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July 20, 2018

Cayman Islands

20 Jul Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report

Source: Cayman Eye News 20 Jul Fri 2018 Tropical Report   Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 200 AM EDT Fri Jul 20 2018 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: Tropical cyclone formation is not expected for the next five days. $$ Forecaster Blake   Tropical Weather…

Giving back: Driving donations

Source: Cayman Islands Journal Island Heritage’s involvement in the community runs a spectrum of activities, but one of its most visible corporate social responsibility initiatives is its annual CharityDrive. Link: Giving back: Driving donations

Giving back: Mentoring program inspires youth

Source: Cayman Islands Journal The Chamber of Commerce’s youth-development initiative, Mentoring Cayman, has been inspiring Cayman’s youth since 2002 and matches high school participants with successful mentors in fields they are interested in. Link: Giving back: Mentoring program inspires youth

Giving back: The power of education

Source: Cayman Islands Journal Dart’s long-standing belief in the transformative power of education has evolved into two parallel, sought-after initiatives: Minds Inspired and Dart Scholar. Link: Giving back: The power of education

Giving back: Invested in the community

Source: Cayman Islands Journal In the business world, corporate social responsibility, or CSR for short, has become standard practice. A broad term, it essentially sums up the good-will efforts a company makes in the communities where it operates. Link: Giving back: Invested in the community

Astroturf: Cayman Islands’ Edna M. Moyle Primary School

Source: Cayman Eye News The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports, Agriculture and Lands as well as the Department of Education Services collaborates with a range of stakeholders to help ensure that all government schools are provided with the necessary resources within the approved budget. In reference to the Astroturf purchased by a donor for…

Batabano, Braccanal, and the Mas Band Association, stand united

Source: Cayman Eye News The Cayman Carnival Batabano Committee (CCBC), the Cayman Islands Mas Band Association (CIMBA), and the Braccanal Committee, stand unified in full agreement with the public’s call for the return to “One Carnival” on Grand Cayman, like it had been since Batabano’s inception in 1983 until 2016 when a local group of private investors broke away and started their…

The Editor Speaks: Astroturf waste!

Source: Cayman Eye News I spoke only this week about how our government doesn’t seem to care how much money they waste on our behalf. The shocking disclosure from North Side MLA, Ezzard Miller, how the government have allowed the Astroturf that was purchased by a donor to sit at the George Town Port…

Get over it

Source: Cayman Compass Get over it — Our editorial cartoon Link: Get over it

Wayne Panton to lead Cayman Islands Monetary Authority

Source: Cayman Compass Former government Minister Wayne Panton was named Wednesday as chairman of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, replacing his former colleague at Walkers law firm, Grant Stein, in the chairman’s post. Link: Wayne Panton to lead Cayman Islands Monetary Authority

$1.3M South Sound boardwalk project nearing completion

Source: Cayman Compass The development of a boardwalk and other amenities along South Sound Road is expected to be completed by the end of August at a cost of $1.3 million, according to the Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure. Link: .3M South Sound boardwalk project nearing completion

Special Olympics celebrates landmark anniversary

Source: Cayman Compass Special Olympics announced that major landmarks, stadia and iconic buildings around the world, including Camana Bay will turn red in a global display of unity on Friday as part of the Special Olympics 50th Anniversary Celebration. Link: Special Olympics celebrates landmark anniversary

‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ market at Anchor & Den

Source: Cayman Compass On June 15, Anchor & Den in the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort held its first Night Market. The Father’s Day-themed event was dubbed a big success, bringing hundreds of residents and visitors through the doors to sample various wares. Link: ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ market at Anchor & Den

WORC boss promises great things as bid opens for IT

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman (WORC) interim director, Sharon Roulstone, is promising significant changes for locals looking for work in Cayman as the new department begins to take shape. “WORC is radically changing the way job-seeking Caymanians connect with employers and vice-versa, with technology playing a pivotal role in…

Women withdrew support for port complaints

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The author of the Internal Audit Service report that dismissed sexual misconduct allegations against a senior manager at the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands has said it was not just the freedom of information request that came in around the same time the complaints were made that led to…

Governor was taking active role in civil service

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Minutes of the deputy governor’s meetings with civil service management, released this week in response to an FOI request made by Cayman News Service, revealed that the now-suspended governor, Anwar Choudhury, was taking a direct and active role in the management of the public service and attended all of…

Home invader uses spray on victim

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A woman who woke up to find a burglar in her house in the middle of night was reportedly sprayed with an unknown substance by the home invader before he fled with her purse, police have said. The substance turned out to be benign, possibly hairspray, as the victim…

CITA defends tourism taxes and regulations

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The private sector association representing the tourism industry has come to the defence of the regulation, licensing and tax regime surrounding the local accommodation sector. The Cayman Islands Tourism Association released a statement this week saying that the regulation has served the tourism industry and the country well, as…

19 Jul Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report

Source: Cayman Eye News   19 Jul Thu 2018 Tropical Report   Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 200 AM EDT Thu Jul 19 2018 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: Tropical cyclone formation is not expected for the next five days. $$ Forecaster Blake   Tropical…

Tyre-shredding ends at Cayman Islands Landfill

Source: Cayman Eye News A project that shredded nearly 700,000 tyres stockpiled at the George Town landfill came to a close this morning (Wednesday, 18 July 2018), some 16 months after it began. During that time Island Recycling, and its partner company Guernsey Recycling Group (GRG), shredded some 670,000 tyres, weighing in at approximately…

Cayman Islands Postal Service commemorates Royal Wedding

Source: Cayman Eye News New stamps issue commemorates Prince Harry’s and Princess Meghan’s wedding. The stamps are issued in four denominations. A First-Day Cover is also part of the issue. The Postal Service releases today (Wednesday, 18 July  2018) a new collection of four beautiful stamps to commemorate the Royal Wedding of the Duke…

Two arrested at Cayman Islands Owen Roberts International Airport

Source: Cayman Eye News From Cayman islands Customs Department 18th July 2018 The Assistant Collector of Customs in charge of the Customs Narcotics Enforcement Team has announced the arrests of two Cayman nationals at the Owen Roberts International Airport on Monday, 16th July for possession of ganja and being concerned in the possession of…

Cayman Islands: Summer students shine at HSM

Source: Cayman Eye News 68 Fort Street, Grand Cayman (Tuesday, July 17 2018): The HSM Group is excited to welcome four summer interns from the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre (CIFEC). Over the next several months, Jada Smith, Vai’Ann Hamilton, Sashana Wilson and Saira Palacios will be treated like core members of the team…

New seabed map to steer vessels to safety

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Representatives of the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) are currently in the Cayman Islands delivering to the Lands and Survey Department the results of a seabed mapping programme that was undertaken last summer. The new map is expected to improve navigation safety in local waters and ensure the territory is fulfilling…

Elderly realtor awaits fate in theft case

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A real estate agent who stole cash from two of his clients who were trying to buy property was bailed on Wednesday to wait out the judge’s deliberations regarding his sentence. Antonio Paolini is 78 years old and in poor health but he is still facing a possible jail…

EDITORIAL – You decide: ‘OfReg’ or ‘RipOff Reg’?

Source: Cayman Compass OfReg, despite its unclear pronunciation and cryptic branding (it’s pronounced “OFFReg” and is derived from the semantic marriage of “Office” and “Regulation”), is nonetheless becoming a household word – and not a good one. Link: EDITORIAL – You decide: ‘OfReg’ or ‘RipOff Reg’?

670,000th tire shredded at landfill

Source: Cayman Compass The last in a pile of 670,000 tires that once towered over the George Town landfill was tossed into the shredder Wednesday by Environment Minister Dwayne Seymour. Link: 670,000th tire shredded at landfill

Police and roads authority work to make streets safer

Source: Cayman Compass Auxiliary Constable Fabian O’Connor, who won the Diversity Award at this year’s Police Service Awards, has entered into a partnership with the National Roads Authority to improve the traffic signs and road markings on the waterfront and in central George Town. Link: Police and roads authority work to make streets

Government accesses UK’s underwater mapping program

Source: Cayman Compass The Lands and Survey Department is getting a better feel for the local underwater topography of the region thanks to a seabed mapping program undertaken by the U.K. Hydrographic Office. Link: Government accesses UK’s underwater mapping program

Miller: Government ‘making excuses’ on school playfield

Source: Cayman Compass Cayman’s opposition leader blasted the civil service Tuesday for “making up excuses” on a proposal to put artificial turf down on a section of field outside the North Side primary school – a project MLA Ezzard Miller said school parents and his constituent office have been working on for four…

Seven cars broken into in one day in WB

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police are warning car owners to lock their cars after officers in West Bay responded to seven reports of vehicle break-ins on Tuesday. Property was stolen in only one of the cases but all of the vehicles involved had their windows smashed. The first report came in just after…

Dog shot dead in West Bay

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police are appealing to the public to help them find the person who shot and killed a dog in West Bay sometime before Tuesday afternoon. The brown, long-haired dog was found yesterday afternoon by its owner near a tree in the yard of a garage on Powell Smith Road…

Local man caught at ORIA with ganja taped to legs

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 25-year-old man from Cayman Brac was arrested on Monday at the Owen Roberts International Airport after a search by customs officers turned up two packages of ganja taped to his legs. The body search took place before the man and a 22-year-old woman travelling with him, who was also…

Why are parking spots blocked?

