October 10, 2015

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MAX announces the return of the EMMY® award winning series: “The Knick”

image002 image003Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the second season will premiere on MAX on Friday, October 16th, with transmissions also on HBO and Cinemax

Miami, FL – October 8th, 2015 – MAX, the channel dedicated to offering the most award-winning films, series and international documentaries, announces the premiere of the second season of the Emmy® Award winning original series, “The Knick” on October 16th at 22hrs AST* in the Caribbean, simultaneously with the United States. Additionally, the first episode of this new season will also be broadcast on HBO and Cinemax, and will be available on HBO On Demand after it premieres on the channel.

One year ago television viewers were introduced to Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen, winner of a Golden Globe® Award, and nominated for an Oscar® and an Emmy® Award for his role in MAX’s The Knick and HBO’s Hemingway & Gellhorn) and his staff at the Knickerbocker Hospital at the turn of the 20th century. Under the direction of acclaimed director, Steven Soderbergh (Oscar® Award winner for Best Director for Erin Brockovich and Traffic, and an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie for HBO’s Behind the Candelabra), the period piece depicts the union between the newest medical technologies and the change in social customs during that time.

The second season picks up at a time of great upheaval in the lives of the protagonists. The absence of Thackery, who was hospitalized due to his cocaine addiction, the passing of wealthy patients and financial problems cause the closure of the hospital in the city’s downtown region, forcing them to open their doors in upstate New York. While the plans for relocation move forward, Algernon Edwards (André Holland), the talented African-American surgeon whose love affair with the hospital’s benefactor, Cornelia Robertson (Juliet Rylance), ends in an abortion in the first season, works fervently to succeed Thackery as Chief Surgeon at the Knickerbocker Hospital. Additionally, the doctors, administrators, nurses, and nuns must all deal with various changes as well as personal and professional challenges.

The actors returning to the new season of The Knick are: Eve Hewson as nurse Lucy, who, in Thackery’s absence, is courted by Cornelia’s persistent brother Henry, played by Charles Aitken; Jeremy Bobb as Herman Barrow, who continues to struggle financially; Michael Angarano as Dr. “Bertie” Chickering, Jr., who finds himself with a broken heart after finding out about Lucy and Thackery’s relationship; Cara Seymour, as Sister Harriet, who was jailed for performing abortions; and Chris Sullivan (HBO’s The Normal Heart), an ambulance driver who is willing to pay for Harriet’s legal costs.

The series also includes performances by Grainger Hines as August Robertson; Tom Lipinski as Phillip; Michael Nathanson as Dr. Levi Zinberg; Zaraah Abrahams as Opal; Perry Yung as Ping Wu; and Arielle Goldman as Genevieve, among others.

The Knick was created by Jack Amiel & Michael Begler and is directed by the acclaimed Steven Soderbergh, who also serve as executive producers along with Gregory Jacobs (HBO’s Behind the Candelabra), Michael Sugar and Clive Owen. The Knick is produced by Michael Polaire (HBO’s Behind the Candelabra).

This successful dramatic series is part of the exciting programming of MAX, the channel that offers the best in independent international films, as well as global award-winning series and documentaries. This month the MAX channel celebrates five years of offering its content to the entire region, which translates to a total of 260 weeks of premieres.

MAX belongs to the HBO MAX group and is composed of 3 channels: MAX, MAX PRIME and MAX UP. MAX UP is the channel for the entire family, where the primary purpose is to entertain, while MAX Prime offers emotion, adrenaline and adventure through the well-known films from those same genres, and from original series such as Banshee, Strikeback and Hell on Wheels.

For more information on the program schedule by country, contact your local cable operator or www.hbolapress.com

About HBO Latin America

HBO Latin America is the premium television network leader that, in addition to being recognized for the quality and diversity of its original programming, films and documentaries, also provides services with the highest technology in SD and HD formats in more than 24 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean through its channels HBO, HBO2, HBO Signature, HBO Plus, HBO Family, HBO Caribbean, HBO On Demand, HBO GO, MAX, MAX Prime, MAX UP, MAX Caribbean, Cinemax and Cinemax GO.

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Royal Caribbean Announces First TV Channel At Sea Dedicated To Autism Programming

autism-channelMIAMI/PRNewswire/ — Royal Caribbean International will be the first in the hospitality industry to offer complimentary on-demand access to exclusive content from The Autism Channel onboard most of its ships. Starting in late October 2015, this new offering enhances the cruise line’s highly successful Autism Friendly program, designed to provide inclusive cruise vacation experiences for families living with autism and other developmental disabilities.

