The Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Lee, reports a further 414 COVID-19 tests which have been completed over the last 24 hours through the screening programme. There are three positive results which...


Renatha Francis smiles as she speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Miami-Dade Public Library in Miami. (AP Photos/Wilfredo Lee)

Florida GovernorRon DeSantis appointed two residents from minority communities to the state Supreme Court on Tuesday: a Palm Beach County circuit judge who immigrated from Jamaica and a former assistant USattorney who is the son of Cuban immigrants. Renatha Francis, who will be the first Caribbean-American to serve on the Florida court, and John Couriel are replacing Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck. DeSantis appointed Lagoa and Luck to the court last year, but they were subsequently appointed to the US11th Circuit Court of Appeal by President Donald Trump. DeSantis, a Republican, said at a Miami news conference that he picked them because he believes they will make their decisions based on the law, not their own preferences. Francis, 42, has served as a circuit court judge since 2017, the last six months in the family and probate division in Palm Beach County. She operated a bar and trucking company in Jamaica before moving to the United States as an adult after graduating from the University of the West Indies in 2000. Francis graduated from Florida Coastal Law School in 2010, then worked for a judge and an appeals court as a staff attorney before being appointed to the bench three years ago. Renatha Francis, left, smiles as she and her family are introduced during a news conference, Tuesday at the Miami-Dade Public Library in Miami. She cannot take office until September24 under a state law that says justices must have at least 10 years experience. She became a lawyer on September24, 2010. Francis had the backing of the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, as there had been no black justices on the seven-member court. DeSantis said her background reminded him of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers who also immigrated from the Caribbean. “Hamilton articulated what Judge Francis deeply understands: that the judiciary lacks authority to indulge its legislative preferences,” he said. Couriel, 41, works as a private attorney specializing in civil litigation involving Latin America. According to his application, he frequently represents Latin American financial institutions and investors in UScourt proceedings. He served three years as the vice chair of the American Bar Association's international criminal law committee and was an assistant USattorney from 2009 to 2012 in South Florida. He is a 2000 graduate of Harvard College and graduated from Harvard Law School in 2003. John Couriel smiles as he speaks during the news conference. DeSantis said Couriel "is giving up a lot of money to serve and I think that says a lot about John, his character and how important the rule of law is that he would be willing to” be a judge. DeSantis picked Francis and Couriel from recommendations by the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission, which he appoints. Francis and Couriel will face a retention vote on the November 2022 ballot.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all spheres of life in an unprecedented way. While that disruption has caused many hardships, it has also spurred a wave of innovation as we grapple with new challenges. In education, we have seen schools close worldwide with e-learning becoming an essential means for studies to continue. And in this light,Digicel will be presenting a digital education webinar, Learning Without Boundaries, featuring a stellar line up of regional and international education experts on Wednesday, May 27 at 4 pm EST, streaming live on Digicel’s Facebook pages. Want to register and be in with a chance to win a USD$500 Digicel voucher? Then read on..... The 90-minute webinar will be of much interest to parents, students and teachers alike as many of those re-imagining education and capitalising on digital education opportunities for remote and in-class learning will be showcased. Jack Bourke, Global Creative Officer at Digicel said: “COVID has encouraged creativity and new collaborations. The webinar is a tour de force for Digicel, Government and its various strategic partners. This will be the first of many exciting projects in 2020.” Participants will hear from Edmodo, BookFusion, Discovery Education, SafeToNet, Educatek, EtonX, Matific, the Learning Hub - to name but a few - all of whom have come on board with Digicel to offer free trials to teachers and students through the Digicel network. Independent Senator Dr Adrian Augier, an external producer of the webinar, told Loop News that the presentation will give an idea of how you and your child or teacherswillbe able to navigate the coming months or years. Augier said: "This is important to people who are more aware and need to increase their comfort level with learning online, kids and gadgets and the teacher/student relationship… the new role of the school. People who are a little bit more forward thinking as opposed to just reacting to the current situation.” One of the forward-thinking companies involved is BookFusion, an open and global e-book platform that redefines the reading experience and allows educational institutions to create their own private/public libraries. Dwayne Campbell, BookFusion founder and CEO told Loop News why the platform is essential now that COVID-19 has forced the world to embrace digital solutions. “Digital transformation in education has been jolted into a new, open and limitless reality. BookFusion gives students easy access to textbooks, study, guides and other educational content in a quick and seamless way - without the need for any physical contact. With offline functionality, BookFusion reduces the need for students to have constant internet access to be able to consume educational content. Conversely, institutions can push content, be it study guides, interactive content or lesson plans to students & teachers, quickly and securely with the click of a button.” Another company on the cutting edge is Discovery Education International which uses the 4 Cs - communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking - to equip students with 21st century skills. Robin Headlee, Managing Director, explained: “As part of this partnership with Digicel, we are offering three fantastic resources that are centered around the 4 Cs: DE.X, STEM Connect and Coding. We are also offering three webinars that will help teachers and parents utilize these resources to help develop the 4 C skills in their children. "For example, STEM Connect was inspired by the UN Sustainable Growth Goals and the NAE Grand Engineering Challenges.STEM Connect is all about preparing students with what is next.It blends dynamic digital content with hands-on activities to accelerate student comprehension and application -so students start asking questions instead of simply memorizing answers.The great thing about STEM Connect is that is also really fun! There is a common misconception that learning and having fun are mutually exclusive.We believe you can have fun when learning and STEM Connect is a great example of that." If you are a teacher or have a child in school, you CANNOT afford to miss the webinar. Register hereand go into a draw to wina Digicel Voucher valued at US$500!


Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman (WORC) would like to remind employers of their legal obligation to notify the Department of the ending of employment of any of their employees. Under section nine of the Immigration Regulations, failure to notify the Department of cessation of employment is an offence and offenders are liable on conviction, to a fine of five thousand dollars. During this time while we deal with the challenges posed by COVID-19 to the Cayman Islands, we understand that things are not necessarily business as normal for many employers. However, we remain committed to serving you and keeping you informed, as we aim to promote continued compliance with local Immigration legislation. We also want to take this opportunity to remind employers of their legal obligation to ensure all employee work permits are current and up to date. Employees on work permits are not allowed to engage in any duties for any other employer, or outside the approved occupation, without approval from WORC. Failing to comply with this can also result in prosecution. A special thanks to the employers who have already taken the necessary steps to comply with this requirement. We strongly encourage other employers to follow suit, to avoid potential prosecution. Work permit cancellations should be submitted toWPCancellations@gov.ky. To report any immigration-related complaints or concerns please emailWORCcomplaints@gov.ky.

Professor Densil Williams has built a career in business and academia for almost 20 years.

The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has announced the appointment of Professor Densil A. Williams as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of its Five Islands Campus, located in Antigua and Barbuda. His appointment was approved by the University Council at its meeting on May 13. The UWI, in a press release, said the Government of Antigua and Barbuda has indicated its keenness to work with Professor Williams in advancing the Five Islands Campus as a key objective within The UWI’s strategic plan. Williams’ appointment is for a period of three years, commencing the 2020/2021 academic year and he has accepted the position in addition to his current portfolio as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Academic, Industry Partnerships and Planning at The UWI. The UWI said this decision of assigning this dual role is part of The UWI’s cost-cutting and containment strategy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The regional university is reviewing the structure and cost of leadership at the campus level and the selection of a new principal for Five Islands Campus is central to this review. In this instance, the merging of portfolios forWilliams will allow him to integrate the future of the Five Islands Campus within a broader “ONE UWI” strategy, The UWI said. Prior to his appointment, Professor Williams was one of the lead authors of The UWI Five Islands Campus’ feasibility study which was approved by the University Council. [related node_id='9ebe3918-c422-47c6-8111-6e1d36e36fce'] Williams has remained active in the affairs of the Five Islands Campus and is Chair of its Infrastructure Committee, which negotiated with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda for a grant of over US$20 million to build out the campus’ infrastructure. During his tenure as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal, Williams will provide leadership on multiple strategic objectives, including project management in order to maintain compliance with the business model on which the Campus was established; maintaining effective operations; and collaborating with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda in building out a cost-effective infrastructure and HR architecture. Williams succeeds Professor Stafford A. Griffith who took on the role as Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal from August 15, 2019. Professor Griffith’s tenure ends on July 31, 2020. The UWI, in its release,extendedits gratitude to Professor Griffith for his superb contributions to the establishment and running of the Five Islands Campus over the past year. More about Professor DensilWilliams Williams has built a career in business and academia for almost 20 years. A UWI alumnus, he completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the Mona Campus. He graduated with a B.Sc. (First Class