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Caribbean Cup Day 5: The Battle Is Not Just Among The Divers

By Ashley Futral Chapman From Deeper Blue

It’s hard to say that a freediving day boasting four national records was uneventful but the tone has changed here at the 2016 Caribbean Cup. There were less spectators and it was quieter out on the lines. The playful mood was exchanged for a more serious attitude. Each diver focused solely on nailing the next couple of dives to set their place on the podium in stone, clench the last minute national record, or get a new personal best depth. There’s nothing like a competition, quickly closing, to separate those who will fold under pressure (no pun intended) from those who will rise to the occasion.

Remember though that the battle is not just among the divers. The real battle, especially at this stage in the game is against fatigue, ear issues (of which I am intimately aware), and maybe a little last minute anxiety. Against these adversaries we will know about this time tomorrow who was able to hold it together and who is resigned to redeem themselves on the dance floor instead.

The most noteworthy dive of the day goes to USA’s Kurt Chambers who, in a bittersweet moment, broke the late Nick Mevoli’s 100m Constant Weight (CWT) record at 101m. Kurt surfaced strong, convincing us all that there’s more in the tank.

“This record means more to me than my previous in Free Immersion (FIM) because it was harder to earn, the culmination of more work on different skills both in the ocean and pool. It also remained out of reach for so long that it feels like it took me years of pursuit to accomplish. To have earned it before the end of the comp, along with hopefully placing well in the overall standing, makes me feel like I got a bit lucky here. It’s a testament to how favorable the circumstances are at the Caribbean Cup!

I’d like to thank C4, Merman Custom Gear, Molchanovs, Maverick America, and Oceanic for their support. I am also in debt to all the dive partners I’ve troubled to watch me in the ocean and join me at the pool, especially my girlfriend Katie, without whom I could not have nailed my preparation for this event!”

Alejandro Andres (ARG) and Sebastian Lira (CHL) are no strangers to national record success during this comp. They both received their second records today with an 84m Free Immersion (FIM) and 60m Constant Weight No Fins (CNF) dive respectively. Sebastian relates,

“Reaching big numbers in freediving is the popular goal in this sport, but after reaching the 100mts in training I realized everything was the same as before. I am the same person with the same fears and passions. I mean It’s good to have a goal to aim at, but you have to forget about the numbers, the ocean don’t know anything about them. I’m trying to stay present and making my dives pure joy.”

Gauthier Ghilain of Belgium set a record today with a dive to 54m Constant Weight No Fins (CNF). With a failed attempt at the record early on in the comp Gauthier had the “eye of the tiger” going into his dive today.

“After a first Constant Weight No Fins (CNF) national record attempt failed on the 1st day of the competition due to a lack of relaxation, I decided to take it easy and spend the 2nd and 3rd day at easy depths for me in the two other disciplines. After a couple of days of rest, today was THE day! I was feeling super good in the morning, the water was beautiful as always here and I tried to focus on relaxation during the whole dive. It was a perfect day and a perfect dive to set a new CNF Belgian record with a dive at 54m.”

Let’s just say the point totals for the womens’ bracket are tight! Tomorrow’s dives will very literally determine which lady, Sophia Gomez-Uribe, Ashley Futral Chapman or Tomoka Fakuda, will take which place on the podium. Doesn’t get much more exciting that. As for the men, it’s looking like the king will reign, but not without a fight from Kurt Chambers. Pepe Salcedo is still in the running but never count out Mexican team mate Alejandro Lemus and of course the Chilean monster, Sebastian Lira.

Writing this reminds me of one of the reasons I do this. Competition is exciting!

Kurt Chambers bested Nick Mevoli’s CWT record in a joyous but bittersweet moment today.
Mexican depth master, Alejandro Lemus interviewing with Ren Chapman for CC’s LIVE feed:
Sebastian Lira having the comp of his life!
Ghilain giving the “Ok”, elated after his dive.

