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January 17, 2018

Cayman Islands

Cops and DoA to focus on dangerous dogs

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): After three feral dogs chased and bit a cyclist on Friday, the RCIPS and the Department of Agriculture have joined forces to round up ferocious, stray or out-of-control dogs. The cyclist, who was riding along Finch Drive in West Bay, was bitten on his ankle as he tried to…

17 Jan Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 17 Jan Wed 2018 Weather In Cayman Synopsis   Moderate winds and moderate to rough seas are expected for the Cayman Islands today as a cold front currently over the central Gulf of Mexico moves over the Yucatan channel. The front is expected to moves across the Cayman area overnight…

Auditor general identifies government’s ‘biggest losers’

Source: Cayman Compass The Cayman Islands auditor general has revealed the government entities with the largest financial losses, stating that most – if not all of them – cannot continue operating without significant future taxpayer support. Link: Auditor general identifies government’s ‘biggest losers’

Defendant elects Grand Court for child pornography charges

Source: Cayman Compass A former University College of the Cayman Islands lecturer charged with possession of child pornography has elected to have his matter heard in Grand Court. Link: Defendant elects Grand Court for child pornography charges

The Editor speaks: No Robin Hood v The Sheriff of Nottingham

Source: Cayman Eye News We have another case today (published in iNews Briefs) of banking fraud. The story is headlined “Banks accused of rigging Canadian rate benchmark”. It involves “Nine large banks, including six from Canada”, who have been accused of “conspiring to rig the Canadian Dealer Offered Rate from Aug. 9, 2007, to…

Collas Crill Cayman Islands welcomes Articled Clerk

Source: Cayman Eye News From Collas Crill Jared Awe has joined offshore law firm Collas Crill as a new Articled Clerk in its Cayman Islands office. The 18-month Articled Clerk programme, designed to develop the legal practice and professional skills of future lawyers, will see Jared rotate between the firm’s departments, gaining experience across…

Cayman Islands: Q&A with Bradley Kruger: The offshore perspective on blockchain and cryptocurrencies

Source: Cayman Eye News Ogier From Lexology Cayman Islands January 15 2018 Bradley Kruger is a partner in Ogier’s Cayman team, and heads the firms Caribbean and Asia corporate practice. In this Q&A he explores the offshore perspective on blockchain and crypto-currencies. What do offshore jurisdictions offer Crypto currency innovators that onshore jurisdictions don’t?…

Equipment failure behind major power cut

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The power outage on Friday morning, which impacted 14,337 CUC customers from South Sound to East End, was caused by equipment failure, Grand Cayman’s electricity provider said Tuesday. Apologizing for the cut in supply that affected more than half their customers between 7:20am and 8:27am, CUC said in a release…

Local musician critical after shooting

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Dexter Bodden, a well-known local musician, is in hospital in critical condition after he was shot by a lone gunman outside his home in George Town yesterday evening. The police said that Bodden, who is also known as the Calypso Cowboy, had arrived at his house at the junction…

Bodden Town robber admits list of crimes

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Gerado George Connolly (26) from Bodden Town has pleaded guilty to a list of crimes associated with a stick-up at a grocery store in Anton Bodden Drive last summer. Connolly admitted the robbery, in which he stole cash, phones and personal possessions from the store owner and customers. He admitted…

Officials call for civil servants’ payoffs to be public

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Public Accounts Committee Chair Ezzard Miller and the auditor general have both said that the amount paid to senior civil servants who are let go from government should be made public because the people are ultimately footing the bill. With unsubstantiated claims from numerous sources that the former chief…

CIG to meet EU and OECD on ‘economic substance’ issue

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Officials from the financial services ministry have confirmed that Cayman has been invited to a meeting with the European Union and the OECD, along with five other jurisdictions, on the latest European grey-list. The ministry said the informal voluntary meeting was to discuss the definition of economic substance in the…

16 Jan Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 16 Jan 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: 89%  (UP from yesterday) UV: 6.7  …

Caribbean condemns shocking Trump comments

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Leaders, commentators, pundits and university bosses across the Caribbean have been united this weekend in their condemnation of the alleged insults made by US President Donald Trump about the Haitian people and some African countries, which he had labeled as sh**-holes during a meeting last week. CARICOM issued a…

Premier to deliver address at 15th CEO conference

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The premier will be making his first major public address of the year at the Fidelity CEO conference next month. It is a long-held tradition for the leaders of Cayman to deliver a state of the nation type speech, looking both back and forward, at this conference, though Alden…

The Editor speaks: Private beaches and access

Source: Cayman Eye News It would appear we are not the only country that has a problem with enforcing access to beaches that owners of property on the beachfront think belong to them. Please see our story published today “Turks & Caicos: PNP & PDM clash over private beach issue”. The opening paragraph sets…

Cayman Islands Customs announces drugs and firearm arrests

Source: Cayman Eye News The Cayman Islands Customs Department has announced five recent arrests. On Tuesday, 9th January 2018, a 24 year old male Nicaraguan national was arrested by Customs for Possession and Importation of Ganja at the Owens Roberts International Airport following his arrival on a Cayman Airways charter flight from Nicaragua. He…

Proven acquires securities dealer in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News From Jamaica Gleaner Proven Investments Limited announced that it will acquire an unnamed securities dealer based in the Cayman Islands, which caters to rich clients. The details of the transaction are being withheld on request of the seller until completion of the transaction in three months. President & CEO of…

Airport shops closed as upgrade moves on

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): As work continues to redevelop and expand Owen Roberts International Airport, the retail and duty-free concessions in the original terminal have been closed to accommodate the renovations. The Runaway Bar in the Departures Hall is still operating but there will be no other shops open until the summer, when…

Police: Man shot on Eastern Avenue

Source: Cayman Compass A man sustained a gunshot wound during a shooting on Eastern Avenue, the Royal Cayman Islands Police reported. The incident near Avon Way took place around 6:30 p.m. Monday. The victim was taken to the hospital. Link: Police: Man shot on Eastern Avenue

EDITORIAL – Conor O’Dea: A coup for Cayman Finance

Source: Cayman Compass A standard disclaimer in investment literature warns that “past performance is not indicative of future results.” But in the case of Conor O’Dea, the financial services veteran recently selected as chairman of Cayman Finance, a waiver of that warning would be perfectly appropriate. Link: EDITORIAL – Conor O’Dea: A coup

‘Where’s the beach?’: North Side cleanup highlights pollution problem

Source: Cayman Compass A group of North Side residents took cleanup efforts into their own hands Friday when they removed large amounts of debris from a stretch of beach between a family cemetery plot and Chisholm’s Supermarket. Link: ‘Where’s the beach?’: North Side cleanup highlights pollution problem

International aid rules limit UK’s disaster relief to its territories

Source: Cayman Compass Rules governing international aid targets that prevented the U.K. from spending its foreign development aid budget on hurricane-hit territories in the Caribbean are being reviewed. Link: International aid rules limit UK’s disaster relief to its territories

Police on the scene of George Town shooting

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police are at the scene of a shooting that happened at around 6:30 this evening on Eastern Avenue near to the junction of Avon Way. One man has been taken to hospital with a gunshot wound, a spokesperson from the RCIPS confirmed in a brief alert about the shooting. Eastern…

Narayana Health completes stock buyback of Health City

Source: Cayman Compass Health City Cayman Islands and American nonprofit healthcare company Ascension Health Ventures officially dissolved their partnership on Friday, when Narayana Health bought back 74.1 percent of the stock associated with the hospital for the sum of US$32.26 million. Link: Narayana Health completes stock buyback of Health City

Public urged to follow laws to protect fish

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Department of Environment (DoE) has said that at this time of year a number of rules are in place designed to help protect the marine life around the Cayman Islands that remains under threat. The department is urging people who are going fishing to follow the laws, which apply…

Cayman under new EU black-list threat

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): As the UK government moves towards trade talks with the European Union as part of the Brexit negotiations, the British Overseas Territories, including Cayman, could be used as leverage and may be placed on the black-list that they recently avoided, according to a report in the Independent Sunday. Brussels…

15 Jan Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   15 Jan Mon 2018 Weather In Cayman Synopsis   Strong northeasterly winds and rough seas will continue the Cayman area for the next 24hrs as a high pressure system builds over the southeast US. Radar images show isolated showers in and round the Cayman area moving south. Sunshine just…

Cayman Finance announces new Chairman

Source: Cayman Eye News At its recent annual members’ meeting, Cayman Finance proudly announced that its new elected Chairman would be former Managing Director and Senior Executive Vice President of International Banking at Butterfield Group, Conor O’Dea. Jude Scott, Cayman Finance CEO, said that he was excited to welcome Mr O’Dea to the team.…

Cayman Islands: New Interim Director appointed to HMCIPS

Source: Cayman Eye News The Ministry of Home Affairs has announced the individual who has been appointed to serve as the interim Director of Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service (HMCIPS). Mr. Steven Barrett, a senior manager with more than 30 years of experience in corrections, is currently finishing a tour as the Superintendent…

The Editor Speaks: What is transparency?

