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Cayman Islands Post Office Closures

Postal Service clients are advised of changes to its operations on two days during April.

All of Grand Cayman’s post offices will close at 12:30p.m. next Tuesday, 4 April 2017, to facilitate a staff function.

However, the post offices on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman will operate as normal.

Then, on Tuesday, 25 April, post offices on all three Islands will be closed all day, to facilitate staff development.

 

Trinidad issues Yellow Fever Advisory

From Caribbean News Service

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Mar 29 2017 – The Ministry of Health has advised that effective March 22, travelers from Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Suriname are required to present proof of vaccination against Yellow Fever through a valid International Certificate of Vaccination.

Stakeholders at the Piarco International Airport, including the Immigration Division of the Ministry of National Security, have been advised on the enforcement of these requirements.

Immigration Officers have been trained in the use of a decision tool to guide the verification process of travellers entering Trinidad & Tobago from the specified countries.

Caribbean Airlines says passengers should liaise with their travel agents for a list of the Yellow Fever vaccination requirements of various countries, territories, and areas before their scheduled departure.

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For more: http://caribbeannewsservice.com/now/trinidad-issues-yellow-fever-advisory/

 

Take a balloon ride to space

From Mashable

Float 100,000 feet above Earth in the latest episode of The Possible

The Possible, a Within Original Series, a double-feature with GE’s Unimpossible Missions, in partnership with Mashable

The Possible: “A Balloon Ride to Space”

A Balloon Ride to Space,” episode 4 of THE POSSIBLE, takes you where few have gone before. You’ll witness the construction of a technologically advanced balloon that, when inflated, is as big as a football stadium…soar 100,000 feet above Earth…and experience an utterly unique and awe-inspiring perspective on the planet we call home. World View, the company behind the balloon, plans to offer commercial flights starting in 2018.

Until then, “A Balloon Ride to Space” is the closest most of us will get to the very edge of space. Then, stay tuned for GE’s “Fighting Fire With Fire.”

For more and to download app: http://mashable.com/2017/03/30/within-balloon-to-space/?utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed#2bHTppCaZGq7

 

Volkswagen reaches $157M ‘Dieselgate’ settlement; gets approval to sell diesels again

By Ashlee Kieler From Consumerist

Making progress VOlkswagen settlement deal agreement starting the sale for sale fixing the defect defeat devices Dieselgate

Volkswagen is inching closer to putting its “Dieselgate” scandal in the rearview mirror. The automaker has agreed to a $157 million settlement that will end lawsuits in 10 states, and it has been cleared to start selling diesels in the U.S. again.

Volkswagen announced Thursday that it had reached an agreement [PDF] with the attorneys general of 10 states to resolve additional environmental and consumer claims over its use of so-called “defeat devices” to skirt federal emissions standards.

The $157 million settlement will be split between Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington and used to offset the environmental impact of the excess emissions.

Each of the states in the settlement are what is referred to as “Section 177 States.” This means they have all incorporated into their state law more stringent auto emissions standards established by California under the Clean Air Act.

By reaching the agreement, VW says it “avoids further prolonged and costly litigation as Volkswagen continues to work to earn back the trust of its customers, regulators and the public.”

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who accused VW of committing fraud in a July 2106 lawsuit, says his state will receive $32.5 million as a result of the settlement.

“Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche tried to pull off an extraordinarily cynical corporate fraud – deceiving hundreds of thousands of consumers, pumping thousands of tons of harmful pollution into our air, and flouting New York and federal environmental laws designed to protect public health,” Attorney General Schneiderman said in a statement. “Now, this state environmental penalty makes clear that no company – however large or powerful – is above the law in New York.”

The agreement is in addition to VW’s previous 44-state settlement reached last year to resolve state consumer protection claims. However, the company notes that settlement did not include claims for injunctive relief or restitution related to 3.0L TDI V6 vehicles, which are included in the settlement announced today.