The Autism Channel is a streaming television service providing information and resources to families and professionals supporting and improving the lives of people with autism spectrum disorders. Educational and entertainment programming on The Autism Channel ranges from a look inside the daily lives of several families with children on the spectrum, to interviews with medical and legal professionals.

“The Autism Channel is delighted that Royal Caribbean has chosen to make this valuable content available on many Royal Caribbean ships. For every one person on the autism spectrum there are six more persons directly impacted by that person. Complimentary access to The Autism Channel’s exclusive content will benefit many Royal Caribbean guests and bring more awareness to Autism,” said Jeffrey A. Kasky, president, The Autism Channel.

Some of the programs available for viewing are:

I Am Autistic with Daniel Heinlein – Diagnosed with Asperger’s as a teenager, Daniel Heinlein talks about autism with doctors, researchers, and others on the spectrum.
Dr. Judy – A board-certified developmental and behavioral pediatrician, Dr. Judith Aranson-Ramos, MD talks about early diagnosis and treatment for people on the spectrum.
Real Look Autism – From renowned executive producer Mary Beth Marsden, an unfiltered look at ASD children and their progress.
Direct From Autism Service Dogs America – Follow a therapy dog’s journey from selection through life as a working dog.
The Rocket Family Chronicles – A mockumentary about the life and times of Rocket, an on-the-spectrum filmmaker and his unique family.
Cooking with Jana – Gluten and Casein free cooking with Chef Jana McMahon, featuring easy to make recipes low in allergens.
Complimentary on-demand access to The Autism Channel will be available in all staterooms onboard Quantum, Oasis, Freedom, Voyager and Radiance-class ships on LED flat-panel interactive televisions. Programming will be initially offered in English as well as closed captioned for guests who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Royal Caribbean International was the first cruise line to become certified Autism Friendly by Autism on the Seas™ the leading travel organization catering to vacationers with autism and other developmental disabilities in February 2014. As part of its program, Royal Caribbean has introduced autism friendly services including sensory friendly movies, an autism friendly toy lending program, and social story (downloadable from RoyalCaribbean.com/AutismFriendly), and all youth staff from the cruise line’s award-winning children’s program are provided autism awareness training. The training will be extended to other members of the staff and shipboard crew as part of their job-specific training.

About Royal Caribbean International Royal Caribbean International is an award-winning global cruise brand with a 46-year legacy of innovation and introducing industry “firsts” never before seen at sea. The cruise line features an expansive and unmatched array of features and amenities only found on Royal Caribbean including, jaw-dropping, Broadway-style entertainment and industry-acclaimed programming that appeals to families and adventurous vacationers alike. Onboard, guests are catered to with the cruise line’s world-renowned friendly and engaging Gold Anchor Service by every staff and crew member. Royal Caribbean has been voted “Best Cruise Line Overall” for 12 consecutive years in the Travel Weekly Readers Awards.

The cruise line sails 23 of the world’s most innovative cruise ships to the most popular destinations in Bermuda and the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and New England, Alaska, South America, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand. Media can stay up-to-date by following @RoyalCaribPR on Twitter, and visiting RoyalCaribbeanPressCenter.com. For additional information or to make reservations, vacationers should call their travel agent; visit RoyalCaribbean.com; or call (800) ROYAL-CARIBBEAN.

About The Autism Channel The Autism Channel is currently available free via Roku and Panasonic Viera Connect Smart TVs with other set-top boxes and smart TVs to come soon. The Autism Channel programming is of interest to the 16 million in the United States, and the 500 million+ in the world affected by a diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder. For more information on The Autism Channel, visit www.TheAutismChannel.tv.

To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/royal-caribbean-announces-first-tv-channel-at-sea-dedicated-to-autism-programming-300152545.html

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Eclipze 15th Annual Cut-A-Thon for Breast Cancer Awareness in Cayman Islands

CAT 15ECLIPZE HAIR DESIGN AND DAY SPA is pleased to announce the 15th Annual Cut-A-Thon on Sunday, 25th October 2015.

15 years ago breast cancer hit close to home for sisters Darla and Darna Owners of Eclipze at the time. They lost a dear aunt to this terrible disease and wanted to help in the fight against it. After exploring different ways to make this possible they decided to use their profession of Cosmetology (Hair & Beauty) creating a fun and rewarding event for the community to benefit from. Other Salon and Spa professionals were invited to participate and so began the annual Cut-A-Thon.

