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Cayman Airways can’t fly over Mexico

According to Mexico Cayman Airways owes an undisclosed sum of money for flying over Mexican airspace 10 to 15 years ago. However, Cayman disputes this.

CEO of Cayman Airways, Fabian Whorms, said the airline was working to resolve the issue that is a problem for several airlines in the Caribbean and Latin American region.

He said Mexican authorities have issued Cayman invoices for the overflights.

“The records aren’t really there to justify it,” Whorms said. “We can’t find those records. It is not that we disbelieve it, but in this case, we are not the only airline experiencing this issue.

“The amount we owe is not that significant in the scheme of things, but it is significant enough for us not to just write a check. It is a point of principle; we have to work this out.”

However, the CEO said, “As it stands right now we do not have any significant need to operate across Mexican airspace – it is not a factor for us at this moment in time. I would go as far as to say that situation is almost resolved.”


End of March Deadline for Seafarers’/Veterans’ Updates

Seafarers, Veterans and their spouses have until 31 May 2016 to provide their current information to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.

The Ministry is in the process of updating its health insurance database and has already distributed the relevant forms.

Any seafarer, veteran or spouse who has yet to receive such a document may provide a postal address to the Ministry so that the form can be mailed to them. Once completed, forms may be dropped off or mailed to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, 3rd Floor Government Administration Building, Elgin Avenue, Grand Cayman, PO Box 131, KY1-9000.

This request was initially made in July 2015 and those Seafarers, Veterans and their spouse who have responded to the initial request need not do so again.

Individuals seeking assistance may contact the Ministry at email:
[email protected] or phone: 244-2224.

Failure to respond may result in the discontinuation of health insurance benefits.


Anglers in Cayman Islands Fishing Tournament to tag Whitetip sharks

Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament collaboration
with Guy Harvey enhances conservation work
WHO: Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF)

WHAT: Will work with anglers in the Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament to tag whitetip sharks. This is the third year anglers in the tournament are participating in the tagging study.

GHOF, which promotes ocean conservation and the development of the next generation of marine scientists and funds research and educational programs developed by universities, colleges, institutes and nonprofit organizations, cooperates with existing fishing tournaments to enhance conservation work by utilizing tournament anglers to catch sharks for tagging.

The tagging allows researchers to better understand and track migration patterns, which is essential for proper fisheries management and conservation of whitetip sharks.

WHEN & WHERE: Thursday, April 21
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Tournament Fishing Hours)
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. (Weight Station Hours)
Barcadere Marina
Grand Cayman

Friday, April 22 – Sunday, April 24
6:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Tournament Fishing Hours)
4:30 – 6:30 p.m. (Weight Station Hours)
Barcadere Marina
Grand Cayman

About Guy Harvey:
Guy Harvey is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist and explorer, fiercely devoted to his family and his love of the sea. His childhood passion for the ocean and its living creatures not only inspired him to draw, but fueled a burning interest that prompted a formal education in marine science. Having graduated with honors in Marine Biology from Aberdeen University in Scotland in 1977, Guy returned home to Jamaica to resume his education, earning his Ph.D. from the University of the West Indies in 1984. Though he gave up a budding career as a marine biologist for that of a highly acclaimed artist, Guy has continued his relentless pursuit to unravel the mysteries of the sea, traveling the world to better understand the habits and habitats of the marine wildlife he paints. For more information, please visit

About the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation:
The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) conducts scientific research and hosts educational programs aimed at conserving the marine environment. Research includes pelagic fish tagging and tracking studies, reef fish census studies and lionfish eradication work. Educational efforts include student scholarships, hosting youth science and fishing camps, and creating documentary films and other educational materials. The GHOF will help ensure that future generations can enjoy and benefit from a naturally balanced ocean ecosystem where fish, and other marine wildlife, flourish.


Cayman Islands Vehicle Licensing Closed on Wednesday (20)

The West Bay & George Town offices of the Department of Vehicle & Drivers’ Licensing (DVDL) will be closed to the public this Wednesday, 20th April, 2016, as the staff members attend a training workshop.

The offices will re-open as usual at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, 21st April.

The DVDL’s management and staff apologize for any inconvenience this necessary closure will cause.

