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NFL player Logan Ryan and his wife Ashley had an unexpected encounter during their St Lucian wedding in April. Ryan told the story on a caption to the above photo from his Instagram account: While taking some wedding photos in the St.Lucian town of Soufriere we ran into this stray dog and many others like her. This one in particular followed us thru the streets for 20 plus minutes. When we flew back to the states we were determined to help any way possible. We donated & We encouraged all friends and family that instead giving us wedding gifts to make donations to @helpaws, a St.Lucian based dog rescue. Just got word back that based on our picture they found this particular mama dog, named her Logan, and the donation paid for her Spay!!#MadeOurDay#DogRescue This is in keeping with the couple's efforts in their homeland, where they founded Ryan’s Monthly Rescue, a social media effort that seeks to find homes for dogs, especially pitbulls. Ryan told The Dodo, "Dog rescue is with us wherever we go, it's just something we're passionate about and want to make a difference in any way we can." For Ashley, "Our love of dogs may have been the only thing missing from our big day... the fact that we connected with HelpAWS and helped this one particular dog made the entire experience even more unforgettable." Per their website, HelpAWS, "stands for Help Animal Welfare in Saint Lucia and at Helpaws we believe that every animal has the right to be healthy, happy, and free from abuse, neglect, and cruelty. So far we have helped over 1,200 animals find the care they need by rescuing those in need and providing free spay and neuter clinics every 6 months. We have also successfully found forever homes for over 200 rescued animals!" The wedding gift donations have assisted HelpAWS in its spaying and neutering efforts. The stray named after Logan is being treated for health issues and will be put up for adoption.

Hotelier of the Year, Simon Suarez

Respected Caribbean hotelier Simón Suárez was named the 2017 Caribbean Hotelier of the Year by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA). Suárez, Vice President of Institutional Relations and Projects of Grupo Puntacana in the Dominican Republic, received the coveted honour at the opening of the third annual Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF), hosted by CHTA, in Miami. Accepting the region's premier hospitality award, Suárez, a former CHTA president, recognised his colleagues, friends and family, while reminding delegates in attendance to "embrace unity, diversity and ingenuity" in the Caribbean. "Simón Suárez is a pioneer in Caribbean hospitality. He has played and continues to play a major role in the development and growth of Caribbean tourism, and we are indebted to him for all that he has done for his native Dominican Republic and the Caribbean," said Frank Comito, Director General and CEO of CHTA. Suárez began his professional career in the Dominican Republic tourism industry at the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic in 1974. Since these early beginnings, he has served as the President of Occidental Hotels' local operating company, Occidental Hoteles Dominicana, S. A.; Executive Vice President of Coral Hotels & Resorts; President of the Dominican Republic's Tourism Promotion Council; Chief Development Representative - Central America and Caribbean for Hilton Hotels Corporation; and President of the Dominican Republic's Hotel and Tourism Association (ASONAHORES). Also in winners' rowwas Obrian Forde of Jus' Sail in St. Lucia who was named Caribbean Employee of the Year, while Marcia Rhoden-Morris of The Jamaica Pegasus was recognised as Caribbean Supervisor of the Year. Lisa Hamilton of the United States Virgin Islands Hotel and Tourism Association captured the Caribbean Association Executive of the Year Award, while Edward "Eddie" Weitz was named Allied Member of the Year. CHIEF also presented awards in the areas of Operations, Sales and Marketing, Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability. In Operations, the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association was the winner with second place going to Elegant Hotels in Barbados. For the best practice in Sales and Marketing, the winner was the Aruba Tourism Authority with The Crane and Elegant Hotels in Barbados placing second and third respectively. The recipient of the CHIEF Award for Social Responsibility was Hyatt Regency Trinidad. Second place went to the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association, while the third place winner was Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort in Aruba. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort in Aruba captured the CHIEF Award for Environmental Sustainability. Runners-up honours were jointly shared by Ocean Terrace Inn in St. Kitts and Elegant Hotels in Barbados. Third place went to CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa in Anguilla. Produced by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) is the premier educational forum for Caribbean hospitality and tourism professionals. CHIEF is where the hospitality industry assembles to connect, learn best practices, share ideas, brainstorm creative solutions to current challenges and build relationships. With three educational tracks covering a multitude of relevant topics, from the sharing economy to sustainability, and interactive roundtable and speed networking sessions, this event addresses issues affecting all businesses. The forum attracts hoteliers, vendors, government officials and industry experts focused on a stronger, profitable and more sustainable industry.