Source: Cayman News Service I noticed in town on Edward Street opposite the post office what appears to be public parking spaces that were blocked by orange cones. I counted four free spaces blocked off in this manner. Presumably to ‘reserve’ these spaces, but is this not illegal? Can I remove the cones and…

New beat cops join EE and NS teams

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service says that two new beat officers have joined their Community Policing Department to cover the districts of East End and North Side and that they will be based at the local sub-stations. Both MLAs in those districts have advocated for years to get…

18 Jul Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report

Source: Cayman Eye News   18 Jul Wed 2018 Tropical Report   Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Wed Jul 18 2018 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: Tropical cyclone formation is not expected for the next five days. $$ Forecaster Beven   Tropical…

Miller takes on ministry over school playing field

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Opposition Leader Ezzard Miller (North Side) has said he is determined to do whatever it takes to get a playing field for his constituency’s primary school, as a major battle with the education ministry appears to have come to an impasse. The field at the Edna Moyle Primary School…

The Editor Speaks: Health waste

Source: Cayman Eye News When it comes to HEALTH government is a past master at wasting our funds. Whether it is the real, hard, natural waste or the medical health both manage to waste our funds. We have just learnt that Richard Simms, the director at the Department of Vehicle and Equipment Services (DVES),…

Farnborough Airshow Day 1: Boeing bamboozling everyone

Source: Cayman Eye News By Dhierin Bechai From Seeking Alpha Jul. 17, 2018 Summary Boeing mixed in customer reveals to make Day 1 of FIA’18 look bigger than it really is. Airbus won more orders and commitments. Smaller jet makers signed agreements for 45 aircraft. This idea was discussed in more depth with members…

Training designed to increase efficiency

Source: Cayman Compass The Cayman Islands government is spending $60,000 to train 100 workers to be better at recognizing viable projects its various ministries should pursue. Link: Training designed to increase efficiency

Rahn: Whose law do you follow?

Source: Cayman Compass Increasing numbers of people find themselves in legal never-never land, where they cannot follow the law of their home country without violating the law of another country for which they can be prosecuted. Link: Rahn: Whose law do you follow?

Tackle the garbage

Source: Cayman Compass Tackle the garbage — Today’s editorial cartoon Link: Tackle the garbage

Elderly taxi driver admits killing doctor

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 70-year-old man from Bodden Town has admitted causing the death of Dr Vary Jones-Leslie (62), from Jamaica, as a result of dangerous driving. Warren Samuel Hogarth pleaded guilty to the charges against him ahead of a scheduled trial, after denying the allegations earlier this year. On 17 July  last year…

Port manager cleared of sexual misconduct

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A senior manager at the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands (PACI) who is accused of multiple incidences of sexual harassment spanning several years and involving at least nine women has been cleared by an internal investigation. Falling short of accusing the women who complained of making malicious allegations,…

17 Jul Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report

Source: Cayman Eye News   17 Jul Tue 2018 Tropical Report   Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 200 AM EDT Tue Jul 17 2018 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: Tropical cyclone formation is not expected for the next five days. $$ Forecaster Blake   Tropical…

Legalise ganja, says regional commission

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, University of the West Indies Dean of the Faculty of Law and chair of the CARICOM commission on cannabis, has called for the prohibition on ganja to be lifted across the region. In a recent presentation to the annual gathering of Caribbean nations, she presented an outline…

Singapore’s new structure to rival Cayman Islands funds

Source: Cayman Eye News Singapore, Republic of Singapore – May 4, 2016: motorboat crossing Marina Bay. Cloud garden and supertrees grove fviewed from Marina East park with flowers on foreground By Francis Nikolai Acosta From Funds Selector Asia Will Singapore’s new corporate structure for traditional and alternative managers grow at the expense of Cayman…

Cayman Islands licenses 14 captives in Q2 2018

Source: Cayman Eye News From Captive International The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority issued 14 captive insurance licenses during the second quarter of 2018, including two portfolio insurance companies (PICs). As of June 30, 2018, there were a total of 698 Class B, C and D insurance company and 26 insurance managers under supervision. There…

The Editor Speaks: Animals need better protection

Source: Cayman Eye News “I chopped these two wild dogs in the head because they attacked me!” Case closed. Animals cannot dispute the claim. The Department of Agriculture concluded that two dogs that had got loose and attacked someone, who did not have one sign of a dog bite on his person, acted in…

More scandal hits troubled Port Authority

Source: Cayman Compass Complaints of sexual harassment made by nine female employees at the Cayman Islands Port Authority against a senior male member of staff have not been substantiated, according to a review done by government’s Internal Audit Unit. Link: More scandal hits troubled Port Authority

Police investigating drug connection in robberies

Source: Cayman Compass The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is investigating whether a string of armed robberies is linked to a recent spate of drug seizures made on Grand Cayman. Link: Police investigating drug connection in robberies

Records detail OfReg’s $387K in travel expenses

Source: Cayman Compass The Utility Regulation and Competition Office, known as OfReg, has spent at least another $132,895 on travel-related expenses this year, according to OfReg records obtained by the Compass. Link: Records detail OfReg’s 7K in travel expenses

Former pilot takes controls at airports board

Source: Cayman Compass Former pilot Thomas Guyton, who served as Cayman Airways’ acting chief executive for a brief time, will now sit in the captain’s chair of the Cayman Islands Airports Authority board. Link: Former pilot takes controls at airports board

Civil service invests in business case skills

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Government has launched a new training programme to help government workers incorporate management principles, practices and business case skills into their day-to-day operations, especially those who have the responsibility of spending public cash. “This programme will provide additional opportunities for civil servants to build skills and knowledge in business case development and…

Politicians failing on climate change, says UK’s adviser

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The British government’s official climate change adviser and the chair of the UK’s Climate Change Committee, Lord Deben (John Gummer), has said politicians and policymakers are failing to rise to the challenge of a rapidly warming planet. Pointing to the mounting evidence and trends, from melting polar ice to record temperatures and rising sea levels,…

Cubans released as HRC challenges detention

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The government has confirmed that it is overturning the policy of detaining all Cuban migrants who chose to land in local waters, regardless of their status, and the Department of Immigration (DOI) has determined that some detainees will be released from the detention facility pending the results of their…

Activist group urges action to protect animals

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A local NGO calling for better protection of animals and the enforcement of existing laws is urging the community to sign a petition following a brutal machete attack on two dogs in Savannah. Cayman Animal’s WatchDog wants to see people who torture, abuse or neglect animals to be held…

Game over

Source: Cayman Compass Today’s Editorial Cartoon Link: Game over

Disability council calls for access at Smith Cove

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) has made it clear that it expects the renovations of Smith Barcadere (aka Smith Cove) to include access for disabled people. At a public meeting in George Town South last week about the enhancement project, the Progressive MLA for the constituency, Barbara…

16 Jul Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report

Source: Cayman Eye News   16 Jul Mon 2018 Tropical Report   Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Mon Jul 16 2018 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: Tropical cyclone formation is not expected for the next five days. $$ Forecaster Berg Tropical Weather…

Thriving Cayman Islands is the place to vacation this Summer

Source: Cayman Eye News Cayman Islands now one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, July 12, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Exceptional Villas, leading luxury villa rental company have revealed that the Cayman Islands is now one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean. New data gathered…

Cayman Islands: DCI reminds liquor licence holders to renew

Source: Cayman Eye News From The Cayman Islands Department of Commerce and Investment Liquor licence holders – including those with music and dancing licenses – are reminded of the upcoming Annual Liquor Licence Meeting to be held September 13th, 2018. The deadline for applications is August 24th, 2018. Licensees are reminded before they can…

Tickets on sale for Miss Cayman Pageant

Source: Cayman Eye News The seven Miss Cayman Islands Universe contestants are in full preparations leading up to the Pageant on Saturday, 11 August. For the first time ever, the event will be held at the Westin Casuarina Resort, starting at 6:00pm with cocktails, show starts at 7:00pm, and tickets are now on sale.…

The Editor Speaks: Leave Smith Cove alone!