Cayman Islands Treasury Cashier, office to close early Friday (22)

The Treasury Cashier will be closed to the Public at 11.30 am and the Administration Office at 12 noon on Friday, 22 April 2016 in order to facilitate a Staff Retreat. Both offices are located at Government Administration Building, Elgin Avenue.

All business transactions should be conducted as early as possible before the 11.30 am deadline.

Normal business hours will resume on Monday, 25 April 2016.

The Treasury Department apologises for any inconvenience caused.


Cayman Islands: 2015-16 CIFA Under 11 FA Cup


Each Under 11 Boys team is assigned a ball number by alphabetical order:

Academy S.C.: Ball Number 1

George Town S.C.: Ball Number 2

Sunset F.C. Lions: Ball Number 3

Sunset F.C. Pumas: Ball Number 4

 One (1) ball at a time will be drawn from the bag, all HOME teams will be drawn first followed by all AWAY teams to complete the draw.

 The FA Cup Semi-Finals games will take place on Saturday 23rd April 2016.

 Annex @ 9:00am.

2015-16 CIFA Under 11 FA Cup SEMI-final Draw

Child month cupcake war open to students in Cayman Brac

Young pastry chefs in Cayman Brac are invited to take part in the Child Month Cupcake Wars competition. Taking place on Saturday 30 April at the Layman Scott High School, the competition challenges bakers to create two cupcakes, a cupcake using fruit in the recipe and a diabetic friendly cupcake.

Bakers ages 10 – 25 years old are welcomed to participate, at no charge. The competition is sponsored by the Youth Services Unit, Kiwanis Club, Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC), Department of Children and Family Services, The Ministry of Tourism and the Layman Scott Senior High School.

For more information email [email protected]

2016 Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge Grand Cayman

The 2016 Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge will be held on Grand Cayman on Sunday, 24 April.

The event aims to raise $50,000 to help Cayman Heart Fund in its drive to buy a new ambulance, and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Registration takes place on Thursday, 21 April and Friday, 22 April from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Government Administration Building.

Visit for the registration form and further details.


Cayman Islands Voicemail Migration IMPORTANT UPDATE from FLOW

From FLOW Cayman Islands

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances and to ensure you get a great experience, we are delaying our voicemail migration which was scheduled to take place on Sunday 17th April.

Once the new date is confirmed for the migration we will let you know.

Thanks for your patience.

Britain launches $300 million Caribbean Infrastructure Fund

By Benjamin Flowers From The Reporter Newspaper

Commonwealth Caribbean countries now have access to a £300 million fund (some US $426.5 million) for infrastructure projects, through the newly launched United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UKCIF).

Baroness Sandip Verma, the UK’s Development Minister for the Caribbean, launched the UKCIF on Monday at the residence of the British High Commissioner in Jamaica. At the launch she announced that the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), a partner agency in the project, is ready to receive applications for projects to be funded.

Baroness Verma acknowledged that the region faces challenges with growth, and encouraged eligible countries to submit their applications as soon as possible so that work can begin.

“The money will be used to fund discrete or visible component parts of larger projects. While co-financing may be used on larger projects for other components, the UKCIF will always constitute the majority financing,” the UK government’s press office explained.

Prime Minister David Cameron first announced that the UK would be setting up the fund when he visited Jamaica and Grenada in September 2015. The fund will help countries like Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Montserrat,with infrastructure works such as bridges and roads, to help spur economic growth.

During his visit to the Caribbean, Cameron explained that the fund will make the UK one of the largest donors to the region. His two day tour was focused on reinvigorating the relationship between the UK and the Caribbean countries.

For more:

Cayman Islands: Call for Hurricane Shelter Volunteers

The Department of Children and Family Services is inviting individuals to sign up as shelter volunteers for this year’s Hurricane Season.

The Shelter Operations 2016 Hurricane Training for Shelter Managers & District Representatives Volunteers for this year’s Hurricane Season will be held over two days on Wednesday 25 May and Thursday 26 May at the Prospect Primary School Hall from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Registration begins promptly at 5:30 p.m.

All volunteers MUST complete both days of training.

For more information contact Ernesto Carter at the Department of Children and Family Services on 949-0290 or

email [email protected] (GIS)



St George’s Week

At St George’s Anglican Church Hall, Courts Road, Off Eastern Ave., George Town, Grand Cayman

Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 3.55.30 PM

Grand Court Jurors Report DATE Changed

 The Grand Court Jurors report DATE has been changed.

