October 3, 2023

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Register for the Cayman Islands DG’s 5K Challenge

Registration for the 2017 Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge is open on the CaymanActive website www.caymanactive.com/dg5k.

Led by Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, the event aims to raise $60,000 for the YMCA of the Cayman Islands.

The DG’s 5K Challenge is being held on Cayman Brac on Sunday, 23 April and Grand Cayman on Sunday, 30 April. The charity event is open to all ages and fitness levels. Full details are on the website.


Cayman Islands Financial Planning Talk Postponed to Friday April 7th

Please note due to other activities the talk on finances has been rescheduled to Friday April 7th, 2017 at 7 pm at St George’s Anglican Church Hall, Courts Road, off Eastern Avenue, George Town there will be a presentation on financial planning by Mr. Mark Gumpright. He will be covering many topics and giving us ideas such as: Planning for retirement, building a nest egg, saving for education, investing wisely etc.

Mark Gumpright is an investment consultant with International Financial Planning (Cayman) Limited, he has been delivering expert impartial investment advice to private clients, trusts and corporations for the past 26years. As a fully qualified independent financial consultant, he has previously run IFA practices in the UK, working in Sussex and the City of London, providing impartial, bespoke financial planning advice.


National Trust for Cayman Islands along with local blogger and environmentalist Laura Butz (also known as “Eco Chic”)

The National Trust for Cayman Islands along with local blogger and environmentalist Laura Butz (also known as “Eco Chic”) will host the 3rd Annual Earth Hour: Picnic in the Dark event on Saturday, March 25th 2017 at Dart Family Park, South Sound during the hours of 6pm and 10pm.  This family friendly event will join countries around the globe in a symbolic lights-out display to celebrate our planet.
Friends and families are invited to  picnic under the stars while watching a screening of  Moana in an open air cinema that encompasses the beauty of Cayman’s natural environment, instilling life lessons and morals from this new Disney box-office hit:  have patience, the world is colorful and diverse, follow your passion and blaze the trail for positive change. The lively event will include a performance by local musicians participating in a drum circle.
Celebrating its 10th year, this global Earth Hour event encourages countries from all over the world to come together and raise awareness about Climate Change by turning off lights of iconic monuments from 8:30pm-9:30pm local time.  Over 172 countries and territories engage in this symbolic gesture in support of Earth Hour.  “The National Trust is proud to take part in this international event.  We have been dedicated to preserving our islands biodiversity and heritage since its inception in 1987.  Earth Hour is a wonderful opportunity to bring families together to learn more about environmental issues while supporting the Trust’s conservation efforts,” said Trust Executive Director Christina Pineda.
Pack your picnic baskets, bring your blankets, pillows, lanterns, and bug spray.  Tickets cost CI$5 (Kids) and CI$10 (Adults) and can be purchased at the National Trust office located at Dart Family Park, South Sound.  All proceeds of Cayman’s third Earth Hour event will benefit the National Trust’s important conservation work.
For further information on Earth Hour email [email protected] or call 749-1121.


2 West Indies cricket legends to visit Cayman Islands

West Indies cricket legends Barbadians Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes will be in the Cayman Islands in April for a fundraising golf tournament.

The “Legends Reunited” tournament will be on Fri 17 March, with a gala dinner the following evening Sat 18. Greenidge and Haynes will attend both events. All proceeds will benefit Cayman Cricket.

Private bank NCB Cayman has teamed up with Cayman Cricket to support the event as a gold sponsor.

Companies and individuals can get involved in the fundraiser by attending the gala dinner either at $1,500 for a table or $175 per person. The golf tournament, in which both the West Indies legends will play, costs $800 for a team of four.

For more information, email event organisers or go to the Legends United website 


Cayman Islands Customs recruits

WHO: His Excellency the Acting Governor, Mr. Franz Manderson, Cert. Hon., JP

WHAT: Presentation of graduation certificates to the 2017 Customs recruits

WHEN: Friday, 10 March 2017, 2:30 – 6:00pm

WHERE: Harquail Theatre

PARTICIPANTS: Financial Secretary, Collector of Customs, Customs officers, invitees

BACKGROUND: This is one of the largest groups of Customs recruits, all of whom have completed their training and are graduating.


