August 4, 2020

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The Spring 2017 Cayman Islands Labour Force Survey Starts on Sunday March 5th

he Economics and Statistics Office (ESO) will commence the Labour Force Survey (LFS) for Spring 2017 on Sunday (March 5th).

The LFS seeks to collect data on the employed and unemployed persons in the Cayman Islands, as well as those who are not in the labour force.

The last publicly available LFS Report was the Spring 2016 LFS, which revealed that the labour force comprised of 41,825 persons of which, 40,213 were employed while 1,612 were unemployed. The unemployment rate was estimated at 3.9 percent, the lowest since the 3.0 percent recorded in 2007.

Trained interviewers from the ESO will visit a total of 1,392 randomly selected sample households in the three Islands over a four-week period. The LFS questionnaire will be administered using tablets (electronic).

Once again, the ESO appeals to the public to give its full cooperation to the interviewers and to provide the necessary information, which will be collected under the Statistics Law (2016 Revision). The interviews are confidential, and no individual data will be used for publication or disclosed to parties outside of the ESO. ESO survey data from individuals are exempt from Freedom of Information requests.

For further information on any aspect of the survey, or results of previous surveys, contact the Economics & Statistics Office at 516-3329, 949-0940 or visit


Maths for Cayman Islands’ Mums & Dads Event

On Thursday, 2 March 2017 the Ministry of Education will host “Maths for Mums and Dads” an event that aims to give parents the support and tools they need to better help their children with their studies.

Mathematics educator Kara Imm will lead the training session and discuss various teaching styles and meaningful approaches parents can use with their children at home.

The training session will take place at Prospect Primary School Hall starting at 6:00 p.m. The event is free for all interested parents.

For more information please contact Frank Eade or Kiva Powell at 244-6549.


Deep-Diving and High-Flying Stunts Thrill

New Royal Caribbean Video has just been launched, “Deep-Diving and High-Flying Stunts Thrill on Harmony of the Seas: True Feats are Behind the Scenes at the AquaTheater.” Get an exclusive behind the scenes peek at one of the most thrilling venues at sea – AquaTheater. It shows the inter-workings of what makes this venue incredibly unique.

Let us know if you want to view the video and we will send you the link


Invitation to all our readers and friends

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

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

Cayman Islands Art Studio to open

Grand Opening Solomon Studio

Door Prize: GJS Limited Paper Print

Purchase Prize: Any purchases on the night will be entered to win a GJS original oil painting.

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Solomon Studio

Cayman Brac, 271 West End Road, West End, Cayman Islands


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

7:00 PM — 9:00 PM EST

Get in Touch

GJS Fine Art

[email protected] 1-345-927-0536

Traveling from abroad?

Cayman Airways 1-345-949-8200

Cayman Brac Beach Resort 1-345-948-1323

Four D’s Car Rental 1-345-948-1599


Cubans repatriated from Cayman Islands

A group of 20 Cuban migrants were repatriated to Havana, Cuba on Tuesday, 21 February 2017, in a joint operation by the Department of Immigration, the Customs Department and Her Majesty’s Prison Service.

Officers escorted two females and 18 males from the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) to a charter flight at the Owen Roberts International Airport.

With this departure a total of 51 migrants, 40 males and 11 females, remain in Immigration custody on island, and are housed at various approved facilities.


Student Stabbed On UWI Cave Hill Campus

From Caribbean News Service

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Feb 22 2017 – A student of the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies was stabbed multiple times during an altercation with another student Tuesday evening.

Police say 21-year-old Akindele Licorish of Free Hill, Black Rock, St Michael, was stabbed about the body during the incident which occurred sometime around 6:45 pm.

Licorish was stabbed on his hands and his right side. He was taken to the Sandy Crest Medical Centre where he was treated and discharged.

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Cayman Islands DCI to Close Early on THU 2 March

The Department of Commerce and Investment (DCI) in Grand Cayman, including its Business Licensing Counter on the first floor of the Government Administration Building, will close at 3:00pm on Thursday, 2 March, for a staff meeting.

