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Cayman Islands Registrar to unveil CBP at Small Business Expo

Business owners in the Cayman Islands will get their first glimpse of a new online tool for submitting company information to the Registrar of Companies.

The Registrar will unveil the Cayman Business Portal (CBP) at the Small Business Expo on Saturday, 21 October, at the University College of the Cayman Islands multipurpose hall. The expo, which runs from 9am to 4pm, is being held by the Cayman Islands Small Business Association (CISBA) in association with the Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure.

Business owners must bring valid government-issued photo identification and the name of their company, as it appears on their certificate of incorporation, to register for the portal at the expo.

For more information on the expo, visit CISBA’s Facebook page or email cisbacayman@gmail.com.

 

Celebrate Halloween with Cayman Islands Camana Boo’s monsters, movies and more!

With Halloween activities running from Saturday, Oct. 28 to Tuesday, Oct. 31, Camana Boo is the place to be!

It all kicks off with a wizardly Spooktacular event on Saturday, Oct. 28. Come early for a Monster March hosted by Cayman Heart Fund and the Hart for Hearts Foundation. The march will open Spooktacular as little ones and their grown-ups will march in costume from Books & Books to just outside Abacus, where they will officially ‘enter’ Spooktacular for the start of the event. Kicking off at 4 p.m., registration is CI$5 per person and a booth will be set up outside the bookstore from 3:30 p.m. Spot prizes and awards for best costumes will be given out.

Camana Boo’s annual Spooktacular event is free and open to all and will offer up a wizardly good time, with potions labs, creepy crafts, games including a Just Dance dance-off on the Crescent, and finishing with a screening of and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001, PG) on the Crescent, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first book in the famous JK Rowling series.

Moonlight & Movies will continue on Sunday and Monday nights, and don’t miss Tuesday night when Halloween on the Big Screen offers Moonlight & Movies and something more! After trick-or-treating is done, bring the family down to Camana Bay for the 7 p.m. showing of Halloween family favourite Hocus Pocus (1993, PG) on the giant blow-up screen on the Crescent. The Camana Bay restaurants will be offering food and drinks for sale in stalls lining the Crescent – the movie screening is free and food and drink tickets are CI$6 and $4 respectively.

Cayman Islands Small Business Expo Saturday

WHO: Minister for Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure, Hon. Joey Hew

WHAT: Official Opening of Small Business Expo

WHEN: Saturday, 21 October 2017, 10 am

WHERE: Sir Vassel Johnson Hall, UCCI

PARTICIPANTS: Miss Cayman Islands Anika Connolly; 2016 Sinclair’s Entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Mr. Jonathan Webster; Small Business Association members; small and micro business vendors at expo

BACKGROUND: The expo will showcase some of the local small and micro-businesses as well as the launch of Cayman Business Portal, a new General Registry online service for the Registrar of Companies.

 

Royal Caribbean cancels all calls in Turkey in 2018

From Crew Center

Royal Caribbean announced is canceling all stops to Turkey for the 2018 season in Europe, reports the Royal Caribbean Blog. According to this popular website, the company made the decision, “due to the current unpredictability of Turkey, and taking our guests’ and crew members’ safety and wellbeing into account.” Royal Caribbean has decided to call off the only port-of-call in Turkey, Ephesus (Kusadasi) and replace it with the neighboring Greek ports.

Royal Caribbean cruise ship Jewel of the Seas, was scheduled to make eight calls in Ephesus (Kusadasi) from June to October 2018. Instead, the vessel will now call on Rhodes, Greece.

Vision of the Seas with seven scheduled calls to Ephesus (Kusadasi) from May to October, will also divert its course to Rhodes or Mykonos, Greece.

Azamara Club Cruises, which is one of the Royal Caribbean International brands, has two calls in Ephesus in 2018i, however, until now they are still on schedule. Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and other cruise lines have canceled all stops in Turkey in 2017 due to safety reasons.

For more: http://crew-center.com/royal-caribbean-cancels-all-calls-turkey-2018

 

Full Gospel Business Men’s Breakfast

The Grand Cayman chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International is having its monthly breakfast on Saturday October 28th at 7:30am, at Lola’s restaurant in Camana Bay.

 

State Opening of Cayman Islands LA

The State Opening of the Legislative Assembly will take place on Friday, 27 October 2017 at 9.40 am. The meeting will include the Throne Speech by Her Excellency the Governor, Helen Kilpatrick; the Budget Address by Finance and Economic Development Minister, Hon Roy McTaggart and the Policy Statement by the Premier, Hon. Alden McLaughlin.

 

Major Lazer host benefit concert for hurricane-stricken Caribbean people

By Robyn Dexter From Dancing Astronaut

In wake of the wave of hurricanes that have struck the Caribbean islands, dance music supergroup Major Lazer decided to throw a benefit concert in Miami to raise funds for those affected by the natural disasters.

