CINICO legal bills top $250K, lawsuits not yet resolved

Legal bills have reached more than $250,000 in dueling lawsuits in the United States between the Cayman Islands National Insurance Company and Simplifi, which administered payments for the insurer. Simplifi sued CINICO in an Ohio federal court in July 2013, accusing CINICO of canceling a contract without notice and owing Simplifi more than $150,000.

Century-old Gun Bay church in limbo

One year and eight months after the doors were shuttered, still nothing has been decided on the fate of a 109-year-old church in Gun Bay, East End. The Gun Bay United Church, formerly the Presbyterian church, is thought to be the oldest surviving church building in the Cayman Islands, and to many in East End it represents a pillar of the community.

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Three sentenced in cocaine conspiracy

Three people were sentenced Wednesday after admitting they conspired with Alexander Adrian Ebanks to supply controlled drugs. Ebanks was sentenced last month to 6 1/2 years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to offenses that included seven charges of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.

World-class chefs to headline 2017 Cayman Cookout

Some of the world’s best known chefs will appear at next year’s Cayman Cookout, organizers announced this week. Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain, José Andrés and Emeril Lagasse will headline the ninth annual food festival Jan. 12-15.

Young cyclist donates $3,700 to charities

Nine-year-old Alex Dailey, who took part in a bicycle ride across Iowa this summer, has donated the money he raised to three local charities. The Cayman Prep student, his father Tim and another rider from Cayman, Sarah Burton, spent seven days cycling across the U.S. state in the Des Moines Register’s Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.

‘Walk for the Cure’ this weekend

An annual walk to raise funds and awareness in a campaign against cancer takes place throughout the region this weekend, with the Cayman walk starting early Saturday morning.

Minister urges public to fight ‘ageism’

A draft government policy to address the needs of the elderly will be finalized by the end of October, Minister for Community Affairs Osbourne Bodden said in a message to mark the International Day of Older Persons, Oct. 1.

Agriculture bulldozer available for land clearing

A land-clearing bulldozer service offered by the Department of Agriculture that was suspended last year when the bulldozer operator retired is now running again. The service, which had been offered by government for more than 20 years, is again under way after a new operator was hired, the department said in a press release this week.

Mary Street store robbed at gunpoint

A masked man armed with a handgun robbed Clem’s Grocery Store in George Town Wednesday evening, according to police.

26 Cayman businesses win TripAdvisor honors

Cayman’s tourism businesses continue to be a hit with travelers using influential world travel website TripAdvisor. The site, which provides recommendations to tourists based on customer reviews, has handed out Certificate of Excellence Awards to 26 Cayman Islands businesses for six years in succession.

UPDATED: Pregnant woman among Cayman’s new Zika cases

Cayman now has 17 confirmed locally transmitted cases of Zika, including one pregnant woman, according to public health officials. All of the confirmed local cases are in George Town. The total number of cases confirmed with laboratory results, including those suspected to have come from overseas travel, is now 26.

UPDATED (1pm): Matthew strengthens into hurricane

The big storm spinning through the Eastern Caribbean was officially named Matthew Wednesday morning as winds topped 60 miles per hour and it continued to move west, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. As of Wednesday afternoon, Tropical Storm Matthew was about 25 miles southwest of St. Lucia and moving west at 20 mph.
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