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Issue 85 iLocal Youngsters get a taste of the Big Apple Page 3

iWorld Obama prepares US jobs plan Page 9

iLocal Renewable-energy site would cost millions Page 11


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Being Christian and a politician is tough - Bush

BECERT sets shining example

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US tourist dies after snorkelling trip Page 12

Kevin Creary

Premier McKeeva Bush yesterday said he was a “man of God” - and declared he finds it difficult being both a politician and a Christian. In an exclusive interview with iNews, Bush admitted he is not the best Christian and that he “fails and falls down” sometimes. And he says his controversial decision to help churches in Cayman is not politically motivated. “It is not easy to be a politician and be a Christian,” said the Premier. “I am not the best Christian there is. I am challenged and I fail and fall down sometimes but I don’t stay down. I know that there is a God and that there is also a hereafter.” In response to the public and media backlash of the $4.3 million Nation Building grant, which was also keenly scrutinised by the Auditor General’s office, Mr Bush said, “There are heretics and atheists who go on the blogs to criticise. The devil is a roaring lion walking to and fro, that’s what is frightening me.”

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This trio is sew good at knitting! These three ladies were in absolute stitches at the Rooster Country Fair. The trio are all members of the East End Creative Hands group and they spent the day weaving

strands of silver thatch palm and knitting, creating fabulous items. Alddia Bodden, Vernett Bodden, and Eulene McLaughlin were at the event which also included a barbeque cook-off. Continued on page 16


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Kids take a bite out of the Big Apple Ivy Lichtenstein

A group of primary school students found out why New York City was so good they named it twice. The Department of Tourism (DOT) sent seven primary school students off to the Big Apple to attend the Fresh Air Fund camp in New York City. For the few days when they were not at camp, the group stayed at the Marriott Marquis in midtown Manhattan and were escorted by DOT staff, Rhonda Cornwall and Gary Dominguez. The girls attended Camp Anita Bliss Coler while the boys attended Camp Hayden Marks Memorial. As well as having fun at their respective camps their trip also included Bronx Zoo, Broadway show Mary Poppins, Governor’s Island and a bit of sight-seeing around Manhattan. All students and parents attended a meeting at the DOT to share stories and pictures of their trip.

“I liked the swimming, the talent show, the water carnival and the beach party. I made new friends in New York and I had a lot of fun. I would like to go back to New York to visit the city.” Tiona Miller, 11 North Side Primary

“I like the friends I made, I liked my counsellors especially our leader Tyler. I liked the hotel and the food.” Jonassi Mclean, 10 John A. Cumber Primary School


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“I would send him back, he enjoyed all of it on the phone and in person. He was very excited about the trip.” Jonassi Mclean’s grandmother, Theodora Ebanks

“I liked everything about the camp, the swimming; you get bands and as you get better the band colour changes. Meeting new people from different places, making new friends and all the activities they had planned for us.” Destinie Bush, 10, John A. Cumber Primary School

“I’m very happy that she’s happy. I thought she would have been homesick but she said she would do it all over again. Although she didn’t have her friends with her in her cabin, she made new friends. She also wanted to say a special thank you to Aunt Rhonda and to blog visit

Uncle Gary for making her feel like her parents were with her as well as the Department of Tourism for choosing her to participate.” Brenda Bush Destinie Bush’s Mother

“It was nice. I enjoyed the talent show, the swimming and the banquet. I would like to go back to the all the activities. I really enjoyed them. Athena Smith,11 Bodden Town Primary School

“I would like to thank the Department of Tourism for choosing her to go on the trip. Thanks to Ms. Rhonda, Mr. Gary and Ms. Marvette. They did a great job updating us. I would like for her to go back since she liked it so much. Athena Smith’s mother, Runika Smith

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iStrange Man hid 7 snakes, 3 tortoises in his pants MIAMI (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration says a man tried to board a flight from Miami to Brazil with nylon bags filled with exotic snakes and tortoises hidden in his pants. TSA spokesman Jonathon Allen says the man was stopped after passing through a body scanner at Miami International Airport last Thursday. Security officials spotted the nylon bags filled with seven snakes and three tortoises stuffed inside the man’s pants. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports the animals were taken by the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife. The unidentified passenger was arrested.

Washington man lights beehive on fire after sting LYNDEN, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state fire chief says a man dumped gasoline on a beehive in a tree in retaliation for a bee sting, then ignited the hive, causing an explosion heard throughout his suburban neighbourhood just a few miles south of the Canadian border. Lynden chief Gary Baar tells the Bellingham Herald that the Sunday night fire caused a large “whoosh,” singed the tree and killed the bees but no people were hurt. Baar says the man’s friend had been stung earlier in the day. The fire chief says, “The correct way to do that is to call a beekeeper.” Firefighters explained that to the homeowner, and the newspaper says it doesn’t appear that that the man will be cited.


