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Press Releases: June 2006

Commissioner's Award
Mr Ashton Smith of North Side received the award for his diligence in helping police identify and convict a traffic offender. 30th June 2006, 4:06pm
Fees Change
There will be a number of changes to work permit and company licence fees as of 1 July 2006. 30th June 2006, 1:14pm
Cuban Migrants in CYB
Largest group of Cuban migrants for 2006 entered Cayman waters earlier this week. 30th June 2006, 12:51pm
Closed for a Month
The Walkers Road Licensing Office will be closed from 4 July to 4 August to complete renovations. 30th June 2006, 10:47am
Adventurer and Explorer
In Cayman Brac, a champagne ceremony celebrated the christening of Cayman Airways Express' two new De Havilland Twin Otters. 30th June 2006, 10:31am
Join the Corps
Students between the ages of 12-17 should register their interest in joining the Cadet Corps before 1 September. 29th June 2006, 4:13pm
Fees Increase
The Chief Secretary's Office reminds companies and individuals that several fees will increase beginning 1 July 2006. 29th June 2006, 3:51pm
Weekend Road Works
Diversions will be in place around the Lawrence Boulevard/Esterley Tibbetts bypass roundabout. 29th June 2006, 3:03pm
Top Official Retires
After 31 years of service in education, health, and human resources, Chief Officer of the Portfolio of the Civil Service Mr. Colin Ross spent his last day working for government on 23 June. 29th June 2006, 12:33pm
Good Luck at Miss Universe!
Miss Cayman Islands 2006 Ambuyah Ebanks is in Columbia with her sights focused on the July 23 pageant. 28th June 2006, 4:07pm
GPO Repair
The General Post Office will undergo renovations and post box upgrades beginning 1 July. 27th June 2006, 4:24pm
Playing Safe & Staying Safe
Community Police Officer PC Alexander Schulz made a visit to George Town Primary to speak with students about summer holiday safety. 27th June 2006, 3:57pm
PAHO Writers Contest 2006
Journalists may submit entries to the Pan American Health Organisation on any health or health-related issue, published or broadcast during the prescribed period and deemed of outstanding quality. 26th June 2006, 5:19pm
Ivan Spikes Costs
ESO survey results show that collectively, cost changes for the last five years reflect gradual increases in the consumer price index except for 2004 and 2005. 26th June 2006, 12:53pm
First Class Mail
The price goes up 1 July for both local and international mail; the local rate will go from 15˘ to 25˘ per ounce. 26th June 2006, 12:41pm
Food Safety Course
A hygiene course is being offered on June 28 and 29 for the wholesale food industry. It will benefit businesses that deal with the importation, wholesale and delivery of foods.  26th June 2006, 11:31am
Cubans Come and Go
Cuban migrants approached Grand Cayman early Friday morning. 26th June 2006, 11:20am
Young Essay Winners Lauded
"The young often have an entirely different perspective on matters that concern us all and it is important to garner their thoughts, particularly as they relate to this country that we all share and love." 23rd June 2006, 3:32pm
Coaching for Success
Several JGHS students celebrated this week after completing six months of one-on-one guidance and personal development in the mentoring programme. 23rd June 2006, 3:26pm
HIV Testing Week
National HIV Testing Week (June 26-30) is aimed to promote heightened awareness of HIV prevention through the mass media, poster displays and the offer of free HIV testing and voluntary counselling across the Islands. 23rd June 2006, 3:05pm
Brac Parenting Programme
The public presentations and interaction will take place at the Cayman Brac High School Hall, starting at 7:00pm.  23rd June 2006, 2:55pm
Pink Hibiscus Mealybug
The Department of Agriculture is working to contain and eradicate this serious plant pest that has been discovered in George Town. 22nd June 2006, 3:43pm
Summer Traveling
It's time to check passports and visas to ensure they are valid. 22nd June 2006, 3:28pm
Dr Sook Yin
"This is my home and these people I treat are my people, so it motivates me to take action in my daily life, to share my knowledge with any and everyone I can, in every way I feel will make a difference in our society's overall health." 22nd June 2006, 3:07pm
Stopping the Violence
Participants were grateful for the opportunity to discuss domestic violence issues in the company of other men. 22nd June 2006, 11:27am
Brac Labour Tribunal
After receiving formal training from a law firm, the body will receive and hear issues pertaining to private sector employment in the Brac. 21st June 2006, 4:55pm
Student Health Screenings
All students entering Cayman's government or private schools for the first time - regardless of age - are required to have health screenings. 21st June 2006, 4:47pm
Prices Decrease
The category of housing products (rent, maintenance, insurance, and utilities) made the deepest downward movement. 21st June 2006, 4:25pm
Bank Donates Computers
"The need to combine ICT services with education is something we believe in strongly. As such the bank is proud to support any efforts to educate the children and adults in our community using the latest technology." 21st June 2006, 3:41pm
Protect Against Polio
Polio is a highly contagious, sometimes fatal viral infection and can cause permanent muscle weakness, paralysis and other symptoms. Although anyone can get Polio, children under 5 years of age are more at risk for the infection. There is no cure for polio but medical assistance may save lives. 21st June 2006, 1:24pm
