October 17, 2021

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Cayman Islands coach arrested in Miami. Wanted here for sex crime

Extradition proceedings have begun by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service to have a sports coach brought back to the Cayman Islands to face allegations of indecent assault with at least one teenage girl he was coaching.

The coach is a US citizen and lived in Bodden Town. He is 37 years of age.

He faces two charges of indecent assault, one charge of gross indecency and one charge of misuse of the ICTA network.

He left Cayman in February after messages he sent to the teenager were found on her phone.

A warrant for his arrest was issued in June.


Cayman Islands Government publishes changes to Misuse of Drugs Law

The government in Cayman has published changes to the Misuse of Drugs Law to accommodate for the importation and dispensing of medical cannabis extracts and tinctures so doctors can prescribe, administer or supply it. If the public has any comments or concerns they have 21 days from when it was published (Aug 22) before it is accepted and debated in the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly.


Cayman Islands Supporting Medical Marijuana

By Russ Belville From Marijuana Politics

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – Premier Alden McLaughlin is in full support of changes to the Misuse of Drugs Act that would make the Cayman Islands the first Caribbean nation to have a functioning medical cannabis program. The rules changes published by the island government are still subject to a 21-day public comment period, followed by debate in the Legislative Assembly. The law would allow doctors to prescribe extracts and tinctures of cannabis; however, cannabis plants would not be grown and processed on the islands. The law will only allow for the importation of the cannabis oils and tinctures.

For more: http://marijuanapolitics.com/cayman-islands-supporting-medical-marijuana/


Squirrel escapes from hungry hawk with an impressive jump


Not today, hawk. Not today.

Wildlife YouTuber John Dunstan recently spotted a lucky squirrel escaping the clutches of a hungry hawk looking for a meal in New Jersey’s Lincoln Park.

Fortunately, the squirrel had some agile jumping skills and was able to escape to a more secure branch.

To view the video: http://mashable.com/2016/07/09/squirrel-escapes-hawk/?utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed#np4ffpj6wGqY


Usain Bolt throws a javelin to celebrate his 9th medal

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IMAGE: Usain Bolt celebrates victory after the Men’s 4 x 100m Relay Final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. IMAGE: GETTY IMAGES
Is there anything this man can’t do?

The fastest athlete in the world, Usain Bolt dominated at the Rio Olympics by taking home three gold medals. But it appears he wasn’t done showing us his athletic ability.

Following his press conference on Saturday after winning his ninth Olympic medal, Bolt returned to a darkened Olympic Stadium for a final encore.

The sprinter encouraged the crowd to clap along as he prepared for his javelin debut. As the small crowd of volunteers cheered him on, Bolt threw a javelin like he’d been practicing his whole life. The moment was documented by French journalist Franck Ballanger.

The skillful throw — which measured 56 meters — would have earned him sixth place at this year’s Jamaican National Championships, according to ABC News. It was a little bit less than Thomas Röhler’s gold medal throw of 90.3 meters, but you can’t win everything.

For more: http://mashable.com/2016/08/21/usain-bolt-javelin-olympics/?utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed#myO88yQRIOqX


The mighty Aletsch Glacier is melting

Aletsch-Glacier-820x400Stretching over 23 kilometres, the Aletsch Glacier in canton Valais is the longest in Europe, measuring 1.5 kilometres wide on average and 900 metres at its thickest point.

From its source in the Jungfrau mountain region at over 4,000 metres, the glacier flows down the valley at speeds of up to 200m a year. But in recent times it has also been beating a major retreat.

“Over the past 40 years, the end of the glacier has shrunk by 1,300 metres,” explains Laudo Albrecht, director of Pro Natura’s Aletsch Centre, located near Riederalp in the heart of the Aletsch region. “But it’s not just shorter; it’s also 200m thinner.”

And things may get much worse over the coming decades. If it continues to melt at this current rate, by the end of this century the surface of the Aletsch Glacier could shrivel from 118 square kilometres (2010) to 35km2, leaving a volume of ice of 1.7 cubic kilometres or less than 10% its current volume, warns the Federal Office for the Environment (BAFU).

As the glacier retreats, small landslides have been observed in the valley where two geological plates meet. The moving landscape has been a challenge for developers. The Moosfluh cable car, which opened in December 2015, was built with an innovative design that takes into account rock movements of 11 metres horizontal to the northwest and nine metres vertical in the next 25 years.