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Antiguan counsellor receives prestigious Caribbean award

By Tameika Malone  From Antigua Observer

An Antiguan counsellor has distinguished herself amongst a group of Caribbean colleagues, to cop the prestigious Scholastic Achievement Award from the Clinical Network Conference.

Aurica Williams received the award last weekend at the Caribbean Nazarene College’s graduation ceremony in Trinidad. The award recognises people in the field who have exemplified and have given back to their society, having completeda course of study in the area of counselling.

Williams, who was nominated by her regional counterparts, accepted the award on Saturday.

A proud Williams, who graduated from the same college five years ago, has been using what she learnt to increase the importance of counsellors and the role they play in numerous situations.

“We have a conference in January – a network of counsellors from the Caribbean to do developmental studies, and to bring awareness to counselling in the Caribbean and to discuss how we can develop the practice in the Caribbean,” she said.

This is a conference where clinicians and professionals across the Caribbean have the opportunity to further develop their skills, enrich knowledge and create further networking in this field.

IMAGE: Aurica Williams

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Newsday wins Inma Global Media Award for ‘Best Use Of Mobile’

By Hayley Stuart

We congratulate Newsday on winning the ‘Best Use of Mobile’ Award at the INMA Global Media Awards.

The ceremony took place on Tuesday 24th May at London’s spectacular Victoria and Albert Museum and welcomed media companies from around the world. INMA’s Global Media Awards reward excellence in innovative initiatives to grow audience, revenue, and brand – something which strongly resonates with PageSuite’s core values. We are therefore extremely happy that the Newsday mobile app won first place.

Newsday partnered with PageSuite to completely rebuild the Newsday app with a heavy emphasis on personalization. Launched in mid-2015, the app has a strong community focus. Users within any of the communities on Long Island can customize the app content for sections such as: local news, high school sports, events, weather, traffic and more. The app allows users to seamlessly access updated content or leisurely read Newsday’s e-edition.

The Newsday and PageSuite teams work closely to continuously develop and refine the Newsday app. Again, we would like to congratulate Newsday on this award!



Cayman Airways to launch daily nonstop flights through summer at Tampa International Airport

Tampa International Airport is pleased to offer daily nonstop service to the Cayman Islands on Cayman Airways beginning July 1. The service will run through August 31.

Cayman Airways currently offers flights five days a week between TPA and Owen Roberts International Airport in George Town, Grand Cayman. The service is popular for both Tampa Bay area residents who like to vacation in the islands, and Cayman Islands residents looking for a seamless experience when visiting Florida.

“This flight will give Tampa residents the opportunity to experience the beauty of Cayman with more convenience, while giving the residents of Cayman better access to Tampa Bay’s cultural events, shopping, entertainment and attractions,” Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano said. “We provide a fast and easy international process with global entry for US citizens, as well as automated passport control kiosks that expedite the customs process. This makes Tampa a preferred airport for both residents and our guests coming from Cayman.”

Tampa International expects to double the number of international passengers served in FY2016 when compared to FY2010.

Cayman Airways is one of TPA’s most longstanding international nonstop flights, offering service at TPA since 1986. The airline serves approximately 45,000 passengers annually, with July and August being its busiest months.

The daily summer flights will arrive at 1:25 p.m. and depart at 2:25 daily.

For more information about Cayman Airways or to book a flight, visit

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Dart Group buys resort and restaurant in Little Cayman

 The Dart group has confirmed that it is purchasing the Paradise Villas resort and Hungry Iguana restaurant on Little Cayman.

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The Ice Bar and Smugglers Rum Bar shut down in Cayman Islands

 After only 18 months of operations The Ice Bar and Smugglers Rum Bar have closed down.

The businesses were located in the Flagship Building in George Town, Grand Cayman.


