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Woman carried two bottles of rum to prison inmate

A woman who smuggled two small bottles of rum and a phone charger into Northward Prison was sentenced on Monday after Magistrate Valdis Foldats questioned “why on Earth” she would become involved with a man serving a lengthy sentence and then be willing to carry contraband to him in her bra.

Bahama Bob may have the perfect job — professional rum taster

As a professional musician-songwriter, I’ve always thought I had the best job in the world. I put in about six hours a week on stage and another six writing songs.

Savannah celebrates seniors

Savannah Newlands revelers were out in full force at the senior citizens’ Christmas party on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Robber punches 77-year-old Rum Point tourist in face

A man armed with a knife robbed three tourists while they were sitting on their back deck in Rum Point on Monday evening, police reported.

Cayman Cookout: Stylish epicurean weekend approaches

The Cayman Cookout is back on Thursday, Jan. 14 so get your tickets now before all the events sell out.
Celebrity chefs, the chefs of The Ritz-Carlton, and local and international culinary talents.

Entertainment roundup for 2015

Let's take a look back at all the fantastic events held throughout 2015, as we ring in 2016.
Purple Ribbon buses

Routes announced for free Purple Ribbon buses

Routes for the free Purple Ribbon buses on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day have been announced by the National Drug Council, organizers of the initiative.

Top stories of 2015: Twelve die in road accidents

Twelve people died in car accidents in 2015, three times as many as the year before.

Top stories of 2015: Cruise plan divided Cayman in 2015

Plans for a new cruise terminal in George Town harbor dominated the headlines and divided the Cayman Islands community throughout 2015.

Men plead guilty after weight of ganja reduced

Three men accused of importing ganja pleaded guilty on Monday after their charge was amended with a lesser weight.

Party with a purpose: Annual Mistletoe event

The 8th Annual Mistletoe Party at Abacus should be top of your list this Friday - just remember to wear white!

Cruise arrivals up this holiday season

An unusually large number of cruise passengers are scheduled to descend on Grand Cayman in the days leading up to Christmas and the New Year.

Government gets its first electric vehicle

The Cayman Islands Postal Service will deliver packages to George Town offices in 2016 using government’s first electric vehicle, a Nissan van, which Cayman Automotive delivered Thursday.

Cayman business in brief

Only 58 percent of hedge funds deliver positive returns; Tortuga obtains license to export rum to the US; Appleby advised Fosun on acquisition of Ironshore Insurance; Charities featured on Butterfield roundabout

Golf resort now apartment complex

First sold to investors as a luxury housing development around a golf course, a long-discussed project near Rum Point has gone through another metamorphosis as it works its way through the planning process.

Christmas drinks get you in the spirit

Eggnog and mulled wine are two classic christmas drinks, and are very easy to make in no time at all.

Toys For Tots is on a roll

Take to your bike and ride, or just donate a toy to the Toys For Tots annual campaign, organized by the Cayman Islands Motorcycle Riders Association.

Spectacular homes net design awards

A spectacular contemporary home on the waterfront in Rum Point and a tranquil beach house nestled among sea grape trees in Little Cayman share the 2015 Governor’s Award for design and construction excellence. Despite their contrasting styles, both homes impressed the judges at the biennial awards ceremony because of their harmony with the surrounding natural environment.

50 years ago: North Side booming without electricity

In the Dec. 8, 1965 edition of The Caymanian Weekly, a precursor to the Cayman Compass, North Side correspondent Nettie McCoy wrote about how the district was growing, even before regular electricity service was available

Bikers rev up for Christmas toy drive

The Cayman Islands Motorcycle Riders Association is getting ready for its annual Toys For Tots Charity Drive and Ride campaign, during which it invites the public to donate toys as Christmas gifts for Cayman’s children.

Cayman Cookout tickets

Now is the time to buy your Cayman Cookout tickets, as some events have already sold out with the festival only a month away.

Cruz's New York run was inspiring

Jalene Cruz will be involved in the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon this weekend, whether she is fit to run or not.

Hotels, restaurants profit from Pirates Week, seek better coordination

Hotels and restaurants close to the George Town waterfront reported a successful Pirates Week, although some said better coordination was necessary between businesses and the official celebration committee.

