April 14, 2021

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Cayman Islands: Happy Birthday Rotary!

Today we celebrate 113 years of Rotary! Rotary is where neighbors, friends and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. Here is to many more years of making a difference! #PeopleofAction #HappyBirthdayRotary #MakingADifference #Rotafam #Rotary

 

Cayman Islands police request public assistance to locate missing woman, 28 March

Yesterday, Tuesday, 27 March, police received a report of a woman who went missing from a cruise ship and are seeking public assistance to locate her.

34 year old Yusmaidys Ortiz Perez, who is a Cuban National, is a crew member on the MSC Opera which arrived in Cayman on Thursday 22nd March and departed the same day. However she did not board the ship in time for its departure and to this date she has not made contact with authorities

Ms. Ortiz Perez is about 5’11” tall and has blonde hair and black eyes. Two pictures of her are attached.

The Police are conducting ongoing enquiries in an effort to locate Ms. Ortiz Perez.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call George Town Police Station at 949-4222. 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.

NOTE: Update: The MSC Opera arrived and departed on Thursday, 22 March, not Friday, 23 March as originally stated by RCIPS

 

Modified Solid Waste Services in Cayman Islands for Easter 2018

The Department of Environmental Health (DEH) advises the public that there will be no garbage collection services on Good Friday, 30 March 2018. Landfills in Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman will also be closed to the public. The 24-hour drop-off site at the entrance of George Town landfill will, however, remain open to facilitate the disposal of small quantities of residential waste.

Landfills will reopen on Saturday, 31 March 2018. Residential garbage collections will also resume in previously uncollected areas on Saturday, 31 March 2018. Communities with the oldest backlog will be prioritised at that time. DEH urges residents to ensure that garbage is properly secured in anticipation for this slight delay in collection services.

For more information, contact DEH’s solid waste unit by telephone at 949-8793 or by email at [email protected].

 

Consul General of France visits Cayman Islands Premier

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands – Consul General of France in Miami Clément Leclerc made a courtesy call to the office of Cayman Islands Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin on Tuesday, 27 March.

Mr. Leclerc was in the Cayman Islands for a familiarization tour as the Miami consulate is responsible for Florida, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands and the US Virgin Islands.

Mr. Leclerc joined the Miami office in 2016.

Clement Leclerc and Premier Alden McLaughlin

 

Cayman Islands: Stolen 1996 Black Honda Integra, 24 March

Shortly after 11:30PM on Saturday, 24 March, a report was received of a stolen vehicle which was last seen in the parking lot of Country & Western Restaurant in George Town. The vehicle, a black 1996 Honda Integra, registration #Q2867, was last seen by the owner at about 10:30PM and was discovered missing about an hour later.

Year: 1996

Make: Honda

Model: Integra

Colour: Black

Registration: Q2867

A picture of a similar vehicle is attached.

Anyone with information regarding this vehicle is asked to call 9-1-1 or the George Town Police Station at 949-4222. 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

 

Another new video from Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean have just sent us their newest video they just launched, “Symphony of the Seas is Officially Delivered: Royal Caribbean Welcomes World’s Largest Ship.” Here is a follow-up from yesterday’s video, a more in-depth look at the whole story. Royal Caribbean International honored the instrumental project team of Symphony of the Seas during the highly anticipated delivery event at STX France shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.

View video here: https://www.royalcaribbeanpresscenter.com/video/979/symphony-of-the-seas-is-officially-delivered-royal-caribbean-welcomes-worlds-largest-ship/

 

Survey begins on enhancing Cayman Islands older persons’ health insurance

The deadline for persons to share their opinions on how the Cayman Islands can better meet the unique healthcare needs of older persons is Sunday, 15 April 2018. Residents of all ages have until that time to take part in a survey that will help health insurance officials evaluate the possible development of a Standard Health Insurance Contract (SHIC) for those aged 65 and older. Interested persons may download the form or complete the online survey at the Department of Health Regulatory Services website www.dhrs.gov.ky.

Hard copies are available from the Health Insurance Commission kiosk on the ground floor of the Government Administration Building and from all district health clinics on all three islands, and may be returned to these places. Additional information is available from [email protected].

 

Symphony of the Seas delivered to Royal Caribbean

The world’s largest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas, was just delivered to Royal Caribbean last Friday (23) at STX France shipyard in St. Nazaire! Thirty-six months, 4,700 shipbuilders and crew, and one common goal: to deliver the ultimate family adventure. Watch what led up to this significant milestone in our newest video, “From Construction To Delivery: Symphony of the Seas Milestone Mashup.”