Source: Cayman Eye News Politicians love to band the word ‘transparency’ about. Unless you actually get to run the country. Opposition Leader Ezzard Miller used the word ‘transparency’ a number of times when he announced his ‘shadow’ cabinet were going to produce a national social and economic plan called ‘Vision’. Auditor General Sue Winspear,…

Zapped

Source: Cayman Compass Today’s editorial cartoon: Zapped Link: Zapped

EDITORIAL – Flu season: Not too late to vaccinate

Source: Cayman Compass Cayman Islands officials say it is not too late to vaccinate against the flu this season. To encourage more people to do so, free vaccinations are being offered at the General Practice Clinic at the Cayman Islands Hospital and all district health centers from 2-4 p.m. Link: EDITORIAL – Flu

Cayman Cookout celebrates 10 years

Source: Cayman Compass International chefs descended on Cayman once again for the 10th annual Cayman Cookout, marking one of the largest productions of the islandwide festival to date. Link: Cayman Cookout celebrates 10 years

Drivers waiting weeks to pick up new tags

Source: Cayman Compass Cayman drivers due to receive their new electronic vehicle license plates and registration window stickers are waiting weeks – even months in some cases – to get the new plates after their cars pass inspection. Link: Drivers waiting weeks to pick up new tags

Cayman Finance elects new chairman

Source: Cayman Compass Conor O’Dea, the former managing director and senior executive vice president of international banking at Butterfield Group, is the newly elected chairman of Cayman Finance. Link: Cayman Finance elects new chairman

14 Jan Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 14 Jan Sun 2018 Weather In Cayman Synopsis   Strong winds and rough seas are expected to continue for the next 24 hours as a cold front moves over the Cayman area and the associated high pressure system builds over the Gulf of Mexico. Radar images show scattered showers in…

Letter: Eat more lionfish

Source: Cayman Compass Let’s all do our part to help the sea we all love. Link: Letter: Eat more lionfish

Letter: Everyone plays a part in waste disposal

Source: Cayman Compass Whilst fingers point to local government, accusing it of not doing enough, surely everyone, including tourists, should be playing their part in disposing of waste responsibly. Link: Letter: Everyone plays a part in waste disposal

Letter: Protect Cayman’s waters

Source: Cayman Compass This past visit, it was really apparent to me something needs to be done with respect to protecting the waters, the creatures and the reefs from too many tourists that have no clue or respect. Link: Letter: Protect Cayman’s waters

Top 5 mistakes in your presentation slides

Source: Cayman Eye News When it comes to making PPT presentations, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. You need to be creative, captivating, informative, and to the point. Unfortunately, creating a great PPT presentation is much easier said than done. There is a whole lot you need to consider and…

MAIL CALL: Tsunami scare

Source: Cayman Compass If you didn’t feel the Jan. 9 quake, you certainly heard about it. Editorial writer Jennifer Hemmingsen shares reactions from readers about the tsunami scare, disaster response and safety on the islands. Link: MAIL CALL: Tsunami scare

13 Jan Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   13 Jan Sat 2018 Weather In Cayman Synopsis   Light and variable winds along with slight seas is expected to continue across the Cayman area through this morning, with fresh northerly winds and rough seas by this afternoon as a cold front moves into the Northwest Caribbean tightening the…

Taxi driver charged with killing doctor in crash

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Six months after Dr Vary Jones-Leslie (62) was killed in a road collision just outside Owen Roberts International Airport, police have charged a taxi driver with causing her death on 17 July through both dangerous and careless driving. The 70 year old man from Bodden Town has not been…

Former bank boss elected chair of Cayman Finance

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Conor O’Dea, the former managing director and senior executive vice president of Butterfield Bank, has been elected to serve as chair of the Cayman Finance board at the recent annual members’ meeting. Replacing Ian Wight, who held the chairman’s job for three years, O’Dea is taking up the role…

NEW: Taxi driver charged in fatal airport wreck

Source: Cayman Compass An elderly taxi driver was charged Friday in connection with a deadly crash at Owen Roberts International Airport that occurred in July. Link: NEW: Taxi driver charged in fatal airport wreck

Savannah and GT suffer early power failure

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS) UPDATED: Many people from the eastern side of George Town, Prospect, Savannah, Bodden Town and as far east as Frank Sound woke up to a power outage Friday morning. CUC has now confirmed that the power outage impacted customers from South Sound to East End. The power cut happened…

Second man charged in East End drug haul robbery

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 53-year-old Bodden Town man charged yesterday with various offences in connection with an incident at an East End resort in December, where staff were threatened after a cocaine haul washed up on the beach. He was the second person arrested in the Christmas Eve case, in which a masked…

Cayman logs new record for stay-over guests

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The number of people who visited the Cayman Islands in 2017 reached record highs, the tourism department confirmed Thursday as it released the complete arrival figures for 2017. For the first time in the islands’ tourism history the numbers broke through the 400,000 mark for people flying into the…

12 Jan Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 12 Jan Fri 2018 Weather In Cayman Synopsis   Light winds and slight seas are expected across the Cayman Islands today. Further north, a cold front currently over the central Gulf of Mexico is expected to move over the Yucatan channel this evening. Radar images show scattered showers northeast of…

Update: Power begins to return in George Town

Source: Cayman Compass Much of Grand Cayman woke up to a power outage Friday morning. CUC advised its crews were working on the issue and expected to restore service in two hours. Link: Update: Power begins to return in George Town

Celebrating Cayman’s centenarians

Source: Cayman Compass Cayman is fortunate to have several residents who have lived for 100 years and more. Cayman Compass reporter Jewel Levy has compiled profiles of many of Cayman’s centenarians through meetings and interviews with them and their loved ones, as they celebrated birthdays over the years. Here, some share the secrets…

Top chefs highlight Cayman Cookout festival

Source: Cayman Compass Chef Jose Andres nearly came up empty on a lionfish hunt Thursday morning during one of the early events of this weekend’s Cayman Cookout. He was happy about it. Link: Top chefs highlight Cayman Cookout festival

Guilty pleas in ‘sugar glider’ import case

Source: Cayman Compass Both defendants accused in the illegal importation of an exotic possum known as a “sugar gilder” last June pleaded guilty to some of the charges against them Thursday in Summary Court. Link: Guilty pleas in ‘sugar glider’ import case

Murder suspect in Cayman for 2 months

Source: Cayman Compass An American man charged in a Nov. 3 shooting in Miami that led to the deaths of a woman and her infant daughter stayed in Cayman for more than two months before he was arrested Wednesday on a provisional warrant issued from U.S. federal court. Link: Murder suspect in Cayman

Record 2.1 million tourists visited Cayman in 2017

Source: Cayman Compass A record number of tourists arrived in the Cayman Islands in 2017, with just over 2.1 million people arriving on these shores by air and sea. Link: Record 2.1 million tourists visited Cayman in 2017

JetBlue announces new Fort Lauderdale route

Source: Cayman Compass Low-cost airline JetBlue has announced plans for a daily flight between Fort Lauderdale and Grand Cayman, starting in October. Link: JetBlue announces new Fort Lauderdale route

Architects detail mental health facility design

Source: Cayman Compass Architects for East End’s mental health facility say they are creating a “dignified” and “home-like” environment at the nine-cottage, 54-bed home, ensuring “safety and security” for both residents and the surrounding community. Link: Architects detail mental health facility design

Brewery and marine institute team up for coral conservation

Source: Cayman Compass The Central Caribbean Marine Institute has partnered with the Cayman Islands Brewery to promote a “Zero Impact” on local coral reefs initiative. Link: Brewery and marine institute team up for coral conservation

Interim prisons director chosen

Source: Cayman Compass Cayman’s new prisons director hails from the Turks and Caicos Islands where he has served in the same position for the past two years. Link: Interim prisons director chosen

The Editor Speaks: Miller to grind out a ‘Vision’.