Bailey gets to the Point safely

Chris Bailey completed the fourth of five sporting challenges he set himself on Sunday, in a cycling race he created to help charities.

Cayman Islands Brewery wins big at Caribbean festival

The Cayman Islands Brewery garnered a number of medals at the 5th Caribbean Rum & Beer Festival in St. Maarten held earlier this month.

Chefs vie for glory at the Sister Islands Cook-off

Little Cayman’s usually tranquil Southern Cross Club was a hotbed of cooking action last weekend with stoves all fired up for the 18th annual Sister Islands Cookoff.

Pirates land in Grand Cayman!

The pirates came ashore Saturday amidst the sounds of cannon and musket fire, quickly outnumbering the red-coated British soldiers assembled on the dock. Thousands of revelers awaited the landing along the waterfront, which turned out to be a relatively peaceful affair. Peaceful, that is, once the swashbucklers successfully kidnapped the governor – or at least the man playing the part of governor for the annual rite kicking off the Pirates Week parade.

West Bay Diner offers tasty value for money

The new West Bay Diner is a no frills, no fuss stop for those who appreciate good food at a great price.

The real pirates of the Cayman Islands

As Cayman prepares to celebrate Pirates Week, we look at the true tales of piracy in the Cayman Islands.

Table Talk Awards take center stage

The Brasserie, Blue Cilantro and The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman came away as the big winners of the inaugural Cayman Islands edition of the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards, each garnering three awards.

Keeping the catboat tradition alive

If you’ve heard of catboats, then you’ve probably also heard of West Bayers Kem Jackson and Loxley Banks.

Coral bleaching in Cayman passes 'mass event' threshold

The waters around the Cayman Islands hit the threshold in recent weeks that could cause mass coral bleaching around the islands, part of a global event this year caused by warmer than usual water temperatures throughout the world’s oceans.

Three remanded for 813 pounds of ganja

Three men appeared in Summary Court on Monday charged with illegal landing and importation of approximately 813 pounds of ganja.

Robbery costs spiral for businesses

Small businesses in Grand Cayman are spending significant sums on security measures to protect their staff and customers from the growing threat of armed robberies.

Pilot's tests considered for boaters

Pleasure boaters could soon be required to take pilot’s tests before being allowed on the water.

Mouthwatering libations

Camana Bay has created a list of the town restaurant's signature cocktails making it easier to pick your libation of choice.

Bailey's mettle to be tested

A local triathlete has just finished the second of five exhausting sporting events to raise funds for literacy projects in Cayman and Guatemala, and this weekend he tackles the next one.

Five men in court deny Rum Point robbery

A group of five men have denied taking bracelets worth $1,000, an iPhone, jewelry, cash and cigarettes from a man at Rum Point in North Side.

Bridge Foundation gives residents new lease on life

The Bridge Foundation provides transitional housing for men and women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Residents of the foundation’s houses in West Bay – the Anchor House for men, and the Beacon House for women – like to call it their little piece of heaven off of Hell Road.

Emails reveal tender plan for mega-ships

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines were in advanced negotiations with government and Port Authority officials in early 2012 over upgrades to the Royal Watler dock that would have allowed the Genesis class mega-ships to visit Grand Cayman.

A beer for kings

Samuel Adams limited production brew called Utopias is a beer unlike any other.

St. James Point: Bodden Town's time to shine

Move over, Seven Mile Beach. After decades of waiting in the wings, it’s time for the ivory sands of Bodden Town to step out into the limelight.

Police clamp down on North Side speeders

Police have issued 69 speeding tickets during weekend operations this month in North Side.

Get into the mix with Cayman Cocktail Week

Parties, events and cocktail tastings at Cayman Cocktail Week, Oct. 23-20

Pioneer developer Rex Crighton passes away

Rex Crighton, a pioneer land developer and realtor in the Cayman Islands, died on Monday. He was 81.

Davies bounces back to running after cancer scare

Roger Davies has been around the Cayman running scene for decades, but because of serious illness he has been almost absent in recent years.