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“It’s not easy being a Christian politician.” says McKeeva Continued from front page

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The Premier said that politics and atheism is behind the criticism he received for his financial support of the island’s churches. “I always had the church’s support. There are certain atheists in this country that are willing to pounce upon the church and blame the church and I am not going to accept that.” he said. In his exclusive interview with iNews the Premier said that it was his Christian principles and not political campaigning that led to his decision to help the churches. “I go to church. I am a baptised and born again Christian. I try to adhere to the tenants of Christianity. “I don’t just help people that are in my party. I stretch across the political divide. I stretch my hand out to the poor at all times.” The Premier also accused the opposition party, People’s Progressive Movement (PPM), of failing to assist the island’s churches while they were in power. “The church is the moral guidance of the island. The Government must partner with the church. The PPM speaks about moral guidance, but yet they did nothing,” said Mr. Bush. In his explanation as to why the Government allocated $4.3 million to the development of some of the island’s churches, under a plan called the Nation Building Fund, the Premier said, “I have been giving support to the church since the 1990’s when I started assisting with their after school

Premier says giving money to churches was not political decision programmes. The church should be doing these things - social out reach and after school programmes. “The church also has to have a building so people can worship comfortably. A lot of churches suffered during Hurricane Ivan. Places like West Bay and Bodden Town don’t have hurricane and emergency shelters. Bodden Town has a meeting hall, but it is not safe, and West Bay has to build one,” said the Premier. Mr. McKeeva Bush said that his

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love for God and his active participation in the church is part of a family tradition and something he is committed to as a Christian. “I was raised in the church. I meditate and read my Bible and other Christian materials. I was taught Christian values from Sunday school. My aunt, aged 103, was a Lay Preacher. “I love to sing, and even lead the church sermon sometimes. I use my voice to bless people and express myself.” The money given to the church is part of a larger sum, of about $7 million, provided under the government’s Nation Building Fund which has come under strict scrutiny by the Auditor General’s Office. Questions have also been raised by the leader of the opposition, Mr. Alden McLaughlin, about the appropriateness and justification of some of the fund’s payouts. Bush’s own church, Wesleyan Holiness Church, received a substantial $1.3 million, however they have declined to speak on the matter or comment on how the money will be spent.


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Social media fuels college megaparty DENVER (AP) — An apartment complex near Colorado State University that used Facebook to advertise “the biggest pool party of the year’” got more than it bargained for — at least 2,000 people, most of them college students, showed up. It wasn’t long before the police followed. Four people, including two CSU football players, were arrested at the Fort Collins apartment complex on Saturday. Ten people were taken to the hospital, most of them for overconsumption of alcohol or minor injuries. “Some people came from as far away as Denver for this back-to-school party,” Fort Collins police Lt. Hal Dean said on Monday. The party’s Facebook page had nearly 3,000 registered people. Dean said police estimated at least 2,000 people showed up at the complex about 65 miles north of Denver. Officers had to shut down surrounding streets while they cleared the complex. The use of social networks such as Twitter and Facebook to spread word of everything from parties to freedom movements has increased exponentially in recent months. In some cases, the events have led to street trouble. In Los Angeles in July, a simple tweet by DJ Kaskade telling his followers about a free block party lured thousands of raucous ravers to the landmark Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Things turned rowdy, with revelers hurling bottles at police and some jumping on a squad car. In Fort Collins, firefighters and ambulance crews told police of the out-of-control party at the Ram’s Pointe apartment complex.


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Store owner’s warning after armed robbery Kevin Creary

A woman has spoken of her horror after armed thieves threatened her and her mother during a terrifying hold-up. Staff were closing Amwescay Fashions in Shedden Road around 7.15pm on Monday night. Two masked men burst in and stole almost $800 from the till and the owner’s purse. Store owner Kathleen Alexis, 40, said she was in the shop with her mother, Medora, when the robbery took place. She revealed how the gunman pointed his weapon into her mother’s face during the stick-up. And she has warned fellow store owners to be on the guard as the number of robberies increase. Ms Alexis said: “I was sitting inside here behind the counter and I saw two men just walk inside, both of them had hand guns. “One of the gunmen pointed his gun at me and said, give me the money. I gave him about $200 which was all the money that I had in my purse. “The other gunman walked over to the cash register where my mother was standing and pointed his gun at her. “After he pointed the gun at my mother he just opened the cash register and took out all the money, and that was almost $600 dollars, or $550.00

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“There was nobody else in the shop and we were just getting ready to close. “I have been doing business at this location for about three and a half years and this has never happened, this is the first hold up. “I always knew that something like this could happen, because I see it happening all around the area. “In the past they robbed the little Minnie Mart, they robbed Archie’s Bar, and they broke into Funky Tangs. “I was very scared, because the robbers used to just rob people but now they are firing shots and shooting people. “My mother is very frightened, it is very scary, the robbers just walked

in very comfortable, people were outside the store but it would be hard for them to tell what was happening. “I think that crime is getting out of hand, business kind of slow down in the island now. “It was clear that the guys just came for the money. Even though no one was hurt, just looking at the guns felt like I was getting a beating. They couldn’t beat me any harder than the way how it felt getting robbed by gunmen. “Every time I think about the whole situation that took place, it’s frightening. “I want to get CCTV and I also want to put in some security measures. What happened to me can happen to anyone at all.” Both suspects are described as being of slim build and between 5’8” to 5’10” in height. Both were brown skinned, were wearing gloves and had black t-shirts wrapped around their faces. The suspect who spoke during the robbery had what has been described as a Caymanian accent. They escaped in a gray Honda Civic. Anyone with any information about this crime, or who saw the suspects or the car before or after the crime, should contact George Town CID on 949-4222 or the confidential Crime Stoppers number 800-8477 (TIPS).