This year volunteers from Eclipze Hair Design & Day Spa, Artista, Focus, Renaissance, Spa Esprit, and Privé Beauty Studio will offer services such as wet cuts, mini manicures, eyebrow threading to the public at a HUGE SAVINGS! As well as a $1 a minute massages (Attached is a service menu.)

Last years event was a huge success, thanks to our volunteers, sponsors and everyone that supported this cause, we were able to raise over $15,000 for this worthy cause.

All proceeds are donated to The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens Breast Cancer Awareness Fund to help in providing education on early detection & mammograms for men and women who are otherwise unable to afford them.


In an effort to help us raise funds volunteers Jenni Huys, Milissa Webb, Gordon “Aaron” McLaughlin & Martha Flores will cut 10 INCHES OFF their hair AND Emile Scott & our very own Priyani Renukanthi will SHAVE their heads in support of this worthy cause! Each of these wonderful volunteers is trying to raise a minimum of $1000 towards their cuts. PLEASE help sponsor them to reach these goals! Donations can be given to the volunteers directly or brought to Eclipze before or on the day of the Cut-A-Thon. We are also encouraging other volunteers to come and join us. Long hair will be donated to Locks of Love to help brighten someone’s day!

The 15th Annual Cut-A-Thon for Breast Cancer Awareness will be hosted at Eclipze Hair Salon & Day Spa located at SUITE 6103D , 10 MARKET STREET, CAMANA BAY from 2pm to 6pm and all are invited to come out and join us in support of this event. For more information e-mail eclipze@candw.ky or call ASMA / DARLA at 945-1188 OR 916-7274.

Sponsored by:

Eclipze Hair Design & Day Spa, Dart Cayman Islands, Cayman Distributors, Foster’s IGA, Cayman Airways, Fast Signs, Z99, Rooster101, Kiss FM & X107.1FM.

“It is a great feeling to know that you could be helping to save someone’s life” quote by Darla Dilbert

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A London school has banned all technology

child-tablet_2563778bBy Javier Espinoza, Education Editor From The Telegraph UK

Pupils aren’t even allowed gadgets on holidays and parents have to commit to curtailing its use at home as well

An independent school in London has banned all types of technological devices – including smartphones, computers and televisions – and pupils aren’t allowed to use them even on holidays.

Acorn School, which was founded in 2013 and has annual fees of up to £11,000, even asks parents to make the commitment to the same technology-free environment at home.

The purpose of the ban of technology up to the age of 14, according to one of the founding parents of the school, is to help children become “active creators” rather than “passive consumers”.

Andrew Thorne, chair of the boards of directors at Acorn School, which took its inspiration on the ban of technology from a school with the same name in Gloucestershire, said: “The purpose [of the ban on technology] is to allow children space to grow. So instead of turning them into consumers of technology and television, they have to learn to create their own activities.

“It is about encouraging creativity so that the children are active creators rather than passive consumers.”

Cheaper tablets are encouraging more parents to buy gadgets for their kids this Christmas

An independent school in London has banned all types of technological devices Photo: Getty Images

Pupils at the school are forbidden to watch television before the age of 12, after that they are only allowed to watch documentaries that have been approved by parents, according to the schools rules.

Students can only watch movies until they are 14; surfing the web both at home and school is not allowed until the age of 16 and computers are only to be used as part of the school curriculum for over-14s.

The school charter reads: “We are against all forms of electronics for small children … and only gradual integration towards it in adolescence. That includes the internet. In choosing this school, you have undertaken to support that view, no matter what you may feel personally.”

Reports of the Acorn school follow research that shows that parents are increasingly concerned about the time their children spend on technology.

A report earlier this year revealed children are too busy playing games online rather than spending time on the sun during holidays.

The report also follows calls for parents to police the screen time of their children at home as well.

IMAGE: Parents warned to keep an eye on what their children are watching, as research finds people who watch violent television, films or video games are more likely to be aggressive. Photo: Alamy


For more on this story go to: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/11899724/A-London-school-has-banned-all-technology.html

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Cayman Islands: UPDATE: Victim named. Serious MVA (female cyclists dies) Vicinity of Savannah Primary School. SHAMROCK ROAD NOW OPEN


Sat, Oct 3, 2015 at 11:21 AM

Police can now confirm the name of the deceased female cyclist as Rhonda Marie Ebanks Azan.

RCIPS pass their sincere condolences to the family at this time.

Brief circumstances are that at approximately 645pm yesterday the pedal cyclist was travelling towards George Town along Shamrock road when the cyclist collided with a Ford F250 truck travelling in the opposite direction in the vicinity of Matilda Drive.

