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Cayman Islands utility company explains Friday’s [June 30] outage

From CUC

On Friday, June 30, 2017, customers in West Bay experienced interruptions to their electricity service between 5:59 p.m. and 8:41 p.m.

This interruption to service was caused by a transmission power line that tripped-off on overload protection while the second transmission power line to West Bay was out of service and a failure of the battery system within the Hydesville Substation. This resulted in customers being without power in West Bay and areas of Seven Mile Beach north of The Ritz Carlton Resort.

CUC’s crews were dispatched to the Hydesville Substation and on scene within minutes to assess the damage and begin repairs in a safe manner. Upgrades to the protection and battery systems are being made to improve reliability and reduce the likelihood of similar outages occurring.

Approximately 7,000 of the Company’s 28,000 customers were affected. CUC apologises for the inconvenience this outage caused.


Coastal freighter with 13 people missing in Caribbean

by Mikhail Voytenko From FleetMon

Small coastal freighter MISS JOHANA BETSEY with 13 people on board is missing in Caribbean, off Nicaragua coast, since June 29, said officials on July 4. Last contact is dated June 29, in Corn Islands area, east of Bluefields, South Caribbean Autonomous Region in Nicaragua. Vessel had EPIRB on board, but it wasn’t activated, no distress signal issued by other means. Waters in the area are heavily trafficked, but there are no alert messages from passing vessels. SAR was launched by Nicaragua authorities, deploying Navy ships.

For more: https://www.fleetmon.com/maritime-news/2017/18691/coastal-freighter-13-people-missing-caribbean/


Antigua; Airport closed due to emergency

From Antigua Observer

July 6, 2017

IMAGE: V.C. Bird International Airport

Close to a dozen flights were diverted from Antigua today due to the sudden closure of the V-C Bird International Airport around noon today.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Antigua & Barbuda Airport Authority Stanley Smith says the closure occurred after chemical fumes leaked into the control tower.

The Airport CEO says the workers who were on shift had to be evacuated to safety while the tower was flushed to ensure the air was clean.

Operations resumes shortly after 3 pm. But by them, a number of LIAT’s flights were already affected and so were the Virgin Atlantic and British Airways flights from London.

While, two American Airlines Flights from Miami and JFK airports were diverted from Antigua.

Some flights were diverted to St Kitts, while others had to go to San Juan instead.

There’s no indication yet the number of passengers affected by the delays.

For more: http://antiguaobserver.com/airport-closed-due-to-emergency/


US and Cayman judges agree to court-to-court protocol in Ocean Rig case

Sea oil rig with approaching tanker ship at sunset. 3D Render.

By Jessica McKay From Global Restructuring Review

Courts in the US and the Cayman Islands have granted an application by Cayman submersible oil rig operator Ocean Rig’s provisional liquidators to establish court-to-court protocol to administer insolvency proceedings in both countries after a bondholder group withdrew its objection to the company’s Chapter 15 filing.

For more: http://globalrestructuringreview.com/article/1144006/us-and-cayman-judges-agree-to-court-to-court-protocol-in-ocean-rig-case



Cayman Islands Annual Breeze Fusion 5K Walk/Run

Registration is open for the 11th Annual Breeze Fusion 5K Walk/Run !

Register today at www.caymanactive.com/breeze

Cayman Islands Teen Summit Camp Spaces Left

This year’s Teen Summit camp (10-14 July) has just a few spaces left.

The week-long camp for 13 to 17-year-olds has a packed schedule of special events and interactive competitions to explore the islands’ past, present and future.

The camp costs $50 and will be located at the University College of the Cayman Islands from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. To register, call the Youth Services Unit on 939-0368 or email [email protected]


DVDL Telephones Still Down

Phone lines are still out at the Department of Vehicle and Drivers Licensing headquarters, located on Crewe Road, affecting all incoming and outgoing calls.

The officials are advising they do not yet have a resumption time. Consequently, the office can currently only be reached via email at [email protected].


CAYMAN ISLANDS DVDL Telephones Not Working

Phone lines are down at the Department of Vehicle and Drivers Licensing headquarters, located on Crewe Road, affecting all incoming and outgoing calls. The officials are advising they do not have a resumption time as yet. Consequently, the office can currently only be reached via email at [email protected].

The officials state that their telephone provider is working hard and hopes to restore the phone lines today before closing time.


Cayman Islands’ Kids are out of school. Now what?