On Oct. 16, the Caribbean-influenced trio composed of Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire hosted a massive concert called Relief is the Mission at Mana Wynwood featuring appearances by Tory Lanez, Machel Montano, Bad Bunny and more. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the three-hour concert went to the people of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands that were affected by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. The performance raised $2,501 from 111 people on the Facebook livestream alone.

For more: http://www.dancingastronaut.com/2017/10/major-lazer-host-benefit-concert-hurricane-stricken-caribbean-people/

 

We’re not sure how you steal $1.2 million worth of fajitas, but this man allegedly did

BY JOHNNY LIEU FROM MASHABLE

Stealing a million dollars worth of any food seems like a difficult task in itself.

Yet somehow, an employee by the name of Gilberto Escamilla, who works for the Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department in Texas, was alleged to have stolen $1.2 million of fajitas over a nine year period, as reported by the Brownsville Herald.

“If it wasn’t so serious, you’d think it was a Saturday Night Live skit. But this is the real thing,” District Attorney Luis V. Saenz told the newspaper.

The alleged plot was only uncovered when Escamilla took a day off for a doctor’s appointment on Aug. 7. Someone didn’t hit pause on their operation, because a Labatt Food Service truck turned up to the department’s kitchen. The driver informed another employee of an 800 pound delivery of fajitas.

When the driver was told the kitchen didn’t serve fajitas, he replied that he had been delivering them for the last nine years. Oops.

“When Mr. Escamilla reports to work the next day, he is confronted with the discussion and he admits he had been stealing fajitas for nine years,” Saenz said.

Escamilla was (obviously) quickly fired, and his house was searched by investigators where they found his fridge filled with fajitas. It turns out he would deliver them to waiting customers on the day he would receive them.

Following the investigation, Escamilla was arrested last Tuesday on a first-degree theft felony.

The fajita felony has prompted a review of department policy, but still leaves us wondering who’d eat that much Mexican food.

IMAGE: “If it wasn’t so serious, you’d think it was a “Saturday Night Live” skit.” IMAGE: GETTY IMAGES

For more on: http://mashable.com/2017/10/17/fajita-theft-millions-texas/?utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed#7QM5OO3hpiqB

 

Cayman Islands Public Service Announcement

Following a lightning strike which occurred on Wednesday, 27th September 2017, the National Weather Service (NWS) public radio programming on channel 107.9 is off air for repairs, which are expected to take at least a month, officials say.

The NWS will continue to make its forecasts available through all other regular channels, including its website at www.weather.gov.ky , Facebook page www.Facebook.com/CINWS and all local media.

The National Weather Service sincerely apologizes to listeners for the inconvenience.

 

Cayman Drama Society presents A Playhouse Family Christmas

Tickets for A Playhouse Family Christmas are on sale now. This is our family-friendly Christmas show featuring our beloved regulars Fizz and Grizz as they journey into a world of magical Christmas characters. Tickets can be bought at www.cds.ky and we recommend buying tickets soon as they sell out fast!

 

Cayman Islands Needs Assessment Unit One-Day Closure

The Needs Assessment Unit (NAU) will be closed on Friday, 27 October 2017 for a staff function and will reopen on Monday, 30 October.

NAU management apologises for any inconvenience this closure may cause.

 

Client Appreciation Dinner During Cayman Captive Forum 2017

Please join us for the Client Appreciation Dinner during the Cayman Captive Forum 2017.

Please register by clicking the Register button below. Transportation will be provided to the Ritz at the

conclusion of dinner.

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Marrero via email at elizabeth.marrero@willistowerswatson.com

When

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Eastern Time

Where

Coccoloba Bar & Grill @ the Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa

60 Tanager Way

KY1-9008

Cayman Islands

 

Cayman Islands Next PAC Meeting Tuesday 24 October 2017

The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has scheduled a public Hearing onTuesday, October 24th 2017 at 10:00 am at the LA.

 

27-year-old woman shot in the Las Vegas massacre woke up from her coma

By Sonam Shet From Business Insider

Tina Frost, a 27-year-old certified public accountant who was shot in the head when a gunman opened fire on a music festival in Las Vegas, has woken up from her coma.

Frost was attending the Route 91 Harvest festival with her boyfriend and friends earlier this month when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock fired on concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino,killing 58 people and injuring over 500 more.

Frost’s mother, Mary Watson Moreland, posted on a GoFundMe page set up by a family friend that Frost’s vitals are stable but that doctors had to remove her right eye, where a bullet became lodged after piercing the frontal lobes of her brain.

“She has sight in her left eye but will never see from the right again,” Moreland said.

Frost’s family and friends set up the GoFundMe in order to raise money for her medical treatment and overall recovery, as well as other expenses related to the tragedy like “traveling, food, hotels, missed work, and caring for Tina,” the page says.

They set a fundraising goal of $50,000 and have raised almost $550,000 so far — more than 10 times the original amount.

The campaign is currently trending and has been shared over 48,000 times on social media since it launched on October 2.

Frost’s mother said Friday, the day Frost woke up, was a big day for her daughter. Frost is now able to open her left eye and “taps her feet whenever music is playing, continues to squeeze our hands, and even gives [boyfriend] Austin a thumbs up when asked,” Moreland said, according to the GoFundMe page.

