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Kirk Freeport has shuttered 7 stores

Businesses announce temporary closures

Multiple businesses closed or scaled back operations as the news began to break Monday that the Cayman Islands was closing its borders.

New look, new wines for Tortuga at Greenery

Last month, the Tortuga Fine Wine & Spirits location at The Greenery shopping plaza on West Bay Road temporarily closed for renovations. When it reopened six days later, it had a new modernized look, similar to its flagship store at Governors Square, and some new wines never before available in Cayman.

Savannah celebrates seniors

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

From swill to thrill: Wine has come a long way in Cayman

Cayman's road to wine respectability and eventually superiority started in the mid-1980s, quite by accident.

Cousteau visit to Grand Cayman recalled

Suzy Soto recalls Jacques Cousteau's 1976 visit to Grand Cayman.

East Ender reminisces about tourism’s early days

Having spent 45 years in the tourism business, East Ender Doralee McLaughlin has a treasure chest of memories to share, stretching back to the industry’s early days.
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: 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.

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.

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

American diver is 14th water-related fatality this year

A tourist from the United States died Sunday after he surfaced in distress from a dive off North West Point.

Christmas without the cooking

Overview of Christmas brunch and dinner options.

50 years ago Prison sentence for obeah, sunglasses lost

In the Dec. 1 1965 edition of the Caymanian Weekly, a predecessor of the Cayman Compass, a front-page story told of an East End woman who was found guilty of practicing obeah, a type of sorcery similar to voodoo practiced in the West Indies by former West African slaves:

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.

Diver dies off East End

A female tourist died in a diving accident Tuesday morning.

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.

East End's oldest resident turns 100

East Ender Stella Welcome recently joined a distinguished group, celebrating her 100th birthday on Oct. 30.

FBI joins probe into comic book artist's disappearance

The disappearance of a comic book artist who went missing while snorkeling off Grand Cayman’s East End in March has now drawn the attention of U.S. federal investigators.

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.

East End runs attract elite for Halloween series

Road runners get a range of racing options in East End this weekend.

Suzy Soto honored

Hotel and restaurant pioneer Suzy Soto received the Cayman Culinary Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her distinguished service and commitment to Cayman’s hospitality industry at the Out of the Kitchen and Ark of Taste dinner event at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Wednesday night.

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.

'Nikki's Voice' team in first race

The Credit Union 5K was a significant event for team “Nikki’s Voice” on Saturday because after three months of intensive training in scorching heat, Nikki Christian and Scott Ruby entered their first-ever race as a pram duo.

Despite deadline, cash transfers will continue

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Island Games teams announced

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

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.

Liquor stores add security after robberies

A series of late-night liquor store robberies on Grand Cayman are frightening workers and patrons and costing businesses money for security upgrades.

Third liquor store robbed in week

Another Grand Cayman liquor store is hit in a pre-closing time robbery.

Back-to-back nighttime liquor store robberies

Two liquor store robberies occur within 48 hours of each other in George Town.

Machete-wielding robber holds up liquor store

A West Bay Road liquor store is held up just before closing time.

Mother devastated over allegations of hospital error

The mother of a British dive industry worker said she was “devastated but relieved” following a coroner’s verdict that her daughter died as a result of a failed surgical procedure at the Cayman Islands Hospital.

Waterfront restaurant to close

The Breezes by the Bay restaurant overlooking George Town harbor will close next month. The restaurant, in a prime location on the waterfront, was a favorite spot for spectators during the Pirates Week and Batabano festivals.

Crash victim laid to rest

Cayman crash victim Kate Clayton was laid to rest last week as family and friends on both sides of the Atlantic gathered to remember her life.

Search called off for snorkeler missing off East End

Police have called off a sea search for a man from the United States who went missing while snorkeling off East End Thursday. The missing man was known for his work with DC and Marvel Comics.

Search for missing snorkeler launched

Police divers were searching the waters off East End on Thursday afternoon after a snorkeler was reported missing.

Cayman crash victim dies in UK

The mother of British dive industry worker Kate Clayton confirmed her daughter died in the U.K., five weeks after suffering severe injuries in a car accident in Grand Cayman.

Tourist water death is fourth of year

A Little Cayman visitor collapsed after a dive trip Sunday.

