Families and friends flocked to Boatswain's Beach to enjoy the marine adventure park's second and third instalment of its 'International Celebrations' on Friday 4th July and Monday, 7th July. 

During the Fourth of July celebration, a 1,500-strong crowd enjoyed fireworks, a special barbecue, tunes by red White and Blues and a carnival atmosphere complete with cotton candy, pop corn and face painting treats. Hundreds also flocked to Schooner's Bar and Grill to sample the scrumptious American buffet. 

Cayman Day celebrated all things Cayman, provided great musical entertainment by Lammie, games for the entire family and a sumptuous Cayman buffet. 

Both events, as well as Canada Day on Tuesday 1st July sought not only to entertain but also to celebrate families and traditions across three nations. 

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Broadway musical enthusiasts will get a chance to enjoy the best of their favourite shows without leaving the comfort of the Islands, when Cayman Drama Society opens their new production tonight (10 July). 

With selections from The Lion King, Cats, Beauty and The Beast, Top Hat, Les Miserables, Chicago and many other Broadway classics, the group is presenting 'A Night of Broadway', An Evening of Song and Dance, at The Prospect Playhouse in Red Bay, featuring dancers from Miss Jackie's School of Dance and the Society. 

The event kicks off with a formal champagne gala this evening at 6:30 pm with other performances on Friday and Saturday, 11 and 12 July, at 7:30 pm. 

"Tonight is going to be remarkable, and with a red carpet the ladies and gents get an opportunity to dress up for the occasion," said Jackie Balls of Miss Jackie's Dance School. 

"I was doing choreography with the girls of my dance school and thought it would be a great idea to theme the show around Broadway hits, because I love everything about Broadway," she explained. 

Encouraging the whole family to come out and enjoy the event Miss Jackie added: "It's going to be a real treat." 


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After a preliminary meeting on Monday, 30 June, Air Jamaica and Cayman Airways jointly announced the two carriers have begun to explore several areas of cooperation, which would benefit both airlines. 

The discussions come on the heels of a meeting of Ministers of Tourism and International Transportation held in Antigua a few weeks ago where both airlines were present. The purpose of that meeting, said a joint press release, was to discuss the crisis facing the Caribbean region from the fallout in airlift resulting from the spiralling increases in the price of fuel and associated challenges in the airline industry. 

Both airlines agreed to meet and discuss areas of cooperation that could reduce costs and improve efficiencies. Jamaica and the Cayman Islands both need to attract North American tourists and the airlines agreed that ways need to be found not only to maintain but also increase airlift to their respective territories through joint cooperation. 

Attending the meeting from Air Jamaica were Shirley Williams, Chairman, and Will Rodgers, Acting President/CEO, along with other executives. Cayman Airways representatives comprised Chairman Angelyn Hernandez and Vice President Flight Operations, Olson Anderson. 

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As part of The Central Caribbean Marine Institute's (CCMI) effort to raise public awareness about the importance of the marine environment, marine biologist and author, Dr David Gruber delivered a reef report in Cayman. 

At the first of three such presentations for 2008, held 3 July at the Cracked Conch, Dr Gruber spoke about bio-fluorescense in the marine environment. 

The Department of Environment's John Bothwell began the evening by thanking the CCMI for educating the public on the importance of the marine environment, and then welcomed Dr Gruber. 

With the goal of proposing new conservation measures for deep and shallow reefs, Dr Gruber recently returned from an in-depth research project called ROV Deep Reef Exploration, which investigated the relations between the shallow and deeper reef ecologies using an ROV (remote operated vehicle), called the 'Little Tyche'. 

Conducted in the beautiful azure waters, located just feet away from the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) on Little Cayman, Dr Gruber worked closely with Dr Carrie Manfrino, CCMI Director, to examine the health and ecology of the deeper waters of Bloody Bay Wall. 

"I came here with the intention of taking a good look and characterizing the Bloody Bay Reef so I could raise more awareness about this amazing natural resource in Cayman," he expressed. "It is absolutely beautiful, and from what I saw, trust me; I will do my best to raise awareness." 

His address to the small gathering at The Cracked Conch was also based on his recent book 'Aglow in the Dark' (Harvard University Press), co-authored with Dr Vincent Pieribone of Yale University School of Medicine, that archives how surprising discoveries from corals and bioluminescent jellyfish have transformed modern biomedical science, and led to breakthroughs from neuroscience to cancer research; breakthroughs which might someday aid in connecting mind and machine. 

The young doctor is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Brown University and Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at City University of New York Baruch College. 

"I got a chance to examine and understand the very sparsely examined resource in the backyard of Cayman and am happy for that," he explains. 

Regarding his quick yet fulfilling fact finding visit to the Cayman Islands, he says, with a smile and uncomplicated answer: "I loved it, and I will definitely be back to do more research." 


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Education Director of the Mangrove Action Project Martin Keeley has been selected to receive the National Marine Educators Association's Outstanding Teacher Award for 2008. 

Mr. Keeley was recognized for his history of outstanding performance as a marine science educator in the Pacific Northwest and the Cayman Islands. 
This award honours effective and innovative marine science education in the classroom. 

Mr. Keeley will be honoured on July 23, 2008 at a ceremony during the National Marine Educators Association's annual conference in Savannah, Georgia, hosted by the Georgia Association of Marine Education. 

Mr. Keeley, who is Brac campus director for the University College of the Cayman Islands, has been teaching in Cayman since 1998. He researched, developed and produced the Marvellous Mangroves in the Cayman Islands teachers' guide in conjunction with the National Trust, the Department of Educational Services and MAP, and has been responsible for its implementation in schools throughout Cayman. 

He has also supervised the adaptation, translation and implementation of Marvellous Mangroves for the education systems in several other countries including Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and, most recently, Brazil. 

"I am honoured to have been given this prestigious award," he says. "It recognises there is a continual need for students to learn, through hands-on exploration, the true importance of the natural world around them," said Mr. Keeley. 

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