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Panama Papers: Cayman Islands and Jersey on beneficial ownership

From TPA Global

In response to the ‘Panama Papers’, the Cayman Islands Ministry of Financial Services and CEO of Jersey Finance stressed the importance of beneficial ownership and reaffirmed countries’ positions regarding money laundering and tax evasion.
Geoff Cook, CEO at Jersey Finance noted that the Panama Papers challenge the use of offshore companies to hide the identities of the ultimate company owners – the beneficial owners. Hiding the identities of beneficial owners in Jersey is not allowed. He said that “Jersey has captured beneficial ownership information on a corporate registry since 1999 this enables Jersey to provide law enforcement and tax authorities with ‘adequate, accurate and timely’ data.”

He further said that “while no jurisdiction can ever guarantee it will never be used by a corrupt minority, we are confident we have world class anti-corruption measures and that few work harder than Jersey to stamp out illicit activity.”

Cayman Committed to Global Cooperation

The Cayman Islands Ministry of Financial Services Wayne Panton said that the Panama Papers further amplified the need for global cooperation, but it would need to be in accordance with accepted international standards. He informed about the two programs government is currently working on that would enable the country to better cooperate on global scale.

Regarding the beneficial ownership, Minister Panton said that “the Cayman’s proposed enhancements to our current beneficial ownership regime represent a viable alternative to the UK’s approach of a central register. This affirms our long-standing adherence to implementing international standards in a way that is effective and appropriate for our jurisdiction.”

To know more about the Panama Papers, see also our article ‘Panama Papers – a Leak of 11 Million Documents at:

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HMCS Summerside returns to Halifax after anti-drug operation in Caribbean


HALIFAX – HMCS Summerside has returned to Halifax after an anti-narcotics mission in the Caribbean.

The Kingston-class defence vessel was involved in the seizure of almost 700 kilograms of cocaine while on patrol in the region last month.

The ship was part of the ongoing multinational mission to disrupt illicit drug trafficking in the Caribbean and Pacific.

Summerside returns under the command of Lt.-Cmdr. Paul Smith, who was appointed in 2014 as the first black commanding officer of a Royal Canadian Navy warship.

The ship helped in the seizure of 16 bales of cocaine off Nicaragua.

Last month, it was joined by HMCS Saskatoon, which seized 10 bales of cocaine off the Central American coast.

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Antigua & Barbuda: Gov’t works to access billions in Chinese funding

From Antigua Observer

The Cabinet of Antigua & Barbuda has sanctioned the establishment of a new task force aimed at accessing billions in funding from China.

US $35 billion has been set aside as part of the China–Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (China-CELAC) Fund, which has recently been made available to the group’s member states.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Colin Murdoch said that Cabinet has already approved the China-CELAC Fund Task Force, which would determine the projects that the nation would submit to be financed.

“There are certain nominees to the task force, so it is now for us to implement that Cabinet decision and to run with it,” he said. “It is not a large task force; I would say about seven or eight persons.”

Ambassador Murdoch said the monies have been earmarked to cover “for infrastructure, integration and commercial projects by CELAC member states”.

He explained these broad categories include road works, ports, airports, the development of initiatives that would unite countries in the region, hotels, manufacturing plants, among other projects.

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Earthquake rattles Trinidad and Grenada

From Caribbean News Service

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Apr 07 2016 – Trinidad and Grenada were rattled by an earthquake Thursday the Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) said.

The quake occurred at 08:22 (local time) and was registered with a magnitude of 5.7.

The SRC said that the epicenter of the quake was 105 km west of Port-of-Spain and 125 km northwest of San Fernando.

There were no reports of damages or injuries.

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Bitcoin faces biggest threat yet: a Miner takeover

By DMO Affiliate From IT Business Net

The Bitcoin digital currency system is in danger of losing its credibility as an independent payment system because of the growing power of a group that runs some of the computers behind it. In recent weeks, a British-based “mining pool” called GHash has amassed nearly half of the Bitcoin computing power and has briefly gone over 50 percent. Miners operate the computers that keep track of bitcoins and create additional coins.

