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UCCI aims for higher standards

UCCI aims for higher standards

(CNS Local Life): The University College of the Cayman Islands implemented new academic standards at the beginning of this school year focusing on five key areas: learning experience, curriculum, instruction, faculty and quality assurance. The university also has a new strategic focus that includes student centeredness, a well resourced campus and becoming an engine of […]

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Law firm celebrates past and present articled clerks

Law firm celebrates past and present articled clerks

(CNS Local Life): Walkers recently hosted a special Alumni evening in honour of the “50 and counting” articled clerks who have undergone legal training with the firm and have been called to the Cayman Islands Bar since 1983, including now retired practitioners, those still practising law in the Cayman Islands and many others who have […]

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‘Refugee’ bird lands in Cayman

‘Refugee’ bird lands in Cayman

(CNS local life): A marbled godwit (Limosa fedoa) has been spotted in the Cayman Islands for the first time in 27 years. Experts at the National Trust said this bird may be a refugee from Hurricane Dorian, as the last time one was seen here was the end of August 1992, when Hurricane Andrew also […]

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Duncan awarded Distinguished Toastmaster

Duncan awarded Distinguished Toastmaster

(CNS Local Life): Toastmaster Sashoy Duncan, Area Director of Toastmasters International responsible (TMI) for three of the six TM clubs in the Cayman Islands and one in Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), has earned the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Award. This recognition is the greatest honor that can be attained by a member of TMI, only given to […]

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Ask Auntie

Does DEH test for H2S at landfill?

Does DEH test for H2S at landfill?

Does the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) regularly test for carbons or hydrogen sulphide at the landfill? I read an article that children should not be within 5km of a landfill due to toxic pollutants in the air which is of great concern.   Auntie’s answer: First of all, hydrogen sulphide (H2S) smells like rotten eggs, […]

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What to do about unwelcome cullers?

What to do about unwelcome cullers?

Every day this week there have been cullers, armed with guns, on my property. They have arrived on foot, by car, parking on my land, and even by boat. They do not ask permission. They are uninvited, unwelcome, and trespassing. I have to tell them to leave — I do not like confronting armed men. […]

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Are there rules for leaving garbage out?

Are there rules for leaving garbage out?

I have noticed a few things when the garbage trucks come in the morning to pick up the trash in my neighbourhood. If the trash bins are not outside the enclosure, they don’t bother emptying them and if they do, they don’t put them back where they belong and instead just leave them lying around by […]

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Why haven’t interest rates decreased?

Why haven’t interest rates decreased?

Why is it that within days of the Fed increasing interest rates the local banks are notifying us that their rates will increase yet it’s been about a month since the Fed announced a decrease (of 0.25 percentage points to 5.25%) and we haven’t heard anything? Can we expect a decrease? Auntie’s answer: I contacted […]

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Sports

Heat ends primary girls football rally early

Heat ends primary girls football rally early

(CNS): Extreme heat cut the 2019 CUC Girls Primary Football League (GPFL) Opening Rally short last Saturday, 14 September, as a number of players were affected by the intense conditions. Although the plan was for the eight teams to all play each other (a total of seven games each), a decision was made to end […]

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School football league targets 1,000 players

School football league targets 1,000 players

(CNS): A new football league has been created that will enable students to compete against each other in school teams, with around 1,000 players from 22 schools expected to take part. The new Cayman Youth Football League (CYFL) will take over the administration of the CUC Primary Football League, which has been running for over […]

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Cayman nets important wins in Nations League

Cayman nets important wins in Nations League

(CNS): Fresh on the heels of the Cayman Islands national football team’s 2-0 victory over the US Virgin Islands on Friday, the team netted a fantastic win over much tougher opponents Barbados on Sunday night. The 3-2 victory took place in front of a home crowd at the Truman Bodden stadium in George Town. Jorrell […]

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DG’s 5K Challenge nears fundraising goal

DG’s 5K Challenge nears fundraising goal

(CNS Local Life): The fundraising target for this year’s Deputy Governor’s 5K Challenge is $70,000, which will be split evenly among three charitable causes: the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, the Special Needs Foundation Cayman and the Alex Panton Foundation. DG Franz Manderson has said that they are on track to reach the ambitious fundraising goal […]

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Up close with: Local author Joshua Dilbert

Up close with: Local author Joshua Dilbert

(CNS Local Life): At age 24, Joshua Dilbert has already written and published two books, starting his first novel, The Mordenham Acres, when he was only 18. Always interested in writing, he is continuing to hone his craft while working fulltime in customer service at the Cayman National Bank branch on Cayman Brac, where Dilbert […]

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Up close with: Wellesley Howell

Up close with: Wellesley Howell

(CNS Local Life): Wellesley Howell first came to Cayman from Jamaica in 1958, at the invitation of bandleader S. E. Nembhard, who had heard of Mr Howell’s prowess on the saxophone back in Jamaica. What started as a six-month gig turned into a lifetime and then some in Grand Cayman, with Mr Howell making a […]

