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Grand Cayman: Roadworks commence Thu (4) Red Bay area

Drivers and pedestrians may have noticed that some road work projects are underway, and the National Roads Authority (NRA) advises that these will continue for some time.

Along the east-west arterial road in the Red Bay area, workers have begun preliminary work for the eventual installation of concrete barriers in the centre median. This stretch of road is between the Red Bay roundabout and the Dr. Tomlinson roundabout.

That project starts in earnest tomorrow (Thursday 4 February, 2016), beginning with work on the east-bound lane. While work will take place from 7.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. weekdays (and possibly on weekends), little disruption of the traffic flow is expected. The project is expected to continue through 19 February.
Staff have already coned off the inside lane (the safety work-zone area) from traffic, with relevant roadway signs. Motorists are asked to use that road with caution, as the road enhancements proceed.

Following this project, there will be works to enhance Bobby Thompson Way.
Also underway is initial work to prepare for the conversion of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway into four-lanes.

PS: Please see contact info if you need..
National Roads Authority
Office: 946-7780 ext. 4008
e-mail: [email protected]


Cayman Islands: Updates to common reporting standard

From RY Tax Insights

According to a press release issued by the Department for International Tax Cooperation on 8 December 2015, updates have been made to the common reporting standard (CRS) applicable to financial institutions. The updates to the CRS result from the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement signed in October 2014.

The main updates to the CRS are to the following documents and forms:

Entity Self-Certification Form
Individual Self-Certification Form
CRS Participating Jurisdiction List Gazette Notice
CRS Non-Reporting Financial Institutions List Gazette Notice
The Ministry of Financial Services anticipates that the CRS guidance notes and regulations will be published in the first trimester of 2016.

For more:–updates-to-common-reporting-standard.aspx


CGG bags 3D seismic survey extension on Caribbean coast offshore Colombia

From World Oil

PARIS — CGG has been awarded an extension to a major 3D seismic survey it successfully completed on the Caribbean coast offshore Colombia in late 2015.

The new survey follows on from the original over 16,000 sq km survey CGG conducted over portions of the Col-1 and Col-2 blocks, which was the largest survey ever recorded offshore Colombia.

This major extension is expected to start in February 2016. The additional data will also be processed in CGG’s Houston subsurface imaging center.

Jean-Georges Malcor, CEO, CGG, said, “This survey extension is the latest in a series of projects we have conducted for this key client offshore Colombia since 2013 and indicates the continuing satisfaction with CGG’s seismic technology and operational performance. We look forward to continuing to support high-impact exploration opportunities with our high-end geosciences services and solutions.”

For more:


Cayman Islands Agricultural Grounds Registration Drive

The Supervisor of Elections is advising the public of an Elector’s Registration Drive at the Agriculture Show for anyone who needs to register as a voter for the upcoming General Elections 2017.

Venue: Agriculture Grounds

Date: Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Time: 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.

Documentation Needed

Original documents needed – Caymanian Status Holder

1. Birth Certificate

2. Caymanian Status Certificate

3. Photo ID: Passport or Driver’s Licence

Caymanian Born and Caymanian parent/s or grandparent/s

1. Birth Certificate of applicant

2. Birth Certificate of a parent or grandparent who was born in the Cayman Islands

3. Photo ID: Passport or Driver’s Licence

For queries, call the Elections Office at 949-8047 or email [email protected].


Soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cayman National Choir

By Cayman Arts Festival

WHEN Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EST)

WHERE First Baptist Church – 920 Crewe Road. (across from the Lions’ Centre). George Town, Grand Cayman KY1-1002 KY

TICKETS $11.54–$38.97



ZIKA Virus Fact Sheets

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Cayman Mardi Gras Road Closures, 8-10 February

Please be advised of the following road closures for next week’s Cayman Mardi Gras festivities:
Monday, 8th February – Mardi Gras Marketplace Festival
Fort Street Closed (From Jxn with Albert Panton to North Church) from 9AM to 3PM
Food Festival Event
Bayshore Mall between Warwick and Goring closed from 6:00PM to 12:00AM
Tuesday, 9th February — Mardi Gras Marketplace Festival
Fort Street Closed (From Jxn with Albert Panton to North Church) from 9AM to 3PM
Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Concert
Bayshore Mall between Warwick and Goring closed from 7PM – 6AM
Wednesday, 10th February – Mardi Gras Ash Wednesday
Harbor Drive (in front of Margaritaville) closed from 9AM – 11:45PM

Cayman Islands: TEDxLIVE@UCCI FEB 16 2016

TEDxLIVE@UCCI is a free, all-day simulcast of TED2016–a sold-out event in Vancouver Canada that costs US$8500 to attend. The simulcast will take place at UCCI on Tuesday, February 16th.

