Cayman may save daylight

| 15/06/2011

(CNS): Speaking after dark on Friday, the premier revealed that a committee is to be established to examine the question of introducing daylight saving to the Cayman Islands. During his budget address in the Legislative Assembly, McKeeva Bush said that following representations from the business community, government would be looking into the possible advantages. The Cayman Islands does not change its clocks throughout the year, as does the United States, which means that the Islands are in sync with Eastern Standard Time for only part of the year.

Bush said there had been discussion in recent months about the benefits of introducing Daylight Savings Time, and the Chamber of Commerce, the Cayman Islands Tourism Association and Cayman Finance had all indicated their support

He said that should Cayman adopt the time change, the financial services sector would be in sync with its major New York client base. Bush also pointed out that arrival and departure times from US airports to Cayman would remain in step year-round and cruise ships would stay slightly longer in port during summer months.

The “extra hour of daylight” could also encourage more outdoor physical activity in the evenings, the premier said. “These are only a few of the benefits that are more commonly discussed, but there are others,” he told his legislative colleagues. Daylight saving time does not, of course, produce an extra hour of sunlight but merely shifts the clock around in order to capture the sunlight in the evening rather than the morning.

“In order to fully appreciate the benefits and draw-backs of adopting daylight saving time, I intend to set up a committee to explore this possibility and to make a recommendation to Cabinet on the matter,” Bush revealed.

Although long debated the issue has not been on government’s agenda as a priority move but with more the tourism sector in particular suffering a down turn and a number of people in that industry convinced it could help the issue has been discussed more frequently recently.

Earlier this year local businessmen Kevin Doyle and Noel March, who have been spearheading the campaign, told local news channel Cayman27 it was a simple solution to get Cayman in sync with everyone else. "With all the businesses that depend on cruise tourism we are losing an hour of overlap to be on the same time would mean we bet an extra hour,” said March.

Currently cruise ships arrive in port when it’s 8 o’clock on board but only 7 o’clock here. “Tourists are coming on to the streets to walk around but there are no stores for them to shop in as businesses don’t usually open until 8 or 9 o’clock.”

The Bahamas and Bermuda have already made the switch but many other Caribbean islands, like Cayman, have resisted the change, and while those working in tourism are increasingly supporting the idea, not everyone is eager for an extra hour of daylight in the evening.

Some say stretching the sunlight would see air-conditioning bills increase as the heat of the day stretches later into the evening. Farmers and fishermen would also be starting their days in the dark. CNS understands that an attempt was made to make the time change back in the 1970s but the plan was short lived as a result of the impact on the agricultural and fishing communities.

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  1. 345lowe says:

    Are you serious? -_- 

    When did this become an issue? 

  2. R. U. Kiddin says:

    You say daylight saving time will have the financial services in sync with their client base?  Actually, I don't care if they are in sync or not.

    I wish the time savers wouldn't use the "extra hour of daylight" phrase.  There is no extra hour.

    Did our present time system cause the downturn in tourism?  If not, how is DST going to bring it back?

    Note to businesses who lose money by not opening until 9 AM:   Open earlier!  Let's not monkey with everyones clock just because youdon't want to do this.

    You say the Bahamas and Bermuda switched to daylight saving time?…..  So what?  Who cares?  As for farmers and fishermen….. if you don't want to start in the dark, wait until you can see.  You can start any time you want.  Has anyone checked with the fish?

    Leave the %$%$&^**&% clocks alone!

  3. Anonymous says:

    not that it would be in cayman, but up north here, in the summer we have sun from 5am to 10pm,  in the winter its more like 8am to 5pm, 

    stop trying to fix what is working and fix what needs to be fixed, perhaps this is a ploy to hide the other more important issues?

  4. Anonymous says:

    No Way, we don't want or need Daylight Saving Time.  We have enough Sun light, what else about Cayman are we willing to change for non Caymanians?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hmm! I understand the extra hour in the evening but children whose parents have to be to work at 7am would have to get dropped off in darker hours or walk to school in darker hours.

    I wonder if that would put the children at a greater risk.

    • Anonymous says:

      Aren't most schools closed in the summer?

