy case. The dozen defendants face bribery and fraud charges related to the test administered to applicants…

Teens arrested for smoking ganja on boat

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Two teenagers and an older man were all arrested on Sunday for smoking ganja on board a boat in Rum Point. The police said they boarded the boat after detecting a strong smell of weed coming from the vessel, which was anchored close to others at the popular weekend spot.…

Will: What interest is served by disenfranchising felons?

Source: Cayman Compass What compelling government interest is served by felon disenfranchisement? Enhanced public safety? How? Is it to fine-tune the quality of the electorate? Link: Will: What interest is served by disenfranchising felons?

More paperwork

Source: Cayman Compass Today’s editorial cartoon Link: More paperwork

10 Apr Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   10 Apr Tue 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Not available.  See Weather Forecast Top Right of Website. Sunshine just makes the day a little better, but it can also cause sunburns. Check the UV Report below to be prepared Humidity: 84%  (UP from yesterday) UV: 12.3   EXTREME  (UP…

Why Cayman Islands tourism has surged

Source: Cayman Eye News By Ed Wetschler From Recommend The news that U.S. arrivals in the Cayman Islands were up 13.44 percent in 2017—definitely a stand-out in the Caribbean region—made this reporter eager for more details. The result: this conversation with Rosa Harris, director of tourism at theCayman Islands Department of Tourism. Recommend: U.S.…

UK’s Larry Covington fights testimony application by Cayman politician McKeeva Bush

Source: Cayman Eye News By David Marchant from Offshore Alert Florida-based United Kingdom government employee Larry Covington is fighting an attempt by Cayman Islands politician McKeeva Bush to compel his evidence for a ‘malicious prosecution’ lawsuit that Bush is pursuing in Cayman against that jurisdiction’s former Governor, former Police Commissioner and current Attorney General.…

Cayman Islands local media expert joins agency team

Source: Cayman Eye News Tower, one of Cayman’s leading strategic communications agencies, has recently added well-known journalist and media personality, Mr Ben Meade, to its team. With 20 years’ experience in the media industry spanning radio, television, newspapers, news agencies, and online, Mr Meade brings a diverse set of skills to the Tower team and its…

The Editor Speaks: Alarming report on diesel tank fire

Source: Cayman Eye News “The primary investigation was conducted over a period of four (4) months and concludes that SOL, through its employees and contractors did not take all reasonable precaution as required by relevant code, standards and best practices to which it subscribes or mandated under the Dangerous Substances Law (“DS Law”) for…

‘Visionary’ Bo Miller dies at 66

Source: Cayman Compass Tributes have been paid to a “Caymanian patriot” following the death of Derrington “Bo” Miller Sunday after a long battle with cancer. He was 66. Link: ‘Visionary’ Bo Miller dies at 66

Sargassum seaweed returns to Cayman

Source: Cayman Compass Beachgoers reported an influx of sargassum seaweed this weekend at a number of beaches and coastal areas on the south side of Grand Cayman and in parts of West Bay. Link: Sargassum seaweed returns to Cayman

Security council to hold first meeting since last October

Source: Cayman Compass The Cayman Islands National Security Council, created under the territory’s 2009 Constitution Order, will meet Tuesday for the first time in about six months. Link: Security council to hold first meeting since last October

Mobi-mat rolled out for disabled beachgoers

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The much-anticipated Mobi-mat was rolled out on Friday, offering wheelchair users access to Grand Cayman’s famous Seven Mile Beach. The project has been in the works for around 18 months, and disability advocates were delighted when the access ramp was laid out for a test run. Morne Botes, who continues…

Colorado predicts 14 storms in 2018 season

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The first official prediction for the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season has been published by researchers; weather experts from Colorado State University and the storm seers are calling for 14 named storms, seven of which will become hurricanes and three of those are forecast to reach the higher end of the…

Woman hit by car sustains serious injuries

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A woman is in hospital recovering from serious injuries, including several broken ribs, after she was hit by a car in West Bay on Sunday evening. At around 6:20pm a report was made to 911 that a woman had been hit by a grey Hyundai Accent on Mount Pleasant…

Bush has ‘forgiven and forgotten’

