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Bulk Waste Collection Teams Continue Work on Cayman Islands

The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) is partnering with private sector providers and the National Roads Authority to pick up bulk waste currently at the roadside before Christmas.

Teams will work Friday 22 December through Sunday 24 December if required, to make certain that all bulk waste currently at the roadside is collected prior to the holidays

Members of the public are again reminded that the deadline to place waste at the roadside has passed, and that any additional waste will not be collected.

Furthermore there must be no mixing of regular residential waste with bulk waste, which refers to large items such as old furniture, household appliances and vegetative waste that are not collected as part of weekly domestic pick-up services.

The DEH thanks the public for its continued patience as the department works to ensure that the island is clean and ready for Christmas.

 

The Cayman Islands Christmas season hazards to aviation

From the Cayman Islands Civil Aviation Authority

George Town, Grand Cayman, (December 2017) This holiday season the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) reminds residents of some basic guidelines to help keep celebrations as safe as possible. The first of these is that permission from the authority is necessary to fly an unmanned aircraft within three nautical miles of any airport in the Cayman Islands. Flying kites near airports is also potentially dangerous to aircraft, and is likewise regulated. Furthermore all fireworks, laser and searchlight displays within three nautical miles of an airport must be coordinated with Civil Aviation. In addition any individual or organization planning to release sky lanterns may be liable for any damage caused by the release or resulting debris. For more information on how to avoid these holiday hazards to aviation contact the Civil Aviation Authority at tel.949-7811 Ext 242 or e-mail: alastair.robertson@caacayman.com. Interested persons can also read more at the CAA website caacayman.com.

See full PR below:

George Town, Grand Cayman, (December 2017) The Christmas season is upon us once again and with it will come new presents to be enjoyed and events to be celebrated.

Unfortunately, some of these presents and celebrations can pose a threat to both the public and the aviation industry and the purpose of this advisory is to identify the requirements necessary to ensure the safety of all without detracting from the enjoyment of the Season. Activities likely to present the greatest risk to aviation and public safety in general include the flying of small unmanned aircraft (also known as drones or unmanned aerial vehicles) kites, sky lanterns and firework displays.

Small Unmanned Aircraft

The interest in and operation of small unmanned aircraft (SUA) has continued to increase significantly across the Cayman Islands particularly in the congested areas of West Bay, Seven Mile Beach, George Town and in the vicinity of the airports. Such operations pose a high risk of an incident or accident involving an SUA and a conventional aircraft. In addition to aircraft taking off and landing at the airports, there are also frequent flights involving the MRCU spray planes and the RCIPS and CIH helicopters all of which operate at low-level throughout the Cayman Islands.

As a protective measure, no-fly zones were introduced in February 2015 and it is now illegal to fly an unmanned aircraft within 3 nautical miles of Owen Roberts International Airport (Grand Cayman), Charles Kirkconnell International Airport (Cayman Brac) and Edward Bodden Airfield (Little Cayman) without a specific written permission issued by the Civil Aviation Authority. In addition, a “no fly zone has also been established around HM Prison Northward and it is illegal to fly an unmanned aircraft within 1 nautical mile of the Prison perimeter without the specific written permission of the Director of Prisons.

Legislation covering the operation of SUA in Cayman Islands airspace can be found in Article 73 of the Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order 2013 (AN[OT}O 2013) as amended

(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2013/2870/article/73/).

Article 73 makes the SUA operator legally responsible for:

i) The safe conduct of each flight;

ii) Avoiding collisions with other people and objects including aircraft;

iii) Maintaining unaided visual line of sight with the SUA at all times;

iv) Not flying within 150m of any congested areas, or over gatherings of people v) Not flying within 50m of a person, vehicle, vessel, building or structure

The use of an SUA for commercial purposes requires a Permission issued by the CAACI.

Any person who contravenes the provisions of the Article or flies an SUA within the ‘no flyzones identified above, is guilty of an offence and may be liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding CI$3,400.00.

Kites

The flying of kites in the vicinity of airports is potentially dangerous to aircraft particularly during the takingoff and landing phases. Not only is there a risk that the body of the kite could damage the aircraft or be ingested by a jet engine with possibly catastrophic results, but the control lines, sometimes made of high tensile steel wire on performance aerobatic models, can pose a significant hazard to propeller driven aircraft

Article 71 of the (AN[OT}O 2013) effectively limits the height at which a kite can be flown to a maximum of 100ft above ground level (AGL) within a 3 nautical mile radius of an airport. Beyond this distance, a kite cannot be flown above 200ft AGL within the Cayman Islands.