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T.S. Katia tracking west-northwestward. Tropical development in the Gulf of Mexico looking likely Colin Wilson

As we forecast yesterday (30) T.D. 12 is now Tropical Storm Katia that is expected to develop into a hurricane at any moment and a major storm by the weekend. Although the forecast track takes it north of us it is still very early and already some models are showing a track more south of the official path. Please monitor this storm closely and listen to the local media and official weather updates from the C.I. Government Weather Services. THIS STORM POSES NO THREAT TO THE CAYMAN ISLANDS. Rob Lightbown on his Crown Weather website on August 30, 2011, 6:12 am said “As of this morning, I am still leaning towards a track that takes Katia very close to, if not right over the northeastern Caribbean on Sunday and Monday followed by a track that takes Katia just east of the Bahamas next Wednesday and then northward near the US East Coast late next week and next weekend. The highest threat areas after moving away from the northeastern Caribbean for Katia are Bermuda, the Canadian Maritimes and

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BEIJING (AP) — Their faces black with coal dust, 19 miners trapped for a week underground were pulled to safety Tuesday in northeastern China as rescuers searched for three missing colleagues. Helmeted teams brought each man up on a stretcher, their faces blackened and their eyes covered to avoid damaging sun exposure after so long in the dark. The provincial governor greeted each of the 19 and assured them the rescue work was continuing. “We are doing everything we can to save your colleagues,” Wang Xiankui said in footage shown on state broadcaster CCTV. Twenty-six miners had been trapped

Murdoch company puts other UK papers under review LONDON (AP) — Rupert Murdoch’s scandal-hit News International confirmed Tuesday it is reviewing journalistic standards across the company, a U.K. media empire that includes The Times of London newspaper. The British newspaper arm of Murdoch’s global empire has been shaken by widespread allegations of illegal behavior at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid, once Britain’s most popular Sunday paper. More than a dozen News of the World journalists and executives have been arrested over claims that they

systematically intercepted mobile phone messages and illegally paid police for tips. Allegations of wrongdoing at other U.K. newspapers have since spread a cloud of suspicion over the entire U.K. media industry. The publishers of the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail, which both compete with Murdoch’s papers, have announced their own, separate reviews of editorial procedure in the wake of the scandal. An independent inquiry led by a British judge is also due to put the country’s press under the microscope beginning next month.

In a statement, News International said its internal review was launched “a number of weeks ago” and was being carried out with the assistance of London law firm, Linklaters.

Obama faces tight restraints in crafting jobs plan WASHINGTON (AP) — Hamstrung by budget cuts and a tight debt ceiling, President Barack Obama is preparing a September jobs package with limited tools at his disposal to prime the economy and crank up employment. At a minimum, the president’s plan will call on Congress to extend current payroll tax cuts and jobless benefits, spend money for new construction projects and offer incentives to businesses to hire more workers. But economists say that while that would eliminate some drag on the economy and maintain the status quo, it won’t be enough to propel it to new heights. to blog visit

The president’s plan, which he will announce in a major speech next week, will be far less ambitious than the $825 billion stimulus of 2009, passed when the economy was still shrinking and when unemployment stood at 8.2 percent. Now the economy is growing sluggishly but unemployment is nearly a full percentage point higher — 9.1 percent for July. Economists who advocate for government intervention in the economy estimate that it would take a package of at least $300 billion to avoid backsliding and even more to give the economy a lift.



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The Editor Speaks “No” to everything? There comes a time when saying “No” to everything is a formula for disaster. If one says “No, because we have a better plan” then I am ready to listen. We are in a recession. The country is broke. If saying “No” means I will have no money to feed my family and myself who is to blame? I am still waiting for the PPM (People’s Progressive Movement) to come forward with their plans to get our economy back on track. They’ve said “No” to everything the UDP (United Democratic Party) has proposed. We’ve had a march. We’ve had rhetoric shouting “No” to this and “No” to that which would fill a hot air balloon and take all the protestors for a giant ride in the skies. Of course, a lot of the arguments the protestors are angry about are valid. Likewise, so are the arguments pro, for exactly the same project and the main one is to raise money to feed you and your family. The latest “No” is to plans to close West Bay Road near the Public Beach and re-route it onto a four

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lane Harquail Road Bypass via Governor’s Way near “Neptunes”, Trafalgar Place. The benefit of doing this makes perfect sense to the Government as it provides much needed cash, an expanded Public Beach creating a waterfront park. The mastermind behind the project is Mr. Dart who has a 100% track record here of keeping his promises. I was somewhat surprised, then, in Captain Brian Ebanks’ comment in iNews yesterday when he said he was dubious about this promise. I would like to have heard his grounds for saying it with something persuasive to back it up. If he gets the support he wants to oppose the project can he also come up with an alternative proposition to provide the same amount of funds we urgently need to feed not only Captain Brian and his family, but also the rest of us? If we say “No” to everything the world would never change, we would still be living in caves and we wouldn’t even have had the benefits of a wheel. Then we wouldn’t have the need to realign the West Bay Road.


