June 28, 2022

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Child month cupcake war open to students in Cayman Brac

Young pastry chefs in Cayman Brac are invited to take part in the Child Month Cupcake Wars competition. Taking place on Saturday 30 April at the Layman Scott High School, the competition challenges bakers to create two cupcakes, a cupcake using fruit in the recipe and a diabetic friendly cupcake.

Bakers ages 10 – 25 years old are welcomed to participate, at no charge. The competition is sponsored by the Youth Services Unit, Kiwanis Club, Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC), Department of Children and Family Services, The Ministry of Tourism and the Layman Scott Senior High School.

For more information email [email protected]


Cuban migrants repatriated from Cayman Islands

The Department of Immigration repatriated another twelve Cuban migrants to Havana, Cuba, using different flights this week. The last took place today Friday, 15 April 2016.

The seven males and five females had been housed at the Immigration Detention Center.

Fifty-four Cuban migrants remain in Immigration custody on Island and are housed at the Immigration Detention Centre or an approved facility.


Ocean Rig makes Cayman Islands switch

Ocean-Rig-redomiciles-to-Cayman-Islands-664x441Economou’s drilling group moves corporate domicile from the Marshall Islands.

Offshore driller Ocean Rig will move its corporate domicile from one offshore financial center to another – from the Marshal Islands to the Cayman Islands. The driller, run by the Greek shipping magnate George Economou, said that starting April 15, Ocean Rig’s common shares will start trading under new CUSIP number G66964100

“All shares of Ocean Rig will automatically convert by operation of law into shares of the same class of the redomiciled Ocean Rig on a one-for-one basis. A registration statement on Form F-4 relating to the common shares of Ocean Rig has been declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission,” Ocean Rig said.

The company, specializing in the ultra deepwater and harsh-environment segment of the offshore drilling industry, said the change of corporate domicile will not affect day-to-day business operations of Ocean Rig.

SOURCE: http://www.offshoreenergytoday.com/ocean-rig-redomiciles-to-cayman-islands/


Cayman Islands Voicemail Migration IMPORTANT UPDATE from FLOW

From FLOW Cayman Islands

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances and to ensure you get a great experience, we are delaying our voicemail migration which was scheduled to take place on Sunday 17th April.

Once the new date is confirmed for the migration we will let you know.

Thanks for your patience.

Britain launches $300 million Caribbean Infrastructure Fund

By Benjamin Flowers From The Reporter Newspaper

Commonwealth Caribbean countries now have access to a £300 million fund (some US $426.5 million) for infrastructure projects, through the newly launched United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UKCIF).

Baroness Sandip Verma, the UK’s Development Minister for the Caribbean, launched the UKCIF on Monday at the residence of the British High Commissioner in Jamaica. At the launch she announced that the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), a partner agency in the project, is ready to receive applications for projects to be funded.

Baroness Verma acknowledged that the region faces challenges with growth, and encouraged eligible countries to submit their applications as soon as possible so that work can begin.

“The money will be used to fund discrete or visible component parts of larger projects. While co-financing may be used on larger projects for other components, the UKCIF will always constitute the majority financing,” the UK government’s press office explained.

Prime Minister David Cameron first announced that the UK would be setting up the fund when he visited Jamaica and Grenada in September 2015. The fund will help countries like Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Montserrat,with infrastructure works such as bridges and roads, to help spur economic growth.

During his visit to the Caribbean, Cameron explained that the fund will make the UK one of the largest donors to the region. His two day tour was focused on reinvigorating the relationship between the UK and the Caribbean countries.

For more: http://www.reporter.bz/business/britain-launches-300-million-caribbean-infrastructure-fund/


FAO warned on effects of natural disasters in the Caribbean

(Prensa Latina) The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), stated today that between 1990 and 2014 the Caribbean witnessed 182 major natural disasters, which affected more than 11.5 million people.

These phenomena caused 241,000 deaths and 16,600 million USD in damages and losses, with a serious impact on fisheries, agriculture, forests and food security, according to the international quoted by its office in Havana.

The document add that the small island developing states (SIDS) in the Caribbean along with FAO are developing a new program to increase the resilience of their livelihoods, to face the impact of climate change on agriculture and food security.

With the support of the Agency for Emergency Management and Disaster in the Caribbean, says the text, the countries will strengthen their governance to manage risk, reduce vulnerability at the local level, improve their responsiveness to risks and crises and their mechanisms for monitoring and risk assessment.

Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Barbados, Dominica, Guyana, Granada, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago are the countries participating in the new program, which also receives the support of the Caribbean Community.