Honours) in Economics and Management Studies in 1999, an M.Sc. in International Business in 2001 and then moved on to the University of Manchester in the UK to pursue his Ph.D., which he earned in 2006. Following a stint in the private sector, Professor Williams served The UWI since 2007 in a number of roles at the Mona Campus. Among these include as taskforce member on the Response to The UWI Strategy 2007-2012 at the Department of Management Studies; a member of the committee which designed and implemented the M.Sc. in Agricultural Entrepreneurship offered jointly by the Department of Management Studies and the Department of Life Sciences; Chairman for the Research Committee in the Department of Management Studies; Head of Department of Management Studies; Deputy Executive Director and then Executive Director at Mona School of Business and Management. More recently, since 2016, he held the portfolio of Pro Vice-Chancellor, Planning, which involves oversight of The UWI’s Strategic Plan and institutional research to enhance the operational and strategic direction of the regional University. At the same time, Williams taught undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level courses and provided postgraduate research and supervision to many students. He has also developed new courses in corporate strategy and international entrepreneurship at Mona. In addition to teaching and administration, throughout his tenure at the university, he has contributed to extra-departmental service, participating, chairing and co-chairing a wide range of committees. He holds over a dozen awards for scholarship, research and publications. He was a Government of Jamaica Exhibition Scholar, a Jamaica Flour Mills Scholar, A Lome IV Scholar and a Commonwealth Scholar. He has also earned two Principal’s Awards for ‘Most Outstanding Researcher’ in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Mona. Professor Williams boasts an impressive record of public service, research and scholarly work. His general area of academic specialisation isinternational business and he has authored five books, over 30 refereed journal articles, 27 peer-reviewed papers conferences and scientific papers, a book chapter and an edited collection. He is also a member of several regional and international associations. Outside University life, he has served on a number of boards of state entities, private sector boards and committees, regional as well as international editorial boards.


The Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Lee, reports a further 414 COVID-19 tests which have been completed over the last 24 hours through the screening programme. There are three positive results which likely represent cases that were community-acquired. Contact tracing has begun for these. 9815 people have been tested to date. Of these, 137 have been positive, of which 63 have fully recovered, with one death. No one is currently in the hospital receiving treatment for symptoms of COVID-19. As a reminder, the last COVID-19 case presenting for clinical management was 27 April. All the positive cases reported since then have been discovered through our wider screening programme. One of these has some symptoms, but this person has not needed hospital care and the symptoms do not seem to be COVID-19 related. As a reminder, the HSA's PCR laboratory will be having a scheduled maintenance day later this week.

A piece of debris which is likely to have been a rocket launched fromFrench Guianawas found just off of Cayman Brac last week. Brothers Tyrone and Larry Scott were fishing on the south-west corner of Cayman Brac on Thursday May 21 and came across the piece of debris above. It was estimatedto be about 12 ft by 15 ft in size. It had obviously been drifting for a little while to have algae growing on it. According to the Department of the Environment, it appears to bea piece of an Arianespace rocket, probably launched from French Guiana, possibly in December last year and possibly with a Hermia satellite on board. The debris was last seen continuing to drift to the south-west. Arianespaceis a satellite launch company, operatinglaunchers: Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega. The Department of the Environment advises the public that ifmarine or coastal debris is observed that might entangle fish, turtles or birds, it should be picked up or the DoE should be contacted with a photo.