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Renewable-energy plant could cost millions Tad Stoner

Costs are likely to run into multi-millions of dollars, while construction and commissioning of a renewable-energy electricity plant could take as long as three years and occupy as much as 100 acres of selfsupplied land. The winning bidder will share the transmission network of the Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC), but pay for its own interconnection to that grid, and after operating any renewable-energy plant for an agreed length of time, may be asked to sell it to the utility company. Speaking in the wake of the company’s “Request for Expressions of Interest” last week, CUC’s Sacha Tibbetts, Sacha Tibbetts, Manager of Engineering Services Manager of Engineering This time, however, CUC will not Services, told iNews that he “had no preferences” among sources of provide the site. “We have no site in mind. I renewable energy, whether solar, wind, geothermal or ocean waves, don’t know where it might go. The saying “We will leave the creativity provider must acquire land, maybe lease it, maybe the developer has open to the market”. Seeking 13 megawatts of electricity, access to land at a low cost. “Renewable energy, though, takes CUC has asked alternative-energy power providers internationally up a lot of land. Solar, for example, to supply designs and feasibility typically needs between five acres studies, ultimately entering into a and six acres per megawatt. Wind, while the towers do not take so partnership with the company. The request, he said had been much space, needs a certain area “posted to bulletin boards” and clear of buildings, about 50 acres industry magazines. Responses had per tower.” Depending on technology, a wind already started to trickle in. “My email has been rather busy,” tower can generate anywhere from Mr Tibbetts said. “There could be two megawatts to 10 megawatts. are also modular, a hundred responses. Someone Turbines might be prepared to provide meaning more can be added as 500 kilowatts, but not the whole demand grows. Making the project “scalable”, in fact, is key to the 13 megawatts.” He appeared to focus on solar and project, Mr Tibbetts said. To make renewable energy wind alternatives, however, pointing oil must reach to a 2008 CUC exercise that asked economical, for wind turbines. The company was about $100 per barrel, he said, on the point of signing a contract, and economies of scale depend he said, when government erected a on manufacturing costs for the equipment and the efficiency of the Doppler radar station on the site. to blog visit

turbines or solar panels. Installation represents the highest cost of all, he said, meaning critical reductions on construction have a direct impact on the cost of power. In any case, Mr Tibbetts said, renewable-energy generation would supply only between 3% and 6% of Grand Cayman’s 600 gigawatt hour annual energy needs, met chiefly by diesel fuel. Growth projections are in single digits for the forseeable future, he said. Bidders have until the end of October to respond. Winners will be announced at the end of the year, launching a prolonged licencing and negotiation process with CUC and its Electricity Regulatory Authority overseer. “We have 45 years of expertise,” Mr Tibbetts said. “We understand the technology very well, but don’t have a lot of experience in bringing these kinds of things to fruition. And while it depends on the technology, a 13 megawatt renewable-energy plant will typically cost several million dollars to construct and commission. “This invitation, though, is absolutely the same as anywhere in the world,” he said. “This will be very routine for some of the alternate-power providers. Some of them provide much greater scales than this, although the regulatory requirements in Cayman may be a little different. “This is just the start, and for the size grid we have, it is manageable and could create a small industry here, generating jobs and knowledge transfer. “In general we are excited about this project,” he said. “The general perception is that CUC is not interested in alternate energy, but this shows differently. We are not against renewable energy. We are creating an opportunity here.”


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Snorkeller dies off Barkers An American tourist has died after he got into difficulty snorkelling off Barkers. The 42-year-old man was in the water with his partner when the sea became choppy. As they made their way back to shore the man got into difficulties and needed CPR when he reached the beach. His partner administered mouth-to-

mouth and paramedics rushed to the scene just before 3pm on Monday. A spokeswoman for the RCIPS said: “The man was taken to the Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town where he was found to be dead on arrival. Police enquiries into the incident are ongoing but at this stage there would appear to be no suspicious circumstances.

The man is the second person to die in the water this month. On August 10th another American visitor died after completing a dive off a site in East End. As he tried to board a boat with a member of his family he lost consciousness. He too was taken to hospital and pronounced dead on arrival.

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Camana Bay to host Business After Hours Camana Bay will be hosting its Business After Hours (BAH) event on Thursday, September 8 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm on The Crescent in the Town Centre. A “not-to-be-missed” opportunity to network. All Chamber members are invited to attend this event, which will celebrate the history of Camana Bay, welcome its latest tenants and provide


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The Belford Estates Community Emergency Response Team (BECERT) presented emergency passes to all its members and got plenty of plaudits from the gathered crowd for their efforts to make the community a better place. The presentation held at Bodden Town Civic Centre on Thursday August 25 was attended by leading community members as well as Hon. Mark Scotland and MLAs Dwayne Seymour and Anthony Eden. BECERT, a non-profit organisation is geared towards the Belford Estates community. Their aim is to help with the management of preventing the loss of life and property damage from a disaster in the community. BECERT members who have

Monique Hayles receives her award from Hon. Mark Scotland.

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successfully obtained their certificates in CPR, first aid and emergency passes from Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI) were complimented for the glowing example that they set to the rest of the island. “I hope other districts take seriously the model that BECERT have constructed and foster the ideas

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in their own areas,” said Dwayne Seymour elected MLA for Bodden Town. “It’s not easy to achieve this level of preparedness and community cohesion. That’s why no where else on the island has a model quite like this at the moment. This community is the key to creating a wonderful community spirit.” Liaison Officer, Millicent Webster who led the proceedings said that the whole team were “in this together” and that she is very excited to see the new hurricane kits, donated by HMCI, in action during their emergency exercise. “We care to make a difference for the better.” she added. Hon. Mark Scotland said, “BECERT have set a wonderful example. They demonstrate solidarity and the commitment and willingness to get involved in your community. I wish every community had leadership like this.”


