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Massive drug bust in Antigua

By Antigua Observer From St Lucia News

ANTIGUA OBSERVER – Two men, who have been charged for possession of illicit drugs with an estimated value of more $1 million, are expected to appear before in the St John’s Magistrates’ Court today to answer to a number of related charges.

A release from the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) said that Marcus Richards, a 70-year-old Vincentian national residing in Antigua and 37-year-old Erskine Todd of St Vincent were arrested last Thursday during a sting operation.

During the arrest, which took place at the Shell Beach area, the law enforcement agency seized 533 pounds of compressed cannabis, which had an estimated wholesale value of $1,066,000 and 5.6 kilos of cocaine, which was valued at $197,288.

The total estimated value of the contraband was $1,263,288.

Both Richards and Todd were charged with possession of cannabis, possession of cannabis with intent to supply, being concerned in the supply of cannabis and drug trafficking. They were slapped with additional charges of possession of cocaine, and being concerned in the supply of cocaine and drug trafficking, the release said.

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CONCACAF brings Grassroots course to Nicaragua

FEAT-Development-YouthPlayersMANAGUA, Nicaragua — CONCACAF held a three-day grassroots course in Managua, Nicaragua, with 30 local coaches from April 6-9.

The Confederation offered this unique opportunity as a way to stimulate participation in the game, while establishing an educational structure for coaches in Nicaragua.

Activities on the agenda included:
– Specialized sessions for coaching development;
– Pilot initiative that incorporates a visit to a school in order to promote the benefits of implementing football programs within the local educational system;
– Grassroots festival for approximately from ages 6-12.

The Grassroots program’s primary objective is to educate, encourage and inspire the growth of football throughout the region. It provides a designed platform that presents a path into the sport, allowing youth to develop new skills, while giving them appropriate guidance and coaching.

Leaders from 10 different schools attended the CONCACAF’s pilot program, which featured a progressive approach in introducing sports as an educational aid.

Through these initiatives, CONCACAF shares its philosophy of utilizing football as a platform to uphold the ideals of fair play, leadership, team spirit and diversity.


Young British cricketer shot dead on holiday in Caribbean

From Travel Mole

A young Briton has been shot dead while on holiday in Trindad.

Adrian St John, aged 22, a recruitment consultant and aspiring professional cricketer, is believed to have been killed during a robbery.

Early reports suggested the attack happened after the Londoner stopped his car to pick up a female passenger, he was then ordered to drive off but one of his assailants shot him in the head as he drove away.

West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle, who runs a cricket academy which was captained by St John, tweeted: “Such sad news to hear: my condolences to his family & friends.”

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Bahamas PM says no to same sex marriage

By Jamaica Observer From St Lucia News Online

Prime Minister Perry Christie says the proposed referendum to amend the constitution will not allow for same sex marriages to become legal in the Bahamas.

Christie launched the YES Bahamas Campaign “Equal Rights for our Sons and Daughters” on Sunday, telling his audience that the Bahamas will only recognise marriage as being between a man and a woman.

The referendum will be held on June 7.

“I repeat: this referendum will not cause same-sex marriage to become legal in the Bahamas. Marriage in the Bahamas will be legal only if it is between a man and a woman, and male and female are determined at birth,” he said.

“I am so emphatic because it is so important for Bahamians to vote on what is really at stake – equal rights for our sons and daughters – and not let false rumours or incorrect information hold sway.

“This referendum does not seek to change Bahamian society or our traditional values – instead it seeks to change the Constitution so that it more clearly reflects those values, and our shared belief in fairness.”

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A harmonised approach to education reform within CARICOM – CARICOM Secretariat






The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has received a grant from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) in an amount equivalent to US$399,189 towards the cost of the project ‘A Harmonised Approach to Education Reform within CARICOM – Developing the Skills Needed for a 21st Century Economy and Society” and intends to apply a portion of the proceeds of this grant to eligible payments under contracts procured under this Project.

Payments by CDB will be made only at the request of the CARICOM Secretariat and, upon approval by CDB, and will be subject in all respects to the terms and conditions of the Grant Agreement. The Grant Agreement prohibits withdrawal from the financing account for the purpose of any payment to persons or entities, or for any import of goods, if such payment or import, to the knowledge of CDB, is prohibited by a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations. No party other than CARICOM Secretariat shall derive any rights from the Grant Agreement or have any claim to the proceeds of the Grant.

