Business in brief

Deloitte

Deloitte & Touche assisted Savannah United Church with the donation of five computers to be used for its educational programmes. Mrs. Lillieth McLaughlin, an employee in Deloitte Financial Advisory Services initiated the appeal on behalf of her church and Deloitte were happy to assist with the donation of the computers.

The Savannah United Church runs an educational programme for the community, including after school care for primary age children as well as adult education classes. Up to 40 children are enrolled in the after school programme, which is held Mondays through Fridays, 3 to 6 pm. Children are engaged in homework, math, reading skills, computer, creative writing, music, craft, cultural activities, games and sports.

The adult education programme offers classes in math, reading and introduction to computers. Qualified teachers give volunteer service to persons in the community who did not have the opportunity for secondary education. Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays 6.30 to 8 pm. The CALS programme was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman as part of their Rotary Literacy Solution for the Cayman Islands.

Noel Wallace, the music and youth director of the Savannah United Church and coordinator of the adult education programme, said, “The software is professional and interactive and requires up to date computers. To this appeal, we are now most grateful to Deloitte for partnering with us in providing these computers to be used for the CALS programme.”

Island Heritage

On Saturday, 13 October, Island Heritage staff, their families and friends were treated to a Blue Iguana Safari at the Botanic Park. As a participant in Island Heritage’s first annual CharityDrive, the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme received a $10,000 donation from Island Heritage and offered the safari to show Island Heritage just where their money went. The safari, led by John Marotta, who is one of the programme’s wardens, included a tour of the Blue Iguana’s captive breeding facility.

Island Heritage’s Monique Bush said, “Getting an up close look at the beautiful creatures and learning more about them was something very special and our group enjoyed it immensely. Having now seen the facilities, it is even more pleasing to know that, through CharityDrive, Island Heritage was able to contribute to the programme’s continued success.”

Fred Burton, director of the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme, was grateful for the company’s donation, saying “Corporate Sponsors here in the Cayman Islands are one of the key sources of core funding for our work with the Blues, and we could not possibly have achieved all that we have, without that sort of support from local businesses. All those who have supported our work should share some credit for the fact that you can now see Blue Iguanas living wild just by going to the QE II Botanic Park. It’s worth reflecting that this world famous symbol of Cayman’s natural heritage was on the verge of extinction, only a decade ago.”

If your charity or nonprofit organisation is interested in participating in Island Heritage’s 2013 CharityDrive visit charitydrive.ky for more information.

Appleby

Appleby has been shortlisted for the Caribbean Law Firm of the Year and Caribbean Trust Company of the Year categories at the Citywealth International Financial Centre Awards 2013.

The Citywealth International Financial Centre Awards were established to highlight the excellence of the advisers and managers in the private wealth sector in the major international financial centres. These awards will be judged by an international panel of highly respected practitioners from all sectors with experience of working with advisors in all the jurisdictions covered. The winners will be those judged to have excelled in achievement, innovation, expertise and service.

Commenting on the nominations, Carlos de Serpa Pimentel, Appleby’s Private Client and Trusts Practice Group head, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for these prestigious awards. The nominations are testament to the significant strength and expertise of our private client and trusts team across the Caribbean.”

Richard McMillan, managing director of Appleby Trust (Cayman) Ltd added: “We greatly value this recognition by our clients and peers for our private client work which underpins our market leading position in the offshore market.”

The winners will be announced during an awards presentation evening on 24 January at the London Landmark Hotel.

JN Money Transfer

Leesa Kow, general manager of JN Money Services Limited announced that Jamaicans living outside Jamaica who are remitting funds to local relatives and friends, via JN Money Transfer, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy will receive a 50 per cent discount on fees, from 26 October through 1 November.

She said the seven-day initiative has been implemented to assist in the national recovery programme following the passage of Hurricane Sandy.

“The discount is geared to facilitate the response to provide assistance for relatives and friends, particularly persons in the parishes of St. Thomas, Portland and St. Mary, who were significantly affected by the passage of Hurricane Sandy,” she said.

The category one hurricane made landfall on Wednesday, 24 October, resulting in flooding, landslides, and damage to homes and commercial properties; as well as the loss of livestock and agricultural produce. One person in the parish of Portland died when his house was damaged by a boulder.

Miss Kow noted that JN Money Transfer, with its network of branches and Agents locally and overseas, is well positioned to contribute to the recovery efforts.

She said the initiative intends to facilitate the movement of funds for recovery.

“We are particularly concerned that school attendance is not disrupted and will support all efforts to facilitate speedy restoration of normalcy for our children,” the JNMS general manger said.

She pointed out that the discount offer was part of a wider recovery effort being mobilised by Jamaica National Building Society, the parent organisation of JN Money Services.

The JN Group has mounted a concerted “Recovery Programme” to assist JNBS savers and mortgagors; micro and small entrepreneurs through JN Small Business Loans Limited; and insurance clients of JN General Insurance Company Limited.

BDO

On Saturday, 12 October, University College of the Cayman Islands held its “Fall 2012 Honours Convocation” during which UCCI awards students who achieved high grades over a semester or year. The students with high grades are selected to be either on the Dean’s list, or the President’s list.

