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21 people in 2021: Kristy Rivers

The workplace is changing. That’s evident as many businesses look for alternatives to the traditional long-term lease, particularly in the wake of the pandemic.

21 people in 2021: Colin Lumsden

City Manager Colin Lumsden is continuing his mission to bring back vibrancy to the nation’s capital.

21 people in 2021: Sara Jan

People are at the heart of everything that Sara Jan and her business partner Karen Kersey do.

21 people in 2021: Denise Powers

For Denise Powers, the COVID-19 crisis has provided an opportunity to adapt her business and help other Cayman Islands companies change with the times. 

21 people in 2021: Jason Washington

If there’s anything Jason Washington has learned from 25 years in the dive industry, it’s that flexibility is a must. 

21 people in 2021: Sergio Coni

A dive operator's schedule was pretty clear-cut prior to COVID-19. That isn't the case anymore.

21 people in 2021: Mike Mannisto

While the Cayman 2.0 series has thus far been looking at the ideas and strategies that could make the country a better place, we’re...

21 people in 2021: Blair Lilford

While the Cayman 2.0 series has thus far been looking at the ideas and strategies that could make the country a better place, we’re...

21 people in 2021: Stacy McAfee

While the Cayman 2.0 series has thus far been looking at the ideas and strategies that could make the country a better place, we’re...

21 people in 2021: Juliet Austin

It’s no secret there are students in Cayman who struggle to read and write at an appropriate level. That's where LIFE and Juliet Austin come in.

21 people in 2021: Brandon Caruana

For Brandon Caruana, Code Cayman’s role is pretty clear: “demystifying technology."

21 people in 2021: Jordan Stubblefield

Jordan Stubblefield believes pharma-tourism can be the next big thing for Cayman's tourism product.

21 people in 2021: Josephine Horwitz

A fully operations hydroponic farm is the goal over the next 12 months is simple for Botanic Farms director Josephine Horwitz. 

21 people in 2021: Lauren Nelson

With five programmes aimed at assisting Cayman’s children – some of whom are considered at-risk or special needs, or come from low-income homes – National Council of Voluntary Organisations board chair Lauren Nelson sees the potential for how the NCVO can help shape the next generation.

21 people in 2021: Dr. Marc Lockhart

When it comes to looking forward to 2021, Dr. Marc Lockhart is keeping his goals simple – open the long-term mental health facility under construction in East End. 

21 people in 2021: Louisa Sax

Louisa Sax, author of Hawksbill Hero and the Parrotfish Reef, hopes to encourage young students to find a passion for reading and ocean conservation.
Ritz Carlton manager Marc Langevin

21 people in 2021: Marc Langevin

Marc Langevin has seen a lot of good ideas discussed, debated and published in various reports during his decade in the Cayman Islands. He wants to make sure ideas created during the pandemic become reality.

21 people for 2021: Adam Sax

While the Cayman 2.0 series has thus far been looking at the ideas and strategies that could make the country a better place, we’re...

21 people in 2021: Rachel Smyth

Police issued 272 tickets for driving under the influence is 2019. Rachel Smyth aims to use app-based ride-hailing service Flex to help curb drunk driving in Cayman.

21 people in 2021: Andre Gooden

Andre Gooden quit his corporate job to begin doing what he loved -- living sustainably. That passion has now helped him launch a carpentry business.

21 people in 2021: James Whittaker

James Whittaker is one of the 21 people who can help make Cayman more sustainable in 2021.

Education and opportunity in Cayman: 10 things we have learned

A review of some of the key conclusions and ideas coming out of the Compass' Issues series on education and opportunity in Cayman, from the perspective of those it impacts most – the students themselves.

Education and opportunity through the eyes of one high-school class

More than a decade after high-school graduation, we tracked down the Class of 2008 to find out where they are now and what the struggles and successes of one class can tell us about how the system works - or doesn't - for young people trying to make their way in modern Cayman.

In Profile: The Class of 2008

As part of our feature series on education and opportunity we spoke to several graduates of the Class of 2008 to find out where they are now and the struggles and successes they had experienced in the years since high-school. These are their stories.

The great divide: Fighting education inequality in Cayman

As Cayman continues to develop its modern knowledge-based economy, concern is growing that some are being left behind. In a special feature today we look at the links between economic and education inequality and some of the programs seeking to bridge the divide.

Myles: Poverty a neglected issue in Cayman

Poverty and its consequences have been a neglected problem in Cayman for too long, according to former government at-risk youth officer Michael Myles.

Schools inspector: Good teaching key to fixing education inequality

There is a ‘clear link’ between economic disadvantage and academic outcomes in Cayman’s schools, according to government’s chief schools inspector Peter Carpenter.

My Cayman 2.0: Cayman could be a virtual college town

You have heard about digital nomads moving to Cayman to work remotely in the COVID-era, how about student nomads? In a guest column, Nick Joseph, an attorney with HSM Chambers argues that the new visa regulations create the opportunity for Cayman to become a 'college town'.

