Today's Date: 29 March 2015
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Nan Socolow
Burning crucifix ''artwork'' stirs Brac protests
Posted by Nan Socolow on 3/29/2015 7:29:17 AM

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Ron Kynes's work of art needed burning to ash. The original piece featured a toilet, if memory serves. It was offensive to everyone except the artist. And what has happened to Foots's underwater cavalcade of Atlantis? I think there's still a grim crowd of beige cement sculptures standing in the bush off the north side Stake Bay entrance to the sea. At least there are no goats' heads nailed there.
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L. Bell
An ''occurrence'' that never should have occurred
Posted by L. Bell on 3/28/2015 5:46:18 PM

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The question remains: How did this happen at the airport with just ONE runway and just FEW aircraft movements A DAY? Do not downplay this occurrence and compare it to airports with aircraft movements of 100 per HOUR.

Compass is rightfully questioning the cause of this occurrence and I would not call it a minor hiccup. They are not accusing anyone of wrong doing. There was an error,despite the fact that pilots are trained and always ready for it. There got to be an explanation.

I also agree with len king''s comment: Owen Sound is a 1 runway operation and if those involved cant get that right, they shouldnt apply for a job at Chicago, OHare.
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Christoph Walser
An ''occurrence'' that never should have occurred
Posted by Christoph Walser on 3/28/2015 10:42:38 AM

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Yes auditors do maintain professional skepticism and a questioning mind, but they also gather evidence to support their conclusions before accusing of wrong doing. Journalists are held to similar standards which the Compass is guilty of not following. They said they spoke to "eyewitnesses" but didn't bother to mention if these were aviation expert eyewitnesses. Seems if they had consulted someone with knowledge they would have found out, while this wasn't routine it certainly wasn't front page newsworthy.
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L. Bell
An ''occurrence'' that never should have occurred
Posted by L. Bell on 3/28/2015 6:48:25 AM

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While pilots might be trained to abort landings and such occurrences do occur at the busiest airports, let say Chicago, which handled 881,933 aircraft movements in 2014, or 2,416 per day or 100 flights per hour and has more than 1 runway, how this occurrence did happen at the airport with just one runway and few aircraft movements a day?
Professional skepticism in audit is an attitude that includes a questioning mind and a critical assessment of audit evidence. The auditor should not assume that management is either honest nor dishonest.
Compass, please continue to maintain such attitude.
A cynical attitude (some comments) is an obstacle to learning, but blind acceptance is just as bad.
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Gillian Rudd
Easter treats, Cayman-style
Posted by Gillian Rudd on 3/28/2015 5:12:06 AM

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My mouth is watering reading this article !!! These candies are so special to Cayman, and when we were children they were a MUST HAVE ! It is really nice that they are still made..... and eaten !
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Andy Gray
Cayman enters ''intellectual property'' era
Posted by Andy Gray on 3/28/2015 2:57:09 AM

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Even 1988 is a long time ago and creates its own problems...

As the Compass mentions DVD''s let me use that to pose a question...

Does anyone know what region we are in here?

It''s muddled and confusing, but for DVD''s Cayman is...
Erm... maybe Region 1 USA, Canada, Bermuda, Caribbean, US territories ?
But British Overseas Territories are actually region 2 (Europe) ?

For Blue-Ray they simplified it - But is Cayman 1 (Americas) or 2 (Europe)

Does it matter?

Well, Hollywood has been known to release different regions at different times.

So if a film is released as region 1 and 2 at different times, and IF Cayman is actually region 2.

Could company B who imports from Europe (region 2), where the film is not out, seize official region 1 DVD''s from company A who imports from the USA? To protect their marketplace in the interim.

Of course the region 2 DVD''s wont actually play on the USA imported region 1 DVD players found here when it is finally (officially) released in Europe/Cayman 6 weeks later.

If a third company found a source of genuine Region 9 (All) DVD''s - could that also put them in hot water with the other 2? And someone else finds a legitimate supplier with it on Blu-Ray... Aaaargh ?!?!?

Think it''s just technology?
There is a case where a company with the distribution rights to a book in the US, and CHOSE only to sell a deluxe leather-bound $300 hardback edition, sued a student for importing ''legal'' (i.e. all royalties paid to author) $30 paperback versions from Europe and Asia - believe it''s still under appeal but the copyright implications are fascinating.

Is a shampoo made and sold in the USA but also packed in an ''export'' bottle with additional spanish text for South America allowed to be subsequently re-imported as a legal product back to the USA.

Copyright law needs careful consideration if it is not to be misused as a tool to hinder free trade of legitimate goods across borders.

Cayman could even thrive if the variations between US and Euro copyright laws created a loophole (maybe even deliberately), allowing Cayman to become a ''grey market'' hub between US and EU.

Would a shipping container which sat on Cayman soil for 24 hours before returning back to the US be a ''legitimate'' European import on completion of its ''Caribbean cruise'' thereby circumventing any ''exclusive US distribution rights''.

Talk about opening a can of worms...
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Christoph Walser
An ''occurrence'' that never should have occurred
Posted by Christoph Walser on 3/27/2015 1:29:09 PM

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This sounds like "An ''Editorial'' that never should have occurred"

Without more facts or evidence that somebody royally screwed up this just sounds like a minor hiccup and not something extraordinary.

In other news, I had to brake pulling into a parking lot the other day because another car was already in the process of pulling out. I''m hoping for a full scale investigation and editorial to find out what happened, but I suspect the madness will continue unabated.
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Kel Thompson
An ''occurrence'' that never should have occurred
Posted by Kel Thompson on 3/27/2015 1:09:13 PM

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As a former airline pilot, please allow me to point out that the ''assumptions'' setting out ''the elements of human error in 3 possible ways'' could not have been more off the mark and more misleading. Go- arounds because an aircraft is on your landing runway are events are relatively common, pilots and controllers are trained for them and they occur every day as a matter of fact. I and I am sure every Cayman Airways pilot has had to do these more than once; pilots are trained for this and it is not difficult to do. While I have not ''investigated'' this case, I am positive that the Cayman Airways pilots had the aircraft on the ground in sight for miles before he began his go around and he used his good judgment at the right time when it became apparent to him that the aircraft on the ground would not be able to leave the runway before he was able to land safely. This was not an event that should have been reported and the Compass would have done the right thing to have checked with someone who has intimate knowledge of such things; such check it appears did not happen. In my humble opinion, this was perhaps inadvertent but for sure improper and unnecessarily sensational reporting.
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David Williams
An ''occurrence'' that never should have occurred
Posted by David Williams on 3/27/2015 10:47:39 AM

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We have to thank James Lynch for injecting a bit of sanity into what has become a complete non-story blown out of all proportion.

Many years ago as a PPL student on my final flight test with the CFI I had to initiate a go-around when the Cessna 172 ahead of us failed to clear the runway. Even at that stage it was a reflex action - the runway''s blocked so you ain''t landing on it - the difference in that case was that the CFI then threw a simulated engine failure at me just to make it a bit more interesting. Bottom line is that if you fly you''re trained for all this almost from day one.

Over the years since I''ve lost count of how my go-arounds I''ve experienced as a passenger, including one at ORIA where the aircraft that landed ahead of us failed to clear the runway in time. In that case the landed aircraft was still back-tracking towards us on the runway as we overshot towards North Sound but I don''t remember any fuss about that. As Mr Lynch says it''s a routine procedure.
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Gabriel Bush
Caledonian freeze order lowered to $7M
Posted by Gabriel Bush on 3/27/2015 9:55:26 AM

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This bank did not have to be destroyed. The SEC seems to have shot first and asked questions later. How else can you explain suddenly freezing all of Caledonian Bank''s assets, nearly $400m, only to reduce it by 98% to only $7m just a few weeks later? What did CIMA do to intervene? Caledonian Securities traded through US licensed brokerage firms. Why are they not involved in this? If these allegations by the SEC are so common (as this story suggests), does the SEC always start by freezing 100% of the defendants assets? Or is this the special "Cayman Islands treatment"? If the SEC took a more measured approach from the beginning, would Caledonian still be alive today? What about "due process"? Has anyone even seen any of the SEC''s evidence?
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