April 23, 2021

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HBO new limited series “The Night Of” now available at no cost to the public on HBO GO

HBO announcement:

We are excited to announce a special pre-premiere of our new limited series, The Night Of, on HBO GO! The first episode is now available, at no cost, to subscribers and non-subscribers, alike for a limited time.

The Night Of premieres on HBO on Sunday, July 10th.

To view the first episode, please visit www.hbogola.com.

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Wednesday 6th July is Cayman Islands Quiz Night

From CARE – Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts

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New Restoration Plans in the Caribbean’s Oldest City

Santo-Domingo-950x530From Caribbean Journal

Caribbean Oldest City

It’s the oldest city in the New World, but Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic is constantly reinventing itself.

And that energy extends to the city’s historic Colonial Zone, which will soon see another new wave of renovations.

The Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Tourism has announced a major new master plan to renovate and preserve the touristic route surrounding the colonial city.

Improvements to the Colonial Zone will include the restoration and preservation of the historic wall that runs through the city, connecting it to the city’s main touristic route.

That will help allow visitors to see how the city operated during the colonial era.

For more: http://www.caribjournal.com/2016/06/28/new-restoration-plans-caribbeans-oldest-city/

 

Cayman Islands Reform of Fuels Markets Proposed

Copies of the document are available for reference in the lobby of the Government Administration Building; as well as the George Town Public Library (and at all district libraries by Wednesday).

Government is working to establish, for the first time, an oversight body for the local fuels market.

Public input is currently invited into the proposed reform of the fuels markets in the Cayman Islands. These issues are covered in the discussion paper, “The Regulation of the Fuel Markets in the Cayman Islands”, which is now available for review.

Specifically, the Government will incorporate the fuels markets under the responsibilities of a new regulatory agency which will come into effect later this year.

The discussion paper proposes a phased approach. First, amendments will be made to the Dangerous Substances Handling and Storage Law, requiring the industry to provide specific pricing and cost information.

These amendments were enacted last October.

Next, will be the enactment of a Fuels Markets Bill, which will allow the OCR to analyse data, assess retail prices and competition, and take necessary measures to promote fair competition.

“Price controls are a last resort but the Government will do whatever it takes”, said Minister responsible for infrastructure, Hon. Kurt Tibbetts.  Welcoming this milestone, he added that Cabinet has decided to establish the multi-sector agency – to be known as the “Office of Competition and Regulation” (OCR).

This regulatory body which will assume all responsibilities and functions of the existing Information Communications Technology Authority (ICTA), as well as those of the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA), will also have the responsibility for the fuels markets guided by a Fuels Market Law.

The draft document is posted on the website of the Ministry of Planning, Lands, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure (PLAHI).  www.plahi<http://www.plahi>@gov.ky.  Printed copies are also available at the lobby of the Government Administration Building, and at public libraries.

“The scope is even a bit wider, as the OCR will also assume the economic regulatory responsibilities of the Water Authority Cayman (WAC), encompassing water production and supply, as well as wastewater collection and treatment,” added Minister Tibbetts.

He said that the OCR would have a critical function, by facilitating economic development and innovation in these sectors.  “The expectation is that it could become a major driver in facilitating the development of a new pillar in our economy,” added Mr. Tibbetts.

Consumer value and protection will be one of the primary considerations. As the local fuels markets (and its pricing mechanisms) are closely tied to economic activity, the OCR’s oversight of this sector will be critical.

The long-time background issues include Government’s objective of promoting competition, as well as transparency, within the fuel industry.  To facilitate this process, officials have been engaged for some months now in meetings with industry representatives.

Under this new plan, the Petroleum Inspectorate will be fully integrated into the OCR, which would assume responsibility for the functions of the Inspectorate. Government’s existing policies which relate to fuel imports will guide the new legislation. Some factors are economic efficiency, security of supply, public safety, and environmental sustainability.

OCR will take responsibility for ensuring the implementation of the policy. As the public discussion paper further outlines, the jurisdiction of the new OCR will include the transport, trade, and distribution (wholesale and retail) of all fuel products and importantly to advise Cabinet on the state of competition in the sector.

Members of the public are encouraged to review the discussion paper, and to submit their feedback by email [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]> or, in writing to: “Fuel Markets Discussion Paper”, PLAHI Ministry Government Administration Building.

The deadline for public feedback is 15 July, 2016.

