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Chancery Bar Placement scheme announcement – Invitation for applications from Cayman Islands

Quentin_Massys_-_Portrait_of_a_Man_-_National_Gallery_of_ScotlandThe Caymanian Bar Association, Cayman Islands Law Society and the Chancery Bar Association in England and Wales are pleased to announce the launch of the Cayman Trainee Placement Scheme for 2014.

The Scheme is available to Caymanian articled clerks seeking a 12 week placement in a participating Chancery Chambers in England and Wales. The placement will commence before 31st December 2015.

Applications should be submitted to the Chancery Chambers by email at admin@chba.org.uk. The application deadline is 5pm (GMT) on Monday, 17 November 2014.

See following for more details:

Cayman Trainee Placement Scheme: 2014

Student applications for places commencing before 31 December 2015

The Chancery Bar Association, the Cayman Islands Law Society and the Caymanian Bar Association are pleased to announce that applications by Caymanian articled clerks for placements in Chancery Chambers in England and Wales commencing before 31 December 2015, will open to students on Monday 27 October 2014.

The Chambers who are members of the Scheme are set out below:

11 Stone Buildings

20 Essex Street

3 Stone Buildings

4 Stone Buildings

5 Stone Buildings

Erskine Chambers

Four New Square

Maitland Chambers

New Square Chambers

No 5 Chambers

Quadrant Chambers

Radcliffe Chambers

Selborne Chambers

Serle Court

Ten Old Square

Thirteen Old Square

XXIV Old Buildings

The placements are governed by the terms of the Framework Agreement entered into by the above Associations and Society in May 2014.   Student’s attention is particularly drawn to paragraphs to 10 to 23 (inclusive).

Cayman articled clerks may apply to up to 3 sets of chambers for a 12 week placement. Each application should be completed on a separate form and all forms returned, completed and scanned, by e-mail to admin@chba.org.uk. Forms must be received by 5pm (GMT) on Monday 17 November. The Form that is used should be that to be found on the website (www.chba.org.uk) and can be found by clicking here.

Applicants are also asked to complete and send in with their application(s) a Diversity Monitoring Form though this is not compulsory.

Offers by Chambers will be made by 5pm (GMT) on 1 December 2014 and must remain open for acceptance until 5pm (GMT) on 8 December 2014.

Acceptances must be notified to Chambers and the ChBA by 5pm (GMT) on 8 December 2014.

If necessary, a clearing process will then operate to try to match any unsuccessful applicants with Chambers.

Any acceptances under the Scheme will be subject to the agreement of the ChBA and the Legal Advisory Council of the Cayman Islands.

Anticipated Timetable (subject to change)

27 October 2014                              Applications (maximum 3) open

17 November 2014 5pm (GMT)    Applications close

01 December 2014  5pm (GMT)    Last date for offers from Chambers (which must remain open for acceptance until 5pm (GMT) on 8 December 2014).

08 December 2014  5pm (GMT)    Last time for acceptance of offers (to be notified to Chambers and the ChBA).

Please note that the application process is subject to the oversight of the Legal Advisory Council of the Cayman Islands.


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Cayman Islands celebrates Seventh Annual Cayman Cookout with host Chef Eric Ripert and Friends

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 9.33.57 AMTickets now on sale for the Caribbean’s premier culinary event in January 2015

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, October 22, 2014 – Tickets are now on sale for the highly anticipated Cayman Cookout hosted by Chef Eric Ripert from January 15-18, 2015 in the Cayman Islands. The seventh annual event, hosted by the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, and Food & Wine Magazine, will celebrate the Cayman Islands’ dynamic food scene with some of the world’s most talented chefs. To purchase tickets or select packages, please visit the event website.

This year, Cookout veterans Anthony Bourdain, José Andrés and Daniel Boulud will be joined by newcomers Michael White, Marcus Samuelsson, Norman Love, Sven Elverfeld and Sean Brock, as well as international talent Lynn Crawford (Canada), and Adam Handling (United Kingdom). Food & Wine executive editor Ray Isle will share his finest wine pairings beachside, while renowned mixologist Charles Joly will entertain guests with his exceptional handcrafted cocktails.

