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Press Releases: March 2006

Welcome to Jamaica's New PM
Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts has sent a message to the Government of Jamaica, welcoming Prime Minister the Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller. 31st March 2006, 3:20pm
Youth Ambassador Programme
Young people who are disciplined, positive and work well with others are encouraged to enlist in the new National Youth Ambassador Programme. 31st March 2006, 2:47pm
Tourism Apprenticeship
Ensuring that there will be an adequate supply of qualified Caymanians to meet the future needs of the tourism industry is only one of several objectives of the programme. 31st March 2006, 2:41pm
Ag Inspection Moves
On 3 April, the Agricultural Health Inspection Services Unit will move to the Cargo Express Building, located between the Customs Warehouse and the Airport PO.  31st March 2006, 2:36pm
Final NCFA Performances
Parents and members of the public are encouraged to support youth arts in the final National Children's Festival of the Arts performances today (Friday, 31 March). 31st March 2006, 2:28pm
Arts Events in Portugal
Representatives from the National Gallery attended two art education conferences. 31st March 2006, 2:18pm
Cayman-UK Videoconferencing
CBHS has a new approach to teaching Year Seven students with low literacy levels; and JGHS is raising the quality of teaching by introducing a classroom observation policy. 30th March 2006, 3:16pm
Anger Management
Probation Aftercare Unit's Cayman Brac office has scored a success, with the completion of its first anger management programme. 30th March 2006, 3:09pm
A Call for Tribunals Support
The Minister of Employment publicly called upon qualified individuals to come forward to sit on Labour Tribunals for Grand Cayman. 30th March 2006, 2:03pm
Improvements to Prison Service
Changes to improve the Prison Service are to be announced in the near future; Northward in general and its rehabilitation programmes in particular are currently under review. 30th March 2006, 1:56pm
Education Contract Procedures
Future award of busing and canteen contracts for schools will be granted in a timely and on a purely competitive basis, Members heard in the House during Question Time. 30th March 2006, 1:47pm
BSPB Issues Guidance Notes
All employers are urged to utilise the document, which can be accessed on the Immigration website, when considering and proposing exempted employees.  30th March 2006, 1:33pm
Sister Islands Cancer Awareness
The 3rd Annual Cancer Awareness Symposium will be held this Saturday, 1 April, at the Brac Reef Resort. 30th March 2006, 12:45pm
Greater Autonomy for Principals
As school principals enjoy a greater role in staff recruitment, the Education Minister has announced that a number of them will be making financial decisions for their schools. 30th March 2006, 12:36pm
Appeal to Privy Council Lost
Kurt Fabian Ebanks, serving a life sentence at Northward, was unsuccessful in his appeal that he had been denied a fair trial by reason of the conduct of counsel. 30th March 2006, 12:30pm
Expanding Your Market
The Cayman Islands Investment Bureau is hosting several free workshops for small-business owners. 30th March 2006, 12:15pm
Constitution: Going to the People
Government will shortly begin consultation with the people on constitutional modernisation, starting a process that includes negotiation with the UK, publication and public discussion on the agreed document, and a referendum. 30th March 2006, 11:09am
IT Repairs Nearly Complete
Substantial progress, post-Ivan, has been made in repairing schools’ computer networks and systems; the majority of schools have had Internet access restored and damaged equipment replaced. 28th March 2006, 4:23pm
Question on Parolees
Inmates may be granted early release under a variety of legal provisions.  28th March 2006, 4:13pm
Cayman Academy Inspected
The Schools' Inspectorate visited Cayman Academy in January 2006. 28th March 2006, 3:36pm
Red Bay Inspected
The Schools' Inspectorate visited Red Bay Primary School in November 2005. 28th March 2006, 3:27pm
Immigrations Grads
In a festive graduation ceremony, 11 officers were presented certificates and recognised for their hard work in training. 28th March 2006, 2:23pm
New CXC Programme
Participating Caribbean nations will introduce secondary level competence examinations, which focus on developing and assessing a wide range of competencies among school-leavers. 28th March 2006, 2:02pm
Reception for UK Team
The Governor hosted a reception for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office team that came last week for preliminary talks on constitutional reform. 28th March 2006, 1:47pm
Free Workshops
