September 21, 2020

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iNews-briefs217Cayman Islands coroner’s jury record suicide verdict to policeman

On Wednesday (17) afternoon the Corner’s Jury in an inquest to determine the death of former ’ officer PC Raphael Williams returned a verdict of “death by suicide”.

The RCIPS would like to express its condolences to Mrs. Williams and family of the tragic and untimely death of their love one, Raphael Williams.

An officer of the RCIPS took notes of the Corner’s comments that the RCIPS should consider future “sensitivity training” of its officers and the availability of “grief counselling” for its staff under such circumstances. The RCIPS utilizes the services of its police Champlain and Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).

Shortly after the death of Williams, Commissioner Baines directed an independent review of the circumstances surrounding the arrest, and subsequent death of Williams by officers from the Bermuda Police Service. The enquiry team made their findings in a report to the Commissioner of the Bermuda Police Service who made their findings available to Her Excellence Governor Helen Kilpatrick. This report will be posted on the Governor’s web site following the Corner’s Jury verdict.


Dutch Caribbean and the 2015 budget

From Saba-News

The website Caribisch Netwerk reports today that, according to the 2015 budget published yesterday, the Dutch Caribbean will receive 258 million euros. This is an increase of 6 million euros with respect to the 2014 budget. The largest sums are earmarked for health care, education and social affairs.

The expected contribution of the BES islands to the national accounts amounts to 102.8 million euros.

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Liquidators of Cayman-domiciled Centaur Group paint grim picture for swindled investors

From OffshoreAlert

More than £27 million of the £80 million raised from investors by the Cayman Islands-domiciled Centaur Group may have been misappropriated by insiders Scott Williams, Duane McGaw, Brendan Terrill and others, according to the Joint Provisional Liquidators.

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Scientists dissect one of the world’s largest squids

By Stan Schroeder From Mashable

Scientists at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa dissected an enormous squid — and broadcast the entire process live online.

The colossal squid, a species native to waters near Antarctica, is one of the largest squids on Earth, according Kat Bolstad, a marine biologist with the Auckland University of Technology.

Fishermen caught the squid, whose eight arms are each more than a meter long, in the Ross Sea last year. It provides a rare opportunity for scientists to examine “an intact specimen,” Bolstad said.

The fisherman caught two colossal squid, the first of which is on display at Te Papa, The Guardian reported. Scientists froze the second squid for preservation until they had a chance to study it in more detail, according to the BBC.

The 13- to 16-foot female weighs in at 770 pounds, and one of its eyes is 14 inches in diameter, Agence France-Presse reported. It has three hearts — a primary one to pump blood around the body and a matching set for its gills.

Scientists even recovered eggs from the specimen. Radio New Zealand reported that the team took tissue samples, which they plan to use to sequence the whole colossal squid genome.

According to Te Papa’s Twitter account, more than 370,000 people tuned in to watch the broadcast, which ran for three-and-a-half hours.

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Cayman Islands Amateur Junior Golf Championships tees off this w/e

The Cayman Islands Amateur Junior Championships 2014 tees off this weekend Saturday and Sunday 20-21 September at the North Sound Golf Club.

The tournament is open to amateur golfers under18 years old and commences at 8am.

The tournament is conducted by stroke play over 36 holes. Separate 36 hole competitions are being held for 13 and under and 14 and over boys. In addition to the 36 hole tournament there will be 9 hole stroke play competitions for boys (20th September) and girls (21st September). There will be a maximum permitted score per hole of 8 shots for all categories.

In the 36 hole tournament, Under 14 year olds will play from the Yellow Tees with 14 and over year olds playing from the Blue Tees. In the 9 hole competitions the boys will play from the Red Tees and the girls from modified tees set up to take the majority of water hazards out of play.

Ties for any categories will be broken by matching cards to determine the winner on the basis of the best score for the last nine

holes. If that fails to break the tie, the winner will be determined on the basis of the best score for the last six holes, last three holes and finally the last hole. If that still fails to break the tie, the winner will be determined by lot.

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ordered ‘demonstration killings’ in Australia:

From Business Insider

Sydney (AFP) – A series of anti-terror raids across Sydney and Brisbane were sparked by a senior Islamic State militant ordering “demonstration killings” in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Thursday.

“The exhortations, quite direct exhortations, were coming from an Australian who is apparently quite senior in ISIL to networks of support back in Australia to conduct demonstration killings here in this country,” he said.

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Trial of Cayman Islands ex premier: FS admits he made a mistake

During the trial of ex Cayman Islands Premier, McKeeva Bush on Wednesday (17), Bush’s attorney established there did not appear to be a specific ban on personal use for credit cards, there was a provision for the debts to be repaid and Bush was far from the only person making personal charges on his government card.

Cayman’s Financial Secretary (FS), Kenneth Jefferson, also said he had made a mistake when he had implied to investigating officers with the Royal Cayman islands Police Service there was a formal policy in place prior to July 2010. He admitted he had not rectified that impression until after Bush was ousted from office and until after the general election.

The case continues.


Watch a math teacher win $1 million on Wheel of Fortune

iNews Briefs Celebrity-Wheel-Of-FortuneBy Brittany Levine From Mashable

For the third time in the game show’s history, a Wheel of Fortune contestant has won at least $1 million.

Sarah Manchester, a Maryland resident, raked in $1,017,490 after solving the final puzzle on Wednesday’s show, with her answer of “Loud Laughter.”

