Cloud cover obscures solar eclipse in Cayman

Dozens gathered at the University College of the Cayman Islands observatory Monday afternoon to celebrate an honored guest who never appeared. The day’s highly anticipated solar eclipse hid behind the clouds, as remnants of tropical wave Harvey dampened Cayman’s viewing plans.

Children’s Garden to bring new look to Botanic Park

When Queen Elizabeth II opened Grand Cayman’s Botanic Park in 1994, only the Woodland Trail was complete, but new gardens and areas have been opening up ever since. This week saw the park break ground on a new Children’s Garden. “The garden is a place for children to play and learn."

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Developer and government at odds over ironshore

The Department of Planning and a local developer are at odds over shoreline modifications at the site of a future luxury condominium development in Rum Point. The Department of Planning has issued a stop order, and the developer, Joe Imparato, is seeking clarity and a resolution to the impasse.

Government staff increased 3% in 2016

Nearly 6,000 people worked in the Cayman Islands public sector during 2016, according to figures produced by the government. From year to year, the total number of public sector employees grew by 152 workers, 132 of them Caymanians. The public sector employment was about 75 percent Caymanian and 25 percent non-Caymanian.

Cayman Fire Service faces yet another review

About two years after a scathing report questioned the basic operational and management competencies at the Cayman Islands Fire Service, the department is facing another consultant study aimed at “ensuring the overall effectiveness” of local firefighting. The cost of the latest fire service review is $65,000.

‘Manipulative’ Hassan Syed gets eight-year sentence

Hassan Syed was a “manipulative and dishonest” individual who stole from the people of the Cayman Islands, a judge said Friday as he sentenced the former college president to eight years behind bars. Syed defrauded the University College of the Cayman Islands of more than CI$700,000.
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Jogger attacked in Barkers

A woman jogging along a trail in West Bay’s Barkers area was jumped by an attacker just after dawn Friday.

Syed jailed for 8 years

The former president of the University College of the Cayman Islands Hassan Syed was sentenced to eight years behind bars Friday morning for defrauding the college of more than CI $700,000.

Government to redraw ‘willy-nilly’ national development plans

The “willy-nilly” development of Grand Cayman properties and roads – as some lawmakers described it Wednesday – may soon end as government redraws zoning plans for the first time in more than 20 years.

Candidate: ‘Drop residency requirements’ for voters, politicians

Alric Lindsay has lived in Cayman since he was a child and was adopted by a Caymanian man. His business is here, as is his home, as is pretty much his entire life. However, Mr. Lindsay found himself facing a legal challenge to his ability to run for political office earlier this year.

Experts advise eclipse viewers to protect eyes

It can be tempting to cast your eyes skyward to watch next week’s solar eclipse, but eye experts and the folks at NASA all warn: Don’t do it.
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