For more: http://www.plenglish.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4793331&Itemid=1


Caribbean University opens computer center with Chinese aid

Kingston – (Prensa Latina) The University of the West Indies (UWI) will open in September a computer engineering center at its headquarters in Jamaica and Barbados with support from the Global Institute of Technology in China.

According to the news website Caribflame, it is an association between the two entities that offer scholarships to young Caribbean interested in that subject.

These colleges will work in particular by creating a software industry with talent Caribbean.

UWI project seeks to encourage new generations to be inserted deeper into the world of computing, and to develop in them skills and abilities that allows them to get a job.

It is also proposed to train professionals who influence in their communities by having good social behavior and a high level of education.

For more: http://plenglish.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4793351&Itemid=1


Caribbean nationals nabbed in sex offenders clampdown

From NY Carib News

On Wednesday the ICE said nationals from Cuba, the Dominica Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago were among 44people arrested in the ‘Crimes against Children’ operation in New Jersey

NEWARK, USA (CMC) — The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says officers from its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Newark Field Office have arrested several Caribbean nationals in an operation targeting child sex offenders.

On Wednesday, the ICE said nationals from Cuba, the Dominica Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago were among 44 people arrested in the ‘Crimes against Children’ operation in New Jersey.

ICE, which did not identify the nationals arrested, said the operation was part of its public safety efforts, and the individuals were convicted of various crimes against children.

Nationals from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, Guatemala, Honduras, India,Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Venezuela were also arrested.
“The results of this targeted enforcement operation underscore ICE’s ongoing commitment to public safety,” said John Tsoukaris, field office director of ERO Newark.

“As part of this operation, we specifically focused on the arrest of individuals who took advantage of children,” he added. “Because of the tireless efforts and teamwork of ERO officers and our law enforcement partners, there are 44 fewer criminals in our neighbourhoods.”

Those arrested range in age from 19 to 61, and were previously convicted of a variety of offences.

Some of the convictions included sexual abuse of a minor, criminal sexual contact of a child, luring or enticing a child, endangering the welfare of a child, sexual assault of a minor, child abuse, child neglect and indecent exposure.

ICE said among those arrested during the operation was a Haitian citizen, who was convicted of criminal sexual contact against a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

A Cuban national was also convicted of three counts of sexual assault of a minor.

In fiscal year 2015, ICE said it conducted 235,413 deportations nationwide.

For more: http://www.nycaribnews.com/latest-news/caribbean-nationals-nabbed-sex-offenders-clampdown


Cayman Islands: Call for Hurricane Shelter Volunteers

The Department of Children and Family Services is inviting individuals to sign up as shelter volunteers for this year’s Hurricane Season.

The Shelter Operations 2016 Hurricane Training for Shelter Managers & District Representatives Volunteers for this year’s Hurricane Season will be held over two days on Wednesday 25 May and Thursday 26 May at the Prospect Primary School Hall from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Registration begins promptly at 5:30 p.m.

All volunteers MUST complete both days of training.

For more information contact Ernesto Carter at the Department of Children and Family Services on 949-0290 or

email [email protected] (GIS)


St George’s Week

At St George’s Anglican Church Hall, Courts Road, Off Eastern Ave., George Town, Grand Cayman

Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 3.55.30 PM

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 www.youtube.com/caymanculture.

Application information can be found online at www.artscayman.org/young-image-makers. Films must be submitted by 5 p.m. to the CNCF office on the deadline day.


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 www.odg.gov.ky/DG5K 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.

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

For more: http://airlineroute.net/2015/11/23/ba-nasgcm-jul16/


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

New 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

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.

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

Website: www.nationalgallery.org.ky




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 www.caymanchamber.ky

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.

THU – SUN APR 21-24

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat




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 breastcancerfoundation.ky.

Cayman Outreach Association Dinner Meeting

Cayman Outreach Association invites the public to a dinner meeting on Saturday, April 23rd at 7:15 pm at the Triple C School Auditorium. Dr. Moland Pusey of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida will be the guest speaker. Call 925-7798 for details.

Service of Thanksgiving

As part of the St. George’s Patronal Festival, you’re invited to Service of Thanksgiving on Saturday (23 Apr) at 6pm.


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.

Convocation 2016

Members of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands will gather on Sunday (24 Apr) at the Cayman Prep and High School Auditorium to celebrate Convocation 2016. The theme this year is ‘Discipleship: Discipline and Dedication’



Time Management & Productivity

The Chamber of Commerce presents Time Management & Productivity with Catherine Tyson on Tuesday (26 Apr) from 9:00 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. at their office in Governors Square. Register online at www.caymanchamber.ky

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:

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


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