    • Jumbles says:

      A classic example of taking an argument used elsewhere and transplanting it to Cayman where it is nonsense.  Yes in some places where daylight saving means darker monrings at around 8am there is a case that there might be greater traffic risks although research has tended to find the opposite is true.  But it will not be dark at times that this argument has any force in Cayman.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Yeh great idea!  Why dont we open our stores on Sunday's too, build nuclear power plants, forbid the display of the ten commandments, stop praying in the schools and LA.  Alllow kids to wear whatever they want to school, make our immigration staff chew gum and be rude at the aiport, heck give them guns too put traffic lights everywhere and be just like the rest of the world and have no unique and quaint customs.

    I think we have more important issues like getting rid of our despot in-the-making leader through the electoral process or maybe we should adopt the US system were the number of votes is not what elects a president?

  7. Farmer who fishes says:

    Farmers and fishermen base their work around the sun, they don't start the day at a set hour.  Farmer starts at first light, fisherman start before sunup.  Fish don't have a watch and can't farm in the dark.

  8. Tojoe says:

    Bring it ON!

  9. Time Lord says:

    The article is incorrect when it says "the Islands are in sync with Eastern Standard Time for only part of the year".  Cayman is permanently on Eastern Standard Time ("EST").  It is one of only two territories in the world that is (the other being in part of Southampton Island in Nunavut).

    Cayman is out of sync with Eastern Time which is a non-technical reference to the time on the East time zone in America.  The colloquialism of Eastern Time is an amalgam of Eastern Standard Time and Eastern Daylight Time ("EDT").

    If this reform went through Cayman would move to Eastern Time – that is it would move away from Eastern Standard Time during the daylight saving period in the United States.

  10. Anonymous says:

    An extra hour of daylight in the evening – awesome!
    I can go swimming, play some tennis or golf, BBQ some dinner (and still see it!) or go for an evening run.

    And the rest of you naysayers won't have to adjust your daily TV schedules twice a year.

    Total win-win.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Along with making the time zone the same as the States devalue the Cayman dollar so to make the tourism product more competitive and make conversion easier for the cruise shippers.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Define irony:  For a simple initiative like DST McKeeva requires a Committee to review and discuss and assess and report and make recommendations; but for major development projects and deals, McKeeva decides alone overnight, on the fly, without consultation or analysis.

    Gotta love Cayman, boy! hahahahaaaaa

  13. noname says:

    Your Captain speaking…" We are about to land in Miami so could all of you greedy business people and health freaks from Cayman please adjust your watches by one hour? This message of course does not apply to those Caymanians who on principal wish to remain in the dark longer than is necessary or who don't know how to adjust their watches."   

  14. Anonymous says:

    By all means…. let's get Happy Hour started an hour earlier….!!! That'll boost the economy…. for the bar owners… because even them hurting in this ting we a call RECESSION and the dedicated drinkers will be Happier too and they'll get off the road an hour earlier…. tink it funny nuh… but something to think about huh…..

  15. Fiction is stranger than truth says:

    At our office we arrive at 8:30 and leave at 4:30.  It has been that way for the past 30 years.!!  So there!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Is this a serious debate?  Leave the time!  Actually, I think it's time for some of our leaders to leave!  Foolishness!  Is there are NEED to change?  Or is it just a few who WANT?

    Just came on CNS for the first time in days and trust me, CANNOT wait for next election to come.  Wait, we have any true leaders running? 

    Where are people who genuinely care about the future of our country rather than the future of their own investments?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Please don’t VOTE this Idiot back into office! I mean really, aren’t there more important things that need attention? This should probably be last on the list of things to do. If it’s not broken don’t fix it! 

  18. Carib Cool says:

    Well, it gives us something new and postive to advertise.  Helps with our financial industry, good idea to spend that family time together outside instead of indoors, and good for tourism.

    Naysayers are just "in the dark"!

  19. Gag order says:

    I wish that man you people elected as the leader of the Cayman Islands (not my leader by any means) would streamline his attention and focus on one vital issue that is a real concern to the people of these islands and see it through to completion. This hopping and skipping around, unstable fictional behaviour needs to cease. PRIORITIES ole fella, DST is not a great issue, CRIME, COST OF LIVING and the CAYMANIAN PRODUCT are. Committee??  When does this man plan on clocking in to work?

  20. Shepherd says:

    Actually, I am in favour of this. It would be nice to have more time after work for outdoor physical activity.  And being in sync with airline schedules. 

