June 25, 2018

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Cayman Islands Seafarers AGM

The Cayman Islands Seafarers Association wishes to inform all Members that there will be the Annual election meeting, on Tuesday February 21 at 7:30 . in the Seafarer’s Hall, 11 Victory Ave. Prospect. Buses will be provided from West Bay Town Hall at 6:00 pm”.


U.S. entrepreneurs travel to Latin America and the Caribbean for YLAI Reverse Exchange Program

From Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC

February 15, 2017

Thirty-four Young Leaders of the Americans Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellowship hosts from businesses and civil society organizations across the United States have been selected to participate in the Reverse Exchange program, a new component of YLAI. This year, the U.S. Fellowship hosts will travel to 21 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to collaboratively implement entrepreneurial and community projects alongside alumni of the YLAI Professional Fellows Program. These partnerships will strengthen entrepreneurship networks between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean.

In November 2016, the YLAI alumni completed five-week fellowships at U.S. start-ups, small businesses, and various organizations in partnership with businesses, community groups and universities. Through the Reverse Exchange program, many of the Fellowship hosts will continue to mentor the YLAI alumni in-country to further develop their business or social venture plans. YLAI is administered by the U.S. Department of State in collaboration with Meridian International Center.

Source: https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/02/267653.htm


Marriott, Sandals bring AC Hotel brand to Caribbean, Latin America

Posted on February 15, 2017 by Mike Pallerino

The 220-key AC Kingston will mark the arrival of the AC Hotels by Marriott brand in the Caribbean when it opens in Jamaica in 2019. Sandals Resorts International and Marriott International negotiated for a year before settling on how to jointly expand the AC Hotels brand to the Caribbean and Latin America.

Source: http://www.ccr-mag.com/marriott-sandals-bring-ac-hotel-brand-to-caribbean-latin-america/


Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival Issues Call For Caribbean Films

From South Florida Caribbean New

Port of Spain, Trinidad – The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) has issued a call for films from or about the Caribbean and its diaspora.

Filmmakers wishing to have their film screened at the twelfth edition of the Festival, should make their submission no later than May 15.

The 2017 Festival takes place from September 19 – 26, with film screenings in several venues in both Trinidad and Tobago.

The ttff seeks to highlight excellence in Caribbean filmmaking through the exhibition of short and feature length films. The Festival therefore accepts submissions from Caribbean filmmakers, Caribbean filmmakers in the diaspora, and international filmmakers with films from or about the Caribbean or its diaspora. Submissions must have been produced after January 1, 2015.

Films screened in competition are eligible for one or more jury prizes and there are also several people’s choice awards.

The ttff seeks to make all screenings at the Festival T&T premieres, however, occasionally the Festival considers films that have already been shown publicly in Trinidad and Tobago.

The submission deadline of May 15, 2017, and the stated criteria, will be strictly adhered to. There is no submission fee.

For submission details, visit trinidad+tobago film festival

IMAGE: trinidad + tobago film festival

For more: https://sflcn.com/trinidad-and-tobago-film-festival-issues-call-for-caribbean-films/


Caribbean, Mexico hotel development pipeline upticks

By WPJ Staff | February 16,

According to STR’s January 2017 Pipeline Report, more than 33,830 rooms in 199 hotel projects are under contract in the Caribbean and Mexico. The total represents a 4.4% increase in rooms under contract compared with January 2016.

Under contract data includes projects in the In Construction, Final Planning and Planning stages but does not include projects in the unconfirmed stage.

These two regions reported 12,818 rooms in 81 projects In Construction for the month. Based on number of rooms, that is a 9.4% decrease in year-over-year comparisons.

Among these region’s key markets, Central Mexico (4,741 rooms in 36 projects) reported the largest number of rooms In Construction.

For more: http://www.worldpropertyjournal.com/real-estate-news/saint-barthelemy-1/str-caribbean-hotel-development-report-2017-new-hotels-under-development-in-mexico-in-2017-january-2017-pipeline-report-10261.php


Top Cayman Islands junior athlete seeks to hone skills in Jamaica

Report by RJR Gleaner Group Sports Reporter Renardo Brown

IMAGE: Caymanian junior shot put and discus thrower Lacee Barnes (File photo)

While Jamaica may be known for its exploits on the track, local coaches are pushing for the development of field events to attract overseas athletes to our shores.

One such athlete is Caymanian discus and shot put thrower Lacee Barnes who trains occasionally with Munro College’s field events coach Omar Bryan.