Both the driver and the cyclist were taken to GT Hospital.

The driver was released a short time later,arrested on Suspicion of Careless Driving and bailed.

Police are again asking the public if they witnessed the accident or have any information to contact the George Town Police Station on 949 4222.

Shamrock Road is now OPEN

Fri, October 2, 2015 at 9:50 PM

Police can confirm that a 61 year old female cyclist passed away at George Town Hospital.

Police are assisting the deceased family at this time.

Accident investigators are currently on scene.

A 54 year old male driver of the motor vehicle has been arrested on Suspicion of Causing Death by Careless Driving.

Police are asking for any witnesses who saw the accident or who have any information to contact the George Town Police Station on 949 4222.

Friday, October 02, 2015 08:53 PM

Police are currently dealing with a serious motor vehicle accident which occurred in the vicinity of Savannah Primary school involving a motor vehicle and a female pedal cyclist at approximately 645pm.

Motorists are asked to use the East/West arterial road,the road is blocked from Lantern Point Shamrock Road to Countryside Shopping Center.

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1 MDB Cayman funds used by husband & wife to finance their business dealings -Evidence found in ASX announcement

_85851912_gettyimages-479871604By Ganesh Sahathevan From sahathevanblogspot.com

A prospectus issued by Bridge Global Capital Management Ltd (BGCM), an ASX listed fund manager which is part of the Bridge group of companies that has been entrusted with USO 2 billion of 1MOB’s funds, shows clearly that moneys held by Bridge Global Absolute Return Fund ,which is reported to be the actual manager of the funds (see report below),has been used in part to finance the recapitalization of BGCM. The prospectus is located at this link: http://www.asx.com.au/asxpdf/20141125/pdf/42tyzgj1jlx77w.pdf

As the notes below show, Bridge Capital is intimately owned Joseph Wan Cheun Chung and wile MaK Wai Chun.


1MDB’s USO 2.3 Billion is placed with Bridge Capital which appears to be a wholly owned subsidiary of Baron Capital Ltd of Hong Kong, which is ultimately owned by Joseph Wan Cheun Chung and wife MaK Wai Chun:

The Baron Network 14th April 2004

Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 8.11.19 AMThe listing sponsor was Baron Capital and the investment manager was Baron Asset Management Ltd (Baron AM), which was then wholly-owned by Joseph Wan Chuen Chung (Joseph Wan), one of the stars of our story. In 1998, following an inquiry into the behaviour of his firm, Goldwyn Capital, the SFC suspended Joseph Wan’s investment adviser licence for 12 months ,but you can’t keep a good man down, and he has more than made up for lost time since then. Baron Capital and Baron AM are now subsidiaries of Baron Strategic Holdings Ltd (Baron), a BVI company 50% owned by Joseph Wan and 50% by his wife,Mak Wai Chun (Ms Mak).

Over US$2b of 1MOB’s Cayman funds managed by Aussle firm
Anita Gabriel , Over US$2b of 1MOB’s Cayman funds managed by Aussie finn

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Avestra shares several executives with Bridge Global,whose fund 1MOB has Invested in Singapore

AUSTRALIAN fim Avestra Asset Management has been managing over US$2 billion of 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s monies invested in several Cayman Islands funds.

The Business Times understands that 1MOB ‘s investments via several segregated portfolio companies (SPCs) in the Cayman Islands called Bridge Global Absolute Return Fund are now managed by Queensland-based Avestra.

This is not known by many because the controversial Malaysian strategic fund, which is sprucing up its energy assets for a massive US$3 billion initial public offering sometime in the first quarter of next year, has not provided details on the funds or the names of the fund manager, although it has long been under pressure to do so for the sake of transparency.

It is not clear how and when Avestra emerged in the picture as investment adviser of the funds under Bridge Global. Brs numerous attempts to contact Avestra’s top executives and 1MOB drew a blank.

These funds – some 60 per cent of which have reportedly returned to Malaysia recently – were invested by the state­ backed fund through Brazen Sky Ltd -a wholly owned unit incorporated in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).

According to Avestra’s website, the asset management finn operates in Australia and Asia with research and marketing facilities in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

There are several common individuals on the management line-up of Avestra and Bridge Global – Paul Rowles, who established the Avestra Group in 2004, Jason Dixon and Nick McDonald. Several attempts to reach Mr Rowles were also unsuccessful.