  21. Anonymous says:

    Back in the very early years of the 20th century in the U.K., the institution of daylight saving, later to be called British Summer Time, was proposed, to the usual illogical objections, not to mention some religious justification for its non-introduction. A prominent politician at the time intoned these words in the House of Commons, in support of the motion:

     

    "An extra yawn one morning in the springtime, an extra snooze in the autumn is all we have in return for dazzling gifts. We borrow an hour one night in April; we pay it back with golden interest five months later".

     

    The prominent politician became one of the world's great statesmen, none of whom are evident here in Cayman. The words were said by Winston Churchill.

    Needless to say, British Summer Time, and Daylight Savings Time in other parts of the world, have become integral facts of life: why not here?

     

    • R. U. Kiddin says:

      British Summer Time!  Great idea!  Let's set our clocks with the Brits!

  22. Anonymous says:

    DST is for northern climates. It has no place in the Caribbean. They tried it in Jamaica and it failed. No need for the disruption twice a year. It will only lead to confusion as people miss meetings etc. I will bet you that 90% of those posters in favour come from northern countries.

    • Anonymous says:

      With respect, that comment is utter nonsense!! I have one question for you, how come it doesn't cause confusion in  the other parts of the world where daylight saving is so successfully adhered to? I think you are underestimating the ability of people in Cayman to time read!!.

       

        

      • Anonymous says:

        Who says it doesn't cause confusion in other parts of the world? Some countries adopted it and then subsequently discarded it, e.g. Japan and Russia.

        DST is appropriate in countries which are distant from the equator hence it is prevalent in Europe, North America and Australia, but not prevalent elsewhere.      

      • R. U. Kiddin says:

        My friend, it DOES cause confusion in other parts of the world.  Six o'clock should be six o'clock, with no confusion as to whether it might be EST or DST or whatever.

    • Anonymous says:

      try and aim above jamaican standards…….

  23. Anonymous says:

    Just another idea by the cruise ship people who think they control the whole island and whatever they want they should get!  And they could sell more beer!

    If it aint broke, why fix it?  We have lived without it this long so no reason to change to DST!

     

     

  24. Anonymous says:

    Can I be on the committee? I would like to represent the financial sector, and I believe the going rate for financial advice is $1M.

  25. Anonymous says:

    oh common guys we certainly do not need a COMMITTEE to find out what time to wake our arses ,smell the coffee and get to work…. what a waste of time,debate and money…..a reminder;we are already close to bankruptcy. JUST DO IT IS WHAT I SAY…NEY SAY HERE AND THERE IS BUT A WASTE OF TIME.

  26. Anonymous says:

    "Cayman may save daylight"

    Only God controls the rising of the sun and the setting of the sun.

    Mac may think that he can "save" or "spend" daylight, but until he becomes God he will have to take the hours of light ordained by God.

    Daylight Saving Time – another smoke and mirrors follow fashion time illusion.

    • Atheist says:

      If by "god" you mean the earth's rotation and gravity then you might have a point. 

      • Anonymous says:

        Light governed by gravity?? It is all quantum physics to me anyway!!

        • Red Shift says:

          I don't think light needs to be affected by gravity for the basic proposition of why the sun rises and the sun sets.

  27. Fiction is stranger than truth says:

    Oh my, my, my.  small things amuses small minds !! We are not getting an extra hour in the day, it merely means that  we will get to work at 8:30 ( but  actually 7:30 as we know it now )and leave at 4:30 (but actually 3:30 as we know it now).  Then we will be free from work to go do whatever we want to do an hour earlier. That is where the extra time comes in.  It would be less stressful trying to meet deadlines with international offices for sure.  I love it!!

    • McDinejad says:

      Who leaves work at 4:30pm? Wow!

      Even the Civil servants would be shocked. Well, maybe not.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Just another thing for Bush to throw money at that will never get done and have no impact on anyone outside of the Committee tribal group.  Whats next?

  29. Anonymous says:

    Stop jawing and just do it!  There's no downside for Cayman:- commerce, tourism, quality of life will all improve. Bars and restaurants will be busier.  Sports clubs will benefit, runners and cyclists will be safer, the golf courses and watersports companies will be busier.  People who complain about a/c bills are just frightened of change.  They'll also use their lights less and probably won't be sat in front of the TV or computer until an hour later. 

