May 14, 2021

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Hong Kong picks up financial disputes pace

By Angela Bilbow From CDR

Two recent appointments for K&L Gates and Ogier see both firms bolster their Hong Kong disputes practices with an appointment of an of counsel, and a partner promotion and relocation, respectively.

The first move sees Cayman Islands-based Oliver Payne relocate to Hong Kong where he joins as a partner in Ogier’s Caribbean disputes team, the move reflecting his promotion from managing associate to partner, as well as an increased need for contentious capability in the region.

Payne has a practice specialising in insolvency and restructuring disputes, acting for large financial institutions operating in Hong Kong and London. He has also worked on insolvency cases involving the accountancy firms EY, PwC, Deloitte, KPMG and Grant Thornton. His work includes the USD 9.2 billion litigation Saad litigation and representing Tainrui (International) Holding Company in the highly publicised China Shanshui Cement Group dispute.

Hong Kong is familiar territory for Payne, and not just from a client perspective. He has previously worked in the region during his time at Herbert Smith Freehills, the firms which launched his career and which also provided him with secondment opportunities at banks Credit Suisse and UBS.

In a statement, Ogier’s Hong Kong practice partner Nick Plowman said: “Oliver’s relocation, led by sustained client demand for contentious Cayman advice delivered by senior litigators based in Hong Kong, follows Ray Ng’s highly successful relocation from BVI to Hong Kong [in 2014] as head of dispute resolution for Asia.”

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Rape accused commits suicide before jury returns verdict in Guyana

By iNews Guyana From St Lucia news Online

Hours before receiving the verdict from the jury at the High Court in a pending rape trial, the accused on Tuesday succumbed at a hospital after he ingested a poisonous substance.

William Bassant ingested a poisonous substance at his home and succumbed at the Diamond Diagnostics Centre, on the East Bank of Demerara.

Bassant was before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow and a mixed jury on two counts of rape. According to the particulars of the case, in 2013 Bassant engaged in sexual activities with a female under the age of 16.

According to information received, Bassant and the young woman, who was 15 years old at the time, reportedly corresponded via text messages and grew close. The court had previously heard that the young woman’s phone was damaged, and as such, she communicated with him through a friend.

During the trial, the court heard that the accused, who was in his late thirties at the time, picked the young woman up from her home under the pretence that he would be dropping her to school.

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Cayman Islands is honouring Women’s Month MARCH 2016

Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

In an effort to organise activities that embody this year’s Honouring Women’s Month theme, “Step it Up for Gender Equality” the Family Resource Centre (FRC) is encouraging employers from various fields and all levels of employees to participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day throughout the month of March.

The main purpose of this event is to educate the youth on various career options and to empower them to pursue careers without the boundaries of traditional gender stereotypes.

Additionally, the FRC will be encouraging feedback from employees and their children and promoting the impact of their experiences through its social media pages or on the centre’s Twitter handle @CaymanFRC

For more information contact the Family Resource Centre on [email protected] or 949-0006.


Honouring Women’s Month Self Care Session

The public is invited to join the Family Resource Centre for an evening of learning about Self Care.

The free session, supported by the Rotary Club Central, is a part of March’s Honouring Women’s Month activities.

The Self Care Session will be held on Monday 16, March 2016, at the Family Resource Centre located at the Compass Centre, George Town beginning at 6:00 p.m.

To register, contact the Family Resource Centre on [email protected], on or call 949-0006.


Colour Me Purple Walk/Run

The public is invited to join the Family Resource Centre, Sol and the Department of Sports for the annual Honouring Women’s Month Colour Me Purple 5K Walk/Run.

The FRC’s Colour Me Purple 5K is an annual fundraiser to support empowerment programmes for women and youth in the community. There are two separate routes planned for the annual Walk/Run, the first event will begin at Kaibo in North Side on Saturday, 12 March and the second at Smith Cove, South Church Street on Sunday, 13 March.

The event will be taking place at 6:30 a.m. for walkers and 7:00 a.m. for runners. Additionally, the event will have several colour powder bombing stations sponsored by various organisations in the community.

The FRC is encouraging walkers and runners to dedicate their participation to a woman that inspires them.