World Refugee Day
The Cayman Islands Human Rights Committee joins the UN and countries worldwide in recognizing refugees' basic human rights. 21st June 2006, 11:12am
Bernice Hawkins
One of the founders of Caymanian nursing, Mrs Hawkins is a role model for younger Caymanians in achieving higher education and serving society. 21st June 2006, 10:21am
Public School Deadline Friday
Children planning to attend government schools starting in September 2006 must have their applications sent directly to the principal of the relevant school. 21st June 2006, 9:46am
First School Inspection
Schools' Inspectorate finds Cayman Prep and High is “a good school with some outstanding features”. The team credited the students’ good progress and achievements to its distinctive Christian ethos and effective teaching.  19th June 2006, 4:21pm
CASA Celebrates 20 Years
Cayman Against Substance Abuse invites everyone to John Gray Memorial Church to celebrate its anniversary on 25 June. 19th June 2006, 3:39pm
Carmen Conolly
A retired teacher, she is renowned as a 'connoisseur' of crafts and embroidery and has been an active and devoted member of East End's church community since 1955. 19th June 2006, 11:25am
Heather Bodden
The name Heather Dianne Bodden has become synonymous with compassion, energy and generosity. 18th June 2006, 1:04pm
Queen's Birthday
HE the Governor, Mr Stuart Jack, CVO, has awarded four residents the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour. 17th June 2006, 1:02pm
National Gallery's Artist Away
Photographer Lennon Christian will share his experiences in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, where he went to further his studies in photography. 16th June 2006, 5:47pm
The third round of informal parent "Backyard Meetings" by Bodden Town's National Parenting Programme team takes place Friday, 16 June, at 6:30 p.m. 16th June 2006, 5:32pm
Post Office Training
International experts train local postal services accounting staff on terminal dues system. 16th June 2006, 2:17pm
Customs Takes Pride in its Staff
Eight persons were recently promoted within the Customs Department. 16th June 2006, 1:43pm
HRC Activities
The Human Rights Committee is engaged in a range of activities in its endeavours to promote and protect human rights in the Cayman Islands. 15th June 2006, 6:06pm
Small Business and Money
Workshops on sales, cash management and accounting help local entrepreneurs. 15th June 2006, 5:52pm
Grad in Economic Development
The Investment Bureau's Assistant Director, Virginia Dixon, recently became a graduate of the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute. 15th June 2006, 5:40pm
Children and the Environment
"A positive exposure to natural environments early in life may create a lifelong desire to interact with these settings." 15th June 2006, 5:27pm
Postal Survey Results
69 per cent of respondents want the Post Office to open on Saturday. 14th June 2006, 4:30pm
Export Opportunities
Cayman crafts and locally made products with export potential may soon have a smoother road to selling overseas. 14th June 2006, 1:43pm
Disaster Prep for Children
The Red Cross and GIS are appealing to summer camp organizers to sign up for disaster-preparedness activities. 14th June 2006, 1:29pm
Birth Registration Law
An amendment to the Law will make it possible for a child to be registered in the name of the father even if the parents are not married to each other. 14th June 2006, 9:43am
West End PO Welcomes Tisa
After five weeks of training on Grand Cayman, Tisa Dixon returns to Cayman Brac to take up her post as Senior Postal Officer. 13th June 2006, 4:53pm
Celebration Rescheduled
What became Tropical Storm Alberto caused the cancellation of the Queen's Birthday Celebration and Garden Party but the events have been rescheduled for this Saturday, 17 June. 13th June 2006, 4:28pm
Hon. Kurt Tibbetts recently gave opening remarks at the International Museum Day Family Fun Fair hosted by the Cayman Brac Museum Advisory Committee. 9th June 2006, 3:13pm
Controlling Mosquitoes
The Mosquito Research and Control Unit officials are asking the public to help keep the mosquito population down this rainy season.  9th June 2006, 2:04pm
Art Festival Winners
The results from the recent National Children’s Festival of the Arts (NCFA) reveal a wealth of talent and potential in various areas – from literature and drama to song and instrumental performances. 9th June 2006, 1:29pm
Cayman Inflation Falling
In its report released yesterday (7 June), the Economic and Statistics Office said that the cost for housing, household equipment, and education and medical services went down to take the CPI to 139.6 at the end of March this year.  9th June 2006, 1:14pm
Bird ID Cards
The National Trust has released a bird identification card which will be given to every school child in the Cayman Islands. The cards are a colourful depiction of the Islands' beautiful birds. 8th June 2006, 4:08pm
Praise for Youth Workers
Youth workers from across Cayman earned praise, encouragement, and commitments of increased support from Governor Stuart Jack and Mrs Mariko Jack. 8th June 2006, 3:39pm
Commonwealth Youth Conference
The Hon Alden McLaughlin JP gained new insights into youth issues while attending a recent Commonwealth Youth Conference meeting in the Bahamas. 8th June 2006, 3:20pm