View video here: https://www.royalcaribbeanpresscenter.com/video/978/from-construction-to-delivery-symphony-of-the-seas-milestone-mashup/

 

Road Closures on Monday 26 March for Cayman Islands Governors Swearing In Ceremony

The Cayman Islands Protocol Office is advising motorists that the below roads will be closed for the Swearing in Ceremony of the new Governor of the Cayman Islands, who will be arriving on Monday 26 March.

· Edward Street at the Dr. Roy’s Drive junction

· Fort Street at the Edward Street and Albert Panton Street junctions

The roads are scheduled to be closed on Monday 26 March, 2018 between 1pm and 6pm.

 

Business Men’s breakfast meeting

The Grand Cayman chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International is having its monthly breakfast on Saturday March 31st at 7:30am, at Lola’s (The Upper Crust) restaurant in Camana Bay.

We will have open sharing. So if God has moved in your life come out and spread the good news!

 

Cayman Islands NAU Office Closures

The Needs Assessment Unit (NAU) office on Grand Cayman will be closed for the afternoon from noon and the NAU’s Cayman Brac office will be closed for the whole day for a staff meeting on Thursday, 29 March 2018.

Both offices will also be closed for the following public holidays:

● Good Friday (Friday, 30 March 2018) and

● Easter Monday (Monday, 2 April 2018).

Normal office hours will resume on Tuesday, 3 April 2018.

 

Cayman Islands Special Olympics June 5th-11th

Posted by Jessica Powell

The Special Olympics is coming up, starting this Saturday, June 5th. Dozens are needed at the opening Ceremony (with the ceremony starting at 3pm, volunteers are needed from 11am-5pm), so make an attempt to come out for an hour or two whenever you’re available! There are various events being held next week as well, all of which need volunteers and supporters. If you’re interested in helping out or want to find out more about a specific day or activity, feel free to contact Jessica at [email protected].

 

Cayman Islands: Social Work Month Schedule

The contribution of social workers and social work to the health of the Cayman Islands are being celebrated during March by the Ministry of Community Affairs’ Department of Children and Family Services.

  • Sunday, 4 March – Church Service, St. George’s Anglican Church, Eastern Ave., 9 a.m.
  • Sunday, 24 March – Church Service, Savannah Seventh-day Adventist, 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, 28 March – Launch of University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) social work programmes, Social Sector Expo and opening lecture by Professor Kirstin Svensson from Lund University, Sweden; Sir Vassel Johnson Hall, UCCI, 5.30 p.m. The college is partnering with the Ministry of Health, Environment, Culture and Housing and DCFS to host these events.
  • Thursday, 29 March – Social work professional development master classes, UCCI’s Professional Development Centre, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and  1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Launch, Social Sector Expo and Opening Lecture on Wednesday, March 28 are free. For registration and costs of the master classes, contact Dr. L. Smith at 325-6462 or email [email protected]

 

Cayman Islands replacement registration plates ready for collection

Motorists are asked to visit the Department of Drivers and Vehicle Licensing website http://www.dvdl.gov.ky to check if their registration numbers are listed on the website. The lists will be updated every two weeks and should be re-checked periodically.

If listed now, motorists are urged to collect their registration plates now from the department’s Crewe Road Office. They should take in their current registration plates, windshield coupon, and logbook when visiting to collect their registration plates.

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IMAGE: The Plate Shack

 

Cayman Islands: March is Honouring Women Month 2018

The Department of Counselling Services’ Family Resource Centre (FRC) celebrates the achievements of women and calls for greater equality, in its annual observance of Honouring Women Month # PressforProgress, throughout March.

The Honouring Women Month events schedule includes –

■ Thursday, 1 March and Friday, 2 March – Four separate, three hour-long free Gender Violence Prevention Leadership training sessions by leading gender rights advocate Dr. Jackson Katz PhD at the Marriott Hotel, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Daily registration is required prior to event.

■ Thursday, 8 March – International Women’s Day – Canvas and Mocktails at Art Nest, 7.30 p.m. – 9 p.m., $38 incl. refreshments

■ Friday, 17 (Kaibo) and Saturday, 18 March (Smiths Cove, South Sound) – Colour Me Purple 5K Run/Walk., Cost $25. Fundraiser for local youth and women’s initiatives

■ Sunday, 25 March – Honouring Women Month church service, John Gray Memorial Church, West Bay, 10 a.m.