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The speaker of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly has denied that politics and a desire to hold onto power led him to join forces with Premier Alden McLaughlin to form the Government of National Unity. After years of animosity between McKeeva Bush and McLaughlin, the veteran politician said he had…

BT burglary suspect admits using cocaine

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 45-year-old man from Bodden Town who was netted by police following two burglaries in the district last week also admitted using drugs when he was arrested. He has now been charged with consumption of cocaine as well as burglary. The man is accused of breaking into a home on Hirst…

9 Apr Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 9 Apr Mon 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Continued light to moderate winds and seas are expected across the Cayman Islands over the next 24 hours as the weak pressure gradient across the Northwest Caribbean lingers. Radar images show isolated showers in and around the Cayman area moving northeast. Sunshine…

Cayman Islands: Bo Miller and Raymond Barnes have died

Source: Cayman Eye News It is with much sadness we have to announce the deaths of Derringtom (Bo Bo) Miller and Raymond Barnes. Both were prominent business men and Mr. Miller was a community  leader and stood in the 2013 election but was unsuccessful. Mr Barnes is the owner of Barnes Plaza on Walkers…

Grand Cayman voted one of the best Caribbean travel destinations

Source: Cayman Eye News From Aqua Bay Club Every year TripAdvisor produces lists of top destinations worldwide. Awarded based on traveler’s reviews, Grand Cayman has been voted the #6 best Caribbean destination. Unlike other online publications where ratings are based on single opinions of a group or like-minded individuals and brands, TripAdvisor is used…

Brac artist claims protected right of ‘freedom of expression’

Source: Cayman Compass Cayman Brac resident artist Ronald Gregory Kynes appeared in Summary Court on Friday for another case management hearing before his trial for possession of an obscene publication. Link: Brac artist claims protected right of ‘freedom of expression’

Cayman’s fastest man goes for gold in Australia

Source: Cayman Compass Sprinter Kemar Hyman goes to the 100 meter final at the Commonwealth Games in Australia Monday with real confidence he can bring home a medal for the Cayman Islands. Link: Cayman’s fastest man goes for gold in Australia

Welding caused fuel terminal fire, report finds

Source: Cayman Compass A potentially catastrophic fire at Grand Cayman’s fuel terminal last July was caused by welding work on an in-service diesel tank that was not properly monitored and should not have taken place, according to an investigation report from the fuels inspectorate. Link: Welding caused fuel terminal fire, report finds

Government school registration open

Source: Cayman Compass Government school registration for the 2018-2019 school year is under way and will be open until June 29. Link: Government school registration open

New RCIPS drug dogs to arrive this month

Source: Cayman Compass Officers with drug-detecting dogs could be patrolling the territory’s streets and public beaches by the end of the month, according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. Link: New RCIPS drug dogs to arrive this month

National Weather Service: 2018 hurricane season prediction

Source: Cayman Compass As we approach the onset of the 2018 hurricane season, we pause to take time to look back at the 2017 hurricane season before looking at the 2018 prediction. Link: National Weather Service: 2018 hurricane season prediction

Birthday celebration in Prospect ends in court

Source: Cayman Compass A young man with no previous convictions received a suspended sentence on Thursday after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to a woman at what was supposed to have been a birthday celebration. Link: Birthday celebration in Prospect ends in court

Unresponsive George Town man pronounced dead

Source: Cayman Compass A man was found unresponsive in George Town and later pronounced dead Saturday at the Cayman Islands Hospital. Link: Unresponsive George Town man pronounced dead

Prospect community meets Monday night

Source: Cayman Compass Residents of Prospect are invited to a public meeting organized by the Prospect Community Group on Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m. Link: Prospect community meets Monday night

8 Apr Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 8 Apr Sun 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Light to moderate winds and seas are expected across the Cayman Islands over the next 24 hours in association with a weak pressure gradient across the Northwest Caribbean. Radar images show isolated showers in and around the Cayman area moving north. Sunshine…

Activities in Cayman Islands to mark World Health Day 2018

Source: Cayman Eye News The theme for World Health Day 2018 is Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere. Universal health coverage means that all people and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. Universal health coverage enables everyone to access the services that address the most important causes of disease and…

