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On Thursday, 18 July 2016, Cayman Connection UK (CCUK) held its third annual reception at St. Ignatius, Loyola Hall from 6 – 8pm, preceded by a culture workshop from 5– 6pm.
Derived from the ‘Friends of Cayman’ organization, Cayman Connection UK was established to provide support and opportunities for Caymanians living, studying or working in the United Kingdom.
Prior to the networking event, approximately 20 students attended a special “UK Culture Workshop” headed by founder Jennifer Dilbert, MBE, and Friends of Cayman member Kate Kandiah, along with some student ambassadors.
This session touched on topics such as the importance of networking, the Cayman Islands and UK governments and political structures, the role of CCUK, the London Offices and the Department of Tourism, and lastly, the portrayal of the Cayman Islands’ financial services industry to the UK layperson and accompanying misconceptions.
The reception commenced with a short welcome by Kate Kandiah, event organizer. Ms Kandiah briefed the audience on the organisation and its growing numbers of almost 300 members. She also apologized for the absence of Eric Bush, the new London Office representative, and shared his message.
Remarks followed from Hon. Premier Alden McLaughlin, who assured the students that friends, family members and the entire Cayman Islands are cheering them on.
Hon. Tara Rivers, Minister of Education, added words of encouragement, stating, “We need to find each other, support each other and help each other succeed – that’s very much what CCUK is about”.
Mourant Ozannes representative, Alex Last, next spoke on behalf of the law firm. He offered the possibility of a career to students, as well as expressing the firm’s delight in giving back to the community by investing in students and sponsoring CCUK.
Student Ambassadors, Emily Sully and David Ramsaran then shared some of their personal experiences and the importance of CCUK.
Closing remarks and vote of thanks were given by a Student Ambassador Kenroy Millwood, who thanked the sponsors and guests for attending and making the event possible.
In regards to the CCUK organization and its purpose in creating such events, Organiser Kate Kandiah stated, “This annual CCUK event is a great opportunity for students to connect with other students who are studying in the UK, to share, advise and support for each other. We also are encouraging more private sector friends to get involved, so that they too, through CCUK, can support our students abroad”.
Ms Kandiah said she was delighted with the turn out for the pre-reception cultural workshop and looking forward to expanding the event next year. She also encouraged all interested to sign up online to CCUK as a student or a friend.
The new board comprises:
Richard Coles, (ACC chair), is a former attorney general who previously served as chairman of the Human Rights Commission, deputy chairman of the Civil Service Appeals Commission and as a member of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission. He has also served as the chair of Cayman Finance.
Norman Bodden, OBE, of Bodden Corporate Services and Bodden & Bodden, served as a member of the Legislative Assembly and was tourism minister in the 1984-1992 government. A one-time MD of Cayman Airways and board member at the airline, he has also served on the Immigration Board. Bodden is also a justice of the peace.
Sophia-Ann Harris, a founder of Solomon Harris, is a well-known corporate attorney who is a past chair of the Immigration Appeals Tribunal and past chair of the Board of Directors of Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Ltd.
Kadi Pentney (née Merren) is a certified public accountant and was a manager at PwC until she left to become a full-time mother. A past president of the Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman, she was awarded the Young Caymanian Leadership Award last year.
Tim Ridley, OBE was a senior partner for many years with leading Cayman Islands law firm Maples and Calder. A well-known offshore legal expert, he has wide regulatory and governance experience, having served on the boards of the Cayman Islands Health Services Commission and the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority. He has also served on various consultative committees that advise the Cayman Islands Government on matters relating to the financial services and local industries. He writes and speaks widely on Cayman Islands legal, financial and regulatory issues.
The ACC is responsible for the administration of the law and has broad-reaching powers to investigate reports of corruption, liaise with overseas anti-corruption authorities, and obtain court orders to freeze the assets of those suspected of committing corruption offences.
“The ACC has an exceptionally important role to play in the Cayman Islands’ commitment to combat and deter corruption,” said Cayman Islands Governor Helen Kilpatrick. “The members of the ACC work diligently to enhance and promote the accountability of all public officials.”
The firm reviewed a large number of qualified applicants for the scholarship this year and had the difficult task of narrowing the impressive field down to just a few for the short-list. All short-listed applicants were offered internships at the firm over the summer as part of the application process. During her internship, Lashonda stood out as the most talented and promising.
Lashonda will be heading to the University of Sheffield to do her LPC, having already successfully completed the Bachelor of Laws degree (Honours) from the University of Liverpool and a BSc in Psychology and Political Science (Honours) from the University of Toronto. She has also undertaken several challenging courses such as the London School of Economics summer course: Advanced Negotiation and Mediation and the Stetson University College of Law Caribbean Law Clinic. Lashonda is a recipient of the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Gold award and serves as assistant leader for the Girls’ Brigade at Savannah United Church.
HR Manager at Ogier, Emma Graham-Taylor remarked, “Lashonda has proven herself to be a sincere and diligent individual. The senior associate who mentored her during her internship provided very positive feedback on her performance, noting that she is insightful, inquisitive and keen to learn.”