Source: Cayman Eye News “Leave Smith Cove (also known as Smith Barcadere) ALONE!” That is the strong view from our Publisher Caymanian Joan (Watler) Wilson. “The beach on South Church Street has the most natural beauty unsurpassed anywhere on Grand Cayman that MUST NOT be spoilt .” Joan was referring to the government’s proposed…

EDITORIAL – Cleaning up our ‘dusty and musty’ law books

Source: Cayman Compass The Law Reform Commission has recommended striking several antiquated, unenforced and potentially unconstitutional prohibitions from Cayman’s Penal Code. We endorse their position – and their work. Link: EDITORIAL – Cleaning up our ‘dusty and musty’ law books

Robberies spike in Cayman

Source: Cayman Compass A series of five armed robberies in six days earlier this month continued a trend of increasing robberies for the year, according to figures obtained by the Cayman Compass. Link: Robberies spike in Cayman

Filthy conditions discovered at immigrant center

Source: Cayman Compass Rotten food with maggot infestation, dirty and stopped-up toilets, moldy or damaged showers and inadequate fire prevention systems were found during an inspection of the Immigration Detention Centre in George Town last week by members of the Human Rights Commission. Link: Filthy conditions discovered at immigrant center

3 Cuban migrants released from detention center

Source: Cayman Compass Three Cuban migrants were released from the Immigration Detention Centre on Friday, and will be allowed to live in the Cayman community while their applications for asylum are being processed. Link: 3 Cuban migrants released from detention center

Festival celebrates all things mango

Source: Cayman Compass With a dismal first crop this year, it seemed there was not a lot to celebrate at the Mango Season at the Museum event on Saturday, July 14. Link: Festival celebrates all things mango

15 Jul Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report, 1 TS

Source: Cayman Eye News 15 Jul Sun 2018 Tropical Report   Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Sun Jul 15 2018 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Subtropical Storm Beryl, located more than 400 miles north…

Make your Bitcoins work

Source: Cayman Eye News Cryptocurrency has quickly become a part of everyday life for many users. This is not surprising, since it can be used to make profitable transactions with minimal costs (time and financial). Now it is even easier to increase one’s cryptocurrency funds. The reliable bookmaker 1xBit offers a wide range of…

14 Jul Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report, 1 Dist

Source: Cayman Eye News   14 Jul Sat 2018 Tropical Report   Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Sat Jul 14 2018 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: 1. An area of low pressure, associated with the remnants of Beryl, is located about 250…

Accident slows traffic on Shamrock Road

Source: Cayman Compass A three-vehicle injury accident was clogging traffic on Shamrock Road in Lower Valley Friday afternoon. The incident was reported sometime around 3 p.m. A police official said the road was not completely blocked, but that traffic was being diverted. No one was seriously injured, the official said, adding that the…

Bean counters get to keep lid on CIIPA

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Cayman Islands Institute of Public Accountants does not have to reveal anything to the public as the Office of the Ombudsman has confirmed that the Freedom of Information Law does not apply to the industry body. Publishing the most recent decision from her office this week, Ombudsman Sandy Hermiston…

Community police come to rescue

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police community beats are helping RCIPS officers acquire a body of local knowledge that is being utilized in many different ways besides fighting crime. In two recent incidents, community officers in George Town were able to help a local resident and a family on vacation as a result of…

Teenager charged over fast-food robbery

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 17-year-old-boy from George Town was expected in court today, Friday, to face charges of attempted robbery and possession of an unlicensed firearm in connection with an armed hold-up at the Captain’s Bakery fast-food restaurant on West Bay Road. The teenager was arrested shortly after the incident on Tuesday…

Golden Spoons Review: Andiamo

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS Foodie): I had been meaning to try out Andiamo at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman for a while but was put off by my one encounter with the restaurant which left me with the impression that it was an upmarket café. So, it was with some reservations that my friend…

MAIL CALL: Consultant fees

Source: Cayman Compass Many Compass readers were shocked to learn how much OfReg spent on consultant fees last year. Editorial Writer Jennifer Hemmingsen shares some reactions.  Link: MAIL CALL: Consultant fees

Public wants to keep Smith Cove natural

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The public has made it known that they want to see the natural environment at Smith Cove, Grand Cayman, preserved when government begins an enhancement project there, having purchased more $4.4 million worth of land in the area last year to save it from development. The majority of attendees…

Update: Teen charged in relation to Captain’s Bakery robbery

Source: Cayman Compass A 17-year-old male arrested Tuesday night in connection to an armed robbery at Captain’s Bakery and Grill remained in police custody Thursday afternoon. Link: Update: Teen charged in relation to Captain’s Bakery robbery

13 Jul Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report, 1 Dist

Source: Cayman Eye News   13 Jul Fri 2018 Tropical Report   Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 PM EDT Thu Jul 12 2018 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: 1. A trough of low pressure, associated with the remnants of Beryl, is located about 350…

Culture at the Cinema: ‘Macbeth’

Source: Cayman Compass When it comes to Shakespeare’s tragedies, it doesn’t get much darker than “Macbeth.” The story of the Scottish general, who, spurred on by a prophecy of three witches and his wife’s ambitions, murders King Duncan, is a terrifying tale, yet one of the most performed of the Bard’s works. Link:

‘Luna’s Ring’ crowdfunding campaign

Source: Cayman Compass They say it takes a village to raise a child, and in the case of local film “Luna’s Ring,” shot entirely in Cuba, the filmmakers are hoping a village will fund them to bring their project to life. Link: ‘Luna’s Ring’ crowdfunding campaign

Two civil service bosses seconded to DEH

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The director at the Department of Vehicle and Equipment Services (DVES) and the manager of the Recreation Parks and Cemeteries Unit (RPCU) at the Public Works Department have been transferred to the Department of Environmental Health to sort out the ongoing problems at the beleaguered department. In a press…

Temporary team works to bolster Cayman Islands DEH

Source: Cayman Eye News Two highly-experienced civil service leaders have been temporarily appointed to fill senior positions at the Department of Environmental Health (DEH), the Ministry of Health announced today (Thursday, 12 July 2018). Director of the Department of Vehicle and Equipment Services (DVES) Richard Simms and the Manager of the Public Works Department’s…

Cayman Islands social media campaign wins industry award

Source: Cayman Eye News Ogier has won an award at the Citywealth Brand Management and Reputation Awards 2018 for a social media campaign to raise the profile of the firm’s Local Legal Services team in Cayman. Ogier received the silver award in the Best Social Media/Digital Marketing category, having previously won awards for best…

The Caribbean MOU welcomes its 18th Member State

Source: Cayman Eye News The Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control1 (CMOU) held its 23rd Committee meeting in Grand Cayman, The Cayman Islands from the 27th – 29th of June 2018, hosted by the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands (MACI). During this meeting, the Committee unanimously approved the application of Bermuda…

EDITORIAL – Getting government out of the ‘bedroom business’

Source: Cayman Compass If this government is, as it claims to be, “of and for the people,” it needs to re-examine what its regulatory policies are doing to the very people it purports to represent. Link: EDITORIAL – Getting government out of the ‘bedroom business’

Handgun and ammo found at Smith Cove

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A member of the public spotted a handgun at the popular beach area of Smith Cove yesterday and alerted the police. The RCIPS said that officers received the report at around 1:00pm Wednesday and sent officers to recover the weapon, which contained a single round of ammunition. Police have…

Only 4 slots for local artists at festival

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Organizers of the KAABOO Cayman music festival set to take place in the Cayman Islands in February next year have begun the process of looking for local artists to perform. But officials have confirmed that there will only be four slots available for local musicians over the two-day event.…

Cubans still on hunger strike as CIG considers release

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Eight Cuban asylum seekers held at the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) have continued to refuse the meals and refreshments provided, but officials said that they have been consuming some personal food items and they have all been seen by doctors. The purpose of the hunger strike, which began at…

Kirk Market goes green for the reefs

Source: Cayman News Service (Auntie): After an article published this week on CNS about Hawaii banning sunscreen toxic to coral reefs, CNS put out a call to let us know about any retail outlets that stock safe brands. I am glad to share that Kirk Market has a variety of these products for sale,…

12 Jul Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report, 1 H/cane, 1 Dist

Source: Cayman Eye News   12 Jul Thu 2018 Tropical Report   Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Thu Jul 12 2018 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on recently downgraded Tropical Storm Chris, located about 400…

Community meets to discuss development of Smith Cove

Source: Cayman Compass A passionate crowd showed up at the South Sound Community Centre Tuesday night for a meeting about the redevelopment of Smith Cove, also known as Smith Barcadere. Link: Community meets to discuss development of Smith Cove

Cockspur Way home to the ‘Devil’

Source: Cayman Compass The name Cockspur Way in West Bay may prompt snickers from passing travelers – but for the “Devil” who lives on this street, it’s no laughing matter. Link: Cockspur Way home to the ‘Devil’

50 years ago: ‘Avoid mudslinging,’ Cumber pleads

Source: Cayman Compass In the July. 11, 1968 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor to the Cayman Compass, the following story about outgoing Administrator John Cumber appeared: Link: 50 years ago: ‘Avoid mudslinging,’ Cumber pleads

Scuba Hall of Fame seeks local honorees

Source: Cayman Compass The Ministry and Department of Tourism are searching for a few local legends in the dive community. Link: Scuba Hall of Fame seeks local honorees

