A few highlights from 2010

In no particular order:

JG snares a share of Grammy spotlight

Cayman musician Jason Gilbert contributed to Eminem’s Recovery album, which has 10 nominations.

The beleaguered record industry (and Cayman) couldn’t have been happier about the return to the spotlight in 2010 of rapper Eminem, the biggest-selling artist of the new millennium, and heaped upon him a field-leading 10 Grammy Award nominations for his Recovery album, including nods in all three top categories of album, record and song of the year, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The great showing by the infant terrible of the rap world is in small part due to the efforts of Caymanian producer and singer/songwriter Jason Gilbert aka JG. The gifted young musician, who originally hails from Grand Cayman and who fronts the Caymanian band ThE iZ, not only shares Album of the Year Grammy nomination for having written and produced the track WTP, (white trash party), he also shares the nomination for Best Rap Album for Recovery.

Pirates, pirates everywhere

Pirates Week 2010 was received extremely well by attendees, and it can go from strength to strength next year, says festival director Bernie Bush.

“There was very positive feedback from all sectors of the community, and amongst many great times three things stood out. The opening night fireworks, the positive feedback for the Red Bull stunt biker, Aaron Colton, and the winner of the snapper cook-off, Brittany Rose Bodden.

“The floats from the districts improved this year and we’re going to work even closer with the districts to get them going. North Side and Bodden Town really improved a lot and their district days were awesome. The Brac weekend [was] the icing on the cake. We are going to step up another notch and can look forward to bigger and better stuff next year.”

Live, from the South Pole:

Who gets a sat-phone call from the South Pole?

The Weekender does!

When the Moon Regan Transantarctic Expedition reached the South Pole, local resident and sailing enthusiast Andrew Moon rang us up.

The team of 10 — including explorer/entrepreneur Andrew Regan — began their journey on Friday, 26 November, pushing off Union Glacier on the first leg of a 3,600-mile-trek to McMurdo Station, a US research centre.

The now-bearded and smiling group reached their destination on Friday, 3 December.

Moon made a satelslite phone call on Thursday, 9 December to the Weekender while standing on a rugged ice shelf overlooking a snowy transantarctic mountain range.

“It’s slightly overcast, and it’s relatively warm, compared with what have experienced in the last couple of weeks,” he said, adding that the current temperature there was minus 10 [F]. “But we’ve had weather we’ve had weather of minus 52 with wind chill, and wind of 97 kilometres per hour.”

They had some minor issues with the vehicles, but they dealt with them. And that’s with a new vehicle — the Winston Wong Bio-Inspired Ice Vehicle — making its first Antarctic appearance.

Crowning glory

Cristin Alexander was crowned Miss Cayman Islands 2010 and went on to represent at the Miss World contest in China, where she won a few honours. The 23-year-old human resources officer reached the semifinals and finals in some rounds, including the top 20 in sports/fitness. In the sports competition, she finished first in her team, which had successes in swimming and long jump. She also reached the top 40 of the Beach Body competition, of course!

Winning her country’s crown “was really surreal,” she said. “I felt like I was living a dream. I was overwhelmed with joy and felt so proud to be named Miss Cayman Islands 2010-11. I only cried when I saw my mother and how incredibly happy she was for me.”

She plans to act as a spokesperson and an active member of the Cancer Society by taking part in fundraisers and educational programmes, and to pursue a master’s degree in either organisational or forensic psychology.

Miracle on Cayman

Nine-year-old Zoe Solomon, who was diagnosed with a ventricle tumour attached to the main arteries of her heart over nine years ago, has every reason to celebrate.

After undergoing a number of surgeries, the little girl who touched the hearts of many in our community and overseas, no longer is in danger from the tumour.

This wonderful news was received by her mother Alice Solomon following Zoe’s most recent surgery in Miami to install a bigger pacemaker.

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