Traders on Wall Street

U.S. stock indexes moved higher in early trading Friday, adding to the market's modest gains from a day earlier. Banks and other financial stocks led the gainers. Energy companies also rose. Utilities stocks were the biggest laggard. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 8 points, or 0.4 percent, to 2,442 as of 10:09 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 75 points, or 0.4 percent, to 21,258. The Nasdaq composite index added 13 points, or 0.2 percent, to 6,335. The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks picked up 5 points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,420. All four were trading above their most recent closing highs. STREAM THIS: Pandora climbed 6.3 percent on news that SiriusXM will invest $480 million in cash in the online radio company. SiriusXM, which is buying preferred stock and taking a 19 percent stake in Pandora, will also select three people to be named to Pandora's board. Pandora is breaking off a deal with investment firm KKR from last month. Pandora added 53 cents to $8.95. BIG DATA: Traders bid up shares in DuPont Fabros Technology after the data real estate investment trust and owner of wholesale data centers was acquired by another REIT, Digital Realty Trust. The deal is an all-stock transaction valued at about $7.6 billion. DuPont Fabros Technology shares jumped $7.20, or 13 percent, to $62.56. Digital Realty slipped 96 cents to $115.79. PAINFUL MOVE: Endo International slumped 12.9 percent a day after the Food and Drug Administration asked the drugmaker to take its extended-release pain drug Opana ER off the market because of the risk of abuse from patients injecting it. The stock slid $1.78 to $12. ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude was little changed at $45.62 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was also little changed at $47.86 a barrel in London. TREASURY YIELDS: Bond prices fell. The 10-year Treasury yield held rose to 2.22 percent from 2.19 percent late Thursday. CURRENCIES: The pound lost more than 2 cents versus the dollar after the Conservatives lost their majority in Parliament, which could send Britains' negotiations to leave the European Union, due to start June 19, into disarray. The pound weakened to $1.2735 from $1.2943. The dollar fell to 110.72 yen from 109.94 yen late Thursday. The euro weakened to $1.1175 from $1.1222. OVERSEAS: Germany's DAX rose 0.6 percent, while France's CAC 40 was 0.6 percent higher. Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.7 percent. Japan's Nikkei 225 added 0.5 percent, while South Korea's Kospi rose 0.8 percent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng slipped 0.1 percent.

The Truman Bodden Law School on Tuesday announced that two new postgraduate programmes would be offered by the institution this coming September. The two new programmes are directed Cayman nationals and residents and initially will be offered on a part-time basis from September 2017 with all classes scheduled to take place in the early evening The institution in a release to press noted that they are now accepting applications for the taught postgraduate programmes; the LLM in International Finance: Law and Regulation and the Postgraduate Diploma in International Finance: Law and Regulation. The programmes will covers subjects such as, : international finance, banking regulation, international insolvency, the conflict of laws, public-private partnerships and more. The new programmes will lead to qualifications to be awarded by the University of Liverpool, UK, a member of the prestigious Russell Group for excellence in higher education. The qualifications will carry with them the professional benefits and opportunities that flow from the attainment of a postgraduate qualification awarded by any respected tertiary education provider. Speaking of the two new programmes, Law School Director, Mitchell Davis, noted that programmes were a step in the right direction and afforded Caymanians with a world class education in the legal profession without leaving Grand Cayman. “The launch of the new postgraduate programmes has reaffirmed and extended the Law School’s long-standing affiliation with the University of Liverpool in providing Caymanians and local residents with further opportunities to obtain a face to face outstanding legal education without leaving Grand Cayman. In doing so, the Law School continues to realise its ambition of becoming a leading legal education provider across the Caribbean,” said Davies/ Laura Panades, the LLM course leader noted that the courses represented an “invaluable opportunity” “The postgraduate programmes represent an invaluable further opportunity for Caymanians and legal residents to have access to first rate legal training on island. These programmes will identify and support local Caymanian talent, opening new pathways of learning and professional development on island,” said Panades. “We have been overwhelmed by the quantity and the quality of enquiries received so far and we now look forward to admitting the first cohort of students to the programme,”she added. The Law School expects to offer the programmes full-time in September 2019.


© Logan Ryan/Instagram

NFL player Logan Ryan and his wife Ashley had an unexpected encounter during their St Lucian wedding in April. Ryan told the story on a caption to the above photo from his Instagram account: While taking some wedding photos in the St.Lucian town of Soufriere we ran into this stray dog and many others like her. This one in particular followed us thru the streets for 20 plus minutes. When we flew back to the states we were determined to help any way possible. We donated & We encouraged all friends and family that instead giving us wedding gifts to make donations to @helpaws, a St.Lucian based dog rescue. Just got word back that based on our picture they found this particular mama dog, named her Logan, and the donation paid for her Spay!!#MadeOurDay#DogRescue This is in keeping with the couple's efforts in their homeland, where they founded Ryan’s Monthly Rescue, a social media effort that seeks to find homes for dogs, especially pitbulls. Ryan told The Dodo, "Dog rescue is with us wherever we go, it's just something we're passionate about and want to make a difference in any way we can." For Ashley, "Our love of dogs may have been the only thing missing from our big day... the fact that we connected with HelpAWS and helped this one particular dog made the entire experience even more unforgettable." Per their website, HelpAWS, "stands for Help Animal Welfare in Saint Lucia and at Helpaws we believe that every animal has the right to be healthy, happy, and free from abuse, neglect, and cruelty. So far we have helped over 1,200 animals find the care they need by rescuing those in need and providing free spay and neuter clinics every 6 months. We have also successfully found forever homes for over 200 rescued animals!" The wedding gift donations have assisted HelpAWS in its spaying and neutering efforts. The stray named after Logan is being treated for health issues and will be put up for adoption.

The Cayman Islands celebrated Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 91st birthday on Saturdayat Elmslie Memorial United Church. The programme included the traditional parade by the uniformed services, a royal salute and three cheers for the Queen. During the celebration the Governor, Helen Kilpatrick, recognised past and current Honours. Best known as the “Father of the Immigration Board” and for his generous contributions to the Cayman Islands community, Charles Wesley Watler, was the sole recipient of the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) award. Philip Rankin was honoured with the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour for his services to the financial services industry, and in particular the Board of Cayman Airways. Deputy Governor, Franz Manderson, announced the newest individuals to receive the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour. The recipients are businessman Keith Parker Tibbetts Jr, for services to persons with disabilities, and Frances Mary McConvey, for services to education, the arts, culture and the community.


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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.