For more and audio: http://rjrnewsonline.com/sports/top-cayman-junior-athlete-seeks-to-hone-skills-in-jamaica


2017 Cayman Islands Touch Tournament

March 24, 2017 To March 25, 2017

One of the best tournaments on the USA Touch circuit with the back drop of the beautiful Cayman Islands. What will be an even stronger field that 2016, make your way out of the cold to play and enjoy the CTA’s amazing hospitality

See the attached flyer and contact info@caymantouch.com

SOURCE: http://www.usatouch.org/events/cayman-touch-2017/

Royal Caribbean cruise ship departs Florida after day delay

Associated Press From News OK

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A Royal Caribbean cruise ship set sail from Florida on Tuesday, a day later than scheduled because of problems with life jackets.

The Majesty of the Seas set sail from Port Canaveral after a 24 hour delay caused by a U.S. Coast Guard inspection that found some of the ship’s life jackets were showing their age.

The life jackets were replaced with new ones, Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said.

For more: http://newsok.com/royal-caribbean-cruise-ship-departs-florida-after-day-delay/article/feed/1167333


Pastor caught raping child

From Trinidad Express

…nabbed in car by cops, to be charged

A SAN Fernando pastor was arrested in Sangre Grande for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14 year old girl.

The 26-year old pastor, of Pleasantville, was allegedly caught in the act by police officers.

On Tuesday, residents informed police that a child dressed in school uniform was allegedly seen in a man’s vehicle on their street.

Officers responded and allegedly found the man having sex with the school girl under an almond tree at the side of the road.

The pastor was taken into custody by the Sangre Grande police, and the girl was interviewed by officers of the Child Protection Unit.

The suspect was expected to be charged with statutory rape.

He is expected to appear before a Sangre Grande magistrate.

For more: http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20161202/news/pastor-caught-having-sex-with-child


Euthanasia/End of Life Issues

From Family Resource Council

Disabling diseases and injuries, including those for which there is a terminal diagnosis, are tragic. However, there is no such thing as a life not worth living. Every life holds promise, even if disadvantaged by developmental disability, injury, disease, or advanced aging. FRC believes that every human life has inherent dignity, and that it is unethical to deliberately end the life of a suffering person (euthanasia), or assist or enable another person to end their life (assisted suicide). While extraordinary means of life support, such as assistance with respiration and heart function, may be withdrawn from a terminally ill person if that is the person’s expressed wish, nutrition and hydration are normal and are not extraordinary means of maintaining life, and severe disability is not the same as terminal illness. True compassion means finding ways to ease suffering and provide care for each person, while maintaining the individual’s life and dignity.


Should We Legalize Voluntary Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide? by William L. Saunders, J.D. and Michael Fragoso

Amicus Brief: Baxter v. Montana

Amicus Brief Filed in Oregon Assisted Suicide Case: Gonzales v. Oregon

For more: http://www.frc.org/euthanasia-and-end-of-life-issues


Trinidad bandit robs man of $700, but returns $20

By Susan Mohammed From Trinidad Express

…victim said he had to travel home

A sympathetic gunman who had just robbed a man of $700, apparently felt sorry for his victim and gave back $20, so he could travel home.

The robbery happened outside CCN’s Pointe a Pierre Road, San Fernando headquarters at around 3.10a.m.

The victim said that he was standing on the pavement when a man approached him and pointed a firearm.

The thief allegedly told him: “You see what I have here. What you have?”.

While handing over his cash the victim told thief that he had no money to travel home.

The thief then handed the man $20 and ran off.

A report was made to the San Fernando CID.

For more: http://www.trinidadexpress.com/20170213/news/bandit-robs-man-of-700-but-returns-20


Low Suits

From Law.com

Defense attorneys have sounded the alarm on what they say is a new strategy by lenders and plaintiffs lawyers designed to prey on seniors: sue to foreclose on government-guaranteed home loans under various defaults, then fast-track these suits by filing motions for orders to show cause. These motions shift the burden of proof to the borrower, requiring them to appear in court and explain why a judge shouldn’t grant final judgment against them. “All of a sudden, we saw a spate of foreclosures where the mortgage companies alleged the seniors no longer lived in the home,” said Gladys Gerson, supervising attorney for Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida’s senior unit. Florida is ground zero for seniors’ issues, but the strategy has often proved effective, meaning it’s likely to spread, according to defense attorneys.

For more: http://www.law.com/sites/almstaff/2017/02/10/foreclosure-litigation-strategy-takes-aim-at-seniors-attorneys-say/?et=editorial&bu=Law.com&cn=20170213&src=EMC-Email&pt=ALM%20Morning%20Minute


Bio-Rad Fad?

