December 6, 2021

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Hawaiian canoe on worldwide journey stops next in Caribbean

9481343_GFrom Hawaii News Now

Image: Polynesian Voyaging Society

HONOLULU (AP) – The Polynesian voyaging canoe that recently completed a 3,500-mile trek across the Atlantic Ocean is now on its way to the Caribbean.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the Hokulea left Brazil Friday for the next part of its around-the-world journey.

The crew is expecting an 18-day, 2,400-mile trip to the island of St. John, which is part of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Hokulea plans to continue up the U.S. East Coast for the first time in its 40-year history, stopping in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and New York.

The double-hulled canoe left Hawaii last year, and its crew members are sailing without modern navigation equipment. Along their three-year journey they are stopping to teach people in other countries about traditional navigation, Native Hawaiian culture and caring for the ocean.

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Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas cleared to sail

By Ashley Carter, Digital Media Producer From Bay News 69

BAYONNE, N.J. — Anthem of the Seas, the Royal Caribbean cruise ship that was battered and damaged by an intense storm last week, was cleared to sail by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The ship left from Cape Liberty in New Jersey on Saturday, bound for the Bahamas, officials said.

Royal Caribbean took to Twitter to make the announcement.

#AnthemoftheSeas has sailed away from Cape Liberty. The ship passed all safety tests and inspections and is safe and seaworthy.

— RCLcorp (@RCLcorp) February 13, 2016
On Friday, Coast Guard inspectors examined the ship’s propulsion system, which had to be replaced after it was rendered inoperable during a storm.

The ship is once again scheduled to make a stop in Port Canaveral, before heading to the Bahamas.

Anthem of the Seas gets caught in winter storm

Anthem of the Seas originally left Cape Liberty, New Jersey on Feb. 6 for a seven-night cruise to the Bahamas.

The next day, the ship encountered a storm off the coast of the Carolinas. Passengers and crew members endured winds of up to 76 miles per hour and waves nearly 40 feet high.

Chairs were toppled, glass was shattered. Passengers took to social media to post pictures and document their experience.

Passenger Leanna Petrone tweeted this picture of the damage. (@LeannaPetrone via Twitter)

No one was seriously injured.

The ship returned to its homeport of Bayonne on Wednesday with 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members.

Royal Caribbean gave all passengers aboard the ship a refund and a 50 percent discount on their next cruise.

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US Capital Partners launches next-generation digital investment platform

Leading private investment bank for the lower middle market has rolled out a new, investor-centric online platform.

SAN FRANCISCO – US Capital Partners Inc. announced today that it has developed a digital investment platform. The new platform, available at, is being offered through US Capital Partners’ registered broker dealer subsidiary, US Capital Global Securities, Inc.

Headquartered in San Francisco, US Capital Partners is a private investment bank that makes direct debt investments, participates in debt facilities, and has robust distribution for debt and equity private placements for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The firm’s creative and dynamic approach has helped it grow quickly into a leading investment bank in its sector.

Investment Platform

“We are delighted to have launched our digital investment platform,” said Jeffrey Sweeney, Chairman and CEO at US Capital Partners. “US Capital Partners originates or is presented with over $4 billion in potential funding opportunities each year. Through this new digital platform, investors will have access to a curated selection of private placement opportunities sourced from this large proprietary deal flow. The placements will be managed by our broker dealer, US Capital Global Securities, Inc.”

“This innovation in SMB financing is supported by the business-friendly Jobs Act directing the SEC to amend both Regulation A and Regulation D, which has led to new financial technology internet-based funding platforms. It has opened the doors for us to design and develop new proprietary technology-based tools for investors to more efficiently explore alternative investments and private placements,” said Charles Towle, Managing Partner at US Capital Partners and Division Head and licensed principal at US Capital Global Securities, Inc.

To learn more about US Capital Partners or its upcoming digital investment platform, email Jeffrey Sweeney, Chairman and CEO, at [email protected] or call (415) 889-1010.