DCI’s main office will reopen on Friday, 3 March at 8:30am, and the counter will reopen at 9:00am.

DCI staff apologise for any inconvenience the closure may cause. For more information please call 945-0943 or email [email protected].


Synchrony Financial expands its CareCredit national acceptance network

By Gaurav Batavia, SA News Editor

Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SF) +0.8% signed an agreement with Citibank (NYSE:C), N.A. +0.4% to acquire the Citi Health Card portfolio expanding its healthcare acceptance network in the United States.

Citi Health Card portfolio has more than 14,500 providers and 110,000 current consumer accounts.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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Seagull of Cayman in St Tropez

By Gemma Fottles From Super Yacht Times

The 40m classic Feadship superyacht Seagull of Cayman in St Tropez

Pictured here in the south of France is the 40-metre superyacht Seagull of Cayman, built by Feadship Koninklijke De Vries in 1980 to a design of De Voogt Naval Architects. The steel hulled motor yacht is powered by twin 675hp GM diesel engines, providing her with a top speed of 14 knots and cruising speed of 13 knots.

Photo by Alain Lebe

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Cayman Islands: Drug Arrest Made at HMCIPS

On Thursday, 16 February 2017 an officer with Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service (HMCIPS) quickly apprehended a man who was caught throwing a large quantity of drugs over the prison fence.

Prison Officer Michael Taylor was patrolling the outer perimeter of HMCIPS in the K-9 van, when around 4.20 p.m. he saw a man dressed in dark clothing running towards to the prison fence.

“I had stopped and parked on the roadside of Sheffield Drive, next to the training unit, when I saw a man with two bags in his hands, with his head and face covered in a white cloth,” he explained.

Officer Taylor radioed for back-up and then began to drive towards the suspect. The prison officer then got out of the van to pursue the suspect on foot.

In moments the suspect was caught and cuffed by Officer Taylor. Shortly after, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) arrived on scene and took the suspect into custody.

Prison Director Neil Lavis said several pounds of marijuana were confiscated from the prison’s grounds.

“I applaud the due diligence and quick reaction of Officer Taylor, and the other prison officers who assisted him in the arrest,” Director Lavis said. “I would also like to commend the RCIPS for their quick assistance in the process. In the end two departments worked together to catch the suspect committing the offence and put him safely behind bars.”

The suspect is on police bail, and has not been charged at this time.

Cayman Islands’ Needs Assessment Unit One-Day ClosureThe Needs Assessment Unit (NAU), located on the 2nd floor of Aqua Mall, George Town, will be closed to the public on Thursday, 23 February 2017.

Office hours will resume as normal, Friday 24 February. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


South Sudan declares famine in Unity State

From BBC

A famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, the first to be announced in any part of the world in six years.

The government and the United Nations report that some 100,000 people are facing starvation, with a million more on the brink of famine.

A combination of civil war and an economic collapse have been blamed.

There have been warnings of famine in Yemen, Somalia and north-eastern Nigeria, but South Sudan is the first to declare one.

The famine is currently affecting parts of the Unity state in South Sudan, but humanitarian groups have warned that the crisis could spread if urgent help is not received.

Aid agencies, including the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the children’s fund Unicef, said that 4.9 million people – more than 40% of South Sudan’s population – are in urgent need of food.

When is a famine declared?

Food shortages can lead to large numbers of people lacking nutrition, but only rarely do they amount to famine, according to UN humanitarian criteria.

Long periods of drought and other problems reducing the supply of food do not necessarily result in a famine.

A famine is declared only when certain measures of mortality, malnutrition and hunger are met. They are:

  • at least 20% of households in an area face extreme food shortages with a limited ability to cope
  • acute malnutrition rates exceed 30%
  • the death rate exceeds two persons per day per 10,000 persons

The declaration of a famine carries no binding obligations on the UN or member states, but serves to focus global attention on the problem.