    It's a shame to live in such a beautiful place with so much sunshine when it's dark by 7pm in summer!

    Get on with it!

    • Anonymous says:

      It's not dark by 7:00 p.m. in the summer. It is light up until 7:30 p.m. That's enough sunlight to do anything.

      Read the Paper linked in a post below for a rebuttal of your points.   

      • longest dat in Cayman says:

        Summer Solstice is June 21st…..Sunset on that day is 7:06PM

        Confirm via this link:  

        http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/astronomy.html?n=377&month=11&year=2011&obj=sun&afl=-11&day=1

        Look at the sunset link and see that December 1st our sunset will be 5:46PM

        All I can say is that this debate would have a lot more weight behind it when we are driving home in the dark before at 5:46PM.

        PLEASE let me spend some time with my kids outside after a long hard day at the office.  I'm sorry, but I don't get home until 6:00PM and just feel awful in October, November, and December to never have the chance to take my familyt to the park to see a sunset.

         

         

        • Anonymous says:

          "All I can say is that this debate would have a lot more weight behind it when we are driving home in the dark before at 5:46PM".

          This demonstrates that you have no idea what you are talking about. When we are driving home in the dark at 5:46 p.m. it would be standard time in any event, not DST which applies during the period April to October. Your argument has nothing to do with the issue.   

           

  30. Anonymous says:

    someone has nothing to do

  31. Anonymous says:

    Those posters whop believe that there are no downsides to adopting DST should read this Paper:

    http://www2.bren.ucsb.edu/~kotchen/links/DSTpaper.pdf

    Essentially in those regions where cooling costs a re a major factor in your energy bills DST will tend to increase those costs, and it will tend to lead to an increase in pollution. 

    • Midwest girl says:

      Ah, except you must NOT be from the Midwest….it gets really COLD in Indiana in October and snow on ground by December.

      Cayman has the opposite weather during those months…by Christmas, most of us have turned our a/c off.

      Besides, the health effects of Vitamin D and more exercise outweigh the Indiana study. LetUUPORTING DST, there is always two sides to every coin.

      THINK!?! Instead of sitting in traffic in the dark on your way home from work in, you can get home in time to enjoy an hour of sunshine with your family, go for a run, do some gardening, and gasp** maybe even enjoy a sunset.

      I'm all for Daylight Savings Time!  Good for our finance industry, war on weight, and good for our tourism.

       

      • Anonymous says:

        Ah, except that you did not actually read the Paper to see what it says. See the quote from the Paper in one of the posts above.

        If ain't broke, don't fix it.

        • Anonymous says:

          My favorite expression; except it shouldn't preclude change that has obvious benefits, as set out by numerous posters.  Granted there are two sides to every issue, but in this case the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.  We shouldn't resist change just because we are comfortable doing it the way we always have.

      • Anonymous says:

        "Besides, the health effects of Vitamin D "

        That's called cancer and an old wives tale.  Sun and Vitamin D is out.  Catch up on da news na.

    • Anonymous says:

      The study you quote indicates there is a statistical increase in energy consumption in the fall when people need to heat their homes in the early morning (ie. when they get up and it is still cold and dark).  This is totally irrelevant in Cayman where no one heats their home, and so in fact would likely lead to the exact opposite result.  

      • Anonymous says:

        Evidently you did not read the Paper which clearly states as follows:

        "In all months, other than October, DST saves on electricity used for lighting; therefore, it appears that the “Benjamin Franklin effect” is occurring. But when it comes to cooling and heating, the clear pattern is that DST causes an increase in electricity consumption. The changes in average daily consumption are far greater for cooling, which follows because air-conditioning tends to draw more electricity and DST occurs during the hotter months of the year".
         

          

      • Anonymous says:

        The Paper states that "the underlying tradeoff between artificial illumination and primarily air-conditioning suggests that the DST effect that we estimate is likely to be even stronger in the more populated, southern regions of the Unites States. Further south, the days are shorter during the summer, meaning that decreases in electrical use from lighting are likely to be smaller, and air conditioning is more common and intensively used, meaning that increases in electricity for cooling are likely to be bigger".

        i.e. the hotter the climate and the shorter the days the more pronounced the effect. I don't see how any who actually read the Paper could come away with your summary. 