Those in attendance can expect four days of matchless culinary demonstrations, talks and teachings from global experts, all set in the intimate Caribbean atmosphere of the Cayman Islands. Celebrate the “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean” with Chef José Andrés from his roaring paella fire; delight in what is sure to be an unforgettable presentation of local flavours and culinary influences at “The Rundown” with Chef Anthony Bourdain; learn from Chef Lynn Crawford how to elevate the brunch experience; or attend an elegant lunch prepared by Chef Adam Handling with Her Excellency The Governor Ms. Helen Kirkpatrick. Other memorable events include a tell-all session with Chefs Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain, a lively “Beach Bash” held at Rum Point and the famous “Barefoot Barbecue” party, where chefs and guests mingle and dine under the stars at Tiki Beach.

“Cookout is one of our favourite events of the year,” said Deputy Premier, and Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Moses Kirkconnell. “This incredible food festival highlights our rich tradition of food with all manner of vibrant celebrations and gives guests a truly extraordinary experience. We are thrilled that the guests, sponsors and chefs continue to bring this spectacular event to Cayman year after year.”

“There couldn’t be a better setting than the Cayman Islands for this memorable celebration of culinary arts,” adds Director of Tourism, Rosa Harris. “The entire Caymanian community comes together to welcome these renowned chefs and guests to our shores and we are excited to do so once again this January.”

To purchase tickets or book a trip, visit www.caymancookout.com, or to plan your trip before Cayman Cookout, visit us at www.caymanislands.ky. Join the Cayman Cookout conversation on Twitter at @CaymanCookout and @Cayman_Islands and use #CaymanEats.

Frequently referred to as “the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean,” the three Cayman Islands offer world-class hotels and elegant resorts, luxury condominiums and secluded villas, all with unsurpassed service, and an eclectic array of fine food options. With more than 150 restaurants, unwinding with a good meal in the Cayman Islands can include chic five-star dining as well as a more casual venue under the stars. From traditional Caymanian seafood, to Caribbean and Thai, Italian or New World, discerning diners are sure to find something to fit their taste.

Located 480 miles south of Miami in the vibrant tranquillity of western Caribbean, this trio of tiny islands is a premier destination for discriminating travellers, honeymooners and families. World renowned for its idyllic beaches and diving spots, and recognized as a sophisticated, diverse financial centre, the Cayman Islands offer spectacular recreational opportunities along with warm, impeccable service. To learn more about the Cayman Islands, visit www.caymanislands.ky or www.divecayman.ky or call your local travel agent.

The Cayman Culinary Society’s 24th Annual Salon Culinare is on its way – Eat, Drink and Enjoy!

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 2.02.23 PMThe Cayman Culinary Society (CCS) will hold its most anticipated food event, the annual Salon Culinare on October21st, 22nd and 23rd. The competition will be a two-day event hosted by the Ritz Carlton on the 21st and 22nd showcasing remarkable talent in the local culinary industry. The spectacular event will end with a grand celebration on the 23rd, the Out of the Kitchen Gala Dinner. The gala dinner, known for the award winning chefs from all over the island coming out of the kitchen and to each table to cook – as the name suggests – treats each guest to a unique experience.

On the 22nd of October, attendees enjoy an industry specific Trade Show open to the public at no charge. There will also be a bartending competition, ice carving competition and the Chef of the Year cook off. “It’s a non-stop day, full of activities and competitions. It is a great day for the chefs in Cayman to show their talents regardless of where they come from or how long they have been in the business,” explains Chef Vidyadhara Shetty, President of the Cayman Culinary Society. The following evening will feature Out of the Kitchen’s Annual Cayman Culinary Society Awards Gala. The Gala includes tableside cooking featuring exquisite dishes for “foodies” and an awards ceremony on the 23rd of October with tickets available for purchase from the Ritz Carlton for only $145 per person.

In its 24th year of the Cayman’s Culinary Showcase, The Cayman Culinary Society has been organising these competitions so that all the chefs on island can put forth their international culinary talents, thereby helping the tourism industry on the island. International guest judges from the American Culinary Federation and Johnson and Wales will be overseeing the event along with local experts.

This is an event that has grown in popularity from year to year and is always well supported by the local community. With so much on show, it is a great way for the public to see all those who usually work behind the scenes and are such a big part of the Cayman Culinary scene.

“Cayman’s Culinary Showcase is a great opportunity for guests to see the true art of food. The Culinary Showcase is not just about eating — it’s about the complete taste experience. We want our guests to feel and enjoy that,” said Chef Shetty.

To purchase tickets for Out of the Kitchen’s Annual Cayman Culinary Society Awards Gala, contact the Ritz Carlton at (345)943-9000.Tables are selling out fast, however, while seats last you can select your seat of preference.