Source: UN

The report on Monday said that an increase in humanitarian assistance was needed in order to prevent the famine from spreading to other vulnerable areas.

“If sustained and adequate assistance is delivered urgently, the hunger situation can be improved in the coming months and further suffering mitigated,” the report said.

Head of the WFP in South Sudan, Joyce Luma, said that the famine was “man-made” after three years of conflict across the country stifled crop production and hit farmers and rural livelihoods.

The impact of the conflict, combined with high food prices, economic disruption and low agricultural production has resulted in the area becoming “food insecure”, the report added.

South Sudan also experienced a famine in 1998, during the war for independence from Sudan.

Last week, the WFP warned that more than 20 million people may face starvation in a series of famines over the next six months.

The WFP’s chief economist, Arif Husain, said a combination of wars and drought meant that for the first time in recent years, aid workers were now talking about four simultaneous famines in separate parts of the world.

He added that despite record levels of international humanitarian aid distribution, there was not enough to look after all the people in need.

IMAGE: Queuing for food aid – civil war and economic collapse are being blamed

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Kraft withdraws offer to merge with Unilever

By Reuters From New Indian Express

A Heinz Ketchup bottle sits between a box of Kraft macaroni and cheese and a bottle of Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce. (File Photo | Reuters)

Kraft Heinz Co has agreed to withdraw its proposal for a $143 billion merger with larger rival Unilever Plc, the companies said on Sunday.

U.S.-based Kraft had made a surprise offer for Unilever in a bid to build a global consumer goods behemoth, although it was flatly rejected on Friday by Unilever, the maker of Lipton tea and Dove soap.

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Cayman Islands’ Jamaican Consulate to host forum

The Jamaican Consulate will host a forum on Thursday March 9th at the George Town, Town Hall from 5:15pm – 7:45pm with a panel of representatives from the department of Labour and Pension. The forum is intended to provide information on the recent changes to the Pension and Labour Law.


Woman suffering diabetic shock airlifted by Coast Guard from Royal Caribbean cruise ship

From My Central Oregon

USCG(NEW YORK) — A 75-year-old woman experiencing diabetic shock was airlifted by the U.S. Coast Guard Saturday morning from a cruise ship located approximately 100 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

The Coast Guard said its 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, was notified at about 9:55 a.m. that a passenger in distress was on board the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Anthem of the Seas.

Coast Guard Lt. Courtney Wolf, the command duty officer for the case, said, “Cases like this highlight the importance of cooperation between the Coast Guard, cruise ship personnel and local hospital staff. Today’s hoist went seamlessly due to the coordination between all involved parties, and as a result we were able to transport this individual quickly and safely.”

Diabetic shock — or diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) — is a diabetes complication that can lead to unconsciousness, during which the individual has dangerously high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) or dangerously low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).

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Business men’s breakfast

The Grand Cayman chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International is having its monthly breakfast on Saturday February 25th at 7:30am, at Lola’s restaurant in Camana Bay. Our speaker will be Pastor Leif Hassakari.


Woman convinced she was speaking to Virgin Mary actually had brain tumor

By NY Post From St Lucia News Online

1NY POST – A woman who convinced herself she was speaking to the Virgin Mary was actually battling a brain tumor, doctors discovered.

The unnamed 60-year-old, who lives in Spain, suddenly became religious, finding God in just two months.

Family and friends described the woman as being happy and positive.

But they told doctors she was not particularly religious.

Yet within a two-month period people began to notice a change in her personality and behavior.

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US unloading combat helicopters to Germany as Russian threat rises

Associated Press From Business Insider

IMAGE: AH-64E Apache Guardians arrived at Wheeler Army Airfield. Sgt. Daniel K. Johnson, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade / US Army

BERLIN (AP) — The U.S. Army has begun unloading dozens of Chinook, Apache and Black Hawk helicopters at a port in northern Germany so the aircraft can be moved to a base in Bavaria.