NWDA Community Outreach in June

A National Workforce Development Agency (NWDA) representative will be at the district libraries to assist the public with registration for the following programmes: Job-Link, which helps people search online job listings and to self-refer for vacancies; National Training, which offers workshops and internship opportunities; Career Interest Profiler, which helps to assess career interests and explore career options.

Representatives will also assist with preparing resumes and getting ready for interviews. Free mini-workshops on site will teach communications skills and customer service.

The outreach sessions will be held at North Side Library on Monday, 6 June 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; East End Library: Wednesday, 8 June, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; West Bay Library: Wednesday, 15 June, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Bodden Town Library: Monday, 20 June, 10: a.m. – 1 p.m.

For more information contact the NWDA at 945-3114 or email [email protected]


Cayman Islands: Register for the CNCF Summer Arts Camp

Learn new skills while having fun this summer. Registration is open for the Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s Summer Arts Camp.

Set to take place 11 – 19 August, the camp is open to students ages 7 – 16. Children 6 years old are accepted if an older sibling is enrolled in the camp.

Students will engage in activities that focus on the visual, traditional and performing arts, with classes in drama, storytelling, dance, and more. Students will also get to take part in field trips that highlight Cayman’s cultural and maritime heritage.

Registration forms can be found online at and are due by Thursday 30 June. Membership cost is $150 per child for seven days. Snacks and lunch are included. Payment is due Friday 15 July.

For more information about the camp you can email [email protected] or call 949-5477.

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Cayman Drama Society: Friday, Saturday and countdown to the funniest show on earth!

Join usFriday (3) for our production meeting and come party on Saturday night as we Kiss the Bar Goodbye with ManGoJam!
…and for goodness sake do not forget to book your tickets to the award winning, internationally famous, funniest comedy ever!

Have you got your tickets yet for the funniest play of the year? Join us for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) Click here for tickets:

Don’t miss helping us plan for our 2017 theatre season! Join us for Happy Hour and production meeting on Friday, June 3rd. Happy hour starts at 6:30PM

Come out on Saturday June 4th from 7:30pm- Midnight to enjoy live music, singing, dancing and drink specials! Entrance is by donations ( $10 suggestion)! Funds will go to the renovation of Curtain Call Bar, the bar that many of you have created some very special memories in! Live music will be by the amazing ManGoJam! This is an event you won’t want to miss! Tell all your friends!

See you at The Prospect Playhouse!

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Community Meeting On Little Cayman With Inspector





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Rebecca is up for adoption

Rebecca4-2From Cayman Islands Humane Society

Rebecca plans to steal your heart! This small girl has so much love to give. Rebecca was left in the drop box with her puppy. She has clearly been neglected and tied up for breeding. This sweet-natured girl is putting her past behind her and is moving on. She is a friendly girl who is beginning to enjoy life. She loves walks with her new bestie Nyah. She will now come over for a stroke and kiss. Could you be the lucky one to take Rebecca home?

Call us on 949 1461 to adopt

MRCU Aerial Operations

The Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) will be conducting seasonal aerial operations over mosquito breeding swamps in the Sister Islands and Grand Cayman throughout the forthcoming week (Friday, 27 May to Friday, 03 June).

Operations will involve low-level flights during the mornings and late afternoons. MRCU aircraft will drop pellets designed to stop the swamp mosquito larvae developing in water, which will be activated when the rainy season begins. Swamp mosquitoes are not a public health threat, but bite, spread heartworm in dogs and are a nuisance throughout the islands.

For further information about the aerial operation and daily schedules, visit MRCU’s Facebook page, or call 949-2557.


Cayman Islands Public Celebration for Queen’s Birthday

The public is invited to attend official celebrations of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday on Saturday 11 June 2016.

A parade by the uniformed services begins at 9:30am, and will be followed by a brief ceremony at the Legislative Assembly, recognising recipients of Queen’s Honours.

A garden party on the lawn of Government House will immediately follow the ceremony (10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.) A dress code of semi-formal day dress will be enforced. Hats are optional.