John Gray student to take part in young leaders conference

Source: Cayman Compass Leah Robinson from George Town, a student at John Gray High School, will join students from across the world next week in the annual Global Young Leader’s Conference in Washington, D.C. Link: John Gray student to take part in young leaders conference

The Cayman Islands Craft Market gets a new look

Source: Cayman Eye News From Tourism Attractions Board George Town, Grand Cayman, July 10, 2018 – The Cayman Craft Market received a little TLC and a fresh new look, as it celebrated the launch of its rebranding initiative on Thursday, July 5. The date also marked the 18th anniversary of the Cayman Craft Market,…

The Editor Speaks: When offensive swear words become acceptable

Source: Cayman Eye News Maren Morris – “Rich” “Is money falling from the sky…(ka-ching, ka-ching) s**t I’d be rich FACEBOOK: Country singer Maren Morris fantasizes about living large in the new song “Rich,” off her upcoming debut album ‘Hero.’ She also tosses a few colorful words into the lyrics: “S**t, I’d be rich,” she…

Cayman Islands: Walkers launches Compliance Services offering

Source: Cayman Eye News Grand Cayman, July 2018 Walkers is pleased to announce the launch of Walkers Compliance. Walkers Compliance complements Walkers’ legal, corporate and fiduciary services to deliver a one-stop-shop for clients looking to use the Cayman Islands jurisdiction for their business needs. While helping clients meet regulatory requirements, Walkers Compliance will deliver…

Assistant CO announced for Cayman Islands MHRI

Source: Cayman Eye News GRAND CAYMAN (GIS) – The Ministry of Human Resources and Immigration is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Danielle Roberts as the new Assistant Chief Officer. Under the post, Mrs. Roberts is responsible for coordinating the implementation of strategies, policies and procedures to support good governance, internal controls, and…

$24M fine for marketing firm that bribed Webb

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Spanish sports media company, Imagina, which was caught up in the FIFA corruption scandal, having paid $3 million in bribes to Jeffrey Webb from the Cayman Islands, has been ordered to pay $24 million in fines and restitution by a New York judge after its affiliate company in the…

Cops net 13 drunk drivers in ten days

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Just ten days into July, the RCIPS said its officers have already arrested thirteen drunk drivers this month, after arresting 24 during the month of June as part of the continuing clampdown on rogue road users. Last month police also issued 152 tickets for illegal tint and 263 tickets for…

Turtle hotline saves disoriented loggerhead babies

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): An intern at the Department of Environment was able to rescue a number of baby loggerhead turtles in the early hours of Tuesday morning thanks to a report from the public that the tiny turtles were heading the wrong way. At this time of year baby turtles are emerging…

Logic backs off legal action as C3 waits on OfReg

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Logic, the TV cable company that secured the rights to broadcast the World Cup football tournament in the Cayman Islands, has backed off suing locally owned provider C3, after accusing the rival company of showing games illegally on their service. But C3, which had complained to utility regulator, OfReg,…

Suspect arrested after Captain’s Bakery robbed

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police have begun an investigation in to the fifth armed robbery in less than a week after a gunman held up the Captain’s Bakery, the fast food restaurant on the West Bay Road in George Town, last night. It’s not clear from the police report what time the incident…

Cayman Islands: Robbery Tue Evening, 10 July, on West Bay Road

Source: Cayman Eye News From RCIPS This evening, Tuesday, 10 July, the 9-1-1 Communications Centre received a report of a robbery-in-progress at Captain’s Bakery on West Bay Road in George Town.  A man with a handgun had entered the business, demanded cash, and had struck another person with the gun. (Contrary to some media reports, shots…

Cayman Stock exchange posts strong 2016/17 performance

Source: Cayman Compass The Cayman Islands Stock Exchange exceeded its targets for revenue, net income, cash at year end, and several other metrics during the period between July 1, 2016 and Dec. 31, 2017, according to its latest annual report. Link: Cayman Stock exchange posts strong 2016/17 performance

Moody’s downgrades outlook on Digicel

Source: Cayman Compass The U.S.-based Moody’s downgraded its outlook on Digicel from stable to negative in a recently released report from the credit ratings agency. Link: Moody’s downgrades outlook on Digicel

Solomon Harris plans merger with law firm Bedell Cristin

Source: Cayman Compass Law firm Solomon Harris announced that it will merge with offshore law firm Bedell Cristin. The deal is expected to be complete by the end of August and Solomon Harris will subsequently rebrand as Bedell Cristin. Link: Solomon Harris plans merger with law firm Bedell Cristin

Ethics body sought meeting with governor

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): With no sign of a start date for the Standards in Public Life Law, which remains the unfulfilled commitment to keep politicians and senior public servants honest, the commission established under the Constitution to keep an eye on the morals and integrity of government had sought a meeting with…

OfReg pushing to increase regulatory fees

Source: Cayman Compass After facing a nearly $1.5 million operating deficit in 2017, the Utility Regulation and Competition Office, known as OfReg, is pushing for a number of fee increases across the sectors it regulates. Link: OfReg pushing to increase regulatory fees

TCI: Lord Ashcroft wins ruling against summons for examination

Source: Cayman Eye News In her ruling,  Chief Justice Ramsey-Hayle, held that Turks and Caicos Islands’  (TCI) Supreme Court lacked jurisdiction to summon Lord Michael Ashcroft for examination. This was despite evidence suggesting that Lord Ashcroft enjoyed Belonger Status in TCI. The Chief Justice said, “…computer servers were sabotaged prior to the appointment of…

Cayman Islands: Unique sports store opens in Camana Bay

Source: Cayman Eye News A new sports store has opened in Camana Bay which promises to provide a unique shopping experience for customers. Sportista is a Caymanian-owned business offering quality apparel, footwear and accessories to people who are serious about their sport. Catering to running, football and gym/fitness enthusiasts, the store is for those…

The Editor Speaks: When we bring Big Brother on ourselves

Source: Cayman Eye News I have an instant hate of the ‘Big Brother Is Watching You’ that governments around the world have been installing. From cameras placed outside watching our every movement and cameras house owners/business owners actually themselves install inside their dwellings/places of business, all for security concerns. Governments justify their use as…

British fans are thirsty for a World Cup title

Source: Cayman Compass Is it coming home? Legions of British football fans will fill the pubs on Grand Cayman Wednesday afternoon as England seeks to move one step closer to a World Cup championship. Link: British fans are thirsty for a World Cup title

George Town hotel can go 7 stories

Source: Cayman Compass Lawmakers have approved a change in planning rules that will allow for a hotel of up to seven stories to be built along the northern George Town waterfront. Link: George Town hotel can go 7 stories

Immigration tracks down convicted drug dealer

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A man who was in the Cayman Islands illegally has been apprehended and is currently in immigration custody as a result of reports made to the department by members of the public about him. The man, who has not been named, is from Saint Vincent but had been deported from…

Small local law firm merges with global offshore player

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): After 20 years as a small but full service law firm in Grand Cayman, Solomon Harris is merging with the much bigger offshore law firm, Bedell Cristin. Founded in 1998 and employing 28 people, the local firm will be re-branded as the Cayman arm of the larger global player. Bedell Cristin already employs 140 people…

$220k cash seized in West Bay drug bust

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police and customs officers arrested three people and seized an undisclosed quantity of ganja and cocaine as well as CI$220,000 in cash following a raid which took place over two days at a West Bay house. The joint operation began at around 3:40pm on Thursday, 28 June, at an undisclosed…

Hawaii first place to ban toxic sunscreen

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The governor of Hawaii, David Ige, signed legislation last week prohibiting the sale or distribution of suntan lotions that contain toxic chemicals in the state from 2021, becoming the first place to ban oxybenzone and octinoxate. Researchers say these toxins are linked to widespread coral reef damage and are harmful…

Octogenarian charged with trying to kill wife

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): An 83-year-old Caymanian man from George Town appeared in summary court on Monday, facing attempted murder charges following a violent assault on his wife last week. William Glasgow was arrested after the attack at the couple’s home in Tropical Gardens last Wednesday night. The victim, who is understood to…

10 Jul Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report, 1 TS, 1 Dist

Source: Cayman Eye News 10 Jul Tue 2018 Tropical Report   Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Tue Jul 10 2018 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Chris, located a couple of hundred miles…

CARICOM Heads of Government stand with the Cayman Islands, OTs in solidarity against United Kingdom’s unilateral action

Source: Cayman Eye News • CARICOM supports the Cayman Islands to stop the United Kingdom’s efforts at constitutional overreach • Meeting held at request of Cayman Islands Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin • Official statement coming this week GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands – Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) stand squarely behind the…

Cayman Islands’ John Bodden hands McKendree verbal commitment

Source: Cayman Eye News From Swimming World NEW COMMIT: Hailing from the Cayman Islands, John Bodden has recently given a verbal commitment to swim for McKendree University starting in the fall of 2018. Bodden swims for the Stingray Swim Club and is a member of the Cayman Islands National Team. He was named co-captain for the 2017…