She added that her daughter was able to breathe on her own for six hours that day, and that Frost was also paid a special visit by The Jabbawockeez, who won the first season of “America’s Best Dance Crew” in 2008.

Frost works at Ernst & Young in San Diego, California, and her mother said that the company sent her a RARE Science teddy bear “that she hugs and pats on the back to show us she likes him :).”

As her condition continues to improve, Frost will be “moving ICU to ICU, so the whole team will be on track with her recovery” her mother said. It’s unclear how much more short-term and long-term treatment Frost will require, Moreland continued, before thanking everyone who had followed the story for their thoughts and prayers.

Frost’s high school friends, Tara Beavers and Ali Shomper, also held a separate fundraiser for her in Maryland on Saturday, ABC News reported, which drew dozens of attendees.

“We just love her. She’s a great person. We want to her help her out any way we can. We can’t wait for her to get better,” Beavers told local ABC affiliate WJLA.

“Were happy with the turn out tonight,” Shomper added on Saturday. “Every little bit counts. You know the bills are going to [be] high. This is a great for us to pitch in.”

IMAGE: Tina Frost and her mother, Mary Watson Moreland. Mary Watson Moreland/GoFundMe

For more: http://www.businessinsider.com/tina-frost-wakes-up-from-coma-after-las-vegas-shooting-2017-10?utm_source=feedburner&amp%3Butm_medium=referral&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+businessinsider+%28Business+Insider%29

 

Somalia: At least 230 dead in Mogadishu blast

From BBC

A massive bomb attack in a busy area of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Saturday is now known to have killed at least 230 people, police say.

Hundreds more were wounded when a lorry packed with explosives detonated near the entrance of a hotel.

It is the deadliest terror attack in Somalia since the Islamist al-Shabab group launched its insurgency in 2007.

It is not clear who staged the bombing, but Mogadishu is a target for al-Shabab militants battling the government.

President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed has declared three days of mourning for the victims of the blast.

Local media reported families gathering in the area on Sunday morning, looking for missing loved ones amid the ruins of one of the largest bombs ever to strike the city.

Police official Ibrahim Mohamed told AFP news agency the death toll is likely to rise. “There are more than 300 wounded, some of them seriously,” he said.

Officials also confirmed that two people were killed in a second bomb attack in the Madina district of the city.

A BBC Somali reporter at the scene of the main blast said the Safari Hotel had collapsed, with people trapped under the rubble.

An eyewitness, local resident Muhidin Ali, told news agency AFP it was “the biggest blast I have ever witnessed, it destroyed the whole area”.

Meanwhile, the director of the Madina Hospital, Mohamed Yusuf Hassan, said he was shocked by the scale of the attack.

“Seventy-two wounded people were admitted to the hospital and 25 of them are in very serious condition. Others lost their hands and legs at the scene.

“What happened yesterday was incredible, I have never seen such a thing before, and countless people lost their lives. Corpses were burned beyond recognition.”

The international community has been quick to condemn the attack.

In a statement, the US Mission to Somalia said: “Such cowardly attacks reinvigorate the commitment of the United States to assist our Somali and African Union partners to combat the scourge of terrorism.”

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: “My thoughts are with families of the victims, and the government and people of Somalia at this difficult time.

“Those responsible have shown no regard for human life or the suffering of the Somali people. The UK will continue to support Somalia in the fight against terrorism.”

IMAGE: There are fears people are trapped under the rubble

For more on this story and video go to: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-41621660

 

Cayman Islands: Suspected Barracuda Bite

The Department of Environment (DoE) is aware of an incident in the water off Seven Mile Beach by The Westin hotel this morning (Friday, 13 October 2017) in which a man received a suspected barracuda bite.

Following investigations, officers from DoE believe the man encountered a barracuda that was feeding in a school of fish in the area.

This is a very unusual incident and no cause for alarm for people swimming or enjoying other water activities in the vicinity.

 

New teleSUR pre-launch broadcast in English

 

Cayman Islands Customs Registration of Importers Begins Monday (16)

To help importers start using a system for entry declaration, the Customs Department will start registering importers. The registration takes place from Monday, 16 October 2017 until 27 October 2017, from 8:30am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday, on the 1st floor of Customs Headquarters, located at #42 Owens Roberts Drive (locally known as Airport Road).

Only after registration and formal recognition by Customs as an importer can they access the new online electronic system for entry declaration that comes into effect on 1 November 2017. Importers have to complete and submit entries electronically to Customs using the new gateway portal COLS (Customs Online System), which they will be able to access through the website www.customs.gov.ky.

To be registered, each individual has to visit Customs headquarters in person and provide relevant information including a government-issued identification, e.g., driver’s licence or passport.

Additionally, companies and businesses will have to provide their business licence and/or company registration, including directorship.