The Cayman Islands Investment Bureau is hosting free small-business workshops. 28th March 2006, 12:59pm
David Bridgeman of the National Gallery attended this three day conference in New York. 28th March 2006, 12:28pm
Success Story
During his time as an inmate at Northward prison, Ransdale Rankin discovered that his life didn’t have to continue on a downward path. 28th March 2006, 11:43am
Data on Structures
Lands and Survey staff will soon be in the field, collecting data on buildings for use in a hazard-and-loss prediction model. 28th March 2006, 11:33am
Rescued by Merchant Vessel
The 'Bustein', on its way to Grand Cayman with a load of aggregate, rescued six male Cubans. 28th March 2006, 9:43am
Bills Passed by LA
Amendments to the Immigration, Succession and Notaries Public laws have been gazetted. 28th March 2006, 9:34am
Internal Audit's New Staff
Filling five vacancies, including director, will ensure the Unit's continuing monitoring of government’s financial and administrative efficiency.  27th March 2006, 11:00am
ESO Strengthened
The Economic and Statistics Office has hired a senior economist. 27th March 2006, 10:45am
Money Maxims
West Bay parents heard tips from two experienced financial advisers. 27th March 2006, 10:27am
Money for Turtle Farm
The Legislative Assembly has guaranteed the Cayman Turtle Farm borrowing of US$5 million to complete and open its new facilities by June 2006. 27th March 2006, 10:11am
Five Cubans Returned
Five migrants were returned to Cuba on Friday evening, 24 March.  27th March 2006, 10:06am
Farmers' Market
The old Farmers' Market will be replaced with "an exciting, fresh and unique" agri-tourism initiative designed to serve the local community and "forge new and economically beneficial links" between the agriculture and tourism sectors. 27th March 2006, 9:50am
Overseas Scholarships
Since May 2005, the Education Council has granted 67 overseas and 84 local scholarships, valued $1.2 million and $644,000, respectively. 24th March 2006, 10:25am
Bo Bo's Tea Party
Dress like the 1800's, sample home grown natural teas and sweet treats as the Bodden Town district committee of the National Trust raises money to rebuild the Mission House. 24th March 2006, 10:07am
Fixed-Term Permits Law
An amendment to the Immigration Law (2003) giving the Chief Immigration Officer authority to grant nine-month "Fixed-term Work Permits" to certain expatriate workers is now law. 23rd March 2006, 3:55pm
RCIP Stations Revamped
Central Police Station and district stations are undergoing major upgrading and renovations, thanks to PWD, as part of an overall programme of enhancing services on Grand Cayman. 23rd March 2006, 3:19pm
Workshop for Brac
An Honouring Women Month Workshop entitled "Awakening Your True Self: Taking Steps to a Successful You" on Saturday, March 25.  23rd March 2006, 2:48pm
Winning Numbers
Check your tickets from the Ag Show! 23rd March 2006, 11:27am
Care for Mentally Ill
Seven Caymanians are currently receiving treatment for mental illness in Jamaica. 23rd March 2006, 10:04am
HE Fetes Ag
Governor Stuart Jack and his wife, Mariko, hosted a reception for 60 guests from the agriculture community; HE said, "It's important to ensure a lively agriculture sector." 23rd March 2006, 9:56am
Email Down
Some Government workers were unable to access messages today due to a data corruption on the main government email server.  22nd March 2006, 6:27pm
More Cubans Cruise
The liner Norwegian Jewel arrived in Grand Cayman with a small group of Cubans rescued at sea while the ship was en route to Honduras.  22nd March 2006, 5:29pm
Constitutional Review
Government wishes to begin with public consultations before formal negotiations start. 22nd March 2006, 3:50pm
Helping Hands
The Lighthouse School's Helping Hands committee sold cupcakes, cookies and heavy cakes to help a student recovering from back surgery.  22nd March 2006, 10:10am
Nominate Youth
Young people involved in projects relating to community development or small business could receive grants. 21st March 2006, 4:22pm
Number in Civil Service
The has been cut in recent years and over 73% of those remaining is Caymanian. 21st March 2006, 4:15pm
In Cayman Waters
A wooden craft with Cuban migrants aboard was spotted off the north coast of Cayman Brac. 21st March 2006, 3:53pm
NCFA Starts
There will be infant and junior vocal performances at Savannah United Church and junior and high school instrumental solos and ensembles at the St. Ignatius Music Room. 20th March 2006, 1:01pm
Twenty-eight Abscond
Cubans housed at Breakers Civic Centre failed to comply with their scheduled 9:00pm return yesterday (Sunday).  20th March 2006, 12:56pm
Farm Diversity
Ag officials toured GC tourism sites and farms -- showing overseas visitors the diverse products that the island offers. 17th March 2006, 3:50pm
