ARTICLES BY JAMES WHITTAKER

Dart’s beach rock removal plan to require environmental study

The National Conservation Council voted Wednesday to require an environmental impact assessment before developer Dart Real Estate is permitted to remove beach rock from the waters off Seven Mile Beach.

Bodden Town-Rum Point road proposed through mangroves

A new road that would cut through the Central Mangrove Wetlands to link Bodden Town to Rum Point is under consideration.

Cayman detective recalls colleague slain in terror attack

A Cayman Islands police detective who served with murdered U.K. police officer Keith Palmer in the Territorial Army spoke of her shock at the brutal death of her friend in the terrorist attack that rocked London this week.

Cayman college footballers shot in US

Two young Caymanian footballers were shot and injured while on spring break vacation from their college in the U.S.Joshewa Frederick and Kevin Foster were sitting outside a friend’s home in Los Angeles when a gunman opened fire on Monday.

Bills passed to protect beach access, regulate vendors

Legislators passed a pair of bills Tuesday to protect public access to Cayman’s beaches and regulate the activities of vendors who use the beach for their businesses.

ICCI president stepping down after three years

The president of the International College of the Cayman Islands has resigned, saying he plans to seek a new challenge after three years in the job.

Public to cull iguanas and compete for cash

Cayman Islands residents could be asked to kill green iguanas in return for raffle tickets in a new initiative to deal with the invasive pests.The DoE had outlined plans for a $425,000 four-month culling program targeting the exploding population of green iguanas.

KPMG hired for port funding project

Government has hired KPMG on a US$500,000 contract to help come up with a funding formula to pay for the George Town cruise berthing facility.

New unit to tackle child abuse

A new unit has been formed to bring police, social workers and psychologists together to handle allegations of child abuse in the Cayman Islands. The headquarters of the “Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub” was officially opened Monday morning.

EIA recommended for Dart beach rock removal

An environmental impact assessment should be carried out before Dart Real Estate is allowed to move beach rock from the shallow coastal waters off Seven Mile Beach, the Department of Environment has advised.

‘We were really good. End of story’: West Indies legends recall glory days

Anyone looking for a complex answer to the secrets behind one of the greatest sports teams of all time will not find it from former West Indies opening batsmen Desmond Haynes. “The opposition turned up expecting to get beat and we never liked to disappoint them.”

UPDATED: Dive boat sinks in George Town harbor, salvaged from ocean floor

A dive boat sank in George Town harbor in stormy weather last week and had to be salvaged Thursday.

Doctors at seminar tout potential of medical cannabis

Cannabis has enormous potential to help treat a variety of conditions which currently have no cure, according to two experts in the field who gave an educational seminar to around 200 people at the Lions Centre on Wednesday night.

Anonymous $500K gift for reef research in Little Cayman

Little Cayman’s marine research center has received a major boost in the form of an anonymous US$500,000 donation to support its research on coral reefs. Unusually, the donor asked for no publicity of its large cash gift, requesting that the focus be placed on the work being done at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute. Dr. Carrie Manfrino, president and director of research and conservation at CCMI, said large donations of that kind were the “life blood” of nonprofit organizations.

‘Darth Vader’ takes Cayman vacation

If anyone felt a disturbance in the force, it may have coincided with the arrival of Spencer Wilding in Cayman. The 6-foot, 7-inch-tall actor, the man behind the mask in the latest Star Wars movie, is more familiar to audiences around the world as Darth Vader.
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Cannabis oil import permit approved

A Cayman Islands pharmacy says it has secured an import permit to bring cannabis oil to the territory for medicinal purposes.It is believed to be the first such permission to be granted since cannabis oil extracts and tinctures were legalized late last year.

John Gray team wins robotics challenge

A team of 11-year-old students from John Gray High School won a national inter-school science and technology challenge to build and operate mini submersible vehicles on Saturday. The 2017 SeaPerch Challenge involved more than 60 high school students.

Former boxing champ Bowe to work with Cayman fighters

Former heavyweight boxing champion and Hall of Famer Riddick Bowe will work with young Caymanian fighters during a visit to the island this month.

Former boxing champ Bowe to work with Cayman fighters

Former heavyweight boxing champion and Hall of Famer Riddick Bowe will work with young Caymanian fighters during a visit to the island this month. Bowe is the guest of honor at the Cayman Islands Boxing Association’s latest Fight Night event, featuring local fighters against a team from Panama.

Cargo ship owners sue port over reef damage

The owners of a cargo ship that struck a coral reef in George Town harbor, causing significant damage to a popular snorkeling and diving site, are suing the Port Authority, alleging it was partly responsible for the accident.
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