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The National Workforce Development Agency (NWDA), in an effort to provide improved customer service to its clients in their job seeking efforts, will have a representative at the district libraries to provide:

 Opportunities to register online with the NWDA.

 Opportunities to search the online job portal and self-referring for jobs.

 Assistance with preparing resumes.

 Assistance with preparing for an interview

 Career Exploration: Interest Profiler

Dates, Hours and Locations:

 North Side Library Branch: Monday12th, Oct..-10:00am-1:00pm

*Customer Service Workshop offered

 West Bay Library Branch: Wednesday 14th Oct.– 10:00am-1:00pm

*Communication Skills Workshop offered

For more information please call 945-3114


Apostle 13 & the Disciple of Demons

Play with music & dance

FOUR performances only

Opens Thu Oct 22- Sat Oct 24 7:30pm & Sun Oct 25 3:00pm

St George’s Anglican Church Hall

Tickets $15 (A) $5 (C) [Discounts for groups 10 or more]

Tel: 949 5583 or 916 4594 or at the door

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Cimpa 3rd Annual Marketing Conference


25th Annual Culinary Awards of Excellent Competition & Trade Show



Caribbean Statistics Day

On the 15th October 2015 the Caricom Community (CARICOM) marks the seventh observance of the Caribbean Statistics Day.

Sunrise Art Club

The National Gallery’s Sunrise Art Club is Thursday (15 Oct) at 9am.

EY’s Art for the Elderly for Cayman Brac

EY’s Art for the Elderly for Cayman Brac hosted by the National Gallery is Thursday (15 Oct) from 1130am until 12:30pm.


NGCI tIDal shift

Mark your Calendar!

You’re invited to a special Young Patrons’ Circle late night event in conjunction with NGCI’s newest exhibition…

Friday, 16 October 2015, 5pm – 10pm

Join us at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands for a late night of entertainment, live music, performance art, canapes, and fun! More details to follow – SAVE THE DATE and forward this to your friends.


CDS – A (Trapp) family Affair

Come Down and release your inner Maria/Nun/Goatherd!

Saturday 17th October – Two sing-along shows

Doors open 3:30pm, show starts at 4pm, or

Doors open 7:30pm and show starts at 8:30pm

Prize for the Best Costume

Magic Moments Prop Bags available by donation




Triple C School Music Department will be having a POP Concert featuring Erica Assai and Yung

Fusion. The public is invited to attend. The event will be taking place:

When: Thursday, October 22, 2015

Where: Triple C School Multi-Purpose Hall

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Refreshments will be on sale.

For more information please contact the school office at 949-6022.



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Play with music & dance

FOUR performances only

Opens Thu Oct 22- Sat Oct 24 7:30pm & Sun Oct 25 3:00pm

St George’s Anglican Church Hall

Tickets $15 (A) $5 (C) [Discounts for groups 10 or more]

Tel: 949 5583 or 916 4594 or at the door




Dan Marino – Leadership in SPORTS

T H R I V E by Gamut Global Events

Friday, October 23, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman. To attend –



36th Annual NCVO Radio/Telethon

NCVO Telethon

October 24th 2015

7pm to Midnight

Admission is free – but make a donation to see and hear Cayman’s top talent live, all in one place on one night!



Please join the Cayman Jewish Community for the following programme

Mark Halawa: From Kuwait to Jerusalem

Oct 26 – 30 Half -term Football Camp



UCCI 2015 Commencement Ceremony

Celebrate an important milestone in our students’ academic journeys

Join the UCCI community as we recognize the achievements and share in the triumphs of the University College of the Cayman Islands’ Graduating Class of 2015.

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Derek Walcott’s PANTOMIME

Harry Trewe was a British song-and-dance man, now down on his luck and running a dilapidated guest house in Tobago. To try to lure tourists, he decides to tempt Jackson, a servant, to perform a Christmas panto featuring Robinson Crusoe and Man Friday.

Directed by Henry Mutoo, PANTOMIME is a CNCF production in association with the University of South Florida.

Harquail – October 30th/31st 2015

Prospect Playhouse Sunday November 1st 2015 – 125 seats only.

Proceeds of the Prospect Playhouse performance will in part go to the CDS Educational Scholarship Fund.



Cayman Islands Conference Women’s Ministries Retreat

You are invited to attend the Cayman Islands Conference Women’s Ministries Retreat at the UCCI Auditorium on Friday thru Sunday (30 Oct — 1 Nov). The theme for the weekend will be “Women of Virtue Arise!” Registration – $25. For further information please call 916-1576.