Farm Labour Hard
Spending a day doing backbreaking labour in the hot Caribbean sun may not seem appealing, but for the inmates of HMP Northward, it's a welcome educational tool.  17th March 2006, 3:33pm
Dogs Licensed
Six dogs working for Customs got their annual licenses. 17th March 2006, 1:59pm
LOOK Project
During their Australia visit, Sports Ministry officials will examine the Commonwealth Institute's new "Lifestyle of our Kids" (LOOK) project.  17th March 2006, 1:44pm
Budget Priorities Shifted
Money was needed for GC road works, construction of a cemetery seawall in EE, and building houses on the Sister Islands. 17th March 2006, 1:36pm
USCG Escanaba
This US Coast Guard cutter will be visiting Grand Cayman for rest and relaxation, March 20-23.  17th March 2006, 1:28pm
Cubans via Cruise
The cruise ship Carnival Conquest arrived in Grand Cayman with a group of 28 Cubans who were rescued at sea by the ship’s crew. 16th March 2006, 3:27pm
Cayman to Games
The Honourable Minister of Sports joined the largest delegation Cayman has ever sent to the Commonwealth Games. 16th March 2006, 3:06pm
Miss Cayman Visits
Miss Cayman 2006 Ambuyah Ebanks paid a visit to the youth parliament. 16th March 2006, 2:23pm
Redesigned Intersection
There will be a new roundabout at the intersection of Crewe and Shedden roads and Dorcy Drive, heading to Foster's Food Fair and the airport. 16th March 2006, 2:12pm
Use 911
To report marine incidents that require an immediate response -- such as suspected illegal fishing, poaching or marine pollution -- the public is now asked to call 911.  16th March 2006, 2:05pm
Constitutional Talks
A UK delegation will visit for informal talks on constitutional modernisation on 20-21 March. 16th March 2006, 1:54pm
Recognizing Domestic Abuse
Come and see us if you think you are suffering from abuse! That's the message from officers in the RCIPS Family Support Unit. 16th March 2006, 1:28pm
New Grabber Truck
Environmental Health has a state-of-the-art vehicle to help with the ongoing recovery efforts. 16th March 2006, 1:21pm
Fund-raiser a Success
North Side Primary School raised almost CI$25,000 to improve the library and purchase playground equipment. 16th March 2006, 1:07pm
Highway Funding
Members in Finance Committee approved $7.4 million in supplementary funds for construction of phase 3 of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway.  16th March 2006, 12:48pm
Turtle Rescue!
Marine Enforcement Officers took a young, injured hawksbill turtle to the vet. 15th March 2006, 3:21pm
NELP Training
The National Education Leadership Programme provides principals and other senior managers with effective tools to develop vision, leadership and management skills. 15th March 2006, 3:08pm
HE Praises Youth Parliamentarians
His Excellency the Governor, Mr. Stuart Jack, CVO, lauded the Youth Parliamentarians for their "very impressive" performances.  15th March 2006, 2:54pm
Scholarship Deadline
The application deadline for Government scholarships to begin overseas studies in September 2006 is Friday, 31 March.  14th March 2006, 5:40pm
Savannah Gully Flooding
Ways to reduce inland flooding in certain Savannah subdivisions are being examined this week by the Ministry of Communications, Works and Infrastructure. 14th March 2006, 5:30pm
Safeguarding Caymanian Rights
"This exercise is about ensuring that the Cayman Islands maintains control of its destiny," Minister McLaughlin said. 14th March 2006, 5:21pm
SPS PCs Stolen
Nine IBM computers and related equipment were stolen during a burglary at the school. 14th March 2006, 5:02pm
Youth Parliament Starts
Commonwealth Day was celebrated by 26 youth taking over the legislature as participants of the second CPA Youth Parliament. 13th March 2006, 4:43pm
Officials Enjoy Hospitality
The LoGB and Agriculture officials hosted a casual luncheon during the Ag Show for visitors from Bermuda and Florida. 13th March 2006, 4:33pm
New PA for Chief Secretary
Ms Betty-Ruth Ebanks has an extensive background as a civil servant. 13th March 2006, 3:25pm
Social Work Graduates
Six employees from Children and Family Services celebrated a historical moment by completing the Principles and Practices of Social Work course. 10th March 2006, 3:29pm
MRCU Begins Spraying
MRCU will begin its pre-season residual insecticide campaign in the George Town area on Monday, 13 March. 10th March 2006, 3:21pm
Housing Trust Tour
The fate of unused inventory and a way to transfer equity from high-maintenance homes vulnerable to hurricane threats were the focus of attention. 10th March 2006, 10:18am
District Strategies for Parenting
'Bringing it Home -- Keeping it Real' is the overall theme for this year's NPP efforts.  10th March 2006, 10:07am
Parenting Assistance to Sister Islands
