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Local business in brief: Ogier donates $30,000 to Meals on Wheels

This week's local business in brief.

EDITORIAL – Hurricane Irma: Keeping our eye on the storm

We knew from past experience (“Thank you, Hurricane Ivan”) that we would need a finely choreographed effort to provide our readers, both online and in print, with fast, accurate, and meaningful coverage of this storm.

Boating, marine communications courses set

Boating is one of the most popular recreational activities in Cayman, and many people who move to Cayman become first-time boat owners.

50 years ago: Visits, weather and fishing make the news

In the Jan. 19 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote:

Firms donate time and materials to rebuild

A George Town home, destroyed by fire, is being rebuilt, bit-by-bit, as the Cayman community steps in to help.

Report ordered for indecent assault trial of teacher’s aide

An apparent lack of communication skills on the part of a former teacher’s aide charged with indecently assaulting primary school girls has led the defendant’s attorney to ask for an adjournment in the case.

50 years ago: Mobile ice cream debuts, healthcare questions

In the Jan. 12, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Arthur Hunter wrote:

Strengthening our democracy by voting … or not

Not all votes are created equal. Ignorant votes are worthless, even harmful.

50 years ago: A career move applauded and happy homecomings

In the Jan. 5, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

CarePay trial: Judge orders ‘not guilty’ verdict for Watson co-defendant

A Cayman Islands Grand Court judge ordered a verdict of not guilty Tuesday against Canover Watson’s former personal assistant on a charge of transferring criminal property. The order came after submissions by Miriam Rodriguez’s attorney that she had no case to answer from the prosecution in the CarePay trial. Ms. Rodriguez, 54, whose name came up only a few times during the trial, is now free to go and is no longer required to attend court proceedings.

Health City: 2016 looks like a growth year

Health City Cayman Islands is about to enter a new stage of development.

50 years ago: A peaceful Christmas, sad passings and a wedding

In the Jan. 5, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, West Bay correspondent Leila Yates reported on Christmas in the district, as well as funerals and a wedding.

American guns, Jamaican violence, Cayman crime

Blaming other countries for local crime is a rhetorical diversion, not a practical solution.

Powell museum a jewel box of West Bay history

West Bay's Powell museum is a treasure trove of local history.

Bush raises questions over vehicle licensing center

Cayman's opposition leader asks the governor to look into the construction of a vehicle licensing facility in Breakers.

Liquor board: Shaken, stirred, freshened up

The entertainment industry is too vital a part of Cayman’s economy to become a playing field for political football.

Longtime liquor licensing chairman replaced in board shake-up

A new Liquor Licensing Board is ushered in, along with a new regime for local liquor-related businesses.

The shifting sands beneath the government’s feet

With about a year-and-a-half to go until the 2017 elections, the ground is once again trembling beneath Cayman’s elected government.

50 years ago: Great fishing, welcome rain and rough roads mark the season

Rain and good fishing made the news.

Constitutional Commission: 9-member government bench possible

Cayman's Constitutional Commission weighs in on the Legislative Assembly numbers debate.

50 years ago: Annual garden party draws crowds

The annual New Year's Day garden party attracted a large Bodden Town crowd as usual.

Bid to buy private hospital under way

A business is attempting to solicit Caymanian investors for a project to buy and run the Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital.

Penalty flag: Putting a price on patriotism

In the Cayman Islands, patriotism doesn’t come free of charge. According to our government, the cost can range up to $5,000 per display.

Third indicted CONCACAF chief faces US extradition

Another regional football president heads back to the U.S. facing criminal charges in the FIFA scandal, but Cayman's CONCACAF president's office remains open.

50 Years ago: Golden wedding anniversary celebrations

In the Jan. 5, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, under the headline, “Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Foster celebrate Golden Wedding Anniversary,” Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

Brac hotel owners told to clean up site

The owners of the Divi Tiara Beach Resort on Cayman Brac have been served with an enforcement order requiring them to demolish dilapidated buildings and clean up the site. The hotel, vacant for almost a decade, has become an eyesore on the island, and planning officials are concerned that the site is unsafe.