Cayman Islands: Forward thinking creates moments of magic

Source: Cayman Eye News The Department of Immigration’s Acting Finance Manager Shushan O’Connor is May’s Cayman Islands Government Employee of the Month. Ms O’Connor received certificates and a cheque from Acting Governor Franz Manderson and Ministry of Human Resources and Immigration Chief Officer Wesley Howell yesterday (5 July) for creating an exceptional customer experience.…

Cayman Islands: Bob Soto Memorial Scuba Scholarship

Source: Cayman Eye News From Suzy Soto Award to be presented at the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, Sept 14th, 2018 at the Marriott Hotel. Bob’s passion was sharing the underwater magic with the world. He trained a lot of Caymanian young men who worked with him and carried on to open their…

Marine park expansion under review again

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Almost six years after a public consultation made it clear that the people of the Cayman Islands wanted to see the local marine parks enhanced, the environment minister has reportedly asked for another review of the proposals. The Department of the Environment has consulted, reviewed and reshaped the original…

Booze and music laws face major overhaul

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Commerce Minister Joey Hew has signaled his intention to overhaul the laws that govern both the sale of alcohol and the prohibition of live music at licensed premises on Sundays. Hew brought minor amendments to the legislation to the Legislative Assembly last month, paving the way for alcohol sales…

83-year-old husband charged with attempted murder

Source: Cayman Compass An 83-year-old man charged with attempting to cause the death of his wife appeared in Summary Court on Monday morning, when the charge was transmitted to Grand Court. Link: 83-year-old husband charged with attempted murder

Cayman junior golfers win at Caribbean Championships

Source: Cayman Compass Aaron Jarvis and Holly Mclean returned as Champions in their respective age divisions when seven of Cayman’s top junior golfers traveled to St. Catherine, Jamaica for the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships from July 3-6. Link: Cayman junior golfers win at Caribbean Championships

EDITORIAL – OfReg: A regulator in need of a regulator?

Source: Cayman Compass OfReg, Cayman’s avaricious and metastasizing regulator, is making far too many headlines in this newspaper, and the headlines are not flattering. Since it opened for business in January 2017, its performance has been anything but stellar. Link: EDITORIAL – OfReg: A regulator in need of a regulator?

Boris Johnson quits UK gov’t amid mounting Brexit crisis

Source: Cayman Compass British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a charismatic and divisive cheerleader for Britain’s exit from the European Union, resigned Monday, adding to a crisis over Brexit that threatens to tear apart Prime Minister Theresa May’s government. Link: Boris Johnson quits UK gov’t amid mounting Brexit crisis

CARICOM backs BOTs in constitutional fight with UK

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): UPDATED with comment from Premier: Caribbean leaders have expressed their solidarity with the British Overseas Territories in the region that are being adversely affected by the unilateral action of the UK to legislate domestic policy constitutionally devolved to them without the consent and involvement of their people. According to a communiqué…

Two Hondas and a Mazda stolen in 5 days

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Car thieves have made off with another three vehicles over the last five days, police reported on Monday, as they asked the public to help them track down a Mazda Demio, a Honda Civic and a Honda CR-V. The first of the cars taken was the black Mazda, registration #133…

Police concerns grow over repeat teen runaway

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The RCIPS has put out another call urging the public to help them find 15-year-old Motesha Mothen, who ran away from the Frances Bodden Children’s Home last week. The teenager, who is originally from West Bay, left the home on Thursday and was last seen on Friday morning, 6 July, at…

Boris third minister to quit UK government

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Boris Johnson has walked out of his top job as British foreign secretary, becoming the third minister to leave Prime Minister Theresa May’s Cabinet following a weekend at Chequers, the PM’s country retreat, where the Conservative government’s Brexit plan was hammered out. Johnson reportedly said that selling the compromise that emerged…

CIG to buy $10M of beach land for public use

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Cayman Islands Government is embarking on an island-wide spending spree to preserve beachfront property for public use in all of the districts on Grand Cayman as well as the Sister Islands. The minister for lands, Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, revealed plans by her ministry to spend $10 million from the…

Police face new robbery spike

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police were called to the scene of two more robberies over the weekend and are now investigating four armed stick-ups against individuals and businesses since Thursday night. For the second time in a matter of days, Al La Kebab fell victim to robbers when the restaurant on Lawrence Boulevard was…

9 Jul Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report, 1 TS, 1 Dist

Source: Cayman Eye News 9 Jul Mon 2018 Tropical Report   Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Mon Jul 9 2018 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Tropical Storm Chris, located a couple of hundred miles…

Remnants of Beryl now over the NE Caribbean Sea

Source: Cayman Eye News From NHC THIS WILL BE THE LAST ADVISORY Remnants Of Beryl Discussion Number 15 NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL022018 1100 PM AST Sun Jul 08 2018 The remains of the center of Beryl have crossed Dominica during the past few hours, accompanied by a disorganized area of convection.…

Thai cave rescue: Four boys freed but rest must wait

Source: Cayman Eye News From BBC The operation to free 12 boys and their coach trapped in a cave in northern Thailand is running “smoothly”, the head of the operation says. Four boys have been brought above ground so far in good health, rescuers say. The mission has now been paused for at least…

Cayman Islands residents get trained in food hygiene

Source: Cayman Eye News Five hundred and forty eight Cayman Islands residents were trained and certified in basic food handling techniques during the six month period from January to June 2018. These individuals participated in one of 39 food safety classes that were put on by the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) during the…

As tensions with UK mount, Commonwealth mulls tighter alliance

Source: Cayman Compass With constant threats of blacklists, gray lists and other financial sanctions, the Cayman Islands and other British Overseas Territories have a long-standing contentious relationship with international bodies such as the European Union and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Link: As tensions with UK mount, Commonwealth mulls tighter alliance

Cayman’s reputational risk and blockchain

Source: Cayman Compass The Cayman Islands is facing somewhat of a dilemma. Although its regulatory regime is not tailored to cryptocurrencies, token offerings or distributed ledger technology, Cayman became home to the world’s largest initial coin offering this year. Link: Cayman’s reputational risk and blockchain

Ferrari’s Vettel wins British Grand Prix

Source: Cayman Compass Sebastian Vettel took advantage of a bad start and disastrous first lap for Lewis Hamilton to win the British Grand Prix and extend his lead in the championship standings on Sunday. Link: Ferrari’s Vettel wins British Grand Prix

EDITORIAL – Saluting the outstanding men and women of the RCIPS

Source: Cayman Compass It’s actually understandable that reporters and editors have a warm spot in their hearts and minds for police officers. An inordinate percentage of journalists get their start in the trade covering the police beat. Link: EDITORIAL – Saluting the outstanding men and women of the RCIPS

‘Elephant’ suddenly appears in Cayman

Source: Cayman Compass Carlo Lee, 29, the artist who created the 8-foot-high elephant trash sculpture that appeared recently along Esterley Tibbetts Highway, in a field just north of Lime Tree Bay Avenue, said he wanted to make a point about Cayman’s trash issue. Link: ‘Elephant’ suddenly appears in Cayman

8 Jul Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report, 2 TS

Source: Cayman Eye News   8 Jul Sun 2018 Tropical Report   DEPRESSION BECOMES TROPICAL STORM CHRIS… …FURTHER STRENGTHENING IS LIKELY WHILE IT MEANDERS OFF THE CAROLINA COAST   Tropical Storm Chris Discussion Number 7 NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL032018 500 AM EDT Sun Jul 08 2018 An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance…

Robbers stab and tie victim up on WB beach

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A man was attacked, stabbed, tied up and robbed by three men just after midnight Saturday near the popular West Bay Cemetery each. The RCIPS said that the victim was attacked by a gang of men, one of whom had a baton and another a knife. As they approached him,…

Man robbed, tied up on SMB

Source: Cayman Compass A man was beaten, stabbed and robbed by three suspects early Saturday as he walked along West Bay Road, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service reported.  Link: Man robbed, tied up on SMB

Cayman Islands: Robbery on West Bay Road, 7 July

Source: Cayman Eye News From RCIPS Shortly after midnight this morning,  7 July, a man was robbed and stabbed in the foot on West Bay Road in the vicinity of West Bay Cemetery.  The victim reported that he was approached by three men, one carrying a baton and another a knife. He was struck…

England reaches World Cup semifinals, beats Sweden 2-0

Source: Cayman Compass SAMARA, Russia (AP) — England reached the semifinals of the World Cup after Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored with headers in a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday, earning England’s youthful team a match against either Croatia or host nation Russia for a place in the final on July…

Cayman Islands: Robbery of food truck Thursday, 5 July

Source: Cayman Eye News From RCIPS Just before midnight yesterday, 5 July, the 9-1-1 Communications Centre dispatched police to a report of a robbery of an Al La Kebab food truck stationed on Selkirk Drive in the Red Bay area of George Town.  Just a few minutes before, two men with their faces covered…

