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Businesses seeing impact of expat exodus

Businesses are starting to see a gradual exodus of employees from the Cayman Islands with some expatriate workers opting to leave before government closes a loophole in the Pensions Law that allows them to cash out their retirement savings as they depart.
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‘Foots’ charged with obscene publication

Cayman Brac artist Ronald “Foots” Kynes was charged with obscene publication on Monday in relation to his July arrest for refusing to remove a series of nude sculptures displayed on his property, which is publicly visible.
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Hurricane Irma: A survivor’s story

When Kyrie Caulfield drives on Grand Cayman during rainy days, his pulse quickens, his stomach ties into knots, and his knuckles whiten from gripping the steering wheel too hard.
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Backlog of permanent residency cases grows by nearly 10 percent

The number of backlogged applications for permanent residence in the Cayman Islands grew by 9.2 percent over a two-week period in late September and early October, despite the efforts of immigration officials to reduce that number, the Cayman Compass has learned.
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Customs returns ‘mini massagers’ after deciding they aren’t sex toys

Customs officials have returned 10 “personal massagers” seized from a George Town store after deciding they were not banned sex toys.
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Trio of ganja suspects make second appearance in court

Three Jamaican nationals charged with importing more than 400 pounds of ganja into the Cayman Islands made their second court appearance Monday via videolink from Northward Prison.
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$75,000 Hannah’s Heroes grant given to cancer researcher

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation announced Monday that it is granting its Hannah’s Heroes St. Baldrick’s Scholar Grant to Dr. Pratiti Bandopadhayay at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
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School’s ‘Dress Down Day’ supports Meals on Wheels

Students of the Wesleyan Christian Academy held a Dress Down Day recently to help support Meals on Wheels.
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‘Proud of Them’ nominations sought

The Ministry of Youth and the National Youth Commission announced Monday that nominations will be accepted until Nov. 16 for young people, ages 10 to 25, who have made notable achievements in academics, sports, their career, culture, business or community service.
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Feed Our Future Island Roast raises funds for school meals

The outdoor fundraiser featured cuisine by The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Mise en Place, Smokin’ Bros, Lobster Pot, Catch, Amvivo, Avecita, Agua, Saucha and Vivo, as well as music by the Nathan Herrera duo and DJ Selecta Renegade.
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Primary Football League weekly review

Saturday marked the third week of games played in the 2017 CUC Primary Football League and Girls’ Primary Football League regular seasons. As with every passing week, there were great team efforts, fabulous individual performances, wonderful goals and inspiring saves.
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EDITORIAL – John Gray campus must not wait until 2021 for completion

Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly has said completing the John Gray project is a priority. We trust that she, Education Councillor Barbara Conolly and Education Council Chairman Dan Scott will work to keep the John Gray project moving forward until it is finally removed from the “to do list” and added to the government’s list of accomplishments.
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2017 Kids Fun Run seeking entrants

The 2017 Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon and Milo Kids Fun Run are coming up on Sunday, Dec. 3, and organizers are again encouraging kids to register and take part in the largest primary school running event on island. Entry is free, and the run attracted more than 300 kids in 2016.
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Letter: Anguilla is grateful for aid from Cayman

We are gradually recovering but it will take quite a while before we are fully recovered, but we would not be at this stage without your thoughtfulness, decisiveness and generosity.
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Letter: What about the eastern districts?

If this is a government of national unity, then make sure you use that “unite” part to help the East.
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Happy Birthday 2-U

Happy Birthday 2-U — Today's editorial cartoon
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Fascinated by import duty rules

We all know there are some strange rules on import duty. Example: Leather shoes are dutiable, leather purses aren’t.
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Jury finds cyclist died by misadventure

The coroner’s inquest into the untimely passing of Rhonda Azan concluded on Friday, when the jury ruled unanimously that the case was a “death by misadventure.”
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Senior police officer assaulted

One of the Cayman Islands’ most senior police officers was assaulted at the scene of a traffic accident, Saturday.
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US appeals for calm as allies clash in Iraq

The United States has made an urgent call for calm in northern Iraq as Iraqi forces and Kurdish fighters -- two of Washington's key allies in the region -- clash over disputed territory.
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Kirkuk is a crisis waiting to happen

Two armies funded and trained by the United States are now facing off in northern Iraq, a confrontation that could have lasting consequences for the future of the country and the broader Middle East.
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Who are the Kurds?

