March 22, 2023

iNews Briefs & Community Events


Cayman Islands: Public Voting Open for Young Image Makers

The public is invited take part in Young Image Makers (YIM) Competition by voting online for their favourite films.

Eleven student videos have been posted online and the student with the most votes will be named the winner of the 2016 People’s Choice Award and receive a prize pack courtesy CayFilm and the Department of Commerce and Investment.

Voting runs through until 11 June. To access the link, the public can go to<>, as well as visit the Cultural Foundation’s social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (all are @caymanculture).

Hosted by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation and supported by the Department of Tourism this year, the YIM competition provides youngsters, ages 10 – 17, with the opportunity to sharpen their technical film skills and explore their creativity.


Use ‘panchayat’ system to resolve conflicts*

By Anna Ramdass From Trinidad Express

President Anthony Carmona has suggested the “panchayat” system be used as a way of resolving human conflict through its power of mediation and reconciliation.

In his message to the nation to mark Indian Arrival Day today, Carmona noted that, from the ­onset, the East Indian presence in Trinidad and Tobago has had great influence on the Caribbean way of life.

“In my humble view, a critical and underutilised system, brought to the Caribbean by our East Indian forefathers, is the ‘panchayat’ system, quite possibly one of the earliest manifestations of mediation and alternative dispute resolution,” stated Carmona.

He pointed out the panchayat system is structured community mediation at work and can be an important feature of restorative justice in the criminal justice system.

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TRINIDAD: Warns of terrorist attacks on schools

From Trinidad Express

MINISTER in the Ministry of the Attorney General Stuart Young says he is certain the police will treat threats of terrorist attacks with the highest level of attention.
This, as another recording began circulating on social media yesterday, warning of terrorist attacks on schools.

Last week a recording of a man claiming to have information of a terrorist plan to attack malls around the country made the rounds on social media. On Thursday police arrested a man in connection with a bomb threat called in to Trincity mall.

In the latest recording, a male voice claims terror group ISIS has planned to blow up schools, adding that “this is not no joke, this is not no kicks”.

However, at one point in the recording, a male voice in the background can be heard prompting the speaker and seemingly giggling.

Contacted yesterday, Young said he had heard of the recording but had not been able to listen to it.

“I personally have not heard this latest voice note that is alleged to be circulating,” he said. “However I am certain that our law enforcement authorities will do the necessary due diligence with respect to it. All of these matters are treated with the highest level of attention.”

National Security Minister Edmund Dillon could not be immediately reached for comment last night.

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Navy Ship Groningen to the Caribbean

zr-ms-groningen-300x150From Curacao Chronicle

WILLEMSTAD – The navy ship sr. ms. Groningen will set sail late this week to the Caribbean. This means that the deployment to the Mediterranean to help the refugees at sea will not continue.

This was originally the intention after the mission against piracy in African waters. The patrol vessel has now been deployed for four months in the waters around Curaçao, St. Maarten, Aruba, Saba, St. Eustatius and Bonaire. The Dutch armed forces takes care of the defensive duties for these islands.

Groningen is used for monitoring the border area of the overseas territories. It is also used, together with the deployment of US teams, to combat drug trafficking. The crew is prepared for further assistance in natural disasters such as hurricanes and environmental offenses. The hurricane season begins on June 1.

For the mission in the West the crew of the ship will be equipped with an NH90 helicopter and a team from the Marine Corps. US Coast Guard together with a local coastguard team are also expected to be aboard the ship.

The recently appointed commander of the Groningen captain Lieutenant Hugo Sinke expects Groningen to return to the Netherlands late September / early October.

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Google Analytics information session to aid digital marketers

From South Florida Caribbean News

The Idea Center at Miami Dade College to Host Google Analytics Information Session

MIAMI – The Idea Center at Miami Dade College (MDC) will host an information session on how to use Google Analytics to get the best return for every dollar spent on digital marketing with Deepak Aujla, Analytics Program Manager at Google.

The free information session will be held on Thursday, June 9, at 6 p.m. at The Idea Center @MDC, bldg. 8, 5th floor 315 NE 2nd Ave.

“We are really excited to launch this initiative,” said the Idea Center’s Executive Director Leandro Finol. “It will allow MDC students and the community to get certified in Google Analytics and be part of the fast-growing digital marketing industry.”