 

Jeff Webb, former Cayman Islands and CONCACAF President to be sentenced in US in January

According to listings from a New York court, the disgraced Jeffery Webb former Cayman Islands and regional football [CONCACAF] President, is due to be sentenced in January, for his part in the global FIFA scandal.

 

Cayman Islands DCI to Close Early on 13 October 2017

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 12.30 pm on Friday, 13 October 2017 for staff training.

DCI’s main office will reopen on Monday, 16 October 2017 at 8.30 am, and the counter will reopen at 9 am.

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

 

Cayman Islands artist Gordon Solomon created just for you

 

Cayman Islands Conservation Council Meeting 18 October 2017

The National Conservation Council will hold a general meeting on Wednesday 18 October, 2017, from 1pm in Room 2112 of the Government Administration Building (Grand Cayman). The Agenda of the meeting will be posted on the DoE website (http://doe.ky/natl-conservation-council/general-meetings/). This meeting is open to observers from the public. If anyone wishes to submit comments or questions to the Council in advance of the meeting they may do so via email to ConservationCouncil@gov.ky<

 

Cayman Islands: Reminder to Mobile Liquor Licence Holders

Holders of retail mobile liquor licences are reminded of their obligation under the Liquor Licensing Law (2016 Revision) and Music And Dancing (Control) Law (2012 Revision), to avoid any potential breaches of these laws.

The Chairman of the Liquor Licensing Board reminds all mobile licensees to comply with the laws and that the licence is restricted to mobile bartending and limited to private and organised events or functions. No street-side vending is allowed. The licence holders must also comply with permitted hours and any other conditions listed on the licence to avoid actions by the Board. Failure to comply could result in recommendations by the Board to revoke such licences.

Licence holders are also reminded of their responsibility to notify the Chairman through the Department of Commerce and Investment (DCI) at least seven days in advance of events hosting 49 or more persons and give at least 24 hours’ notice during business hours for events hosting 49 or less persons. Notification can be sent via email to info@dci.gov.ky and should include all relevant details of the event.

Licensees are further advised that under the Music and Dancing (Control) Law (2012 Revision), Section 9 subsection (2), the Chairman may, from time to time, grant extensions of permitted hours in respect of special occasions either generally or in the case of a particular licence. Request for extensions will be processed through the Secretariat.

For more information, contact DCI at 945-0943 or 244-2202 or info@dci.gov.ky.

 

Cayman Islands Public Holidays for 2018 Confirmed

The list of Cayman Islands Public Holidays for 2018 is now officially confirmed and released by the Deputy Governor’s Office.

The list is as follows:

New Year’s Day: Monday, 1 January 2018;

National Heroes Day: Monday, 22 January 2018;

Ash Wednesday: Wednesday, 14 February 2018;

Good Friday: Friday, 30 March 2018;

Easter Monday: Monday, 2 April 2018;

Discovery Day: Monday, 21 May 2018;

Queen’s Birthday: Monday, 11 June 2018;

Constitution Day: Monday, 2 July 2018;

Remembrance Day: Monday, 12 November 2018;

Christmas: Tuesday, 25 December 2018; and

Boxing Day: Wednesday, 26 December 2018.

 

Cayman Islands Pirates Week food handlers training 2017

The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) advises the public that it will be conducting two basic Food Handlers’ Certification Courses for Pirates Week food vendors on Wednesday, 25 October and Thursday, 26 October 2017. Each course will commence at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. Sessions will be held at the DEH Conference Room which is located at the Cayman Islands Environmental Centre, 580 North Sound Road, Grand Cayman.

The DEH urges all food handlers needing to update their certification before Pirates Week to register early for one of these courses as there is limited space available. The cost of registration for each course is $15 per person and includes the cost of materials.

At the end of the course, food handlers will be certified in safe food handling and be able to prevent the spread of food-borne illness and disease. Certification is valid for three years.

To register, please visit the DEH main office or call 949-6696 or send an email to dehcustomerservice@gov.ky

 

Cayman Islands Foster Care Information Booth

If you are interested in foster care parenting and want to know more about what it requires, visit the Department of Children and Family Services’ Foster Care Information Booth at the following locations:

 

▪Saturday, 28th October – Kirk Market, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

Cayman Islands: Rotary Christmas Events 2017

It may only be late September, but it is never too early to start planning for the upcoming Christmas Season.

Christmas Events organized by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman:

– Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, December 4th

– Annual Christmas Giving Family Fun Day, Date to be confirmed

– Annual Boxing Day Christmas Luncheon for Senior Citizens, December 26th

Cayman Islands: Older Persons Month Calendar 2017

The Department of Children and Family Services is hosting Older Persons Month 2017 in October. The month-long observance will feature a host of events of interest to local and resident seniors. As well as a church service to official open Older Persons Month celebrations honouring the contribution of older people throughout society will include island bus tours, a theatre night, a seniors gala and museum trip.

 

▪ Thursday, 12 October – A Night with the Stars Powered by CUC, Cayman Islands National Museum, 4 p.m.

▪Friday, 13 October – Bingo Nite (free), Cayman Brac, Aston Rutty Civic Centre, 6 – 9 p.m.

