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MAY 28

Public Lecture GT

All are invited to a Public Lecture on “The Relevance of Christianity in a Post Christian World” on Thursday May 28th at the Elmslie Memorial Church Hall, Harbor Drive, George Town at 5:30pm. Opportunity will be available for discussion.

The lecture will be given by the Rev. Dr. Garnett Roper PhD – Seminary President, Community Activist, Author, Talk Show Host and Newspaper Columnist.

This is a free event and refreshments will be served.

Cayman Islands Facility Management Association meeting

The Cayman Islands Facility Management Association would like to invite you to a regular meeting on May 28 at Camana Bay. Please accept the invite to RSVP for this meeting. Guests are always welcome.

Date:     May 28, 2015 Time: 9am-11am

Location:   The Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort

Regular Meeting before and networking afterwards

Admission: Free


PTA meeting of the Layman E. Scott High School

The PTA meeting of the Layman E. Scott High School on Cayman Brac is Thursday (28 May) at 7pm.

Culture Shop Street Fair

West Bay Pirates Week Committee in collaboration with The Pirates Week Festival Office Presents Culture Shop Street Fair on Cardinal Avenue in George Town on Thursday (28 May) from 9.00AM -4:00PM.

Foster Parent orientation dinner

The Foster Parent orientation dinner is Thursday (28 May) at Grand Old House from 5:30 — 7pm. For more information call 949.0290

Panel Discussion Photography: Subject vs. Content

The National Gallery’s Panel Discussion on Photography: Subject vs. Content is Thursday (28 May) at 6pm.

MAY 29

Grand Court Jurors Notice

Grand Court jurors in the 1 APRIL- 30 JUNE 2015 must now report on Friday (29 May) at 9:45am.

Smoking Cessation Classes: ‘I Can Quit’

The Public Health Department urges smokers who wish to quit the habit to sign up for upcoming smoking cessation classes. These classes start on 3 June 2015, and will take place from 5.15pm to 6.45pm, every Wednesday for seven weeks, in the Public Health Waiting Room. Registration deadline is May 29, 2015.

For more info or to sign up, contact the Public Health Department on 244-2889/244-2648, or email [email protected].

Proud of the Them

Nominate Cayman’s Houth for the Proud of the Them campaign. Nomination forms can be found online at The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday (29 May)

Prospect Primary School Exhibition

Prospect Primary School’s Exhibition on Minimizing the Waste Impact to the Environment is Friday (29 May) from 9 until 1

Coral Nurseries Proposal

The Cabinet of the Cayman Islands has approved a policy for managing coral nurseries in the Cayman Islands. The Department of Environment will be accepting proposals to establish nurseries under this policy thru May 29th, with projects to commence October 2015 or later. Proposals should be for establishing nurseries for Acropora corals and eventual outplanting on Cayman’s reefs. Proposals, or requests for information, may be submitted to [email protected].

Bingo Game Night

The Cayman Islands Umpire Association presents a Bingo Game Night on Friday (29 May) at the Smith Road Oval at 6pm.

Warren MacDonald Book Signing

A Test of Will — One Man’s Story of Survival author, Warren MacDonald, hosts a presentation, book signing and dinner on Friday (29 May) with a presentation at 5:15pm at regal cinemas and a book signing at 6:15 at Books and Books. Dinner follows at Abacus at 830pm. Tickets can be purchased at CITA offices or the Town Centre in Camana Bay.

MAY 30

Businessmen’s Breakfast

The Grand Cayman chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International is having its monthly breakfast on Saturday May 30th at 7:30am, at The Upper Crust restaurant in Camana Bay. Our speaker is Allan Turner

Come out to hear the how God is making a difference in the life of men like you, right here in Cayman.

St. George’s Anglican Church’s Mothers’ Union Tea Party

The St. George’s Anglican Church’s Mothers’ Union invites you to their Annual Tea Party Delight on Saturday (30 May) at 3:30 p.m.

Fundraiser Family Event

Cayman Islands Baptist Church is holding a Fundraiser Family Event with a Garage Sale — Dinner Sale — Car-Wash-a-Thon — Prayer Station — Silent Auction on Saturday (30 May) from 7am — 4pm on Pedro Castle Road

2nd Annual Outpouring Worship Gathering

Harvest Fellowship Church invites you to their 2nd Annual Outpouring Worship Gathering on Saturday (30 May) at 6pm.