Sat OCT 31

Run. Walk. Save Lives. Fundraiser

The Run. Walk. Save Lives. Fundraiser is Saturday (31 Oct) at Grand Caymanian Resort Safe Haven. For more information, log onto



13th APOSTLE – Disciple of Demons

By Colin Wilson

Monday 9th November – one night only Prospect Playhouse

– proceeds to The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association of the Cayman Islands (ADACI)

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Annual Meals on Wheels Dress Down Day


Dress Down Day Friday, 20th November, 2015

Help feed our Seniors we believe no-one in Cayman should go hungry.

Individuals can help by purchasing an orange ribbon for $5.00 or a tee shirt for $15.00 and wearing them on Dress Down Day, we are encouraging companies to match employee donations.

For more information or to sign up to participate please feel free to contact us via email at [email protected]or via telephone at 949-3905.

Public Consultation for Marine Parks

For more information of the proposed Enhanced Marine Parks System, visit

To submit an opinion about the proposals, email [email protected]

General queries can be directed to [email protected]

The deadline for submissions is Friday, 4 December.


Ron S. Geffner, Partner and Head of the Financial Services Practice will speak at the AIMA Cayman Chapter Meeting on US Regulatory Developments and the outlook for the US and Cayman investment funds industry on November 24th at 12:00 noon.

Speaker: Ron S. Geffner

Start Date: 11/24/2009

End Date: 11/24/2009

Location: The Wharf Restaurant, Cayman Islands

Associated: Ron S. Geffner

Please join the Cayman Jewish Community for the following programmes:

Mark Halawa: From Kuwait to Jerusalem

Wednesday, December 9th

4:00 pm Pardes Rock Chanukah Concert

Wednesday, January 6th 2016

Jerusalem Uncovered: Rabbi Avraham Stolik


Transforming your Risk Management Preparedness and Response Strategy into a Competitive Advantage.

ALM’s cyberSecure is a two-day event designed to unite business leaders and the entire risk management team. Keynote presentations, tracked sessions and hands-on workshops will provide attendees with powerful insights and essential connections necessary to implement a preparedness and response strategy that changes the conversation from financial risk to competitive advantage.

The event will kick off at 9:00 am on December 15 with an opening keynote presentation that will show you how to proactively monitor for, assess, and counter information security threats without going dark yourself. This opening keynote will prime you for the event by leading you through the landscape on:

How to safely pursue an offensive strategy

Examples from the health care and financial services industries

The latest ISP (Information Security Program) approaches and compliance initiatives

Upgrading of IT Systems and New Continuous Monitoring platforms in IT

Keynote Speakers:

Mauricio Paez Partner Jones Day

Bill Sieglein Founder CISO Executive Network

Visit the website to view the complete agenda. Take advantage of our early registration rates – Register by September 30 and save up to $400.




Starting November 14, 2015

Craig Noble Attempting to Break Rowing Record to Raise funds for CICS

Cayman Charity Row – Spectators Welcome!

Date: 14th November 2015

Time: 0700hrs

Event: Cayman Charity Row – British Concept 2 Rowing machine 100,000 metres age group record attempt, currently 7 hours 11 minutes.

Location: Anytime fitness gym, Camana Bay

Open to all public who want to view and offer support

Visit the Cayman Charity Row webpage for more information:

Craig has set a Noble goal of raising $50,000 for the Cayman Islands Cancer Society as well as another $50,000 for the Children’s Tumor Foundation so please DONATE NOW at:


Cayman Islands Subway’s FOOD DRIVE to help Meals on Wheels

Now through Dec 6, 2015

Help us feed those in need this Thanksgiving.

Bring in any canned goods or non-perishable items to any Subway location before December 6th.

All proceeds to benefit Feed our Future, Meals on Wheels and a few other organizations dedicated to providing nourishment to the less fortunate.


Older Persons’ Month Starts with a Bash

Seniors in the Cayman Islands are invited to a number of events throughout October that celebrate older persons.

On Grand Cayman these include;

Eastern District Day takes place at the Bodden Town Civic Centre on Tuesday, 20th Oct 2015, 5.30pm-8.30pm.

The Circle of Love Prayer Tea is scheduled for Saturday, 24th October, 2.00 pm to 5pm, venue to be confirmed.

The Seniors’ Bash takes place at the Westin Casuarina Resort on Thursday, 29th October, 6:30 to 10.00 pm.