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Large viewing window installed for aquarium shark exhibit

Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 8.16.13 AMBy Kirsten Schaffer From KRISTV

IMAGE: The 759-square feet acrylic panel, weighing in at 42,000 pounds, is nine inches thick and comprised of eight chemically bonded panels.

The pieces are finally coming together over at the Texas State Aquarium’s new Caribbean Journey exhibit and Friday, one more chunk of the expansion project moved in.

That chunk was a 759 square feet acrylic panel, the largest in the United States. The window weighs 42,000 pounds, is 9 inches thick, and comprised of eight chemically bonded panels.

The panel was will be the main viewing window for the H-E-B Caribbean Shark exhibit. The new exhibit will feature more than a dozen large sharks and hundreds of marine fish.

The panel was made by Reynolds Polymer Tech in Grand Junction, Colorado.

The Aquarium’s 70,000 square foot, $55 million Caribbean Journey expansion is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017.

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(HK Sevens) Hong Kong blank Cayman Islands; Morocco stun Tonga

Fri Apr 8 2016 From Hong Kong Standard

Japan blanked Morocco 45-0 on a slightly sunny day today at the Hong Kong Stadium. They also beat Brazil 36-0 in an earlier encounter. Hong Kong easily routed Cayman Islands 43 to nothing in their opener. Tries came at regular intervals.
Yiu Kam-shing and Jamie Hood were among the try scorers for Hong Kong.

Morocco stunned Tonga having run in two tries in the first half.

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CARICOM concerned about resurgence of ‘tax havens’ label in wake of Panama Papers leak

GEORGETOWN, Guyana — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has expressed concern that the designation of “tax havens” is again being attached to the financial services centres in member states and associate members, following the leak of the “Panama Papers”.

The so called Panama Papers comprise over 11 million confidential files taken from the database of a Panama law firm, Mossack Fonseca.

The Community, in a statement, said the loose attribution of the ‘tax havens’ label ignores the reality that the regulation of this sector in CARICOM is fully compliant with international standards. The statement identified international standards that CARICOM members and associate members are committed to and are in compliance with.

CARICOM said as more disclosures unfold from the Panama Papers leak, it urged caution by those making the unjust labelling of the Community’s financial services centres.


Grand Court Jurors Report TIME Changed

The Grand Court Jurors report TIME has been changed.

All Grand Court Jurors who are in the ‘6th APRIL – 5th JULY 2016’ session, please be advised that you are now to report for jury duty on Monday the 11th April, 2016, at 2:00 p.m.

The Jury Information line – 945-5072 – has been updated with this information.


Deadline Extended for Student Film Competition AGAIN

Budding filmmakers have a little more time to submit their stories to the Young Image Makers competition. The deadline has been extended to Wednesday, 20 April.

Hosted by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF), the competition provides youngsters with the opportunity to sharpen their technical film skills and explore their creativity.

Films can focus on any subject matter and run one to three minutes. There are two age categories of competition, Junior (10 – 13 years) and Senior (14 – 17 years).

Up to 20 films will be selected for the competition. Students who are selected will participate in workshops conducted by film professionals. The experience will culminate in a red carpet event at the Harquail Theatre, as part of the CayFilm Festival on Thursday, 30 June. All films in competition will be screened that night.

Two winners will enjoy a trip to the New York Film Academy. Winning films from previous years can be viewed online at

Application information can be found online at Films must be submitted by 5 p.m. to the CNCF office on the deadline day.


Cayman Islands General Registry closing for staff training -Wed April 13

General Registry, including its counter on the first floor of the Government Administration Building, will close on Wednesday, 13 April, for a staff training event.

There will be limited electronic service available to CORIS/EDMS subscribers, with online queries not generating the usual immediate response.

In the event of a birth- or death-related emergency, the relevant Government agencies have been provided contact numbers for General Registry’s staff.

General Registry’s main office, including its counter, will reopen on Thursday, 14 April, at 8:30am.

General Registry apologises for any inconvenience the closure may cause. For more information, please call 946-7922 or email [email protected].


2016 Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge

The 2016 Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge will be held on Cayman Brac on Sunday, 17 April and Grand Cayman on Sunday, 24 April.

