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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 is one of the most popular recreational activities in Cayman, and many people who move to Cayman become first-time boat owners.
In the Jan. 19 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, East End correspondent Charles Dixon wrote:
A George Town home, destroyed by fire, is being rebuilt, bit-by-bit, as the Cayman community steps in to help.
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.
In the Jan. 12, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Arthur Hunter wrote:
Not all votes are created equal. Ignorant votes are worthless, even harmful.
In the Jan. 5, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:
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 Cayman Islands is about to enter a new stage of development.
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.
Blaming other countries for local crime is a rhetorical diversion, not a practical solution.
West Bay's Powell museum is a treasure trove of local history.
Cayman's opposition leader asks the governor to look into the construction of a vehicle licensing facility in Breakers.
The entertainment industry is too vital a part of Cayman’s economy to become a playing field for political football.
A new Liquor Licensing Board is ushered in, along with a new regime for local liquor-related businesses.
With about a year-and-a-half to go until the 2017 elections, the ground is once again trembling beneath Cayman’s elected government.
Rain and good fishing made the news.
Cayman's Constitutional Commission weighs in on the Legislative Assembly numbers debate.
The annual New Year's Day garden party attracted a large Bodden Town crowd as usual.
A business is attempting to solicit Caymanian investors for a project to buy and run the Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
Top stories of 2015 in the Cayman Islands
North Siders returned home for the holidays.
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.
editorials on fifa, corruption
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.
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.
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.
The visit of Charles Plant and John Carpenter to Cayman Brac.
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.
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.
Arrivals and departures for the 1965 holidays.
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.
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.
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.
Catboat maker Kem Jackson is an off-the-grid pioneer.
West Bayers share their New Year’s resolutions.
In the Dec. 22, 1965 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Arthur Hunter wrote:
It’s Christmas Eve in the Cayman Islands. How things have changed.
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.
With Christmas just around the corner, the season brings with it all sorts of special memories and traditions.
Not everyone in the Cayman Islands gets the day off to enjoy the festivities on Christmas; many will be working.
Cayman’s chief immigration officer will be spending her second holiday season on paid suspension, with an administrative matter pending against her remaining unresolved.
Eric and Cindy Crutchley bid farewell to friends before moving to Tortola.
In December, 1965, West Bay was left without power for several hours after a car knocked down an electric pole.
Annmarie Tomlinson creates an elaborate hairstyle to mark the Christmas season in West Bay.
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.
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.
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:
Amendments to banking codes don't normally appear on anyone's Christmas list. But recent changes made by local bankers are cause for cheer.
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 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.
Visitors from near and far arrived for the holidays.
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.
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.
In the Dec. 15, 1965 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Bodden Town correspondent Arthur Hunter wrote:
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."
National Conservation Council responds to Compass editorial.
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.
The recent approval of the master zoning plan for Cayman Enterprise City's campus is positive news.
A cable from the H.M.S. Rothesay thanked the Brac District Commissioner for his hospitality.
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.
Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush says government has an obligation to provide public cemeteries.
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.
A new baby and a wedding were among notable milestones ushering the Christmas season.