▪Tuesday, 17 October – Island Tour, Cayman Brac, 9 a.m.

▪Wednesday, 18 October – The Big Stage, Harquail Theatre, 6.30 p.m.

▪Thursday, 19 October – Tea Party, Pines Retirement Home, 2 – 4 p.m. *(RSVP)

▪Saturday, 21 October – Circle of Love Brunch, George Town Yacht Club, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. *(RSVP)

▪Tuesday, 24 October – Eastern District Day, Clifton Hunter High School, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

▪Saturday, 28 October – Seniors Gala, The Westin, 6.30 p.m. *(RSVP)

▪Tuesday, 31 October – Cayman Brac Social, Aston Rutty Civic Centre, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

To RSVP please call Vanda Powery 916-7902.

 

Hurricane Irma Appeal launched by Cayman Islands Red Cross

The Cayman Islands Red Cross (CIRC) is launching its Hurricane Irma appeal in light of the devastation suffered by the Eastern Caribbean islands as the storm continues to wreak havoc throughout the region.

“We really don’t know the extent of the damage as full assessments haven’t been conducted yet, but based on what we have seen and heard Irma has been catastrophic for several nations,” explains CIRC Director Jondo Obi.  “The Anguilla Red Cross has lost its headquarters, and as has now been widely reported the island of Barbuda has basically been declared uninhabitable,” she continues.

“We are still working on establishing contact with our counterparts throughout the region, and those with whom we have reached have stated that they are physically well but emotionally devastated,” adds Mrs. Obi.

The CIRC’s Irma appeal is strictly for monetary donations, and the organisation urges residents *not* to make arrangements to send supplies to the affected areas.

“The arrival of unsolicited donations into a disaster zone is at times referred to as the second disaster,” explains Deputy Director Carolina Ferreira.  “The items that most people would like to donate, like clothing, shoes, household items and toys, are not a priority in the immediate aftermath of a catastrophe, and when they arrive into affected areas they create numerous problems for workers on the ground,”  she explains.

Unsolicited donations are not only difficult and costly to send, but in areas where major ports have been affected and alternative locations are being utilised they become difficult for organisations to access and collect, if they are even made aware of their existence at all.  Furthermore clearing and collecting such goods means diverting personnel and equipment away from more  pressing tasks, like damage assessments.  There is also the issue of sorting and storage, as such widespread devastation means that many buildings have been affected and there is a shortage of space. Lastly, often times the affected population is not in a position to be able to receive these goods at the time when they are sent.

“The Cayman Islands Red Cross is a branch of the British Red Cross, and the funds we collect here go directly to the most affected areas as part of the larger appeal by the British Red Cross and the International Federation,” adds Keith Ford, Disaster Manager for the organisation. “The people of these Eastern Caribbean islands are already going to need a lot of help, but the truth is that Jose is following closely behind a similar path and set to turn into a major hurricane itself. We must help.”

Persons wishing to donate to the Cayman Islands Red Cross Hurricane Irma Caribbean Appeal can do so via direct deposit to Bank of Butterfield Account 1360350540060 or at our Cayman Corporate Centre office on 27 Hospital Road, 1st Floor. For more information, contact 916-3345 ordirector@redcross.org.ky.

 

Cayman Islands’ Green Iguana Cull extended

The Department of Environment wishes to announce that this year’s green iguana cull is to be extended until the end of November 2017.

Although contracts to cullers were issued with a provisional end date of 31 August 2017, availability of funds is sufficient to allow current culling contractors to continue until the end of November. Terms of contracts and payment rates will remain unchanged.

Culling contractors and other interested parties are asked to carefully note the following deadlines and arrangements:

1. No new contractors will be signed up after 5 p.m. on 31 August, 2017.

2. The green iguana raffle will close on 31 August 2017. Participants will be invited to attend the closing draw.

3. No contractor reports of culled iguanas will be accepted for payment after 5 p.m. on 30 November, 2017.

 

Cayman Islands Elections Office Open Monday to Friday

The issuing of Voter ID Card’s and Registration to become a voter are part of an ongoing process at the Elections Office even after elections.

If you wish to collect your Voter ID Card or you are eligible and wish to register to become a voter, please visit the Elections Office at 150 Smith Road Centre, 2nd floor, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

 

Cayman Writers’ Circle

Hello Fellow Writers,

We are resurrecting Cayman Writers’ Circle! You are invited to attend every Monday from 6.30-8.00pm.

To make it accessible to everyone, we will meet at alternating locations – 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at St Alban’s Church Hall, 461 Shedden Road, in George Town, and 2nd and 4th Mondays at Sea Orchard Retreat in West Bay.

