November 27, 2021

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iNews-briefs217Cayman Islands customs to inspect outgoing packages

The Cayman Islands Customs will now be inspecting all packages being sent from the Cayman Islands to overseas using shipping agencies.

The reason for this is help decrease the growing problem of stolen goods being shipped abroad.

The new procedure will come into effect from October 1st but does not extend to major traders and customs brokers who need to seek approval in writing.

Wednesday and Thursdays have been set aside as the days reserved to receive goods for export.


[WI cricketer] Holder urges patience from Caribbean fans

From Guyana Chronicle

MOHALI, India (CMC) – West Indies fast bowler Jason Holder wants Caribbean fans to have patience with the regional side as they continue to struggle at the highest level.

Once considered the best side in the World during the 1980s and early 1990s, West Indies have plummeted over the last decade to sit at number eight in the ICC Test team rankings.

The 22-year-old Holder, widely viewed as key to any future revival, said with the team currently struggling, the focus was on returning to the pinnacle of world cricket again.

“Back then we were very competitive, very dominant. In the recent past we haven’t been that good and we have been inconsistent,” said Holder, currently in India representing Barbados Tridents in the Champions League Twenty20.

“Obviously people who watched cricket back then expect the high standards and honestly we haven’t been giving that in the last few years in West Indies cricket. So there is disappointment in a sense.

“But I just hope that they could bear with us. We are in a rebuilding phase in a way and we will get there as soon as possible.”

Holder has played just one Test – against New Zealand in his native Barbados back in June, where he managed to score a half-century on debut.

And while he still considers himself a bowling all-rounder, he said he has been putting in plenty work with the bat in the nets.

“I guess I will be a bowling all-rounder. But I practise my batting a lot, I love it and it is something I would never neglect,” Holder said.

“I focus a lot on my batting. I try to keep things well balanced between my batting and my bowling. When I am on my own I tend to go into the nets and hit a lot of balls at home. And when I get a chance within teams, I try to top it with a little bit more.

“The more I bat and the better position I get in and feel well balanced, that’s better for me when I go into a game.”

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CONCACAF instructs Cayman Islands football coaches

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) held a D-License Coaching course in the Cayman Islands over the weekend (20-21).

Cayman’s new coaches received instruction in the classroom and on the pitch, learning the basics of working with players aged 6-12.

CONCACAF Coaching Education Instructor Neal Ellis said on CITN/Cayman27, “We’ve provided them two days of lecture already with a lot of methodology, a lot of content. So now it’s their turn to be able to present the information. And so far I’ve been really impressed with the talent you guys have here in the Cayman Islands. I think there’s a lot of potential. I think the idea is for this group to stick together and improve their community, improve their community, improve their clubs to be able to get better players coming out of the Cayman Islands.”


Missing Cayman seamen – one has gone missing twice before

One of the missing West Bay Cayman islands seamen that have been missing since September 12th has been lost as sea twice before.

James Michael Ebanks, known as Fat Patty, disappeared in August 2012 and April 2013. In his last disappearance he was on board with Alton Phillips, who is also missing again now.

See iNews Cayman story “Missing West Bay men” at:


Cayman Islands Film Director’s new film to be shown in Camana Bay

Caymanian filmmaker Frank E. Flowers will be in Grand Cayman this weekend for the local debut of his latest award-winning film, “Metro Manila,” at the upcoming “UNLIKE Cayman” festival.

The movie, co-written by Mr. Flowers and Oscar-nominated director Sean Ellis, will premiere at Regal Cinemas in Camana Bay at 7 p.m. Saturday (27).


Zetas cartel leader arrested with seven others by Mexican security forces

From Fox News Latino

The suspected Zetas drug cartel boss for a northern Mexican city was arrested along with seven associates by security forces over the weekend, state officials said Monday.

Samuel Sánchez Lemus is suspected of running the cartel’s operations in Saltillo, the capital of Coahuila state, a government spokesman told reporters.

The capture was made by a joint force of Mexican Marines and federal police, and it was the result of three months of investigative work by the Army, Marines, federal police and attorney general’s office.

The suspects were arrested in small trucks on the highway between Saltillo and Monclova and have been turned over to the Assistant Attorney General’s Office for Special Investigations on Organized Crime in Mexico City.

Authorities seized five AK-47 assault rifles, 24 ammunition clips, 1,800 rounds of ammunition, about 600 packets of marijuana, 250 packets of cocaine and four vehicles from the suspects, officials said.