About the Cayman Culinary Society

Formed in 1989, the Cayman Culinary Society (CCS) is an organisation of professional Chefs and Food & Beverage personnel whose aim is to promote the Cayman Islands Food & Beverage Industry. The Cayman Culinary Society hosts several fund raising dinners each year as well as organising training seminars for local chefs and sending member chefs overseas to perform at trade shows and media events.

The society is also active in the field of education, through lectures and demonstrations at local schools and at the University College of the Cayman Islands.

For more information on the Cayman Culinary Society or on how to become a member of the Cayman Culinary Society, visit the Cayman Culinary Society website at www.caymanculinarysociety.com



Banning West Indian players in IPL can affect the ‘Brand value’ of the event – Will BCCI take this gamble?

Sunrisers-Hyderabad-batsman-Chris-Gayle-during-46th-match-of-IPL-2014-between-Sunrisers-Hyderabad-and-RoyalBy Sandipan Banerjee From The County Cricket

The sudden cancellation of the ongoing India tour by the West Indian players has triggered a lot of controversies. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is thinking about withdrawing all relations with The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Some reports even suggested that Indian board might ban the Caribbean cricketers in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL). Sandipan Banerjee digs deep and finds out the possibility of this ban before the IPL Governing council meeting on October 21.

“Love it. Hate it. But you cannot ignore it.” -This much-used adage is tailor-made for the lucrative IPL. Since its commencement in 2008 IPL has managed to court success, controversy and cynicism in equal measure. But what it has always managed is to stay top-of-the-mind. IPL is not just a cricket tournament now; it has become a brand — a brand that has put Indian cricket at the top of cricketing world.

To build this brand, the West Indian cricketers had contributed a lot. Whenever people think of IPL, it reminds them of the gigantic sixes of ‘CG’ (Chris Gayle), the mystique of Sunil Narine, the calypso jigs of Dwayne Bravo, the acrobatic fielding of Kieron Pollard, the controlled aggression of Dwayne Smith, or the ubiquitous resilience of Darren Sammy. IPL, as they call, is, “Cricketainment”, and Caribbean cricketers provide tremendous value for almost every franchise as well as the tournament as a whole.

Additionally, West Indian cricketers have often been faces of different franchises when it comes to promotion. Gayle, for example, is the undisputed face of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at this moment despite the presence of giants like AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. Will Vijay Maliya accept a sudden ban on his most influential and most productive cricketer? And while we talk of Gayle, what about other champions like Pollard, Narine, and Bravo, who have carved out respective niches in IPL when it comes to representing teams? Their ‘Brand Values’ are undeniably high; sponsors invest on these stars, which, in turn, bring revenue for the franchises and the tournament as a whole.

It will not be easy for BCCI to proceed on this sensitive issue without consulting the franchises. Having said that, , keeping the rigid nature of BCCI in mind, there is a possibility that they will still go ahead with the decision, in which case there may be a showdown between them and franchises.

According to some sources the IPL career of the Caribbean cricketers are already secured. West Indies were firm when it came to not take field in the fourth One-day International (ODI) at Dharamsala, but a few top WICB members convinced the players to play the match which in turn will secure their IPL future.

The fate of the players will be decided in the IPL governing council meeting in Hyderabad on October 21, but looking from outside it can be said risking the IPL brand value by banning the Calypso charmers will be a big gamble by BCCI. Will they take this gamble? Highly unlikely.

(Sandipan Banerjee is a reporter at CricketCountry. Cricket has been the biggest passion for him since his childhood. So, when it came to choosing his career, he chose to turn his passion into his profession. Apart from cricket he likes mountain trekking, river rafting, and photography. His twitter handle is @im_sandipan)

IMAGE: Chris Gayle’s power-hitting in the IPL has been appreciated by fans © IANS

For more on this story go to: http://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/banning-west-indian-players-in-ipl-can-affect-the-brand-value-of-the-event-will-bcci-take-this-gamble-200799

See iNews Cayman related story published October 19 2014 “West Indies cricket tour India discontinued! / India sends $74M damages bill” at: http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/west-indies-cricket-tour-india-discontinued-india-sends-74m-damages-bill/


Nepal: Annapurna Circuit snow and avalanche deaths reach 28

_78291345_dad2c902-1749-4358-ade4-ae91466f42e1From BBC

Many survivors are suffering from hyperthermia and frostbite

At least 28 people have died on a key Nepali hiking route, officials say, after blizzards struck at the height of the Himalayan climbing season.