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New school year strategies outlined

Education Minister Rolston Anglin addressed a packed Mary Miller Hall at the Annual Education Professionals’ Welcome.

In anticipation of the new school year the Minister of Education the Hon. Rolston Anglin has outlined his ministry’s priorities to the country’s educators. Filling the Mary Miller Hall to capacity for the Annual Education Professionals’ Welcome, teachers received praise for students’ historic academic achievements. But, they were also told what was expected from them. “I believe we can do better and I challenge you to raise the bar even higher,” said Minister Anglin. While the minister set high expectations, the audience further heard how the Education Ministry

and Department of Education Services planned to support them in order to secure the best outcomes for students. “Professional development is front and centre to my ministry’s goals this year. We plan to invest heavily in our teachers as to ensure that every child has the opportunity to achieve their God-given potential,” Minister Anglin explained. Other strategic aims mentioned include a focus on literacy and numeracy, new graduation requirements, a national campaign that celebrates achievement, professional standards for teachers, targets for school achievement and a

national strategy to gather education data that will track individual student progress. Ensuring students’ employability will also come under the spotlight this year with plans to expand vocational education, strengthen career advice and implement a work readiness programme, Work Keys, in all high schools, the minister revealed. The minister concluded with an update on the school facilities, promising much-needed additions and upgrades to the country’s primary schools. He also said his ministry anticipated that Clifton Hunter High School will be finished in March next year.

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Barbeque raises funds Christopher Tobutt


Rooster 101 country music radio station joined forces with the Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman to buy more than 2000 breakfasts for local kids at the Rooster Country Fair & BBQ challenge. The fair was a big success, judged by the numbers of people who flocked



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community and a fun family event just to bring people together. We wanted support a charity that we hadn’t supported previously. We knew it was a great cause and that we could raise some substantial money for them.” Money was mostly raised by over 300 members of the public who bought tickets at CI$10 each so that they could sample the different

barbeque offerings, Ms Burke said. “We crowned the winner, Low and Slow. The People’s choice winner was ‘Grand Harbour Barbeque.’ “There was Cow Patty Bingo where you had to guess where the cow would poop to win prize. He pooped everywhere except where he was supposed to so the money just went to the charity,” Ms Burke added.

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Back to School and Save Christopher Tobutt

Back to School and Save with a Hawaiian twist - was the theme of a special party organised by The National Building Society of Cayman, at the Grand Caymanian Resort in West Bay. Nationwide’s Marketing Officer, Fame Varona said, “We’re launching two new junior products. One is a Student Saver account, and the other is a Destiny Savings account. The Student Saver account is for younger children who are ten years old and over. The Destiny product is geared towards college students with a minimum age of 17 and up. “We would also like people to know about our new location, on Elgin Avenue,” she added. There was a bouncy castle, face painting, a great sound system, rides on a jet ski and lots of give-aways




Nadine Watler receives an MP3 player from Marketing Officer Fame Varona

as the fun filled afternoon turned into evening. Although a scheduled fashion show of some of the hottest fashions of the Cayman-based One Tree Four Five collection was cancelled at the last minute, excitement was in the air as the time for the prize draw drew nearer. There were plenty of prizes, including an MP3 player, some Blackberry phones from Digicel, and a night at the Grand Caymanian Resort.


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Eva Ritvo shares her prescription for looking and feeling beautiful South Beach psychiatrist and author Dr. Eva Ritvo is at Books & Books on Thursday, September 8 at 7pm for a discussion and signing of her inspirational guide book, The Beauty Prescription: The Complete Formula for Looking and Feeling Beautiful, which she co-wrote with her friend, Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Debra Luftman. This is one of two free events sponsored by the Cayman Islands Diabetes Charitable Trust in support of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society’s biannual Cancer Health Fair. Dr. Eva will also speak at The Fair, which will be held at the Marriott Hotel ballroom on Saturday, September 10 from 8:30am-2pm. Dr. Eva recently visited Cayman in June to lead a motivational boot camp for teenagers as part of the Cayman Islands Diabetes Charitable Trust’s first annual Diabetes Week and she is looking forward to returning for these upcoming events. “I am very excited to be part of The Fair. Mental health issues are so vital to overall health and wellbeing and

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We continue our serialisation of Anne by Constance Fenimore Woolson


“Four propellers could be seen floundering in the loosened ice”

Part 35

“He would not if he had seen you this evening,” replied her companion. A deep flush, visible even in the moonlight, came into the girl’s face. “Do not ask me to recite again,” she pleaded; “I can not. You must let me do what I feel is right.” “What is there wrong in reciting Shakespeare?” “I do not know. But something comes over me at times, and I am almost swept away. I cannot bear to think of the feeling.” “Then don’t,” said Rast. “You do not understand me.” “I don’t believe you understand yourself; girls seldom do.” “Why?” “Let me beg you not to fall into the power of that uncomfortable word, Annet. Walters says women of the world never use it. They never ask a single question.” “But how can they learn, then?” “By observation,” replied young Pronando, oracularly. On this Northern border spring came late—came late, but in splendor. She sent forward no couriers, no hints in the forest, no premonitions on the winds. All at once she was there herself. Not a shy maid, timid, pallid, hesitating, and turning back, but a full- blooming goddess and woman. One might almost say that she was not Spring at all, but Summer. The weeks called spring farther southward showed here but the shrinking and fading of winter. First the snow crumbled to fine dry greyish powder; then the ice grew porous and became honeycombed, and it was no longer safe to cross the Straits; then the first birds came; then the far-off smoke of a steamer could be seen above the point, and the village wakened. In the same day the winter went and the summer came. On the highest point of the island were the remains of an old earthwork, crowned by a little surveyor’s station, like an arbor on stilts, which was reached by the aid of a ladder. Anne liked to go up there on the first spring day, to blog visit