7 Apr Sat Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 7 Apr Sat 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Light winds and smooth seas are expected to continue across the Cayman Islands over the next 24 hours in association with a weak pressure gradient across the Northwest Caribbean. Sunshine just makes the day a little better, but it can also cause…

Mail Call: Fake Premier

Source: Cayman Compass Premier Alden McLaughlin says that over the years, “hundreds” of fake social media profiles have been opened using his name. Use these expert tips to spot fake profiles online. Link: Mail Call: Fake Premier

Man dodges jail following drunken assault

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 23-year-old man from George Town has avoided going to jail despite hitting a woman in the face with a bottle during a drunken brawl. Hector Latrell Whittaker pleaded guilty to wounding on the morning of his trial in February and received a 17-month jail sentence Thursday, which was suspended for…

6 Apr Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   6 Apr Fri 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Light winds and smooth seas are expected to continue across the Cayman Islands over the next 24 hours in association with a weak pressure gradient across the Northwest Caribbean. Radar images show isolated showers around the Cayman area moving southwest. Sunshine…

Slow Food Day features rising star Jack Barwick

Source: Cayman Compass Slow Food Day has been celebrated in Camana Bay since 2012, so this year will see the seventh annual Slow Food Day return to the Town Centre on April 14. Link: Slow Food Day features rising star Jack Barwick

New plans for Attic and Obar

Source: Cayman Compass It seems that two movers and shakers in the service industry are finally coming together. The Thai Group Ltd., known for Thai Orchid Restaurant and Touch of Thai Spa, has purchased The Attic Sports Lounge and Obar Nightclub in Queens Court Plaza, and is joining forces with master mixologist Lachlan…

Take a ‘Journey’ with artist Yonier Powery

Source: Cayman Compass From gripping paintings to smaller ceramic works, and all that lies in between, Awardart Gallery is gearing up to take guests on a surreal artistic voyage through the works of painter and ceramicist Yonier Powery. Link: Take a ‘Journey’ with artist Yonier Powery

Culture at the Cinema: ‘Hamlet’

Source: Cayman Compass If you kicked yourself for missing Benedict Cumberbatch’s “Hamlet” when it was first shown at the Camana Bay Cinema, it is time to rejoice. Link: Culture at the Cinema: ‘Hamlet’

Feed Our Future Charity Ride

Source: Cayman Compass If you own a bicycle and fancy seeing a lot of Cayman while supporting one of the island’s important charities, you may want to sign up for the Feed Our Future Century Charity Ride, scheduled for April 15. Link: Feed Our Future Charity Ride

[Cayman Islands least complex location] China, Brazil and Turkey rank highest in 2018 Financial Complexity Index

Source: Cayman Eye News From Globe newswire TMF Group’s Annual Financial Complexity Index Weighs Economic, Legal, Tax and Accounting Policies to Determine Most, Least Complex Regions for Businesses NEW YORK, April 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TMF Group, a leading provider of high value business services to clients operating and investing internationally, today announced…

Anthony Travers: The EU and the ‘new 21st century colonialism’

Source: Cayman Eye News By: Anthony Travers, OBE, Travers Thorp Alberga |From International Investment Responding to public and media pressure brought on by the so-called Panama and Paradise papers exposés, the European Union has been compiling, tweaking and talking for months about its “blacklist” of “non-compliant” jurisdictions. On 5 December, it published a working…

Cayman makes triumphant return from CARIFTA games

Source: Cayman Compass The last of the Cayman swimmers returned home from the CARIFTA Aquatics Championships on Thursday, and they were greeted with a congratulatory cheer as they entered the arrivals hall at Owen Roberts International Airport. Link: Cayman makes triumphant return from CARIFTA games

Little Cayman National Trust holds annual Easter Auction

Source: Cayman Compass The residents of Little Cayman came together for a good cause last weekend, when they participated in the 26th Annual Easter Auction for the Little Cayman District of the National Trust for the Cayman Islands. Link: Little Cayman National Trust holds annual Easter Auction

Power outages affect Grand Cayman districts

Source: Cayman Compass Power outages affected wide swaths of Grand Cayman on Wednesday night from around 7:15 p.m., including areas in George Town, Bodden Town, West Bay and Prospect. Link: Power outages affect Grand Cayman districts

