Archive for October 17th, 2013

Governor invites nominees for royal gongs

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(CNS): Helen Kilpatrick has issued her first invitation for nominations for queen’s honours in her role as governor of the Cayman Islands. The public is being urged to submit nominations for the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2014. OBEs and MBEs are considered in the United Kingdom while the Certificate and Badge of Honour are considered locally. Long service is not enough for any award and nominations must be supported by a persuasive account of the outstanding or innovative or self-sacrificing services and achievements of the nominee, whether paid or unpaid, in one field or several, and what has raised them above those of others performing similar services.

Nominators are asked to make every effort to fully complete all the relevant sections. Once completed, the forms should be submitted, under confidential cover, to the Governor’s Office.  While all recommendations will be acknowledged, the Governor’s Office cannot enter into correspondence about the action taken on them.

Nominations must be received by Thursday 14 November 2013
Honours Nomination Forms can be requested by e-mail from penny.knight@fco.gov.uk.
Copies can also be found on the Governor’s Office website

www.gov.uk/government/world/cayman-islands

For any further information please contact the Governor’s Office on 244 2401
 

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Charges in cold case killing

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(CNS): Police have filed charges against two serving inmates for the murder of Frederick Bise, who was killed over five and a half years ago in West Bay. The 40-year-old Swiss banker’s beaten body was found in the boot of his own a burnt out car outside his home in Mount Pleasant in February 2008. Police revealed Thursday that following an almost two year investigation by the Cold Case Unit they had brought charges against two men, aged 33 and 42. Although police refused to name the prisoners, who are due in court next Friday, CNS has learned they are Chad Anglin, who is serving a five year sentence for indecent assault and wounding following an attack on a woman in West Bay in 2010, and Leonard Antonio Ebanks, who is already serving a life sentence for the murder of Tyrone Burrell, also in West Bay, in 2010.

 
Detective Inspector Dennis Walkington, who heads up the unit which was created three years ago, explained that this was the first case selected because, in his opinion, it had merit and potential leads that could be successfully progressed to a conclusion. He said, however, that the unit was moving onto other cases, and while this was the first case, the unit was confident there would be more. The same selection criteria which saw the Bise case singled out would be applied to future cases and one of which had already been selected, Walkington said.
 
Detective Superintendent Mike Cranswick, who heads up the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), said the cold case team had conducted an extensive review of the numerous cold cases that the RCIPS has, and having identified the Bise case, carried out an extensive and painstaking investigation. Despite the charges, he said the case was still live and asked anyone who may have further information and who, with the passage of time, can now come forward to contact the police. 
 
Cranswirck explained that the Cold Case Unit, which was set up in 2010, comprises a small group trained to review cases. With many unsolved crimes, the cases were all subject to screening and review and cases have been selected that could advancet as a result of advances in forensic technology or changes in the situation of potential witnesses. 
 
"This is the first case which has been reviewed by the Cold Case Unit and we can assure the communities of the Cayman Islands that it will be first case of many," Cranswick said. "No case is ever closed; we will relentlessly pursue those who have committed suchcrimes and bring them to justice. After all, that’s what the families deserve.”
 
Neither of the detectives would state how many cold cases there are but said they were defined by the end of investigative leads following the immediate investigation. As a result, the unit has officers who specialise in looking for details that may have been missed or changes in circumstances that could create new leads.
 
The officers also refused to comment on the motive in the murder of Frederick Bise or any speculation that it was a hate crime. His beaten body was discovered in the boot of his own burned out car in the driveway of the house he was living in at the time.
 
Leonard Ebanks had featured as a suspect in the original investigation and during his trial for the murder of Tyrone Burell a crown witness told the court that Ebanks had confessed to her that he was responsible for Bise's death. Anglin was also arrested in the immediate wake of the killing but he was released without charge. He went on to commit a brutal attack in Garvin Road, where he sexually assaulted a woman and stabbed her in the neck.

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Police charge Bodden Town burglar suspect

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(CNS): With the latest crime statistics from the RCIPS showing that there were 540 burglaries between the start of this year and the end of September, police have charged another suspect. A 31-year-old man is due to appear in court today in connection with a burglary in Bodden Town Road, near Breakers. The suspect was arrested at the weekend with property on him from a break-in along Bodden Town Road. Police said that at about 12:25am on Sunday, 13 October, officers were on uniform patrol in Sea View Road when they saw the man, who was wanted on warrant, riding a bicycle.

The police stopped the cyclist and a search uncovered that he was in possession of property which was subsequently identified as having been stolen from a house in Bodden Town Road a few minutes earlier, an RCIPS spokesperson stated.

The suspect has been charged with one count of burglary.