      • Anonymous says:

        Can't you read, dude? Airconditioning for cooling also increases energy usage.That is very relevant in Cayman in the summer when DST would apply.   

    • Carib Cool says:

      And yet, 750,000 people a few miles away in Cleveland just love that extra hour they got! Their parks are full in the evenings. When is the last time you had "time" to go to a park???

      See THIS LINK:

      http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2010/03/clevelanders_recognized_early.html

      I'm still at work…it is now 5:00PM.  I won't get home until 6:15PM.  Gee, I would LOVE it if the sunset tonight was 8:05PM instead of 7:05PM…this is the longest day we get….bummer.

      PLEASE give me more sunshine and time with my family after work!!!

       

  32. Anonymous-Young Caymanian says:

    I wish the people would open there eyes. We are not ruled under america, we're under the british. Damn americans want to change everything to suit them. Hell, they would sue us for how white our sands are! Damn premier wants to be over backwards for other places then his own. We do not need to change our time. the say tourism is our main financial income well open earlier, close later or something. Why are we making a big deal about something so simple. We dont need to pass a law for this foolishness.

    • Anonymous says:

      Duh…the British have their equivalent of Daylight Savings Time, it is called 'British Summer Time'. Perhaps you would be happier if we referred to it as that instead?

  33. Anonymous says:

    Poor ole UDP,everthing dey try people fighting dem down,we need to pray for dem,i am now starting to wander if somebady trying to obeah dem.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Currently there is nothing stopping businesses from staying open another hour, or coming in early and staying on to take that important call.  Some of us do that anyway.  If you are married to the clock, you are not operating globally, it's as simple as that. 

  35. Anonymous says:

    Why we have to change? Let's ask the USA to stay put with time!

  36. Common sense says:

    Great idea. More sunlight therefore more post work outdoor exercise and socialising. What's not to like? Do it.

    • Anonymous says:

      We can do that anyway as the sunlight is not controlled by our clocks…

      • permit holder says:

        No, the sunlight is not controlled by our clocks, but my paycheck is!!!  

        I leave the office at 5:15PM (yes, I'm a work permit holder) and would love to see a sunset instead of a traffic jam when it gets dark at 5:45PM in November and December.  **During our lovely cool months….

        Instead, I get to spend my supper time and evenings in the dark!  Ooooooooh, how lovely it would be to be able to go home and then take a walk…in daylight.

        Anyone disagreeing with this simple joy in life must be selfish and mad, period! 

        I'll see you (in the dark) on December 1st at 5:46PM….*** sigh, poor tourists, poor people who like sunsets….

         

        • Anonymous says:

          FYI – December the time zone is back to Eastern Standard Time, not Eastern Daylight Saving Time. 

          I thought that you should know that information.

          So whats the benefit now to follow fashion adopt Daylight Saving Time.  Also FYI no time is "saved" – just another government trick.

        • Anonymous says:

          DST would have absolutely no effect on whether it is dark whether you drive home in November and December as during those months we would be on Standard Time, i.e. no change. Advancing the time would be for the period from April to October/November. 

          Our tourists are generally used to earlier sunsets in November/December than we are as they tend to hail from northern climes.     

          Since that is your only rationale for this change you fail to make your case.  

  37. Anonymous says:

    This would be a far too civilised move for Cayman. If the Government approved this they would have to consider Sunday opening next! 

    • Anonymous says:

      Hardly a gauge of civilisation – Turks & Caicos has it and Japan doesn't.   

  38. Anonymous says:

    I used to enjoy driving from west bay to town around sunset and watching the beautiful sunset as the sun sank over the beach and water.  Daylight Savings would move that back an hour later.  But then Mac is moving the road back so we would not see it anyways.

    If he has to move something move the clock!!  Leave the road!!!

  39. Anne F Shaw-Pearson says:

    I love the "I am against change brigade".  There is absolutely no downside to this suggestion and it will benefit our two biggest industries tourism and financial services.  As someone who works on the financial side I can assure you that this will really be a big help.  First we lose meetings every year when the US changes times.  Second it is so hard to explain to arrange calls especially when there are more than two countries involved.  Third there is the overlap of the business day.  This is most important for dealing with the UK and continental Europe.

