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Issue 156 iFood Mouth-watering food festival in store Page 3

iWorld Alec Baldwin apology over airplane rant Page 9

iSports Manchester suffers Euro blues Page 23


CAYMAN Harry Potter star’s advice for teens Page 4





Campaigners reject report as nonsense

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Dead OAP was keep-fit enthusiast

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West Bay activists have rejected as nonsense a Dart-funded report on the benefits of closing the road in front of Public Beach and rebuilding the Marriott Hotel. The report, released on Wednesday by accounting giant Deloitte & Touche after four months of research, promises 410 jobs and $1.9 million in government revenues during the next three years as a result of the two Dartgovernment ForCayman Investment Alliance projects. The 14-page study predicts an additional 600 jobs and $2.4 million in revenues by 2020. “People can be paid to write anything. This is not an independent report,” said Ormond Morgan, head of the West Bay Action Committee, who, along with Captain Bryan Ebanks ‘Save Cayman” group and Alice Mae Coe’s “Concerned Citizens” have lobbied against closing half-a-mile of West Bay Road, facilitating revitalisation of the old Marriott Hotel.

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Kids doing it by the book Christopher Tobutt

Children at John Gray High School are using old style lettering like the scribes who hand wrote Bibles to make bookmarks. The youngsters are taking part in the activities to celebrate Reading Week at the school. Teacher Wendy Cumberbatch

said: “We have been doing a lot of exciting activities, to really immerse the kids into reading and thinking, and listening and speaking. “For example, we had a Word of the Week competition and the Poetry Slam competition, where the kids have composed their own raps.”

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Cayman cookout – the very best of Caribbean Cuisine Photos by Christopher Tobutt

Cayman Cookout offers the very best of Cayman, Caribbean, and world-wide cooking.

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Being billed as the “Caribbean’s premier epicurean event,” Cayman Cookout - four days of mouth watering indulgence in January - seems set to help make Cayman the Caribbean’s culinary capital. The Cookout - a long weekend (from January 12 to 15) of ultra highend food and wine events, organised by the Department of Tourism, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, and Food & Wine Magazine, will take place at many different venues across Grand Cayman, but will centre on the RitzCarlton hotel and its environment. Last year, one of the opening events included a super-posh-nosh

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beach barbeque, complete with sand sculptures shaped like overflowing wine bottles and huge cheeses, lifelike enough to fool the smartest greediest rat in the world. Internationally renowned chefs such as Eric Ripert will join with wine experts in cooking demonstrations for budding chefs, wine buffs and people who just love to taste the very best of food from Cayman, the region, and the world. High class culinary events include “Canada Meets Cayman” with Paul Rogalski, the co-creator of the highly acclaimed Rouge Restaurant. Mr Rogalski was once an avid diver and cook in Cayman, and he’ll be telling his guests all about his passion for cooking

with sustainable seafood. At another event taking place at Tiki Beach, the grills will be manned by expert chefs Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain and José Andrés, while local artisans and crafts people demonstrate their craft to the sound of steel drums. The Brasserie Restaurant in central George Town will be the place to learn more about eating the best and freshest from Cayman’s own fishermen and farmers straight to the restaurant’s tables, with Chef Dean Max. The climax of the Cookout is bound to be the Ultimate Dinner Party, held at Camana Bay, and will be a time when executive chefs from local restaurants will be welcoming a host of celebrity guests to their kitchens.



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Jodie Foster’s dad convicted of housing scheme LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jodie Foster’s estranged father faces more than 25 years behind bars after being convicted of bilking more than $100,000 from the poor and elderly in a home-building scheme. City News Service reports that Lucius Foster was convicted of 21 misdemeanor counts of grand theft after a jury deliberated for about three hours on Wednesday. A Los Angeles judge is scheduled to sentence the 89-year-old on Thursday afternoon. Lucius Foster was convicted of taking $5,000 each from 21 people for whom he promised to build affordable homes made from cargo containers. The units were never built, and prosecutors alleged he used blatant lies and charm to attract investors.

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Continued from front page “My forefathers’ tombstone is not for sale. These people need to go back to the drawing board,” Mr Morgan said. Mr Ebanks said the developments were not in West Bay’s interests, but rather the developer’s. “They say 400 jobs: to give up what [in exchange]? Of what benefit are they? What can $2 million do? Almost $1.5 million was given to a local church,” he said, alluding to government’s “Nation-Building” grants to West Bay’s Wesleyan Holiness Church. “Dart benefits from this road, not us. We don’t know of any traffic problem. This is a sham, and in Dart’s greater interest,” Mr Ebanks told iNews Cayman. Next Monday, in a 4pm ceremony on the steps of Elgin Avenue’s Government Administration Building, Ms Coe will hand Governor Duncan Taylor bound copies of an island-wide petition with at least 3,500 signatures, protesting closure of the road. While reluctant to comment yesterday on the Deloitte report, Ms Coe asked if “Dart had engaged Deloitte to do the study?”, preferring to read the document before reacting. The Deloitte report reviewed government’s inability to borrow to blog visit

money by the terms of the Framework for Fiscal Responsibility signed by Premier McKeeva Bush in London two weeks ago. Private-sector stimulus was the only alternative, the study concluded, pegging Dart-led growth of employment at 1.2% and revenues at only 0.37% by 2014. ”Some people look better going than coming,” Mr Morgan said. “These guys have promised $1.5 billion in the next 30 years,” he said, referring to long-term alliance spending plans on schools, roads, parks, hotels and relocation of the George Town landfill to 110 acres in Bodden Town. Construction has already started on refurbishment of the Dart-owned Marriott Hotel and construction of a 9,000-foot extension of the Esterley Tibbetts Highway across Dart-owned land near the Cayman Islands Yacht Club into Batabano. “Who knows what is going to happen in the next 15 years?” he asked, lamenting the road project. “Our fathers were in that land in their wompers, and they could have made something of it if they had wanted, but they decided to leave it for three or four generations.” Captain Ebanks was similarly dismissive of the road-building. ”It’s swamp in there, and it’s unnecessary. It’s a sham. It’s in the interests of

Dart. If it were in the best interests of the country, I would support it, but it’s being done so they can develop the land.” The Deloitte report ends by discussing long-term “indirect, but tangible positive impacts” of alliance spending, citing “modernisation of waste-disposal processes,” in the relocated landfill, “an increase in available schooling space, and an improved tourism infrastructure that will better position the Cayman Islands for increasing its share of the tourism market when growth resumes in that industry globally. “Further,” it says. “there will be a social benefit associated with the increased availability and quality of recreation and other lands available for public use.”