For more: http://www.thecarbonwars.com/whats-happening-to-europes-longest-glacier/


Cayman Islands: DES School Orientation

From Cayman Islands Ministry of Education.


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Cayman Islands: Advance your professional goals this Fall 2016 at UCCI!

New this semester!

You speak, we listen. Working with various industry stakeholders, the University College of the Cayman Islands is proud to introduce our new programmes for the Fall 2016 semester:

Legal Support and Administration Certificate

Begins Monday, August 29

Only $330/course*

Newly designed to meet the needs of Cayman-based firms, UCCI’s Legal Support and Administration certificate programme is particularly suitable for persons working in an administrative or secretarial capacity in the legal or a related sector, those wishing to secure employment within this field, and those wishing to increase their knowledge of legal and administrative procedures.

*Cost does not include books and admin fees

Essentials of Facility Management Workshop (CED 112)

Every Thursday @ 6pm

Only $165 for a 14-week workshop

Offered in coordination with the International Facility Management Association (IMFA), this workshop is a great opportunity to advance the skills of service providers and both new and experienced facility managers.

IMFA qualifications are recognised as the benchmark for facility management in the United States and the Caribbean.

Call 526-0544 for further information.


Don’t get stuck in long lines. Check the registration schedule.

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Cayman Islands: Back to School!

From Chatterbox

If you suddenly realise you need to get your child ready for school again (where did the summer go?!), then give Kara a call on 949 7065 or email her at [email protected] She can help!

See attached flyer below for more details about what Kara can help your child with.


Cayman Drama Society

unnamed-1-300x185-1-300x1852016 is proving to be amazing around the Prospect Playhouse! We have been busy renovating the auditorium this summer and getting ready for a smashing end to 2016!

And Yes! Its election season and what greater way to lighten the mood than coming to see the very funny, Yes Minister!

September 15,16,17,22,23,24,29,30, October 1

Yes Minister is a satirical look at the early career of Jim Hacker MP; a newly appointed cabinet minister in the fictional Department of Administrative Affairs at Whitehall. Hacker goes through various struggles to formulate and enact legislation or effect departmental changes that are continually opposed by the British Civil Service in particular his Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby. His Principal Private Secretary Bernard Woolley, is usually caught between the two. The British comedy, written by Sir Antony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, was fist broadcast by BBC Television in the 1980s has now been adapted to the Cayman stage by Chuck and Barrie Quappe. As the Cayman Parliamentary system is based on Whitehall, any of the situations will be undeniably familiar to all that live in Cayman!


And you do not want to miss our continuing celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th!!!


Cayman Islands Pirates Week calls for food vendors

The Pirates Week Festival Office is inviting participants for the annual Food Festival to submit their vendor applications for the below dates/times:


Friday 11th November

George Town

6:00pm to 2:00am

Saturday 12th November

George Town

1:00pm to midnight

Saturday 19th November

George Town

2:00pm to midnight

Vendor applications must be submitted beginning on Monday 1st August, 2016 to the Pirates Week Office on Shedden Road, George Town (upstairs next to KFC). Vendor space is limited therefore applications must be submitted as soon as possible after the opening date above. Deadline for submission is Monday 31st October.

 All vendors must comply with the rules and regulations set by the Pirates Week Festival Office and must present a valid Food Handling Certificate for all persons handing food by the 31st October. Food handling certificates can be obtained from the Department of Environmental Health by contacting Mr. Gideon Simms on 949-6696 or email [email protected] .

 For application forms and more details please contact the Pirates Week Festival Office at 949-5078 or [email protected].



Conservation Council Meeting 24 August 2016

The National Conservation Council will hold a general meeting on Wednesday August 24th, 2016, from 2pm to 5pm in the ground floor meeting room (1038) of the Government Administration Building (Grand Cayman). The Agenda of the meeting will be available at the DoE website (www.doe.ky/conservation-council). This meeting is open to observers from the public. If anyone wishes to submit comments to the Council in advance of the meeting they may do so via email to [email protected].

Post Offices Close Temporarily on Wednesday

Post Offices on Grand Cayman will be closed for two hours on Wednesday, 24 August 2016, to facilitate a staff function.