Health is a human right, says minister

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Health Minister Dwayne Seymour has said that “health is a human right and nobody should have to choose between good health and other life necessities”. In a statement to mark World Health Day, the minister said that everybody in Cayman should have access to the best healthcare available. “Neither should…

Power black-out hit 13,000 CUC customers

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A power outage that impacted large parts of West Bay, Bodden Town, Prospect and George Town on Tuesday evening, from around 7pm, just as families were preparing dinner, was caused by “generating unit safety systems tripping a number of generating units in response to an operational anomaly”, CUC said in a release…

Cops dish out 341 speeding tickets in just one month

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Traffic police issued 341 speeding tickets throughout March, 187 of them over the last two weeks of the month, following enforcement operations largely on the Linford Pierson and Esterley Tibbetts Highways. The RCIPS said that while both of these roads have top speed limits of 40mph, a few drivers have…

Cayman’s new prison boss wants to engage community

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Steven Barrett, the new prison director, hopes he can engage HMP Northward with the community so that when prisoners are released they will be welcomed back and given a new chance at life in that community. Speaking to CNS just a few weeks after taking over the helm of…

Miller calls for change in civil service promotion process

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Opposition Leader Ezzard Miller expressed his frustrations last month over the blame political representatives get for the failings in civil service succession planning and urged the administrative arm of government to stop making competent, qualified and experienced Caymanians in the line of succession for senior posts compete with the…

5 Apr Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 5 Apr Thu 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Light easterly winds and slight seas are expected to continue across the Cayman Islands over the next 24 hours in association with a weak pressure gradient across the Northwest Caribbean. Radar images show isolated showers south of the Cayman area. Sunshine just…

Cayman Islands Governor Choudhury meets MLA Kenneth Bryan

Source: Cayman Eye News His Excellency the Governor, Mr. Anwar Choudhury met George Town Central MLA Kenneth Bryan for a one-on-one discussion this morning (Wednesday, 4 April 2018) in his office at the Government Administration Building. The meeting followed a visit to the fish market in Mr. Bryan’s constituency yesterday, in which the Governor…

Young Caymanian players to train with DC United

Source: Cayman Eye News Three young Caymanian footballers – Ethan Rivers, Jaden Ebanks and Ciaron Haylock – will be spending a week at Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit DC United in April 2018. With the assistance of and encouragement from the West Bay Sports Foundation, the Cayman Islands Football Association, the Ministry of Education,…

Land Reserve Fund hosts Cayman Islands fundraising event

Source: Cayman Eye News The Land Reserve Fund arm of the National Trust for the Cayman Islands held their Cocktails and Canapes for Conservation fundraising event on 22nd March 2018. They were hosted at the home of Martyn and Vivian Bould who generously donated their time and their beautiful grounds for the evening. The…

EDITORIAL – Government hits the brakes on Uber-like service

Source: Cayman Compass But thanks to government’s apparently insatiable need to interfere with private enterprise, the Flex app falls far short of offering “Uber in Cayman.” Link: EDITORIAL – Government hits the brakes on Uber-like service

Governor Choudhury explores Grand Cayman

Source: Cayman Compass One advantage to being the governor in a tourist destination is getting to play the tourist. Link: Governor Choudhury explores Grand Cayman

Tennis star makes waves in Cayman

Source: Cayman Compass As one of the world’s best tennis players, Caroline Wozniacki has faced almost every challenge the game has to offer. But Tuesday on Seven Mile Beach, the Danish superstar had a new obstacle to overcome – an opponent in jet boots. Link: Tennis star makes waves in Cayman

Evidence concludes in immigration officer’s DUI trial

Source: Cayman Compass Evidence in the trial of senior immigration officer Garfield (Gary) Wong concluded on Tuesday, with closing speeches scheduled for May 23. Link: Evidence concludes in immigration officer’s DUI trial

Extradition hearing still set for April 30

Source: Cayman Compass A Cayman resident wanted in the United States for alleged fraud appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday, when Crown and defense attorneys argued whether he should be bailed until his extradition hearing, set for April 30. Link: Extradition hearing still set for April 30

Forget left and right – the new political divide is between open and closed

Source: Cayman Islands Journal Major political events in recent times, from Brexit to the U.S. presidential elections, have been framed in the context of a debate between “open” and “closed” rather than “left” or “right.” Link: Forget left and right – the new political divide is between open and closed

Teaching the next generation about ‘money’

Source: Cayman Islands Journal As individuals we all hold our own preconceptions of “money,” most of which were formed through our childhood and adolescent experiences. In today’s world most toddlers are able to navigate an iPhone long before being able to count a jar of loose change. Link: Teaching the next generation about

Secular market cycles: What’s your strategy for your portfolio?