German news agency dpa reported Sunday that 94 helicopters and several trucks from the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade in Fort Drum, New York were sent to the port of Bremerhaven.

Most of the equipment is bound for an Army base in the town of Illesheim, but dpa says some will be assigned to rotating stints in Lithuania and Romania.

The deployment is part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, which foresees the continuous presence of an American armored brigade combat team in Europe.

The mission is meant to help allay concerns from Poland and other NATO allies over an increasingly bellicose Russia.

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Cayman Islands Seafarers AGM

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


2017 Cayman Islands Touch Tournament

March 24, 2017 To March 25, 2017

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

See the attached flyer and contact [email protected]


Upcoming orchid show and fundraiser in Cayman Islands

Cayman Drama Society presents: NOT NOW, DARLING!

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

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

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

Show starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets are only $25 and are available at or


of the Cayman Islands


Celebrating Maritime Culture and Heritage at the


A Seafarers Discussion – Radio Cayman Talk Today

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

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

Upon the Seas “In Conversation With….”

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

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

A Last Look

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

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

EY’s Art Talks for Older Adults

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

Additional dates to be announced.

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


Free Family Guides

Ongoing – 20 January 2017 until 20 April 2017

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

Pre-schoolers & Parents

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

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

Kids on Deck Family Day

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

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

Weave the Reef – Art Workshop for Families

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

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


Creative Worksheets ∙ Educational Resources for Students


20 January 2017 until 20 April 2017

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

Free School Tours for All Ages

Guided Tours and Activities by Appointment

20 January 2017 until 20 April 2017

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

Educators’ Happy Hour!

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

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


Red Sky at Night – Late Night

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

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

A Night at the MuseumS!

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

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


Beach-combing & Assemblage Art with Chris Mann

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

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

A Plastic Ocean – Film Screening

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

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


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


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

Contact Us

For more information regarding any of the events listed above and to RSVP please get in touch by emailing [email protected] or by calling (345) 945 8111.


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

About the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands

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

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

NGCI Site & Facility

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

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


Cayman Islander asks you to vote for his book

2017 CSPA Book Award

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

With regard

Hamid Charles

Hamid Charles

Reprographics Technician

Cayman Islands National Archive (CINA)

From: CLM Publishing [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Thursday, February 02, 2017 11:01 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: 2017 CSPA Book Award

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

See the link below:

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

You can access the ballot at:


Issuance of Cayman Islands Voter IDs Starts 1 April

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

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

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

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


Dominican Republic Popcorn performing Live



Situational Leadership Concepts

The Chamber of Commerce is hosting a course on Situational Leadership Concepts on Thursday (23 Feb) from 9am — 1pm at their offices in Governor’s Square.
50th Annual Agriculture Show
Register now for the Baby Show at the 50th Annual Agriculture Show at the Agriculture Pavilion in Lower Valley.  Registration for children between 0 and 48 months closes on Thursday (23 Feb).  For information please call 929-9932

Cayman Islands’ Needs Assessment Unit One-Day Closure

The Needs Assessment Unit (NAU), located on the 2nd floor of Aqua Mall, George Town, will be closed to the public on Thursday, 23 February 2017.

Office hours will resume as normal, Friday 24 February. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.



Register for Dress For Culture Day

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

Friday 24th February 2017

Adults $5 & Students $3

Register your school or business to participate by completing our Registration Form or email your participation details to: [email protected]

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

Book launch “Tell My Mother I Gone to Cuba

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

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


Red Sky at Night

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

Event: Red Sky at Night

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

Orchid Show and Plant Sale fundraiser

 The annual Orchid Show and Plant Sale fundraiser is Saturday & Sunday (25 & 26 Feb) at the Botanic Park from 9 until 4pm.
Now and Then Tea Party fundraiser
 The Girl’s Brigade National Council is celebrating 70 years with a Now and Then Tea Party fundraiser on Saturday (25 Feb) at #1237 Frank Sound Road in North Side at 3:30pm.