Participants will also learn how they can use Google Analytics’ educational material to generate sustainable growth for a company and clients by enrolling in Google Analytics Academy, a new six-week course in digital analytics. It is a fast paced and intense experience where students learn analytics theory, but also go through an immersive hands-on experience with the Google Analytics demo account.

Deepak Aujla is an expert in helping businesses of all sizes collect and analyze quality analytics data to improve their online marketing and website performance. He is currently an Analytics Program Manager at Google leading global education initiatives to help marketers utilize analytics.

Google Analytics Academy is free for students and $299 for community members. For more information, visit


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Cayman Islands Grand Court Jurors Report Date Changed

The report date for Grand Court jurors has been changed.

All Grand Court Jurors who are in the 6 April – 5 July 2016 session, please be advised that you are now to report for jury duty on Wednesday, 1 June 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

The Jury Information line – 945-5072 – has the most up-to-date information.


MRCU Aerial Operations

The Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) will be conducting seasonal aerial operations over mosquito breeding swamps in the Sister Islands and Grand Cayman throughout the forthcoming week (Friday, 27 May to Friday, 03 June).

Operations will involve low-level flights during the mornings and late afternoons. MRCU aircraft will drop pellets designed to stop the swamp mosquito larvae developing in water, which will be activated when the rainy season begins. Swamp mosquitoes are not a public health threat, but bite, spread heartworm in dogs and are a nuisance throughout the islands.

For further information about the aerial operation and daily schedules, visit MRCU’s Facebook page, or call 949-2557.


Cayman Islands Public Celebration for Queen’s Birthday

The public is invited to attend official celebrations of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday on Saturday 11 June 2016.

A parade by the uniformed services begins at 9:30am, and will be followed by a brief ceremony at the Legislative Assembly, recognising recipients of Queen’s Honours.

A garden party on the lawn of Government House will immediately follow the ceremony (10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.) A dress code of semi-formal day dress will be enforced. Hats are optional.


Cayman Islands What’s Happening at UCCI?


St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister to Discuss International Terrorism and Caribbean Preparedness

Thursday, 16 June | 6:00 pm | UCCI Sir Vassel Johnson Hall

Recent international events have posed considerable questions regarding global insecurity.

The multiple manifestations of this encompass radical and extreme religious world views, environmental degradation, food insecurity and the movement of peoples. Of particular urgency is global terrorism.

While it is clear that the Caribbean is not impervious to the reality of international terrorism, it can be argued that the peoples of the region do not know enough of how prepared their countries are.

In the latest installment of the UCCI Distinguished Lecture Series, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines explains the nature of this reality, the extent to which Caribbean countries are affected, or might be, and their levels of preparedness. As an important player in CARICOM, the Prime Minister will outline regional plans to counter global terrorism.

Large groups are encouraged to reserve seats as soon as possible as space is limited.

Deadline for Fall 2016 Online Applications is Fast Approaching

All applicants must complete and submit their online application by

Tuesday, 31 May, 2016.

High school students (including Dual Enrollment applicants) must not await their external exam results (e.g. CXC, IGCSE, etc.) to submit their online applicaiton. Exam results can be submitted as soon as they become available.

All supporting documentation should be brought in to the Office of the Registrar by

Thursday, 30 June 2016.

Follow us on social media for more updates.

Celebrate Cayman’s sharks

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Join other ocean lovers to celebrate Cayman’s sharks and the first anniversary of our new Shark Protection Law

There will be prize-giving for the SharKY Poster Competition.

Short talks by researchers will be given throughout the day.

We will be hosting an under water short film screening.


Also, there will be a photo exibition by Ellen Cuylaerts.

-Free snorkeling sign-up

-Free finger food

-Free White Tip Beer*

-Shark-themed cocktails

-Shark-themed ice cream

-Free face painting

-Shark-themed kids activities throughout the afternoon


DATE: 4TH JUNE 2016 | WHEN: 12 PM TO 5 PM






Session on mother to child HIV transmission

Educational sessions to discuss the elimination of mother to child HIV transmission and congenital syphilis will be held on Tuesday (31 May) at 4pm in the Hibiscus Conference Room at Cayman Islands Hospital.