From Law.com

The $10 million jury verdict awarded last week to fired Bio-Rad Laboratories GC Sanford Wadler in his whistleblower retaliation suit could inspire in-house lawyers at other companies to lodge whistleblower claims, according to Silicon Valley labor and employment defense lawyer Rod Sorensen. But surely GCs are ethically precluded from going public with concerns they may have about their companies’ operations, no? No, according to Sorensen. “The reality…is that general counsel and other lawyers in the legal department are employees. And as the Bio-Rad case illustrates, they have many of the same rights that nonlegal employees have, including the ability to claim they were wrongfully terminated in retaliation for engaging in whistleblower activities,” he said.

For more: http://www.law.com/sites/almstaff/2017/02/10/bio-rad-verdict-could-spur-gc-whistleblower-claims/?et=editorial&bu=Law.com&cn=20170213&src=EMC-Email&pt=ALM%20Morning%20Minute


Upcoming orchid show and fundraiser in Cayman Islands


David Willey to miss Caribbean tour next month

From New Kerala

London, Feb 14 : Indian cricketer David Willey will miss England’s three-match One-Day International (ODI) series against the West Indies in the Caribbean next month.

The Yorkshire all-rounder had surgery on his left shoulder on Friday to further assess the injury he sustained while bowling in the third ODI against India last month, the England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement.

He has suffered a partial tear of a tendon and will be out of action until April, the board said.

He will be replaced by Steven Finn.

England will fly to the Caribbean next Wednesday.

England will play two warm-up matches and three ODIs against the West Indies in the upcoming days.

For more: http://www.newkerala.com/news/fullnews-227471.html


Cayman Islands: Deputy Director returns to HMCIPS

Mr. Wesley Howell, the Chief Officer for the Ministry of Home Affairs, confirms that after receiving legal advice in relation to the matter concerning Ms. Aduke Natalie Joseph-Caesar, the Deputy Director, Rehabilitation, at Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service (HMCIPS) has been resolved and it has been agreed that she is to resume duties on 20 February 2017.


Cayman Islands: North Side candidate’s committee invite

The Committee to Elect North Side Candidate Ed Chisholm is inviting everyone in the community to join them at 8 a.m. Saturday, 18 February, 2014, to repaint the wall at the Jerald Smith Park on Hutland Road. Paint, supplies and refreshments provided. For more information call 939-9813 or 938-1161.


A statement from UConn’s El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean & Latin American Studies

We, members of the core faculty and affiliate advisory board members of UConn’s El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, & Latin American Studies, write to express our commitment to advocating for the rights and freedoms of our students and co-workers at the university and fostering a welcoming intellectual community of critically engaged scholars. The president’s administration has exacerbated a wide range of discriminatory, nativist, racist, misogynist, and heterosexist actions and targeted Latinx populations and undocumented immigrants in particular. Our research and teaching emerges from and is sustained by a long history of struggles for social justice in Latinx, Caribbean & Latin American communities. As such, we reaffirm our commitment to fight discrimination and division and to support diversity, equity, social justice and human rights. We stand in solidarity with all our UConn colleagues and students who are feeling vulnerable at this time and pledge to actively work to protect their rights and freedoms.

SOURCE: http://elin.uconn.edu/2017/02/10/a-statement-from-uconns-el-instituto-institute-of-latinao-caribbean-latin-american-studies/


Fox News: North Korea’s Missile Designed to Launch From Submarine

By Joe Crowe From Newsmax

North Korea’s missile that it claims it tested over the weekend is designed to launch from a submarine, U.S. officials told Fox News on Monday.

Officials said the KN-11-mod-2 missile was launched in the northwest region of North Korea Saturday evening and traveled around 300 miles into the Sea of Japan.

The missile test this weekend happened around the same time as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s appearance in the U.S. with President Donald Trump.

The missile traveled farther than any other missile that North Korea has launched, according to a Pentagon spokesman.

The launch was a “clear grave threat to our national security,” Capt. Jeff Davis said, according to Fox News.

Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s 33-year-old dictator, witnessed the launch in person, officials said.

The U.S. Navy has stationed two warships in the Sea of Japan in the last few weeks as part of a “heightened presence,” one official said.

While this test did not worry U.S. officials, the possibility of North Korea wielding an intercontinental ballistic missile that could reach the United States in the future is a concern, according to the report.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry weighed in on the launch.

“Given the current circumstances, relevant parties should not engage in mutually provocative moves which could heighten regional tensions. All parties need to exercise restraint in a joint effort to maintain regional peace and stability,” spokesman Geng Shuang said.


For more: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/North-Korea-Missile-Test-Submarine-Launch/2017/02/13/id/773347/?ns_mail_uid=64942667&ns_mail_job=1711376_02132017&s=al&dkt_nbr=owtctw6w


Cayman Drama Society presents: NOT NOW, DARLING!