Source: Cayman Eye News Opposition Leader Ezzard Miller has announced his team will be drawing up a national social and economic plan this year. He calls it a ‘Vision’. This will be very interesting to see how it will compare to the one the present government has said they are in the process of…

Greater levels of priority must be given to the Outsourcing Sector

Source: Cayman Eye News Bridgetown, BARBADOS, 10th January 2017: Given the existing contribution of the outsourcing sector to job creation in the Caribbean region, coupled with its potential for expansion, calls are being made for greater levels of priority to be given to the outsourcing sector. Executive Director of the Caribbean Export Development Agency…

TCI prison boss to take over HMP Northward

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Steven Barrett, who is currently serving as the superintendent of prisons in the Turks and Caicos Islands, will be taking over HM Cayman Islands Prison Service next month as the interim director, the home affairs ministry announced Thursday. Barrett, a senior manager with more than 30 years of prison…

Couple admit illegal import of sugar glider

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Jimel McLean and Sabrina Walton, who were both charged with importing a live animal without a licence, pleaded guilty Thursday and were bailed until a sentence hearing next month. In one of the first prosecutions of its kind, the couple attempted to smuggle a sugar glider into Cayman from the US…

Flare gun earns man more than 3 years in jail

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Antascio Terrell Rankine (23) has been handed a prison sentence of three years and five months in connection with a firearm incident in June 2016. Rankine, who is from East End, was arrested following an incident in Mary Street when he was found to be in possession of a…

East End woman charged with GBH

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 29-year-old woman from East End who was arrested on Monday in connection with a violent incident in the district involving a man believed to be her partner has been charged with assault GBH.  The man who was assaulted by the woman sustained serious facial wounds, police reported in…

West Bay sea survivor reported missing

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Edward Hendricks Hyde (39), who survived after being adrift at sea for eight weeks last summer, has been reported missing again. Family members told police yesterday evening that the West Bay man has not been seen since Friday, 29 December, when he was last spotted by a work colleague. Hyde is…

Officials rule out costly national siren

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Cayman Islands government will not be investing in a national siren system, despite some public concern that many people missed Tuesday night’s public service messages that the islands were under a tsunami alert following the massive earthquake off the coast of Honduras. Officials from Hazard Management Cayman Islands…

11 Jan Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   11 Jan Thu 2018 Weather In Cayman Synopsis   Isolated showers are expected over the Cayman Islands through today as a weak surface trough dissipates over the western Caribbean. Radar images show isolated showers over the Cayman area moving towards the west to northwest. Sunshine just makes the day…

EDITORIAL – Quaking in our … er … sandals

Source: Cayman Compass When something is happening that involves or may affect Cayman, you can expect the Compass to provide timely, relevant and useful information, in a variety of media. Link: EDITORIAL – Quaking in our … er … sandals

Emergency alert system proposed

Source: Cayman Compass Government is in discussions with cellphone providers over a new emergency alert system that will allow it to send instant messages to all smartphone users in the Cayman Islands. Link: Emergency alert system proposed

Earthquake sparks tsunami scare

Source: Cayman Compass A 7.6 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Honduras Tuesday night triggered a tsunami scare that impacted the Cayman Islands and raised new questions about the islands’ emergency alert capability. Link: Earthquake sparks tsunami scare

Garfield Wong trial resumes

Source: Cayman Compass Senior immigration officer Garfield Wong went into the witness box on Wednesday to give his account of what had happened in the early hours of Dec. 28, 2013 when he was driving home along Shamrock Road. Link: Garfield Wong trial resumes

Miami murder suspect in court

Source: Cayman Compass A suspected baby killer who Miami-Dade police said shot a 27-year-old pregnant woman, leading to the eventual deaths of her and her infant daughter, was arrested on Grand Cayman Wednesday afternoon. Link: Miami murder suspect in court

Cayman Islands: HMCI Statement on Tsunami Response

Source: Cayman Eye News Following an earthquake north of Honduras late last night (Tuesday, 9 January 2018) the Cayman Islands was placed under a tsunami threat for around two hours. Just over a half-hour after the incident, sensors in the port of George Town registered a wave of 0.6 feet in height, as a…

Cayman Islands National Gallery Annual Outreach Exhibition

Source: Cayman Eye News The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) is currently exhibiting over 100 works of art by the 50+ participants who took part in the NGCI Outreach programmes in 2017. The NGCI Outreach programmes cater to a wide variety of community groups, ages and abilities. Art classes and special events…

NRI Voice: Cayman Calling

Source: Cayman Eye News By Keerthi Mohan From Little India When he moved to Cayman Islands, Sujith Kumar was surprised to see the number of Indians living in the British territory in the Caribbean. Sujith Kumar’s journey to Cayman Islands is nothing short of the stuff that makes a movie. The hospitality industry professional…

Premier’s office has no records of Unity gov’t deal

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The premier’s office has told CNS that it holds no documents, records or correspondence in relation to the deal between the PPM, the CDP and independent members that led to the formation of the current coalition government. The Government of National Unity emerged several days after the May general…

Key George Town traffic light system falls down

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The traffic lights that stretch across the junction of Smith Road and Huldah Avenue-Bobby Thompson Way crashed into the road on Wednesday morning, causing traffic congestion in the area. It was described by officials at the scene as a mechanical failure but it’s not clear what brought down the…

Suspected US double-killer arrested in Prospect

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The police have revealed that an American national who is wanted by the US authorities in connection with a double murder in Miami in November has been arrested in Prospect. The RCIPS released very limited information about the case but said the 29-year-old man was visiting the Cayman Islands. Police…

Four people injured in three car pile up

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): One person remains in hospital following a three-car smash on Shamrock Road on Tuesday evening, in which four people were injured. Police said the crash happened close to Selkirk Drive at around 7:00pm and involved a Honda Inspire, a Dodge Caliber and a SsangYong Tivoli SUV. The officers at the scene…

Opposition leader outlines aim for Cayman plan

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): In the face of successive government’s continued failure to address the lack of a coordinated and agreed direction for Cayman’s future, the opposition leader said his team would be drawing up a national social and economic plan this year. Miller said that under pressure, government has committed to beginning…

10 Jan Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 10 Jan Wed 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: 89%  (DOWN from yesterday) UV: 6.0   HIGH …

Possible Tsunami Threat to Cayman Islands UPDATE-NO LONGER THREAT

Source: Cayman Eye News From HMCI UPDATE: THERE IS NO LONGER A TSUNAMI THREAT FROM THE HONDURAS EARTHQUAKE. RECOMMENDED ACTIONS ——————- REMAIN OBSERVANT AND EXERCISE NORMAL CAUTION NEAR THE SEA. OTHERWISE… NO ACTION IS REQUIRED. POTENTIAL IMPACTS —————– MINOR SEA LEVEL FLUCTUATIONS UP TO 30 CM ABOVE AND BELOW THE NORMAL TIDE MAY OCCUR…

UPDATE: Cayman Islands no longer under tsunami alert

Source: Cayman Compass A category 7.8 earthquake struck at 9:51 p.m. about 190 miles southwest of George Town, Grand Cayman, the United States Geological Survey reported. Link: UPDATE: Cayman Islands no longer under tsunami alert

Two-car accident closes Shamrock Road

Source: Cayman Compass A two-car accident on Shamrock Road closed the road on Tuesday night. One person was trapped inside a vehicle at the site of the collision, which occurred around 7:20 p.m. between the Hurley’s roundabout and the Prospect Point roundabout.  Link: Two-car accident closes Shamrock Road

Cayman Islands Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa announces Grammy Nominated Aloe Blacc as headliner for second annual Seafire Stage Beach Concert

Source: Cayman Eye News Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa Announces Grammy Nominated Aloe Blacc As Headliner For Second Annual Seafire Stage Beach Concert  Free general admission to be offered for island celebration Saturday, January 13 at 8:00 PM WHAT: Get ready for a beach party like no other. Grammy nominee Aloe Blacc will headline Kimpton Seafire Resort…

Cayman Islands is “Proud of Them”

Source: Cayman Eye News Proud of Them Bios: Janelle Syms and Jonathan Key Janelle Syms, 19, – West Bay – Academics Janelle is highly respected by her peers, family and community. Janelle displays a loving and kind character. She encourages and supports all who come in contact with her. She has always excelled in…

Thieves pose as workmen to enter homes

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The RCIPS is issuing a warning to residents to be on alert for would-be thieves posing as workers from utility companies or maintenance-related businesses who are trying to con their way into people’s homes. Having received a number of reports in recent days of this suspicious activity, the police are…

Health premium-sharing plan stalls

Source: Cayman Compass No deal has been reached on a proposal to make Cayman Islands civil servants pay for a portion of their healthcare premiums, despite claims by the previous government administration that such a move would be imperative in balancing upcoming budgets. Link: Health premium-sharing plan stalls

EDITORIAL – Let us all praise Cayman’s ‘Titans of trash’

Source: Cayman Compass Trash collectors are not, and should not be considered, responsible for managerial policies that have led to far too much trash on Cayman being uncollected in recent weeks. Link: EDITORIAL – Let us all praise Cayman’s ‘Titans of trash’