Grand Cayman: Major Roadworks Underway

Red Bay Summer Roadworks

Motorists, especially residents of the Prospect and Red Bay areas, should note that roadwork will continue in that area for the coming weeks of summer.

The National Roads Authority’s (NRA) phased plan will see the scale of work escalate once schools close in early July. Plans include a reconfiguration of the Red Bay roundabout as well as enhancements to the east-west arterial. Work in this area is to be completed before the end of August.

The NRA improvements will include widening the Red Bay roundabout to three lanes, which will accommodate the widening of the east-west arterial (between Dr Tomlinson Roundabout and the DMS/Grand Harbour roundabout) to three lanes in coming years.

NRA officials explain that, to improve road safety, the roundabout lanes will be re-surfaced so they slant inwards. Some of the traffic islands and sidewalks will be reconstructed to facilitate these roadway changes.

However, special allowances are being made to ensure the flow of traffic. When work is underway, one lane will remain open as usual, and the closed bypass lane will be re-routed to another road to maintain traffic capacity. Therefore, the work is not expected to result in major traffic diversions or holdups on the east-west bypass.

To further minimize the impact on motorists, most of this work will be done during off-peak times. The plan is to limit the amount of work during peak hours on weekdays (between 7am and 9am, and from 5pm to 7pm) and in so doing, avoid disruptions to drivers going to and from work.

Once the Red Bay roundabout is completed, only one direction of the main road will be worked on at a time. For instance, when work is being done to the east-bound lanes, one of the bypass lanes will be open for traffic as usual, but the other lane heading to the eastern districts will be diverted through the old section of Shamrock Road.

During this phase, west-bound traffic heading towards town should note that there will be no right-turns allowed from the Red Bay roundabout to access the Prospect or Red Bay areas, including the primary school.

To access the Red Bay Primary School and/or the Prospect area then, westbound traffic should use the Dr. Tolminson roundabout, and must then return the same way, since the Red Bay roundabout access to the highway will be closed.

Alternately, west-bound traffic may use the DMS roundabout, but they will have to return to the highway using the Dr. Tomlinson roundabout.

When the west-bound lanes are being worked on, one of the bypass lanes will be open for traffic as usual, but the other lane heading towards George Town will be diverted through Prospect Point Road.

When one west-bound lane is closed, west-bound motorists driving from the east (and who must access Red Bay Primary School or the Prospect area) may use the Dr.Tomlinson roundabout onto Shamrock Road; but, they must then return the same way, since the Red Bay roundabout access will be closed.

To ensure the safety of NRA workers as well as the general public, drivers and pedestrians are encouraged to remain aware of these temporary changes, and to drive with caution in the area. Road users are asked to also pay close attention to signage indicating any lane closures or diversions.

COMMUNITY EVENTS (Date Order)

THU JUNE 30

Cayman Islands student filmmakers to walk the Red Carpet

The Young Image Makers (YIM) Red Carpet Premiere will take place on Thursday 30 June at the Harquail Theatre at 7.00 p.m.

The event marks the close of the 2016 YIM programme which provided the eleven finalists the opportunity to sharpen their technical skills and explore their creativity through the art of filmmaking.

At the annual event, two students – one from the junior and senior categories – will win a summer movie camp experience at the New York Film Academy (NYFA) courtesy of the Department of Tourism (DoT). One additional NYFA movie camp prize is being awarded by DoT to the winner of the Cayman Through My Eyes Video Challenge, a special category in YIM this year. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will also be named and given a prize provided by Cathy Church’s Photo Center.

The premiere kick starts the second annual CayFilm Festival. It is free and open to the public with a semi-formal dress code. Additional support for YIM comes from the Department of Commerce and Investment.

For more information visit www.artscayman.org/young-image-makers, or email [email protected]

National Arts & Culture Awards

CNCF is now accepting nominations for the National Arts & Culture Awards. Nomination forms can be found online at www.artscayman.org/arts-award.

NRA Road Works

Motorists and residents of the Prospect and Red Bay areas are advised that the National Roads Authority will be conducting roadworks at the Red Bay roundabout through June 30th.

National Culture and Heritage Policy and Strategic Plan

Progress continues on the creation of the Cayman Islands’ first National Culture and Heritage Policy and Strategic Plan.

There is now a comprehensive survey designed to garner widest possible feedback from all individuals in the Cayman Islands, so that the public is given full access to contribute to this important policy.