Ogier Regional Managing Partner James Bergstrom said “I am very pleased to have Lashonda as this year’s scholarship recipient. She impressed several members of our team and I am confident that she will continue to excel.”
Lashonda expressed her appreciation and said, “I am very grateful to Ogier for this scholarship, which will assist me greatly in my goal of becoming a lawyer.”
Ogier’s scholarship is awarded annually. Applications are accepted from January through April each year. Ogier’s scholarship programme is closely aligned with the firm’s summer internship programme and Ogier requires that scholarship applicants commit to a month internship with the firm in May, June or July as part of the application process. The scholarship is awarded and announced each year in August. For more information on student opportunities, please visit the Ogier website.
Photos: Lashonda Powell, Ogier 2016 legal scholarship recipient.
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Twelve-year-old Ayanna Davis-Eden is the youngest PoT recipient ever – and for good reason!
Ayanna has always had a natural curiosity for learning, as well as an aptitude that is already enabling her sweet successes.
According to family, she taught herself how to walk by watching her sister’s dancing recitals. When she was four-years-old, the precocious child served as the keynote speaker at her preschool’s leaving ceremony. Following, her natural gift for learning led to academic success in primary school.
At Prospect Primary School she was on the Principal’s Honour Roll each year. She also became a Prefect, Deputy Head Girl and a Hall Monitor. She was also involved in Rainbows, Brownies, Film Club and football. In addition, she entered the Department of Tourism’s “Cayman Through My Eyes” film competition; placing second and winning the People’s Choice Award.
Upon graduation from primary school she walked away with nine diverse awards: in sports, social studies, science, mathematics, language, Spanish, art, as well as academic excellence and citizenship.
Ayanna undertakes high school studies at Triple C School. During her first year she made the Principal’s Citizenship Honour Roll, Academic Honour Roll, and was awarded for perfect attendance. She was also named the most outstanding student in art, social studies, science, English and study skills.
Ayanna continued to show great results in her recent high school year, again landing on the Citizenship Honour Roll and Academic Honour Roll. She is also her school’s “Save Our Youth” club president, a member of the choir, band, swim team, and the “Youth Experiencing Salvation Club”.
Ayanna also stays very busy outside of school. She is co-host and musical director of the Youth Flex Show; a joint initiative of Radio Cayman and the Youth Services Unit that provides teens with opportunities to share their views.
She is also involved in “Missionettes”, which helps younger children learn and encourages them to work hard to reach their goals. In her spare time, Ayanna likes to research the Bible, and cultures from around the world. She has a keen interest in the Mayan culture.
In addition to her love of learning, Ayanna has a passion for culinary arts, which was inspired at a young age by her parents, aunt and grandmother. She put her skills to the test in 2015 when she claimed the top spot in the “Teen Chopped Competition”. She also placed second in her school’s “Cupcake War”, and third in the “Home Gas Thanksgiving High School Cook-Off”.
Inspired by this exposure, the enterprising young lady has teamed up with her elder sister to create a business called “Gloria Rose Delights” – selling baked goods.
A talented, intelligent and thoughtful young man, Diarra Hoyte excels in academic pursuits, as well other special interests.
The 18year-old graduate of Clifton Hunter High School was a member of the “Gifted and Talented” mathematics class, and – ahead of schedule – gained a Grade 1 Distinction in his external exams. He attained 16 passes in GCSE and CXC exams. Named the Most Outstanding Student in his graduating class, he achieved high-distinction in mathematics, English, and science. He also received awards for ethics and technology.
At Clifton Hunter High School, Diarra’s aptitude for science was showcased when he placed first on three occasions in the Rotary Science Fair; in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
Following his graduation from high school, Diarra undertook an associate’s degree in engineering technology at the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI). He attained this degree in April 2016 with high academic standing.
Diarra’s goal is to become a mechanical/electrical engineer, and has received hands-on-experience through internships at Corporate Electric, Electra Tech and Caribbean Utilities Company.
Later this year he will attend the Florida Institute of Technology to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.
Science and mathematics aren’t Diarra’s only skills, as he is also musically gifted. He passed the Trinity College London Grade 5 clarinet exam, and has received awards for performances in the National Children Festival of the Arts.
In addition to playing the clarinet, he plays the steel pan and was a member of UCCI’s “Pademix” band. He is also a member of the Cayman Islands Marching Band and the Cadet Band.
Diarra also lends his technical know-how at his church, First Assembly of God, where he is a videographer. He also conducts the church’s junior choir and was Lead Camp Counsellor.
Other extracurricular activities include being on his school’s Flight Club and STEM Club, as well being a participant of the Toastmaster’s Youth Leadership programme.
Proud of Them finalist Ayanna Davis-Eden
Proud of Them finalist Diarra Hoyte
These are another two bios from the Proud of Them (PoT) reception held earlier at the George Town Yacht Club. Youth Minister Osbourne Bodden and Education Minister Tara Rivers presented the 12 young people with certificates as well as $500 cash stipends.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has slipped in the polls in recent weeks, has shaken up his campaign again.
The billionaire real estate mogul is bringing in Stephen Bannon of Breitbart News as chief executive officer — effectively demoting campaign Chairman Paul Manafort — and promoting pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager.