Class of COVID-19: Pandemic is shaping future of Cayman’s graduates

This generation of Cayman Islands students is graduating into a changed world amid the ongoing impact of the pandemic. COVID-19 has brought disruption, anxiety and mental health challenges for young people but it is also shaping a desire to make their world and their island a better place.

Anxiety and hope for class of 2020

Teachers and counsellors at Cayman’s high schools watched their students graduate in the midst of a pandemic with a mixture of anxiety, pride and hope for their futures.

Graduates encouraged to sign up with WORC

College and university graduates are being encouraged to take opportunities to step into the world of work – even if it is not in the field they studied for.

Interactive: From sewers and sub-sea cables to prisons and power generation

In a series of stories, journalist James Whittaker takes a look at how population growth affects every aspect of infrastructure in the Cayman Islands.

Cayman’s creaking infrastructure in need of investment

Population growth has driven residential and commercial development but investment in infrastructure is only just beginning to catch up

Editorial: If 100,000 population is coming, let’s be ready with detailed plan

If it’s likely that Cayman will boast a population of 100,000 within the next 10 to 20 years, the country’s leaders must map out every detail relating to how potential infrastructural, environmental and cultural issues are accounted for and mitigated.

Putting a price on nature

A new project aims to calculate the economic value of some of the services provided by Cayman's natural ecosystems in an effort to elevate the standing of the environment in planning and development decisions.

Reimagining Cayman: 7 ways the island could develop smarter in the future

If Cayman's population continues to grow, adopting modern development principles will help lessen any impact on the environment and way of life on the island, argues architect Mike Stroh.

Interactive: The changing face of Cayman, 1958 versus 2018

A series of aerial images of Cayman through the decades shows how quickly the island has changed and how dramatically that has impacted the landscape.

Population growth has transformed Cayman’s economy and environment

Cayman's rapid growth has had a staggering impact on the island over the past 60 years. We look at the consequences of that growth and discuss new ways of doing things as Cayman continues to grow.

From fishing village to financial hub

With the help of historians Christopher Williams and Roy Bodden, the Cayman Compass charts the journey the island has taken, including its rapid growth in the past half-century.
Runners on South Sound

Editorial: Growth is good… but for how long?

Cayman's success has been built on the notion that growth is good. Population and economic growth have been intertwined for the past half-century. As new challenges and new priorities emerge in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask if that dynamic can continue.

Destination 100,000: Will Cayman’s growth continue post COVID-19?

COVID-19 may have caused a dip in Cayman's population but the long-term trajectory of the island is one of exponential growth. In a special feature we look at the benefits and the challenges of such rapid growth and ask whether the upward curve will resume in the post COVID-19 world.
A view of Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman

Data analysis: Cayman’s population could hit 100,000 by 2031

If Cayman’s population growth rate resumes its pre-COVID growth rate, the island will be home to 100,000 people by 2031.

Opening Cayman’s borders: The pros and cons

Should Cayman be moving faster to open up its borders to visitors? In a point counterpoint editorial we argue the pros and cons of a swifter resumption of tourism.

Testing, testing, testing: How Bermuda restarted tourism

Bermuda has seen a slow but steadily increasing trickle of tourists return to the island since opening its borders in July. The island has no quarantine measures for visitors, instead opting for a policy of testing, social distancing and detailed contact tracing. It has worked so far, say political and industry leaders.

Medical tourism still a long-term option for Cayman

Continuing to invest in health tourism is likely to pay long-term dividends for the Cayman Islands despite recent setbacks, according to Cayman’s main medical-tourism...

Casinos not worth the gamble for now

The idea of legalising gaming in Cayman to allow for the development of casinos is one which has been in the background of debates over tourism’s future for some time but it has few advocates in the immediate post COVID future.

Demand for nature tourism expected to increase after COVID

With nature based attractions expected to be in demand post COVID, the future for Cayman tourism could be as much about protecting its natural assets as attempting to create new attractions.

Private jet terminal could bring big spenders

A new private jet terminal that could offer an exclusive experience to wealthy visitors has been highlighted as one of the key post-COVID infrastructure projects that could help enhance Cayman’s tourism industry.

Digital nomads offer new tourism opportunities

Attracting long-stay visitors who live by the beach and ‘commute’ remotely to cities all over the world is becoming big business for islands looking to compensate for lost tourism dollars.

Could super yachts be a new niche for Cayman?

Mega yachts can bring big business with relatively low impact, but for Cayman to pursue the industry major and potentially controversial infrastructure upgrades would be needed.

Body sensor aims to provide early warning system for COVID-19

Wearable body monitors that check your vital health metrics could provide an early warning system for COVID-19, according to researchers. The Cayman Islands government has discussed using BioButtons as an option for tracking the health status of people arriving in the country. Journalist James Whittaker tried it out for the last ten days and spoke to some of the proponents of the technology about how they believe it can be used in the fight against COVID-19.