A hilarious, fast paced comedy – suspicious wives, mistaken identities and scantily clad girls hidden in closets are all part of the hilarious and chaotic chain of events as the whole plan goes out the window, along with numerous other items. It really is the funniest affair seven people ever had!

Not Now, Darling opens on Thursday 23rd February and runs until Saturday 11th March on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Have a Harvey Wallbanger or Pink Lady! Bar opens at 6:30PM with Happy Hour prices!

Show starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets are only $25 and are available at www.cds.ky or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/not-now-darling-tickets-30338007798


$Mobile vendor market share in Cayman Islands

From Stat Counter

Mobile vendor market share in 2016 to Jan 2017

For more: http://gs.statcounter.com/vendor-market-share/mobile/cayman-islands


Police Investigating reports of alleged Jamaican rapist in Antigua

From Caribbean News Service

ST JOHN’S , Antigua, Feb 09 2017 – The police are investigating reports that a Jamaican man, accused of rape, has been seeking refuge here.

The Antigua Observer reports that a photograph has been making the rounds for several weeks, via social media, warning females in particular, to be on the lookout for the Jamaican.

The man is accused of allegedly raping someone in Jamaica and is believed to be on the run.

Police spokesman Inspector Frankie Thomas said the police are aware of the report.

“We have no concrete information to suggest that this man is in the country, but notwithstanding that we will continue to do our own investigation, even if it means we have to get in touch with our counterparts in Jamaica and work along with other law enforcement agencies,” Thomas said.

For more: http://caribbeannewsservice.com/now/police-investigating-reports-of-alleged-jamaican-rapist-in-antigua/


Jamaica: No bail for Alkaline

From Caribbean News Service

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Feb 11 2017 – Alkaline has spent another night at the Hunts Bay Police Station’s lock-up in Kingston.

According to the dancehall deejay’s lawyer Peter Champagnie, he has not been charged.

“He remains in custody of the police. However, if he’s not released before Monday, I’ll be going to court to file a writ of habeas corpus,” Champagnie said.

Habeas corpus is a writ requiring a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or into court, especially to secure the person’s release unless lawful grounds are shown for their detention.

On Thursday morning, Alkaline (real name is Earlan Bartley) reported to the Area Four Headquarters at Harman Barracks in Vineyard Town, accompanied by his lawyer. The deejay was wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of Rohan Morris in Maverley on January 13.

After an extensive interview with detectives, he was removed to the Criminal Investigation Branch office at the National Commercial Bank Towers in New Kingston for a second session.

By afternoon, he was detained at the Hunts Bay lock-up.

For more: http://caribbeannewsservice.com/now/no-bail-for-alkaline/


794 lbs of cocaine worth $62M washes up on English beach


British police say 794 pounds (360 kilograms) of cocaine with a street value of up to 50 million pounds ($62 million) has washed up on beaches in eastern England.

The National Crime Agency said the drugs were found in duffel bags on two beaches near Great Yarmouth, 140 miles (220 kilometers) northeast of London.

Matthew Rivers, from the crime agency’s border investigation team, said Friday that police, border officials and coast guards are investigating how the bags ended up on the beaches. He said “it is extremely unlikely that this was their intended destination.”

Norfolk Police Superintendent Dave Buckley said members of the public should contact the force if they find any more bags of drugs.

For more on this story go to: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/794-lbs-cocaine-worth-62m-washes-english-beach-45402384


Cayman Islands Voters Claims and Objections Period Closes 20 February 2017

Elections officials are urging all Caymanians who plan to vote in the General Elections on 24 May 2017 to check the revised voter details, published in the Electors’ List, before 20 February 2017. You can go online at www.elections.ky or visit in person any post office on all three islands to access and check the list.

The last date for receiving claims or objections to the published revised voters’ list is 20 February. The public review period for making claims and objections is a vital step in publishing an accurate list of electors for the General Elections.

The final list will be published on 1 April. Only those on that final list will be eligible to vote in May.


Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly

This release is from the Legislative Assembly.

Due to a quorum not being met, the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has rescheduled today’s (Thu,9 Feb 2017) hearing to Monday, 13th February 2017 at 2:00 pm.


Cayman Islands DCI To Close Early on Thu 16 February

 The Department of Commerce and Investment (DCI) in Grand Cayman, including its Business Licensing Counter on the first floor of the Government Administration Building, will close at 3:00pm on Thursday, 16 February, for a staff training event.

 DCI’s main office will reopen on Friday, 17 February at 8:30am, and the counter will reopen at 9:00am.

 DCI staff apologise for any inconvenience the closure may cause. For more information please call 945-0943 or email info@dci.gov.ky.