Bring your ideas and your friends! Please pass this on to everyone you know. Cayman Writers’ Circle Facilitators

COMMUNITY EVENTS (Date Order)

 

THU OCT 19

Older Person’s Month Tea Party, Pines Retirement Home

 The Department of Children and Family Services is hosting Older Persons Month 2017 in October. The month-long observance will feature a host of events of interest to local and resident seniors.
▪Thursday, 19 October — Tea Party, Pines Retirement Home, 2 — 4 p.m. *(RSVP)

 

FRI OCT 20

NCVO Dress Down Day

The National Council of Voluntary Organizations is hosting a Dress Down Day on Friday (20 Oct). Emailncvo@ncvo.org.ky for more information.

SAT OCT 21

38th Annual NCVO Radio/Telethon

Older Person’s Month Circle of Love Brunch

 The Department of Children and Family Services is hosting Older Persons Month 2017 in October. The month-long observance will feature a host of events of interest to local and resident seniors.
▪Saturday, 21 October — Circle of Love Brunch, George Town Yacht Club, 10 a.m. — 1 p.m. *(RSVP)

Youth to Youth Meeting

There will be a Youth to Youth Meeting on Saturday (21 Oct) from 6 to 9pm at the Youth Development Centre in Cayman Brac.

6th Annual Run2Zero Fundraiser

 The Cayman AIDS Foundation will be hosting its 6th Annual Run2Zero Fundraiser on Saturday October 21st 2017. Come out and support us in this 5k or 10k walk or run.
Starting point Seven Mile Beach West Bay Road.
FREE for Children Under Age 10. CI$25.00 for adult registration. Contact us for group rates for groups of 10 or more.
Online Registration (opens August 26th) at www.caymanactive.com/registrations
The race will start and finish at the entrance of Seven Mile Beach West Bay Road
Late registration will be offered between the hours  4:30 – 5:45  you can also register at the Cayman AIDS Foundation office between the hours of 9-2 Monday to Friday
Race Starts at 6:00am sharp
Cost of registration CI$25.00  adults Kids under 10 free

Cayman Council Women’s Fellowship Gathering

You’re invited to the Cayman Council Women’s Fellowship Gathering on October 21st at Elmslie Memorial United Church under the theme Renewal & Transformation: Disciplineship for L.I.F.E. Registration starts at 9am and the day includes a number of presentations and events.

 

TUE OCT 24

Older Person’s Month Eastern District Day

 The Department of Children and Family Services is hosting Older Persons Month 2017 in October. The month-long observance will feature a host of events of interest to local and resident seniors.
▪Tuesday, 24 October — Eastern District Day, Clifton Hunter High School, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
WED OCT 25

NS District Breast Cancer Awareness meetings

The Lions Club of encourages you to visit the District Breast Cancer Awareness meetings and the District Health Clinics.  Ask questions about Breast Cancer symptoms, diagnosis and treatments.
All awareness meetings being at 7.30 p.m and all health clinics from 10 am to noon.
October 25th- North Side- United Church Hall — Dr Moses Gallow

Food Handlers’ Certification Courses for Pirates Week food vendors

 The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) advises the public that it will be conducting two basic Food Handlers’ Certification Courses for Pirates Week food vendors on Wednesday, 25 October and Thursday, 26 October 2017. Each course will commence at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. Sessions will be held at the DEH Conference Room which is located at the Cayman Islands Environmental Centre, 580 North Sound Road, Grand Cayman.
The DEH urges all food handlers needing to update their certification before Pirates Week to register early for one of these courses as there is limited space available. The cost of registration for each course is $15 per person and includes the cost of materials.
At the end of the course, food handlers will be certified in safe food handling and be able to prevent the spread of food-borne illness and disease. Certification is valid for three years.
To register, please visit the DEH main office or call 949-6696 or send an email to dehcustomerservice@gov.ky
THU OCT 26

GT District Breast Cancer Awareness meetings

The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens encourages you to visit the District Breast Cancer Awareness meetings and the District Health Clinics.  Ask questions about Breast Cancer symptoms, diagnosis and treatments.
All awareness meetings being at 7.30 p.m and all health clinics from 10 am to noon.
 Community Thatch Plaiting Class

There will be a Community Thatch Plaiting Class on Thursday (26 Oct) from 7 to 9pm at Heritage House in Cayman Brac. The cost is $5.

FRI OCT 27

Brac Poetry Reading

 The Brac Poetry Evening is October 27th at 7pm at the Cayman Brac Library.
FRI & SAT OCT 27 & 28
The Island Living Show
The Island Living Show is Friday & Saturday (27 – 28 Oct) from 3 to 8pm on Friday and from 10 to 5pm on Saturday at the Arts & Recreation Center. The Island Living Show is back this year featuring the latest home and garden innovations where exhibitors will showcase their latest offerings and ideas in the home building and remodelling industries. Each exhibitor will offer special discounts and prizes
SAT 28 OCT
OLDER PERSONS MONTH
The Department of Children and Family Services is hosting Older Persons Month 2017 in October. The month-long observance will feature a host of events of interest to local and resident seniors.
▪Saturday, 28 October — Seniors Gala, The Westin, 6.30 p.m. *(RSVP)

Halloween Spooktacular

The Halloween Spooktacular at Camana Bay is Saturday (28 Oct) from 4 to 9pm. Camana Bay will be transformed into the Wizarding World of for the day! Children of all ages can enjoy trick-or-treating through the houses of Hogwarts, creepy crafts in the Great Hall, an interactive dance-off on the Crescent, followed by a showing of the film that started it all: and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001, PG).