climb the ice-coated rounds, and, standing on the dry old snow that covered the floor, gaze off toward the south and east, where people and cities were, and the spring; then toward the north, where there was still only fast-bound ice and snow stretching away over thousands of miles of almost unknown country, the great wild northland called British America, traversed by the hunters and trappers of the Hudson Bay Company—vast empire ruled by private hands, a government within a government, its line of forts and posts extending from James Bay to the Little Slave, from the Saskatchewan northward to the Polar Sea. In the early afternoon she stood there now, having made her way up to the height with some difficulty, for the ice-crust was broken, and she was obliged to wade knee-deep through some of the drifts, and go round others that were over her head, leaving a trail behind her as crooked as a child’s through a clover field. Reaching the plateau on the summit at last, and avoiding the hidden pits of the old earthwork, she climbed the icy ladder, and stood on the white floor again with delight, brushing from

her woolen skirt and leggings the dry snow, which still clung to them. The sun was so bright and the air so exhilarating that she pushed back her little fur cap, and drew a long breath of enjoyment. Everything below was still white-covered—the island and village, the Straits and the mainland; but coming round the eastern point four propellers could be seen floundering in the loosened ice, heaving the porous cakes aside, butting with their sharp high bows, and then backing briskly to get headway to start forward again, thus breaking slowly a passageway for themselves, and churning the black water behind until it boiled white as soap-suds as the floating ice closed over it. Now one boat, finding by chance a weakened spot, floundered through it without pause, and came out triumphantly some distance in advance of the rest; then another, wakened to new exertions by this sight, put on all steam, and went pounding along with a crashing sound until her bows were on a line with the first. The two boats left behind now started together with much splashing and sputtering, and veering toward the shore, with the hope of finding a new weak place in the floe, ran against hard ice with a thud, and stopped short; then there was much backing out and floundering round, the engines panting and the little bells ringing wildly, until the old channel was reached, where they rested awhile, and then made another beginning. These manœuvres were repeated over and over again, the passengers and crew of each boat laughing and chaffing each other as they passed and re-passed in the slow pounding race. It had happened more than once that these first steamers had been frozen in after reaching the Straits, and had been obliged to spend several days in company fast bound in the ice. Then the passengers and crews visited each other, climbing down the sides of the steamers and walking across.

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Recreation area set for Old Man Bay Tad Stoner

This is his first commercial job, but North Side’s US-trained architect Marco Whittaker is pleased to aid his community by designing the 60,720 sq foot, as-yet-unnamed “North Side Enhancement”. Mr Whittaker, 28, long ago of Chalmers Gibbs and with an associate degree in architecture from Rhode Island College, said the proposed North Side waterfront park was “just something we talked about for a while, and we decided just to go ahead. “We did some town hall meetings and asked people what they thought, and they all seemed to support it, and afterwards we did some drawings,” he said. The proposed recreation area, at Old Man Bay Dock, but as yet without a proper name, is 660 feet long and 92 feet wide, about an acreand-a-third, and will incorporate two 70-foot pedestrian jetties, shade areas, covered sitting areas, cabanas, restrooms and a volleyball court. A new parking lot will be built, he said, with spaces for 12 boat trailers that can head straight into the water, and another 12 for family vehicles. “At the moment, everyone parks near the launch ramp, sometimes

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blocking traffic, so this will help that,” Mr Whittaker said. “We just haven’t figured out where to put the play area for kids. It will have a jungle gym in an enclosed area to keep the kids safe,” he said. While seeking formal planning permission, the community group, led by North Side MLA Ezzard Miller, hopes to start initial work in November, gaining a go-ahead from some of the private-property owners, both next door and across the street from the area. “The land just to the west is crown

land, but to the east, where we want to put four cabanas, is privately owned, so we will ask them. We have drafted a letter to the owner and to the person across the road. We’ll clean up the area and put in a gazebo, so it will raise the value of everyone’s land, benefiting the entire community”, he said. The project will require between 12 months and 18 months to complete, and while Mr Whittaker was unable to pinpoint costs, he said, “so far we have estimated, very roughly, something like $500,000. “We’ll ask the government for help, and hope the rest can be provided through private funding. Well do some fundraising in the community,” Mr Whittaker said. “Labour will be provided from the neighbourhood, North Side and Frank Sound,” he said and “as a lot of people are still looking for jobs, we are trying to keep it within the community, giving them a little work and maybe they can make a little money.” Mr Whittaker himself continues to seek full-time work, having been back in North Side for nearly two years after gaining his degree. “I’ve done a few little housing projects for people, but this is the first thing I’ve done on my own,” he said, “but right now I’m still looking for work.”