Mail Call: Police lights

Source: Cayman Compass Residents of Cayman will likely have noticed the increased use of lights on police patrol cars. Editorial Writer Jennifer Hemmingsen explains. Link: Mail Call: Police lights

Authorities seize over $½M of ganja in two weeks

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Local law enforcement authorities have seized nearly 700lbs of ganja, worth more than half a million dollars on the street, and arrested seven people over the last two weeks in joint operations at sea. The Joint Task Force of police and customs officers is having a marked impact on…

GT man charged over EE resort burglary

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police have charged a 49-year-old man from George Town with burglary, criminal trespass, and consumption and possession of ganja after he was found in a room at a holiday resort in East End trying to make off with tourists’ personal possessions. The man was arrested early Wednesday morning (4 July) at the…

Teenager on the run again from government home

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Motesha Mothen (15) is on the run from the government supported Francis Bodden Children’s Home for at least the fourth time this year. The teenager, who is originally from West Bay, has been missing since she left the premises in Bodden Town yesterday, 5 July. Police said she was seen…

Armed robbers strike Al La Kebab food truck

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Police are appealing for witnesses to an armed robbery at a food truck in Red Bay on Thursday night, during which two shots were fired before two masked men made off with cash and an employee’s handbag. The robbery at the Al La Kebab truck at the top of…

Food truck robbed in Red Bay

Source: Cayman Compass Two gun shots were fired during a robbery of a food truck overnight Thursday, police said. Link: Food truck robbed in Red Bay

Last chance to see student ‘Insight’ exhibition

Source: Cayman Compass Over a number of years, the Walkers Art Club has been exposing young artists to an assortment of styles and media to deepen their understanding of art and how it can influence their lives. Link: Last chance to see student ‘Insight’ exhibition

Local talent heads to international competition

Source: Cayman Compass The auditions are over, the rehearsals have been completed, and now the Cayman Islands team of performers is ready to head to Los Angeles for the World Competition of the Performing Arts. Link: Local talent heads to international competition

Can all cars use gas containing ethanol?

Source: Cayman News Service I’ve passed by Refuel, the new gas station in Industrial Park, several times and noticed the lower prices they offer on their gas. But is the fuel OK to use in all types of cars? I’ve checked their website and cannot find any information about that. Read Auntie’s answer and…

Fresh Kitchen & Coffee: Healthy and responsible eating

Source: Cayman Compass Just over a year ago, executive chef Steven Shienfield and his partners at Marketstreet Group became aware of a vacant space in Galleria Plaza on West Bay Road. They immediately saw the potential to add to their portfolio of island-wide restaurants. Link: Fresh Kitchen & Coffee: Healthy and responsible eating

KAABOO seeks local bands

Source: Cayman Compass The KAABOO organizers are keen to include local talent on the bill, and to that end, have put out a call for performing artists and bands to apply for a spot on stage. This is their chance to play a 30-minute set of their original music in front of thousands…

Hurricane Beryl first of Atlantic season

Source: Cayman Compass The Atlantic has its first hurricane of the season. Hurricane Beryl, currently southeast of the Lesser Antilles in the southern Caribbean, is considered a small storm, creating some uncertainty about the analysis, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. Link: Hurricane Beryl first of Atlantic season

6 Jul Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report, 1 h/cane, 1 dist

Source: Cayman Eye News   6 Jul Fri 2018 Tropical Report   Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Fri Jul 6 2018 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on recently upgraded Hurricane Beryl, located over the central…

Police seek owner of kayak

Source: Cayman Compass Police are trying to trace the owner of a red two-seater kayak that was found by a member of the public on Wednesday. Police are asking anyone who believes the kayak belongs to them to contact the George Town Police Station. Link: Police seek owner of kayak

RCIPS light show

Source: Cayman Compass At the start of June, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service began to transition emergency lights on all police vehicles to an upgraded version in a bid to increase the visibility of its police vehicles and deter crime. Link: RCIPS light show

Manderson: Complaints about Gov. Choudhury ‘belong to UK’

Source: Cayman Compass Cayman Islands Acting Governor Franz Manderson has deferred any public release of the contents of staff complaints made against withdrawn Governor Anwar Choudhury, stating all such records belong to the United Kingdom government. Link: Manderson: Complaints about Gov. Choudhury ‘belong to UK’

OfReg spent $234K traveling last year

Source: Cayman Compass The Utility Regulation and Competition Office, known as OfReg, spent $234,233 on travel-related activities last year, according to the utilities and commodities regulator’s 2017 annual report. Link: OfReg spent 4K traveling last year

New forecast projects milder than predicted storm season

Source: Cayman Compass Forecasters at Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science have updated their projections for the 2018 hurricane season, and they now believe that conditions are ripe for a mild spate of storms over the next few months. Link: New forecast projects milder than predicted storm season

Bail granted in wounding case

Source: Cayman Compass A man charged with wounding another man by stabbing and common assault relating to two women was granted bail on Thursday after Crown counsel Kenneth Ferguson raised no objections. Link: Bail granted in wounding case

It’s time for government to take a ‘U-turn’ away from socialism

Source: Cayman Compass Over the past half-century, the Cayman Islands has forged an international identity as a pint-sized economic powerhouse and a dynamic laboratory of financial enterprise. That perception is approximately half-true. In reality, Cayman society is composed of two universes operating in parallel – the private sector and the public sector. Link:

Cayman Islands National Museum events

Source: Cayman Eye News     Purchase your Mango Season T-shirts! Mango Season is finally here! Stop by our National Museum Gift Shop to purchase a Mango Season t-shirt with lots ah room fa mango stains. Looky Ya! Mango Season at the Museum takes place on Saturday, 14th July from 10am to 2pm. Museum…

The Editor Speaks: Meagre pensions

Source: Cayman Eye News The number of Cayman Islands elderly persons who receive meagre pensions and are losing their homes for mortgage defaults are rising. Premier Alden McLaughlin confirmed this in the LA saying more and more people at present need support from government. It is growing every year, he said, because the meagre…

Colony Capital’s Abraaj deal faces investor resistance: sources

Source: Cayman Eye News By Hadeel Al Sayegh, Davide Barbuscia From Reuters DUBAI (Reuters) – U.S. investment manager Colony Capital’s deal to take control of four funds belonging to Dubai-based Abraaj is encountering investor resistance, four sources familiar with the matter said, piling further pressure on the embattled Middle East buyout firm. Colony’s offer…

Premier admits conundrum of poverty

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Despite what appears on paper to be a growing economy and falling unemployment rates, in Finance Committee on Tuesday the premier accepted that more people are seeking support from the Needs Assessment Unit, as he asked the members for almost $2 million more in supplementary appropriations. In his role…

Public support needed for mangroves

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Department of Environment is continuing its battle to conserve what is left of the Cayman Islands’ natural resources and is turning its attention to mangroves. Despite the challenges the DoE faces with a minister who openly admitted in Finance Committee this week that he does not profess “to…

Cayman’s reputational risk and blockchain

Source: Cayman Islands Journal The Cayman Islands is facing somewhat of a dilemma. Although its regulatory regime is not tailored to cryptocurrencies, token offerings or distributed ledger technology, Cayman became home to the world’s largest initial coin offering this year. Link: Cayman’s reputational risk and blockchain

As tensions with UK mount, Commonwealth mulls tighter alliance

Source: Cayman Islands Journal With constant threats of blacklists, gray lists and other financial sanctions, the Cayman Islands and other British Overseas Territories have a long-standing contentious relationship with international bodies such as the European Union and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Link: As tensions with UK mount, Commonwealth mulls tighter

Economist: Moderate US growth to impact Cayman

Source: Cayman Islands Journal Moderate growth in the U.S. in the context of a wider global slowdown led by reduced consumer demand is going to impact Cayman, especially in the tourism sector, according to Lindsey Piegza, chief economist at Stifel Fixed Income. Link: Economist: Moderate US growth to impact Cayman

Offshore insolvency petitions on the rise

Source: Cayman Islands Journal The number of insolvency petition filings in offshore jurisdictions increased significantly in 2017. The jump in petition filings was based on more activity in the British Virgin Islands and Mauritius, which offset falls in the Cayman Islands and Isle of Man, according to a report from offshore law firm Appleby.

Ghost in the machine – wills and digital assets

Source: Cayman Islands Journal We live in a world where technology is increasingly interwoven into our daily lives to the extent that losing a smartphone now ranks as a major life trauma; but what becomes of our digital assets and online presence after we die?  Link: Ghost in the machine – wills and

UK unveils new hurricane support plans for BOTs

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The British government has revealed a range of new measures to make sure its Caribbean territories have the support they need if there is a repeat of the devastating hurricanes that hit the region last year. The additional measures include the full seasonal deployment of the Royal Navy vessel,…

Charging roadblock lands local man in dock

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): LeShawn Shaheem Forrester (23) is facing trial in Grand Court this week for a catalog of offences that began when he charged through a police roadblock last June. The George Town man was charged with dangerous driving, the possession of an imitation firearm with intent and causing harassment following…

New forecast calls for quieter storm season

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Just one month into the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, experts from Colorado State University have reassessed their seasonal predictions downwards and are now calling for a lot less storm action in our region over the next five months. In its July update, the team, led by Philip Klotzbach, said…

How do you keep scorpions away?

