Water Authority 2019 Scholarship recipients, Kaled Giron, left, and Alexander Elias.

Water Authority awards scholarship

The Water Authority has presented annual scholarships to Alexander Elias and Kaled Giron.

The scholarship, worth up to $30,000, is usually granted to one qualified Caymanian to obtain an undergraduate academic, technical or vocational degree or diploma in a field of study that is relevant to the authority’s work. However, this year the authority identified two deserving recipients.

Elias will study applied computer science at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. He is a graduate of Cayman Prep and High School, where he earned three A-Level passes, including in computer science.

Giron, who will pursue a degree in information technology at Florida International University in Miami, earned his associate’s degree in computer science from the University College of the Cayman Islands, after which he spent a year working as an IT service desk specialist, gaining practical experience in the IT field. He plans to obtain a master’s degree in IT or computer science.

Water Authority Director Gelia Frederick-van Genderen said in a press release, “Enabling Caymanian students to pursue their educational goals is very important to the Authority, particularly when it comes to the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Professionals from these fields are critical to the water industry, and the Authority is proud to support both Mr. Elias and Mr. Giron’s educational and professional development. We wish them all the best as they pursue their studies.”
The authority will accept applications for the 2020 scholarship early next year, with the deadline of 30 April 2020.

Harneys named best offshore law firm

US publication Hedgeweek has named Harneys Best Offshore Law Firm at its annual global awards ceremony held in New York on 26 Sept.

The awards recognise excellence among hedge fund managers and service providers around the world. They are based on reviews by institutional investors, asset managers, service providers, advisers and trading technology companies, among others.

Deloitte retains industrial standard certification

Following an independent audit by the British Standards Institution, Deloitte has retained the ISO 27001 certification for the third consecutive year.

ISO 27001 is a leading international standard, defining requirements for security management of the firm’s and its clients’ confidential information. Deloitte’s offices in the Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, and Trinidad and Tobago obtained their certification of ISO 27001-compliant organisations in May 2017.

This certification applies to the firm’s offices across the region, including its forensic investigation, analytics and cyber security lab, and the disaster recovery, business continuity and data-hosting centre located at Citrus Grove Building in Grand Cayman.

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