MLA: CIG privatising garbage service via back door

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The opposition MLA for Bodden Town West believes that government is attempting to privatise the collection of garbage through the back door. Chris Saunders believes the troubles surrounding the rubbish pick-up and the management of the landfill are directly related to the failure by the ministry to properly staff…

Climate change turning turtle populations female

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Marine scientists are sounding the alarm over a new threat to the endangered green sea turtle, following research by experts on a population of the animals around the Great Barrier Reef. The results of the study, which has been published in the scientific journal, Current Biology, found “extremely female-biased…

Public purse will pay for cruise port, warns Miller

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The opposition leader is warning that the people of Cayman will be footing the bill for the cruise port piers, one way or another, if government insists on going ahead with the controversial and costly project. Concerns remain in the community, not just about the devastating impact the project…

Thieves back on job after Honda stolen in WB

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Honda car thieves were back at work yesterday after a lull in auto thefts over the holidays. Police said the latest car to go missing is a Honda Civic which was stolen from a property on Powell Smith Road in West Bay. The white car, which has a  black line…

9 Jan Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News   9 Jan Tue 2018 Weather In Cayman Synopsis   Light to moderate northeasterly winds and seas is expected across the Cayman area as the high pressure system over the southeast US weakens. Additionally a dissipating stationary front may support showers and possible thunder over the Cayman Islands tonight. Radar…

Government : Roydell Carter not suspended

Source: Cayman Compass The leadership of the government department responsible for trash collection and the landfill is in flux, with the director out of office and another senior official resigning from his post. Link: Government : Roydell Carter not suspended

Cayman officers probe police shooting in Turks and Caicos

Source: Cayman Compass Two Royal Cayman Islands Police officers have been dispatched to help investigate a deadly police shooting that occurred Jan. 1 in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Link: Cayman officers probe police shooting in Turks and Caicos

HospiceCare looks to August completion

Source: Cayman Compass Builders at Cayman HospiceCare are preparing to roof the new building, projecting an August opening for the combined administrative and inpatient palliative-care facility on the one-acre West Bay Road site. Link: HospiceCare looks to August completion

Former police traffic chief’s case comes to court

Source: Cayman Compass Suspended police officer Adrian James Barnett appeared in Summary Court on Monday facing charges arising from incidents in June 2017. Link: Former police traffic chief’s case comes to court

EDITORIAL – When withholding the truth has consequences

Source: Cayman Compass As representatives of the public’s interest, government’s first impulse must be to tell “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” Link: EDITORIAL – When withholding the truth has consequences

The Editor speaks: Being homeless

Source: Cayman Eye News One of the issues that is not only neglected but rarely discussed are Cayman’s homeless. It was brought HOME to me when one of our banks, not surprisingly, won their case to foreclose on one of their customers for being behind in his payment of only CI$3,000! If this was…

Cops continue rounding up drunk drivers

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS) Although the Christmas and New Year celebrations are over, police said that drivers are still getting behind the wheel drunk and in the first weekend of 2018 they rounded up nine drivers during enforcement operations and during patrols because of too much booze. Two of the nine were arrested…

Police issue more warnings over online job scams

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): An online job scam, which police believe is being run from Jamaica and targeting expat workers, has expanded is con base from the hospitality to the health sector. The RCIPS Financial Crime Unit is warning people not to send money or engage with these con artists and contact the police…

Ministry denies Carter’s suspension

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Despite widespread reports from multiple sources that Roydell Carter has been placed on required leave and is facing pressure to resign from his job as the director of the Department of Environmental Health, the ministry has denied that he has been suspended. The ministry’s chief officer, Jennifer Ahearn, released a…

Consultants and education in OAG sights

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Auditor General Sue Winspear has revealed that the use of consultant services by government will be one of the first performance audits to be published this year and that her office will also be taking a look at education spending with a view to producing a report before the…

Suspect charged over car crimes

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Following his arrest last week, a 46-year-old man from West Bay has been charged with criminal trespass and interfering with a motor vehicle following an incident early Friday morning, when he was reportedly trespassing on private property and trying to get into a car. He has also been charged with…

West Bay man missing for more than week

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police are currently investigating the disappearance of a West Bay man who has not been seen for nine days. The RCIPS said they received a missing person report for James Orville Ebanks (56) on Friday night. According to the report, Ebanks was last spotted in the Marl Crest Road area…

8 Jan Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 8 Jan Mon 2018 Weather In Cayman Synopsis   Fresh northeasterly winds and rough seas currently across the Cayman area is expected to decrease from this evening as the high pressure system weakens over the southeast US. Further east, the stationary front currently over Jamaica will retrogress over the Cayman…

Cayman Islands Garden Club Family Fun Day announced

Source: Cayman Eye News The Annual Family Fun Day will take place at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park on Sunday, January 21st 2018, hosted by The Garden Club of Grand Cayman, in conjunction with the Botanic Park, and there will be entertainment for all! The fun will include children’s lawn games, a magic…

The Editor speaks: Much ado about nothing

Source: Cayman Eye News Here in the Cayman Islands we have had two recent ‘Much Ado About Nothing’. One has thankfully past and the other is ongoing. The first involved a Christian Gospel Concert being held on a Sunday that involved live musicians playing and singing gospel music at an outside venue that according…

Cayman Islands Health Advisory on increased flu activity

Source: Cayman Eye News The Public Health Department is monitoring the increased incidence of flu activity among residents. Seasonal influenza is an acute respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses which circulate in all parts of the world and is easily spread from person to person. It is characterized by a sudden onset of fever,…

Cayman Islands November Funerals

Source: Cayman Eye News Evelyn Merle Jacques             6 Jan 1939 – 26 Oct 2017   Garden of Eden Grace Lilian Jackson                                            – 5 Nov 2017 Elverine Joyce (Tatum) Piercy   28 Apr 1925 – 17 Nov 2017   North Side Willard McNeil Hurlston              22 Jan 1929 – 18 Nov 2017   Stake Bay Glenda Lee Ebanks                                       – 30…

The derelict

Source: Cayman Compass Today’s editorial cartoon — The derelict Link: The derelict

Foreclosure sales begin to decrease

Source: Cayman Compass From a $1.4 million South Sound mansion to four two-bed condos that sold for $95,000 each, real estate statistics show 73 foreclosure properties were purchased in 2017. Link: Foreclosure sales begin to decrease

Cayman Airways ‘susceptible to losses’ on credit transactions

Source: Cayman Compass Incomplete documentation for certain customer accounts and a lack of demand letters sent to credit customers that did not repay Cayman Airways for services has left the national airline open for financial losses, a government report has noted. Link: Cayman Airways ‘susceptible to losses’ on credit transactions

Soccer star Altidore mixes with local players

Source: Cayman Compass Victor Thompson, 15, got perhaps the greatest thrill of his young soccer career on Saturday. Victor was one of about 30 elite Academy Sports Club players who got some training and technique tips from Major League Soccer star Jozy Altidore. Link: Soccer star Altidore mixes with local players

50 years ago: Abandoned cars

Source: Cayman Compass “Our camera has caught another of the many wrecked cars littered by the roadsides of Grand Cayman. This one has been parked for months near where the government has built cottages for expatriate officers on South Church Street.” Link: 50 years ago: Abandoned cars

Spend the people’s money wisely

Source: Cayman Compass More and more lately, I hear the sad cry, “Let us end hunger in Cayman for good.” Well, that sounds good. That led me to investigate just how the people really live. Link: Spend the people’s money wisely

7 Jan Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 7 Jan Sun 2018 Weather In Cayman Synopsis       Not available. See Weather Forecast Top Right of Website. Sunshine just makes the day a little better, but it can also cause sunburns. Check the UV Report below to be prepared Humidity: 84%  (UP from yesterday) UV: 6.1  …

6 Jan Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 6 Jan Sat 2018 Weather In Cayman Synopsis   Fresh northeasterly winds and rough seas is expected continue across the Cayman Islands for the next 24 hours as a high pressure system over the southeast US tightens the pressure gradient across the Northwest Caribbean. Radar images show isolated showers in…

Cayman Cookout celebrates decade of deliciousness

Source: Cayman Compass Better set aside those plans for New Year’s diets and dry January: Cayman Cookout is back. What’s more, this year’s program pulls out all the stops in honor of the event’s 10th anniversary. Link: Cayman Cookout celebrates decade of deliciousness

Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

Source: Cayman Compass It’s that time of year again, when you take a step back, see where your life’s going and come up with some goals to try and set yourself on a better path. Link: Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

Discovering the magic of The Lodge at Pico Bonito

Source: Cayman Compass How many of us say we want to travel the world, yet find ourselves visiting the same familiar places over and over? They’re comfortable, we know them, people speak our language and we’re aware of where all the shopping is. Link: Discovering the magic of The Lodge at Pico Bonito