CNN's Becky Anderson explains everything you need to know about the Kurds.
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ISIS militants surrender to Kurds, general says

Nearly 1,000 suspected ISIS militants have surrendered to Kurdish forces near Kirkuk in the last few weeks, Kurdish Gen. Shawrash Hakim said Tuesday.
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Why Israel supports an independent Iraqi Kurdistan

When Iraqi Kurds a look around, they see potential enemies to the north, south, east and west. The Turks, Iraqis, Iranians and Syrians all rejected last week's referendum for an independent Kurdistan.
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Duterte declares liberation of Marawi from ISIS-affiliated militants

The Philippines city of Marawi has been liberated from ISIS-affiliated militants following a five-month standoff, President Rodrigo Duterte announced Tuesday.
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Portugal and Spain wildfires kill at least 39 people

At least 39 people have been killed by wildfires in Portugal and Spain, officials from both countries said Monday.
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Somalia car bombings kill at least 300

At least 300 people have been confirmed dead after a double car bombing rocked Mogadishu on Saturday, making it the deadliest attack in Somalia's modern history.
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N Korea rejects diplomacy with US for now

A North Korean official reaffirmed Pyongyang's commitment to developing a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching "all the way to the East coast of the mainland US," on Monday, telling CNN that the rogue nation is currently not interested in diplomacy with the US until it achieves that goal.
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Why a Diwali firework ban won't help Delhi's pollution

October 19 marks the beginning of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights which across India is marked by colorful but polluting pyrotechnics.
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Autism research in danger after Hurricane Maria

CNN's Lynda Kinkade reports on Hurricane Maria's effect on autism research.
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The Austrian elections should terrify Europeans

The commanding victory of populist parties in Austria's national election on Sunday is certain to reverberate beyond the borders of the nation of 8.5 million. Coming on the heels of record gains made by the far right in Germany last month, nationalist and anti-immigrant forces across the European Union are feeling emboldened by the vote, which could well bring Austria's Islamophobic Freedom Party to power in a coalition government in Vienna.
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Trump, stir up Mexican populism at your own risk

Sometimes President Donald Trump seems hell-bent on turning our southern neighbor into an enemy and our nearly 2,000-mile border with Mexico into a security headache. In doing so, Trump is quickly becoming the principal campaign surrogate for Mexico's leftist nationalist leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
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China ambassador: How our 'opening up' is helping world economy

This week, China will host the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, which will set our country's national direction for at least the next five years. This is a momentous time for China, not only because we expect that the party congress will illustrate that China's unrelenting effort in reform and opening up has added further momentum not only to its own development, but also to that of the world economy.
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Misery in Puerto Rico: No power, no job, 'enormous' lines

Leslie Cofresi started to cry when he saw his staff the day after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico.
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Caribbean tourism faces long road to recovery

The Caribbean is fast approaching tourism season. But this year, some of the islands may not see their vital economic lifeblood.
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Magical sports moments for sick kids

Blake Rockwell grew up playing sports with other children in his neighborhood. But a congenital heart defect had prevented one of his older brothers, Chuckie, from doing the same.
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He rolls out the red carpet for ill sports fans

Blake Rockwell's nonprofit has given thousands of seriously ill children all-access, V.I.P. experiences at college sporting events around the country.
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Childhood leukemia doesn't always mean isolation

With the help of a robot from CNN Hero Leslie Morissette's nonprofit, one fourth grader stays connected to his school and friends while battling leukemia.
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