The rules regulating kite flying may not be generally known and the purpose of this advisory is to provide the necessary information to allow the public to understand the potential hazards to aviation and to enjoy this recreational activity within the limits established by law.

In the Cayman Islands this danger was exemplified during 2017 when a helicopter was badly damaged and a crew member injured as a result of it colliding with the control wire of a kite being flown well above the maximum permitted height. The aircraft was able to land safely, however, the incident could easily have resulted in the loss of helicopter and the lives of those on board. Subsequently, the owner/operator of the kite was prosecuted and sentence is awaited.

In order to protect the safety of aircraft, the operators of kites being flown above the heights specified are liable to be prosecuted and may have their equipment confiscated.

Fireworks and Light Displays

Firework displays can vary from small domestic events to major commercial or ceremonial displays whilst light shows include all outdoor laser and searchlight displays. The associated risk posed by these events is increased when the activities take place in the vicinity of aerodromes, particularly during critical phases of flight including approach, landing and take-off.

Organizers planning firework and light displays during the coming season are reminded of the legal requirement under Article 165 of the (AN[OT}O 2013) to coordinate their proposed events with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands (CAACI) in order to prevent potential threats to aircraft operations.

Coordination with the CAACI is required for all firework activity that takes place within 3 nautical miles of an airport or under the approach and departure paths. Firework displays outside this area where the display height is expected to exceed 200ft above ground level must also be coordinated with the CAACI. Proposed laser and searchlight events within the same areas are similarly subject to coordination with and approval by the CAACI.

Firework, Laser and Light displays which come into this category must be formally approved in advance by the CAACI and will incur the appropriate fee, as per the Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order Fees Regulation 2010.

In addition, the indiscriminate use of handheld lasers can endanger an aircraft, its occupants and people on the ground if the crew is blinded by it. In recent years there have been several reports of lasers being directed into the cockpit of aircraft and during 2017 an individual was successfully prosecuted for endangering an aircraft by the dangerous use of a laser.

Sky Lanterns

Sky Lanterns are forming an increasingly significant part of community and individual celebrations in the Cayman Islands and the number and size of lanterns being released is increasing to a point where they can pose a hazard to aircraft.

Unlike other forms of recreational and celebratory activities including SUA and kite flying, firework displays and laser light shows, all of which can be controlled from the ground, sky lanterns cannot be controlled once released and the larger lanterns, some of which exceed 4ft in height and diameter, are able to climb in the prevailing wind to a height of several thousands of feet.

Many such products are described by the manufacturers or the retailers as being bio degradable inferring that they burn themselves out and leave no trace behind them. Whilst this may be true of successful launches over the sea, it is not necessarily the case of Sky lanterns which are blown back over the land. There are documented incidents in which fires have been started, property destroyed or damaged by the smouldering remains and of livestock injured form digesting bamboo or wire debris.

In addition, the risk to aviation is obvious and although there is currently no legislation in place to regulate the release of sky lanterns the need for caution and careful planning before a launch will be equally obvious.

Any individual or organization planning to release sky lanterns should consider their personal liability in the event that damage to property or injury to humans or animals is caused either by the release of a sky lantern or the debris generated by them.

 

Two C’bean countries jolted by early morning earthquake

From Jamaica Observer

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.9 jolted two Caribbean islands during the early hours of Wednesday, the Trinidad-based Seismic Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has reported.

It said that the quake occurred just after midnight at 12:13 am (local time) and was felt in Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada.

According to the SRC, the quake was felt 51 kilometres (km) north west of Scarborough in Tobago, and 108 km north, north east of Arima in East Trinidad. It was also detected at 99 km south east of St Georg’s Grenada.

It had a depth of 10km was located latitude: 11.57N and Longitude: 60.99W.

There were no immediate reports of personal injuries or damage to infrastructure.

For more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Two_C%26%238217;bean_countries_jolted_by_early_morning_earthquake?profile=1228

 

 

Cayman Islands Liquor Board Extends Hours for Holidays

The Liquor Licensing Board has approved a blanket extension to all retail, wine and beer, restaurant, and hotel licences for the following dates:

Ø Tuesday, 26 December 2017, 12.01am until 4am and;

Ø Monday, 1 January 2018, 12.01am until 4am.