There are fears the final toll will be higher. Nine bodies were found on Thursday and about 220 people have been rescued, but many are still missing.

Nepalese, Israeli, Canadian, Indian, Slovak and Polish trekkers are among those killed.

Severe rain and snow in Nepal appear linked to a recent cyclone in India.

Tuesday’s exceptional weather was said to be part of the remnants of Cyclone Hudhud.

Most of the deaths happened when a blizzard hit a point on the Annapurna Circuit, a well-known trekking route in central Nepal.

_78291343_c93965c6-06f2-4c96-bfe7-7c0e0328d3c7Rescue team members carry a victim of an avalanche before they airlift the body from Thorong La pass area in Nepal, 16 October 2014 Rescuers will resume their search on Friday, with many trekkers still unaccounted for

The bad weather hit a resting place 4,500m (14,800ft) above sea level, not far below the circuit’s highest point, the Thorung La pass.

October is a popular trekking season and there were likely to have been many climbers on the passes.

Home Ministry officials said more people could have been saved and rescued if there had been an early warning against the snow storm, the BBC’s Navin Singh Khadka in Kathmandu reports.

Two military helicopters were sent from the capital Kathmandu to assist the rescue operation on Wednesday and nine people were rescued overnight.

Rescue team members carry a victim of an avalanche before they airlift the body from Thorong La pass area in Nepal, 16 October 2014 The blizzards and avalanches struck the area during the hiking season

Many more were rescued in Thursday’s search, with both private and military helicopters deployed.

Rescue operations were called off for the day when darkness fell on Thursday evening, but will resume again on Friday.

One survivor told BBC Nepali of the horror of seeing corpses on the journey back after the blizzard struck. He said he saw people falling into deep crevasses, unable to get out.

Another survivor, Linor Kajan, described her fear as she was caught in an avalanche.

Israeli trekker Linor Kajan explains how she lost her group and was dragged to safety

“Personally I was sure I was going to die… I was stuck in snow.”

_78229730_nepalmustang4641014She said she was unable to move until a Nepalese guide saw her and dragged her through the snow to safety.

High season

This has been a deadly year for Nepal’s trekking and mountaineering industry, which brings in huge revenues to Nepal, one of the world’s poorest countries.

An avalanche on Mount Everest in April killed 16 Sherpa guides and resulted in a massive reduction of expeditions to the world’s highest peak.

The latest disaster comes during the peak trekking period. Thousands of tourists head to Nepal in October, many to enjoy its high altitude mountain passes and pristine beauty. But this freak heavy snowfall caught the trekkers off guard.

Nepal’s high peaks attract some of the world’s best climbers – but trekking is generally safe and appeals to masses of ordinary outdoor enthusiasts.

For more on this story and video go to: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29640241



Fatal Collision Savannah UPDATE:

Fatal Collision update

From RCIPS Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Approximately 6:30am Thursday 16th October 2014, RCIPS received a report of a serious motor vehicle collision along the Shamrock Road, west of the Savannah Primary School.

The collision involved a motor cycle, ridden by 23 year old Seion Brown of Windsor Park, George Town, the rider travelling, west on Shamrock Road lost control of the motor cycle in a left hand bend in the vicinity of Buddy’s Way, fell and collided with a sign post. He was later pronounced dead at the George Town Hospital.

The circumstances surrounding this fatality is being investigated by officers from the Bodden Town Police Station and anyone who may have witnessed the collision are asked to contact constable Eunel Gilzean of the BTPS at 947 2220.

RCIPS expresses condolences to the family.

Related story:

Road now open – Serious motor vehicular accident in Savannah. Motorist to avoid area

From RCIPS Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Police have now reopened the Shamrock Rd., Savannah where the accident occurred this morning. There may still be some delays as traffic clears. A further update will follow.

Original PR

From RCIPS Thu, Oct 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Police and other Emergency Services are on the scene of a serious MVA in Savannah.

Motorists are asked to travel through East-West Arterial until the scene has been released.