Eat smart for 2018

Source: Cayman Compass Now that Christmas and the season of excess and overindulgence is over for another year, it is back to porridge (and reality). Link: Eat smart for 2018

Reinforcement learning the winner in latest AI exploits

Source: Cayman Islands Journal Twenty years after a computer, IBM’s Deep Blue, beat a reigning chess world champion, Garry Kasparov, for the first time, machines have made another extraordinary breakthrough. Link: Reinforcement learning the winner in latest AI exploits

Bahamas trying to attract more foreign investors

Source: Cayman Islands Journal Government officials in the Bahamas are attempting to stay abreast in the competition for attracting international investors and businesses. The island nation recently passed the Commercial Enterprises Bill, which makes it easier for foreign companies to land there and obtain permits for non-Bahamian workers. Link: Bahamas trying to attract

EU tax list implications represent a gray area

Source: Cayman Islands Journal On Dec. 5, the EU Council agreed, after long debate, haggling and horse trading, on a blacklist of 17 countries that the European finance ministers consider uncooperative in tax matters. They also voted on a commitment list of 47 countries that would be deemed uncooperative, according to the EU’s own…

Telemedicine: Exploring the future of healthcare

Source: Cayman Islands Journal Dr. Stephen Klasko said he is optimistic that within the next 10 years, the healthcare industry will be radically transformed. Technology will be the primary driving force behind that transformation, according to Dr. Klasko and others who spoke at the 25th annual Cayman Captive Forum. Link: Telemedicine: Exploring the

Cayman cools down as chilly weather comes south

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Experts at the Cayman Islands National Weather Service have explained that while Cayman has a tropical climate, we are positioned far enough north to be affected by the current cold fronts in the United States. With snow as far south as Florida, the nip in the air that everyone is…

Cayman’s new anti-money laundering regulations

Source: Cayman Islands Journal New anti-money laundering regulations have been adopted in the Cayman Islands which, from May 31, 2018, will apply to unregulated investment entities as well as regulated funds and more traditional financial services providers. Link: Cayman’s new anti-money laundering regulations

Coral bleaching ‘new normal’ say scientists

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Scientists have found that the time-lapse between coral bleaching events has decreased rapidly over the last forty years, reducing the time reefs have to recover and making bleaching the “new normal” for the delicate marine ecosystems. In the latest bad news about the fate of the earth’s ocean-life, researchers…

5 Jan Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 5 Jan Fri 2018 Weather In Cayman Synopsis   Fresh northeasterly winds and rough seas are expected across the Cayman Islands for the next 24 hours as  high pressure over Texas will move over the southeast US and strengthen. Radar images show isolated showers in and around the Cayman area…

Cayman Airways waives change fees for winter storm

Source: Cayman Compass Cayman Airways announced Thursday that it is waiving change fees for passengers on flights to New York due to the severe winter conditions impacting the northeastern United States. Link: Cayman Airways waives change fees for winter storm

Prosecutors appeal ‘lenient’ sentence in police officer assault

Source: Cayman Compass Crown prosecutors are appealing the suspended sentence handed down to a man convicted of assaulting a senior police officer who required hospital treatment following the attack. Link: Prosecutors appeal ‘lenient’ sentence in police officer assault

Thousands of cruise ship passengers diverted to Spotts

Source: Cayman Compass Rough seas in and around George Town harbor have forced cruise ships with thousands of passengers to drop anchor in the calmer waters of the southern coast of Cayman over the past two days. Link: Thousands of cruise ship passengers diverted to Spotts

2017 wettest year in seven years

Source: Cayman Compass The Cayman Islands National Weather Service reports that 2017 was the wettest year on the islands since 2010. Link: 2017 wettest year in seven years

Dump boss suspended from job

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Roydell Carter, the director of the Department of Environmental Health, has been suspended from his post amid undisclosed allegations of a budget overrun of millions of dollars, CNS has learned. Government officials have refused to comment on the situation relating to the DEH boss but sources close to government…

The Editor speaks: More rubbish

Source: Cayman Eye News It would seem our rubbish problem is getting worse and more rubbish is coming forth from Press Releases from the Department of Environmental Health (DEH). Before Christmas our rubbish collections were getting further and further behind. The reason given was labour issues, overtime put on hold and vehicular breakdowns. However,…

Opposition calls for school over port

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The opposition leader has made it clear that education will continue to be the priority for his team this year and they will be holding government to account, not just over teachers’ pay and more local autonomy for schools but also the completion of the John Gray campus. Speaking…

Cayman Islands 2016 Investments Statistical Digest published

Source: Cayman Eye News The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) is pleased to release its 10th edition of the Investments Statistical Digest. The document captures information that is required to be filed by all regulated funds via the Funds Annual Return (FAR) through CIMA’s electronic reporting systems, up to financial year-end, December 2016. Various…

Library to compile local author registry

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS) The Public Library Service has announced plans to finally begin to formally recognise local authors and are therefore asking published writers to submit information to the library service by the end of this month to be a part of the first-ever Book Registry for the Cayman Islands. Officials from…

HSA issues warning over increase in flu cases

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Public Health Department says it is monitoring an increase in the incidences of flu cases among residents. Dr Samuel Williams-Rodriguez, Director of Primary Healthcare and Acting Medical Officer of Health, revealed that the hospital saw an increase in numbers over the last two months from the usual number of…

CAL waives change fees in face of US freeze

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Cayman Airways has announced that due to the snow storm that is impacting the northeast United States, the airline is temporarily permitting passengers on New York flights to make voluntary changes to their itinerary without a change fee and fare difference charges. In a press release Thursday, CAL said…

Early predictions call for busy hurricane season

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A number of hurricane forecasters willing to make early and often very speculative predictions all agree that 2018 is likely to be another busy season. Given that the season is some six months away, forecasts made now are unlikely to be precise but even this far out there are…

4 Jan Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 4 Jan Thu 2018 Weather In Cayman Synopsis   Moderate northerly winds and seas are expected across the Cayman Islands for the next 24 hours as a cold front becomes stationary over Jamaica today. Further north, a high pressure over Texas will move over the southeast US during the next…

The Publisher’s Old Pitiful Tree

Source: Cayman Eye News By Joan Wilson   I should have called this poem “Merry Mulch”. What do you think?     RECYCLED PITIFUL ME Well, Christmas is over and I’m still in the lounge If anyone visits they would really think it strange, I’m as dry as a tree can possibly get In…

The Sanctuary on Cayman Brac by Christoph Fischer

Source: Cayman Eye News By LINDA PIRTLE From Caleb and Linda Pirtle Another fast-paced psychological thriller about faith and deceit. Arpan has set up a training school and spiritual retreat on the small island in the Caribbean. Yet, the peaceful and quiet existence he has sought soon comes to an end. The arrival of Erica…

Poetry, singing, dancing

Source: Cayman Eye News iNews Cayman’s Publisher and Editor ‘wowed’ Cayman’s Senior Citizens on Boxing Day. Joan and Colin Wilson were the ‘headline’ act at the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman’s Annual Senior Citizens’ Boxing Day Christmas Party 2017. And the publicity of that did not stop the Party being one of their most…

Cayman developer takes global award for local property

Source: Cayman Compass Local and international architect and developer Encompass has won the “Best Single Residential Property in the World” for their Cayman Kai, five-star, six-bedroom Sun Serenity accommodation at London’s Dec. 4 gala International Property Development Awards. Link: Cayman developer takes global award for local property

55 arrested in holiday drunk driving clampdown

Source: Cayman Compass Police have condemned the “unacceptable conduct” of some drivers during a holiday season that saw 55 people arrested for drunk driving. Link: 55 arrested in holiday drunk driving clampdown

Cold snap comes to Cayman

Source: Cayman Compass Cayman is bracing for a Caribbean cold snap. The Cayman Islands National Weather Service sent out an advisory Wednesday regarding a seasonal cold front. Link: Cold snap comes to Cayman

Broken-down vehicles litter Grand Cayman’s roadsides

Source: Cayman Compass As broken-down vehicles accumulate on the roadsides of Grand Cayman, government has yet to state how it plans to address the growing problem. Link: Broken-down vehicles litter Grand Cayman’s roadsides

EDITORIAL – ‘Matchstick homes’: A clear and present danger in Cayman

Source: Cayman Compass To prevent future conflagrations – and possible deadly tragedies – officials from relevant departments must step up to ensure that every dwelling in these islands is safe for human habitation. Link: EDITORIAL – ‘Matchstick homes’: A clear and present danger in Cayman

Jamaican LGBT activist calls for hate-speech pastor’s ban

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A Jamaican LGBT activist is calling on that country’s government to ban Pastor Steven Anderson, an American hate preacher who is planning to visit the island later this month. Anderson was banned from several countries, such as Canada, UK, Botswana and South Africa, after calling for gay people to…

Cops call out ‘unacceptable conduct’ of drivers

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): With 55 drunk drivers arrested over the holiday period, the RCIPS has said it will continue the intensified enforcement operations in an effort to stop motorists who have been drinking from getting behind the wheel. There were several collisions over the New Year weekend, and though none were serious,…

WB road plaza stirs up beach access controversy

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A proposed new plaza on the West Bay Road that has raised considerable opposition from its neighbours may still get the green-light later this month when the Central Planning Authority considers the full application. But the planning application has stirred up an unexpected beach access controversy. The Grove is…

Profit over planet?