With 'Building Stronger Children', NPP will talk about children's nutritional needs. 10th March 2006, 9:56am
Help for West Bay Parents
National Parenting Programme teams will visit families and sharing practical tips on matters such as budgeting and nutrition. 10th March 2006, 9:30am
Cubans Land in LC
Seven male Cuban nationals became stranded in Little Cayman when their vessel was damaged and began taking in water. 10th March 2006, 9:25am
Young Children Save
Boys and girls opened new savings accounts at FirstCaribbean as one of the positive Week of the Young Child activities. 9th March 2006, 5:18pm
Minister Speaks in Panama
Hon. Charles Clifford spoke at a presentation for Cayman's Trade Mission on "The Cayman Business Environment." 9th March 2006, 4:47pm
Youth Parliament to Debate
The participants have already made history by extending the proceedings to two days; now they have decided to debate six motions. 8th March 2006, 5:03pm
Average Prices Up 7%
Increases in the housing sector, as a result of higher rental and insurance premiums, largely accounted for the rise. 8th March 2006, 1:56pm
UK Leads Immigration Training
Frontline officers were recently updated on techniques that will help them to be more effective on the job. 8th March 2006, 1:49pm
Youth Parliament Broadcast Live
Weststar TV and Radio Cayman will both air the proceedings. 8th March 2006, 1:45pm
Staying Safe
Children at Prospect Primary School started a 'Stranger Awareness' training programme. 7th March 2006, 4:53pm
School Canteen Staff Trained
31 canteen workers from public and private schools attended DEH's Basic Food Hygiene Training Course. 7th March 2006, 4:29pm
Bill Reduces Term Limit Hardship
A bill introduced in the House reaffirmed Government's aim to usher in the seven-year rollover immigration policy in a way that alleviates short-term hardship to employers from the effect of term-limit provisions. 7th March 2006, 3:14pm
Director Earns MA
The National Gallery's director, Nancy Barnard, has earned a Master of Arts in Museum Studies. 7th March 2006, 2:45pm
Beach Noise
The RCIPS is pleased that the community is heeding a warning concerning excessive and offensive noise at public beaches.  7th March 2006, 2:37pm
Roll-over Here to Stay
The LA has permitted temporary extensions for expatriate workers who have reached their term limit, but made it clear that Cayman is sticking to the Immigration Law's roll-over policy. 7th March 2006, 2:02pm
CUC Invests in People
CUC has attained the prestigious Investors in People Standard following a visit from a UK assessor. 6th March 2006, 4:53pm
Bermuda Premier Impressed
"I didn't realise that the Cayman Islands Airport Authority runs such a comprehensive facility."  6th March 2006, 4:37pm
GC Notaries Public Fee
The LA has approved a fee increase for Notary Public licences on Grand Cayman. 3rd March 2006, 4:17pm
Need Permission
You need the prior written approval of the Commissioner of Police to possess any bullet proof vest. 3rd March 2006, 3:54pm
Gastroenteritis Outbreak
Public Health and the Department of Environmental Health are monitoring the increased incidence of this illness among children and adults.  3rd March 2006, 3:45pm
19 Homes Rebuilt
A total of 19 homes have been totally rebuilt following Hurricane Ivan by recovery agencies. 3rd March 2006, 3:39pm
Affordable Homes Update
Maintenance staff of the NHCDT have been kept "very busy" with repairs and replacement of materials used in building government's affordable homes. 3rd March 2006, 2:59pm
Darwin Project Launch
Conservation of Cayman's rich environmental diversity has received a hefty boost with the official launch of the Darwin Project funded by a six-figure UK Government grant.  3rd March 2006, 2:47pm
Seven Cubans Land
Seven persons came off a boat this on 2 March asking to be admitted to the Cayman Islands and to be returned to Cuba.  2nd March 2006, 3:17pm
Nine Young Parents
There are currently nine girls ranging in age from 14 to 20 years in government's Young Parents' Programme. 2nd March 2006, 3:12pm
Salaries Up
Salary raises to the Leader of Government Business, the House Speaker and the Leader of the Opposition reflect the heavier responsibilities and prestige attached with those posts. 2nd March 2006, 2:38pm
Email Scam Warning
The latest one targets churches and their members. 2nd March 2006, 12:57pm
School Inspection Reports
Summaries of the reports for Truth for Youth and for the Creek and Spot Bay Primary School. 2nd March 2006, 12:47pm
Week of the Young Child
The observance will be next week, March 5-11, with the theme "Building Better Futures for All Children."  2nd March 2006, 12:37pm
Repairs to Homes Detailed
Homes repaired via various assistance funds following Hurricane Ivan total 1,393 at an approximate cost of $14.8 million. 1st March 2006, 11:58am