Cybersecurity CEO to attend Cayman Alternative Investment Summit

Abacode CEO Michael Ferris has been asked to attend the Cayman Alternative Investment (CAI) Summit 2017 on February 15th-17th. In its four years of operation, the nonprofit CAI Summit has become known as a forum for up-and-coming entrepreneurs to discuss current industry challenges and present innovative solutions to investors. Notable speakers at this year’s event include actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger, Astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly, George Whitesides, Mike Abrashoff, and David McWilliams. Ferris’ attendance at this event will provide other investors the opportunity to learn how cybersecurity affects their business and impacts their bottom line.

SOURCE: https://abacode.com/news_cai/


of the Cayman Islands


Celebrating Maritime Culture and Heritage at the National Gallery


A Seafarers Discussion – Radio Cayman Talk Today

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 12:10 PM to 1:00 PM

Tune into 89.9 FM Radio Cayman’s Talk Today with Sterling D. Ebanks as members from the Seafarers Association, the Catboat Club and Director and Curator Natalie Urquhart discuss topics raised in the ’s maritime exhibition programme – and the importance of passing on this story to the next generation. The segment begins at 12:10 PM and runs until 1:00 PM. Listeners are welcome to call in throughout the show to ask questions and air opinions. Call 1-800-534-TALK (8255) or 949-8037.

Upon the Seas “In Conversation With….”

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) is delighted to host an evening in conversation with members of the Cayman Islands Seafarers Association to celebrate the history of maritime culture of the Cayman Islands. Join us as seafarers share their first-hand accounts and stories of life at sea. The special discussion takes place in the NGCI Dart Auditorium and is free and open to all members of the public. Refreshments will be served.

A Last Look

Thursday, 20 April 2017. Doors open at 5:00 PM. Discussion begins at 6:00 PM.

Join Upon the Seas Curator Natalie Urquhart and featured artists for a special walk-through and discussion. This programme is free to attend and refreshments will be served. For additional details or to RSVP please email info@nationalgallery.org.ky or call (345) 945 8111.

EY’s Art Talks for Older Adults

Monday, 20 February 2017, Doors open at 1:00 PM talks start at 3:00 PM.

Additional dates to be announced.

EY’s Art Talks are open to the public and facilitate thought provoking discussions and time for seniors to socialise, aiming to improve health and strengthen a sense of well-being. Free coffee, tea and snacks are provided for seniors (over 65yrs). This programme is free to attend and group bookings can be made through the NGCI Education Department by emailing education@nationalgallery.org.ky or by calling (345) 945 8111. This programme is kindly sponsored by EY.


Free Family Guides

Ongoing – 20 January 2017 until 20 April 2017

Families can download a free copy of the Upon the Seas exhibition guide in advance of their visit from the National Gallery website at www.nationalgallery.org.ky. Guides include additional information about the artists, exhibition themes, discussion points and creative art activities. These can be completed at home or during your visit to the exhibition. Family guides are also available at reception upon arrival to the National Gallery.

Pre-schoolers & Parents

Ongoing – Every Friday, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Weekly classes provide structured arts and craft activities for pre-schoolers, their parents, and caregivers. Based on the NGCI exhibition, Upon the Seas participants enjoy interactive activities which include storytelling and a range of art making experiences to engage senses, develop cognitive, social, and sensory-motor skills. Projects can be messy to parents are encouraged to dress their children accordingly. The weekly drop in sessions take place in the NGCI Art Studio and are $5.00 per child and are designed for children ages 2yrs to 4yrs. For additional details or to RSVP please email info@nationalgallery.org.ky or call (345) 945 8111.

Kids on Deck Family Day

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Join the NGCI Education Department for free family fun art activities based on the contemporary art exhibition Upon the Seas. Play, create, and discover at the Kids on Deck event with arts and crafts, interactive games and art activities. Designed for children of all ages, activities are free and self-guided tour packs can be collected at reception. Beverages and healthy snacks will be available for purchase in the Art Café. For additional details email education@nationalgallery.org.ky or call (345) 945 8111.

Weave the Reef – Art Workshop for Families

Saturday, 4 March 2017, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Led by artist Kaitlyn Elphinstone learn about the threat of discarded fishing nets, called ‘ghostnets’ then craft your own ghostnet sea creatures. All materials are provided and the event is open to children of all ages. All children under 12yrs must be accompanied by an adult who can assist with the family art project. This is a free workshop however pre-registration is necessary as the workshop is limited to 20 students. Please email education@nationalgallery.org.ky or call (345) 945 8111 to register.