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Former MLA starts new job as articled clerk

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(CNS Business): After twelve years of making laws, Cline Glidden Jr, former UDP member of the Legislative Assembly and more recently the tourism minister in the short lived PNA administration, has joined a local law firm as an articled clerk. Glidden undertook his legal studies while serving in the Legislative Assembly and completed his Professional Practice Certificate (Commendation) in 2011 from the Cayman Islands Law School while on the backbench of the last UDP government. Glidden was one of five former UDP MLAs who rebelled against their leader and then premier, McKeeva Bush, and brought down his administration after Bush was charged for corruption related offences. Read more on CNS Business

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CARIFTA times clocked in swim season opener

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(SSC): The Cayman National Pentathlon, hosted by the Stingray Swim Club (SSC) of Grand Cayman at the Lions Aquatic Centre opened the 2013-2014 competitive age group season with a resounding splash. A splash which was accompanied by the first two official qualifying times being posted for CARIFTA 2014 and a number of personal bests throughout the meet.
Treasure Island Swim Club (TTI) were also on the blocks at the start of the meet along with the small, but extremely competitive Triple C school team – making for lots of exciting races for the friends and family in the stands.

Cayman National’s Donna Thompson, on hand at the start of the meet, happily took part by volunteering as a timer and wishing all of the swimmers the “fastest of swims”.

“I was amazed at how small the youngest swimmers are,” she said. “I have three nieces who swim, but they are 11 and 12. When you see a 5 year old dive in, you just have to be impressed at their courage and tenacity. Swimming at the meet is for competition, but swimming is also an extremely important life skill. A life skill which we can only hope every child in Cayman has the opportunity to learn.”

Stingray’s Head Coach Andy Copley was happy with the start to the season, “After just six weeks back at regular training it was encouraging to see some big personal bests and our first two CARIFTA qualifying times posted. Now it is back to the business of training as we prepare for a Halloween Meet – the Spooky Splash – and the Pirates Week Meet, November 14-17th.”

Brandon Williams and John Bodden both dropped time in every event, Brandon dropping 3 seconds in both the 100m backstroke and 100m breaststroke, and John dropping more than 7 seconds in the 100 IM. Monina Thompson also dropped in every event, leaving her best mark in the 100 IM as well, dropping over 6 seconds. Danielle Seales, whose return to training is marked by a renewed enthusiasm, had the best meet of her career so far and dropped over 26 seconds in the 50 butterfly.

The next event on the Stingray Swim Club Calendar is the Mike Lockwood Memorial Pirates Week Meet, 14-17th November, which offers a full array of events – sprint, middle and long distances. Meet packages and registration forms will be available shortly. Please contact the Meet Director, Kathy Jackson for more information on Kathy.Jackson@gmail.com .

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McDermot sails to victory in the Youth Nationals

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(CISC): Last weekend saw the Cayman Islands youth sailors hit the water for the 2013 Scotiabank Youth Nationals Sailing Championship.  The annual regatta is one of the most anticipated sailing events in the Cayman Islands Sailing Club calendar, and this year it surpassed all expectations. The conditions on Saturday were perfect although the wind picked up on Sunday to over 15 knots and made for a more challenging day of racing.There were over 20 sailors competing in four classes: Optimist, Pico, Laser and Byte. In the Pico class there were many sailors for whom it was their first two day regatta and it was Shane McDermott who took the trophy in the Laser and Byte class.

On Saturday, the pairing of Matthew Hanson and Isaiah O’Sullivan proved dominant and they picked up all four first places, enough to win the class. On Sunday with the wind picking up they were challenged by Trey Milgate who took all three races and second place overall.  Kia Davies and Chloe Bentick sailed consistently well to take third.

Coach Raph Harvey was quick to highlight the overall skills of the sailors and their tenacity too. “It was great to see so much determination from these sailors who have not raced seriously before. Special mention should go out to Saul O’Sullivan who sailed with incredible courage to complete every race in his first regatta and of course Peta Adams and her Race Committee and the instructors who have nurtured these youngsters to where they are today”. 

The Optimist class was dominated by Allena Rankine, a fantastic young sailor who has now won this competition a record four times.  Second and third place was a battle between Monique Hernandez and Will Jackson who ended up with seventeen points each, Monique just pipping Will on the countback.

The senior sailors in the Laser and Byte class sailed as a combined fleet with the overall results being worked out on a handicap system.   It was a close battle between all the sailors with only a few points between each of them. 

On Saturday Pablo Bertran (a youth Olympic hopeful) sailed his Byte to two firsts, with Shane McDermott, also in a Byte and Thomas Bishop in a Laser also taking a win respectively.  On Sunday with the increase in wind Shane McDermott was able to show his strength and fitness and dominate to take first place.  Behind him, Pablo edged out Thomas to take second.

Shane Ebanks from Scotiabank was on hand to present the trophies and had nothing but praise for the young sailors. “We are proud to have supported this event since 2007 and are thrilled that it has grown and grown to involve more and more youth sailors. You can all take pride in your achievements”.

Rick Caley added his thanks to Scotiabank. “The event has grown thanks to Scotiabank and the standard of racing is astonishing. Hopefully all these youth sailors will now join in monthly racing at the club and compete alongside the adults.”