For registration and more information, call the FRC on 949-0006 or email [email protected]

 

Cayman Islands: JHC Memorial Walk Date Set

START: April 14, 2018 6:00 am END: April 14, 2018 9:00 am LOCATION: ICCI Campus

This year, the Dr. John Hugh Cummings Memorial walk is scheduled for April 14, 2018 which is the birthday of our first President, who passed away in 2000. Dr. Cummings founded ICCI with his wife, President Emerita Dr. Elsa M. Cummings and a group of supporters and friends who believed the people of the Cayman Islands needed opportunities for professional and personal development and growth through tertiary education.

The walk starts at the campus of the International College and participants make their way to Pedro St. James and back to enjoy fellow, exercise and an opportunity to reflect. Please join us and sign up early. Contact 947-1100 if you need more information.

 

Cayman Islands NRA to upgrade Seaview Road in

National Roads Authority (NRA) is pleased to announce that commencing on Monday 5th February road upgrade works will be carried out along Seaview Road in East End. Work will be taking place from near the west end of Lovers Wall to near the Blow Holes. Works will include shoulder construction, installation of guard rail for some sections and paving.

NRA crews and Island Paving crews will be carrying out the works. Traffic Management will be in place during the works which will be done between 9 am and 4 pm on week days.

Road users are asked to exercise caution when driving through the area, for their safety and the safety of the work crews. The works are expected to take approximately two (2) months to complete.

For any questions or further information please contact the National Roads Authority at 623-7780.

For general inquiries contact [email protected], visit www.caymanroads.com and www.facebook.com/nraroads

 

Cayman Islands 21st Anniversary International Fishing Tournament

Cayman Islands: Permanent Financial Assistance Re-assessments

Persons receiving Permanent Financial Assistance benefit are subject to periodic re-assessments. Anyone not assessed since 1 July 2015 must be re-assessed by the Needs Assessment Unit to continue receiving this service.

To start the re-assessment process, get a form from the NAU’s offices in Grand Cayman/Cayman Brac, via email [email protected], on the www.nau.gov.ky  website or from your Department of Children and Family Services district Community Development Officer. The completed form/supporting documentation must be returned to the NAU by Friday, 30 March 2018. Once all necessary paperwork is received an appointment will be scheduled as necessary.  Please note that failure to comply will result in payments initially being placed on hold.

For further information contact the NAU immediately on 946-0024 (Grand Cayman) or 948-8748 (Cayman Brac).

 

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 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.

COMMUNITY EVENTS (Date Order)

MON MAR 26 – SAT APR 7

NCVO’s New To You Bargain Shop

The NCVO’s New To You Bargain Shop is holding a five-dollar bag sale during the Easter season where customers can buy a bag for only five-dollars and fill it to the brim with items they find inside the store. The two-week sale begins on Saturday 24th March ending on Saturday 7th April, 2018.

 

 

MON, TUE, WED MAR 26,27,28

Holy Week Reflections

Holy Week Reflections will be held at St. George’s Anglican Church March 26 – 28th at 7pm under the themeWhat Love – A Time to Listen.

 

TUE MAR 27

Cayman Brac and Little Cayman Immigration Board Meeting

 The Cayman Brac and Little Cayman Immigration Board Meeting is Tuesday (27 Mar).

Annual Day of Prayer

 The Cayman Ministers’ Association will be hosting their Annual Day of Prayer on the grounds of the “Glass House” Tuesday (27 Mar) from 12noon – 12:50pm.
WED MAR 28

UCCI Launches Social Work Programs

 The contribution of social workers and social work to the health of the Cayman Islands are being celebrated during March by the Ministry of Community Affairs’ Department of Children and Family Services. Wednesday (28 Mar) sees the launch of the University College of the Cayman Islands social work programs, Social Sector Expo and opening lecture by Professor Kirstin Svensson from Lund University, Sweden at Sir Vassel Johnson Hall, UCCI, 5.30 p.m.

All Ages Swim Meet

The All Ages Swim Meet will be held Wednesday and Thursday (28 & 29 Mar) at the Cayman Brac Government Pool.

 

THU MAR 29

Social work professional development master class

The contribution of social workers and social work to the health of the Cayman Islands are being celebrated during March by the Ministry of Community Affairs’ Department of Children and Family Services. On Thursday (29 Mar) there will be a Social work professional development master classes at UCCI’s Professional Development Centre from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and  1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Community Thatch Plaiting Class

The Community Thatch Plaiting Class will held at Heritage House on Thursday (29 Mar) from 7 to 9pm.

Little Cayman Vehicle Licensing Visit

The Little Cayman Vehicle Licensing Visit is Thursday (29 Mar) from 9 to 230pm at the Little Cayman District Office.