Public Service Pension Growing
The Public Service Pensions Board increased its fund holding from $70 million in 2000 to $82.4 million in 2001, and received the approval of Auditor General Dan Duguay for its accounting practices in the two years. 8th June 2006, 2:52pm
CASA is 20
Cayman Against Substance Abuse (CASA) has been operating under a very noble objective to inspire, motivate and protect our present and future generations, so that they are free from the addictive embrace of drugs. 8th June 2006, 12:57pm
Governor Visits CAYS
The Governor met staff and children at the Bonaventure Boys Home and Frances Bodden Girls Home and was given an overview of the programmes offered by the Children and Youth Services (CAYS) Foundation. 8th June 2006, 10:18am
Rezoning Approved
Four blocks of land on Grand Cayman totalling 10.4 acres are to be rezoned following passage of motions in the LA to have the areas re-classified. 6th June 2006, 5:02pm
DARE in the Brac
30 children in Cayman Brac received certificates and prizes for completing this RCIPS-sponsored anti-drug programme. 6th June 2006, 2:53pm
Questions for Education
The Minister for Education replied to Parliamentary Questions posed by elected members from West Bay. 6th June 2006, 2:39pm
Govt. Budget Approved
The budget was approved on 31 May; on 1 July government will continue to meet re-current expenditures while embarking on capital projects, all of which total $395 (US$474) million. 5th June 2006, 5:41pm
Chief Justice at OAS Conference
Chief Justice Hon. Anthony Smellie presented a paper about forfeiting the proceeds of official corruption at a conference hosted by the US Justice Department and the Organisation of American States. 5th June 2006, 5:09pm
Governor Visits EOC
Meeting with Senior Manager of Meteorological Services Fred Sambula and his staff, the Governor was given a quick overview of the many elements that make up daily weather monitoring and forecasting. 5th June 2006, 4:29pm
Disaster Website Updated
Cayman's disaster website has undergone various upgrades for 2006, for example the public may now receive e-mail alerts and warning messages. 5th June 2006, 2:47pm
Fire Station Field Trip
A group of students from the Lighthouse School enjoyed demonstrations with the fire trucks and the fire hose, presented by Fireman Floyd Ebanks. 5th June 2006, 2:00pm
DVL Elgin Ave Closed
The office will be closed for two days because of flooding over the weekend. 5th June 2006, 1:45pm
98 Speeders to Court
One month's work for StreetSkill, a multi-agency campaign to stamp out dangerous driving. 5th June 2006, 1:37pm
Ministerial Escort
The Minister for Education escorted several young ladies into Triple C's 2006 senior dinner. 5th June 2006, 1:19pm
Minister on Fees
Hon. Charles Clifford was queried about the increase in the cost of licenses for taxi drivers and tour bus operators. 5th June 2006, 1:02pm
LA and Builders Bill
Anticipated for some 20 years, a proposed comprehensive regulatory measure governing a vital sector of local industry is now being formally circulated as a discussion document. 2nd June 2006, 3:16pm
Changes to CIMA Board
"Cabinet looks forward to the contributions of these individuals over their three-year terms to augment the diligence of existing directors." 2nd June 2006, 3:06pm
Crime Recording System
Two RCIP officers have recently returned from an overseas operation to train members of the Trinidad Police Force. 2nd June 2006, 2:59pm
CAL Mission
Preparing for Cayman Airways future is the objective of meetings with Boeing and Ebraer, according to Tourism Minister. 2nd June 2006, 2:45pm
Savannah Gully Meetings
Both government officials and members of the public attended a meeting to discuss the flooding problem during stormy weather. 2nd June 2006, 12:53pm
Message from the LoGB
The Hon Kurt Tibbetts marking the start of hurricane season: "I take this opportunity to address the nation on the importance of being sensitive to and proactive in preparing on a national as well as personal level." 2nd June 2006, 9:27am
Budget Approved
The legislature has approved the Appropriation Bill empowering Government to operate on a budget of $851.7 million for the fiscal year. 2nd June 2006, 9:17am
Revenue Bills Passed
The Legislature gave final passage to four amending bills that take forward some of Government's revenue measures for the 2006/7 financial year. 2nd June 2006, 9:10am
RCIP Community Meetings
Police Commissioners, Area Commanders and Community Officers will discuss issues effecting local districts and answer questions. 2nd June 2006, 9:01am
Migrants Continue Journey
Nine Cuban migrants arrived off Cayman Brac during the night of Tuesday, 30 May. 1st June 2006, 5:01pm
Art Outreach at Girl's Home
Participants from the Frances Bodden Girls Home took part in a visual art diary programme. 1st June 2006, 4:00pm
Governor Visits Family Unit
His Excellency the Governor Mr Stuart Jack, CVO, and Mrs Mariko Jack, recently learned about the programmes coordinated by the RCIP's Family Support Unit. 1st June 2006, 3:52pm
Bermuda Minister Impressed
Bermuda’s Minister of the Environment is impressed by Cayman's turtle farm. 1st June 2006, 3:16pm
Hurricane Season Begins Today
An address on hurricane preparedness by HE the Governor, Mr Stuart D.M. Jack: "While we cannot avoid all dangers, we can reduce their impact and, through effective planning, equip ourselves to face the future with a measure of confidence." 1st June 2006, 11:44am