Source: Cayman Islands Journal Global financial markets have revelled in somewhat of a sweet spot over the last eight years. Most striking are the significant positive returns across major asset classes that historically exhibit strong negative correlation. Link: Secular market cycles: What’s your strategy for your portfolio?

Sea level, temperature rise threaten Cayman in just 80 years

Source: Cayman Islands Journal The most-startling prediction is that a quarter-meter rise in sea levels, less than 10 inches, will swamp 33 buildings in Grand Cayman, among them 17 private homes and two apartment blocks. Apart from the shock value, the striking thing about the forecasts are that they are nine years old, published…

The changing landscape of telecommunications

Source: Cayman Islands Journal Just several years ago, companies like Digicel were largely known as mobile phone providers. But with the exploding popularity of WhatsApp and other applications that allow people to text and make voice calls over the internet, telecommunications companies can no longer rely on selling prepaid and postpaid bundles of minutes…

Governor calls for balance over environment

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The governor has said that it is important to strike a balance in order to protect the Cayman Islands and that it is vital to protect the environment while protecting the country’s prosperity. Anwar Choudhury has stated on a number of occasions since his arrival that he will be…

GT shooting case thrown out for lack of evidence

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A West Bay man walked free from court last week after firearms charges against him were thrown out when the judge presiding over the trial decided there was no case to answer. Although police recovered spent shell cases, indicating that a weapon had been fired outside the Roof Top…

MLA accuses CIG of excuses over top CS jobs

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The independent member for George Town Central accused the government of making excuses after it rejected his private member’s motion to make the top jobs for the fire service and immigration department reserved for locals. Kenneth Bryan believes that the government does have the power to direct policy and…

Immigration to split into new agencies

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): As government begins work on shaping a new border protection force, which will see the customs and immigration enforcement arms merge and the creation of a new human resources unit, the immigration department as it is now will no longer exist. Speaking in the Legislative Assembly last month, the…

4 Apr Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   4 Apr Wed 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Light easterly winds and slight seas are expected to continue across the Cayman Islands over the next 24 hours in association with a weak high pressure system over the western Atlantic Ocean. Sunshine just makes the day a little better, but…

Customs gets ‘D’ for ‘disappointing’

Source: Cayman News Service (Auntie): As a general rule, I try to stay positive and look on the brighter side of things, especially when I encounter so many people, both in the public and private sector, who genuinely seem determined to help, some of whom I have praised with an Ask Auntie Award. However,…

Yellow Media brings Global Expertise for 2018 Digital Conference in Cayman Islands

Source: Cayman Eye News Yello Media Group, the region’s leading advertising solutions provider will be hosting a Digital Marketing Conference, “Digital Marketing Innovation: Ready for Tomorrow!”, across the Caribbean starting with Cayman Islands on Monday, April 16th at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort from 8:00am to 1:00pm. Digital Marketing Innovation: Ready for Tomorrow! aims to…

Miss World Cayman Islands announce Pageant date

Source: Cayman Eye News The Miss World Cayman Islands committee is pleased to announce that the inaugural Miss World Cayman Islands pageant will be held on Saturday, 8th September 2018. The Miss World Cayman Islands pageant is a great opportunity for women to enhance their personal and professional development by gaining confidence in public…

Cayman Islands team welcomed at XXI Commonwealth Games

Source: Cayman Eye News The Cayman Islands delegation of athletes, coaches and team officials was given a warm welcome to Gold Coast, Australia, for the XXI Commonwealth Games. “I know you’ve worked hard and dedicated an immense amount of time into your training to make it here to represent your country,” said CG2018 Games…