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Embroidery: Part I “Density, jump stitches, decorative fills”

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I have always yearned to have a hobby for which I could sell products. The object of my desire was to own a home embroidery machine! My dream started when I saw a Singer embroidery machine demonstration one day in a fabric store in Miami, and I was mesmerized by what it could do! I delved into research on the subject of my desire - size, price range, features, quality, hoop size, etc. I went on to the Net, I talked to many people who owned them, got their opinions on what was important, and what was just ‘bonus’ (and usually unused by most novices and home embroiderers). Finally I bought one. Actually I ‘won’ it. Not exactly. I bid for it on EBay and mine was the highest bid. I was so excited when it finally arrived. The machine already had a few designs preloaded into it, so I immediately began to stitch on anything I could get my hands on i.e. towels, fleece baby blankets, scraps of fabric, even a pair of my boyfriend’s underwear! (Was he surprised the next day when he opened the brown paper package I placed secretly on his car seat.) My ambition to embroider was unmatched, but what I was really lacking in was the experience and knowledge of the basics, i.e. stabilisers, thread type, needle types, and design density for various weight of fabrics. Most of my early projects look novice and ‘homemade’, the backs have thread nests, there are puckers on most of them, and I had to throw away about a third of the first few attempts. I needed lessons badly. But where? There were no local lessons to be had and my time was limited anyway. So, I took to the Internet and researched my options online and found the Designs by Sick website. I was impressed by all the cute designs, and joined the forum.

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Racism Georgina Wilcox

Writen by : Victoria Anderson

Racism is a difficult subject to tackle and our premier, Hon. McKeeva Bush, has made mention of it in recent speeches and even in a knuckle rapping he gave our Editor-in Chief. Of all the places I have visited racism is much less obvious here and therefore I was surprised at his comments. Our education system would seem to be geared towards a culture free of such racism. Tolerance toward race, religion, colour, and sexual orientation is taught in the classroom. I 100% support this. We must expose racism and bigotry for what they are. Racism is based on ignorance, stereotyping and learned hatred. Many people accept that we live in a diverse society today and we appreciate different cultures. Why then are there still large segments of society that won’t accept human capacities are not determined by race? It is important to understand the nature of racism and intolerance. Together we can end prejudice. It is not an issue that will be easily resolved, and the sooner that we begin to work together the sooner we’ll come to a solution. If children are given the opportunity to develop close friendships with people of different races they will accept people as individuals. There is no room for discrimination. Children are influenced by the world around them. I don’t hate all the people in the world, I only feel ill towards those who are blind and cannot accept people for who they are. John Lennon said, “I hope someday you’ll join us and the world will live as one.”


The end of the school year is here and savvy moms and dads by now have made all the arrangements for summer. Summer camps and leisurely days at the pool or beach are just a few of the summer rituals for many families. However if you're tempted to let your child play outdoors for even a few minutes without proper sun protection, you might want to think twice. Adolescence and childhood are critical periods during which exposure to UV radiation is more likely to contribute to skin cancer in later life. Children with fair skin, blond or red hair and blue or green eyes are at the highest risk of sunburn. But darker-skinned children also need sun protection. With this in mind, it’s important that parents teach their children how to enjoy fun in the sun safely.


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COVER FROM HEAD TO TOE. Wearing protective clothing and hats is one of the primary ways of warding off UV damage. When wet, light coloured clothing transmits just as much sunlight as bare skin. Keep your kids covered with dark colours, long sleeves, and pants whenever possible. And don't forget the accessories: sunglasses with UV protection to guard against burned corneas, and hats to prevent sunburned scalps and faces. Protective clothing, hats with wide brims, and sunglasses are just as important for babies. At the beach, bring along a large umbrella.

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Race to sign before window shuts

Free agent Hargreaves heads for Man City

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Premier league football clubs are bracing themselves for a final transfer flurry as the window closes later today. Big spenders so far are Liverpool who have splashed out more than £50m ($63m) this summer. And they are likely to dip into their cheque books again before the deadline reaches with talk of a swoop for another striker as back-up. Old boys Craig Bellamy and Yossi Benayoun have been linked – the

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latter part of a swap deal with Raul Meireles heading to Chelsea. But the biggest shock so far has been injury-plagued England international Owen Hargreaves signing from United to Manchester rivals City. It could turn out to be a shrewd bit of business by Blues’ boss Roberto Mancini as Hargreaves is a free agent and has cost him nothing. United’s summer target Wesley Sneijder has ruled out a move to England after agreeing to stay in Italy with Inter Milan. But the club that seems in most need

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to strengthen their squad is Arsenal who have been linked with Chelsea duo Alex and Florent Malouda. One player bound for North London is Brazilian left-back Andre Santos who has agreed a £6m ($7.9m) move to the Gooners from Turkish side Fenerbahce. Reports also suggest Arsenal are close to completing an £8m ($10m) move for Werder Bremen centre-back Per Metesacker. The Germany international is in London to thrash out terms on an deal with the Gunners. Elsewhere Stoke City want to add Peter Crouch to their squad after completely the signing of his Tottenham team mate William Palacios. Lofty Crouch would be an ideal addition for the Potter’s who thrive on long-throws but the two clubs cannot agree a price with Spurs valuing him more than the £10m ($13m) Stoke have offered. One player who was supposed to head to White Hart Lane was West Ham midfielder Scott Parker. But his move back into the Premiership has cooled after Spurs backtracked over the Luka Modric saga. The Croat is still undecided on a move across London to Chelsea.