Little Cayman Spooktacular 5K Fun Run

 The Little Cayman Spooktacular 5K Fun Run is Saturday (28 Oct) at 4pm.  Email littlecaymansports@gmail.com for more information.
Foster Care Information Booth
If you are interested in foster care parenting and want to know more about what it requires, visit the Department of Children and Family Services’ Foster Care Information Booth at the following location
▪Saturday, 28th October — Kirk Market, 11 a.m. — 1 p.m.
SUN OCT 29

Day of Beauty Fundraiser

The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens is hosting a Day of Beauty at Sameena’s on October 29th from 11am to 5pm to raise funds in the fight against Breast Cancer.

0-10-10 Road Relay and KRys Global 30k Solo Run

 The annual 10-10-10 Road Relay and KRys Global 30k Solo Run.
Sunday October 29th, 6am at Morritts Tortuga, East End.
Bring your family and friends along to support you or to join the East End 5k Fun Run / Walk which takes place the same morning.
Halloween 10-10-10 relay (3 legs of 10k each) – CI$75 per team
KRyS Global 30k solo run (must be over 18) – CI$40
Bag pick-up will be held at Camana Bay on Saturday October 28th from 10am to 3pm.
Offline registration will be available at bag pick-up.
Whilst the Halloween 10-10-10 relay and 30k Solo Run are taking place, the East End 5k is available for those runners who wish to run this distance and for walkers and other recreational runners.

This is an out and back course starting 7am from Morritts Tortuga, East End, and is chip timed. Come have fun and wear fancy dress for this event if you wish!

TUE OCT 31

Older Person’s Month Cayman Brac Social

 The Department of Children and Family Services is hosting Older Persons Month 2017 in October. The month-long observance will feature a host of events of interest to local and resident seniors.
▪Tuesday, 31 October — Cayman Brac Social, Aston Rutty Civic Centre, 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.
To RSVP please call Vanda Powery 916-7902.
 Moonlight & Movies
Saturday Oct. 28 through Tuesday, Oct. 31, the Crescent
Enjoy four nights of family-friendly Halloween movies shown outside on our giant blow-up screen on the Crescent.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001, PG)
Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015, PG)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993, PG)
Hocus Pocus (1993, PG)

Blurring the Boundaries Between Craft and Art

Blurring the Boundaries Between Craft and Art
The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands Opens REVIVE! — Celebrating contemporary and traditional craft from the Cayman Islands.
7 October 2017 — 11 January 2018.
The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) presents a new exhibition titled, REVIVE! — Celebrating contemporary and traditional craft from the Cayman Islands. The exhibition showcases the best in Caymanian craft and features over 50 artists from all six districts. Works include a diverse range of objects by makers who are using traditional and cutting-edge techniques across diverse practices including: basketry, ceramics, textiles, fibre, paper, glass, metal, and wood craft.

FRI NOV 3

Chamber Golf Classic

 The Chamber Golf Classic is Friday (3 Nov) at the North Sound Golf Club.

OCTOBER EVENTS AT CAMANA BAY

Eclipze 17th Annual Cut-A-Thon

Sunday, Oct. 1, 2-6 p.m., Eclipze Hair Design & Spa

Eclipze Hair Design & Day Spa hosts their annual event where volunteers from island-wide beauty salons provide special services at discounted prices. First come, first serve and all proceeds benefit The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens’ Breast Cancer Awareness Fund.

Walk ‘n’ Wag

Sunday, Oct. 1, 5:30-11 a.m.,

The Cayman Islands Humane Society hosts a 5K walk/run through the Town Centre with dogs that are up for adoption. Registration fee is CI$25 per person.

Shoppers’ Night Out

Thursday, Oct. 5, 5-8 p.m., Town Centre

For one night only, the shops of Camana Bay are marking down prices. Find discounts of up to 75% off on the latest in fashion, beauty, home goods and more! Enjoy music, entertainment and enter our “Shop & Win” contest for the chance to score a CI$500 Camana Bay Gift Card and other fabulous prices.

Pilates in Pink

Saturday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., the Arts & Recreation Centre

ENERGY Essential Fitness hosts a fitness class to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. Bring a mat and wear pink to join a fun workout where prizes are awarded throughout the class. Registration fee is CI$25 per person.

Save Our Youth Monster Dash

Saturday, Oct. 14, 8 a.m.

Wear your favourite mask for this annual Halloween-themed 5K run/walk which is family-friendly. Strollers and kids are welcomed and Halloween costumes are encouraged. All proceeds will benefit the SOY Foundation. Registration fee is CI$15 for kids and $20 for adults

Feed Our Future Annual Island Roast

Saturday Oct. 14, 6-9p.m., Camana Bay Beach

Enjoy a beach BBQ where numerous restaurants come together to support the Cayman Islands Feed Our Future programme. Tickets are CI$150 per person.

