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Restrictions on the way for Sister Islands

Security measures are being planned for the Sister Islands to protect the vulnerable residents there, Premier Wayne Panton said on Tuesday, as cases of COVID-19 community transmission on Grand Cayman neared double digits.

Tropical Depression Grace shifts south, severe weather bulletin to be issued

The National Weather Service is expected to issue severe weather bulletin today as the forecast track for Tropical Depression Grace shifted south bringing the system closer to the Sister Islands.

Surge in property sales on the Sister Islands

Significant interest from staycationers is fuelling a property investment boom on the Sister Islands and sparking concern over potential development.
The Sister Islands rock iguana faces threats from speeding cars, encroaching development and feral cats.

Speeding cars impact rock iguana population

The already dwindling population of the Sister Islands Rock Iguana has taken a serious hit with the recent deaths of two adult reptiles, one of which was full of eggs.

New police area commander for Sister Islands

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has appointed Inspector Ian Yearwood as the new area commander for the Sister Islands. He succeeds Acting Inspector Kevin Bogle in the role.

COVID-test requirement removed for Sister Islands visits

People visiting the Sister Islands are no longer required to undergo a COVID-19 test prior to their trip.

COVID testing, travel arrangements to Sister Islands outlined

The Health Services Authority has outlined how people who wish to visit Cayman Brac or Little Cayman can arrange COVID-19 tests before travelling.

National Gallery brings art to Sister Islands

Artwork from two National Gallery exhibitions are now on display in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

Tales of the quake: Sister Islands shaken

Sister Islands residents share their stories of Tuesday's earthquake.

Letter: Euthanise Sister Islands’ feral cats

As a former long-time cat owner (Elvis, Butthead, Ripley, Scooter, Skittles and Mako, all unwanted by their owners or strays taken in), a trip to the Little Cayman garbage dump to witness the pitiful state of the warren there breaks my heart.

Prince tours Sister Islands, meets with locals

Large crowds do not often assemble on Cayman Brac, but hundreds gathered Thursday on the island’s Bluff to see Prince Charles cut the ribbon on the new 25-metre swimming pool – his first task upon arrival in the Sister Islands.

Poisons regulation to close cat cull loophole

New regulations allowing officials to sanction the poisoning of animals in certain circumstances could pave the way for the resumption of a planned cull of feral cats said to pose a threat to rare seabirds on the Sister Islands.

Letter: Government is right to cull Sister Islands’ feral cats

All the feral cats I find on my property, I will give them to the government.

Weekend Mail Call: ‘Catfight’ on the Sister Islands

The Compass editorial “Catfight on the sister Islands” had readers talking this week, as animal advocates took to the courts to halt government’s plan to cull booming feral cat populations.

Cat fight

Today's editorial cartoon

Feral cats

Today's editorial cartoon

Research vessel Alucia calls in on Sister Islands

A 184-foot-long research and exploration vessel, complete with submersibles capable of reaching depths of more than half a mile, called in to the Sister Islands this week.
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Police warn of Sister Islands phone scam

Police are warning of a scam involving the addition of phone credit to Jamaican telephone numbers.

O’Connor-Connolly, Juliana

Juliana O'Connor-Connolly is a Progressives candidate for Cayman Brac East.

McCoy-Moore, Maxine

Maxine McCoy-Moore is an independent candidate for Cayman Brac West & Little Cayman.

Police veteran takes over command of Sister Islands

Longtime police veteran Andre Tahal has taken over as area commander of the Sister Islands.Inspector Tahal has served on the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service for 20 years.

Dixon, Rudolph

Rudolph Dixon is an independent candidate for Cayman Brac East.

Kirkconnell, Moses

Moses Kirkconnell is a Progressives candidate for Cayman Brac West & Little Cayman.

Cubans rescued after running aground on Little Cayman reef

A group of Cuban migrants ran aground on a reef off the eastern end of Little Cayman on Tuesday. According to police in the Sister Islands, the group was able to get the attention of a resident near Point of Sand, and several people in the area took boats out to rescue the 22 migrants off the reef Tuesday evening.

