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Monday, March 30, 2020
Mark Muckenfuss, Journalist
Mark Muckenfuss

Mark Muckenfuss




How a small campaign snowballed to force a referendum

The movement started in Katrina Jurn’s living room: six people gathered together after work because they didn’t like what they were hearing about a proposed cruise ship berth being built in George Town Harbour.

First group of UCCI students completes coding class

The first class of 25 students has completed a set of introductory code courses as part of a partnership between Cayman Enterprise City, the University College of the Cayman Islands and Code Fellows.

Scuba Hall of Fame announces 2020 inductees

Four new members of the International Scuba Hall of Fame were announced over the weekend.

Money donated for neonatal transport incubator

A donation last week of US$12,600 will pay for a neonatal transport incubator for the Cayman Islands Hospital.

Sir John A. Cumber teachers happy with new curriculum

Teachers and administrators at Sir John A. Cumber Primary say implementing the new school curriculum has gone relatively smoothly.

Port opponents kick off campaign with rally

A crowd of more than 200 people filled much of Celebration Park in downtown George Town Wednesday night as the Cayman Port Referendum group held its first rally in the runup to the 19 Dec. vote.

Cayman Airways believes grounded planes now safe

Capt. Dave Scott, vice president of flight operations for Cayman Airways, said he believes its 737 Max 8 planes, that have been grounded since March, will be ready to fly soon.

Life thrives beneath harbour

The 20-foot high wall of rock that faces the jagged remnants of the Balboa -- a ship that was damaged beyond repair in 1932’s major hurricane and was later broken up with explosives -- runs for a good 100 yards and is infused with brightly coloured orange and purple sponges, green and gold corals, moray eels, lobsters, crabs and a host of vibrant fish.

Local bank outage not related to data breach

An outage of service at Cayman National Bank over the weekend coincided with a major data breach at the bank’s sister company in the Isle of Man. CNB officials say the two incidents are unrelated and local customers should not be affected by the overseas event.

Students have designs on fashion

Coralgene Myrie has been running the John Gray textiles programme for three years. It is the only government high school to offer such a programme. 

Transportation and business focus of Hew address

A new Department of Vehicle and Drivers’ Licensing office in West Bay, improved transportation and enhanced cybersecurity were among the items Minister of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure Joey Hew touched on during his address to the Legislative Assembly Wednesday.

Financial report: Gov’t surplus double projected figure

A third-quarter unaudited financial report shows the Cayman Islands government had greater revenue and spent less than its projected budget.

Champion of the rock iguanas

Tanja Laaser doesn’t have a cape or a spandex outfit, but when the green iguana hotline rings on Little Cayman, she answers the call.

Tugboat pushes drifting cruise ship into position

A tugboat helped move a drifting cruise ship back into position in George Town harbour on Saturday.

Rain adds to pensive memorial to veterans

A crowd of several hundred, including the uniformed brigades from the police service, Cadet Corps and other organisations, marked the 100th anniversary of the annual memorial that honours those who lost their lives in military conflicts.

Even without a ship, Cayman pirates take island

Cayman's scalawags brought a revised scenario to their annual Pirates Week landing.

Airport runway extension approved

An extension of the runway at Owen Roberts International Airport has been approved by the Central Planning Authority. 

UCCI adds new networking centre

A remodelled classroom at the University College of the Cayman Islands is opening a new door on the digital world, officials said. 

UCCI expects budget boost

An anticipated infusion of $1.3 million from the Ministry of Education is allowing the University College of the Cayman Islands to end its year with a balanced budget. 

Eco-friendly elements impacting Cayman construction

Solar panels and low-energy LED lights have become fairly common home features on the island, but some newer developments are including such energy-saving elements as increased insulation, recycled materials, sustainable woods, battery storage of solar-generated electricity and geothermal cooling.

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