November 26, 2014

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The Editor Speaks: Cayman Islands to consider banning cigarette smoking?

Colin WilsonwebI can understand ministers becoming frustrated when measures are put into place to curb unhealthy habits and they have little or no effect.

I can understand how ministers want to take “drastic steps” to force people to curb their unhealthy habits.

BUT! You cannot and must not take away a person’s own right to make up his or her own mind, especially when the unhealthy act is not unlawful.

I am speaking about cigarette smoking.

Cayman Islands Minister for Health, Osbourne Bodden, has been reported as saying it may be time for Cayman Islands to consider the whole country to become a smoke free environment.

Wow!

I am not a smoker. I smoked for a short time for six months when I first started work as a teenager because it was the “thing” to do.

When fifty years ago in England there became a new ‘mood’ to stop smoking because of health problems I was one of the first to quit.

The dangers of second hand smoke came to the fore much later.

God is to the majority of believers, the ultimate authority. I think Minister Bodden will even agree with me on that. He gave us the right to make up our own minds. He showed us right from wrong.

You can show us, Minister, the terrible things we are doing to our body by smoking cigarettes/pipes/cigars. You can show us what our lungs look like from tobacco smoke inhalation. You can show us all the statistics of throat and lung cancer from smoking. You can put curbs on smoking by taxing tobacco to the high heavens.

You cannot and MUST not take away our right to do so.

If I want to take an axe and chop of my right arm that is my right. It is not your right to stop me. Owning an axe is not illegal.

And how on earth are you going to implement a ban on smoking here in the Cayman Islands when it is a major tourist destination.

Already the headline blazed across Cayman’s leading media house that Cayman is considering to take “bold steps” and there may come a time when smoking will be “completely banned”, has been taken up in the international press. A real dumb comment to have been made publicly if it has been correctly reported. The rest of the Caribbean islands must be rubbing their hands with glee.

And just supposing this smoking ban was implemented. How could it possibly be enforced? With the loss in tourism revenue, the loss in the tobacco tax revenue and the loss to our shopkeepers/bar owners and the like, the country would also have to fork out money on additional policing of such a policy.

It amazes me that when you have a product readily available for sale here in the Cayman Islands that has been banned in most civilized countries, is a killer with no antidote, and has already killed hundreds of animals in a most painful and agonizing way, can kill humans as it has already done to thousands and made even more very ill, you have made no comment on considering a ban on it.

I am talking of the pesticide Paraquat. The highly toxic weed killer that is still used here.

Please publicly announce to everyone that Paraquat is much more a danger to our health than smoking a cigarette – it takes hundreds of cigarettes to kill us over many years – but one swig from a bottle of this toxic product is all you need for an agonizing death. Then I will applaud you. And policing it will be very easy, too and the loss of revenue to our Islands’ budget will be minimal and will have no effect on tourism. And ALL of us will be a lot safer too.

Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd. announces the closing of US$50M private placement of senior unsecured notes

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, Nov. 25, 2014 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) — CARIBBEAN UTILITIES COMPANY, LTD. CLASS A ORDINARY SHARES ARE LISTED FOR TRADING IN UNITED STATES FUNDS ON THE TORONTO STOCK EXCHANGE.

Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd. (CUP.U) (“CUC” or “the Company”) announced today the closing of a US$50 million private placement consisting of US$30 million 3.65% Senior Unsecured Notes due November 25, 2029, US$5 million 3.85% Senior Unsecured Notes due November 25, 2034, and US$15 million 4.53% Senior Unsecured Notes due November 25, 2046.

The debt offering was privately placed with institutional investors in the United States with CIBC World Markets Corp. acting as sole placement agent. Proceeds from the offering will be used to finance the development of a 39.7 MW diesel power plant and other capital expenditures.

President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Richard Hew stated, “We are pleased to secure this financing on favourable terms, a reflection of the continued stability and strong credit ratings of the Company and the jurisdiction as a whole.”

Mr. Hew added that “Significant and ongoing capital investments are necessary for electric utilities and this funding will facilitate the completion of the largest generation expansion project to date undertaken by the Company. The expansion follows the selection of the Company by the Cayman Islands Electricity Regulatory Authority to provide additional generation capacity subsequent to an open and competitive bid process. CUC remains committed to providing a safe, efficient and reliable electricity service to Grand Cayman, as it has for over 48 years.”

The notes will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) as amended, nor will they be registered under any state securities laws. Unless so registered, the notes may not be offered or sold except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

CUC provides electricity to Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, under a non-exclusive Electricity Generation Licence expiring in 2039 and an exclusive Electricity Transmission and Distribution Licence expiring in 2028. Further information is available at www.cuc-cayman.com.

Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd. (“CUC” or “the Company”), on occasion, includes forward-looking statements in its media releases, Canadian securities regulatory authorities filings, shareholder reports and other communications. Forward-looking statements include statements that are predictive in nature, depend upon future events or conditions, or include words such as “expects”, “anticipates”, “plan”, “believes”, “estimates”, “intends”, “targets”, “projects”, “forecasts”, “schedule”, or negative versions thereof and other similar expressions, or future or conditional verbs such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “would” and “could”. Forward-looking statements are based on underlying assumptions and management’s beliefs, estimates and opinions, and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties surrounding future expectations generally that may cause actual results to vary from plans, targets and estimates. Such risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to operational, general economic, market and business conditions, regulatory developments and weather conditions. CUC cautions readers that actual results may vary significantly from those expected should certain risks or uncertainties materialize or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect. Forward-looking statements are provided for the purpose of providing information about management’s current expectations and plans relating to the future. Readers are cautioned that such information may not be appropriate for other purposes. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise except as required by law.

SOURCE Caribbean Utilities Company, Ltd.

Cayman Islands announce blood drive for the holidays

Screen Shot 2014-11-25 at 1.24.56 PMBlood Drive at HSA November 24 – December 24th

 

The Cayman Islands Hospital Blood Bank, with the support of the Cayman Blood Donor Service, is holding a blood drive today until December 24th.

 

The blood bank will be open:

 

Monday – Friday 7:00am – 6:30pm

 

Saturdays* 9:00am – 5:00pm

 

*Saturday November 29th 9am – 12noon in hospital atrium

 

Call 244-2674 to schedule an appointment or walk-ins available.

 

One pint of blood can save up to 3 lives!

 

Save a life this holiday! Help someone get well!

 

Please see attached flyer for more details

Blood Drive Nov_Dec 2014

Cayman Islands ‘T’anks a Lot’ dive rewards prize winner announced at DEMA

DEMAGrand Cayman, Cayman Islands (21 November 2014) Brian Bondy, the owner of Huron Scuba, Snorkel, Adventure Travel is this year’s winner of the T’anks A Lot Dive rewards program. The program is designed to incentivize dive centres for booking dive travel to the Cayman Islands. Brian won the use of a Porsche Cayman for one year. Brain’s name was randomly selected from this year’s T’anks A lot participants. Dive centres received one entry in the Grand Prize drawing for each person the centre sent to the Cayman Islands between November 1, 2013 and October 31, 2014.

IMAGE: (Caption) L-R – Brian Brondy, owner of Huron Scuba Snorkel Adventure Travel, Tom Ludington DOT US General Manager, Director of Tourism, Mrs, Rosa Harris.

To watch an interview with the Director, Rosa Harris go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG4bOrwdgiU

 

Town planning principles from centuries long past – Camana Bay, Cayman Islands

camana_jasminecourt camana_mainsign camana_paseo cayman_forumBy Natalie Dolce From Globe St.

CAYMAN ISLANDS—Members of the Dart family first visited Grand Cayman in the late 1980s, initially drawn to the island’s marine environment and natural assets. They also found it to have a sophisticated infrastructure due to its role as an offshore financial centre and were impressed by its diverse and talented workforce.

The home the family subsequently purchased was the West Indian Club, which came with the land that is now the core of Camana Bay. The Dart family felt the Camana Bay site held great potential to become a world class community development. Their vision was for a new town, open to all, providing a diverse and walkable mix of commercial, retail, resort, entertainment and residential opportunities.

That vision has come quite a long way since then, and GlobeSt.com flew to the Cayman Islands to see Dart Realty’s original properties, as well as just how far Camana Bay has come and what the future will bring.

As it stands now, Camana Bay is destination within a destination. It is a vibrant town located in the heart of Grand Cayman. Situated on 600 acres between Seven Mile Beach and the North Sound, this mixed-use, master-planned community is one of the first examples of new urbanism in the Caribbean.

Developed by Dart Realty (Cayman) Ltd. in collaboration with a team of other visionaries, Camana Bay offers a unique mix of thoughtfully designed residential, commercial and public spaces, world-class shopping and dining, plus family friendly entertainment, events and attractions.

“Imagine a town where vehicles are virtually unnecessary. Residents stroll or ride bicycles along tree-lined sidewalks and neighbors get to know each other on their front porches or at the nearby park. Men and women can walk to the office; children can walk to school, and families can walk to shops, restaurants, and entertainment.” Those are some of the characteristics of the term “new urbanism,” according to Dart Realty. And new urbanism is the architectural model for Camana Bay. “It’s a community that nurtures quality of life…it is is based on town planning principles from centuries long past.”