The simulcast will be set up in UCCI’s Professional Development Centre in Classroom #1, above the campus library. Although the simulcast will be running constantly throughout the day, attendees may come and go freely during the day of the event.

No food or beverages will be served, but attendees are welcome to bring their own refreshments. The organizers only ask that persons clean up after themselves and respect others who will also be watching the event.

To register, go to:

For more information, please contact Dr. JD Mosley-Matchett at 623-0552 or [email protected]


Who: Anyone interested in viewing this $8500 internationally-acclaimed event for FREE!

Where: Professional Development Centre #1, above the UCCI campus library

When: All day on February 16th (come and go freely during the event)

Why: For a first-hand look at world-class ideas worth spreading…

How: Go to to register!

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Inside Europe’s New Patent Market

These are critical times for US companies operating in Europe and their IP advisers. In just a few months the European patent market will undergo a fundamental change with the launch of the EU unitary patent and the Unified Patent Court (UPC).

There are now only four weeks to go until Inside Europe’s New Patent Market, taking place in San Francisco on February 18. This unique event from IAM will focus on the new regime and the impact it will have on all US entities which do business in Europe and hold patents there.


The programme for Inside Europe’s New Patent Market is especially designed for US entities and their advisers. The expert speaking faculty will provide delegates with:

Analysis of the challenges ahead

Key strategic insights and inside information on all that is happening

Tips on staying ahead of the game and planning for the imminent regime change.

Inside Europe’s New Patent Market boasts a world-class speaking faculty, with senior representatives from the likes of the European Patent Office, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Nokia and Ericsson, as well as a number of leading European-based private practice lawyers, attorneys and intermediaries, slated to take part.

No other conference taking place in the United States on the EU patent and the UPC offers the opportunity to access this level of expertise.

Register now

Registration costs just $895 and you can secure your place now by filling out the online registration form at:


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



British Airways Nassau / Grand Cayman Aircraft Changes from July 2016

By JL From Airline Route

British Airways starting 01JUL16 is increasing capacity on London Heathrow – Nassau – Grand Cayman route, as the airline plans to operate 3-class Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, instead of 767-300ER.

The airline operates this route 4 times a week.

BA253 LHR1030 – 1450NAS1605 – 1640GCM 777 57

BA253 LHR1035 – 1450NAS1605 – 1640GCM 777 1

BA253 LHR1045 – 1505NAS1605 – 1640GCM 777 3

BA252 GCM1830 – 2100NAS2225 – 1200+1LHR 777 57

BA252 GCM1830 – 2100NAS2230 – 1205+1LHR 777 13

For more:


Cayman Islands Meals on Wheels Orange you Glad annual Gala

19th March

“Orange you Glad” will be held this year on the 19th March, 2016 at the Marriott. This Gala includes a sumptuous dinner, a Live and Silent auction, live music. We will be sending out full details in the next few days.




Play, Read and Learn

You’re invited to Play, Read and Learn at the George Town Library every Wednesday starting on February 4th thru June 29th at 1030am.

Cardinal Avenue Street Fair

The Cardinal Avenue Street Fair is Thursday (4 Feb) from 9am until 4pm.

Superior Business Writing

The Chamber of Commerce presents a workshop: Superior Business Writing by Catherine Tyson on Thursday (4 Feb) from 9:00a.m. — 4:30p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce office in Governors Square.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Association Pub Quiz

The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Association Pub Quiz is on Thursday (4 Feb) at Fidel Murphy’s starting at 7pm. Call 924-4170 to reserve your table.



Cayman Drama Society Presents Love Letters

Cayman Drama Society presents the Pulitzer Prize finalist, Love Letters, by A. R. Gurney for four shows only – February 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th – at the Prospect Playhouse. For more information call 938 1998

Old School Fete

The Walfare Fundraising Sub Committee presents an Old School Fete on Friday (5 Feb) at 7pm at the Lions Center.



Painting at the National Gallery

You’re invited to a painting course at the National Gallery on Saturdays in February from 230 — 430pm. For more information, email [email protected].



Road Closure

The Water Authority Cayman is closing a portion of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway between the Butterfield Roundabout and Lawrence Boulevard from 6:00am to 6:00pm on Sunday (7 Feb.) These works will facilitate the replacement of the current sewer force main with a new pipeline.

Referee Beginners Course

The Cayman Islands Referees’ Department will be conducting a Referee Beginners Course from February 7th – 14th 2016 at the George Town Primary School. The course is free of charge. Call the CIFA Office at 949-5775 for more information.

Christian Endeavor Week

Christian Endeavor Week is February 7th through the 14th. The opening service is Sunday (7 Feb) at Gun Bay United Church at 7pm. There will be an open picnic at Colliers Public Beach on Sunday (13 Feb) at 2pm. On Thursday (14 Feb) the closing service will be at East End United Church at 7pm followed by a fellowship supper.