Creative Worksheets ∙ Educational Resources for Students


20 January 2017 until 20 April 2017

The National Gallery’s Education Department has produced fun-filled educational activities in the form of worksheets for all ages to support the exhibition Upon the Seas. These educational resources can be downloaded for free from the NGCI website – www.nationalgallery.org.ky and will be made available during school tours and can be requested at reception throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Free School Tours for All Ages

Guided Tours and Activities by Appointment

20 January 2017 until 20 April 2017

Free guided tours of the temporary exhibition Upon the Seas – are available for students and youth groups of all ages at the National Gallery. Students will discuss the exhibition and get hands-on with interactive activity sheets. Topics covered include art, social studies, narratives, literacy and numeracy. For information or to book a tour contact NGCI at (345) 945 8111 or education@nationalgallery.org.ky.

Educators’ Happy Hour!

Friday, 24 February 2017, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The National Gallery invites teachers and educators to join us for an informative evening of inspiring exhibition tours, socialising and wine! If you are an educator interested in bringing your students to the Gallery, this event will provide you with a firsthand experience of all that NGCI has to offer. Our staff will demonstrate a variety of educational tours and programmes available to students and will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about these opportunities. Mingle with your fellow educators, enjoy some beverages and nibbles and learn about Caymanian art. This event will be a fantastic way to plan your upcoming field trip, and enjoy a great start to the weekend! For more information and to RSVP, please contact Jessica Ebanks at intern@nationalgallery.org.ky or call (345) 945-8111.


Red Sky at Night – Late Night

Saturday, 25 February 2017, 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

The National Gallery joins the Cayman National Cultural Foundation for an evening to celebrate the arts and culture of the Cayman Islands. Two new exhibitions Upon the Seas and Saltwater in Their Veins will be open to the public and visitors will also have the opportunity to view the Permanent Collection in the Upper Gallery. Tours will run on the hour beginning at 6:00 PM and the last tour will run at 9:00 PM. Admission is free and scavenger hunts and worksheets for kids will be available. Visit www.nationalgallery.org.ky for more information about the exhibitions.

A Night at the MuseumS!

Thursday, 16 March 2017, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Cayman Islands National Museum and 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Cayman Catboat Club Museum. The tour of the Catboat Club begins at 7:45 PM.

Join us for a special maritime tour with the Cayman Islands National Museum (CINM) and the Cayman Catboat Club Museum (CCCM). The special event kicks off at CINM at 5:30 PM with a cocktail reception and open house of the museum’s latest exhibition, Legends of Scuba Diving. Then head to the Catboat Club for a special fish fry and tour of the facility. Go behind the scenes and learn all about maritime history and culture with museum professionals and catboat specialists. Admission to both the National Museum and the Catboat Club is free and open to the public. For more information email info@nationalgallery.org.ky.


Watercolour Collage – Workshop for Adults

Saturday, 18 March 2017, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Join artist John Broad at the National Gallery and dive into the art of watercolour collage. This one day workshop invites participants to experiment with a variety of watercolour techniques and layer them into a maritime-themed piece inspired by the new exhibition Saltwater in Their Veins. The workshop is $100.00 (members receive a 10% discount). All materials including fine art quality watercolour paints are included. Pre-registration is required. To book please email education@nationalgallery.org.ky or call (345) 945 8111.

Beach-combing & Assemblage Art with Chris Mann

Saturday, 1 April 2017, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Led by artist Chris Mann this workshop invites participants to create an environmental assemblage art piece which tells a story. Bring your beach-combing collection (driftwood, plastics, shells, bottles, fishing nets, etc., to produce your very own work of art while learning about form, narratives, and assemblage art. The workshop is $80.00 (members receive a 10% discount). Participants are asked to bring a piece of driftwood to create the base of their work as well as additional collected items from the beach. Paints, glue, canvas boards, inks, and craft pens, will be available. Pre-registration is required. To book please email education@nationalgallery.org.ky or call (345) 945 8111.

A Plastic Ocean – Film Screening

Saturday, 1 April 2017, Screenings at 3:30 PM, 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM

Released in 2016, A Plastic Ocean is an adventure documentary shot on more than 20 locations over four years. Explorers Craig Leeson, the film’s director, and Tanya Streeter, British-Caymanian-American world champion free diver, and a team of international scientists reveal the causes and consequences of plastic pollution and share solutions. Admission is free and refreshments including popcorn will be served. Donations welcome. Seating is on a first come first-served basis. For more information email info@nationalgallery.org.ky or call (345) 945 8111.


The National Gallery Store works with NGCI curators and artists to find the very best products to support the temporary exhibition schedule. Throughout the exhibition, Upon the Seas, the NGCI Store will feature books, accessories, art supplies, and kids’ items that will inspire ingenuity and encourage one to make a BIG NOISE with a little creativity! NGCI members receive a 10% discount, plus additional sales on art supplies and merchandise will run throughout the exhibition.