Cayman Islands: Saturday DVDL Hours at West Bay & Breakers – Changes

The Department of Vehicle & Drivers’ Licensing informs the public that the West Bay and Breakers offices will have different hours of operation this Saturday, 11 March, 2017 only, when both locations will be open from 8:30a.m. to 3:00p.m.

Normal operating hours will resume on Tuesday, 14 March 2017 for these two offices – weekdays from 10:00a.m. to 6:00p.m., and Saturdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

The DVDL apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.


Clearing of land around Scholars Park, West Bay, to commence Thursday 9 March, 2017

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands – The Department of Education Services will be clearing a 50 foot boundary around the perimeter of Scholars Park in West Bay. This is due to the overgrown vegetation on the adjacent land that was originally purchased for the Beulah Smith High School.

The work will commence on Thursday 9 March, 2017 and will take approximately 4 days to complete.

Persons using the park during this time are advised to exercise caution and ensure children attending the park are supervised and kept clear of this work.


Why are so many criminals and others holding Dominica’s Diplomatic passports

By Thomson Fontaine From The Dominican

Roseau, Dominica (TDN) There was a time in this great country of ours when diplomatic passports were given to diplomats. Respectable Dominicans representing their country overseas were issued such passports to allow them ease of entry or at least hassle free entry into the country where they represented Dominica.

Today under the Roosevelt Skerrit regime there is an ongoing racket in the sale of diplomatic passports, not to diplomats but to shady businessmen, former criminals and others who can pay the hefty fee of upwards of US $ 2 million for this privilege.

It started in 2004 with the sale of a diplomatic passport to Susan Olde at a hefty price tag of US $400 000. On December 28, 2004 she was named Ambassador at large. These funds disappeared into the 2005 reelection campaign of Roosevelt Skerrit. Eleven years later there is every reason to believe that this price has skyrocketed to at least US $ 2 million.

Proof of this is highlighted in a 2004 email purportedly written by Stephen Isidore, Skerrit’s personal lawyer to a perspective client Rene Arciga. In the letter Isidore notes:

“Rene to tell you the fee involve, it is a huge sum … You will be looking at US$2 Million. It is a lot but it worth it. Do you know what Honour that is to have a Diplomatic Passport, a member of the diplomatic core, all Government Functions in your country which requires the members of the Diplomatic core to be present you will be invited as anyone of them, and Dominica’s flag will be flying everyday at your home or office, whichever one you prefers. Imagine you can put the title behind your name and on your letterhead… can you imagine the integrity and trustworthiness it will bring to your business… and the kinds of client you will be able to attract…

We also know for a fact that between March 8, 2015 and January 2016 a total of 41 diplomatic passports were issued. We estimate that about 25 was on account of persons within Dominica such as Parliamentarians and other people of note, which begs the obvious question who are the other holders.Over the years through painstaking research and unfolding events in the press we have been able to track and confirm a witches brew of some 23 holders of diplomatic passports to include, Germans, Italians, Britons and others issued by the Skerrit administration.

Francesco Corrallo an Italian billionaire and Casino gambling magnate landed on INTERPOL’s most wanted list. He is said to have paid an undisclosed handsome fee for the privilege of being Dominica’s representative at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Italy.

Ng Lap Seng a Chinese billionaire awaiting trial in a New York court on fraud and money laundering charges and a personal friend of Dominica’s prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit is among one of the earliest holders of a Dominica diplomatic passport, under this new dispensation of ‘big bucks for immunity’. He received his passport for the first time in 2004, and it has been renewed two times since.

Then there is the famous Iranian businessman Alireza Zibahalat Monfared Chairman of the My Dominica Trade House and close confidant of Skerrit who boasted falsely that his organization had medical clinics all over Dominica, owned a water bottling plant and limousine service among other more outrageous claims.

World scrutiny focused on the nature Isle when it was learnt that the former Nigerian oil minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, under investigation for over US $2 billion in missing funds from her country’s Treasury was secretly appointed by Skerrit in May 2015 as Dominica’s Trade Commissioner.

The list is long and worrying: Serge Roger De Thibault De Boesinghe a convicted bank robber and Nazi war criminal was at the age of 76 proposed as Dominica’s ambassador to Ireland, but was quickly turned down by the country authorities.