Register online at for a fee of $20 per person. Prizes are available for winning walkers and runners including the “most purple” participant.

For more information contact the Family Resource Centre on [email protected], on or call 949-0006.


Radio Roundtable Discussion to Highlight Women

In observance of Honouring Women’s Month, the Family Resource Centre is encouraging the public to listen in to Radio Cayman’s lunchtime talk show, Talk Today for a roundtable discussion.

The Honouring Women’s Month roundtable discussion will focus on highlighting certain inequalities that still exist in the modern world and here in the Cayman Islands.

The panel will consist of men and women discussing ways to work together to address the gaps still found in today’s society.

The discussion will begin on Monday, 7 March on Radio Cayman 89.9 FM (91.9FM in the Sister Islands) at 1:30 p.m.

For more information contact the Family Resource Centre on [email protected] or 949-0006.


Church Service Kicks Off Honoring Women’s Month

The public is invited to attend a church service at the Kings Seventh Day Adventist Church this Saturday as the Cayman Islands’ begins its 18th observance of Honouring Women Month (HWM).

Traditionally the opening event is held at a place of worship with several more activities planned throughout the month aiming to honour women locally and internationally.

This year’s theme, “Step it Up for Gender Equality”, provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress made in the Cayman Islands towards closing the gender gap in all areas of the community.

HWM also highlights the Islands’ commitment to increasing opportunities for gender equality and the empowerment of girls and women.

The Honouring Women’s Month church service will be held this Saturday, 5 March 2016 at the Kings Seventh Day Adventist Church at 515, Walkers Road from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


International Women’s Day celebrated in Cayman Islands

The public is encouraged to join in the observance of International Women’s Day on Tuesday, 8 March, 2016 by attending the Family Resource Centre’s screening of the documentary He Named me Malala.

The film recounts the story of Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai; the Pakistani teenager who speaks out on behalf of girls’ education and becoming a leading advocate for children’s rights and a female activist against gender inequality.

The documentary gives audiences a glimpse into this extraordinary young girl’s life – from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN, to everyday life with her parents and brothers.

Aligning with the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day— Step it Up for Gender Equality—the film highlights the importance of involving both men and women in working together to promote equal opportunities.

The screening held at the Harquail Theatre beginning at 6:00 p.m. is free to the public, however dinner will be provided at the cost of CI$15.For more information contact the Family Resource Centre on [email protected] or 949-0006.

High School students are encouraged to attend the screening at their respective school from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, 8 March. Snacks will be provided for students. Contact your respective school’s administration for more information.

HWM 2016 Calendar


Cayman Islands: New one-way channel system in Camana Bay Harbour

What: To ensure that boats have safe and easy access to The Harbour, Camana Bay has implemented a new one-way system utilising the north and south channels (as depicted in the attached map). Boats can now only enter from the north channel, near 94 Solaris Avenue, and leave from the south channel.

Any questions regarding this change or boat slip use or leasing at Camana Bay should be directed to [email protected] or 345.640.4000.

When: Effective immediately

Where: The Harbour at Camana Bay

Camana Bay Harbour map


Hours extended for free HIV testing in

The Public Department wishes to advise the public of extended hours for free HIV screenings offered at the Cayman Islands Red Cross on Huldah Avenue, George Town.

The free testing is now available from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. every Tuesday.

For more information about Free HIV Testing, contact HIV/AIDS Coordinator, Laura Elniski at 244-2507 or l[email protected] or CI Red Cross Programmes Manager, Carolina Ferreira at 916-1742 or [email protected]

Express Processing Available for Business Licensing Applications
Business owners are reminded that they can obtain express processing for their trade and business licensing applications.
To receive licences within five business days, persons can pay $400 for grants and $100 for renewals, in addition to other required application fees. Along with complete applications, all fees are to be submitted to the Business Licensing Counter, located on the first floor in the , between 9am and 4pm, Mondays to Fridays.
For more information on trade and business licensing, please call the Department of Commerce and Investment on 945-0943 or email [email protected]

Art through Cancer- Cancer through Art
Thu April 7 – May 12

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National Training Programme – Passport2Success

The Passport2Success Programme is currently seeking applicants for its 20th cohort which will begin on April 25th 2016. This cohort is geared to young Caymanians between the ages of 17 and 23. Application deadline is 1st April 2016. Email [email protected] or call 945-3114 for more information. Visit to apply.