Regular licensing conditions/hours apply to Sunday, 24 December 2017; Christmas Day – Monday, 25 December 2017 and Sunday, 31 December 2017.

 

New Royal Caribbean Video

Royal Caribbean have just launched a new video , “Royal Caribbean Adventurist Shay Mitchell: Adventures in Nassau, Bahamas.” Actress and avid traveler Shay Mitchell shares her ultimate Bahamas experience, including learning about junkanoo and where you can find the freshest conch salad.

View Video Here: https://www.royalcaribbeanpresscenter.com/video/956/royal-caribbean-adventurist-shay-mitchell-adventures-in-nassau-bahamas/

 

Cayman Islands restaurant owner dies

It is with much sadness we report the death of Frank Fleiger, the owner of the popular steak house on Grand Cayman, Copper Falls.

A black ribbon and closure sign notice was placed on the doors of the restaurant on Monday.

We were informed Mr Fleiger died Sunday (17) night soon after the last customers left his restaurant.

 

Cayman Islands Family Resource Centre Holiday Season Closures

The public is asked to note the following closures of the Family Resource Centre during the holiday season:

December 2017

Friday, 22 December – Closing at noon

Monday, 25 December – Christmas Day

Tuesday, 26 December – Boxing Day

Friday, 29 December – Closing at noon

January 2018

Monday, 1 January – New Year’s Day

(GIS)

 

Cayman Islands: Honda Civic Reported Stolen

From RCIPS

Shortly after 5AM on Sunday, 17 December, police received a report that a vehicle had been stolen from Manse Road in Bodden Town. The vehicle, a burgundy Honda Civic, was taken sometime between 10:30PM on Saturday, 16 December, and 4:00AM on Sunday, 17 December. A picture of a similar vehicle is attached.

Vehicle:

Make: Honda

Model: Civic

Year: 2000

Colour: Burgundy

Registration: Unknown

The matter is currently being investigated by officers in Bodden Town.

Anyone with information regarding this stolen vehicle is asked to call 9-1-1 or the Bodden Town Police Station at 649-2220. Anonymous tips can be provided directly to the RCIPS via our Confidential Tip Line at 949-7777 or via the Miami-based call centre of Crime Stoppers at 800-8477(TIPS), or online at the link: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=681

 

Complimentary valet parking available at Camana Bay this holiday season

Camana Bay is prepared to make Christmas shopping easier than ever. Offering complimentary valet parking throughout the holiday season, guests can be in and out in a heartbeat. Available Mondays to Saturdays from 12-11 p.m., the valet service is operated by Premier Valet and is available on Forum Lane just outside Bay Market. If guests wish to stay for dinner, drinks or a late movie and want to collect their car after 11 p.m., keys will be available at the Town Centre’s security office, located directly opposite the valet stand, next door to Mail Boxes Etc.

Many shops are open late in the run up to Christmas, including the Camana Bay Visitor Centre (open until 8 p.m. Dec. 18 to 23), where you can pick up your Camana Bay Gift Cards.

 

Deadly attack on Methodist church in Pakistan

From BBC

A suicide bomb and gun attack on a Methodist church in Pakistan has killed at least eight people, officials say.

Militants stormed the church, which was packed with worshippers at the time, in the city of Quetta, some 65km (40 miles) from the Afghan border.

The Islamic State group has said it carried out the attack.

Two suicide bombers were stopped at the entrance to the church, Sarfraz Bugti, the Balochistan region’s home minister, said.

Had the men got any further, there could have been hundreds of casualties, he added.

One of the men detonated his bomb vest and the other was stopped in a gunfight with police.

Two more attackers fled and a search operation is under way, according to reports.

Dozens of people are known to have been wounded in the attack, which took place during a Sunday service at Bethel Memorial Methodist Church.

A witness told the BBC that several children attending Sunday school had taken shelter while firing continued around them.

A spokesman for the foreign affairs ministry, Dr Mohammed Faisal, condemned the attack.

Attacks in the mainly Sunni Muslim region are not uncommon, often targeting the Hazara Shia Muslim community in suicide bombings.

But Pakistan’s Christian minority has also frequently been the subject of militant attacks, and guards had been placed near the church in Quetta as a result.

For more and video: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42383436

 

Cayman Islands: St. Alban’s Holiday Services

Cayman Islands: JGMC’s Special Services and Events

SUNDAY, DEC 17

Choir Cantata “Sing the Glory”: John Gray Memorial Church, West Bay, 10:00 a.m.