UK Treasury Select Committee announces new offshore tax inquiry

Source: Cayman Compass The House of Commons Treasury Select Committee has announced several tax inquiries to assess the progress made by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs in tackling offshore tax evasion and in discouraging the use of tax avoidance schemes. Link: UK Treasury Select Committee announces new offshore tax inquiry

Butterfield completes its acquisition of Deutsche Bank Global Trust Solutions

Source: Cayman Compass Butterfield has completed the acquisition of Deutsche Bank’s Global Trust Solutions business outside of the United States. The GTS portfolio consists of some 1,000 trust structures for approximately 900 clients. Link: Butterfield completes its acquisition of Deutsche Bank Global Trust Solutions

Briat appoints chief underwriter

Source: Cayman Compass Briat Insurance Ltd. has appointed Annette Jim as SVP underwriting and chief underwriting officer. Link: Briat appoints chief underwriter

Yello Media hosts digital marketing conference

Source: Cayman Compass Yello Media Group is hosting a digital marketing conference, “Digital Marketing Innovation: Ready for Tomorrow!,” on April 16 at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort. Link: Yello Media hosts digital marketing conference

Missing cruise ship worker turns up in West Bay

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A Cuban woman who was working on a cruise ship and reported missing in Cayman last month has been found in West Bay. Yusmaidys Ortiz Perez (34) failed to re-board the MSC Opera, which arrived in Grand Cayman on Friday, 23 March and departed the same day. However, police…

Cayman facing more pressure over ownership

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Cayman Islands is likely to face increasing pressure over the coming months to make its beneficial ownership registry public. As the  British government seeks to sanction Russian oligarchs connected to the Kremlin in the wake of the poisoning in England of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter,…

Draft regulations published for Data Protection Law

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Government has published draft regulations in preparation for the implementation of the long-awaited Data Protection Law, which comes in to effect in January next year. The public now has one month to submit any comments they have about the regulations, which provide for exemptions to the law in relation to…

Will: Who will pay for paid family leave?

Source: Cayman Compass The recent bipartisan budget agreement, which indicates that 10-digit deficits are acceptable to both parties even when the economy is robust, indicates government’s future. Link: Will: Who will pay for paid family leave?

Easter beach camping

Source: Cayman Compass Easter beach camping — Our editorial cartoon Link: Easter beach camping

Cayman athletes start out strong at CARIFTA Games

Source: Cayman Compass The Cayman Islands are off to a rousing start in the CARIFTA games currently being held in Jamaica and the Bahamas. The swim team stands in fifth place after two days, and the track team earning five medals in the athletics competition. Link: Cayman athletes start out strong at CARIFTA

Cayman arrives at Commonwealth Games

Source: Cayman Compass The Cayman Islands delegation of athletes, coaches and team officials was given a warm welcome to Gold Coast, Australia, for the XXI Commonwealth Games on Monday. Link: Cayman arrives at Commonwealth Games

Easter Chalkfest hits the Rise

Source: Cayman Compass Dozens of pavement artists picked up colorful chalk sticks and decorated the Rise in Camana Bay Saturday at the annual Chalkfest. Link: Easter Chalkfest hits the Rise

Experts needed to help support troubled kids

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Judicial Administration is looking for people in the community who have wide knowledge and experience in child care or law to join an important court panel. The Children’s Law provides for the court to appoint individuals to this panel that safeguards the interests of youngsters involved in court proceedings that could lead to…

Foiled cash van robber gets ten years in jail

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The man who tried but failed to rob a cash van in George Town in February 2017 has been given a total of ten years in prison following a guilty plea in the middle of his trial. Jerome Cunningham (25) tried to hold up a van on Eastern Avenue…

Governor hopes to oversee civil union law

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The new governor has made it clear that the UK will not be pushing the Cayman Islands government to change the definition of marriage but he is hoping to see the government adopt legislation that will pave the way for same-sex civil partnerships and provide equal legal rights for…

WB man dies after Rum Point fishing trip

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 76-year-old man from West Bay died following a fishing trip in Rum Point Road, North Side, Monday. The man had been in the water fishing when at about 12:45pm he encountered difficulties and was assisted by his family members who were nearby. The emergency services were called and the man…

3 Apr Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   3 Apr Tue 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Light easterly winds and slight seas are expected to continue across the Cayman Islands over the next 24 hours in association with a weak high pressure system over the western Atlantic Ocean. Radar images show isolated showers over the Cayman area…