The following consultancy services assignments will be procured under the Project:

(a) Researchers (5)

(b) Education Sector Specialist

It is expected that the services of the Researchers and Education Sector Specialist will be procured during the period August 2015 to November 2015.

Consultants from the member countries of CDB will be eligible to participate in these procurement opportunities.




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St Kitts and Nevis’ economy is booming

From Caribbean Journal

The Caribbean’s smallest country has one of its fastest-growing economies, according to new projections from the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The twin-island country is projected to see GDP growth of 5.1 percent this year, according to revised estimates by ECLAC.

That is the highest rate of projected growth in CARICOM, and second in the wider region to the Dominican Republic, which is projected to grow at a 5.5 percent clip.

The tiny Eastern Caribbean country has been seeing a wave of new investment, particularly in the hotel sector, buoyed by its decades-old citizenship by investment program.

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Earthquake shakes Portsmouth, Dominica

From Dominica News Online – Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 at 9:04 AM

An earthquake shook the town of Portsmouth and other parts of the northern section of Dominica on Tuesday morning.

The UWI Seismic Research Centre said the earthquake took place at 8:36 am.

It measured 4.1 on the Richter scale.

The epicenter of the quake was located 50 km north of Roseau and 58 km SSE of Point-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe at a depth of five kilometers.

Roman Catholic Priest, Fr. Herman Sharplis described what he experienced during the quake on Q95’s The Hot Seat on Tuesday.

“I am not a scientist to decide what depth it was but certainly it was a very strong earthquake,” he stated.

He said the shaking was ‘massive’ but short.

An earthquake destroyed the 150-year-old Roman Catholic church building in Portsmouth in 2004.

So far there are no reports of damage from the quake.

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Grand Court Jurors Report DATE Changed

 The Grand Court Jurors report DATE 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 WEDNESDAY the 13th April, 2016, at 9:45 a.m.

The Jury Information line – 945-5072 – has the most up to date 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

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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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New Exhibition at the Cayman Islands National Gallery! And Events!!

Native Sun ExhibNew Art Exhibition Now Open!

Native Sons – Twenty Years On

National Gallery of the Cayman Islands
Esterley Tibbetts Highway
Exhibition Curated by Kerri-Anne Chisholm
Sponsored in part by Cayman National Bank
8 April 2016 – 25 June 2016
Free Admission! Plan your visit.

Members’ Reception

We had a wonderful opening event with National Gallery members and guests to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Native Sons. For more information about NGCI memberships email [email protected].

Take a look at the event photos at web link below

Garden Lunch this Thursday!

Don’t miss the upcoming garden lunch and guided tour happening this Thursday, 14 April. The 20 minute guided tour starts at 12 PM giving you enough time to enjoy lunch in the gardens before heading back to the office. A perfect lunch out!

View the menu at web link below

Caymanian-Style Family Day

Saturday, 23 April, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Join the NGCI Education Department for free family fun art activities based on the exhibition Native Sons – Twenty Years On. Special workshop with Native Sons artist Chris Christian starts at 10:00 AM.

Register here.

Upcoming Panel Discussion

Wednesday, 27 April. Doors open at 5:00 PM. Discussion begins at 6:00 PM. Join artists, curators and members of the public for a thought provoking panel discussion about the work of the Native Sons and Caymanian art. Admission is free.

Conversations with the Curator

Thursday, 2 June. Doors open at 5:00 PM. Tour begins at 6:00 PM. Join the exhibition’s curator Kerri-Anne Chisholm as she takes you through a 20-year journey of the Native Sons. Explore the exhibition and learn about Caymanian artists. Admission is free and all are welcome.

In the News

See the Full Programme

Want to view the full programme of events related to the exhibition Native Sons – Twenty Years On?

Visit our website and learn about upcoming art workshops, student resources, film screenings and more!

Thank you!

Thank you to Cayman National for part sponsoring the exhibition Native Sons – Twenty Years On. We couldn’t do what we do without the support from corporate organisations like Cayman National. We are truly thankful that we can offer free admission to everyone and an extensive programme of free community events.

Register and/or RSVP at link below for all events





Bookends Club

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

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 – Desert Islands Discs

Rev Mary Graham picks musical disks she takes with her to a deserted Caribbean island  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 & Line Dancing

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:

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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