SUNDAY, DEC 24

Candle Light Service: John Gray Memorial Church, West Bay, 6:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, DEC 30

Community Christmas Meal: John Gray Memorial Church would like their friends in West Bay to whom they normally deliver meals at Christmas time, to know that this year they will be delivering on Saturday, December 30th by noon.

Repeat of the Choir Cantata “Sing the Glory 6:30 pm

SUNDAY, DEC 31

Watch Night Service: John Gray Memorial Church, West Bay, 11:00 p.m.

 

Cayman Port Public Service Announcement

Cayman Port would like to advise their valued customers of their weekday extended holiday hours.

Beginning Tuesday 12th December 2017 until Friday 22nd December, 2017 Cayman Port’s Billing Office will be open from 8:30am to 5:30pm with the Warehouse serving customers from 8:00am to 6:00pm each weekday. Night operations for the Container Yard remain as normal.

The Port will maintain its regular published hours for Saturdays 16th, 23rd and 30th December 2017 from 8:30am to 12noon.

PACI remains dedicated to serving the community and appreciates your business. Further shipping inquiries can be made via telephone to 949-2055 or by visiting www.caymanport.com

 

Cayman Islands General Registry’s Holiday Hours

General Registry will close three times over the holiday season.

General Registry’s Grand Cayman office, including its counter on the first floor of the Government Administration Building, will close at 12:30pm on Wednesday, 20 December, for a staff function. Normal office hours will resume on Thursday, 21 December.

For Christmas, the office and the counter will close at 12:30pm on Friday, 22 December and reopen at 8:30am on Wednesday, 27 December.

On New Year’s Eve, the office and the counter will close at 12:30pm on Friday, 29 December and reopen at 8:30am on Tuesday, 2 January 2018.

CORIS/EDMS subscribers are advised that online responses will be delayed.

In the event of a birth- or death-related emergency, persons are asked to call 925-8673 to speak with General Registry staff.

General Registry apologises for any inconvenience these closures may cause. For more information, please call 946-7922 or email [email protected]

Advent Season Events at Savannah United Church

9 Dec. – Saturday Christmas Cantata

Under a Starry Sky” @ 6:30pm

 

10 Dec. – 2nd Sunday in Advent

Cantata “Under a Starry Sky” 10am

Lighting the Candle of PEACE

 

17 Dec. – 3rd Sunday in Advent

Youth Christmas Programme 10am

Lighting the Candle of JOY

17 Dec. “Carols under the Stars” 

SAVANNAH UNITED CHURCH CHOIR

at the Crighton’s Christmas Gardens 7pm

24 Dec. – 4th Sunday in Advent

Lighting of the Candle of LOVE 10am

* * * * * *

Joint Services with Robert Young Memorial Church at Savannah United Church:

25 Dec. – Christmas Morning Service

Lighting of the CHRIST Candle 10am

31 Dec. – Sunday Monday Service @ 10am

Watchnight Service @ 10:30pm

 

Customs Extends Hours for Holiday Season

The Customs Department is open for longer hours at its Collections Office to allow pick up of packages before Christmas.

For the two weeks leading up to Christmas, that is Monday, 11 December 2017 through Friday, 22 December 2017, the Collections Office will operate from 8.30am-5pm instead of the usual closing time of 4 pm. However, it will close at 12 noon on Saturday, 16 December 2017.

During this period, the Customs Courier Office will be open regular hours from 8.30am to 4.30pm and remain closed on Saturdays.

Acknowledging the steep rise in imports during the Christmas season, Deputy Collector of Customs and head of the Revenue Collection Portfolio, Mr. Kevin Walton said Customs is offering the increased hours to give importers the opportunity to clear their goods before the holidays begin.

“We want our customers’ holiday experience to be a very happy one, so we have decided to extend the hours to help facilitate trade,” Mr. Walton added.

Both the Collections Office and the nearby Courier Office will be closed on Saturday, 23 December 2017. They will reopen on Wednesday, 27 December 2017, at which time they will revert to their regular hours for the rest of the week (8.30am to 4 pm for the Collections Office and 8.30am to 4.30pm for the Courier Office). Both offices, however, will be closed on Saturday, 30 December 2017, and resume regular operations at 8.30am on Tuesday, 2 January 2018.

