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Cayman Islands: Child Month “Snuggle & Read” Event

The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is inviting families for an evening of snuggling and reading.

Families can enjoy bedtime stories, drama and literacy fun on Thursday 19 May, 2016 at the Cayman Academy School Hall from 6:00pm—8:00pm.

Hot chocolate and cookies and other snacks will be provided by Cayman Academy School.

For more information contact the Department of Children and Family Services on 949-0290 and [email protected] .



Cayman Invitational this Weekend: Parking Restrictions for Friday, 13 May – Saturday, 14 May

Parking will be restricted along the following roadways in order to ensure emergency vehicle unrestricted access if needed. The following roads in George Town will have restricted parking commencing on Friday afternoon, 13 May 2016 until 9PM on Saturday, 14 May 2016 (the day of the event):

• Academy Way (No Parking)

• Hinds Way (No Parking)

• Aspiration Drive (Parking on north side only)

• Fairbanks Road (Parking on south side only)

Police will be enforcing these parking restrictions with zero tolerance, given the need for emergency access. Any vehicle illegally parked will be ticketed or otherwise dealt with according to law.


Cayman Islands: Save the Date! NGCI Fundraising Gala


unnamed copyLet’s return to 1940s Cuban glamour at the National Gallery’s fundraising gala!

Why you should support this annual event…

Art for Everyone!

Purchasing a ticket to the National Gallery’s annual fundraising gala helps to ensure that admission remains free for everyone. The National Gallery received 18,538 visitors in 2015 including students of all ages from every district in the Cayman Islands!

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Time Well Spent

Funds raised at the 2015 Gala The Night Circus allowed the National Gallery to offer free family fun days and art activities. These inspiring opportunities have fostered creativity within our community and strengthened family bonds.

Learn more about Family Fun at NGCI.

Inspiring the Next Generation

unnamed-2The National Gallery’s Creative Careers programme supports our growing community of creative professionals. Your support provides the National Gallery with the resources needed to nurture the next generation through meaningful work experience placements, career guidance and valuable resources.

Oh, and did we mention the NGCI gala is a lot of fun…



Cayman Islands: Consolidated Water posts 1Q profit


GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands (AP) _ Consolidated Water Co. (CWCO) on Tuesday reported first-quarter profit of $2.1 million.

The Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands-based company said it had profit of 14 cents per share.

The developer and operator of desalination plants posted revenue of $14 million in the period.

Consolidated Water shares have risen 19 percent since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Tuesday, shares hit $14.62, a climb of 26 percent in the last 12 months.



Cayman terminal simulation to inform port investment decisions

From Digital Ship

The simulated terminal was presented to Cayman officials during Maritime Week
Transas has built a simulator model of a proposed new cruise terminal currently under discussion in the Cayman Islands, to be used to inform Cayman authorities on the logistical and environmental implications of constructing the new facility by running simulations of ship traffic to and from Grand Cayman.

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CDC issues zika travel alert for St Barts

From Caribbean News Now

ATLANTA, USA — Following reports that local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection has been reported in Saint Barthelemy (St Barts), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday posted a zika virus travel notice for the island.

cLocal mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with zika virus and are spreading it to people.

Because the zika virus is primarily spread by mosquitoes, CDC recommends that travelers to Saint Barts protect themselves from mosquito bites.

Mosquitoes that spread zika are aggressive daytime biters. They also bite at night. There is no vaccine or medicine for zika virus. The best way to avoid zika virus infection is to prevent mosquito bites.

Some travelers to areas with zika will become infected while traveling but will not become sick until they return home and they might not have any symptoms. To help stop the spread of zika, travelers should use insect repellent for three weeks after travel to prevent mosquito bites.

Some people who are infected do not have any symptoms. People who do have symptoms have reported fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. The sickness is usually mild with symptoms that last from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon and the number of deaths is low. Travelers to areas with zika should monitor for symptoms or sickness upon return. If they become sick, they should tell their healthcare professional when and where they have traveled.

CDC has received reports of zika virus being spread by sexual contact with sick returning travelers. A pregnant woman can pass Zika virus to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects.

CDC recommends special precautions for the following groups:

•Women who are pregnant:

◦ Should not travel to Saint Barts.

◦ If you must travel, talk to your doctor first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip.

◦ If you have a male partner who lives in or has traveled to Saint Barts, either use condoms or do not have sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) during your pregnancy.