Cayman Islands What’s Happening at UCCI?

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister to Discuss International Terrorism and Caribbean Preparedness


Thursday, 16 June | 6:00 pm | UCCI Sir Vassel Johnson Hall

Recent international events have posed considerable questions regarding global insecurity.

The multiple manifestations of this encompass radical and extreme religious world views, environmental degradation, food insecurity and the movement of peoples. Of particular urgency is global terrorism.

While it is clear that the Caribbean is not impervious to the reality of international terrorism, it can be argued that the peoples of the region do not know enough of how prepared their countries are.

In the latest installment of the UCCI Distinguished Lecture Series, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines explains the nature of this reality, the extent to which Caribbean countries are affected, or might be, and their levels of preparedness. As an important player in CARICOM, the Prime Minister will outline regional plans to counter global terrorism.

Large groups are encouraged to reserve seats as soon as possible as space is limited.

High school students (including Dual Enrollment applicants) must not await their external exam results (e.g. CXC, IGCSE, etc.) to submit their online applicaiton. Exam results can be submitted as soon as they become available.

All supporting documentation should be brought in to the Office of the Registrar by

Thursday, 30 June 2016.

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Cayman National Choir & Orchestra Presents The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration Concert

CNC concert

Bullying: Legislation, Policy or Both

The Cayman Islands Law Reform Commission is asking for public comment a Discussion Paper: “Bullying: Legislation, Policy or Both”. The Paper can be found online at Submissions can be emailed to [email protected] or delivered to the Director of the Law Reform Commission at the .

Consumer Protecton: Entrenching Consumer Supremacy in Cayman Islands Legislation

The Cayman Islands Law Reform Commission is asking for public comment a Discussion Paper: “Consumer Protection: Entrenching Consumer Supremacy in Cayman Islands Legislation”. The Paper can be found online at Submissions can be emailed to [email protected] or delivered to the Director of the Law Reform Commission at the Government Administration Building.

Public Transport Unit and Bus Depot Closure

The Public Transport Unit and Bus Depot will be closed on Friday (3 Jun).


Shark Family Fun Day
Celebrate Cayman’s sharks and the first anniversary of the country’s Shark Protection Law at Divetech in West Bay on Saturday (4 Jun) from 12 — 5pm. There will be free snorkeling, finger food, White Tip, face painting and shark-themed activities for kids.

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CI Little League annual fundraiser

You’re invited to the CI Little League annual fundraiser with a$10,000 grand prize on Saturday (4 Jun) at 6pm. For more information or for raffle tickets, call 916.5643.

Caywriters Writing Workshop

Caywriters Writing Workshop is Saturday (4 Jun) from 1230 — 2pm at the George Town Library. Register online at


Needs Assessment Unit Hours Extension

In order to better serve the community and meet the needs of its clients, the Needs Assessment Unit will extend its hours of operation until 6:30PM Mondays to Thursdays starting Monday (6 Jun)



Cayman Gospel Workshop 2016

The Cayman Gospel Workshop 2016 is Tuesday and Wednesday (7 & 8 Jun) at First Baptist Church at 7pm. There will be a concert on Friday (10 Jun) at 730pm.

Moonlight and Movies Summer Series

Moonlight and Movies Summer Series kicks off on Tuesday (7 Jun) in Gardenia Court at Camana Bay at 7pm. Movies will be shown every Tuesday through August.

Special Olympics Bocce

The 2016 Special Olympics Committee invites you to the Bocce event on Tuesday (7 Jun) at 2pm at Lighthouse School


Bookends Club

The Bookends Club will meet on Wednesday (8 Jun) at 630pm at Books and Books.

Special Olympics Track & Field

The 2016 Special Olympics Committee invites you to the Track & Field event on Wednesday (8 Jun) at 530pm at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.


