Archive for January 31st, 2012

Early morning robbery

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Crime-Scene.jpg(CNS): In yet another doorstep heist, two armed men carrying a handgun escaped with cash and jewellery in the early hours of Tuesday morning after robbing a victim outside his home. Police said they are investigating the robbery which occurred on Templewood Street in the Windsor Park area of George Town at around 3:55am. The man arrived at his home and began to unload his vehicle, when he was approached by two men, one of whom brandished a handgun. The suspects made their escape from the crime scene on foot with a sum of money and jewellery. The culprits were described as having Caymanian accents and were dressed in full black clothing.

The victim was unable to provide any other description of the suspects police said, adding that no shots were fired and no injuries were sustained during the incident.

Anyone with information should call the George Town CID   at 949-4222  or the Confidential Crime Stoppers number 800-8477 (TIPS )

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Minister says attitude shift on trade skills needed

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construction worker.jpg(CNS Business): Education Minister Rolston Anglin has called for “social change” when it comes to accepting the legitimacy and gainful-employment possibilities of a variety of trades. The Cayman Islands Further Education Centre – the new government Year 12 programme – now offers vocational courses but, the minister said, the community still needs to undergo an attitude change toward learning trade skills.  “What are we going to do differently to get parental buy-in?” Anglin asked. “Through parents encouraging their young people and seeing these qualifications as worthwhile, that is crucially important.” The ministry's push to promote the value of learning a trade is being reinforced by the economic slowdown, which Anglin said may be one of the greatest motivators to shifting attitudes toward seeking jobs in the trades. Read more on CNS Business

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Baker denies theft of over $400,000

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(CNS): A local baker pleaded not guilty to fraud and theft on Friday and will now face a judge alone trial next month regarding a number of offences that the prosecution says were committed between August 2006 and July 2008. Dave Bryan a partner with a local bakery firm is accused of stealing more than $400,000 from both Cayman Bakery and Foster’s supermarket. Bryan is also charged with various counts of fraud and conspiracy that relate to attempts to obtain a loan in his business partner’s name and attempting to conceal the proceeds of crime.

Bryan, who is currently in custody in Northward Prison, faced five counts in total and pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. The trial is set to start on 20 February without a jury.

Raquel Bryan and Seymour Morgan were originally charged alongside Bryan however, the court heard Friday that after the alleged co-conspirators had spoken with the police they would not be facing trial with Bryan.

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DoEH investigates fast food roach report

| 31/01/2012 | 25 Comments

Roach%20Cartoon_full.jpg(CNS): In the wake of news of food poisoning at this year’s Taste of Cayman event, the Department of Environmental Health has confirmed a report yesterday of a cockroach in a burger at a fast food restaurant on Seven Mile Beach. A CNS reader reported that the insect was found in a local teenager’s lunch on Monday.  The DEH director confirmed that the office received the report of a customer complaint today around 2:45pm concerning “a young man who had allegedly consumed a foreign matter (roach) in a burger.” Roydell Carter stated that the matter is currently under investigation to gather evidence and determine if the complaint is substantiated.

“Where necessary, the DEH will enforce relevant actions to ensure that corrective steps are implemented because food safety and hygiene are of paramount importance to everyone. The customer will be notified of the outcome of the investigation,” said Carter.

A relative of the teen told CNS that he was treated on the George Town hospital and prescribed medication after the unappetizing incident. They also confirmed that the restaurant staff were apologetic and gave the teen his cash back.

Meanwhile, public health officials are still gathering data from those that were affected by the food poisoning at the Cayman Islands Tourism Association’s major annual food festival and trying to trace the source of the bug which caused the problem. On Monday evening Dr Kiran Kumar reported that a common thread was beginning to emerge from the reported cases which the team could investigate.

People who were affected but not treated at the hospital are asked to contact officials to assist with the investigation.

Please contact the Health Department's Surveillance Officer  timothy.mclaughlin@hsa.ky or call on 244-2651 or 244-221 to help the department get full picture of the symptoms and foods eaten.

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