The survey is designed to give the public the opportunity to have a voice in the information-gathering stage of the policy formation as well as to contribute to what will become the vision, values and potential objectives of the policy.

Members of the public can access the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZDQK8C2 . The survey closes 30th June.

The findings of the survey will be used along with the reports from the six Focus Groups of the Steering Committee, to be compiled into a main situational analysis on culture and heritage in the islands, which will be submitted to the Ministry of Culture by the end of July. Survey results will be used to feed into the framework for the new policy and strategic plan, which is expected to roll out over a 10-year period, from 2017 to 2027.

Cayman Islands Cancer Society Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Members of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society will be held at the Chamber of Commerce Office in Governor’s Square on June 30th, at 730pm

SAT JULY 2

Football Camp

The Annual Football Summer camp for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 16 years hosted by the Agape Family Worship Center on the first three Saturdays in July from 4 — 7pm. Call 949.2539 for more.

SUN JULY 3

Boatswain Bay Presbyterian Church Graduation Service

The Boatswain Bay Presbyterian Church is hosting a graduation service on Sunday (3 Jul) at 7pm

MON JULY 4

Teen Challenge

Red Bay Church of God Holiness will hold a Teen Challenge under the theme Deep Sea Discovery for ages 13-19 Monday — Friday (4 — 8 Jul) from 6:30 – 9:30PM.

Launch Pad Enrichment Center Summer Camp

Launch Pad Enrichment Center Summer Camp kicks off next month for children between the ages of 4 and 11 from 730am to 530pm. For more information, call 945-1866.

Gun Bay United Church Food Stall

The Gun Bay United Church is hosting a food stall on Monday (4 Jul) at the Elliott Conolly Civic Center at 11am.

KRI Performing Arts School

KRI Performing Arts School is hosting a summer camp July 4th — 23rd for children between the ages of 5 and 14. For more information call 924.4098.

TUE JULY 5

2016 Vacation Bible School — Tree House

The Church of God Chapel George Town invites all children between the ages 3 to 13 to attend their 2016 Vacation Bible School — “Tree House” — running July 5th through the 8th from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM nightly at the Family Life Center

J

uly Events at Camana Bay

Next month’s public holiday on Monday, 4 July will have a fireworks extravaganza not to be missed. Kids won’t be bored this summer with a variety of camps for all ages, outdoor movies shown under the stars every Tuesday and a summer splash party with prizes to be won. Grownups will enjoy summer savings as the shops mark down prices for one day only and ladies will have the chance to enjoy a ‘healthified’ three-course menu. Moviegoers are also in for a real treat as Regal Cinemas shows the ballet classic, One Man, Two Guvnors.

For more details on our summer festivities, camps and offers; visit camanabay.com/summer.

Here is a quick look at our summer camps:

6th Annual Multi-Sport Camp

5 through 8 July (Week 1), 11 through 15 July (Week 2) and

25 through 29 July (Week 3)

8am-12pm

Camana Bay Sports Complex

Starfish Village Summer Camp

5 July through 25 August

8am-3pm

Starfish Village

Shutterbugs Photography Camp

Mondays, 11 July through 15 August (Ages 8-11) and

Fridays, 15 July through 19 August (Ages 11-16)

9am-12pm,

Picture This Studios

Budding Chef Summer Camp

11 through 15 July

12-1pm

Bon Vivant

8th Annual Basketball Camp

18 through 22 July

8:30am-4pm

The Arts & Recreation Centre

Here is a quick look at our special events:

End-of-School Kids Disco Party

Friday 1 July

6-8pm

Starfish Village

Tai Chi

Sunday 3 July

8:30am

The Crescent

Moonlight & Movies

Tuesdays, July through August

7pm

Gardenia Court

Patriotic Festival

Monday 4 July

5-8pm

The Crescent

Summer Sidewalk Sale

Saturday 9 July

11am

Town Centre

Abacus Restaurant Takeover with Nadine Dumas

Tuesday 12 July

5:30-7:30pm

Abacus

The Bookends Club

Wednesday 13 July

6:30-7:30pm

Books & Books

Ross Tibbetts Book Signing

Friday 15 July

6:30pm

Books & Books

Culture at the Cinema: One Man, Two Guvnors

Saturday 16 July

7pm

Regal Cinemas

Floetry

Wednesday 20 July

6:30-7:30pm

Books & Books

Summer Splash

Saturday 23 July

2-7pm

The Crescent

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