All the world’s an island: Correspondent Carol-Ann covers the Globe with only a back pack Part 7



By Carol-Ann Rudy

The Treasures and Pleasures of Antwerp and Bruges

On the train from Switzerland through Germany overnight, I woke up to find myself traveling briefly through The Netherlands. Couldn’t see much from the train of the fabled windmills and nothing of the charming towns, villages, and canals—will save that for another trip, another time. I finally arrived mid-morning in Antwerp and a happy reunion with Patricia, my sister’s best friend in high school. I would have recognized her anywhere in spite of the years and events between. Welcoming me into her large, well-decorated flat, I thoroughly enjoyed a trip through time looking through photo albums with her. She had a wonderful career as a ballet dancer both in Canada and Belgium, traveling throughout the world, had a family, and continues to this day to teach.

C at Rubens House in Antwerp

C at Rubens House in Antwerp

The next morning we were up early and on our way to the home of Peter Paul Rubens, the Rubens House Museum or Rubenshuis in Flemish. Seeing how an upper middle class successful artist lived in his time was enlightening. He was an avid art collector as well as a favored European artist, and his home and garden reflected his status.

Bruges cathedral

Bruges cathedral

The following day we left for Bruges and its art treasures, first by bus then train. I was impressed with the speed and cleanliness of the trains and the friendliness of the Flemish people. Once in Bruges, we took a bus to the vicinity of one of the great cathedrals. From there, we walked—and walked—and walked. We sampled Belgian chocolate, looked over samples of hand-made lace, and enjoyed the cool atmosphere of several cathedrals. In my entire trip I took over a thousand photos and took plenty here.

Bruges Madonna and Child by Michelango Student photo

Bruges Madonna and Child by Michelango Student photo

We sampled local food at a lovely outdoor restaurant. On our way to a museum, we came across an organ-grinder playing for a crowd. I thoroughly enjoyed singing for him and the kiss he planted on my cheek!

Painting circa 1945 Bridge in Bruges by C Leegenhoek

Painting circa 1945 Bridge in Bruges by C Leegenhoek

However, the highlight of my trip to Bruges was a very personal one: my father was in Bruges in World War II. While there, he bought a lovely painting of a particular bridge. It was my quest to find that bridge, and photograph myself in front of it. Remarkably, we found it—and so did a number of other tourists! But I have my photo. The day was growing long; we returned to Antwerp and sleep.

C at the bridge from family painting

C at the bridge from family painting

The next day was the day to focus again on Antwerp. Brilliant blue sky. Many more cobblestone streets. Great architecture, art, and museums. Beautiful outdoor markets. In retrospect, it was like stepping off the edge of the world and into another. It was with much regret that I left the next day for Frankfurt.

The Organ Grinders Kiss

The Organ Grinders Kiss

In the 17th, 18th, and 19th century, it was “de rigeur” for those of the upper class in Britain to take what came to be called The Grand Tour. This was my Grand Tour throughout Europe, following in the footsteps of those hardy souls. For them, it was ostensibly to study the antiquities and the arts, not unlike myself. Unlike some

Busy Canal in Bruges

Busy Canal in Bruges

of them, it wasn’t an excuse or an opportunity to get soused—just the joy of sipping the occasional glass of wine,with strangers and friends.

Antwerp plaza from 2nd floor of museum

Antwerp plaza from 2nd floor of museum

Now, the last leg of my journey was beckoning.

Antwerp flower market

Antwerp flower market







NEXT: Frankfurt, Friedberg, and Flying Home!

IMAGES: (Carol-Ann Rudy)

The Treasures and Pleasures of Antwerp and Bruges


PHOTO 2 C at Rubens House in Antwerp

PHOTO 3 Bruges cathdral 3

PHOTO 4 Bruges Madonna and Child by Michelangelo student photo

PHOTO 5 Painting circa 1944 Bridge in Bruges

PHOTO 6 The Bridge in Bruges from our family painting 2

PHOTO 7 C at the bridge from family painting 3

PHOTO 8 The Organ Grinders Kiss

PHOTO 9 Busy Canal in Bruges 2

PHOTO 10 Antwerp plaza from 2nd floor of museum 5

PHOTO 11 Antwerp Flower Market

PHOTO 12 View from Museum aan de Stroom in Antwerp

To read the first part of Carol-Ann’s story of how she covers the globe with only a backpack published in iNews Cayman on August 11 2014 go to: http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/all-the-worlds-an-island-correspondent-carol-ann-covers-the-globe-with-only-a-back-pack/

To read the second part of Carol-Ann’s story of how she covers the globe with only a backpack published in iNews Cayman on August 18 2014 go to: http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/all-the-worlds-an-island-correspondent-carol-ann-covers-the-globe-with-only-a-back-pack-part-two/