The event aims to raise $50,000 to help Cayman Heart Fund in its drive to buy a new ambulance, and is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Registration takes place in Cayman Brac on 7, 8, 14 and 15 April from 8.30 a.m. to 3 p.m in the District

Administration Building. In Grand Cayman, registration takes place on 7, 8, 14 and 15 April from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 21 and 22 April from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Government Administration Building.

Visit for the registration form and further details.


Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly date set

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands – Following the agreement of Cabinet at its meeting on Tuesday, 22 March, 2016, the Premier has asked the Speaker of the House to summon the Legislative Assembly to meet on Monday, 25 April, 2016.

Government is expected to present several bills for debate and passage, including:

• Statistics (Amendment) Bill (2016)

• Standards in Public Life (Amendment) Bill (2016)

• Accountants Bill (2016)

• Companies Law (Amendment) Bill (2016)

• Limited Liability Companies Bill (2016)

• Legal Practitioners Bill (2016)

• Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill (2016)

Also to be dealt with are various private member motions and parliamentary questions.

Cayman Islands Humane Society Book Loft March Monthly Sale

50% Sale on all books

Self Help






Buy 1 CD Get 1 FREE

Tel: 946-8053

Location – next to ALT’s on North Sound Road

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 / 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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Communicating Effectively

The Chamber of Commerce is hosting Communicating Effectively by Terry Carson on Monday and Tuesday (11 & 12 Apr) from 9:00 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. at their office in Governors Square. Register online at

Week of the Young Child Pajama Party

The Week of the Young Child Pajama Party is Monday (11 Apr) from 6 — 8pm at Gardenia Court in Camana Bay.


Bookends Club

The Bookends Club’s next meeting is Wednesday (13 Apr) from 630 to 730pm at Books and Books.

Young Image Makers competition

The Cayman National Cultural Foundation has extended its registration deadline for students wishing to enter their short films in the Young Image Makers competition. Budding filmmakers can now submit their entries now through Wednesday (13 Apr.) Interested persons can submit films to CNCF offices behind Harquail Theatre by 5.00 p.m. Registration forms can be downloaded at , for more details, email [email protected]

International tenor to conduct free workshop at Cayman University

After a successful run in Europe and the USA, international tenor soloist Steve Higgins is conducting his Jamaican Folk Music workshop at the University College of the Cayman Islands on Wednesday, April 13.

This event is free and open to the public.

Jamaican Folk Music Workshop Poster

Jamaican Folk Music workshop

You’re invited to a Jamaican Folk Music workshop on Wednesday (13 Apr) at 2pm at UCCI’s Sir Vassel Johnson Hall.

Read to Tots Day

As part of Week of the Young Child, you’re invited to Read to Tots Day on Wednesday (13 Apr) from 9 until noon at participating Early Childhood Education Centers.


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat

The Cayman Drama Society presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat with shows on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday from April 7th through April 24th at 730pm. There will also be matinees on April 17th and 24th at 5pm.



Culture at the Cinema Man and Superman

Culture at the Cinema featuring Man and Superman is Saturday (16 Apr) at 7pm at Regal Cinemas.

Slow Food Day

Camana Bay’s Slow Food Day Food Revolution Kids Culinary Challenge is Saturday (16 Apr) from 1230pm to 2pm in Gardenia Court at Camana Bay. The Farm to Table dinner is at 7pm on The Crescent.

Chamber of Commerce’s Earth Day Clean-Up

Volunteer for the Chamber of Commerce’s Earth Day Clean-Up on April 16 from 7a.m. — 10 a.m. Resources will be provided while supplies last. Register at

Earth Day Island Wide Roadside Clean-Up

The Chamber of Commerce’s Earth Day Island Wide Roadside Clean-Up on April 16. Anyone interested in sponsoring or participating can contact Nikita Durrant at reception@caymanchamber.

20th Annual Earth Day Clean-Up

The 20th Annual Earth Day Clean-Up will be on April 16th with brunch and a Family Fun Day at Public Beach after the Clean-Up!


Dr. J. Hugh Cummings Memorial 5K Walk

The Annual Dr. J. Hugh Cummings Memorial 5K Walk is Sunday (17 Apr) at 6:30 AM.


St George’s Anglican Church Patronal Festival – Cayman Islands Discs

Rev Mary Graham picks musical disks she takes with her that mean a lot to her and why.