So, what’s next for Camana Bay?

The community will ultimately include single-family homes and condominiums, with a variety of floor plans.

Condominiums: Plans for future condominiums include 101 beautiful one-, two- and three-bedroom units. Keeping with the soft Caribbean theme, the design of the four condominium buildings will be white with grey shutters.

Single-family homes: Plans call for 31 townhomes and larger single-family homes. Square footage will range from 1,200 square feet to 6,500 square feet.

Marina Village: Future plans call for a marina village on the shores of the North Sound.

In 2013, construction began on 18 Forum Lane, an 85,000-square-foot retail and office building. As the fourth commercial office building, Camana Bay continues to expand its office portfolio.

As GlobeSt.com previously reported, in 2013, construction began on 18 Forum Lane, an 85,000-square-foot retail and office building. As the fourth commercial office building, Camana Bay continues to expand its office portfolio, which now comprises 94 Solaris Avenue, 69 Forum Lane, 89 Nexus Way and additional garden offices in The Town Center. Additional office space also will be developed to meet demand, the firm says.

Be sure to check back with www.GlobeSt.com over the next week for more coverage from Dart Realty, including an exclusive Q&A as well as further details of future plans.

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Camana Bay offers a unique mix of thoughtfully designed residential, commercial and public spaces, world-class shopping and dining, plus family friendly entertainment, events and attractions.

Residents stroll or ride bicycles along tree-lined sidewalks and neighbors get to know each other on their front porches or at the nearby park.

“It’s a community that nurtures quality of life,” says Dart Realty.

For more on this story go to: http://www.globest.com/news/12_993/international/development/Town-Planning-Principles-from-Centuries-Long-Past-352753.html

 

 

 

 

 

Cayman Islands Marine police announce dedicated vessel and team for Sister Islands

TyphoonOn Saturday 1st of November 2014, law enforcement agencies in the Sister Islands received a boost to their ability to deter criminal activity and improve safety and security through the extended presence of the Joint Marine Unit (JMU). From its base of operations in Cayman Brac, the unit’s primary purpose is to provide search and rescue, maritime security and border protection operations specifically for the sister Islands.

The Joint Marine Unit (Cayman Brac) detachment, or JMU-CYB as it has been designated, consists of one dedicated patrol vessel and a team of officers from the Immigration Department, HM Customs & Excise, the RCIPS and Department of Environment.

“We are aware that with limited maritime patrols the likelihood of drugs, guns and illegal persons being introduced into our community increases and the JMU-CYB detachment is an important part of our response to mitigate these risks and threats,” stated Insp. Ian Yearwood, commander of the JMU. “The particular vessel selected for this deployment is equipped to allow us to successfully operate in various scenarios, while ensuring both the safety of its operators and other persons who may be onboard.

The vessel which is called “Typhoon” can be launched from multiple locations on the Island and can operate within the confines of the reef, on open water at extended ranges, as well as in adverse conditions.

“The presence of the Joint Marine Unit will greatly enhance the border protection and search and rescue capabilities in the Sister Islands,” said Deputy Premier and Sister Islands representative Hon. Moses Kirkconnell. “The Joint Marine Unit will also provide invaluable assistance to the tourism sector which attracts numerous visitors, particularly divers, to our shores each year. Should an unfortunate incident arise at sea, having a professional unit available in the local area that can quickly and efficiently respond, makes a significant difference when timing is a factor. I commend the collaboration of officers from all of the respective law enforcement agencies and look forward to working with them for the benefit of our Sister Islands residents and visitors.”

Detective Superintendent Robert Scotland, and officer responsible for the Specialist Operations portfolio in which the JMU resides, stated that he was pleased to see a JMU presence in the Sister Islands. “I am confident that we will see positive results from having a presence there. One of the immediate benefits we have already seen is the improved working relationship between the officers from the Police, Customs, Immigration and Department of Environment who form the core JMU-CYB team. There is a lot of synergy here and the team is coming together very nicely.”

The RCIPS wishes to thank the Ministries of District Administration and Home Affairs, District Commissioner Ernie Scott and his team and all of the other persons who worked behind the scenes to establish the unit and make this project a reality.

IMAGE: (supplied) Typhoon

 

Developers for multi-million town centre/golf course in Cayman Islands announce confirmation of East-West Arterial Financing

road-image1GEORGE TOWN, Grand Cayman, 14 November 2014:

East-West Arterial Financing Confirmed. Ironwood Mobilises

Ironwood developers announce the appointment of a contracting partner and confirmed that financing is in place for the public-private-partnership with the Cayman Islands Government for the US$60 million, 10-mile East-West Arterial.