CONCACAF mourns the passing of Captain Horace Burrell

Miami – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) mourns the loss of its Council Senior Vice President, Captain Horace Burrell, who passed away on Tuesday, June 6, 2017.

Captain Burrell’s commitment and vision for the sport contributed to create a strong legacy for the game within the region. With his passion and spirit, he was a tireless supporter of his country’s football development.

Captain Burrell served as President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) between 1994 and 2003, and from 2007 until his transition today. He also served as a member of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and a Vice President of the Jamaica Olympic Association.

We offer our deepest condolences to the JFF, the family and friends of Captain Burrell.


Cayman Islands: Sudden Death in Bodden Town

At 7:11AM on 1st. July 2017 a report of Sudden Death was received in the Bodden Town district.

A 45 year old male was found lifeless in his bed by relatives about 6:10 AM who telephoned 911.

Inquiries are on-going; but, there is nothing to suggest foul play at this point.


Asahi exits China joint venture

TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Beverage maker Asahi Group Holdings Ltd. said Friday that it will sell its 20.4 percent equity stake in joint venture Tingyi-Asahi Beverages Holdings Co. to its Chinese partner for $612 million.

Asahi and Chinese food giant Tingyi (Cayman Islands) Holdings Corp. set up Tingyi-Asahi in 2004.

With technologies provided by Asahi, the joint company has grown into one of the largest beverage makers in China, posting sales of some ¥500 billion in 2016. Asahi will sell part of its stake in December 2018 and the remainder one year later.

The proceeds will be used to repay debts related to recent business acquisitions in Europe

For more: http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003794705


Four killed in Haiti bus crash

From Jamaica Gleaner

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – Four people were killed after a minibus collided with a vehicle that had broken down on a highway linking Gonaïves and Saint-Marc, west of the capital, the Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) has confirmed.

The DPC said the accident occurred last night around 8.30 pm (local time) on National Road #1 at Villard, and that so far four people, including a woman, had died.

The DPC gave no additional details about the accident.

For more: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/caribbean/20170702/four-killed-haiti-bus-crash


Canadian PM Trudeau leads country’s 150th anniversary celebrations

From RTE

Canada’s long-anticipated 150th birthday celebrations were marked by heavy rains and some protests, though the downpour failed to dampen spirits of revelers who thronged in large numbers to enjoy musical performances and parades.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kicked off celebrations amid heavy security and some 25,000 people assembled at a large outdoor celebration in front of the national Parliament in Ottawa, where U2 enthralled the audience.

“When others build walls, you open doors; when others divide, your arms are open wide; where you lead, others follow,” Bono said. But the bad weather meant a fly-past featuring Canadian warplanes was canceled and later on, an evening concert was delayed by an hour to allow the rain storms to pass.

The long-anticipated Canada Day festivities, which included other features such as acrobats, and special citizenship ceremonies across large cities, concluded with fireworks.

Mr Trudeau, accompanied by Britain’s Prince Charles, shook hands with some of the thousands of revelers who converged on Canada’s capital Ottawa.

“Canada is a country made strong not in spite of our differences but because of them,” he told the gathering.

“We don’t aspire to be a melting pot indeed, we know true strength and resilience flows through Canadian diversity.”

Still, in the run-up to the celebrations, some controversy was stirred at home, particularly among First Nations who noted Canada’s history of mistreatment of indigenous people.

About 100 indigenous protesters marched through Toronto, carrying red flags and with some holding the Canadian national flag upside down.

Some cities celebrated in more unusual ways. Toronto, Canada’s largest city, featured a giant rubber duck floating in its harbour. The yellow duck, which cost €200,000 including the rent, drew criticism from some who described it as a waste of taxpayer money.

Calgary planned a “living flag” composed of people wearing red and white.

Security was already ramped up in the days ahead of the celebration and partygoers contended with road closures and concrete barriers across entrances into Parliament Hill, located in downtown Ottawa.

Heavy downpours prompted Ottawa firefighters to pump water off the grounds on Parliament Hill and the Ottawa Fire Service urged citizens to follow safety instructions.

National and local police were also out in force, with security top of mind for many Canadians in the wake of fatal attacks in London, Paris and Germany.

Yesterday marked the 150th anniversary of the day Canada officially became a country. Britain had ruled it before 1867.

“Canada 150 years ago was a project, it was an idea to bring together four colonies with very different historical backgrounds,” said Pierre Anctil, history professor at the University of Ottawa.

“We should celebrate but we should not be complacent. It’s not a finished project,” he added.