Cayman Brac’s Little Miss and Master 2015

The Lions Club of Cayman Brac’s Little Miss and Master 2015 event is Saturday (30 May) at 7pm at the Aston Rutty Center.

Ride for a Life Bike-a-thon

The Ride for a Life Bike-a-thon is Saturday (30 May) at 630am at the Credit Union parking lot.

Butterfield 800m Sea Swim

The Butterfield 800m Sea Swim is Saturday (30 May) at Governor’s Beach starting at 4pm.


Caywriters is Saturday (30 May) at 530pm at Books & Books.

2015 South Sound Stride 5K Run/Walk

The 2015 South Sound Stride 5K Run/Walk and Pancake Flip is Saturday (30 May) at 7am with the Pee Wee Fun Run for children 7 and under starting at 8. The event is at the First Baptist Christian School

RCIPS Ride for a Life Bike a Thon

RCIPS Ride for a Life Bike a Thon is Saturday (30 May) at 630am at the Credit Union Parking Lot. For more information, call 525.9395.


Cayman Islands to undergo destination sustainability assessment

A Destination Assessment Interest Meeting for Tourism Stakeholders will take palce on Friday (29).

The Cayman Islands is committed to adopting best practices in sustainable tourism. As part of this process, the Cayman Islands will undergo a destination sustainability assessment by the United Nations World Tourism Organization-backed Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

The assessment will take place from 28 May through 8 June, during which time a GSTC destination expert will analyse the Cayman Islands’ policies and practices, applying the GSTC Criteria for Destinations—the leading performance standard for sustainability of destination management.


CIOs keep trying to defy cloud gravity

Dark_clouds_960x768_021814By Matt Asay From TechRepublic

A new survey suggests CIOs still want to control the cloud, which is a bit like “fighting gravity,” according to AWS.

You’ve got to feel sorry for IT. Once the undisputed sovereign of the enterprise, lines of business often route around IT today to get stuff done. Their favorite accomplice? Cloud.

Indeed, while a new Brocade survey shows 83% of enterprises shaking their fists at unauthorized cloud adoption, the reality is, as Amazon Web Services (AWS) executive Glenn Core posits, “not using cloud is just like fighting gravity.”

Doomed to fail.

Defying gravity

Redmonk analyst Stephen O’Grady once declared that “Convenience trumps just about everything” when it comes to cloud adoption. Small wonder, then, that developers tell Forrester they’re turning to cloud primarily because it’s “the fastest way for me to get things done.”

If anything, the preference for speed has accelerated since this survey was conducted. However, not everyone is happy about such IT-evading adoption.

Yes, according to a new Brocade survey of 200 global CIOs, 90% of the enterprises surveyed have cloud of some kind in place, but 83% of them also acknowledge unauthorized cloud adoption. This is despite a third of these businesses not allowing cloud adoption without IT approval.


Of course, that same survey indicates that CIOs were more concerned with security than big data, so it didn’t seem to be tapping into the avant garde of innovation.

Or maybe they’re just concerned about having to take the blame when something goes wrong. As Yarob Sakhnini, regional director, MEMA at Brocade, notes, unauthorized cloud adopters “are happy to circumvent IT so long as everything works. But chances are as soon as the performance and availability of these shadow IT services don’t meet expectations, it will be the CIOs who will get asked the hard questions.”

It’s a fair point. But it may simply not matter.

The irresistible force

After all, 83% of those enterprises don’t seem to care what their CIOs think. They just want to get stuff done and clearly see IT as more of a roadblock than an enabler. This needn’t be the case.

While projects originating within the line of business are on the rise, it’s still the case that most enterprises are finding ways for IT to play a key role in technology adoption.

They’d better. Cloud–and particularly public cloud–isn’t something that is going to wait on IT.

As AWS head of infrastructure, APAC Gore proclaims:

figapickcloud“Cloud is becoming the new normal, and not using cloud is just like fighting gravity. It is inevitable…. If you are not using it or looking at where it fits on your own strategy, you run the risk of being overtaken by others using the platform to increase their agility and scale…. The cloud is becoming the default position of customers looking to build new applications and services.”