Historic turtles released in Cayman Brac

Source: Cayman Eye News The Cayman Turtle Centre has made history by releasing eight yearling green sea turtles into the wild for the first time in Cayman Brac. Government leaders, local residents and island visitors gathered at the South Side public beach on Friday, 23 March 2018 to witness the turtles make their way…

Cayman Islands Governor tours Sister Islands

Source: Cayman Eye News Governor makes his first visit to the Sister Islands. The Governor’s tour featured visits to locations of interest on both Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The Governor was treated to musical performances from students at two public welcome receptions. GRAND CAYMAN (GIS) – His Excellency the Governor Mr. Anwar Choudhury…

iNews Briefs & Community Events

Source: Cayman Eye News   Cayman Islands: 2018 DG’s 5K Challenge Registration Opens Registration is now open for the 2018 Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge. The walk/run is being held on Cayman Brac on Sunday, 15 April, Little Cayman on Sunday, 22 April and Grand Cayman: Sunday, 29 April. The event is raising $60,000 for…

KPMG hit by Hong Kong High Court in $400m China Medical fraud

Source: Cayman Eye News REUTERS From Arab News BEIJING: Global accounting firm KPMG has suffered a major setback in its battle against liquidators of former US-listed health care firm China Medical Technologies Inc, whose executives have been charged in the US with defrauding investors out of more than $400 million. The China Medical case…

The Editor Speaks: What did Easter mean for you?

Source: Cayman Eye News Did you celebrate Easter by going to church? I hope you did. If you didn’t, what did you do? Easter is supposedly a celebration of Christ’s Resurrection. Therefore, being in a Christian country, shouldn’t appearing in a Christian church over the last four days (and I am not including the…

2 Apr Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 2 Apr Mon 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Light to moderate east to northeasterly winds with slight to moderate seas are expected to continue across the Cayman Islands over the next 24 hours in association with a weak high pressure system over the western Atlantic Ocean. Radar images show isolated…

1 Apr Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 1 Apr Sun 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Light to moderate east to northeasterly winds with slight to moderate seas are expected to continue across the Cayman Islands over the next 24 hours as a cold front begins to stall over the Northwest Caribbean. Radar images show isolated showers over…

31 Mar Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 31 Mar Sat 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Not available. See Weather Forecast Top Right of Website. Sunshine just makes the day a little better, but it can also cause sunburns. Check the UV Report below to be prepared Humidity: 75%  (DOWN from yesterday) UV: 11.7   EXTREME  (DOWN from…

30 Mar Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 30 Mar Fri 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Moderate easterly winds and seas are expected to continue across the Cayman Islands in association with a high pressure system over the Western Atlantic Ocean. Radar images show isolated showers south of the Cayman area moving west to northwest. Sunshine just makes…

Mail Call: Easter weekend

Source: Cayman Compass It’s Easter weekend and many families in Cayman are headed to the beach. Editorial Writer Jennifer Hemmingsen talks about this annual tradition. Link: Mail Call: Easter weekend

Weekender Spotlight

Source: Cayman Compass The long weekend will revolve around Easter and Weekender Editor Vicki Wheaton shares the best picks to celebrate the spring holiday. From Chalkfest to the Easter Extravaganza, this will be a weekend for the family. Link: Weekender Spotlight

Stepfather jailed for indecent assault on child

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A Filipino national who admitted touching his 11-year-old stepdaughter’s breast is likely to be deported in a matter of days after he was given a six month prison term Thursday for three counts of indecent assault. The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested after he…

Woman fights off masked man in her house

Source: Cayman Compass A woman fought off a masked man she found inside her residence when she returned to her Bodden Town home on Monday afternoon, March 26. Police responded to a report of a burglary around 1 p.m. at the premises off Northward Road. Link: Woman fights off masked man in her house

Governor: Definition of marriage will not change

Source: Cayman Compass Although he supports legalized civil unions for same-sex couples, new Cayman Islands Governor Anwar Choudhury has said that the local Marriage Law – which defines marriage as being between one man and one woman – will not change absent the will of the Caymanian public. Link: Governor: Definition of marriage

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