Grand Cayman: Roadworks Red Bay area Feb 4 – 19
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 started 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 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

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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.




Seafarers General Meeting

The Cayman Islands Seafarers Association wishes to inform all Members that there will be a General Meeting, on Tuesday February 16 2015 at 7:30 PM. in the Seafarer’s Hall, 11 Victory Ave. Prospect. Election of New Officers will be held.

Please plan to attend. Buses will be provided from West Bay Town Hall at 6:00 pm.

Cayman Islands: [email protected]UCCI FEB 16 2016

[email protected] 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]

What: [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!



Family Wellness Session: Communication

You’re invited to a Family Wellness Session at the Family Resource Center on Wednesday (17 Feb) from 6:30 to 8pm. The topic is communication.


Floetry is Wednesday (17 Feb) at 630pm at Books and Books.

NWDA at West Bay Library

The National Workforce Development Agency will be at the West Bay Library Branch on Wednesday (17 Feb) from 10am until 1pm.



John Gray High School Career Day

Thursday, 18th February, 8.40am-11.30am, Minister of Education, Hon. Tara Rivers and Chief Officer Christen Suckoo will be in attendance at 9.15am. WHERE: John Gray High School, George Town. Participants: John Gray High School. A range of local businesses will be showcasing their companies and will be engaging with Year 11 and Year 9 students on what it takes to achieve a career in their company.

Basics of Budgeting

The Chamber of Commerce presents a workshop on the Basics of Budgeting by Terry Carson on Thursday & Friday (18 & 19 Feb) from 9:00 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce office in Governors Square. Register online at

Employment: The Hiring Process

The Chamber of Commerce presents a workshop on Employment: The Hiring Process by Huw Moses on Thursday (18 Feb) from 9:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m. at the Chamber of Commerce office in Governors Square. Register online at

Cardinal Avenue Street Fair

The Cardinal Avenue Street Fair is Thursday (18 Feb) from 9am until 4pm.

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



THU & FRI FEB 18 &19

Graphics of the Americas FEB 18-20

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The Red Violin

As part of Cayman Arts Festival, you’re invited to a screening of The Red Violin on Friday (19 Feb) with a meet and greet at 6pm in Cassia Court followed by the movie at 730pm in Regal Cinemas.



Guiding the Way 5 and 10K Family Fun Walk/Run

Guiding the Way 5 and 10K Family Fun Walk/Run is Saturday (20 Feb) starting at 630am for walkers and 645am for runners at Safe Haven. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Register online at

 CoCo Fest 

“Coco Fest is really about celebrating the Cayman Coconut – a bountiful food source with legendary properties, and a traditional staple in the Caymanian diet” – Tamer Soliman, Nutritionist and Film-Maker Coco Fest will take place at Pedro Castle in Savannah on February 20 from 12PM to 4PM. Admission for adults is $5 CI and kids under 12 go free.


Conservation Council Meeting 24 February 2016

The National Conservation Council will hold a general meeting on Wednesday February 24th, 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 (

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:

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

Cayman Islands National Gallery Weekly News

International Curator Visits

Curator Claire Tancons will lead a walkthrough of EN MAS’ and speak about her vision in conceptualizing and curating the international exhibition. The tour talk takes place at NGCI 12:30 PM Monday, 15 February 2016. Admission is free and all are welcome!

Learn more about Claire and her work here.

Garden Lunch & Lecture

Join us on Thursday, 18 February for a Garden Lunch and lecture of EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean. Lunch has been inspired by the exhibition and its New Orleans roots. The complimentary lecture begins at 12:00 PM and lunch is served until 2:00 PM.

Check out the delicious lunch menu here!

Curator’s Spotlight

Position & Powerby Marlon Griffith
Inspired by Japanese aestheticism and the looming police ‘watch towers’ that have become integral to Trinidad carnival, POSITIONS+POWER highlights the uneasiness of ever increasing police surveillance. This work skilfully brings urban performance art on to the walls of the institution.