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Jamaican gun agreement KINGSTON — Cabinet has given approval for Jamaica to enter into an agreement with the Organization of American States (OAS) for the provision of machines to provide traceable markings on firearms. The Dot peen marking machines will impose markings that are not easily erased. The technology is to be used for weapons both privately owned and in the custody of public officials, said National Security Minister, Senator the Hon. Dwight Nelson at yesterday’s post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House. He said the move is in keeping with the small arms policy being developed for Jamaica. “This is part of that policy to ensure that all arms are properly marked…in such a way that they are traceable,” he said. Senator Nelson informed that there are 25,000 legal firearms in Jamaica and all firearms should be brought in to be marked.

Freedom of the press Prime Minister Andrew Holness sought to assure media practitioners who have come under attack from Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) platforms in Manchester and Portland that his Government support democracy and freedom of speech. Speaking during the Private Sector Association of Jamaica (PSOJ) Christmas lunch at the Wyndham hotel in New Kingston, the prime minister said the Government was not against the work of the media, but only wanted balance and fairness. “I am noticing that there is a little bit of agitation in the press. And I want to say here publicly that this Government believes in freedom of the press, safety of the press.“


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Dead OAP was keep-fit enthusiast, says brother Thomasi McDonald News and Observer, North Carolina

A pensioner whose body was found floating near the Sandbar was a keepfit enthusiast and marathon runner, his brother has revealed. Samir Rizk, 71, from the US, was discovered near Stingray City after he got into difficulties during a snorkelling trip. Yesterday his brother, Kamal, said Samir was an excellent swimmer – and questioned why nobody spotted the man getting into difficulties. “He said, ‘Nobody knows what happened, but they found his body floating on the water,”’ Kamal Rizk, 60, said Wednesday. Boaters found Rizk in the water and said that he was unconscious and unresponsive to CPR. He was taken to Cayman Islands Hospital in George Town, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, according to the release. Police say a post-mortem exam is scheduled for Friday to determine how Rizk died. Rizk, the son of a furniture shop owner in Cairo, Egypt, was the oldest of five children, according to his brother. He moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in the late 1960s shortly after earning a degree in agricultural sciences from the University of Cairo. Soon, his siblings also moved to Raleigh, followed by their parents in the late 1980s. He met his wife Helen while the two were working at the old Pine State Creamery on Glenwood Avenue; they moved into a split-level home on Shadyside Drive in the 1970s where

they lived for more than 35 years. The couple left for the cruise on Sunday. “Helen was probably on the cruise ship when it happened,” Kamal Rizk. “I wish she had had been with him. She would have kept an eye on him.” Kamal Rizk said he last saw his brother the day after Thanksgiving when Samir and Helen came to his home for dinner. Kamal Rizk described his brother as an excellent swimmer and marathon runner who was in good physical shape. He had just completed a 26mile marathon in the Washington, D.C., area two about two months ago, and ran a 100-mile race when he was in his 60s. “When you saw him you would never think he was 71 years old,” Kamal Rizk said. Kamal Rizk knows well the area where his brother was found; he and his wife went on the same trip in 2009. He said anywhere from five to 10 cruise ships may dock in the area at a time and that the Sand Bar is usually teeming with small boats filled with hundreds of tourists. Kamal Rizk wonders how nobody managed to see that his brother was

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“Filthy planes, barely edible meals, cuts in jet service to less-travelled locations,” Baldwin said. Baldwin writes that increased security on commercial airplanes post9/11 has resulted in a “paramilitary” aura around air travel. “September 11th was a horrific day in the airline industry, yet in the wake of that event, I believe carriers and airports have used that as an excuse to make the air travel experience as inelegant as possible,” Baldwin writes. Baldwin’s letter is the latest volley in a dustup with American Airlines, with the airline taking to social media Wednesday to maintain it was following federal regulations when it

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Five killed in tour helicopter crash near Lake Mead LAS VEGAS (AP) — Recovery and investigative teams are heading to a remote site near Lake Mead where a helicopter slammed into a mountainside, killing the pilot and the four passengers who were on a tour of the Las Vegas Strip and Hoover Dam, federal authorities said. The aircraft operated by Sundance Helicopters crashed just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, said National Park Service spokesman Andrew Munoz. Numerous witnesses heard the crash and reported seeing smoke about 4 miles west of the lake’s edge, Munoz said. He said a Las Vegas police search

and rescue team reached the scene by helicopter and confirmed that all five people on board were dead. The remote crash site in the River Mountains surrounding Lake Mead, about 30 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, is not accessible by road, which slowed down the initial rescue and later prompted officials to delay any recovery and investigation until early Thursday morning. The National Transportation Safety Board said it was launching a 12-member team to investigate the crash. A park ranger rode in a 4-wheel-drive truck to the crash site late Wednesday to protect the bodies and debris until

the investigation resumes, Munoz said. Authorities did not release any information about the identities of the victims. A spokesman at Sundance Helicopters told The Associated Press that the helicopter had been giving a local tour when it suddenly went missing.

American sentenced to prison for Thai royal insult BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand sentenced a U.S. citizen to two and a half years in prison Thursday for defaming the country’s royal family by translating excerpts of a locally banned biography of the king and posting them online. The verdict is the latest so-called lese majeste punishment handed down in the Southeast Asian kingdom, which has come under increasing pressure at home and abroad to reform harsh legislation that critics say is an affront to freedom of expression. The 55-year-old Thai-born American, Joe Gordon, stood calmly with his ankles shackled in an orange prison to blog visit

uniform as the sentence was read out at a Bangkok criminal court. Judge Tawan Rodcharoen said the punishment, initially set at five years, was reduced because Gordon pleaded guilty in October. Defense lawyer Arnon Nampa said Gordon would not appeal, but would apply for a royal pardon. The sentence was relatively light compared to other recent cases. In November, 61-year-old Amphon Tangnoppakul was sentenced to 20 years in jail for sending four text messages deemed offensive to the queen. Gordon posted links to the banned