All Grand Court Jurors who are in the ‘6th APRIL – 5th JULY 2016’ session, please be advised that you are now to report for jury duty on WEDNESDAY the 13th April, 2016, at 9:45 a.m.

The Jury Information line – 945-5072 – has the most up to date information.


Deadline Extended for Student Film Competition AGAIN

Budding filmmakers have a little more time to submit their stories to the Young Image Makers competition. The deadline has been extended to Wednesday, 20 April.

Hosted by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF), the competition provides youngsters with the opportunity to sharpen their technical film skills and explore their creativity.

Films can focus on any subject matter and run one to three minutes. There are two age categories of competition, Junior (10 – 13 years) and Senior (14 – 17 years).

Up to 20 films will be selected for the competition. Students who are selected will participate in workshops conducted by film professionals. The experience will culminate in a red carpet event at the Harquail Theatre, as part of the CayFilm Festival on Thursday, 30 June. All films in competition will be screened that night.

Two winners will enjoy a trip to the New York Film Academy. Winning films from previous years can be viewed online at

Application information can be found online at Films must be submitted by 5 p.m. to the CNCF office on the deadline day.

Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly date set

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands – Following the agreement of Cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday, 22 March, 2016, the Premier has asked the Speaker of the House to summon the Legislative Assembly to meet on Monday, 25 April, 2016.

Government is expected to present several bills for debate and passage, including:

• Statistics (Amendment) Bill (2016)

• Standards in Public Life (Amendment) Bill (2016)

• Accountants Bill (2016)

• Companies Law (Amendment) Bill (2016)

• Limited Liability Companies Bill (2016)

• Legal Practitioners Bill (2016)

• Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill (2016)

Also to be dealt with are various private member motions and parliamentary questions.

Internship with Prosperity Capital Management

This internship is being offered by Prosperity Capital Management Ltd, as part of the National Internship Programme. The role offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and experience of accounting as well as some specifics of the funds industry. Various practical training sessions will be offered combined with the daily hands-on experience. The internship opportunity is available for those studying finance or accounting at a local college/university. Email [email protected] or call 945-3114 for application forms. Deadline is April 24th 2016.

Cayman Islands Meals on Wheels Annual Coin Collection Drive

Please note that the Meals on wheels Coin Collection drive will be held this year a little later on May 27th and 28th. volunteers will be outside all supermarkets on the island as well as Kirks Home Centre and AL Thompsons hardware. for those companies that see heavy traffic i.e. banks, collection boxes will be available for that week.

For more information please don’t hesitate to call

Pat Bazell-Taylor


British Airways Nassau / Grand Cayman Aircraft Changes from July 2016

By JL From Airline Route

British Airways starting 01JUL16 is increasing capacity on London Heathrow – Nassau – Grand Cayman route, as the airline plans to operate 3-class Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, instead of 767-300ER.

The airline operates this route 4 times a week.

BA253 LHR1030 – 1450NAS1605 – 1640GCM 777 57

BA253 LHR1035 – 1450NAS1605 – 1640GCM 777 1

BA253 LHR1045 – 1505NAS1605 – 1640GCM 777 3

BA252 GCM1830 – 2100NAS2225 – 1200+1LHR 777 57

BA252 GCM1830 – 2100NAS2230 – 1205+1LHR 777 13

For more:


New Exhibition at the Cayman Islands National Gallery! And Events!!

New Art Exhibition Now Open!

Native Sons – Twenty Years On

National Gallery of the Cayman Islands

Esterley Tibbetts Highway

Exhibition Curated by Kerri-Anne Chisholm

Sponsored in part by Cayman National Bank

8 April 2016 – 25 June 2016

Free Admission! Plan your visit.

Members’ Reception

We had a wonderful opening event with National Gallery members and guests to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Native Sons. For more information about NGCI memberships email [email protected].

Take a look at the event photos at web link below

Caymanian-Style Family Day

Saturday, 23 April, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Join the NGCI Education Department for free family fun art activities based on the exhibition Native Sons – Twenty Years On. Special workshop with Native Sons artist Chris Christian starts at 10:00 AM.

Upcoming Panel Discussion

Wednesday, 27 April. Doors open at 5:00 PM. Discussion begins at 6:00 PM. Join artists, curators and members of the public for a thought provoking panel discussion about the work of the Native Sons and Caymanian art. Admission is free.

