Business in Brief: CUC appoints new vice president

Sacha Tibbetts has been appointed vice president, Customer Service and Technology, at Caribbean Utilities Company.

Mr. Tibbetts will be responsible for implementing the company’s new business and technology goals, including targets for renewable energy sources to be connected to CUC’s electricity grid.

He will also be responsible for the long-term planning, engineering and construction of transmission, distribution and production systems; project management for all large capital projects; and for the adoption and successful deployment of customer-facing information technologies.

“There is a lot of anticipated change in the energy market and I am excited to take on the challenges which will come with this change,” Mr. Tibbetts said. “I look forward to supporting the executive and management team, as together we continue to deliver a least-cost, safe and reliable service to our customers.”

Mr. Tibbetts joined CUC in 1999 and has been a member of the management team since 2003.

Most recently he headed the company’s largest capital project to date, the installation of the 40 MW generation project, which is expected to finish this month.

Early liquor licensing renewals encouraged

The Department of Commerce and Investment is encouraging liquor license holders, including those with music and dance licenses, to apply for license renewals in advance of the deadline on Aug. 19 to avoid processing delays.

The department reminds licensees that before the deadline their premises must be inspected by relevant government agencies. Depending on licensees’ particular operations, these inspections may include the Fire Service, Environmental Health, Planning Department and Port Authority.

Reports from these agencies should be submitted to the Liquor Licensing Board along with renewal applications. However, if the reports are unavailable by the deadline, licensees must still submit their renewal applications to the board by Aug. 19, along with proof that inspection requests were made, said Department of Commerce and Investment Senior Trade Officer Gavin Dixon.

“The board considers an inspection to be valid for 12 months,” said Mr. Dixon. “But, it should be noted that if there have been any changes in the location or structure of the premises since the inspection date, the validation of the initial inspection will be considered void and the applicant will need to request a new inspection.”

Completed renewal applications, and either inspection certificates or proof of inspection requests that are submitted by Aug. 19 will be heard at the board’s annual session on Sept. 30, Mr. Dixon said.

The Liquor Licensing Board has mailed renewal applications to each license holder. Copies are also available from the Business Licensing Counter on the first floor of the Government Administration Building, and on the DCI website.

Back row, from left, Harneys Partner Marc Kish, Henry Mander and Colin Riegels. Front row, from left, Andrew Morehouse, Janeen Al-Jadir and Louise Groom. Ms. Al-Jadir was admitted as an attorney at law, on an application moved by Mr. Kish.
Back row, from left, Harneys Partner Marc Kish, Henry Mander and Colin Riegels. Front row, from left, Andrew Morehouse, Janeen Al-Jadir and Louise Groom. Ms. Al-Jadir was admitted as an attorney at law, on an application moved by Mr. Kish.

Harneys admits Caymanian lawyer to Bar

Harneys has announced the admission of Janeen Al-Jadir as an attorney at law, on an application moved by partner Marc Kish. Ms. Al-Jadir was called before Justice Charles Quin.

Ms. Al-Jadir is the third graduate from Harneys’ Professional Development Programme in Cayman, which she joined in October 2014. She has secured a position as an associate on the transactional team at Harneys.

Andrew Morehouse, investment funds partner at Harneys and principal to Ms. Al-Jadir during her articles said, “We are delighted to congratulate Janeen on this great accomplishment. It has been a pleasure to witness her growth during the programme and we are excited she has decided to remain with us after qualification.”

Marco Martins, managing partner of Harneys’ Cayman office, said, “We are incredibly proud to have Janeen as our third graduate of the Cayman PDP. As we continue to grow the program in Cayman we are delighted to have another graduate reach this important milestone in her career. Harneys has since 2014 funded a scholarship that sent a talented young Caymanian to complete her legal studies in England. We also have two new trainees starting in September 2016. We look forward to continuing to work with talented Caymanians for many years to come.”

Maples and CIASA continue partnership for swimmers

Maples and Calder continues its support of the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association and its athletes.

Maples and Calder continues its support of the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association and its athletes.
Maples and Calder continues its support of the Cayman Islands Amateur Swimming Association and its athletes.

In addition to international competitions, CIASA supports a number of local events, including its Open Water series, the Cayman Islands National Swimming Championships, the annual Flowers sea swim, and club swim meets throughout the year.

Last year’s strong swimmer performance at the 2015 Natwest Island Games held in Jersey was testament to the continued growth and advancement of swimming in the Cayman Islands, the law firm said in a press release.

The swim team won 14 medals, bringing home five gold, seven silver and two bronze medals. A lifetime best in the backstroke and a new Island Games record in the 100-meter individual medley were also achieved by members of the team. In April 2016, a team of 22 swimmers: 11 women and 11 men, competed at the Carifta Swimming Championships in Martinique. The team brought home 15 medals: eight gold, three silver and four bronze; three of the medals, two gold and a bronze, were won in Open Water Swimming events.

“We believe there are many positives that we can take away from the last year of swimming. We are very proud of the success of our swimmers, they worked hard and achieved a lot,” said Michael Lockwood, CIASA president. “At the same time, we believe that we need to continue looking towards the future and we know that change can often help our athletes grow. We look forward to our continued partnership with Maples and Calder to help our swimmers achieve their goals.”

Paul Lumsden, managing partner of Maples and Calder Cayman Islands, said the firm is thrilled to see the success of the program. “We strongly believe in the vital role sports can play in establishing a strong sense of dedication, discipline and teamwork.”

Appleby awards 2016 student scholarships

Aspiring legal students Aliana Dodds and Oneka Thompson are the recipients of the 2016 Appleby Legal Scholarship Program. In addition to having excellent grades, the firm said both have demonstrated to an interview panel that they are driven, mature and dedicated.

Ms. Dodds is a student at St. Ignatius. Her achievements include the Rotary Youth Leadership Award 2015, Next Generation Leadership Award 2013, and she was named winner of the Campbells A Level Law Moot in 2015.

Ms. Thompson was John Gray High School’s Most Outstanding student of the Year in 2015.

Once Ms. Dodds and Ms. Thompson have both completed their A Level exams, they will be on a path to earning their law degrees.

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