Source: Cayman News Service Theresa Green writes: The issue of climate change and how it impacts life across the world is likely to be one of the biggest issues in 2018 and Cayman will be facing its own challenges regarding the environment in the year ahead as the current Government of National Unity takes…

3 Jan Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 3 Jan Wed 2018 Weather In Cayman Synopsis   Moderate to fresh northerly winds and seas are expected across the Cayman Islands as a cold front lingers over the northwest Caribbean. Radar images show isolated showers in and around the Cayman area moving south to southwest. Sunshine just makes the…

The Editor speaks: Resolutions

Source: Cayman Eye News Did you make a resolution or resolutions for this New Year? I used to but that was a long time ago. So long ago I don’t even remember what resolutions I made and if I ever kept them. It’s not a bad idea, though, to resolve to change an undesired…

Is Nassau the next Culinary Capital of the Caribbean?

Source: Cayman Eye News By LANE NIESET From Food & Wine Some of the world’s most celebrated chefs are setting their sights on Nassau’s shores. It’s been a decade since Nobu Matsuhisa opened his namesake eatery at Nassau’s sprawling Atlantis, Paradise Island—and nearly two since Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Dune debuted at The Ocean Club—but it’s…

EDITORIAL – Two leaders, opposing sides, shared priorities

Source: Cayman Compass Premier Alden McLaughlin and Opposition Leader Ezzard Miller may sit on opposite sides of the Legislative Assembly, but in their New Year’s messages, they appeared to be singing from the same hymnal. Link: EDITORIAL – Two leaders, opposing sides, shared priorities

Emergency sirens proposed for fuel depot

Source: Cayman Compass Sol Petroleum has made a proposal for an early warning siren system to better alert its neighbors in emergency scenarios after complaints about the handling of a mass evacuation following a fire at the South Church Street fuel depot. Link: Emergency sirens proposed for fuel depot

National Geographic touts Cayman’s hidden charms

Source: Cayman Compass It may only be 26 miles from end to end, but Grand Cayman and its charms were significant enough for a National Geographic publication to recommend an island road trip to its readers. Link: National Geographic touts Cayman’s hidden charms

Man admits criminal trespass at chief justice’s home

Source: Cayman Compass The first criminal pleas in the new year were entered on Tuesday morning when Thadeus (Thad) Kaemeron Bodden pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal trespass, including one that involved entering the home of Chief Justice Anthony Smellie. Link: Man admits criminal trespass at chief justice’s home

Flu cases on the upswing in Cayman

Source: Cayman Compass With flu season in full swing, there has been a “marked increase” in the number of influenza cases in the Cayman Islands over the last several weeks, according to Public Health Department Acting Director Dr. Samuel Williams-Rodriguez. Link: Flu cases on the upswing in Cayman

Cayman’s banking sector continued slide in 2016

Source: Cayman Compass The territory’s banking industry continued to contract in 2016 in terms of the number of banks and the amount of assets and liabilities held by those institutions, according to the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority’s 2016 Banking Digest. Link: Cayman’s banking sector continued slide in 2016

Man seriously injured after stabbing

Source: Cayman Compass A 25-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries after he was stabbed in the chest in a brawl outside a bar in the early hours on Saturday. Link: Man seriously injured after stabbing

Christmas tree recycling begins

Source: Cayman Compass Owners of natural Christmas trees can deposit their trees at six Department of Environmental Health collection points throughout Grand Cayman, the department advised. Link: Christmas tree recycling begins

McLaughlin honored for culinary skills

Source: Cayman Compass Bradley McLaughlin, 15, of Bodden Town, is being recognized in the culture field of the annual Proud of Them initiative. Link: McLaughlin honored for culinary skills

Speaker takes apolitical tone in New Year message

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): For the first time in many years, McKeeva Bush has taken a completely apolitical position in his New Year message to the community. Despite being part of the coalition government that helped to secure Premier Alden McLaughlin a second term, the speaker took a very neutral position when he…

Christmas tree recycling begins island-wide

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has placed collection skips at six locations across Grand Cayman for the public to put their natural Christmas trees for the annual mulching programme. As well as reducing the waste going to the dump, the scheme gives gardeners a chance to collect free…

UK man airlifted to Health City after freak fall

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 32-year-old British man who was working in Sint Maarten and helping as a volunteer in the aftermath of the 2017 storm damage is currently in a coma at Health City Cayman Islands, where he was airlifted after he fell from a balcony. Kurt Russel’s family is now struggling…

Violent argument leaves man fighting for life

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Four people have been arrested, one of whom, a 25-year-old man, is fighting a life-threatening chest injury in the Cayman Islands Hospital, following a violent argument outside a nightclub sometime before 1:00 Saturday morning. The three men and one woman, all from West Bay, were reportedly involved in an altercation…

Prowler charged over suspicious behaviour

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 41-year-old man from George Town was charged Tuesday with criminal trespass after CCTV footage of his attempts to break into a car in Prospect at the weekend were circulated on CNS and social media. Police said that the man was also suspected of attempting to break into a…

2 Jan Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 2 Jan Tue 2018 Weather In Cayman Synopsis   Moderate north to northeasterly winds and seas will continue across the Cayman area for the next 24 as the high pressure system lingers over the central Atlantic Ocean. Also a pre-frontal trough over the northwest Caribbean will across the Cayman area…

The Editor speaks: I am ashamed

Source: Cayman Eye News It is bad enough when members of our media get on the bandwagon over the Government sponsored Gospel Concert with Russ Taff and Michael English held on Sunday (31 December) night at the Lion’s Centre. This is the same night some businesses in Cayman had to cancel their New Year’s…

BOA hosts career workshop

Source: Cayman Eye News The Barbados Olympic Association (BOA), in collaboration with Olympic Solidarity, hosted its first-ever Athlete Career Programme (ACP), at the Olympic Centre last Saturday. The programme, which is geared toward transitioning athletes to future careers, was launched in 2005. It supports and prepares elite and amateur athletes from over 100 countries…

Arthur Frommer: Some predictions about the coming winter cruise season

Source: Cayman Eye News BY ARTHUR FROMMER King Features Syndicate From Kenosha News Although passengers on large cruise ships occasionally are stricken with the norovirus, the activity of cruising remains enormously popular among the vacationing public. And because a number of Caribbean hotels and islands have been removed from the general vacation inventory for…

STR: Cayman Islands, Bermuda see occupancy jumps

Source: Cayman Eye News By Fatima Thompson From Caribbean Journal HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee—A mixture of lower occupancy levels and higher rates fell in line with year-to-date hotel performance in the Caribbean, according to the latest data from STR. In November, occupancy fell 2.8% year over year to an absolute level of 64.4%. However, 3.3% growth…

‘Miss Olive’ receives OBE award

Source: Cayman Compass Some 40 years after receiving the Member of the British Empire honor in 1978, philanthropist Olive Miller has been named an Officer of the British Empire for her lifelong community service to the Cayman Islands. Link: ‘Miss Olive’ receives OBE award

EDITORIAL – Entering the New Year with resolutions and renewed resolve

Source: Cayman Compass The dawn of a new year is more meaning-laden than the simple act of turning a calendar page might suggest. It is a time, if only symbolically, for new beginnings in our community and our personal lives. Link: EDITORIAL – Entering the New Year with resolutions and renewed resolve

Number of hedge funds dipped in 2016

Source: Cayman Compass The number of Cayman-registered funds continued to decline in 2016, but the value of the assets managed by such entities increased that year, according to the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority’s recently released 2016 Investments Statistical Digest. Link: Number of hedge funds dipped in 2016

Judge affirms bank’s rights in foreclosure case

Source: Cayman Compass Amid public concern over rising foreclosure rates in the Cayman Islands, a judge has cautioned home owners to understand they risk losing their property if they fall behind on mortgage repayments. Link: Judge affirms bank’s rights in foreclosure case

1 Jan Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 1 Jan Mon 2018 Weather In Cayman Synopsis Not available. See Weather Forecast Top Right of Website. Sunshine just makes the day a little better, but it can also cause sunburns. Check the UV Report below to be prepared Humidity: 71%  (DOWN from yesterday) UV: 6.2   HIGH  (DOWN from…