In other VW “Dieselgate” news, Bloomberg reports that the car maker announced that nearly two years after it stopped selling diesel-engine vehicles in the U.S. it has received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency to allow dealers to offer for sale model year 2015 vehicles with approved emission modifications.

A spokesperson for VW tells Bloomberg the company is still finalizing the details of the program.

For now, the sales will apply only to the approximately 12,000 vehicles in dealer stock. The spokesperson tells Bloomberg that eventually sales will include used 2015 diesels that have been bought back by the carmaker as part of its settlement with U.S. regulators.

VW issued a stop sale on the vehicles in Sept. 2015, just days after the company’s use of so-called “defeat devices” to skirt federal emissions standards came to light.

The emissions software update was actually approved in January when the EPA and the California Air Resources Board said VW had provided an adequate fix for 70,000 2-liter Volkswagen vehicles that release up to 40-times the allowable rate of nitrogen oxide.

The remedy, which is to take place in two phases over the next year, applied to model year 2015 Volkswagen Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, and Passat, and the model year 2015 diesel Audi A3.

The first phase, available now, will remove the defeat device software and replace it with software that directs the emission controls to function effectively in all typical vehicle operation, the EPA says.

The second phase, which will take place next year, involves VW installing additional software updates and hardware, including a diesel particulate filter, diesel oxidation catalyst, and NOx catalyst — all of which are needed to maintain vehicle reliability and emissions performance over time.

Image: courtesy of freshwater 2006

For more on this story go to: https://consumerist.com/2017/03/30/volkswagen-reaches-157m-dieselgate-settlement-gets-approval-to-sell-diesels-again/

 

 

Storm possibly forming… way north of the Caribbean

From 721News

Storm possibly forming…

An area of disturbance way north of the Caribbean (northeast of the Bahamas) was showing signs of developing during the last few days. The NHC (National Hurricane Center) gave this system a 20-30% chance to develop within the next 5 days; however certain conditions may NOT allow further development to take place.

If it does develop (against all odds) into a tropical (or sub-tropical) storm, it will be named Arlene. This system, however, will NOT affect the SSS Islands or the rest of the Caribbean.

For more: https://721news.com/weather/storm-possibly-forming-way-north-caribbean/

 

US: No LGBTQ category included in census proposal for 2020 count

From Newsmax

The U.S. Census Bureau did not include a separate count of LGBTQ Americans in its proposal for the 2020 Census.

The category had been sought by gay rights advocates.

The bureau counts Americans according to race, gender and other characteristics. Its proposal submitted to Congress this week did not have a separate category for LGBTQ.

A Census Bureau spokesman told The Washington Times that they had been asked by members of Congress to include the questions, and had been studying it — but determined there was no “federal need” for that information to be collected.

But gay rights advocates say it’s more evidence that President Donald Trump is going back on a campaign promise to protect the gay community. Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services removed questions on sexuality from two of its surveys.

The Trump administration also has canceled an Obama administration directive that students should use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.

© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

For more: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/US-Census-LGBTQ/2017/03/29/id/781366/?ns_mail_uid=64942667&ns_mail_job=1721286_03292017&s=al&dkt_nbr=smvxpabb

 

Cayman Islands PSPB To Host Pensioners’ Appreciation Event

The Public Service Pensions Board (PSPB) in partnership with the Government and others is to host a Pensioners’ Appreciation event for retired members at Pedro, St. James Wednesday, 12 April 2017.

The 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. event, to celebrate its 25th Anniversary, will include community outreach booths, free health screenings, food and entertainment.

Free bus transport to and from the event is available. To confirm attendance, please call 917-8851.

 

Venezuelans nabbed entering Antigua illegally

From Caribbean News Service

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, Mar 28 2017 – Immigration officers are questioning four Venezuelan men who allegedly tried to sneak into the country illegally on Sunday.

The four were found moments after they swam ashore at Long Bay sometime between 12:30 and 1:30 . It is alleged that the men were dropped off by a boat and, after authorities received a tip-off about their arrival, the group was promptly intercepted.