Bobbi Wahi applied for and was denied an ambassadorship for Spain after the Spanish authorities questioned the wisdom of having a Dominican diplomat in Malaga Spain.

“In order to adequately assess the request, the authorities in Madrid requests from the government of Dominica greater details as to the reasons for the establishment of an Honorary Consulate in Malaga considering that there are no Dominican nationals resident there nor are there any apparent interests from an economic and cultural point of view.

”Eric Torner Dominica’s ambassador to UNESCO in Paris. He served in that capacity from 2006 until 2015 when he suddenly disappeared from Paris. This happened after his property, which served as Dominica’s embassy building in Paris was confiscated by French Police.

He has since failed to report to the Dominica authorities but one of TDN’s researchers was able to track him to a flat in London where he refused to answer any questions.

Other newly minted Dominicans accredited to UNESCO in various capacities over the years are Claude Leon Martin Skalawski (Chancellor), Udo Carsten Deppische (Counsellor), Didier Vidal, and Peter Cappeller. There are also the ‘At-Large Ambassadors’ like Graeme Christopher Thomson, Rudolph King, Jonathan S. R. Brown, and Leroy Coleridge Parris (Chairman of the failed insurance company CLICO).

Then there is the Chinese clique of David Hsiu, Rebecca Chang and Yu Ching Hsiu. Other holders include Frank Savov, Paolli Zampoli (Dominica’s ambassador for Oceans and Seas), and Vladimir Antonov (a fugitive on the run after a court in Britain ruled to have him extradited to Lithuania to face fraud charges).

Also, there is Timothy Cornwall who can only be described as a common criminal having served time in a British jail. On February 26, 2009 using the letterhead of Reginald Austrie Dominica’s Housing minister he wrote to a representative of the United Arab Emirates:

My name is Timothy Cornwall I am currently working with the government of Dominica, and it is my pleasure to write on behalf of the Dominican government. It is the desire of the Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit prime minister of Dominica that our countries strengthen its relationship and through me seek to open talks of trade within your Energy sector, Agriculture, Leisure, Tourism and other areas of mutual interest that may arise from our talks.

This is embarrassing and downright shameful. Cornwall would conclude his letter by saying “ All necessary correspondence can be sent directly to me on the above details as well as contacting me on the mobile number above. I send you this letter with Hon Roosevelt Skerrit full approval and I look forward to hearing your reply to this matter.

We do know that none of those fees collected for diplomatic passports find their way back to the Treasury but rather in the pockets of greedy politicians who continue to gorge on the misfortunes of a seemingly comatose Nation, too busy with day to day survival to worry about these shenanigans.

Clearly this reckless behavior must stop. The international community is getting increasingly nervous about this flagrant misuse of diplomatic privileges and before long we can expect some drastic action on their part. Exactly what this will be is left to be seen.

For More: http://www.thedominican.net/2016/01/criminals-with-diplomatic-passports.html


Serbia to buy Russian MiG-29S fighter jets for air force

Associated Press From Business Insider

IMAGE: MiG-29 of the Serbian Air Force and Air Defence. Srđan Popović via Wikimedia Commons

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s defense minister says the country is getting a shipment of Russian fighter jets, supplies that could worsen tensions with neighboring states.

Defense Minister Zoran Djordjevic said after returning Sunday from one of his frequent visits to Moscow that six MiG-29s will be delivered to Serbia.

Djordjevic says Russia also is providing experts to upgrade the aircraft acquired from Russian Army reserves.

Serbia’s arming has triggered alarms in the Balkans, which was engulfed by a bloody war in the 1990s that killed more than 110,000 people and left millions homeless.

Serbia formally has been on the path to joining the European Union, but under pressure from Moscow has steadily slid toward the Kremlin and its goal of keeping the country out of NATO and other Western institutions.

For more: http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-defense-minister-says-serbia-will-get-russian-fighter-jets-2017-2?utm_source=feedburner&amp%3Butm_medium=referral&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+businessinsider+%28Business+Insider%29


The Royal Commonwealth Society


St. George’s Anglican Church

host the



Sunday, 12 March 2017

at 4:00 pm

Her Excellency the Governor

will read

The Queen’s Message to the Commonwealth

Commonwealth 2017 theme:

A Peace-building Commonwealth”

Everyone, particularly members from Commonwealth Countries are welcome.