Book Launch By J. Lemuel Hurlston


Employment: Basics

The Chamber of Commerce presents a course on Employment: Basics on Thursday (9 Jun) from 9 — 1pm. Register online at

Diversity in the Workplace

The Chamber of Commerce presents a course on Diversity in the Workplace on Thursday (9 Jun) from 9 — 430pm. Register online at


Convention 2016

The Church of God Seventh Day in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands presents Convention 2016 under the theme Jesus, the Hope For This Time and Season at Mary Miller Hall on Friday (10 Jun) at 6pm, Saturday (11 Jun) at 9am and 430pm and on Sunday (12 Jun) at 10am and 6pm.



Queen’s Birthday Parade

The public is invited to attend official celebrations of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday on Saturday (11 Jun.) A parade by the uniformed services begins at 9:30am, and will be followed by a brief ceremony at the Legislative Assembly, recognising recipients of Queen’s Honours. A garden party on the lawn of Government House will immediately follow the ceremony at 10:15 a.m. — 11:45 a.m.

Young Image Makers Competition Online Voting

The public is invited take part in Young Image Makers Competition by voting online for their favorite films. Voting runs through June 11th. To access the link, the public can go to



Annual All-Day Meeting

You’re invited to the Annual All-Day Meeting at the Church of God Full Gospel Hall in North Side on Sunday (12 Jun) at the North Side Civic Center with morning worship at 11am, praise service at 3pm and evangelistic service at 715pm. There will be special evangelistic services Monday — Friday (13 — 17 Jun) at 730pm.



Burnis Ebanks ‘Lil’B’ Barkers Bay Fishing Tournament

The Burnis Ebanks ‘Lil’B’ Barkers Bay Fishing Tournament is Monday (13 Jun). The event starts at 9 with prizes at 1pm. Call 916.1559 for more information.

4th Annual Queen’s Birthday Tea Party

The National Trust Cayman Brac District Committee invites you to the 4th Annual Queen’s Birthday Tea Party fundraiser and membership drive on Monday (13 Jun) at Heritage House from 4 — 630pm.


June Events at Camana Bay

We want to help you celebrate Dad this Father’s Day. From a family portrait session with Picture This Studios in beautiful Gardenia Court to a cooking class for dads and kids to whip up tasty treats at Bon Vivant, there are ample opportunities for bonding experiences this Father’s Day at Camana Bay.

With summer approaching, we have some exciting events to welcome this school’s-out season, including the return of our popular Moonlight & Movies series and a cooking class featuring the king of the grill, the Big Green Egg. Foodies can also enjoy an unforgettable night with a feast under the stars at Ortanique’s pig roast.

Here is a quick look at our special events:

Budding Chef Summer Tween Classes

Every Tuesday, 31 May through 28 June


Bon Vivant

Isy B. Fashion Show

Thursday 2 June


Sand Angels

Tai Chi

Sunday 5 June


The Crescent

Moonlight & Movies: Summer Series

Every Tuesday, June through August


Gardenia Court

The Bookends Club

Wednesday 8 June


Books & Books

Father’s Day Portraits

Saturday 11 June


Indian Infusion Cooking Class

Tuesday 14 June


Bon Vivant

Easy Entertaining Cooking Class

Wednesday 15 June


Bon Vivant


Wednesday 15 June


Books & Books

Father’s Day Duo Cooking Class

Saturday 18 June


Culture at the Cinema: Shakespeare’s As You Like It

Saturday 18 June


Regal Cinemas

Big Green Egg and Bourbon Cooking Class

Tuesday 21 June


Bon Vivant

Cayman 27’s Island Living Show

Friday 24 June and Saturday 25 June

5-8pm and 10am-4pm

The Arts & Recreation Centre

Island-Style Cooking Class

Tuesday 28 June


Bon Vivant

Ortanique’s Final Pig Roast

Tuesday 28 June


The Island

Cuisine of the Sun Dinner

Thursday 30 June




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