Data from your FitBit could help predict COVID

Data from wearable health-tracking devices can detect signs of COVID-19 several days before patients notice symptoms, according to preliminary research from Stanford University.

Smartphone app could assess COVID risk status

A smartphone app that could allow users to ‘prove’ their COVID-status has been developed in the Cayman Islands.

My Cayman 2.0: ‘Sustainable vision for transport needed’

In the latest of our 'My Cayman 2.0' series of guest columns, Claire Pettinai, an artist, mother and business consultant, makes the case for a new model for public transport.

Behind the scenes at a quarantine hotel

The Cayman Compass went behind the scenes at the Ritz-Carlton's isolation wing to find out what protocols are in place for guests in quarantine and to hear how the resort hopes to adapt its safety measures to welcome back visitors.

‘Resort bubbles’ proposed to help bring back tourists

The concept of ‘resort bubbles’ has been put forward as a possible solution that could allow tourists to return to the Cayman Islands despite...

My Cayman 2.0: ‘Higher education can be new economic sector’

In the first of our 'My Cayman 2.0' series of guest columns, economist and former UCCI professor Thomas Phillips makes the case for transformative change in the way higher education is delivered in Cayman.

Ask the experts – The future of tourism

Cayman 2.0 is all about imagining and planning for a better Cayman. Today, we talk with experts in the tourism field to discuss what the future of tourism in the Cayman could (and should) look like.

Tourism industry fighting back against devastating job losses

Over the next month, as part of our ongoing Cayman 2.0 series, we will examine the impacts of the pandemic on tourism and discuss ideas for a new vision for the industry. Here, we look at the employment impact across the sector and plans to retool Caymanians to take front line jobs when the tourists come back.

Editorial: Cayman’s future depends on finding tourism solution

The Cayman Islands has successfully eradicated COVID-19. While that is certainly cause for celebration, the job is still only half done. Rescuing the tourism industry will require the same energy, focus and a degree of calculated risk.

What is your vision for Cayman’s future?

Over the next few months, the Cayman Compass will be continuing the Cayman 2.0 series, dedicating our Issues section to the ongoing debate over how to build better, more resilient islands in the aftermath of the pandemic. We want to hear your vision for Cayman’s future. We’re seeking contributions from guest columnists along the theme of ‘My Cayman 2.0’.

10 ideas to reshape Cayman after COVID-19

Over the past two months, our Cayman 2.0 series has cast a wide net in an effort to determine what changes the coronavirus crisis will bring to Cayman. In a series of special features, we examined both the consequences of the virus and the ideas for how we can come out the other side. Here, we summarise 10 of the most intriguing ideas for the islands' future that have emerged so far.

Editorial: Dream big, but make it happen

It is encouraging to see the scope and ambition of the vision emerging for post COVID Cayman, but big dreams need leadership and determination to make them a reality.

Video: Rethinking workforce development in Cayman

Ten young people have been given scholarships to give their careers a kick-start at Inspire Cayman Training. In a video-feature we talk to the centre's founder Michael Myles and to some of his students about their aspirations for themselves and for the country.

Waterways offer avenue for transit reform  

Ronnie Anglin, owner of Cayman Ferries, says he would like to see a future where marine travel complements land-based travel, but the concept hasn’t been easy to get off the ground.

Technology and innovation could help reform the way we move

The absence of bumper-to-bumper traffic was one of the features of life during the pandemic that many Cayman Islands residents enjoyed. With business and school life starting to return to something like normal, the roads are beginning to clog up with cars once again. The latest instalment of our Cayman 2.0 series examines ideas for how to reform public transport.

Man-on-the-street: Life after lockdown

We asked Cayman Islanders about the best parts of life under lockdown and what trends they would like to see continue after the pandemic.

Cayman’s construction engine kicks into high gear

Cayman’s construction industry experiences a surge of activity post-COVID-19 lockdown.

Higher education key to success in Cayman’s ‘knowledge economy’

The value of higher education is expected to increase dramatically as Cayman seeks to expand its ‘knowledge-based’ economy in the aftermath of COVID-19.

Re-educating Cayman: Economic crash highlights gaps in workforce development

The latest instalment of our Cayman 2.0 series looks at how the pandemic has exposed weaknesses in the island’s education and training system and highlights some of the solutions being proposed by business and education leaders.

Science and tech education could shape Cayman’s future

Glenda McTaggart, education programmes manager for Dart’s Minds Inspired programme, discusses the ripple effects of the coronavirus, and advocates for more technical and vocational training and a greater focus on science and technology in schools.

Too big to fail?

For the cruise industry the coronavirus has been a health emergency, an economic disaster and a public relations nightmare. But leaders of the major cruise lines say the sector will survive an come back stronger.

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