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Jets beat Giants for braggin’ rights in ugly game EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Rex Ryan got a kick out of receiving a bronzed Snoopy trophy for beating the Giants and winning the annual preseason braggin’ rights with their long-time rival.

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“That’s awesome,” Ryan said, holding up the trophy after the Jets’ 17-3 win on Monday night at MetLife Stadium. “...I’ll tell you what, that thing looks good. I’m glad we got it.” The trophy is going to go on Ryan’s desk. The videotape of the game that was delayed two days by Hurricane Irene’s march up the East Coast doesn’t deserve such a prominent spot. There wasn’t much that either Ryan or Giants counterpart Tom Coughlin could be happy about. The first-team offenses weren’t good. The chippy game featured 16 penalties and the ejections of Giants halfback Brandon Jacobs and Jets defensive end Muhummad Wilkerson for a second-half skirmish. And there were just too many mistakes by both teams with the season less than two weeks away. Even Plaxico Burress’ first game against the Giants since his release from prison was a dud. No catches and a bad call on the pregame coin toss as the Jets’ sole captain. The positive was both teams played hard.

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Ex-NBA player Crittenton arrested in California


SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton, who was suspended from the league for having guns in a locker room with teammate Gilbert Arenas, was arrested Monday in Southern California to face a murder charge in a deadly Atlanta shooting.

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Crittenton was taken into custody at about 8 p.m. at John Wayne Airport in Orange County after checking in for a Delta Air Lines flight to Atlanta, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. Eimiller said he was arrested without incident by FBI agents with assistance from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Authorities were trying to determine whether Crittenton will make an initial appearance in federal court, or be taken directly to Atlanta to face state charges there. “He offered to turn himself in,” lawyer Brian Steel told The Associated Press earlier Monday. “He’s not guilty. We look forward to getting it to the courts.” The Atlanta JournalConstitution first reported that Crittenton planned to surrender in Atlanta. Police earlier obtained a murder warrant for Crittenton in the Aug. 19 shooting of 22-year-old Jullian Jones, a mother of four young children. Police say Jones was walking with two men when she was shot and they believe one of the men with her was the target.

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iSports WORLD Sharapova, V.Williams win; Kvitova loses at Open NEW YORK (AP) — Trailing big in the first round of the U.S. Open, Maria Sharapova thought she’d pull through if she could push her inexperienced opponent to a third set. And Sharapova was right.


Shrieking as loudly as ever, Sharapova came back from a set and a break down against 19-year-old Heather Watson of Britain to win 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 on Monday, improving to 12-0 this year in matches that went the distance. “It’s just a matter of belief within myself, that no matter how well or bad or good I’m playing, or my opponent is playing, I know I can tough it out,” the No. 3-seeded Sharapova said after her 2½hour victory. “No matter what the situation is, I have the belief.” Petra Kvitova. Fresh off that triumph, Kvitova — a 21-year-old from the Czech Republic seeded No. 5 in Flushing Meadows — failed to follow it up, flopping at the U.S. Open with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 loss to 48th-ranked Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania. Venus Williams played her first match in two months and beat 91st-ranked Vesna Dolonts of Russia 6-4, 6-3. “It’s always nerve-racking to play the first match after a layoff in a major. It’s not really my first choice at all,” said Williams, who pulled out of recent tuneup tournaments because of a virus. to blog visit

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Youngster from Grenada upsets Merritt at worlds

Grenada’s Kirani James, centre, crosses the finish line ahead of USA’s LaShawn Merritt, right, to win the Men’s 400m final at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea.

DAEGU, South Korea (AP) — A memorable meeting — marked by a late surge and a stumble — could be the start of a robust rivalry between Grenada’s Kirani James and American LaShawn Merritt. James leaned across the line Tuesday to win the gold medal in the 400 metres at the world championships, upstaging the reigning titleholder, who had to grab the back of the teenager’s jersey to prevent himself from falling. The surprise finish put Merritt on notice: There’s a new kid in the blocks, and he’s pretty good. He’s even drawing comparisons to Jamaican sensation Usain Bolt. “I don’t want to be the next Usain Bolt,” said James, who turns 19 on Thursday. “I’m happy in my own skin. I’m on the right track to great things.”

Merritt was a little rusty. This was his first major meet since serving a 21-month suspension for using a banned substance that his lawyer said was the result of a male-enhancement product. He lost steam with about 10 metres to go, opening the door for James. “He is a great competitor,” Merritt said as the Americans failed to win gold in the 400 for the first time since 2001. “I didn’t quite have a good day.” Their next major meeting could come at the London Olympics. Provided, of course, Merritt is allowed to compete. The Court of Arbitration for Sport will deliver a verdict on the IOC’s “sixmonth rule,” which took effect in 2008 and prevents athletes who receive doping bans of more than six months

from competing at the next Summer or Winter Games. A decision is expected in late September. “I’m really not thinking about that,” Merritt said. “I’ll deal with that when it comes.” For a change, there were no fullblown disputes or jumped guns by world-record holders at the worlds. The only real surprise of the night came when pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia failed to win a medal in her third straight global championship. That’s after a run of seven titles in a row spanning the Olympics along with world outdoor and indoor competitions. “I lost again. But it’s OK and I’m optimistic for next year,” Isinbayeva said. “The Olympic year is more important. I was just unlucky.”

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