The operation involved officers attached to the Customs Department, the Immigration Department, the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP), and the police.

For more: http://caribbeannewsservice.com/now/venezuelans-nabbed-entering-antigua-illegally/

 

Cayman Islands Elections Office offering postal and mobile Balloting

The Elections Office reminds registered voters that the period during which they may request postal ballots or mobile voting is underway, and will continue until close of business on Friday, 12 May 2017.

Persons who will be away from the Cayman Islands on Election Day may request a postal ballot by filling out form B, available on www.elections.ky, at https://portal.elections.ky/files/downloads/forms/2016/FORMB.pdf. The completed form along with proof of travel plans may be emailed to [email protected].

Those who will be in the Cayman Islands but unable to physically attend the polls, may apply for mobile voting using Form C, also available from www.elections.ky at https://portal.elections.ky/files/downloads/forms/2016/FORMC.pdf. Elections Office polling staff will either visit successful applicants in person, or facilitate their vote before polling day at an early voting station.

 

Cayman Islands Needs Assessment Unit closures

The Needs Assessment Unit (NAU) is closing at noon on Thursday, 30th March 2017 and will remain closed for the entire day on Friday, 31 March 2017. The Unit apologies for any inconvenience this might cause.

Please note that it will reopen on Monday, 3 April at 8.30 a.m.

 

Cayman Islands Elections Office Outlines Nominations Requirements

The Elections Office reminds persons seeking to be nominated on Wednesday, 29 March, as candidates in the May 2017 General Elections, that they must also fulfil a number of requirements. These include:

Submitting a 2” x 2” photo which clearly shows their face, to be included on the ballot paper,

Handing in a cash deposit of KYD1000 with their nominations form, and,

Having two voters from the electoral district in which they are seeking office sign their nomination form.

Candidates should also be aware that the 19 nomination stations will be open from 8a.m. to 3.p.m only. They are further urged to review the Constitution and the Elections Law to ensure they are qualified to be nominated.

For more information visit www.elections.ky

 

Guernsey firm starts on Cayman Islands tyre mountain

From Guernsey Press

GUERNSEY Recycling Group has finally started shredding a mountain of more than half a million tyres in the Cayman Islands.

image: http://guernseypress.com/wpmvc/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ttryr.jpg

Cayman-based contractor Island Recycling, an associate company of the Guernsey business, has a $1.25m. contract which it won last year to clear the tyres in a landfill site, known to locals as Mount Trashmore.

Guernsey Recycling has been involved in establishing a one-acre facility at the landfill site, where it has installed machinery imported from the US to process whole tyres into two-inch rubber chips at a rate of one every four or five seconds.

Work started last week, with the site opened by Cayman premier Alden McLaughlin.

A Cayman developer is already taking daily deliveries of tyre-derived aggregate, which will be used in non-load bearing construction, landscaping, drainage works and as a road base.

It is believed that there are at least 500,000 tyres which have accumulated at the dump over the last decade or more, but no one has ever counted them.

For more at http://guernseypress.com/news/2017/03/27/local-firm-starts-on-cayman-tyre-mountain/#bw8f9scvsosMwpYL.99

 

The West Indian American Day Carnival Association — organizing body of the colorful New York Caribbean Carnival and Parade — is 50 years old this year.

By JAMES KEIVOM From NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Organizers of the New York Caribbean Carnival are celebrating a landmark anniversary in 2017 — a 50th birthday.

The Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival — rooted to centuries-old Caribbean traditions and linked to New York festivities dating back to the 1930s — will start its golden anniversary celebration with a black tie gala on April 27 at the El Caribe Country Club at 5945 Strickland Ave. in Brooklyn.

WIADCA runs the annual 5-day costumed-filled carnival and street fair, which is one of the largest festivals in the U.S., along Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway.

For information on the gala and other WIADCA events, call (718) 467-1797 and visit www.wiadcacarnival.org.