Conversations with the Curator

Thursday, 2 June. Doors open at 5:00 PM. Tour begins at 6:00 PM. Join the exhibition’s curator Kerri-Anne Chisholm as she takes you through a 20-year journey of the Native Sons. Explore the exhibition and learn about Caymanian artists. Admission is free and all are welcome.

In the News

See the Full Programme

Want to view the full programme of events related to the exhibition Native Sons – Twenty Years On?

Visit our website and learn about upcoming art workshops, student resources, film screenings and more!

Thank you!

Thank you to Cayman National for part sponsoring the exhibition Native Sons – Twenty Years On. We couldn’t do what we do without the support from corporate organisations like Cayman National. We are truly thankful that we can offer free admission to everyone and an extensive programme of free community events.

Register and/or RSVP at link below for all events





Floetry is Wednesday (20 Apr) at 630pm at Books and Books.

St George’s Anglican Church Patronal Festival – St George Mass

Church Hall, Courts Road, off Eastern Ave.  7pm


Glen Inanga Piano Recital for Cayman Islands Arts Festival Scholarship Programme


Immigration: Work Permits

The Chamber of Commerce presents Immigration: Work Permits with Nick Joseph on Thursday (21 Apr) from 9:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m. at their office in Governors Square. Register online at

St George’s Anglican Church Patronal Festival – ABBA Movie Night

Church Hall, Courts Road, off Eastern Ave.  7pm

 Movie: Mama Mia

Admission $5 Includes light refreshments. Dress up as ABBA.


St George’s Anglican Church Patronal Festival – Family Feast & Games Night

Church Hall, Courts Road, off Eastern Ave.  7pm

Tickets $15 Adults Child $5


Rotary Science Fair

The Rotary Science Fair is Saturday (23 Apr) from 10 to 3pm at the Arts and Recreation Center.

Sixth Annual Breast Cancer Beach Walk

The Sixth Annual Breast Cancer Beach Walk is Saturday (23 April) at Royal Palms at 7pm. Register now at

Cayman Outreach Association Dinner Meeting

Cayman Outreach Association invites the public to a dinner meeting on Saturday, April 23rd at 7:15 pm at the Triple C School Auditorium. Dr. Moland Pusey of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida will be the guest speaker. Call 925-7798 for details.

Service of Thanksgiving

As part of the St. George’s Patronal Festival, you’re invited to Service of Thanksgiving on Saturday (23 Apr) at 6pm.


Revival Services

The Red Bay Church of God (Holiness) will hold Revival Services Sunday — Friday (24 – 29 Apr) at 6PM on Sunday and 730pm on weeknights.

Prosperity Capital Management Internship

Apply now for an internship with Prosperity Capital Management. This internship is being offered as part of the National Internship Programme. The role offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and experience of accounting as well as some specifics of the funds industry. Various practical training sessions will be offered combined with the daily hands-on experience. The internship opportunity is available for those studying finance or accounting at a local college/university. Email [email protected] or call 945-3114 for application forms. Deadline is April 24th 2015.

Convocation 2016

Members of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands will gather on Sunday (24 Apr) at the Cayman Prep and High School Auditorium to celebrate Convocation 2016. The theme this year is ‘Discipleship: Discipline and Dedication’



Time Management & Productivity

The Chamber of Commerce presents Time Management & Productivity with Catherine Tyson on Tuesday (26 Apr) from 9:00 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. at their office in Governors Square. Register online at

April Events at Camana Bay

This is the month to experience all things local with the return of Slow Food Day, a full-day event celebrating Cayman’s home-grown food scene. You can find your next treasure at a car boot sale, get your kids to fall in love with reading during a weekly book club or take some time for yourself and enjoy pampering opportunities with Eclipze Hair Design & Day Spa’s 23rd anniversary celebration. With Mother’s Day approaching, you can also celebrate early with a special Mom & Me cooking class and a family portrait session.

Here is a quick look at our special events:

Wednesday 20 April


Books & Books

Rotary Science Fair

Saturday 23 April


The Arts & Recreation Centre

Budding Chef Cooking Class

Pizza Mania

Saturday 23 April


Bon Vivant

Cuisine of the Sun Dinner

Thursday 28 April



Mother’s Day Portraits

Saturday 30 April


Gardenia Court

Mom & Me Cooking Class

Saturday 30 April


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