The Collections Office is located at Customs Headquarters on Owen Roberts Drive, while the Courier Office is located on the same road between the Airport Post Office and the Customs warehouse.

The Customs Department’s seaport and airport operations will remain open throughout Christmas and New Year’s.

(GIS)

Cayman Islands Boxing Day Christmas Party for Senior Citizens

 

Cayman Islands DVDL Holiday Season Closures

Customers of the Department of Vehicle and Drivers Licensing are asked to noted that the department will be closed Friday, 15 December 2017 all day at all locations to facilitate a staff function and meeting.

Additionally, customers are asked to note the other closures during the rest of December 2017 and for New Year’s Day as follows:

December 2017:

Friday, 22 December – Closing at 12.30pm – all locations;

Saturday, 23 December – West Bay and Breakers locations will be closed – all day;

Monday, 25 December – Christmas Day – all locations will be closed;

Tuesday, 26 December – Boxing Day – all locations will be closed;

Friday, 29 December – Closing at 12.30pm, all locations;

Saturday, 30 December – West Bay and Breakers locations will be closed – all day;

January 2018:

Monday, 1 January – New Year’s Day – all locations will be closed.

 

Cayman Islands DEH Bulk Waste Removal Campaign Begins

 The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) will commence its annual bulk waste removal activity on Wednesday, 6 December 2017 and conclude on Wednesday, 20 December 2017.

Residents are asked to place their bulk waste on the kerbside during the dates specified. Collection will commence immediately thereafter.

  • Bodden Town, North Side, East End-        December 6-11
  • /West Bay District-                December 11-18
  • Cayman Brac East-                                         December 13 only
  • Cayman Brac West-                                        December 18 only
  • Cayman Brac South-                                       December 20 only

 

Bulk waste must be placed on the kerbside where it is easily accessible to DEH collection crews but will not obstruct the roadway. Bulk items that are put out after scheduled dates will not be collected.

Metals and vegetative waste must be separated from other bulk waste items. Metal waste includes items such as old appliances, metal furniture and metal roofing while vegetative waste includes plant trimmings and tree branches.

Bulk waste refers to large items such as old furniture, household appliances and vegetative waste that are not collected as part of the DEH’s weekly residential pick-up services. Construction and demolition debris are not considered bulk waste and will not be collected during the bulk waste removal activity.

For addition information about DEH bulk waste removal, please visit our website at www.deh.gov.ky. Queries or concerns may also be directed to DEH Solid Waste Unit (Grand Cayman) by telephone on 949-8793, or 948-2321 for persons located in   Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

 

Cayman Islands Immigration Holiday Hours 2017

The Department of Immigration has announced its holiday working hours, as well as dates for the remaining board meetings of 2017.

The Immigration headquarters, including public counters and the Passport and Visa offices, will close to the public at on Friday, 22 December 2017 at 11:30 a.m. and will reopen on Wednesday, 27

December 2017 at 8:30 a.m.

These offices will close again to the public on Friday, 29 December at 11:30 a.m. and resume on Tuesday, 2 January 2018 at 8:30 a.m.

 

Meeting dates for the Cayman Islands Immigration Boards announced Dec – Jan

The Work Permit Board’s final meeting date will be Monday, 18 December 2017 and will resume meetings on Wednesday, 3 January, 2018.

The Business Staffing Plan Board’s final meeting date will be Wednesday, 13 December 2017 and will resume meetings on Wednesday, 17 January 2018.

The Caymanian Status & Permanent Residency (CSPR) Board’s final meeting will be Thursday, 14 December 2017 and will resume meetings on Thursday, 11 January 2018.

The Administration, Border Control and Enforcement sections of Immigration will continue functioning as usual while the boards are on leave.

 

Cayman Islands Needs Assessment Unit: Christmas Closures

The Needs Assessment Unit (NAU) office, 2nd Floor Aqua Mall, 55 South Church Street, George Town will close for the following days over the holiday season:

Friday, 15 December8.30 a.m. to Noon

Friday, 22 December –  8.30 a.m. to Noon

Monday, 25 December – Closed for Christmas Day

Tuesday, 26 December – Closed for Boxing Day

Wednesday, 27 – 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday, 28 December8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friday, 29 December8.30 a.m. to Noon

Monday, 1 January – Closed for New Year’s Day

The NAU office will reopen for regular business on Tuesday, 2 January 2018.

