At midnight on December 31, 2018, we plan to join millions around the world in wishing family and friends a “Happy New Year”. This wish will be filled with hope and well wishes and will provide the opportunity to give thanks in many different ways.
As the sun rises on January 1st, the dawn of a new day and year will arrive and with it the concerns over the outcome for 2019. We will also reflect on 2018 and the successes that were achieved. For many, memories of that year will be filled with sadness and even as you read this editorial, many will reflect on the memories of loved ones who passed during 2018.
We do wish for a ‘Happy’ New Year, but for many, the current economic conditions will delay that happiness for some time. As we have reported in numerous publications, many residents are hopeful for better days and are thank full for the simple things that are taken for granted.
We chose to include one of our favourite stories for 2018 for its vision and the impact the new airport will have on the future of the Cayman Islands.
We welcome our new readers to review our World Watch article on page 8 and encourage them to follow this series as we do believe that the events in the United States will impact our future growth and development.
As we look forward to the New Year, it is clear to us that the cost of living will increase with Lending and Insurance rates. We also listen to many of our residents and cannot ignore the financial challenges that they will be forced to deal with. The hope is that the economic improvements, as reported, will trickle down to the middle and lower income earners.
Personal financial challenges are still evident and it is hoped that the Government will continue to create the ideal economic environment for businesses to loosen their tight purse strings so that consumers may feel relief with their daily living costs.
Happy New Year and may God continue to bless the Cayman Islands.