Bridge Global, according to its website, has over US$2.5 billion under management and to date, has launched nine segregated portfolios in the Cayman Islands.

News that 1MDB had ploughed some US$2.3 billion into Bridge Global funds which is managed by little-known Hong Kong-based Bridge Partners was first reported by BT in May this year. The link between Bridge Partners and Avestra, however, appears unclear.

These funds itself arose from a convoluted tie-up between 1MOB and obscure firm PetroSaudi International (PSI) initially involving US$1.8 billion which eventually fell through and was converted into an Islamic debt facility.

The investments in the Cayman Islands regulated funds are generating US$267 million in dividend, said 1MOB chairman Lodin Wok Kamaruddin recently at the fund’s first media briefing since it was set up five years ago where he vouched for the fund’s transparency, although the event itself was open to very few, selected local media organisations. “To date, almost 60 per cent, or RM4 billion (S$1.55 billion), of the fund has been liquidated for settlement of 1MOB’s financial commitments. The balance will be liquidated before the end of the year,” said Mr Lodin, according to a Malaysian news report.

1MDB, wholly owned by the Ministry of Finance and with Prime Minister Najib Razak as chairman of its advisory board, has been under stinging criticism for keeping its monies offshore, given that it is regarded as a sovereign wealth fund with most of its assets in Malaysia.

In recent weeks, there has been renewed and relentless attacks on 1MDB by opposition politicians in and out of Parliament.

On its part, 1MDB’s opaque investment decisions and the fact that it is saddled with hefty debt – its borrowings have ratcheted up to RM41.9 billion for fiscal year 2014 from RM36.2 billion a year ago- have made it an easy target.

The fund’s recently released delayed accounts for the fiscal year ended March 2014 provided additional fodder; escalating borrowing costs led the firm to swing into the red with losses of some RM665 million from a profit of RM778 million a year ago.

Last year’s numbers were aided by huge revaluation gains of property assets of RM2.7 billion, in the absence of which the fund would have bled some RM1.9 billion.

Despite frequent remarks by top Malaysian officials and 1MDB executives that 1MDB is able to service its debt load, there still appears to be palpable and widespread concern over the fund’s surging debt.

Singapore Press Holdings Limited

For a lot more on this story go to: http://sahathevan.blogspot.com/2015/09/1-mdb-cayman-funds-used-by-husband-wife.html?view=mosaic

See also iNews Cayman related story and links published September 23 2015 “Pua: 1MDB cannot explain ‘missing’ USD2b” at: http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/pua-1mdb-cannot-explain-missing-usd2b/

1MDB CEO: We are the ‘most investigated company’

By Karishma Vaswani Asia business correspondent From BBC

Arul Kanda, the head of the Malaysian state investment fund 1MDB has an impressive track record of restructuring ailing companies and making a profit from them. A former banker, he’s worked in the UK and in the Middle East, and has had a string of successes.

So it did seem surprising to me that he would be willing to stake his reputation on turning around the scandal hit fund 1MDB, after it amassed more than $11bn (£7bn) worth of debts.

And what a way to hit the ground running. Within the first six months of him taking on the job, 1MDB was hit by allegations that $700m from companies linked to 1MDB were transferred to Prime Minister Najib Razak’s personal bank account.

The claims have triggered investigations by some international authorities including the Swiss.

Both the Prime Minister and 1MDB have denied any wrongdoing and Malaysia’s anti-corruption commission said the money was donations from a private donor in the Middle East.

But the questions keep coming – not least from Malaysians themselves who are asking where the money’s gone.

Mr Kanda has a ready reply to those who would hold him and the Prime Minister to account.

“1MDB today, through the actions of the government, is now the most investigated company in the country,” Mr Kanda told me in his first international television interview.

“Whatever happened in the past is being thoroughly reviewed and investigated”.
Restructuring expert

Even before this story broke in July, questions were being asked about the purpose and performance of 1MDB, which has changed auditors twice since 2009.

Malaysia already has a sovereign wealth fund, Khazanah, which makes investments for the country’s national development.

1MDB was set up in 2009 by Mr Najib, who chairs its advisory board and also serves as Malaysia’s finance minister, with similar ambitions.

The fund borrowed money to buy major real estate and power assets in the country and abroad, with the intention of developing them and turn them into profitable entities.

But it’s now in the process of selling off stakes in some of its prized energy assets in an attempt to raise cash and pay down some of its multi-billion dollar debt.

Mr Kanda stressed 1MDB’s financials will be fine.

“The value of assets outweigh value of debt,” he told me at their office in Kuala Lumpur. The value of assets can be proven given bids we’ve received”.