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The Editor speaks

Two out of three Colin Wilson

In my Editorial on Wednesday (7) I was in an apologetic mood under the banner “I Could Have Been Mistaken”. I went to great pains to show the reasons why Cayman’s Legal Department and Justice Quin allowed the trial of the murder of Omar Samuels to go ahead. The accused, Patrick McField, Osbourne Douglas and Brandon Leslie-Ebanks were each found guilty by jury. All three were acquitted on Nov 29th by the Court of Appeal saying the case should never have gone before a jury because of the contradictory nature of the forensic evidence and eyewitness testimony presented by the crown. Immediately after the acquittal, Douglas was arrested by RCIPS officers in connection with the fatal shooting of Jason Christian on Crew Road in September. Now a second man, Leslie-Ebanks has been arrested in Miami in connection with firearms smuggled into Grand Cayman. Patrick McField is now on his own. Another McField, ex MLA Frank McField was shot in the leg last week in mysterious circumstances. I say mysterious because neither Frank nor his family and/friends including the RCIPS will account for what happened nor where it happened. Frank McField gave evidence for the crown in the above mentioned murder trial of Omar Samuels. Meat Loaf wrote a love song called “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” so we wait to see if Patrick McField becomes “Three Out of Three Is Even Better.” Dumping the Port? On Sat-Mon (3-5 Dec) we announced UDP George Town MLA Ellio Soloman had been appointed to head the government’s task force on the port development under the banner “Doubts raised on Chinese contracts.” I am not sure if his UDP colleague, Cline Glidden, remains on the task force. It was Mr. Glidden who had advised his UDP colleagues to accept the GLF deal on the same day the premier, Hon McKeeva Bush, wrote to GLF rejecting it and a few months later announced a deal with China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC). There has been much controversy over the CHEC deal with skeptics including construction industry leaders, primarily because under the proposal it will put the port operations entailing retail space in Chinese hands for 50 years. This could mean a lot of the waterfront shops will have a very hard time trying to compete with Chinese


prices and the revenues going out of our country! The Memorandum of Understanding with CHEC ran out last month and has been extended to March causing another delay. Mr. Bush only made a glancing mention of the project in his deliverance of the Strategic Policy Statement last week. Captain Bryan Ebanks head of the Save Cayman group comprising sea captains has advocated alternative berthing proposals in Red Bay, which is gathering some steam with more supporters coming on board. At their meeting last Tuesday (6) at the Seafarers Hall they outlined their plans to the general public. It was pointed out at the meeting the urgent need for a decision. Only last week with the inclement weather providing rough seas there was a loss of 35,000 passengers amounting to an estimate of $3.5 million loss in government revenues because ten cruise ships were unable to dock. This would have been avoided if we had had a place for the ships to berth. If this ‘muddle’ isn’t bad enough the planned Bodden Town dump is in question. The Dep. Premier, Hon. Juliana O’Connor Connolly, the minister with responsibility for the dump, was overridden by Mr. Bush after she had announced this time last year the contract to manage and operate the landfill had gone to a US based waste management expert. Mr. Bush announced he had agreed to allow Dart to have the current dump site in exchange for the development of a new facility in the Midlands Acre area of Bodden Town on land owned by the developer in the central wetlands area. There is much speculation, however, that this deal, part of the ForCayman Alliance will be terminated because of the agreement government were forced to sign with the UK. To make matters even more muddied, the majority of the residents of Bodden Town are outraged at the proposal to put a dump in their backyard. It has made the situation very difficult for the two UDP MLAs, Dwayne Seymour and Mark Scotland who have an uphill battle to win over their constituents to accept the dump. The Coalition to Keep BT Dump Free has (not surprisingly) been endorsed by the PPM MLA, Anthony Eden. Whatever happens, if it happens, it will happen albeit very slowly. Although Mr. Seymour and Mr. Scotland have agreed to meet with the Coalition, whatever the MLAs say in favour of the Dump could be met with cries of “Rubbish!”

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We continue our serialisation of Anne by Constance Fenimore Woolson

Anne CONCLUSION When Anne’s cheeks finally were dry a little Part 87

cobweb tie had been formed between herself and Heathcote.

He had learned it from another, and that other, of course, a woman. For once in a while it happens that a woman, when roused to fury, will pour out the whole story of her wrongs to some man who happens to be near. No man does this. He has not the same need of expression; and, besides, he will never show himself at such a disadvantage voluntarily, even for the sake of comfort. He would rather remain uncomforted. But women of strong feelings often, when excited, cast wisdom to the winds, and even seem to find a desperate satisfaction in the most hazardous imprudences, which can injure only them. In a mood of this kind, some one had poured out to Gregory Dexter bitter testimony against Heathcote, one-sided, perhaps, but photographically accurate in all the details, which is so much to women. Dexter had listened with inward anger and contempt; but he had listened. And he had recognized, besides, the accent of truth in every word. The narrator was now in Austria with a new and foreign husband, apparently as happy as the day is long. But the listener had never forgotten or forgiven her account of Heathcote’s method and manner. He said to himself that he despised it, and he did despise it. Still, in some occult way, one may be jealous of results attained even by ways and means for which one feels a righteous contempt; and the more so when one has a firm confidence in his own abilities, which have not yet, however, been openly recognized in that field. In all other fields Gregory Dexter was a marked type of American success. As the days moved slowly on, he kept watch of Heathcote. It was more a determination to foil him than interest in Anne which made him add himself as a third whenever he could unobtrusively; which was not often, since Miss Vanhorn liked to talk to him herself, and Anne knew no more how to aid him than a nun. After a while Heathcote became conscious of this watchfulness, and it amused him. His idea of Dexter was “a clever sort of fellow, who has made money, and is ambitious. Goes in to blog visit

for politics, and that sort of thing. Talks well, but too much. Tiresome.” He began to devote himself to Anne now in a different way; hitherto he had been only entertaining himself (and rather languidly) by a study of her fresh naïve truthfulness. He had drawn out her history; he, too, knew of the island, the fort, and the dog trains. Poor Anne was always eloquent on these subjects. Her color rose, her words came quickly. “You are fond of the island,” he said, one evening, as they sat on the piazza in the moonlight, Dexter within three feet of them, but unable to hear there murmured words. For Heathcote had a way of interposing his shoulder between listeners and the person to whom he was talking, which made the breadth of woolen cloth as much a barrier as a stone wall; he did this more frequently now that he had discovered Dexter’s watchfulness. “Yes,” said Anne, in as low a voice as his own. Then suddenly, plainly visible to him in the moonlight, tears welled up and dropped upon

her cheeks. She had been homesick all day. Sometimes Miss Vanhorn was hard and cold as a bronze statue in winter; sometimes she was as quick and fiery as if charged with electricity. Sometimes she veered between the two. To-day had been one of the veering days, and Anne had worked over the dried plants five hours in a close room, now a mark for sarcastic darts of ridicule, now enduring an icy silence, until her lot seemed too heavy to bear. She had learned to understand the old woman’s moods, but understanding pain does not make it lighter. Released at last, a great wave of homesickness had swept over her, which did not, however, break bounds until Heathcote’s words touched the spring; then the gates opened and the tears came. They had no sooner dropped upon her cheeks, one, two, three, than she was overwhelmed with hot shame at having allowed them to fall, and with fear lest any one should notice them. Mr. Heathcote had seen them, that but if only she could was hopelessly certain; keep them from her grandaunt! Yet she did not dare to lift her handkerchief lest its white should attract attention. But Heathcote knew what to do. As soon as he saw the tears (to him, of course, totally unexpected; but girls are so), he raised his straw hat, which lay on his knee, and, holding it by the crown, began elaborately to explain some peculiarity in the lining (he called it South American) invented for the occasion, at the same time, by the motion, screening her face completely from observation on the other side. But Anne could not check herself; the very shelter brought thicker drops. When Anne’s cheeks finally were dry a little cobweb tie had been formed between herself and Heathcote. It was too slight to be noticed, but it was there. END OF ANNE Anne will return later under the title “Anne: The Remaining Years”