To wrap up the month Cayman National Cultural Foundation has invited seniors to a special performance on Friday, 30th October, 8.00pm at the Harquail Theatre. Limited spaces available. For more information contact 949-0290.

Meanwhile on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman,

A Seniors’ Island Tour takes place on Tuesday, October 13th and Tuesday, October 27th, 8:30am to 2.00pm

The Cayman Brac Seniors’ Social will be at the Aston Rutty Civic Center on Wednesday, 28th October 10.00am-2.00pm.

On Little Cayman a church service and luncheon takes place on Sunday, 25th October at the Little Cayman Baptist Church at 11.00 am.


Cayman Islands Hospice Care has a clinical volunteer programme

Our clinical volunteers are trained to provide assistance and support in many ways, from companionship to transportation and running errands. Their roles are guided by a patient’s needs. They are recruited, screened/ trained and are obligated to maintain privacy/ confidentiality and to respect patients/ family members choices.

Care is taken to match patients with volunteers who have similar interest, or speak the same language, have similar personalities live nearby or are otherwise deemed a good fit.

Upcoming Events


October 29, 2015

Cayman Islands Healthcare Conference

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Tulane awarded $3 million to study impact of pollutants in Caribbean countries

By Keith Brannon From Tulane University

The National Institutes of Health awarded a $3 million grant to Tulane University and the Academic Hospital Paramaribo in the Caribbean nation of Suriname to establish a center to study how neurotoxins from mining and agricultural development are affecting pregnant women and child health throughout the Caribbean.

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Suriname’s largest hospital will establish the Caribbean Consortium for Research in Environmental Health and Occupational Health to recruit 1,000 pregnant women whose diet might expose them to mercury, lead, arsenic and several pesticides, says Dr. Maureen Lichtveld, who holds the Freeport McMoRan Chair of Environmental Policy at Tulane.

“In many developing countries such as Suriname, pregnant women depend on fish and produce locally caught or grown that are contaminated as a result of unsafe mining and farming practices,” says Lichtveld, principal investigator.

The center will follow the children born to mothers in the study from birth to age four to examine how chemical exposure affects their brain development. The goal is to provide government officials with sound data on the health impact of environmental pollutants on residents so officials can make better informed policy decisions.

“Suriname does not have any national environmental health policies in place and that is true for many other Caribbean countries,” Lichtveld says.

The findings will be disseminated throughout the Caribbean through the Caribbean Public Health Agency.

The grant is part of a $20.9 million effort announced this week by the NIH and other U.S. and Canadian partners to establish seven regional research and training centers in low- and middle-income countries to address environmental or occupational health issues. The centers will be based in India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Ethiopia, Peru, Ghana and Suriname.

“Our grant is the first NIH grant for a project in Suriname,” Lichtveld says.



Enhance group show continued support for STEP by sponsoring STEP Asia Conference for third year

Enhance Group will proudly sponsor the STEP Asia Conference which will be held at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Singapore from 10 – 12 November 2015.

2015 will mark Enhance Group’s third year as an official sponsor for the prestigious event, and the first time Enhance representatives will be in attendance since the opening of their Singapore office in August. CEO of Enhance Group, James Painter, will be joined by Managing Director of the Enhance Singapore office, Richard Sayers, and Head of Research Ruzhen Li.

This year the STEP conference will focus on current global trends and issues affecting the wealth management industry and the future of wealth management in Asia, with delegates from over 30 jurisdictions gathering to network and to listen to a programme of expert speakers from across the globe.

Richard Sayers, Managing Director at Enhance Group Singapore, commented:

“We are delighted to sponsor the STEP Asia Conference again this year. One of the specific themes for the conference is how “innovation will assist practitioners in a highly compliance focused regulatory environment” which compliments how Enhance embraces fintech in the provision of ‘investment oversight’ services. Having recently opened our Asia office at the Hong Leong Finance building in Singapore’s central business district we are now ideally positioned to work with practitioners in the region. These events are extremely important for the trust and wealth management industry, as they provide a great opportunity to meet like-minded professionals and to discuss current topical issues relating to our key jurisdictions, and on a global scale. The conference programme this year features some fascinating topics and superb speakers and I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of the Asian jurisdiction. Last year’s conference was a terrific success and I am confident that this year will be even better.”

Find out more about STEP Asia Conference and book tickets to attend the event:


October 15, 2015. Catalonia between the memory and the future

By Pere Vinyeta & Agustí Soler El cas dels catalans

The 15th of October will be 75 years that the fascist regime of General Franco murdered (in the castle of Montjuic) the president of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Lluís Companys, unique in the history of Europe that a legally elected president It is shot to defend democracy.

