Archive for January, 2016

Four Cubans on the run in Grand Cayman

Four Cubans on the run in Grand Cayman

| 31/01/2016 | 22 Comments

(CNS): Forty Cuban migrants reached Cayman waters this weekend in two vessels but the authorities discovered today that four of them are missing and are now on the run in Grand Cayman, possibly in the Beach Bay area of Bodden Town. A fifth man who left with them returned at 3:30pm Sunday, police said. The immigration department is asking the public […]

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Independents jittery over early poll

Independents jittery over early poll

| 29/01/2016 | 33 Comments

(CNS): The five independent members now sitting on the opposition benches have written to the governor to try and head off the possibility of early elections, in reaction to comments by the premier about this possibility. Now that three government backbench MLAs have crossed the floor of the House to the opposition benches, the PPM-led coalition’s majority is […]

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Cops qualify for community crime fight

Cops qualify for community crime fight

| 29/01/2016 | 10 Comments

(CNS): Ten RCIPS officers have graduated from a course in community policing, which, it is hoped, will improve local policing on the ground. The call for officers who are permanently immersed in the community and visibly on the streets is one of the most common requests from members of the public when they meet with […]

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Cayman hedge fund cancellations spike

Cayman hedge fund cancellations spike

| 29/01/2016 | 0 Comments

(CNS Business): The number of hedge funds registered in the Cayman Islands has fallen after cancellations more than doubled new authorisations in the final quarter of 2015, leaving Cayman’s hedge fund count sitting just below the 11,000 level, against a background of significant volatility in investment markets. At the end of 2015 there were 10,940 funds […]

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Minister: Cruise lines must pay for port

Minister: Cruise lines must pay for port

| 29/01/2016 | 62 Comments

(CNS): The actual cost of constructing the proposed cruise berthing facility in George Town remains a mystery but whatever the bill, it will not be paid by the Cayman Islands Government, according to Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell, who said Wednesday that the cruise lines must bear the responsibility for the cost of the piers. As Cabinet […]

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Crown: Watson defence ‘fanciful’

Crown: Watson defence ‘fanciful’

| 29/01/2016 | 0 Comments

(CNS): The deputy director of public prosecutions took just over four hours yesterday to summarise the crown’s case against Canover Watson for corruption in relation to a hospital contract. Patrick Moran described explanations given by the former HSA board chair for some of the incriminating evidence as “so fanciful it is almost insulting”, as he argued […]

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Trust secures protection of wetlands

Trust secures protection of wetlands

| 28/01/2016 | 24 Comments

(CNS): The National Trust for the Cayman Islands has used cash in its Land Reserve Fund collected in 2015 to buy another 131 acres of wetlands, bringing the total area of this vital ecosystem under protection to 900 acres and advancing the non-profit organisation’s goal of having 10% of sensitive local land legally protected. This […]

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Cayman still Zika free as WHO raises alarm

Cayman still Zika free as WHO raises alarm

| 28/01/2016 | 15 Comments

(CNS): The rapid spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in the Caribbean and the Americas is alarming, according to World Health Organisation officials, who have warned that as many as four million people could contract the illness in the region this year. Local health officials told CNS Thursday that there are still no reported cases of the […]

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Elderly woman killed in Brac crash

Elderly woman killed in Brac crash

| 28/01/2016 | 8 Comments

(CNS): Police have confirmed that Ethel Venola Ebanks (86) died this morning after a single vehicle accident on the Stake Bay Road, Cayman Brac, near to Kirkconnell’s Supermarket. Police said that Ebanks, who was driving, appears to have been exiting the parking lot when she lost control of her car and hit a nearby light pole. RCIPS officers and emergency personnel were called […]

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Over 100 local artists line-up for festival

Over 100 local artists line-up for festival

| 28/01/2016 | 3 Comments

(CNS): The first ever Poinciana film, music and arts festival kicks-off this weekend to showcase the diversity of artists in the Cayman Islands. The event is spearheaded by local film maker Badir Awe, who has ambitions to make the uniquely Caymanian festival a premier event in the Caribbean cultural calendar and says the goal is to […]

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Grouper spawning reaches into classrooms

Grouper spawning reaches into classrooms

| 28/01/2016 | 8 Comments

(CNS): Local and international environmental experts have begun the fourth annual Grouper Educational Programme (GEP). Organised by the Department of the Environment (DoE) and the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), GEP is a marine sciences curriculum for Caymanian intermediate elementary, middle and high school students to teach them about the environmental significance of the species […]

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