50 years ago: Bread shortage spurs cooperative action

“There’s beauty in bread!/ There’s the song of the rain/ that watered the grain,/ And the song of brown earth/ that brought it to birth./ And a song of sun too,/ as golden it grew." These lines, read years ago in an old magazine found in my grandmother’s home, came back to mind as I delved into the reason why there was an islandwide shortage of flour and a close down of the Pioneer Bakery for four days, 18th to 22nd.

Coming up in Sister Islands: Solid waste open houses

With the recent release of a new report on waste solutions for the Cayman Islands, the public is being invited to hear about what is being proposed.

At back-to-school-time, Brac educator looks back on changes

As part of an ongoing project to document the Brac’s early days, Saskia Edwards of the Cayman Brac Heritage Committee recently sat down with educator Mexi-Ann Grant.

Exciting tales bring Brac’s past to life

As part of an ongoing project to document the Brac’s early days, Saskia Edwards of the Cayman Brac Heritage Committee recently sat down with Leonardi Orlando Carter, whose family history spans many interesting periods of the island’s development.

Little Cayman police meeting nets interest

Members of the Little Cayman community recently had the chance to meet with their Royal Cayman Islands Police Service area commander.

Youngsters have smashing time

Sister Islands primary schoolchildren have been enjoying free tennis lessons thanks to a local law firm.

Little Cayman home to rare iguanas

Along with a few humans, Little Cayman is home to some special animals, including the largest red-footed booby colony in the Western Hemisphere, along with a land creature similar but different to its blue cousin in Grand Cayman.

50 years ago: Sea rescues recounted and medical inadequacies highlighted

In the June 15, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

Graduations and summary court coming up

Upcoming events in the Sister Islands include graduation celebrations and Summary Court.

A special story time

Celebrity Reading Day provided an entertaining kick start to Child Month on the Brac.

50 years ago: Foster Dixon wedding and homecomings

“The community of Spot Bay and other friends gathered at the Church of God (Full) Gospel Hall for the wedding of Miss Odette Lucille Foster to Mr. Denis Emil Dixon on Saturday evening last."

Keira Bodden wins Little Miss Brac

Keira Bodden, 10, was crowned Little Miss Cayman Brac at the pageant hosted by the Lions Club of Cayman Brac at the Aston Rutty Centre on April 30.

50 years ago: A bus for the Brac

In the May 4, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Rich wrote: “Late afternoon Tuesday, 19th, as Captain Keith Tibbetts drove the green and gold [Chevrolet 48 passenger bus unloaded from the Motor Vessel Kirkchief] on to solid ground cheers of joy resounded through the atmosphere. Within seconds the sun slipped below the horizon."

Bakers wow judges at Brac Cupcake War

Young bakers were strutting their pastry-making stuff at the fourth annual Brac Cupcake War on Saturday, April 30, at Layman E. Scott High School.

The People Time Forgot: Sylvia Christian

Sylvia Christian was a seamstress, thatch maker and one heck of a good singer on the island of Cayman Brac.

Mother’s Day tea party on the beach

A Mother’s Day afternoon tea party will take place at Casa Cassiopeia, 3226 Guy Banks Road, Little Cayman this weekend.

Upcoming Sister Islands events

For those interested in honing a new skill, Cayman Traditional Arts holds its community thatch plaiting class at Heritage House on the second and last Thursday of each month.

Wetland reserve a haven for wildlife

Little Cayman’s Booby Pond Nature Reserve on the island’s south side features a land-locked saltwater lagoon with mangrove margins and old growth dry forest.

Little Cayman getting ready for Agriculture show

Organizers are all set for a celebration of Little Cayman’s cultural and agricultural heritage this weekend.

50 years ago: Youth in the spotlight

In the March 16, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “‘Massa’ George Saml. Scott of Watering Place returned on the 7th from Jamaica. He reported that he felt much better after receiving treatment at the University College Hospital."

Fishing line bins open on Sister Islands

Helping keep Cayman’s waters and shoreline clean just got a little easier in the Sister Islands.

Agriculture show draws big crowds

Fine weather and a strong turnout made for an action-packed and successful Brac Agriculture show last weekend.