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Cayman Islands consumer prices rise by only 0.7%

During the one year period between June 2013 and June 2014 Cayman Islands consumer prices rose by just 0.7%.

Marco Archer, Minister for Finance and Economic Development, said, “The inflation rate is partly the result of a 15.8% increase in the cost of accommodation services, most likely due to robust demand for tourism services. However, the inflation rate in the second quarter is lower than the 2.3% estimated for the first quarter of 2014.”

Restaurants showed a 7.3% price increase, household equipment prices rose by 7.5% percent, transport services rose 7.7%, the purchase cost of vehicles rose 7.1%, education rose 1.4%., and food prices rose by 2.4% with fish and seafood (7.1%) and meat (5.7%) becoming the most expensive.


MacLean makes long-awaited move [to SRS in Cayman Islands]

By Stephen Durham From Captive Insurance Times

Grand Cayman | 24 September 2014: Dan MacLean has completed his move to Strategic Risk Solutions (SRS), originally announced in September 2013, following the end of his contractual obligations with his prior employer.

MacLean joins Wayne Cowan, Ron Sulisz and Seamus Tivenan as a managing director of SRS’s operations on the Cayman Islands.

He joins SRS after a 16-year tenure with Aon in the Cayman Islands.

“We are pleased to welcome [MacLean] aboard at SRS,” said Brady Young, president and CEO of SRS.

“We continue to see strong demand for our services in Cayman. [MacLean’s] arrival allows us to meet that demand while maintaining and building on the high level of customer service provided to our clients.”

MacLean was appointed managing director of Aon in 2005 and was responsible for the firm’s captive management operations in the Caribbean as well as the firm’s insurance brokerage in Cayman.

A recognised and respected figure in Cayman’s insurance industry, MacLean is also a former chairman of the Insurance Managers Association of Cayman.

MacLean said: “I’m excited to finally arrive at SRS. I have known [Young, Cowan, Sulisz and Tivenan] for many years, both as friends and as respected competitors. SRS Cayman’s team of prominent professionals is really second to none.”

“I’m very much looking forward to working with my new partners and colleagues to deliver exceptional service, advice and value to our clients and to continue SRS’s enviable track record of growth and success.”

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Carey Olsen receives global recognition

Carey Olsen lawyers from the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey have been recognised as leaders in their fields by this year’s Who’s Who Legal guides. In all 16 of Carey Olsen’s lawyers will be listed in the 2015 compendium edition.

Carey Olsen is named as Firm of the Year in Guernsey in the Who’s Who Legal 100 which groups together the world’s 150 leading private practice law firms based on their international reach and performance within the individual rankings.

The authoritative guides have been produced since 1996 and feature the world’s leading lawyers in 34 legal practice areas. Carey Olsen has lawyers listed in eight distinct fields of expertise.

Guernsey partner, John Greenfield, has been featured twice this year for his asset recovery and litigation expertise. Jersey partner, Robert MacRae, has also earned two listings for his asset recovery and private client work.

Two of the firm’s insurance and reinsurance specialists, partner Christopher Anderson in Guernsey and Jersey senior associate Jeremy Garood, were the only lawyers to be selected for inclusion in this practice area from their respective jurisdictions. In the mergers and acquisitions guide partner Guy Coltman was the only lawyer from Jersey listed.

Cayman Islands partner, Jarrod Farley, was listed in the private funds edition of the guide as were Guernsey partners Tom Carey, Graham Hall and Ben Morgan.

Also listed in the 2014 guides were Karen Le Cras (Guernsey – asset recovery), Alex Ohlsson (Jersey – capital markets), Tim Corfield (Guernsey – litigation), Russell Clark and Alison MacKrill (Guernsey — private client) and Victoria Connolly (Jersey – private client).


French refiner Rubis seeks Total’s stake in Martinique refinery

From Fox News Latino

French refiner Rubis said it is in talks to buy France-based oil major Total’s 50-percent stake in the SARA refinery in Martinique.

Rubis already holds 35.5 percent of SARA, while Simpson Oil Limited controls the other 14.5 per cent.

Shares of Rubis fell 2.7 percent on European equity markets following the announcement, which did not disclose the amount of the offer.

“This acquisition should build up Rubis’ position in both the French Antilles and Guiana and beyond in the enlarged Caribbean region where Rubis is already active,” the refinery said in a statement.

Finalization of the deal must await regulatory approval and decisions from other shareholders who hold pre-emptive rights, Rubis said.

