A beach in the Cayman Islands

The Financial Crime Unit of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service issued a public advisory last Monday, warning of employment scams involving Jamaicans, which were said to target people seeking work in the nursing and hospitality industries, according to media reports. The Cayman police warned the public about a similar scam last year. They said the fraudulent scheme is believed to be based in Jamaica. The police said people in that country collect the money before sending it on to individuals in Jamaica. The police noted that job seekers have been responding to advertisements on social media for positions in nursing and hospitality, and the notices promise assistance with plane fare and permit fees. “But the hotels named in those advertisements either do not exist or have no knowledge of the services advertised,” a media report said. It said job seekers have been asked to send funds to people in the Cayman Islands under the guise of obtaining a work permit. “The perpetrators of the fraud use social network sites like Facebook, Tagged, Tango and Badoo, to engage job seekers under false pretence. Once they have made contact, they ask for bank account numbers to facilitate the transactions, or they send the job seeker to Western Union,” the media report added. The police have notified the public that the individual running the scam has used the names Odiki Mandalay and Carlos Chung as the purported owner of Hotel Grand Cayman, which does not exist. The scammer may also be using other names, so the Financial Crime Unit wants people on social networks not to engage in conversations or do “favours” for people they don’t already know. The police are urging any member of the public who has been approached by the scammer, or have unknowingly participated in the movement of funds as part of the fraud, to contact the Financial Crime Unit at 949-8797 or Crime Stoppers at 800-8477(TIPS).

The Mount Pelée volcano in Martinique is not erupting. The Volcanic and Seismological Observatory of Martinique says the images being circulated of flows from the volcano are in fact mudflows from heavy rains and not pyroclastic flows. Speaking to Loop, Valerie Clouard, Director of the Observatory said there is nothing unusual happening in Martinique. He said there was a huge landslide on thewestern flank of the volcano. Clouard said there were several mud flow lahars, which is a type of mudflow composed of a slurry of pyroclastic material, rocky debris, and water. He said the mudslides arrived in the small town ofPrêcheur which poses a risk of flooding. A release from the Observatory said the last magmatic eruption of Mount Pelée volcano occurred between 1929 and 1932, and there has been no sign of volcanic activity since 1932. Photos of the mudslide circulating on social media said the volcanic mountain in the northern end of the island is experiencing some unusual activity with more than 135 sulphur springs springing up within the last 96 hours. The post said the dome has sunk over 25 feet in the last three days, trees are dying and there is a crater breaking on the northern side.

Former Managing Director and Senior Executive Vice President of International Banking at Butterfield Group, Conor O’Dea is the new Chairman of Cayman Finance. O’Dea replaces previous Cayman Finance Chairman, Ian Wight, who held the position for three years. Since 1989, O’Dea worked for Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Limited in various capacities. Heended his executive career with a stint as Managing Director Cayman and President & Chief Operating Officer, BNTB Group. In April 2016, he retired from executive responsibilities with Butterfield Group and assumed a non-executive role as Director of BNTB Board and Chairman of Butterfield’s Board. Throughout his career, Mr O’Dea has also served in various associate and government positions, including President at the Cayman Islands Banker’s Association and the Chamber of Commerce. Cayman Finance CEO Jude Scott noted that he was excited to welcome the new chairman as well as thanked the outgoing chairman. “Cayman Finance thanks Mr Wight for three successful years,”Scott said. We have made a tremendous amount of progress and overcome many obstacles with Ian at the helm, and are grateful to him for the time he has given us,"he added. Scott further discussed the busy year that Cayman Finance has had, from introducing new focuses such as reinsurance and FinTech, to dealing with international pressures, to celebrating achievements both local and international. “We are excited to add Mr O’Dea’s talent to Cayman Finance and look forward to working with him going forward to protect, promote and grow the Cayman Islands financial services industry,” he said. “His many years of experience and depth of knowledge are sure to be a great asset in helping achieve Cayman Finance’s goals,” he added.

JetBlue airlines is to launch a new service from Fort Lauderdale to Grand Cayman come October 2018. JetBlue already has services to Owen Roberts International Airport (GMC); it started flying to the destination in 2012. JetBlue flies between GMC and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and seasonally to Boston Logan International Airport (BOS). JetBlue intends to operate the nonstop flights between Fort Lauderdale and GCM beginning in October 2018, subject to government approval, with seats set to go on sale in the coming weeks. The new flight is expected to boost the airline’s presence in the island destination with a new link to South Florida. The new routes also advance JetBlue’s position as the top airline at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, where the airline plans to operate 140 daily flights in the coming years. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood is one of JetBlue’s fast-growing focus cities, serving customers throughout South Florida and offering a fast and convenient alternative for Miami-Dade travelers. If approved Grand Cayman will be the 59th nonstop destination offered from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and will open up a variety of new connecting opportunities between the Caribbean destinations and U.S. cities such as Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Atlanta and multiple west coast markets.

The National Workforce Development Agency (NWDA) on Thursday encouraged young people to attend an informational session for Cayman Enterprise City’s (CEC) Summer in the City internship programme. The session will take place on January 5 at the NWDA offices (2nd floor of Midtown Plaza on Elgin Avenue) starting at 9 a.m. The internship is open to Caymanian students ages 18 – 25. Attendees will learn about the internship, and be given guidance on the application process for the programme. In addition, students will learn about NWDA training that covers resume and cover letter writing as well as interview skills. The NWDA noted that registration is required, and can be done by sending an email to nwda.training@gov.ky.

Altidore will lead a football clinic for local youth on Saturday January 6.

MLS Cup MVP and Toronto FC star Jozy Altidore is set to visit the Cayman Islands in January to host a series of fundraising events for Hurricane Irma relief in the Caribbean. Altidore, who is of Haitian descent, will lead a football clinic for local youth on Saturday January 6 at Academy Sports Club Field from 10am to 3:30pm. Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore (17) scores on Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen (23) as Crew defender Lalas Abubakar (17) looks on during the second half of an Eastern Conference MLS final playoff soccer game in November. (AP) Some 270 children are expected to attend the clinic, where Altidore will offer advice and share is story of becoming a football champion. Later that evening, the US soccer national player will meet and mingle with fans and those seeking to support the hurricane relief at Luca Restaurant from 7:30pm to midnight. The event will feature a welcome drink, passed hors d'oeuvres a buffet, a DJ and dancing as well as a silent auction featuring sports memorabilia, Altidore’s very own private box seats to a Toronto FC match, a round of golf with the soccer star and much more.


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