James Whittaker, Journalist
James Whittaker, Journalist

James Whittaker

Journalist

Pinnacle Media Group Ltd
PO Box 1365 GT
Grand Cayman KY1-1108

T: 345-815-0003
E: [email protected]

ARTICLES BY JAMES WHITTAKER

‘It was a miracle’: Rescued boater tells story of 5 weeks adrift

Edward Hendricks Hyde was on the verge of giving up hope. He had not eaten for weeks and he could count the ribs poking through his emaciated body. His skin was flayed from drifting in the open ocean under a scorching Caribbean sun, and he figured he could smell it burning. “It was a miracle,” said his mother, Ezona Moore.

New minister: Greater resources, accountability for public schools

Juliana O’Connor-Connolly promised to fight for a minimum $5,000 a month salary for teachers in a rousing first speech as Cayman’s education minister that was greeted with a standing ovation Tuesday morning. The majority of teachers are paid between $3,500 and $4,800 per month, according to a 2011 government report.

Caymanian begins Round The World sailing odyssey

Thousands of people lined the Liverpool waterfront Sunday as a fleet of a dozen brightly colored yachts set sail on an epic round-the-world race. Caymanian James Macfee is among hundreds of amateur crew members taking part in the 11-month global journey known as the Clipper Round the World Race.

Driver speeds through police roadblock, attempts to flee officers on foot

A suspected drunk driver collided with two vehicles, sped through a police roadblock and tried to flee officers on foot before being captured on Sunday. Police began pursuing the Jeep Wrangler around 5:30 p.m. following reports it had left the scene of a minor collision on Sea View Road.

‘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.

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.
Cayman Compass is the Cayman Islands' most trusted news website. We provide you with the latest breaking news from the Cayman Islands, as well as other parts of the Caribbean.

Liquor board: Two sets of minutes, two different stories

During its controversial March meeting, the Liquor Licensing Board of Grand Cayman granted an application from a gas station to sell alcohol on Sundays and, further, agreed that all gas stations that applied could obtain similar permission, according to an original set of minutes obtained by the Cayman Compass.
Cayman Compass is the Cayman Islands' most trusted news website. We provide you with the latest breaking news from the Cayman Islands, as well as other parts of the Caribbean.

Police investigate indecent Instagram photos

Indecent photos of young Cayman Islands women, including some girls under 18, have been posted to a social media site, prompting a police investigation. The pictures, accompanied by demeaning comments, were circulated via an Instagram profile.
Cayman Compass is the Cayman Islands' most trusted news website. We provide you with the latest breaking news from the Cayman Islands, as well as other parts of the Caribbean.

New rights and responsibilities in trademarks law

MacDonald’s restaurant in Grand Cayman is the subject of an apocryphal tale that has taken on the status of urban legend. Cruise ship tourists are frequently told the David and Goliath story of how the little Caribbean restaurant stood up to the American fast-food giant McDonald’s to protect its brand and stop it from getting a foothold in Cayman.

Mako sharks face fishing threat, says Guy Harvey study

The shortfin mako shark is one of the fastest fish in the ocean. But the shark’s staggering swimming speed, of up to 60 mph, has not stopped it from falling victim to overfishing, according to a new study from Guy Harvey’s Research Institute.

Pageant Beach developer unveils plans for US$285 million 5-star hotel

The Howard Hospitality Group has submitted plans for its third major Cayman Islands project – a US$285 million five-star hotel and condo development on the southern tip of Seven Mile Beach. Michael Wilkings, CEO of the group, said the development on the old Pageant Beach site would include around 250 hotel rooms.

‘Wave of marine life attacks’ concerns water sports businesses

Poachers are targeting snapper, grouper and conch in Cayman’s waters as well as more iconic and endangered species like stingrays and sea turtles, water sports business owners fear.

Caymanian man dead in domestic shooting in Florida

A 38-year-old Caymanian man was reported dead in an apparent murder-suicide in Pembroke Pines, Florida, Thursday morning.

Acute care clinic opens at public hospital

A new acute care clinic has opened at the Cayman Islands Hospital for patients with urgent but non-emergency medical conditions. The unit will offer walk-in appointments from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and is aimed at patients with everyday illnesses and injuries.

Government orders auditor to probe liquor board actions

Government has ordered an independent inquiry into the liquor board’s handling of an application from a gas station to serve alcohol on Sundays. The inquiry follows reports and an editorial in the Cayman Compass highlighting concerns over an application from Peanuts convenience store at the Red Bay gas station for a “retail license.”

Sol to compensate Jackson Point fire evacuees

Sol Petroleum has confirmed that it will pay compensation to business owners and residents who were forced to pay for hotel stays after being evacuated in the wake of a fire at the Jackson Point fuel depot.
Cayman Compass is the Cayman Islands' most trusted news website. We provide you with the latest breaking news from the Cayman Islands, as well as other parts of the Caribbean.

Liquor board clamps down on multiple licenses

Businesses will be limited to only one type of liquor license per premises under a new policy, restricting the options for gas stations and liquor or convenience stores seeking to sell alcohol on Sundays. The Liquor Board has given businesses with multiple licenses until September to pick which license they want to keep.

Bail extended for suspected pet smugglers

Police bail has been extended until Sept. 4 as customs officials continue their investigation into the smuggling of an exotic pet into the Cayman Islands. No charges have been laid against a 31-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman who were arrested and bailed.

Second boater feared lost at sea

Detectives have confirmed that Chadwick Bodden, the second Cayman Islands boater missing since mid-June, is feared lost at sea. The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service also confirmed the widely reported news that Mr. Bodden’s boat mate was found alive last week off the coast of Mexico.

Anxious South Sounders seek action over fuel fire

Officials agreed to consider implementing an emergency siren alert system for the fuel depot after meeting with anxious South Sound residents in the wake of a fire at the Jackson Point terminal.
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