Mr Kanda told me that the company would start to see a profit sometime next year, after they’ve sold off some of their key assets.

But as one opposition party member said to me that any business that has to sell off their key assets to stay alive really doesn’t have much to show for itself.

Others in the financial circles have said they don’t expect to see 1MDB last beyond next year.

Economic woes

And then there’s the politics – never far away from the world of business in Malaysia’s intricately connected society.

Since the scandal broke, calls for the prime minister to step down have been growing from protestors, and even from the high profile former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who still holds a lot of influence in the country.
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Image caption A widespread protest in August by the ‘Bersih’ or ‘Clean’ movement called for Malaysia Prime Minister to step down

This scandal couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Malaysian economy. It’s been particularly hard hit by the global slowdown and collapse in commodity prices.

Making things worse, the Malaysian ringgit, has lost about 13% of its value this year, making it the worst performing currency in Asia.

Most Malaysians are used to the culture of cronyism and patronage amongst their public officials.

But any hint of mismanagement of public funds – at a time when they’re grappling with the soaring cost of living – is likely to lead even higher levels of resentment with their leaders.

With additional reporting by Leisha Chi

Image copyright AFP
Image caption Analysts were concerned that 1MDB’s multibillion dollar debt load could threaten Malaysia’s financial standing

For more on this story and video go to: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34409455

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The Editor Speaks: How could this happen? RCIPS cannot have watched “Dixon of Dock Green”.

Colin WilsonwebWhen a person or persons rob someone or a business and there are witnesses to it, notably the person who is robbed, an eyewitness report is taken. Then normally. and we see this on television cop shows all the time, formal identification procedures take place. These include an ID parade and a photo spread.

Normally. And as a very learned gentleman commented to me this procedure “goes back to Dixon of Dock Green”.

“Dixon of Dock Green” was a BBC television series that ran for nearly 20 years from 1955 that centred on a London police station in Dock Green. The emphasis was on petty crime and PC Dixon was mature and sympathetic police officer. ID photos and parades were a common feature of the series.

Therefore there is nothing new about ID parades and photos and as far as police work is concerned one might say it goes back as long as the age of time.

Ahem! Not apparently here in the normal procedures executed by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. Nor would it seem to be normal by the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions who without this normal ID procedure decided to go ahead with a prosecution.

The case that brought the omission of needing ID’s to light was held in the Cayman Islands Grand Court before Justice Charles Quin early this week. It was a robbery case and such was the seriousness of the crime it involved five specialist police units – the police helicopter, the k-9 unit, officers from the marine unit and regular patrol officers plus two ARMED support vans.

My word!

The heinous crime? A teenager was robbed of $4 during a street mugging perpetrated by two teens armed with a machete.

The victim revealed to the police when he reported the robbery that a group of four teens had walked past him but two of them turned back and perpetrated the crime. He gave descriptions of the boys to the police.

The police discovered four teens not far away from the robbery and when approached they all ran off. Two were caught.

The victim gave a fairly good description of the main robber but gave a completely different description of the clothes worn by the second robber to the one the police had apprehended.

Why on earth no ID parade or photos were taken on the same night of the robbery, nor ever, is quite frankly incredulous.

The judge, of course, had no other course other than to dismiss the case as there was no CRUCIAL eye-witness identification.

I hate to even estimate how much this $4 robbery has cost us. Of course the ordeal must have been very frightening to the young victim and that cannot be measured in money.

As soon as I can find a video copy of “Dixon of Dock Green” I would like to donate it to the RCIPS so they can look at it and maybe learn something.

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Maples and Calder announces recruitment of industry experts

thCayman Islands | 30 September 2015: Maples and Calder is pleased to announce the addition of two senior lawyers to its Cayman Islands office.

Morven McMillan will join Maples and Calder as partner and co-head of the Trusts practice in the Cayman Islands office, alongside Nigel Porteous. Morven is a leading name in the trusts and private client arena and her expertise includes both contentious and non-contentious trusts. Morven previously led the International Trusts & Private Client team at Mourant Ozannes in the Cayman Islands.

Tim Dawson will join Maples and Calder as a senior associate in the Regulatory & Financial Services group, headed by Martin Livingston. Tim also joins from Mourant Ozannes, where he led the firm’s Cayman Islands regulatory practice.

“The firm is delighted to welcome Morven and Tim,” said Henry Smith, Global Managing Partner of Maples and Calder. “Our trusts and regulatory teams are in high demand and the level of experience that Morven and Tim bring to their respective fields will help us reinforce our position as Cayman’s premier service provider in these areas.”