For more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/caribbeat-big-carnival-big-anniversary-article-1.3009372

 

Tingyi Cayman Islands : 2016 Net Profit Down 31% at US$176.9 Million

From 4-Traders

HONG KONG–Tingyi (Cayman Islands) Holding Corp. (0322.HK) Monday reported a 31% drop in its 2016 net profit, partly dragged down by weaker revenue and higher finance costs.

The Hong Kong-listed instant food products manufacturer said net profit for the year ended Dec. 31 fell to US$176.9 million from US$256.3 million a year earlier, while its 2016 revenue dropped 8% to US$8.37 billion.

The company declared a final dividend of 1.58 US cents per share.

Write to Chester Yung at [email protected]

For more: http://www.4-traders.com/TINGYI-CAYMAN-ISLANDS-H-6165811/news/Tingyi-Cayman-Islands-2016-Net-Profit-Down-31-at-US-176-9-Million-24105781/

 

Piarco ranked Best Airport Staff in Caribbean, 2nd best in

From CNC3

The Piarco International Airport has placed second for Best Airport Staff in Central America, and first among airports in the Caribbean.

This award recognises the quality of staff service, attitude, friendliness and efficiency delivered across front-line positions at an airport including staff working for customer service, Immigration and Security staff, shops, food & beverage outlets.

The Piarco International Airport also placed fourth in the category of best Airports in the Central America and the Caribbean.

The airport’s placements this year represent an improvement from results in 2016, where it moved from 4th place for best Airport Staff and from 5th place for best Airport in Central America and the Caribbean.

Skytrax World Airport Awards are the most prestigious accolades for the airport industry voted by customers in the largest, annual global airport customer satisfaction survey.

The 2017 Awards are based on 13.82 million airport survey questionnaires completed by 105 different nationalities of airline customers during the survey period.

For more: http://www.cnc3.co.tt/press-release/piarco-ranked-best-airport-staff-caribbean-2nd-best-central-america

 

The Inaugural Cayman Islands Cancer Society Luncheon

Starting April 19, 2017

Join us for the Inaugural Cancer Society Luncheon! The luncheon will be held on April 19th, 2017 and includes a three course meal with a glass of wine.

Dr. Troy Gatcliffe will be the Key Note Presenter – he is a phenomenal speaker and very entertaining! Tickets will be available at the CICS (see below for more information). All proceeds to benefit The Cayman Islands Cancer Society.

 

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.

 

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

COMMUNITY EVENTS (Date Order)

WED MAR 29

BE INFORMED: Cayman Registry

The Chamber of Commerce presents BE INFORMED: Cayman Registry on Wednesday (29 Mar) from 3 to 5pm.  Register online at caymanchamber.ky

Nomination Day

Nomination Day is Wednesday (29 Mar) from 8am to 3pm.  Log on to elections.ky for a list of locations.
THU MAR 30

Overcoming Challenges to Success

 The Chamber of Commerce is hosting a course on Overcoming Challenges to Success on Thursday (30 Mar) from 9am to 1pm. Register online at caymanchamber.ky.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association Pub Quiz

 The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association will be holding their Pub Quiz on Thursday (30 Mar) at 7:00pm at Fidel’s Murphy. Call 924-4170 to reserve your table

 

FRI MAR 31

Humane Society Book Loft Sale

 The Humane Society Book Loft’s monthly special for March is 50 percent of all arts and crafts books, parenting books, baby books and sports books.  Also, buy one CD and get one free

53rd Standard Flower Show

 The Garden Club of Grand Cayman presents the 53rd Standard Flower Show on Friday (31 Mar) from 1 — 6pm and on Saturday (1 Apr) from 9 — 4pm at the South Sound Community Centre.
Spring Fling 2017

The St. Ignatius Home School Association presents Spring Fling 2017 on Friday (31 Mar) from 3 to 630pm.