• Women who are trying to become pregnant:

◦ Before you or your male partner travel, talk to your doctor about your plans to become pregnant and the risk of zika virus infection.

◦ You and your male partner should strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites.

• Men who have traveled to an area with zika and have a pregnant partner should use condoms or not have sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) during the pregnancy.

Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is very likely triggered by zika in a small proportion of infections, much as it is after a variety of other infections. CDC is working with Brazil to study the possibility of a link between Zika and GBS.

Women who have traveled to an area with zika but don’t have symptoms should wait eight weeks after travel before trying to get pregnant. Women who also have zika symptoms should wait at least eight weeks after symptoms start before trying to get pregnant.

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Belize: New Magistrate sworn in

new-magistrate-e1462843933573By Aaron Humes From Belize Breaking News

This past Friday, new Magistrate Emmertice Emmerita Anderson, a native of Roaring Creek, Cayo District, was sworn in by Chief Justice, Kenneth A. Benjamin.

Anderson is the ex-wife of former Belize Director of Public Prosecutions, now judge of the Jamaican Supreme Court, Kirk Anderson, and is currently common law wife of Richard Flowers – CEO of the Social Security Board.

Anderson started work as a secretary at the Police Training School in Belmopan and worked at TAN-SAHSA Airlines for some years before beginning a career in law, studying in the Cayman Islands and obtaining a Bachelors’ in Law accredited by the University of Liverpool, England, then obtaining her Certificate in Legal Education from Norman Manley Law School in Kingston.

Notably, she mooted for Cayman Islands Law School at the American /Caribbean Clinic in Tampa, USA where she competed with other Law schools from the Region and Florida.

Anderson will work in the number 4 Court in Belize City, succeeding Ladonna John, who is now stationed in Belmopan.

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Bahamas: DNA: Who Are these “Distinguished Men” Behind the Caribbean Muzik Festival?

By Branville McCartney, Leader, Democratic National Alliance (DNA)

Recently the Minister of Tourism lamented, “it’s disappointing, very disappointing…that distinguished men, which really bothers me, distinguish men, of our society who have not lived up to an obligation”.

The Bahamian government through the Ministry of Tourism sponsored the sum of $650,000.00 to the Caribbean Muzik Festival that was scheduled for October 2015, but the Festival never happened.

The good Minister has insisted that politics has no place in the sponsoring of the festival. I am certainly not going to argue with the Minister but can the good Minister let the Bahamian people know which of his PLP/FNM colleagues were part owners of the Caribbean Muzik Festival. Are these the people he referred to as “distinguished”? Was the sponsored money given during the time his PLP/FNM colleagues were part owners? Does the Minister expect to get the peoples’ monies back?

The fact of the matter is that we, the Bahamian people, as we always do, will have to pay this money back. The good Minister is encouraged to take whatever steps necessary to recoup the Bahamian people’s money and bring those who took it to justice!

Branville McCartney
DNA Leader


How to Join Jose Andres and Anthony Bourdain in the Caribbean

From Caribbean Journal

For the second time, world-renowned Chef Jose Andres is partnering with Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Puerto Rico on a culinary festival.

The second annual Dorado Beach Culinary Getaway will take place Nov. 3-6, offering an intimate weekend with some of the world’s top chefs, including Andres, Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert, among others.

The agenda includes events from a beach barbecue to chef demonstrations and wine and rum tastings.

Or as the hotel calls it, a “foodie’s paradise,” giving you a chance to engage with each of the chefs on a personal level.

The getaway will also include a Chef’s Dinner on the final evening featuring menus designed by each of the chefs.

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What’s happening at Cayman Islands University College

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DCI to Close Early on Wednesday and Thursday

The Department of Commerce and Investment (DCI), including its Business Licensing Counter on the first floor of the Government Administration Building, will close from 1:30pm on Wednesday and Thursday, 11-12 May, for a staff training event.

On both days, the DCI office will open from 8:30am to 1:30pm and the licensing counter will open from 9:00am to 1:30pm before closing.

DCI will have normal working hours on Friday, 13 May. The main office will operate from 8:30am to 5pm, and the licensing counter will open from 9:00am to 4pm.

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

End of May Deadline for Seafarers’/Veterans’ Updates

Seafarers, Veterans and their spouses have until 31 May 2016 to provide their current information to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.

The Ministry is in the process of updating its health insurance database and has already distributed the relevant forms.