  40. Joe from NY says:

    Great Idea, It's a global world, let's get in sync with the rest of it.  Let's see how soon the Gvt can act on this one.  You don't need a committee to study this.  Start next Fall and see how it works.  PS the sun doesn't know what time it is so it won't fade your curtains or run you AC any longer.

    • Anonymous says:

      I agree with your post but wish to point out that the earliest this could start would be next spring.

      • Joe from NY says:

        wrong the clocks are set back in the fall then advanced 1 hr in the spring

    • Anonymous says:

      Not all states in the US have daylight savings time. Arizona does not. I see no need for it.

  41. Real World says:

    ". . .set up a committee to explore the possibility."  Oh, come on!  We don't have better things to "explore" at this juncture?  Oh, hang on —  is someone willing to pay him to make this happen? Or, do a few of his CS friends need a commitee appointment? 

    Lord help us!

  42. Anonymous says:

    it'll be the only saving under Mac.

  43. Anonymous says:

    No thanks – I like it the way it is (or perhaps the people don't matter)

  44. Anonymous says:

    NO NO NO.

    The extra hour sun will fade my curtains

    • faded mind says:

      The sun does not know what time the clock says…your curtains will get as much sun as ever.

      However, your family may just be able to enjoy and hour of sunshine and excercise for a change.

      How about our tourists who will be able to fit in another daylight dive? Or now have the option of two sittings for dinner (early bird 6PM and after sunset 8PM)?  Gee, the revenue!?

       

      • Anonymous says:

        Doesn't dinner at 6 in the hot sunlight sound delightful?  Most people love the cooler, fresh evening breezes after the sun goes down.

        • Hetty Kett says:

          Dinner at 6pm – how ghastly!  Who dines at that time aside from the under fives?

  45. The lone haranguer says:

    No McKeeva don't do it you know the no ideas big spendinf do nothing PPM crowd likes to be in the dark,   ………… ages.

  46. Anonymous says:

    I know this is alittle bit radical but why dont those shops that want the business from thr cruise shippers open earlier. Oh sorry forgot where I was for a moment.

    • Noel March says:

      Many of these businesses employ locals, some of whom are single mothers who would have a difficult time getting to work an hour earlier due to responsibilities such as getting children ready for school. We do not want to give employers excuses to not hire locals. This also applies to the finance sector as businesses that deal with New York currently have to schedule staff earlier during the 8 months of DST to be available when the markets open. DST is a relatively simple change that would not only solve the above issues, but would also provide us with a wide array of additional benefits.  

      CNS: Noel, could you register if you use your real name please. The log in/registration box is on the LHS column or below the comment box. Thanks!

      • Anonymous says:

        The clocks generally change at a weekend – around 2am. You go to bed and wake up and its the new time – done. Thats it done until its changed back in the fall. If you used to get up at 6am – then you'll still get up at 6am. It would benefit Cayman so much, and costs nothing to implement apart from getting the message out. Its a no brainer.

      • Moral Mouse says:

        I do not think that pandering to the needs of the sexually profligate or those who do not respect their marriage vows is a good reason to change the law in this Christian land.

        • Forelock says:

          Huh?

          Is that the Christian land that produces so many dead beat Fathers?

          When composing this comment did you consider any actual Christian values, such as "Love thy neighbour as thyself"?

  47. Anonymous says:

    I am against it and think it is a lousy idea. Why does everything need to change here?

    Who cares what other places do?

    Things have been running just fine so why muck it up?

    • The lone Haranguer says:

      The PPM battlecry……………above, let's fill in the canals I want the mosquitos back !!

  48. Anonymous says:

    Farmers and fishermen are more in tune with the sun than the clock.

    It’s utter nonsense to say they will be adversely affected by daylight savings time.

    As for the line about increasing AC costs, that’s nonsense too.

    Why promote such old wive’s tales in your story CNS?

  49. Anonymous says:

    Our time system has lasted us our entire history. No need to mess with it now. It is not the time system that extends the sunlight so we can still do whatever we want with our time during sunlight hours.

    • Financial Bobo says:

      Unless of course you actually have a job, then your day is organised around a clock. And when you get home it's nearly dark.

      What you're saying is meaningless drivel. You just get back in your hammock and snooze some more ….

      • Anonymous says:

        As a matter of fact I do have a job and an MBA from a top U.S. University. And yes. I do have a hammock as well. And you?

  50. Whaaaaaat??? says:

    WTF?