Cayman Islands DCI to Close Early on 16 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, 16 March, for a staff meeting.

DCI’s main office will reopen on Friday, 17 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].


Water Authority – Cayman: World Water Day

Plumbing soon… A week-long celebration of World Water Day that will take you behind the scenes of the Authority’s Wastewater Treatment Plant as we explore the theme of “Wastewater”!


Date(s) – 21/03/2017 – 24/03/2017

All Day


Water Authority – Cayman


More Jamaican babies to benefit from MOU with Health City Cayman

Doctors at the Bustamante Children’s Hospital (BHC) in Jamaica recently lauded the excellent care provided by Health City Cayman Islands.

The doctors’ high praises come after another baby born with a congenital heart defect was successfully treated in the Cayman Islands.

Two-year-old Treshel Harriott recently returned home from surgery in the islands.

Harriott along with scores of other Jamaican-born babies have benefited from a memorandum of understanding signed between Health City Cayman, BHC, and the Jamaican government.

Three babies are also scheduled to depart Jamaica in short order to undergo heart surgery in the Islands.

SOURCE: Loop News


This tiny camera sneaks up on wild animals for the perfect shot

Lauren Shamo and Rob Ludacer From Business Insider

Will Burrard-Lucas struggled to get the perfect wildlife shot for years. So, he created the BeetleCam, a four-wheeled buggy to get close to lions, elephants, and leopards without physically being there.

For video: http://www.businessinsider.com/beetlecam-takes-perfect-wildlife-photos-camera-photography-2017-1?utm_source=feedburner&amp%3Butm_medium=referral&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+businessinsider+%28Business+Insider%29

IMAGE: Burrard Lucas


CAYMAN ISLANDS: George Town Clinic Closures

The George Town general practice clinic will be undergoing necessary infrastructural repairs beginning on Monday, 13 March through to Sunday, 26 March. Normal functioning will resume on Monday, 27 March 2017.

As a result, there will be no appointments during that period. Acute care services (walk-in clinic) will continue as usual, although patients may not have the opportunity to see their regular primary care physician. There will be no changes to the process for registration and admission to the entrance of the clinic will also remain unchanged.

During this period of construction, patients are encouraged to continue to make appointments at the district clinics.

Patients’ patience and understanding during this time is highly appreciated. The Accident and Emergency services are open as usual, 24 hours every day.


Diver finds hidden treasures on Grand Cayman Island

From Rumble Ocean Life

Recently while the cameraman and his dive buddy enjoyed a week of scuba diving on Grand Cayman Island, they got to discover some incredible undersea treasures, including the unbelievable colors and sights of many coral gardens and a vast array or fishes swimming through tunnels and overhangs. The “rivers of sand” dive sight, where this was shot in the east end of the island, was just that – rivers of sand flowing between coral covered bommies making for some incredible footage!

To view video: https://rumble.com/v34e4x-diver-finds-hidden-treasures-on-grand-cayman-island.html


ECCB to name building in honour of Sir Dwight

By Antigua Observer From St Lucia On line

IMAGE: venner-dwiight

ANTIGUA OBSERVER – The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, in recognition of the legacy of former Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), the late Sir K Dwight Venner, said it will be naming the Phase 1 building at its headquarters in his honour.

According to a release from the ECCB, Sir Dwight’s family, his close friends and colleagues will join the ECCB Monetary Council, Board of Directors, management, staff and retirees of the Bank for the naming ceremony in St Lucia [on March 3]

Sir Dwight, who has been lauded as a visionary and a champion for regionalism, was the second and longest serving governor of the ECCB. He joined the bank in December 1989 and retired in November 2015, giving 26 years of unwavering and dedicated service before his death on December 22, last year.

Sir Dwight led several reforms, which facilitated the expansion and stability of the ECCU banking and financial system throughout various financial crises. He was also the architect of the ECCB’s affiliate institutions namely: the Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange (ECSE), the most modern in the Caribbean; the Eastern Caribbean Institute of Banking and Finance (ECIB) and the Eastern Caribbean Home Mortgage Bank (ECHMB).