“As a society, we must acknowledge and apologize for past wrongs, and chart a path forward for the next 150 years,” Mr Trudeau said in a statement ahead of the official kickoff.

Indigenous rights group Idle No More had called for a national day of action, telling supporters to hold rallies and take to social media.

Events and installations celebrating the sesquicentennial milestone have already been held across the country this year, with the total cost to the federal government reported to be half a billion dollars.

Along with fireworks, free museums and outdoor concerts nationwide, more than 50 special ceremonies to swear in new citizens were planned across the country.

Twitter users were sharing their favorite Canadian songs and food, along with photos of the preparations under the hashtag Canada150.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla arrived for an official visit last Thursday. The royals began a three-day tour with a trip to the northern territory of Nunavut, home to a large number of First Nations and Inuit people.

The bash in Ottawa culminated with a musical fireworks show that is billed as largest-ever such display for Canada Day. It lasted 20 minutes and 17 seconds to commemorate 2017.

“One hundred fifty years? Nah. Look at us: Canada is being born today,” Mr Trudeau told the crowd.


Canada Day celebrations in Toronto

President Trudeau said true strength and resilience flows through Canadian diversity

For more: https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0702/887117-canada/


Cayman Islands Stolen Vehicles Still Outstanding for the Month of June, 2017


In the month of June there were thirteen incidents of stolen vehicles, all within the district of George Town.

Eight of these vehicles have been recovered, and five (5) are still outstanding, as per the below:

  1. Light Green Hyundai,  Reg. #113 161, last seen on Windsor Hill Crescent on 6 June;
  2. 1998 Grey Honda Civic, Reg. #126 060, last seen on Selkirk Drive on 15 June;
  3. Black Hatchback Honda Civic, Reg. # 105 279, last seen on Dorcy Drive on 16 June;
  4. 2007 Blue BMW, Reg. # 134 163, last seen roadside in Red Bay on 20 June;
  5. White Honda Civic Ferio, Reg. #161 406, last seen on Walkers Road on 22 June.

Police recommend that car owners take extra precautions when securing their vehicles.  Aside from always locking doors and closing windows, owners may wish to consider purchasing anti-theft devices or an alarm.

Any suspicious activity seen around vehicles, especially at night, should be reported to police at 949-4222.


Cayman Islands DCI to Close Early on 5 July

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 p.m. on Wednesday, 5 July 2017 for a staff meeting.

DCI’s main office will reopen on Thursday, 6 July 2017 at 8:30 a.m.; and the counter will reopen at 9 a.m.

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



Cayman Islands Teen Cake Boss Camp Cancelled, Extra Places on Learn To Cook

The Youth Services Unit (YSU) has cancelled its Teen Cake Boss camp (4-7 July 2017) due to insufficient uptake.

The unit has correspondingly expanded its Learn to Cook camp (4-7 July 2017) and now has the capacity to register more participants. The camp for 11-17 year olds will take place at the John Gray High School cooking classrooms from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Learn to Cook camp costs $50 to register and is designed to be interactive and fun.

For further information and registration forms, contact Acting Head of the Youth Services Unit James Myles on 943-1127.


New Summer Games Series launches at Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman

This summer, Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman is hosting a Summer Games Series on the last Friday of every month. To kick off the series, the resort will be holding its first-ever Flip Cup Tournament, Friday, June 30, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill. To compete, players must have a team of five and the cost is $10 per person, which includes beer for the team. Players and spectators can also enjoy a variety of food and drink specials including $13 Beergaritas (a thirst-quenching mix of beer and margaritas), $17 buckets of Amstel Bright and taquitos – all with a DJ spinning in the background and prizes.

Those interested can pre-register by emailing [email protected]. The event is on a first come, first served basis.


Cayman Islands produce video instructions for driving in the new 3 lane roundabout

The Cayman Roads Authority just released this video in advance of the opening of the new roundabout near Camana Bay. Viewing the video will help visitors (and locals) understand how to navigate the new 3 lane Esterly Tibbets roundabout.



Cayman Islands Youth Services Unit Summer Camps 2017


Teens go head-to-head to find Cayman’s best young baker! Learning activities include: interactive baking demos, guest chef judges and daily challenges in pastry-making, cake-baking and more. Suitable for young bakers with intermediate or expert skills. Spaces limited.

Cost: $50

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: John Gray High School Cooking Classrooms

Ages: 13-17 years


Learn the basics and strengthen skills in the kitchen by making inexpensive dishes with easy-to-follow demos and guidance by local cooking instructors. Spaces limited.