To read the third part of Carol-Ann’s story of how she covers the globe with only a backpack published in iNews Cayman on August 26 2014 go to: http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/all-the-worlds-an-island-correspondent-carol-ann-covers-the-globe-with-only-a-back-pack-part-three/

To read the fourth part of Carol-Ann’s story of how she covers the globe with only a backpack published in iNews Cayman on September 8 2014 go to: http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/all-the-worlds-an-island-correspondent-carol-ann-covers-the-globe-with-only-a-back-pack-part-four/

To read the fifth part of Carol-Ann’s story of how she covers the globe with only a backpack published in iNews Cayman September 22 2014 go to: http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/all-the-worlds-an-island-correspondent-carol-ann-covers-the-globe-with-only-a-back-pack-part-five/

To read the sixth part of Carol-Ann’s story of how she covers the globe with only a backpack published in iNews Cayman October 5 2014 go to: http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/all-the-worlds-an-island-correspondent-carol-ann-covers-the-globe-with-only-a-back-pack-part-6/



McCallum swims to victory in annual CUC 800M

CIASABy Kathy Jackson From CIASA

Competition in the 26th Annual CUC 800m Sea Swim saw Stingray’s Iain McCallum and CBAC Coach Chris Dart in a stroke for stroke swim all the way to end, with McCallum edging Dart out to take first in 9.56 minutes, just .03 ahead of Dart’s 9.59 time. Eddie Weber came in third in 10.09 and first female to finish was Ella Plunkett in a time of 11.23. “The CUC Sea Swim has been a favourite fixture on the CIASA open water calendar for the past 26 years, and the swimming community is grateful for CUC’s commitment to the ongoing growth and development of the sport,” said Michael Lockwood, CIASA President.

Taking place on Saturday, October 11th, conditions were beautiful – even if a little on the hot side for spectators. 128 swimmers started the swim (127 finished) and spectators walking the beach really got in to the spirit of the swim with loud cheering from the beach – urging on swimmers to make the most of the conditions and sprint to the finish.

While all the swimmers deserve congratulations for competing, special mention must be made of the two athletes who competed in the 60+ Age Group – Barb Peterston and Frankie Flowers – showing once again that the sport of swimming is one which athletes can take part in for many, many years.

Handing out awards at the end of the swim was CUC’s Richard Hew, ably assisted by daughter Lauren; and Sophia and Isabela Watler (daughters of CUC’s David Watler).

Swimmers received a goody bag and t-shirt; and refreshments and Subway Sandwiches were also provided at the end of the race.

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International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame 2014 local inductees announced

DIGITAL CAMERAGrand Cayman, Cayman Islands, 8 October – 2014 – The Cayman Islands is pleased to announce the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame (ISDHF) Local Inductees. The announcement was made by the Acting Minister of Tourism, Mr. Joseph Hew.

The following individuals have been selected for induction in 2014:

Rodney ‘Rod’ McDowall, has been a resident of the Cayman Islands since 1982. Rod has been actively involved in the Scuba Diving and Watersports industry since his arrival in the country. After working with Bob Soto’s Diving and Surfside Watersports, he joined Red Sail Sports in 1987, becoming the Operations Manager in 1989, which is a position he holds today. His leadership through the years has positioned Red Sail Sports, Grand Cayman as one of the world’s premier and successful diving and water-sports companies. His accomplishments in the watersports industry in Cayman are unparalleled as he has served as President of the Cayman Islands Watersports Operators Association; helped in the formation of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association, serving as its President and sitting on its Board for many years; and a founding Board member of the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame. He is married to Penny and has two children, Jamie and Jessica.

Winston McDermot was introduced to diving at the age of 23 before there was any official certification. He became a certified dive master at the age of 30 when he owned his own business, Brac Aquatics in Cayman Brac. With his career spanning 50 years, he has assisted with the creation of many dive operations and initiatives throughout his time. Winston has made approximately 7,000 dives and has played an integral part in establishing the first permanent dive moorings in Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. ISDHOF media meet & greet-2He was a pioneer for encouraging the Caymanian government to declare Bloody Bay and the Jackson Point as the first marine parks in Little Cayman. His love for diving also accompanies his love for boats he is well-known for the many live-aboard dive boats he has crafted from scratch over the years. His favorite dive sites are the Anchor Wall, Bloody Bay and Jackson Point in Little Cayman.