“I’ve known both of them for a long time. They’re terrific people, they’re winners, they’re champs, and we need to win it,” Trump told The Associated Press in a phone interview early Wednesday.
The move comes just 82 days before the November election and represents yet another overhaul of Trump’s tumultuous quest for the White House.
In confirming the campaign overhaul, Trump called Bannon and Conway “big people” who can help him defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in November.
Manafort, who formally took over the reins following the departure of Corey Lewandowski in June, will maintain his current title, Trump said.
Manafort deputy Rick Gates, who has been traveling often with Trump, is expected to maintain a senior role with the campaign.
The news, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, comes as opinion surveys show Trump trailing Clinton nationally and in a host of key battleground states following a difficult campaign stretch that saw him insulting the Muslim parents of a soldier who died in Iraq and temporarily refraining from endorsing House Speaker Paul Ryan, who was involved in a primary in his home state of Wisconsin.
In tapping Bannon for a top campaign role, Trump is doubling down on his outsider appeal rather than appeasing more traditional Republicans. The conservative Breitbart figure has been a cheerleader for Trump’s campaign for months and was critical of Republican leaders, including Ryan. Bannon is a former Goldman Sachs banker but does not bring presidential campaign experience to Trump’s White House bid.
Conway joined Trump’s campaign earlier this year as a senior adviser. A longtime Republican strategist and pollster, she has close ties to Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
Trump long has resisted pleas from fellow Republicans to overhaul the flame-throwing approach on the campaign trail that powered his surge to the top of the GOP field in the primary season. Instead of working to broaden his appeal, Trump has largely hewed to the large rallies and attention-grabbing comments that appealed to the Republican Party base.
“You know, I am who I am,” he told a local Wisconsin television station Tuesday. “It’s me. I don’t want to change. Everyone talks about, ‘Oh, well you’re going to pivot, you’re going to.’ I don’t want to pivot. I mean, you have to be you. If you start pivoting, you’re not being honest with people.”
Conway called the moves “an expansion at a critical time in the homestretch.”
Details of the new pecking order were hashed out at a lengthy senior staff meeting at Trump Tower Tuesday while Trump was on the road. Additional senior hires are expected in the next few days.
Trump, whose campaign is built on his persona as a winner, said several times Wednesday that the campaign was “doing well,” and said his speech hours earlier in Wisconsin Tuesday was well-received.
“We’re going to be doing something very dramatic,” Trump added.
Trump’s campaign announced earlier that it would finally begin airing its first ads of the general election next week in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
While polls have shown Clinton building a lead following the Philadelphia convention, Democrats are fearful that a depressed voter turnout might diminish support among the minority, young and female voters who powered Obama to two victories.
Clinton said at a voter registration event at a Philadelphia high school that she’s “not taking anybody anywhere for granted” in the race for the White House, saying the stakes “could not be higher.”
In the Wisconsin outing Tuesday, Trump accused Clinton of “bigotry” and being “against the police,” claiming that she and other Democrats have “betrayed the African American community” and pandered for votes.
“We reject the bigotry of Hillary Clinton, which panders to and talks down to communities of color and sees them only as votes — that’s all they care about,” the GOP nominee said in remarks delivered not far from Milwaukee — the latest city to be rocked by violence in the wake of a police shooting.
Trump has been lagging in the polls since he was crowned the GOP standard-bearer in Cleveland last month. He charged that Clinton has been on the side of the rioters in Milwaukee, declaring: “Our opponent Hillary would rather protect the offender than the victim.”
“The riots and destruction that have taken place in Milwaukee is an assault on the right of all citizens to live in security and to live in peace,” he said.
Clinton campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri responded with a statement early Wednesday accusing Trump of being the bigot instead.
“With each passing Trump attack, it becomes clearer that his strategy is just to say about Hillary Clinton what’s true of himself. When people started saying he was temperamentally unfit, he called Hillary the same. When his ties to the Kremlin came under scrutiny, he absurdly claimed that Hillary was the one who was too close to Putin. Now he’s accusing her of bigoted remarks — We think the American people will know which candidate is guilty of the charge,” she said.
Image: Breitbart Chief Bannon Joins Trump Campaign
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
For more on this story go to: http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/US-Campaign-2016/2016/08/17/id/743877/#ixzz4HbIAmLSX
In order to clarify sections of the Constitution relating to the tenure of Grand Court Judges and responsibility for the disciplinary oversight of the Judiciary, the Governor recently requested that the Minister responsible for the Overseas Territories consider two minor amendments to the Cayman Islands constitution.
This request was fully supported by the Honourable Premier, the Honourable Leader of the Opposition and the Judiciary.
The Minister agreed to the amendments, which came into force by proclamation on Friday, 12 August 2016.
Note to editors:
The Cayman Islands Constitution (Amendment) Order 2016, SI 2016 No.780 was published in the Cayman Islands Gazette on 12 August 2016.
The first amendment changes the normal retirement age of judges from 65 to 70.
The second amendment transfers the power to exercise disciplinary control over judges of the Grand Court and the Court of Appeal from the Governor to the Chief Justice and the President of the Court of Appeal respectively.