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The Lions Club of Tropical Gardens was the recipient of both regional and district awards recently. 
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The awards were given at the 28th Multiple District Convention held in St. Lucia. 

Accepting the awards President Cheryl Bell indicated her pleasure with members for their commitment and unity. 

Region 4, which comprises clubs in the Cayman Islands and portions of Jamaica, received the Public Relations and Visibility Award. 

Norma McField was named secretary of the region. Cheryl Bell received first runnerup to club president of the region. 

The clubs breast cancer program was singled out in the region for recognition in the area of sustainable projects and named first runnerup. 

At the district level, Tropical Gardens Lions received the prestigious awards Club of the Year and Secretary of the Year. 

John Ebanks, Governor of District 60B, which encompasses much of the Caribbean, indicated his extreme pleasure with the functioning of the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens, particularly the Clubs high level of impact in the area of breast cancer awareness. 

District Activities Chairperson Denyse Forrest commended Ms McField for her excellence in reporting to the district. Her concise but informative reports could certainly be used as models. 

The Clubs 2007/08 administrative year will come to a close this month. The new board of directors take up duties on 1 July, 2008. 

A luncheon to change administration will take place at Ristorante Pappagallo on Saturday. 

At the event Ann Hunte will be sworn in as president for the 2008/09 administrative years. 

Read the full story over at Caycompass.com


Efforts to restore the mangroves in Grand Cayman received a boost recently when the Rotaract Blue Club joined the Department of the Environment (DoE) and the Reef Ball Foundation in replanting the endangered flora along South Sound. 

Ben Chisholm, Project Coordinator in Reef Ball's Mangroves Division, explained, "The goal of this project is to restore the mangroves lost in Hurricane Ivan." 

He said the project began in November 2006 with the establishment of the nursery at the Cayman Islands Sailing Club. 

Read the full article here


Drivers passing through Elgin Avenue will be treated to a colourful new view as the fence in front of the new Government building becomes the island's largest work of art. 

Starting this weekend, the Ministry of Planning, in cooperation with the National Gallery, is going forward with a plan to beautify the all-white protective panels that border the construction site of the Government's new home by inviting local artists to lead mural-painting teams. 

According to a running joke on the island, the national bird has changed from the Grand Cayman Parrot to the McField Crane because of the prevalence of work zones around town. Many of these areas are closed off by large blank pieces of plywood that Kiran Denis of the National Gallery believes provides a perfect canvass for Cayman's thriving art scene. 

Read the article over at Cayman Net News


Summer or winter, the weather in the Cayman Islands seldom changes, with a year round average temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit and highs of 90 degrees Fahrenheit, the Cayman Islands is a wonderful place to go on vacation or live. The coolest season falls between November through to April. The rainfall is comparable to that in Florida with an average monthly rainfall of 4.7 inches. Click here to view the current weather. 


Third cruise quarter is here. 

 

The third quarter of the year has a similar projection for the number of cruise passengers as for the same period last year, going into what is traditionally a slow cruise period during hurricane season. 

 

According to the Port Authority's cruise schedule, there is a potential of 311,276 passengers for the period of June, July and August, if ships are full. 

 

This compares to the projection of 315,033 for the same period last year, which is just 3,757 shy of that figure, or just one per cent less. 

 

Last year, the third quarter was much slower than the previous year of 2006, following a considerable drop in cruise arrivals. 

 

The actual number of passengers coming here fell 26 per cent, or nearly 100,000 passengers in that quarter, from 377,931 in 2006 to 278,751 in 2007. 

 

The difference between the projections (if ships were full) on the schedule and the number of passengers that actually came here in 2006 was 1.23 per cent less than projected. In 2007 there was a bigger gap; 11.52 per cent less than projected. 

 

The busiest month of the third quarter this year is set to be September, according to the Port Authority's schedule, with an 111,340 passenger potential, if ships are full. 

 

Interestingly, September of 2007 was the slowest month of the third quarter. 

 

Read the full article over at cayCompass.com