Any seafarer, veteran or spouse who has yet to receive such a document may provide a postal address to the Ministry so that the form can be mailed to them. Once completed, forms may be dropped off or mailed to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, 3rd Floor Government Administration Building, Elgin Avenue, Grand Cayman, PO Box 131, KY1-9000.

This request was initially made in July 2015 and those Seafarers, Veterans and their spouse who have responded to the initial request need not do so again.

Individuals seeking assistance may contact the Ministry at email:

[email protected] or phone: 244-2224.

Failure to respond may result in the discontinuation of health insurance benefits.

Cayman Islands: Call for Hurricane Shelter Volunteers

The Department of Children and Family Services is inviting individuals to sign up as shelter volunteers for this year’s Hurricane Season.

The Shelter Operations 2016 Hurricane Training for Shelter Managers & District Representatives Volunteers for this year’s Hurricane Season will be held over two days on Wednesday 25 May and Thursday 26 May at the Prospect Primary School Hall from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Registration begins promptly at 5:30 p.m.

All volunteers MUST complete both days of training.

For more information contact Ernesto Carter at the Department of Children and Family Services on 949-0290 or

email [email protected] (GIS)





Legal Bootcamp Series: Immigration: Caymanian Status & Naturalisation

The Chamber of Commerce presents its Legal Bootcamp Series: Immigration: Caymanian Status & Naturalisation by Nick Joseph on Thursday (12 May) from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at their office in . Register online at

FREE SME Workshop: Tips for Developing and Running a Website

The Chamber of Commerce presents a FREE SME Workshop: Tips for Developing and Running a Website by Rasheed Girvan of Jamaica Yellow Pages on Thursday (12 May) from 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m. at their office in Governors Square. Register online at

Child Month Boards Games Evening

As part of Child Month, you’re invited to a Boards Games Evening at the Book Nook and the Aston Rutty Civil Center in Cayman Brac on Thursday (12 May) from 6 — 8pm


Gift of healing Exhibition at National Gallery

The Gift of Healing_NGCI Outreach Exhibition


All Nations United Pentecostal Church Week of Service

The All Nations United Pentecostal Church is hosting one week of services on Sunday (8 May) at 11am and 7pm as well as Monday — Friday (9 — 13 May) at 730pm nightly.

Be Informed ESO Business Survey Workshop

The Chamber of Commerce presents a free BE INFORMED ESO Business Survey Workshop on Friday (13 May) from 9:30 am — 11:30 am at their office in Governors Square. Register online at


Tiny Tots Open house

Tiny Tots is having its Annual Open house on Saturday (14 May) from 10am until 2pm. The theme for the event is “A Day on the Farm” and activities will include face painting, rides on the horses, games and other craft activities. Food & refreshments will also be available.

Cayman Invitational

The Cayman Invitational is Saturday (14 May) at 4pm at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

Flow 800M Sea Swim

The Flow 800M Sea Swim is Saturday (14 May) at Governor’s Beach. Log on to to register.

Child Month Little Cayman Family Fun Day

As part of Child Month, you’re invited to a Family Fun Day at Blossom Village Park in Little Cayman from 10am until 4pm on Saturday (14 May)


Way of the Cross Gospel Series

The Creek Seventh-day Adventist church on Cayman Brac invites you to the “Way of the Cross Gospel Series” which runs May 15th to June 4th. Services are held at 7:15 nightly and at 9:15am on Sabbaths.

DEW Cycling Classics Circuit Race 1

The DEW Cycling Classics Circuit Race 1 is Sunday (15 May) at 7am. This week’s circuit will be road race at Batabano. Log on to to register.

Child Month Little Cayman Church Service

As part of Child Month, you’re invited to a Church Service and Lunch at the Little Cayman Baptist Church from 11am until 2pm on Sunday (15 May)

2nd Annual Pines 5K Walk/Run

The 2nd Annual Pines 5K Walk/Run is Sunday (15 May) with walkers starting at 630am and Runners at 7 at the Holiday-Inn. Registration is $15 and you can register online at


Ignite Youth Congress

The All Nations UPC Youth Department presents Ignite Youth Congress on Monday (16 May) from 9am until 4pm

Discovery Day Jam family Fun Day

You’re invited to a Discovery Day Jam family Fun Day on Monday (16 May) at the Black Pearl Skate Park at Grand Harbor from 3 — 7pm.