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Just about memories and me Part 4

Joan Wilson

Sometimes we borrowed one of Merren’s trucks to take us to the beach. Our roads were only dust tracks with holes filled with a little marl. Men would bring the marl in a wheelbarrow and use a shovel to fill the hole with it then pound it with a big heavy block of wood on a stick. I think they called it a mallet. When it rained, though, the marl would wash away and there would be that hole again! My Uncle Rayal, my mother’s brother, was the architect and builder of Elmslie Memorial Church together with his brother, Rolan Rayal told me that the holes in the road were so big that he would have to climb out of his car and look over the edge of the hole before proceeding. In those days he had one of the few cars on the Island and was agent for the Pontiac Motor Car Company. Getting back to when I was 4 years old. Every family kept chickens as part of their food supply. Laying chickens gave us all the eggs we needed as well as for cooking. When the mother hen had her babies I would love to catch the little chicks, take them inside my house, cuddle them and wrap them up in the bed with me. One day I was playing with my friend Annis, who



lived next door, chasing the chickens. I ran so fast that I tripped and fell into an open well. The well was between 15ft and 20ft deep but luckily for me had about a foot of water in it that broke my fall. I only had bruising to my back but I was frightened and the thought that I had gotten nearly killed sent me into shock. Can you guess how I got out of that well? I’ll tell you. A very good family friend was passing through the yard and heard my screams. He ran over and slowly lowered the bucket down the well to me. The bucket was attached to a long piece of thatch rope. He told me to put one foot into the bucket, hold onto the rope and push my other foot against the wall of the well to keep myself from getting hurt further. You bet I followed his instructions to the letter! When I finally reached the top he hugged me and took me home. My mother was waiting and he handed me over the fence where she wrapped me up in a white sheet and put me in her bed. Of course, she scolded me. “That’s what you get for chasing Rosa’s chickens!” she said. For me, it was fun and the start of my knocks in life. Anyway, what is life without a few knocks and bruises? Life was simple but very colorful back then. My older and very beautiful sister, Madge, got married, but I never did remember her courting. But I well remember her wedding day! It took place right in our home, in the Drawing Room, as we used to call it. It was a beautiful wedding with everyone so dressed up. Madge married Paul, an American, who was having a yacht built here by my Uncles Rayal and Roland whom I mentioned before as building Elmslie Memorial Church. I, of course, was being my very young self as I walked in eating a slice of homemade buttered bread, heavily smeared with brown sugar, my favourite sweet. I made my way through the crowd and sat on the open window cill eating away. One of the guests, a Miss Geraldine,

saw me and gave me a right scolding and made me remove myself from the cill. Miss Geraldine had a son by the name of Joseph. He always seemed to sit around with his mouth open and Geraldine kept telling him to keep his mouth closed. “If I see your mouth open again I’ll beat you,” she said. I overheard this as I walked round with the chickens. Every time I noticed Joseph with his mouth wide open I would immediately report this to his mother. “Joseph’s got his mouth open again, Miss Geraldine!” I shouted. What a slap she would give him. I think I cured him of the habit because I do not remember seeing him with his mouth open after that. Well, these are some of my memories and I hope you enjoyed reading them. I expect you have got plenty, too. Please find the time to write them down, just as I have done.

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Brac student club launched GRAND CAYMAN: Saxon Pension Services (Saxon) is proud to announce the launch of the Saxon Investment Club to students in Cayman Brac. This is the first outreach programme to our Sister Island of the successful Saxon Investment Club operating on Grand Cayman over the past three years. The Saxon Investment Club is a unique opportunity for students to learn about investing, develop a better understanding of money, the stock market, the relationship between current events and stock trends, tracking investments and starting and running a business. They gain exposure to stock markets, whereby it provides the opportunity for students to gain experience in the world of finance. The official launch of the programme was hosted on October 11th at the St. Ignatius Catholic School auditorium while registration remained open until October 31st. CEO of Saxon Brian Williams took the lead to introduce the Saxon Investment Club to students at Layman E. Scott Sr. High School. Mr. Williams said, “The


team at Saxon is excited to expand the programme to eager young students.” and continued, “This is the third year of the Saxon Investment Club and we wanted to extend the experience to students on Cayman Brac.” “Saxon is committed to investing in our youth as we recognize that there is no better investment in Cayman’s future than instilling young minds with knowledge and wisdom.” said, Mr. Williams. “While this club certainly evokes a healthy level of competition, the most valuable reward is the insight gained from the handson experience.” “Through the careful planning of each group’s portfolio, the students will gain knowledge about sound stock market

investing and money management, invaluable to shaping their future.” said, Mr. Williams. “Saxon also hopes that introducing students to these disciplines at this age might spark an interest in a future career in the financial industry.” Saxon Pension Services, is a pension services provider in the Cayman Islands powered by dynamic people using superior technology. Delivering client and administrative services to more than 14,500 individual account holders with assets in excess of $300 million, Saxon is capable of providing flexible solutions in both the onshore and offshore pension environment while maintaining a personal approach to client relationships.


