The father and sister of an 11-year-old girl, who was fatally stabbedlast week,have asked US President Donald Trump to allow them into country to attend the girl's funeral on Monday. 11-year-old AbbieGail "Abbie" Smith was found stabbed to death behind the apartment she lived in with her mother in New Jersey. "Please let me see my daughter for the last day before she goes under," Kenroy Smith told theAsbury Park Press( The visa application for AbbieGail Smith's sister to leave Jamaica was denied. While Smith's father's application remains in limbo. Smith was deported from the USon a drug charge 16 years ago. Kennish Smith said she wasn't given a reason why her temporary visa application was rejected on Wednesday. "AbbieGail Smith needs her sister there at the moment," she said. "Who's going to stand up for us? We have no control. We can't do it on our own." The State Department said it is prohibited by law from disclosing details about individual visa cases. "My dear little AbbieGail was taken away and I need to pay my last respects to her," Kenroy Smith said. "That's all I'm asking."

Argyle International Airport in St. Vincent.

The Argyle International Airport (AIA) in St. Vincent as shut down operations effective 3 p.m. in light of the pending passage of Tropical Storm Don. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada. In a statement issued the afternoon, the airport CEO, Hadley Bourne, indicated, "All scheduled flights during this time will be interrupted until further notice is given by the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO)." Earlier today, regional air carrier, LIAT, announced the cancellation of some 20 flights in anticipation of Tropical Storm Don. In a 2 p.m. bulletin, the National Hurricane Center in Miami noted that the centre of TS Don is forecast to move across the Windward Islands today or tonight and then move westward across the southeastern Caribbean Sea on Wednesday.

Minister of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure, Joey Hew, recently visited the Cayman Islands Small Business Association (CISBA) at their new location on Mary Street. Hew accompanied by staff from the ministry met with the executive of the Cayman Islands Small Business Association. A part from touring the association’s new location, the CISBA President, Dawn McLean-Sawney, used the opportunity to highlight some of the main issues association members face. These include inadequate funding, too much red tape, challenges in securing venues to set up businesses and challenges based on definitions of micro (1-3 employees) and small (4-10 employees) businesses in provision of employee benefits. Sawney emphasised the need for better concessions when obtaining loan financing so that repayment remains viable instead of setting up the small entrepreneur for failure. The CISBA President further noted that many of the association’s members were also looking for opportunities to grow their businesses, including working with big businesses; more incentives including reduction in fees such as Customs and Trade and Business Licence fees; and encouragement for more women, especially single mothers, and retirees to be able to become small business owners. Speaking at the tour, Minister Hew committed to exploring ways the ministry can interact and work jointly with the CISBA to promote their welfare and arrive at solutions. “This was an excellent opportunity to hear about the challenges that our small business entrepreneurs face in the Cayman Islands. Government’s involvement, happily, does not end with merely providing annual grants to CISBA but also to follow their progress and jointly find ways to tackle and help find solutions to issues they face,” said Minister Hew. Minister Hew also used the occasion to share some experiences and lessons he learned when he was the former president of the CI Chamber of Commerce. Minister Hew was accompanied by Ministry Deputy Chief Officers, Leyda Nicholson-Makasare, Tamara Ebanks; Ministry Policy Advisor, Thais Ducent. CISBA attendees included: Secretary, Gina Lawrence; Director of Membership, Antoleen Williams and Assistant Director of Membership, Cheryl Al-Masri.

Cayman Finance CEO, Jude Scott, and Minister of Financial Services, Tara Rivers, recently returned from an overseas trip aimed at promoting the island’s finical services industry. The two week visit to London was a joint venture between Cayman Finance, the Cayman Islands Government , which saw Scott and Rivers meeting with among others, TheCityUK, HMRC and IFC Forum and media including Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and International Accounting Bulletin. The trip has been described as a step forward in increasing positive, proactive and face to face engagement with international key decision makers, industry stakeholders, politicians, media, NGOs and Cayman Finance member firms. “Cayman Finance, in conjunction with the Ministry of Financial Services, is constantly working to ensure we maintain strong and beneficial relationships with key international figures in the financial services industry,” said Scott. “It is important for us to keep reminding these stakeholders of the Cayman Islands’ role as a premier global financial hub and the ways in which we benefit developed and developing countries around the world. We are always grateful for the Cayman Islands Government’s support in these ventures,"he added. Scott also attended meetings with MPs hosted by the Cayman Islands Government, as well as meeting with the Chinese Embassy. Cayman Finance held also held their own breakfast briefing event during the trip, inviting representatives from key stakeholders to network and discuss current pressing issues, such as the Cayman Islands’ value to the UK in anticipation of Brexit, updates on the new beneficial ownership regime, the proposed EU blacklist, and the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project. Both Cayman Finance’s CEO and Minister Rivers gave remarks at the briefing, using the opportunity to reinforce positive messaging about the Cayman Islands financial services industry, and its pivotal role within the global financial economy. “The combined efforts of Cayman Finance, the Cayman Islands Government and our regulator, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, ensure that our financial services products and services are consistently delivered to meet or exceed our international clients’ expectations through excellence, innovation and balance,”Scott said. “We are extremely proud of the work that the Cayman Islands does both locally and worldwide, and will always seize the opportunity to spread our message around the globe,” he added.

HMP Northwardrecently reopened its vocational centre and launched a new leather-work rehabilitation programme. The aim of the new, ‘Hand Made with Love’ crafting programme which is led by Supriya Bodden, teaches the leather manufacturing process to the inmates. Not only does the programme givethe inmates a skill but it is also presents an opportunity from them to build a career and a business when they leave the prison. The programme teaches the leather manufacturing process which includes how to turn animal hides or skins into durable and flexible leather, and as well as using the material to make various goods and crafts. The director of HMCIPS Neil Lavis told Loop News that he is happy with the reopening of the programme and believes that it will provide various opportunities for the inmates to utilize the skill set once they are released. Lavis further added that this will hopefully give them a second chance at life after incarceration and prevent them from reoffending. Another skill training programme is set to open in September which will focus on teaching inmates an electrical skill . Lavishopes that more businesses will come aboard and invest in programmes at the facility ; which will help inmate development.

Charlotte Hornets player Cody Zeller is set to make a special appearance at the annual basketball Camp at Camana Bay’s Arts & Recreation Centre (ARC). The basketball camp which is in its ninth year, gets started on July 24 and is ideal for young athletes ages 7 to 17 who are looking to enhance their basketball skills, with training provided by lead basketball coaches from the United States. The camp is divided and into two sessions with morning sessions running from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. for children ages 7 to 12. Afternoon sessions which are geared towards children 12-17 run from 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. This year, Dart Enterprises sponsored 25 children to attend both the basketball camp and the Camana Bay Multi-Sport Camp. “When the event was first presented nine years ago, it was the perfect way to introduce Camana Bay’s new sports complex to the community. "While at the same time encouraging local youth to participate in sports,” said Jeffrey Wight, Senior Manager of Guest Services & Recreation. “Every year I receive very positive feedback from the professional athletes that have participated in the programme. They are very impressed with the sports complex and how that these camps encourage youth involvement in sports,” added Wight, when asked about the players’ experience. Every year, professional high school and college basketball coaches dedicate their time to train to prepare young basketball enthusiasts.


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July 28, 2017

Dexta Daps Live in Concert

Jamaica Dancehall artiste Dexta Daps to perform in the Cayman Islands for the first time- Highly anticipated event, given that the artiste in April released his debut album.