Police: Armed men rob Smith Road business

Source: Cayman Compass Three men with covered faces, two of whom were armed, entered a liquor-licensed business on Smith Road around 10 p.m. Saturday and demanded cash, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said.  Link: Police: Armed men rob Smith Road business

Cayman’s future looks bright, says Premier

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin set an optimistic note in his New Year’s Eve message to the country, maintaining that the “future remains bright” for the coming year. Reviewing the year and the May General Election, he said that based on feed-back he had received, “the vast majority of the country…

Gang rob GT liquor store at gun point

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Three masked men held up a George Town liquor store on Saturday night, in which shots were fired but no one was injured, police said. Two of the men were armed with guns when the gang burst into the discount liquor store on Smith Road just before 10pm on…

31 Dec Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 31 Dec Sun 2017 Weather In Cayman Synopsis Moderate northeasterly winds and seas will continue across the Cayman area for the next 24 as the high pressure system lingers over the western Atlantic Ocean. Radar images show isolated showers in and around the Cayman area. Sunshine just makes the day…

Prospect residents face repeat prowler

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A suspect who appears to be looking to steal a vehicle was caught twice on CCTV over the last few days trying the same SUV door outside a residence in a neighbourhood off Poindexter Road. The owners told CNS that they are concerned that the man, who arrives and…

30 Dec Weather in Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 30 Dec Sat 2017 Weather In Cayman Synopsis Moderate northeasterly winds and seas will continue across the Cayman area for the next 24 hours in association with the high pressure system over the western Atlantic Ocean. Radar images show isolated showers in and around the Cayman area drifting southwest. Sunshine…

Police act on three missing people reports

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police manage to help find three people yesterday after they received reports that a 5 old boy, a teenage girl and an elderly woman with memory problems had all gone missing in three separate incidents. Police said that all three were found in good health as a result of the…

NDC urge party-goers to use ‘purple’ bus

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): With an increase in local support and stronger partnerships, the National Drug Council will be running the Purple Ribbon Bus service for New Year’s Eve for the seventeenth year. For NYE 2017 the service will run on Cayman Brac as well as Grand Cayman, and the NDC has boosted…

Ganja washes up on Little Cayman shore

Source: Cayman Compass A parcel containing ganja washed up on the shore of Little Cayman on Dec. 23, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service reported. A member of the public informed law enforcement of the discovery and handed the package over to police. Link: Ganja washes up on Little Cayman shore

Plane requests landing due to strange smell

Source: Cayman Compass The customers and crew of a Cayman Airways plane experienced a whiff of uncertainty Wednesday, when an inbound flight from Chicago requested an “expedited landing” due to an unusual smell. Flight KX505, which flew from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, landed at Owen Roberts International at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday. Link:

Drugs wash ashore in Little Cayman

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police have removed an undisclosed quantity of ganja from the beach on Little Cayman for destruction after a parcel of drugs washed ashore last Saturday evening, 23 December. The RCIPS said that a member of the public informed police on the Sister Island of the discovery along the shore…

Some of Cayman’s top New Year’s Eve parties

Source: Cayman Compass Is that the distant sound of Champagne corks popping? Yes, New Year’s Eve is on the horizon, so you’d better get your party plans in place. Here are a few great options for ringing in 2018 on-island. Link: Some of Cayman’s top New Year’s Eve parties

Strange and wonderful New Year’s Eve traditions

Source: Cayman Compass Ringing in the new year and bidding adieu to the old one is a tradition that spans the globe. But it’s not just all fireworks and glittery ball drops everywhere. Link: Strange and wonderful New Year’s Eve traditions

29 Dec Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 29 Dec Fri 2017 Weather In Cayman Synopsis Moderate northeasterly winds and seas will continue across the Cayman area for the next 24 hours in association with the high pressure system over the western Atlantic Ocean. Radar images show isolated showers southwest of the Cayman area drifting southwest. Sunshine just…

12 left homeless, three injured in arson

Source: Cayman Compass Twelve people were left homeless in a fire in which three were injured Wednesday morning at a small, nine-bedroom residence on Shedden Road. Police say they are investigating the case as an act of arson. Link: 12 left homeless, three injured in arson

Cayman avoids EU tax blacklist, for now

Source: Cayman Compass The Cayman Islands was not included on a list of 17 countries that the European Union deemed uncooperative in tax matters. However, when the list was released on Dec. 5, Cayman found itself on a so-called graylist of 47 countries and jurisdictions that have made written commitments to meet the…

2017 editorials: The Compass’s voice on significant issues

Source: Cayman Compass Today we feature highlights from some of what we consider to be the most compelling and important editorials that appeared in the Cayman Compass in 2017, dealing with some of the most pressing matters facing our country. Link: 2017 editorials: The Compass’s voice on significant issues

Extradition wave – More US requests for lottery scammers flood in

Source: Cayman Eye News Jamaican authorities are now in possession of “a number” of extradition requests, made by their counterparts in the United States (US), for persons accused of being involved in the deadly lottery scam. Justice Minister Delroy Chuck acknowledged, during a recent interview, that he was aware of the extradition requests but…

Senior’s Boxing Day Bash

Source: Cayman Eye News On Boxing Day (Dec 26) many of Grand Cayman’s senior citizens descended on the First Baptist Church Hall for a sumptuous meal, lots of gifts and entertainment both organised and spontaneous. All was courtesy of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman. Various club members waited on the tables including Her…

Police see almost 10 smashes per day

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police have been called out to 251 collisions of varying degrees of severity, arrested 42 drunk drivers and issued 73 tickets for traffic offences since the beginning of December. The RCIPS highlighted the “reprehensible” behaviour of some road users after they arrested, this week alone, another nine drivers for DUI…

Opposition promises public input for 2018

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The opposition leader has said that he and his colleagues will begin a series of fact-finding meetings in all districts in the New Year to find “workable, affordable and acceptable solutions to overcoming the challenges and seizing the opportunities” that he believes will present themselves over the next year. In…

Police seeking repeat teenage runaway

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police are asking for help from the public to find 16-year-old Roseanna Redden, who is a resident at the Francis Bodden Girls’ Home in Bodden Town. She was last seen at around 11:00pm on Tuesday, 26 December, in Logwood Way, George Town. She has brown hair, brown eyes, a dark complexion…

Health warning to drug users

Source: Cayman News Service A CNS reader writes: Users are largely unaware that incoming drugs are highly likely to have been already laced with potentially deadly, highly addictive, cheaper, internet mail-order synthetic opioids (in addition to the normal toxic production chemicals). Those in denial, or blindly trusting their dealer with their lives, are either…

The prince and the president dance around politics

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Former US president Barack Obama’s first media interview since he handed over the keys of the White House to Donald Trump may have come as a surprise to many as it was with the BBC and a royal prince. When Prince Harry sat down with the former US leader…

Letters – Giving a voice to the people

Source: Cayman Compass The free exchange of ideas is a necessary component of any healthy democracy. That is why the Compass reserves space in each issue for readers and leaders to share their perspectives as letters to the editor. Link: Letters – Giving a voice to the people

28 Dec Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 28 Dec Thu 2017 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: 91%  (UP from yesterday) UV: 6.2   HIGH  (DOWN…

Registration for the 2018 Cayman Islands Marathon is open

Source: Cayman Eye News Online registration for the 2018 Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay and Kids Fun Run is now open at www.CaymanIslandsMarathon.com. The race will take place on Sunday, 2 December, and Race Director Rhonda Kelly says there is no time like the present to make the commitment to be…

The Editor speaks: Social media

Source: Cayman Eye News Former US President Barack Obama said social media platforms can lead people to make snap judgements about complex decisions, “Social media is a really powerful tool for people of common interests to convene and get to know each other and connect. “But then it’s important for them to get offline,…

Cocaine washes ashore at East End resort

Source: Cayman Compass This was not the kind of “white Christmas” that Bing Crosby was singing about. A resort security guard was confronted by a masked man wielding a machete after tourists found several bricks of cocaine washed up on an East End beach. Link: Cocaine washes ashore at East End resort

Lionfish study expands amid positive results

Source: Cayman Compass Lionfish are being hunted by native predators on Cayman’s reefs at much greater rates than previously imagined – an encouraging sign that nature may provide a solution to the problem of invasive species. Link: Lionfish study expands amid positive results

Judge grants bail in lecturer’s child porn case

Source: Cayman Compass After being refused bail in Summary Court, a man charged with possession of child pornography successfully appealed to Grand Court on Friday. Link: Judge grants bail in lecturer’s child porn case