Morven and Tim will join the firm as soon as they are free to do so under their existing contractual arrangements and subject to work permit approvals from the Cayman Islands Immigration Department.

About Maples and Calder

Maples and Calder is a leading international law firm advising financial, institutional, business and private clients around the world on the laws of the Cayman Islands, Ireland and the British Virgin Islands. Maples and Calder has offices in the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dubai, Dublin, Hong Kong, London and Singapore.

With a reputation as an innovative, entrepreneurial firm, Maples and Calder is known worldwide as a market leader with highly qualified lawyers who are specialists in their respective practice areas.

About MaplesFS

MaplesFS, through its operating divisions Maples Fund Services and Maples Fiduciary, is an independent global provider of specialised fiduciary, accounting and administration services with offices in Boston, the Cayman Islands, Delaware, Dubai, Dublin, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Montreal, the Netherlands, New York, San Francisco and Singapore.

MaplesFS is led by a team of experienced professionals and is committed to providing a high level of service tailored to specific client requirements.

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Cayman Islands Freedom of Information Annual Statistics

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 12.31.10 PMAs part of the annual Right to Know Week events, the Information Commissioner’s Office has published the 2015 Annual Statistics Report on Freedom of Information. The Report is based on requests registered and tracked in the central FOI tracking system which is used by the majority of Information
Managers (IMs) across the Public Sector, and provides key statistics on the use of FOI from January 2009
– when the Law came into effect – to June 2015.

A few highlights from the 2015 Annual FOI Statistics:

•In 2014-15 702 requests were made, which is the highest number since 2009-2010 (which covered a period of 18 months);
•Once again, the Immigration Department had the highest number of requests (118);
•In 2014-15 only 50% of requests were answered within 30 calendar days, and the median response time was 31 days, up from 25 days in 2013-14;
•In 2014-15 the proportion of requests granted in full (i.e. in which the applicant receives full disclosure of the requested information) reached an all-time low of 39%.

The Acting Information Commissioner, Mr. Jan Liebaers, called the results disappointing, adding that, “these statistics clearly show that Government at large is heading in the wrong direction when it comes to applying the Freedom of Information Law. Applicants have to wait longer than ever before for a response, and are less likely to get what they asked for in full. Although many Government entities make genuine efforts to publish records proactively, this shows that the heralded “culture of openness” remains an aspiration, not a reality. Unfortunately, the trickle-down effects of not appointing an Information Commissioner and the Premier’s open criticism of the FOI Law are sending the wrong message to Government at large, and undermine the good work many Information Managers and other public servants are doing to make their Government more accountable and open as demanded in the



Right to Know Week 2015

Jan Liebaers MA CA LLM
Acting Information Commissioner

September 2015

Freedom of Information Annual Statistics

Right to Know Week 2015

Freedom of Information Statistics, RTKW 2015

The Freedom of Information Law (FOI Law) came into effect over six years ago, and this report provides part of the statistical background against which Freedom of Information (FOI) in the Cayman Islands can be assessed.

As intended, the FOI Law has resulted in greater governmental openness and transparency since its inception in January 2009. Across the Public Sector more information is being made available proactively or upon demand than before, and where necessary, the FOI Law continues to provide an important additional means of balancing the right to access with the legitimate need to withhold some records. In its balanced approach, the Law starts from an assumption of openness and creates a general right of access, but also restricts access for a number of specific, limited reasons consistent with the system of constitutional democracy in the Cayman Islands. Where access remains in dispute, requests can be internally reviewed and appealed to the Information Commissioner for a decision.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is an independent entity responsible for hearing, investigating and ruling on appeals under the Cayman Islands’ Freedom of Information Law (2015 Revision).

The ICO also promotes access rights to Government records and monitors compliance of the public authorities in upholding the FOI Law.

FOI requests are registered and tracked in a central tracking system which is used by the majority of information managers (IMs) in public authorities across the Public Sector. Thanks to the tracking system, and in accordance with the reporting requirements of the Information Commissioner in the Law itself, important statistics are known and the use of FOI can be tracked over time. This report contains such statistics for the period from January 2009 to the end of the last financial year 2014-15.

Unfortunately, it is necessary to point out the limitations of the tracking system, and therefore also of this annual statistical report. Data entry is not an exact science, and although many IMs diligently enter data for each request that is made, there are also a number of public authorities that do not have access to the tracking system. The use of the government FOI tracking system known as JADE is a requirement of the Freedom of Information (General) Regulations, 2008 (regulation 24). The ICO intends to investigate compliance with this provision in the coming financial year.