50 years ago: Teachers get in the party mood

The Dec. 29, 1965 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, reported on a festive event held at West Bay’s Club Inferno:

Copyright laws: Changing the channel in Cayman

The ringing in of the New Year signaled an adieu to one of the minor quirks of popular culture in the Cayman Islands: Our local television station’s arrangement to air content from U.S. network CBS.

A month-by-month roundup of Cayman’s 2015 news stories

Top stories of 2015 in the Cayman Islands

50 years ago: North Siders return home for the holidays

North Siders returned home for the holidays.

At year’s end: Future paths, old obstacles

As 2015 draws to a close, the Compass Editorial Board looks at some of the obstacles facing Cayman, a number of which can be turned into opportunities for advancement and improvement.

Editorial Year in Review: FIFA, corruption

editorials on fifa, corruption

Top stories of 2015: FIFA scandal puts Cayman in spotlight

A dawn raid at a luxurious Swiss hotel in May led to the crumbling of a soccer empire and thrust the Cayman Islands into the world spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

Helping out during the holidays

Between the unwrapping of Christmas gifts and popping of New Year’s champagne bottles, let’s take a moment to recognize some of the good works being done this holiday season by Cayman Islands residents.

Top stories of 2015: The year of the report

The theme for government in 2015 may well have been “The Year of the Report.” Ministers and civil servants have been going through a yearlong review of the EY Report, which calls for numerous government reforms.

50 years ago: Family on first visit react to Brac

The visit of Charles Plant and John Carpenter to Cayman Brac.

50 years ago: Exploding fridge damages home

In December 1965, Bodden Town correspondent A.B. Hunter wrote in the Caymanian Weekly of a home in Pedro that was partially destroyed in a fire after a refrigerator exploded in the kitchen.

Top stories of 2015: CayFilm festival prepares for encore

The first-ever CayFilm International Film Festival, held in June, was billed as “spectacular event” designed to promote the Cayman Islands as a world-class filming destination, and it was by all accounts as enjoyable and well-produced as the films screened at the event.

50 years ago: Holiday news and an anniversary

Arrivals and departures for the 1965 holidays.

Be smart: Stay safe, drive sober

Even though we have no ice or snow on our roads, winter is the most treacherous time of year to be driving in the Cayman Islands. The culprit responsible for the heightened danger on our streets isn’t Mother Nature, but alcohol consumption, carelessness and risk-taking.

House damaged in car smash

A woman needed hospital treatment after a car passing her house in George Town smashed into a parked car, pushing the parked vehicle into her house.

Top stories of 2015: Lawmaker's motion against same-sex unions sparks debate

A speech on the topic of same-sex unions made in the Legislative Assembly in August, sparked a months-long and still ongoing debate that pitted members of the Cayman Islands government against those advocating for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

West Bay's own sustainability pioneer

Catboat maker Kem Jackson is an off-the-grid pioneer.

What is your New Year's resolution?

West Bayers share their New Year’s resolutions.

50 years ago: Bodden Town Christmas message – bury the hate

In the Dec. 22, 1965 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Arthur Hunter wrote:

Christmas spirit: Peace, joy and goodwill to all

It’s Christmas Eve in the Cayman Islands. How things have changed.

Kind deed on bus leads to quest for cruise passengers

Cruise ship passengers Jerry and Pam Reding had only a first name to go on when they tried to track down a Caymanian woman who had helped ensure they did not miss their boat.

What's your favorite part of Christmas in Cayman, Bodden Town?

With Christmas just around the corner, the season brings with it all sorts of special memories and traditions.

Workin' around the Christmas tree: For many, Christmas is just another day at work

Not everyone in the Cayman Islands gets the day off to enjoy the festivities on Christmas; many will be working.