“What a way to start off a season,” said host Pat Sajak as Manchester gasped, “Oh my god, I can’t believe it.” Her family, including her husband, two children and father, rushed the stage and hugged her as confetti rained down.

When Sajak asked the math teacher what she thought about the probability of her winning $1 million, she said it was low, but added some words of optimism.

“Even unlikely events sometimes happen,” Manchester said.

In May 2013, a California woman also hit the million-dollar mark.

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Young Cayman Islands footballer signs with English FC

Elijah Seymour, a young Caymanian footballer recently signed a two-year academy contract with Barnet FC, which is based in London, England.

Barnet’s senior club currently sits in first place in the Vanarama Conference, the fifth-tier domestic league in the country.

UNLIKE Festival 2014 starts next week Sep 26 -28 in Cayman Islands

The UNLIKE Travelling Festival will be in the Cayman Islands from Friday 26th – Sunday 27th.

The UNLIKE festival spotlights art, music, film and culture.

Schedule of events:

Cocktail Party

Friday 26 September 7:00 p.m. – 11 p.m.

National Gallery $40

UNLIKE Festival

Saturday 27 September 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Camana Bay Free

Filmmaking in the Cayman Islands panel

Saturday 27 September 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Regal Cinema Free

“Metro Manila” premiere

Saturday 27 September 7:00 p.m.

Regal Cinema $25

Official After Party

Saturday 27 September 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

West Indies Wine Company $15

Closing Brunch Sunday 28 September

Royal Palms $40


Wildfires rage across rain-starved California

From Business Insider

Los Angeles (AFP) – As many as 6,000 firefighters were battling a wave of wildfires raging across California, which is gripped by a historic drought and near-record temperatures.

Thousands of residents have been evacuated and buildings ravaged in at least one of the fires in northern California, while southern California has been hit by power blackouts as people turn their air conditioning up to full blast.

There are currently 12 major fires across the vast western US state, including near the town of Weed, where flames damaged or destroyed over 100 buildings including the local church.

“Since last year there are much more fires because of the drought,” CalFire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith told AFP, adding that there have been 200 more fires this year compared to the same time last year.

On Sunday, about 1,000 people were evacuated near Yosemite National Park in central California. The blaze that began near Bass Lake burned 330 acres (133 hectares) in a matter of hours.

California, baking in temperatures of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (nearly 40 degrees Celsius), is in the third year of its worst drought for decades, devastating its largely agricultural Central Valley in particular.

In southern California, near-record temperatures for a sixth straight day led to a surge in electricity use, triggering outages which left some 7,000 people without power.

California often faces fierce fires in the summer and fall, but wildfire season began early this year, with the extreme drought of recent months generating dozens more blazes.

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JOE BIDEN: ‘My wife was with . I’m a little worried here, you know what i mean?’

By Paul Szoldra From Business Insider

Vice President Joe Biden needs a reassuring phone call from his wife right about now.

At a political event in Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday, Guardian reporter Paul Lewis thought he was about to get a quote from Biden about the Scottish referendum scheduled for Thursday, but instead got this gem:

“By the way, I’ve been reading the English press the last four or five days,” Biden told Lewis along the rope line, as he responded with “It is a big moment, isn’t it?”

“No, not just the vote tomorrow,” Biden continued. “But my wife was with Prince Harry at the Invictus Games. And I read in the Guardian, or one of them, and it says – I’m paraphrasing – everywhere Prince Harry went, he had this blonde woman on his arm. The vice-president’s wife! I’m a little worried here, you know what I mean?”

Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, led a presidential delegation to London to support athletes at the Invictus Games, an international competition for wounded troops and veterans. Prince Harry was also on hand to support the athletes, and the pair watched a game of wheelchair basketball together, according to the Daily Mail.

The wisecrack from Biden was met with reassurance from the reporter: “I don’t think you need to be too worried,” he said.

On the same day as this latest comment, Biden issued a statement to Business Insider to apologize for his “poor choice” of words Tuesday, in which he said that “shylocks” were taking advantage of military service members with “bad loans.” The Anti-Defamation League condemned the statement as offensive to Jews.

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Why “instant” brown rice may be HEALTHIER than regular brown rice

You probably already know that, generally speaking, brown rice is a healthier option than white rice. It contains more fiber, vitamins and minerals while also having a lower glycemic index.

You’ve probably also heard that the “slow cook” version of brown rice is much healthier than the “instant” versions, which have been pre-cooked to allow for faster cooking times. After all, anything that’s “easy” has to give you some sort of health trade off, doesn’t it? So perhaps like many looking to obtain a trim, tight waistline, you labor over the stove for 45 mins to prepare your healthy brown rice.

But alas, this simply isn’t true. Did you know that many brands of “instant” brown rice contain just as much fiber as regular brown rice and have even been tested to have a lower glycemic index than regular versions? In fact, the ONLY brands of brown rice to score a glycemic index in the 40’s are ALL instant! The regular versions generally score in the 60 – 80s range.

Now, with that said, this same “quick cook” phenomenon doesn’t apply to other foods like oatmeal, where the glycemic index generally increases significantly when comparing instant versions vs their regular counterparts.

But when it comes to brown rice, it seems that there is little negative trade off and actually some positive benefits to gain with a lower glycemic index. Not to mention, it’s ready in a few minutes instead of nearly an hour!

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