Church confirms pope to visit Cuba in spring HAVANA (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI will visit Communist-run Cuba this spring, a senior Roman Catholic Church official said Thursday, the first trip by a pontiff since John Paul II’s historic tour in 1998. The exact date of the trip, which coincides with the 400th anniversary of Cuba’s patron saint, will be announced in Rome early next week, according to Monsignor Jose Felix Perez, executive secretary of the Cuban Bishops Conference. “It will be a moment for energizing the faith in Cuba. It will give strength and vigor to the faith in Cuba,” he said. “The visit should be one of peace and reconciliation.” Cuba’s church has played an increasingly important role in Cuba in recent years, helping negotiate the release of political prisoners in 2009 and 2010, and even consulting with President Raul Castro and his advisers on free-market changes he is pushing to save the island’s economy from ruin. to blog visit

Vatican officials have said that the pope also is considering a visit to Mexico, and the Dec. 12 date for announcing the schedule for his trip coincides with celebrations of Mexico’s patron saint, the Virgin of Guadalupe. Benedict, 84, has limited his travels mostly to Europe, both to spare him from long trips and to focus his efforts on a continent where Christianity has fallen by the wayside. He did visit Brazil in 2007 and has said he hopes to return in 2013 for World Youth Day, the church’s youth festival. And he has a trip to Benin coming up later this month, the second to Africa in his six-year-pontificate. Following the 1959 Cuban Revolution, as Fidel Castro increasingly embraced Marxism and the Soviet Union, anticlerical actions increased: Authorities discouraged Christmas celebrations, closed religious schools in 1962 and barred Communist Party membership to people of religious belief. But relations began easing after the

Cold War. Cuba removed references to atheism from the constitution in the 1990s and allowed believers of all faiths to join the party. Then came John Paul’s visit in 1998, when Castro shed his trademark olivegreen fatigues for a business suit and tie and to greet the pope personally at the airport. The pontiff celebrated a mass at a packed Revolution Square, calling for “Cuba to open to the world, and the world to open to Cuba.” Nothing so groundbreaking is expected of the Benedict visit, but it will nonetheless be a historic moment.



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Governor presents certificates to prison staff His Excellency, the Governor, Mr Duncan Taylor presented 19 prison officers with level 3 Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) in custodial care on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. The officers were among 30 staff from Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service to complete the training programme. Also receiving their certificates from the Governor were three officers who had qualified as A1 assessors for the programme, and a further three who had qualified as internal verifiers/ assessors. Assessors evaluate candidates work while internal verifiers are responsible for quality control in the assessment process. Begun in 2008, under the late Commissioner of Corrections Dr William Rattray, the SVQ programme is funded jointly by the Cayman Islands Prison Service and the Office of the Governor and delivered through the Service. Mr Taylor, who is responsible for internal security matters in the Cayman Islands, said that his office was extremely pleased to have been able to contribute to this positive development for the Islands’ prison


His Excellency the Governor Mr Duncan Taylor with 19 staff from Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service who recently completed internationally accredited vocational training, and a further six officers who qualified as assessors.

system. Quality Enhancement Manager for the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) which accredits the certification, Veronica Kirk, observed that the qualification would allow the officers to work within the Scottish prisons system. Ms Kirk had recently visited the prison service training centre to ensure that it met SQA standards. The 11 mandatory classes necessary for successful completion of the course focused on issues such as maintaining security, contributions to the adjudication process, reducing risks to health and safety, maintaining and developing knowledge, skills and competence, searching individuals and supporting individuals in custody to take part in purposeful activities. Training was delivered by specialist staff at the Prison Service, in

conjunction with the SQA. A further 25 officers are still enrolled in the programme with five more expected to begin in a matter of days. Prison Director Dwight Scott said that eventually all operational staff from Northward and Fairbanks Prisons would be required to complete the course.

Prison Director Dwight Scott, the Governor, local Scottish Vocational Qualifications Coordinator Edward Callacher and Scottish Qualifications Authority Quality Enhancement Manager Veronica Kirk during the presentation of awards.

UK lifts ban on female submariners


levels of carbon dioxide in submarine atmosphere risked their health. But the Ministry of Defense said recent research showed those risks were unfounded and “that there were no medical reasons for excluding women.” The defense secretary stressed that the armed forces must adapt rather than clinging to the past. “We will value our history and tradition but we will not be slaves to them,” Hammond said in a keynote speech to the Royal United Services Institute in London. The change means the submarine service will be able to draw on the “the widest range of talent and skills” to recruit, Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral Charles Montgomery said. “And it will give our women the same opportunities as men to enjoy

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LONDON (AP) — Women will be allowed to serve on submarines for the first time in Britain’s history, the country’s defense secretary announced Thursday, after research showed there were no health reasons to support the ban. A small number of female officers who have volunteered will begin training next year and start serving on Royal Navy nuclear-powered submarines in late 2013, Philip Hammond said. The decision comes on the heels of an 18-month review conducted by the Royal Navy looking at the health, social and technical issues of allowing women to serve on submarines. While women have been allowed on board Royal Navy ships since 1990, they weren’t eligible to be submariners because of concerns that higher

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a fulfilling and rewarding career in the Submarine Service,” he added in a statement. The U.S. Navy announced a similar policy move last year, and the first female submarine officers are slated to report to their submarines at the end of this year. Outside of existing officers, the first new class of British female submariners will be recruited and trained from 2014 on. In addition to the Vanguard-class submarines, the Astute class will also take females on board starting in 2016 after necessary on-board accommodation modifications have been made, the defense ministry said. It said over nine percent of Royal Navy personnel are female and that women have been on board Navy ships since 1990. to blog visit

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The Christmas season is upon us, and stress has begun to fill the air! Sometimes we just don’t have the time to be creative! As giving should never be a source of stress I felt the need to share my personal gift ideas for Christmas this year for those who find it difficult to get out of the kitchen. I hope you find inspiration! 1. Cookware. Every cook loves new cookware. No surprise there, but there are ways to make this gift more special. For example a new saucepan would be a wonderful present for under the Christmas tree, but in addition, find a great sauce recipe to be used as a stocking stuffer along with all the required ingredients! 2. Flavoured Oils and Vinegars. A sure way to create a new or improve an old dish! New oils and vinegars are always a treat for a cook, you can never have enough! Walnut oil, Avocado oil, Truffle oil, simply take a look around your local specialty food store and you will be amazed at the variety today! 3. Plastic Storage Containers. They must be of the best quality, which are able to go into the freezer, dishwasher, and microwave! I don’t know how but these containers always seem to disappear and you can never have enough of them or enough sizes. Why not buy several different shapes and sizes but fill them full of special nuts or candies to make this gift more special than plain old plastic! 4. Liqour. Although we all like to have a little Christmas cheer, there is another wonderful use for liquor in the kitchen. It is essential for creating beautiful demi-glazes for your favourite meat dishes and most likely your cook at home will not splurge on such luxurious liquids. So why not help your favourite chef out and purchase a few bottles of liquor to cook with! Brandy, Sherry, Bourbon and Madeira are all fantastic to use. 5. Wine. Like liqour wine is also essential for deglazing pans and creating incredible sauces. Again, to blog visit