Local businessman Christian Sorensen found dead in home

Source: Cayman Compass Christian Sorensen, a businessman who designed and operated the Crystal Caves tourist attraction in North Side, was found unresponsive at his home in George Town and later pronounced dead on Dec. 23. Mr. Sorensen was 53 years old. Link: Local businessman Christian Sorensen found dead in home

Two badly injured in GT house fire

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Three people were injured in an early morning fire in George Town Thursday, police have now confirmed. The blaze reportedly started early this morning at a small residence on Shedden Road behind Archie’s Bar. Police said there were multiple occupants in the house when the fire started and three people…

Police warn of messages seeking images of kids

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The police are warning of a targeted attempt to solicit inappropriate images of children via social media. Last Thursday, 21 December, the RCIPS received a complaint from a parent on-island of suspicious Instagram posts and WhatsApp communications with minor children. An Instagram message had been circulated on 16 December…

Police deal with two suicides over holiday weekend

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A local man who worked in tourism was found hanging from a tree in Windsor Park Saturday morning, and a well-known business owner who is also believed to have taken his own life was found dead at his home on Palm Heights Drive on Saturday evening, as the RCIPS…

Stolen car set on fire in Newlands

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police have begun investigating a possible case of arson after a 1999 Red Honda Integra that was stolen back in November was set on fire on Hirst Road in Newland last Thursday night. Officers and fire crews were sent to the location not far from the Marine Base at…

Drug smugglers working over holidays

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Three men are set to appear in court Wednesday after two separate incidents relating to drug smuggling around Grand Cayman. On Saturday, 23 December, officers from the RCIPS marine and air units intercepted a suspect blue and white drug canoe and seized an undisclosed quantity of ganja. Then on…

Queen reflects on tragedies in Christmas speech

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): From The terrorist attacks in London and Manchester to the devastation in the Caribbean from hurricanes, Queen Elizabeth II recalled the tragedies of 2017 during her sixtieth televised Christmas speech. Alongside the bad news, however, the British and Commonwealth monarch also paid tribute to her husband, Prince Phillip, who…

27 Dec Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 27 Dec Wed 2017 Weather In Cayman Synopsis Moderate northeasterly winds and rough seas will continue across the Cayman area for the next 24 hours in association with the high pressure system lingers over the western Atlantic Ocean. Radar images show isolated showers in and around the Cayman area drifting…

HM The Queen Elizabeth II 2017 Christmas Message

Source: Cayman Eye News Sixty years ago today, a young woman spoke about the speed of technological change as she presented the first television broadcast of its kind. She described the moment as a landmark: “Television has made it possible for many of you to see me in your homes on Christmas Day. My…

Cayman Islands utility company announce new Demand Rate

Source: Cayman Eye News CUC Announces New Demand Rates The Utility Regulation and Competition Office (“OfReg”) has approved new Demand Rates for Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd.’s (“CUC”) large commercial customers and customers with Distributed Energy Resources (“DER”). Distributed Energy Resources (“DER”) shall include any customer’s on-site generation from renewable energy resources used to supply…

Fibroid embolization now available in the Cayman Islands

Source: Cayman Eye News From The Lake Foundation The Health Services Authority in the Cayman Islands announced on 18th December 2017 that fibroid embolization will now be available in the Caribbean territory at the Cayman Islands Hospital on Grand Cayman. This is a great step forward for the islands as it means that patients…

Christmas drones, New Year’s lanterns pose aviation threat

Source: Cayman Compass If you got a drone for Christmas or were planning on launching a Chinese lantern for New Year’s Eve, aviation authorities warn there are guidelines that must be followed. Link: Christmas drones, New Year’s lanterns pose aviation threat

2017 top stories: Election puts Progressives back in power

Source: Cayman Compass May 24, 2017 might have been Cayman’s “independents’ day,” but by May 29 a group of independent candidates – with a couple of exceptions – found themselves on the outside looking in at a second term for Premier Alden McLaughlin and his Progressives-led coalition. Link: 2017 top stories: Election puts

Headstones laid on graves of Miss Lassie and Aunt Julia

Source: Cayman Compass Two cultural icons were honored on Dec. 15, when the government unveiled specially crafted headstones on the graves of Gladwyn Klosking Bush and Julia Almeria Hydes. Link: Headstones laid on graves of Miss Lassie and Aunt Julia

A touch of snow

Source: Cayman Compass The Snow King and Queen, who also go by the names ‘Mr. and Mrs. Winter,’ added some chilly festive cheer to the Ritz-Carlton brunch on Christmas Day. Link: A touch of snow

26 Dec Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 26 Dec Tue 2017 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: 79%  (UP from yesterday) UV: 6.6   HIGH  (DOWN from…

25 Dec Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 25 Dec Mon 2017 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: 6.7   HIGH  (UP from…

Single vehicle collision in North Side Sunday morning (24)

Source: Cayman Eye News From RCIPS This morning, 24 December, just past 1:30am, police, fire and emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle collision in North Side in the vicinity of Rossini street. The vehicle had overturned and caught fire, and the driver and passenger, both males, were ejected. The fire was extinguished and…

24 Dec Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 24 Dec Sun 2017 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: 79%  (DOWN from yesterday) UV: 6.5    HIGH  (UP from…

Memorial tombstones

Source: Cayman Eye News Cayman Islands Memorial tombstones unveiled Two cultural icons were recently honoured by the Ministry of Culture and the Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF). In May 2017 the Hon Premier and then Minister for Culture, presented a grant to CNCF for the construction of headstones on the graves of Gladwyn Klosking…

Body found in Windsor Park

Source: Cayman Compass Early Saturday morning, Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officers found the body of a dead man in Windsor Park. Link: Body found in Windsor Park

Cayman Islands: Body of man found in Windsor Park

Source: Cayman Eye News From RCIPS sat 23 Dec 2017 Just past 6AM this morning (Sat 23), police began receiving reports of the body of a man found hanging in the Windsor Park area of George Town. Police and emergency personnel responded to the scene where the body of a man was found. EMTs…

23 Dec Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 23 Dec Sat 2017 Weather In Cayman Synopsis Moderate easterly winds and seas are expected across the Cayman in association with a high pressure system over the western Atlantic Ocean. Radar images show no showers over the Cayman area. Sunshine just makes the day a little better, but it can…

MAIL CALL: Dancing on Sundays

Source: Cayman Compass Editorial Writer Jennifer Hemmingsen explains Cayman’s policy on music and dancing on Sundays, and how it will affect New Year’s Eve celebrations. Link: MAIL CALL: Dancing on Sundays

Auxiliary policeman arrested for assault

Source: Cayman Compass An auxiliary police officer was arrested early Friday on suspicion of assault of a woman and a police officer. Police said officers were dispatched to an address in Prospect around 2 a.m. following a report of a domestic disturbance.  Link: Auxiliary policeman arrested for assault

Tourist robbed near 7MB public beach

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A visitor to Cayman who was walking with a friend just south of the Seven Mile public beach was robbed by two masked teenagers, armed with a machete and a bat, at around 10:30pm Wednesday. In an unusual scenario, police said that the victim negotiated with the two suspects,…

NEW: Visitor robbed near Public Beach

Source: Cayman Compass A man visiting Grand Cayman was robbed by “two masked young men” near Public Beach on Wednesday night. Link: NEW: Visitor robbed near Public Beach

BT MLA takes direct action over garbage

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Bodden Town West MLA Chris Saunders has taken the mounting garbage collection problem in his district into his own hands. Facing concerns from his constituents that the Department of Environmental Health is still so far behind on collections that it will not clear the bulk waste from the roadside…

Robber with mental age of child jailed for 2+years

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A young man who was described by his lawyer as having the mental capacity of a 9-year-old child was jailed Thursday for 27 months for an opportunist street mugging in George Town two years ago. Charles Walton, who was 18 when he robbed a woman on the West Bay…

Ministers and MLAs deliver Christmas messages via CIGTV

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Several of the Cayman Islands legislators have taken to the government’s television station this year to send out their Christmas messages to constituents. Using CIGTV, ministers and MLAs from across the political divide wished the people well for the season and urged them to think of the less fortunate.…

Governor lauds Cayman’s generosity

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): In her final Christmas Message to the people of the Cayman Islands as its governor, Helen Kilpatrick lauded the generosity of Caymanians. The UK’s representative commended Cayman’s support for its fellow overseas territories hit by dangerous hurricanes this season and said the “scale and variety of the charitable and…

22 Dec Weather In Cayman

Source: Cayman Eye News 22 Dec Fri 2017 Weather In Cayman Synopsis Moderate to fresh easterly winds and seas is expected across the Cayman area from this afternoon as the pressure gradient across the Caribbean tightens. Radar images show no showers over the Cayman area. Sunshine just makes the day a little better, but…

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