9th Annual Discovery Day 5K

The 9th Annual Discovery Day 5K is Monday (16 May) at 630pm at Nexus Way.

Family Fun Day

The George Town Adventist Church Community Services Department presents Family Fun Day –touching lives through Christian Services. It’s a Big Fish Fry Fundraiser in aid of the Children Back to School Assistance Fund on Discovery Day (16 May) from 9 am until 3pm at the George Town SDA Church Parking lot.

Cayman Islands Skateboard Assoc to promote family interaction

On May 16, Discovery Day, Calvary Chapel and Mountain Dew are partnering with the CI Skateboard Association to promote family interaction. It’s during these times that many children become involved in crime or anti-social behavior.

Mtn Dew Fun Day Poster


Superior Business Writing

The Chamber of Commerce presents Superior Business Writing by Catherine Tyson on Tuesday (17 May) from 9:00 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. at their office in Governors Square. Register online at

Child Month Child Protection Presentation

As part of Child Month, there will be a child protection presentation for preschool owners at the South Sound Community Center at 630pm on Tuesday (17 May)


Sunrise Spring Concert

The Sunrise Adult Training Centre invites the public to its annual Spring Concert at the Harquail Theatre on Wednesday (18 May) at 7pm. Come and experience the Sunrise Centre’s version of the Broadway musical !

Cayman Islands: Conservation Council Meeting 18 May 2016

The National Conservation Council will hold a general meeting on Wednesday May 18th, 2016, from 2pm to 5pm in the ground floor meeting room (1038) of the Government Administration Building (Grand Cayman). This meeting is open to observers from the public. The Agenda of the meeting will be available at the DoE website (<>).


Floetry is Wednesday (18 May) at 630pm at Books & Books.


Child Month Snuggle and Read

As part of Child Month, you’re invited to Snuggle and Read at Cayman Academy from 6 — 8pm on Thursday (19 May)



SharKY poster competition

The Department of Environment and Marine Conservation International invite primary and high school students to participate in our SharKY poster competition as part of the SharKY Fest to help raise awareness about Cayman’s sharks and the shark conservation law. To enter, students should create a poster on the importance of sharks to our coasts and reefs. Submit posters by mail or in person to Dept. of Environment by 4PM on Friday (20 May.) Log on to for more information.


Gospel Explosion

Eastern Apostolic Church presents Gospel Explosion on Saturday (21 May) at 7pm at Mary Miller Hall. Food will be on sale.

Rotaract Blue Fred Speirs VG 5K

The Rotaract Blue Fred Speirs VG 5K is Saturday (21 May). Log on to to register.

Rugby Big Game 6: Cayman Vs. Bahamas

You’re invited to watch Rugby Big Game 6: Cayman Vs. Bahamas on Saturday (21 May). Log on to for more.

Child Month Prayer Breakfast and Brac Family Day

As part of Child Month, you’re invited to a Circle of Love Prayer Breakfast at the Mariott Hotel on Saturday (21 May) from 830am. This will be followed by a Family Fun Day at South Side public beach in Cayman Brac from 10am until 2.



Marriage and Family Enrichment Series

The West Bay Church of Christ presents its annual Marriage and Family Enrichment Series under the theme Fireproof my Marriage. The event is Sunday — Friday (22 — 27 May) at 10am, 11am and 7pm on Sunday and weekdays at 7 o’clock.

DEW Cycling Classics 19/38 and 57 Mile Road Race

The DEW Cycling Classics 19/38 and 57 Mile Road Race is Sunday (22 May) at 7am at Clifton Hunter. Log on to to register.

Sneakers and Tiaras 5K Fun Run

The Sneakers and Tiaras 5K Fun Run is Sunday (22 May) at 6am at Holiday Inn. Log on to to register.


Inspired Lifestyles with Donna – Summer Programmes

See us at the upcoming HR Conference at the Ritz Carlton, May 26th.

Water Class Summer Session Weight Management Yoga Summer Session


Cayman Islands Meals on Wheels Annual Coin Collection Drive

Please note that the Meals on wheels Coin Collection drive will be held this year a little later on May 27th and 28th. volunteers will be outside all supermarkets on the island as well as Kirks Home Centre and AL Thompsons hardware. for those companies that see heavy traffic i.e. banks, collection boxes will be available for that week.
For more information please don’t hesitate to call
Pat Bazell-Taylor


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