Joe Beaird, Chief Operating Officer of GLF, visited Grand Cayman this week to finalize construction contracts which will enable the start of the road construction as early as December 2014. Mr. Beaird, together with the Ironwood developers, met with Government Officials and visited the road site.

Ironwood spokesperson Denise Gower said, “Ironwood Development Group shares the optimism the Premier has recently expressed that this public-private-partnership will be completed before the end of the year and looks forward to the completion of this infrastructure project that will literally pave the way for the future of the Cayman Islands”.

Ironwood Retail Street(1)GLF Construction Corporation’s excellent business pedigree and track record led to their appointment as the managing contractor for the road construction. They have a proven track record of successfully undertaking large international engineering and construction projects in both the private and government sectors, together with vast experience in the port construction arena. Their financial stability, bond ability and international experience enables them to oversee this venture where they will be employing local contractors to carry out the construction works.

GLF, a subsidiary of Grandi Lavori Fincosit SPA in Rome, Italy, regularly undertakes projects around the world, including US, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean. Most recently, GLF led the design and construction of new port facilities at New Port and Galeota in Trinidad, the construction of major roadways in southern Florida and the North Wharf of public facilities of the Port of Port–au-Prince, Haiti.

CTL Capital, LLC, a New York based finance provider, will provide the construction and permanent financing to Ironwood subsequent to the execution of the Licensing Agreement by the Cayman Islands Government.

Since its formation in 1998, CTL has completed over US$16 billion of financing for properties and projects across the United States, UK, Guam, Puerto Rico, Switzerland and Australia. CTL is currently involved in projects in Tobago, Belize and the US Virgin Islands.

For more information on Ironwood, visit our website at www.ironwood.ky. Ironwood is a US$360 million Town Centre, Arnold Palmer Championship Golf Course, residential and commercial center slated for development in the Eastern Districts.

 

O2 Secure Wireless, Inc. announces the expansion of the OTOW Network In Latin America and the Caribbean

logoWith the pending closing of the acquisition of Technologies Argus First de Mexico O2 Secure Wireless takes the next step in global telecom tapping into a $201 Billion Market

ST AUGUSTINE, Fla., Nov. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — O2 Secure Wireless, Inc. (otc pink:OTOW), is pleased to announce its immediate plans to expand the OTOW Network in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). With the acquisition of Technologies Argus First de Mexico, O2 Secure Wireless, Inc. puts its footprint in the fastest growing telecommunications region. With Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) being a region that includes some of the world’s most important emerging markets, 2014 telecom service spending is forecasted to end the year at $201 billion.

“This is a step we have been working on for the last three years and it seems all of the cards are finally in place to expand in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our Latin America partners B&G Logistics S.A de C.V. and BHTV will provide set top boxes and delivery of HD content. I know the shareholders have been very patient with us as we grow this company and have made many acquisitions, acquired telecommunications licenses in various countries and have entered into various partnerships to strategically place this company where it is now. Looking at how long it took Metro PCS Communications to get off the ground, being formed in 1994 and the steps they took to make it a success they were ultimately taken over by T-Mobile US in 2013. This is a company that I have been molding our company after and look to far exceed their success. I feel we are on a fast track to follow their footsteps,” said the CEO of O2 Secure Wireless, Inc. Val Kazia.

Like the rest of the world, LAC is turning increasingly towards mobile solutions and away from the traditional telephone. In fact, the region is well ahead of the world average, having reached an estimated 115% mobile penetration at end-2013 against a global rate of around 96%. The mobile penetration rate of LAC is projected to reach 126 percent in 2015 and the number of mobile connections is projected to amount to 781 million in 2015 (re; Statistica). By the end of 2014, there will be almost 1 billion Internet users coming from LAC, and that the number of telecommunications and mobile-broadband subscriptions will reach 2.3 billion globally. Fifty-five per cent of these subscriptions are expected to be in the developing world and LAC. This corresponds to an Internet-user penetration of 40% globally, 78% in developed countries with over 50% of this in LAC and 32% in developing countries. More than 90% of the people who are not yet using the Internet are from the developing world. In the Americas, close to two out of three people will be using the Internet by end 2014, the second highest penetration rate after Europe. (2014 ICT statistics).

About O2 Secure Wireless Inc.