The same day, October 15, the current president of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Artur Mas, will be submitted to the Spanish court of justice accused, along with two counselors of his government, by the fact of setting up the polls on November 9 2014 to allow the citizens of Catalonia vote on their future at the refusal of the Spanish government.

This legal situation has been promoted by the government of the Popular Party led by Mariano Rajoy in a serious action that calls into question the separation of powers in the Spanish state. We must also remember that the Popular Party was founded by Manuel Fraga Iribarne, Minister of General Franco, and has never condemned the assassination of President Lluís Companys.

Another important fact to note is that in the last elections to the Catalan Parliament, on 27 September, the independence forces (Together for Yes and CUP) obtained an absolute majority with 72 deputies, thus initiating the process will definitely carry Catalonia to independence and to be one among the free nations of the world.

The next day, October 15, the Catalan people will honor the martyr President Lluís Companys, it will give its full support to President Artur Mas and show the world their full willingness and confidence in a future of freedom.



By Paul McGowan From PS Audio

Have you heard about Alexa? She’s the heart of Amazon’s new Echo, a device I bought the moment it came out.

She’s not much to look at; slender, certainly well rounded–Alexa is always dressed in black. She’s not tall, shy to a fault, and never intrudes in your life unless you call on her–which I often do. If I need to remember something, I’ll ask her to remind me. On Saturday’s I love the afternoon nap. “Alexa, wake me up in 20 minutes.” And she does. “Alexa, play jazz 24.” And she does. “Alexa, play Joni Mitchell.” And she does. “Alexa, what’s the weather going to be like in Chicago tomorrow?” And she tells me before I travel. “Alexa, how many tablespoons in a cup?” and I know. “Alexa, play wait wait don’t tell me.” And I laugh. “Alexa, how far away is Saturn?” And my grandkids are impressed–though 3 year-old Henry still has trouble getting her attention.

When I first brought Alexa into my home I figured she’d be just another Siri, or Google, but I was wrong. Alexa has the most amazingly natural speech pattern I have ever heard; a college grad next to bumbling machines. She’s smart–tells jokes too–and is always there for me. If I need a recipe, I just ask. If I want to know the headlines, I just ask. She’s a bit sassy at times–but I would expect nothing less. And Alexa is now part of my family.

If you’ve ever wondered what the future of the user interface will be, talk to Alexa.

We thank you in advance for your attention and stay at your disposal for any complementary information you might want to have.

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Tethys Petroleum Limited Press Release: Tajikistan Update

GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS, Oct 12, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Tethys Petroleum Limited (“Tethys” or the “Company”) (TPL)(TPL) announces that on October 11, 2015, it received a notice to withdraw from the Joint Operating Agreement and Shareholders Agreement dated June 18, 2013 relating to the Bokhtar PSC in Tajikistan (the “JOA”) and the underlying PSC (the “Contract”) from CNPC Central Asia B.V. (“CNPC”) and Total E&P Tajikistan B.V. (“Total”).

The notice of withdrawal was served on the basis that Tethys has not made the payment on October 9, 2015 for the September Cash Call (approximately US$1.28 Million) issued by the Bokhtar Operating Company. Tethys has also not made payment for the October 2015 Cash Call (approximately US$0.78 million). Pursuant to the notice of withdrawal, Total and CNPC state that they jointly require Tethys’ subsidiary, Kulob Petroleum Limited to completely withdraw from the JOA and assign all of its participating interests derived from the Contract and the JOA to Total and CNPC in proportion to their respective participating interests.

Tethys is considering its position under the JOA, the Contract and under applicable laws and equity and, as stated in its announcement on October 9, 2015, Tethys will use all commercially reasonable efforts to protect its interest in the Bokhtar PSC in Tajikistan.

About Tethys

Tethys is focused on oil and gas exploration and production activities in Central Asia and the Caspian Region. This highly prolific oil and gas area is rapidly developing and Tethys believes that significant potential exists in both exploration and in discovered deposits.


Minorities speak out in Latin American population conference

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MEXICO CITY, Oct 10 2015 (IPS) – “The countries of Latin America have not fully committed themselves to the international conventions and have not given indigenous peoples access. Nor have their contents been widely disseminated,” to help people demand compliance and enforcement, said Guatemalan activist Ángela Suc.

The indigenous community organiser’s criticism is an alert regarding the pledges made at the Second Session of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, organised Oct. 6-9 in Mexico City by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the United Nations population fund (UNFPA).

