Monday, December 23, 2019

A conversation with… Randy Merren

Few people have been in the Cayman Islands media and entertainment business as long as Randy Merren.

Obesity weighs on Cayman

Obesity is weighing heavily on Cayman’s population, statistics show, and the figures are likely to keep ballooning unless government sectors come together to create a solution, health industry leaders warned at the Cayman Islands National Healthcare Conference last month.

A lunch conversation with… Brian Uzzell

With Cayman Free Press Limited set to observe its 47th anniversary in October, it is fitting to chat with Brian Uzzell, its leader for the past 38 years, and to do so at the Lighthouse Restaurant, an establishment he’s been part owner of for 20 years in December.

Work permits have no negative impact on Caymanian employment

Data show the number of work permits does not impact Caymanian unemployment. An analysis of more than 10 years of data shows the nature of employment in Cayman has changed significantly since Hurricane Ivan.

BDO’s strategy: Growing and maintaining ‘a unique position’

BDO is focusing on its distinctive position between the Big 4 accounting firms and the rest of the mid-tier networks.

Positive trends bring optimism to tourism sector

Monthly air arrivals in 2014 exceeded every corresponding month in 2013.

World’s cheaper oil not a big help to Cayman Islands

International politics, along with business and economic circumstances and newer technology used in the extraction of oil have all combined to rattle global energy pricing while generally not affecting the Cayman Islands economy.

Cayman’s property market: ‘Don’t call it a boom’

Cayman’s real estate market is thriving by any measure. Total property sales reached a record $800 million last year, an 18 percent increase over 2017. The number of property transfers, at 1,857 transactions, was 9 percent higher year on year. Construction activity, meanwhile, continues unabated all over the island.

Cruising to Cayman: Making way for super ships

 The Cayman Islands and the Caribbean cruise industry have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship for many years. Currently, three business-related themes are converging that could strengthen this alliance substantially in the coming years: 


Street food in high gear

Nowadays, food trucks are the next big culinary “thing” to hit cities around the world, and they’ve made a big splash in Grand Cayman as well.

A dinner conversation with Sherri Bodden-Cowan

In the next segment of the Journal’s series of interviews with Cayman’s movers and shakers, we sat down over dinner at Camana Bay’s Ortanique Restaurant with Caymanian attorney Sherri Bodden-Cowan, who has been an integral contributor to the country’s immigration policy for more than a decade.

Caribbean focus on medical tourism could drive growth

Dr. Chandy Abraham of Health City Cayman Islands was among the speakers at the 2014 World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress in Washington, D.C., last month.

A dinner conversation with Michael Ryan

In the first of a new series for the Lifestyles section, The Journal’s Alan Markoff sat down with The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and Dragon Bay developer Michael Ryan for dinner at Blue by Eric Ripert to enjoy fabulous food, wine and service while having a dinner conversation on a variety of topics.

Chinese investment strategy targets the Caribbean, US

When a Chinese delegation from Jiangsu province’s Department of Commerce came to Cayman last month to explore investment opportunities, the visit highlighted a role for which Cayman is less well known:

Boom times for Cayman home real estate

Cayman's number of living units and guest accommodations is increasing.

What makes a successful entrepreneur?

In her interviews with local business owners, Ebanks found that besides the necessary excellent business acumen, common to all of them were self-efficacy and risk-taking. 


A conversation with… Johann Moxam

Johann Moxam reflects on his year as president of the Chamber of Commerce.

Delving into the dive industry numbers

Spectacular coral reefs teeming with diverse sea life make the Cayman Islands a mecca for divers. But some wonder whether the industry gets its due when it comes to luring tourists.

Gov’t plans public consultation on ‘economic substance’ changes

When late last year, Cayman avoided being placed on an EU tax blacklist by committing to remedy, before the end of 2018, what the EU called a lack of economic substance of Cayman-based entities, few knew what exactly the Cayman Islands government had promised to do.

Stunning stories among highlights at alternative investment forum

Agent Gregory Coleman tracked his quarry, the so-called “Wolf of Wall Street,” for 10 years, ultimately sending him to a Nevada minimum-security prison for money laundering and securities fraud.
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