Diverted ambulances delay response to heart attack victim

It took an ambulance crew nearly 30 minutes to reach an unresponsive heart attack victim in North Side Monday because there were no available ambulances in the area, according to 911 records of the call.

Despite deadline, cash transfers will continue

Cash transfer companies Jamaica National, MoneyGram and Quick Cash will only accept US dollar from today.

Triathlete helps literacy projects

A local triathlete has just finished the first of five extremely challenging sporting events to raise funds for literacy projects in Cayman and Guatemala.

A special paper anniversary

A groom wanted to wish his wife a special "paper" anniversary by putting his greetings in the newspaper.

Deadline looms for cash transfer firms

Money transfer companies, used to send cash remittances overseas, face an Aug. 25 deadline to find a new bank or face closure, according to a board member with Jamaican National Money Transfer.

Mango festival features more than fruit

Mango-lovers will be treated to a festival featuring the “king of fruits” on Saturday at Cayman Cabana.

14 North Side speeders rounded up

After getting an earful from North Side residents and eastern district MLAs about traffic problems earlier this year, police ticketed more than a dozen people during a Sunday crackdown at Rum Point.

North Side speeders rounded up

After getting an earful from North Side residents and eastern district MLAs about traffic problems earlier this year, police ticketed more than a dozen people during a Sunday crackdown at Rum Point.

Second person charged in Rum Point robbery

A second person appeared in court on Friday, charged with a robbery that took place on Aug. 2 at Rum Point.

Little Cayman rocks with Flor de Caña

The residents of Little Cayman drink more Flor de Caña 12-year-old rum per capita than anyone else in the world, so Tortuga Rum Company celebrated with a party.

More cruise passengers: Their impact on Cayman

The proposed cruise berthing facility in George Town Harbour could bring half a million more cruise passengers annually, but can Grand Cayman handle such an increase in visitors?

An argument against cruise berthing facilities

Caymanian Bo Miller makes an argument for why the cruise berthing project should not go ahead.

Burglar ordered to compensate victims

A man who pleaded guilty to three burglaries was ordered to pay his victims a total of $1,682.

Mixed reactions to CITA cruise dock opposition

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association’s announcement late last week that the majority of its members were opposed to the proposed cruise berthing plan has drawn mixed reactions.

Rattlesnakes squirm, then bite

The Texas Rattlesnakes rugby team slithered into town to play the Cayman national side last week.

Carnival to begin cruises to Cuba in May

Carnival intends to begin cruise trips to Cuba as early as May 2016, when it will become the first American cruise company to visit the country since 1960.

Wine school graduates 10 with Level 2 Awards

Wineschool 3 recently saw some of its students obtain WSET Level 2 Awards in Wines & Spirits certifications after successfully completing the 28-hour course.

Rival group launched to support cruise dock

A new “public information” group has been formed by supporters of a new cruise dock for George Town in an effort to counter a growing campaign against the $150 million project.

Ideas for summer teen activities

Keep teens busy this summer with Weekender's round-up of some of the best activities for all to enjoy.

Lifetime achievement award for hotel owner Kel Thompson

From flying tourists to the island as one of Cayman Airways’ youngest ever captains, to hosting them at his East End hotel, Kel Thompson was recognized for three decades of service to the island’s tourism industry.

Island Games teams announced

Cayman announces its Island Games teams to compete in Jersey from June 27 to July 3.

Paddle boarding fun in the sun

Paddleboarders from age 4 to 60 participated in the Appleton Estate Rum Run Summer Paddle Board Regatta.

Michael's Genuine to close in Cayman

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink will close its Grand Cayman location in August.

“It’s never easy to close the book on a project you feel genuinely proud of, but it’s time to move on,” said Michael Schwartz of his namesake restaurant. “I’m honored by the support we have received over the years in Cayman and from our partners at Camana Bay.”

Board meeting set for paddlers

Not all board meetings are boring for kids.

Petitioners oppose cruise pier

Protesters have gathered more than 1,000 signatures for a petition to prevent construction of a new $150 million cruise pier in George Town harbor.

New dock 'critical' to Cayman's future

A group of Grand Cayman business leaders warns that the island will be frozen out of the cruise industry if a new dock is not built in George Town.

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