MON APR 3

Sir John A Cumber Primary School PTA meeting

 Sir John A Cumber Primary School PTA meeting is Monday (3 Apr) at 6 pm in the School Hall

 

FRI APR 7

Alumni Assembly

 As part of Layman School High School 50th anniversary celebrations, you’re invited to an Alumni Assembly for years ’77 — 86′ at 8am on Friday (7 Apr).

Cayman Islands Financial Planning Talk

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.

 

WED APR 12

Cayman Islands PSPB To Host Pensioners’ Appreciation Event

The Public Service Pensions Board (PSPB) in partnership with the Government and others is to host a Pensioners’ Appreciation event for retired members at Pedro, St. James Wednesday, 12 April 2017.

The 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. event, to celebrate its 25th Anniversary, will include community outreach booths, free health screenings, food and entertainment.

Free bus transport to and from the event is available. To confirm attendance, please call 917-8851.

 

FRI APR 28

Rug Destruction

 Customers who have clean area rugs at Roper’s, please collect no later than April 28th. Unclaimed rugs and mats will be donated or destroyed.

 

April Events at Camana Bay

This is the month to experience all things local with the return of Slow Food Day, a full-day event celebrating Cayman’s home-grown food scene with a free tasting market, kids’ cooking workshop and a ticketed Harvest Dinner with a Michelin-starred chef.

Over the long Easter weekend, artists will take it to the streets to create chalk art masterpieces at the 14th Annual Chalkfest Competition, which is also a family-fun day event for all ages.

Other highlights include exploring the world of wine with the return of Wine 101 classes at West Indies Wine Company, challenging your kitchen skills with an array of cooking classes or watching a special screening of Moonlight & Movies in your pajamas.

Here is a quick look at our special events:

Getting Saucy Cooking Class 
Wednesday 29 March 
6-8pm
Bon Vivant 

Walk for Autism
Saturday 1 April
6:30am
Nexus Way

Regal Cinemas’ Kids Club: Annie (PG, 1982)
Saturday 1 April
10am
Regal Cinemas

Slow Food Day: Farm-to-Table Tasting Market 
Saturday 8 April
10am-12pm
The Crescent

Slow Food Day: Food Revolution Kids’ Seed2Plate Workshop
Saturday 8 April
12:30-2pm
Gardenia Court

Slow Food Day: Harvest Dinner
Saturday 8 April
7pm
Abacus

Easter Camp
10-13 and 18-21 April
8am-3pm
Starfish Village 

French Flavours Cooking Class
Wednesday 12 April
6-8pm
Bon Vivant Kitchen Studio

The Bookends Club
Wednesday 12 April
6:30-7:30pm
Books & Books

Sushi School Cooking Class
Thursday 13 April 
6-8pm
Bon Vivant Kitchen Studio

Chalkfest
Saturday 15 April
10am-1pm
Market Street

Regal Cinemas’ Kids Club: Free Willy (PG, 1993)
Saturday 15 April
10am
Regal Cinemas

Culture at the Cinema: Twelfth Night
Saturday 15 April
7pm
Regal Cinemas

Big Green Egg and Bourbon Cooking Class
Thursday 20 April
6-8pm
Bon Vivant Kitchen Studio

Pajama Party and Moonlight & Movies 
Monday 24 April
6-8pm
Gardenia Court

A Taste of Italy Cooking Class
Wednesday 26 April
5-7pm
Bon Vivant Kitchen Studio

Dr. Bill Hrudey Science Fair 
Saturday 29 April
8am-3pm (Fair) and 6-11pm (Awards Banquet)
The Arts & Recreation Centre

 

of the Cayman Islands

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

Celebrating Maritime Culture and Heritage at the

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.

KIDS & FAMILIES

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 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 .

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 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 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.

 

SCHOOLS & TEACHERS

Creative Worksheets ∙ Educational Resources for Students

Ongoing

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].

 

WORKSHOPS & FILM SCREENINGS

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.

NGCI STORE

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.

GUIDED TOURS

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.

***TEMPORARY ACCESS ROAD***

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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