Family of injured dive worker prays for miracle

The mother of a British dive industry worker injured in a car accident says she is grateful to the island community for the outpouring of love, prayers and support for her daughter.

Four water deaths in January

An elderly tourist becomes Cayman's fourth victim in water-related accidents this month.

East End resort sues over Facebook posts

The Morritt’s resort is suing a former timeshare property owner for libel over comments she made about the hotel owners on Facebook.

Cayman a low-key hot spot for celebs

While some Caribbean islands attempt to parlay celebrity vacations into tabloid column inches as a form of free destination advertising, the Cayman Islands continues to take a more low-key approach.

2014 Year in Review

A month-by-month review of the Cayman Islands' top new stories in 2014.

Southern Cross sweeps awards at cook-off

Cayman’s top chefs gathered for the 17th annual Sister Islands Cook-off on Nov. 15. The premiere culinary event was hosted by the Southern Cross Club in Little Cayman.

Longer nightclub hours nixed

A local club's bid to stay open until 4 a.m. every night is rejected by the Liquor Licensing Board.

Business in brief

A roundup of local business briefs.

Two arrested in connection with Tortuga robbery

Two men were arrested Thursday night in connection with the robbery of a cash courier for Tortuga Rum Co. at the company’s North Sound Way car park

Men with machetes rob Tortuga Rum Co. employee

Two men armed with machetes threatened an employee of Tortuga Rum Company on North Sound Way Thursday evening

Airport retail stores must bid for space

Cayman's current airport vendors are told they'll have to fight for their space in the new terminal.

Travel critic lists CAL among his 8 top airlines

Travel critic Richard Bangs lists Cayman Airways among his top eight airlines.

More celebrity ‘imposters’ at Tortuga

Tortuga Rum Company’s business owner Robert Hamaty has turned the indignity of being fooled by a Jack Nicholson impersonator last week into a marketing and promotional tool in the form of an amusing video.

Nicholson impersonator fools Compass, Tortuga

It was a fairly convincing impostor, not American actor Jack Nicholson, who visited Cayman last week, the Cayman Compass learned Friday.

Chamber gives provisional support to minimum wage

Cayman's largest business advocacy group backs the concept of a minimum wage, given proper government safeguards and reviews.

Credit card records revealed

Hundreds of pages of statements relating to charges made by government officials on goverment-issued credit cards have been released through an open records request.

Customs changes get mixed reception

Businesses react with mixed emotions to reduction in the number of customs importation codes.

Hamaty: Past time for Liquor Board change

Tortuga founder says small size of country no excuse for direct conflicts of interest.

Students try on tourism hat

Five young Caymanian students got a sneak peek into a career in tourism industry this month during the Caymanian Land and Sea Cooperative’s first internship program.

Power costs increase for businesses

An increase in electricity costs for businesses could wipe out the benefit of fuel duty cuts announced last week in the government’s budget, business owners have warned.

Smuggling ‘huge’ in Cayman

The local business community reveals the depth of Cayman's cigarette smuggling problems following the bust of two airline employees.

Morritt’s unveils luxury unit in English style

A new luxury 20-unit property called The Londoner at East End's Morritt’s Resort is the newest addition to hotel accommodation in the Cayman Islands.

Writer: Ms. McField deserves credit

Writer says Compass didn't give due recognition to Meals on Wheels organizer.

Former rider back on horse after 40 years

Marlene Smith, volunteer at Cayman Cowboy Town Stables, helps a visitor to the island ride a horse for the first time in 40 years.

Caymanian games of yesteryear

For artisans Deal Ebanks and Wray Banker, their handcrafted board games are a cultural homage to Cayman.

Tortuga Rum Cakes feature on HSN

Cayman’s famous Tortuga Rum Cakes are being featured on the Home Shopping Network’s television channel this week.

Liquor board approves majority of applications

The Liquor Licensing Board saw more than a dozen applications at its quarterly session last week.

Report: Turtle Farm ‘unlikely’ to break even

The prospect of the Cayman Turtle Farm breaking even without cutting jobs and scaling back operations have been dismissed as "unlikely" in a report on the economics of the cash-strapped tourist venue.

Business in brief

RBC Wealth Management, part of Royal Bank of Canada, has announced the appointment of Alison Parker as a trust director based in Grand Cayman.

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