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why not include a recipe as a stocking stuffer as well. Any cook always welcomes inspiration. 6. Coffee & Tea. Most kitchen lovers love coffee if not to drink, to cook with. So why not create a specialty coffee gift basket? It’s easy to find local free trade coffee in your neighbourhood specialty food store and while you’re there buy some cinnamon sticks, honey, flavoured syrups etc. Why not also throw in some specialty coffee mugs and some liquors such as Baileys or Kahlua. What a treat!! Tea is also widely used in kitchens today. Instead of boring brines, use tea instead! 7. Cookbooks. Again another “no-brainer” but if they truly love to cook then they LOVE cookbooks. We never get tired of cookbooks, but be sure to find the best ones. Look for a specialty cookbook store and you’ll have a fantastic gift in your hands. 8. “Microplane” graters. If you’re special chef does not have one then here is another must have kitchen item. They are inexpensive and vital when adding or enhancing flavor in dishes. Why not combine a “Microplane” with several of its favourite counterparts like whole nutmeg, whole cinnamon, whole star anise etc. That way your chef can get

right down to business! 9. Appliances. Maybe not an oven or a fridge but why not a new electric mixer or Panini press? If you can’t find a Panini press (and they really are the easiest way to make great Panini) to purchase here shop on-line! have a whole range. Which type do I recommend? I like the Breville Panini Press or the Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler. The Cuisinart has the advantage of its removable plates making it very easy to clean. The Breville model that does offer a grill with removable plates costs $200 more. 10. Tableware. If they love to cook then they love to entertain. Why not find beautiful glassware, or placemats, or service plates that they can show off their creations with. Unique paper napkins make great stocking stuffers and linen napkins with gorgeous napkin rings are always a treat. So don’t let stress take the fun out of Christmas this season. There are truly plenty of ways to put smiles on faces this year. And for one last suggestion: make your own Specialty Gift Basket! Create your own gift basket by combining several of the above ideas. Now that is an incredible gift for any kitchen lover!


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Nation marks 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor survivor William Muehleib stands at attention

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — In wheelchairs and on walkers, the old veterans came Wednesday to remember the day 70 years ago when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. But FDR’s “date that will live in infamy” is becoming a more distant memory. Fewer and fewer veterans who experienced the attack on Dec. 7, 1941, are alive to mark the anniversaries and most of them are in their 90s, many prevented by health problems from traveling to Hawaii. One survivors’ group said it would disband because age and infirmity made it too difficult to carry on. “People had other things that they wanted to do with the remainder of their lives,” Pearl Harbor Survivors Association president William Muehleib said. “It was time.” The 2,390 Americans who died in the attacks are not forgotten. Besides Pearl Harbor, there are remembrances elsewhere. In Phoenix, the goal every year is to draw 1,177 people — the number who died on the USS Arizona — to march through the city, but organizers don’t come close to that anymore. Just 45 people showed up last year. On Wednesday, about 300 people gathered for a mile-long remembrance walk, carrying miniature U.S. flags and tags bearing the names of Pearl Harbor casualties. “As time goes by, it might actually fade. This may be the last significant anniversary when we could thank a survivor. Get out there. Get your chance to thank them,” event chairman Ben Ernyei said. Those who made it to Pearl Harbor were treated to a hero’s reception. The 5,000 spectators whistled, shouted and applauded loudly as the 120 or so survivors stood to be recognized, and others asked for autographs and took


The USS Chung-Hoon sails past the USS Arizona Memorial during the Pearl Harbor memorial ceremony.

photos with them. Muehleib said local chapters of his group will function as long as they have members and survivors can gather socially, but they will no longer have a formal, national organization. He also predicted survivors would attend future commemorations at Pearl Harbor. The association — founded in 1958 — has 2,700 members, he said. There are an estimated 7,000 to 8,000 Pearl Harbor survivors. President Barack Obama hailed the veterans in a statement proclaiming Wednesday as “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.” “Their tenacity helped define the Greatest Generation and their valor fortified all who served during World War II,” he said. “As a nation, we look to December 7, 1941, to draw strength from the example set by these patriots and to honor all who have sacrificed for our freedoms.” Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, witnessed the attacks as a young man in Honolulu and fought in World War II, losing his right arm in combat and earning the Medal of Honor. “As we continue to lose members of the Greatest Generation, those who witnessed the attack, lived through the war and saw the world change, we must remember the events of December 7,” he said in a speech on the Senate floor. The nation has debated how to mark anniversaries and memorials before as events fade into history. New York City’s mayor this year suggested it might be time to stop reading the names of nearly 3,000 Sept. 11 victims every year once that 10th anniversary passed. Mal Middlesworth, a Marine who was on the USS San Francisco during the attack, said the survivors association formed to make sure younger generations heard about what they

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went through. “They wanted young America to understand that freedom isn’t free. Never has been and looks like it’s never going to be,” he said in the keynote address. “Remember, he who forgets history will live it again.” Carissa Westfall traveled to Hawaii to mark the anniversary as part of a college program that paired students and veterans traveling to important battle sites. The veteran she was with, Guy Piper, was brushing his teeth on Ford Island when he saw bombs falling from Japanese planes. “Honestly, before this trip I never realized. I didn’t know — I didn’t think that there were guys my age and younger watching their friends die right next to them,” said Westfall, a sophomore at the College of the Ozarks in Missouri. Also this week, ash-scattering and interment ceremonies are being held for five survivors whose cremated remains are returning to Pearl Harbor after their deaths. On Tuesday, an urn containing the ashes of Lee Soucy was placed on his battleship, the USS Utah. The ashes of Vernon Olsen, who was on the Arizona, were to be placed on his ship later Wednesday. to blog visit

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Music can help you during the Christmas holiday “I suggest some Christmas music played on the harp” Georgina Wilcox

During this Christmas holiday when you’re looking for some different ways to soothe, level, motivate, energise yourself and otherwise get on top of your cascading emotions – may I suggest music? If you are a metaphysician and you can answer: what is there?: and what it is like?, and you can clarify the fundamental notions by which people understand the world, then this music should suit you: Try anything with a big solid bass, up loud, but make sure the lyrics don’t interfere. The right brain will dominate and you’ll hear the music first, but your left brain will still be getting the lyrics. I suggest: “I Loved ‘Em Everyone”. However, if you need to deal with something heavy because last year your loved one died on Christmas Eve and here comes the first anniversary : Only classical music will work for this and that’s why it’s called classical. For such a deep need, to maintain your grip when something’s rocked the foundation of your world, I recommend, Beethoven’s “Eroica” “Eroica” means “heroic” and that you will need to be. Beethoven lived through the worst thing that can happen to a composer of music – he became death. It’s there, in his music. To get on a level plane nothing will probably ever compare to Pachelbel’s “Canon”. George Winston’s “December” is also recommended. Good masseuses play these CD’s or from their iPods. There are no ups and downs and that may be just what you’re aiming at. To rip the heart out of Christmas, like when you want to just sit down in front of the tree and cry at the beauty and the splendour of it all and get it over with and then eat, drink a pint of beer or cider and then