For more: https://www.stlucianewsonline.com/caribbean-eccb-to-name-building-in-honour-of-sir-dwight/


St Maarten: Caribbean Well-Being Conference slated for August 2017.

From SMN – Network

PHILIPSBURG:— The Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth & Sports is proud to be one of the sponsors of the Caribbean Well-Being Conference (CWBC), which will be held on St. Maarten from August 6 to 8, 2017 under the theme: Best Practices in Promoting Student Wellness: Bringing the child, family, school and community together

Cayman Islands campaign committee beautifies park

The Committee to elect Ed Chisholm gathered at the Jerald Smith Community Park on Hutland Road Saturday to give the fence a facelift.

Mr. Chisholm, a Progressive’s candidate for Member of the Legislative Assembly in the May 2017 election in , spearheaded the repainting of the fence.

“When we did the pre-Christmas clean up in the community we noticed the fence at the park was in serious need of a touch up,” said Mr. Chisholm. “We decided repainting the fence would be another good way to bring the community together.

“After all, that is what my campaign is about; bringing all of us together as one community and working side by side to help make North Side the best district in the Cayman Islands,” he said.

North Side residents are encouraged to join the Committee and Mr. Chisholm in future efforts to improve the district.

: (supplied)

From left are Candidate Ed Chisholm and Committee to Elect Ed Chisholm for North Side members , Helen Chisholm and Thea Ebanks.


Youth Services Unit Host Brac Spring Weekend ’17 Next Week

The Youth Services Unit is hosting the Brac Spring Weekend ’17 from Friday, 10 to Sunday, 12 March 2017. Its schedule of events are free and open to all youth in Cayman Brac.

▪ Friday, 10 March – Brac Youth Forum, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Layman E. Scott High School. Teens will discuss topics of interest relating to them and the community.

▪ Friday, 10 March – 3/3 basketball tournament, 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m., High School courts.

▪ Saturday, 11 March – Drone Racing Exhibition, noon, Bluff Playfield.

▪ Saturday, 11 March – . Kickball Tournament and Half-Line Kick-Off Competition, 4 p.m., Bluff Playfield. Pre-game entertainment, Kickball Competition, open to all ages/skill levels. Cayman Brac FC vs. Academy FC U13s. Half-Line Kick-Off Competition during the half-time of CIFA Division 1 game Cayman Brac vs. North Side.

▪ Sunday, 12 March – Young Adult Breakfast Forum, 8.30 a.m. – 10.30 a.m., Cayman Brac Beach Resort, for 17 to 25 years old. Topics to relate attendees’ areas of interest.

For further information, or to register for the scavenger hunt, basketball, kickball or kick-off competitions, email:  [email protected] or call the unit on 943-1127.


Europe’s largest and most active volcano has been spewing lava for days

By Justin Gmoser From Business Insider

Mt. Etna, Europe’s largest and most active volcano, has erupted and has been spewing lava for days. This drone footage shows the lava flowing. Fortunately, there has been no reported threat to the towns below.

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Cayman Islands: Off the Couch training on Monday evenings commencing March 6

The Off the Couch weekly training programme begins on Monday, 6 March in the run-up to the 2017 Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge.

The programme, which is free of cost, is for all fitness levels from beginner walkers to seasoned runners.

Starting at 5.30 p.m. each Monday, participants meet at the staff entrance to the Government Administration Building on Elgin Avenue. Off the Couch is open to civil servants, private sector employees and members of the public.

The 2017 DG’s 5K Challenge aims to raise $60,000 for the YMCA of the Cayman Islands to build a ropes challenge course. The walk/run is being held on Cayman Brac on Sunday, 23 April and on Grand Cayman on Sunday, 30 April.

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

The 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 www.eso.ky.


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]

SOURCE: http://www.usatouch.org/events/cayman-touch-2017/

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 www.cds.ky or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/not-now-darling-tickets-30338007798

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



Brac Spring Weekend
The Youth Services Unit is hosting the Brac Spring Weekend from Friday (10 Mar) through Sunday (12 March).   The event is free and open to all youth in Cayman Brac.

Activities include:  a Youth Forum from 2 to 4 pm at Layman E Scott High School followed by a basketball tournament from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm..

Call 943-1127 or email [email protected] for more information.