Gore’s contention is backed up by Gartner analyst Thomas Bittman’s research, who finds that public cloud VMs have exploded by 20X, while private cloud VMs have grown just 3X during the same period. As he concludes, “New stuff tends to go to the public cloud, while doing old stuff in new ways tends to go to private clouds. And new stuff is simply growing faster.”

IT would love for things to be different and to have more control of its infrastructure. Hence, the constant drumbeat for private clouds.

This is one reason there’s so much interest–if lagging deployments–for OpenStack. Indeed, in a conversation with Mirantis CMO Boris Renski, he believes that “OpenStack [is] a datacenter operating system, not a VM orchestration engine,” one that gives operators or enterprises control over their clouds.

Maybe. Maybe not.

Because as much as we may want to talk about OpenStack adoption, the reality is that “We are seeing people vote with their feet,” as Gore points out, and those feet are sprinting to the public cloud. Why? Because “They want to play with technology that makes their life easier.”

In other words, the public cloud dominates because it’s so much more convenient. Until CIOs can wrangle that same level of convenience into their data centers (and private clouds), they’re going to be fighting gravity.


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BVI introduces two new funds products targeted at start-up investment managers

From Ogier

In recognition of the needs of assisting start-up and small/ mid-sized non-institutional investment managers to overcome some of the continued barriers to entry into the industry, the British Virgin Islands has recently published the Securities and Investment Business (Incubator and Approved Funds) Regulations, 2015, Ogier partner Simon Schilder writes in HedgeWeek this week.

These Regulations, which are expected to come into force shortly, introduce two new funds products into the BVI’s funds offering, the “Incubator Fund” and the “Approved Fund”, which are intended to complement the BVI current offering of Private Funds; Professional Funds; and Public Funds.

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Seaborne and JetBlue to become Codeshare partners across the Caribbean

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Seaborne Airlines and JetBlue Airways, the largest carrier in San Juan, have finalized terms to begin a codeshare marketing relationship, expanding upon the carriers’ successful interline agreement in place since 2013. The codeshare will help facilitate improved connectivity between two of the top airlines in the Caribbean, subject to receipt of all regulatory approvals.

“We are excited to expand our partnership with JetBlue. Providing improved connectivity in our common hub of San Juan will add tremendous value to Caribbean residents, visitors, and businesses,” said President and CEO of Seaborne Airlines Gary Foss. “We are honored that JetBlue, known for outstanding customer service, would recognize the same that Seaborne employees are providing throughout the Caribbean”, Foss said.

Seaborne, the largest regional operator, and JetBlue, the number one carrier by flights and seats at San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, offer a combined 50 daily flights that connect 22 destinations. Seaborne will expand the JetBlue network to multiple new destinations, including Anguilla, Dominica, Guadalupe, Martinique, Nevis, St. Kitts, and Tortola. In addition, the Seaborne Airlines network will also provide JetBlue customers’ access to an expanded presence throughout the United States Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic.

“Our codeshare agreement with Seaborne makes traveling to the Caribbean easier than ever, and that’s the way a beach vacation or family visit should feel,” said Scott Laurence, senior vice president airline planning, JetBlue. “Between JetBlue’s leading position as San Juan’s largest and most customer friendly airline, and Seaborne’s extended local reach, this is a win-win partnership for customers and tourism.”

“The Puerto Rico Tourism Company welcomes this new partnership that supports and strengthens our efforts to increase air access to the Island. This new codeshare marketing relationship between Jet Blue and Seaborne facilitates the entrance of more visitors and positively impacts the economic development in the Island”, said Ingrid I. Rivera Rocafort, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.

Along with JetBlue, Seaborne operates as a codeshare partner of American Airlines and Air Europa of Spain.   Seaborne offers interline connecting agreements with Delta Airlines and United Airlines as well. In aggregate, Seaborne and the carrier’s partners offer non-stop service to 32 destinations in the Americas and Europe from San Juan. Seaborne’s expanding network out of San Juan has helped solidify San Juan’s position as the Caribbean’s largest hub.


Cayman Islands lawyer charged with dangerous driving and GBH

Simon Courtney, a lawyer employed by an offshore law firm in the Cayman Islands, appeared in Court last Tuesday (26) accused of causing grievous bodily harm (GBH), dangerous driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

The road accident happened near Villas of the Galleon on the West Bay Road earlier this year whilst Coutney was already out on bail after a previous road accident.