Island Living Show

Friday, Oct. 27, 3-8 p.m. and Saturday 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., the Arts & Recreation Centre

The Island Living Show is back this year featuring the latest home and garden innovations where exhibitors will showcase their latest offerings and ideas in the home building and remodelling industries. Each exhibitor will offer special discounts and prizes.

Diablo

Saturday Oct. 28, 8 p.m.-3 a.m., Abacus

Dress up to scare or impress for a good cause. Abacus and BOB 94.9 FM will be hosting the ultimate Masquerade Ball where there will be a costume competition along with a DJ and food stations. Tickets are available at Abacus for CI$90.

Halloween Spooktacular

Saturday Oct. 28, 4-9 p.m., Town Centre

Camana Bay will be transformed into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for the day! Children of all ages can enjoy trick-or-treating through the houses of Hogwarts, creepy crafts in the Great Hall, an interactive dance-off on the Crescent, followed by a showing of the film that started it all: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001, PG).

Moonlight & Movies

Saturday Oct. 28 through Tuesday, Oct. 31, the Crescent

Enjoy four nights of family-friendly Halloween movies shown outside on our giant blow-up screen on the Crescent.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001, PG)

Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015, PG)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993, PG)

Hocus Pocus (1993, PG)

WEEKLY RITUALS

Toddler Tuesdays
Tuesdays; Imagination Playground 10 a.m.-7 p.m., The Crescent and Camana Bay Story Time 11-11:30 a.m., Regal Cinemas

Children can enjoy splashing in the interactive fountains at Imagination Playground and take part in a live story reading and sing along with exciting new books and beloved children’s songs with Camana Bay Story Time. These events are free and open to the public.

Farmers & Artisans Market

Wednesdays 12-7 p.m., the Paseo
Discover an array of local purveyors offering products and experiences found only in Cayman. Come early for the widest selection of fresh produce and farm goods then browse an eclectic selection of artisanal products and handicrafts.

Open Canvas

Wednesdays 7 p.m., KARoo

Every Wednesday, Open Canvas provides a public venue for local artists to display their talents and work on their latest creations. Art enthusiasts can join the gathering and watch paintings come to life one brushstroke at a time. Painters can contact douglascameron@cib.ky to reserve an easel and must bring their own art supplies. For more details, call 345.946.6633.

The Flavour Tour

Wednesdays 7-9 p.m., West Indies Wine Company

Experience the new format of the Flavour Tour! Whet your appetite with a sommelier-led tasting of two wines at West Indies Wine Company, then experience Camana Bay’s dining scene as your host takes you on a guided adventure through four of the signature restaurants for a tantalising meal. The evening will wrap up with a digestif offering at The King’s Head, a traditional English pub. The cost is US$89 per person all-inclusive. To purchase tickets, visit camanabay.com/flavour-tour.

Toddler Story Time
Thursdays 3 p.m., Books & Books

Toddlers can enjoy a live story reading by Books & Books with a new book each week and there will be plenty of singing and noises and other great ways to get their afternoon wiggles out.

Imagination Playground

Saturdays 10 a.m.-7 p.m., the Crescent

Imagination Playground invites kids to build, dream and explore a new world every week in the Town Centre’s dancing fountains with giant foam blocks in all shapes and sizes. Little ones can recreate familiar objects like animals, rocket ships and more. This event is every Tuesday and Saturday and is free and open to the public.

Story & Craft Time
Saturdays 10:30 a.m., Books & Books

Young readers and their parents can join the storytellers at Books & Books for exciting new tales and crafts that inspire imagination and creativity.

Farm-to-Table and Sea-to-Plate Buffet
Saturdays 6-10 p.m., Abacus

Taste local flavours every Saturday with a specially prepared menu for only CI$35. Whether it be farm-to-table or ocean-to-plate, you can make your own local salad, watch the chef in action at the grill station and listen to live local music and more. For more details, call 345.623.8282.

Sunday BBQ Brunch
Sundays 11 a.m.-3 p.m., KARoo
Savour a tasty selection of fresh off-the-grill favourites with all the traditional BBQ fixings for CI$30 per person. Children 12 and under eat for only CI$12.50. Enjoy 20% off all drinks and “all-you-can-bubble” for CI$19. Coming by boat? Show your boat key and get one bottle of bubbles on the house! For more details, call 345.946.6633.  

Dim Sum Brunch
Sundays 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Mizu Asian Bistro + Bar
Enjoy an expanded selection of dim sum and more at Mizu Asian Bistro + Bar’s Dim Sum Brunch every Sunday. Indulge in a selection of appetisers, soups and sushi with an array of noodle, rice and main dishes. The bar includes bubbles, house wine, domestic bottles of beer and mixed well drinks. The cost is CI$49 per person all-inclusive and reservations are required at 345.640.0001.

For more details on happenings at Camana Bay, visitcamanabay.com/events.

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