 

 

Cayman Islands Winter Carnival Traffic Advisory, 1 December to 7 January

The Cayman Islands Winter Carnival begins Friday, 1 December and continues daily through Sunday, 7 January, and is located just north of Cost-U-Less, off the Esterley Tibbets Highway. Parking for the event will be available on either side of Pinehurst Road (off Esterley Tibbets), at Governors Public Beach, and on from just north of Governors Square (The Pinnacle) up to The Avalon. Shuttle buses will provide transportation to the venue from Governors Beach and from the lots off Pinehurst Road.

The RCIPS is advising motorists and pedestrians to exercise caution in these areas during the event times, between 6PM and 12AM. In addition, we are reminding the public that no parking will be permitted along the Esterley Tibbets Highway.

 

Cayman Islands Port Authority Timely Cargo Collection Urged Over the Holidays

Cayman Port would like to remind their valued customers that during the busy holiday season all cargo collections from the warehouse must be done in a timely manner, so as to not impact safe and efficient operations.

Cayman Port would like to especially highlight those persons importing vehicles to the Cayman Islands, and requests that all importers collect their vehicles without delay.

Please note that additional storage charges will be applied to all cargo not collected within 5 working days.

Thank you for your co-operation. Further shipping inquiries can be made to the Port on 949-2055 or by visiting www.caymanport.com.

 

Final Extension for all Cayman Islands Contractors to Register

The Builders Board has again extended, for the final time, the deadline for all local contractors to register with the board. The contractors’ deadline has been moved a full four-months from Thu (30 November 2017) to 31 March 2018.

All contractors will have to register to be able to seek permits or request inspections from the Planning Department after 31 March next year.

This registration requirement is for general and civil contractors, residential and building contractors as well as trade contractors.

For fees and registration forms, contractors should visit www.planning.ky/boards-all/builders-board.

 

Cayman Islands DVDL Crewe Road Open Extra Hours in December

The Department of Vehicles and Drivers Licensing (DVDL) Crewe Road office will open longer for two days every week during December 2017.

On Wednesdays and Fridays, the office will open as normal at 8:30 am but close later at 7pm.

All other days – Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays – the office will operate as usual from 8.30am to 4pm.

 

New to You Cayman Islands NCVO Bargain Shop now open

THe NCVO are hosting a $5 Bag Sale inside the store from now through the end of the school year culminating in the Christmas Sale on Saturday 16th December

 

The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman – 3 Christmas Events 

Annual Senior Citizens’ Boxing Day Christmas Party

What: Rotary Annual Boxing Day Christmas Party for Senior Citizens

When: Tuesday, 26th December, 2017, 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Where: The First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman, 920 Crew Road

The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman will again be hosting its annual Boxing Day Christmas Party for Senior Citizens at 2:30 pm on Tuesday26th December at the First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman, 920 Crew Road. Hundreds of attending Seniors will be provided with a hot holiday meal, receive gift bags, dance and sing Christmas Carols.

This year we are expecting 300+ Seniors. As always, there will be free public transportation from East End, North Side, Bodden Town, West Bay and George Town arranged. (The Party is an annual event and each year we have more and more people attending.) Free admission, prizes and surprises!

Confirmed food donations to date:

The Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman

Cimboco Restaurant

Hurley’s

Marriott Resort

Blackbeard’s

The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa

Grand Old House Restaurant

Blue Cilantro Restaurant

Foster’s Food Fair

Kirk Market

Tortuga Rum Cakes

The Commodore Restaurant

Sunshine Grill Restaurant

Casanova Restaurant Coconut Joe’s Restaurant

Calypso Grill Restaurant

Aqua Restaurant

Confirmed Gift certificates to date:

Luca Restaurant

The Brasserie Restaurant

Wharf RestaurantCasanova Restaurant

Gelato & Co

Auto King Service Centre

Confirmed Gift Baskets to date:

Jaques Scott Group

Confirmed entertainment to date:

– Poetry readings by Ms. Joan Wilson (nee Watler)

https://www.ecayonline.com/joan-e-watler-wilson-grand-cayman-islands_company4767.html

– Vocal performance – Mr. Colin Wilson – “The Words I Love You”

– Musical performance by Sea N’ B

http://www.sea-n-b-band.com/sea-about.html

Confirmed bus transportation to date:

Webster’s Tours

Majestic Tours

This is a truly Caymanian event honouring our Seniors. Lots of food, gift bags, entertainment and prizes will make this day special for them.