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The good old days

| 17/10/2013 | 14 Comments

What baffles me is that the same people condemning this generation are the same people that RAISED this generation. Ask yourselves, where did you fall short when raising us? What did you not do right when rearing us and "bringing us up in the way we should go"? The older generations complain about the younger generations but aren't you the ones who raised us, taught us, trained us? What could you and should you have done better?

The way I see it, if you all had done such a fine job as older people raising younger people then we wouldn't have turned out so bad. Not all of us are bad, just like not all of the older people are good.

Stop chatting to hear yourselves because it would seem to me that you all are intrigued by the sounds of your own voices rather than realizing that hindsight is 20/20 vision, and maybe you older folks as a collective bunch aren't so perfect and didn't do such a great job after all. Too late to correct that now, huh! Now it's left to us same young people to clean up ALL your mistakes and failures across the board, beginning with the Government and the community at large and identifying your shortcomings to ensure we don't make the same errors when raising our own kids, starting with sweeping their badness under the rug, which is what you all are good for doing.

But as usual nothing changes in Cayman. All you do is sit and chat among yourselves, saying bad things about this one and that one while forgetting that the majority of you are so virtuous and forthright as it would appear that you older folks were seemingly raised in a culture of sweeping your misdeeds under the rug and never again mentioning the family sins in order to keep up appearances so the person down the street couldn't have anything negative to say.

Tell me how many child molesters, pedophiles and don't forget murderers were roaming around in you all's generation? Didn't a guy stab up and chop up his own cousin (killing him) and stab the unfaithful girlfriend (nearly killing her) at a house in town "donkey years ago"? What about the guy that was chopped up in West Bay and left in the bush "donkey years ago"? Oh, because it was "donkey years ago" then that means its ok for you all to forget, I reckon.

You can't say, can you, because it was all swept under the mat and never spoken of again? Let's not mention the "cousin make dozen" relationships that were common knowledge to all and whispered about in hushed tones.

Stop acting like we young people are so horrid when many of the acts committed by your generation are just as bad, or so bad that they were unmentionable. I guess what the old people say is true — back in the day there was less street light and more bush, so you all could get away with virtually anything. 

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Hackers target Cayman bank accounts

| 17/10/2013 | 15 Comments

(CNS): The Financial Crime Unit is investigating a new email fraud involving Cayman Islands banks. The RCIPS’ finance cops say there have been a number of incidents where fraudsters have acquired bank details by hacking email accounts and sending fraudulent wire instructions to various local banks. The on-line scammers have used legitimate wire instructions sent by the victims to respective banks via email. Hacking into that electronic correspondence, the internet crooks have got the account numbers, bank balances, scanned signatures and other confidential information. 

The hackers then sent subsequent emails from the victims' addresses instructing the local banks to wire more funds to various destinations all over the world. 

The police said that hundreds of thousands of dollars have been fraudulently wired from the Cayman Islands to the US, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Denmark and other jurisdictions. By the time attempts are made to recall the fraudulent wires, the funds have been collected and it is too late. 

“The Financial Crime Unit does not recommend sending banking details via email,” an RCIPS spokesperson said. “A telephone call to the bank could save hundreds of thousands of dollars and heartache in the long run.”

The FCU said it was available for advice should any member of the community require it and officers can be contacted on 949-8797.

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Visitor to Cayman brings in dengue fever

| 17/10/2013 | 2 Comments

(CNS): Public Health officials have confirmed that a case of dengue fever which was brought in by a visitor to the Islands. Since July 2013, health officials have investigated five cases of dengue, and from the results received so far from the Caribbean Public Health Agency, three were negative and one was positive. The confirmed case was symptomatic prior to arrival and sought medical attention the next day. “As the onset was prior to arrival, this is an imported case,” noted Dr Kumar, Medical Officer of Health. But with the current increase of cases in the region, medical personnel are on alert for more local cases.

“While dengue fever is not endemic to the Cayman Islands, there was an outbreak in the 2012 season with sustained transmission of the disease.  Although there has been no local transmission this year thus far, it is always wise to avoid mosquito bites by covering up at sunrise and sunset when the dengue carrier, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is the most active,” added Dr Kumar.

He also emphasized that for the Aedes mosquito to transmit dengue, they must bite infected persons.

Dr Kumar reminded the public that they can help reduce the Aedes aegypti population locally by clearing yards of containers that can hold water, as these are favourite breeding sites.

Most people recover without any complications, using pain relievers and bed rest. Once a patient has developed a fever, the infectious period lasts for one week only. Dengue symptoms include high fever; severe headache; backache; joint and eye pain; nausea and vomiting; and rash.

Countries in our region who reported having dengue and severe dengue as of September 2013 include Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands,  Columbia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador,  Ecuador,  French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala , Honduras,  Martinique,  Nicaragua, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Puerto  Rico,  St Lucia , St Martin , Suriname,  US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela. 

For more advice on mosquito control, contact Mosquito Research Control Unit on 949-2557in Grand Cayman, or 948-2223 on Cayman Brac; and Department of Environmental Health on 949-6696 in Grand Cayman, or 948-2321 in Cayman Brac.

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