fall asleep: Pavorotti’s Christmas video (, Panis Angelicus duet with the little boy, especially if you had a little boy who now has whiskers on his cheeks. Or there’s Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro” movingly sung by the beautiful International Welsh soprano Lisa Carlisle (www. Then you can pull out your heart and put it on the table beside you, right there by the dish of peppermints, and the cinnamon-scented candle, and you’ll know you had Christmas. If you want something Christmassy but light, I suggest some Christmas music played on the harp. It’s good for this, especially for baking cookies to. It doesn’t pull the emotions. It’s close to the lyre, the instrument the Greek god Orpheus played to soothe the savage beasts, and to win a favour from Hades, the god to whom there is no altar (death), the god with whom there is no bargaining. Completely upbeat, light and fun is the album “A Reggae Christmas,” by Various Artists:- RAS Family, Don Carlos, June Lodge, Freddie McGregor, Michigan & Smiley, Peter Broggs, Pablo Black, and Eek-A-Mouse. You need to get some work done, you’re sick of Christmas, got the kids around, underfoot and you’re bored? How about: (1) “Great Balls of Fire,” Jerry Lee Lewis. How could you possibly be ‘mindful’ with that going on? It’s great fun and will clear the air. (2) “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” by Bob Marley. You find out the out-laws are coming - sorry, I mean the IN-laws! You are exhausted, crabby and high on sugar, you must clean the house and you aren’t exactly in the MOOD for a Christmas Carol, if you know what I mean May I suggest: If you haven’t cleaned house with your two

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preschoolers marching along behind you to a John Philip Sousa march, you haven’t lived. Give the little one a paper hat and get out his toy drum. My PG suggestion is: Got older kids you need to get working with you? Call it “the main event,” and put on the Jock Jams, “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble.” This next one isn’t mine but a colleague’s X rated suggestion: you and your partner put “Cotton Eyed Joe” on -- the Texas version - and invent your own lyrics appropos to the, um, challenges of the moment. (This is popular at office holiday parties with adjusted lyrics as well!) And DO the Cotton Eye Joe as you push that vacuum around. Here’s how ( Do-the-Cotton-Eyed-Joe-Dance ). You find you need to be inspired and also to get in touch with the

spiritual side of Christmas then I suggest: Handel’s “Messiah, Hallelujah Chorus”, of course. Now, or any time you’re beginning to feel just slightly resentful of all your ‘blessings’ then: “Lord, What Did I Ever Do?” by the Oak Ridge Boys is great for attitude adjustment. For the peace that passeth understanding, how about: Stille Naq, Noite de Paz, Noche de Paz, Sainte Nuit, Cicha Noc, Glade Jul, Stille Nacht, Po La`i E, or, as many of us know it, Silent Night, the lullaby that’s been translated into every language on earth, composed by the greatest unsung duo in musical history, Mohr (lyrics) and Gruber (melody). I also recommend “O Holy Night.” Especially the version by Josh Groban. Let them still your heart and bring you peace.


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Cayman Islands Cancer Society Presentation Synopsis 1. Breast Cancer – What You Need To Know


The Cayman Islands Cancer Society is committed to increasing the public’s awareness of cancer issues and has developed a public education awareness program around this goal. Our presentations are interactive and each presentation will include an overview of the specific type of cancer if it related to a specific type of cancer and include a discussion of risk factors, signs and symptoms, screening guidelines and ways to reduce your risk. Whenever possible, a doctor will attend these sessions. To book a session or to obtain more information, please contact Victoria Anderson by calling 949-7618 or 916-7108. Alternatively, you may email


Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide and it can also strike men. Find out what you need to know - what it is, risk factors and how to reduce the likelihood of developing it, signs and symptoms, screening recommendations and more.

2. Cancer Prevention – The Seven Steps to Cancer Risk Reduction Cancer is one of the most common diseases in the world today but did you know that you could reduce your risk of developing cancer by changing your lifestyle? Attend this presentation and find out the steps you can take to reduce your cancer risk. 3. Colorectal Cancer – What You Need To Know

This talk will give you all the facts about colorectal cancer – what it is, risk factors and how to reduce the likelihood of developing it, signs and symptoms, screening recommendations and more. Don’t die of embarrassment – attending this talk could save your life! Talks on other types of cancer are also offered. Please see tomorrows paper for part 2

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McIlroy shoots 30 on back nine in Dubai, trails by two DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy shot a 30 on the back nine Thursday at the Dubai World Championship to gain the early advantage over topranked Luke Donald in the duel for the European money title. The 22-year-old McIlroy had six birdies — including a 20-foot putt at the last — on the back nine for a 6-under 66 and finished third behind leader Peter Hanson of Sweden (64) and 1999 British Open champion Paul Lawrie of Scotland (65). Donald, who played alongside McIlroy, shot an even-par 72. McIlroy, who came from behind to win last week’s Hong Kong Open, made a “couple of silly mistakes” on the front nine. The Northern Irishman had a double bogey on the second hole and bogeyed No. 8 after hitting over the back of the green. “It was a perfect start to the tournament for me,” said McIlory, who has been complaining of fatigue from a

lingering virus. “To shoot a great score like that really sets me up nicely for the next three days. The back nine was just pretty much flawless. “I held some really, really nice putts. Just giving myself chances and opportunities for birdies, and lucky enough I was able to make a few.” Donald made four birdies on the front nine but struggled on the back. He had three consecutive bogeys to finish tied for 26th. The 34-year-old Englishman played his first tournament last week in South Africa after a five-week break so he could attend the birth of his second daughter and bury his father, who died unexpectedly last month. “A mixture of two halves really,” Donald said. “I played solid the front nine and hit a few shots that cost me, poor drives on 14 and 15 and it was bit of a loose back nine, unfortunately. But trying to get better from here on out.” Should Donald win the Race To Dubai, he would become the first to

Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland, looks for his ball in the rough

win both the European and American money titles. No player has won both, let alone in the same season. McIlroy must win the $7.5 million tournament and hope Donald finishes outside the top nine to claim the European money title.