Zuma Glow Powder Fiesta for John Gray High School

 John Gray High School PTA  invites you to a Zumba Glow Powder Fiesta with instructor Adrianna Thomas

Cost are $10 per person and available at the main office or from the PTA by calling 917-9897.



 Rotary Cayman Brac’s 35th Bike-a-Thon is Saturday (11 Mar) at Spot Bay Turn Around at 8am. Call 929.8002 for more information

Drone Racing Exhibition, Kickball tournament and Half Line Kick Off

The Youth Services Unit is hosting the Brac Spring Weekend from Friday (10 Mar) through Sunday (12 March).   The event is free and open to all youth in Cayman Brac.

Activities include:  a Youth Forum from 2 to 4 pm at Layman E Scott High School followed by a basketball tournament from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm..   Brac Spring Weekend activities on Saturday (11 Mar) include a drone racing exhibition at noon at the Bluff Playfield followed by a kickball tournament and half line kick off competition at 4 pm.  Brac Spring Weekend activities on Sunday (12 Mar) include a young adult breakfast forum from 8-30 am to 10:30 am at the Cayman Brac Beach Resort for 17 to 25 year olds.

Call 943-1127 or email [email protected] for more information.


Brac Young Adult Breakfast Forum

 The Youth Services Unit is hosting the Brac Spring Weekend from Friday (10 Mar) through Sunday (12 March).   The event is free and open to all youth in Cayman Brac.

Brac Spring Weekend activities on Sunday (12 Mar) include a young adult breakfast forum from 8-30 am to 10:30 am at the Cayman Brac Beach Resort for 17 to 25 year olds.

Call 943-1127 or email [email protected] for more information.


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 www.butterfieldgroup.com


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

Glow With Grace

 The Glow With Grace Walk is Saturday (18 Mar) at 530pm at Seven Mile Public Beach.



Proud of Them Nominations

 The public is encouraged to recognize excellence among young people by submitting nominations to the Proud of Them award scheme. The nomination period closes on Monday (20 Mar). Forms can be found online at www.MCAYS.gov.ky.

Civil Service Association Annual General Meeting

 The Civil Service Association wants and need its Members to come out to the first general meeting for 2017 on Thursday March 23rd  starting at 5.15pm.  The meeting will be held   on  the first floor of the Government  Administration building . The agenda includes the 2017 work plan, annual budget and the on-going discussions with POCS re- Health Insurance.  Refreshments will be served


March Events at Camana Bay

It’s our good fortune this month to be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in style with The King’s Head. If you’re a homebody, you can look forward to a new trade fair focused on the latest services and gadgets for your place. Aspiring chefs can learn how to make sushi, perfectly paired cocktails, vegan delights and so much more.

What’s new? Moviegoers can enjoy special, one-off showings with our outdoor movie experience. Visitors can enjoy sweet sounds at sundown with a live music series everyThursday and Saturday from 5pm to 7pm on The Crescent. There is also a new toddler art class at Café del Sol every Saturday at 10am – click the attachment above for more details on these weekly events.

Here is a quick look at our special events:


Lions Fitness Fest 
Sunday 12 March
The Arts & Recreation Centre

Moonlight & Movies 
Sunday 12 March
The Crescent

Cocktails in Paradise Cooking Class
Wednesday 15 March
Bon Vivant

Wednesday 15 March
Books & Books 

St. Patrick’s Day Party 
Friday 17 March 
The King’s Head

Regal Cinemas’ Kids Club: Bedtime Stories 
Saturday 18 March
Regal Cinemas

Culture at the Cinema: Amadeus 
Saturday 18 March 
Regal Cinemas 

Moonlight & Movies
Tuesday 21 March
Gardenia Court

Fabulous Vegan Cooking Class
Wednesday 22 March 
Bon Vivant 

The Brilliance of BBQ Cooking Class
Thursday 23 March 
Bon Vivant 

Getting Saucy Cooking Class 
Wednesday 29 March 
Bon Vivant 

of the Cayman Islands


Celebrating Maritime Culture and Heritage at the


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.


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 www.nationalgallery.org.ky. 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 – www.nationalgallery.org.ky 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].

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 https://www.nationalgallery.org.ky/temporary-road-access/. 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.

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