Culture honors for Sister Islanders

Simone Scott was among several Cayman Brackers honored at last week’s Cayfest National Arts and Culture awards.

50 years ago: ‘3 cheers for Little Cayman’

In the March 2, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, contributor Florence Blum wrote: “As one New York Times...

50 years ago: Farewell to nurse; need for new infant school highlighted

In the Feb. 23, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote:

Brac Labour office opens to answer queries on Labour, Pensions Laws

Sister Islands residents are reminded that the Department of Labour and Pensions office will be open again on Cayman Brac on Wednesday, Feb. 24, to assist with inquiries from employees and employers.

Nature Cayman offers up the best of the Brac

Rustic and charming Cayman Brac, first settled in 1833, offers up an array of activities for visitors to experience.

50 years ago: A slew of visitors to the Brac

In the Feb. 16, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch wrote: “On vacation from Grand Cayman and guest of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Marson of the West End is Nurse Maurice Hurlstone, midwife in private practice."

50 Years ago: Cuban refugees, teen dance in the news

In the Feb. 16, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a precursor of the Cayman Compass, George Town correspondent Miss Frances wrote: “It is reported that 3 boat loads of refugees from Cuba landed on Cayman Brac over the weekend."

Burglars hit two Brac liquor stores

Two liquor stores were broken into last weekend on Cayman Brac and cash was taken in at least one of the cases, Royal Cayman Islands Police said Thursday.

Waltons keep Jewish faith alive

The founder of the Cayman Islands first synagogue has been recognized for helping keep the Jewish faith alive in the territory.

Pirates Point marks 30 years

Little Cayman’s renown as a premier dive destination has its origins in a few acknowledged tourism pioneers, among them the late Gladys Howard, owner of Pirates Point resort.

Youngsters hit the pool

Young swimmers on the Brac were out in force for a day of competition at the Sister Islands Swim Club’s first Burner Meet of 2016.

New offices open on Brac

The opening of a new facility on the Brac serving the Sister Islands on Friday, Jan. 29 drew a small crowd of dignitaries and residents.

50 years ago: Fishing and marine conservation

In the Feb. 9, 1966 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, Cayman Brac correspondent Lilian Ritch reported: “Dr. and Mrs. C.P. Idyll made a brief visit to the islands a fortnight ago. Dr. Idyll is chairman of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, Miami, member of the faculty of the University of Miami Department of Research and Fisheries and instructor of marine science."

Rev up your Valentine’s Day

Has your relationship been flagging in the romantic gesture department lately? Saying “I love you” before lights out each night and a fleeting kiss...

EDITORIAL – The Tibbetts family legacy continues on Cayman Brac

The grand reopening of the Cayman Brac Beach Resort deserves three cheers — one for each generation of the Tibbetts family, starting with patriarch...

Pauline ‘Polly’ Tibbetts, 1927-2016

Polly Tibbetts passed away on January 4, 2016

Top stories of 2015: CarePay contract trial gets under way

Cayman ended 2015 with a major corruption trial involving healthcare contracts and allegations against some prominent Caymanian businesspeople.
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.

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.

Little Cayman honors Gladys Howard's last request

Little Cayman honors Gladys Howard, who passed away in October, with a memorial service, a costumed parade and a party, abiding by her last wish to celebrate her life rather than mourn her passing.

Beachside trash yields treasure – and then some

The GREEN team organized a high schol beach cleanup on 21 November.

Gladys Howard Celebration of Life

Friends and family will be celebrating the life of the late Gladys Bravenec Howard this week in Little Cayman, with a memorial service and a parade.

700 hired for seasonal work program

Seven hundred Caymanians have been selected to take part in the government’s Christmas work program.

Cayman Airways gets new boarding ramps

Cayman Airways has purchased six new boarding ramps for its planes.

People that time forgot: Panama

Clare Woodman Bears, better known as “Panama,” grates coconuts to make cooking oil.

Jamaican stargazers to help Cayman students see in the dark

The stars aligned in a meeting of the presidents of the Jamaican and the Cayman Islands Astronomical societies recently with heaven-sent results.

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