Discussions over the future of the government remained mired in uncertainty Sunday afternoon following a weekend in which Alden McLaughlin and then McKeeva Bush declared themselves premier, only for the deals to fall apart.
It was a great week for Cayman Freediving as island resident Kurt Randolph triumphed in the Deja Blue international competition, and Caymanian diver Richard Collett set six new national records to finish in third place.
Money from the settlement between government and the owner of a mega-yacht that damaged coral reef in Cayman’s waters will be used to pay for a permanent mooring for large vessels at the north end of Seven Mile Beach.
Friends, family and colleagues have paid tribute to local finance lawyer Julian Black, who died earlier this month at the age of 48. Mr. Black a former partner at both Walkers and Appleby and more recently the group director of Estera Trust, was hailed as one of the island’s finest advocates.
At least three rival rallies will take place across Grand Cayman Tuesday night as the independent candidates, the Cayman Democratic Party and the Progressives make their final pitch to voters before the midnight deadline for all campaigning to stop.
Rival supporters crossed paths in the streets on Saturday as two political rallies intersected on a busy final weekend of campaigning ahead of Wednesday’s general election. There were no reports of any physical violence.
Cayman’s two largest private sector pension funds, Silver Thatch and the Chamber of Commerce Pension Fund, have suggested that changes to the Pensions Law, though a temporary inconvenience to businesses, will be good for Cayman savers in the long term.
Almost concealed by rampant undergrowth, the Alexander Hotel on Cayman Brac, remains closed “until further notice.” The hotel closed its doors in summer 2014 amid a row with government over a foul-smelling pond, which owner Cleveland Dilbert said was driving away guests.
Work has commenced on a new 25-meter swimming pool on Cayman Brac as progress on the island’s national sports center continues. Bulldozers were excavating the site for the pool, next to the football field and running track on top of the bluff this month. Harold “Mitchum” Sanford, sports coordinator for the Brac, said it is the latest investment in improving sports facilities for the island’s 1,500 residents.
Stay-over visitor figures continue to soar after a record-breaking April for Cayman tourism. Just under 40,000 visitors touched down in the Cayman Islands last month, more than 4,000 more than in the same period last year. The numbers for the first four months of the year represent 1.92 percent growth on last year, which was also a record year.
Take a deep breath. How long can you hold it before the urge to breathe takes over? 30 seconds? A minute? How about eight minutes? American freediver Brandon Hendrickson defied the laws of human biology in the Cayman Islands this week to set a new national and continental record, holding his breath for a staggering eight minutes and 35 seconds.
“Every effort must be made to make our educational facilities and teaching staffs second to none. All children deserve and must have a full and complete education.” Those words, from a November 1965 post-election editorial in the old Tradewinds publication about the need to prepare Cayman’s students for the demands of a growing offshore finance center, could just have easily been written in 2017.
The concept of decriminalizing marijuana received universal support from all four candidates at Tuesday evening’s national election debate. Finance Minister Marco Archer and independent candidates Matthew Leslie, Kenneth Bryan and Austin Harris all said they support a more lenient approach when it comes to cannabis.