Learn more here.

The Art of Love

“Cayman’s hottest new wedding venue is the National Gallery.The contemporary cultural institution has a lot to offer: stunning architecture, cultural cachet, gorgeous sculpture gardens and galleries highlighting work by Cayman’s most recognizable artists.”

Read more about it here!

Cayman Brac Classes

Did you know that the National Gallery offers six art classes in Cayman Brac! For more information about art classes and happenings on our Sister Islands get in touch with the NGCI Education Department.

Send us an email.

Hamlet on the Big Screen

Especially for Valentine’s Day, Culture at the Cinema presents the Bolshoi Ballet’s performance of The Taming of the Shrewon Saturday 13th February. Doors open at 7:00 PM, show starts at 8:00 PM.

Shakespeare and bubbles at the cinema.

Bringing Learning to Life

NGCI’s Minds Inspired Active Learning Series bring students outside of the classroom and into an environment where fun creative learning thrives. Students explore links to literacy, numeracy, science and social studies.Tours run throughout the year and can be booked through the NGCI Education Department.

Bring a Date!

The National Gallery is a great spot to bring a date. Peaceful gardens, inspiring exhibitions, fantastic shopping and more! You can even get in touch with our team to book private curator led tours. Happy Valentine’s!

Book a private tour.

@NatGalCayman | | (345) 945 8111 | [email protected]
Community Calendar
(non-NGCI events)

The National Gallery seeks to promote visual arts in and of the Cayman Islands. Through this e-bulletin you can learn about other arts-related happenings in our community.

What’s Happening

VAS (Visual Art Society)
Life Drawing Tonight with Model Drop-in Workshops
Watler House Studio- Pedro’s Castle
Tuesday 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM / Saturday 10:00 AM – noon
Email [email protected]

Cayman Arts Festival
Tickets on sale now for Troubadours & Steel
Email [email protected]

Social Clubs, Groups & Associations

VAS (Visual Art Society)
Monday morning Paintings: 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
First Sunday of each month Ceramics: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Watler House Studio, Pedro’s Castle
Email [email protected]

Cayman Islands Astronomical Society
Meets three days after the new moon at Pedro’s Castle
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Contact Chris Cooke on (345) 925 7657
Email [email protected]

Grand Cayman Toastmasters Club (Public Speaking)
Meets every Thursday at George Town Public Library,
3rd Floor, 68 Edward Street
6:00 PM – 7:15 PM
Email [email protected] or [email protected].

Cayman Islands Photography Club
Meets on 1st Thursday of the month at Breezes Restaurant (3rd floor)
5:00 PM
Contact Mike Whiteman on (345) 925 2161


Camana Bay Artisian Market
Every Wednesday, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
VAS tents located by Karoo along the Paseo
Display artwork for sale
Contact [email protected].

Open Canvas VAS (Visual Art Society)
Every Wednesday 7 pm to Midnight
At Karoo Restaurant Terrace at Camana Bay
Easels provided – no fee required
Participating artist receive 2 tickets for house wine or beer compliments of Karoo
For more info contact [email protected] or [email protected].

Various events at the Visual Arts Society
Visual Arts Society of the Cayman Islands
Contact Mary McCallum
[email protected] or [email protected].
(345) 546-9422
Website or

The Grand Cayman Beach Suites
Opportunity for artists to display their artwork in the
Royal Crown Ballroom free of charge.
For more information contact Marco Mauthner
at [email protected].

Cayman Islands Craft Market (waterfront)
Come out and support our local artists.
Items on sale include prints and original pieces.
Please contact Cira Bush on (345) 929 4777.

‘Big Ole Looky Ya’ cultural festival
National Museum of the Cayman Islands
National Museum, George Town
[email protected]
(345) 949 8368

Disclaimer: the opinions expressed at non-National Gallery community calendar are the artists’/organisations’ personal views/ideologies and do not necessarily reflect the views and ideology of the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands.

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