 

Cayman Islands Public Holidays for 2018 Confirmed

The list of Cayman Islands Public Holidays for 2018 is now officially confirmed and released by the Deputy Governor’s Office.

The list is as follows:

New Year’s Day: Monday, 1 January 2018;

National Heroes Day: Monday, 22 January 2018;

Ash Wednesday: Wednesday, 14 February 2018;

Good Friday: Friday, 30 March 2018;

Easter Monday: Monday, 2 April 2018;

Discovery Day: Monday, 21 May 2018;

Queen’s Birthday: Monday, 11 June 2018;

Constitution Day: Monday, 2 July 2018;

Remembrance Day: Monday, 12 November 2018;

Christmas: Tuesday, 25 December 2018; and

Boxing Day: Wednesday, 26 December 2018.

 

Cayman Islands’ Green Iguana Cull extended

The Department of Environment wishes to announce that this year’s green iguana cull is to be extended until the end of November 2017.

Although contracts to cullers were issued with a provisional end date of 31 August 2017, availability of funds is sufficient to allow current culling contractors to continue until the end of November. Terms of contracts and payment rates will remain unchanged.

Culling contractors and other interested parties are asked to carefully note the following deadlines and arrangements:

1. No new contractors will be signed up after 5 p.m. on 31 August, 2017.

2. The green iguana raffle will close on 31 August 2017. Participants will be invited to attend the closing draw.

3. No contractor reports of culled iguanas will be accepted for payment after 5 p.m. on 30 November, 2017.

 

Cayman Islands Elections Office Open Monday to Friday

The issuing of Voter ID Card’s and Registration to become a voter are part of an ongoing process at the Elections Office even after elections.

If you wish to collect your Voter ID Card or you are eligible and wish to register to become a voter, please visit the Elections Office at 150 Smith Road Centre, 2nd floor, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

 

Blurring the Boundaries Between Craft and Art

Blurring the Boundaries Between Craft and Art
The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands Opens REVIVE! — Celebrating contemporary and traditional craft from the Cayman Islands.
7 October 2017 — 11 January 2018.
The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) presents a new exhibition titled, REVIVE! — Celebrating contemporary and traditional craft from the Cayman Islands. The exhibition showcases the best in Caymanian craft and features over 50 artists from all six districts. Works include a diverse range of objects by makers who are using traditional and cutting-edge techniques across diverse practices including: basketry, ceramics, textiles, fibre, paper, glass, metal, and wood craft.

 

Annual Pension Continuation Certificates

The Public Service Pensions Board would like to remind its pensioners that their Annual Pension Continuation Certificates (PCCCs) have been distributed through the mail and are due to be returned to the no later than DECEMBER 29TH, 2017 to ensure continuity of benefits. If you have not received your PCCC form please feel free to drop by the office located on the 1st floor of the Government Administration Building to address this matter. If you are a shut-in or have care or control over a pensioner who is unable to be transported to the office, please call 945-8175 or 244-7104/7123 for special assistance.

COMMUNITY EVENTS (Date Order)

 

THU DEC 21

Blue Christmas

St George’s Anglican Church, Courts Rd, Eastern Av, GT. A service for those where there seems to be no joy. 6PM

 

SUN DEC 24

Spot Bay Christmas Homecoming

The Spot Bay Committee presents the 1st Annual Spot Bay Christmas Homecoming.  On Sunday (24 Dec) there will be Homecoming Christmas Services at 7pm; on Monday (25 Dec) Santa will be at Spot Bay Park at 6:30pm. His arrival will be followed by a Singspiration concert, a fireworks display, an Ole Tyme Kitchen Dance party and a food festival.  On Tuesday (26 Dec) head back to Spot Bay Park for a Boxing Day Picnic at 11am followed by a fun day.

Family Service Mass

St George’s Anglican Church, Courts Rd, Eastern Av, GT. Mary remembers. 8 AM

Christmas Eve Carols and Mass

10:45 PM St George’s Anglican Church, Courts Rd, Eastern Av, GT.

Watering Place Church of God (Holiness) Christmas Programme

The Watering Place Church of God (Holiness) Christmas Programme is December 24th at 7:15pm.