Source: Cayman News Service Recently I’ve found a couple of scorpions in my house. I was able to deal with them but have a few questions. How do they get into the house and how do you stop them from coming? Also, am I correct that the scorpions found here are not lethal? Read…

5 Jul Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report, 2 disturbances

Source: Cayman Eye News   5 Jul Thu 2018 Tropical Report   Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Thu Jul 5 2018 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: 1. Showers and thunderstorms associated with a weak trough of low pressure located a few hundred…

Commission backs need to clarify CI constitution

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): As Cayman marked the 59th anniversary of its original constitution this week, the commission which has responsibility for the national document has published the advice it has given to the government ahead of planned talks with the UK to amend the 2009 Constitution. The Constitutional Commission is backing government’s…

Jury acquits local immigration agent of theft

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The owner of a well-known local immigration business, Paulette Anglin-Lewis (54), was acquitted on Wednesday of two counts of theft, after a jury began deliberating on Tuesday morning. The four women and three men found her not guilty of stealing more than $55,000 from one of her clients after her…

RCIPS gun amnesty takes 18 weapons off street

Source: Cayman Compass A total of 18 firearms, including 11 long guns and seven handguns, were turned in to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service in June. The RCIPS firearms amnesty period ended at 10 p.m. Saturday, June 30. In addition to the firearms, 896 rounds of ammunition were turned in. Link: RCIPS

On Cayman Brac, hospital staff must be ready for anything

Source: Cayman Compass With only a little more than 2,000 people to serve on Cayman Brac, on many days the hospital’s activity matches the island’s tranquil atmosphere. But it does not take much for that to change, according to Dr. Srirangan Velusamy, the director of the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority’s Sister Islands…

Public service larger, less Caymanian

Source: Cayman Compass The Cayman Islands public service had more overall employees than ever by the end of 2017, according to a human resources report released by the government last week. A total of 6,250 people worked for either the central government civil service or its associated statutory authorities and government-owned companies by…

More money provided for poor relief

Source: Cayman Compass The Cayman Islands government is plugging an additional $2 million into the poor relief budget this year, fearing the current funding provided for some of the public welfare efforts will run out by next month if more money is not provided. Link: More money provided for poor relief

Amnesty nets 18 guns and nearly 900 bullets

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Senior officers at the RCIPS were lauding the success of last month’s firearms amnesty on Wednesday, as they showed off the weapons and rounds of ammunition that were handed in to police as a result of the month-long clemency period. Throughout the month, 18 firearms and 896 bullets were handed…

Woman admits theft in last minute plea

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Nadia Mirinda Powery, who was scheduled to face trial for stealing $19,775 from her former employer, Saxon Insurance, changed her plea on Wednesday, when she appeared in the dock. Powery had previously admitted falsifying records but had denied the theft. Following her change of heart and the additional conviction,…

Police make arrest in suspected arson case

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 32-year-old man from West Bay has been arrested on suspicion of arson following a fire at a home on North West Point Road on Tuesday lunchtime. Emergency personnel responded to the structural fire at around 1pm yesterday and the fire crew extinguished the burning building. While the investigation into…

Is McKeeva Bush a ‘doctor’?

Source: Cayman News Service I was on the Legislative Assembly website and noticed that in the biography section, McKeeva Bush is given the title “Dr”. I don’t recall him ever earning a university degree, much less a PhD. When did he earn his doctorate? Read Auntie’s Answer and comment on CNS Local Life The…

Cayman finishes fourth in youth sailing championship

Source: Cayman Compass It may not have been a big surprise to see the U.S. dominate the top three spots at last week’s North American Championships for the International Optimist Dinghy Association, which was held in Mexico. Link: Cayman finishes fourth in youth sailing championship

Victim stabbed outside CAL ticket office

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A man who was stabbed outside the Cayman Airways headquarters on Roberts Drive in George Town yesterday afternoon is in hospital recovering from what police said were non-life-threatening injuries. The RCIPS said that the victim and the assailant were known to each other but a spokesperson did not confirm…

US bill would establish beneficial ownership registry

Source: Cayman Compass The United States could soon have a central registry containing the beneficial ownership information of U.S.-registered companies. Right now, companies in the U.S. are formed at the state level. Link: US bill would establish beneficial ownership registry

Maples welcomes newly qualified Caymanian lawyer to finance team

Source: Cayman Compass Maples and Calder announced that Alicia Thompson has completed her articles of clerkship with the firm and was admitted as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands by Justice Richard Williams on June 8. Link: Maples welcomes newly qualified Caymanian lawyer to finance team

Two Walkers articled clerks admitted as attorneys

Source: Cayman Compass Walkers articled clerks Yannick Whorms and Michael Testori have completed their legal training and both have been called to the Cayman Islands Bar in mid-June 2018. Link: Two Walkers articled clerks admitted as attorneys

4 Jul Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report, 2 disturbances

Source: Cayman Eye News   4 Jul Wed 2018 Tropical Report   Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Wed Jul 4 2018 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: 1. Disorganized showers and thunderstorms located within a few hundred miles to the south of Bermuda…

Cuban asylum seekers in Cayman begin hunger strike

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): At least nine Cuban men who are seeking asylum in the Cayman Islands, some of whom have now been detained for more than two years and consider themselves political prisoners, have begun a hunger strike. The men are members of the Cuban Nationalist Party (PNC), the unofficial opposition to…

Prison to use IDC as jails overflow

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): With more than 220 men crammed into HMP Northward, which is supposed to have a maximum capacity of 212, prison authorities say they will be transferring some low-risk inmates to the Immigration Detention Centre at Fairbanks in an effort to ease the overcrowding at the men’s jail. Northward has…

Health minister gets $8M to cover budget gap

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Finance Committee has approved millions of additional dollars for the health minister after he revealed that the budget for overseas tertiary healthcare for Cayman Islands people who are indigent as well as elderly seamen and veterans had already overrun its budget allocation at the financial year half-way mark. Committee members voted…

Burglar caught in house armed with machete

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): A 35-year-old man from North Side has been charged with aggravated burglary, having been caught by police in a house on Old Robin Road at around 11:00 on Saturday night after they received a report of a burglary in progress at the location. The man was armed with a…

Addressing overcrowding at Cayman Islands’ HMP Northward

Source: Cayman Eye News GRAND CAYMAN (GIS) – In a collaborative effort to alleviate capacity constraints that have impacted Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) Northward, a joint initiative has been established to resolve the situation. The plans, which will see a reduced number of prisoners being held within the facility, evolved following discussion between the…

Ogier’s work on Ocean Rig restructuring recognised for third time

Source: Cayman Eye News Ogier’s work on the restructuring of Ocean Rig has been recognised with a third industry award at Global Restructuring Review’s annual awards in London last week (26th June). The restructuring took the award for ‘Innovation in cross-border insolvency and restructuring’ – the award was further high-profile recognition for Ogier’s innovation…

7 most common myths about medical cannabis

Source: Cayman Eye News From Aphria We’ve learned that cannabis consumption could lead to negative outcomes, and was often grouped together with harder drugs such as heroin and cocaine. This approach has led to stigmatization,hria resulting in the development of myths and misunderstandings concerning the use and associated effects of cannabis. If you are…

Cayman Islands-based law firm moves to Camana Bay

Source: Cayman Eye News Solomon Harris Cayman Islands has moved to its new location in Camana Bay, a mixed-use community and financial services hub on Grand Cayman. The relocation comes as the law firm marks two decades of service in the Cayman Islands. 20 years ago, Solomon Harris was among the first tenants to…

Public help track down illegal migrant

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Immigration and police officers, with the help of the public, were able to track down a wanted man suspected of overstaying on the island, who eluded the authorities recently in a violent encounter. Fabian “Jason” Hubert Williams (43) was found in the Seven Mile Beach area on Sunday, immigration…

Limits on importing frozen meat for personal use

Source: Cayman News Service I have lived on the Brac for over 30 years and when I return from the US I always bring in frozen meat that complies with the regulations of the Agricultural Department. The last time I came in I claimed all my frozen meat but the customs officer who checked…

3 Jul Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report, 2 disturbances

Source: Cayman Eye News   3 Jul Tue 2018 Tropical Report   Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 200 AM EDT Tue Jul 3 2018 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: 1. Disorganized showers and thunderstorms extending from the north-central Gulf of Mexico northward are associated with…