SAT/SUN FEB 25 & 26

Orchid Show



Cayman Islands Lion’s – Cycle For Sight

Cayman Islands Cycling Association

Sunday 26th Feb 2017 6:00AM – 9:00AM

Event Description:

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

82nd Annual Spring Convention

The Church of God Chapel invites all to their 82nd Annual Spring Convention under the theme “Celebrating Our Hope” with services on Sunday (26 Feb) at 10:30 a.m. and evening services through Wednesday (1 Mar) at 7:30 p.m.  There will also be a special Youth Rally on Friday (24 Feb) at 7:30 p.m. at the Family Life Centre.  Sunday services will be broadcast live on Radio Cayman 89.9FM.

Annual Pension Continuation Certificates

 The Public Service Pensions Board would like to remind its pensioners that their Annual Pension Continuation Certificates have been distributed through the mail and are due to be returned to the P-S-P-B no later than Tuesday (28 Feb) to ensure continuity of benefits. Call 945-8175 for more information.
English as a Secondary Language Part 1
The Chamber of Commerce is hosting a course on English as a Secondary Language Part 1 on Tuesday (28 Feb) from 1230 to 430 as well as a Business Master Class on Running your Business Strata Management from 9am until 11am at their offices in Governor’s Square.

Water Works

The Water Authority is continuing works to replace the water main along Bodden Town Road.  Work will start February 6th and through the first week of March.  For the first two weeks of the project, the portion of Bodden Town Road between Coe Wood Beach and Manse Road will be close to the motoring public between 9am and 4pm Monday -Friday.


Grand Opening Solomon Studio

Door Prize: GJS Limited Paper Print

Purchase Prize: Any purchases on the night will be entered to win a GJS original oil painting.

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Solomon Studio

Cayman Brac, 271 West End Road, West End, Cayman Islands


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

7:00 PM — 9:00 PM EST

Get in Touch

GJS Fine Art

[email protected] 1-345-927-0536

Traveling from abroad?

Cayman Airways 1-345-949-8200

Cayman Brac Beach Resort 1-345-948-1323

Four D’s Car Rental 1-345-948-1599


Cayman Islands DCI to Close Early on THU 2 March

The Department of Commerce and Investment (DCI) in Grand Cayman, including its Business Licensing Counter on the first floor of the Government Administration Building, will close at 3:00pm on Thursday, 2 March, for a staff meeting.

DCI’s main office will reopen on Friday, 3 March at 8:30am, and the counter will reopen at 9:00am.

DCI staff apologise for any inconvenience the closure may cause. For more information please call 945-0943 or email [email protected].

World Day of Prayer
The World Day of Prayer is Friday (3 Mar) at 1230pm at Elmslie Memorial Church.

Women’s Month Church Service

In celebration of Women’s Month, the Boatswain Bay Presbyterian Church invites you to a special service on Sunday (5 Mar) at 11am.  All are asked to wear purple.

Marriage Workshop
 The West Bay church of Christ will be conducting a Marriage Workshop from Tuesday (7 Mar) through April 18th at 730pm on Tuesdays. To register for this free event, email [email protected].

25th Annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Irish Jog

The 25th Annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Irish Jog, hosted by Butterfield and Dart, will take place on Friday, 17 March 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Britannia. The 3.1 mile course follows the cart path around the Britannia course and villas. The entry fee is just CI $10 per person (US $12.50) and all proceeds raised from this year’s event will be donated to the Special Needs Foundation Cayman. Registration forms can be downloaded from


Girls Brigade 70th Anniversary: Fun Day

 As part of 70th anniversary celebrations, the Girls Brigade is hosting a Fun Day on Saturday (18 Mar) at Prospect Youth Center
February Events at Camana Bay

Big Green Egg 101 
Tuesday 21 February
Bon Vivant

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

Braising Bootcamp Cooking Class 
Thursday 23 February
Bon Vivant

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

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