James Whittaker, Journalist
James Whittaker, Journalist

James Whittaker

Journalist

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

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ARTICLES BY JAMES WHITTAKER

Protesters prevail as 10-storey hotel project rejected

Plans for a 10-storey business hotel at the “tranquil” north end of Seven Mile Beach have been rejected after an unprecedented number of objections to the proposal.

Dart tower plan sparks national debate

The idea of skyscrapers on Seven Mile Beach will be one of the options up for discussion as the Cayman Islands attempts to formulate a Development Plan for the future of the country.

Charity kiteboarders hit $200,000 target

After completing an epic 82-mile ocean crossing from Little Cayman to Grand Cayman, kiteboarders are celebrating another major milestone – hitting their $200,000 fundraising target.

Cayman ready to take on Montserrat

Cayman’s international soccer programme is going through a renaissance. After playing only one match in five years, the national squad face Montserrat in a Nations League match Friday evening in what will be their sixth international encounter in as many months. The Under-17 national team will be in action in a World Cup qualifier in Florida on the same day.

Business hotel opens on West Bay Road

Cayman’s newest hotel announces itself in giant red letters on the side of West Bay Road. Locale, a boutique business hotel on the southern end of the tourist strip, opened Friday.

Lunds unveil plans for healing domes

A unique ‘healing resort’ featuring dome-shaped bungalows on the site of the hurricane-hit Mariners Cove complex in Grand Cayman is aiming to open by December 2020, according to the developer.

Rare glimpse of hammerhead at sandbar

They came for “breakfast with the rays” and found the rays were on the menu.

Shots fired in ocean drug bust

Armed police fired on drug smugglers during an extended boat chase in Cayman’s waters. Around 900 pounds of ganja, worth more than $800,000, was eventually seized and three men, from Jamaica, were arrested.
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Sick turtle restored to health

It was one of the more unusual MRI scans the staff at Cayman’s CTMH Doctors Hospital have ever been asked to perform.

Highway extension could help ease rush hour woes

Government plans to proceed with a 10-mile extension of the East-West Arterial Highway from next year, according to Infrastructure Minister Joey Hew.

$3 million Public Beach plan includes ‘vendor village’

A $3 million project to enhance Seven Mile Public Beach and create a new “vendor village” for traders begins Monday, according to the Dart group.

FIFA to resume funding Cayman football

The findings of an audit into the finances of the Cayman Islands Football Association will not be made public, the association’s president Alfredo Whittaker has said.

Cayman Airways goes to plan B to cover Denver route

Cayman Airways will continue to operate its new Denver route despite taking the decision to ground its long-range Boeing 737 Max 8 jets in the aftermath of the crash that killed 157 people in Ethiopia on Sunday.

Around the island in 8 days

Teen athlete Charles-Antoine Sokohl ran around the island in eight days to raise more than $8,000 to help fund special education support for underprivileged children.

Cayman bans Max aircraft from the skies

The Cayman Islands Aviation Authority has banned the Boeing 737 Max aircraft from operating in Cayman airspace amid growing safety concerns around the model.

Caymanian student heads to Asia on wildlife rescue mission

From rescuing injured elephants in Thailand to caring for stray dogs and cats on the streets of Nepal, a young Caymanian vet student is embarking on an exotic volunteering trip.
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Cayman Airways grounds its 2 new jets

Cayman Airways has canceled a planned “christening” event to celebrate the arrival of its second Boeing 737 Max 8 jet and temporarily grounded the aircraft amid safety fears following the second fatal crash of the model in less than six months.

Property sales hit new record amid real estate boom

Last year was the best on record for the Cayman Islands property market with more than $800 million in total sales, according to a review by surveyors Charterland.
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Guys in heels strut their stuff for charity

Scores of men strutted their stuff for charity on Friday, donning high heels to parade through Camana Bay for the annual “A Walk in Her Shoes” fundraiser for the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre.

Mental health facility faces more delays

Plans for a $1-million mental health facility in East End face further delays with government re-opening the bidding process for construction of the new development.
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