Courtney’s Shelby Mustang mounted the pavement and hit a husband and wife tourist. They both sustained head injuries with the husband having to be airlifted to a hospital in Miami for treatment.

Courtney has been bailed to return to court on June 9th.


Hurricane planes get upgrades to better gather data inside storms


FLORIDA, United States, Wednesday May 27, 2015 – Two aging hurricane planes that have flown into more than 100 storms in the past few decades are getting a multi-million-dollar upgrade.

The 38-year-old hurricane hunters, affectionately known as ‘Miss Piggy’ and ‘Kermit’, are getting new Rolls-Royce engines, new wings and better radar using $42 million from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, according to NBC Miami.

This is the first major overhaul for the planes in the last decade.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which operates the Florida-based planes, the aircraft could fly for decades longer with the upgrades.

“We’ll be able to see things better and react better,” said Devon Brakob, a NOAA navigator aboard the hurricane missions.

NBC Miami reported that the planes currently fly missions of about 10 hours and it is not unusual for the crew to fly three or four hours to a storm in the Caribbean, spend a couple of hours inside the storm gathering data, and then return home.

For this year’s Atlantic hurricane season which begins on June 1,’ Miss Piggy’ will soar through the storms while ‘Kermit’ is in Jacksonville at the United States Navy’s Fleet Readiness Center, getting new wings.

Next year, the planes will swap places.

Meantime, US President Barack Obama plans to visit the National Hurricane Center in Miami tomorrow as the annual hurricane season outlook is released during the centre’s preparedness briefing.

An earlier forecast from Dr. Phil Klotzbach and Dr. Bill Gray at Colorado State University predicted a notably below-average hurricane season this year, with only seven named storms, three hurricanes and one major hurricane at Category 3 strength or higher – the lowest tropical season forecast Gray has ever issued in his 30 years of predicting hurricane activity in the Atlantic.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs until November 30.

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London sets up catastrophe bond task force

By Carolyn Cohn From Reuters

* UK wants to tap into fast-growing $22 bln cat bond market

* Task force looking to produce report by autumn

* Group studies changes needed to compete vs centres like Bermuda

LONDON, May 26 (Reuters) – Britain has created an expert group to put forward proposals on how the country can become a centre for catastrophe bonds, used by insurers as a hedge against disasters and other costly events from hurricanes to lottery jackpots.

The British government wants to tap into the fast-growing $22 billion market for catastrophe bonds as low-tax hubs such as Bermuda steal a march on London.

The government said in its most recent Budget that it wanted London, one of the largest centres for the world’s $575 billion reinsurance market, to become a catastrophe bond centre.

“A task force has been set up, we are looking to have something produced by the autumn,” said Barry Le Page from the secretariat of industry body the London Market Group (LMG).

The working group includes lawyers and fund managers as well as insurers, Le Page said, and would look at changes Britain needs to make to compete with offshore centres such as Bermuda.

The catastrophe bond market has seen double-digit annual growth since the financial crisis, as yield-hunting investors seek out government bond-beating returns.

Catastrophe bonds are issued by insurers as a hedge against a catastrophe, often as a cheaper or more flexible alternative to reinsurance. A record $8 billion of new deals were launched in 2014.

But a report last year by the LMG and Boston Consulting showed London’s share of the global reinsurance market is declining while Bermuda has shown a rapid ascent.

The report highlighted alternative reinsurance products such as catastrophe bonds as areas of growth.

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Takeda, AstraZeneca sue 10 generic drugmakers

By Charles Toutant, New Jersey Law Journal

Pharmaceutical companies Takeda and AstraZeneca have filed 10 separate patent infringement suits against generic drugmakers looking to produce lower-cost versions of the lung disease drug Daliresp.

The suits were all filed in federal court in Trenton on May 15, and they seek to enjoin the defendants from offering to sell versions of Daliresp in the United States before the drug’s patents expire. The suits also seek monetary relief from the defendants for any efforts to manufacture their versions of the drug before the expiration of the patents.

The suits also seek to postpone approval of the defendants’ applications for approval to sell the drugs before the patents expire.