Legal Bootcamp Series: Landlord & Tenant Relationship

The Chamber of Commerce presents its Legal Bootcamp Series: Landlord & Tenant Relationship by Sarah Allison on Thursday (31 May) from 9:00 am — 11:00 am at their office in Governors Square. Register online at

Providing Optimum Customer Service

The Chamber presents the Providing Optimum Customer Service by Catherine Tyson on Tuesday (31 May) from 9:00 am — 4:30 pm at their office in Governors Square. Register online at

Seafarers Information Update

Seafarers, veterans and their spouses have until Saturday (31 May) to provide their current information to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. Call 244-2224 for more information. Failure to respond may result in the discontinuation of health insurance benefits.

Special Olympics Aquatics

The 2016 Special Olympics Committee invites you to the Aquatics event on Tuesday (31 May) at the Lions Pool at 530pm.


Special Olympics Football

The 2016 Special Olympics Committee invites you to the Football event on Wednesday (1 Jun) at 530pm at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

Cayman Islands: Wednesday is Quiz Night
CARE – Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiast

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Special Olympics Bowling & Basketball

The 2016 Special Olympics Committee invites you to the Bowling event on Thursday at 3:30pm at Kings Gym as well as to Basketball at 530pm at the First Baptist Church Gym.


Cayman National Choir & Orchestra Presents The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration Concert

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Bullying: Legislation, Policy or Both

The Cayman Islands Law Reform Commission is asking for public comment a Discussion Paper: “Bullying: Legislation, Policy or Both”. The Paper can be found online at Submissions can be emailed to [email protected] or delivered to the Director of the Law Reform Commission at the Government Administration Building.

Consumer Protecton: Entrenching Consumer Supremacy in Cayman Islands Legislation

The Cayman Islands Law Reform Commission is asking for public comment a Discussion Paper: “Consumer Protection: Entrenching Consumer Supremacy in Cayman Islands Legislation”. The Paper can be found online at Submissions can be emailed to [email protected] or delivered to the Director of the Law Reform Commission at the Government Administration Building.


Shark Family Fun Day

Celebrate Cayman’s sharks and the first anniversary of the country’s Shark Protection Law at Divetech in West Bay on Saturday (4 Jun) from 12 — 5pm. There will be free snorkeling, finger food, White Tip, face painting and shark-themed activities for kids.

DoE MCI SharKYFest 2016 Flyer Final

CI Little League annual fundraiser

You’re invited to the CI Little League annual fundraiser with a$10,000 grand prize on Saturday (4 Jun) at 6pm. For more information or for raffle tickets, call 916.5643.

Caywriters Writing Workshop

Caywriters Writing Workshop is Saturday (4 Jun) from 1230 — 2pm at the George Town Library. Register online at


Book Launch By J. Lemuel Hurlston


June Events at Camana Bay

We want to help you celebrate Dad this Father’s Day. From a family portrait session with Picture This Studios in beautiful Gardenia Court to a cooking class for dads and kids to whip up tasty treats at Bon Vivant, there are ample opportunities for bonding experiences this Father’s Day at Camana Bay.

With summer approaching, we have some exciting events to welcome this school’s-out season, including the return of our popular Moonlight & Movies series and a cooking class featuring the king of the grill, the Big Green Egg. Foodies can also enjoy an unforgettable night with a feast under the stars at Ortanique’s pig roast.

Here is a quick look at our special events:

Budding Chef Summer Tween Classes

Every Tuesday, 31 May through 28 June


Bon Vivant

Isy B. Fashion Show

Thursday 2 June


Sand Angels

Tai Chi

Sunday 5 June


The Crescent

Moonlight & Movies: Summer Series

Every Tuesday, June through August


Gardenia Court

The Bookends Club

Wednesday 8 June


Books & Books

Father’s Day Portraits

Saturday 11 June


Gardenia Court

Indian Infusion Cooking Class

Tuesday 14 June


Bon Vivant

Easy Entertaining Cooking Class

Wednesday 15 June


Bon Vivant


Wednesday 15 June


Books & Books

Father’s Day Duo Cooking Class

Saturday 18 June


Bon Vivant

Culture at the Cinema: Shakespeare’s As You Like It

Saturday 18 June


Regal Cinemas

Big Green Egg and Bourbon Cooking Class

Tuesday 21 June


Bon Vivant

Cayman 27’s Island Living Show

Friday 24 June and Saturday 25 June

5-8pm and 10am-4pm

The Arts & Recreation Centre

Island-Style Cooking Class

Tuesday 28 June


Bon Vivant

Ortanique’s Final Pig Roast

Tuesday 28 June


The Island

Cuisine of the Sun Dinner

Thursday 30 June



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