Cost: $50

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: John Gray High School Cooking Classrooms

Ages: 11-17


Teen Summit brings Cayman’s Coat of Arms to life. Take part in special events, visits to iconic sites and interactive competitions to foster civics and celebrate our diverse culture. With a fresh approach to youth empowerment, Team Summit explores Cayman’s unique past, present and future. Spaces limited.

Cost: $50

Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Location: University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI)

Ages: 13-17

To register or for more information, contact James Myles on 943-1127 or email [email protected]


Cayman Islands: Public swim area warning signs

Swim Area Warning signs have been installed at Governor’s Beach and SMB Public Beach in an effort to ensure the safety of those swimming in the designated swim areas.

From Cayman Port Authority


Cayman Islands: CIIPA’S 2017 DIAMOND GALA


September 30, 2017 – 6:30 pm

For more information please click https://www.cispa.ky/Diamond-Gala


The Kimpton Seafire Resort & Spa

60 Tanager Way, Seven Mile Beach, West Bay Road , Grand Cayman , KY1-9008


Cayman Islands Literary Development Programme

As part of a collaboration between Literary Development Program and a team from Cayman Compass, there are arrangements to interview writers, poets and artists producing a series of videos.

This will be of a great importance in creating awareness among population about the current and future literary work as to promote the cultural values of Cayman Islands.

Further details will be forthcoming.


Cayman Writers’ Circle

Hello Fellow Writers,

We are resurrecting Cayman Writers’ Circle! You are invited to attend every Monday from 6.30-8.00pm.

To make it accessible to everyone, we will meet at alternating locations – 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at St Alban’s Church Hall, 461 Shedden Road, in George Town, and 2nd and 4th Mondays at Sea Orchard Retreat in West Bay.

The first meeting will be on Monday 22nd May at Sea Orchard Retreat, 375 Conch Point Rd, West Bay (follow signs to Papagallo if you can’t see the Sea Orchard signs).

Bring your ideas and your friends! Please pass this on to everyone you know. Hoping to see you on the 22nd! Cayman Writers’ Circle Facilitators


KRI Performing Arts School Camp

The KRI Performing Arts School Camp runs July 5th through August 4th from 830am to 3:30pm for ages 6 — 12.  Call 924.4089 or email [email protected] to register.

DCI Closure

The Department of Commerce and Investment in Grand Cayman, including its Business Licensing Counter on the first floor of the Government Administration Building, will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday (5 Jul) for a staff meeting.



New Name In Glory

 Come and meet local author, George Chollette for a reading and signing of his new book, New Name In Glory: The George Chollette Story. This event is free and open to the public on Thursday (6 Jul) at 6pm at Books and Books.

Fish Fry Fundraiser

 Christian Women Connection are hosting a Fish Fry Fundraiser on Saturday (8 Jul) at 3pm.

Red Bay Church of God (Holiness) will hold Vacation Bible School for ages 3-12 years old the week of 10th – 14th July from 6:30 — 9 PM.  For more information, call 925-2509.

Budding Chef Summer Culinary Camp

The Budding Chef Summer Culinary Camp runs 10 — 13 July at the Bon Vivant Kitchen Studio. To register, call 345.623.2665 or email [email protected].

Shutterbugs Summer Camp

The Shutterbugs Summer Camp runs 10 July — 18 Aug from 9am to 12pm at Picture This Studios. To register, call 345.943.3686 or email [email protected].

Star Fish Village Summer Camp

The Star Fish Village Summer Camp runs from 10 July — 4 Aug from 8am to 3pm on weekdays. To register, call 345.640.7827 or email [email protected].



Moonlight and Movies: Happy Feet

You’re invited to Moonlight and Movies at 7pm on Tuesday (11 Jul) at Camana Bay featuring the film Happy Feet



Prayer Breakfast

Webster Memorial United Church presents a Prayer Breakfast on Saturday (15 Jul) from 730am to 1030am.



Immerse Marine Life Summer Camp

The National Museum presents the Immerse Marine Life Summer Camp for children between the ages of 9 and 11 Monday — Friday (17 — 21 Jul) from 8am to 430pm.



Moonlight and Movies: Minions

You’re invited to Moonlight and Movies at 7pm on Tuesday (18 Jul) at Camana Bay featuring the film Minions.