O2 Secure Wireless is a Company that is currently developing numerous wireless tower facilities in the U.S. The Company is also instrumental in the development of wireless broadband communication services domestically and in Latin America and the Caribbean. Under a merger with Earthcom Service Inc., the Company is currently being structured to provide affordable flat rate pre-paid wireless services in developing countries internationally and expanding into Latin America and the Caribbean with the acquisition of Technologies Argus First de Mexico

Safe Harbor Act: This release may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. “Forward-looking statements” describe future expectations, plans, results, or strategies and are generally preceded by words such as “may,” “future,” “plan” or “planned,” “will” or “should,” “expected,” “anticipates,” “draft,” “eventually” or “projected.” You are cautioned that such statements are subject to a multitude of risks and uncertainties that could cause future circumstances, events, or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements, including the risks that actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, and other risks identified in a company’s annual report.

For more information visit our website: http://www.o2securewireless.com or info@o2securewireless.com

SOURCE O2 Secure Wireless, Inc.

Missing Juvenile Roseanna Redden – UPDATE: Returned safely

From RCIPS Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 9:15 AM

UPDATE: Miss Roseanna Redden turned herself in to the Bodden Town Police Station yesterday and was returned safely to the Francis Bodden Girls Home.
From RCIPS Sun, Nov 16, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Missing Juvenile Roseanna Redden

Efforts are currently underway to locate Roseanna Redden of the Francis Bodden Girls Home.

She was last seen at the Pirates Week Teen dance in Georgetown on Saturday 15th November 2014 around 10 pm.

Ms. Redden who is 13 years old was last seen wearing a pink top, long blue jeans, a pony tail hair style and Gold earrings.

She is about 5’ 7” – 5’ 8” in height, slim built with a dark complexion.

Anyone with information regarding the location of Roseanna Redden  is urged to contact the Bodden Town Police Station at 9472220

World Health Organization mistakenly forwards email to BuzzFeed saying ‘BuzzFeed is banned’

WHO-DirBy Brian Ries From Mashable

BuzzFeed, it seems, is on the World Health Organization’s blacklist.

The New York news organization found out the hard way on Wednesday when a WHO staffer mistakenly included a BuzzFeed reporter on an internal email.

The reporter, Tasneem Nashrulla, sent an email on Tuesday to WHO Communications Officer Laura Bellinger asking why she hadn’t been added to the health organization’s Ebola situation report distribution list.

The self-described “journalism lover, media friend” forwarded the reporter’s email to her colleagues, adding, “Fyi — I did not respond.”

In a second e-mail, the WHO staffer writes, “My understanding is that BuzzFeed is banned.”

An hour later, a second WHO communications staffer jumps in to the thread to tell the BuzzFeed reporter — still cc’d on the emails — why her media organization is blacklisted from covering Ebola.

Explaining that Bellinger is “new to the team,” WHO’s Tarik Jasarevic says the problem is not with BuzzFeed, per se, but its reporter, Jina Moore, “who on two occasions reported inaccurately.”

Moore is BuzzFeed’s Nairobi-based global women’s rights reporter who’s reported extensively on the virus’s deadly grip on the African continent.

“[Moore] has done some of the most incredible reporting on Ebola, the fact that WHO doesn’t like it is no reason not to talk to us,” BuzzFeed editor Miriam Elder said on Twitter, defending the reporter. “You’d think that getting the word out about Ebola would be a priority for the WHO press office,” she added.

BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith added on Twitter: “When you’re trying to secretly blacklist a great reporter, maybe don’t cc her colleague by accident.”

Reached over e-mail on Friday, Nov. 14, Christy Feig, Director of Communications at the WHO told Mashable that while BuzzFeed, the organization, is not banned, the WHO does temporarily blacklist media outlets that break the health organization’s embargoes.

“The only time an organization gets banned from receiving our information is if they break an embargo,” she says. “Then they are dropped from the list for three months. But BuzzFeed has never broken an embargo, so if they signed up for our distribution list (the reporter signs up then they are automatically in) they should be receiving our information.” She followed that up with a screenshot showing the names of seven BuzzFeed journalists who are on the WHO’s list — including Moore, who was added on August 6th. Feig did not respond to a question seeking clarification about her colleague’s statement that Moore was blacklisted.

BuzzFeed’s Smith, reached over email, simply stated: “I think we’ve said our piece.”

There have been more than 14,000 reported cases of Ebola, with 5,160 reported deaths, according to WHO’s latest situational report, issued Nov. 12.

IMAGE:World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Margaret Chan delivers a speech regarding the ebola virus which has caused the death of more than 2400 people so far in West Africa during a conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on September 12, 2014.IMAGE: FATIH EREL/ANADOLU AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES

For more on this story go to: http://mashable.com/2014/11/13/who-buzzfeed-ban/?utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_medium=feed&utm_source=feedburner&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher