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Monocle Weekend Edition: Deep dive

Local News 28 Oct, 2019 Follow News

Monocle Weekend Edition: Deep dive

Three sun-soaked landmasses in the western Caribbean comprise the Cayman Islands, a UK overseas territory that maintains a reputation as the go-to financial haven for big business; the booming tourism market is important too. A banker and financial consultant by profession, Ralph Lewis found his clients asking him how they could find jobs in the area so he decided to launch his own employment sheet in 2013. The Caymanian Times has since become a full-blown periodical, with 20,000 issues published three times a week and distributed across the islands. A full-time team of three cover all aspects of the news but, says Lewis, “The front page is always a happy story.”

What’s the big story making the news this week?

From time to time we publish articles on the history of the Cayman Islands. This year we’re celebrating 60 years since the first constitution so our front page is “The Life of Captain Willy”, who served as a member of parliament for 55 years.

What’s your favourite image?

We ran a picture of four young men who had been chosen for the international scuba diving hall of fame. We always want to champion the good work of the Caymanian people so it’s important that we’re sharing the achievements of our youth.

What’s your down-page treat?

The Cayman Islands don’t do particularly well in football: we’ve got a small population and limited talent. That is until we beat a Barbados team in the Concacaf Champions League last week; now we’ve got something to cheer about.

What’s the next big event?

On 19 December we’re holding our first voter-initiated referendum on the development of a new port on Grand Cayman. It’s the biggest project in the history of the Cayman Islands but a lot of people don’t want it to go ahead; they say that the port risks spoiling the environment and the island’s natural beauty.

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