NWDA Community Outreach

During March, a National Workforce Development Agency (NWDA) representative will be at the district libraries to assist the pubic with Job-Link Programme registration, the National Training Programme, Passport2Success, internship opportunities, assistance with preparing resumes and for interviews. Call 945-3114 or email [email protected] for more information.

The representative will be at North Side library branch on Monday 7th March 10am-1pm; East End library branch on Wednesday 9th, March 10am-1pm; Bodden Town library branch on Monday 14th, March 10am-1pm; and West Bay Town library branch on Wednesday 16th, March 10am-1pm

Internship with Prosperity Capital Management

This internship is being offered by Prosperity Capital Management Ltd, as part of the National Internship Programme. The role offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and experience of accounting as well as some specifics of the funds industry. Various practical training sessions will be offered combined with the daily hands-on experience. The internship opportunity is available for those studying finance or accounting at a local college/university. Email [email protected] or call 945-3114 for application forms. Deadline is April 24th 2016.

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 / Aircraft Changes from July 2016

By JL From Airline Route

British Airways starting 01JUL16 is increasing capacity on London Heathrow – Nassau – 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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St. Ignatius Fling School Fair

The St. Ignatius Fling School Fair is Friday (4 Mar) from 3 — 6pm on the school grounds.



Honouring Women’s Month Church Service
The Honoring Women’s Month church service is March 5th at Kings Seventh Day Adventist Church at 11am.

The Harbour, Camana Bay

To ensure that boats have safe and easy access to The Harbour, Camana Bay has implemented a new one-way system utilising the north and south channels (as depicted in the attached map). Boats can now only enter from the north channel, near 94 Solaris Avenue, and leave from the south channel.

G.R.E.E.N. Team for Sustainable Sister Islands March Beach Clean Up

Saturday, March 5 at 9 PM
South Side Boat Ramp (just east of Ashton Reid Rd)



Lion’s Club of Tropical Gardens Fitness Test – Flashback to the 80’s

Sunday March 6 at 8:00am

Venue The ARC Camana Bay

The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens presents Fitness Fest — Flashback to the 80s — on Sunday (6 Mar) at 8am at the ARC at Camana Bay. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for kids between the ages of 12 and 18. All funds raised will go toward our many community projects including early childhood and youth, geriatrics and social services, diabetes education and eyeglass recycling programmess.

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Cay Dance Salsa Workshop

As part of Cay Dance, you’re invited to a free salsa workshop at the Wharf at 830pm.

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day will feature a screening of He Named Me Malala at the Harquail Theater at 6pm on Tuesday (8 Mar).


Bookends Club

The Bookends Club will meet on Wednesday (9 Mar) at 630pm at Books and Books to discuss their latest pick: Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.


CayDance Street Fair

As part of CayDance, you’re invited to a Street Fair at KRI Studios on Thursday (10 Mar).

Cardinal Avenue Street Fair

The Cardinal Avenue Street Fair is Thursday (10 Mar) from 9am until 4pm.



CayDance Dance Spectacular

As part of CayDance, you’re invited to a Dance Spectacular on Friday (11 Mar) starting at 530pm.



CayDance Final Showcase

The CayDance Final Showcase is Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 6pm at the Harquail Theater.

Massive Open Water Relay
12 March , 2016

The Massive Open Water Relay is Saturday (12 Mar). Log on to for more information.

Color Me Purple 5K Walk/Run

As part of Honoring Women’s Month, Color Me Purple 5K Walk/Run is Saturday (12 Mar) at Kaibo and Sunday (13 Mar) at Smith Cove starting at 630am for walkers and 7 for runners.



The 7th Annual CARE/BRITCAY -K9/5K

From CARE – Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts

Registration for the 7th annual K9/5K 2015 is now open! This year, our annual walk/run will take place on Sunday, March 13th @ Camana Bay.

CARE-Cayman Animal Rescue Enthusiasts

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Rowena Scott Memorial 5K

The Rowena Scott Memorial 5K is Sunday (13 Mar). Log on to for more information.