The closure, from 12noon to 2:00p.m., includes the General Post Office, Airport Post Office and all district sub-post offices.  All offices will re-open for normal business hours at 2:00p.m. that afternoon.

Post Offices on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman will NOT be affected, and will operate according to normal hours.

Desk(345)244 1764 – Cell(345)926 0173 – Fax(345)949 5936


Music Happy Hour

Music Happy Hour for kids is Friday from 3:30 — 4:30 pm at Starfish Village every Friday in August.

Cayman Theological Institute

The Cayman Theological Institute is hosting orientation for the new semester on Friday (26 Aug) at 7pm. Call 949.9533 for more information.

Cayman Green Drinks Social

The National Trust invites persons to their Green Drinks social to discuss the National Conservation Council’s proposal to enhance our Marine Parks. The event will be held at Cayman Cabana on Friday, August 26th 2016 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. There will be guest speakers and volunteers to answer questions and provide information.

Green Drinks is an international club in which like-minded environmentally-conscious people get together to share ideas and socialize (the people are green, not the drinks! J).



Theatre in the Court: Rundown

Theatre in the Court presents Rundown on Saturday (27 Aug) at 7pm in Gardenia Court.

CIIPA Running for Red 5 & 10K

The CIIPA Running for Red 5 & 10K is Saturday (27 Aug) at 630am. Log on to caymanactive.com for more details.

Cayman Car Boot Sales

Walk For The Cure charity car boot sale

Starting August 27, 2016

Join us Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 6:30-10:30am in the parking lot at CIBC FirstCaribbean Main Street Branch for a fundraising Charity Car Boot Sale!


Vote for the People’s Choice Miss Teen



Rehoboth After School Program


HOURS: 2:30PM-6:00PM



Spaces allocated on tlrst come first served basis

WHY REHOBOTH Rehoboth After School is not a child minding service, we have at least one teacher per 10 children, and they are split into their appropriate class years and besides helping with homework given assignments that correspond with their school curriculum. This way it is easy to help any child that is falling behind with his/her studies. The children do get a snack which is included and also have the chance to participate in some fun activities- games, arts & crafts etc.



Moonlight and Movies: Curious George

The Moonlight and Movies series continues on Tuesday (30 Aug) featuring Curious George at 7pm in Gardenia Court in Camana Bay.



Pirates Week Volunteers

The Pirates Week Office is seeking volunteers to assist in the planning in its upcoming events. For more information email at [email protected] or call 949-5859.


Cayman Islands: LCCL applicants must advise TBL board of Caymanian participation

In order to ensure that the law is upheld, procedural changes for the Local Companies (Control) Licence Law (LCCL) will come into effect on 1 September 2016.

The LCCL requires foreign investors to publish ads that solicit Caymanian participation in their potential business endeavours. In these ads, Caymanians are asked to inform the foreign investor of their interest, in writing; however, as of 1 September, Caymanians also must supply a copy of that letter directly to the Trade and Business Licensing Board.

Also, when submitting their applications to the board, foreign investors must include copies of the two local newspaper ads, published in accordance with section 11 (4) (e) of the law, that solicited Caymanian participation.

‘These procedural changes will help the board to know if the applicant has complied fully with the LCCL’, said Minister of Commerce Wayne Panton.

LCCL applications must be submitted in person at the Business Licensing Counter, on the first floor of the Government Administration Building. The counter is open Mondays to Fridays, between 9:00am and 4:00pm. In addition to the two newspaper ads, applications must be accompanied by due diligence such as a police clearance, copies of passports, references, and the relevant fees.

Letters from Caymanians are to be addressed to the Trade and Business Licensing Board, c/o the Department of Commerce and Investment, Government Administration Building, 133 Elgin Avenue Suite 126, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.

For more information, visit www.dci.gov.ky or email [email protected]



Cayman Islands Golf: Weekend of Winners

We are looking forward to this years Red Cross event labels Weekend of Winners. The event will take place at the North Sound Golf Club on September 2nd.



URISA’s 2016 Caribbean GIS Conference in Barbados

URISA’s 2016 Caribbean GIS Conference on September 4-8, 2016 in Barbados. Check out the latest information!

• Keynotes from Chris Shedrick at What3Words and Tyler Radford from Humanitarian OpenStreetMap

• High Level Meetings and participation from UN-GGIM International Forum on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters.

