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GIS Spotlight on the Red Carpet

The launch of the Cayman Islands Film Commission was a red carpet event.

This week GIS Spotlight walks the red carpet with celebrities, dignitaries and other special guests, including entertainment industry executives, producers and film financiers, at the glamorous launch of the Cayman Islands Film Commission.

Then, we join the Economics and Statistics Office (ESO) staff as they expound, during Statistics Week, the virtues of surveys, statistical research and Census 2010. And finally, we join Miss Julia Hydes as she celebrates her 100th birthday.

Despite the poor economic outlook, the film industry is still going strong, prompting government and the Cayman Islands Investment Bureau (CIIB) to launch an official film commission on Friday, 30 January.

Join GIS Spotlight as we interview industry insiders including directors, producers, writers, and actors. We also talk to CIIB Executive Director Dax Basdeo and Tourism Minister Charles Clifford about Cayman's plans to become a major filming destination, by providing one-stop service to local and offshore producers, financiers, studios and production teams.

Next, we head out with ESO staff, as they use Statistics Week to promote Census 2010, and raise awareness about the importance of keeping records and statistics on the country's population, workforce, birthrate, and other important data.

GIS Spotlight follows ESO staff to John Gray High School, where they showed students the fun side of numbers and taught them how to do their own surveys and tabulate results.

Then it is time for a very special birthday party: Miss Julia Hydes turns 100, and GIS Spotlight is there as she celebrates, surrounded by friends and family. Share in a century of memories as she reminisces about her past, and listen as she plays her old-time drums.

Also, don't miss her advice on how to live to be 100!

Produced by Government Information Services, GIS Spotlight highlights government's services and solutions regarding issues that concern and affect you.

The weekly programme airs on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. on Cayman27, and again on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on Island24.

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