SARA, which operates under a system of regulated prices, was established in 1969 to ensure energy supplies for France’s overseas territories in the Caribbean. EFE

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Foster parents wanted in Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is appealing for foster parents.

They are looking for persons between the age 25 – 65 to become foster parents.

Speaking on CITN/Cayman27 last Tuesday (23) Nicole Carter said, “We want them to be people who are interested in the children. They need to put the children first. So it’s bringing a child that’s vulnerable into your home and making them feel safe and secure and providing them with the care, love and attention that they most likely did not get when they were at their own home.”


Tessanne Chin to perform at Cayman Islands Cancer Gala

Organisers of this year’s Cayman Islands Breast Cancer Foundation’s gala hope to match or surpass last year’s total of $150,000 raised to help fight breast cancer with the announcement Season Five’s The Voice winner, Tessanne Chin, will be performing.

Established in September 2009 by directors Kim Lund, James Bovell and John Broadbent, the Breast Cancer Foundation is a Cayman Islands government-registered charity that gives annual grants to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society. Money raised goes toward financial aid for breast cancer patients, mammogram vouchers, and prosthetics.

The event, to be held on Oct. 4th at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is already sold out. There will be silent and live auctions, raffle prize including two airline tickets to Nassau, Bahamas, and beachfront suite accommodation at the Atlantis resort, plus a cash prize of US$1,000.

To donate or to learn more click here or to send an email, click here.


Hospice Care in Cayman islands to present 4th Annual Caribbean Palliative Care Conference.

The Cayman Hospice Care will be presenting the 4th Annual Caribbean Palliative Care Conference on Thursday 2nd October at St. Matthew University, West bay Road, Grand Cayman at 3:30pm.

Cost: Minimum $10 donation to CHC to register

Email | 945-7447

Conference Director, Dr. Hobday, said, “Palliative care is a branch of medicine which incorporates symptom control. It’s become a medical specialty over the last 10 – 15 years and we’re looking at the patient in a very holistic way. So not just their disease process, but their family, how it affects their lives and we’re very involved in making sure that we maximize their quality of life.


Nevis retains Caribbean Tourism Youth Congress title

(BRIDGETOWN, Barbados) 22 September 2014 – The title of Caribbean Tourism Youth Congress Winner has been retained by Nevis for the second consecutive year.

Rol-J Williams, a 14-year-old student of Gingerland Secondary School, outshone 10 other competing Junior Ministers/ Commissioners of Tourism from around the Caribbean to emerge victorious during the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) 2014, in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

Williams quoted Shakespeare to sum up his feelings on being announced the winner. “Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.” He described the gruelling practice sessions he imposed upon himself to prepare for the conference, sometimes until the wee hours of the morning. During these rehearsals he chided himself for any mistakes he made while practicing his speech, he revealed.

Youth Congress coordinator, Bonita Morgan, who is also the director for resource mobilization and development at the CTO stated, “This programme is one pillar of the CTO’s sustainable tourism strategy in engaging with Caribbean youth to stimulate their thinking regarding tourism issues and trends and encouraging their participation in the sector.

“We are equally proud of all 11 Junior Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism who participated and particularly impressed with their varying styles of speech delivery and ideas generated. The future of tourism is very bright!”

Rohan Alfred of Saint Mary’s College of St. Lucia placed second and Arielle Gaskin, a student of the Albena Lake-Hodge Comprehensive School in Anguilla, came third.

Each participant debated the concepts of accessible tourism or experiential tourism, as well as the mystery topic, which required them to extemporaneously conceive an idea for a local tourism attraction targeting young people.

Outgoing Youth Congress winner, Neila Jones of Nevis, who is studying business and law at the Nevis Sixth Form College, ably chaired the sessions. She expressed her sincere thanks to the CTO and her local tourism ministry for all of the developmental activities she was able to enjoy during her tenure.


Teignmouth Electron shipwreck on Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands

Donald Crowhurst (1932–1969) was a British businessman and amateur sailor who died while competing in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, a single-handed, round-the-world yacht race. Crowhurst had entered the race in hopes of winning a cash prize from the Sunday Times to aid his failing business. Instead, he encountered difficulty early in the voyage, and secretly abandoned the race while reporting false positions, in an attempt to appear to complete a circumnavigation without actually circling the world. Evidence found after his disappearance indicates that this attempt ended in insanity and suicide.

The boat still lies in the dunes on the southwest shore of Cayman Brac.



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