National Gallery offers guided tours to enhance your experience and offer memorable moments. Led by NGCI curators or educators, tours provide additional insights and tell the stories behind the works of art and artists who created them. Custom tours and packages are also available – consider including a workshop, art class, or art documentary with your visit. We have ample parking and an Art Café offering healthy snacks and beverages. Additional catering options are also available. Tour pricing is dependent on group size and staff availability. For more information email info@nationalgallery.org.ky or call (345) 945 8111.

Contact Us

For more information regarding any of the events listed above and to RSVP please get in touch by emailing info@nationalgallery.org.ky or by calling (345) 945 8111.


The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) has a temporary access road while work is being done to improve site access as well as develop the front sculpture gardens. The access road is located off of Lawrence Boulevard and passes through the F.J. Harquail Cultural Grounds (Harquail Theatre). For a map please visit https://www.nationalgallery.org.ky/temporary-road-access/. NGCI exhibitions and programming will continue as per usual. For more information on roadworks related to NGCI email info@nationalgallery.org.ky or call (345) 945 8111.

About the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands

Established in 1996, the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) is the country’s leading visual arts museum and education centre, charged with promoting and encouraging the appreciation and practice of the visual arts in the Cayman Islands. This mission is achieved through exhibitions, education/outreach programmes, school tours, community festivals, and ongoing research projects. Holding up to six exhibitions annually at our central exhibition space, and satellite venues around Grand Cayman and the Sister Islands, the curatorial team strives to create a balance between exhibitions of quality Caymanian artwork with art from further afield. This is achieved by working with a broad cross-section of artists and ranging from site-specific work to more traditional gallery-based projects.

NGCI is at the forefront of visual arts education in the Cayman Islands hosting 25+ education and outreach programmes monthly, across all three islands. These programmes aim to capture every age group in our community from the youngest pre-schoolers to senior citizens, in addition to marginalized members of our community. They combine arts education with enriching creative experiences which foster creativity, help build self-esteem, and provide effective and invaluable explorations of culture, cultural heritage, national identity and community values.

NGCI Site & Facility

The new National Gallery building is a 9,000 sq. ft. facility situated on the western side of the Esterley Tibbetts Bypass, close to Camana Bay town centre and adjacent to the Harquail Theatre. The new development is home to two temporary exhibition areas, an art studio, library, auditorium, sculpture garden, Art Café and Gift Shop, and a permanent gallery for the Cayman Islands National Art Collection.

As part of the National Gallery’s long-term business plan, an auditorium and multi-purpose event space have been incorporated into the design providing flexible venue options for conferences.


Cayman Islander asks you to vote for his book

2017 CSPA Book Award

I would kindly ask for your support in voting for my recent published book please. Thank you all.

With regard

Hamid Charles

Hamid Charles

Reprographics Technician

Cayman Islands National Archive (CINA)

From: CLM Publishing [mailto:clmpublisher@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 02, 2017 11:01 AM
To: production@clmpublishing.com
Subject: 2017 CSPA Book Award

Your book was submitted to the CSPA (America), and voting is now open. Feel free to forward on to your readers/family/friends for voting. Tell them your book name (just in case they forget) and possible what genre it is listed under; autobiography, Christian Living, children…

See the link below:

Voting for the 2017 Christian Small Publisher
Book of the Year Award is Now Open

You can access the ballot at:



Issuance of Cayman Islands Voter IDs Starts 1 April

In response to a number of queries, Elections officials state that they will start issuing Voter ID cards from 1 April 2017.

The revised voters’ list is scheduled to be out on 31 March incorporating all the verified changes and new registrations. This will be formalized in the final list of voters on 1 April. Following this, the new IDs will be issued.

Existing voters will have their verified details and photograph transferred on to their new cards which they will have to pick up at Elections Headquarters on Smith Road.

New registrants will need to have their photos taken by the Elections Office prior to the Electors ID cards being issued to them.


Dominican Republic Popcorn performing Live



Coco Fest

 You’re invited to Coco Fest on Saturday (18 Feb) at Pedro Castle from 12pm to 4pm where there will be food, music and crafts.


Floral Arrangement Classes

 The Floral Supervisor at The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman will lead a course on floral arrangement with three classes at the University College of the Cayman Islands on January 31st, February 7th and February 21st from 6 — 8pm. For more details call the Department of Agriculture on 947-3090.