Cayman Outreach Association Mid-Term Camp

The Cayman Outreach Association presents a Mid-Term Camp February 8th — 16th daily from 830am until 5:30pm. For more, call 939.7897

Smoking cessation classes

The Public Health Department reminds smokers who wish to quit the habit that there are still some spaces left for the upcoming smoking cessation classes the department is offering. Classes start on February 17th from 5:15pm to 6:45pm and continue every Wednesday for seven weeks. Deadline to register for the programme is Monday (8 Feb.) For more information or to sign up, contact the Public Health Department on 244-2889.

NWDA at Bodden Town Library

The National Workforce Development Agency will be at the Bodden Town Library Branch on Monday (8 Feb) from 10am until 1pm.

Hatter Workshop

You’re invited to a Hatter Workshop at the National Gallery on Monday (8 Feb) from 10am until 4pm. For more information, email [email protected]


Basic Grammar & Writing Skills Part 1

The Chamber of Commerce presents a workshop: Basic Grammar & Writing Skills Part 1 by Catherine Tyson on Tuesday (9 Feb) from 9:00a.m. — 4:30p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce office in Governors Square.



The Bookends Club

The Bookends Club will meet on Wednesday (10 Feb) at 630pm at Books and Books.

Beautiful Baby Contest

The Beautiful Baby Contest for babies between the ages of 0 — 48 months will be held at the 49th Agricultural Show on Ash Wednesday at the Stacy Watler Pavilion at 11am. For more information, call 916.1559.



Cardinal Avenue Street Fair

The Cardinal Avenue Street Fair is Thursday (11 Feb) from 9am until 4pm.


Basic Grammar & Writing Skills Part 2

The Chamber of Commerce presents a workshop: Basic Grammar & Writing Skills Part 2 by Catherine Tyson on Friday (12 Feb) from 9:00a.m. — 4:30p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce office in Governors Square.



Walk for Hope

The Walk for Hope charity 5K Walk/Run is Saturday (13 Feb) starting and finishing at Heroes Square starting at 630am. You can register online at

Nicaragua Cultural Committee Valentine’s Day Bake Sale

The Nicaragua Cultural Committee is hosting a Valentine’s Day Bake Sale on Saturday (13 Feb) at Airport Park in George Town.

Culture at the Cinema: Taming of the Shrew

Culture at the Cinema continues on Saturday (13 Feb) at 7pm with a screening of Taming of the Shrew at Regal Cinemas.



Run/Walk for Love 2016

You’re invited to the NCVO’s Run/Walk for Love 2016 event on Sunday (14 Feb) at 4pm at Bayshore Mall. For more information, call 949.2124.


February Events at Camana Bay

All you need is love at Camana Bay in February. Celebrate your love of sports with Legends tennis exhibitions, get inspiration in the areas you’re passionate about with motivational presentations, treat your loved one to a special dinner or watch movies together on a giant outdoor screen under the stars. Kids can also feel the love with a chocolate-themed cooking class or boogie the night away at a special disco.

Here is a quick look at our special events:

Julia Immonen Presentation

Thursday 4 February


Regal Cinemas

Jonathan MacDonald Presentation

Thursday 4 February


Regal Cinemas

A Conversation with Meghan Markle

Friday 5 February


Regal Cinemas

Sports Talk with Mansour Bahrami and Andrew Krasny

Friday 5 February


The Arts & Recreation Centre

Legends at Camana Bay

Friday 5 and Saturday 6 February


The Festival Green

Tai Chi

Sunday 7 February


The Crescent

Mid-Term STEM Camp

8, 9, 10 and 12 February


Starfish Village

Let’s Get Saucy Cooking Class

Tuesday 9 February


Bon Vivant

The Bookends Club

Wednesday 10 February


Books & Books

Valentine’s Day Moonlight & Movies

Thursday 11 through Saturday 13 February


Gardenia Court

Valentine’s Kids’ Disco

Friday 12 February


Starfish Village

Me & My Love Duo Cooking Class

Saturday 13 February


Bon Vivant

Culture at the Cinema: Taming of the Shrew

Saturday 13 February


Regal Cinemas

Cooking at Home with Gina Connolly

Wednesday 17 February


Bon Vivant


Wednesday 17 February


Books & Books

A Walk in Her Shoes

Thursday 18 February


Market Street

The Red Violin Screening

Friday 19 February

6-7pm (meet and greet) and 7:30pm (movie screening)

Cassia Court and Regal Cinemas

Push Across Cayman

Sunday 21 February

6am (start) and 12pm (finish)

Market Street

Cuisine of the Sun Dinner

Thursday 25 February



Pulse Concert

Friday 26 February


The Festival Green

Chopped: The Teen Edition

Saturday 27 February


Bon Vivant


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