• A full-day track on Caribbean Disaster Management developed in conjunction with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency

• Missing Maps MeetUp

• Tons of education – More than 20 comprehensive sessions with presentations from nearly 60 of your peers.

• A high-powered panel session on “Confronting Land Administration Challenges: The Key to Unlocking Economic Prosperity”

• Take advantage of free preconference workshops and training

• Networking and a Busy Exhibition – Gold Sponsors Esri and Spatial Innovision; Silver Sponsors GeoOrbis and Hexagon Geospatial; Bronze Sponsor – GeoTechVision!

Reserve your hotel room by August 15 to take advantage of discounted group rates!

Check out all of the conference details and register right away at: http://www.urisa.org/education-events/urisa-s-caribbean-gis-conference/


CXC Education Program Registration

The CXC Education Program is inviting volunteer teachers. Registration takes place on Sunday (11 Sept) at 2 pm, at the John Gray High School Auditorium; classes begin on September 18th. For further information visit www.education.adventisteducation.org.

SAT  &  SUN SEP 17 & 18 

British Schools Fair Cayman Islands

Street: Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman

District: Seven Mile Beach

Island: Grand Cayman

Country: Cayman Islands



Sat 17 Sep & Sun 18 Sep

2.00-6.00 p.m.

A chance for Cayman families to meet leading UK boarding schools. If you are considering the possibility of your children having the opportunities afforded by an overseas education, this is your chance to speak to some of the top schools.

Free entry

For more information contact [email protected]


Save the date for our 6th Annual “Paws for Wine” Fundraiser!

Sat 24th September 2016

From CARE Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts

Please save the date for our 6th annual “Paws for Wine” event. We are currently seeking corporate sponsorship for this event so we can raise more funds to continue on with our worthy cause. If you would like to help with volunteering or donate auction items we would love to hear from you. [email protected] or 938 2273.

So please pop this date in your diary and join us for an evening filled with fun, laughter, dancing, fabulous food and great wine.



Be part of the action and support your nation with The Games at Camana Bay – a series of festivities inspired by the 2016 Olympics. Take in cultural experiences by catching the last chance to see Rundown, getting lost in poetry readings or by supporting a local author as they celebrate their latest book.

Moonlight & Movies: Summer Series

Tuesdays until 30 August


Gardenia Court

Music Happy Hour for Kids

Fridays until 26 August


Starfish Village

The Games at Camana Bay: Moonlight & Movies

Thursday 11 and 18 August


The Crescent

Theatre in the Court: Rundown

Saturday 27 August


Gardenia Court


A Legacy of Light

Early watercolours from the National Collection

Early Watercolours

Rarely displayed watercolour paintings from the early collections of the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) and the Cayman Islands National Museum (CINM) are currently on display at the National Gallery. The exhibition closes 16 September 2016.

Learn more!

#Free Family Day!

Saturday, August 27 at 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

We are set to host a Watercolour Play Family Day to coincide with the Gallery’s latest exhibition A Legacy of Light. The event boasts fun family art activities including a sketch quest, scavenger hunt, treasure quest and watercolour painting stations. Admission is free!

Splish Splash, Dot Dash!

Saturday, August 27 at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

A special watercolour workshop for kids will take place in the Susan A. Olde Art Studio. Families will be encouraged to leave their inhibitions at home and have fun with all kinds of water-based paints. The class is free, however registration is required at space is limited.

Email us to register.

A Walk Through Watercolours

Thursday, 25 August 2016. Doors open at 5:00 PM. Discussions begin at 5:30 PM. Join art critic Emé Paschalides for a special discussion and walk through of the National Gallery’s watercolour exhibition A Legacy of Light. Admission is free. Refreshments served.

Happy Hour with BYPC

Friday, 16 September 2016. 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM Stop by the National Gallery for a closing celebration of the National Gallery’s watercolour exhibition. Organised by the Butterfield Young Patrons Circle (BYPC) the event boasts great music, fun activities, nibbles and drinks! Mingle with artists, curators and like-minded individuals.

Take it Home

The NGCI Store at the National Gallery has a fabulous selection of creative gifts for all ages. Come check out a variety of new merchandise highlighting Cayman’s local water color artists. Great gifts embodying the peaceful serenity of our Cayman Islands!



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