As a result, an estimated 20% of requests are not being logged into the system (and are not represented in this report). This means that, while the multi-year statistics do show actual trends, many of the precise figures relating to requests included in these tables and graphs are significantly lower than the actual numbers of requests processed by IMs. As well, because data on internal reviews and appeals are not entered systematically, it is likely that actual average response times (i.e. the time before an initial response is provided to an applicant) are slightly shorter than the ones reported in this report.

We hope that you will find this statistical report interesting and useful, and we encourage you to contact the ICO if you have any further questions.

JADE is maintained by the Cabinet Office, and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is grateful to the Cabinet Office for providing many of the raw data for this report.

All images and stats are part of the above Report.

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Channel Islands: Grant Thornton and Ogier successfully apply to the Courts for innovative pooling application in Huelin-Renouf liquidation

nigel-sanders-highres-460-x-250By James Qualtrough From Isle News

In a case which marked a significant step in developing cross-Bailiwick restructuring law, Ogier has acted for the joint liquidators of Huelin Renouf Shipping Limited and Huelin-Renouf (Guernsey) Limited.

The resulting decision regarding the liquidation of the Huelin-Renouf Group demonstrates the flexibility of the Guernsey insolvency regime in achieving the best outcome for all parties, and in particular creditors, says Ogier partner Mathew Newman.

He said: “This cross-border cooperation develops insolvency law in both jurisdictions for the better. It provides a just, fair, cost-effective and reasonable outcome for creditors of the two companies.”

Advocate Newman explained that the applications were brought by liquidators, Grant Thornton, who sought approval from the Courts of Guernsey and Jersey to pool the liquidations after attempts to rescue the Huelin Renouf Group, the cross-channel cargo shipper and haulier which served the ChanneI lslands for nearly 80 years, foundered in 2013. Pooling would mean the Jersey and Guernsey companies would be treated as one for the purpose of distributing a dividend to creditors.

He continued: “Pooling has been achieved between insolvent companies which are part of the same group on a handful of occasions worldwide, including the well-known BCCI liquidations in England, Luxembourg and the Cayman Islands in the 1990s. It has never been done before in Guernsey, let alone cross-border.

“The result demonstrates a fair outcome for the creditors of both islands. It highlights the collective approach of our clients and Ogier, and, given the fact the case was run conjointly in both islands, it shows the consistent approach of the islands’ respective Courts.”

Ogier partner Nigel Sanders, who represented the liquidators in the application in Jersey said: ”Pooling in the context of company liquidations has only ever been achieved in Jersey in the context of domestic companies but never cross-border. The decision in Huelin-Renouf was also the first time a company in a just and equitable winding up had been subject to a pooling order and demonstrates not only the willingness of the Channel Islands’ Courts to co-operate and work together, but also their flexibility when considering what is the fairest outcome for the parties with the true interest. The Courts were mindful of ensuring that local law applied to the claims of preferential creditors but overall the outcome represents a significant development in both islands’ insolvency law and practice.”

Alan Roberts of Grant Thornton, who with Jamie Toynton and Ben Rhodes acted as joint liquidator, added: “The affairs of the companies were well ordered but the practical effect of the way in which customers and suppliers did business with the Huelin Renouf group meant that the Royal Courts recognised that the companies’ business was effectively regarded as one enterprise to all intents and purposes by the outside world.

“This group liquidation sets a key precedent for cross Channel Island restructuring where an insolvent business operates in both Bailiwicks but is headquartered in one or other Island. Pooling applications to the Court necessarily have a high test to achieve and this was a clear case to show the fairness of treating both Bailiwicks equally.”

Commenting on the Guernsey aspect of the winding up, Jamie Toynton said that as a result of this Court ruling a dividend to creditors in Jersey and Guernsey is due to be paid before the end of the calendar year. The pooling order means that once the liquidators have concluded adjudication of claims, the employees will receive 100% of the priority element of their claims, which would not otherwise have been possible had the Guernsey company been treated separately from the Jersey company.

A reasoned judgment has been handed down in Guernsey; while the order in Jersey has been made a reasoned judgment is awaited.

IMAGE: Ogier

For more on this story go to: http://jersey.isle-news.com/archives/grant-thornton-and-ogier-successfully-apply-to-the-courts-for-innovative-pooling-application-in-huelin-renouf-liquidation/24553/

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