Year in Review The top stories of July 2011

GLF claims breach of contract over cruise dock

Italian construction firm GLF accused government officials of breaching the terms of the agreement to build a port berthing facility in George Town. The company and government signed a framework agreement in December 2010, and in April Premier McKeeva Bush wrote to GLF terminating the negotiating agreement, stating concerns that the company did not appear to have the financing available to complete the development.

Since then, Mr. Bush had signed a “ministerial memorandum of understanding” with China Harbour Engineering Company to construct the George Town cruise facility, build a cruise dock near the Turtle Farm and improve the Spotts Jetty.

Mrs. Meddie, Kemar Golding shot

Bodden Town gas station worker Medsadie “Meddie” Connor was shot in the knee and the shoulder in a robbery as she left work 13 July. Mrs. Connor had worked at Lorna’s Texaco for the past 15 years. The attacker shot Mrs. Connor before running off with her handbag.

Police launched an attempted murder investigation after 28-year-old Kemar Golding was shot in the face during an armed holdup at a jerk stand in Red Bay. Mr. Golding, who works for Cayman Islands Brewery, was shot as he helped a friend dispose of garbage behind the Roast Hut jerk stand. Mr. Golding lost his left eye as a result of the shooting.

New species discovered in Little Cayman sands

Research conducted at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute’s Little Cayman Research Centre came up with a variety of previously unidentified tiny complex worms. The microscopic worms, known as gastrotrichs, were discovered by a research team from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, led by Rick Hochberg, an associate professor of biology with the university. The team’s research into these small but highly complex creatures, which range in size from around .5mm to 4mm, has revealed much more diversity than they originally expected to find, with the first week of their research identifying as many as 15 potentially previously unidentified species. According to Mr. Hochberg, there are some 800 known gastrotrich species, but there could be as many as 10,000 in all.

First Future of Cayman report

The Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce unveiled the first report on the Future of Cayman economic development initiative. During the presentation, the Chamber and government signed a memorandum of understanding of mutual support for the programme. After the release of the report, committees began forming on the five drivers identified by the steering committee, with the second Future of Cayman Forum set for late 2012.

Missing boaters

Six men were rescued at sea nine days after their 37-foot fishing vessel capsized shortly after leaving the Cayman Islands for Honduras. The ship Miss Janice departed Cayman on 17 July and sank about five hours later. Police called off the air and sea search for the missing boat after about 10 days. Around the same time, on 26 July, the men were rescued by oil tanker CPO Sweden, which was en route to Houston, Texas. Since their boat sank, the men had survived on an inflatable raft, eating limited food supplies and drinking rainwater.

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