Church Hall, Courts Road, off Eastern Ave.  7pm – 9pm

Admission $5 includes light refreshments


Seafarers Association General Meeting

The Cayman Islands Seafarers Association wishes to inform all Members that there will be a General Meeting, on Tuesday 19 April 2016 at 7:30 PM. in the Seafarer’s Hall, 11 Victory Ave. Prospect.

St George’s Anglican Church Patronal Festival – Bingo

Church Hall, Courts Road, off Eastern Ave.  7pm – 9pm

Admission $5



Floetry is Wednesday (20 Apr) at 630pm at Books and Books.

St George’s Anglican Church Patronal Festival – St George Mass

Church Hall, Courts Road, off Eastern Ave.  7pm


Glen Inanga Piano Recital for Cayman Islands Arts Festival Scholarship Programme


Immigration: Work Permits

The Chamber of Commerce presents Immigration: Work Permits with Nick Joseph on Thursday (21 Apr) from 9:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m. at their office in Governors Square. Register online at

St George’s Anglican Church Patronal Festival – ABBA Movie Night

Church Hall, Courts Road, off Eastern Ave.  7pm

 Movie: Mama Mia

Admission $5 Includes light refreshments. Dress up as ABBA.


St George’s Anglican Church Patronal Festival – Family Feast & Games Night

Church Hall, Courts Road, off Eastern Ave.  7pm

Tickets $15 Adults Child $5


Rotary Science Fair

The Rotary Science Fair is Saturday (23 Apr) from 10 to 3pm at the Arts and Recreation Center.

Sixth Annual Breast Cancer Beach Walk

The Sixth Annual Breast Cancer Beach Walk is Saturday (23 April) at Royal Palms at 7pm. Register now at


Revival Services

The Red Bay Church of God (Holiness) will hold Revival Services Sunday — Friday (24 – 29 Apr) at 6PM on Sunday and 730pm on weeknights.

Prosperity Capital Management Internship

Apply now for an internship with Prosperity Capital Management. This internship is being offered 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 2015.

April Events at Camana Bay

This is the month to experience all things local with the return of Slow Food Day, a full-day event celebrating Cayman’s home-grown food scene. You can find your next treasure at a car boot sale, get your kids to fall in love with reading during a weekly book club or take some time for yourself and enjoy pampering opportunities with Eclipze Hair Design & Day Spa’s 23rd anniversary celebration. With Mother’s Day approaching, you can also celebrate early with a special Mom & Me cooking class and a family portrait session.

Here is a quick look at our special events:

Tai Chi

Sunday 3 April


The Crescent

Simplifying Healthy with Saucha

Tuesday 5 April


Bon Vivant

Eclipze’s 23rd Anniversary Open House

Friday 8 April


Eclipze Hair Design & Day Spa

Guardians Alive 5/10K Walk and Run

Saturday 9 April


Cayman International School

Car Boot Sale

Saturday 9 April


Cayman International School

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Club

9, 16, 23, 30 April


Starfish Village

Week of the Young Child Pajama Party

Monday 11 April


Gardenia Court

Curry at Home Cooking Class

Wednesday 13 April


Bon Vivant

The Bookends Club

Wednesday 13 April


Books & Books

Slow Food Day

Market & Chef Demonstrations

Saturday 16 April


The Paseo, Gardenia Court and Bon Vivant

Slow Food Day

Food Revolution Kids’ Culinary Challenge

Saturday 16 April


Gardenia Court

Slow Food Day

Farm-to-Table Dinner

Saturday 16 April


The Crescent

Culture at the Cinema

Man and Superman

Saturday 16 April


Regal Cinemas

Burger Beer Bash Cooking Class

Tuesday 19 April


Bon Vivant


Wednesday 20 April


Books & Books

Rotary Science Fair

Saturday 23 April


The Arts & Recreation Centre

Budding Chef Cooking Class

Pizza Mania

Saturday 23 April


Bon Vivant

Cuisine of the Sun Dinner

Thursday 28 April



Mother’s Day Portraits

Saturday 30 April


Gardenia Court

Mom & Me Cooking Class

Saturday 30 April


Bon Vivant




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