United Church Joint Charge

A Maundy Thursday Communion Service will be held at Elmslie United Church, Harbour Drive,GT  at 6:30pm. All are welcome.

Washing of Feet Maundy Thursday

Washing of Feet and Holy Eucharist will take place at St George’s Anglican Church, Courts Road, Eastern Av. GT at 7:00pm

NAU Closure

The Needs Assessment Unit office on Grand Cayman will be closed for the afternoon from noon and the NAU’s Cayman Brac office will be closed for the whole day for a staff meeting on Thursday (29 Mar).

 

FRI MAR 30

Combined Church Choir Easter Cantata

The Combined Church Choir Easter Cantata is Friday (30 Mar) at the Aston Rutty Center starting at 630pm.

United Church Joint Charge

A Good Friday Service will be held at Elmslie United Church, Harbour Drive,GT  at 9ooam. All are welcome.

Cayman Male Voice Choir

The Cayman Male Voice Choir will perform their annual recital at 7:30pm at Elmslie United Church, Harbour Drive,GT

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross will take place at St George’s Anglican Church, Courts Road, Eastern Av. GT at 8:00am

Stainer’s Crucifixion

Stainer’s Crucifixion will take place at St George’s Anglican Church, Courts Road, Eastern Av. GT at Noon.

Good Friday service

Boatswain Bay Presbyterian Church invites you to their Good Friday Service on Friday (30 Mar) at 11am.

Good Friday service

The Church of God Full Gospel Hall in George Town invites everyone to Good Friday service on Friday (30 Mar) at 1030am.

NAU Closure

The Needs Assessment Unit will be closed on Good Friday (30 Mar).

Taxi Operators & Limousine Operators & Drivers Permits Due

The Chairperson of the Public Transport Board advises that with immediate effect, all Taxi Operators & Limousine Operators & Drivers whose permit expires at the end of March 2018 are requested to contact the Public Transport Unit (Rankin’s Plaza, Eastern Avenue) to have their permits renewed before Thursday (30 Mar).

 

SAT MAR 31

Chalkfest

Chalkfest is Saturday (31 Mar) from 10 — 2pm at Camana Bay.

Immigration Annual Easter Egg Hunt

 The Immigration Annual Easter Egg Hunt is from 3 to 6pm in the D-A parking lot on Saturday (31 Mar).

Annual Easter Auction

The Little Cayman District of the National Trust Annual Easter Auction is Saturday (31 Mar).

Holy Saturday Pilgrimage

From St George’s Anglican Church, Courts Road, Eastern Av. GT to Beach by West Bay Cemetery at 4:30am

Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International Breakfast

The Grand Cayman chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International is having its monthly breakfast on Saturday (31 Mar) at 7:30am, at Lola’s restaurant in Camana Bay. The speaker will be the new Rector of St Alban’s Church, Rev. Christopher Pierce.

Easter Egg Hunt

There will be a free Easter Egg Hunt at Scholar’s Park in West Bay on Saturday (31 Mar) from 4 to 6pm hosted by the West Bay Central Community.

Immigration Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Immigration Annual Easter Egg Hunt is from 3 to 6pm in the D-A parking lot on Saturday (31 Mar).

 

SUN APR 1

Easter Cantata

William Pouchie Memorial United Church will have its Easter Cantata at 9 a.m. on Sunday (1 Apr.)
St George’s Anglican Church Easter Day Services
At St George’s Anglican Church, Courts Road, Eastern Av. GT services will be:
Sunday of the Resurrection Vigil and Mass at 5:00a.m.
Holy Eucharist followed by Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch at 9:00am

Easter Sunrise Services

You’re invited to Easter Sunrise Services at 7-Mile Public Beach and at Red Bay Dock at 6am on April 1st.

Easter Sunday Service

Boatswain Bay Presbyterian Church invites you to their Easter Sunday Service on Sunday (1 Apr) at 11am.

Easter Sunday Service

An Easter Sunday Service  will be held at Elmslie United Church, Harbour Drive,GT  at 10:30am. All are welcome.

 

MON APR 2

NAU Closure

The Needs Assessment Unit will be closed on Easter Monday (2 Apr).

Hope Academy Fundraiser

Hope Academy PTA is hosting a fundraiser for school projects and scholarships on Friday (6 Apr) at the Black Pearl Skate Park.

 

SUN APR 11

Mission’s Sunday Service

Boatswain Bay Presbyterian Church invites you to their Mission’s Sunday Service on Sunday (11 Apr) at 11am.

 

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