Seafarers’s Annual Meeting

The Cayman Islands Seafarers Association wishes to inform all Members that there will

be the Annual election meeting, on Tuesday February 21 at 7:30 PM. in the Seafarer’s Hall, 11 Victory Ave. Prospect. Buses will be provided from West Bay Town Hall at 6:00 pm



Legislative Assembly Starts

 The third meeting of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly will commence at 10 a.m. on Wednesday (22 Feb).


Register for Dress For Culture Day

Host a dress down day at your business or school on Friday 24th February (or your preferred date!) and have everyone wear clothing that reflects their culture(s). Whether it be football jerseys or traditional costumes, all forms of cultural dress are welcome! We ask that each participant makes the suggested donation ($3 students or $5 adults) or more, which will directly support youth arts programming in the Cayman Islands.

Friday 24th February 2017

Adults $5 & Students $3

Register your school or business to participate by completing our Registration Form or email your participation details to: cncf@artscayman.org

Please call if you have any questions and we’ll be happy to assist: 949-5477

Book launch

The Hon. Consul of Barbados, Mrs Juliette Gooding-Michelin, GCM, will launch a new book on Barbadian migration to Cuba on Friday 24th February at 6:00pm on at St George’s Anglican Church Hall, Courts Road, off Eastern Ave., George Town.

The book, “Tell My Mother I Gone to Cuba: Stories of Early Twentieth-Century Migration from Barbados” (University of the West Indies Press) is authored by Dr. Sharon Marshall.


Red Sky at Night

Red Sky at Night is a multi-disciplinary arts fair now in it’s 5th year with approximately 2,000+ in attendance each year. If you are engaged in any form of the arts, we invite you to get involved. All special talents are welcome and whether you have been performing for years or you consider yourself an up-and-coming talent, we encourage you to be a part of this year’s festival.

Event: Red Sky at Night

Event Date: Saturday 25th February 2017 – 4:00 p.m. – midnight


SAT/SUN FEB 25 & 26

Orchid Show



Cayman Islands Lion’s – Cycle For Sight

Cayman Islands Cycling Association

Sunday 26th Feb 2017 6:00AM – 9:00AM

Event Description:

Lion’s Cycle For Sight – Change the way we see the world Start: East End Public Beach | Finish: Lions Community Center – 24 Miles


Girls Brigade 70th Anniversary: Fun Day

 As part of 70th anniversary celebrations, the Girls Brigade is hosting a Fun Day on Saturday (18 Mar) at Prospect Youth Center
February Events at Camana Bay
Regal Cinemas’ Kids Club: Old Dogs (PG, 2009)
Saturday 4 February
Regal Cinemas

Budding Chef Cooking Class: We’re Stuffed
Saturday 4 February
Bon Vivant

Janine di Giovanni Book Signing and Presentation 
Saturday 4 February
Books & Books

Exotic Indian Cooking Class
Tuesday 7 February
Bon Vivant 

Island-Style Cooking Class
Wednesday 8 February
Bon Vivant 

The Bookends Club 
Wednesday 8 February
Books & Books

Daytime Cooking Class: Creme Brulee in the Day 
Thursday 9 February
Bon Vivant

Cayman Arts Festival Fringe Concert 
Friday 10 February
Gardenia Court

Budding Chef Cooking Class: Sweet Treats 
Saturday 11 February
Bon Vivant

Valentine’s Day Moonlight & Movies: Cinderella (PG, 2015)
Sunday 12 February
The Crescent

Valentine’s Day Moonlight & Movies: Tangled (PG, 2010)
Monday 13 February
The Crescent

Valentine’s Day Moonlight & Movies: Lady and the Tramp (G, 1955)
Tuesday 14 February
Gardenia Court

Tasty Tapas and Bubbles Cooking Class
Tuesday 14 February
Bon Vivant

Freshness from the Sea Cooking Class
Wednesday 15 February 
Bon Vivant

Wednesday 15 February 
Books & Books 

Daytime Cooking Class: Macarons for the Sweetest of Sweet 
Thursday 16 February
Bon Vivant

Legends at Camana Bay 
Friday 17 February 
The Festival Green 

Regal Cinemas’ Kids Club: The Love Bug (G, 1968)
Saturday 18 February 
Regal Cinemas 

Budding Chef Cooking Class: Pizza Party
Saturday 18 February 
Bon Vivant 

Culture at the Cinema: Swan Lake 
Saturday 18 February 
Regal Cinemas 

Big Green Egg 101 
Tuesday 21 February 
Bon Vivant 

Daytime Cooking Class: Braising and Slow Cooking 
Wednesday 22 February 
Bon Vivant 

Braising Bootcamp Cooking Class 
Thursday 23 February 
Bon Vivant 

Budding Chef Cooking Class: Mexican Fiesta 
Saturday 25 February 
Bon Vivant 

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