During the convocation, the UCCI also presents special awards to those students who have achieved the highest grade among fellow students in their field (accountancy, human resources, music, etc) and, for their particular academic level (associate, bachelor, pMBA, etc).

Derek Larner, an insolvency accountant from BDO’s corporate recovery and insolvency subsidiary, BDO CRI, received his Masters Degree in Business Administration and was later informed that his grade was the highest from those students who had taken the pMBA. The award is sponsored by the DART Group and was presented by their Vice President Ken Hydes.

Since 2006, Derek has completed an Associate Degree (accounting), a bachelor’s degree (accounting) and will be graduating with the Masters (business administration) on 1 November.

HSBC

During his visit to Hong Kong, Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush attended a financial services industry reception hosted by HSBC on behalf of the Cayman Islands at its Hong Kong headquarters.

Among industry partners attending the reception were representatives from Maples, Appleby, Ogiers, Conyers, Aima, and Simmons & Simmons.

Premier Bush used the opportunity to speak about changes to the Immigration Law allowing permanent residency for wealthy individuals and also discussed new amendments to the insurance law. The premier thanked the industry partners for continuing to support the Cayman Islands with their business while encouraging them to send more business our way.

Premier Bush told the gathering of industry partners that he was still mindful of opening a Cayman Islands office in the region. Such an office he said would service, promote and push the tourism and financial services industries of Cayman, as other jurisdictions are now doing in the region.

Rawlinson & Hunter

Rawlinson & Hunter continued its support of the Lions’ Club of Tropical Gardens Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign by becoming a silver sponsor this year. Lion Elva Smith, president of the Lions Club, expressed her thanks to the organisation and explained that the donation would be used to finance mammograms and other medical expenses for those persons who are afflicted with the disease.

Rawlinson & Hunter Partner William Walmsley said that the company is proud to once again support the fight against breast cancer. ”This year our team plans to raise additional funds on Dress Pink Day and we also have a number of team members and their families participating in the Brenda Tibbetts Lund Memorial Run/Walk. This is a disease that does not discriminate and we strongly encourage all residents to support the programme and to go out and get tested.”

The breast cancer awareness campaign continues to have a positive impact on lives in the Cayman Islands. More than 52,000 persons have benefited from our educational programmes, more than 7,500 mammogram vouchers, sponsored by the Lions Club have enabled women to proactively assess their breast health and more than 250 individuals have been assisted with health care and other related costs, both at home and overseas.

Maples and Calder

Maples and Calder has granted its 2012 legal scholarships to Joseph Jackson, Jessica Kong and Renee Lindo.

Joseph Jackson and Jessica Kong are 2012 graduates of the Cayman Islands Law School, where they attained their LL.B (Honours) degrees. The Maples legal scholarship will assist them in returning to the Cayman Islands Law School to complete the Professional Practice Course during the 2012/2013 school year.

Renee Lindo will be studying for a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Birmingham beginning in fall 2012. She graduated from UCCI in June 2012 with an Associate of Arts degree in Social Studies.

Henry Smith, Global Managing Partner at Maples said, “These recipients of our 2012 legal scholarships have exhibited each of the qualities and attributes that attract the top firms in the country and abroad. We are proud that we can assist this next generation of Caymanian lawyers in the pursuit of their legal qualifications, and we wish them every success in their studies.”

The Maples and Calder legal scholarship is offered on an annual basis and is available to appropriately qualified Caymanians who wish to pursue a law degree at a recognised college or university. The firm also awards annual non-legal scholarships. For more information on Maples and Calder’s non-legal and legal scholarship programmes, please contact Michelle Daykin at 949-8066, [email protected]

KPMG

KPMG’s staff had their painting, landscaping, diving and culling skills put to the test whilst taking on two initiatives for their annual Make a Difference Day. 70 of KPMG’s staff visited the Caribbean Haven Residential Centre to paint the external walls, landscape the gardens and plant fruit trees to improve the living environment for patients who reside there. KPMG also arranged for the installation of a security system (donated and fitted by Scott Security), replaced the volleyball and basketball nets and arranged for new garden benches to be delivered. In the lead up to MADD smaller KPMG teams had been visiting the Haven for an afternoon each week to make a start on improving the facility and the grounds.

KPMG thanked Sandy Urquhart for creating a landscaping plan for the grounds, Andy of Scott Security for the security system, Pro Plus and Power Flower for generously lending gardening tools for the afternoon, Cayman Islands Volleyball Federation for donating a net, C.I. Precast for donating benches and AL Thompson for a discount on all purchases needed for the project.

Judith Seymour, Director of the Caribbean Haven, said, “The generosity of KPMG’s financial contributions as well as the time volunteered by their staff has now allowed us to surpass what we had hoped to achieve, and we are truly grateful for all of their support.”

Clinical Supervisor at the Haven, Esther Taylor, stated “the improvements to the facility and its overall appearance create a first impression that matches the quality of services we provide. It’s been an amazing journey and we cannot begin to express our gratitude to those who have made this possible.”

KPMG also extended its initiative to Little Cayman, where a team of 18 visited the Caribbean Marine Institute’s (CCMI) research centre and embarked on a Lionfish cull and a cleanup of one of the local beaches.

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