Captain Frank Ebanks, began his business, Frank’s Watersports, in April 1968 and he has been diving over 50 years. At the early stages of tourism on Grand Cayman, he conducted dives for the original Holiday Inn hotel guests. During those humble beginnings, he would ride from his home in Boatswains Bay (West Bay) to South Sound (George Town) to book tourists with his dives and charters. By doing this, he was able to book out weeks of charters. Considered a veteran of the sea, he has made over 100 ISDHOF media meet & greet-33voyages to the Florida Keys and was a pioneer in Cayman Islands’ turtling industry. In addition, he was very instrumental in setting up the turtle farm through financial investment. Capt. Ebanks was an important part of the first tours that went to the North Sound when visitors arrived in Sea Planes. He was a popular dive master and well-liked by his regular customers who continue to ask for him when they visit the island.

For more information on the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, visit www.scubahalloffame.com. To learn more about the unparalleled diving in the Cayman Islands, visit www.caymanislands.ky/divecayman.

IMAGE: Rod McDowall dinnerreviews.com

Official rosters announced for nations competing in CONCACAF Women’s Championship USA 2014

Abby Wambach, Whitney Engen, Heather O'Reilly, Megan Rapinoe, Megan Klingenberg, Morgan BrianCompetition to Kickoff October 15 in Kansas City; Final scheduled for October 26 in Philadelphia

Miami (Wednesday, October 8, 2014) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) today officially announced the final rosters for the CONCACAF Women’s Championship USA 2014, to be disputed from October 15-26 of this year.

Eight teams will compete in the Championship, to be played in four cities in the United States. Group A is set to contain the host United States, along with Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala and Haiti. Group B was drawn with Costa Rica, Mexico, Jamaica, and Martinique – all listed in order of group position.

Each of the eight competing nations selected 20 women for its final roster. The rosters can be found below and at CONCACAF.com.

The tournament begins at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, on October 15, with the first two matches of Group A – Guatemala versus Haiti and the United States against Trinidad and Tobago. Group B kicks off in Kansas City one day later on October 16, when Jamaica plays Martinique, followed by Costa Rica against Mexico.

The CONCACAF Women’s Championship will qualify its top three finishers directly to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, with the fourth-placed team earning the right to face Ecuador — the fourth-place finisher from South American Women’s World Cup qualifying — in a playoff later this year. As host of the Women’s World Cup 2015, Canada has already secured its place in next year’s tournament.

The top two teams from each group after round-robin play at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship advance to the semifinals. However, Martinique — a participating CONCACAF member association not affiliated to FIFA and therefore ineligible to qualify for the FIFA World Cup — will contest only the group stage of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, and will not be eligible for the final qualifying phase. If Martinique finishes in the top two of Group B, the third place finisher in that group will therefore advance instead to the semifinals.

All eight countries participating in the Championship will play one match in each of three first-round venues. Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, and RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., will each host a pair of doubleheaders on consecutive match days, one doubleheader each for Groups A and B.

From Kansas City, all eight teams will move to Toyota Park, where the Group A doubleheader matches will take place on October 17, and Group B matches on October 18. The teams will finish first round play at RFK Stadium with Group A doubleheader games on October 20, and Group B on October 21.

PPL Park in Philadelphia will host the semifinal matches on October 24, along with the third-place match and final on October 26. The top two finishers in each group will cross-over for the semifinal matches, with the Group A winner playing the Group B runner-up and vice versa, for a spot in the final.

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FOX is the official English language broadcaster in the U.S. for the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. All matches will be televised live across FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 or FOX Soccer Plus, and will also be available on multi-platform devises via FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2GO and FOXSportsGO.com.

2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship

Women’s World Cup Qualifying

Kansas City, Kansas; Bridgeview, Illinois; Washington, D.C.; Chester, Pennsylvania

Rosters (in order of group position):




GK: Hope Solo, Ashlyn Harris

DF: Christie Rampone, Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, Whitney Engen, Ali Krieger, Meghan Klingenberg, Crystal Dunn

MF: Morgan Brian, Heather O’Reilly, Carli Lloyd, Lauren Holiday, Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, Sydney Leroux

FW: Amy Rodriguez, Alex Morgan, Christen Press, Abby Wambach



GK: Yoselin Franco, Alicia Navas

DF: Daniela Andrade, Londy Barrios, Gloria Aguilar, Coralia Monterroso, Kellin Mayen

MF: Marilyn Rivera, Mia Espino, Christian Recinos, Cinthya Lopez, Jennifer Barrios