Cayman Islands Seafarers Association General Meeting

The Cayman Islands Seafarers Association wishes to inform all Members that there will be a General Meeting, on Tuesday 18 July at 7:30 PM. in the Seafarer’s Hall, 11 Victory Ave. Prospect.

Buses will be provided from West Bay Town Hall at 6:00 pm”.

A Bus route has been added in George Town, leaving the Public library parking area at 7:00, stopping at Cayman Compass building and the Airport Fosters. The bus is marked Bobo $1 Public transport and is blue in colour, there is no charge.



Jesus is the Answer Gospel Meeting

The West Bay Church of Christ presents Jesus is the Answer Gospel Meeting Sunday — Friday (23 — 28 Jul) with weeknight services at 730pm and Sunday service at 7 o’clock.



9th Annual Basketball Camp

The 9th Annual Basketball Camp runs 24 — 28 Jul at the Arts & Rec Center in Camana Bay. To register, call 345.640.4000 or email [email protected].


Immerse Marine Life Summer Camp

The National Museum presents the Immerse Marine Life Summer Camp for children between the ages of 12 – 14 Monday — Friday (24 — 28 Jul) from 8am to 430pm.



Moonlight and Movies: Mamma Mia!

You’re invited to Moonlight and Movies at 7pm on Tuesday (25 Jul) at Camana Bay featuring the film Mamma Mia!


July Events at Camana Bay

Say “Hello Summer” with fun regulars like our Moonlight & Movies series and Summer Splash Saturdays at Camana Bay, the place to be this summer. Light it up by the Bay with fireworks; sign up for one of the many and varied summer camps and have happy, interested and active kids or for young budding chefs perhaps a Flick-Nic evening? Improve your Thursday-night fun and try your feet at Hello Dance! with weekly dance lessons or whip up creations in the kitchen with a series of cooking classes and if you just want to chill, come sit and relax with some wine tastings. Whatever you choose, Camana Bay’s the place to be to get that summer smile.

Warm regards,
Anna Wootton

Here is a quick look at our special events:

Lights by the Bay
Monday 3 July
The Crescent

Moonlight & Movies Summer Series
Every Tuesday July through August
Gardenia Court or The Crescent

Budding Chef Cooking Class: Flick-Nics
Tuesday 4 July, 11 July, 18 July, 1 August, 8 August
Bon Vivant Kitchen Studio

7th Annual Multi-Sport Camp
4-7 July (Week 1), 10-14 July (Week 2) and 17-21 July (Week 3)
Camana Bay Sports Complex

Music Camp
Weekly 4-28 July
Cayman Music School

Somm Series
Wednesday 5 July
West Indies Wine Company

Marble-ous Meats Cooking Class
Wednesday 5 July
Bon Vivant Kitchen Studio

Chef Express Workshop: Lean & Clean – Vegan Sauces and Dressings
Thursday 6 July
Bon Vivant Kitchen Studio

Hello Dance! Weekly Dance Lessons
Thursdays 6-27 July
Space next to Bon Vivant Kitchen Studio

George Chollette Book Signing
Thursday 6 July
Books & Books

Summer Splash Saturdays
Saturdays 8 July, 22 July, 29 July, and all August Saturdays
The Crescent

Regal Cinemas’ Kids Club
Every other Saturday 8 July to 19 August
Regal Cinemas

Starfish Village Summer Camp
Weekly 10 July – 4 August
Starfish Village

Shutterbugs Summer Camp
Mondays 10 July – 14 August (Ages 8-11) and Fridays 14 July – 18 August (Ages 11-16)
Picture This Studios

Budding Chef Summer Culinary Camp
Monday 10 – Thursday 13 July
11am-12pm (kids), 1-2pm (tweens)
Bon Vivant Kitchen Studio

Somm Series
Thursday 13 July
West Indies Wine Company

Chopped: Cayman Style Cooking Class
Friday 14 July
Bon Vivant Kitchen Studio

Pop-Up Pub
Saturday 15 July

Cookin ‘n’ Tings Cooking Class
Wednesday 19 July (Part 1) and
Thursday 20 July (Part 2)
Bon Vivant Kitchen Studio

9th Annual Basketball Camp
Monday 24 – Friday 28 July
8:30am-12pm (Ages 7-12) and 12:30pm-4pm (Ages 12-17)
The Arts & Recreation Centre

Mamma Mia! Tasting Experience
Tuesday 25 July
Bon Vivant Kitchen Studio

The Sweet Life Cooking Class
Saturday 30 July
Bon Vivant Kitchen Studio

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