The defendants in the 10 suits are Torrent Pharma, Micro Labs USA, Zydus Pharmaceuticals (USA), Strides Pharma, Apotex Corp., Prinston Pharmaceutical, Breckenridge Pharmaceutical, Citron Pharma, Mylan Pharmaceuticals and Hetero USA.

Each of the 10 defendants has filed an abbreviated new drug application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for production of generic Daliresp tablets, which are used for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The suits claim the defendants infringed on patents identified as ’206, ’064 and ’142, all of which were issued in 2013 and are set to expire in 2024. Some of the complaints also reference the ’298 patent, which expires in 2016 but is expected to be extended to at least 2020.

The patents for Daliresp are held by Takeda. AstraZeneca owns the rights to sell Daliresp in the United States and Canada after acquiring them from Actavis earlier this year, according to court documents.

The 10 complaints say each defendant put Takeda and AstraZeneca on notice that they consider the patents-in-suit invalid and unenforceable or believe they will not be infringed by the manufacture and sale of their respective generic versions of Daliresp. The complaints also state that each of the defendants offered the plaintiffs confidential access to portions of their ANDAs under certain conditions, but restrictions sought by the defendants were “well beyond those that would apply under a protective order on who could view the ANDA,” the plaintiffs said in each complaint.

For example, the complaints claim, the restrictions included unreasonably limited access, which would bar outside counsel from seeking the opinions of objective experts or to discuss their relevant findings with the plaintiffs. The proposed restrictions contravene federal statutes, which state that an offer of confidential access “shall contain such restrictions as to persons entitled to access, and on the use and disposition of any information accessed, as would apply had a protective order been entered for the purpose of protecting trade secrets and other confidential business information,” the suits claim.

John Flaherty of McCarter & English in Newark, who represents Takeda and AstraZeneca, did not return a call about the case. Sanjay Gupta, a representative of Torrent Pharma, said his company would not comment on the case. The other nine defendants did not respond to requests for comment about the suits.

IMAGE: Bloomberg

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10 things we learned about the world’s largest diploma mill

By Ashlee Kieler From Consumerist

Earning a diploma can take years, but some people simply don’t have the time. For that reason, companies have been cropping up year after year offering consumers the chance to obtain a diploma, degree or certification in exchange for hundreds – and sometimes thousands – of dollars. A new report from the New York Times details how one company allegedly rakes in millions of dollars a month by selling those bogus documents though a series of fake websites and forceful sales calls.

Axact – a Pakistan-based IT company – reportedly exudes the picture-perfect image of a bustling Silicon Valley-like corporation. But in reality, the Times investigation finds the company is the mastermind of an enormous scheme selling fake academic degrees on a global scale.

We really recommend that you head over and read the entire report from the Times, but here are the ten things that we learned from the exposé, which relied on statements from former employees, company records and an analysis of the fake academic websites.

  1. The nearly 400 picturesque high schools and universities depicted on websites and in advertisements are actually stock photos. Paid actors are used to portray profession in advertisements and fictitious reports are allegedly posted to CNN’s iReport section for citizen journalism.
  2. The Axact headquarters in Karachi employs more than 2,000 people, most working as telephone sales agents providing prospective students with information about purportedly legitimate degrees and coursework.
  3. While many of the people who contact the plethora of Axact schools know they are simply buying an instant degree, others who were seeking a genuine education say they were manipulated by sales agents’ incessant calls and assurances that they were qualified to receive a degree without further schooling.
  4. Former employees estimate that the company brings in several millions of dollars each month through its fake diploma business where a high school diploma costs around $350 and a doctoral degree can run $4,000 or more.
  5. Sales agents are taught to upsell to prospective customers. In some cases former employees say agents cold-call customers impersonating American government officials, intimidating people into paying thousands of dollars for authentication certificates allegedly signed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
  6. An Egyptian man who knew he was paying for a fraudulent degree from Nixon University and U.S. certificate tells the Times he spent $12,000 with the company last year.
  7. Another man from Abu Dhabi says he spent $3,300 for what he thought was a legitimate 18-month online master’s program in business administration from Grant Town University. The courses never occurred and the man was pressured into paying $33,000 for additional certifications after being threatened by supposed government agents.
  8. The Times found that several Axact-related diploma mill operations and -owned school websites have been part of investigations by U.S. federal agencies over the years. A retired FBI agent says, “hands down, this is probably the largest operation we’ve ever seen. It’s a breathtaking scam.”
  9. Another unit of the company sells a service offering on-demand term papers for college students.
  10. Funds from the scheme – which are funneled to off-shore accounts, according to the Times – are currently being used to fund Axact’s broadcast studios and recruitment of journalists for a television and newspaper group called Bol.