Commonwealth Day

In the Cayman Islands, commemorative activities begin with the annual Church Service in observance of Commonwealth Day at the Saint George’s Anglican Church on Sunday, 13 March 2016, commencing at 4:00 p.m. The sermon will be preached by Rev. Stanwyck D. Myles, Pastor of the West Bay Church of God.


HWM Self-Care session

As part of Honoring Women’s Month, you’re invited to a Self-Care session at the Family Resource Center at 6pm on Wednesday (16 May).


Floetry is Wednesday (16 Mar) at 630pm at Books and Books.

Family Wellness Session: Building Healthy Relationships

You’re invited to a Family Wellness Session at the Family Resource Center on Wednesday (16 Mar) from 6:30 to 8pm. The topic is Building Healthy Relationships at Home and School.


St. Patrick’s Day Irish Jog

The St. Patrick’s Day Irish Jog is Thursday (17 Mar.) Log on to for more information.

Cardinal Avenue Street Fair

The Cardinal Avenue Street Fair is Thursday (17 Mar) from 9am until 4pm.


7th annual St. Ignatius Scramble

Date: March 18 2016 Time: 1:00 PM To 6:00 PM

North Sound Golf Club Phone: 949-6797

Register Event : 7th annual St. Ignatius Scramble. Room for 96 players in teams of 4. Directions: North Sound Golf Club.


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.

Culture at the

Culture at the Cinema will present Jane Eyre on Saturday (19 Mar) at 7pm in Regal Cinemas.

CAF Fish Fry Fundraiser

The Cayman AIDS Foundation is hosting a Fish Fry Fundraiser on Saturday (19 Mar) at the Cricket Oval from 9am until 4pm.


Great talks. Interesting conversations.

March 19, 2016

Next month, on March 19th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., TEDxUCCI 2016 will showcase live speakers who will be addressing a range of topics important to the future of the Cayman Islands. The theme for this event is “FutureVision” and the range of topics spans conservation, new energy sources, the ocean’s potential, improved health, technical literacy, economic and social sustainability, creativity, and how to deal with today’s increasingly complex world. A musical performance will be offered by the UCCI theatre arts students and food will be prepared by UCCI hospitality students.

$10 – Students and $25 – Non-Students.

Registration deadline: February 29

Register now!


Our students have been getting kudos from the community. The TG Omega Leo Club hosted a Valentines-themed photo booth to raise funds for various charitable initiatives and were featured in the Compass.

The SHS students under Ms. Tanique Dunbar and Mr. Wayne Jackson’s mentorship emerged as champions in the National Youth Cook-Off at the Cayman Agricultural Show.


Captain Marvin Memorial Splash and Dash

The Captain Marvin Memorial Splash and Dash is Sunday (20 Mar). For more information, log on to

March Events at Camana Bay

This is the month to test your cooking skills with a variety of interactive classes, from making homemade pasta from scratch and tackling the art of seafood cuisine to little chefs learning to take charge in the kitchen. In celebration of Easter, the annual Chalkfest competition returns this year at an earlier date with special Easter treats. But not to fear, there is a wide range of fitness activities to help you shed those chocolate egg pounds with Lions’ Spring Fitness Jamboree, a 5K Dog Jog for C.A.R.E. and a free class.

Here is a quick look at our special events:

Authentic Italian Cooking Class

Thursday 3 March


Bon Vivant

Budding Chef Cooking Class: Breakfast Champions

Saturday 5 March


Lions Spring Fitness Jamboree

Sunday 6 March


Arts & Recreation Centre

Tai Chi

Sunday 6 March


The Crescent

The Bookends Club

Wednesday 9 March


Books & Books

Mom & Me Cooking Class

Saturday 12 March


C.A.R.E. K9 5K Fun Run and Dog Jog

Sunday 13 March


Nexus Way

Coastal Cuisine Cooking Class

Tuesday 15 March


Bon Vivant


Wednesday 16 March


Books & Books

Culture at the Cinema: Jane Eyre

Saturday 19 March


Regal Cinemas


Saturday 26 March


Market Street

Indian Infusions Cooking Class

Wednesday 30 March


Bon Vivant

Cuisine of the Sun Dinner

Thursday 31 March



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