Schools facing more frequent inspections

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): All local schools are to be inspected every two years going forward instead of every four, as stipulated in the the Education Law, after the Education Council, Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly and the Office of Education Standards decided to increase the regularity of inspections to ensure that a high standard is achieved…

MLA exposes abuse of 25-year PR certificate

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Government has agreed to review a provision in the immigration legislation that allows wealthy people, substantial business investors or certain skilled employees to acquire 25-year residency certificates, after the member for East End exposed potential but very serious abuse of the system. As he presented a private member’s motion…

Minister admits struggles with garbage

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The minister responsible for the Department of Environmental Health has admitted that staff not turning up for work and failing equipment have continued to plague garbage collection. But in a statement to the Legislative Assembly on Friday, Dwayne Seymour claimed that the routes were staffed and the trucks had…

Government ‘never stopped’ picking up derelict vehicles, minister says

Source: Cayman Compass Contrary to statements made by government employees last fall, Health Minister Dwayne Seymour said Friday that the George Town landfill never actually stopped receiving derelict vehicles at any time during the past year. Link: Government ‘never stopped’ picking up derelict vehicles, minister says

Premier: Pension contributions need to increase

Source: Cayman Compass Monetary contributions to private sector pension funds need to be increased for both Cayman Islands employers and employees, Premier Alden McLaughlin said last week. Link: Premier: Pension contributions need to increase

Council aims to protect wild places

Source: Cayman Compass The National Conservation Council is seeking proposals from the public for land to conserve for environmental purposes. Link: Council aims to protect wild places

Cayman police honored for service at home and abroad

Source: Cayman Compass The men and women of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service took center stage Thursday night at Government House, when Commissioner Derek Byrne presided over the annual Outstanding Service Awards. Link: Cayman police honored for service at home and abroad

The show goes on for CayFilm

Source: Cayman Compass Friday night’s thunder, lightning and pouring rain were enough to drive a wedding indoors at The Ritz-Carlton and dampen some of the guests arriving for the mini-CayFilm festival that featured seven island-made short films. Link: The show goes on for CayFilm

Cayman Islands: CayFilm 2018 played to a Full House

Source: Cayman Eye News Last Friday (June 29) crowds gathered at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman ballroom to attend a smaller scale 2018 CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival. Earlier in the year, Festival Director Tony Mark, had announced CayFilm was cancelled. Then this month he announced the show would go on in a very much…

Harvard Business Review article cites Cayman Islands’ Health City as a “disruptor” in U.S. health care industry

Source: Cayman Eye News Cayman Islands (June 29, 2018) – The Health City Cayman Islands model “is potentially very disruptive to U.S. health care” according to authors  Vijay Govindarajan and Ravi Ramamurti in an article published in the respected Harvard Business Reviewjournal. Both professors at U.S. universities, Govindarajan and Ramamurti have written the book…

The Editor Speaks: “Witch hunt” ends in acquittal

Source: Cayman Eye News The whole case has been a “witch hunt” and it has “taken its toll on me”. This is what Cayman Brac artist Ronald Gregory Kynes, known as “Foots”, said after he was was acquitted of the charge of being in possession of an obscene publication . The ‘obscene publication’ was…

TT rugby dreams dashed by RAN

Source: Cayman Eye News From Newsday tt Request to reschedule Cayman match denied. RUGBY Americas North (RAN) has blanked TT’s request to reschedule their clash with Cayman Islands because it was not made in a “timely manner”. TT were unable to acquire funding to travel to Cayman Islands to play that country in the…

CIG resurrects SE Asian office idea

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The lure of Asian investment has placed the idea of opening a Cayman Islands office in Hong Kong back on the government’s agenda. Premier Alden McLaughlin has said it is time to explore again the possibility of an Asian presence, given the increasing importance of that market to the financial services sector.…

Ex-employer owes $96,000 for pensions

Source: Cayman Compass The director of a defunct business was ordered on Thursday to pay former employees almost $96,000 that had been deducted from their salaries as contributions to a pension plan, but which was never placed in any plan. Link: Ex-employer owes ,000 for pensions

Six months for theft from car

Source: Cayman Compass Thad Kaemeron Bodden, slated for trial on Thursday for theft, shortened proceedings by asking to have the charge put to him again. He then pleaded guilty and received a sentence of six months imprisonment. Link: Six months for theft from car

Woman charged with obtaining by deception

Source: Cayman Compass Judith Francia Douglas, 52, appeared in Summary Court on Friday charged with two counts of obtaining property by deception. Link: Woman charged with obtaining by deception

Unnecessary paperwork

Source: Cayman Compass Unnecessary paperwork — Our editorial cartoon Link: Unnecessary paperwork

Premier seeks CARICOM help with UK dispute

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The Cayman Islands premier is turning to regional organisation CARICOM for help in its fight with the United Kingdom over what he has termed as the “constitutional overreach” by the British government after it passed legislation imposing public beneficial ownership registers on the overseas territories. Alden McLaughlin and Attorney…

2 Jul Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report

Source: Cayman Eye News   2 Jul Mon 2018 Tropical Report   Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Mon Jul 2 2018 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days. $$ Forecaster Brown Tropical Weather…

1 Jul Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report

Source: Cayman Eye News 1 Jul Sun 2018 Tropical Report   Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Sun Jul 1 2018 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days. $$ Forecaster Brown   Tropical Weather…

Cayman Airways Youth Cup semi-final match-ups set

Source: Cayman Eye News 29 June 2018 After a dramatic final day of group play, the field has been narrowed to four who are left in contention to lift the 2018 Cayman Airways Youth Cup. Advancing to the semi-finals from Group A are first-place finisher Mt Pleasant Academy and second-placed Cavalier Soccer Club, both…

30 Jun Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report

Source: Cayman Eye News   30 Jun Sat 2018 Tropical Report   Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Sat Jun 30 2018 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days. $$ Forecaster Zelinsky   Tropical…

New system to detect uninsured drivers

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Drivers who allow their motor insurance to lapse while still using their vehicles on the roads will soon be detected through the new electronic vehicle registration (EVR) system and a change in the traffic law that will allow insurance companies to update the Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing…

Cayman Islands: Robbery on Eastern Avenue, 28 June

Source: Cayman Eye News From RCIPS At about 7:40PM yesterday, 28 June, the 9-1-1 Communications Centre dispatched officers to a report of a robbery at a barber shop on Eastern Avenue in the vicinity of School Road. Two men entered the shop, one of whom brandished a machete, and demanded cash. The culprits then…

Machete-wielding robbers hold up barber shop

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS) Two masked men, one of whom was armed with a machete, made off with cash and personal belongings after robbing a George Town barber shop on Thursday evening. Police said that at about 7:40pm on 28 June they received a report of the commercial robbery on Eastern Avenue, close to the…

Conservation for people as well as wildlife

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Fred Burton, the head of the Terrestrial Research Unit at the Department of Environment, is urging the public to join in the current public consultations on the latest sites proposed as areas for permanent conservation across the Cayman Islands. Burton said that creating protected areas is not just about…

Visitors numbers still soaring with 16% increase

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Since the beginning of 2018 the Cayman Islands has welcomed a total of 209,143 stay-over visitors, a 16.51% increase over 2017, which was already a record-breaking year. The ongoing tourism success showed no sign of declining after May became the fourteenth consecutive month when air arrivals surpassed the previous year’s figures.…

Savings: a bigger problem than foreclosures

Source: Cayman News Service JH writes: There is a much larger problem in this economy which plays a huge part in the economic circumstances faced by the Caymanian populace at large. This issue has never been discussed, and while there are many factors involved, I will just summarise it by saying lack of savings…

WORC to open for business in January

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): The premier said that the new labour agency, Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman (WORC), which will be taking on the work permit and residency elements of the immigration department and merging them with the responsibilities that were part of the National Workforce Development Agency (NWDA), is expected to open…

Agent denies using client’s cash to save business

Source: Cayman News Service (CNS): Paulette Anglin-Lewis denied that she had used a client’s money to save her business instead of paying his permanent residency fees, when she took the witness stand in her own defence against theft charges on Thursday. The owner of Anglin-Lewis & Associates, an immigration services business, insisted that the…

29 Jun Weather in Cayman & Tropical Report

Source: Cayman Eye News   29 Jun Fri 2018 Tropical Report   Tropical Weather Outlook NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL 800 AM EDT Fri Jun 29 2018 For the North Atlantic…Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico: Tropical cyclone formation is not expected during the next 5 days. $$ Forecaster Roberts   Tropical…

Mini-CayFilm to focus on local shorts

Source: Cayman Compass Albeit on a smaller scale, the Cayman Islands’ very own international film festival, CayFilm, will once again be taking place this weekend. Link: Mini-CayFilm to focus on local shorts

Canada Day, Constitution Day and U.S. Independence parties

Source: Cayman Compass As a consolation for neither of their teams qualifying for the World Cup, Canadians and Americans will soon be able to get back into the celebratory spirit. Link: Canada Day, Constitution Day and U.S. Independence parties

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