Chief immigration officer's fate unresolved

Cayman’s chief immigration officer will be spending her second holiday season on paid suspension, with an administrative matter pending against her remaining unresolved.

50 years ago: Winds of Change at Buccaneer's Inn

Eric and Cindy Crutchley bid farewell to friends before moving to Tortola.

50 years ago: Car knocks out power

In December, 1965, West Bay was left without power for several hours after a car knocked down an electric pole.

Christmas is Hair!

Annmarie Tomlinson creates an elaborate hairstyle to mark the Christmas season in West Bay.

Turtle Farm: Saddled with debt, saddling up turtles

The Cayman Turtle Farm had a big idea — and a bad idea: train green sea turtles, starting with a female named “Myrtle,” to give rides to visitors in the water.

What's your favorite part of Christmas in Cayman?

From family to food and everything in between, Christmas has a special meaning to many people here in Cayman. Out and about on a recent morning, these West Bayers volunteered to share their favorite things about the holiday season with the Compass.

50 years ago: Commissioner's cocktail party, and Christmas arrivals

The Dec. 22, 1965 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a predecessor of the Cayman Compass, had lots to report on notable social events leading up the Christmas holidays, including one marking a long-awaited move-in for the Police Commissioner:

Default settings: Banks offer clarity on troubled loans

Amendments to banking codes don't normally appear on anyone's Christmas list. But recent changes made by local bankers are cause for cheer.

Shell shock over turtle-riding scheme

After six months working as the head animal trainer at the Cayman Turtle Farm, Amy Souster quit because of the conditions in which turtles and other animals were kept at the West Bay tourist attraction, she said. The big project the Turtle Farm wanted her to work on, which she said she learned about after arriving on island, was a scheme to train turtles to give tourists rides in the water.

Jamaica National again accepting CI dollars

Jamaica National Money Services, along with MoneyGram and QuikCash, can once again take Cayman Islands dollars for remittances, almost four months after the companies had to restrict cash transfers to only U.S. currency.

50 years ago: Christmas visitors aplenty from near and far

Visitors from near and far arrived for the holidays.

'Tax-onomy': Our potholes and pitfalls

Cayman's image as a "low-tax" or even "tax-free" jurisdiction has been most useful as a marketing tool. Unfortunately, it's not entirely true.

What's hot this Christmas

It may be too late to beat the Christmas shopping rush this year, but there is still enough time to head out to local shops to find that perfect gift.

50 Years ago: Civil service exodus prediction justified

In the Dec. 15, 1965 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Arthur Hunter wrote:

World records: Cayman's open data flaws

Typically, a letter grade of "C" means "average." But when it puts your country on par with the likes of Pakistan and Russia, what it really means is "unsatisfactory."

From the National Conservation Council

National Conservation Council responds to Compass editorial.

Red Bay roads crumble from neglect

Residents in Selkirk Drive and Abbey Way area of Red Bay have complained for years to the National Roads Authority about the large potholes and constant flooding that plague their neighborhood.

South Sound home for Enterprise City

The recent approval of the master zoning plan for Cayman Enterprise City's campus is positive news.

50 years ago: Warship sends cable

A cable from the H.M.S. Rothesay thanked the Brac District Commissioner for his hospitality.

Paris climate deal prompts call for action in Cayman

The Cayman Islands must set more aggressive targets on increasing renewable energy and reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the light of the Paris agreement on climate change, green energy advocates have said.

Letter to the Editor: Public burial spaces

Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush says government has an obligation to provide public cemeteries.

Professor: Same-sex unions legislation 'inevitable' in Cayman

When human rights professor Robert Wintemute visited the Cayman Islands in January to deliver a critique of the islands’ “out of date” laws on rights for homosexuals, he hoped to start a conversation.

50 Years ago: New baby in time for the holidays

A new baby and a wedding were among notable milestones ushering the Christmas season.

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