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Up close with: Ruth Bodden

Up close with: Ruth Bodden

(CNS Local Life): Ruth Bodden is a proud ninth-generation Caymanian whose family tree reads like a history book of the islands. A fixture at the Cayman Craft Market, where she sells handmade Caymanite jewellery and souvenirs, she will gladly recount tales of her ancestors, who were among the first settlers here, to the tourists who […]

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Up close with: Croy McCoy

Up close with: Croy McCoy

(CNS Local Life): Croy McCoy (51) is truly a man of the sea. Born on Cayman Brac, with summers spent at his father’s dive business, Sam McCoy’s Diving and Fishing Lodge, on Little Cayman (where he eventually moved to work in 1984) he learned to scuba dive at 9 years old. Since then he has […]

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Fairy tale characters go ‘Into the Woods’

Fairy tale characters go ‘Into the Woods’

| 13/09/2019 | 0 Comments

(CNS Local Life): The Cayman Drama Society has kicked off the 2019/2020 theatre season with an ambitious production of Into The Woods, an award-willing musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. With memorable songs, such as “Children Will Listen” and “Last Midnight”, this extraordinarily challenging musical examines the unintended […]

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RCIPS chopper back from Bahamas

RCIPS chopper back from Bahamas

| 13/09/2019 | 0 Comments

(CNS Local Life): During its 6-day deployment to the Bahamas following the passing of catastrophic Hurricane Dorian, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service helicopter, X-ray One, flew 42 missions from Nassau to the devastated islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, carried 125 passengers, including eight young children and 20 adult evacuees, and shipped desperately needed […]

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Local coffee shop driven out of George Town

Local coffee shop driven out of George Town

| 13/09/2019 | 15 Comments

(CNS): The George Town branch of Cafe del Sol will be closing at the end of this month after the landlord declined to renew the coffee shop’s lease to make way for another jewellery store. On social media Wednesday, the owners of the popular cafe, who were also forced to close their Camana Bay shop […]

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NCC seeks to protect unique Brac plant

NCC seeks to protect unique Brac plant

| 12/09/2019 | 3 Comments

(CNS Local Life): The National Conservation Council is about to embark on a public consultation to create a species conservation plan for an endemic Cayman Brac plant. Sybil’s crownbeard (Verbesina caymanensis), a small shrub unique to the Brac, was listed in 2013 as critically endangered as it is found nowhere else in the world other […]

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APF encourages real conversations for mental health

APF encourages real conversations for mental health

| 12/09/2019 | 0 Comments

(CNS Local Life): Continuing its mission to improve the mental health of children and young adults in the Cayman Islands, the Alex Panton Foundation (APF) has noted that this week, 8-14 September, is National Suicide Prevention Week in the United States, which this year is promoting the idea of having a real conversation about mental […]

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Golf Tournament raises funds for disaster relief

Golf Tournament raises funds for disaster relief

| 11/09/2019 | 0 Comments

As 128 competitors for the 22nd Annual Red Cross Golf Tournament gathered at the North Sound Golf Club on Friday, 6 September, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson thanked the Cayman Islands Red Cross for being there for the people of Cayman during Hurricane Ivan in 2004. He noted that the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Dorian on […]

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Prince’s blue encounter leads to donation

Prince’s blue encounter leads to donation

| 10/09/2019 | 1 Comment

(CNS): The National Trust for the Cayman Islands has received a donation from Prince Charles for the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme. While he and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, were visiting the Cayman Islands earlier this year, Prince Charles had an encounter with an iconic blue at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park. […]

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DoE recycles over 300lbs of fishing line

DoE recycles over 300lbs of fishing line

| 10/09/2019 | 2 Comments

(CNS Local Life): Since the Department of Environment (DoE) installed fishing line recycling bins around the Cayman Islands at dive shops, docks and boat ramps, the team has collected more than 300lbs, saving many miles of the nylon twine from hurting the local marine life. The line is then shipped overseas for recycling with help […]

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West Bayer takes local Miss World crown

West Bayer takes local Miss World crown

| 09/09/2019 | 3 Comments

(CNS Local Life): Jaci Patrick from West Bay was crowned Miss World Cayman at the Harquil theatre on Saturday night by the outgoing title holder Kelsie Woodman-Bodden. By winning the latest local beauty pageant, the 24-year-old UCCI graduate has qualified to represent the Cayman Islands at the international contest, which will take place in London […]

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Quillan and Quinn find puppy love at Fire Service

Quillan and Quinn find puppy love at Fire Service

| 05/09/2019 | 1 Comment

(CNS Local Life): A pair of three month old puppies from the Cayman Islands Humane Society were recently taken on a field trip to the Central Fire Station, raising awareness of their need for a new home while getting a little extra attention from the fire officers on duty. Last week the Humane Society said […]

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Caymanian promoted to head DVES

Caymanian promoted to head DVES

| 05/09/2019 | 0 Comments

(CNS Local Life): Stephen Quinland, the current acting director of the Department of Vehicle and Equipment Services (DVES), has been appointed as director, effective 1 September 2019, according to a release from the Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure (CPI). He will oversee the DVES operations and administration, the Government Fuelling Facility and District Emergency […]

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