“We need land, territory, and access to culturally sensitive healthcare and education in line with our traditions and knowledge and in our languages,” Suc told IPS.

Suc, a representative of the Pocomchí people in the Guatemalan delegation to the conference, said the native population also experiences demographic phenomena such as migration and ageing, just like the non-indigenous population in the region.

The vicissitudes of native and black populations were part of the focus of the debates at the conference, which followed the one held in Montevideo in August 2013. A civil society gathering was also organised parallel to the official conference.

Participants discussed the problems still affecting these groups, such as poverty, discrimination, lack of opportunities, and high maternal and infant mortality rates.

More than 45 million indigenous people live in this region of around 600 million. They belong to over 800 native groups, according to the ECLAC report “Indigenous peoples in Latin America: progress in the last decade and pending challenges for guaranteeing their rights.”

Brazil heads the list, with 305 different native groups, followed by Colombia (102), Peru (85) and Mexico (78). At the other extreme are Costa Rica and Panama (nine), El Salvador (three) and Uruguay (two).

The countries with the largest numbers of indigenous people are: Mexico (nearly 17 million), followed by Peru (7.2 million), Bolivia (6.2 million), and Guatemala (5.9 million).

ECLAC reports the fragile demographics of many native peoples, who are at risk of actually disappearing, physically or culturally, as observed in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru.

The problems they face include forced displacement from their land, scarcity of food, pollution of their water sources, soil degradation, malnutrition and high mortality rates.

Birth rates are dropping in the region, with an average of 2.4 children per indigenous women in Uruguay, 4.0 in Nicaragua and Venezuela, and 5.0 in Guatemala and Panama.

IMAGE: “Not one step back” in compliance with the regin’s demographic agenda, demanded activists at the Second Session of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, held Oct. 6-9 in Mexico City. Credit: Emilio Godoy/IPS

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Sharing success

CCH From Barbados Nation News

Barbadian and other regional hoteliers and tourism officials are being urged to become more educated about the benefits of shared ownership (time share) to the success of their properties.

Neil Kolton, director, sales and marketing of Interval International, which offers vacation ownership exchange, travel and leisure services, stressed that he was disappointed more Caribbean hoteliers and tourism officials from the region were not in attendance at last week’s 17th Annual Shared Ownership Investment Conference in Miami, to meet developers, “many of whom are interested in investing in shared ownership developments in the region”.

Pointing out that “the Caribbean remains the number one destination of choice by prospective shared ownership buyers in the United States”, Kolton stressed that countries such as Barbados, Antigua, Grenada and other regional islands stood to profit substantially from shared ownership.

He said steady representation at the annual conference would prove helpful, particularly to those properties which experience low occupancies outside of the winter season.

“Having a vibrant shared vacation ownership programme will benefit the islands significantly. Surveys have shown that expenditure by persons who purchase shared ownership spend significantly more money on various tourism products and services.”

Kolton added that major hotel brands such as Marriott, Hyatt and Starwood continued to reap multi-million dollars from operating mixed-used properties, that is, offering both traditional hotel and shared ownership vacations.

“The demand for shared ownership is such that homeowners realise the product is good,” Kolton said.

He further stressed that properties in Aruba and St Maarten, the countreis with the highest shared ownership properties in the Caribbean, were undergoing multi-million dollar renovations and investing in new shared ownership developments, because they recognised the significance of shared ownership to their bottom line.

He said that while there remained a shortage of vacation ownership properties in many Caribbean islands, the demand for the Caribbean was such that “Inverval International has been working with owners of traditional hotels through rental programmes which enable shared ownership members to vacation at properties in Barbados and other parts of the region at preferential rates. (CCH)

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Caribbean nationals among 314 criminals arrested in US

From Jamaica ObserverThe United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says it has arrested several Caribbean nationals among 314 criminal immigrants in an enforcement action targeting individuals who pose a threat to public safety.

ICE said that its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers made the arrests across the state of Florida.

The immigration agency said those arrested from the Caribbean included nationals from the Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Turks & Caicos Islands, Antigua and Cuba.

ICE said the arrests took place during an enforcement action, which concluded on September 29, and that they met atl east one of the agency’s three enforcement priorities.

Over one quarter had criminal records that included felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as murder, attempted murder, child sex crimes, sex offenses, weapons charges and drug violations, ICE said.

“As this operation makes clear, ICE is committed to prioritizing convicted criminals and those who are public safety threats for apprehension and removal,” said Marc J. Moore, field office director for the Miami Field Office of ERO, which oversees all of Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

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