    WTF?

    WTF? people please excuse me while I get over the fooooolishness of wasting MORE MONEY to find out that most of us is already up at 5:30 am every business day!!

    • Good idea says:

      HOW will this waste money?? No need to even print new business cards! What would the "cost" be???

      I see it as a money generator:

      1.) Our financial industry will have one more working hour with New York and London = more efficiency

      2.) Tourism will have an extra hour to sell more snorkel trip, two dives a day instead of one, and two options for dining (early bird 6PM before sunset and 8PM after sunset) discounts could be offered for early bird dinners and another boost for tourism and those looking for a deal.

      3.)Locals may actually enjoy an hour of daylight after work = more family activities (play dates at Camana Bay, drive to see the sunset, both feed the local economy)

      4.) Tourism can SHOUT THE GOOD NEWS FROM THE ROOFTOPS: "More sunshine added! Come to Cayman"- an extra hour of sun "guranteed" any global press is good press and this *if cleverly used* could be a good marketing tool

      I ask you again…what possible costs to get such great results?

  51. Anonymous says:

    I find this quite humourous. As we are needing to cut our expenses, most importantly the civil service, Mac finds a way to hire even more civil servants.

    • Just use your brain before you post says:

      Please tell me HOW observing DST would add civil servants?  Your comment has me baffled.  Is there a job to be a clock changer? You really need to think (how outher countries handle this without adding employees) before posting such silly remarks.  

      This makes sense and would be the only easy, no cost, only good thing Big Mac does in his administration.  (This is not his "idea" but at least one that I support for our economy and a better quality of living)

      I'd like to see a sunset instead of a traffic jam after work!  I'd like to take my family outside instead of watching TV and playing video games. I'd like to call New York and London for an extra hour a day and yes, I bet tourists would like a little longer day too.

       

      • anon says:

        'Just use your brain before you post' a very apt name considering you didn't. If you actually read the article past the 1st sentance, you would have read that Mac 'intend to set up a committee to explore this possibility'. Therefore what the poster is referring to, is more civil service to man this committee, not man the change in DST

  52. Anonymous says:

    Retail staff would get more hours work as  the stores will have the cruise passangers for an extra hour. The little people would get a few more dollars per week. It is simple needs to done ASAP. Even for two years as a test, to keed the naysayers happy. 

  53. Truthseeker says:

    "Farmers and fishermen would also be starting their days in the dark."

    What a crock of s***. Farmers and fishermen have always based their work day on the actual rise and setting of the sun. McKeeva might have extrodinary powers as Premier, but actually changing the length of the day is not one of them! It is all about what name we give the hour! How another poster thinks this will increase their electricity bill is also beyond me. If a typical family gets up and goes to bed at the same "time" in the summer months they will have one hour less needing the use of electical lights in the evening. The number of hours of solar radiation will remain the same.

     

  54. 3rd CLASS CITIZEN says:

    Mac comes up with brilliant moves don't he? This guy is so bright that he had to have a committee to think this out. Normally he just makes the move. Is he acting like he is being considerate of our feelings? Or is he developing feeling for us? Maybe he has changed? I am confused. Please take another trip and pick up your feelings you forgot them in the UK at the wedding.

  55. I miss Marius says:

    The roosters will get confused.

  56. Anonymous says:

    It is about time Cayman observed Daylight Savings time.  It will be wonderful to enjoy daylight until 8 pm in the summer.

  57. Kung Fu Iguana says:

    No cost, lots of benefit, no brainer.

  58. Anonymous says:

    "Some say stretching the sunlight would see higher air conditioning bills  as the heat of the day stretches later into the evening"

    Evidently some think the day will now have 25 hours.

     

    • Anonymous says:

      The people who think the day will now have 25 hours are those who say that DST will give them more daylight.

      There is at least one study conducted in Indiana that shows that higher airconditioning bills will be result. The logic is quite simple. Many people turn of the A/C when at work and turn it back on when they return in the evenings. If they return to more sunlight the airconditioning works harder to cool their homes. While there are savings in respect of artificial light these are more than offset by the increased costs of airconditioning particularly in hot climates.   

  59. Anonymous says:

    it's a no-brainer! …..why bother forming a committee which will take 2 years to make no decision…..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    why can't the udp make a firm decision or get anything done?????