Elmslie Service Music Morning

10:30 am Elmslie United Church, Waterfront, George Town

Carol/Candle Lighting Service

6:30 pm Joint Charge Elmslie United Church, Waterfront, George Town

Scott’s Dock Announcement

All users of the Cemetery Pier/ Scott’s Dock area are advised to use an alternative ramp on January 24th to facilitate a cruise ship visit

Sunday School Christmas Program

The Church of God Full Gospel Hall in Savannah invites you to a Sunday School Christmas Program on Sunday (24 Dec) at 10am.

Christmas Candle Light Service

Boatswain Bay Presbyterian Church invites all to our Christmas Candle Light Service on Sunday 24th  Dec 2017 at 7:30pm

MON DEC 25 CHRISTMAS DAY

Lions Club of Cayman Brac All-Island Gift Distribution

The Lions Club of Cayman Brac All-Island Gift Distribution is December 25th at 2pm at the Cayman Brac Beach Resort.

Fellowship Baptist Church Christmas Programme

The Fellowship Baptist Church Christmas Programme is December 26th at 7pm.

Christmas Day Service Joint Charge

9:00 am Elmslie United Church, Waterfront, George Town

Christmas Day Mass

St George’s Anglican Church, Courts Rd, Eastern Av, GT. 8:00 AM

 

TUE DEC 26

Garden Party

There will be a Garden Party on Tuesday (26 Dec) from 11am to 5pm at the William Pouchie Memorial United Church, North Side.

Dashing Thru the Sands

The 20th annual Boxing Day Beach Run/Walk-DASHING THRU THE SAND hosted by the Phoenix Athletic Club is on Tuesday (26 Dec) along Seven Mile Beach. Registration is at 630am with the event starting at 730. The cost is $25.

Fellowship Baptist Church Christmas Programme

The Fellowship Baptist Church Christmas Programme is December 26th at 7pm.

 

THU DEC 28

The Holy Innocent

St George’s Anglican Church, Courts Rd, Eastern Av, GT. 10:00 AM Mass & Fun Day

 

FRI DEC 29

Annual Pension Continuation Certificates

The Public Service Pensions Board would like to remind its pensioners that their Annual Pension Continuation Certificates (PCCCs) have been distributed through the mail and are due to be returned to the no later than DECEMBER 29TH, 2017 to ensure continuity of benefits. If you have not received your PCCC form please feel free to drop by the office located on the 1st floor of the Government Administration Building to address this matter. If you are a shut-in or have care or control over a pensioner who is unable to be transported to the office, please call 945-8175 or 244-7104/7123 for special assistance.

Brac Poetry Reading

The Brac Poetry Reading is December 29th at the Cayman Brac Library at 7pm.

 

SUN DEC 31

Watch Night Service Joint Charge

10:30 pm Elmslie United Church, Waterfront, George Town

First Sunday after Christmas

St George’s Anglican Church, Courts Rd, Eastern Av, GT 8:00 AM

Watch Night Service and Feast of the Holy Name

St George’s Anglican Church, Courts Rd, Eastern Av, GT 11:00PM New Year’s Brunch follows in the hall

 

WED JAN 3

Scott’s Dock Announcement

All users of the Cemetery Pier/ Scott’s Dock area are advised to use an alternative ramp on January 3rd to facilitate a cruise ship visit.

 

MON JAN 8

Scott’s Dock Announcement

All users of the Cemetery Pier/ Scott’s Dock area are advised to use an alternative ramp on January 8th to facilitate a cruise ship visit.

 

SAT JAN 20

Cayman Islands High School Reunion

The 40th reunion for the Cayman Islands High School class of 1997 is Saturday (20 Jan) at the George Town Yacht Club.

 

WED JAN 24

Scott’s Dock Announcement

All users of the Cemetery Pier/ Scott’s Dock area are advised to use an alternative ramp on January 24th to facilitate a cruise ship visit.

 

WED JAN 31

Overseas Scholarship Applications

The Ministry of Education wishes to inform the general public that it is now receiving applications for overseas scholarships for the 2018/2019 academic year. The application period is open from  15 November 2017 to 31 January 2018.
All those planning to apply for a government scholarship for the 2018/2019 academic year are invited to complete the Overseas Scholarship Application which is located online at www.education.gov.ky.
An information session on the application process will be held at the George Town Public Library on the 21 November 2017 from 5:30pm-7:00pm.  Anyone applying for a government scholarship for the 2018/2019 academic year is encouraged to attend.
Contact the Scholarships Secretariat if any additional information is required via email at [email protected] or call 345-244-2482.

 

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