Representatives for Axact responded to the Times request for comments on the issue with a letter from company lawyers, who offered a blanket denial of the report.

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Plea deal laws to be refined

From Jamaica Gleaner

With only 10 plea deals struck under the Plea Bargaining Act, a move is now afoot to remove some of the barriers which have made the law unattractive for criminals to give information on other persons in exchange for lighter sentences.

Plea judges are to become a feature of the Criminal Justice (Plea Negotiations And Agree-ment) Act, 2005 when modified.

Cabinet approved a submission for changes to the law, and has issued drafting instructions to the chief parliamentary counsel.

The Cabinet submission has been guided by the work of a committee chaired by Justice Karl Harrison, which was set up to review the law.

“They felt that having a designated judge dealing with plea bargaining would help to streamline plea bargaining and speed up the process. That will have to be an administrative process. Probably the chief justice will have to now give directions as to who will be the designated plea judge for the Supreme Court and who will be the designated plea judge for the Resident Magistrate’s Court,” said Juciana Jackson, senior assistant director in the legal reform department at the Ministry of Justice.

Sandrea Falconer, minister with responsibility for information, said that although promulgated in 2005, plea negotiations have hardly been used.

“Only 10 agreements have gone before the court since the amendment to the act in 2010,” Falconer said.

“The plea-bargaining system has proved to be an effective mechanism for securing con-victions in other jurisdictions, and could prove an important law-enforcement tool in Jamaica,” she said.

Unlike under the current system where the director of public prosecutions (DPP) has to provide written authorisation to commence and to conclude a plea deal, the drafting instructions given by Cabinet involves eliminating the requirement for written authorisation to commence negotiations.

“You can have a plea bargaining for any offence. Remember, though, that plea bargaining is a process which involves giving something to the prosecutor in exchange for something,” she said.

The reformed plea laws will also include the possibility for post-sentence negotiations, where a prisoner who is serving a term wishes to assist the prosecution, and in so doing, may have his sentence reduced.

“If you are serving a sentence and you have something to offer the police or the DPP with respect to any other crime, you can get that sentence reduced, but there will have to be an application from the prosecutor to revisit the matter. Plea bargaining now contemplates pre-sentence negotiations,” Jackson said.

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HBO Producing Exclusive Content At The St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival for the second year

Miami, FL –HBO has teamed up with the St. Lucia Tourist Board to showcase the best of the 2015 St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, where a production crew is live on-site to capture interviews and exclusive footage of musical performances, tourist attractions and fashion events. This marks the second HBO-produced special in St. Lucia.

The segment will feature not only artists from throughout the Caribbean – including St. Lucia, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad – but also highlights of both the festival events and the island itself, to be aired on HBO’s regional feeds in the Caribbean, Latin America and Brazil.

“This partnership gives us a unique opportunity to provide our viewers throughout the territory with a glimpse of the beauty, culture and energy of St. Lucia,” said Javier Figueras, Corporate Vice President of Affiliate Sales for HBO Latin America. “We’re excited to once again be producing original content directly from the Caribbean, and this is just another way we’re bringing subscribers more of what’s important and relevant to them.”

The 11-day festival features both local and world-renowned musicians, artists and vendors and is celebrated as one of the premiere jazz festivals in the Caribbean.

“We are thrilled to be working in collaboration with HBO to showcase the 24th edition of the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival. The reach that HBO affords our festival is tremendous, and we are so pleased that the festival can be viewed in so many homes across the Caribbean and Latin America. We are further excited about the potential for future collaboration for the benefit of both HBO and Saint Lucia,” shared Louis Lewis, Director of Tourism for the Saint Lucia Tourist Board.

For more information on the festival, visit For information on the HBO/MAX premium package, contact your local provider or visit

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