Sandusky posts bail in latest sex abuse charges BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky posted bail yesterday after spending a night in jail following a new round of sex-abuse charges filed against him. Sandusky secured his release using $200,000 in real estate holdings and a $50,000 certified check provided by his wife, Dorothy, according to online court records. Sandusky remained at the facility as of late morning and the warden said he was quiet and cooperative during his overnight stay. Sandusky was arrested Wednesday and charged with 12 new sex abuse counts involving two new alleged victims. He has maintained his innocence. In all, he faces more than 50 charges. The latest accusers are the ninth and 10th alleged victims described in grand jury reports that claim Sandusky befriended and then molested boys he met through his Second Mile charity for troubled youth. A grand jury document released Wednesday echoed an earlier report, saying Sandusky gave the boys gifts to blog visit

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, right, leaves the office of Centre County District Justice

while also making sexual advances toward them. One of the new accusers said Sandusky kept him in a basement bedroom during overnight visits to Sandusky’s home, forced him to perform sex acts and assaulted him. “The victim testified that on at least one occasion he screamed for help, knowing that Sandusky’s wife was upstairs, but no one ever came to help him,” the grand jury report said. Sandusky was charged last month with abusing eight boys, some on

campus, over 15 years. Officials say the allegations were not immediately brought to the attention of authorities even though high-level people at Penn State apparently knew about them. The scandal resulting from Sandusky’s arrest led to the ouster of Paterno and longtime college president Graham Spanier. In interviews following his initial arrest, Sandusky denied sexually assaulting children but acknowledged showering and engaging in “horseplay” with them.



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Iguanas too much for Pigs

Saviri Tabuaniwera wraps up Keswick Wright of the DHL Storm

Adam Keenan breaks through the Pigs Trotters defence

Continued from page 24 Storm back line, which had little joy against the Iguanas only the week before managed 29 points against the Buccaneers with Simon Crompton and Vanassio Tokotokovanua both getting 2 tries followed by Michael Sumares notching up 9 points with his own try and 2 conversions. The Buccaneers could only manage 8 points thanks to a Ben Blair score and a Mariano Marco

In the 4pm fixture the DHL Storm managed a 2nd straight Alex Alexander Memorial Trophy win to send their team to the top of the leader board against the Krys Global Buccaneers. The game looked set to be a real battle of attrition between the two teams with the Buccaneer pack dominating the Storm forwards whilst the Storm backline made their usual inroads in attack. The

drop goal. Final Score: DHL Storm 29-8 Krys Global Buccaneers The Storm move into round three looking for a win over the Pigs Trotters whom they beat in a fiery Heineken Wooden Spoon fixture early on the season. If the Pigs Trotters have done their homework and learnt from the mistakes made by the Iguanas and the Buccaneers this season then the Pigs could earn

their first XV’s win in over a year over the current league leaders. Next games: Alex Alexander Memorial League Trophy 3rd Round: 10 December 2011 • DHL Cayman Storm vs. Queensgate Pigs Trotters at 2pm • John Doak Architecture Iguanas vs. Krys Global Buccaneers @4pm

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Euro misery for Manchester Paul Kennedy

The Manchester United manager says he is “disappointed” with his team’s 2-1 defeat in Switzerland against Basel which will see the side demoted to the Europa League. United finished third in Group C after they crashed out to FC Basel in a 2-1 defeat in one of their unhappiest nights in European competition. Striker Marco Streller struck in the ninth minute after poor goalkeeping from David De Gea and Alexander Frei scored late in the game as the Swiss champions took the second qualifying place in Group C. Benfica topped the group with Manchester United finishing third. “Of course we’re disappointed, there’s no other way you can feel,” United manager Ferguson said. “That’s part of football, anyway, you have to deal with disappointment, to our club it’s been used as a motivation many times, so these young players will feel the disappointment today but, but they’re going to have to cope with it and go on with their careers,” he added. Ferguson said his side had paid for their poor form in front of goal. “We expect to get control of the game immediately by possession and they score through their first real attack, a cross into the box comes back in and they’re onenothing up, so when you’re away from home and you are one-nil down, you have a job to do and the opportunities we had, we didn’t really take them and that was the story of the game.” Manchester pulled back a consolation goal through Phil Jones one minute from time. United striker Wayne Rooney continued his unhappy run with several misses in a lacklustre performance by the Premier to blog visit

Wayne Rooney must now play in the Europa League

League side, who are now left facing life in the the less glamorous Europa League. But some good news for Rooney. His three match England ban due to be served at the start of next year’s Euro Championships has been reduced to just two meaning he will be eligible to play in the final group game. There was more Champions League heartache for Manchester City. Despite beating Bayern Munich 2-0 at home, they too were dumped out of the Champions League. Results elsewhere meant Roberto Mancini’s men will also have to play in the Europa League. Mancini felt his side would have done enough to progress in less treacherous groups, but recognised they were architects of their own downfall earlier in the group. “I’m sorry personally for the club and supporters and players because I think they deserve to play Champions League, but we can’t do anything and our life goes on,” said Mancini. “We need to improve as a squad to play Champions League, so it will be important to improve in

A victory was not enough for Man City’s Sergio Aguero

the next six months in the Premier League and Europa League, and then next year we can play better. We want to go better next year. “It was the first time in Champions League and it was difficult, but it is still strange not to go through with ten points so all we can say is congratulations to Naples.

“Usually with ten points the team goes through. Ninety per cent of the time it is enough, but in this group it was not enough. “Naples deserve to go through because they got one point more than us. We did make mistakes, but usually with ten points you can get through to the second stage.”



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Pigs Trotters ready for the Storm The Queensgate Pigs Trotters failed to capitalise against a stuttering performance by the John Doak Architecture Iguanas on Saturday 3 December. The Iguanas, still suffering from the shell shock loss to the DHL Storm let the Pigs Trotters dictate the pace of the game early on and albeit for missed penalty kicks from both sides the Pigs drew first blood with an Ian Geddes try. Slowly but surely the Iguanas got out of first gear and turned the game around, thanks in no small part to the strong running of inside centre Adam Keenan who himself took home a brace of tries for the day. The Iguanas pack managed to slow the Pigs favoured “Pick and Go� style of play and with a few turn overs at the break down the Pigs will surely look to bolster this usually unbreakable aspect of their game before taking on the DHL Cayman Storm on Saturday. The Pigs Trotters, clearly frustrated with the long string on losses made life even easier for the Iguanas when Graeme Thompson saw yellow and

Eoghan Ryan of the Pigs Trotters offloads in the tackle

his team were left with 14 men on the pitch for 10 minutes allowing the Iguanas an easy time in defence as the Pigs Trotters looked for one more score, a score which eventually came

in the form of a 10 meter Paul Parker run to the line. Final score: John Doak Architecture Iguanas 36-18 Queensgate Pigs Trotters. Continued on page 22

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