FW: Alida Argueta, Maria Monterroso, Ana Lucia Martinez, Kimberly De Leon, Vilma Lopez, Aisha Solorzano, Diana  Barrera, Melany Cayetano



GK: Geralda Saintilus, Cynthia Chery

DF: Natacha Cajuste, Kencia Marseille, Shanna Hudson, Yvrose Gervil, Roselord Borgella, Clorene Rateau, Schmid Charles

MF: Dieunise Jean Baptiste, Manoucheka Pierre-Louis, Lindsay Zullo, Wisline Dolce, Woodlyne Robuste, Sindy Jeune

FW: Generve Charles, Kimberly Boulos, Kensie Bobo, Marie Jean Pierre, Samantha Brand


Trinidad & Tobago

GK: Kimika Forbes, Afiyah Matthias, Tinesha  Palmer

DF: Ayanna Russell, Rhea Belgrave, Arin King, Danielle Blair, Liana Hinds, Brianna Ryce, Khadisha Debessette, Lauren Hutchinson

MF: Khadidra Debessette, Maylee Attin Johnson, Janine Francois, Karyn Forbes

FW: Mariah Shade, Dernelle Mascall, Tasha St Louis, Ahkeela Mollon, Kennya Cordner



Costa Rica

GK: Dinnia Diaz, Yirliana Arroyo

DF: Gabriela Guillen, Mariane Ugalde, Mariana Benavidez, Diana Saenz, Carol Sanchez, Daniela Cruz, Lixy Rodriguez, Noelia Bermudez, Yesmi Rodriguez, Fabiola Sanchez, Wendy Acosta

MF: Gloriana Villalobos, Shirley Cruz, Cristin Granados, Katherine Alvarado

FW: Carolina Venegas, Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno, Daphnne Herrera



GK: Cecilia Santiago, Pamela Tajonar

DF: Arianna Romero, Bianca Sierra, Alina Garciamendez, Paulina Solis, Kenti Robles, Monica Alvarado, Christina Murillo

MF: Liliana Mercado, Lydia Nayeli Rangel, Teresa Noyola, Sandra Stephany Mayor, Monica Ocampo, Karla Nieto, Dinora Garza

FW: Veronica Charlyn Corral, Veronica Perez, Tanya Samarzich, Luz Duarte



GK: Nicole McClure

DF: Tasheka Gordon, Mitsy Facey, Alicia Wilson, Sashana Campbell, Yolanda Hamilton, Monique Pryce

MF: Jodi-Ann McGregor, Donnakay Henry, Omolyn Davis, Christina Murray, Sheneka Gordon, Sherona Forrester, Lauren Silver

FW: Shantel Bailey, Shakira Duncan, Alexa Allen, Shanoska Young, Venecia Reid



GK: Cathy Bellune, Benedicte Hubbel

DF: Catherine Noel, Sylvia Solbiac, Clara Kichenama, Loriane Martial, Dorialina Dijon, Nathalie Rangoly, Aurelie Rouge, Mandy Jacques, Catherine Ravi, Nathalela Paulin, Johanne Guillou, Audrey Bernabe

FW: Prisca Carin, Sarah Melgire, Kelly Brena, Lena Mauconduit, Sandra Parfait, Alexandra Croisetu


2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Schedule


Date Opponent Time (ET) Venue
Oct. 15 Guatemala vs. Haiti 6 p.m. Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.
USA vs. Trinidad 8:30 p.m. Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.
Oct. 16 Jamaica vs. Martinique 6 p.m. Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.
Costa Rica vs. Mexico 8:30 p.m. Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.
Oct. 17 Haiti vs. Trinidad 6:30 p.m. Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
USA vs. Guatemala 9 p.m. Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
Oct. 18 Costa Rica vs. Jamaica 4 p.m. Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
Martinique vs. Mexico 6:30 p.m. Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.
Oct. 20 Trinidad vs. Guatemala 5 p.m. RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Haiti vs. USA 7:30 p.m. RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Oct. 21 Martinique vs. Costa Rica 5 p.m. RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Mexico vs. Jamaica 7:30 p.m. RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.
Oct. 24 1st A vs. 2nd B 4:30 p.m. PPL Park; Chester, Pa.
1st B vs. 2nd A 7:30 p.m. PPL Park; Chester, Pa.
Oct. 26 Third-Place Match 3 p.m. PPL Park; Chester, Pa.
Championship 6 p.m. PPL Park; Chester, Pa.



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